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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  2. Talks aimed at preventing ambulance strike resume today at Acas
  3. Consultation held on plans to close 30 level crossings in Suffolk
  4. West Suffolk Hospital "disappointed" over ambulance transfer delays
  5. Campaigners allege planning "free-for-all" in Suffolk Coastal
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it from us

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Goodnight from us all and thanks for your company, on a day when we brought you news of a consultation on closure of 30 level crossings in Suffolk and cute pictures of peregrine falcon chicks being ringed to help monitor their future movements. 

    Suffolk Live returns tomorrow from 08:00. We hope you can join us then.

  2. The forecast: Light drizzle overnight

    BBC Weather

    Tonight it'll stay overcast with patchy light rain and drizzle, especially across northern counties.  

    Weather graphic

    It'll be drier across southern counties and gradually becoming dry across all areas this evening and overnight, 

    Meanwhile tomorrow will start cloudy, but it'll become brighter with sunny spells.

  3. Devolution: Three counties will need to negotiate certain issues

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    To satisfy the government, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will have to agree to work together on certain issues and I understand that there is still a lot of disagreement about what those areas should be.

    East Anglian flag

    There is also a feeling that the government needs to put more money towards the devolution project and a few people still have reservations about directly-elected mayors. 

    The deadline of this Friday for a deal to be agreed is expected to slip by as much as a fortnight. 

    Meanwhile, a report from the House of Lords today raises concerns about the lack of public engagement and transparency in the whole devolution process. It also questions "if the people of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk will feel that the proposed East Anglia Combined Authority reflects their local identities".     

  4. Signs that devolution is close, but will probably be delayed

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The man leading negotiations for East Anglian devolution is expected to meet Local Government Secretary Greg Clark tomorrow amid signs that a deal involving Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire could be close, although there still appear to be major hurdles to overcome.

    I understand that Suffolk businessman Andy Wood will ask for more money towards transport projects to help seal the deal. 

    The East Anglia Devolution Agreement Document

    Council leaders from the three counties met today, and I understand that most of the discussion revolved around the so-called "brother and sister deal" which would see two new authorities and two elected mayors created: one for Norfolk and Suffolk and the other for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

  5. More on consultation on plans to close 30 Suffolk level crossings

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Network Rail has issued more information about the consultation into the closure of 30 level crossings in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Stowmarket. 

    The list of those earmarked include six in Bury St Edmunds area, 16 in the Stowmarket area and eight in the Ipswich area.

    Public meetings will be held in June on the proposals. More information is available from Network Rail by clicking here.

  6. Watch: BBC Springwatch team preview their highlights for Suffolk-based series

    The popular BBC Springwatch series is back on our screens on Monday on BBC2 at 20:00, once again coming from Minsmere on the Suffolk coast.

    Presenters Chris Packham, Iolo Williams and Martin Hughes-Games give their personal highlights from this year's series.

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    Video caption: The presenters of this year's BBC Springwatch programme preview this year's series
  7. Devolution explained: What it could mean for Suffolk

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    For several weeks now BBC Suffolk has been discussing the issue of East Anglian devolution and what it could mean for the people of Suffolk.

    East Anglian Flag

    Now the county council has created a website explaining how it would work. You can read and learn more by clicking here.   

  8. Bury Town clubhouse: Planning approval is 'final bit in the jigsaw'

    Ben Parker

    BBC Suffolk sport

    Bury Town FC's chief executive says there is just one remaining piece to the "jigsaw" of having a new clubhouse. 

    The old clubhouse, pictured below behind the stand, will be torn down.

    Ram Meadow, the home of Bury Town Football Club

    The Shakers have already secured funding to build the new clubhouse for next season, with St Edmundsbury Borough Council providing £50,000 in funding and the club raising the same amount through sponsorship.

    A five-year lease has been granted. Chief executive Michelle Banfield-Curran said: "The final bit in the jigsaw is literally the planning approval, which we hope we'll get next week."

  9. Watch: Falcons ringed on 'tallest building'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Peregrine chicks nesting in a 23-storey tower block have been ringed to help monitor their future movements.  

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    Video caption: Peregrine falcon chicks ringed in Ipswich

    The Mill, in Ipswich, which is 233ft (71m) high, has a specially-built nesting box that is home to five chicks waiting to fledge.

    Falcons ringed on 'tallest building'

    Peregrine chicks in Ipswich

    Peregrine chicks nesting in a 23-storey tower block have been ringed to monitor their movements.

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  10. Automated barriers 'way forward', says campaigner

    Earlier we told you about proposals to shut or change the use of 30 level crossings across Suffolk under a regional plan to make trains quicker and improve safety.

    Warning sign at level crossing

    Campaigners against the plans have urged people to attend Network Rail's consultation events in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Stowmarket. 

    Rosie Carter, from Suffolk Crossings, said she feared communities could end up being divided and has urged people to attend Network Rail's consultation events in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Stowmarket.

    "Rurally our public rights of way are so important... automated barriers have got to be the answer," she said.

  11. Councillor: 'Housing demands much greater than they were'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Framlingham Residents Association (whose chairman Chris Sharpe is pictured below) is claiming a planning inspector's report giving the go-ahead for a housing development in the town suggests other builders could have free-rein to follow suit. 

    Chris Sharpe, chairman of the Framlingham Residents' Association

    They highlight one of the inspector's conclusions, that Suffolk Coastal's policy is out of date when it comes to housing development in the countryside. 

    But councillor Tony Fryatt who has responsibility for planning says there is no loophole that can be exploited. 

    He said: "We are only obliged to provide 7,900 houses, which is far less than the assessed needs for this particular district. 

    "And we were supposed to come up with another figure, it is claimed in 2015, but what's not been appreciated by the inspector is the fact that the world has now changed quite dramatically and the housing demands that are being put on us are much greater than they were back in those times."

  12. Match report: AFC Hoxne see off league rivals to win Suffolk Junior Cup for the first time

    Diss Express

    AFC Hoxne were crowned the Suffolk Junior Cup champions for the first time after beating Henley Athletic 2-0 in the final at Portman Road last night.

    AFC Hoxne celebrate winning the Suffolk Junior Cup at Portman Road last night
  13. Why I took on 'drug dealing menace'

    Ipswich Star

    Here's a look at today's Ipswich Star front page:

    Ipswich Star front page
  14. Clubhouse funding boost for Bury Town

    Bury Free Press

    Bury Town FC received a shot in the arm last night after learning that they will receive the necessary funding to renovate their ‘not fit for purpose’ clubhouse.

    Bury Town FC plaque
  15. Talks aimed at preventing ambulance strike resume

    Talks aimed at preventing a strike by East of England Ambulance Service staff will resume today at the conciliation service Acas. 

    Ambulances parked

    Health union Unison has released a video showing the stresses it claims its members are under. 

    The dispute with the ambulance trust is over rest breaks and enforced overtime. The trust is under pressure to meet targets for response times and admits it does not have the resources to meet demands.

  16. West Suffolk Hospital 'disappointed' over ambulance transfer delays

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    West Suffolk Hospital says it is disappointed at failing to meet targets for the length of time it takes to transfer patients from ambulances into accident and emergency.

    West Suffolk Hospital

    Figures being discussed today show 63 patients bought to the hospital by ambulances in March were forced to wait outside for more than an hour.  

    In a statement, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said: "The whole hospital has been very busy over the past few months, which has impacted our ability to move people between departments and affected these latest figures."

  17. Campaigners allege planning 'free-for-all' in Suffolk Coastal

    Campaigners against plans for more than 150 homes in Fairfield Road in Framlingham - which were approved on appeal - claim there's a development free-for-all in the Suffolk Coastal area. 

    The group has concerns over a report from the Planning Inspectorate, which they say leaves the district council open to abuse by developers.

    Framlingham Residents' Association has seen the report by planning inspector, John Braithwaite and says he no evidence the council had a five-year supply of housing land.

    It has written a letter to the chief executive of Suffolk Coastal District Council demanding action, but the council says the claimed loophole does not exist.

  18. Consultation held on plans to close level crossings

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Plans to close 30 level crossings in Suffolk have gone to consultation. 

    Train going over a level crossing

    Network Rail has announced proposals which will be discussed at three public meetings next month. 

    It's thought most of the crossings that could be affected in the county would mean changes for pedestrians on footpaths rather than vehicles on roads.