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Summary

  1. Son-in-law of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart faces no further action
  2. Devolution plans to be debated
  3. BBC Radio Suffolk presenter's worry over Istanbul attack
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for today's Suffolk Live, if you've just joined us - take a scroll down the page for a recap of today's stories.

    We'll be back with more live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county tomorrow from 08:00.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Head teacher's plea over Brexit decision

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Geoff Barton, head teacher of King Edward VI in Bury St Edmunds, says people should try to see the positives of the Brexit decision, and remember our links to Europe. 

    "It was striking that when I got to school having listened to the news, the first remark made to me by one of our heads of college, which is essentially like a head of year, and he said: 'Do you think we need to call together our foreign students?'

    "I asked why, and he said, 'just to reassure them that they're ok'.

    Geoff Barton

    "I think this is an extraordinary thing for someone to say, after a vote that we thought was largely about economic issues, but which increasingly felt to be about other issues. 

    "I think it's really important that, particularly in this part of the world, that we are reminding youngsters that we are right next door to Europe, that the rich cultural tradition, the linguistic tradition, all of that is part of us. 

    "We mustn't reduce this debate to something so toxic, so unpleasant, so demonising as it has become for so many people."

  3. New signing confident Ipswich can challenge for promotion

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Defender Paul Digby, who has joined Ipswich Town from Barnsley, believes Town can improve on last season.

    Paul Digby

    The Blues narrowly missed out on a play-off place during the 2015/16 season, losing out to Sheffield Wednesday for the final spot.

    "Finishing seventh we were a bit disappointed," Digby told Ipswich Player HD. "A lot of teams would've been happy with that, but we weren't satisfied and we think we can push on this season."

  4. Weather: Dry tonight, with clear spells

    BBC Weather

    This evening the outbreaks of rain will slowly clear, leaving a mainly dry night with clear spells, with lows of 12C (53F).

    Tomorrow will see a dry and bright start to the day, turning cloudy later with the risk of some showers, and highs of 20C (68F).

    Weather graphic
  5. Cupola House: Restoration revealed

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    And here it is now. Local craftsmen have used traditional techniques to restore Cupola House, and work is finally complete, at a cost of more than £1m.

    Later this year it is hoped it will reopen as a restaurant.  

    Richard Daniel filmed the view from the top of the building earlier today.

    Video content

    Video caption: The view from the restored Cupola House
  6. Cupola House destroyed by fire, but there's good news on its way

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A historical Bury St Edmunds landmark is being restored to its former glory, four years after being severely damaged by fire.

    Cupola House, which was built in 1693, was wrecked back in 2012.

    Here's a reminder of what it looked like at the time:

    Video content

    Video caption: A look back at the fire which destroyed Cupola House
  7. Lauri Love 'cant' imagine' anything worse than US prison

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Giving evidence at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Lauri Love told of his fears of the prospect of facing the US justice system in which he had no faith. 

    He said the extradition agreement between the UK and US was based on "mutual judicial trust".

    But he said: "96% or 97% of cases end in a plea. Under a system with less coercive plea bargaining they would be found innocent." 

    Lauri Love

    Mr Love said he expected it would take five years before his case came to trial, and that he faced three prosecutions in three different jurisdictions. 

    Outlining his fears of abuse, the availability of uncontrolled drugs, extreme violence and the high rates of suicide in US prisons, particularly among people with mental health disabilities, he added: "Being in prison in the US, I can't imagine anything worse for me." 

    The hearing is expected to conclude today. 

  8. Lauri Love gives evidence over extradition hearing

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Lauri Love, who faces allegations he stole huge amounts of data from United States government agencies, has taken the stand in his extradition hearing.

    Mr Love said the "deck" was "stacked" against him because the American justice system "coerces" accused people into pleading guilty to get reduced sentences. 

    Lauri Love outside Bury St Edmunds Magistrates

    The 31-year-old, who has Asperger's Syndrome and lives with his parents in Stradishall, said he doubted there was "any prospect" of him having justice if he was sent to the US. 

    "If I was sent to America under horrific conditions, those urges to bring my life to an end would be a lot stronger," he told Westminster Magistrates' Court.

    "Sadly what I expect will happen - the urges, the despair, the helplessness, the hopelessness - I will exercise what remains of my self-control and I will take my life."

    Mr Love is accused of hacking into the US Federal Reserve, the Department of Defence, Nasa and the FBI in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.  

    Authorities there want him to stand trial New York, New Jersey and Virginia, over charges of cyber-hacking, which his lawyers say could lead to him spending up to 99 years in prison if found guilty. 

  9. Devolution deal runs into trouble

    IpswichSpy.com

    While the political and economic fall-out of last week’s EU Referendum continues to go on around us, this week should be devolution week, when the government’s scheme to devolve limited powers to local areas in return for a Mayor is endorsed by local councils.

    The only problem for the government is that it isn’t working out quite like that.

  10. Devolution explained, and what it could mean for housing

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    There could be less money for the deal on devolution for Suffolk if Ipswich doesn't back the plan.

    The deal would see a combined authority and mayor for Suffolk and Norfolk, with more powers and money made available locally.

    Home under construction

    As part of the offer, Ipswich and Norwich would get £30m to build new homes. Norwich City Council has already said it won’t be supporting the deal.

    Ipswich Borough Council will debate the offer tonight.

    The government will decide whether to proceed with the overall deal or make adjustments for those not taking part.

  11. Devolution timetable: What happens next?

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    The secretary of state for local government will have the final say on a deal for devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk.

    All 16 of the counties' local authorities have been deciding whether to back the deal this week. Two in Norfolk have already said they won’t take part.

    Only two Suffolk districts have voted, and both in favour. Four more will decide tonight, and two more tomorrow.

    If a council doesn't back the deal, then there’s likely to be renegotiation on the funding, but it doesn't mean it can’t go ahead.

  12. Devolution plans to be debated

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Four out of Suffolk’s eight local authorities will be debating the government’s offer for devolution tonight.

    Devolution papers

    The deal would see a combined authority and mayor for Suffolk and Norfolk, with more powers and money made available locally.

    The offer is for £880m over 30 years and includes a £130m investment over five years to support the building of new homes, including £30m across Ipswich and Norwich.

    Two of Suffolk’s districts, Babergh and Bury St Edmunds, have already voted to support the deal. Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal will debate the deal tomorrow.

  13. Ipswich Town spread the love on Twitter

    We wrote earlier that new Ipswich signing Paul Digby impressed in training this week, winning his inaugural bleep test, and this prompted a Tweet asking 'who is the fittest man' at the football club?

    Well... the club seems in no doubt.

    Ipswich Town Twitter

    It seems like a good time to repost this photo from yesterday of the man in question...

    Mick McCarthy
  14. Weybread murder investigation: Extradition procedures continuing

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Police say that a second man, detained in Luxembourg, and wanted in connection with the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart, remains subject to extradition procedures.

    Sylvia and Peter Stuart

    Mr Stuart's body was found with stab wounds on 3 June near his home in Weybread. Mrs Stuart has not been found, and officers say they are treating it as a double murder investigation.

    A judgement on the next stage of these proceedings is due to be made in Luxembourg on Monday.

    Officers are continuing to carry out work to try to locate Mrs Stuart and still asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to get in touch.

  15. No evidence linking son-in-law to murders

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Suffolk Police say a 61-year-old man from Leicester, who was arrested at the beginning of the month on suspicion of murder, faces no further action. 

    Peter Stuart's body was found with stab wounds on 3 June a short distance from his home at Mill Lane, Weybread. 

    Forensic officers working at Weybread

    There has been no trace of his wife, Sylvia Stuart, and officers say there is little hope of finding her alive.

    Today Suffolk Police say no further action will be taken against Steve Paxman, their 61-year-old son in law, who had been bailed. 

    Police staid in a statement that detectives investigating exactly what occurred have now released him from his requirement to answer bail. 

  16. BreakingWeybread murder investigation: No further action against 61-year-old son-in-law

    Suffolk Police have revealed there is to be no further action taken against the 61-year-old son-in-law of Peter and Sylvia Stuart, who was arrested on suspicion of his murder and her disappearance.

  17. Wanted man has links to Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds

    Bury Free Press

    Police are appealing for help in tracing a 21-year-old who is wanted on recall to prison.

    Hari Farlie
  18. Lauri Love extradition hearing

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A court has been told that a West Suffolk man accused of cyber hacking allegedly stole 23,000 credit card numbers. 

    Lauri Love, 31, from Stradishall, is accused of hacking into websites in the United States, including the US Army, and NASA.  

    Lauri Love

    His father and defence team say they fear he will commit suicide, if he is extradited. 

    Yesterday, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard from Prof Simon Baron Cohen, a consultant psychologist, who was asked if Lauri Love was "making up" his suicide threats.

    "I think it would be a risk to think that this is all fantasy," he said. "He's spent hours researching how to take his own life."

    The hearing continues today.

  19. A closer look at the spike in hate crime figures

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A short time ago we mentioned there had been an increase in the number of reported hate crimes since the EU Referendum result.

    The figures relate to the number of incidents reported nationally to the True Vision website between midnight on Thursday and Sunday, and show a 57% increase compared to the same period last month.

    Suffolk police crime support officer John Hood said: "It's pretty much following similar trends following any other major national or international event.

    "So in previous instances crime levels after these events rise and then drop back to normal relatively quickly, but we're monitoring the situation closely as we work with the community to maintain unity and tolerance and prevent any hate crime or abuse."

    Mr Hood said there had been 85 reports nationally between midnight on Thursday and Sunday. Four weeks ago there were 54 reports during the same time span.

    Suffolk Police did not have details of how many incidents had been reported in the county over the weekend.

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    *This post has been edited to clarify that the figures are nationwide, and not for Suffolk

  20. Speedway: Mildenhall's trip to Birmingham off

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers' National League meeting at Birmingham tonight has been cancelled because of a waterlogged track.

    It will now take place on Wednesday 27 July.