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We're signing off now for the long weekend, but we'll be back on Tuesday morning from 08:00.

We'll leave you with a reminder that at Ipswich Crown Court today, optometrist Honey Rose was given a two-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of eight-year-old Vinnie Barker.

Scroll down for more on this, and other stories making the news across Suffolk.

Honey Rose

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you next week

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you are travelling to London over the weekend, remember buses will be in operation between train stations because a new bridge is being installed on the Norwich-Ipswich railway line, which will close at 02:00 tomorrow.

Scroll back through the feed below to see what we've covered today...

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from our special edition of Essex Live from the Clacton Airshow. 

Before we go, ever met your childhood hero? Well, the dream came true for one young lad today...

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We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 with another look at stories happening across Essex. 

Whatever you're up to, have a great Bank Holiday weekend. 

Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England

There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

Travel: Three vehicle crash on A146

BBC Travel

Three vehicles have crashed on the A146 in Chedgrave, partly blocking the road in both directions and causing queuing traffic at the Norwich Road junction. Tailbacks are to Slade Lane. 

Also traffic is moving very slowly in both directions on the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way in King's Lynn between Knights Hill and Hardwick Roundabout.

More details from BBC Travel.

Ipswich Town: Wark sees Preston as a 'tricky game'

Ipswich Town legend John Wark believes Town will need to repeat their impressive East Anglian derby performance if they're to beat Preston tomorrow.

John Wark

"They've just beaten QPR 2-0 and they don't let many goals in. They've got a decent midfield in (John) Welsh, (Paul) Gallagher and (Daniel) Johnson, plus the threat of Jermaine Beckford up-front.

"So if we're not at it like we were against Norwich it could be a tricky game," said Wark.

Our top stories from Norfolk Live today

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Ipswich Town: I'd stick with Sears - Wark

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town legend John Wark believes goal-shy Freddie Sears would benefit from a change of formation.

Freddie Sears
Getty Images

The 26-year-old will be hoping to end his run of 31 appearances without scoring when the Blues host Preston tomorrow.

"I would keep him in the team but I'd play him in a two (up front)," said Wark. "I just think that in a three he works his socks off and gets up and down the pitch in the wide areas, but he doesn't look like scoring."

Mick McCarthy expects busy end to transfer window

Oulton Broad speedboat crash: Broads authority investigating

The Broads Authority is investigating the collision between a speedboat and a stationary vehicle at Oulton Broad last night.

A spokesman said: "Broads Authority officers will be working with Suffolk Police, the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau and the Marine and Coastguard Agency to investigate the collision."

Oulton Broad

The authority confirmed that a woman suffered a fractured back and skull, and a seven-year-old girl received forehead injuries.

Another girl, aged 10, and a man sustained minor injuries.

Travel: A133 slow leaving Clacton

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A133 leaving Clacton as thousands of people head home from today's airshow. 

Queues are currently back to the Colchester Road junction in Weeley.

Latest updates here.

The noise of the Typhoon is a bit too much for some

... they're enjoying themselves... honestly. 

Typhoon face

Trading Standards warning about illegally imported puppies

Trading Standards are warning people to be cautious abut illegally imported puppies, after they quarantined a Bichon Frise puppy when a vet discovered it had been brought into the UK illegally.

Her owners, who live in Stowmarket, had been unaware that the puppy had come from Romania and had been vaccinated too early to be effective.

Bichon Frise puppy
Suffolk County Council

Matthew Hicks, who's responsible for public protection with the county council, said: "The main issue around illegally imported puppies is that we cannot guarantee that the dogs are properly vaccinated and rabies-free.

“These puppies are usually sold via adverts on the internet and in newspaper small ads. 

"The dogs are often accompanied by incomplete, false, and forged documentation which lead buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK."

'Unexplained' death in Haverhill

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police are investigating the death of a woman in Haverhill. 

Emergency services were called to Parkside at 06:20, following the sudden death of the 85-year-old. 

A cordon has been put up and police have been at scene all day. The death is currently being treated as unexplained. 

Police tape

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Typhoon rounds off the 21st Clacton Airshow

They're sometimes used to intercept Russian bombers, but today the Typhoon is bringing the Clacton Airshow to an end! 

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'Red Arrows flew over my flat'

Camber Sands death 'one of many' family have experienced

Continuing his conversation with BBC Essex, the brother-in-law of Inthushan Sriskantharaja, who drowned at Camber Sands, said the 23-year-old's death was one of many the family had experienced in recent years. 

Camber Sands

We lost a lot of family in Sri Lanka, he lost his parents in the wartime. There was four of them killed in total, now it's only my wife left. It's very sad."

Sivasothy Bijayaruba

Tribute to 'nice guy' who drowned during Camber Sands trip

The brother-in-law of a Grays man who drowned with a group of friends on a beach in Camber Sands has described him as a "funny man".

Sivasothy Bijayaruba

Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, of Chadwell Road, was one of five people who died on a day trip on Wednesday.

"He was always playing with my daughter," Sivasothy Bijayaruba told BBC Essex. 

"He just loved laughing and joking, he was just a nice guy."

Custodial sentence 'was not required' for optometrist, says judge

During the sentencing of Honey Rose, Judge Stuart-Smith said an immediate custodial sentence was not required to bring home the importance of optometrists properly discharging their duty to patients.

He said the case had been highly publicised and had already caused great concern to the optometry profession.

A letter from the Association of Optometrists said there had been an increase in practitioners' concerns about the way they were doing their job, said Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting.

Crown Court building

Boots issue statement following Honey Rose sentencing

Boots Opticians has issued a short statement following the sentencing of Honey Rose, who worked as a locum at a branch in Ipswich.

Managing director Ben Fletcher, said: "We reiterate our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker's family.  

"Our thoughts throughout this difficult period have remained with the family following these tragic events." 

Boots, Ipswich

Our top stories from Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

  • A man from Grays has been named as one of the five men who died on a beach in East Sussex
  • A mother who paralysed her own daughter in a crash in Essex, which also killed an elderly passenger, has been given a community service order
  • Tendring District Council expects to smash its 220,000 airshow attendance record this year following good weather

Canaries close to 'signing Benfica striker', Alex Neil says

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Benfica striker, Nelson Oliveira, who spent last season on loan to Nottingham Forest, where he scored nine goals in 29 appearances for the Championship side, may be on his way to Norwich.

Nelson Oliveira
Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Canaries manager Alex Neil said he hoped to complete the permanent signing of the striker "in next day or so". 

Norwich travel to Birmingham tomorrow with the Canaries unbeaten in the Championship this season.

Honey Rose to apply for permission to 'appeal'

Honey Rose is to apply for permission to appeal after being convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, according to the Association of Optometrists (AoP).

A spokesman declined to comment further on the case due to the ongoing Fitness to Practise hearing she faces before the General Optical Council.

Ipswich Crown Court

At Ipswich Crown Court, Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, said a letter from the association said there had been an increase in practitioners' concerns about the way they were doing their job and whether they were following procedure.

He said it added there was no evidence that practitioners were becoming more risk-averse and referring more patients to other professions.

Machine will 'wheel new bridge into place'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Building a new railway bridge alongside an existing one is an unusual approach but that was one of the only solutions to replacing a crumbling structure on the London line in Norwich. 

Engineers will close the line between Norwich and Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday until Tuesday at about 04:00 while they dismantle the old bridge, and literally wheel the next one in place using the machine shown below. 

Our pictures also show the bridge construction in the week leading up to the replacement operation.

New bridge
Sally Beadle
New bridge
Sally Beadle
New Bridge
Sally Beadle

Time for a look at stories happening elsewhere

As the planes continue their displays, it's time for us to look at other stories happening elsewhere in Essex.

Remember, you can listen to Radio Airshow commentary here.


Honey Rose described as a 'hard-working, dedicated mother of three' by defence lawyer

Honey Rose was described by her barrister today as a "hard-working, dedicated mother of three children, who'd taken great pride in her profession".

Ian Stern QC, mitigating, described Rose's failure to examine the back of Vinnie's eyes as an "inexplicable lack of action" and a "one-off".

Judge Justice Stuart-Smith said he believed Mrs Rose was a generally competent optometrist, adding that her failure was a "straightforward, very serious lapse, once".

Sentencing Mrs Rose, he said her conduct was "not merely a breach of duty, it was a criminal omission".

New rail bridge will 'slide' into place over the weekend

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The main railway line to London will be shut for three days from 02:00 on Saturday for a new bridge to be moved into place on the outskirts of Norwich city centre.

New bridge
Sally Beadle

The new bridge has been built alongside the crumbling old one at the bottom of Long John Hill. This is to be demolished over the weekend and the replacement "will slide" into place on wheels, engineers said. 

The road has been closed to cars since May last year and a diversion has been in place for 15 months. 

Trains have had to run slower during that time over the bridge which had to be shored up because it was crumbling. Buses will replace the train service over the three-day shut down.

Honey Rose sentencing: Police 'satisfied' with sentence

Speaking outside court, Det Supt Tonya Antonis, of Suffolk Police, said: "We're very satisfied with the sentence that has been given. 

"We feel it's proportionate in the circumstances. This was never about a custodial sentence. It's always been about something much bigger than that. 

"It was never the Barker family's intention that Honey Rose should go to prison. 

"What they wanted was some accountability by the profession and to ensure this doesn't happen to anybody else." 

Optometrist's husband 'in tears' during sentencing hearing

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

Honey Rose's husband Louis was in tears at Ipswich Crown Court as the optometrist was sentenced.

He said "sorry" across the court to Vinnie Barker's family.

Mr and Mrs Rose

Shrine to Essex man who died during Camber Sands trip

The family of Inthushan Sriskantharaja, who died during a trip to Camber Sands in East Sussex, have set up a shrine to him at their home in Essex.

His brother-in-law Sivasothy Bijayaruba, nine-year-old niece Jananthy and sister Kirushananthy are shown in the photograph.

Inthushan Sriskantharaja family

Essex man was one of five who died on East Sussex beach

A man from Grays has been named as one of the men who died on a beach in East Sussex. 

Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, of Chadwell Road, was one of five people who died on a day trip to Camber Sands near Rye.   

The group drowned after getting trapped by a combination currents, slippery rocks and sand.

Beach scene

Red Arrows grace the skies of Norwich

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Red Arrows gave an impromptu display over Norwich on their return from entertaining crowds on the beaches at Clacton in Essex.

Red Arrows over Norwich
Paul Engledow

The aircraft were on their way back to Norwich Airport at about 13:40 today for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event over the weekend.

Barker family have been supported by East Anglia's Children's Hospices

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

Ipswich Crown Court heard an impact statement from Vinnie Barker's mother Joanne, (pictured with husband Ian).

She said the family had had help from East Anglia's Children's Hospices, to manage their grief.

She said the knowledge that Vinnie should have been saved was "intolerable to live with" and that the void in their lives would never heal.

Vinnie Barker's parents

Lancaster Bomber unable to fly in display

The Lancaster Bomber was unable to take part in the Battle of Britain memorial flight due to an engine problem. 


Instead, two Spitfires, one of which is the only original aircraft of its type still flying, put on a performance.

Weather: Fine and dry with wispy cloud

BBC Weather Watchers

A fine and sunny afternoon with just a scattering of fair weather cloud. 

Roydon view
Weather Watcher/Monty's Turf

Our Weather Watcher picture was taken by Monty's Turf showing the skies over Roydon, near Diss, just after 13:30 today.

For most people it will feel less humid than recently in the warm sunshine but clear skies could bring a chilly night. 

Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F)  

More details from BBC Weather:

Essex Police on hand for Tiger parachutists

If you saw a dark vessel floating in the background as the Tigers parachuted into Clacton, it was Essex Police's marine team. 

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Scientist awarded £200,000 for bowel cancer research project

A Norwich scientist has won an award to investigate the role of bacteria in bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer tumour
Science Photo Library

Prof Alastair Watson, from the University of East Anglia, will receive £200,000 from Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering research looking at whether microbes play a role in advanced forms of bowel cancer. 

It's hoped a therapy for the condition can be developed as a result of the research.

Greater Anglia warn of problems due to broken down freight train

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Clacton loves the Red Arrows

... Or is it the other way round? 

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