Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates for Friday, 15 April 2016
  2. Felixstowe murder inquiry: Woman found dying knew arrested man
  3. A new, reduced, speed limit of 60mph comes into force along the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich today
  4. Almost 20% of five-year-olds in Suffolk have tooth decay, according to new figures
  5. Tributes are paid to Stowmarket collision victim Gary Hall, 49, from Stanton
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's it for another week on Suffolk Live

Thanks for joining us for Friday's live page for Suffolk - if you want to see what's been going on over the last 10 hours, just scroll back down the page.

We'll be back again on Monday from 08:00, when we'll continue to bring you up-to-date with what's happening across the county.

Have a lovely weekend.

Overnight weather: Rain clearing with temperatures dipping

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Rain and showers, some heavy, will clear this evening leaving many places dry with lows of 3C (37F).

Saturday's weather map

Some brighter spells tomorrow morning, but otherwise cloudy with spells of showery rain. Top temperature: 9C (48F).

Get more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich Town

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

From a statistician's point of view, Ipswich Town could be forgiven for being optimistic about tomorrow's visit to Sheffield Wednesday, despite being without Daryl Murphy (pictured), Teddy Bishop and Giles Cole.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

The two sides have played out a 1-1 draw in three consecutive league games at Hillsborough, with the Owls last securing victory in April 2007.  

However as both sets of supporters will know only too well - Ipswich have won only one of their last eight games on the road, whereas Sheffield Wednesday have lost just once in their last 17 fixtures on home soil.

Thunderstorms cause flooding on A134

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Many parts of the county experienced torrential rain yesterday afternoon, but the A134 between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury appears to have been one of the worst-hit areas.

Thanks to Imo Brewster for sending us this video:

Heavy rain causes flooding on A134 near Bury St Edmunds

Chamber of Commerce gives new speed limit a cautious welcome

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which had called for a 50mph limit on the Orwell Bridge rather than the new 60mph limit introduced today, says it will give the changes a chance.

Orwell Bridge

Policy director Nick Burfield said: "We thought that 50 [mph] would be worth piloting at least but I think the final detailed work that Highways England did suggested that 60 would be more realistic and better, so we're happy to go with that for the time being."

Our latest headlines: Felixstowe murder suspect now in custody... Tributes paid to victim of Stowmarket fatal collision

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

This is the way the news looks this evening:

  • Felixstowe murder suspect leaves hospital and is taken into custody
  • Tributes are paid to Stowmarket collision victim Gary Hall, 49, from Stanton
  • Mick McCarthy says they could still reach the end of season play-offs if they win at Sheffield tomorrow 

30th anniversary of bombing of Libya by US planes from RAF Lakenheath

It's 30 years since the then US president Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya by planes from RAF Lakenheath in response to terrorism, including the bombing of La Belle discotheque in West Berlin 10 days previously.

Felixstowe murder suspect leaves hospital

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The man arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Felixstowe has been taken into police custody. 

Felixstowe murder scene

Police say the 61-year-old was discharged from hospital this afternoon after receiving treatment for injuries. He is now in custody at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

The victim has yet to be formally identified and a Home Office post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow.

Tribute paid to Stowmarket fatal collision victim

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The family of a 49-year-old man who died following a serious road traffic collision in Stowmarket have paid tribute to him.

Gary Hall
Suffolk Police

Gary Hall, of Sturgeon Way, Stanton, died when his motorbike collided with a car on the B1113 on Tuesday.

Describing him as someone who touched the life of everyone he met, his family added: "His smile lit up any room and the world will truly be a lesser place without him.”

Nuhiu: Town one of the 'ugliest teams' to play against

Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu believes Town are “probably one of the ugliest teams to play against” in the Championship.  

Bird's eye view of the Orwell Bridge

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A series of safety improvements have been installed on the Orwell Bridge over the last five months.

As well as a new lower speed limit of 60mph (97km/h) and associated average speed cameras, road markings have been improved and there are new traffic signs.

Check out this view of the bridge taken from a position few of us probably see... unless you're a bird!

Orwell Bridge: New lower speed limit introduced

Mick McCarthy: Sheffield win would give Ipswich a chance

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes his side would still have a chance of reaching the end of season play-offs if they win at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow. 

Mick McCarthy

The Yorkshireman has ruled out the chances of him ringing the changes in order to give a number of the club's promising youngsters a chance of first team football. 

"Let's see what we can get out of this game first," McCarthy said. "If we go there and win we might all be thinking we've still got a chance."

Suffolk misses out on architectural award

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We'd hoped to be able to bring you news today that a building in the county had won a regional architecture award last night, but sadly... we missed out.

Energy-from-Waste Incinerator

Three buildings had been shortlisted for consideration by the Royal Institute of British Architects, including the Energy-from-Waste Incinerator at Great Blakenham, but the building of the year award went to our neighbours in Essex.   

In the news: Orwell Bridge speed limit drops... Murder suspect remains in hospital

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories this Friday lunchtime:

  • The speed limit on the Orwell Bridge, near Ipswich, has dropped to 60mph (97km/h)
  • A man arrested on suspicion of murder, following the death of a woman in her sixties on Wednesday night in Felixstowe, remains in hospital
  • Mick McCarthy says he has mixed feelings over Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski being chosen as the Supporters' Club Player of the Year

Afternoon weather: Cloudy and wet, turning colder tomorrow

BBC Weather

There'll be cloudy skies and rain which may turn heavy at times throughout the afternoon. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Long Melford
Weather Watcher BangaloreBabe

Today's picture was taken by Weather Watcher "BangaloreBabe" in Long Melford.

If you're interested in the matters meteorological then you could become a Weather Watcher too.

Bungalow death woman knew murder suspect

A woman found with fatal injuries at a bungalow in Suffolk knew the man who has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, police say.  

Gosford Way, Felixstowe

Police went to the home in Gosford Way, Felixstowe, on Wednesday night after a "woman in distress" raised the alarm.

A 61-year-old man from Felixstowe arrested on suspicion of murder has been treated for injuries in hospital. It is expected he will be questioned by officers over the weekend.

McCarthy delighted by warm welcome at awards evening

Town boss Mick McCarthy says attending the Supporters Club’s Player Awards Evening was ultimately the best thing he could have done after last week’s 3-1 home defeat to Brentford, although he admits he wasn’t looking forward to going along given the result of the game.  

Mick McCarthy

Travel: Four-vehicle accident blocks Norwich Road at junction with A1214 in Ipswich

BBC Travel

The A1156 Norwich Road in Ipswich is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic at the Inkerman Pub, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

Ipswich goalkeeper: 'Blame us, not manager'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A growing number of Ipswich Town supporters have called for Mick McCarthy to step down as manager in recent weeks, but his current first-choice goalkeeper believes the boss should not worry.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Bartosz Bialkowski, voted Supporters' Club Player of the Year last weekend, says it is the players who should be held responsible if Town fail to reach the play-offs. 

"He's an experienced manager and he knows what he is doing," Bialkowski said. "It's our fault because we've been creating chances but not scoring and had we scored more it would be a different story."

Travel: Broken-down lorry blocks B1070 in Raydon

BBC Travel

The B1070 in Raydon is blocked in both directions at the junction with Woodlands Road because of a broken-down lorry and recovery work.

Can you remember when the Orwell Bridge opened?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We've been focusing on the Orwell Bridge this morning as motorists have to start getting used to a new 60mph (97km/h) speed limit between J56 (Wherstead) and J57 (Nacton), which has been introduced today.

Bridge walkers
Charles Whitfield King

It's got us talking about when the bridge opened, back on 17 December 1982.

Were you one of the people who took the opportunity to walk across it? If so, we'd love to hear from you.

This photograph is one of a number included in an article on the bridge's 30th anniversary:

Ipswich boss has mixed feelings over Bialkowski's award

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mick McCarthy was pleased to see goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski named Supporters' Club Player of the Year last weekend, but has admitted he would have preferred it to have been someone else.

Bartosz Bialkowski
Getty Images

The 28-year-old has been a standout performer in recent months, having regained his place in the team after fellow goalkeeper Dean Gerken suffered an injury. 

"Bart deserves it but I'm a bit disappointed that a goalkeeper won it," McCarthy said. "I'd prefer it to be a centre forward or a wide player or a goal-scoring midfielder, if I'm being brutally honest."

Speedway: Ipswich Witches break their duck

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches have their first win of the 2016 speedway season.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

They beat Peterborough Panthers 48-42 at Foxhall Stadium last night in their third Premier League Cup meeting.

Captain Danny King top-scored with 14 points, winning all but one of his five heats.

Rallying call from Sudbury skipper

Suffolk Free Press

Here's the back page of the Suffolk Free Press

Suffolk Free Press back page
Suffolk Free Press

Orwell Bridge: 'Stop lorries from overtaking'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back to reaction to the introduction today of a 60mph speed limit on the Orwell Bridge.

Raoul Coppens-Browne has emailed us to say he thinks the current restriction is a "non-starter" and a "waste of money". 

He adds: "The 60mph limit will still allow lorries to overtake at 1mph and cause traffic stagnation. The only sensible solution is to put a restriction in place to stop lorries from overtaking. 

"This is a measure adopted on the Continent on most if not all bypasses around towns and “grid-lock’ areas."

Suffolk's 'Snakebite' downed in Belfast

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter 'Snakebite' Wright suffered a heavy loss to Robert Thornton at last night's Premier League meeting in Belfast. 

Peter Wright

The 7-2 defeat means Wright's hopes of making the play-offs in this year's competition are fading.  

The 46-year-old from Mendham was never in contention against Thornton, who posted an impressive 105.61 average.

F-22 Raptor takes off from RAF Lakenheath

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Aeroplane enthusiasts in Suffolk have been treated to a sight of the United States Air Force's latest jet fighter, which is making its first deployment in the UK.  

F-22 Raptor takes off from RAF Lakenheath

A fifth generation F-22 Raptor, one of eight sent to RAF Lakenheath from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, has been on a display flight to mark its official arrival. 

Col Dave Eaglin, vice commander of the USAF 48th Fighter Wing, based at Lakenheath, said: "We've never had F-22s, the fifth generation, over in England."  

Greater Anglia warn of problems on Ipswich to Lowestoft line

Bialkowski thanks Ipswich fans for their support

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski says he is still shocked to have been named as Supporters' Club Player of the Year, adding that the award means a lot to him.

Bartosz Bialkowski

The 28-year-old from Poland has thanked Town fans for helping him through what has been a difficult campaign, during which his father passed away. 

"They have been massively supportive. I got so many tweets from them and I'm so grateful for that," Bialkowski said. "The award was a massive honour for me."

Scepticism over introduction of 60mph speed limit on Orwell Bridge

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

There's not been much support on our Facebook page for the introduction today of a 60mph speed limit on the Orwell Bridge, which Highways England say will improve safety.

  • Daniel Crown says: Won't make a difference waste of money
  • Philip Main writes: Stop the lorry's overtaking on or near the bridge simple
  • Gordon Woodhead comments: Shame the new speed limit isn't at the main accident blackspot, the short sliproad from the petrol station! Obviously just another money making exercise

Orwell Bridge

You can join in the discussion too, by sending us an email, or adding your comment on Facebook.

Friday's weather: Showers or longer spells of rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A murky start to Friday, which will be cloudy with rain or showers. Some of these may turn heavy with a risk of hail and thunder this afternoon. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Rain will ease this evening and overnight, but it'll be chilly, with lows of 2C (36F).

Get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Mick McCarthy: We don't want to lose our best players

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has defended chairman Marcus Evans following criticism over a lack of spending in the transfer market this season.

Mick McCarthy

There are also concerns among Blues supporters that talented teenager Andre Dozzell could be sold in the summer, after he was linked with a move to Liverpool this week. 

"Marcus didn't sell McGoldrick to Leicester and we didn't lose Murphy when other clubs were after him," McCarthy said. "We don't want to lose our best players of any sort."

Police investigation continues following Felixstowe death

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The man who was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Felixstowe, has not yet been questioned, says Suffolk Police.

Yesterday's scene in Felixstowe

The 61-year-old, who police say is known to the victim, has been receiving treatment in hospital for injuries, and was expected to remain there overnight.

A police cordon remains in place at the house while officers carry out their investigation, but restrictions in Gosford Way have been lifted.

In the news: Man to be questioned on suspicion of murder... Suffolk children's tooth decay tackled

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • Police are still waiting to question a 61-year-old man from Felixstowe on suspicion of the murder of a woman in her 60s on Gosford Way on Wednesday night
  • A new, reduced speed limit of 60mph comes into force along the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich today
  • Almost 20% of five-year-olds in Suffolk have tooth decay, according to new figures from the Local Government Association

Welcome to Friday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

I'd like to say "good" morning, but I don't think today's weather merits that, so I'll just say thanks for joining us.

Between now and 18:00 the team here at BBC Suffolk will keep you updated on what's happening across the county, as well as passing on any travel news that might affect your journeys.

We'll be back soon with a first look at the headlines.