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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Plans revealed for third river crossing
  3. Rail disruption continues
  4. Third win in a row for Ipswich Witches

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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

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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
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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

#GetInspired

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
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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

#teamparkrun

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
BBC

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

#GetInspired

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
BBC

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

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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
BBC

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
BBC

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
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
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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

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Lucy Martin's weather forecast will follow shortly.

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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

Shawn Mendes invites Ed Sheeran on stage

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Canadian singer Shawn Mendes delighted his NYC fans on Wednesday when he took a special guest on stage with him at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Billionaire busker Ed Sheeran duetted with Shawn on his song Mercy (which you can check out above).

Judging by the look of Ed's outfit, he was called in from a hectic day of sightseeing in the big apple.

We haven't seen calves that pale since that week we spent shearing sheep on Craggy Island.

"That was just as crazy for me as it was for you guys," Mendes told fans after Ed waved his goodbye and headed back to the open top bus tour of Long Island.

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
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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
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