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Summary

  1. Town centre store to close
  2. Springwatch's last show from Suffolk
  3. Updates on Thursday, 16 June 2016

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Farewell to the Springwatch team

As we sign off for the day, it's also time to bid farewell to the BBC Springwatch team. 

Their three year stint at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere is coming to a close, with their final programme on BBC2 from 20:00 tonight.

They've brought us so many magical moments in that time - for which we say a big thank you.

If you want to find out more about the legacy they've left behind, don't forget you can scroll down to see the stories we've brought your during the day.

Springwatch presenters
BBC

RSPB describes the 'Springwatch legacy'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The RSPB say they hope one of the legacies from the presence of the BBC Springwatch team at their Minsmere reserve over the last three years, will be that "people will realise that nature reserves are here for everyone".

Live cam feeds
BBC

Rachel Murray added: "If we've inspired a few more people to do something for wildlife that would be the best legacy we could possibly ask for."

McCarthy Hopes Murphy Replaces Walters Against Belgium

TWTD.co.uk

Town boss Mick McCarthy hopes Blues striker Daryl Murphy will make his first appearance of the European Championships when the Republic of Ireland face Belgium in Bordeaux in their second game of the tournament on Saturday.

Springwatch team will be 'greatly missed', says RSPB

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Let's return now to news of the final day of the Springwatch coverage from the reserve at Minsmere on the Suffolk coast..

The RSPB says they'll be "very sad" to see the team leave, after broadcasting from the coast for three years.

View of Springwatch cabins
BBC

Rachel Murray, from the RSPB, said the technology has given them all "a really new insight" into the wildlife at Minsmere as well as everyone else around the UK.

"They've got into nooks and crannies that even our most dedicated wardens can't get into - 24-hour camera access has just been phenomenal," she said.

Overnight weather: Showers clearing

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening with the risk of localised flooding.

Lows of 7C (45F).       

Friday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be cooler and rather cloudy, with the risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms in some areas.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Haverhill husband and wife competing in World Karate Championships

Haverhill Echo

Haverhill couple Marie and Colin Kicks have headed to Dublin in a bid for glory in this year’s World Karate Championships.

Marie and Colin Kicks
Haverhill Echo

Travel: Five vehicle collision causes delays northbound on A12 at East Bergholt

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and one lane is blocked on the A12 northbound in East Bergholt at J31 (B1070) because of an accident involving five vehicles. 

Congestion to J30 (B1029 Stratford St Mary).

Teenagers arrested in connection with airgun death in Thurston re-bailed

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Two teenagers who were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a 13-year-old boy after an incident at an address in Thurston on 1 May have been re-bailed pending further inquiries. 

Ben Wragge tribute
BBC

Ben Wragge, from Thurston, was fatally injured on 1 May.

Barker will realise life-long ambition at famous Le Mans

Suffolk Free Press

Ben Barker is set to realise a childhood dream when he makes his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race this weekend.

Outline plan for up to 280 homes and 60-bed care home approved

Diss Express

Planning and development consultancy Pegasus submitted the plans, for land at Eye Airfield off Castleton Way, back in October 2015.

Eye airfield
Diss Express

Post-mortem examination to be held after body found in Ipswich marina

Police say a post-mortem examination is due to be held on a body recovered from the Neptune Marina in Ipswich yesterday.

They say there appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Emergency services on Neptune Quay
BBC

Into the pool to find Suffolk's last competitor heading to Rio

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ryan Crouch, 22, lives in Lawford near Manningtree, but trains in Ipswich. Here are some facts about him:

  • A swimmer who was part of the coaching team for the first Invictus Games.
  • Missed out on London but broke a British record en route to qualifying for Rio.
  • Won double gold at the last Cerebral Palsy games and will strive for a medal in Brazil.
Ryan Crouch
BBC

Suffolk's javelin champion: 'Anything is possible in Rio'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Goldie Sayers, 33, was born in Newmarket but is based in Cambridge.

Multiple British Champion in the javelin, she has been effectively carrying the nation in this discipline for a decade.

Goldie Sayers
Getty Images

Finished fourth in Beijing 2008 but will soon receive a bronze medal after the recent doping revelations

Endured a horrific games at London 2012 due to injury, just weeks after she broke her own British record at a Diamond League meeting.

Anything is possible in Rio.

Suffolk's second hockey player to watch at Rio

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Harry Martin, 24, like George Pinner, also went to Ipswich School.

He was the youngest member of the GB Hockey squad at Delhi’s Commonwealth Games in 2010 and London 2012.

A midfielder with aspirations to be the best in the world, his sister Hannah is also an outstanding hockey player but is yet to make her international bow at senior level.

Harry Martin
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Moving on to the hockey pitch: The first of two Suffolk players heading for Rio

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

George Pinner, 29, is a former Ipswich schoolboy and now England and Great Britain hockey goalkeeper.

Plays his club hockey for Beeston. 

George Pinner
Getty Images

Was a reserve at London 2012 but should be one of the first names on the teamsheet in Rio after an outstanding season. 

Has now surpassed 100 international caps. Big Ipswich Town fan. 

Suffolk sportsmen to watch: Chris Walker-Hebborn

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Next in line: Chris Walker-Hebborn, 25, who's been based in Bath for a long time but has roots in Bury St Edmunds.

An outstanding natural talent of a swimmer on his day, but can blow hot and cold.    

Chris Walker-Hebborn
Getty Images

Had a disappointing games at London 2012 but celebrated something of a breakout event at the European Championships in 2014 when he won double gold.

He won relay gold at the Euros this year, but was poor in the individual 50 metre and 100 metre backstroke.

Tends to get a tattoo every time he wins a race so his body is covered.

Suffolk athletes to watch out for at Rio: Zoe Newson

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

We said earlier we'd bring you updates on the Suffolk athletes you can cheer on when the Olympic and Paralympic Games begin in 50 days.

Zoe Newson, 24, is an East Bergholt-based powerlifter who won bronze at London 2012.

Her brothers Sam and Ben play non-league football (Sam was recently with Needham Market).

Zoe Newson
Getty Images

Springwatch does Matchwatch

You may spot a couple of new cameras in our live camera truck this afternoon...

Live camera truck with football screens
BBC
All this afternoon's dramas unfolding on the Springwatch live cameras

Pinner happy to ruffle a few feathers

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

His animated celebrations occasionally rub the opposition up the wrong way, but Suffolk hockey player George Pinner is not bothered one bit!

George Pinner
Getty Images

The 29-year-old will be back in goal for Great Britain against Belgium tonight, as they seek a win that could see them into the final of the Champions Trophy.

"Strikers get to enjoy scoring goals and I get an equal buzz from making saves," Pinner said. "Hopefully I'll get to make many more for my country and for Great Britain."

'Significant work' taking place with officers in Albania and Kosovo to find Ali Qazimaj

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say there's "significant work" being carried out with colleagues, predominantly in the Albania and Kosovo areas, to try to find Ali Qazimaj, who they've identified as a suspect in the Weybread murder and missing person inquiry.

Images of the car used by Qazimaj were released a week ago.

Car used by Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes also admitted that the amount of information coming into them has "slowed down significantly".

He said: "We benefited from a number of responses from members of the public that came in through the course of last week - that has dried up" adding "we're still putting a signficant amount of resources into this [the inquiry]."

Local hockey stars seek help from the Aussies

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk hockey players George Pinner (pictured) and Harry Martin hope Australia can do Great Britain a favour in the Champions Trophy event in London today.

George Pinner makes a save
Getty Images

If Bobby Crutchley's side are to qualify for the gold medal match, they have to beat Belgium tonight and also need the Aussies to take points off India this afternoon.

"Hopefully we'll go into tonight's game knowing we can still make the final," Pinner said. "Either way, big games against Belgium are brilliant."

Fifty days until the Rio Games

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Incredible to think with all the football fever going on we're now just 50 days away from the start of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We've been following the highs and lows of our hopefuls from the east of England as they sought qualification and prepared for the challenges of Brazil.

Phoenix at London 2012
Getty Images

Today we'll bring you updates on what Suffolk athletes you can watch and cheer when the Games begin on 5 August.

Help my twin sister Jasmine to walk

East Anglian Daily Times

And here's the front page of the west edition of today's west edition of the East Anglian Daily Times:

Front page of west edition of EADT
EADT

Body pulled from marina

Ipswich Star

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

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

'Very little chance' of Sylvia Stuart being alive, say police

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes says while they've got no evidence "either way", there's "very little chance" of Sylvia Stuart being alive.

He explained: "It's a question of the passage of time, the circumstances in which Peter was found,  and the fact we believe Ali Qazimaj is clearly connected with this matter, and the fact we also believe him to be abroad. 

"When we add those elements together then clearly our fear, and it has been the case for some time, is that she has sadly died."

Forensic officers in a field
BBC

Peter Stuart's murder a 'barbaric act'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said the nature of Peter Stuart's murder meant it was difficult to "draw conclusions".

"It's vey difficult to draw conclusions to an act as barbaric as the one we've been faced with," he said.

Peter Stuart
Diss Express

Police explain latest development in search for Sylvia Stuart

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say they're expanding the search for Sylvia Stuart to roadsides.

Det Ch Supt said: "We clearly believe that Qazimaj has made a trip from that area down towards his home in the Tilbury area and subsequently down to Dover. 

"We're starting to look at what we think was the likely return journey that he would have made."

Forensic officers searching Weybread area
BBC

Key points from latest interview with police on Weybread inquiry

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes has just been speaking to BBC Suffolk about the inquiry.

We'll bring you more of what he had to say shortly, but to summarise what police believe:

  • Ali Qazimaj made a trip from Weybread to his home in Tilbury, hence searches along likely return route
  • There's "very little chance" that Sylvia is alive

In addition, he revealed that:

  • Police are working on a 'very significant basis' with colleagues in Albania and Kosovo
  • It's difficult to draw conclusions from the circumstances surrounding Peter Stuart's death, described it as a "barbaric act".

Copse where body was found
BBC

Weybread murder probe: A timeline

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

It was on Friday 3 June that Sylvia and Peter Stuart were reported missing from their home in Weybread. Since then there have been a number of developments:

  • Later that day: Peter Stuart's body was found near their home. He had multiple stab wounds
  • 5 June: A man from Leicester, later identified as Steve Paxman, son-in-law to the Stuarts, was arrested on suspicion of murder
  • 6 June: Ali Qazimaj (pictured) from Essex named as a suspect. Steve Paxman released on bail
  • 7 June: CCTV images released of Mr and Mrs Stuart at a farm shop in Pulham Market on 29 May. Police say they believe Qazimaj boarded a ferry to Calais on Saturday night

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Drivers warned they may see police activity on roadsides in search for Sylvia Stuart

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being told they may see police activity on road sides between Weybread and the Tilbury area over the next few days, as officers on the inquiry extend searches to potential stopping places between the Stuarts' home and Essex.

Sylvia Stuart
Diss Express

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "After carrying out work in the vicinity of the couple’s Weybread home, and at other locations linked to the enquiry, we are now expanding the search for Sylvia between Suffolk and Essex. 

"While search officers in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire have been working together in the UK, we’re also continuing to work with international law enforcement on the hunt for Ali Qazimaj.”

BreakingPolice extend searches in hunt for Sylvia Stuart

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk police say they're broadening out the search for Sylvia Stuart, after conducting ground and aerial searches for her in the Weybread area.

We'll bring you further details shortly.

Boris Johnson tests out his filleting skills

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I've been on the Leave the EU campaign battle bus with Boris Johnson. Here he is showing his filleting skills earlier at a fish merchant's in Lowestoft.

Mr Johnson has told me that "leaving the EU would be a boost and a blessing for the fishing industry".

Boris Johnson
BBC

The Leave campaign disputes his claims, arguing that Britain makes more money than any other country in Europe from fishing and has the second largest quota for fish in Europe after Denmark. 

Boris Johnson 'refused entry to fish market in Lowestoft'

Conservative Boris Johnson, who is campaigning to leave the European Union, has been in Lowestoft this morning and is due to visit Norwich later on his campaign trail.

He wanted to visit a fish market in Lowestoft but was denied access by the owner, says Look East politicial correspondent Andrew Sinclair.

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End of an era for Ipswich QD

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

I've just been across the road to the QD store in Ipswich, which is to close with the loss of 12 jobs.

From this sign, and the amount of stock left on the shelves, it looks as if they've had a lot of customers hoping to grab a bargain while they still can.

The company says they don't yet have a "specific day for actual closure", but they'll let us know when they do.

QD Ipswich sign
BBC
QD interior
BBC
QD interior
BBC

Yellow jersey 'a nice bonus' for Women's Tour leader

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Christine Majerus has thanked the people of Suffolk and Norfolk for all of their support on during yesterday's opening stage of the Women's Tour, which she won.

Christine Majerus
BBC

Luxembourg's National Champion hopes she is still wearing the leader's yellow jersey at the end of stage 2, which finishes this afternoon in Stratford-upon Avon.

"Last year I got to wear yellow for a day and it's a nice bonus to have it back," Majerus said. "It was a big relief to win yesterday, now it's on to the next one."

Women's Tour leader praises Suffolk support

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Women's Tour cycle race is in Warwickshire this morning for stage two, which ends this afternoon in Stratford-upon-Avon.

St Mary's Primary School Lowestoft
BBC

Luxembourg's national champion Christine Majerus and her Boels Dolmans team celebrated victory yesterday, after the tour got under way on the seafront in Southwold.

"Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this race special," Majerus said. "We have the best riders in the world on the start line for this one and you're the reason."

Ipswich QD store to close with loss of 12 jobs

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

QD has announced it's closing its store in Ipswich, resulting in 12 redundancies.

A spokesman says the store "has been incurring heavy losses" and has been unable to negotiate a commercially-sustainable rent with the site's landlords.

QD store Ipswich
BBC

The statement from the company continues: "Staff affected have been informed and a closing-down sale is now under way... The company does not have plans presently to open elsewhere in town." 

Thursday's weather: Thundery showers later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a mainly dry start, some showers will soon develop inland. These showers will become heavy and thundery in places by the afternoon with localised downpours possible. 

However, some sunny intervals are also likely, especially along the northern part of the coast. Top temperature: 20C  (68F)

Thursday's weather map
BBC

Tonight will be cloudy, but mainly dry, with light winds. Some mist and fog will form in places. Lows of 11C (52F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

People 'will remember' Minsmere after Springwatch leaves

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk needs to capitalise on being the home of BBC's Springwatch for the past three years, says a business expert from University Campus Suffolk.

Young bird watcher
BBC

Speaking on the day the programme's time at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere comes to an end after three years, Dr Will Thomas said: "I don't think it will go away in a hurry because people will remember Minsmere.

"I'm sure even if Springwatch aren't back, they will continue to make reference to Minsmere so people will still continue to come. 

"It's the work of the county really to capitalise on that now and to try and maintain that effect and to build on it."