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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor and Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    Kate Williams and I are signing off for the day.

    We hope you've enjoyed the very first day of BBC Suffolk live - there will be more news, travel, weather and sport updates tomorrow from 08:00.

    You can still get in touch with us by email or tweet us @bbcsuffolk

  2. Theatre Royal relocates its box office

    Bury Free Press

    @BfpPaul tweets: Bury St Edmunds theatre relocates offices and box office to save £30,000 a year

  3. History of the National Stud

    Louise Hubball

    BBC News

    In Look East tonight, I've got a special report from the National Stud in Newmarket, which is celebrating its centenary this year.

    Horse at the National Stud, Newmarket

    It all started when a successful breeder, Colonel William Hall Walker, donated his bloodstock to the nation.

  4. Risk of showers overnight

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry with clear spells this evening. However, increasing cloud will bring a risk of a few showers overnight. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F)

    Suffolk overnight temperature chart

    Get more details here.

  5. Pram Walk closed for 14 weeks

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    The Pram Walk at Felixstowe's Seafront Gardens has closed today, for up to 14 weeks.

    South beach mansion Felixstowe

    Suffolk Coastal District Council says the closure is necessary to complete replanting and resurfacing works, as part of the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens restoration project.

  6. Post update

    Loving the perm

    The many haircuts of BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin, who is currently on air.

    Lesley Dolphin haircuts

    The board was put up in the newsroom a couple of weeks ago for BBC Radio Suffolk's 25th anniversary open day, and is still providing some amusement.

  7. Cannabis 'may have impaired crash driver's reactions'

    Bury Free Press

    @BfpPaul tweets: Cannabis may have impaired reactions of driver who died after car crash in Mildenhall, inquest hears.

  8. Judgement 'seriously flawed'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    A judge at London's Court of Appeal has overturned a confiscation order against a Suffolk farmer, saying it was "seriously flawed".

    London's Appeal Court

    Eric Moss, from Farnham, had appealed against an £83,000 confiscation order which was imposed in 2013 for the unlawful slaughter of cattle, and sale of meat.

    Today Mr Justice Sweeney ruled that the procedure followed in Mr Moss's case was seriously flawed, saying: "It is not possible for us to say what the result would have been if the various undoubted flaws had been avoided."

    You can read the full story here.

  9. Question mark over Sam Smith gig

    Bury Free Press

    Grammy award winner Sam Smith's gig at Thetford Forest this summer could be in doubt, after doctors found a haemorrhage on his vocal cords. He's already had to cancel his Australian tour.

    Sam Smith

    On his website, Sam says: "The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue."

  10. Portman Road hosts Frozen and The Avengers

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    Fans of the Disney hit Frozen and the Avengers are being invited to Portman Road for a special event in July.

    Elsa and Anna

    Ipswich Town Football Club has teamed up with Ipswich Borough Council to stage an open air cinema day, with four films on the practice pitch, as part of this year's Ip-art festival.

  11. Martlesham marathon

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    A Bealings man is running his own marathon in Martlesham on Sunday, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

    Simon Goldsmith Martlesham marathon runner

    Simon Goldsmith failed in his attempt to get a place on the London Marathon this year, so plans to run 17 laps around Martlesham instead. He's happy for people to join him, but wants to point out that the run is unofficial and isn't a registered event.

  12. Counterfeit cash

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they would like to speak to in connection with the use of counterfeit cash in Ipswich.

    CCTV image of counterfeit cash suspect

    On five occasions, a man has used counterfeit notes to make small purchases in a shop and been given change. It is also believed another man was involved.

  13. Latest headlines

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    Stories in Suffolk today

    • Judge overturns confiscation order for Farnham cattle farmer
    • Ipswich man goes under knife to lose 100lb of skin in New York surgery
    • Stowmarket woman fined for allowing her dogs to bark excessively
    • Stowaway snake travels 6,000 miles and is found at Ipswich's Ransomes Europark
  14. Tyrone Mings tipped for the Premier League

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he has no doubts whatsoever that left-back Tyrone Mings will go on to play Premier League football, hopefully with his current club.

    Tyrone Mings applauding

    The 22 year old's made the left-back slot his own this season after Aaron Cresswell left for West Ham.

  15. Judge overturns confiscation order

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    A Suffolk farmer has had an £83,000 confiscation order overturned at London's Court of Appeal today. Eric Moss, from Farnham, has also had his legal costs bill reduced by £8,000 to £10,000.

    Eric Moss with a red poll cattle

    Last year Mr Moss and his company ARP Farms admitted 10 offences under livestock legislation. He was also fined £15,000.

    The £83,000 confiscation order related to the alleged unlawful slaughter of cattle and selling of meat.

  16. Post update

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    Every day on Suffolk Live we'd like to feature your images of the county. We're kicking things off with a stunning shot of the Orwell Bridge at night from Xavier Aaron.

    Orwell Bridge at night

    If you have a great landscape, seascape, weather, wildlife or picture of an iconic Suffolk building we'd love to see them. Email or post it on our Facebook page. Don't forget to tell us a little bit about the image.

  17. Ipswich man to lose 100 lbs of skin

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    Ipswich slimmer Paul Mason has told BBC Radio Suffolk that American surgeons will cut nearly 100 lbs - or seven stone - of excess flesh from his body today.

    Barbara Walters and Paul Mason on The View

    Mr Mason, 54, who is previously from Loganberry Road in Ipswich, has lost over 600lbs in weight, and will be operated by surgeons in New York.

    He said: "It's got to be done in stages. It would be ideal if I could have it all done in one, but your body can't stand that. This is the main stage, the most important one."

  18. Opinion poll tool predictions for Suffolk

    Election 2015

    Have a look at our Election 2015 mapping constituency opinion poll tool.

    Just to be clear, it's a snapshot and not a prediction. But for those of you with a keen eye on next Thursday, it's worth a look.

  19. Bury St Edmunds Rock City!

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Introducing in Suffolk

    Our latest podcast of new music from Suffolk is available to download right here.

    Dingus Khan

    It features a number of bands who will be playing at the 'Bury Fringe All Dayer' this coming weekend.

    The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds is the venue for the event which will see Dingus Khan, Cathedrals and Cars, Fortunato, Nik Lowe and many others make an appearance on stage.

  20. Stowmarket woman fined for noisy dogs

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    A woman who left her two dogs to bark so excessively that her neighbours felt like moving out of their home has been fined £1,500.

    Dog barking

    Melinda Griggs, 50, of Poplar Hill, Stowmarket was also ordered to pay legal costs of £770 and £50 to victims of crime after pleading guilty to three offences of breaching a noise abatement notice.

    Magistrates heard Mrs Griggs left her German shepherd and Labrador to bark in her rear garden for hours at a time during the day.

  21. Dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry with sunny spells with cloud later this evening.

    Weather outlook for this afternoon and evening

    It will feel rather chilly, especially in the breeze. There will be maximum temperatures of 12C (54F).

    Stay up to date on the BBC Weather website.

  22. Latest headlines

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The latest headlines for Suffolk are:

    • Stowaway snake travels 6,000 miles and turns up in Ipswich
    • Ipswich slimmer Paul Mason - who used to weigh 70 stone - is having excess skin removed in America
    • Trawlerboys manager heralds Conference North survival as "greatest achievement"
  23. What next for the Trawlerboys?

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Lowestoft Town joint manager Ady Gallagher says he has no idea what league his side will be playing in next season.

    The Trawlerboys were controversially placed in the Conference North for the 2014-15 campaign after winning promotion.

    "There are 4,000 more miles for us to travel in this league compared with the Conference South," says Gallagher.

    "It seemed illogical placing us in the Conference North but we took it on the chin and survival must go down as our greatest achievement to date."

  24. Stowaway snake travels 6,000 miles

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    An exotic mangrove snake has made a 6,000 miles (9,656km) journey from Malaysia, to a warehouse in Ipswich.

    Malaysian mangrove snake

    The 3ft (.091m) reptile was discovered as a delivery of Malaysian wood was being unloaded at a warehouse in Ransomes Europark.

    RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: "He must have been in that crate for more than six weeks, with no access to food or water, so was very rehydrated and thin.

    "He is now doing well though in specialist RSPCA care."

  25. 'Oscar doughnut' bakery opens London pop-up shop

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    The Suffolk bakery mentioned at the Academy Awards earlier this year is opening a pop-up shop in London today.

    Mat Kirkby (right) and James Lucas at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles

    The bakery became globally famous for its doughnuts after Oscar-winning director Mat Kirkby (pictured right) name checked it during the ceremony in Los Angeles.

    Bread from the Pump Street Bakery in Orford will be on sale for a week at the temporary shop in Shoreditch.

  26. Trains delayed for up to an hour

    Greater Anglia tweets: Train services running through Romford may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 15:00 today.

  27. Ipswich slimmer 'can't wait to have surgery'

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    Ipswich slimmer Paul Mason - who lost more than 600lb (272kg) in weight - says he can't wait to have surgery in the States to reduce the pain he is in.

    Paul Mason and Rebecca Mountain

    Pictured here with fiancee Rebecca Mountain, Mr Mason told the BBC: "It will be like removing a couple of children. It feels like I've been carrying somebody around with me the past few months.

    "I can't wait until I feel a little bit more mobility wise, and less pain," he said.

  28. Gormley statue at Aldeburgh

    East Anglian Daily Times

    A figure standing with arms folded will stare defiantly out to sea from the battlements of one of Suffolk's coastal fortresses for the next 12 months.

    A crane lifted the life-size cast-iron statue into position at the Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, on Monday.

    The sculpture is one of five around the country and the only solo outdoor art installation in the UK this year by acclaimed sculptor Sir Antony Gormley.

  29. A year of the dawn chorus

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk live

    It's exactly 12 months since Ian Robertson, chairman of Elveden parish council, heard the sound of birdsong for the first time in a long time.

    Male blackbird

    When the A11 Elveden by-pass opened it helped to restore tranquillity to the village.

  30. Latest news headlines

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The latest headlines for Suffolk are:

    • An 11-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after a crash in Bury St Edmunds this morning
    • The East of England Co-op says it can't rule out closing stores in future, despite a second year of increasing profits
    • Ipswich man Paul Mason, who used to weigh 70 stone, is finally having his excess skin removed by a surgeon in America
  31. Ipswich to Liverpool Street train cancelled

    Abellio Greater Anglia tweets: 11:52 Ipswich to London Liverpool Street will be cancelled due to a person hit by a train.

  32. Post update

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says Tyrone Mings has had an outstanding first full campaign in the Championship and believes there will be interest in the 22-year-old defender regardless of whether or not Ipswich Town achieve promotion this season.

    Tyrone Mings

    But fans can be assured Mings won't be leaving the club any time soon. "He is contracted to us and we have no desire to sell our best players," said McCarthy.

    Mings is set to make his 42nd appearance of the season in Saturday's crucial fixture away at Blackburn.

  33. Ipswich buses report delays

    Ipswich Buses tweets: Update - Delays across the network due to problems on A14 sorry! We'll be with you as soon as we can

  34. Update: Girl injured in collision

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    We've got some more details from Suffolk Police about the crash involving a child in Bury St Edmunds.

    It happened just before 08:00 and involved an 11-year-old girl in Ion Road. She was taken to hospital with facial injuries and a possible broken wrist.

  35. Child injured in crash with vehicle

    East Anglian Daily Times newspaper tweets: Child suffers minor injuries after colliding with car in Bury St Edmunds.

  36. Suffolk schools left with over 100 vacant places

    East Anglian Daily Times

    Schools in Suffolk are set to have more than 100 spare places for Year 7 pupils this September, new figures have revealed.

    Lowestoft's East Point Academy is more than two thirds empty, according to the figures - with 176 places still available out of a total of 240 for Year 7.

  37. Ipswich slimmer Paul Mason to go under knife

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    Paul Mason from Ipswich, who was previously dubbed "Britain's fattest man", is about to go under the knife in America.

    Paul Mason and his fiancee Rebecca

    Mr Mason, 54, who is due to have surgery in New York, says he has been treated very well in the States.

    "I feel things are in my control over here in the US - their health system works a bit different than the UK and they tend to be a bit more proactive," he told the BBC.

    "They tend to give you a lot more information than they do in the UK, which settles your mind."

  38. Store's profits rise but closures possible

    Ipswich Star

    An East Anglian store chain is celebrating a 3% rise in profits, but warned store closures could be on the cards this year as it continues to battle tough trading conditions.

    The East of England Co-op saw a second consecutive year of increased turnover and profits before tax and distributions, with sales up by £200,000 for the year from January 2014 to January 2015.

  39. Travel problems

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk live

    BBC Travel reports an accident on the A14 Westbound around junction 49 at the A1308 Bury Road at Stowmarket.

    There's also congestion on the A12 Northbound between London Road and Belstead.

  40. Terry Butcher tipped for Newport County

    BBC Sport

    Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher is understood to be in the frame to be Newport County's next manager.

    Terry Butcher celebrating

    Jimmy Dack has been caretaker boss since Justin Edinburgh left for Gillingham in February.

    County have started to talk to potential successors with Butcher believed to be in the running.

  41. Dry and chilly with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Today will be mainly dry with sunny spells, although an isolated shower is possible.

    Kate Kinsella

    It will feel rather chilly, especially in the breeze. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). Watch the forecast with Kate Kinsella.

  42. Latest news

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    These are the main headlines for Suffolk so far today:

    • Suffolk is leading the way in the use of care farms to treat people with mental health problems and disabilities
    • The East of England Co-op reports a second year of increasing profits
    • The Suffolk bakery mentioned at the Academy Awards opens a temporary shop in Shoreditch
  43. Good morning

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Welcome to the very first day of Suffolk Live.

    Between now and 18:00 Kate Williams and I will bring you news, travel, sport and weather updates for Suffolk.

    Have you got a story? Get in touch @BBCSuffolk or email