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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 10 March, 2017
  2. Man jailed for life for acid attack starts appeal process
  3. Norman Foster to design new Ipswich waterfront crossing...
  4. ... meanwhile, plans for Lowestoft's third crossing take a step forward
  5. Fiveways lights will please frustrated drivers
  6. Chief executive praises hospitals for tobacco-free policy
  7. Biker seriously injured in Bury St Edmunds crash

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for the BBC Suffolk Local Live for this week. We'll be back on Monday morning for 08:00 - join us then for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Before we go, here's a selection of some of the stories making the news in our county: 

  • Norman Foster to design waterfront crossings project in Ipswich, while Lowestoft's third crossing moves a step closer
  • Good Samaritans in Newmarket intervene to prevent an attempted mugging of a 77-year-olld
  • Traffic lights will be installed at the  A11 Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall

Scroll down for more... and have a great weekend.

Acid attack lifer in court bid to clear his name

The man, jailed for life for arranging an acid attack on his ex-girlfriend in Lowestoft, has won the first stage of his legal attempt to clear his name.

Adele Bellis
BBC

Anthony Riley, 27, of Raglan Road in the town was convicted of planning the assault on Adele Bellis, 24, which  left her with life-changing burns on her face and head  in 2014.

His co-defendant Jason Harrison, 29, of Princes Road, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for carrying out the actual attack at a bus stop on London Road South.

Riley's lawyers have been at the Court of Appeal in London arguing that Harrison made a deal with prosecutors and was never cross-examined by them during the trial at Ipswich Crown Court in 2015.

Judges agreed that Riley should have the chance to appeal against his conviction, but they said he faced an "uphill struggle" to convince them it should be overturned.

Anthony Riley
Suffolk Police

Ladies take on league leaders

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Harleston Magpies put their unbeaten home record on the line in hockey's Conference East this weekend. 

The south Norfolk women play league leaders Wimbledon at Weybread. They're fourth in the table with three matches left to play. 

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"You always want to play the best teams and at home we are undefeated. They've shown they're not unbeatable." said Magpies coach Rob Sorrell.

Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

Orwell crossing will be a 'globally recognised bridge of beauty'

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer was on the panel which helped select Foster + Partners to design the £77m Upper Orwell Crossings Project bridge.

He said: "This is one of the most important moments for Ipswich for many decades.

"The fact that we will have what will be a globally recognised bridge of beauty will say something powerful about our town’s ambition and our place not just in our county, or our region, or our country, but in the world."

Its aim is to improve east to west connections across the River Orwell in Ipswich, and ease congestion on the Star Lane/Key Street/College Street one-way gyratory system to the north of the waterfront.

Artist's impression of Upper Orwell Crossings
Foster + Partners

Norman Foster's company chosen to design new Ipswich bridge

A competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Suffolk County Council has selected Foster + Partners to design a new bridge for Ipswich.

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Its aim is to improve east to west connections across the River Orwell and the Department of Transport has agreed to provide about £77m to help fund it. 

Foster + Partners  was selected from a shortlist of five architectural practices.

The company was founded by Lord Foster and has designed buildings all over the world - as well as the black glass-clad Willis Building in Ipswich town centre.

Artist's impressions to complement video

Here's a look at the artist's impressions of what the new crossing could look like across Lake Lothing:

Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council
Artist's impression of third crossing in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council

Video gives you an idea what crossing could look like

Suffolk County Council has released a video showing "indicative alignment and design" of the long-awaited third crossing proposed for Lowestoft. 

However, the council issues the caveat that plans still requires a lot of work to refine exactly where it will be and how the estimated £100m construction will look.

Design advisors Design Council Cabe have been selected to help with the process.  

Lowestoft third crossing: Fly past impression of new bridge

Rugby union: Bury looking to build on Exmouth success

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds will be trying to win consecutive matches for the first time since November when they go to Barnes in National League Two South tomorrow.

Bury St Edmunds rugby team
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Last week's much-needed victory at Exmouth ended a run of six straight defeats and increased the Wolf Pack's cushion above the bottom two to seven points.

Struggling Barnes are currently third from bottom, having lost their last six in a row.

Leiston prepare to face Ryman League leaders

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The biggest game in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow is sixth-placed  Leiston  (pictured) at home to table-toppers Bognor Regis Town.

Leiston squad
Leiston FC

Glenn Driver's side will be buoyed by Tuesday's much-needed victory over Tonbridge Angels which ended a run of five successive defeats.

Relegation-threatened AFC Sudbury head to high-flying Havant & Waterlooville, Needham Market entertain Enfield Town and Lowestoft Town face Kingstonian.

Bury Town host Tilbury in the Ryman Division North.

Corrie Mckeague: Search for airman continues at landfill site

Helen Burchell

BBC News

As the search for missing RAF airman Corrie Mckeague enters its fifth day, we've been sent the latest images from the landfill site at Milton, near Cambridge.

Search at Milton landfill
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Search at Milton landfill site
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The 23-year-old gunner was last seen on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24 September.

Police traced the route of a bin lorry that picked up refuse from the Horseshoe area of the town, where Mr Mckeague was last seen on CCTV. 

They now say they are "confident" his body will be found at the landfill site.  

Search at Milton landfill
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Search of landfill at Milton
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Search at Milton landfill
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It could take the team of eight trained officers up to 10 weeks to sift through the rubbish, which covers an area of about 920 sq m (9,900 sq ft).

Search of Milton landfill
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MP on third crossing: Design work "will not delay" outcome

Meanwhile Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney, says the appointment of Design Council Cabe will in no way hinder the delivery of Lowestoft's third water crossing at Lake Lothing.

Peter Aldous, pictured with David Cameron, in 2015
BBC

He said: "This design work will not delay delivery of the third crossing as it is integral to the other necessary preparatory work is taking place. 

"It is important that once Design Council Cabe have carried out their initial work, they set out their ideas, so that local people can share their views and important input on all aspects of the Third Crossing in the upcoming public consultation."

Mr Aldous is pictured showing former Prime Minister David Cameron the Lowestoft harbour area during a visit in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

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East Anglian Daily Times front page
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Designers want to make Lowestoft folk "proud"

Design Council Cabe, enlisted to help Suffolk County Council and its team through the process of planning the Lake Lothing crossing, says it wants to make Lowestoft people proud.

Aerial view of Lowestoft harbour and Lake Lothing
Mike Page

Clare Devine, executive director of architecture, built environment and design, said: "Through our extensive experience on major infrastructure projects across the country, we can help to ensure that the design of the bridge and the surrounding landscape provides safer and more pleasant connections, encourages walking and cycling, and creates a new bridge which people in Lowestoft can be proud of."

Former Prime Minister David Cameron announced that  the government would provide £70m to the project , which is estimated will cost about £100m, during a visit to Suffolk in March 2016.

Design help enlisted for long-awaiting £100m third water crossing

Suffolk County Council has enlisted the support of design experts, Design Council Cabe , to help in the creation of the long-awaited Third Crossing at Lake Lothing in Lowestoft , which is estimated to cost in the region of £100m.

The organisation will play an integral part in leading design workshops and reviews with the project design team, using an independent design advice panel drawn from their network of experts. 

That panel will include architects, landscape architects, urban planners and designers and engineers.

Artists' impression of crossing
Kier and Mouchel

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council 's lead on the crossing, said engaging the experts was an "important step" and the crossing would bring "significant transport benefits" to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

"Design is a really important element of the scheme," he said.

"Their scrutiny will ensure we meet the key objectives of the project, while also delivering the scheme on time and on budget."

Suffolk makes top-10 shortlist for number of sub-standard bridges

Research by the RAC Foundation shows Suffolk has made the top ten of councils with the highest number of sub-standard road bridges .

Damaged bridge at Great Bealings
BBC

Suffolk came sixth with 121 sub-standard bridges. 

Topping the list is Devon with 249, but more locally Essex came in third place with 160. 

Last December, a report to Suffolk County Council showed that 350 bridges were in very poor condition and 147 were in a "severe state", which means they'll need attention within the next 12 months.

The picture above shows the damaged bridge at Great Bealings near Ipswich.

It was hit by a vehicle in September, but cannot be fixed during the winter months due to the nature of the repairs required.

It all started so well, but getting cloudier later

Cloud will increase this afternoon, with most places staying dry in Suffolk, but with a spot of drizzle over the hills. 

The west might benefit from brighter spells, but it'll be cloudy in the east. Maximum temperature 10C (50C). For more precise detail where you are, visit BBC Weather .

Scene from Snape
BBC

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Iken Canoe Man for sending in this picture of the sunrise at Snape this morning - we want to know if the black labrador dog (I'm told, called Wigeon) at the front of the shot appreciated the scene as much as we did...

Burglar, who brandished a meat cleaver and assaulted officer, is jailed

A 23-year-old burglar who brandished a meat cleaver and assaulted a police officer has been jailed for 10 years. 

James Preston, from Bardfield Road, Colchester was appearing at Ipswich Crown Court where he had already admitted a number of burglary offences and possession of bladed weapon, after incidents just up the A12 in Suffolk.

James Preston
Suffolk Police

Preston admitted a burglary in East Mill Green, Bentley, and an attempted burglary at a property in Capel Road, Bentley, all during a crime spree on 1 February.

It was whilst the Capel Road burglary was in progress that officers were called, and they managed to detain him after he "fled the scene on foot" towards the A12.

The defendant also admitted an aggravated burglary with intent at an address in Pound Lane, Capel St Mary, possessing a meat cleaver, and assaulting a police officer.

Chief executive praises hospitals for tobacco-free policy

Two hospitals in East Anglia have been praised for becoming smoke-free.

No smoking sign at Ipswich Hospital
BBC

In his  blog , Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England , said lessons are to be learned from Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

The two trusts officially became tobacco-free on Wednesday.

Mr Selbie said: "They are based in two of the largest towns in East Anglia, making them the main port of call for thousands of people, both as a workplace and for treatment.

"The decision to take the final step and go tobacco-free has not been taken lightly but with joint chief executive Nick Hulme keen to improve the health of his staff, patients and anyone who visits the sites, this was an important step forward in combating the detrimental effect of smoking on the population, community and the NHS."

What is Ipswich's MP getting excited about?

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Hopefully he and I are on the same page, and we'll reveal all this afternoon...

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Biker seriously injured in Bury St Edmunds crash

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash in Bury St Edmunds yesterday evening. 

The biker - a man in his 50s - collided with a blue Volvo on Oakes Road during the rush hour. 

The motorcyclist is at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge being treated for a life-changing injury. The road was shut for nearly four hours for police investigations.

Five arrested in suspected Ipswich burglary

Four men and one woman have been arrested in connection with a suspected burglary in Ipswich.

Officers were called to an address on Old Foundry Road in the town after reports of some suspicious activity last night at 22:25.

Four men, aged 32, 31, 19 and 17 and one woman, aged 26, were all arrested on suspicion of burglary and have been taken in for questioning.

Good samaritans intervene as woman pensioner is mugged

Passers-by came to the help of a 77-year-old woman as she fell victim to an attempted robbery in Newmarket earlier this week.

Members of the public managed to detain the suspect in the attack which left the woman with cuts and bruises - for which she required hospital treatment - in Exeter Road around 19:10 on Wednesday.

She had been the victim of a bag snatch as she walked along the road, near to the junction with Rayes Lane. 

A 25-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the attempted robbery and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court today.

Police say they would like to thank the members of the public who helped.

Cracker of a shot of the iconic Orwell Bridge

Check out this picture of the Orwell Bridge taken from the north bank of the river, taken by Ipswich's meteorlogical photographer Carl Harlott on Wednesday night. 

He said: "I've always wanted to do a photo shoot there so decided to go with some friends and this was the end result."

Scene over the Orwell Bridge
Carl Harlott

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Ed Sheeran sets new Spotify record

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Ed Sheeran
AP

When he's not busy getting his face slashed by princesses (or doing it himself as it turns out, eh James Blunt? ) Ed Sheeran is smashing records.

Not in a literal vinyl-hating sense but he has set a new Spotify record for the most first week streams for an album with his latest release ÷ (Divide).

That is 273m streams of his third album in five days.

The previous record was set by The Weeknd who saw 223m streams in seven days with Starboy last November.

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Academy boss says 'don't rule out grammar schools'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The boss of a chain of academy schools in Norfolk and Suffolk says we should consider the idea of opening new grammar schools here.

Dame Rachel De Souza
BBC

Dame Rachel De Souza, who  heads the Inspiration Trust which runs 13 academies and free schools in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Thetford and Cromer, said any new policy which could improve education for children in the county should be closely examined.

"With pupils who are out in the coastal areas where there are high levels of deprivation it is an absolute fight to get a great education," she said.

"If we can make it better using whatever new policy comes in, for these pupils, I think it is our duty to look at it.

"We'd be mad not too."

Darts: Wright's fine form continues

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's new UK Open champion Peter Wright beat James Wade 7-5 in the Premier League in Glasgow last night.

Peter Wright and James Wade
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Phil Taylor's defeat to Adrian Lewis means Wright now tops the leaderboard after six matches. 

There were also victories for Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson .

Ipswich Town: Moore playing a waiting game

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says striker Kieffer Moore (pictured) will have to bide his time before making his full debut for the club.

Kieffer Moore
BBC

The 24-year-old joined the Blues from Forest Green Rovers in January, but has yet to start a match for his new club, making eight substitute appearances so far.

"It's difficult to leave Tom Lawrence and David McGoldrick out," said McCarthy. "It would be wrong, they've been our best two players. 

"So leaving one of those out to put Kieffer in - it's not going to happen, not this weekend [ at Barnsley ] for sure."

Defective train track causes disruption

Rail passengers in on the East Anglian mainline face delays due to a defective track between Stratford and Liverpool Street in east London.

Greater Anglia said services may be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes.

It said the disruption is expected to last until the end of the day. 

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Transport secretary: Fiveways lights will please frustrated drivers

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The transport secretary says today's announcement that traffic lights will be installed on the A11 Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall will make a big difference to the thousands of drivers who use it every day.

A11 Fiveways roundabout, Suffolk
Google

Chris Grayling told the BBC "this will address a frustration which has been felt by motorists in East Anglia for a long time".

"This is a junction which has seen congestion too often and the work will smooth the flow of traffic through it," he said.

The £400,000 project is part of £2.4m pot of funding made available this morning for smaller road projects across East Anglia following Wednesday's budget.  

The other projects which are being funded haven't been named yet.

Weather: Chilly start, cloud thickening from the west through the day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a chilly start to the day but during the morning, milder air will push in and cloud will thicken. For many it will stay dry today but there is a chance of a spot of rain at times with a high of 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Traffic lights for Barton Mills roundbaout

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Traffic lights are to be installed at the Fiveways roundabout on the A11 at Barton Mills.

The government has announced that work on the £400,000 scheme will start in Autumn 2018 and should be complete by the following spring. 

It follows a long campaign by local residents and motorists who've complained about frequent accidents on the roundabout and congestion at peak times. 

Fiveways roundabout plan, near Mildenhall
Highways England