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  1. Updates for Friday, 1 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Monday at 08:00

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's it for another week on Local Live

Thank you for joining us this week. We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend. 

Devolution moves ahead despite opposition

We've been looking today at the decision to push ahead with devolution in the East with an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk and another for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The plans are moving forward despite the opposition of four councils in Norfolk. Here are some maps showing which councils are backing or opposing devolution. 

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils, and Peterborough City Council, a unitary authority, are backing the scheme.

Four Norfolk councils - Norwich, Breckland, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth - oppose the move.

Devolution map
Devolution map

Former Ipswich Town player backing Wales tonight

Wales take on Belgium at 20:00 in what's widely described as their biggest game in 60 years.

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Geraint Williams is one of the coaching staff within the Wales set up.

He told BBC Radio Suffolk that the Welsh team are still pinching themselves to have reached the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

Geraint Williams
Huw Evans Picture Agency

Asked if he expected Wales to still be in the competition, he said: "You always hope but to be totally honest then you would have to say no.

"We wouldn't have thought we would have got all this way. But now we have the thoughts are that we can go all the way." 

A prediction for tonight? "Wales to edge it, either by one goal or in extra time," said Williams.

Weather: Showers dying out leaving a bright start to the weekend

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Any showers dying out through the evening to leave a dry night with some clear spells, and mainly light winds. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather map for the East

It will be a cool and bright start to the weekend tomorrow, with sunny spells. However, there will be a scattering of showers developing through the afternoon, which will possibly be heavy and thundery in places. Highs of 19C (66F). 

You can get the latest for via BBC Weather.

The Buttermarket: Looks a bit different to days gone by

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Work is well and truly under way at the Buttermarket in Ipswich to transform the centre with a new cinema and restaurants in a £35m plan.

Construction work at the Buttermarket

The operation began several months ago and will change the face of the town. 

The photograph below was taken in May - and you can see things have changed quite a lot.

Ipswich Buttermarket in May

For more pictures and video really behind the scenes, here's the Ipswich Star's take on the construction work.     

Parliament acting like 'student union' says MP

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has attacked his colleagues at Westminster for “behaving like a student union” in the wake of the EU referendum, saying that the public deserve better.  

Ben Gummer
Ipswich Spy

Foxhall set for Spedeweekend

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

One of the biggest weekend in the Spedeworth Motorsports calendar takes place at Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich this weekend.

Graeme Mac at Foxhall

For many, the National Hot Rod World Championship Final is the highlight of Spedeweekend, with racing getting under way from as early as 9.30 tomorrow morning.

BBC Radio Suffolk will be live at the event from midday tomorrow, and I'll be presenting a three-hour special from the pit lane.

Six sign pro deals at Ipswich Town

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have confirmed today that 6 of the club's promising young players have all signed professional contracts at the club

James Blanchfield, George Fowler, Jacob Marsden, Shane McLoughlin, Monty Patterson, and Chris Smith have agreed one-year deals, with the option of a further 12 months. 

Archaeological dig under way in Ipswich town centre

Diggers are on Ipswich Cornhill carving out trenches ahead of a three-week archaeological study of the area.

Bore holes and construction tests were carried out on Sunday, and the diggers came in on Monday. It's all a part of Ipswich Vision's Cornhill regeneration project, aimed at giving the site a complete facelift. 

A public exhibition of the latest design for the Cornhill will go on show this month, with work due to start in 2017.  

An archaeological dig is to get under way on Ipswich Cornhill

Haverhill remembers the Somme

A memorial and exhibitions have been held at St Mary’s Church in Haverhill and the town's war memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

War memorial in Haverhill
Exhibitiion at St Mary's Church
Exhibitiion at St Mary's Church
A whistle of the type used to signal the advance at the Somme
St Mary's Church

May the front-runner among Suffolk's Tory MPs

The Press Association has released a list showing which Conservative MPs are supporting which contenders for the Tory leadership.

Of the five candidates, Home Secretary Theresa May (pictured) does best among Suffolk MPs, with pledges of support from Waveney MP Peter Aldous, South Suffolk's James Cartlidge, Suffolk Coastal's Therese Coffey and West Suffolk's Matthew Hancock.

Theresa May at Henley Regatta
Press Association

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer is not on the list, but has already declared his support for Mrs May. Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has said she wants to interview every contender before making up her mind.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has yet to announce his intention.

'Eerie silence' as Last Post is played in France

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's the World War One ambulance that a family from Bury St Edmunds have taken to France to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

It's thought to have been used to take the injured back from the frontline to the hospitals that had been set up out in the field.

The ambulance in Picardie, France
Alice Wheeler

Alice Wheeler, spoke to BBC Suffolk, about this morning's act of remembrance. "It's very eerie when you stand there in just deathly silence, listening to the bell on the church ringing and the bugle playing The Last Post," she said.

"It's very odd to think that 100 years ago, so many of our loved ones - of our friends, of our family - went over the top and didn't arrive home."

Time for a rethink over our national sport?

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Basketball coach Nick Drane is calling for more of a level playing field with regards to other sports' finances, following England's embarrassing exit at Euro 2016.

England lose to Iceland
Getty Images

In a frank and animated interview to be aired on BBC Radio Suffolk tomorrow from midday, he also says football should no longer be our national sport.  

"This degree of failure is repeatedly happening while other sports are over achieving with zero or next to nothing in terms of resources. Please give someone else a chance."

McCarthy: Benyu's Future With Town Depends on His Attitude and Approach-

Boss Mick McCarthy says young midfielder Kundai Benyu having a future at Town is down to him and his “attitude and his approach to football and being here”. 

Kundai Benyu and colleagues

Cricket: Suffolk coach confident his side will bounce back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a humbling defeat last time out Suffolk's cricketers will have plenty to prove when they face Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship on Sunday.

Cricket stumps
Getty Images

“Northumberland was tough," admitted coach Andy Northcote. "We started poorly and really carried on the same throughout the two days.

"Thankfully, though, it’s over and we move on. As a side, we identified where we went wrong, asked the players to reflect and improve and I look forward to seeing what they bring to Copdock."

Almost quarter of beds are filled with those who 'don't need clinical care'

Dawn Gerber

Ipswich Hospital's chief executive Nick Hulme said that many of those in hospital beds do not need clinical care. 

He said: "Today 23% of our beds have patients in that don't have a clinical need to be in hospital.

"It gives us increasing pressures around managing our resource and we do need to find ways of addressing this differently." 

Ipswich Hospital 'full', says chief executive

Dawn Gerber

We told you earlier about Ipswich Hospital's chief executive Nick Hulme tweeting about the busy day he and his staff were facing.

We've been up to the hospital to speak to him and he said the hospital had seen a 10% increase on the same period last year in terms of the number of patients it was seeing. 

He said: "It's like a winter scenario, we've got all beds full."

Nick Hulme

Devolution in the East: What happens now?

Nic Rigby

BBC News

With devolution plans for two elected mayors - one for Norfolk and Suffolk, and one for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire - looking set to go ahead, the next thing to happen will be consultation by the county councils.

House building
Getty Images

After that the government will have have to set up elections for the new mayors.

The new mayors won't take any powers away from either the county, district or unitary councils covered, but will take strategic powers from central government.

The new deal promises:

  • A single pot of £25m a year of new money for the next 30 years (£750m) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs.
  • About a £100m, over five years, of new money to support the building of new homes across Norfolk and Suffolk
  • An extra £30m over five years for Norwich and Ipswich housing in recognition of their greater housing needs
  • A guaranteed £225m transport budget for the next four years 
  • Control of an existing £20m a year adult skills to meet business training needs
  • Greater control over who delivers transport services in Norfolk and Suffolk, and how they are delivered.

Busy day at Ipswich Hospital, tweets chief executive Nick Hulme

Devolution in the East to go ahead

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Councils in East Anglia have decided to proceed with plans for regional devolution despite four councils in Norfolk rejecting the plans.

Devolution document

I understand that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils have decided that there is "enough critical mass" to proceed with the plans and "an enthusiasm on the part of most people to proceed". 

The county councils will launch a statutory consultation next week and it's understood that next week the government will start the legislative process to hold elections for directly elected mayors in Norfolk and Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Breckland, Norwich, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth councils have rejected the plans but the other authorities have decided to proceed without them and hope that they may decide to join the process later on. 

Norfolk and Suffolk devolution plan 'set to go ahead'

Plans for devolution and an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk are set to go ahead, BBC East's political correspondent Andrew Sinclair tweets:

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View more on twitter

Battle of the Somme: Live page of national commemorations

If you'd like to read more about the Battle of the Somme commemorations going on across the UK today, the BBC is running a special live page reflecting events.

You can find it here.

Screenshot of Battle of the Somme live page

Picture: The Somme battlefield today

As we mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, take a look at this stunning photograph of the battlefield by Nick Stone, of Norwich.

It shows "Sausage Valley", so-called because of a German lookout balloon that used to watch it. "The other side of the road is called Mash Valley," he says.

Sausage Valley battlefield
Nick Stone / Invisible Works All Rights Reserved

The shot was taken from Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle and looks across the area the 34th Division advanced on 1 July 1916.

It included the 11th Service Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, of whom 190 men were killed and 337 injured. The regiment was raised in Cambridge.

You can see more of Nick's photographs and read his writing on his Invisible Works blog.

Haverhill remembers those who fell in battle

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

People have gathered in Haverhill to remember the 22 men from the town who fell in the Battle of the Somme, which began 100 years ago today.

Whistles blew at Haverhill War Memorial in, Haverhill Cemetery at 07:30, a century on from the moment the same sound was heard along the Western Front to signal for the troops to "go over the top".

  The names of each of the 22 men from the town who were lost were read out as part of the service.                                        

Haverhill remembers the 22 men who fell at the Battle of the Somme

The Somme: Remembering 11th Suffolks

The Battle of the Somme: Remembering 11th Suffolks
On 1 July 1916, the 800 men of 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment, left the safety of their camp and prepared to advance on German positions.

On the first day of battle, 200 of them lost their lives and a further 500 were injured.

Many of the men came from Cambridgeshire and some of those who died were buried at La Boisselle.

Cricket: Suffolk's new signing 'hungry to perform'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk coach Andy Northcote has hailed the arrival of former Essex bowler Matt Salisbury ahead of Sunday's Minor Counties match against Cambridgeshire at Copdock.

Matt Salisbury
Getty Images

“We feel that he will complement our side well, add that little bit of firepower we need, and help the younger guys in the squad develop over the three days," he said.

“Matt is out of the county scene at the minute and hopefully a couple of good performances here will kick-start interest from the circuit. He is hungry to perform and elated to be involved.”

Watch: Ghosts from the Somme in Ipswich

Ipswich Town: Webster up for the challenge

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's new signing Adam Webster (pictured left) believes he's ready to play Championship football after joining the club from Portsmouth.

Adam Webster
Getty Images

"It's a step up from League Two in every sense, but it's a challenge I wanted to take and something I feel I'm ready for," Webster told the club's Ipswich Player HD service.  

"I just want to hit the ground running and do as well as I can to impress the gaffer. I'm looking forward to the new season and my future at Ipswich now."  

Ipswich Town: New signing already feeling at home

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Recent arrival Adam Webster (pictured right) says he's enjoying life at Portman Road and is keen to impress his new boss Mick McCarthy.

Adam Webster
Getty Images

The former Portsmouth defender told the club's Ipswich Player HD service: “I’ve settled in well with the lads and everyone has been working hard since we returned for pre-season.”

"My aims are just to get myself fully fit really and have a good pre-season."

Cricket: Salisbury to make Suffolk debut

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Matt Salisbury (pictured) will make his first appearance for Suffolk when they play Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship at Copdock on Sunday.

Matt Salisbury
Getty Images

The 23-year-old former Essex bowler is one of three changes to the side that lost to Northumberland last week.

Dom Manthorpe and Sam Webb-Snowling have also been drafted in, with Mark Nunn, Nathan Poole and Adam Mansfield all ruled out.

Firefighters rescue teenager and get her to the ball

Diss Express

Here's the front page of the Diss Express:

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

The Battle of the Somme - how it unfolded


  • Began on 1 July 1916 and was fought along a 15-mile front near the River Somme in northern France
  • 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day - the bloodiest day in the history of the British army
  • The British captured just three square miles of territory on the first day
  • At the end of hostilities, five months later, the British had advanced just seven miles and failed to break the German defence
  • In total, there were more than a million dead and wounded on all sides, including 420,000 British, about 200,000 from France and an estimated 465,000 from Germany

The Battle of the Somme
Getty Images

Remembering those who fell

Today's weather: Becoming brighter

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A year ago today was one of the hottest days of the year but that won't be the case today.

It will be cloudy and damp to begin with but any early rain will clear to leave a mostly dry and bright day - but still with the chance of a shower.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

The Somme remembered

Battle of the Somme: Events mark 100th anniversary


Commemorations are being held across the UK and in France today to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Last night, the Queen laid flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, at the beginning of an overnight vigil.  

The Queen lays flowers at the grave of the unknown soldier

Welcome to Local Live for Suffolk

Good morning and welcome to the live page for Suffolk, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

Today, 1 July, is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme and as commemoration events take place across the UK and France, we're looking at what's happening locally.