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Southwold harbour

The trio were "left to face the music" by "more sophisticated people" in the smuggling chain, says judge.

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Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire southbound severe accident, near Russell Hill.

A1 Cambridgeshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A1 southbound in Thornhaugh near Thornhaugh Turn Off, because of an accident involving car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Long-tailed tit fledglings fight for life after Martlesham garden tidy-up

Eight long-tailed tit fledglings are fighting for their lives after their habitat was accidentally destroyed in a garden tidy-up, the RSPCA said.

The charity said the little birds are being cared for at the RSPCA’s East Winch wildlife centre in Norfolk.

It said a householder near Martlesham, Suffolk, cut back the tree where the fledglings were nesting.

Alison Charles, manager at East Winch, said: "When they first arrived, some of them were so poorly we had to give them fluids to rehydrate them.

"Sadly, we lost one early on, and it’s touch and go for the remaining eight."

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Car in water in Essex

Police had to drag the car out of the water after the driver got stuck in the sand during a late-night beach visit.

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Cross-party sadness for 'iconoclastic legend'

The cancer diagnosis for Cliff Jordan - who is stepping down as Norfolk County Council leader - has prompted councillors and MPs from across the political divide to express their sadness and sympathy.

His fellow Conservative, the Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, described Mr Jordan as an "iconoclastic legend of local government", and revealed his secretary Margaret Jordan was also seriously ill.

Steve Morphew, leader of the council's Labour group, wished him well, and added: "Whatever our differences we share a passion for Norfolk and I respect his commitment to what he believes in.... it will take a while to get used to him not being around."

Brian Watkins, a former leader of the Lib Dems at Norwich City Council and a county councillor for the city, said he was "genuinely sad".

"My thoughts are with Cliff and his family as he fights his biggest ever battle," he said.

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Marriage memories inspire idea that won lottery grant

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Three visitors who shared their recollections of getting married in an Ipswich church has inspired an idea that has boosted a fund aimed at turning the building into an arts venue.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £9,900 to the team behind the restoration of St Clement's Church in Star Lane/Fore Street, which is being transformed into the Ipswich Arts Centre.

St Clements team
Jason Noble

The church ceased being used in the 1970s, and, as part of a celebration of the facility's history, people are being urged to share their memories which will be documented.

The idea was inspired by people who visited the church for last year's Heritage Open Days.

Olumide Adisa, Ipswich Arts Centre volunteer on the project, said: "Thanks to National Lottery players, it will help us capture the rich and diverse stories of women and men who attended St Clement's Church and the lived experiences of what it meant to have a church in that particular area of town," she said.

Royal wedding celebrated with battered fruit cake
The deep-fried treat has been cooked up by a chip shop in Norwich.

Analysis: Straight-talking no nonsense Norfolk boy

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Cliff Jordan - who has stood down as Norfolk County Council leader following a cancer diagnosis - took over a very divided local Conservative Party.

It was still getting over the controversy of the King's Lynn incinerator and had got through three leaders in two years.

He restored internal discipline and the Tories were able to take control of the council when the rainbow coalition fell apart in 2016.

Under his leadership, the council continued to to make budget cuts, some of them controversial, but Mr Jordan always boasted that he had preserved all frontline services.

By his own admission he was a straight-talking no-nonsense Norfolk boy, and his blunt way of speaking sometimes upset people.

His recent criticsm of Norfolk's MPs angered many in the party.

If he hadn't stood down today, his departure would probably have only been a matter of time.

Cliff Jordan
Norfolk County Council

Campaign to recruit school governors relaunched

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A scheme to recruit school governors has been relaunched in Suffolk in a bid to reduce the high number of vacancies.

The latest report has revealed 378 unfilled posts across Suffolk County Council's 149 maintained schools.

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Suffolk County Council

A meeting last week approved the relaunch of the Govern Suffolk Schools campaign to highlight what governors do.

Joanna Howell, senior governance adviser at the council, said: "[Governors] are the unsung heroes of education locally.

"They make up a huge amount of the volunteer workforce, but people don't know they can do it too."

Events cost council £260,000 but boost Ipswich economy by £9.2m

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Events staged by the borough council brought hundreds of thousands of people into Ipswich last year but cost £260,000, new figures reveal.

The council spent about £467,000 on events like Ipswich Music Day and the Maritime Festival.

Maritime Festival
Ipswich Borough Council

Sponsorship, concessions and hires recovered £207,000 leaving a cost to the borough of £260,000.

More than a quarter of a million people visited all events and Visit Britain figures suggest the average spend for a day trip in a large town in the UK is £33.88, meaning Ipswich's visitors generated around £9.2m for the town's economy.

County council leader steps down after lung cancer diagnosis

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan is putting all civic duties aside after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Conservative Mr Jordan - who has been outspoken during his two-year tenure as council leader - said he would leave with immediate effect after receiving the "devastating news" on Thursday.

He has served as a councillor since 1991.

Deputy leader Alison Thomas will serve as acting leader until a full council meeting is held to elect his successor.

In March, Mr Jordan said he had a "30% chance" of remaining in post after launching into a tirade of criticism against Norfolk's MPs.

Cliff Jordan
Norfolk County Council

Lego 'Royal Wedding' created during radio show

Everyone's jumping on the Royal Wedding bandwagon, finding different ways of celebrating the marriage on Saturday of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

So, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire set some Lego fans a challenge - create something wedding themed live on air during Friday's Breakfast Show.

And look what happened...

Lego Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Engineering students James Gard and Jamill Jami - both members of Cambridge University's Bloc-Soc (which stands for Building Lego On Campus Society) - came in, and after emptying thousands of bricks and Lego paraphernalia all over our floor, decided to create little brick likenesses of the bride and groom as well as St George's Chapel in Windsor, where they will tie the knot.

Lego Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Windsor Chapel

It's pretty impressive, isn't it?

Tidying the place up took almost as long though, and we're pretty sure we'll be treading on the odd rogue piece for weeks to come.

Hedgehogs: Thousands sign petition over rat trap threat
Hedgehog lovers are worried that a rat trap, licensed by the government in England, could harm their spiky friends.

Discarded cigarettes cause fire that killed woman in bed

Peter Walker

BBC Essex

Discarded cigarettes caused a fire in which a 77-year-old woman died, the fire service has said.

Essex Coroners' Court heard that Eva De Coverley died at home in Kelvedon on 22 March.

Kelvedon fire

A family living nearby were "woken by a smoke alarm", coroners' officer Kirsty Roberts told the inquest in Chelmsford.

"They found her in bed on fire" and she died at the scene, she added.

The fire service said in a statement an investigation led them to believe the blaze was caused by discarded cigarettes.

Investigators had ruled out suspicious circumstances.

The cause of death was given as asphyxia.

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, between J30 for A13 Lakeside and J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - M25 partially blocked and heavy traffic anticlockwise between J30, A13 (Lakeside) and J29, A127 (Romford), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Kitten after being rescued

A chimney sweep, the fire service and the RSPCA were all involved in rescuing two kittens from a drain.

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Crane operator's view of Cambridge's changing skyline
The city's skyline is changing with new developments, which include a £200m science park complex.
House in Creek Road, March

Four people who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released with no further action.

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Cambridge Analytica starts bankruptcy proceedings in US

Cambridge Analytica's name has been taken down from the wall of the London office it occupied
Cambridge Analytica's name has been taken down from the wall of the London office it occupied

More on that story about Cambridge Analytica filing for bankruptcy in the US.

The consultancy was at the centre of the Facebook data-sharing scandal in which it was accused of improperly obtaining information on users.

The bankruptcy proceedings are part of the process of closing down the company and its UK parent, SCL Elections,that started in early May.

The company blamed a "siege of media coverage" for driving away customers andforcing its closure.

In court papers filed with a New York court, Cambridge Analytica said it had assets of up to $500,000 (£370,000) and debts in the range of $1m to $10m.

Regulators have said that, despite the firm's shutting down and laying off staff, they will still pursue a probe into how the firm used Facebook data.

The social network said data on about 87 million users was grabbed when people completed a quiz hosted on the site. This information was then passed on to Cambridge Analytica which has been accused of using it for political campaigning.

The political consultancy always maintained that it did nothing wrong in the way it obtained and used the data.


Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

The record label boss who signed Wiley and Adele says "no-one cared" about UK rap before grime.

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Caravan, cars and house damaged in Great Paxton blaze

A caravan was completely destroyed, and a house and two cars were badly damaged in an arson attack near St Neots in the early hours of this morning.

The caravan was set alight at about 01:50 and flames spread to the house and nearby cars in Rectory Close in Great Paxton, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service says.

Aftermath of fire in Great Paxton
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

People living in the house had got themselves out safely by the time fire crews arrived, but the building was badly smoke-damaged.

The charred remains of the caravan can be seen next to the house in the photograph above.

It took several hours to bring the blaze under control.

The fire service confirmed the cause was deliberate.

Investigation under way after Waltham Abbey fire

An investigation is under way after a fire badly damaged a number of houses in Waltham Abbey on Thursday.

Waltham Abbey fire
Paul Wood

Firefighters from Essex and Hertfordshire were called to Honey Lane at about 11:30. Essex Fire and Rescue initially said the fire involved "the roof spaces of a number of homes" and later confirmed that four semi-detached homes were affected.

Pupils and staff at the nearby Leverton Primary School were kept inside for several hours because of the smoke generated.

The blaze was put out by 20:00.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Waltham Abbey fire
Paul Wood
Waltham Abbey fire
Paul Wood
Waltham Abbey fire
Paul Wood

Severe accident: A10 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A10 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between B1160 and A1101 Mildenhall Road.

A10 Norfolk - A10 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1160 junction in Southery and the A1101 Mildenhall Road junction in Littleport, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy

A Cambridge Analytica sign was taken down earlier this month
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A Cambridge Analytica sign was taken down earlier this month

Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the centre of this year's Facebook privacy row, filed for bankruptcy in a New York court late on Thursday.

Cambridge Analytica listed assets in the range of $100,001 to $500,000 and liabilities in the range of $1m to $10m.

The firm and its British parent SCL Elections said earlier this month that they would shut down immediately and begin bankruptcy proceedings after suffering a sharp drop in business.

Cameron Norman in action for Norwich

League One club Oxford United sign former Norwich City defender Cameron Norman from non-league side King's Lynn.

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Royal Wedding cake's organic eggs are from Suffolk

We've got some smashing news for you that has left our brains a little scrambled. We even cracked a smile.

Further details about the royal wedding cake have been revealed and we can confirm that the layered lemon and elderflower cake will contain 500 organic eggs from Suffolk.

Claire Ptak puts finishes touches to the wedding cake
Claire Ptak puts finishes touches to the wedding cake

Claire Ptak, the owner of Violet Bakery in east London, who is making the culinary centrepiece for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, has been baking with the help of a team of six people for five days in the Buckingham Palace kitchens.

Some 200 Amalfi lemons are also being used in the recipe, as well as ten bottles of cordial made using elderflower from the Queen's Sandringham estate and 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour and 20kgs of sugar.

It will be served to 600 guests at the afternoon reception at Windsor Castle.

Ms Ptak described the cake as "a slight shift from tradition" but the final design will not be revealed until Saturday.

BBC One's coverage of the wedding starts at 09:00 tomorrow.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J25 for A10.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for A603 and J13 for A1303 Cambridge.

M11 Cambridgeshire - Stationary traffic on M11 northbound between J12, A603 (Cambridge) and J13, A1303 (Cambridge), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Royal wedding 2018: Meet the other nearly-weds
The BBC meets couples across the UK sharing their big day with Harry and Meghan.
Tom Westley reaches 100 for Essex against Middlesex at Radlett

Tom Westley scores a 50-over career-best 134 as Essex beat Middlesex by six wickets in their opening One-Day Cup match.

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Five-vehicle collision at Horsley Cross

A man has been reported for careless driving after a road collision involving five vehicles on the A120 near Harwich earlier today.

It happened close to the turning for the B1035 at Horsley Cross just before 14:00, police said, with "minor injuries reported".

The road has reopened in both directions.

B1085 Horsley Cross