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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 7 April 2017
  2. Man in "serious but stable" condition after town centre stabbing
  3. One of three crash victims is from Wortham, north Suffolk
  4. Relief for motorists as road works come to an end
  5. Academy trust is given £200k for research education
  6. Hollesbay Bay prisoner fails to return

Live Reporting

By Kate Scotter

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good morning Suffolk

    Hello and welcome to a new week on Suffolk Live.

    We're here throughout the day, bringing you the latest news from across the county. If you've a story you'd like to share with us, click on the Get Involved button at the top of the page to get in touch.

    Georgina Burnett's forecast follows shortly... without giving too much away, it won't be another scorcher.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A11 Suffolk southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A11 Suffolk southbound severe disruption, between A1101 and A14.

    A11 Suffolk - Delays, one lane closed and slow traffic on A11 southbound in Barton Mills between the A1101 junction and the A14 junction, because of a building fire at the petrol station.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. All the news through the day

    Thanks for joining us for Friday's live updates for Suffolk. 

    Our coverage has now finished for the week, but if any news breaks overnight or over the weekend then you'll find it here.

    If you want to read more, just scroll down the page and have a catch-up with our top stories.

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

  4. Weather: Get ready for a warm weekend

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with long clear spells. There may be some patchy mist and fog and a touch of ground frost in places. 

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F). 

    Weather map

    It will be a cold start to Saturday, but any mist and fog should quickly clear to leave a largely sunny day. 

    There may be a bit more patchy cloud in the east for a time. Light winds and highs inland of 18C (64F). 

    Patchy mist and fog should clear very quickly on Sunday to leave another fine, dry and very warm day, with temperatures about 22C (72F). 

    Much cooler and cloudier on Monday, with a few showers.

    BBC Weather has more.

  5. Video: Fifth-gen ferrywoman on why she needs a new boat

    Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years.

    The foot ferry at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. And back again. 

    The business has been in the same family for five generations - some 130 years. 

    Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat Old Bob which is 57 years old. The new boat will become the new working ferry.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Walberswick-Southwold river crossing's first new ferry in 20 years
  6. Video: Work starts on famous crossing's new ferry

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years. 

    The crossing at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. 

    The business, which is almost 130 years old, has been in the same family for five generations. 

    Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat "Old Bob" which is 57 years old. 

    The new boat will become the new working ferry. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Walberswick to Southwold ferry service gets new boat
  7. Rugby union: Bury hoping to cause an upset

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds four-match unbeaten run will face a stiff test tomorrow when they head to title-chasing Old Elthamians in National League Two South .

    Bury St Edmunds rugby players

    The Wolf Pack are likely to prove tricky opponents for the Greenwich-based side, after winning three of their last four matches to kill off any relegation fears.

    Their hosts, who are in second in the table, beat Bury 31-21 when the two sides met at The Haberden in December.

  8. Ryman League: Suffolk clubs continue their promotion battle

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Leiston have an excellent chance to get their Ryman Premier Division play-off push back on track tomorrow with a home game against struggling Leatherhead.

    Leiston FC

    Glenn Driver's men are still third in the table despite losing their last three matches.

    Fellow promotion chasers Needham Market , who are outside the top five, but only on goal difference, head to Metropolitan Police.

    AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at home to leaders Bognor Regis, while Lowestoft Town can do Leiston and Needham a favour by beating fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet.

    Bury Town entertain Cheshunt in the North Division.

  9. Thurlow Nunn League: Mildenhall closing in on title

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Seven points from their remaining four fixtures will guarantee that Mildenhall Town end the season as champions of the Thurlow Nunn League .

    Dean Greygoose

    Dean Greygooses's side has lead the way all campaign, although a dip in form through January and February did cast some doubt over their title push. 

    But five successive league wins mean that promotion to the Ryman League is surely just weeks away.

    "I think it's buzzing, with a lot of excitement," said Greygoose. 

    "Although there are nerves now and again, especially at the start of games. I think everyone seems to relax when we score the first goal. 

    "It's a good time to be involved with Mildenhall Town."

  10. Ipswich Town: Spence keen to remain a Blue

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence says he's enjoyed his time at Portman Road so far and would like to extend his stay at the club.

    Jordan Spence

    The 26-year-old's current short term deal expires in the summer.

    He told me: "I've always said yes [to staying longer], based on my experience of it thus far.

    "As to what happens next, I guess it's in my control if I keep playing, and play well enough, then I'm sure they would quite like to keep me."

  11. Kick-start your career with street cricket

    #GetInspired

    As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

    Video content

    Video caption: Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

    If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

  12. Giant turbine blades for North Sea wind farm arrive at port

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The first giant blades for a North Sea wind farm have arrived at the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth. 

    Four blades, each close to 100ft (30m) long, built by electrical giant Siemens were unloaded earlier this week.

    Blades
    More blades

    They are destined for the 158 turbine Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast and will be hoisted on to 250ft (85m) towers which come in three sections and stand on deep foundations. 

    Port manager Richard Goffin said: "Great Yarmouth is now open as the construction base for North Sea wind farms."

    The town had seen considerable investment in new sustainable energy ventures. 

    Peter Wright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's economic development officer, said last year: "Great Yarmouth is already world renowned as England's offshore energy sector capital and this investment reflects confidence in the local economy, the skills of the workforce, the port facilities and the borough's status as a Centre of Offshore Renewable Engineering." 

    Galloper windfarm location in the North Sea
  13. Saved day centre is 'absolutely essential'

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    A day of celebrations has been held at the Foxhall Day Centre in Ipswich after it was saved from closure.

    Foxhall Day Centre

    The centre provides activities for elderly, vulnerable people and offers respite for carers. 

    It was funded by Age UK Suffolk before the charity said it could no longer support it.

    Workers from the centre have got together with the Suffolk Community Foundation and the Pargiter Trust to form a new charity to run the centre.  

    Operations director Debbie Dodd said the centre was "absolutely essential". 

    "There's nowhere else for them to go in this area," she said.

    "If we had closed, a lot of these people would be sitting alone at home, isolated and they would lose a lot of the skills they have learnt here and their mobility would decrease."

    Foxhall day centre
  14. Trust's £200k boost for education research

    A west Suffolk education trust which runs 15 schools has been given £200,000 to become the first official "research school" in the east of England. 

    Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill

    The  Samuel Ward Academy Trust  is responsible for teaching about 8,000 pupils in Haverhill, Newmarket, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds. 

    It has been named as one of six new research schools, or groups of schools, in the country.

    The money will allow the trust to use research-based approaches to improve pupil achievements. 

    Howard Lay, chief executive of the trust, said: "This is excellent news for the east of England because it will enable the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, in partnership with others, to stimulate educational innovation in order to raise standards and outcomes. 

    "This research grant will enable us to ground practice in theory that works for all young people." 

  15. New US chart milestones for Ed Sheeran and Adele

    Billboard magazine

    Adele

    It has been utterly impossible and thus pointless trying to avoid Ed Sheeran and Adele over the past 12 months.

    Now both UK artists have new milestones to their name.

    Adele's 21 has surpassed tapesty by Carole King for the most weeks on the  Billboard 200  chart for an album by a woman.

    It has notched up 319 weeks on the list, beating Tapestry’s 318 weeks.

    The album, released in 2011, has spent 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart.

    Meanwhile, Ed's ÷ (Divide) album has, in just four weeks , sold more than half a million copies in the US.

    It’s Ed's third album to reach and breach 500,000 following x and +.

    The sums are adding up nicely for Ed it seems.

    Read more .

    Ed Sheeran
    Image caption: How many?
  16. The sun has got his hat on

    It's set to stay dry with periods of sunshine and light, variable winds. 

    Feeling warm by the afternoon in many areas, but somewhat cooler near the coast where a sea breeze is developing. 

    Cloudier conditions may persist across some western areas. 

    Highs of 13C (55F).

    Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for these photographs. 

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