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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 24 March 2017
  2. Comic Relief highlights from across the county
  3. Six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen
  4. Ipswich man wins Great Pottery Thrown Down
  5. Town legend believes Blues will dodge the drop
  6. Felixstowe Pier rebuild continues

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Suffolk Live signing off

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    It's time for us to head home and book our seats in front of the TV for this evening's Comic Relief extravaganza .

    Before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've featured during the day, so scroll down to get more details:

    • A reflection on the six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen
    • An update on the burst water main in Holbrook
    • The Ipswich winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down

    We'll leave you with a round-up of how the county's done us proud, with Red Nose Day fund-raising events:

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    Video caption: Red Nose Day 2017 in Suffolk: From a giant Mexican wave to McFly

    Don't forget it's Mothers' Day and the clocks go forward on Sunday.

  2. Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

    There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).

    weather

    After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

    There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

    There's more at BBC Weather .

  3. Millions to be invested in mental health facilities

    More than £10m is being invested in mental health facilities in Suffolk and Norfolk over the next two years.

    HQ of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

    It's part of a three year plan from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust , which involves more than £13m worth of work.

    So far a third of a million has been spent on Mariner House in Ipswich, making it more accessible and user-friendly, and a new unit, costing more than £800,000, has opened for young people with acute mental health needs at Carlton Court in Lowestoft. 

    Over the next two years other facilities will be upgraded, and there'll be improvements made to the trust's IT system. 

    Some of money that's being used has come from the sale of the main part of the St Clement's Hospital site in east Ipswich.

  4. Mexican wave gets the arms-up for these Comic Relief fundraisers

    Pupils at Horringer Court School in Bury St Edmunds will have been really glad it's not been pouring with rain today.

    Their self-imposed challenge  for Comic Relief  was a giant Mexican wave - you can see them lining up here in readiness  

    Horringer Court pupils ready to perform a Mexican wave

    Deputy headteacher Steve Palmer said: "Hopefully we're going to co-ordinate it really well so we get a signal to start, then the wave will go up one way, and down the other way."

  5. McFly star visits school that's squeezed a year into a day for Comic Relief

    McFly drummer Harry Judd called in to share in a challenge devised by pupils at St Gregory's Primary School in Sudbury for Red Nose Day.

    They decided to cram their favourite bits of the year into one day - so they've been celebrating Easter, sports day and fitted in a Christmas lunch too.

    Harry Judd with pupils from St Gregory's primary school

    Harry, who was a prep school pupil at the private  Old Buckenham Hall  near Lavenham and Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden, embraced the festive theme and explained that the  website Pinterest  had a competition for him to come to a school and surprise everyone, and St Gregory's won: "We did a little bit of Let It Snow and I played along on the drums.

    "It's a happy time and I'm happy to be here."

  6. Speedway: Track changes will benefit riders and fans

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Excitement and great racing have been forecast by Ipswich Witches  director Chris Louis ahead of tomorrow's Championship season opener, against Sheffield Tigers, at Foxhall.

    Chris Louis

    "We've taken a little bit off, going into turns one and three, to give the lads that little bit more racing room which I hope will enable a little bit of dive-bombing as we call it," said Louis about the shape of the track.

    "That's going to enable better racing, more excitement and we've also improved the banking so there should be more of the track usable that hasn't been for the last five or six years." 

  7. To all you mums out there

    #GetInspired

    With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

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    Video caption: Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

    You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

  8. Rugby union: Bury target third successive win

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds rugby players can take a huge step towards securing their National League Two status tomorrow.

    Bury St Edmunds rugby squad

    The Wolf Pack head to struggling Barnstaple in good heart after back-to-back victories over Exmouth and Barnes.

    Bury, who are also trying to win successive away games for the first time this season, are currently 11th in the table, 10 points above the bottom two.

  9. Town's failure to replace Murphy has cost them - Wark

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich legend John Wark believes Town's season nosedived the day they sold striker Daryl Murphy and then failed to bring in an adequate replacement.

    Daryl Murphy and Timm Klose

    The 33-year-old (pictured), who joined Newcastle in August, scored a total of 37 goals as the Blues finished 6th and 7th in the last two seasons.

    "Nevermind the goals he scored, it's his hold-up play that we've missed," said Wark. 

    "We've got nobody who's been up front who can hold the ball and play players in, and we've missed that big time."

  10. Ryman League: Needham Market host title rivals

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Third-placed Needham Market  (pictured) against second-placed Havant & Waterlooville is one of two huge games for Suffolk clubs in the Ryman Premier Division  tomorrow.

    Needham Market team photo

    The other is the six-pointer between AFC Sudbury , who are second from bottom, and Hendon who are just one place above them.

    Lowestoft Town will be looking for an eighth successive victory at home to Folkestone Invicta while Leiston , who have won their last three, host Worthing.

    Bury Town head to Romford in the North Division.

  11. Courage of crash train driver recognised by award

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The courage of train driver Stuart Connell on a Greater Anglia service between Cambridge and Norwich which hit a tractor has earned him the title of Abellio Employee of the Year. 

    Both train and tractor drivers were seriously hurt at the level crossing after the vehicle was given insufficient time by a signaller to cross the line, a report found .

    Crash train

    The crash happened at Roudham, near Thetford, in Norfolk, last April. Investigators said the signaller might have had a lapse in concentration. 

    At the awards ceremony, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Driver Stuart Connell is a professional through and through and understands his responsibility as a driver is to ensure the safety of his passengers. 

    "His dedication to his role really shone through and he prides himself on doing his job to the best of his ability. 

    "His professionalism and dedication to the role was further demonstrated when he returned to work at the earliest opportunity, despite his injuries preventing him from driving."

  12. Crash train driver award for putting life on line to save passengers

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A train driver who put the safety of his passengers above his own after a collision with a tractor at a level crossing has been named Employee of the Year by rail operator Abellio

    Stuart Connell was driving the Greater Anglia service from Cambridge to Norwich when the train  hit the tractor at Hockham Road near Thetford on Sunday, 10 April, 2016.

    Stuart Connell

    Travelling at 87mph, Mr Connell (pictured) saw a tractor pull out on the level crossing ahead of him and he had seconds to act. 

    Despite being in imminent danger himself, Stuart put the safety of his passengers and the tractor driver above his own, ducked down and pulled the emergency brake, before warning passengers. 

    He was named Employee of the Year at the Abellio Achievement Awards 

    Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: "Stuart demonstrated a unique ability to put others' safety before his own."

    Front of crash train
  13. Youngster dyes his hair red and raises £500

    Children at Trimley St Martin primary school have been wearing red for Red Nose Day:

    Children at Trimley St Martin primary school

    Among the fund-raisers for Comic Relief is 10-year-old Blake Ainsley who, because of a life-limiting bone condition, has to travel regularly to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

    He's dyed his blonde hair bright red, and has already managed to raise over £500.

    Blake with his friends
  14. HSE to work alongside police in Corrie investigation

    Police say the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be working alongside officers searching through a landfill as part of the investigation into  Corrie Mckeague's disappearance .

    Search of Milton landfill site

    A team of officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police forces are continuing work at the site at Milton near Cambridge, and they've now been through more than 845 tonnes of material in the search.  

    Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "Officers have been liaising with the HSE as part of the investigation into the circumstances around what happened to Corrie.  

    "If there is a find on the site then the HSE will have a role to play in looking into the procedures that were in place and we have been speaking with them to ensure they are aware of our investigation to date.  

    "Officers have completed thousands of hours of inquiries to find Corrie and, through the work that has been completed over the past few months, we have gathered a substantial amount of information which will inform both our own and any potential HSE investigation as we move forward."

    Follow developments in the Corrie Mckeague case here .

  15. Search team doubles in size since Corrie disappearance

    The chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  (Sulsar) has described as "amazing" news that a planned charity concert in Corrie Mckeague's name is to raise funds for the organisation.

    Corrie's mum Nicola Urquhart announced the idea earlier this month.

    Corrie Mckeague

    Andy King, from Sulsar, said people in the county used not to know anything about what his organisation did: "Now we've got fund-raising events and concerts in aid of us, it's almost been overwhelming for the team.

    "It's also meant a huge amount to us to have [our] efforts recognised - [it's] been tremendous and not something we've ever been used to.

    "The effect it's had on the team, both in morale and numbers has just been incredible. 

    "The team is over twice the size now that it was before Corrie went missing."

  16. The FA People's Cup is back!

    #PeoplesCup

    It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

    There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

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    Video caption: People's Cup goals analysed by the pros
  17. Search and rescue team spend 6,000 hours looking for Corrie

    Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  has spent more than 6,000 hours looking for RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague, who disappeared six months ago , says its chairman.

    Search team

    Andy King continued: "Even while the public searches were being planned and then being undertaken, the team was still out looking at other areas based on information that came from the phone lines.

    "Every potential place that Corrie could have been, where somebody suggested, has been searched."

    The focus of the search for Mr Mckeague is now a landfill site in Cambridgeshire. 

  18. Six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen

    It's six months since missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague was captured on CCTV cameras in Bury St Edmunds for the final time in the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

    He'd been on a night out with friends on the Friday, and hasn't been seen since.

    Corrie Mckeague

    Police have been searching a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge for Mr Mckeague's body for nearly three weeks, after a re-examination of information from a refuse company led them to believe he could have been taken in a waste lorry to the site.

    They say the search could take up to 10 weeks. So far they've sifted through about 800 tonnes of waste.