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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 September 2017
  2. Sex attack care home 'subject to further checks'
  3. Ed Sheeran misses out on Mercury Prize
  4. Woman on a mission to save hedgehogs
  5. New funding formula to benefit rural schools, says MP

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By Caroline Kingdon

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Ipswich extend bottom club Bolton's winless Championship run to eight games with victory at Portman Road.

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That's all from Local Live

Our news updates have now come to an end for the day and for the week, and it's time for us to head off home.

Many thanks for your company - we hope you've enjoyed reading the stories we've brought you.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

The weekend weather outlook

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Any rain should clear tonight, with showers becoming confined to the Norfolk coast.

It'll be mostly dry by morning with clear spells and a few fog patches.

With temperatures falling as low as 4C (39F) there could be a touch of grass frost in rural areas.

Weather graphic for 06:00 Saturday

Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, which could turn heavy with hail and thunder.

Top temperature of 15C (59F).

Sunday will start cold, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Any mist and fog patches will clear to leave mainly dry conditions with sunny spells.

There's a small chance of an isolated shower, which could be heavy and thundery.

BBC Weather has more.

Gold tremissis, Merovingian

PC David Cockle, who sold 10 gold coins for £15,000, is given six months to repay the money in full.

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McCarthy: Blues losing streak is 'no wobble'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy accepts he needs something of a reaction from his players tomorrow as they prepare to face Bolton at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy

After beginning the season with five straight wins in all competitions, the Blues have now lost three in a row, including successive league games.

"It's not a wobble," McCarthy said at today's pre-match press conference. "We would have all taken 12 points from the opening six league games.

"Fulham were outstanding and better than us, and there was nothing in the QPR match up until the decision before half time."

"If we win on Saturday - and let's hope we do, because I think the fans need to see that along with a good performance - it will still be a good start."

McCarthy may keep Blues loanee waiting

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

He scored a wonder goal for Ipswich Town last week, but Blues boss Mick McCarthy has been telling us today that Bersant Celina is far from being guaranteed a starting berth for tomorrow's match with Bolton.

Bersant Celina

Denying the Manchester City loanee a full Championship debut would not be the most popular decision with many Town fans, but the manager says the 21-year-old would only have himself to blame.

"I expected him to play 90 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday, but he didn't train until Thursday," McCarthy revealed at this afternoon's pre-match press conference. "He had a dead leg."

"Coming on on Satuday and doing what he did enhances his chances, but being injured all week hinders them."

You will be able to hear if Bersant Celina does make his full Championship debut for Ipswich Town during Matchday on BBC Radio Suffolk - 103.9, 104.6, 95.5 and 95.9FM - from 14:00 tomorrow.

Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

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A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, at J41 Newmarket Road.

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Music of my youth

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We should all have memories of the music we listened to as a child.

Sadly mine is playing Wham! to annoy my sister (she liked Duran Duran) and disappearing to my room on a Sunday afternoon to listen to the charts.

So memories, hopefully better than these, are being sought for a new National Lottery project.

Funding of more than £60,000 has been awarded to the charity Babylon Arts to save Baby Boomers' memories of the music they listened to as teenagers in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

It will focus on March, Wisbech, Mildenhall and Brandon for their project "Talkin' bout my generation: Musical memories of the Fens and Brecks Baby Boomers".

It will lead to a documentary being created and a touring exhibition.

Babylon ARTS group dressed up from different decades
Babylon ARTS

Meanwhile, £10,000 has been given to the Littleport Field Theatre Group to tell the story of Littleport through the memories of its residents.

Rugby union: Bury hoping to build on Broadstreet success

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds have a good chance of securing consecutive victories in National League Two South tomorrow.

The Haberden, Bury St Edmunds

The Wolfpack, who got off the mark with a 20-16 win at Broadstreet last weekend, host bottom side Old Redcliffians.

The Bristol-based club has found the going tough after last season's promotion, with two defeats from their two games so far and a points difference of minus 86.

Bomb disposal experts deal with hand grenade at Ipswich Port

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a corroded hand grenade dredged up at the Port of Ipswich.

As the Ipswich Star has reported, police were called at about 09:00 to the West Bank Terminal off Wherstead Road, where the grenade had been dredged up.

Bomb disposal experts from Colchester Garrison carried out a controlled explosion just before 11:00.

Materials being gathered to rebuild hurricane-hit homes

A woman from Elmswell, who has family in Barbuda, is gathering wood and tools to send to the Caribbean island after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Alice Bolton's cousins Asha and Afiya, who went to school in Thurston, were found safe and unharmed on the island. They're now living on neighbouring Antigua.

Alice is filling two containers with materials, tools, ladders, wheelbarrows and buckets to send to Barbuda to help people rebuild their homes.

Alice Bolton with some of the donated tools

She's sourced sheet wood from a workshop in York, several hundred sheets of plywood and lengths of constructional timber, as well as receiving donations from people of old hand tools, saws and tool boxes.

An open container, with sheets of plywood

It's really important to get it over there to help people start fixing things. I don't know if it will help rebuild people's houses to hurricane standards, but I think it will definitely help people start repairing roofs of buildings that have been lost."

Alice Bolton

Lowestoft boss targeting extended FA Cup run

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Four Suffolk clubs are in action in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon.

FA Cup
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Leiston host Crowborough Athletic, Needham Market face Chesham, AFC Sudbury play Chipstead while Lowestoft Town take on Harlow.

"A long run in the FA Cup would be a fantastic boost to us financially," said Lowestoft boss Ady Gallagher.

"Everyone's aim is to pick up a league club in the first round, because it would be a great day and creates a bit of history for your club."

The latest weather forecast

It will be a cloudy afternoon with heavy showers, with the chance of hail and thunder.

Feeling chilly, with a top temperature of 15C (59F).

Check out these latest autumn snaps by our Weather Watchers...

Birds lined up on telegraph wires
Red berries on a bush, and other trees
A tree in sunlight by water

'Rural schools to benefit from new funding formula', says MP

As we reported yesterday, the government has announced extra funding for schools.

Suffolk is one of the areas to get the most benefit from a change in the way money is given, and will see an increase of 4.5% in funding.

Some areas are only getting around 1%.

Dan Poulter, the Central Suffolk MP, is one of those who's been campaigning for a change in the funding formula and says he's pleased there's been progress.

Dan Poulter MP

Historically the old funding formula was a disadvantage to schools in predominantly rural counties and now we're going to have a new formula put in place, so every school is going to see an increase in the amount of money it gets to spend on its pupils, and in particular schools in rural areas are going to benefit."

Dan Poulter MP(Con) Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Meet the Ipswich hedgehog officer trying to safeguard the prickly creature's future
Ipswich's hedgehog officer has been in the role, which attracted global interest, for a year.

Ed Sheeran misses out on Mercury Prize

Our commiserations to Ed Sheeran - he was beaten to the Mercury Prize by singer-songwriter Sampha.

Ed, from Framlingham, was nominated for his record-breaking third album Divide.

It was his first appearance on the shortlist and comes in a record-breaking year for the 26-year-old, which has seen him dominate the UK charts and headline Glastonbury.

Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury

Soul singer Sampha dedicated the £25,000 prize to his parents, saying the album - Process - was hugely emotional for him, and composed as his mother began to lose her battle with cancer.

Sampha on stage, winning the Mercury Prize

Writing helped me through my day-to-day life... I was going through some hard times of looking after my mother and music was like a cathartic thing to me, not let the world get on top of me, it was an important thing."


Sex attack care home 'subject to further checks'

The chair of Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board says an east Suffolk care home where an elderly woman was raped by a care worker will now be subject to further checks.

Yesterday, 29-year-old Ipswich man Radu Mut was jailed for the sex attack on a woman in her 70s.

Sue Hadley said she'd spoken to the local authority, which assured her it was following up the incident with the home.

They're working with the managers of the care home to help them review their processes and procedures and to give them all possible advice and support, to make sure that their recruitment practises and their supervisory practises are as good as they can be."

Sue HadleyChair, Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board

Cornard wheelchair user appalled at police response to vandalism incident

Suffolk Free Press

The Suffolk Free Press has the story of a Great Cornard wheelchair user whose car was vandalised - Kevin O'Connell is "deeply disappointed" by the police response.

Wheelchair user Kevin O'Connell
Suffolk Free Press

Man robbed and punched in Metfield

Diss Express

The Diss Express today: A motorist was punched and struck with an object by two suspects before being robbed in Metfield.

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

Man who fled court after indecent images conviction is jailed

A former lecturer who fled court after being convicted of having indecent images of children has been jailed for more than three years.

Julian Myerscough
Suffolk Police

Julian Myerscough, 55, originally from Bolton, was found guilty of 16 counts in 2015 but absconded from Ipswich Crown Court during a break.

The former University of East Anglia law lecturer was arrested a few days later but recently won an appeal against extradition while in Ireland.

Chelmsford Crown Court sentenced him in his absence.

Speedway: Witches slip to second after Tigers defeat

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches rounded off their regular Championship season with a 52-38 loss at Sheffield Tigers last night.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

Two riders - Rory Schlein and guest Mark Riss - were paid for nine points.

The Witches start their play-off campaign at home next Thursday, against yet to be confirmed opposition.

“We have set up well for the play-offs and that is what you base the season on and we have done amazingly well to be honest," boss Ritchie Hawkins (pictured) told the club website.

"To deal with our injury problems the way we have and to be in the position we are in is amazing. We probably still go into the play-offs as underdogs due to our injury problems though.”

Ipswich Town: Connolly backs Celina to shine

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Callum Connolly (pictured) believes fellow loan player Bersant Celina could be a potential match winner if he makes his full league debut against Bolton tomorrow.

Callum Connolly

Manchester City winger Celina, 21, scored a superb goal after coming on as a substitute at QPR last weekend.

"He's a real handful," Connolly told BBC Suffolk Sport. "I've played against him before for the under-23s and his feet are very sharp.

"As you saw on Saturday he's got that individuality in his game and he can pop up any minute and score."

The latest forecast: Sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A bright and sunny start to the day, with showers developing through the late morning.

It's likely that some of these showers could be heavy at times.

Feeling chillier than yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 14C (57F).

The showers will fade overnight, leaving clear skies and a touch of ground frost.

You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

Weather graphic showing heavy showers mid-afternoon over parts of the east of England

Good morning Suffolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to a new day on Suffolk Live.

Throughout the day we'll keep you up-to-date with all that's happening around the county.

If there's anything you wish to share with us, click on the "Get involved" button to get in touch.

It's a bright and chilly dawn, but how about the rest of the day? The weather forecast follows shortly.


Ed's here!! Ed's here!!....

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By here, we mean via a video screen.

Sorry. He's in Miami...

"We've been very lucky to have eleven of tonight's nominees here," said Lauren gamely.

"He was called a 'master of the modern pop song' by the judging panel.

"His album Divide sold 1m copies per week on its first six weeks and topped the UK chart for 16 weeks."

Over to a recorded message by Ed, who said: "It was one of things where it was always a goal of mine, to play Shepherds Bush Empire and get a Mercury nomination.

"It didn't happen on the first or second albums and I didn't expect it to happen on the third.

"Congrats to whoever the winner is."

Cut to a clip of Ed playing Shape of You on Jools Holland above.

Anyone seen Ed?

Ed Sheeran
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Doubt it - he's not coming.

Sorry to be the bearers off bad news.

Normally all 12 nominated acts would perform but tonight you'll have to settle for 11 as Edward's in the middle of his US tour.

Here he is below showing everyone how to use a loop pedal while performing his love letter to Ireland; Galway Girl, from his nominated album Divide, on Jools Holland.

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The album practically broke the charts and spent a whopping 17 weeks at number one. It's slipped down to a lowly #2 at present.

This year's Sunday Glasto headliner is probably the man least in need of a win tonight and the bookies have him down as the rank outsider.

An already commercially successful act rarely wins this award but stranger things have happened.

Julian Myerscough

Attempts to bring former law lecturer Julian Myerscough back to the UK have been unsuccessful.

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Have a good night, and thanks for joining us today.

BreakingIpswich Star journalist is Pointless

The local newspaper reporter Paul Geater has triumphed on the BBC quiz Pointless.

Paul Geater, who writes for the Ipswich Star, can be seen on the BBC iPlayer, but give it a moment or two to appear, as it's only just finished:

Weather: Sun and showers ahead

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy with scattered showers across the BBC East region this evening, with the rumble of thunder possible across Norfolk.

Showers dying away after midnight for most, with clear spells later as the temperature dips to 6C (43F), although places like Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex could be lower.

Friday will see a mainly dry start, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain, and then a mixture of sunshine and scattered heavy showers later.

The temperature will peak at about 14C (57F).

BBC Look East weather map

More money for Suffolk's schools

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The government has announced extra funding for schools in Suffolk.

The figures have only just been released, but it looks as if ministers will be giving an extra £20m to schools in the county over the next two years - an increase of 4.5%

The announcement came as part of a new funding formula which sees an increase in the amount paid per pupil and an additional grant for rural schools.

The extra money follows an intensive campaign by teaching unions which saw many schools taking the unprecedented step of writing to parents to ask them to raise the issue with their MP.

The issue also featured heavily in the general election.

Generic shot of pupil, seated at desk, writing in exercise book

MPs from Suffolk have been particularly active in the debate and were meeting the education minister only yesterday.

They've always believed that, as a rural county, Suffolk lost out to urban areas under the old funding formula.

Schools have cut bus services, reduced courses and shed teaching support staff because of the growing pressure on their finances.

This extra money will help, but critics say that it barely covers the cost of inflation and they will fear that schools will continue to struggle.

Town players switch football kit for lifeboat gear

Wildlife Trust appeal reaches halfway point two weeks after its launch

An appeal by Suffolk Wildlife Trust to raise £200,000 towards the cost of buying new land to extend an existing nature reserve has reached the halfway point in two weeks.

The Trust wants to expand the Lackford Lakes reserve, near Bury St Edmunds, to help safeguard an area where the rare stone curlew has been found.

Illustration showing the area of new land and the nature reserve
Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The wetland edge of the new land, alongside the River Lark, also provides an important habitat for nightingales.

The 77 acres of land, neighbouring Lackford village, adjoins similar fields which were purchased by the Trust in 2005.

Linking them together will create a significantly bigger area for specialist species in The Brecks to flourish.

Simon, Emily and Nicole Dobbin

The investigation follows the jailing of 12 men connected with an attack on the woman's husband.

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Severe accident: A154 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A154 Suffolk both ways severe accident, at Micklegate Road.

A154 Suffolk - A154 Langer Road in Felixstowe closed in both directions at the Micklegate Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Dalius Matulaitis

A father was killed and his seven-year-old daughter seriously injured when the lorry left the road.

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Versatility key for Connolly at Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ahead of a potential home debut for Ipswich Town this weekend, Callum Connolly says he has no preference as to what position he plays in.

Callum Connolly

The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Everton, has been backed by former Blues manager Joe Royle to feature anywhere across the defence and in midfield.

While Connolly's versatility could be an asset, the teenager also feels that spending a full campaign at Portman Road will aid his development.

"Getting in somewhere at the start of a season is a lot better than just joining for a month or a few months from January," he told us.

"At the minute I am happy to play anywhere and I wouldn't say I have got a best position, I just feel I can put a good shift in wherever I play.

"That's one of my biggest assets I feel."

Care worker Radu Mut

The 29-year-old male care assistant attacked a woman in her 70s while helping her to shower.

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