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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 8 April 2016
  2. Motorcyclist seriously injured in Leiston collision in the early hours of Friday morning
  3. Suffolk Rape Crisis say a jail sentence handed out yesterday for historic child abuse should encourage other victims to come forward
  4. Ipswich Beer Festival is unlikely to go ahead this year, say organisers Camra
  5. Newmarket's Le Reve to race in Saturday's Grand National
  6. Baylham bowls player Katherine Rednall is through to the final of the WIBC World Indoor Championships in Jersey
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the team here at BBC Suffolk for another week.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning and look forward to your company then.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. History of Ipswich Beer Festival

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    We brought you news earlier that the annual Ipswich Beer Festival is "unlikely" to take place this year, which made us wonder how the event has evolved:

    2015 Ipswich Beer Festival
    • Last year, the 32nd festival was held on the practice pitches at Portman Road for the first time
    • In 2014 Camra pulled out of organising the event after the dates were changed, but Ipswich Borough Council stepped into the breach 
    • In 2011 the event left its long-standing venue at the Corn Exchange and moved to the Waterfront
  3. Overnight weather: Dry at first with rain later

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Scattered showers gradually fading away this evening to leave most places dry for a time with clear intervals, before thickening cloud brings rain from the west later in the night. Lows of 5C (41F).

    Overnight weather map

    Saturday will start cloudy with outbreaks of rain, gradually clearing eastwards to leave a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers for the afternoon, some with hail. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

    Check out the forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

  4. Big day for Le Reve in Grand National

    Jonathan Park

    BBC Look East sport

    It's a big day for Le Reve in Saturday's Grand National. 

    Not only is the eight-year-old Newmarket's sole entry in the race this year, getting there is also a "dream" for Charlotte O'Brian who has been riding out Le Reve since he was aged just four.

    Video content

    Video caption: It's a big day for Le Reve in Saturday's Grand National, being Newmarket's sole entry.

    The last winner from the town was back in 1929. 

    "He's a horse of a lifetime, he's amazing... we don't know if he's going to like the fences but I think he will... he's in great form," said O'Brian.

  5. Tree to remember babies who've died

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A tree of remembrance is being unveiled in Holywells Park in Ipswich tomorrow. 

    Remembrance tree

    It's for families who've lost a baby, whether through miscarriage, still-birth or following delivery, to help remember them, with individual leaves engraved with the name and date of birth of the baby.

    Ali Brett, from the Ipswich Hospital Baby Bereavement Group, says the couples and families who come to the group wanted something "extra... somewhere more natural to be able to come and reflect".

  6. Man pleads guilty to sexual offences with Suffolk teenager

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A man from Bristol has pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to one count of sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child from Suffolk.

    Ipswich Crown Court

    Christopher Woakes, 31, of Portbury Grove, contacted a number of under age girls on social media - one of whom was a 15-year-old girl who had learning difficulties - posing as a 16-year-old boy.

    Woakes, who met up with the girl near her home a number of times, and engaged in sexual activity with her, has been remanded in custody. He will be sentenced the week commencing 23 May.

  7. Restricting Orwell Bridge access to pedestrians not the 'easy solution' to preventing suicides, says local MP

    Closing off the Orwell Bridge pedestrian pathway still won't stop people going onto the bridge, according to the MP for Ipswich - who says it's not quite the easy solution it may appear.

    Orwell Bridge

    Health Minister Ben Gummer, who was speaking in response to a newspaper campaign launched today to stop the bridge deaths, says solving mental health issues is more than building a barrier, and local services must improve:

    "We [the government] still need to put more money in, and that's what we're going to be doing over the next few years. We've ring-fenced the money going to mental health trusts via local doctors."

  8. Development will 'desecrate' the heart of Constable Country, says parish council chairman

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    The chairman of East Bergholt parish council says a 144-home development which was approved last month, will "desecrate the heart of Constable Country".

    "No 2 144" sign

    Dr Paul Ireland was speaking after the government confirmed it would not be getting involved in the planning decision, which was made despite local people saying it would ruin the village.

    He said: "We have a development... which is delivering effectively executive homes, which is not the sort of housing we really need in this area."

    We have called the developers for comment and are waiting to hear back from them.

  9. Optometrist denies manslaughter of Ipswich boy

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    An eye specialist has denied killing an eight-year-old boy from Ipswich through gross negligence.

    Old Bailey

    Locum optometrist Honey Rose appeared at the Old Bailey today, charged with the manslaughter of Vincent Barker on 13 July, 2012. He was a pupil at Dale Hall Primary School in Ipswich.

    The hearing was told part of her work was to detect signs of injury and disease through an eye exam. 

    The 34-year-old is due to face a trial at Ipswich Crown Court in July.

  10. A look at some of photographer George Georgiou's work

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Back now to our story about George Georgiou, who says his work as a resident photographer on Ipswich's buses is made more difficult because they move too quickly.

    Ukraine woman

    It's not the first time Mr Georgiou has undertaken a project like this, as you can see from these photographs taken in the Ukraine, also from public transport.

    Ukraine

    The resulting photographs from his time on the buses will feature in the PhotoEast festival in May.

  11. Wife pays tribute to man killed in Needham Market collision

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The wife of a 47-year-old man who died following a collision on the B1078 Barking Road at Needham Market last month, says her heart "is broken".

    Mike Ashton

    Mike Ashton, who was officer commanding Squadron, No. 1287 (Wattisham) Air Training Corps, was a front seat passenger in a Peugeot 206 that collided with a Ford Mondeo on 15 March.

    In paying tribute, his wife Angela says she will "always love and miss him".

  12. Douglas triggers one-year extension to Town contract

    TWTD.co.uk

    Midfielder Jonathan Douglas has triggered a 12-month extension to his contract with the Blues, having joined Town from tomorrow’s opponents Brentford on a free transfer last summer, when he signed a one-year deal with an option for a second season.  

  13. Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and showers

    BBC Weather

    There will be sunny spells and patchy cloud around this afternoon, with perhaps the odd shower at times. It may feel rather pleasant in the sunshine, but rather chilly as the showers pass through.

    Top temperature: 12C (54F).

    Lowestoft

    Today's photo was taken in Lowestoft by Weather Watcher "Big Phil".

    If you're not sure what a weather watcher is, take a look at the website and we hope to see some of your pictures soon.

  14. Ipswich Town: McGoldrick says he's ready to start

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has told BBC Suffolk he's ready to make his first start for the club since October in tomorrow's game against Brentford.

    David McGoldrick

    The 28-year-old returned to action after a near four month absence as a substitute in last weekend's draw at Wolves.

    "I feel I am ready but that's not down to me, that's down to the boss as it always is. Everyone at the club respects him and his decisions. I've been working for him for three years so he'll know when I'm ready."

  15. Lunchtime headlines: Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in Leiston collision... Disruption on main line service to Liverpool Street

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, these are our main stories:

    • A motorcyclist was taken to hospital in the early hours of this morning with "serious injuries" following a collision in Leiston
    • Rail services between Suffolk and Liverpool Street have been disrupted after a person was hit by a rain between Ipswich and Manningtree
    • Resident photographer says taking pictures from Ipswich Buses is "very difficult" as they move too quickly
  16. Taking photographs from Ipswich buses is 'very difficult' says resident photographer

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Acclaimed photographer George Georgiou, who's spending nine days on Ipswich buses taking pictures of people for a photographic exhibition, says it's very difficult - because the buses move too quickly.

    Ipswich Bus

    Mr Georgiou says in London, where he's previously done the same thing, buses are constantly stopping as there's so much traffic and a  lot of things "unfold in front of you".

    But he says "Ipswich is much much harder because the main concentration of people is in the town centre which is predominantly pedestrianised... I know people complain about buses, but I think they move very quickly in Ipswich."

  17. Man has 'serious injuries' after collision in Leiston

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A man, thought to be in his mid-20s, has been taken to hospital with serious injuries, following a collision in Leiston in the early hours of this morning.

    Police were called at shortly before 01:00 to reports that a man had come off a motorcycle in Valley Road. It's thought the vehicle had collided with the wall of the railway bridge, causing the bike and rider to hit a parked car.

    Injuries suffered by the man riding the bike include fractured ribs and a fractured shoulder.

  18. Maitland-Niles's mother leaves McCarthy abusive voicemail

    TWTD.co.uk

    On-loan Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s mother is reported to have left a foul-mouthed voicemail on Blues boss Mick McCarthy’s phone, leading to her son's recent omission from the Town side.  

  19. Darts: Stalemate for Wright

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk darts player Peter Wright drew 6-6 with former world champion Adrian Lewis in last night's Premier League fixture in Sheffield.

    Peter Wright

    Phil Taylor made the most of playing twice by moving three points clear at the top of the standings after wins over Gary Anderson and James Wade.

    The night's other winners were Michael van Gerwen and James Wade in his other match.