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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 12 June 2015
  2. Suffolk doctor Myles Bradbury, convicted for sexually abusing children in hospital, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail by the Court of Appeal
  3. Beccles Lido has re-opened after a 15-year-old boy died after being found unconscious in the pool last Thursday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Woodger

All times stated are UK

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

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Have fun if you're at the Ipswich Beer Festival, VW campervan festival, Aldeburgh Festival or any other events across Suffolk.

    We'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

  2. Medieval procession in Suffolk village

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Knightly combat and jesters are on offer on Saturday as the village of Clare continues to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

    Clare Magna Carta Festival

    Events begin at 10:00 at Clare Castle Country Park.

    Two local lords - Richard and Gilbert de Clare - were involved in trying to ensure King John abided by the terms of the document.

  3. Meet Big Bird the VW campervan

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Earlier we met Anna the Montana red-coloured VW campervan, now meet Big Bird.

    VW campervan

    She is one of hundreds expected at the Alive & V Dubbin festival at Jimmy's Farm in Wherstead until Sunday.

    Shelley Bolton, one of the organisers, said: "Buses do have their own names and become part of the family."

  4. Hospital says new sentence recognises 'seriousness' of doctor's crimes

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge is welcoming the decision of the appeal court to restructure paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury's sentence so that he serves 16 years in jail rather than 11.

    Dr Myles Bradbury

    The medic, who lived in Suffolk, could get out on licence four months earlier than he would have done if his application for parole is successful however.

    A hospital spokesman: "Today's decision by the court again recognised the seriousness of Bradbury's offences, the manipulation of his role and the impact on his victims."

  5. Myles Bradbury: A reminder of his crimes

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News Online

    A quick reminder of the crimes committed by paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury, whose sentence for child abuse was today restructured by the Court of Appeal.

    Court of Appeal

    Bradbury, 41, from Herringswell, was jailed for sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images.

    The paediatric consultant haematologist had taken images of his victims, some of whom had haemophilia, leukaemia and other serious illnesses, while treating them at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

  6. Suffolk dementia project praised

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    A unique community project in Suffolk, which helps people who suffer from dementia, has been praised by a key player in the NHS. The scheme at Debenham, set up six years ago, is a model which could be rolled out across the country.

    Professor John Young

    Professor John Young, national clinical director for the Frail and Elderly in the NHS said: "I think it's absolutely amazing.

    "I've just been learning that the cost of the intervention (in the project) is but a meagre £85 per family per year, so it must be one of the cheapest initiatives that we have in our health service."

  7. Cold calling causing 'charity fatigue'

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The founder of a small charity in Ipswich says she agrees with a report looking at aggressive fundraising.

    An official review has been ordered about charities who use cold phone calls and cause a nuisance.

    And Sarah Lawrence, the founder of Brooke's Wish to Walk, said the action of the big organisations is causing "charity fatigue".

  8. Bungay in the sun

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    With the forecast for thundery showers across Suffolk, I took this picture of sunny Bungay earlier today.

    Market Place, Bungay

    I'd never seen the statue of justice on top of the shelter on Butter Market Cross before.

  9. Victims' solicitor welcomes new Bradbury sentence

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    A solicitor representing some of Suffolk doctor Myles Bradbury's child sex abuse victims said his new sentence sent a "clear message... for the perpetrator of these offences there is no escape".

    Addenbrooke's Hospital

    The appeal court ruled Bradbury should serve 16 years in jail rather than the 11 years given in his original sentence.

    Renu Daly, of Hudgell Solicitors, said "Although he will be considered for release after 10 years and eight months, he will have to meet a far stricter criteria than would otherwise have been."

  10. Latest headlines

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The latest headlines are:

    • A doctor from west Suffolk could serve less then 11 years in jail for sexually abusing 18 children
    • Suffolk members of the Youth Parliament are calling for younger people to be allowed to vote in the forthcoming EU Referendum
    • The founder of a small charity in Ipswich says cold calling by larger charities is causing "charity fatigue"
  11. 'Better' punishment for Bradbury, says judge

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    An Appeal Court judge who has restructured the 22-year sentence for paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury says he is "dangerous" and his offences at Addenbrooke's Hospital have been "devastating".

    Myles Bradbury

    Lady Justice Hallet said: "Some [child victims] find they cannot trust doctors any more and have not sought medical attention when they should.

    "More than one has suffered severe psychological harm."

  12. Myles Bradbury's re-structured sentence

    We're getting more details through on Myles Bradbury's sentence.

    Myles Bradbury

    The paedophile doctor was original sentenced to a total of 22 years in jail, with the judge telling him he would be released after 11 years with the remainder served on licence.

    Today's re-structuring means he will serve a maximum of 16 years in jail, with a further six on licence. He will, however, be considered for parole after 10 years and eight months; meaning he could be released as early as then.

  13. Euro MP support youth campaign to lower voting age

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    One Euro MP is supporting a campaign from UK Youth Parliament members to lower the voting age to 16 for the European Union referendum.

    Labour MEP Richard Howitt

    Richard Howitt, Labour MEP for East Anglia, said: "It's their future, it's whether they're going to be able to travel, study abroad or get a job.

    "Of course they should have a chance to vote."

  14. VW-lovers gather at pig farm

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Thousands of Volkswagen camper vans are expected at a Suffolk farm this weekend.

    Shelley Bolton and her Volkswagen campervan

    Alive & V-Dubbin takes place at Jimmy's Farm at Wherstead until Sunday.

    Shelley Bolton, organiser, said: "It's to have fun with like-minded people and meet new friends."

  15. Lunchtime headlines

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The stories making the headlines this lunchtime:

    • Paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury is told he will now serve 16 years in jail and six years on licence
    • UK Youth Parliament members for Suffolk want the voting age lowered to 16 for the EU referendum
    • VW campervan enthusiasts gather at a Suffolk farm
  16. Dementia conference: Suffolk has second most elderly population in UK

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Local, regional and national health chiefs facing the challenge of dealing with the ageing population are meeting in the Suffolk village of Debenham today.

    Village of Debenham

    The county has the second oldest population in the UK, and the conference will show how charities and the voluntary sector work together to help people affected.

    It's estimated the number of people with dementia will more than double by 2025.

  17. Spineless Si: 'Thanks from ALL the fish'

    Springwatch's celebrity stickleback Spineless Si tweets: "So long, and thanks from ALL the fish"

    Spineless Simon - Springwatch

    Sounds like the new dad, paraphrasing author Douglas Adams to his 6,604 followers, is a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fan.

  18. Judges 'restructure' paedophile doctor's sentence

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Appeal Court judges said they were "restructuring" Myles Bradbury's 22-year jail sentence for abusing children while he worked as a doctor at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

    Myles Bradbury

    Lady Justice Hallet said "a total figure of 22 years was appropriate" and called Bradbury "wicked" and "dangerous".

    Accepting his appeal, she said the three judges felt there was "better way both to punish the appellant and protect the public".

    His jail term has been cut to 16 years with six years on licence upon his release, which cannot be for at least 12 years.

  19. Commons MP 'happy to listen' to youth members

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Waveney Tory MP Peter Aldous (pictured with PM David Cameron) says he is "happy to listen" to calls from members of the UK Youth Parliament for the voting age to be lowered to 16 for the European Union referendum.

    David Cameron (left) and Peter Aldous in Lowestoft

    "I wouldn't necessarily want to rush into this... there's a lot of work to be done to get legislation into place so this EU referendum can take place in 2017," he said.

    "I think it's right that the (voting age) should be the same as it is for UK general elections, but we need to do this in a measured and reflective way."

  20. Paedophile doctor given "insufficient credit"

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC East home affairs correspondent

    Lawyers for Myles Bradbury, the hospital doctor from Suffolk jailed for sexually abusing 18 children, argued he had been given "insufficient credit" for his guilty pleas.

    Addenbrooke's hospital sign

    Bradbury, who lived in Herringswell, has had his 22-year prison sentence cut to 16 years at the Court of Appeal in London.

  21. BreakingPaedophile doctor's jail sentence cut

    Myles Bradbury, the Addenbrooke's Hospital children's doctor convicted for paedophilia, who lived in Herringswell, has had his 22-year jail sentence cut to 16 years by the Court of Appeal.

    Myles Bradbury
  22. Youth Parliament member 'shocked' by adult MPs

    Alex Bowers, member of the UK Youth Parliament for Ipswich tweets: "Shocked to find that none of the 7 Suffolk MPs support #VotesAt16 for the #EUreferendum. As a county do our voices ever get heard?!"

  23. Youth MP calls for 'strange' system to allow voting at 16

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    Toby Jeffery, Bury St Edmunds member of the Youth Parliament, says the voting age should be lowered to 16 for the referendum on the European Union.

    Ballot boxes

    "The minimum age should be based on citizenship, not adulthood," he said.

    "16-year-olds can join a trade union, pay tax, apply for a passport, have a child and it seems strange that we can't be granted the right to vote."

  24. Springwatch star Spineless Si 'a dad'

    Springwatch took to Twitter with the news that celebrity stickleback Spineless Si became a dad before the end of the series last night.

    Spineless Simon - BBC Springwatch

    He's been looking lovingly at the fry in his nest at RSPB Minsmere.

  25. Mid-morning headlines

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The stories making the headlines so far this morning are:

    • Convicted paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury is due in court this morning to appeal against his 22 year jail sentence
    • Beccles Lido has re-opened following the death of a boy found unconscious in the pool
    • Both of today's performances are sold-out as the Aldeburgh Festival opens
  26. Toddler inspired by Springwatch

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    You can't start too early introducing children to wildlife and RSPB Minsmere offers a Wild Zone where kids can listen to bird noises and sit on eggs in a giant wicker bittern's nest.

    RSPB Minsmere

    My toddler Edward was certainly fascinated by the avocets, mute swans, egrets from inside the East Hide near the beach.

    Springwatch's live broadcast from Minsmere is too late for him to watch, but there's always the BBC iPlayer.

  27. 'Bitterly disappointing' Witches defeat

    Tim Fenton

    BBC News

    Ipswich Witches speedway manager Phil Hilton says last night's 49-43 defeat to Newcastle is "bitterly disappointing".

    Ipswich Witches

    He said there will be line-up changes if results don't improve.

    The Witches travel to Peterborough in the Premier League tonight.

  28. Outdoor pool re-opens after boy's death

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Beccles Lido has re-opened this morning after a 15-year-old boy died after being found unconscious in the pool on Thursday last week.

    Beccles Lido from the church tower

    He died in hospital earlier this week and the Lido was closed yesterday.

    The pool's operators said they were "liaising with all relevant agencies".

  29. Entertainer and ex-landlord opens beer festival

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Suffolk folklore, dialect and history expert Charlie Haylock has formally opened the 32nd Ipswich Beer Festival at the Portman Road practice pitch.

    Charlie Haylock

    Charlie, a Thursday regular on Lesley Dolphin's show on BBC Radio Suffolk, was an apt choice as former publican at the Shoulder of Mutton in Assington in the 1970s and 1980s.

    He said his great aunt and uncle Sybil and Ollie Carpenter ran the same pub in the 1920s, while his grandfather Bill Haylock was landlord at the White Horse in Edwardstone.

  30. Post update

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Hero Image - or main picture on our Live page - comes from BBC Radio Suffolk's Waveney reporter Guy Campbell today.

    Henstead Exotic Garden near Beccles

    It shows Henstead Exotic Garden near Beccles.

  31. Ipswich beaten at home to Newcastle

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    On to speedway, where Ipswich Witches suffered their second home league defeat of the season as they went down 49-43 to Newcastle Diamonds at Foxhall last night.

    Ipswich skipper Ritchie Hawkins scored 2+1, but Niko Cavatti top-scored with a paid 15.

  32. Early start for the beer festival

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Camra cellarman Rae Gardiner is already at work at the new Portman Road site for the Ipswich Beer Festival.

    Rae Gardiner

    Gates open to the public at 12:00 on Friday and Saturday.

    Rae is in charge of making sure 173 firkins (nine gallons) of beer are available and cooled.

  33. Headlines so far this morning

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    The headlines so far today:

    • Myles Bradbury, the Suffolk doctor convicted for sexually abusing children in hospital, is due to appeal against his sentence today
    • Beccles Lido re-opens today after the death of a 15-year-old boy found unconscious last week
    • The Aldeburgh Festival opens today with two sold-out events at The Pumphouse and the Britten Studio
  34. Friday's Weather: Sunny with thundery showers later

    BBC Weather

    A cool start followed by spells of sunshine - sometimes hazy and humid.

    BBC Weather - Elizabeth Rizzini

    Thundery showers coming from the south in the afternoon.

    The temperature will peak at 22C (72F). Watch the full forecast with BBC East's Elizabeth Rizzini.

  35. Good Morning and welcome to Suffolk Live

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News Online

    Hello and welcome to Friday's Suffolk Live.

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