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  1. Ali Qazimaj arrested on suspicion of Weybread murders
  2. Fresh devolution plans announced
  3. More comedy acts announced for Latitude Festival
  4. Former Ipswich player Alex Henshall banned from driving
  5. Updates on Friday, 17 June 2016

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  1. Our local coverage for the day

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    On a day when we've found out there has been a second arrest in the Weybread murder inquiry, we've also been at the Latitude Festival's local press day at Henham.

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    Video caption: Oktoba gives sneak preview of his performance at Latitude.

    We were provided with musical entertainment, including this song Smoke Signals from Oktoba.

    The singer, who grew up in Boxford, was selected to play at the festival in July by the BBC Introducing in Suffolk show.

    Suffolk Live returns on Monday at 08:00.

  2. Watch: AYA perform at Latitude press day

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    AYA, one of the bands selected by BBC Introducing in Suffolk to perform at this year's Latitude Festival, were invited to perform an acoustic set on the Henham Estate earlier.Bess and Jayna, sisters from Butley, played two songs at The Stables for an audience of invited media.This song is called Gold Life. 

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    Video caption: AYA perform at Latitude Festival press day
  3. Hockey team in third-place play-off

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Britain's men's hockey team take on Germany tonight in the third-place play-off for the Champions Trophy in London.

    Suffolk players George Pinner and Harry Martin are both expected to feature.

    Team GB fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 3-3 with Belgium last night, thereby securing the play-off place.

    Australia and India will battle it out for gold.

    GB coach Bobby Crutchley said: "It's a game we want to win and we want to finish the competition with a medal."

  4. Council’s new model for community transport launched

    Suffolk Free Press

    Suffolk County Council has launched its re-modelled rural transport service across the county.

    Brought in as part of money saving across the council, the council says it is part of a major council transformation plan to connect communities with the services they want and need.

    A campaign in January against changes to community transport in Suffolk
  5. Former Ipswich Town player banned from driving for six months

    Former Ipswich Town winger Alex Henshall has been banned from driving for six months, after he was caught speeding at 53mph in a 30mph zone in the centre of Ipswich.

    Alex Henshall

    The 22 year old did not attend his magistrates hearing in Ipswich today, but instead his solicitor submitted a letter to the court, in which he admitted the offence. 

    Henshall, who was charged with one count of speeding, was clocked driving at 53mph in his Mercedes in Commercial Road on 7 September.

    He was given six penalty points, but as he had already "totted up" six points, this brought his total to 12 points, and magistrates imposed a six-month driving ban. 

    He must pay a victim surcharge of £40, was fined £395 and must pay court costs of £150.

  6. Devolution: Infrastructure upgrades proposed

    As part of the deal the government re-affirms its commitment to improving rail services in the region, with a promise that the Ely North junction will be improved by 2024. 


    It also talks about fulfilling its promise to dual the A47 and provide a new crossing in Great Yarmouth. 

    The devolution deal will have to be approved by the relevant county councils and all or most of the district councils. 

    If it is approved, the government will launch a consultation with a final go-ahead given in October. 

    If one area decides not to go for devolution, it will still go ahead in the area which says yes.

  7. Devolution: How much money will each county get?

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Norfolk and Suffolk deal is worth £880m over 30 years. The authority will get £25m every year for economic growth and £130m over five years to support the building of new homes. 

    The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough deal is worth £770m and includes £25m a year for the next 30 years to support economic growth, plus £170m over the next five years for new homes. 

  8. East Anglia devolution deal published

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    A revised devolution deal for East Anglia worth £1.6bn over 30 years has been published. 

    It would see two separate authorities and two directly elected mayors - for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk and Suffolk.

    East Anglia flag

    They would get control over house building and road maintenance in the region, plus get a major say over new roads, flood defences, bus services, the roll-out of broadband, the provision of training and health services. 

    The deal will be put to every council in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next fortnight. 

    The two authorities will not replace existing councils but will take on new powers from the government.

  9. Weybread: What we learned from the police press conference

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Suffolk Police's press conference was chaired by Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes, who revealed the following details about the investigation:

    Suffolk Police HQ
    • Ali Qazimaj, 42, from Tilbury, Essex, has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart
    • He was detained in Luxembourg City in the very early hours of this morning after a hostel worker recognised his picture from appeals issued by police
    • Extradition details are "still being worked through"
    • Detectives say they have "no expectation of finding Sylvia alive" but continue to search areas in Suffolk, Essex and Tilbury to try to find any trace of her
  10. Weybread: The extradition process

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Ali Qazimaj was arrested in Luxembourg using a European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

    This is a way of extraditing those wanted in relation to significant crimes between EU member states, where they will face prosecution or to serve a prison sentence for an existing conviction.

    It's now up to Mr Qazimaj to decide if he will appeal against the EAW - if he does not contest it, Suffolk Police will have 10 days to send its officers to Luxembourg and bring him back to the UK.

  11. Weybread: Search for Sylvia Stuart still 'very much' under way

    When asked if the search was still ongoing to find Sylvia Stuart, Det Ch Supt Simon Parks replied: "Very much so."

    "It is still the case we maintain our search and the officers currently trying to locate her," he told the press conference.

    Officers search field near Stuarts' home

    "We've now largely finished the natural places one would seek to look around the Weybread area, and hence we're expanding searching down through Suffolk, into Essex and into the Tilbury area," he added.

  12. Weybread: Luxembourg City hostel worker called local authorities

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    We've heard Ali Qazimaj was arrested in Luxembourg in the very early hours of this morning after a hostel worker in the country's capital city called police.

    Luxembourg City

    The staff member identified Mr Qazimaj, who police had been searching for since 6 June, after seeing pictures of him on the internet.

    "We're not sure what made her suspicious," Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes told the press conference. "All we know is that she called the authorities."

  13. Weybread murders probe: Suspect was arrested in Luxembourg

    Map showing Weybread and Luxemboug
  14. Ali Qazimaj questioned on suspicion of double murder

    Ali Qazimaj, who was wanted in connection with the Weybread investigation, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of both Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

    The force only confirmed last night that the search for Mrs Stuart, who disappeared after her husband was stabbed to death, had become a murder inquiry.

    Suffolk Police said officers were working with the National Crime Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service and authorities in Luxembourg to organise Mr Qazimaj's extradition.

    Syliva and Peter Stuart
  15. Weybread: Press conference video reaction

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    We streamed footage of the police press conference on the Weybread murder investigation live on our Facebook page.

    Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes

    You've been giving your reaction to the update, with many people praising police for their work on the investigation.

    "Well done to all involved, hopefully this will bring answers to the Stuarts' family," wrote Luke Martin.

  16. Weybread: What happens now?

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Ali Qazimaj was arrested earlier today in Luxembourg and a European Arrest Warrant was granted.

    He's in custody now, and Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said Suffolk Police was now involved in extradition proceedings.

    Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes

    He said it was for the Luxembourg authorities to decide which court it would go before.

    The detail was still being worked through, Det Ch Supt Parkes added.

  17. Weybread: 'No expectation of finding Sylvia alive'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    During the press conference, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said he had "no expectation of finding Sylvia alive".

    Sylvia and Peter Stuart

    Earlier today, police revealed they were treating the 69-year-old's disappearance as murder.

  18. Weybread murder investigation: A recap of events so far

    • 3 June: Sylvia and Peter Stuart, aged 69 and 75, were reported missing on 3 June. Mr Stuart's body was found near their home in Weybread, Suffolk, later that day.
    • 6 June: Ali Qazimaj from Essex named as a suspect. Steve Paxman released on bail
    • 17 June: Police announce Mr Ali Qazimaj has been arrested
  19. Weybread: Search still under way for Sylvia Stuart

    Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said police were still searching for Sylvia Stuart following the arrest of suspect Ali Qazimaj, who is from Tilbury in Essex.

    Simon Parkes

    The 42-year-old was found at a hostel in Luxembourg after a staff member recognised him and called police.

    Det Ch Supt Parks said a "huge amount of work" had gone into locating Mr Qazimaj.