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  1. Ali Qazimaj arrested on suspicion of Weybread murders
  2. Fresh devolution plans announced
  3. More comedy acts announced for Latitude Festival
  4. Former Ipswich player Alex Henshall banned from driving
  5. Updates on Friday, 17 June 2016

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Our local coverage for the day

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

On a day when we've found out there has been a second arrest in the Weybread murder inquiry, we've also been at the Latitude Festival's local press day at Henham.

Oktoba gives sneak preview at Latitude

We were provided with musical entertainment, including this song Smoke Signals from Oktoba.

The singer, who grew up in Boxford, was selected to play at the festival in July by the BBC Introducing in Suffolk show.

Suffolk Live returns on Monday at 08:00.

Do you want to make a difference for Eye?

Diss Express

Applications are being welcomed for two vacant councillor positions at Eye Town Council.

Eye Town Council
Diss Express

Watch: AYA perform at Latitude press day

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

AYA, one of the bands selected by BBC Introducing in Suffolk to perform at this year's Latitude Festival, were invited to perform an acoustic set on the Henham Estate earlier.Bess and Jayna, sisters from Butley, played two songs at The Stables for an audience of invited media.This song is called Gold Life. 

AYA perform at Latitude Festival press day

Hockey team in third-place play-off

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Britain's men's hockey team take on Germany tonight in the third-place play-off for the Champions Trophy in London.

Suffolk players George Pinner and Harry Martin are both expected to feature.

Team GB fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 3-3 with Belgium last night, thereby securing the play-off place.

Australia and India will battle it out for gold.

GB coach Bobby Crutchley said: "It's a game we want to win and we want to finish the competition with a medal."

Council’s new model for community transport launched

Suffolk Free Press

Suffolk County Council has launched its re-modelled rural transport service across the county.

Brought in as part of money saving across the council, the council says it is part of a major council transformation plan to connect communities with the services they want and need.

A campaign in January against changes to community transport in Suffolk
Suffolk Free Press

Former Ipswich Town player banned from driving for six months

Former Ipswich Town winger Alex Henshall has been banned from driving for six months, after he was caught speeding at 53mph in a 30mph zone in the centre of Ipswich.

Alex Henshall

The 22 year old did not attend his magistrates hearing in Ipswich today, but instead his solicitor submitted a letter to the court, in which he admitted the offence. 

Henshall, who was charged with one count of speeding, was clocked driving at 53mph in his Mercedes in Commercial Road on 7 September.

He was given six penalty points, but as he had already "totted up" six points, this brought his total to 12 points, and magistrates imposed a six-month driving ban. 

He must pay a victim surcharge of £40, was fined £395 and must pay court costs of £150.

Devolution: Infrastructure upgrades proposed

As part of the deal the government re-affirms its commitment to improving rail services in the region, with a promise that the Ely North junction will be improved by 2024. 


It also talks about fulfilling its promise to dual the A47 and provide a new crossing in Great Yarmouth. 

The devolution deal will have to be approved by the relevant county councils and all or most of the district councils. 

If it is approved, the government will launch a consultation with a final go-ahead given in October. 

If one area decides not to go for devolution, it will still go ahead in the area which says yes.

Devolution: How much money will each county get?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Norfolk and Suffolk deal is worth £880m over 30 years. The authority will get £25m every year for economic growth and £130m over five years to support the building of new homes. 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough deal is worth £770m and includes £25m a year for the next 30 years to support economic growth, plus £170m over the next five years for new homes. 

East Anglia devolution deal published

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

A revised devolution deal for East Anglia worth £1.6bn over 30 years has been published. 

It would see two separate authorities and two directly elected mayors - for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk and Suffolk.

East Anglia flag

They would get control over house building and road maintenance in the region, plus get a major say over new roads, flood defences, bus services, the roll-out of broadband, the provision of training and health services. 

The deal will be put to every council in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next fortnight. 

The two authorities will not replace existing councils but will take on new powers from the government.

Weybread: What we learned from the police press conference

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Suffolk Police's press conference was chaired by Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes, who revealed the following details about the investigation:

Suffolk Police HQ
  • Ali Qazimaj, 42, from Tilbury, Essex, has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart
  • He was detained in Luxembourg City in the very early hours of this morning after a hostel worker recognised his picture from appeals issued by police
  • Extradition details are "still being worked through"
  • Detectives say they have "no expectation of finding Sylvia alive" but continue to search areas in Suffolk, Essex and Tilbury to try to find any trace of her

Weybread: The extradition process

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Ali Qazimaj was arrested in Luxembourg using a European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

This is a way of extraditing those wanted in relation to significant crimes between EU member states, where they will face prosecution or to serve a prison sentence for an existing conviction.

It's now up to Mr Qazimaj to decide if he will appeal against the EAW - if he does not contest it, Suffolk Police will have 10 days to send its officers to Luxembourg and bring him back to the UK.

Weybread: Search for Sylvia Stuart still 'very much' under way

When asked if the search was still ongoing to find Sylvia Stuart, Det Ch Supt Simon Parks replied: "Very much so."

"It is still the case we maintain our search and the officers currently trying to locate her," he told the press conference.

Officers search field near Stuarts' home

"We've now largely finished the natural places one would seek to look around the Weybread area, and hence we're expanding searching down through Suffolk, into Essex and into the Tilbury area," he added.

Weybread: Luxembourg City hostel worker called local authorities

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

We've heard Ali Qazimaj was arrested in Luxembourg in the very early hours of this morning after a hostel worker in the country's capital city called police.

Luxembourg City

The staff member identified Mr Qazimaj, who police had been searching for since 6 June, after seeing pictures of him on the internet.

"We're not sure what made her suspicious," Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes told the press conference. "All we know is that she called the authorities."

Weybread murders probe: Suspect was arrested in Luxembourg

Map showing Weybread and Luxemboug

Ali Qazimaj questioned on suspicion of double murder

Ali Qazimaj, who was wanted in connection with the Weybread investigation, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of both Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

The force only confirmed last night that the search for Mrs Stuart, who disappeared after her husband was stabbed to death, had become a murder inquiry.

Suffolk Police said officers were working with the National Crime Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service and authorities in Luxembourg to organise Mr Qazimaj's extradition.

Syliva and Peter Stuart
Diss Express

Weybread: Press conference video reaction

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

We streamed footage of the police press conference on the Weybread murder investigation live on our Facebook page.

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes

You've been giving your reaction to the update, with many people praising police for their work on the investigation.

"Well done to all involved, hopefully this will bring answers to the Stuarts' family," wrote Luke Martin.

Weybread: What happens now?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Ali Qazimaj was arrested earlier today in Luxembourg and a European Arrest Warrant was granted.

He's in custody now, and Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said Suffolk Police was now involved in extradition proceedings.

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes

He said it was for the Luxembourg authorities to decide which court it would go before.

The detail was still being worked through, Det Ch Supt Parkes added.

Weybread: 'No expectation of finding Sylvia alive'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

During the press conference, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said he had "no expectation of finding Sylvia alive".

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Earlier today, police revealed they were treating the 69-year-old's disappearance as murder.

Weybread murder investigation: A recap of events so far

  • 3 June: Sylvia and Peter Stuart, aged 69 and 75, were reported missing on 3 June. Mr Stuart's body was found near their home in Weybread, Suffolk, later that day.
  • 6 June: Ali Qazimaj from Essex named as a suspect. Steve Paxman released on bail
  • 17 June: Police announce Mr Ali Qazimaj has been arrested

Weybread: Search still under way for Sylvia Stuart

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said police were still searching for Sylvia Stuart following the arrest of suspect Ali Qazimaj, who is from Tilbury in Essex.

Simon Parkes

The 42-year-old was found at a hostel in Luxembourg after a staff member recognised him and called police.

Det Ch Supt Parks said a "huge amount of work" had gone into locating Mr Qazimaj.

Search continues for Sylvia Stuart

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said efforts are to continue to find Sylvia Stuart, who has been missing from her home in Weybread for two weeks.

BreakingWeybread: Essex suspect Ali Qazimaj arrested

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Suffolk Police says Ali Qazimaj has been found in Luxembourg and has been arrested.

He is now in custody.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

BreakingAli Qazimaj arrested in Weybread murder investigation

More to follow.

Weybread: Watch the press conference live

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Here's the room at Suffolk Police HQ where the press conference will be held.

We'll be streaming it live on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page as well as providing regular updates on this live page.

Press conference

Weybread: Press conference starting shortly

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

I have arrived at Suffolk Police headquarters in Martlesham Heath ahead of a press conference at 15:00.

Police have told us Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes will provide a "significant update" on the investigation into the murder of Peter Stuart in Weybread, and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

Peter Stuart 'had been dead for at least two days before body find'

While we await further news on the Weybread murder investigation at 15:00, the Diss Express has reported that Peter Stuart had been dead for "at least two days" before his body was found in woodland near his home.

Wet weather ahead of Foxhall Thunder 500 event

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's the prestigious Thunder 500 at Foxhall Stadium tomorrow.

Drivers have been hoping to get some crucial laps in ahead of the big race, but we've had thunder of a different kind today and it's proving difficult.

Racing in the rain: Look ahead to Thunder 500 event

Paperless tickets: Watch how it works

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Passengers using Abellio Greater Anglia trains can now travel without a paper ticket on a number of routes. The company has installed barcode readers. It means e-tickets can be scanned direct from mobile devices.

Greater Anglia introduces paperless tickets

Paperless train tickets en route after £3m investment

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Abellio Greater Anglia has launched paperless train tickets.  

Passengers can already buy tickets via their smart phones, but now the train operator has installed barcode readers at gates so they can scan them as they pass through.

Greater Anglia train

The company says the investment will help reduce queues at ticket machines and gates, although the technology is not yet in place at London Liverpool Street.

A spokesperson said the new technology would enhance the system but would not replace traditional ticketing. For those without smart phones, tickets can still be purchased at stations in the usual way.

Suffolk acts provide 'inspiration' for Latitude boss

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

I spoke to Melvin Benn shortly after he had watched performances from Oktoba and AYA, who BBC Introducing in Suffolk picked to play at next month's Latitude Festival.

"Watching the two local acts playing acoustically has given me some inspiration," he told me.

Latitude Sunday lunchtime slot yet to be filled

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The Sunday lunchtime slot on the main stage of Latitude has become something to look forward to - with Joanna Newsom and Thom Yorke amongst those to kick-start the final day of the festival in previous years.

Melvin Benn says there should be another act to get excited about this year, but they're yet to be confirmed.

Latitude traffic plans changed to prevent last year's 'disaster'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

After many people complained of being stuck for hours in traffic around Henham Park last year, Melvin Benn says the car park on the opposite side of the A12 will no longer be used.

"Last year was a disaster," he said. "It was really tough getting in.

"I'm really quite enthusiastic about the plans."

Bill Bailey, Milton Jones and Katherine Ryan added to Latitude bill

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Festival Republic director Melvin Benn has announced more names for the comedy tent at next month's Latitude Festival.

Melvin Benn

Bill Bailey, Milton Jones, Katherine Ryan, Rufus Hound, Josie Long, Jonathan Pie and Marcus Brigstocke will all be appearing.

Springwatch: Sparrowhawk sees off tawny owl threat

Latitude comedy names announced

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

While we await more news from the Latitude Festival press event at Henham Park...

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Former Ipswich Town footballer's case to be heard this afternoon

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, Alex Henshall's case will be heard this afternoon.

The 22-year-old did not show up to the magistrates' court in Ipswich this morning. The case has been deferred to this afternoon, when, I understand, it will go ahead in his absence if he doesn't show up. 

Weybread: One of two big questions expected to be answered

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Police's "significant update" at 15:00 this afternoon should answer one, or both, of two major questions.

Question one: Have police found Sylvia Stuart two weeks after she was first reported missing? 

Or, have they found Ali Qazimaj, who is suspected of killing Peter Stuart and in being involved in the disappearance of his wife?

We'll be reporting live from the press conference.

Breaking'Significant' update expected on Weybread investigation

A "significant update" on the investigation into the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia is to be given at a Suffolk Police press conference at 15:00 this afternoon, police say.

Latitude press event could be about to start...

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Festival director Melvin Benn is lurking in another room. This must be a sign that things are about to happen?

As a reminder, the event was due to start at 11:00.

Latitude Festival press event

Delays at Latitude press event

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Big delays here at Henham Park, but lunch has been brought out for the media.

However, no-one has been brave enough to take the first sandwich.

Lunch at Latitude press day