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Summary

  1. Memorial trees accidentally felled to make way for statue for Queen's 90th birthday
  2. More than 400 weapons found in a parish councillor's home are being destroyed by police
  3. Driver caught travelling at 154mph on A11
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 20 April 2016

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks

    That's all from Suffolk Live for the day, thanks for your company.

    We look forward to seeing you again tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Car driven at 154mph believed to be 'highest speed' recorded by county's police

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Suffolk Police says a car travelling at 154mph on a section of the A11 is believed to be the highest speed it's recorded on the county's roads.

    Police stopped the Seat Leon near Elveden on Monday night. A male driver in his 20s will be summoned to court.

    A spokesman said: "It is believed that this is the highest speed of a vehicle on the road that has been recorded by Suffolk Police."

  3. Destruction of largest-ever gun haul begins

    Kevin Burch

    BBC Look East

    The destruction of 463 firearms found hidden away in a Suffolk village has got under way at police headquarters in Martlesham.

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    Video caption: The destruction of the largest-ever gun haul found in the UK is under way in Suffolk

    Pistols, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, a rocket launcher, grenades and 200,000 rounds of ammunition were found at the home of former parish council chairman James Arnold in Wyverstone in 2014. 

    It was the biggest haul of weapons ever found in the UK. Mr Arnold was charged, but died of cancer while on remand.

    Anthony Buckland, from Norfolk, was jailed for six years for his part in supplying some of the weapons.

  4. Drivers filming crash while driving 'likely to receive summons'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    While the investigation gets under way into the crash between three cars and two lorries on the A14 this afternoon, police warn drivers caught filming the aftermath could face action. 

    A statement put out by Suffolk Police warns of delays on the westbound carriageway due to slow traffic.

    The force says motorists caught filming while driving are likely to receive a summons in the post.

  5. Watch: Duke of Cambridge emphasises importance of ambulance pilot role as he answers royal duty criticism

    The Duke of Cambridge has attempted to shrug off criticism of his commitment to his royal duties.

    Prince William's commitment has been questioned in some quarters in recent months, with headlines in some newspapers referring to him as "work-shy William".    

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    Video caption: 'I'm going to get plenty of criticism'

    But speaking to the BBC before the Queen's 90th birthday, he said he took royal duty "very seriously" and emphasised the importance of his role as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot and the time he spent with his family.

  6. Overnight weather: Dry with clear skies

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening and tonight will be dry with clear skies and light winds, leading to the risk of a frost overnight. Lows of 0C (32F).

    Thursday afternoon's weather map

    Thursday will be another fine day with sunny spells. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine, but a little cooler on the coast. Highs of 14C (57F).

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

  7. Lorry driver airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after A14 crash

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk Police says a lorry driver has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious injuries after the crash on the A14 this afternoon.

    It happened on the eastbound carriageway near Bury St Edmunds and involved three cars and two lorries. 

    The westbound carriageway was closed to allow the air ambulance to land. The eastbound carriageway is expected to be closed for some time, beyond rush hour.

  8. Devolution deal 'heading for the rocks'

    One of the major figures responsible for bringing about a devolution deal for East Anglia says the idea is being rushed through, making it a hard-sell to both councillors and the public alike, and could be "heading for the rocks". 

    Norfolk County Council leader, George Nobbs (left of woman)

    In an article for Municipal Journal, Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs stressed that although he was an "enthusiastic proponent of regional devolution", the deal was in danger.

    Mr Nobbs writes: "Any objections we have raised have been brushed aside (by Whitehall officials) in the rush, firstly to meet the timetable of a budget announcement and now to meet the aim of a mayoral election in 2017."

    Today the National Audit Office said the benefits of the 10 devolution deals for the UK needed more explanation.

  9. 'Hidden' steam engine being moved to new home

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    A steam engine that was thought to have been scrapped but was actually hiding away in the countryside for decades is being moved to a new home today.

    The shunting engine, built in the 1920s, was owned by a private collector and restored over many years in Suffolk and Hertfordshire. After he died, his wife contacted the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough which agreed to put it in its museum.

    Alex Alder from the railway told me about the importance of the find:

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    Video caption: A steam engine hidden away in the countryside for decades is being moved to its new home.
  10. Devolution deal for East Anglia has 'accountability issues', says National Audit Office

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    The government is being warned that devolution schemes, including the one for East Anglia, still need explaining to the public. 

    Document

    National Audit Office report says new arrangements for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire might be more complicated than in urban areas such as Manchester and there could be issues with accountability.

    It says devolution deals "offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services" but adds "...arrangements are untested and government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended".

  11. Driver caught speeding at 154mph in Elveden

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    A driver has been recorded travelling at more than twice the national speed limit by police.

    A red Seat Leon Cupra

    The motorist reached 154mph (247km/h) along the A11 at Elveden on Monday night, according to traffic officers.

    The motorist will now face court action, they said.

  12. Suffolk police and crime commissioner: Meet the candidates

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Each day this week we're bringing you details of one of the five candidates hoping to become the county's next police and crime commissioner.

    Simon Tobin

    Standing for UKIP is Simon Tobin, 57, who lives with his wife and child in east Suffolk. 

    Mr Tobin says he's passionate about the inner towns of Suffolk, and says too much concentration is on rural crime. He says that's all very important, but adds there's a lot of work to be done on the ground in the tough areas on the streets.

    This week, we've already heard from Labour's Cath Pickles and Tim Passmore for the Conservatives. Tomorrow we'll feature Liberal Democrat Helen Korfanty, and finally on Friday Terence Carter, who's standing for the Green Party. 

  13. Air ambulance heading to the scene of A14 crash

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk Police has told us that the air ambulance is heading to the "multi-vehicle" crash on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. 

    People are trapped and there is apparently diesel in the carriageway. The advice is to avoid the area if possible, as parts of the road are closed and delays are inevitable.

  14. Multi-vehicle crash on A14

    BBC Travel

    There is severe disruption on the A14 between junction 44, the Bury eastern interchange, and J45 for Rougham, because of a multi-vehicle crash.

  15. In the news: Guns from largest-ever haul destroyed, and driver caught travelling at 154mph

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here's what's making the news today:

    • Destruction of the largest cache of weapons ever found in the UK is under way at Martlesham police headquarters
    • A driver clocked travelling at 154mph in Elveden is stopped by police
    • The Duke of Cambridge has rejected criticisms of his commitment to royal duties, saying he is concentrating on his work as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot and his role as a father
  16. Demands grow on Waveney foodbank

    Diss Express

    Waveney Foodbank provided 32,000 meals for struggling families last year, new figures reveal.

    Waveney foodbank
  17. The weather: Expect long sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will continue to be a dry day across the region, with long sunny spells. Feeling pleasant inland, although cooler in coastal areas as a brisk easterly wind picks up. Maximum temperature 11C (51F).

    Tonight, it'll stay dry with some good clear spells, maximum overnight temperature 6C (42F).

    Blossom over blue skies in Ipswich

    Many thanks to Weather Watchers contributor Cool Breeze, who sent in this picture taken in Ipswich this morning.

  18. Lowestoft Town move out of relegation zone

    Ben Parker

    BBC Suffolk Sport

    It was a good night for Lowestoft Town as they moved out of the National League North relegation places.

    Lowestoft Town FC exterior

    The Trawler Boys beat Worcester City 2-1 at Crown Meadow last night, while relegation rivals Brackley Town and AFC Telford Utd drew 0-0.

    Danny Crow and Connor Deeks scored for the North Suffolk side, with assistant manager Dale Brooks saying Deeks had not been due to play.

    "Connor's come into the frame because of the injury problems we have," he said.

  19. Boss admits Ipswich draw a 'dismal' and 'flat' performance

    Ben Parker

    BBC Suffolk Sport

    Ipswich Town drew 1-1 with Fulham last night in a match that didn't really get going until after the 60th minute. Striker Moussa Dembélé put the Londoners ahead before Danish left back Jonas Knudsen equalised in stoppage time.

    Jonas Knudsen at a previous match

    Town boss Mick McCarthy admitted the match had a "disappointing" end-of-season feel to it, saying: "The only pleasing aspect for me was we didn't lose it.

    "We've been banging on, making sure we don't end the season like that in a dull and dismal, flat, sad looking performance."