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Live coverage across the day

That's it for our regular live news updates today, but there will be updates over the weekend.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.  

We'll leave you with an archive photograph from this month in 1931 of a railway carriage converted into a delightful home in North Elmham, Norfolk.  

5th November 1931: A railway carriage converted into a delightful home. It was previously a 'third class carriage' and was redesigned by its present owner and placed in situ at North Elmham in Norfolk.
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That's it for Suffolk's live coverage

We're signing off now for the week, but we'll be back first thing on Monday morning.

Before we go, a reminder of some of the stories we've brought you today:

We'll leave you with this photograph of the sunset at Worlingworth, taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Doggy Daddy":

Worlingworth sunset

Our live coverage across the week

Updates from Essex Live have now ended - thanks for stopping by.

Here are the top stories we have covered today:

Join us again on Monday for more news from the county.

Have a great weekend. 

Couple who met at day centre tie the knot

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been following the story of a couple who suffered life-changing injuries who were getting married today after they met at a day centre in Great Yarmouth which helps people rebuild their lives.

The happy couple

Alison Rose, who suffered head and other injuries in a horse riding accident in the mid-1980s, and Trevor Hazell married this morning at the Great Yarmouth register office at the town library with about 20 guests.

They met at Centre 81 seven years ago.

Alison told the BBC she loved Trevor because he "understands me and my disability".  

After some really tough times, the new Mr and Mrs Hazell are embarking on a new life together.

Video: Historical graffiti uncovered

We've been following the story of researchers are studying a unique historical record left on the tower of King's Lynn Library. A series of engravings were made by soldiers from the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars and the Royal Bucks Hussars. Here's a video of the graffiti:

Soldiers behind World War One graffiti in King's Lynn traced

Weather: Dry for most - turning cold

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Dry for much of tonight with clear spells across the region, but cloud will increase with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west later. 

Chilly initially with temperatures falling to 2C (36F), but turning milder later as the southerly winds strengthen.

Weather map for Saturday

Saturday will be rather cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain for much of the day, turning drier but quite misty from the west later. 

Feeling cold in the wind and rain, despite temperatures reaching 9C (48F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details.

Chief negotiator '70% confident' devolution will happen

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The man who oversaw the devolution negotiations for Norfolk and Suffolk says he's "70% confident" that the final deal will be approved by local councils. 

Under the plans the two counties will receive extra powers and money in return for having a directly-elected mayor. 

Suffolk businessman Andy Wood told me he understood people's concerns, but said the deal was in both counties' best interests. 

"This is a change to local government and a fundamental change to the way Norfolk and Suffolk has a relationship with central Government, so I think it quite healthy that we have this public debate," he said. 

"But I hear people talking about poor connectivity, getting delayed on our roads and wanting to move us from a low wage, low productivity economy to something more vibrant.

"This could change and that's why residents should be supportive of this." 

Video: Boxer owner's tribute to THAT advert

A boxer dog from Felixstowe proves that working with children and animals can be challenging:

Boxer dog trampoline tribute to John Lewis advert

Aping this year's John Lewis Christmas advert, Paddywac had been photographed trampolining by her owner Emma Patterson, but refused to co-operate when a BBC Suffolk reporter turned up to film her.  

Memorial plaque unveiled at former air base's control tower

A plaque has been unveiled at Martlesham Heath Control Tower, to commemorate those who served at the former Martlesham Heath air base between 1917 and 1963.

Bob Dunnett and Martin Cook

Bob Dunnett, pictured left with Martin Cook, both from the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, described the unveiling as "absolutely marvellous", saying it had been a "great day".

Your pictures: Essex at sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

Some cracking shots of the sunset have been uploaded to BBC Weather Watchers from around Essex.


Cat found with leg caught in illegal trap

A cat has been found with its leg crushed inside a "vicious" illegal "gin" trap, the RSPCA says.

Cat in a trap

The animal was discovered hiding under a car in Kelvedon yesterday morning with the rusty snare still attached to its right paw. 

Thankfully, the cat was released from the trap and is now recieving treatment for its injuries. 

The animal charity had condemned the incident. 

Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue on latest in hunt for Corrie

The chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SULSAR) Andy King says the team has searched further areas around Mildenhall and Barton Mills over the last couple of days, as they continue to look for missing RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague.

  • A water rescue team waded much of the river from the A11 at Barton Mills to the gas pool in Mildenhall
  • Parts of the river that are too deep to wade were covered by boat
  • There will be further water and foot searches in the next few days, once equipment has been cleaned, decontaminated and recharged
  • The team said it still has a determination to return Corrie to his family and will continue to search whenever requested to do so by Suffolk Police
Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Driving instructor police work a 'first in the UK'

Tendring is the first place in the UK to use driving instructors to spot crime and share intelligence with the police, the force claims. 

Left to right, Lisa Scott (Secretary of CADDI) Marion Bell (Special Constable and driving instructor), PC Rob Willmott, Insp Julia Finch and Sue Whiteley (Chairman of CADDI).
Tendring District Council

Ch Insp Russ Cole said: "In my talks with partners it became clear we need to act smarter and we have this group of professional people who are very knowledgeable about their local areas.

"They will not look out of place going about their normal business and can spot when there is something out of the ordinary." 

Ch Insp Cole added that driving instructors would be used as a supplementary resource.

Naismith wants winning feeling

Norwich Evening News

Canaries striker has his eyes on a qualifying upset win at Wembley - the back page of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of norwich Evening News

Motorists' stopped and grilled over new river bridge

A traffic census has been carried out in Great Yarmouth as part of the consultation on building a third river crossing.

Drivers on Marine Parade and South Quay were stopped and asked about the purpose of their journey, and where they were travelling from and to.

Census signs in Great Yarmouth, with motorists in the background taking part in the survey

David Allfrey, of Norfolk County Council's highways department, says it's important to have accurate details to help identify what the transport benefits would be in having the bridge over the River Yare.

The information will form part of a business case to the government for the £140m crossing over the river, which would link the town's two enterprise zones.

Police go through 1,100 hours of CCTV footage in search for Corrie

Police say they have obtained 1,100 hours of CCTV footage from local authority, business and private individual sources as part of the investigation into the disappearance of RAF serviceman Corrie Mckeague, who hasn't been seen since the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

They say the footage has been "systematically viewed" but there remain no "positive sightings" of Corrie, who disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

The footage has been sent for further detailed analysis, to ensure nothing has been missed.

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "We have to keep an open mind as there is no key line of inquiry to take us in any one direction.

"Despite extensive searches, CCTV viewing, media appeals and many behind the scenes inquiries, we still do not have a lead which takes us forward."

Sible Hedingham shooting: A number of rounds were fired, court hears

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A number of gunshots were fired in Sible Hedingham on the night a millionaire's mansion was raided, a court has been hearing.

The door through which Mr Mardon was shot
Essex Police

Christopher Bergin, 27, who denies aggravated burglary, told Chelmsford Crown Court that his co-defendant Charlie Simms, 23, fired two gunshots outside his grandmother's house and then another into the stairs before they left.

They then walked to the Old Rectory, where the owner Timothy Mardon, 51, was eventually shot in the leg.

Mr Bergin said Mr Simms smashed a window with the butt of the gun and he "heard a bang" when he was leaving the property.

"It didn't sound like a proper loud bang," said Mr Bergin. "It sounded like the door was being kicked or something."

Mr Mardon was shott hrough his bedroom door, the court previously heard.

Mr Bergin and his two co-defendants deny all the charges against them.

The trial continues.

New hotel bid for city

Norwich Evening News

Major revamp revealed for former shoe factories - today's Norwich Evening News:

Front page of the Norwich Evening News

Driving instructors to become crime fighters

Driving instructors in Tendring are being used to spot crime while travelling around the district, it has been announced.


About 100 tutors have agreed to be an "extra pair of eyes and ears" for police, spotting wanted criminals and reporting suspicious activity. 

The initiative is to be trialled initially for six months to see how it goes.

Sible Hedingham shooting: Co-defendant was 'very drunk', says accused

Kate Scotter

BBC News

During the Sible Hedingham shooting court case, Christopher Bergin described his co-defendant Charlie Simms as being "very drunk".

Police car outside the Old Rectory

Mr Bergin said he was at his grandmother's house with a girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when Mr Simms arrived with a shotgun.

The "mood changed" when the girl refused to have sex with them, the court heard.

Mr Simms then asked Mr Bergin to go to the Old Rectory which he believed to be connected to drug dealing, the jury was told.

Mr Bergin, Mr Simms and Kalebh Shreeve, 24, of Gibson Road, Halstead, all deny offences, including aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm.

Mr Simms also denies attempted murder.

The trial at Chelmsford Crown Court continues.

Rooney is main man, Southgate

England veteran could seal Southgate's future - the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of the EDP

McCarthy has no problem with duo being called up

Town boss Mick McCarthy has no problem with David McGoldrick and Jonny Williams, both just back from ankle injuries, having been called up by their national sides, admitting that he would have done the same during his time as Republic of Ireland manager. 

Sible Hedingham shooting: Accused man was 'scared' of co-defendant

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A man accused of burgling a millionaire's mansion told a jury he was "scared" of his co-defendant who was carrying a shotgun.

The Old Rectory, Sible Hedingham

Christopher Bergin, 27, of Hawkwood Road in Sible Hedingham, told Chelmsford Crown Court that he went with co-defendant Charlie Simms to the Old Rectory in Sible Hedingham because he was "scared of getting myself shot".

He said they scaled a wall and Mr Simms, 23, of North Road in Halstead, broke in using the butt of the shotgun he was carrying.

Property owner Timothy Mardon was shot in the leg during the break-in. 

Mr Bergin, who denies aggravated burglary, said he thought he heard "a kick" rather than "a bang".

Flytipping on outskirts of Mendlesham

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

School misses out on Anglo-Saxon award

Yesterday we told you about how a trip to the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village (pictured) had landed Bealings School near Woodbridge with a nomination in the School Travel Awards.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Suffolk

Unfortunately, the category of My Best School Trip was won by Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Community Primary in Hull for their trip to Eskdale Youth Hostel.

And Becky Baldwin of Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill missed out in the School Trip Champion Award which was won by Chris Jesson from Gravesend Grammar School in Kent.

And in the battle of the Premiership football giants, Manchester United pipped fellow nominees including Manchester City to win Best Sporting Venue to visit.

The BBC's Fiona Bruce presented the awards at Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

Video: Great Yarmouth remembers the fallen

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

At 11:00, Britain remembered those who had lost their lives in conflict.

This was the scene in Great Yarmouth.

One of those attending the service was Chris Day whose grandson, James Leverett, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 and his is the most-recent name on the town's war memorial.

Armistice Day: Two-minute silence observed in Great Yarmouth

Photo: Armistice Day tributes in King's Lynn

Veterans of the armed forces, and members of the public, fell silent in King's Lynn today in honour of those who lost their lives, or were injured, in war.

Veterans and members of the public at Armistice Day service in King's Lynn

First stretch of Eastern Relief Road to open

The first part of the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road opens this afternoon.

Aerial shot of Eastern Relief Road
Suffolk County Council

The 350m (380yd) stretch of road, which is part of a £15m scheme, will provide access to the new Sybil Andrews Academy on Rougham Tower Avenue, as well as enabling the construction of 500 new homes, and opening up part of the Suffolk Business Park site.

When completed, the road will run from Skyliner Way to junction 45 of the A14. 

Chris Starkie, managing director of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Infrastructure projects like this are playing a vital role in opening up our region, both for local businesses and future investors, as we grow our dynamic economy."

Rugby union: Bury need to make home advantage count - Hogg

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds director of rugby Gavin Hogg says it's essential his side builds on last weekend's win at Exmouth when they host Barnes in National League Two South tomorrow.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

That victory ended a run of four defeats, and Hogg is demanding a repeat performance.

"You lose a couple and you're suddenly back down in 13th or 14th place. You win a couple and you're up to 6th or 7th, so it's about us getting a run together," he said. 

"We've two home games and we've got to target those as wins. 

"That would give us three wins back-to-back which will certainly bring us out of the relegation zone and make things more comfortable."

Man charged with six counts of Poppy Appeal thefts

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

An update on an arrest we told you about earlier today.

A man has been charged with six counts of theft of Poppy Appeal collection boxes and failing to provide a sample for a drugs test.

The thefts allegedly took place around the Southend area between 30 October and 8 November. 

A 35-year-old from Westcliff-on-Sea has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Knudsen added to Denmark squad

Town left-back Jonas Knudsen has been added to the Denmark squad for their World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in Copenhagen this evening and Tuesday’s friendly against the Czech Republic in Mladá Boleslav. 

FA Trophy: Three clubs flying the flag for Suffolk

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market, Leiston and AFC Sudbury will all be targeting a place in the third and final qualifying round of the FA Trophy tomorrow afternoon.

FA Trophy
Getty Images

The Marketmen entertain Harrow Borough, Leiston visit Chippenham while Sudbury take on Romford at the Wardale Williams Stadium. 

Lowestoft Town are at home to bottom club Grays Athletic in the Ryman Premier Division while Bury Town head to leaders Maldon & Tiptree in the North Division.

Students fall silent on Armistice Day

Weather update: Cloud building - remaining dry

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to increase, especially towards Harlow and other western areas this afternoon, but it will remain dry throughout Essex.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather map for Essex

Popping out for lunch? Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

How much to spend a penny?

They cost £122,000 to build, but now a further £30,000 is being spent to remove the self-cleaning public loos from Harleston.

Instructions for use of the self-cleaning loos

It turns out that residents and visitors to the south Norfolk town didn't like the automated toilets, fearing they wouldn't work and might get stuck. 

A workman outside the self-cleaning loos
Kay Mason-Billig outside the self-cleaning loos

The block, in Bullock Fair Close, has also been vandalised.

Kay Mason-Billig is in charge of the environment and recycling for South Norfolk Council. 

She says with hindsight they should have just refurbished the old ones. 

The old, conventional, block will be brought back into use - but the new loos won't go to waste.

We don't have an exact location for them yet. We've asked people if they'd like to tender to have them on their site. There's a possibility it could be taken to one of the gypsy and travellers sites so they get a new modern toilet block there."

Kay Billig-MasonSouth Norfolk Council

Darts: Webster ready for busy winter

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich's Darren Webster opens his campaign at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton on Saturday night against Ian White. 

Webster has had a good year on the PDC tour, winning more than £70,000 in prize money. He will also face Phil Taylor and Daryl Fitton in the group stages. 

Darren Webster
Getty Images

"Demolition Man" will also be at The Player Championship this winter as well as the PDC World Championship, the annual showpiece that takes place at Alexandra Palace over Christmas. 

Firefighters rescue dog stuck in kitchen fire

Here's a good news story to cheer you up (if you need it?).

Firefighters have saved the life of a dog after a kitchen blaze in Burnham-on-Crouch yesterday afternoon. 

Kitchen fire
Essex Fire and Rescue

Bertie, a nine-year-old Jack Russell, was in a cage in the kitchen at the time it broke out in Winstree Road.

Firefighters and dog
Essex Fire and Rescue

Thankfully, despite being treated for smoke inhalation, Bertie was feeling well enough to pose with his rescuers after the ordeal.

Three arrested over church lead thefts

Police have arrested three men in connection with lead thefts.

The men, aged 21, 28 and 30 and from London, were arrested in North Walsham yesterday following a number of incidents where lead has been targeted on church roofs across the county.

All three are currently in custody at Aylsham Police Investigation Centre.     

Improvements at level crossing are 'absolutely brilliant news'

The announcement that lengthy delays at the Oulton Broad North level crossing should soon become a thing of the past, is "absolutely brilliant news", according to Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce.

Oulton Broad North level crossing

Spokesman James Reeder said: "I think this shows how people working together, and working hard for the community, can get a result."

He explained that the current system when the barriers come down means delays for drivers of about 3mins 25secs: "With this moving of the signal, 50m (55yds) away from the crossing, the train will be able to come into the station, passengers will be able to get off and on, then when it's ready to leave, the gateman will be able to lower the barrier.

"I believe they [Network Rail and Greater Anglia] can get it down to just over a minute - it's going to make a considerable difference."