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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 21 July, 2017
  2. Man arrested after fatal stabbing in Bury St Edmunds
  3. New movie tells the tale of the Suffolk maharajah
  4. Witches back on top of championship

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By Philippa Taylor

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With a police press conference updating the latest on the search for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague taking place this afternoon at 15:00, we are now starting a dedicated page looking back at the investigation which began late last September after he went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

Follow us here at our dedicated Live: Corrie Mckeague search latest page.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Dozens of drivers caught using mobile phones

More than 60 people were caught using a mobile phone while driving during a week-long enforcement campaign in Suffolk earlier this month.

Driver using mobile phone
PA

Op Ringtone, which ran between 10 and 16 July, saw officers patrolling the roads with marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, which were fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help secure successful prosecutions.

Police also used the campaign to remind members of the public they can submit dash-cam footage of drivers using their phones illegally.

Altogether 62 penalty notices were issued.

Hannah Martin on target for England again

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

With exactly a year to go until the Women's Hockey World Cup in London, Suffolk's Hannah Martin (far left) appears to be doing her chances of making the England squad no harm at all.

Hannah Martin and England Hockey teammates
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The 22-year-old, who made her senior international debut earlier this year, was on the scoresheet again for England last night in a 1-1 draw with the USA at the World League Semi Final in South Africa.

The Americans went on to to win the shoot-out which followed, meaning England will have to settle for a third placed play-off with Argentina on Sunday.

Martin has mainly featured as a substitute at this event in Johannesburg, and has caught the eye with a series of impressive displays.

On Tuesday, she came off the bench to both score and create a goal, as England comfortably beat India 4-1.

When it comes to talk of featuring at a home World Cup though, the former Ipswich Schoolgirl is not getting too carried away.

"It's at the forefront of my mind certainly, and it would be amazing to play in front of a big crowd with all the England games already sold out," Martin told us.

"But I have to get selected first. If I do the best that I can do on the pitch and train as hard as I can, then I put myself in with the best possible chance of making the squad."

King and Schlein target pairs glory for Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches lifted their last piece of silverware two years ago, when Danny King and Rohan Tungate won the Premier League pairs title at Somerset.

Danny King and Rory Schlein
Stephen Waller

Tonight, King (left) will represent the club once again at the Oak Tree Arena, and will team up with Australian rider Rory Schlein (right) on behalf of the Suffolk side.

Both riders have been in impressive form this season, and played their part last night in another big win for the Witches, that put them back on top of Speedway's Championship table.

"Things are going well," King told us.

"We're feeling good and I think we will win every meeting at home between now and the end of the campaign.

"I'm really confident going into tonight and Rory is as well. It's a track we both enjoy and we ride well together."

King and Schlein will be among the favourites for the pairs title, and will compete against riders from Glasgow, Peterborough, Workington and Scunthorpe in Group A.

Little things are key for 'efficient' Bury Rugby Club

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ollie Smith (pictured) has praised the set-up at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club and says he is looking forward to taking charge of the team ahead of the Wolfpack's third campaign in National League Two South.

Ollie Smith
BBC

The former British and Irish Lion and England international was at the Haberden yesterday following his appointment earlier in the week.

Although Bury have made a series of signings already this summer, the 34-year-old has hinted that there could be more, and he has also been telling us about the style of rugby he would like to see Bury adopt.

"One that wins and keeps a coach in the job!" he joked.

"I like things done simply, but things done well.

"You really have to be mindful of the teams you are playing against and the pitches you are playing on. Conditions change throughout the season, so the players will need to be quick to adapt."

"I will take this group and build it in accordance with what it is capable of doing, but there is always a basis for where you start that, and that is good core skills and the ability to stay fit."

Ex-England international targets progress at Bury

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The new head coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, Ollie Smith, says he is intent on making sure that the team gets the little things right, and is efficient with their rugby in the coming months.

Ollie Smith
BBC

The 34-year-old, who was at Barking last season, is a former England international and British and Irish Lion.

He replaces Jon Clarke in the top job at the Haberden, after the Yorkshireman left the club for personal reasons.

Smith says joining Bury was an easy decision, and he has thanked officials and players at the club for the support he has received so far.

"Everyone has been fantastic," he told us.

"Let's hope it's still the same six months down the line when we're hopefully doing well in the league.

"Looking at the set-up we’ve got here in terms of the gym and the quality of the pitch, coupled with the signings we have made, everything is in place for the club to move forward."

Life story of Elveden Hall's maharajah

A film telling the story of the last King of Punjab is released in cinemas today.

"The Black Prince" is the tale of Maharajah Duleep Singh. He was taken from his mother aged 15 when India was annexed by the British, and sent to England.

Scene from film of The Black prince
Sterling Media
Scene from film of The Black Prince, showing the Prince seated with Queen Victoria
Sterling Media

The young maharajah lived the life of an aristrocrat at Elveden Hall near Thetford, where his grave lies next to the village church.

He became a favourite of Queen Victoria, who was godmother to his children.

Scene from the Black Prince
Sterling Media

Eventually Duleep Singh gave up his estate, position and royal connections and in 1886 he set sail for India to reclaim his throne.

He was detained when his ship docked in Aden and was placed under house arrest.

The prince died in exile, a pauper, in Paris in 1893.

The Black Prince film stars Satinder Sartaaj, Shabana Azmi, Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, Keith Duffy and David Essex.

You can read more about the history of Maharajah Duleep Singh in a BBC feature written ahead of an auction of some of his clothing.

Police press conference to update on search for Corrie Mckeague

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A media conference is taking place this afternoon at 15:00 to update us on the search for missing RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague.

Mr Mckeague has been missing since a night out in Bury St Edmunds almost 10 months ago.

We'll have a reporter at the conference at Suffolk police headquarters and will bring you the latest from there once it gets under way.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Change of command ceremony RAF Mildenhall

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A special ceremony is taking place at RAF Mildenhall today as a new commander takes over at the base.

RAF Mildenhall is the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing of the US Airforce.

RAF Mildenhall
Mike Page

The unit supports combat operations throughout Europe and Africa as well as being used for contingency operations.

The change of command ceremony will welcome the incoming commander Col Christopher Amrhein.

He's replacing Col Thomas Torkelson who has been in charge at the base since May 2015.

High sheriffs, mayors and representatives of local councils are due to attend the event.

The USAF is in the process of leaving the base for good by 2020-23, while the UK Ministry of Defence has decided the base will be sold off for housing.

Police fire plastic bullet in Ipswich arrest drama

Ipswich Star

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Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

BreakingPolice to update on Corrie Mckeague search

We've just been told a police media conference is taking place at 15:00 updating us on the search for missing RAF Honington airman Corrie Mckeague.

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

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Suffolk's Dunkirk boat in new blockbuster

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A new film about the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 - which goes on general release today - has helped to boost the coffers of a north Suffolk charity.

MTB 102
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MTB 102 pictured in 1939

Filmmakers spent a month filming the Motor Torpedo Boat 102, based at Oulton Broad, which is the only surviving Royal Navy boat to have served at Dunkirk.

The MTB 102 Trust will not reveal how much they received for the month of filming carried out in the port at Dunkirk, but it says funds are always badly needed to keep the charity running and the boat in tip-top shape.

The 68-foot long boat has been restored to reflect its historical importance. In 1940, it was involved from the start of Dunkirk and it was one of the last boats to leave.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US commander Dwight D Eisenhower personally inspected the boat in 1944 as part of preparations for the D-Day landings.

The boat has also featured in other movies, including The Eagle Has Landed, starring Michael Caine.

MTB 102
MTB 102 Trust
MTB 102 as she is now. The trust said she has always been seaworthy

The new film, called Dunkirk, was directed by Christopher Nolan and your can watch a BBC feature about it here:

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film reviewed

Police guards remain in Bury St Edmunds

As police continue to question a 43-year-old man on suspicion of a murder in Bury St Edmunds, officers remain on guard outside flats on Cumberland Avenue.

Policeman stands guard outside a house on Cumberland Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

The dead man, who was in his 50s, was reported to have been stabbed at the two-storey building yesterday afternoon.

A policeman also remained on guard this morning at Maple House (below), two streets away on the Mildenhall Road estate in Lake Avenue.

Policeman stands guard at the entrance to Maple House, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

Dominant Witches take shine off Diamonds

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches are back on top of Speedway's Championship table after a 54-39 win over Newcastle Diamonds at Foxhall last night, the Suffolk side's thirteenth straight victory on their home track.

Ipswich Witches in action at Foxhall
Stephen Waller

Much of the damage was done during the early stages of the meeting, as the Witches opened up a 14 point lead after the opening four heats, with all of Ritchie Hawkins' riders playing their part.

"We started off really strong again and it was a nice and comfortable win against a decent team," the team manager told us.

"Our strength in depth is a big difference. None of their reserve riders got anything off us on the night."

Australian rider Cameron Heeps was paid for 12 points on the night, which led to heaps of praise for the 21-year-old from Hawkins:

"He was so quick tonight and the level he is getting to at the moment makes him difficult to pass. He is enjoying his speedway at the moment and showing his potential."

Witches back on top of Speedway's Championship

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A thirteenth consecutive home win for Ipswich Witches last night has moved the Suffolk side three points clear at the top of Speedway's Championship table.

Foxhall Stadium
BBC

Ritchie Hawkins' side beat Newcastle Diamonds 54-39 at Foxhall, with Australian riders Cameron Heeps and Rory Schlein in impressive form once again.

Heeps was paid for 12 points and Schlein 11, ahead of the latter's appearance for the Witches in tonight's pairs meeting in Somerset.

Captain and number one rider Danny King only featured in four heats last night as he has been nursing a sore shoulder.

The former British Champion will also represent the Witches at the Oak Tree Arena, where he triumphed in the pairs with Rohan Tungate two years ago.

Bury St Edmunds murder inquiry: Man arrested after stabbing

Suffolk Police are confirming a man in his 50s was stabbed at a home on Cumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds.

A member of the public called the emergency services at 17:50 yesterday.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned at the town's Police Investigation Centre.

Officers said it was believed that the arrested man and the victim knew each other.

BBC Suffolk's Luke Deal took photos of a police presence at Maple House on Lake Avenue - two streets away from Cumberland Avenue on the Mildenhall Road estate.

Police van and officer at the entrance to Maple House, Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

Breaking'Murder' in Bury St Edmunds, PCC confirms

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has confirmed that there was a murder in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday.

There's currently a police presence at flats on Lake Avenue off Mildenhall Road.

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

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Linkin Park singer and Ipswich Town fan Chester Bennington dies

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Last night it was announced that the Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington had died aged 41, after apparently taking his own life.

Ipswich Town has tweeted the club's condolences to the friends and family of "arguably the most high profile Town fan".

In 2009, the East Anglian Daily Times revealed that Chester was introduced to the club by his father Lee Bennington, a friend of retired Suffolk Police officer Alan Howard.

Mr Bennington Snr had accompanied Mr Howard to Town games while in the UK in the early 1990s and passed his love for the club on to his son.

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Formed in 1996, Linkin Park have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with the rapper Jay-Z.

Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Most parts of the BBC East region should see a dry day with sunny spells.

Cloud may thicken later, with the chance of a few showers for some.

Temperatures will reach 23C (73F).

BBC Weather will have more details for where you are.

'Serious incident' in Bury St Edmunds

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

This morning we're hearing that police are at the scene of a "serious incident" in Bury St Edmunds.

Officers were called by people concerned about the welfare of a man at a home in the Mildenhall Road/A1101 area on Thursday evening.

A cordon is in place and a police investigation is under way.

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

Welcome back to live updates from Suffolk

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to Friday's live updates for Suffolk. We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

This morning, there are reports of a "serious incident" taking place in Bury St Edmunds - we'll bring you more details about this as we get it.

A full regional weather forecast is also on the way...

Our live coverage across the day

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

That's it for Thursday's regular updates, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 to resume normal service.

Our main story has been the visit by Prince Harry to the county, calling in first at RAF Honington:

Prince Harry spends the morning with the RAF Regiment

HRH then moved on to Ipswich, where he spent some time at Headway Suffolk, meeting people affected by brain injury, and helped introduce an ID card which identifies survivors.

Scroll down for more on this, and other stories, and remember, any breaking news overnight will still appear here.

Have a good evening.

Prince Harry leaves Headway
BBC
Prince Harry spends the morning with the RAF Regiment
Prince Harry presents a new flag to the RAF on behalf of his grandmother.

Weather: A dry night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day with some late sunshine across the BBC East region.

It'll stay dry overnight with temperatures dropping to 9C (48F).

Weather grahic for Friday afternoon
BBC

Tomorrow will be fine and dry, with sunny spells. Cloud will increase later, with outbreaks of rain overnight, heavy at times.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

Police baton round fired during Ipswich town centre 'fight'

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital as a precaution, after armed police fired what's been described as a baton round (an AEP - a version of the rubber bullet) in Ipswich town centre earlier this afternoon.

Police car, tape and officers
BBC

Police say they were called at about 13:45 to reports a man had been seen with a gun in the vicinity of Grimwade Street.

Firearms officers attended the area, where they found a group of people fighting in St Clement's Church Lane - an alleyway next to the church near the waterfront.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

What's believed to be an air pistol and a knife were recovered from the scene.

Sedgmen returns as Witches target 13 straight wins

Few speedway pundits would bet against an Ipswich Witches victory at Foxhall tonight, given that the Suffolk side have won their last 12 meetings on their home track.

Justin Sedgmen racing Richard Lawson at Foxhall
Steve Waller

A 13th straight triumph at Foxhall later is guaranteed to put the Witches clear at the top of speedway's Championship table, as both Edinburgh and Glasgow do not race again until next week.

As far as team news is concerned, Justin Sedgmen has fully recovered from the concussion that saw him miss last week's win over Sheffield Tigers.

Witches director of speedway Chris Louis is pleased to have the 25-year-old available again for the visit of Newcastle Diamonds.

"Justin had a nasty fall during a recent televised meeting at Poole, whereby the speedway bike actually landed on his head," Louis said.

"He'd been pretty uncomfortable for a bit and had a compulsory seven-day lay off, but since then he's been able to regroup.

"In recent days he's been working on equipment and getting himself ship shape. So he should be ready to go."

Can Witches' spellbinding home form continue?

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches can go clear at the top of Speedway's Championship table tonight, if they manage to make it 13 home wins in a row.

Ipswich Witches riders in garage
BBC

The Suffolk side face Newcastle Diamonds, while closest rivals Edinburgh Monarchs do not feature again until they come to Foxhall next week.

With a 100% winning record in Suffolk so far this season, Witches' director of speedway Chris Louis says his riders are full of confidence.

"The home form has been tremendous and we have looked so dominant," he said.

"Even when we have had a shaky start to a meeting or a collapse in the middle, we have found strength at the end.

"This league is such though that we have to continue to be on our guard at Foxhall as everyone is competitive and will be looking to take points from us."

New ID card aims to solve 'not drunk, but brain-injured' problem

One of the tasks carried out by Prince Harry during his visit to Suffolk, was to promote a new ID card for people who have had head injuries.

Brain Injury Identity Card
Headway

It took place during his visit to the charity Headway, at its Ipswich hub.

Luke Griggs says they've been told by brain injury survivors that other people are just unaware that they have "hidden" issues.

"Things like memory problems, slurred speech, an unsteady walking style, can lead people into difficult social situations if the effects of their brain injury aren't understood," he said.

"We've had a number of people who've come to us and said they've been refused to be served in a pub because they appear to be drunk."

The idea behind the card is for it to be a "simple solution to a tricky conversation to ensure that brain injury survivors are identified as soon as possible".

Stormy skies across Suffolk

BBC Weather Watchers

Looking at these photographs taken by some of our BBC Weather Watchers, you'll be pleased to hear that it should soon turn drier and brighter, with a largely clear and dry night to come.

Stormy sky in Lowestoft
BBC
Fressingfield
BBC

Prince Harry faces a challenge - and meets a four-legged friend

The royal visitor has been at the Headway charity for people with brain injuries in Ipswich:

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Prince Harry meets people affected by brain injury

During his visit to Headway Suffolk in Ipswich, Prince Harry helped at the introduction of a brain injury card - which will help the police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Headways says the card also has the additional benefit of breaking down social exclusion, with card-holders having renewed confidence in the knowledge that they can easily explain their support needs should they require assistance in everyday situations.

Among the journalists covering his visit is BBC Suffolk's Kevin Burch:

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Royal visitor arrives in Ipswich

Prince Harry has left RAF Honington and has now arrived on Ransomes Europark on the outskirts of Ipswich, to visit Headway Suffolk.

News of his arrival brought the crowds out hoping for a glimpse:

Crowds outside Headway HQ
BBC

Hannah Martin back on international duty

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After setting up one goal and scoring another earlier in the week, Suffolk hockey player Hannah Martin is expected to feature again for England this evening at the World League Semi Final event in Johannesburg.

Hannah Martin
England Hockey

The 22-year-old and her teammates face USA in the last four stage, with Germany and Argentina contesting the other match.

Tuesday's 4-1 victory over India means England have already qualified for November's World League Final in New Zealand, and Martin made a major contribution after coming off the bench.

During the third quarter she created an assist for Susannah Townsend, before rounding off the scoring herself during the closing stages.

Fancy buying a piece of history?

If you, a few friends and family members can rustle up about £2.5m then here's an idea of what you could spend it on.

Otley Hall
BBC

Otley Hall, which is near Ipswich and featured late last year on the BBC 1 programme Who Do You Think You are, is up for sale.

During the programme, EastEnders actor Danny Dyer discovered he's related to Col Robert Gosnold, who lived at the hall.

His nephew Bartholomew, who was educated at Otley, is credited as being behind the voyage which resulted in the first permanent English settlement being established in the US.

If you go ahead and purchase the property, give us a shout we'd love to come round for tea.

A day to remember for one young man at Honington

This young man, pictured with Prince Harry in the junior ranks' mess at RAF Honington, will have something to tell his friends tomorrow:

Prince Harry in the junior ranks mess at Honington
BBC

More than 60 drivers fail alcohol and drug tests

The summer drink/drive campaign saw 33 motorists out of 280 tested fail alcohol tests, police say.

Breathalyser
BBC

Drug tests were also carried out, with 29 drivers providing positive readings out of 89 tests.

Ch Insp Kris Barnard, who described the figures as "disappointing", said: "Dozens of people caught during the campaign will now have a minimum 12 to 18 month driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives."

Brollies on parade at RAF Honington

The rain doesn't seem to be dampening the atmosphere at RAF Honington, where crowds are gathered to catch sight of Prince Harry as he officially opens the Station Medical Centre:

Waiting outside the medical centre
BBC