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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 21 July, 2017
  2. Man arrested after fatal stabbing in Bury St Edmunds
  3. New movie tells the tale of the Suffolk maharajah
  4. Witches back on top of championship

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our normal service is closing for the day...

    With a police press conference updating the latest on the search for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague taking place this afternoon at 15:00, we are now starting a dedicated page looking back at the investigation which began late last September after he went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

    Follow us here at our dedicated Live: Corrie Mckeague search latest page.

    Corrie Mckeague
  2. Dozens of drivers caught using mobile phones

    More than 60 people were caught using a mobile phone while driving during a week-long enforcement campaign in Suffolk earlier this month.

    Driver using mobile phone

    Op Ringtone, which ran between 10 and 16 July, saw officers patrolling the roads with marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, which were fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help secure successful prosecutions.

    Police also used the campaign to remind members of the public they can submit dash-cam footage of drivers using their phones illegally.

    Altogether 62 penalty notices were issued.

  3. Hannah Martin on target for England again

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    With exactly a year to go until the Women's Hockey World Cup in London, Suffolk's Hannah Martin (far left) appears to be doing her chances of making the England squad no harm at all.

    Hannah Martin and England Hockey teammates

    The 22-year-old, who made her senior international debut earlier this year, was on the scoresheet again for England last night in a 1-1 draw with the USA at the World League Semi Final in South Africa.

    The Americans went on to to win the shoot-out which followed, meaning England will have to settle for a third placed play-off with Argentina on Sunday.

    Martin has mainly featured as a substitute at this event in Johannesburg, and has caught the eye with a series of impressive displays.

    On Tuesday, she came off the bench to both score and create a goal, as England comfortably beat India 4-1.

    When it comes to talk of featuring at a home World Cup though, the former Ipswich Schoolgirl is not getting too carried away.

    "It's at the forefront of my mind certainly, and it would be amazing to play in front of a big crowd with all the England games already sold out," Martin told us.

    "But I have to get selected first. If I do the best that I can do on the pitch and train as hard as I can, then I put myself in with the best possible chance of making the squad."

  4. King and Schlein target pairs glory for Ipswich

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches lifted their last piece of silverware two years ago, when Danny King and Rohan Tungate won the Premier League pairs title at Somerset.

    Danny King and Rory Schlein

    Tonight, King (left) will represent the club once again at the Oak Tree Arena, and will team up with Australian rider Rory Schlein (right) on behalf of the Suffolk side.

    Both riders have been in impressive form this season, and played their part last night in another big win for the Witches, that put them back on top of Speedway's Championship table.

    "Things are going well," King told us.

    "We're feeling good and I think we will win every meeting at home between now and the end of the campaign.

    "I'm really confident going into tonight and Rory is as well. It's a track we both enjoy and we ride well together."

    King and Schlein will be among the favourites for the pairs title, and will compete against riders from Glasgow, Peterborough, Workington and Scunthorpe in Group A.

  5. Little things are key for 'efficient' Bury Rugby Club

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ollie Smith (pictured) has praised the set-up at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club and says he is looking forward to taking charge of the team ahead of the Wolfpack's third campaign in National League Two South.

    Ollie Smith

    The former British and Irish Lion and England international was at the Haberden yesterday following his appointment earlier in the week.

    Although Bury have made a series of signings already this summer, the 34-year-old has hinted that there could be more, and he has also been telling us about the style of rugby he would like to see Bury adopt.

    "One that wins and keeps a coach in the job!" he joked.

    "I like things done simply, but things done well.

    "You really have to be mindful of the teams you are playing against and the pitches you are playing on. Conditions change throughout the season, so the players will need to be quick to adapt."

    "I will take this group and build it in accordance with what it is capable of doing, but there is always a basis for where you start that, and that is good core skills and the ability to stay fit."

  6. Ex-England international targets progress at Bury

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    The new head coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, Ollie Smith, says he is intent on making sure that the team gets the little things right, and is efficient with their rugby in the coming months.

    Ollie Smith

    The 34-year-old, who was at Barking last season, is a former England international and British and Irish Lion.

    He replaces Jon Clarke in the top job at the Haberden, after the Yorkshireman left the club for personal reasons.

    Smith says joining Bury was an easy decision, and he has thanked officials and players at the club for the support he has received so far.

    "Everyone has been fantastic," he told us.

    "Let's hope it's still the same six months down the line when we're hopefully doing well in the league.

    "Looking at the set-up we’ve got here in terms of the gym and the quality of the pitch, coupled with the signings we have made, everything is in place for the club to move forward."

  7. Life story of Elveden Hall's maharajah

    A film telling the story of the last King of Punjab is released in cinemas today.

    "The Black Prince" is the tale of Maharajah Duleep Singh. He was taken from his mother aged 15 when India was annexed by the British, and sent to England.

    Scene from film of The Black prince
    Scene from film of The Black Prince, showing the Prince seated with Queen Victoria

    The young maharajah lived the life of an aristrocrat at Elveden Hall near Thetford, where his grave lies next to the village church.

    He became a favourite of Queen Victoria, who was godmother to his children.

    Scene from the Black Prince

    Eventually Duleep Singh gave up his estate, position and royal connections and in 1886 he set sail for India to reclaim his throne.

    He was detained when his ship docked in Aden and was placed under house arrest.

    The prince died in exile, a pauper, in Paris in 1893.

    The Black Prince film stars Satinder Sartaaj, Shabana Azmi, Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, Keith Duffy and David Essex.

    You can read more about the history of Maharajah Duleep Singh in a BBC feature written ahead of an auction of some of his clothing.

  8. Police press conference to update on search for Corrie Mckeague

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A media conference is taking place this afternoon at 15:00 to update us on the search for missing RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague.

    Mr Mckeague has been missing since a night out in Bury St Edmunds almost 10 months ago.

    We'll have a reporter at the conference at Suffolk police headquarters and will bring you the latest from there once it gets under way.

    Corrie Mckeague
  9. Change of command ceremony RAF Mildenhall

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A special ceremony is taking place at RAF Mildenhall today as a new commander takes over at the base.

    RAF Mildenhall is the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing of the US Airforce.

    RAF Mildenhall

    The unit supports combat operations throughout Europe and Africa as well as being used for contingency operations.

    The change of command ceremony will welcome the incoming commander Col Christopher Amrhein.

    He's replacing Col Thomas Torkelson who has been in charge at the base since May 2015.

    High sheriffs, mayors and representatives of local councils are due to attend the event.

    The USAF is in the process of leaving the base for good by 2020-23, while the UK Ministry of Defence has decided the base will be sold off for housing.

  10. Police fire plastic bullet in Ipswich arrest drama

    Ipswich Star

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    Front page of Ipswich Star
  11. BreakingPolice to update on Corrie Mckeague search

    We've just been told a police media conference is taking place at 15:00 updating us on the search for missing RAF Honington airman Corrie Mckeague.

    We'll bring you further details as and when we get them.

    Corrie Mckeague
  12. Suffolk's Dunkirk boat in new blockbuster

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A new film about the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 - which goes on general release today - has helped to boost the coffers of a north Suffolk charity.

    MTB 102
    Image caption: MTB 102 pictured in 1939

    Filmmakers spent a month filming the Motor Torpedo Boat 102, based at Oulton Broad, which is the only surviving Royal Navy boat to have served at Dunkirk.

    The MTB 102 Trust will not reveal how much they received for the month of filming carried out in the port at Dunkirk, but it says funds are always badly needed to keep the charity running and the boat in tip-top shape.

    The 68-foot long boat has been restored to reflect its historical importance. In 1940, it was involved from the start of Dunkirk and it was one of the last boats to leave.

    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US commander Dwight D Eisenhower personally inspected the boat in 1944 as part of preparations for the D-Day landings.

    The boat has also featured in other movies, including The Eagle Has Landed, starring Michael Caine.

    MTB 102
    Image caption: MTB 102 as she is now. The trust said she has always been seaworthy

    The new film, called Dunkirk, was directed by Christopher Nolan and your can watch a BBC feature about it here:

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    Video caption: Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film reviewed
  13. Police guards remain in Bury St Edmunds

    As police continue to question a 43-year-old man on suspicion of a murder in Bury St Edmunds, officers remain on guard outside flats on Cumberland Avenue.

    Policeman stands guard outside a house on Cumberland Avenue, Bury St Edmunds

    The dead man, who was in his 50s, was reported to have been stabbed at the two-storey building yesterday afternoon.

    A policeman also remained on guard this morning at Maple House (below), two streets away on the Mildenhall Road estate in Lake Avenue.

    Policeman stands guard at the entrance to Maple House, Bury St Edmunds
  14. Dominant Witches take shine off Diamonds

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches are back on top of Speedway's Championship table after a 54-39 win over Newcastle Diamonds at Foxhall last night, the Suffolk side's thirteenth straight victory on their home track.

    Ipswich Witches in action at Foxhall

    Much of the damage was done during the early stages of the meeting, as the Witches opened up a 14 point lead after the opening four heats, with all of Ritchie Hawkins' riders playing their part.

    "We started off really strong again and it was a nice and comfortable win against a decent team," the team manager told us.

    "Our strength in depth is a big difference. None of their reserve riders got anything off us on the night."

    Australian rider Cameron Heeps was paid for 12 points on the night, which led to heaps of praise for the 21-year-old from Hawkins:

    "He was so quick tonight and the level he is getting to at the moment makes him difficult to pass. He is enjoying his speedway at the moment and showing his potential."

  15. Witches back on top of Speedway's Championship

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    A thirteenth consecutive home win for Ipswich Witches last night has moved the Suffolk side three points clear at the top of Speedway's Championship table.

    Foxhall Stadium

    Ritchie Hawkins' side beat Newcastle Diamonds 54-39 at Foxhall, with Australian riders Cameron Heeps and Rory Schlein in impressive form once again.

    Heeps was paid for 12 points and Schlein 11, ahead of the latter's appearance for the Witches in tonight's pairs meeting in Somerset.

    Captain and number one rider Danny King only featured in four heats last night as he has been nursing a sore shoulder.

    The former British Champion will also represent the Witches at the Oak Tree Arena, where he triumphed in the pairs with Rohan Tungate two years ago.

  16. Bury St Edmunds murder inquiry: Man arrested after stabbing

    Suffolk Police are confirming a man in his 50s was stabbed at a home on Cumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds.

    A member of the public called the emergency services at 17:50 yesterday.

    A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned at the town's Police Investigation Centre.

    Officers said it was believed that the arrested man and the victim knew each other.

    BBC Suffolk's Luke Deal took photos of a police presence at Maple House on Lake Avenue - two streets away from Cumberland Avenue on the Mildenhall Road estate.

    Police van and officer at the entrance to Maple House, Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
  17. Breaking'Murder' in Bury St Edmunds, PCC confirms

    Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has confirmed that there was a murder in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday.

    There's currently a police presence at flats on Lake Avenue off Mildenhall Road.

    We'll bring you more details as we get them.

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