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  1. A man has died after being hit by a car close to the entrance of Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds earlier
  2. Tributes are paid to Peggy Cole MBE who died on Friday after a battle with cancer
  3. Road closures are reintroduced at Barking Tye as part of £660,000 improvement works by Anglian Water
  4. Key points for Monday, 11 January 2016

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for Monday's Suffolk Live.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 to bring you the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    We hope you'll join us then, have a good evening.

  2. BBC One remembers David Bowie

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    There'll be a special programme on the life and music of David Bowie on BBC One at 19:30 this evening, presented by Jeremy Vine.

    David Bowie

    Bowie was one of the most influential musicians of his time, constantly re-inventing his persona and sound, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, to his later incarnation as a soulful rocker.

  3. Overnight weather: Mainly dry, ground frost in places

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be mainly dry tonight with a mixture of clear spells and variable cloud, with perhaps a few isolated showers. Becoming cold as temperatures fall to 1C (34F), leading to a ground frost in places.

    Tuesday's weather map

    Tomorrow there'll be a mixture of bright or sunny spells and variable cloud, bringing occasional scattered showers, especially during the afternoon.

    Feeling cold in a strengthening westerly wind, with temperatures struggling up to 7C (45F).

  4. Lowestoft business leaders hopeful of real progress in Lowestoft projects

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Business leaders in Lowestoft say they're hoping this year will see real progress being made on a number of big projects in the town, including the seafront repairs which are due to be finished in the summer.

    Lowestoft rocks

    Phil Aves from Lowestoft Rising, a group that includes Suffolk Police and Waveney Clouncil, says his wish for 2016 is for some major projects to come to fruition.

    "Some real announcement about the third crossing would be really important for the town and the flood defence work and the seafront being finished," he said.

  5. 'Rudimental' to play Thetford Forest in June

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The drum and bass band Rudimental will appear at Thetford Forest on 30 June, the Forestry Commission has revealed.


    The band has sold more than five million singles worldwide, with more than 200 million views to their YouTube channel.

    The appearance is part of the Forest Live concert series, with income from ticket sales spent on protecting, improving and expanding England's forests and woodlands.

  6. Football: Braintree sign Ipswich keeper Crowe

    BBC Sport

    Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe has joined National League side Braintree Town on a one-month loan.

    Michael Crowe

    The 20-year-old Wales Under-19 international had a recent loan spell at Stevenage, but did not make a first-team appearance.

    Crowe, who has yet to play for Ipswich, has been signed after Will Norris returned to Cambridge United.

  7. Victim of fatal collision named as Lowestoft man

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The man who died following a road traffic collision on the outskirts of Bungay on Friday has been named as Anthony Benson-Smith, 45, of Lawson Road, Lowestoft.

    Mr Benson-Smith's Ford Fiesta was in collision with a Peugeot 107 on the B1062 Beccles Road at 07:15.

    The driver of the second vehicle, a man in his fifties, was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police say.

  8. McCarthy Confirms Crowe Joining Braintree on Loan

    Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that keeper Michael Crowe, 20, is joining Vanarama National League side Braintree Town on a month's loan having come to the end of his stint with League Two Stevenage without playing a game.  

  9. Victim of unprovoked assault in Ipswich says he 'forgives' his attacker

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    An Ipswich man who was viciously assaulted outside Tower Ramparts shopping centre in an unprovoked assault, has told BBC Suffolk he's forgiven his attacker: "I just carry on with life the same as before, you can't let it get you down," he said.

    Ipswich attack victim shown from the rear

    Tony, 77, added: "I didn't think it was life threatening, I just hoped he wouldn't break my teeth or nose."

    Shane Gull, 41, from Bull Road in Ipswich, was sentenced earlier today to seven years in prison for the attack.

  10. Warning: This video contains footage of a violent attack

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    CCTV footage captures the moment a man, who has today been jailed, launches an unprovoked attack on an elderly man in Ipswich town centre. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Ipswich man jailed for 'vicious attack' on pensioner

    Shane Gull, 41, of Bull Road, Ipswich, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the attack, as well as an extended licence of five years.

    His victim, who's now 77, told BBC Suffolk: "I've just taken it in my stride, I surprise myself sometimes."

  11. Ipswich Town: McCarthy satisfied with Digby's debut

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy says he was pleased with how "work in progress" Paul Digby performed on his first appearance for Town at the weekend.

    Paul Digby

    The 20-year-old - who's on loan from Barnsley - lasted 63 minutes of Saturday's FA Cup tie against Portsmouth - his first competitive football since October.

    "It certainly wasn't the easiest game for him and probably not the best way to start a game when he's with Piotr Malarczyk who hadn't been playing either. I thought he did alright Paul, he wants to learn - he's a work in progress."  

  12. Health bosses say 'be prepared' for cold weather this week

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    NHS bosses in Ipswich and East Suffolk are warning the elderly and those with long-term health problems to be prepared for this week's cold weather.

    Person warming hands by fire

    The local commissioning group says the change in temperature can cause serious illnesses such as strokes, heart attacks and pneumonia.

    The Met Office has issued a Level Two weather alert for the East of England, which means there's a 60% probability of severe cold weather between today and 09:00 on Thursday.

  13. Ipswich man jailed for unprovoked attack on elderly man

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    An Ipswich man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after an unprovoked attack on an elderly man in the town, police say.

    Shane Gull and CCTV of attack

    During the incident, which took place last March, Shane Gull, 41, of Bull Road, who also received an extended licence of five years, punched the 76-year-old victim - knocking him to the floor. He then kicked him in the head and body another 17 times.

    Det Ch Insp Barry Byford said during the interview Gull "showed no remorse whatsoever and was completely unrepentant of his actions".

  14. Ipswich Town: McCarthy likely to replace Parr

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy's expected to bring in an experienced replacement for the departing Jonathan Parr.

    Jonathan Parr

    The 27-year-old defender's on the verge of returning to his native Norway with a "long term deal" said to be on the table from Stromsgodset.

    "Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock are not very experienced. Jonny was vastly more experienced than those two young lads - but if that's what we'll have, that's what we'll have to play with," McCarthy said.

  15. Things you may not know about Peggy Cole

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    We've been bringing you tributes today to Peggy Cole, who, in the words of the East Anglian Daily Times, "welcomed a princess to her council house garden and gave talks on the QE2".

    Peggy Cole

    Here are some more facts about Peggy:

    • She starred in the film Akenfield playing the part of Dulcie Rose
    • She received an MBE in 1993
    • She was a patron for Age UK Suffolk
  16. Former Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council steps down from HMRC

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk-based Lin Homer has announced she's stepping down from her role as Chief Executive of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

    Lin Homer

    She'll leave her post in April and has revealed plans to spend more time at home in Hadleigh, intending to take a break over the summer. 

    Lin Homer, who is also the former Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council, was named a Dame in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

  17. 'Sadness and shock' - the reaction to David Bowie's death from Suffolk music producer

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A Suffolk-based music producer has been paying tribute to David Bowie, whose death was announced this morning.

    David Bowie

    Phil Harding told BBC Suffolk: "To have come up with the persona of Ziggy Stardust and been massive worldwide and then to drop it and move on, just incredible.

    "There's not many artists around that have managed to change and keep with the times."

  18. FA Cup: Ipswich Town and Portsmouth awaiting draw news

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town and Portsmouth will be ball number 12 in tonight's draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    FA Cup draw

    The two teams will replay at Fratton Park next week after Saturday's 2-2 draw at Portman Road.

    The draw for the last-32 of the competition will be shown live during tonight's One Show at 19:00 on BBC One.

  19. Peggy Cole will be 'sadly missed', says Suffolk Agricultural Association

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The Suffolk Agricultural Association, who gave Peggy Cole a special award at last year's Suffolk Show, says she'll be "sadly missed by all of us".

    Bill Baker and Peggy Cole

    Show Director Bill Baker said: "Peggy Cole has been a life-long supporter of the Suffolk Show and she will be very sadly missed. She championed Suffolk and country life and wrote about the show extensively. 

    "We were thrilled to have the opportunity to formally acknowledge her contribution through a special award at the 2015 show..."

  20. Akenfield 'actor' Peggy Cole dies aged 80

    Suffolk's Peggy Cole has died at the age of 80. She was the star of the film Akenfield, which portrayed life in a fictional Suffolk village.

    Peggy Cole

    Awarded an MBE and a champion of Suffolk life, for years coachloads of people would visit her garden in Charsfield.

    She was also a regular contributor to the Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Suffolk.