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Summary

  1. Update for Wednesday 24 February, 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel 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 across the day

    That's all folks, thanks for your company today. We'll be back in the morning but until then you can email us, send us a Tweet, or get in touch via our Facebook page. Have a good evening. 

  2. Power station project director over proposed Sizewell C: 'We'll do it right.'

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The new project director of Sizewell C says the future of the plant is tied up with what happens to Hinkley Point in Somerset. 

    Sizewell Nuclear power station

    Jim Crawford has headed Sizewell B for six years but from next month he will take up his new post, and says, despite delays to the project, it's important the right decisions are made over a new plant for the Suffolk coast.

    He said: "There's been five decades of nuclear power in that area. My job is to make sure that we continue that tradition, with the benefits that it brings to the local community... I'm passionate about the area, I'm passionate about nuclear power, but we'll do it right."

  3. Developer did not expect Suffolk Coastal planners' decision

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The developer behind proposals for 300 new Kesgrave homes has described the planners' request for a bigger, and better application as "unexpected".

    The planning committee meeting today

    Suffolk Coastal's planners today deferred plans put forward by Persimmon Homes, who will have to go back to the drawing board and begin talks with adjoining landowners.

    Martin Davies, from Persimmon, said: "An unexpected decision, or indication that in actual fact the committee would prefer us to look at a different, and larger scheme. We now have to take stock of that and go back and consider our position."

  4. Chance of a wintry shower tonight

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening there's a small chance of a wintry shower, but otherwise dry with a widespread hard frost and some icy patches. It could be as cold as -6C. 

    Tomorrow will be another cold, frosty start but mainly dry with sunny spells. Here's how things will look tomorrow afternoon.   

    Tomorrow's weather graphic
  5. Lowestoft manager proud of unbeaten run

    Lowestoft Town made it three games without defeat in the National North last night, with a goalless draw against Hednesford Town.

    Aidy Gallagher

    Manager Aidy Gallagher told the BBC: "To come away with seven points in three games on this pitch is a great achievement."

    The Trawler Boys sit 17th in the division, five points clear of the relegation zone.

  6. Everything you need to know about the East Anglia One wind farm

    Alex Dunlop

    BBC Look East

    Work on one of the biggest wind farms in the world will start next year. 

    East Anglia One will be built off the coast of Suffolk, will cost £2.5bn and have 102 turbines. Here's the story so far:

    Video content

    Video caption: East Anglia One: Cash agreed and work to start in 2017
  7. Maitland-Niles absence a surprise

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles's absence from the Ipswich Town squad was something of a surprise last night, given that the 18-year-old was fully fit ahead of the 1-0 loss to Hull.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles

    The Arsenal loanee has scored two goals from 27 appearances for the Blues this season, and was arguably Mick McCarthy's most natural available winger on the night. But the manager opted instead for Larsen Toure.

    "Larsen has been training very well and I considered putting him on today as a threat," McCarthy said. "Ainsley's not injured, he was left out of the squad."

  8. Wind farm chief says 'hundreds of high quality jobs' on way

    The managing director of an energy firm behind plans for a huge wind farm off the coast near Lowestoft says it will create "hundreds of high quality jobs" locally.

    Offshore windfarm

    Jonathan Cole, of Scottish Power Renewables, says the £2.5bn East Anglia One site has now been given the final go-ahead by his firm.

    Mr Cole said: "We will be creating hundreds of high-quality jobs directly employed by us in the project and then thousands of jobs in and around the area servicing those activities."

  9. Public meeting in Eye to explore improvements for town

    Diss Express

    A public meeting in Eye next week will explore potential improvements in the centre of the town.  

    Centre of Eye
  10. Kesgrave: Developers told to make 'different and larger' application

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Councillors have put off making a decision on plans for 300 new homes in Kesgrave. 

    Land at Long Strops, near Kesgrave, the site of proposals for 300 new homes

    Suffolk Coastal District Council's planning committee met earlier to discuss the proposals for land off Bell Lane, and the decision has been deferred. 

    Developer Persimmon said the implication was the council wanted a "different and larger" scheme.

  11. Wind farm offers Lowestoft 'opportunity and investment'

    An energy firm chief says Lowestoft is set to benefit from more opportunities and investment following the green light for a £2.5bn wind farm off the coast near Lowestoft.              

    Scottish Power Renewables will start work on the East Anglia One project next year.

    Managing director Jonathan Cole says it is the first of four bigger projects in the pipeline for the region, which could bolster the site's operational base in Lowestoft for up to 30 years.

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    Video caption: Energy firm chief says wind farm go-ahead offers Lowestoft 'opportunity and investment'
  12. Mick McCarthy: Ipswich were beaten by a better side

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy could have few complaints after the Blues' 1-0 loss to Championship leaders Hull City last night.

    Mo Diame scores against Ipswich

    The visitors struck early in the second half through Mohamed Diame, following an excellent through ball from Andrew Robertson. 

    "We really struggled then for about 10 minutes and couldn't get to grips with them," McCarthy said. "Credit to us though for scrapping our way through to the end and not conceding another goal."

  13. There's a chance it will rain this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon cloud will increase, bringing a chance of a few light showers. Maximum temperature 7C (44F).

    Lowestoft seafront

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Jane's Jaunts for her picture of Lowestoft seafront this morning.

  14. New bishop ordained and consecrated

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The ceremony to ordain and consecrate the new Bishop of Dunwich has taken place at Westminster Abbey. 

    Reverend Canon Dr Mike Harrison with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

    Reverend Canon Dr Mike Harrison is pictured here on the right with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, after a two-hour service attended by around 50 Suffolk clergy. 

    Bishop Mike, as he will be known, will be "installed" at another service on Saturday, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

  15. Ed Sheeran up for two Brit Awards

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Another day, another chance of awards success for Ed Sheeran. Tonight, the singer who last week won his first Grammy Awards will be in contention for two Brits.

    Ed Sheeran

    Despite selling out Wembley Stadium three times last year, Ed isn't in the running for the British male solo award - which he won last time around.

    Instead, he's having to make do with being shortlisted for best single (Bloodstream with Rudimental) and best video (for Photograph). Good luck, Ed.

  16. In the news: New homes development put off... Wind farm gets go ahead

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us this lunchtime, here's what's making the news in Suffolk:

    • Developers hoping to build 300 new homes at Kesgrave told to make "bigger and better" application
    • Power firm gets go-ahead to build giant wind farm off Lowestoft
    • Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran up for two Brit awards
    • Weather: Sunny but cold. Maximum temperature 7C (44F) this afternoon
  17. Questions remain over Sizewell C

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    There are still no guarantees Sizewell C will ever be built, according to the new man in charge of the project, Jim Crawford.

    Artist impression of proposed power station alongside Sizewell B

    Mr Crawford, current head of Sizewell B, will be project director of Sizewell C from next month (artist's impression above). He says before a new power station in Suffolk can progress, a new reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset has to be built.

    "It's a huge project, especially when you look at the number of contracts involved," Mr Crawford said with regard to Sizewell. "The nuclear industry...we haven't built a reactor since Sizewell B so it's a very important, a very big decision and I think the quality of the decision is more important than the time it takes."

  18. National Stud set to reopen today after virus quarantine

    The National Stud is due to reopen today after going into quarantine because of a herpes virus infection.

    Race horses

    The highly infectious virus was found in a horse at the breeding facility, near Newmarket, on 20 January.

    Managing director Brian O'Rourke said closing to the public was a "precaution" to stop it spreading among the local horse population.

  19. Power firm gives East Anglia One wind farm go-ahead

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    The company planning to build a giant offshore wind farm off Lowestoft has announced it now has the money to finance it.

    A windfarm and boat

    Scottish Power Renewables says it will invest £2.5bn in the East Anglia One site and its construction will create up to 3,000 jobs.

    Work is due to start next year and the 102 turbines will help to generate enough energy to power 500,000 homes once they are fully operational by 2020, the firm says.