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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 December 2017

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Joe Garner

Clinical finishing is the difference as Ipswich Town end Reading's five-match unbeaten run.

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Ipswich boss calls on Bishop to step up

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Defender Tommy Smith and striker David McGoldrick could both be in the Ipswich Town squad for tomorrow's match with Reading, having returned to full training this week.

Teddy Bishop
BBC

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken will again be absent along with midfielders Tristan Nydam, Tom Adeyemi and Emyr Huws.

Huws, who only recently returned to action after a long term injury, has been ruled out for the season with a knee problem.

Asked today if he had his eye on a replacement for the Welshman, manager Mick McCarthy said: "Yes, Teddy Bishop. I'd like Teddy to be as fit as he can be, and why would I look anywhere else if I can get him?

"I don't think he is ready to play 90 minutes at the moment, but he is at least ready to play, and when he's been coming on in games he has looked far better. He's also training well."

Marine engineering firm goes into administration

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A marine engineering company based in Dover has gone into administration, with the loss of 106 jobs.

Burgess Marine also had premises in Lowestoft, Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth, Portchester, Avonmouth, Devonport and Palma de Mallorca in Spain.

Burgess Marine in Dover
BBC

The administrators, BDO, said it was due to not receiving the final payment for a major refit project carried out at Porchester earlier this year.

Burgess Marine's bases in Lowestoft, Avonmouth and Poole are continuing to trade as normal after they were bought by Southampton ship repair company Southampton Marine Services Ltd, saving 45 jobs.

Burgess Marine, Dover
BBC

The Dover HQ employed 32 people, four of whom have been kept on to help with the winding down of the firm.

Burgess Marine, Dover
BBC

Regrettably, difficult trading conditions and a shortfall in the company's working capital position - contributed to by a failure to secure the final payment due in regard to a recent major refit project - significantly affected the business and its ongoing viability."

Danny DartnaillBDO business restructuring partner
Corrie Mckeague with his mother Nicola Urquhart

RAF airman Corrie Mckeague was last seen in September 2016 during a night out in Suffolk.

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Rugby Union: Another stiff test for Bury

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds will be aiming to avoid a third successive defeat tomorrow afternoon, although that will be easier said than done.

Ollie Smith
BBC

The Wolfpack - who lost to table-topping Chinnor last weekend - are away to second-placed Cinderford in National League Two South.

The hosts have won 13 of their 14 games so far, scoring 556 points in the process.

"In the past they've been pretty forward-orientated," head coach Ollie Smith told me. "They've had a successful season so far, beating a good Taunton side recently.

"Any team in this league wants to have a strong home record and Cinderford are no different. We'll go down there expecting a physical battle, from a team that's pretty well-drilled, and it's a challenge for us."

Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli team up for Perfect Symphony

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Ed has collaborated with everyone from Stormzy to Beyonce to Eminem this year, so it was a natural progression that he would make his move into the world of classical music.

Watch above as Ed puts his GCSE Italian to good use on the track that already currently sits at number one in the charts, featuring Beyonce.

Andrea's entourage seem pretty impressed with Ed's efforts.

The introduction of the Tuscan singer will surely give the song another boost and make it favourite for the Christmas number one slot next Friday.

If any of you lot have ever taken Italian classes, then now is your chance to shine.

And if you're not already familiar with the work of Mr Bocelli ,please allow us to indulge in a bit of Friday morning Nessun Dorma action below.

Grazie mille.

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Speedway: Mildenhall make a 'big signing'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers are a step closer to confirming their team for 2018 after snapping up Josh Bailey as their new number one.

Josh Bailey
Eastbourne Eagles

The 20-year-old, who rode for Eastbourne this year, will join Danny Ayres, Sam Bebee, Jordan Jenkins, Drew Kemp and Matt Marson at West Row.

"Josh is another big signing for Mildenhall, Like Danny Ayres, he's an out-and-out number one in the National League," said promoter Kevin Jolly.

"I am sure they will work well together and also challenge each other at the top of the team. This top-end strength had been missing on away tracks last season and we want to be a threat whereever we ride next season."

Mildenhall hope to finalise their line-up over the weekend.

Injured Ipswich Town star thanks fans

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After being ruled out of action for the rest of the season, Ipswich Town midfielder Emyr Huws has expressed his gratitude for the support he has had since the news broke.

The 24-year-old has undergone knee surgery this week after hobbling off at Middlesbrough last Saturday.

It was only his third start of the campaign after overcoming an achilles problem.

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Emyr Huws

Ipswich Town midfielder Emyr Huws is ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

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boy doing test

Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.

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Go-ahead for Ipswich's Cornhill revamp
The budget for the regeneration of a town centre square could increase to £3.6m.

Rugby union: New faces expected at Bury

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Bury St Edmunds head coach has told me he plans to shuffle his pack in the new year, with departures likely from The Haberden.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club
BBC

"We have a couple of players moving on for various reasons, just after Christmas," Ollie Smith said. "That'll get announced by the club at some point, and they go with our best wishes.

"We'll be looking to bring a couple of guys in, but not heaps and heaps.

"It's about giving the guys that we've got opportunities through the second half of the season. Although it would be nice to have a fresh voice in the group."

Bury are currently sixth in National League Two South.

Suffolk Police in 24-hour Twitterthon

Suffolk Police is giving people the chance to see what they deal with on a daily basis through social media.

The force has taken to Twitter to show the type and volume of calls it gets over 24 hours.

It started at 07:00 and calls so far include reports of a stolen vehicle, an injured deer, harassment, "neighbour issues" and thefts of wallets and purses.

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Video: Ipswich Cornhill revamp

Stuart Howells

BBC Radio Suffolk

Go-ahead for Ipswich's Cornhill revamp

People on BBC Suffolk's Facebook page have been commenting for and against the project to spend up to £3.6m giving Ipswich's Cornhill a makeover.

Jennifer Hill calls it a "dreadful waste of money", but Tammy Chambers says "something needs [to be done] to make it look better than it does now".

Four jailed in Singapore over forged Ed Sheeran tickets

Ed Sheeran
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Four men, including one Briton, have been jailed in Singapore for using a forged tickets for an Ed Sheeran concert.

Martin Joseph Keane, along with Australian Paul Cosgrove and two New Zealanders, obtained and used the fake passes to bring fans into the sold-out concert in Singapore in November, local media reports.

They made more than S$2,000 (£1,100) from fans, said prosecutors.

Another Briton, Luke Simon McKay, has also been charged for his involvement, and his case is pending.

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Armed robbery at Ipswich convenience store

Armed robbers struck at a convenience store, threatening staff with a handgun before making off with cash from the till.

Two men went into McColl's in Maidenhall Green, Ipswich, at about 20:00 on Wednesday.

McColl's in Ipswich
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One suspect is described as wearing black tracksuit trousers, a blue zipped hooded top with another black hooded top underneath this, and a pair of black leather gloves.

The second wore a black hooded coat, black tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

Both men were about 5ft 7in (1.7m) to 5ft 9in (1.75m) in height and both were wearing scarves.

Police believe rapist could attack again

Stephen Foster

BBC Radio Suffolk

Officers investigate good Samaritan-turned-rapist

Police are warning that a rapist who attacked a woman in Lowestoft after offering her a lift home could attack again.

They have also revealed that the man - who at first had appeared to be a good Samaritan to his victim - may have picked up other people first.

Detectives say witnesses have come forward to say they were also approached by a man whose appearance matches the description given by the victim. Officers have now issued an E-fit of the man they want to question.

Rugby union: Bury take heart from Chinnor loss

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The head coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club says last weekend's narrow defeat to table-topping Chinnor shows that, on their day, his side can compete with anyone in National League Two South.

Ollie Smith
BBC

Ollie Smith threw caution to the wind for the 37-34 loss - asking his team to play a higher intensity, more attack-minded game, and he was really pleased with how well they adapted.

"I was basically saying the shackles are off," he told me. "In general I prefer to be quite methodical and conservative in the way we play, to a point.

"I prefer to edge on the side of caution but we didn't feel that was the right way to approach the game, so we went all out attack and we do take lots of confidence from it."

Cornhill plans approved - but some details still to be finalised

Plans to redevelop Ipswich's Cornhill have been given the green light.

However, a decision by the borough council to invest an additional £200,000, as we reported yesterday, depends on it being match-funded.

A spokesman for the council said: "A contractor will soon be appointed, but some details of the £3.6m scheme have yet to be finalised because of costs."

Work is set to start early next year with completion before Christmas.

Artist's impression of Cornhill area
Ipswich Borough Council
Artist's impression of Cornhill in front of Town Hall
Ipswich Borough Council
Artist's impression of Cornhill
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Rape suspect 'gave lifts to other people' before attack

Officers investigating a rape in Lowestoft at the weekend say they have heard from witnesses who were given a lift by a man in the town shortly before he raped a woman in her 30s.

Rape suspect
Suffolk Police
E-fit of rape suspect in Lowestoft

The victim was offered a lift by a man at about 04:00 on Saturday, while walking along Oulton Road. She accepted, but he then stopped the car on Kimberley Road and attacked her.

The driver told the victim he had just given a lift to two other people.

Det Insp Eamonn Bridger said police want to hear from anyone who has information about the attack, "especially if you believe you recognise the man pictured in the E-fit".

Dr Myles Bradbury

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The blood cancer specialist used a spy pen to take pictures of his victims and was jailed for 22 years.

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Complaints against police at highest level for 10 years

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The number of complaints being made to Suffolk police has reached its highest level for a decade.

Figures released ahead of a meeting of the police and crime commissioner on Friday show an increase of 26%, from 152 complaints recorded in Q1-Q2 in 2016-17 to 191 in the same period this year.

Gareth Wilson
BBC

Chief constable Gareth Wilson said: "The numbers are still relatively low, so we're not talking about huge numbers.

"The deputy, as part of his role, constantly analyses it. We've got a system where if there's a particular team, or if there's a particular member of staff, we make sure we deal with it effectively as well.

"Yes there has been a quarterly increase, but it's not a trend now that I'm overly concerned about, but I will give people absolute assurance that we deal with it really seriously."

Approval given for conversion of former hospital

A campaign which began about 18 months ago to purchase the former Southwold Hospital for community use has been successful.

Waveney councillors approved the project last night, which includes nine dwellings and an opportunity for a library, creche and business centre.

Southwold Hospital
BBC

Laurence Vulliamy, chairman of SouthGen - a "community benefit society" set up by Save Our Southwoldto buy and run the site - said it was "very happy" at the unanimous decision.

The group's plans involve restoring the facade and sides of the 1903 building and extending it.

Ipswich midfielder in regular contact with Premier League leaders

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

On-loan winger Bersant Celina has told BBC Suffolk Sport his exploits with Ipswich Town this season aren't going unnoticed at his parent club Manchester City.

Bersant Celina
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The 21-year-old's been in impressive form for the Blues, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances so far.

Although Celina hasn't had any direct contact with City boss Pep Guardiola, he knows the runaway Premier League leaders are monitoring him.

"He [Guardiola] has to think about his players that he's got there, but I'm in contact with his team. I know they're supporting me and watching me and want me to do well.

"I think I've done the right thing, to go out and play games. You look at the team there and it's just amazing. Obviously it's hard to get in it, but that's for the future I think."

Shops question timing of works to restore fire-ravaged building in Sudbury

Suffolk Free Press

Work to reinstate a former 19th Century building, which was left a blackened ruin two years ago after a fierce blaze in Sudbury, has begun.

Site of fire
Suffolk Free Press

Police end landfill search for Corrie

Corrie Mckeague: Police say inquiry will continue but not indefinitely.
Suffolk Police say there will come a point when they say they have carried out all the lines of inquiry that they can into the disappearance of RAF Honington airman Corrie Mckeague - but they have not reached it yet.

They have now stopped their second search of a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge as part of their inquiry into his disappearance more than a year ago.

However, they say investigations will continue.

Det Supt Katie Elliott told BBC Radio Suffolk that a senior officer will now review all the evidence they have gathered.
Matthew Hancock

Brian Wheeler

Political reporter

Matt Hancock calls it "something of a disappointment" that he has to state it publicly.

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Immigrant discovered under Chelmondiston school bus

A male who was discovered under a school bus in Chelmondiston, which had just returned from the continent, has been passed into the care of social services, after he told police he was from Sudan, and under the age of 18.

Chelmondiston Primary School
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John Howard, spokesman for the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust which runs Chelmondiston Primary school, said: "The bus had brought pupils safely back from a residential school trip to France.

"We are glad the children are all safe and well, and the school is co-operating with the police."

Police told us earlier they were called at 10:50 following reports the man had been found, as the East Anglian Daily Times has reported.

A spokesman for the Home Office said his case will be progressed in line with immigration rules.

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National furniture company founded in Mellis to axe 112 jobs in ‘wind down’

Diss Express

A national furniture company, originating in Mellis nearly 40 years ago, has announced it will lose more than 112 jobs as part of an "orderly wind down" after going into administration.

Suspected illegal immigrant found underneath coach

East Anglian Daily Times

A suspected illegal immigrant was found under a school bus outside a Suffolk primary school this morning, police have said.

‘It was absolute carnage’ – Headteacher speaks out after Birchwood Primary School targeted by vandals

Ipswich Star

The headteacher of a Suffolk primary school has slammed vandals who left a trail of destruction after smashing up the grounds overnight.

...and here's Ed and Andrea

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So on Friday, we're getting ANOTHER version of Ed Sheeran's Perfect - this time with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (scroll down).

And now, Ed has shared a picture of the two of them together.

"Hope you love it as much as I do," writes Ed "I sing in Italian too which is fun x"

Speriamo sia buono Ed.

Train lines reopen after lorry hits bridge

Blocked railways lines have been reopened after a lorry hit a bridge earlier today.

Network Rail engineers have now repaired the track between Attleborough and Thetford after the lorry struck the railway bridge near Eccles Road station at about 05:30.

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Debris was strewn on to the line, causing major disruption for Greater Anglia and East Midlands Trains passengers on services between Norwich and Cambridge.

Cancellations and delays are expected until 15:00, according to National Rail Enquiries - which has updates to affected trains here.

Southwold Hospital redevelopment decision due tonight

Planning permission to convert the former Southwold Hospital for community use, with nine dwellings, is being recommended for approval this evening.

Southwold Hospital
BBC

Southgen, a community benefit society set up by Save Our Southwold, is hoping to exchange contracts with the NHS before Christmas.

It will then issue community shares to help develop the site.

The society wants to redevelop the site to include a library, creche and business centre alongside the residential units.

Waveney District Council's planning committee meets at 18:00 in Lowestoft.

Ed is releasing another version of Perfect for his dad

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His remix with Beyonce is currently topping the UK chart (and is due to stay there on Friday, the same goes for his album Divide) and now there's another version of Perfect coming.

Speaking to the Today show in the US, Ed confirmed: "I've got an Italian operatic version with Andrea Bocelli coming out.

"It's just kind of a little present for Christmas. It's a really beautiful video that comes with it."

The new duet will be released this Friday, 15 December.

Until then, here's a short gif of Ed looking menacing in his Christmas jumper, courtesy of Annie Marie.

The pair have just performed a cover of the festive classic Fairytale of New York in the Live Lounge and have, says Radio 1 "nailed it".

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Suffolk skier thanks 'hero' Chemmy Alcott for support

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Jasmin Taylor (right) is back in Suffolk after making an excellent start to the new Telemark ski season in Austria at the beginning of the month.

Chemmy Alcott and Jasmin Taylor
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The 24-year-old won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the opening World Cup event in Hintertux, taking her to 10 career podiums to date.

Taylor said she was supported by four-time Winter Olympian Chemmy Alcott (left), who is probably Britain's most famous name when it comes to skiing.

"She happened to be training in the lane next to me when I was out in November," Taylor said.

"I asked if she might be about for this event and she agreed to come out a day early to support me and film me for the BBC. It was a lot of fun having her there with me, she was my hero growing up."

"The majority of my team are male, so it was also nice to get the female perspective on things for a change."