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Summary

  1. Hospital boss says it's a "very, very sad day for the NHS" as junior doctors strike over new contract
  2. East of England Co-op says it will continue to invest in its stores, despite overall profits falling
  3. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Philippa Taylor

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Man has to pay total of £1,985 after two day drunken crime-spree

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A 22-year-old man has been ordered to pay extra compensation alongside the £300 he has to give to a Suffolk police constable whose arm was "lacerated" on a pub window as he was attempting an arrest.

Alexander Lant, 22, of Hadleigh, admitted three charges of using threatening behaviour towards a member of the public on 29 March, smashing three windows of the man's house a day later and then resisting arrest on 9 April.

Ipswich Magistrates ordered Lant to pay £1,500 for the smashed windows at the house, £85 court costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

Queen thanks Stradbroke and District RBL branch

Diss Express

The Stradbroke and District RBL branch has been thanked by the Queen for their “loyal greetings” following a concert to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Stradbroke concert
Diss Express

Further delays to Sizewell C decision?

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Officials from EDF are to be called back to Parliament, to explain to MPs why a further delay in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station now looks likely.

Sizewell C artists impression
EDF

Last month, the Energy and Climate Change Committee was told the project would definitely go ahead, and that a decision would be made in early May. But it's now understood that the green light may not be given until September.

EDF has said that plans for a third reactor at Sizewell can't go ahead until permission is granted for Hinkley.

FA Girls Festival returns to Suffolk

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk will host its very own FA Girls Festival next month, with more than 300 girls set to attend the event on 26 May.

Girls playing football
Suffolk FA

The festival at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds will be led by FA approved coaches and will include sessions from the FA Skills team.

"It's a great buzz for women's football in the county," said Jodie Allard from Suffolk FA. "We want this to leave a real legacy for other areas of female football in Suffolk."

Overnight weather: Wintry showers dying out

BBC Weather

Wintry showers will generally die out through the course of this evening. This will allow most places to become dry with clear spells, with a touch of frost then developing in sheltered rural places by morning.

Lows of 1C (34F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will start cold and bright, but further wintry showers will develop during the day. Top temperature: 10C (50F).

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

Police hope to reunite medal with rightful owner

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Colonial Special Constabulary Medal has been handed into police after being found in St John's Road in Ipswich last week.

Colonial Special Constabulary Medal
Suffolk Police

Police say there's an inscription on the medal which anyone hoping to claim it will have to describe.

Take a look inside nesting boxes on the outskirts of Ipswich

Felicity Simper

BBC Look East

I've been to see Jason Alexander, known as the Wildlife Gadget Man, who has rigged nest boxes at his home on the outskirts of Ipswich with cameras to get a closer look at what the birds are getting up to.

Here are some of the images he's recorded:

A chance to see inside nest boxes as birds feed their young

Thieves steal car from Stanton home in latest in spate of linked burglaries

Diss Express

Thieves broke in to a home in Stanton and stole a car - the latest in a spate of linked burglaries in villages outside Bury St Edmunds.

Massive night in prospect for Trawler Boys

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Victory for Lowestoft Town tonight at home to North Ferriby United would guarantee the Trawler Boys their status in the National League North for next season.

Ady Gallagher
Lowestoft Town FC

The Suffolk side are currently two points above the relegation zone with just two more games to play, and have a game in hand on Brackley below them.

Lowestoft manager Ady Gallagher has told BBC Suffolk that keeping his side in the division would be his greatest achievement since joining the club.

Man sentenced after policeman's arm 'lacerated' during attempted arrest

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A man has been ordered to pay £300 compensation to a police constable whose arm was "lacerated" when a pub window was smashed as he tried to arrest him.

The Cock Inn, Hadleigh
Robert Edwards/Geograph

PC Barry Colquhuon was injured at The Cock Inn in Hadleigh on 9 April as he tried to arrest Alexander Lant, the prosecution told magistrates in Ipswich.

Lant, described in court as "sofa-surfing" in Hadleigh, was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay PC Colquhuon £300.

Munnings' paintings sell for more than £1m at New York auction

Two oil paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings sold for more than £1m ($1,458,295) at an auction in America last night.

Portrait of Charles and Grace Amory
Alfred Munnings

One of the paintings, a rare Scottish work by Munnings featuring Charles and Grace Amory (seen above), sold for £668,283 ($965,000) at the Christie's auction in New York.

Munnings, who was born in Mendham, Suffolk, studied at the Norwich School of Art in the late 19th Century. 

In 1919 he moved to live and work at Castle House, Dedham, in Essex, until his death in 1959. The building is now the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum.

NHS England: 78% of junior doctors did not work today

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Hire boats give boost to tourism in Sudbury

Suffolk Free Press

The return of hire boats on a picturesque stretch of a Suffolk river is set to trigger a "significant" boost to the local economy.

Rowing boat
Suffolk Free Press

Reynolds plays down Sudbury double promotion talk

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Despite winning promotion to the Ryman Premier Division this month in emphatic style, AFC Sudbury assistant manager Andy Reynolds has played down talk of the Yellows going up again next season.

AFC Sudbury trophy celebrations
Rachel Goode

The former goalkeeper was part of a Lowestoft team that won back-to-back titles before immediately establishing themselves in non league's third tier a few years ago. 

"It was different at Lowestoft and I can't see us being competitive at this level right away," Reynolds said. "But that's not going to stop us having a go!" 

Birds nesting in cigarette butt box...part two

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

I should have realised our earlier evidence of birds nesting in a cigarette butt box in Haverhill wouldn't be the only one in the county.

Here's a photograph taken at the Barley Mow pub in Witnesham, near Ipswich, recently:

Birds nesting 'box' at Barley Mow pub in Witnesham
BBC

Police and crime commissioner: Meet the candidates

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Over the past week or so we've introduced you to the candidates standing in the forthcoming election to become Suffolk's next police and crime commissioner.

Terence Carter
BBC

Standing for the Green Party is Terence Carter, 30. He's a town councillor in Needham Market and the vice-chairman of Mid-Suffolk's disability forum.

His top priorities are keeping Suffolk safe, to protect and look out for the vulnerable, and bring charities and NGOs into the fold to make up for what's been done by the cuts.

Also standing for election on 5 May are Labour's Cath Pickles, Tim Passmore for the Conservatives, Simon Tobin for UKIP and Helen Korfanty for the Liberal Democrats.

McCarthy: Knudsen has got better and better

TWTD.co.uk

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says left-back Jonas Knudsen has got better and better as the season has progressed and was delighted to see him net his first Town goal late in last week’s 1-1 draw with Fulham. 

Pressure to grow world's biggest pumpkin 'massive'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Horticulture firm Thompson & Morgan has chosen the person it thinks can turn a £1,250 seed into a record-breaking pumpkin.

Paul Hansord with giant pumpkin seed
Thompson & Morgan

The Ipswich-based company bought the seed at an auction earlier this year in the hope it will produce the biggest pumpkin the world has seen.

Matthew Oliver, a horticulturist who works at the RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, says he's set his sights on an October weigh-in.

"The pressure to deliver is massive," he said.

Mick McCarthy to address Ipswich goal drought in the summer

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he has a few ideas as to why his side have not been creating many chances of late, and will address the issue in the coming months.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

The Blues have scored just three times in their past seven games and have not scored more than two goals in any of their home fixtures this season. 

"We did get service to the strikers earlier in the season," McCarthy said. "I know a lot of the reasons for why this has changed, and we will sit down and analyse it." 

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

There will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers this afternoon, with the chance that some of the showers may turn heavy and thundery at times.

Feeling cold with a significant wind chill, despite a top temperature of 9C (48F).

Lowestoft
Weather Watcher 'Lindalastronic'

This amazing cloud photograph was taken earlier today in Lowestoft, by Weather Watcher Lindalastronic.

If you're interested in finding out more about being a weather watcher too, have a look at our website.

David Cameron says doctors' strike is 'quite wrong'

Cameron: Doctors' strike is 'quite wrong'

Man due in court after police officer injured

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man from Hadleigh is due in court today, charged with resisting arrest, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.

It follows an incident outside a pub on George Street in the town earlier this month, which resulted in a police officer requiring hospital treatment for cuts to his arm. 

The 22-year-old is due before magistrates in Ipswich this afternoon.

In the news: Doctors at all three hospitals serving Suffolk take strike action... Former Ipswich player due in court on speeding charge

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories this Tuesday lunchtime:

  • The latest industrial action by junior doctors is now under way, with operations and outpatient appointments being postponed at Ipswich, West Suffolk and the James Paget hospitals
  • Former Ipswich Town player Alex Henshall is due before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds regarding an alleged speeding offence in Ipswich last September
  • Parts of the county have seen flurries of snow 

Hospital Cup date set

TWTD.co.uk

Ipswich Town’s U16s will face their Norwich City counterparts in this year’s Hospital Cup at Carrow Road on Tuesday 17 May.

Carrow Road
TWTD

Birds nesting in cigarette butt box

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Birds can be ingenious when it comes to finding unusual places to nest, but this is the first time we've seen them take up residence in a cigarette butt box.

Birds nesting sign in cigarette box
Chris Hanlon

Thanks to Chris Hanlon for sending the photo in. He says the box is on the wall outside a company called Fibregrid on Homefield Road, Haverhill. 

Woman who's lost faith in the NHS says she'll 'die' before she goes into a hospital

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A woman whose son died in hospital from a heart problem says she's losing faith in the NHS, and will "die" before she goes into a hospital herself.

Junior doctor
BBC

Beryl in Pakefield told a BBC Suffolk phone-in: "I was proud of my NHS but believe me, I'm not any more. I will die before I go into a hospital now and I mean that. I'll die on the roadside. 

"They're overworked, underpaid, and very, very tired human beings."

Travel: Two-vehicle crash causes delays northbound on A12 at Farnham

BBC Travel

The A12 is partially blocked northbound in Farnham, at the junction of the A1094, because of a crash involving two vehicles.

Doctors strike will be broken in event of 'unpredictable major incident'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Bosses at Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospital have told us the latest junior doctors strike, which got under way at 08:00, will, in common with previous industrial action, be broken in the event of a major incident.

WS Hospital
BBC

Jon Green, chief operating officer at the West Suffolk Hospital, said: "If there are any difficulties... they've indicated they would come in and support if we were compromised in that way."

The British Medical Association told us: “An agreed protocol is in place between the BMA and NHS England should any trust need to recall doctors during the days of action, where there has been an unpredictable major incident."

Junior doctors' strike: What patients need to know

Junior doctors in England are on strike today and tomorrow from 08:00 to 17:00. The NHS says it is working hard to ensure as few patients as possible are affected, but what does this mean for people who need these services?

A&E
SPL
  • A&E: These services will continue to run throughout the strike but with other staff covering junior doctor roles
  • To access urgent medical help: You can still call NHS 111, visit your GP or see an out-of-hours doctor at an urgent care centre or walk-in centre
  • Visiting a GP: GPs may experience greater demand than normal, so it is best to contact your GP early if you need advice or an appointment, according to the NHS Choices website
  • Pharmacies and dentists: The strikes do not include any of these healthcare professionals. Services should run as normal

Former Ipswich player due in court on speeding charge

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Former Ipswich Town player Alex Henshall is due before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds today on a speeding charge, in a case that was adjourned from the beginning of the month.

Alex Henshall
ITFC.co.uk

The 22-year-old is accused of driving 53mph in a 30mph zone in Commercial Road, Ipswich, on 7 September.

Suffolk MPs vote against allowing 3,000 child refugees into the UK

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

All seven of Suffolk’s MPs have voted against allowing 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK from Europe.

Silhouette of clothes
AFP/Getty Images

The amendment to the Immigration Bill was tabled by Labour’s Lord Dubs, who came to the UK himself as part of the Kindertransport organised by Nicholas Winton. It was backed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.

Some Conservatives voted with the opposition but the amendment was rejected by 294 to 276.

Dan Holley shows us the path of today's wintry storms

BBC weather forecaster Dan Holley shares a map illustrating the wintry weather affecting the county today:

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Ipswich ace earns North American scholarship

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After another impressive season at Ipswich Basketball Club, talented youngster Sam Newman has been signed up by the University of Alberta in Canada.

Sam Newman
Ipswich Basketball Club

The 20-year-old joins on a five-year athletic scholarship and will play for the Golden Bears in front of crowds in excess of 2,000 people. 

"Alberta is the perfect fit for me," Newman said. "They came to Ipswich, worked me out and met with my family. I am very proud to be joining."

Why are junior doctors striking?

Victoria Derbyshire

The Victoria Derbyshire programme's Jim Reed has been taking a look at why the junior doctors' strike is taking place:

What is the junior doctors strike about?

'Basic maths' behind junior doctors' dispute

The British Medical Association representative for the James Paget Hospital, which serves north Suffolk, has been explaining one of the major stumbling blocks in the new contracts for junior doctors has led to the latest industrial action.

James Paget Hospital
BBC

Dr Trevor Killeen said: "Jeremy Hunt is proposing... that we spread the exact same resources, without any further money, without any further ancillary help in terms of nurses, physios, occupational therapists. He wants to spread junior doctors, and doctors in general, over seven days. 

"The basic maths means if you have someone who's working on Saturday and Sunday they cant' be working on Tuesday and Wednesday."

Travel: Shed load of soil partially blocks Combs Lane in Stowmarket

BBC Travel

Combs Lane in Stowmarket is partially blocked and there's slow traffic at the junction with the B1115, Finsborough Road, because of a shed load of soil from a lorry.

Mick McCarthy: 'Pits should be pleased'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Striker Brett Pitman was an unused substitute for Ipswich Town at Middlesbrough on Saturday, having gone 11 appearances without a goal for the Blues.

Brett Pitman
Reuters

However, manager Mick McCarthy believes the 28-year-old can be pleased with his first season at the club, during which he has found the net on 10 occasions. 

"There is healthy competition up front at Ipswich and for somebody who hasn't started week in week out, he has contributed hugely." McCarthy said.