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Summary

  1. Trial begins of former Suffolk teacher charged with 28 sex offences against boys
  2. Profoundly deaf boy's life transformed by assistance dog
  3. Local Live resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Today's main story has been the prosecution outlining its case against a former Suffolk boarding school teacher who denies 29 sex offence charges.

Peregrine falcon chicks
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We leave you with another picture of the five peregrine falcon chicks who were the first to be ringed while using a specially-built nest on top of The Mill looking out over Ipswich's waterfront. 

They've got feathers now, so you may be able to spot them chasing pigeons and other birds.

Ringed peregrine fledgling taken into care after flying 'tallest' nest

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

One of the five peregrine chicks, which were ringed at the top of Ipswich's The Mill building, is being cared for by humans.

Peregrine falcon chicks
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It crash-landed in St Peter's churchyard and was collected by park rangers, according to one of the experts who carried out the ringing.

Keeping track of the the world's fastest creature is not easy, but the team believe at least three of the others are still flying around the docks.

They are investigating reports that another crashed into the water and was recovered, but its whereabouts are unclear.

Cricket: Suffolk up against it in Bury

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's cricketers have it all to do on the final day of their latest Minor Counties Championship match if they are to avoid defeat against Northumberland.

Cricket ball and stumps
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Heavy rain saw yesterday's play abandoned without a ball being bowled in Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk are following on after a first innings of 169 all out in reply to the visitors' 334-9.

A short while ago they were 128 for 8.

Get the latest updates from Total Cricket Scorer.

Forecast: More drizzle on the way

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this evening but cloud will gradually increase bringing a chance of light rain around Newmarket as the temperature dips to 13C (55F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of more drizzle.

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Tallest building's peregrine chicks fly the nest

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A group of five peregrine falcon chicks, nesting on a specially-built platform on Suffolk's tallest building, have now all flown the nest.

Peregine falcons
Ipswich Haven Marina

The fledglings were being raised t the top of The Mill, the 233ft-high (71m) building on Ipswich's waterfront, and they were the first birds using the nest to have had their legs ringed.

This picture from the webcam monitoring the nest shows the birds spreading their wings on 14 June.

Watch: Profoundly deaf boy with 'new friend' Varley

We've been telling you today about Lowestoft boy Daniel Jillings, 10, who has been at home with his first assistance dog Varley for about three months.

He had been on the Hearing Dogs waiting list for three years.

Daniel says: "He's my new friend." 

Cricket: Suffolk captain frustrated by wash-out

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's cricketers are struggling on the final day of their latest Minor Counties Championship match against Northumberland.

Tom Huggins
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Rain meant there was no play at all in Bury St Edmunds yesterday, leaving the home side still 287 runs short of the visitors first innings total.

"A day out of an 18-day Championship season is a substantial amount," said Huggins. "It was very frustrating, particularly as we wanted to put right what we didn't quite get right on Sunday."

Suffolk Saxons launch: 'The start of a journey'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

One of the leading figures behind the launch of Suffolk's first-ever professional badminton team hopes the players can inspire more people to take up the sport in the county.

Suffolk Saxons launch
BBC

Suffolk Saxons are aiming to build a strong fan base, with fixtures to take place at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. 

"This sport appeals to all genders, generations and areas of inequality," said Saxons chairman Richard Hunt (above right). "It's the start of a journey for us, and we're confident we'll have a competitive team."

Suffolk Saxons launch: Head coach unveiled

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Olympian Anthony Clark will be the first-ever head coach of the Suffolk Saxons badminton team, which was launched at Suffolk New College today.

Anthony Clark
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The Saxons will play in the National Badminton League from next season, with Andy Ellis and Sarah Walker among the playing staff.

"When I was approached by Suffolk I thought, 'Wow, what a great opportunity'," said Clark. "It's something I've wanted since retiring from playing but I might play again for the Saxons!"

Stock car crash victim to undertake charity bike ride

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A St John Ambulance volunteer is to attempt a charity bike ride after three operations in the year since she was hit by a stock car that left the track at Foxhall Stadium.

Bryony Charles
BBC

Bryony Charles said: "I'm still not fully recovered, but I'm walking unaided and almost fully mobile, but working on my back to build my strength up."

The 20-mile bike ride is in aid of Ipswich Hospital, where she was treated.

Driver spared 'devastating' road ban

Ipswich Star

The Ipswich Star reports on a man clocked speeding at 111mph:

Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

'Misguided and naive' paramedic suspended

East Anglian Daily Times

The East Anglian Daily Times reports on a paramedic's breach of confidentiality rules.

East Anglian Daily Times
East Anglian Daily Times

Two cautioned after laser shone at aircraft

Two men have received police cautions after admitting shining a laser at a commercial airliner flying into Stansted Airport and a police helicopter.

Laser
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The pair were arrested on Sunday after a National Police Air Service pilot, based at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk, reported a laser being shone at the helicopter while over Braintree, police say. 

A man, 19, from Chelmsford, and a 19-year-old man from Braintree were detained on suspicion of shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot. 

Both admitted the offence in custody and were issued with a caution.

Ambulance volunteer still in physio a year after being hit by stock car

A St John Ambulance volunteer is still in physiotherapy a year after being hit by a stock car that left the track at Foxhall Stadium, near Ipswich.

Foxhall Stadium
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Bryony Charles, 24, has needed three separate operations on a knee and ankle since the accident on 13 June last year and is still working to build up strength in her back.

She said: "I've been complimented on how well I've coped with it, but I did have a bit of a blip over Christmas with a bit of post-traumatic stress disorder, but overall I've just got on with it."

Paralympics: Suffolk athlete fears he'll miss out on Rio

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Despite reaching the qualification standard, Sudbury's Jonathan Adams isn't confident he'll be picked to compete at this summer's Paralympics.

Jonathan Adams
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A serious knee injury ruined the shot-putter's 2015 season, and although he's fit and throwing again, selection is partly based on performances over the past 12 months.

"I would obviously love to go and if I got the opportunity I would take it, but I'm just being realistic with how strong the event is, and where I am at currently, performance-wise," Adams told BBC Suffolk Sport.

Speedway: Mildenhall appeal for 'leniency'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers hope the Speedway Control Bureau don't punish them too heavily for cancelling Sunday's meeting against Cradley in controversial circumstances.

Mildenhall Speedway
BBC Sport

Chairman Kevin Jolly called off the match because he believed the visitors were trying to make an unfair switch to their line-up.

Club spokesman James Easter said: "We'll be asking for leniency and a little bit of understanding. 

"I think Kevin felt very aggrieved at the treatment he got when we were unable to use a guest for one of our major riders recently, and I think that exacerbated his reaction." 

Jury sent home in boarding school sex abuse trial

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The jury has been sent home for the day having heard the prosecution outline its case against a former St George's School teacher.

Gerard Singer, 69, of northern France, denies 28 charges of sexual abuse against nine former pupils between 1978 and 1981. 

The trial at Ipswich Crown Court will resume tomorrow and it is expected to last for two weeks.

Teacher 'systematically groomed and sexually abused large number of young boys'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Prosecution counsel David Wilson has finished outlining the Crown's case against former St George's School teacher Gerard Singer, 69.

He denies 28 charges relating to the abuse of pupils at the private boarding school which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk and then Great Finborough in Suffolk.

Mr Wilson said that in conclusion the defendant "systematically groomed and sexually abused a large number of young boys he taught at schools where he was entrusted with their care".

Gerard Singer 'left the country as net closed in'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Referring to St George's School headmaster Derek Slade, prosecuting counsel David Wilson told Ipswich Crown Court: "It seemed no doubt because of Mr Slade's own sexual abuse of the boys, that Mr Singer was permitted to leave the country before the authorities became involved.

"It was then left to Mr Slade to pretend he had taken swift and decisive action - no doubt to attempt to preserve the position of the school, protect a fellow paedophile and to cover his own conduct."

Gerard Singer, 69, whose address has been given as northern France, denies 28 charges of sex offences against former pupils at St George's School.

Boy 'forced to perform sex act on teacher and headmaster'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution is nearing the end of outlining the case against Gerard Singer, the 69-year-old former teacher accused of 28 sex offences at St George's School.

One boy, who attended the school from 1980 to 1986, said he was made to perform a sexual act on Mr Singer and the school's former headmaster Derek Slade at the same time.

Prosecuting counsel David Wilson told the court that such incidents happened to the boy "on a regular basis".

Pupil 'given £20 and told not to talk about what happened'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has said one boy, a pupil at the school when it was at Wicklewood, Norfolk, remembers being given a tablet and then waking up in "excruciating pain". He believes two men, including defendant Gerard Singer, had sexually abused him.

The boy left the school because his sister was not happy there and was leaving. He said on his final day Mr Singer gave him £20 and told him not to talk about what happened.

Teacher 'bought the attention of boys', court hears

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has alleged that Gerard Singer "bought the attention of the boys", with sweets and other gifts being given.

One witness is to tell how more than one boy would be involved in the abuse at the same time - and sometimes a "good crowd" of five or six boys.

The prosecution says Singer bought one boy at St George's School a gift of a scientific calculator, handing it over in woodland near the school before sexually abusing him.

Ipswich Crown Court
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Sex abuse trial heard boy pupil made to 'lie on the bed'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Outlining its case, the prosecution said the jury would hear evidence of one former St George's School pupil who was taken into Gerard Singer's quarters at Great Finborough.

The boy said he was told to take off his clothes, lie on the bed and perform a sexual act on the teacher.

Afterwards, "the defendant checked that the coast was clear" and sent the boy on his way, the jury heard.

Gerard Singer 'has a tendency towards sexually abusing young boys'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has told the Ipswich jury that a witness at one of Gerard Singer's previous schools came forward with further allegations after hearing about the charges relating to St George's School.

A man who was at Cannock House School in Eltham, south-east London, said the defendant made him perform a serious sexual act on him when he was a 13-year-old in the early 1970s.

The court heard this information would "demonstrate the fact the defendant has a tendency towards sexually abusing young boys".

Teacher's sex abuse trial: Gerard Singer 'abused position of trust'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has told the court that "Gerard Singer has abused his position of trust as a teacher... by befriending pupils before then engaging in acts of a serious sexual nature".

Mr Singer, 69, denies 28 charges relating to nine former pupils, who are now grown men, at St George's School, which was based in Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then Great Finborough, Suffolk.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

The court heard Mr Singer was a language teacher.

Trial of former teacher accused of sex offences begins

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The trial of a former teacher accused of 28 sex offences against boarding school pupils has begun at Ipswich Crown Court.

Gerard Singer, 69, taught at the private St George's School which was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, before it moved to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

Nine former pupils allege they were sexually abused between 1978 and 1981.

Former teacher due in court over sex offences

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The trial of a former teacher charged with 28 sex offences against pupils is due to start today.

Gerard Singer, 69, of Elnes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France, taught at St George's School at Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, in the early 1980s, when the offences are alleged to have taken place.

The jury was sworn in yesterday.

I'm at Ipswich Crown Court and will be providing live updates throughout the day.

Rape suspect 'of stocky build'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Suffolk Police say they are talking to a woman who reported that she was raped in Brandon to get a full account of what happened.

She reported being accosted and attacked in the area around Knappers Way and Warren Close.

Officers said she has described the attacker as white, about 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, of stocky build and in his 20s or 30s.

Appeal after woman raped in Brandon

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A woman has reported that she was raped in Brandon in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Thetford Road, Brandon
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She said she had gone for a walk and, sometime between midnight and 03:00, a man approached her and spoke to her before raping her.

Suffolk Police said the incident happened in the area of Knappers Way (pictured, off Thetford Road) and Warren Close.

'If mum wants me, she'll call me via the dog'

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

After a three-year wait for Varley, Daniel Jillings, who is profoundly deaf, said: "If mum wants me she'll call me via the dog and I follow him."

Ann, Daniel's mother, said: "Now Varley is here he's absolutely perfect and Daniel just absolutely adores his dog."

Social situations could be 'very hard' for profoundly deaf boy

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Assistance dog Varley arrived at the Jillings' house in Lowestoft recently after Daniel, 10, who is profoundly deaf, spent three years on the Hearing Dogs charity's waiting list. 

Daniel Jillings and Varley
BBC

Ann Jillings, Daniel's mother, said: "Just seeing him have that confidence to ask for something in a restaurant [was emotional for me] - because deafness does knock your confidence and social situations are very hard."

Assistance dog has raised deaf boy's confidence levels

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Daniel Jillings' mother Ann says her 10-year-old son's confidence has increased since an assistance dog arrived in their home to help with his profound deafness.

"We went for a pizza and Daniel wanted a spoon," she said.

"I said 'We'll wait for the waitress', but he said 'I'll do it' and he went with Varley and signed and she gave him the spoon and that was quite emotional for me."

Deaf boy's life transformed by arrival of assistance dog

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A profoundly deaf boy's life has been transformed by the arrival of an assistance dog.

Jillings family
BBC

Daniel Jillings, 10, from Lowestoft, now has Varley after three years on a waiting list.

His mum Ann said Varley's arrival had made an immediate impact: "We had an issue for a good hour after Daniel went to bed of him coming downstairs to check we were there - feeling insecure and not being able to settle and go to sleep.

"Within about two days of Varley arriving and sleeping in his bedroom, he just feels safe."

Forecast: Sunnier spells as the storms clear

Patchy cloud with sunny spells as the temperature peaks at 21C (70F).

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Welcome to our live coverage for Suffolk

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Good morning. We'll be bringing you news, sport, weather, travel and more until 18:00.

We'll be starting with the story of a 10-year-old boy whose hearing dog has transformed his life...