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Summary

  1. Updates for Suffolk on Wednesday, 2 March 2016.
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    We're signing off the evening, thank you for your company. The BBC Suffolk team will be back in the morning with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00. 

  2. Showers tonight, drying out for a while later

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Showers clearing eastwards, and becoming drier for a few hours as we head through the night.

    Weather graphic showing picture at 05:00 on Thursday

    Further showers will feed in from the north-west later, predominantly falling as rain and hail but also turning to sleet and snow in places.

    Minimum temperature 1C (33F), and there'll be a chilly start to tomorrow morning.

  3. Drivers must 'read prescription medication instructions', police say

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk's roads policing unit chief says while new laws to help tackle drug driving have helped them in their job, drivers should always take care to read prescription medication instructions.

    Man being tested for drugs

    Ch Insp Kristin Barnard, the new head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: "Although we are only seeing a minority of drivers in the counties driving under the influence of drugs, it is still putting other road users at risk of a serious collision or even fatality. 

    "Any amount of drug, whether it is prescribed or illegal can impair your ability to drive and decrease your reaction times."

  4. In the news: London man arrested after Ipswich robbery... Police promise action over parking

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    If you're just joining us, here's what's happening in the county:

    • A 34-year London man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after an alleged armed robbery last month
    • Police have promised action in Bury St Edmunds after claims illegal parking was damaging the tourist trade
    • Weather: Showers into the evening, maximum temperature 4C (39F), but clearer later
  5. Roadside drugs testing kits one year on have 'helped police deal with offenders more effectively'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Drugs kits introduced a year ago today have helped officers tackle the problem of drug drivers, Suffolk Police says.

    Drugs testing kit

    The kits were as a result of new laws introduced in March 2015 making it easier for police to target drug drivers at the roadside by testing a saliva swab.  

    Ch Insp Kristin Barnard, head of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “The new laws have made it easier for officers to tackle drug drivers, because there is a prescribed legal limit for substances."

  6. The pigs have arrived

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    More than 50 fibreglass pig sculptures have arrived in Suffolk ahead of the Pigs Gone Wild trail this summer. 

    Three fibreglass pig sculptures

    The pigs are currently plain white, but once decorated with various designs they will be displayed around Ipswich - in a trail similar to the Go Go Gorillas art trail in Norwich.

    After the exhibition, it's hoped the pigs will raise £100,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice when they're auctioned off for the charity.

  7. Police promise action over Bury St Edmunds parking

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Police say they will aim to enforce parking restrictions in Bury St Edmunds, after claims were made that illegal parking was damaging the tourist trade.

    The Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds

    Our Bury St Edmunds says people are regularly parking in spaces including a coach bay on Angel Hill.

    Police have pledged to make a "concerted effort to enforce parking restrictions".

  8. Ticket promotion at Rotherham match

    TWTD.co.uk

    Town are holding a ticket promotion at the home game against Rotherham United on Saturday 19th March (KO 3pm).

  9. Pigs Gone Wild: Animals arrive ahead of exhibition

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Earlier today Ipswich had a special delivery of pigs, ahead of the Pigs Gone Wild exhibition taking place in the summer. 

    Here's a look at what the larger-than-life size sculptures look like as they were unloaded from their pen (the van).

    Lorry with bubble-wapped objects inside
  10. Weather: Chance of sleet

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon it'll continue to be windy, culminating in a squally band of rain and sleet pushing south-east, perhaps clearing later to sunny spells. Maximum temperature 5C (41F).

    Scene over village of Barking this morning

    Many thanks to Weather Watchers user JJ, who sent us this picture of Barking from this morning.

  11. Railway enthusiasts defend plans to bring the age of steam back to Southwold

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Railway enthusiasts in Southwold are hoping their latest plans to bring a flavour of the age of steam back to the town will appease their critics. 

    The site of the proposal

    The line closed more than 80 years ago but now enthusiasts' hopes to build a small-scale tourist attraction have only reignited fears that it'll lead to something much bigger.

    Opponents fear it will be the first step in recreating a railway line between Southwold and Walberswick, but the Southwold Railway Trust says it would be a "stand alone" attraction.

  12. New council homes in Laxfield the first in Suffolk districts for nearly 30 years

    Diss Express

    Laxfield is set to welcome nine new council houses - the first to be built in two north Suffolk districts for nearly 30 years. 

    Representatives celebrating the deal
  13. Ipswich robbery: Man from London arrested

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    A self-employed roofer told last month how he gave chase in his car after an armed robbery at his home in Ipswich, but backed off after the cars collided and one of the assailants fired a gun.

    Police at Hawthorn Drive in Ipswich

    Stuart McConnachie, 27, said he drove after two men who forced entry to his home in Manchester Road and took £2,000 in cash.

    Suffolk Police said a 34-year-old man from south London was arrested in the capital on suspicion of robbery last night, and is being questioned.

  14. BreakingMan arrested over Ipswich robbery

    A 34-year-old man from London has been arrested in connection with a robbery in Ipswich, where the victim chased after his assailants in his car.

  15. The weather's on the turn

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    As ever, we've had a host of lovely pictures sent in by our Weather Watchers correspondents. 

    Thanks to Waveney Wonders, who just uploaded this photo. It shows how the band of rain forecast is looming.

    Weather Watchers': Waveney Wonders
  16. Southwold steam railway line would be 'small tourist attraction'

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Steam rail fans in Southwold say plans to build a small tourist attraction is an independent project and not part of their long-term dream of reopening a stretch of the old railway line. 

    Train at Southwold

    Opponents of the latest scheme, close to the town's sewage works, say it will lead to bigger projects in the future.

    But James Hewett, chairman of the Southwold Railway Trust, said: "We would be providing a small tourist attraction with a nature reserve with a miniature railway going around it.. I can see why they might be worried, but in fact this is stand alone."

  17. In the news: Lorry driver in hospital with serious head injuries...Number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum increases

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a look at what's been happening in the news:

    • A lorry driver has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious head injuries after an crash in Felixstowe
    • Suffolk County Council says it's taking in one new unaccompanied child seeking asylum per week, with numbers increasing on last year
    • Weather: Chance of rain or sleet, maximum temperature 5C (41F)
  18. 'Jekyll and Hyde' Marketmen 'have enough to beat the drop'

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Needham Market manager Mark Morsley (right) admits he is concerned by his team's current run of seven games without a win, but believes they will maintain their Ryman Premier Division status.

    Steve Foley and Mark Morsley

    It is just one win in 12 for the Marketmen, who are 20th in the table ahead of Saturday's trip to Leatherhead. 

    "We have been Jekyll and Hyde this season but at this stage it is about believing in ourselves and getting enough points together to stay up," Morsley said.