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Summary

  1. Two hostage incidents have taken place at HMP Highpoint this month, including five prison officers being held by a weapon-wielding prisoner
  2. Ipswich Town close to signing Portsmouth defender Adam Webster, with Blues teenager Matt Clarke heading the other way, BBC Suffolk understands
  3. The Duke of Cambridge interrupts a school sports day as the air ambulance is called to help a woman in Felixstowe
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Kate Williams

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Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We hope you've enjoyed what you've seen over the last week in Suffolk, and that you'll join us again on Monday from 08:00.

See you then.

Weather: Cloudy this evening, with outbreaks of rain overnight

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy in places later on. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather chart
BBC

Saturday will be cloudy and breezy with a few bright spells, though we are likely to see some rain later on which could turn heavy and thundery. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Headlines: Inquiry into Suffolk jail... Teacher leads schoolboys to Wembley

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

If you're just joining us, here's the headlines for Suffolk:

  • An investigation is under way at a jail in Suffolk after two incidents in which people were held hostage
  • Suffolk County Council has given a heartfelt apology to a mum whose twins were going to be placed in different primary schools
  • A teacher who has led his school football team to national finals at Leicester's King Power Stadium and Wembley say staff and parents have been filled with a "huge amount of pride"

'Huge amount of pride' for Wembley-bound school boys

Richard Haugh

BBC News

A teacher who has led his school football team to national finals at Leicester's King Power Stadium and Wembley says staff and parents have been filled with a "huge amount of pride".

Wembley Stadium
Getty Images

Greg Williamson, from Britannia Primary School in Ipswich, said: "It's been a truly outstanding year. They've won the league, the six-a-side competition, the cup and the county finals.

"These nine fantastic young people have filled all the staff and parents at Britannia with a huge amount of pride."

As well as the prestige and experience, if the boys are successful there's even a chance of an open-top bus tour on their return.

Travel: Train delays between Norwich and London continue

BBC Travel

Delays on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Liverpool Street and Norwich are continuing into the evening. 

A signal failure at Stowmarket which began at lunchtime caused delays of an hour to services but the company says this has moderated to delays of up to 30 minutes.

Schoolboys to play at King Power Stadium and Wembley

Richard Haugh

BBC News

What have you got planned for the week ahead? Whatever it is, I bet it doesn't compare to what these boys are up to.

Britannia Primary School football team
Britannia Primary School

On Sunday, Britannia Primary School's football team will be playing on Leicester City's pitch, having beaten competition from the region to claim their place in the national finals of the Danone Nations Cup.

Then six days later they head to Wembley, as in the actual stadium, to play in the Football League Kids Cup ahead of the Championship play-off final. Wow.

Good luck!

Thieves take two on the bounce

If it's your party, you can cry if you want to...

Children playing on a bouncy castle
Suffolk Police

...because two bouncy castles have been stolen in Old Newton.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the deflated large yellow castles and their pumps were left out to dry in a garden on Falconer Avenue.  

A bouncy castle
Suffolk Police

They were taken at some point between 5 and 6 May, police said.

John Wark: 'Ipswich UEFA Cup side was up there with the very best'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town legend John Wark enjoyed success in the league and European Cup with Liverpool, but believes the Blues' 1981 UEFA Cup-winning side was just as good.

Paul Mariner and John Wark show off the UEFA Cup
Archant

It is 35 years to the day since the triumph, and Wark set a competition record when he scored 14 goals during the campaign - including one in each leg of the final against AZ Alkmaar.

undefined"Every time I played that season I felt I was going to score," Wark said. "We were just as good as Liverpool, which was some going."

Mick Mills on the 'relief' of winning the UEFA Cup

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Let's hear from Mick Mills, 35 years to the day that Ipswich Town won the UEFA Cup - their only European triumph to date.

Mick Mills and Bobby Robson with the UEFA Cup
Archant

At the time, the two-legged victory over AZ Alkmaar came as a relief to the captain, as Town had narrowly missed out on both the league title and FA Cup in the same season.

"We needed something," Mills said. "If we hadn't have won that final people would not have remembered that season at all."

Council's heartfelt on-air apology over twins school gaffe

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk County Council has given a heartfelt apology to a mum whose twins - one of whom has cerebral palsy - were going to be placed in different primary schools this September.

Twins Holly and Elliot
Hayley Duffety

Hayley Duffety from Great Barton was worried about the effect of the separation, but now her twins Holly and Elliot are being kept together. 

Gordon Jones, Suffolk county councillor for education, told BBC Radio Suffolk: "We're all human, we make mistakes.

"But I think the issue is how you react to those mistakes. We have reacted to it, we have addressed the issues, and I think we've got the outcome that I think everybody wants - especially the family."

Weather: It's going to be cloudy

BBC Weather

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Hale" for sending in this scene over Great Bricett earlier today.

Scene over Great Bricett
Weather Watchers: Hale

It will be a largely dry afternoon with sunny intervals, perhaps sparking the odd light shower before cloudier conditions return later. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In the news: Inmate interviewed over prison hostage incident... Council offers heartfelt apology over twins' school gaffe

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here's what's been making the news today:

Prince William at controls of East Anglian Air Ambulance

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's the moment the East Anglian Air Ambulance arrived on a school field in Suffolk yesterday, piloted by the Duke of Cambridge.

The helicopter hovering above the school field
Kingsfleet Primary School

Prince William arrived at Kingsfleet Primary School at about 15:00 with a team of medics to treat a woman who hurt her leg nearby.

She was later taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Her injuries were not life-threatening, the air ambulance said.

Thumbs up to 'impeccably behaved' children as Prince William lands on school field to assist patient

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Sports Day at Kingsfleet Primary School in Felixstowe came to an abrupt end yesterday when the air ambulance landed on the school field - and the future King stepped off.

Prince William at Kingsfleet Primary School
Kingsfleet Primary School

The Duke of Cambridge piloted the helicopter onto the field to assist a woman nearby who had injured her leg.

She was then taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

Prince William at Kingsfleet Primary School
Kingsfleet Primary School

The school said pupils were gathered waiting for the Sports Day results when the ambulance landed.

"All the children were impeccably behaved and very sensible, we are very proud of them," a statement on the school's website said.

Former inmates at Highpoint Prison

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Following news this morning of two hostage-takings at Highpoint Prison during the past month, here's some well-known inmates who have served time at the site.

Myra Hindley
AFP/Getty Images

It was once home to Moors murderer Myra Hindley, who served 36 years in jail for her part in two killings. 

Hindley spent the last few years of her sentence at Highpoint, from 1998 until her death in 2002.

George Michael
Getty Images

Popstar George Michael also served some of his eight-week sentence at Highpoint Prison after crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis.

He was found slumped at the wheel after it smashed into a branch of Snappy Snaps photo store in Hampstead, north London, in July 2010.

Landlords told to improve living standards

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Housing inspectors have found rat holes, overcrowding, no heating and a lack of smoke alarms in rental properties in the Newmarket area.

Landlords have been required to carry out improvements after what Forest Heath District Council's deputy leader Robin Millar called a "real eye opener''. He said living conditions inside some properties were "simply not up to scratch".

"Who knows, the action taken may have prevented a tragedy," he said.

More on Webster: Fee Set to Be McCarthy's Biggest at Town

TWTD.co.uk

Portsmouth defender Adam Webster will reportedly cost the Blues more that £500,000 plus Matt Clarke, which would be the largest fee Town have spent on a player since Mick McCarthy took charge in November 2012, reports TWTD this morning

Hoxne aim to spring a surprise at Portman Road

Diss Express

And finally, here's the back page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express back page
Diss Express

Bury swoop for title-winning prop Griffiths

Bury Free Press

Here's the back page of the Bury Free Press:

Bury Free Press back page
Bury Free Press

Duo praised for pulling woman from burning building

Ipswich Star

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

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Cat takes 70-mile road trip from Essex to Suffolk clinging to a lorry

You may have heard of the book and film The Incredible Journey about three pets who make an epic journey in search of their masters.

Well, a cat has had quite a trip of its own after it travelled 70 miles (113km) from Essex to Suffolk, clinging to the chassis of a lorry.

Dusty the Cat
RSPCA

Dusty was discovered by staff at a retailer in Cotton, near Stowmarket, after the HGV, which had travelled from Tilbury Docks, stopped to make a delivery. 

The RSPCA thinks she could be local to Tilbury, and is asking anyone missing a white cat to get in touch.

Speedway: Mildenhall's miserable run continues

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

But despite Ipswich's success, Mildenhall were narrowly beaten in last night's National Trophy, making it four defeats in a row for the Fen Tigers.

Connor Mountain
Jeff Higgott

They fell just short of points, losing 46-43 at Isle of Wight.

Connor Mountain (pictured) was Mildenhall's top scorer with 11 points, which included three heat wins.

Speedway: Witches finally break their league duck

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches beat reigning champions Edinburgh Monarchs 48-45 at Foxhall Stadium last night to record their first win of the 2016 Premier League season.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Captain Danny King (pictured) top scored for the Suffolk side with 12 points, while there were also three heat wins for Nico Covatti.

The Witches will be looking to build on the victory when they head to Peterborough Panthers on Sunday.

Prison Officers' Association on Highpoint incidents: 'All prisons are vulnerable'

Glyn Travis, from the Prison Officers Association, said while it was concerned for prisoner and staff safety in incidents such as the two hostage-takings at Highpoint, "austerity" had made all prisons "vulnerable".

Highpoint Prison
BBC

"Highpoint, like all other prisons, is in a very unstable position due to chronic staff shortfalls," he said.

"The government austerity programme of the last five years has taken prison staffing levels to an all-time low, while the prison population is continuing to rise steadily throughout the last five years."

Travel: Trains between London and Norwich face delays of up to an hour

BBC Travel

Trains between Norwich and London are subject to delays of up to an hour because of a signal failure at Stowmarket. 

Abellio Greater Anglia says it's likely to be an issue until lunchtime.

Ipswich Town: Webster to become first summer signing?

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town are closing in on a deal for Portsmouth defender Adam Webster, with Blues teenager Matt Clarke heading in the opposite direction, BBC Suffolk Sport understands. 

Adam Webster
Getty Images

Webster, 21, who is Pompey's longest serving player, made 35 appearances for the League Two club last season, including against Ipswich in the FA Cup (pictured right). 

Clarke's prospective departure is a surprise, with Blues boss Mick McCarthy regularly saying the 19-year-old was in his plans for the future.

Prison Reform Trust on HMP Highpoint hostage-taking: 'Huge rise' in prisoner attacks

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Juliet Lyon from the Prison Reform Trust said prisoner attacks are rising for a number of reasons.

Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust
BBC

"There's been a huge rise in serious assaults, both assaults prisoner on prisoner, and prisoner on staff," she said.

"There's been incidents at height, where people have either got on rooves, or netting, 160 fires a month... there is less safety in our prisons now than there was two or three years ago. 

"One of the causes simply has to be that staffing levels have been reduced pretty drastically. There were some severe budget cuts just a few years ago, and the impact of those is collossal."

HMP Highpoint hostage-taking: Police interview inmate

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk police said it was notified of the two hostage incidents at HMP Highpoint Prison and interviewed one inmate as a result. 

A spokeswoman said it took action after the second incident on 12 May, where five officers were taken hostage by a prisoner armed with a twin-bladed weapon. 

No further action was taken on the first incident, on 11 May, where four prisoners were barricaded in a cell, one of whom was tied up.

HMP Highpoint hostage-taking: The government's response

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

In response to the two hostage incidents at HMP Highpoint, Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said: "Our prison system needs reform, which is why we are giving governors greater freedoms to innovate to find better ways of rehabilitating offenders.

Andrew Selous, prisons minister
BBC

"We must do better at reducing violence and preventing drugs entering prison. We must do more to help prisoners with mental health problems. We have to ensure prisoners can be rehabilitated so they are no longer a danger to others."We have secured £1.3bn to modernise the prison estate and we have responded to staffing pressures with a national net increase of 530 officers, since January last year. These reforms will ensure prisons are places of decency and improve public safety by reducing re-offending."  

HMP Highpoint: Facts and figures

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

HMP Highpoint, near Haverhill, opened in 1977 as a prison. Between 1938 and 1970 the site was a Royal Air Force base before being used as a transit camp for Ugandan Asian refugees.

It's a Category C male training prison which can cater for 1,323 inmates.

HMP Highpoint
Google

What happened in the hostage incidents at HMP Highpoint?

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

A report shows on 12 May, five staff members were taken hostage in an office at HMP Highpoint by a prisoner armed with a weapon. Three officers were quickly released.   

Prison Service Gold Command, the national group convened during serious incidents and disturbances, was deployed and the prisoner surrendered. The incident was also reported to police.  

HMP Highpoint
Google

The previous day, staff had found four prisoners barricaded in a cell. When they were able to see in, they saw one was tied up with a sheet over his head. The prisoners surrendered five hours later.

Prison officers held hostage at Suffolk jail

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Five prison officers were taken hostage at a Suffolk jail by an inmate wielding a twin-bladed weapon, it has emerged.

Highpoint prison entrance
Geograph: Roger Cornfoot

The stand-off at HMP Highpoint on 12 May came the day after a second hostage incident at the same prison. The first involved a prisoner taken hostage inside a cell.

Both episodes, which ended without injury, are now under investigation. The incidents were revealed in an internal prison report seen by the BBC.

Today's weather: Fine and mostly dry

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

After a cloudy, murky and mild start it is due to be fine, dry and sunny later. Tonight will be cloudy with heavy rain at times.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Get the detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Five HMP Highpoint guards taken hostage by prisoner

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page.

Coming up today - it's emerged that five prison officers were taken hostage at a Suffolk jail by an inmate wielding a twin-bladed weapon.

We'll be bringing you more on this story during the day, plus all the other news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.