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Summary

  1. Tommy Smith signs new three-year contract
  2. Hospital that helps mental health patients to close
  3. Woman raped in Bury St Edmunds
  4. Thousands attend Ipswich Town open day
  5. Updates for Thursday, 28 July 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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The Suffolk Live team is signing off now, but before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've brought you today:

  • Tommy Smith signs a new three-year contract as Ipswich Town welcomes thousands to its open day
  • A hospital in Newmarket that helps mental health patients is to close
  • There's criticism of Bupa after it was revealed that four out of five care homes in runs in the county are "inadequate", with the fifth requiring improvement

Scroll down to get more on these, and other stories:

Two men arrested after vehicle stolen and set alight

Two men have been arrested after a vehicle was stolen and then set alight in bushes alongside the A14 near the Orwell Bridge.

Martlesham PIC
Suffolk Police

Police were contacted at about 05:20 to reports that a vehicle had collided with a parked car at Siloam Place, Ipswich, before being driven away.

A short while later officers saw smoke coming from the Sandy Hill Lane area, and reports came in of thick black smoke coming from bushes beside the east-bound carriageway of the A14

They found a vehicle on fire and the two 29-year-old men were arrested a few minutes later. They're in custody at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some thundery downpours

BBC Weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, some maybe heavy or thundery. Showers will fade overnight to leave some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Weather map
BBC

Friday will start dry and bright with sunny spells. Top temperature of 22C (72F). 

BBC Weather has more local details.

Travel: Delays on A14 east bound at A140 junction

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked and there's slow traffic eastbound at J51 (A140 Needham Market) because of a collision.

No early parole for Lowestoft man jailed as a teenager for murder of cancer sufferer

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Lowestoft man who was jailed as a teenager for the murder of a terminally ill cancer sufferer, has lost a bid for an early chance of parole.

Aaron Breffitt was 16 when he and an older friend, James Killingback, set upon 55-year-old John Vry as he made his way home from a chip shop in December 2008.

BBC news website report from 2009
BBC

The following year at Ipswich Crown Court, the pair were convicted of murder, with Breffitt ordered to serve at least 12 years.

Mr Justice William Davis, hearing Breffitt's application for a cut in his term to allow an earlier release, said "A murderer's term can only be cut if they can be shown to have made 'exceptional and unforeseen progress' in prison."

He went on to say that as this was not the case, there would be no recommendation for a reduction in tariff.

Teddy Bishop 'raring to go' ahead of new season

Remains of medieval farm found in Lavenham

A medieval farm in Lavenham is among the remains spotted by Historic England, which has been taking aerial pictures to mark the Festival of Archaeology, which finishes on Sunday.

Aerial photograph of field at Lavenham
Damian Grady/Historic England

Crop marks in this picture reveal a late medieval farmstead showing the farm's field boundaries and tracks linking it to neighbouring farms.

The farms were abandoned after changes in farming practice but it shows how generations of families lived on the land, experts have said.

Portman Road 'the only place' for Tommy Smith

Hospital that helps mental health patients is to close

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

A hospital in Newmarket that helps mental health patients, is to close in the autumn, with the potential loss of 72 jobs.

Beech House
Google

Beech Hospital in Fordham Road provides specialist assessment, care and treatment for men with mental health disorders, intellectual disabilities, behaviours that challenge and complex needs.

The hospital says it's because NHS ENgland wants to move more patients with learning disabilities into the community.

But some patients will have to move to beds elsewhere.

Bupa response 'inadequate' says Ipswich MP

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Ben Gummer says he's worried about the care provided in homes in Suffolk run by Bupa, adding: "I have received complaints about Anglesea Heights [in Ipswich].

"The response from Bupa, I have to say, was inadequate".

Anglesea Heights care home
BBC

The former health minister was also critical of the fact that Bupa declined an invitation to be interviewed by BBC Suffolk to justify what they're doing, choosing to issue a statement instead.

He said: "Just running away and giving a written statement is a further sign of a lack of management responsibility when we have a pattern of very poor performance in Suffolk."

Tommy Smith 'thrilled' by new deal

Thrilled to have signed a new deal @Official_ITFC Looking forward to the next 3 years! Can't wait for this season to start now! 🙌🏼 #itfc

Field with outlines of circles and ridges in the crops

A Neolithic monument and a Bronze Age cemetery are some of the remains spotted from the skies by archaeologists.

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BreakingTommy Smith signs new contract with Ipswich Town

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town central defender Tommy Smith has signed a new contract with the club. 

Tommy Smith
Getty Images

He's agreed a three-year deal, with the option of a further year. 

Smith, 26, has been with the club since he was 16.  

'You can't blame the staff' says man with relative at failing care home

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

An Ipswich man who has a relative living at one of Bupa's failing care homes says: "You can't blame the staff, it's the attitude of the management."

Monmouth Court Care Home sign
BBC

Marvin Thomas was speaking after it was revealed that four out of the five homes run by Bupa in the county have been rated as inadequate in the last six months. The latest was Chilton Meadows in Stowmarket just yesterday. The other one requires improvement.

Bupa has issued a statement saying: "We have put in place a dedicated team to address the issues raised by the CQC, so that we bring lasting improvements to every home and provide consistently high quality of care."

It continues: "The health and wellbeing of our residents remains our top priority."

People at risk of 'significant harm' at care home says CQC

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Four out of the five care homes run by private provider Bupa in Suffolk have been rated inadequate with the remaining one requiring improvement.

Chilton Meadows
Google

Just yesterday the CQC reported on BUPA run Chilton Meadows in Stowmarket. It was downgraded from "requires Improvement" to "inadequate".

The CQC report said both residents and relatives felt they were unsafe and people were being put a risk of significant harm.

The homes have private clients in them, as well as 162 council funded residents.

Ipswich Town manager says it's been a 'wonderful' day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

As this year's open day at Portman Road draws to a close, Mick McCarthy told me: "It's been a wonderful day".

If you were there too, send us an email and tell us what you enjoyed the most.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

Watch: Ipswich Town open day

Woman raped in Bury St Edmunds

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A woman in her 30s has reported being raped in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night.

The woman has told police she was sitting on a bench in Out Risbygate just before 23:00 when a man sat next to her, began kissing and cuddling here, and then exposed himself.

She managed to get away from him and began walking home, but the man followed her and raped her there, before leaving in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In pictures: Ipswich Town training session under way

The players are being put through their paces on the main pitch, watched by thousands of fans in the East of England Co-operative stand.

Ipswich Town open day
BBC
Ipswich Town open day
BBC
Ipswich Town open day
BBC

About 4,000 fans at Ipswich Town open day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne has told me 4,000 fans are at the Ipswich Town open day.

He estimates about 1,500 autographs have been signed.

Ian Milne
BBC

It's filling up inside the stadium ahead of the on-pitch training session

Thousands of Ipswich Town fans have taken their seats to watch the first team squad in action during their public training session.

Ipswich Town open day
BBC
Ipswich Town open day
BBC

In pictures: Ipswich Town open day

Ipswich Town open day
BBC
Ipswich Town open day
BBC
Ipswich Town open day
BBC

Sign here, please!

Christophe Berra, Giles Coke and Luke Hyam are busy signing autographs for fans.

Christophe Berra, Giles Coke and Luke Hyam
BBC

It's a family affair

I've just met this family who are enjoying the Ipswich Town open day.

They are the Bennett-Hines and Caley families, who are from Ipswich and Rendlesham respectively.

They've just been queuing to get autographs on table one, which includes Daryl Murphy, Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra.

The Bennett-Hines and Caley families
BBC

Who's on the top table?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Ipswich Town squad is split between four tables so the autograph hunters can choose their favourites.

Which table is the most popular? Well, that's hard to tell but so far table two has the shortest queue.

Autograph tables
BBC

It's a long wait for autographs at the ITFC open day

Autographs queue
BBC
Autographs queue
BBC

Watch: Ipswich Town fans line up for open day

Three generations of family visiting the ITFC open day

Among the people queuing to get into the Open Day at Ipswich Town Football Club, were three generations of the Burgess family from Ipswich - Angela and husband Barry, daughter Hayley, and her three children Jaelyn, Naeveh, and Remaeo who was observing everything from his buggy. They're looking forward to getting their shirts signed.

Sean Kilbourn and his daughter Lucy had made the journey from Capel St Mary - Lucy said what she was looking forward to most was meeting Town skipper Luke Chambers.

Queues
BBC

Free WiFi the ambition for new Cornhill

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Huge queues for Ipswich Town open day

This is the scene in Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way as people wait to go in to the Ipswich Town open day.

Ipswich Town open day
BBC
Portman Road queues
BBC

Gates open in less than an hour for the Ipswich Town Open Day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

This year's Ipswich Town Open Day gets under way shortly, so if you're planning to call in, then I'd aim to get there sooner rather than later.

Last year a record number of people attended, with 6,000 supporters at Portman Road - these pictures show how busy it was.

If you take any photographs you'd like to share with us, you can email them to us, or post them on our Facebook page.

Queues at Portman Road last year
BBC
Open Day 2015
BBC

Ipswich Town: Pitman set to miss final friendly

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman has been ruled out of Saturday's home match against Belgian side Royal Union Saint-Gilloise.

Brett Pitman
Getty Images

The 28-year-old suffered a toe injury in Tuesday's draw at Charlton Athletic.

Luke Hyam's knee injury will also keep him out of the weekend's game, although both players should be fit for the Championship opener against Barnsley a week later.

Speedway: Old boys could come back to haunt Ipswich

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches will come up against a couple of familiar faces when Plymouth Devils race at Foxhall in the Premier League tonight.

Leigh Lanham
Jeff Higgott

Ex-Witches Leigh Lanham and Rohan Tungate are both currently riding for the Devon side.

"They're going to be ever so strong, especially with Leigh at reserve. He's such a good rider and can have up to seven rides, so it's going to make it tough for us," said King. 

"Rohan's showing some fantastic form and coming back to Foxhall he's going to want to put on a show."

Speedway: Ipswich Witches captain praises lower order

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches skipper Danny King believes the club's reserves have played a major part in their recent run of good form.

Joe Jacobs
Jeff Higgott

Joe Jacobs, Danyon Hume and Connor Mountain have been sharing duties as the Suffolk side has won three successive meetings.

"They've been doing fantastically well," said King. "Joe (Jacobs) has come in and his form's been absolutely amazing and the youngsters have been doing their bit as well and it's showed because we're winning meetings again."

Tonight the Witches are at home to Plymouth Devils in the Premier League.

Thursday's weather: Dry at first but you'll need your brolly later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a dry start to the day with some bright spells and light winds. 

Feeling warm in any sunshine, with a top temperature of 23C (73F), but the cloud will begin to thicken bringing a spell of rain eastwards. 

The rain will turn heavy for a time, with scattered heavy showers following on behind for the early evening.

Weather map
BBC

The showers will gradually die out to leave many parts dry overnight. Lows of 15C (59F).

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

Welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning. 

We're starting the day with news that four out of five care homes run by Bupa in Suffolk have been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission, with the fifth requiring improvement.

We'll hear from relatives who have mixed views about the situation, and also from the MP for Ipswich who say's he's concerned.

If you'd like to join in the conversation, then send us an email, or post a message on our Facebook page.