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  1. Updates for Friday, 28 July 2017
  2. Unexpected transport charges imposed on parents
  3. Retail park collision victim in 'stable' condition
  4. Woman told to remove items from husband's grave
  5. 'Wow' location for sheepdog trials
  6. Masterplan for Bury St Edmunds town centre
  7. First home defeat of the season for Ipswich Witches

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it for our regular updates for another week - thanks for your company, it wouldn't be the same without you.

Scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county, and remember, any breaking news will still appear here over the weekend.

Whether you're going for a walk - doesn't this photograph from BBC Weather Watcher "Tammy's Cottage" look inviting - seeing friends and family, or just enjoying a bit of peace and quiet, have a great weekend.

We'll see you on Monday morning.

Woodland walk in Lavenham

Academy responds to concerns over charges for transport

Following on from our story about parents of some pupils attending the Samuel Ward Academy facing charges for school transport from September, we've received a statement from the Trust.

Mark Neild, Deputy CEO and Director of Education said: "The Trust has worked closely with leaders and governors of the Academy and has made a number of savings always with a keen focus on protecting the educational experiences of young people.

"However the Trust can no longer fully subsidise the cost of transport for parents living outside of the Council's Transport Priority Area.

"As such we have had to make the very tough decision that from September this subsidy will be at a level of 50% with parents haveing to pay £1 per journey and in so doing bringing it closer to the position of other schools in the area who charge for transportation.

"The Trust has met with concerned parents and from the outset the Academy has supported parents for whom this change represents a financial hardship, as well as parents of children with special educational needs/disabilities."

Unexpected transport charges imposed on parents

Pupils at a Suffolk academy have been told they'll have to pay for school transport from September.

Parents of children at Samuel Ward in Haverhill who travel from Hundon, Clare and Glemsford, have been told they'll have to pay £10 a week for each child, despite getting a letter in March saying there'd be no change to the current provision.

Samuel Ward Academy

Rachel Cannon, chair of governors at Hundon and Thurlow Primary Federation, a feeder school for the academy, said: "It's come too quickly for parents, they're not able to plan for that change to their financial situation.

"They were told in a letter just a few weeks before the end of term that they would have to pay from September and they were asked to commit to paying for transport within a week of receiving the letter.

She said it's almost certainly the case that some parents would have chosen other schools to send their children to, if they'd known this was going to happen.

At the time of choosing a school, she said parents were "assured" by Samuel Ward that transport would be free and therefore they felt free to make that choice of school.

"Had they had the information about transport charges they may well have made a different decision," she said.

We've tried to contact the academy for a response, but have so far, not received one.

Central role the long term aim for Ipswich loanee

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is set to give the biggest hint yet over his team selection for next weekend's Championship opener when his side faces Charlton tomorrow.

Dominic Iorfa
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The match at the Valley will be the Blues final warm-up game before the serious stuff starts against Birmingham seven days later.

Recent arrival Dominic Iorfa (pictured) is one of those hoping to get the nod, as he competes with Jordan Spence at right-back.

But the versatile defender, who made 25 appearances for his parent club Wolves last season, has been telling us that he sees his long term future at centre half.

"As things stand, I've played more games at right back, but I think I'm adept in both positions," Iorfa said.

"I'd prefer to play at centre-back on a regular basis in the future."

"At the moment, my speed is one of my best attributes and I like to use that when I'm out wide to overlap and help push teams back."

International call-up for Witches skipper

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches captain Danny King will represent Great Britain at the World Games event in Poland this weekend.

Danny King

The 30-year-old, pictured here after being crowned British Champion last year, has received a late call-up, as the current British title holder Craig Cook is injured.

King joins Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall in the GB side for the event in Wroclaw tomorrow.

The meeting is the first of a couple this weekend for the Witches skipper, as he will race for the Suffolk side away at Glasgow on Sunday in the Championship.

Appeal for witnesses after man has substance thrown over him

A man was taken to hospital for treatment, after he had something sprayed on him while he was asleep on a bench in Gippeswyk Park in Ipswich.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, at about 16:30. Police believe the substance may have been bleach, although this has not been confirmed.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment to his eyes but he's not thought to have suffered any permanent damage.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnesses the attack, or saw anything suspicious inthe park at the time.

Coastguards called to help boat on Broads

A boat's taking on water on the Broads.

The cruiser, called Midsummer Dream, contacted the coastguard at about 14:30 asking for help.

A couple of teams from Lowestoft and Southwold are on their way.

The fire service has also been called out to the incident, at Hardley near Loddon.

Council chairman has no regrets over wording of graves notice

The chairman of a parish council in the south of the county is refusing to apologise in a row over graves.

A woman who contacted BBC Suffolk told us she'd been asked to remove sentimental items from the grave of her husband at St Mary's Church in Glemsford.

The notice from the parish council there referred to "offending items", which upset Tina Bell.

In response, Michael Brown, chairman of Glemsford Parish Council, says they get ornaments, windmills, ceramic stuff and glass vases on the graves, and the grass can't be cut properly with those sorts of items on there.

"When we say 'offending', it's offending in as much as they can be dangerous to mowers", he said.

Mr Brown said he doesn't regret using the word. "Not really, it depends how you take the word really.

"The word was not 'offensive', they're offending items that we don't allow on there.

"The rules are displayed in the cemetery.

"We've had people complain about the amount of items that are on graves and how much it spoils it for other people.

"We are in a no-win situation."

Norfolk Euro MP in bid to become UKIP deputy leader

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Nominations close today in the latest election to choose a leader for the UK Independence Party, an election which could see one of the East of England's MEPs become deputy leader.

Norfolk farmer Stuart Agnew is the running mate of Anne Marie Waters, a controversial candidate who's seen as one of the favourites to win.

Ms Waters has made a number of disparaging comments about muslims and ethnic minorities and there is pressure on the party leadership to prevent her from standing.

But Mr Agnew says he expects her to be allowed to stand and he's praised her for her "real courage" in being prepared to talk about issues which he says, other people arn't prepared to confront.

"There is an increasing element of people who are beyond the law in this country," he said.

"Well we say we have our own way of life and culture in this country and we want to keep it."

He said it was "really really frustrating" that some people regarded such views as racist.

Nominations for UKIP's fourth leader in a year close at 5pm. The list of those standing probably won't be made public until next week.

Stuart Agnew MEP
European Parliament
Stuart Agnew MEP
Anne Marie Waters
Leadership contender Anne Marie Waters

Man dies and girl badly hurt in crash

Diss Express

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Front page of Diss Express
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'Something for everybody' at revamped pier

A multi-million pound reconstruction project for Felixstowe Pier will see the pier partially open on Saturday, ahead of the official opening in September.

According to the Felixstowe Pier website, the pier will include a boardwalk, a cafe/bar with alfresco dining, bowling, a family entertainment centre and food kiosks.

Catering manager Greg Barnes agrees there's something for everybody: "I think we've done a great job here making sure it's up-to-date, it's modern.

"We're maintaining that Felixstowe seaside feel, but we've got the contemporary feel of the new pier building."

Felixstowe Pier

In pictures: Prince William's final air ambulance shift

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance last night.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

Here are some photos from his final day with the service:

Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Boxing: First KO important for Wardley

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich heavyweight Fabio Wardley believes it was a landmark moment in his fledgling career when he knocked out Zheko Zhekov in Norwich last weekend.

Fabio Wardley

The 22-year-old was fighting for the first time as a professional, after graduating from the white collar ranks earlier in the year.

"A first knock-out victory was something that I wanted," Wardley told BBC Suffolk Sport.

"I want to make an impact on boxing and the heavyweight scene itself, (I need) to start taking some people out."

BBC at Cambridge Folk Festival

Your BBC Local Radio station is broadcasting live from the Cambridge Folk Festival on Sunday evening.

Sue said: "This is the third year we've broadcast live from Cherry Hinton.

"The festival is a real mixed bag of music and people. It's family-orientated and I love that you can go on a journey of discovery."

Sue Marchant's show runs from 19:00 until 22:00 on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Essex and BBC Radio Suffolk.

She'll have interviews and music from Nikhil D'Souza, Hayseed Dixie, Frank Turner, Midnight Skyracer, River Matthews and more.

Cambridge Folk Festival food stalls

'Terrifyingly excited' to be at Cambridge Folk Festival

Suffolk act Honey & The Bear are playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival tonight. The duo, based near Aldeburgh, consists of Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson.

Honey & The Bear

Fresh from Suffolk's Maverick Festival and the Secret Garden Party near Huntingdon, Jon said he was "terrifyingly excited to be playing the Cambridge festival after hearing so much about it from friends".

"Everyone is so nice. It seems to be the friendliest place on earth," he said.

The band is playing a fundraiser at Benhall Walled Garden, near Saxmundham tomorrow and the free gig in Eaton Park in Norwich on Friday, 4 August.

Witnesses sought after police collision in Ipswich

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is seeking witnesses to an incident in Ipswich last month, after a man sustained a broken ankle when he was in collision with a car driven by a Suffolk Constabulary police officer.

Police vehicles at St Helen's Street

The man collided with the unmarked hire vehicle, which was being driven by an on-duty police officer, on St. Helen's Street at about 13:40 on Friday June 23.

The IPCC says its investigation will focus on how the man came to be in collision with the car and injured in the incident.

At the time, police said the man's injuries weren't serious enough for an automatic referral to the IPCC, but that an internal investigation had been launched.

Girl injured at retail park expected to leave hospital over weekend

An eight-year-old girl who was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after she was hit by a car at the entrance to the Suffolk Retail Park off Yarmouth Road in Ipswich, is described as being in a "stable" condition.

She's expected to be released from hospital over the weekend.

Suffolk Retail Park

Police say they were alerted to the incident by the ambulance service at 13:20 yesterday afternoon, in which the girl was hit by a blue Skoda Yeti.

They're keen to hear from anyone with information about what happened.

'Wow' location for sheepdog trials

The first day proper of the English National Sheepdog Trials, is under way at Haughley Park near Stowmarket, the first time the competition has been held in the county in its more than 100-year history.

Pic 1 in sequence of sheep handling

Bob Wilden, chairman of the East Anglian Sheepdog Society, said: "When I was asked by our national president whether we'd got a venue in Suffolk for a national trial, the truth of it, we had several.

"There were several superb bits of parkland and places where you could hold a national.

"When I brought him to this location, for various reasons, I distinctly heard him say 'wow' because it has got a 'wow' factor to it.

Pic 2 in sequence of sheep handling

"The thing that makes it absolutely ideal for the trials we're having today is that the ground just gently rises away so that gives perfect visibility for all spectators," he added.

Alongside the trials, which run from 08:00 to 16:00 until 30 July, Suffolk on Show will include local food and drink producers, as well as local breeds, and demonstrations of arts and crafts.

Pic 3 in sequence of sheep handling

Woman told to remove 'offending' items from husband's grave

A woman whose husband died last August says she's been left angry and upset after her local parish council left her a note, telling her to remove "offending" items placed on her husband's grave.

Tina Bell's husband Peter is buried in St Mary's Church in Glemsford, and she's been tending his burial plot by planting flowers and leaving a small memento.

St Mary's Church Glemsford
Simon Knott

Now Glemsford Parish Council has told her, and other bereaved families and friends, that decorations and plants have to be removed from graves by the beginning of August.

She told us: "The only thing I had on the grave was a heart which I put on which was made of wood and I put it against the headstone and I have actually removed that, that was from Valentine's Day, but basically it's planting.

"If I remove all the plants and everything it's just going to be grass.

"Are they going to be mowing over the graves?

"It's ridiculous, it's insensitive, its disrespectful because it started off saying 'we respectfully request you to do' etc etc and then I quote 'if you don't comply with removing the offending items' I think that's just so... they've handled this in not a very good way at all."

We have contacted Glemsford Parish Council but no-one has been available so far to speak to us.

Masterplan for Bury St Edmunds town centre

A draft masterplan for the future of Bury St Edmunds town centre has been drawn up, following a public engagement exercise earlier this year that received almost 6,000 comments and suggestions.

Artist's impression of the Cornhill
St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Alaric Pugh, who's responsible for planning and growth at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: "Simply keeping everything as it is now, is not an option.

"Bury St Edmunds and the area around it, is set to see its population grow over the next decade.

"The job of the masterplan is to plan for the future, to ensure... that our town centre is ready for growth."

Artist's impression of Tayfen Road area
St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Andrew Speed, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Town Council, said: "I am particularly keen to see improvements to St Andrews Street South between the Arc and the historic town.

"Now is the time for people to comment on the aspirations set out in the draft masterplan to tell us if we have got it right."

The consultation opens at 09:00 on 31 July, and runs until 8 September.

A number of public engagement events are planned in August, and there will be permanent displays at the Apex, West Suffolk House, the Leisure Centre in Beetons Way, and the Library.

Artist's impression of St Andrew's Street North area
St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Speedway: Ipswich suffer surprise loss

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

All good things must come to an end...

Ipswich Witches suffered their first home defeat of the season last night, going down 47-46 to Edinburgh Monarchs in the Championship.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

The Witches had won all 13 of their previous meetings, in league and cup, on Foxhall shale.

"I'm massively disappointed," said team manager Ritchie Hawkins. "They got the double points win and the momentum going, and we weren't good enough, so we need to regroup quickly."

Darts: Wright bites back to beat 'Rottweiler'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright had to come from 11-9 down to see off Darren Webster in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay darts in Blackpool last night.

Peter Wright
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The 47-year-old from Mendham eventually won 16-12 to set up a last-four clash with Ulsterman Daryl Gurney on Saturday.

"It was always going to be a scrappy battle between me and Darren," Wright admitted. "He's like a little Rottweiler on your ankles all the time."

"The difference this time was I set myself up for a shot and he missed the three combination shot in the last three legs, so it could've been a different story."

Friday's weather: Mainly dry, becoming more cloudy later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A few changes in the forecast for today.

It's looking mostly dry until we get to this evening, maybe a few stray showers at times and it'll still be quite breezy as well.

The best of the sunshine is likely to be this morning, before the cloud thickens from the west as we head into the afternoon.

Top temperature across the BBC East region: 20C (68F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Good morning Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on our final day of the week.

My colleagues and I are all set to bring you regular news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county, but we'd love to hear from you as well, if there's something happening where you live or work that we're not mentioning. You can contact us via the "Get involved" link at the top of the page.

Walking up from the station a little earlier there was what can only be described as an "autumnal" feel to the weather - let's hope that's just a temporary glitch and that summer returns soon.

Elizabeth Rizzini will be here next to tell us exactly what we can expect weatherwise during the day.

I wonder how long BBC Weather Watcher Victor the Vole had to wait before he took this photograph?

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Our live coverage across the day

Time for us to shut up shop and make our way home.

If you're just joining us, here's a recap of the some of the stories that have made the news since we began at 08:00 - scroll down to find out more.

  • An eight-year-old girl has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital after she was hit by a car at an Ipswich retail park
  • An inquest jury rules a seven-year-old Oulton Broad girl's death at a birthday pool party was an accident
  • Thousands of fans attend Ipswich Town Open Day
  • A new film studio could be built at Bentwaters Park

Have a good evening, we look forward to your company again tomorrow.

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Prince begins last shift

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge has started his last shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate more on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

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Top dogs flock to sheepdog trials

Haughley Park near Stowmarket is playing host to the English National Sheepdog Trials, the first time in over 100 years of the event they've been held in Suffolk (photos show last year's event at the Castle Howard Estate in York).

Sheepdog trials 2016
Lisa Soar

"We want to give visitors the opportunity to watch the very best working sheepdogs and handlers, as well as experiencing the wonderful products and produce here in Suffolk," says organiser Bob Wilden, chairman of the East Anglian Sheepdog Society.

"We have a fine tradition of sheep keeping in Suffolk which helps to preserve beautiful parkland landscapes such as at Haughley, and the influence of agriculture on our heritage and lifestyle will be highlighted at Suffolk on Show."

Competitor in 2016 trials
Lisa Soar

Organising the trials at Haughley Park is shepherd and grazier Ed Hawkins from Nedging in Suffolk, who is currently competing in the World Trials in the Netherlands.

He helped train the celebrities taking part in Flock Stars, a television series influenced by the highly successful One Man and His Dog series which ran for twenty-three years and attracted audiences of up to eight million viewers.

Parents 'relive daughter's passing' every day

The parents of a seven-year-old girl who drowned at her best friend's birthday pool party have paid tribute to their daughter.

Livial and Glenda Kantengule say they are still devastated following the passing of their "beloved daughter", Maya Grace Kantengule.

"The pain is still unbearable and even though it's been over a year it feels like we relive her passing every day.

"We hope this inquest will provide answers to what happened on the day, even though it is hard to admit that no explanation will bring back our daughter.

"We miss her dearly and she has left a void that is difficult to fill."

Maya Kantengule
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Girl's pool party death ruled an accident

An inquest jury has ruled that a seven-year-old girl's death at a birthday pool party was an accident.

Maya Kantengule was found at the bottom of a pool at Waveney River centre holiday park in Burgh St Peter on 1 May last year.

Waveney River Centre

She died later in hospital with her parents at her bedside.

Norfolk Coroner's Court had heard that there was no lifeguard on duty.

Her father, Livial Kantengule, had told the inquest he believed his daughter could swim as she had received swimming lessons at school.

In a written statement, teaching assistant Jaqueline Bell said that Maya, from Oulton Broad, was not a confident swimmer and was "nervous" in the water.

Fatal crash driver remanded in custody after court appearance

A man who has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, has been remanded in custody following his appearance before magistrates in Ipswich.

Dalius Matulaitis, 50, of Rectory Gardens in Wisbech, will now appear at Ipswich Crown Court on 24 August.

The charges follow a three-vehicle crash on the A140 on Tuesday at Mendlesham.

Colin Fisk, 43 and from Kesgrave, the driver of a car involved in a collision with two lorries, died at the scene.

His seven-year-old daughter received two broken collar bones in the crash.

Collision victim airlifted to hospital

The eight-year-old girl who was taken to Ipswich Hospital after being hit by a car at the Suffolk Retail Park in the town earlier this afternoon, has now been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

The East of England Ambulance Service says she has a "serious" head injury.

McCarthy laments 'nasty' virus at Ipswich Town

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

This is a photo of Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, taken at today's open day at Portman Road. Why so glum Mick? Well, a mystery illness could be to blame.

Mick McCarthy looking glum

In recent weeks a few of McCarthy's players have been struck down, with a couple who were still absent today likely to miss the Blues' first match of the new Championship season on Saturday week.

"Bersant Celina had the illness first and passed it on to Tom Adeyemi," McCarthy told us. "It's knocked Tom off his feet which is hard to do because he's a big lump!

"After the friendly at Colchester on Tuesday night, Bersant came in on Wednesday morning poorly again, so whatever virus it is, it's having a real nasty effect."

McCarthy was less downbeat when it came to today's open training session at Portman Road, where fans got to see the team in action.

"It was great this morning. The fans' enthusiasm for rubs off on all of us. They're all as excited as we are for the first match of the season against Birmingham."

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Injured trio likely to miss Ipswich opener

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After recovering from an illness, Cole Skuse is set to return to the Ipswich Town team for the final pre-season friendly of the summer on Saturday, but three of his teammates are still unavailable.

Emyr Huws

Speaking at today's open training session at Portman Road, manager Mick McCarthy told us that recent signings Emyr Hyws (pictured) and Tom Adeyemi, along with fellow midfielder Teddy Bishop, are still struggling.

At this stage, it would be a surprise if any member of that trio featured for Town against Birmingham City, on the opening day of the new Championship season.

"Emyr Huws has got a problem with his achilles and we have to protect that and make sure he is ok," McCarthy said. "He needs to come back and do his training before he gets a game."

"Tom Adeyemi's been out for 12 days with a virus and it will be almost impossible for him to come back straight away.

"Teddy could be out for two weeks or even longer. He's got a sore groin."

Jury retires in pool drowning inquest

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The jury has retired to consider its verdict on Maya Kantengule, the seven-year-old girl who died after a pool party at the Waveney River Centre in May last year.

We'll bring you more information as soon as we have it.

New use for former military buildings?

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

If permission is granted for a new film studio at Bentwaters Park in Rendlesham, existing former military buildings (pictured) will be used as production suites, workshops and for storage.

The studio would be used by media companies who will rent the facilities for filming.

Existing buildings
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Further military buildings
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