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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 6 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from us for tonight at BBC Suffolk Live.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

  2. Weather: Mainly dry tonight but turning cloudier

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Clear spells at first, mainly dry during the evening but turning cloudy and wet later in the night and becoming windy as the rain band moves through.

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain at first. 

  3. New chief constable says job might have changed but the issues haven't

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    New Suffolk Police Chief Constable Gareth Wilson says although the chief constable role has changed with the introduction of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the issues the force face remain the same. 

    New chief constable Gareth Wilson

    He said: "Policing has changed completely, but one thing we have always done as a police service is interact with politicians, be that in terms of our interaction with the Home Office or how we interact with chairs of police authorities and now with PCCs. 

    "That's remained fairly consistent. The issues that a PCC have are the same issues that the chair of the police authority would have had as well," he said.

  4. In the news: Five charged with affray over Barclays Bank brawl and lighthouse receives cash pledges

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here's what's happening in the county:

    • Five males have been charged with affray over an incident at Barclays Bank in Ipswich last June
    • Cash pledges are beginning to trickle in to help save the endangered Orfordness Lighthouse
    • Gareth Wilson has been named the new chief constable of Suffolk
  5. Five males charged with affray after Barclays Bank incident

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Five people have been charged with affray after a brawl forced the closure of Barclays Bank in Ipswich town centre last June. 

    Scene outside Barclays Bank after the incident

    Four men, each from Ipswich and aged between 36 and 21, will appear before magistrates in February. 

    A 15-year-old boy from Ipswich will also appear at Ipswich Youth Court later this month.

  6. Promises of cash for endangered Orfordness Lighthouse

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A steady flow of promises, including two £1,000 pledges, to help save Orfordness Lighthouse have been trickling in.

    Orfordness Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is 10m (32ft) from the sea after the gap halved over the past four years. A £10,000 appeal had been set up to shore up the beach with bags of shingle.

    Nicholas Gold, of the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust, said: "The storms are still forecast and fingers crossed we don't get the rude combination of wind direction and high tides at the same time."

  7. Watch 'worth £25,000' stolen

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    A watch valued "in the region of" £25,000 has been stolen from a home in Ipswich, police say.

    Watch stolen from Ipswich

    The Franck Muller Cortez 10,000 H SC Conquistador, which is encased with diamonds, went missing from a property in Brettenham Crescent between 24 and 25 December.

  8. 'Scorcher' winter weather explained

    We've just had the warmest December on record, but what caused it to happen?

    BBC Look East weather forecaster Dan Holley explains.

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    Video caption: Weather explainer: Dan Holley on the warm winter weather
  9. Weather: Bright spells this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    There will be fewer showers away from the coast, with some bright spells likely.

    Boys playing on the beach

    It'll feel chilly near the coast with brisk southeasterly winds, but winds lighter inland. Maximum temperature 8C (46F).

  10. Council promises further blue badge crackdowns

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A Suffolk County councillor says there'll be more blue badge crackdowns in the future, after one in every 13 blue badges checked in an enforcement day in Ipswich broke the rules. 

    Blue Badge

    Eight badges had expired, and three were seized because drivers were misusing disabled spaces. 

    Councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger said: "Three or four times at least in the last 18 months I've been unable to get out of my own driveway because someone with a blue badge has been parked in front of my driveway."

  11. Gareth Wilson wasn't the first 'single applicant' for Suffolk's top police job

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Gareth Wilson, who was today confirmed as Suffolk Police's new chief constable, was not the first person to be the only applicant for the force's top job.

    Martlesham Police Headquarters

    Mr Wilson took the role on in a temporary capacity after the last chief constable, Douglas Paxton, went on long-term sick leave from his then £133,845-a-year job in December 2014. 

    Mr Paxton, who had been appointed in 2013, was also the only candidate for the job. He announced his retirement in November

  12. 'More competition' needed for chief constable posts

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The chief executive of the College of Policing has called for "more competition" for the top policing jobs, after it was revealed six out of the last eight appointments to constabularies in the country had single applicants.

    Alex Marshall

    Gareth Wilson, who had been temporary chief constable, was today appointed to the Suffolk role on a permanent basis - having been the only person to apply.

    Alex Marshall (pictured), chief executive of the College of Policing, said: "Gareth Wilson's got an excellent career history, I'm sure he'll make an excellent chief constable. But these are high profile roles and we certainly want to see more competition for these top jobs."

  13. Ipswich ups flood defences

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    After the flooding problems in the north of England, here's a look at how Ipswich is preparing to defend itself from a tidal surge.

    Work under way in Ipswich

    Work is under day in the wet dock to build a new tidal barrier.

    It's part of an Environment Agency project to invest more than £58m over the next three years, reducing the risk of flooding to 1,608 homes and 422 businesses.

  14. In the news: Why few police officers want the chief constable job and Lake Lothing sewer work is under way

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you've just joined us: 

    • Gareth Wilson has been named Suffolk Police's new chief constable, having been the only applicant
    • A former Suffolk Police chief says people are actively discouraged from applying for top jobs due to the one-on-one relationship needed with the police and crime commissioner
    • Valves are being installed in Lake Lothing this week to stop seawater flowing the wrong way
  15. £2.3m worth of improvement work to Lowestoft sewers

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Special valves to stop seawater flowing the wrong way through the sewers by Lake Lothing in Lowestoft are being installed this week.

    Aerial shot of Lowestoft

    Just before Christmas, Anglian Water started another batch of work on the All Saints Road area.

    It includes installing a new sewer to help take surface water away from the road and homes. Overall it's costing £2.3m.

  16. Tributes paid to Haverhill councillor

    Bury Free Press

    The leaders of both St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have paid tribute to former Haverhill mayor councillor Tim Marks, who died suddenly.

    Cllr Tim Marks, third from right, at the October 2015 launch of the revamped St Marys Churchyard in Haverhill
  17. Appeal against life prison sentence lost

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    One of the two men jailed for the 'Essex Boys' gangland murders has lost his latest appeal against his life sentence.

    Range Rover in which the murdered drug dealers was found

    Michael Steele, from Great Bentley, Essex and Jack Whomes, from Brockford, Suffolk, were found guilty of killing three drug dealers who were shot dead in a Range Rover in Rettendon in Essex in 1995.

    Steele was trying to overturn a decision by The Criminal Cases Review Commission, which said there was not enough new evidence to take the case back to court. A High Court judge has now backed the ruling, saying the claimant's case was "unarguable".