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  1. Updates for Friday, 8 July 2016
  2. Ipswich Town lose court case against Suffolk Police
  3. Jury retires to consider verdict at school sex abuse trial
  4. Civil servants at USAF bases told of redundancy pot
  5. Region's main heart hospital told to stop some treatments
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from the Suffolk Live team for today - our main story has been the ruling by a High Court judge that Suffolk Constabulary is entitled to recover £200,000 in costs from Ipswich Town Football Club.

The club, which had argued that it should not have to pay for policing outside the ground on Portman Road, is applying to the Court of Appeal to grant the hearing of an appeal.

Scroll down to read more on this, and other stories making the news in Suffolk today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Teenager admits possessing cocaine with intent to supply in Lowestoft

A 16-year-old boy from south-east London has pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply, after being arrested in Lowestoft on Tuesday.

Two police officers on patrol in the Bevan Street West area noticed what appeared to be drug-dealing taking place, and detained the teenager a short time later.

He appeared before Norwich Magistrates on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty, and is due to be sentenced at Bromley Magistrates Court on 3 August.

Weather: Tonight clear spells and patchy cloud... Tomorrow rain

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry through this evening with a mixture of clear spells and patchy cloud. 

Mainly light west to southwesterly winds with lows of 12-14C (mid-50sF).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards across the region through the morning, clearing in eastern areas around midday leaving most places dry and a little brighter.

Feeling humid with highs of 23-25C (mid-70sF).

For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Why is Akenfield so special?

The digitally remastered Akenfield, which is headlining a programme of films of rural Suffolk to be screened at Jimmy's Farm this weekend, was the first British film to open the BFI London Film Festival, and 14 million watched it on television when it was broadcast in January 1975.

Scene from Akenfield
Rex Pyke

Filmed in and around Charsfield in 1974, it featured local people acting out the stories of three generations of one family under the direction of Sir Peter Hall.

It was based on a short script written by Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village.  

It will be released on DVD and Blue-ray by the British Film Institute on 25 July. 

Restored Akenfield film to be screened at Jimmy's Farm

The much-loved feature film Akenfield has been restored, and is being shown at screenings at Jimmy's Farm near Ipswich this weekend.

Rex Pyke

Directed by Sir Peter Hall in 1974, Akenfield was one of the first British films to be part-financed by television and cinema.   

The digital remastering has been the work of the BFI National Archive in conjunction with the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA).    

Town’s primary school works up to good Ofsted

Suffolk Free Press

A Hadleigh primary school has turned around a ‘requires improvement’ rating from Ofsted to ‘good’.

Travel: Fuel spillage closes one lane of A12 northbound at J30

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A12 northbound between J30 (B1029 Stratford St Mary) and J32a (Capel St Mary) because of a fuel spillage.

Brexit vote blamed for delay in revealing region's new rail provider

A rail campaign group has said the delay in revealing who will win the next rail franchise for East Anglia is down to the Brexit vote. 

Abellio train

Peter Wakefield, from the group Rail Future, said: "The bids are all made on the basis of a premium that they will have to pay eventually back to the government.

"These premiums are based on the fact that there's going to be growth and the referendum result now has probably changed that in the minds of many financiers so they've had to go back to the drawing board I would imagine."

Jury sent home in Gerard Singer trial

The jury in the trial of Gerard Singer, who denies abusing nine former pupils at a private boarding school, has been sent home for the weekend from Ipswich Crown Court. 

The offences were alleged to have taken place between 1978 and 1981 at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk and then Great Finborough in Suffolk.

The jury is due to resume its deliberations on 28 charges on Monday morning.

Man arrested following Haverhill fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, following a house fire in Haverhill.

The 55-year-old has been taken to the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

Bury PIC

Police were contacted by the fire service at about 20:45 yesterday, reporting that the fire on Eastern Avenue was believed to be suspicious.

A man was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital with minor burns and was discharged in the early hours of this morning.

Man's body found at Trimley St Mary

The body of a man has been found not far from Cordys Lane on the Trimley Marshes nature reserve.

Police are treating the death as unexplained, however there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

The man was found by a member of the public at about 13:15.

Local sides find out the opposition in cup competitions

A number of our local football sides will have been finding out who they face in the early rounds of the cup competitions this afternoon.

Haverhill Rovers won't have to travel far, as they've been drawn against Haverhill Borough FC:   

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Katy Sealy not put off by Zika virus

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

With Suffolk’s Katy Sealy competing in the Rio Olympics this summer, she could be forgiven for having concerns about the Zika virus that has led to a number of high profile athletes pulling out of the games.

Katy Sealy
Katy Sealy

However, the 25-year-old, who will represent Belize, has refused to be put off.

She said: “I'm going no matter what. I'll take my bug spray and I'll be completely sensible and safe in what I do. 

"I think it’s a shame some of the top athletes are pulling out and not competing in what is the biggest games.”  

Suffolk athlete Katy Sealy off to Rio

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Bawdsey's Katy Sealy will be representing Belize at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

Normally a heptathlete, Sealy has been selected to take part in the 100m hurdles.

Katy Sealy
Katy Sealy

She said: "It’s not one of my stronger events, but it’s not a weaker event. So I’ve got a lot of room for improvement and I’m working very hard on that at the moment, literally everything I’m doing at the moment is hurdles.

"The aim is to go out there, run a personal best and enjoy it."

Witches riders defend Premier League Pairs title

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

The Ipswich Witches partnership of Nico Covatti (pictured) and Morten Risager will look to defend the Premier League Pairs speedway title at Somerset this evening.

Nico Covatti

Last year Danny King and Rohan Tungate won the meeting for Ipswich, but with Tungate no longer at the club and King competing in Cardiff this weekend, Covatti and Risager will take their place.

Risager told the BBC he doesn't expect an easy ride: "It's going to be difficult, pairs is always difficult. 

"There's a lot of strong heat leaders in the Premier League and at the end of the day it's who's best on the night."

Police reaction to High Court victory over Ipswich Town

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back now to the story we brought you earlier - the ruling by a High Court judge that Suffolk Constabulary is entitled to recover a £200,000 in costs from Ipswich Town.

The club had argued that it should not have to pay for the part of the bill which covers policing outside the ground on Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way.

Suffolk Police issued a statement: “The judgement has acknowledged that policing football matches at Portman Road is something which needs to be paid for fairly and sensibly with appropriate policing costs being recovered.

Ipswich Town v Norwich City

"We will continue to work with the Safety Advisory Group to provide advice and allow the chair to determine how the club meets it obligation to achieve a Safety Certificate. 

"We will vigorously defend any appeal, on behalf of the Suffolk tax payer.”

Balance of power at county council remains unchanged

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A by-election seat which could have upset the balance at Suffolk County Council has remained Conservative. 

Suffolk County Council hq

If the Carlford seat, which covers part of Mid-Suffolk, had gone to any another party it would have meant the Conservatives would no longer have had a majority if all the other parties voted against them. 

The seat was won by Robin Vickery. It became vacant after the death of Peter Bellfield. 

Fires in Ipswich and Haverhill treated as suspicious

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Two fires in the county are being treated as suspicious.

The first was just before 18:00 yesterday when fire crews were called to Woodbridge Road in Ipswich where the front door to a flat was on fire in the lobby area.

The second was two hours later in Eastern Avenue in Haverhill where crews found a flat well alight. 

A man in his forties needed hospital treatment for minor burns to his hands and face.

The area around the property has been sealed off for police investigation.

Appeal for help to trace Felixstowe man

Police are appealing for help to trace a Felixstowe man who went missing yesterday afternoon.

Michael Flatman
Suffolk Police

Michael Flatman, 55, was reported missing at about 18:40. It's thought he left his home some time after 14:30.

There are concerns for his well-being as he left personal items, including his phone, at his address.

Cost of policing Ipswich Town matches

The £200,000 claimed by Ipswich Town from Suffolk Constabulary for policing on the public highway for matches between 2008 and 2013 is a small part of the total bill the club gets.

Ipswich Town
Getty Images

The figures below show the sums paid by the club to Suffolk Police per season:

  • 2008/09 - £218,570
  • 2009/10 - £178,017
  • 2010/11 - £231,694
  • 2011/12 - £184,516
  • 2012/13 - £103,742
  • 2013/14 - £196,597
  • 2014/15 - £195,537

The costs can vary depending on which teams visit Portman Road that season - and whether their supporters are deemed to pose a higher threat to public order.

Suffolk Police said the cost of policing matches is actually somewhat higher, but precise figures could not be put on the extra amounts:  

Ipswich Town to appeal against High Court defeat to police

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Ipswich Town FC is to appeal against the High Court judgement which ruled it had to pay £200,000 to Suffolk Police for the costs of patrolling parts of Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way on matchdays.

Its statement said: "The club has sought permission from the court to appeal the decision and this has been approved and as a consequence we are now applying to the Court of Appeal to grant the hearing of an appeal. 

"We will not be making any further comment on the matter in view of that pending appeal against the High Court's decision."

Phil Ham outside Portman Road

Ipswich Town High Court case: More detail on the sums involved

Ipswich Town had claimed more than £200,000 from Suffolk Constabulary, relating to policing between 2008 and 2013.

Portman Road, 2009

But the force countered with a claim that the club owed it £96,000 in unpaid invoices for the policing of the public highway on Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way, where the roads are closed to traffic and the gates and turnstiles are.

The case comes three years after West Yorkshire Police lost its appeal over payment for policing at Leeds United's Elland Road ground.

Ipswich Town 'disappointed' with High Court decision on policing charges

Ipswich Town have issued a statement in which they say:

“The Club, having considered the Court’s judgment in detail with our lawyers and other interested parties, is disappointed with the decision.

“It should be noted the Suffolk Police have admitted that they did overcharge the club for policing services prior to August 2011."

Ipswich Town v Norwich City, Portman Road

Police entitled to recover costs of patrolling outside Portman Road, says judge

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A High Court judge has ruled that Suffolk Constabulary is entitled to recover the costs of policing outside Ipswich Town's ground on matchdays.

Portman Road

The club had claimed it was unlawful for the police to charge for ordinary policing on the public highway, and it was not entitled to charge for the provision of "special police services" on these occasions.

Mr Justice Green said the services provided by the police within the traffic control order area amounted to special police services and they were entitled to impose charges.

We'll bring you reaction from Ipswich Town later...

Teacher's sexual abuse trial: Jury considers verdicts

The jury in the trial of Gerard Singer is now considering its verdicts on the 28 charges faced by the former teacher.

Mr Singer, 69, who most recently lived in north east France, denies abusing nine former pupils at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, and Great Finborough in Suffolk, between 1978 and 1981.

Ipswich Crown Court

BreakingIpswich Town lose High Court claim over policing costs

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Town has lost a High Court claim over who should pay for policing outside its Portman Road stadium on match days.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

When is a mayor's wife not a mayoress?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Mayor of Stowmarket says he's "flabbergasted" by the lack of compromise, after a debate during a council meeting over whether he should be able to call his wife the "mayoress". 

In Stowmarket Town Council's handbook, the supporter or companion of the mayor is referred to as a consort.

Stowmarket Town Council HQ

As reported in the East Anglian Daily Times, Barry Humphries wanted to include a words such as "mayoress", "escort" and "companion" into that handbook to allow people to use whatever term they feel comfortable with.

Mr Humphries said: "All we were seeking was compromise. It's not about status, it's nothing to do with that. It's to do with the fact that in the English language, the wife of a mayor is known as a mayoress.

"Everywhere we go my wife is referred to as the mayoress because it's what people understand."

Travel: Collision blocks Landseer Road in Ipswich

BBC Travel

Landseer Road in Ipswich is blocked between Gloucester Road and Rands Way because of a collision.

Police seek any info, no matter how 'insignificant', about amputation car

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The silver Ford Focus with a 2006 number plate, which is being sought by Cambridgeshire Police, failed to stop following a collision on Dullingham Road, Newmarket, at about 22:55 on 1 July.

Shaun Whiter
David Lee

Shaun Whiter (pictured) had both legs amputated below the knee following the crash, and his friend Joey Abbs received serious injuries.

PC Ash Bennett said: "We would like to appeal for witnesses to this tragic and heinous incident.

"Anyone who is aware of any damaged vehicles matching the description of the Ford Focus involved, or any other information, no matter how insignificant, is asked to get in touch."

Police confirm details of car sought after 'tragic and heinous' hit-and-run

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police has confirmed the make and model of the car it is searching for following the hit-and-run crash near Newmarket a week ago that led to 27-year-old Shaun Whiter having both legs amputated.

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Anyone with any more information should contact the force.

Narrow victory for Ipswich Witches at Foxhall

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

The Ipswich Witches narrowly beat Rye House Rockets 48-45 at Foxhall last night. Danny King was the star performer for the Witches as he was paid for a maximum.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

King, who is the British Champion, said: "[It was] a bit close for comfort really, we seemed to be having a nice little lead and then all of a sudden they drew it back.

"At one point I thought we've seen this scenario before where they pull it back, but we managed to hold on."

Papworth Hospital 'disappointed with decision'

Papworth Hospital has released a statement regarding changes being ordered by NHS England.

It says: "We are disappointed with the decision as we believe that the congenital heart disease services provided at Papworth are of the highest clinical-quality and safety.

Exterior of Papworth Hospital

"However we understand and support NHS England's overall approach to consolidating specialist cardiac services throughout the country."

The hospital is one of five that have been told to stop providing some forms of complex care.  

Judge due to finish summing up at teacher's sexual abuse trial

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Judge Martyn Levett is due to finish summing up in the trial of Gerard Singer at Ipswich Crown Court.

Ipswich Crown Court

Mr Singer denies abusing nine former pupils at St George's School, which was first based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then Great Finborough in Suffolk, between 1978 and 1981.

Papworth heart treatment changes

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The services affected at Papworth Hospital are those in its Level 2 centre which deals with congenital heart disease.

The hospital will not be allowed to treat adults with conditions they've had since birth.

The changes being ordered by NHS England would not affect other heart services at the Cambridgeshire hospital, which is one of the country's largest centres for heart and chest treatment.

We'll have more on this throughout the day.

Papworth told it must stop some types of complex heart disease treatments

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The eastern region's main heart hospital - Papworth in Cambridgeshire - is one of five hospitals that have been told by NHS bosses to stop providing some forms of complex medical care

It includes procedures such as widening arteries and repairing holes in the heart.


NHS England has announced which trusts are not meeting standards and need to close some services.

Surgery will stop at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust in London.

'Why we ought to thank our migrants' - MP

Ipswich Star

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

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Civil servants at MoD bases

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The British government leases the three RAF bases at Mildenhall, Alconbury (pictured) and Molesworth to the United States Air Force, which last year announced it would be withdrawing from them in the near future.

RAF Alconbury

About 470 civil servants are employed by the UK Ministry of Defence across the three sites in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Mark Lancaster, defence minister, said: "I can advise you that Her Majesty's Treasury has agreed a contingent liability [redundancy fund] of up to £6m."

Package for civil servants facing redundancy from USAF bases

Up to £6m is to be made available for civil servants facing redundancy due to the United States Air Force's withdrawal from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk (pictured), and RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire.

RAF Mildenhall
Mike Page

The three bases are scheduled to close although defence minister Mark Lancaster said US plans are "not yet sufficiently mature to say definitively" when this will occur.

He added: "While staff will be supported in seeking to secure alternative employment in the civil service it is likely that some civil servants will be made redundant.

"The responsibility for the provision of redundancy payments is split between the UK and the US."