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  1. Fifty firefighters at thatched roof blaze in Oakley
  2. Two men jailed for Beccles pub assault
  3. Majority of people responding to council consultation against planned cuts to fire service
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

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  2. Headlines: Son speaks of sadness at fire at childhood home... Fire service cuts a 'false economy'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a round up of the early evening headlines:

    • The son of a couple whose thatched home was devastated by fire has told of his sadness at the damage to his childhood home
    • The majority of those responding to a consultation on cuts to the fire service are against the proposals
    • Junior doctors remain on picket lines after nearly 10 hours of a 48-hour strike
  3. Weather: Sunshine and April showers continuing

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Sunshine and showers will continue, but are set to gradually easing this evening. It'll turn chilly but temperatures will stay a few degrees above freezing in breezy conditions. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).

    Weather map for Eastern counties
  4. Son speaks of 'sadness' over blaze at childhood home

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The son of the owners of Poplar Farmhouse at Oakley has revealed how quickly the fire took hold at his childhood home. 

    Richard Hitchman was speaking outside the home he grew up in purchased by his parents back in the 1970s. 

    He said it would take some time for the news to sink in, as "you tend to take things for granted, don't you?' 

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    Video caption: Man speaks of sadness after Oakley childhood home destroyed by fire
  5. Train delays between Ipswich and Cambridge

    BBC Travel

    Greater Anglia says commuters between Ipswich and Cambridge should expect delays on their journey home from work because of trespassers.

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  6. £20,000 worth of alloy wheels stolen at Risby

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Police are appealing for information after seven pallets containing alloy wheel rims to the tune of £20,000 were stolen from a business park at Risby. 

    The theft of "Lotus" branded alloy wheels, in different shapes and sizes, happened overnight on Monday, into Tuesday.

    A curtain-sided lorry was broken into at Saxham Business Park.

  7. Fire service cuts 'a false economy'

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk County Council has produced a report into the public response to proposals to reduce the number of fire engines in Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, and close the fire station in Wrentham.

    Firefighters tackling a fire in Sudbury

    Here's what some of the respondents said to the planned cuts, which the council says are necessary as it has to save £1.34m from its budget by April 2018.

    • "If you remove an engine from Lowestoft, shut Wrentham and rely on Reydon who can't get a crew - I think we will be in danger of losing lives."
    • "People's safety is essential; Delayed response to serious RTCs will place lives in danger; it is a false economy
    • "Does Rapid Response (vehicle for Sudbury) mean two blokes in a van? The pressure they will be under at a life or death incident is morally wrong and dangerous for everyone"
  8. Majority against planned cuts to fire service

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Thousands of people have said no to cuts to Suffolk's fire service, after the county council consulted on proposals to scrap engines and close a station. 

    Firefighters at a major blaze in Sudbury last year

    The council says it has to save money and reflect a drop in call-outs to fires, but plans to take engines away from our biggest towns are deeply unpopular among those people who gave their views - with 85% saying no to cuts in Ipswich, 78% in Bury St Edmunds and 67% in Lowestoft. 

    Almost three-quarters oppose closing Wrentham Fire Station, while 4,000 people signed a petition calling for both fire engines to remain in Sudbury. The council cabinet now has to decide whether to stick with its original plan, or to think again in light of the public response. 

  9. Eye historian's documents expected to fetch thousands at auction

    Diss Express

    Manuscripts and photographs from a well-respected historian described as one of the "leading authorities" on road steam engines are set to fetch thousands when they go under the hammer this month.

    Mr Lane
  10. Blustery and cool, and a chance of catching a shower this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers. Some of the showers will be heavy, with a risk of hail and thunder.


    It'll remain breezy overnight with showers gradually becoming lighter, fewer and further between. Maximum temperature this afternoon, 10C (50F). 

    Many thanks to Weather Watcher East Egg, who posted this picture of Kersey just before 14:00 today.

  11. Junior doctor strike: 'We're not in the 1950s'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Part of the row over the new contract for junior doctors surrounds pay inequality for part-time work, says Dr Sadia Choudhury, who is on strike at Ipswich Hospital.

    Dr Sadia Choudhury

    The anaesthetist said: "Unfortunately these new contracts mean that women working part-time will be paid less per hour than a man that's working full time. So if a man were to earn £10 per hour, the part-time mum would be earning £7.60 per hour for doing the exact same job, having the exact same responsibility. 

    "I'm sorry, but this is 2016. We're not in the 1950s, and the fact that we still have to fight for gender equality is a disgrace."

    The government has said the current contract is "outdated" and "unfair".

  12. In the news: Building destroyed after thatched roof fire...Junior doctors in picket line over contract dispute

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Afternoon - if you're just joining us, here's what's been happening in the county so far today:

    • Firefighters are damping down after a major fire in a thatched home at Oakley, near Hoxne
    • Junior doctors have gone out on strike in a row over new contracts imposed on them by the government
    • Weather: 10C (50F) and chance of a shower this afternoon
  13. Oakley thatch fire: Gable ends clearly leaning and walls bowing

    Nikki Fox

    BBC Look East

    Here's the latest look at the scene at Oakley, where fire swept through the thatch of Poplar Farm House earlier today. 

    Gable ends clearly bowing and wa

    You can clearly see the effects of the fire to the building. Firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk are still "damping down".

    It's thought the B1118 road will be closed for several hours this afternoon. 

  14. Oakley thatch fire: Attempts to rescue furniture thwarted

    Nikki Fox

    BBC Look East

    Suffolk and Norfolk firefighters attending the scene of the fire at Poplar Farm House tried to rescue the owners' furniture from the ground floor, before the ceiling and much of the roof collapsed.

    Scene of the wrecked home at Oakley

    About 60 firefighters have been working at the scene of the timber-framed wattle and daub home in Oakley, near Hoxne, since the alarm was raised around 10:00.

    A representative of the fire service told me they tried to get the furniture onto the front drive but had to stop because the ceiling collapsed, followed by the roof above it.

  15. Oakley thatch fire: Building wrecked

    Nikki Fox

    BBC Look East

    I'm in Oakley, near Hoxne, where Poplar Farm House has been wrecked by a fire.

    Poplar House farm, at Oakley
  16. First pictures of Oakley fire

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Here's our first picture from reporter Nikki Fox of the scene at Oakley, near Hoxne, where more than 50 firefighters have been attending a thatched house blaze.

    Scene of fire at Oakley, near Hoxne
  17. Video: Ex-Bury Town stopper on keeping Ipswich Town at bay

    Bury Free Press

    Nick Pope spoke to journalists on the pitch at Portman Road last night after he put in a man-of-the-match performance as his Charlton Athletic side drew 0-0 with Ipswich Town last night.

  18. Junior doctor strike: New medics might reconsider, believes hospital chief

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Junior doctors may reconsider strike action in future now that their new contract has been imposed on them, Ipswich Hospital's chief executive has said.

    Nick Hulme

    Doctors walked out at 08:00 this morning in their latest 48-hour strike over the government's new contract.

    Nick Hulme told BBC News: "Now those contracts are available, I'm hoping they'll look at those maybe in a fresh light, and maybe make a different decision about whether or not to take industrial action. I'm hoping there may be some changes once they see the details."

  19. Road closure after thatch fire

    BBC Travel

    The B1118 Low Road at Oakley is blocked in both directions due to the thatch fire