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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 31 March, 2017
  2. Appeal after rape arrest
  3. Final day for well-known head teacher
  4. Travellers' double murder trial moved to Old Bailey
  5. Cannabis seized in drugs raid
  6. Broads National Park sign unveiled in Beccles
  7. 'Suffolk Day' is launched
  8. Two wins out of two for Witches

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Ipswich Town make it nine draws in 12 games as they hit back to deny Birmingham three points at Portman Road.

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Our live coverage across the day, the week and the month

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Where has the week gone? It doesn't seem any time at all since we were greeting you on Monday morning, and now we're getting set to enjoy a couple of days off.

It's been a special day here in the county, with the launch of Suffolk Day, out new "county day" which takes place on 21 June.

Scroll down to find out all about it, as well as everything else that's been happening this week.

Have a great weekend - you may need your brolly tomorrow, but Sunday's looking more settled.

See you Monday and good luck to Simon Clark who is continuing with his anti-clockwise run around the British mainland coast.

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A dry night, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be mostly dry across the BBC East region, with clear spells as temperatures drop to 7C (45F).

It's a mixed bag of weather for Saturday. There'll be sunny spells and the first of those April showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

Temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00
BBC

Flood defence maintenance work to begin

The water level on a stretch of the River Gipping will be lowered next week, to enable the Environment Agency to carry out an inspection on a flood defence.

Bramford Mill Gate
Environment Agency

On Monday, the gate at Bramford Lock near Ipswich will be raised, which will result in the lowering of the water level upstream of the site from Rushbrook Mill.  

A survey of the gate, which will determine its remaining lifespan, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, before the water level is restored on Thursday. 

Project manager Rebecca Bromley said: "This work allows us to inspect the flood defences and to keep them in the best possible condition to continue to protect people, property and the local environment from flooding. 

"Our fisheries team will be on hand to monitor the water level and to ensure no harm is caused to fish stocks."    

Waveney Words audio news service chooses listener to take on role of chairman for the first time

Diss Express

An audio news service which covers the Waveney Valley has chosen one of its listeners to take on the role of chairman for the first time. 

Waveney Words, a "talking newspaper" which provides news for the blind , unanimously elected Roydon resident Audrey Moskowitz, after committee members realised they had never had a listener in the lead role.

Audrey Moskowitz sitting at table with a man
Diss Express

What would you like Suffolk's flag to look like?

We brought you news earlier of comments made by two of our MPs about the possibility of flying the Suffolk flag at Westminster on 21 June, Suffolk Day.

Here's a photograph of the "Suffolk" flag as flown by the county council.

Suffolk flag
Suffolk County Council

Which one would you like to see on display on Suffolk Day - the St Edmund flag, which we showed you earlier, or this one?

Share your thoughts with us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski rules out last day drama

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski believes his side will secure their Championship status before the final game of the season.

Bartosz Bialkowski
BBC

The 29-year-old doesn't agree with fans who fear the Blues trip to Nottingham Forest, on 7 May, will determine their future.

"I'm sure we're not going to be in that situation, when we are going to fight until the last day of the season and we are going to need the last three points of the season," said Bialkowski.

"I'm quite confident we've got so much quality in that team, and I believe in them."

Town are at home to Birmingham tomorrow followed by Wigan on Tuesday.

Ryman League: Suffolk sides clocking up the miles

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

All four of Suffolk's Ryman Premier Division clubs have away games on Saturday.

Ryman League football
Ryman League

Play-off chasers Leiston and Needham Market , who are in third and fourth place, head to Billericay Town and Staines Town respectively.

Lowestoft Town , who are unbeaten in their last eight games, travel to Merstham while AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at Worthing.

Bury Town host Thamesmead in the North Division.

Proof that 'round the coast' runner really did stop off in the county

Around this time yesterday afternoon, we told you about a man who's running around the coast of Britain to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya, Uganda and Myanmar.

Simon Clark, 57, had spoken to us from Thorpeness, and he's kindly sent us a couple of photographs showing him first of all in the village next to the mere, and secondly at Orfordness lighthouse:

Simon Clark at Thorpeness
Simon Clark
Simon Clark by Orfordness lighthouse
Simon Clark

Woman sought in connection with £12,500 fraud

CCTV images have been released of a woman police would like to speak to in connection with a fraud where £12,500 was stolen from a bank account.

CCTV images of woman sought in connection with fraud
Suffolk Police

A woman went to one branch of a bank to request a new debit card and then went to another to request a new PIN, police say. 

Both were sent to the account holder’s home address, without her knowledge, but appear to have been intercepted. 

The new bank card and PIN were then used at branches of the bank in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket on the same day with thousands of pounds being withdrawn on each occasion. 

While the customer has been compensated by the bank, police are keen to speak to the woman pictured in connection with the fraud.

BBC Inside Out: Captain Darell a 'hero'

BBC Inside Out

This year is the 350th anniversary of the first ever land battle of the predecessors to the Royal Marines.

Historic image of Capt Nathaniel Darell
BBC
Languard Fort, Felixstowe
BBC

The battle took place near Landguard Fort in Felixstowe.

In July 1667, about 1,500 Dutch soldiers tried to attack the port and destroy the English fleet as part of an ongoing war over trade. 

But 400 soldiers led by Captain Nathaniel Darell defeated them.

Warrant Officer Jake Laidlaw, a Royal Marine veteran, was in charge of last year's parade but had no idea of the history on his doorstep until a few years ago.

"As far as we're concerned in East Anglia, he's our hero, he gives us something to celebrate once a year," he said.

Landguard Fort located on the northern side of Harwich Harbour was designed to guard the naval port of Harwich on the other side of the harbour, as well as the mouths of the Stour and Orwell rivers.

You can find out more about the anniversary and the importance of the fort tonight on Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC1 .

The programme also looks at the case of Suffolk's Lauri Love, who is facing extradition to the USA to answer computer hacking charges .

Final day in school for well-known headteacher

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

One of the county's most prominent head teachers steps down today, after a 15-year spell at the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.

Geoff Barton
BBC

Geoff Barton, who has been outspoken from time-to-time during his spell at King Edward's - at one time saying he'd be the last person to be dragged " kicking and screaming to be an academy head " - has praised his governors and colleagues for giving him the support to voice his opinions.

"A lot of heads don't have the privilege I have, of having governors and parents who are so supportive and so, yes, I have on behalf of colleagues, spoken out where we've needed to do so."

Last month, Mr Barton was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. 

When tackles go wrong...

#PeoplesCup

Just how did those legs end up there? Find out with our top 10 magic moments from last weekend's FA People's Cup semi-finals.

For more FA People's Cup action, watch our semi-final highlights programme,  available on the iPlayer from 06:00 BST on Saturday morning, 1 April, and on the Red Button at 13:50 BST and repeated throughout the weekend.

Appeal after rape arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, following an incident in Lowestoft yesterday.

Police were called to Marine Parade just before 14:00, after a member of the public reported a woman had just left a flat there in a distressed state, and had told him she had been raped.

Officers attended, and the 23-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested a short time later.

Police say they've been working with the woman, who's in her 30s, to get an account of what happened, and that inquiries are continuing.

Police bid a fond farewell to the police helicopter at Wattisham

Bury can take pride in Toby's England call-up

Bury Free Press

Check out the back page of the Bury Free Press :

Bury Free Press back page
Bury Free Press

Police raids across town to tackle rise in violence

Ipswich Star

Here's a look at the front page of the Ipswich Star :

Front page of Ipswich Star4
Ipswich Star

The Detectorists set to return to Suffolk

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The BBC's confirmed the stars of the popular show Detectorists will return to Suffolk this year.

Scene from the Detectorists
BBC

Filming for the third series will start this summer around Framlingham, although the story is actually set in a fictional Essex village called Danebury.

It's due to be broadcast later this year.

One of the stars, Mackenzie Crook (pictured right) told the BBC: "The prospect of filming another summer in the beautiful English countryside is a good one."

More reaction to Suffolk Day

On the day the first Suffolk Day is announced, the leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, John Griffiths, has given the idea the thumbs-up: "It's good to shout about all the wonderful things we've got here.

"Not just the bigger skies, the great environment but the great people, the unique rural settings, ancient towns, active economic centres.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral
BBC

"We'll do everything we can to spread the word... we've got the home of horseracing , we've got the Abbey Gardens , the Theatre Royal , the Apex , the Cathedral , [and a number of] museums."

The inaugural Suffolk Day is going to be held on Wednesday, 21 June.

How can we mark Suffolk Day?

Glemham Hall  on the A12 near Saxmundham has put its head above the parapet and said it will open its doors on Suffolk Day for a guided tour.

Glemham Hall
BBC

Rose House Butchery in Ipswich is going to make a new Suffolk sausage, and West Suffolk markets say they can't wait to get involved.

What about you - have you had time to think about how you'd like to make the day special? Contact us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

New cinema opens in Ipswich

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Film-lovers in Ipswich now have a whopping 27 cinema screens to choose from, as doors to the town's third cinema have opened.

Empire Cinema, Ipswich
BBC
Ipswich sign at Empire
BBC

Empire takes up a large part of the refurbished Buttermarket, sitting alongside several restaurants and the yet-to-open bowling/leisure complex.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer says this should go some way to making the town more inviting to families and other visitors not intent on visiting pubs at night. 

"It's a big moment for the town," he said of the opening.

Last night, hordes of excited staff greeted members of the press and competition winners to four preview screenings - of Boss Baby and Ghost in the Shell.

It opens to the general public today, but as you can see some building work is ongoing.

Building work at Empire
BBC

John Lydon defends Ed Sheeran from criticism of his new album

John Lydon
Getty Images

Ed Sheeran has found an unlikely ally in Sex Pistol, PiL frontman and general punk godfather John Lydon .

He may have topped the chart across the world with his third album Divide, but that hasn't stopped the critics from sharpening their knives for the Suffolk singer.

In particular, for what they have percieved as a "calculated" approach to the record.

Ed has been quite open about wanting his album to have broad appeal, telling the BBC : "I had in my mind what sound should be on what song, and which subject matter would be on which song - so I'd write 10 songs for that [idea].

"So there's six or seven songs about Suffolk, but Castle On The Hill was the best one. And then there was a bunch of wedding songs, I guess, and Perfect was the best one." 

John, whose Mr Rotten's Songbook is out today, told the BBC: "He's been slagged off hasn't he for this album. They reckon it's been constructed. 

"I hope it is, none of us do this in a lighthearted, casual disrespecting way for our audience, so good on him."

Ed Sheeran
PA

But is John Lydon as calculated about being commercial?

"Not me, but that's his way, his approach, I've got too many anxieties to deal with without trying to plot a chart position. I'm lucky enough to be in the wonderfully awful world of music in the first place and I quite like the position that I'm, that I can absolutely ignore the commercial aspect of it."

Check out more John below.

John Lydon turns writer for release of new songbook

National Police Air Service mark their departure from Suffolk with cake

The police helicopter at Wattisham army air station is being moved to the Midlands.

It means the nearest one to Suffolk is based at Boreham near Chelmsford.

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Lauri Love: Hacking suspect will 'consider suicide' if appeal fails
Lauri Love, who faces extradition to the US on hacking charges, says he fears being "turned into an example".

Double murder trial moved from Ipswich Crown Court

The trial of a 17-year-old, charged with a double murder, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been moved from Ipswich Crown Court to the Old Bailey in London.

Floral tribute at travellers' site
BBC

The charges follow the deaths of Barry Street, 32, and Nathan Oakley, 18, on 8 December.  

Post-mortem examination results showed both died from stab injuries. 

The teenager also faces a charge of having an article with a blade or point - namely a kitchen knife - on 8 December at the West Meadows travellers' site, just off the slip road at the Whitehouse/A14 junction in north west Ipswich. 

The three week trial will start on 7 June. The defendant did not appear in court for this morning's hearing.  

Breaking Trial of teenager charged with double murder moved to the Old Bailey

The trial of a teenager charged with the murder of two men who were stabbed at a travellers' site in Ipswich has been moved to the Old Bailey, from Ipswich Crown Court.

More details to follow.

Ipswich Town boss urges unity ahead of home games

Ipswich are at home to Birmingham on Saturday and Wigan on Tuesday as they try to quell any relegation fears.

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The Broads - a National Park or not?

A sign to welcome visitors to the "Broads National Park" was unveiled at Beccles railway station earlier, by Defra minister Lord Gardiner.

But is Britain's largest protected wetland an actual National Park? Well, not quite...

  • To protect the interests of navigation, the Broads was given an "equivalent status" to that of other National Parks in the UK, although it's covered by separate legislation because the Broads Authority has different powers relating to its waterways
  • In January 2015, Broads Authority members voted to brand the waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk as a "National Park" to bring in more visitors.

The Broads cover an area of 303 sq km, and is home to more than a quarter of the UK's rarest wildlife.

The lakes are man-made, dug out for peat to provide fuel during medieval times. Over the centuries, these filled in to become the Broads that we recognise today.

A windmill on the Norfolk Broads
BBC

Thousands of pounds-worth of cannabis seized in drugs raid

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

More than £16,000 worth of cannabis was seized in a drugs raid in east Ipswich yesterday. 

Two men were arrested during the warrant, on Shackleton Road in the Racecourse area.

Officers also found £2,000 in cash. 

Suffolk Day will celebrate county's heritage, culture and future
Suffolk is to get its own special day in the calendar - on the longest day of the year.

First of many signs welcoming visitors to Broads National Park

The Defra minister Lord Gardiner has unveiled the first Broads National Park sign.

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The Broads Authority plans to install a network of signs welcoming people to the park, in villages, towns and at other key locations.

It'll work with local authorities and rail companies to identify suitable sites.

Heartbroken father: I'm so proud of Jack

Diss Express

Here's the front page of the Diss Express :

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

Could a Suffolk flag be flown at Westminster?

Asked whether he could get a Suffolk flag flown at Westminster on Suffolk Day, 21 June, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer replied: "I think definitely.

"If they won't do it officially, we can drape it out of the window."

Waveney MP Peter Aldous joined in saying: "I should go into PMQs draped in a flag."

The flag below is the St Edmund flag, commemorating King Edmund of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom on East Anglia - which covered Norfolk and Suffolk.

St Edmund flag
BBC

Mr Gummer also revealed a secret about his fellow MP Peter Aldous, saying: "Peter, for as long as I have known him, wears, and it's not the same pair of socks, I can tell you that because he's promised me, and he's an honest man, but he wears Ipswich Town Football Club socks, every day.

"When he's in the chamber, one day the camera will pick him up, he'll put his ankle on his knee, and you'll see the Ipswich Town FC socks."

We'll try bring you a picture of the Suffolk flag, as used by the county council, later...  

'We live in a very special place'

The leader of the county council is supporting the very first "Suffolk Day", launched today by BBC Suffolk.

Colin Noble said: "A Suffolk Day is a great way to celebrate all that is so wonderful about living in our beautiful county from Constable Country to our heritage coast.  

"From Horseracing in Newmarket to the waterfront in Ipswich we live in a very special place.  

"Others celebrate their county and so should we, let's out-do Yorkshire ."

Yorkshire Day has been taking place on 1 August every year since 1975.

Horses at Newmarket
BBC

What makes you proud about Suffolk?

We've come up with a few ideas of things the county can be rightly proud of:

  • The home of horseracing in Newmarket
  • Latitude Festival
  • A professional football club that's historically punched above its weight
  • Snape Maltings
  • Constable Country

What would you like to add to the list? Contact us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this feed.

Ipswich Town with the FA Cup at Wembley, 1978
BBC

We're 'too modest' about our county

The very first Suffolk Day on Wednesday, 21 June is being backed by the East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star.

Terry Hunt, editor of the EADT, said: "We're very proud of our county, but we're also rather too modest about it, and we get a bit embarrassed when people start praising us.

"We need to break that, at least for one day and shout loud and proud about how wonderful Suffolk is."  

Suffolk coastline
BBC

Speedway: Two wins out of two for the Witches

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches have one foot in the next round of the Knockout Cup after a commanding 60-30 victory over Berwick Bandits at Foxhall last night.

Danny King
BBC

Danny King (pictured) and Rory Schlein were unbeaten for the hosts, while James Sarjeant, Nico Covatti and Cameron Heeps were all paid for at least seven points.

"I think it shows the strength in depth that we have," said King. 

"I was confident we were going to get the win, but to get it in such a dramatic and big style is nice. It's nice to take that kind of lead to Berwick."

The return leg is in Northumberland on Saturday night.