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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

Man's best friend brings our Wednesday live coverage to an end

"A policeman's lot is not a happy one" - according to Gilbert and Sullivan's opera The Pirates of Penzance - but Trainee Police Dog Neeko and his more experience pal Police Dog Breeze don't seem to agree.

We wanted to share Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit's gorgeous video of these two crime-fighters enjoying some serious down-time in the sunshine.

Let's all just kick back for a moment... and we'll bring you more live news updates tomorrow from 08:00.

Have a good evening.

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MP told to give up pasta and potatoes to prepare for Newmarket Town Plate race

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has taken up horse racing and lost a stone in weight to take part in the 350th anniversary of the Newmarket Town Plate tomorrow. 

He received advice from jockey Frankie Dettori, who told him to give up pasta, potatoes and bread to lose enough weight, and to "get into rhythm with the horse".

Mr Hancock told the BBC's Andrew Sinclair: "Before I became the MP for here I had never been on a racehorse."

He will compete against 15 other amateur jockeys.

MP Matthew Hancock to take part in historic Newmarket Plate race

Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be dry with spells of hazy sunshine, and it'll remain so overnight, with some dry and clear intervals. The minimum temperature will be 13C (55F).

Tomorrow will be a mainly dry day, but rather cloudy with the chance of some patchy drizzle later. Maximum temperature 21C (69F).

Weather graphic

Josh Webster to race at British Grand Prix meeting

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Porsche Carrera Cup champion Josh Webster will race at Silverstone this weekend at the British Grand Prix meeting.

Josh Webster is interviewed

The 22-year-old from Stowmarket has been invited to drive one of the Project 1 Team's cars in the Porsche Supercup race, which is scheduled for Sunday morning.

"The British Grand Prix is the biggest event on the UK calendar and I am so proud to be racing in front of the amazing fans who make it an unforgettable experience," Webster said. "I can't wait!"

Hume to make Witches debut as Greenwood quits

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Teenager Danyon Hume will make his home debut for the Ipswich Witches tomorrow against Rye House at Foxhall.

Ipswich riders in the pits

Hume, 19, is a Witches asset, and has been brought into the team following the announcement that Oliie Greenwood is taking time out from the sport.

Mark Kermode says hello to... Ken Loach

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Mark Kermode has been added to the bill for next week's Latitude Festival, where he will be on stage chatting to director Ken Loach.

Mark Kermode
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The film reviewer was in Suffolk for the 2007 festival and will be returning to ask Loach about his life's work and the documentary Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach.

Nick Hopkins, Shappi Khorsandi and Paul Bede Johnson have also been added to the line-up.

Ipswich's U21 boss leaves for Manchester City

Bury Town announce pre-season friendly with AFC Sudbury

Bury Free Press

Bury Town have announced a pre-season friendly with neighbours AFC Sudbury as part of their preparations for the 2016-17 campaign.

Bury footballers
Bury Free Press

Bishop 'delighted' over Suffolk churches' grants

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: "I’m absolutely delighted that 12 of our churches in Suffolk have attracted grants from the government’s roof repair fund, totaling more than £460,000.

"This money will make a huge difference to worshippers at the successful churches across Suffolk who work so hard to raise funds, often with fantastic local support and fundraising events, supported by the communities they serve.

Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Diocese of St Edmundsbury

"There were 42 applications from Parochial Church Councils in this diocese so while we can celebrate the 12 successful applications there are 30 disappointed PCCs."

Suffolk churches benefit from £500,000 repair grant

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Nearly £500,000 has been awarded to 12 Suffolk churches from the government's roof repair fund.

One of the churches is St Bartholomew's in Groton, near Sudbury, from which four tonnes of metal was stolen by lead thieves last year.

Groton Church

The actions of the thieves devastated those associated with the church.

Reverend Judith Sweetman said: "It felt like a personal injury to an old friend, really, it was very, very shocking on the morning - with devastation, bits lying on the floor and stuff.

"It's been a shock for the whole community."

Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run brightens Diss Express area

Diss Express

The organiser of a charity tractor road run set to break the £500,000 fundraising milestone says she will keep going in the fight to raise funds to battle cancer.

Annie Chapman
Diss Express

Ipswich pledge support for hit-and-run footballers

Ipswich Town have pledged their support to two footballers who were injured in a hit-and-run crash in Newmarket on Friday.

Newmarket Town's Shaun Whiter had both legs amputated and Soham Town Rangers' Joey Abbs was seriously injured.

Ipswich say a team featuring former players will take on Newmarket Town in a benefit match on 31 July.

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East of England deaths in the Iraq War

About half a million people died in Iraq as a result of war-related causes between the US-led invasion in 2003 and mid-2011, an academic study suggested in 2013.

The UK lost 179 servicemen and women during the campaign that followed the invasion of Iraq on 20 March 2003. 

Data pic showing numbers of MoD staff killed in Eastern region

No further action against lorry driver, say police

Police say no further action will be taken against a lorry driver arrested after a crash on the A12 near Copdock yesterday. 

Scene of traffic queuing on A12 after accident

A woman in her 20s was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after the collision involving two lorries and a car.

Council's underspend totals £2.6m

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Suffolk County Council managed to underspend by £2.6m in the last financial year, mainly by spending less in adult social care and public protection.

But the underspend represents just 0.5% of the council's overall budget of nearly £500m.

The council's reserve fund has also gone up by £13m, £10m of which is unallocated.

Suffolk County Council achieves savings target

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Suffolk County Council didn't spend as much money as it thought it would in the past financial year and managed to put considerable amounts into savings.

In papers to the council's cabinet meeting next week, it says the council achieved its required savings of £38m in 2015/16, with cuts to provisions including adult social care, the fire service and libraries. 

It recorded an underspend of £2.6m and its reserve fund was boosted by £13m.

The council says it will need to make a further £34m of savings this year, and £46m in 2017/18.

Endeavour House

Lord Risby 'very much regrets' Iraq action

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Lord Risby says the conflict in Iraq was a mistake, despite having voting in favour of sending troops to the region when he was West Suffolk MP.

Richard Spring

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Chilcot report this morning, Lord Risby said: "This has been an absolute tragedy for our country, for the United States but particularly for the region. 

"I hasten to add that Saddam Hussein was a terrible brute, he did kill people of his own population in a very savage way, but this does not justify what then happened.

"I very much regret it, and I'm absolutely happy to accept that."

Lord Deben: Ian Duncan Smith 'must explain' actions over Iraq war

Sir John Chilcot outlines Iraq findings

Sir John Chilcot has finished outlining his findings on the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War and the lessons to be learned from it.

You can read the full details as the 2.6 million word report is digested.

Sir John Chilcot

Ollie Greenwood calls time on Witches spell

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Staffordshire born speedway rider Ollie Greenwood (left) has become the latest rider to leave Foxhall, after a miserable season to date with the Ipswich Witches.

Ollie Greenwood in action for Ipswich Witches
Steve Waller

The 21-year-old has struggled to find his best form and also had a spell on the sidelines during his time with the club. He will now take a break from the sport.

A club statement has thanked Greenwood for his efforts and indicated that a replacement will be announced soon.

Crowe on trial with Portsmouth

Town’s third-choice keeper Michael Crowe is on trial with League Two Portsmouth at their Irish training camp in Co Meath. The 20-year-old put pen to paper on a new one-year Blues contract with an option for a further season on 1 July. 

Town players

Footballer who lost his legs vows to walk down the aisle

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Shaun Whiter, who had to have both his legs amputated after being hit by a car on Friday, has vowed to "walk down the aisle" next year when he gets married, his cousin says.

Shaun Whiter

Charlotte O'Brien said: "He was in an induced coma. He was only meant to wake up on Tuesday, but he was so fit that he actually woke on Saturday, 24 hours after the accident, and the first thing he said was 'am I still getting married?'

"So obviously Charlotte (his fiancee, Charlotte Way) said 'yes, you try and stop me', so he said, 'well that's my target then, I'll be walking down the aisle'.

Shaun's friend Joey Abbs was also seriously injured. Police are searching for the driver who left the scene without stopping

'We are a forgiving family' says cousin of Newmarket footballer, urging driver to come forward

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The cousin of a footballer who lost both of his legs after a hit-and-run in Newmarket have urged the driver of the car to come forward.

Friends and family are rallying round Shaun Whiter, who stopped to help a friend change a tyre on Friday. A car crashed into him and his friend Joey Abbs, but then drove off, leaving Shaun with injuries that were so severe he had to have both legs amputated. 

Shaun Whiter
David Lee

His cousin Charlotte O'Brien said: "Shaun was left for dead. The doctors have told us they can't believe he's alive. 

"He just can't get his head around the fact that he was left, but we are a forgiving family.

"We totally understand that in some circumstances you may panic and drive away, but just to make things a little bit easier for Shaun's recovery, we'd like the person to come forward."

Bury Town's gesture to footballers injured in hit-and-run

Newmarket Town player Shaun Whiter had to have both of his legs amputated, while Soham Town Rangers' Joey Abbs sustained a "serious" leg injury in the hit-and-run crash.

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Footballer has legs amputated after crash: Police describe car used in hit-and-run

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Police say they are looking for a 10-year-old Ford Focus which is believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run in Newmarket on Friday night, which resulted in a footballer having both legs amputated.

Shaun Whiter
Shaun Whiter

Newmarket Town player Shaun Whiter needed the surgery after he was hit while stopping to help his friend Joey Abbs with a puncture on Dullingham Road. Mr Abbs sustained a "serious" leg injury.

PC Ian Masters said: "Subsequent inquiries have nailed the car down to be a Ford Focus, likely to be registered in the 2006 sort of region."

Chilcot report: Mother of dead soldier says troops 'didn't have the correct equipment'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The mother of soldier Sharron Elliot, who was from Suffolk and was killed in the Iraq war, says she hopes the truth about the conflict will emerge in the Chilcot inquiry report.

One hundred and seventy nine soldiers from the UK were killed in the conflict, including Staff Sgt Elliot, 34, who was the second British servicewoman to die in Iraq. 

She was killed when the patrol boat she was travelling in was hit by an "improvised explosive device" during a patrol along the Shatt al-Arab waterway in Basra. Three others died in the attack.

Sharron Elliot

Her mother Elsie Manning said: "The hope is that the truth will come out. The fear is that those that are responsible won't be held responsible or accountable for their actions for sending our troops out there.

"I know that our kids signed on the dotted line and once they do that they are obliged to go wherever they are sent, which is fine. 

"What we are complaining about is the fact that they didn't have the correct equipment to look after them, they had no chance to defend themselves."

Chilcot: Former airman's hopes for what the report will bring

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Former airman Chris Perrio-Stone, who was part of 15 Squadron Royal Airforce Regiment based at Honington, says he hopes the long-awaited Chilcot report will bring peace for relatives of those fallen in the Iraq conflict. 

Tank in Iraq

He told BBC Suffolk: "I hope that those families are able to see the report but more importantly take the report forward and find justice for their sons and daughters. 

"There is a need for people to stand up and be counted. 

"There is no doubt that this report will show that we did not have the full truth when we crossed the borders into Iraq. 

"There is no doubt that we have not left that country in a better place."

Chilcot report 'must stand up' for relatives of those killed in Iraq

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The importance of the long-awaited Chilcot report on the Iraq War cannot be stressed enough, says one former airman who was involved in the conflict.

Soldiers in action

The UK lost 179 servicemen and women during the campaign that followed the invasion of Iraq on 20 March 2003.  

Chris Perrio-Stone, who was part of 15 Squadron Royal Airforce Regiment based at Honington, told BBC Suffolk: "I came home - my family have me home. There are 179 families out there that don't have that love and affection every day with their relatives.

"And it's for those that this report must stand up, no-one else."

Sir John Chilcot says he hopes his findings will make governments think harder before going to war again. 

Suffolk's cricketers suffer home defeat at Copdock

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Having been in a strong position going into the final day's play at Copdock, Suffolk's cricketers eventually lost their Minor Counties Championship match with Cambridgeshire yesterday.

Ben Smith
Getty Images

The home side added just 10 runs to their overnight score for the loss of their last two wickets to be bowled out for 328, leaving Cambridgeshire a target of 342 to win. 

Former Leicestershire and Worcestershire batsman Ben Smith, who could have signed for Suffolk this season, scored an unbeaten 151 to guide the visitors to victory.

Suffolk captain Tom Huggins said: "Even at 40 odd he is a very good player with a lot of first class experience. I thought he batted exceptionally."

Weather: Dry and sunny today - but cloudy later

BBC Weather

Let's start with the weather, and it will be a mainly dry and sunny morning with light winds. Cloud will develop during the course of the day, but it will remain dry and bright.  

Kate Kinsella has the outlook for the East of England on Wednesday, 6 July 2016.

Welcome to Wednesday

Morning all, and welcome.

On a day when the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq finally emerges, we'll hear from two people whose lives were affected directly by the conflict.

We'll also be bringing you more about the overwhelming response to the footballer who had to have his legs amputated after stopping to help his friend with a puncture.