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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 26 May 2017
  2. Mother of teenager who died on A47 seeks answers
  3. Two men jailed following armed robbery
  4. No safety measures in place at fatal excavation site
  5. Hadleigh debates Sunday opening
  6. Tour of Britain starts in 100 days

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day - and the week

    We've just worked out after Monday, we're going to have to wait another 91 days until our next bank holiday so we're heading home to start making the most of the long weekend as soon as we can.

    If you're just joining us, or you've been dipping in and out of our coverage during the day, the best way of finding out exactly what's been happening across the county is to scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date.

    Have an enjoyable weekend, whatever you've got planned, and set yourself a reminder to join us again on Tuesday from 08:00.

  2. Weekend weather: Hot and humid

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

    Weather map

    Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

    Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

    Highs of 28C (82F).

  3. Fire service urges people to remain vigilant as dry conditions continue

    Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant in preventing and spotting possible fires as the hot weather continues.

    More than 30 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled a blaze in Thetford Forest yesterday afternoon.

    Earlier this month crews were on the scene of a gorse fire in Southwold for more than 24 hours.

  4. Young boy arrested following Stowmarket assault

    A 12-year-old boy has been released under investigation, after being arrested in connection with an assault in Stowmarket on 19 May.

    A man in his late teens told police he was walking through the recreation ground between 18:30 and 19:15 when he was approached by a boy who, following a brief exchange, threatened him with a knife.

    He also said the boy punched him in the face before kicking him to the ground.

    The boy was questioned at the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre before being released, pending further inquiries.

    Police Investigation Centre
  5. Two men jailed following armed robbery in Beccles

    Jail sentences totalling more than 17 years have been handed down to two men following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beccles in September last year.

    Kerron Turner and Aaron Knights

    Kerron Turner (pictured left), 26, formerly of York Road in Great Yarmouth, and The Greenway in Beccles was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 years and 10 months.

    Aaron Knights, 25, of no fixed abode but also formerly of York Road in Great Yarrrmouth, was sent to prison for six years, six months.

    Turner was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent at a trial earlier in the year.

    Knights had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

    Det Insp Simon Bridgland said: ""This was a frightening incident for the victim who was working at the jewellers at the time of the attack.

    "He has shown great courage throughout and we’d like to thank him and other members of the public who got in touch to pass on information following the incident for their assistance."

  6. The lorry driver 'must be devastated'

    A woman whose teenage daughter died after being hit by a lorry on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon says: "The lorry driver must be devastated, I can't imagine what he must be going through."

    Michelle Whiting

    Michelle Whiting, from Beccles, is searching for answers about the mental health treatment 18-year-old Rachel Stoter received prior to her death.

    Michelle added: "I think that if she was in such a frame of mind that she wanted to harm herself they should have put her in hospital and they should have kept her safe."

    The James Paget Hospital, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

  7. Mother of teenager who died on A47 'searches for answers'

    The mother of a Lowestoft teenager, who died following a collision on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, is searching for answers from mental health professionals, about the treatment her daughter received just before the incident.

    Rachel Stoter

    Rachel Stoter, 18, who'd suffered from mental health problems over the past few years, died at the James Paget Hospital on Monday night after she had been hit by a lorry shortly before 15:00.

    It's understood she'd been treated at the hospital the day before the collision.

    Her mother Michelle Whiting, who lives in Beccles, said: "As far as I'm aware she was released from hospital on Monday maybe half an hour, 40 minutes before the accident.

    "She was walking from James Paget along the A47 away from the hospital.

    "Why wasn't she put in hospital? Why weren't we called to go and pick her up? Why just release her on her own?"

    Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and the James Paget have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

    No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  8. How many shades of blue can a Suffolk sky be?

    It doesn't really matter - the main thing, as these BBC Weather Watcher pics show us, is that it's not raining.

    Blue sky in Stanningfield
    Blue sky in Mendham
    Blue sky in Bramfield
  9. Speedway: Witches head north in fine fettle

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says "everyone's confidence is really high" ahead of tomorrow night's Championship meeting at Workington.

    Ipswich Witches

    The Suffolk side will be at full strength as they aim for a third successive away win, following recent victories at Berwick and Scunthorpe.

    “We are a stronger team than in the last couple of years and last week showed we have mental toughness about us," Hawkins told the club website.

    "With the side we have we can win anywhere and we will be going there to get another three points on Saturday. We are not scared of Workington but we have a lot of respect for how they have started the season."

  10. Leiston boss keen to keep in-demand striker

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Leiston manager Glenn Driver says top scorer Matt Blake (pictured) will only leave Victory Road this summer if the deal is right for both the club and the player.

    Matt Blake

    There's almost certain to be interest in the 28-year-old after he took the Ryman Premier Division by storm last season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions.

    "He's such a level-headed guy and he's signed a contract at Leiston and understands that we've put a transfer fee on his head, which he agrees with," Driver told BBC Suffolk Sport.

    "If we're lucky enough to hold onto him I think he would accept that, but also, if we can push him on to a higher level then we'll encourage him to go on and do better things for himself as well."

  11. Cyclist taken to hospital after fail-to-stop collision

    A man has been taken to the West Suffolk Hospital following a hit-and-run collision involving a car and a bicycle on the B1102 in Worlington this morning just before 06:30.

    The cyclist, who's in his 30s, sustained a head injury in the collision.

    Police say debris left at the scene indicates damage to a front headlight of what's thought to be a dark-coloured car.

    The road was closed for a couple of hours.

  12. Thanks for officers keeping our streets safe

    With Britain's terror threat raised to "critical" following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, our armed police continue to patrol the streets.

    Their presence has not gone unnoticed in Thetford:

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  13. Contractors in fatal engineering project 'didn't have competency'

    The HSE says that since four men from from Suffolk died at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth in 2011, construction design and management regulations have been updated.

    Structure after collapse

    HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "Sadly the contractors involved in this [the Claxton Engineering project] were not really able, they didn’t have the competency to take on a large-scale engineering project like this one."

    Asked whether she was satisfied with the sentences handed out by a judge at the Old Bailey yesterday, Ms Hall replied: "Sentencing is obviously a matter for the judge.

    "I'm pleased to have received the convictions.

    "It's been a long-running case, it's been a complex investigation and I'm satisfied that we've got convictions and messages are out there about the importance of planning in future."

  14. Safety measures 'weren't put in place' at site where four workers died

    The day after two companies were fined following the death of four men from Suffolk at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction firms must employ competent contractors.

    Steel structure before collapse

    Brothers Daniel and Thomas Hazleton, and Peter Johnson, all from Stanton, and Adam Taylor, from Rickinghall, died at the Claxton Engineering site in January 2011.

    HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "It was a major engineering project building significant foundations for a new pressure test facility at Claxtons and that involved planning how they were going to build these foundations.

    "At no point during the whole planning process did the people who were involved in it engage with the challenges involved in it and put the safety measures in place.

    "What that meant was that these four guys, very sadly, were working within a steel structure, trying to build it before concrete was poured onto it, and the structure collapsed on them."

  15. Man airlifted to hospital after A12 collision

    A man from Essex was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining multiple breaks to his leg in a two-vehicle collision southbound on the A12 at Washbrook yesterday.

    A woman, also from Essex, who was in the second vehicle, received injuries to her wrists and ankles and was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

    Diversions were put in place, with the northbound carriageway fully re-opening just after 19:00, and the southbound carriageway at about 23:00.

    Police, who are appealing for witnesses, say the collision, which occurred at about 17:35, involved a green VW Golf and a black Ford Kuga.

  16. Eight year jail term for attempted rape

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    A man who attempted to rape a woman at Melton railway station last summer has been jailed for eight years.

    Sam Duncan

    Sam Duncan, 24, of Alan Road, Ipswich, who had denied the charge, was found guilty of attempted rape and indecent exposure at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court in March.

    Yesterday when he appeared at the same court for sentencing, he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

    He attacked a 21-year-old woman as she waited for a train on a platform at Melton station near Woodbridge in July 2016.

  17. Racing: Big Orange lays down Gold Cup marker

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Newmarket-trained Big Orange has to be a serious contender for next month's Ascot Gold Cup after a hugely impressive win at Sandown yesterday.

    Big Orange

    With Frankie Dettori onboard the pair totally dominated the field in the Henry II Stakes.

    "He's a hard horse to ride against if you take him on too soon," said trainer Michael Bell.

    "He's such a good horse, if jockeys come and join him five furlongs out they've almost got to hope to play their hand late. He's a high-class stayer."