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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 May 2016
  2. Labour remains in overall control of Ipswich Borough Council
  3. Tim Passmore re-elected as police and crime commissioner
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another week on Suffolk Live

Thanks for joining us for our election coverage today. The team here at BBC Suffolk is signing off for the day - and the week.

But we'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00 to do it all again.

Have a good weekend.

Weather: Dry and mild tonight, hotter tomorrow

BBC Weather

It'll be dry tonight with some clear spells. Winds will be light, and it'll feel quite mild with lows of 9C (48F).

Overnight weather map

Tomorrow will be mostly dry and even warmer than today. Top temperature: 21C (70F).

Get the full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Recycling centres to close on Wednesdays

Suffolk's household waste recycling centres will be closed on Wednesdays from 1 June, as part of a revised timetable of opening hours.

Bury recycling centre

The county council says Wednesdays are consistently the quietest day of the week, hence the decision. 

Matthew Hicks, councillor responsible for the environment, says feedback showed the public wanted sites open for longer hours, "so from 1 June, all Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open for longer on Sundays, Bank Holidays and later on Thursday evenings during the summer months."

PCC Tim Passmore says he's 'there to represent everybody'

Tim Passmore, who's been re-elected to the position of Suffolk's police and crime commissioner, said he's "there to represent everybody".

Tim Passmore with Kevin Burch

Speaking after he was returned to office with an increased majority, Mr Passmore (pictured right), added: "Regardless of how people voted, whatever your creed, your background, it's something I take particularly seriously.

"I really do look forward to working with everybody and for all of you to hold me to account... as we go forward for the next four years."

In the news: Second term of office for PCC Tim Passmore... Change of opening hours for recycling centres

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here's what's going on in Suffolk this afternoon:

  • Conservative Tim Passmore has been re-elected as Suffolk's police and crime commissioner
  • Recycling centres will close on Wednesdays from June
  • Peregrine falcon chicks have hatched out in a nest at The Mill on Ipswich Waterfront

Falcon chicks likely to remain in the nest for 35 - 40 days

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

As we mentioned a little while ago, it's hoped that live streaming will be in place from a peregrine falcon's nest at The Mill on the Ipswich Waterfront within a month.

Falcon with chicks
David Lowe

If you're wondering how high the nest is off the ground, ornithologist David Lowe, one of those behind the project, says the nest is a "23-storey climb".

He also told us egg-laying was completed around 25 March when a brooding period of more than 30 days began. The chicks are likely to remain at the nest for 35 - 40 days before taking flight.

Ipswich Town: 'We'll try to upset the apple cart' - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town head to play-off bound Derby County tomorrow, hoping to cause an upset and end Town's season on a high.

Mick McCarthy

After a summer of major investment, the Rams were many people's favourites for automatic promotion, but the highest they can now finish is fourth place. 

"We'll try to upset the apple cart before the play-offs," said Town boss Mick McCarthy. "I couldn't believe they finished eighth last year. With the squad they've got and how much they've invested in it they should be in the top six."

Live streaming on its way for peregrine falcon nest

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The group involved with the peregrine nest box project at The Mill, on Ipswich waterfront, have achieved their aim of securing funding for live streaming from the nest.

Chicks hoping to be fed
David Lowe

Short-term a standard digital video camera has enabled David Lowe and Steve Piotrowski to monitor activity in the nest.

But now David tells us the owner of Ipswich port has agreed to be the main sponsor, with real-time equipment likely to be brought into operation in the next three weeks.

Dozzell Starts, Morris on Bench

Andre Dozzell starts and Ben Morris is on the bench as the England U17s get their European Championships campaign under way against Sweden in Azerbaijan this afternoon, a game which is available to watch online.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy delighted by Tabb contribution

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has heaped praise on midfielder Jay Tabb (pictured left) who is leaving Portman Road this summer.

Jay Tabb
Getty Images

The 32-year-old midfielder, who joined Town in 2013, has been told he isn't being offered a new deal when his current contract expires next month. 

"He's been fabulous," said McCarthy. "Without playing all season he could've won the selfless player of the year award. He comes in and trains well and is a prime example to any young player, a fantastic character."

Greater Anglia warns of delays on mainline service to and from Liverpool Street

PCC election: Reaction from Tim Passmore

BBC Suffolk's Kevin Burch is at Martlesham where Tim Passmore has been returned to office as Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner:

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PCC election: Division of votes

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Following the second count in Suffolk's PCC election, with second preference votes being distributed between Tim Passmore and Cath Pickles, the following results have been declared:

  • Tim Passmore (C): 68,093
  • Cath Pickles (L): 41,631

BreakingPCC election: Tim Passmore re-elected

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A count of the second preference votes in the police and crime commissioner election has declared Conservative Tim Passmore as the winner.

Tim Passmore

Travel: Delays southbound on A12 after Copdock Interchange

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and one lane is blocked southbound on the A12 after J33 (A1214 Copdock) because of a broken down abnormal load.

Mildenhall speedway: Bebee facing lengthy spell out

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers reserve Sam Bebee will miss tonight's National League trip to Belle Vue after breaking his wrist in Wednesday's defeat at King's Lynn.

Sam Bebee
Derek Leader

It's a massive blow for the 15-year-old who's been earning rave reviews after an impressive start to the season. 

Chairman Kevin Jolly, said: "My thoughts and feelings go out to Sam because in the space of 10 days, two weeks, he's been on a high, scoring points and then he's sampled the harsh reality of speedway life."

'Goode added to sevens line-up'

Bury Free Press

The back page of today's Bury Free Press:

Back page of Bury Free Press
Bury Free Press

Afternoon weather: Staying dry with sunshine

BBC Weather

It'll remain fine and dry this afternoon with plenty of sunshine, although noticeable high cloud will make this hazy at times. Turning warm away from coastal locations, where onshore breezes will keep it a little cooler.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather Watcher 'Steve Nicholls'

This picture was taken in Eyke by BBC Weather Watcher Steve Nicholls. If you'd like to find out more about being a Weather Watcher, check out the website.

First preference votes received by PCC candidates

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Results of the first count are as follows:

  • Tim Passmore (C): 57,167 (43.72%)
  • Cath Pickles (Lab): 32,268 (24.68%)
  • Simon Tobin (UKIP): 22,094 (16.90%)
  • Helen Korfanty (LD): 11,726 (8.97%)
  • Terence Carter (Green): 7,501 (5.74%)
Count at Martelsham

Simon Tobin, Helen Korfanty and Terence Carter have been eliminated and a second count is now taking place.

Motorcyclist injured in A14 crash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The East Anglian Air Ambulance says a motorcyclist in his 20s was injured in a crash on the A14 near Nine Mile Hill and Newmarket earlier. 

He was treated at the scene for a suspected broken arm and shoulder injury, before being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for further treatment.

The road has now reopened

Second count confirmed in PCC election

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

It's just been announced at Martlesham that a second count will take place in the election for Suffolk's next police and crime commissioner.

The count will go to whoever people voted for as their second preference, between Tim Passmore, Conservative candidate, and Labour's Cath Pickles.

Second count likely in PCC election

We understand a second count is likely in the police and crime commissioner election.

More details as we get them.

'No overall control' at Suffolk County Council

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

The win by UKIP in the Haverhill Cangle division means there is now no party with overall control at Suffolk County Council.


There are now 37 councillors voting Conservative (36 Tories and 1 Independent who votes Tory), and 37 for all opposition parties. 

It means any full council vote will require all Conservative councillors to be present to vote if they want it to get through.

Travel: Two car accident blocks one lane of A14 westbound at Stowmarket

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A14 westbound between J49 (A1308 Stowmarket) and J47 (A1088 Woolpit) because of an accident involving two cars. 

Thedwastre Road in Thurston is also blocked at Pokeriage Corner because of an accident.

PCC elections overview

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

As we reported earlier, the turnout for this year's police and crime commissioner election was 50% higher than in 2012 when it was half of what you might expect for a council election.

Last time Conservative Tim Passmore was only declared the winner after second preference votes were taken into consideration. The first round of voting gave Labour's Jane Basham the lead, but not by the 50% plus one votes needed to claim a win.

Suffolk is traditionally a Conservative county, but four years of cuts to the police force delivered by a Conservative and coalition government could sway some voters to make a change from the status quo.

PCC first count 'almost completed'

BBC Suffolk's political reporter Vikki Irwin has just sent this tweet from police headquarters on the outskirts of Ipswich:

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Conservatives lose three local council seats in west Suffolk

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Two local council seats in the Forest Heath district that had previously been held by the Conservatives have been won by by UKIP's Roger Dicker (South Ward) and West Suffolk Independent Victor Lukaniuk (Brandon West Ward) in yesterday's by-elections.

The Haverhill North Ward in St Edmundsbury has also been won by UKIP, with Anthony Williams being voted in, in a previously Tory ward.

Suffolk County Council by-elections

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Two by-elections have taken place for Suffolk County Council in the Bixley and Haverhill Cangle wards.

Suffolk County Council HQ

Both politicians Alan Murray (Bixley), who resigned recently, and Tim Marks (Haverhill Cangle), who died in January, were Conservatives.

UKIP have won the Haverhill Cangle ward from the Tories, while Paul West has won the Bixley ward for the Conservatives.

Success for breeding falcons in Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back in January, we shared the news with you that prospects for peregrine falcons nesting at The Mill on the Ipswich waterfront were looking good.

Peregrine falcon chicks
David Lowe

As you can see from this photograph, taken this morning by ornithologist David Lowe, the optimism was well-placed.

We'll be bringing you some more exciting news about the nest shortly.

'Red faces for one-star bar'

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Returning officer discusses 'unclear' ballot papers with PCC candidates

50% increase in PCC election turnout

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

We've just learned the turnout of people eligible to vote in the police and crime commissioner election was 24.47% - that's 50% more than 2012 when Suffolk's first PCC Tim Passmore was elected.

The result is due around lunchtime.

Turnout figures

Darts: Wright's play-off dream still alive

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright hammered James Wade 7-1 in Manchester last night, in the penultimate round of the regular Premier League season.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

That victory moves the former World Championship runner-up up to fifth place in the table, one point behind Adrian Lewis in fourth.

After next week's fixtures in Rotterdam, the top four go through the semi-finals at the O2 Arena on 19 May.

Ipswich Town: This year more disappointing than last - Chambers

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers has been left more downhearted by the end of this season than he was a year ago, when his side lost to Norwich City in the play-offs.

Luke Chambers

A run of one victory in eight matches means The Blues can finish no higher than seventh, even if they win their final game at Derby County tomorrow. 

"As funny as it probably sounds I'm more disappointed this season than last year," said Chambers. "The way we just fell away at the end, although it obviously wasn't through a lack of trying. It's hit me pretty hard as I feel we should've made the play-offs." 

Verifying of PCC votes at Police HQ

New kit for Town goalkeepers too

We revealed Ipswich Town's new home and away kits earlier, but didn't have room to show you the goalkeepers' new look for next season.

They'll be wearing a "Vivid Red" strip at Portman Road, with "Solar Lime" and "Solar Yellow" change options available away from home.

ITFC keeper kit

Town will carry the 2015/16 striped away shirt into the 2016/17 season as a third "clash" kit.

Post-mortem examination to be held on girl who died following swimming party

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A post-mortem examination will be held today on a young girl thought to be from Lowestoft who died following a swimming pool party near Beccles.

Waveney River Centre

The seven-year-old was pulled unconscious from the pool at Waveney River Centre on Sunday.  

It'll be done at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

A14 crash: 'Injuries not clear at this stage', say police

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police have told us the crash on the A14 westbound near Newmarket this morning involved a car and a motorbike.

A spokesman said details of injuries were "not clear at this stage".

One lane remains closed near junction 35.