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  1. Updates for Friday, 5 January 2018

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Sheffield United

Nathan Thomas' long-range strike gives Sheffield United an away FA Cup third-round victory at fellow Championship side Ipswich Town.

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Corrie Mckeague video shared 'to make people smile'
Footage of the missing airman ice-skating with friends is released to "make people smile".

Two charged after Ipswich church silver stolen

Two men have been charged after a church safe, containing silverware and parish record books, was stolen.

St Mary & St Botolph's in Whitton was broken into overnight on Saturday, 30 December, and a jewellers in Ipswich town centre reported that two men had tried to sell them silver on Tuesday.

St Mary & St Botolph church, Whitton, Ipswich

The two men, who are aged 19 and 20, are due at magistrates in the town facing charges including receiving stolen goods. One of them has also been charged with the attempted burglary of a property in Barham in April.

Suffolk Police said none of silver had been recovered and asked people to look out for items including communion cups, a bowl, flagons, a salver, chalices and a wafer box.

Dan Poulter

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Dr Daniel Poulter has not voted at Westminster since the autumn.

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England trio challenge you to sign up!


Consider yourself a great five-a-side footballer or willing to give it a go?

Fancy something fun to get 2018 off to a great start?

Want a chance to play at St George's Park and go to the FA Cup final?

Sign up is now available for the FA People's Cup - the free five-a-side competition that's back and even bigger than before. Don't take our word for it, listen to these three......

Find out all the details about the competition here - and you'll be able to see Jesse Lingard, Jack Butland and Harry Maguire try our five-a-side challenge on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

Steve Mac named Brit Awards' best British producer

Steve Mac

You may not know the face/name but you'll certainly know a lot of the big Mac's output, from last year alone.

The British producer will be honoured by the Brits after having co-written and produced the most streamed track of all time and the highest selling UK single of last year.

You know, this one...

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Ring any bells?

As well as working with Ed he also co-wrote/produced hit records by Rita Ora and Liam Payne (both below), as well as a Grammy-nominated Pink song that you'll find by scrolling down this page.

Steve, who has amassed 200 million worldwide sales, said: "I feel truly humbled to receive this prestigious award, especially as it’s voted for by my peers who I greatly respect.

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This really is the icing on the cake at the end of such an amazing year, not only for me personally but for British music.

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The Brits nominations launch takes place on 13 January while the main event itself is on 21 February.

Stick that latter date in your calendar, as we'll be running a dedicated live page for the event so you don't miss a thing.

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Jimmy Blake

Newsbeat reporter

From Rita and Liam to Carbi B and Bruno Mars, plenty of big names are working together this year.

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Corner flag at Portman Road

Championship side Ipswich Town sign teenage striker Aaron Drinan from Irish club Waterford for an undisclosed fee.

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Kieffer Moore

Peterborough boss Grant McCann advises the club not to sign Ipswich striker Kieffer Moore as it would "cost a lot of money".

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Snooks the dog statue in Aldeburgh given wool outfit
An unknown yarn-bomber has given a statue of a dog a winter makeover, providing it with a knitted outfit.

Fit again Hyam 'feels like a footballer again'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

From an Ipswich Town perspective, one of few positives to come out of the Blues' 4-1 defeat at Fulham on Tuesday night was the return to action of midfielder Luke Hyam.

Luke Hyam

Due to a series of serious injuries, the Suffolk born player hadn't featured for the first team since May 2016.

"I felt like an 18 year old kid again," he told us today. "It was as if I was making a second debut just because of the experience of being out for such a long period of time.

"I felt a bit stiff afterwards, but that's absolutely fine. I feel like a footballer again!"

Ipswich play Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday and because of injuries elsewhere, Hyam was asked about the prospect of featuring from the start at Portman Road.

"Well I'm fit. I'm not match fit but I'm available for selection!

"I need games so if I get one on Saturday then great, but if not I'll look forward to the next Under 23s game."

Rise in ambulance delays at A&E in the East of England

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Nearly 3,000 ambulance patients had to wait more than half an hour outside hospitals in the East of England between Christmas and New Year's Day, figures show.

Of those, about a third were delayed for over an hour, waiting for A&E staff to become available, and preventing paramedics from attending other emergencies.

Essex was the worst-affected county in the region with 827 ambulances having to queue outside hospitals, while there were 500 cases in Norfolk and 422 in Cambridgeshire.

The worst individual hospitals were Broomfield in Essex with 243 delayed ambulances waiting to offload patients, Kettering General with 240 over the same period and Colchester with 233.

Ambulance in transit.

Across England as a whole there has been a sharp rise in the number of A&E patients facing delays on arrival in ambulances. Theresa May has apologised for the problem.

Family pay tribute to teen killed in Boxing Day crash

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in a Boxing Day car crash have said they are "devastated".

Jake Paxton from Bury St Edmunds was injured in the crash which happened in Rougham at 21:30. He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died of his injuries the following day.

Jake Paxton
Suffolk Police

A statement from his family said: "Jake was beautiful inside and out. He was loved so very very much by all his family and those close to him".

William Smedley, 18, of Bury St Edmunds also died in the crash. Both he and Jake were passengers in a Ford Fiesta when it was involved in the crash.

Babergh council to choose new leader

Babergh District Council will elect a new leader tonight, following the resignation of Jennie Jenkins last month.

Ms Jenkins, who faced criticism over plans to merge with Mid Suffolk council, quit on 19 December before an opposition party motion for her to be removed was due to be raised.

She had refused to guarantee referendum approval over the proposed merger.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils already share a chief executive and have merged staff and services over the last six years.

The ruling Conservative group on the council have nominated John Ward as their leadership candidate, but others may step up to challenge him at this this evening's vote.

Yellow weather warning issued for the East

A yellow severe weather warning for wind has been issued for the East of England for between 08:00 and 19:00 on Thursday.

A spell of strong and gusty winds is expected to move eastwards during the day.

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First look at Ed Sheeran in The Simpsons

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Leaving aside all his many musical achievements, 2017 saw Ed Sheeran perform as a singing soldier in Game of Thrones.

Now this year kicks off with Ed serenading new love interest Lisa in his debut on cult US cartoon The Simpsons.

The show, titled Haw-Haw Land, airs in the US on Sunday.

Ed or 'Brendan' as his character is known sips from a blackcurrant soft drink while playing the piano for the onlooking Lisa.

"You didn't applaud?" he questions her.

The animated show has previously included cameos from fellow music stars Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones, as well as wannabe rock star and comedian Ricky Gervais.

So can Ed, sorry, Brendan, live up to Snoop's appearance?

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Or that of Mick and Keef?

Hard acts to follow but if anyone can do it, Ed can.

To take his mind off the pressure, he can think about his album ÷ , which finished 2017 as the most popular album of the year in the US, according to Nielsen Music.

A day after he did exactly the same thing in the UK

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Danielle Perrett and Richard Barton-Wood

The allegations came to light after the alleged victim confronted Danielle Perrett and her ex-partner as an adult.

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Police urging witnesses to come forward in Woolpit death

Police are re-appealing for witnesses following the discovery of a man’s body in Woolpit on Monday.

Officers were called at 13:50 on New Year's Day to reports that the body of a man had been found at the side of Elmswell Road in Woolpit, near Bury St Edmunds.

Detectives now believe they know his identity and are treating his death as unexplained until a post-mortem is carried out on Friday.

The deceased is described as white, elderly, approximately 5 foot tall with short, fair hair, clean shaven and he had a hearing aid.

He was wearing a green coat and black jogging style trousers with dark shoes.

Otter pups rescued from water mill

Two otter pups are being looked after by the RSPCA after being rescued from a water mill in Suffolk.

The owner of the mill discovered the pups, who were without their mum, in a den underneath the water wheel after hearing a faint sound of crying.

Otter pups
Otter pups

An officer from the RSPCA went to the mill and decided it would be best to leave the pups in the den in case their mum returned, but sadly this didn't happen.

The two pups were then taken to the charity's East Winch Wildlife Centre, where they are currently being looked after.

It's hoped they can eventually be released into the wild.

Colchester and Ipswich 'busy but coping'

Ipswich and Colchester hospitals also said they had seen more patients than normal over the last two weeks.

Ipswich hospital
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Ipswich General said it would normally see an average of 45 medical admissions at A&E on New Year's Day but this year it saw 75 patients, the majority of whom were frail or elderly with complex health needs.

A spokeswoman for both hospitals said A&E provision was not at a critical level and that both units were "busy but coping well".

Storm Eleanor: Orwell Bridge closed due to high winds
Motorists were warned to expect delays around Ipswich after the bridge was shut on Tuesday night.

Diss service now operational but slow

Orwell Bridge reopens

A drop in wind speeds means the Orwell Bridge on the A14 in Suffolk has reopened to traffic.

Highways England says all closures have been removed on the A14 from junctions 58 to 55, and has thanked motorists for their patience.

Traffic on Orwell Bridge
Highways England

Orwell Bridge set to reopen

Orwell Bridge is set to reopen to traffic shortly.

Highways England says although it is still windy, officers are getting ready to remove the closures.

Motorists are being advised to still take care.

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Orwell Bridge remains shut

Highways England says the Orwell Bridge on the A14 in Suffolk is still closed for safety reasons, due to continued high winds which have been affecting various areas across the UK since yesterday afternoon.

Highways England says it will continue to monitor wind speeds closely and the bridge will reopen as soon as winds drop to a safe level.

During the Orwell Bridge closure, the planned diversion route is via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

Pictured: The broken wires causing train delays

Kieffer Moore

Peterborough's Barry Fry says they have agreed a fee for Ipswich striker Kieffer Moore, while Jonathan Bond extends his loan.

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Expect long travel times on trains

Passengers who want to travel between London and Norwich can go via Cambridge, according to Greater Anglia, but it will take a lot longer than normal.

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Rail disruption due to weather

Rail passengers are being warned they face delays on the line towards Norwich, which is blocked, with disruption expected to last until 1600.

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Storm Eleanor: 'Strong winds' still expected

The Met Office is warning that "strong winds" will continue throughout the day.

It says Storm Eleanor is now over the North Sea, but it has left a swath of strong winds in its wake.

Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are expected to continue, with some journeys taking longer than normal.

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Orwell Bridge remains closed

Each of us streamed 1,036 songs last year...

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Dua Lipa
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...and most of them were by Ed Sheeran.

UK music fans streamed more music than ever before in 2017 - an astonishing total of 68.1 billion songs.

That's the equivalent of everyone in the country playing 1,036 tracks, or almost three continuous days of music, on sites like Apple Music and Spotify.

Most of those songs were apparently by Ed Sheeran - who had four of the Top 10 biggest-selling singles of the year.

2017 also saw the likes of Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Harry Styles and J Hus achieve the 100,000 sales milestone.

Trade body the BPI says streaming now accounts for more than half (50.4%) of all music consumption in the UK.

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Most-streamed artists of 2017

1) Ed Sheeran

2) Drake

3) Little Mix

4) Eminem

5) The Weeknd

6) Calvin Harris

7) Coldplay

8) Kendrick Lamar

9) Stormzy

10) Post Malone

Orwell Bridge to remain closed

Police warn drivers to take extra care

Falling debris is making driving hazardous this morning:

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Gusts of more than 60mph hit as Storm Eleanor makes herself known

You'll probably be aware it was a very windy night across the region due to Storm Eleanor making an appearance - but here's a bit more detail on the gusts we saw in some places.

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