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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 19 July 2016
  2. Double murder suspect to handed over this week
  3. Cruise ship moors off Southwold
  4. Mvula praises 'sensational' Latitude
  5. Man comes to rescue of vandalised pigs
  6. Fifty firefighters at peak of farm blaze
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Philippa Taylor

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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

'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

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."

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."

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.

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."

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
Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service

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.

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
West Suffolk Hospital

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.

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

'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

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

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
US Air Force

Taxi up the runway with escort vehicles:

Taxiing up the runway under water jets
US Air Force

Enjoy the view from the cockpit for the final time:

Col Novotny in cockpit
US Air Force

And let yourself be drenched by big hoses:

US Air Force

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
US Air Force

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."

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.

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
Suffolk Police

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
Suffolk Police

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.”

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.

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

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
Rachel Goode

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.

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.

Cruising into Southwold

What a great day for a school trip

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Pupils from Westgate Primary School are on a geography school trip to Felixstowe, learning about how the town differs to Bury St Edmunds. 

Children from Westgate Primary

They've already been to the port, seen some beach huts and are now combing the sand to see what they can find. 

Year three teacher Mr Marsh said: "Getting them out of the classroom makes learning come to life, and they retain things a lot more."  

Children showing off what they've found

Temps staying below 30 on coast

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Hello from Felixstowe, where it's a very pleasant 25C (77F). 

I'm yet to see anyone playing Pokemon, or telling other people's children off.


Police concerned for safety of missing man

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police are trying to trace a 34-year-old man who has been sleeping in a vehicle in the Snape Drive area of Lowestoft and was last seen at about 23:15 last night.

Carl Morgan
Suffolk Police

Officers were contacted just after 07:00 this morning, by a woman reporting concerns for Carl Morgan. 

The vehicle has since been found, with signs that it had been forced open.

They've asked Mr Morgan, anyone who may have seen him since last night, or anyone who may know where he is now, to get in touch as soon as possible.

Mvula on 'sensational' Suffolk crowds

Dawn Gerber

Singer Laura Mvula returned to the Latitude Festival at the weekend.

I met her backstage where she reflected on her appearance on the Obelisk Stage and life in general:

Laura Mvula soaking up the sun backstage at Henham Park

Anyone for an ice cream?

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Surprisingly, Paula Burns says the Peter's Ice Cream stall on the seafront in Felixstowe has "not been busy at all, yet". 

"Wait until after 12 and it will be busy," she said. "Yesterday we had 300 kids come through."

Peter's Ice Cream van

The heat is on... for Pokemon

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Continuing my journey to find out how Suffolk is enjoying the weather, and I find someone else playing Pokemon by the waterfront in Ipswich

There are worse ways to spend the day.

Playing Pokemon on the waterfront

Campaigner voices concern over mental health trust cuts

Anne Humphrys, from the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services, has expressed concern over plans to cut 90 posts at the NHS trust which provides mental health care across Norfolk and Suffolk.

She said: "The trust is in special measures because it was rated inadequate.

"Further cuts is no way going to improve the service."

Anne Humphries

There are not enough staff to meet the needs of the service at present."

Anne HumphrysCampaigner

Loss of posts at mental health trust will have 'dramatic impact' on services says Unison

The union Unison says plans by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust to cut 90 posts, will have "a dramatic impact" on services.

The NHS trust says most posts can be cut through "non-essential" vacant posts being left unfilled.  

Jeff Keighley

Jeff Keighley, from Unison, said staff were "trying to run a service without the adequate resources and for them it's quite frightening". 

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust wants to cut its deficit from £8.9m in 2015-16 to £6.1m in 2016-17.  

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust to cut 90 posts

An NHS trust caring for mentally-ill people in Norfolk and Suffolk which was placed in special measures by a care watchdog, is planning to cut 90 posts.  

Silhouette of woman

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust wants to cut its deficit from £8.9m in 2015-16 to £6.1m in 2016-17.

The trust says in its report it hopes most posts can be cut through "non-essential" vacant posts being left unfilled.

We'll bring you reaction from the union Unison shortly.

Southwold's new tourist attraction...

Cruise ship moors off coast at Southwold

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ships of various ships and sizes are a common sight off the coast at Southwold, but today there's a vessel that's attracting more attention than usual.

Saga ship off beach at Southwold

It's the Saga Pearl II, which holds almost 500 passengers, on the latest leg of its cruise around Britain and it's mooring off the coast of Suffolk.

Melanie Tucker, Mayor of Southwold, said: "I'm delighted the river and sea are fairly calm knowing how difficult it is to get in and out of our harbour.

She added that she's "absolutely delighted to be going out onto the ship, with Michael [Ladd, Waveney councillor] to greet the captain and the crew."

Saga ship off Southwold harbour

Yesterday was hot... will today be hotter?

Here's BBC Look East's weatherman Dan with the scorchio scores on the doors from yesterday... it's set to get even warmer today.

View more on twitter

But will the mercury rise higher today?

It's not too hot to play Pokemon

Richard Haugh

BBC News

"Deserted"? I take that back. 

As I walk along the waterfront I spot numerous people in the instantly recognisable pose of someone trying to catch a Pokemon on Pokemon Go. 

Pokemon players

John and Abby say they only started playing the game because they were getting annoyed at everyone talking about it, but have since enjoyed catching the Pokemon during walks.

"It's good that it gets people enjoying the fresh air," John said. Apparently Abby found a 350cp (it means they're pretty tough) nearby.

Enjoying the arrival of summer in Ipswich

Richard Haugh

BBC News

I've drawn the long straw, and have come out to see how Suffolk's enjoying what's set to be the hottest day of the year so far.

According to the thermometer app I downloaded in a hurry before coming out, it's a pleasant 22C (72F) at Ipswich Waterfront. 

Apart from a handful of people in the cafes, it's pretty deserted.

Ipswich Waterfront

The hazards of open water

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

During the mini-heatwave be careful of cooling off in open water.

It can contain a number of hazards, including unseen debris, near freezing temperatures and undercurrents. 

Swimmers in a river

Dan Phillips of the East of England Ambulance Service warns the cold water can also numb arms and legs, leading to hypothermia.  

Every year we're called out to incidents where people need help in lakes, rivers, ponds, quarries and canals and need emergency medical care. One poor decision could lead to a serious situation."

Dan PhillipsEast of England Ambulance Service

Pollen levels high and UV very high

BBC Weather

With temperatures set to hit the 30s with unbroken sunshine, it's no surprise that UV levels today are very high... 

UV levels

Hayfever sufferers should also be aware that as well as being scorching hot, there's going to be high pollen levels today too across the east of England...

Pollen levels

Ed Sheer-Ham pig not damaged

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

If any Ed Sheeran fans are worried - his pig on the Pigs Gone Wild trail is not one of the two which has been damaged by vandals and removed. 

Ed Sheer-Ham pig

Website set up to raise money for damaged pigs

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

An Ipswich man has set up a website to pay for repairs to the two pig statues damaged in the town centre at the weekend.

Trotters Pig plinth

Shaun Bardell, who's set up the appeal, said: "You've got people that are doing stuff for charity and then you just see a couple of mindless people that have just no consideration for anyone else and they've just caused the damage which is totally unnecessary."

They're part of the Pigs Gone Wild trail, which is raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice, and organisers had initially said the repairs, which could cost up to £1,000, would have to come from that fund.  

Suffolk's cricketers toil in Cleethorpes

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Half centuries from Martin Cull and Jed Cawkwell yesterday seem unlikely to prevent Suffolk's cricketers from falling to their third Minor Counties loss in a row today in Lincolnshire. 

Suffolk's cricketers in action

The home side will have all 10 wickets remaining when play gets underway this morning and require just 98 runs to win the match.

Cull made 51 and Cawkwell 58, as Suffolk were all out for 260 in their second innings.

Keeping cool in the sun

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

With temperatures set hit the 30s today, the East of England Ambulance Service has issued this advice on how to beat the heat and stay safe in the sun:

  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors
  • Avoid the sun between 11:00 and 15:00 if you're vulnerable to the heat
  • Drink cool drinks regularly, such as water, and avoid excess caffeine and alcohol
  • Stay in touch with friends, neighbours and relatives who may be less able to look after themselves 
Four sunloungers on a beach, with a parasol
Getty Images

The service saw a surge in 999 calls at the weekend, with an average of 3,370 daily calls between 15 and 17 July, compared to 3,075 in their busiest period of Easter.