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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 October 2017
  2. Man charged after teenager stabbed
  3. Call for better links between old and new parts of town centre
  4. Two arrests following town centre fight
  5. Breeding success for rare seabirds against the odds
  6. The Darkness perform morning gig on commuter boat

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Clear spells tonight, cloudy and breezy tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a fine end to today with sunny spells.

There will be some clear spells overnight, but generally it will remain rather cloudy with the chance of rain by the end of the night. Lows of 7C (45F).

Weather map

Saturday will be cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain - some heavy - but it will become brighter later. Highs of 16C (43F).

Get more where you live at BBC Weather.

Superb Suffolk scenes

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been busy.

Here's a couple of their photos on this sunny Friday...

Cows grazing at Mendham
Still waters in the estuary at Felixstowe

Ugandan man's high praise for charity – and his hope to thank Wortham community in person

Diss Express

A Ugandan man, who has been helped by a charity formed by a former Wortham Primary School pupil, has thanked the community for their support – and says he hopes to meet them in person one day.

Emma Poppenborg and Wagobera Christopher
Diss Express

Man charged after teenager stabbed

A 26-year-old man from Plymouth has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a teenage girl was stabbed in Bardwell, near Bury St Edmunds.

The attack happened yesterday between 07:30 and 08:30 at a house on School Lane.

The victim, who's 16, alleged that a man, who'd also been present at the address, attempted to steal her handbag.

An altercation occurred and she was stabbed in the shoulder and arm, police said.

The man ran out into the street with the handbag.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen a man run out of a house.

Rugby union: A tricky month for Bury

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds kick-off a run of fixtures tomorrow that will test how far they've come under new coach Ollie Smith.

Ollie Smith

After winning their last four games in National League Two South, the Wolfpack are at sixth-placed Redruth.

They also have to face second-placed Taunton and Canterbury, who are fourth, this month.

"Redruth are always going to be tough at home," Smith told me. "They've been around this division for many years now.

"They're a typical Cornish side who'll be up for a battle, probably very forward orientated, with a few stars in the backs, which seems to be a recipe that works in that part of the country.

"I think in two games' time we're going to have a good idea of where this group is at. It'll show up more than these first five games have shown."

A big weekend for Mildenhall Speedway

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers head to Plymouth Devils tonight for the first leg of the National Trophy Final.

Kevin Jolly
Jeff Higgott

The West Row side has drafted in Matt Bates as a guest, in place of the injured Connor Mountain.

"Realistically if we come away 10 points down we'll be ok," chairman Kevin Jolly told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"I think we'll be better than them around our place, we'll be stronger than them on Sunday (in the second leg)."

Ipswich Town duo on international duty

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town have two players involved in World Cup qualifiers tonight.

Roy Keane and David McGoldrick
Getty Images

David McGoldrick (pictured with ex-Blues boss Roy Keane) is with the Republic of Ireland squad preparing to face Moldova in Dublin.

Elsewhere, on-loan winger Bersant Celina could play for Kosovo at home to Ukraine.

Bostik League: Leiston target first place

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston have the chance to take the outright lead in the Bostik Premier Division tomorrow.

Bostik League logo
Bostik League

Glenn Driver's men are currently third on goal difference alone, but with the two sides above them meeting, a win over Staines Town at Victory Road could take them top.

Lowestoft Town are away to Burgess Hill Town, Needham Market travel to Dulwich Hamlet while, in the North Division, Mildenhall Town are at Hertford Town.

Two of our clubs are in FA Trophy preliminary round action: AFC Sudbury host Aylesbury United while Bury Town head to Ramsgate.

Call for better links between old and new parts of town centre

The town centre management group in Bury St Edmunds has called for the separation between the Arc Shopping Centre and the historic part of the town to be addressed.

Palmers Bury St Edmunds

The forthcoming closure of Palmers department store, on the corner of Abbeygate Street and the Buttermarket, is being partly blamed on being away from the Arc.

Mark Cordell, from Our Bury St Edmunds, said a linking area needs looking at again.

"Most people will be aware that was supposed to be part of the Arc development back in 2009. It never happened and it still hasn't been fully resolved," he said.

"We still get occasional visitors new to the town that visit one part of the town and aren't aware of the other, and vice versa."

What do you think? How would you like to see the two parts of the town linked? We'd love to hear your thoughts - contact us via the "Get involved" link at the top of the page.

Further arrest after three men stabbed

We now know that two men in total have been arrested after a fight in Ipswich last night, which resulted in three people being taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Cecilia Street

Police were called just after 03:10 to reports that two men were involved in a fight in Cardinal Park with a group of other people surrounding them.

During the incident, other people became involved, resulting in three men sustaining stab wounds. They were taken to hospital - one having suffered a potential punctured lung - but none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

A 21-year-old man from the Colchester area has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, and a 19-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

It's believed some of the parties involved were known to each other.

Cecilia Street is currently closed and use of Wolsey Street (from Franciscan Way) is access only for buses and taxis to Cardinal Park.

Breeding success for rare seabirds against the odds

Little terns, one of the UK’s rarest seabirds, have had a successful breeding season along the Suffolk coast with 21 chicks fledgling.

Finding safe beaches to nest and feed their young free from predators and human disturbance is an annual challenge.

This year in the county, little terns faced further challenges after 10 little tern eggs were illegally taken from nests at a colony in Kessingland.

Little terns on beach
Kevin Simmonds

Phil Pearson, RSPB senior conservation officer, says the charity is "delighted" the birds have increased in numbers in Suffolk this year.

However, he says it is "crucial" that safe breeding sites are maintained into the future, and that threats such as high tides, predators and human disturbances are minimised.

'I've had more fun at a funeral' - Butcher on England

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Ipswich Town and England defender Terry Butcher has given a withering assessment of the national side's 1-0 win over Slovenia last night.

Terry Butcher
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Harry Kane's 94th minute goal was enough to secure Gareth Southgate's side a place at next summer's World Cup in Russia.

But Butcher told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I've had more fun at a funeral - it was like watching paint dry."

"England players are bumped up by the press, everybody thinks they're brilliant because they play in the Premier League and earn millions of pounds, but they're not very good.

"Other countries when they draw England aren't going to fear them. England have no chance [of winning the World Cup], the best they can do, and I hate to say this, is to get out of the group."

The Darkness perform morning gig on commuter boat

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Well, Liam G had an early start today on Radio 2 but he wasn't the only rock star with a morning performance booked in...

Imagine the scenes. It's 08:30 and you're half asleep, running late for work and attempting to avoid the rush hour traffic madness by heading into the office on the more serene commuter boat.

Then who should rock up on your boat, with their guitars turned up to 11? Why, The Darkness!

They've marked the release of their new album Pinewood Smile by performing a breakfast time gig on a Thames Clipper boat in London.

The album contains a diss track to Southern Trains, so this is obviously their preferred mode of transport.

The song in question contains the lyric: "It’s a journey into pure despair..."

Equally this performance below would've been heaven or hell for these unwitting commuters - depending on their tolerance for early morning rock.

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Three stabbed in Ipswich fight

A man has been arrested after three people suffered stab wounds in a large fight outside an Ipswich nightclub.

Ipswich stabbing
Ipswich stabbing

Police were called to the area between the Unit 17 nightclub and Cineworld on Cardinal Park at just after 03:00, where a large group of people were fighting.

Those stabbed were taken to Ipswich Hospital, but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

An area of Cecilia Street - opposite the club and to the side of the cinema - is cordoned off for the police investigation.

Today's weather: A chilly, sunny start

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a rather chilly start, but there will be lots of blue sky and sunshine around today and the winds will be lighter than yesterday.

It is due to stay dry, so should also feel very pleasant in the sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Women celebrate Pride in London

Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

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Greater Anglia train

The RMT says passengers were put at risk when the doors of a train opened on the wrong side during a day of strike action.

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Weather: A colder night...

A fine sunny end to the day across the BBC East region, but isolated showers are possible, particularly in north east Norfolk.

It'll be clear overnight with the risk of a touch of ground frost in sheltered spots as it dips to 5C (41F).

Friday will have a cold start followed by sunny spells and the risk of showers feeding in across eastern parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

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

BBC East weather map

Town centre fashion store to close

The closure of a Bury St Edmunds department store is not a cause for concern, according to the man who helps run the town centre.

The owners of Palmers Fashion Store on Buttermarket, say high business rates is one of the reasons the shop will close early next year.

But Mark Cordell says Bury is a thriving town, with very low vacancy rates.

Palmers store in Bury St Edmunds

It's disappointing, and it'll be empty for a while because I'm sure there'll be some refurbishment, but it's in such a prime location that I don't think we'll have any difficulty filling it."

Mark CordellBury St Edmunds Business Improvement District
Felixstowe Pier's official opening after £4m redevelopment
A pier, which dates from 1905, reopens after a £4m face-lift.

Be prepared for flooding

With strong winds forecast, and tides expected to be higher than usual, the Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Felixstowe and Bawdsey Quay.

High water is due at 01:00 at Harwich, and could cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas.

The areas most at risk are Bawdsey Quay and in front of the flood defences at Felixstowe Ferry.

Environment Agency map showing areas at risk of flooding
Environment Agency

Flood alerts have been issued for other parts of the coast between Lowestoft and Bawdsey.

The Tidal Deben Estuary is also at risk of minor flooding in low lying coastal areas, and a flood alert is in force from Felixstowe to Clacton, including the Orwell and Stour Estuaries.

High waters at Great Yarmouth, which will restrict the normal drainage out to sea from the Broads has put the tidal River Waveney, from Ellingham to Breydon Water at risk of flooding.

Action to help eradicate anti-social behaviour on The Broads

New initiatives have been agreed to help tackle bad behaviour on the Broads.

Representatives from the Broads Authority, Broads Beat, commercial and private boat hirers, along with the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association have agreed on a number of measures to stamp out anti-social behaviour such as speeding and excessive drinking.

Broads cruisers

Nicky Talbot, chair of the Broads Authority Navigation Committee says the group also intends to make people aware that if they cause a serious nuisance or danger to themselves or others, action will be taken to remove those people from their boats and prosecute them.

Broads cruisers at Wroxham

The group committed to a number of actions, including:

  • Investigating increased Ranger and Broads Beat presence in the evenings
  • Work to encourage limiting the maximum speed of hired day-boats
  • Increase communication to share intelligence about groups which are causing problems
  • Investigate the purchase of mobile speed signs to build on trials which took place this summer
A Ranger holds a "stop" sign

Rugby union: Bury's Corcoran wins award

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After scoring four tries against Wimbledon at the weekend, Bury St Edmunds inside-centre Dwayne Corcoran's been named Player of the Week in National League Two South.

Dwayne Corcoran
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

"He's playing really well," said the Wolfpack's head coach Ollie Smith.

"He knows the way to the try line and that's a great asset to have.

"Dwayne's offering a lot in attack and doing really well in defence.

"To have a guy that can play 13 and wing is a huge asset and if we get him the ball at the moment he looks dangerous and we want that to continue."

Bury are back in action at Redruth on Saturday.

Greater Anglia investigation into 'breach of safety'

Greater Anglia is investigating what the RMT Union is calling a serious breach of safety during a 24-hour strike on Tuesday.

It happened at Ipswich station, where the union says two passengers got off a train on the wrong side because stand-in guards opened the wrong doors.

Ipswich rail station

The rail company says all staff manning trains that day had the proper training.

RMT members are in dispute about the future provision of guards on trains.

A second 24-hour walkout is under way today, following Tuesday's action.

Greater Anglia says it will safely provide a full service on its network, which covers Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Rail: Further work to repair overheard power lines

Greater Anglia says Network Rail engineers have temporarily fixed the fault with overheard wires between Colchester and Manningtree.

The line towards Ipswich has now re-opened, but disruption is expected until 14:00.

Further work will take place later today.

Rail services are also being delayed due to a fault with the barriers at the level crossing at Manningtree.

Youngster accosted in Ipswich park

Police are appealing for information after a two-year-old girl was accosted in Ipswich.

The youngster was approached by a man in Holywells Park, at some time between 12:30 and 12:45 on Tuesday.

The suspect started to walk off with her before being challenged by the child's mother. The girl was unharmed.

The offender is said to be white, in his early to mid 30s, with brown curly hair and had a foreign accent.

He was wearing a beanie hat, faded jeans, dark coloured hoody and carried a black rucksack.

Anyone witnesses, or anyone who has information, is asked to contact police on 101.

Arrest following firearms incident

A 21-year-old man has been arrested following a firearms incident in Ipswich earlier this week.

He was arrested by officers, including armed police and dog units, at an address in Fore Street this morning, which we reported earlier.

It was in connection with an incident in Grove Lane (off Alexandra Park) on Tuesday. Shortly before 17:00, five men entered a property, two with guns, and threatened the three occupants.

Any witnesses, or who may have information about the incident, are asked to contact Suffolk police.

Disruption to main line rail services

A problem with overheard wires between Colchester and Manningtree is causing disruption to rail services.

Greater Anglia says trains are unable to run from Colchester towards Manningtree and Norwich.

Network Rail engineers are on site and working to rectify the problem.

It comes on a day when guards who are members of the RMT union are mounting a second day of strike action across the Greater Anglia network.

Corrie Mckeague: Inquiries continue into airman's disappearance

Police investigating the disappearance of Corrie McKeague say they have identified a man they were seeking in connection with their investigation.

The individual, who was wearing a red jacket, had been seen walking away from the Flex nightclub in Bury St Edmunds at around 01:25 on 24 September 2016.

Mr Mckeague has not been seen following a night out in Bury St Edmunds on that date.

The man has come forward to police, but was not able to assist with their investigation into the disappearance of the missing airman, who was based at RAF Honington.

Corrie Mckeague
Family photo

Earlier this week, police said they are to resume a search of a landfill site in Milton, near Cambridge, which had been called off in July.

Firefighters tackle house blaze

Fire crews from across the county were called to a house blaze near Hadleigh last night.

Around 50 firefighters, and 14 appliances, spent five hours at the scene, in Frogs Hall Road, Lindsey Tye.

It broke out shortly before midnight, in a large detached property, which was empty at the time.

Station commander Caroline Crabb says the property was heavily smoke-logged when the first crews arrived and it became apparent the fire had started on the first floor and moved up through the second, into the roof voids.

"We got the fire under control relatively quickly but we had to spend some time to make sure we had it all out," she says.

One appliance remains at the site, damping down.

An investigation is to be held into the cause of the blaze.

Armed police in Ipswich

Armed police have been in Fore Street in Ipswich this morning.

A planned operation to make an arrest in the area started in the early hours of this morning.

We understand at least one person has been arrested and will bring you more details when we get them.

Armed police and police vehicles in Ipswich

Today's weather: A windy start

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a very windy start to the day across the BBC East region, with blustery conditions through the early morning rush hour, but the winds will ease as we go through the day.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for the northern half of the region.

There is some early rain around as well which will clear south eastwards and brighter conditions will develop with some sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Rail strike: Greater Anglia plans to run a full service

Greater Anglia says a full service will be operating today, despite a walkout by RMT members.

It's the second day of action by the union in a dispute over the future of guards.

The union says it wants guarantees that there will be no further extension of having trains without on-board guards.

Greater Anglia says it is promising guards will remain in place until the end of its current contract to operate the franchise in 2025, and that safety has not been compromised on its existing driver-only trains.

RMT banner

On Tuesday, members staged a 24-hour walkout which we covered with a BBC live updates page, when only a handful of services were cancelled or affected across Greater Anglia's services in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Vicky Ford, the Conservative MP for Chelmsford, has condemned the action:

Vicky Ford MP

It's having very little impact because Greater Anglia has trained up another 160 people to be conductors, and very few of our trains have these conductors on them anyway. It's a completely unnecessary strike becauses our trains are safe when the drivers shut the doors."

Vicky Ford MP(Con) Chelmsford

Greater Anglia is one of four train companies in England affected by a second day of walkouts today.

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Sonic boom heard in Suffok as RAF Typhoon jets scrambled
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Iconic Suffolk landmark to get a facelift

Mark Murphy

BBC Radio Suffolk

A 143ft (43.6m) mast at a derelict former naval training base in Suffolk is set to get a facelift.

The ship's mast, which is fixed in the ground at the HMS Ganges site in Shotley Gate, used to be climbed by recruits, and also by the BBC presenter John Noakes on Blue Peter in the 1960s.

A planning application has been made to Babergh District Council to take down the Grade II listed mast, repair it and then put it back up again.

Derek Davis from Babergh District Council, and the chairman of the HMS Ganges Museum, says it's "fantastic news" for the "iconic landmark", but it "won't happen overnight".

HMS Ganges
Oliver Dixon/HMS Ganges

He says the mast will be dismantled, repaired and "new rigging will be sourced but they will try to keep as much of the original material as possible".

He thinks the whole redevelopment of the site, to include several hundred homes, will take between "three to five years".

HMS Ganges mast

'Turn our street lights back on' say residents after tyres slashed

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

There have been calls for street lights to be kept on after midnight in parts of Lowestoft after a high number of car tyres were slashed.

In total 28 vehicles on 10 different roads were targeted between 01:00 and 03:00 in the early hours of Saturday.

Slashed tyre on car

Residents told me that as it's "pitch black" at night, the council should "leave the lights on for longer," keep them "left on", or keep "one in every other light on, to give it a bit of illumination"

Slashed tyre on car

In a statement, Suffolk County Council said: "We switch off street lights between midnight and 05:30 which lowers our carbon footprint as well as costs.

Slashed tyre on car

"Emergency services can request street lighting to be switched back on if a major incident occurs or to assist with anti-social behaviour or crime."

Ipswich Town: Skuse praises academy 'conveyor belt'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse says there's no shortage of young talent still to break through at Portman Road.

Flynn Downes and Andros Townsend
Getty Images

As well as praising the likes of Flynn Downes (pictured left) and Tristan Nydam, who've shone in the first team this season, Skuse believes many others will graduate to senior football.

"If I speak to the academy staff they'll give me reports on lads in the under-14s and under-15s that are playing for England and that certain clubs are chasing their signatures," Skuse told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"Throughout the whole academy there's an abundance of talent. The boys that have come into the (senior) squad have done well, it's a great conveyor belt."