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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 April 2016
  2. News figures show 469 children are being home schooled in Suffolk
  3. East Bergholt Parish Council agrees to challenge Constable Country homes plan
  4. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's all folks

That's it from us at BBC Suffolk with the last post of the week. 

Our live coverage will continue on Monday morning from 08:00, we look forward to seeing you again then. In the meantime you can send us a tweet, post on our Facebook page, or email us.

It's cold, and it's going to get colder

BBC Weather

There is an increasing chance of seeing intermittent light rain from the south, perhaps eventually becoming more persistent here by evening. Maximum temperature 10C (50F)

Grey skies over Sudbury
Weather Watchers: OSA

Tonight, cloud and and rain will clear away to the south overnight, with clearer conditions following from the north. Turning colder, perhaps with a grass frost in places by morning. Overnight low of 5C (41F) 

Thanks to Weather Watcher OSA who sent in a picture of the grey skies over Sudbury, taken earlier today.

McCarthy acknowledges 'remarkable turnaround' at Middlesbrough

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A run of six wins from an unbeaten seven matches has made Ipswich Town's opponents this weekend, Middlesbrough, favourites for automatic promotion this season.

Aitor Karanka
Getty Images

Only last month the Teesside club had been in turmoil, when head coach Aitor Karanka (pictured) threatened to quit after a surprise loss to Rotherham United. 

"Their chairman Steve Gibson coped with that very well," said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. "He kept calm and got Karanka back and they have gone on and won games since." 

Mick McCarthy: 'Middlesbrough entitled to be a good team'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There can be no surprises that Middlesbrough are top of the Championship according to Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy, who takes his team to Teesside tomorrow. 

David Nugent

"They've spent millions on David Nugent (pictured) and Jordan Rhodes and they pay lots in wages. They are entitled to be a good team." McCarthy said. 

"We would like to be where they are next season, but that will be difficult with the teams coming down. Whatever we do, we will do our best to compete."

Maitland-Niles unlikely to be back at Ipswich next season

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be a much better player for the time that he has spent at Portman Road.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Getty Images

The 18-year-old Arsenal loanee has made 32 appearances for the Blues this season, but has not been part of the last two match day squads, casting doubt over a new deal. 

"I'm not sure that will happen," McCarthy said. "Wherever he ends up he'll be a better player for it, but it's unlikely to be here."

Numbers of home-schooled children rising due to 'stress of tests'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A Felixstowe mother who has home-schooled her children for over six years has told this she believes the stress surrounding testing at a young age has contributed to a rise in those educated at home. 

Boy drawing at home

The number home schooled here in the county has doubled since 2012, to just over 450 now.   

Jax Blunt said:"It just doesn't work for me. I just don't think - particularly at the moment, if you look what's going on with the testing, children don't need testing that young. They don't need to be in exam situations at the age of six. I think that's one of the reasons that there is a rise in home education."

Wholesale change unlikely at Ipswich Town this summer

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has acknowledged that his team needs a lift during the summer months and hopes a couple of new signings can do the trick.

Mick McCarthy

The Blues play-off bid has fallen away badly in recent weeks, but the boss is not planning wholesale changes off the back of a string of below par performances. 

"Fifteen or 16 of the squad I've got now will remain," McCarthy said. "There won't be massive change but we do need some fresh bodies in to give us a lift and a spark." 

Train crash lights system was 'intentionally disabled'

BBC Radio Suffolk

The tractor driver - who was seriously injured in a crash with a train near Thetford earlier this month - did have permission to cross the track.

Scene of the accident
Alex Youngs

The initial report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch also says a system of red and green lights, showing when it's safe to cross, had been intentionally disabled at the time of the crash. 

The RAIB will now carry out of a full investigation - looking in more detail at what happened.

Suffolk Free Press front page: Ways to get children to eat fruit

Suffolk Free Press

Ambitious plans to get children to eat more fruit and vegetables are being trialled in Sudbury, led by the town’s firefighters.

Sudbury firefighters, supermarket and leisure centre staff join forces to help children eat healthy
Suffolk Free Press

McCarthy: No Complaints About Style When We Were in the Top Six

Boss Mick McCarthy says there were no complaints about his side’s style of play while Town were in the top six with the Blues manager feeling it’s results which have fuelled recent criticism, which in any case he believes may be being overstated.  

Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town Manager

Suffolk man celebrates Dodgeball World Cup win

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ed Pickerin (back row, 2nd left) only took up Dodgeball 7 years ago, but now he and his England Lions teammates are world champions.

England Lions Dodgeball Team

The 25-year-old, who played up until recently with Ipswich Mavericks, hopes the success will inspire more people to take up the sport in the UK.

"The ultimate goal for most sports is to compete in the Olympics," Pickerin said. "But shorter term, the aim is to get more juniors playing and form a greater league structure." 

Diss Express: Desert adventure

Diss Express

Scole’s Duncan Slater is putting his latest bit of history making on hold after a brave and determined effort taking on the ‘toughest footrace on earth’.

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Celebration for landmark's completion

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The latest offshore engineering project to be completed in Lowestoft is due to be loaded on to a barge ready for a wind farm off Cromer in Norfolk. 

The crane overlooking Lowestoft

The substation weighs nearly a thousand tonnes and has been built by SLP.

Project manager Matthew Wooltorton said: "We are ideally placed with future developments, on the east coast, we see East Anglia taking shape and form over the next few years and then the developments that come off of that with North and East Anglia 3, as well. 

"With the work we've done here and what we've produced we hope that we'll continue to do that and that will be our local content as well."

Ipswich striker Brett Pitman: 'Bolton draw killed play-off bid'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich visit top of the table Middlesbrough tomorrow, but it is the team who are bottom of the Championship that ruined the Blues play-off bid according to striker Brett Pitman. 

Brett Pitman

Bolton Wanderers came from 2-0 down to earn a point against Town last month, and Mick McCarthy's side have won just one of eight matches since. 

"We should have won at Bolton and it killed our momentum," Pitman said. "It's probably taken longer than it should have for us to put that one right."

Tractor hit by train in Norfolk had approval to cross line

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The driver of a tractor which was hit by a train at nearly 85mph on a level crossing just over the Suffolk border in Norfolk had been given permission to cross, a preliminary accident report has found.  

Picture of the damage
Alex Youngs

The tractor driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the accident on 10 April near Thetford. 

The train had passed through Suffolk on the way to Norfolk. 

In the news: Tractor hit by train had permission to cross line and home schooling on rise in county

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

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

  • A tractor hit by a train in Norfolk had approval to cross the line, an accident report finds
  • The number of children home schooled in the county has increased 
  • Suffolk's dart player Peter Wright beaten in Premier League of Darts
  • Weather 10C (50F) with intermittent light rain

Portman Road to stage Premier Cup final

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

This year's Suffolk FA Premier Cup final will take place at Ipswich Town's Portman Road ground.

Suffolk Premier Cup
Suffolk FA

Current holders Lowestoft Town and Leiston will contest the final on Wednesday 4 May. with kick off at 7pm.

The finals of the Suffolk Senior Cup, Women's Cup and Junior Cup will also be held at Portman Road next month.

Launch day for Lowestoft engineering project

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A major engineering project in Lowestoft - built for an offshore wind farm - is ready to be shipped out to the north Norfolk coast.

The crane over Lowestoft

The yellow substation has been built by SLP and this week has been loaded on to a barge

Paul Thompson, SLP managing director, said: "Unfortunately there is a gap between this one coming to a conclusion, and the other one starting up and we will look to fill that gap as quickly as we can. 

"So there will be a reduction in the numbers but there will also be an increase as we go through later in this year. We're engaged with the East Anglia team at the moment, and obviously we're very keen to succeed with it."

Ipswich strikers aim to end goal drought at Boro

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It is over a month since an Ipswich Town striker scored a goal, and given the Blues opponents tomorrow, the odds could be against them ending that drought.

Freddie Sears
Getty Images

Leaders Middlesbrough have conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Championship this season, and no team has kept more clean sheets in the division. 

Brett Pitman, David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears (pictured) will all hope to start at the Riverside Stadium with Pitman the most recent of the trio to find the net (on 8 March).

BreakingTractor hit by train had permission to cross line

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A tractor which was hit by a Norwich to Cambridge train at a level crossing in Norfolk, leaving a man with serious injuries, had been given permission to cross the line, a preliminary accident report has found.  

Train crash
Alex Youngs

The accident happened at 12:30 on Sunday 11 April and the tractor driver was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said drivers of vehicles must open and close the Hockham Road level crossing gates themselves and "at the time of the accident they had to use the telephone to obtain permission from a signaller at Cambridge, before going over the crossing".

Number crunching home schooling stats in Suffolk

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

We've been talking about home schooling in the county today which has seen figures increase over the last five years. Here's what they look like in Suffolk:

Graphic showing numbers home schooled in Suffolk

Would leaving the EU affect us environmentally?

BBC Radio Suffolk

Air quality, recycling, renewable energy targets, wildlife protection: all are subject to EU law.                            

Our coast: Would voting to leave the EU affect our water quality?

When it comes to environmental policy our membership of the EU has had a huge influence. For instance water quality is now regulated by a variety of EU laws. So what, if anything, might change if we voted to leave?           

Van Gerwen puts paid to Snakebite's play-off hopes

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright was beaten 7-2 by world number one Michael Van Gerwen (pictured) last night in the Premier League of Darts.

Michael Van Gerwen

Realistically, the 46-year-old from Mendham must now win all of his remaining fixtures and hope that other results go his way if he is to make the play-offs.

Sixteen times world champion Phil Taylor still leads the standings, following his 7-2 win over Robert Thornton last night in Bournemouth.

Parish council to take new homes fight to High Court

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A parish council in the heart of Constable Country has agreed to challenge in the High Court plans for 144 new homes in an historic village.

East Bergholt Parish Council

The East Bergholt council will spend up to £50,000 on calling for a judicial review into the decision to build the homes by Babergh District Council. 

Local people believe the homes are to be built in the wrong place and will effectively turn a village into a town. Babergh insist the homes are needed and some will be affordable so local people can remain living in the area.

King and Covatti on form in Witches loss

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches were narrowly beaten 47-43 at Sheffield Tigers last night in Speedway's Premier League Cup.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Number one Danny King (pictured) top scored for the Suffolk side after winning 3 of his heats on the night, and Nico Covatti was also paid for double figures.

The two sides will race against each other again in the competition this coming Saturday at Foxhall Stadium.

Weather: Cloudy and cool with some rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy and cooler than previous days in easterly wind.

The likelihood incerases through the day of intermittent light rain which will become more persistent by evening. 

Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F)

In the news: Home schooling increases in Suffolk...High Court challenge for East Bergholt homes

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • New figures show 469 children are being home schooled in Suffolk
  • East Bergolt Parish Council agrees to challenge plans to build 150 new homes on Constable Country land at the High Court

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Suffolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday's Suffolk Live. 

Between now and 18:00, the team here will bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them. 

We're always interested in what's happening in your part of Suffolk. 

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