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  1. Updates on Friday, 17 March 2017
  2. Father's drugs mix-up death was 'devastating'
  3. Ipswich Town: MD defends price hike
  4. Ed Sheeran no shock for Glastonbury
  5. Lowestoft boxer recovering from further surgery

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Mick McCarthy's managerial milestone is one of five things you may have missed in the English Football League.

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Joe Bennett celebrates after scoring Cardiff's third goal

Michael Pearlman

BBC Wales Sport

Cardiff City add to the pressure on Ipswich Town and manager Mick McCarthy with a comfortable win in the Championship.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's another week of live updates from the Suffolk Live team done and dusted. We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday.

Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of the stories making our headlines today:

  • The family of a blind man who died after he was given the wrong prescription speak out
  • Mother fears missing teenage girl met someone on the internet
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan cancels gig at Ipswich's Corn Exchange

Scroll down for the full details... and have a great weekend.

Golf club is 'England's Most Welcoming'

Suffolk has England's Most Welcoming golf club, according to the judges at an awards ceremony last night .

England Golf gave the honour to Fynn Valley GC - in Witnesham, just north of Ipswich.

Jenny Holmes, company secretary, said: “We felt when we opened the club the most important part was to really welcome everybody, regardless of what they did for a living, how old they were or what gender they were. We had the same welcome for everyone and that’s the foundation on which the club is built.”  

Fynn Valley Golf Club
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A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

Weather graphic for Saturday morning

It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Shedding light on the darkness

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

But today's the Spring Equilux.

Confused? This tweet explains:

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Gilbert 'extremely sorry' for postponement

Having postponed Saturday's concert in Ipswich with one day's notice, singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan has he is "extremely sorry".

He said: "I have been pushing myself and singing with a cold the last few nights, and because of this I now have a chest infection and am unable to sing.

"I apologise for any inconvenience caused as the last thing I want to do is let you all down. 

"I hope with some rest I will be back on my feet in time for York."

Gilbert O'Sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan

The Corn Exchange gig has been re-scheduled for 10 September.

Father was victim of 'devastating' medicine mix-up

The family of Douglas Lamond has been reacting to the narrative verdict delivered at the inquest into his death.

The 86-year-old from Felixstowe, who was registered blind, died of a heart attack after he was issued with drugs for diabetes, rather than his regular prescribed medicine to treat his high blood pressure.

The coroner said he died as the result of "a very significant accidental dispensing error".

Douglas Lamond
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Mr Lamond's daughter Dianne Moore said in a statement: "After almost five years I am glad to finally have the circumstances of my father's tragic and traumatic death in the open.

"He certainly never expected such carelessness and breach of duty of care from Boots.

"We would not wish any other family to go through such a devastating experience."

The chemist Boots said it had "shared the learnings from this incident to help prevent this happening in the future".

Det Supt Andy Smith from Suffolk Police said: "The fact that Mr Lamond was seriously visually-impaired meant he was almost totally reliant on healthcare professionals taking the requisite care in the preparation of life-dependant medication, and staff who had prepared the medication acknowledged mistakes had been made."

Misspelt sign removed

Many sharp-eyed people will have noticed that BBC reports from the inquest into the death of Douglas Lamond featured a misspelt sign outside the Coroner's Court .

Coroner's Court sign in Ipswich

We understand the sign, at the offices on Egerton Road, in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich, has been removed.

5 Things We've Learned This Week

Ed Sheeran

1) Ed Sheeran is going to be in Game of Thrones.

After dominating the entire singles and album charts last week we asked;   Where next for Ed Sheeran?

Well how about Winterfell, Dorne or perhaps (given his recent  fictional run-in with some royals  ) King's Landing?

The GoT producers have confirmed  Ed Sheeran  will make a cameo appearance in the seventh series.

In other words...Ginger is coming.

New-found actor Ed showed he can do comedy as well as fantasy drama this week in this Red Nose Day sketch with Korrupt FM below.

Warning: May contain ads.  

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2) Snoop Dogg and Donald Trump are at war

The US President has added  Snoop  to his list of "failing" institutions, after the rapper pretended to shoot him in a new music video.

The video for Snoop's politically-charged remix of BADBADNOTGOOD's single Lavender sees him fire a fake "clown gun" in Trump's direction, before dancing around and smoking while a clown-faced President is tied up in chains.

Snoop Dogg

On Wednesday the President hit back...

...Jail time?  GULP.

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3) The xx are record-breakers...

...and they saved their best guest for last.

Florence (minus her machine) shocked everyone this week when she arrived onstage unannounced to belt out You've Got The Love, as the London electro-indie trio completed their record-breaking seven night residency at Brixton Academy.

Flo followed Robyn and Savages' Jehnny Beth in appearing with Romy, Oli and Jamie.

The Band even got a shout out from the Mayor of London himself.

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4) Katy Perry loves a Yorkshire pudding

The singer was announced as the final headliner for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull on Thursday, alongside Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Stormzy.

And she told Radio 1 breakfast show host Grimmy (below) that a series of English boyfriends had helped her to develop a taste for some of the finer things in life.

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And finally...

5) The Teletubbies know how to get their Freak On

This new Missy Elliot mashup from LA-based video editor Robert Jones was trending on social media this week.

There are no words from us that can do it justice...just enjoy below.

Warning: Third party content, may contain ads.

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Mother fears missing girl 'met someone from the internet'

The mother of missing girl Kennedy Palmer says after conversations with her daughter's friends, she fears she may have met someone online.

Nicola Palmer said: "I asked her friends and they think she'd been talking to a boy on the internet. It really scares me that she might have gone off and met somebody.

Kennedy Palmer
Nicola Palmer

She revealed she was beside herself with worry and had been driving around the estates of Ipswich and Woodbridge looking for her until the early hours of this morning. 

She also said her disappearance was out-of-character and that there had been no row or argument. 

Kennedy is white, around 5ft 3ins tall (1.6m), of slim build and has a distinctive hairstyle, with long hair on one side and shaved on the other side. 

Police say her hair is now brown all over, so slightly different from some of the photographs of her. She was wearing a light blue T-shirt, navy jumper and dark trousers when she was last seen.

Meanwhile police say work is being carried out to locate her, but ask that anyone who might have seen her or with any information call them on 101.

BreakingGilbert cancels gig

Gilbert O'Sullivan has cancelled his concert at Ipswich's Corn Exchange on Saturday.

O'Sullivan, 70, who had a string of hits in the 1970s, has a serious cold and chest infection.

It's been rescheduled for Sunday, 10 September.

Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Mother 'just so worried' over daughter's disappearance

The mother of a teenage girl missing from her home in Kesgrave since yesterday morning says she's beside herself with worry. 

Kennedy Palmer, 15, was last seen at 08:00 on Thursday when she left for school, and she didn't arrive there. 

Her mother Nicola says her disappearance is completely out of character.

She said: "She was in a great mood, it's been really strange, we don't even understand why she's gone or what's happened. She's been really good, there wasn't any argument.

Kennedy Palmer
Nicola Palmer

"I've been awake all night - I didn't get home until 01:00 this morning, I've been driving around looking for her.

"I've been around Martlesham and Woodbridge, I've asked all the friends, and all the boys she hangs around with, and the police know.

"I'm just so worried."

'Turf war leading to rise in knife crime'

A surge in knife crime in Ipswich is down to a "turf war", according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tim Passmore made the comments to the county council's full meeting. He'd been questioned on the recent high profile crimes in the town.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

Mr Passmore told councillors he shared their concerns, and admitted there'd been a surge in knife crime in Ipswich. He said some of it was a turf war between different groups and linked to drugs.

He went on to say the police with working with the National Crime Agency and police forces in London, as well as the Transport Police to understand what was going on.

How much?

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Earlier this week, you may remember we mentioned that you, humble taxpayers, are still paying for the regional fire control centre that never was .

The Waterbeach headquarters would have answered all emergency fire calls from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and north Essex.

However, the project was  abandoned in 2010  after the coalition government determined the "requirements of the project cannot be delivered to an acceptable timeframe".

Mothballed fire control centre in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) initially refused to comment on why it had failed to let the building.

However, we've now finally got a breakdown of exactly how our money is being used to support this ongoing venture.

The total costs in 2015-16 were:

  • Rent (net): £1,384,903.36
  • Rates: £49,296.33
  • Service charge: £17,268.76
  • Water: £246.78
  • Electricity: £25,605.73
  • Fixed Maintenance: £200,227.33
  • Reactive Maintenance: £1,166.57

Total: £1,678,714.86 = £4,599 a day

Yep, going on for £2m a year.

Man snapping pencil

We asked the DCLG to comment on the figures. We especially wanted to know why £26,000 of electricity was being used each year when no-one was there, but they wouldn't. 

With another 14 years left on the lease, the final spend will dwarf the millions spent so far on a service which has never been used. 

White elephant? You decide...

Ipswich Town: Bru and Moore doubtful

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Midfielder Kevin Bru (pictured) and striker Kieffer Moore could miss Ipswich Town's trip to Cardiff City tomorrow .

Kevin Bru
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The pair haven't trained this week with Bru suffering from a knee injury and Moore a groin problem.

David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence both returned to training on Wednesday and should be ok.

One definite absentee is Emyr Huws who isn't eligible to play against his parent club, although he's also been struggling with a tight hamstring.

Cardiff's Bruno Manga could be in their team for the first time since January after he injured himself while on African Nations Cup duty for Gabon.

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Lethal substances, pop sensations and sledgehammer-wielding vandals feature in the weekly papers.

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Cheerful 'quackers' tweet from Stowmarket police

Gervais adds second night in Ipswich

Tickets for comedian Ricky Gervais are selling like the proverbial hot cakes in Ipswich.

Ricky Gervais
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Seats for his Monday, 4 September show at the Regent went on sale this morning and were snapped up instantly.

A second show has been added for Tuesday, 5 September and there's "good availability" on the  venue website  at the time of writing.

Happy ending to tale of lost wedding ring

You may have seen our earlier story on the man who's been re-united with his wedding ring after it was found in a sofa in south Norfolk.

          Andy Freeman stretching out his left arm, with hand clasped and wearing wedding ring

Andy and Steph Freeman, who live near Norwich, had given away the sofa for free on Facebook. 

A week before it went, Andy had noticed the ring was missing from his finger when he went to have a shower - and "got into trouble" from Steph.

Four months later, the sofa's owner owner Cloey Jordan found it when she went to retrieve her baby son's dummy.  

Cloey, who lives near Harleston, posted details online in a bid to find the ring's rightful owners.

After imposters tried to claim it, the ring is now back with with Freemans.

I felt bad for this woman because she was saying 'it's me, it's me'... I asked if she had a photo of the sofa, it took her about an hour to find it, but she knew exactly how it'd been picked up so I knew it was her."

Cloey Jordan

#AandElive 'in a word'

Yesterday we featured a full day of coverage at the accident and emergency unit at Ipswich Hospital, and we asked patients and staff to summarise their experience in a single word. 

Here's what they came up with: 

Montage of views about the A&E unit

You can read the whole of our 24 hours of coverage from midnight to midnight on Thursday.

So what about children's season ticket prices at Town?

Ipswich Town's managing director has explained how they reached the pricing decision to increase the £10 children's season ticket to £50, criticised as a 400% rise by some.

Previously the club had a £10 season ticket for under-11s.

Ian Milne at Ipswich Town

But Ian Milne said the position had been abused, and some people had bought £10 season tickets as an opportunity to get extra space to put their bags or coats, or upgraded them. Very few were being taken up by a child. 

He said: "The under-12s will pay £50 per season - that's about £2.17 per match. 

"However each time they come, they will get so many loyalty points and if they come for all 23 matches they will get £46 worth of loyalty vouchers or they can use that as a credit to the following season, so in effect it will only cost you £4 per season."

'It's a tough decision' - will fans renew Ipswich Town season tickets?

Responding to the question of whether Ipswich Town supporters will renew their season tickets next season when adult prices go up 1.5%..

Mike Ball writes on BBC Suffolk's Facebook page : "It's a tough decision... Would love to know if McCarthy plans to stay next season before the Early Bird season ticket deadline..."

While Jacqueline Taylor said she will definitely be buying one: "All clubs have lows, but if I desert MY TEAM now, I will be no better than the thousands who purport to support the Big Clubs just so they can sat how great their team is."

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Town chief speaks of 'reality' of season ticket rise

Town's managing director Ian Milne has told the BBC he accepts the new price structure is something of a gamble and that it could lead to some supporters staying away, given the club's current position in the Championship.

He was speaking after the club announced a price rise of an adult season ticket by 1.5% for next season.

Ipswich Town football gournd

He said: "The reality is that we are all aware that if we don't provide entertaining football on the field that we are likely to lose support, and that may hit future season ticket sales. 

"Maybe the small increase may also have an effect, but that is also why, as part of the package... if we sell 12,750 season tickets that would trigger a 5% refund to all season ticket holders."

Darts: Wright continues to set the pace

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright remains a point clear at the top of darts'  Premier League table after last night's 7-4 victory over Dave Chisnall in Rotterdam.

Peter Wright
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The UK Open champion has won five of his seven matches so far, losing just the once.

World number one Michael van Gerwen is second in the standings after his 7-4 win over Phil Taylor.

There was also success for James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis.

Lowestoft boxer recovering from further surgery

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft middleweight Anthony Ogogo is recovering from a second eye operation.

It stems from a fractured eye socket which was diagnosed after his  defeat to Craig Cunningham in Birmingham in 2016, when his corner threw the towel in.

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Ed Sheeran no shock for Glastonbury

It's been rumoured for a while but it was confirmed late yesterday that Ed Sheeran is the final headliner for Glastonbury. 

He made the announcement himself in a video made in Turin with some pretend cows. 

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And if you want a reminder for how far he's come Glastonbury Festival tweeted a nice throwback to when a fresh-faced Ed first appeared at the festival in 2011.

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So he's on the Sunday night with Radiohead headlining on Friday night and Foo Fighters on Sunday night.  

The full line up is expected sometime in April. 

Read more on who is tipped to be at Worthy Farm.

Ipswich Town: MD defends price hike

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town'sundefined managing director Ian Milne has explained why the club's increased the price of an adult season ticket by 1.5% for the 2017/18 campaign.

Ian Milne

The qualification age for concessionary tickets has also been increased from 60 to 65.

"There has to be careful management of the club's annual budget and where that budget is to be spent," Mr Milne told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"[We consider] how the club is to raise revenue to meet its investment priorities of focusing on the academy, having a competitive wage structure and careful use of our transfer budget on developing players."

Ipswich Town announce ticket price increase

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have confirmed their season ticket prices for next year - adults will be charged an extra 1.5%.

Portman Road
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There's going to be a bigger percentage increase if you're aged between 61 and 64, with concessions now starting at 65 rather than 60. 

The club hopes to counter a drop-off in support from the younger generation by offering various discounts.

However, whereas this season under-11s could buy a season ticket for just £10, that's going up to £50, but under-12s can buy one as well. 

While it's not confirmed we understand there'll be no increase on adult matchday tickets. 

For a full price list go to the club website .

Weather: A cool and cloudy day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cool end to the working week, with the best of any sunshine this morning.

Turning cloudy, but staying dry, with freshening winds.

Temperatures reaching a high of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England

Delays around Nacton due to stabbing victim's funeral

Police are warning motorists to expect delays around the Seven Hills Crematorium near Ipswich during this morning's rush hour.

The funeral of Dean Stansby is taking place at 09:00. He was stabbed to death on Ancaster Road (pictured) near Ipswich Railway Station on Wednesday, 8 February. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the death.

Mourners are due to walk from the 41-year-old's home village of Trimley to the crematorium in Nacton.

Ancaster Road railway bridge, Ipswich

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Throughout the day we'll have the latest news for you from around the county. We always love to hear what's happening where you live, so if you've a story you'd like to share - send us an email , a tweet or get in touch via our Facebook page.

There was a definite nip in the air this morning... will the fine weather return for the weekend? Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly.

#AandElive: The final countdown

Jodie Halford

BBC News

The last few hours here at Ipswich Hospital have seen a flurry of patients through the door - 45 of them since 20:00, to be precise.

Thirty-nine people are still in the A&E department and there's a wait time for three and a half hours at the moment because of the recent influx.

Waiting room

Since we started our live page at midnight, 245 people have come through the doors for treatment.

#AandElive: The final countdown

Jodie Halford

BBC News

We're almost at the end of our time at Ipswich Hospital, and things here have been pretty busy for the last few hours, I'm told.

Since 20:00, 45 patients have walked through the door. There are still 39 patients in the department, with a wait time of about three and a half hours because of the recent influx of people.

Waiting room

In total, 245 patients have come to A&E since midnight, when our live page began.

A&E in a word: 'Excellent'

Jodie Halford

BBC News

James Martin, who had put his tooth through his lip in an accident during a basketball game, has been treated and has been sent home from the hospital with his mum Philippa.

Before they left, we asked them for their A&E in a word suggestion:

Philippa and James Martin

'We would never compromise patient care'

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Sally Knight has been working as an advanced clinical practitioner at Ipswich Hospital's emergency department for the last three years.

Her "innovative" role - created as the result of a trial in the Midlands a few years ago - sees her treat adults and children, major cases and minors, across all areas of the department. "Anything and everything," she says.

Sally Knight

Sally says it has been a less busy night than they'd usually expect in majors, but was really busy in paediatrics.

"We do think about the four-hour standard," she said. "If we don't strive for that then there are patients who will have discomfort, physically or mentally, because they are waiting.

"But it's about finding a balance. We would never compromise patient care to meet the standard."

Blue butterfly system explained

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Earlier on today, pictures of blue butterflies were placed in locations around the emergency department's "majors" section.

The hospital uses them as a system to let paramedics, nurses, doctors and other visitors to the area know there's recently been a death in the department.

Blue butterfly

"We had the butterflies in place earlier when one of our patients in the department died," said Adam Ransome, assistant lead nurse.

"It's really used for us just to say, 'this has happened, be respectful' to those coming into the department who will be unaware of what's happened and that people will be grieving.

"We keep them in place until the patient has been moved on to the mortuary."

Forget 10,000 steps a day. Try 24,000 in seven hours.

Jodie Halford

BBC News

In our time at Ipswich Hospital, the team and I have managed to walk quite a long way as we've circled the emergency department chatting to people.

But our exercise efforts have got nothing on Jackson Underwood, who works as a technician and a porter.


"Since 15:00, I've walked 10.45 miles (16.8km) - that's 24,000 steps," he told me

"When I work as a porter elsewhere in the hospital, I have to wear steel toe capped boots. But you could never wear steelies in this job - even in normal shoes, it's difficult on your feet."

Jackson Underwood

Jackson also gave us his A&E in a word - we're going to forgive him for actually using two words because he's probably tired from all that walking.