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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates for Wednesday 17 June 2015

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Photos show Lizzie Armitstead crash

Richard Haugh

BBC News

And one final post, BBC Sport has published a

dramatic series of photos showing Lizzie Armitstead as she crashed in Aldeburgh after winning stage one of the Women's Tour.

Lizzie Armitstead crashing in Aldeburgh
Darryl Morgan

Goodnight (again)!

Extra: Lizzie Armitstead out of hospital

James Burridge

BBC Look East

This just in, Lizzie Armitstead is up and walking and has been discharged from Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

She is battered and bruised but is returning to the team hotel.

A decision on whether she will ride in the rest of the tour will be made tomorrow.

Goodnight

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

That's all for a very busy day here on Local Live for Suffolk.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Lizzie Armitstead.

Women's Tour: Armitstead unlikely to continue

Matt Slater

BBC cycling correspondent

While the extent of Lizzie Armitstead's injuries are still unknown, she could not have picked a worse time to have a bad crash.

Lizzie Armitstead in Aldeburgh
BBC

Given the images of her collision, we can probably assume her participation in this race is over, a real blow for the British star and the race. But her involvement in next week's national road championships in Lincolnshire, an event she has won twice before, looks unlikely, too.

Armitstead's real goal for this season, though, is the road race at the road world championships in Virginia, USA, in late September.

Women's Tour: Picturesque Suffolk part 2

Richard Haugh

BBC News

And here's another. With views like this, it's easy to see why Suffolk has become a regular destination for major cycling events, including today's Women's Tour and several Tour of Britain's.

Women's Tour riders in Suffolk
Getty Images

Agent tight-lipped over Lizzie Armitstead's injuries

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Lizzie Armitstead's agent has declined to provide more details about the rider's injuries.

The Women's Tour stage winner is in a comfortable condition at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, but the precise nature of her injuries is unclear.

A spokesman for the London-based MTC sports agency would give no further information about the 26-year-old's condition.

Women's Tour: Picturesque Suffolk

Richard Haugh

BBC News

We're starting to get some great photos of the day's action via Getty Images - this one of Iris Slappendel leading the peloton offers a glimpse into the scenery riders faced on their way from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh.

Women's Tour in Suffolk
Getty Images

Lizzie Armitstead 'comfortable'

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

I've been told that Lizzie Armitstead is in a comfortable condition at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

A spokeswoman at the hospital wouldn't elaborate on the extent of the injuries sustained in the crash in Aldeburgh.

Can Lizzie Armitstead make an amazing recovery?

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It will be amazing if Lizzie Armitstead manages to line up for stage two of the Women's Tour tomorrow, following her crash in Aldeburgh today.

The scene of the crash
BBC

The Boels Dolmans rider was taken to hospital, but we're yet to hear the extent of her injuries.

The second stage of the Tour starts in Braintree but will go through Suffolk once again, passing through Sudbury, Boxford, Hadleigh and East Bergholt.

Celebration crashes rare, says BBC cycling reporter

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Crashes while celebrating are infrequent in cycling, BBC cycling reporter Matt Slater said after Lizzie Armitstead came off her bike as she won stage one of the Women's Tour.

The aftermath of the cycle crash
BBC

He told me: "Crashes are very common, and they're always very dramatic. But crashes after the line are rare."

Women's Tour: British Cycling statement

Bob Howden, British Cycling president, says: "All at British Cycling send their best wishes to Lizzie Armitstead and those affected by the crash that followed Lizzie's victory in stage one of the Women's Tour.

"Lizzie showed us again today what an outstanding athlete and competitor she is, and I hope she is back in the saddle as soon as possible.

"Lizzie has been taken to hospital - we hope as a precaution - and while we await an update on her condition it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this stage."

Women's Tour: Footage after crash

Richard Haugh

BBC News

We've been going through the footage of the aftermath of Lizzie Armitstead's crash in Aldeburgh, some of which we've decided not to publish.

The aftermath of the cycle race
BBC

The Boels Dolmans rider was treated by paramedics and then taken to hospital after hitting a photographer and the race director.

Here's the immediate aftermath, as Armitstead's fellow riders tried to avoid a further pile up.

BreakingWomen's Tour statement

The organisers of The Women's Tour have issued a statement regarding Lizzie Armitstead's crash in Aldeburgh:

"After crossing the line with her arms in the air, stage winner Lizzie Armitstead appeared to lose control and veer left, clipping photographers positioned beyond the finish line.

"Lizzie was immediately attended to by race medical staff at the finish line, who dealt with the incident before she was taken to hospital.

"Everyone from the Aviva Women's Tour wishes Lizzie all the best for a speedy recovery, and we will make no further comment at this stage."

Message of support for Lizzie Armitstead

LizzieAfan

tweeted: Absolutely gutted! Get well soon Lizzie! I love her so much. ❤️

Women's Tour a success, says council

The first stage of the Women's Tour was a great success, apart from winner Lizzie Armitstead's crash at the end, Suffolk Coastal District Council has said.

Councillor TJ Haworth-Culf said: "I would like to thank everyone involved in running this prestigious international cycling event for their hard work and support, including the organisers, volunteers and people who took part in the events.

"Obviously, looking after Lizzie and the others involved in the crash was our priority immediately after the accident, which did create some disruption for the local people and spectators. Although there was some unavoidable inconvenience, I really want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while the emergency services dealt with the situation."

Lizzie Armitstead photographer 'was in the right place'

The photographer who was hit by Lizzie Armitstead after she won the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh says he remained in the area allocated for press.

Huw Williams
BBC

Huw Williams, who added the crash was a "real shame" for the cyclist, said: "We had the race director standing next to us who is very militant and very good at keeping us all in check.

"There's a white line on the road, beyond which you can't step. I was on the front row. We were certainly behind it."

Women's Tour crash: Eyewitness account

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

An eerie quiet fell at the scene in Aldeburgh as the extent of Lizzie Armitstead's crash at the Women's Tour became apparent, says BBC cameraman Jamie Niblock.

Lizzie Armitstead at the end of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh
BBC

Jamie said he heard the bang and instead of screaming, the shocked crowds went quiet.

Armitstead was attended by paramedics before being taken to hospital. "She was on the floor for around 15-20 minutes and then they took her away," he said. "But it was really very quiet while they were with her."

Women's Tour: Race director hit in crash

James Burridge

BBC Look East

Women's Tour race director Mike Bennett was hit in the crash which saw Lizzie Armitstead taken to hospital.

He and photographer Huw Williams were at the finish line in Aldeburgh when the accident happened at about 14:00 today.

British Cycling support for Lizzie Armitstead

British Cycling

tweets: "Best wishes to Britain's Lizzie Armitstead who won has won stage one of the Women's Tour but has crashed after the finish line."

Photos show Lizzie Armitstead ahead of crash

James Burridge

BBC Look East

A photographer who was hit by Lizzie Armitstead after she won the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh has been showing me his photos from the incident.

Lizzie Armitstead
BBC

Huw Williams, who said he got a "slightly cut arm" in the incident, said Armitstead was "right in the middle of the road" as she crossed the finish line.

The Boels Dolmans rider then goes out of the frame of subsequent photos but can be seen leaning to one side after punching the air in joy.

Lizzie Armitstead factfile

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Here's a little background on Lizzie Armitstead, the winner of the first-leg of the Women's Tour who was injured this afternoon in Aldeburgh.

Lizzie Armitstead
Getty Images
  • Commonwealth Games winner Armitstead claimed gold in the 98km women's road race in Glasgow last year
  • The 26-year-old targeted gold in the road race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after winning a silver medal at London 2012
  • Armitstead was regarded as one of the leading British contenders for overall victory in the 2015 Women's Tour

Lizzie Armitstead: Video shows the moment of impact

Mark Bulstrode

BBC News Online

Archant Suffolk has

posted a clip showing the moments leading up to the crash involving cyclist Lizzie Armitstead.

The crash involving Lizzie Armitstead
Archant

Photographer: 'Lizzie Armitstead crashed into me'

James Burridge

BBC Look East

A photographer says he was hit by Lizzie Armitstead after she lost control of her bike after winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Huw Williams, photographer
BBC

Huw Williams, who says he was working for the Matrix Fitness team, said: "Lizzie came across the line in the sprint, she was celebrating as you'd expect.

"The next thing I know she's veering towards us, for whatever reason, whether she's lost control or somebody's pushed her, I've no idea. The next thing I know is she's clipped my arm and come down."

Confirmed: Lizzie Armitstead hit photographer

James Burridge

BBC Look East

I've just spoken to the photographer who Lizzie Armitstead crashed into after winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

I'll have more soon.

Lizzie Armitstead 'conscious'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

I've just been told that Lizzie Armitstead is conscious and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The Boels Dolmans rider crashed into a person, thought to be a photographer, after winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Lizzie Armitstead's team 'hope she's ok'

Boels Dolmans, Lizzie Armitstead's team,

tweets: Great victory by @L_ArmiTstead in @thewomenstour We all hope she is ok, because she crashed only seconds after she passed the finishline.

Women's Tour: No press conference

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There will be no press conference after the crash in Aldeburgh which saw Lizzie Armitstead taken away in an ambulance, the organisers of the Women's Tour say.

There has been no word yet as to her condition.

Lizzie Armitstead crash: Busy time for Boels Dolmans team

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A very muted Boels Dolmans team have been collecting numerous prizes on behalf of Lizzie Armitstead, who crashed after winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Boels Dolmans team at Aldeburgh
BBC

As winner of the first stage, Armitstead is the points leader, stage winner, best British rider and the yellow jersey wearer.

Lizzie Armitstead 'hit a photographer'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It is thought that Lizzie Armitstead hit a photographer who was on the road after winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

The Boels Dolmans rider crashed about 100 yards after crossing the finishing line with her arms in the air.

Women's Tour: Boels Dolmans collect yellow jersey

Lizzie Armitstead's team have accepted the yellow jersey on her behalf, after the Boels Dolmans rider crashed at the end of stage one of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Boels Dolmans team in Aldeburgh
BBC

The yellow jersey is worn by the leader of the event.

Video shows Lizzie Armitstead crash

Richard Haugh

BBC News

A video posted on Facebook shows the moment Lizzie Armitstead crashed as she celebrated winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Footage on Total Women's Cycling's

Facebook page shows the Boels Dolmans rider crossing the finish line with her arms in the air, before she hits a person.

Lizzie Armitstead taken away in ambulance

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lizzie Armitstead has been taken away in an ambulance following her crash at the finish of the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Lizzie Armitstead 'hit a person'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It turns out Lizzie Armitstead hit a person, rather than a barrier, as she celebrated winning the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Women's Tour: Lizzie Armitstead given oxygen

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lizzie Armitstead is still on the road after crashing at the end of the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Lizzie Armitstead treated
BBC

Paramedics have been giving her oxygen.

Police name Leiston victim

Kate Williams

Suffolk Live

Police investigating the murder of a Leiston man have named the 80-year-old victim as John Proctor, from Grimsey Road.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was compression of the neck.

A 41-year-old year old woman from Leiston has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Women's Tour: Lizzie Armitstead crashes after win

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lizzie Armitstead has crashed while celebrating victory in the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh.

Lizzie Armitstead
BBC

The Boels Dolmans rider appears to have hit a barrier and looks to be in a bad way. Paramedics are treating her on the scene.

BreakingWomen's tour: Lizzie Armitstead crashes at finish

Lizzie Armitstead is being treated by paramedics after crashing at the end of the Women's Tour first stage.

Lizzie Armitstead
BBC

Women's Tour: Level crossing interrupts race

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

We've just head that the Women's Tour was temporarily halted due to a level crossing coming down, we believe at Melton. A group of riders broke away but were later pulled back.

Women's Tour: Finishes in Aldeburgh

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The first stage has finished - slightly earlier than expected.

Women's Tour: 3km to go

Aldeburgh is in touching distance for the leaders of the Women's tour - just 3km to go.