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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for our live updates for this sunny Friday, and indeed for the week.

    Thank you for your company, join us again on Monday when we'll be bright-eyed and bushy tailed from 08:00.

    Here's a quick look at some of the stories we've been covering today:

    • Suffolk Police is set to recruit detectives
    • A former charity treasurer is jailed for fraud
    • An unexpected visitor swoops through an open door at a police station

    Scroll down to read more on these stories and other Suffolk news.

    Have a splendid weekend.

    Lowestoft
  2. Our live coverage across the week

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Essex Live team for this week so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    Today we've covered a wide range of stories and here are some of them.

    • 'Home care will continue' as provider prepares to pull out in November, county council leader says
    • Firefighters visit high-rise flats to reassure residents with safety fears after the Grenfell Tower tragedy
    • An ambulance driver is found not guilty of causing death by careless driving

    For details of these stories and more just scroll down the page and if you want to comment use the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    Another week has come to an end of our Local Live service for the county.

    Today's highlights have included:

    • Middlesbrough lure Jonny Howson from Norwich City
    • Lightning closes rail services on the Norwich-Cambridge line
    • Arts and entertainment take centre stage for the Lord Mayor's Celebration in Norwich

    Scroll down to read more on these.... and join us again when our regular updates return at 08:00 on Monday.

  4. Weather: Cloudy with possibility of sharp showers

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloud will develop from the north west bringing a small chance of isolated sharp showers across the BBC East region tonight.

    But it will remain dry for many areas with clear spells later.

    Weather chart

    Light rain or drizzle is possible across western counties later as the temperature falls to 12C (54F) in places.

    Saturday will be another dry day with sunny spells and some cloud and it will be cooler on the coast.

    Maximum temperature: 23C (76F)

    More details from BBC Weather:

  5. Rail line reopens after lightning strike

    Greater Anglia is reporting that the Norwich-Cambridge line is now open again.

    It had been closed following a lightning strikes on overhead cables between Attleborough and Thetford in Norfolk and between Shippea Hill and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

    However, delays are expected as services get back to normal.

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  6. Fire crews putting out a crop fire

    Fire crews are at a crop blaze in Badingham near Framlingham.

    They were called out at about 16:15 and found about 40 acres of field "well alight".

    Two fire vehicles and a water carrier have been at Wood Farm.

  7. Norfolk MPs' bid for committee chairmanships

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Two of Norfolk's MPs want to lead influential parliamentary committees.

    Richard Bacon, the MP for South Norfolk, has put himself forward to chair the House of Commons Treasury Committee, while Norman Lamb (North Norfolk) wants to lead the Science and Technology Committee.

    Elections for the posts will be held among MPs next week.

    Select committees have become a very influential part of parliamentary work.

    They investigate topcs of concern and they have the power to call anyone as a witness.

    Their reports often influence and sometimes change government policy.

  8. Witham armed robber jailed for 15 years

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    A man who robbed a cash delivery van in an armed raid in Witham, stealing £235,000 in cash, has been jailed for 15 years.

    Joe Turner, 29, wearing a balaclava, was one of a gang armed with a shotgun who attacked two security guards at the Asda store in Highfields on the morning of 14 December 2016 as they stopped to refill an cash machine.

    Joe Turner

    One guard was forced onto his knees and the other was ordered to remove money from their security van.

    The men then made off in a BMW 4x4 driven by a third man and later found abandoned in Speedwell Close, Witham.

    DNA and fingerprints found inside this vehicle were linked to Turner, of Vincent Road, Dagenham who was arrested on 4 April 2017 and later charged.

    He pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Chelmsford Crown Court last week.

    He returned to the court today and was jailed for a total of 15 years.

  9. Lowestoft legend set for testimonial take #2

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Micky Chapman (right) says there is no chance of him appearing in the dugout tomorrow when Lowestoft Town face Norwich City in a testimonial match for the former player and manager.

    Ady Gallagher and Micky Chapman

    This fixture was called off a year ago because of heavy rain, but has been rearranged for a 15:00 kick-off, with tickets available on the gate.

    Ady Gallagher's side go into the match off the back of a 3-0 win over Waveney FC at the Amber Dew Events Stadium earlier in the week.

    "While it's my testimonial, it's also an important pre-season match for both teams, and I certainly won't be getting in the way of Ady and his assistant Dale Brooks," Chapman told us.

    The club legend's most memorable moment in the Lowestoft dugout came in 2014, when the Suffolk side won promotion to the National League North.

    However, having made close to 500 appearances as a player for the club, Chapman admits it is hard to think of one particular standout for him on the field.

    "I used to get butterfiles every time I played for Lowestoft, from a young lad right up until the day I stopped playing," he told us.

    "Every moment was special, and it was an absolute privilege to be at the club as both a player and a manager."

  10. Officers rescue 'over heating' dog from locked car

    It seems some dog owners are still unaware of the dangers of leaving pets inside locked vehicles during the height of summer, but these police officers in Chelmsford came to the rescue of this grateful dog.

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  11. Police patrol Norwich a week after a rape in a bid to find witnesses

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Police checks will be carried out tomorrow night one week after a woman was raped in a suburb of Norwich.

    Officers will be patrolling Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew in a bid to trace any potential witnesses to the attack which happened last Saturday between 21:45 and and 22:00.

    Thorpe St Andrew

    Det Insp Neil Stewart hoped the checks would trigger the memories of potential witnesses.

    "Yarmouth Road is one of the main routes into Norwich and there are several places to eat and drink," he said.

    "I'm hopeful we will capture people who visit the area regularly who may have seen something last Saturday night which initially doesn't seem important, but, on reflection, could be relevant to our inquiry."

  12. Village supermarket staff threatened with hammer by raider

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Two men who robbed a village supermarket near Dunmow are being sought by police.

    One of the men climbed over the counter at the Co-Operative in Hallett Road, Flitch Green, on Wednesday morning and demanded money from three staff members.

    The other pushed one of the victims and threatened him with a hammer. They stole a four-figure sum of cash, police said.

    Two men and a woman were left shaken but unharmed.

    The raiders were described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall and had their faces covered. One wore a grey tracksuit, the other a black tracksuit. Both wore baseball caps and hooded tops.

  13. Ipswich ready for first summer friendly

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    A handful of new signings are expected to feature for Ipswich Town in their first pre-season friendly of the summer this weekend.

    Ipswich Town in training

    Mick McCarthy's side have been training at Carton House in Ireland this week, and face Premier Division side Drogheda United tomorrow afternoon.

    For travelling Town fans, it could be a first opportunity to see Joe Garner, Tom Adeyemi and Bersant Celina in action for their new club.

    Jordan Spence and Emyr Huws also joined Ipswich last month, but are familiar faces, having spent time at Portman Road on a short term deal and on loan respectively last season.

    One player who is not a part of the trip is Town's 18-year-old midfielder Andre Dozzell.

    The youngster is currently on international duty with England's Under-19s at the European Championships in Georgia.

    Dozzell has played every minute so far in wins against Bulgaria and Holland, but may be rested for tomorrow's match with Germany, given that England have already qualified for the semi-finals.

  14. Hawkins hopes for successful Witches road trip

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins knows his side's impressive home form this season could count for very little, if his riders do not make the most of their opportunities on the road.

    Ritchie Hawkins

    He was speaking following a dominant 60-32 victory over Scunthorpe Scorpions last night at Foxhall, which moves the Witches up to second in speedway's Championship table.

    The Suffolk side race at Berwick Bandits tomorrow, and are on their travels again on Sunday when they will visit Newcastle Diamonds.

    While undoubtedly happy with eleven consecutive home wins this season, Hawkins says the Witches away form will be key to any play-off success or silverware at the end of the campaign.

    "We were looking at trying to pick up between seven and 10 points from these three meetings as a whole, and we have three already after last night," the 33-year-old told us.

    "We have to see Berwick as a big opportunity to get a win, but we also did well at Newcastle the last time we were there, and we had a few off-track issues at the time as well.

    "Certainly if we get a win tomorrow it will give everyone a boost into Sunday."

  15. Free events in Ipswich celebrate world music and culture

    Two free events celebrating world music will be held in Ipswich this weekend.

    Dele and Lokkhi Terra at Global Rhythm

    Global Rhythm at Christchurch Park tomorrow will include meditation sessions, pop print workshops, a community picnic plus radio and music tents.

    It will be held from 13:00 until 19:00.

    Then on Sunday, Christchurch Park will play host to the Indian Summer Mela.

    Running from 12:00 until 18:00, it will offer a celebration of Asian culture, featuring performances of Indian dances, songs, music and workshops.

    India Summer Mela
  16. From the archives: Kett's Rebellion - Norwich 1549

    Some 586 years ago this month, British tanner Robert Kett led a rebellion.

    Kett's Rebellion

    This pictures shows him and his followers in what was known as Kett's Rebellion on Mousehold Heath, which overlooked the city of Norwich.

    The protest against the enclosure of land, when common land became private property, began at Wymondham on 8 July 1549.

    The rebels were defeated by an army in August.

  17. Video: Ella's 20-day poetry charity challenge

    A six-year-old girl is reading and writing 20 of her own poems in 20 days.

    Ella Brown, from Rattlesden, near Bury St Edmunds, has so far raised £600 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices and the health and outreach charity Yellow House.

    She says she enjoys creative writing and it is something special to share.

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    Video caption: Rattlesden schoolgirl's 20-day poetry charity challenge
  18. Goats bring 'feel good factor' to yoga

    A new craze which is grazing its way across the nation is about to reach Suffolk this weekend.

    Goat yoga

    Goat Yoga will be held at Skylark Farm, Bawsdey, on Sunday.

    Participants practice yoga whilst in a field of baby goats, and are encouraged to sit with and pet the goats, which organisers say "increases the release of the feel-good hormones in the body making people feel relaxed and at ease".

    The sold-out class will be taken by yoga teacher Diana Malone.

  19. Squatters take over 'unlocked' former Job Centre building

    Robby West

    BBC Look East

    Squatters have taken over the four-storey former Job Centre, Regent House, in Basildon claiming they've moved in due to lack of housing.

    Closed over a year ago, the building now houses four squatters and three dogs.

    Tom Keys

    Tom Keys said he gained access to the building through the old staff entrance door which was unlocked and protected only by a catch he was able to push open.

    He does not feel he has done anything wrong as he was homeless and said: "Everyone deserves a roof over their head."

    He had been in another squat and discovered Regent House as he was looking for somewhere else to live.

    Basildon councillor Kerry Smith said incidents like this are due to the government not allowing councils to borrow money to build houses.

    Telereal Trillium, which currently owns the building, is now attempting to regain possession.

  20. Weather: Strange cloud formations herald muggy night

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers have pictured some strange cloud formations over the county today heralding another dry night.

    The skimpy cloud of the day will thicken as twilight arrives and a few spots of rain are possible in the early hours.

    For some it may be another uncomfortable muggy night for sleeping.

    Minimum temperature: 17C (63F)

    More details from BBC Weather.

    Walton-on-the-Naze
    Chadwell St Mary
    Rayleigh
    Bishop's Stortford