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  1. Junior doctors on strike over contract dispute
  2. Suffolk County Council considers setting up academy trust
  3. Jobs to go at Bernard Matthews plants in Norfolk and Suffolk
  4. Nearly 5,000 electrical devices searched by cyber crime unit over past year
  5. Updates for Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  6. News, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

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That's it from Suffolk Live

That's it from Suffolk Live for the evening. As ever, a pleasure to have your company.

We'll be back in the morning with live updates bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

Until then, you can email us, send us a Tweet, or post on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sunny with showers this evening

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will feature sunny spells and scattered showers, some of which will be heavy and thundery with the risk of hail.

Here's what the chart should look like around 19:00 tonight.

Weather graphic for 1900 tonight

Showers will continue throughout the evening and overnight, particularly across eastern parts of the region, and won't clear until the end of the night. Minimum temperature -2C (28F).

Tomorrow will be a mainly dry day with bright and sunny spells, with a risk of some isolated showers.

First all-out junior doctor strikes come to an end

Junior doctors strike

The second day of the first all-out junior doctors strikes in NHS history has just come to an end. The doctors were striking over the imposition of a new contract.

Here's a recap of what happened during the two strikes, which took place from 08:00 to 17:00 yesterday and today.

  • Junior doctors across England took part in two all-out strikes 
  • The health secretary and prime minister both criticised the walkout, with David Cameron calling the withdrawal of emergency care "quite wrong"
  • The British Medical Association described the strikes as "incredibly sad" and called for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to return to the negotiating table
  • Most hospitals reported a smooth service with consultants covering for the junior doctors

Nine victims of 'revenge porn' in county

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Nine people in Suffolk have reported being victims of "revenge porn" during the first year of a new law coming into effect, a BBC investigation has revealed.

In April 2015 it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent.

Infographic showing number of "revenge porn" incidences in the county

In the news: £833m wind farm deal signed...Council considers setting up academy trust

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here's what's happening in the news:

  • An £833m deal to build and service wind turbines off the Suffolk coast has been signed
  • Suffolk County Council is exploring the option of creating an academy trust
  • Junior doctors continue with the second day of their strike action over new contracts

Man who used to weigh 38 stone 'missed out on a lot'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Oliver Bales, who lost 25 stone after a diet and fitness regime, says being overweight meant he missed out "on a lot" during his childhood.

Oliver Bales before he lost weight
Slimming World

Mr Bales, 24, who used to live in Ipswich but has relocated to Portsmouth, used to weigh close to 39 stone (pictured above) but is now just under 14 stone.

"I used to feel like people were always comparing me to other children my age, and feeling like 'the fat, ugly one' made me angry and upset," he said.

"I missed out on a lot, too. I always used to 'forget' my PE kit because I hated getting changed in front of the other pupils. As time went on, I got bigger and that’s when the bullying started."

Ipswich Town announce new scholars

Next season’s new intake of academy scholars were at Portman Road last night for their induction with academy director Bryan Klug and Blues boss Mick McCarthy.

Shot of Ipswich Town Training Centre

County council considers setting up academy trust

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk County Council has written to every school under its control to say it's exploring the option of setting up an academy trust, if the government allows it.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wants all schools to become academies, run by trusts rather than councils, by 2022.

Pupils in classroom

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble told the BBC: "If you talk to some of our headteachers, what they're saying is they like the way in which we deliver the schooling and they would like to remain in that. 

"We're going to be asking government, can we have that genuine competition? Can we compete as well please? Can our schools compete with the support from us?"

The hedgehog with one quill

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

As BBC Suffolk's Going the Whole Hog campaign continues its mission of protecting hedgehogs, take a look at this video of one which has just a single quill.It was filmed at Hemsby's Foxy Lodge Rescue Centre, which is renaming its hedgehog hospital after Kessingland woman Gloria Muir, who worked hard to protect the species up until her death recently.

Hedgehog with one spike 'could never be released into the wild'

Man who lost 25 stone: 'Being overweight affected my entire life'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A 24-year-old man who has lost 25 stone says being overweight blighted his whole life, as he was bullied throughout school and university.

Oliver Bales
Slimming World

Oliver Bales' physical and mental health suffered as a result of his size, which at his heaviest saw him reach nearly 39 stone.

But now Mr Bales, who used to live in Ipswich but has relocated to Portsmouth, has won a "greatest loser" award. He now weighs just under 14 stone and his waist size has been cut by 30 inches.

"Being overweight has affected my entire life – until now," he said. "I finally know what it’s like not to feel like an outcast."

Needham Market axe Kem Izzet and Karl Duguid

Bury Free Press

Needham Market club captain and academy boss Kem Izzet, who has now publicly applied for the vacant Colchester United manager job, and reserves player/manager and second-site academy manager Karl Duguid have both been told they no longer feature in the Ryman League Premier Division club’s plans.

Kem Izzet poses with Needham Market manager Mark Morsley as the FA Cup came to the club in October 2013
Bury Free Press

The weather: Things are looking up for a sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

Sunny spells will become more widespread this afternoon. It's likely there will be some showers, some heavy and thundery with a risk of hail or sleet. Maximum afternoon temperature 10C (50F).

Scene at Martlesham
BBC Weather Watchers: Mick

The showers will gradually become fewer and further between during the evening, leaving a clearer, colder second half of the night with a widespread frost possible.

Thanks to Weather Watcher Mick for sending in the sunny scene from Martlesham. 

Junior doctors' strike 'a major disruption' to patients

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Junior doctors who are striking in protest over new contracts have caused "major disruption" to patients, the chief executive of West Suffolk Hospital has said.

Junior doctors on strike at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds

More than 800 outpatient appointments at the hospitals covering our county have been postponed during the strike, while 90 elective operations have also been postponed at Ipswich, West Suffolk and the James Paget hospitals.

Dr Stephen Dunne, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital, said: "It is a major disruption to our patients. The longer it goes on, the more difficult it becomes in terms of maintaining the safety of our services."

Alcohol: Know your limits... and what is 'binge drinking'?

BBC Radio Suffolk

Here's a guide from chief medical officers about the maximum recommended alcohol consumption, as set out in January

Graphic showing Chief Medical Officers' advice

We're looking at alcohol consumption as Public Health Suffolk has announced that an estimated 37,000 children in the county live with at least one parent who is a "binge drinker".

However, the definition of what constitutes a binge drinker has been hard to pin down. A spokesman for Public Health Suffolk said the government issued guidelines about drinking in January, but did not make recommendations for a single session.

He said the World Health Organisation had previously stated that binge drinking was categorised as "six units of alcohol, which is the equivalent of two 175ml glasses of wine".

Last hurdle cleared for offshore wind turbine contract

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A deal worth £833m to build and service turbines for the East Anglia One wind farm off the coast of Suffolk has finally been signed.


Great Yarmouth Harbour, the pre-assembly port for the installations, will receive £5m in investment.

The contract for 102 turbines has been agreed between Scottish Power Renewables and Siemens. Work is due to start in 2017 with the wind farm operational by 2020.

Ryman Premier Division: Needham boss satisfied with debut campaign

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has told BBC Suffolk Sport he has no concerns about this season's flirt with relegation.

Mark Morsley

The Market Men, who have been playing in the Ryman Premier Division for the first time, finished just one point above fourth from bottom Burgess Hill Town, who were relegated.

"Fifth from bottom was our target," said Morsley. "Part of our ethos is to bring young lads through and we've done that.

"They've got great experience from playing at this level and that's a key part of what we're trying to do."

Needham Market 'have to learn from mistakes'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market's successful battle to avoid relegation from the Ryman Premier Division will make them stronger next season, according to their manager Mark Morsley.

Mark Morsley

He's told BBC Suffolk Sport how finishing fifth from bottom of the table was his target during their debut campaign at level seven of the football pyramid.

"We have to learn from our mistakes and kick on," said Morsley. "We'll strengthen in certain areas next year, but the next step is for us to become an established Ryman Premier Division side and that's what we're looking forward to doing."

Don't bring the pub home, says Public Health Suffolk

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Public Health Suffolk has launched a hard-hitting video to highlight the issue of parental drinking and when it becomes a problem.

View more on youtube

But did you know:

  • It's estimated that 1 in 11 children in the UK are living in a family where there is an alcohol problem
  • Around 30% of children under the age of 16 live with at least one parent who is a "binge drinker" 
  • This equates to an estimate that approximately 37,000 children in Suffolk are affected in this way

Source: Public Health Suffolk

Hopton surgery services to stop

Diss Express

Surgery services in Hopton are set to stop in January 2017 after a long battle to retain them in the north Suffolk village.

Hopton Surgery
Diss Express: Mark Westley Photography

Thirty seven thousand children 'have a binge-drinking parent'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

An estimated 37,000 children in Suffolk live with at least one parent who's a binge drinker, according to the county council.

Woman drinking from bottle in silhouette

The council-run Public Health Suffolk told BBC Suffolk about the figures and spoke about a video it has made, showing the impact of drinking to excess. 

Councillor Tony Goldson, who is in charge of public health, said: "We're trying to bring an imaginary family in and show the alternatives to drinking and the financial benefits, and the health benefits if they cut back and reduce the amount of alcohol they drink.

"That will in turn prevent domestic abuse and all the things that go with alcohol abuse."

Jobs to go at Bernard Matthews

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has confirmed it is looking at making a number of redundancies at its plants in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Bernard Matthews plant, Holton, Suffolk

A spokesman for the company, which has a workforce of 2,000, said about 30 jobs would go. 

He said the cuts were a result of "operational efficiencies and new working practices". 

Cyber crime team search 5,000 devices

BBC Radio Suffolk

Nearly 5,000 devices have been searched by Suffolk's cyber crime unit since it launched in June last year.

Locked icons on screen

The digital forensic team, based in Halesworth, looks at data on mobiles, tablets and hard drives seized from suspects as it tries to tackle issues including identity theft and data harvesting.

Det Supt Steve Mattin said people should ensure they have up-to-date anti-virus software.

"Potentially 80% of this type of crime area is preventable," he said.

Former Ipswich player to face trial over speeding

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Former Ipswich Town winger Alex Henshall is to go on trial over a speeding charge.

Alex Henshall

Mr Henshall was allegedly caught driving at 53mph in a 30mph zone on Commercial Road, Ipswich, just before 21:30 on 7 September.

The trial will be heard in Ipswich on 17 June.

Watch the forecast to see how cold it's going to be today...

BBC Weather

It's going to be cold again today, but to get the full picture, you can watch Kate Kinsella's forecast:

Kate Kinsella has the weather forecast for Wednesday 27 April 2016

Loanee Clarke 'done really well' at Portsmouth

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he's been delighted with how well teenage defender Matt Clarke has done during his season-long loan at Portsmouth.

Matt Clarke

The 19-year-old, who has made 33 appearances for the League Two club, will get the chance to stake his claim for a place in the Town team over the summer.

"Clarkey's done really well," McCarthy said. "We've had him watched and I thought that would be the case. He'll come back in pre-season and we'll take a look at him."

Weather: Unseasonably cold again for April

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

It's a cold and windy start to the day, with blustery showers in eastern parts.

Weather graphic showing map at 1000 today
BBC Weather

Winds should ease through the day as sunny spells become more widespread. These will trigger further showers, some heavy and thundery, with a risk of hail or sleet locally.

Highs of 10C, that's 50F in old money, so to speak.

Junior doctors' strike: Scene at Ipswich Hospital

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

This is the scene at Ipswich Hospital on day two of the junior doctors' strike.

Junior doctors on the picket line this morning

You can read live updates on the strike throughout the day on the BBC website. 

Swan on road causes disruption on A12

BBC Travel

There is disruption on the A12 in Henstead at the B1437 White's Lane junction, as a swan is on the road.

In the news: Junior doctors' strike continues...Binge drinking figures revealed

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • Day two of the junior doctors' strike is under way, with senior doctors having to provide emergency cover
  • Nearly 5,000 electrical devices have been searched by Suffolk Police's cyber crime unit in less than a year
  • Around 37,000 children in Suffolk have at least one parent who's a binge drinker, according to figures shown to us by Public Health Suffolk

Lowestoft Town: Relegation battle going down to the wire

Lowestoft Town still have work to do to secure their National League North status, after a 3-0 defeat to North Ferriby United last night.

Lowestoft Town FC

With one more game of the season to go, the Trawler Boys are just two points clear of the relegation zone.

On Saturday they host Gloucester City, who they beat 1-0 earlier in the campaign.

Morning and welcome to Wednesday

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all, the good news is you're halfway through the week!

As ever, the team and I will be bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day. 

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