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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. Police treat death of man in Bramford as "unexplained"
  3. Suffolk's Peter "Snakebite" Wright beats 16-times world darts champion Phil "The Power" Taylor
  4. Drug-driving arrests increase after roadside testing introduced
  5. Housebuilders refused permission to drop affordable housing from scheme
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for another week on Suffolk Live

    Thanks for being with us this week.

    We'll be back on Tuesday with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

    Have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

  2. Overnight weather: Largely dry leading to a risk of frost

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be a few wintry showers lingering through the evening, but it will then become largely dry with clear spells leading to the risk of a ground frost in places. Lows of 0C (32F).

    Saturday's weather map

    After a chilly start there will be plenty of sunny spells, but cloud will build to bring the chance of scattered showers once again. Some of these showers could have a sharp downpour with hail and thunder. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

    Get the full forecast where you live or work, from BBC Weather.

  3. Watch: Have you ever wondered how a sculpture ends up in place?

    Aldeburgh Music has sent us film of the installation of its latest sculpture on loan from the Henry Moore Foundation.

    Don't they make it look easy?

    Video content

    Video caption: Aldeburgh Music installs its latest Henry Moore sculpture
  4. Powerboat drivers ready for Lowestoft Grand Prix

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    A new season of British Powerboat Racing gets under way at Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Powerboats at Oulton Broad

    Fifty competitors spanning seven different classes will compete on Sunday and Monday for the first points in the 2016 championship.

    "The championship is in its fifth year and it could be our most competitive season to date," said commentator Jason Mantripp.

  5. In the news: Brandon level crossing on the agenda for local meeting... Lack of funding has been a challege, says leader of SCC

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A final look at Suffolk's main stories for today:

    • A meeting has taken place between West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock and Network Rail to discuss ongoing problems caused by the level crossing at Brandon
    • The leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, says a lack of funding has been the greatest challenge he's faced in his first year in the post
    • Ipswich Town prepare to face MK Dons in their final home game of the season at Portman Road tomorrow
  6. Brandon people share their concerns over town's level crossing

    Residents and workers in Brandon are meeting their local MP Matthew Hancock and a representative of Network Rail this afternoon to find out what can be done to solve problems caused when the town's level crossing gets stuck.

    Brandon level crossing

    A failsafe mechanism means it sometimes gets stuck in the "down" position, which leads to traffic building up in the town's High Street.

    It's a problem that's been affecting the town for some time, dating back to when it was changed from a manual to an automated crossing in 2012.

  7. Sudbury Rugby Coach aims to leave Suffolk on a high

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Graham Richards (centre) arrived at Sudbury Rugby Club in 2012 with the team struggling for form and facing an uncertain future, but victory tomorrow will seal a second successive promotion.

    Sudbury Rugby Club officials

    The match with Hammersmith and Fulham will be Richards' final game in charge before he returns to his native Pembrokeshire, and the Welshman is determined to go out on a high. 

    "My goal was to work towards this day," Richards said. "There should be a real buzz about the place, like our own equivalent of the play-offs at Wembley."

  8. Speedway: King confident Ipswich can break their duck

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches captain Danny King says his riders have to keep believing in themselves if they're to kick-start their season.

    Danny King

    The Suffolk side will head to Somerset Rebels tonight aiming for their first Premier League win of 2016, after losing both of their matches so far.

    "I've seen it before when you're on a run of bad form; your head goes down before the meeting. If we go there with fresh minds I'm sure we can do something. It's a track we all like and Ipswich always do well there."

  9. Afternoon weather: Turning cloudier with some showers

    BBC Weather

    Becoming cloudier this afternoon with a few showers likely, which could be heavy with a risk of hail. It will feel cool in the breeze, with a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

    Ipswich weather picture

    Today's photograph was taken in Ipswich by Weather Watcher "Carl Ipswich".

    If you're interested in joining the growing band of Weather Watchers, check out the website.

  10. Bishop, Kenlock and Emmanuel to start for Ipswich

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that midfielder Teddy Bishop and defenders Myles Kenlock and Josh Emmanuel will start for the Blues against MK Dons tomorrow.

    Teddy Bishop

    Bishop (pictured) has been limited to just two substitute appearances this season due to injury, while Kenlock and Emmanuel last featured in the FA Cup in January.

    McCarthy has also confirmed that Josh Yorwerth and Piotr Malarczyk have been told they can leave the club in the summer.

  11. Latest in series of Henry Moore sculptures installed at Aldeburgh Music

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Aldeburgh Music has installed another Henry Moore sculpture, Reclining Figure: Bunched (1961/69), on loan from the Henry Moore Foundation.

    Henry Moore sculpture being put in place

    Roger Wright, chief executive of Aldeburgh Music, said: "Sculpture and the visual arts are an important part of our heritage and we are delighted to continue the relationship with the Henry Moore Foundation."

    Through his friendship with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Moore has been linked to Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall for 40 years, with a succession of his works being sited on the lawn outside the entrance to the concert hall.

  12. Ipswich boss is a 'great mentor' for young defender

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    On-loan defender Paul Digby is keen to make his stay at Ipswich Town a permanent one in the summer, when his short-term move from Barnsley comes to an end.

    Mick McCarthy on Ipswich bench

    The 21-year-old impressed during his first league start for the Blues at Middlesbrough last weekend, and says he is learning every day from his Ipswich teammates and manager Mick McCarthy.

    "The gaffer was a great centre-half and he's such a great mentor to learn from," Digby said. "I'm trying to take as much off him as I can."

  13. The scene is set for the Guineas Festival

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The annual Guineas Festival, which takes place this weekend at the Rowley Mile course in Newmarket, will also host the official launch of celebrations to mark 350 years of racing in the town.

    Rowley Mile racecourse

    The opening ceremony will include a tandem Spitfire fly-past from the nearby Imperial War Museum at Duxford, and the reading of a specially-commissioned poem written in honour of the anniversary.

    Amy Starkey, regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "2016 marks a very special year for the town, a history and heritage we at Newmarket Racecourses are very proud to be associated with."

  14. Sudbury Rugby Club ready for 'biggest match in 20 years'

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    It will be a case of winner-takes-all at Sudbury Rugby Club tomorrow as the Suffolk side prepare to take on Hammersmith and Fulham in an end-of-season play-off.

    Sudbury Rugby Club officials

    Victory for director of rugby Graham Richards (centre) and his players would seal a second straight promotion, and elevate Sudbury into London Division 1. 

    "Sport is about how well you perform. If we play to our potential and take our opportunities then they are going to have a very hard game," he said.

  15. Lack of funding 'greatest challenge' in first year, says council leader

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    A lack of funding has been the biggest challenge facing Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble in his first year in office, he says.

    Suffolk County Council HQ

    Speaking about his first 12 months as leader of the Conservative group controlling the authority, he said the council had many years to come of having less money.

    He added: "It's a great challenge as to how you do that, and how you continue to deliver those frontline services in an environment where there's less money to be spent."

  16. Lunchtime headlines: Bramford death treated as 'unexplained'... Success for Peter 'Snakebite' Wright over Phil Taylor

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Our main stories:

    • Police are treating as "unexplained" the death of a man whose body was found yesterday at his Bramford home
    • Suffolk's Peter "Snakebite" Wright has become the first person to beat 16-times world champion Phil Taylor in the Premier League of Darts since the opening night of the competition in February
    • Three men have been arrested and subsequently released on bail, following reports of "rogue trading" at two addresses in Ipswich earlier this week
  17. United trial 'will stay with Ipswich loanee throughout career'

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town's on-loan defender Paul Digby only spent a couple of weeks with Manchester United, but speaking about his time at Old Trafford brings on a beaming smile every time.

    Paul Digby

    The youngster, who is keen to earn a permanent deal with the Blues in the summer, believes his short stay with the Premier League giants was an invaluable experience. 

    "I was only there for two weeks but I've never worked so hard," Digby said. "It was an unbelievable time, and something I will take with me throughout my career."