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Summary

  1. Department for Education confirms approval for new free middle school in Bury St Edmunds has been withdrawn
  2. Police carry out more searches around Weybread home of murdered man Peter Stuart and his wife Sylvia
  3. Retired detective says tracking murder suspect's movements in Europe 'virtually impossible'
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another week on Suffolk Live

Today we've been to Weybread, where police continue to search for Sylvia Stuart, a week after she and her husband were reported missing.

Peter Stuart's body was found in woodland near the couple's home last Friday night.

A floral tribute has been placed outside their home.

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Floral tribute outside Peter and Sylvia Stuart's home
BBC

Watch: Top director returns to home town

Sir Trevor Nunn, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, has returned to his home town of Ipswich.

He's directing A Midsummer Night's Dream, the only one of Shakespeare's 37 plays he hasn't directed, at the New Wolsey Theatre, where he's also a patron. 

Sir Trevor Nunn in rehearsals for A Midsummer Night's Dream in Ipswich

Overnight weather: Mainly dry, feeling humid

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

A few isolated showers are possible tonight, but most places will be dry. It'll be mild and humid, with lows of 11C (52F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

Some bright or sunny spells tomorrow, but often cloudy with just the chance of a shower. Highs of 21C (70F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Why the Orwell Bridge is so dangerous to peregrine falcon chicks

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

It appears that our colleagues over the border in Norfolk aren't the only ones to have to have to report the death of a peregrine falcon chick, for sadly there's been some bad news here in Suffolk.

Orwell Bridge
BBC

While the peregrine falcon chicks in the nest at The Mill on the Ipswich Waterfront are flourishing, with five falcon chicks fledging compared to the more usual two or three, it's not such good news for the chicks nesting on the Orwell Bridge.

This year two of them have died. Steve Piotrowski, president of the Waveney Bird Club, says they're very vulnerable there: "Once the chicks make their maiden flight they then tend to sit on the parapet of the bridge and juggernauts go past, blow them off onto the next juggernaut."

Ipswich Town wait on High Court ruling

17:16

TWTD.co.uk

The High Court reserved judgement at the conclusion of the two-day hearing into Ipswich Town’s claim that Suffolk Constabulary unlawfully charged them for policing costs in the roads surrounding their Portman Road stadium on match days between 2008 and 2013. 

Portman Road
TWTD

New free middle school 'would have made some primary schools vulnerable'

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The county councillor responsible for education says the new proposed free middle school in Bury St Edmunds, which has had its initial permission to open in September withdrawn, would have made some of the primary schools in the town "vulnerable to being closed".

Gordon Brown added: "We worked extremely hard with the local schools, with the parents, to introduce changing from a three-tier to a two-tier system and these additional plans would have put some of that into jeopardy."

Suffolk County Council HQ
BBC

Councils join forces to fight coastal erosion

Councils from Norfolk and Suffolk are joining forces to fight coastal erosion along the 220km (136 miles) of coastline from Holkham in north Norfolk to Landguard Point in Felixstowe.

Representatives of the council with a banner
BBC

Four councils - North Norfolk District, Great Yarmouth Borough, Waveney District and Suffolk Coastal District - have signed up to a new organisation, "Coastal Partnership East", bringing together resources and expertise.  

The great advantage of bringing together these four councils is we can share resources and expertise... helping us to meet some of the big challenges along our coastline."

Bill ParkerHead of coastal management, Coastal Partnership East

Pinner wants GB's hockey players to seize opportunity

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich-born hockey stars George Pinner (pictured) and Harry Martin will line-up for Great Britain tonight at the Champions Trophy in London.

George Pinner
Getty Images

Ahead of GB's opening match with world champions Australia, Pinner's urging his teammates to take advantage of the growth in the sport since the 2012 Olympics. 

"Some matches are sold out, and if we can perform at home and win medals then people will keep coming back," Pinner said. "We could help get the sport the profile it deserves."  

Suffolk hockey star plays down 'best in the world' tag

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a string of impressive performances abroad recently, Suffolk's George Pinner has been hailed as the best goalkeeper in the world by many hockey fans.

George Pinner
Getty Images

But the 29-year-old is dismissing such talk ahead of Great Britain's opening match in the Champions Trophy tonight, against world champions Australia. 

"All I want is recognition from my teammates that I'm a player they can trust," Pinner said. "But hopefully I can keep this form up during the Trophy and at the Olympics."

Suffolk hockey players return to Olympic Park

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Suffolk schoolboys Harry Martin (pictured) and George Pinner will be in action for Great Britain later on the opening day of Hockey's Champions Trophy.

Harry Martin
Getty Images

Bobby Crutchley's side face world champions Australia in their first match of the weekend at the Olympic Park in London.

Germany, Belgium, India and Korea are also taking part in the tournament, with the top two teams due to meet in next Friday's final.

Haverhill look to bounce back from two heavy defeats

Haverhill Echo

Haverhill will be looking to put two successive heavy defeats behind them when they travel to Worlington on Saturday (13:00).

Haverhill cricket
Haverhill Echo

Watch: Reporter looks back at 'gentlemanly' 1975 referendum

More than four decades after the nation voted in a referendum on whether to join the "Common Market", Suffolk reporter Michael Cole revisits the story he covered in 1975, to see how things have changed.

You can see more of his report in Sunday Politics, on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One.

Witches need 'massive performances' to make speedway play-offs

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After last night's home defeat to Glasgow, the Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins could not hide his disappointment.

Ipswich Witches in action
Steve Waller

It finished 46-44 in favour of the away side at Foxhall, thanks largely to an impressive performance from former Witches rider Richie Worrall, who was paid for 17 points. 

"We should have been able to deal with that and we didn't," Hawkins said. "We're making it so tough to get in those play-offs and need some massive performances now."

Weybread murder investigation: A recap

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

I've been bringing you updates from Weybread this afternoon. Here's a reminder of the investigation so far.

  • Sylvia and Peter Stuart, were reported missing last Friday. Mr Stuart's body was found near their home later that day.
  • Ali Qazimaj, 42, of Tilbury, is wanted over the murder and disappearance.
  • Police said while the search for Mr Qazimaj is international in nature, the search for Mrs Stuart is UK-focused.
Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

The search continues at Weybread

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Officers continue their search of land surrounding the Stuarts' family home.

Search of dung heaps
BBC
Undergrowth search
BBC

About 20 police officers involved in Weybread search

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

It's a hot day here in Weybread and I'd estimate there are 20 police officers at the scene.

They're searching fields around the house in a bid to get any clues about the disappearance of Sylvia Stuart and murder of Peter Stuart.

Police cars in Weybread
BBC

All windows left open at the house at centre of murder inquiry

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Searches are continuing inside the home of Peter and Sylvia Stuart this afternoon.

All the windows have been left open and I can hear conversation going on inside.

Single floral tribute outside the Stuarts' family home

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

It's been left outside the entrance to the home in Weybread. There was no message attached.

The Stuarts' home in Weybread
BBC

Area where body was found remains sealed off

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

This is the area close to where the body of 75-year-old Peter Stuart was found last Friday night.

A police community support officer remains on guard today, with the area sealed off.

PSCO
BBC

It's a quiet country scene in Weybread

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

As you can see, the family home of the Stuarts, in Weybread, is on a quiet lane.

I've seen a couple of cars and a jogger pass by but there's very little other activity, other than from the police.

Police cars and the Stuarts' family home
BBC

PCSO guarding entrance to Stuarts' family home

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A police community support officer guards the front of the Stuarts' home in Weybread as search teams continue to work in the area.

Police car with PCSO
BBC

Weybread murder investigation: Searches continue

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

I've arrived in Weybread, where searches are taking place for Sylvia Stuart, a week after she and her husband Peter were reported missing.

Mr Stuart, 75, was found dead in woodland near the couple's home last Friday night.

This is the scene at the moment. I'll be posting more photographs shortly

Police cars
BBC

Man arrested after incident involving cyclist

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police investigating a possible road traffic collision in Ipswich in which a cyclist suffered serious injuries, have arrested a man in connection with the incident.

Martlesham PIC
Suffolk Police

It was revealed yesterday that a cyclist was being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for "life-threatening" injuries, after falling from his bicycle at the roundabout at the junction of the A1189 Nacton Road and Ravenswood Avenue on Wednesday night.

Police, who are investigating what caused him to fall, arrested a 65-year-old man from the Ipswich area on suspicion of failing to stop after an accident, and driving without due care and attention.

He was questioned at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre, and has been bailed to return on 29 July, pending further inquiries.

New middle school: Trust issues statement

The exact situation regarding approval for a new free middle school in Bury St Edmunds is unclear at present.

We've just received a statement from Richard Fletcher, chairman of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust, which is behind the plan.

It says the trust had applied for additional "middle phase places" for September 2017, and had been given permission to provide some of these in September 2016.

"It is only this permission which has been rescinded this week. The application for 2017 still remains under consideration by the Department for Education," it says.

We're trying to clarify the situation and will let you know as soon as we have more information.

Who was behind plans for the new free middle school in Bury St Edmunds?

As we reported a little earlier, the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan has withdrawn her approval for a new free middle school in Bury St Edmunds in 2016.

The application for the school had been made by the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, made up of Barrow CEVC Primary, Tollgate Primary, Horringer Court Middle, Westley Middle, and County Upper schools.

Mildenhall bid to extend lead at top

Bury Free Press

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

BFP back page
Bury Free Press

Approval for new free middle school in Bury St Edmunds withdrawn by government

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that approval for a new free middle school in Bury St Edmunds in 2016 was been withdrawn.

The school would have been located on the County Upper School site in Beetons Way (pictured), with that school moving to another site.

County Upper School site
Google

Suffolk County Council had submitted a formal legal challenge to the DfE, alongside concerns from parents and education leaders in the town, when the school was initially approved.

Gordon Jones, councillor responsible for education, has welcomed the news: "The development of this new free middle school would have jeopardised and undermined our efforts to move towards a two-tier education system for the town, which we have successfully been working towards over the last few years."

Former detective says Interpol will be involved in search for Ali Qazimaj

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

A former detective says Suffolk Police will be getting assistance from both Europol and Interpol as the search for Ali Qazimaj continues.

Car used by Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Colin Sutton says: "You can't just go off searching the whole of Europe for somebody; you need to narrow the search down by looking at his background,looking at what intelligence there might be, looking where he might have links, friends, family.

"That's possibly more difficult because he came to this country as an asylum seeker and probably doesn't have much of a history that we know about."

Police piece together information of last known movements of Weybread suspect

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say they're continuing to piece together information regarding the last movements of Ali Qazimaj, between the last confirmed sighting of Peter and Sylvia Stuart at Pulham Market on 29 May, and his departure from the UK via Dover on 4 June.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "We are continuing to work to locate Sylvia and to find Ali Qazimaj. We are grateful to everyone who has passed on information to date and would also like to thank those who have been assisting us with this investigation.

"Our international colleagues are carrying out work to help locate Ali Qazimaj while we continue to search for Sylvia in the UK. We would still like to hear from anyone with information that may help our inquiries.”

Searches continue near home of Peter and Sylvia Stuart

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A week on from the first reports that Peter and Sylvia Stuart were missing, police say they'll be carrying out more searches in the village, and combing fields around the couple's Mill Lane home, as part of an ongoing strategy to locate Sylvia Stuart and any further evidence.

Brick Kiln Cottage plaque
BBC

Detectives are continuing to liaise with international law enforcement agencies to trace suspect Ali Qazimaj, 42, who has also previously used the alias of Marco Costa, and who had been living in the Tilbury area of Essex.

Tracking movements of Weybread murder suspect 'virtually impossible', says former detective

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police are going to face a difficult task tracking down a murder suspect after the killing of Peter Stuart a week ago in Weybread, near Harleston, according to a former senior Metropolitan Police detective who lives in Suffolk.

Colin Sutton
Colin Sutton

Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, who's being sought by detectives over the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia, is believed to have crossed the Channel to France last Saturday night.

Former detective chief inspector Colin Sutton (pictured), who led the team that caught Milly Dowler's killer Levi Bellfield, said: "You just simply can't cover the entire continent with the resources that are available.

"Trying to track his movements after he was at the ferry terminal is something that's virtually impossible, really."

Worrall returns to haunt the Witches

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Ipswich Witches rider Richie Worrall cast something of a spell on his old club last night as Glasgow edged their Premier League meeting at Foxhall.

Foxhall Stadium
BBC

The 24-year-old notched up five heat wins and was paid for 17 points in total, in a 46-44 win for the Tigers.

The returning Ben Barker top-scored for the Witches with 10, but it was another disappointing night for the home faithful.

People in Weybread are 'concerned', says local vicar

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

The vicar who serves the parish of Weybread says people are "concerned", a week after the body of Peter Stuart was found close to his home in the village. His wife Sylvia is still missing.

Rev Susan Loxton
BBC

The Revd Susan Loxton (pictured during a previous interview) says she's made a number of visits to local schools and has heard pupils talking and speculating about what may have happened.

"It gave me a chance to talk about the fact that we don't know what's happened; to keep hoping .There's a little bit of fear about but mostly people are just concerned," she said.

Friday's weather: Warm with hazy sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be dry and bright through the morning with some warm hazy sunshine. The odd shower could develop this afternoon, however most places are likely to stay dry. 

It will be staying warm through the afternoon, but coastal areas will be slightly cooler. Top temperature inland: 21C (70F).

Mild again tonight with cloudy skies and a risk of the odd shower. Lows of 12C (54F).

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

Welcome to Friday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

It's a week since the body of Peter Stuart was found in Weybread, near Harleston. His wife Sylvia is still missing.

We'll be looking back at how the investigation has progressed in that time, and finding out how the village is coping, one week on.