- Updates on Friday, 21 April, 2017
- Dozens of drivers in court on speeding charges
- Millions of pounds for 'Winerack' building
- Dog needs surgery after fishing line incident
- Overwhelming support for community use of former hospital
- Ed Sheeran among 100 'most influential' people
It's that time on a Friday when we reluctantly switch off our computers and head home, to recharge our batteries ready for a resumption of live coverage on Monday morning.
Among the cornucopia of delights we've brought you today has been:
- A massive financial boost which will enable the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront to be completed
- A look-ahead to Record Store Day on Saturday
- A happy ending to a story about a horse who found himself stuck in a pond
If you're running in the marathon on Sunday we salute you, and wish you well.
If like the rest of us your weekend plans involve a little less exercise, then enjoy, and don't forget to join us again next week.Copyright: Daniel Fisher
A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F).Copyright: BBC weather
Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).
A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.
BBC Weather has more local forecasts.
BBC Radio Suffolk
The West Suffolk Hospital (pictured), and the James Paget, which serves patients in the north of the county, are each going to receive £1m of government funding to help them cope with winter pressures.
Ipswich Hospital will receive just over £495,000.
The money was announced in the Budget last month.Copyright: BBC
BBC Local Live
If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.
You can't stand if you're:
- Under 18
- A member of the police forces
- A member of the armed forces
- A civil servant, a judge or a peer
- You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:
- You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500
- You also need an election agent
- You probably want to plan and run a campaign
There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.
Firefighters helped to rescue what's been described as a "large" horse from a pond in Great Cornard near Sudbury this morning.
The animal, which was stuck in four foot (1.2m) of water at New Farm, off Joes Road, had to be sedated before the rescue could be carried out.
It was then moved to a paddock, apparently none the worse for its ordeal.
Forty drivers are due before magistrates in Ipswich today charged with speeding on the Orwell Bridge.Copyright: BBC
It's claimed one driver broke the speed limit nine times in a 25 day period.
Thousands of drivers have been clocked speeding on the stretch of road since a 60mph limit and average speed cameras were introduced to try to improve bridge safety.
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Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.
Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday.
If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!
A man who died following a collision on the A140 on Saturday afternoon has been named by police.Copyright: Contributed
Austrin McKenna, who was also known as Sam, was 51 and came from Wetheringsett.
He died in Ipswich Hospital after being seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision between Little Stonham and Mendlesham.
Paying tribute, his family said: "Aus was a unique soul who lived life to the full."
They added that he was able to put people at ease and was generous, kind, gentle, loving, sensitive and thoughtful.
He was married with one son.
BBC Radio Suffolk sportCopyright: Leiston FC
Needham Market - who host Billericay Town - also have a slim chance of finishing in the all-important top five, although that requires other results to go their way.
In the North Division, Bury Town head to Great Wakering Rovers.
BBC Introducing in SuffolkCopyright: Record Store Day
Independent record shops around the country are gearing up for the 10th Record Store Day tomorrow - with limited edition releases galore tempting people to part with their money.
To celebrate the day, some of our local shops are hosting live performances - with Tram in Ipswich kicking things off tonight with sets from Bessie Turner and Marc Newby.
Tomorrow, they have live music from Jack Rundell, Strike the Sun and Sorrdes (the artist formerly known as Deadpoole).
As for live music, they'll be hosting SIAH and Saltfen, who are releasing a split 7" flexi disc.
But back in Ipswich, Out of Time Records is taking a different approach to the day and is offering a £10 voucher to any one who can find a record they've desperately been trying to get rid of.
Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....
If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day.
BBC Radio Suffolk sport
Ipswich fans can forget about seeing leading goalscorer Tom Lawrence in a Town shirt next season, according to manager Mick McCarthy.Copyright: Getty Images
The 23-year-old has been a revelation during his season-long loan deal from Leicester City, scoring 11 goals and assisting another nine.
"For one, I think Tom will have his heart set on the Premier League and I think that he'll get that," said McCarthy. "If they were going to sell him there'll be a lot of takers."
"Tom's been brilliant and we've all loved him, everybody has really appreciated what he's done but I think he's got his heart set on Premier League football and why wouldn't he, so I'd say it's not a chance."
Can Ed Sheeran do anything wrong?
Not in the eyes of BFF Taylor Swift or, you know, Time Magazine.
Sheeran has been named among the magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2017.
And Tay-Tay was on hand to write a tribute about the Thinking Out Loud star and his cultural significance.
She wrote: "A few years ago, in a rare moment of admitting feeling defeated, Ed said to me, 'I'm never going to win a Grammy.'
"Yes, you are, I said. You're going to sweep the whole thing one of these years'."
She added: "It was a few weeks later when he met me in a dance shoe store in London, where I was picking out rehearsal outfits, and said, 'You have to hear this.'
"It was a song he'd just finished called Thinking Out Loud, which went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2016.Quote Message: Congratulations to my friend Ed, for the legacy you've already built and the brilliant hook you probably just came up with five minutes ago."
We've all got a friend like that though haven't we?
Read Taylor's full tribute to Ed here.
BBC Local Live
- Tracey Godfrey writes: "Great news. I hope when it is finished that they keep the name 'The Winerack' as its address"
- Adi Bennett posts: "More wasted money in Ipswich, so rich people can live .nice one"
- Jose Lopez Lerena says: "Noooooo!!!! I will miss our particular Stonehenge... Unlikely!!! Great news!!!"
What do you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts - send us an email, or join in the Facebook conversation.Copyright: Daniel Fisher
A dog owner from Trimley St Martin has been left with a vet's bill for hundreds of pounds, after her pet became tangled up in discarded fishing line.Copyright: Megan Bateman
Megan Bateman had taken Luna for a walk on the beach at Old Felixstowe near an area known as the dip, when she realised Luna was hurt.
The line was wound so tightly round her back legs she couldn't move, and the hook had gone through her hind leg.
Megan said: "I would just hope that people would take their rubbish away and not leave things on the beach so this kind of thing doesn't happen again in the future."
Luna needed emergency surgery, together with injections and a course of antibiotics.Copyright: Megan Bateman
BBC Radio Suffolk sportCopyright: Stephen Waller
The Witches could be without Nico Covatti (pictured) for tomorrow's return meeting at Foxhall after the Argentinian was taken to hospital with an arm injury after a fall in heat 12.
Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that Rory Schlein - who top scored for Ipswich with 10 points - is going to double up with Wolverhampton Wolves in the Premiership.