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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 20 October 2017
  2. Landfill site search for Corrie to resume
  3. A14 reopens after fatal crash on Orwell Bridge
  4. Spedeworth fined for Health and Safety failings
  5. Ed Sheeran bike crash injuries could have ended guitar playing

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Norwich extend their unbeaten league run over East Anglian rivals Ipswich to nine games with a win at Portman Road.

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Greater Anglia says its arrangements were '100% robust'

Greater Anglia has responded to criticism by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) over the use of office workers who were trained up to work as guards during the recent industrial action by members of the RMT.

The Chief Inspector of Railways has written to the rail operator having identified a "number of areas with deficiencies" that need to be addressed.

Greater Anglia train
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Train Service Director for Greater Anglia, Richard Dean, said he was somewhat disappointed over the letter: "We met the ORR and we took them through our arrangements.

"We believe 100% that our arrangements were robust and we are following that up with the ORR.

"We said to them we would not use our contingency conductors until such time as we'd satisfied them that the arrangements were robust.

"We made that offer to them, they didn't tell us to do it.

"What we are actually talking about is a piece of administration that they want to see ie they want us to write up what we did, and that's exactly what we have done.

"We'll be sitting down with them and we'll be going through in as much detail as they want until they are satisfied.

"I am absolutely satisfied that our arrangements were 100% robust."

Overnight weather: Dry at first but some outbreaks of rain later

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.

Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.

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There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.

Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

RMT calls for Greater Anglia to be stripped of its franchise

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Rail Union, the RMT, is demanding that Greater Anglia be stripped of its franchise after comments by the Chief Inspector of Railways.

The safety organisation has told the train operator that until issues are resolved, office staff can't be used again as replacements.

Picket line at Ipswich station
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The RMT had raised a number of safety concerns when the train company used replacements for the guards who were on strike.

There was an incident at Ipswich station where the doors were opened on the wrong side.

The RMT also says there was a safety breach on the East Suffolk line when office staff were being trained, when doors were opened while a train was moving.

We'll bring you reaction from Greater Anglia shortly.

Promoters apologise for problems accessing Gary Barlow tickets

"Unprecedented" demand for tickets to see Gary Barlow in his Forest Live gig at Thetford Forest next year is being blamed for big problems being reported on social media.

Here are some of the comments on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page:

  • Helen Robinson writes: "I was in the queue at 10am...number 950....i waited an hour and 38 minutes and was directed to the website only to be told due to high usage i could'nt acess the site"
  • Ronan Devlin said: "Website crippled. Unable to sign in or re register. Phone either engaged or hangs up after option 1"
  • Jacqueline Taylor posts: "No access to website, as too many people trying to access it. Telephone calls get through and get told no one to answer call. So frustrated"

In a statement, the Forestry Commission has said: "Tickets went on sale this morning for Forest Live dates next Summer by Gary Barlow and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott.

"Unfortunately due to a technical issue with an external ticketing software platform the system stalled.

"Additionally due to an unprecedented demand for tickets phone lines were also down for a while.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Gary Barlow
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Rugby player's funeral takes place

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The funeral of Thurston rugby player Josh Gilbert has been held in Walsham-le-Willows:

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Police confirm start date for Corrie Mckeague search to resume

The resumption of the search for missing airman Corrie Mckeague will take place on Monday, 23 October.

The extended search, which is likely to take around four to six weeks, will concentrate on an area of Cell 22 next to the site of the earlier search.

The indications are this is the next most likely area where Corrie could be, say police.

Corrie Mckeague
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The Major Investigation Team re-checked data and concluded the area of the original 20-week search was still the location where there was the highest likelihood of finding Corrie.

However, police say the nature of waste disposal and its movement is not a precise science, hence the requirement to extend the search.

On 21 July, police announced their search of the Milton site was at an end.

Mr Mckeague's family said at the time they were "devastated" by the decision.

Milton landfill site
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'Important' Garner in contention for East Anglian derby

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town could have both striker Joe Garner (pictured) and midfielder Tom Adeyemi back for Sunday's Championship fixture with Norwich City at Portman Road.

Joe Garner
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Garner missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United with a knee injury, while Adeyemi has missed the last two matches with a hamstring problem.

Manager Mick McCarthy believes the latter is in with a good chance of featuring against his former club this weekend, and remains hopeful on Garner, who has clearly impressed him since joining the Blues from Rangers.

"He's trained today with the physios," said McCarthy. "He's done what he needed to do in order to be out training with his teammates tomorrow, to be in with a chance of playing on Sunday.

"He's a really important player for us. I thought he would be when I signed him, but as a footballer he is better than what I thought he was, which is always nice."

BreakingSearch of landfill site for missing Corrie to resume next week

The search of the Milton landfill site in Cambridgeshire for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague will resume on Monday.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Spedeworth fined for Health and Safety failings

Spedeworth International has been ordered to pay a total of £118,000 in fines and costs, for a number of health and safety breaches at Foxhall Stadium.

Foxhall Stadium
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At a hearing at Suffolk Magistrates Court in July, following a prosecution brought by Suffolk Coastal District Council, the company pleaded guilty to four charges under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to:

  • Emergency exits
  • Structural stability and maintenance of grandstands
  • Failure to comply with an improvement notice requiring safety improvements to the grandstands
  • Having eight emergency exits locked at a stock car race meeting

On Thursday they were fined £100,000 for the four breaches, as well as £18,000 in costs to Suffolk Coastal.

5 Things We've Learned This Week

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1) Ed Sheeran is a real trooper

Poor old Ed broke a wrist, elbow and rib while being knocked off his bicycle by a car in London on Monday.

The accident meant he had to postpone five upcoming gigs in Asia but he soldiered on, strapped on a sling and strolled down the red carpet on the way to picking up an award for best act in the world today at the Q Awards on Wednesday.

We have to hand it to him for that.

While there he revealed to 6 Music's Abbie McCarthy that after basically winning at music and appearing in Game of Thrones he's now set to appear in an up and coming US cartoon series...

Ed Sheeran on being in The Simpsons
One Direction
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Come on now gentlemen. Tell us who done it?

2) Who named One Direction?

In the biggest 'whodunnit?' in recent years, new found solo star and international heart breaker Mr Styles has also now claimed credit for naming 1D.

Not content with just being the 'most popular one' in the band, Harry is now claiming to be the brains behind the operation too.

"I think it was me," he told American news show CBS Sunday Morning. "I thought it sounded good."

Watch him elaborate from around 1.20 in.

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3) There's a whole lotta love between Liam and Skepta

Liam Gallagher - with a new number one album to his name - rocked up at the Q Awards, like Ed, to pick up not one, but two awards.

The Mancunian frontman was given the best live act award by his old Britpop mucker Richard Ashcroft, then later handed the icon award by grime star Skepta.

The 2016 Mercury Prize winner described the former Oasis singer as "a true, true icon", while fellow rapper Stormzy shouted out Liam as "my G!".

Skepta said: "He's taken his iconic place and no-one will take it until he passes away."

Liam then sent the love back Skepta's way, saying: "I wanna thank him for keeping it interesting." We bet they had an interesting evening afterwards.

Even if they only went to the shop together, it was probably done in a rock 'n' roll way.

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Sir Tom Jones says he 'felt terrible' after being propositioned early in his career.

4) Sir Tom Jones also faced unwanted sexual advances during his early career

The singer says he was propositioned by someone in the music industry, early on in his career in the 1960s.

Sir Tom shed light on the incident when he asked about the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC.

"Things have always happened in the music industry as well," he told 5 Live's Colin Paterson.

"There were a few things like that. But you avoid it. You just walk out... But what's tried on women is tried on men as well."

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And finally...

5) Rami Malek is slaying it as Freddie Mercury

We've still got a good year to wait until it's released but early photos suggests the Mr Robot actor has been perfectly cast as the late, flamboyant Queen frontman in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

Director Bryan Singer posted the above image of the 36-year-old star in action, alongside the caption: "Couldn’t help myself and had to post this iPhone pic."

Wonder if Rami is feeling under pressure?

We can't help but be excited...

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Norwich City manager says derby will be an 'emotional game'

BBC Radio Norfolk's Rob Butler has been at the Norwich City press conference ahead of Sunday's derby at Portman Road:

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A14 reopens on Orwell Bridge

Police say the A14 has reopened, after an earlier fatal collision on the Orwell Bridge.

Rugby union: Bury aiming to bounce back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds will be hoping to stop the rot when they host Worthing Raiders in National League Two South tomorrow.

Bury Rugby Club in action
Bury Rugby Club

After four victories in a row the Wolfpack have lost their last two, including a narrow 26-20 defeat to leaders Taunton Titans last weekend.

Tomorrow looks like a good chance to get back to winning ways though, with their visitors fourth from bottom of the table, having won just two of their seven matches so far.

Speedway: Mildenhall home in on KO Cup Final

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers will make it through to the final of the National League's Knockout Cup tonight - if they can successfully defend a 16-point first leg lead at Belle Vue.

Jon Armstrong
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It finished 53-37 when the two sides met at West Row on Sunday.

Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly says club captain Jon Armstrong (pictured) could be a key man tonight.

"He's guested for them on a number of occasions and I know he was present at the match against Eastbourne, as Drew Kemp's mechanic, so he's already working on set-ups.

"He's one bloke who'll be really fired up to do well, that's for sure," Jolly told BBC Suffolk Sport.

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Ipswich Town defender targeting another derby goal

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

He was Ipswich Town's derby day hero on two occasions last season and Jonas Knudsen believes he can inflict more pain on Norwich City this weekend.

Jonas Knudsen
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The Dane scored at Portman Road and Carrow Road last year as both matches finished 1-1.

On Sunday lunchtime the two great rivals meet, on Suffolk soil, for the first time this season.

"If I get a chance to get a shot or get into the box I'll definitely take the chance because there's something about these games and me.

"Hopefully it'll be the winner this time because it would be brilliant to win against Norwich as it's been a long time since we beat them."

Investigation continues into Orwell Bridge fatal crash

As soon as we have any further information about when the A14 might reopen eastbound on the Orwell Bridge, we'll let you know.

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Ipswich traffic

The man was out of his vehicle which had broken down on the carriageway on the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich.

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Ipswich Buses reports 'high levels' of calls as services are delayed

Ipswich Buses apologised earlier this morning for "major delays on most services" as a result of the earlier fatality on the Orwell Bridge.

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Traffic still being affected by A14 closure eastbound on Orwell Bridge

We've taken a call from John, who described Hadleigh as "choc-a-bloc" as drivers try to find alternative ways of getting to the A12 southbound.

He said it is gridlocked, particularly heading towards East Bergholt.

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Forest Live tickets go on sale

Tickets to see Gary Barlow and former Beautiful South stars Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott perform at Thetford Forest, near Brandon, go on sale this morning.

The concerts, on 8 & 9 June 2018, are part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live season.

Gary Barlow
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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
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Ed Sheeran bike crash injuries 'could have ended guitar playing'

Singer-songwriter and Suffolk son Ed Sheeran's been through the mill this week - he's broken both arms and a rib after crashing his bike on Monday.

He has told ITV's Jonathan Ross show that it happened when he was in Suffolk going down a steep hill, and that he went to the pub afterwards before later realising the extent of his injuries.

Ed Sheeran
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He said he'd initially wanted to carry on with show dates in Asia, but had eventually decided to cancel them on the advice of doctors.

"I did try to be like 'I will'," the singer said. "I tried to say I'll carry on doing the shows, but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play (guitar) again so it's good to be sensible."

Investigation begins into A14 fatality

An investigation is under way into a fatal collision on the Orwell Bridge earlier this morning.

Police and emergency services are still at the scene of the crash, on the eastbound carriageway between J56 (Wherstead) and J57 (Nacton).

A Nissan Cabstar van had stopped on the carriageway and the driver was out of the vehicle when both he and the van were struck by a large agricultural vehicle.

The man died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Police are asking any witnesses, or drivers who may have relevant dash-cam footage, to contact them.

The road is expected to be shut for several hours.

Agricultural vehicle involved in A14 fatality

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police say they were called at about 06:45 to reports of a collision on the A14 eastbound at Nacton.

They have told us a van broke down on the carriageway, the driver got out of the vehicle and he and the vehicle were struck by a large agricultural vehicle.

The man died at the scene.

Sgt Julian Ditcham said: "We're dealing with a two-vehicle traffic collision, we have got considerable tailbacks.

"The closures are at Copdock, J55 but all vehicles are being put off the A14 and through the centre of Ipswich.

"We're in the process of turning all the vehicles round and getting them off at Wherstead between the collision and the Wherstead off-slip.

"It does take a little bit of patience. We're trying to turn heavy goods vehicles round."

Sgt Ditcham anticipates the road being closed for another two hours, maybe three.

Funeral of rugby player to take place

The funeral of a 25-year-old rugby player, who died during a game last month, is being held this afternoon.

Josh Gilbert, pictured in the back row, fourth from left, collapsed while playing for Thurston Rugby Club, at Hadleigh.

The ceremony is being held at St Mary's Church, in Walsham-le-Willows.

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Thurston Rugby Club

BreakingMale van driver dies in A14 collision

Police say a male van driver has died in the collision on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 on the Orwell Bridge.

We'll bring you further details as we get them.

Drivers share their frustration over gridlocked Ipswich

With Ipswich bring pretty much gridlocked due to the closure of the A14 eastbound over the Orwell Bridge, a number of drivers have taken to social media to express their frustration.

If you're affected by the closure and can safely contact us, let us know what's happening where you are - use the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

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A14 closure delays start of school day at Ipswich Academy

Ipswich Academy has put a message on its website saying it is having a "delayed start".

"Due to an incident on the Orwell Bridge and staff being stuck in traffic, Ipswich Academy will be having a delayed start of period 3 (11:30am) today.

"If any students need to come to school at normal time, they can do so as we will have enough staff to supervise them."

Mystery surrounds collision on Orwell Bridge

This is the scene on Freston Hill, close to the Orwell Bridge, in Ipswich, which is closed eastbound due to a collision earlier this morning.

We have contacted Suffolk Police several times asking for information about the crash, and they say they're still trying to figure out what vehicles were involved, but that it is "very serious" and it's safe to say the road will be closed for several hours.

Traffic queuing at Freston Hill
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Today's weather: Wet and windy start

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a wet and windy start there will be a gradual improvement through the day and things will brighten up in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Queuing traffic on A14 eastbound across Orwell Bridge

The A14 is closed eastbound over the Orwell Bridge because of a serious collision:

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Severe accident: A14 Suffolk eastbound

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A14 Suffolk eastbound severe accident, between J55 A1214 and J57 A1189 Nacton Road affecting J54 Sproughton Road.

A14 Suffolk - Slow traffic on A14 Orwell Bridge eastbound between J55, A1214 (Copdock Interchange) and A1189, J57 Nacton Interchange, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J54 Sproughton Road.

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

Weather: Wet and misty overnight, brighter by Friday afternoon

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy across the BBC East region this evening with scattered showers becoming more prolonged later this evening, but they should clear to leave mild and misty conditions.

There will be moderate southerly winds and lows of 10C (50F).

BBC East weather map
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Friday will be cool, cloudy and breezy with more showers possible at first, but then brighter later.

There will be west to south westerly winds and a peak temperature of 14C (58F).

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Knudsen's derby day heroics recognised in Denmark

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After scoring in his first two East Anglian derbies, Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen (right) says he is more widely recognised now both in Suffolk and overseas.

Jonas Knudsen (right) celebrates with Kevin Bru (left)
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The Danish international is looking forward to Sunday's clash with Norwich City at Portman Road, and has been telling us that he now has a much greater knowledge about what this particular fixture means to both sets of supporters.

"I didn't realise when I first came over here how big it was," he said.

"But there are a lot of fans around the world interested in this game and I've seen that now for myself.

"There was one time when I was back home in Denmark and someone came up to me and said 'Two goals against Norwich! Are you gonna do it next year?'

"I get lots of funny moments like that.

"My first derby last year was a fantastic feeling and I loved it.

"It's going to be a big game again and I think with a match like this everybody gives that bit extra and is more fired up."

New roundabout for accident blackspot

A busy staggered crossroads on the A140 to the south of Norwich is to be replaced with a roundabout.

The Department of Transport has given £3.05m of funding to Norfolk County Council for the roundabout at Hempnall.

There have been eight accidents at the junction in the last five years, with 11 casualties. These were linked to traffic turning on to the road from minor roads.

Aerial view of the junction, looking north
Norfolk County Council

Councillor Alison Thomas says she's been campaigning for improvements for the 22 years she's lived in the area.

"We need a roundabout at Hempnall, because there is a dangerous, risky junction," she said.

"This work will improve safety along the A140, its feeder roads and the entire Norwich to Ipswich corridor."

The total cost of the construction is estimated to be £4.36m, with the remainder of the money to come from developer funding.

Work is planned to begin in autumn 2019, subject to planning permission, with an opening expected in early summer 2020.

Fraudsters scam Felixstowe pensioner

A man in his 70s has lost £2,500 to fraudsters in a scam.

The victim, from Felixstowe, received an email saying there was a problem with his PayPal account.

He followed instructions to fix it, but later cancelled his bank card after becoming suspicious.

The following day he received a call from someone claiming to be from the bank, who then got him to complete the transfer.