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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 26 February, 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well that's another week done and dusted.

    The team here at BBC Suffolk will be back from 08:00 on Monday morning, and hope you'll be with us too.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Overnight weather: Dry with clear spells leading to a frost in places

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry this evening and overnight with some clear spells and the chance of a frost in places especially away from the coast. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

    Overnight weather map

    Tomorrow should be mainly dry with some sunny breaks, although a few showers cannot be ruled out. The easterly breeze will make it feel cold at times. Top temperature: 6C (43F).

    Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Early evening headlines: Man armed with knife robs Lakenheath pharmacy... Iron lampstands stolen from west Suffolk churchyard

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A look at some of the main stories from Suffolk this afternoon:

    • Police are searching for a man with a knife who robbed a pharmacy in Lakenheath 
    • Two iron lampstands have been removed from concrete at Great Barton churchyard
    • Ipswich Town warned to beware threat posed by Terriers striker Nahki Wells at Huddersfield tomorrow
  4. Reece Topley: Test cricket is the ultimate goal

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk cricketer Reece Topley has set his sights on breaking into the England Test team, after recently establishing himself in the squad for the shorter formats of the game.

    Reece Topley

    The 22-year-old, who was awarded an incremental contract by the ECB this week, was England's leading wicker-taker during the recent ODI series in South Africa. 

    "This is very much the first rung on the ladder. Test cricket has always been the ultimate goal and you always want to challenge yourself against the world's best," he said.

  5. Topley delighted with England cricket contract

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk's Reece Topley is targeting more memorable moments with the England cricket team after being awarded an incremental contract by the ECB.

    Reece Topley

    The 22-year-old was the leading wicket-taker in the recent ODI series with South Africa and also played in both T20 internationals against the Proteas. 

    "It's brilliant to have achieved this but it's very much the first rung on the ladder. Hopefully I can continue to develop during the T20 World Cup," he said.

  6. Pay rise is the 'sensible thing' says Suffolk Coastal MP

    The MP for Suffolk Coastal says MPs' pay rise of 1.3%, which takes effect from April and takes their salary to £74,962, is in line with public sector pay.

    Therese Coffey

    Tory Therese Coffey said: "At a time when we're asking people who work for the government to tighten their belts I think it's a sensible thing to say we'll have the average of the people who work for us, and it's turned out at that number."

  7. Armed robbery in Lakenheath

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Police are searching for a man in Lakenheath who entered the pharmacy on the High Street this afternoon holding a knife, stole a quantity of cash from the till, and ran off.

    No-one was hurt in the incident.

  8. Watch: Could Shaun the Sheep bring Suffolk its second Academy Award in two years?

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk could be in line for its second Oscar in two years, if Shaun the Sheep, directed by Suffolk-born Richard Starzak, wins the Animated Feature Film category on Sunday night.

    If you've not seen the film, here's a taster, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL, for you:

    Video content

    Video caption: Shaun the Sheep, directed by Suffolk-born Richard Starzak, is up for Oscar
  9. Thieves steal iron lampstands from churchyard

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Two wrought iron Victorian lampstands, which were set in concrete, have been stolen from a churchyard at Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds.

    Victorian lampstand

    Police say the lamps are 5ft (1.52m) to 6ft (1.82m) tall, and were wired for electricity.

    The theft took place from the Holy Innocents church in Church Road, some time between 20:00 on Wednesday and 09:30 on Thursday morning.

  10. Wizard Wells is Town's biggest threat this weekend

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ahead of Ipswich Town's match with Huddersfield tomorrow, there is no doubting that manager Mick McCarthy will have warned his players about the threat posed by Terriers striker Nahki Wells.

    Nahki Wells

    The Bermudan international has 14 goals for the season so far, including four from his last five appearances, with Huddersfield unbeaten in their last three. 

    "They've got some good players and it's never an easy place to go and perform," said McCarthy.

  11. 'Relax and goals will follow', McCarthy tells striker

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has told striker Daryl Murphy that he needs to relax, and the goals will follow, ahead of Town's match at Huddersfield tomorrow.

    Mick McCarthy

    The Irishman has struggled to live up to last season's impressive tally, and McCarthy believes he and his teammates would benefit from a more patient display as they look to end a run of three straight losses. 

    "We were all a bit hurried and rushed on Tuesday night against Hull. When you play like that you try to get goals out of nothing so we could all do with relaxing and getting back to what we're good at," said McCarthy.

  12. Ipswich Hospital has greatest deficit of those serving Suffolk

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Hospital has the largest deficit of the three hospitals serving Suffolk, at £19.6m, compared to £6.4m at the West Suffolk, and £5.5 at the James Paget.

    Ipswich Hospital

    Chief executive Nick Hulme said: "Although we are facing that quite significant debt, it won't affect the care we provide to patients.

    "We find a way of managing that debt without it affecting the care we provide."

  13. Ipswich striker grateful for McCarthy support

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has thanked manager Mick McCarthy for keeping him in the team ahead of this weekend's match at Huddersfield.

    Daryl Murphy

    The Irishman, who was the Championship's leading goalscorer last season, has found the net just twice in his last 14 appearances.

    "Maybe I've felt at times that I didn't deserve to play. I need to be showing more, really," he said.

  14. Afternoon weather: Feeling chilly despite sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry with light winds and some sunny spells this afternoon, but feeling chilly, with a top temperature of 6C (43F) - you can get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

    Lavenham

    BBC Weather Watcher Tammy's Cottage took today's picture in Lavenham.

    If you'd like to find out more about Weather Watchers, check out our website.

  15. More than 30 firefighters tackle Bacton thatch fire

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Fire crews from Elmswell and Stowmarket returned to the scene of a fire in Bacton which destroyed part of the roof of a cottage in Turkey Hall Lane.

    Video content

    Video caption: Firefighters take two hours to bring thatch fire in Bacton under control
  16. Euro thoughts are not distracting Ipswich striker

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy says thoughts of potentially playing for Ireland at this summer's European Championships are not affecting his performances at club level.

    Daryl Murphy in action for Ireland

    The 32-year-old has found the net just twice in his last 14 appearances, but ahead of tomorrow's clash with Huddersfield he denies the Euros are proving to be a distraction. 

    "I'm not even thinking about them, to be honest, although I do need to be playing well if I've to have any chance of getting there," he said.

  17. 'More needs to be done to help rough sleepers' says Lowestoft charity

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The Access Community Trust in Lowestoft, which provides supported accommodation to people who are homeless, says the government needs to do more to help rough sleepers.

    Access Community Trust

    Emma Ratzer, who's revealed that the number of rough sleepers in the town rose to six last year, from three in 2014, said: "They need to have a serious understanding that when you cut certain services, the impact further down the line can be catastrophic for families."

    Homelessness minister Marcus Jones has said: "We remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society... Over the next four years we will increase central funding by making £139m available for innovative programmes to prevent and reduce homelessness."