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By Philippa Taylor

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the news team here in Suffolk. 

    The arrival of a cruise ship in Southwold, and wall-to-wall sunshine, has given us an excuse to share lots of summery photographs with you during the day.

    We'll leave you with another, taken by one of our colleagues at Aldeburgh this morning.

    Have a good evening, and keep cool.

    Aldeburgh beach
  2. 'It just went off like a bomb' says woman whose patio table exploded in the sun

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A woman whose patio table exploded in the sun says "it just went off like a bomb".

    Lynn (who's asked us not to use her second name) told BBC Suffolk her husband had been in a chair beside the table just minutes beforehand, but had gone to the garage to get something.

    Table debris 1

    She said: "As he was walking through the door there was an almighty bang and the glass-topped table had completely exploded into shards. 

    "It wasn't cracks, they were tiny, tiny pieces, and it's a six seater table so you can imagine if anybody had been sitting anywhere near it, it would have caused serious damage... it just went off like a bomb."

    Table debris 2
  3. Homeless man doesn't think there's been an increase in people begging in Ipswich

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Following on from our earlier comments from an Ipswich resident that there are too many beggars in the town, I've been speaking to Gary, who has been homeless since February, and who doesn't think there's been an increase in the number of people begging here.

    Gary, sleeping on the street

    He said: "There's new faces, there's always someone different, people move on." 

    He added that he doesn't ask for money, he busks, playing his guitar and singing, and people do give him money for that.

    "It's nice that people spare a moment, talk to you, make you feel human again," he said, adding that it's "an acknowledgement that you're still human. You're just going through a hard patch."

  4. There are 'too many' beggars on Ipswich streets, says local resident

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    An Ipswich resident says there are too many beggars on the streets of the town, and it's putting off shoppers.

    Martin Clarke wrote to the East Anglian Daily Times at the weekend on the subject, and spoke to BBC Suffolk today.

    Ipswich town centre

    He said: "I had about five occasions within a one hour period where people were either lying in the street or outside cash machines requesting money or loose change from me.

    "I think it blights the walkways and the roads in the town centre and makes areas look a mess and if I was a shop owner I wouldn't want someone hanging outside my shop window or entrance asking people for change."

  5. Overnight weather: Staying warm and humid

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll remain hot and sunny this evening and stay warm and humid overnight, with temperatures staying around 20C (68F) for most of the region.

    Wednesday's weather map

    Wednesday will be another hot and sunny day with temperatures reaching up to 30C (86F). It'll stay dry but there'll be a little more cloud in the afternoon, and there's a low risk of an isolated thunderstorm later in the day.

    You can get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

  6. Man loses more than £400,000 to scammers

    Andrea Davidson

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A Suffolk man's been left with nothing after falling prey to scammers. 

    The victim, whose identity hasn't been revealed, lost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    Person at laptop

    Sasha Watson from Suffolk Trading Standards said he'd been contacted by post and email: "It was an inheritance scam, so the idea is that you were contacted and told that you're entitled to inheritance.

    "Communications went on between this gentleman and the scammer for some time and he had to keep paying for different admins, things like that, and in the end he actually lost over £424,000."

  7. Fire crews to remain at Metfield into the evening

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene of a serious fire in north Suffolk into the evening.

    Metfield Fire

    The blaze (pictured at its height) broke out at an agricultural business in Metfield in the early hours of this morning.

    Around 100 firefighters have tackled it since it began. It was brought under control earlier this morning, and no-one was injured, but crews are remaining until it goes out.

  8. Have an ice lolly - doctors' orders

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Patients and ward staff at the West Suffolk Hospital have been keeping cool thanks to a delivery of ice lollies arranged by the catering team.

    Patient Viv Stewart, from Honington, said she thought the lollies were a great idea.

    Staff and patient at West Suffolk Hospital with lollies

    Before anyone accuses them of leading their patients astray, the hospital says the lollies are made from 100% fruit with no added sugar or colour and contain only 18 calories, which means they're suitable for everyone.

  9. It's a shame the pier is closed

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    I'm sure the pier at Felixstowe would be really busy - if it wasn't closed at the moment.

    Felixstowe pier

    And contrary to the previous statement, Pokemon Go is also rife here. 

    I just heard one teenage boy say to another "I smashed a Pokeball on his noggin".

    Pokemon players
  10. 'World famous' beach hut comes into its own in the sun

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Dave Greengrass (pictured right) claims his beach hut in Felixstowe is world-famous. 

    He bought it 11 years ago and when it needed repainting seven years later he opted for something different to the "normal pastels". 

    Beach hut

    "An old boy asked me if I bought the last pot of paint in the shop," he said. 

    Now, Mr Greengrass, who lives in Stowmarket, say people regularly stop to have their photo taken next to it.  

    Back of beach hut
  11. No, it's not a trick photograph from the seafront at Felixstowe

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    This isn't an optical illusion - our sunbather is lying on a groyne and the beach where the woman is sitting with her umbrella drops away on the other side.

    Man sunbathing
  12. How do you spend one of your last days as commander of a US airbase?

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    If you're Col Robert Novotny, whose two-year spell at RAF Lakenheath is coming to a close, you take one of the company's F-15s out for a spin:

    Col Novotny landing on the runway

    Taxi up the runway with escort vehicles:

    Taxiing up the runway under water jets

    Enjoy the view from the cockpit for the final time:

    Col Novotny in cockpit

    And let yourself be drenched by big hoses:

    Cooldown
  13. RAF Lakenheath welcomes new commander

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A new man is taking control of RAF Lakenheath with a special Change of Command Ceremony.

    Col Evan Pettus (pictured) takes over from Col  Robert Novotny, who's leaving after two years at the USAF base in Suffolk.

    Col Ivan Pettus

    Col Pettus, who will oversee the work of the military personnel and civilians of the 48th Fighter Wing, is no stranger to Suffolk: "I was here from January 1997 to December 1999 as an F15E pilot.

    "It was a really enjoyable adventure... we learned to love England and Suffolk."

  14. Suffolk's cricketers beaten by Lincolnshire

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    As expected at the beginning of the day, Suffolk's cricketers fell to a third straight loss in the Minor Counties Championship.

    Having set Lincolnshire a victory target of 98 in Cleethorpes, the home side scored the runs required for the loss of 4 wickets.

  15. Double murder suspect Ali Qazimaj to be extradited to Suffolk

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The Court of Appeal in Luxembourg upheld the decision by the District Court to extradite Ali Qazimaj to the UK.

    Mr Qazimaj has been arrested in connection with the murders of Peter and Syliva Stuart, from Weybread, Suffolk. 

    Mr Stuart was found dead in Weybread on 3 June, while Mrs Stuart is yet to be found.

    Ali Qazimaj

    Mr Qazimaj, 42, from Tilbury, Essex, appealed against the original decision on 7 July.  

    A spokesman for the Court of Appeal said he will be surrendered to the British authorities on Thursday.

    Sylvia and Peter Stuart

    In a statement, Suffolk Police said: “Suffolk and Norfolk Constabulary Joint Major Investigation Team is aware of the decision made in Luxembourg and are working with colleagues on the continent to bring him back to the UK in due course. 

    "He will then be subject to legal process in the UK.”

  16. BreakingWeybread murder suspect due to be sent back to UK

    Ali Qazimaj, the suspect in the Weybread murder inquiry, is due to be handed over to Suffolk Police later this week, the authorities in Luxembourg have announced.

    More to follow.

  17. The Saga Pearl II arrives in Southwold

    Mike Liggins

    BBC Look East

    The Saga Pearl II sailed into Southwold today - and I've been on board for a look round.

    The ship is on the latest stage of its tour around Britain and is moored off the coast of the town.

    Saga Pearl II
    Saga Pearl II
    Saga Pearl II
    Saga Pearl II
  18. Suffolk non league teams in action

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Weather wise, a lovely evening is in store for the majority of the county, so maybe a local football match is in store?

    AFC Sudbury

    There are a few to pick from later with three of Suffolk's Ryman Premier Division teams among those in friendly action.

    AFC Sudbury (pictured) entertain Chelmsford City, while Needham Market and Leiston are away at Ipswich Wanderers and Kirkley and Pakefield respectively.

  19. Darts: Can Wright down White?

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk's Peter Wright (pictured) is back in action tonight in the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool. 

    Peter Wright

    After defeating Joe Cullen 10-5 in the first round, the 46-year-old from Mendham faces Stoke's Ian White in the second.