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  1. Updates for Friday 5 June 2015
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That's it for another week on Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

That's it for this week on Suffolk Live. Looking out of the window now, it's hard to believe the weather we had at the start of the day isn't it?

Stormy sky over a poppy field
Paul Chapman

Here's a reminder, just in case you'd forgotten. A stunning picture of a storm heavy sky near Felixstowe by Paul Chapman.

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 - have a great weekend.

Weather update: Fine and dry overnight

BBC Weather

The last of any showers will clear to the east by early evening, leaving a fine and dry night with long clear spells.

Weather map for 04:00 Saturday morning

A south westerly breeze will develop towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Tea-time headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The later afternoon headlines as we move towards the weekend are:

  • Ipswich Town midfielder
    Teddy Bishop has been fined £3,000 and warned about his future conduct after a breach of Football Association betting rules
  • A Kedington man is jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for drugs offences
  • Suffolk county council steps in to cut down overgrown verges on the old A12
  • The new owners of the Spa Pavilion, NRG Theatres, launch a consultation to find out what the public would like to see there

Ipswich Town FC respond to Teddy Bishop FA ruling

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town's managing director Ian Milne has

told the club's website that Bishop has "accepted his punishment" and has apologised to Mick McCarthy and the club for his actions.

Teddy Bishop
Getty Images

He said: "..we have reiterated to him the responsibilities he has... but it is worth noting that the bets were all for small amounts of money and while placed under Teddy's name, were shared amongst his friends away from the game.

"He is young and has made a mistake. He is aware of that and will certainly learn from it." The

FA's new rules governing betting were introduced in August 2014.

Town player Bishop fined £3,000 for football bets

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop has been fined £3,000 and warned over his future conduct after his case was heard by a

disciplinary panel at the FA today.

Teddy Bishop

The betting rules changed at the start of last season with anyone employed within the game prohibited from placing bets on all football worldwide. Previously you could bet on football, but not on games involving your club or any competition your club was taking part in.


told the Ipswich Town website: "I have no one to blame but myself for not being fully aware of the restrictions... I'm learning all the time about experiences in life and in football. This is an experience I won't forget. It has been a massive learning curve for me."

BreakingIpswich Town's Teddy Bishop 'apologises' after betting fine

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Teddy Bishop has made a heartfelt apology after admitting to a charge of breaching the Football Association's betting rules.

More details as we get them.

West Suffolk College is top performer

West Suffolk College

tweets: We're the highest performing college for Level 3 results in #Suffolk. L3 #Hospitality course

Get more details on those courses.

Workwise charity raffles handcrafted boat

Bury Free Press

People in Bury St Edmunds recovering from mental ill health have handcrafted a beautiful wooden rowing boat which they are

raffling off to raise funds for charity.

Trainees at charity and social enterprise

Papworth Trust Workwise have created an eight-foot wooden clinker redshank rowing boat.

Kedington man jailed for drugs offences

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

A 46-year-old man from Kedington, near Haverhill, has been jailed at Ipswich Crown Court after being convicted for drugs offences.

Michael Cornelius
Suffolk Police

Michael Cornelius, of School Road, had pleaded guilty to charges relating to the supply of cocaine and possession of criminal property.

When police officers executed a warrant at his home last year thousands of pounds of bank notes were seized, along with a set of electronic scales and a knife - both contained traces of cocaine. He was jailed for 33 months.

Council steps in to cut down overgrown verges

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Suffolk County Council have been cutting overgrown grass verges on the old A12 this morning, two days after a woman who lives nearby took action to sort out the problem herself.

Tractor cutting verge

Zena Gravener

used a sickle to cut six foot high grass in the central reservation earlier this week.

She says: "We waited with bated breath... People were woken up at six o'clock this morning to the sound of a tractor cutting the verge."

Gardens project blamed for Spa Pavilion delays

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The new owners of the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe say their improvement work has been delayed because of problems with access, caused by the

Seafront Gardens redevelopment project.

Exterior of Spa Pavilion

Ray Anderson from theatre owners NRG says the garden builders are over-running which has in turn put them back by about six weeks: "We can't get the big lorries in to turn around and do our big shows," he said.

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal said: "We're working with the agreement of NRG to ensure that the car parking area behind the theatre is vacated by contractors as soon as is practical."

Cox's Park inquiry in Hadleigh adjourned

Ipswich Star

An inquiry to determine whether a popular park can be classed as a town green has been adjourned after

additional evidence was revealed on its opening day.

East House Meadow, locally known as Cox's Park, is the subject of the application which would protect it from any future developments.

Reward offered for stolen Beccles jewellery

BBC Suffolk

A £1,000 reward has been offered after a large quantity of jewellery was stolen from a home at Ravensmere East in Beccles between 08:00 and 19:00 on Tuesday 26 May.

Police sign

The items taken include necklaces, rings and bracelets as well as more unusual pieces including a dress tiara with red stones and pearls, a silver and amber cigarette holder and an antique carved dark wood jewellery chest.

The reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.

Latest headlines

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

The stories making the headlines this afternoon:

Felixstowe's Martello Park gets £150k investment

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Improvements are to be made to the play area facilities at Martello Park in Felixstowe.

Artists impression of play equipment
Suffollk Coastal Council

Work is due to start on Monday to install £150,000 of new play equipment which will include specialist equipment to allow more inclusive play for mixed abilities, including wheelchair accessible equipment.

TJ Haworth-Culf from Suffolk Coastal says: "Not only will these additions make Martello Park more attractive to visitors to the area, it will also become a valuable and exciting asset for the local community..."

Weather update: Still a risk of showers

BBC Weather

Continuing very warm and humid, but becoming drier this afternoon.

Afternoon weather map

There should be some sunny spells too. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Reydon family relive devastating fire

Lowestoft Journal

"Mummy, the house is gone" - that was the moment a terrified Corrina Knights learned from her 10-year-old daughter their Reydon family home had gone up in the flames and that they

had lost almost everything.

Miss Knights was in Lowestoft with her daughter Taylor Newson on Monday when she got the call that every resident fears - your neighbour's house is on fire.

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion plans outlined at public meeting

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A meeting's been taking place this morning outlining future plans for the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe.

Interior of Spa Pavilion

The new owners,

NRG Theatres, gave details about their hopes for the venue. The theatre has been closed for two years, but is due to re-open later this year.

Ipswich Witches travel to Edinburgh

BBC Suffolk


Ipswich Witches are in action tonight for a Premier League clash in Edinburgh.

Gino Manzares
Jeff Higgott

It's a tough test for the Witches, who are eighth in the table behind Edinburgh who are fourth - but last Saturday's big win over bottom club Redcar should have boosted confidence.

In particular, Ipswich will be hoping for another healthy return from American Gino Manzares (pictured).

1,000 weekly parkrun barrier broken

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live


parkruns, which were launched in Suffolk in September 2012, have
broken through the 1,000 weekly runners barrier for the first time.

Inaugural Ipswich park run
Ipswich Parkruns

The first run took place in Chantry Park in Ipswich as a legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and attracted 95 runners.

Since then the parkruns in Suffolk have expanded significantly with weekly runs now held every Saturday morning in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Kesgrave, Great Cornard and Brandon.

De Niro's flats plan rejected by council

Newmarket Journal

A proposal to turn Newmarket's former Doric Cinema and De Niro's nightclub into 46 flats has been

rejected by town councillors.

The town centre landmark is currently owned by property developer, the Murfet Group, which has submitted plans to convert it to residential use.

Your pictures: 'View from the bottom of the garden'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Many thanks to today's photographer, Dom Kilburn, who sent in this amazing "hero image" for our Suffolk Live page.

Scene over Iken Cliff
Dom Kilburn

Dom told us: "It's a view from the bottom of my garden taken a week ago at Iken Cliff, near Aldeburgh, on the banks of the River Alde Estuary."

Wow. If that's the bottom of your garden, we're really jealous! Send you Suffolk landscape images to

A12 roadworks: Numbers speeding 'unacceptable'

East Anglian Daily Times

An average of

15 drivers a day have been caught speeding through the roadworks on the A12 between Stratford St Mary and East Bergholt.

Average speed cameras have recorded 916 offences in nine weeks along the seven mile stretch of road where a 40mph (64km/h) temporary speed limit is in place.

Highways England have called this "unacceptable".

Ipswich Town's Christophe Berra plays for Scotland

BBC Suffolk

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra is in the Scotland squad this evening for their

home friendly against Qatar.

Christophe Berra
Getty Images

For Scotland, the game is a warm-up for next weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier against the

Republic of Ireland.

Town strikers Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick were in action together last night for the Republic. Their friendly against Northern Ireland ended goalless.

NHS defend Beccles Hospital bed plans

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

There's a row in north Suffolk about end of life care after it was revealed NHS beds are to be provided at Beccles Hospital.

Two hospice charities, the

Louise Hamilton Trust and
East Coast Hospice, say the plans will undermine their work to provide beds at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston and at an independent hospice nearby.

Andy Evans, from the

NHS in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, says despite the criticism the beds at Beccles Hospital are required: "It won't be the whole hospital... because we don't needs tens of beds for this - but it would be a specialist unit... best set up to do this."

Felixstowe flooding - what flooding?

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

After the flash flooding in Felixstowe this morning - there's now no sign of it - in fact, it's now a lovely sunny day in this part of the county.

Deben Way, Felixstowe

Apparently water was knee-high in Deben Way earlier. One resident told me the street resembled a "duck pond". Thanks for the photos you sent earlier.

Springwatch: Blue tits set to fledge

Martin Barber

BBC News Online, East

Lots of flapping and feeding in the Springwatch blue tit's nest at Minsmere this morning with

#fledgewatch tweeters predicting the family could leave the nest around lunchtime.

Blue Tits


live pictures from the nest throughout the day.

Train lines open again between Ipswich and Diss

Greater Anglia

tweet: Service Update 11:40 - Lines now open between #Ipswich and Diss, delays and cancellations ongoing:

B1078 partially blocked in Coddenham

BBC Travel

The B1078 at Church Rod in Coddenham is

partially blocked around the Church Road junction because of an overturned vehicle.

Weather: Warmest day of the year?

The Met Office

tweets: We could see the warmest day of the year so far today with highs of 25/26 °C in the south east

Weather map showing temperatures
Met Office

What a difference an hour makes

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

I've just driven across to Felixstowe to check out the situation following this morning's flash flooding.

High Street Walton
BBC Sport

This is the scene at High Street Walton - looking good now but it's clear to see where there was some substantial lying water earlier.

BreakingTrain service suspended from Norwich to Liverpool Street

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Greater Anglia say following a passage of an electrical storm, the signalling system isn't working correctly at a number of locations between Ipswich and Diss.

At present the train service is suspended from Norwich to London Liverpool Street and trains from London will terminate at Ipswich.

Network Rail technicians are working as quickly as possible to fix the problem.

High Road West Felixstowe affected by early flooding

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

High Road West in Felixstowe is another area that was affected by this morning's flash flooding. Thanks to Armanda Pinho-Woods for this photograph.

High Road West Felixstowe
Armanda Pinho-Woods

If you've captured any pictures of this morning's flooding we'd love to see them

by email, our reporter has just arrived in Felixstowe and says the sun is now shining.

Britain's first woman ambassador dies at her Suffolk home

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Dame Anne Warburton, Britain's first woman ambassador and later president of Lucy Cavendish College at Cambridge, has died at her home in Thornham Magna near Eye. She was 87.

Dame Anne Warburton
Family photograph

Dame Anne, who entered the Foreign Office in 1957, was appointed Britain's ambassador to Denmark in 1976 and later served as Britain's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

In 1985, she retired from the diplomatic service to become president of

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge - a small and relatively young college that specialises in offering mature women the opportunity to read for a first degree.

Felixstowe flash flooding: Garrison Lane

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Here's a photograph of a motorist in Garrison Lane who doesn't seem to be too concerned about the earlier flooding.

Garrison Lane Felixstowe
Caroline Cofield

It was submitted by Caroline Cofield - thanks Caroline. You can

email or
tweet us too if you've got a photograph of flooding anywhere in Suffolk.

Latest headlines

BBC Suffolk

The latest headlines this morning:

  • Fifteen drivers a day have been caught speeding through the A12 roadworks south of Ipswich
  • Flood water recedes after a heavy storm in Felixstowe this morning
  • NHS bosses in north Suffolk are accused of undermining plans for hospice beds

A140 partially blocked at A1120 Little Stonham

BBC Travel

The A140 Pains Hill in Little Stonham is partially blocked at the A1120 Stowmarket Road junction, because of an

accident involving a car and a lorry.

Flash flooding: 'Over in minutes'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

As we've been reporting during the morning, severe rain flooded parts of Felixstowe earlier today after a downpour lasting several minutes.

Little Ice Cream company premises
Little Ice Cream Company

Graham Fotherby from The Little Ice Cream Company, in Undercliff Road West, said they had a small "puddle" in their kitchen but it was "over in minutes".

He said: "The rain flooded the road outside but it's no longer visible now, but you can still see the tide line of it."

Felixstowe Flooding

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Although we've reported that Undercliff Road West in Felixstowe is no longer flooded, we're beginning to get some great photographs of parts of the town that were under water after this morning's heavy storm.

Mays Court car park in Felixstowe
Reginald Halls

This photograph of flooding in Mays Court car park was sent in by Reginald Halls.

Our reporter Kate Williams is on her way to Felixstowe now, but if you've got any photographs you could

send us we'd love to see them.

Update: Felixstowe flooding

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

We've received the all clear on the flooding situation we mentioned earlier in Felixstowe.

The road outside the leisure centre filled up with water for a while during a storm, but has gone now.