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  1. Ipswich Conservative Association fined over "impermissible" donation
  2. Ipswich Hospital chairman and chief executive take over running of Colchester Hospital
  3. Two men are arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a collision in Bungay on the early hours of Friday
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Tuesday's Suffolk Live

We're signing off for the day, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 and look forward to your company then.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Dry at first with patchy outbreaks of rain later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be dry for the first part of the night, before cloud increases from the west to bring outbreaks of patchy rain. Lows of 9C (48F).

Wednesday's weather map

Wednesday will start cloudy and wet with showery outbreaks of rain. These will gradually clear, but there's a chance of heavy, thundery showers later. Top temperature: 14C (57F).

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

Watch: Friends pay tribute to man killed in collision

Friends have been paying tribute to a man who died after being hit by a car on Friday in Bungay.

Shane Lay, 42, from Broome died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge on Saturday.

His friends Paul Luland and Danny Whitehand said he was a down-to-earth, genuine bloke. 

Friends pay tribute to man killed in collision with car

Watch: Rampaging peacocks upset residents

They may look beautiful, but residents of Beccles say this peacock, along with his friends, is wreaking havoc in their gardens.

A pride of peacocks is on the rampage in Beccles

Tickets 'snapped up' for free birthday concert for the Queen

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Tickets for a free birthday concert for The Queen in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, are being snapped up quickly. 

Since news was announced of the event last Thursday, almost 2,500 tickets have gone - half the total available. 

The concert of popular classics takes place on Saturday 11 June and features the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra and a fireworks finale.

Cabinet agrees to fund business case for Lake Lothing and Ipswich Wet Dock bridges

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Suffolk County Council cabinet has voted unanimously to spend £20m on developing a business case for bridges for Lake Lothing (pictured) and Ipswich Wet Dock.

The government has already pledged £151m for the two projects.

Artists impression, Lake Lothing crossing

Conservative association explains 'entirely honest mistake' over donation

Ipswich Conservative Association has sent us a statement explaining how the "impermissible donation" came about.

It says the donation was from a UK resident and taxpayer who was, at the time of their donation, moving house, and having removed themselves from the register of their old address, had not yet added their new one.

The statement concludes: "Whilst it was a technical breach of Electoral Commission rules for the donation to have been made and accepted during this period, it was an entirely honest mistake."

Conservative association fined over donation

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Ipswich Conservative Association has been fined £1,000 for accepting an "impermissible" donation of £3,000, says the Electoral Commission.

The commission said the association accepted the donation in March 2015 from an individual who did not appear on the register of electors at that time.

It said: "Under electoral law, political parties and their accounting units must not accept a donation unless it comes from a permissible source," adding that the fine was paid immediately.

We'll have a comment from the association shortly.

Have you heard the one about the peacocks causing havoc?

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

He may look harmless enough, but this peacock, along with a few of his friends, has been upsetting residents in Beccles, by making noise and generally being a nuisance, as reported in the Eastern Daily Press.


Melanie Goodwin, who lives in the area where the peacocks have taken up residence, says she finds it quite demoralising: "You plant all your bedding plants out and you come home and they've all been eaten or pulled up and squashed.

"You're on peacock duty all the time, and if you're not, your neighbours are, on your behalf. We have a sort of watch going on - peacock watch."

Suffolk swimmer 'emotional' after Rio selection

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ryan Crouch is already back in the pool in an effort to become the best swimmer he can possibly be ahead of the forthcoming Paralympic Games.

Aquatics Centre in Rio
Getty Images

The 22-year-old, who trains in Ipswich, says he was emotional after been named in the Great Britain squad for Rio. 

"It's just fantastic news and I'm really happy. The hard work has paid off and it's a great event to be going to," he said.

Suffolk Paralympian inspired after Invictus Games appearance

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Rio-bound Ryan Crouch (pictured here with Prince Harry), says competing at the first Invictus Games in 2014 was a defining moment.

Prince Harry and Ryan Crouch
Twitter @crouchy7ryan

The 22-year-old, who trains in Ipswich, has been named in the Great Britain squad for the forthcoming Paralympic Games.

"The Invictus Games was a special moment for me," Crouch said. "I wasn't sure where my swimming was going at the time, and it gave me a real focus and drive." 

County council cabinet agree fire service cuts

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Suffolk County Council's cabinet has voted fire cuts through unanimously.

These include full-time firefighter posts being reduced by 16, instead of the original 20 proposed before a public consultation took place.


Anthony Ogogo arms: The pipe-cleaner and Popeye

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After almost a year out of action, Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo has warned his forthcoming opponents that he will only get stronger in the coming months.

Anthony Ogogo
Getty Images

The 27-year-old returns to the ring on Saturday week in Glasgow, and is confident of making a winning return despite not being at his physical peak just yet. 

"My right shoulder which I dislocated is 80-85%," Ogogo said. "My trainer calls it the pipe-cleaner. I have a pipe cleaner for a right arm and my left arm is like Popeye's!"

Your photos: Colourful Aldeburgh

We always enjoy sharing your photographs of Suffolk with the rest of the county, so here's a very colourful shot taken in Aldeburgh by Robert Ashworth.

Thanks Robert. I wonder how long you had to wait to get the seagull perched on the post in the centre of the shot?

Beach scene in Aldeburgh
Robert Ashworth

Here's a reminder of the proposals for the fire service

These are the key proposals being discussed by the county council regarding fire service cuts:

  • Sudbury to keep second fire engine
  • Wrentham fire station to remain open, with a rapid response vehicle replacing current fire engine
  • Full-time firefighter posts to be reduced by 16 instead of 20
  • Four stations to lose one fire engine each, currently crewed by full-time firefighters

Fire engine

Ben Cowling named as Haverhill Rovers' new manager

Haverhill Echo

Former Haverhill Borough manager and chairman Ben Cowling has been appointed as the new first team manager at Haverhill Rovers.

Ben Cowling
Haverhill Echo

County Council cabinet meeting: First on the agenda - fire cuts

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Cabinet meeting under way. Fire service cuts up first.

Cabinet meeting

Why is Suffolk County Council considering spending £20m on two new river crossings?

Let's take a closer look now at the decision that needs to be reached this afternoon by Suffolk County Council's cabinet: whether it should invest £20m in making the case for two new river crossings.

In a nutshell, the government has said it will contribute £151m to get the bridges built, at Ipswich Wet Dock, pictured top, and Lake Lothing.

But before that happens, work has to be carried out to develop a final business case to present to the government, so that it releases the money.

Artists impression of wet dock crossing
Ben Gummer MP

Bart: Town's future in safe hands

Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski has given his seal of approval to the strong group of young keepers coming through at Playford Road.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and scattered fair-weather cloud

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry afternoon with sunny spells and scattered fair-weather cloud. It'll be warm, with a top temperature of 19C (66F).

BBC Weather Watchers / Happy Haze

Today's photograph was taken in Claydon by Weather Watcher "Happy Haze".

If you're interested in finding out more about weather watchers, then check out the website.

Colchester Hospital: What we know so far

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, in the past hour we've had some breaking news from Colchester Hospital:

Colchester Hospital
  • Both the chairman and the chief executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust have left their positions
  • Alan Rose and Frank Sims said they were standing down to help accelerate a long-term partnership between Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • The pair will be replaced with immediate effect by David White and Nick Hulme, who are the chairman and chief executive respectively of Ipswich Hospital

Ogogo ready to ride 'incredible British boxing wave'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft's Anthony Ogogo will return to the ring a week on Saturday week, almost four years since he and British boxing teammate Anthony Joshua (pictured) won medals at London 2012.

Anthony Joshua
Getty Images

Joshua has quickly gone on to become a World Champion, but Ogogo's start to life in the professional ranks has been hindered by injuries which he hopes he has now finally overcome. 

"British boxing is on the crest of the wave of a moment and it's been tough sat on the outskirts looking in," Ogogo said. "I'm delighted to be finally throwing my name into the mix and getting stuck in."

Colchester Hospital not 'clinically and financially sustainable in its current form'

The outgoing chief executive of Colchester Hospital, Frank Sims, who started the role in October, says he is "confident" patients in Colchester and Suffolk will benefit from a partnership.

Frank Sims
Colchester Hospital

We believe that Colchester is not clinically and financially sustainable in its current form and have been working with senior leaders at Ipswich to see if there is an opportunity for both organisations to work more closely in clinical collaboration."

Frank SimsOutgoing chief executive of Colchester Hospital

Ipswich duo to take over Colchester Hospital roles

Frank Sims and Alan Rose will be replaced with immediate effect by David White (left) and Nick Hulme (right), who are the chairman and chief executive respectively of Ipswich Hospital.

They will also continue in those roles.

David White and Nick Hulme
Colchester Hospital

Colchester Hospital bosses stand down 'to accelerate Ipswich partnership'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

We're hearing that both the chairman and the chief executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust have left their positions.

Chairman Alan Rose and chief executive Frank Sims say they are standing down to help accelerate a long-term partnership with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

Travel: Four-car collision causes delays on Bury Road in Brandon

BBC Travel

Police are directing traffic at the scene of an accident involving four cars on the B1106 Bury Road in Brandon, which is partially blocked near Green Road.

Warning of road closure from Suffolk Highways

Van collides with front of Lavenham pharmacy

A van has collided with the front of the pharmacy on High Street, Lavenham. 

We understand that no-one has been seriously injured in the incident, which took place just before 08:00, but the building has been damaged.

County council to decide on where to spend and save its money

Cuts to Suffolk's fire service, and a £20m investment in building bridges in Lowestoft and Ipswich, could be rubber-stamped this afternoon.

Suffolk County Council HQ

The county council cabinet will decide whether £1m in cuts to the fire service should go ahead. It would see a reduction in fire engines in Ipswich, and the loss of full-time firefighter posts.

Also on the agenda is whether to pay £20m to make sure new river crossings at Lowestoft and Ipswich can get under way. The government has already pledged £151m to get the bridges built.

A look back at the history of UCS

Let's return to one of our main stories today, the announcement that University Campus Suffolk will become the University of Suffolk in August, ready for the next academic year.

Here's a look at what's brought UCS to this stage: 

UCS timeline data pic

Travel: Accident blocks A1071 at junction with A134

BBC Travel

The A1071 is blocked near Newton Green, Sudbury, and there's queuing traffic in both directions at the A134 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

Dead man's dog being looked after by friend

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A dog which belonged to Shane Lay, 42, and was with him when he was fatally struck by a car in Bungay in the early hours of Friday, is now being cared for by his friend.

Mr Lay, who lived alone with Max the dog, was a keen angler and often found fishing at local lakes with friends Craig and Paul Luland, who is now taking care of Max. 


He said 'If anything happens to me, will you look after Max?'"

Paul LulandFriend of Shane Lay

Friends pay tribute to pedestrian killed in road collision

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

Friends of Shane Lay (below), who died after being hit by a car in Bungay on Friday, have been paying tribute to him.

Shane Lay

Mr Lay, a keen fisherman, lived on his own in the nearby village of Broome and never married according to his friend. Danny Whitehand (below).

Mr Whitehand said: "He was the best friend I ever had - best friend you could ever have. Loyal, everything. I'll never meet a person like him again."

Two people have been arrested overnight in connection with the incident and are being questioned by police.

Danny Whitehand

'It's about pride' says provost of UCS, on forthcoming independence for university

More now on news that University Campus Suffolk is to become a fully independent university. The man in charge of UCS says it means "economic development; it means an improvement in the cultural infrastructure; it means the capacity to get skills matched to the jobs that we need".

Interior of UCS

Richard Lister added: "It means aspiration for students. We don't do as well as we should in getting young people through education and higher education. 

"We will be a beacon for aspiration. But trumping all of that, it's about pride."

Now we're on the world stage

Ipswich Star

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

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Tuesday's weather: Dry and bright

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry day with plenty of sunshine, especially during the morning. Cloud is expected to gradually build throughout the day. It'll be mild, with a top temperature of 19C (66F).

The night will start dry, however cloud will continue to thicken from the west, and there may be one or two spots of light rain later. Lows of 11C (52F).

If you want to find out more about the forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.

Two arrested over death of pedestrian in crash

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in Bungay.

Shane Lay, 42, from the nearby village of Broome, died in hospital following the collision in Bridge Street in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police also say a car is being forensically examined by officers.

Suffolk Police

University independence is great news for the town, says MP

The MP for Ipswich has welcomed today's news that University Campus Suffolk is to become a fully-fledged independent university, saying it's a "very, very important day for the town".

UCS Question Mark

Conservative Ben Gummer said: "We'll be able to retain people here and, most importantly, get them creating businesses when they leave.

"I hope in Ipswich we'll soon be able to see a 'tech cluster' gathering around this university and that would not have been possible under its previous guise. This is a very, very important day for the town."

University Campus Suffolk granted independence

University Campus Suffolk has been granted its independence today to become a fully-fledged independent university.

UCS building

From August it will become the University of Suffolk. Since it was founded in 2007 it's been affiliated to the Universities of East Anglia and Essex.

Provost and chief executive Richad Lister said: "It effectively means we can use a full university title, we can award our own degrees, and we can access direct funding from the government so effectively we've become Suffolk's independent university."