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  1. Goodbye from Norfolk

    That's it for another week on Norfolk Live so it's goodbye from us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    Scroll down to see the news and sport we've covered today, including the Take That concert last night. Enjoy yourselves if you're going to see the boys tonight!

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    I'm still standing but I'm going to have to go as that's the end of our live updates for today.

    For the Sir Elton John fans among you, enjoy tomorrow night's concert at Portman Road.

    We hope you'll be feeling the love with BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster who will be broadcasting live before and after.

    We'll be back again at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

    Sir Elton John
  3. Goodbye from Essex

    That's it for another week on Essex Live so it's goodbye from us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    Scroll down to see the news and sport we've covered today, including Essex's performance in the One Day Cup semi-final against Notts.

    Anything big that happens in the match should appear in the stream throughout the evening or you can follow the game here.

    Have a great weekend

  4. Plum tie for Colchester, but a trip to Wales for Southend in Carabao Cup

    That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

    Colchester United have landed a plum home tie against Aston Villa, while Southend are away to Newport County with the first round ties to be played in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

    The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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  5. Ipswich get away tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

    That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

    Ipswich Town are away to Luton Town in the first round which takes place in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

    The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

    View more on twitter
  6. Norwich get home tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

    That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

    Norwich City are at home to Swindon in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

    The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

    View more on twitter
  7. Thunder 500 is a 'marmite' meeting for hot rod drivers

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Foxhall Stadium hosts one of its most prestigious meetings of the season this weekend, the Thunder 500.

    National Hot Rods in action at Foxhall

    An impressive field of National Hot Rod drivers has been assembled for the big race, which falls just two weeks before they contest their world championship final on the same track.

    Dean Cox with Spedeworth Motorsports says there are often mixed emotions on the grid as a result.

    "It's a marmite meeting for a lot of drivers," Cox told us. "Some of them want to take part and get some valuable track time, while some don't want to come near it in fear of damaging their cars."

    "That said, we have quite a large turnout this weekend, and with conditions tomorrow set to be similar to what we'll get during Spedeweekend, many are using this as a marker."

    "We also have around 60 BriSCA F1 Stock Cars competing tomorrow and that really will be some race as this is their only chance for track time ahead of their own final in September."

  8. Free tickets offer for gig in Ipswich multi-storey car park

    Some 400 free tickets are being made available for an orchestra concert in the Blackfriars NCP multi-storey car park in Ipswich town centre.

    It's part of the Aldeburgh Festival - and the concerts by the Multi-Story Orchestra are at 14:00 and 16:00 on Saturday, 24 June.

    Multi-Story Orchestra in Ipswich
    Image caption: The Multi-Story Orchestra in the Endeavour House car park in Ipswich in 2015

    A spokesman said it was part of the festival's drive to provide an "experience to people who don’t normally go to classical music concerts".

    The free tickets are only available to residents of Ipswich with a maximum of two per person. They're £5 for non-residents.

  9. Witches maintain winning record

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    It is now nine wins from nine home meetings this season for Ipswich Witches, who beat Berwick Bandits 56-37 in last night's Championship Speedway at Foxhall.

    Danny King

    Captain Danny King (pictured), Kyle Newman and Justin Sedgmen were all paid for double figure scores as the Suffolk side were barely troubled by a depleted Bandits line-up.

    "We're in a good place," King said. "We've had some good teams come here so far this season and we seem to be holding our own all of the time."

    "There were a few mistakes tonight but we were still comfortable which shows you how much strength in depth we have."

    "However, those mistakes can't happen on the road if we're to stay in the hunt for the title."

    The Witches remain in second place in the table, and visit leaders Edinburgh Monarchs tonight.

  10. Fifty homes for Clacton put on ice due to concerns

    Planners have delayed a decision to build 49 new homes in Clacton amid concerns about "shared surfaces" and habitat.

    Thorpe Road, Clacton
    Image caption: The land is the wooded area in centre of this picture, on the northern edge of Clacton

    Bramwood Property Development wants to build 47 bungalows and two houses on land in Thorpe Road.

    Members of Tendring District Council's planning committee were "disappointed" a number of mature trees and vegetation had already been felled on the site and wanted to see an up-to-date habitat survey, a spokesman said.

    They were also critical of shared surfaces replacing clearly delineated pavements and roads.

    Talks with the developer will now take place before the application is considered again.

  11. A history of gigs at Portman Road

    Saturday sees Elton John return to Portman Road for the first time since 2004, when his support act was James Blunt.

    Other shows at Ipswich Town's stadium have included:

    • 1990 Tina Turner plus Michael MacDonald and the Neville Brothers
    • 1991 Rod Stewart, Status Quo plus Joe Cocker (two nights)
    Red Hot Chili Peppers at Portman Road
    Image caption: Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers wearing a pink body suit at Portman Rd in 2006
    Rod Stewart at Portman Road stadium
    Image caption: Plastic macs were handed out as the rain poured down for Rod Stewart
    Rod Stewart at Portman Road
    Image caption: Rod kept dry on stage though!
  12. 'Stun gun' used in street violence in North Weald

    Police want to trace a man who was reported to have been injured in a street fight in North Weald last night.

    Witnesses believe a stun gun was used during a fight involving a group of men on High Road shortly after 23:30.

    Police said the victim has not been found and they were "concerned for his welfare".

    The suspects left in a black Ford Fiesta which they abandoned on Tumbler Road in Harlow at about 23:45.

    Two men from Welwyn Garden City, aged 18 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, with the older one also questioned on suspicion of failing to stop and drink-driving.

    Officers believe the gun incident is connected to a disturbance earlier that evening near the King's Head pub in North Weald which happened at about 22:20.

  13. Rescue cat takes in 'poorly mum's' kittens

    arwen

    A rescue cat is nursing two kittens who were born to a "very poorly mum".

    Arwen was brought into the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Braintree last month, where she gave birth to five healthy kittens.

    But inspectors say that was clearly not a big enough challenge for Arwen, who has taken in two more babies.

    arwen's kittens

    Deborah Satchell, manager of the animal home, said: “The two two-day-old kittens had to be taken away from their mum as she was too poorly to look after them.

    "Luckily, we managed to place them with Arwen who accepted them and started nursing her extended litter.”

    The kittens have been named after gods and goddesses from Greek and Egyptian mythology.

    Aphrodite, Clio, Venus, Ra, Horus, Hades, and Selene are all said to be "doing well".

    "Arwen has proven to be very maternal. We have helped by topping them up with milk but she has done extremely well," Ms Satchell added.

  14. Witches skipper ready for top of the table clash

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    This evening, and for the second time in as many weeks, Ipswich Witches and Edinburgh Monarchs meet in a top of the table speedway clash.

    Ipswich Witches team in garage

    It is the Monarchs who currently occupy first place in the Championship, but the Witches are hot on their heels following last night's ninth successive home win over Berwick Bandits at Foxhall.

    Danny King, who captains the Suffolk side, scored a full maxiumum last night after winning all four of the heats he entered.

    The British Champion believes the Witches can continue their fine form in the scottish capital tonight.

    "I rate our chances everywhere we go and I truly believe we can get something from every meeting," King said. "The minimum aim for us has to be a point."

    "There is still a long way to go this season but I feel really comfortable with the position we are in, especially when you consider the injuries we've had."

  15. Man knocked unconscious during Grays burglary

    Police say a 34-year-old man was knocked out during a burglary at his home on Hathaway Road in Grays.

    It happened at about 21:20 yesterday.

    He was taken to hospital and is being treated for head and facial injuries, which are described as not life-threatening.

  16. We're walking on sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sun's out and our BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing the good weather through the lens across the county.

    We're in for a good run of weather over the weekend, according to forecasters with highs of 26C (79F) tomorrow.

    Bramfield
    Burgh
    Woodbridge
  17. Council staff to be offered free park and ride

    Staff at Suffolk County Council will be offered free park and ride for six months in a bid to encourage them to use the service.

    Suffolk County Council car park

    The trial will start on 1 August.

    The council said it means the number 38 shuttle bus, which costs the council £73,000 a year and is funded from the same staff parking charges, will stop running on 28 July.

    The money will be diverted to encourage staff use of the park and ride service.

    Aidan Dunn, from the authority, said: "Over the later summer and autumn, additonal colleagues may be in from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council and from the NHS, they are all going to be sharing Endeavour House with us.

    "It's going to put more pressure on car parking and Suffolk's roads.

    "If we can encourage staff to park at the park and ride, that'd be great."

  18. Wickford cop shop up for sale

    Wickford Police Station is the latest to be put up for sale in Essex.

    It's part of the plan to reduce the number of police stations and front counters which began in 2011.

    A force spokesman said they had cut about £50m from the annual budget since 2010.

    The budget is currently £238m and the force has to find cuts of a further £3.6m this year and £8.1m next year.

    Wickford police station was closed in 2011 and is one of the stations Essex Police wants to sell as it reduces its estate from 80 buildings to 30 to save money.

    Wickford police station

    The force said its buildings currently cost £10m a year to run, but they would require £30m to bring them up to current standards.

    When the plan to reduce the number of police stations was approved, John Watts, Unison branch secretary for Essex Police, said: "Police stations have been a focus for the community and to lose them is very sad.

    "What we're against is removing the police stations and police presence from everybody's towns."

    Speaking about the sale of Wickford, Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: "We shouldn’t be investing the resources we have in maintaining buildings we don’t use when we can instead support our front line officers by providing them with better technology, helping them stay more visible and providing a better service for the people of Essex."

    The force said Basildon provides the nearest front counter to Wickford.