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  1. Updates for Thursday, 4 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    The Suffolk Live team is signing off for the day, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 to keep you updated on what's happening in the county.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Overnight weather: Generally cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather

    This evening and overnight will remain rather cloudy, mild and breezy, with some patchy rain or drizzle in places. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F). 

    Overnight weather map

    Winds will strengthen during the day tomorrow and it will remain cloudy, with the chance of some rain or drizzle in places. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

  3. Ipswich defender Tommy Smith happy with form

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Nobody in the current Ipswich squad has played more games for Town than Tommy Smith, who will edge closer to 250 appearances when he lines up against QPR on Saturday.

    Tommy Smith

    The 25-year-old made his debut in August 2008 and has endured his fair share of ups and downs, but he is currently enjoying a consistent run in the team. 

    "The whole back four and keeper had a shaky period earlier this season," Smith said. "We've come through that and been performing admirably recently."

  4. Tourist information centres become victims of cutbacks in Waveney

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Businesses in north Suffolk are being urged to take on the role of tourist information points after the demise of council-run sites.

    Lowestoft TIC

    Both Lowestoft (situated in East Point Pavilion, pictured) and Southwold centres will close at the end of April.

    Cliff Leftwich, who runs Beccles Books where an information point has just been set up, said: "The amount of customers that come in and ask where the library is, it's not easy to tell them, so I leave the shop most of the time and point them in the right direction."

  5. The night Led Zeppelin played at an Ipswich swimming pool

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    It's not often I get the chance to be completely self indulgent at work but this week has been different.

    Compiling pieces on the five greatest gigs Suffolk has seen has allowed me to wallow in pop nostalgia, speak to fascinating people and hear their memories of some very special times.

    The greatest labour of love was putting together the report on the visit of Led Zeppelin to Ipswich in November 1971. 

    Recordings made on the night along with photographs by Nigel Rae and an account from William Martin brought alive a concert by a band approaching the peak of their powers, in a small venue that usually served as a swimming baths.

  6. Late winners are a string to the Ipswich Town bow

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town would prefer to win games more comfortably, but defender Tommy Smith says the late winners in recent weeks highlight the team's strength of character.

    Brett Pitman celebrates goal against reading

    Brett Pitman's goal against Reading on Tuesday sealed a third final minute victory for the Blues from their past four league games at home. 

    "It keeps the punters guessing as well!" Smith joked. "It's not so good for the heart, but it does show that we keep going to the end."

  7. Bury Free Press 'disappointed' at Needham Market FC's handling of recent disagreement

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A journalist for the Bury Free Press says the paper continues "to be disappointed" at the way Needham Market FC are choosing to handle a situation which has resulted in the newspaper being banned from covering their matches.

    Needham Market FC ground

    Russell Claydon, who got in a dispute with the club after running a story about a player leaving, said: "We remain sponsors of Needham and had hoped they would re-evaluate the situation and re-open dialogue.

    "We still remain open to that and in the meantime will continue to cover the club, where we can, from afar."

  8. Early evening headlines: Ipswich stab victim released from hospital... West Stow Country Park to open caravan site

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Our final look at Suffolk's top stories for today:

  9. Needham Market ban on Bury Free Press to remain 'for the foreseeable future'

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The manager of Needham Market Football Club has told BBC Suffolk the ban on the Bury Free Press covering its matches will remain for the "foreseeable future", following a disagreement over a story that was printed about the club.

    Mark Morsley and BFP back page

    Mark Morsley said: "As it stands, I don't see them returning to the ground this season." However, he added they may need to assess the situation in the summer.

    "It's a bit of a raw subject," he said.

  10. Caravan park approved for West Stow

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Plans for a 100-pitch caravan site at West Stow have been approved by councillors.

    Proposed site layout

    Jo Rayner, the councillor in charge of leisure at St Edmundsbury, says they will address the concerns of organisations such as the Suffolk Wildlife Trust who had highlighted a number of environmental issues.

    She said: "We will continue to work with them to address as many of their concerns as we possibly can."

  11. Stab victim released from hospital

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A man who was stabbed at a bus stop in Ipswich last night has been released from hospital.

    Martlesham police investigation centre

    Suffolk Police said the man, who is in his 30s, had "potential life-changing injuries" after the attack at about 22:15 last night. However, he has now been deemed fit enough to leave hospital.

    A teenager arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm is still being questioned at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

  12. Blue Cross opens its flagship centre in Wherstead

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The Blue Cross has opened its new flagship rehoming centre on the outskirts of Ipswich.

    Blue Cross centre

    About £3m has been spent on the charity's move to Wherstead from Walton, near Felixstowe. 

    Manager Andy Gillon said: "The ability for us to help almost twice as many pets in the future is just amazing."

  13. Public loos 'not a priority' for people in Suffolk Coastal district, says MP

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The Suffolk Coastal MP says public toilets are probably not high on the list of her constituents' priorities, and the conveniences shouldn't be paid for by authorities all the time.

    Public toilet exterior

    Therese Coffey told the Daily Politics show: "What you don't want are public toilets that are just so horrid nobody wants to go in either."

  14. Ipswich Town: Foley happy to play anywhere

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town's most recent signing, Kevin Foley, has been speaking to BBC Suffolk Sport about his versatility.

    Kevin Foley

    The 31-year-old, who joined Town last month on a deal until the end of the season, has spent most of his career at right-back, but says he has other strings to his bow.

    "I've been doing a lot of training on the left in recent weeks. Obviously my right foot is my strongest but I don't mind using my left. I've played for the gaffer in midfield on many occasions as well. I'm just happy to play."

  15. Two taken to hospital following fire at Sudbury cafe

    Suffolk Free Press

    Two people have been taken to hospital following a fire at a Sudbury cafe this morning.

    Fire engine outside Sudbury cafe
  16. Afternoon weather: Some bright spells but mainly cloudy

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will remain rather cloudy, although there will be some brighter spells and the chance of an odd spot of rain or drizzle at times. Top temperature: 10C (50F).


    Today's photograph was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Steve Nicholls in Eyke.

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  17. Attitudes harden towards refugees from Syria and Libya, BBC poll suggests

    BBC News UK

    Attitudes towards allowing refugees into Great Britain have hardened, a ComRes survey for BBC Local Radio suggests.

    Two in five (41%) of the 2,204 people interviewed say Britain should accept fewer refugees from Syria and Libya. The figure was 31% in September 2015.

    Here you can see where attitudes in the East stood in the survey compared to other regions.

    Regional attitudes to refugees graphic
  18. Leiston FC chairman 'excited' by Ainsley's arrival

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Leiston chairman Andy Crisp has hailed the signing of Lowestoft Town defender Jack Ainsley on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    Jack Ainsley

    The 25-year-old, who's based in Felixstowe, has moved after finding it tough to balance the travelling involved with playing for the Trawler Boys with his work and a young family.

    "Jack's a player who our manager has been tracking for some time," said Crisp. "We are excited by Jack's arrival and this shows our intent to give it a final push for one of those all important play-off places."

  19. Lunchtime headlines: Scale of absconding from Suffolk jail 'concerning'... Massive response to fire service consultation in Sudbury

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A look at our main stories: