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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 21 April, 2017
  2. Dozens of drivers in court on speeding charges
  3. Millions of pounds for 'Winerack' building
  4. Dog needs surgery after fishing line incident
  5. Overwhelming support for community use of former hospital
  6. Ed Sheeran among 100 'most influential' people

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day, and the week

It's that time on a Friday when we reluctantly switch off our computers and head home, to recharge our batteries ready for a resumption of live coverage on Monday morning.

Among the cornucopia of delights we've brought you today has been:

  • A massive financial boost which will enable the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront to be completed
  • A look-ahead to Record Store Day on Saturday
  • A happy ending to a story about a horse who found himself stuck in a pond

If you're running in the marathon on Sunday we salute you, and wish you well.

If like the rest of us your weekend plans involve a little less exercise, then enjoy, and don't forget to join us again next week.

Impression of view from Winerack penthouse flat
Daniel Fisher

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells and much cooler

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A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F). 

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Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).

A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Government cash to help hospitals cope with winter pressures

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

The West Suffolk Hospital (pictured), and the James Paget, which serves patients in the north of the county, are each going to receive £1m of government funding to help them cope with winter pressures.

Ipswich Hospital will receive just over £495,000.

The money was announced in the Budget last month. 

West Suffolk Hospital
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Have you ever wondered how you can become a candidate in the election?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

You can't stand if you're:

  • Under 18
  • A member of the police forces
  • A member of the armed forces
  • A civil servant, a judge or a peer
  • You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
House of Commons
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If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the  Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:

  • You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500 
  • You also need an election agent
  • You probably want to plan and run a campaign

There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.

Horse rescued from pond

Firefighters helped to rescue what's been described as a "large" horse from a pond in Great Cornard near Sudbury this morning.

The animal, which was stuck in four foot (1.2m) of water at New Farm, off Joes Road, had to be sedated before the rescue could be carried out.

It was then moved to a paddock, apparently none the worse for its ordeal.

Dozens of drivers due in court over speeding charges

Forty drivers are due before magistrates in Ipswich today charged with speeding on the Orwell Bridge.

Orwell Bridge speed signs
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It's claimed one driver broke the speed limit nine times in a 25 day period.

Thousands of drivers have been clocked speeding on the stretch of road since a 60mph limit and average speed cameras were introduced to try to improve bridge safety.

'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

#Get Inspired

Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday
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Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

Award for McCarthy from League Managers Association

Tributes paid as victim of fatal crash named

A man who died following a collision on the A140 on Saturday afternoon has been named by police.

Austrin McKenna
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Austrin McKenna, who was also known as Sam, was 51 and came from Wetheringsett.

He died in Ipswich Hospital after being seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision between Little Stonham and Mendlesham.

Paying tribute, his family said: "Aus was a unique soul who lived life to the full."

They added that he was able to put people at ease and was generous, kind, gentle, loving, sensitive and thoughtful.

He was married with one son.

Ryman League: Leiston preparing for final push

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston will secure a place in the Ryman Premier Division play-offs if they win at Enfield Town tomorrow on the last day of the regular season.

Leiston FC
Leiston FC

Needham Market - who host Billericay Town - also have a slim chance of finishing in the all-important top five, although that requires other results to go their way. 

Lowestoft Town round off their campaign at home to Harrow Borough while relegated AFC Sudbury are at Canvey Island. 

In the North Division, Bury Town head to Great Wakering Rovers.

Record Store Day: Live music, hunt the record... and vinyl galore

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Record Store Day
Record Store Day

Independent record shops around the country are gearing up for the 10th Record Store Day tomorrow - with limited edition releases galore tempting people to part with their money.

To celebrate the day, some of our local shops are hosting live performances - with Tram in Ipswich kicking things off tonight with sets from Bessie Turner and Marc Newby.

Tomorrow, they have live music from Jack Rundell, Strike the Sun and Sorrdes (the artist formerly known as Deadpoole).

Meanwhile, Vinyl Hunter in Bury St Edmunds is promising coffee and bacon rolls for those queuing to get their hands on the new releases. They've written a detailed post on what to expect

As for live music, they'll be hosting SIAH and Saltfen, who are releasing a split 7" flexi disc.

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But back in Ipswich, Out of Time Records is taking a different approach to the day and is offering a £10 voucher to any one who can find a record they've desperately been trying to get rid of.

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Are you running in London this weekend?

#GetInspired

Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

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If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

Weather prospects for Sunday's marathon

Ipswich have 'no chance' of signing Tom Lawrence - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich fans can forget about seeing leading goalscorer Tom Lawrence in a Town shirt next season, according to manager Mick McCarthy.

Tom Lawrence
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The 23-year-old has been a revelation during his season-long loan deal from Leicester City, scoring 11 goals and assisting another nine.

"For one, I think Tom will have his heart set on the Premier League and I think that he'll get that," said McCarthy. "If they were going to sell him there'll be a lot of takers." 

"Tom's been brilliant and we've all loved him, everybody has really appreciated what he's done but I think he's got his heart set on Premier League football and why wouldn't he, so I'd say it's not a chance."

Taylor Swift bigs up Ed Sheeran for Time Magazine

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift
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Ed and Tay-Tay: BFFs forever

Can Ed Sheeran do anything wrong?

Not in the eyes of BFF Taylor Swift or, you know, Time Magazine.

Sheeran has been named among the magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2017.

And Tay-Tay was on hand to write a tribute about the Thinking Out Loud star and his cultural significance.

She wrote: "A few years ago, in a rare moment of admitting feeling defeated, Ed said to me, 'I'm never going to win a Grammy.'

"Yes, you are, I said. You're going to sweep the whole thing one of these years'."

She added: "It was a few weeks later when he met me in a dance shoe store in London, where I was picking out rehearsal outfits, and said, 'You have to hear this.'

"It was a song he'd just finished called Thinking Out Loud, which went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2016.

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Congratulations to my friend Ed, for the legacy you've already built and the brilliant hook you probably just came up with five minutes ago."

We've all got a friend like that though haven't we?

Read Taylor's full tribute to Ed here.

Winerack funding: Your views

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

There's been a mixed reaction on our Facebook page, to news that £20m is going to be spent completing the building on the Ipswich Waterfront known locally as the "Winerack":

  • Tracey Godfrey writes: "Great news. I hope when it is finished that they keep the name 'The Winerack' as its address"
  • Adi Bennett posts: "More wasted money in Ipswich, so rich people can live .nice one"
  • Jose Lopez Lerena says: "Noooooo!!!! I will miss our particular Stonehenge... Unlikely!!! Great news!!!"

What do you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts - send us an email, or join in the Facebook conversation.

Impression of Winerack development
Daniel Fisher

Dog needs emergency surgery after fishing line accident

A dog owner from Trimley St Martin has been left with a vet's bill for hundreds of pounds, after her pet became tangled up in discarded fishing line.

Luna
Megan Bateman

Megan Bateman had taken Luna for a walk on the beach at Old Felixstowe near an area known as the dip, when she realised Luna was hurt.

The line was wound so tightly round her back legs she couldn't move, and the hook had gone through her hind leg.

Megan said: "I would just hope that people would take their rubbish away and not leave things on the beach so this kind of thing doesn't happen again in the future."

Luna needed emergency surgery, together with injections and a course of antibiotics.  

Hook and injury to leg
Megan Bateman

Speedway: Witches still looking for their first away win

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's back-to-back defeats for Ipswich Witches who went down 54-35 at Redcar Bears in the Championship last night.

Nico Covatti
Stephen Waller

The Witches could be without Nico Covatti (pictured) for tomorrow's return meeting at Foxhall after the Argentinian was taken to hospital with an arm injury after a fall in heat 12. 

Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that Rory Schlein - who top scored for Ipswich with 10 points - is going to double up with Wolverhampton Wolves in the Premiership.

Back on the buses

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Front page of Bury Free Press
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Ed Sheeran makes Times list of 100 most influential people

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who grew up in Framlingham, has been included in the "artists" section of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list for 2017.

Ed Sheeran
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The prestigious round-up of the world's most powerful names includes categories for artists, pioneers, leaders, titans and icons, putting Shape Of You singer Sheeran in the company of Pope Francis, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Russian president Vladimir Putin also made the leaders list, while Chance The Rapper, Ivanka Trump and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor were listed as pioneers.

Darts: Wright bounces back in Belfast

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's UK Open darts champion Peter Wright returned to winning ways on the 12th night of the Premier League.

Peter Wright
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The 46-year-old from Mendham beat James Wade 7-3 to remain two points behind leader Michael van Gerwen, who saw off fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld 7-2. 

There were also victories for Phil Taylor and Dave Chisnall, who won twice.

Overwhelming support for future use of Southwold Hospital

More than 300 people attended a meeting in Southwold last night, to hear the latest plans about the future use of the old cottage hospital.

Show of hands at meeting
BBC

They voted almost unanimously to support a bid by a community group to build low-cost homes and set up a business centre and café.

The Save Our Southwold group has made a formal offer for the site, which the owners, the NHS, are now considering.

Spokesman Laurence Vulliamy said: "It would be a tragedy if this building was turned into second homes, because this town really needs new business, it needs new people to join the community and what we would like to do is turn it into a business hub and a community hub."

Southwold Hospital
BBC

Millions to be spent on the Winerack

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The building on the Ipswich Waterfront, known locally as the Winerack, is set to be finally completed.It will include 149 apartments and an area of commercial space, thanks to an investment of millions of pounds of public money.

Impression of completed Winerack
Daniel Fisher

The Homes and Communities Agency is set to invest £15m, with a further £5m from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

The building is owned by John Howard, who said: "We hope work will start in September.

"At the moment we've gone back to our preferred contractor, who's just going to update the tender, but we're fairly confident we can start in September."

Friday's weather: Pleasantly warm when the sun breaks through

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today's likely to be the warmest day of the week, although it will be rather cloudy. 

We’re into warmer air now, so it should feel pleasantly warm in any sunshine that appears. 

The cloud will gradually thin and break during the morning, and that will really help to lift the temperatures, giving us highs of about 15C (59F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Welcome back to our live coverage

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the Suffolk Live team and thanks for joining us.

We'll start the day with some exciting news about the building on the Ipswich Waterfront known locally as the Winerack, (pictured in the centre below), which has been unfinished since the financial crash of 2008.

It's finally going to be completed, thanks to millions of pounds of public money.

We'll bring you more on that, as well as the outcome of last night's meeting about the future of the former hospital in Southwold.

But before any of that, we'll take our daily look at the weather prospects - Elizabeth Rizzini will bring us the details next.

The "Wine Rack" in Ipswich
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Our live coverage across the day

That's a wrap for the Suffolk news team and our live coverage today, but any major stories for the county overnight will still feature here.

If you're just joining us, you can scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county, but to whet your appetite, here are a few of the stories we've covered:

  • A chemical leak at the Birds Eye factory in Lowestoft
  • Bad news for real ale fans in Ipswich
  • A marathon runner who enjoys a challenge

Have a great evening - we'll leave you with this very cheerful photograph taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers, and look forward to your company again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Blossom on a tree
BBC
Children learn about farming and where food comes from
The annual School Farm and Country Fair is held at Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich, visited by thousands of school children.

Grant Ward: Newcastle win has done wonders for Ipswich morale

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town appear to be full of confidence ahead of Saturday's trip to bottom of the table Rotherham United, where victory would be the Blues' third in a row.

Grant Ward
BBC

Before Easter Monday, Mick McCarthy's side had failed to register back-to-back wins all campaign, and many will have been surprised that they finally achieved the feat against promotion favourites Newcastle United. 

"Although they beat us last time around, I wouldn't say it came as a surprise," midfielder Grant Ward told us earlier today. 

"The way we've been working and training, I felt it could always happen." 

"We've needed a few wins as of late so it was a good time to get it, and against top opposition as well." 

McCarthy eyes opportunity to freshen up Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has been telling us today that he expects a few players to leave Portman Road at the end of the season. 

Mick McCarthy
BBC

The boss expects to sit down with club owner Marcus Evans in the coming days and come up with a plan for Town going forward.

Captain Luke Chambers and his teammates Christophe Berra and Jonathan Douglas are among those whose deals with the club are coming to an end, and all could potentially move on. 

"There's a real opportunity to freshen things up because there's a lot of players out of contract and we have a few here who are on loan," McCarthy said. 

"Do they want to stay? Do we want them? Can we sign them? There's every chance of a busy summer."

Police urge people to report anti-social behaviour

Police say they've had very few calls about anti-social behaviour in Hadleigh, despite more than 180 comments on social media recently.

Playground at recreation ground
BBC

Sgt Jo Miah said: "I've kept an eye on it over the weekend but unfortunately looking at the number of calls the police got, we've got a very very limited number of calls. 

"It's so important because we go to a monthly priority setting meeting and this is where data is analysed and we can look at where we need to flood areas with more police officers. 

"The more calls we get the more resources we'll be able to put into an area."

The mother of a three-year-old has told us the behaviour of teenagers at the recreation ground off Pykenham Way deters her from visiting the area.

Youngsters can 'feel trapped' in Hadleigh

An organisation which supports people between the ages of 11 and 20, has admitted there's not enough to do in Hadleigh, describing the town as "one of those places where young people can feel very trapped".

Hadleigh town centre
BBC

Zach Corrie, from the Porch Project, said: "We're trying to put on activities throughout the week, but there's only so much we can do.

"With the travel links, and cost of travel rising, I think young people can feel very trapped.

"It's no excuse for anti-social behaviour but... It's about instilling levels of respect into the young people and building better relationships to lower the rates of anti-social behaviour in the area."

Zach was responding to criticism of the behaviour of teenagers at the recreation ground at Pykenham Way.

Mum expresses concern over anti-social behaviour

A mum from Hadleigh says she doesn't feel safe taking her three-year-old to her local playground, because of anti-social behaviour there.

Skate park at recreation ground
BBC

Referring to the recreation ground at Pykenham Way, Jess Lacey described the behaviour of teenagers there: "Throwing crisp packets on the floor, empty bottles, ripping up tin cans, throwing them on the floor.

"I did at one point say to them look, are you going to pick those up, because that's dangerous, and they all just stared, done nothing about it, eventually got up and walked off, leaving all of the rubbish."

Ipswich Town players offer their congrats to young footballers

Cedarwood Year 6's football team were victorious in an Ipswich area tournament held at Ipswich Town, followed by a Southern Area tournament held by Brentford in Southall.

The school's website says their "reward" is to play at Wembley before the Championship Play-Off final in May.

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Watch: The marathon runner who likes a challenge

Meet Ben Blowes, who's running his 10th London Marathon, this time with a tumble dryer on his back:

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Volunteers sought for new conservation project

A new conservation project is being piloted in the county, with the aim of helping to protect Britain's wood pasture and parkland habitats.

Ancient oak tree
PTES

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) says these habitats are home to several endangered species such as the violet crick beetle and the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

Megan Gimber from PTES says: "We believe Suffolk may have a plethora of remaining wood pasture fragments, so we hope that local residents will help us by surveying these sites."

Parkland with volunteer
PTES

Darts: Wright looking to kick on after Liverpool loss

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mendham's Peter Wright will be keen to bounce back from last week's disappointing showing on Merseyside when he returns to the Premier League oche tonight.

Peter Wright
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The 46-year-old is up against 2009 champion James Wade at Belfast's SSE Arena.

Despite recording a defeat and a draw a week ago, Wright remains second in the table, two points behind world number one Michael van Gerwen, although the Dutchman has a match in hand.

Corrie Mckeague: Landfill site search may take longer than original estimate

The mother of missing serviceman Corrie Mckeague says it may take police longer than the original estimation of 10 weeks to complete the search of a landfill site near Cambridge.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Writing on the "Find Corrie" Facebook page, Nicola Urquhart says: "We are in the 7th week now and we are already aware the police may require an extra week."

Suffolk Police say they review what's happening at the landfill site on a regular basis and that no end date for the search has been set.

Landfill site search
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