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  1. Updates for Friday, 3 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's all for today's Suffolk Live... and we're going to stay with music as we say goodnight.

A community choir which was formed in 2009, and has about 30 members, has taken part in today's BBC Music Day, walking across the Sir Bobby Robson Bridge in Ipswich, while singing at the same time.

Ipswich communtiy choir performs for BBC Music Day

Suffolk Soul Singers describe themselves as being "truly inclusive and accessible" saying "All you need is a love of singing and a commitment to learning" to join.

Don't forget you can scroll down and see the other stories making the news across the county today.

Have a good weekend, I think we may even see some sunshine. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

FolkEast festival patrons to appear on Springwatch Unsprung

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

Folk singers The Young 'uns, who are patrons of the FolkEast festival at Glemham Hall, will be on BBC Springwatch Unsprung tonight singing their new song Lapwings.

Frank Gardiner

They'll be introduced by BBC journalist Frank Gardner reading from the World War One diary of Pte Thomas Williams of the 19th King's Regiment, which inspired the song.

Overnight weather: Mainly dry, with a risk of some patchy drizzle

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying cloudy and mainly dry, but with the risk of some patchy drizzle in places. Turning misty overnight with some fog patches developing, especially near the coast. Lows of 9C (48F).

Saturday's weather map

Saturday will start cloudy and misty with the risk of one or two early showers, but it'll gradually brighten up through the day, with warm sunshine in the afternoon. Highs of 24F (75F).

You can get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Planning officers recommend approval for Eye homes plan

Diss Express

An outline planning application for up to 280 new houses and a 60-bed care home in Eye has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Eye Airfield
Diss Express

Ferry service gears up for more passengers this summer

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A ferry service which links Shotley with Felixstowe and Harwich is set to drastically increase the number of passengers it carries this year, now that the owner has bought a new vessel:

Shotley ferry service introduces a 58-seater vessel

Green party wins another seat on Mid-Suffolk district council

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Yesterday's by-election in Barking and Somersham has been won by Anne Marie Killett for the Green Party. The seat had been Conservative, and the result was very close, with the party's candidate Jemma Lynch receiving 210 votes to Anne Marie Killett's 212.

This takes the total number of Green councillors in Mid Suffolk to six. 

Mid-Suffolk district council offices
Mid-Suffolk council

They are the largest opposition party to the Conservative controlled council. It's the seventh seat the Tories have lost in Suffolk in the last month.  

Couple missing from Weybread home for almost a week

A search is being carried out at a property in Mill Lane, Weybread, near Diss, for a couple who haven't been seen since Saturday, 28 May.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Police say they were contacted this morning by a woman who said she was concerned about the couple who are related to her. The woman had already asked friends, neighbours and checked local hospitals in a bid to find them.

Police say the disappearance is "out of character" for the couple.

Brexit: So what's the counter argument to Grayling's comments?

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Prime Minister David Cameron wants Britain to stay in the EU and 16 members of his cabinet also back staying in.

Union Jacks and EU flags
Getty Images

Those campaigning for Britain to Remain in the EU say it gets a big boost from membership - it makes selling things to other EU countries easier and, they argue, the flow of immigrants, most of whom are young and keen to work, fuels economic growth and helps pay for public services. 

They also believe Britain's status in the world would be damaged by leaving and that we are more secure as part of the 28 nation club, rather than going it alone.

Read the BBC's guide to the EU Referendum here.

Or watch BBC Look East's Q&A session on our Facebook page.

Grayling says local businesses are 'better off out' of Europe

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Companies in this region would flourish if we left the European Union said Cabinet Minister Chris Grayling when he visited Ipswich's "wine rack" yesterday. 

Chris Grayling

The building was constructed on the Ipswich Waterfront in 2007 but was left undeveloped. Now it faces a brighter future after it was bought by East Anglian developer John Howard last year, who plans to complete the project, turning it into flats.

Mr Grayling said: "There may be big banks, there may be big businesses that say we should stay in the EU, but actually around the country, wherever I go, I find local businesses that say they're better off out, they want to be out, they want us to vote to leave and I think we should listen to them."

Ipswich Town's Uefa Cup win: 35 years on

We mentioned about Ipswich Town's 1981 Uefa Cup win the previous. Here are some photographs recording the famous triumph.

Uefa Cup photo gallery

Cycle ride marks the 35th anniversary of Ipswich Town's Uefa Cup win

Now for one final post on the Ipswich to Amsterdam bike ride.

It's 250 miles (402km) in total and will see the team return to Suffolk on Monday.

To mark the 35th anniversary of Town’s Uefa Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar, the team will visit the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, where Blues lifted the trophy in May 1981.

Terry Butcher, who is among the party, was part of Uefa Cup winning team. John Wark is pictured below scoring one of the goals in the second leg of the tie.

John Wark
Getty Images

They've made it to Harwich

Former Ipswich Town and Newcastle United footballer Titus Bramble has tweeted to say the team has made it to Harwich. That's the end of exertions for today. Good luck for the rest of the trip, everyone.

Day 1 complete. Arrived in Harwich in one piece. Well done team. #TeamITFC

Day 1 complete. Arrived in Harwich in one piece. Well done team. #TeamITFC

Bramble and Lee also in group of 40 Ipswich to Amsterdam cycle party

Alan Lee and Titus Bramble are the other former Ipswich Town players taking part in the bike ride from Suffolk to Amsterdam.

The group of 40, named TEAMITFC, set off from Portman Road earlier.

How you can support Prostate Cancer UK and ITFC in the cycle of life.… #itfc #boysof81

How you can support Prostate Cancer UK and ITFC in the cycle of life.… #itfc #boysof81

Legends join Ipswich to Amsterdam bike ride

A group of cyclists, including Ipswich Town legends Terry Butcher and Simon Milton, are currently on a bike ride from Ipswich to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer and the Ipswich Academy.

Here's a tweet posted by Milton when the team reached Colchester, en route to Harwich for a ferry crossing. More on this very shortly.

Now at Colchester! 20 miles to go!! #teamitfc

Now at Colchester! 20 miles to go!! #teamitfc

BreakingMissing Newmarket woman found safe

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Police say Laura Bersan, who was reported missing by work colleagues yesterday afternoon from Newmarket, has been found safe in Dunwich.

Speedway: Ex Ipswich Witches rider Lewi Kerr looking forward to 'next challenge'

Afternoon weather: The chance of a spot of rain or drizzle

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy afternoon with perhaps the odd spot of rain or drizzle. It will also become rather murky along the coast. Top temperature: 16C (61F). 


If you'd like to find out more about being a BBC Weather Watcher, take a look at their website.

Suffolk Soul Singers join in BBC Music Day

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

As part of today's BBC Music Day more than 40 bridges across the UK and Channel Islands, including the Sir Bobby Robson Bridge in Ipswich, have been turned into stages for a series of performances and gigs.

BBC Music Day: Suffolk Soul Singers perform on Sir Bobby Robson Bridge

Suffolk Soul Singers performed on the bridge, which was built in 2009 and named after the former Ipswich Town, Newcastle United and England manager.

It connects a housing development on the west side of the River Orwell with the civic quarter on the east bank.

NHS reveals cost of supplying medicines that can be bought over the counter

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

More now on our story about the cost of prescription medicines in the county - and the NHS in Suffolk has revealed that it spent £3,417,719 in the year 2015-16 prescribing medication for the conditions listed below:

Graphic showing breakdown of drugs spend on various conditions

Chairman of the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andrew Hassan, says one of the major costs is that you need a consultation with a doctor to raise the prescription: "That consultation has been costed out at about £28 per encounter.

"That adds an enormous amount to the cost to the NHS of providing these prescriptions."

Cricket: Suffolk call up schoolboy batsman

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk have included 15-year-old Alex Oxley in their squad for their first Unicorns Championship fixture of the season against Cumberland, starting on Sunday.

Alex Oxley

"Alex is without doubt the Suffolk young cricketer with most potential, said coach Andy Northcote. "He is extremely talented and works exceptionally hard. He trained well all winter and never looks out of place."

If Oxley plays in Carlisle he would become the county's youngest ever debutant.

Missing Stowmarket teenager found

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A missing teenage boy from Stowmarket has been found safe in the Romford area of Essex, police say.

Julian Brown,15, had last been seen on Sunday.

Julian Brown
Suffolk Police

A reminder of what the previous Shotley ferry looked like

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Before we cast off to other news... here's a brief history of the Shotley ferry.

The previous vessel, taking people between Shotley, Felixstowe and Harwich, had been run by Alan Sage (pictured) until he announced his decision to retire.

Having carried "in excess of 150,000" people, Mr Sage said the "time is right for me to stop".  

Mr Sage's boat, the Explorer 12, was built in 1984 and had been used on the route for 11 years, carrying up to 12 passengers at a time.  

Alan Sage with Explorer12

The new boat, the Harbour Ferry, now has capacity to carry 58 passengers on the route between Suffolk and Essex.

All aboard: What a difference 15 months make

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Today's news about the new 58-seater ferry for the Shotley/Felixstowe/Harwich service is in sharp contrast to March 2015, when we were reporting that the foot ferry could close after 100 years.

Shotley ferry

Later that month came news that Austrian Christian Zemann and his wife Lucy had taken over the ferry, with his wife saying at the time: "Coming from a landlocked country, people find it funny Christian is the new captain and owner of this estuary ferry."

New ferry increases capacity for passengers between Shotley, Felixstowe and Harwich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The new owner of the Shotley ferry, which for the last 10 years has been a 12-seater, has been explaining why he's decided to invest in a bigger vessel.

New Shotley ferry

Christian Zemann, whose new craft will seat 58, says: "If the weather is good and the wind is calm there are always more passengers."

He added: "I could not bear the thought of telling families with their kids, sorry we can't take you across", because of fears the children might be in tears for hours afterwards. ☹

Concern for missing Newmarket woman

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a woman who was last seen by work colleagues yesterday afternoon.

Laura Bersan, 39, is believed to be driving a white Fiat 500.

Laura Bersan
Suffolk Police

Waterfront 'Wine Rack' back on track

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Campaign begins to reduce amount of waste generated by unwanted medicines

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Southwold pharmacist is supporting a campaign by the local health commissioning group which is trying to reduce the amount of unused medicines thrown away every year.

Pharmacist and assistant

Brian Jolley says: "If you're actually buying it, you're more likely to buy what you need rather than 'get it in case', so the actual waste to the NHS will be reduced.

"One of the biggest things we have a problem with in the NHS is waste medications, and medications that are returned to pharmacies that are no longer required."

Friday's weather: Rather cloudy and dull

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a largely dull and cool day, with some spots of rain, locally heavy. Top temperature: 16C (61F).

This afternoon it'll turn drier with low cloud and mist slowly pushing inland from the coast during the evening, bringing patchy drizzle with it. Lows overnight of 11C (52F).

Get more on the forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Good morning from Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Stay with us while we bring you our usual round-up of news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county until 18:00.

We'll start with news that last year the NHS in Suffolk spent more than £3m on medicines we could have bought for ourselves over-the-counter. We'll find out how that money could have been better spent, and what we can do to help.

Containers of tablets