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Summary

  1. Tommy Smith signs new three-year contract
  2. Hospital that helps mental health patients to close
  3. Woman raped in Bury St Edmunds
  4. Thousands attend Ipswich Town open day
  5. Updates for Thursday, 28 July 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    The Suffolk Live team is signing off now, but before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've brought you today:

    • Tommy Smith signs a new three-year contract as Ipswich Town welcomes thousands to its open day
    • A hospital in Newmarket that helps mental health patients is to close
    • There's criticism of Bupa after it was revealed that four out of five care homes in runs in the county are "inadequate", with the fifth requiring improvement

    Scroll down to get more on these, and other stories:

  2. Two men arrested after vehicle stolen and set alight

    Two men have been arrested after a vehicle was stolen and then set alight in bushes alongside the A14 near the Orwell Bridge.

    Martlesham PIC

    Police were contacted at about 05:20 to reports that a vehicle had collided with a parked car at Siloam Place, Ipswich, before being driven away.

    A short while later officers saw smoke coming from the Sandy Hill Lane area, and reports came in of thick black smoke coming from bushes beside the east-bound carriageway of the A14

    They found a vehicle on fire and the two 29-year-old men were arrested a few minutes later. They're in custody at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

  3. Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some thundery downpours

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, some maybe heavy or thundery. Showers will fade overnight to leave some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

    Weather map

    Friday will start dry and bright with sunny spells. Top temperature of 22C (72F). 

    BBC Weather has more local details.

  4. Travel: Delays on A14 east bound at A140 junction

    BBC Travel

    The A14 is partially blocked and there's slow traffic eastbound at J51 (A140 Needham Market) because of a collision.

  5. No early parole for Lowestoft man jailed as a teenager for murder of cancer sufferer

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    A Lowestoft man who was jailed as a teenager for the murder of a terminally ill cancer sufferer, has lost a bid for an early chance of parole.

    Aaron Breffitt was 16 when he and an older friend, James Killingback, set upon 55-year-old John Vry as he made his way home from a chip shop in December 2008.

    BBC news website report from 2009

    The following year at Ipswich Crown Court, the pair were convicted of murder, with Breffitt ordered to serve at least 12 years.

    Mr Justice William Davis, hearing Breffitt's application for a cut in his term to allow an earlier release, said "A murderer's term can only be cut if they can be shown to have made 'exceptional and unforeseen progress' in prison."

    He went on to say that as this was not the case, there would be no recommendation for a reduction in tariff.

  6. Remains of medieval farm found in Lavenham

    A medieval farm in Lavenham is among the remains spotted by Historic England, which has been taking aerial pictures to mark the Festival of Archaeology, which finishes on Sunday.

    Aerial photograph of field at Lavenham

    Crop marks in this picture reveal a late medieval farmstead showing the farm's field boundaries and tracks linking it to neighbouring farms.

    The farms were abandoned after changes in farming practice but it shows how generations of families lived on the land, experts have said.

  7. Hospital that helps mental health patients is to close

    Nikki Fox

    BBC Look East

    A hospital in Newmarket that helps mental health patients, is to close in the autumn, with the potential loss of 72 jobs.

    Beech House

    Beech Hospital in Fordham Road provides specialist assessment, care and treatment for men with mental health disorders, intellectual disabilities, behaviours that challenge and complex needs.

    The hospital says it's because NHS ENgland wants to move more patients with learning disabilities into the community.

    But some patients will have to move to beds elsewhere.

  8. Bupa response 'inadequate' says Ipswich MP

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Ben Gummer says he's worried about the care provided in homes in Suffolk run by Bupa, adding: "I have received complaints about Anglesea Heights [in Ipswich].

    "The response from Bupa, I have to say, was inadequate".

    Anglesea Heights care home

    The former health minister was also critical of the fact that Bupa declined an invitation to be interviewed by BBC Suffolk to justify what they're doing, choosing to issue a statement instead.

    He said: "Just running away and giving a written statement is a further sign of a lack of management responsibility when we have a pattern of very poor performance in Suffolk."

  9. Tommy Smith 'thrilled' by new deal

  10. More on Tommy Smith's new contract

  11. BreakingTommy Smith signs new contract with Ipswich Town

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich Town central defender Tommy Smith has signed a new contract with the club. 

    Tommy Smith

    He's agreed a three-year deal, with the option of a further year. 

    Smith, 26, has been with the club since he was 16.  

  12. 'You can't blame the staff' says man with relative at failing care home

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    An Ipswich man who has a relative living at one of Bupa's failing care homes says: "You can't blame the staff, it's the attitude of the management."

    Monmouth Court Care Home sign

    Marvin Thomas was speaking after it was revealed that four out of the five homes run by Bupa in the county have been rated as inadequate in the last six months. The latest was Chilton Meadows in Stowmarket just yesterday. The other one requires improvement.

    Bupa has issued a statement saying: "We have put in place a dedicated team to address the issues raised by the CQC, so that we bring lasting improvements to every home and provide consistently high quality of care."

    It continues: "The health and wellbeing of our residents remains our top priority."

  13. People at risk of 'significant harm' at care home says CQC

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Four out of the five care homes run by private provider Bupa in Suffolk have been rated inadequate with the remaining one requiring improvement.

    Chilton Meadows

    Just yesterday the CQC reported on BUPA run Chilton Meadows in Stowmarket. It was downgraded from "requires Improvement" to "inadequate".

    The CQC report said both residents and relatives felt they were unsafe and people were being put a risk of significant harm.

    The homes have private clients in them, as well as 162 council funded residents.

  14. Ipswich Town manager says it's been a 'wonderful' day

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    As this year's open day at Portman Road draws to a close, Mick McCarthy told me: "It's been a wonderful day".

    If you were there too, send us an email and tell us what you enjoyed the most.

    Mick McCarthy
  15. Woman raped in Bury St Edmunds

    Kelly McCormack

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A woman in her 30s has reported being raped in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night.

    The woman has told police she was sitting on a bench in Out Risbygate just before 23:00 when a man sat next to her, began kissing and cuddling here, and then exposed himself.

    She managed to get away from him and began walking home, but the man followed her and raped her there, before leaving in the early hours of Sunday morning.

  16. In pictures: Ipswich Town training session under way

    The players are being put through their paces on the main pitch, watched by thousands of fans in the East of England Co-operative stand.

    Ipswich Town open day
    Ipswich Town open day
    Ipswich Town open day