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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 2 June 2017
  2. Suffolk Police officers begin wearing body cameras
  3. Tributes are paid to the Ipswich headteacher who died in France
  4. The Suffolk Show clear-up begins
  5. Ipswich Witches climb to second place in the speedway Championship

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Art exhibition doing its bit to beat cancer

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Art for Cure was founded in 2014 by Belinda Gray after she completed her treatment for breast cancer, with her fellow art-lover Sally Ball.

Later that year Sally was also diagnosed with cancer - and both women are now well. Over £100,000 was raised in 2014 and a further £175,000 in 2016.

This weekend's pop-up exhibition hopes to add to the funds.

Art for Cure deckchair (left) and Sarah Baddon Price, Blissed Out (right)
Art for Cure

It includes a deckchair design from Sarah Baddon Price (Blissed Out above right).

Breast Cancer Now says nearly 12,000 women and about 80 men die from the disease every year and with 50,000 people diagnosed a year, it is the most common cancer in the UK.

Art for Cure hopes funds raised will help pay for research to beat the disease as well as support patients living with it.

Speedway: Mildenhall swoop to replace Woods

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers have drafted in Lewis Whitmore (pictured) to cover for the injured Sam Woods.

Lewis Whitmore
EDP

The 16-year-old will make his debut in Sunday's home clash with Plymouth Devils.

The Fen Tigers will be without Jordan Jenkins who is doing his exams and will use rider replacement for him.

Aldeburgh art cancer fundraiser: Over 20 artists taking part

Katy Prickett

BBC News

These deckchairs are designed by Sarah Muir Poland (Contemplating a Swim), below left, and Maggi Hambling (Amanda in Boots and Fishnets), below right.

They're for sale for £175 each...

Sarah Muir Poland, Contemplating a swim (left) and Maggi Hambling, Amanda in Boots and Fishnets (right)
Art for Cure

A percentage of the sales from the deckchairs, paintings, prints and ceramics offered by more than 20 artists will go to organiser Art for Cure, which in 2016 raised £175,000 for cancer charities.

It donated £100,000 to charity Breast Cancer Now and a further £74,000 to Suffolk-based projects supporting breast cancer patients - including a new wig service, beauty workshops, counselling services and support for nutrition, diet and exercise.

Cricket: Suffolk are a work in progress - Northcote

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk cricket coach Andy Northcote says his side is a long way from where they ought to be, but are moving in the right direction.

Andy Northcote
Getty Images

The 34-year-old's been speaking ahead of Sunday's opening Minor Counties Championship game against Buckinghamshire in Bury St Edmunds.

“We are at a stage where we try to pick the best local side we can with a very youthful feel to it.

“As I have always maintained, the first few years of my tenure is about building for the future, the rest will follow in time. Our player base is shallow and we can only really progress as a county once that deepens.”

Felixstowe golf club blaze under control

Stuart Howells

BBC Radio Suffolk

I'm at the scene of the fire which broke out at the professional shop of Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club at about 11:30 this morning.

Five crews remain on site, removing tiles and debris from the shop - which is 50 yards from the main golf club house.

The fire is under control but the air is still heavy with the smell of smoke and burnt timber.

Golfers are continuing to play their rounds, but Ferry Road in Felixstowe remains closed.

fire
Gill Smith

Felixstowe golf club blaze: Seven fire engines called

Stuart Howells

BBC Radio Suffolk

A fire broke out at a golf club on Ferry Road in Felixstowe at about 11:30 this morning.

Seven fire vehicles are in attendance.

The fire also spread to two nearby flats.

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Slimmers' battles for loose skin surgery on the NHS

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We reported earlier about Sharon Wells from Dunstable and her battle for surgery to have excess skin removed, having lost 16 stone (102kg) - half her body weight - over three years.

She says the NHS has refused to carry out the operation on three occasions, because her weight hasn't remained stable for two years.

"I think that's a cop-out. It's just excuses," she said.

"I'll get to two years and they'll say no because my body mass index has gone up and down."

The NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups told the BBC they were unable to comment on individual cases.

Sharon Wells
Sharon Wells

But Sharon's not alone in having faced a problem like this.

Paul Mason from Ipswich flew to New York in 2015 for surgery to remove excess skin.

He used to weigh 70 stone (440kg) and lost about 45 stone (285kg). He was also told it would be at least two years before he could have his loose skin removed on the NHS.

Sharon is now hoping a fundraising web page will help her find the £6,500 she needs for the surgery.

Paul Mason
Paul Mason

No charges for man arrested over Ipswich fatal house fire

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police have confirmed a man arrested after a fatal house fire on Fuschia Lane in Ipswich will not face further action.

John Allen, 86, died in hospital after the fire at Fuschia lane in Ipswich in March 2016.

A 69-year-old man from Ipswich had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Deckchair art raises money for cancer charities

Katy Prickett

BBC News

These aren't your run-of-the mill stripey deck chairs.

They are a range of limited-edition designs, created by artists to raise money for cancer charities...

Henrietta Dubrey, She (left) and Anna Hymas, Painted Lady I (right)
Art for Cure

Over 20 artists, sculptors and ceramicists are taking part, including Henrietta Daubrey - whose work She you see above left - and Anna Hymas - whose work Painted Lady I is above right.

The exhibition - also called She - is organised by Art for Cure and is on this weekend at the Garage Gallery, below the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh.

Civil liberties group calls for regular reports on body cam use

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police should publish regular reports on how and when body camera footage is used by police officers to properly assess their effectiveness - according to Big Brother Watch.

But Daniel Nesibtt, who is the privacy and civil liberties campaign group's research director, said it does not oppose their use.

Suffolk Police is rolling out the use of body cams for all its officers this year, in a joint £2.8m investment with Norfolk Police.

Police officer wearing body camera
BBC

Mr Nesbitt said: "I think that as an extra piece of evidence [the footage] will be very important.

"But I think it's also important that when the video is recorded the member of the public is told really clearly how they can actually get hold of a copy of it for their own record - and to make sure that the recording is how they remember it."

Bikers ride out for Leiston man's funeral

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Dozens of motorbikes are expected to join the funeral process for Rob Stewart, who died in a collision between his Yamaha and a car.

The 26-year-old's family appealed for bikers - especially those who've lost family in similar circumstances - to join in.

Mr Stewart, who was due to be a father shortly, died on 26 April in a crash on Henley Road in Akenham.

He grew up in Leiston and was a reserve for Leiston Football Club.

The funeral is this lunchtime at Seven Hills Crematorium in Ipswich.

Internet speeds increased across Cambs and Newmarket

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More than 20,000 households and businesses can now get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.

Person typing on a laptop
BBC

Openreach has begun switching on pilot areas in Cherry Hinton, Huntingdon and Newmarket for a partial fibre service called G.fast.

It's claimed the technology can boost speeds to more than 10 times the UK average - allowing a two-hour film in high definition to be downloaded in just 90 seconds.

Here's what the local papers are reporting this morning...

The East Anglian Daily Times reports an early morning collision in Felixstowe, which left three cars damaged.

An application to turn the site of the former Sudbury tax office into a block of flats is opposed by the town council, according to the Suffolk Free Press.

And the Ipswich Star reports that bikers are hoping to ride out today to mark the funeral of a 26-year-old man who died in a crash with a car while riding his blue Yamaha bike.

Speedway: Ipswich Witches in seventh heaven

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches extended their winning run at home to seven meetings last night as they beat Newcastle Diamonds 53-39 at Foxhall.

Danny King
BBC

Captain Danny King (pictured) top scored with 11 points as the Suffolk side climbed up to second place in the Championship.

“It was a good win," team manager Ritchie Hawkins told the club website. "It took us a little while to get into our stride with the enforced hold up at the start and then a few early stoppages.

"When we got going in the last third of the meeting we were really good and it was a good victory over a strong side.”

School's trust head's 'life of service'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The head of an academies trust has described a Suffolk headteacher who died from a fall while on holiday in France as an absolutely inspirational headteacher.

Amanda Phillips was the executive principal at the London-based Paradigm Trust and headteacher at Murrayfield Primary in Ipswich.

Amanda Phillips
Paradigm Trust

She was also a founder member of the Inspiration Trust, which is led by Rachel De Souza.

Dame De Souza said Ms Phillips' work "impacted on so many young people".

She said: "I think what's important is to remember her for what she was, which is an absolute force of nature, someone who was absolutely committed to her children and has made a huge difference.

"What a life of service."

Police body cams: 'Doesn't change the way I police'

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Criminal solicitor Rob Barley, from Norton Peskett in Lowestoft, has welcomed the roll-out of body-worn cameras by Suffollk Police.

"Overall I think they're a good idea," he said.

"We are often confronted with an occasion where a client is telling us an incident happened and there is no independent corroborative evidence to support what they ware suggesting, so I think it's not only going to be of assistance to the police, but also it's going to be a tool for the defence."

Suffolk Police HQ, Martlesham
BBC

When PC Cobbold turns on his body camera, he has to warn people they're being recorded - and reckons it "calms their actions" as well as making the police "more transparent as all can be viewed - our actions as well as the offender's actions".

He said: "It doesn't change the way I police."

Suffolk Show clear-up begins

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The mammoth task of cleaning up Trinity Park is now underway after a successful Suffolk Show.

The fine weather bought thousands of punters to Ipswich on Wednesday and Thursday.

Trinity Park, Ipswich
BBC
Trinity Park, Ipswich
BBC
Trinity Park, Ispwich
bbc

Police body cams: 'Not in constant use'

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

I've been on patrol with PC John Cobbold, who's one of the first Suffolk officers to receive a body-worn camera.

He said: "They're lightweight, they point where I'm facing and can be worn on body armour or on our hats or helmets as well, for when we deal with firearms incidents."

But he also explained they are not in constant use - "that would infringe people's human rights".

Police body camera
AFP/Getty

Officers from Suffolk Police begin wearing body cams

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Police has begun the roll-out of body-worn cameras.

The initial batch has been issued to frontline staff - roads policing officers, dog units and dedicated licensing team officers - and all officers will have them by the end of the year.

It's part of a £2.8m investment with Norfolk Police - and Suffolk Police said they will increase accountability for officers.

Ch Supt Mike Fawcett described it as "a huge step forward" for the constabulary and "the future of policing".

Officer wearing body camera and taser
Met Police

Weather: Hot and humid with threat of thunderstorms

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Hot and humid conditions will trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon in many places.

Not all areas will get them but where they do it could lead to surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions.

Heavy showers will ease during the evening but more are possible during the early hours near to the coast.

Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Welcome back Suffolk

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Welcome to Friday's live coverage, it's great to have your company.

Between now and 18:00, the team here will bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them.

Suffolk Police have begun the roll-out of body cameras for its officers - more on that as the morning progresses.

And tributes are being paid to Ipswich headteacher Amanda Philips, who died after a fall on holiday in France.

Coming up in a minute - today's weather, but first here's a gorgeous pic of the sun rising over Felixstowe this morning with thanks to BBC Weather Watcher GlynneB...

Felixstowe
BBC Weather Watchers/GlynneB

Our live coverage across the day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

That's it for today's live updates, but rest assured, any breaking news overnight will still appear here.

If you haven't been with us all day, then scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county since 08:00.

The Suffolk Show is drawing to a close for another year, and people are starting to wend their way home - hopefully without too many sunburnt bits!

Have a great evening, and don't forget to join us in the morning when we'll do it all again.

Suffolk Show flower tent
James Hazell

Tributes paid to Ipswich school head teacher

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Tributes are starting to come in to school principal Amanda Phillips who ran the Ipswich Academy and Murrayfield school, and who died yesterday after a fall in France earlier this week.

Former education secretary Michael Gove has tweeted:

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And cabinet minister Ben Gummer, who's standing for re-election in Ipswich has also tweeted:

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Leiston looking to improve on last season

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Leiston new signing Marcus Garnham says the club will be aiming to build on last season's performance and finish in the play-offs at the very least.

The former AFC Sudbury goalkeeper is one of two new arrivals at Victory Road with striker Christy Finch returning to the Blues.

Leiston ended the Ryman Premier Division season in seventh place.

Garnham said: "The main aim is to be in the play-offs at the minimum next year and that’d be really good.

"They did really well last year – they surprised a few people with the way they play football and things like that.

"So that’s what they’re going for this year, to try and still entertain the fans and to push on really.”

Promoter explains why he postponed weekend card

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

The boxing promoter behind Saturday's postponed card at Braintree Leisure Centre says he had no choice but to cancel.

A combination of injuries to boxers and other problems meant some of the top fights couldn’t go ahead.

Billy Bird
BBC

Two Suffolk boxers, Ipswich's Fabio Wardley and Billy Bird from Sudbury (pictured), had been due to fight on the night.

Mervyn Turner from Shamrock Boxing Promotions says he wasn't prepared to put on a below-par show for fans.

“We had a fluke set of circumstances that just meant we could not provide a quality product and, if we can’t do that, I don’t want the public turning up and being short-changed," he said.

"I won’t do it.”

Video: Sisters combine 'day jobs' with caring for cattle

Meet the sisters with twin lives who've found success at the Suffolk Show:

Sisters help look after their dad's Highland cattle

Leading Ipswich education figure dies after holiday fall

A leading figure in two Ipswich schools has died after suffering a fall while on holiday in France.

Amanda Phillips was the chief executive of the Paradigm Trust which runs Ipswich Academy and Murrayfield Primary School (pictured). She was also principal at Murrayfield.

Murrayfield Primary School
Google

A notice on the website of both schools today says that Amanda Phillips suffered severe head injuries in a fall earlier this week and died yesterday.

David Willis, chairman of the trust, described it as a "dreadful tragedy" and said she led the trust with "enormous energy, tremendous skill and most of all an enduring passion to give every child an outstanding education".

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

After a hard day's work, these two from the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit found the ideal way to cool off - dipping more than just their toes in the water.

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Bail cancelled for man arrested following fatal house fire

A 69-year-old man from Ipswich, who was arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal house fire at Fuchsia Lane near Derby Road railway station in March 2016, has now had his bail cancelled.

Scene of Fuchsia Lane fire
BBC

Suffolk Police say they put together a file for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service, who found there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution.

John Allen, 86, died in hospital following the fire and since then police have been carrying out a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the blaze and the circumstances around the incident.

The full findings of the investigation will be heard at an inquest into Mr Allen’s death, which will be heard in due course.

Car park or concert venue?

I don't know about you, but at first glance, even second glance, this is a car park - no more, no less:

Blackfriars car park Ipswich
Google

But later this month, the multi-storey car park in Foundation Street, Ipswich, will be the venue for two concerts by the Multi-Story Orchestra, as part of this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

The first concert will see the orchestra joined by children from Hillside and Sidegate primary schools, as well as soprano Raphaela Papadakis and bass-baritone Andrew Rupp for a performance of two works by Handel.

In the second concert, the orchestra will play Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.

Two years ago, the car park at Endeavour House (home to Suffolk County Council) welcomed the orchestra:

Multi-story orchestra at Endeavour House
Snape Maltings

Practice bomb discovered at RAF Honington

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A military spokesperson has confirmed that a 25lb (11kg) World War Two practice bomb was discovered at RAF Honington earlier today.

A bomb disposal team is at the scene and the device will be detonated later today.

No homes will need to be evacuated.

Fury as ‘part of history’ is stolen from Eye chapel

Diss Express

An Eye councillor has made an impassioned plea for a thief to return a part of the town’s history after a pew was stolen from a chapel.

Eye chapel
Diss Express

Speedway: Witches eager to move on from Workington loss

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins will be looking for an improved performance from his team when they host Newcastle Diamonds in the Championship tonight.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

"We can’t dwell on Saturday's defeat at Workington and we need to put it behind us quickly," Hawkins told the club website.

"I have heard from a few of the lads who were disappointed with their own personal performance. That is enough for me and you have to accept that and move on.

"It will be a tough meeting because Newcastle always go well at our place and I don’t see that being any different."

'World-wide interest' in saving Shotley pier

As shares go on sale to try to save the pier at Shotley, the group behind the project say it's attracted interest from around the world.

Shotley Pier
East Anglian Group

Sally Chicken, chair of the Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society, said: "We’ve had emails and calls from people in Australia - the Victoria branch of the Ganges Association have been in touch.

"We've had people in America, Canada - all with a previous connection of some kind, mainly the Ganges.

She explained the pier could have a variety of uses: "To board boats, we hope to have moorings off the pier.

"Definitely going to be fishing, we're thinking about a pontoon off the pier for fishermen to sit and enjoy life taking photogrpahs, drawing pictures, the art potential down there is enormous it's so beautiful."

Share issue launched to try to save Shotley Pier

The group trying to buy and restore Shotley Pier is launching a share issue this afternoon, to try and raise between £80,000 and £130,000 for the project.

The 600ft (180m) Shotley Railway Pier at Shotley Gate, was built in 1894 by the Marquis of Bristol.

It was once used to carry mail as well as munitions and sailors to Shotley Gate's former HMS Ganges naval training base.

Shotley Pier
East Anglian Group

Sally Chicken, chair of the Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society, said: "It's been there 122 years, looking a bit sad and the community decided it was time we saved it.

"Most piers stick out to sea and there's not much to look at, but this pier - you can almost touch the passing ships.

"We've got six weeks during the share issue... It's definitely a community investment, not a financial investment, so people shouldn't expect to make a profit, there won't be any dividends payable but the upside is, [you could] be a part-owner of a Victorian pier."

RAF Honington bomb update

We have put calls in to RAF Honington and the Ministry of Defence.

It has yet to be established when the unexploded bomb which has been found there dates from.

Suffolk Police has said it is not involved in the investigation as the device was within the boundaries of the base.

RAF Honington entrance
Google

Remember when? Photograph of Ipswich dating back to 1800s

Copper water tank turned into model of Golden Hind

An Ipswich man has created a replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship The Golden Hind, the first English vessel to sail around the world, from a copper water tank.

Mel Oxborrow with his model of the Golden Hind
Suzi Macey

Mel Oxborrow, who celebrates his 80th birthday next week, had made a wooden kit version for his next-door-neighbour and decided he needed a greater challenge.

Since last November, he's spent most days cutting, moulding, twisting and soldering to complete the project.

Betty, his wife of 50 years, said he hasn't got anything in the pipeline to tackle next "but I've no doubt something will come up before long".

Golden Hind model
Suzi Macey

His daughter Suzi Macey said: "We are immensely proud of what dad has achieved.

"We'd be thrilled if there was any way that he could be put in contact with an expert on The Golden Hind who could tell him more about the history of the ship and maybe one day he could see his replica proudly displayed in a museum somewhere."

Detail of model
Suzi Macey