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  1. Updates for Thursday, 7 January 2016
  2. News. sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for a day where torrential rain this morning led to a number of reports of flooding from across Suffolk.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 when hopefully the weather will be a lot better, to bring you our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Who'd have thought a day that started as today did, could end up with a sunset like this?

    Sunset at Nacton
  2. Fressingfield flooding causes disruption

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The village of Fressingfield, near Eye, has seen flooding today.

    It's one of several villages in the county where surface water has caused disruption.  

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    Video caption: Fressingfield flooding causes disruption
  3. Cannabis factory found near Eye

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Three men have been arrested after a cannabis factory was found at Occold, near Eye.

    Cannabis factory in Occold

    Suffolk Police said the factory, found yesterday, contained 2,000 plants that could have a street value of about £350,000.

    Three men were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production.

  4. Lowestoft students 'in tears' after seeing video of Yorkshire floods

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A Lowestoft College tutor says some of his students were "in tears" after seeing a video of the devastation caused by flooding in Yorkshire.

    Lowestoft College students

    A group of Nick Smith's public service students are travelling to Calderdale tomorrow to help clean up the town.

    "They were that upset about it that they felt as though they should be doing something about it," Mr Smith said.

  5. AFC Sudbury: Godbold will continue to give youth a chance

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold says he'll carry on picking players based on their ability and work rate, rather than how old they are.

    Jordan Blackwell

    Jordan Blackwell, 18, (pictured) impressed again at the weekend as the West Suffolk club secured a ninth successive win to go top of the Ryman Division North.

    "Whether you're 17, 18 or whether you're 29, 30 if you come in and perform then you're going to keep your shirt," Godbold said. "Jordan seems to get Man of the Match week in week out, and the fans just love his enthusiasm and work rate."

  6. Fire service rescues seven people from vehicles in flood water

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service says it's rescued seven people who've been trapped in vehicles in flood water:

    • 12:57 - Four people in two vehicles, Church Lane, Weston
    • 13:13 - Station Road, Haughley
    • 13:38 - Wash Lane, Spexhall
    • 13:57 - Swan Lane, Cretingham
  7. Victim of double-fatal crash had an 'unstintingly generous nature'

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A man who died in a crash in Frostenden last year has been described as having "an irreverent sense of humour, enormous energy and drive, and an unstintingly generous nature".

    Rowan Draper

    Rowan Draper, 25, of Victoria Road in Oulton Broad, died following a collision that also claimed the life of Henry Hall from Uggeshall.

    His family said: "Rowan touched the lives of many people and will be missed terribly by his family, friends and colleagues."

  8. Ipswich Town: Bialkowski set for rare senior appearance

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski is likely to make his first start since September when Portsmouth visit Portman Road in the FA Cup on Saturday.

    Bartosz Bialkowski

    The Pole began the season as first choice but, after taking compassionate leave following the death of his father, has made just one appearance since August.

    "It's been a difficult time for me, a frustrating time but I'm just happy to be playing again," Bialkowski told BBC Suffolk Sport. "I'm really looking forward to Saturday."

  9. Family pays tribute to man killed in Frostenden crash

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Tributes have been paid to an Uggeshall man who's been named by police as one of the victims of a crash in Frostenden.

    Henry Hall

    Henry Hall, 26, of Hall Farm, died alongside Rowan Draper, 25, from Victoria Road, Oulton Broad in November.

    Mr Hall's family said: "He had a wry sense of humour, and a very honest and generous nature. He'll also be remembered for his colourful sense of dress, especially his jazzy shirts, of which he had several."

  10. Travel: Fallen tree blocks Playford Road in Rushmere St Andrew

    BBC Travel

    Playford Road in Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, is partially blocked between Rushmere Street and Doctor Watson's Lane, by a fallen tree. 

  11. Cornard fire 'shows need for second engine'

    Suffolk Free Press

    Campaigners say a fire in Great Cornard on Tuesday shows why a cut-threatened second fire engine in Sudbury is so important.

    Sudbury fire services demonstrators
  12. AFC Sudbury now facing 'a different type of pressure'

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold accepts his team are there to be shot at after a run of nine consecutive wins lifted them to the top of the Ryman Division North.

    Jamie Godbold

    The West Suffolk club are three points clear of second-placed Cray Wanderers, having played a game less, after last weekend's 2-0 win over Bury Town.

    "That creates a different type of pressure for us because we've not been there before," Godbold said. "We've got to just continue being difficult to beat, stick the ball in the back of the net and work hard for each other."

  13. Video: State of floods on Station Road between Haughley and Old Newton

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we showed you a photo of the state of flooding on Station Road, which runs between Haughley and Old Newton.

    This video gives you an idea of how deep the water is at the moment...

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    Video caption: Flooding hits a road between Haughley and Old Newton in Suffolk following heavy rain.
  14. Ipswich Town: Midfielder driven on by play-off pain

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town's Luke Hyam says it was "horrible" to miss last season's play-off games against fierce rivals Norwich City, and he wants to help the club go up this time around.

    Norwich City celebrate beating Ipswich Town

    The 24-year-old - who was born and brought up in Ipswich - has spoken to BBC Suffolk Sport for the first time since a serious knee injury ruled him out of the semi-final ties.

    "It was gutting that I wasn't involved but I've just got to look to the future now and I'm happy that I'm back involved," he said. "Hopefully I can play a part in the rest of the season - hopefully play-offs or automatic promotion."

  15. Lowestoft students help Yorkshire flood victims

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Staff and students from Lowestoft College are preparing to travel to Calderdale in West Yorkshire, which was hit by severe flooding on Boxing Day, to help clean up the town and deliver donated goods and food.

    Aid for Calderdale

    The students are all taking public service courses, and some say they were moved after seeing a video of the Calder Valley floods.

    "You don't understand what they're going through," one student said. "If we go there we can help them out and feel like we're doing something good for them."

  16. If you're wondering what's led to today's flooding problems...

    BBC Weather

    A look at Elizabeth Rizzini's weather map shows a band of heavy rain has caused a number of floods in Suffolk today.

    Morning weather map

    The good news though is that any lingering rain will soon clear, leaving a brighter but breezy afternoon with sunny intervals likely. Top temperature: 9C (48F).

  17. Buses replace trains from Lowestoft to Norfolk stations

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Greater Anglia say they're running buses as a rail replacement service from Lowestoft Station to Norwich and Great Yarmouth, because of flooding at Brundall.