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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 16 September 2016
  2. Trial date of 7 February 2017 set for Ali Qazimaj
  3. Lauri Love to be extradited to USA to face hacking charges
  4. Network Rail due to be fined for Gipsy Lane level crossing fatality
  5. Lightning damage at Brandon blocks rail lines
  6. Thundery downpours likely, with highs of 20C (68F)

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the team here at Suffolk for another week, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning.

    Before we go, a reminder of today's top stories:

    • Lauri Love's solicitor says they'll lodge an appeal against a decision to extradite him to the US to face computer hacking charges 
    • The trial of Ali Qazimaj, accused of murdering Peter and Sylvia Stuart from Weybread, is set to begin on 7 February 2017 - he denies the charges 
    • The sentencing of Network Rail, over breaches of health and safety law over the death of a woman at the Gipsy Lane level crossing near Needham Market, has been adjourned until Wednesday, 21 September

    Don't forget you can scroll down to read more on these, and other stories. Have a good weekend.

  2. Fen meadow restoration work completed in Waveney valley

    Work to restore 2.2 acres (0.9 hectares) fen meadow on the Suffolk broads has just been completed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

    Groom's Marsh

    Groom's Marsh, at Oulton Marshes, bought by the trust in January 2015, was overgrown with scrub and blighted with weeds, due to a lack of grazing.

    The trust's Broads warden, Matt Gooch said: “Groom’s Marsh is an important fen meadow and the restoration work we have carried out means it is once again connected to the wider wetland – something that will result in significant gains for wildlife." 

  3. Armed robbery in Beccles

    Police are searching for four men who entered a jewellery business on New Market in Beccles at about 16:00 and threatened the owner before stealing a number of items.

    It's believed the men, who fled the scene on foot in the direction of Balleygate, had a shotgun and a knife.

    No-one was injured during the incident and Suffolk Police are appealing for information.

  4. Overnight weather: Cloudy with rain becoming lighter

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy overnight with rain becoming lighter and more patchy. It will be breezy in places, with temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

    Overnight weather map

    Saturday could see further light rain or drizzle, but it will become brighter during the afternoon.

    Top temperature: 20C (68F).

    Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  5. Reaction to 'probable' Sizewell C, from Leiston residents

    As we reported yesterday, the construction of Sizewell C has come a step closer, now that the Hinkley Point nuclear reactor has been granted approval by the UK government.

    But what do people in Leiston think about this latest development? Here are some of the opinions given to BBC Suffolk by local people:

    • "I think it will be good for the local community and hopefully bring a lot of jobs"
    • "We need it, we've got to have it, but living here, I don't fancy [the disruption]"
    • "Is there anything we can do about it? Absolutely nothing... I don't want any more, I didn't want the first one"
    Leiston
  6. Network Rail sentencing adjourned until next week

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    The sentencing of Network Rail, which is due to be fined for breaches of health and safety law over the death of a woman at the Gipsy Lane level crossing near Needham Market in 2011, has been adjourned at Ipswich Crown Court until next Wednesday, 21 September.

    Gipsy Lane crossing
  7. Date set for Ali Qazimaj trial

    A spokesman for Ipswich Crown Court said the trial of Ali Qazimaj has been set to start on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017.

    Mr Qazimaj is accused of killing Peter and Sylvia Stuart from Weybread near Diss. He denies the charges.

    Sylvia and Peter Stuart

    An inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned last week. Mrs Stuart's body has never been found.  

  8. Mick McCarthy: 'Teams are trying harder against Aston Villa'

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes that one of the reasons Aston Villa have found life in the Championship tough so far is that teams try harder against them.

    Mick McCarthy

    Villa have just the one win from their opening seven league fixtures since being relegated at the end of last season. 

    "It's a big game for every team that plays them," said the Ipswich boss.

    "With the greatest of respects, it's a bigger game than playing Barnsley, or Preston, or Birmingham, or even us.

    "Everyone tries that little bit harder against them, which makes it tougher for them and they have to play better."

  9. Ipswich boss not surprised by Villa struggles

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town v Aston Villa was once a big fixture in the top flight of English football. 

    When the teams met in 1982, Villa were league champions (pictured) and Town had the UEFA Cup in their trophy cabinet.

    Aston Villa 1981 team photo

    Fast forward to the present day and Ipswich are mainstays in the second tier, while Villa are still struggling with the hangover that came with last season's relegation. 

    "When you look at the amount of teams in our division that have been in the Premier League, then the fact that Villa are here is not really a surprise," said Town boss Mick McCarthy. 

    "Clearly some clubs are bigger than others though, and they are a European Cup-winning team, so it all makes for a great tie tomorrow." 

  10. Back operation looming for Ipswich defender

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith (pictured) faces a spell of around 3 months on the sidelines after being told he needs an operation on his back

    Tommy Smith

    At his press conference today, manager Mick McCarthy said it was sad news for the New Zealand international who had only just forced his way back into the starting line-up.

    "He came back and was excellent in the games he played in, so it's sad for him," McCarthy told us.

    "However, we have Adam Webster and we have Bez [Christophe Berra] and we have Chambo [Luke Chambers] who can all play in his position, so we've got plenty of cover."

  11. 'I feel the disappointment' of people in the gallery in court, says Lauri Love

    After today's hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, Lauri Love thanked "everyone for their support", and said it is "unfortunate" for him and his family that they have to go through another six to 12 months of "legal stuff". 

    Lauri Love

    Asked how he felt when he heard the decision, he said: "It is probably a psychological defence mechanism, I will defer processing it until I am in a safe environment and I know I won't end up being acutely depressed and being useless to the world. 

    "I feel the disappointment and frustration just by the indication of people in the gallery." 

    Mr Love said he was worried about the toll the case was having on his health and family, but he added: "We shouldn't look upon this as merely the end."

  12. Vicar dad 'obviously very upset' at Love decision

    The Rev Alexander Love, Lauri Love's father, said he was "obviously very upset" with the decision. 

    "I have been alive for a long time and all my life I have always believed to be born in these islands was to win the lottery of life," said the vicar, who lives in Stradishall and works as a prison chaplain.

    "That in our society there was decency and fairness, that our laws were just. I don't criticise the judge, she has sought to pass judgment on a law that is flawed.

    "This is not right, that my son can be taken away. 

    "It is my belief that it is not fair or just that a boy who has mental health issues can be taken away from his family, who are his support network, merely to satisfy the desire of the Americans, to exact what I feel is vengeance on him."

  13. 'This is not the end' says Lauri Love's solicitor

    Outside court Lauri Love's solicitor Karen Todner said they were "extremely disappointed" with the decision.

    Westminster Magistrates Court

    "Most of this judgment is about the defence case, the prosecution didn't actually call any evidence," she told a huge pack of reporters. 

    "This is not the end of the road, we are going to lodge an appeal, we are still hopeful the appeal will be successful in the High Court."

  14. Judge says she's 'satisfied' Lauri Love's needs would be met by US authorities

    Returning now to the ruling at Westminster Magistrates' Court that Lauri Love can be extradited to the US to stand trial, Judge Nina Tempia said: "In balancing the factors for and against extradition I am satisfied that the very strong counter-balancing factors, required to find extradition would be disproportionate, are not found in this case." 

    Westminster Magistrates' Court

    She said Mr Love faces "extremely serious charges for offences of computer hacking" and while she acknowledged his physical and mental health issues, she was "satisfied" his needs would met by US authorities. 

    Judge Tempia added: "I am satisfied Mr Love's extradition would be compatible with his convention rights and I send this case to the secretary of state for her decision as to whether or not Mr Love should be extradited."

  15. RAF Lakenheath airman found dead

    A US Air Force airman from the 48th Fighter Wing has been found dead in off-base housing near RAF Lakenheath.

    The cause of death is currently under investigation, and a spokeswoman said further information will be released after family notifications have been completed.

  16. Weekend rail passengers face disruption

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Rail passengers on the Norwich to London main line face a series of delays starting this weekend as improvement work begins.

    Network Rail says the upgrade will bring crucial changes to the route, improving passenger services. 

    The work includes the remodelling of a key junction at Shenfield. A road bridge near Gidea Park is to be replaced and £2m spent on replacing overhead wires between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.

    An Abellio Greater Anglia train on the tracks

    Abellio Greater Anglia spokesman Jonathan Denby says the work is disruptive but "it has to be done, and it's about trying to find the least disruptive way of doing it."

    Replacement buses will be used, and weekend passengers are advised to check before travelling.

    Jonathan Denby, in grey suit, white shirt and purple tie, standing in a train carriageway
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