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Summary

  1. Two teenage boys told they will face no further action over friend's airgun death
  2. Two men are rescued from chest-deep mud at River Deben in Woodbridge
  3. Ipswich Town draw 0-0 in a pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic
  4. Former England stars to lead Ipswich Town team in charity match
  5. Updates for Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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By Mariam Issimdar

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

We've heard how two boys arrested on suspicion of manslaughter will face no more action from police after their 13-year-old friend Ben Wragge died after an airgun pellet became lodged in his neck in Thurston in May.

In other news, we have also covered Ipswich Town's plans to field a charity side led by former England stars Terry Butcher and Kieron Dyer at the weekend against Newmarket Town. 

The game is being held to raise money for footballers Shaun Whiter, who had to have both legs amputated after a road crash when he went to help his friend Joey Abbs, whose car had broken down and was also seriously hurt.

And if you scroll back down our timeline, rescuers have said their battle to save two men stuck chest-high in mud after abandoning their stricken boat was "very, very tough".

Weather: Dry with clear spells overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a largely fine evening with any residual showers soon fading away. A dry night will then follow with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells. Lows of 14C (57F).

Weather map
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will start bright but outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west during the afternoon. Some of this rain may well be heavy at times. Top temperature 21C (70F). 

BBC Weather has more details.

Police appeal after pair airlifted from crash scene

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which two people were seriously hurt in Sudbury yesterday.

A man, in his 80s, and a woman, in her 70s, were airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after their Skoda Fabia car was in collision with a Mercedes Sprinter van on the A134 near Shawlands Avenue.

Police said the pair were in a stable condition, while the van driver, in his 50s, did not need to go to hospital.

Officers want to trace anyone who may have seen the vehicles beforehand or at the time of the incident. The van had been travelling from Haverhill before police were called to the scene at 13:50.

The Ipswich legends who will lead star charity team

As you might have seen earlier, ex-England players Terry Butcher and Kieron Dyer are to lead an Ipswich Town star squad to raise money for two footballers seriously hurt in a crash.

Terry Butcher pictured before the Italia 90 World Cup
BBC

The team's manager Terry Butcher (pictured above in 1990) was brought up mostly in Lowestoft and first ran out for Ipswich in 1978 against Everton. He helped Town lift the UEFA  Cup before going on to captain the national team, winning 77 caps and playing in three World Cups.

The side will be captained by Kieron Dyer, who featured in ITV's last series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Dyer began his career in Town's youth team and later became a first team fan favourite. He signed for Newcastle for what was then a record fee for Ipswich of £6m and represented England 33 times.

Sunday's match against Newmarket Town is being staged in aid of its player Shaun Whiter, who has lost both legs, and Soham Town Rangers Joey Abbs.

Decision not to charge boys over airgun death follows 'full investigation'

Two teenage boys have been told they will face no further action by police after their 13-year-old friend died when an airgun pellet became lodged in his neck.

Photo of Ben Wragge next to flowers
BBC

Ben Wragge died in West Suffolk Hospital after he was injured at a friend's house in Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, on 1 May.

The two teenagers were arrested by police on suspicion of manslaughter, but Suffolk Police said no further action would be taken after a "full investigation into circumstances around his death" and consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service,

A post-mortem examination found Ben, of Great Ashfield, died from a single wound caused by an air pellet. An inquest, held last month, heard how friends had been passing the airgun around when the pellet hit the left side of Ben's neck.

The inquest was adjourned until 28 November and police said a file would be passed to the coroner.

'No further action' against boys after airgun death

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the death of 13-year-old Ben Wragge in Thurston have been told by police that they face no further action.

Woodbridge mud rescue: 'Very, very tough'

Two men who had to be saved after getting stuck in mud up to their chests when their boat got stranded did the wrong thing by jumping overboard, rescuers have said.

Tidemill Quay, Woodbridge
David Dixon/Geograph

The pair were trying to row from Woodbridge to Martlesham when they sparked the alert at about 21:45 last night, shouting for help when they found themselves sinking further.

Rob Steventon, coastal operations area commander for HM Coastguard, said a police helicopter helped to find them. 

"It was a very, very tough rescue," he said. "We've got specialist equipment that helps us, but it's still very hard at this time of year in this temperature, wearing a dry suit, lifejacket."

People air concerns over Cornhill plans

People have been giving their views on Facebook on controversial proposals for the Cornhill in Ipswich.

The Cornhill currently hosts a market four days a week
BBC

Ahead of borough council leader David Ellesmere's appearance on BBC Radio Suffolk earlier today to discuss the £3.3m overhaul of the area, people shared their concerns on social media.

Several users questioned why the proposals feature so many steps making it difficult for disabled people to navigate, while Steve Cotterell wrote it's a "future eyesore" and "we'd be better off lowering council business taxes and getting shops into the town so we can compete with Norwich".

The facelift could see the Cornhill levelled, new paving and a central focal point such as a fountain, tower or monument, with work scheduled to begin next year.

Famous footballers in charity match for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Some famous faces will be part of the Ipswich Town all-star team in a charity football match in aid of two footballers seriously injured in a road collision in Newmarket.

The side will be managed by former England captain Terry Butcher and captained by Kieron Dyer, it has been revealed today.

Joey Abbs, a Soham Town Rangers player sustained "serious" leg injuries, while Newmarket Town's Shaun Whiter lost his legs in the incident earlier this month.

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The match against Newmarket Town takes place this Sunday at 15:00

Ipswich Town: McCarthy happy with trialist winger

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Roland Lamah looks set to make his second appearance for Ipswich Town in Saturday's friendly against Royal Union Saint-Gilloise after impressing boss Mick McCarthy last night.

Roland Lamah
Getty Images

The 28-year-old Belgian played the first 56 minutes of Town's 0-0 draw with Charlton after arriving in Suffolk just 24 hours earlier.

McCarthy told the club's Ipswich Player HD service: “I thought he played well. I was pleased with him, and pleased with his contribution but he’s not fully fit.

"He’s just come in so it’s unfair on him, and unfair on me, to have to make a snap decision having seen little of him. I’ll talk to his agent, but I would like to see more of him."

Two drivers ferried to hospital after Ipswich crash

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The drivers of two cars have been taken to hospital after a collision near the Suffolk showground in Ipswich. 

Firefighters, paramedics and police are still at the scene around Sainsbury's on the A1156 Felixstowe Road, which remains closed. 

The injuries suffered by both drivers are now not thought to be serious.

BBC Travel reports that traffic is queuing out of town between Ransomes Way junction and Trinity Park and there are also delays on the Heath Road to the Woodbridge Road East junction due to the crash.

Accident closes road in Sutton Hoo

BBC Travel

An accident involving a van and car has closed a stretch of the B1083 in both directions in Sutton Hoo.

The road is blocked between the Orford Road junction and Sutton Common turn-off, says BBC Travel.

Ambulance meeting open to public

Patient care improvements will be the focus of the annual general meeting of the East of England Ambulance Service, taking place this afternoon at Great Notley, near Braintree, Essex.

Ambulances parked in a row
EEAST

The trust's board members have already met this morning to discuss its performance and working with other agencies - and the service has been live tweeting from the meeting.

The latest annual accounts, clinical priorities and future plans are due to be unveiled during the public meeting.

Speedway: Mildenhall morale boosted by rare away win

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly says Sunday's victory at Buxton has done his team the world of good.

Mildenhall Speedway
BBC

Tonight they'll head to Birmingham with a spring in their step after ending their run of almost two years without an away success. 

"The confidence and the spirit amongst the team is absolutely wonderful," said Jolly. "It's nice to be able to turn up and have a laugh and a joke but when it comes start time they really get their heads together and knuckle down."

Speedway: Mildenhall boss demands a repeat performance

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After waiting almost two years for an away win, Mildenhall Fen Tigers are now looking for their second in as many meetings.

Kevin Jolly
Jeff Higgott

The Suffolk side will be keen to build on Sunday's much-needed success at Buxton when they head to Birmingham tonight.

"The boys have been told that if they go with the same attitude and dedication as they showed on Sunday, there's no reason why they can't go and do the same thing again; they're capable," said chairman Kevin Jolly.

Weather: Brighter skies on their way

BBC Weather

The weather this afternoon is expected to brighten, with just some isolated showers. Cloud and patchy rain will clear to the southeast to reveal sunnier skies from the northwest.

This evening, any showers should ease up, leaving a largely dry night with variable cloud, clear spells and light winds.

Maximum temperatures could reach 22C (72F) this afternoon, while lows may dip to 11C (52F) tonight.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Rhino Neil for this picture of Newmarket this morning.

Newmarket in the rain
BBC Weather Watchers / Rhino Neil

More detailed forecasts for your part of Suffolk can be found at BBC Weather.  

Woman 'seriously hurt' in Ipswich crash

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A woman has been taken to hospital with what are thought to be serious injuries after a crash near the Suffolk showground in Ipswich. 

Firefighters, paramedics and police remain on the scene around Sainsbury's on the A1156 Felixstowe Road. 

The road has been closed and there are delays for drivers in both directions between the A1189 Ransomes Way junction and Seven Hills, reports BBC Travel.

Accident closes road in Ipswich

BBC Travel

An accident involving two vehicles in Ipswich has blocked the A1156 Felixstowe Road.

There are also delays in both directions between the A1189 Ransomes Way junction and and Seven Hills, according to BBC Travel.

Controversial Cornhill plan represents 'significant investment' in town

More than 2,000 people have commented on controversial plans for a £3.35m facelift of the Cornhill in Ipswich.

Artist's impressions of redevelopment
Ipswich Borough Council

People have until Sunday to take part in the consultation on proposals for the new-look market square, but Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere has already defended the cost of the scheme.

He said: "These sorts of projects do not come cheap. Even if it was just a straight re-paving and we did nothing else, that would be hundreds of thousands probably getting into £1m, so if you want to make a significant improvement in the town, we've got to make a significant investment."

Cloud photo: 'It's a view that will live with me'

This stunning photo of bulging clouds over Southwold Pier before a thunderstorm was taken last week by Ben Green.

Sun-lit clouds over Southwold Pier
Ben Green

Mr Green said his hobby had helped him take interest in everyday things, "...but on this occasion it was clear something epic was unfolding".

He continued: "The rare mammatus clouds were forming and then they were being lit by the setting sun... it's a view that will live with me for a long time. This one's going up in the house for sure."

Village hall GP clinics could face closure

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Two village hall GP clinics near Southwold could face closure after more than 30 years.

The Sole Bay Health Centre at Reydon has been running fortnightly clinics at village halls in Wenhaston (pictured) and Walberswick.

The Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, which provides healthcare in the area, is consulting on their future.

Wenhaston Village Hall
Google

Ipswich Town run the rule over Belgian winger

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Roland Lamah (pictured right) was the surprise name on the Ipswich Town team-sheet for last night's goalless draw at Charlton.

Roland Lamah
Getty Images

The 28-year-old is on trial at Portman Road and played the first 56 minutes at The Valley before being replaced by Cameron Stewart. 

Lamah, who had a loan spell at Swansea City from 2013 to 2014, has been playing for Hungarian side Ferencvaros most recently.

Ipswich Town: Mick McCarthy's men draw a blank at Charlton

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Brett Pitman came closest to breaking the deadlock as Ipswich Town drew 0-0 at Charlton Athletic last night.

Brett Pitman
Getty Images

The former Bournemouth striker hit the bar twice, once with a shot early on and then a second-half header. 

Town round off their pre-season fixtures at home to Belgian side Royal Union Saint-Gilloise on Saturday, before facing Barnsley in the Championship a week later.

Mud rescue 'like scene from film'

Two men who had to be rescued last night after they got stuck in the mud up to their chests were trying to row from Woodbridge to Martlesham.

Anchor pub, Quay Side
Geograph/Ian Taylor

Residents say they were surprised at the large emergency services presence in the town from 21:45 as it was not clear at first why they were there.

"It's like something out of a film," said Harry Renville, a barman at the nearby Anchor pub. "I've never seen anything like this before; police car after police car and ambulances and fire engines."

 After the alarm was raised, fire crews from Woodbridge and Princes Street in Ipswich were sent to join the search, along with the Coastguard.

Men stuck in the mud rescued

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Emergency services were called to Quay Side in Woodbridge last night to rescue two young men stuck in mud up to their chests. 

River Deben, Woodbridge
Geograph/David Kemp

Police, paramedics, firefighters and the Coastguard were on the scene for more than an hour-and-a-half.

It's understood the men had been on a boat that got into difficulty, and then got stuck themselves.

Suffolk egg producer warns of impending supermarket price war

A Suffolk egg producer has warned of an impending price war as supermarkets move to phase out selling caged hen eggs by 2025

Egg
Thinkstock

Alaistaire Brice from Havensfield Eggs at Hoxne believes the increased demand for free-range eggs will lead to a drop in prices which could put some producers out of business.

Weather: Cloudy with drizzle but warm

BBC Weather

A cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. 

Weather chart
BBC

Rain will clear south-eastwards leaving brighter spells and light winds in the afternoon but the chance of isolated heavy showers remains. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

More details on BBC Weather:

Hello and welcome to Suffolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning. That spell of hot weather looks set to end today as temperatures drop, possibly bringing some welcome relief. More details on the weather to follow.

Our main news story: a Suffolk egg producer is warning of a price war in supermarkets as some commit to stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025.