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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 16 December 2016
  2. Ambulance service holds a 'Twitterthon' into its workings on 'Black Friday'
  3. Newspaper publisher sells Suffolk titles
  4. Government funding for policing in Suffolk drops
  5. McCarthy sees positives in players' Christmas party
  6. Colleagues of missing Corrie Mckeague 'don't feel guilty' over disappearance

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    That's it from BBC Local Live: Suffolk for this week.

    We'll be back again for all the news, weather and sport from 08:00 on Monday for the final week before Christmas.

    Before we leave, here's a round up of our top stories:

    Have a great weekend.

    Homersfield
  2. Ambulance Twitterthon: Community-based medics praised

    You can follow the work of the East of England Ambulance Service into "Black Friday" evening - which is expected to be their busiest night of the year.

    The NHS service's social media team is praising the work of community first responders (CFRs):

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  3. Weather: Fog forming overnight and lingering tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a dry night with some clear spells across the eastern region with mist and fog forming quite extensively, there's an expected minimum temperature of 5C (41F).

    weather

    The mist and fog will gradually clear tomorrow morning, although it may linger in some parts into the afternoon, with temperatures likely to reach 9C (48F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Corrie Mckeague's friends 'don't feel guilty' over airman's disappearance

    Colleagues of missing airman Corrie Mckeague - who were on a night out with him when he was last seen - "don't feel guilty" about his disappearance, their station commander says.

  5. Missing serviceman 'should've been on the stage'

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    A station commander has spoken of how he joked with an airman about how he "was wasted in the RAF" hours before he disappeared.

    Corrie Mckeague

    Corrie Mckeague went missing after he got escorted out of Flex nightclub in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24 September.

    Gp Capt Mick Smeath said the last time he spoke to Mr Mckeague was before he headed out on the night out with his colleagues from the base.

    Mr Mckeague had been "joking around" with a band conductor's baton at a family day at RAF Honington.

    "I said to him 'you know you're wasted in the air force, you need to go on stage' and he laughed," he said.

    "We had a joke about what he would do on the stage."

  6. Ipswich playing for fans, families and futures

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski says every bad spell of form must come to an end, and he hopes that is the case for Ipswich Town tomorrow.

    Bartosz Bilakowski

    The Blues face Wigan at the DW Stadium with the Latics second from bottom in the Championship table, and Town just five points above the relegation zone.

    "I'm sure we'll be okay, because we're good enough," Bilakowski told us. "We all want to play for this great club as well as we can.

    "We are not just playing for the fans. 

    "We are playing for ourselves, our futures and our families. It's a great group of lads here and we just need to stick together."

    BBC Radio Suffolk will have live coverage of the match on FM/DAB radio, but the BBC does not have the rights to webstream its league commentaries.

  7. 'Snakebite' was close to quitting darts

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Peter Wright will be in first round action at the PDC World Darts Championship this evening, at Alexandra Palace in London.

    Peter Wright

    The Mendham-based 46-year-old, known on the circuit as "Snakebite", is one of the favourites for the event, having risen to third place on the PDC Order of Merit.

    However, Wright's been telling BBC commentator Dan Dawson that he came close to quitting the sport not so long ago.

    "He told me that he'd intended for the 2013/14 World Championship to be his last," Dawson said. "But after he reached the final, everything changed and he's gotten better and better."

  8. Corrie: Airman's disappearance 'unusual' for airbase

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    The station commander at RAF Honington said it was "unusual" for a serviceman to go missing.

    Corrie Mckeague

    Corrie Mckeague, who serves as a gunner in No 2 Squardon RAF Regiment, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

    Gp Capt Mick Smeath said he is the first serviceman to go missing from the Suffolk airbase.

    He said his disappearance was a "mystery".

    "There's no evidence to suggest that he was going to do this himself," he said.

    "He was happy, doing really well in the Royal Air Force, he had lots of friends, a good family, and a big family here on base.

    "It's one of those strange events and I know Suffolk Police are desperate to solve it. 

    "I know the family is desperate to have him back, and so are we."

  9. Station commander's 'sadness' at unresolved disappearance

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    An outgoing station commander has spoken of his sadness that a missing RAF serviceman has still not been found.

    Gp Capt Mick Smeath

    Gp Capt Mick Smeath will leave his post at RAF Honington today.

    He said he had been keen for Corrie Mckeague to be found before he left his post, which he has held for two years.

    Mr Mckeague has been missing since a night out in Bury St Edmunds on 24 September.

    "I really wanted Corrie to be found before I left, mainly for the family, for the station and also for me - he's one of mine," said Gp Capt Smeath.

    "It feels bad that I'm leaving before he is found."

  10. Corrie: 'No guilt' over airman's disappearance

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    The colleagues of an RAF airman who were with him the night he vanished "don't feel guilty" about his disappearance, the station commander said.

    Gp Capt Mick Smeath

    Corrie Mckeague, 23, disappeared after being separated from friends on a night out in Bury St Edmunds and was last seen by CCTV cameras in the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

    Gp Capt Mick Smeath, who will leave his post at RAF Honington today, said there was "shock" at the station when the gunner first disappeared - and there is "very much concern".

    Mr Mckeague's friends from the airbase were separated from him when he was asked to leave a nightclub.

    Of those friends, the station commander said: "I don't think they feel guilty.

    "They are very sad. They're hoping it's not the last time they see him.

    "They want him back and I think they are genuinely sad for the family."

  11. New-look trains unveiled by Greater Anglia

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Greater Anglia Trains have been showing off their newly-refurbished carriages in Chelmsford.

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    Video caption: Ipswich sex worker murders: Woman back on streets 10 years on

    A woman says she has returned to the streets of a town where five women were murdered 10 years ago.

  13. Darts: Wright set for Alexandra Palace opener

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Suffolk darts player Peter Wright starts his campaign at the PDC World Championships tonight.

    Peter Wright

    The 46-year-old from Mendham, who's a former runner-up, will play the winner of the preliminary round match between Jerry Hendricks and Warren Parry. 

    They'll step up to the oche at 19:00 at Alexandra Palace in north London.

  14. Ryman League: Needham looking to extend their lead

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Needham Market could go four points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier Division if they beat Hendon at Bloomfields tomorrow.

    They're one of three Suffolk clubs with home games, as Leiston entertain Harlow Town and Lowestoft Town take on Worthing at Crown Meadow. 

    AFC Sudbury will be aiming for a third straight win when they travel to Harrow Borough.

  15. Newspaper chief backs future of local press

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The head of a media firm which has bought a clutch of East Anglian and East Midlands newspapers in a £17m deal says he believes in the future of the local press.

    Lynn News and Diss Express

    Cambridge company Iliffe Media has taken on 13 titles from Johnston Press.

    They are: the Lynn News, Fenland Citizen, Diss Express, Bury Free Press, Haverhill Echo, Newmarket Journal, Suffolk Free Press, Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times, Bourne Local, Grantham Journal, Spalding Guardian and Lincs Free Press.

    Edward Iliffe, chief executive of Iliffe Media, said: "We are delighted to have acquired these well-respected local newspapers.

    "Iliffe Media, with its long heritage as an independent family run media business, firmly believes in the future of local newspaper publishing across all platforms. We’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues." 

  16. Oates bounces back from funds cut in winning style

    Diss Express

    And here is today's back page of the Diss Express:

    Diss Express on 16 December 2016
  17. Marston's Diss appeal turned down

    Diss Express

    Here is today's front page of the Diss Express

    Diss Express on 16 December 2016