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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 15 July 2016
  2. Optometrist found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence of eight-year-old boy
  3. Latitude Festival gets under way at Henham Park, near Southwold

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Town kick-off new U23 league this afternoon

What do you think is beautiful about our county?

The Suffolk Preservation Society is running a competition asking people to submit words and images about what makes the county beautiful.

Field of ripe crop
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It wants planners to "have an eye" to the appearance and fit of new developments around the county when they're considering planning applications.

Chairman Andrew Fane said they're not against new housing: "What we're in favour of [is] well designed, well placed, well located developments that enhance our county rather than damage it."

Have you got an photograph showing how beautiful Suffolk is? Send us an email, or post a message on our Facebook page.

Speedway: Witches loss angers Louis

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches director Chris Louis didn't pull any punches in his assessment of last night's 50-39 Premier League defeat at Glasgow Tigers.

Chris Louis
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"I thought it was a good effort at Workington [on Saturday] but then some of the lads didn't prepare themselves very well for [Sunday] and they let themselves down and the team down."

"Glasgow were not at their best, we were given an opportunity that we didn't take, that is how I see today," Louis told the club website.

American football: Bury St Edmunds promoted

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury Saints American Football team will play in the top tier in Great Britain next season after victory in their play-off semi final. 

Chris Wallis' team beat the Sandwell Steelers by 42 points to 13 to guarantee a place in the Premier League from next year.

Man charged with two counts of rape

A man has been charged by police after two women were raped in Great Cornard in the early hours of 7 August.

A woman had told police she had encountered a man as she walked back from Sudbury town centre, and was later raped by him at an address in Great Cornard.

Further inquiries then identified that a second victim had also been raped at the same address, at a similar time.

The 34-year-old from New Romney in Kent was arrested at Liverpool Street Station on Thursday evening, and brought back to Suffolk for questioning.

Skuse: McGoldrick’s injury heartbreaking for us all

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Midfielder Cole Skuse says David McGoldrick’s latest absence due to injury is heartbreaking for the striker and also the rest of the squad and the staff. 

Ipswich Town: McCarthy fearing the worst over McGoldrick

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy fears striker David McGoldrick could need surgery on his ankle injury, which would rule him out for around three months.

David McGoldrick
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The 28-year-old missed Saturday's defeat at Brentford after injuring himself in last week's EFL Cup tie against Stevenage.

"It's appalling for all of us, certainly for Didzy as he's missed so much time through injury," said McCarthy. 

"We're awaiting the news on Monday as to whether it's six to eight weeks, but it's more likely to been an operation and probably 12 weeks."

Cricket: Wareing 'really pleased' with his day's work

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk bowler Matt Wareing posted season-best figures of 4/52 on day one of his side's Minor Counties Championship match away to Buckinghamshire.

Cricket ball
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The 22-year-old helped his team reduce Bucks to 136/9 at the close of play, still 78 runs short of Suffolk's first innings total.

"I'm really pleased," said Wareing. "It's not been the best season personally, but today the ball came out of my hand well, it swung nicely and there was a little bit of movement off the pitch.

"It also helped that any edges (off the bat) went to hand and they hung on to it."

Speedway: A disappointing day for Suffolk clubs

The Ipswich Witches now have their work cut out to reach the Premier League play-offs after taking just one point from their two away meetings at the weekend. 

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Following Saturday's defeat at Workington, last night the Suffolk side lost 50-39 at Glasgow, with Danny King (pictured) top scoring with a paid 11. 

Meanwhile, Mildenhall fell at the first hurdle in yesterday's National League Fours tournament.

The Fen Tigers failed to progress from their group which was won by the Rye House Raiders, who went on to take the title.

Cricket: Wickets tumble in Tring

Suffolk's cricketers are in a healthy position after day one of their final Minor Counties Championship game of the season, away to Buckinghamshire. 

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Suffolk posted 214 all out from 56.4 overs before Bucks closed the day on 136/9 - still 78 runs behind. 

Matt Salisbury, who scored 58 not out, and Josh Cantrell with 56 were the pick of Suffolk's batsmen while bowler Matt Wareing returned figures of four wickets for 52 runs.

Ipswich Town: 'We seemed to unravel' - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy was stunned by the manner of his side's 2-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

After a good first half, Town had no response to two quickfire goals from Bees defender John Egan after the break. 

"To concede that first goal seemed to have a really devastating effect on us," said McCarthy. 

"It's not like one of my teams. We seemed to unravel there and look like we were going to concede a second, and we did. From that point on I don't think we really threatened."

Olympics: Silver lining for Walker-Hebborn

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn (pictured left) has won his first Olympic medal.

GB's 4x100m relay team
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The 26-year-old was part of the Great Britain team that took silver, behind the United States, in the men's 4x100 metres medley relay.

Walker-Hebborn was joined on the podium in Rio by team-mates Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott.

The race saw America's Michael Phelps win his 23rd Olympic gold medal.

Shaun Whiter 'likes a challenge' says his friend

Joey Abbs says he "won't be surprised" if Shaun Whiter wins a gold medal in the 2020 or 2024 Paralympics and adds: "I hope he does."

Joey Abbs
BBC

Describing Mr Whiter as someone who "likes a challenge", he promised: "I'll be there supporting him. Watch this space."

Shaun Whiter sends a 'massive, massive' thank you to people who've raised funds for him

Shaun Whiter has been paying tribute to the people who've contributed to a fund that has seen more than £100,000 pledged in aid of his rehabilitation. 

Money from sporting events has also been given to his friend Joey Abbs, who also received serious injuries in the hit-and-run crash.

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs
BBC

Speaking at a fundraising event in Exning on Saturday, Mr Whiter said: "It gets quite emotional when you see all these people that have donated anonymously,you'd like to say thank you. 

"I'd love to see them so a big shout out and a massive massive thank you from my heart and from Joey as well that people have pulled together.

"We had the football community where we both come from - you go through the bad bits with football but we've now seen the good parts of football - that's come from what's happened over the last month."

Amputee says he would 'love' to go the the Parampics

Shaun Whiter, who had to have both his legs amputated after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Newmarket at the beginning of July, says he would love to get involved with the Paralympics.

Shaun Whiter
BBC

Speaking at a fundraising event in Exning at the weekend, he said: "I'm not saying I'm going to turn up and do it but I would love to go there.

"I have a dream, you've got to start somewhere and now if I can focus with sport it's going to help me progress more within myself and get me through these times."

Hit-and-run crash amputee footballer speaks out about the driver responsible

A footballer who lost both of his legs in a hit-and-run crash has spoken out about the driver responsible.  

Shaun Whiter, who was helping his friend Joey Abbs to change a tyre near Newmarket when it happened, said: "Being 27, I didn't dream of this. Personally think I shouldn't have to deal with this but it's a case of now I have to deal with this and I hope he's aware of that."

Shaun Whiter
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Jan Adamec, 40, of Haverhill, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He is on remand and will be sentenced in September.

Mr Whiter, 27, said: "Without a doubt it's good to know that the guy is off the streets."

Welcome to a new week on Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us as we begin a new week of live coverage from across the county.

During the day we'll bring you updates as they happen, keeping you informed of any travel problems that might occur, and letting you know what the forecast has in store.

But we'll start the day by hearing from Shaun Whiter, the man who had both his legs amputated after he and a friend were both seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident.

John Egan scores the second of his two goals in the 2-0 win over Ipswich

Brentford summer signing John Egan scores both goals as the Bees win at home to Ipswich Town.

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Cyril Banks and charity representatives

A World War Two veteran whose life savings were stolen gives thousands of pounds to charity after an online campaign helped him raised £18,000.

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Our live coverage across the day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

That's it for Suffolk's regular live updates for this week. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning, but please check later for any breaking stories.

Today we've brought you news that work on the third crossing for Lowestoft will begin by 2019, covered the story of a Southwold grandmother, aged 75, who completed a tandem skydive for charity, and revealed the disappointing news for Ipswich Town fans that striker David McGoldrick is out for two months with an ankle injury.

You can scroll down to get more on these and other stories.

We'll leave you with this advice from Look East weather forecaster Chris Bell if you're planning any stargazing tonight:

Perseid meteor caption
BBC

Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

Map for weather
BBC

A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Archaeological site was probably part of original village of Coney Weston say volunteers

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Volunteer archaeologists, excavating a field near Coney Weston, say they think the site was part of the medieval village. 

Chris Flood says they've found a variety of items: "A huge amount of pottery, bones, nails, teeth, we had lots of oyster shells the first year, so we think they were harvesting fresh-water oysters in the stream running through.

Remains of a wall
BBC

"We had a medieval tithe barn which we excavated last year and all the corn from the surrounding area would have been stored in there for the abbott of Bury St Edmunds."

Villagers still excavating field six years after it was discovered to be of interest

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A group of villagers is still excavating a field near Coney Weston six years after it was recognised as being of archaeological interest.

Fence around dig site
BBC

Volunteers manage the dig between April and October in the field which is owned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Chris Flood says her husband Julien was the first to spot its significance: "There'd been a drought that summer and the building was exposed, so he went back home, told our neighbour, who is a local historian, and he got the history people involved and nobody knew what it was. 

"The end result was that we were allowed to have a dig here and it's been continuing every year for the last five or six years."

Man arrested on suspicion of raping two women in Great Cornard

A man has been arrested in connection with two rapes in Great Cornard in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Martlesham PIC
Suffolk Police

Police were contacted by a woman who said she'd encountered a man at about 04:30 while walking back from Sudbury town centre, and was later raped by him at an address in Great Cornard. 

Further inquiries revealed that a second victim had also been raped at the same address, in what police say was the "same time-frame".

A 34-year-old man, from New Romney in Kent, was arrested at Liverpool Street railway station last night at around 22:00 and brought back to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Brandon assault: suspect no longer being sought

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault which took place in Brandon in June say they're no longer trying to identify a suspect whose description was previously circulated.

The incident was alleged to have taken place in the early hours of 2 June, in an open space close to Knappers Way.

Police say the victim has been supported by specialist trained officers, and they are now satisfied there is no risk to the wider public.

John Wark: 'McGoldrick absence is a major loss for Ipswich'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a couple of seasons plagued by injury, David McGoldrick's appearance for Ipswich Town for the 4-2 defeat of Barnsley on the opening day of the season felt like a new signing.

David McGoldrick
BBC

However, just one league and one cup game into the new campaign, Blues fans have learned today that arguably the best player at the club will be out of action for at least two months. 

The 28-year-old (pictured) suffered ankle ligament damage during Tuesday's EFL Cup loss to Stevenage at Portman Road, and club legend John Wark despairs for the Republic of Ireland international. 

"I really feel sorry for him," Wark said. "He will be a major loss as I thought he was getting back to his best and he is the one that can undo defences." 

Cricket: Warn's return 'a complete shock'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After a four-year exile, Chris Warn's been recalled by Suffolk for Sunday's Minor Counties Championship game at Buckinghamshire.

Cricket stumps
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The 37-year-old hasn't played for the county since the final match of 2012, after becoming disenchanted with the way the side was being run.

Warn said: “It came as a complete shock. My immediate reaction was ‘aren’t there other batsmen available?’

“But when coach Andy Northcote explained the situation that he needs experience it made more sense and I'm more than happy to fill in. 

"It's an honour to play for your county."

Cricket: Nunn returns for season finale

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk will field their strongest seam attack of the season in their final Minor Counties Championship game, according to coach Andy Northcote.

Mark Nunn
Suffolk County Cricket Board

Mark Nunn (pictured) is recalled for Sunday's trip to Buckinghamshire, after being unavailable for the last two matches.

The other pace bowlers are Matt Wareing, Tom Rash and ex-Essex man Matt Salisbury.

"Our seam attack is the best we have managed to put out all year and is pleasing to see," said Northcote.

Olympic hockey: Crunch game for Suffolk pair

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's George Pinner and Harry Martin (pictured) will be hoping today isn't their last competitive outing at Rio 2012.

Harry Martin
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The duo will appear again for Great Britain against Spain in a match the Brits can't afford to lose if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. 

At present Bobby Crutchley's side is fifth in their group, with only the top four going through. 

GB need to better fourth-placed New Zealand's score today, with the Kiwis in action against Belgium.

Watch: Tandem skydivers in action

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

We've been telling you about Southwold grandmother Judy Overy who's completed a tandem skydive at Ellough Airfield.

Take a look at this video which shows some of the larger group taking part in today's jumping:

Southwold grandmother's tandem skydive for charity

'Great, great fun' says parachuting grandmother

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

We've just spoken to the grandmother and grandson who did tandem skydives this morning at Ellough Airfield.

Judy Over said: "It was absolutely brilliant, surreal, great, great fun. Have I really just done that?"

Harry Croft added: "It was insane. I'm over the moon that she's done it."

Crowd at Ellough Airfield
BBC

Grandmother and grandson do tandem sky dives for charity

A teenager has matched his grandmother's achievement as she did a tandem sky dive to raise money for charity.

Harry Croft, 16, from Toppesfield in Essex, is pictured at Ellough Airfield near Beccles, with Judy Overy, who lives in Southwold, just before they took off.

Judy Overy and Harry Croft
BBC

The pair were raising money for the charity CRY, which researches and supports young people at risk of cardiac disease. 

Harry's uncle Simon collapsed and died at the age of 21.

He said: "I didn't get to know my uncle Simon, but what we do today, I hope he's proud of us, wherever he is now."

Heatwave next week?

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Ipswich striker McGoldrick out for two months

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have suffered a major blow on the injury front with news that striker David McGoldrick will be out of action for at least eight to ten weeks.

David McGoldrick
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The 28-year-old suffered ankle ligament damage during Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Stevenage in the League Cup, after coming on as a second half substitute.

Earlier today, it was confirmed that Luke Varney will be returning to Ipswich on a short term deal, to provide cover.

Town tweet about bringing 'Reg' back

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

It's Town who call him Reg if you click through to their website - a long-standing nickname after the On The Buses actor Reg Varney.

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Ipswich Town: Varney returns to Portman Road

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have re-signed striker Luke Varney on a short term deal until January.

Luke Varney
BBC

The 33-year-old left Portman Road at the end of last season when his previous contract expired.

It'll be Varney's third stint as an Ipswich player after an initial loan spell from Blackburn.

He's been handed the number 12 shirt and will be in the squad at Brentford tomorrow.

Son's sudden death prompts grandmother to skydive for charity

A Southwold grandmother has done a tandem parachute jump at Ellough Airfield near Beccles, to raise money for a charity that works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.

Judy Overy, Sally and Harry Croft
BBC

Judy Overy, 75, (pictured with daughter Sally and grandson Harry Croft) chose the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, because her son Simon died in 1991 at the age of 21.

Speaking before the jump, she said: "This is to help with the research, so young people can be screened just in case."

Luke Varney

Ipswich re-sign striker Luke Varney on a contract until January, having initially released him at the end of last season.

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One from the Vaults: Unusual house boat on River Alde in 1936

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Eighty years ago this month, young girls were caught on film splashing around outside their holiday accommodation - the houseboat Ionia, which was moored at Slaughden, south of Aldeburgh.

The houseboat was a landmark on the River Alde estuary, until it was destroyed by fire in the 1970s.

Young girls on holiday in Suffolk splash around outside their accommodation the houseboat Ionia
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Ipswich Town: Bialkowski sets clean-sheets target

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski's told BBC Suffolk Sport of the goal he's set himself this season.

Bartosz Bialkowski
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The Pole said: "I think 15 clean-sheets would be realistically good."

Last year, Bialkowski kept seven clean-sheets in 20 Championship games, helping him win both the Supporters and Players' Player of the Year awards.