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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 21 June 2017
  2. The first ever Suffolk Day is here!
  3. Kids in wigs: Students mark Suffolk Day by dressing as Ed Sheeran
  4. More than 6,000 people take part in Bury St Edmunds plan consultation
  5. An Ipswich woman is fined £200 for discarded fag end

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Mick McCarthy's press conference

After five wins out of five so far this season, Ipswich Town travel to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup (League Cup).

Manager Mick McCarthy has been giving his press conference ahead of the game at Portman Road:

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Rallying call for big St Edmunds Day celebrations

Plans are under way for a big celebration in Bury St Edmunds later this year, to mark the life of Saint Edmund - the former 9th Century King of East Anglia, regarded by many in the Middle Ages as England's first patron saint.

St Edmund statue
Edmund the Martyr's statue next to Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

Founder of the group "We love Bury St Edmunds" James Sheen said the event will be held over 18, 19 and 20 November, which is St Edmund's Day.

"It hasn't been done properly before", he said.

"I'm a little bit frustrated with elements of the town where they haven't come out and got together and include the whole town to really celebrate the day.

"It's our day, it's one day in the year.

"Why can we not all celebrate it together rather than a few little things going on here, there, everywhere and nothing cohesively together?"

Boy, 16, seriously injured in stab attack

Ipswich Star

Take a look at the front page of the Ipswich Star:

Front page of the Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Town gears up for end of carnival

The three-day Aldeburgh Carnival draws to a close today, with the procession taking place this afternoon followed by a Chinese lantern procession and fireworks this evening.

This was the scene in the seaside town a little earlier:

Woman adjusts statue on porch roof
Police checks in Aldeburgh
Stalls preparing to open for business

Man denies charge after collision kills cyclist, 72

A man has appeared at Ipswich Crown Court, charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving near Hadleigh last year.

The appearance follows a crash on the B1115 near Hitcham in November, in which 72-year-old cyclist Colin Taylor died.

Mark Tuffs, 51, from Dagenham, denied the charge. He's due to appear at court again on Friday.

Cigarettes taken during Red Lodge ram raid

Police believe offenders wearing balaclavas used sledge hammers to access a cigarette counter during a ram raid in Red Lodge near Mildenhall over the weekend.

A silver Mercedes ML 4x4 rammed the rear shutters of the Nisa convenience store on Bellflower Crescent at about 02:00 on Saturday.

A dustbin was filled with the contents of the counter, and the offenders then fled the scene in the vehicle.

Officers want to hear from anyone who has any information about the raid, or who may have seen the damaged Mercedes.

Church considers installing CCTV following latest vandalism

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A warden working at a church in Ipswich, which has been vandalised four times in the past 10 days, says she's at her wits' end.

Windows, including a stained glass one, have been broken (photo shows previous vandalism) and damage caused to a memorial area of Holy Trinity, which is between Back Hamlet and Fore Hamlet near the Waterfront.

Previous damage at the church

Church warden Lorna Hammett said: "I don't know what to do about it.

"I think we're going to have to try and think about fitting CCTV cameras. That won't stop the vandalism but at least you'll see who's who.

"Unfortunately they cost a lot of money and we haven't got the money."

Optometrist continues to be suspended from practising

An optometrist who had her conviction for gross negligence manslaughter quashed last month, continues to be suspended by the General Optical Council (GOC).

Honey Rose

At a private meeting last week, the Fitness to Practise Committee ruled the interim order made against Honey Rose in March 2013 for a period of 18 months (subsequently extended by the High Court in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and changed to an interim suspension order on 19 August 2015, be continued.

The GOC said the order will be reviewed within six months of the latest hearing, unless all matters are resolved within that time, or earlier if new evidence is made available.

Ms Rose, of Newham in east London, can also request an early review at any time from 15 November.

Vinnie Barker, eight and from Ipswich, died in July 2012 after fluid built up on his brain, five months after he had had an eye test with Ms Rose when she was working at Boots in the town centre.

His condition had not been spotted during the eye test and Ms Rose was charged, and later cleared, of the criminal offence following the incident.

Lowestoft withdraw from the Suffolk Premier Cup

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk FA is investigating following Lowestoft Town's announcement that they will not take part in this season's Premier Cup.

Suffolk Premier Cup
Suffolk FA

The Trawler Boys released a statement shortly after the draw was confirmed on BBC Radio Suffolk on Saturday, but it did not say why they did not want to enter the competition this year.

Lowestoft had been drawn to face Kirkley and Pakefield, who could now receive a bye.

Hockey: A mixed day for Suffolk internationals in Amsterdam

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Three of the county's hockey players were in action at the Eurohockey Championships in Holland yesterday.

Hannah Martin
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George Pinner and Harry Martin played for England's men in their 6-0 victory over Poland, while Harry's sister Hannah (pictured right) was part of the England women's side that lost 1-0 to Germany.

The men are back in action this afternoon against Germany, while the women have a rest day before facing Scotland tomorrow.

A perfect weekend for Suffolk speedway

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There were wins for both Ipswich Witches and Mildenhall Fen Tigers at the weekend as their seasons head towards the final lap.

Foxhall Stadium

The Witches won 51-39 at Workington Comets on Saturday night to make it four victories in a row, keeping them second in the Championship League table.

Yesterday, Mildenhall number one Connor Mountain scored a 15-point maximum as his side thumped Lakeside Hammers 55-34 at West Row in the National League.

McCarthy praises 'magnificent' Ipswich Town

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's 2-0 win over Brentford on Saturday means they've won their first four league games of a season for the first time since 1974.

Martyn Waghorn
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Ex-Rangers pair Martyn Waghorn (pictured) and Joe Garner got the goals as the Blues recorded their fifth successive victory in all competitions, leaving them joint-top of the Championship table.

"It was a magnificent win," said manager Mick McCarthy.

"It was a very solid, disciplined, hard-working professional performance against a very good side who really made us work for it."

Monday's weather: Humid with the chance of a spot of rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy and humid start to the week, with the best of the brightness the further north-east in the BBC East region you are.

Cloud will tend to increase there as well during the course of the day.

The cloud may be thick enough to produce the odd spot of rain or drizzle.

The top temperature will be about 21C (70F).

Watch my full forecast here:

Lucy Martin has the outlook for the East of England on Monday, August 21 2017.

Good morning Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us as we start a new week of regular updates from across the county.

If there's anything we're not mentioning which you think the rest of the county would be interested in, we'd love to hear from you - contact us via the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

The Aldeburgh Festival takes place later on, so if you're going, send us a photograph and we can share it with the wider Suffolk world.

What's the weather going to be like? Lucy Martin will be along next to tell us all.

Martyn Waghorn

Ipswich Town make it four wins from four games in the Championship with victory over Brentford at Portman Road.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from the Local Live team - for the day and for the week.

We'll have more live updates for you from 08:00 on Monday, with any breaking news and big stories still published here over the weekend.

Have a great evening.

Weather: Thundery showers overnight

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There will be further showers moving eastwards this evening and these could be heavy and thundery, but there’ll be some sunshine too.

A band of rain following in behind later tonight and this could produce some heavy and possibly thundery downpours, with the winds possibly gusting to 40mph for a time.

By morning it should be dry everywhere and temperatures, for many places, staying in double figures.

Weather map

Saturday is looking a blustery day of sunshine and a few scattered showers. There’ll be a moderate to fresh westerly wind and highs around 20C (68F).

Sunday should also be largely dry with some sunshine. Cloud is eventually expected to increase but, at the moment, rain isn’t expected to arrive in the west until early evening.

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

Tips for a special parkrun weekend


It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of a campaign for National Lottery-funded athletes to give a bit back and say thank you.

Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger with more information about parkrun.

Trail of sculptures returns to Waveney Valley

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A trail of sculptures and artwork has opened to the public near Beccles.

The fourth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail features the work of more than 50 artists on a three-acre site.

A sculpture of a man mowing a meadow
Waveney and Blyth Arts

The trail, at the Raveningham Centre, features 3D constructions and textile works, including bronzes, ceramics, a sound installation - as well as workshops and guided walks.

A metal sculpture in a field
Waveney and Blyth Arts

The trail, which attracts thousands of visitors each year, runs until Sunday 17 September and is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.

Scaffolding around an outside bath, with a ladder leading from bath upwards into trees
Waveney and Blyth Arts

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

Tomorrow, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

Watch your speed: Motorists to be targetted

Speeding motorists are to be targeted in a week-long enforcement campaign.

So far this year more than 40 people have died in collisions in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Ch Insp Kris Barnard, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, says speeding is one of the "fatal four" which makes you most likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision.

Drink driving, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt are the others.

The campaign begins on Monday and will run until Sunday 27 August.

Police officer talking to a motorist

Speed limits are in place for a reason... drivers shouldn't use these limits as targets, there are other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions."

Ch Insp Kris BarnardNorfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit

Tips for a special parkrun weekend


It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun

Blues will miss 'remarkable' skipper

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers is the latest member of the squad to join an already lengthy injury list.

Luke Chambers

After suffering a knock to the ankle during the first half of Tuesday's 4-3 win at Millwall, it has been confirmed the 31-year-old will be out of action for around a month.

"It's remarkable that he played on and got through 90 odd minutes on Tuesday," Town boss Mick McCarthy told us this afternoon.

"He is tough. But he'll be out until after the international break. I guess the good thing is we have that break coming.

"He's been excellent in the games but that's down to his personality as much as anything. I'll still have him in the dressing room."

You can tune into BBC Radio Suffolk for full commentary of Ipswich Town's match with Brentford tomorrow. Matchday is on air from 14:00.

Tips for a special parkrun weekend


It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of, or done a parkrun - it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps.

For more information on how to get into running, check out the BBC Get Inspired guide.

Barcelona: 'Everyone's pulled together'

A 22-year-old woman from Newmarket was flying to Barcelona yesterday as news broke about the terror attacks.

Charlotte Liberty's hotel was surrounded by armed police when she arrived in the Spanish city last night.

It's the first time she has been abroad without her family, but has found the city has "pulled together".

At midday, a minute's silence was held in the popular tourist destination close to the scene of the attack.

Crowds of people observing the minute's silence in Barcelona
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We feel really safe here, there's police everywhere... it's a kind of nice atmosphere, everyone's pulled together, although obviously it's really tragic and sad what's happened."

Charlotte Liberty

Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: What we know so far

Ipswich Town: Ward keen to take centre stage

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town player Grant Ward's been telling us he'd like a run of games in the centre of midfield.

Grant Ward

Since arriving at Portman Road last summer the 22-year-old's mainly played out wide, but he impressed in a central role at Millwall on Tuesday.

"I've played there a number of times in the past so it's a position I'm comfortable with," he told BBC Suffolk sport. "I thought I did well, but obviously there's little things you feel you could've done a bit better.

"I like it in the centre as I feel I can be a bit more influential. I don't mind playing wide because I'm comfortable there as well but, yeah, I'd like to bed down in the centre."

Town are at home to Brentford in the Championship tomorrow.

Third river crossing: 'An iconic structure'

A public consultation on the proposed design of the third crossing at Lake Lothing will begin on 4 September.

It's been described as an "exciting design" by Waveney Council leader Mark Bee, who says it reflects "Lowestoft's growing status as a key location for renewable energy".

The new crossing will be 12m above high tide levels, higher than the Bascule Bridge to allow a larger number of vessels to pass without a need for the crossing to open.

Artist's impression of the proposed crossing
Suffolk County Council

Hydraulic pistons will lift the bridge deck and a control tower would operate the bridge - although no decision has been made as to where this will be sited.

Colin Noble, leader of Suffolk County Council, says the bridge design reflects the "forward-thinking attitude of the town".

Inspiration has come from the area surrounding the town and industries emerging from Lowestoft... I believe this has the potential to become an iconic structure not only in Suffolk, but across the country."

Colin NobleLeader, Suffolk County Council

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between J50 A1120 and J49 A1308 Bury Road.

A14 Suffolk - A14 closed, queuing traffic and long delays westbound between J50, A1120 (Stowupland) and J49, A1308 (Stowmarket), because of an accident. Congestion to J51, A140 (Needham Market).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Plans revealed for third river crossing

New design plans for a third river crossing at Lake Lothing in Lowestoft have been revealed.

The £90m scheme for the bridge has been in development after government funding was agreed in March last year.

The crossing draws inspiration from the town's wind turbine, Gulliver.

Consultation on the plans will begin next month.

Artist's impression of the bridge, in open position
Waveney District Council

Repair work to fix damaged rail line after train derailment

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The train line between Peterborough and Ely should re-open at 04:00 on Monday morning, after a freight train derailment on Monday, just north of Ely, at Queen Adelaide Junction.

In total 33 freight wagons have been removed from the track after a special crane train that was sent to the site.

Train derailment

Repair work to the track has started this morning.

Steve Hooker, from Network Rail, says it's all "going very well".

"This morning we're handing over the site to our track renewals contractor, they'll be replacing the quarter of a mile of railway that was damaged, there was also some damage at the junction, so that will be repaired over the next few days".

Train crane

Replacement buses have been in operation all week, causing disruption on Cross Country Lines and Great Anglia services between Ely and Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough.

Speedway: Witches take another step towards the play-offs

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches stay second in the Championship League table after last night's 52-41 win over Workington Comets at Foxhall Stadium.

Kyle Newman
Stephen Waller

It was the Suffolk side's third win in a row ahead of this weekend's trips to Edinburgh tonight and Workington on Saturday.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins singled out Kyle Newman (pictured) for praise. After an injury-ravaged season he was paid for 10 points.

"Kyle's really struggling, he's riding nearly every day of the week, his body is battered and he's really put in a shift for us."

Captain Danny King top scored for the Witches with 14.

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

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 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.