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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates for Thursday 18 June 2015

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  1. Goodnight

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    That's all for Local Live for Suffolk on Thursday.

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

  2. Suffolk school's Waterloo lessons online for all

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Mildenhall Academy has made its lesson plans about the Battle of Waterloo available for other teachers online after becoming involved in a 200th anniversary project.

    Napoleon at Waterloo

    Headmaster Richard Kerridge said: "One of the things we're very pleased with is that the National Army Museum asked us if our lesson plans could go on to their Waterloo 200 website, so they can be used as a starting point for any school that wants to use them."

    Pupils from the school have been attending the London commemorations of the defeat of Napoleon (pictured) by British troops led by Wellington and Prussian forces.

  3. Evening sun and a dry night

    BBC Weather

    Thursday evening will see sunshine and a dry night across Suffolk as cloud moves in and temperatures dip to 11C (52F).

    Ipswich weather

    Some light showers expected on Friday as temperatures peak at 17C (62F).

  4. Leiston murder: Police given more time

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Police have been granted more time to interview a woman arrested on suspicion of murdering an 80-year-old man in Leiston.

    John Proctor's body was found in his house in Grimsey Road on Monday morning. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was compression of the neck.

    Magistrates in Ipswich granted police an additional 26 hours to question a 41-year-old woman from Leiston.

  5. Latest headlines

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Here are the final headlines for the day:

    • Detectives are assessing forensic evidence after a rape in Ipswich
    • A car driver has been killed in a crash with a lorry on the A12 in Henham
    • Peasenhall Primary School has gone from being outstanding in 2011 to inadequate in its latest Ofsted report
  6. Mildenhall pupils attend Battle of Waterloo service

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Pupils from Mildenhall Academy have been at St Paul's Cathedral for a service commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, between Napoleon's France and Britain and its Prussian allies.

    Mildenhall Academy Waterloo 200 pupils

    Headmaster Richard Kerridge said: "Three or four years ago we didn't teach it in our lessons and we felt it was wrong and resolved to do something with the Waterloo 200 organisation."

    The school's involvement in the project has included a trip to the battlefield site in Belgium.

  7. Shoplifter suspect 'handed cosmetics back to shop manager'

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Police are trying to identify a suspected shoplifter who handed cosmetics back after being challenged outside.

    Hadleigh High Street

    The manager of Boots on Hadleigh's High Street ran out after a man who handed cosmetics over before disappearing.

    It happened on 16 May. Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to talk to.

  8. Latitude Festival: Sigur Ros and Alabama 3

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Alabama 3 are due to return to the Latitude Festival's Film & Music Arena next month, as the latest acts for the festival near Southwold are announced.

    Latitude Festival

    The bill in the tent will also include Georg Holm and Orri Pall Dyrason from Sigur Ros, who headlined the main stage in 2008.

    This year the Icelandic pair will discuss their score for the new film The Greatest Shows On Earth: A Century Of Funfairs, Circuses And Carnivals.

  9. Felixstowe to Ipswich train cancelled

    Greater Anglia tweets: 17:28 Felixstowe to Ipswich will be cancelled due to train crew being caught up in service disruption

  10. Residents raise concerns over Kedington housing

    Haverhill Echo

    People in Kedington have raised concerns they have not been adequately consulted on plans for a large development to the north east of Haverhill, the Haverhill Echo reports.


    Planners are looking at creating a 2,500-home development called Great Wisley Park.

  11. Brennauer wears yellow jersey on Women's Tour

    BBC Sport

    Germany's Lisa Brennauer will be wearing the yellow jersey in Northamptonshire tomorrow on the third stage of cycling's Women's Tour.

    Lisa Brennauer

    She was second in today's second stage in Essex and Suffolk, giving her an overall lead after two days.

    @SRAMroad tweeted to say "yellow suits very well".

  12. Car driver killed in crash with lorry on A12 in Henham

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision between a car and a lorry on the A12 at Henham this afternoon.

    The air ambulance and fire service were also called at about 14:15, but the car driver died at the scene between Wangford and Frostenden.

    Suffolk Police said the lorry driver had minor injuries. The road is currently closed in both directions.

  13. BreakingFatal crash on A12 in Suffolk

    A driver has been killed in a crash on the A12 between Wangford and Frostenden, Suffolk Police says.

  14. Outstanding school now inadequate

    Gemma Smith

    BBC News Online

    A primary school's been rated as "inadequate" after being "outstanding" in 2011, an Ofsted report shows.

    Peasenhall Primary School

    The published report shows Peasenhall Primary School requires "special measures", and says the systems in place and quality of teaching are failing its 27 pupils.

    The school needs to improve the leadership and management and improve teaching standards altogether, the report says.

  15. 'Severe' travel problems on the A12

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel is reporting severe delays in both directions on the A12 in Suffolk.

    It follows an accident between the B1126 at Frostenden and the B1127 at Wrentham.

  16. Belgian wins Stage 2 of Women's Tour cycling

    BBC Sport

    The results of today's second stage of cycling's Women's Tour between Braintree and Clacton are:

    1. Jolien d'Hoore (Wiggle Honda)
    2. Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM)
    3. Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans)

    Full results on the Women's Tour website.

  17. Sprint finish for Women's Tour

    Tom Williams

    BBC Look East sport

    Stage 2 of the Women's Tour has made its way through Suffolk and back into Essex for a sprint finish.

    Women's Tour cyclists

    Belgian Jolien d'Hoore won today's stage, which covered Hadleigh and Sudbury. "Screams round the final bend" tweeted BBC Look East reporter Tom Williams.

  18. 'In the way' photographer did catch Kate

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A photographer who was barged out of the path of oncoming soldiers during Trooping the Colour did at least manage to get a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Duchess of Cambridge

    Haverhill-based photographer Gerry Weatherhead had gone to Horseguards Parade to capture the pomp and ceremony when he bumped into the soldiers (and Kate) on Saturday.

  19. Women's Tour: Hay, I'm over here!

    Matt Marvel

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    One spectator in East Bergholt chose a prime spot from which to watch the Women's Tour pass by.

    Cyclist watching Women's Tour in East Bergholt
  20. Can Topley shine for England?

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    There is no doubting that Reece Topley being named in the England squad for next Tuesday's T20 International is the Suffolk cricketer's most significant call-up to date.

    Reece Topley

    As a teenager, the former Royal Hospital School excelled in the sport, and it wasn't long before he was waving goodbye to Hadleigh to join County Championship side Essex along with other international hopefuls on England Lions tours.

    Now 21, Topley could be given his chance to shine against world cup finalists New Zealand at Old Trafford, one of the biggest cricketing stages in the country.

  21. Women's Tour in Hadleigh

    The Pedal House in Hadleigh tweets: Great to see so many people out on the High Street cheering on @thewomenstour #AvivaWT2015 #womenscycling

    Women's Tour in Hadleigh
  22. Bittern success - 'more than we've had for 200 years'

    Helen Briggs

    Environment Correspondent

    Suffolk has played its part in a rise in male bittern numbers as 150 have been recorded so far in 2015, compared to 140 last year.

    RSPB Minsmere

    Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director, said: "The bittern is a species which proves that conservation can be successful, especially when you can identify the reason behind its decline and bring in measures and funding to aid its recovery."

    Reed and marsh habitat at Lakenheath and Minsmere are being cited for helping the rise.

  23. Women's Tour in Raydon

    Mick Webb caught the Women's Tour earlier as it passed through Raydon: "The picture shows the main pack passing through the village - something to do on a warm summer day!"

    Women's Tour in Raydon
  24. Moreton Hall school plans to be reconsidered

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Plans for a new high school in Bury St Edmunds are to be reconsidered by councillors, after they were turned down last week, and the school could still be built next year.

    Suffolk County councillors voted against the plans for a new school in Moreton Hall for up to 1,400 pupils, but will take another look on 8 July.

    Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education, said: "There is no denying that this was an unfortunate setback for the project. However, we have looked at the programme again and whilst we accept it is tight, our contractors have assured us that it is achievable and that delivery for September 2016 is still possible."

  25. Suffolk cricketer Reece Topley close to international debut

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Former Royal Hospital School pupil Reece Topley has been named in the England cricket squad for the forthcoming T20 international against New Zealand.

    Reece Topley

    The 21-year-old from Hadleigh plays his county cricket with Essex and is yet to play in an international, but could make his debut next Tuesday at Old Trafford.

    National selector James Whitaker said: "The squad is made up of players who have demonstrated their ability in domestic cricket and fully deserve a chance to continue their progress against a very good New Zealand side."

  26. Sherrington Road Park rape: Police on scene

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    An area of Sherrington Road Park in Ipswich has been cordoned off after a 17-year-old girl was raped.

    Police at Sherrington Road Park

    Suffolk Police says the incident happened at about 22:00 last night.

  27. Photographer 'not hurt' after troops march into him

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Haverhill photographer Gerry Weatherhead says neither he nor his wife were hurt after Trooping the Colour soldiers marched into him on a footpath in St James's Park.

    Gerry Weatherhead at Trooping The Colour

    "It was all over in seconds and nobody was hurt," he told Mark Murphy about Saturday's incident.

    "I made my escape and felt very embarrassed about it."

  28. Leiston murder: Police ask for more time to question suspect

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk Police is to ask magistrates for more time to question a 41-year-old woman arrested in connection with a murder inquiry.

    Police at Grimsey Road, Leiston

    John Proctor, 80, was found dead in Grimsey Road, Leiston, on Monday. A post-mortem examination concluded he died from compression of the neck.

    The woman, from Leiston, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

  29. News headlines at lunchtime

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The headlines this Thursday lunchtime:

    • A 17-year-old girl was raped in Sherrington Road Park in Ipswich last night, Suffolk Police says
    • The second stage of the Women's Tour has passed through Suffolk on its way to the finish in Clacton
    • A Haverhill photographer says he is "embarrassed" after being filmed getting in the way of Trooping the Colour soldiers
  30. Trooping the Colour photographer: 'No-one shouted watch out'

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    The Haverhill photographer who has become a YouTube sensation after Trooping the Colour soldiers marched right into him because he was in their path, said: "You would think someone would have shouted 'watch out'."

    Gerry Weatherhead at Trooping The Colour

    Gerry Weatherhead, whose encounter on Saturday has been seen by more than three million people on YouTube, told Mark Murphy: "Yesterday I was told I was famous on Facebook and it had gone viral.

    "If I was an elderly person on sticks would they have trampled all over me? I don't know."

  31. Women's Tour: Goodbye Suffolk

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    And that's it - the Women's Tour has said goodbye to Suffolk after spending a second day in the county.

    The riders are now in Essex, where the 138km stage will finish in Clacton.

  32. Queen's marching troops: 'I just didn't hear them'

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Photographer Gerry Weatherhead, from Haverhill, has been talking about how Trooping the Colour soldiers marched right into him because he hadn't got out of their way in St James's Park, London.

    Gerry Weatherhead

    "There were so many tourists there shouting and clapping I just didn't hear them coming", he told Mark Murphy about Saturday's incident.

    The clip on YouTube has been viewed more than 3.6m times.

  33. Women's Tour in Hadleigh

    Ben Parker

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The sun came out just at the right time as the peloton came through Hadleigh.

    One rider was out on her own, about 20 seconds ahead.

    The riders are now on their way to Upper Layham, Raydon, Holton and East Bergholt before they cross back into Essex.

  34. Ipswich arrest relates to Canonbury murder inquiry

    Islington Gazette

    The paper has more details of Suffolk Police's execution of an arrest warrant in Ipswich yesterday on behalf of the Metropolitan Police.

    Stefan Appleton

    It's one of several arrests the Met has made in connection with the stabbing of 18-year-old Stefan Appleton (pictured) in Canonbury, north London, on Wednesday last week.

  35. Women's Tour: 'Feather in the cap'

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    The Women's Tour riders passed through Sudbury at a phenomenal speed - it was a real blink and you'll miss it moment.

    We got a lovely view as they came up past the Sudbury sign, though.

    It's a real feather in the cap for Suffolk and this part of the world.

  36. New bus station public toilets to open in July

    Mark Murphy

    Here on the Mid Morning Show on BBC Radio Suffolk we've been campaigning to have more public toilets at the refurbished Cattle Market Bus Station in Ipswich.

    Ipswich Old Cattle Market Bus Station

    Suffolk County Council will soon be adding to the existing toilet, which is only for people with disabilities.

    A spokesman has sent us a statement about a coin-operated facility: "It has taken a while because there were some design issues with our contractors which are now fully resolved. This toilet will open in July."

  37. Women's Tour: 'Brilliant moment'

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    Crowds building in Sudbury by Shawlands Retail Park, where they'll get a fine if fleeting view as the tour passes through.

    Sudbury crowds

    Beautiful sunshine as police motorcycles and team vehicles drive through.

    Chris Sampson of Cycle Club Sudbury said: "It's a brilliant moment."

  38. Women's Tour: Crowds in Sudbury

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    I'm in Sudbury, where crowds are lining the street for the Women's Tour.

    Sudbury crowds
  39. Women's Tour: Cyclists entering Suffolk from Essex

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Stage two of the Women's Tour cycle race started in Braintree in Essex at 10:00.

    Women's Tour in Braintree, 2015

    It's about to enter Suffolk via the Ballingdon Bridge in Sudbury.

    Braintree District Council has been tweeting photos as the race passed through.

  40. Booming bittern numbers on rise

    Helen Briggs

    Environment Correspondent

    Suffolk is contributing to a rise in breeding bitterns in England and Wales.


    One hundred and fifty booming males have been counted so far this year - including at RSPB Lakenheath Fen and RSPB Minsmere.

    Last year, 140 males were recorded.

  41. Twenty two cats 'disappear'

    Ipswich Star

    Pet owners in Ipswich are being urged to keep an eye on their cats, after 22 have been reported missing in the last few weeks.

    Figures from community group Missing Cats Anglia have revealed that since mid-May, 22 cats have disappeared in the IP1-5 postcode areas.

    However, concerns have been raised as most of those to have disappeared are believed to have been chipped and neutered.

  42. 'Accident waiting to happen' at cycle race

    John Sands, who says he was standing close to Lizzie Armitstead's crash in Aldeburgh yesterday, emailed the BBC to say: "It was clear to me there would be a problem."

    Lizzie Armitstead

    "Photographers were halfway across the road, not too many yards past the finish line," he said.

    "Cyclists spread across the track were being required to very quickly funnel into a space only half the width of the road."

  43. Photographer gets in the way of The Queen's marching troops

    Mark Murphy

    Presenter, BBC Radio Suffolk

    On the show we'll be talking to a man who was in the way as soldiers were marching at Trooping The Colour.

    Trooping The Colour

    Photographer Gerry Weatherhead, from Haverhill, was blissfully unaware they were approaching... and they weren't going to walk around him!

    Watch it on YouTube.

  44. Women's Tour: Tom Williams on the route

    BBC Look East reporter Tom Williams is travelling with the Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team on stage two of the Women's Tour, which is getting under way in Braintree and passes through Suffolk in about an hour's time.

    Laura Trott

    We'll bring you his updates as we get them.

  45. Boy arrested in Ipswich questioned by Met

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A 16-year-old boy, arrested in Ipswich yesterday, is continuing to be questioned by police investigating a murder in London.

    Berners Street, Ipswich

    Stefan Appleton, 18, was stabbed several times in the capital last week.

    The youth was arrested in Berners Street yesterday lunchtime.

  46. Women's Tour map

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    Plan your spot to watch stage two of the Women's Tour cycle race (or try and avoid driving near it) as it starts in Braintree at 10:00.

    Women's Tour stage two map

    The race is due to reach Sudbury at about 11:00 and finishes in Clacton at about 14:00.

  47. Girl, 17, raped in Ipswich

    A 17-year-old girl has been raped at a park in Ipswich, Suffolk Police says.

    The incident took place at about 22:00 last night at Sherrington Road Park.

    Police cordons are currently in place around the park.

  48. Today's hero image

    Was taken by BBC Suffolk broadcaster and photographer James Hazell.

    Seagull on the Suffolk coast
  49. Lizzie Armitstead thanks hospital after Suffolk crash

    Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead will not be taking part in the rest of the Women's Tour after crashing after the finish in Aldeburgh yesterday.

    Lizzie Armitstead

    Armitstead has tweeted a message of thanks after being treated at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital: "Kind messages to NHS staff who took care of me so well."

    She says she will be resting to get ready for the National Road Championships in Lincolnshire on 28 June.

  50. Weather forecast: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    A fine day with prolonged spells of sunshine for many areas with generally light winds.

    BBC Weather - Elizabeth Rizzini

    Temperatures will peak at 20C (68F).

    Watch Elizabeth Rizzini's full forecast for Thursday.

  51. Lizzie Armitstead: 'I remember winning but not much else'

    British cyclist Lizzie Armistead will be sitting out the rest of the Women's Tour, which travels through Essex and Suffolk today.

    Lizzie Armistead treated

    She had to be taken to hospital after she crashed immediately after winning stage one of the race from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh yesterday.

    "Nothing broken just very sore," Armitstead said.

  52. News headlines this morning

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The headlines so far this Thursday breakfast time:

    • Police are continuing to question a woman arrested after the murder of an 80-year-old man in Leiston on Monday
    • A 16-year-old boy is also still being questioned about a murder in London following his arrest in Ipswich yesterday
    • Stage two of cycling's Women's Tour will get under way in Braintree and pass through Suffolk later, but yesterday's stage one winner Lizzie Armitstead is out of the tour after her accident in Aldeburgh yesterday
  53. Good morning and welcome to Suffolk Live

    Andrew Woodger

    Reporter. BBC Suffolk

    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.

    We'll be bringing you updates throughout the day - if you have any photos of the Women's Tour cycle race please email them to us so we can share them with the world!