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  1. Updates on Monday, 9 May 2016
  2. Proposed cuts to Suffolk fire service reduced from £1.3m to £1m
  3. Wrentham fire station to remain open but with rapid response vehicle, not fire engine
  4. Sudbury fire station to keep its second engine
  5. Full-time firefighter posts to be cut by 16 rather than the 20 proposed
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 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 your lot for Monday's live coverage, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00, when we'll bring you more reaction to today's announcement about the revised cuts to the county's fire service.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Overnight weather: Risk of thundery showers

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will turn cloudy this evening and overnight, with the risk of a few thundery showers. Lows of 10C (50F).

    Tuesday's weather map

    Much cooler tomorrow, with some showery outbreaks of rain during the morning, before it turns a little brighter and drier later. Top temperature: 17C (63F).

    You can get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Football: Suffolk FA Women's Cup Final preview

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town face Kirkley & Pakefield tonight in the final of the Suffolk FA Women's Cup at Portman Road (kick-off 19:00).

    Portman Road

    Ipswich manager Ralph Pruden has told BBC Suffolk how pleased his is that the tie is being staged at a Football League ground. 

    "It certainly adds a bit more spice," Pruden said. "Winning the cup is a big deal and something you strive for anyway, but knowing it's going to be at Portman Road makes it a special occasion for everybody involved."

  4. Travel: Two-vehicle accident causes delays on A11 southbound at Mildenhall

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A11 southbound in Mildenhall, before the Fiveways roundabout, because of a two-vehicle accident.

  5. Fire service cuts: 'We have listened to feedback' says council

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk County Council says in reducing proposed fire service cuts from £1.3m to £1m, it has "listened to feedback through the consultation process" and taken the "professional advice" of chief fire officer Mark Hardingham.

    Princes Street fire station

    Matthew Hicks, councillor responsible for public protection says: "The county council has contributed to the protection of the fire service in previous years, and continues to do so."

    The proposals, which include reducing the number of full-time firefighters at Princes Street in Ipswich by 16 instead of 20, will be discussed by councillors on Tuesday next week.

  6. Fire service cuts: Proposals won't keep public safe, says union

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has responded to the revised proposals over the future of the county's fire service, saying they "won't keep the public safe".

    Crews at Sudbury fire

    Spokesman Roy Humphreys said: "We already have one of the best value-for-money fire services in the country, which means any further cuts will have a disproportionate impact on our ability to keep those who live, work and travel within the county safe. 

    "The 20,000 people who took part in a public consultation, and who overwhelmingly rejected these plans, have been ignored."

  7. Man named following Little Wratting fatal collision

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A man who died following a collision between a Land Rover and a van on the A143 at Little Wratting, near Haverhill, on Saturday, has been named as Robert Grocott, of Hudson Close, Haverhill.

    The 56-year-old, who was driving the Land Rover Freelander, died at the scene.

    Two other males in the car sustained injuries, as well as two men in the Vauxhall van. All four, who were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, remain in a serious condition.

  8. Fire service cuts: Wrentham fire station to remain open and Sudbury to keep second engine

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Back now to our main story, the reduction in the proposed cuts to the county's fire service.

    Wrentham fire station

    Today's announcement by Suffolk County Council means:

    • Wrentham fire station will remain open, but with a rapid response vehicle rather than a fire engine
    • Sudbury will keep its second fire engine
    • Full-time firefighter jobs will be cut by 16 rather than 20 as originally proposed
  9. Proposed fire service cuts reduced but savings must still be made

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Proposed cuts of £1.3m to Suffolk's fire service have been reduced to £1m. 

    Princes Street fire station, Ipswich

    The remaining £300,000 of savings will still need to be made by the end of 2018, but the county council has said that future cuts won't affect front-line services.

    Thousands of people had opposed the original proposals during a public consultation, which closed in February.

    We'll bring you more details shortly.

  10. Bury St Edmunds popular with 'Smarties'

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Bury St Edmunds has been named as one of the top places chosen by affluent retirees shunning the idea of retirement by the sea in favour of "upmarket cathedral cities or bustling market towns", according to a new report.

    Abbey Gardens

    "Smarties" (senior market town retirees) are in particularly high concentrations in a number of towns including Bury St Edmunds, Yeovil and Kendal, says credit-checking company Experian.

    Consultant from the company Richard Jenkings says: "These folks typically have significant amounts of disposable income and are looking to enjoy life to the full in their golden years."

  11. A 'transitional period' for Suffolk Cricket: Andy Northcote

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk coach Andy Northcote has admitted he isn't too surprised to see his side struggling in the Minor Counties Knock-Out Trophy, but is optimistic about the future.

    Cricket stumps and ball

    Suffolk's chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the competition are just about over after yesterday's five-run defeat to Buckinghamshire at Ipswich School.

    "We always knew it was going to be a tough year," said Northcote. "It's a transitional period and we're trying something new by playing only Suffolk players. It's a young, inexperienced side, but the reality is we're at the start of something really exciting."

  12. Trio could win caps as England U17s face holders France at Euros

    Town trio Andre Dozzell, Ben Morris and Nick Hayes could win caps this evening when the England U17s face holders France in their second game at the European Championships in Azerbaijan.

  13. Farmer packing 'everything but the kitchen sink' for epic tractor journey

    Luke Deal

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A farmer planning to drive a vintage tractor all the way from Scotland to Suffolk in aid of charity says he will be packing a lot of tools and spares for the long drive south.

    Barry Colson (pictured with a similar tractor he already owns) has bought the vehicle, which he's been told was "sort of a hedgerow find".  

    Barry Colson

    He will be packing "...spanners, socket sets, tyres, wheels, gaskets, starter motors, water pumps - everything I can think of." 

    And as it only has a tin seat, he might want to take a cushion, too!

  14. Mick McCarthy: Ipswich striker has done enough for Euros spot

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich striker David McGoldrick has done enough in recent weeks to earn a place in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016, according to Mick McCarthy.

    David McGoldrick

    The 28-year-old scored in both of Town's final two games of the season, and appears to have put a series of lengthy injuries behind him. 

    "I want him to go as it would be a huge honour," McCarthy said. "It improves you as a player and if we can get a slight improvement out of Didsy then what a player we would have."

  15. Greater Anglia apologises for rail chaos

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Greater Anglia has apologised for chaos on the mainline service between Suffolk and the capital yesterday caused by damage to overhead lines that left hundreds of passengers being stranded for hours in scorching temperatures.

    Greater Anglia train

    Spokesman Jonathan Denby said it did everything it could to try to secure replacement buses and coaches but "there was a real problem with companies supplying us with any spare vehicles at all."

    In response to criticism about a lack of information to passengers, Mr Denby said it wasn't clear initially how disruptive the problem would be. "The first assessment of the work suggested the repairs would be completed by early evening, but it then took far longer," he said.

    Network Rail have also said it was "sorry" for the inconvenience caused.

  16. Attempted robbery at Cavendish store

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Police are investigating an attempted robbery at the convenience store in Cavendish yesterday.

    They say a man entered the store on The Green at about 13:20 and demanded money. 

    After attempting to take money from the cash register, he ran empty-handed from the scene towards an area known as the Maltings, behind the George public house.

  17. Afternoon weather: Warm with the chance of a shower or two

    BBC Weather

    We'll see one or two showers this afternoon. Later in the day a more persistent band of showery rain will spread in from the south, reaching Felixstowe during the early evening. Top temperature: 22C (72F).


    Weather Watcher "Windymiller" took today's photograph in Hemingstone, just north of Ipswich.

    If you'd like more information on how to become a BBC Wather Watcher, check out the website.

  18. Norovirus affecting passengers on cruise from Suffolk-based company

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    More than a quarter of the passengers on board a cruise ship run by Suffolk-based Fred Olsen are suffering with norovirus


    The Balmoral, which should dock in Canada today on the latest leg of a cruise which left Southampton last month, is being assisted by the US Centers for Disease Control.

    Fred Olsen say the ship is being cleaned extensively and just 15 of the 252 passengers affected have been confined to their cabins.