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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates for Tuesday 9 June 2015

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  1. Goodnight

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    That's it for Suffolk Live for Tuesday.

    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow from 08:00 and hope you'll join us then.

  2. Behind the scenes at Springwatch

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    If you're tuning into Springwatch later, spare a thought for the story developers at RSPB Minsmere who have a big hand in what you get to see.

    Springwatch story developer

    They're the team that watch the 28 or so camera feeds from across the reserve and highlight the wildlife drama to the producers - they also provide the live page commentary.

    Don't forget you can check out the live webcams whenever you like.

  3. No 'obvious' link to two firearms incidents in Beccles

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Suffolk Police says it's not ruling out that two incidents involving firearms in Beccles in two days are linked, but at the moment believes there's no "obvious" link.

    Referring to this morning's incident, when a man was seen with a gun near The Common, Insp Nicholas Aitken said: "We wonder if there's an innocent explanation to it whether it was somebody... perhaps with a BB gun, which may have been inappropriate of course.

    "Yesterday's incident was more a direct approach made to a member of the public by a man who's seen to hold a handgun."

  4. Four community groups given lottery funding

    BBC Suffolk

    Four groups in Suffolk are to benefit from grants from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All scheme.

    Boxford Village Hall near Sudbury will receive £5,000 to put in a new floor, while Wickhambrook Carpet Bowls Club in the west of the county has been granted a similar amount to purchase new equipment.

    Elsewhere, nearly £10,000 has been awarded to Create at Eye to allow it to purchase filmmaking equipment and run workshops for people who are unemployed or on low incomes. The Air Training Corps at Woodbridge will get a similar sum for flight simulation equipment for training cadets with disabilities.

  5. Overnight weather: Dry and chilly with long clear spells

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry through this evening and overnight with patchy cloud and long clear spells.

    Overnight weather map

    The winds will be light, meaning it will be another chilly night, especially in rural areas.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

  6. Common sense call over e-cigarettes

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Livewell Suffolk, which promotes healthy living in the county, is calling for a common sense approach over e-cigarettes.

    Woman smoking e-cigarette

    Stephen Lee Foster says we don't necessarily need legislation, "but if somebody is upset or indeed they've got a health condition they feel is affected by somebody who's vaporising... then they should speak to the owner and the owner should stop the person using the e-cigarette".

    The comments come as the use of e-cigarettes inside enclosed public places in Wales is banned.

  7. Police 'stepping up patrols' in Beccles

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    There is nothing to suggest that a man seen with a gun in Beccles poses a direct threat to the public, Suffolk Police says.

    A man, described as being about 25-years-old, was seen holding a gun near The Common in Beccles this morning. Suffolk Police said it was making local inquiries and stepping up patrols. It's the second day in a row a man has been seen with a gun in the town.

    Insp Nicholas Aitken said: "No threats were made and a weapon hasn't been fired, so while it's concerning and we want to get to the bottom of it, at the moment there isn't anything to suggest that the person would be a direct threat to the public."

  8. Late afternoon headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines this afternoon:

    • Police are "stepping up patrols" following the sighting of a man with a gun on Beccles common this morning
    • A gunsmith has denied illegally supplying a revolver to a Suffolk parish council leader
    • Work has begun to separate the old Ipswich police station from the former Crown Court building
  9. High pollen warning for Thursday

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    You might want to stock up on your antihistamines over the next 48 hours, because the Met Office is warning that pollen levels will be "very high" on Thursday.

    Map showing pollen levels

    The pollen count season is normally March to August. However, it can start as early as January and end as late as November. There are three main sections:

    • Tree pollen - late March to mid-May
    • Grass pollen - mid-May to July
    • Weed pollen - end of June to September
  10. Travel update: Queuing traffic on the A12

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A12 southbound at Copdock (junction 33, A1214) because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

  11. Work begins at old police station

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Work to separate the old Ipswich police station in Elm Street from the former Crown Court building is under way.

    Old police station in Elm Street

    Once this is complete, the demolition of the old police station will begin in July, Ipswich Borough Council said.

    As to what the former police station site would be used for in future, a spokesman for the council said: "There are various suggestions which will be considered."

  12. Councillor 'disappointed' by school rejection

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for education says she is "disappointed" that plans for a new secondary school in Bury St Edmunds have been rejected.

    County councillors voted against building the new school at Moreton Hall, for 1,400 pupils.

    Lisa Chambers said: "I am disappointed that the committee came to this conclusion. We now need time to reflect on this decision and discuss the options that are open to us."

  13. Gunsmith denies weapons charges

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    A gunsmith has denied illegally supplying a revolver to a council leader who was found with an arsenal of weapons at his home.

    Anthony Buckland, 64, who ran AR Buckland in Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich, is accused of supplying the weapon to Wyverstone Parish Council chairman James Arnold.

    Mr Arnold, of Wyverstone, Suffolk was arrested last year, but died in July. Mr Buckland has pleaded not guilty to 20 offences at Norwich Crown Court and is due to stand trial later this year.

  14. BreakingNew Bury St Edmunds school plans rejected

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Plans for a new secondary school in Bury St Edmunds have been rejected.

    In a surprise move, councillors voted against building a new school for up to 1,400 pupils, to cater for the growth of Bury on its eastern side.

    Concerns had been raised about an increase in traffic.

  15. Father's search for missing toy

    East Anglian Daily Times

    A father is appealing for help in finding his three-year-old daughter's cuddly best friend.

    Miss Kitty

    Little Isabelle lost 'Miss Kitty' around 13:30 yesterday on Felixstowe beach, near the leisure centre during a picnic with her grandparents.

    Her father, Andrew Laws, said: "This toy cat has been in her arms from almost the moment she was born, it hasn't left her side at all."

  16. Travel updates: Problems in Barham and Holbrook

    BBC Travel

    A couple of traffic warnings for you.

    Church Lane in Barham is closed between the Norwich Road junction and the Cooper's Road junction because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

    And Harkstead Road in Holbrook is closed at the Fir Tree Hill junction because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike.

  17. Afternoon headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines this afternoon:

    • Police in Beccles continue their search for a man seen with a gun in the town this morning
    • An Ipswich man celebrating his 100th birthday says a good breakfast and a pint of beer are the key to a long life
    • A concert has raised nearly £600 for the Rosa Simon Music Fund
  18. Traditional wedding cake 'falling out of favour'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    If you're planning a wedding and want to be in fashion, then don't chose fruitcake for the celebration.

    Traditional wedding cake

    That's what a Suffolk wedding planner has been saying in response to new research reported in the Telegraph, suggesting that cupcakes have taken over.

    Denise Redford, who's got a wedding business in Stowmarket, says we should see what's happening in the US for the next trend: "They're looking at gold touches and sparkly stuff and very big square cakes or painted cakes."

  19. Good breakfast and beer 'key to long life'

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    An Ipswich man celebrating his 100th birthday today has been driven to his local pub in a limousine, so he can have a "little chin wag" with some of the regulars.

    Tom Spittle

    Tom Spittle, who has been having a knees-up at the Railway Inn in Westerfield, said he had some advice for people hoping to live a long life.

    "Don't bother too much about anything but the main thing is have a damned good breakfast every morning," he said. "Fried eggs, bacon, mushrooms and marmalade whatever you can, have the lot. And a pint of beer every day."

  20. Weather update: Cloud should thin

    BBC Weather

    There's still the chance of a shower this afternoon but gradually the cloud should thin and break, and we should get some sunny spells.

    Kate Kinsella with afternoon weather map

    It's the breeze that's causing the problems though, particularly along the coast where temperatures are really struggling.

    Cloud continues to disappear this evening so it could be quite a nice end to the day - still breezy but with some sunshine.

  21. Waveney Council notice about Town Hall

    Waveney Council tweets: We no longer occupy offices in Lowestoft Town Hall. For full details of this and other changes go to #takeovertuesday

  22. London Road: Favourable reviews from Ipswich audience

    Look East reporter Kevin Burch was at the Ipswich Film Theatre last night and got some audience reaction to the new film about the 2006 Suffolk murders - London Road.

    Cinema-goers at Ipswich premiere of London Road

    Most of the comments were favourable towards the musical, but some questioned the decision to film it in London, rather than Ipswich.

    "I don't really like musicals, but somehow weaving together the story and the music really worked," said one man who attended the premiere.

  23. Today's hero image: Landguard Point

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Today's hero image at the top of our live page is courtesy of Mark Ward.

    Scene from Languard Point

    If you're not familiar with the area, it shows Landguard Point at Felixstowe. Thanks Mark.

    Have you got a high resolution photograph of a Suffolk scene that you'd like to see on our page? If so you can email it to us, giving us a few details of where it is and why you think it's special.

  24. Concert raises nearly £600 for the Rosa Simon Music Fund

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    A concert featuring the musical talents of children from Hadleigh and the surrounding area has raised nearly £600 for the Rosa Simon Music Fund.

    Rosa Simon concert

    The fund, which was set up in memory of three-and-a-half-year-old Rosa Simon who died in an accident outside her home in 2014, aims to give local children and young people more musical opportunities.

    Rosa's father Paul Simon said: "A big thank you to everyone. The children promised wows and they delivered them."

  25. London Road: Anita Dobson reflects on Suffolk murders

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Anita Dobson says filming London Road brought back a lot of memories for her, as she was in pantomime in Ipswich at the time of the 2006 Suffolk murders.

    Anita Dobson in London Road

    The former EastEnders star plays local resident June in the musical, which was premiered at the Ipswich Film Theatre last night.

    "It was very hard to get people to see a happy, family Christmas show when those poor prostitutes were being murdered," she said. "Once they'd found [the killer, Steve Wright], the streets filled up and people spilled on to them with a great sense of relief and joy."

  26. RAF Honington welcomes its newest residents

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    RAF Honington's latest residents, members of Number 3 Tactical Police Wing, have taken part in a "march-on" as part of the ceremony to welcome them to Suffolk.

    Police Wing marching into RAF Honington

    Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Wing Cdr Jan Knight said: "We've got our dogs with us, it's nice to have them on parade. We'll ask permission to come on to the station and hopefully it'll be granted and on we'll come and take up residence."

    And if you're wondering, yes Station Commander Gp Capt Mick Smeath did allow them onto the site.

  27. Lunchtime headlines

    BBC Suffolk

    The latest local headlines:

    • A man has been seen with a gun in Beccles for the second day running
    • The victim of a fatal crash in Great Barton at the weekend has been named as Liam Jolly from Bury St Edmunds
    • Stephen Ardley has been appointed Mayor of Lowestoft for the second time
  28. Beccles man 'tucked pistol into coat'

    Members of the public saw a man with a gun near The Common in Beccles at about 10:00 this morning, Suffolk Police says.

    When spotted, the man tucked a pistol into his coat and walked away toward Boney's Island. Armed response officers, assisted by the police dog and helicopter units are currently searching the area.

    The man is described as being white, about 25-years-old and 5ft 9in tall. Police say they don't know if this incident is connected to the sighting of a man with a gun in Beccles yesterday morning.

  29. BreakingSecond sighting of man with gun in Beccles

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We're getting reports that, for the second consecutive day, police are responding to reports of a man seen with a gun in Beccles.

    More details as we get them.

  30. Lowestoft names new mayor

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Stephen Ardley has been appointed Mayor of Lowestoft for the second time.

    Mayor of Lowestoft Stephen Ardley

    Mr Ardley, who held the title in 2004-2005 and was recently acting mayor, said he was "honoured" to have been unanimously elected by members of the Lowestoft Charter Trustees. Nick Webb was appointed deputy mayor.

    Mr Ardley said: "This is much more than just a civic or ceremonial role and myself and Cllr Webb will be tireless in our efforts to promote local businesses, community groups and events."

  31. Honouring Bury St Edmunds war hero

    Bury Free Press

    A gathering is due to take place next week at the graveside of a Bury St Edmunds war hero who fought in the Battle of Waterloo.

    The West Suffolk Grenadier Guards will commemorate the bicentenary of the decisive battle, which spelled the end of 26 years of fighting between the European powers and France, on Thursday morning, beside Sgt Maj William Martin Middleditch's grave.

  32. Victim of fatal crash in Great Barton named

    BBC Suffolk

    The victim of a fatal collision on the A143 in Great Barton on Sunday has been named by police as Liam Jolly, of Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

    The 42-year-old died at the scene after the motorbike he was riding crashed with a Range Rover.

    Police are trying to trace the driver of a blue Vauxhall, thought to be a Corsa, who may be able to assist with their inquiries. It is believed this car may have been overtaken by the motorbike prior to the collision.

  33. Number 3 Tactical Police Wing: What does it do?

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Number 3 Police Wing has been officially welcomed to its new home at RAF Honington this morning, having moved from RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.

    RAF Police Wing being welcomed to RAF Honington

    The RAF Police wing has quite a range of duties, including:

    • Operational training prior to deployments
    • Close protection for visiting VIPs
    • Support to humanitarian operations
  34. Travel update: Cancellations between Norwich and Lowestoft

    Greater Anglia tweets: Service Update 11:00 - Cancellations to services between Norwich - Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft.

    Get further details.

  35. Danny King helps Team GB reach World Team Cup race off

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Witches number one Danny King impressed for Team GB last night, helping them reach the World Team Cup race off in Denmark on Thursday.

    Danny King

    The home nation were beaten by Australia, who go straight through to Saturday's final in Poland. The Americans, who included Witch Gino Manzares in their side, came third and join Great Britain in the race off.

    It means both King and Manzares miss Ipswich's home clash with the Newcastle Diamonds. In their place come Foxhall track record holder Craig Cook and Somerset's Ipswich-based rider Leigh Lanham.

  36. Extra freight departures from Felixstowe to Rotterdam

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    DFDS Seaways is adding an extra departure between Felixstowe and Rotterdam.

    DFDS freight ships

    The announcement comes after volume on the route set a weekly record, equating to about 4,700 units. The additional service will begin on 3 July.

    Route director Mikael Mortensen said: "The extra departures allow customers to speed up their turnaround and thereby better utilize their trailers."

  37. Latest headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The latest stories making the headlines are:

    • The names of five women killed by Steve Wright in 2006 have been changed for the film London Road
    • A ceremony is being held at RAF Honington to welcome a wing of the RAF Police, who have moved from Bedfordshire
    • Students from Copleston High School are visiting Cambridge University in an attempt to inspire them to apply for places at top-flight universities
  38. Bus station move could signal green light for Sudbury cinema

    East Anglian Daily Times

    Sudbury's run down bus station could be bulldozed and replaced with a series of bus stops at two separate locations in the town, it has been revealed.

    The scheme would enable the land currently occupied by the bus station on Hamilton Road to be redeveloped as part of a major regeneration project, including a new cinema.

  39. Ipswich students visit Cambridge university

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Twenty four students from an Ipswich school are visiting Jesus College at the University of Cambridge today as they take part in a scheme designed to help them apply for places at top-flight universities.

    Jesus College Cambridge

    The pupils, who are currently in years nine and ten at Copleston High School, are joining a six-week scheme run by educational charity The Brilliant Club.

    They'll have a tour of the campus, meet undergraduates and take part in a tutorial with a PhD researcher.

  40. London Road: Murder victims' names changed

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    During the world premiere of London Road at the Ipswich Film Theatre last night it was confirmed the names of the women who were the victims of murderer Steve Wright had been changed.

    London Road

    All other details remained the same - including where the five women's bodies were found in 2006 - but their identities were switched completely. The theatre production had kept the real names.

    After the film I questioned producer Dixie Linder about the decision. She told me it was "mutually agreed" between the families and the production team.

  41. Carers in Suffolk 'struggling to make ends meet'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Some carers in Suffolk say they agree with a national report from the charity Carers UK, which says half of the people spoken to are struggling to make ends meet.

    One of those affected is Margaret White, who is from Bury St Edmunds and cares for her husband Andy, who has post traumatic stress disorder.

    She said: "They're ill and you start off looking after them and then it just goes on and on and whatever their needs might be you just carry on looking after them and doing what you can for them. You don't really think about yourself."

  42. RAF Police Wing move to Suffolk

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    A ceremony is taking place today at RAF Honington to welcome Number 3 Police Wing, which is relocating to Suffolk from RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.

    Members of the Police Wing will join RAF Police colleagues at the integrated force protection headquarters, swelling the number of personnel at the station by about 300.

    There will be an official "march-on" through the main gate by about 50 Police Wing personnel, and a formal welcome from RAF Honington's station commander, Gp Capt Mick Smeath.

  43. Bury St Edmunds school plans to be approved

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Plans for a new secondary school in Bury St Edmunds are expected to be approved by county councillors later today.

    If it gets the go-ahead, the school will be built on land to the east of the Moreton Hall housing estate which had previously been considered for a new stadium for Bury Town Football Club, but that project couldn't get funding.

    Concerns have been raised over the increase in traffic and the proximity of some of the proposed school playing fields to Rougham Airfield.

  44. Tuesday's weather: Mainly dry except for a few light showers

    BBC Weather

    Dry apart for a few light showers near the east coast this morning, with varying amounts of cloud but also sunny spells.

    Kate Kinsella with morning weather map

    However, it will be breezy, especially along coastal areas such as Orford Ness. The highest temperatures will be across western areas.

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F). Watch the full forecast with Kate Kinsella.

  45. Headlines so far

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines so far this morning;

    • Some carers in Suffolk say they're "struggling to make ends meet" as a national report highlights cuts in support
    • Plans for a new secondary school for Bury St Edmunds are expected to be approved today
    • There was applause at the Ipswich premiere of London Road last night
  46. Travel update: A1156 partially blocked at Bucklesham

    BBC Travel

    The A1156 is partially blocked in Bucklesham and there's heavy traffic in both directions around Seven Hills, because of an accident and recovery work.

  47. London Road: Applause at Ipswich premiere

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    There was applause at the end of the world premiere of London Road, the film depicting the aftermath of the Steve Wright murders in Suffolk, in Ipswich last night.

    Interior of Ipswich Film Theatre

    Its writer Alecky Blythe introduced the movie at Ipswich Film Theatre, telling the audience it was "fitting" to bring the film to the town first. She said she was giving Ipswich a gift, after she'd been given the gift of people talking to her about what happened.

    There is another 'premiere' for the film tonight, in London.

  48. Welcome to Tuesday's Suffolk Live

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Hello and welcome to Suffolk Live for Tuesday.

    During the day we'll bring you the latest local news, sport, travel, and weather updates as they happen.

    If you know something newsworthy that we're not mentioning, you can get in touch via email or Facebook.