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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We're heading off into the sunset for another week, but rest assured we'll be back raring to go again on Monday morning from 08:00.

    Scroll down to find out what's been happening in the county during the week, and don't forget, you can contact us with your thoughts or your stories by using the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

    Enjoy your weekend - we'll see you on Monday.

  2. Overnight weather: Misty in places with the chance of some light rain

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be thicker cloud and outbreaks of light rain and drizzle spreading eastwards through this evening and overnight.

    It'll turn misty in places, with light south to south-westerly winds.

    Temperatures under clear skies initially dropping to about 9C (48F), but by the end of the night everywhere will have risen back into double figures.

    Overnight weather map

    A grey and mild start to Saturday, with some patchy mist, rain and drizzle.

    As the day goes on, drier and brighter conditions should gradually spread northwards.

    Some northern parts of the region may hold on to some very patchy rain until late afternoon.

    Temperatures will range from 15C (59F), where we keep the cloud, to 19C (66F) in the best of any sunshine.

    Get a full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

  3. Council considers late night levy for bars in Colchester

    Councillors in Colchester are considering a late night levy on the town's bars in order to fund extra police officers.

    It means bars, clubs and shops that stay open late serving alcohol could pay more than £1,000 extra each year.

    Mike Lilley, the councillor in charge of public safety in the town, said: "There was an application last week from one of the bars that wanted to open until 04:30 in the morning.

    "We thought the police are really struggling with numbers, they haven't got enough to cope, we need to look at trying to get as much as possible to help them, so I've asked the officers to look at the late night levy and see if we can make it work."

    Golden Fleece pub Chelmsford

    Brett Sanders, manager of the Golden Fleece pub (above) in Chelmsford, where a similar scheme was introduced in 2014, said: "It would sound fantastic if the money went to the police and the police were promising to put police on the street.

    "In the case of Chelmsford, the police actually agreed to return the money to the council and let the council use the money how they saw fit, so therefore we didn't see any extra police on the street and I would question, the money raised, is that going to put police officers on the street? I would doubt it very much."

    A Chelmsford City Council spokesman said: "The late night levy has been used to fund the ongoing work of the medical triage team provided on Friday and Saturday nights by Open Road, the alcohol intervention provider for our area, to financially support the comprehensive CCTV service which the city centre benefits from."

    He added the money was also used for the introduction of the "Best Bar None initiative", which has seen "a reduction in crime for all accredited premises to date".

  4. MP receives update on review into murder case

    An update has been given to a Norwich MP on a review into the murder of a woman in the city beaten to death by her boyfriend.

    Joe Storey, 27, who had previous convictions against women, was jailed for life earlier this year for the murder of Kerri McAuley.

    Joe Storey

    Chloe Smith, the MP for Norwich North, yesterday met the independent chair of a Domestic Homicide Review into the case.

    She says the inquiry must run its course, but an important point shouldn't be lost.

    "The key message that must come out of this case is that others should feel free to speak up," she said.

    "There will be things that this case shows could have perhaps been done better, could be done better in the future, must be done to stop other people suffering the same fate, but a crucial part of that is that anybody suffering domestic abuse should feel free to speak out."

    A spokeswoman for Norfolk County Council said: "The Norfolk Community Safety Partnership is currently undertaking a Domestic Homicide Review.

    "Reviews are carried out after any death where domestic abuse is implicated."

    The authority has yet to say when the review will conclude.

  5. Artists hope to buy gallery

    Sarah Jenkins

    BBC Local Live

    Artists in West Norfolk and the Fens are hoping to raise enough money to buy a King's Lynn gallery.

    The space has been a showcase for their work for 10 years.

    Greyfriars Art Space

    Greyfriars Art Space was set up to enable artists to show their work and provide studio space for them.

    But the owner says she has to put the building on the market next year to meet family commitments.

    Cathy Cousins, who runs the gallery, said: "We're in a quandary at the moment because nobody can afford to buy it, but we're trying to raise funds in different ways.

    "We've looked at getting charity status, we've been looking at funding, we've got lots of fundraising ideas coming up."

  6. Police respond to anti-social behaviour in Ipswich park

    We brought you news earlier of increased patrols by council wardens in Christchurch Park in Ipswich, as a result of complaints about anti-social behaviour.

    Phil Smart, who looks after transport and environment at Ipswich Borough Council, made the comment that they "need to work with the police" as local authority budgets are under intense pressures.

    We contacted Suffolk Police, and Sgt Jonathan Driver has responded, saying: "We are aware of concerns surrounding people dealing or taking drugs in parks in the Ipswich area.

    "We are working together with partner agencies to monitor the situation and together with them our officers are carrying out park patrols to target those in possession of illegal substances.

    "We do not tolerate drug dealing in Suffolk and will take action against those found to be committing criminal offences.

    "We also encourage the continued support of members of the public to help identify who they are and where they are operating from so we can ultimately bring them to justice."

    Christchurch Park
  7. Teenager dies after being struck by train at Ingatestone

    We've just been told that a 15-year-old boy died when he was struck by a train close to Ingatestone station.

    William Tweed from the town died yesterday afternoon.

    William Tweed

    British Transport Police officers were called to the line at 16:35 and attended alongside paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service.

    Specialist officers are supporting William's family and work is ongoing to establish how he came to be on the tracks.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious.

  8. Canaries have 'Premier League quality'

    Jay Lawrence

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Bristol City Manager Lee Johnson says his side will have to be "at their very best" against "Premier League quality" Norwich this weekend.

    The Canaries host the West Country side tomorrow in The Championship, hoping to keep their unbeaten streak going.

    The Robins have made a fine start to their season. They're up to eighth in the league, in the last 16 of the League Cup and they're also now eight unbeaten.

    Lee Johnson

    Despite his comments about Norwich, Johnson says he's still confident of victory.

    "We're going against a top side in the division, a side that is full of Premier League quality. They've recruited very well in the summer and they've got a formidable home record.

    "For us to go there and achieve maximum points we'll have to be at our absolute best. If we continue with the confidence levels we've got, I wouldn't bet against us."

  9. Results the most important thing - McGoldrick

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Meanwhile, Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick believes fans unhappy with the way the team has been playing should look at the league table.

    David McGoldrick

    Town are currently fifth in the Championship, two points off the top, heading into tomorrow's match at leaders Leeds United.

    That hasn't prevented some supporters moaning about a lack of entertainment in recent performances.

    "Fans are never happy are they?" McGoldrick told BBC Suffolk Sport. "If we were entertaining and losing I'd like to see what the response would be.

    "The way the season ended last year we had to start well and we've done that. We've got results while having a tough time with injuries. We've got five wins out of seven which is fantastic."

  10. Ipswich Town: McCarthy keen to upset boyhood favourites

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits he's pleased to see Leeds United doing well, but will be desperate to beat them at Elland Road tomorrow.

    Mick McCarthy

    The Blues are currently fifth in the Championship, two points behind the Yorkshiremen who top the table.

    "I would imagine there'd have been a bit of doom and gloom there after losing [manager] Gary Monk and [top goalscorer] Chris Wood in the summer, but it just shows you that change isn't always bad for clubs," said McCarthy.

    "I don't know much about [their boss] Thomas Christiansen, but he's certainly made them a very, very organised unit.

    "I want to go there and beat them on Saturday, but for all other intents and purposes I love to see them doing well because everybody knows I supported them as a kid," McCarthy said.

  11. Elmswell resident gathers DIY equipment for Barbuda

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    An Elmswell woman says she's amazed at the donation of £1,000-worth of DIY equipment for those getting back on their feet after Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean.

    Alice Bolton and Andrew Buzza

    Alice Bolton's cousins Afiya and Asha Frank, who went to school in Suffolk, were among those caught in the storm on Barbuda.

    Two containers of equipment, including hammers and sandpaper, have been donated by local builders Ridgeons and they will go to the island in a week or so.

    "They [the items] will be really, really useful," said Ms Bolton.

    "Everybody's homes need work and so everyone will be able to get access to something in order to help them.

    "You're not trying to spread things too thinly - everything will be incredibly valuable."

  12. Men arrested over cannabis plants released under investigation

    Five men arrested on Thursday after more than 1,000 cannabis plants were found in Wickford have been released under investigation.

    Police made the discovery at an address on Burnham Road, Battlesbridge just after 08:00.

    The men, aged 56, 51, 38, 36 and 33, were arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of the cannabis.

    Cannabis plants found in Wickford
  13. Inaugural Great East Run a 'sold-out' event

    About 3,000 runners are due to take part in the inaugural Great East Run being held in Ipswich on Sunday.

    The half marathon, which follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular Great North Run, starts close to Portman Road football stadium.

    It snakes through the town before heading out through Wherstead and through to the outskirts of Woolverstone, before coming back into town for the finish.

    Portman Road

    Project manager Alex Jackson said it's a sold-out event.

    "Lots of people [are] really keen doing these kind of distances," he said.

    "Half marathons many years ago were the top of the tree. Now people are doing marathons, ultra-marathons and therefore a half marathon is achievable for a lot of people.

    "We want to grow the event and even try and get some kids events in there.

    "We're keen to get kids out there active and aspiring to do the longer distances when they get older."

    Concerns have been raised though by local residients on social media about a combination of road closures for the event and train replacement services, and the impact they could have in the town.

    Network Rail is carrying out maintenance work between Colchester and Stowmarket and between Ipswich and Woodbridge on the day of the run, which is set to close all the connecting railway lines.

  14. Greater Anglia apology as its communication criticised

    Greater Anglia has apologised after travellers criticised the rail operator for a lack of communication following an incident on the line near Ingatestone.

    Services to and from the capital were disrupted for about six hours yesterday afternoon after a person was struck by a train.

    Spokeswoman Kerri Worral said: "The staff on the trains should have been making regular announcements just to keep people informed of what was happening.

    "At the stations we have our customer information screens, they're a help-point, and at some stations we ask extra staff to go down to those stations to support the staff that are there.

    "I know staff on staff stations do everything they can to try and keep people informed, but when there's large volumes of people that can become more difficult."

    Greater Anglia train
  15. Guns and grenade found in city home

    Norwich Evening News

    Time now to check out our local newspapers, and we'll start with the Norwich Evening News:

    Front page of Norwich Evening News
  16. Holidaymaker relieved to be home after escaping Hurricane Irma

    A Braintree holidaymaker says he's relieved to be home after "out-running" Hurricane Irma in the US.

    Julian Albert had to drive thousands of miles to catch a re-arranged flight from New York City after Orlando Airport shut down.

    Hurricane in Florida

    He said it was traumatic: "You don't know what you're up against.

    "You don't know if you're going to be safe. You don't know how you're going to get home.

    "You have to put your health, your safety, before anything, no matter what the cost is, because it cost us a lot of money."