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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates for Wednesday 13 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    That's it for today from Local Live, thanks for joining us.

    Tomorrow my colleague Philippa Taylor will be your host, she'll be here from 08:00 until 18:00.

    In the meantime, please do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

  2. Mid-afternoon teaser: The answer you were waiting for!

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Do you remember earlier that I asked you for your thoughts on what these were?

    Thermal imaging equipment

    Well here's your answer: It's part of the new thermal imaging equipment for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service!

    You can watch more about the £1.8m investment on Look East, on BBC1 at 18:30.

  3. Portman road was 'once marshland'

    Ipswich Star

    Say Portman Road and most people think of Ipswich Town Football Club, but the area of town now home to the club was once marshland, writes David Kindred.

    Ipswich Town ground

    Portman Road and Princes Street were built in the mid 19th Century on drained marshes, and a cricket ground and sports field were created south of the junction with Portman's Walk (now Sir Alf Ramsey Way).

  4. A chilly night, with clear skies

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will gradually melt away during the evening to leave another chilly night with mostly clear skies.

    Weather map

    A touch of frost is possible in some prone rural spots. Maximum temperature will be 13C (55F), with a low of 8C (46F).

  5. Bury sexual assault: Man still in custody

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    A 21-year-old man arrested after the sexual assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds remains in police custody.

    The man, from Bury St Edmunds, was arrested after a 25-year-old woman was assaulted in a wooded area off Shakers Lane, at about 22:30 on Monday.

    He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault yesterday afternoon. Detectives have been given a further 12 hours to question him.

  6. Late afternoon headlines

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Here's the last of our updated headlines for the day:

    • Man still in police custody following Bury St Edmunds sexual assault
    • Police are gearing up for one of the biggest football games in decades
    • Suffolk's fire service shows off £1.8m worth in vehicles and equipment
  7. A celebration of wood

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Fancy something different this weekend? Do you like wood?

    Weird and Wonderful Wood

    Well, the Weird and Wonderful Wood fair at Haughley Park might fit the bill. Organisers say it's a "celebration of many aspects of woodwork", with more than 120 craftspeople and artists taking part.

    This year's two-day event will feature a replica 46ft Saxon ship, a didgeridoo player from Bosnia, a wood carver from Nigeria and lots of workshops.

  8. Volunteer dog teams help police search for missing woman

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Volunteer handlers and their dogs are helping search for a "vulnerable" woman from Bury St Edmunds who has gone missing.

    Dog on search with owner

    The Anglia branch of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (pictured in a promotional video) has been called out to help find Natasha Graveline, who went missing yesterday afternoon.

    The focus of their search is around the B1106 road at Brandon, where the 34-year-old's blue Ford Focus car was found.

  9. Weekend disruption expected on trains

    Greater Anglia tweets: "SUN until 10:40: Buses replace trains between Colchester & Witham"

  10. Mid-afternoon teaser

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Here at Local Live, we're always keen to hear from you. So my question now is this: Can you guess what these are?


    I'll give you a clue, they're linked to one of our news items today. Email us if you think you know the answer!

  11. Man wanted for recall to prison

    Our county force tweets: "Suffolk Police are appealing for help to trace a 24-year-old man who is wanted for recall to prison."

  12. Police gearing up for biggest game in decades

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Police officers are gearing up for their biggest event at Norwich City's Football ground for decades.

    Norwich fans at Portman Road

    It's the second East Anglian derby play-off match in a week this Saturday, between Ipswich and Norwich. Ch Spt Nick Davison said: "There will of course be more police officers on duty.

    "There will be, as with other previous derby matches, the use of police horses, the availability of police dogs, but they will be low profile and only really used if anything goes particularly wrong. It's about trying to keep things as normal as you possibly can from a policing perspective."

  13. Fire service shows off new vehicles and equipment

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Suffolk Fire Service has invested £1.8m in new fire engines, appliances and kit.

    Fire engine

    The county's service has six new engines, each worth £170,000, and two new water bowsers, costing £150,000 each.

    The force told BBC reporter Richard Daniel that the new engines were smaller, to help get around town more easily. You can see his report at 18:30 on BBC1, or watch it on the iPlayer.

  14. CQC criticises care home

    East Anglian Daily Times

    An Ipswich care home for older and vulnerable people has been heavily criticised in a damning report by the health watchdog.

    Kent Lodge Residential Home, in Woodbridge Road, put the safety and wellbeing of residents at risk due to a "continued lack" of robust systems, the Care Quality Commission said.

    An inspection found that one "high risk" resident who needed repositioning in bed every two hours once went 26 hours without being moved.

  15. Latest headlines

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Afternoon again - here are your latest headlines from Suffolk Live:

    • A lorry driver from Bury St Edmunds has died in hospital after an accident on his way to work
    • Heated reaction on social media in response to Ipswich revamp plans
    • 'Vulnerable' Bury St Edmunds woman still missing
    • David McGoldrick could play a part in Saturday's play-off semi-final
  16. Lorry driver died after accident on way to work

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    A Bury St Edmunds lorry driver has died after an accident on his way to work.

    Colin Stephenson, of Broadway, Eastgate Street, was driving his blue Mazda in Kennett, Cambridgeshire, on 5 May when it left the road and collided with a tree.

    Mr Stephenson, 56, who worked as a lorry driver, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died on Sunday. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  17. Ipswich plans for revamp: Your heated reactions

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    There's been a strong reaction to Ipswich Central's plans to revamp the town on our BBC Suffolk Facebook page.

    Cornhill Ipswich

    Susanne Marie Miller commented: "As a shop owner in Ipswich, something needs to be done and done quickly. Ipswich is not attracting shoppers for many reason, empty shops, huge parking prices and poor incentives being some of the reasons."

    Jeff Noga posted: "I would love to run a small shop in my home town, but it would not make good business sense to. Instead I take my business to other towns in the country."

  18. Norwich 'could buckle under the pressure'

    Eastern Daily Press

    Former Ipswich Town captain Matt Holland, who led the Blues to victory at Wembley in 2000, says Norwich could buckle under the pressure in Saturday's play-off tie.

    Matt Holland lifting the play-off trophy at Wembley in 2000

    Despite the fact the Canaries go in to the second leg at Carrow Road as favourites, having finished above Ipswich in the league and with home advantage, Holland says the increased expectation could be a factor.

    He told the EDP: "I have played in play-off semi-finals and they are nerve-wracking. I have played in derby matches and they are always nerve-wracking. I can't imagine what a combination of the two is like."

  19. Today's hero image

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    I hope you like today's "hero image", or main picture, at the top of the Suffolk Live page.

    Two turtle doves

    It came from Graham Williams, who said: "This pair of turtle doves was taken by me, in my friend's back garden in Old Newton, Stowmarket. We have had a pair each year so far, for the past three years."

    If you've got a high resolution, landscape photograph of somewhere in Suffolk you think would look good as a hero image, we'd love to see it. The best way to send it to us is via email.

  20. In a pickle: New sign for Bury St Edmunds

    Bury Free Press

    Bury St Edmunds has celebrated its place as the home of Branston Pickle by joining with Cheddar and Sandwich to celebrate National Sandwich Week.

    Mayor of St Edmundsbury Robert Everitt unveiled a new town sign at the market today.

    He said: "As a town we are very proud of our links with Branston Pickle and we are delighted to celebrate National Sandwich Week."

  21. McGoldrick ready for Ipswich cameo

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    It was great seeing David McGoldrick's name on the Ipswich Town teamsheet for last Saturday's match with Norwich at Portman Road.

    David McGoldrick

    One wonders if manager Mick McCarthy had that one up his sleeve for a few weeks, after the 27-year-old had previously been ruled out of the campaign through injury.

    The striker is well short of match fitness but McCarthy says he could be a real threat in the play-off decider at Carrow Road if he has to go on with 20 minutes to go.

  22. Dry and fine with plenty of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be fine with plenty of sunshine, although there will be some cloud, too.

    Weather graphic

    Tonight the cloud will gradually melt away during the evening to leave another chilly night with mostly clear skies. A touch of frost is also possible in some prone rural spots.

    Maximum temperature 15C (59F), minimum temperature overnight will be 8C (46F).

  23. Ipswich regeneration: 'Town doesn't realise how great it could be'

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The architect behind a new vision for Ipswich town centre says improvements could benefit the whole of Suffolk.

    Ipswich Waterfront

    The business organisation Ipswich Central wants to create nine districts, and chairman Terry Baxter says part of the town centre may need to be knocked down.

    Roger Gilles from Barefoot and Gilles Architects, said: "I don't think Ipswich realises what a great place it could be. We've got the waterfront, it's a wonderful opportunity, particularly now the island site has been identified for development."

  24. British Touring Car drivers to race at Foxhall

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Six British Touring Car drivers will race in National Hot Rod cars at Foxhall Stadium's Thunder 500 meeting next month.

    British Touring Car

    The names of the drivers taking part are still to be confirmed, but a few are talking about rebranding the cars in their colours and bringing their own race engineers with them for the event.

    Dean Cox at Spedeworth Motorsports said: "It's the 60th year of Motorsport News so we wanted to do something special for this."

  25. Latest headlines

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Here are the lunchtime headlines for you:

    • Figures show fall in number claiming job seeker's allowance in Suffolk
    • Ipswich theatre celebrates grant
    • New recruits sought to help improve ambulance response times in Suffolk
    • 'Radical' plans put forward for Ipswich town centre improvement
  26. Ticketless town fans urged to stay at home

    Ipswich Star

    Ipswich Town fans thinking of travelling to the Norwich game on Saturday without a ticket have been urged to stay at home by the club.

    Around 2,000 Blues fans are expected at Carrow Road for the second leg of the crucial Championship play-off semi-final, which kicks off at 12:15.

  27. Suffolk irises for Chelsea Flower show 'held back'

    Mike Liggins tweets: "The irises at @HowardNurseries in Wortham are currently being held back a bit with the help of kitchen roll!"

    Irises at nursery

    You can see more about the Suffolk nursery's preparations for the world-famous show on BBC Look East at 18:30.

  28. 'Vulnerable' woman missing

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned about a "vulnerable" 34-year-old woman who has been missing from Bury St Edmunds since yesterday.

    Natasha Graveline

    Natasha Graveline was last seen at her home address in Manning Road at about 16:40. Her blue Ford Focus car was found off the B1106 at Brandon.

    Natasha is described as white, around 5'6" tall, with short, dark brown hair and wearing glasses. When she was last seen she was wearing black jeans, a grey zip-up fleece jacket and a blue and white Puma T-shirt.

  29. Dan Poulter 'offered chance to continue in role'

    East Anglian Daily Times

    Dan Poulter says he was offered the chance to continue in his ministerial role in the government, but decided to step down.

    Dr Dan Poulter

    Dr Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, had been junior health minister since September 2012 but was replaced by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer.

    He said David Cameron offered him the chance to continue in the role on Monday, but he decided to stand down and return to work in medicine part-time.

  30. Fen Tigers hoping to break away duck

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall speedway chairman Kevin Jolly is confident his side can secure a first away win of the season tonight.

    Speedway riders

    The Fen Tigers race at Cradley in the National League, having won three of their last four meetings.

    "Cradley are not as strong as they have been in previous years, so we will go there and try to put on a show again," Jolly said.

  31. New Wolsey Theatre celebrates grant

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Theatre "by and for disabled people" will improve courtesy of a £2.3m Arts Council England grant for a national initiative, Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre says.

    New Wolsey Theatre

    The money will help fund a collaboration between seven theatres nationwide, all of whom are "committed to offering opportunities to disabled people by putting disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their programmes".

    Sarah Holmes, chief executive of the New Wolsey, said: "This is an incredible funding offer which will enable the first three years of an important six-year project to take root."

  32. Via Twitter

    Suffolk Libraries UK tweets: "Ipswich to be divided into 9 districts-Town Hall will act as the Capitol as Ipswich becomes part of The Hunger Games"

  33. New recruits to help improve response times

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    An extra 32 student paramedics are being recruited in Suffolk, in addition to the 57 the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust has already added.


    Matt Broad, from the trust, said: "We've now put in additional positions into Suffolk so I'm now looking to recruit a further 32 staff to increase the work force.

    "We are looking for them to come from the local communities, from Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding towns and villages."

  34. FolkEast festival launch

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Here's just a little flavour from this year's FolkEast festival launch. It's comedian and musician Neil Innes, who'll be performing at the event in August, enjoying a duck wrap!

    Neil Innes

    Organisers John and Becky Marshall Potter say this year's festival will be an exciting showcase of contemporary and traditional music, plus dance, poetry, art and heritage craft skills.

    The Unthanks, Andy Cutting and Peatbog Faeries are also on the bill.

  35. Ipswich revival: 'Two half-empty shopping centres'

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    The debate about Ipswich Central's plans to revamp the town is hotting up. What would you do to improve it?

    Ipswich town centre

    Posting on BBC Radio Suffolk's Facebook page, Trevor Arbon questioned Ipswich Central's suggestion that recent bus station improvements might not have been money well spent: "No planning whatsoever. Just rebuilt 2 bus stations, now all the talk about having one big one resurface.

    "Spent millions on roads and infrastructure yet we have two half empty shopping centres, both with redundant food areas."

  36. Latest headlines

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Here are the mid-morning headlines:

    • Figures in Suffolk show a fall in the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance
    • Parts of Ipswich town centre could be 'knocked down' in a radical move to revive it
    • Ipswich slimmer Paul Mason celebrates his weight loss surgery
  37. Nearly 3,000 more at work than last year

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    About 5,600 people were claiming jobseeker's allowance in Suffolk last month.

    The figures, released a few minutes ago, show a continuing fall in the county.

    This time last year, 8,592 were receiving the benefit, which means figures have gone down by about 2,990.

  38. Parts of Ipswich town centre could be 'knocked down'

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Some parts of Ipswich town centre may need to be knocked down to help attract big retailers, Ipswich Central says.

    Ipswich Central map

    Chairman Terry Baxter told BBC Radio Suffolk: "Part our plan will say, and this is radical, perhaps in some respects, we may need to knock parts of the town centre down."

    Asked if that would go down well in Ipswich, Mr Baxter said: "Perhaps it will, because actually if you're creating the shops, you can't actually have a development for a town centre the size of Ipswich without making some bold statements."

  39. Mick McCarthy: 'Be patient with Didsy'

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says fans need to be patient with striker David McGoldrick ahead of Saturday's play-off semi-final second leg.

    David McGoldrick

    The 27-year-old is set to be on the bench again at Norwich after returning to the matchday squad last weekend following three months out injured.

    "As with Noel Hunt, it would be a cameo appearance if he got on the pitch," McCarthy said. "Noel could manage half an hour I reckon and Didsy about 20 minutes."

  40. Bury sexual assault: Man still being questioned

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Police are continuing to question a man who was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in Bury St Edmunds on Monday night.

    The woman, who's 25, was forced into a wooded area off Shakers Lane and attacked.

    A 21-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds was arrested yesterday afternoon.

  41. Paul Mason celebrates weight loss surgery

    Paul Mason, who was once known as the fattest man in the world, has said "good riddance" to about four stone (27kg) of excess skin.

    Paul Mason after surgery in New York

    Mr Mason used to weigh 70 stone (440kg) but lost about 45 stone (285kg) before last week's surgery in New York.

    "It has certainly improved things for me," he said. "I can see me getting around a lot easier."

  42. 'Radical' plans for Ipswich town centre renaissance

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    "Radical" changes are required for Ipswich town centre to help attract big retailers, says an organisation which has laid out plans to improve it.

    Ipswich map

    Ipswich Central has suggested dividing the town into nine distinct "quarters", saying this will add a focus to people looking to invest in the town.

    What do you think would help improve the town? Get in touch

  43. Today's forecast: Bright but chilly

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    After a bright but chilly start this morning, it'll be a fine day with plenty of warm sunshine and light winds, though some more cloud will bubble up this afternoon.

    Weather map with Kate Kinsella

    You can watch the forecast here.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  44. Morning headlines

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Here's the early headlines from Suffolk Live:

    • Thirty two more paramedics are being recruited in Suffolk to help improve response times
    • Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds
    • "Radical" new proposals are being put forward to revive Ipswich town centre
  45. Good morning and welcome to Suffolk Live

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Hello and welcome to the mid-week edition of Suffolk Live.

    Between now and 18:00 I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

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