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  1. Updates for Friday, 1 September 2017
  2. Two arrested after police pursuit
  3. A14: Overnight road closure
  4. Euromillions still to be claimed
  5. Trust launches appeal to buy nature land
  6. Ipswich Town sign Everton defender on loan

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Monday's weather: Misty, murky, mild and muggy

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Most places will have a dull and damp start, with cloudy skies and some light rain and drizzle.

This afternoon will be drier and possibly brighter as some sunny spells start to develop.

Top temperature: 20C (68F).

Get a full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Sara Thornton with Monday's weather map

Severe accident: A145 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A145 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between Cromwell Road and Church Lane.

A145 Suffolk - A145 London Road in Beccles closed in both directions between the Cromwell Road junction and the Church Lane junction, because of an accident and a fuel spillage. Traffic is coping well. Congestion to the Church Lane junction.

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

Good morning Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live coverage from across the county.

Among the stories the team will be taking a closer look at:

  • A report from the University of Suffolk, which says Ipswich is in the midst of a serious drug-related gang war
  • A suspected serious sexual assault on a woman in Ipswich

But as ever, we'll start the day with a look at the weather prospects - is it going to stay grey all day?

Sara Thornton will be here next to tell us all what's in store...

Harry Potter: Lavenham De Vere House up for sale
The 14th Century cottage used Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is on sale for almost £1m.

Severe disruption: A14 Suffolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk westbound severe disruption, between J55 A1214 and J54 Sproughton Road.

A14 Suffolk - Stationary traffic on A14 westbound in Sproughton between J55, A1214 (Copdock Interchange) and J54 Sproughton Road, because of a vehicle fire and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Our live coverage this week

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Local Live teams for the week. We're now taking a break for the weekend and will return at 08:00 on Monday.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

Whatever you're doing, we hope you have a great weekend.

Teenager charged with driving offences following police pursuit

An 18-year-old man has been charged with six offences following a police pursuit on the outskirts of Ipswich yesterday.

Shortly before 14:00 police tried to stop a blue Ford Focus near the junction of Main Road and Bell Lane, Kesgrave. It failed to stop and crashed with a police motorcycle.

The car also caused damaged to a black BMW before it was stopped on Purdis Farm Lane.

Two teenagers were arrested and an 18-year-old from north Essex has been charged with driving offences.

A 17-year-old boy from the Saxmundham area has been released under investigation.

Not surprisingly, police issued a ticket to this driver

Overnight road closure on A14 near Stowmarket

Allow extra time for your journey or plan an alternative route if you are expecting to use the A14 westbound near Stowmarket tonight.

It will be closed between junctions 50 and 49 from 20:00 until 06:00 tomorrow to allow further long-term repairs on the Hill House viaduct, which carries the A14 over the railway.

Diversions will be in place between the two junctions, via the A1120 and the A1308.

The road was closed for temporary repairs on Wednesday last week, leading to long delays for motorists.

A view of the viaduct on A14

Million pound prize waiting to be claimed

If you live in the Babergh district and bought a Euromillions ticket last month, then it might be worth checking it out.

Euromillions ticket

Patrick Lisoire, from the National Lottery, said: "At this time of year, obviously we're aware that people have been on holiday.

"We do also find that people are quite habitual in their checking habits and may well store up some tickets for weeks and months on end before getting round to checking them.

"If you're one of those people, I suggest you take five minutes out of your day and just check your tickets now as there's a ticket out there that's worth £1m."

The Millionaire Maker Prize ticket was bought for the draw on Tuesday, 15 August.

The latest weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

It's a mix of sunshine and showers, depending on where you are this afternoon.

Heavy showers will be mostly near the coast, with sunny spells predominating in the west of the county.

Temperatures reaching a high of 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has more details for you.

In the meantime, take a look at these autumnal photos sent in by BBC Weather Watcher "Charlie M B".

Despite the warm weather, this busy squirrel is gathering acorns for the winter....

Squirrel with acorns

Does this bumper crop of berries mean we're in for a hard winter...?

Red berries on a bush

Town midfielders could win first England U19 caps

BBC Radio Suffolk update

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

There's good news following our earlier technical problems.

Not only is our live broadcasting up and running again, but the 01473 212121 number is also working.

Thanks for your patience - we hope that's all our issues fixed for today.

BBC Radio Suffolk sign outside building

Ipswich Town youngster part of winning New Zealand side

Suffolk derby the pick of the weekend's FA Cup ties

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There'll definitely be a Suffolk club in Monday's draw for the second qualifying round of this season's FA Cup, with two of our sides meeting tomorrow.

FA Cup
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AFC Sudbury welcome Mildenhall Town to the Wardale Williams Stadium, just five days after they met in the Bostik North Division.

Haverhill Borough are the only other Suffolk side at home, against Kings Langley.

Three others are on the road - Needham Market go to Clapton, Lowestoft Town are at Bedford Town while Leiston head to Aylesbury.

Speedway: Depleted Witches well beaten by the Bears

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A patched-up Ipswich Witches team went down 55-38 at Redcar Bears in the Championship last night.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

The Suffolk side were without three of their regular riders and only Rory Schlein (15 points) and Kyle Newman (paid-12) reached double figures.

"We were beaten by the better side and we need to put that right on Saturday night and I am sure we will," team manager Ritchie Hawkins (pictured) told the club website.

"We didn't score that many points from rider replacement and the guests and that obviously affected our overall score. We cannot criticise anyone for their efforts it was just one of those nights."

The two sides meet again at Foxhall tomorrow.

Pictures: Aircraft displays mark history of Wattisham Flying Station

Suffolk Free Press

Soldiers and families joined together on Thursday to celebrate 135 years of history for Wattisham Flying Station.

Red Arrows flying over Wattisham
Suffolk Free Press

A chilly night marks the start of autumn

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Today marks the start of meteorological autumn... and this was reflected in the overnight temperatures.

Santon Donwham, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, had the coldest night since 15 May, as this tweet from Weatherquest's Dan Holley shows.

How cold was it where you live?

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Technical problems affecting BBC Radio Suffolk output

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Technical problems are affecting output from BBC Radio Suffolk at the moment, and we're not sure how long this disruption will last.

The phone system is also affected, so callers to the regular 01473 212121 number won't be able to get through.

We'll keep you posted with any developments.

BBC Radio Suffolk HQ

Two arrested following police pursuit

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm and a number of other offences after a police chase on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Martlesham Police Investigation Centre
Suffolk Police

Police tried to stop a blue Ford Focus on Bell Lane in Kesgrave shortly before 14:00 yesterday.

It failed to stop and then collided with a police motorcycle before driving off.

A short pursuit followed, before the vehicle was stopped on Purdis Farm Lane in Bucklesham.

The Focus was also involved in a minor collision with another car, but it's not thought anyone was injured.

An 18-year-old man, of no fixed abode, and a 17-year-old boy from the Saxmundham area were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent, possession of a knife or bladed article, intent to supply drugs, money laundering and various motoring offences.

They have been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Unit, where they'll be questioned by detectives.

Everton defender pleased to agree Ipswich loan

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

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The 19-year-old, who can play full-back or centre-half, will be in the Blues squad for next Saturday's Championship game at QPR.

Ipswich Town sign Everton defender on loan

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There was just one new arrival at Ipswich Town on transfer deadline day...

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It's the 19-year-old's third loan spell, after spending time with Barnsley and Wigan over the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, Town's move for Brighton centre-half Connor Goldson fell through as the Seagulls were unable to bring in cover.

Weather: A mostly dry and bright day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cool start to the day, with early morning mist patches soon clearing.

Sunny spells, with the risk of showers in eastern areas.

Feeling pleasantly warm, with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England

Good morning Suffolk

Hello and thanks for joining us for Friday's Suffolk Live.

We'll have the latest news updates for you throughout the day, so stay with us to find out what's happening across the county.

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

After a misty September dawn, how will the rest of the day shape up? Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly.

Mist over meadows, with trees
Callum Connolly

Championship side Ipswich sign England Under-20 defender Callum Connolly on a season-long loan deal from Everton.

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Our live coverage through the day

Thanks for following our coverage. Our regular news updates will return at 08:00 tomorrow morning, but scroll down to catch up on anything you may have missed.

See you again after 40 winks.

Overnight weather: Chilly with showers, clearing by midnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a bright end to the day for many areas.

Heavy, slow-moving showers will affect some parts of the region, although these will clear by midnight.

It will be chilly tonight, with lows of 7C (45F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start cold, but bright.

Showers will develop later - some heavy and thundery.

Top temperature: 22C (72F).

Get the full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Police operation to tackle online child sexual abuse helps dozens of youngsters

A police investigation to combat online child exploitation in Norfolk and Suffolk has safeguarded more than 60 children since it was launched in 2014.

Operation Bane has seen the team work closely with the National Crime Agency and use specialist techniques to detect, identify and risk-assess offenders.

More than 200 arrests have been made locally since its launch, leading to a number of convictions.

Police computer

These include a man is his 30s, who was jailed in July 2015 for the rape of a girl. He was arrested following information that indecent images of children were being downloaded at his Suffolk address.

A man in his 40s, from Norfolk, was also jailed for 18 years in September 2016 after being found guilty of raping, sexually assaulting and taking indecent images of a young girl.

The operation is being conducted in partnership with child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

Tour of Britain: Mark Cavendish returns from injury

Mark Cavendish will return to action in the Tour of Britain for the first time since fracturing his scapula in a high-speed crash at the Tour de France in July.

He's to lead Team Dimension data at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which begins on Sunday in Edinburgh.

Mark Cavendish suffers injury at the Tour de France
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Mark Cavendish gets injured at the Tour de France

Stage 5 of the race comes to Essex on Thursday, 7 September, with Tendring hosting an 16km (10 mile) individual time trial with riders racing against the clock. The route starts and finishes in Clacton-on-Sea.

Route of Clacton time trial
Google/Tour of Britain

Stage 6 of the race will take place (almost) entirely within Suffolk on Friday, 8 September.

The 183km (113 mile) stage will head east from Newmarket to finish in Aldeburgh, via a brief excursion through Fordham in Cambridgeshire, and then onto Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham, Ipswich, Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Leiston.

Route of Suffolk Stage 6 race
Google/Tour of Britain

Time Heals as Jason Donovan re-schedules tour dates

Problems with his speaking voice has led to Jason Donovan postponing his Midlife Crisis tour until next year.

The Neighbours-turned-pop legend says it's not a decision he's taken lightly, adding that he's only cancelled a handful of dates out of hundreds of shows.

Jason Donovan

Posting on Twitter, he explains that it's difficult to embark on a 35-date tour when his speaking voice is strained.

"I want to be on top form... so that you as an audience can share these memories without a sense I'm compromising my performance, therefore my personality".

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But before there are Too Many Broken Hearts, your tickets will be valid for the revised dates:

  • Corn Exchange, King's Lynn - 24 February
  • Palace Theatre, Southend - 15 March
  • The Apex, Bury St Edmunds - 26 March
  • Marina Theatre, Lowestoft - 16 April
  • Playhouse, Harlow - 18 April

Acid attack victim 'would like higher sentences' for perpetrators

New guidance has been issued by NHS England on what to do to help acid attack victims.

The new "Report, Remove, Rinse" guidelines urge witnesses and victims to report the attack by dialing 999, carefully remove contaminated clothing and rinse skin in running water.

Adele Bellis was scarred for life after acid was thrown on her. She lost an ear, suffered scars to her head, face, neck and head, and was left partially bald in the attack which happened in Lowestoft in 2014.

Adele says her attack was so sudden it was difficult for witnesses to react, as they were in shock themselves.

She would like to see higher sentences for those who carry out such attacks.

Two photos showing Adele Bellils after the attack, and before
Adele Bellis

In September 2015 her former boyfriend, Anthony Riley, and three other men were jailed for the attack at Ipswich Crown Court.

Riley was sentenced to life and told he must serve at least 13 years.

His appeal against the sentence is going through the courts.

Your comments sought on plans for single council

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Today is the last chance for you to have your say on plans for a merger between two councils serving west Suffolk.

Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council want to create a single authority. It would save around £800,000. The two councils already share many services, with one chief executive in charge of both councils.

The two councils say a single authority could better meet the challenges facing communities, such as increased population and demands on housing.

Councillors will discuss the proposals next week.

Watch: Hedgehogs come out fighting

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Bish bash bosh... armed to the teeth with spikes, when push comes to shove these hedgehogs were ready to do battle:

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Latest weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

Make hay while the sun shines, as the old saying goes... it's turning cloudy, with showers, some of which could be heavy with the chance of thunder.

Temperatures reaching a high of 19C (66F).

Hay bales in field

BBC Weather has more.