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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates for Thursday 11 June 2015

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for Thursday's Suffolk Live

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We'll be back in the morning from 08:00 to bring you news, travel, weather and sport updates as they happen.

    Don't forget a yellow weather warning is in place from 01:00 tomorrow from the Met Office, as thunderstorms bring the risk of torrential downpours during the day.

    Take care if you're out and about.

  2. Movies and gigs planned for Ipswich Town

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Ipswich Town's managing director says hosting the Ipswich Beer Festival could be the first of many public events on the club's practice pitch.

    Ian Milne at Ipswich Beer Festival, Ipswich Town Football Club

    Ian Milne says up to 9,000 drinkers are expected at the Camra festival between today and Saturday, and films are being shown on the pitch next month as part of the Ip-Art festival.

    "We're hoping to have more open-air screenings and music events," he said. "It's about getting a reputation for summer outdoor events."

  3. Moreton Hall school issues 'should have been ironed out'

    East Anglian Daily Times

    Issues over proposals for a "vital" new secondary school in Bury St Edmunds should have been ironed out well before they were debated by planners, it has been claimed.

    Concerns have been raised over whether the Moreton Hall Academy, which is planned to open in September 2016, will be ready in time following a shock decision by Suffolk County Council's development committee on Tuesday to reject the plans.

  4. Springwatch brings even more visitors to Minsmere

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    As we finish Lesley Dolphin's live broadcast from the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere, we can reveal that visitor numbers have increased again.

    Springwatch presenters

    They're up 10% on last year, which was 50% up on 2013 (during the Springwatch broadcast period).

  5. Beer festival organiser toasts new football venue

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    The organiser of the 32nd Ipswich Beer Festival says the new venue on Ipswich Town's Portman Road practice pitch offers twice as much space as the waterfront site.

    Nigel Smith

    Nigel Smith, of the local Campaign for Real Ale branch, said: "The derelict site we had on the waterfront was prone to flooding and we had to leave.

    "Now we've got a space which will drain if it rains, it's handy for the town centre and the railway station and we'll even welcome Norwich and Colchester fans."

  6. Weather update: Dry overnight and milder than recent nights

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry throughout the night with only small amounts of cloud and some long clear spells, despite these it should be milder than of late.

    Weather chart for 01:00 Friday

    Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Tomorrow will start fine with some very warm sunny spells. However, heavy and thundery showers will reach Ipswich and other southern parts early in the afternoon, then spread to all parts.

  7. Lowestoft third crossing: Peter Aldous told to 'keep the pressure on'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs he's been to the site of the proposed third crossing at Lake Lothing in Lowestoft, and it has his backing.

    Patrick McLoughlin

    In response to a question from Waveney MP Peter Aldous, he said: "I have asked my officials to support Suffolk County Council, and the LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) as they take forward this scheme and I understand there was a meeting in Lowestoft as recently as last Friday to maintain the momentum.

    "I'm sure my honourable friend will keep the pressure on us."

  8. Late afternoon headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines this Thursday teatime:

    • An Ipswich man has been jailed for causing £250,000 worth of damage to a gambling arcade in the town
    • Bury St Edmunds is in line for a ministerial visit to see problems caused by congestion on the A14
    • Springwatch presenter Michaela Strachan says this year has been a 'breeze' in comparison to last year when she had major surgery
  9. Ipswich man jailed for three years for sexual assault

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    An Ipswich man has been given a three-year jail sentence after being convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of sexual assault.

    Gahwar Muhammed

    Gahwar Muhammed, 30, of Woodcock Road, assaulted a 20-year-old woman in July last year, in a layby alongside the A14.

    The victim had got into Muhammed's car believing it to be a taxi, fell asleep during the journey from Ipswich to Felixstowe, and was woken by him assaulting her.

  10. Bury St Edmunds in line for ministerial visit

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Claire Perry, a minister with the Department for Transport, has responded positively to an invitation from the Bury St Edmunds MP to visit the constituency and see for herself the problems that can be caused by congestion on the A14.

    A14 congestion

    She said: "I would be delighted to visit. She (Jo Churchill) will know that the local growth fund is already providing £8m of investment in Bury St Edmunds including the Eastern Relief Road.

    "I look forward to seeing that and to hearing about other projects."

  11. Man jailed for smashing fruit machines in Ipswich Cashino

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A man who smashed every fruit machine in the Cashino gambling arcade in Ipswich has been jailed.

    Cashino in Ipswich

    Andrew Haines, 32, from Kingfisher Avenue in the town, went on the rampage in May - causing £250,000 worth of damage after losing £30 in the arcade earlier in the day.

    Haines, who had armed himself with a mallet and a claw hammer for the attack, was jailed for 32 months at Ipswich Crown Court.

  12. Ipswich Beer Festival: Tempting site for council staff

    Mark Bulstrode

    BBC News Online

    It's not a good afternoon to be sat in the headquarters of Suffolk County Council, overlooking the Ipswich Beer Festival.

    Ipswich Beer Festival at Ipswich Town

    The celebration of beer and cider is at Ipswich Town's practice pitch this year - it starts at 17:00 and runs until Saturday.

  13. Travel update: 17:02 Liverpool Street to Norwich service cancelled

    Greater Anglia tweets: #Norwich - due to an earlier points failure, the 17:02 London Liverpool Street to Norwich will be cancelled.

  14. Michaela Strachan: Springwatch a 'breeze' compared to last year

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Springwatch presenter Michaela Strachan says this year has been a "breeze" in comparison to 2014, when she had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Michaela Strachan and Lesley Dolphin

    Today she told BBC Radio Suffolk's Lesley Dolphin she had an operation before last year's Springwatch, but didn't really tell anybody.

    "It was hugely challenging for me to get through the whole series," she said. "I was absolutely drained and exhausted at the beginning, let alone the end."

  15. Mid-afternoon headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines so far this afternoon:

    • Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill invites transport minister to visit the town
    • A meeting's being held in Halesworth tonight to discuss health care concerns
    • Beccles mayor says everything was done to save a boy who died after being rescued from the town's outdoor pool
  16. The camera that's thrust Spineless Simon into the spotlight

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We told you earlier how Spineless Simon has been cashing in on his celebrity status by opening up his own Twitter account.

    Spineless Simon's camera

    Well this is the camera that's revealed the most personal aspects of his life to the outside world over the past three weeks on Springwatch.

    PS: He's nearly got 4,400 followers now.

  17. Travel update: A1156 in Ipswich partially blocked

    BBC Travel

    The A1156 Crown Street in Ipswich is partially blocked in both directions at the High Street junction because of roadworks.

  18. Setting up some bait for a Springwatch camera

    BBC Suffolk

    BBC Radio Suffolk is marking the final day of Springwatch at Minsmere by taking Lesley Dolphin's afternoon programme to the reserve.

    Al Grubb putting a piece of apple out for a camera shot

    Here's a photograph of one of the camera assistants Al Grubb, who has come to the Springwatch team from his day job of being the RSPB's assistant warden at Leighton Moss in Lancashire.

    If you're wondering what he's doing - he's putting out an apple in front of the water rat camera.

  19. Traffic lights 'out' in Ipswich

    BBC Suffolk

    We've had a call from a listener, Nigel, saying traffic lights are out of action in St Matthew's Street, Crown Street and Museum Street in Ipswich.

  20. Bury St Edmunds MP invites transport minister to visit

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The MP for Bury St Edmunds has invited the Department for Transport to visit her constituency to see the congestion on the A14 for themselves.

    Jo Churchill

    Speaking in the Commons this morning, Jo Churchill pointed out that her constituency sits directly on the rail link from Norwich through to London, but is also on the A14 - that connects Felixstowe to the rest of the country.

    She said: "Would the minister or others in the department be able to visit the constituency to discuss a collaborative funding approach with the LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and other bodies to facilitate the improvements on the A14 and the campaign for No More Delays on the A14?"

  21. Controversial £20,000 metal trees finally installed in Bury St Edmunds

    Bury Free Press

    Two controversial £20,000 metal trees have finally been installed in a major Bury St Edmunds street.

    The sculptures, in St Andrew's Street South at the back of the Arc shopping centre, were due to be installed last year but this was delayed by county council bosses due to complications with their location.

  22. Today's hero image

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Today's hero image, that's the large picture at the top of this page, shows reed beds at RSPB Minsmere.

    Reed beds at Minsmere

    Today is the last day of BBC's Springwatch programme, and Lesley Dolphin's afternoon show is live from the site until 17:00.

  23. Unfamiliar look to Ipswich Witches line-up tonight

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Witches will have an unfamiliar look to their line-up as they welcome Newcastle Diamonds tonight, as two of their riders are on Speedway World Cup duty.

    Cameron Heeps

    Craig Cook will cover for Danny King, who rides for Team GB, and Leigh Lanham will cover for Gino Manzares, who will be riding for Team USA.

    There will be a rider replacement for the injured Cameron Heeps (pictured), who's expected to be back in action in about six weeks' time.

  24. Halesworth health care meeting tonight

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    People in Halesworth concerned about the future of local health care are being urged to attend an extraordinary town council meeting this evening.

    Health campaigners say plans to close the Patrick Stead Hospital as early as next April without first opening a new medical centre are "ludicrous". The NHS says its plans could save £4m.

    David Thomas, vice-chairman of the town council, said: "What are we going to do with the people who would normally go into the Patrick Stead Hospital? If they're suggesting they're going to go into local community care homes in Halesworth, ours are full."

  25. Young adults 'least likely to wear a seatbelt'

    Suffolk Fire & Rescue tweets: Drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest accident rate

  26. Wheelchair escape through gardens during fire

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    An elderly couple, one of whom was in a wheelchair, were ferried to safety through gardens during last night's fire in Beccles, a neighbour reports.

    Fire at Bertram's, Beccles

    Kevin Wainwright, of the Graze at the White Horse, says he alerted the couple, who live in a bungalow behind the Bartram's pet store which had a roof fire.

    He said: "If the fire crew had been half an hour later, then the flames at Bartram's would have travelled and would have been five metres from the bungalow and they would have been in danger."

  27. Beccles Lido: 'Everything done to save boy'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Mayor of Beccles says everything was done to try and save the life of a 15-year-old boy, who died yesterday after being rescued from the town's outdoor swimming pool last week.

    Hugh Taylor said: "It's a terrible thing that's happened. We feel for the family, for the friends, anyone involved with this young man.

    "We're confident that everything was done that could be done for that young man. He was very quickly got to hospital and we were all praying for him."

  28. There's a circus in the town

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Having promoted a few gigs in my time, I've always admired and envied the way travelling circuses manage to seemingly cover every blank surface in Ipswich with their promotional posters.

    Circus poster in Ipswich

    So I was interested to hear Rusty Russell, director of Russell's International Circus, tell Mark Murphy earlier that circuses have special privileges, which prevent their posters being torn down, unlike other promoters' artwork.

    "We come under a thing called dean's consent, which is class 3 act of the Town and Country Planning Act, which does allow the advertisement of a travelling circus," he said "This is something that's an age old tradition, something that goes back hundreds of years."

  29. Ipswich Witches in action tonight at Foxhall Road

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The Ipswich Witches are back in action tonight for a home meeting against the Newcastle Diamonds.

    Phil Hilton

    The two sides have already met this season, at Brough Park back in May, and Witches team manager Phil Hilton says if that is anything to go by, fans should be in for a close competitive clash.

    Last time round the Diamonds ran out 48-43 winners.

  30. Pig killed and butchered in Pakenham field

    Bury Free Presss

    Police are investigating after an adult pig was killed and butchered in a field near the A143, in Pakenham.

    The incident, involving a boar, was between Sunday at 15:00 and Monday at 07:30.

  31. Beccles in the news spotlight

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    I can't remember a time when we've had three stories from Beccles in the news at the same time. It's usually a quiet market town.


    The death of a teenager after an incident at the town's Lido, the search for a gunman and last night's shop fire have put Beccles in the news spotlight like never before.

  32. Spineless Simon notches up 4,000 Twitter followers

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Spineless Simon, the stickleback who has become the star of this series of Springwatch, has already gathered more than 4,300 followers for his Twitter account - are you one of them?

    Spineless Simon

    Here's an example of the sort of tweets he's receiving:

    • Roads will be named after you. Mothers will name their children Spineless
    • Keep calm and carry on fanning ... Si needs his own merchandise like mugs (to which he replies "I think I'd look excellent on a tea towel")
    • We're expecting big things today Simon; or rather, lots of little things
  33. Man dies after car hits tree in Hawstead

    A man has died after the car he was in hit a tree in Hawstead, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Police says.

    The man was taken to West Suffolk Hospital after the car hit a tree close to The Pound on 14 May.

    He died from his injuries on Tuesday.

  34. 'Tiles raining down' during Beccles fire rescue

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    A neighbour who alerted an elderly couple to a shop fire in Beccles says tiles were "raining down" on their rescue party last night.

    Rear of Bartram's, Beccles after fire

    Kevin Wainwright, who lives above the Graze at the White Horse restaurant two doors away, says they reached the couple's bungalow behind Bartram's store to help move them out of danger.

    "As we started trying to muster them, all the tiles on the roof of Bartram's started exploding with the heat, so we couldn't get back the way we came in," he said.

  35. Yellow weather warning from Met Office for Friday

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, the least severe of its three categories, for rain from 01:00 tomorrow until 09:00 on Saturday.

    Lightning in a dark sky

    It says people should "be aware" of isolated severe thunderstorms which are likely to develop overnight into Friday, bringing the risk of torrential downpours throughout tomorrow.

    These will be succeeded by a band of more widespread heavy rain and occasional thunderstorms, moving gradually north later on tomorrow and into Saturday.

  36. Travel update: A12 in Brightwell partially blocked

    BBC Travel

    The A12 is partially blocked at the Newbourne Road Brightwell junction because of a broken down vehicle on the roundabout.

  37. 'Quite a week' for Beccles

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The chairman of Beccles Business and Tourism Association has been telling BBC Radio Suffolk that it's been "quite a week" for the town.

    Christine Pinsent, speaking after she and several neighbours had to leave their homes while firefighters tackled a blaze at Bartram's pet care store, said: "I just hope nothing else happens because what with the poor little lad at the pool and now this."

    There have also been two incidents where men have been seen with guns in the town, although police say they're not linking them. A 15-year-old boy died yesterday after being rescued from Beccles Lido.

  38. Springwatch 'lifting the profile of nature'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    An Ipswich park ranger says the Springwatch effect, where more people take an interest in nature, is being reflected by his visitors.

    Holywells Park

    Holywells Park ranger Joe Underwood said: "We're getting more people coming in with nets and doing some pond dipping for themselves.

    "We're getting more enquiries and people asking more questions, so the profile of nature in general's definitely being lifted."

  39. Man 'broke door down' to tell elderly couple of Beccles fire

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    The owner of the Graze at the White Horse restaurant in Beccles says he broke a door down to alert an elderly couple to last night's fire at Bartram's.

    Fire at Bertram's, Beccles

    The couple live in a bungalow behind the shop.

    Kevin Wainwright said: "The door was locked to the passageway to their home, so we broke that down and tried to alert them and get them up."

  40. Mid-morning headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The stories making the headlines so far this morning:

    • Thirty firefighters tackle a blaze in Beccles
    • Beccles Lido is closed following the death of a teenager who was rescued from the pool last week
    • Travellers who have parked up on land at Claydon Football Club say they have nowhere else to go
  41. Travel update: Congestion on A14 westbound

    BBC Travel

    There's heavy traffic on the A14 westbound in Bury St Edmunds at junction 44 (A134 Bury eastern interchange) because of an earlier accident.

    All lanes have been reopened but there's congestion to junction 45, Rougham.

  42. Police seeking man who may have information about Monday's gun incident in Beccles

    BBC Suffolk

    Police in north Suffolk want to trace a man who may have information about a gun incident in Beccles on Monday.


    The incident happened shortly after 08:00 in Newgate, when a man with the gun pointed the weapon at another man who was in an alleyway behind a bank.

    The person police want to speak was in the car park area for the bank between 07:35 and 07:45.

  43. Beccles Lido remains closed following death of teenager

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Beccles Lido remains closed as a mark of respect to a 15-year-old boy who died yesterday after being found unconscious in the pool last week.

    Beccles Lido

    Police say there don't appear to be any suspicious circumstances and officers are preparing a file for the coroner.

  44. Travellers explain why they've parked up on land at Claydon Football Club

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A traveller says they had little choice but to use a site at Claydon Football Club.

    Travellers at Claydon FC

    Sarah, who's one of the group, says they arrived at the site on Sunday after being moved on from Ipswich by council officials.

    "A normal person is homeless they give them a house," she said. "Why can't they give us a site? We're not asking for a home, we have our own homes, we just need somewhere to put them."

  45. Beccles fire: People evacuated from nearby properties

    Mark Bulstrode

    BBC News Online

    We'll be bringing you more on the Beccles fire during the morning. We're hearing reports that people had to be evacuated from the surrounding area.

    The blaze, at the Bartrams store, in New Market, took firefighters three hours to bring under control.

  46. Campaigners continue heritage view homes fight

    Suffolk Free Press

    The chairman of a residents' association claims district councillors approved new homes in Great Cornard based on a 'flawed' planning report.

    Cornard Tye Residents Association chairman Michael Evans said he tried to stop plans for 166 Persimmon homes east of Carsons Drive.

  47. 30 firefighters tackle blaze in Beccles

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Thirty firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk spent three hours bringing a fire at Bartrams store on New Market in Beccles under control last night.

    Bartrams Fire in Beccles

    Christine Pinsent, who owns the shop next door and is chair of the Beccles Business and Tourism Association, said someone went outside and saw all the flames.

    She said: "It was just quite scary really and then the fire engine turned up. Several of us live on that row and we had to come out and at quarter past two this morning we were allowed back."

  48. Headlines so far this morning

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines so far today:

    • An investigation into the cause of a large fire in Beccles overnight will begin this morning
    • A traveller has been explaining why the group pitched caravans at Claydon Football Club
    • Police want to trace a man who may have information about a gun incident in Beccles on Monday
  49. Thursday's weather: Feeling warm with plenty of sun

    BBC Weather

    Another fine and dry day with light winds and plenty of sun, though perhaps rather cloudy in places at first.

    Elizabeth Rizzini with Thursday morning's weather map

    Feeling very warm towards Newmarket this afternoon, though easterly breezes will make it feel cooler near Southwold and Aldeburgh.

    Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F). Watch the full forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini.

  50. Good morning and welcome to Suffolk Live

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Hello and welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live.

    Between now and 18:00 we'll be bring you the usual news, travel, weather and sport updates.

    Don't forget today's the last day of Springwatch so if you haven't checked it out yet, today's the day to do it.