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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it for another week - we'll be back on Monday with regular updates from 08:00.

Today, the highlights have been:

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

We're signing-off until Monday when we'll be back from 08:00 with all your news, travel, sport and weather.

But before we go, here's a look at some of the stories we've been covering this freezing Friday: 

We'll leave you with this photograph taken by one of our Weather Watchers ObTheGardener at Braintree.

Have a great weekend.


Our live coverage across the day - and the week

We're signing off now until Monday morning, but before we go, we'd like to thank you for your company, and wish you a splendid weekend.

Here's a reminder of some of the stories we've been looking at:

  • Police say they plan to carry out an extensive search of a landfill site at Milton in Cambridgeshire, as part of their investigation into the disappearance of RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague
  • A teenager has become the second person to be arrested on suspicion of murder, following the death of a man in Ipswich on Wednesday evening
  • Ipswich Town manager describes himself and Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce as "not too sexy"

See you on Monday from  08:00.

'I heard my mum screaming and crying' - sister of A12 crash driver

Stuart Woodward

BBC Essex

The sister of Gurdip Johal, who died when his lorry plunged off a bridge on to the A12 at Witham on Wednesday, has spoken of the heartache felt by his family.

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Weather: Rain, sleet or snow expected in places

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Further outbreaks of rain, sleet or snow and this could lead to a covering of snow in places across the BBC East region tonight.

It's also likely to turn quite murky at times with the risk of frost and ice, as temperatures fall. 

Minimum Temperature: -1C (30F).

Weather chart

Saturday will be cold and cloudy with further wintry showers feeding in on a light-to-moderate north to north-easterly wind. 

These showers are likely to turn mainly to rain by the afternoon. 

Maximum Temperature 4C (39F).

More details from BBC Weather:

Corrie Mckeague's mum describes landfill site search as a 'massive task'

Nicola Urquhart has described the police search of a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge as a "massive task".

Police revealed earlier today that they'll be searching the site as part of their investigation into the disappearance of RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague.

Nicola Urquhart

Writing on the Find Corrie Facebook page, Nicola Urquhart said: "Our gratitude to each individual police officer carrying out this task is immeasurable.

"This could take up to eight weeks to conclude - it will be an incredibly difficult time waiting for news each day."

A47 re-numbered south of Great Yarmouth

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The A12 south of Great Yarmouth has been re-numbered and now becomes an extra section of the A47 creating a continuous trunk road from Peterborough to Lowestoft. 

Highways England said the change is part of the government's road investment strategy up to 2020.

Road sign

Aran Nugent, from Highways England, said: "The A12 is also now a continuous trunk road from Ipswich into London, with the A47 a continuous trunk road from Peterborough to Lowestoft. 

"We do not anticipate this will create any additional traffic or direct any extra drivers onto this road. 

"The costs of the work have been minimised as most signs will have patches stuck on. 

"Those signs being replaced were at their end of their lifespan and would have had to be replaced soon anyway."

Train depot will be a 'vital transformation'

We've been telling you about the new £70m train maintenance depot that's been unveiled for Manningtree...

Greater Anglia has said it is a "vital transformation" for railway services in the region. 

Managing director Jamie Burles said: "Providing a depot at Manningtree will enable us to bring in our ambitious new timetable with more frequent trains and reduced journey times. 

"It also reduces the amount of time that trains are out of service for maintenance."

Artist impression of train depot
Greater Anglia

Here's a bit more about what it will entail:

  • There will be 13 tracks where trains can be parked overnight for cleaning and toilet maintenance
  • Two further tracks will be under cover in a 300m (984ft) shed
  • The shed will feature train inspection pits and cranes for maintenance
  • The depot will cover 22 acres
  • A new wheel lathe will be installed
  • There will be a train wash, remote train monitoring systems, a control room and spares storage

Audio: 'He was the best brother you could ask for', says sister of A12 crash driver

Stuart Woodward

BBC Essex

The sister of Gurdip Johal, who was killed when his lorry fell off a bridge on to the A12 at Witham, has paid tribute to him on BBC Essex:

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Vision for £70m rail depot is unveiled

A vision for a £70m train maintenance depot on the Essex/Suffolk border has been unveiled.

The site where the depot will be built
Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia plans to build the state-of-the-art facility on the site of a derelict chemical works factory at Brantham, across the Stour estuary from Manningtree railway station.

It will provide a base and light maintenance for about 20 of the new trains due to arrive in East Anglia from 2019. 

The depot, expected to be built by December 2018, will provide jobs for about 30 people.

James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, said: "I'm absolutely delighted. 

"This is an enormous decrepit, decaying site which is crying out for regeneration and it's now going to be delivered."

Drug dealers 'sent 6,000 texts to clients over 28 days'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Two men from London have been jailed after admitting dealing drugs in Norwich. 

Joshua Igbokei, 24, and and Shirajul Islam, 27, both from Stamford Road in London, were arrested in Barrack Street in March 2015 by police who found cannabis and cash in their vehicle. 

Joshua Igbokei
Norfolk Police

Later their seized mobile phones were examined and one contained evidence of class A drug supply. 

It had been used to send over 6,000 text messages in a 28-day period, many to known users of class A drugs in and around Norwich, Norwich Crown Court was told. 

Sharjul Islam
Norfolk Police

Igbokei was sentenced to five years in prison for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cannabis. 

Islam received a six-year sentence for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

Ch Supt Dave Marshall said: "Although no drugs were found on Igbokei and Islam, investigations found they had significant involvement in the supply of Class A drugs."

Headteacher elected as general secretary of trade union

A Bury St Edmunds headteacher has been named as the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton is due to retire as head at the King Edward VI School at Easter.

He said: "I am looking forward to representing ASCL members when I take up post on 18 April.

"Until then, my priority is to give my full commitment to King Edward VI School, the high school I have been privileged to lead as headteacher since April 2002."

Lorry driver was the only fatality

Essex Police are confirming that lorry driver Gurdip Johal was the only fatality when his vehicle crashed off Coleman's Bridge at Witham on to the A12 below.

The A12 is open, but the B1389 across the bridge is still closed.

For the latest, visit BBC Travel.

How the national media is reporting the £50m cocaine find:

Hopton-on-Sea usually only makes the national papers once a year, and that's hidden away in the sports section when the World Indoor Bowls championship hits Potters Resort.

(It might sneak on to the front pages if there's a streaker at said event.)

But there is national interest in the discovery of the holdalls full of cocaine.

  • £50 million worth of cocaine washes up on Norfolk beach - Daily Telegraph
  • The UK's biggest haul came off the coast of Scotland in April 2015 when £512m of cocaine was discovered in a boat - Daily Record
  • The incredible discovery was made this morning after a number of bags washed up on Hopton Beach near Great Yarmouth - The Mirror
  • A member of the public contacted Norfolk Police after finding holdalls - Belfast Telegraph

'Fair rates' message from traders as MPs arrive for memorial service

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Traders in Southwold have made the most of a memorial service for former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Prior, to highlight their concerns over business rate rises.

Southwold protest

Jim Prior, who was an MP for 28 years for the Suffolk constituencies of Lowestoft and Waveney, died in December at the age of 89.

Julie Carpenter from CraftCo said they hoped the posters would be seen by MPs attending the event: "With Jim Prior's memorial it was an opportunity not to miss.

"The poster campaign is quite subtle and we decided not to have protests so that it would be respectful for him."

Rugby union: Bury hoping to build on Redruth display

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds rugby players welcome Chinnor to The Haberden tomorrow afternoon.

The Haberden, Bury St Edmunds

Although the Suffolk side have lost eight of their last nine matches they'll be buoyed last week's improved showing at Redruth. 

The Wolfpack are currently 11th in National League Two South.

Football: Canaries players told 'keep up intensity and aggression'

BBC Sport

Norwich City's players are showing distinct improvement but need to maintain intensity and aggression, manager Alex Neil says. 

Key midfield players are missing for the home game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow

Attacking midfielder Steven Naismith has a slight set-back with hamstring injury.

Alex Neil

"It's nothing major but Steven is not going to be ready for this weekend. That's frustrating for us," the Norwich boss said.

"Louis Thompson's surgery was a success but he's damaged his Achilles badly. It's a long road for him.

"My impressions of Tuesday's game are exactly the same now I've watched it back. The boys are in a good place at the moment. 

"Performances have been better. The Wigan game we should have won. We've got to maintain the levels of intensity and aggression that we've had at home in recent games." 

But he did warn of dangers ahead after the Forest manager's job was secured until the end of the season. 

"Gary Brazil's done well at Forest since he's taken over. He's in a no-lose position and they're enjoying their football."

A12 lorry crash: 'It still isn't real for any of us'

The sister of lorry driver Gurdip Johal says news of his death "still isn't real for her, her mother and her younger brother".

Mr Johal, 30, from Witham, died when his lorry came off Coleman's bridge in the town and crashed on to the A12 on Wednesday afternoon.

Gurdip Johal and Mannie Kaur
Mannie Kaur

His sister Mannie Kaur said the family heard the news on Thursday morning: "I heard my mum screaming and crying hysterically. I ran downstairs and she was saying: 'My boy is gone'. 

"We didn't know what was going on. At first I thought she might have had a nightmare, but the more she was screaming we realised something had actually happened. 

"Right now it still isn't real for any of us."

Essex Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Look closely - it's snowing....

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

You can't really tell from this photo, but it IS snowing in Ipswich.

This is the view of the St Matthew's Street/Civic Drive roundabout from BBC Suffolk.

Snow in Ipswich

It's very light and will have to do better than this if it wants to settle.

For a full forecast, visit BBC Weather.

Beach drugs find could be largest ever washed up

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The discovery of 360 kilos of drugs worth £50m on two beaches in Norfolk is one of the largest hauls ever washed up on the British coast. 

It could also mean a switch away from the Channel crossing where there are extra patrols because of the refugee crisis, but the National Crime Agency said the investigation was at an early stage and they could not comment.

"It's fair to say you don’t get that sort of quantity of drugs wash up very often. The investigation is ongoing so we can’t draw conclusions at this stage," a spokesman said.

Caister beacj drugs
National Crime Agency

In 2005, a sack containing drugs was found washed up on the beach at Burgh Island near Kingsbridge - a popular south Devon family holiday destination. 

At the time it seemed a large number of packages, but compared to the Norfolk find it now seems miniscule. 

Amounts of illegal drugs being smuggled seems to have mushroomed.

In 2009, cocaine with sale value of £2.5m was in a number of packages found washed up on two Cornish beaches - 52kg at Bude and on the Lizard peninsula. 

Then in 2009, a 20kg haul of cocaine, worth £6m at the time, was found washed ashore at Frenchman's Bay, Rye on the Sussex coast.

Axe hangs over more than 150 jobs in poultry firm restructure

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A plan to axe more than 150 jobs at poultry firm Bernard Matthews' Norfolk base has been revealed to the Unite union. 

Representatives of the workforce met management on Thursday afternoon where a review of the business was discussed.

Bernard Matthews

The company, which operates in Norfolk and Suffolk, wants to cut more than 90 shop floor jobs by ceasing chicken production at the Great Witchingham plant with the rest coming from head office on the same site. 

"If these changes proceed, they will create a business which is fit for future growth," said a spokesperson for Bernard Matthews.  

"Our focus now is to support colleagues affected and ensure we explore all options available to us to mitigate potential job losses."

Unite called the threat to up to 155 jobs "deeply disappointing".

UKIP win another seat on Tendring District Council

Following yesterday's vote, UKIP have gained a seat at Tendring, winning Great & Little Oakley with a total of 216 votes and taking it from an independent candidate.

It brings the party's total number of seats on the council to 13, but the Conservatives are still in control.

BBC Essex's Political Reporter Simon Dedman has been reflecting on the news...

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Ryman League: Title chasers aiming to bounce back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After dropping points in their last matches Suffolk's two leading lights in the Ryman Premier Division will be hoping to fare better this weekend.

Ryman League football
Ryman League

Second-placed Needham Market entertain Wingate & Finchley while Leiston, who are four points behind the Marketmen in fourth spot, host Staines Town.

Elsewhere, AFC Sudbury welcome Kingstonian to the Wardale Williams Stadium, Lowestoft Town head to Hendon while Bury Town face Phoenix Sports in the North Division.

A12 crash driver was 'best brother you could ask for'

The sister of a driver killed when his lorry came off a bridge and crashed on to the A12 says he was "the best brother you could ever ask for".

Gurdip Johal, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday's crash in Witham.

Gurdip Johal
Family photo

His sister Mannie Kaur said: "He was quite private, kept his emotions inside but had a good sense of humour.

"He was lovely, friendly, polite - he was the best brother you could ever ask for.

"He stepped up to be almost like a father to us... he was always there for my brother and I and our mother."  

'Mental health in prisons needs to be addressed'

Earlier, we heard the ideas of a former governor of HMP Chelmsford, about mentoring, deporting foreign nationals instantly and moving jails to parts of the UK where labour and other costs are cheaper.

The POA has a different view:

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Have you lost £50m-worth of cocaine? The police would like to help you...

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The National Crime Agency is carrying out an investigation to trace the owners of holdall bags washed up on two Norfolk beaches containing £50m-worth of cocaine.

The drugs, weighing about 360 kilos (800lb) were found by a member of the public on Thursday at Hopton and earlier today by searchers at Caister.

National Crime Agency

Supt Dave Buckley said: "We are assisting the National Crime Agency with further searches.

"We believe we have recovered all the packages but should any member of the public find one they are urged to contact Norfolk Police immediately. 

"We will have extra officers in the area to monitor the situation."    

McCarthy on 'un-sexy' pairing with Bruce

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy goes head-to-head on Saturday with one of his closest friends in football tomorrow - Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.

Mick McCarthy and Steve Bruce

The pair, who have six promotions to the Premier League between them, have played and managed against each other on numerous occasions.

McCarthy believes Villa made the perfect choice when they appointed Bruce in October.

"They went looking everywhere and trying to get sexy options and I guess me and Brucey aren't too sexy, but we know what we're doing and we've done good jobs wherever we've been," he said. 

"Steve will turn it around, without any doubt."

Two in hospital after Loughton crash

Two people have been injured in a crash in Loughton.

Paramedics were called to Oakwood Hill just after 09:00 and two rapid response vehicles and two ambulance crews were also sent.

The East of England Ambulance Service said medics were on scene within three minutes of the call coming in.

Both people were taken to hospital with injuries to their hands and arms.

Oakwood Hill

Cocaine galore: £50m-worth washes up on two beaches

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

About 360 kilos of cocaine with a potential value of £50m has washed up on two Norfolk beaches. 

A member of the public told police on Thursday afternoon about several holdalls at Hopton-on-Sea between Gorleston and Lowestoft. 

Police and Border Force officers investigated and the items were passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA).   


A further small number of packages were discovered separately near Caister earlier today. 

Matthew Rivers, from the NCA, said: "We are now working to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did, however it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination. 

"This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs, and its loss will represent a major blow to the organised criminals involved." 

Corrie Mckeague: Timeline since the RAF Honington gunner's disappearance

It's more than four months since police revealed that RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague had not been seen since the early hours of Saturday, 24 September, during a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

  • On 4 October, a bin lorry, seized by detectives searching for Mr Mckeague, was released, after it was found not to contain his lost phone
Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police
April Oliver
Milton landfill site

Arrest after alleged murder

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of the Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

BreakingHuge search along 14 miles of beach

A search operation is under way along a 14-mile (22km) length of the Norfolk coast involving police, Border Force and the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue group.

Beach search

Groups of people are searching beach and dunes from Hemsby to Hopton. 

Norfolk Police have declined to give any details, but said a statement would be issued later. 

We will bring you further details when we have them...

Weather: Overcast in Essex

Cloudy for the rest of the afternoon, with snow showers likely, although they'll turn lighter and more scattered.

So, it'll be grey overhead, much like this picture taken by a BBC Weather Watcher yesterday:


Back pages: Time to take cup seriously as Diss enter the last eight

Diss Express

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

Diss Express back page
Diss Express

Teenager arrested in murder inquiry

A 16-year-old boy from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It's the second arrest in connection with the death of a man in his 40s, who was stabbed in the vicinity of Ancaster Road near the town's main railway station on Wednesday evening.

Police tape in Ipswich

On the evening of the attack, a 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have been granted an additional 28 hours to question him, which will expire at 12:05 on Saturday.

Ancaster Road remains closed to through traffic under the railway bridge between the junctions with Ranelagh Road and Gippeswyk Avenue. 

This will remain until further notice as police continue forensic work.

In the News: Policeman tells of grim discovery

Diss Express

Here is the front page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Preparatory work 'already under way' at landfill site

A full search of the landfill site at Milton, for missing RAF serviceman Corrie Mckeague, is likely to commence around Wednesday, 22 February once initial work, already under way, has been completed.  

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

The preparation will include building access ways to the area to be searched, carrying out scoping work, and putting appropriate facilities on the site to allow this search to be carried out in a thorough and comprehensive way. 

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "There are some measures that we need to put in place before the full search work starts as, in addition to the pressing need to find Corrie, we also have to consider local residents, site workers and the officers who will be carrying out the job of going through the waste. 

"We know that physically searching the site has the potential to cause an increase in odour and we hope residents will understand that we and the site owners have taken this into consideration when making a decision to go ahead with the search.

"We need to find him and discover what happened to him. 

"While the search may not provide the answers as to what happened it is something we need to do as our investigation continues."  

Mr Mckeague was stationed at RAF Honington, north of Bury St Edmunds.

Corrie Mckeague: Search of landfill site will be a 'considerable task'

Police say the search of the landfill site at Milton, on the other side of the A14 north of Cambridge, will be a "considerable task".

The area identified is more than 920 sq m (1,100 sq yds) of waste, down to a maximum depth of eight metres (26ft) and it is estimated that it is likely to take a team of specialist search-trained officers six to ten weeks to complete the work.  

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

The safety and welfare of the officers who will undertake the search, and the noise and odour implications for local residents, have all been factors that police have to take into consideration.

The area on the landfill site, where waste collected from Bury St Edmunds on the morning of 24 September was deposited, has not had further items put onto it since police alerted the site, early in the investigation, to the possibility that this may need to be searched.   

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