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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  2. Kiosk owner criticised for Facebook post 'overwhelmed' by support
  3. Greater Anglia to run reduced timetable due to heat
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it from us at BBC Suffolk Live for today. We'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Ipswich and Colchester hospitals could swap patients

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Patients from Ipswich Hospital could be sent to Colchester for treatment, and vice versa, under health service bosses' five-year plan for care in Suffolk and North Essex. 

Nick Hulme at the meeting

Ipswich Hospital chief executive Nick Hulme is now also in charge at Colchester, as he tries try to address problems there. 

He said: "There are some services which we provide at Ipswich which we have better clinical outcomes at Colchester, and vice versa. 

"There's also the financial aspect, it's very expensive to run duplicated services across both sites, so what we will be doing is looking at all of those services. 

"I think the important message is that we won't ask people to move just for the sake of it."

Enjoy those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

BBC Weather

It will continue to be fine and dry, feeling warm and humid.

There's a small risk of an isolated thunderstorm during the evening and overnight, although north Norfolk and around the Wash are most at risk. It will be warm, with a low of 17C (62F).

Tomorrow will be largely fine and dry, with a high of 26C (78F).

Weather graphic

George Pinner hoping for Olympic gold

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich hockey player George Pinner says he has a "really exciting few weeks ahead", as he prepares for the Rio Olympics."The belief in this team is that we could go out there, we could win a medal, and we are aiming to win a gold medal," he told the BBC.  

George Pinner hoping for Olympic gold

Wannabe police dog recruits wanted

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Norfolk and Suffolk police are seeking new recruits to join Maggie, pictured below, for training as a specialist police dog.

Maggie, the police dog
Suffolk Police

They say the ideal candidate would be either a young springer or cocker spaniel, or Labrador, aged between 10-18 months old, energetic but controllable, with a high play drive.

The selection procedure involves an assessment in their current environment, followed by an invitation to take part in a training course to assess their suitability.

If successful they are signed up to a handler and begin their police career with the forces' 25 dog handlers. 

A spokesman said: "Our specialist search dogs detect explosives, drugs, cash and firearms. The constabularies use a variety of breeds for this role, however, the majority are spaniels and Labradors."

MP disappointed by Post Office closure

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

The MP for Bury St Edmunds says she's disappointed the main Post Office on the Cornhill is to close, with the service moving next door to WHSmith. 

Jo Churchill says she will ask for a review about the decision if access for groups such as the elderly is not good enough.  

Bury Post Office

Thousands of people signed a petition against the proposal when the consultation was launched, but the Post Office says the new branch will provide a seven-day-a-week service, and will be open for longer. 

The Cornhill branch will close on 2 November, and reopen the next morning inside the High Street store. The future use of the vacated building will be discussed with St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Reward for snitching on irresponsible dog owners

Helen Burchell

BBC News

People who report dog owners who fail to clean up their pet's mess could be given a £100 reward.

Dog fouling poster

The scheme is being considered by St Edmunsbury Borough Council to tackle dog fouling "hot spots". 

It can currently fine offenders up to £50, but wants to increase that to £100. It wants to offer a "reward" of part or all of the fine, as an incentive for people to report incidents.

The scheme could succeed because of the "implied message" that someone could be watching, the council said.

Homecoming for Suffolk musician

Diss Express

A musician who went on from playing in the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band to establish an international career is coming home for two special concerts.

Lisa Cooper
Lisa Cooper

Train carriage restoration completed

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Here was the scene at Brockford Station earlier, as Mid-Suffolk Light Railway's restored first class smoking coach was lifted on to its chassis. 

Watch: Train carriage restoration completed

Webster in squad for Colchester

Summer signing Adam Webster looks set to make his first appearance in a Town shirt during this evening’s friendly against Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, while striker Daryl Murphy is also in the 27-man squad.

Adam Webster

'Reduced timetable' to run on Greater Anglia trains this evening

Railway platform

Greater Anglia will be running a "reduced timetable" due to the heat tonight. 

A number of services have already been cancelled

A reduced timetable will be in operation this evening in order to accommodate the speed restriction imposed by Network Rail. Some services have been cancelled and others altered to include additional stops, so customers are advised to check details before travelling and allow extra time for their journey. We would like to apologise to customers affected by these changes."

Greater Anglia spokeswoman

The heat is say the forecasters

BBC Weather

Temperatures will soar to 30C (86F) this afternoon as the county basks in long periods of occasionally hazy sunshine. 

It'll be hot and humid, although some isolated thundery showers could develop through the afternoon and evening, mainly in the west.  

Sunny garden

Woman in wheelchair 'held onto bag' as three attempted to snatch it

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A woman in a wheelchair managed to hold onto her bag as three men tried to steal it from her in Lowestoft, Suffolk Police says.

The force said the woman, who is in her 50s, was at Horn Hill when three men approached her in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The three tried to take her handbag from her lap, but she held onto it. One of the men struck her in the face, leaving her with bruising and swelling, but nothing was stolen. 

New county FA chairman 'excited' by role

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Phil Lawler is the new chairman of Suffolk FA and takes over from David Porter, who is standing down after four years in the role.

Phil Lawler
Suffolk FA

Lawler, 54, pictured, has been involved with grassroots football in the county since the age of nine and was elected at Suffolk FA's recent AGM in Stowmarket.

"I believe these are very exciting times for football in our county," the new chairman said. "We have recently seen a number of new facility projects in Suffolk approved for national funding."

Keeper Crowe returns from Pompey trial

Goalkeeper Michael Crowe has returned to Town following his two-week trial with League Two Portsmouth. 


Nail-biting moment as carriage is lifted into place at light railway

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Here's a snapshot of the painstaking process of lifting the restored smoking carriage onto its chassis at Mid-Suffolk Light Railway.

Crane and carriage before it is lifted
Carriage in the air
Carriage in place

Metfield agricultural building has 'crumpled away' in blaze

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The blaze broke out at an agricultural business in Metfield in the early hours of yesterday morning.

At one stage 100 firefighters had tackled it, and although under control, Suffolk Fire Service says it will stay there for the remainder of today. 

The back end of the building has melted and crumpled away.

Interior of building at fire scene

Metfield fire aftermath: Crews still at smouldering scene

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A fire crew is still on the scene of an agricultural business blaze near Halesworth.

The scene at the Metfield fire

It's been more than 30 hours since fire broke out at the equine bedding firm in Metfield. 

At its height the fire spread to four barns and outbuildings.

High temperatures spark train cancellations for this evening

It may not even be lunchtime yet, but it looks like it could be another evening of misery for commuters travelling home tonight. 

Greater Anglia

Cancellations have already been put in place for some London Liverpool Street services via Colchester, Southend and Ipswich between 16:00 and 20:00 due to "high temperatures" causing minor delays to services to Norwich.

We'll hear a bit more from Abellio Greater Anglia shortly. In the meantime you can keep up-to-date with the service status here

Full steam ahead for Suffolk Light Railway restoration

BBC Radio Suffolk

It's a big day for Mid Suffolk Light Railway as it begins the task of uniting its restored first class smoking coach with its chassis at Brockford Station. 

John Reeve, from the railway, says it has taken several years to makeover the seven tonne coach.

Smoking carriage
Mid Suffolk Light Railway

"The coach was originally commissioned by the Great Eastern Railway over 150 years ago and our team have returned it to its former glory.

"It will now become part of our regular rolling stock enabling the Middy to run three coach trains for the first time since the line closed in 1952."

Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Here's another look at the Saga Pearl - from the air

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we featured the news that the cruise liner the Saga Pearl, which is on a 12-day tour of the British Isles, stopped near Southwold.

Many thanks to photographer Mike Page for sending us this lovely picture, taken from the air, showing her and our beautiful Suffolk coastline in all its glory.

Saga Pearl at Southwold
Mike Page

Storm of comments prompted by kiosk owner's Facebook post

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Kiosk owner Kim Christofi's original comments about "stepping in" to deal with unruly children prompted a stream of varying opinions on social media.

Amy Yearley wrote on Facebook:  "If a shop owner treated my child like that I'd never go back. Some people choose to ignore tantrums to demonstrate to the child they don't get results. I personally wouldn't do that in public but I also wouldn't judge or expect someone else to get involved if I witnessed it."   

Another wrote: "This makes my blood boil," while another branded her comments a "disgrace".

We had an email from a woman who wanted to remain anonymous, who wrote: "Seriously, who does this kiosk worker think she is?

"I understand that children can go on and on and on but some children might have a disability and NOT always one you can see. To be honest if you're running a shop it was opened for people of all ages to come in. If they don't like it then they should put an age limit on it! 

"Children are as much a part of this world as every adult and all them moany adults were children once!

"If that was my child she told to be quiet, she would of got a mouthful from me!"

Cafe owner had 'nasty texts' over comments

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Kim Christofi said at first she had concerns about reopening South Kiosk in Felixstowe yesterday morning, after her Facebook message about stepping in to speak to unruly children had received widespread media coverage.

South Kiosk Facebook profile

"I was apprehensive about opening," she said. "Probably because I remember seeing the hate speeches, and I had some really quite nasty texts come through, and some unsavoury messages on Facebook. 

"But as time went on I think people got a sense of what was going on, they realised that this is a genuine situation and support eventually filtered through to me."

She went on to say that when she arrived at work, she had been brought flowers and there was a queue of people waiting to use the cafe and show support.

"It was so emotional," she said.

Kiosk owner: People have 'lost sight' of what Facebook post was about

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Kim Christofi says people who posted personal insults about her on social media "let themselves down".

South Kiosk's Facebook post about tantrums

Her post from the South Kiosk Facebook page saying she would step in if parents were "too scared to discipline their children" prompted hundreds of messages, with many of them negative.

Ms Christofi said of the storm on Facebook: "(It's) very overwhelming and disappointing at the same time. I think generally they've let themselves down and lost sight of what the post was about. 

"It was all about how the owner of an establishment can deal with a very awkward situation."

Child tantrum story most read

The conversation surrounding Kim Christofi's Facebook post about unruly children continues, with a story we published last night shooting to the number one spot in the BBC's most read list.

Tantrum row cafe owner 'overwhelmed'

Cafe owner 'overwhelmed' by support after child tantrum row

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A kiosk owner criticised after she said she would deal directly with unruly children says she has been "overwhelmed" by support. 

Kim Christofi received abuse after a post on the South Kiosk, Felixstowe, Facebook page said she would step in if parents were "too scared to discipline their children".

Kim Chirstofi

Today her story continues to generate interest on Facebook and on social media. 

Kerry Stiff wrote on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page: "Good for her I say, too many unruly kids nowadays. Parents need to learn a lesson."

Anna Charters wrote: "Such a shame that in this day and age, we still judge others parenting skills and a child's behaviour without knowing their full story! Wow what it must be like to be up on that high horse!"

Feeling hot, hot, hot

BBC Weather

It's going to be another hot and humid day, with long periods of occasionally hazy sunshine.

Phew! What a scorcher!

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all - it's not often I get the chance to write that headline above - but I love to use it when I can. 

So with the mini-heatwave set to continue for today at least, we'll bring you the full forecast in just a few moments' time.

And news-wise we'll bring you more from the South Kiosk cafe owner in Felixstowe, Kim Christofi, who received abuse over comments she made about stepping in if parents were too scared to discipline their children.