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Little Mix gig draws complaints from angry parents
A mother says her daughter was bruised and trampled on at a gig by the all-girl pop band.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for today, thank you for joining us.

We'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00.

Here's a quick look at some of the stories we've been covering:

  • Arts venues across the county are given a funding boost
  • Fire bosses say double fatal fire was caused by a toaster
  • The chief executive of Suffolk County Council reveals she is leaving.

Scroll down for more on these stories and other Suffolk news.

Don't forget your umbrella and waterproofs if you're heading out this evening, it looks like we're in for a wet one.

No doubt, there'll be no complaints from the ducks captured by one of our BBC Weather Watchers in the image below.


Weather: Wet and thundery

BBC Weather

Some of us have been dreaming of a proper downfall so here it is at long last - and the weather's set to be changeable for the rest of the week.

This evening and tonight will continue generally wet and cloudy with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy and thundery. Temperatures will hover around 13C (55F).

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BBC Weather

Tomorrow will see a wet start but this will gradually clearing northwards with brighter spells.

Showers though will develop from the south later, some heavy and thundery. The top temperature will be around 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has the detailed forecast where you live.

Arts Council funding: Snape Maltings 'delighted' by grant

A £5.6m grant will enable Snape Maltings to "build audiences", venue bosses have said.

Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings

As we've reported, Snape Maltings has received the lion's share of a £20m pot of funding from Arts Council England (ACE) which has gone to arts and cultural organisations across Suffolk.

Roger Wright, chief executive, said: "I am delighted by this ACE grant award for Snape Maltings for the next four years.

"Although it is a standstill grant, this public funding endorsement is vital for us as we continue to present distinctive events and build audiences and engagement in our unique learning and community work."

Other organisations to benefit include the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and DanceEast.

Will Ed's stadium tour include Portman Road?

Ed Sheeran has said he will be announcing his UK and European stadium tour tomorrow... but will it include a visit to Portman Road?

Ed Sheeran

The 26-year-old singer, who grew up near Framlingham, has previously said he would love to one day perform at the home of Ipswich Town Football Club.

Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk earlier this year, he said: "I would love to go and play Portman Road, I think that would be the closest place to home that I would be comfortable playing.

"I don’t know when that’s going happen, but it will happen eventually in my career."

However, Ipswich's proximity to London could rule the gig out - if it's thought the two events would end up competing for an audience.

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Drink driver jailed for fatal crash

A man has been jailed for seven years - for a fatal hit and run crash near Mildenhall last year.

Lauren Danks, 22, from Soham in Cambridgeshire, was found dead at the scene of the crash on the A11 at Red Lodge in the early hours of 11 November.

It's thought her Citroen car had been involved in a crash the night before.

Nelson Curtis, 64, from The High Street, Lakenheath, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon for causing death by dangerous driving. He's also been banned from driving for eight and a half years.

Police said he had been drinking heavily before the crash and driving at more than 100mph.

Little Mix gig draws complaints from angry parents

A mother says her daughter was bruised and trampled on when superstar girl band Little Mix performed at a Newmarket Racecourse concert.

Scenes of drunkeness and aggression marred the event on Friday - causing thousands of complaints to appear on social media, many from parents of young children.

Judge 'took eye off the ball' in policing ruling

The judge who ruled against Ipswich Town in a row over who should pay for policing outside its stadium on match days "took his eye off the ball", the Court of Appeal has heard.

Ipswich Town Football Club on Portman Road

The club claims Suffolk Police was not entitled to charge for the provision of "special police services" on the public highway on Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way, where the gates and turnstiles are situated, and which are the subject of a traffic control order by the local authority.

A High Court judge last year said the force was entitled to impose charges, but Michael Beloff QC argued today that the judge misdirected himself on the law.

He said: "This decision, if upheld, will be expensive for a large number of clubs in the Football League and, one may infer, in the Premier League too."

Lady Justice Elizabeth Gloster, Lord Justice Peter Gross and Lord Justice Michael Briggs are expected to reserve their decision to a later date.

Wanted man found 'hiding in a bed'

A man who was wanted by police has been found hiding in a bed.

Suffolk Police wanted the 20-year-old in connection with burglary offences.

He was arrested this morning at an address in Newton Road, Stowmarket, after officers discovered him within the divan bed.

He is being questioned by police.

Can Hyam be 'renaissance man' at Town?

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

As Ipswich Town appear close to making Emyr Huws a permanent signing from Cardiff, manager Mick McCarthy suggests another midfielder could enjoy something of a renaissance this season.

Luke Hyam

Luke Hyam did not feature at all for the first team last term and the 25-year-old's previous two campaigns were also plagued with injury problems.

But Hyam is now fully fit and took part in the club's first day of pre-season training at Playford Road yesterday, with McCarthy hoping that the player is back for the long haul.

However, the homegrown player will undoubtedly find it tough to force his way back into the team, especially if Huws returns to Portman Road following an impressive loan spell.

"I have my fingers crossed for Luke because he's had a really tough time," McCarthy said.

"He came back from the nerve damage he had in his leg and looked really good, only to get another nasty injury.

"It's been a really tough 12 months or more for him, so like I say, I've my fingers crossed."

Arts Council funding: Snape Maltings receives lion's share

Earlier we reported 11 organisations across Suffolk are set to benefit from a slice of almost £20m funding over the next four years.

Snape Maltings is to receive the lion's share of the cash pot, with an award of £5.6m.

Described on its website as a "place of energy and inspiration", Snape Maltings brings together concerts, music, independent shops and cafes.

It has a history stretching back more than 175 years.

Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings

Having bought the already-busy shipping port at Snape Bridge in 1841, Victorian industrial entrepreneur Newson Garrett built Snape Maltings over the following decades in order to malt barley and ship it.

The Maltings closed in 1965 and Benjamin Britten, who founded the Aldeburgh Festival, leased the largest building there to convert it into a concert hall.

From 1967 to 2015 there were parallel developments on the site, with the previous owners, the Gooderham family gradually, creating an independent retail complex and Britten and his successors expanding beyond Snape Maltings concert hall to create a musical campus.

In 2015 the Gooderham family put its part of the site up for sale and Aldeburgh Music purchased it with help from Arts Council England.

It now runs a programme to help musicians at all stages of their careers in addition to concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Snape Maltings concert hall
Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings Britten Studio
Snape Maltings

Suffolk County Council chief executive leaving

The chief executive of Suffolk County Council has announced she is leaving to take up a new role.

Deborah Cadman
Suffolk County Council

Deborah Cadman, who has been in the post since 2011, is set to become the first permanent chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Before joining the county council, she had been the head of the East of England Development Agency and chief executive of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

She replaced Andrea Hill, who had stepped down in July 2011 after coming under fire about her £218,000 salary.

Ms Cadman said: "I am delighted to have been offered the post of chief executive at the WMCA.

"This is such a fabulous moment in time for the West Midlands and is an irresistible opportunity to work alongside our newly-elected mayor and bring greater prosperity to the place where I grew up.

"I will find it incredibly hard to say goodbye to Suffolk though.

"It’s a wonderful place, with fantastic people."

BreakingSuffolk County Council chief executive leaving

Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman has announced she's leaving the job.

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Slate is wiped clean for Ipswich outcasts

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says the slate has been wiped clean with regards to any Ipswich Town player who found himself out of favour last season.

Teddy Bishop
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The boss hinted on one occasion earlier this year that midfielder Teddy Bishop (pictured) was not doing enough to earn a first team recall, while striker Brett Pitman was used sparingly from February onwards.

But McCarthy has told us that those two, along with the rest of the squad, are all currently in with a shot at making the matchday squad on 5 August.

"It has to be that way," the manager said. "I don't come back on the first day of pre-season with any preconceived ideas.

"However, while there are some players that I can hang my hat on, there are others that have to change my mind.

"I am prepared to change my mind though, so it's up to them to make me do that and get rid of any doubts I had about them in the first place."

Kelly Road shooting: Police garner 'no significant information'

Officers investigating a firearms and arson incident received "no significant information" during their police checks.

Kelly Road, Ipswich

Police returned to the Kelly Road area of Ipswich this morning, a week on from an incident where a firearm was discharged and fire-lit items were thrown at a property.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said there were only "a small number of people" in the area between 01:00 and 03:00 this morning.

She said officers spoke to two individuals who had not previously been spoken to, but "they did not have any significant information".

The incident happened between 02:00 and 02:30 last Tuesday.

Two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, from Ipswich, were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Both have been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Man fights back in attempted dog snatch

A dog owner's pet was almost stolen when he was attacked by three men on pushbikes.

Yarmouth Road, Ufford

Suffolk Police said the victim was walking with his dog along the B1438 Yarmouth Road from Ufford to Wickham Market at about 23:40 on Friday.

A police spokeswoman said he was struck on the head from behind with an unknown object and then the offenders attempted to grab the dog’s lead.

The victim was knocked to the ground, but fought back and may have caused an injury to one of the attackers’ faces.

The three offenders are described as aged between 16 to 20 years old.

Eleven art venues benefit from funding boost

Eleven arts and cultural organisations in Suffolk will receive a slice of almost £20m over the next four years.

Those which are set to benefit from the Arts Council England funding are:

  • DanceEast - £3,240,612
  • Eastern Angles Theatre Company Ltd - £881,608
  • Gecko Theatre - £881,608
  • HighTide Festival Productions Ltd - £766,616
  • Museum of East Anglian Life - £590,016
  • National Horseracing Museum - £880,000
  • New Wolsey Theatre Company Ltd - £3,744,416
  • Russell Maliphant Company - £996,000
  • Snape Maltings - £5,612,076
  • Suffolk Libraries - £704,000
  • The Robert Pacitti Company Ltd - £1,066,832
Snape Maltings
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An additional £83,076 has been awarded to the New Wolsey Theatre Company for a community outreach project in Ipswich.

The arts council said it was an average increased investment of £693,580 per year which reflected "the depth and breadth of the county's exciting cultural offer" and a commitment to invest "more money than ever before outside London".

Lowestoft house fire: 'Started by toaster'

A fire which killed two people was caused by a toaster, the fire brigade has said.

Fire at Stanley Street, Lowestoft

The two men, who have been named locally as 60-year-old Andrew McInnes and William Cooper, 62, were rescued from the house on Stanley Street, Lowestoft.

They were taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston but died a short time later.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue's Area Commander Ian Bowell, who was in charge at the scene, said it is believed the fire started at the electric toaster and spread to the rest of the house.

He said: "It's absolutely tragic for the family members, friends and anyone who knew them and yes, for the firefighters too.

"The firefighters worked really hard to find the casualties, they also then assisted with resuscitation and worked alongside our ambulance colleagues to do our absolute best for both those people but sadly they were lost."

Rehoming family 'is a priority'

Earlier we told you about a couple who have set up camp in their mobile home outside council offices.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has just got back to us with a bit more on that story.

As we reported, Kathryn Clarke was involved in a serious car accident in 2011, which left her with long-term injuries.

As a result of the crash and the period that followed, her husband Nick lost his business and the family lost their home.

The district council has confirmed the couple registered housing in December.

A welfare panel agreed the family should be a "priority case" and the council is awaiting "crucial information" to progress their application.

Councillor Richard Kerry said: "We have now spoken to the family once again and have received the information we required. As such, we are working with them to progress this application as a matter of priority."

Trust among worst for treating mentailly ill patients out of county

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Norfolk and Suffolk's mental health trust is in the top five in the country for sending patients out of area for care.

Stressed person

Last year more than 350 adult mental health patients were sent out of the county for treatment by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The figures come from the British Medical Association (BMA) which revealed the practice has seen a 40% increase nationally.

Dr Andrew Molodynski, of the BMA, said: "The government needs to get a handle on this situation because patients are being routinely failed by a system at breaking point with tragic consequences.

"Being sent long distances for treatment has an impact on patients' care and recovery."

Ministers have pledged to eliminate "inappropriate out-of-area placements" for mental health patients by 2020-21.

The NSFT said it was a "priority" for them to reduce such placements.

Homeless couple set up camper at council offices

A couple, left homeless after a major car crash devastated their family, have set up their mobile home outside council offices.

Mr Clarke at the mobile home outside Suffolk Coastal District Council offices

Kathryn Clarke was involved in a serious car accident in 2011, which left her with long-term injuries.

As a result of the crash and the period that followed, her husband Nick lost his business and the family lost their home.

The couple and their two children, aged 11 and 13, have been living in their mobile home on a relative's driveway for the last six months, but can no longer stay there.

They said they applied to Suffolk Coastal District Council for suitable housing back in December and have been waiting ever since. They have now parked up outside the council's offices in Melton.

Mr Clark, 43, said: "I've worked since I was 16 years old, I don't understand why we shouldn't be given a chance. We don't have anywhere to go.

"We've been through so much as a family, this doesn't scare us, it's life."

Councillor Richard Kerry said the family will be able to bid for a home. He said he cannot comment on individual cases but they have "criteria to work to and will find the best solution for this family".

McCarthy delighted with 'physical' Garner

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Not every defender will enjoy playing against new Ipswich Town signing Joe Garner according to manager Mick McCarthy, although the Yorkshireman says he would have relished the prospect.

Joe Garner

Garner became Town's most expensive signing under McCarthy earlier this month, after a fee was agreed with Rangers for the 29-year-old striker.

"I played centre-half for a long time and I didn't mind playing against players who fancied a scrap," McCarthy said as the Blues returned for pre-season training.

"You know with some players that every time you turn out it's going to be a physical encounter and you're not going to be left alone.

"Joe's got that in abundance. He's constantly running in the channels and fighting away, plus he's got goals in him as well. I'm delighted we've got him."

Blues closing in on potential Lawrence replacement

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town hope to complete the loan signing of Manchester City winger Bersant Celina by the weekend, ahead of next week's trip to Ireland.

Bersant Celina
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The 20-year-old Kosovan is under contract to his current loan club, Dutch side FC Twente, until the end of the month.

Without wanting to put too much pressure on the player Town boss Mick McCarthy told us he hopes Celina can go some way towards replacing last year's standout outfield player Tom Lawrence.

"Bersant has similar qualities," McCarthy said. "He's a right-footed left winger who can play in behind the striker.

"I really want to play him in that wide left area, hopefully in a four, but if necessary in a three."

McCarthy hopes 'well travelled' Huws has found home

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town appear to be closing in on the signing of midfielder Emyr Huws (right), after having a bid for the 23-year-old accepted by Cardiff City.

Josh Emmanuel, Tom Lawrence and Emyr Huws celebrate a Huws goal

The Welshman impressed while on loan at Portman Road last season, scoring three times in 13 appearances.

"He was certainly one of our best players from January onwards," Blues manager Mick McCarthy said.

"It'll be a long time before I forget his goal against Newcastle, which probably secured our future in the league and took the pressure off. If we can get him, I'd be delighted.

"He's been on loan at a few clubs now, but there comes a time with a player when you find a place that just fits and I think it did for him here.

"I believe we can get those performances from last season and even better ones from him if he stays."

'All change' for Tuesday's weather

It's a rather cloudy start with rain moving in.

There will be one or two showers around and they are going to continue throughout the morning.

In the afternoon, the heavier rain arrives, coming up from the south and the west.

Highs of 18C (64F).

East of England weather forecast

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates on this sunny Monday.

Thank you for joining us, we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've been covering today:

  • Two people die in a house fire
  • Ed Sheeran defends Glastonbury performance
  • Ipswich Town players return to their training base

Scroll down for more on these stories and other news from the county.

Have a great evening.


Weather: Cloudy with rain possible in places

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Most places will stay dry tonight as temperatures dip to 10C (50F) in a light easterly breeze.

Weather chart

Tomorrow will start mainly bright but much of the day will be cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain developing.

Some heavy bursts are expected later, with perhaps a rumble of thunder. It will feel humid in a mostly light easterly breeze.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Lowestoft fire: Two men killed in blaze

Fire service at Lowestoft house fire

Suffolk Police has provided more details about the fatal fire in Stanley Street, Lowestoft, this morning.

The force says two men, aged 60 and 62, died after being taken to the James Paget Hospital.

It says the fire is not being treated as suspicious at the moment and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters forced their way through the glass front door and a ground floor window to rescue the victims.

One was found in the hallway and the other in an upstairs bedroom.

Weather Watchers capture a sunny day across Suffolk

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a beautiful day out there today and our BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing our county at its best.

Here is a selection of some of the photos taken:

Butterfly at Woodbridge

Speedway: Mildenhall third in Transatlantic Trophy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The USA Dream Team won yesterday's challenge match at West Row, finishing on 41 points - five ahead of Norwich Stars.

Kevin Jolly
Jeff Higgott

A Mildenhall Fen Tigers side made up of Danny Halsey, Jon Armstrong, Danno Verge and Ryan Terry-Daley came third on 31 points, with GB Young Stars well adrift on 16.

"[It] was everything we hoped for," said Mildenhall chairman Kevin Jolly (pictured).

"The shower just before racing began set up the track perfectly for the riders and to be fair to them what a display they put on."

Aldeburgh Festival brings orchestra to Ipswich car park

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

It's not all about Ed Sheeran and Little Mix.

Hundreds of people gathered at a multi-storey car park in Ipswich on Saturday to enjoy performances from orchestras as part of the Aldeburgh Festival.

With tickets given away to local residents, and others paying just £5, the event was designed to widen the appeal of the festival and highlight what takes place at Snape Maltings.

To start with, those attending the second performance were spread out around the top floors of the NCP car park on Foundation Street and introduced to different elements of the orchestra.

Car park orchestra

You get a good view at the top of the car park.

Ipswich skyline

Anyway, once a showcase of the composite parts had been carried out, it was back to the eighth floor for the performance of Mozart's Symphony No.41.

Car park orchestra Ipswich

Good work to all involved. It was an insightful and entertaining afternoon which made great use of an unusual space. Hopefully others can take note.

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Mick McCarthy welcomes team back to 'first day of school'

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is happy to have his team back in training.

Ipswich Town return to training ahead of new season

'Music pumping' as Ipswich start training ahead of new season

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McCarthy has 'no preconceived ideas' ahead of new season

Mick McCarthy says his Ipswich players will have to earn their place in the team and he has no "preconceived ideas" about who he will select.

Mick McCarthy talking to the media

The Blues returned to their training base at Playford Road today.

They are now starting their pre-season season ahead of their opening Championship clash at home against Birmingham City on 5 August.

"I'm prepared to change my mind," he said with regards to his team selection.

"If I have any doubt over anybody, they have to change my mind, they have to do more, run more, play better, whatever it might take."

He said Birmingham City will be a "good game" for the team before they play two of his old clubs, Barnsley and Millwall away.

Mick McCarthy: 'I have no point to prove'

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he is "ambitious as ever" ahead of the forthcoming season.

Mick McCarthy

As we've reported, the club's players have returned to their Playford Road training base.

There are just six weeks left before their opening clash at Portman Road against Birmingham City.

Mick McCarthy said they "all want to get promoted" and to put what was a lacklustre 2016/17 season behind them.

"I'm not bothered about proving people wrong, I probably didn't think they were right in the first place," he said.

"I'd like to be in charge of a team that plays better football, which we have done over the past four years prior to last season."

Two people dead after Lowestoft house fire

Two people have died in a house fire in Lowestoft, police have confirmed.

Fire at Stanley Street, Lowestoft

As we've been reporting, flames broke out at the property in Stanley Street just after 01:00 this morning.

Two people were rescued by firefighters and taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk.

Suffolk Police said they both died a short time after they arrived at hospital.

A police and fire investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way and a cordon is currently in place at the scene.

Fire at Stanley Street, Lowestoft

BreakingTwo people confirmed dead in house fire

Police say two people were killed in the house fire in Lowestoft this morning.

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