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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates for Wednesday 10 June 2015

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By Kate Williams

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That's it for the evening

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Today we brought you health news from all over the county, of the Ipswich Hospital deficit and proposed closures of community hospitals in Southwold and Halesworth.

There was also the very sad news that a 15-year-old boy has died after being rescued from the water at Beccles Lido.

Suffolk Coastal District Council rejected a major housing development for 560 homes in Felixstowe, but approved a smaller one for 43 new homes in Kirton. And there was more on the film based on the 2006 Suffolk murders, called London Road.

Join us tomorrow - we'll be back from 08:00.

Recording sound for Springwatch

Richard Daniel

Environment Correspondent, BBC East

Fans of the BBC's Springwatch series are used to seeing the likes of bitterns, avocets, stickleback, squirrels and mice on the show, but have you wondered how it's put together?

BBC Soundman Gary Moore

This is Springwatch soundman Gary Moore, and he and the rest of the team have given me an insight into the work behind the scenes.

You can watch my film about it here.

Beccles gun witness sought

A "middle aged" white man is being sought by police, who believe he may be a "key witness" in the sighting of a man with a gun in Beccles.

Shortly after 08:00 on Monday, a man standing behind a bank in Newgate pointed a gun at another man and told him to get into an alley, Suffolk Police said.

The force, which believes Monday's incident is not connected to the sighting of a man with a gun on Tuesday, wants to talk to a potential witness who was wearing a blue top, blue jeans and black trainers - seen carrying shopping bags.

Amateur riders sought for Newmarket horse race

East Anglian Daily Times

Horse riders

are being invited to take part in one of the most historic events in British racing.

Entries are still being sought for this year's Newmarket Town Plate, which was founded by King Charles II in 1666 and is the first race of its kind to have been staged under written rules.

The event still takes the same unique course from its first running nearly three-and-a-half centuries ago.

Beccles Lido death: Boy, 15, dies at Addenbrooke's

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

A 15-year-old boy who was taken ill at the outdoor swimming pool in Beccles last Thursday evening has died, Suffolk Police says.

Paramedics treated the boy at the Beccles Lido before he was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital by air ambulance, and later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital. He died earlier today.

A spokeswoman for the police, who said the boy had reportedly been unconscious in the water, said: "At this stage there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and police will be preparing a file for the coroner."

BreakingBeccles Lido boy dies

The boy who was rescued from Beccles Lido last Thursday has died, Suffolk Police says.

Warm today but warning for weekend

Sara Thornton

BBC Look East

A fine and warm day for tomorrow and then the heat is on, with highs in the 20Cs on Friday.

Weather graphic

However, with that heat comes some heavy, thundery rain later in the day on Friday, which will last into Saturday.

All timings to be confirmed, but a Met Office weather warning has been issued!

Health proposals 'lack clarity'

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Opponents of proposals to close hospitals in Southwold and Halesworth say there's a lack of clarity about the plans.

Brian Jolley

Brian Jolley, chairman of the League of Friends of Southwold Hospital, said: "The fact that there is a proposed care home that is going to pick up some of the care beds proposed in the consultation document, yet that care home is still a green field, is a great concern of what's going to happen in the interim."

The Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group says the proposals, which include providing more care for patients at home, would save £4m.

Via Twitter

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore

tweets: Our 6th public meeting tonight for Babergh district is in Hadleigh Town Hall at 6.30 pm. All welcome. The Chief Constable & I will be there.

Afternoon headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Hello again, here are the headlines from the newsroom this afternoon:

  • Hospital closures 'not just about saving millions of pounds'
  • Kirton's 'biggest single development for 45 years' approved by planning chiefs
  • Eye power station plans unacceptable, says MP

On the trains: Reduced timetable tonight

Greater Anglia

tweets: TODAY from 20:30: A reduced timetable operates on the Liverpool St - Norwich route

Mildenhall academy an 'exciting opportunity'

Bury Free Press

A Mildenhall head teacher whose school is soon to become an academy has labelled the change as an "

exciting opportunity".

Great Heath Primary School, in Girton Close, is set to take on academy status from 1 August and will change its name to Great Heath Academy.

Hospital closures 'not just about saving millions of pounds'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

The chief of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group says proposals to close two hospitals in Southwold and Halesworth aren't just about "saving millions of pounds".

Andy Evans, chief executive, Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG

Andy Evans said: "The better way to look at this is we're doing two things at once. We're improving and increasing the quality of care for our local population and we're doing it in a much more cost effective way.

"So we will be making a net saving, which of course we will re-invest in other health services. But it makes a lot of sense for the taxpayer and for everybody that we use the money we have in the best way that we can."

Kirton's 'biggest single development for 45 years' approved

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Council chiefs have approved "the biggest single development in 45 years" at an east Suffolk village, of 43 new homes.

Kirton Village Green
Geograph/Keith Evans

The development at Kirton, near Felixstowe, had been criticised by the local parish council for not including bungalows, which was something requested by residents in the village.

Councillors at Suffolk Coastal decided to approve the development of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes under the current proposals, with conditions. It will also include 14 affordable homes.

Eye power station plans 'unacceptable'

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Plans for a power station near Eye are "unacceptable" and could "irrevocably change the character of the area", Central Suffolk MP Daniel Poulter has said.

Progress Power wants to build a gas-fired power plant and has said it would work to minimise the visual impact. Its proposal has been referred to the secretary of state for energy and climate change for a final decision.

In a letter to the secretary of state, Amber Rudd, Dr Poulter said: "This is a matter of huge significance that would impact adversely on the lives of people living in a large area of Suffolk, resulting in huge disruption on an ongoing basis and significant loss of amenity."

Meeting discusses possible closure of two hospitals

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

A public meeting is under way in Southwold to discuss the possible closure of two hospitals in Suffolk.

Meeting in Southwold

The proposals would see the community hospitals in Southwold and Halesworth close. The NHS says this will save £4m and there are plans to treat more people in their own homes.

Southwold GP Dr John Stammers has told the meeting: "I get the attachment to Southwold hospital. But things have changed."

Early afternoon headlines

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

This is how the lunchtime news headlines look:

  • Beccles Lido will close tomorrow as a mark of respect for a teenager who is in critical condition after being rescued from the water last week
  • Police patrols are stepped up in Beccles after two sightings of a man with a gun
  • Developer to appeal against refusal of plans for 560 homes in Felixstowe

Head teachers: Concern over 'shortage of school places'

East Anglian Daily Times

Head teachers

raised concerns last night over a potential shortage of school places in Bury St Edmunds following what was described as an "11th hour" change of mind over plans for a new academy.

The new secondary school at Moreton Hall was a key part of Suffolk County Council's strategy for the move to a two-tier structure of education in the area.

It would have addressed potential oversubscription at King Edward VI School, where year groups will shrink from 350 students to 220 from September next year to accommodate extra year groups.

Weather: Brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

It'll be brighter this afternoon.

Weather graphic

There'll be some good sunny spells later, and it'll be a touch breezier as onshore winds develop, making it feel rather cooler near coasts.

Maximum temperature 16C (61F), minimum overnight temperature 11C (52F), with a dry night.

Ipswich Beer Festival ready to start pouring

More than 180 beers and 80 ciders will be available at the

32nd Ipswich Beer Festival, taking place on Ipswich Town Football Club's practice pitch from tomorrow.

Beer at the Ipswich Beer Festival

Etholle George has taken a look around the site of the "family friendly" beer festival, and

you can hear more about it tomorrow morning on the Breakfast Show from 06:00.

Beccles Lido closed after boy rescued

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Beccles Lido will be closed tomorrow "as a mark of respect" to a boy who was rescued from the water last Thursday.

A statement on its

website, says: "A boy was rescued from the pool and CPR carried out. The emergency services attended and the boy was taken by Air Ambulance to hospital where he is receiving the best possible care. Sadly he remains in a critical condition."

The pool will reopen on Friday.

Family of Kevin Cridland thank those who tried to save his life

Ipswich Star

A grieving Suffolk couple last night

paid tribute to the people who tried in vain to save their son's life after he collapsed at the wheel of his car.

Passersby found Kevin Cridland, 39, slumped in his car. Despite their efforts to revive him, "kind and loving" Kevin died at the scene.

Kevin, of Little Stonham, near Stowmarket, died on 3 June, while driving back from his workplace at Anchor Storage in Kenton, after complaining he didn't feel well. While driving back he suffered a cardiac arrest, and after signalling to pull over, died at the scene.

Police patrols in Beccles after man spotted with gun

Police are patrolling Beccles for a third day in a row after receiving two reports of a man wielding a gun.


On Monday a man was reportedly seen pointing a pistol at a passerby, and yesterday a man was seen with a gun near the Common.

In both instances, the man was described as being white and in his mid-twenties.

Not the cabling for the Starship Enterprise's ops room

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

..but a behind-the-scenes look from those setting up at the

Ipswich Beer Festival on the practice pitch at Portman Road.

Scene from the Beer Festival

This picture shows the barrels, or firkins, in their jackets. The pipes connect the coolant system to the firkins, in preparation for the event organised by Ipswich and East Suffolk CAMRA.

The pints will be flowing from tomorrow until Saturday.

Ipswich Town 'in race for Ben Pringle'

East Anglian Daily Times

Ipswich Town are in a two-horse race with Championship rivals Fulham to sign free agent Ben Pringle, the

East Anglian Daily Times reports.

Ben Pringle
Getty Images

The 26-year-old midfielder has elected to move on from Rotherham United, for whom he impressed against Ipswich on two occasions last season, and is currently considering his options.

Developer to appeal Felixstowe planning refusal

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A developer hoping to build 560 new homes in Felixstowe says it will appeal this morning's decision to refuse planning permission.

Suffolk Coastal District Council's planning committee unanimously agreed to turn down the plans for the site, off Candlet Road and Gulpher Road.

Besides the homes, developer Christchurch Land and Estates proposed a care home, community centre and some business units. Speaking on its behalf, after the meeting, planning consultant Richard Brown said it would appeal the decision.

Headlines so far

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here are the mid-morning headlines from us in the Suffolk office:

  • Five hundred-home development in Felixstowe refused by planners
  • Break-even position on Ipswich Hospital deficit 'unrealistic'
  • Reports of numbers of missing people down in county

Claydon travellers: Confusion over land

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The chairman of Claydon Football Club says confusion over who owns the land is confusing matters when it comes to trying to move a group of travellers.

Caravans on the Claydon Football Club site

Tim Carr, who believes the travellers arrived on Sunday, said: "We don't technically own the land, it's in mid-transfer between Mid Suffolk, Orbit and Onslow, which is part of the SnOasis deal and agreement, which has been going on for seven years or so. It's very much up in the air at this time."

The BBC understands the travellers intend to move by the end of the week.

Heroes of Suffolk

Philippa Taylor

Suffolk Live

Today's Hero Image, the main photo at the top of the page, was taken by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter James Hazell.

Scene from the Suffolk Show
James Hazell

If you have a picture you would like to share, please

email us. The photo needs to be landscape and files need to be sent as large as possible.

Young people 'scared' of sharing missing person details

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Young people can be "scared" of sharing information about missing persons, according to an agency made up of the police, councils and health services.

Police missing poster

Brenda McInerney, head of service for

Suffolk Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, said: "Young people can be very scared about the implications of sharing information.

"They may be subject to quite complex peer pressure. It could be issues within school, it could be issues within home, and sometimes they actually feel they don't actually have someone to share that information with."

Family's thanks to Reydon community after devastating fire

Lowestoft Journal

A devastated family who have been made homeless and lost almost everything after their house went up in flames

have thanked generous neighbours for rallying round to support them in their hour of need.

Corrina Knights, her fiancé Nick Newson, and four children were fortunately all out when a fire broke out in a neighbour's caravan before spreading to their house in Windsor Road, Reydon.

The 41-year-old rushed back after her 10-year-old daughter Taylor Newson broke the news to her with the words: "Mummy, the house has gone."

Five hundred home development in Felixstowe refused

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Suffolk Coastal councillors have voted unanimously to refuse plans for a 560-home development in Felixstowe.

Proposed development in Gulpher Road

The site off Candlet and Gulpher Road would also be used to build a care home, community centre and some business units.

Football club trying to move travellers

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

The chairman of Claydon Football Club says he is doing all he can to try and move on travellers who've set up on their pitch.

Caravans on the site

Tim Carr, who believes they arrived some time on Sunday, said: "I went over to them straight away and I pleaded with them to move off our prize-winning pitch.

"They weren't unruly or aggressive, however they did try to fob me off with who was the actual leader. But it's quite clear to me they weren't moving."

Ipswich Hospital deficit: Break-even position 'unrealistic'

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Hospital's chief executive has told BBC Suffolk a financial "break-even" position is unlikely, after news that it is predicting a £35m deficit by the end of this year.

Ipswich Hospital

Nick Hulme said: "We will always attempt to deliver care at the best possible value for money but that doesn't mean we'll be driven by the finances.

"I'm not ignoring the finances, I take them very seriously. But it is unrealistic to think we could have a break-even position with the current funding arrangements."

Missing people numbers drop

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Figures obtained by BBC Suffolk reveal a considerable drop in the number of reports of missing people in the county.

In 2010, there were more than 3,000 reports of adults and children going missing. In 2014, it was 2,200.

Police and other agencies are now working more closely together to try to help people, and stop them running away.

Hospital chief 'steward for £250m taxpayers' money'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Ipswich Hospital's chief executive Nick Hulme says he is a "steward for £250m worth of taxpayers' money".

Nick Hulme

The hospital is predicting a deficit of £35m by the end of this year, despite being more or less debt-free a year ago.

Mr Hulme said: "We won't make decisions that are based on finance if they are going to deliver poor care or to reduce the access of care to patients, so we're not going to make decisions based purely on finance."

'No meltdown' at Ipswich Academy

East Anglian Daily Times

A total of 19 teachers are leaving Ipswich Academy this summer - but

school bosses insist there is "no meltdown" in staff morale.

Around half a dozen non-teaching staff have also handed in their notice at the former Holywells High School. Around 100 staff are employed across the school.

The academy, which was placed into special measures in February, is in the middle of a major shake-up. From September, Paradigm Trust is set to take over the school from current academy sponsor, the Learning Schools Trust, after the Department for Education called for changes to be made.

London Road: Will audiences miss the point?

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The green carpet (sticking to the 'in bloom' theme of the film) was rolled out for guests including Ed Miliband, Billie Piper, Brian May and the stars of London Road last night, for the film's premiere and Q&A in Brixton.

Ed Miliband at the premiere of London Road

There was huge applause and cheers at the end of the film, but what concerned me was there was quite a lot of laughs during the film from the audience.

People seemed entertained by it, which is obviously good because it's an indication it may do well, but afterwards some were saying the plot was really interesting, and obviously it's not a plot it's a real life story.

Moreton Hall school 'will happen'

The leader of Suffolk County Council says he is determined a new 1,400-pupil school will still be built on the Moreton Hall estate in Bury St Edmunds by 2016.

Colin Noble

Suffolk Live reported the planning committee at the county council voted against the application by the same authority yesterday.

Colin Noble said: "There will be a new secondary school there by 2016, that's what we're committed to. There's plenty of time, a planning process is a planning process that you go through, and that's what we're going through at the moment, and then the funds are in place, and we will build the school."

Finer details of Ipswich Hospital's deficit

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ipswich Hospital's annual accounts for 2014-15 show the trust recorded a deficit of £11.9m in its draft accounts for the financial year.

Ipswich Hospital

It means the cumulative deficit has increased to £15.2m as of 31 March. Now the trust's plan for the current financial year shows a deficit of nearly £20m, bringing the cumulative deficit up to £35m.

It also says that no recovery plan has yet been formalised, and the money won't be recovered in the next financial year.