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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 May 2017
  2. Corrie's girlfriend posts pregnancy photo
  3. Fire crews called to bird of prey rescue in Ipswich town centre
  4. Three sentenced after discovery of cannabis factory
  5. Luke Durbin's mum recalls the night he disappeared
  6. Sixth consecutive win for Witches

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That's it for another week from the Suffolk Live team.

It's been a day of light and shade - we began the day with the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of Hollesley teenager Luke Durbin, reported the rescue of a bird of prey from netting on a building in Ipswich, and shared a photograph of the woman expecting Corrie Mckeague's baby.

The day has ended with GP surgeries having to shut down their computers because of a cyber-attack affecting the NHS, and major delays for rail travellers between Ipswich and Norwich.

Scroll down to read more on these and other stories.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, we hope you have a relaxing time.

See you on Monday from 08:00, when we should have pictures of the Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree which takes place on Saturday afternoon at Chelmondiston on the south bank of the River Orwell.

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

Bird of prey free again...

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The bird of prey, which got caught up in netting (twice) in Ipswich town centre was freed again...

Fire crews were called to the Lloyds Bank building on the Cornhill and first released it at about 13:00.

It flew around a bit, but then managed to get snared up in the anti-pigeon netting soon after.

Stall-holders told me the bird was last spotted on the roof of the building... but I couldn't see it from ground level.

Cornhill, Ipswich with market in the foreground

The bird had bells on it, so we believe it has a keeper who is hired to scare other birds away from property.

We'd love to talk to you, so please use the "Get involved" button at the top of this page to get in touch with us....

General election 2017 nomination papers in

With all the general election 2017 candidates' nominations papers in, we've collected together links to where you can find full information from the returning officers in the 18 Essex constituencies:

The election takes place on Thursday, 8 June.

From the archives: Children watch the races for free

Back on 13 May 1955, this group of children were snapped watching the horse racing through a fence at Newmarket:

Children watch horseracing through gaps in the fence
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Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map

It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

Bikers invited to take part in funeral

An appeal is being made for bikers to take part in a funeral escort for an Ipswich man who died in a motorbike crash last month. 

Rob Stewart, 26, from Maudslay Road in the Whitehouse area, died on 29 April after being involved in a collision on Henley Road in Akenham. 

His partner Julia Day, who made the appeal, is expecting their daughter at the end of July and Rob was stepfather to her two other children.

GP practices told to shut down computer systems

GP practices across Suffolk have been told to shut down their computer systems as a precaution, following what's thought to be a cyber-attack affecting NHS services across England.

The advice has come from the clinical commissioning groups in both east and west Suffolk, a spokesman said.

We've checked with both Ipswich Hospital and the West Suffolk Hospital, and neither is affected by the attack.

NHS cyber attack hits Paget

The James Paget University Hospital is among those affected by a major cyber attack, which is disabling IT systems at hospitals across the UK.

The Gorleston hospital has confirmed it has implemented a paper system instead of computers, and is following a well-trodden emergency plan.

In the other two A&E hospitals serving Suffolk, both Ipswich and West Suffolk believe they are unaffected. 

Trust re-launching ahead of new season

Ipswich Town 1st, the independent supporters trust, is looking for more fans to get involved as it plans a re-launch ahead of the start of next season.

Portman Road

Darts: Wright looking forward rather than back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has put last night's disappointment in Aberdeen immediately behind him.

Peter Wright
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The 47-year-old from Mendham was pipped to the Premier League Winner's Bonus as Michael van Gerwen finished top of the table at the end of the regular season.

Wright is now focusing on next Thursday's Finals Night at London's O2 Arena, where he'll come up against Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen.

"I've qualified for the top four for the first time and I'm happy with that.

"I'm pinching myself thinking that I'm in that top four - it's crazy. My form's coming and I've got another week to get it right for the O2."

Lifeguards return to beaches

RNLI lifeguards will be returning to beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk to keep visitors safe.

Following intensive training, they'll return to duty this weekend at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Gorleston and Sea Palling. 

A fortnight later, on 27 May, they'll be on patrol at Lowestoft South and Southwold North.

By 8 July, the charity will have lifeguards - in their distintive red and yellow uniforms - at 17 beaches across the two counties, from 10:00-18:00, seven days a week. 

Lifeguards lined up with their surf boards on a beach

Speedway: Witches director delighted with debutant

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches new boy Nathan Greaves certainly caught the eye in last night's 59-32 victory over Scunthorpe Scorpions at Foxhall.

Nathan Greaves

The 19-year-old Yorkshireman scored eight points, including one heat win, and was even handed a ride in heat 15.

"I think it was good for Nathan [to get heat 15], it gave him another four laps," said Chris Louis, Witches' director of speedway. 

"For a first time out this year, in this league, on this track it was a great performance.

"Nathan was the best rider that we could've picked, with the points that we had, to replace Danyon [Hume] and he's proved tonight that I think we made the right choice."

5 Things We've Learned This Week

1) Writing songs is like therapy for Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran on the power of songwriting.

Ed Sheeran was the latest star to be cast away on Radio 4's hypothetical desert island.

The singer-songwriter, whose record Divide is battling Kasabian's new one to remain at the top of the album charts for a whopping 10th week later, appeared on the show on Sunday.

He told presenter Kirsty Young that he can knock out four or five songs a day when he's in "album mode" and gets great catharsis out of working out his problems out on an acoustic guitar... for your benefit.

So everyone's a winner. 

Listen to a short clip above and to the full show here.

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2) TLC achieved what Elvis never did...

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...the US girl band played their first EVER gig in the UK this week.

The King never managed that (although he did visit Prestwick airport near Glasgow).

Anyway, back to the girls, who also dropped a new track this week, and our reporter Mark Savage at the gig at Koko in Camden, London.

He described it as "25 years of anticipation translated into one of the most joyous and affectionate shows in living memory".


He also spoke to them before the show about performing without late band-mate Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and working with Donald Trump on the US Apprentice before he became President.

See what T-Boz made of him below. Clue: Not much.

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TLC on performing again and playing in the UK for the first time

3) The Rolling Stones are going out on tour again

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But not in the UK sadly...not this year at least.

Apparently there aren't any sports stadiums available that are big enough.

That's the official line anyway above.

The band announced their No Filter tour this week which will see them perform thirteen shows across Europe in September and October.

The Stones last UK gig was at Hyde Park in 2013 and you're all going to have to wait just a little longer.

Or else get yourself on a plane to Lucca. Or Arnhem, or... 

Read more.

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4) Glasto co-organiser Emily Evis is keeping a 'big secret' from us all

Glastonbury 2017: Emily Eavis on 'big surprise' to come

But what could it be?

TLC's first ever UK festival show maybe? Or The Stones to rev up the engines on their tour plane early perhaps?

Well, we don't know because as well as running a cracking festival, Emily Eavis is also very good at keeping a secret.

She did let slip to the BBC that they've managed to hide something big about this year's Worthy Farm event from everyone thus far.

"I haven't even hinted or told anyone it's coming and we've managed to keep it completely quiet for the first time ever."

Listen above (6 Music DJ Shaun Keaveny reckons he's cracked it).

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And finally.

5) It ain't easy to hold a single saxophone note for over 47 minutes.

Femi Kuti
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Just ask Femi Kuti.

The eldest son of Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti suffered a real blow this week (pardon the actually don't, that was a good pun) when he narrowly missed out on the world record for holding the longest single note played on a wind instrument.

The Nigerian star used circular breathing techniques to hold a note on his saxophone for 46 minutes and 38 seconds at a gig in Lagos.

He thought that enough for the record, then found out that back in 2000 Vann Burchfield had managed a mighty 47 minutes and 5.5 seconds.

Essentially an entire half of football, including injury time.

He took it pretty well though (below).

Don't try this at home kids.

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Man arrested after van collides with parked vehicles

A man in his 20s has been arrested after a collision involving a van and a number of stationary vehicles in Newmarket.

Police received a number of calls from members of the public at about 01:40 reporting the collision in Churchill Court.

Officers arrived shortly afterwards, and discovered a silver Ford Transit van had collided with five parked vehicles - three cars and two vans.

A 27-year-old from the Cambridge area was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol. 

He was initially taken to hospital for a check-up and then brought to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, where he currently remains for questioning. 

Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre

A red sky at night can mean rain too

I don't know how delighted shepherds would be with overnight rain, but these photographs taken by some of our BBC Weather Watchers last night might have led some people to expect a brighter start to the day than we had:

Red sky at Felixstowe docks
Sunset in Ipswich
Colourful sky in Sudbury

Corrie's girlfriend posts emotional message on Facebook

Kate Scotter

BBC News

The girlfriend of missing RAF Honington airman Corrie Mckeague, who revealed in January she is expecting his baby, has posted a message on Facebook saying how much she "loves and misses" him.

April Oliver's message on Facebook

She also shared a photograph of herself in the latter stages of pregnancy.

Ms Oliver, who had met Mr Mckeague via a dating site months before he went missing, is due to give birth in late spring/early summer.

April Oliver
April Oliver

Teenager given suspended sentence after armed robbery

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Stowmarket teenager who admitted threatening shop staff with an axe has been told he will be jailed if he misbehaves again.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Connor Higgins, 19, from Kent Road, had been dealing cannabis and had got himself into debt with his suppliers.

One Sunday morning in March, he went into the One Stop shop on Ipswich Road and asked for cash back. He was refused and was heard to say "if I don't get this money, I'm going to die". 

One Stop shop in Stowmarket

He returned a couple of minutes later, wearing a different top, his face partly covered, an axe in his hand, and asked staff for "all the cash in the tills".

Despite being told it "wasn't worth it' he asked again and was handed less than £100 in total. 

Higgins was recognised by shop staff, and police arrested him within an hour. 

He was sentenced to two years in prison for the robbery, and eight months for dealing cannabis, both suspended for two years. 

Six other offences were taken into consideration. 

Judge Rupert Overbury told him he must also do 200 hours of community work to pay back the community he stole from.

Sentencing him he said Higgins had no relevent previous convictions and he had "said sorry right from the start".

Mr Overbury said he had "acted through panic and stupidity" and that it was "in the public interest to suspend the sentence, so that he could demonstrate he could lead a useful life and behave himself".

He told him if he put another foot wrong, he would be jailed and it would be his own fault.

Trapped bird

Firefighters used an aerial platform to reach the bird that was caught in anti-pigeon netting.

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Work of wartime 'modest' mathematician to be remembered

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Bletchley Park mathematician is being recognised this weekend, 100 years after his birth. 

Bill Tutte, a Cambridge graduate from Newmarket, helped to unravel the Lorenz machine, which was a more complex system than the Enigma and used by the German high command.

Dr David Kenyon, the research historian at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, said his role was "important and little known" as he was such a "modest man". 

He explained that he came to the park from Cambridge University aged 24 and worked as a codebreaker in a department that had so far been unable to crack the code. 

In Tutte's memoirs he wrote "as an act of desperation, they gave it to me", and just a few months later he broke it. 

Bill Tutte
Richard Youlden

After the war he was appointed a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, before emigrating to Canada. 

He died on 2 May 2002, aged 84. 

Lorenzo machine
Shaun Armstrong

The Bill Tutte Symposium is on Sunday (his birthday) at Bletchley and Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker opens to the general public on Monday. 

Bird of prey stuck in netting again...

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The bird of prey, as yet unidentified, was released from the Lloyds Avenue building by fire crews at about 13:00.

This shows the bird when it was stuck above Lloyds Bank: 

Bird stuck in netting in Ipswich town centre
Fire crews on Ipswich's Cornhill

Crowds gathered to watch the unfolding drama:

Crowds watch bird of prey rescue on Ipswich's Cornhill

Once freed by the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the bird flew across the Cornhill and landed on the roof of the Old Post Office building.

Bird of prey on the Old Post Office, Ipswich

However, the bird then flew back across the square to the Lloyds Avenue building and got caught in the netting again, but higher up this time (circled):

Bird of prey on Lloyds Avenue building, Ipswich town centre

 Fire crews had left the scene by then, so the story continues.... 

Zara Larsson returns in video form for Ed Sheeran collab

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Okay, while we grab a quick panini, here's some more new music for you lot to get your teeth into.

There must be *a limit to how many tracks you are allowed to have in the charts as Ed Sheeran has let Zara have this one to herself.

The Swedish pop star does not want to be yours I'm afraid, or at least she's having major doubts in the video above.

We're not sure she should be dancing so close to a burning car in a flammable-looking puffer jacket though.

The track is taken from her album So Good, which was released in March.  

*Only joking, Ed is totally allowed to monopolise the charts as he wants.

BreakingFree as a bird....

The bird of prey which has been stuck in netting in Ipswich town centre has been freed.

More to follow.... we hope to find out for definite what species it is and where it's come from...

Three fire engines attend bird rescue

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

I'm at the Cornhill in Ipswich, where a big bird of prey is caught in the netting on the side of the Lloyds building.

For the last 10 minutes it's been eating a pigeon that's also caught up in the netting.

It's got some bells attached to its feet, I can see a tag on the back of it. We think it's a kite.

Down below there's quite a big crowd. A cordon has been put in place and we've got three fire engines, including one with a turntable ladder.

Bird rescue on Cornhill

Facebook live: Bird trapped in Ipswich town centre netting

Fire crews are attempting to rescue a bird of prey - possibly a kite - from the netting on the Lloyds Avenue building on Ipswich's Cornhill.

Watch it live here: 

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Fire service try to save feathered friend

The fire service is attempting to free a bird, possibly a bird of prey, that's become stuck in netting on a building on the Cornhill in Ipswich town centre.

We'll keep you posted on the rescue attempt...

Bird stuck in netting
Ben Parker

Figures reveal the number of weapons taken into schools

A meat cleaver, an airgun and a carving knife are among 36 weapons that have been seized in schools in Suffolk over the last five years.

The disclosure comes as police figures show more than 2,500 weapons have been seized from schools lin England and Wales over the past two years.

Selection of weapons seized nationally

Geoff Barton, former headteacher at the King Edward VI school in Bury St Edmunds and now general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "In my last week actually as a school leader, a girl had specifically brought in a pair of scissors and she was going round saying she was going to use them to stab someone.

"Now what we had there was someone who was pretty emotionally distressed, and her motivation in having a weapon, as it were, was because she wanted to hurt people so it would always be difficult to find particular reasons for that."

Darts: A big win still not enough for Wright

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright was pipped to the Premier League Winner's Bonus last night on the final night of the regular season in Aberdeen.

Peter Wright
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After Wright had hammered Raymond van Barneveld 7-1, Michael van Gerwen had to beat Gary Anderson to finish top of the table, and secure a cheque for £25,000 - which he did, 7-4.

The line-up for next Thursday's semi-finals at the O2 in London was also confirmed last night.

The first game will be a re-match between van Gerwen and Anderson before Wright faces Phil Taylor.

Despite overnight rain, the dry spell continues

After one of the driest Aprils - just 41% of the monthly average rainfall - it was refreshing to see that rain has fallen overnight.

But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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UKIP will not contest Suffolk Coastal seat

UKIP says it's decided not to put up a candidate in the Suffolk Coastal constituency at next month's general election, as it's "totally clear" that the Conservative Dr Therese Coffey will be re-elected whatever happens.

Therese Coffey
Therese Coffey

Dr Coffey has responded by saying: "It's kind of them to say that, but I don't take anything for granted."

UKIP says voters in the constituency "should demand and expect clear reassurance from Dr Coffey that she will commit to put her full weight as an Environment Department Minister behind their interests in the Brexit process".

The candidates for Suffolk Coastal are:

  • Dr Therese Coffey (Conservative)
  • Cameron Matthews (Labour)
  • James Sandbach (Liberal Democrats)
  • Eamonn O'Nolan (Green)
  • Philip Young (independent)

Dr Coffey had a majority of nearly 19,000 in the 2015 general election.

Three sentenced after discovery of Occold cannabis factory

Three men have been given prison sentences at Ipswich Crown Court, following the discovery of more than 2,400 cannabis plants in Occold.

Cannabis factory
Suffolk Police

Stephen Carpenter, 50, of Holly Avenue, Stanmore, north west London, and Steven Duggan, 44, of Lullingstone Crescent, Orpington in south London were both sentenced to 34 months imprisonment.

Lee Denton, 32, of Madan Road, Westerham, Kent was sentenced to 46 months in jail.

All three (pictured l-r - Carpenter, Duggan and Denton) had pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis.

Police estimated the cannabis could have had an estimated street value of £530,000 to £1.5m.

Stephen Carpenter, Steven Duggan, Lee Denton (l-r)
Suffolk Police

Missing teenager's mum appeals for response to CCTV images

Nicki Durbin, whose son Luke has been missing since a night out in Ipswich in 2006, says there may still be people who haven't been traced from that night who could help with the inquiry.

Speaking the day after police re-released some CCTV images of potential witnesses, she said: "It might just be the people in those images are completely unaware, so if they do recognise themselves or recognise someone else I'd be so, so grateful if they went to the police just to be ruled out of any connection to Luke. 

"They might not even have seen Luke, but yes I would appeal for anyone who does see themselves in those images to come forward."

CCTV image of possible witness
Suffolk Police
CCTV image of another possible witness
Suffolk Police

Praise for major investigation team from missing teenager's mum

The police major investigation team, which took over the case of missing teenager Luke Durbin in November 2010, has been praised by Luke's mother,

Composite of photos of Luke Durbin
Suffolk Police

Speaking 11 years after she last saw her son as he left the family home in Hollesley for a night out in Ipswich, Nicki Durbin said the team has been "relentless".

"There will obviously come a point when there are no new leads to follow, I do understand that, but the difference from them taking over and the police prior to them, it's knowing that everything has been done that can possibly be done and that's been a healing process in that way. 

"I don't feel I'm having to fight for my son's disappearance to be taken seriously."

Mum of missing teenager recalls events the night he disappeared

The mother of a teenager who has been missing for 11 years says: "He literally walked out our door laughing, and that's the last time we ever saw him."

Nicki Durbin

Nicki Durbin, pictured last year, said after leaving their home in Hollesley, Luke Durbin, who was 19, met up with friends and the group decided to go clubbing in Ipswich.

"One of his friends came straight home, because he'd had too much to drink" she said.

"Luke and his other friend went to what was Zest nightclub [opposite Ipswich Railway Station]. 

"They got separated and although it was later established that Luke was trying to get home, he never got home.

"I will never stop searching for Luke and my biggest fear is that I will never find out where Luke is now."

Speedway: There's more to come from us - Hawkins

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Even though the Ipswich Witches sixth consecutive home win has lifted them joint top of the Championship table, their team manager believes they're capable of doing even better.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

Three riders - Danny King, Cameron Heeps and Rory Schlein - were paid for 12 points as the Witches hammered Scunthorpe Scorpions 59-32 last night at Foxhall.

“We’ve had a great start to the season at home and we have had a lot of big wins but we cannot rest on that," Ritchie Hawkins told the club website. 

"There are a lot tougher tests to come this season and I think we are probably only racing at about 70% still. I think we have a lot of improvement in us."