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  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. Police treat death of man in Bramford as "unexplained"
  3. Suffolk's Peter "Snakebite" Wright beats 16-times world darts champion Phil "The Power" Taylor
  4. Drug-driving arrests increase after roadside testing introduced
  5. Housebuilders refused permission to drop affordable housing from scheme
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another week on Suffolk Live

Thanks for being with us this week.

We'll be back on Tuesday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

Have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

Overnight weather: Largely dry leading to a risk of frost

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

There will be a few wintry showers lingering through the evening, but it will then become largely dry with clear spells leading to the risk of a ground frost in places. Lows of 0C (32F).

Saturday's weather map

After a chilly start there will be plenty of sunny spells, but cloud will build to bring the chance of scattered showers once again. Some of these showers could have a sharp downpour with hail and thunder. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

Get the full forecast where you live or work, from BBC Weather.

Watch: Have you ever wondered how a sculpture ends up in place?

Aldeburgh Music has sent us film of the installation of its latest sculpture on loan from the Henry Moore Foundation.

Don't they make it look easy?

Powerboat drivers ready for Lowestoft Grand Prix

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A new season of British Powerboat Racing gets under way at Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, this Bank Holiday weekend.

Powerboats at Oulton Broad

Fifty competitors spanning seven different classes will compete on Sunday and Monday for the first points in the 2016 championship.

"The championship is in its fifth year and it could be our most competitive season to date," said commentator Jason Mantripp.

In the news: Brandon level crossing on the agenda for local meeting... Lack of funding has been a challege, says leader of SCC

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A final look at Suffolk's main stories for today:

  • A meeting has taken place between West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock and Network Rail to discuss ongoing problems caused by the level crossing at Brandon
  • The leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, says a lack of funding has been the greatest challenge he's faced in his first year in the post
  • Ipswich Town prepare to face MK Dons in their final home game of the season at Portman Road tomorrow

Malarczyk and Yorwerth available, Hyam accepts new deal, Robinson to stay

Town boss Mick McCarthy has revealed that centre-halves Josh Yorwerth and Piotr Malarczyk have been made available for transfer, while midfielder Luke Hyam has accepted a new contract and young central defender Joe Robinson will also be kept on.

Brandon people share their concerns over town's level crossing

Residents and workers in Brandon are meeting their local MP Matthew Hancock and a representative of Network Rail this afternoon to find out what can be done to solve problems caused when the town's level crossing gets stuck.

Brandon level crossing

A failsafe mechanism means it sometimes gets stuck in the "down" position, which leads to traffic building up in the town's High Street.

It's a problem that's been affecting the town for some time, dating back to when it was changed from a manual to an automated crossing in 2012.

Sudbury Rugby Coach aims to leave Suffolk on a high

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Graham Richards (centre) arrived at Sudbury Rugby Club in 2012 with the team struggling for form and facing an uncertain future, but victory tomorrow will seal a second successive promotion.

Sudbury Rugby Club officials

The match with Hammersmith and Fulham will be Richards' final game in charge before he returns to his native Pembrokeshire, and the Welshman is determined to go out on a high. 

"My goal was to work towards this day," Richards said. "There should be a real buzz about the place, like our own equivalent of the play-offs at Wembley."

Good news from Greater Anglia

Speedway: King confident Ipswich can break their duck

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches captain Danny King says his riders have to keep believing in themselves if they're to kick-start their season.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

The Suffolk side will head to Somerset Rebels tonight aiming for their first Premier League win of 2016, after losing both of their matches so far.

"I've seen it before when you're on a run of bad form; your head goes down before the meeting. If we go there with fresh minds I'm sure we can do something. It's a track we all like and Ipswich always do well there."

Afternoon weather: Turning cloudier with some showers

BBC Weather

Becoming cloudier this afternoon with a few showers likely, which could be heavy with a risk of hail. It will feel cool in the breeze, with a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

Ipswich weather picture
BBC Weather Watchers / 'Carl Ipswich'

Today's photograph was taken in Ipswich by Weather Watcher "Carl Ipswich".

If you're interested in joining the growing band of Weather Watchers, check out the website.

Bishop, Kenlock and Emmanuel to start for Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that midfielder Teddy Bishop and defenders Myles Kenlock and Josh Emmanuel will start for the Blues against MK Dons tomorrow.

Teddy Bishop
Getty Images

Bishop (pictured) has been limited to just two substitute appearances this season due to injury, while Kenlock and Emmanuel last featured in the FA Cup in January.

McCarthy has also confirmed that Josh Yorwerth and Piotr Malarczyk have been told they can leave the club in the summer.

Latest in series of Henry Moore sculptures installed at Aldeburgh Music

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Aldeburgh Music has installed another Henry Moore sculpture, Reclining Figure: Bunched (1961/69), on loan from the Henry Moore Foundation.

Henry Moore sculpture being put in place
Aldeburgh Music

Roger Wright, chief executive of Aldeburgh Music, said: "Sculpture and the visual arts are an important part of our heritage and we are delighted to continue the relationship with the Henry Moore Foundation."

Through his friendship with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Moore has been linked to Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall for 40 years, with a succession of his works being sited on the lawn outside the entrance to the concert hall.

Ipswich boss is a 'great mentor' for young defender

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

On-loan defender Paul Digby is keen to make his stay at Ipswich Town a permanent one in the summer, when his short-term move from Barnsley comes to an end.

Mick McCarthy on Ipswich bench
Getty Images

The 21-year-old impressed during his first league start for the Blues at Middlesbrough last weekend, and says he is learning every day from his Ipswich teammates and manager Mick McCarthy.

"The gaffer was a great centre-half and he's such a great mentor to learn from," Digby said. "I'm trying to take as much off him as I can."

The scene is set for the Guineas Festival

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The annual Guineas Festival, which takes place this weekend at the Rowley Mile course in Newmarket, will also host the official launch of celebrations to mark 350 years of racing in the town.

Rowley Mile racecourse

The opening ceremony will include a tandem Spitfire fly-past from the nearby Imperial War Museum at Duxford, and the reading of a specially-commissioned poem written in honour of the anniversary.

Amy Starkey, regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "2016 marks a very special year for the town, a history and heritage we at Newmarket Racecourses are very proud to be associated with."

Sudbury Rugby Club ready for 'biggest match in 20 years'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It will be a case of winner-takes-all at Sudbury Rugby Club tomorrow as the Suffolk side prepare to take on Hammersmith and Fulham in an end-of-season play-off.

Sudbury Rugby Club officials

Victory for director of rugby Graham Richards (centre) and his players would seal a second straight promotion, and elevate Sudbury into London Division 1. 

"Sport is about how well you perform. If we play to our potential and take our opportunities then they are going to have a very hard game," he said.

Lack of funding 'greatest challenge' in first year, says council leader

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A lack of funding has been the biggest challenge facing Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble in his first year in office, he says.

Suffolk County Council HQ

Speaking about his first 12 months as leader of the Conservative group controlling the authority, he said the council had many years to come of having less money.

He added: "It's a great challenge as to how you do that, and how you continue to deliver those frontline services in an environment where there's less money to be spent."

Lunchtime headlines: Bramford death treated as 'unexplained'... Success for Peter 'Snakebite' Wright over Phil Taylor

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories:

  • Police are treating as "unexplained" the death of a man whose body was found yesterday at his Bramford home
  • Suffolk's Peter "Snakebite" Wright has become the first person to beat 16-times world champion Phil Taylor in the Premier League of Darts since the opening night of the competition in February
  • Three men have been arrested and subsequently released on bail, following reports of "rogue trading" at two addresses in Ipswich earlier this week

United trial 'will stay with Ipswich loanee throughout career'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's on-loan defender Paul Digby only spent a couple of weeks with Manchester United, but speaking about his time at Old Trafford brings on a beaming smile every time.

Paul Digby

The youngster, who is keen to earn a permanent deal with the Blues in the summer, believes his short stay with the Premier League giants was an invaluable experience. 

"I was only there for two weeks but I've never worked so hard," Digby said. "It was an unbelievable time, and something I will take with me throughout my career."

'Unexplained death' in Bramford

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The death of a man whose body was found at his home in The Street, Bramford, near Ipswich, yesterday is being treated as "unexplained" pending a post-mortem examination, say police.

Officers were contacted by a member of the public reporting concerns for a man in his 50s who had failed to turn up for work.

Police went to the man's home, and saw the resident inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Men arrested over 'rogue trading'

Three men have been arrested and subsequently released on bail, following reports of "rogue trading" at two addresses in Gleneagles Drive, Ipswich earlier this week.

Consumer champion poster
Suffolk County Council

One of the victims called police, saying a group of men had offered to carry out roof and chimney repairs, and had demanded a large amount of cash to complete their work.

Two men, aged 19 and 21, from Basildon and a 29-year-old man from Purleigh, were arrested for fraud by false representation, and "failing to provide cancellation information" offences.  

The two from Basildon were also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assault charges.

Witches still awaiting first league win

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Speedway lost their first home league fixture of the season last night, as Somerset left Foxhall with a 48-42 victory.

Nico Covatti
Stephen Waller

Danny King and Morten Risager both managed double figures for the Witches, but Nico Covatti (pictured) was among the home riders who struggled.

The Argentine won heat four, but suffered falls in his other three rides to cap a miserable night for the Suffolk side.

Snakebite fights The Power - and wins

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright beat 16-times world champion Phil Taylor 7-4 last night in the Premier League of Darts.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

In doing so, the Mendham thrower became the first player to beat "The Power" since the opening night of the competition in February.

Wright went on to draw 6-6 with current world champion Gary Anderson in his second match of the meeting at the Barclaycard Arena.

London heartbreak drives Chris to Rio spot

Bury Free Press

Here's the main sports page of today's Bury Free Press:

BFP sports page
Bury Free Press

Brome recycling centre to reopen

Diss Express

Brome Community Recycling Centre will reopen on Monday following successful negotiations, Mid Suffolk District Council has confirmed.

Brome recycling centre
Diss Express

Computer champions pass on their skills

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The national computer coding RoboCup champions at Beccles Free School have been sharing their knowledge with pupils at Kessingland Primary Academy this week.

Child with computer at Beccles Free School

Beccles Free School head teacher Nigel Youngman said the local community had been incredibly generous last year, helping to raise £12,000 for them to compete in China.

He explained: "We felt that as well as being supported by the community, we needed to put back in, so throughout the year we've worked with [several schools]."

Changes to affordable housing scheme refused

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Coastal Council has refused a builder permission to ditch an affordable scheme in Wickham Market, saying it had failed to prove its financial case.

Eight houses have already been built at Dallinghoo Road, with permission granted on the proviso that two affordable homes are included in the development.

But the company applied to get out of the agreement, saying it was no longer financially viable.

Digby keen to earn permanent Ipswich deal

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After impressing on his first league start for Ipswich Town, defender Paul Digby has let it be known that he would be very keen on extending his stay at the club.

Paul Digby

The 21-year-old joined the Blues on loan from Barnsley in January, and played the full 90 minutes of Town's goalless draw at Middlesbrough last weekend. 

"I love it here," Digby told BBC Suffolk. "The boys are class and the staff are class and I feel like I'm learning every day." 

More than 100 people arrested for drug-driving in 2015

Suffolk Police has revealed it arrested 125 people for drug driving in 2015, a rise from 15 in 2014, which the force puts down to a new law that has seen the introduction of roadside testing kits.

Drug driving illustration

The change in the law was prompted by the death of 14-year-old Lillian Groves from Surrey, who was knocked down by a driver who had been smoking cannabis.

Her aunt Michaela said their campaign to get the laws changed has been worthwhile: "More than anything it gives you some form of comfort."

Friday's weather: Sunny spells then showers likely later

BBC Weather

After a dry start with some sunny spells, cloud will increase during the morning with a few showers, possibly heavy with hail likely this afternoon. Feeling cool in the breeze, with a top temperature of 11C (52F).

Cloud will disperse this evening and temperatures will fall to allow a frost to develop away from built-up areas. Lows of 1C (34F).

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

In the news: Drug-driving arrests increase... Coding champions pass on knowledge

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • Suffolk Police arrested 125 people on suspicion of drug-driving in 2015, an increase from 15 in 2014, after the introduction of roadside testing
  • Housebuilders have been refused permission to drop the affordable housing scheme of a development in Wickham Market
  • The national computer-coding RoboCup champions at Beccles Free School have been sharing what they know with local primary schoolchildren

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BBC Local Live

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