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  1. Son-in-law of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart faces no further action
  2. Devolution plans to be debated
  3. BBC Radio Suffolk presenter's worry over Istanbul attack
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

That's all for today's Suffolk Live, if you've just joined us - take a scroll down the page for a recap of today's stories.

We'll be back with more live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county tomorrow from 08:00.

Have a good evening.

Head teacher's plea over Brexit decision

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Geoff Barton, head teacher of King Edward VI in Bury St Edmunds, says people should try to see the positives of the Brexit decision, and remember our links to Europe. 

"It was striking that when I got to school having listened to the news, the first remark made to me by one of our heads of college, which is essentially like a head of year, and he said: 'Do you think we need to call together our foreign students?'

"I asked why, and he said, 'just to reassure them that they're ok'.

Geoff Barton

"I think this is an extraordinary thing for someone to say, after a vote that we thought was largely about economic issues, but which increasingly felt to be about other issues. 

"I think it's really important that, particularly in this part of the world, that we are reminding youngsters that we are right next door to Europe, that the rich cultural tradition, the linguistic tradition, all of that is part of us. 

"We mustn't reduce this debate to something so toxic, so unpleasant, so demonising as it has become for so many people."

New signing confident Ipswich can challenge for promotion

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Defender Paul Digby, who has joined Ipswich Town from Barnsley, believes Town can improve on last season.

Paul Digby

The Blues narrowly missed out on a play-off place during the 2015/16 season, losing out to Sheffield Wednesday for the final spot.

"Finishing seventh we were a bit disappointed," Digby told Ipswich Player HD. "A lot of teams would've been happy with that, but we weren't satisfied and we think we can push on this season."

Weather: Dry tonight, with clear spells

BBC Weather

This evening the outbreaks of rain will slowly clear, leaving a mainly dry night with clear spells, with lows of 12C (53F).

Tomorrow will see a dry and bright start to the day, turning cloudy later with the risk of some showers, and highs of 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

Cupola House: Restoration revealed

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

And here it is now. Local craftsmen have used traditional techniques to restore Cupola House, and work is finally complete, at a cost of more than £1m.

Later this year it is hoped it will reopen as a restaurant.  

Richard Daniel filmed the view from the top of the building earlier today.

The view from the restored Cupola House

Cupola House destroyed by fire, but there's good news on its way

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A historical Bury St Edmunds landmark is being restored to its former glory, four years after being severely damaged by fire.

Cupola House, which was built in 1693, was wrecked back in 2012.

Here's a reminder of what it looked like at the time:

A look back at the fire which destroyed Cupola House

Lauri Love 'cant' imagine' anything worse than US prison

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Giving evidence at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Lauri Love told of his fears of the prospect of facing the US justice system in which he had no faith. 

He said the extradition agreement between the UK and US was based on "mutual judicial trust".

But he said: "96% or 97% of cases end in a plea. Under a system with less coercive plea bargaining they would be found innocent." 

Lauri Love

Mr Love said he expected it would take five years before his case came to trial, and that he faced three prosecutions in three different jurisdictions. 

Outlining his fears of abuse, the availability of uncontrolled drugs, extreme violence and the high rates of suicide in US prisons, particularly among people with mental health disabilities, he added: "Being in prison in the US, I can't imagine anything worse for me." 

The hearing is expected to conclude today. 

Lauri Love gives evidence over extradition hearing

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Lauri Love, who faces allegations he stole huge amounts of data from United States government agencies, has taken the stand in his extradition hearing.

Mr Love said the "deck" was "stacked" against him because the American justice system "coerces" accused people into pleading guilty to get reduced sentences. 

Lauri Love outside Bury St Edmunds Magistrates

The 31-year-old, who has Asperger's Syndrome and lives with his parents in Stradishall, said he doubted there was "any prospect" of him having justice if he was sent to the US. 

"If I was sent to America under horrific conditions, those urges to bring my life to an end would be a lot stronger," he told Westminster Magistrates' Court.

"Sadly what I expect will happen - the urges, the despair, the helplessness, the hopelessness - I will exercise what remains of my self-control and I will take my life."

Mr Love is accused of hacking into the US Federal Reserve, the Department of Defence, Nasa and the FBI in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.  

Authorities there want him to stand trial New York, New Jersey and Virginia, over charges of cyber-hacking, which his lawyers say could lead to him spending up to 99 years in prison if found guilty. 

Devolution deal runs into trouble

While the political and economic fall-out of last week’s EU Referendum continues to go on around us, this week should be devolution week, when the government’s scheme to devolve limited powers to local areas in return for a Mayor is endorsed by local councils.

The only problem for the government is that it isn’t working out quite like that.

Devolution explained, and what it could mean for housing

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

There could be less money for the deal on devolution for Suffolk if Ipswich doesn't back the plan.

The deal would see a combined authority and mayor for Suffolk and Norfolk, with more powers and money made available locally.

Home under construction

As part of the offer, Ipswich and Norwich would get £30m to build new homes. Norwich City Council has already said it won’t be supporting the deal.

Ipswich Borough Council will debate the offer tonight.

The government will decide whether to proceed with the overall deal or make adjustments for those not taking part.

Devolution timetable: What happens next?

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

The secretary of state for local government will have the final say on a deal for devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk.

All 16 of the counties' local authorities have been deciding whether to back the deal this week. Two in Norfolk have already said they won’t take part.

Only two Suffolk districts have voted, and both in favour. Four more will decide tonight, and two more tomorrow.

If a council doesn't back the deal, then there’s likely to be renegotiation on the funding, but it doesn't mean it can’t go ahead.

Devolution plans to be debated

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Four out of Suffolk’s eight local authorities will be debating the government’s offer for devolution tonight.

Devolution papers

The deal would see a combined authority and mayor for Suffolk and Norfolk, with more powers and money made available locally.

The offer is for £880m over 30 years and includes a £130m investment over five years to support the building of new homes, including £30m across Ipswich and Norwich.

Two of Suffolk’s districts, Babergh and Bury St Edmunds, have already voted to support the deal. Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal will debate the deal tomorrow.

Ipswich Town spread the love on Twitter

We wrote earlier that new Ipswich signing Paul Digby impressed in training this week, winning his inaugural bleep test, and this prompted a Tweet asking 'who is the fittest man' at the football club?

Well... the club seems in no doubt.

Ipswich Town Twitter

It seems like a good time to repost this photo from yesterday of the man in question...

Mick McCarthy

Weybread murder investigation: Extradition procedures continuing

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Police say that a second man, detained in Luxembourg, and wanted in connection with the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart, remains subject to extradition procedures.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Mr Stuart's body was found with stab wounds on 3 June near his home in Weybread. Mrs Stuart has not been found, and officers say they are treating it as a double murder investigation.

A judgement on the next stage of these proceedings is due to be made in Luxembourg on Monday.

Officers are continuing to carry out work to try to locate Mrs Stuart and still asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to get in touch.

No evidence linking son-in-law to murders

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk Police say a 61-year-old man from Leicester, who was arrested at the beginning of the month on suspicion of murder, faces no further action. 

Peter Stuart's body was found with stab wounds on 3 June a short distance from his home at Mill Lane, Weybread. 

Forensic officers working at Weybread

There has been no trace of his wife, Sylvia Stuart, and officers say there is little hope of finding her alive.

Today Suffolk Police say no further action will be taken against Steve Paxman, their 61-year-old son in law, who had been bailed. 

Police staid in a statement that detectives investigating exactly what occurred have now released him from his requirement to answer bail. 

BreakingWeybread murder investigation: No further action against 61-year-old son-in-law

Suffolk Police have revealed there is to be no further action taken against the 61-year-old son-in-law of Peter and Sylvia Stuart, who was arrested on suspicion of his murder and her disappearance.

Wanted man has links to Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds

Bury Free Press

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 21-year-old who is wanted on recall to prison.

Hari Farlie
Suffolk Police

Lauri Love extradition hearing

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A court has been told that a West Suffolk man accused of cyber hacking allegedly stole 23,000 credit card numbers. 

Lauri Love, 31, from Stradishall, is accused of hacking into websites in the United States, including the US Army, and NASA.  

Lauri Love

His father and defence team say they fear he will commit suicide, if he is extradited. 

Yesterday, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard from Prof Simon Baron Cohen, a consultant psychologist, who was asked if Lauri Love was "making up" his suicide threats.

"I think it would be a risk to think that this is all fantasy," he said. "He's spent hours researching how to take his own life."

The hearing continues today.

A closer look at the spike in hate crime figures

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A short time ago we mentioned there had been an increase in the number of reported hate crimes since the EU Referendum result.

The figures relate to the number of incidents reported nationally to the True Vision website between midnight on Thursday and Sunday, and show a 57% increase compared to the same period last month.

Suffolk police crime support officer John Hood said: "It's pretty much following similar trends following any other major national or international event.

"So in previous instances crime levels after these events rise and then drop back to normal relatively quickly, but we're monitoring the situation closely as we work with the community to maintain unity and tolerance and prevent any hate crime or abuse."

Mr Hood said there had been 85 reports nationally between midnight on Thursday and Sunday. Four weeks ago there were 54 reports during the same time span.

Suffolk Police did not have details of how many incidents had been reported in the county over the weekend.


*This post has been edited to clarify that the figures are nationwide, and not for Suffolk

Speedway: Mildenhall's trip to Birmingham off

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers' National League meeting at Birmingham tonight has been cancelled because of a waterlogged track.

It will now take place on Wednesday 27 July.

BreakingSpeedway: Jolly punished for Cradley cancellation

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly has been handed a suspended £250 fine for calling off his side's home meeting against Cradley on 19 June.

Kevin Jolly
Jeff Higgott

Additionally, the match was awarded to their opponents.

Club adviser James Easter said: "It was an extremely fair hearing and I would like to thank the Speedway Control Board for listening to our case and for their understanding.

"The club fully accept the decisions taken by the disciplinary committee and now will focus on moving forward for the good of Mildenhall speedway and the sport in general."

Spike in hate crimes since EU Referendum result

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Reports suggest there has been a rise in the number of hate crimes since the EU Referendum result was announced on Friday. 

It comes as Meg Rosoff from Shingle Street, near Woodbridge, had been telling Mark Murphy about some highly offensive racist remarks which have been written on public signs in the hamlet, leaving her upset and distressed.

She said: "I'm a foreigner, I've lived here 26 years, I've always felt at home here, I've always felt that this is an extremely welcoming, and multinational and diverse place to live.

"And the funny thing is, you can hear from my accent that I'm American. I've always felt that we had the high road over America, I've always felt a little bit smug about choosing the UK to live in."

Former Felixstowe champion gearing up for Federer challenge

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

British wildcard Marcus Willis faces the daunting task of playing seven-times champion Roger Federer in round two of Wimbledon this afternoon.

Marcus Willis
Getty Images

Willis, who is 769 places below today's opponent in the world rankings, won the East of England Championships, on the Suffolk coast, in 2013.

Their match is scheduled for third on Centre Court.

McCarthy advice for 'daft young lads'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy wants to see teenage defenders Josh Emmanuel (pictured) and Myles Kenlock challenging for regular first team football this season.

Josh Emmanuel
Getty Images

When given the opportunity, largely in cup competitions, they both impressed last year.

"I've said to them don't be coming back just as two daft young lads around the place," McCarthy said.

"You are two first-team squad members and you've got to get in the team. I think we've got two good young full-backs who are challenging now."

New arrival impresses in fitness tests

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy revealed defender Paul Digby came first in the dreaded bleep test on the first day of pre-season training.

Paul Digby
Getty Images

The 21-year-old finished ahead of midfielder Luke Hyam, who's usually the player to beat.  

"You go away and have your fun but you've got to come back ready because you're a professional," Digby told Ipswich Player HD. "At the end of the day, it's your job.

"There's no room for coming back unfit because it's so competitive. You need to come back at a good level and then keep improving throughout pre-season, getting ready for the season ahead."

Ipswich Town: No deal for Foley

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

We're going to concentrate on sport for a while now, and news that former Ipswich Town defender or midfielder Kevin Foley won't be returning to Portman Road.

Kevin Foley

The 31-year-old's short-term deal expired this summer, and manager Mick McCarthy believes he has ample cover with the emergence of teenager Josh Emmanuel.

"Josh was excellent when he played at right-back last season and he's got to be the second choice behind Luke Chambers, challenging for that spot," he said.

Turkish terror attack: 'So chaotic' after attacks at airport

BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Stephanie Mackentyre says her daughter, who is caught up at Istanbul airport, has been left with little information of what will happen next. 

Her 19-year-old daughter Sophie was travelling to South Korea, via the airport, and had to stay on the plane while emergency services dealt with the incident. 

Scene outside Istanbul Airport
Getty Images

The student from Felixstowe was unhurt, but must wait while the situation is dealt with. Steph said: "I think it's just been so chaotic there. 

"She does now know there is going to be a flight for her, they have told her that, but it won't be until 18:30 this evening.

"So that's some hope, and I'll just be so relieved when she gets out of the airport."

Three-vehicle crash affecting A14 at Risby

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned of traffic problems on the A14, at J41 near Risby.

The road is partially blocked on the west-bound carriageway, due to a crash between three vehicles. Congestion stretches to J42, at the Westley interchange.

Istanbul attack: Suffolk woman describes aftermath

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Stephanie Mackentyre has been speaking about her daughter's experience after she was allowed to leave a plane at the Istanbul airport yesterday.

She said: "I had a text from her which said the only way they could get a hotel was to get a visa, so they queued up in a long queue until about three o'clock in the morning and found that the visa desk had closed.

Sophie, who was caught up in the aftermath of the terror attack, and her twin sister#
Stephanie Mackentyre

"They're also not able to buy any food and that also includes water, if they haven't got a visa, so the last I heard was that they were still trying to get food and water. She said that they were going to leave the airport and go into Istanbul.

She said she had told Sophie, pictured above with her twin sister, that she should stay at the airport. "I told her that's a definite no, you have to stay in the airport there, there's security there. Whatever it costs, whatever you have to do, just do it and we will reimburse you."

Turkish terror attack: Presenter's daughter 'had no idea what was happening'

Stephanie Mackentyre says she has spoken with her daughter Sophie, who was held on a runway at Istanbul's Ataturk airport during yesterday's attacks, and has confirmed she's safe.

Stephanie Mackentyre and daughter Sophie
Stephanie Mackentyre

The plane the 19-year-old student from Felixstowe was travelling on had stopped at Istanbul en route to South Korea.

Steph said: "Thankfully I finally managed to get hold of her and she was on the plane, but no idea why they were being held. 

"So I gave her some brief details. I didn't want to scare her, she was there with two friends, and it transpired they were on the plane for five hours.

"They got off at 00:30 last night, and were allowed into the airport building."

Istanbul attack: Presenter's fear over daughter's safety

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Stephanie Mackentyre has been telling us of her worry overnight, as her daughter was caught up in the aftermath of the attack at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport.

Scene at Istanbul Airport
Getty Images

Thirty six people were killed by three suicide bombers at the airport, and more than 140 people have been injured.

Steph's daughter, 19-year-old Sophie, was on a plane which was kept on the runway while emergency services were dealing with the incident.

Steph said: "I put the television on and of course, alI I could see was ambulances and re-runs of people filming the bomb attack.

"I knew that her plane landed, or had landed at the time of the attack, and I couldn't get hold of her. It was a really scary time."

Weather: Generally cool with some rain later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a dry and bright morning for many of us, but rain will quickly spread in from the west.

This will turn heavy over the hills, although sheltered eastern spots will escape the worst of the rain.

Through the afternoon it will turn generally brighter, with isolated heavy showers in places. 

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all, there's lots to tell you about today, and lots going on. 

This morning we'll bring you more on the Brexit effect in Suffolk, and how one head teacher views the world since last Friday. 

We'll also bring you more on the extradition hearing of 31-year-old Suffolk man Lauri Love, which will start its second day at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

But coming up shortly, we'll hear from BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Steph Mackentyre, whose daughter was caught up in the aftermath of the attack on the airport in Istanbul yesterday.