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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 31 March, 2017
  2. Appeal after rape arrest
  3. Final day for well-known head teacher
  4. Travellers' double murder trial moved to Old Bailey
  5. Cannabis seized in drugs raid
  6. Broads National Park sign unveiled in Beccles
  7. 'Suffolk Day' is launched
  8. Two wins out of two for Witches

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day, the week and the month

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Where has the week gone? It doesn't seem any time at all since we were greeting you on Monday morning, and now we're getting set to enjoy a couple of days off.

    It's been a special day here in the county, with the launch of Suffolk Day, out new "county day" which takes place on 21 June.

    Scroll down to find out all about it, as well as everything else that's been happening this week.

    Have a great weekend - you may need your brolly tomorrow, but Sunday's looking more settled.

    See you Monday and good luck to Simon Clark who is continuing with his anti-clockwise run around the British mainland coast.

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  2. A dry night, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be mostly dry across the BBC East region, with clear spells as temperatures drop to 7C (45F).

    It's a mixed bag of weather for Saturday. There'll be sunny spells and the first of those April showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

    Temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

    Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00
  3. Flood defence maintenance work to begin

    The water level on a stretch of the River Gipping will be lowered next week, to enable the Environment Agency to carry out an inspection on a flood defence.

    Bramford Mill Gate

    On Monday, the gate at Bramford Lock near Ipswich will be raised, which will result in the lowering of the water level upstream of the site from Rushbrook Mill.  

    A survey of the gate, which will determine its remaining lifespan, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, before the water level is restored on Thursday. 

    Project manager Rebecca Bromley said: "This work allows us to inspect the flood defences and to keep them in the best possible condition to continue to protect people, property and the local environment from flooding. 

    "Our fisheries team will be on hand to monitor the water level and to ensure no harm is caused to fish stocks."    

  4. Waveney Words audio news service chooses listener to take on role of chairman for the first time

    Diss Express

    An audio news service which covers the Waveney Valley has chosen one of its listeners to take on the role of chairman for the first time. 

    Waveney Words, a "talking newspaper" which provides news for the blind , unanimously elected Roydon resident Audrey Moskowitz, after committee members realised they had never had a listener in the lead role.

    Audrey Moskowitz sitting at table with a man
  5. What would you like Suffolk's flag to look like?

    We brought you news earlier of comments made by two of our MPs about the possibility of flying the Suffolk flag at Westminster on 21 June, Suffolk Day.

    Here's a photograph of the "Suffolk" flag as flown by the county council.

    Suffolk flag

    Which one would you like to see on display on Suffolk Day - the St Edmund flag, which we showed you earlier, or this one?

    Share your thoughts with us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

  6. Ipswich Town: Bialkowski rules out last day drama

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski believes his side will secure their Championship status before the final game of the season.

    Bartosz Bialkowski

    The 29-year-old doesn't agree with fans who fear the Blues trip to Nottingham Forest, on 7 May, will determine their future.

    "I'm sure we're not going to be in that situation, when we are going to fight until the last day of the season and we are going to need the last three points of the season," said Bialkowski.

    "I'm quite confident we've got so much quality in that team, and I believe in them."

    Town are at home to Birmingham tomorrow followed by Wigan on Tuesday.

  7. Ryman League: Suffolk sides clocking up the miles

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    All four of Suffolk's Ryman Premier Division clubs have away games on Saturday.

    Ryman League football

    Play-off chasers Leiston and Needham Market , who are in third and fourth place, head to Billericay Town and Staines Town respectively.

    Lowestoft Town , who are unbeaten in their last eight games, travel to Merstham while AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at Worthing.

    Bury Town host Thamesmead in the North Division.

  8. Proof that 'round the coast' runner really did stop off in the county

    Around this time yesterday afternoon, we told you about a man who's running around the coast of Britain to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya, Uganda and Myanmar.

    Simon Clark, 57, had spoken to us from Thorpeness, and he's kindly sent us a couple of photographs showing him first of all in the village next to the mere, and secondly at Orfordness lighthouse:

    Simon Clark at Thorpeness
    Simon Clark by Orfordness lighthouse
  9. Woman sought in connection with £12,500 fraud

    CCTV images have been released of a woman police would like to speak to in connection with a fraud where £12,500 was stolen from a bank account.

    CCTV images of woman sought in connection with fraud

    A woman went to one branch of a bank to request a new debit card and then went to another to request a new PIN, police say. 

    Both were sent to the account holder’s home address, without her knowledge, but appear to have been intercepted. 

    The new bank card and PIN were then used at branches of the bank in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket on the same day with thousands of pounds being withdrawn on each occasion. 

    While the customer has been compensated by the bank, police are keen to speak to the woman pictured in connection with the fraud.

  10. BBC Inside Out: Captain Darell a 'hero'

    BBC Inside Out

    This year is the 350th anniversary of the first ever land battle of the predecessors to the Royal Marines.

    Historic image of Capt Nathaniel Darell
    Languard Fort, Felixstowe

    The battle took place near Landguard Fort in Felixstowe.

    In July 1667, about 1,500 Dutch soldiers tried to attack the port and destroy the English fleet as part of an ongoing war over trade. 

    But 400 soldiers led by Captain Nathaniel Darell defeated them.

    Warrant Officer Jake Laidlaw, a Royal Marine veteran, was in charge of last year's parade but had no idea of the history on his doorstep until a few years ago.

    "As far as we're concerned in East Anglia, he's our hero, he gives us something to celebrate once a year," he said.

    Landguard Fort located on the northern side of Harwich Harbour was designed to guard the naval port of Harwich on the other side of the harbour, as well as the mouths of the Stour and Orwell rivers.

    You can find out more about the anniversary and the importance of the fort tonight on Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC1 .

    The programme also looks at the case of Suffolk's Lauri Love, who is facing extradition to the USA to answer computer hacking charges .

  11. Final day in school for well-known headteacher

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    One of the county's most prominent head teachers steps down today, after a 15-year spell at the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.

    Geoff Barton

    Geoff Barton, who has been outspoken from time-to-time during his spell at King Edward's - at one time saying he'd be the last person to be dragged " kicking and screaming to be an academy head " - has praised his governors and colleagues for giving him the support to voice his opinions.

    "A lot of heads don't have the privilege I have, of having governors and parents who are so supportive and so, yes, I have on behalf of colleagues, spoken out where we've needed to do so."

    Last month, Mr Barton was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. 

  12. When tackles go wrong...

    #PeoplesCup

    Just how did those legs end up there? Find out with our top 10 magic moments from last weekend's FA People's Cup semi-finals.

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: top 10 magic moments from the semi-finals

    For more FA People's Cup action, watch our semi-final highlights programme,  available on the iPlayer from 06:00 BST on Saturday morning, 1 April, and on the Red Button at 13:50 BST and repeated throughout the weekend.

  13. Appeal after rape arrest

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, following an incident in Lowestoft yesterday.

    Police were called to Marine Parade just before 14:00, after a member of the public reported a woman had just left a flat there in a distressed state, and had told him she had been raped.

    Officers attended, and the 23-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested a short time later.

    Police say they've been working with the woman, who's in her 30s, to get an account of what happened, and that inquiries are continuing.

  14. Bury can take pride in Toby's England call-up

    Bury Free Press

    Check out the back page of the Bury Free Press :

    Bury Free Press back page
  15. Police raids across town to tackle rise in violence

    Ipswich Star

    Here's a look at the front page of the Ipswich Star :

    Front page of Ipswich Star4
  16. The Detectorists set to return to Suffolk

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The BBC's confirmed the stars of the popular show Detectorists will return to Suffolk this year.

    Scene from the Detectorists

    Filming for the third series will start this summer around Framlingham, although the story is actually set in a fictional Essex village called Danebury.

    It's due to be broadcast later this year.

    One of the stars, Mackenzie Crook (pictured right) told the BBC: "The prospect of filming another summer in the beautiful English countryside is a good one."

  17. More reaction to Suffolk Day

    On the day the first Suffolk Day is announced, the leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, John Griffiths, has given the idea the thumbs-up: "It's good to shout about all the wonderful things we've got here.

    "Not just the bigger skies, the great environment but the great people, the unique rural settings, ancient towns, active economic centres.

    St Edmundsbury Cathedral

    "We'll do everything we can to spread the word... we've got the home of horseracing , we've got the Abbey Gardens , the Theatre Royal , the Apex , the Cathedral , [and a number of] museums."

    The inaugural Suffolk Day is going to be held on Wednesday, 21 June.