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Summary

  1. Suffolk election results latest
  2. Question mark over future of Ipswich wet dock crossing
  3. Sandy Martin wins Ipswich seat for Labour
  4. Matthew Hancock retains West Suffolk for Conservatives
  5. Waveney and Bury St Edmunds stay blue
  6. Conservatives hold Central Suffolk & North Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal and South Suffolk

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Rail disruption continues after derailment

Rail lines remain blocked between Ely and Peterborough following a freight train derailment earlier this week.

Greater Anglia advises passengers that services between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough are suspended until further notice.

A replacement bus service is in operation.

Network Rail engineers at scene of freight train derailment
BBC

Network rail engineers are on site, working to recover the derailed wagons.

Disruption is expected to continue over the weekend and until the end of the day on Monday.

Golf: Dobson ready to challenge in Berkshire

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Woodbridge golfer Hugo Dobson is tied for third place heading into the final round of the latest Europro Tour event at Caversham Heath, near Reading.

Hugo Dobson
HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour

He's on nine under par after 36 holes, five shots behind the leader, Min Kyu Kim of South Korea.

Jonathan Thomson from Rotherham is on 10 under par in second place.

Dobson tees off for his final round at 1100 this morning.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today we'll see a mix of sunny spells and showers, which could be heavy in places.

Feeling cooler than yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 21C (70F).

There's a full forecast for where you are on BBC Weather.

Good morning

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome back to Local Live.

We'll have the latest news, sport and travel between now and 18:00.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you've a story you'd like to share with us - click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

Lucy Martin's weather forecast will follow shortly.

Our live coverage has ended for the day

That's it for the Local Live news stream for today - thanks for following us.

We'll be back with more news updates for you from 08:00 tomorrow.

Whatever you're doing tonight, we hope it's a good one.

The latest weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will staying mainly fine and dry this evening and tonight, with clear spells.

There's the small chance of an isolated shower in southern parts of the region.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather graphic for 05:00
BBC

Tomorrow will start dry with sunny spells, but it will turn cloudy with the risk of some scattered showers, heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures reaching a high of 22C (72F).

Weather graphic for 16:00 showing showers over parts of the region
BBC

There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

A-level results: Students aim high

Provisional figures show that Suffolk's A-level students have performed well, with the number of A*-E grades awarded above the national average.

Although yet to be verified, the figures show that just over 98% of A-levels taken in the county were awarded these grades, compared to the national figure of 97.9%.

Both St Benedict's Catholic School and Newmarket Academy report a 100% pass rate.

It was a similar picture in Norfolk.

Provisional figures there show the number of students in the county who received A*-C grades was 73%.

A-level results: 'Hard work has paid off'

The nervous wait is over and students have received their A-level results.

The hard work paid off for these students at the Mildenhall Academy.

Bethany, who turns 18 next week, will be heading to the Unviersity of East Anglia, Norwich, after making the grade in her Health and Social Care, Philosophy and Sociology courses.

Bethany and Donovan with their A-level results
BBC

Donovan said he was "over the moon" when he opened his envelope - he'd passed all his A-levels.

Next week he starts his apprenticeship as a teaching assistant at the Academy.

Katie Sanders-Pope, director of the sixth form, says she's "very proud" of all the students.

They've done exceptionally well, their hard work has paid off, they've risen to the challenge and overcome all the stress and anxiety to achieve some fantastic results... they are a credit to the Academy."

Katie Sanders-PopeDirector

Hospital trust urged to consult union over proposed merger

The union Unison is calling for a detailed assessment before a merger goes through between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

Next week a meeting will take place to outline how the merger could be achieved.

Unison spokeswoman Cheryl Godber said if services were shared between the sites it could thrown up issues.

If I have a stroke I go into Colchester Hospital as an acute admission, I then need rehab and I have to go to Ipswich Hospital for that... these are the kind of things that we urge the trust to be engaging with the trades unions on."

Cheryl GodberUnison

College principal stands down following Ofsted rating

The head of Easton and Otley College is standing down.

It follows a recent Ofsted report which rated the overall effectiveness of the college as "inadequate".

An inspection four years earlier had rated the college "good".

David Henley will leave his post at the end of the month.

In a statement, Mark Pendlington, chair of the board of governors, said "fresh leadership is required to build on the strong foundations for recovery" which are already in place.

The recruitment of a replacement for Mr Henley is under way.

Speedway: Hawkins taking nothing for granted

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches start a run of three meetings in as many nights with the visit of Workington Comets in the Championship League tonight.

Ipswich Witches
Stephen Waller

Despite the Witches winning all but one of their home matches so far this season, team manager Ritchie Hawkins is refusing to get complacent.

"A few teams have a mental block with Ipswich at the moment, but when you look at the Workington team with Craig Cook, a former track record holder at Foxhall and James Sarjeant at reserve, they could potentially give us a really close match," said Hawkins.

“If they manage to fit all their meetings in they can definitely still make the play-offs, especially if they get a result at our place."

'No guarantee for jobs' if hospitals merger goes ahead

However, Mr Hulme says job losses cannot be ruled out if a merger goes ahead between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals to run under a single trust.

Talks on the matter will take place next week.

Mr Hulme says patient care will improve, but inevitably there will be some roles that will change and maybe some won't be needed any more.

Nick Hulme in pin-striped suit and pale pink open-neck shirt
BBC

We have a high turnover, natural wastage, of people retiring and moving on, and that would always be where we look first, but I can't give a guarantee at this stage that there won't be any redundancies."

Nick HulmeChief executive of Colchester and Ipswich hospitals

'Benefits' to hospitals' merger

Colchester and Ipswich hospitals have published plans to merge into one hospital trust.

The two sites already share the same chief executive, Nick Hulme, with doctors and consultants also working between them both.

Colchester hospital
BBC

A final decision won't be made until next year.

Mr Hulme says there are numerous benefits to the merger.

Ipswich hospital
BBC

I think coming together we can provide some equity and shorten the waiting times for people, deliver better services and address the workforce challenges, as well as the financial challenge which the whole of the NHS faces."

Nick HulmeChief executive of Colchester and Ipswich hospitals

Normal service resumes for BBC Look East

Some of you may have been wondering why Look East was taken off-air last night.

Unfortunately a fire alarm meant The Forum in Norwich had to be evacuated (pictured below).

Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm, but by the time everyone was allowed back in the building it was too late to go back on-air.

Normal service resumed for the 20:00 and 22:30 bulletins.

And for those of you who had hoped to see the Red Arrows at Cromer Carnival - stay with us, the video will appear here later.

People standing outside the Forum
BBC

Speedway: Another defeat for Mildenhall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers went down to their third successive loss last night, beaten 51-39 at Birmingham Brummies in the National League.

Connor Mountain
Stephen Waller

Connor Mountain (pictured) top scored for the West Row side with paid-13.

Mildenhall are back in action on Saturday, away to Stoke Potters in the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie.

Derailment causing problem for freight deliveries

Freight deliveries from the Port of Felixstowe are getting behind schedule because of the train derailment near Ely.

Greater Anglia is warning passengers to expect disruption until the end of next Monday after a freight train came off the tracks earlier this week.

Passengers are being taken on replacement bus services, but freight traffic has become stuck.

Chris MacRae, the head of rail policy at the Freight Transport Association, says the disruption is causing many problems.

Freight derailment
BBC

It's important to remember that Felixstowe is Britain's biggest container port and the freight that comes in and out of that by containers is coming from the whole world and is literally being distributed to the rest of Britain."

Chris MacraeFreight Transport Association

Golf: Suffolk's Dobson in contention in Berkshire

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Woodbridge golfer Hugo Dobson is tied for fifth place after the opening round of the latest Europro Tour event at Caversham Heath, near Reading.

Hugo Dobson
HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour

He's in a group of eight players who shot five under par rounds of 68 yesterday to lie three shots behind the leader - Min Kyu Kim of South Korea.

The cut will be made at the end of play today, with the top 50 and tied playing the final round tomorrow.

Rail disruption continues following derailment

Train services between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough remain suspended after a freight train derailment earlier this week.

Cranes have been brought in to move the wagons that came off the track near Ely on Monday.

Network Rail says it will take a number of days to remove the wagons and replace the damaged track.

Buses are taking rail passengers between Ely and Peterborough.

Engineers and crane at site of freight train derailment
BBC

Thursday's weather: Brightening later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Early morning cloud and rain will clear, with sunny spells developing.

There'll be some scattered showers, heavy at times.

Feeling warm with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

There's a full forecast for where you are on BBC Weather.

Lucy Martin and the weather chart for 16:00 showing temperatures and scattered showers
BBC

Welcome back to Suffolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us at the start of a new day on Suffolk Live.

We'll be here throughout the day bringing you the latest news from around the county.

If you've a story you'd like to share, click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

It's a wet start to the day but can we expect any sunshine? Lucy Martin's forecast follows shortly.

Our coverage for today

That's it folks. Our live stream updates have now ended.

Do scroll back and take a look at what's been happening across the county.

Don't forget you can keep us informed or share views and images via the "Get involved" button at the top of the stream.

The team will be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy start to the night with rain moving erratically eastwards, perhaps turning heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures will be no lower than about 14C (57F) and the winds will increase to a moderate south to south-westerly.

Weather graphic
BBC

Thursday will see the thicker cloud and rain pulling away to the east and sunny spells developing from the west.

There'll be some showers too, and some of these could be heavy and thundery and could band together to give a longer spell of rain in some parts of the region.

Temperatures possibly reaching 24C (75F) with mainly moderate south-westerly winds.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Work starts to remove derailed train from tracks

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A train carrying a crane has arrived in Manea, Cambridgeshire, to start the process of removing derailed wagons that are blocking the line.

Train with crane on
BBC

A number of carriages left the line after a freight train derailed on Monday afternoon.

Engineers worked through the night to repair the tracks so the crane could arrive.

Crane on train
BBC

Another train with empty wagons has also made the journey so goods on the derailed carriages can be transferred over.

The total time to remove all the wagons from the track is expected to take 48 hours, with a workforce of about 25.

Train derailmemt
BBC

While the work takes place, services between Stansted and Birmingham, Norwich and Liverpool and Ipswich and Peterborough will be affected, with replacement buses due to operate until at least Sunday.

Afternoon weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry with sunny spells today and feeling warm in the sunshine.

However, the cloud will increase from the west later in the day, with freshening winds.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

For the full forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Thwaite
BBC

Ipswich Town manager praises new signings after win

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Mick McCarthy was full of praise for his Ipswich strikers after last night's 3-2 win at Millwall.

It means Town have started the season unbeaten in all competitions for four games - the first time that's happened since 1999.

McCarthy was particularly pleased with his summer signings Martyn Wagthorn and Joe Garner.

Joe Garner of Ipswich celebrates scoring his sides first goal
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

"I think Waggy's been an absolute hit and Joe, everyone's loving him, the shift he's put in. I thought it was, up front, a real quality performance," he said.

He also paid tribute to the fighting spirit at the Den, saying: "We're going to have tougher tests football-wise but, wow, we'll never get a tougher test physically and mentally and emotionally, and the intensity of that game from start to finish was amazing and we've handled it."

Plans for new homes due to be approved

Plans for nearly 50 new homes in Bildeston are due to be approved today, despite objection from the local parish council.

Developers want to build 48 homes on land to the east of Artiss Close and Rotheram Road in Bildeston.

Thirteen of the properties would be affordable rent, while four will be shared ownership.

Planning permission was originally granted in April last year but the decision was referred for Judicial Review.

The application will now go before councillors for consideration again.

The parish council objects to the development on several grounds.

It says there's no need for a scheme of such size in the village, there hasn't been enough consideration of other possible sites and there will be an increase in traffic.

Babergh District Council's planning committee is expected to approve the plans.

More disruption for rail commuters

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Away from the continued disruption from the derailed train in Cambridgeshire, there's a second day of problems for rail commuters from Suffolk who travel to London.

There were severe delays last night because of a points breakdown in east London.

The issue has not been fixed by Network Rail and further cancellations have been announced this morning.

Train
Greater Anglia

A statement from Greater Anglia says due to the nature of the fault and the part required to replace the defect, it may take longer than anticipated to restore the train service to normal.

Passengers will also suffer longer journeys, as trains will have to travel more slowly across the affected track area.

The disruption will add insult to injury for commuters, who found out yesterday that season tickets and many other fares will rise by 3.6% next year.

Weather: Dry with warm spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a cool start it will be mostly dry with sunny spells today. It will feel warm in the sunshine.

However, the cloud will be increasing from the west later in the day, with freshening winds.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

You can get more at BBC Weather.

Replacement buses still in place after train derailment

BBC News Travel

Replacement bus services are still running on CrossCountry and Greater Anglia trains after Monday's freight train derailment close to Manea in Cambridgeshire.

Disruption is expected until the end of Sunday while recovery and repair work takes place.

It's affecting passenger services from Peterborough and Cambridge to Stansted Airport, London and Bury St Edmunds.

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Welcome back

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to Local Live across Suffolk.

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for your local area.

The full weather forecast will be with your shortly, and it looks as though it's going to be a mostly dry day.

As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook and Twitter.

Beyton
BBC
Martyn Waghorn

Jordan Spence scores a late header as Ipswich maintain their 100% start to the season with a remarkable victory at Millwall.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Scroll down to take a look at the stories we've been covering.

We'll be back again with regular updates from 08:00 tomorrow. Until then, any breaking news will still appear here.

Have a great evening.

Tractor Ted fever leads to big queues and 'distress' at Hollow Trees visitor farm

A visitor farm in Suffolk has apologised after hundreds of parents turned up yesterday for the Tractor Ted day, forcing them to put the "event full" signs up.

Queues to get into Hollow Trees Farm at Semer lasted for over an hour for those who managed to get in:

Queues at Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, Suffolk
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One typical comment on the farm's Facebook page read: "We love Hollow Trees Farm and will be back on normal days.

"However if events are not ticketed in future we will not be returning for them. My son is nearly three and very distressed at driving all the way there only to have to come back home.

"Whilst I understand you did not expect this to happen it is something that you need to think about in the future."

Bouncy Tractor Ted and a real tractor
BBC
An inflatable bouncy Tractor Ted at the Suffolk Show last year

The farm issued an apology on its Facebook page:

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Excitement builds ahead of Suffolk's stage of the Tour of Britain

In just under a month, the Tour of Britain cycle race returns to Suffolk.

The 116-mile (187km) stage will be held on 8 September.

It will see the colourful peloton of riders pedal their way from Newmarket to Aldeburgh.

It is the first time an entire stage will be held in the county - apart from a little excursion across the Cambridgeshire border at Fordham.

In the build-up to the event, members of the media, sponsors and dignitaries joined professional rider Kristian House to cycle part of the course.

Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for health, said: "Suffolk's such a wonderful place for this to take place in, it's fantastic, beautiful.

"People say Suffolk is flat but it isn't. There aren't any mountains, but there are hills and some of these cyclists have found them."

Kristian House and others who took part in the Tour ride
BBC
Kristian House at Framlingham Castle

Lowestoft WW1 hero Tom Crisp is remembered

A memorial service has taken place to mark 100 years since the death of World War One hero Tom Crisp.

Acting as bait, the Lowestoft-born skipper and his crew sank a German submarine in January 1917, for which Mr Crisp received a Distinguished Service Medal.

In August 1917, the HM Armed Smack Nelson was hit several times by enemy fire, severely wounding Crisp.

Despite his injuries, Mr Crisp continued to give orders to his crew, including the order to abandon ship and save themselves.

For his bravery and self-sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross .

Today's service was one of several events to honour his memory. On Sunday, a stone-laying ceremony will be held at the Lowestoft Naval Memorial in Belle Vue Park.

Councillor Graham Catchpole, Waveney’s cabinet member for operational partnerships, said: "One hundred years after his death, we are honoured to be able to recognise the bravery of Thomas Crisp."

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Late fitness tests for Ipswich Town pair

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There are doubts over the fitness of both Freddie Sears (pictured) and Flynn Downes ahead of Ipswich Town's Championship match at Millwall tonight.

Freddie Sears
BBC

Downes has been impressive since making his senior debut at the beginning of the month, but there is cover available should he and Sears miss out, with the likes of David McGoldrick and Bersant Celina pushing for starts.

The real issue arguably lies in defence, with captain Luke Chambers currently the only experienced and natural centre half available for selection.

Both Tommy Smith and Adam Webster will be out of action until after the international break, which means Jonas Knudsen and Jordan Spence are likely to have to continue to show their versatility.

"We have a fairly depleted squad. We've had five midfield players and then two centre backs missing and they're all first team players - it's not like they're just bit part players," manager Mick McCarthy said.

"Everybody who's come into the team and had to play have acquitted themselves wonderfully well and it's been lovely, but it is a start, that's all.

"Tuesday night will be tough for us at Millwall of course and we've got Brentford coming to Portman Road on Saturday, who we know are a good side."

BBC Suffolk will broadcast full commentary of Millwall v Ipswich Town in Matchnight from 19:00. The programme is available on FM/DAB only.

Hitcham man denies causing death by dangerous driving

A 72-year-old man has denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Richard Williams, from Hitcham near Stowmarket, was driving a Range Rover which collided with another car in Great Finborough in January.

A passenger in the other car, 77-year-old Jean Harrison from Pebmarsh in Essex, died at the scene.

Mr William pleaded not guilty.

He is due to go on trial on 26 February 2018.