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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Plans revealed for third river crossing
  3. Rail disruption continues
  4. Third win in a row for Ipswich Witches

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Scott Malone

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Derby County and Ipswich Town.

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Cops catch 'caped crusader' horses on the hoof

Two horses kitted out in elaborate tabard-style coats and protective headgear were rounded up by police after escaping from a field near Lowestoft.

Suffolk officers tweeted that they "tried to corral the caped crusaders in their bid to evade the police" on Sunday morning in the Corton area of the town.

Police officers with horses
Suffolk Police

"Horseplay on the A47", officers said, when called in to help at about 05:00.

It was thought the pair got out on to the road after escaping from their field via a damaged fence and headed for "pastures new using the A47".

"The Corton Two were finally caught and returned to the owners," officers said.

Glider makes emergency landing in Cockfield

It's smiles all round for this lucky glider pilot and the jolly police officers who came to his rescue after he was forced to make an emergency landing.

The craft came down earlier today in a field near Cockfield in Suffolk, about 75 miles (120km) from its planned landing place in Peterborough.

As the pilot was unhurt, officers were quick to quip on Twitter that it "landed the perfect photo opportunity" for all involved.

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Two injured in 'targeted' attack

Police are appealing for information after two men suffered suspected serious injuries in a "targeted" assault in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, police said.

One man in his 20s was found by police at the scene in Shillitoe Close at about 18:35 with a serious injury.

The other man has not been located but may have been stabbed. He was seen limping towards Albert Crescent in the direction of the town centre.

He is thought to have an Eastern European accent, is about 6ft 4in tall, aged 25-30 years, of skinny build with black hair and was wearing a black jumper, blue jeans and a baseball cap.

Hull man to swim from 'state' of Sealand

A man from Hull is attempting to swim from the "micro-nation" of Sealand in the North Sea back to England.

Sealand platform
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The principality of Sealand was originally built as a World War Two fortress off the Suffolk coast and boasts its own flag and currency.

It was declared a sovereign state by pirate radio broadcaster Roy Bates more than 50 years ago.

Richard Royal is planning on swimming the 7.5 miles back to the coast at Felixstowe.

Mr Royal says: "I just don't know what the conditions are going to be like out there. I don't know what the tides and the currents are going to be like."

Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia

Aston Villa's 100% winning start ends at Ipswich, who earn a point after playing for 51 minutes with 10 men.

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The Bridge School, Ipswich

Zoe Applegate

BBC Norfolk

The Bridge School in Ipswich was rated as inadequate in all areas by Ofsted inspectors in May 2018.

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Bury St Edmunds' WWI trail honours fallen heroes
An art trail inspired by items linked to World War One has been set up in a Suffolk town.
Sea Road, Felixstowe

Felixstowe's "booming tourist economy" results in an increase in litter and rats, says council.

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Man charged after flat fire

A man has been charged with arson after a fire within a flat complex in Eye.

No-one was injured in the fire, at about 13:15 on Monday, but it did cause minor damage to the building in Hutton Court.

A 28-year-old man was arrested a short time later and has since been charged.

Police release name of woman who died in A66 crash

Police say the woman who died in a crash on the A66 earlier this week was Ann Copley, who was 76 and lived in Montgomery Court, Carlisle.

Mrs Copley was driving a Citroen C3 that was in collision with a white Renault Master van near the Llama Karma cafe, just east of Penrith.

The van driver, who is from the Ipswich area, was flown to the James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries, and his condition is said to be stable.

Officers have renewed their appeal for information about the accident, or anyone with a dashcam who was driving in the area at 12:15 on Tuesday.

Cash boost for 'deprived' estate following teen's death

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

Three years-worth of funding has been promised for community projects in Ipswich following the death of a 17-year-old.

The borough council pledged £5,000 a year for three years for the Nacton estate area to "support the community" following the stabbing to death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens in June (below).

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens
Suffolk Police

Councillor Sarah Barber said the cash was for "small scale projects" in area following a report which said "the challenges facing families in the area were well known" and "include deprivation in every domain" .

The council has already said it will keep Murrayside Centre open, leave street lights on all night at Queen's Way and has offered free iCards to youngsters in the school holidays so they can take part in activities at council gyms and parks for free.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court

A lack of space at Suffolk's only family law court means domestic abusers sit near victims, say lawyers.

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BreakingWoman dies in A66 crash say police

A 76-year-old woman from Carlisle has died following a crash on the A66 yesterday afternoon, according to Cumbria Police.

A car and a van collided near the Llama Karma Kafe just after midday last Wednesday and Cumbria Police say they were called to the scene just after this.

The other driver, a 76-year-old man from Ipswich, was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

He suffered serious injuries but his condition is currently described as stable.

Exeter City celebrate

League Two Exeter City beat Championship side Ipswich Town 4-2 on penalties to progress in the Carabao Cup.

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Plan for school in old Ipswich Co-op move closer

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for a new free school to fill an empty department store in Ipswich have moved a step closer, as the sale of the building in Carr Street has been completed.

Old Co-op site in Ipswich
BBC

The former Co-op department store at the end of Carr Street was announced last summer as being the location for a new primary school, set to be run by the Active Learning Trust (ALT).

Progress on finalising the sale had been made more complex as the borough council needed to buy the 1.48 acre site to enable the school to be built. The sale has now been completed.

Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere said: "This is excellent news and paves the way for developing an important town centre site and providing much-needed school places for Ipswich children.

"It shows what we can achieve by working together on key projects."

Body of man found in Ipswich river identified

The body of a man found in an Ipswich river, whose death is being treated as unexplained, has been identified.

Scene near where body was found near London Road, Ipswich
BBC

Police were called at about 10:30 on Monday to reports that a body had been discovered in the River Gipping, near London Road.

The dead man's name has now been identified and his next of kin informed. Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Police.

Mihaita Rosca

After his arrest he gave police treasure map-style directions to find a buried hoard of goods.

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Man out of hospital after double stabbing

A 30-year-old man who was stabbed twice on the same day in separate incidents in the Ipswich area has been released from hospital.

The man was stabbed in the arm at a caravan in Bucklesham at 04:00 BST on Saturday. He was given treatment at hospital and was discharged before he was stabbed a second time, in his buttocks and back, at a house in Grebe Close, Chantry, at 12:25 BST, police said.

Suffolk Police said he was in a serious but stable condition following the second attack.

Four people were arrested in connection with the incidents and have been released under investigation.

Grebe Close, Ipswich
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Police speak to 65 people one week after Bungay sex attack

Checks have been carried out in Bungay one week after a teenage boy was pushed into bushes and sexually assaulted.

The boy was attacked in Castle Lane at about 21:30 on 4 August. Police said the suspect ran off towards Earsham Street when the victim's friends were heard calling for him.

Suffolk Police said officers have carried out forensic work, house-to-house inquiries and examined CCTV since the attack, and on Saturday night spoke to 65 people in the Castle Lane area.

The suspect is described as a male who was about 6ft 2in (1.88m), slim and wearing a black hoodie, black trousers and black trainers.

Anyone with dashcam footage from the area of Castle Lane, Quaves Lane and Earsham Street on the evening of the attack is asked to come forward.

Junction of Castle Lane and Quaves Lane
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'No badgers' on damaged country road

Badgers which caused subsidence to a country road in Suffolk have scarpered from the area, it has been confirmed.

The burrowing creatures built a sett off Flowton Road in Somersham, leading to its closure in March.

Before repair work could take place, Suffolk Wildlife Trust monitored any badger activity at the site for three weeks and did not detect any of the animals.

Suffolk Highways said it was assessing the damage, with repairs due to begin "as quickly as possible".

Badger
BBC

Ipswich music festival cancelled

Pete Doherty of The Libertines
Carla Speight / Getty

An inaugural music festival which was due to take place in Ipswich in September has been cancelled, its organisers announced on Twitter.

The Libertines were to headline Mansion on the Moon at Trinity Park on 8 September.

A statement said: "Circumstances beyond our control have led us to take this difficult decision."

It said ticket holders would be refunded.

The BBC has contacted the organisers for further comment.

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People left homeless after fire at Lowestoft flats

Three homes were left seriously damaged by a fire at a block of flats in Lowestoft on Sunday night.

Firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk spent more than three hours bringing the fire under control after a blaze started in a kitchen in one of the flats in Crown Street East, just off the High Street.

Waveney District Council said it was helping to find homes for people living in three flats.

No-one was injured.

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'Youngest' master brewer Ross O'Hara gives his top tips
Ross O'Hara has qualified as the youngest master brewer at the age of just 28.

Road-blocking ducks don't give a flock

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The Old Bill were stopped in their tracks when these ducks waddled their way down a country lane in Suffolk earlier.

Traffic congestion can often drive you quackers, but hopefully this little hold-up went swimmingly and no fowl play was reported.

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Little Mix

Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

Seatwave and Get Me In will be shut down in October in a bid to fight touts, Ticketmaster announces.

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Grebe Close, Ipswich

Three people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and another on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

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Eammon Kenevan and Darren Mellor

The two convicted robbers, who absconded from an open jail, have been found in a Suffolk town.

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Orfordness Lighthouse: Volunteers' battle against the sea
"We're fighting weather, tides and erosion, but we'll keep her here as long as we can."
Broadland Sands Holiday Park

Three workers were taken to hospital as a precaution after the spillage at Broadland Sands Holiday Park.

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Paul Hurst

Michael Smith's last-minute strike gives Rotherham United a dramatic win over Ipswich Town.

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Eammon Kenevan and Darren Mellor

Police urged members of the public not to approach the pair but contact the force instead.

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