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Summary

  1. Key points for Tuesday, 12 January 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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 Suffolk Live today.

    We'll be back in the morning, bringing you reaction to Ipswich's game against Leeds at Portman Road tonight, as well as other news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    It's going to be a chilly night, so allow some extra time in the morning to de-ice your car if you need to use it first thing.

  2. Overnight weather: Becoming dry with widespread ground frost

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be further scattered showers this evening, but it'll become drier later in the night. Clear spells will develop, leading to a widespread ground frost. 

    Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

    Wednesday's weather map

    Wednesday will start cold and bright, with some wintry sunshine, although it'll turn cloudy later with the risk of some showery rain by the evening. Highs of 6C (43F).

  3. Chantry Academy 'still in special measures' following latest inspection

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Chantry Academy in Ipswich, which officially opened a multimillion-pound building at the end of November, is still in special measures after the latest inspection by education regulators. 

    But Ofsted says leadership at the academy, formerly Suffolk New Academy, is making effective progress towards removal of the measures and can now appoint newly qualified teachers. 

    This latest inspection was carried out in December. The school has been in special measures since January 2014. 

  4. ITFC On The Road: Bury Sold Out, London Could Be Hit By Tube Strike

    TWTD.co.uk

    The Supporters Club's ITFC On The Road event in London on Tuesday 26 January could be hit by a Tube strike, while the evening at Bury Town on Monday 8 February is now sold out.  

  5. Woman pleads guilty to arson after house fire on Christmas Day

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    A woman has pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life, after a house fire in Ipswich on Christmas Day.

    Ipswich Crown Court

    Kerri Mills, 36, of La Salle Close in the town, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today.

    She's been remanded in custody, and is due to be sentenced in the week commencing 22 February.

  6. U18s at AFC Sudbury

    TWTD.co.uk

    Town’s U18s are in action away against their AFC Sudbury counterparts in a friendly this evening (KO 19:45).  

  7. Helicopter crash inquest under way

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    An inquest jury has been hearing evidence from the widows of two pilots killed alongside multi-millionaire Tory peer Lord Ballyedmond in a helicopter crash near Beccles.  

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    Video caption: Lord Ballyedmond helicopter crash inquest opens

    It happened in thick fog at Gillingham in March 2014. The women said their husbands would not take any risks. 

    The inquest is continuing.

  8. Father-of-five killed in crash was a 'highly respected' teacher

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A driver killed in a road crash in Suffolk was a father-of-five and a "dedicated and inspirational" deputy head teacher, his family said.  

    Bungay Primary School

    Anthony Benson-Smith, 45, died in a collision between his Ford Fiesta and a Peugeot 107 at Mettingham, near Bungay, on Friday.

    As well as describing him as loving, thoughtful and caring, the family statement said: "As deputy head teacher of Bungay Primary School, he demonstrated his strengths in leadership, compassion and support for his team."

  9. Some more spoof stories from Suffolk Gazette

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk Gazette, which admits to being a "spoof and satire" site, has featured an eclectic mix of topics over recent months.

    "Stories" it has revealed include:

    • Ed Balls agreeing to be paid by Delia Smith in pies for his chairmanship of Norwich City
    • Norfolk Nostradamus predicting a Greater Anglia train will actually run on time between Norwich, Ipswich and Liverpool Street in June

    In December, its story about a pensioner locked in a toilet for four days fooled both ITV News and The Mirror.

  10. Territorial Army soldier wins damages after Afghanistan accident

    A soldier left with lifelong muscular pain after an accident in Afghanistan has won a payout of £100,000 from the Ministry of Defence.

    British troops in the desert in Afghanistan

    Territorial Army soldier Kieran Murphy, now 26, of Ipswich Close, Woodbridge, was injured at Patrol Base Nahidullah in October 2010. 

    The final amount of damages - which includes awards of £30,000 for pain and suffering and £10,000 for loss of congenial employment, plus sums for lost earnings -has yet to be agreed but lawyers assessed the total as more than £100,000. 

  11. Sky News falls victim to spoof Suffolk Gazette story

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Spoof news website Suffolk Gazette has claimed another victim after Sky News anchorman Eamonn Holmes read out one of its old stories as part of its breaking news coverage of David Bowie’s death.

    David Bowie

    On its home page, the editor writes: "The passing of a legend is no laughing matter, of course, but Sky News picking up our Spice Oddity story about Bowie serenading a group of diners in a Suffolk curry house, which was published well before he died, takes the biscuit.

    "Especially as we had added a note to the top of the story after Bowie passed, making clear his appearance in the Taj Maharaja in Bungay, which does not even exist, was a spoof."

  12. Tribute paid to father-of-five killed in Bungay collision

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The family of Anthony Benson-Smith, who died following a road traffic collision on the outskirts of Bungay on Friday, have paid tribute to him.

    Anthony Benson-Smith

    In a tribute issued by Suffolk Police they say: "Anthony was a very loving and supportive husband to Emma; he was also a devoted father to his five children.

    "Emma is thankful for the 12 years they shared together and proud of what he achieved. It was a privilege to be his wife and he will live forever in our hearts."

  13. Rare Mercedes Gullwing could fetch £1m, say auctioneers

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A rare Mercedes-Benz Gullwing car, owned by the former chairman of a Suffolk company, could sell for £1m when it's auctioned in March, says Bonhams.

    Mercedes Gullwing

    The 1955 Mercedes-Benz, only the third to be delivered to the UK, is part of a collection owned by the late Kingsley Curtis, who moved to Hartest in the mid-1940s and became managing director of HRP Refrigeration when his father died.

    Other vehicles owned by Mr Curtis include a 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, and a 1960 Maserati 3500 GT.

  14. Afternoon weather: Becoming increasingly windy and showery

    BBC Weather

    It will turn increasingly showery this afternoon, but there will still be some sunny spells. Top temperature: 6C (43F).

    Needham Market

    This photograph was taken this morning by BBC Weather Watcher Jools from Needham Market, and shows we've probably had the best part of the day already.

    And if you're wondering what the weather's got in store this evening and overnight, it'll be cold, windy and showery, with lows of 1C (34F).

  15. Ipswich Town looking at ex-Wolves defender Kevin Foley

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town are running the rule over former Republic of Ireland full-back Kevin Foley who played for the club's Under-21s against Charlton yesterday.

    Kevin Foley

    The 31-year-old - who's a free agent after leaving FC Copenhagen - was previously signed by Town boss Mick McCarthy during his time at Wolves.

    "He's a great bloke who'd fit in fabulously with the lads if he's ok," said McCarthy.

  16. New contracts 'unsafe', says striking junior doctor

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Junior doctors on the picket line at Ipswich Hospital have been explaining why they're taking strike action.

    Picket line at Ipswich Hospital

    One of those taking action, Helen Port, said the new contracts were a real threat to the safety of patients, saying: "We're going to be overworked and too tired to safely practise for our patients."

    In October Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "This is a good deal for doctors. We are reducing the maximum hours a doctor can be asked to work from 91 to 72 hours [a week]. We're stopping doctors being asked to work for five nights in a row."

  17. Lunchtime headlines: Junior doctors remain on picket lines outside hospitals... Success for police in fight against drugs in Ipswich

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Our main stories:

    • Twenty-four operations and numerous outpatient appointments and clinics have been postponed at hospitals serving Suffolk as junior doctors take industrial action
    • Police claim continuing success in their fight against drugs in Ipswich
    • Prof Stephen Hawking will address a conference in Kesgrave in October
  18. Round-up of today's football fixtures

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    While Leeds United visit Portman Road this evening, Championship leaders Middlesbrough are away to Brentford and second-placed Derby host Reading. 

    Both of the teams directly above Ipswich in the table are on their travels: Brighton head to Rotherham while Burnley are at MK Dons.

    Locally Needham Market were due to be at home to Grays Athletic in the Ryman Premier Division but the game is off due to a waterlogged pitch.

  19. McCarthy expects 'really tough game' against Leeds tonight

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Town are back in action at Portman Road tonight, hoping to end Leeds United's eight-game unbeaten run.

    Mick McCarthy

    Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy says his opposite number Steve Evans has done a good job at Elland Road since taking charge in October.

    "They've really improved. They've got good players, no doubt about that. I think it'll be a really tough game... they're on a good run, as are we," he said.