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  2. Latest on inquest into death of murderer
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By Philippa Taylor

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Today it's been about David Cameron coming to Suffolk, a park and ride shake-up and a Suffolk speedway rider being crowned British Champion.

Tomorrow we'll be looking at more potential champions, and they'll be on two wheels too, but they won't have any mechanical help to get around.

The Women's Tour begins in Southwold - and we'll be there bringing you live updates. Join us. 

No shortage of support for Women's Tour in Beccles

Beccles businesses are showing their support for the Women's Tour.

Beccles shop window 1
Waveney Council
Beccles business 2
Waveney Council

Entente cordiale alive and well among competing teams

Out of the 16 teams taking part in this year's Women's Tour, 12 are comprised of riders of more than one nationality.

Drops Cycling Team and Great Britain both have team members who are British, Parkhotel Valken is a totally Dutch team, and it's a French line-up for Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope86.

Riders in 2015

A cosmopolitan list of entrants for the Women's Tour

The provisional rider list for the Women's Tour shows that 22 different countries are represented, with Dutch riders the most dominant, totalling 18 of the 95 riders.

The list includes five World Road Race Champions, four World Time Trial Champions, plus 14 different reigning National Road Race Champions.

Seven of the riders are also World Track Champions.

Riders from 2015

Lizzie Armitstead will be hoping for better fortunes in this year's Women's Tour

World Champion Lizzie Armitstead and defending Aviva Women's Tour champion Lisa Brennauer have been confirmed as participating in the 2016 Women's Tour.

Armitstead will be hoping not to have a repeat of last year's event, when she crashed seconds after she'd won the first stage in Suffolk.

Lizzie Armitstead crash 2015

Less than 24 hours to go to start of Women's Tour

We're starting to look ahead to tomorrow now, when the first stage of the 2016 Women's Tour begins in Southwold.

Riders finish the 132km (82 miles) stretch later in the day in Norwich.

As we're not renowned for our mountains in this part of the world, you may not be surprised to learn that the total ascent is a mere 888 metres (almost 3,000 ft).

Women's Tour route in Suffolk

Overnight weather: The chance of heavy downpours continues

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening there'll be some heavy showers, some thundery. It will become more isolated as we go through the evening and night but still the potential for heavy downpours. 

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Wednesday's weather map

On Wednesday there'll be further heavy showers or longer spells of rain, and the chance of some thunderstorms, although there'll be brighter spells too. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

A potential banana skin?

At least we think that's what police in Bury St Edmunds are displaying in this photograph...

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AFC Sudbury to host Colchester United in pre-season friendly

Suffolk Free Press

The Yellows welcome the Sky Bet League Two club to the Wardale Williams Stadium next month as part of their pre-season preparations.

AFC Sudbury ground
Suffolk Free Press

David Cameron explains his sixth visit to the region since calling the referendum

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wanted to come back to the eastern region again because it's a region that exports so much. 

He claimed there were "hundreds of thousands of jobs here reliant on our trade with Europe" and added: "We've only got 10 days to sure we remain in a reformed European Union."

David Cameron at Greene King brewery

Leave campaigners say UK companies would be freed from the burden of EU regulation, and that trade with EU countries would continue because we import more from them than we export to them.

Greene King: How it all began

Greene King has been brewing beer and operating pubs from its base in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years. Here's a recap of some dates in its early history:

  • 1799: Benjamin Greene moves to the town to establish his own brewing business
  • 1836: The brewery workforce doubles to 50 people with output increasing to 40,000 barrels a year
  • 1850: Frederick King acquires the Maulkin's Maltings and adjoining buildings in the town
Westgate Yard of GK brewery

PM makes third visit to county since calling EU referendum

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

This is the prime minister's sixth visit to the eastern region since calling the referendum, his third to Suffolk and once again he is focussing on the economic impact of leaving.

Greene King brewery
Greene King

The Remain campaign believe that the possible threat to business and jobs is its trump card and with opinion polls suggesting a very tight finish, it's playing that card as much as possible. 

The CBI says 300,000 jobs across the East of England are dependent on our trade with the European Union. 

Remain say those jobs could be at risk if we Brexit. Vote leave say that's just scaremongering and argue that outside the EU our economy would stay strong. 

No surprise why the Prime Minister chose Suffolk and Greene King to deliver his latest warning: Suffolk is one of the few counties in the country where every MP supports Remain, while Greene King was one of the first companies in the country to warn that leaving the EU would deter investment and threaten jobs.

Prime minister visits Bury St Edmunds

David Cameron is at the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds this afternoon. We'll bring you more updates on this shortly.

David Cameron at Greene King brewery

Improvements announced for Brandon level crossing

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The MP for West Suffolk says Network Rail has confirmed that action is to be taken to help put an end to the problems with the level crossing at Brandon, which can get stuck in the "closed" position leading to lengthy delays for motorists in the town.

Brandon level crossing

Among the improvements:

  • Ground maintenance around sensors will be carried out more often to vegetation doesn't set off sensors which lead to the gates closing
  • Brandon will be the first crossing to be fitted with upgraded obstacle technology

Hopefully, these changes will mean an end to the problems with the Brandon level crossing, and we must keep Network Rail to their commitments.”

Matthew HancockMP for West Suffolk

Next musician on my whistle-stop tour

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Muckaniks has provided beats for pretty much every rapper in what has become a very strong hip hop scene in Ipswich, so it's nice to finally come see where the magic happens.

His bedroom studio is worlds apart from the Lake Stage at Latitude, where he'll be performing next month. 

He says he'll be joined by rappers including Rye Shabby, and bringing the "hype" and "party" to Henham Park.


I'm out on the road with BBC Look East

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I'm on a road trip around the county today with Dawn Gerber, making a film about BBC Introducing's picks for the Latitude festival.

First stop was Butley Priory, meeting sisters Bess and Jayna, who go under the name AYA:


Woman who went missing from hospital is found

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A woman who went missing from West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds yesterday has been found safe and well.

Beatrice Prestney was located earlier in the town.

Beatrice Trestney
Suffolk Police

All lines between Chelmsford and Colchester reopen

It's after a man was hit by a train at Witham at about 10:20 this morning. 

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Simon Hall was using 'legal high' Spice, inquest hears

The Simon Hall inquest, being held at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich, heard that records showed Hall, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was using the substance Spice on 2 December 2013, two months before he was found dead in his cell at Wayland Prison.

Despite being a "legal high" at the time, Spice was banned by the jail.

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Nurse Bridget Diallo, from the jail's primary mental health team, said Hall also told a prison officer about suicide attempts in his cell, but that she had not been informed.

"We would expect to be involved but I don't know why we weren't told about these attempts," she said.

The inquest heard that on 13 and 27 December Hall was seen by two other nurses, telling both of his feelings of depression and hopelessness and that he believed he had let his family down.

Runner completes challenge of competing in 10 marathons

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Woodbridge man who set himself the challenge of running ten marathons for charity, has completed his task. 

Tom Fairbrother, 28, had suffered with bulimia for two years and on New Year's Eve ran the first of ten fundraising marathons for the eating disorders charity, Beat, the last of which, Man Vs Horse, he's just completed.

Tom Fairbrother and Coralie Frost
Tom Fairbrother

He's raised more than £2,100, having set himself a target of £1,000, and says he also feels he's achieved his aim of making more people aware of the fact that bulimia can affect anyone.

As for what happens next? 

"I promised myself a break but I'm getting a bit restless already. I want to keep pushing myself within reason to do these kinds of challenges".

Borough council leader says changes to Ipswich Park and Ride service 'may work' if infrastructure improves

The leader of Ipswich Borough Council says proposed changes to the town's Park and Ride service, being discussed by Suffolk County Council today, may work, as long as the authority brings in infrastructure changes suggested by bus companies, which include taking out lay-bys so they don't get held up in traffic.

Ipswich Borough Council

David Ellesmere was also critical of the £21m Travel Ipswich scheme, which he says hasn't helped the flow of public transport.

"Buses are getting held up in the town centre," he said.

"I used to live in Warwick Road. I could guarantee if I left my house and there was a bus in Warwick Road I could walk across town quicker than that bus could get in. That is not acceptable."

Review of travel and parking strategy in Ipswich is needed, says county councillor

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

On the day the future of Ipswich's Park and Ride schemes is on the agenda at Suffolk County council, there's been a call for a review of the travel and parking strategy in the town, from man in charge of transport at the authority.

Park and ride site

James Finch says that when there's a strategy in the centre of town where people are being "encouraged to come in, reducing the prices, increasing the number of parking places", there's less incentive for people to use a park and ride scheme.

Simon Hall inquest: 'No engagement' between forensic psychologist and mental health team

The second witness of the day is now giving evidence. Bridget Diallo, a nurse on Wayland Prison's primary mental health team, said she was first made aware of Simon Hall on 11 September 2013, the day after his transfer to the jail from Hollesley Bay in Suffolk.

She said she saw Hall several times and felt there was "no evidence of mental illness displayed or identified".

On 18 September she called Hollesley Bay after being told by Hall five days earlier about his personality disorders.

She said after that call, forensic psychologist Dr William Long visited Hall at Wayland but Ms Diallo said there was "no engagement" with her team over the work he was doing with him.

Man's death on railway not 'treated as suspicious'

British Transport Police says it's not treating the death of a man at Witham Station as suspicious. 

A spokesman said the force was called at about 10:20 after reports a person was struck by a train. 

Witham disruption
Network Rail

Officers and colleagues from the East of England Ambulance Service attended and a man was pronounced dead at the scene."

British Transport Police

Murderer told nurse he had not overdosed

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Agency nurse Tatenda Gotora has told an inquest into the death of Suffolk murderer Simon Hall that he falsely told her he had not overdosed in the past.

HMP Wayland

The inquest in Norwich into Hall's death at Wayland Prison (pictured), near Watton, has previously heard he took several overdoses before his transfer to the jail from Hollesley Bay open prison, near Woodbridge.

Ms Gotora said she asked Hall if he had any history of drug abuse, any mental health problems and had self-harmed in the past. He answered no to all three questions.

At that time the nurse was not aware of any ongoing medical issues as she did not have access to records.

Greater Anglia reports person hit by train at Witham

We've spoken to Greater Anglia which says emergency services are dealing with a person who has been hit by a train at Witham.

Replacement bus service to run between Shenfield and Colchester

A replacement bus service is currently being arranged to run between Shenfield and Colchester. 

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It's not yet know how long the line will be closed for while an emergency service is dealt with, however Network Rail says disruption is likely until 14:00. 

Tickets also being accepted on some local First Bus services. 

More details on Greater Anglia problems...

Greater Anglia says it is dealing with an emergency incident between Chelmsford and Colchester. We're currently trying to establish what the cause is.

The line is currently blocked in both directions. However, services from Southend Victoria are not affected.

We'll bring you more information as we get it. 

Greater Anglia

No trains between Shenfield and Colchester

Simon Hall inquest: Nurse 'had no access to notes'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

I'm at the second day of the inquest in Norwich into the death of Suffolk murderer Simon Hall, found hanged in his cell at Wayland Prison in Norfolk.

Simon Hall

Hall had protested his innocence for more than a decade before admitting to murdering pensioner Joan Albert.

Witness Tatenda Gotora has just been sworn in. She was employed in 2013 as an agency staff nurse and regularly worked at HMP Wayland.

The inquest was told that she didn't have access to any of Hall's past medical notes while doing her initial screening of his condition when he first arrived at the jail.

Highlights from a wet Monday at Springwatch

I don't know if you were caught out in any of the torrential showers yesterday, but here's a look at how our feathered friends, who don't have the option of sheltering under a brolly, fared down at RPSB Minsmere, where our BBC Springwatch friends are currently filming:

It's been a very wet day on Minsmere but chicks need feeding whatever the weather.

Tuesday's weather: Sunny intervals and heavy showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A day of sunny intervals and showers, with some showers becoming heavy and thundery by the afternoon. It'll be breezy, particularly around coastal areas.

Highs of 20C (68F).

The showers will become much lighter and more isolated into the evening, and will likely cease altogether by dawn, by which time some clearer spells may have developed. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Suffolk's King of Speedway gets Grand Prix wildcard

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches captain Danny King is looking forward to racing at this year's British Speedway Grand Prix following his impressive performance at Belle Vue last night.

Danny King

The 29-year-old was crowned British Champion for the first time in his 15-year career in the sport, and has been handed a wildcard for next month's event in Cardiff.

"I had been trying for so many years and never thought it would happen," King said. "Tonight was the first time in a long time that I felt I could win it."

Ex Suffolk and Mildenhall cricketer in England squad

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Mildenhall College Academy student Tymal Mills has been named in the England Cricket squad for a forthcoming international.

Tymal Mills
Getty Images

The 23-year-old, who often bowls in excess of 90mph, could feature against Sri Lanka in the T20 match at the Rose Bowl next month.

Mills has previously played Minor Counties cricket with Suffolk, and has also featured for Mildenhall in the Two Counties Championship.

Ipswich skipper is British Speedway Champion

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After 15 years in the sport, Danny King was crowned British Speedway Champion last night in Manchester.

Danny King
Steve Waller

The Ipswich Witches captain, 29, comfortably qualified for the final where he got the better of Craig Cook, Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall.

"It's just mad, it hasn't sunk in," King said. "I can't remember anything about the race apart from the fact that I went for it and it paid off."

Why are councillors discussing the park and ride scheme in Ipswich?

The Ipswich park and ride scheme, which is used more than half a million times by passengers every year, operates from two sites - at Copdock and Martlesham. 

There was a third site, on Norwich Road, but that closed more than four years ago.

The current service is subsidised, with the county council historically paying more than £700,000 a year for the service.

Both Copdock and Martlesham have a capacity of 550 cars each, which are currently underused, and a report looking into the service has suggested that could be reduced to 700 spaces in total.

Park and ride site

Welcome to Tuesday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We're starting the day today with a closer look at the future of the two park and ride sites in Ipswich.

Councillors are discussing proposals to see dedicated park and ride buses replaced with regular buses, which are already running on nearby routes.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Park and ride bus