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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 26 May 2017
  2. Mother of teenager who died on A47 seeks answers
  3. Two men jailed following armed robbery
  4. No safety measures in place at fatal excavation site
  5. Hadleigh debates Sunday opening
  6. Tour of Britain starts in 100 days

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By Philippa Taylor

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We've just worked out after Monday, we're going to have to wait another 91 days until our next bank holiday so we're heading home to start making the most of the long weekend as soon as we can.

If you're just joining us, or you've been dipping in and out of our coverage during the day, the best way of finding out exactly what's been happening across the county is to scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date.

Have an enjoyable weekend, whatever you've got planned, and set yourself a reminder to join us again on Tuesday from 08:00.

Weekend weather: Hot and humid

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

Highs of 28C (82F).

Greater Anglia warn of speed restrictions due to faulty level crossing

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Fire service urges people to remain vigilant as dry conditions continue

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant in preventing and spotting possible fires as the hot weather continues.

More than 30 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled a blaze in Thetford Forest yesterday afternoon.

Earlier this month crews were on the scene of a gorse fire in Southwold for more than 24 hours.

Young boy arrested following Stowmarket assault

A 12-year-old boy has been released under investigation, after being arrested in connection with an assault in Stowmarket on 19 May.

A man in his late teens told police he was walking through the recreation ground between 18:30 and 19:15 when he was approached by a boy who, following a brief exchange, threatened him with a knife.

He also said the boy punched him in the face before kicking him to the ground.

The boy was questioned at the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre before being released, pending further inquiries.

Police Investigation Centre
BBC

Two men jailed following armed robbery in Beccles

Jail sentences totalling more than 17 years have been handed down to two men following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beccles in September last year.

Kerron Turner and Aaron Knights
Suffolk Police

Kerron Turner (pictured left), 26, formerly of York Road in Great Yarmouth, and The Greenway in Beccles was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 years and 10 months.

Aaron Knights, 25, of no fixed abode but also formerly of York Road in Great Yarrrmouth, was sent to prison for six years, six months.

Turner was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent at a trial earlier in the year.

Knights had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Det Insp Simon Bridgland said: ""This was a frightening incident for the victim who was working at the jewellers at the time of the attack.

"He has shown great courage throughout and we’d like to thank him and other members of the public who got in touch to pass on information following the incident for their assistance."

The lorry driver 'must be devastated'

A woman whose teenage daughter died after being hit by a lorry on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon says: "The lorry driver must be devastated, I can't imagine what he must be going through."

Michelle Whiting
Michelle Whiting

Michelle Whiting, from Beccles, is searching for answers about the mental health treatment 18-year-old Rachel Stoter received prior to her death.

Michelle added: "I think that if she was in such a frame of mind that she wanted to harm herself they should have put her in hospital and they should have kept her safe."

The James Paget Hospital, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

Mother of teenager who died on A47 'searches for answers'

The mother of a Lowestoft teenager, who died following a collision on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, is searching for answers from mental health professionals, about the treatment her daughter received just before the incident.

Rachel Stoter
Michelle Whiting

Rachel Stoter, 18, who'd suffered from mental health problems over the past few years, died at the James Paget Hospital on Monday night after she had been hit by a lorry shortly before 15:00.

It's understood she'd been treated at the hospital the day before the collision.

Her mother Michelle Whiting, who lives in Beccles, said: "As far as I'm aware she was released from hospital on Monday maybe half an hour, 40 minutes before the accident.

"She was walking from James Paget along the A47 away from the hospital.

"Why wasn't she put in hospital? Why weren't we called to go and pick her up? Why just release her on her own?"

Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and the James Paget have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

How many shades of blue can a Suffolk sky be?

It doesn't really matter - the main thing, as these BBC Weather Watcher pics show us, is that it's not raining.

Blue sky in Stanningfield
BBC
Blue sky in Mendham
BBC
Blue sky in Bramfield
BBC

Speedway: Witches head north in fine fettle

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says "everyone's confidence is really high" ahead of tomorrow night's Championship meeting at Workington.

Ipswich Witches
Stephen Waller

The Suffolk side will be at full strength as they aim for a third successive away win, following recent victories at Berwick and Scunthorpe.

“We are a stronger team than in the last couple of years and last week showed we have mental toughness about us," Hawkins told the club website.

"With the side we have we can win anywhere and we will be going there to get another three points on Saturday. We are not scared of Workington but we have a lot of respect for how they have started the season."

Leiston boss keen to keep in-demand striker

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston manager Glenn Driver says top scorer Matt Blake (pictured) will only leave Victory Road this summer if the deal is right for both the club and the player.

Matt Blake
Leiston FC

There's almost certain to be interest in the 28-year-old after he took the Ryman Premier Division by storm last season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions.

"He's such a level-headed guy and he's signed a contract at Leiston and understands that we've put a transfer fee on his head, which he agrees with," Driver told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"If we're lucky enough to hold onto him I think he would accept that, but also, if we can push him on to a higher level then we'll encourage him to go on and do better things for himself as well."

Cyclist taken to hospital after fail-to-stop collision

A man has been taken to the West Suffolk Hospital following a hit-and-run collision involving a car and a bicycle on the B1102 in Worlington this morning just before 06:30.

The cyclist, who's in his 30s, sustained a head injury in the collision.

Police say debris left at the scene indicates damage to a front headlight of what's thought to be a dark-coloured car.

The road was closed for a couple of hours.

Thanks for officers keeping our streets safe

With Britain's terror threat raised to "critical" following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, our armed police continue to patrol the streets.

Their presence has not gone unnoticed in Thetford:

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LeeStock set to be a sell-out music weekend

Suffolk Free Press

Organisers say LeeStock music festival is due to be a sell-out event this year, with only limited tickets for sale on the door.

Toploader
Suffolk Free Press

Contractors in fatal engineering project 'didn't have competency'

The HSE says that since four men from from Suffolk died at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth in 2011, construction design and management regulations have been updated.

Structure after collapse
HSE

HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "Sadly the contractors involved in this [the Claxton Engineering project] were not really able, they didn’t have the competency to take on a large-scale engineering project like this one."

Asked whether she was satisfied with the sentences handed out by a judge at the Old Bailey yesterday, Ms Hall replied: "Sentencing is obviously a matter for the judge.

"I'm pleased to have received the convictions.

"It's been a long-running case, it's been a complex investigation and I'm satisfied that we've got convictions and messages are out there about the importance of planning in future."

Safety measures 'weren't put in place' at site where four workers died

The day after two companies were fined following the death of four men from Suffolk at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction firms must employ competent contractors.

Steel structure before collapse
HSE

Brothers Daniel and Thomas Hazleton, and Peter Johnson, all from Stanton, and Adam Taylor, from Rickinghall, died at the Claxton Engineering site in January 2011.

HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "It was a major engineering project building significant foundations for a new pressure test facility at Claxtons and that involved planning how they were going to build these foundations.

"At no point during the whole planning process did the people who were involved in it engage with the challenges involved in it and put the safety measures in place.

"What that meant was that these four guys, very sadly, were working within a steel structure, trying to build it before concrete was poured onto it, and the structure collapsed on them."

Man airlifted to hospital after A12 collision

A man from Essex was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining multiple breaks to his leg in a two-vehicle collision southbound on the A12 at Washbrook yesterday.

A woman, also from Essex, who was in the second vehicle, received injuries to her wrists and ankles and was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Diversions were put in place, with the northbound carriageway fully re-opening just after 19:00, and the southbound carriageway at about 23:00.

Police, who are appealing for witnesses, say the collision, which occurred at about 17:35, involved a green VW Golf and a black Ford Kuga.

Eight year jail term for attempted rape

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man who attempted to rape a woman at Melton railway station last summer has been jailed for eight years.

Sam Duncan
British Transport Police

Sam Duncan, 24, of Alan Road, Ipswich, who had denied the charge, was found guilty of attempted rape and indecent exposure at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court in March.

Yesterday when he appeared at the same court for sentencing, he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

He attacked a 21-year-old woman as she waited for a train on a platform at Melton station near Woodbridge in July 2016.

Racing: Big Orange lays down Gold Cup marker

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket-trained Big Orange has to be a serious contender for next month's Ascot Gold Cup after a hugely impressive win at Sandown yesterday.

Big Orange
Getty Images

With Frankie Dettori onboard the pair totally dominated the field in the Henry II Stakes.

"He's a hard horse to ride against if you take him on too soon," said trainer Michael Bell.

"He's such a good horse, if jockeys come and join him five furlongs out they've almost got to hope to play their hand late. He's a high-class stayer."

Sunday is 'my one and only day off'

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

As Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce offers people the chance to give their views on Sunday opening, a businesswoman in the town says seven day trading would cause her problems.

Hadleigh High Street
BBC

Amanda Phillips, co-proprietor of the Old Bakery Emporium, told us: "I'm not open on Sunday.

"We have thought about it, but it means as an independent we'd have to get somebody else in to cover because it is my one and only day off.

"Physically opening on a Sunday is going to create problems for us independent retailers although it would be great to have us all open on Sundays."

Hadleigh residents to debate Sunday opening

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Residents in Hadleigh are being asked if they'd like to see shops in the town open for business on Sundays.

At present, shops on the High Street are closed, although a nearby supermarket is open seven-days-a-week.

Hadleigh High Street
BBC

Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce has posted messages on social media, asking the question.

Chairman Sean Garnham says reaction has been mixed so far: "The general consensus would appear that there's not many people in favour of it as general consumers but everyone's entitled to their own opinion obviously."

The 100 day countdown to the Tour of Britain begins
The Tour of Britain begins in 100 days, with some of the world's top cyclists due to visit the county on stage six of the event.

Police pursuit leads to arrests

Tour of Britain starts in 100 days

The start of the Tour of Britain, which will visit the county for one of the early stages, is just 100 days away.

Students at Kesgrave High School
Suffolk Coastal District Council

Stage six, on Friday 8 September, will see some of the world's top cyclists racing between Newmarket and Aldeburgh.

Sarah Shinnie, sports development officer at Suffolk Coastal council, says they're seeing a lot of support from communities along the route: "We've got Wickham Market, who are coming up with some fantastic ideas to engage not only the primary schools but the local communities, the local shops, including cycle shops.

"In Framlingham we've got some harebrained ideas as to what we want to do round the castle. It's going to be going right past that so we're really excited.

"And then in Aldeburgh itself it's welcoming back the tour. It's had the women's Tour before, and now it's getting the men's Tour, so it's really upping its game."

International call ups for Ipswich Town pair

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town duo Tommy Smith (pictured) and Monty Patterson have been named in the New Zealand squad for three warm-up games ahead of next month's Confederations Cup.

Tommy Smith
Getty Images

The All Whites will play Northern Ireland in Belfast next Friday, League of Ireland side Cabinteely in Dublin four days later and then Belarus, in Minsk, on 12 June.

Their first Confederations Cup match is against hosts Russia on Sunday 18 June.

Friday's weather: Hot and sunny again

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will be dry, sunny and hot again for most of us.

A breeze will blow off the sea, curtailing temperatures in Lowestoft and right on the coast.

Top temperature inland: 24C (75F).

Friday's weather map
BBC

After a warm sunny evening, we will all have another mild rather muggy night.

It will be a good one for stargazing as there will be very little cloud and a new moon.

Lows of 14C (57F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Good morning Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live coverage.

If you're joining us for the first time, this is where you'll find regular news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county, so stay with us, and let us know later on what you think about what you see.

The good folk of Hadleigh are being asked their opinion on whether shops in the town should open on Sundays, so we'll find out how the land lies there - we'd be interested in your views on Sunday trading too, is it just a way of life now?

Whether you're responding to local news, sending us your photographs of the county, or just saying hello, it's really easy to get in touch. Just click on the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

We'll start the day though in time-honoured fashion, by checking out the day's weather prospects. Elizabeth Rizzini will be with us next.

Severe accident: A12 Suffolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Suffolk southbound severe accident, between J33 A1214 and J32A London Road.

A12 Suffolk - A12 in Copdock blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J33, A1214 (Copdock Interchange) and J32a, London (Capel St Mary), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe accident: A143 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A143 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Stockton Road and A146 Norwich Road.

A143 Norfolk - A143 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Stockton Road junction and McDonalds Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's it - we've been in the newsroom for long enough on this beautiful day, and we're going to head home now and enjoy the evening sunshine (it's actually going home time anyway so we're not sneaking off early).

If you haven't been with us all day, scroll down and catch up on what's been happening across the county since 08:00.

Have a good evening - we'll be back bright and breezy, but hopefully without any sunburned noses, in the morning.

Overnight weather: Not the most comfortable night for sleeping

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A warm and humid night in store, with temperatures remaining in the mid-teens in many areas.

Friday's weather map
BBC

Friday will again be hot with long spells of sunshine, continuing to feel humid, although it'll be cooler on the coast with an onshore breeze.

Highs of 26C (79F).

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

Lord Ballyedmond sale raises more than £4m

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Items from the London home of Lord Ballyedmond, who died after his helicopter crashed in south Norfolk, have made more than £4m at auction.

Sotheby's sale of Lord Ballyedmond's house
Sotheby's

The Northern Ireland peer and industrialist was one of four people killed when a helicopter came down in a field in Gillingham near Beccles in thick fog in March 2014.

The collection of more than 500 objects went under the hammer at Sotheby's over the last two days.

A silver wine cistern (pictured below), weighing over 70kg and able to accommodate over 70 bottles of champagne, which was a reproduction of an original by Paul de Lamerie (1719) made £112,500.

Silver wine cistern
Sotheby's

An unusual 18th century large George II Palladian ‘Baby House’ (pictured below) or dolls house sold for £37,500 - well above the estimate of £6,000-9,000.

Georgian 'baby house'
Sotheby's

Locals not surprised by hotel closure

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man who works close to the Limes Hotel in Needham Market, which has closed unexpectedly, says people in the town aren't surprised by the news.

Limes Hotel
BBC

Steven Moore, who works in the post office, said: "Most of them knew it was coming I think because it has been getting quieter and quieter and they haven't been doing as many functions or putting on any events recently.

"It has been getting a quieter less popular pub so I don't think it really surprised anyone."

Disappointed guests as hotel shuts unexpectedly

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A hotel and wedding venue in Needham Market has shut its doors unexpectedly.

Limes Hotel
BBC

The Limes has had several reviews on the Trip Advisor website in the past few days with guests saying they had to find alternative accommodation at short notice after arriving at the hotel to find its doors locked.

Steven Moore, who works in the nearby post office, said: "We've had people coming in who were booked in to stay for the night.

"They'd come here, it was all closed up, where could they go to find a hotel, so we were telling them, and then when we spoke to neighbours of the Limes they said that literally Thursday night they'd [the owners] locked it up, emptied it out and gone.

"As far as we know, it's closed down and there's nobody about."

Companies fined after workers crushed to death

Two companies have been fined and a director has been given a suspended prison sentence after the fatal crushing of four Suffolk workers at an excavation site.

Daniel Hazelton, 30, his brother Thomas Hazelton, 26, Adam Taylor, 28, and Peter Johnson, 41, were killed when a steel cage collapsed in January 2011.

The accident happened at Claxton Engineering Services in Great Yarmouth.

Steel structure prior to collapse
HSE

The Old Bailey heard that the men were constructing a large steel structure (see above) when it collapsed on top of them.

Claxton Engineering Services, of Ferry Road, Norwich, was fined £500,000 with £100,000 costs. Encompass Project Management of Old Market Street, Thetford, was fined £200,000 with costs of £50,000.

David Groucott, of Diss, a director of Encompass, was given a seven and a half month prison sentence, suspended for two years, as well as community work and a fine.

Steel structure after collapse
HSE

Daniel Hazelton (pictured below, top left) Thomas Hazleton (bottom right) and Mr Johnson (bottom left) were all from Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and Mr Taylor (top right) was from nearby Rickinghall.

Victims of crushing
Contributed

Minke whale is taken away

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The minke whale that washed up on the River Ore near Orford on Saturday has been moved.

Whale in water
New Orford Town Trust

Kara Reed from the New Orford Town Trust said the whale, which weighed about 1.5 tonnes and was less than 20ft (6m) long, was moved at about midday.

She said they had had to wait for high tide as it was on a mud bank: "A boat towed it about a mile to Orford Quay, and it was then taken away by an authorised contractor by lorry for disposal."

Ms Reed added that in 13 years of the working for the Trust she had never had to deal with a whale, and described the situation as "very sad".

Fire crews tackle blaze in Thetford Forest

Three crews are fighting a blaze in the Heffers High Hill area of Thetford Forest, near Brandon.

Another three crews have been called to assist.

We've been told an area of undergrowth of about 800 sq m (957 sq yds) is "well alight".

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

If you're in the area and have seen any sign of the fire, and can safely take a photograph, you can send it to us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.