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  1. Updates Friday, 30 June 2017
  2. Town midfielder handed driving ban
  3. Lorry goes through central reservation on A14
  4. Teenager faces sentencing for double killing
  5. Weather: Brighter spells and showers

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Championship side Ipswich Town sign former Cardiff City midfielder Tom Adeyemi on a two-year contract.

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Our live coverage across the day

It's time for us to fly, like the owl captured in the photograph below.

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

Here is a look at some of the stories we've been covering today:

  • A former police officer is jailed for intending to pervert the course of justice
  • Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru is banned from driving for a second time
  • A man is arrested after a lorry crashes into a barrier on the A14

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

Have a splendid weekend.

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Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

Weather chart

Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Nelson Smith

Nelson Smith stabbed two men to death at a travellers' site in a row over a caravan pitch.

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Jailed detective 'not corrupt', says judge

A judge who has jailed a former detective for 28 days told him he was not corrupt.

David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft was found guilty earlier this month of intending to pervert the course of justice following a drugs arrest.

Phelps was sacked from his job at Suffolk Police following his conviction.

Passing sentence at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said there was "no suggestion of a corrupt motive".

"You were just trying to save time," he said.

Judge Bate noted that Phelps had been dismissed and reminded by the chief constable that the core values of the police were honesty and integrity.

Teenager jailed for double killings

A teenager who was found guilty of killing two men at a travellers' site has been jailed for life.

The Old Bailey jury convicted Nelson Smith, 18, of murdering Barry Street, 32, at West Meadows, Ipswich.

He was found guilty of the manslaughter of Nathan Oakley, 18. He had been charged with murder but the jury returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter due to a lack of intent.

The sentencing judge told Smith he will have to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Smith denied the crimes and claimed he acted in self defence.

Nelson Smith
Suffolk Constabulary

BreakingTeenager jailed for life over traveller site killings

A teenager has been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years after he was found guilty of killing two men at an Ipswich travellers' site.

More on this story shortly.

Grey clouds create dramatic skies above

BBC Weather Watchers

It may be bit of a dull day out there today but that's not stopped our BBC Weather Watchers getting out and about.

It's due to continue to be cloudy with rain overnight.

Tomorrow is set to be fine, dry and sunny with highs of 22C (72F).


Sacked detective jailed for intending to pervert course of justice

A former police officer has been jailed for 28 days for intending to pervert the course of justice.

Norwich Crown Court

David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court this afternoon after he was convicted earlier this month of trying to tell a man what to say when he was arrested in connection with a drugs offence.

Phelps was a detective with Suffolk Police but was sacked for gross misconduct.

Kevin Baumber, mitigating for Phelps, told Judge Anthony Bate that the offence was “not malicious or sinister” and “there is nothing he more regrets in his life”.

The court heard he had been looking after his poorly mother and had gone through a separation.

Northgate High to have two headteachers

Ipswich Star

A top secondary school in Ipswich is set to be run by two headteachers, after the existing head has expressed a desire for a better work/life balance.

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Suffolk athlete pinching himself over England call-up

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bentley javelin thrower Don Baker has told BBC Suffolk Sport it's "unbelievable" that he'll soon be competing for his country in the Bahamas.

Don Baker

Just three years after taking up the sport, the 17-year-old's been named in the England squad for next month's Commonwealth Youth Games.

"I've been training for it for a year," Don said. "I've been focussing on it over the winter with my winter training, and had three or four opportunities to qualify and in the first throw of my last competition I hit the qualifier.

"I reckon as soon as I step off the plane I'll be hit by the warm air and it'll suddenly hit me that I'm halfway across the world throwing a javelin - unbelievable."

'See you there' tweets Olly Murs

Pop pin-up Olly Murs has been tweeting about his show tonight at Thetford Forest.

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will be warming up the crowd, ahead of Olly's appearance on stage at 20:40.

Elbow put on a thrilling show last night, according to our man Andrew Woodger, with Rick Astley and Clean Bandit set to entertain woodland-bound gig-goers on Saturday and Sunday.

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How far could you go in one of these?


Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

Theme park mascots are returned

Two mascots which had been stolen from a display at a family theme park have been returned.

The toys on display at Pleasurewood Hills
Pleasurewood Hills

Soft toys of Woody Bear and Ronnie the Raccoon had gone missing from the gift shop at Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft, at about 14:35 on Wednesday.

Staff said the characters were created specially for the park's opening in 1983 and carry "sentimental value".

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Kevin Bru

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru "put his head in the sand" over the offences, a court hears.

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Man arrested after lorry crashes into A14 barrier

A man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a lorry crashed into a central reservation on the A14.

Lorry on the A14
Highways England

Officers were called to the westbound carriageway at Haughley, between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, at about 05:20 this morning.

The lorry had collided with the central reservation and crossed onto the opposite carriageway.

Suffolk Police said one lane remains closed in both directions as repairs are carried out.

Lorry crash
Highways England

Ipswich Town closing in on ex-Norwich man

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

BBC Suffolk Sport understands that Ipswich Town are close to making midfielder Tom Adeyemi their fourth summer signing.

Tom Adeyemi
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The 25-year-old, who scored against the Blues while on loan at Rotherham last season, is a free agent after leaving Cardiff City recently.

Adeyemi started his career at Norwich City, making 11 appearances for the Canaries before leaving Carrow Road for Birmingham City in 2013.

Ipswich have already signed Joe Garner, Jordan Spence and Emyr Huws this summer, with winger Bersant Celina's loan move from Manchester City imminent.

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With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Ipswich Town's Kevin Bru banned from driving for second time

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has been disqualified from driving for a year after his car was spotted speeding while already banned from the roads.

The 28-year-old told police he was not driving when his car was filmed speeding between Stratford St Mary and East Bergholt last August.

But he failed to identify who was behind the wheel.

He admitted three offences of failing to give officers information identifying the driver of his vehicle, at Ipswich Magistrates' Court.

Kevin Bru

The Paris-born Mauritian international was handed a six-month ban in April, which was replaced with a year-long ban at the Suffolk court.

The court heard he was playing football at the time of the offences.

Neil Saunders, representing him, said he had "put his head in the sand".

"All he can do is apologise. It was not malicious. It was naivety," he said.

Bru was also fined £1,000 and told to pay £300 in court costs.

Ed Sheeran fans face strict checks at Newcastle show

BBC Newsbeat

Ed Sheeran fans lucky enough to snap up tickets to his concert at Newcastle's St James' Park next June will face tighter restrictions as the star steps up his fight against touts.

The strict rules for his stadium tour are aimed at ensuring no-one is ripped off by inflated prices on secondary tickets sites.

Those attending will be required to take their tickets, booking confirmation and credit card, plus a valid form of ID or they will not be granted entry to the show. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 8 July.

The move comes after tickets for Ed's charity gig in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust earlier this year were offered for sale on resale site Viagogo for up to £5,000.

Ed Sheeran performing
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BreakingIpswich Town footballer admits motoring offence

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has admitted three offences of failing to give police information relating to the identification of the driver of his vehicle.

His car was filmed by cameras on the Orwell Bridge and the A12 between Stratford St Mary and East Bergholt over two days last August.

The Paris-born, Mauritian international was disqualified from driving in April.

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk eastbound severe accident, between J47a and J49 A1308 Bury Road.

A14 Suffolk - A14 closed and queuing traffic eastbound between J47a, Elmswell in Woolpit and J49, A1308 (Stowmarket) in Stowmarket, because of an accident involving a lorry earlier on, recovery work and barrier repairs. Diversion in operation - via local route,.

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

Elbow impress Thetford Forest crowd

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Thousands of music lovers enjoyed an anthemic evening on the first of this long weekend's Forest Live outdoor concerts at Thetford Forest.

Elbow at Thetford Forest

Former Beta Band main man Steve Mason opened a not-too-hot, not-too-chilly evening at High Lodge with a short set of songs mainly from his latest Meet The Humans album, and threw in the BB classic Dry The Rain at the end.

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was in his usual bonhomous mood as the band played a selection of songs from across their career, climaxing with A Day Like This which prompted arguably the best of many crowd singalongs.

Olly Murs tonight, Rick Astley tomorrow and Clean Bandit on Sunday have a lot to live up to for this year's run of four concerts in the forest.

Elbow at Thetford Forest
Elbow at Thetford Forest

Bostik League: Leiston swoop for rival's midfielder

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston have signed Lowestoft Town's Chris Henderson on a three year deal.

Chris Henderson
Leiston FC

The 26-year-old made more than 150 appearances for the Trawler Boys, after joining them from Bury Town in 2011.

"I had a few options to consider this summer and while it's not been an easy decision, I have been massively impressed with the ambition and vision of the club," he told Leiston's website.

Manager Glenn Driver: "Signing Chris Henderson is a very exciting signing for myself but more importantly for Leiston Football Club.

"Chris is without doubt one of the best all round players at this level, he can play in many positions but will ply his trade with us in the centre of the park."

Speed restrictions causing disruption on London-bound trains

There are delays on Greater Anglia trains heading for London Liverpool Street.

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Bostik League: Leiston counting down to the new season

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston's players are back in training ahead of their assault on the Bostik Premier Division.

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Ipswich Town teenagers agree pro deals

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lorry crashes into barrier on A14

Motorists face delays on the A14 at Stowmarket after a lorry went through the central reservation.

One lane is open in both directions between junction 49, A1308 Bury Road, and junction 47 A1088.

There are queues four miles long westbound and an a mile-and-a-half eastbound.

Contractors are repairing the barrier this morning.

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Ipswich traveller site killings: Teenager to be sentenced

A teenager will be sentenced later today for killing two men at a travellers' site.

Nelson Smith
Suffolk Constabulary

Nelson Smith, 18, from the West Meadows travellers' site in Ipswich, near the A14, was convicted on Wednesday of murdering 32-year-old Barry Street last December.

He was also found guilty of the manslaughter of 18-year-old Nathan Oakley.

The sentencing hearing will take place at the Old Bailey in London.

Friday's weather: Brighter spells and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Plenty of cloud around today but there will be some brighter spells.

There will be some sunshine here and there but also some showers developing through the afternoon.

The vast majority of us will stay dry until the evening.

Winds are light and it's a touch warmer than yesterday.

Top temperatures between 18C (64F) and 21C (70C).

Good morning Suffolk

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Hello and welcome to our live updates.

The sun has come out at last and hopefully you've all got that Friday feeling.

We'll be here until 18:00, keeping you up to date with all the news, weather and travel for the county.

If you have a story you want us to know about, get in touch by clicking "Get involved" above.

First, let's see what today's weather has got in store.

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between J49 A1308 Bury Road and J47 A1088.

A14 Suffolk - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A14 westbound between J49, A1308 (Stowmarket) and J47, A1088 (Woolpit), because of an accident involving a lorry earlier on and barrier repairs.

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

woody and ronnie

Soft toys Woody Bear and Ronnie the Raccoon were stolen from a display at Pleasurewood Hills.

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Our live coverage across the day

Kate Scotter

BBC News

That's it for updates from the Suffolk Local Live team for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

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

  • The first photos of a statue to honour Millicent Fawcett are revealed
  • A leisure centre campaign to get "beach-ready" is criticised
  • Suffolk Show organisers reveal bumper attendance figures for 2017

Scroll down to read more on these stories and other Suffolk news.

Have a lovely evening.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic complete the signing of midfielder Kundai Benyu from Ipswich Town on a four-year contract

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PC who chased man with a meat cleaver praised for bravery

A police officer who chased a man armed with a meat cleaver has been praised for his "heroic actions".

PC Nikki Holley
Suffolk Constabulary

PC Nikki Holley was called to an incident in Ipswich in November 2014 where a drunken man was kicking doors in a street.

Shortly after the officer’s arrival, he was confronted by the offender, who was in the middle of the road brandishing the weapon and threatening to kill a woman in one of the houses.

PC Holley detained the man whilst dealing with the risk to the woman and members of the public.

His actions will be recognised at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards next month.

Mark Emsden, secretary of the Suffolk Police Federation, nominated PC Holley for the award.

He said: "This was a horrific situation that could have ended in tragedy.

"PC Holley willingly ran towards clear danger, intent on apprehending the offender, with no thought for his own safety.

"His heroic actions, composure and professionalism to continue with gathering evidence after narrowly avoiding serious injury or death deserves the highest recognition.”

A mix of nerves and emotion ahead of Spedeweekend

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich is gearing up for the biggest weekend in the calendar of Spedeworth Motorsports.

National Hot Rods in action at Foxhall
Spedeworth Motorsports

Spedeweekend this coming Saturday and Sunday encompasses two world championships, one European championship, and multiple national championships across numerous oval racing classes.

"It's the biggest event that we stage all year, and we've been staging them since the 1960s," Dean Cox with Spedeworth told us.

"Most of us involved on the organising front have gone without a lot of sleep this week and at this stage there is a mixed bag of nerves and emotion.

The National Hot Rods World Championship Final (pictured) at midday on Sunday is arguably the biggest race of the lot, and Dean believes there could be a few surprises during the 75 lap race.

"The lap times on Saturday will set a marker, but I just feel that come Sunday, someone will produce something special towards the back of the field and go on to win."

Renovated church in the running for cash prize

An abandoned 15th century Ipswich church that's been brought back into use as a community centre is in the running for a prize worth £5,000.

Quay Place, Ipswich
National Lottery Good Causes

Quay Place, close to the town's Waterfront, needs votes from members of the public to win the cash injection from the National Lottery's Good Causes awards scheme.

It is one of the finalists in the heritage category and if it wins, it will be featured on the BBC One National Lottery Awards show.

The venue reopened in November 2016 after a seven-year renovation project.

It is now a multipurpose community centre with a well-being and heritage theme.

sheep racing in Woodditton

Almost 40,000 people sign online petition to stop the 50-sheep race in Woodditton, Cambridgeshire.

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