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Summary

  1. Man charged with killing Weybread couple
  2. Woolverstone loses battle over HMS Ganges housing development
  3. Updates for Friday, 22 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for the day - and the week - from the team here at BBC Suffolk.

    It's a day that's seen Ali Qazimaj formally charged with the murder of Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

    Mr Qazimaj, 43, of no fixed abode and also known as Marco Costa and Vidal or Vital Dapi, was charged at the magistrates' court in Ipswich. He then appeared at the town's Crown Court, where he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Friday, 19 August.

    Scroll down to read more on this, and other stories making the news across the county.

  2. Overnight weather: Dry and warm

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a dry and warm night for many, with lows of 15C (59F).

    Overnight weather map

    Any mist or fog will clear quickly to leave a very warm and mostly dry day with sunny spells, although the odd shower can't be ruled out in the afternoon. Highs of 26C (79F).

    Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Fans advised to arrive early at Coggeshall

    TWTD.co.uk

    Fans planning to attend Ipswich Town’s U21s friendly away against a Coggeshall Town side featuring pop star Olly Murs this evening are advised to arrive early with only a very limited number of tickets still available.

  4. A farewell to Polar Collective

    Richard Haugh

    BBC Introducing in Suffolk

    If you weren't aware of Polar Collective's music, this is a good place to start:

    View more on youtube

    The video shows that Adam, Ally, Gryphen and Jake were always up for a laugh, and if you saw them live you could guarantee some fun.

    They came in to record a session for us last year and I was impressed by both their talent and their determination to work hard at what they loved doing.

    They also led the way in putting fans at the centre of what they were doing, and this can be seen in the video for You Make Me Feel. I think this had the potential to be a breakout single for them, but the pop world is brutal and extremely difficult to break into.

    Polar Collective at BBC Introducing in Suffolk
  5. 'Norwich model new kit on Greater Anglia seat covers'

    You might have read about Norwich City's new third kit, "inspired" - if that's the word - by their infamous "egg and cress" strip of the 1990s.

    The reaction has been mixed on social media, and the always-reliable-for-a-laugh website Suffolk Gazette couldn't resist weighing in with its own take...

    "Brand experts say the idea is clever because Greater Anglia and Norwich share the spotlight as being the two most despised and ridiculed outfits to travel out of Norfolk," it writes.

    Suffolk Gazette page
  6. Polar Collective call it a day

    Richard Haugh

    BBC Introducing in Suffolk

    There will be lots of sad music fans around Ipswich and further afield today: Polar Collective have announced they are calling it a day. 

    In a message on their Facebook page, the band said: "We have always said that if there was ever a time where we started to lose our hunger and energy to put our hearts and souls into this, then that was when we would review our situation. 

    Polar Collective

    "As a result of this, we have all made the difficult decision to call time on Polar Collective. It’s one of the toughest decisions we have ever had to make, especially after having enjoyed some incredible moments together, starting and ending as best mates." 

    The band had built one of the strongest followings locally and were energetic performers, and nice guys to boot. 

    They say they'll release an album before they say their goodbyes, and perform a final gig at Cult Cafe in Ipswich on 23 September. 

    Polar Collective
  7. Travel: Multi-vehicle collision causes delays northbound on A11 from A134

    BBC Travel

    The A11 is blocked in Thetford and there's queuing traffic northbound around the A1075, junction because of a multi-vehicle collision. There's congestion back to the A134 Brandon Road.

  8. Ali Qazimaj: A recap of today's events

    Ali Qazimaj will next appear at court on Friday, 19 August.

    Here's a recap of what's happened today:

    • Mr Qazimaj, who had not been present in the magistrates' court when the case began because there was not an interpreter present, was charged with the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.
    • He asked to be addressed as Vital Dapi, but was charged in the name of  Ali Qazimaj.
    • The case was moved to Ipswich Crown Court, where he denied being Ali Qazimaj, saying his name was Vital Dapi. He's been remanded in custody for 28 days.
  9. BreakingAli Qazimaj remanded in custody for 28 days

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Judge David Goodin has remanded Ali Qazimaj in custody.

    "I shall remand you in custody for 28 days from this date," Judge Goodin told Mr Qazimaj. 

    The defendant has now left the court.

  10. Ali Qazimaj has arrived in court

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    He is sitting next to a person I assume is his interpreter, and is wearing a white t-shirt. 

    He has a beard. 

    Asked if he is Ali Qazimaj, he said: "No, my name is Vital Dapi".

  11. Ali Qazimaj: Legal teams ask for another ten minutes

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    We're still waiting for the case to get started, the legal teams have just asked for another ten minutes.

  12. Update on key people in Ali Qazimaj case

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    The Crown Prosecution Service have told me an interpreter has arrived at Ipswich Crown Court.

    There's also been a change in the defence legal team, with Stephen Rose now representing Mr Qazimaj.

    Paul Scothern is still the prosecuting counsel, and the case will be heard by Judge David Goodin. 

    Ipswich Crown Court
  13. Ali Qazimaj: A recap of events at magistrates' court

    Prior to the announcement that Ali Qazimaj would be appearing at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon, the town's magistrates' court heard that he had asked to be addressed as Vital Dapi.

    Weybread village sign

    Paul Scothern, from the Crown Prosecution Service complex case work unit, said: "Qazimaj, or as he wishes to be known, Mr Dapi, faces two counts of murder and the  matter clearly has to be transferred to the crown court.

    Stephen Harris, defending, said the lack of an interpreter had caused concern for his client.

    He added that it was a "grave case" and an interpreter should be present.

  14. Waiting for Ali Qazimaj case to get under way

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where Ali Qazimaj, 43, is due to appear. Earlier today he was charged with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

    We're waiting for the case to get under way, and will report back as soon as it does.

    Ipswich Crown Court
  15. Your views: Leave the swans alone on Needham Lake

    We brought you news yesterday of calls for a swan to be removed from Needham Lake, because it's been causing damage to model boats and also drowning a gosling and attacking other animals.

    We've received several emails on the subject, and they're all on the side of the swan:

    • Rachel in Eye writes: "How about we respect the fact that the swan is protecting its family? He doesn't need to be moved on, people need to move somewhere else to sail their boats."
    • John and Patricia Horne says: "Remove the boats, the swans live there and should be allowed to live in peace with their families. The boats should be removed, permanently." 
    • Mark writes: "Leave him where he is and tell the boat club to find another lake, he is only protecting his mate and young."
    Swan attacking model boat
  16. Danny Ayres 'over the moon' about his performance for Ipswich Witches last night

    Kate Arkell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Witches guest rider Danny Ayres says he's "over the moon" he "got it right" for the Witches in their 57-36 victory over Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall last night.

    Foxhall Stadium

    Ayres, who's only in his second season in the sport, got a paid 11. 

    He told BBC Suffolk Sport he "doesn't like being beat" and always "gives it 220%". 

    Captain Danny King got the maximum 15 points. He's now won 14 races in a row.

  17. Witches make it three in a row

    Kate Arkell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Witches made it three wins in a row with a 57-36 victory over Peterborough Panthers at Foxhall last night.

    Danny King

    Captain Danny King (pictured), got the maximum 15 points, James Sarjeant got a paid maximum, and  Danny Ayres, who was guesting for the Witches, got a paid 11. 

    He's only been in the sport for two years, and says he's been "overwhelmed" by the speed with which his career has progressed.

  18. Ali Qazimaj: Case moved to crown court

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Ali Qazimaj is now due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon, having been charged this morning at the town's magistrates' court with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.