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By Philippa Taylor

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Our live coverage across the day

We're signing off now for the long weekend, but we'll be back on Tuesday morning from 08:00.

We'll leave you with a reminder that at Ipswich Crown Court today, optometrist Honey Rose was given a two-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of eight-year-old Vinnie Barker.

Scroll down for more on this, and other stories making the news across Suffolk.

Honey Rose
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Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England
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There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

Ipswich Town: Wark sees Preston as a 'tricky game'

Ipswich Town legend John Wark believes Town will need to repeat their impressive East Anglian derby performance if they're to beat Preston tomorrow.

John Wark
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"They've just beaten QPR 2-0 and they don't let many goals in. They've got a decent midfield in (John) Welsh, (Paul) Gallagher and (Daniel) Johnson, plus the threat of Jermaine Beckford up-front.

"So if we're not at it like we were against Norwich it could be a tricky game," said Wark.

Ipswich Town: I'd stick with Sears - Wark

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town legend John Wark believes goal-shy Freddie Sears would benefit from a change of formation.

Freddie Sears
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The 26-year-old will be hoping to end his run of 31 appearances without scoring when the Blues host Preston tomorrow.

"I would keep him in the team but I'd play him in a two (up front)," said Wark. "I just think that in a three he works his socks off and gets up and down the pitch in the wide areas, but he doesn't look like scoring."

Mick McCarthy expects busy end to transfer window

Oulton Broad speedboat crash: Broads authority investigating

The Broads Authority is investigating the collision between a speedboat and a stationary vehicle at Oulton Broad last night.

A spokesman said: "Broads Authority officers will be working with Suffolk Police, the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau and the Marine and Coastguard Agency to investigate the collision."

Oulton Broad
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The authority confirmed that a woman suffered a fractured back and skull, and a seven-year-old girl received forehead injuries.

Another girl, aged 10, and a man sustained minor injuries.

Trading Standards warning about illegally imported puppies

Trading Standards are warning people to be cautious abut illegally imported puppies, after they quarantined a Bichon Frise puppy when a vet discovered it had been brought into the UK illegally.

Her owners, who live in Stowmarket, had been unaware that the puppy had come from Romania and had been vaccinated too early to be effective.

Bichon Frise puppy
Suffolk County Council

Matthew Hicks, who's responsible for public protection with the county council, said: "The main issue around illegally imported puppies is that we cannot guarantee that the dogs are properly vaccinated and rabies-free.

“These puppies are usually sold via adverts on the internet and in newspaper small ads. 

"The dogs are often accompanied by incomplete, false, and forged documentation which lead buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK."

Honey Rose

An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in a boy who later died is given a suspended sentence.

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'Unexplained' death in Haverhill

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police are investigating the death of a woman in Haverhill. 

Emergency services were called to Parkside at 06:20, following the sudden death of the 85-year-old. 

A cordon has been put up and police have been at scene all day. The death is currently being treated as unexplained. 

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Custodial sentence 'was not required' for optometrist, says judge

During the sentencing of Honey Rose, Judge Stuart-Smith said an immediate custodial sentence was not required to bring home the importance of optometrists properly discharging their duty to patients.

He said the case had been highly publicised and had already caused great concern to the optometry profession.

A letter from the Association of Optometrists said there had been an increase in practitioners' concerns about the way they were doing their job, said Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting.

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Boots issue statement following Honey Rose sentencing

Boots Opticians has issued a short statement following the sentencing of Honey Rose, who worked as a locum at a branch in Ipswich.

Managing director Ben Fletcher, said: "We reiterate our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker's family.  

"Our thoughts throughout this difficult period have remained with the family following these tragic events." 

Boots, Ipswich
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Honey Rose to apply for permission to 'appeal'

Honey Rose is to apply for permission to appeal after being convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, according to the Association of Optometrists (AoP).

A spokesman declined to comment further on the case due to the ongoing Fitness to Practise hearing she faces before the General Optical Council.

Ipswich Crown Court
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At Ipswich Crown Court, Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, said a letter from the association said there had been an increase in practitioners' concerns about the way they were doing their job and whether they were following procedure.

He said it added there was no evidence that practitioners were becoming more risk-averse and referring more patients to other professions.

Honey Rose described as a 'hard-working, dedicated mother of three' by defence lawyer

Honey Rose was described by her barrister today as a "hard-working, dedicated mother of three children, who'd taken great pride in her profession".

Ian Stern QC, mitigating, described Rose's failure to examine the back of Vinnie's eyes as an "inexplicable lack of action" and a "one-off".

Judge Justice Stuart-Smith said he believed Mrs Rose was a generally competent optometrist, adding that her failure was a "straightforward, very serious lapse, once".

Sentencing Mrs Rose, he said her conduct was "not merely a breach of duty, it was a criminal omission".

Honey Rose sentencing: Police 'satisfied' with sentence

Speaking outside court, Det Supt Tonya Antonis, of Suffolk Police, said: "We're very satisfied with the sentence that has been given. 

"We feel it's proportionate in the circumstances. This was never about a custodial sentence. It's always been about something much bigger than that. 

"It was never the Barker family's intention that Honey Rose should go to prison. 

"What they wanted was some accountability by the profession and to ensure this doesn't happen to anybody else." 

Optometrist's husband 'in tears' during sentencing hearing

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

Honey Rose's husband Louis was in tears at Ipswich Crown Court as the optometrist was sentenced.

He said "sorry" across the court to Vinnie Barker's family.

Mr and Mrs Rose
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Barker family have been supported by East Anglia's Children's Hospices

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

Ipswich Crown Court heard an impact statement from Vinnie Barker's mother Joanne, (pictured with husband Ian).

She said the family had had help from East Anglia's Children's Hospices, to manage their grief.

She said the knowledge that Vinnie should have been saved was "intolerable to live with" and that the void in their lives would never heal.

Vinnie Barker's parents
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Further detail on Honey Rose sentencing

Sentencing Honey Rose at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Stuart-Smith said it was the first case of its type, as convictions for manslaughter by gross negligence generally involve multiple lapses over time in the face of patients who were displaying obvious symptoms that called for immediate treatment.

Rose was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and given a 24-month supervision order.

Recap of Honey Rose trial

During the trial of Honey Rose at Ipswich Crown Court in July, Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, said abnormalities in Vinnie Barker's eyes "would have been obvious to any competent optometrist" and should have led to an urgent referral to treat "a life-threatening condition".

Vinnie Barker
Suffolk Police

Vinnie Barker, eight , and from Ipswich, died in July 2012, five months after he had a routine eye test at a branch of Boots opticians in the town.

A build-up of fluid in his brain increased pressure in Vinnie's skull and ultimately led to his death, the court heard.

Two-year suspended prison sentence for Honey Rose

Optometrist Honey Rose, 35, from Newham, East Londopn, has been given a two-year jail term, suspended for two years at Ipswich Crown Court for gross negligence manslaughter.

The case was brought after she failed to spot symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition in eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, who later died.

Ipswich Crown Court
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BreakingSuspended sentence for optometrist Honey Rose

Optometrist Honey Rose has received a suspended sentence after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in July of eight-year-old Vinnie Barker.

More details as we get them.

Red Arrows cross three counties on way to Clacton show

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Red Arrows are now due to take off from Norwich Airport after an overnight stay and are on their way to the skies over Clacton in Essex where they will give a display for about 200,000 people crowded on the beach.

Red Arrows
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After several days in East Anglia they are due to return to the airport later this afternoon for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event tomorrow.

On the way to Essex and back to Norwich their course will take them over Suffolk twice in the next hour so look out for them now.

Short adjournment at optometrist sentencing hearing

Less than ten minutes after we reported that the sentencing hearing of Honey Rose was under way at Ipswich Crown Court, an adjournment was announced.

It should be resuming any moment now.

Optometrist sentencing hearing under way

The prosecution has begun to outline its case at Ipswich Crown Court, in the sentencing hearing of optometrist Honey Rose.

We'll keep you informed of developments from court three as they happen.

Ipswich Crown Court sign
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Optometrist trial was 'first of its kind' in the UK

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) issued a statement in July, after Honey Rose was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of gross negligence manslaughter.

It said the case, a criminal one involving an optometrist on clinical matters, was "the first of its kind in the UK".

Vinnie Barker
Barker Family

The AOP also said: "This is a tragic case which is devastating for all concerned and our sympathies go to the Barker family at this time.

"We are naturally extremely disappointed for our member, Ms Rose, in the outcome of the case."

Vinnie Barker's family had said the outcome of the case 'does not change our life sentence'

After the trial in July where Honey Rose was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter, the family of Vinnie Barker issued a statement.

Vinnie Barker
Barker Family

They said: "The outcome of this case does not change our life sentence; we will never be able to fully accept that our special little boy is never coming home.

"The decision of a jury or judge cannot bring Vinnie back or undo the devastation of his death.

"A guilty verdict would never make us winners, our loss is simply too great."

Optometrist sentencing: The background

Honey Rose had told Ipswich Crown Court during her trial in July, that she conducted all the required tests during Vinnie Barker's eye examination at the Ipswich branch of Boots on 15 February 2012.

But the prosecution claimed her conduct had been so far below the expected standard it was "criminal".

Honey Rose
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During the trial the jury heard there were "obvious abnormalities" in both of Vinnie's eyes visible during the examination.

Photographs taken by another staff member of the back of his eyes shortly before he was examined by Rose suggested he had bilateral papilloedema - a condition in which optic discs at the back of each eye become swollen because of raised pressure within the skull.

Rose had claimed her examination of Vinnie was tricky because he had closed his eyes to the light and looked away during the test.

Optometrist arrives at court for sentencing

An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in a boy who later died has arrived in court to be sentenced for gross negligence manslaughter.  

Honey Rose, 35, from Newham, East London, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in July, following the death of Vinnie Barker, 8, in 2012.

We'll bring you the details of the sentence when we get them.

Honey Rose
BBC

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after Wortham collision

A motor bike rider has been taken to hospital with leg injuries, after a collision just off the A143 at Wortham. 

The air ambulance was called to the scene. 

Suffolk Police say the injuries to the bike rider are not life-threatening.

Speedway: A busy weekend for Mildenhall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers start a run of three meetings in as many days at Coventry tonight.

Kevin Jolly
Jeff Higgott

Taylor Hampshire has been drafted in as a guest to cover for Jordan Jenkins who's unavailable.

Tomorrow it's the Best Pairs event in King's Lynn before a home match against Rye House on Sunday.

Chairman Kevin Jolly (pictured): "It's a very busy run at the moment, but the way the boys are going it's in our favour because they are all on fire, so it's nice to have the number of meetings that we have."

Woman and child receive 'serious' injuries in Oulton Broad collision

Two people on board a speedboat which was in collision with a stationary vehicle at Oulton Broad last night have "serious" injuries, say police.

Oulton Broad
BBC

The woman is being treated at the James Paget Hospital, while the girl has been transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

A second girl has been kept in overnight for observation, also at the James Paget, and a man who received basic medical care has been discharged.

Red Arrow alert - can you photograph them as they fly across Suffolk?

We're all going to be keeping an eye on the skies above Ipswich at about 12:50 today, in the hope of catching sight of the Red Arrows as they fly from Norwich Airport to the Clacton Airshow.

They leave Norwich at 12:46, arriving back at 13:34.

If you happen to snap them in our skies, we'd love to see the photographs. You can email them to us, or post them on our Facebook page.

Red Arrows
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Speedway: Ipswich confirm new Redcar date

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches haven't wasted any time in rearranging their Premier League meeting at Redcar Bears which was postponed last night.

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Prince William comforted my son over his mother’s death

BBC Radio 5 Live

It's been revealed that while on a visit to Luton this week, Prince William shared his experience of losing his mother with a teenage boy whose mother died of cancer last year aged 40.

During a visit to Keech Hospice, the Duke of Cambridge told Ben Hines, 14, that he missed his own mother Diana, Princess of Wales, every day and that "time makes it easier".

Ben's father Gary Hines told 5 live's Peter Allen that the prince was very comforting to his son.

"Himself and Kate were incredibly caring - he said: 'I know how you feel and time will help'.'"

Duke of Cambridge reveals emotional impact behind air ambulance role

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Prince William has given a small glimpse in to the emotionally harrowing impact of being a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Speaking at a visit to a youth mental health charity, he said that he was "carrying a lot of things at the moment".

He was about to listen in as volunteers answered real helpline calls when he requested "an easy one".

"I'll be in floods of tears at the end otherwise.

"I've had too many sad families with the air ambulance so I can't have any more stuff. Something on the lower level if I can," said the future King.

The ambulance service covers counties including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, extending to Essex and Hertfordshire at night.

Prince Williams walks away from an air ambulance
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'Unusual' to have boats out so late on Oulton Broad says local man

A man who's involved with water sports at Oulton Broad says it's "unusual" to have boats out so late.

Jason Mantripp was speaking after a collision between a speedboat and a stationary vessel at around 23:00 last night.

Jason Mantripp
BBC

He added: "You've got holidaymakers here, it's Regatta Week so you've got all sorts of craft buzzing around.

"It's probably a little bit more busy than usual, it's bank holiday weekend of course, which also adds to the traffic on the water."

The Red Arrows' schedule today...

Clacton isn't the only place they're visiting today. They're due to set off from Norwich at 12:46 and then fly over Suffolk, arriving in Clacton at 13:00.

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Optometrist Honey Rose due to be sentenced

An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in a boy who later died is due to be sentenced this morning at Ipswich Crown Court, after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter last month.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

Vincent Barker, eight, known as Vinnie, died in July 2012 after fluid built up in his brain.

Honey Rose, 35, from Newham, East London, performed a routine eye test on the child five months earlier. She said she had "done her best" for him.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy wants teams to fear visiting Portman Road

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is demanding an improvement in his side's home form.

Mick McCarthy
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Hull, Rotherham, Brentford and Stevenage have all won on Suffolk soil in 2016.

"We want to win at home we want this place to be a place where people fear coming again, because it was a couple of years ago," said McCarthy. 

"Last year was different, we had a good away record. I want to get back to dominating teams at Portman Road."