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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 1 June 2016
  2. Thousands of people attend the 176th Suffolk Show at Trinity Park
  3. More than one million 999 calls are handled by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust's control rooms for the first time
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for your company today on day one of the Suffolk Show. It's been a little damp and chilly from our pop-up newsroom on the showground, but thousands of visitors have enjoyed the event.

    We're still waiting on visitor numbers... but we'll have more on this tomorrow along with updates from day two of the show at Trinity Park.

    We'll leave you tonight with a few sights and sounds from day one. Have a good evening.

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    Video caption: Suffolk Show 2016: Thousands visit Trinity Park event
  2. Weather: Brighter spells possible on Thursday

    Any showers will ease through this evening, but it will remain cloudy with another murky and damp night expected. 

    Coastal stretches keep a risk of mist or fog, although less extensive than recently. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Thursday will be another cloudy start, but less murky than today. Grey and overcast skies will persist for much of the morning, although some brighter spells are possible later. 

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  3. Arts centre approval for disused church

    St Clement's Church, Ipswich

    Remember the planning decision we mentioned earlier to make a creative new use for a disused Ipswich church... well, it's be approved.

    St Clement's Church, on Star Lane, has been closed since 1979 but a campaign was launched two years ago to convert it into an arts venue.

    Ipswich Borough Council, which owns the building, has approved a change of use.

  4. Boxing: Ogogo planning to fight again this month

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Staying with sport... after winning his first fight for a year at the weekend Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo (pictured left) tells us he's aiming for a quick return to the ring.

    Anthony Ogogo

    The 27-year-old hopes to be on the undercard when Anthony Joshua defends his IBF World Heavyweight title at the O2 on 25 June.

    "It's been a long slog to get back, but now I'm there I want to stay there and be really busy and active. My next fight's already planned for next month, although we just need to confirm that and finalise the details," he said. 

  5. Ipswich Town legend speaks at show on promotion next season

    Mark Bulstrode

    BBC News

    Finally from the Suffolk Show today - when we bumped into former Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills he tipped Derby County as promotion favourites.

    He said: "Every year the division seems to throw up some strong teams. People say its hard to predict, but last year I had six of the top eight and I think the whole nation would have had four of the top six.

    "For the past two years, Derby have had the best players and I would back them under the management of Nigel Pearson."

    On Ipswich’s prospects for next season in the Championship, he said: "I would expect them to be in the back end of the play-offs. I expected them to do that last year."

  6. Humphrey the Camel - hoping for Best in Show

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    You don't often see a camel among the animals at the Suffolk Show... and today was certainly a bit chilly, to the point where I might have got the hump!

    Grand Theatre of Lemmings

    But joking aside - here's a team from the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, based in Manningtree, who were hoping to win the Best in Show category. 

    Cassie Catchpole and Dave Rose had been wowing visitors through the day and told me they were hoping to make off with the prized award.

  7. Competition time: The kind of work under way at the show

    Check out these farriers who were competing in a timed event at the show.

    Farrier at work

    And here's some more of them in action:

    Farrier at work

    It looks pretty hot in there.

    Farriers at the Suffolk Show 2016

    They were taking part in a competition against the clock in which they had to fashion a shoe and fit it to the horse.

    Farrier at the show
  8. News of a funding boost for hedgehog project

    Suffolk Wildlife Trust has confirmed at the show that it's got funding to support a dedicated hedgehog project officer for Ipswich over two years.

    A hedgehog at the show

    The post will mean action for hedgehogs to try to halt the decline in numbers, which have appeared to have fallen by a third in the past 10 years.

    A hedgehog at the show

    Simone Bullion, senior conservation adviser with the charity said: "Ipswich is a hotspot for hedgehogs so it's fantastic news that we are going to be supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

    "This project should really make a difference for hedgehogs in the town."

  9. Moments from the Suffolk Show: The strawberries, the olives and a hat

    Now some more from the Suffolk Show, just to give you a flavour... quite literally, of what's here. Check out this fruit mountain, so perfectly presented at the Food Hall.

    Fruit on show at the Suffolk Show

    And from strawberries to a taste of the Mediterranean with a huge variety of olives to try.

    Olives on show in the Food Hall

    And if you want to get ahead, get a hat. There are more than 800 trades on the site offering a huge range of apparel. 

    Shopper checking out the hats at the Suffolk Show
  10. Moments from the Suffolk Show: A beer and a chat

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    It's back to the Suffolk Show in Trinity Park, one of the biggest two-day events in the county calendar. 

    The site is huge, features thousands of animals, more than 800 trade stands and 137 food and drink stalls - so there's always a moment to put your feet (or paws) up.

    A couple sitting having a beer at the show

    I've been taking a look around the 300 acres site... and as it's lunchtime found myself migrating towards the food hall.

  11. Could you host an alternative tour of Ipswich?

    Richard Haugh

    BBC Introducing in Suffolk

    I like this idea. Every now and then you'll see groups of walkers being shown around Ipswich, with the Ancient House and Christchurch Mansion two guaranteed stop offs.

    Ancient House, Ipswich

    But now, the search is on for people willing to provide an alternative tour - with the theme of their choosing. I might suggest a tour of every venue Ed Sheeran played, with the man himself serenading people as they walk. How could he say no?

    Anyway, the idea is part of this year's SPILL Festival, which has previously pushed the boundaries of what is considered 'theatre' and 'art'. 

    More details can be found on their website.

  12. Ambulance service facing 'significant' rise in demand

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The head of the ambulance service in the East of England says it is struggling with "capacity", following a "significant year-on-year rise in demand".


    The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) has released figures showing that 999 calls for the sickest patients – known as red calls - were 22% higher in April this year, compared to April 2015.

    Quote Message: We do not have the capacity to deliver the services we are expected to deliver and we cannot continue to rely on short-term investment and hiring private ambulance services forever." from Robert Morton Chief executive, EEAST
    Robert MortonChief executive, EEAST
  13. East of England Ambulance Service handles more than a million 999 calls

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    More than one million 999 calls were handled by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust's control rooms last year, the trust says.

    This is the first time the number of calls has crossed the one million mark and the highest since the trust was established in 2006.


    Robert Morton, EEAST chief executive, described the increase as “concerning” as approximately 40% of patients are not taken to hospital, indicating there is still a significant number of 999 calls being made where an emergency ambulance is not the appropriate response.

    The regional ambulance service has its control rooms in Bedford, Chelmsford and Norwich.

  14. Suffolk Show: Here's the scene at lunchtime from Trinity Park

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Now the earlier rain has gone, things are looking much busier at the show. It's still too soon to tell what the official attendance figures are though.

    We'll have more from Trinity Park a little later, I'm just off to go and meet some farriers who are competing here today... and warm up a little by the forge.

    Scene from the show

    Coming up - more of today's sport... and news that 999 calls to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust have topped the one million mark for the first time.

  15. Suffolk Show: Singing in the rain

    Titan the Robot has been entertaining the crowds at the Suffolk Show... we're not entirely sure he qualifies as "agricultural machinery".

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  16. Suffolk Show: More from the Military Zone

    Here's some more pictures from the Military Zone which alongside the Apache also features a Lynx helicopter which you can actually sit in.

    People sitting inside the Lynx helicopter

    We didn't say climbing in was elegant... but Etholle George put in a good effort during BBC Radio Suffolk's breakfast show today.

    Etholle George

    And it seem the zone might have inspired a new recruit in years to come... 

    Small boy with gun
  17. Suffolk Show: From cows to choppers in the Military Zone

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Besides its rich agricultural, farming and countryside links - the show also features a Military Zone allowing visitors to get close to a range of very expensive military vehicles.

    The zone includes a climbing wall, parachute 'flight swing', Red Arrows simulator, a laser combat area and this Apache helicopter - the fly-away cost of which is about $30m according to

  18. Suffolk Show: Former Ipswich Town star Mick Mills on memories past

    Former Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills is among the crowds at the Suffolk Show today and he's been happy to share his memories of the event.

    Mick Mills at the show

    He said: "When I first got married, I lived in Bucklesham and I used to walk here then. That was in the late 1970s. I've been here off and on since. 

    "I remember in 2011, when we had the 30th anniversary of our UEFA cup win. We had the trophy here and there were a few players from the team. That was a good day."