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  1. Big name restaurants sign up for new look Buttermarket
  2. Tim Peake praises 'incredible' Suffolk school project
  3. Woman taken to hospital following Hadleigh crash
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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By Philippa Taylor

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Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We're off for the day, but you can join our colleagues later for a live page covering the elections across the East of England.

Otherwise, we'll hopefully see you again at 08:00 tomorrow.

Album released to raise money for charities that assisted blues singer

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The widow of a blues singer who died from an asbestos-related disease last year has released a CD of his music, to raise money for charities that helped him.

JJ Fairs

JJ Fairs, from Westleton, played many gigs around the UK, including at the Royal Festival Hall.

His widow Carole says a recording made in 2007 was unearthed and will now be sold to support two charities close to JJ's heart.

"Unfortunately he died before he could do anything about it, so I carried on with the project," Carole said.

It's that time of year again

Following our earlier photograph of a hare leaping across a stream at Moulton, we've just spotted this one, taken in Eyke by another Weather Watcher, Steve Nicholls.

We think the house martin's flying away from the nest, rather than towards it. What do you think?

House martin at Eyke
Weather watcher 'Steve Nicholls'

Prison sentence for woman who stole from RAF Honington accounts

A civilian employee who stole more than £70,000 from mess accounts at RAF Honington has been jailed for 18 months.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Zowie Davis, 38, failed to keep proper records in her role as mess clerk between February 2012 and October 2014, and paid £23,000 in cash and almost £50,000 in cheques into her own bank accounts.

Zowie Davis
Suffolk Police

Davis had previously been diagnosed as suffering from severe depression and was detained under the Mental Health Act in December 2014.

Sentencing her, Judge Christopher Morgan said: "I have sympathy for you but there is no link between your current predicament, and your offending."

Overnight weather: Long clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying fine and dry, with long clear spells overnight. Lows of 6C (43F).

Friday afternoon's weather map

Tomorrow will be another fine and dry day with higher temperatures than today. Top temperature: 20C (68F), but cooler on the coast.

Get the full forecast for where you live from BBC Weather.

Police get all of their ducks in a row

Nice work, Suffolk Police.

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No evidence of 'faulty parts' at Sizewell

EDF Energy has confirmed parts for the Sizewell B nuclear power station were made at a French plant being investigated over possible fake manufacturing records. 

But the nuclear giant said there was no evidence faulty components had been used at the Suffolk plant.

Aerial shot of Sizewell

In a statement, EDF said nuclear safety was its overriding priority and the company was ensuring all necessary quality control checks were complete at Sizewell B.

It added: "These quality controls are designed to meet the exacting standards for our business and our suppliers."

Ipswich Town: No deal for Luke Varney

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have confirmed that striker Luke Varney will leave the club this summer when his contract expires.

Luke Varney
Getty Images

The 33-year-old, who returned to action in December after seven months out with a ruptured Achilles, has been told he won't be getting offered a new deal.

Manager Mick McCarthy told the club website: "I have spoken to Reg today and told him we won’t be offering him anything. He’s a top professional and a top person."

Buttermarket units on track 'to be 100% let by July'

Units at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich are on track to be 100% let by July, its owners say.

Buttermarket artists impression

Wagamama, Byron and Prezzo have announced they are to open restaurants as part of the £35m redevelopment.

The centre's owners say the units for a 12-screen Empire cinema complex and Pure Gym are due to be handed over to the operators, to be fitted out, in June.

We are very pleased with the mix of national quality brands that have committed so far, and the strength of interest in the remaining units."

Ken FordExecutive director from joint owners Capital & Regional

Throw Back Thursday: Back to 1938

Time now to share a photo with you from Suffolk Fire and Rescue's Throw Back Thursday page.

It shows a fire at Revett's in St Matthews Street in Ipswich, and was taken on 17 May 1938.

Revetts Fire
Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service

Does your family have any stories about Revett's? You can send us an email.

Disruption to train services

Engineering problems are affecting Greater Anglia trains.

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Children at Holbrook keen to follow in Tim Peake's footsteps

Ben Parker

BBC Radio Suffolk

We brought you news earlier of astronaut Tim Peake's praise for Holbrook Primary School's 3D printing project

Pupils at Holbrook Primary

I've been along to the school to meet some of the children and get their response to his comments, which included the encouraging message that one of the pupils may end up in the International Space Station themselves.

Grace said: "It would be nice because Tim Peake's been doing things that could help people on earth."

In the news: Woman freed from car after Hadleigh crash...Restaurant boost for The Buttermarket

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories this afternoon:

  • A woman had to be freed from her car after crashing on the A1071 at Hadleigh this morning
  • Several big name restaurants including Byron and Wagamama have signed up for the redeveloped Buttermarket in Ipswich
  • People are going to the polls to vote for Suffolk's next police and crime commissioner, as well as a number of seats in council elections

Weather and wildlife captured in one image

We regularly bring you a photograph taken by one of our Weather Watchers to illustrate the afternoon forecast, but sometimes there are other images we can't resist sharing with you.

This is one, taken by Weather Watcher RJ at Moulton, near Newmarket.

Moulton near Newmarket
Weather Watcher 'RJ'

It was actually taken on Monday, but thankfully the weather has continued to be this glorious.

McDonnell handed league debut at derby and Kenlock again set to start

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy will hand Irish U18 international Adam McDonnell his league debut at Derby on Saturday, while Myles Kenlock will continue at left-back with Jonas Knudsen still expected to be out with a knee problem.

An unusual place to play the piano

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Aldeburgh Music has made this interesting video as a preview to Catalogue d'Oiseaux, the centrepiece of this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

Four concerts will take place on Sunday 19 June, starting at 04:30 and ending at midnight. The festival itself runs from 10-26 June.

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Afternoon weather: Dry, warm and sunny

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry, warm and sunny with light winds. Top temperature: 18C (64F).

Field near Bury St Edmunds
Weather Watcher 'Teen'

Today's picture was taken near Bury St Edmunds by Weather Watcher Teen.

If you'd like to become a Weather Watcher, you can find out more details on the website.

Big name restaurants sign up for Buttermarket

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The joint owners of the Buttermarket in Ipswich say Wagamama, Byron, Coast to Coast and Prezzo will all be opening restaurants there this year.


As reported in the Ipswich Star, the redevelopment of the centre, which was acquired for £9.2m in 2015, is costing £35m and will also include a cinema.

Capital & Regional and the Drum Property Group say a further unit has been placed under offer, and they are in advanced negotiations for the remaining four dining units.

Adam McDonnell set for league debut

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed midfielder Adam McDonnell will start Saturday's Championship match at Derby County.

Adam McDonnell
Ipswich Town FC

The 18-year-old's only previous experience of first-team football was at Doncaster Rovers, in the Capital One Cup in August.

Fellow teenager Myles Kenlock is likely to keep his place at left-back, after Jonas Knudsen was ruled out again with his knee injury.

Ipswich hosting U17s tournament at Playford Road

Town are staging a four-team U17s tournament at their Playford Road training ground on Friday and Saturday - with Norwich, Liverpool and Brentford the other sides taking part.  

Playford Road training centre

Southwold residents asked about former hospital plans

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Campaigners who want the former Southwold Hospital to be retained for community use are asking local residents whether they agree with the plan, or if they would prefer a different option.

Southwold Hospital

Monday's meeting will discuss alternative plans, including whether the former hospital could be converted into affordable homes.

Laurence Vulliamy, from the Save our Southwold Association, said other ideas included a creche or business centre.

"We're going to ask people what they'd like to see here," he said.

Lowestoft Town boss 'so proud' of his players

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher was delighted with his team's reaction to their relegation from the National League North at the weekend, quickly putting this behind them to win the Suffolk Premier Cup last night.

Ady Gallagher
Lowestoft Town FC

The Trawler Boys lifted the trophy for the 13th time at Portman Road, after a 3-1 victory over Ryman Premier Division club Leiston.

"I'm so proud of them, because to come back from the desperation of Saturday and to put in a performance of that quality is testament to their character," Gallagher said. "They're a great bunch."

Good news from forecaster Dan Holley

Cycling club pays tribute to man killed in Clare crash

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Haverhill Cycling Club has paid tribute to one of its members, Sean Hickey, who died following a crash in Clare on Sunday.

Sean Hickey
Haverhill Cycling Club

Writing on the club's website, chairman Rob Elliott said: "Sean was out doing what he loved the most and his cycling achievements & support of Haverhill Cycling Club has left a void which will struggle to be filled.

"Always friendly and keen to help out, Sean will be sorely missed."

There are also dozens of tributes on the club's Facebook page.

Warning to tenants after uniform stolen

not-for-profit charity managing more than 5,000 homes across Norfolk & North Suffolk has asked residents to check the identity of callers claiming to be from the association.

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Your photos: Early morning in Ipswich

A big thanks to Jonathan Evans, who has sent us this picture which he says was "taken from the bridge outside Ipswich train station".

Ipswich scene
Jonathan Evans

Jonathan emailed it to us, but you can also post images to our Facebook page

Ipswich Town offer second chance for 'early bird' ticket prices

Guide to the May 2016 elections

People in the East of England are going to the polls today, in the UK's biggest set of elections outside of a general election for some years.

Take a look at this BBC guide to find out what you can vote for and how. 

Polling station
Cambridge City Council

Tim Peake praises 'incredible' Suffolk school

Astronaut Tim Peake has praised Holbrook Primary School pupils for a recent 3D printing project.

Facebook post from Tim Peake
Tim Peake/Facebook

We'll be getting reaction from the pupils later.

Speedway: East Anglian derby defeat for Mildenhall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers are still looking for their first away win of the season, after a 54-35 loss at King's Lynn Young Stars in the National League last night.

Jon Armstrong
Jeff Higgott

Jon Armstrong (pictured) top scored for the Suffolk side with 11 points. 

Mildenhall will get another chance to break their away duck when they head to Belle Vue tomorrow night.

Woman taken to hospital following Hadleigh crash

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A woman has been taken to hospital after crashing on the A1071 at Hadleigh earlier this morning.

It's thought she swerved to avoid an animal on the road at Wolves Wood, at about 08:00.

The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was trapped in her VW car and had to be freed, police said.

The road is now clear.

Post mortem set for girl who drowned at swimming pool party

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The post-mortem examination of a seven-year-old girl who drowned at a swimming pool party at Burgh St Peter, near Beccles, at the weekend is due to be held at Great Ormond Street Hospital next week.

Waveney River Centre
Adrian Cable

The girl, who has yet to be named but is thought to be from the Lowestoft area, was pulled unconscious from the pool at the Waveney River Centre on Sunday.

She later died in hospital.

The Town fan who helped Leicester to Premier League triumph

For most Ipswich supporters the season has come to a quiet, underwhelming end but it couldn't be more different for Ken Way, who has been celebrating helping Leicester City to the Premier League title.  

Suffolk Premier Cup: Lucky 13 for Lowestoft Town

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town beat Leiston 3-1 at Portman Road last night to win the Suffolk Premier Cup for the 13th time.

Lowestoft Town

Michael Spillane, Danny Crow and Joe Marsden were on target for the Trawler Boys as they bounced back in style after their relegation from National League North at the weekend.

Joe Jefford grabbed a late consolation goal for Leiston, who have now finished runners-up four times.

Weather: Dry with warm sunshine and light winds

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry, warm and mostly sunny day with light winds throughout. Top temperature: 18C (64F).

Clear spells overnight will see temperatures drop, particularly in rural parts, to a minimum of 7C (45F).

If you want a more detailed forecast of where you live, go to BBC Weather.

Travel: A1071 partially blocked in Hadleigh

BBC Travel

The A1071 is partially blocked in both directions in Hadleigh, between Lady Lane and Duke Street, because of a crash involving a single vehicle.

Polling stations open around the county

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A number of elections are taking place across Suffolk today. 

Polling station

The police and crime commissioner election is happening across the county, while Ipswich has borough elections for a third of its seats. 

There are also by-elections at Suffolk County, Forest Heath, St Edmundsbury, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds councils.

In the news: Polling stations open across the county...Concern over second homes in Southwold

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • Voters across Suffolk have the chance to choose their police and crime commissioner today, with some local authority elections and by-elections also taking place
  • Concerns have been raised in Southwold that the former community hospital site could be sold off as housing to second-home owners
  • A seven-year-old girl who died after being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool near Beccles at the weekend is thought to have come from the Lowestoft area

Welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on this lovely sunny day.

Over the next 10 hours, the team here at BBC Suffolk will bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

You can join in by giving us your thoughts on the stories you're reading, or by sending us photographs of Suffolk. There are a number of ways you can get in touch: You can send us an email, post a message on our Facebook page, or send us a Tweet.