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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 28 April, 2017
  2. Museum in running for national title
  3. Delays for rail passengers through Witham
  4. Appeal to trace next of kin
  5. Fire on Hadleigh industrial estate

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Suffolk Live signing off

    That's it for our live coverage for the day and the week.

    If you're just joining us, scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county - you can also check out our local election debate which was held this morning, with the leaders of the main parties at the county council.

    We'll leave you with this beautiful photograph of bluebells in Freston Wood - let's hope we all get some sunshine over the weekend so we can get out and about and enjoy our county.

    Bluebells in Freston woods
  2. The bank holiday weather forecast

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Apart from a few isolated showers, tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells.

    Temperatures could fall as low as 3C (37F) although they'll rise by the end of the night.

    Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

    A largely fine and dry day tomorrow, with sunny spells and just the chance of an isolated shower.

    Temperatures rising to 14C (57F) - although it could be a little bit warmer in the best of the sunshine.

    Another dry day on Sunday, although cloud will increase from the south west later... rain isn't expected until the evening.

    As for bank holiday Monday... it's still uncertain, but potentially we could have some rain, followed by sunshine and showers, with temperatures hitting 17C (63F).

  3. Profits boost at Co-op

    The region's biggest independent retailer has seen profits rise after investing heavily in its stores.

    The East of England Co-op has 120 shops in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.  

    However, the group also saw its pay bill rise after the National Living Wage was increased.

    Spokesman Doug Field says they estimate it will cost them nearly £4m over four years.

    Quote Message: But we're an ethical retailer and we're paying the National Living Wage regardless of age to all our employees, including the under 25s who comprise 25% of our workforce." from Doug Field East of England Co-Op
    Doug FieldEast of England Co-Op
  4. Travel: A14 likely to remain closed into rush-hour

    Police have told us the closure of the A14 eastbound at Bury St Edmunds, following an earlier collision between J42 (A1302 Newmarket Road) and J43 (A143 Compiegne Way/Bury Central Interchange) is likely to continue into this evening's rush-hour.

    They say they're still waiting for the recovery vehicle to arrive and there's been a spillage on the carriagway which needs to be cleared up before the road can reopen. 

  5. Rugby: Bury chairman hails 'coup' signing

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club has appointed former England Saxons player Jon Clarke as its new head coach. 

    Jon Clarke

    Clarke played for club sides Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors before hanging up his boots.

    "The appointment is a real coup for the club," said chairman Mike Robinson. "Jon has not only played at National and Premiership level throughout his playing career, his coaching experience is also excellent, joining us from Championship club Rotherham Titans.

    "His appointment shows how serious we are as a club about reaching greater playing heights and securing top class players and management."

  6. Hockey: Player of the year honour for Harleston star

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Harleston Magpies top scorer Maria Andrews is celebrating being named the best player in their league this season. 

    Her 17 goals in Conference East during the campaign also made Maria the division's top scorer. 

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    Andrews, who is due to move to Loughborough University for next season, said: "It's an amazing feeling to know that all the other players from the other teams in the league voted for you.  I'm just honoured really." 

  7. Darts: Wright sees off Taylor to progress

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has qualified for the Premier League play-offs.

    Peter Wright

    The 47-year-old from Mendham beat 16-times world champion Phil Taylor 7-3 in Birmingham last night.

    "It's amazing where I've come to, I used to be 5/1 against Phil and I was odds-on today, but it's down to the hard work I've done," he told the PDC.

    "I want to win my last two games and push for that top spot and challenge Michael, and then try and win the final at The O2." 

  8. Speedway: Mountain returns to Fen Tigers action

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers welcome back their number one rider Connor Mountain for tonight's National League meeting at Belle Vue Colts.

    Connor Mountain

    The West Row side will be at full strength as they aim for a fourth consecutive win in all competitions.

    “The last three performances by the boys have been impressive, but they have now set themselves a high standard and nothing less than that effort and commitment will be accepted," said team manager Robert Henry.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A14 Suffolk eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A14 Suffolk eastbound severe accident, between J42 A1302 Newmarket Road and J43 A143 Compiegne Way Bury Central Interchange.

    A14 Suffolk - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on A14 eastbound between J42, A1302 (Westley Interchange) and J43, A143 (Bury Central Interchange), because of an accident.

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

  10. Museum in running for national title

    The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket is in a short-list of five in the running to be named the UK's Museum of the Year.

    National Heritage Centre for Horseracing

    Officially opened by the Queen in November, this complex is home to the National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art, and a yard for the Retraining of Racehorses charity.

    It is also home to two of the Queen's former racehorses and a virtual Clare Balding.

    Also shortlisted are:

    The winner will receive a £100,000 award.  

  11. Hadleigh fire photograph

    We brought you news earlier of a fire on an industrial estate in Hadleigh.

    Many thanks to Richard Vango, who's emailed us this photograph taken at the scene earlier: 

    Hadleigh fire
  12. Ambulance takes six hours to reach 86-year-old

    A man from Ipswich says he's appalled it took an ambulance six hours to reach his 86-year-old mother-in-law, who was left lying on the floor at her sheltered accommodation.

    Ambulance

    Paul Copping said: "The warden, a carer and my stepdaughter phoned 999 six times to try and get an ambulance there and all they could say was that it was 'on its way'. 

    "For an 86-year-old woman, in severe pain, who'd soiled herself, I think that's absolutely disgusting."

    Betty Versey, who had fallen at her sheltered accommodation, was found by a warden who raised the alarm just after 14:00 on Wednesday, but it was 20:30 before an ambulance arrived.

    She's now being treated in hospital.

    In a statement from the East of England Ambulance Service, a spokesman said: "We received a call at 14:28 and it was categorised as a serious call given the information we had. 

    "Unfortunately, we were not able to dispatch an ambulance until 19:27.

    "We’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss this case with the patient or her family to help with further questions or concerns they have."

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A14 Suffolk both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A14 Suffolk both ways severe accident, between J42 A1302 Newmarket Road and J43 A143 Compiegne Way Bury Central Interchange affecting J41 Newmarket Road.

    A14 Suffolk - A14 blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between J42, A1302 (Westley Interchange) and J43, A143 (Bury Central Interchange), because of an accident. Congestion to J41, Newmarket (Risby).

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

  14. Ipswich Town: McGoldrick disappointed by goals tally

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick admits he should've scored a few more goals this season.

    David McGoldrick

    The 29-year-old will be looking for only his sixth of the campaign when Sheffield Wednesday come to Portman Road tomorrow.

    "Obviously if you're a striker you want to score goals all of the time," he told BBC Suffolk Sport. "If I'd scored more goals maybe we'd have got more wins.

    "But I got told when I was younger not to worry about not scoring. It's when you don't get chances that you should start worrying but I know I've had chances. I should've been more clinical, more ruthless." 

  15. Ipswich Town: McCarthy keen to thank fans for their support

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says it's important he and his players take part in the annual lap of honour around Portman Road tomorrow.

    Mick McCarthy

    The gesture has become a tradition that follows the final home game of the season.

    Despite having a strained relationship with fans during a disappointing campaign, McCarthy says there's no way he'll be ducking out of it.

    "We have to show our appreciation to whether it's one or 10,000 that are still there watching. We're not going to change, we'll be there," he told BBC Suffolk Sport.