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  1. Updates on Thursday, 28 April 2016
  2. The county's five Police and Crime Commissioner election candidates have taken part in a live debate on BBC Radio Suffolk
  3. Ipswich Hospital asked to provide a 'radical solution' to help ensure care of Colchester Hospital patients
  4. Suffolk MPs have debated devolution for East Anglia at a debate in Parliament
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Thursday's Suffolk Live

Thanks for your company today.

We hope you'll join us again in the morning, when we return from 08:00 to bring you the usual round-up of news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: A little rain this evening, then mostly dry

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at first with outbreaks of rain, locally heavy at times. It will then become dry later in the night with clear spells, and a moderate breeze picking up, particularly around the coast. Lows of 1C (34F).

Overnight weather map

Friday will be dry at first, but cloud will increase during the morning with the odd shower possible in the afternoon. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

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

Bury St Edmunds woman killed in Cambridgeshire collision

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police have named the woman killed on the A142 close to Sutton in Cambridgeshire yesterday afternoon. 

She was 43-year-old Nicola Manning from Vinery Road, Bury St Edmunds. 

She died when the black Jaguar X-Type she was a passenger in, was in collision with a black Ford Transit van.

Preview of Newmarket's new heritage centre

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

A new racing heritage centre is due to open in Newmarket in the autumn, and I've been to have a look at the latest developments.

I spoke to Chris Garibaldi, director of the National Horseracing Museum.

A look at progress made so far on Newmarket's new Heritage Centre

Latest headlines: Bury St Edmunds woman dies in Cambridgeshire collision... Unison says new hospitals' new partnership won't benefit either of them

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories:

  • The victim of a fatal collision on the A142 in Cambridgeshire yesterday has been named by police as Nicola Manning, 43, from Bury St Edmunds
  • Public services union Unison says the new partnership between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals won't benefit either of them
  • A day of police action in Lowestoft has led to four drug-driving arrests

More about plans for Newmarket's new heritage centre

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We told you earlier about the new National Heritage Centre for Newmarket, which is due to open in the autumn.

But did you know the project involves the restoration and adaption of the historic Palace House and Stables site, built by Charles II and reputed to be the oldest racing stables in the country?

National Heritage Centre site

Among the plans: 

  • The first-ever national gallery of British Sporting Art
  • The restoration of the racing palace of Charles II
  • A live horse attraction and home for the Retraining of Racehorses charity

New hospital partnership 'won't solve problems', says union

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

The new partnership between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals won't benefit either of them, according to a union spokesman.

Ipswich Hospital

Tim Roberts, from the public service union Unison, said no amount of corporate restructuring would solve the continuing problems at the north Essex hospital.

He added: "The issue which this trust, and Ipswich trust face, is that they have a deficit of over £60m and it's not clear yet how this merger is going to address that deficit."

Day of action leads to four drug-driving arrests

BBC Radio Suffolk

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after a day of police action in Lowestoft to disrupt criminal behaviour.  

Policeman in Suffolk
Suffolk Police

Seven vehicles were seized, more than 20 drug searches carried out and 70 other road traffic offences detected.

The arrested men have all been bailed and are due to report to police next month.

Ipswich Witches boss: 'We fear no-one'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins believes his side is a match for anyone.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

The Witches have their first home Premier League meeting of the season, against Somerset Rebels, tonight.

"I don't think there's anyone we should fear with our team," said Hawkins. "We've got a strong top five and James Sarjeant is improving all the time and starting to learn his way around Ipswich as well, so hopefully his confidence is building."   

Thorpeness Village Store 'open as usual' despite fire in first-floor flat

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thorpeness Village Store is open for business as usual today, despite a fire overnight in one of the adjoining flats.

Thorpeness village store

Carole Westrup, who works in the shop, told us that there was some water damage, and part of the roof had caved in, but it had not stopped it from opening.

The fire took place in the flat on top of the shop.

Ipswich Town: Digby's appetite whetted by Boro debut

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Paul Digby is hoping he did enough in last weekend's draw at Middlesbrough to keep his place in the team against MK Dons on Saturday.

Paul Digby

The 21-year-old - who's on loan from Barnsley - made his full league debut for Town at The Riverside, helping his side to an impressive clean-sheet.

"Playing in front of a crowd like that, with 30,000 there in a big stadium, and you come away with a good result has given me a good boost and I just want to get out there again," he said.

Inside the new heritage centre in Newmarket

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I've been to Newmarket, where we've been able to have a look round the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, due to open in the autumn.

There'll be more on this on Look East this evening from 18:30.


Darts: A massive night for Wright in Birmingham

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright faces two players who have been crowned world champion 18 times between them in darts' Premier League tonight.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old from Mendham, near Bungay, plays the legendary Phil Taylor in the opening match of round 13 in Birmingham, before rounding off proceedings against current PDC title holder Gary Anderson.

With just four wins from his 12 matches so far, Wright probably needs maximum points from this evening to keep his slim play-off hopes alive.

Afternoon weather: Dry at first with rain later

BBC Weather

Although the afternoon will start dry, by the evening it will cloud over and there will be frequent outbreaks of rain, and perhaps hail at times. Top temperature: 11C (52F)

BBC Weather Watchers / 'Izzie'

Today's picture, taken in Orford, comes from BBC Weather Watcher "Izzie".

If you'd like to find out more about being a Weather Watcher, take a look at the website.

New partnership 'recognition that Ipswich hospital is very good', says patients' group

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The boss of Healthwatch Suffolk says the partnership between Ipswich Hospital and Colchester Hospital, announced today, is confirmation of the standard of the work being done here in Suffolk.

Ipswich Hospital sign

Andy Yacoub said the partnership was "a recognition that we've got a very good hospital in Ipswich and that the leadership and the management there are being entrusted with helping Colchester".

In the news: Partnership to be set up between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals... PCC candidates take part in debate

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our lunchtime headlines: 

  • A long-term partnership is to be set up between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals
  • The candidates to become the county's next Police and Crime Commissioner have taken part in a debate live on air on BBC Radio Suffolk
  • Ipswich Town's joint-leading goalscorer Brett Pitman says there is no competition between him and Daryl Murphy over who finishes on top

Major funding boost received for new football facility in Haverhill

Haverhill Echo

A grant of almost £50,000 has been awarded to a project in Haverhill to create a national league-standard 3G football facility.

Signatories to new agreement
Haverhill Echo

Police appeal for information on missing teenager

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for help to locate a teenager who went missing from an address in Haverhill earlier this month, and who may now be in north-west London.

Ricky Wall
Suffolk Police

Ricky Wall,15, was reported missing on 11 April and police say they've been trying to locate him since then.

They believe he may now be in the Harrow or Wembley area, and ask anyone who has information about him to get in touch.

Brett Pitman: No competition with Daryl Murphy to finish top scorer

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town forward Brett Pitman (pictured) says it doesn't matter who finishes top scorer this season after the club failed to reach the Championship play-offs.

Brett Pitman

The 28-year-old and Daryl Murphy have both scored 10 times, with just two more games to go - starting with the visit of MK Dons on Saturday. 

Pitman says he's not bothered who ends up with more: "I'd have swapped scoring all of my goals for a place in the play-offs. We're a team and it doesn't matter who scores; we're happy for anyone who does."

Framlingham man 'closes chapter' after return to Sierra Leone

Diss Express

A wheelchair user from Framlingham said a chapter has closed on part of his life after successfully heading out to Sierra Leone nearly 30 years after his first visit.

Ian Holt
Diss Express

Role of PCC 'totally pointless and a waste of money'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ken Farrow has emailed us in response to this morning's debate with the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates.

He says: "I have listened with interest to the contributions of the five candidates seeking election and come to the conclusion that the role of PCC is totally pointless and a waste of public money.

PCC debate

"There seems to be no appreciation that highly-paid chief constables are more than capable of dealing with the issues that affect the public and have always been accountable, prior to the PCC system, to the police authority, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Home Office and even their local MPs."

What do you think? Do you agree with Ken? We'd love to hear from you, via email or our Facebook page.

PCC debate: 'Law or Lie' answers

And finally from today's debate, the answers to the "Law or Lie" quiz:

  • Law: It is illegal for an MP to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour
  • Law: It is illegal to be drunk in charge of a cow
  • Lie: It is not illegal to place a stamp of the Queen upside-down on a letter
  • Law: It is illegal to carry a plank along a pavement
  • Lie: It is not illegal to deliberately destroy a banknote

PCC debate: Quiz answers

The PCC debate is now over. Here are the questions the candidates were asked - and the answers:

  • Gross budget for the police 2016-17: £122.7m
  • Full-time officer posts March 2016: 1,095 (full time equivalent)
  • Full-time officer posts March 2010: 1,259 (full time equivalent)
  • Cost of constabulary per person, per day: 44p
  • Five police stations where front desks have closed to public: Too many to list, but Beccles, Sudbury, Stowmarket and Eye are included

PCC debate: How did our candidates do in the quiz?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We told you earlier that the candidates were going to have to do a quiz, on police matters and the law generally.

Here are the results:

  • Helen Korfanty (LibDem) 6 + 1 bonus point
  • Cath Pickles (Labour) 6
  • Tim Passmore (Conservative) 6
  • Simon Tobin (UKIP) 5 + 1 bonus point
  • Terence Carter 4 + 1 bonus point

PCC debate: What would our candidates do with their expenses?

Helen Korfanty, Lib Dems: Said she would "donate" her expenses.

Simon Tobin, UKIP: Would claim expenses if they were genuine costs.

Terence Carter, Green: Said he was out and about anyway and didn't think he would have to claim.

Tim Passmore, Conservative: Said he would claim them.

Cath Pickles, Labour: Said there would be some expenses she would have to claim.

PCC debate: Green Party would 'work with more organisations'

Terence Carter says he would like to identify areas at risk of violent crime, and put more support there.

He'd like to work with other organisations and ensure that police officers have the correct training to deal with mental health issues.

PCC debate: Tim Passmore admits increase in violent crime is a 'very serious issue'

Conservative candidate Tim Passmore says a lot has been done already but agrees that a community approach is the answer to tackling violent crime.

"We need to bring our children up to know the difference between right and wrong," he says.

PCC debate: Labour would adopt a 'multi-agency approach' to violent crime

Cath Pickles says working with the NHS, social services, and mental health organisations to prevent victims becoming criminals is how she'd tackle the increase in violent crime.

PCC debate: 'Go into schools to cut violent crime'

UKIP's Simon Tobin says going into schools would be a priority to reduce violent crimes.

PCC debate: How would the candidates halt the rise in violent crimes?

Helen Korfanty, Liberal Democrats: Would want to analyse the different types of crimes, and try to analyse why they're happening.

PCC debate: Tim Passmore admits 101 service 'isn't satisfactory'

BBC Radio Suffolk

Responding to criticism of delays in the 101 non-emergency number being answered, the Conservatives' Tim Passmore has admitted that the 101 service "isn't satisfactory".

PCC debate: Green candidate on prioritising crimes

Terence Carter says prevention is better than cure. He would take a leaf out of the fire service's book and do assessments for "vulnerable" people to boost security.

It's about stopping the crimes in the first place, he says.

PCC debate: 'Communication is critical' says UKIP candidate

UKIP candidate Simon Tobin says if people report crime, they must get a response back.

PCC debate: Labour response on priorities

Cath Pickles says it's inevitable that crimes have got to be prioritised. 

What's important is that the PCC should go out and speak to local communities, who can be part of the "policing plan", she says.

PCC debate: Liberal Democrat on police priorities

Helen Korfanty says police should take everything seriously, but lack of funding makes it impossible.

PCC debate: Prioritising what police respond to

Tim Passmore (Conservative) was challenged about priorities and whether police should go out to "everything".

He said it's never been the case that police go out to all crimes, but people who pay their council tax, which goes towards policing, should know that "all crime is serious".

PCC debate: So will our candidates sign pledge to end sexual violence?

BBC Radio Suffolk

Cath Pickles, Labour: Has already signed the pledge.

Tim Passmore, Conservative: Yes, but with a caveat.

Simon Tobin, UKIP: Has signed the pledge this morning.

Terence Carter, Green: Has already signed up.

Helen Korfanty, Liberal Democrat: Has signed, even though she's not familiar with the Istanbul Convention (referred to in the pledge).

PCC candidates, each with the pledge

PCC debate: Candidates asked to sign pledge to end sexual violence against women and girls

All five candidates have just been handed this "pledge" to sign, given to BBC Suffolk by the support organisation Suffolk Rape Crisis.

Suffolk Rape Crisis pledge form
Suffolk Rape Crisis

PCC debate: How would candidates tackle problem of sexual violence

Recent figures show serious sexual offences up 100% in last twelve months.

Suffolk Rape Crisis says its counterparts in Essex get greater funding. It would like more in Suffolk, where it faces having to scale down its services from September because of financial pressures.

They want support from the candidates for a pledge to "champion social justice".