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  1. Police link 23 'creeper-style' burglaries in Bury St Edmunds
  2. A14 was shut for seven hours after crash
  3. Ed Sheeran 'worth £45m' according to rich list
  4. Updates for Thursday, 21 April 2016

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it for Thursday's Suffolk Live

Thanks for your company today.

We'll be back in the morning from 08:00 to bring you the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

If you're off out this evening to see one of the beacons being lit to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, have a lovely time.

Police release images of man seen in area of Fuchsia Lane blaze

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police investigating a fatal fire at a property in Fuchsia Lane, Ipswich, last month have released CCTV images of a man seen in the area.

Composite CCTV image
Suffolk Police

The fire service was called to the property shortly after 01:00 on 30 March, and a man in his 80s and a man in his 60s were both taken to the hospital. The older man died, and the younger has now been released.

Police say while the image isn't particularly clear, they hope someone will know who the individual is, or they may recognise themselves. The investigation into the cause of the blaze, which is being treated as "unexplained", continues.

Overnight weather: Gradually turning cloudy, but staying dry overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It's gradually turning cloudy from the south and becoming more overcast. Staying dry overnight, with lows of 4C (39F).

Friday's weather map

It will be mainly dry tomorrow but a chance of some light rain later. Feeling much cooler, with highs of 11C (52F).

Get the full forecast in your area from BBC Weather.

Police link 23 'creeper-style' burglaries in Bury St Edmunds

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

A recent spate of 23 "creeper-style" burglaries, which are carried out while householders are sleeping, are being linked by police.

Burglar in property

Det Insp Carl Nightingale, who's in charge of investigating the offences in Bury St Edmunds, suspects they're being carried out by people who are "very familiar" with this type of offending.

He said: "They're primarily working under the cover of darkness... so they are very much opportunist, going around checking out addresses, checking out which places are insecure and obviously targeting those where they can get in."

Early evening headlines: Lorry driver 'critical' following A14 crash... Police link 'creeper-style' burglaries

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A final look at today's top stories:

  • A lorry driver injured in a seven-vehicle crash on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds yesterday remains in a "critical" condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Police are linking 23 burglaries in Bury St Edmunds which have been carried out while householders are sleeping
  • Daryl Murphy and Luke Varney remain sidelined for Ipswich Town ahead of Saturday's match at Championship leaders Middlesbrough

Speedway: Sarjeant 'got a lot of stick last year'

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins is backing recent arrival James Sarjeant to go from strength to strength at the club.

James Sarjeant
Stephen Waller

The 22-year-old, who spent last season riding for Glasgow, will line-up for the Witches in tonight's Premier League Cup meeting away to Sheffield Tigers.

"I think he's come to us a little bit down on confidence because he was getting a lot of stick last year," Hawkins said. "We're building him up and he knows we're going to look after him and we've got his back now. That'll only help him and he'll progress."

Children learn 'without realising it' at School Farm and Country Fair

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Thousands of primary school pupils are spending the day at the annual School Farm and Country Fair, learning "about food, farming and the countryside through fun and interactive activities".

School Farm and Country Fair

Among the visitors to Trinity Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich, is a group from Heath Primary School in Kesgrave.

Teacher Jeanette Newbould said: "We could never have these people coming into the classroom and because it's so natural they're just talking.

"The children half the time are not even realising how much they're learning,or how much information they're being given."

Pitman praised as Murphy and Varney miss Boro trip

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Strikers Daryl Murphy and Luke Varney remain sidelined for Ipswich Town ahead of Saturday's match at Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

Brett Pitman

Manager Mick McCarthy still has David McGoldrick, Freddie Sears and Brett Pitman (pictured) available, and says the latter has had a good first season with the club. 

"For somebody who hasn't started week in week out, he has contributed hugely," McCarthy said.

More action is needed to support struggling GPs, says local doctor

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A spokesman for GPs in the county says one of the main problems facing GP practices is recruitment.

NHS chiefs in England have announced a five-year plan to help GP surgeries "get back on their feet" and to improve access for patients.  

GP's surgery

Dr Simon Rudland told BBC Suffolk: "It's going wrong across the board, but primarily it's to do with recruitment. It's actually finding the individuals to deliver the service to our patients."

The £2.4bn will pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to boost practices.  

Suffolk Fire Service turns the clock back

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

This week's photograph in Suffolk Fire Service's series of Throwback Thursday photographs shows Ipswich Fire Brigade in 1926, the year the Queen was born.

Isn't it a fabulous photo?

Ipswich Fire Service in 1926

McDonnell to be offered new deal

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that the Blues are taking up an option for a further year on young midfielder Adam McDonnell’s contract, and will be offering the 18-year-old Irishman a new deal.

Adam McDonnell

Suffolk recipients of Queen's Awards for Enterprise

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Beccles business Anglia Print, which power its machines totally by renewable energy, has been given a 'Sustainable Development' award in this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

Anglia Print staff with award
Anglia Print

Managing director John Popely said:“We are absolutely delighted with this recognition. This has been a whole team effort by our staff."

Two other companies, Burland Technology at Great Blakenham, and ProSynth in Sudbury, have received awards for international trade.

Speedway: Witches track knowledge could be key

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches manager Ritchie Hawkins believes previous experience should benefit his team when they travel to Sheffield Tigers in the Premier League Cup tonight.

Paco Castagna
Stephen Waller

The Witches will head to South Yorkshire looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season after last week's success against Peterborough.

"We've got Paco (Castagna, pictured) and Nico (Covatti) who've ridden at Sheffield and obviously Danny (King) loves the place as well. We've definitely got riders who can do something, and we know we need a result if we want to progress."

Police and Crime Commissioner election: Meet the candidates

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Time now to introduce you to the fourth candidate standing in the election to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner in the county.

Helen Korfanty

Representing the Liberal Democrats is Helen Korfanty, who's been a solicitor in Suffolk for more than 30 years. The 59-year-old works in criminal and family law in Bury St Edmunds.

Her priorities:

  • To improve police efficiency because that’s the quickest way to finding extra time and therefore money
  • To deflect demand away from police that isn’t necessarily in their area
  • To maximise the financial resources from the government which she believes she could negotiate

Also standing for election on 5 May are Terence Carter for the Green Party, Labour's Cath Pickles, Tim Passmore for the Conservatives, and UK Independence Party's Simon Tobin.

Afternoon weather: Pleasantly warm and sunny

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see some pleasantly warm sunny spells, although sunshine will become increasingly hazy later. Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather Watcher Lukesmum

Today's patriotic photograph was taken in Bramford by Weather Watcher Lukesmum.

If you'd like to know more about being a weather watcher, check out our website.

In the news: Lorry driver in 'critical condition' following A14 collision... 90-year-old Ipswich resident to light beacon tonight

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our main stories this Thursday lunchtime:

  • A lorry driver remains in a "critical condition" in Addenbrooke's Hospital following a seven-vehicle crash on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds yesterday
  • Ipswich resident Edgar Wright, who shares his birthday with the Queen, will be lighting a beacon in Christchurch Park tonight to mark the event
  • Suffolk swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn has been named in the Great Britain squad for this summer's Olympic Games 

Lorry driver in 'critical condition' following A14 crash yesterday

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A lorry driver in his 40s, who was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after a crash on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds yesterday afternoon, remains in a critical condition after sustaining serious injuries, police say.

It's now been established that seven vehicles - three cars, three HGVs and a van - were involved in the collision, with some of the vehicles trying to take avoiding action prior to becoming involved in the crash.

At least five drivers are likely to receive a summons after being seen filming from passing vehicles.

Jockey Club posts record figures for seventh consecutive year

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The Jockey Club, which owns Newmarket racecourses, has posted record annual figures for the seventh consecutive year, with a turnover of £183.3m, up 7% on the previous year.

Rowley Mile racecourse
Getty Images

Chief executive officer Simon Bazalgette said: "Every penny we make at The Jockey Club we reinvest into British Racing.

"In 2015, more people than ever came racing with us and more horses than ever used our training facilities at Newmarket and Lambourn."

Darts: Tough test for Wright in Bournemouth

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright faces former world champion Michael van Gerwen in the 12th round of darts Premier League tonight.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old from Mendham will be desperate for a win to keep his play-off hopes alive after last week's 7-2 defeat to Robert Thornton.

Wright has won just one of his last eight matches in the event and lost 7-2 to tonight's opponent when they met earlier in the competition.

Swimming: Walker-Hebborn gets Olympic call-up

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn's been named in the Great Britain squad for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

Chris Walker-Hebborn
Getty Images

Although the 25-year-old failed to qualify automatically at the recent British Championships, he's one of 15 athletes who've been picked after reaching a time within 2% of the standard.

It will be Bury St Edmunds born Walker-Hebborn's second Olympics, and he's likely to compete in the relay and possibly the 100 metres backstroke.

Man who shares the Queen's birthday prepares to light a beacon in her honour

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A man celebrating his 90th birthday today has been asked to light one of the numerous beacons marking the Queen's birthday.

Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright, who was born in Wells-next-the-Sea, and now lives near Ipswich, says his mother always told him that Her Majesty was two years older than he was.

Looking ahead to tonight's event, he said: "I've got to light a beacon at Christchurch Mansion, I hope everything stays fine."

Lowestoft Town: Survival would be my 'greatest achievement' - Gallagher

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher says beating relegation this season would top anything he's previously done in football.

Ady Gallagher
Lowestoft Town FC

With just three games to go the Trawler Boys are only two points above the bottom three in the National League North.

"Last season it was deemed a success for us to come into this league and survive," said Gallagher. "This year we're trying to do exactly the same with a third less budget, with no overnight stays to away games. If we can survive this year it'll be my greatest achievement."

A14 closed westbound in Cambridgeshire for 11 hours

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

As well as a five-vehicle collision eastbound on the A14 yesterday afternoon, which led to the road being closed near Bury St Edmunds for about seven hours, travellers heading westbound in Cambridgeshire were also delayed by a collision, which took place at Swavesey (pictured).

Swavesey crash

The carriageway was closed between Girton and Fenstanton between approximately 16:30 and 03:00 today.

Police say a number of people were seriously injured in this crash, and further incidents on the M11 and A16.

Ed Sheeran moves into Top 50 list of wealthiest pop stars in British Isles

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Suffolk's Ed Sheeran has moved into the Sunday Times Music Millionaires Top 50 list for the first time, with a fortune of £45m.

Ed Sheeran
Getty Images

He's got some way to go though to catch up with Adele, who's been named as Britain's richest ever female musician with a fortune of £85m.

Topping the list of people whose musical talent has earned them a tidy living, are Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell, Lord Lloyd Webber and U2.

Local football: Felixstowe & Walton in seventh heaven

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Felixstowe & Walton were the biggest winners in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last night, beating Whitton United 7-0. 

Mildenhall drew 3-3 at Fakenham, it finished 1-1 between Ipswich Wanderers and Swaffham, Long Melford lost 1-0 at Godmanchester while it finished Walsham-le-Willows 1 Norwich United 2. 

In the First Division, Needham Market's Reserves beat Stowmarket 2-1 and there was a 1-1 draw between Haverhill Borough and King's Lynn's Reserves.

Thursday's weather: Warm, dry but increasingly cloudy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will be another mainly dry day with some pleasantly warm sunny spells, although sunshine will become increasingly hazy. Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Tonight will be generally cloudy, with some patchy outbreaks of rain possible later. Lows of 6C (43F).

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

Lorry driver sustained 'potentially life-changing injuries' in A14 collision say police

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Police have told us that a lorry driver who was airlifted to hospital yesterday after a collision on the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Rougham has "potentially life-changing injuries".

Three cars and two lorries were involved in the crash on the east-bound carriageway, which was closed until 22:00 last night.

In the news: A14 closure lasts seven hours...Ed Sheeran's fortune grows...

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Your headlines this morning:

  • The A14 at Bury St Edmunds fully reopened at 22:00 after three cars and two lorries collided on the eastbound carriageway seven hours earlier
  • A Suffolk mother has been instrumental in helping to create the new MindEd website to help parents of children with mental health issues
  • Framlingham singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is worth £45m according to the latest rich list

Suffolk wishes Her Majesty a happy 90th birthday

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning, and thanks for joining us on this very special day.

I'm sure you'll want to join us as we wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday.

As well as bringing you news of any events in the county marking this occasion, we'll also make sure you're kept informed of news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

The Queen
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