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  1. Our live coverage today:

    That's all from the Suffolk Live team for today - and for the week.

    Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories we've brought you today:

    Have a good weekend - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Our live coverage today

    That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today - and for this week.

    Here's a quick recap of our main stories today:

    Good luck to Ryan  - and good luck to Norwich City chairman Ed Balls who also takes to the floor tomorrow night.

    Let's hope the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom is less of a challenge than the boxing ring for Ryan. 

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    Have a good weekend - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

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

    Floral tribute to Colchester baby killed by dog

    Today we have covered in detail the tragic death of a four-month-old boy in Colchester who was mauled by a pet dog in the family home.

    We've brought you every piece of new information about the family which has a second child at Addenbroke's Hospital in Cambridge being treated for life-changing injuries and a mother with minor injuries - both from the dog's attack.

    All the news was published as it happened alongside comments by residents and experts.

    This is the response to a big story that Local Live can bring - scroll down to read the details.

    Have a great weekend and I hope the weather favours whatever you want to do, but if you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  4. NDR: Latest updates on road closures

    Here's how construction work for the Northern Distributor Road might affect you over the next week:

    • Fir Covert Road will close from 20:00 tonight, reopening by 06:00 tomorrow
    • A140 Cromer Road - stop/go boards over the weekend for the installation of traffic barriers, with two-way traffic signals after the morning peak next week 
    • B1149 Holt Road - closure lifted today, with temporary traffic lights between the roundabout and Holly Lane tomorrow from 08:00, and from Monday to Wednesday near Drayton Lane
    • Postwick A47 junction - overnight lane closures within the junction from 20:00, date to be fixed
    • B1150 North Walsham Road and A1151 Wroxham Road - temporary signals throughout next week, and stop/go boards on Plumstesd Road
  5. Man died in road collision at Stanton

    Suffolk Police are confirming a man in his 80s died in the road accident which closed the A143 at Stanton earlier.

    A Citroen C5 collided with a tree just before 10:55.

    A woman passenger was taken to West Suffolk Hospital with serious injuries.

    Investigators believe the man had been feeling unwell shortly before the accident and they are appealing for witnesses.

  6. Ipswich MD tells fans to keep faith in McCarthy

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ahead of Ipswich Town's match at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, the Blues' managing director has defended Mick McCarthy in the wake of criticism of the manager from some supporters.

    Ian Milne

    Ipswich are without a win or a goal in four matches, and have found the net on just four occasions in their last 11 encounters, but Ian Milne says McCarthy is still the right man for the job.

    "I don't have any sympathy for those supporters who say Mick should go," Milne said. "Too many clubs have changed their manager too soon, and it hasn't been good for them.

    "We finished seventh last year and have never been below ninth under Mick. 

    "It's early days yet and we have got a strong team, so please keep the faith."

  7. Former nurse awarded doctorate in health science by university

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A hospital chief executive has received an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in recognition of her services to the NHS. 

    Clare Panniker, chief executive of both Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEH), received the award of Honorary Doctor of Health Science. 

    Doctorate awad

    She has been with the NHS for more than 20 years and accepting her doctorate from Professor Iain Martin, Anglia Ruskin's vice chancellor, the former nurse said: "Like most of us who come to work in the NHS - I believe passionately in improving the lives of others. 

    "I set high standards for myself as a nurse to achieve that goal. As a chief executive, I want to ensure that every single colleague who walks through the door at Basildon or Broomfield hospitals has the best possible opportunity to do that too - every day, in every interaction, with every patient." 

  8. Number of affordable homes in south Norfolk highest since 1908s

    Diss Express

    The number of affordable homes for families and young people in south Norfolk is the highest in three decades, according to government figures.  

    The figures show in the last five years more affordable homes have been built in the district than any other in Norfolk.

    A house under construction
  9. Hunstanton secondary school's sixth form to close

    Lynn News

    The sixth form department of Hunstanton’s Smithdon High School is set to close under plans announced by officials this week.  

    The Smithdon High School
  10. New development to 'regenerate' Lowestoft's Jubilee Way will retain historic wall

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A new development to help regenerate part of Lowestoft, creating 24 new jobs, will retain part of the town's history, says Waveney District Council.

    Permission has been agreed for old council offices on Jubilee Way to be demolished, making way for a Burger King drive-through restaurant.

    However planners made it with the proviso that a historic wall on the site, known as the Coopers Building, be retained.

    Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said they had always maintained when the council left the building that this part of town would not be neglected. 

    He said: "I am also delighted that this development balances the importance of regeneration with the careful consideration we always seek to give to heritage assets. The retention of part of the Coopers Building recognises this and ensures we get the balance just right.”

    The original town hall, adjacent to the site, will be retained for civic and community use, and is not a part of this new development.  

  11. Strike action by refuse staff

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Refuse and recycling workers from the GMB union are going on strike in north Norfolk, in a dispute over pay.

    They say they do the same job as colleagues in King's Lynn for less money. Yesterday they voted to reject a revised deal from Kier Environmental, which had better terms than previous offers.

    The strike action, involving 33 workers, will begin on Monday, 24 October. The union claims this is a significant proportion of the refuse staff.

    North Norfolk District Council says industrial relations are a matter for the contractor, but they will work closely to minimise disruption.

    A green recycling bin, with bottles

    Kier Environmental say the dispute is "in relation to a pay increase set by the National Joint Council, which was previously agreed with the GMB and other public sector bodies other than pay scales which are negotiated locally".

    They say they'll continue to chase a resolution with the union, and will do their utmost to ensure minimal impact on services for residents. 

  12. Williams return is a timely boost for Ipswich Town

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Whether Jonny Williams (pictured) is involved from the start for Ipswich's match at Blackburn tomorrow remains to be seen, but either way, fellow midfielder Jonathan Douglas is delighted that the Welsh international is fit again.

    Jonny Williams

    "He's looking really good, and we've a few more back as well after the international break so the squad is getting bigger." 

    "David McGoldrick and Adam Webster are also training again so that is 3 big players and 3 big characters that can only help us in the coming weeks." 

  13. Douglas confident he can help end Ipswich Town's goal drought

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town midfielder Jonathan Douglas believes his first goal of the season isn't far away, and will hopefully come against his former club Blackburn tomorrow.

    Jonathan Douglas

    The 33-year-old was on the score-sheet eight times in his final campaign at Brentford, and then got three for Ipswich last season.

    "It's coming, if I keep getting in the box it's only a matter of time," said Douglas. 

    "You need to save your energy, you can't be running around everywhere, you need to pick and choose when you get in the box.

    "Overall I've been doing that well, it just hasn't fallen to me." 

  14. Baby boy mauled and killed by family pet dog in Colchester

    Local people have been bringing flowers and toys to the family home in Harwich Road, Colchester, where a four-month-old boy was mauled to death by a pet dog.

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    Video caption: Colchester dog attack: Baby killed and child injured
  15. Woman felt in her heart she had to bring flowers and support for family

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    One of the many people from Colchester that came to Harwich Road where a baby was attacked by a dog and died in hospital was Linda Clow, 65, who had lost her own unborn baby "in different circumstances" when she was 21-years-old.

    Linda Clow

    She said she felt in her heart that she had to come and bring flowers and to say "sorry" to the family for their loss, she said with tears in her voice. 

    "Life is so hard to bring up children. I wanted to let them know we were thinking of them, but you must not leave animals with children and definitely not dogs," she said. 

    "I'll remember the day I lost my son for the rest of my life. When I heard about these children it hit me so hard I had to come and support them. 

    "They must be in a hell of a state, but I hope and pray they will get over it."

  16. Mental health trust 'aspires to be good'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust was the first mental health trust to be placed in special measures in the history of the NHS,

    It's now come out of special measures, but the Care Quality Commission says there are still ongoing safety issues.

    The trust's director of nursing Jane Sayer says going into special measures meant they "had to respond far more quickly than otherwise, but it's helped us to focus on what needs to be done quickly... and we know there's still work to do."

    Sign for Hellesdon Hospital

    She adds that the trust is really proud of the turnaround in their secure services, which are for people with a mental illness who require a greater degree of security. 

    They were judged "inadequate" in 2014 and now they've been rated "good".

    Quote Message: We aspire to be good, if not outstanding... we're on a journey, the CQC found there'd been considerable progress since 2014 and we're improving all the time." from Jane Sayer Director of Nursing, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust
    Jane SayerDirector of Nursing, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust
  17. Rapist 'knew victim's children were in the house'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A mother who was raped in her own home by a man she'd met through a dating website was advised by her family to contact the police.

    The victim was taken to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) where she was supported by specialist officers.

    Today, 35-year-old Dave Wilby, of Montagu Close, Swaffham, was given a 12-year jail sentence.

    Norwich Crown Court

    Speaking after the sentencing at Norwich Crown Court, Det Con Amy Beck said it was an "horrendous attack on a woman in the safety of her own home". 

    She said: "The victim had no intention of meeting Wilby that evening, having only recently started chatting with him on the Plenty of Fish website. The attack had had a profound impact on her life."

    She added that it was even more shocking that Wilby committed the offence knowing the victim's children were upstairs.

    Quote Message: Such a stranger attack is extremely rare in Norfolk... we would like to commend the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this investigation... we hope the sentence will give her a sense of closure and she can more on positively with her life." from Det Cons Amy Beck Norfolk Constabulary's Rape Investigation Unit
    Det Cons Amy BeckNorfolk Constabulary's Rape Investigation Unit
  18. Dog death: Location of attack by dog on four-month-old boy

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Harwich Road, where a dog attacked and mauled three members of a family, causing the death of a four-month-old baby boy is a main road leading to the east coast ferry port.  

    The house where the attack happened is just over half a mile from the town centre near Tara Close in a relatively prosperous district.

    Map locating place where a baby was killed by a dog
  19. Family tribute to road crash man 'loved and liked by so many'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The family of Mark Smyth, who died after a road accident on the border of Suffolk and Norfolk, has paid to tribute to a "kind, warm, gentle and funny" man.

    Mr Smyth, 46, from Brandon, died after a collision in his green Fiat Panda at the B1107 Thetford Road junction at Santon Downham just after 05:00 on 9 October.

    Mark Smyth

    Mr Smyth, described as a family man and animal lover, was on his way to work when the head-on collision happened, near the exit to High Lodge Visitor Centre. 

    His wife Jo said in a statement: "Mark was a kind, warm, gentle, man who was funny and had a great sense of humour. 

    "He had a love for the outdoor sports and photography which took him to many places across the globe. 

    "He was loved and liked by so many people and highly respected. He will be sadly missed by us all.”

    A man from Thetford has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection was bailed at Ipswich Magistrates Court today.