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  1. Updates for Suffolk on Thursday, 28 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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  2. Overnight weather: Mainly dry, with winds increasing

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Clear spells at first this evening, but increasing cloud from the west could bring a few spots of rain later. Winds picking up during the night. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Friday's weather map

    Friday will be rather cloudy and windy, with the chance of a little light rain. It'll become brighter in the afternoon.

    Top temperature: 12C (54F).

  3. Figures on mental health deaths 'take no account of the size of the organisation', says boss

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The chief executive of the mental health trust serving Suffolk and Norfolk says recent figures published showing the high number of "unexpected" deaths within the trust doesn't take into account the size of the organisation.

    Speaking on the day the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust announced an independent investigation into the deaths, Michael Scott said they're one of the biggest health trusts in the country.

    He said: "Some 30% of the deaths are in our substance abuse services for drug and alcohol misusers. Many trusts don't run those services."

  4. Football: Lampshire sends Mildenhall into semi-finals

    Bury Free Press

    A first-half header from David Lampshire was enough to see Mildenhall Town advance through to the semi-finals of the Thurlow Nunn League Cup at the expense of Long Melford last night (Wednesday, January 27).

    David Lampshire
  5. Church improvement plans go on show

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Designs for proposed improvements to St Peter's Church in Sudbury, costing about £1.2m, have gone on show.

    Visitors are being asked how they'd like the church to be used in future.

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    Video caption: St Peter's Church Sudbury: Improvement plans go on show

    The exhibition, at St Peter's Church, runs until Saturday.

  6. Football: No surprises as James Alabi leaves Ipswich

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Scoring on your debut generally bodes well for a footballer, but James Alabi has found life at Ipswich Town tough since that summer night in Doncaster.

    James Alibi

    The striker has not featured for Mick McCarthy's side since and also struggled to make an impact during a loan spell at non-league Grimsby. 

    News that Alabi has today mutually terminated his contract at Portman Road came as little surprise.

  7. Ipswich Town and James Alabi part ways

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Striker James Alabi has had his contract at Ipswich Town terminated by mutual consent.

    James Alabi

    The 21-year-old has struggled to make an impression at Portman Road, and only featured once for Mick McCarthy's side, scoring in a League Cup win at Doncaster.

    In November, Alabi was loaned out to Grimsby where he made three appearances from the substitutes bench.

  8. Inpatient unit to be created for young people with acute mental health needs

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The Trust providing mental health services for Suffolk is investing nearly £1m for an inpatient unit for young people to offer specialist care to more patients.

    Carlton Court

    The 12-bed unit, to be constructed at the Carlton Court dementia unit in Lowestoft, will be able to treat boys for the first time and replaces a unit currently in use at Airey Close in Oulton which can only care for girls.

    Andy Goff, from the Trust, said it will mean more people can "access the specialist help and support they need closer to home".

  9. Town skipper shortlisted for award

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers is in the running to be named as January's PFA Fans' Championship Player of the Month.

    Luke Chambers scores against Leeds

    The defender, who has made 31 appearances for the Blues so far this season, is one of 12 nominees for the award.

    Chambers scored Town's winning goal against QPR on Boxing Day, and also found the net earlier this month when the Blues beat Leeds 2-1 (pictured).

  10. Long Melford boss: Griffiths is a 'special talent'

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Long Melford manager Jules Mumford has praised the form of 22-goal striker Jamie Griffiths and believes his club is "lucky to have him."

    Jamie Griffiths

    The former Ipswich Town academy player's helped The Villagers up to fifth place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, despite only winning promotion last summer.

    "He's a talent, a special talent. He gets closely marked in a lot of the games. but he can shake off two or three players at times. He's a cracking lad as well so we're lucky to have him," Mumford said.

  11. Teenager walks out of Suffolk's Hollesley Bay prison

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A man serving time at Suffolk's open prison for burglary, dangerous driving and stealing a car, has disappeared. 

    Anthony Lee

    Anthony Lee, 19, was reported as missing from Hollesley Bay after a roll call at 17:30 last night. 

    He has connections with the Hertfordshire area, police said.

  12. Gainsborough painting raises more than £2.25m at auction

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The Blue Page, painted by Suffolk artist Thomas Gainsborough, has been bought by a collector for $3,250,000 (£2,265,282) in New York.

    The Blue Page

    Auctioneers Sotheby's say it's the fifth most valuable Gainsborough work sold at auction.

  13. Afternoon weather: Dry and cold, becoming breezy

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a fine and dry afternoon, with some good spells of sunshine in many areas. Top temperature: 8C (46F).

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  14. Great Finborough: Victim named of fatal collision

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The victim of a fatal collision on the B1115 in Great Finborough has been named by police as Jeanette (Jean) Harrison,77, from Clay Hills, Pebmarsh in Essex.

    Mrs Harrison was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra that was involved in a collision with a Range Rover about a mile-and-a-half south the village before 14:40 on Tuesday.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  15. Inquiry to be held into 'unexpected deaths' at Suffolk's mental health trust

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    An independent investigation is to be held into the numbers of unexpected deaths of patients of Suffolk's mental health trust following news earlier this week the trust has the worst record in England for patients dying unexpectedly.

    Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust HQ

    Michael Scott, chief executive of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The process for conducting our own investigations is already very thorough.

    "By examining the results of our investigations we are able to see any trends or emerging issues and take immediate steps to address them."

  16. Lunchtime news: Investigation into 'unexpected deaths'... Success for Lowestoft jobs fair

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Our main top stories:

    • "Unexpected deaths" investigation to be held by Suffolk's mental health trust
    • Lowestoft College jobs fair quadruples in size in four years
    • Leiston move to sixth place in the Ryman Premier Division after victory over Staines Town
  17. Union say it's 'shocking' it's taken so long for Claxton Engineering case to come to court

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A union has criticised delays within the judicial system that have led to a five year delay in getting the case heard that involves the death of four Suffolk men who died on a building site.

    Daniel Hazelton, AdamTaylor, Thomas Hazelton and Peter Johnson (clockwise from top left)

    Ron McKay from UCATT, says five years is a long time for witnesses and anybody else to recall what happened: "It's shocking it's taken this length of time to get where it is."

    A director and three companies have been charged with safety offences, after the men were crushed to death on a site at Claxton Engineering five years ago.  

  18. Jobs fair in Lowestoft quadruples in size in four years

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A jobs fair at Lowestoft College has quadrupled in size since it began four years ago.

    Lowestoft College Jobs Fair

    Bob Beard, who organised the event, says it's become the biggest of its type in the area since it started with just 12 companies involved.

    "Last year we moved because we ran out of space... we had 18, now we have maybe 45, maybe 50 organisations here."