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  1. Greater Anglia says its arrangements were '100% robust'

    Greater Anglia has responded to criticism by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) over the use of office workers who were trained up to work as guards during the recent industrial action by members of the RMT.

    The Chief Inspector of Railways has written to the rail operator having identified a "number of areas with deficiencies" that need to be addressed.

    Greater Anglia train

    Train Service Director for Greater Anglia, Richard Dean, said he was somewhat disappointed over the letter: "We met the ORR and we took them through our arrangements.

    "We believe 100% that our arrangements were robust and we are following that up with the ORR.

    "We said to them we would not use our contingency conductors until such time as we'd satisfied them that the arrangements were robust.

    "We made that offer to them, they didn't tell us to do it.

    "What we are actually talking about is a piece of administration that they want to see ie they want us to write up what we did, and that's exactly what we have done.

    "We'll be sitting down with them and we'll be going through in as much detail as they want until they are satisfied.

    "I am absolutely satisfied that our arrangements were 100% robust."

  2. Unison appeals to Home Secretary over scrapping PCSOs

    The general secretary of Unison has written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, urging her to intervene to stop the scrapping of Police Community Support Officers in the county.

    Female PCSO

    Dave Prentis writes: "This is an extremely short-sighted move by the Norfolk constabulary.

    "Police community support officers play a vital role maintaining police and community relations.

    "They also tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour, which would otherwise fall to hard-pressed police officers to deal with.

    "Ruthless budget cuts are forcing police forces to make unsavoury choices, which damage public confidence and coerce already over-burdened police staff into taking on yet more responsibilities.

    "I urge you to intervene in the matter and call for a rethink in the approach to police budgets - the protection of the public is in everyone's interest."

    A consultation with police staff is currently being carried out.

  3. Overnight weather: Dry at first but some outbreaks of rain later

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.

    Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.

    Wind chart

    There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.

    Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).

    Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  4. RMT calls for Greater Anglia to be stripped of its franchise

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The Rail Union, the RMT, is demanding that Greater Anglia be stripped of its franchise after comments by the Chief Inspector of Railways.

    The safety organisation has told the train operator that until issues are resolved, office staff can't be used again as replacements.

    Picket line at Ipswich station

    The RMT had raised a number of safety concerns when the train company used replacements for the guards who were on strike.

    There was an incident at Ipswich station where the doors were opened on the wrong side.

    The RMT also says there was a safety breach on the East Suffolk line when office staff were being trained, when doors were opened while a train was moving.

    We'll bring you reaction from Greater Anglia shortly.

  5. Promoters apologise for problems accessing Gary Barlow tickets

    "Unprecedented" demand for tickets to see Gary Barlow in his Forest Live gig at Thetford Forest next year is being blamed for big problems being reported on social media.

    Here are some of the comments on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page:

    • Helen Robinson writes: "I was in the queue at 10am...number 950....i waited an hour and 38 minutes and was directed to the website only to be told due to high usage i could'nt acess the site"
    • Ronan Devlin said: "Website crippled. Unable to sign in or re register. Phone either engaged or hangs up after option 1"
    • Jacqueline Taylor posts: "No access to website, as too many people trying to access it. Telephone calls get through and get told no one to answer call. So frustrated"

    In a statement, the Forestry Commission has said: "Tickets went on sale this morning for Forest Live dates next Summer by Gary Barlow and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott.

    "Unfortunately due to a technical issue with an external ticketing software platform the system stalled.

    "Additionally due to an unprecedented demand for tickets phone lines were also down for a while.

    "We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

    Gary Barlow
  6. Essex lad named as 'Young Builder of the Year'

    A 17-year-old student from Witham has been judged to be the UK Young Builder of the Year in a competition run by the national organisation Youthbuild UK.

    Kyron Dalton

    Kyron Dalton, from Essex Youthbuild, a charity which offers construction and employability skills training for young people, beat off competition from five other finalists in the 14-18 year-old category.

    Harvey Baker, Essex's other finalist, received a commendation.

    Manager Jane Cosh said: "This was a fantastic day that recognised the courage and determination of these young people to overcome obstacles in their personal lives and to make the most of opportunities presented to them."

  7. Police confirm start date for Corrie Mckeague search to resume

    The resumption of the search for missing airman Corrie Mckeague will take place on Monday, 23 October.

    The extended search, which is likely to take around four to six weeks, will concentrate on an area of Cell 22 next to the site of the earlier search.

    The indications are this is the next most likely area where Corrie could be, say police.

    Corrie Mckeague

    The Major Investigation Team re-checked data and concluded the area of the original 20-week search was still the location where there was the highest likelihood of finding Corrie.

    However, police say the nature of waste disposal and its movement is not a precise science, hence the requirement to extend the search.

    On 21 July, police announced their search of the Milton site was at an end.

    Mr Mckeague's family said at the time they were "devastated" by the decision.

    Milton landfill site
  8. 'Important' Garner in contention for East Anglian derby

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town could have both striker Joe Garner (pictured) and midfielder Tom Adeyemi back for Sunday's Championship fixture with Norwich City at Portman Road.

    Joe Garner

    Garner missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United with a knee injury, while Adeyemi has missed the last two matches with a hamstring problem.

    Manager Mick McCarthy believes the latter is in with a good chance of featuring against his former club this weekend, and remains hopeful on Garner, who has clearly impressed him since joining the Blues from Rangers.

    "He's trained today with the physios," said McCarthy. "He's done what he needed to do in order to be out training with his teammates tomorrow, to be in with a chance of playing on Sunday.

    "He's a really important player for us. I thought he would be when I signed him, but as a footballer he is better than what I thought he was, which is always nice."

  9. BreakingSearch of landfill site for missing Corrie to resume next week

    The search of the Milton landfill site in Cambridgeshire for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague will resume on Monday.

    We'll bring you more details shortly.

  10. Spedeworth fined for Health and Safety failings

    Spedeworth International has been ordered to pay a total of £118,000 in fines and costs, for a number of health and safety breaches at Foxhall Stadium.

    Foxhall Stadium

    At a hearing at Suffolk Magistrates Court in July, following a prosecution brought by Suffolk Coastal District Council, the company pleaded guilty to four charges under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to:

    • Emergency exits
    • Structural stability and maintenance of grandstands
    • Failure to comply with an improvement notice requiring safety improvements to the grandstands
    • Having eight emergency exits locked at a stock car race meeting

    On Thursday they were fined £100,000 for the four breaches, as well as £18,000 in costs to Suffolk Coastal.

  11. Project connecting NDR to A47 gets go-ahead

    Work is to begin on finding ways to connect the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A 47 West of Norwich.

    There are fears the project, which is being called the Norwich Western link, could damage the sensitive wildlife in the Wensum Valley

    Martin Wilby, chair of the county council's transport committee, which has backed the project, said: "We all love our local environment, all of our animals, wildlife, and we need to make sure we don't interfere with them too much, or there must be a solution to the problem.

    "Whether it's a bridge or whatever, we need to get on with it."

  12. Woman in lake identified

    A woman who was rescued from a lake at the University of East Anglia in Norwich has been identified.

    She remains at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in a critical condition, police say.

    No personal belongings, other than a key attached to a red Cath Kidston key ring, were found at the scene when the woman was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.

  13. Norwich City manager says derby will be an 'emotional game'

    BBC Radio Norfolk's Rob Butler has been at the Norwich City press conference ahead of Sunday's derby at Portman Road:

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  14. A14 reopens on Orwell Bridge

    Police say the A14 has reopened, after an earlier fatal collision on the Orwell Bridge.

  15. Rugby union: Bury aiming to bounce back

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds will be hoping to stop the rot when they host Worthing Raiders in National League Two South tomorrow.

    Bury Rugby Club in action

    After four victories in a row the Wolfpack have lost their last two, including a narrow 26-20 defeat to leaders Taunton Titans last weekend.

    Tomorrow looks like a good chance to get back to winning ways though, with their visitors fourth from bottom of the table, having won just two of their seven matches so far.

  16. Speedway: Mildenhall home in on KO Cup Final

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers will make it through to the final of the National League's Knockout Cup tonight - if they can successfully defend a 16-point first leg lead at Belle Vue.

    Jon Armstrong

    It finished 53-37 when the two sides met at West Row on Sunday.

    Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly says club captain Jon Armstrong (pictured) could be a key man tonight.

    "He's guested for them on a number of occasions and I know he was present at the match against Eastbourne, as Drew Kemp's mechanic, so he's already working on set-ups.

    "He's one bloke who'll be really fired up to do well, that's for sure," Jolly told BBC Suffolk Sport.

  17. Opportunity for young people to try their hand at sports reporting

    Do you know a youngster who'd like to report on their own sports story at the BBC?

    The BBC School Report Sports Reporter scheme is open for 16-18-year-olds, with applications open until 10 November.

    What's on offer?

    • 5 day placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
    • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
    • The opportunity to share your sports story with BBC audiences
    • Training with your BBC mentor to provide you with the required skills to tell your story. These could be: interviewing and sports story writing skills; editing skills; script writing and presenting skills of packages for radio and online

    What are we looking for?

    • You'll need to be aged 16-18 before the start of the scheme
    • You’ll need to be in full-time education*
    • A proven passion for sport
    • A fantastic story idea relevant to the location you’re applying to
    • You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply

    *Please note this is an opportunity for people studying at school, college or a youth group. This is not a suitable opportunity for university students or apprentices studying at university level.

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  18. Speed awareness courses 'most expensive' in Essex

    Essex drivers paid the highest amount for speed awareness courses in the country last year, according to figures released today.

    Policeman carrying out speed check

    A speed awareness course is offered to motorists caught exceeding the speed limited by a few miles per hour.

    It's offered as an alternative to a fine and three penalty points on a motorists driving license.

    Figures from the Press Association show motorists in Essex paid £99 to attend an awareness session last year.

    That compares to just £75 for a similar course offered in Northamptonshire.

    The "Safer Essex Road Partnership" says it takes speeding seriously and the courses offer motorists the option of education on the dangers of speeding.

    The cost of that course is now £91 with roughly half that money going to the police.

  19. Ipswich Town defender targeting another derby goal

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    He was Ipswich Town's derby day hero on two occasions last season and Jonas Knudsen believes he can inflict more pain on Norwich City this weekend.

    Jonas Knudsen

    The Dane scored at Portman Road and Carrow Road last year as both matches finished 1-1.

    On Sunday lunchtime the two great rivals meet, on Suffolk soil, for the first time this season.

    "If I get a chance to get a shot or get into the box I'll definitely take the chance because there's something about these games and me.

    "Hopefully it'll be the winner this time because it would be brilliant to win against Norwich as it's been a long time since we beat them."