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  1. Updates for Thursday, 17 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Andrew Woodger

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Live coverage across the day

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

That's it from Suffolk Live today. 

We look forward to seeing you again at 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, you can get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Police link charity warehouse fire with other suspected arsons

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Suffolk Police is linking suspected arsons in Ipswich.

Earlier we reported on a fire affecting washing machines and other stock left outside the Ipswich Furniture Project warehouse, near Landseer Park.

Investigators now say vans parked outside were broken into and another fire was started at a children's nursery on Hogarth Street, which caused damage to the vents and part of the building.

Forecast: Turning cloudy and misty overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloud moving in from the North Sea to bring light drizzle as the temperature drops to 0C (32F).

BBC Weather
BBC Weather

Colder in light drizzle tomorrow, with the temperature peaking at 7C (45F).

For more detail, visit BBC Weather.

Meteor spotter's UFO fears

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A Suffolk woman who saw this morning's meteor was worried that people might think she was claiming to have seen something akin to the 1980 Rendledsham UFO incident.

RAF Bentwaters sign

Mishee Read, from Snape, said: "Living quite close to Rendlesham, I didn't want to make it public because people would think I was bonkers."

The UFO incident, which happened when the US Air Force was based at RAF Bentwaters and RAF Wodobridge, has filled books attempting to explain what happened.

Ipswich Speedway boss: 'We are serial underachievers'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The new Ipswich Witches team manager has described the Suffolk side as "serial underachievers" ahead of tonight's season opener with Scunthorpe at Foxhall Stadium.

Foxhall Stadium

Ritchie Hawkins captained the club last season, but left just a few months into the campaign after falling out with former Witches boss Phil Hilton. 

"We all have to work as one at the club from now on," Hawkins said. "We need to help these riders to perform as best as they can and bring the success back."

Headlines: Robbers attack pensioner in home... Armed robber missing from open jail

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

The news headlines for Suffolk:

  • Police say robbers who assaulted a Tattingstone man in his home may be responsible for similar crimes in the area
  • A convicted armed robber has gone missing from HMP Hollesley Bay open jail
  • About 100 members and supporters of the Fire Brigades Union have been protesting at Suffolk County Council over proposed £1.3m cuts

East Anglian devolution details revealed

Deborah McGurran

BBC Political editor, East of England

New details of what devolution has to offer Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have been announced

The devolution agreement

The devolution agreement, published by the treasury and signed by 22 of the 23 council leaders in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, outlines how the new combined authority will work and the powers of the new directly elected mayor.  

The agreement stresses that there is no intention for the new authority to take existing powers from local authorities.

County, district and borough councils will continue to exist. The combined authority and its mayor will be responsible for the powers which are being devolved from Whitehall.

The devolution agreement

East Anglian devolution details revealed

New details of what devolution has to offer Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are announced.

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Regional mayor 'must be an international figure'

The chairman of East Anglia's main economic development body says a regional mayor would need to be able to put the area "on the world map".

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The Chancellor George Osborne used his Budget to announce that a elected mayoral post would be created as part of an "Eastern powerhouse", including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "What we need in a mayor is a major international figure of significant credibility who can open the doors of academics, of institutions, of governments around the world to say 'this is a great place'."

Snape woman witnesses meteor

A Suffolk woman was in her garden letting the dog out for a wee when she spotted the meteor which people from across the UK have reported seeing this morning. 

Meteor over UK, March 2016
UK Meteor Observation Network

Mishee Read, of Snape, said: "There's no light pollution and there was a huge green flash and the sky lit up followed by what looked like a shooting star."  

Risks of giving kiss of life to a lamb?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Calls I've put in to public health bodies suggest there is no official guidance about giving the kiss of life to a lamb, and its probably up to an individual farmer to decide what is best.

Suffolk farmer Stephen Cobbald had a successful attempt at it - getting one of his lambs breathing again after he found the ewe lying on top of it.

Neither the government's Animal & Plant Health Agency or the National Farmers Union offered specific advice, while the Health and Safety Executive website offers general advice about zoonoses - diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Shadow minister concern over Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The shadow cabinet minister for mental health has expressed concern about budget cuts at the first mental trust to be put in special measures - the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.

Mental health campaigners meet MPs Clive Lewis and Luciana Berger
Labour Party

Luciana Berger met with members of the Campaign to Save Mental Health in Norfolk and Suffolk at a meeting in Norwich, arranged by Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis.

Ms Berger said savings of more than £40m were having "devastating consequences" on the care of patients. The Department of Health said it had invested £11.7bn in mental health in 2014-15.

Armed robber disappears from open jail

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Suffolk Police has issued an alert after an armed robber, who is serving an indeterminate sentence, absconded from Hollesley Bay open prison.

John Drury
Suffolk Police

John Drury, 35, was last seen at the jail near Woodbridge at 10:45.

Police say he is 5ft 10in tall, was wearing grey shorts and a blue jumper and has a tattoo around his upper right arm. He has connections to Peterborough and Lincolnshire.

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Feeney excited by opportunity at Ipswich Town

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Midfielder Liam Feeney says he hopes to help Ipswich Town achieve their goal of promotion, after joining the club on loan until the end of the season.

Liam Feeney

The 29-year-old's contract with Bolton comes to an end in the summer, and he's acknowledged that his time with the Championship's bottom club may be up.

"The situation at Bolton isn't great and I'm obviously delighted to come to a club pushing for Premier League football." Feeney said. "Hopefully I can help."

Farmer demonstrate's giving kiss of life to a lamb

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A farmer showed me how he gave the kiss of life to a lamb which he found to have stopped breathing.

Sudbury farmer's kiss of life for lamb

Stephen Cobbald, of Acton near Sudbury, discovered the ewe was lying on top of her offspring.

He said he gave the lamb the kiss of life and massaged its chest for about five minutes before it started breathing again.

Speedway: Curtain rises on a new season at Foxhall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches entertain Scunthorpe Scorpions tonight in the first meeting of the new speedway season.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

Several riders will be making their Witches debuts in the Premier League Cup clash, with Danny King and Nico Covatti the only two retained from 2015.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins (pictured) said: "There's a desperation to win and be successful for Ipswich because it's so long overdue. We have to manage that so the riders don't feel it so much."

The late Paul Daniels's final pantomime...

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The public and entertainment world has been remembering Paul Daniels, who has died at the age of 77.

Aladdin poster
Ipswich Regent

He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the brain in February.

It was only three months ago that Daniels was playing Aladdin at the Ipswich Regent.

Farmer saves lamb with 'kiss of life'

A farmer says he successfully gave "the kiss of life" to a lamb which had stopped breathing after it was sat on by an adult sheep.

Stephen Cobbald with lamb

Stephen Cobbald, who has a farm near Sudbury, says the "extraordinary experience" happened on Tuesday night when he went to feed his lambs but found one had stopped breathing.

"I gave him the kiss of life - four breaths, pumped his heart, four more breaths pumped his heart," Mr Cobbald said. "After about five minutes, blow me if he didn't pick his head up.

"He's now running around the yard like nothing happened to him."

Video of last night's meteor

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Here is a video of the meteor which flashed across the sky above the UK last night.

Meteor flashes over UK sky

The UK Meteor Observation Network filmed it using its camera at Church Crookham in Surrey, at about 03:15, but it was sighted by more people along the east coast

Fire Service union holds protest at county hall

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

About 100 members and supporters of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are holding a protest about proposed cuts.

Fire Brigades Union demonstration

Conservative-run Suffolk County Council is meeting to consider a 3,675-signature petition against cuts of £1.3m to the service's annual budget of £22.3m.

The FBU is opposed to the proposals, which include the closure of Wrentham fire station and replacing one engine with a rapid response car in Sudbury.

Wet dock crossing 'not a magic bullet'

A former MP for Ipswich has said government investment in a wet dock crossing "will not solve all the problems the town faces with congestion".

Ben Gummer at Ipswich wet dock
Ben Gummer MP

The chancellor has announced £151m will be shared between the Ipswich crossing and the third water crossing in Lowestoft.

Chris Mole, Labour MP for the town between 2001-2010, said: "It's something that will help but it's not a magic bullet that will solve all the transport problems in the town. We've still got to persuade people to switch travel modes where we can."

Newsagent fined £10,000 for selling alcohol to under-18s

BBC Radio Suffolk

A newsagent and general store has been fined £10,000 for selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

Suffolk Trading Standards prosecuted McColl's for three offences, including some which took place in Wickham Market.

Magistrates in Ipswich heard the shop had been warned about its behaviour, and one of the sales staff was 16-years-old.

Business leader welcomes £151m funding for two bridge projects

The chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) says £151m investment in two bridge projects shows Suffolk is "at the heart of the government's vision for growth".

Proposed Ipswich wet dock crossing
Ben Gummer MP

Chancellor George Osborne announced the money is available for a third water crossing in Lowestoft and a wet dock crossing in Ipswich, which would each cost between £80m-£100m.

Mark Pendlington, chair of NALEP, said: "We need Ipswich to be a modern, mobile economy and this is yet another step to making this happen."

Man in 70s assaulted during burglary

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A pensioner was assaulted when three burglars entered his home near Ipswich and stole cash, Suffolk Police has said.

A couple in their 70s were threatened at their home on Church Road in Tattingstone, and the man was struck in the face and required hospital treatment.

The police helicopter and dogs were used in a search, but the raiders were not caught.

Bowls: Double joy for Suffolk's Rednall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Baylham's Katherine Rednall has enjoyed more success on the bowls tour by winning both the ladies singles event and junior event at the British Isles Championships in Llanelli.

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The 20-year-old was untouchable in the latter, beating Amy Williams 21-6 in a one-sided final.

Rednall also beat Williams en route to the main final, where she edged Scotland's Lesley Doig 21-19.

Bid for church and new homes in Fressingfield is thrown out

Diss Express

A parish council chairman has expressed her disappointment that a bid to build a new baptist chapel along with 18 homes was rejected by planners.

Fressingfield Baptist Church
Diss Express

Ipswich Town sign Liam Feeney on loan

Ipswich have signed winger Liam Feeney on loan from Bolton until the end of the season, subject to paperwork.

Liam Feeney

Announcing the news on their Facebook page, Town said the winger had trained with his new team-mates and should be available to make his debut against Rotherham at the weekend.

He'll wear the number 12 shirt.

Northern bypass 'would have bigger impact' than wet dock crossing

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The leader of Ipswich Borough Council has welcomed government investment in a wet dock river crossing in the town, but says he thinks a northern bypass is more important.

David Ellesmere
Ipswich Borough Council

David Ellesmere, leader at the Labour-run council, said: "I still think the northern bypass would have the bigger impact, but that's a much more ambitious project - it would cost more and take longer to deliver.

"I'm not going to decry the wet dock crossing, because that's another major piece of investment."

Meteor analysis on the way

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The UK Meteor Observation Network says it will now analyse its footage of the "biggest meteor sighting" its recorded.

The stellar object was seen at about 03:15, covering hundreds of miles including the east of England, and caught on film in Surrey.

Richard Kacerek, from the Network, said: "It's still very early to say where it came from but later we will be looking at footage from our other camera in the north of the country and analysing the data to determine more about its origins and intensity." 

Praise for Conservative MP from Labour council leader over Ipswich crossing

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

David Ellesmere, the leader of Ipswich Borough Council, says yesterday's announcement that the government will help fund a new wet dock crossing in the town is "excellent news", and praised the town's Conservative MP Ben Gummer.

Ipswich wet dock
Environment Agency

The chancellor has announced £151m will be shared by the Ipswich project and the third crossing in Lowestoft.

Mr Ellesmere, who was defeated Labour candidate in the 2015 general election, said: "Ben Gummer has set his heart on getting the money for the wet dock crossing and I congratulate him on doing that."

Cricket: Topley's England lose T20 opener

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Hadleigh bowler Reece Topley claimed just one victim as England lost to the West Indies by six wickets in their first match at the World T20 in India.

Reece Topley
Getty Images

The 22-year-old finished with figures of 1 for 22 off his 2.1 overs, as Windies captain Chris Gayle hit a stunning 47-ball century to guide his side to victory.

Eoin Morgan's side are back in action tomorrow, against South Africa.

Electricty theft prosecutions in Suffolk

Thirty three people in Suffolk have been prosecuted for electricity theft since 2012, the BBC has found.

Electricity meter

An investigation found one fifth of all prosecutions in England and Wales in 2014/15 were on Merseyside.

BBC Essex spoke to one electrician who, on condition of anonymity, admitted tampering with about 20 electricity meters.

Motorists warned to drive carefully in the fog

Jodie Smith

BBC News

The East of England Ambulance Service is warning people to drive carefully, as paramedics have attended several accidents in the foggy weather.

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'Biggest ever' meteor spotted over east coast

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Sightings of a large, particularly bright meteor have been made across the UK this morning.

Meteor, March 2016
UK Meteor Observation Network

The meteor, described as green and leaving a magnesium-white trail, has been spotted by people in Stafford, the east coast, London and Surrey.

Richard Kacerek, from the UK Meteor Observation Network, said: "This is the biggest meteor sighting we have recorded."

Paul Daniels dies, aged 77

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The magician, actor and all-round entertainer Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77.

Paul Daniels

He had starred in Aladdin at the Ipswich Regent in December and was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February.

Daniels leaves wife Debbie McGee, who had been his on-stage assistant, and his three sons from a previous marriage.  

Did you see last night's 'meteor'?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Several people across the UK, including some in the East, have reported seeing a large meteor in the sky.

Did you see it? If so tell us what you know or email us a picture, if you managed to get one.

The United Kingdom Meteor Observation Network is reporting a "huge fireball" at 03:16.

East Anglian mayor to be elected May 2017

Elections for a new mayor of East Anglia will take place in May next year under government plans announced yesterday.

East Anglian flag
Ipswich Spy

Ryman League: Leiston extend their unbeaten run

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's now five games without defeat for Ryman Premier Division side Leiston, after last night's 2-0 victory over Harrow Borough.

Christy Finch
Leiston FC

Christy Finch (pictured) and Jake Taylor were on target as Richard Wilkins's men moved up to sixth in the table.

Leiston's next match is at home to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.

Fire at charity furniture project

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

White goods including washing machines left outside a charity furniture project are believed to have been set alight deliberately yesterday evening.

Ipswich Furniture Project
Luke Deal

Suffolk Fire Service was called to the Ipswich Furniture Project warehouse on Clapgate Lane just after 18:00.

It took 90 minutes to bring the fire under control. Investigators believe it was arson.

Forecast: Sunny after a chilly start

BBC Weather

It will be sunny throughout the day, as winds ease and the temperature peaks at 10C (50F).

Elizabeth Rizzini has the full BBC East forecast:

For updates, visit BBC Weather.