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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 20 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's it from us today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Suffolk.

  2. 'Lots of cuddles' for new baby Evie from loved ones who haven't yet met her

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich mother Sharon Halls has told BBC Suffolk what will be in store over the next few weeks, as she returned home with daughter Evie born 12 weeks early in the Dominican Republic. 

    Sharon Halls with baby Evie

    Their case hit the headlines last autumn when their insurance company at first refused to meet medical bills, but later relented.

    Ms Halls said Evie will get "lots of cuddles by lots of people who have really wanted to meet her... and we've got Christmas dinner to have."

  3. Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Suffolk fall again

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The number of people in Suffolk claiming out-of-work benefits fell again in December. 

    Official figures released today show 4,240 people were getting Jobseeker's Allowance last month, compared with 4,406 in November 2015.

    1,689 people stopped claiming the benefit in the last year.

  4. 'Only a third of people can name local charity'

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Local charities in Suffolk say they are falling victim to the domination of the big national fundraisers.

    Brooke Lawrance walking into school in 2013

    There's agreement with a national report out today that finds only a third of people can name a local charity. 

    Sarah Lawrance from Brooke's Wish To Walk, which has helped a Suffolk girl with cerebal palsy (pictured), said: "We find it more when you phone companies and try and get them behind you, they're like 'no, we only support the big charities out there'." 

  5. Another cold, frosty night with freezing fog

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening will be another cold, frosty night with widespread mist and local freezing fog patches.  

    A risk of icy roads with lows of -3C, but temperatures could get lower in frost-prone areas.

    Overnight weather graphic

    Tomorrow will see a cold, frosty start with freezing fog patches slow to clear in places. Some spells of sunshine later.

  6. Ipswich defenders face St Andrews fitness battle

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Christophe Berra (pictured) and Luke Chambers are struggling for full fitness ahead of Ipswich Town's Championship clash at Birmingham City on Saturday.

    Christophe Berra

    Both defenders missed last night's FA Cup loss at Portsmouth, after manager Mick McCarthy underlined how important the pair are to his team's chances of winning promotion. 

    "Christophe has a shoulder problem and Chambo played with a calf strain last weekend," McCarthy confirmed. "I need them this Saturday. To be in with a chance of those play-offs I need them week-in, week-out."

  7. Baby Evie, born 12 weeks early, is home after starting life early in the Dominican Republic

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A baby and her mum are back in Suffolk after four months of treatment in the Dominican Republic. 

    Baby Evie in an incubator

    Evie was born three months early. Her mum, Sharon Halls from Ipswich, described being overjoyed to have her new daughter home safely. 

    She said: "I can't even explain it, really, without crying. I didn't think the day would come, to be honest. Very, very happy."

  8. 'Barriers and constraints' causing problems for new rural businesses

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    There are calls today for more support to be given to people in rural Suffolk wanting to set up new businesses.


    Charles Trotman, senior economics advisor at the Country Land and Business Association, said: "There are certain barriers and constraints which effectively stop the potential for rural businesses to make a bigger contribution. 

    "Broadband is clearly a classic example of that, progress is being made, but we believe that politicians and government need to actually step up to the plate, so to speak, to make a bigger difference," he said.

  9. Greater Anglia releases statement after person hit by train

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Greater Anglia has just released a statement after lines between Stratford and Liverpool Street were blocked. You can read it in full here.  

    Quote Message: Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident between Bethnal Green and Stratford all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes, or revised. Disruption is expected until 20:00." from Greater Anglia
    Greater Anglia
  10. In the news: Commuters delayed after rail lines blocked... Baby born in Dominican Republic comes home

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here are the early evening headlines:

    • Rail commuters are facing at least a 90-minute delay after a person was hit by a train in London
    • A baby born 12 weeks early in the Dominican Republic has come home to Suffolk
    • Only a third of people can name a local charity, says report 
    • Weather: A frosty night ahead with freezing fog patches and icy roads
  11. Greater Anglia: Person hit by train blocks Liverpool Street line

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    I have just spoken to Greater Anglia. 

    A spokeswoman says a person has been hit by train between Bethnal Green and Stratford. 

    There are no trains leaving or entering Liverpool Street while emergency services deal with the incident. Disruption is expected on the London to Norwich line, through Suffolk, until 19:00.

  12. See for yourself what the A11 Fiveways Roundabout is like

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Look East's Richard Daniel has recently been for a trip on the Fiveways Roundabout, which campaigners say is dangerous since the A11 Elveden bypass was completed.

    See for yourself as Richard battles the congestion.

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    Video caption: Richard Daniel drives on the Fiveways roundabout
  13. Changes to A11 to reduce risk of accidents

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Work to reduce the number of accidents on the Fiveways Roundabout on the A11 at Barton Mills is under way. 

    Barton Mills roundabout

    There's been an increase in accidents since the improvements to the dual carriageway were finished just over a year ago.

    Road markings and signs on the road are being changed over the next couple of days.

  14. Ed Sheeran among influential entertainers

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ed Sheeran has made it onto the list of the 30 most influential Europeans in the entertainment industry.

    Ed Sheeran on stage at the BBC Music Awards, Earls Court

    The Suffolk star is named in the first "30 Under 30 Europe" list, compiled by US magazine Forbes. He's previously made it onto the American version of the list.

    He's in good company - singer Adele, tennis star Andy Murray and actress Emma Watson are all included too.  

  15. Football: Ipswich fringe players fail to impress the boss

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mick McCarthy made 11 changes to his Ipswich starting line-up last night, but the Blues lost 2-1 at League Two's Portsmouth and are out of the FA Cup.

    Portsmouth score against Ipswich

    The manager rued a poor first half performance, in particular from a number of his fringe players who clearly failed to put pressure on Town's first team regulars. 

    "Did any of them give me a problem about picking my team over the next few weeks? I don't think so," McCarthy said. "But I know which ones can play."

  16. 'Shed load' of stones on A14 near Whitehouse junction

    BBC Travel

    The A14 is blocked at the Whitehouse interchange and Claydon junction near Ipswich due to a "shed load" of stones on the road.

  17. Football: Cup action for Suffolk non-league sides

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Victory for Leiston tonight at home to Kingstonian would see the Suffolk side through to the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup.

    Leiston's Victory Road ground

    There is an all Suffolk clash in the Thurlow Nunn League Cup as Long Melford entertain Mildenhall, while Ipswich Wanderers face Norwich United at Humber Doucy Lane.

    Weather permitting, Woodbridge Town will also be in action later away at Wivenhoe.

  18. In the news: Debate over Ipswich Town team selection... Cannabis found after raid

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here are the lunchtime news headlines: 

    • Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has been criticised over the team selection in last night's FA Cup match
    • Cannabis with estimated street value of £10,000 has been found in a raid in Stowmarket
    • Country Land and Business Association calls for more help for people setting up businesses in the Suffolk countryside