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  1. Updates for Friday, 28 April, 2017
  2. Museum in running for national title
  3. Delays for rail passengers through Witham
  4. Appeal to trace next of kin
  5. Fire on Hadleigh industrial estate

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By Philippa Taylor

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Sheffield Wednesday fans at Ipswich

In-form Sheffield Wednesday confirm their place in the Championship play-offs with a narrow victory at Ipswich Town.

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Ed Sheeran and Steps

Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

The pop group were outselling Ed earlier this week - but he rallied to retain the number one slot.

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Suffolk Live signing off

That's it for our live coverage for the day and the week.

If you're just joining us, scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county - you can also check out our local election debate which was held this morning, with the leaders of the main parties at the county council.

We'll leave you with this beautiful photograph of bluebells in Freston Wood - let's hope we all get some sunshine over the weekend so we can get out and about and enjoy our county.

Bluebells in Freston woods
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The bank holiday weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Apart from a few isolated showers, tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells.

Temperatures could fall as low as 3C (37F) although they'll rise by the end of the night.

Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

A largely fine and dry day tomorrow, with sunny spells and just the chance of an isolated shower.

Temperatures rising to 14C (57F) - although it could be a little bit warmer in the best of the sunshine.

Another dry day on Sunday, although cloud will increase from the south west later... rain isn't expected until the evening.

As for bank holiday Monday... it's still uncertain, but potentially we could have some rain, followed by sunshine and showers, with temperatures hitting 17C (63F).

Travel: Delays inevitable, but A14 fully open again

Travel: One lane reopens on A14 at Bury St Edmunds

Profits boost at Co-op

The region's biggest independent retailer has seen profits rise after investing heavily in its stores.

The East of England Co-op has 120 shops in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.  

However, the group also saw its pay bill rise after the National Living Wage was increased.

Spokesman Doug Field says they estimate it will cost them nearly £4m over four years.

But we're an ethical retailer and we're paying the National Living Wage regardless of age to all our employees, including the under 25s who comprise 25% of our workforce."

Doug FieldEast of England Co-Op

Travel: A14 likely to remain closed into rush-hour

Police have told us the closure of the A14 eastbound at Bury St Edmunds, following an earlier collision between J42 (A1302 Newmarket Road) and J43 (A143 Compiegne Way/Bury Central Interchange) is likely to continue into this evening's rush-hour.

They say they're still waiting for the recovery vehicle to arrive and there's been a spillage on the carriagway which needs to be cleared up before the road can reopen. 

Rallying cry from Ipswich Town's David McGoldrick

Rugby: Bury chairman hails 'coup' signing

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club has appointed former England Saxons player Jon Clarke as its new head coach. 

Jon Clarke

Clarke played for club sides Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors before hanging up his boots.

"The appointment is a real coup for the club," said chairman Mike Robinson. "Jon has not only played at National and Premiership level throughout his playing career, his coaching experience is also excellent, joining us from Championship club Rotherham Titans.

"His appointment shows how serious we are as a club about reaching greater playing heights and securing top class players and management."

Hockey: Player of the year honour for Harleston star

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Harleston Magpies top scorer Maria Andrews is celebrating being named the best player in their league this season. 

Her 17 goals in Conference East during the campaign also made Maria the division's top scorer. 

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Andrews, who is due to move to Loughborough University for next season, said: "It's an amazing feeling to know that all the other players from the other teams in the league voted for you.  I'm just honoured really." 

Darts: Wright sees off Taylor to progress

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has qualified for the Premier League play-offs.

Peter Wright
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The 47-year-old from Mendham beat 16-times world champion Phil Taylor 7-3 in Birmingham last night.

"It's amazing where I've come to, I used to be 5/1 against Phil and I was odds-on today, but it's down to the hard work I've done," he told the PDC.

"I want to win my last two games and push for that top spot and challenge Michael, and then try and win the final at The O2." 

Speedway: Mountain returns to Fen Tigers action

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers welcome back their number one rider Connor Mountain for tonight's National League meeting at Belle Vue Colts.

Connor Mountain
Stephen Waller

The West Row side will be at full strength as they aim for a fourth consecutive win in all competitions.

“The last three performances by the boys have been impressive, but they have now set themselves a high standard and nothing less than that effort and commitment will be accepted," said team manager Robert Henry.

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk eastbound severe accident, between J42 A1302 Newmarket Road and J43 A143 Compiegne Way Bury Central Interchange.

A14 Suffolk - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on A14 eastbound between J42, A1302 (Westley Interchange) and J43, A143 (Bury Central Interchange), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Museum in running for national title

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket is in a short-list of five in the running to be named the UK's Museum of the Year.

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing
Marc Atkins

Officially opened by the Queen in November, this complex is home to the National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art, and a yard for the Retraining of Racehorses charity.

It is also home to two of the Queen's former racehorses and a virtual Clare Balding.

Also shortlisted are:

The winner will receive a £100,000 award.  

Hadleigh fire photograph

We brought you news earlier of a fire on an industrial estate in Hadleigh.

Many thanks to Richard Vango, who's emailed us this photograph taken at the scene earlier: 

Hadleigh fire
Richard Vango

Ambulance takes six hours to reach 86-year-old

A man from Ipswich says he's appalled it took an ambulance six hours to reach his 86-year-old mother-in-law, who was left lying on the floor at her sheltered accommodation.


Paul Copping said: "The warden, a carer and my stepdaughter phoned 999 six times to try and get an ambulance there and all they could say was that it was 'on its way'. 

"For an 86-year-old woman, in severe pain, who'd soiled herself, I think that's absolutely disgusting."

Betty Versey, who had fallen at her sheltered accommodation, was found by a warden who raised the alarm just after 14:00 on Wednesday, but it was 20:30 before an ambulance arrived.

She's now being treated in hospital.

In a statement from the East of England Ambulance Service, a spokesman said: "We received a call at 14:28 and it was categorised as a serious call given the information we had. 

"Unfortunately, we were not able to dispatch an ambulance until 19:27.

"We’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss this case with the patient or her family to help with further questions or concerns they have."

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between J42 A1302 Newmarket Road and J43 A143 Compiegne Way Bury Central Interchange affecting J41 Newmarket Road.

A14 Suffolk - A14 blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between J42, A1302 (Westley Interchange) and J43, A143 (Bury Central Interchange), because of an accident. Congestion to J41, Newmarket (Risby).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Ipswich Town: McGoldrick disappointed by goals tally

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick admits he should've scored a few more goals this season.

David McGoldrick

The 29-year-old will be looking for only his sixth of the campaign when Sheffield Wednesday come to Portman Road tomorrow.

"Obviously if you're a striker you want to score goals all of the time," he told BBC Suffolk Sport. "If I'd scored more goals maybe we'd have got more wins.

"But I got told when I was younger not to worry about not scoring. It's when you don't get chances that you should start worrying but I know I've had chances. I should've been more clinical, more ruthless." 

Ipswich Town: McCarthy keen to thank fans for their support

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says it's important he and his players take part in the annual lap of honour around Portman Road tomorrow.

Mick McCarthy

The gesture has become a tradition that follows the final home game of the season.

Despite having a strained relationship with fans during a disappointing campaign, McCarthy says there's no way he'll be ducking out of it.

"We have to show our appreciation to whether it's one or 10,000 that are still there watching. We're not going to change, we'll be there," he told BBC Suffolk Sport.

Ipswich Town remembers Sir Alf Ramsey

All in a day's work for our boys in blue

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....


Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

Appeal to trace next of kin

An appeal has been made to help trace the next of kin of a man from Ipswich.

Paul Backhouse, who resided at an address in Emmanuel Close, died on 17 April, at the age of 68. 

There were no suspicious circumstances.

Officers would like to trace anyone who may have known Mr Backhouse.

It is believed he had links locally, in Portsmouth and overseas in America.

Fire on Hadleigh industrial estate

Fire crews have attended a fire on an industrial estate in Hadleigh this morning.

Emergency services on site

A fire in the roof of the Primo building broke out just before 10:00.

An ambulance was also called to the site, where we understand the crew treated one person for burns to their hands, and one for smoke inhalation.

Primo sign

Disruption on trains

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There are delays on the trains around Witham, with all lines currently blocked.

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Greater Anglia say to expect cancellations, delays of up to 90 minutes or revised services.

Disruption is expected until 16:00. 

Friday's weather: Mainly dry with some spells of sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There will be some spells of sunshine today and most places will stay dry, although the odd light shower is possible.

Top temperature: 12C (54F).

This evening and overnight will be mostly dry, with patchy cloud and light winds.

It will be milder than of late, with no frost expected - lows of 6C (43F).

Get the full forecast where you live or work, from BBC Weather.

Suffolk Live: Normal service resumes

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to our regular news, sport, travel and weather updates, starting a little later than usual due to our live coverage of the local election debate, featuring the leaders of the main parties at Suffolk County Council.

You can find this coverage on the BBC Suffolk home page.

But here it's business as usual until 18:00 - and as ever, we'll take a look at the day's weather prospects before we do anything else.

Our live coverage across the day

We're shutting up shop now until 08:00 tomorrow, but it's still worth keeping an eye on this page, as any breaking news will still appear here overnight.

Among the stories we've covered during the day:

  • The funeral of a teenager from Wortham 
  • Plans for the restoration of Broomhill Lido in Ipswich
  • Further images of potential witnesses to a fatal stabbing

Have a great evening - we've got a local elections special on Friday morning, reporting on a live debate on BBC Suffolk, so we hope you'll join us.

Overnight weather: Chance of some showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be rather cloudy with some rain or drizzle. 

Increased cloud cover will bring the risk of some showers overnight, but as skies clear later, temperatures will drop to 0C (32F), giving the risk of frost and icy patches.

Friday's weather map

Largely dry with sunny spells on Friday after a chilly start. Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Town manager wants to keep Berra and Chambers

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he wants to keeper defenders Christophe Berra and Luke Chambers (pictured) at Portman Road this summer.

Luke Chambers
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Both are out of contract, but Town have an option to extend their deals.

McCarthy says: "Their options will be exercised and then we can deal with it afterwards." 

Nottingham Forest were interested in Chambers in the January transfer window and it's rumoured Berra may be keen on a move back to his native Scotland.

Paul Digby to leave Portman Road in the summer

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Paul Digby - pictured in action with Gary Roberts of Portsmouth  - will be leaving the club when his contract expires this summer.

Paul Digby and Gary Roberts
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Digby signed from Barnsley on a permanent deal in January 2016 but has struggled to break into the first team.

Town manager Mick McCarthy says the 22-year-old needs to move on for the good of his career: "There's no point him traipsing around, sitting on the bench, sitting in the stand watching us. 

"He needs to go and play some football."

New CCTV appeal following Ancaster Road fatal stabbing

Police have issued further images of potential witnesses seen on CCTV and dash-cam footage as they renew their appeal for information following the murder of Dean Stansby in Ipswich earlier this year.

All of those pictured were seen in the area of Ancaster Road/Gippeswyk Road/Gippeswyk Avenue and Ranelagh Road between 18:00 and 19:00 on Wednesday 8 February.

Det Ch Insp Caroline Millar said it remains "important" they identify everyone who was out that evening.

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'Oh yes she is' - Ann Widdecombe's on her way to the Marina Theatre

Former MP Ann Widdecombe, who enjoyed 10 weeks of notoriety on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, is going to be treading the boards at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft in December.

Ann Widdecombe
Poppy Berry

It's not Ann's first foray into pantomime - last year she appeared as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the The Spa Theatre, in Bridlington.

Rugby: Bury to name Hogg successor

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club will announce its new director of rugby this evening.

The Haberden, Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The National League Two South side has been searching for a replacement for Gavin Hogg, who is leaving at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has been appointed as the head coach of Hertfordshire team Old Albanians.

We'll hear from the new arrival on Friday.

Speedway: Newman keen to make up for lost time

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Kyle Newman will finally make his Ipswich Witches debut in tonight's home meeting against Berwick Bandits.

Kyle Newman

Newman's been sidelined since the opening week of the campaign when he suffered a serious shoulder injury while competing for Poole.

"I can't wait, it's been a long month off," he told BBC Suffolk Sport. "I'm looking forward to joining up with the guys and getting started.

"The injury isn't going to be 100% for a long time if I'm brutally honest, because muscles are a complicated thing, but I feel really comfortable on the bike and am keen for it now."

Darts: Wright looking to build on a successful weekend

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright can book his place in the Premier League play-offs tonight.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The Mendham thrower, who won his second European Tour title of the year in Germany on Sunday, faces Phil Taylor at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

World number one Michael Van Gerwen can secure top spot in the standings when he plays both Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall.

Motocross bikes escort teen's coffin to funeral

Robby West

BBC Look East

Friends and family came to Wortham today to say goodbye to Billy Hines, who died with two friends in a car crash in Pulham Market earlier this month.

Crowds in the churchyard

Mourners were asked to wear a hint of orange - the 16-year-old's favourite colour.

His coffin was brought to St Mary's church on the back of a Warren lorry - the haulage firm owned by the father of Kyle Warren, one of the other teenagers who died in the crash.

Funeral cortege and lorry
Coffin, with flowers, on lorry

The silence was broken by friends escorting his coffin on motocross bikes.

Three motocross bikes in the funeral cortege, ahead of the lorry

Billy's family described him as a fun loving and caring boy, who was very hard working. His friends told me he was kind, funny and cheeky - and they still can't believe he's gone. 

Mourners with orange scarves

Celebrations to mark Arthur Ransome anniversary

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A series of events are to be held across the Shotley Peninsula to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of children's author Arthur Ransome.

Pin Mill

Oliver Paul, chair of the Shotley Peninsula Tourism Action Group, said: "He was quite a colourful character, a little bohemian and eccentric. 

"He wrote some wonderful children's stories and they're all about good clean honest fun and adventure, and that's what you can still do on Shotley. 

"We want to have a year of drinking lashings of ginger beer and ship's biscuits."

Arthur and his wife Evgenia moved to the area in 1935 and he moored his boats at Pin Mill, one of which was Nancy Blackett. 

Whilst living here, Ransome wrote We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, the story of a group of children sailing the Goblin (modelled on the Nancy Blackett) from Pin Mill and drifting out into the North Sea, eventually managing to sail to Holland. 

Events, including a Swallows and Amazons themed camp and sailing event, and a literary festival, start next month.