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Summary

  1. Man linked to Weybread murders told extradition will be upheld
  2. Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, has three days to appeal
  3. Acton man jailed for his part in 'drug ambulance' smuggling plot
  4. Coastguards urge people not to play on Lowestoft rocks
  5. Updates for Monday, 4 July 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

A man from Acton, near Sudbury, has received an 11-year jail sentence for his part in an operation which has seen six men jailed for a total of 94 years, after smuggling drugs from Holland to the UK in fake ambulances.

Police believe at least 45 journeys were made, involving drugs with an estimated street value of £1.6bn.

Scroll down to get more on this, and the other stories making the news today.

Interior of ambulance
National Crime Agency

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

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Cloud will thicken with a risk of some light rain

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening cloud will continue to thicken from the south-west and may produce an odd spot of rain. 

Tonight the risk of some light rain or drizzle continues and it’ll be warm with temperatures falling to about 14C (57F).       

Overnight weather map
BBC

The last of any rain and drizzle should quickly clear Tuesday morning to leave a largely fine and dry day with some spells of sunshine. 

It won’t feel as muggy as today with the winds becoming moderate north-westerly and temperatures reaching 21C (70F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Stewart travels with squad to Ireland

TWTD.co.uk

Out-of-favour winger Cameron Stewart was included in the Town squad which flew out to Ireland for the annual training camp at the Carton House Hotel in Co Kildare this morning, TWTD understands.

Upper Orwell Crossing 'safe from Brexit downturn'

IpswichSpy.com

Proposals to bridge the River Orwell across the end of the Wet Dock Island will not be put at risk by any downturn in the economy, insisted the senior county councillor responsible for the project as it was put out for consultation.  

Cancer Research 'marshmallow hope fields' on farm

Bales resembling giant "marshmallows" are being created at a west Suffolk farm to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  

Pink bales
Kate Mitcham-Henry

Katie Mitcham-Henry has covered the bales in protective pink wrap at Heath Farm, near Bury St Edmunds. She has asked people to donate in the name of a loved one affected by cancer.

Mrs Mitcham-Henry, who co-owns the farm in Hessett, lost her mother to cancer in 1988, when she was 11.  

She said: "I can't run for toffee or do a triathlon and I can't climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but what I can do is build a farm and look after animals," she said.

Drugs worth £8m found in Acton

A man from Suffolk has been jailed for 11 years for his part in a "truly colossal" illegal drugs operation.

Cocaine and heroin worth £8m were found at Richard Clarke's home in Tots Gardens, Acton near Sudbury.

Part of the drugs haul
National Crime Agency

Brent Lyon, from the National Crime Agency, which led the operation to catch the smugglers said their jailing has "disrupted" organised crime groups in the UK.

"This was an audacious plot by organised criminals who were driven by profit and who went to extreme lengths to avoid law enforcement attention," he said.

Clarke was one of six drug smugglers jailed for a total of 94 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Man appears in court accused of wife's murder

A 61-year-old man has appeared at Ipswich Crown Court accused of murdering his wife.

Shaun Ryan, from Gosford Way, Felixstowe, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jean Ryan, 67, in April. A post-mortem examination found she died from a stab wound.

The trial is scheduled to take place at the same court, starting at the end of November.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

Acton man jailed for his part in 'drug ambulance' smuggling plot

Six men, including one man from Acton near Sudbury, have been jailed for distributing drugs imported in specially modified ambulances.

Seized ambulance
NCA/PA Wire

Richard Clarke, 36, from Tots Gardens, Acton was jailed for 11 years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the quantities of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy involved were "truly colossal".

The drugs were hidden in secret compartments sealed with riveted panels inside Dutch ambulances entering the UK by ferry ports.

Your pictures: Sunshine across Suffolk

BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of the Suffolk sunshine today... here's a selection of images from around the county.

Weather Watcher: Harleston
BBC
Weather Watcher: Mildenhall
BBC
Weather Watcher: Tree at Bealings
BBC

Cloud will increase later, but remaining dry until after dark and feeling warm or muggy in sunshine and light winds. Maximum temperature: 22 Deg C (72 Deg F).

Former Newmarket Town footballer has double leg amputation

Luxembourg court building where Ali Qazimaj appeared earlier today

This is the District Court building in Luxembourg where Weybread murder suspect Ali Qazimaj appeared for an extradition hearing earlier today.

District court Luxembourg
BBC

Weybread murder investigation: A timeline of events

It was on 3 June that Sylvia and Peter Stuart (pictured below) 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
  • 6 June: Ali Qazimaj from Essex named as a suspect. 
  • 17 June: Police arrest Ali Qazimaj in Luxembourg
Peter Stuart
Diss Express
Sylvia Stuart
Diss Express

Suspect has three days to appeal Luxembourg extradition

Ali Qazimaj, 42, has three days to appeal against his extradition to the UK.

That appeal would then be heard by the Court of Appeal, a spokesman for the Court of Justice in Luxembourg said.

The court would have to make a decision on this within 20 days, and if they uphold today's decision, Mr Qazimaj would be deported within 10 days.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Ali Qazimaj's extradition heard by Luxembourg court

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man arrested as part of an investigation into the murder of a couple from Weybread has been told his extradition to the UK would be upheld.

Ali Qazimaj, from Tilbury, Essex, was arrested in Luxembourg over the deaths of Sylvia and Peter Stuart.

Mr Stuart, 75, was found dead near their home in Weybread, on 3 June. Mrs Stuart is yet to be found.

Mr Qazimaj's appered before a district court sitting in chambers in Luxembourg.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

BreakingWeybread murder suspect's extradition appearance in Luxembourg

An Essex man arrested in connection with the murders of a Suffolk couple has been told by a court that his extradition to the UK will be upheld.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

RAF Lakenheath celebrates Independence Day

Coming out of special measures has taken 'a lot of effort'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Earlier we mentioned that Ipswich's Chantry Academy has come out of special measures - the principal has told us there isn't a single part of the school that hasn't been changed following an inspection in December 2014 by the education watchdog Ofsted.

Chantry Academy
BBC

Craig D'Cunha said: "That's taken a lot of effort and a lot of determination and a lot of faith by the people of the community of Chantry and the faith of the staff and the students that we're doing the right thing."

The latest inspection, which took place last month, rated the school as "requiring improvement".

Nigel Farage has been 'absolutely fantastic' says UKIP candidate for PCC

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The UK Independence Party candidate in Suffolk's recent election for Police and Crime Commissioner has praised Nigel Farage, who has stood down as leader of the party.

Simon Tobin
BBC

Simon Tobin, who described Mr Farage as "absolutely fantastic", said what they're looking for now is a leader to take them forward on a "softer stance" so that people can say "this party is really working for us".

He added they needed a Nigel Farage "to smash through things that were continually being put up and I think it's a good time now for us to find a good leader."

Greater Anglia do their bit for Lowestoft's Turtle Trail

I hope they didn't have to "shell out" too much for their tickets.

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Optometrist trial postponed

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

I've been at Ipswich Crown Court this morning, where the prosecutor in the trial of Honey Rose, an optometrist charged with manslaughter by gross negligence, relating to the death of eight-year-old Vincent Barker in 2012, has said he's unlikely to begin outlining his case until tomorrow.

Ixworth driver finishes in fourth place in national hot rod world championships

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ixworth's Danny Fiske was the highest placed Suffolk driver in yesterday's national hot rod world championships at Foxhall Stadium.

Foxhall Stadium
BBC

After qualifying 25th, he produced the drive of the day to end in fourth

He said: "It was a hard race and I just tried to keep the wheels straight and plough on through. I think if I had done better in qualifying I think I might have had a better chance, but I am really happy with fourth."

Northern Ireland's Adam Maxwell became the new world champion after winning the final.

Disappointing weekend for Ipswich Witches

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Turning to sport - and it was a disappointing weekend for Ipswich Speedway fans after the Witches were beaten at the Premier League's basement club Scunthorpe.

James Sarjeant
Stephen Waller

The Scorpions won by 53 points to 37 with a number of Witches riders below par in north Lincolnshire.

James Sarjeant (pictured) was paid for nine points and both Joe Jacobs and Ben Barker were paid for seven.

Trial of optometrist charged with manslaughter to begin

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The trial of an optometrist, charged with manslaughter by gross negligence relating to the death of an eight-year-old Ipswich boy, is due to start at the town's crown court today.

Exterior view of Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

The trial of Honey Rose, is expected to last for approximately three weeks.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died on 13 July 2012.

Summer safety: Coastguards urge people not to play on the rocks at Lowestoft

Chantry Academy lifted out of special measures

Ipswich Star

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

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Ipswich Music Day: From Glastonbury to Christchurch Park

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk

Among the acts at the 25th Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park yesterday were J.S & The Lockerbillies, fresh from their Glastonbury debut.

Ipswich Music Day
BBC

Fexlistowe-based Frontman Josh Locke said it was "incredible" to be on stage, and described the audience as a "lovely, lovely bunch of people".

He added: "You can put so much energy into a show and people will sit there and not enjoy it - that was the complete opposite today, everybody was just bouncing off us and it was fantastic."

Monday's weather: Sunny spells, but cloud increasing later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A bright or sunny day with variable cloud. This cloud will increase later, but remaining dry until after dark. Feeling warm or muggy in sunshine and light winds. 

Top temperature: 22C (72F).

Kate Kinsella has the outlook for the East of England on Monday, 4 July 2016.

Rain is expected to arrive after dark, and it will feel muggy overnight, with a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

What happens when a European Arrest Warrant is issued?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

An Ipswich solicitor says European Arrest Warrants "speed up" the process of extraditing suspects from other countries.

Map of UK and Europe showing Weybread and Luxembourg
BBC

Anthony Wooding, from Kersey Solicitors, says the idea is to have "mutual recognition of criminal justice systems" and is part of the extradition process, adding that it's a "much more streamlined system" and means "people can be brought over here in quite a short space of time if appeals are not successful."

Mr Wooding was speaking on the day that Ali Qazimaj, a key suspect in the Weybread murders, is due to have his appeal against extradition heard in Luxembourg.

Weybread murder suspect to appear before Luxembourg court

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

An Essex man wanted in connection with the murder of a couple from Suffolk will appear in court in Luxembourg today.

Ali Qazimaj, from Thurrock, was arrested last month following the discovery of the body of Peter Stuart near his home in Weybread on 3 June.

Police, who originally extended the areas where they were searching for Mr Stuart's wife Sylvia, to areas between Suffolk and Essex, have admitted they're unlikely to find her alive.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Welcome to a new week on Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning. 

Today we'll be following events in Luxembourg where Ali Qazimaj, who police have named as a key suspect in the deaths of Sylvia and Peter Stuart from Weybread, is expected to appear in court in the latest stage of a process to extradite him to the UK.

Mr Qazimaj, who was arrested after a European Arrest Warrant was issued, will find out today if the court is going to validate an extradition application made by Suffolk Police.

A judgement is expected during the day.