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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 7 September 2017
  2. Roads closing tonight ahead of Friday's Tour of Britain
  3. Witness appeal to Ipswich stabbing
  4. Detectives given more time to question Royal Anglians arrested on suspicion of terror offences
  5. Fire crews return to recycling plant blaze
  6. Ipswich Town: McCarthy 'not bothered' about deadline day changes

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Queens Park Rangers maintain their winning start at Loftus Road with a deserved victory over Ipswich Town.

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Goodbye from the Tour of Britain Stage 6

The weather was a mixed bag, but the crowds turned out to watch another day's top-class cycling in Suffolk.

Here's BBC Sport's report into today's stage.

Congratulations to stage winner Caleb Ewan, and to the overall leader Lars Boom, who retained the top spot after victory in yesterday's time trial in Clacton.

Tour of Britain at Snape Maltings
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Back again next year? We await the organiser's verdict...

Video: Caleb Ewan celebrates victory in stage 6

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Highlights of today's race are being shown on ITV4 at 20:00 tonight.

Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Weather chart
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Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

More details from BBC Weather:

A day out for school children

Schoolkids were allowed out of the classroom along the 183km route... including those from Kesgrave High School near Ipswich.

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More pictures: Stradbroke, Rendlesham and Snape

Tour of Britain at Stradbroke
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Approaching Stradbroke just before the halfway point
Tour of Britain at Rendlesham
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Rendlesham Primary School pupils wait on the B1069 opposite Bentwaters airbase
Tour of Britain at Snape
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The King of the Mountain stage at Snape Maltings
Tour of Britain at Snape
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Crossing the River Alde at Snape

Lars Boom retains overall lead after Stage Six of Tour

Lars Boom has maintained his lead in the general classification of the Tour of Britain, after Stage Six which has taken place between Newmarket and Aldeburgh.

With two stages remaining, Boom holds a lead of eight seconds over Lotto NL-Jumbo team-mate Victor Campenaerts, with Team Sky's Vasil Kiryienka a second further back in third.

The highest-placed Briton is Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, who is 19 seconds off the lead in ninth place.

Saturday's stage is a 185km (115 mile) ride from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham before the Tour concludes on Sunday with a 180km (111 mile) stage that starts in Worcester and ends in Cardiff.

Rankings after Stage Six
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A proud moment for Caleb Ewan

Caleb Ewan wins by about three bike lengths

BreakingCaleb Ewan wins Suffolk stage of Tour of Britain

Australian Caleb Ewan has won the sixth stage of the Tour of the Britain for Team Orica-Scott.

Council staff turned out in force earlier

People gather in Aldeburgh to share the excitement of the Stage Six finish

James Shaw gets maximum points in King of the Mountain section in Snape

Spectators happy to wait for the cyclists to come into sight

There's less than 25km (16miles) to go to the end of Stage Six of the Tour of Britain and cycling enthusiasts are starting to reserve their places along the final stretch in Aldeburgh High Street:

People waiting for the finish of the race
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Where shall we cyclists meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain?

They've ridden through wind, rain and sunshine since they left Newmarket at 11:00 - but what can the Tour riders look forward to in Aldeburgh?

Here's a clue:

Weather chart
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Our reporter Guy Campbell has arrived in Saxmundham

Suffolk support for cycling is 'wicked'

One of Britain's best-loved cyclists, Mark Cavendish, found time to talk to us just before the Stage Six of the Tour set off from Newmarket this morning.

The 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year said: "It's great to see how much racing has grown."

The Dimension Data rider said in particular, the support in Suffolk is "wicked".

Mark Cavendish
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Kesgrave stages third and final Tour sprint

Rain doesn't appear to be dampening the spirits of those waiting for the final sprint of Stage Six of the Tour of Britain at Kesgrave near Ipswich:

Sprint finish in Kesgrave
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Here's how the sprint finished:

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Kesgrave sprint finish
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Tour of Britain competitors of the future?

Tour riders battling windy conditions as well as rain

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

As well as the damp weather, riders are having to cope with windier conditions than in previous stages.

At Thornham Magna, just before the A140 crossing - the gap for the leaders remained at about 2mins 10 seconds.

Riders approaching Thornham
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BreakingAnother milestone

The lead cyclists have just crossed the A140 - the main road between Norwich and Ipswich.

First sprint completed

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The scene in Ixworth before the sprint:

Ixworth high street
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Crowds on Ixworth High Street
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Crowds await sprint in Ixworth

The riders are due to reach Ixworth just after 12:00 - there's a sprint here:

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The Tour in Bury St Edmunds

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Riders in Bury St Edmunds
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Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds
Riders on Westgate Street
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Who cares if the sun's not shining?

St Edmunds Catholic Primary School children get a break from their normal school day to cheer on the Tour riders as they pass through Bury St Edmunds - they don't seem bothered by the damp conditions:

Primary school children
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Excitement builds in Bury St Edmunds

Children from the Guildhall Feoffment School wait patiently in Westgate Street in Bury St Edmunds for the Tour to arrive.

Children from Guildhall Feoffment school
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The riders have passed through Flempton.

The leading group is about 2'20" ahead of the rest.

Cyclists in Flempton
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A break from lessons for youngsters in Bury St Edmunds

All quiet in Bury St Edmunds ahead of Tour arrival

Final touches made so Aldeburgh is ready to welcome the Tour

Stage Six of the Tour of Britain may be under way, and in Aldeburgh, where the stage finishes just after 15:00, final preparations are being carried out.

Two years ago on the Women's Tour, Lizzie Armitstead crashed into photographers, having crossed the finish line on Aldeburgh seafront at Market Cross Place.

The finish of today's race is on the town's High Street, which is much wider at set back, parallel to the seafront and prom.

Hoarding along the road
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The finish line
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Cherry picker
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BreakingMatthew Holmes out of Stage Six

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Matthew Holmes from Madison Genesis is out of this stage of the Tour.

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Stage Six of the Tour of Britain starts under grey skies

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The crowds aren't deterred though:

Crowds line up in Exning
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BreakingAnd we're off...

The Tour of Britain has begun in Newmarket with a procession until the race starts properly at Cotton End Road in Exning.

A reminder of the team shirts

If you're planning to catch sight of the Tour of Britain as it travels from Newmarket to Aldeburgh, here's a look at the team shirts.

Top row, L-R: An Post Chain Reaction - Bardiani CSF - Bike Channel Canyon - BMC Racing Team -Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling - CCC Sprandi Polkowice - Cylance Pro-Cycling

Row 2: Great Britain - JLT Condor - Lotto Soudal - Madison Genesis - Movistar Team - ONE Pro Cycling - Orica Scott

Row 3: Quick-Step Floors - Team Dimension Data - Team Katusha Alpecin - Team Lotto NL Jumbo - Team Sky - Wanty Groupe Gobert

Team shirts
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Rain begins as cyclists get set to leave Newmarket for official start

Umbrellas go up as the rain comes down in Newmarket for the start of Stage 6:

Rainy windscreen
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The stage results so far

Here's a look at the winners of the first five stages of the Tour:

Overall standings:

  • Lars Boom - Lotto NL Jumbo - 19mins 2secs
  • Victor Campanaerts/Belgium - Lotto NL Jumbo - + 8secs
  • Vasil Kiryienka/Belgium - Team Sky - + 9secs
  • Stefan Kung/Switzerland - BMC Racing Team - + 10secs
  • Jos van Emden/Holland - Lotto NL Jumbo - +13secs

Lars Boom
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