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Summary

  1. Author defends article exposing "murky undercurrent of vice" in Newmarket
  2. Man due in court charged with murdering his wife in Felixstowe
  3. Third man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after gun fired in Ipswich
  4. Updates for Tuesday, 19 April 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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By Charlie Jones

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Suffolk Live team on Tuesday, so goodbye and have a lovely evening.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

Weather: Dry overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Overnight it will be dry with clear skies and light winds. Temperatures will drop, bringing the risk of a touch of frost and the odd mist and fog patch.

It will be a chilly start to the day tomorrow but any mist and fog will clear to leave another fine day with sunny spells. 

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

weather
BBC

Headlines: Man in court over Felixstowe murder... Article about Newmarket causes row

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Here are the top stories we're covering this evening:

  • Shaun Ryan, 61, has appeared in court accused of murdering his wife, Jean, 67, who died after being stabbed in Felixstowe last week
  • A third man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an Ipswich property was broken into and a gun fired  
  • A row has broken out over the image of Newmarket and the racing industry, after an article claimed the town had an undercurrent of vice and was fuelled by drugs and alcohol

Largest weapons haul to be destroyed

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

The largest hoard of weapons ever found in the UK will be destroyed tomorrow by Suffolk Police.

some of the weapons
Suffolk Police

More than 400 illegal weapons were discovered behind a false wall at Wyverstone two years ago. 

Anthony Buckland, from Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk, was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in supplying some of them to parish councillor James Arnold, who has since died.

The weapons will be destroyed at Suffolk Police's headquarters in Martlesham.

Man attacked in broad daylight in Mildenhall

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man has suffered cuts and bruises to his face and ribs after an unprovoked attack by four youths in broad daylight, police have said.Shane Howell had just finished work on Sunday and was yards from his home on Croft Place, Mildenhall, when he was attacked.

Suffolk Police, which is treating the attack as assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Shane Howell
Shane Howell

Man faces no further action over Bury St Edmunds shooting

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

A 20-year-old man from Derbyshire who was arrested in connection with a shooting in Bury St Edmunds last summer has been told he faces no further police action.

Police were called to reports that a man had been shot in the stomach at an address in Forum Court in August. 

A trial is currently ongoing at Ipswich Crown Court in relation to those charged in connection with the shooting.

Zoe Newson had change of heart over powerlifting

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

Zoe Newson will represent Great Britain at this summer's Paralympics in Rio, but it could have all been very different for the 24-year-old. 

The East Bergholt weightlifter, who won bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics, told BBC Suffolk she wasn't keen on the sport to start with.

zoe newson
BBC

"I said I didn't want to do it, but luckily I chose to do it and everything since then has gone OK," she said.

"When I was at school I never thought I would be travelling the world and competing for Great Britain, so it's amazing really."

Suffolk police and crime commissioner: Meet the candidates

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Every day this week we're going to bring you details of one of the five candidates hoping to become the county's next police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Tim Passmore
BBC

Conservative candidate Tim Passmore narrowly won the vote in 2012 to become the county's first PCC, and is standing for re-election.

The 56-year-old is married with three children and has lived in Suffolk all his life. Before becoming PCC he worked in farming and was the leader of Mid Suffolk District Council.

His top priorities for Suffolk are dealing with domestic abuse, economic crime and the needs of victims.

Also standing for election are: Simon Tobin (UKIP), Helen Korfanty (Liberal Democrats) Cath Pickles (Labour) and Terence Carter (Green Party).  Voting takes place on 5 May.  

Man charged with wife's murder appears in court

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man from Felixstowe has been in court this afternoon, accused of murdering his wife.

Shaun Ryan, 61, from Gosford Way, was charged at the weekend with killing Jean Ryan, who died from a stab wound last Wednesday. He appeared before Ipswich Crown Court and was remanded in custody until 4 July. 

Powerlifter Zoe Newson 'so happy' to get Rio nod

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

Zoe Newson has found out she is one of four powerlifters heading to Brazil to represent Great Britain at this summer's Paralympics.

"I'm so excited," she told BBC Suffolk. "I've never been to Brazil so I'm happy to go there and get more experience. Hopefully it’ll go ok."

zoe newson
BBC

Newson, who’s based in East Bergholt, played down her chances of a medal but admitted she wasn't confident ahead of London 2012, when she won bronze.

"I thought maybe I’d come fifth," she said. "So it’s just on the day, see what happens."

Weather: Plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

If you're lucky enough not to be stuck in the office this afternoon, you can enjoy plenty of sunshine.There will be light winds but it should feel a fair bit warmer than of late.

Clear spells will also develop tonight, when there will be lows of 2C (36F).

weather map
BBC

Third man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A third man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a property was broken into and a gun was fired.

Last Thursday, a man reported that his property on Stoke Street, Ipswich, was broken into at about 01:15. Police found evidence "that a firearm was discharged at the scene".

A 24-year-old man from Salford has been detained. Two other men, a 48-year-old from Clacton-on-Sea and a 28-year-old man from Liverpool, were arrested on Friday and have been released on bail.

Headlines: Article labelled damaging for Newmarket.... Man due in court over Felixstowe murder

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

These are the top stories we're covering this afternoon:

  • A row has broken out over the image of Newmarket and the racing industry, after an article claimed the town had an undercurrent of vice and was fuelled by drugs and alcohol
  • A man is due in court this afternoon accused of murdering his wife. Jean Ryan, 67, died after being stabbed in Felixstowe last week
  • The parents of a three-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare form of cancer are hoping to raise £400,000 so she can have specialist treatment in America

Tommy Smith 'been quite solid' for Ipswich

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

Tommy Smith is expected to be at the heart of Ipswich's defence tonight against Fulham, having been dropped for the last home game.

Tommy Smith
Getty Images

Smith, 26, was on the bench for the 3-1 loss to Brentford but was back in the starting 11 for Saturday's draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

"I think I've shown throughout the season I've been quite solid," the New Zealand international said. "I knew that if I got my chance back in the team, just do the same job I have been doing all season."

School takes part in space seed experiment

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Seeds from space will be planted later by children at Orford Primary, as part of an experiment devised by British astronaut Tim Peake.

The school is one of up to 10,000 selected to get a pack of 100 seeds which will grow into rocket salad leaves.

Mr Peake outlined details of the project in a message from the space station, and asked pupils to compare their growth with rocket plants that have stayed on Earth.

Train journeys to be disrupted over the bank holiday weekend

BBC Travel

Train journeys along the Suffolk mainline will be disrupted over the bank holiday weekend as engineers close the line at Shenfield, Network Rail has announced.The work is part of a £40bn programme to upgrade train lines across the country. Network Rail says it's closing the line in the Shenfield area on 1 and 2 May.

Cancer-hit girl's parents praise 'incredible' support

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

The parents of a three-year-old girl who has a rare form of cancer have thanked the public for supporting their appeal to raise money to fund her treatment.

Scarlett Gray
The Gray family

Scarlett Gray is currently being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, but her parents Angela and Jamie Gray say she needs treatment in the United States to give her the best chance of survival.

Mr Gray, who has started a fundraising page, told BBC Suffolk there had been "an incredible response" to their appeal.

"My friends, family and just strangers have been so kind," he said. "We have had people hand over their hard earned money to try and save my little girl, and I cannot thank them enough."

Town out to extend 52-year unbeaten run

TWTD.co.uk

Ipswich go into tonight’s home game against Fulham looking to extend an unbeaten run against the Whites stretching back more than 50 years.

Sudbury travellers move on

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A group of travellers who set up camp close to Sudbury town centre have moved on, the town council has said. 

the travellers
BBC

John Sayers, who's a county councillor, had said he was worried about the disruption and cost involved with moving the families from the site.

However, the town council said they moved on overnight.

Felixstowe murder case delayed

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

I've just spoken to Ipswich Crown Court about Shaun Ryan, who was due in court this morning charged with murdering his wife.

The 61-year-old, from Gosford Way in Felixstowe, was too ill to appear before the judge so the case has been adjourned until this afternoon.

He is accused of stabbing Jean Ryan, 67, on Wednesday night. 

US appeal launched for cancer-hit girl

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

The parents of a three year girl old who has a rare form of cancer are trying to raise £400,000 to get her treatment in the United States, to give her the best chance of survival.

Scarlett Gray
The Gray family

Scarlett Gray was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last August and has only managed to be at home from hospital for 20 days since then.

Her father Jamie, who serves at RAF Honington, launched the appeal and has so far raised more than £6,000.

Travel: A12 in Martlesham blocked

BBC Travel

The A12 in Martlesham has been blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound, between the Eagle Way junction and the Anson Road junction, because of a crash involving three vehicles.

Newmarket author did 'a dumb thing'

The mayor of Newmarket says the author of an article exposing the town's "microcosm of gambling, booze, drugs and sex" has done a "dumb thing".

Mayor John Berry on a horse
BBC

John Berry (pictured) said "an awful lot of people have taken offence" at Chris Humbleby's piece in the Racing Post.

"No-one is trying to pretend that there isn't a drugs problem in every town in England," Mr Berry said. "The fact that so much is being done to try to ensure that the young racing staff in Newmarket do not go astray, and so much is being done to ensure that there's help there for people who do go astray, shows we fully recognise the problem.

"But to overstate the problem is a gross disservice to everyone involved."

Tommy Smith backing for Dozzell

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

As 16-year old Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell prepares to make his first start for the club tonight against Fulham, he's been receiving praise from one of the club's most experienced players.

Andre Dozzell
PAGEPIX LTD

Centre back Tommy Smith, who's made 46 appearances for The Blues this season, has been impressed with the youngster and says more will come from him once he has built up his strength.

"Obviously he's only a young boy but he's got every chance," Smith said. "He's a talented player and hopefully we'll see a bit more of him with the remaining games of the season."

Author defends 'murky' Newmarket article

The author of an article that highlighted the "murky undercurrent" of Newmarket has defended his writing, saying it "needed to be said".

Welcome to Newmarket sign
Getty Images

The mayor of Newmarket has been among those to speak out against Chris Humbleby's piece, published by the Racing Post.

"I knew it wasn't going to please everybody," Mr Humbleby said. "I don't set out to be deliberately offensive to anyone. But it was a controversial piece that I felt needed to be said.

"I think hopefully it's going to have a constructive ending."

Man due in court accused of wife murder

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man is due in court today, charged with murdering his wife.

Police at Gosford Way, Felixstowe
BBC

Shaun Ryan, 61, from Gosford Way in Felixstowe, is accused of stabbing Jean Ryan, 67, on Wednesday night. 

He appeared before magistrates yesterday and was remanded in custody ahead of a Crown Court hearing this morning.  

Newmarket: 'Gambling, booze, drugs and sex'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

An article which describes Newmarket as being a "microcosm of gambling, booze, drugs and sex" has prompted a debate about the town.

Horse statue at Newmarket
Geograph: Bob Jones

Chris Humbleby, a Cambridge University graduate and racing manager for trainer Roger Varian, submitted the piece for a competition in the Racing Post. He was victorious and his article was published at the weekend.

Mr Humbleby, whose work has received some criticism on Etholle George's Breakfast Show this morning, called for trainers to protect youngsters from "the murky undercurrent of vice that is unmistakable to all of us who live here".

Weather: Dry day with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start, today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunny periods

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

In the news: Award-winning article labelled damaging for Newmarket....Man due in court over Felixstowe murder

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • A row has broken out over the image of Newmarket and the racing industry after an award-winning article claimed the town has an undercurrent of vice and is fuelled by drugs and alcohol
  • A man is due in court today accused of murdering his wife. Jean Ryan, 67, died after being stabbed in Felixstowe last week
  • The parents of a three-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer are hoping to raise £400,000 so their daughter can have specialist treatment in America

Good morning, and welcome

Richard Haugh

BBC News

"Hello!"

Backbird
Weather Watchers/Fletch

The sun is out and blackbirds everywhere are celebrating by taking photos of themselves.

This is the scene this morning in Ipswich, where Weather Watcher Fletch says it is "sunny" and "crisp". We'll have a full forecast shortly, along with what stories we're looking at this morning.