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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 2 June 2017
  2. Suffolk Police officers begin wearing body cameras
  3. Tributes are paid to the Ipswich headteacher who died in France
  4. The Suffolk Show clear-up begins
  5. Ipswich Witches climb to second place in the speedway Championship

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Local Live

    That's all from the team for today until Monday next week - unless a major story breaks overnight in which case this live feed will be updated.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, but if you want to get in touch in the meantime then hit the Get Involved button at the top of this page.

    Have a good evening and a great weekend.

  2. Art exhibition doing its bit to beat cancer

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Art for Cure was founded in 2014 by Belinda Gray after she completed her treatment for breast cancer, with her fellow art-lover Sally Ball.

    Later that year Sally was also diagnosed with cancer - and both women are now well. Over £100,000 was raised in 2014 and a further £175,000 in 2016.

    This weekend's pop-up exhibition hopes to add to the funds.

    Art for Cure deckchair (left) and Sarah Baddon Price, Blissed Out (right)

    It includes a deckchair design from Sarah Baddon Price (Blissed Out above right).

    Breast Cancer Now says nearly 12,000 women and about 80 men die from the disease every year and with 50,000 people diagnosed a year, it is the most common cancer in the UK.

    Art for Cure hopes funds raised will help pay for research to beat the disease as well as support patients living with it.

  3. Speedway: Mildenhall swoop to replace Woods

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers have drafted in Lewis Whitmore (pictured) to cover for the injured Sam Woods.

    Lewis Whitmore

    The 16-year-old will make his debut in Sunday's home clash with Plymouth Devils.

    The Fen Tigers will be without Jordan Jenkins who is doing his exams and will use rider replacement for him.

  4. Aldeburgh art cancer fundraiser: Over 20 artists taking part

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    These deckchairs are designed by Sarah Muir Poland (Contemplating a Swim), below left, and Maggi Hambling (Amanda in Boots and Fishnets), below right.

    They're for sale for £175 each...

    Sarah Muir Poland, Contemplating a swim (left) and Maggi Hambling, Amanda in Boots and Fishnets (right)

    A percentage of the sales from the deckchairs, paintings, prints and ceramics offered by more than 20 artists will go to organiser Art for Cure, which in 2016 raised £175,000 for cancer charities.

    It donated £100,000 to charity Breast Cancer Now and a further £74,000 to Suffolk-based projects supporting breast cancer patients - including a new wig service, beauty workshops, counselling services and support for nutrition, diet and exercise.

  5. Cricket: Suffolk are a work in progress - Northcote

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk cricket coach Andy Northcote says his side is a long way from where they ought to be, but are moving in the right direction.

    Andy Northcote

    The 34-year-old's been speaking ahead of Sunday's opening Minor Counties Championship game against Buckinghamshire in Bury St Edmunds.

    “We are at a stage where we try to pick the best local side we can with a very youthful feel to it.

    “As I have always maintained, the first few years of my tenure is about building for the future, the rest will follow in time. Our player base is shallow and we can only really progress as a county once that deepens.”

  6. Felixstowe golf club blaze under control

    Stuart Howells

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    I'm at the scene of the fire which broke out at the professional shop of Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club at about 11:30 this morning.

    Five crews remain on site, removing tiles and debris from the shop - which is 50 yards from the main golf club house.

    The fire is under control but the air is still heavy with the smell of smoke and burnt timber.

    Golfers are continuing to play their rounds, but Ferry Road in Felixstowe remains closed.

    fire
  7. Felixstowe golf club blaze: Seven fire engines called

    Stuart Howells

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A fire broke out at a golf club on Ferry Road in Felixstowe at about 11:30 this morning.

    Seven fire vehicles are in attendance.

    The fire also spread to two nearby flats.

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  8. Slimmers' battles for loose skin surgery on the NHS

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    We reported earlier about Sharon Wells from Dunstable and her battle for surgery to have excess skin removed, having lost 16 stone (102kg) - half her body weight - over three years.

    She says the NHS has refused to carry out the operation on three occasions, because her weight hasn't remained stable for two years.

    "I think that's a cop-out. It's just excuses," she said.

    "I'll get to two years and they'll say no because my body mass index has gone up and down."

    The NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups told the BBC they were unable to comment on individual cases.

    Sharon Wells

    But Sharon's not alone in having faced a problem like this.

    Paul Mason from Ipswich flew to New York in 2015 for surgery to remove excess skin.

    He used to weigh 70 stone (440kg) and lost about 45 stone (285kg). He was also told it would be at least two years before he could have his loose skin removed on the NHS.

    Sharon is now hoping a fundraising web page will help her find the £6,500 she needs for the surgery.

    Paul Mason
  9. No charges for man arrested over Ipswich fatal house fire

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk Police have confirmed a man arrested after a fatal house fire on Fuschia Lane in Ipswich will not face further action.

    John Allen, 86, died in hospital after the fire at Fuschia lane in Ipswich in March 2016.

    A 69-year-old man from Ipswich had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

  10. Deckchair art raises money for cancer charities

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    These aren't your run-of-the mill stripey deck chairs.

    They are a range of limited-edition designs, created by artists to raise money for cancer charities...

    Henrietta Dubrey, She (left) and Anna Hymas, Painted Lady I (right)

    Over 20 artists, sculptors and ceramicists are taking part, including Henrietta Daubrey - whose work She you see above left - and Anna Hymas - whose work Painted Lady I is above right.

    The exhibition - also called She - is organised by Art for Cure and is on this weekend at the Garage Gallery, below the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh.

  11. Civil liberties group calls for regular reports on body cam use

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk Police should publish regular reports on how and when body camera footage is used by police officers to properly assess their effectiveness - according to Big Brother Watch.

    But Daniel Nesibtt, who is the privacy and civil liberties campaign group's research director, said it does not oppose their use.

    Suffolk Police is rolling out the use of body cams for all its officers this year, in a joint £2.8m investment with Norfolk Police.

    Police officer wearing body camera

    Mr Nesbitt said: "I think that as an extra piece of evidence [the footage] will be very important.

    "But I think it's also important that when the video is recorded the member of the public is told really clearly how they can actually get hold of a copy of it for their own record - and to make sure that the recording is how they remember it."

  12. Bikers ride out for Leiston man's funeral

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Dozens of motorbikes are expected to join the funeral process for Rob Stewart, who died in a collision between his Yamaha and a car.

    The 26-year-old's family appealed for bikers - especially those who've lost family in similar circumstances - to join in.

    Mr Stewart, who was due to be a father shortly, died on 26 April in a crash on Henley Road in Akenham.

    He grew up in Leiston and was a reserve for Leiston Football Club.

    The funeral is this lunchtime at Seven Hills Crematorium in Ipswich.

  13. Internet speeds increased across Cambs and Newmarket

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    More than 20,000 households and businesses can now get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.

    Person typing on a laptop

    Openreach has begun switching on pilot areas in Cherry Hinton, Huntingdon and Newmarket for a partial fibre service called G.fast.

    It's claimed the technology can boost speeds to more than 10 times the UK average - allowing a two-hour film in high definition to be downloaded in just 90 seconds.

  14. Here's what the local papers are reporting this morning...

    The East Anglian Daily Times reports an early morning collision in Felixstowe, which left three cars damaged.

    An application to turn the site of the former Sudbury tax office into a block of flats is opposed by the town council, according to the Suffolk Free Press.

    And the Ipswich Star reports that bikers are hoping to ride out today to mark the funeral of a 26-year-old man who died in a crash with a car while riding his blue Yamaha bike.

  15. Speedway: Ipswich Witches in seventh heaven

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches extended their winning run at home to seven meetings last night as they beat Newcastle Diamonds 53-39 at Foxhall.

    Danny King

    Captain Danny King (pictured) top scored with 11 points as the Suffolk side climbed up to second place in the Championship.

    “It was a good win," team manager Ritchie Hawkins told the club website. "It took us a little while to get into our stride with the enforced hold up at the start and then a few early stoppages.

    "When we got going in the last third of the meeting we were really good and it was a good victory over a strong side.”

  16. School's trust head's 'life of service'

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The head of an academies trust has described a Suffolk headteacher who died from a fall while on holiday in France as an absolutely inspirational headteacher.

    Amanda Phillips was the executive principal at the London-based Paradigm Trust and headteacher at Murrayfield Primary in Ipswich.

    Amanda Phillips

    She was also a founder member of the Inspiration Trust, which is led by Rachel De Souza.

    Dame De Souza said Ms Phillips' work "impacted on so many young people".

    She said: "I think what's important is to remember her for what she was, which is an absolute force of nature, someone who was absolutely committed to her children and has made a huge difference.

    "What a life of service."

  17. Police body cams: 'Doesn't change the way I police'

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Criminal solicitor Rob Barley, from Norton Peskett in Lowestoft, has welcomed the roll-out of body-worn cameras by Suffollk Police.

    "Overall I think they're a good idea," he said.

    "We are often confronted with an occasion where a client is telling us an incident happened and there is no independent corroborative evidence to support what they ware suggesting, so I think it's not only going to be of assistance to the police, but also it's going to be a tool for the defence."

    Suffolk Police HQ, Martlesham

    When PC Cobbold turns on his body camera, he has to warn people they're being recorded - and reckons it "calms their actions" as well as making the police "more transparent as all can be viewed - our actions as well as the offender's actions".

    He said: "It doesn't change the way I police."

  18. Suffolk Show clear-up begins

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The mammoth task of cleaning up Trinity Park is now underway after a successful Suffolk Show.

    The fine weather bought thousands of punters to Ipswich on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Trinity Park, Ipswich
    Trinity Park, Ipswich
    Trinity Park, Ispwich
  19. Police body cams: 'Not in constant use'

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    I've been on patrol with PC John Cobbold, who's one of the first Suffolk officers to receive a body-worn camera.

    He said: "They're lightweight, they point where I'm facing and can be worn on body armour or on our hats or helmets as well, for when we deal with firearms incidents."

    But he also explained they are not in constant use - "that would infringe people's human rights".

    Police body camera
  20. Officers from Suffolk Police begin wearing body cams

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk Police has begun the roll-out of body-worn cameras.

    The initial batch has been issued to frontline staff - roads policing officers, dog units and dedicated licensing team officers - and all officers will have them by the end of the year.

    It's part of a £2.8m investment with Norfolk Police - and Suffolk Police said they will increase accountability for officers.

    Ch Supt Mike Fawcett described it as "a huge step forward" for the constabulary and "the future of policing".

    Officer wearing body camera and taser