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  1. Large increase in the number of Suffolk police officers assaulted while on duty
  2. Lowestoft fishing industry has "died" as a result of the UK being part of the EU, claims fisherman
  3. But a Waveney councillor says the decline of the fishing industry in Lowestoft is no longer the fault of the EU, but the UK government
  4. Brexit could cost 50,000 jobs in East, Treasury analysis claims
  5. Updates for Monday, 23 May 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Monday's Suffolk Live

We're signing off for the evening now, but don't forget you can scroll down to see the main stories we've been bringing you during the day.

Tomorrow, as well as regular updates from across the county, we'll tell you more about concerns in Bury St Edmunds over proposals for a new free middle school in the town, which are being discussed on Stephen Foster's Drivetime programme this evening on BBC Suffolk.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Largely dry with the chance of some patchy mist

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Any showers should die away through this evening to leave a largely dry night with cloud coming and going. 

Under clear skies we could see some patchy mist developing but the winds will be mainly light, with a minimum temperature of 6C (43F).    

Overnight weather map

Tomorrow should be generally fine and dry with a mixture of sunny and cloudy periods. Temperatures inland should reach 16C (61F), although it'll be a little cooler on the coast.

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Ambulance service response to Unison video

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has responded to a video released by Unison, which highlights the stress the union says frontline ambulance staff face.

The trust says it doesn't currently have sufficient capacity to meet the ever-increasing level of demand and therefore "the most significant challenge associated with trying to reduce the frequency of late finishes for our staff is how to introduce any initiative that does not compromise our response to patients".


It says the trust has been "at the forefront nationally in working to identify solutions that seek to balance our desire to improve staff well-being by reducing late finishes whilst protecting patients."

As well as touching on the issue of improving meal break arrangements and saying "both sides have been working incredibly hard to tackle this issue", the trust is "disappointed" Unison has decided to ballot staff.

It hopes the union will take up the offer of "approaching ACAS to facilitate a mediated and final joint resolution – tackling this issue for the benefit of staff and patients is vital and we must work together to make progress."

Stress faced by frontline ambulance staff set out in video from UNISON

The union UNISON has released a film setting out the stress faced by frontline ambulance staff from the East of England Ambulance Service.

UNISON video still showing overtime they sometimes have to work

The film features testimony from workers ahead of a ballot on industrial action over a lack of rest breaks and enforced overtime.

UNISON branch secretary said: "The decision to consider industrial action was taken after 12 months of negotiations failed to achieve any positive changes."

We'll bring you the Ambulance Service's response shortly.

Tractor challenge: I think he deserved an ice-cream don't you?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

You may remember we brought you the story a couple of weeks ago of Barry Colson, from Stanningfield near Bury St Edmunds, who was planning to drive a vintage tractor from Scotland to Suffolk, to raise money for Cancer Research UK and The Donkey Sanctuary.

Barry Colson
Dicke Colson

As you can see from this picture of Barry and his wife Dicke, he made it back to Bury St Edmunds over the weekend.

The route was more than 500 miles, avoiding motorways. Here's a reminder of some of his key stops along the way.

Tractor drive route

Imam urges people 'not to be fooled by propaganda'

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

An Ipswich-based Imam has made a video in which he urges people not to follow in his footsteps in becoming a jihadist.

Manwar Ali
Manwar Ali

Manwar Ali, who leads the Suffolk-based Muslim group Jimas, describes when he was younger, wanting to do something "great and noble for the sake of Allah" and boarding a plane to Pakistan from where he crossed the border and joined the front lines. 

He breaks down as he recounts how "you forget just how much you are pawns on a chequerboard of a game that the world is playing", adding "it all becomes about vengeance and revenge."

His final message: "Don't go to a dark place, remember you are a worthy, honourable person with intellect and intelligence."

RSPB calls for both groups in EU referendum to identify 'important environmental issues'

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

The RSPB is challenging both Leave and Remain groups in the EU referendum to "come out with very clear statements to what they think are the important environmental issues."

Lakenheath Fen

Head of external affairs at the RSPB, Gareth Morgan, said: "Birds don't care about borders, a lot of the birds we can hear around us, like the cuckoo, have come through Europe from Africa."

Vote Leave responded to the challenge saying leaving the EU is not a vote to weaken environmental protections, but to take back control of our environment from EU institutions. 

The Stronger In campaign responded by saying EU rules safeguard nature and wildlife and they protect birds and their natural habitats.

RSPB won't be telling people how to vote in EU referendum

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

The RSPB has said it'll be sitting on the fence when it comes to the debate about the EU referendum

Lakenheath Fen

Gareth Morgan, head of external affairs, described their position in the debate as "pro-wildlife", adding they "want the issue of wildlife to be discussed, but we're not going to be telling people how to vote."

Along with a number of other wildlife organisations they commissioned a report on what effects the EU has had on the environment.

Proposals for new heritage centre receive grant of more than £500,000

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A grant of £538,100 has been received for a new heritage centre at University Campus Suffolk from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Proposed site for new heritage centre

"The Hold" as it will be known, will house the bulk of the county's nationally and internationally significant archives, a range of archaeological records, as well as a cultural resource for the community.

Deputy provost at University Campus Suffolk, Tim Greenacre said: "UCS looks forward to helping to deliver this building which will represent a landmark both in terms of the facilities it offers, and the opportunities it brings to make the county’s heritage accessible."

Sir Bobby Robson bridge to feature on BBC Music Day

In a couple of weeks, 45 of Britain's bridges will be turning into stages for a series of performances and gigs on BBC Music Day.

There'll be music collaborations across the UK, from large iconic structures like Tower Bridge in London, to smaller, quirkier crossings such as the Sir Bobby Robson Bridge in Ipswich (pictured), where Suffolk Soul Singers will perform.

It all takes place on 3 June - and we'll bring you more details nearer the time.

Sir Bobby Robson bridge

Travel: Death on London line causing delays and cancellations

BBC Travel

A death on the Norwich to London line has led to train delays of up to 90 minutes and cancellations. Abellio Greater Anglia said emergency services were dealing with an incident between Ipswich and Colchester. 

The disruption started just after 08:00 and the train operator has apologised to passengers.

Suffolk cricket continues to suffer

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Suffolk's County Cricket side were defeated by Hertfordshire in the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy match in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

Cricket stumps

The home side could only amass 198 runs all out, falling 50 short of Hertfordshire's total of 248 from 48.3 overs.

The defeat leaves Suffolk bottom of their group in the competition with zero points.

Praise for Bury St Edmunds rugby club from new signing

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

The latest Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club signing Cai Griffiths has commended the way his new side adapted to National League Two last season.

Bury rugby club

The 32-year-old Welsh prop said: "It's always challenging going up a league because it is another step and sometimes that can shock the players."

After a slow start to the season Griffiths was impressed with how Bury improved. "..they took their time to adjust, but obviously got stronger towards the end, hopefully that's something we can keep on building up," he said.

New Bury Rugby Club player-coach has 'big ambitions' for next season

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Back to sport and Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club's new signing Cai Griffiths says he has big ambitions for the club next season.

Cai Griffiths
Getty Images

Griffiths, who has joined as a player/coach for the 2016-17 season, said: "I'd like to think we can be in that top six and once you're in there around Christmas time anything can happen."

The Welshman has played for clubs including London Irish and Ospreys.

In the Wolfpack's first season in National League Two, they achieved an impressive seventh placed finish.

Quality of training for officers is 'really high' say police

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Back now to our main story on the big increase in the number of reported cases of violence against police officers during 2015.

Suffolk Police say they are equipping officers to deal with incidents of assault while they're on duty.

Police bikers

Det Supt David Skevington says their frontline officers have handcuffs, spray, batons, "all the best equipment".

He added that their training is about seven days to begin with and then once a year to refresh things.

"I think one day a year is right. It's about the quality of the training, and the quality of the training in Suffolk is really high."

Treasury does not show its working for '50,000 jobs lost' figure

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Regarding its claim that leaving the European Union could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, the Treasury does not show how it reached that figure.

Its document says only: "Exactly how these job losses would be distributed across the UK would depend on how the shock impacted different sectors, and the demand for labour in each region."   

Better news from Greater Anglia for rail travellers

Naked cyclist puts safety first

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A story that caught our eye and made us smile over the weekend, is that of a naked cyclist spotted riding through the village of Crowfield on Saturday morning, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.

I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that while he doesn't seem to have been concerned with causing a stir - safety was a top priority. The one thing he was wearing was a cycle helmet.

Police trace victim who left trail of blood in Newmarket

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police investigating a trail of blood in Newmarket say it was left by a man following a fight in the town centre in the early hours of yesterday. 

Several people reported seeing the blood, along with discarded clothes, on the pavement around All Saints Road. 

Officers traced the victim - who had injured his hand - but was otherwise safe and well.

Sudbury Cricket, Sparky's scoop

About My Area

Well probably the best weekend of the season so far Sudbury.  

Sudbury Cricket
Nick Moore

Brexit could cost 50,000 jobs in East, Treasury analysis claims

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Leaving the European Unit could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, according to Treasury analysis of the short-term impact of Brexit - but the Leave campaign claims this is scaremongering.

Jobless figures EU referendum

The Office of National Statistics estimates that 118,000 people are currently out of work in the region and the Treasury report says this could increase by 40% if the UK leaves the European Union. 

The Treasury also estimates that youth unemployment would also rise by 6,000. 

The Leave campaign has already questioned the Treasury's research and accused it of being part of an attempt to frighten the public. 

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and feeling warm

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be bright with plenty of sunny spells, feeling warm in the sunshine, with a top temperature of 18C (64F).

Great Bricett
Weather Watcher 'Hale'

Weather Watcher "Hale" took this photograph in Great Bricett this morning.

If you're interested in finding out more about weather watchers, take a look at their website.

Witches put in an encouraging performance ahead of return fixture

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk Sport

Staying with sport and in speedway the Ipswich Witches lost to Peterborough yesterday in the League Cup in a meeting that was effectively a dead rubber.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

However, despite the loss, team manager Ritchie Hawkins said he was encouraged by his side's display: "I'm really proud of the boys and I'm a proud team manager and there's not many times this season I've been able to say that."

With the Witches heading back to Peterborough next week, Hawkins had his eyes set on that fixture. "I just told them before the meeting that they've got to go out there and ride and show us the pride to ride for Ipswich..."

New signing for Ipswich Town by end of week?

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

We've heard that Ipswich Town's first summer signing isn't too far away with a deal for Portsmouth defender Adam Webster hoped to be completed before the end of the week.

Adam Webster (pictured right)
Getty Images

Webster, 21, made 35 appearances for the League Two club last season, including against Ipswich in the FA Cup.

Young Blues defender Matthew Clarke is thought to be part of the deal with a fee also included.

Latest from Greater Anglia on rail problems between Ipswich and Colchester

Big boost for new heritage complex

Ipswich Star

This is the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Government favours large-scale fishing rather than sustainable fleets, says local councillor

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

The decline of the fishing industry in Lowestoft is no longer the fault of the EU but the UK government, a Waveney councillor says.

Fishing trawler

Graham Elliott, who's a Green party activist, said the government favours industrial, large-scale fishing rather than the "sustainable inshore fishing fleet who look after the marine environment on which they depend".  

He said he sympathises with the plight of the fishing industry in the town and explains the common fisheries police was reformed in 2014, requiring government to allocate fishing quotas using environmental, social and economic factors.  

He adds: "I'm not confident out of the EU our government have the correct policies to improve the lot of the fishing fleet. They're not doing it now and they can."

Lowestoft 'has died' as a result of being a member of Europe, says local fisherman

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

"This town has died as a result of being a member of Europe" that's the verdict of Lowestoft from fisherman Paul Lines. 

He believes the EU's Common Fisheries policy has, since the 1970s, forced the decline of the fishing industry resulting in hundreds of job losses in the town.

Lowestoft fishing trawler

Mr Lines, who also represents the Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, said: "We didn't join the EEC we joined the common market, they were people we were going to do business with. Slowly there was laws coming in, what you could do, what you couldn't. 

"We started dumping fish only keeping the very big ones. There was thousands of people employed in fishing here and supply chain jobs - they've all gone now, we've got 500 supply chain jobs left" he said.

EU membership has caused 'death' of Lowestoft

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

As part of our look ahead to the EU referendum in a month's time, I've been to Lowestoft, where there's been a big drop in the number of people working in the fishing industry.

According to local fisherman Paul Lines:

  • In 1974, there were 146 trawlers, and 57 inshore boats
  • There are now just seven inshore boats


He says there also used to be thousands of jobs in fishing and the related supply chain. Now there are just 500, and that the town has "died" as a result of being a member of Europe.

We'll have more on this throughout the morning.

Further details on police assaults

We've been reporting a big increase last year in the number of police officers who've reported being injured as the result of an assault.

The injuries ranged from cuts and grazes, to fractures and dislocations. This is how the figures have looked over the last five years.

62 officers were assaulted during 2015 records show

Monday's weather: Shower and sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Once early rain clears, it'll be a mainly dry day although there will be some showers too. Top temperature: 18C (64F).

Showers will ease off later this evening, leading to a dry night with the chance of some mist or fog patches. Lows of 6C (43F).

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

'You pick yourself up... and carry on' says police special assaulted while on duty

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

A volunteer police "special", who has been injured while doing her job, says having gone over things in her head afterwards, knows there was nothing else that she could have done.

Suffolk Police HQ

Jackie (we were asked not to use her surname), was speaking after it was revealed that the number of incidents of assault against officers while on duty, was at a five-year high last year.

She explained: "I did my best and my colleagues did their best. It was just circumstances and the position that you're in. You pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and carry on."

Big increase in number of police officers assaulted on duty

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

The chairman of the county's Police Federation says although the number of assaults on officers while on duty was at a five-year high last year, the figure is likely to be even higher as a lot of assaults go unreported.

Police officer putting handcuffs on man

Matt Gould was speaking after it was revealed that 62 cases were recorded in 2015, compared to 34 in the previous year.

He said: "One of the issues we've got is that a lot of officers don't automatically report these assaults. They're only reported by those who've had to take time off work as a result, or those that are very conscious of the need to try to address these issues."

Welcome to Monday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us.

Our main story this morning is an increase in the number of police officers who are being assaulted while on duty.

We'll bring you details on those figures, and reaction from both the Police Federation, and serving officers.

Police officer in town centre

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