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By Philippa Taylor

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for Thursday's Suffolk Live.

    The team here in Ipswich will be back in the morning from 08:00.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Shop sells items intended for recycle centre

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    A shop selling items that have been taken to a household recycling centre has opened at Foxhall, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

    It sells items that have been cleaned up and safety tested.

    I've been along to have a look, and meet some of the people behind the scheme:

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    Video caption: Suffolk's first "re-use" shop opens at Foxhall, on the outskirts of Ipswich
  3. Jailed sex abuse headmaster Derek Slade dies

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Former head teacher Derek Slade has died while serving a 21-year jail sentence for abusing young boys.

    Slade was jailed in 2010 for a string of offences against 12 boys, aged between eight and 13.

    The following year, journalist Roger Cook filmed this report:

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    Video caption: Jailed sex abuse head teacher Derek Slade dies while serving a 21-year jail sentence
  4. Weather: Rain overnight

    Staying dry this evening but turning cloudy from the west. A dry start to the night but rain moving in later, some heavy particularly around dawn. The chance of a little sleet or hail but mostly rain.

    Low temperature: 1-3C for most parts but locally some areas dropping below freezing. There could be a risk of ice.

    Tomorrow will be cloudy at first with a risk of rain or sleet, becoming drier and brighter from the south as the day progresses with sunny spells.

    Weather map
  5. Latest headlines: Convicted paedophile head teacher dies...Laser 'directed at F-15'

    The stories we've been looking at this afternoon:

    • A former head teacher who was serving a 21-year prison sentence for sexually abusing pupils has died
    • A green laser was directed at an F-15 near RAF Lankenheath last night, the US Air Force says
    • Thomas Gainsborough paintings have been loaned to a museum in the Netherlands
  6. Mother wanted to know why man attacked her son

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Joan Scourfield, from Ipswich, whose son James Hodgkinson died after being hit by a man outside a Nottingham wine bar in 2011, has told BBC Suffolk about meeting his killer Jacob Dunne.

    She said although police had assured the family that the attack had been unprovoked, "we wanted to hear that from Jacob".

    She explained the restorative justice team from Remedi had contacted Dunne first, to find out if he was willing to answer their questions, and the process then continued for some time, during which they exchanged correspondence, before deciding the time "was right" to meet.

  7. Prison 'did nothing for killer of my son'

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The mother of a man who was killed when he was punched on a night out says restorative justice, where victims get the chance to meet offenders to explain the impact their crimes have had, "has done more than being in prison" for her son's killer.

    Joan Scourfield says "the bitterness has gone" after meeting Jacob Dunne, who killed James Hodgkinson in 2011.

    Dunne asked Mr Hodgkinson's parents what they wanted him to do, "and we just said turn your life around and keep out of trouble". Dunne is now at university, and Ms Scourfield says they still keep in touch with him.

  8. Rugby union: A big month for Bury St Edmunds

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Sixty five points should be enough to secure Bury St Edmunds' place in National League Two, according to the club's director of rugby, Gavin Hogg.

    Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

    With just seven more games to go the Wolf Pack are currently 11th in the table, on 48 points.

    "We've got two fixtures this month against Barnes and Cornish All Blacks, who are struggling at the bottom end of the table," Hogg said. "If we can win both of those it sets us up fantastically for three big fixtures in April. It's all in our hands."

  9. Dozzell and Morris in England U17 squad

    Academy duo Andre Dozzell and Ben Morris have been named in the England U17 squad for their Euro 2016 elite qualifying mini-tournament later this month.  

    Andre Dozzell
  10. What danger do lasers pose to planes?

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Reports of a laser being directed at an F-15 near RAF Lakenheath last night follow similar recent incidents, including a New York-bound flight which was forced to return to Heathrow Airport last month.


    A BBC article looked at the dangers lasers pose to planes, and said pilots can be "temporarily blinded" or given a "very nasty headache".

    In 2010, a law was passed in the UK which means offenders can be charged with "shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot". 

  11. Laser 'directed at F-15'

    It is thought a laser was directed at an F-15 as it made its approach to land at RAF Lakenheath last night.


    The United States Air Force has confirmed there was an incident involving a laser and one of its planes, but has yet to elaborate.

    We'll bring you more details as we get them.

  12. BreakingF-15 involved in 'laser incident'

    The US Air Force has confirmed an incident involving a laser and one of its F-15 planes based in Suffolk.

  13. Loan of pictures to Dutch museum welcomed by Ipswich councillor

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    An Ipswich borough councillor has welcomed the decision to lend artworks to a museum in the Netherlands.

    Christchurch mansion

    Two Thomas Gainsborough portraits and a landscape from Christchurch Mansion have been packed up for an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, in Enschede.

    Carole Jones, who's in charge of the museum for the council, said: "It means people abroad get to see them. Also we get to make relationships with museums and other institutions on the continent, and if we lend them artefacts, then we can borrow."

  14. Lunchtime weather: Turning increasingly cloudy with occasional showers

    BBC Weather

    It will turn increasingly cloudy this afternoon, with perhaps the odd light shower. However, it'll feel warmer than yesterday, with a top temperature of 8C (46F).


    Today's picture of Newbourne, near Ipswich, was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Twitcher 57.

    You can be a weather watcher too, check out the website to find out more.

  15. 'Daddy loves you always': Daughter of killed pilot given belongings

    The daughter of a US pilot who died in a plane crash after taking off from RAF Lakenheath has received a gift in memory of her father.

    Jade Sareen

    Major Taj Sareen was killed when his jet came down at Temple Farm in Cambridgeshire in October.  

    The box for Jade was filled with his dog tags, a locket containing his photograph, and the added engraving: "Daddy loves you always."

  16. What's in the box (or beneath the tissue paper)?

    Etholle George

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Each Thursday I'm taking a look at a mystery item that has been in storage at Ipswich Museum.

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    Video caption: Etholle George's second "what's in the box" item is revealed

    The item revealed this morning is a hat worn by a high member of the native American Haida tribe, and dates back to the 1850s.

    It was donated by Robert Nauton, and you can take a closer look at it from next Wednesday, at Ipswich Museum.

  17. Travel: Broken down lorry blocking one lane of A14 westbound at Bury St Edmunds

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked on the A14 westbound at Bury St Edmunds between J44 (A134 Bury Eastern Interchange) and J 32 (A143 Bury Central Interchange) because of a broken down lorry.

  18. Lunchtime headlines: Paedophile headmaster dies...Mother describes meeting her son's killer

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Our main stories:

    • Former boarding school head teacher Derek Slade, who was jailed for 21 years for sexually abusing pupils, has died
    • Ipswich mother Joan Scourfield has described meeting the man who killed her son
    • Paintings by Thomas Gainsborough are being lent to a museum in the Netherlands for the country's first exhibition of the Sudbury artist's work