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By Philippa Taylor

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Thanks for your company this week.

We're signing off now with our regular updates until 08:00 on Monday morning, but we'll leave you with a somewhat unusual story.

A man known as the Plastic Soup Surfer has been kite surfing from Scheveningen in Holland to Lowestoft on a surfboard made from recycled single-use plastic bottles. He's made the trip to highlight the issue of plastic in the ocean.

We hope he's had a successful crossing. Have a good weekend.

Merijn Tinga on surfboard
Plastic Soup Surfer

Overnight weather: Cloudy and mainly dry

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight it'll be rather cloudy, but mainly dry, although there's a chance of occasional showers.

Lows of 12C (54F).

Saturday's weather map
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Saturday will start bright and dry, but it'll turn cloudy later, with heavier rain in the evening and overnight. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast where you live.

Felixstowe teenage raft rescue 'all part of the job'

Four girls in their mid-teens said they hadn't realised how far out to sea they were when a PCSO swam out and pulled their raft back to the beach.

Sea at Felixstowe
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John Hood said when he got to the raft off the coast at Felixstowe the girls said "we're ok" and he replied "no you're not".

He added: "I laid on my back, kicked and pulled, and got the raft in."

When they got to the shore the girls asked where their clothes were and Mr Hood said "about 250m (270 yds) up the shore".

They girls admitted "they didn't realise they were out so far I had to tell them 'stop saying thank you, it's done, it's just part of the job.'"

PCSO describes swimming out to sea to rescue girls

A police support officer has been describing how he carried out a rescue from the beach at Felixstowe on Wednesday, after spotting a raft with four teenage girls on drifting out to sea.

Felixstowe seafront
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PCSO John Hood says he was on patrol on his bicycle at the time: "I saw a little rubber raft with four girls on it just sort of sitting out on the water, but it seemed to be drifting. 

"I watched it for two or three minutes and I realised the vessel was going out to sea and the girls had one paddle among the four of them."

As he watched, one of the girls went into the sea and he thought "right, this is time to go in". 

He added: "I know the area, I used to do triathlons and I'm a reasonably strong swimmer. They were about 150m (160 yds) out."

The game 'has gone bonkers' says Mick McCarthy

Eye woman 'utterly devastated' after late partner's memorial bench is stolen

Diss Express

An Eye woman has told of her "utter devastation" after a personalised bench in memory of her late partner was stolen from the town’s cemetery.

Simon Dobbin

Eight men deny violent disorder in relation to an attack that left a football fan with brain damage.

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Bomb disposal officers called out to deal with artillery shell

Bomb disposal officers were called out this morning to deal with what was at first thought to be an unexploded bomb in a field in west Suffolk.

Wetherden Road
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The bomb disposal squad, who arrived from Colchester, identified the foot-long, cone-shaped item on land near Wetherden Road, Elmswell, as an artillery shell.

They were unable to deal with it at the scene and removed it to safety.

Daryl Murphy thanks fans for their support

Bury rugby club 'looking to restore the pride of the wolf'

We told you earlier that part of the wolf statue on the Southgate Roundabout in Bury St Edmunds has been damaged by vandals.

Bury Rugby Club, whose ground is nearby, always hang a club scarf around the wolf's neck when they're playing at home to alert their supporters to the fact that a game is on.

The chairman of the club, whose nickname is the "Wolfpack", says they don't see it as a bad omen for tomorrow's opening fixture of the new National League Two season.

Mike Robinson said: "The team will be out there looking to restore the pride of the wolf... and give a top performance worthy of the wolf in his full splendour."

Bury rugby club ground
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Ryan Crouch joins fellow paralympian Zoe Newson in Rio

Team Ipswich swimmer Ryan Crouch, 22, is "superchaged" for the Paralympic Games in Rio - he won double gold at last year's Cerebral Palsy Games and is a four-time British record holder. 

Suffolk's other paralympian, powerlifter Zoe Newson, 24, arrived a little earlier.

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Simon Dobbin case: 12 men in court

Earlier today 12 men appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court charged with violent disorder after an attack on Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin last year. 

Those who pleaded not guilty to the charge were: 

  • Ryan Carter, 22, from Southend
  • Jamie Chambers, 23, from Southend 
  • Lewis Courtnell, 33, from Southend 
  • Philip McGill, 31, of Westcliff 
  • Michael Shawyer, 31, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea
  • Greg Allen, 28, of Artillery Avenue, Shoeburyness
  • Matthew Petchey, 25, from Rochford    
Philip McGill, Lewis Courtnell and Jamie Chambers
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  •   Scott Nicholls, 40, from Langdon Hill, (pictured below), also denied the charge. 
Scott Nicholls
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Four others did not enter a plea. They were:

  • Thomas Randall, 21, from Southend 
  • Alexander Woods, 20, of Westcliff 
  • James Woods, 20, of Westcliff 
  • Rhys Pullen, 20, of Wickford

Vandals damage St Edmund wolf sculpture

A well-known St Edmund wolf sculpture in Bury St Edmunds has been vandalised.

The crown, which sits on the pillar in front of the wolf on the Southgate Roundabout, has been wrenched off.

Wolf statue
BBC

PCSO in sea rescue

We've got calls in to try to find out more about this rescue:

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Twelve appear in court over football fan attack

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

Twelve men have appeared in court charged in connection with an attack that left a football fan with brain damage. 

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall in Suffolk, suffered life-changing injuries in an attack in Southend on 21 March last year. 

Southend Magistrates Court
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The twelve, all from from south Essex are aged between 20 and 40. All have been charged in connection with the attack - eight pleaded not guilty and four entered no plea. 

All but one were given unconditional bail. 

The case of a 13th man, who's charged with assisting an offender and possession of a weapon has been adjourned. 

The men will next appear at Basildon Crown Court at the end of the month.

Sheepdog prepares to compete in international trials

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A sheepdog which contracted a serious canine illness less than a year ago, is preparing to compete in international sheepdog trials in a week's time.

Troy with sheep
BBC

Troy, who works at the Nedging Hall Estate, near Lavenham, qualified in August among the top 150 dogs in the country.

Shepherd Ed Hawkins says: "From that 150 they take the top 15 and we scraped in - in 15th place - which means on the 9 September we'll be off to Wales to run in the international.

"We'll compete in a similar style trial which will hopefully get us into the final layer of the supreme championship."

Shepherd warns dog owners to keep their vaccinations up-to-date

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A shepherd whose "best" sheepdog nearly died last December from leptospirosis, a type of bacterial infection, is urging dog owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated against the disease.

Ed Hawkins says it's particularly important "if they're in the countryside, around water courses and things".

Troy the sheepdog
BBC

Mr Hawkins says Troy the border collie spent 10 days in veterinary hospital: "I was trying to be optimistic about the whole thing, he's my best dog, out of eight dogs I've got.

"I was going down every day trying to tempt him with food... I was rather concerned that we may lose the dog... [but] luck was on our side, we managed to save him."

Crowe could win first Wales U21s cap

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Town keeper Michael Crowe could win his first Wales U21s cap this evening when the side coached by ex-Blue Geraint Williams takes on Denmark in a Euro 2017 qualifier at Wrexham.

Lady Robson 'extremely proud' as Sir Bobby Robson charity reaches £10m

Sir Bobby Robson's wife, Lady Robson, says she is delighted his charity, which was founded eight years ago, has raised £10m.

The Ipswich Town legend had a well-documented battle with cancer before his death in 2009.

Sir Bobby Robson statue with tributes
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The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation works with hospitals on Tyneside to develop new cancer treatments and has spent millions of pounds on equipment.

Lady Robson said: "Starting the charity was literally something we talked about over the kitchen table. We'd been asked for help and this was Bob's way of giving it.

"I'm extremely proud of the work we fund and it meant the world to Bob. Every time we are able to fund something which will help make a difference to cancer patients, I think of him."

Sir Bobby Robson's charity passes £10m mark

The cancer research charity set up by Sir Bobby Robson has raised £10m, organisers have revealed.

Sir Bobby Robson
PA

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was established in 2008 while the former Ipswich Town and England manager was receiving treatment for the disease. He died the following year.

The charity initially had a £500,000 fundraising target.

His wife, Lady Robson, said she was "very grateful", labelling the milestone "absolutely unbelievable".

This little piggy went for a walk...

You couldn't make it up. Last night, 24 hours before the Ipswich Pigs Gone Wild art trail ends, a real pig went walkabout in the town.

Pog the pig
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Police were called after the pig - named Pog - was spotted on the run around Newbury Road.  

Sharon Wootten was driving in the area when she saw the sow: "I stopped the car and took a photo, and then I spoke to Pog's owner.

"She [Pog] was very happy, she wasn't going home any time soon. But she was under control, the owner was very very good."

Train delays between Ipswich and Cambridge

The Haberden looking lush ahead of Wolfpack's season opener

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

BBC Radio Suffolk will be live at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club's opening fixture of the new National League Two season tomorrow.

The Haberden, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

The Wolfpack entertain Clifton at the Haberden, at the beginning of a month during which the Suffolk side will look to stamp their authority on the division. 

"It's going to be tough given that we have away trips to Bishops Stortford and Taunton. We also play Worthing who have a new coaching team and lots of ambition," said Bury Director Gavin Hogg. 

"September will give us an immediate marker with regards to our performance and areas we need to improve in."

Wolfpack aiming for a top four finish

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club get their latest National League Two campaign under way this weekend with a home match against Clifton.

Gavin Hogg
BBC

Director of Rugby Gavin Hogg (pictured) is likely to field a number of new signings before a big crowd at the Haberden tomorrow. 

It only took Bury two attempts to get out of National League Three, so what's a realistic aim this time around? 

"We make no bones about it that we want to improve on our seventh place finish last season and break into the top four," Hogg told us.

'Team spirit' the key to Leiston success

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It will not come as a surprise if Leiston are one of the Suffolk teams to benefit from an increased attendance during a non league weekend.

Glenn Driver
Leiston FC

The Victory Road side play Grays Athletic in the first round of FA Cup qualifying tomorrow off the back of seven consecutive wins in all competitions since the beginning of the season. 

Manager Glenn Driver took charge of the Blues for a second time back in May and Leiston are currently top the Ryman Premier Division. 

"Leicester won the Premier League with a good team spirit and that's what we've got," Driver said. "When we lose the ball we've got players who go hunting for it, and we are all in this together."

Men due in court over football fan attack

Thirteen men are due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court today after being charged over an attack on a Cambridge United football fan in Southend in 2015. 

Simon Dobbin, 44, from Mildenhall, in Suffolk, (pictured below) was left with life-changing injuries, and is still undergoing treatment. 

The thirteen men are accused of various offences; the majority with affray.  

Simon Dobbin at a match
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Suffolk sides in FA Cup action during non league weekend

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A handful of non league sides from the county are in FA Cup 1st round qualifying action tomorrow.

The FA Cup
BBC

Ryman Premier Division leaders Leiston will be favourites to progress at home to Grays Athletic, while AFC Sudbury will also be heavily fancied ahead of their clash with Halstead in west Suffolk. 

There are home matches too for Lowestoft Town and Felixstowe and Walton United, they play Histon and Tilbury respectively. 

Needham Market, meanwhile, are away at Uxbridge and will be determined to bounce back from the bank holiday's heavy loss to Leiston at Bloomfields.

Williams feared Ipswich return might never happen

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Just a few weeks ago midfielder Jonny Williams (pictured right) felt that his season might have been over before it even began following an unlucky spell with injuries.

Jonny Williams
AP

After appearing for Wales during Euro 2016, the Welsh international was back on the treatment table after the final game of Crystal Palace's pre-season following a late challenge.

Now back at Ipswich Town for a fourth loan spell, Williams is targeting a return to first team action after the October international break. 

"We were playing a non league team and I got hacked down after half an hour. I've seen the tackle again on a replay and it could have been a nasty one but I got out just in time" he said. 

Jonny Williams: 'Daryl Murphy couldn't turn down Newcastle'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

He is back at Ipswich Town for a fourth loan spell, but this time around midfielder Jonny Williams will not be linking up with striker Daryl Murphy (pictured left).

Daryl Murphy
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The Welsh international joined the club again on transfer deadline day, just a couple of days after the Irish international was sold to Newcastle United. 

However, Williams has wished Murphy all the best at St James' Park and admits the Magpies made him an offer he couldn't refuse. 

"From what I've seen of him, he deserves this move," Williams said. "He's been a top player for a few seasons now and I wasn't surprised when Newcastle came sniffing."

Has Pog the pig hit the headlines in the past too?

Last night's appearance of Pog the pig in Newbury Road in Ipswich, may not be the first time the sow has hit the headlines.

Pig the pig asleep in a lounge
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Back on 2014, a picture of a house on sale in Ipswich was removed by estate agents, when it emerged it showed a large pig at rest in the living room.

Can you confirm this? Drop us an email, or post a message on our Facebook page.

Congratulations for Ipswich Town pair in England U18s win over Italy

'96 calls and I still can't see a doctor'

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of the Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
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Suffolk Paralympians arrive in Rio

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Team Ipswich swimmer Ryan Crouch and East Bergholt powerlifter Zoe Newson are ready to make their mark on the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Ryan Crouch
BBC

Crouch (pictured) arrived in Brazil yesterday. He won double gold at last year's Cerebral Palsy Games and is four-time British record holder. 

Newson won Paralympic bronze at London 2012, and is already settled at Team GB's holding camp in Belo Horizonte. 

Friday's weather: Cooler and overcast

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be cloudy through much of the day, with outbreaks of rain in a few places. There may be some bright spells, particularly at the end of the day, towards western parts.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Any cloud and rain will clear, leaving a dry night with clear spells, and lows of 12C (54F).

You can get a more detailed forecast from BBC Weather.

Welcome back to live updates from across the county

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us again as we look at the best stories from Suffolk.

We love the story about the pig that went for a wander in Ipswich last night, and wonder if she wanted to take a look at the Pigs Gone Wild arts trail before it ends today?

So, we'll bring you more on that, as well as checking out the weather forecast and finding out what the local papers have to say.

Escapee pig meets sculpture pig
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Andrew McGowan

A drug dealer is jailed for 15 years for the manslaughter of a Norfolk father who bled to death after being stabbed.

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Our live coverage across the day

The team here in Suffolk are signing off from our regular updates for the day, but it's worth checking the page overnight, as any breaking news will feature here.

Our main story today has been the decision by the government to reject plans for 400 homes at Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket, after the application had previously been granted permission by Forest Heath District Council.

Have a good evening.

Hatchfield Farm demonstrators
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