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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 13 June 2016
  2. Inquest into prison death of Simon Hall, jailed for murder of pensioner Joan Albert, hears he was a "highly disturbed individual"
  3. Friends of missing woman Sylvia Stuart search footpaths near her Weybread home
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it from Suffolk Live

Today we've been reporting from the inquest into the death of Simon Hall, who was found hanged at Wayland Prison, Norfolk, in 2014.

Hall, jailed for killing Joan Albert, 79, from Capel St Mary, near Ipswich, claimed his innocence until 2013 when he said he was "seriously violent" and there had been "sexual aspects" to the murder, the inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court (pictured) heard.

You can scroll down to get a full account of what witnesses have said on this first day of the inquest, which is expected to last for seven days.

Norfolk Coroner's Court
BBC

Overnight weather: Heavy showers could continue

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The risk of heavy, slow-moving and possibly thundery showers continuing through this evening and overnight. It will turn misty and murky in places, with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F). 

Overnight weather map
BBC

Tomorrow there'll be a similar day of bright intervals and further heavy, possibly thundery showers. Highs of 19C (66F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Ipswich Witches 'will come good' says team manager

Tim Fenton

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The struggling Ipswich Speedway side "will come good" this season, according to team manager Ritchie Hawkins, but he has acknowledged the play-offs are now almost out of reach.    

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

Back-to-back defeats last week have left the Suffolk side struggling near the bottom of the Premier League table, ahead of forthcoming away meetings at Berwick and Newcastle.

The Witches have been struggling at reserve in particular, but Hawkins says he has faith in both Paco Castagna and Oliver Greenwood: "There’s something there in both of them... They’re quite capable. It’s just a matter of getting it to come out for us.”

Greater Anglia spends £40m improving service

Greater Anglia has published its annual report today and says it has to do more to meet customers' expectations.

Greater Anglia
BBC

Last year, the rail operator came 20th out of 22 companies in a survey of customer satisfaction. 

It says it has spent £40m to improve experiences for commuters, including refurbishing trains and adding thousands of extra seats. 

Impact of EU fishing policy on our fishermen

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Environment Secretary clashed with fisherman Paul Lines over fishing quotas at yesterday's Look East EU Referendum debate.

So what are the facts? The number of fishermen in this country has halved since we joined the EU, and the port of Lowestoft is now a shadow of its former self.

Because of big falls in North Sea stocks, the EU was forced to introduce quotas in 1983 and that's been credited with increasing fish numbers, but it has put a lot of fishermen out of business.

Fishermen with boxes of catch
BBC

In recent years we have started to be allowed to catch more fish and last year we had the second-largest catch in the EU - although because of those quotas we still catch far less than countries outside the EU like Norway and Iceland.

And one more statistic - just 4% of our quota goes to inshore fishermen, and most of our fishermen in this region are inshore fishermen.

Watch: Minister 'living in fool's paradise' over fishing quotas

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss clashed with Lowestoft fisherman Paul Lines, who accused her of living in a "fool's paradise" over EU fishing policy during Look East's EU Referendum debate programme.

Mr Lines, chairman of the Anglia Fishermen's Association, claimed fish quotas were not fairly distributed among the smaller fishing boats, which make up the majority of the fleet in the East of England.

Ms Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, admitted EU policy was "not perfect" but said things were improving for smaller fishermen.  

Is the end of 'heat-related' delays on trains nigh?

Leaves on the line, staff not turning up, or signalling problems. If you're a commuter, these words probably send shivers down your spine - but now there's light at the end of the tunnel for "heat-related" delays. 

Line replacement
Network Rail

Network Rail is replacing 320km (199 miles) of overhead lines connecting Essex, Suffolk and Norwich with London Liverpool Street, so during hot weather lines won't sag and cause delays for passengers. 

The work, however, is not due to be completed until 2019.

The Darkness singer reunited with lost cat

The lead singer from the band The Darkness has been reunited with his pet cat three years after she went missing.

Justin Hawkins, Cully the cat and Delphine Wood
Caters

Justin Hawkins' pet Cully was found wandering the streets of Lowestoft, where the singer used to live.

A scan of her microchip revealed she had a famous owner, who rushed back from his band's tour to collect her.

"I always knew in my heart that she was still alive," Hawkins said.

Elderly pedestrian knocked unconscious in car park of doctors' surgery

An elderly man is making a "slow recovery" in hospital, after being hit by a van in the car park of a doctors' surgery in Needham Market.

The man was knocked unconscious, and suffered cuts and grazes.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision.

'Very vulnerable' patient missing from West Suffolk Hospital

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A patient who's been described as "very vulnerable" is missing from the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds..

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Beatrice Trestney, 56, last seen at the hospital just after 03:00 this morning.

Members of the public are advised not to approach her but to contact police on 101 if they see her.

Beatrice Trestney
Suffolk Police

What a happy nine-tea-eth

Ipswich Star

This is the front page of today's Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

Suffolk football fan criticises security at England v Russia game

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Suffolk football fan who was at Saturday's European Championship game between England and Russia, which was marred by crowd violence, says there were basic security issues.

Fighting at England v Russia
PA

Patrick Barker, from Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, said: "Everyone is searched going into the stadium. If you have a flare in your pocket, or hidden on your person, you'd expect it to be found and taken away,

"For there to be things like that in the stadium - I think there's something wrong with the way the game was stewarded, but it was very apparent there was no police inside the stadium at all."

Murphy set to be on bench as Ireland face Sweden in Euros opener

TWTD.co.uk

Town striker Daryl Murphy looks set to be among the substitutes when the Republic of Ireland open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden in Paris this afternoon.

Fire service looking at way of reducing burden of training for on-call firefighters

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Fire and Rescue says it is trying address problems with gaps in on-call provision, after concerns were raised by the Fire Brigades Union.

Despite a budget cut of £1m, the service is currently paying some full-time staff overtime to be on-call on their days off.

Fire engine
Suffolk County Council

Group commander Dave Collins, who said part of the restructuring would see four new full-time roles specifically for covering short-falls in retained crews, recognised that most on-call personnel had full-time jobs: "Obviously we pay a retainer fee and then people get paid to come into the station and for their training. 

"The training is very important in the first few years to gain competency and we're always looking at ways where we can reduce the burden of that as well."

Fire service won't improve without investment, warns FBU

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Suffolk says the on-call system is failing, and things are getting worse, with full-time officers now being paid overtime to plug the gaps.

Fire engine
BBC

Phil Johnson, chairman of Suffolk's FBU, said there would be no improvements without investment.

"They can't entice people to work at fire stations for a couple of grand a year to give up a massive amount of your family time and your free time. It's been getting worse and worse," he said.

Concern raised over lack of on-call fire cover at county's fire stations

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Concerns have been raised about the lack of on-call fire cover in Suffolk, where there are currently vacancies for retained crew at each of the county's 35 fire stations.

Suffolk Fire Service sign
BBC

Tristan Ashby from the Retained Firefighters' Union says Suffolk's retained duty system and how it works is completely unique within the country:  "It It operates predominantly on goodwill and flexibility and unfortunately that flexibility started to be eroded by services across the country.

"The pendulum needs to switch back again because at the end of the day, being a retained firefighter is not the primary thing in somebody's life. They've got a primary job, they've got a family."

We'll bring you reaction from the Fire Brigades' Union and Suffolk Fire Service shortly.

Appeal after boy reports being sexually assaulted in Ipswich

Police are appealing for help to trace a man, after a 14-year-old boy reported being sexually assaulted in Ipswich.

The boy was in the public toilets at Majors Corner at around 15:30 on 26 May when a man described as white, with brown hair in a top-knot, touched him inappropriately.

The boy walked away and the incident was later reported to the police.

Travel: Update on A137 delays in Ipswich

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Anglian Water has told us that engineers are on site to try to find the exact location of a leaking sewer, which has closed the A137 Commercial Road in Ipswich, causing queuing traffic between Grafton Way and Princes Street. 

The road will be closed "at least" until tomorrow.

First day of Simon Hall inquest finishes

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The Simon Hall inquest has finished for today.

It will resume tomorrow morning at 10:00.

Talk of absconding, self-harm and suicide prompted jail move, inquest hears

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Steven Garner told the inquest Simon Hall talked about absconding, attempting to stab himself with a knife and wanting to kill himself, triggering another review on 7 September 2013.

This time he was referred to Wayland Prison, near Watton, where restrictions on inmates are tighter than at Hollesley Bay.

Wayland was given his offence details and prison history.

Simon Hall 'worried over reaction to admission of guilt', inquest hears

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Mr Garner said Simon Hall's next review was triggered by his admission of guilt to a nurse on 23 July 2013.

Hall was worried how his wife Stephanie would react, and there was concern at how Hall himself might react to media statements about his confession.

He was monitored constantly after his confession, but observations were scaled back on 13 August.

Simon Hall 'frustrated he had been lying to wife'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Steven Garner said Simon Hall triggered the prison monitoring system triggered again between 28 March and 2 April 2013, due to comments to a nurse that he "wanted to scream all the time" and was "going crazy".

Hall was part of that review, saying that he did not want to self-harm and was frustrated he had been lying to his wife over the last 18 months.

"He was very articulate, and could present a view of the management of his case," he said.

Simon Hall overdose triggered review, inquest hears

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The next witness at the Simon Hall inquest is Steven Garner, who was head of residence at Hollesley Bay Prison during the time Hall was at Hollesley Bay.

He said Hall arrived there on 4 December 2012 from Kingston Prison via Chelmsford Prison.

Hall overdosed on anti-smoking medication on 25 February 2013, triggering a review and closer observation, he said.

Simon Hall 'very articulate and good-humoured'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Dr William Long, who said his role was to assess any risk posed by Simon Hall to others, described him as "a very articulate man; good-humoured."

He said: "He could grasp the issues we were talking about. I didn't experience that he was concerned that other people didn't like him or that there was a sense that he wasn't getting the support that he needed."

He said Hall was focused on how long he had left to serve: "Having been in an open prison, and everyone being convinced he was not responsible for the murder, he thought 'I could have coasted that, couldn't I, but emotionally I couldn't do that.'"

Simon Hall 'didn't like Wayland move'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Dr William Long said he had fewer meetings with Simon Hall once he moved to Wayland, "for logistical reasons".

He said Hall had become "unsettled" in the new environment at Wayland, where the noise was "too much" and people were "trying to do things to him".

Dr Long told the inquest Hall had said: "I never should have come back to closed prison."

Forensic psychologist next to give evidence at Simon Hall inquest

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Simon Hall was referred to Dr William Long, a senior forensic psychologist with the Prison Service, on the day the confession was made.

Dr Long told the inquest Hall had spent 10 years in prison "as a man who hadn't done what he was accused of, so his risks had changed.

"He had killed a much older woman and he told me there were some sexual aspects. 

"He had changed from resisting his conviction to a man that admitted he was seriously violent."

Simon Hall transferred to Wayland Prison

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The inquest into the death of Simon Hall has been told that in meetings at Hollesley Bay after his overdose on 8 September 2013, he spoke openly about his issues and was under constant supervision. He was considered to be at high risk of suicide and self-harm.

On 10 September, Hall was told he would be transferred to Wayland because there were more treatment options there. He was happy with this, and was transferred later that day, the inquest heard.

Simon Hall 'told mental health nurse of murder'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

On 23 July 2013 Simon Hall confessed to the murder of Joan Albert to a mental health nurse, after saying he needed to speak with her urgently.

Jurors at Norfolk Coroner's Court have heard that Hall was a user of the former legal high Spice, a strong substance smoked by some inmates.

He was reviewed throughout August 2013. On 8 September he overdosed again.

Simon Hall told prison staff he 'didn't need counselling'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

In January 2013, Simon Hall said he didn't need counselling for mental health issues and would talk to his wife if needed, the jury heard.

Hollesley Prison agreed, as he wasn't displaying any mental health illness at that time. But on 25 February he took an overdose of his anti-smoking medication.

He was referred to a psychiatrist in March but did not attend, then he saw a psychiatrist in May.

Timeline of Simon Hall's mental health problems

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Simon Hall complained to his GP of "low mood" on Jan 2013, the jury at Norfolk Coroner's Court has heard.

He was prescribed citalopram (an anti-depressant drug). He also saw a mental health nurse and was under regular review with regards to his health at Hollesley Bay. 

There was no evidence of mental health problems. He told his mental health nurse he was in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Drone used in search for Sylvia Stuart in Weybread

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say they've deployed a drone to help search the Weybread area as they continue to try and find Sylvia Stuart, who was reported missing on 3 June.

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes
BBC

As part of the investigation into Mrs Stuart's disappearance, and the murder of her husband Peter, police are also continuing their hunt for Ali Qazimaj, 42, who had been living in the Tilbury area of Essex and is believed to have travelled to France.

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes (pictured during an earlier interview) said: "Over the weekend police have been continuing searches and these will be ongoing in a bid to locate Sylvia. 

"A lot of work is continuing behind the scenes, including liaison with authorities on the continent to try to locate Ali Qazimaj."

Travel: Delays on the A137 in Ipswich town centre

BBC Travel

The A137 Commercial Road in Ipswich is blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions, between Grafton Way and the A1022 Bridge Street.

Stephanie Hall: Simon was a 'highly disturbed individual'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall described her husband Simon as a "highly disturbed individual".

She told the jury: "As far as I am aware he wasn't receiving the adequate help and support he needed."

Stephanie Hall 'felt betrayed' by murder confession

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall told the inquest Simon confessed to her on 23 July 2013 that he had murdered Joan Albert.

She was asked: "Did it change the relationship between you?"

She replied: "Yes, I was in shock. I still hadn't come to terms with it at the point of his death. I felt betrayed. I had a lot to contend with.

"It was extremely difficult but I still loved him."

Stephanie Hall 'concerned' at burglary revelation

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall said she found out in 2012 from family members that her husband Simon had committed a burglary on the night of Joan Albert's murder.

"I was concerned because he had never told me that before," she said.

Stephanie Hall had been 'convinced' of husband's innocence

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall told the jury when she first met her husband Simon, he did nothing to suggest he had murdered Joan Albert. 

She was asked if he had been able to convince her of his innocence of that crime. "Yes," she replied.

Stephanie Hall: 'I was not aware that our relationship was at an end'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall said the subject of divorce only came up once between her husband's confession to murder and his death.

"I was not aware that our relationship was at an end," she said.

Stephanie Hall: 'Simon told me he loved me and I told him the same back'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall has given more details of her final phone conversation with her husband Simon, the night before he died.

"The telephone conversation ended with him telling me he loved me and I told him the same back. That was the first time I had said that since he confessed [to murder]," she said.

"He certainly didn't seem suicidal."

Stephanie Hall: 'Simon seemed ok'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall was asked when she had last spoken to her husband, who was found dead in his cell at Wayland Prison.

"It was the night before he died. He seemed ok," she said.

"He didn't give me any cause for concern."

Stephanie Hall: 'I kept in touch with Simon after murder confession'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall has told the inquest she did keep in touch with her husband Simon after he confessed to the murder of Joan Albert.

She said he was in Hollesley Bay Prison, near Woodbridge, and that they spoke "all the time".

Mrs Hall was asked if there were periods when they didn't speak for some time after the confession. She said: "Yes, or I didn't answer the phone."

By the time he moved to Wayland Prison, neat Watton, contact was "minimal", she said.

"There were weeks when we didn't speak and it was probably weekly when we did. He phoned me and wrote to me," she said.