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  1. First research centre in UK dedicated to congenital heart disease opens in Ipswich
  2. The number of school children suspended for assaulting adults in schools grows
  3. Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski voted Ipswich Town's Players' Player of the Year
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 4 May 2016.
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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By Kate Williams

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That's it for Wednesday

Well folks, that's it for today. We'll be back tomorrow for another day of news, sport, weather and travel starting at 08:00. 

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Consultation on plans for Bury St Edmunds post office

BBC Radio Suffolk

Plans for a new post office in Bury St Edmunds have been revealed. The site on the Cornhill will close.

Site of the current Post Office in Bury St Edmunds

The Post Office wants to move the branch next door into the WH Smith store, and says the post office will opens for nearly 10 hours more a week. 

Existing staff at Bury St Edmunds’ current branch have the right to transfer their employment to WH Smith if they wish to do so, in line with legislation. Customers have six weeks to give their feedback on the plans.

Speedway: Mildenhall facing an East Anglian derby

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers travel to King's Lynn Young Stars tonight for a rearranged National League meeting.

Mildenhall Speedway Stadium

The Suffolk side will be without Dan Halsey and have drafted in former Lynn rider Jake Knight as a replacement. 

Fifteen-year-old Sam Bebee continues at reserve as the Fen Tigers aim for their first away win of 2016.

Congenital heart research centre opens in Ipswich

Ian Barmer

BBC Look East

The first research centre in the UK for congenital heart defects has opened in Ipswich.              

Congenital heart research centre opens in Suffolk

It's a partnership between University Campus Suffolk and the Somerville Foundation charity.

One in 100 people are born with heart defects, and it's a problem that has been described as a ticking time bomb.

Suffolk Premier Cup: Lowestoft v Leiston preview

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Holders Lowestoft Town will get an early chance to lay down a marker for next season when they face Leiston tonight in the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road.

Suffolk Premier Cup
Suffolk FA

The two sides will meet again in the Ryman Premier Division next year, after the Trawler Boys were relegated from the National League North at the weekend.

Leiston, who've been runners-up three times, will be trying to win the competition for the first time in their history.

FA confirms Dozzell and Morris in England U17s squad for Euros

The FA has confirmed the England U17s squad for the European Championships which start later this week in Azerbaijan which, as previously reported, includes Town pair Andre Dozzell and Ben Morris.  

Suffolk Coastal MP reprimanded over using phone in the House

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey has been reprimanded over using her phone on the front bench. 

Conservative Ms Coffey, who's also the deputy leader of the House of Commons, was given a dressing down by the Speaker John Bercow. 

He said she was "impairing decorum" and was being discourteous to the Shadow Secretary of State for Health Heidi Alexander, who was speaking at the time. 

Therese Coffey told off for using phone in the Commons.

BreakingYoung boy taken to hospital after being hit by a car

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car on Wattisham Road, Bildeston.

The youngster, who is believed to be about 10-years-old, sustained a cut to his head but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

The crash happened shortly before 15:30.

Pringle linked with Rangers

Blues loanee Ben Pringle is reportedly a target of Rangers ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership.

Nicki Durbin: 'Not an hour goes by that I don't think of Luke'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Nicki Durbin says she realises she may never again see her son Luke, who went missing after a night out in Ipswich almost 10 years ago.

Nicki Durbin

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: "There's not an hour of the day goes by that I don't think about Luke and wonder what's happened to him.

"I think the difference is that as time has gone on is the realisation that I may never see Luke again." 

Ms Durbin has helped record a single with charity Missing People.

Pre-war beach huts found unsafe

Nearly 50 beach huts dating back to the 1930s have been removed from use after engineers raised concerns about their structural safety.  

Chalets in Jubilee Parade, Lowestoft

All of the affected beach huts are brick-built chalets in Jubilee Parade in Lowestoft.

Waveney District Council has written to leaseholders saying they will not be able to use their huts this year.

The weather: Sunny and warm

BBC Weather

It will be a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine and light winds, the sun perhaps periodically hazy under high cloud.

Shot of rape field in Stowmarket
Weather Watchers: Sallysunshine

Tonight will be largely clear, which when coupled with light winds will allow temperatures to dip, perhaps leading to a touch of frost overnight in one or two rural spots. 

Maximum temperature 16C (60F). Thanks to Weather Watcher Sally Sunshine for sending us this picture of Stowmarket this morning.

Town among clubs eyeing Southend midfielder

Ipswich, Wolves, Huddersfield and Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam are all reported to be keeping tabs on Southend United midfielder Jack Payne, who looks set to leave Roots Hall in the summer.  

In the news: Teachers 'should not be punchbags' and guitar legend supports hedgehog campaign

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here are the news headlines this lunchtime: 

  • A teachers union has called for an end to violence towards members, after figures revealed the number of school children suspended for attacking adults had risen in Suffolk
  • Guitar legend Brian May has lent his support to BBC Suffolk's hedgehog campaign
  • Lowestoft Town manager describes "torturous season"
  • Weather: 16C (60F) with plenty of sunshine

John McGreal appointed as new Colchester United first-team coach

Colchester United have appointed John McGreal as their new first-team coach.

John McGreal
Colchester United

The 43-year-old former Ipswich and Tranmere defender replaces Kevin Keen, who left last week following the club's relegation to League Two.

McGreal becomes the third recent boss to step up to the first team having previously worked in the youth set up, following Joe Dunne and Tony Humes.

Luke Durbin's mum helps record charity single

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Nicki Durbin, the mother of Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin, who went missing nearly 10 years ago, has joined charity Missing People in recording a song.

Nicki Durbin singing on the Missing People video
Missing People

Luke, 19, from Hollesley, disappeared after a night out in Ipswich and has yet to be found.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Ms Durbin said she was not a natural singer but had enjoyed working on the single, called I hope.

She said: "Three hours into the rehearsal I just loved it, because it was so great being amongst other families who weren't judging. There's stuff that you do as a mother of a missing child, it's very serious, and although it was serious, we had a lot of laughs along the way."

Union says teachers should not expect to be 'punchbags'

BBC Radio Suffolk

A teaching union has called for an end to violence against teachers, after figures showed the number of primary and middle school children assaulting adults in the county has more than doubled in five years. 

There were 128 fixed-term exclusions or suspensions in 2011, but by 2015 the figure had risen to 295.

Childrens' hands in a classroom
Getty Images

Dan McCarthy, from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), said: "The solution to my members is very simple. I had a pregnant teacher of an infant class where the child was punching her in the stomach in order to see the baby come out. 

"The head teacher was saying, 'well it's a small child, you've got to accept that, it's part of the job'. It is not part of a teacher's job to be a punchbag."

Lowestoft Town: It's been a 'tortuous season'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher is confident his team will bounce back strongly following their relegation to the Ryman Premier Division.

Ady Gallagher
Lowestoft Town FC

The Trawler Boys dropped out of the National League North at the weekend, after two seasons in the second tier of non-league football.

"It's been a challenging, tortuous season for me," said Gallagher. "You have to live with it and move on. 

"Football has given me and this club some fantastic times, but it can also kick you in the guts and you have to come back." 

Ipswich Star: Campaign to build cancer unit reaches milestone

And here is the Ipswich Star's front page:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

East Anglian Daily Times: Sats replaced by woodland classroom

The front page of today's East Anglian Daily Times:

EADT front page
East Anglian Daily Times

Brian May pledges support for 'absolutely wonderful' hedgehog campaign

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Queen guitarist and campaigner Brian May has praised BBC Suffolk's mission to make the county a haven for hedgehogs.

Brian May and Kerry Ellis
Getty Images

May, pictured here performing with Suffolk singer Kerry Ellis, told presenter Mark Murphy he "enjoyed" the Going the Whole Hog campaign.

"Everybody loves hedgehogs, and why not?" he said. "They've been in this country for 50 million years, so I think they have a perfect right to be here.

"I think it's absolutely wonderful (the campaign), and I just had to support it. I will do anything I can to support you along the way."

Police seek help over teenager seen carrying axe

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Police is appealing for anyone who may have seen a teenager carrying an axe in Carlton Colville.

A 17-year-old boy from Lowestoft was arrested on Thursday on Chaukers Crescent, on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

He was questioned before being released on bail, to return to police on 3 June.

Number of school children suspended for assaulting adults grows

BBC Radio Suffolk

The number of primary and middle school children suspended for assaulting adults in schools in Suffolk has more than doubled in the past five years, BBC Suffolk has learned.

PIcture of childrens' legs, school bags and feet in a school playground

In 2011, there were 128 fixed-term exclusions or suspensions, but by 2015 the figure had risen to 295.

New heart research centre opens in Ipswich

BBC Radio Suffolk

A new research centre for congenital heart disease is opening in Ipswich this morning, run by University Campus Suffolk and the Somerville Foundation charity.

New heart research unit at University Campus Suffolk

John Richardson, from the Somerville Foundation, said there was a wide range of issues affecting people born with heart conditions.

"Some people have simple lesions - holes in the heart - which are almost cured," he said. "Then there are more complex conditions - wrong-shaped hearts, wrong-sized hearts, valvular problems.

"What happens is these people have to have surgery as children and unfortunately the surgery doesn't last and as they grow up they need more surgery, and perhaps pacemakers."

Artist's impression: Sutton Hoo replica

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

We recently reported on the plans to build a full-scale replica of the Sutton Hoo burial boat as part of a development of a former boatyard in Woodbridge.

Well, here's what it could look like: 

Artist's impression of The Long Shed
FW Properties

The redevelopment of the Whisstocks boatyard includes a provision of a community boat shed, called the Long Shed, in which the replica would be housed. The Woodbridge Riverside Trust has launched a campaign to raise £70,000 to fit that out ready for the build. 

It's thought the 100-foot longship could cost up to £2m.

Congenital heart research centre opens in Ipswich

BBC Radio Suffolk

The first research centre dedicated to congenital heart disease in the UK is being officially opened in Ipswich this morning.

Heart centre in Ipswich

The centre at the James Hehir building at University Campus Suffolk is a joint initiative with the Somerville Foundation, a charity supporting patients who were born with heart conditions.

John Richardson, from the Somerville Foundation, said: "People sometimes develop heart conditions later on in life, maybe from smoking or drinking, or having unhealthy lifestyle. We look after the interests of people who have had the condition from birth."

May the Fourth Be With You

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Star Wars fans amongst us will know that today is a day for celebration, as May the fourth, affectionately known as Star Wars day, is marked by fans all over the world. 

However, for a couple of fans in West Suffolk the force was strong at their recent wedding celebration. 

The couple requested The Throne Room from the film be played at their nuptials at St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds.

Organist Adrian Marple didn't let them down...

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The weather: Looking promising with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It was cool first thing today, perhaps with a touch of frost in prone rural spots. However, it will soon warm up to be a generally fine day with plenty of sunshine and light winds, the sun perhaps periodically hazy under high cloud.  Maximum temperature 15C (59F).

Kate Kinsella has the outlook for the East of England on Wednesday, 4 May 2016.

Bartosz Bialkowski scoops another award

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been voted Ipswich Town's Players' Player of the Year.

Bartosz Bialkowski
Getty Images

The 28-year-old picked up the award at last night's end-of-season dinner, adding it to the Supporters' Club prize he collected last month.

Striker Freddie Sears took the John Kerridge Memorial Trophy, as picked by manager Mick McCarthy, Kevin Bru's strike at Bolton was chosen as Goal of the Season, and Andre Dozzell was named Young Player of the Year. 

In the news: Rise in attacks on primary school teachers...Lowestoft beach huts out of action

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • The number of suspensions handed out for physical assaults on adults by primary and middle school children in Suffolk has more than doubled in just five years
  • A new state-of-the-art congenital heart research centre opens in Ipswich today
  • Around a quarter of the beach huts on Jubilee Parade in Lowestoft are going to be out of action this summer, as nearly 50 have structural problems

Welcome to Wednesday

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all - hopefully here's the kind of sunshine you'll be waking up to today. 

Scene over Sproughton today
Weatherwatchers: Rosie

Thanks for joining us. As ever, we'll be bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel right up until 18:00 this evening.

And with a bit of luck, the sun will stay with us. Thanks to Weather Watcher Rosie, who sent in a shot of the scene over Sproughton early this morning, saying: "Beautiful... Good morning Britain!" 

We love it, Rosie.