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Summary

  1. Police seek suspect who has been on the run for more than 22 years
  2. Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo announces he will return to the ring on 28 May
  3. Suffolk farmers campaigning for superfast broadband say people in Vietnam have quicker speeds
  4. Campaigners vote to save the former Southwold Hospital for the community, rather than allow it to be turned into housing
  5. Nearly £670,000 is awarded to the Bury St Edmunds Guildhall by the Heritage Lottery Fund
  6. Updates for Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Trapeze artist returns for home circus

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Trapeze artist Craig Attmere has returned to Suffolk for a circus in his home county.Former Martlesham resident Mr Attmere, who studied performing arts at Suffolk College, left home eight years ago to follow his dream.

The shows at Trinity Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich, start later today. See him in action here:

Trapeze artist Craig Attmere returns to county for home circus

Cubs turn to YouTube in search for new leader

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A group of Suffolk cubs who are seeking a new leader have starred in a recruitment drive for a new Akela.

Members of the 1st Samford Valley Cub Scouts, based in Holbrook, are hoping someone will see the video and come forward to take on the task, after more conventional means of recruiting a leader proved challenging. 

Parent Robert Allison said: "It's not easy really. We're a small community and finding someone that perhaps is retired or has some time to spare, certainly to date, is proving difficult."

View more on youtube

Parking charges provoke anger in Halesworth

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Anger is spilling over in Halesworth about the ending of an hour of free parking. 

Parking meter in Halesworth
BBC

It's thought a campaign against the recently-introduced changes have led to a series of vandalism incidents, with some payment machines blocked with glue. 

Fake 'out of order' stickers have also been placed on them. Waveney District Council says if the incidents are linked to the changes, it would be "senseless".

Suffolk Senior Cup: Portman Road appearance 'a dream come true'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Haughley United boss Jason Cook will realise an ambition when he leads his side out for tonight's Suffolk FA Senior Cup final at Ipswich Town's ground.

Neither his side, nor their opponents Waveney FC, have won the competition before, so there will be a new name on the trophy.

"It's a dream come true," Cook said. "When I used to sit in the stands and think about going into management I used to imagine being in that dug-out one day, and it's actually going to happen."

Seed set for giant pumpkin record

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

The UK is a hotbed for world-beating vegetable whoppers, but has never held the prestigious title of the planet's plumpest pumpkin.

That could be about to change thanks to Michael Oliver, from Essex, who has sown a very special seed. It was bought at auction for a record-breaking £1,250 by Suffolk-based Thompson and Morgan.

The seed came from the world's current title-holding pumpkin, which tipped the scales at 165 stone (1,048kg).

World's biggest pumpkin: Essex man seeds title hopes

Girl, 7, drowned at pool party

A seven-year-old girl pulled unconscious from a leisure centre swimming pool died from drowning, a post-mortem examination has found.

Waveney River Centre
Adrian Cable

'Worrying' times over as Hyam pens new Ipswich deal

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Luke Hyam says he wants to stay at Ipswich Town for as long as he possibly can, after penning a new two-year-deal with the club.

Luke Hyam
BBC

The 24-year-old will have the option of a further 12 months from 2018.

"When your contract's up at the end of the season it is a bit worrying," Hyam said. "It's nice to get it all done and dusted."

Suffolk Senior Cup: 'We've done our homework', says Waveney FC boss

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Waveney FC manager George Millington is confident his side will do the business when they face Haughley United in the Suffolk FA Senior Cup final tonight.

The two sides meet at Portman Road, with both trying to win the competition for the first time in their history.

"We're prepared as well as we could do," said Millington. "We've watched them a couple of times and identified a few things, but really it's about us. We know that if we turn up and play to the best of our ability we'll be fine."

A14 improvements 'great news for everyone'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Highways England has welcomed the decision by the government to approve £1.6bn upgrade plans for the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

Mock up of A14 improvements
Highways England

Chris Taylor, director for complex infrastructure at Highways England, said: "This is great news for everyone who uses the A14 through Cambridgeshire, from local residents and businesses to national and international haulage companies."

The scheme includes a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon, widening part of the existing road between Swavesey and Girton, and demolition of the viaduct at Huntingdon.

Ogogo can be 'a major force for years to come'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Having not boxed competitively for almost a year due to injury, Anthony Ogogo will be keen to make a statement when he returns to the ring in Glasgow later this month. 

Anthony Ogogo in action
Getty Images

The 27-year-old from Lowestoft has only had eight professional fights since teaming up with Golden Boy Promotions nearly three and a half years ago, after suffering a series of setbacks.

Golden Boy Chairman Oscar De La Hoya said: "Now that Anthony Ogogo is healthy, we fully expect him to be a major force in the weight class for years to come."

Weather: Hoping for some sunny and bright spells

BBC Weather

The rain should start to clear this afternoon to leave some bright or sunny spells, although some sharp showers are still possible. Top temperature 18C (64F).

Tonight will see clear spells overnight, and it will remain mostly dry.

Mist over fields at Theberton
Weather Watchers: Lolli

Thanks to Weather Watcher Lolli who sent in this shot over Theberton. Lolli described the weather conditions as "very mild and calm, but lots of mist".

Headteacher's death highlighted after Sudbury school put into special measures

Suffolk Free Press

The death of an inspirational headteacher has been highlighted after a Sudbury school was put into special measures by Ofsted inspectors.

The late Lesley Farrow
Suffolk Free Press

Luke Chambers not a fan of the 'F-word'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers believes it would be harsh to class this season as a failure, even though the club fell short of their play-off target.

Luke Chambers
Getty Images

The 30-year-old played in all but one of Town's 46 Championship games, as they finished just one place outside the all-important top six.

"I don't like the word failure because it's not as if we've completely blown it," said Chambers. "We've just maybe lacked that bit of squad depth, and that bit of quality, when we've needed it."

Hyam signs new Ipswich contract

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam signs a new two-year contract, with an option for a further 12 months.

Luke Hyam
Getty Images

The 24-year-old made 17 appearances for Mick McCarthy's side this term, after a brief loan spell at Rotherham to help his recovery from a knee injury that kept him out for most of 2015.

Hyam has played 128 times and scored three goals for Ipswich since coming through the youth ranks.

Ed second to the Queen in Australian popularity stakes

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ed Sheeran has long been a hit around the world, but now he's been named the second most popular Brit in a poll in Australia.

Ed Sheeran
BBC

Ed, who grew up in Framlingham, came just behind the Queen in the survey - with nearly a quarter of the 1,001 votes cast.

Campaign to crack down on irresponsible dog owners

Ipswich Star

The Ipswich Star is today renewing its appeal to report dog owners who fail to pick up their pet pooch’s mess, after figures revealed that zero fines were issued in the town in the last 12 months.

Sign asking people to clean up after their dogs
Ipswich Star

Hockey: Suffolk pair picked for GB's trip Down Under

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk-born hockey players Harry Martin (pictured) and George Pinner have been called up for Great Britain's forthcoming tour of Australia.

Harry Martin
Getty Images

Bobby Crutchley's side will play the world champions in three test matches as they step up their preparations for the Champions Trophy and Olympic Games.

The squad flies out today, with their first warm-up match against Western Australia on Monday. The first test is on 21 May.

Line-up announced for Ipswich Music Day

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The full line-up has been announced for the annual Ipswich Music Day, which takes place at Christchurch Park on 3 July.

Crowd at Ipswich Music Day
BBC

More than 50 artists will perform over seven stages at the free event, which organiser Ipswich Borough Council says often attracts more than 40,000 people.

The line-up features a few bands we've championed on BBC Introducing in Suffolk, including Druids, Reno & Rome, Hot Tramp, Tilly Dalglish, Walkway and Surge.

Hospital wanted for community, say Southwold residents

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

People in Southwold have voted unanimously to save the former hospital for the community. 

Southwold Hospital
BBC

Around 200 people attended a meeting on Monday and expressed support for using the site as a community hub. 

The building, which is owned by NHS Property Services, was closed last year. Campaigners say they're concerned the former hospital could be redeveloped into expensive housing and bought up for second homes.

Former armoury, courtroom and plague refuge given grant

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Guildhall in Bury St Edmunds is to get more than £650,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help turn the building into a visitor attraction and community hub.

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall
Bury St Edmunds Guildhall

Bury's Guildhall, which is thought to date back to the 12th Century, has served as a court room, an armoury and was a refuge during the Great Plague. 

The Bury St Edmunds Heritage Trust wants to renovate the building so it can be a heritage centre for local residents and tourists. 

The award from the Heritage Lottery Fund is a big boost to the fundraising goal of £1.5m, but the trust now has to raise another £300,000 by October or it won't get the grant.

Anthony Ogogo 'raring to go'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo says he is fully fit and "raring to go" ahead of his anticipated comeback fight on 28 May.

Anthony Ogogo
Getty Images

Ogogo, 27, remains unbeaten after his eight professional bouts, but his career has been hampered by injuries.

"I can't wait, it's been lots of hard work and I'm raring to go," the 27-year-old said. "It's been a difficult period for me as I've worked hard to recover from the shoulder injury I suffered in my last fight but I am now fully fit."

Anthony Ogogo announces return to the ring

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Anthony Ogogo is to make a long-awaited return to the ring later this month.

Anthony Ogogo
Getty Images

The Lowestoft boxer, who has been out of action since injuring his shoulder in a win over Ruslan Schelev last July, has been named on the bill for 28 May at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

His opponent has yet to be announced.

More than 200 people from Suffolk on the run

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Almost 300 people from Suffolk who skipped bail while facing, or having been convicted of, charges including sex offences, rape and robbery are on the run, a BBC investigation has found.

However, while 275 warrants are outstanding in the county, 621 out of 767 issued were successfully executed last year. 

Arrest warrants barchart infographic
BBC

More than 13,000 suspected and convicted criminals are subject to outstanding arrest warrants in England.

Police still seeking suspect who skipped bail 22 years ago

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Suffolk Police is still searching for a suspected criminal who skipped bail more than 22 years ago, a BBC investigation has found.

The information was revealed as part of a series of Freedom of Information requests that revealed there are 275 outstanding warrants in the county.

Suffolk Police infographic
BBC

The figures from Suffolk Police relate to September 2015.

More than 13,000 suspected and convicted criminals are on the run in England.

Trouble on the trains at Beccles

Seven-year-old girl 'died from drowning'

BBC Radio Suffolk

A post-mortem examination has found a seven-year-old girl who died after a swimming pool party near Beccles died from drowning. 

The incident happened on 1 May, when a girl, thought to be from Lowestoft, was pulled unconscious from the pool at the Waveney River Centre in Burgh St Peter.

She died later in hospital. Her death is not being treated as suspicious and police say their investigation is continuing.

Luke Chambers: 'With a bit of investment we can be in top six'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers believes the club can still reach the Premier League without spending huge sums on new players. 

Luke Chambers
BBC

"It's something we don't want to get ourselves into, spending £30m like, say Derby have, because the pressure's all on them if they don't go up," he said.

"The chairman has set his stall out and he's got a manager who can wheel and deal and bring players in who can perform at the level that he's asked them to. With a little bit of investment we might be in the top six next year."

Town finished the campaign in seventh place, five points behind the play-off places.

'Vietnam has better broadband than Suffolk'

BBC Radio Suffolk

Farmers in Suffolk are calling on the government to make the roll-out of superfast broadband to rural areas a priority. 

A new report from the NFU has found just 4% of farmers across the country have access to superfast broadband. It found 80% are coping with upload speeds of two megabits per second (Mbps) or less.

Man using laptop in a field
Thinkstock

Charles Trotman, senior rural business advisor at the Country Land and Business Association, said: "This is the 21st Century. In Vietnam they have faster broadband than we do in this country. Why are we well behind Vietnam in terms of telecommunications? 

"There is a lack of investment and moreover a lack of planning and strategic frameworks put in place by government and others that have prevented rural areas and also UK PLC from really benefiting from technological revolution."

The weather: Patchy rain but sunny spells later

BBC Weather

It's a fairly cloudy start to the day, with some patchy rain. There will be bright or sunny spells through the afternoon, although some sharp showers are still possible. Maximum temperature 18C (64F).

In the news: Farmers call for parity with Vietnam over broadband... Bury St Edmunds Guildhall gets Lottery funding

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your morning headlines:

  • Suffolk farmers have been lobbying MPs for better broadband and mobile phone coverage, saying they are worse-served than people in Vietnam
  • Nearly £670,000 has been awarded to the Bury St Edmunds Guildhall by the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Campaigners have voted unanimously to save the former Southwold Hospital for the community, rather than allow it to be turned into housing

Morning and welcome to Wednesday: What a beauty

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all.

What a beautiful morning so far. In a few minutes, we'll bring you the weather forecast to let you know how long it's going to be that way.

Scene in Long Melford
Weather Watchers: Bangalore Babe

But in the meantime, welcome to Wednesday. The team here at BBC Suffolk will be bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel right through until 18:00.

The photo above was taken in Long Melford by Weather Watcher Bangalore Babe. You can email us, send us a Tweet, or get in touch via our Facebook page if you have anything to share with us.