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  1. Updates for Thursday 7 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for a few hours

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    That's it from me and Suffolk Live for today but our election team will be back at 22:00 with updates overnight and throughout the day tomorrow.

    Don't forget we love to hear from you with news about Suffolk as well as seeing your pictures of the county.

    You can email us, or post a message on our Facebook page.

  2. Family pay tribute to killed motorcyclist

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The family of a 19-year-old man who died following a collision in Barham, near Claydon, last month have paid tribute to him.

    Darnell Meade

    Darnell Meade, of Needham Market, died following a three-vehicle collision on 24 April on Norwich Road, close to the Sandy Lane junction.

    In a statement his family said: "His laughter, wise words, optimistic attitude, kind heart and warm smile touched the lives of many near and far. His strong spirit and wild side will always live on and will never be forgotten by those who loved him."

  3. Weather 'bumps along the way'

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Look East

    A cloudy and cool day tomorrow but take heart, the temperatures are on the rise as we go through the next few days.

    weather graphic

    Some bumps along the way though as we'll have showers on Saturday, but the only way is up. Tonight will be dry with winds staying light. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

  4. Most northerly rugby match in history

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We all know that rugby players are a pretty tough lot, out in all weathers, engaging in crunching tackles... but Paul Jordan, from Woodbridge, is tougher than most.

    Paul Jordan at the Arctic

    He's just trekked 100 miles facing bitter temperatures to reach the Magnetic North Pole to play in the most northerly rugby match in history, the Arctic Rugby Challenge.

  5. 'We're favourites now' - McCarthy

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Ipswich Town Football club manager Mick McCarthy says he hopes it's the case that form "goes out the window" in local derbies as the club has lost to Norwich City twice this season.

    Mick McCarthy

    He was speaking to BBC Look East ahead of Saturday's tie at Portman Road in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals, which kicks off 12.15. See what he has to say from 18:30 this evening on BBC1 (East).

    If you can't wait - watch this taster preview on Look East's Facebook page.

  6. Latest local headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Top stories in Suffolk at the moment:

    • Delphi Diesel Systems say they remain committed to Sudbury, despite plans to cut nearly 180 jobs
    • An area of arable farmland at Boyton Marsh will be restored as a coastal grazing marsh by the RSPB
    • Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy would be "so proud" if the club earns a place in the Premier League
  7. Watch the second leg of the play-offs from Portman Road

    Ipswich Town FC tweet: BEAMBACK: Can't make the second leg of the Play-Offs? Then watch it live from Portman Road

    Have a look at how you can watch the game here.

  8. Suits you sir: Police seek jewellery owner

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Is this your tie pin?

    Tie Pin

    Suffolk police are trying to trace the owner of two items of jewellery found after a car was seized in Haverhill last month.

    The vehicle was recovered by officers investigating an attempted rogue trader incident. A distinctive ring and tie pin (pictured) were found in the vehicle which are thought to be stolen property.

  9. Best opportunity of getting into the Premier League

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Football Club manager, has told BBC Look East he'd be "so happy and so proud of the club and the players" if they get into the Premier League.

    Susie Fowler-Watt and Mick McCarthy

    During his interview with Susie Fowler-Watt, McCarthy also said he thinks his best opportunity of getting into the Premier League is by getting a team promoted: "I don't see a Premier League team coming offering me a job, sad as that might be."

    Watch Look East tonight from 18:30 to see what else he had to say.

  10. Another England rugby star to visit

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    England rugby union star Rachael Burford will be at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club on Sunday.

    Rachael Burford

    The 28-year-old, capped 56 times by her country, will support youngsters taking part in the 2015 Sportivate Air Cadet Cup.

    Burford's visit comes just a week after England men's international Billy Vunipola was at the club for Bury's annual rugby 7s event.

  11. Your VE Day memories

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    On the eve of VE Day, BBC Radio Suffolk has been talking to people about their memories of that time.

    Montage of VE day newspapers

    Colin Looker, who lives in Nacton, has more than 60 papers from the time - including the Daily and Sunday Express, and the Sunday Pictorial.

    What are your memories? Have you got any photographs of that day? Email us or post a message on our Facebook page.

  12. Increase to 'quality wetland habitat'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    An area of arable farmland at Boyton Marsh is going to be restored as coastal grazing marsh by the RSPB thanks to a £500,000 grant.


    RSPB spokesman Aaron Howe says: "This project won't just increase the area of high quality wetland habitat for species like lapwing and avocet, it will also bring Boyton Marsh and Hollesley Marsh a step closer together."

    The funding has been made through the Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group.

  13. Behind-the-scenes at BBC Look East

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Look East presenter Susie Fowler-Watt has been chatting to Ipswich Town Football Club manager Mick McCarthy for tonight's programme.

    Suzie Fowler Watt editing an interview with Mick McCarthy

    Here she is hard at work editing the interview. We'll have a sneak preview on our Facebook page later.

  14. Latest headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Here are the latest headlines for Suffolk:

    • Union 'very concerned' over job losses revealed at Sudbury's Delphi Diesel Systems
    • RSPB plan extension to existing wetland at Boyton Marsh
    • Ipswich Town Football Club manager Mick McCarthy is confident of play-off success against Norwich City
  15. McCarthy confident of play-off success

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes his side will win promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

    Mick McCarthy

    Speaking to BBC Look East, McCarthy accepts his side are underdogs ahead of their two-legged tie with Norwich, but is confident going into Saturday's match at Portman Road.

    "Of those who are left, Norwich have the best squad and arguably the best team, but I reckon it's my time." he said.

  16. Suffolk's smallest polling station

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We're wondering if this is Suffolk's smallest polling station?

    Kenton polling station

    You'll find it in Kenton, near Debenham, and the man with the caravan is Mid Suffolk Council's poll clerk Simon Stoner. Have you visited a smaller or quirkier polling booth in Suffolk? Get in touch and let us know.

  17. 'Extension' planned for RSPB Boyton Marsh

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The RSPB has acquired 33 hectares (0.33sq km) of farmland adjacent to its Boyton Marsh nature reserve which it plans to turn into a new 'extension' to the existing wetland.

    Havergate Island & Boyton Marshes

    RSPB spokesman Aaron Howe says: "By enlarging areas under nature conservation management we are working towards a more connected landscape for nature in the Alde-Ore Estuary."

  18. School's 'gold standard' grow your own

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Children at Birchwood Primary School in Martlesham are set to sample a new Gold Menu for its school dinners from today.

    The youngsters will be served up tasty treats like chocolate and kale cake as part of an initiative developed alongside healthy food organisations including the Food For Life Partnership.


    Caterers will organic local and ethical produce wherever possible and the children will grow fruit and vegetables in the school garden and collect eggs from the school chickens for the chef to use.

  19. Post update

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Ipswich Buses tweet: Ipswich vs. Norwich football match Saturday 9th May... Princes Street closed 0500 - 1700.

    You can find out more about that diversion from Suffolk County Council.

  20. Jobs axe at Delphi Diesel Systems 'short-sighted'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Unite trade union says it's "very concerned" at the decision made by management at Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury to axe more than 170 jobs.

    Exterior view of Delphi factory

    Regional officer Neal Evans says: "Ultimately they are putting the entire operation in Sudbury in jeopardy.

    "There are workers in Sudbury with more than 20 years experience. We are putting forward alternative strategies and doing our level best to reverse the decision."

  21. It's 'ask Billy' at Bury Rugby Club

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Is England international Billy Vunipola better at rugby than his brother Mako? How is his preparation going ahead of the World Cup?

    Billy Vunipola

    Youngsters from Suffolk got the chance to ask him at the recent 7's event held at the Haberden in Bury St Edmunds.

  22. Spa's new deal attempt

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Last month, we brought you the news that Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion had been sold to NRG Theatres and will reopen later this year.

    Spa Pavillion

    Now, the Ipswich Star is reporting a last-ditch attempt is being made to register the venue as an asset of community value.

    New community interest company, the Felixstowe group, says it wants to acquire the building.

  23. Latest headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The latest headlines on Suffolk Live:

    • Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury announce 176 job losses
    • A body discovered in Stoke-by-Clare is identified as missing Clare man Mark Stanbridge
    • A man's been arrested over a series of burglaries in Bury St Edmunds
  24. Man arrested over Bury St Edmunds burglaries

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Suffolk Police say they've arrested a 41-year-old Bury St Edmunds man in connection with a series of burglaries in the town.

    The man was taken to the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning, where he has been bailed to return to on 5 June pending further enquiries.

  25. Spices recalled because of illegal dyes

    Suffolk Trading Standards

    Suffolk Trading Standards tweet: Yekta Foods recalls Sommak spice because it contains illegal dyes.

  26. Underwater nestcams

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Nestcams have long been a staple of Springwatch, but never underwater.

    Stickleback underwater

    This year the team will be filming the male stickleback as he defends his nest of eggs.

    RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast is again playing host to Springwatch, which begins on BBC Two on 25 May.

  27. Ipswich Witches skipper in British Speedway semi-final

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    The Ipswich Witches have the evening off tonight although skipper Ritchie Hawkins will line up in the British Speedway semi-final meeting at Sheffield.

    Ipswich Witches

    The top seven riders from tonight's meeting and that at King's Lynn in just under a fortnight will progress to June's final in Wolverhampton.

  28. Body confirmed as missing man

    BBC Suffolk

    A body discovered in woodland close to Maple Hill in Stoke-by-Clare on Monday has been identified as missing person Mark Stanbridge.

    Mark was last seen on 22 April in neighbouring Clare.

    Suffolk Police said a post-mortem examination has taken place and the death was not being treated as suspicious.

  29. What it takes to be a 'vote counter'

    Election 2015

    Have you ever wondered what skills are needed to be one of the people counting the votes after an election?

    Vote counters

    Here are some of the basics:

    • You cannot have worked in support of a political party or candidate at the election
    • You have to be at least 16 years old
    • Count assistants also need to be fully literate and numerate
  30. 'A barometer of the feelgood factor in the county'

    Ipswich Town Football Club has been described as "one of Suffolk's biggest assets" by former club chairman David Sheepshanks.

    Sir Bobby Robson

    He told BBC Radio Suffolk: "If you think back to Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson putting Ipswich Town on the map you know it is actually one of our biggest assets... for us to be doing well I think it's in many senses a barometer of the feelgood factor in the county".

  31. Job losses confirmed at Delphi Diesel Systems

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury has confirmed that it is cutting 176 jobs. The company, which makes parts for the motor industry, employs 771 people at its Suffolk site.

    Map of Sudbury showing Delphi Diesel systems

    The company says it wants to move lower-skilled jobs overseas and concentrate on higher-skilled work and innovation in Sudbury.

    The job losses are made up of 91 full-time and 85 agency jobs. We'll have more on this later.

  32. Watch out for an abnormal load

    Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing tweets: Escorting an abnormal load from Cambridge to Ipswich this morning. Thanks for your patience

  33. Spring in Lavenham

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Janey Auchlincloss tweeted us with this stunning picture to say "Suddenly after the rain everywhere is #green #spring has definitely sprung in #Lavenham"

    Laveham church from across the fields

    Have you got a photograph that portrays spring in Suffolk? You can email us or submit it via our Facebook page.

    Make sure to tell us a little bit about the image and what inspired you to take it.

  34. Latest headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Here are the top local stories at the moment:

    • There are fears over job losses at Delphi in Sudbury
    • Former Ipswich Town Football Club chairman David Sheepshanks says promotion would be a "glorious time"
    • Rail freight facilities at the Port of Felixstowe expand with two new cranes
  35. Rail services via Stratford are suspended

    Greater Anglia

    Great Anglia tweets: Due to a person being hit by a train at #Stratford ALL services that normally travel via this station are suspended from Liverpool St.

  36. New cranes at the Port of Felixstowe

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Rail freight facilities at the Port of Felixstowe have expanded further with the commissioning of two new Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (RMGs) at the port's North Rail Terminal.

    New cranes at Felixstowe port

    Spokesman Clemence Cheng said: "The Port of Felixstowe already has greater rail capability than any other port in the UK. The new cranes will help us to move even greater volumes by rail in future."

  37. 'Magical, scintillating, a dream come true'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    David Sheepshanks, who was chairman of Ipswich Town Football club when they won promotion to the then Premiership, has been describing how it felt.

    ITFC celebrate in 200

    Speaking ahead of Saturday's first-leg of the Championship semi-final play-offs, when Ipswich Town take on Norwich City at Portman Road, Mr Sheepshanks said: "It was magical, scintillating, a dream come true".

    He added: "The whole town, the whole county, the whole club came alive. It was a glorious time".

  38. Constituency guide

    Election 2015

    Voters across Suffolk are off to the polls... you can find out who is standing in your area with the BBC's constituency guide.

    Melton polling station
  39. Jobs to go at Delphi factory in Sudbury

    East Anglian Daily Times

    One of west Suffolk's biggest employers is planning to cut its workforce by almost a quarter, it has been revealed.

    Staff at engineering firm Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury, which currently employs about 700 people at its Newton Road plant, have been informed that 91 permanent and 85 temporary jobs are to go.

  40. Trust plea to 'save our swifts'

    Yesterday it was a golden eagle, today it's swifts that could be seen flying over Suffolk.


    Suffolk Wildlife Trust says swifts tend to arrive back in the UK en masse and they are due to appear any day now.

    However, the trust says the species is facing a crisis - with half of the swifts breeding in the country lost between 1995 and 2012 - and is asking for help in gathering information of sightings and details of nest sites.

  41. New lease of life for Haverhill community centre

    Haverhill Echo

    A community centre in Haverhill is in for a new lease of life having been taken on by a local group.

    The Chalkstone Community Centre in Millfields Way was transferred on Wednesday from St Edmundsbury Borough Council to the River of Life Community Church.

  42. 'Nothing to lose and everything to gain'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Former Ipswich Town Football Club chairman David Sheepshanks says: "We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain".

    David Sheepshanks

    Mr Sheepshanks was speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk ahead of Ipswich Town's first leg of the Championship semi-final play-offs when they take on Norwich City at Portman Road on Saturday.

  43. Mainly dry with warm sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Most parts will have a fine day with spells of sunshine, although there could be the occasional shower too.

    Elizabeth Rizzini with a weather map

    With winds easing it should feel a lot warmer than recently, with a top temperature of 17C (63F). Elizabeth Rizzini has the full forecast.

  44. Latest headlines

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The stories making the news so far this morning:

    • People are voting across Suffolk in the 2015 general election
    • A Leiston woman recalls being crowned Carnival Queen as Victory in Europe day was celebrated
    • Ipswich Town FC say they're working closely with Suffolk Police to make sure everyone stays safe at Saturday's East Anglian derby play-off game against Norwich City
  45. Good morning

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Welcome to Suffolk Live on Thursday 7 May 2015.

    I'll be bringing you updates of what's happening around the county, whether it's news, travel, sport or weather, between now and 18:00.

    If you think there's a story in your part of Suffolk the rest of the county should know about then email us or get in touch via Facebook.