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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 25 April 2016
  2. A man dies after falling into the River Brett in Hadleigh on Saturday morning
  3. More than 600 outpatient appointments will be cancelled across Suffolk in the latest round of strike action by junior doctors
  4. A mother from Ipswich who lost her two-year-old daughter to meningitis B supports an online petition asking for the vaccine to be given to more children
  5. Sky Ride cycling event to return to Ipswich for sixth year running
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 all from us at Suffolk Live today - thanks for stopping by. 

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county. 

    Have a great evening. 

  2. Overnight weather: Further showers, wintry in places

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be further showers this evening and overnight, with the risk of some turning to sleet or snow as temperatures drop. Lows of 0C (32F), with a widespread frost and a risk of icy patches.

    Tuesday afternoon's weather map

    Tomorrow will bring sunshine and showers, with possible longer periods of rain. Showers may fall as hail and sleet in places. Top temperature: 9C (48F).

    Get more on the forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

  3. Largest gathering of Royal Ballet dancers outside London in almost two decades

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The Royal Ballet is coming to Suffolk for only the second time in 50 years for a special community gala to help raise £100,000 for local charities.

    Gary Avis outside Christchurch Mansion

    Dancer Gary Avis (pictured), who was brought up in Ipswich, said giving something back through the arts and culture fund at the Community Foundation appealed to the dancers.

    He explained: "I spoke to them about what the culture fund was about. They literally were so inspired they automatically stepped up to the mark and said yes, count us in, we'll be there."

  4. Blythburgh pig farmer recognised in Suffolk food and drink awards

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Blythburgh pig farmer Jimmy Butler is the winner of Suffolk's Food Hero Award.

    Blythburgh pigs

    The awards are run by the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper, with this category sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk. 

    Jimmy's been described as a "major force for change and improvement in the industry", producing high-welfare, free-range pork.

  5. Rugby union: Bury St Edmunds shine in final home game

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds rugby players rounded off their home fixtures with arguably their best performance of the season on Saturday.

    The Haberden

    The Wolfpack beat National League Two leaders Cambridge, despite having trailed by 13 points at half time. 

    The 11-try encounter finished Bury 43 Cambridge 38.

  6. In the news: 700 outpatient appointments postponed over next 48 hours... Ipswich U21s lost to Millwall

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A final look at Monday's top stories:

    • More than 700 outpatient appointments have been postponed at hospitals serving Suffolk ahead of the two-day strike by junior doctors
    • Meanwhile, Care UK says it anticipates 20% more calls to NHS 111 during the strike
    • Ipswich Town U21s end their season with a 2-0 home defeat to Millwall
  7. Care UK anticipate 20% more calls to NHS 111 during junior doctors' strike

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Care UK, who run the NHS 111 non-emergency phone service in the county, say they've planned for an extra 20% of calls in Suffolk over the two days junior doctors are taking strike action.

    NHS 111 call handler

    A spokesman says during previous strikes by the junior doctors they haven't seen any real increase in the number of people in the county calling the service but "the fact that emergency cover is being withdrawn suggests to us that more people will use services like NHS 111... 

    "So we have planned for an extra 20% of calls and have increased the number of people on all the shifts for the full 48 hours to meet this additional demand." 

  8. Call for urgent talks to try to avert all-out strike by junior doctors

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The Suffolk-based head of the Royal College of Surgeons has called for the two sides in the junior doctors' dispute to hold urgent talks to try to avert tomorrow's all-out strike in England. 

    Ipswich Hospital

    Claire Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, who works from Ipswich Hospital, says patients need to be put first:

    "[Both sides] need to understand that the best interest is for the patient and it's not about winning on either side. At the moment they're both losing."

  9. Bishop of Dunwich goes on patrol with the town pastors of Ipswich

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk's newest bishop has spent a night out on the streets of Ipswich with the local Town Pastors.

    The Bishop of Dunwich, the Right Reverend Mike Harrison, saw the work carried out by the volunteers from local churches - helping people who can be the worse for wear with alcohol and drugs.

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    Video caption: Bishop of Dunwich goes on patrol with Ipswich town pastors
  10. More than 600 outpatient appointments postponed during junior doctors' strike

    Ipswich Hospital say the number of postponements they've had to make over the next two days while junior doctors are on strike is "hugely more" than during the previous walk outs.

    The West Suffolk Hospital  say they've put "contingency plans" in place, so they can minimise disruption for their patients "while continuing to provide a safe, effective service".

    47 elective operations cancelled at Ipswich Hospital with 42 at West Suffolk Hospital
  11. Local football: Dates changed for Portman Road finals

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    The dates for two of this season’s Suffolk FA Cup finals at Portman Road have been brought forward.

    Portman Road

    After consultations between Suffolk FA, Ipswich Town and the clubs involved, the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup, originally dated for Thursday 19 May, will now be played on Wednesday 11 May.

    The final of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup has been moved from Monday, 23 May to Monday 9 May.

    The two other finals are unaffected.

  12. Newmarket research charity receives £55,000 to help find cure for cancer in dogs

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    A veterinary research charity in Newmarket has received a donation of £55,000 to help find a cure for cancer in dogs.

    Jayne May

    The Animal Health Trust was given the money by Jayne May, who set up Zoe's Journey, after her golden retriever was treated for lymphoma.

    She says she knew nothing about the disease beforehand: "I just didn't want anybody to feel as I did, and looking at the statistics 25% of dogs will get cancer. That's a lot of frustrated, frightened, lonely people."

  13. Hogg hails Bury’s ‘memorable’ victory over league-leaders and rivals Cambridge

    Bury Free Press

    Bury St Edmunds RFC head-coach Gavin Hogg believes his side’s 43-38 toppling of league-leaders and rivals Cambridge will live long in the memory.

    Bury Rugby team
  14. Ipswich Town: McCarthy hopes McGoldrick goes to Euro 2016

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was full of praise for striker David McGoldrick's performance at the weekend and hopes he makes the Republic of Ireland squad for this summer's Euro 2016.

    David McGoldrick

    The 28-year-old (pictured left) shone while playing as a lone striker for the full 90 minutes at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

    McCarthy said: "It was an excellent performance from him and I'm delighted as I hope he gets his slot in Ireland's European Championship team in France, because he's missed so much football, it'll be a great boost for him."   

  15. Afternoon weather: Becoming windy with wintry showers

    BBC Weather

    After a bright start to the afternoon, showery rain will soon arrive from the north. The rain will clear later in the day with perhaps some early evening brightness. It will feel cold, with lows of 11C (52F).

    Snape

    Today's lunchtime picture was taken in Snape by Weather Watcher "Magic Meadow".

    If you're interested in finding out more about BBC Weather Watchers, take a look at their website.

  16. 40,000 have taken part in Ipswich Sky Ride so far

    Organiser said 40,000 cyclists have taken part in Ipswich's Sky Ride since it began in 2011 - a day when cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

    Sky Ride, Ipswich, 2011

    Twelve similar events will be taking place across the UK between June and September, including the one in Ipswich on Sunday 14 August.

    Ian Murray, from Team Sky, said: "This year we're celebrating our one millionth Sky Rider across all events and are delighted more Brits are cycling more regularly as a result of our eight-year partnership with British Cycling."

  17. Ipswich Town: McCarthy impressed by Digby debut

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    A few eyebrows were raised when Paul Digby was handed his first league start for Ipswich Town on Saturday, but the defender justified his inclusion.

    Paul Digby

    The 21-year-old helped Town hold promotion chasing Middlesbrough to a goalless draw, despite them finishing the game with international strikers Jordan Rhodes and David Nugent on the field.

    "I thought he was excellent," said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. "He's a work in progress, but to come in and make his debut against that quality and we've come away with a clean-sheet, I'm really pleased."

  18. Speedway: Mildenhall fall at first hurdle in KO Cup

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Despite beating Eastbourne 48-42 at West Row yesterday Mildenhall Fen Tigers are out of the National League Knock-Out Cup.

    Mildenhall Speedway

    They failed to overturn Saturday's 50-38 defeat on the south coast and lose 92-86 on aggregate.

    Captain Dan Halsey was the Suffolk side's top scorer, with 12+1.

  19. Jobs uncertainty for BHS workers

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Workers at Suffolk's two branches of BHS, in Lowestoft and Ipswich (pictured), are waiting to find out what the future holds the company files for administration, putting about 11,000 jobs at risk.

    BHS Ipswich

    The owner of BHS has insisted that no one is to blame for the imminent collapse of the high street chain.

    Dominic Chappell said it was due to bad trading and a failure to raise enough money from selling properties.

  20. Town Pastors receive apology from man for incident seven years ago

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich's Town Pastors, church volunteers who roam the streets at night in small groups looking for those who find themselves in difficulty, received an apology on Saturday night from a man for an incident seven years ago. 

    Ipswich Town Pastors with the Bishop of Dunwich

    The man told them had been "really rude" to another town pastor and that he'd been "bang out of order".

    It was one of a number of incidents witnessed by the new Bishop of Dunwich, Bishop Mike Harrison, who went out on patrol with a local group at the weekend.