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  1. Updates on Monday, 9 May 2016
  2. Proposed cuts to Suffolk fire service reduced from £1.3m to £1m
  3. Wrentham fire station to remain open but with rapid response vehicle, not fire engine
  4. Sudbury fire station to keep its second engine
  5. Full-time firefighter posts to be cut by 16 rather than the 20 proposed
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's your lot for Monday's live coverage, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00, when we'll bring you more reaction to today's announcement about the revised cuts to the county's fire service.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Risk of thundery showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will turn cloudy this evening and overnight, with the risk of a few thundery showers. Lows of 10C (50F).

Tuesday's weather map

Much cooler tomorrow, with some showery outbreaks of rain during the morning, before it turns a little brighter and drier later. Top temperature: 17C (63F).

You can get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Football: Suffolk FA Women's Cup Final preview

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town face Kirkley & Pakefield tonight in the final of the Suffolk FA Women's Cup at Portman Road (kick-off 19:00).

Portman Road

Ipswich manager Ralph Pruden has told BBC Suffolk how pleased his is that the tie is being staged at a Football League ground. 

"It certainly adds a bit more spice," Pruden said. "Winning the cup is a big deal and something you strive for anyway, but knowing it's going to be at Portman Road makes it a special occasion for everybody involved."

Ipswich Town duo help England U17s

Travel: Two-vehicle accident causes delays on A11 southbound at Mildenhall

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A11 southbound in Mildenhall, before the Fiveways roundabout, because of a two-vehicle accident.

Fire service cuts: 'We have listened to feedback' says council

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk County Council says in reducing proposed fire service cuts from £1.3m to £1m, it has "listened to feedback through the consultation process" and taken the "professional advice" of chief fire officer Mark Hardingham.

Princes Street fire station

Matthew Hicks, councillor responsible for public protection says: "The county council has contributed to the protection of the fire service in previous years, and continues to do so."

The proposals, which include reducing the number of full-time firefighters at Princes Street in Ipswich by 16 instead of 20, will be discussed by councillors on Tuesday next week.

Fire service cuts: Proposals won't keep public safe, says union

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has responded to the revised proposals over the future of the county's fire service, saying they "won't keep the public safe".

Crews at Sudbury fire

Spokesman Roy Humphreys said: "We already have one of the best value-for-money fire services in the country, which means any further cuts will have a disproportionate impact on our ability to keep those who live, work and travel within the county safe. 

"The 20,000 people who took part in a public consultation, and who overwhelmingly rejected these plans, have been ignored."

Man named following Little Wratting fatal collision

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man who died following a collision between a Land Rover and a van on the A143 at Little Wratting, near Haverhill, on Saturday, has been named as Robert Grocott, of Hudson Close, Haverhill.

The 56-year-old, who was driving the Land Rover Freelander, died at the scene.

Two other males in the car sustained injuries, as well as two men in the Vauxhall van. All four, who were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, remain in a serious condition.

Fire service cuts: Wrentham fire station to remain open and Sudbury to keep second engine

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Back now to our main story, the reduction in the proposed cuts to the county's fire service.

Wrentham fire station

Today's announcement by Suffolk County Council means:

  • Wrentham fire station will remain open, but with a rapid response vehicle rather than a fire engine
  • Sudbury will keep its second fire engine
  • Full-time firefighter jobs will be cut by 16 rather than 20 as originally proposed

Proposed fire service cuts reduced but savings must still be made

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Proposed cuts of £1.3m to Suffolk's fire service have been reduced to £1m. 

Princes Street fire station, Ipswich

The remaining £300,000 of savings will still need to be made by the end of 2018, but the county council has said that future cuts won't affect front-line services.

Thousands of people had opposed the original proposals during a public consultation, which closed in February.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Bury St Edmunds popular with 'Smarties'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Bury St Edmunds has been named as one of the top places chosen by affluent retirees shunning the idea of retirement by the sea in favour of "upmarket cathedral cities or bustling market towns", according to a new report.

Abbey Gardens

"Smarties" (senior market town retirees) are in particularly high concentrations in a number of towns including Bury St Edmunds, Yeovil and Kendal, says credit-checking company Experian.

Consultant from the company Richard Jenkings says: "These folks typically have significant amounts of disposable income and are looking to enjoy life to the full in their golden years."

A 'transitional period' for Suffolk Cricket: Andy Northcote

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk coach Andy Northcote has admitted he isn't too surprised to see his side struggling in the Minor Counties Knock-Out Trophy, but is optimistic about the future.

Cricket stumps and ball

Suffolk's chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the competition are just about over after yesterday's five-run defeat to Buckinghamshire at Ipswich School.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough year," said Northcote. "It's a transitional period and we're trying something new by playing only Suffolk players. It's a young, inexperienced side, but the reality is we're at the start of something really exciting."

Trio could win caps as England U17s face holders France at Euros

Town trio Andre Dozzell, Ben Morris and Nick Hayes could win caps this evening when the England U17s face holders France in their second game at the European Championships in Azerbaijan.

Farmer packing 'everything but the kitchen sink' for epic tractor journey

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A farmer planning to drive a vintage tractor all the way from Scotland to Suffolk in aid of charity says he will be packing a lot of tools and spares for the long drive south.

Barry Colson (pictured with a similar tractor he already owns) has bought the vehicle, which he's been told was "sort of a hedgerow find".  

Barry Colson

He will be packing "...spanners, socket sets, tyres, wheels, gaskets, starter motors, water pumps - everything I can think of." 

And as it only has a tin seat, he might want to take a cushion, too!

Mick McCarthy: Ipswich striker has done enough for Euros spot

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich striker David McGoldrick has done enough in recent weeks to earn a place in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016, according to Mick McCarthy.

David McGoldrick

The 28-year-old scored in both of Town's final two games of the season, and appears to have put a series of lengthy injuries behind him. 

"I want him to go as it would be a huge honour," McCarthy said. "It improves you as a player and if we can get a slight improvement out of Didsy then what a player we would have."

Greater Anglia apologises for rail chaos

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Greater Anglia has apologised for chaos on the mainline service between Suffolk and the capital yesterday caused by damage to overhead lines that left hundreds of passengers being stranded for hours in scorching temperatures.

Greater Anglia train

Spokesman Jonathan Denby said it did everything it could to try to secure replacement buses and coaches but "there was a real problem with companies supplying us with any spare vehicles at all."

In response to criticism about a lack of information to passengers, Mr Denby said it wasn't clear initially how disruptive the problem would be. "The first assessment of the work suggested the repairs would be completed by early evening, but it then took far longer," he said.

Network Rail have also said it was "sorry" for the inconvenience caused.

Cricket round-up: Sudbury win Suffolk derby

Suffolk Free Press

Sudbury claimed the local bragging rights from their trip to Suffolk rivals Woolpit on Saturday afternoon.

Nathan Poole
Suffolk Free Press

Attempted robbery at Cavendish store

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police are investigating an attempted robbery at the convenience store in Cavendish yesterday.

They say a man entered the store on The Green at about 13:20 and demanded money. 

After attempting to take money from the cash register, he ran empty-handed from the scene towards an area known as the Maltings, behind the George public house.

Afternoon weather: Warm with the chance of a shower or two

BBC Weather

We'll see one or two showers this afternoon. Later in the day a more persistent band of showery rain will spread in from the south, reaching Felixstowe during the early evening. Top temperature: 22C (72F).

Weather Watcher 'Windymiller'

Weather Watcher "Windymiller" took today's photograph in Hemingstone, just north of Ipswich.

If you'd like more information on how to become a BBC Wather Watcher, check out the website.

Norovirus affecting passengers on cruise from Suffolk-based company

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

More than a quarter of the passengers on board a cruise ship run by Suffolk-based Fred Olsen are suffering with norovirus


The Balmoral, which should dock in Canada today on the latest leg of a cruise which left Southampton last month, is being assisted by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Fred Olsen say the ship is being cleaned extensively and just 15 of the 252 passengers affected have been confined to their cabins.

Feeney in talks with Ipswich Town over future

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is keen to keep Liam Feeney at the club and adds that the midfielder wants to stay.

Liam Feeney

The 29-year-old has made nine appearances and scored one goal for the Blues since joining on loan from Bolton in March. 

"There might be others interested but we've a good starting point," McCarthy said. "If we can come to a mutually beneficial agreement we'll do something."

Problems continue for Greater Anglia passengers

Lunchtime headlines: MP demands explanation for rail chaos... Victim of fatal crash at weekend is 15th death on roads this year

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A look at our top stories: 

  • MP Therese Coffey has demanded answers from Greater Anglia after hundreds of passengers were stranded yesterday for hours
  • A man who died on Saturday following a collision on the A143 near Haverhill was the 15th person killed on the county's roads so far this year
  • Farmer Barry Colson is preparing to drive from Scotland to Stanningfield in a vintage tractor to raise money for charity

MP demands answers on Sunday's Greater Anglia rail chaos

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The MP for Suffolk Coastal is demanding an explanation from train bosses, after hundreds of passengers were stranded either on platforms or trains for hours, in scorching temperatures, because of problems with overhead wires at Shenfield.

Abellio train

Therese Coffey told us: "We've just had 10 weekends of works, part of it being overhead replacement and lines. 

"I've heard in the past that hot weather can do things to overhead lines - but that's why I'm trying to establish what's gone wrong and I'll be asking Greater Anglia for a bit more information on what their back-up plans were."

We'll bring you Greater Anglia's response shortly.

West Suffolk farmer bracing himself for uncomfortable journey in vintage tractor

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A farmer from Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds, is raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Donkey Sanctuary by driving a vintage tractor from Scotland to Suffolk.

Barry Colson

Barry Colson, 72, (pictured with a similar vehicle) has bought the Ferguson TEF 20, 1952 tractor from a seller in Spean Bridge, in the Highlands, and is driving it back to his Suffolk home  -  a distance of more than 500 miles (805km).

He's acknowledged the fact that it's not going to be the most comfortable journey: "This particular tractor has got a tin seat which could leave a serious mark on your bum over a number of days."

Ed Sheeran sketch fetches £550 at celebrities' art auction

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ed Sheeran's picture of a cat and a range of other "mini pictures" created by celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Collins, Jim Broadbent and Joanna Lumley have helped raised more than £8,500 for a Suffolk charity event.

Ed Sheeran's sketch
Art For Cure

Dozens of celebrities created pictures for Art For Cure and were auctioned online. 

Suffolk superstar Ed's cat sketch alone sold for £550.

Westley Middle School in Bury St Edmunds sends charming letter to Year 6 pupils

East Anglian Daily Times

This is the front page of the west edition of today's East Anglian Daily Times:

Front page, west edition, EADT

Village of the Year is now a community divided with claims of Shotley Parish Council 'meltdown'

East Anglian Daily Times

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

Front page of east edition of EADT

Minor Counties Cricket: A narrow loss for Suffolk

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Despite the best efforts of captain Tom Huggins (pictured) Suffolk's cricketers fell to a five run defeat, to Buckinghamshire, in their latest Minor Counties Knock-Out Trophy game.

Tom Huggins
Getty Images

Huggins top scored with 82 as the home side made 229 for 9 from their 50 overs at Ipswich School, chasing the visitors 234 all out. 

Earlier in the day Ben Reece led the way with the ball for Suffolk, taking four wickets for 41 runs.

Weather forecaster Dan Holley looks back over the last month

Record-breaking turnout at St Elizabeth Hospice's 10th birthday Midnight Walk in Ipswich

Ipswich Star

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

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Hold-ups expected as enthusiast drives tractor from Scotland to Suffolk

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Tractors are not traditionally built for comfort or speed, but an enthusiast from Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds, is planning to drive a vintage model from Scotland to Suffolk to raise money for charity.

Barry Colson with his tractor

Barry Colson, pictured sitting on a similar machine, says it all began last year when his daughter saw the tractor during a trip to Scotland.

"I got photos saying, 'What do you think of this, Dad?' Something just clicked and I thought 'Well, I've never done nothing for charity in my life and if I don't do something I'll be past it.'" 

Spa Pavilion receives grant to make it more accessible

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion theatre has been awarded £34,500 from the government's Coastal Communities Fund, to make it more accessible to visitors and performers.

Spa Pavilion

Ray Anderson, one of the theatre's directors, says as well as making the entrance doors easier for people in wheelchairs to use, work will take place to improve make accessibility easier for performers too.

He explained: "We want to be able to make sure that performers who may be in a wheelchair can get into the theatre. We can also look at employing someone in a wheelchair who might want to, say, come and run our box office."

New sports and fitness centre planned for Halesworth

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Plans for a £3m sports and fitness centre, playing fields and swimming pool have gone on show in Halesworth. The site will also be home to care housing for older people, and health facilities.

Halesworth campus site

Chairman of the Halesworth Campus project Tony Goldson said: "This is the first time in history that we've combined a sports development with a health facility.

"The health facility will rely on some of the sports facilities, especially for the elderly; for exercise, mobility and physiotherapy."

Ipswich Town: Nice to 'finish on a high' - Mick McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's ninth away win of the season - the joint third-highest tally in the Championship - means they finish seventh in the table.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

Striker David McGoldrick got the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot, as Mick McCarthy's men beat Derby County at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

"We've been great away from home." said McCarthy. "That's a good performance and a great result. We finish on a high and everybody can go away with a bit of renewed optimism." 

Another fatality on Suffolk's roads

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Investigations continue today into a collision on Saturday evening on the A143 at Little Wratting, near Haverhill, in which a man died.

Police were called by the ambulance service shortly after 18:00 to reports of a collision between a car and a van on Haverhill Road.

The male driver of the car died at the scene, and a male passenger in the car received serious leg and back injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, along with two people in the van who also received serious injuries.

Monday's weather: Dry and warm at first, but wet later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will start cloudy, with one or two showers. Later in the day a more persistent band of showery rain spreads in from the south, reaching the coast during the early evening. Highs of 22C (72F).

The evening is likely to start wet, with some heavy showers, but these should clear for a while, before more rain arrives by dawn. Lows of 12C (54F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Cows cause delays on A12 at Wangford

BBC Travel

The A12 in Wangford is partially blocked in both directions near Hill Road, because a number of cows are on the road.

In the news: Man is 15th person killed on Suffolk's roads this year... Plans for £3m Halesworth sports centre go on display

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • A man died on Saturday evening after a collision between a van and a car on the A143 at Little Wratting, near Haverhill, the 15th person killed on the county's roads this year
  • Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion Theatre has received a government grant of more than £34,000 to make it more accessible
  • Plans for a new £3m sports centre, swimming pool and playing fields have gone on show in Halesworth