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Summary

  1. Memorial trees accidentally felled to make way for statue for Queen's 90th birthday
  2. More than 400 weapons found in a parish councillor's home are being destroyed by police
  3. Driver caught travelling at 154mph on A11
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 20 April 2016

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Suffolk Live for the day, thanks for your company.

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Car driven at 154mph believed to be 'highest speed' recorded by county's police

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police says a car travelling at 154mph on a section of the A11 is believed to be the highest speed it's recorded on the county's roads.

Police stopped the Seat Leon near Elveden on Monday night. A male driver in his 20s will be summoned to court.

A spokesman said: "It is believed that this is the highest speed of a vehicle on the road that has been recorded by Suffolk Police."

Destruction of largest-ever gun haul begins

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The destruction of 463 firearms found hidden away in a Suffolk village has got under way at police headquarters in Martlesham.

The destruction of the largest-ever gun haul found in the UK is under way in Suffolk

Pistols, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, a rocket launcher, grenades and 200,000 rounds of ammunition were found at the home of former parish council chairman James Arnold in Wyverstone in 2014. 

It was the biggest haul of weapons ever found in the UK. Mr Arnold was charged, but died of cancer while on remand.

Anthony Buckland, from Norfolk, was jailed for six years for his part in supplying some of the weapons.

Drivers filming crash while driving 'likely to receive summons'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

While the investigation gets under way into the crash between three cars and two lorries on the A14 this afternoon, police warn drivers caught filming the aftermath could face action. 

A statement put out by Suffolk Police warns of delays on the westbound carriageway due to slow traffic.

The force says motorists caught filming while driving are likely to receive a summons in the post.

Watch: Duke of Cambridge emphasises importance of ambulance pilot role as he answers royal duty criticism

The Duke of Cambridge has attempted to shrug off criticism of his commitment to his royal duties.

Prince William's commitment has been questioned in some quarters in recent months, with headlines in some newspapers referring to him as "work-shy William".    

But speaking to the BBC before the Queen's 90th birthday, he said he took royal duty "very seriously" and emphasised the importance of his role as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot and the time he spent with his family.

Overnight weather: Dry with clear skies

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening and tonight will be dry with clear skies and light winds, leading to the risk of a frost overnight. Lows of 0C (32F).

Thursday afternoon's weather map
BBC

Thursday will be another fine day with sunny spells. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine, but a little cooler on the coast. Highs of 14C (57F).

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

Lorry driver airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after A14 crash

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Police says a lorry driver has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious injuries after the crash on the A14 this afternoon.

It happened on the eastbound carriageway near Bury St Edmunds and involved three cars and two lorries. 

The westbound carriageway was closed to allow the air ambulance to land. The eastbound carriageway is expected to be closed for some time, beyond rush hour.

Devolution deal 'heading for the rocks'

One of the major figures responsible for bringing about a devolution deal for East Anglia says the idea is being rushed through, making it a hard-sell to both councillors and the public alike, and could be "heading for the rocks". 

Norfolk County Council leader, George Nobbs (left of woman)
BBC

In an article for Municipal Journal, Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs stressed that although he was an "enthusiastic proponent of regional devolution", the deal was in danger.

Mr Nobbs writes: "Any objections we have raised have been brushed aside (by Whitehall officials) in the rush, firstly to meet the timetable of a budget announcement and now to meet the aim of a mayoral election in 2017."

Today the National Audit Office said the benefits of the 10 devolution deals for the UK needed more explanation.

'Hidden' steam engine being moved to new home

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A steam engine that was thought to have been scrapped but was actually hiding away in the countryside for decades is being moved to a new home today.

The shunting engine, built in the 1920s, was owned by a private collector and restored over many years in Suffolk and Hertfordshire. After he died, his wife contacted the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough which agreed to put it in its museum.

Alex Alder from the railway told me about the importance of the find:

Devolution deal for East Anglia has 'accountability issues', says National Audit Office

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The government is being warned that devolution schemes, including the one for East Anglia, still need explaining to the public. 

Document
BBC

National Audit Office report says new arrangements for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire might be more complicated than in urban areas such as Manchester and there could be issues with accountability.

It says devolution deals "offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services" but adds "...arrangements are untested and government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended".

Driver caught speeding at 154mph in Elveden

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

A driver has been recorded travelling at more than twice the national speed limit by police.

A red Seat Leon Cupra
SEAT UK

The motorist reached 154mph (247km/h) along the A11 at Elveden on Monday night, according to traffic officers.

The motorist will now face court action, they said.

Suffolk police and crime commissioner: Meet the candidates

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Each day this week we're bringing you details of one of the five candidates hoping to become the county's next police and crime commissioner.

Simon Tobin
BBC

Standing for UKIP is Simon Tobin, 57, who lives with his wife and child in east Suffolk. 

Mr Tobin says he's passionate about the inner towns of Suffolk, and says too much concentration is on rural crime. He says that's all very important, but adds there's a lot of work to be done on the ground in the tough areas on the streets.

This week, we've already heard from Labour's Cath Pickles and Tim Passmore for the Conservatives. Tomorrow we'll feature Liberal Democrat Helen Korfanty, and finally on Friday Terence Carter, who's standing for the Green Party. 

Air ambulance heading to the scene of A14 crash

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Police has told us that the air ambulance is heading to the "multi-vehicle" crash on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. 

People are trapped and there is apparently diesel in the carriageway. The advice is to avoid the area if possible, as parts of the road are closed and delays are inevitable.

Multi-vehicle crash on A14

BBC Travel

There is severe disruption on the A14 between junction 44, the Bury eastern interchange, and J45 for Rougham, because of a multi-vehicle crash.

'People trapped' after A14 crash

In the news: Guns from largest-ever haul destroyed, and driver caught travelling at 154mph

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here's what's making the news today:

  • Destruction of the largest cache of weapons ever found in the UK is under way at Martlesham police headquarters
  • A driver clocked travelling at 154mph in Elveden is stopped by police
  • The Duke of Cambridge has rejected criticisms of his commitment to royal duties, saying he is concentrating on his work as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot and his role as a father

Demands grow on Waveney foodbank

Diss Express

Waveney Foodbank provided 32,000 meals for struggling families last year, new figures reveal.

Waveney foodbank
Diss Express

The weather: Expect long sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will continue to be a dry day across the region, with long sunny spells. Feeling pleasant inland, although cooler in coastal areas as a brisk easterly wind picks up. Maximum temperature 11C (51F).

Tonight, it'll stay dry with some good clear spells, maximum overnight temperature 6C (42F).

Blossom over blue skies in Ipswich
Weather Watchers: Cool Breeze

Many thanks to Weather Watchers contributor Cool Breeze, who sent in this picture taken in Ipswich this morning.

Lowestoft Town move out of relegation zone

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

It was a good night for Lowestoft Town as they moved out of the National League North relegation places.

Lowestoft Town FC exterior
BBC

The Trawler Boys beat Worcester City 2-1 at Crown Meadow last night, while relegation rivals Brackley Town and AFC Telford Utd drew 0-0.

Danny Crow and Connor Deeks scored for the North Suffolk side, with assistant manager Dale Brooks saying Deeks had not been due to play.

"Connor's come into the frame because of the injury problems we have," he said.

Boss admits Ipswich draw a 'dismal' and 'flat' performance

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

Ipswich Town drew 1-1 with Fulham last night in a match that didn't really get going until after the 60th minute. Striker Moussa Dembélé put the Londoners ahead before Danish left back Jonas Knudsen equalised in stoppage time.

Jonas Knudsen at a previous match
Getty Images

Town boss Mick McCarthy admitted the match had a "disappointing" end-of-season feel to it, saying: "The only pleasing aspect for me was we didn't lose it.

"We've been banging on, making sure we don't end the season like that in a dull and dismal, flat, sad looking performance."

Wyverstone weapons haul: 'Relief' to see conclusion to case

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The officer who led the investigation into the haul of weapons found in Wyverstone says it's a "relief" to see a conclusion to the case, with more than 400 weapons being destroyed from today.

Steve Mattin, being interviewed
BBC

None of the weapons will be kept because of their rarity or historical interest. Steve Mattin said the priority had to be public safety, and they couldn't take the risk of a weapon resurfacing sometime in the future.

The destruction is expected to take several days at Suffolk Police headquarters in Martlesham.

Felled Newmarket trees: Maquette shows what statue will look like

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

This morning we've reported the story of how memorial trees were mistakenly felled in Newmarket to make way for a statue of the Queen, a horse and a foal to mark her 90th birthday.

Maquette of Queen with horse and foal
National Horseracing Museum

The National Horseracing Museum sent us in a photo of what the statue will look like. It will be situated on Birdcage Walk in Newmarket, and is due to be in place by the end of the summer. 

In total 10 trees were felled, four of which were memorials. The council is in discussion with families concerned to replace the trees and repair a damaged plaque.

Wyverstone weapons haul: The background

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

It was the biggest haul of weapons ever found in the UK, and belonged to James Arnold, chairman of the parish council.

Mr Arnold was charged, but died of cancer while on remand. Here are a few stats about the haul, which was found at his home and is being destroyed today.

Info graphic showing number of weapons found
BBC

Police stop driver travelling at 154mph in Elveden

Destruction of weapons begins at Police HQ

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I'm at Suffolk Police headquarters at Martlesham, to see the destruction of the Wyverstone weapons haul.

Destruction getting under way
BBC

More than 460 items, including pistols, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, a rocket launcher, grenades and 200,000 rounds of ammunition were found at the home of former parish council chairman James Arnold in Wyverstone in 2014.  

Weapons to be destroyed from 'largest-ever haul'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The largest hoard of weapons ever found in the UK will be destroyed later.

Some of the guns in the hoard
Suffolk Police

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

Earlier this year, Anthony Buckland, from Norfolk, was jailed for six years for his part in supplying some of them to former parish council chairman James Arnold.

Wednesday's weather: Dry with long sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Any early mist or fog patches will quickly clear to give a dry day with long sunny spells. Feeling pleasant in sheltered sunshine. Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Continuing dry overnight with clear spells and the likelihood of a touch of grass frost. Lows of 3C (37F).

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

Duke of Cambridge concentrating on family and air ambulance duties in the East

The Duke of Cambridge has rejected criticism of his commitment to his royal duties, saying he's concentrating on his family, and on his job as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Prince William in Leighton Buzzard
BBC

In a BBC interview, ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday tomorrow, Prince William said he was "absolutely willing" to take on more responsibility when the time came.

He said: "When the Queen decides that she's going to hand down more responsibilities, I'll be the first person to accept them."

McCarthy's pleased with Dozzell performance

BBC Radio Suffolk

It was a special moment for teenage midfielder Andre Dozzell last night, as he made his full debut for Ipswich Town. The 16-year-old was substituted in the 55th minute.

Andre Dozzell
PAGEPIX LTD

Town boss Mick McCarthy was satisfied with the youngster's performance in a game that was lacking in quality. Describing Dozzell's display, McCarthy said: "He certainly wasn't any worse than anybody else, when he had the ball he was fine with it. He does the donkey work that everybody has to do in the Championship."

Explaining the decision to sub the youngster, McCarthy said: "I didn't take him off because he was struggling in any shape or form but I just wanted to get Didzy (David McGoldrick) on and Kevin Bru on to see if we could liven it up."

Memorial trees felled by mistake to make way for Queen's birthday statue

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Four memorial trees have mistakenly been felled to make way for a bronze statue of a horse and a foal to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Tree stumps remaining after felling for statue
BBC

Despite instructions that no memorial trees would be removed, four were cut down.

Town councillor Warwick Hirst said: "An offer's been made to one of the people who's very upset and obviously they'll come to the opening of the statues. The trees will be replaced, the plaques will be replaced, it'll be done in discussion with each of the families as to where they want it."

Accident on A12 at Little Glemham

BBC Travel

More travel news to let you know about Button's Road at Little Glemham on the A12 Suffolk. 

The main road is partially blocked in both directions near the Button's Road junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a pickup truck.  

In the news : Wyverstone weapons destroyed...Scam victims get money back

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • Suffolk Police are starting the process of destroying some of the 463 weapons seized at a home in Wyverstone two years ago
  • Suffolk victims of a rogue trader are getting £59,000 back today after Trading Standards carried out an investigation into a paving company who admitted using aggressive practices to get work
  • Memorial trees in Newmarket have been cut down to make way for a statue of the Queen marking her 90th birthday

Travel: Accident between car and deer

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports that the B1112 road is blocked between Icklingham and the A1065 junction, because of an accident involving a car and deer.  

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's Local Live

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all, it's great to have your company on this frosty Wednesday morning. Thanks to Weather Watcher "HM" who sent in this scene from Needham, shot earlier today.

Scene from Needham this morning showing frost and mist
Weather Watcher: HM

The team and I will be posting updates of all the news, sport, weather and travel - as it happens - right up until 18:00 this evening.

This morning's headlines and weather is on the way...