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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 7 April 2017
  2. Man in "serious but stable" condition after town centre stabbing
  3. One of three crash victims is from Wortham, north Suffolk
  4. Relief for motorists as road works come to an end
  5. Academy trust is given £200k for research education
  6. Hollesbay Bay prisoner fails to return

Live Reporting

By Kate Scotter

All times stated are UK

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Good morning Suffolk

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Georgina Burnett's forecast follows shortly... without giving too much away, it won't be another scorcher.

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Fulham get their Championship play-off push back on track with a comfortable win over Ipswich.

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Severe disruption: A11 Suffolk southbound

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A11 Suffolk southbound severe disruption, between A1101 and A14.

A11 Suffolk - Delays, one lane closed and slow traffic on A11 southbound in Barton Mills between the A1101 junction and the A14 junction, because of a building fire at the petrol station.

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All the news through the day

Thanks for joining us for Friday's live updates for Suffolk. 

Our coverage has now finished for the week, but if any news breaks overnight or over the weekend then you'll find it here.

If you want to read more, just scroll down the page and have a catch-up with our top stories.

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

Weather: Get ready for a warm weekend

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night with long clear spells. There may be some patchy mist and fog and a touch of ground frost in places. 

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F). 

Weather map
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It will be a cold start to Saturday, but any mist and fog should quickly clear to leave a largely sunny day. 

There may be a bit more patchy cloud in the east for a time. Light winds and highs inland of 18C (64F). 

Patchy mist and fog should clear very quickly on Sunday to leave another fine, dry and very warm day, with temperatures about 22C (72F). 

Much cooler and cloudier on Monday, with a few showers.

BBC Weather has more.

Video: Fifth-gen ferrywoman on why she needs a new boat

Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years.

The foot ferry at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. And back again. 

The business has been in the same family for five generations - some 130 years. 

Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat Old Bob which is 57 years old. The new boat will become the new working ferry.  

Walberswick-Southwold river crossing's first new ferry in 20 years

Video: Work starts on famous crossing's new ferry

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years. 

The crossing at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. 

The business, which is almost 130 years old, has been in the same family for five generations. 

Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat "Old Bob" which is 57 years old. 

The new boat will become the new working ferry. 

Walberswick to Southwold ferry service gets new boat

Rugby union: Bury hoping to cause an upset

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds four-match unbeaten run will face a stiff test tomorrow when they head to title-chasing Old Elthamians in National League Two South .

Bury St Edmunds rugby players
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolf Pack are likely to prove tricky opponents for the Greenwich-based side, after winning three of their last four matches to kill off any relegation fears.

Their hosts, who are in second in the table, beat Bury 31-21 when the two sides met at The Haberden in December.

Ryman League: Suffolk clubs continue their promotion battle

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston have an excellent chance to get their Ryman Premier Division play-off push back on track tomorrow with a home game against struggling Leatherhead.

Leiston FC
Leiston FC

Glenn Driver's men are still third in the table despite losing their last three matches.

Fellow promotion chasers Needham Market , who are outside the top five, but only on goal difference, head to Metropolitan Police.

AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at home to leaders Bognor Regis, while Lowestoft Town can do Leiston and Needham a favour by beating fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet.

Bury Town entertain Cheshunt in the North Division.

Thurlow Nunn League: Mildenhall closing in on title

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Seven points from their remaining four fixtures will guarantee that Mildenhall Town end the season as champions of the Thurlow Nunn League .

Dean Greygoose
Mildenhall Town FC

Dean Greygooses's side has lead the way all campaign, although a dip in form through January and February did cast some doubt over their title push. 

But five successive league wins mean that promotion to the Ryman League is surely just weeks away.

"I think it's buzzing, with a lot of excitement," said Greygoose. 

"Although there are nerves now and again, especially at the start of games. I think everyone seems to relax when we score the first goal. 

"It's a good time to be involved with Mildenhall Town."

Ipswich Town: Spence keen to remain a Blue

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence says he's enjoyed his time at Portman Road so far and would like to extend his stay at the club.

Jordan Spence
BBC

The 26-year-old's current short term deal expires in the summer.

He told me: "I've always said yes [to staying longer], based on my experience of it thus far.

"As to what happens next, I guess it's in my control if I keep playing, and play well enough, then I'm sure they would quite like to keep me."

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Giant turbine blades for North Sea wind farm arrive at port

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The first giant blades for a North Sea wind farm have arrived at the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth. 

Four blades, each close to 100ft (30m) long, built by electrical giant Siemens were unloaded earlier this week.

Blades
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More blades
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They are destined for the 158 turbine Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast and will be hoisted on to 250ft (85m) towers which come in three sections and stand on deep foundations. 

Port manager Richard Goffin said: "Great Yarmouth is now open as the construction base for North Sea wind farms."

The town had seen considerable investment in new sustainable energy ventures. 

Peter Wright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's economic development officer, said last year: "Great Yarmouth is already world renowned as England's offshore energy sector capital and this investment reflects confidence in the local economy, the skills of the workforce, the port facilities and the borough's status as a Centre of Offshore Renewable Engineering." 

Galloper windfarm location in the North Sea
BBC

Saved day centre is 'absolutely essential'

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A day of celebrations has been held at the Foxhall Day Centre in Ipswich after it was saved from closure.

Foxhall Day Centre
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The centre provides activities for elderly, vulnerable people and offers respite for carers. 

It was funded by Age UK Suffolk before the charity said it could no longer support it.

Workers from the centre have got together with the Suffolk Community Foundation and the Pargiter Trust to form a new charity to run the centre.  

Operations director Debbie Dodd said the centre was "absolutely essential". 

"There's nowhere else for them to go in this area," she said.

"If we had closed, a lot of these people would be sitting alone at home, isolated and they would lose a lot of the skills they have learnt here and their mobility would decrease."

Foxhall day centre
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Trust's £200k boost for education research

A west Suffolk education trust which runs 15 schools has been given £200,000 to become the first official "research school" in the east of England. 

Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill
Google

The  Samuel Ward Academy Trust  is responsible for teaching about 8,000 pupils in Haverhill, Newmarket, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds. 

It has been named as one of six new research schools, or groups of schools, in the country.

The money will allow the trust to use research-based approaches to improve pupil achievements. 

Howard Lay, chief executive of the trust, said: "This is excellent news for the east of England because it will enable the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, in partnership with others, to stimulate educational innovation in order to raise standards and outcomes. 

"This research grant will enable us to ground practice in theory that works for all young people." 

New US chart milestones for Ed Sheeran and Adele

Billboard magazine

Adele
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It has been utterly impossible and thus pointless trying to avoid Ed Sheeran and Adele over the past 12 months.

Now both UK artists have new milestones to their name.

Adele's 21 has surpassed tapesty by Carole King for the most weeks on the  Billboard 200  chart for an album by a woman.

It has notched up 319 weeks on the list, beating Tapestry’s 318 weeks.

The album, released in 2011, has spent 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart.

Meanwhile, Ed's ÷ (Divide) album has, in just four weeks , sold more than half a million copies in the US.

It’s Ed's third album to reach and breach 500,000 following x and +.

The sums are adding up nicely for Ed it seems.

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Ed Sheeran
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How many?

The sun has got his hat on

It's set to stay dry with periods of sunshine and light, variable winds. 

Feeling warm by the afternoon in many areas, but somewhat cooler near the coast where a sea breeze is developing. 

Cloudier conditions may persist across some western areas. 

Highs of 13C (55F).

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for these photographs. 

Great Bricett
BBC
Whatfield
BBC

Union says teachers and staff 'can see parallels with BHS'

Ipswich Star

The Suffolk branch of the National Union of Teachers has raised concerns over the financial mismanagement complaints leveled at the Academy Transformation Trust – stating that staff "can see parallels with BHS".

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Jolly: 'Tigers are title contenders'

Bury Free Press

While the back page looks at Mildenhall Fen Tigers' speedway title hopes: 

Bury Free Press 07/04/17
Iliffe Media Publishing

Memorial for popular Alan

Bury Free Press

Tributes are paid to businessman Alan West on the front of today's Bury Free Press :  

Bury Free Press 07/04/17
Iliffe Media Publishing

Hollesley Bay prisoner fails to return

Police are hunting for a convicted drugs offender who failed to return to open prison while on temporary leave.

Michael Chapman
Suffolk Constabulary

Michael Chapman, 28, was given leave from Hollesley Bay on compassionate grounds for a day release on Thursday morning and was due to return by 19:30.

He was last reported to have been seen in the Hounslow area of west London yesterday afternoon.

Chapman is serving an eight-year prison sentence for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

He is described as white, 6ft 1in (185cm) tall, of thin build, with green eyes, brown hair and a partial black beard.  

He has a tribal tattoo on his chest and a 2in (5cm) scar on his right wrist. He was wearing black clothing and has a West Country accent.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Aldis not expecting any help from former club

Diss Express

The back page of the Diss Express is looking ahead to tomorrow's derby between Debenham LC and Framlingham Town:

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Relief for motorists as works come to an end

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

There is some relief for drivers across the county as two sets of road works are due to come to an end.

Westley Bridge
BBC

Concerns were raised in Lowestoft back in February that the town could grind to a halt when Bridge Road in Oulton Broad was made into a temporary one-way system for gas mains to be replaced.

The six-week works are now complete, two days ahead of schedule.

Meanwhile, on the the other side of the county, a major route into Bury St Edmunds has been closed for eight weeks while Suffolk Highways carried out repairs to Westley bridge. 

The A1302 Newmarket Road is due to reopen at 19:00. 

Colin Clayton, vice chairman of Westley Parish Council, said: "It will be really good to get back to normal working life again."

Ipswich Town: McCarthy sends out a warning to Fulham

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mick McCarthy believes tomorrow's hosts Fulham will face a very different Ipswich Town to the one they comfortably beat 2-0 at Portman Road in December .

Mick McCarthy
BBC

"We were hopeless, so it’s a lot easier when you're a good team playing against a hopeless team on the day," said the Blues boss.

"We never got after them. Maybe that was down to my tactics the way we played that day. 

"I don't know, maybe we all had a good Christmas, there were a lot of mitigating factors.

"They were very good, and they are a very good team and if you let them play they can really hurt you, so we won't be letting them play on Saturday."

School opens doors to support 'shocked' community

A school will open its doors this morning to offer support to those affected by the deaths of three teenagers in a road crash.

Dominic O'Neill, 18, and Kyle Warren, 17, both from Harleston, and Billy Hines, 16, from Wortham, were killed on Wednesday night.

The black Ford KA they were in crashed into trees and burst into flames on Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market.  

It's the school holidays, but Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston is opening up from 10:00 to 12:00. 

It said: "Our whole school community is shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers extend to everyone who is affected."

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Crash victims were from Harleston and Wortham

Returning to the story of the car crash which killed three teenagers near Pulham Market...

Two of them, Dominic O'Neil, 18, and Kyle Warren, 17, were from Harleston, while 16-year-old Billy Hines was from Wortham in Suffolk.

Pulham Market crash
BBC

Police were called to Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market,  just after 23:45 on Wednesday

The car had burst into flames and all three teenagers were killed at the scene.

A book of condolences is available to sign at St John's Church in Harleston.

The Reverend Nigel Tuffnell said: "It is just one of those things you don't expect ever to happen and you hope and pray that it doesn't happen.

"Unfortunately it has happened and it's happened to three families."

Police investigate 'altercation' before stabbing

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Detectives are investigating an altercation they believe happened in a nearby street before a town centre stabbing.

A man in his 20s is in hospital in a "serious, but stable" condition after he was stabbed in Dogs Head Street , Ipswich (pictured), at about 03:30.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack.

They are also keen for witnesses to an altercation which happened at about 03:00 in Falcon Street, which they believe is connected to the stabbing.

Dog's Head Street, Ipswich sealed-off by police
BBC

Police hunt for man in connection with stabbing

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Police are hunting for a man in connection with a stabbing in Ipswich. 

As we've been reporting, the attack happened in Dogs Head Street at about 03:30. 

The victim, a man in his 20s, is said to be in a serious, but stable, conditon. 

Officers want to speak to a man who was seen fleeing the scene, in the direction of Upper Orwell Street. 

The suspect is described as about 6ft (1.8m) tall, slim, with short, mousey-coloured hair. 

He is believed to have been wearing a dark zip-up hoodie with white stripes down both arms and white outlines. 

He was seen with two other men, who police would also like to speak to. 

One is about 6ft tall, slim with dark floppy hair. He was wearing white jeans and has a tattoo on his neck. 

The other has dark hair and was wearing a black round-neck jumper, light jeans and black shoes.

Man stabbed in street attack

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A man in his 20s has been stabbed in Ipswich town centre in the early hours of this morning.

The attack happened in Dogs Head Street at about 03:30.

The man was taken to hospital where he is said to be in a serious, but stable, condition.

Police are still at the scene and the road has been closed off in both directions.

Dogs Head Street
BBC

Darts: Wright frustrated in Dublin

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright remains second in the Premier League table despite only managing to draw 6-6 with Dave Chisnall in Dublin last night.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

Leader Michael van Gerwen now has a two-point cushion at the top after he averaged 113.62 in his 7-5 victory over James Wade. 

Raymond van Barneveld - who has played one more match than the top two - is in third place after he also beat Wade, but lost to Phil Taylor.

Weather: Warm and sunny with blue skies

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start temperatures will rise steadily through the morning bringing warm sunshine and blue skies lasting well into the afternoon but light cloud may appear during the middle of the day.

Temperatures will fall to single figures overnight with some cloud lingering in places.

Maximum Temperature 17C (64F)

More details from BBC Weather :

Good morning Suffolk

Kate Scotter

BBC News

It's Friday, the sun is out and we're here until 18:00 with all your news, travel, sport and weather.

There's been an incident in Ipswich overnight and police have closed Dogs Head Street, pictured below.

We'll bring you more on that story as we get it.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Rizzini has today's weather forecast for us.

Dogs Head Street
BBC
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Goodbye from Suffolk Live

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

That's it for another busy day of live updates from across the county - thanks for your company.

Don't forget if anything breaks later or overnight - you'll still find it here. Scroll down to read any stories you might have missed during the day. 

And you can send us your pictures and news - just click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a lovely evening.

Weather: Touch of frost expected tonight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying fine and dry this evening across the BBC East region, with patchy cloud moving in from the north during the night.

It'll stay clear - but watch out - temperatures will drop to 2c (35F) and may even be low enough for a touch of ground frost.

Tomorrow will be another fine, dry day with sunny spells. Light winds - and highs of 13C (55F).

weather
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