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  1. Unexpected deaths at mental health trust serving Suffolk are up by 12%
  2. Drug kits and weapons seized in Ipswich park searches
  3. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's it for today's Suffolk Live

We're signing off now, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Among the stories we've covered today are criticism of Suffolk's mental health trust over the high number of unexpected deaths last year, the arrival of the world's second-largest container ship at Felixstowe, and a chat with some of the Springwatch presenters as they arrive at Minsmere.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Dry and chilly

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will remain dry overnight, turning a little chilly under clear skies. Lows of 6C (43F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will be dry with sunny spells and highs of 19C (66F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Investigation continues into fatal Newmarket collision

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say they're carrying out a full investigation into a collision earlier today in which the father of Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble died.

Speaking from the scene on Bury Road in Newmarket, Sgt Peter Howlett said: "A vehicle was travelling out of town and for some reason has crossed over the road and hit a tree, resulting in quite significant damage to the vehicle, and unfortunately the driver was fatally injured in this collision."

Sgt Howlett added that they'll be looking into the mechanical condition of the vehicle, and any medical history the driver may have had which may have contributed to the collision.

Scene of fatal crash

Dingus Khan to play Latitude Festival

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

If I had a hat, I'd be tipping it towards Keith Allen - he of Vindaloo fame - for picking Dingus Khan to play his tent at this year's Latitude.

Dingus Khan with Keith Allen
Dingus Khan

Dingus Khan remain one of the best live bands I've ever seen and every time they play it's a treat for everyone in the audience. I continue to be amazed that both they and Superglu, who are also fronted by Ben Brown, are yet to be household names and among the first names on every festival bill.

But hey, that's the music industry!

Anyway, Dingus Khan played a memorable gig for Allen at Latitude a couple of years ago... and it's brilliant they'll be returning at a prime time slot this time round. Go see them!

McGoldrick believes he has it all to prove for Ireland

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick, who along with team-mate Daryl Murphy is with the Republic of Ireland team ahead of their friendly against the Netherlands on Friday, believes he still has work to do to make Martin O'Neill's final squad.

David McGoldrick
Getty Images

The 28-year-old said: "There's maybe a few places still available and everyone's just got to train hard and I'm one of them.

He added: "He's [O'Neill] picked me in the squad on the back of only playing four games, so that's a real buzz for me. So now I've got to hopefully pay him back and give him some good performances."

Watch: BBC Springwatch 'circus' comes to Suffolk

Describing BBC Springwatch's return to Minsmere, presenter Michaela Strachan says: "It feels like the family's come home - in fact, no - it feels like the circus has come to town!

"But it's a fantastic place; it's got a diversity of habitats; it's got amazing wildlife and so many different species."

This year the team hopes highlights will include marsh harriers, bearded tits and wildlife stories from the "Underwater Nestcam", and "Burrow Cam".

Chris Packham: 'We want people to get off their sofas'

Steve Blower

BBC Radio Suffolk

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham says the RSPB reserve at Minsmere is the ideal location for the show: "It's got spots where you can be close to nature and you can really enjoy it and from our point of view, all of that's essential."

Chris Packham

Looking ahead to this year's series, which begins at 20:00 on BBC2 on Monday, he added: "We don't want to be somewhere special. We don't want to be in some private reserve where only scientists and film-makers go. 

"We want people to be able to come and stand where we stand and see what we see. We want them to get off their sofas and get involved like we are."

Who's going to follow in the footsteps (?) of Spineless Simon at Springwatch?

The star of last year's Springwatch, based at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere, was undoubtedly Simon the Stickleback, who even had his own Twitter account @spinelesssimon.

It'll be fun to see who steals the limelight this year.

Spineless Si

Springwatch presenters... and pastries

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan preview the third, and most likely, final series of Springwatch to come from the RSPB reserve at Minsmere on the Suffolk Coast.

Springwatch presenters

A key aim of its three-week run will be to get millions of people out of their armchairs to have a go at volunteering.

They'll be back on our screens on Monday on BBC 2 at 20:00.  

Shipwatch: At last, my patience has paid off

Richard Haugh

BBC News

This is it! Proof that the elusive (to me, at least) Globe did arrive in Felixstowe this afternoon.

Thanks to the aforementioned Darren Wormall for this photo.

CSCL Globe
Darren Wormall

Shipwatch: I track down someone who's here to see the Globe

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Like birdwatchers, ship-spotters are a dedicated crew. 

Darren Wormall says he's been traveling here, there and everywhere for "about 30 years", pursuing his hobby.

Darren Wormall

I'm taking this ship-spotting very seriously...

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I'm still in Felixstowe, hoping for a glimpse of the world second-largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, which I appear to have missed.

I have spotted a ship! But it's about half the size of the Globe....

Ship at sea

Parallel mental health review praises unexpected deaths investigations

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

NHS England has also published a report into mental health services in the East of England.

It has been released in conjunction with a separate study by Verita, whose report said lessons learned from unexpected deaths by the Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust needed to be applied more consistently across its services.

NHS England's Nursing & Quality Directorate said: "Since April 2015 NSFT has reported deaths in line with the new NHS Serious Incident framework and investigated in a timely and appropriate manner."

Trust must improve support for bereaved families

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The Verita report into Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has made 13 recommendations about improving services following a record 159 unexpected deaths in 2015-16.

They include:

  • improved internal investigation processes
  • ensuring lessons learnt are consistently applied across its teams
  • improved support and engagement with bereaved families
  • provide better evidence the trust's board has had full discussions on unexpected deaths

Mental health trust boss says 'all recommendations' are being implemented

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says it is acting after a report said it needed better internal investigations into the high number of unexpected deaths.

Michael Scott

There were 157 such deaths in 2015-16, and the trust commissioned a report from Verita to look at its problems.

Michael Scott, trust chief executive, said: "Where there is a need for improvement or a lesson to be learned we take efficient action, and we ensure that learning is shared throughout our whole organisation."

Green light for development of former bacon factory site in Elmswell

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Planners have granted final permission for the former Grampian Harris site in Elmswell, which closed 10 years ago, to be redeveloped with 190 new homes, as well as providing public open space and a play area for children.

Plans include 21 dwellings for affordable housing.

Aerial shot of former bacon factory
Harrow Estates

Sight of CSCL Globe looks likely to elude me

Richard Haugh

BBC News

My mission to see the world's second-largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, is going to end in failure.

The Port of Felixstowe has confirmed that it is already by berth 8 and is just waiting to berth.

Visitors like me who missed its arrival are unlikely to see it from the viewing area, as the large Maersk ship (pictured) will be blocking the view.

Maersk ship

More on the CSCL Globe

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The CSCL Globe made the news in January last year, when it docked at Felixstowe as part of its maiden voyage.

At the time it was the largest container ship in the world, but a month later the title was passed to the MSC Oscar.

But hey, the Globe did set a record for the biggest engine, in terms of sheer physical size, rather than power. It is a massive 17.2m (56ft) high, 5.2m (17ft) 22wide and 22.5m (74ft) long.

Treat in store for ship enthusiasts in Felixstowe

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I've come to Felixstowe, where a small bunch of enthusiasts are enjoying the sunshine while looking towards the port.


The world's second-largest container ship, the 400m-long (1,312ft) CSCL Globe, is due to arrive at 16:00 - but there's confusion as to whether it's already here.

In the foreground is an equally impressive Maersk ship, which is 398m long.

Council leader's father killed in Newmarket crash

A car driver has died following an incident in Bury Road in Newmarket. 

Police were contacted at about 12:30 to reports of a single-vehicle accident, where a car had collided with a tree. Emergency services attended and found a man and a dog in the car. Both died at the scene.

At this stage police are investigating the possibility that the man, in his 70s, may have had a medical incident prior to the collision.

Suffolk County Council has revealed that the man killed was the father of its leader, Colin Noble. Because of that, a cabinet meeting today about the future of the fire service has been cancelled.

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Princess Royal in Stowmarket this afternoon

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The Princess Royal is visiting Citizens Advice in Stowmarket this afternoon, where their office space has more than doubled over the last two years, and they resolve more than 10,000 issues a year.

Citizens Advice Bur

Manager Carol Eagles says the princess will meet two of the people the CAB has helped, one of whom had an employment issue: "Her employer disappeared and she didn't get any redundancy pay.

"We helped her get that from the National Insurance fund. The other one has got on-going requirements for help with her benefits."

High deaths mental health trust was placed in special measures last year

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was placed in special measures last year by watchdog the Care Quailty Commission.

Inspectors called it "not a safe... service" in their report.

It had a record number of unexpected deaths 2015-16.

Mental health trust criticised in unexpected deaths report

The results of a report into the high number of unexpected deaths at Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says the service needs to improve.

There were 157 such deaths of patients in 2015-16, up from 139 the previous year.

A Verita report, commissioned by the trust, said: "Unexpected deaths are routinely reported to the [trust's] board, but [there was] little evidence in board meetings of action beyond this to explore themes or lessons learned."

Bury Town appeal for pre-season helpers

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

After Bury Town announced yesterday that it had secured funding for its new clubhouse, the club is now appealing for volunteers to help during pre-season.

Bury Town stadium
Stuart Shepherd

With just 10 weeks to get the old clubhouse (pictured) demolished and the new one built, chief executive Michelle Banfield-Curran said: "We need some help around the ground just to get this done in time."

There's a meeting at Ram Meadow tonight where fans can see the building plans as well as giving their feedback.

Travel: Accident closes Bury Road in Newmarket

BBC Travel

The A1304 Bury Road in Newmarket is closed in both directions between the A142 Exeter Road, and the B1506, because of an accident involving one vehicle.

Police advise motorists to avoid Newmarket town centre

Closure threat to lifeline for young homeless

Ipswich Star

Here's the front page of today's Ipswich Star

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

ITFC strikers training with Ireland ahead of the Euros

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy (pictured) and David McGoldrick are both with the Republic Of Ireland team this week ahead of Friday night's friendly match against the Netherlands.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

Murphy believes his fitness is improving after missing the end of Ipswich Town's season. The 33-year old said: "I'm getting there day by day. I think the last few days have done me the world of good.

The forward, who scored seven times for The Blues last season, added: "I'm not as fit as I want to be but I've still got a lot of time to do that."

Leiston FC to announce new manager in next 48 hours

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

After the announcement yesterday that Leiston manager Richard Wilkins (pictured) has left the club, chairman Andy Crisp has told BBC Suffolk that an announcement on his successor will be made within 48 hours.

Richard Wilkins

He said: "We're trying very hard to find the right person; we've had a few ideas, we've had a couple of meetings - obviously quite a lot of applicants."

Wilkins led Leiston to their highest-ever finish in the league last season, but left the club after a disagreement at a meeting with the board at the weekend.

Quintet of Trawlerboys sign new deals

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town FC have moved to secure five of their players for next season, after their relegation to the Ryman Premier Division, with captain Rossi Jarvis, Andrew Fisk, Adam Smith, Chris Henderson and Shaun Bammant all signing on the dotted line.

Ady Gallagher
Lowestoft Town FC

Manager Ady Gallagher (pictured) told the club website: "This time of the year is always a very busy period for managers and involves lots of hard work.

"So I'm delighted to have these lads agree new deals with the club and continue to form part of my squad."

It's a boost for The Trawlerboys who, despite winning the Suffolk FA Premier Cup, were relegated from the Vanarama National League North.

Police say they're sending a clear message to criminals in the Ipswich area

Suffolk Police say they are tackling criminal behaviour related to drugs in Ipswich parks by carrying out a series of operations around the town. 

A large amount of drugs and money were discovered at a property in the Stoke area of Ipswich, and two people have been arrested

Sgt Kevin Lee said the operation sent out the following clear message to people who wanted to commit criminal offences: "To show them that we are out there; we are tackling what it is you're doing and we do want to bring you before the courts and bring you to justice."

Police seize drug kits and weapons during park searches

Two people have been arrested at an address in Ipswich after police seized a large amount of drugs and money. 

Weapons and drugs kits were also found during a series of checks in parks and recreation grounds yesterday.

Knives found in Ipswich parks

Thursday's weather: Sunny spells and isolated showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We're expecting sunny periods throughout the day today, although an isolated sharp shower is possible this afternoon. Feeling pleasantly warm with a top temperature of 17C (63F).

Dry and cool overnight, with clear spells leading to some mist and fog patches. Lows of 7C (45F).

Get a more detailed on the forecast where you live or work, from BBC Weather.

Rise in unexpected deaths 'is down to better reporting' says trust

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says the 12% rise in the number of unexpected deaths last year is down to better reporting, and the trust seeing more patients.

It also says it's investigating each case.

Two of the deaths involved inpatients choking on food, but most of the people who died were being looked after in the community.

Later today we'll find out if the trust's figures are higher than the national average.

Record number of unexpected deaths at mental health trust

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The number of unexpected deaths at the mental health trust serving Suffolk and Norfolk increased by 12% last year.

Figures from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust show that 157 people died in the 12 months to April.

That's up from 88 three years ago.

Mental Health Trust
Andy Parrett/Geograph

Welcome to Thursday's Suffolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

We start the day today with news of a record number of unexpected deaths at the mental health trust that serves Suffolk and Norfolk, up 12% from last year.

We'll bring you more details shortly.