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Summary

  1. Heavy rain has led to flooding and is causing problems on the roads and trains
  2. 'Pay what you feel' cafe is seeking new premises
  3. Concerns raised about the security of Suffolk's borders
  4. Updates for Tuesday, 31 May 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Tuesday's Suffolk Live

We're signing off now, hoping that the weather will be a bit calmer tonight than it was last night.

Tomorrow's the first day of the Suffolk Show, and we'll be based at Trinity Park to bring you a flavour of what's taking place there.

In the mean time, if you want a reminder of what's been happening across the county since 08:00, you can scroll down and bring yourself up to date with events.

Have a good evening. 

Overnight weather: Becoming drier but still the chance of some patchy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It's gradually becoming drier across the region, but there's still the chance of some patchy rain and a few heavy downpours. It will turn misty and murky with some fog patches around, and lows of 11C (52F). 

Wednesday's weather map
BBC

It'll be rather cloudy on Wednesday, with some outbreaks of patchy rain during the morning. Becoming drier and a little brighter later, but many areas will stay dull and cloudy. Top temperature: 16C (61F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

BBC Springwatch returns to our screens

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

In case you didn't catch it on BBC 2 last night, Springwatch has returned to our screens.

For the third year running, the team is based at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere on the Suffolk coast.

Among the attractions this year, a live wildlife camera watching this female sparrowhawk sitting on her nest:

Female sparrowhawk on nest
BBC

You can also keep up to date on what's happening by taking a look at the Springwatch live page.

McGoldrick's Euro chances boosted

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Meanwhile, the odds are shortening on Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick being part of Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland squad at Euro 2016.

David McGoldrick
Getty Images

Captain Robbie Keane is nursing a calf injury while fellow forward Kevin Doyle, who plays for Colorado Rapids, has, at this stage anyway, remained in the US.

McGoldrick's set to be on the bench for tonight's friendly against Belarus in Dublin, with his club-mate Daryl Murphy a confirmed starter.

Murphy set to start for Ireland ahead of squad announcement

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy will get a final chance to impress Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill tonight, ahead of the announcement of the Euro 2016 squad.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

O'Neill is due to announce his squad for France after the match with Belarus, with the manager saying it would be good for Murphy to grab his first goal for his country.

"It would be nice for him to get off the mark," O'Neill said. "The longer you go without scoring a goal, if you’re playing international football, obviously the more concerning it is for him."

Suffolk Show: Last minute preparations taking place

Last minute preparations for this year's Suffolk Show have been taking place today at Trinity Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Director Bill Baker told us that despite today's torrential rain, the ground is in good condition.

"I've seen this amount of rain on the showground and driven an artic [articulated lorry] on it an hour later," he said. "That's the sort of ground we're on here... I think we'll be fine."

Suffolk Show set-up
BBC
Show setting up
BBC

Bury St Edmunds-born Ed Upson released by Millwall

Bury Free Press

Ed Upson (pictured right) was one of seven players to be released by Sky Bet League One club Millwall yesterday.

Ed Upson
Bury Free Press

Fancy a pint?

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The Guardian has a nice piece on its website today, highlighting an exhibition of photos taken from a pub in Leiston during the 1960s.

Libby Hall photo of The Engineer in Leiston
Libby Hall

Photographer Libby Hall's pictures, showing locals at The Engineer, are on display as part of PhotoEast.

No rest for the victorious

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Anthony Ogogo followed up Saturday night's win in Scotland with an hour-long run in his native Lowestoft just a few hours later.

Anthony Ogogo
Getty Images

"I drove pretty much the whole way home from Glasgow and got back around half-past-seven on Sunday morning," Ogogo told BBC Suffolk Sport.  

"Then my mate, who's a very good runner, asked me if I wanted to join him on his run, so I did. I ended up running for an hour and then had a very good sleep."

Ogogo looking towards a positive future

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo believes Saturday's victory over Gary Cooper in Glasgow has drawn a line under a torrid couple of years of injury problems.

Anthony Ogogo
Getty Images

The 27-year-old, who hadn't fought since last summer, made it nine wins from nine professional fights when the referee stopped the bout in the third round.

"I walked to the ring and my coach said to me it's like another debut for you," said Ogogo.

"Go out there and enjoy it. I've got new walk-out music, new attire and it's all very positive and I'm looking forward now."

Fallen tree being removed

We've just been sent this photo by Eric Bull, who says the tree fell at 06:10 near Stutton Hall Farm.

Fallen tree in Stutton
Eric Bull

He said it caused a power cut, which lasted for an hour. 

Afternoon forecast: The worst is over

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of drizzle, feeling cool in the northerly breeze. Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Overnight, further outbreaks of light rain are all that's in store.

Hemingstone
Weather Watcher 'Windymiller'

BBC Weather Watcher Windymiller has taken this photograph in Hemingstone.

If you'd like to find out more about being a weather watcher, take a look at the website.

Storms latest: Effects still being felt

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for three rivers in Suffolk: the Lark, Deben and Gipping.

Police say they continue to get reports of flooding and debris on the roads, and more than 650 homes are without power.

The biggest problem appears to be near Leiston.

We'll bring you the afternoon weather forecast shortly.

MP reveals plans for 'maritime co-ordination hubs'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The MP for Suffolk Coastal says there are plans for "additional maritime co-ordination hubs" to combat smuggling.

Therese Coffey
BBC

Therese Coffey was speaking after a new report by Migration Watch claimed up to 500,000 refugees and their relatives could move to Britain after 2020, because of EU rules on the free movement of people.

Ms Coffey said: "Some of the boats we have at the moment, some of those have been diverted to the Mediterranean to pluck people out of the sea, but there are plans. We're setting up additional maritime co-ordination hubs connected to people smuggling, but also about the smuggling of drugs."

'Action needs to be taken to keep county's borders safe'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk's police and crime commissioner has raised concerns about security around the county's borders, following the release of a report from Migration Watch, which suggests up to 500,000 refugees and their relatives could move to Britain after 2020 because of EU rules on the free movement of people.

Tim Passmore
BBC

Tim Passmore said: "We've got 31 ports and marinas up and down the Suffolk coast, that's a huge number. Does Suffolk really get its fair share of national resources?

"The port of Felixstowe is the largest container port in the country, Ipswich port is the biggest terminal for raw agricultural bulk products being exported, Lowestoft with all the offshore industry there - these need protecting."

Flooding in Mildenhall

Bury Free Press

Heavy rain is causing flash flooding in parts of Mildenhall this morning.

Now this is one way to get across a flood

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A lot of people say the old ways "were the best". I certainly wouldn't argue with that, having seen this video taken by Kevin Burch in Holywells Road, Ipswich:

Flooding not a problem for penny farthing in Ipswich

Reverend 'saddened' by cafe closure

Richard Haugh

BBC News

A customer of The Teapot, the Reverend Andrew Dotchin, says he's "saddened" by the forthcoming closure of the cafe.

Mr Dotchin said the cafe was "at the heart of the town" and attracted a broad range of customers.

He told Mark Murphy: "I'm saddened that this is happening, but it's not the end, it's a new beginning."

Founder Mischa Pearson has been telling Mark that restaurants including Nandos, M&S and Morrisons have been providing it with leftover food.

We'll let you know when we've spoken with McGinty's, where the cafe is currently based.

'Pay what you like' cafe 'made homeless'

A cafe which aims to prevent food waste by reusing supermarket leftovers says it has has been told it has to leave its premises in Ipswich.

Teapot Project
Teapot Project

The Teapot Project has been based at McGinty's for less than a year and serves food on a 'pay what you feel' basis.

Founder Mischa Pearson says the project has been a success, "providing an average of 77 meals per week to the most vulnerable members of our community", but she's been told it needs to vacate the building within the next three weeks.

In a statement on Facebook, she said: "I can't thank our volunteers, college students, tea drinkers and faithful customers enough for their unreserved support over the past seven months we've been open and I assure those involved in our continued success that we will not be giving up; this is merely a new beginning and we are already in talks with the Co-op about having access to one of their properties, we don’t yet know how it will work, but we will do everything in our power to continue."

Your pictures: Great Barton, where the best place to be is indoors

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We've been receiving photos of the effects of the torrential rain and strong winds that have crossed the county during the past 12 hours.

Here are a couple taken in Great Barton, by BBC Weather Watcher JJ's Garden.

If you've got a photo you'd like to share with us, send it to us via email, or post it on our Facebook page.

Great Barton
Weather Watcher 'JJ's Garden'
Great Barton
Weather Watcher 'JJ's Garden'

Royal ballet star's debt to Co-Op juniors

Ipswich Star

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

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Patterson plays in New Zealand rout

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town youngster Monty Patterson won his second New Zealand cap as his side hammered Vanuatu 5-0 in the Oceania Nations Cup earlier today.

Monty Patterson
Getty Images

The 19-year-old midfielder or striker came off the bench in the 56th minute as former Town loan players Chris Wood (two) and Rory Fallon were among the All Whites goalscorers.

New Zealand complete their group matches with a game against the Solomon Islands on Sunday, again in Port Moresby.

Flooding, crashes and a fallen tree affecting roads

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our colleagues at BBC Travel have a comprehensive list of current problems caused by flooding on the county's roads, but here's a reminder, to keep you in the picture:

  • Holywells Road, Ipswich, is closed between Duke Street and Landseer Road
  • B1078 Coddenham Road in Needham Market partially blocked between Flordon Road and High Street
  • A140 partially blocked in Brockford Street, between Wickham Road and Brockford Road
  • B1063 blocked in Wickhambrook between Cemetery Road and The Belt, because of a fallen tree
  • One lane blocked westbound on A14 beween Stowmarket and Elmswell, because of a crash
  • A11, one lane blocked northbound at A134 Brandon Road junction in Thetford, because of a crash
  • And finally as mentioned recently, the A143 is closed in Bury St Edmunds between the A134 and Hollow Road, again due to flooding

Travel: Update on police 4x4 crash on A14

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police say their 4x4, which they now tell us crashed into the central reservation of the A14 westbound near Woolpit, has been recovered.

Earlier reports suggested the incident happened eastbound, closer to Stowmarket.

It was like being 'bombarded by waves', says motorist on A140

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A driver has said it was like being "bombarded by waves" as she waited to go through a flood on the A140 at Brockford.

Annie Porter was speaking after water coming off the fields left parts of the A140 almost unpassable.

"Considering our car's quite low, we didn't know whether we were going to make it," she said. "These people were coming through on the other side far too fast and it was literally like we were being bombarded by waves."

Travel: A143 Compiegne Way closed in Bury St Edmunds

BBC Travel

The A143 Compiegne Way is closed in Bury St Edmunds, and there's queuing traffic in both directions, between the A134 and Hollow Road, because of flooding.

Greater Anglia service will 'terminate at Diss'

Speedway: Defeats for the Witches and the Tigers

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It was a disappointing bank holiday Monday for both of Suffolk's speedway teams.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Danny King (pictured) top scored for the Ipswich Witches in their 56-36 Premier League defeat to Peterborough Panthers.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers were narrowly beaten, 46-44, at Kent Kings in the National League - Connor Mountain, Dan Halsey and Jon Armstrong were all paid for double figure scores.

Tuesday's all-important weather: Wet and windy to start, cloudy with drizzle later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

A wet and windy start today, with heavy and perhaps thundery rain in places. This will gradually ease away westwards through the morning. Outbreaks of drizzle are then possible during the afternoon. Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle are expected overnight. It will also remain rather cloudy and murky, with fog or mist patches possible in places, especially around coastal areas. Lows of 11C (53F).

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

Travel: Police 4x4 goes off the A14 at Stowmarket

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police have confirmed that one of their 4x4s is currently blocking the road just west of Stowmarket, having gone into the central reservation. 

We'll bring you further details as and when we get them.

Greater Anglia says some areas have seen flooding over the top of the rails

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Abellio Greater Anglia says it's had two separate problems affecting rail travel in the county this morning.

The train operator said some of the services that go to Lowestoft to form the services southbound weren't able to get there, due to flooding between Norwich and Lowestoft, which caused cancellations.

Spokesman Jonathan Denby said: "A lightning strike earlier affected signalling between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, which had a knock-on effect for services between Ipswich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Peterborough."

Although that damage has been repaired, there may still be some delays.

Mr Denby added: "There's been some places where it's been extremely severe and the water has been over the top of the rails."

Travel: Holywells Road in Ipswich 'completely impassable' say police

Travel: Police warn of bad conditions on A140 at Brockford Street

Travel news: The latest on the roads

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A140 in both directions in Brockford Street between Wickham Road and Brockford Road, because of surface water

The B1079 Church Road in Otley is partially blocked near Easton and Otley College, because of a fallen tree.

Storms overnight are causing problems this morning

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Overnight storms are causing problems around the county this morning, with torrential rain and strong winds continuing.

There are major problems on some Greater Anglia branch lines with standing water and debris on several minor roads.

Motorists are urged to take care on major routes too.

We'll bring you more specific travel updates shortly.

Weather forecaster Chris Bell brings us this radar picture

Welcome to Tuesday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on this wet and miserable morning.

We'll start the day by bringing you all the latest news on how the weather is affecting travel across the county, whether its by road or rail.

If you've got any news of flooding or debris on the road near where you live or work, we'd love to hear from you. 

You can get in touch via email, or by posting a message on our Facebook page