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  1. Our live coverage across the day - and the week

    We've just worked out after Monday, we're going to have to wait another 91 days until our next bank holiday so we're heading home to start making the most of the long weekend as soon as we can.

    If you're just joining us, or you've been dipping in and out of our coverage during the day, the best way of finding out exactly what's been happening across the county is to scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date.

    Have an enjoyable weekend, whatever you've got planned, and set yourself a reminder to join us again on Tuesday from 08:00.

  2. Fire service urges people to remain vigilant as dry conditions continue

    Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant in preventing and spotting possible fires as the hot weather continues.

    More than 30 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled a blaze in Thetford Forest yesterday afternoon.

    Earlier this month crews were on the scene of a gorse fire in Southwold for more than 24 hours.

  3. WWII Pacific War journal sells for £2,500 at auction

    A midshipman's diary which includes covers a first-hand account of the last shots fired in the Pacific during World War Two, among other events. reached less than expected when it was auctioned recently.

    The journal was expected to reach £3,000-£5,000 at Diss Auction Rooms' Militaria sale on Saturday, but made £2,500.

    The diary was kept by John G Pike, who had lied about his age in order to join the war effort aged 16.

  4. Young boy arrested following Stowmarket assault

    A 12-year-old boy has been released under investigation, after being arrested in connection with an assault in Stowmarket on 19 May.

    A man in his late teens told police he was walking through the recreation ground between 18:30 and 19:15 when he was approached by a boy who, following a brief exchange, threatened him with a knife.

    He also said the boy punched him in the face before kicking him to the ground.

    The boy was questioned at the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre before being released, pending further inquiries.

    Police Investigation Centre
  5. Two men jailed following armed robbery in Beccles

    Jail sentences totalling more than 17 years have been handed down to two men following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beccles in September last year.

    Kerron Turner and Aaron Knights

    Kerron Turner (pictured left), 26, formerly of York Road in Great Yarmouth, and The Greenway in Beccles was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 years and 10 months.

    Aaron Knights, 25, of no fixed abode but also formerly of York Road in Great Yarrrmouth, was sent to prison for six years, six months.

    Turner was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent at a trial earlier in the year.

    Knights had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

    Det Insp Simon Bridgland said: ""This was a frightening incident for the victim who was working at the jewellers at the time of the attack.

    "He has shown great courage throughout and we’d like to thank him and other members of the public who got in touch to pass on information following the incident for their assistance."

  6. New coalition could 'damage' Basildon Council says former deputy leader

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The former Conservative deputy leader of Basildon Council has said the new coalition's failure to appoint a leader could damage the authority.

    Last night political leadership of Basildon Council switched from the Conservatives to a loose coalition of Labour, UKIP, Independence from the EU and Wickford independents.

    Basildon Town Square

    The coalition has decided not to have a leader and have a committee system rather than a cabinet system.

    Former deputy leader Kevin Blake told the BBC that the committee system slowed up the process of administering a council and the coalition of left wing and right wingers would lead to "confusion" in the governing of the council.

    He added: "I don't know of any other council without a leader in the whole country. Why have they done this?"

    Kerry Smith

    Councillor Mr Blake said in May next year the Conservatives hoped to regain control of the council.

    Independence from the EU group councillor Kerry Smith (pictured above), a member of the coalition who chairing the housing committee, said the decision to take the key posts from the Conservatives was a rejection of the Tory administration being dominated by Billericay Conservative members.

    He said the Conservatives allowed housing developments anywhere but Billericay.

    "People put their political differences aside to revolt against the Billericay Conservatives," he said.

    Mr Blake rejected the idea that Tories put Blillericay ahead of other parts of the authority area.

    He added: "The only thing this coalition is going to give Billericay is more housing."

  7. Water safety message for people visiting the Broads

    Police are reminding people who visit the Broads and coastal areas over the Bank Holiday weekend that while a river may be a tempting way to cool off, the water can have hidden dangers.

    PC Paul Bassham from Norfolk Constabulary's Broads Beat team said: "We want people to come and enjoy what the Broads has to offer, but to be aware of the risks and stay safe.

    "There are many dangers that people may not necessarily see such as the change in depth, sudden decreases in temperature, unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.”

    There's also a warning using boats: "We would like to remind those at the helm of a vessel that there are hefty fines for navigating when not in proper control of your boat whether this is due to taking drugs or being intoxicated.”

  8. The lorry driver 'must be devastated'

    A woman whose teenage daughter died after being hit by a lorry on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon says: "The lorry driver must be devastated, I can't imagine what he must be going through."

    Michelle Whiting

    Michelle Whiting, from Beccles, is searching for answers about the mental health treatment 18-year-old Rachel Stoter received prior to her death.

    Michelle added: "I think that if she was in such a frame of mind that she wanted to harm herself they should have put her in hospital and they should have kept her safe."

    The James Paget Hospital, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

  9. Mother of teenager who died on A47 'searches for answers'

    The mother of a Lowestoft teenager, who died following a collision on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, is searching for answers from mental health professionals, about the treatment her daughter received just before the incident.

    Rachel Stoter

    Rachel Stoter, 18, who'd suffered from mental health problems over the past few years, died at the James Paget Hospital on Monday night after she had been hit by a lorry shortly before 15:00.

    It's understood she'd been treated at the hospital the day before the collision.

    Her mother Michelle Whiting, who lives in Beccles, said: "As far as I'm aware she was released from hospital on Monday maybe half an hour, 40 minutes before the accident.

    "She was walking from James Paget along the A47 away from the hospital.

    "Why wasn't she put in hospital? Why weren't we called to go and pick her up? Why just release her on her own?"

    Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and the James Paget have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

    No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  10. Tories lose leadership of Basildon Council

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The political leadership of Basildon Council has switched from the Conservatives to a loose coalition of Labour, UKIP, Independence from the EU and Wickford independents.


    No one party has overall control at Basildon with 19 Conservatives, nine Labour members, nine UKIP members, two Wickford independents and two from the Independence from the EU group.

    The Conservatives had run the authority as the largest single party, but at a meeting last night the non-Tory councillors banded together to change the cabinet system to committee system and divide up the committee chairmanships between themselves.

    Labour's Gavin Callaghan (pictured) has been elected chairman of the policy and resources committee - traditionally the post held by the leader of the council.

    Gavin Callaghan

    The other key chairmanships include senior members of Independence from the EU, UKIP and the Wickford independents.

    Mr Callaghan said: "All of us need to commit ourselves to listening to what our constituents and our communities are saying and to making sound decisions based on good evidence and careful consideration. We will need to work together and listen to each other too."

    The council had been led by Phil Turner of the Conservative group.

  11. Your photos: Sunshine across the county

    If you, like me, are stuck in the office with little chance of getting out into the glorious sunshine.... I hope you won't mind me sharing these BBC Weather Watchers' photos to remind you of what you're missing.

    The North Sea sparkling in sunshine
    Sunshine through trees
    Norwich Cathedral spire against blue sky
    Calm blue sea and yellow gorse
    The river at Wroxham, with houses and several boats
  12. How many shades of blue can a Suffolk sky be?

    It doesn't really matter - the main thing, as these BBC Weather Watcher pics show us, is that it's not raining.

    Blue sky in Stanningfield
    Blue sky in Mendham
    Blue sky in Bramfield
  13. Essex County Cricket Club takes five wickets

    BBC Sport

    At lunch Surrey cricket club are 67 for five. The wickets were taken by Matt Quinn and Jamie Porter.

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  14. Speedway: Witches head north in fine fettle

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says "everyone's confidence is really high" ahead of tomorrow night's Championship meeting at Workington.

    Ipswich Witches

    The Suffolk side will be at full strength as they aim for a third successive away win, following recent victories at Berwick and Scunthorpe.

    “We are a stronger team than in the last couple of years and last week showed we have mental toughness about us," Hawkins told the club website.

    "With the side we have we can win anywhere and we will be going there to get another three points on Saturday. We are not scared of Workington but we have a lot of respect for how they have started the season."

  15. Brentwood woman chosen to chair major cats' charity

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A Brentwood GP practice manager and garden designer has been elected as the new chairman of the UK's leading feline welfare charity.

    Linda Upson and cat

    Linda Upson is now in charge at Cats Protection. She'll be leading the charity's nine volunteer trustees. It helps almost 200,000 cats each year.

    Ms Upson said: “It is an honour to be chairman of Cats Protection and I am looking forward to continuing the projects started by my predecessor, Heather McCann.

    "We will be increasing the number of adoption centres, volunteer run branches, and homing and information centres, as well as expanding our education programme to reach as many people as we can."

    Cats Protection has a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 adoption centres.

  16. Leiston boss keen to keep in-demand striker

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Leiston manager Glenn Driver says top scorer Matt Blake (pictured) will only leave Victory Road this summer if the deal is right for both the club and the player.

    Matt Blake

    There's almost certain to be interest in the 28-year-old after he took the Ryman Premier Division by storm last season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions.

    "He's such a level-headed guy and he's signed a contract at Leiston and understands that we've put a transfer fee on his head, which he agrees with," Driver told BBC Suffolk Sport.

    "If we're lucky enough to hold onto him I think he would accept that, but also, if we can push him on to a higher level then we'll encourage him to go on and do better things for himself as well."

  17. Red Poll cattle coming to Colchester to control grass growth in country park

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A herd of Red Poll cattle has taken up residency in Colchester’s High Woods Country Park to help control the growth of grass to benefit flowers, and the insects, birds and mammals that depend on them.

    Red Poll cattle

    As well as being one of Colchester’s beauty spots, the County Park has a combination of marshy areas, hayfields and scrubland, providing the perfect habitat for thousands of different birds, mammals and plant life.

    Colchester Borough Council is working in partnership with Essex County Council, to deliver conservation grazing to benefit the local wildlife and landscape.

    High Woods Country Park

    Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: "We are delighted to be adding High Woods to our growing list of conservation grazing sites.

    "We hope visitors will enjoy the sight of the cattle."

    For more information on conservation grazing or to enquire about volunteering visit Legacy Grazing's website.

  18. Celebrating women's role in brewing

    Norwich is playing host to a beer festival with a difference this bank holiday, in celebration of women in the brewing industry.

    For the fourth year, FEM.ALE returns to the city, with a collection of ales, lagers, stouts and porters from female-led breweries across the UK and beyond.

    Erica Horton, one of the festival's directors, has done a lot of research into the history of brewing and the fermentation of drinks and says women were always at the heart of the industry.

    "There's a stereotype in more contemporary times that beer is a drink for men, brewed by men and consumed by men and we're here to remind people that that's not the real history of beer... it's just a liquid and it's for everyone."

    If you fancy a pint, get down to The Plasteres Arms in Cowgate - the event runs from today to 29 May.

    The Plasterers Arms in Cowgate