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All hands on deck with Suffolk's SARS team

For our medical professionals - lifesaving doesn't stop.

Here are some of the busy Suffolk Accident Rescue Service volunteers - out at the coast and on hand in the sweltering temperatures.

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Heatwave forecast to continue today along our coast

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

The heatwave continues today, with temperatures sizzling along the East of England coast.

Waxham beach
Anthony Fan
Waxham beach in Norfolk

In Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, the mercury is expected to reach 30 to 33C (86 to 91F).

It will be humid, with hazy sunshine.

However, patchy cloud could bubble up with the risk of catching a sharp shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon.

For more detailed forecasts, go to BBC Weather.

The RNLI in the East

Orla Moore

BBC News

Walton Pier
The Walton and Frinton lifeboat is moored at the end of Walton Pier

There are 15 RNLI lifeboat stations serving the East of England coast, stretching from Hunstanton in west Norfolk to Southend in Essex.


  • Hunstanton
  • Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Sheringham
  • Cromer
  • Happisburgh
  • Great Yarmouth and Gorleston


  • Lowestoft
  • Southwold
  • Aldeburgh


  • Harwich
  • Walton and Frinton
  • Clacton
  • West Mersea
  • Burnham on Crouch
  • Southend

Welcome to our coast live page

Tractors are used to pull crabbing vessels out of the sea

We're spending the day looking at the issues affecting the East of England coast in the wake of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

We have reporters in Cromer in Norfolk and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, and will be bringing you news and snapshots from the rest of the coast as well.

Martin Barber, our reporter in Cromer, said there is a "warmth in the air with a gentle breeze coming off a calm sea".

If you've got an issue you think should be highlighted, you can email us, or reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Driver admits causing fatal crash on A66

A man has admitted his dangerous driving caused the death of a Carlisle grandmother in crash on the A66 near Penrith.

Ann Copley
Family photo

Colin Brown, 78, from Upper Street, Layham, near Ipswich, was driving a van towing a caravan in August 2018, when he crashed head-on into the car being driven by 76-year-old Ann Copley, of Montgomery Court, Carlisle.

Brown was not at the city’s crown court this morning, but pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving by telephone from his Suffolk home.

Brown was seriously injured in the crash, and his barrister, Andrew Nuttall, told the court he was in the “high risk” category due to medical issues, and currently shielding ahead of a major operation.

The hearing was adjourned until 11 September, and a probation report will be prepared in the meantime.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of two deaths in the region's hospitals in the figures issued this afternoon.

The total number now stands at 4,031 and the additional deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East and North Herts NHS Trust: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,650.

Spitfire tribute to NHS to be inscribed with hero names

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Spitfire with "Thank u NHS" emblazoned on its under-wings roared through the skies across East Anglia today as a continuing tribute to the care sector.

The plane flew across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals in morning and afternoon sorties from its base at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

NHS Spitfire
Aircraft Restoration Company

The fighter plane was piloted by John Romain, founder of the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company.

It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.

"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.

"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."

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What the papers are saying in Suffolk

  • The rate of coronavirus infection in Suffolk has risen slightly, according to new public health data – but remains one of the lowest in England, the East Anglian Daily Times reports
  • A popular independent cinema is back open after three months of no business, reports the Bury Free Press
  • A building occupied by Hope Church is likely to be demolished and replaced by new council homes when worshippers move to the former Odeon cinema next year, the Ipswich Star reports

'Virus healing wood' planned as tree-planting boosted

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new woodland space is being planned in to remember those who died from Covid-19.

Councillors at a full meeting of Suffolk County Council unanimously gave backing for the project proposed by cabinet member for environment, Richard Rout.


Tree planting will increase across the county and a "healing wood" will be created in honour of those who died during the coronavirus pandemic, councillors agreed.

It will provide a space for people to remember their loved ones.

Officers will now go away and pursue detailed plans.