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  1. Updates for Suffolk

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By Philippa Taylor

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Additional safety measures in place for Christmas Fayre

Visitors to this year's Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds will notice increased security at the event, which began this afternoon and runs until Sunday.

Barrier being created on Angel Hill
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As well as bollards being put in place on roads approaching Angel Hill, armed police will be on patrol.

Leader of St Edmundsbury borough council, Conservative John Griffiths, said it was a combined decision with the police to introduce the additional measures: "We worked very closely with them to make sure we got the appropriate measures in place to keep people safe and make sure they can then concentrate on enjoying themselves.

"They may see the odd armed policeman and I hope they will go and say hello to them.

"This is one of the safest parts of the country and we're just keen to reassure people it will stay like that."

Last year 125,000 visited the Fayre over four days.

Original Christmas tree

The town centre Christmas tree is rejected for looking as if it had been "through a hurricane".

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West Stow driver's injuries 'not life-changing'

The injuries received by a man in his 20s, when his yellow Volkswagen Golf crashed into a tree on Icklingham Road, West Stow this morning are not thought to be life-changing, police say.

The car was travelling towards the A1101 at the time.

Anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the crash, or who may have dashcam footage, is asked to contact police.

Work on Dobbin home is 'amazing'

Nicole Dobbin has been to see how the BBC One DIY SOS team has adapted her Mildenhall home to meet her husband Simon's needs.

The Cambridge United supporter was attacked outside a pub in Southend in 2015, after he'd seen his team play at Roots Hall, and left unable to walk or talk.

Nicole and Emily Dobbin outside their home
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Nicole, who was with her daughter Emily, said: "It's absolutely fantastic in there. What they've done is amazing.

"We've got a wet room, and a bedroom for Simon, but we've also got a huge living area for all of us.

"When I opened my eyes I just burst out crying, it is stunning.

"It's going to make a huge impact on our lives because it's going to make things easier for us and more comfortable for him."

Sewage otter meets sewer 'saviour'

It's not often you put your hand in a sewage tank and come out with something cute, but that's exactly what happened to one water company worker when he saved a baby otter from drowning.

Baby otter after being rescued
Anglian Water

The tiny 1.2kg (2lb 10oz) pup had fallen 4.5m (15ft) into a storm tank at the sewage works near Stowmarket in Suffolk on 1 November, and could not get out.

Luckily Anglian Water technician Steve Pearce spotted him, scooped him out and called the RSPCA.

Otter after being rescued
RSPCA

The otter was covered in sewage and close to death, the charity said.

Three weeks later, the pup is recovering well at the RSPCA's wildlife centre in East Winch, Norfolk and Mr Pearce went along earlier this week to meet him.

Otter
Anglian Water

The company has made a donation to the charity to help buy the unnamed otter "lots of his favourite food - trout", Mr Pearce said.

The centre's manager, Alison Charles (who you can see in the Anglian Water video below talking about the otter), said he is doing well, has doubled his weight and will soon be transferred to a specialist rehabilitation facility in the New Forest, to prepare him for life back in the wild.

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The scene on Norwich Road following two-vehicle crash

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

The scene at Norwich Road a short while ago - the road has now reopened:

Emergency services on Norwich Road
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Damaged vehicle
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Emergency vehicles near the junction with Bramford Road
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Driver of fatal crash car released under investigation

An Ipswich man arrested in connection with a fatal collision in Long Melford on Wednesday has been released from police custody.

Long Melford crash scene
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The crash, in which a red Toyota Yaris hit a wall on the A1092 Westgate Street, happened at about 05:30. Three occupants of the car, two men and a woman, were taken to the West Suffolk Hospital.

The front passenger, a 23-year-old man, was then transferred to Addebrooke's, where he died.

The rear female passenger sustained a hip injury.

The 26-year-old driver suffered minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, and causing death by dangerous driving.

He has now been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Police warning: Ipswich road closure follows car crash

Driver airlifted to hospital after West Stow crash

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man has been airlifted to to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious injuries after his car hit a tree at West Stow this morning.

Police and fire fighters were called to the scene on the A1101 Icklingham Road at about 08:30.

The road remains closed and is likely to be for some time while an investigation is carried out.

There was no-one else in the car, police say.

Hockey: Suffolk's Martin helps England reach last four

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich hockey player Hannah Martin (pictured right) played for England as they beat the USA 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the World League Final this morning.

Hannah Martin
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A couple of strikes from Sophie Bray put Danny Kerry's side 2-0 ahead, before Alyssa Parker grabbed a consolation goal.

England will now play hosts New Zealand tomorrow, in the semi-finals.

David McGoldrick

Ipswich's Mick McCarthy says it was "remarkable" that Glenn Loovens was not punished for a foul on David McGoldrick.

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Public to pick between park and ride and guided busway

Cambridge News

One of the busiest routes into Cambridge is one step closer to a multi-million pound transformation to reduce congestion and get more people using public transport, reports the Cambridge News.

The A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge, which is notorious for heavy traffic and accidents, could get a new park and ride - or an off-road public transport route.

To see the options on the table - and the costs and timescale - read the full story here.

Revamping injured football fan's house has been 'very tough'

Work has been completed as a BBC television programme's team transformed the Mildenhall home of a football fan who was left with brain damage after he was assaulted by football hooligans in 2015.

The BBC One DIY SOS team, along with more than a hundred volunteers, has been adapting the house to better suit Mr Dobbin's needs.

The Cambridge United fan was attacked outside a pub in Southend. Thirteen men have been sentenced for their part in the assault.

Programme presenter Nick Knowles said: "It's been very tough. It's no secret it's a small house, and trying to use every last inch and centimetre of the place to maximum effect has been really tough.

Exterior of Simon and Nicole Dobbin's house
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"When you're working in an enclosed space with up to 110 people, it relies on them having a really good work ethic and a really good attitude towards others.

"It's been an amazing time and we've worked with some amazing people... it's been a proper community effort.

"It's an amazing thing that people come and work for nothing for nine days and at the end of it thank us for being part of it."

Later this morning Nicole Dobbin and daughter Emily will see how their home has been transformed, and Simon himself will be there too if his hospital doctors give their approval.

The family's reaction will be kept under close wraps until the programme is broadcast.

We don't have a date for that yet.

Ipswich Town: Loovens should've seen red - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Sheffield Wednesday captain Glenn Loovens should've been sent off for this tackle on David McGoldrick in last night's 2-2 draw at at Portman Road.

David McGoldrick and Glenn Loovens
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The Dutchman escaped any punishment for the early challenge, which forced McGoldrick off at half-time.

The Republic of Ireland striker now requires surgery and will miss Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

"Not to get any colour card was remarkable," McCarthy told me. "Didzy [McGoldrick] has got a cut as long and deep as my index finger.

"Having seen it again, his foot was so high and he stopped our momentum going forward.

"I can't affect the punishment, but all I'm saying is it's a bad decision - actually it's not a bad decision, it's a non-decision."

Annual Christmas Fayre ready to begin in Bury St Edmunds

The annual four-day Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds (pictured in 2016) gets under way this afternoon.

Among the events on the first day are a children's lantern parade, and a firework display in the Abbey Gardens.

Extra security measures, including armed police on patrol and additional barriers and bollards, have been introduced.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend.

Christmas Fayre 2016
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Orwell Bridge reopens before morning rush

The Orwell Bridge reopened before the main morning rush hours, Highways England confirmed.

It was closed overnight due to high winds being forecast.

At about 05:40 the agency tweeted that it was "fully open in both directions as wind speeds have now dropped to acceptable speeds".

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Ipswich Town manager frustrated by late sucker punch

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

From the high of Saturday's late equaliser at Hull the shoe was on the other foot for Ipswich Town last night as Sheffield Wednesday grabbed a share of the spoils at Portman Road.

Atdhe Nuhiu
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With the Blues all set for a deserved 2-1 victory, substitute Atdhe Nuhiu headed beyond Bartosz Bialkowski in the 94th minute, to make it 2-2.

"We just blinked and let our guard down," Town boss Mick McCarthy admitted. "The ball should've been kicked out and gone for a throw-in.

"That's unfortunate because I end up feeling angry and disappointed about that, when I should be feeling really pleased and thrilled by a really good performance tonight."

Severe disruption: A14 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk both ways severe disruption, between J57 A1189 Nacton Road and J56 A137 Wherstead Road.

A14 Suffolk - A14 in Ipswich closed in both directions between A1189, J57 Nacton Interchange and J56, A137 (Wherstead Interchange), because of strong winds.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Atdhe Nuhiu

Atdhe Nuhiu heads a 95th-minute equaliser as Sheffield Wednesday twice come from behind to draw at Ipswich Town.

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Police warn Orwell Bridge 'likely to be closed' later

Cambridge to honour university's first woman professor

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Dorothy Garrod
Newnham College

Cambridge University is to name a new building after a pioneering archaeologist who blazed a trail for women academics.

Dorothy Garrod - who was born in Melton, Suffolk in 1892 - read history at Newnham College from 1913, one of the few women to do so.

She trained as an archaeologist and carried out much of her work in France and the Middle East.

In 1939, Garrod was elected to the Disney Chair of Archaeology at Cambridge University – the first woman to hold a professorial chair at Oxbridge.

As a woman she was not a full member of Cambridge University, which meant that she could not speak or vote on university matters. Women did not become full members until 1948.

The building will open in 2018.

Prof Dame Carol Black, principal of Newnham College, said: "We hope this building, named in her honour, will be a reminder of her pioneering work and an inspiration for future generations."

Dorothy Garrod - centre
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Little Cornard church bells restoration project hits key milestone

The Suffolk Free Press says the bells at All Saints' Church in Little Cornard have been removed for their first refurbishment in hundreds of years.

All Saints Church
Suffolk Free Press

Highways England monitoring wind levels at Orwell Bridge

With a Met Office warning for wind in place until 07:00 on Thursday, drivers are being reminded to check for updates on the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich.

Highways England has created a website dedicated to sharing news about travel conditions on the A14 bridge.

Members of the public can sign up for breaking news email alerts.

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Man dies in Long Melford crash

It's been confirmed that a man has died after a car crashed into a wall in Long Melford.

A red Toyota Yaris hit the wall on Westgate Street shortly before 05:45.

Three occupants of the car - two men and a woman - were taken to West Suffolk Hospital for treatment. The front passenger, a man in his 20s, died in hospital. The female rear passenger sustained serious injuries, but they are not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver, a 26-year-old man from Ipswich, suffered minor injuries. He has been arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The road has been reopened.

Bury St Edmunds PIC
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Man arrested over robbery of woman in her 70s

A man has been arrested by officers investigating the robbery of a 79-year-old woman in Ipswich, who was knocked to the ground as her bag was stolen.

The attack happened at about 19:35 on 5 November in Victoria Street.

CCTV of robbery in Ipswich
Suffolk Police

The woman had parked her car at the end of the road near the Westgate Ward Social Club.

She got out and put her handbag over her shoulder and across her body, but was then approached by a man who grabbed hold of the bag.

He continued to pull at the bag and she fell the ground. The man ran off towards London Road.

On Tuesday, a 30-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of robbery. He has since been released under investigation.

The victim's handbag has not been recovered.

Couple of warnings for Town fans ahead of Sheffield Wednesday fixture

No pictures or autographs for fans after the game as they'll be getting their "cold" treatment...

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Knudsen expected to return for Town's trip to Villa Park

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Jonas Knudsen, who misses tonight's visit by Sheffield Wednesday to Portman Road through suspension, is likely to return to Mick McCarthy's side for their trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Jonas Knudsen
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The manager is clear - the Danish international is his first choice but says Myles Kenlock, who replaces Knudsen tonight, will understand.

"Football is life - you have to accept it because we all know there comes a period of time in a season when the manager's got a team, it's a settled team, you're playing it week in, week out," McCarthy said.

"You're behind him, you know full well if he gets suspended, but he's been having a great season.

"You're not going to nick his spot on one game, but if somebody gets injured or poorly and misses two or three and you get in, well, if you have three good games then that puts the pressure on the manager to say 'alright, he deserves to stay in'."

Long Melford crash scene investigated by police

This was the scene at Long Melford earlier after a car smashed into a wall on the A1092 in the early hours.

A male passenger is in a serious condition at West Suffolk Hospital.

We understand the male driver and a female passenger were also taken to hospital.

Police have told us they will be releasing more information about the crash very soon.

Car involved in Long Melford crash
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Town's Kenlock comes in for Knudsen

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is backing Myles Kenlock to slot seamlessly into his back-four against Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road tonight.

Myles Kenlock with Jaamal Lascelles
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He'll replace left back Jonas Knudsen, who's suspended for tonight's game.

It's a month since the 20-year-old last featured for the Blues, but McCarthy says he's really impressed him in training recently.

"I think he's had a really good couple of weeks - maybe he knew Jonas was on four bookings, I don't know, but he has really done well.

"And we know he's good with the ball, he's athletic enough. He's behind Jonas in terms of first choice, but I'd like him to give me a problem."

Male passenger in hospital following Long Melford crash

It's been confirmed that the person injured when a car crashed into a wall in Long Melford this morning was a male passenger in the vehicle.

He is being treated at West Suffolk Hospital for what are thought to be "serious" injuries.

The road remains closed.

Ipswich and Felixstowe from the sky

It's not often we get a chance to share aerial shots of our beautiful county with you, so a big thanks to Simon Barlow, a private pilot, who took these photographs while flying over Ipswich and Felixstowe on Saturday morning:

Aerial shot of the Orwell Bridge
Simon Barlow
Ipswich wet dock
Simon Barlow
Port of Felixstowe
Simon Barlow
Port of Felixstowe
Simon Barlow
Landguard Fort
Simon Barlow

'Drug fix rooms would save lives'

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of this morning's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Festive fayre set to attract record crowds

East Anglian Daily Times

Let's take a look at some of our local papers. Here's the front page of the west edition of the East Anglian Daily Times:

Front page of west edition of EADT
EADT

'Team effort' catching drink and drug driver

Norfolk and Suffolk's roads policing team says the drunk driver also provided a positive drug wipe for cocaine...

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Road closure in Long Melford as car crashes into wall

A car has crashed into a brick wall in Long Melford, near Sudbury, seriously injuring at least one person.

Three people were in the car, which came off the A1092 Windmill Hill at about 05:45.

Police say the road will be shut for some time.

Road closed signs in Windmill Hill
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Emergency services on Windmill Hill
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Severe accident: A1092 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1092 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between B1066 and B1064.

A1092 Suffolk - A1092 Windmill Hill in Long Melford closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1066 junction and the B1064 junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Councillors to debate Babergh and Mid Suffolk merger

Councillors are set to debate proposals to merge Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils.

The merger is back on the cards six years after residents rejected previous proposals in 2011.

That time around, 59.9% of voters in Mid Suffolk backed the link-up, but 60.9% of voters in Babergh rejected the proposal, largely because of fears that council tax bills would rise.

Endeavour House
BBC

In the meantime, there has been an administrative merger - and councillors are looking again to combine the political sides of the council.

According to a report which will go before Babergh District Council at this evening's meeting, dissolving the two councils to form a new district council would save £1m a year.

The council will debate the proposals but they are yet to go to the councils' cabinets.

Cup distraction for Suffolk sides

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston and Mildenhall Town meet in the Suffolk Premier Cup at Victory Road tonight.

Both teams might well be relieved that they are not playing in the Bostik League.

Glenn Driver
BBC

In recent weeks, the Blues boss Glenn Driver (pictured) has watched his side slip from first to eighth in the Premier Division, having gone six games without a win in non league football's third tier.

The Hall have also found it tough of late in the Bostik North, but they can take plenty of pride from the fact that they are the only Suffolk side left in this season's FA Trophy.

Elsewhere in the Premier Cup tonight, Bury Town and Newmarket Town meet at Ram Meadow.

In addition, there are home league fixtures for both Lowestoft Town and Needham Market.