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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 3 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's all for today's Local Live. We'll be back from 08:00 with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

Have a great evening.

Missing Honington man found safe and well

A man who'd been missing from Honington since Friday night has been found safe and well.

Police say Christopher McLeod, 37, who'd last been seen at his home in Woodside View at about 23:30, was found in the area a short time ago.

Alternative activities for children kept out of school during Sats protest

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I've been to Playford Woods where some of the children from Bealings School have been enjoying activities after being taken out of school for the day by their parents in a protest against Sats.

Children from Bealings School enjoying activities in Playford Woods

Speaking before they arrived at the woodland one of the local organisers Min Clough said she thinks the testing is "age inappropriate" and that they're "setting the bar too high".

See more on Look East, on BBC One (East), from 18:30 tonight.

Morris added to England U17s squad

Town striker Ben Morris has been added to the England U17s squad for the European Championships which get under way in Azerbaijan this week.

Ben Morris

Overnight weather: Clear spells leading to a frost in places

BBC Weather

There'll be a dry and clear night with light winds, which will allow temperatures to fall low enough for a touch of frost to form in places, as well as an isolated mist patch. Lows of 2C (36F).

Weather map

A fine day tomorrow, with plenty of sunshine, and feeling warm with a top temperature of 17C (63F).

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

May Day celebrations at Suffolk Tudor mansion

A ceremony commemorating the Tudor May Day festival was recreated at Kentwell Hall over the bank holiday weekend.

Kentwell Hall

The first step was to cut a tree down and lay it out for people to tie ribbons on before it was planted in a hole with ropes securing it.

The organisers said it was an attempt to recreate the pagan ceremony, which included the crowning of the May Queen, as it would have been in the 16th Century.  

Outgoing coach celebrates 'job well done' at Sudbury

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Graham Richards has arrived back in his native South Wales after guiding Sudbury Rugby Club to a second successive promotion in his last game in charge.

Sudbury players and staff celebrate promotion
Sudbury Rugby Club

The Suffolk side beat Hammersmith & Fulham on Saturday in their end of season play-off, to earn a place in London Division One North from next season.

"When I arrived four years ago nobody would have thought this possible," Richards said. "It is testament to these young players that this has happened."

In the news: Haverhill man named as victim of fatal collision in Clare... Missing Honington man found safe and well

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A last look at today's top stories:

  • The victim of a fatal collision in Clare on Sunday has been named as Sean Hickey, 44, from Connaught Road in Haverhill
  • A man who'd been missing from his Honington home since Friday night has been found safe and well, police say
  • The latest in a series of fire checks in towns and larger villages, to ensure people can escape in the event of a blaze, has been carried out in Sudbury

Fire checks carried out in Sudbury

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Fire crews have been checking flats above shops in Sudbury to ensure people can escape if there was a repeat of last year's devastating fire in the town centre.

Sudbury fire
Suffolk County Council

Paul Dennison, from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said the tragedy last September has made everyone think about the potential risks, especially in older buildings.

He added: "It's a shame when it takes something like this for people to focus. What we're looking to do is visit every town and larger village within the county over the next three years."

Ipswich Town's title win up there with Leicester's achievement

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Ipswich Town's title win in 1962 has drawn comparisons to Leicester City's success this season, as both were considered outsiders before a ball had been kicked.

Ipswich Town open bus tour in 1962
Getty Images

Sir Alf Ramsey's side did have momentum going into their first season in the top flight, having gained promotion in the 1960-61 season. But, as this article on the Twohundredpercent blog from 2012 details, Town had a "shoestring budget" and a relatively inexperienced manager.

It's also worth revisiting Brenner Woolley's interview with Ray Crawford, one of the five-strong attack Sir Alf relied on for an all-out assault of Town's opponents.

"He always used to get the best out of everybody," Crawford said. "You talk to the England boys and nobody had a bad word to say about Alf Ramsey."

Greater Anglia warn of train cancellation to Liverpool Street this evening

Victim of fatal collision in Clare named

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The man who died following a collision in Clare on Sunday, has been named as Sean Hickey from Connaught Road in Haverhill.

The 44-year-old was riding his cycle along the A1092 Nethergate Street when he was in collision with a Citroen Xsara Picasso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have paid tribute to him saying he was a keen cyclist and had many friends within the cycling community, adding "Sean will be greatly missed by all that knew him."

Thurston vicar planning to visit family of teenager who died at the weekend

The vicar of St Peter's Church in Thurston says she is planning to visit the family of 13-year-old Ben Wragge who died on Sunday after being fatally injured by an airgun pellet.

Tribute card

Reverend Manette Crossman said: "There is usually somebody in the congregation who knows the family and that is the way things have gone. They have made contact and yes I will be visiting in a little while."

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of manslaughter were released on police bail until 16 June.  

Headteacher critical of standards pupils are expected to attain

The headteacher at Bealings Primary School, where a large number of parents have joined a national protest over Sats and not taken their children in for lessons, says the standards children have to meet are now almost unachievable.

Bealings Primary School

Duncan Bathgate says: "Seven-year-olds must now operate at the level of nine-year-olds so they're expected to be at Level 3. Five-year-olds are going to be getting ready to be seven-year-olds. 

"Where does it end? Is a one-year-old going to be expected to talk and walk like a three-year-old?"

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has said: "Children should only ever be taken out of school in exceptional circumstances and we'd urge the organisers of this campaign to drop their plans because it simply isn't fair on children to deprive them of a day of their education".

£148m jackpot tore my family apart

The Sun

A former Addenbrooke's Hospital nurse from Haverhill has told The Sun that winning £148m on the Euromillions has made her life a "misery".

Ex-keeper Potter cycling to raise money for attacked fan

Ipswich-born former Cambridge United keeper Danny Potter will be among a group of fans cycling more than 100 miles from Cambridge United to Mansfield Town for the final League Two match of the season on Saturday to raise money for Simon Dobbin and his family.  

Danny Potter

McCarthy considering Ipswich defensive options

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy made changes to his defence at the weekend and was mostly impressed with what he saw in the 3-2 win over MK Dons.

Josh Emmanuel
Getty Images

It would appear the performances of full backs Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock have given the Yorkshireman food for thought. "I am not looking for cover that's for sure," McCarthy said. 

"There's more of a question over whether Luke Chambers is my first choice right back next season or a centre half."

Five Bury St Edmunds players in Eastern Counties squad

Bury Free Press

Five Bury St Edmunds players are in the Eastern Counties squad for the opening Bill Beaumont Cup county championship group match away to Cheshire on Saturday.

Rugby players
Bury Free Press

Leicester's unlikely success reminiscent of Ipswich's glory days

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Chelsea's dramatic draw with Spurs last night confirmed Leicester, who were last season fighting relegation and spent the summer surrounded by controversy, were Premier League champions.

It's an outstanding achievement for the 5,000-1 outsiders, and some are hailing it as the greatest sporting feat ever.

But in football terms, this video by BBC Rewind highlights that other clubs could lay claim to that title - with Sir Alf Ramsey's Ipswich Town side in 1961-62 among them. Click to play...

Six more unlikely top-flight titles

Afternoon weather: Fine with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine and a scattering of cloud. The highest temperatures will be found in the east of the county around Ipswich. Highs of 14C (57F).

Clouds in Hadleigh
Weather Watcher 'V8NGO'

Today's photograph was taken in Hadleigh by BBC Weather Watcher "V8NGO".

If you want to find out more about what's involved in being a Weather Watcher, check out the website.

Lunchtime headlines: Assemblies held to pay tribute to Thurston teenager... Victim of Clare collision to be named later

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our top stories:

  • Thurston Community College has held assemblies to pay tribute to one of its pupils, 13-year-old Ben Wragge who died from a injury caused by an air pellet on Sunday
  • Police say they expect to name the victim of a fatal collision in Clare at the weekend, later today
  • Parents at Bealings Primary School have joined a national protest over Sats and kept their children away from school for the day

Leicester success should give Ipswich fans 'great belief' says former player

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Former Ipswich Town and Leicester City player Ian Marshall says he was one of the few people who actually said: "He's got a half decent track record, give the lad a chance", when Leicester appointed Claudio Ranieri as their manager.

Ian Marshall

Giving his reaction to Leicester winning the Premier League title, he added: "Well he's certainly gone on to prove me right. I like that."

He also had encouraging words for Ipswich Town fans, saying: "It's got to give the fans at Ipswich great belief now, it just goes to show you that anything can happen."

BBC Introducing at John Peel Centre

Graeme Mac

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Filmmaker and photographer Rosie Cooper, has made a short video of the recent BBC Introducing night at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket.

View more on youtube

Performances from James Spankie, The Baskervilles, Muckaniks and SuperGlu were all captured by Rosie, who is based near Bury St Edmunds.

You can listen to more new music from Suffolk, by clicking here

Ipswich to begin contract talks with Luke Varney

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Striker Luke Varney (left) will speak to Ipswich Town in the coming days about a potential new deal with the club.

Luke Varney
Getty Images

The 33-year-old first joined the Blues on loan last season before suffering a serious injury in the play-off semi-final with Norwich. 

"We looked after him and got him fit, and he's rewarded us with his professionalism, said Town boss Mick McCarthy. "He's just great around the place." 

Floral tributes for Thurston teenager

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Tributes have been laid at Thurston Community College, where special assemblies have also been held, following the death of 13-year-old Ben Wragge who died on Sunday from an injury caused by an air pellet.

Concern for missing Honington man

Police say they're becoming "increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a 37-year-old man who was last seen in Honington about 23:30 on Friday.

Christopher McLeod
Suffolk Police

Christopher McLeod was seen leaving his home address in Woodside View on foot and has not been seen or heard from since.

He was wearing a black jacket, grey t-shirt and green cargo pants.

League Cup joy for Mildenhall Town

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Town are celebrating after winning the Thurlow Nunn League Cup, beating Norwich United 2-1 in the final.

An unlikely win at the home of Diss Town seemed even more unlikely when the Premier Division champions took the lead from the penalty spot.

But two goals from Dan Brown completed an incredible comeback from the Hall and secured their first silverware since 2011.

McCarthy: The kids are alright

Boss Mick McCarthy says one or two of the new intake of full-time academy scholars have already impressed both him and some of the club’s senior pros. 

Last week, Town announced that 10 youngsters, many of them local, will begin two-year scholarships in the summer.  

Thurston Community College to hold special assemblies following death of pupil

Assemblies are being held this morning at the school attended by 13-year-old Ben Wragge, who died on Sunday as a result of an injury caused by an air pellet.

Thurston Community College

"This is a heart-breaking time for Thurston Community College, Thurston Village and our wider community," principal Helen Wilson said.

"The aftermath of this tragedy will be felt throughout our entire community. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Ben's family and friends at this time."

Airgun death 'worst incident' in Thurston since 1969 says resident

The shooting incident which resulted in the death of a 13-year-old boy in Thurston on Sunday, is the "worst incident that's happened" in the village since 1969, says one resident who moved to the area at the time.

Thurston Community College

Derrick Haley, a local councillor, added: "The community will pull together. Whatever the outcome is, people will pull together."

There's expected to be support in place today as pupils return to Thurston Community College after the incident.

Sats 'set up our children to fail' says parent

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A national protest over Sats (Standard Attainment Tests) in primary schools is being supported by some Suffolk parents today.

Child filling out test paper

Min Clough is one of a number of parents taking their children out of Bealings School, near Martlesham, because of concerns that too much pressure is being put on pupils by the government testing policy.

She says the current level of testing is too high: "They're not being asked to see how they get on, they're being asked to get 100% in these tests and it's setting our children up to fail."

Thurston councillor 'concerned for the community' following death of teenager

The county councillor representing Thurston has said she is "concerned for the community", following the death of a teenager in the village on Sunday.

Floral tribute

Penny Otton (Liberal Democrat) said: "I'm concerned for the community in Thurston, and the wider community because obviously there's the school there.

"These children have possibly gone to the school or they've got friends... Thurston's got a brilliant community spirit and I'm sure they'll all get together."

Tributes paid to boy after Thurston airgun death

A 13-year-old boy who was fatally injured by an airgun pellet was a "mature and intelligent young man", his school says.

Ben Wragge

Ben Wragge was fatally wounded in Thurston on Sunday.

The principal of Thurston Community College, where Ben was a pupil, said he was an "extremely likeable character" with a "calm and respectful demeanour".

Victim of fatal collision in Clare yet to be named by police

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A cyclist who died after being hit by a car in Clare on Sunday has yet to be named by police.

The collision, in which a 44-year-old man from Haverhill was killed, happened about 15:35 on Nethergate Street and involved a blue Citroen Xsara Picasso.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, to contact them.

Travel: Three-car collision delays traffic westbound on A14 at Risby

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A14 westbound after J41 (Risby) because of an collision involving three cars.

Thurston death has 'hit the whole village' says parish council chairman

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The chairman of Thurston Parish Council says the death of a teenage boy following an incident on Sunday has "hit the whole village".

Scene of Thurston shooting

Police say 13-year-old Ben Wragge died of an injury caused by an air pellet. Two teenagers arrested in connection with the offence have been bailed until June.

Peter Robinson told us: "Very little happens in the village and I'm sure I can speak for everybody when I say that our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in this tragic incident."

Tuesday's weather: Mostly dry and bright

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Although there will be clear blue skies to begin with, there will be some patchy cloud starting to bubble up as the day goes on. There may even be the odd spot of light rain for some. Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map

Overnight clouds will clear, allowing temperatures to fall quite rapidly, with a risk of frost away from built up areas. Lows of 3C (37F).

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

In the news: Suffolk teenager killed by airgun pellet... Parents in Sats boycott

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • A post-mortem examination has found 13-year-old Ben Wragge from Thurston died after being hit by an airgun pellet on Sunday
  • Parents of seven-year-olds at some Suffolk schools are taking them out of class today as part of a national protest over Sats testing

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BBC Local Live

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