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  1. As it happened on Friday 3 July 2015

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  1. Suffolk Live signs out for the day

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    That's it for another week of Suffolk Live.

    We've had the late breaking news of the Lauri Love case. Other stories we've brought you during the day include one revealing how flowers from Princess Charlotte's christening will end up here in Suffolk.

    Princess Charlotte

    We'll be back on Monday morning. Have a great weekend.

  2. National Crime Agency confirms case dropped

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News, East

    Here's the full statement issued by the National Crime Agency on the news Lauri Love has dropped his court action against.

    He said "We can confirm the NCA received a summons for attendance at Ipswich Magistrates' Court on the 6 July 2015. The complaint against the NCA - and subsequent summons - have now been withdrawn by the complainant.

    "As our investigations continue, we will not be providing any further comment at this time."

  3. 'A bunch of uninvited guests'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News, East

    Speaking in May, Lauri Love said he was "glad" that 25 of the 31 items seized from his Suffolk home had been returned.

    "I am glad that 573 days after a bunch of uninvited guests turned up and took all my nice things, they have found it in their hearts to return, for example, my mother's computer with irreplaceable family photos and my mobile phone," he said.

  4. Lauri Love had 25 of 31 items returned

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News, East

    Lauri Love, who has dropped his court action against the National Crime Agency (NCA), already had 25 of the 31 seized items returned, including laptops, computer towers, memory sticks and hard drives.

    Lauri Love

    Mr Love, who has been told he won't face charges in the UK, was suspected of working to breach the security of the US military, US space agency Nasa, the Environmental Protection Agency, FBI and the US Federal Reserve, in October 2013.

    I've not been able to get any response from Mr Love this afternoon but the news has been confirmed by the courts service and the NCA.

  5. BreakingSuffolk man withdraws NCA action

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News, East

    A Suffolk man who was arrested on suspicion of hacking US government computers has withdrawn his court action against the National Crime Agency (NCA).

    Lauri Love

    Lauri Love, 30, of Stradishall, launched a legal action against the NCA for the return of computer equipment seized during his arrest in 2013.

    The case was due to be heard on Monday but the NCA have this afternoon confirmed to me that it has been dropped. More to follow.

  6. Weather update: A risk of thundery showers overnight

    BBC Weather

    After a fine evening with some late sunshine, cloud will thicken with the threat of some thundery showers through the start of the night.

    Elizabeth Rizzini with overnight weather chart

    Although some places may stay mostly dry, others could see torrential downpours and hail, particularly across western areas. It will turn drier towards the end of the night but it will be a muggy night for all.

    Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F).

  7. Turning lorry causes 'chaos' on Needham Market road

    East Anglian Daily Times

    The driver of an articulated lorry received some "strong words of advice" from police after his attempts to turn the vehicle blocked a Suffolk road.

  8. Late afternoon headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The latest headlines from across the county:

    • Health minister and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer welcomes news that people will be told the cost of missed GP appointments
    • Public silences have been taking place in Suffolk to remember the victims of the beach and hotel shootings in Tunisia
    • Work to replace a gas main in Clare will now take four weeks instead of seven as a result of public feedback
  9. Duration of Clare gas work project cut by almost half

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Residents and businesses in Clare have been told work to replace a gas main, which was originally scheduled to take seven weeks, will now be completed in four.

    A spokeswoman for the National Grid said as a result of public feedback, they'll work extended hours and use additional staff to carry out the upgrade.

    Work begins on 13 July. The recommended diversion for traffic involves a 45-mile detour.

  10. Annual Maverick Festival gets under way

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Billy Bragg is just one of the names featuring at this year's Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge, which gets under way today.

    Billy Bragg

    He'll be performing on the Sweet Home Alabama stage tomorrow at 17:00. The Festival takes play every year over the first weekend of July.

  11. Lowestoft falls silent in memory of Tunisia victims

    Lowestoft Journal

    A town fell silent in memory of one of its own residents who lost his life in the Tunisia terrorist atrocity a week after the dreadful attack.

  12. Ipswich MP speaks out on the cost of missed GP appointments

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The MP for Ipswich says the principle of an NHS that's free at the point of use is something that's got to be protected.

    Ben Gummer

    Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk, Ben Gummer, who's also a health minister, said the government has to make sure people understand the costs of missing appointments, which comes to "hundreds of millions of pounds".

    He added: "We're going to inform people if they miss an appointment what it's cost because hopefully if people understand the consequences of their actions... then it will encourage people to use public money better."

  13. Ben Gummer: 'I'm not a political stamp collector'

    Mark Bulstrode

    BBC News Online

    Ben Gummer has told the Lesley Dolphin afternoon show he loves politics for "what it can achieve", rather than anything else.

    Ben Gummer

    "I'm not a political stamp collector," he said, also revealing he had never watched a full episode of the BBC political show Question Time.

  14. Ben Gummer: 'Stop slagging off Ipswich'

    Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has issued a rallying cry to the county of Suffolk to get behind the town.

    Ipswich Waterfront

    He highlighted its museums, some exisiting shops, the waterfront (pictured) and football club as attractions in an interview with Lesley Dolphin.

    In a message to Suffolk, he said: "If you want a county town to be proud of you can't continue slagging it off. Back Ipswich and you will have the county town we deserve."

  15. Ben Gummer: Being MP wasn't always the plan

    Mark Bulstrode

    BBC News Online

    Ben Gummer, Ipswich's Conservative MP, has told Lesley Dolphin the "last thing he wanted" was to be an MP when he was younger.

    Ben Gummer

    "That was the case until my late 20s," he said. "Then something nagged at me to do it. I wanted to do it in an area I cared about."

    Mr Gummer retained his seat as Ipswich MP in May. Listen live.

  16. Tunisia beach attacks silence 'sends clear message'

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    Stephen Ardley, mayor of Lowestoft, has said the minute's silence in memory of those killed in the Tunisia beach attacks is a "clear message of support and sympathy" for the family of Stuart Cullen.

    Minute's silence outside the council offices in Lowestoft

    "It will send out a clear message of support and sympathy to the Cullen family," said Mr Ardley.

    Mr Cullen, 52, from the Lowestoft area, was among 38 people shot dead.

  17. Work gets under way to improve traffic flow in east Ipswich

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Work has begun today to try to reduce congestion in east Ipswich as part of a £1m project.

    Map showing road changes

    Road widening will take place along Ransomes Way, Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road, Suffolk County Council said.

    Drivers and local businesses are being warned by Suffolk Highways about disruption, as there will be lane closures and temporary traffic lights, but it's hoped most of the resurfacing will take place at night.

  18. Royal christening: Flowers headed to Ipswich

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked that flowers donated by well-wishers at the christening of their daughter, Princess Charlotte, will come to the Treehouse hospice in Ipswich.

    The Treehouse in Ipswich

    The flowers will be collected from Sandringham on Sunday and taken to Thetford, where they'll stay overnight.

    Then next morning, they'll be taken to the three East Anglia Children's Hospices - in Quidenham, Milton and, to the Treehouse in Ipswich.

  19. Another look at that 'man shed' in Grundisburgh

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Here's another picture of the man shed I went to see in Grundisburgh as part of our look at the Men's Sheds Association.

    Interior of shed filled with darts memorabilia

    It helps you get a sense of how much thought Steve Dee has put into it.

  20. Minute's silence observed in Suffolk

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Shoppers in Ipswich town centre joined communities across the UK in observing a minute's silence earlier today, to remember the victims of the Tunisian beach attack a week ago.

    Ipswich shoppers observing a minutes silence

    Two of the 38 people killed were from Suffolk - Philip Heathcote from Felixstowe, and Stuart Cullen, from the Lowestoft area.

  21. Latest headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The headlines so far this morning:

    • Suffolk MP Dan Poulter rejects the idea of charging for missed GP appointments
    • Parents hope things will improve at Yoxford Primary, rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted
    • The owner of a fugitive Ipswich snake is optimistic a lock on his tank will prevent future escapes
  22. Travel updates: Problems on the A14, A1214 and A140

    BBC Travel

    There are a few problems on Suffolk's roads this afternoon:

    • A14 one lane blocked eastbound at junction 59 (Trimley St Martin) because of an accident
    • A1214 northbound one lane blocked at Copdock because of an accident
    • A140 at Thornham Parva slow traffic in both directions because of temporary traffic lights
  23. Results improving at 'inadequate' primary schools

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The head teacher of a federation of four Suffolk primary schools - three of which have been labelled inadequate by Ofsted - says she is expecting good Sats results this summer.

    Cathryn Benefer, executive headteacher at Bramfield, Middleton, Peasenhall and Yoxford primaries, said: "This summer we've got a lot better results coming, obviously they're not published yet."

  24. Suffolk chief constable's absence 'still being reviewed'

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    A "review" of the situation of Suffolk chief constable Douglas Paxton, who has been been off sick for more than six months, is still ongoing.

    Douglas Paxton

    Mr Paxton went on sick leave on 16 December and was allowed up to six months' of his £133,845 salary before a review, which was triggered last month on 16 June.

    The office of Suffolk's police crime commissioner Tim Passmore confirmed today that process was still under way but was unable to comment further.

  25. Travel update: queuing traffic in Beccles at Blyburgate as traffic lights fail

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the A145 Peddars Lane in Beccles at the Blyburgate junction because of a traffic light failure. Police are directing traffic.

  26. Princess Charlotte flowers coming to Suffolk

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    The baby daughter of the Duke and Duchess and Cambridge will be christened in Norfolk this weekend - but there's a Suffolk link you'll be interested hear about.

    The princess

    HRH's mother, the Duchess of Cambridge is patron of the East Anglia's Childrens' Hospice.

    In anticipation of a great many floral tributes coming their way at Sandringham from the public, the royal parents have asked that they be donated to the three EACH hospices. And on Monday, they'll arrive to our Treehouse in Ipswich.

  27. Where do you think today's hero image was taken?

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We hope you like today's hero image (that's the main picture at the top of our home page).

    A swan at Needham Lake

    It was taken by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter James Hazell. And if you guessed Needham Lake as the location for this beautiful photograph, then you were absolutely right.

  28. Lunchtime headlines

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The stories making the headlines this Friday lunchtime:

    • A man has been airlifted to hospital in Chelmsford after becoming trapped in a potato harvester on a farm at Holbrook
    • Missing Felixstowe teenager Klaudia Sokolowska, 14, has been found safe and well in London
    • New Ipswich Town signings are "excited" by the challenge of trying to win promotion this season
  29. Tunisia Beach attacks: Stuart Cullen's body being returned tomorrow

    Kate Williams

    Suffolk Live

    The body of Stuart Cullen, killed in the Tunisia beach attacks last week, will be flown home to Britain tomorrow, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

    Stuart Cullen

    A spokesman for the FCO said his body would be brought home on the fourth day of flights to repatriat the 30 Britons killed.

    Mr Cullen, 52, from the Lowestoft area, who was holidaying with his wife, is believed to have died instantly in the attack on the beach in Sousse. His wife, who was also injured, has returned home already.

  30. Weather update: Yellow rain warning overnight

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for the East of England, valid from 19:00 this evening to 12:00 tomorrow.

    It says isolated heavy thunderstorms with torrential downpours are possible in places.

    A yellow warning means there is a chance of some very localised significant disruption.

  31. Health and Safety Executive to be contacted following incident on Suffolk farm

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Suffolk police say they'll be contacting the health and safety executive following an incident on a farm at Holbrook near Ipswich this morning, in which a man became trapped in a potato harvester.

    He was freed by Suffolk fire service. Earlier reports that a second person was also trapped have not been substantiated.

  32. Potato harvester injuries 'serious but not life-threatening'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    A man was airlifted to hospital with "serious but not life-threatening leg injuries" after an incident involving a potato harvester at a farm in Holbrook, near Ipswich, the ambulance service says.

    He was taken to Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford.

  33. BreakingTwo people rescued from a potato harvester

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    We're getting reports that a man and woman have been rescued by fire and ambulance teams from a potato harvester at Potash Farm in Holbrook.

    More details as we get them.

  34. Missing Felixstowe teenager found safe and well

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Suffolk Police say a missing teenager from Felixstowe has been found safe and well.

    Klaudia Sokolowska, 14, had last been seen at around 19:30 on 11 June in Langer Road, where she had been with a group of friends before saying she was going home.

    Officers following-up reports of a sighting from a member of the public found Klaudia in east London yesterday evening.

  35. Onehouse nursing home vows to make 'required improvements'

    East Anglian Daily Times

    A nursing home in Onehouse, near Stowmarket, has been found to have breached the health and social care act following an inspection from the Care Quality Commission.

  36. New ITFC signings say they're 'excited' by the challenge of trying to get promotion this season

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Brett Pitman (pictured right) and Ryan Fraser say they are excited by the challenge of trying to get promoted with Ipswich after joining from Bournemouth.

    Brett Pitman and Ryan Fraser

    Striker Pitman joined Town on a three-year deal, while winger Fraser is on a one-year loan with no recall option.

  37. Missing snake owner hopes to foil future escape bids

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Ipswich woman whose snake hit the headlines on Suffolk Live yesterday when he was found by police in Chevallier Street, is optimistic his travelling days are over.

    Jasmine with her snake

    Jasmine (pictured, with PC Alastair Maidment) searched all round the house when she realised he was missing: "I thought if I leave it for a day when it's quiet he'll come back out and I'll find him. But obviously that wasn't the case - the police found him for me.

    "I've just bought a new lock for his home, so hopefully he won't be able to get out of that."

  38. Suffolk MP: Charging for missed appointments 'not acceptable'

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich says the idea of charging patients for missed GP appointments isn't acceptable.

    Dr Dan Poulter

    Dan Poulter was speaking in response to comments from the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said he's he's not against charging patients who miss GP appointments.

    He said: "In particular I don't find it acceptable because the people you'll end up charging are probably some of the most vulnerable patients that you will be caring for".

  39. Covatti shines in massive win for Witches

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Have we witnessed a turning point in what has so far been a stop start season for the Ipswich Witches Speedway team?

    Nico Covatti

    Let's hope so, as last night they dominated Plymouth Devils at Foxhall, winning their Premier League 56-35.

    Argentine Nico Covatti (pictured) was particularly impressive in picking up 13 points while Ashley Morris can be delighted with his Witches debut.

  40. You've heard about the 'man' shed?

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    It's something of a cliche, the man-shed thing. You know, men and their sheds, it's somewhere to hide, that sort of thing. But did you know the Men's Sheds Association now has 187 "sheds" open across the country?

    Interior of shed filled with darts equipment

    And I've been to see this one in Grundisburgh. It's been put together by Steve Dee, who's plainly a darts fanatic. Pretty amazing stuff, eh?

  41. Witches in west country for pairs clash

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Speedway riders Danny King (pictured) and Rohan Tungate will represent the Ipswich Witches at tonight's Premier League pairs meeting in Somerset.

    Danny King

    Both were in good form for the team during last night's convincing win over Plymouth and King believes they are capable of winning the event at the Oak Tree Arena.

    "Somerset have to start as favourites but it's a track me and Rohan have performed well at in the past and hopefully we can do so again," King said.

  42. Owner of Ipswich fugitive snake has bought a new lock for his tank

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    If you were with us yesterday, you'll remember we brought you the story of an escaped snake, discovered by police officers in Ipswich.

    'Houdini' the fugitive snake

    The snake's owner, Jasmine, has told BBC Radio Suffolk: "He'll find any little gap, and he'll nudge it with his head until he manages to open the glass and then he'll crawl out at night time."

  43. Petition takes aim at Haverhill developments

    Haverhill Echo

    A petition has been launched by residents seeking to oppose a new housing development in the town.

  44. Travel update: Slow traffic on the A140 at Thornham Parva

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A140 in both directions in Thornham Parva at the B1117 Yaxley Road junction, because of temporary traffic lights.

  45. Yoxford Primary School: What do parents think?

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Problems such as poor teaching and low achievement have been highlighted at a Suffolk primary school rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted.

    Yoxford Primary School

    But what do parents think of Yoxford Primary School? Here's what some told BBC Radio Suffolk:

    • "Generally, Yoxford is a great little school and it's got great potential"
    • "There's a lot of positive changes the governors and staff are making"
    • "Hopefully things will change and it'll be the school it's meant to be"
  46. New boy Ryan Fraser to room with Ipswich skipper on pre season trip

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    They argued on the pitch last season when they went head to head, but Ipswich Town loanee Ryan Fraser and captain Luke Chambers (pictured) are now striking up a friendship.

    Luke Chambers

    Fraser, who joined on loan from Bournemouth last week, has revealed that the pair will room together in Ireland ahead of the forthcoming friendly match with Shelbourne.

    "All the players have helped me settle in quickly but Chambo asked me to give him a special mention in my first interview here! Last year we had a row as he was always marking me on the wing but it's all good now," Fraser said.

  47. Josh targets a top 10 finish at Silverstone

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Stowmarket's Josh Webster has set his stall out ahead of his appearance in the Porsche Supercup at Silverstone as part of British Grand Prix weekend.

    Porsche Supercup race

    The 21-year-old, who is defending champion in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB series, believes last year's debut in the competition will serve him well.

    "I know what to expect now and am targeting the top ten for sure. If I could break into the top six then that will be a big bonus," Webster said.

  48. 'Inadequate' Ofsted rating for three Suffolk primary schools

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Primary schools in Yoxford, Bramfield and Peasenhall, previously rated as either good or outstanding, have now been branded inadequate by Ofsted inspectors .

    Poor teaching and management, and low achievement are just some of the problems highlighted.

    The schools have been downgraded since they formed a federation last year with Middleton primary, which is awaiting the result of its latest inspection.

  49. Headlines so far this morning

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    The stories making the headlines so far today:

    • Primary schools in Yoxford, Bramfield and Peasenhall, previously rated as either good or outstanding, have now been branded inadequate by Ofsted
    • The chief executive of the mental health trust for Suffolk has denied covering up a highly critical report
    • Answers are being demanded after a lack of consultation over road closures which have had a severe impact on the village of Somersham
  50. Friday's weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fine and dry day with long periods of warm sunshine.

    Elizabeth Rizzini with Friday's weather chart

    Some coastal areas may see a little mist or fog drift in from the sea late in the afternoon on the gentle breeze.

    Maximum Temperature: 27C (81F). Watch the full forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini.

  51. Welcome to Friday's Suffolk Live

    Philippa Taylor

    Suffolk Live

    Good morning and thanks for joining us for our final Suffolk Live of the week.

    We'll be bringing you the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen, but if you see something you think would be of interest to the rest of the county, don't forget you can email us, or post a message via our Facebook page.

    I'll be back shortly with the first news headlines of the day, then we'll find out what the weather's got in store.