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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 26 July 2016
  2. Man shocked to find mystery snake in garden
  3. 'Super council' for east Suffolk moves a step closer
  4. McCarthy to give players 90 mins at Charlton tonight
  5. Hockey pair on plane to Rio Olympics
  6. Suffolk's cricket captain to retire

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Suffolk Live team until 08:00 on Wednesday. 

    Following on from the story about the Ipswich man who found a 4ft snake in his garden, we'll leave you with this advice from the RSPCA if the same thing happens to you.

    Exotics specialist Nicola White says there are a number of native reptiles in Great Britain. 

    "Releasing a non-native species into the countryside, or allowing it to escape, is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981," she said.

    "This is to prevent threats to our native wildlife by introduced species.

    "If the snake is an exotic pet that has escaped, or been deliberately released, we would be concerned for its welfare, as if it is a non-native species then it is unlikely to be able to survive long-term in our climate.   

    "If anyone does come across a stray exotic pet snake our advice is to keep a safe distance, monitor the snake and call us."

  2. Overnight weather: Mainly dry with the chance of some patchy rain

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloudy across most parts of the region this evening, but mainly dry with a chance of patchy rain by the end of the night. Lows of 12C (54F).

    Wednesday's weather map

    Wednesday will start cloudy, with some drizzle, with some sunshine breaking through later and further showers possible as it peaks at 23C (73F).

    Get the full forecast where you are from BBC Weather.

  3. Anniversary of Sutton Hoo ship burial discovery

    Today is the 77th anniversary of the unearthing of the Sutton Hoo ship burial site near Woodbridge. It is still one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in the UK.

    Helmet

    The British Museum is marking the anniversary, offering people the chance to explore the Sutton Hoo gallery after hours via its Facebook page.

  4. Cancer charity boss visits newly-opened treatment centre

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The head of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity Lynda Thomas has been visiting the £4.7m Woolverstone Ward at Ipswich Hospital. 

    Chief executive of MacMillan chatting to patient

    Lindsey, who was receiving chemotherapy this afternoon, said: "I'm very impressed that they take the time to come down and chat to people and find out how we all feel about it."

    Money for the ward came through local fundraising, NHS investment and from the charity itself.  

  5. Road remains closed after Sudbury crash

    Kate Arkell

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Two people have been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with serious injuries, after a collision involving two vehicles in Sudbury in south Suffolk.

    The A134 is likely to remain closed between Newton Road and Valley Road for some time, say police.

    It's understood that recovery vehicles are on their way to the scene, and that a diversion is in place.

    Visit BBC Travel for Suffolk for the latest updates.

  6. Shake-up is a 'reshuffling of the deck, not a cutting exercise' says council leader

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Ipswich Borough Council says he's not expecting any job losses as they carry out a reshuffle of staff.

    Responding to an article in today's East Anglian Daily Times which said there would be 30 posts cut, David Ellesmere said, in fact, that he anticipated they'll "employ more staff at the end than at the beginning, but they'll be in different roles".

    Ipswich Borough Council offices

    Mr Ellesmere added that they're looking to increase property investments and focusing on the marketing of council services to try to increase income.

    Russell Williams, chief executive, said: "The restructure that is being consulted on is designed to make the council better able to focus on delivering its priorities, including major capital projects. 

    “This restructure proposal is not about saving money – it is about the council being able to deliver better on its priorities.”

  7. Ipswich Town unveil new squad numbers

    Town have unveiled their squad numbers for the upcoming 2016-17 Championship season.

    Midfielder Teddy Bishop has switched to number seven, having previously worn 27, in the most significant change.

    New signing Adam Webster has taken the vacant number 15 shirt, whilst Paul Digby has moved to number 14 following his permanent switch from Barnsley.

    Andre Dozzell will wear the number 23 shirt this term, whilst fellow youngsters James Blanchfield and Shane McLoughlin will wear numbers 24 and 25 respectively.

  8. Speedway: Chairman not so jolly about points deduction

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Mildenhall Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly says he feels more sorry for his riders than himself after the club was punished further by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB).

    Kevin Jolly

    After an appeal the SCB's increased his fine from £250 to £1,250 pounds -  £1,000 of which was suspended - and deducted the club points for last month's controversial postponement against Cradley.

    "The thing that hurts more than anything is they're deducting us three league points. 

    "That hurts me more than the fine. The boys have now got to dig deeper to make up for my mistake which isn't good."

  9. Travel: Delays on A14, A12 and A1092

    BBC Travel

    As well as the problems we mentioned earlier on the A134 in Sudbury, there are delays for drivers on a number of routes in the county this afternoon:

    • A14 eastbound - one lane closed and queuing traffic on Orwell Bridge between J56 (A137) and J 57 (A1189) because of two-vehicle collision
    • A12 southbound - exit slip road partially blocked at Copdock J33 because of a broken down lorry
    • A1092 Cavendish Road in Clare partially blocked between B1063 and B1064 by a broken down lorry
  10. Hockey: Pinner aiming to be the best in the world

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk hockey player George Pinner has told BBC Suffolk Sport of his lofty ambitions ahead of the Olympic Games. 

    George Pinner

    The goalkeeper, and fellow Suffolk-born player Harry Martin, are part of the Great Britain squad that flies to Rio today, ahead of their opening game a week on Saturday.

    "I have ambitions to be the best in the world," said Pinner. "I enjoy going out and playing hockey and trying to be the best in the world and I can't wait to do it on, basically, the biggest stage."  

  11. Ipswich Town: Dozzell improving all the time - Chambers

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers believes teenage midfielder Andre Dozzell (pictured right) will get better and better as he plays more Championship football.

    Andre Dozzell

    The England youth international burst onto the scene last season with a goal on his senior debut at Sheffield Wednesday, aged just 16.

    "The Championship is like no other, physically it's very demanding," said Chambers. "He's graceful on the ball, he's got some brilliant touches and he's got that awareness on the ball. I can't speak highly enough of him." 

  12. Emperor dragonfly emerges from two year existence under water

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A warden at the RSPB reserve at Lakenheath Fen has captured the process of an emperor dragonfly emerging, having lived under the water as larva for the last two years.

    Having crawled out of the pond and up the stem, the images show the dragonfly with its head and legs peeling out of the larval case:

    Dragonfly on stem
    Head and legs appear from larval case

    Once the legs have hardened, it does an impressive sit-up like manoeuvre and flicks the rest of its abdomen out of the larval case:  

    Sit-up manoeuvre

    After pumping fluid into its wings it will sit a while longer before taking its maiden flight:  

    Resting with wings tucked in
    Ready for flight
  13. Travel: Accident blocks A134 eastbound near Sudbury

    BBC Travel

    The A134 in Sudbury is blocked eastbound at the A131 Newton Road junction, because of an accident on the roundabout involving a single vehicle.

  14. Opponent to council merger says 'local should be local'

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    There are concerns that plans for a new 'super' council in east Suffolk are too big.

    Council meeting

    Liberal Democrat councillor John Kelso is one of five opposition councillors at Conservative-run Suffolk Coastal. 

    He said: “A local council should be a local council.” 

    He’s worried councillors will have bigger wards to deal with.

  15. Merger of councils will 'improve democracy' says leader

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Creating the largest district council in the country in Suffolk “will improve democracy”, says  the leader of Waveney District Council, Colin Law.

    Colin Law

    The business case for a political merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils was approved last night and means it will now go out to public consultation.

    Mr Law said he understood concerns there was a feeling of a loss of democracy, but he didn’t believe that was the case.  

    He said: “We want to improve democracy in east Suffolk and bring together a new council that is more representative of the area”.

  16. Business case for council merger gets approval from members

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    The business case for a new super district council for east Suffolk, stretching from Felixstowe to Corton, has been approved.

    Suffolk Coastal council HQ

    It means the plans to have a political merger of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal, which are currently separate district councils, will go to public consultation.

    It's claimed the merger would save £1.3m a year, have assets worth £170m and create the largest district council in the country.

    Both cabinets met in Suffolk Coastal District Council's offices last night to vote on the business case.

  17. Reduced Rail Service After Charlton Friendly

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    Fans taking the train to tonight’s pre-season friendly at Charlton Athletic should note that there will be a reduced service from Liverpool Street following the match. 

  18. Ipswich Town gearing up for their penultimate pre-season friendly

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    With just 11 days to go before the start of the new season, Ipswich Town step up their preparations with a trip to League One Charlton tonight.

    Ipswich Town training

    Manager Mick McCarthy's confirmed he plans to start giving players a full 90 minutes, rather than just part of a match.

    Town then round off their summer fixtures at home to Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on Saturday.

  19. Cricket: Suffolk captain Huggins 'sad' to be standing down

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Tom Huggins admits he's been left with a heavy heart after deciding to quit as Suffolk's three-day skipper, and it's been a "privilege" leading the county.

    Tom Huggins

    The 33-year-old will take on a coaching role at Essex after lining up for his final game against Staffordshire on Sunday.

    “I am sad that I'm finishing playing three-day cricket for the county, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the eleven years I have played, but life evolves and coaching is my future.

    "Having the opportunity to be involved in a first-class county is a step in the right direction." 

    Huggins will continue to play club cricket for Sudbury and hasn't ruled out appearing for Suffolk in one-day matches in the future.