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  1. Updates for Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. Hadleigh firm supplied fire-hit tower block building material
  3. Ipswich secure home cup tie against Luton
  4. Man charged over attempted child abduction
  5. 'Even more trains' will run after Take That concert
  6. Car runs out of fuel on the Orwell Bridge
  7. Ex-MP Martin Bell criticises rolling news coverage of fire
  8. Bentwaters Park could become 'mini Elstree'

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I'm still standing but I'm going to have to go as that's the end of our live updates for today.

For the Sir Elton John fans among you, enjoy tomorrow night's concert at Portman Road.

We hope you'll be feeling the love with BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster who will be broadcasting live before and after.

We'll be back again at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Sir Elton John

Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

Weather forecast

And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

Find the weather where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Ipswich get away tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

Ipswich Town are away to Luton Town in the first round which takes place in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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Thunder 500 is a 'marmite' meeting for hot rod drivers

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Foxhall Stadium hosts one of its most prestigious meetings of the season this weekend, the Thunder 500.

National Hot Rods in action at Foxhall
Spedeworth Motorsports

An impressive field of National Hot Rod drivers has been assembled for the big race, which falls just two weeks before they contest their world championship final on the same track.

Dean Cox with Spedeworth Motorsports says there are often mixed emotions on the grid as a result.

"It's a marmite meeting for a lot of drivers," Cox told us. "Some of them want to take part and get some valuable track time, while some don't want to come near it in fear of damaging their cars."

"That said, we have quite a large turnout this weekend, and with conditions tomorrow set to be similar to what we'll get during Spedeweekend, many are using this as a marker."

"We also have around 60 BriSCA F1 Stock Cars competing tomorrow and that really will be some race as this is their only chance for track time ahead of their own final in September."

Free tickets offer for gig in Ipswich multi-storey car park

Some 400 free tickets are being made available for an orchestra concert in the Blackfriars NCP multi-storey car park in Ipswich town centre.

It's part of the Aldeburgh Festival - and the concerts by the Multi-Story Orchestra are at 14:00 and 16:00 on Saturday, 24 June.

Multi-Story Orchestra in Ipswich
The Multi-Story Orchestra in the Endeavour House car park in Ipswich in 2015

A spokesman said it was part of the festival's drive to provide an "experience to people who don’t normally go to classical music concerts".

The free tickets are only available to residents of Ipswich with a maximum of two per person. They're £5 for non-residents.

Witches maintain winning record

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It is now nine wins from nine home meetings this season for Ipswich Witches, who beat Berwick Bandits 56-37 in last night's Championship Speedway at Foxhall.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Captain Danny King (pictured), Kyle Newman and Justin Sedgmen were all paid for double figure scores as the Suffolk side were barely troubled by a depleted Bandits line-up.

"We're in a good place," King said. "We've had some good teams come here so far this season and we seem to be holding our own all of the time."

"There were a few mistakes tonight but we were still comfortable which shows you how much strength in depth we have."

"However, those mistakes can't happen on the road if we're to stay in the hunt for the title."

The Witches remain in second place in the table, and visit leaders Edinburgh Monarchs tonight.

A history of gigs at Portman Road

Saturday sees Elton John return to Portman Road for the first time since 2004, when his support act was James Blunt.

Other shows at Ipswich Town's stadium have included:

  • 1990 Tina Turner plus Michael MacDonald and the Neville Brothers
  • 1991 Rod Stewart, Status Quo plus Joe Cocker (two nights)

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Portman Road
Jim Connolly
Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers wearing a pink body suit at Portman Rd in 2006
Rod Stewart at Portman Road stadium
Plastic macs were handed out as the rain poured down for Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart at Portman Road
Ashley Pickering
Rod kept dry on stage though!

Witches skipper ready for top of the table clash

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

This evening, and for the second time in as many weeks, Ipswich Witches and Edinburgh Monarchs meet in a top of the table speedway clash.

Ipswich Witches team in garage

It is the Monarchs who currently occupy first place in the Championship, but the Witches are hot on their heels following last night's ninth successive home win over Berwick Bandits at Foxhall.

Danny King, who captains the Suffolk side, scored a full maxiumum last night after winning all four of the heats he entered.

The British Champion believes the Witches can continue their fine form in the scottish capital tonight.

"I rate our chances everywhere we go and I truly believe we can get something from every meeting," King said. "The minimum aim for us has to be a point."

"There is still a long way to go this season but I feel really comfortable with the position we are in, especially when you consider the injuries we've had."

We're walking on sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun's out and our BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing the good weather through the lens across the county.

We're in for a good run of weather over the weekend, according to forecasters with highs of 26C (79F) tomorrow.


Council staff to be offered free park and ride

Staff at Suffolk County Council will be offered free park and ride for six months in a bid to encourage them to use the service.

Suffolk County Council car park

The trial will start on 1 August.

The council said it means the number 38 shuttle bus, which costs the council £73,000 a year and is funded from the same staff parking charges, will stop running on 28 July.

The money will be diverted to encourage staff use of the park and ride service.

Aidan Dunn, from the authority, said: "Over the later summer and autumn, additonal colleagues may be in from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council and from the NHS, they are all going to be sharing Endeavour House with us.

"It's going to put more pressure on car parking and Suffolk's roads.

"If we can encourage staff to park at the park and ride, that'd be great."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Watch Miley Cyrus sing a translated version of Shape of You

"I like that cadaver..."

Probably not what Ed Sheeran intended when his number one hit Shape of You is translated into another language and then translated back into English.

Miley Cyrus make a decent job of the song and Dusty Springfield's Son of A Preacher Man on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below.

Their epic duet of Ain't No Mountain is also something special.

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County's probation services 'not good enough'

Probation services in Suffolk are "not good enough", inspectors have said.

Suffolk probation services

The HM Inspectorate of Probation report has said staff at the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) needed to do more to protect the public, particularly in domestic abuse cases, and they needed a greater focus on keeping children safe.

It said the work from the National Probation Service (NPS) with higher-risk offenders in Suffolk was also poor overall.

Inspectors said more needed to be done to protect the public in domestic abuse cases and more done to safeguard children.

Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: "Suffolk is not being served well enough by probation services.

"Staff are working hard but still, the quality of work is poor overall. I am particularly concerned that neither organisation is protecting the public enough in most cases, and that domestic abuse victims and children are particularly at risk."

Town close in on two transfer targets

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town are close to agreeing deals for 2 more players, and both could be finalised later today.

Joe Garner

Striker Joe Garner (pictured), who is getting married this weekend, agreed terms with the Blues earlier this week.

It is believed that Town will pay Scottish Premiership side Rangers close to one million pounds for Garner's services.

In addition, Ipswich appear set to sign Kosovan winger Bersant Celina on a season long loan from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Dutch side FC Twente.

Car 'with no fuel' causes delays on Orwell Bridge

We've had news just in that there are delays over the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich.

A car has broken down on the eastbound carriageway of the A14, blocking one lane.

Suffolk Police said it has run out of petrol and is being towed to the nearest layby.

Former BBC reporter and ex-MP critical of rolling news channels

The former BBC correspondent and ex-independent MP Martin Bell has been critical of some for of the television rolling news coverage of the Grenfell Tower block of flats fire in London, which has killed at least 17 people.

Martin Bell
Martin Bell

Mr Bell, who grew up in Suffolk, was responding to footage of people, who may now be dead, waving from windows.

"It reminds me a little bit of the 9/11 attacks where there were images of people throwing themselves from upper floor windows," he said.

"I don't want to bring in a regime of censorship, but I'd like the broadcasters to take a hard look at their practices.

"There are so many networks and channels and journalists milling around now and I note that there's been a certain amount of anger directed against them.

"We should be a little more careful of being respectful to the victims."

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Bentwaters Park could become 'mini Elstree'

There are hopes a former airbase could become a "mini Elstree" in Suffolk.

Bentwaters Park in Rendlesham has recently been used by many film and TV productions, including the Fast and Furious movie franchise and Top Gear.

Company director Sarah Brown said they have applied for planning permission to build a sound stage.

She said: "We're never going to be competing with the film studios around the M25 because of our location but I think we could attract lighting companies, set-build companies.

"Once we've built it, we hope they will come. If we get several big productions in here, we're hoping other businesses will then move in and we will become a little bit of a mini Elstree in Suffolk."

BBC Radio Suffolk is broadcasting live from the site this morning.

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Take That concert: 'Even more trains will be running'

Greater Anglia has said extra trains will be running tonight over and above additional services after last night's "chaos".

Take That fans at Norwich station

As we've been reporting, Take That fans faced misery last night after they left the concert at Carrow Road.

There were reports that the station was "rammed", trains were "packed solid" and little information was given to passengers waiting at Norwich Station.

Greater Anglia said there were additional services, last trains were re-timed and trains were made longer but the numbers were higher than expected.

Kerri Worrall, from the rail company, said: "We knew the trains were going to be very busy but the crowds were very large.

"We will source additional trains for tonight and we will see if we can find another train to go to from Norwich to Ipswich. Buses will be on standby again.

"Our team at Norwich station will be doing everything they possibly can to manage those crowds well and look after people and make sure they get people away from Norwich station as quickly as they possibly can."

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Pinner and Martin feature in England win

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk hockey players George Pinner and Harry Martin both started for England in last night's World League Semi Final match with China, which England won 2-0.

Harry Martin
Getty Images

It was the opening fixture of the competition for both sides, with England back in action again tomorrow when they face Malaysia.

The tournament, which is being held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London serves as a qualifier for next year's World Cup at the same venue.

Pinner was recently named as one of three new captain's of both the England and Great Britain sides, while Martin (pictured) has not long returned home after a successful spell with Hoofdklasse Hockey League side Rotterdam.

Man charged over attempted child abduction

A man is due to appear before magistrates charged with attempting to abduct a child.

Paul Andrews, 58, of no fixed abode, was arrested yesterday after an incident at North Quay Retail Park, Lowestoft, on Saturday.

A woman reported that a man had approached her nine-year-old daughter as both of them stood outside the front of a store at about 20:10.

Mr Andrews is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning.

North Quay Retail Park, Lowestoft

Hadleigh firm supplied building material for fire-hit tower block

A Suffolk-based company has revealed it supplied materials in the refurbishing of the Grenfell Tower block.

Celotex in Hadleigh, Suffolk

At least 17 people have been reported dead after the blaze broke out at the North Kensington block of flats in London on Wednesday.

Thermal insulation manufacturers Celotex, which is based on Hadleigh's Lady Lane Industrial Estate, supplied a product used for the cladding.

In a statement, the company said: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

"Our records show a Celotex product (RS5000) was purchased for use in refurbishing the building.

"Full technical information on all of our products is available on our website.

"If required, we will assist with inquiries from the relevant authorities at the appropriate time.

"Due to the nature of this developing situation it would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate further on this tragedy."

Forecast: Sunny and bad news for hayfever sufferers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will be sunny across the BBC East region with temperatures reaching 21C (70F), although it will feel cooler on the coast.

There will also be high pollen and UV levels.

It's be followed by another warm night with temperatures dipping to 16C (61F).

For a fuller forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning Suffolk

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Hello and welcome to our live updates.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, weather, travel and sport until 18:00.

It's emerged a Suffolk-based company supplied materials in the refurbishing of the Grenfell Tower block in London where a fire broke out, killing at least 17 people, earlier this week.

We'll bring you more on this story after the weather.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it folks, we're heading out into the wide world outside the confines of our newsroom for a breath of fresh air and a chance to recharge our batteries, so we can be fresh as daisies again in the morning from 08:00.

If you're just joining us, scroll down and catch up with events across the county during the day.

If you've been with us all day, thank you, we appreciate your company.

Have a good evening.

John Peel plaque unveiled

John Peel's widow Sheila Ravenscroft has unveiled the BBC Music Day 2017 blue plaque on the wall of the Pettiward Hall in Great Finborough.

She described the plaque as "really quite special - in very good taste indeed", adding that John would have been "gobsmacked" at being remembered in this way.

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Overnight weather: Dry with light winds

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a dry night with light to moderate westerly winds.

Temperatures mainly remaining in double figures, although in some spots could drop to 9C (48F).

Overnight weather map

Friday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine, a light to moderate west to north-westerly wind and highs of around 21C (70F).

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

Crowd gathers for unveiling of John Peel plaque

The blue plaque commemorating broadcaster John Peel for BBC Music Day 2017, is being unveiled.

A crowd is gathering outside the village hall in Great Finborough for the event:

Crowd gathering for unveiling

Greaves fit for Witches clash

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After eight straight wins so far this season at Foxhall, few speedway fans would bet against Ipswich Witches maintaining their 100 per cent record against Berwick Bandits tonight.

Nathan Greaves

Last week the Suffolk side showed all their battling qualities in beating Championship leaders Edinburgh, despite having trailed the Monarchs by three points after seven heats.

"I have to admit that at that point I thought it was going to be tough to get anything out of the meeting," Director of Speedway Chris Louis told us.

"But credit to team manager Ritchie Hawkins. He worked hard and said the right things at the right time and the team responded very well."

Ahead of tonight's meeting, it has been confirmed that Witches reserve rider Nathan Greaves (pictured) is fit to take his place on the roster, despite suffering an injury last time out.

Witches director weary of Berwick banana skin

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

In Speedway, an injury hit Berwick Bandits side visit Foxhall tonight to face Ipswich Witches, with the latter high on confidence following last week's win over Championship leaders Edinburgh.

Chris Louis
Stephen Waller

Berwick got very little from their last trip to Suffolk, losing by 60 points to 30 in the Knockout Cup.

Many fans of the sport would not bet against a similar result tonight.

However, Witches Director of Speedway Chris Louis has typically warned his riders against any complacency, and expressed his sympathy towards the depleted Bandits.

"We've all been there and suffered a number of injuries at the same time," Louis said. "That's happened to us as early as at the start of this season."

"But coming here with no expectations can sometimes go in your favour, so we're going to have to make sure we don't slip up."

Armband issue irrelevant for Suffolk skipper George

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Hockey's World League Semi Final gets underway in London today with Suffolk's George Pinner (centre) and Harry Martin a part of the England squad that takes on China in their opening fixture from 8pm.

Phil Roper, George Pinner and Ian Sloan
England Hockey

Pinner was recently named as one of three new captain's for both England and Great Britain, and admits there will be extra tingles when the national anthems are played ahead of kick-off.

"It was such an honour for me, Phil Roper (left) and Ian Sloan (right) to be chosen by our teammates to skipper the team," the goalkeeper told us.

"I'm not sure how it's going to work in terms of the wearing of the armband. That poses more of a challenge for me being in goal, given some of the rules around hockey and the penalising of the captains for team offences."

"Ultimately though I think the armband issue is quite a small matter for us as a three. We're just looking forward to leading out the team for a massive tournament on home soil."

Martin and co. 'ready to play'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk hockey player Harry Martin says he and the rest of his England teammates are ready for kick-off ahead of what is probably their biggest tournament of their year.

Harry Martin

England play China from 20:00 tonight in their opening fixture at the World League Semi Final, with the event in London serving as a qualifier for next year's World Cup.

Although he is still just 24, Martin now has a wealth of experience at international level, having first broken into the senior team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

"We've just had an Olympic year, and that always makes it an interesting time in hockey as teams tend to chop and change," Martin told us.

"We've made a few changes ourselves but we look pretty sharp and we're ready to play.

"The EuroHockey Nations Championship is in August and will be a great tournament which we want to medal in, but in a way, this one on home soil is even bigger.

"Obviously there is a World Cup in 2018, and we want to be there."

Artist celebrates pool's past - and future

Broomhill Pool in Ipswich has been immortalised by illustrator Dave Thompson, whose work revisits an era of poster design, recreated in 1950s travel art:

Poster of Broomhill Lido
Dave Thompson

He said: "I’ve really enjoyed illustrating such an iconic building and it is pleasing to add another Lido to my collection."

Mark Ling, chairman of the Broomhill Trust, said: "Dave’s work is a real “Who’s who” of Britain’s top landmarks.

"This is a stunning design and a real coup for Ipswich."

NSPCC: 'Dangerous child rapist rightly behind bars'

The NSPCC has issued a statement following the sentencing of Ipswich man Alex Turner, on four counts of rape.

A spokesman said: "Turner is a dangerous child rapist and is rightly behind bars where he must receive treatment to lessen any further risk he poses to young people upon his release.

"Rape and abuse is never the victim’s fault and it’s vital they know they will be listened to and supported when they come forward.

"Abuse ruins childhoods and we hope Turner’s victims continue to receive all necessary support to recover."

Greater Anglia warn of delays on mainline services

Man arrested for arson

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, following a fire at a home in Little Gipping Street in Ipswich last night.

Police were contacted by the fire service around 20:45, to reports a fire had been started outside a home which had spread to the inside of the property.

Officers attended and the 52-year-old, from Ipswich, was arrested around 21:20.

He remains in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he will be interviewed about how the fire started.

Martlesham Police Investigation Centre
Suffolk Police

Is it a bird?

Yes we think it's a kite, flying near Framlingham:

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Shearer agrees deal over 'negligent' financial advice claim

Former England football star Alan Shearer has agreed a settlement after claiming he was given "negligent" financial advice and launching a £9m High Court claim.

Shearer, 46, had sued financial adviser Kevin Neal and Ipswich-based pension specialist Suffolk Life.

Mr Justice Leggatt started overseeing a trial at the High Court in London on Wednesday, but a lawyer representing Shearer told the judge on Thursday that an agreement had been reached between the star, Mr Neal and Suffolk Life.

Alan Shearer
BBC Sport
Framlingham Castle: £1.2m makeover completed
Framlingham Castle was the inspiration behind Ed Sheeran's hit, Castle On The Hill.

Armed man arrested in Orford

A man was arrested in Orford on the Suffolk coast in the early hours of this morning for having an axe and a knife in public.

Police were called to the Market Hill area of the village to concerns for the safety of the 34-year-old man from Saxmundham.

He's also being questioned on possession of cannabis. Officers tweeted this photo of other drugs found on the man.

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