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

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from team here at BBC Suffolk.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to bring you the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Portuguese contingent inspire Ipswich Basketball

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich's Basketball players are back in contention for the Division 2 play-offs ahead of tomorrow's fixture with Brixton at Copleston.

    Edson Ferreira

    The news is partly down to the addition of two Portuguese players to the roster, Edson Ferreira (pictured) and Daniel Caluico. 

    "They are absolute studs at this level, and very hard working," said head coach Nick Drane. "Suddenly we have this Portuguese flavour to our team and it has changed our fortunes."

  3. Woman taken to hospital after 'fail to stop' collision in Haverhill

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A woman was taken to hospital this morning with minor injuries, after being hit by a van on a zebra crossing in Haverhill. 

    Police say the van driver didn't stop.

    The collision happened on Withersfield Road, near to the Rose and Crown pub, at about 08:45.

  4. Burglar cuts man's hand after being discovered in Lavenham property

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A Lavenham man had his hand cut by a burglar he disturbed in his kitchen yesterday. 

    The victim had returned home and discovered the man, who grabbed a knife from a block on the worktop and injured him, before running away from the property.

    Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the Water Street area just after 12:00.

  5. 'So disappointing' that skills centre will close, says Bungay High School

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    We brought you the story earlier that the North Suffolk Skills Academy, which is run by Bungay High School, is to close in August 2017, and that a petition has been launched to try to save it.

    North Suffolk Skills Academy

    In a statement, Angelo Goduti, headteacher, says they are "so disappointed" that efforts to avoid the closure have not been successful.

    He adds: "The current and projected ‘dip’ in student numbers at the NSSA affects funding and financial viability significantly making it impossible to run the centre beyond August 2017."

  6. Wolfpack supporters can 'play their part' this weekend

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds' rugby players entertain Barnes at the Haberden this weekend, knowing a third straight win will edge them closer to safety in National League Two.

    Gavin Hogg

    Director of Rugby Gavin Hogg (pictured), who is likely to field a couple of new signings tomorrow, believes the home supporters can play their part . 

    "We were 20 points down on Chinnor recently and came back to win after we were roared on," Hogg said. "The crowd can make a massive difference, especially at this stage of the season."

  7. 'One laser beam incident a month' at Lakenheath, says base commander

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The commander of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath says they're seeing about one laser beam incident a month, especially when they're night flying.


    Colonel Robert Novotny was speaking after it was revealed that a pilot was momentarily disorientated after a laser was pointed at his plane while he was coming in to land on Wednesday night.

    Col Novotny said lasers can cause permanent eye damage almost immediately: "A pilot needs their eye sight to land the airplane and if it happens in a critical phase of flight the results could be catastrophic."

  8. Colchester Keen on Hammond

    Colchester United are understood to be the latest club showing interest in Blues youngster Kyle Hammond.  

    Kyle Hamond
  9. Overnight weather: Largely dry but rain and sleet are on their way

    BBC Weather

    Lengthy clear spells at first tonight, allowing a frost to develop in places, but cloud will thicken leading to patches of rain and sleet moving across the county. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

    Overnight weather map

    Tomorrow will be largely cloudy with outbreaks of rain and sleet. It will turn drier during the afternoon but will continue to feel cold. Top temperature: 6C (43F).

    Get more on the forecast where you live, by checking BBC Weather.

  10. Early evening headlines: One laser beam incident a month at RAF Lakenheath... Woolpit road will be closed 'for some time' after lorry hits house

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A final look at Friday's top stories:

    • The Street in Woolpit will be closed 'for the foreseeable future' say police, after a lorry hit a house
    • Mick McCarthy hopes an increase in season ticket prices won't keep supporters away from Portman Road 
  11. Mick McCarthy on Ipswich season ticket increase

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy hopes an increase in season ticket prices for the third successive year does not keep some supporters away from Portman Road.

    Mick McCarthy

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's match with Nottingham Forest, McCarthy expressed his gratitude for the backing he has received from Blues fans since arriving at the club in November 2012. 

    "All I can do is try to make it worthwhile for them to come and watch. I will continue to do that as will the players, and let's hope they take up their seats." 

  12. Milne on Ipswich Town season ticket price increase

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    Ipswich Town have increased the cost of a season ticket for Portman Road for the third successive year.

    Managing director Ian Milne explains why it's been necessary.

    Video content

    Video caption: Ian Milne defends 1.5% rise in Ipswich Town season ticket prices
  13. Police say The Street in Woolpit will be closed 'for the foreseeable future'

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    We brought you news earlier of an accident in Woolpit where a lorry hit a 15th century property.

    If you don't know the area around The Street, this photograph sent to us by Steven Rooney illustrates how narrow the road is.

    Woolpit lorry accident
  14. Christophe Berra: 'Nottingham Forest are no mugs'

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra has warned his teammates to "beware of the wounded animal" ahead of Nottingham Forest's visit to Portman Road tomorrow.

    Christophe Berra

    The Reds are in a poor run of form having lost their last three matches but Berra says they are more than capable of turning in a good display. 

    "Before this run they were 12 league games unbeaten," said the Scot. "They have a strong squad and on paper there is not much between us at all."

  15. Norovirus outbreak at Suffolk holiday park

    Peter Cook

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A Suffolk holiday park is dealing with an outbreak of Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug.

    Gunton Hall1

    Managers at Gunton Hall Coastal Village near Lowestoft say about 20 guests and 2 staff have been taken sick since yesterday and treated by a local GP. 

    The holiday park is still open for business.

  16. Laser incident at Lakenheath 'not the first incident of its kind' say USAF

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A spokeswoman for the US Air Force says the use of lasers poses a "huge threat" and could have "disastrous consequences".

    F15 at Lakenheath

    The comments came after it was confirmed the crew of a fighter jet were disorientated by a laser beam being shone at them. The spokeswoman at Lakenheath said it's not the first incident of its kind at the base, which is home to more than 70 US fighter aircraft.

    She added: "An incident like this could cause a plane to crash with casualties on the ground not just of the aircrew but also members of the public."

  17. Skills academy is 'financially unviable'

    Guy Campbell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A petition has been launched to save the North Suffolk Skills Academy in Halesworth, which is due to shut next year after directors said falling enrolment numbers left it "financially unviable".

    North Suffolk Skills Academy

    Malcolm Briggs, from Leiston, is one of those opposed to the closure. His granddaughter goes there and he questions what's gone wrong.

    "Someone has got to say why aren't these numbers coming forward," he said. We're awaiting a statement from Bungay High School, which runs the academy.

  18. Afternoon weather: Dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will stay dry with some bright or sunny spells. It will continue to feel a little chilly, with a top temperature of 7C (45F).


    This photograph of Pakefield has been taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Cirrus Mike".

    If you'd like to find out more about being a Weather Watcher, you can get more details on our website.

  19. Supercouncil merger admitted by councils

    Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils have admitted for the first time that merger talks between the two are under way. 

    Ray Herring