Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates for Tuesday, 12 July 2016
  2. Man arrested after suspicious death in Rattlesden
  3. Trial of optometrist continues after death of boy
  4. Suffolk MPs back Theresa May's rise to PM
  5. Pokemon fever hits streets of Ipswich
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

We're signing off for the day, but before we go, a reminder of our main stories today:

  • A 73-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the sudden death of a 70-year-old woman in Rattlesden
  • An investigation's taking place following a near-miss at Melton level crossing
  • The trial of an optometrist who denies the manslaughter through gross negligence of an eight-year-old boy has continued at Ipswich Crown Court

Scroll down to read more on these and other stories from across the county.

Tabb Training With Burton Albion

Jay Tabb, 32, left Portman Road at the end of last season after just over three years at Portman Road having initially joined on loan from Reading in March 2013.

The Maccabees 'special' Latitude headline set

Richard Haugh

BBC News

This weekend The Maccabees will headline their first ever UK festival, ten years after the band started.

The Maccabees

They will take to the main stage at Latitude Festival at Henham Park on Friday night.

The band say they won't have any special guests or huge surprises as they want to make it "as pure a Maccabees event" as they can.

Ipswich's McDonnell pens new deal

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Ipswich Town youngster Adam McDonnell has signed a new two-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

Ipswich Town
Getty Images

The 19-year-old midfielder joined Town in 2014 from Shelbourne and made his first-team debut against Doncaster in the League Cup in August 2015.

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 cap played his first Championship game on the final day of 2015-16 against Derby.

How our councils are going to cope with the new £1 coin

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we brought you news that Suffolk Coastal and Waveney councils are going to have to change their pay-and-display parking machines sooner than they'd hoped - because the new £1 coin which comes into circulation next year isn't recognised by the current machines.

New £1 coin
Royal Mint

It made me wonder how our other councils will cope, so I phoned and asked them:

  • Babergh and Mid-Suffolk: “We are aware of the potential issue and are working with the suppliers of our ticket machines to ensure our customers can continue to use our car parks without interruption”
  • St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath: "We have just over 100 car park machines and these are in the process of being upgraded which involves new computer coding at a cost of £58 for each machine"
  • Ipswich: "We are aware of the new coins and will ensure that customers will be able to use the machines"

Travel: Four-vehicle collision blocks A146 at Barnby

BBC Travel

The A146 Beccles Road in Barnby is blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions around Siding Road, because of a collision involving four vehicles.

Regional forecast: Further torrential downpours with drier conditions later

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The risk of heavy and possibly thundery showers continues this evening and there is a yellow warning in place until 22:00 for further torrential downpours and the risk of localised flooding.

Later, the wet weather will be confined to the eastern half of the region, as drier conditions spread from the west. Lows of 9C (48F).    

Overnight weather map

Tomorrow the last of the overnight showery rain should clear to the North Sea, and then it's a mixture of sunshine and showers, which should be lighter and more scattered than today, although an occasional heavier downpour can't be ruled out. Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Lengthy agenda for Cabinet even mentions BBC Suffolk

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

There are quite a few items on the agenda to get through, including a suggestion of letting BBC Suffolk know in advance which roadworks are scheduled.


Business as usual at Endeavour House

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

There may have been lots of twists and turns in politics recently, but here at Endeavour House, the home of Suffolk County Council, it's business as usual as the cabinet gets together for its monthly meeting:

SCC cabinet meeting

Hospital pays tribute to doctor who crashed driving home from work

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has paid tribute to a doctor who died in a head-on collision as he was driving to his Ixworth home after a night shift in August last year. 

An inquest yesterday into his death heard that he'd probably fallen asleep at the wheel.

A hospital spokesman said: "Dr Ronak Patel was a trainee anaesthetist and joined us in February 2015.

"He was a highly regarded and capable doctor and was extremely popular within the department.

"He had recently been working towards his anaesthetic fellowship exams and he had a bright future ahead of him.

"His colleagues have been deeply shocked by this news and he is very much missed. Our thoughts are with his family."

Tomorrow we'll bring you reaction from the British Medical Association to the circumstances surrounding Dr Patel's death.

Investigation under way following sudden death of woman

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man is in custody in Bury St Edmunds Police following the death of a woman at a property in Rattlesden yesterday.

Bury St Edmunds PIC

Police received a call at about 12:03 reporting the sudden death of a 70-year-old woman at her home. 

Officers attended and initially arrested a 73-year-old on suspicion of assisting a suicide.

A short time later, the man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

BreakingMan arrested following sudden death in Rattlesden

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Rattlesden yesterday.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Travel: Drivers warned of surface water on A14 near Ipswich

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned of surface water on the A14 in both directions between J52 (B1113 Claydon) and J 53 (A1156 Whitehouse). Approach with care.

The calm before the storm

We warned you earlier that torrential downpours are possible across the county this afternoon and evening.

So let's enjoy this photograph taken in Troston earlier by BBC Weather Watcher "Symonab".

If you'd like to find out more about being a weather watcher, check out the website.

Weather Watchers pic

Eye specialist's trial hears from expert

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court has been hearing evidence from Professor Bruce Evans, who's an expert on optometry.

He was asked to comment on the defendant Honey Rose's claim (see 11:27 post on this page) that it was down to her discretion how much information she recorded about the examination of eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, who died five months later.

He said that with a young child, an optometrist was often juggling many things adding, "It is slightly unfair for a practitioner to be criticised for not recording findings in the same way."

He agreed with Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, that for an optometrist to fail to properly examine the back of the eye would be a breach of duty.

Asked how much of a breach, he said it fell far below the standard required, but didn't share the view of another expert who had described it as "rock bottom".

The trial has finished for the day and will resume tomorrow morning.

What will the investigation into near-miss at Melton level crossing look at?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Rail Accident Investigation Board, which is looking into a near-miss at the Dock Lane level crossing in Melton on 14 June 2016, says it will identify the sequence of events that led to the incident. It will also consider:

  • The method of authorising vehicles and pedestrians to use the crossing
  • Any factors which may have influenced the signaller's actions, including workload
  • The history of the crossing
  • The suitability of the crossing for the location and usage
  • Any relevant underlying management factors

Notice anything different?

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Christchurch Mansion

I admit to being a bit slow and not noticing this at first, but as you can see Christchurch Mansion has a new look.

A huge piece of artwork has been placed over scaffolding which is in place as part of a £1m restoration project.

Ipswich Borough Council says the cover means the mansion can keep its "beautiful facade" while the work continues.

Events leading up to near-miss at Melton level crossing

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The member of the public who narrowly missed being hit by a train travelling from Lowestoft to Ipswich was the driver of a vehicle waiting to cross the railway.

A passenger in the car had called the signaller, who gave permission for the vehicle to cross.

Melton level crossing

The driver had opened the near side gate and was walking onto the crossing to open the far gate when the passenger, who had heard the approaching train, shouted, prompting the car driver to stop. 

Train 2D81, the 12:07 Lowestoft to Ipswich service, then passed over the crossing, narrowly missing the car driver.  

The car passenger reported the near-miss to the signaller.

Investigation into near-miss at Melton level crossing

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A train travelling from Lowestoft to Ipswich narrowly missed a member of the public who was in the process of opening the vehicle gates at Dock Lane level crossing in Melton, says the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, who are looking into the incident.

Dock Lane crossing
Rail Accident Investigation Branch

There were no injuries, and no damage to either the train or the infrastructure, when the near-miss took place at 13:25 on 14 June.

Dock Lane is a level crossing where the user has to request for the gates to be opened.

It's on a private road near Woodbridge.

Lowestoft Town gearing up for Norwich City test

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town welcome Championship club Norwich City to Crown Meadow tonight for their third pre-season friendly.

Lowestoft Town FC

The match is a testimonial for former Trawler Boys manager Mickey Chapman, who spent more than three decades at the club.

"It'll be nice to play such good opposition and hopefully we'll get a great crowd," said current boss Ady Gallagher. 

"I'm sure all the boys will want to be involved and give a good account of themselves."

What happens next with proposals to unify the way parking infringements are dealt with?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Tim Passmore says while a potential cost of £1m to implement a new parking system has been put forward, almost three quarters of that relates to issues such as ensuring yellow lines are painted properly. 

Double yellow lines

He said: "It's a cost that's got to be borne anyway otherwise people can contest parking tickets whether they're given by the police or wardens."

A business case will be prepared for the next Public Sector Leaders meeting in September and, if agreement is reached, it could still be two years before a new scheme comes into force.

Forecast: Torrential downpours possible this afternoon

BBC Weather

Showers this afternoon could turn heavy and thundery, with some slow-moving torrential downpours possible. Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

This Evening and Tonight: The showers will ease a little but will still continue overnight with some clearer spells in western areas by dawn, but rain continuing on the coast. 

Visit BBC Weather for more detail.

PCC explains why he's in favour of a new system to 'police' parking

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been explaining why he's in favour of a unified approach to dealing with parking infringements across the county.

Cars on double yellow lines

At the moment, parking illegally is effectively a criminal offence in all of the county except in the borough of Ipswich, where it's a civil offence.

Tim Passmore says if Ipswich Borough Council practice was shared across the rest of Suffolk, then all the income generated would stay in the county. Any money currently generated as a result of a criminal offence being committed goes to the Treasury.

Optometrist finishes giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Jonathan Rees QC, for the prosecution, suggested to Honey Rose that she had made an assumption that Vinnie's eyes would be fine.

She replied: "I did all the tests I had to do. I didn't miss anything."

She accepted that if an optometrist failed to properly check the back of the eye, it would be a breach of duty.

But asked by Mr Rees to quantify how much of a breach, she said: "I wouldn't be able to comment on that."

Mrs Rose has now finished giving evidence and the trial continues.

More on burst water main on A1214 in Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We mentioned earlier that one lane is closed on the A1214 in Ipswich, following a burst water main at Chantry Park.

I gave Anglian Water a ring to find out the latest, and they say that while the water main has been repaired, the burst damaged a section of the carriageway and there is currently a lane closure in place.

The spokeswoman added: "We hope to have the road resurfaced and all lanes reopened by tomorrow evening.

"Some customers may be experiencing discoloured water. This is due to a disturbance in iron sediments in the water main and we are carrying out routine flushing of the water main to remove this. 

"Iron in water is harmless and is often short lived."

Optometrist says she's 'sure' she conducted a proper examination

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Asked by prosecutor Jonathan Rees if she is sure she was conducting a proper examination, Honey Rose, 35, from London, replied: "I am sure."

Ms Rose, of Newham in east London, was working as a locum at Boots in Upper Brook Street in Ipswich at the time of the examination.

Vinnie Barker
Barker family

She told the jury that checking Vinnie's eyes with an opthalmoscope was tricky because he closed his eyes to the light and was looking away. So she relied on retinal images, but says she believed she was given the wrong ones to study. 

Mr Rees wanted to know if she had asked Vinnie if the light shone in his eyes caused him distress. She said she couldn't remember, adding "I did my best". 

She was asked whether she felt there had been a need to carry out further tests. No, she said. The findings were within the limits. 

Honey Rose denies the charge. The trial, which began last week, continues.

Optometrist resumes giving evidence at Crown Court

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Optometrist Honey Rose has resumed giving evidence in her ongoing trial where she denies the manslaughter through gross negligence of an eight year-old boy from Ipswich. 

Vinnie Barker died five months after being examined by Mrs Rose in February 2012.

Ipswich Crown Court

During cross examination at Ipswich Crown Court, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC, said records for other patients showed they'd been asked about problems with things like flashing lights and double vision. 

But nothing had been noted for Vinnie. 

Mrs Rose told the jury, "If everything is normal, I don't have to record it. 

"It is up to me. It is the optometrist's discretion."

Ryman League: A new face at AFC Sudbury

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

AFC Sudbury have named Chris Bond as their new head of recruitment and scouting.

Chris Bond
AFC Sudbury

The 25-year-old will work alongside Mike Ford, looking for players to supplement the club's squads and also to provide intelligence on future opposition. 

Bond started his football career at Ipswich Town's Academy before playing for Lincoln City, Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield.

McCarthy: Murph excellent for Ireland at Euros

Town boss Mick McCarthy felt Blues striker Daryl Murphy was excellent in the games he played for the Republic of Ireland at the European Championships in France.

Pokemon seen on the streets of Ipswich

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Over the past few evenings I've looked out of my window to see groups of people standing outside, staring attentively at their phones.

It turns out I live near a Pokemon Gym.

If this means nothing to you, it's hard to know where to start!

Pokemon was a popular video game, TV series and trading card game which started in the mid 1990s. 

With the slogan 'Gotta Catch 'Em All', the cartoon saw a boy called Ash collect little creatures, or Pokemon, and train them to fight against others.

Fast forward a couple of decades and there's much excitement surrounding the release of a new app for smart phones, Pokemon Go, which allows users to catch Pokemon in their local surroundings.

Take, for example, these two guys who were causing mayhem on the streets of Ipswich this morning...

Pokemon Go in Ipswich

Once caught, the Pokemon can be trained and made to battle rivals at designated gyms dotted around real life locations.

The popularity of the app has already caused a frenzy in the media, with numerous reports being written about the health benefits of making gamers get off their sofas, how it's fueling crime sprees and even getting people sacked.

Anyway, if you're out and about playing... be sure to stop by BBC Radio Suffolk, which is a designated Pokestop.

BBC Radio Suffolk Pokestop

McCarthy: Bournemouth boss rules out Fraser loan return

Town boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he made a loan enquiry regarding winger Ryan Fraser but, as he expected, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told him he won't be available. 

Mick's challenge to Cameron

Travel: Burst water main closes one lane of A1214 at Chantry Park in Ipswich

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and the road surface is in a poor condition on the A1214 London Road into Ipswich at Chantry Park, because of a burst water main.

Ipswich Town: Midfielder McDonnell keen to 'kick on'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town teenager Adam McDonnell has set his sights on becoming a regular member of Mick McCarthy's match-day squad.

Adam McDonnell
Ipswich Town FC

The 19-year-old Irishman made his Championship debut on the final day of last season, at Derby, having previously appeared in the League Cup win at Doncaster.

"Last year I was happy to make the bench but this year I want to be playing. I want to kick on now," McDonnell told BBC Suffolk Sport. 

Speedway: Mildenhall's wait for an away win goes on

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers are still looking for their first success on the road since 2014.

Connor Coles
Jeff Higgott

Last night they lost 52-38 at arch rivals Cradley Heathens. 

Connor Coles was the Suffolk side's top scorer, with 13 points.

Jeremy Corbyn is 'a man of his word, a politician of integrity'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A former Labour parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk has described Jeremy Corbyn as "a man of his word" and "a politician of integrity".

Jane Basham

Reacting to Angela Eagle's decision to challenge Mr Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party, Jane Basham said:

  • "I hope (Labour's ruling committee) the NEC do the right thing and make the decision that Jeremy Corbyn can be on the [leadership election] ballot"

Referring to why she supports him:

  • "The membership has doubled since a couple of years ago"

And on a potential early general election:

  • "The party appears to be so disunited I think a snap election wouldn't be good for us at the moment"

Today's weather: Scattered showers and sunny spells

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely dry start with sunny spells. However, showers will develop later in the morning and could turn heavy and thundery in places, with some slow-moving torrential downpours possible.

Top temperature: 20C (68F).

Aisling Creevey has the outlook for the East of England on Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Showers will ease a little but still continue this evening and overnight. Lows of 10C (50F).

Get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Councillor says Theresa May will 'unify the country'

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Despite previously supporting Andrea Leadsom, Conservative county councillor Chris Hudson says he was "very encouraged" by Theresa May's vow to "stretch out to those people" who feel disengagement from the party.

Christopher Hudson
Suffolk County Council

The former Conservative Party chairman for North Ipswich and Mid-Suffolk added: "I think this lady Theresa May will unify not only the Conservative party, but she has to unify the country, and she has got the will to do this."

Theresa May is 'absolutely fantastic'

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Conservatives in the county may have had the chance of voting for the next leader of the party taken away from them, but it's not going to stop us asking what some of them think about Theresa May - the next prime minister.

Jo Churchill

Jo Churchill said: "She'll be absolutely fantastic for bringing the country together, for having a bold positive vision for the future.

"I think she has an amazing record on social reform and it's always been hugely important to her.

"She's really, really focused on delivering."

Welcome to Tuesday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

It's been an eventful 24 hours in the world of politics, so we're going to start the day by getting local reaction to what's happening with both the Conservative and Labour parties.

We're also going to ask whether it matters who hands out parking tickets, as a change could be on the cards here in Suffolk, with council wardens taking on the responsibility in areas currently served by the police.

Surely the end result is the same - you're going to be out of pocket, and you'll wish you'd parked somewhere else?