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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 14 October 2016
  2. Ammonia thrown in woman's face in Ipswich
  3. 'Unsafe' mental health trust taken out of special measures
  4. Victim named and driver charged after fatal crash in Thetford Forest
  5. Speedway: Witches suffer play-off heartbreak
  6. Weather: Cloudier later and 13C (55F)

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  1. Our live coverage today:

    That's all from the Suffolk Live team for today - and for the week.

    Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories we've brought you today:

    Have a good weekend - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Man died in road collision at Stanton

    Suffolk Police are confirming a man in his 80s died in the road accident which closed the A143 at Stanton earlier.

    A Citroen C5 collided with a tree just before 10:55.

    A woman passenger was taken to West Suffolk Hospital with serious injuries.

    Investigators believe the man had been feeling unwell shortly before the accident and they are appealing for witnesses.

  3. Ipswich MD tells fans to keep faith in McCarthy

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ahead of Ipswich Town's match at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, the Blues' managing director has defended Mick McCarthy in the wake of criticism of the manager from some supporters.

    Ian Milne

    Ipswich are without a win or a goal in four matches, and have found the net on just four occasions in their last 11 encounters, but Ian Milne says McCarthy is still the right man for the job.

    "I don't have any sympathy for those supporters who say Mick should go," Milne said. "Too many clubs have changed their manager too soon, and it hasn't been good for them.

    "We finished seventh last year and have never been below ninth under Mick. 

    "It's early days yet and we have got a strong team, so please keep the faith."

  4. New development to 'regenerate' Lowestoft's Jubilee Way will retain historic wall

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A new development to help regenerate part of Lowestoft, creating 24 new jobs, will retain part of the town's history, says Waveney District Council.

    Permission has been agreed for old council offices on Jubilee Way to be demolished, making way for a Burger King drive-through restaurant.

    However planners made it with the proviso that a historic wall on the site, known as the Coopers Building, be retained.

    Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said they had always maintained when the council left the building that this part of town would not be neglected. 

    He said: "I am also delighted that this development balances the importance of regeneration with the careful consideration we always seek to give to heritage assets. The retention of part of the Coopers Building recognises this and ensures we get the balance just right.”

    The original town hall, adjacent to the site, will be retained for civic and community use, and is not a part of this new development.  

  5. Williams return is a timely boost for Ipswich Town

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Whether Jonny Williams (pictured) is involved from the start for Ipswich's match at Blackburn tomorrow remains to be seen, but either way, fellow midfielder Jonathan Douglas is delighted that the Welsh international is fit again.

    Jonny Williams

    "He's looking really good, and we've a few more back as well after the international break so the squad is getting bigger." 

    "David McGoldrick and Adam Webster are also training again so that is 3 big players and 3 big characters that can only help us in the coming weeks." 

  6. Douglas confident he can help end Ipswich Town's goal drought

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town midfielder Jonathan Douglas believes his first goal of the season isn't far away, and will hopefully come against his former club Blackburn tomorrow.

    Jonathan Douglas

    The 33-year-old was on the score-sheet eight times in his final campaign at Brentford, and then got three for Ipswich last season.

    "It's coming, if I keep getting in the box it's only a matter of time," said Douglas. 

    "You need to save your energy, you can't be running around everywhere, you need to pick and choose when you get in the box.

    "Overall I've been doing that well, it just hasn't fallen to me." 

  7. Mental health trust 'aspires to be good'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust was the first mental health trust to be placed in special measures in the history of the NHS,

    It's now come out of special measures, but the Care Quality Commission says there are still ongoing safety issues.

    The trust's director of nursing Jane Sayer says going into special measures meant they "had to respond far more quickly than otherwise, but it's helped us to focus on what needs to be done quickly... and we know there's still work to do."

    Sign for Hellesdon Hospital

    She adds that the trust is really proud of the turnaround in their secure services, which are for people with a mental illness who require a greater degree of security. 

    They were judged "inadequate" in 2014 and now they've been rated "good".

    Quote Message: We aspire to be good, if not outstanding... we're on a journey, the CQC found there'd been considerable progress since 2014 and we're improving all the time." from Jane Sayer Director of Nursing, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust
    Jane SayerDirector of Nursing, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust
  8. Weather: Rain around, but also sunny spells

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading across eastern parts of the region. Staying drier across the west, with lows around 9-11C (48-52F).

    weather

    Tomorrow there may be a few light showers at first, but otherwise it will be a largely dry day with sunny spells - especially during the early afternoon. Highs of around 16-17C (61-63F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  9. Family tribute to road crash man 'loved and liked by so many'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The family of Mark Smyth, who died after a road accident on the border of Suffolk and Norfolk, has paid to tribute to a "kind, warm, gentle and funny" man.

    Mr Smyth, 46, from Brandon, died after a collision in his green Fiat Panda at the B1107 Thetford Road junction at Santon Downham just after 05:00 on 9 October.

    Mark Smyth

    Mr Smyth, described as a family man and animal lover, was on his way to work when the head-on collision happened, near the exit to High Lodge Visitor Centre. 

    His wife Jo said in a statement: "Mark was a kind, warm, gentle, man who was funny and had a great sense of humour. 

    "He had a love for the outdoor sports and photography which took him to many places across the globe. 

    "He was loved and liked by so many people and highly respected. He will be sadly missed by us all.”

    A man from Thetford has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection was bailed at Ipswich Magistrates Court today. 

  10. Areas where the mental health trust must make improvements

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The trust which runs mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk has been taken out of "special measures" on condition it address ongoing safety issues.

    Sign outside the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Norwich

    Those areas where the Care Quality Commission has told Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) it must make improvements include:

    • Mixed sex accommodation must meet Department of Health and Mental Health Act code of practice guidance
    • Remove ligature points, ensuring the environment doesn't increase risk to patient safety
    • Seclusion facilities must be safe and appropriate
    • Medicines must be stored, administered, recorded and disposed of safely
    • Sufficient staff must be available at all times
  11. Three men arrested over attack where liquid thrown in woman's face

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Three men have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a liquid - containing ammonia - was thrown in a woman's face in Ipswich. 

    The woman, who is in her early 30s, was walking her dog at the junction of Melville and Wellesley Roads at the town centre end of Foxhall Road on 13 September.

    A man threw the clear liquid from a bottle.

    It caused reddening to the victim's skin and slight swellling, and tests found the liquid contained ammonia.

    Three men aged between 34 and 48 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit grevious bodily harm.

    All have been bailed until 16 December, pending further inquiries.

  12. A-road closed after car hits tree

    BBC Travel

    The A143 is closed in both directions between Bury St Edmunds and Diss after a car collided with a tree.

    Suffolk Police said it happened at about 10:55 at Diss Road in Stanton and they're appealing for witnesses.

    Visit BBC Travel for updates.

  13. U18s face Blades as academy undergoes audit

    TWTD.co.uk

    Town’s U18s are in action against Sheffield United at Playford Road on Saturday morning with the academy currently undergoing an audit.

    ITFC training centre
  14. MPs welcome £30m boost to Suffolk broadband plan

    Bury Free Press

    Suffolk has become the first area in the UK to formally agree a second contract as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.  

    Matthew Hancock MP
  15. Mental health trust says there will be 'no complacency'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will continue to receive support from NHS Improvement (NHSI), following its removal from special measures.

    Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says there's still work to be done to move the NSFT towards a "good" overall rating. The measures were removed on condition the trust addresses outstanding issues.

    Sign for the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust at Norwich

    The trust was put in special measures in February 2015.

    Michael Scott, NSFT chief executive, acknowledges there's work to be done, but says coming out of special measures in just over 18 months is a real achievement and is "reassuring for patients".

    The "requires improvement" rating puts the trust alongside the majority of other NHS mental health trusts in England, where 64% of those the CQC had rated by July 2016 "required improvement" overall, Mr Scott adds. 

    Quote Message: There will be no complacency on our part... we fully understand that there's still a way to go... we remain 100% committed to delivering the very best care and support that we can and safety remains our paramount concern and focus." from Michael Scott Chief executive, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
    Michael ScottChief executive, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  16. Mental health trust comes out of special measures

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is out of special measures

    Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in October 2014, the trust, which provides mental health services, was rated "inadequate" overall and placed in special measures. 

    The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust building, and car park, in Norwich

    When inspectors returned in July and August this year, they found the NSFT had made "significant improvements". 

    Inspectors said the focus had been on developing a strategic vision with staff and patients at its centre, although there was still work to be done.

    It still had a overall status of "requires Improvement".

  17. NPAS: The beauty of Bury

    Check out the view from the National Police Air Service this morning as one of its helicopters flew over Bury St Edmunds.

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