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  1. Updates for Friday, 19 May 2017
  2. Ipswich Town footballer faces motoring charges
  3. Man airlifted to hospital after collision on B1084
  4. Bakery asks people to vote with their mouths
  5. Investigation after patient given unnecessary medical procedure
  6. Corrie Mckeague's brother says they focus on him '24/7'

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it folks, we're signing off

The team here is starting the long (for some) journey home, but we hope you've enjoyed reading our news updates during the week as much as we've enjoyed writing them.

If you've been with us all day, you'll know exactly what's been going on across the county.

If you're just joining us, then scroll down and you can be equally well informed.

Enjoy your weekend - whatever you're doing.

We look forward to your company again from 08:00 on Monday.

Communities urged to be vigilant after six burglaries in one day

Six properties in the west of the county were targetted by burglars yesterday, prompting police to remind communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

  • Rede: Resident returned home and disturbed offender, who fled in a dark-coloured hatchback car
  • Rede: Window forced open, not yet known if anything was stolen
  • Mildenhall: Jewellery and cash stolen
  • Barrow: Window forced open and laptop stolen
  • Hargrave: Window forced open and safe and computer stolen
  • West Row: Intruder alarm activated, police arrived to find a silver Land Rover Discovery had been stolen

The first five burglaries took place during daylight hours. Police say they're keeping an "open mind" about whether the crimes are linked.

Victim of Barnham collision named

A woman who died following a crash on the A134 at Barnham earlier this week has been named as 47-year-old Helen Lovegrove, from Thetford.

Ms Lovegrove, of Magdalen Street in the town, was a passenger in a Skoda Octavia that was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa, at about 10:45 on Wednesday.

A woman in her early 20s, from the Dereham area, who was the driver of the Corsa, remains in a serious condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining leg and internal injuries.

A man, in his 50s and from the Thetford area, was driving the Skoda and received treatment at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

ITFC 'aware' of motoring charges against Kevin Bru

A spokesman for Ipswich Town Football Club has told us: "We are aware of the motoring charges against Kevin and, with this being an ongoing court matter, we won't be commenting further at this point."

Mr Bru has been charged with a number of motoring offences, including speeding on the A12 and A14 on three separate occasions last year.

Kevin Bru
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Corrie Mckeague's brother speaks of pain of search
Corrie Mckeague's brother Makeyan says he will never give up searching for the airman.

Space rockers return to Ipswich for first time in 20 years

Veteran rockers Hawkwind return to Ipswich for the first time since 1996 this Sunday - a surprisingly long break considering they played at the town's Regent Theatre almost every year in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Hawkwind giglist shows they came to what was then the Gaumont annually between 1975 to 1986, with only a gap in 1983, which must be some sort of record.

Last time they played here was at Ipswich Corn Exchange in 1996, and that's where they are again this weekend in support of their new album Into The Woods.

Hawkwind at the Mojo Awards in 2010, with mainstay Dave Brock in the centre

Ipswich Town footballer faces motoring charges

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has been charged with a number of motoring offences, including speeding on the A12 and A14 on three separate occasions last year.

Kevin Bru
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He's also been accused of refusing to say who was driving the car at the time, and three offences of driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The case has been adjourned until next month, when Mr Bru is due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich.

Ipswich Jazz Festival returns

The three-day Ipswich Jazz Festival, which is being held for the second time after the inaugural event in 2015, takes place next month at venues across the town.

Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band will open the festival at the Manor Ballroom on Friday, 23 June.

The venue for Saturday night is St Peter's by the Waterfront, where artists include John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe (pictured).

Vimala Rowe and John Etheridge
John Etheridge

The Back to Basie orchestra, who have been voted best British Big Band at the British Jazz Awards six times, will close the event on Sunday, 25 June.

There'll also be workshops, music photography, exhibitions and film screenings, as well as a variety of pub gigs.

Cricket: Woolpit hoping more Suffolk games will follow

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

History will be made on Sunday when Woolpit Cricket Club hosts its first Minor Counties match.

Woolpit Cricket Club
Suffolk Cricket Board

After spending £152,000 revamping their pavilion, the club will stage Suffolk against Bedfordshire in the Unicorns Trophy.

Club captain Tim Parker is hoping it's the first of many such matches at the ground, with the ultimate aim to host a Minor Counties Championship fixture.

"I think the Suffolk board will be measuring things on how it goes on Sunday, but I see no reason, with our facilities now, why we couldn't host a three-day game," he told BBC Suffolk Sport.

Cricket: Suffolk skipper out to repay coach's faith

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

On Sunday Suffolk will be aiming to bounce back from their recent defeat at Buckinghamshire and reach the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Trophy.

They're up against Bedfordshire in their final Group Four fixture at Woolpit, knowing a win could see them progress on run-rate.

"We weren’t good enough against Bucks and deserved to lose," said captain Adam Mansfield (pictured). "There are no excuses from us and we’re hoping to put in a better performance.

"A few of us, myself included, need to take some responsibility and repay the faith coach Andy Northcote has put in us."

Adam Mansfield
Suffolk County Cricket Board

Maggs joins ranks at The Haberden

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Irish international Kevin Maggs has joined the coaching team at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.

Kevin Maggs

The 42-year-old won 70 caps for Ireland during his playing career, and is now a regional talent coach for the IRFU.

Maggs will continue in that role, as well as becoming Bury's Pro-Am director on a part-time basis.

He will also work alongside new head coach Jon Clarke at the Haberden, providing coaching, game and player analysis, and support with recruitment.

"It's a club with great facilities and huge potential," said Maggs. "I look forward to working with Jon and the team on their continued journey."

Ports, bees and poppies

ABP, which operates Lowestoft and Ipswich ports, has signed up to a wildflower initiative from Kew Gardens - pledging to plant wildflower seeds across its network of ports.

Lucy Firman, from the Port of Lowestoft, said: "We are happy to be doing our bit to support the environment.

"We have planted five kits of seeds and even put up several bee homes."

Wild flowers
Grow Wild

Ipswich Town to face Colchester United this summer

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Man airlifted to hospital after collision on B1084

Further to our earlier news of a vehicle colliding with a tree on the B1084 between Sudbourne and Orford, the ambulance service has now told us a man, believed to be in his 30s, has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital following the incident.

The man, who has a serious pelvic injury, was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Lowestoft Town confirm Norwich City friendly

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Road blocked after van hits tree

A man thought to be in his 30s has been injured after his Mercedes van collided with a tree on the B1084 between Sudbourne and Orford.

Emergency services are on the scene and the road is currently blocked.

We'll bring you further details as we get them.

Highways warns of temporary traffic orders affecting drivers

We brought you news a little earlier of an emergency one-day road closure in Bridge Road, in Ipswich, due to a flooding issue.

Here are a couple more road updates, which Suffolk County Council has just sent us:

  • High Street, Wickham Market, from Boarder Cot Lane to Dallinghoo Road - emergency gully repairs, will reopen 16:30

Speed reduction for emergency pothole repairs - national speed limit reduced to 30mph until 16:30:

  • Silver Hill, Hintlesham
  • Hadleigh Road, Burstall

If you spot anything we're not mentioning, you can contact us via the "Get involved" link at the top of the page.

Radio Caroline granted AM licence

The former pirate station Radio Caroline has been awarded an AM waveband licence from Ofcom, which will enable it to broadcast to Suffolk and parts of north Essex.

Ross Revenge

Peter Moore, who runs Radio Caroline, said he was delighted that the bid which was begun in 2010 had been successful.

He said his ambition was to broadcast from Radio Caroline's ship the MV Ross Revenge, on the River Blackwater in Essex.

"It's our intention to broadcast to the same people we used to when we had the ships off the Essex coast," said Mr Moore.

"It will be the same sort of service they would have heard in the past delivered in the same way and presented in many cases by the same people as before.

"It's like a living time capsule."

The 1967 Marine Broadcasting Offences Act rendered Radio Caroline, which broadcast from international waters, an illegal - or pirate - station.

Leiston sign ex-Ipswich defender

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ryman Premier Division club Leiston have made full-back Kyle Hammond their first summer signing.

The former Westbourne High School pupil played for Maldon & Tiptree last season, after being released by Ipswich Town a year ago.

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Academy striker Folami nominated for goal of the month

Ipswich Town Academy striker Ben Folami’s strike for the U18s in March’s 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday has been nominated in the League Football Education’s Goal of the Month competition.

General election: Bakery asks people to vote with their mouths

A family-run bakery is using brightly-coloured muffins to try to gauge the popularity of the different political parties, ahead of next month's general election.

Tray of 'political party linked' muffins

The idea came from Kieron Palmer, owner of Palmer's bakery in Haughley, who said: "I sat there talking with my partner one evening, and thought you see all these polls, wouldn't it be fun, for a laugh, to do different types of muffin with coloured tops for all the parties and see if it actually matches the polls.

"We've had people coming in buying all sorts, it's been quite fun."

The bakery also has multi-coloured muffins, for supporters of the Monster Raving Loony Party, but none for the SNP because they're "a long way from there".

Cruickshank blow on eve of derby

Bury Free Press

Here's the back page of the Bury Free Press:

Bury Free Press
Bury Free Press
Back page of Bury Free Press

Stabbing of boy leads to weapon warnings

Ipswich Star

This is the front page of the Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

We asked:

Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?


And you said:

Amanda, Peterborough: "I do not really have an opinion on this as I never use the railways. However, if it lowers the price for commuters and travellers then it may be a good thing."

Marilyn Samuel, Luton: "I agree to Labour's policy to propose to re-nationalise the railways and I agree to keep fares down and at a fair price, more affordable and a reliable transport system."

Barbara, Chelmsford: "I think that railways are great as they're now. No changes needed."

Jonathan, Norwich: "It would take billions to overhaul the railways, maybe the money would be better spent on trams going into major cities at affordable prices."

Jade, Southend: "Buses and trains need upgrading and a better service. If they want less people to drive cars, public transports need a lot of improvement."

Malcolm Younger, Ipswich: "If a nationalised railway could work cheaply and efficiently I would be for it. But don't think that they can so should be left as they are."

Investigation after patient given unnecessary medical procedure

The West Suffolk Hospital is investigating 10 serious incidents reported in March, including one in which a patient was given a medical procedure they didn't need, and one where "serious harm" was caused to a patient.

West Suffolk Hospital

All that we know about the "unnecessary" procedure, known as a "never event" (something that should never happen), is that it took place at the outpatients department.

The hospital says: "The patient has not suffered any adverse consequences of the additional procedure and a full investigation is under way with some initial learning identified for immediate implementation."

The serious incidents included two unexpected or potentially avoidable deaths, and one incident where serious harm was done to a patient.

Five cases related to norovirus outbreaks, leading to ward closures.

Rowan Procter, chief nurse at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Patient safety is our top priority and we work with staff to continually improve our processes and procedures.”

The information was revealed in a report which will be discussed at the next meeting of the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, on 24 May.

Emergency road closure warning for drivers in Ipswich

Corrie: I'll never stop searching for my son

The mother of missing serviceman Corrie Mckeague, who was last seen in Bury St Edmunds on the morning of 24 September, says she will never give up searching for her son.

Nicola Urquhart

Speaking days after police said they'll extend their search for him at the landfill site in Cambridgeshire for at least another three weeks, Nicola Urquhart said: "It's my son. I'll never ever stop searching for him.

"That doesn't mean I expect the police to search forever. I'm realistic, I know there will come a time when they have to stop but it doesn't mean that I'll ever stop.

"Until they've either found him, or I've got every answer I could possibly get and just now there's still far, far too many unanswered questions for us.

"It's almost like we've not let ourselves lose him yet. We're still looking for him - we're realistic but we've not lost him yet. We're still looking for him."

Corrie: 'You become paralysed by the idea this person's not in your life any more'

The brother of Corrie Mckeague, the RAF Honington airman who disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds last September, says the continuing search of the landfill site at Milton is tough on the family.

Makeyan Mckeague

Makeyan Mckeague (pictured) said: "The hardest time is when it floods back to you that your brother is missing.

"You focus on it 24/7, you can't do anything.

"You just become paralysed by the idea that this person's not in your life any more, you're not going to have them at the big events.

"It's very difficult to try and actually think about [the fact] that Corrie's missing."

Police have said they'll continue to search the site for at least three more weeks.

Golf: Dobson sets the pace at Frilford Heath

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Woodbridge's Hugo Dobson has a one shot lead after the first round of the latest Europro event at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.

Hugo Dobson
Lawrence Lustig

He finished yesterday with three consecutive birdies to leap to the top of the leaderboard - ahead of Wrag Barn's Josh Loughrey and Joe Dean, who plays at Hillsborough.

After most of Wednesday was lost to heavy rain the tournament has been reduced to 36 holes, with the full field of 156 golfers playing both rounds.

Darts: So near yet so far for Wright

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Peter Wright missed six match darts and went on to lose 11-10 to world number one Michael van Gerwen in the Premier League Final at the O2 last night.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

After beating Phil Taylor in the semi-finals earlier in the evening, the 47-year-old from Mendham had led 7-2 at one stage.

"I've got to learn, go back to the practice board and get him next time," Wright told Sky Sports afterwards.

"What I've learnt over the years playing Michael, I used to rush it, but I've learnt play your own rhythm.

"I can't believe I missed that many darts at a double, but fair play to the champion."

Friday's weather: Wet at first, turning more showery

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain tending to turn more showery into the afternoon, perhaps with some brighter intervals developing later.

It will be rather breezy with strong coastal winds, these easing through the afternoon.

Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Watch my full forecast for the BBC East region:

Good morning from Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on this rather grey, chilly morning.

We'll be hearing from one of missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague's brothers, who has been talking about how the continuing search at the landfill site at Milton is affecting the family.

There have been a few problems for rail travellers, with one train heading to the capital terminating at Colchester, and a train fault affecting a couple of journeys on the Ipswich to Felixstowe line, so our advice to you is to check before you travel - we'll bring you more details shortly.

We'll start the day though as we always do, with a look at the weather prospects - Elizabeth Rizzini will bring us the details next.

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