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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 4 August 2017
  2. 500 job losses in Sudbury
  3. Arrest after thatched education hut burnt down in Ipswich park
  4. Passers-by tried to rescue man who jumped from bridge
  5. Bialkowski could see out career at Ipswich Town
  6. Ipswich Town legend says fans may have to settle for top 10 finish

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Our live updates for Suffolk have now come to an end for another week.

You can scroll back here to catch up with any stories you might have missed, including:

  • 500 job losses confirmed for Sudbury
  • Passers-by tried to rescue man who jumped from bridge
  • Ipswich Town legend says fans may have to settle for top 10 finish

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Arrest after educational hut destroyed by fire

Suffolk Police say they have arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of setting fire to the thatched hut in Christchurch Park in Ipswich.

The hut, near the children's playground, was built two years ago as an educational resource aiming to show how our ancestors lived.

It was completely destroyed on the evening of Monday, 24 July.

The boy has been released under investigation.

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Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

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Harry Bunn will not be joining Ipswich Town

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has given his first pre-match press conference of the new football season, and has told us that he is "hopeful" of making a new signing in the coming days.

Harry Bunn
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However, Huddersfield winger Harry Bunn (pictured) will not be joining the ranks at Portman Road.

"I'm not going to make too much of it, but we're hoping to get somebody," McCarthy said.

"We've been spinning plates all summer and lots have been falling on my head. Hopefully this one doesn't.

"We've been linked with hundreds of players of every nationality and creed and colour. Harry Bunn was one of them.

"He's available, and I like Harry Bunn, but it's not him."

There will be full FM, AM and DAB commentary of Ipswich Town's opening match with Birmingham City on BBC Radio Suffolk tomorrow, with Matchday getting under way from 14:00.

'500 job losses' in Sudbury

The Unite union has said it has been confirmed that the engineering firm Delphi Diesel Systems will close its plant in Sudbury with the loss of 500 jobs.

Last month the firm announced it was looking at the future of the site.

Ipswich Town: Hopefully we'll forget last season's drudgery

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

While owner Marcus Evans has loosened the purse strings ever so slightly this summer, further wise investment is still required if Town are going to be markedly different to last year, when they finished in their worst league position for over half a century.

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Mick McCarthy with his right-hand man Terry Connor

The club's failure to adequately replace striker Daryl Murphy continues to hold them back almost 12 months on from his departure to Newcastle United, while the exit of defender Christophe Berra this summer will be felt more than many predict.

New midfield signings Emyr Huws and Tom Adeyemi look good bits of business, although neither has kicked a ball in pre-season and won't be at their best for some time.

A less cautious approach from boss Mick McCarthy would be very welcome, trusting in the undoubted talent of England youth international Andre Dozzell and allowing others the luxury of playing with a bit more freedom.

If that happens we'll hopefully start to forget the drudgery of 2016/17....

Join me for commentary from Portman Road this Saturday as Birmingham City visit for the season opener.

As usual, the BBC does not have the rights to webstream commentary, but you can of course listen live on FM, AM and DAB radio.

Your pictures: Some sunshine

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OK, so it's not the warmest of days but our BBC Weather Watchers have captured some sunny shots of Suffolk:

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Passers-by tried to rescue man who jumped from bridge

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Two men who saw a man jumping from the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft this morning jumped into the water themselves to try to save him.

Police were called at 08:40 when a driver saw a man jump into the water.

The coastguard said two men jumped in shortly afterwards to try to rescue him.

A lifeboat was sent to the scene and helped bring the men to safety.

All three were taken to hospital as a precaution and police say the response was a "team effort".

Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft.
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Ipswich Town: Live interview with Mick McCarthy

BBC Suffolk's Brenner Woolley chats to the Ipswich Town boss ahead of tomorrow's season opener at home to Birmingham City.

Mick McCarthy has also been taking questions from representatives of other media.

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'Celebration day' held for amputees in Suffolk

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A charity that supports amputees and their families is holding a "celebration day" at RAF Mildenhall.

Steel Bones was set up by Emma and Leigh Joy-Staines after Leigh lost his leg in 2008 in an operation that went wrong.

Emma said: "Since the amputation and having children we have found it very difficult to find support groups or other friends in such situations.

"It is quite a lonesome disability, there is a lack of understanding in the general public and government as to what amputation means for an individual and a family."

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Steel Bones

They hope to bring together amputees and offer advice on health, inclusive sports and career opportunities.

There'll be prosthetic experts, amputee organisations and inspirational speakers at Mildenhall until 16:00.

You can click here for more information.

Bartosz Bialkowski: McCarthy still the man to lead Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ahead of tomorrow's season opener against Birmingham City, goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been telling us that Mick McCarthy is still the right man to get Ipswich Town back on track.

Bartosz Bialkowski
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The Blues finished a disappointing 16th last time around and lost 6-1 away at League One side Charlton in their final pre-season friendly of the summer last weekend.

The players will be keen to make amends, and a good start is undoubtedly crucial in terms of improving the atmosphere and morale around Portman Road.

McCarthy has indicated that had last week's match at the Valley been a league game, there would have been suggestions at full time that he had lost the dressing room.

Bialkowski says that any claims the squad have already turned their back on the Yorkshireman are wide of the mark.

"That is not the case at all. He is a top manager and probably the best I have worked with," the 30-year-old confirmed.

"He's proved it in the past. He has taken teams into the Premier League, and we are not going to get a better manager at this time.

"I guess in a way we are not playing for him, because we are playing for ourselves and our families, along with the club and the badge. But we are not playing against him at all."

Town kick-off at home to Birmingham City at 15:00 tomorrow.

Bialkoswki in plea to Ipswich supporters

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town are "ready for business" ahead of tomorrow's opening match of the new Championship season, according to goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkoswki.

Bartosz Bialkoswki
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A disappointing campaign last time around, coupled with an embarrassing friendly defeat at Charlton last Saturday, has left many supporters more disillusioned than in previous summers.

But the 30-year-old from Poland, who gets his fourth campaign under way as Birmingham City visit Portman Road this weekend, is urging them to stick with the team and manager Mick McCarthy.

"There are always question marks before the season starts," Bialkowski told us. "But as a fan you just need to get behind the team and the lads and show them support.

"Obviously we played some football last season that was not entertaining, but we are trying to change that.

"Take the Charlton game away and all the other pre-season games have been good. We have played some good football and scored some good goals."

Ipswich Town legend says fans may have to settle for top 10 finish

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Birthday boy John Wark believes the play-offs will be beyond his former club Ipswich Town this season.

John Wark
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The ex-Scotland international, who turns 60 today, has been assessing the Blues' chances ahead of tomorrow's Championship opener at home to Birmingham City.

"If we get in the top 10, it's a great season. I can't see us getting further than that.

"Top 10 is a good season because of the teams that have spent big money in the Championship.

"People might think that's not good enough, but it's a lot better than it was last year."

Framlingham Town prepare for their first ever FA Cup game
The Suffolk side, who claim singer Ed Sheeran as a fan, play their first FA Cup tie on Saturday.

Speedway: Witches bounce back in style

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches put a difficult week behind them with an impressive 52-41 win over Championship leaders Glasgow Tigers at Foxhall last night.

Danny King
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After losing their unbeaten home record last Thursday, the Witches then wrongly sacked two riders at the weekend.

"It was brilliant, I couldn't have asked for anything more, we had to overcome a really tough test," said team manager Ritchie Hawkins.

Danny King (pictured) top scored with 14+1 while Rory Schlein weighed in with 11 points.

Sadly the win came at a cost for Ipswich, with Kyle Newman suffering ligament damage to his left foot in heat one - ruling him out of Sunday's pairs event in Peterborough.

Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

Here's my full forecast:

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Bialkowski could see out career at Ipswich Town

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bartosz Bialkowski has been speaking to us ahead of Ipswich Town's first match of the new Championship season, and his words will be music to the ears of pretty much every Blues supporter.

Bartosz Bialkowski
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The 30-year-old goalie, who has been Town's Player Of The Year for the past two seasons, has given his strongest indication yet that he will be going nowhere before the transfer window closes.

This despite the Pole attracting interest from other clubs, and having ambitions to play in the Premier League.

"There has always been some interest, but nothing formal and nothing on the table, and I am fully focused on playing for Ipswich," Bialkowski said.

"I'm not going into the manager's office and asking for a move because I love every single minute of my time at Ipswich and playing for the fans.

"My family don't want to leave Ipswich, they want to stay here forever and I'm the same."

The Polish national was then asked whether he could see himself ending his career in Suffolk:

"Of course! I live in a great area with fantasic people around me and I don't need to change that."

Birmingham City are the visitors to Portman Road on Saturday, with an 15:00 kick-off.

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Stuart Bailey

BBC News

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The weekend is just around the corner and we’ll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

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Man charged as part of injured motorcyclist inquiry

A man has been charged with four offences by police investigating an incident where a motorcyclist hit a parked car in Ipswich.

At lunchtime yesterday, the biker, in his 20s, was flown to Addenbrooke's with a serious back injury after hitting a Nissan Micra on Heatherhayes.

A 22-year-old man has subsequently been charged with obstructing a police officer, driving a car without insurance or a licence and using a mobile phone while driving.

Suffolk Police are appealing for information about a yellow motocross bike which was being ridden around the Stoke Park and Chantry areas on Wednesday morning.

Weather: Dry with isolated showers overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Mostly dry tonight across the BBC East region, but breezy with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, perhaps bringing an isolated shower.

Staying mild with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F).

Friday will be quite breezy, but much of the day will be dry with sunny spells and occasional cloud and just the small risk of a shower. Feeling warm in the sun with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

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BreakingVicar sentenced for filming in public toilet

The Very Reverend Martin Thrower, 56, of Hadleigh, has been given a suspended jail sentence for filming men in the public toilets at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich.

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Hundreds of well-wishers send cards to crash victim

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A schoolgirl who lost her father and broke her collar bones in a crash on the A140 has received more than 100 "get well soon" cards in the post.

Jacee Fisk
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The family of Jacee Fisk appealed for cards to cheer up the seven-year-old who was seriously injured in the incident near Mendlesham Industrial Estate on 25 July.

Her mum has told BBC Suffolk today she has also received vouchers and handmade gifts.

She said seeing a smile on her face, thanks to the kindness of complete strangers, is "amazing".

A 50-year-old man from Wisbech, Dalius Matulaitis, has been charged in connection with the crash and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court later this month.

Pile of gifts and cards for Jacee
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Blues 'fully focused' after Charlton horrorshow

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Ipswich Town squad have watched back footage from last Saturday's 6-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic, and goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski (pictured) admits it was not pleasing on the eye.

Bartosz Bialkowski
BBC

"It wasn't nice, but it had to be done," he told us at today's press conference ahead of the Blues' Championship opener with Birmingham City on Saturday.

"The only good thing was that it was a friendly game," Bialkowski said.

"But that's all behind us and we are fully focused on Birmingham now.

"I'm sure we have learned our lesson. We just have to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Ipswich have a number of illness and injury concerns ahead of kick-off this weekend, but new signing Joe Garner, who scored six goals in six matches during pre-season, is expected to feature.

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Housing campaigners consider next step in Constable Country

Campaigners in a south Suffolk village are considering the next step after plans for more than 200 homes were approved.

A campaign poster against the housing in East Bergholt
BBC

Babergh District Council has granted three different planning applications for East Bergholt.

The authority said the proposals met the requirements of local and national planning policy, despite considerable opposition from people who live in the village, which is in the Dedham Vale area of outstanding natural beauty and famed for being artist John Constable's birthplace.

As reported, hundreds of letters were written to the council, citing traffic issues and lack of health provision.

Peter Dent, chairman of Action East Bergholt, said the decision may yet be appealed.

"There's nobody in Bergholt who doesn't accept that houses have to come, but to put 150 on one site and 75 on another is an absolute nonsense," he said.

Lake is 'second most popular' attraction in East Anglia

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Suffolk lake and nature reserve has been named as the second most visited free attraction in the east of England.

Needham Lake and Nature Reserve
BBC

According to VisitEngland's annual attractions survey, Needham Lake and Nature Reserve saw an estimated 384,000 visitors last year, an increase of 16.7%.

David Hughes, the countryside and public realm officer for Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council, put the attraction's popularity down to its location.

He said: "It's close to Needham Market, Stowmarket and Ipswich so it's a very handy place to call in, it has good footpaths, great scenery and we try to manage it so it attracts lots of different things for people to do."

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge topped VisitEngland's list for the eastern region, while Wyken Hall Gardens and Vineyards, near Bury St Edmunds, was ranked sixth.

Nationally, the British Museum was the most visited free attraction in England last year, according to the figures.

Needham Lake and Nature Reserve
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PCC to meet highways authority to review bridge speed

The county's police and crime commissioner has said he will meet with the highways authority later this year to review the current speed limit on the Orwell Bridge.

Orwell Bridge
Michael Wade

As we've been reporting, on average, a vehicle has been caught exceeding the 60mph limit on the bridge near Ipswich every hour of every day since the speed cameras were switched on a year ago.

Almost 8,500 offences have been recorded by Suffolk Police.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We're having a meeting with Highways England later on this summer/ early autumn, where we look at the evidence and then review how effective the system has been.

"That was always the agreement when the speed limit was reduced to 60mph."

Speedway: Mountain surprised by Witches sacking

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches rider Connor Mountain admits he didn't see his dismissal at the weekend coming.

Along with Justin Sedgmen he was shown the door by the club, only to be reinstated when speedway's governing body refused to sanction the move.

Connor Mountain
Jeff Higgott

Mountain's been speaking to BBC Suffolk Sport ahead of tonight's home meeting against Glasgow Tigers.

"It was a surprise, but I'm glad to still be part of it and looking forward to carrying on with the rest of the year.

"Apart from the home loss to Edinburgh the team was going well.

"It seemed like there was a good bond within the team and I wasn't really expecting any changes so close to the cut-off date."

Ipswich Town: Under-23s win at Bury

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's Under-23s beat Bury Town 3-1 in a pre-season friendly at Ram Meadow last night.

Conor McKendry
Ipswich Town FC

Conor McKendry (pictured), Ben Folami and Declan Daniels were on target for Gerard Nash's side.

Tommy Robinson pulled one back for the Bostik League team.

Ipswich Town pair receive international call-ups

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town duo Tommy Smith (pictured right) and Monty Patterson have been named in the New Zealand squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Tommy Smith
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The first game is in Auckland on 1 September before they meet again in Honiara four days later.

The winner of the tie will take on the team which finishes fifth in the South American qualification group in a play-off in November for a place at the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.

Thatched-roof house blaze 'started in bathroom'

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Firefighters have saved a thatched-roof house from burning down after a fire broke out there this morning.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue believe the blaze in Stoke-by-Nayland started in the bathroom.

Crews were called to Scotland Street at about 08:15 and the fire was brought under control within an hour.

Firefighters from Suffolk and Essex stripped some of the thatched roof and bathroom ceiling away to stop the fire from spreading.

Fire on Scotland Street, Stoke by Nayland
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BreakingMajor fire at thatched house

Firefighters are at Scotland Street in Stoke-by-Nayland to tackle a blaze at a thatched-roof property.

More on this story shortly.

Restoration of 17th Century lock to begin

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A historic part of navigation on the River Waveney is to be restored by a team of volunteers.

The Geldeston Lock is one of only two that exists on the Broads - the other is Mutford Lock at Oulton Broad near Lowestoft.

In its heyday, the lock controlled water levels and flow when wherries regularly traded between Beccles and Bungay, but it was taken out of commission by 1934.

The lock, and river with a small boat
BBC

Now the River Waveney Trust is preparing to rebuild part of the lock chamber walls. The project will cost £15,000.

A view of river and lock wall
BBC

Bernard Watson is their project manager, and he says it would be a shame to lose this "wonderful piece of heritage".

Bernard Watson
BBC

It's been here since 1670 and has been a very important part of the upper development of the river Waveney... it's in bad repair now - very badly damaged by trees."

Bernard WatsonRiver Waveney Trust

Peregrine dies after shooting

An police investigation is under way after a peregrine falcon was shot in Ipswich.

The bird was discovered near the waterfront on Saturday. An examination by a vet discovered a pellet in its leg and, despite treatment, it died.

Steve Piotrowski from the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group said the injury left the falcon unable to feed.

Factbox and peregrine photo
Andy Thompson

Nestboxes for peregrines have been built at the top of The Mill on the waterfront and on the Orwell Bridge.

Bridge speeders are 'selfish, mindless idiots'

The minority of drivers who speed across the Orwell Bridge are "selfish, mindless idiots", according to the county's police and crime commissioner.

Orwell Bridge
BBC

As reported, an average of one vehicle has been caught speeding over the bridge every hour of every day since cameras were introduced a year ago.

Information obtained by the BBC reveals almost 8,500 offences were recorded on the A14 bridge within a year.

Suffolk Police said the cameras were introduced to improve safety.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I don't believe people can't see the signs, if they can't see the signs then they shouldn't be driving a vehicle anyway.

"I think there is a tiny minority of selfish, mindless idiots who think somehow the law is beyond them and that they are somehow superior to everybody else and they don't care about people's safety."

Chart showing the speeding figures over the Orwell Bridge
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Ipswich crash victim airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital

A biker has been left with life-changing injuries after a collision with a car in Ipswich yesterday.

Suffolk Police said the man, who's believed to be in his 20s, was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The crash took place at about 12:00 on Heatherhayes near Belstead Road.

The road has been closed.

Heatherhayes, Ipswich
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