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Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage today:

    Our scheduled live coverage has now ended for the day - and for the week - but if there's a breaking story you'll still find the details here.

    Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of our stories today:

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher caravanjo for this snap of Brancaster beach - it looks so peaceful, doesn't it, the perfect place for a weekend walk?

    Have a great weekend, we'll be back on Monday.

    Dog on deserted sandy beach at low tide
  2. Our live coverage across the day

    That's another week of live updates from the Suffolk Live team done and dusted. We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday.

    Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of the stories making our headlines today:

    • The family of a blind man who died after he was given the wrong prescription speak out
    • Mother fears missing teenage girl met someone on the internet
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan cancels gig at Ipswich's Corn Exchange

    Scroll down for the full details... and have a great weekend.

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    Goodbye from the Essex Live team for another week. We'll be back with all your live news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 on Monday.

    Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories making our headlines today:

    • A man who assaulted a police officer and hijacked a patrol car is jailed
    • Shortage of GPs prompts recruitment drive in schools
    • Police release images after shooting at a boxing event.

    Scroll down for the full details... and have a great weekend.

  4. Game of cat and mouse captured underground

    A real-life underground game of cat and "mouse" was captured on CCTV as road workers repaired a drainage tunnel.

    Rat in drainage system
    Cat in drainage system

    Highways England was working on the drainage off the A120 at Wix, near Manningtree.

    Workers ran a camera down to check for any problems and to ensure everything had gone smoothly.

    The camera picked up a large rat heading down one of the drains - with a cat in hot pursuit.

    Site supervisor Jason Appleton said: "Sometimes we see rats going down the drains, but it’s the first time we’ve ever seen an intrepid moggy in hot pursuit.

    "It was like an episode of Tom and Jerry live."

    The cat was later spotted leaving the drainage system, apparently foiled, much like the real Tom & Jerry.

    The drainage system
  5. Golf club is 'England's Most Welcoming'

    Suffolk has England's Most Welcoming golf club, according to the judges at an awards ceremony last night .

    England Golf gave the honour to Fynn Valley GC - in Witnesham, just north of Ipswich.

    Jenny Holmes, company secretary, said: “We felt when we opened the club the most important part was to really welcome everybody, regardless of what they did for a living, how old they were or what gender they were. We had the same welcome for everyone and that’s the foundation on which the club is built.”  

    Fynn Valley Golf Club
  6. A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

    Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday morning

    It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

    Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

    Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

  7. Shortage of GPs prompts recruitment drive in schools

    The national shortage of GPs has prompted a NHS commissioning group to think long-term about encouraging students into working in medicine. 

    Local doctors across south east Essex have been touring schools in a bid to encourage students to consider a career as a GP. 

    Tricia D’Orsi, chief nurse at NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are keen to encourage students to consider careers in general practice – this includes GPs and nurses. 

    "We hope that students may be inspired by real-life stories of local GPs and nurses to become the GPs and nurses of the future."

    Students at the GP talk

    Last night over 100 students attended an event headed up by Dr Mike Saad, who works at Wakering Medical Centre, who gave a talk on his role. 

    He said: "It’s fair to say the work can be hard, the hours may be long, but knowing that you can change and improve people's lives is very rewarding.

    "Every day is different. You simply never know what you will be dealing with next. It could be a headache that won’t go away, a chest infection, a schizophrenic breakdown, a pregnancy or a child with breathing difficulties.  

    "It’s time to raise the profile of primary care and the vital role that it plays as part of our community.

    "Many GPs are approaching retirement and we are looking for a new generation of doctors to take the reins.”

  8. PC sacked for 'misleading' investigation into racially-aggravated assault

    A police officer has been sacked for misleading an investigation after a woman was punched and knocked unconscious.

    Chelmsford Police Station

    An independently-chaired misconduct panel heard PC Alan Conran, of Essex Police, had been called to reports of two women being racially abused by a group of men in Bond Street, Chelmsford, on 14 December 2014.

    The panel was told PC Conran failed to "adequately investigate" the allegation and "deliberately misled" colleagues during the investigation.

    As a result, an offender was convicted for assault, but "the true impact of the racial abuse which may have aggravated the assault was not brought before the court".

    PC Conran, who is based at Chelmsford police station, was dismissed for gross misconduct. 

    Essex Police  Ch Supt Luke Collison said: "Public trust in policing depends on the honesty and integrity of police officers being beyond reproach. 

    "Officers make mistakes and we must always ensure that they and the force learn from them. 

    "However, PC Conran’s conduct fell well below the standard the public expects and amounts to gross misconduct. In such cases dismissal is a regrettably a necessary sanction."

  9. Shedding light on the darkness

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

    But today's the Spring Equilux.

    Confused? This tweet explains:

    View more on twitter
  10. Gilbert 'extremely sorry' for postponement

    Having postponed Saturday's concert in Ipswich with one day's notice, singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan has he is "extremely sorry".

    He said: "I have been pushing myself and singing with a cold the last few nights, and because of this I now have a chest infection and am unable to sing.

    "I apologise for any inconvenience caused as the last thing I want to do is let you all down. 

    "I hope with some rest I will be back on my feet in time for York."

    Gilbert O'Sullivan

    The Corn Exchange gig has been re-scheduled for 10 September.

  11. Three weeks of weekday closures of A149

    The A149 at Holme-next-the-Sea will be closed during weekdays for the next three weeks to allow a new drainage system to be installed.

    The work, which begins on Monday and will cost Norfolk County Council £30,000, is being carried out because of surface water flooding in the area. 

    It means the A149 Thornham Road will be shut to through traffic from 08:30 on Mondays to 15:00 on Fridays, but will be fully open at the weekends.

    The A149 through Holme, showing bus stops, and speed sign

    During the work, the Coast Hopper bus service won't serve Titchwell and Thornham. 

    In Holme, it'll serve the junction of the A149 and Peddars Way.

    The Lynx 36 service will make a short diversion and operate as normal.

    Details of a shuttle bus service operated by Norfolk County Council on weekdays for the duration of the work are below: 

    Shuttle bus timetable
  12. Misspelt sign removed

    Many sharp-eyed people will have noticed that BBC reports from the inquest into the death of Douglas Lamond featured a misspelt sign outside the Coroner's Court .

    Coroner's Court sign in Ipswich

    We understand the sign, at the offices on Egerton Road, in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich, has been removed.

  13. NDR promise 'not a surprise' says Green councillor

    The Conservatives' pledge to complete the missing link of the NDR if they win this year's county council elections is a "cynical move".

    That's according to Green Party councillor Andrew Boswell, who says he's not surprised at the news.

    Quote Message: This is what the Conservatives have always wanted since the year 2000 when they broke the thing of having a northern ring road around Norwich... they built the NDR always hoping to go across the Wensum Valley." from Andrew Boswell Green Party
    Andrew BoswellGreen Party
  14. Man jailed for assaulting police officer and stealing his dog

    A man has been jailed for assaulting a police officer whose car was taken with a police dog in the back.

    Pudding Lane, Chigwell

    The attack happened in Chigwell, Essex, on 31 October when the officer  tried to breathalyse a driver

    Tony Turner, 36, of Vincent Road, Dagenham, was charged with a number of offences including assault and aggravated vehicle-taking. 

    He was imprisoned for 30 months at Chelmsford Crown Court. 

    Turner was given 18 months in prison for occasioning actual bodily harm plus 12 months for possessing identity documents with intent. 

    The judge sentenced him to 15 months' imprisonment for aggravated vehicle-taking to run concurrently. 

  15. Helping elderly patients regain their independence

    You might not have heard of " Deconditioning Syndrome " but it's an important issue facing older patients, who can lose the ability to do everyday tasks after prolonged periods of inactivity.

    It can result in falls, incontinence and psychological dependence. Regaining these lost abilities can take twice as long as it took to lose them.

    Now nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn are helping patients to take their first steps on the road to recovery.

          Chief executive Doroth Hosein, in black patterned jumper, with patient Beryl Newton - she has grey hair and a pale mauve jumper

    Where appropriate, they're being asked to take their meals in a chair rather than sitting in bed, are being encouraged to wash and dress independently, and to start moving.

    Chief executive Dorothy Hosein says it's unacceptable for any older person to lose the ability to do a simple everyday task, and their nursing teams are doing their utmost to ensure this doesn't happen.

    Quote Message: But we can’t win this fight alone... we need the support of families and carers to ensure that our patients have a supply of clean clothes while they are in hospital. A simple thing such as getting dressed and sitting in a chair can make a big difference to a patient’s physical and mental well-being.” from Dorothy Hosein Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Dorothy HoseinQueen Elizabeth Hospital
  16. Highland Fling takes the Fakenham Silver Cup

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    The feature race at Fakenham Racecourse today was the Silver Cup at 16:00.

    Nine runners went to post and it was won by 7-2 shot Highland Fling with Robert Dunne (pictured) on board.

    Pre-race favourite Whispering Storm was unplaced.

    Robert Dunne
  17. Top young running talents head for Norfolk

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    The country's top young long-distance runners will be competing at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey on Saturday. 

    It's been chosen as the venue for the English Schools Cross Country Championship, an event that Olympians like Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe competed in during their development. 

    View more on twitter

    Paul Allison from the English Schools Athletics Association says some fast times could be set. 

    "The organisers have made the course as difficult as possible so there are going to be ploughed fields, but most of it is flat because that is Norfolk." 

  18. Essex football team news

    Southend United said they will check on the fitness of Jason Demetriou at training today. The full-back missed Tuesday's win at Coventry.

    Jason Demetriou

    But Adam Thompson and Simon Cox are both expected to be available for the League One match with Walsall on Saturday. 

    Colchester United are waiting to see if they can include Richard Brindley in their squad to travel to Crewe in League Two. The defender has been out for two weeks with a calf muscle injury.

  19. Two elderly patients taken to hospital after A1151 collision

    Two people were taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision to the north of Norwich just before midday.

    Road and air ambulance crews treated three people on the A1151 Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

    One elderly patient was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and another elderly person, who had a rib and arm injury, was flown there.

    The third person was discharged at the scene uninjured.