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  1. A14 closed near Stowmarket after lorries crash
  2. A scheme to improve health in children - co-created by Suffolk tennis star Elena Baltacha - is being rolled out nationwide, almost two years after her death
  3. Anglers say rules banning fishing at Southwold Harbour are unfair and should be relaxed
  4. Fire crews have pulled a horse from a water-filled ditch at Hoo, near Wickham Market
  5. Updates for Monday, 11 April 2016

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By Philippa Taylor

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from everyone here at BBC Suffolk.

    We'll be back in the morning from 08:00 for more of the same.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Overnight weather: Occasional rain with a chance of some mist patches

    BBC Weather

    A mixture of dry spells and showery outbreaks of rain overnight, with the possibility of some mist patches forming too, particularly in the west of the county. Lows of 8C (46F).

    Temperature chart

    Tomorrow will see cloud and rain clearing to the north during the morning, with brighter, drier conditions following on. Slight risk of some slow-moving thundery showers by mid-afternoon. Highs of 14C (57F).

    Get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather

  3. Pictures: Nesting birds in Eye tractor puts work on hold

    Diss Express

    A blackbird has put agricultural work at an Eye home on hold — after nesting in a tractor.

    Nesting bird
  4. Speedway: Mildenhall manager critical of West Row track

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers team manager Rob Henry has said the condition of the circuit hindered his team in yesterday's National Trophy defeat to Kent Kings.

    Rob Henry

    The home side finished the meeting with five riders after crashes involving Connor Mountain and Luke Ruddick.

    "Track conditions played against us a bit today," said Henry. "The staff worked really hard this morning but it's the same old story here; we're losing a fighting battle sometimes to get the track race-fit for everybody, so it's safe." 

  5. Bishop in U21s facing Wednesday

    Teddy Bishop will continue his comeback from injury when the Town U21s take on Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road this evening (KO 19:00).  

  6. A14 expected to stay closed through rush-hour

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk Police says the A14 is expected to stay closed at Stowmarket throughout the rush-hour this evening following the earlier collision between two lorries at J50.

    It says the central reservation was "badly damaged" in the crash, and investigations and repairs are taking place.

  7. AFC Sudbury: Manager Godbold praises his players

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    AFC Sudbury's promotion to the Ryman Premier Division was confirmed by Saturday's 1-0 win at Tilbury.

    AFC Sudbury players and management

    Craig Parker's goal also meant The Yellows have broken the 100-points barrier, and have an unassailable 11 point lead in Division North, with their closest rivals having just two more games to play.

    Manager Jamie Godbold said: "The commitment that the lads have put in, and not just on match days, but from the moment we started pre-season has been exceptional. Their attitude, ability and commitment has mixed into a winning team."

  8. Ipswich Town: Mills backs McCarthy to turn things around

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town legend Mick Mills (pictured) disagrees with supporters who are calling for a change of manager at Portman Road and believes Mick McCarthy is still the man for the job.

    Mick Mills

    Mills told BBC Suffolk: "The one thing that Mick McCarthy has done since he came here is stabilise the club and I know people don't like the word, and think it's being over-used, and say there's got to be a little bit more on show.

    "But he's been very unlucky to lose [creative] players like Teddy Bishop, David McGoldrick and Ryan Fraser for large parts of the season."

  9. BreakingMinister appointed to oversee devolution

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has been appointed as minister to oversee East Anglian devolution. 

    Matthew Hancock MP

    It follows concerns that the deal, announced in last month's budget for a directly-elected mayor for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, was running into trouble. 

    I understand that Mr Hancock will be in charge of leading negotiations between the 23 local councils, several of whom have expressed concern that the devolution process is being rushed. 

  10. Increase in number of emergency calls from Suffolk to ambulance service

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Figures from the East of England Ambulance Trust show a 20% increase in the number of emergency calls made to it from Suffolk last month, compared to the same period last year.


    The trust says it received 11,882 calls to the 999 number, compared to 9,898 in March 2015. Across the region, there was an average increase of 21%, with the largest rise in Cambridgeshire.

    A spokesman said it was difficult to put the increase down to any one reason, but said March's increases followed rises in February, when the public were urged to use 999 "wisely", and January, which was described as their "busiest-ever January".

  11. Man extradited from Romania jailed for Bury St Edmunds attempted rape

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A man arrested in his home country of Romania and brought back to the UK in February has begun a prison sentence for four offences, including attempted rape and sexual assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds last May.

    Shakers Lane Bury St Edmunds

    Andu Nedelcu, 20, had originally denied the attempted rape charge but changed his plea at Ipswich Crown Court last Tuesday.

    He was sentenced to six years and eight months on Friday.

  12. Mick McCarthy: 'Relationship with fans turning sour'

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy's admitted Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Brentford has done little to improve his rapport with the club's supporters.

    Mick McCarthy

    The loss leaves Town eight points adrift of the Championship play-off places, with just five more games to go, meaning a 15th consecutive season in the second tier is almost guaranteed.

    "It's a shame, really, because we've had such a great relationship," McCarthy said. "It's turning a bit sour and I cannot really do it... without the fans' support and everybody else's; it makes the job even harder still."

  13. Hospital's £1.5m donor was 'lovable rogue'

    Charlie Jones

    BBC Local Live

    Friends of former second-hand car trader Peter Gibbons, 90, who left £1.5m in his will to Ipswich Hospital, which treated him for heart disease, told the East Anglian Daily Times he was "a lovable rogue".

    Peter Gibbons

    Trisha Walton, an executor of Mr Gibbons' will, said: "You heard rumours about his money, but when we found out how much it was we were quite shocked. He was a bit of a lovable rogue; a bit of a wheeler dealer.

    "People who knew him just knew that was the way he was - that was him and he was quite happy."

  14. Ipswich Hospital 'delighted' at biggest-ever donation

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Ipswich Hospital has received its largest-ever donation, £1.5m, from a 90-year-old man who said in his will he wanted it to go towards revamping four wards and making them dementia-friendly.

    Ipswich Hospital

    Peter Gibbons, who lived in Bramford and died last year at the hospital after a six-year battle with heart disease, was "thrifty" and sold second-hand cars and trailers, according to his friends Gary and Tricia Walton.

    Head of charity at the hospital, Kate Ashton, said: "We do have people who kindly remember the hospital charity in their will... We haven't had one like this [before], but every gift is important."

  15. Town turmoil: What's gone wrong at Portman Road?

    Here's at look at the back page of today's Ipswich Star:

    Ipswich Star sport's page
  16. Travel: A14 latest

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The latest information we have from Suffolk Police is that the A14 remains closed in both directions at Stowmarket following this morning's collision between two lorries.

    We've also been told that the collision further west on the A14 in the Bury St Edmunds area, originally reported as involving a lorry and two caravans, in fact involved a car and a lorry, and that incident has now been resolved.

    Get the latest on what's happening on the county's roads from the BBC Travel website.

  17. Man charged after officer injured while making arrest

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A man from Hadleigh has been charged after an incident that left a police officer hurt at the weekend.

    The 22-year-old was arrested on Saturday evening after an incident outside the Cock Inn on George Street.

    He is due before magistrates in Ipswich at the end of month accused of resisting an officer in the execution of his duty, and criminal damage and threatening behaviour relating to two incidents in the town last month.

  18. Ipswich Town: McCarthy explains surprise Smith omission

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has told BBC Suffolk Sport why defender Tommy Smith was dropped for Saturday's home game against Brentford.

    Tommy Smith

    The 26-year-old - who had previously been an ever-present in the league all season - had just helped the club keep successive clean sheets against Wolves and Charlton.

    McCarthy said: "We were playing at home and it was to have two full-backs who would play a bit more football and to have a right-sided centre-back and a left-sided centre-back, just to give us a bit more balance."

  19. Lunchtime headlines: A14 collisions cause major disruption for drivers... Bury St Edmunds shooting court case adjourned

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Our main stories:

    • Police ask drivers to avoid A14 west of Ipswich if possible after a series of collisions
    • A court case involving five men accused of conspiracy to murder, following a shooting in Bury St Edmunds last August, has been adjourned at Ipswich CrownCourt
    • Rules banning fishing at Southwold Harbour are "unfair", say anglers
  20. Afternoon weather: Fine at first but rain's on its way

    BBC Weather

    Dry and breezy at first this afternoon, but it will turn increasingly cloudy later, with outbreaks of rain spreading to southern and western parts by the early evening. Top temperature: 15C (59F).

    Great Bricett

    This photograph of a springlike Great Bricett was taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Hale".

    If you're not sure what a Weather Watcher is, then take a look at the website.