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  1. Man charged with killing Weybread couple
  2. Woolverstone loses battle over HMS Ganges housing development
  3. Updates for Friday, 22 July 2016

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it for the day - and the week - from the team here at BBC Suffolk.

It's a day that's seen Ali Qazimaj formally charged with the murder of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

Mr Qazimaj, 43, of no fixed abode and also known as Marco Costa and Vidal or Vital Dapi, was charged at the magistrates' court in Ipswich. He then appeared at the town's Crown Court, where he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Friday, 19 August.

Scroll down to read more on this, and other stories making the news across the county.

Overnight weather: Dry and warm

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry and warm night for many, with lows of 15C (59F).

Overnight weather map

Any mist or fog will clear quickly to leave a very warm and mostly dry day with sunny spells, although the odd shower can't be ruled out in the afternoon. Highs of 26C (79F).

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

Fans advised to arrive early at Coggeshall

Fans planning to attend Ipswich Town’s U21s friendly away against a Coggeshall Town side featuring pop star Olly Murs this evening are advised to arrive early with only a very limited number of tickets still available.

A farewell to Polar Collective

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

If you weren't aware of Polar Collective's music, this is a good place to start:

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The video shows that Adam, Ally, Gryphen and Jake were always up for a laugh, and if you saw them live you could guarantee some fun.

They came in to record a session for us last year and I was impressed by both their talent and their determination to work hard at what they loved doing.

They also led the way in putting fans at the centre of what they were doing, and this can be seen in the video for You Make Me Feel. I think this had the potential to be a breakout single for them, but the pop world is brutal and extremely difficult to break into.

Polar Collective at BBC Introducing in Suffolk

A11 open again

Mick McCarthy sends Big Sam his best wishes

'Norwich model new kit on Greater Anglia seat covers'

You might have read about Norwich City's new third kit, "inspired" - if that's the word - by their infamous "egg and cress" strip of the 1990s.

The reaction has been mixed on social media, and the always-reliable-for-a-laugh website Suffolk Gazette couldn't resist weighing in with its own take...

"Brand experts say the idea is clever because Greater Anglia and Norwich share the spotlight as being the two most despised and ridiculed outfits to travel out of Norfolk," it writes.

Suffolk Gazette page
Suffolk Gazette

Polar Collective call it a day

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

There will be lots of sad music fans around Ipswich and further afield today: Polar Collective have announced they are calling it a day. 

In a message on their Facebook page, the band said: "We have always said that if there was ever a time where we started to lose our hunger and energy to put our hearts and souls into this, then that was when we would review our situation. 

Polar Collective
Polar Collective

"As a result of this, we have all made the difficult decision to call time on Polar Collective. It’s one of the toughest decisions we have ever had to make, especially after having enjoyed some incredible moments together, starting and ending as best mates." 

The band had built one of the strongest followings locally and were energetic performers, and nice guys to boot. 

They say they'll release an album before they say their goodbyes, and perform a final gig at Cult Cafe in Ipswich on 23 September. 

Polar Collective
Polar Collective

Travel: Multi-vehicle collision causes delays northbound on A11 from A134

BBC Travel

The A11 is blocked in Thetford and there's queuing traffic northbound around the A1075, junction because of a multi-vehicle collision. There's congestion back to the A134 Brandon Road.

Ali Qazimaj: A recap of today's events

Ali Qazimaj will next appear at court on Friday, 19 August.

Here's a recap of what's happened today:

  • Mr Qazimaj, who had not been present in the magistrates' court when the case began because there was not an interpreter present, was charged with the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.
  • He asked to be addressed as Vital Dapi, but was charged in the name of  Ali Qazimaj.
  • The case was moved to Ipswich Crown Court, where he denied being Ali Qazimaj, saying his name was Vital Dapi. He's been remanded in custody for 28 days.

BreakingAli Qazimaj remanded in custody for 28 days

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Judge David Goodin has remanded Ali Qazimaj in custody.

"I shall remand you in custody for 28 days from this date," Judge Goodin told Mr Qazimaj. 

The defendant has now left the court.

Ali Qazimaj has arrived in court

Richard Haugh

BBC News

He is sitting next to a person I assume is his interpreter, and is wearing a white t-shirt. 

He has a beard. 

Asked if he is Ali Qazimaj, he said: "No, my name is Vital Dapi".

Ali Qazimaj: Legal teams ask for another ten minutes

Richard Haugh

BBC News

We're still waiting for the case to get started, the legal teams have just asked for another ten minutes.

Update on key people in Ali Qazimaj case

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The Crown Prosecution Service have told me an interpreter has arrived at Ipswich Crown Court.

There's also been a change in the defence legal team, with Stephen Rose now representing Mr Qazimaj.

Paul Scothern is still the prosecuting counsel, and the case will be heard by Judge David Goodin. 

Ipswich Crown Court

Ali Qazimaj: A recap of events at magistrates' court

Prior to the announcement that Ali Qazimaj would be appearing at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon, the town's magistrates' court heard that he had asked to be addressed as Vital Dapi.

Weybread village sign

Paul Scothern, from the Crown Prosecution Service complex case work unit, said: "Qazimaj, or as he wishes to be known, Mr Dapi, faces two counts of murder and the  matter clearly has to be transferred to the crown court.

Stephen Harris, defending, said the lack of an interpreter had caused concern for his client.

He added that it was a "grave case" and an interpreter should be present.

Waiting for Ali Qazimaj case to get under way

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where Ali Qazimaj, 43, is due to appear. Earlier today he was charged with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

We're waiting for the case to get under way, and will report back as soon as it does.

Ipswich Crown Court

Your views: Leave the swans alone on Needham Lake

We brought you news yesterday of calls for a swan to be removed from Needham Lake, because it's been causing damage to model boats and also drowning a gosling and attacking other animals.

We've received several emails on the subject, and they're all on the side of the swan:

  • Rachel in Eye writes: "How about we respect the fact that the swan is protecting its family? He doesn't need to be moved on, people need to move somewhere else to sail their boats."
  • John and Patricia Horne says: "Remove the boats, the swans live there and should be allowed to live in peace with their families. The boats should be removed, permanently." 
  • Mark writes: "Leave him where he is and tell the boat club to find another lake, he is only protecting his mate and young."
Swan attacking model boat
Peter Ashford

Danny Ayres 'over the moon' about his performance for Ipswich Witches last night

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Witches guest rider Danny Ayres says he's "over the moon" he "got it right" for the Witches in their 57-36 victory over Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall last night.

Foxhall Stadium

Ayres, who's only in his second season in the sport, got a paid 11. 

He told BBC Suffolk Sport he "doesn't like being beat" and always "gives it 220%". 

Captain Danny King got the maximum 15 points. He's now won 14 races in a row.

Witches make it three in a row

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Witches made it three wins in a row with a 57-36 victory over Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall last night.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Captain Danny King (pictured), got the maximum 15 points, James Sarjeant got a paid maximum, and  Danny Ayres, who was guesting for the Witches, got a paid 11. 

He's only been in the sport for two years, and says he's been "overwhelmed" by the speed with which his career has progressed.

Ali Qazimaj: Case moved to crown court

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Ali Qazimaj is now due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon, having been charged this morning at the town's magistrates' court with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

Ali Qazimaj: Interpreter has yet to arrive

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The case has continued in the absence of Ali Qazimaj, who has been charged of the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

Mr Qazimaj's absence has been caused by the lack of an interpreter, who contrary to what we were told earlier, has yet to arrive.

Ali Qazimaj: Defence and prosecution barristers are now in court

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Stephen Harris, the defence barrister and Paul Scothern, for the prosecution, are now in court, and I understand the interpreter has arrived.

Man who's admitted thefts appeals for help with drug issues

Richard Haugh

BBC News

'I've lost my way again,' said Jamie Smith, from Harewood Terrace, Haverhill, who made an appeal for help with drug issues rather than being sent to prison.

Man admits four thefts from shops

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Court two at Ipswich Magistrates' is currently hearing the case of Jamie Smith, 26, who is appearing from video link and has admitted four thefts from shops. 

On 20 April he stole a DVD player from a Sainsbury's store. Smith has also admitted stealing cheese worth £18 and two bottles of drink worth £60.

Ali Qazimaj: Interpreter being called

Richard Haugh

BBC News

There's no concrete information as to when Ali Qazimaj is due to appear. 

I understand an interpreter is being called to help with the hearing.

Meanwhile other cases are being heard.

Travel: Shed load causes delays on A1120 at Pettaugh

BBC Travel

The A1120 is partially blocked with slow traffic at Ipswich Way, Pettaugh, near Stonham Aspal, because of a shed load.

Ali Qazimaj: Due before magistrates within next half-hour

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I'm here at the magistrates' court in Ipswich, where Ali Qazimaj is due to appear, charged with the murders of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart. 

I've been told Mr Qazimaj, who lives in Tilbury, Essex, and was arrested in Luxembourg, has arrived at the court and is due before magistrates at about 10:30.

Magistrates Court, Ipswich

McCarthy: Dozzell 'very assured'

Town boss Mick McCarthy felt 17-year-old Andre Dozzell put in a “very assured” display during Wednesday’s 1-0 pre-season friendly victory at Colchester. 

Village loses its battle against a major housing development

The village of Woolverstone has lost its battle against a major housing development. 

The parish council had been seeking to block plans for 200 homes on the derelict HMS Ganges naval base on the Shotley Peninsula, but yesterday the High Court rejected its appeal, saying that Babergh Council had been entitled to grant the permission.

Aerial shot of HMS Ganges site
Mike Page

Derek Davis, a Babergh councillor, said the decision was "marvellous news".

He said: "It gives it a great opportunity for young people and other people who maybe want to downsize, to have homes available. It's a fantastic thing for the Shotley Peninsula."

We're hoping to bring you reaction from the parish council a little later on.

Leiston hosts first public consultation on proposals to cut IVF treatment

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The first of a series of consultations over proposed cuts to IVF treatment takes place in Leiston today.

Two of the commissioning groups responsible for allocating funding to healthcare services in the county - Ipswich and East Suffolk, and West Suffolk, are considering whether to reduce the number of rounds available for free.  


The news, which first broke earlier this week, attracted a number of comments on our Facebook page:

  • Kirstie Lou-Cole wrote: "Disgusting really.....hubby and I are struggling to conceive and this would a last resort if all else fails."
  • Cyndi Leslie posts: "When cuts have to be made regardless of where there is always going to be some people affected and not happy. Unfortunately not everyone can be pleased. Better cuts for IVF than transplants or ambulances where lives are saved."
  • Jenni Carberry says: "I've never wanted children but my heart breaks for those who do but can't. IVF should be available on the NHS."

What do you think of the proposals? You can send us an email, or join in the Facebook conversation.

Wright apologises for playing 'rubbish' at World Matchplay darts

Mendham's Peter Wright couldn't hide his disappointment after losing 16-14 to Adrian Lewis in the quarter finals of the World Matchplay darts in Blackpool. 

Wright apologised to fans, saying: "We were both playing rubbish. I'm supposed to be number five in the world. I need to pull my socks up and my boxer shorts and get it sorted out."

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It's a fine start

Ipswich Star

The front page of the Ipswich Star looks like this:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Friday's weather: Sunny spells and thundery showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a mostly dry morning, scattered and slow-moving, thundery showers will build through the day, giving localised downpours. There will also be plenty of cloud breaks, bringing very warm sunshine and a humid feel, with a top temperature of 24C (75F).

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Friday, 22 July 2016.

Any remaining showers will soon die out this evening, leaving a muggy but dry night. Lows of 13C (55F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Welcome to Friday's live coverage

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

Our main story to start the day is the appearance before magistrates in Ipswich of Ali Qazimaj, who was arrested over the double murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart in Weybread.

Mr and Mrs Stuart were last seen in Norfolk on 29 June, and reported as missing five days later.

Mr Qazimaj was extradited from Luxembourg yesterday, after being discovered there on 17 June.

We'll have a reporter in court following proceedings.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police