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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 27 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 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 - that's all for the evening. Thanks for your company. We'll be back tomorrow with the usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel. 


    I'll leave you with a picture my colleague sent in - of the blossom in her garden. A sign of hope that spring is on its way.  

  2. The weather: Cloudy and cold

    BBC Weather

    This evening will be rather cloud at first with the chance of some showers, but they will clear away to the east, leaving a dry night with long clear spells. Minimum temperature 1C (33F).

    Weather graphic

    Winds will ease overnight and temperatures are expected to drop much lower than last night with a widespread ground frost.

    Tomorrow will see a chilly start and a generally cooler day but it will stay dry.

  3. 'No ill feeling' as former England international leaves Ipswich

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Basketball head coach Nick Drane says he understands Taner Adu's decision to exit the club, and was supportive of the 31-year-old leaving Copleston.

    Taner Adu

    When the former international player joined the Suffolk side last summer, he had been tipped to help Ipswich into England Basketball's top tier, but work commitments in London have seen him struggle to adapt. 

    "There is no ill feeling whatsoever," Drane told BBC Suffolk Sport. "He didn't quit on us and I didn't get rid of him. It was an amicable split."

  4. 'More support needed for new dads after births'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Health services should be giving expectant dads more information and support ahead of the birth, says mental health campaigner Mark Williams, who started support group Fathers Reaching Out.

    Dad pushing buggy

    A survey of new fathers by Healthwatch Suffolk has found more than three quarters didn't feel involved with the maternity process. 

    Mr Williams said: "What I find a lot of men do, is they actually turn to either drink and drugs or in some cases, families actually breaking up because obviously there are other issues going on as well."

  5. Suffolk Basketball star receives SportsAid grant

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    England youth international Maya Price has become the latest athlete to receive support from Suffolk SportsAid.

    Maya Price

    The 15-year-old, who plays for Ipswich Basketball Club, is a member of the U17 National Team programme. 

    Price is pictured receiving her grant from representatives of the founding members of the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club, which was established last year.

  6. In the news: Four friends win 3,000-mile race across Atlantic, and Ipswich Town lose first-choice goalkeeper

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joined us, here are the headlines from Suffolk this afternoon:

    • Four friends from East Anglia have won the Atlantic Challenge race
    • Ipswich Town will be without their first-choice goalkeeper Dean Gerken for nearly a month, while he recovers from injury
    • Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated across the county
    • Weather: Colder tonight with a chance of frost by dawn
  7. Bialkowski set to return to Ipswich starting line-up

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bartosz Bialkowski will be back in goal for Ipswich Town when the Blues take on Reading on Tuesday, following an injury to Mick McCarthy's first choice keeper Dean Gerken.

    Bartosz Bialkowski

    The 30-year-old has a torn ligament in his right shoulder, which he suffered towards the end of Town's 3-0 loss at Birmingham City at the weekend, and is likely to be absent for at least a month. 

    With reserve goalie Michael Crowe currently on loan at Braintree, Jonathan Henly is likely to be on the bench as cover for the Pole.

  8. Holocaust Memorial Day: Auschwitz memories 'still haunt me'

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    We brought you the story of Albert Pond back in November, but thought it was worth returning to on Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Captain Pond, 91, from Saxmundham saw numerous harrowing sights during the liberation of Auschwitz.

    He told BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy how he became a "complete washed up soldier" as a result.

    Video content

    Video caption: Auschwitz memories 'still haunt me'
  9. Dean Gerken out for at least a month

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town will be without first choice goalkeeper Dean Gerken for at least a month, after he suffered an injury to his right shoulder during last week's loss at Birmingham City.

    Dean Gerken

    The 30-year-old picked up the knock in the final minute of Saturday's match at St Andrews, and a specialist has confirmed he has a partially torn ligament. 

    Town physio Matt Byard said: "We are a looking at a return at the earliest in four weeks if there are no setbacks. It could be longer."

  10. Taner Adu leaves Ipswich Basketball Club

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Last summer the signing of Taner Adu was seen as a major coup at Ipswich Basketball Club, with the 31-year-old tipped to help shoot the Suffolk side to promotion from Division 2. 

    Taner Adu

    However, at the halfway stage of the season, the former England international is leaving Copleston, having struggled to adapt due to work commitments. 

    "He can't reach the level he wants and isn't enjoying his basketball as a result," said Ipswich head coach Nick Drane. "I don't want guys here who don't enjoy it."

  11. Suffolk rowers amongst winning East Anglian Atlantic team

    BBC Look East

    Four friends from East Anglia have rowed their way into the history books after winning the Atlantic Challenge race. 

    Video content

    Video caption: A team of rowers from East Anglia win 3,000-mile race across the Atlantic Ocean

    Jack Mayhew from Levington, Angus Collins from Burnham-on-Crouch, Colchester's Joe Barnett and Gus Barton from Diss have arrived in Antigua after a 3,000 mile (4,828km) journey across the Atlantic.

    The team, in high spirits, told reporters how there hadn't been a "cross word" between them in the 37-day gruelling trip, which featured 40ft waves.

  12. Holocaust Memorial Day: Woodbridge woman recalls concentration camp

    Mark Murphy

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Today holds mixed emotions for 90-year-old Woodbridge resident Edita Sanderson.

    Edita Sanderson and her daughter Barbara Marsh

    Mrs Sanderson lived in Romania at the time of the Nazi occupation. Many of her friends were Jewish and it was this loyalty that meant she was rounded up and taken to Dachau concentration camp. 

    You can hear Edita's compelling story here.

  13. The weather: Winds lighter but turning colder

    BBC Weather

    There's still a risk of a sharp shower this afternoon, but winds will ease and it will turn colder.

    Scene from Long Melford

    This was the scene in Long Melford this morning, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Bangalore Babe. 

    Tonight any lingering rain will clear during the evening, leaving the latter part of the night dry with clear periods developing. Turning cold with a frost possible in places by dawn.

  14. Man arrested over Bury St Edmunds shooting is bailed

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A 20-year-old man from Derbyshire arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in his 30s in Bury St Edmunds last summer has been released on bail by Suffolk Police.

    Sealed-off scene in Bury St Edmunds

    The man, arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and questioned in Derbyshire, is due to answer bail in February. 

    Five men and one woman have all previously been charged with conspiracy to murder in relation to the shooting.

  15. £12k stuffed inside a sock and £53k in a lunchbox

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The officer involved in the seizure of more than £82,000 in cash, £12,000 of which was stuffed inside a sock, and £53,000 of which was hidden in a lunchbox, says the investigation had a "satisfying outcome".

    Cash found at Beck Row

    The cash was found after a raid at Willow Park, Beck Row, where a commercial cannabis production operation was uncovered. The remaining thousands were found in a kitchen cupboard and the money was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.  

    Andy Gould, of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, said: "This order made by the court has brought about a satisfying outcome to an investigation conducted along with our colleagues in Suffolk."

  16. In the news: East Anglian rowing team wins Atlantic Race and peregrine falcons on Ipswich Waterfront

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you've just joined us, here's what's making the news today:

    • A team of four East Anglian rowers have won a 3,000-mile race across the Atlantic
    • A 20-year-old arrested in connection with a shooting in Bury St Edmunds has been released on police bail
    • It's hoped a project to provide a home for a pair of peregrine falcons on Ipswich Waterfront will be successful
  17. Peregrine falcons: Nest boxes could overcome lack of cliffs

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Prospects for peregrine falcons nesting at The Mill in Ipswich look good this year, but why are they so rare in Suffolk? 

    Peregrine falcons hunting

    Ornithologist David Lowe, who has helped with the nest box project in Ipswich, said: "Peregrines' natural nest site requirement is a ledge on a high, step cliff - there aren’t any of those in Suffolk!

    "Peregrines were scarce throughout the country until recent years, because of poisoning through certain insecticides. Once this had been appreciated, and the relevant sprays were banned, a comeback commenced."

  18. Freddie Sears backs Colchester midfielder Moncur

    Tim Fenton

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town have until Monday at 23:00 to try to strengthen their squad, if they wish to, before the transfer window closes. One name regularly linked with Ipswich is that of Colchester's George Moncur.

    George Moncur

    Town striker Freddie Sears, who made the move from the Community Stadium to Portman Road himself a year ago, believes the midfielder is ready for Championship football.

    "He's done really well since going to Colchester," Sears said. "I'm sure, sooner or later, George will be playing at a higher level."