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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. Hadleigh firm supplied fire-hit tower block building material
  3. Ipswich secure home cup tie against Luton
  4. Man charged over attempted child abduction
  5. 'Even more trains' will run after Take That concert
  6. Car runs out of fuel on the Orwell Bridge
  7. Ex-MP Martin Bell criticises rolling news coverage of fire
  8. Bentwaters Park could become 'mini Elstree'

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    I'm still standing but I'm going to have to go as that's the end of our live updates for today.

    For the Sir Elton John fans among you, enjoy tomorrow night's concert at Portman Road.

    We hope you'll be feeling the love with BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster who will be broadcasting live before and after.

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

    Have a great weekend.

    Sir Elton John
  2. Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

    Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

    Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

    Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

    Weather forecast

    And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

    With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

    Find the weather where you live on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Ipswich get away tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

    That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

    Ipswich Town are away to Luton Town in the first round which takes place in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

    The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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  4. Thunder 500 is a 'marmite' meeting for hot rod drivers

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Foxhall Stadium hosts one of its most prestigious meetings of the season this weekend, the Thunder 500.

    National Hot Rods in action at Foxhall

    An impressive field of National Hot Rod drivers has been assembled for the big race, which falls just two weeks before they contest their world championship final on the same track.

    Dean Cox with Spedeworth Motorsports says there are often mixed emotions on the grid as a result.

    "It's a marmite meeting for a lot of drivers," Cox told us. "Some of them want to take part and get some valuable track time, while some don't want to come near it in fear of damaging their cars."

    "That said, we have quite a large turnout this weekend, and with conditions tomorrow set to be similar to what we'll get during Spedeweekend, many are using this as a marker."

    "We also have around 60 BriSCA F1 Stock Cars competing tomorrow and that really will be some race as this is their only chance for track time ahead of their own final in September."

  5. Free tickets offer for gig in Ipswich multi-storey car park

    Some 400 free tickets are being made available for an orchestra concert in the Blackfriars NCP multi-storey car park in Ipswich town centre.

    It's part of the Aldeburgh Festival - and the concerts by the Multi-Story Orchestra are at 14:00 and 16:00 on Saturday, 24 June.

    Multi-Story Orchestra in Ipswich
    Image caption: The Multi-Story Orchestra in the Endeavour House car park in Ipswich in 2015

    A spokesman said it was part of the festival's drive to provide an "experience to people who don’t normally go to classical music concerts".

    The free tickets are only available to residents of Ipswich with a maximum of two per person. They're £5 for non-residents.

  6. Witches maintain winning record

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    It is now nine wins from nine home meetings this season for Ipswich Witches, who beat Berwick Bandits 56-37 in last night's Championship Speedway at Foxhall.

    Danny King

    Captain Danny King (pictured), Kyle Newman and Justin Sedgmen were all paid for double figure scores as the Suffolk side were barely troubled by a depleted Bandits line-up.

    "We're in a good place," King said. "We've had some good teams come here so far this season and we seem to be holding our own all of the time."

    "There were a few mistakes tonight but we were still comfortable which shows you how much strength in depth we have."

    "However, those mistakes can't happen on the road if we're to stay in the hunt for the title."

    The Witches remain in second place in the table, and visit leaders Edinburgh Monarchs tonight.

  7. A history of gigs at Portman Road

    Saturday sees Elton John return to Portman Road for the first time since 2004, when his support act was James Blunt.

    Other shows at Ipswich Town's stadium have included:

    • 1990 Tina Turner plus Michael MacDonald and the Neville Brothers
    • 1991 Rod Stewart, Status Quo plus Joe Cocker (two nights)
    Red Hot Chili Peppers at Portman Road
    Image caption: Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers wearing a pink body suit at Portman Rd in 2006
    Rod Stewart at Portman Road stadium
    Image caption: Plastic macs were handed out as the rain poured down for Rod Stewart
    Rod Stewart at Portman Road
    Image caption: Rod kept dry on stage though!
  8. Witches skipper ready for top of the table clash

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    This evening, and for the second time in as many weeks, Ipswich Witches and Edinburgh Monarchs meet in a top of the table speedway clash.

    Ipswich Witches team in garage

    It is the Monarchs who currently occupy first place in the Championship, but the Witches are hot on their heels following last night's ninth successive home win over Berwick Bandits at Foxhall.

    Danny King, who captains the Suffolk side, scored a full maxiumum last night after winning all four of the heats he entered.

    The British Champion believes the Witches can continue their fine form in the scottish capital tonight.

    "I rate our chances everywhere we go and I truly believe we can get something from every meeting," King said. "The minimum aim for us has to be a point."

    "There is still a long way to go this season but I feel really comfortable with the position we are in, especially when you consider the injuries we've had."

  9. We're walking on sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sun's out and our BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing the good weather through the lens across the county.

    We're in for a good run of weather over the weekend, according to forecasters with highs of 26C (79F) tomorrow.

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    Burgh
    Woodbridge
  10. Council staff to be offered free park and ride

    Staff at Suffolk County Council will be offered free park and ride for six months in a bid to encourage them to use the service.

    Suffolk County Council car park

    The trial will start on 1 August.

    The council said it means the number 38 shuttle bus, which costs the council £73,000 a year and is funded from the same staff parking charges, will stop running on 28 July.

    The money will be diverted to encourage staff use of the park and ride service.

    Aidan Dunn, from the authority, said: "Over the later summer and autumn, additonal colleagues may be in from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council and from the NHS, they are all going to be sharing Endeavour House with us.

    "It's going to put more pressure on car parking and Suffolk's roads.

    "If we can encourage staff to park at the park and ride, that'd be great."

  11. Watch Miley Cyrus sing a translated version of Shape of You

    "I like that cadaver..."

    Probably not what Ed Sheeran intended when his number one hit Shape of You is translated into another language and then translated back into English.

    Miley Cyrus make a decent job of the song and Dusty Springfield's Son of A Preacher Man on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below.

    Their epic duet of Ain't No Mountain is also something special.

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  12. County's probation services 'not good enough'

    Probation services in Suffolk are "not good enough", inspectors have said.

    Suffolk probation services

    The HM Inspectorate of Probation report has said staff at the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) needed to do more to protect the public, particularly in domestic abuse cases, and they needed a greater focus on keeping children safe.

    It said the work from the National Probation Service (NPS) with higher-risk offenders in Suffolk was also poor overall.

    Inspectors said more needed to be done to protect the public in domestic abuse cases and more done to safeguard children.

    Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: "Suffolk is not being served well enough by probation services.

    "Staff are working hard but still, the quality of work is poor overall. I am particularly concerned that neither organisation is protecting the public enough in most cases, and that domestic abuse victims and children are particularly at risk."

  13. Town close in on two transfer targets

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town are close to agreeing deals for 2 more players, and both could be finalised later today.

    Joe Garner

    Striker Joe Garner (pictured), who is getting married this weekend, agreed terms with the Blues earlier this week.

    It is believed that Town will pay Scottish Premiership side Rangers close to one million pounds for Garner's services.

    In addition, Ipswich appear set to sign Kosovan winger Bersant Celina on a season long loan from Manchester City.

    The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Dutch side FC Twente.

  14. Car 'with no fuel' causes delays on Orwell Bridge

    We've had news just in that there are delays over the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich.

    A car has broken down on the eastbound carriageway of the A14, blocking one lane.

    Suffolk Police said it has run out of petrol and is being towed to the nearest layby.

  15. Former BBC reporter and ex-MP critical of rolling news channels

    The former BBC correspondent and ex-independent MP Martin Bell has been critical of some for of the television rolling news coverage of the Grenfell Tower block of flats fire in London, which has killed at least 17 people.

    Martin Bell

    Mr Bell, who grew up in Suffolk, was responding to footage of people, who may now be dead, waving from windows.

    "It reminds me a little bit of the 9/11 attacks where there were images of people throwing themselves from upper floor windows," he said.

    "I don't want to bring in a regime of censorship, but I'd like the broadcasters to take a hard look at their practices.

    "There are so many networks and channels and journalists milling around now and I note that there's been a certain amount of anger directed against them.

    "We should be a little more careful of being respectful to the victims."

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  16. Bentwaters Park could become 'mini Elstree'

    There are hopes a former airbase could become a "mini Elstree" in Suffolk.

    Bentwaters Park in Rendlesham has recently been used by many film and TV productions, including the Fast and Furious movie franchise and Top Gear.

    Company director Sarah Brown said they have applied for planning permission to build a sound stage.

    She said: "We're never going to be competing with the film studios around the M25 because of our location but I think we could attract lighting companies, set-build companies.

    "Once we've built it, we hope they will come. If we get several big productions in here, we're hoping other businesses will then move in and we will become a little bit of a mini Elstree in Suffolk."

    BBC Radio Suffolk is broadcasting live from the site this morning.

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  17. Take That concert: 'Even more trains will be running'

    Greater Anglia has said extra trains will be running tonight over and above additional services after last night's "chaos".

    Take That fans at Norwich station

    As we've been reporting, Take That fans faced misery last night after they left the concert at Carrow Road.

    There were reports that the station was "rammed", trains were "packed solid" and little information was given to passengers waiting at Norwich Station.

    Greater Anglia said there were additional services, last trains were re-timed and trains were made longer but the numbers were higher than expected.

    Kerri Worrall, from the rail company, said: "We knew the trains were going to be very busy but the crowds were very large.

    "We will source additional trains for tonight and we will see if we can find another train to go to from Norwich to Ipswich. Buses will be on standby again.

    "Our team at Norwich station will be doing everything they possibly can to manage those crowds well and look after people and make sure they get people away from Norwich station as quickly as they possibly can."

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  18. Pinner and Martin feature in England win

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk hockey players George Pinner and Harry Martin both started for England in last night's World League Semi Final match with China, which England won 2-0.

    Harry Martin

    It was the opening fixture of the competition for both sides, with England back in action again tomorrow when they face Malaysia.

    The tournament, which is being held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London serves as a qualifier for next year's World Cup at the same venue.

    Pinner was recently named as one of three new captain's of both the England and Great Britain sides, while Martin (pictured) has not long returned home after a successful spell with Hoofdklasse Hockey League side Rotterdam.