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  1. Polling stations open around the county for the EU Referendum
  2. Heavy rain leads to flooding and travel disruption
  3. Victoria Pendleton wins charity race at Newmarket
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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Nic Rigby

BBC News

Today started with flooding hitting some referendum polling stations and causing chaos for rail passengers.

We later heard plans to revive the carnival in Bury St Edmunds and a scheme to recruit a hedgehog officer in Ipswich.

Scroll down to recap on all of these stories below. And we look forward to your company again tomorrow, when we will bring you all the latest on the EU referendum results.

Covatti and Risager to represent Ipswich Witches

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Remember, no Speedway at Foxhall tonight because of a waterlogged track, but we do have some Ipswich Witches news to bring you.

Nico Covatti

It's been confirmed Nico Covatti (pictured) and Morten Risager will represent the club in the Premier League pairs meeting at Somerset on 8 July, with British Champion Danny King unavailable.

The Witches have been drawn in Group B alongside the Edinburgh Monarchs, Sheffield Tigers, Rye House and Plymouth Devils.  

Wet day in Lowestoft

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Along with the EU Referendum, weather has dominated talk in Suffolk today.

There have been dark clouds over much of the county, including Lowestoft (pictured), but it brightened up later in the town.

Weather Watchers: Nicko

"Its lunchtime now and the sun is shinning, couldn't be more different to this morning where it was wet and dismal," said BBC Weather Watcher Nicko.

Weather Watchers: Stuart

'Make sure your kennel is secure'

Following the news that 41 dogs had been stolen in the county since 2013, owners have been warned to take extra measures to keep hold of their animals.


Tim Woodward, the Eastern regions surveyor for the Country Land and Business Association, said: "If you've got an outdoor kennel then for goodness sake, make sure it's secure.

"We've heard of people having dogs stolen from people's gardens - I mean 52% of dogs taken in broad daylight from their owners' gardens."

Dog thefts highlighted

Forty one dogs have been stolen in Suffolk since 2013, a BBC local radio investigation has found.

Dog on beach

Rural crime officer PC Mark Bryant said: "It's a very difficult one to try to prevent. A dog is kept in a house, or in a kennel. 

"What we have noticed is that the thefts do tend to be more of trained dogs, ie something that's got a particular value, or a market, which is the same as any other type of theft."

Timelapse: Beautiful sunset over Suffolk

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's something you don't get to see every day. Check out this timelapse footage of last night's sunset, filmed by Carl Harlott.

Timelapse: Beautiful sunset over Suffolk

Recruitment process starts for hedgehog officer in Ipswich

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has started the search for a hedgehog officer for Ipswich.

Paul Hobson

The recruitment process has started after the trust received backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund and British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

As previously reported, the hedgehog officer will be based in Ipswich, as it proved to be a hotspot for the animal.

It comes as BBC Radio Suffolk's Whole Hog campaign continues to try and make the county the most hedgehog friendly in the country.

Weather update: More 'torrential' rain on the way

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sorry to bring you some bad news on the weather front... but we've more, a lot more, of the wet stuff on the way before the end of the afternoon.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for the East of England until 23:00.

Plans to revive Bury St Edmunds carnival

Another step has been taken towards Bury St Edmunds carnival being revived.

Bury St Edmunds

Last night, town councillors agreed to set up a working parking to investigate bringing the event back to the town.

It's not been held for more than a decade.

Pendleton 'in love' with horseracing

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Victoria Pendleton said she's "in love" with horseracing, after winning a charity race at Newmarket this afternoon.

Victoria Pendleton
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"It's so exhilarating, I can't even explain," she said. "I love the company of the horses and how generous and accommodating they can be.

"They're a marvel, a wonder. I'm in love."

Pendleton, who turned to horses after a celebrated cycling career, added: "I'm going to carry on racing and see where it goes.

"It's been such an incredible journey after the last 18 months and I don't feel like stopping any time soon. It's been a joy to be accepted into a new sport."

Rail company apologises for disruption

Abellio Greater Anglia has apologised for the disruption affecting services between Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex into London today.

In a statement, a spokesperson says this disruption is due to "extensive flooding, caused by heavy rain, which has necessitated the closure of the lines between Ilford and Stratford."

Network Rail engineers are working to clear the lines as quickly as possible and passengers are encouraged to use alternative routes or delay their journeys where practical.

The train company says it's working with Network Rail to restore the normal service as soon as possible and passengers affected by the disruption may be entitled to compensation.  

Voting under way in EU Referendum

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Polling is well under way in the EU Referendum.

Polling station sign

Voters face a single question on the ballot form: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" 

More than 548,000 people in Suffolk are eligible to vote. The polls are open until 22:00.

Victoria Pendleton wins charity race at Newmarket

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

The Olympic cycling gold medalist turned jockey Victoria Pendleton cruised to victory in a charity race at Newmarket this afternoon. 

A short while ago she won the one-mile contest on Royal Etiquette.  

Pendleton recently hit the headlines by coming fifth in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, on Pacha Du Polder.

Victoria Pendleton
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Three flood alerts in place for Suffolk

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency currently has two flood alerts in place for Suffolk. 

One is for Rattlesden River and River Gipping, through and including Stowmarket and Needham Market. 

The second is for the River Deben and Lark, and the third is for the Rivers Box and Brett.

Felixstowe woman 'died of stab wound'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Det Ch Insp Caroline Millar (pictured) told the inquest that Mrs Ryan had "multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma injuries", and that a post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was a stab wound to the aorta.

Det Ch Insp Caroline Millar.

She said forensic and other lines of inquiry were ongoing, including interviews with witnesses. 

Asked by the coroner Yvonne Blake if she could confirm Mrs Ryan had been Mr Ryan's carer and that he had a history of epilepsy following his time in The Army, Det Ch Insp Millar confirmed that was the case. 

The coroner adjourned the inquest until the conclusion of the court case.

Jean Ryan inquest hears order of events on 13 April

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Shaun Ryan, 61, was also at the bungalow and he was arrested after the incident on 13 April. 

Mr Ryan was charged with the murder of his wife, who had been caring for him, on 16 April and has been remanded in custody. 

He is next due at Ipswich Crown Court on 4 July.

Jean Ryan inquest: Felixstowe man was being cared for by wife

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

An inquest has heard a Felixstowe man charged with murdering his wife was being cared for by her. 

Jean Ryan, 67, was stabbed to death at the bungalow she shared with her husband Shaun Ryan, 61. 

The inquest in Ipswich heard she made a distressed phone call at 22:31 on 13 April.

Police arrived at the Gosford Way home to find her on the bedroom floor. Paramedics could not save her and she died at the scene.

Olympics: Ipswich athlete secures place in Rio

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's been confirmed that Suffolk's Katy Sealy will compete at this summer's Olympic Games.

Katy Sealy
Getty Images

The 25-year-old won gold in the heptathlon at the Central American Championships just a couple of days ago, although she's set to compete in the 100 metres hurdles in Brazil. 

She's been handed a wildcard by Belize - the nation she represents because her father was born there.

Travel updates: Latest on Abellio Greater Anglia trains

Unfortunately problems remain on train services between Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and London due to flooding at Manor Park. 

Abellio Greater Anglia are saying there will be no through trains to and from Norwich and London until at least midday. 

Here's what is operating: 

  • There will be two trains an hour between Southend Victoria and Shenfield
  • One train an hour from Clacton on Sea to to Shenfield
  • On the hour between Norwich and Shenfield
  • A shuttle service will run on the Braintree branch
  • A shuttle service will operated on the Harwich branch
  • TfL Rail are running a shuttle train service between Shenfield and Ilford calling all stations  
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Thousands of lightning strikes across the East

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded overnight as flooding left rail users travelling from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk with long delays on Thursday morning.  

"Across southeast England, East Anglia and northern France overnight, we had just under 7,000 lightning strikes averaging about 1,000 strikes per hour," said BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood.

"Conditions are now improving... but there will be more thunderstorms and torrential downpours later this afternoon." 

Will the summer ever get here? Not for the foreseeable, says forecaster

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Weatherquest's Chris Bell says the outlook for sunnier spells isn't brilliant for the next month. 

The company, based in Norwich, provides long term 28-day forecasts... and the outlook is not good.

Chris said: "The area of high pressure that normally brings us a settled spell every once in a while, that's down near the Azores.

"There's no sign of that settling in to southern Britain any time soon, so I think we've going to remain in a fairly changeable pattern."

Storm approaching
Carl Harlott

Photographer Carl Harlott shared this image of last night's storm as it made its way towards Ipswich.

Inquest into death of Jean Ryan delayed

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The start of today's inquests have been delayed due to rain and traffic problems, although it's not actually raining here at IP-City, next to the docks.


Today's weather: Rain clearing

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

The weather forecast for polling day is mixed.

This morning's heavy rain will eventually clear and some warm sunny spells will develop later on this afternoon.

Met Office warning for heavy rain the East of England is still in place. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Here's one of the reasons the trains are tardy

Trouble on the trains: Passengers still advised not to travel

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Abellio Greater Anglia continues to warn people not to travel, as a result of the heavy rain.

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Meanwhile, this is what it looks like outside - many thanks to Carl Harlott for sending in this picture of the skies over Suffolk, taken a few minutes ago. 

Scene over Ipswich
Carl Harlott

Inquest opens into death of Felixstowe woman

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The inquest into the death of Felixstowe woman Jean Ryan is due to open in Ipswich this morning.

Mrs Ryan, 67, from Gosford Way, was pronounced dead on 13 April after a distress call was made at 22:30.

Her husband, 61-year-old Shaun Ryan, of the same address, has been charged with her murder.

I'll bring you news from the inquest shortly.

Flooding across Suffolk

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Motorists are being advised to drive with care as the ongoing rain continues to create localised flooding on the roads.

Freston-Holbrook road

This photo shows the dip on the B1080 between Holbrook and Freston, on the Shotley Peninsula.

Visit BBC Travel and BBC Weather for more information.

Daryl Murphy makes tournament debut at Euro 2016

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy started for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Italy 1-0 to reach the knock-out stage of Euro 2016 last night.

Daryl Murphy
Getty Images

The 33-year-old played the first 70 minutes before being replaced by Everton's Aiden McGeady.

Norwich City's Robbie Brady scored in the 85th minute to set up a game against the hosts France, in Lyon, on Sunday.

Mopping up at polling station

Referendum workers have been mopping-up at one of Suffolk's polling stations, as the rain continues.

Holbrook Village Hall

Rain water is threatening the entrance at Holbrook Village Hall.

Voting is taking place until 22:00.

Further bad news for train commuters

Disruption's set to continue until 11:00 now.

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Speedway: Ipswich v Newcastle postponed

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches have just confirmed that tonight's home meeting against Newcastle Diamonds has been called off because of the rain.

All being well, the Suffolk side will return to action at Plymouth tomorrow night.

EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Today, the UK is going to the polls in the EU Referendum.

Our colleagues at BBC Politics have produced a handy guide on how to vote including when and where you can do it.

Voting paper

UK goes to polls in EU Referendum

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The polls opened at 07:00 for people to vote in the EU Referendum - where voters will decide whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave.  

Ipswich polling station

It's only the third nationwide referendum in UK history - the last one was five years ago when voters rejected a change to the way MPs are elected, and the first was the 1975 referendum on membership of what was then called the European Economic Community.

Polling stations close at 22:00 and counting begins shortly afterwards.

In common with other broadcasters, the BBC is limited in what it can report while polls are open, but you can follow the results as they come in across the BBC after polls close tonight.

Heavy rain causes flooding in Suffolk

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you're in any doubt as to the weather situation in the county this morning, then take a look at this picture sent in by Weather Watcher Doggy Daddy 1 in Worlingworth.

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London station flood affecting Suffolk rail services

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Greater Anglia has reported flooding on the railway at Manor Park in London, which is affecting rail services through Suffolk.

Any trains services running through Manor Park may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes, or revised.

This includes train services between Liverpool Street and Ipswich and Norwich, so commuters should expect short notice alterations, delays and cancellations.

The disruption is expected to last until at least 10:00.  

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Welcome to Local Live for Suffolk

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to the live page for Suffolk, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

At 07:00 this morning, the polls opened in the EU Referendum, where people in the UK will decide whether the country should stay in or leave the European Union.  

Meanwhile, outside, torrential downpours are continuing and there's a lot of surface water around the county and on main travel routes. We'll bring you a full weather forecast shortly.