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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 9 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for Wednesday's Local Live

    That's it from us in the newsroom at BBC Suffolk. We'll be back in the morning with more updates from 08:00. See you then.

  2. Needs of remote schools 'should be re-examined', says PM

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    David Cameron said in Prime Minister's Questions earlier that the needs of schools in remote areas, including parts of Suffolk, should be re-examined.

    James Cartlidge MP

    The prime minister was responding to a question from South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, who said rural schools faced "unique and unavoidable costs that are not well-funded under the current formula" of funding.

    Mr Cameron said: "I also agree with him, it will be vital that specific needs of schools in rural areas are properly considered, that's why our consultation proposes that we should direct additional funding to small schools in sparsely-populated areas."

  3. Weather: Possible frost overnight

    BBC Weather

    Most places are becoming dry, but there is a chance of ground frost overnight.

    Flooding at Long Melford

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher BangaloreBabe for sending in this picture of the flooding at Long Melford.

    You can get an up-to-date forecast from the BBC Weather website.

  4. Evening headlines: Lorry drink-driver sentenced...Funding for rural schools under spotlight

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a recap of the evening's headlines:

    • Lorry driver Dimitar Kamov is jailed for for drink-driving after 'terrifying motorists on the A14'
    • The third junior doctors strike is under way, as the row over a new contract continues with the government
    • Consultation proposals could direct additional funding to small rural schools, says PM
  5. Junior doctors on strike for third time over contract row

    The third strike by junior doctors in their contract row with the government is under way, lasting 48 hours.

    More than 300 patients at hospitals serving Suffolk have been affected, having either outpatient appointments or operations cancelled. A Department of Health spokesman called the industrial action "irresponsible" and "unjustified".   

    Emma Gordon, who has been on the picket line at West Suffolk Hospital, explained why they are striking:

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    Video caption: Junior doctors opposing a new contract go on strike
  6. Lorry driver sentenced for 'appaling' drink-driving

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A lorry driver who almost brought part of the A14 to a standstill with his erratic driving has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after he admitted drink-driving.

    Dimitar Kamov

    Dimitar Kamov, 38, of no fixed abode, was driving a lorry with a 20ft trailer in November when he was spotted by police. A breath test revealed he had 107mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg.

    PC Matthew Dale said: "His manner of driving was appalling, as we got closer I could see large tailbacks of vehicles, all travelling around 40mph.

    "I could see why so many members of the public were reluctant to pass. The HGV slowed suddenly to around 20mph…almost coming to a stop on the live carriageway."

  7. Environment secretary backs calls to help hedgehogs

    Following the launch of Mark Murphy's Going the Whole Hog campaign on Monday, Environment Secretary Liz Truss has added her support to efforts to protect hedgehogs.

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  8. More funding for community rail groups

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    There's to be more funding given to community rail groups in the region by train company Abellio Greater Anglia.

    Railway tracks

    The groups are run by volunteers and work with train companies to bring about improvement, often helping with things such as station upgrades, special events trains and local area guides. 

    In Suffolk there is a Community Rail Partnership for the Ipswich to Lowestoft line and from Ipswich to Felixstowe. Abellio Greater Anglia says is to increase its annual funding by a further £23,000, to take the amount to £83,000. 

  9. Knudsen in Danish squad

    TWTD.co.uk

    Town left-back Jonas Knudsen has been named in the Denmark squad for their friendlies against Iceland and Scotland later this month.

  10. Morsley denied by former club in Suffolk Premier Cup

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    A Christy Finch goal inside two minutes gave Leiston a 1-0 win over Needham Market last night in the first of this year's Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals.

    Mark Morsley

    The result was a disappointing one for Marketmen boss Mark Morsley against his former club, but he praised his players for their response to going behind early on. 

    "We didn't capitulate and we bounced back and gave a good fist of ourselves," Morsley said. "But Leiston are a good team with a good manager."

  11. The weather: Feeling cold

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be cloudy with periods of rain, heavy at times, but tending to become lighter and more patchy later. Brisk easterly winds inland, but strong south-easterly winds on the coast, with possible gales. 

    It'll feel cold: Maximum temperature 6C (42F).

    Scene at Felixstowe today

    Thanks to our Weather Watcher Mcsquirty for sending in this picture of the scene at Felixstowe. You can learn more about the Weather Watchers' site here

  12. Market day in Bury St Edmunds a damp squib

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Check out this picture sent in from Bury St Edmunds this morning. It's taken in the market place, and shows how quiet things are today.

    Empty market street in Bury

    It was taken by a colleague, who said: "The weather's terrible here - I've never seen the market quite this deserted."

  13. In the news: 10,000-strong petition handed in to Commons...Junior doctors go on strike

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

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

    • A 10,000-strong petition calling for a third crossing in Lowestoft has been presented to the Commons
    • Junior doctors have gone on strike in the county for the third time this year
    • Scores of customers are without power in Ipswich
    • Weather: Cloudy with heavy rain. 6C (42F)
  14. Worker claims he's lost £500 in power cut

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    I've been out to speak to people at businesses in north-west Ipswich affected by the power cut in the Meredith Road, Kipling Road, and Browning Road areas.

    MEDI SIAVASH FROM ALS CAFE

    Engineers are working to restore power to 336 customers.

    Medi Siavash from Al's Cafe said: "We've definitely lost between £500 and £600 and it's not good at all. It really shouldn't be like that."

  15. Gainsborough makes it to Netherlands

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    The first exhibition in the Netherlands of work by Suffolk artist Thomas Gainsborough will today hang pictures from the county.

    Gainsborough painting on the wall in Holland

    The Rijksmuseum Twenthe will have works from Ipswich Museum and Gainsborough's House in Sudbury as well as a painting on loan from The Queen's Royal collection.

    Portraits of Mr and Mrs Kilderbee from Ipswich will be hung later and will sit alongside the only Gainsborough owned by a Dutch museum, a landscape scene of Sudbury.

  16. Hundreds of people in Ipswich without power

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    UK Power Networks says 336 customers are without power in Ipswich - in the Kipling Road, Browning Road and Meredith Road areas.

    Two teams of engineers are currently on site re-routing power supplies. 

    A spokesman said: "This is a complex task which is taking some time to complete, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused."

  17. Gainsborough works on show in the Netherlands

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Thomas Gainsborough paintings involved in a swap with a Dutch museum are to be unpacked and hung today, ahead of a new exhibition of the Suffolk artist's work.

    The Rijksmuseum Twenthe

    The paintings from Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich will form part of the Netherlands' first Gainsborough exhibition, at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe.

    I'm in Enschede, where residents tell me not only are they excited that the works are coming to the country, but that Gainsborough is a big name to them.

  18. MP 'hopeful' government will respond to Lake Lothing petition in budget

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Peter Aldous has presented a 10,049-strong petition to the House of Commons calling for a third crossing in Lowestoft, and says he's hopeful for a response as early as next week.

    Peter Aldous outside the House of Commons

    The Waveney MP said much work had been going on behind the scenes to put together a business plan for a third crossing over Lake Lothing. 

    He said: “When a petition is handed over to the speaker the government must respond. Given that the budget is next Wednesday, hopefully they will respond then by outlining funding for the project."