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Summary

  1. An aerobatics pilot who died during a display had passed a medical assessment just hours before he crashed, inquest hears
  2. Funding is secured for a £3.35m revamp of Ipswich's Cornhill
  3. Man fined £1,000 for dumping 40 tonnes of waste on the side of a road
  4. Russell Howard and Reggie Watts amongst the comedians to perform at this year's Latitude Festival
  5. Updates for Thursday, 24 March 2016

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By Andrew Woodger

All times stated are UK

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  1. Malarczyk joins Southend on loan

    Southend United have signed Ipswich Town defender Piotr Malarczyk on loan for the rest of the season.

    Piotr Malarczyk

    The 24-year-old former Poland Under-21 international joined Town from Polish side Korona Kielce on a two-year contract in the summer.

    But he has been restricted to just six appearances and moves to a team currently ninth in League One.

  2. Fly-tipping farmer was 'irresponsible'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A Suffolk council says it spends £13,900 on cleaning up fly-tipping.

    It comes as Walsham-le-Willows farmer William Johnston was fined £1,000 plus £1,600 costs for dumping 40 tonnes of rubbish by a roadside, having claimed it was dumped on his land in the first place.

    James Buckingham, corporate manager at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: "We appreciate Mr Johnston was himself a victim of crime, but the way he responded to the incident was irresponsible and resulted in a great deal of time and expense by council officers and Suffolk Police, who could have been engaged elsewhere."

  3. Forecast: Rainy but sunny on Good Friday

    There will be some rain tonight as the temperature dips to 3C (37F).

    Friday will be dry and mostly sunny as it peaks at 12C (54F).

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  4. Ipswich 'committed' to market stalls in the town centre

    The issue of where Ipswich's market will fit in once the £3.35m redevelopment of the Cornhill is completed is still to be resolved.

    Ipswich market

    Funding is now fully in place for the revamp of the open space and work is expected to begin in autumn 2017.

    Russell Williams, chief executive of Ipswich Borough Council, said: "One critical issue to be discussed and resolved is the future of the market. We are committed to retaining a thriving market in the town centre."

  5. Headlines: Fly-tipping farmer fined...FA Cup hero remembers Cruyff

    Steve Blower

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The news headlines for Suffolk:

    • A Walsham-le-Willows farmer has been fined £1,000 after dumping 40 tonnes of waste
    • An inquest hears a Suffolk pilot who crashed at an Old Buckenham display was "among the best in the world"
    • Ipswich Town legend Roger Osborne has been remembering the time he marked Johan Cruyff during a European tie against Barcelona
  6. Seaside promenade reopens for Easter

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A seaside promenade has reopened four months after it was closed due to concerns about the cliff above it slipping.

    Corton promenade

    "Minor" repairs and maintenance work has been carried out in Corton near Lowestoft.

    Waveney District Council says one section remains closed, but the rest of it is accessible from the beach.

  7. Roger Osborne: Johan Cruyff 'one of the top 10 of all time'

    Former Ipswich Town midfielder Roger Osborne says Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68, was one of the greatest footballers of all time.

    Johan Cruyff against Ipswich in 1977

    Osborne was given the responsibility of man-marking Cruyff during Town's UEFA Cup ties with Barcelona in 1977. Sir Bobby Robson's side won the first leg 3-0, but were knocked out in Spain when they lost by the same scoreline and then missed out in a penalty shoot-out.

    He still has Cruyff's shirt, having swapped at the end of the tie.

    "At the time he was the number one player in the world," Osborne told BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster. "I suppose you'd rate him in the top 10 of all time greats - with the likes of Pele and Maradona."

  8. Pilot David Jenkins 'known across the world'

    A British aerobatics champion, killed when his plane crashed during a display in south Norfolk, has been described as "amongst the best in the world and a name known across the globe" at an inquest in Norwich.

    Police tape and police vehicle at Old Buckenham airfield

    Al Coutts, a Wildcats Aerobatics team-mate of David Jenkins, told the inquest: "David was a very gifted and very, very capable aerobatics pilot who approached everything very methodically."

    Mr Jenkins, 61, of Stanton near Bury St Edmunds, died when he lost control during a manoeuvre at Old Buckenham airfield.

  9. Widow says pilot who died in crash 'is irreplaceable'

    The widow of a champion aerobatics pilot said her husband was a healthy man who did not smoke or drink, ate healthily and exercised regularly.

    Emergency workers removing aircraft wreckage

    Elaine Jenkins, who broke down in tears during the inquest into her husband's death at Norwich Coroner's Court today, described David Jenkins as her "best friend". She added: "We were a team and he is irreplaceable."

    Mr Jenkins, 61, of Stanton in Suffolk, died when his plane crashed during a display at Old Buckenham airfield in April last year.

  10. Crash death pilot had undergone routine medical

    An inquest into the death of a top aerobatics pilot who died during a display at Old Buckenham airfield heard that he'd been invited to fly as a passenger in a Tornado bomber at RAF Marham on the morning of his death. 

    Emergency crews dealing with crash wreckage

    In order to take part in that flight, David Jenkins, 61, of Stanton near Bury St Edmunds, had undergone a routine medical and was passed as fit.

    Kenneth Fairbank, of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, told the inquest in Norwich that cockpit footage from the plane which crashed showed Mr Jenkins did not suffer any kind of collapse. However, he may have experienced "incapacitating symptons" which affected his decision making and performance.

  11. Crash death pilot 'judged fit to fly'

    An aerobatics pilot killed when his plane crashed during a display had been judged fit to fly in a medical assessment just hours earlier, an inquest has heard.

    The aircraft tumbling through the sky

    David Jenkins, 61, was flying his Edge 360 plane as part of a display by the Wildcats Aerobatics Team during a media event to launch the Old Buckenham air show in April last year.

    A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch found that he crashed after losing control during a manoeuvre. A post-mortem examination found that Mr Jenkins, of Stanton near Bury St Edmunds, had a serious and undiagnosed heart condition which may have contributed to the accident.

    The jury at Norwich Coroner's Court has returned a conclusion of accidental death, contributed to by a natural disaster.

  12. E-fit image of suspect who assaulted pensioner

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Suffolk Police has issued an e-fit image of a man it wants to trace in connection with an assault on a pensioner in his home.

    Tattingstone burglary suspect

    A couple in their 70s were burgled by three men in Tattingstone on 16 March, and the thieves hit the man before making off with cash.

    An 18-year-old from Luton has since been arrested and released on police bail.

  13. Market traders believe they will stay in Ipswich town centre

    Stallholders on Ipswich's Cornhill are welcoming the news that the town centre open space will get a £3.35m revamp.

    Mike Young on Ipswich market

    The final piece of funding has been secured, which means work could begin in autumn 2017.

    Mike Young, fishmonger and spokesman for the market traders, said: "Although we will be moving temporarily, we have every confidence the market will remain in the town centre after the redevelopment."

  14. Convicted landowner's 'burden' of dealing with waste

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    A landowner who has been fined after he fly-tipped 40 tonnes of waste says he "regrets" taking the course of action.

    Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court

    William Johnson, 44, dumped the waste at the side of Finningham Road, near where he lived in Walsham-le-Willows, but said it had been left on his land in the first place. Magistrates in Bury St Edmunds ordered him to pay a total of £2,760 in fines, court costs and a victim surcharge.

    His solicitor said in a statement: "He hopes that at some stage the burden, both practical and financial, that falls on innocent farmers/landowners in these situations, is addressed."

  15. 'A democratic voice for Lowestoft'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    People in Lowestoft are being asked if they would like their own town council or neighbourhood parish councils.

    Waveney District Council, which is based in the town, is holding a consultation over the idea. Similar town councils already exist in Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe.

    Councillor Colin Law, leader of Waveney, said: "The residents deserve to have their particular interests represented via town or parish councils, which are focused only on Lowestoft."

    Lowestoft
  16. New parish councils for seaside town?

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A review is under way looking at whether Lowestoft needs its own town council or smaller parish councils. 

    Lowestoft

    Waveney District Council is writing to 28,000 households in the town about its Community Governance Review.

    Councillor Colin Law, leader at Waveney, said: "For too long, in democratic terms, the town has been treated as a second class citizen in Waveney – starved of its right to enjoy a truly local dimension to local government."

  17. Cafe owner loses hair but raises £700 for Syrian refugees

    Stephen Foster

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A cafe owner in Ipswich has had her hair shaved off this lunchtime, raising more than £700 for Syrian refugees in the process.

    Anna Matthews before and after she had her head shaved

    Anna Matthews, of La Tour Cycle Cafe, said she wanted to be able to provide children arriving in the town with equipment for their new school.

    "I think a new uniform, new school bag and pens to start with is going to give them a really big boost on something that's really traumatic," she said. "These people have left lives that we cannot imagine."

  18. Ten arrested in drugs raids in west Suffolk

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Ten people have been arrested and substances seized during drugs raids.

    Suffolk Police said 400 wraps of class A drugs, with an estimated value of £6,000, were found.

    The raids happened last week in the Station Hill and Mitchell Avenue areas of Bury St Edmunds, Western Avenue in Haverhill and First Avenue in Sudbury.

  19. Cornhill development will 'unlock further economic benefits'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Work could start on the £3.35m revamp of Ipswich's Cornhill in autumn 2017.

    Ipswich market, Cornhill

    Funding for the project has been completed with the announcement that the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) is to provide £1.6m.

    Mark Pendlington, chairman of NALEP, said: "This thriving hub will unlock further economic benefits across the town and will help link the centre with the exciting and continuing rejuvenation of the waterfront."

  20. Johan Cruyff dies, aged 68

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    The football world is in mourning today following the news that one of the all time greats, Johan Cruyff, has died at the age of 68.

    Netherlands international Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, won the Ballon d'Or three times. 

    Here he is at Portman Road in 1977, when his Barca side were at the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against Ipswich.

    Johan Cruyff playing for Barcelona against Ipswich