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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 20 January 2017
  2. Traffic lights could be installed at Fiveways roundabout
  3. Dementia patients ignored by staff
  4. A person has died following an 'incident' on a vessel at the Port of Felixstowe
  5. Patient evicted from hospital after two years
  6. Man in NHS care after police stand-off

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A14 Suffolk westbound

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A14 Suffolk westbound severe accident, between J52 B1113 Bramford Road and J50 A1120.

A14 Suffolk - A14 closed and queuing traffic westbound between J52, B1113 (Claydon) in Claydon and J50, A1120 (Stowupland) in Stowmarket, because of an accident.

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Overnight weather: Dry with a widespread frost

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It’ll be a dry night across the BBC East region with mainly clear skies, a widespread frost and some patchy mist and freezing fog.  

There’ll be light winds and temperatures in some spots could fall as low as -5C (23F).

Overnight weather map
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Some mist and fog may be slow to clear Saturday morning. 

Overall it’ll be a dry day, but thicker cloud is likely to feed in from the North Sea, perhaps producing some patchy rain in north Norfolk. 

The best of any sunshine and brightness will be in the south of the region with highs around 6C (43F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

That's it for another week's live coverage

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We're signing off for the day, which means as it's Friday, we're signing off for the week too.

We began with news of a fatal incident on a ship as it was preparing to berth at Felixstowe overnight, and finished it with the announcement that Prince William is to quit his job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

There's been a lot more in between, so why not scroll down and catch up with what else has been happening across the county? Go on, you know you want to.

Have a great weekend.

Video: School will have memories of Prince William's helicopter role

As Prince William announces he's to step down as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Ambulance Service, one school with have fond memories.

HRH touched down at on the playing field at John Henry Newman School in Stevenage earlier this year and joined children for lunch.

Prince William lands for school dinner

Video: Sizewell B 'brought drugs and prostitution'

With two weeks to go before the end of the second round of public consultation into Sizewell C, Richard Daniel reports from Leiston, in his third and final look at how the project might impact on the local community.

Some claim construction of the last nuclear power station on the site brought its own social problems:

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Prince William: 'A privilege to fly with air ambulance charity'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Recently, there had been a number of reports that the Duke of Cambridge was to leave his role with the charity and spend more time with his family in London, away from their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate.

It's now been confirmed the Duke of Cambridge will leave the charity in summer, and spend more time in the capital where his children will attend school.

Prince William standing in front of an air ambulance helicopter
PA

In a statement released on his behalf by Kensington Palace, Prince William speaks of his time with the flying medical service:  

"It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.

"I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals. 

"I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock [helicopter support company] and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. 

"I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. 

"My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger."    

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Prince William's nerves on first day with air ambulance

The Duke of Cambridge began his job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) on 13 July 2015.

It was an early start for the former RAF helicopter pilot - his first shift at Cambridge Airport began at 07:00. Like all of us starting a new job, Prince William admitted to feeling nervous.

When his role with the charity was announced, Patrick Peal, chief executive of the EAAA, said it would help boost their profile and they would benefit from William's skills as a pilot.

Prince William standing on door ledge of an EAAA helicopter
PA

Last July, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the charity's new base at the Egerton-Smith Centre at Cambridge Airport. 

The royal couple were given a tour by the Duke of Cambridge, and met some of the charity's medics, support staff and pilots.

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William
PA

In September, the Duke of Cambridge spoke about his work with the flying medical service, saying that when he put his air ambulance hat on he's "one of the team".

"At the end of the day I feel like I've made a difference and a contribution to whatever it is I've done that day.  

"There are some very sad, dark moments. We talk about it a lot and that's the best way of dealing with some of these situations.

"It's hard... it can be quite difficult."

Towns receive 'special' status

Leiston-cum-Sizewell (pictured) and Southwold have been chosen to have Coastal Community Teams, whose task will be to promote economic growth.

Leiston
BBC

Each team, made up of local volunteers, councils and local businesses, will receive an initial £10,000 each to develop a blueprint for economic growth and be offered support from a network geared towards regenerating seaside areas.  

In 2015, Lowestoft and Felixstowe were amongst the first twelve towns to be selected for Coastal Community status. 

That led to regeneration grants for the south Lowestoft seafront and the narrow lanes known as The Scores. 

In Felixstowe, there was cash for the Discover Landguard Fort project.

BreakingPrince to quit job with air ambulance

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge is to leave his job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) in the summer and spend more time in London.

A statement has been issued by Kensington Palace, in which William says it was a "privilege" to fly with the organisation.

Prince William in the Airbus H145 based at Cambridge Airport
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The statement added that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want to increase their official duties on behalf of the Queen and their charity work.

In September, three-year-old Prince George will begin school in London. His sister, Princess Charlotte, who'll be two in May, will start at nursery in the capital. 

The EAAA flies two helicopters out of Cambridge and Norwich, and flies missions all over East Anglia - as this incident map shows:

Mission map for the east Anglian Air Ambulance
EAAA

It has declined to issue a statement about Prince William's decision to leave.

Anglian Water apologises for traffic disruption

Here's a picture of the "sinkhole" which closed the A131 in Sudbury, which Anglian Water say was actually caused by a burst water main.

Sinkhole in Sudbury
BBC

They say: "We are sorry for any traffic disruption in Sudbury today. 

"Newton Road has been closed between the Cat’s Lane roundabout and Northern Road because of a burst water main there which has caused some damage to the road surface.

“We are on site and will be working to get it repaired as quickly as possible."

Madsen to miss Saxons clash at Derby

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk Saxons head coach Anthony Clark has named his side ahead of Monday's clash away at Team Derby in the National Badminton League.

Anna Thea Madsen
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Despite being confident that Danish international Anna Thea Madsen (pictured) would be able to make her Saxons debut, the 22-year-old has had further issues with an ongoing knee problem and will again miss out.

Fellow Dane Julie Finne-Ipsen returns to the team after missing last month's win over Bristol.

Sean Vendy, Andy Ellis, Sarah Walker and Fee Teng Liew complete the line-up.

Ryman League: Suffolk sides all on the road

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

All five of Suffolk's Ryman League clubs are away from home this weekend.

Ryman League Football
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It's second against third as Needham Market travel to Havant & Waterlooville, fourth placed Leiston are at Worthing, AFC Sudbury head to Hendon while Lowestoft Town have a trip to Folkestone Invicta.

In the North Division, Bury Town are in Essex to face Aveley.

Felixstowe ship 'explosion' kills crew member
A man dies after a boiler back-fires in the engine room of a ship as it was arriving in Felixstowe.

Ipswich Town: New signing says there's a lot more to come from him

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town's latest recruit Jordan Spence has told BBC Suffolk Sport he has yet to fulfill his potential.

Jordan Spence
BBC

"I'd have to take some level of responsibility for that. You start with the highest of aspirations and the situations [being without a club] I faced in the summer and since then have been tough." 

Before joining Town on Monday the 26-year-old had been a free agent since leaving MK Dons at the end of last season. 

"It's made me hungrier to fulfill my potential and be more consistent, and be the player that I know I can be. But listen, I've spent enough days and months talking about it, it's about time to show it."

Rugby union: Bury hoping to stop the rot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

After losing five of their last six games Bury St Edmunds rugby players will be aiming to kick-start their season at London Irish WG tomorrow.

Sam Sterling
Bury Rugby Club

When the two sides met earlier in the season the Wolf Pack ran out 39-15 winners at the Haberden. 

As things stand Bury are 10th in National League Two South, with today's hosts three places below them.

Lights on way for Fiveways roundabout?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Traffic lights could be installed on the Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall on the A11.

A11 Fiveways roundabout plan
Highways Agency

The roads minister, John Hayes, has asked Highways England to assess the impact of installing the lights at the junction where the dual carriageway meets with the A1065 to Brandon and the A1101 to Bury St Edmunds. 

The move has been welcomed by the West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock.

He said: "The Fiveways roundabout has been beset with problems a very long time now - it is imperative that action is taken to improve the dire situation." 

Mr Hayes has asked Highways England to report on the proposal by the end of March. 

When the Elveden bypass was built three years ago, ducting was put in to enable lights to be installed at a later date.

If Highways England thinks now is the time, they could be in place within the year.   

Rednall out of mixed pairs event at Potters

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Defending champions Katherine Rednall and Darren Burnett lost their quarter final match today at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

Shot of bowls on rink at Potters
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Karen Murphy and David Gourlay progressed to the semi finals after edging the first set 6-3 and then holding their opponents to a 4-4 draw in the second.

Rednall, from Suffolk, will now turn her attentions to the singles event at Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, which she is aiming to win for a second time.

The 21-year-old will play Rebecca Field tomorrow, who she beat to win her first title in 2014.

Hospital stay 'cost more than £290,000'

Despite being assessed as fit to be discharged from hospital shortly after he was admitted to hospital in August 2014, a patient refused to go for more than two years

The James Paget University Hospital had to resort to legal action in order to evict the man, who lived in Suffolk. He finally left last week. 

Earlier we reported that NHS managers said they couldn't put a figure on the cost of his extended stay.

However, the Department of Health say the average daily cost of a hospital bed across the UK is about £400. 

Using this figure, it would mean the man's stay in Gorleston would have cost about £292,000.

Sign for James Paget University Hospital
BBC

Dog has 50 pellets embedded in his face

A dog being cared for at a rescue centre has been found to have 50 pellets embedded in his face.

Eric
Beds for Bullies

Liz Haslam, from Beds For Bullies dog-rehoming centre at Barnham near Thetford, where Eric is being cared for, said: "You'd never know there was anything different about him at all apart from the fact that he's going blind.

"You'd never guess that his head's covered in leadshot.

"He's got scuffs on his fur where you can see he's been shot but you can stroke him all over."

Vets say it's too dangerous to try to move the pellets from Eric's face, and he'll have to live with them.  

The dog was originally rescued from Turkey, 

Eric
Beds for Bullies

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Exclusive interview with Eamon Murray, Liam Bradley and Niamh Dunne from Northern Irish band Beoga, on how they ended up working with Ed Sheeran on his new album. They talk about how it was a very natural and organic experience, it was just the music that mattered. AND did you know Ed's grand uncle is from Magherafelt.

Ship owners express condolences to family of dead crew member

"K" Line, owners of the Manhattan Bridge vessel which was the scene of a fatal incident overnight at the Port of Felixstowe, have issued a statement.

Manhattan Bridge
BBC

A spokesman says: "Whilst berthing, a boiler back-fire occurred in the engine room resulting in the fatality of one crew member; another seafarer was taken to hospital with non-critical injuries.

"Local authorities are at the scene and Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) representatives are expected on board shortly to investigate the cause of the incident. 

"K" Line (Europe) and all within the organization wish to express their condolences to the family of the deceased and their sympathy with the crew of the vessel."

Police praise the long nose of the law

Travel: A131 closed in Sudbury for emergency repairs.

BBC Travel

The A131 Newton Road is closed in Sudbury between the A134 Newton Road, and Cat's Lane, because of emergency repairs on what's been described as a small sinkhole.

It's thought the hole is about a foot deep and five feet wide.

We'll let you know as and when we get any further details.

If you know what's going on in the area, we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us via email, and add a photograph of any "road closed" signs if you're in the area and can do so safely.

'Appalling management' at nursing home

The CQC report, which was published earlier this week, rated Friars Hall Nursing Home as "inadequate" in every area.

Judy Downey, from the Relatives and Residents Association, said: "Some of these things [that led to the inadequate ratings] were going on when the inspector was on the premises. 

"There were people who were not offered food, who were not offered warm drinks, where drinks were placed out of reach. 

"This is not to do with complexities of the care market - this is to do with simple appalling management."

Dementia patients ignored by staff and under-fed

A report from the Care Quality Commission on an "inadequate" Hadleigh nursing home says dementia sufferers were ignored by staff, under-fed and made to get up as early as 04:00.

Friars Hall sign
Google

Friars Hall closed suddenly just before Christmas, days after the fifth inspection by the CQC in a month.

Among the findings of the report:

  • One person had lost nearly half their weight in the six months since their admission
  • Some residents were made to get up at 04:00 and sit at the dining table for periods of 11 hours or more
  • One resident told the CQC inspectors staff "treat you like an animal"

BBC Suffolk has tried to contact Lalitha Samuel, listed by the CQC as the person who ran the home, but she has not returned our calls.

McCarthy highlights Huddersfield's Mooy as a danger

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has singled out Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy for praise ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the teams at the John Smith's Stadium.

Aaron Mooy
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The Australian, who is on loan from Manchester City, has featured in every Championship game for the fifth-placed Terriers.

"Without any shadow of a doubt he's the one that has driven that team," said McCarthy. 

"Any time I see him play he seems to be all over the place. He's the one that gets the ball, he has a personality and makes the team play, makes them tick."

BBC Suffolk presenter hears Felixstowe explosion in Ipswich

BBC Suffolk presenter James Hazell says he heard the "loud bang" on the Manhattan Bridge in Felixstowe from his home in north-east Ipswich late yesterday evening.

He told us: "I just happened to be getting something out of the car, you could tell it was something out of the ordinary. 

"Sometimes you hear noises from the docks, but this was something different."

Manhattan Bridge
BBC

Brave Shaun is ready for incredible challenge

East Anglian Daily Times

Former footballer to cycle 150 miles just six months after losing his legs - the front page of today's East Anglian Daily Times.

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How cold is it for you?

After a bitterly cold night, and a frosty morning, the idea of a duvet day was very tempting.

How cold was it for you?  BBC East weatherman Dan Holley's tweet may have the answer.

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Man was 'using hospital as hotel' says fellow patient

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A patient who was on the same hospital ward as a man who'd spent two years there despite being medically fit for discharge says it was "an open secret" that he'd refused to leave.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been in hospital several times in the last year. She was worried about getting home in time for Christmas and asked a nurse how long people usually stayed on the ward.

"She laughed and said anything up to two years... I looked at her in horror," she said.

"She told me she thought the actions of the 'bed-blocker' were totally disgusting. 

"This person was there for two years being fed, watered, looked after, kept clean... and local people have been barred from that bed because he was there.  

"I wouldn't want to stop somebody getting a bed, I couldn't have it on my conscience.

"You go into hospital if you're ill enough, when you're better or getting better you come out.

"It's costing everybody money and beds - and in some cases deaths.

"It's using the hospital as a hotel."

World Indoor Bowls: Rednall starts title defence

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's mixed pairs action for Suffolk's Katherine Rednall later this morning at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

Bowls
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The 21-year-old and Darren Burnett are the defending champions and face David Gourlay and Karen Murphy at 10:00 for a place in the semi-finals at Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea.

Rednall's quest for a second singles title gets under way tomorrow, when she'll play Rebecca Field who she beat in the 2014 final.

Shotley worker describes hearing explosion

A man who works at Shotley Marina has described hearing a "very loud bang" from the direction of Felixstowe Port last night.

What's thought to have been an explosion on board the Manhattan Bridge (pictured from Shotley Gate) last night, killed one person, and resulted in another person being taken to hospital.

Manhattan Bridge
BBC

Baz O'Connell said he was woken up at about 22:45: "It was just a very loud bang - you hear noises all the time when they drop containers but this was a much louder one than normal.

"It went quiet after that, no noise at all.

"I thought they'd dropped another container, but it obviously wasn't - it was something else.

"I didn't know that at the time until this morning when I went into work."

What cost, after patient refuses to leave hospital after two years?

But what are the costs, both legal and care, to the James Paget University Hospital, which had to apply to the courts to force a bed blocking patient to leave?

The hospital says it has a solicitor who works on a fixed-fee basis, and they can't work out the costs for this single case. It also says the patient will not have to pay costs.

Entrance to A & E at the James Paget University Hospital
BBC

As for the cost of his two-year stay - they say they can't put a figure on that either.

The patient, a man, is from Suffolk, and can't identified because of patient confidentiality.

He'd been admitted to the hospital in August 2014. 

At the beginning of December 2016, Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court granted an order for him to leave the hospital. 

He left last week.

Man taken into care of health professionals following armed police stand-off

A man who was arrested following an incident in Crowfield earlier this week has been released on police bail, and taken into the care of health professionals.

Road block in Crowfield
BBC

Police were called to a property in the village near Needham Market at 23:15 on Monday, following concerns for the welfare of a man at the property.

A large police presence, including armed officers, remained until Wednesday afternoon, when at about 15:30 the 42-year-old left the house and was arrested on suspicion of making threats and possession of a firearm.

A total of four firearms were recovered, police said.

Hospital tried 'every effort' to remove bed blocker patient

The James Paget University Hospital says its decision to apply for a court order to evict a patient who refused to be discharged was a "last resort". 

In a statement, the director of governance Anna Hills said the patient had been "occupying a bed unnecessarily for more than two years... every effort had been made to try to remedy this situation".

James Paget University Hospital entrance, with ambulance outside
BBC

"He repeatedly refused all offers of appropriate accommodation organised by our local authority and social care partners, despite being fit for discharge," she said.

"As a last resort, the hospital had to apply to the court to allow us to remove the gentleman from the hospital.

"The decision to go to court was not taken lightly, but our priority has to be considering the needs of all our patients and ensuring that our limited resources, which are under increasing pressure, are available to those who genuinely need hospital care.

"We have worked with our partners in this case to ensure the gentleman continues to receive the appropriate level of care and support in the community, having left hospital."

Court order to evict bed blocker patient

A patient has been evicted from a hospital after refusing to leave for more than two years.

The man, who's from Suffolk, was admitted to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston in August 2014.

Entrance to the James Paget University Hospital, showing sign and ambulance
BBC

Soon after his arrival, the hospital says the patient was medically fit to be discharged, and treatment for his medical condition had ended. 

He was assessed and deemed ready for ongoing residential care, but the hospital says the man "repeatedly" refused all of the care options put forward and they couldn't make him leave without his consent to being discharged.

They had to get a court order to evict him, and that was granted by Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on 1 December. The patient left the hospital on 10 January.