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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 24 May 2016
  2. Suffolk nursery claims Chelsea Flower Show gold medal for fuchsias
  3. Head teachers criticise plans for new middle school in Bury St Edmunds
  4. Ambulance service bosses meet with union representatives in a bid to avoid strike action over enforced overtime
  5. Ipswich Town confirm the club's first friendly of the summer will be against Shelbourne FC in Dublin
  6. 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 from the team here, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00.

Don't forget you can scroll down to take a look at the stories we've been bringing you since we opened up shop including:

  • Suffolk bucking the national trend with an increase in the number of police traffic officers
  • And a wildlife warning of what you should do before you use your strimmer in the garden

Overnight weather: Increasing cloud, and light to moderate winds

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will gradually increase during the night, and temperatures will fall to around 7C (45F), with a light to moderate north to north-westerly wind.  

Overnight weather map
BBC

Wednesday will be much cloudier than today, with some outbreaks of rain which may be heavy at times. Top temperature: 12C (54F).

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

'Extreme triathlete' reaches Suffolk

An extreme endurance athlete who is trying to cycle, run and swim more than 4,000 miles round Britain's coastline is currently in Suffolk - halfway through his challenge.

Sean Conway
Discovery Channel

Sean Conway, 35, started his self-supporting challenge, said to be the world's longest recorded triathlon, in Dorset last month. He is travelling clockwise, with a troublesome knee, until he reaches Brighton.

Map showing Sean Conway's route
Discovery Channel

Mr Conway, who is in Orford, said: "The weather's been pretty tough and it has been relentless, but I am feeling good, positive and confident."

School footballers enjoy King Power experience... next up, Wembley

On Friday we spoke about the incredible week ahead for the young footballers at Britannia Primary School in Ipswich.

Britannia Primary School footballers
Britannia Primary School

On Sunday they headed to the King Power Stadium, home of Premier League champions Leicester City, to compete in the finals of the Danone Nations Cup.

They drew the first of their group matches against the eventual champions, then were held to a goalless draw to the eventual runners-up. Sadly, they then lost the remaining group game to see them eliminated from the competition.

But, all is not lost. Apart from an amazing experience, they are just days away from playing at Wembley Stadium - an hour before the Championship play-off final on Saturday - in the Football League Kids Cup finals.

Witnesses sought after reports of serious sexual assault in Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man in his twenties has told police he was sexually assaulted by another man in Orford Street in Ipswich at about 02:00 on Sunday morning.

The victim says he was approached by the man, who is described as being 5ft 7in tall (1.7m) with dark hair, who spoke with a local accent.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Travel: Accident closes A1088 in Stowlangtoft

BBC Travel

The A1088 is closed in both directions between Stowlangtoft and Ixworth, between Sandy Lane and the A143, because of a collision between a van and a car.

Police say two casualties have been taken to the West Suffolk Hospital.

Latitude Festival: Goodbye Love Nor Money, hello AYA

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

One of the acts BBC Introducing in Suffolk picked to play at this year's Latitude Festival have changed their name - and will now be called AYA.

AYA
AYA

Sisters Bess and Jayna Cavendish dropped the Love Nor Money moniker partly due to a change of personnel.

You can hear their music in this week's podcast of our radio show, which also features a debut play for Diice and the obligatory spin of a Superglu track.

Chelsea Flower Show gold for fuchsias by Suffolk nursery

Congratulations to Mike Clare and the team at Potash Nursery, near Stowmarket, who've been awarded a gold medal certificate at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their fuchsias.

Mike Clare from Potash Nursery
BBC

The team posted on their website they are "over the moon" at the accolade.

Take a look at our Chelsea Flower Show website for full coverage from the event.

Absconded prisoner hands himself in

A prisoner who failed to return to Hollesley Bay on Friday has handed himself in to police.

David Dalling, 42, was reported missing when he did not return to the prison near Woodbridge, following several days of home leave, Suffolk Police said.

A spokeswoman for the force said he turned himself in at Ipswich police station earlier this afternoon, and had "been returned to the prison system".

Warning for Sudbury residents after spate of burglaries

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

People living in and around Sudbury are being asked to be extra vigilant, looking out for anyone climbing over fences, loitering around back gardens, or if they hear the sound of breaking glass.

Burglar
Thinkstock

Four recent break-ins, at Newton, Boxford and two in Great Cornard have all taken place during the day, with jewellery and a black Ford Escort among the items taken.

Poetry slam champion at the John Peel Centre

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

"I absolutely promise you this will be brilliant."

Emails from promoters keen on you attending their events can sometimes feel like a hard sell - there's a lot of pressure on getting bums on seats, and gushing superlatives can often get out of control.

But I feel the above quote from Amy Wragg, from Get On The Soapbox, is more of a genuine wish that the people of Suffolk won't miss out on the chance of seeing a widely-revered poet perform in the county.

The man in question is Harry Baker, the "youngest ever World Slam Champion", who is performing at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket tomorrow night.

The below should give you a taste of what's on offer... and why Amy thinks it's a good idea to go along.

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The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

We've talked about holiday travel this morning - timely as flights were also on the prime minister's agenda today as he claimed family holidays in Europe could be an average of £230 more expensive if the UK votes to leave the EU.

The claim comes amid mounting anger from Leave campaigners about the exit warnings produced by the government. Vote Leave accused the PM of "talking down our country".

European and UK flags
Get

It's now less than a month until the EU referendum... but how informed do you feel on the subject?  

Take a look at our all you need to know guide to the referendum (but were perhaps afraid to ask).  

And our reality check team have been examining the prime minister's claims over increases to air fares.

Afternoon weather: Cloud will increase gradually

BBC Weather

Sudbury
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Warning signs welcomed on Pakefield beach, but 'more needs to be done'

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

New signs have gone up this month above Pakefield beach warning people about climbing and digging in the cliffs which have been badly affected by coastal erosion, but visitors and local walkers say more needs to be done.

Pakefield Cliffs warning sign
BBC

Walkers say they've seen children recently playing in caves that have now collapsed, and they've told me they're worried that someone is going to get seriously hurt.

They've welcomed the signs "at least to warn the public it is a very dangerous place", but thought that if there were further signs on the sand "maybe it would be a helpful reminder" to the cliff's dangers.

Destinations in Suffolk popular for holidaymakers this year

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Uncertainty over the safety of taking holidays in countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey is proving good news for one Suffolk holiday company.

Pontins Pakefield
Pontins

Laura Bowles, from Pontins, at Pakefield near Lowestoft, says plenty of people are choosing Suffolk this year and "have been for quite a while now. 

"We have so many guests that come back year-on-year, but are bringing the next generation of their families which is fantastic."

Ipswich travel company says people are being influenced by terrorism when booking holidays

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

An Ipswich travel company says people here are being influenced by terrorism and the migrant crisis when booking their summer holiday.

Sousse
BBC

Andrea Powell, from Idelo Travel, says their experience backs up research by the BBC which shows people are no longer going to Tunisia, while holidays to Egypt are down nearly two thirds and Turkey's down about a third.

She says: "We always ask is there anywhere you do want to go, anywhere you don't want to go... Even those people who have been to Turkey or Egypt before will say 'we've been before, but we're really not too sure this year.'"

Have global events changed your holiday plans? Get in touch via email or on our Facebook page.

Meeting between ambulance trust and union to try to avoid strike action

Bosses of Suffolk's ambulance service are meeting today with union representatives in a bid to avoid strike action over enforced overtime.   

Ambulance
BBC

Fraer Stevenson, from the East of England branch of Unison, says the issue is affecting staff morale: "We’ve lost over 350 staff since we started these discussions with the trust.

"We've very clearly identified that staff were telling us that hundreds were considering leaving because of these issues."

The ambulance trust says it is "committed to working with UNISON to develop sound and sustainable working practices to ensure staff welfare whilst maintaining excellent patient safety."    

'Think about hedgehogs before you use a strimmer', says animal rescuer

There's a plea for people heading out into the garden to think about hedgehogs. 

The warming comes following reports from local vets and rescue centres that have seen animals brought in with injuries caused by strimmers.

Hedgehog
Sandy Jackson

Sandy Jackson, from Pakefield, says people look out of their windows and think they need to tidy areas up: "They go out with a strimmer and of course hedgehogs make their homes in the wild areas of our garden.

"It's so important to check in the long grass and hedges around the margins."

Ipswich Town confirm their first friendly match of the summer

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have confirmed their first friendly match of the summer will be played on 9 July at Tolka Park, Dublin, against Shelbourne FC.

The Blues have played Shelbourne a number of times in recent years, last summer beating them 6-0.

It's likely to be the first match of Mick McCarthy's side's pre-season warm-ups.

Portman Road
BBC

Head teachers criticise plans for new middle school in Bury St Edmunds

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Plans to allow a middle school to be set up in Bury St Edmunds have been criticised by head teachers. 

Lisa Tweed, who leads the team at the Church of England Primary School in Risby, says there has been very little public consultation: "To us, where is the democracy? There's not been any joined-up thinking here with the government, nationally, locally, on what we're trying to do, and what the Bury picture is."

Lisa Tweedy
BBC

Suffolk County Council abolished middle schools a few years ago. 

But now a proposal to set up a Free School for nine to 13-year-olds has been approved by the Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

Traffic police numbers a priority says PCC

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Back to our main story this morning about the numbers of traffic police in the county and Suffolk's police and crime commissioner says the visibility of patrol cars and the county's new motorbike teams "provides reassurance" to drivers.

Police officer with radar gun
PA

Tim Passmore was speaking after figures from the RAC revealed that the number of traffic police in Suffolk has gone up by nearly a third over the last three years, compared to a national trend that's seen numbers fall.

Mr Passmore added: "It also sends a pretty clear signal to people who want to break the law and ignore the problems with the "fatal four" - mobile phone use, speeding, drug/drunk driving and safety belts - it gives a clear message."

Villages targeted in spate of burglaries

East Anglian Daily Times

And this is what the front page of the west edition of the East Anglian Daily Times looks like:

Front page of west edition of EADT
EADT

Shop staff 'tied up by raiders'

We'll have more on our story about Suffolk's police traffic provision soon, but first a quick look at some of the front pages of our local papers. 

Here's what's making the cover of today's Ipswich Star:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Increase in traffic police numbers bucks national trend

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk is bucking the national trend when it comes to traffic police numbers. While the number of full time traffic cops is dropping across the country, here numbers are going up.

Police bikes
BBC

Figures from the RAC show nationally there were 1,400 fewer full time traffic officers in 2015 than five years earlier. Suffolk is just one of 12 forces reporting increases in dedicated roads policing officers, with numbers having risen by nearly a third over the last three years.

Weather: Fine and dry with sunny spells, but breezy on the coast

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

After a bright, but chilly start to the day, there'll be plenty of sunshine around, although cloud will gradually begin to increase through the afternoon. Top temperature: 16C (61F).

Looking ahead to tonight, it will remain fine and dry, although cloud will gradually spread in from the east. Lows of 7C (45F).

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

Good morning from Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us this bright and sunny Tuesday morning.

We'll be starting the day today with a look at how Suffolk is bucking the national trend, when it comes to the number of police traffic officers, with numbers having risen by nearly a third over the last three years.

As we mentioned last night, we'll also report on concerns in Bury St Edmunds over proposals for a new middle school in the town.