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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  2. Pedestrians injured in car crash in Ipswich
  3. Motorcyclist killed in crash with car at Stowmarket
  4. Normal service resumes at Ipswich Hospital after it was struck by lightning
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

That's it from the team at BBC Suffolk Live. Thanks for joining us and we look forward to your company again tomorrow from 08:00.

Burglaries could be linked, say police

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police investigating burglaries in Suffolk say eight could be linked, after incidents this weekend at Icklingham, near Bury St Edmunds; Purdis Farm, on the outskirts of Ipswich and Stratford St Andrew, near Saxmundham. Violence was threatened in one case. 

One of the incidents this weekend included an attempted distraction burglary. Other crimes took place across across the county earlier in the year.

Sgt Ali Livingstone said: "We're just asking people to be vigilant... so if anyone comes to their door, they don't know who they are, or they're slightly suspicious, just be that little bit extra vigilant."

Cafe's 60-year wait for electricity: 'Even plugging in vacuum cleaner is a thrill'

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A café is finally able to use electrical equipment nearly 70 years after it first started serving customers.

Pit Stop cafe on Southwold Common
BBC

The remote location of the Pit Stop at Southwold Common meant it was unable to get a National Grid connection. But after a £17,000 fundraising campaign, the cafe which opened in 1949 now has mains power. 

Manager Anne Clarke said: "Yes it might seem really silly, but plugging the Hoover in is an absolute dream."

Craven Meeting day two: John Gosden misses out on double

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After three wins yesterday, Newmarket trainer John Gosden has narrowly missed out on back-to-back victories on day two of the Craven Meeting.

James Doyle has just brought home Winning Story in first place in the Stallions Maiden Stakes, with Gosden's Wings of Desire finishing third behind Daqueeq.

Ipswich crash: Ambulance confirm numbers taken to hospital

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has confirmed two women and two children were taken to hospital this morning after they were hit by a car in Woodbridge Road. 

The scene in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich
BBC

Crews were called to the scene shortly after 09:30 this morning. The four people are believed to have been struck while on the pedestrian crossing near Blanche Street.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Weather: Chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be fine this evening across the region, but there's a risk of a few showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Weather graphic for 1500 on Thursday
BBC

There will be prolonged clear spells overnight in places, with some mist and fog patches and some chilly temperatures. The low temperature will be 4C (39F).

Above is the map for 15:00 on Thursday. The forecast suggests a maximum temperature of 17C (62F).

Westfield to make debut for Suffolk against Essex

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mervyn Westfield has been named in the Suffolk Cricket squad ahead of this weekend's traditional pre-season friendly with his former club Essex.

Mervyn Westfield
Getty Images

The 27-year-old signed for Suffolk in February, after being given special dispensation to play for county second XI or minor counties teams for 12 months.

Westfield served eight weeks in prison and was banned from professional cricket for five years in 2012, after being found guilty of spot fixing.

Police name 49-year-old motorcyclist as Stanton man

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A 49-year-old man who died following a crash in Stowmarket yesterday has been named as Gary Hall. 

Police were called by the ambulance service at around 16:30 yesterday, after a collision between a red Kawasaki motorbike and a blue Vauxhall Astra on the B1113.

Mr Hall, of Sturgeon Way, Stanton, was riding the motorbike. He died at the scene.

Tea and company brings good cheer at Eye care home

Diss Express

Life always looks better after a good cup of tea.

That was the idea behind a special tea party at the Hartismere Place care home at Eye as a way of tackling loneliness among older people.    

Special afternoon tea hosted at Care UKs Hartismere Place care home.
Diss Express

Craven Meeting day two: More joy for John Gosden

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket trainer John Gosden has followed up yesterday's success at the Craven Meeting with victory in the Earl of Sefton Stakes this afternoon.

Mahsoob, ridden by Paul Hanagan, came home in first place ahead of Air Pilot and Tullius. 

Cafe gets electricity... 66 years after opening

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A café which opened in 1949 has electricity for the first time.

Pit Stop cafe sign
BBC

The Pit Stop on Southwold Common had previously relied on a gas stove for cooking and freezer boxes to keep food cold. It has been connected to the National Grid after more than £17,000 was raised by customers, supporters and grants.

Manager Anne Clarke said: "Customers that came in every day put their change - pennies, twos - in the pot. It mounts up - [we had] just over £1,400 in the pot."

Craven Meeting day two: Sprint delight for Palmer

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer is celebrating victory in one of the standout races on day two of the Craven Meeting.

His horse Gifted Master lived up to the tag of favourite by coming home in first place, ahead of Waterloo Bridge. 

Craven Meeting day two: Ibn Malik wins Handicap

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ibn Malik has won the European Free Handicap for trainer Charles Hills on day two of Newmarket's Craven Meeting.

Scrutineer, ridden by jockey Silvestre De Sousa, finished second.

Ryman League: Bury aiming to be party-poopers

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There's a West Suffolk derby in the Ryman Division North tonight, with Bury Town hosting champions AFC Sudbury

Bury Town FC
BBC

The two clubs have had contrasting seasons - while Bury are looking for a first win in 14 matches, Sudbury wrapped up the title at the weekend with three games still to play.

Victory for Jamie Godbold's side tonight will take them to 104 points for the campaign.

Wall-to-wall weather: And the last one for now, Felixstowe this morning

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

And just to round off that flurry of weather scenes, here's a look at what Felixstowe looked like this morning. 

Fog surrounding Felixstowe Port's cranes
Weather Watcher: Martyn RC

Thanks to all of you who sent pictures in via the Weather Watchers site.

Heart research centre 'could be world class'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A new research centre to find ways to treat and support people with congenital heart conditions is being set up at University Campus Suffolk's James Hehir building on Ipswich's waterfront.

James Hehir building
University Campus Suffolk

It's a joint project with The Somerville Foundation, a charity supporting patients with heart conditions, which is also based in Ipswich.

National director John Richardson said: "Both sides of the partnership have different expertise. Hopefully over time we're going to build a world-class research centre here in Suffolk."

Craven Meeting day two: Sutter County wins Novice Stakes

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Mark Johnston trained horse Sutter County has won this year's Novice Stakes at Newmarket's Craven Meeting.

The 4/9 favourite triumphed ahead of Dream of Dreams and Tomily.

The next race is the Tattersalls Millions Sprint, which goes at 15:20.

Wall-to-wall weather: What it looked like in Ufford

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A couple more pictures sent in from our Weather Watchers - this time Kingharold, in Ufford. 

View over Ufford
Weather Watcher: Kingharold

It makes you realise how many extremes are possible at this time of year.  

Craven Meeting day two: Haggas victorious

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket trainer William Haggas has celebrated victory in the opening race on day two of the Craven Meeting.

His horse Sky Kingdom came home first in the Wood Ditton Stakes, with Mulk second for Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden's Muntahaa in third.

Ipswich Hospital 'vulnerable to lightning'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Hospital chief executive Nick Hulme says things are back to normal today after the building housing the maternity block was struck by lightning yesterday evening.

Ipswich Hospital chief executive Nick Hulme
Ipswich Hospital

He said: "It's probably one of the highest points in Ipswich, it is nine floors up, and we're on a hill. We are going to be vulnerable for that sort of lightning. 

"The lightning conductor took most of the power, but it did take out most of our bleep system, which was a concern at the time."

Swimming: Walker-Hebborn quickest in heats

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Chris Walker-Hebborn was in impressive form this morning at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

Chris Walker-Hebborn
BBC

The 25-year-old achieved the fastest time en route to qualifying for the final of the 100 metres backstroke, which takes place this evening. 

Walker-Hebborn's time of 54.20 seconds was just short of the 53.82 he achieved when winning gold at the 2014 event. 

Wall-to-wall weather: Back to those pictures I mentioned

So, after a brief interlude, here's the pick of the pictures from the amazing weather we had yesterday, uploaded to our BBC Weather Watchers site

This was sent by Steve Nicholls and shows an amazing rainbow over Eyke, near Woodbridge.

View over Eyke
Weather Watcher: Steve Nicholls

Pedestrians hit by car in Ipswich

BBC Radio Suffolk

Up to four pedestrians have been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Ipswich.

Two adults and two children were taken to hospital after the crash on Woodbridge Road, but the ambulance service has yet to confirm whether all four were pedestrians.

Kevin Burch filmed the scene.

Pedestrians hit by car in Ipswich

Man, 49, killed in motorcycle crash

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk has learnt the motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car in Stowmarket yesterday afternoon was a 49-year-old man. 

The air ambulance was called to the B1113, but the biker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man charged with 20 offences including sexual activity with a child

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man is due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich today, charged with 20 offences including sexual activity with a child, sexual grooming and possession of indecent image offences.

The 19-year-old man was arrested in Ipswich yesterday on suspicion of sexual grooming.

South-West branch host Blues legend Osman

TWTD.co.uk

The South West Branch of the Supporters' Club are hosting Town legend Russell Osman for a question and answer event on Friday evening.

Russell Osman
TWTD

Four pedestrians taken to hospital after Ipswich crash

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I've been told four pedestrians have been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Ipswich.

The two adults and two children were said to have been on the pedestrian crossing on Woodbridge Road, near to Blanche Street, when they were hit.

They have been taken to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Ipswich crash: Ambulance leaves the scene

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

It's still not clear what happened at the scene of a crash in Ipswich, but an ambulance has just left with its lights and sirens on.

The ambulance service said two pedestrians and another person had been injured in the crash near Blanche Street.

One ambulance remains at the scene. Traffic is moving freely.

Ipswich crash: Road open

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Here's a first look at the scene of the crash in Woodbridge Road, in Ipswich.

Crash in Ipswich
BBC

The ambulance service says there were three casualties, two of whom are pedestrians.

It looks like the road has been reopened but traffic is slow around the area.

Ipswich crash: Three people being treated

BBC Radio Suffolk

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust says it has sent two ambulances and one ambulance officer to the scene of the crash in the Woodbridge Road/Blanche Street area of the town. 

A spokeswoman said two pedestrians and a third person were being treated.

We've sent our reporter Kevin Burch to the scene and will bring you more as we have it.

Ipswich crash: Two pedestrians injured

The East of England Ambulance Service says two pedestrians have been injured in a crash in Ipswich.

A spokeswoman said the crash was near Blanche Street and happened at 09:36.

A third person was also injured.

BreakingCrash with 'several' pedestrians involved

We're getting reports that police have been called to a single-vehicle crash in Woodbridge Road in Ipswich, which, we're told, involves several pedestrians.

Security services seek hacking suspect Lauri Love password order

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

British security services have been criticised for trying to force an alleged cyber hacker to reveal the passwords to his encrypted computer files.

Lauri Love
PA

Lauri Love is fighting attempts to extradite him to America to face criminal charges for breaking into Federal Reserve computers. The 31-year-old is accused of stealing "massive quantities" of sensitive data.

Stephen Cragg QC, representing Mr Love, told Westminster Magistrates' Court that an application to force him to hand over the passwords "raises questions in respect to the right to respect for a private life and right to enjoyment of private property." 

After a foggy start, a corker of a day

BBC Weather

Any early mist or fog will quickly clear, followed by a dry morning with some sunny spells

It'll be cloudier through the afternoon with scattered showers developing, perhaps heavy and thundery. Maximum temperature 15C (59F).

Wall-to-wall weather: Almost four seasons in one day

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

As you know, we love to talk about the weather, and yesterday's storm provided... well, a bit of a storm of correspondence.

Here's a look at the hail in Ipswich, and to follow a pick of some photos sent in to our BBC Weather Watchers site.

Upstairs shot of road showing it covered in hail, but resembling severe frost, or snow
Robert Medd

Swimming: Walker-Hebborn trying to secure Olympic spot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The British Swimming Championships continue this morning, with Suffolk interest in the heats of the men's 100 metres backstroke. 

Chris Walker-Hebborn
Getty Images

Commonwealth Gold medal winner Chris Walker-Hebborn goes in heat seven, with the event serving as a qualifier for the Olympics this summer. 

Walker-Hebborn, who grew up in Bury St Edmunds and is a former recipient of the Suffolk Sports Personality of the year prize, is one of the favourites in Glasgow. 

Oh my days! Check out the storm which drenched Ipswich

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Hospital was struck by lightning on Tuesday night - check out this video which captured the extreme weather nearby.

Oh my days! Check out last night's thunderstorm over Ipswich

It is courtesy of meteorological photographer Carl Harlott.

Motorcyclist dies after collision on B1113

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A male motorcyclist died on the B1113 at Stowmarket yesterday afternoon after a crash with a car.

Police were called to the road at around 16:30. The ambulance service and the air ambulance also attended.

The road was closed for more than four hours as a crash investigation was carried out.

In the news: Ipswich Hospital is struck by lightning...Motorcyclist dies near Stowmarket

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • Ipswich Hospital is running as normal this morning after lightning struck its maternity ward yesterday evening, damaging communications systems
  • A male motorcyclist has died after crashing with a car on the B1113 at Stowmarket
  • A new heart research centre is being set up at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich to treat and support people with congenital heart conditions

Ipswich Hospital's maternity ward struck by lightning

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Hospital has returned to normal this morning after its maternity ward was struck by lightning during storms yesterday.

Ipswich Hospital
BBC

Communications systems were damaged, and there was some flooding in buildings.

The hospital used back-up generators initially, but teams worked through the night to make sure everything was fixed.