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Our live coverage across the day

That's it from the Suffolk Live team for this week, we'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news from our county.

Here are the top stories we've covered today:

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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

These are just some of the stories we have covered today - just scroll down to see the the rest:

  • Majority of newspaper redundancies will be in Norfolk, BBC learns
  • Police station closure not a sign of force's ending investment, chief says
  • Shortage of volunteer helpers blamed for closure of air cadet squadron
  • Fans right to be upset over Brighton defeat so Leeds win vital, Canaries

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 email, Facebook or Twitter.

Our live coverage across the week

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Regular updates for Essex have now finished for the week - here are the top stories we've covered today:

  • A man has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after 45 fish died when their tank was slashed open in Colchester's Castle Park
  • Patrols have had to be stepped up in Harwich after a spate of burglaries  
  • Singer Gabrielle has had to cancel her show at the Southend Cliffs Pavillion tonight due to sickness

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with further updates for the county.

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Frost expected after rain clears

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rain clearing eastwards this evening will bring lengthy clear spells and temperatures low enough for a frost in places in parts of the eastern region as the temperature drops to a minimum of -1C (30F).

Weather chart

Patchy cloud will bring isolated showers across northern counties later in the night.

Saturday outlook: A chilly start with frost in places. Some dry and bright weather but also frequent showers across northern and eastern counties. Feeling cold in a brisk northerly breeze.

More details on BBC Weather:

Time to reveal the answers to our second Ipswich Town 'Mastermind' quiz

Here are the answers to the second part of our Ipswich Town quiz in tribute to tonight's Mastermind on BBC1, where it will be a specialist subject.

ITFC stadium

Sadly, no-one's managed to get them all right.

Q: Who was the Town substitute at Wembley when they won the FA Cup in 1978? A: Mick Lambert  

Q:  Who did Bobby Robson sign from Dutch club Twente in 1978? A: Arnold Muhren

Q: Name the Ipswich player who holds the record as the youngest ever goalscorer in the top flight. A: Jason Dozzell 

Q: Which radio station sponsored Town in the mid-80s? A: Radio Orwell

Q: Which Town player stood in for Sylvester Stallone in the film Escape To Victory? A: Paul Cooper

Terry Butcher got four out of five questions correct, when he appeared on Stephen Foster's Drivetime show at about 17:40. He passed on the last one.

Nobody's contacted us with a full set of correct answers, but well done if you did and kept it to yourself!

Bill Nighy to appear at Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Actor Bill Nighy is appearing at this year's Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, introducing the screening of a film about girls playing football in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Among the audience for Sunakali, Teenage Girls Journey to Glory on Sunday evening, will be the chairman of Suffolk FA, Phil Lawler.

Bill Nighy

The festival opens this evening at the town's cinema with the cookery film Ants On A Shrimp.

Lowestoft's loss is the region's gain, says windfarm project manager

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Lowestoft's loss is the region's gain, according to the project manager of a £1.5bn offshore windfarm.

Artists impression of the operational base
RWE Innogy UK

As we've reported, the operational base of Galloper will be based at Harwich in Essex.

It was thought that Lowestoft was the first choice and would get the benefit from secure jobs for the next 25 years.

Harwich was chosen as it is closest to the windfarm.

Project manager Toby Edmonds said: "This does complete the hat-trick for Galloper because we are at Yarmouth at Siemens for the turbines, Lowestoft for the construction base and now we're at Harwich for the service and maintenance phase.

"I think it's been a really good example of how the whole region can benefit from a project like Galloper."

Jobs blow for Lowestoft as Harwich is chosen for windfarm base

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A Suffolk town has lost out to Essex to become the onshore headquarters of a £1.5bn windfarm.

Graphic of Galloper

The operations and maintenance base for the Galloper offshore windfarm will be based at Harwich, it has been announced. 

It had been hoped the headquarters, expected to create 7,200 jobs, would be at Lowestoft, where the construction team is based.

Toby Edmonds, Galloper project developer, said: "Really it comes down to geography. 

"Harwich is the closest to the windfarm that we can use as an operational base. 

"Every minute and every gallon of diesel we can save is well worth having and makes the difference over the lifetime of the windfarm."

Public firework displays pinpointed on interactive map

Bonfire weekend is usually a weekend you either hate or love.

But if it's the latter, and you're not quite sure where to see the whizzes and bangs, Essex Fire and Rescue has put together an interactive map of public displays happening around the county this weekend. 

You can view it here

Firework map

Patterson in All Whites squad

Town youngster Monty Patterson has been named in the New Zealand squad for their World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia later this month.

Saxons name team ahead of historic fixture

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The Suffolk Saxons play their first ever home match in the National Badminton League on Monday against Surrey, and head coach Anthony Clark has named his line-up today.

Suffolk Saxons logo

Former national champions Andy Ellis and Sarah Walker will both be involved, while Clark has named himself among the substitutes.

The match gets underway at 19:00 at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

Wind farm impact report in circulation among county councillors

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An early report on the impact on Norfolk of two major North Sea wind farm projects has been compiled and is in circulation among county councillors.

The two projects planned by Vattenfall and DONG Energy will see wind-generated electricity brought ashore into Norfolk for up to 3.3m households and this could mean jobs, but could also have an impact on the environment and local communities.

Wind farms
Getty Images

Underground cables will be used to distribute power but local residents may be affected by construction work and the presence of electricity sub-stations. 

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk's environment, transport and development committee, said: "These are early days and a formal planning application is some way off. 

"The county council and others will be asked for their views on the merits of the proposals on planning grounds." 

The schemes will need onshore grid connections and the potential impact on the environment from the cable route may have a further impact on fishing and shipping, the county council added. 

Councillors will discuss the report at a meeting on 11 November.

Marketmen striker Sands targets seven in seven

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market manager Mark Morsley has been praising the recent form of striker John Sands, ahead of a big clash for his team in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow.

Needham Market FC, Dulwich Hamlet FC club crests
Needham Market FC, Dulwich Hamlet FC

The Suffolk side, who are currently second in the table, entertain fifth-placed Dulwich Hamlet at Bloomfields, who are one of the favourites for promotion.

In recent weeks, striker John Sands has been in terrific form for the Marketmen, having scored six goals in his last six matches.

"I have to admit that I wasn't certain about him as a person at first, but he has changed my opinion and the opinions of some of our players," Morsley said.

"He is really starting to show what a good signing he has been and will hopefully continue to be."

Now that's what you call a cake!

As BBC Essex celebrates 30 years of broadcasting this weekend, loyal listener June has shown her appreciation to the station by sending us the biggest cake ever!

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Chemical used in school A level practical work put on explosives list

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A chemical used in A Level chemistry courses for practical work has been put under current explosives regulations because it becomes highly volatile when dried out. 

A controlled explosion was carried out at Hellesden High School in Norwich when the chemical, 2,4, dinitrophenol was found to be suspect.

A level chemistry

A bomb disposal unit came to the school to collect the chemical on Thursday night, but found they had to deal with many other similar incidents. 

"Originally the team were going to take the chemical off site, but were inundated [by requests from other incidents elsewhere] so decided on a controlled explosion," head and chemistry teacher Mike Earl said.

"The chemical is used in A Level practical work to identify functional groups of ketones and aldehydes.

"It has been put under current explosive regulations because when it dries out it has the potential to explode." 

Checks are now being carried out in schools and colleges across the UK for the 2,4-DNP chemical.

At least six schools across England have called in bomb disposal experts to carry out controlled explosions in recent days.

Bury's club captain departs

Bury Free Press

The back page of the Bury Free Press carries an exclusive interview with Phil Weaver on his decision to leave Bury Town FC:

Back page of Bury Free Press
Bury Free Press

Corrie's mother and aunt have a 'good conversation' with police

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

The uncle of missing airman Corrie Mckeague, who recently spoke out about the police investigation, says he and Nicola Urquhart, Corrie's mum, have had a meeting with the investigating team.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Tony Wringe said: "We've had a good conversation about where we think we've got some issues and some general specific concerns.

"I think there was a recognition that there are some areas that there's an opportunity to improve the way that we're communicating and some of the things that are happening, so we take a positive from that.

"It's a positive development from where we were 24/48 hours ago because I think it's fair to say that Nicola was really starting to feel let down and concerned that the right things weren't happening."

Your photos: Yesterday's sunset in Southend

BBC Weather Watchers

If this afternoon's miserable weather isn't whetting your appetite - then perhaps last night's sunset will warm your cockles.


Extended Mick McCarthy Matchday chat

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Tuesday of this week marked four years to the day that Mick McCarthy took over as manager of Ipswich Town and on that day he granted us an extended interview.

Mick McCarthy

You can hear it in full during tomorrow's Matchday programme from 14:00 during which the boss addresses the beginnings of his reign up to the present day. 

Plenty has happened during that time with the team avoiding what looked like certain relegation at one point and almost making it to the Premier League. 

On the current negativity around Portman Road, McCarthy had this to say: "It was strange last Saturday, I almost got the feeling some people were disappointed when we equalised. 

"That's quite sad." 

Union challenges decision to make Archant journalists redundant

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A leading journalists' union has challenged the decision to axe 57 jobs by a newspaper publisher that sells titles in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. 

The National Union of Journalists said it was "extremely concerned by the proposed job losses at Archant".

NUJ logo

"There is little in the reported statements from Jeff Henry, chief executive, or Matt Kelly, chief content officer, to indicate how moving to an 'audience first' approach can justify the loss of at least 17 jobs," Andy Smith, national executive member, said. 

"Putting 57 staff at risk of redundancy, particularly at this time of year, will be incredibly stressful for them all, and our first responsibility is to support our members through this process. 

"Though the consultation is at a very early stage, it is difficult to see how these proposals can have any other effect than to impose more work and more stress on an already overburdened staff."

Driver banned for speeding at 80mph through village

A motorist has been banned for driving for six months and has to pay more than £500 in fines and costs for speeding through a village at over 50mph above the speed limit.

Ryan Pearson, 19, from Stoke Ash was clocked by police doing 83mph on the A140 in Stonham in May.

He's been sentenced at Ipswich Magistrates.

Stonham, Suffolk

Butcher to be grilled on his ITFC knowledge

Ipswich and England legend Terry Butcher is due to appear on Stephen Foster's show on BBC Radio Suffolk at about 17:40.

Terry Butcher
Getty Images

He's on primarily to talk about the Ultimate Charity Auction, which he's supporting.

Foz is also going to see if he can answer any of the questions about Ipswich Town which we set at lunchtime (click here to read them) in honour of Phil Boor, who's chosen it as his specialist subject on Mastermind on BBC2 tonight.

Boy band East 17 confirmed for the Open in Norwich next month

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

It has been confirmed that East 17, boy band rivals to Take That back in the early 1990s, are to perform in Norwich next month.

East 17
East 17

There was a rush earlier today for tickets for a second gig by Take That at Carrow Road. 

Now East 17 have announced they will perform at Open in Norwich on 9 December. 

The group had hits including Alright and Stay Another Day. 

Original members John Hendy and Terry Coldwell will perform with the newest addition to the line-up Robbie Craig, after vocalists Brian Harvey and Tony Mortimer left. 

Ryman League: Needham targeting top spot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market boss Mark Morsley (pictured) will be desperate to avoid the so-called Manager of the Month curse when his side hosts Dulwich Hamlet tomorrow.

Mark Morsley

With Leiston not in action a win will lift the Marketmen to the top of the Ryman Premier Division, three days after Morsley was honoured for his side's unbeaten run in October.

AFC Sudbury entertain Staines Town, Lowestoft Town are away to Leatherhead while Bury Town host Aveley in the North Division.

Cult 'post-punkers' warm-up show in Essex

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Killing Joke played a sold-out show at Colchester Arts Centre last night - billed as a "warm-up" for their show at Brixton Academy tonight.

If you can write a review within the next hour, email me - a few sentences is fine, it's not homework!

Killing Joke at Colchester Arts Centre

Woman escapes slow cooker kitchen fire

A woman has escaped unharmed after a slow cooker caused a fire in her kitchen, the fire service says. 

It happened in Chinook, Colchester at about 10:37.

The homeowner managed to get out of the property after being alerted by her smoke alarm. 


Rugby union: Bury hoping to bounce back at Exmouth

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds RUFC are bracing themselves for tomorrow's 576-mile round trip to Devon as they try to arrest their current slump.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolf Pack will head into the game looking to end a run of four straight defeats that's seen them drop to 11th place in National League Two South.

It should be a decent opportunity for Bury to do that, with the home side 15th, having won just once this season.

Canaries must break out of 'comfort zone and complacency'

BBC Sport

The good run of games earlier in the season left Norwich City a little complacent - "I think we got comfortable", manager Alex Neil said at a pre-match briefing. 

He emphasised the importance of a win against Leeds United tomorrow.

Cameron Jerome

Striker Cameron Jerome said the squad was still behind the boss. 

He described Carrow Road as "one of the best changing rooms I've ever been in" and there was no truth in rumours there's a split behind the scenes with players. 

"Every game adds more pressure. We've got enough experience and ability to turn things around," he said.

The Huddersfield-born striker, who moved to Norwich City from Stoke for a fee said to be £1.5m, said the panic button shouldn't be pressed yet.  

Police patrols stepped up after 20 Harwich burglaries

Patrols have had to be stepped up in Harwich after a spate of burglaries.

A burglar

Essex Police said about 20 homes had been targeted in the last six weeks. 

A 41-year-old man and 31-year-old woman, both from Harwich, have been arrested in connection with two of the burglaries.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy impressed by Owls

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy's believes tomorrow's hosts Sheffield Wednesday are serious promotion contenders after bouncing back from last season's play-off heartache.

Mick McCarthy
Getty Images

The two sides meet at Hillsborough, with Town seeking only their second win in nine matches.

"They've had huge investment into the team," said McCarthy. "I think about [Gary] Hooper, [Steven] Fletcher, [Fernando] Forestieri and [Barry] Bannan. 

"Carlos [Carvalhal, manager] impressed me the first time we played them and we beat them 2-1. They were a real handful that day. 

"He's a good guy Carlos and I've enjoyed his company when I've spoken to him."

Weather: Year of success for Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watchers, who bring us amazing insights into local conditions around the country, are celebrating their first anniversary today. 

For a whole year they have been bringing us dramatic skies, strange natural weather phenomena, attractive landscapes and flora and fauna from field and garden. 

Today is no exception as we show you the range of weather across Norfolk.

Jackie Acle
Oyster catcher

This cloud and any remaining rain will clear away this evening to leave long clear spells. 

But this could lead to a frost in some areas, especially in rural spots on higher ground, or a few fog patches. 

Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

More details from BBC Weather:

Sport: Fans right to be upset over Brighton defeat so Leeds win vital, Canaries Neil says

BBC Sport

Norwich City are gearing up for a tough task this weekend on the back of a 5-0 defeat to Brighton and facing a Leeds United side undefeated in three games. 

"People are well within their rights to be upset with our last game. We are hoping to put things right on Saturday," manager Alex Neil said at his pre-match briefing.

Alex Neil

"We have a match tomorrow that is really important for us, the most important thing is winning the game."

But the Canaries boss has injury problems too: "Ivo [Pinto] is still in a position where I don't think he'll be available for the game."

He said the Portuguese right-back was unlikely to make this weekend as he hadn't had much training after injury. 

He added: "I know that there are no issues within the changing room, we just haven't performed well and we need to change that."

Greater Anglia warn of replacement buses this weekend

Your photos: Manningtree on a Friday afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

Today, BBC Weather Watchers is celebrating its first birthday.

Here's a photo from a gloomy Friday:


Anglian Water complete A1214 work early

Anglian Water has confirmed that work which has led to lengthy delays on the A1214 at Kesgrave, and neighbouring Grange Farm (pictured) was completed yesterday afternoon.

Queues on Grange Farm, Kesgrave

At its height, the tailbacks spread to Foxhall Road and the A12.

The work was originally scheduled to finish today.

Weather update: Heavy showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

Some heavy showers around this afternoon especially near the coast. Turning dry and clear overnight with some frost forming as the temperature peaks at 12C (54F).


Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

Professor 'doubtful mouth-to-mouth fish resuscitation would be useful'

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Earlier we told you council workers performed mouth-to-mouth on some fish after their tank was slashed open in Castle Park, Colchester. 

Fish breathe by gulping water into their mouths and passing it through their gills, where oxygen is absorbed from the water and dissolved into the fish's blood.

Koi carp

Dr Rod Wilson, associate professor of Integrative Animal Physiology at the University of Exeter, said carp were "famously good at surviving in water with little oxygen, or even out of water for a fairly long time".

"I'm doubtful mouth-to-mouth resuscitation would be that useful in this case, but it would be unlikely to have a negative impact on the fish," he said.

"The fish might have survived anyway, especially in cold weather conditions like we have at the moment - it slows their metabolism right down and so they need less oxygen and will survive longer in air."

Ian Lavender returns to EastEnders

Dad's Army star Ian Lavender is to return to EastEnders later this month for a festive storyline.

The actor, who lives in the county, will reprise his role as Derek Harkinson, last seen in Albert Square in 2005.

Ian Lavender

Lavender, who is best known for playing Private Pike in Dad's Army, has already filmed his scenes for the soap.

He said: "It was brilliant to work with some old friends again, especially those who I only briefly got to work with before.

"It was a lovely surprise to be back and I had a great time."  

Focussing on Stonham Aspal

We're moving around the county today, as we feature some photographs taken by our BBC Weather Watchers, and this time, we've homed in on Stonham Aspal.

Thanks to "Sylvia" for this picture:

Stonham Aspal

In the news: Diss must ditch 'ping pong' rugby for Cantabs fixture

Diss Express

Here is the back sports page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express back page
Diss Express