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Summary

  1. Man arrested on suspicion of murdering Weybread couple extradited from Luxembourg
  2. Suffolk's final middle schools close today
  3. Calls for 'boat-damaging' swan to be removed from lake
  4. Tottenham Hotspur's manager writes to footballer who lost both legs after crash
  5. Hailstones 'the size of golf balls' set off car alarm and cause injury
  6. Updates for Thursday, 21 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

The team here at BBC Suffolk is signing off for the day. 

Among the stories we'll be bringing you tomorrow is the court appearance of Ali Qazimaj, who was arrested over the double murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart from Weybread.

He is expected to be charged tomorrow after being extradited from Luxembourg earlier today.

Have a good evening.

Ipswich magistrates court
BBC

Travel: A134 blocked in Newton near Sudbury

BBC Travel

The A134 is blocked in Newton near Sudbury, and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Valley Road and Church Road, because of a crash involving an overturned car and a lorry.

Overnight weather: Staying dry with clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a mostly fine end to the day, with sunny spells. Turning a little cloudy in places with the small chance of an isolated shower. 

Most places staying dry overnight with clear spells, and lows of 16C (61F).

Friday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will start dry with sunny spells, with cloud building during the day. Mainly dry, with a top temperature of 24C (75F).

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

Your thoughts: Boat-attacking swan

The story about calls for a swan to be removed from Needham Lake, because he has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to boats owned by members of the Gipping Valley Model Boat Club, has attracted a number of comments on our Facebook page:

  • Leah Mac McIlrea writes: How about remove the boats from the swans habitat!
  • Louise Latimer says:  'Moved on'?? How about during the nesting season people keep their daft boats out of his way? Unlike most people swans mate for life. He is protecting his mate and his babies. Shame more humans don't take their role this seriously. Leave him alone. Why must humans control everything - he has as much right, no actually more right, to be on a stretch of water as humans do.

What do you think? Send us an email, or join in the Facebook conversation.

Swan attacking boat
Peter Ashford

Security 'under constant review' at military bases, says MoD

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Following on from the incident near RAF Marham in which a serviceman was threatened with a knife in an attempted abduction, we contacted the Ministry of Defence to ask what steps were being taken at RAF Honington (pictured), Wattisham airfield, and Rock Barracks at Woodbridge, to increase security.

RAF Honington
Google

A spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on matters of operational security.

"The safety of all our personnel is paramount and our security is under constant review."

Ali Qazimaj due before magistrates in Ipswich tomorrow

Ali Qazimaj, 42, has been extradited from Luxembourg and will tomorrow be formally charged with the murders of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Mr Qazimaj, from Tilbury in Essex, was detained on a European Arrest Warrant in Luxembourg on 16 June.

He arrived back in the UK earlier and was taken into custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich tomorrow.

Peter and Sylvia Stuart were last seen in Norfolk on 29 June and were reported missing five days later.

Mr Stuart's body was found in woodland near their home. Mrs Stuart has yet to be found, but police believe she has also been killed.

Martlesham PIC
Suffolk Police

BreakingWeybread murders: Man extradited from Luxembourg

A 42-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart has been extradited from Luxembourg.

Headteacher of closing middle school thanks parents for their support

In a final letter to parents, the headteacher of St Louis Middle School in Bury St Edmunds, which closes today, says the staff have been "hugely comforted by the warmth of the sentiments you have expressed to them".

St Louis Middle School
Google

Rose Heap added: "I hope that in years to come your children will treasure their St Louis badges as a keepsake of a special time in their lives, as it has been in all of those who have worked here through the years."

A real 'mixed picture' for teachers at one closing middle school

Returning now to the closure of four middle schools in Bury St Edmunds, and the headteacher of one of them, Hardwick Middle, says it's a real mixed picture in terms of what the staff are doing next.

Rachel Forward said: "We have some members of staff going on to new jobs in Suffolk schools, we have some going to jobs in schools outside of Suffolk and we have some members of staff who'll be made redundant."

Year 8 pupils at Hardwick Middle School
Hardwick Middle School

She added: "It's difficult for people to almost accept the end of that era of middle schools.

"We have several members of staff who have now gone perhaps through two or three closing middle schools."

Spurs boss hails 'remarkable spirit and resolution' of Shaun Whiter

Tottenham Hotpsur's manager Mauricio Pochettino wrote to Shaun Whiter to say he was "extremely sorry" to hear about the crash which led to him having his legs amputated.

Shaun Whiter
Contributed

"Your determination and strength is an inspiration to others," the Spurs boss wrote.

Mr Whiter, a keen all-round sportsman, has expressed his determination to take part in the Paralympics in the future.

He is also due to marry his fiancée Charlotte Way next July and has vowed to "walk down the aisle".

Mr Pochettino continued: "There is no doubt that with your remarkable spirit and resolution, you will be walking down the aisle."

Spurs tribute to amputee footballer

The manager of Tottenham Hotspur has described a 27-year-old footballer who had to have his legs amputated following a car crash as "an inspiration".   

Mauricio Pochettino and Shaun Whiter
Getty Images/David Lee

Shaun Whiter, 27, who was training for Newmarket Town, was helping his friend Joey Abbs, a Soham Town Rangers player, change a flat tyre in Newmarket on 1 July when the crash occurred.

The Spurs fan received a letter from Mauricio Pochettino praising his "incredible courage".

Mr Whiter is still in hospital undergoing further procedures.

Suffolk's darts players in fine form at World Matchplay tournament

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Mervyn King beat Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan 11-8 last night at the tournament in Blackpool, to book his place in the quarter-finals, where he will face Phil Taylor. 

Mervyn King
Getty Images

Taylor is often spoken of as being one of the best darts players ever, but King says he likes playing the 16-time World Champion.

He said: "I love playing Phil, I know what I got to do, I got to play well and I got to play really well."

The 50-year old went on to say: "You turn up and you play or you lose. End of story."

Mendham’s Peter Wright is in quarter-final action tonight as he takes on former world champion Adrian Lewis.

Witches hope to make it four wins from five when they host Peterborough

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

The Ipswich Witches host Peterborough tonight at Foxhall, as they look to make it four wins from five in the Premier League.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

Joe Jacobs will be missing for the Witches but Connor Mountain will feature.

Jacobs impressed last time out against Berwick, but team manager Ritchie Hawkins (pictured) says he knew the 22-year old would be missing.

"We knew when we did the deal with Joe, when we signed him. Obviously we checked all the fixtures before the start and knew he'd be missing tonight. 

"This is the only one that he's scheduled to miss."

Man jailed for 12 years for rapes

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Lowestoft man has been jailed for 12 years for three counts of raping a teenager.

Stephen Waters, 46, of Princes Road was sentenced this morning at Ipswich Crown Court, after being found guilty on 13 June.

Ipswich Crown Court logo
BBC

His victim spoke out after sentence was passed, thanking the police for the support she's received.

"I was really worried at first that there wasn't going to be enough evidence as it happened so long ago," she said. "But thank you all for everything. 

"It is very upsetting and frustrating to know that someone who was supposed to protect me hurt me in the way he did.

"I'm now able to get on with my life after it being on hold for so long."

'Boat-attacking' swan in action

Here are some photographs of the swan in action on Needham Lake:

Swan attacking boat
Peter Ashford
Sinking boat
Peter Ashford
Damage caused by swan
Peter Ashford

Swan 'rules the roost' on Needham Lake

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A swan on Needham Lake has been defending his territory to the extent that he is attacking other wildlife.

Neil Hodson, from the Gipping Valley Model Boat Club, whose members have had their boats damaged by the cob, said: "He's been attacking the goslings, and keeping the geese off the lake."

Swans and cygnets
BBC

"When he's out on the lake and the cygnets are out on the lake, he won't permit the geese to be on the lake at all."

Calls for 'boat-damaging swan' to be removed from lake

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

There are calls for a male swan which has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to model boats to be removed from a lake.

As reported in the EADT, the cob is also accused of drowning a gosling and attacking other animals at Needham Lake.

Swan with outstretched wings
BBC

Neil Hodson, secretary of the Gipping Valley Model Boat Club, said: "It remains to be seen whether he's a danger to the public. He doesn't tend to attack people unless they're getting too close to his cygnets. 

"Personally I think he's got as much right to the lake as we have.

"A lot of our members would like to see him moved on and I think if he does get as far as attacking any people, then he would need to be moved on."

Your photos: Hailstones

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We asked earlier if you had any photographs of the storms that crossed Suffolk last night.

Margaret Rayner has sent us this one, which she took at her home in Claydon. Thanks, Margaret.

Hailstones in Claydon
Margaret Rayner

Missing Lowestoft man found

A missing Lowestoft man has been found.

Police made appeals to trace Carl Morgan, 34, after he went missing earlier in the week. They say he has now been located in the area, after he got in touch with officers.

Top seaside hotspots for property in Essex and Suffolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A league table for the top hotspots for property prices in seaside towns has put two Essex towns and one Suffolk town in its top 10.

Southend
Oliver Mills/Geograph

Walton-on-the-Naze (listed 3rd) and Southend (pictured, 10th), in Essex, and Felixstowe (4th), Suffolk, have seen big increases in the value of homes in July 2016 compared to the same time last year, says property website Zoopla.

Homes in Walton-on-the-Naze rose on average by 10%.

The survey also found that homes in Aldeburgh and Southwold on the Suffolk coast were some of the most expensive - with an average house price of £490,182 and £434,618 respectively.

Brett Pitman goal gives Ipswich victory over Colchester

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town were in pre-season action last night and beat Colchester 1-0 thanks to a goal from Brett Pitman.

Brett Pitman
Getty Images

Town fans got a first glimpse of new signing Adam Webster as he made his debut in the second half. The centre back looked assured in possession and will give Town boss Mick McCarthy another option in his backline.

Another who impressed was youngster Andre Dozzell, who will be looking to break into the first-team on a regular basis this season.

Striker Daryl Murphy made his first appearance of the summer after returning from international duty with the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.

Today's weather: Slightly cooler, but still with some sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

On to today's weather, and it will be dry with plenty of warm sunny spells, and a more comfortable top temperature of 24C (75F).

Overnight it'll become cloudier, with the chance of some showery rain during the early hours, although most places should stay dry. Lows of 15C (59F).

Check out the full forecast where you live with BBC Weather.

More images from Ipswich during last night's storm

Carl Harlott has sent us these pictures of the "amazing storm structure" in Ipswich:

Storm 1
Carl Harlott
Storm 2
Carl Harlott

Last night's storm over Ipswich

Dawn Dainty tweeted from Ipswich last night: "A few pics from tonight's storm, including mammatus clouds and a lightning strike."

Mammatus clouds
Dawn Dainty
Storm picture
Dawn Dainty
Lightning strike
Dawn Dainty

Hail storm 'shreds onions'

Andrew Greenwell, from Capel St Andrew Farm, has tweeted this picture, saying: "Assessing damage from the storm last night - onions shredded thanks to the hail storm."

Onion crop
Capel St Andrew Farm

I'm glad I wasn't outside when these were falling

We spotted this on Twitter. It was taken in Ipswich by Ambient Light, who says: "Never seen anything like it before."

Hailstones
Ambient Light

Ouch! Hailstones hurt when they're the size of a golf ball

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

You might have to squint a bit, but that's a bruise from a hailstone the size of an actual golf ball:

Bruise from a hailstone
BBC

Hailstones set off car alarm: 'I've never seen anything like it'

Suffolk seems to have had a real mix of weather last night. Some areas avoided the storms altogether, others had torrential rain and some lost their power for a while too.

As you can see from this film which Al Leeder posted on YouTube, there were even some huge hailstones:

View more on youtube

Have you got any film or photographs of the storms themselves, or of any damage caused that you can share with us? 

You can get in touch in the usual way, by email, or via our Facebook page.

Greater Anglia warns of cancellation

Two-tier is not best, says NUT

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The secretary of the National Union of Teachers in Lowestoft, where middle schools closed in 2011, says the two-tier system is not best.

Speaking as Suffolk County Council's nine-year programme for change comes to a close, Peter Byatt said: "Middle schools were very successful."

Endeavour House
BBC

"They had those buffer years for adolescents to start growing up not in the high school situation, but of course it's all changed now. 

"We finish at 11 and then move on to the high school then you go on to sixth form college. We’ve still got a three-tier system, it's just bumped up a bit."

Suffolk's last remaining middle schools to close

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Four middle schools in Bury St Edmunds will be saying goodbye to their pupils this afternoon for the final time.

St Louis, St James, Hardwick and Howard (pictured) are closing due to a decision made in 2007 by Suffolk County Council, which wanted a two-tier system across the county.

Howard Middle School
Google

There are already some comments on our Facebook page:  

  • Linda Jane Hunt writes: I went to Howard middle in the 70s and loved it my boys went to St James another lovely school I am going to feel very sad tomorrow
  • Tish Nunn says: To be honest, I'm not a fan of having lost the three tier system as I feel it allowed for a more personal system for the children, with smaller school populations, and made the transitions between schools less of a major upheaval than the sudden leap straight to a comparatively huge 'big' school. 

Do you agree? Drop us an email, or join in the Facebook conversation.

Welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us on the day we finally say goodbye to Suffolk's remaining middle schools.

It was back in February 2007 that Suffolk County Council voted to replace middle schools with a county-wide two-tier system.

We'll hear from students and teachers, as well as the council itself, but we'd love your thoughts too. You can send us an email, or post a message on our Facebook page.