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  1. Updates for Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. Furniture shop goes up in flames
  3. Ram-raiders target high street bank with JCB
  4. Tributes paid to A12 crash motorcyclist
  5. Ed Sheeran to arrive at Glastonbury via chopper

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The Royal Marines' first land battle, and a change in the Navy's fortunes, is marked in Felixstowe.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates this week, thank you for joining us.

We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday.

Until then, here's a quick look at the stories we've covered today:

  • A family-run business is destroyed by fire
  • Ram-raiders target a high street cash machine with a JCB
  • A man being chased by police is knocked over by a response car.

Have a great weekend.


Grenfell Tower: Celotex announces decision on cladding

Hadleigh-based Celotex has announced it is to stop the supply of a cladding system in buildings over 18m tall, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The company had previously revealed it supplied insulation boards in the refurbishment of the west London tower block.

In a statement, Celotex said: "Celotex is shocked by the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this devastating human tragedy.

"We have been supplying building products for over 40 years and as a business our focus has always been to supply safe insulation products to make better buildings.

"We want to do everything that we can to support the government's ongoing response to the tragedy.

"We continue to offer our full cooperation with the investigations. Celotex notes the comments made by Scotland Yard at this morning's briefing in respect of the insulation used in Grenfell Tower. In view of the focus on rainscreen cladding systems and the insulation forming part of them, Celotex believes that the right thing to do is to stop the supply of Celotex RS5000 for rainscreen cladding systems in buildings over 18m tall with immediate effect (including in respect of ongoing projects), pending further clarity."

Evening forecast: Overcast night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

Weather forecast

Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

Cricket: Three changes for Suffolk ahead of T20 challenge

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

All-rounders Jack Beaumont (pictured) and Kyran Young have been drafted into the Suffolk squad for Sunday's Unicorns East T20 in Bury St Edmunds.

Jack Beaumont
Suffolk County Cricket Board

Batsman Darren Batch is also included, with Jaik Mickleburgh, Martyn Cull and Michael Comber all unavailable.

Suffolk face Cambridgeshire in the first match at 1000 before Bedfordshire meet Hertfordshire at 1330.

The two winners will then face-off in the final at 1700.

"By its very nature, T20 cricket is unpredictable, but we know we will have to perform well if we are to progress," said coach Andy Northcote.

“We believe we have a team capable of being a match for anyone and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Gaffa Tape Sandy at Glastonbury

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds band Gaffa Tape Sandy are due to play the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury shortly.

You can watch their set live, from 15:55, via the BBC website.

It's live, so be warned there may be swearing or flashing lights.

Gaffa Tape Sandy
Gaffa Tape Sandy

Man hit by police car 'has suspected broken leg'

Here's more on that story about the police chase in Ipswich....

A man who was being pursued by police ran across the road when he was knocked down by an unmarked response car, police said.

Suffolk Police said the man was on foot in the St Helen's Street area of Ipswich when the incident happened at about 13:40.

A police spokeswoman said the man has a suspected broken leg and has been taken to hospital.

St Helen's Street is closed while investigations take place.

The police scene at St Helen's Street

Breaking'Suspect' knocked over in police chase

A man is being treated for a suspected broken leg after he was struck by an unmarked response car during a police chase.

Officers from Suffolk Police were chasing the man through the streets of Ipswich at the time.

St Helen's Street is closed while an investigation takes place.

More on this to story to follow.

'World's biggest ship' leaves Felixstowe Port

A container ship claimed to be the biggest in the world has sailed away from the Port of Felixstowe.

The OOCL Hong Kong had on board more than 21,000 containers, filled with a variety of imported goods, including clothes, electronics and shoes.

A reception was held between the company and the port owner yesterday lunchtime.

The £125m vessel, which is almost 400m long and stands at 59m tall, left the port at about 13:45 today.

OOCL Hong Kong: Felixstowe Port welcomes 'world's biggest ship'

Owners of fire-hit business 'will rebuild and start again'

A family which has run a fire-hit business for more than 50 years has spoken of their shock and devastation.

Finbows Furnishers

Flames took hold at Finbows Furnishers at Finbows Yard, Bacton, just before midnight.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire is not yet known but it is not being treated as suspicious.

It has destoyed the furniture shop.

Owner Brian Finbow said: "I've been here since I left school, as has my sister and dad before us, and the next generation are coming along. I guess we'll just have to clear up and start again.

"It's pretty sad to see it in the state it's now in. I never thought I was going to see it like this. It was quite a shock when I turned up to see it ablaze."

Company director Jason Scruby, Mr Finbow's nephew, said the building was "ram-packed" with stock.

He said: "The business was expanding, going from strength to strength. I'm not sure what we're going to but we'll rebuild and start again."

Vintage coach travels from Norwich to the Shetlands

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A vintage coach has returned home to Shetland after nearly 40 years.

Nick Taylor in front of the coach
Nick Taylor

It was gifted to the islands by owner Nick Taylor (pictured above with the bus) who restored her.

The 1950s Bedford drove off the overnight ferry from Orkney just after 19:30.

The coach

A small crowd gathered to welcome her back. For nearly three decades she was a lifeline for Shetlanders taking them to school to the shops and on trips around the islands.

The coach was bought by Mr Taylor in 2011, and he completed its restoration at his home at Weybread in Suffolk.

A visit from its Shetland-based former driver in 2013 persuaded Mr Taylor the coach belonged back on the island.

It left from outside Norwich Cathedral on Monday, after a blessing from the bishop.

Tribute to teenager who loved 'loud music, cool cars and selfies'

A 17-year-old girl who died in a car crash has been described as a "phenomenal, beautiful, strong-willed person" who was "loving life".

Izzy Cottrell
Suffolk Constabulary

Isabelle Cottrell – known as Izzy - from Boxford was the passenger of a Vauxhall Corsa which collided with fencing on the A1071 at Hadleigh on Saturday just before 22:00.

The car was being driven by another young woman, who sustained minor injuries.

Izzy, who was studying bricklaying at Colchester Institute, was treated by ambulance staff but died at the scene.

In a statement, her family said: "Izzy was a wonderful typical teenager, who will leave a hole in everyone's lives that will never be filled.

"She loved her bed, loud music, cool cars, selfies, social media and always had good banter with anybody she came into contact with.

"She was beautiful inside and out and never realised what a wonderful person she was.

"We are devastated as a family as are so many friends. We will miss her so much that no words can ever express it.”

Tributes paid to Tunstall motorcyclist

The family of a motorcyclist who died after a three-vehicle crash on the A12 have said he will "never be forgotten".

Gavin Chandler
Suffolk Constabulary

Gavin Chandler, 24, from Tunstall, was on the northbound carriageway at Foxhall, Ipswich, when his blue Yamaha motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Ford KA and a grey Volvo.

The incident happened at about 20:00 on Wednesday.

Mr Chandler, an "avid" mechanic who worked at Jaguar and Land Rover in Ipswich, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

In a statement, his family said: "Gavin came from a close and loving family and had a wide variety of friends.

"He was loving, caring and kind. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten as he was loved by many."

Uniform rules need 'common sense' in hot weather

The mother of a teenager who was given detention for taking her blazer off in the hot weather has said "common sense" should prevail.

Molly Bailey
Family photo

Molly Bailey and her friends were held back after class for four days this week at Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich for "breaching uniform rules".

She had opted to not wear her blazer in the 30C (86F) temperatures.

The school's policy however is for pupils to wear them in the corridors when moving from lesson to lesson.

Molly's mother Jo said: "All children should follow rules, I get that, but for four days they can relax them just for a little bit and let them take their blazers off and feel more comfortable."

The school said pupils can take their blazers off while in the classrooms, at break and lunchtime, and while going to and from school.

It said in this instance, the pupils refused to put them on while in the corridors and then refused to go into their lessons.

Nick Taylor with his Bedford OB coach in Shetland

The coach used in Shetland from 1950 until 1979 completes a 1,000-mile journey after restoration in Suffolk.

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Hockey: Suffolk star reacts to World Cup qualification

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

England will play at the 2018 Hockey World Cup after beating Canada 4-2 to reach the last-four of the World League Semi-Final in London.

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Furniture shop fire 'not suspicious'

The cause of a fire which destroyed a furniture shop has been described as "undetermined but not suspicious".

Finbows Furnishers

Flames broke out at Finbows Furnishers at Finbows Yard, Bacton, near Stowmarket, just before midnight.

Firefighters were unable to save the furniture shop but managed to contain the fire to protect surrounding properties.

At the height of the fire, six fire engines were sent to the site plus a water bowser from Newmarket. One crew remains at the scene.

Station commander Mark Walker said they will remain there until they are sure the fire has been extinguished.

He said: "We're not treating it as suspicious but it's undetermined."

Speedway: Louis surprised by margin of victory

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's now 10 home wins in a row for Ipswich Witches after last night's 59-33 success against Workington Comets at Foxhall.

Chris Louis

Kyle Newman was the Suffolk side's rider-of-the-meeting after scoring a 15-point paid maximum.

"The fight was there (from Workington) and the racing was great, I just thought they would present a fair challenge to us which didn't turn out to be," Witches director of speedway Chris Louis told BBC Suffolk.

"I won't take anything from our lads though, they were right on top of their game, making very good starts, riding very determinedly. It was fantastic."

Ed Sheeran to arrive at Glasto via chopper

BBC Radio 2

Ed speaks to Chris ahead of closing the festival on Sunday night.

Sunday's Glasto headliner Ed Sheeran has been speaking to Radio 2's Chris Evans this morning and he reiterated his dislike of festivals.

Slightly awkward.

We're sure he'll have changed his mind by the end of the weekend though as he walks off the Pyramid Stage to chants of "Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed."

He also reveals that he's getting "a chopper in" and has bought a "freaky mask" in case he wants to go out celebrating post-gig.

So there you go Ed fans - just look out for the man in the mask on Sunday night. Easy.

Barry picks a Golden Oldie for Chris ahead of Glastonbury 2017.

Bee Gee Barry Gibb also featured on the show this morning.

Barry will occupy the traditional Sunday afternoon legends slot this year and he revealed which of the band's songs will "live forever" for him.

Clue: No disco ball required for this one.

Three-vehicle crash death man named

The motorcyclist who died in three-vehicle crash on the A12 near Ipswich has been named.

Gavin Chandler, 24, of Tunstall, was riding along the northbound dual carriageway at Foxhall on Wednesday at about 20:00 when his blue Yamaha motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Ford KA and a grey Volvo.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Crash on the A12 on Wednesday, 21 June

JCB smashes wall in bank ram-raid

Ram-raiders used a JCB to smash out the wall of a bank and steal a cash machine, said police.

Lloyds bank ram-raid, Lakenheath
Lis McDonald Davies

As we reported, the cash point at the Lloyds bank in Lakenheath High Street was targeted at about 03:50 this morning.

Suffolk Constabulary said the JCB was left in the middle of the road and at least three people wearing dark clothing were seen in the area.

Detectives believe they fled the scene in two vehicles, possibly a white car and a red pick-up style vehicle.

The road is currently closed while investigations take place.

Fire destroys furniture shop

A furniture shop has been destroyed in a fire overnight.

Fire at Finbows Furnishers

As we've been reporting, the blaze broke out at J Lawes in Bacton, near Stowmarket, just before midnight.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the Finbows Furnishers shop was at the heart of the flames.

Station commander Nigel Vincent said it is not yet known what caused the fire and an investigation will be carried out this morning.

He said: "The Finbows Furnishers building was completely burned to the ground, however the crews with their initial actions protected adjacent buildings.

"The fire could've been so much more if it were not for their quick actions."

In a statement on their Facebook page, the owners of Finbows Furnishers have let their customers know what happened and thanked them for their "support and patience in this difficult time".

Fire at Finbows Furnishers
Fire at Finbows Furnishers

Hockey: England win to secure World Cup spot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk pair George Pinner and Harry Martin helped England to a 4-2 win over Canada in the quarter-finals of the World League Semi-Final in London last night.

David Goodfield
Getty Images

Bobby Crutchley's side fought back from 2-0 down to secure their place at next year's World Cup.

They'll now take on the Netherlands in the last-four tomorrow, after Olympic champions Argentina have played Malaysia in the other semi-final.

The final is on Sunday.

Ram-raiders target high street bank

Ram-raiders targeted a cash point on a Suffolk high street in the early hours of this morning.

Suffolk Police have closed off part of Lakenheath's High Street after the incident.

The BBC understands the Lloyds Bank cash machine was stolen.

Officers are expecting that part of the road to be closed for some time.

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Furniture shop goes up in flames

Fire crews remain on the scene of a fire which broke out at a furniture shop overnight.

About 30 firefighters were called to J Lawes in Bacton, near Stowmarket, which is also known as Finbows Yard, just before midnight.

The BBC understands the 900sqm Finbows Furnishers shop was at the heart of the blaze.

One crew member at the scene tweeted the photo below earlier this morning to say they had saved three buildings and two businesses.

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Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Welcome to our live coverage

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Happy Fri-yay Suffolk.

We hope you're ready for another day packed full of the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

We'll be bringing you news of a fire at a furniture shop in Bacton, near Stowmarket, which broke out overnight.

There's also been a ram-raid at a bank in Lakenheath.

But first, let's take a look at today's weather prospects.


Steve Holden

Newsbeat music reporter

Co-organiser Emily Eavis says she is trying to "raise the bar" every year at the festival.

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Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters and Radiohead talk to the BBC ahead of their headline sets at Worthy Farm.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for today, thank you for joining us.

We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Until then, here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've been covering:

  • Teenagers arrested over gunshots and arson are released under investigation
  • Lightning strike causes delays on trains to Bury St Edmunds
  • Man dies in three-vehicle crash on A12

Have a great evening.


Customer claims maggot eggs were on sealed roll bought from Greggs in Diss

Diss Express

A Greggs spokesperson has reassured customers their products at the Diss store are safe after apparent maggot eggs were found on a sealed roll.

Exterior view of Greggs in Diss
Diss Express
Life-size Ed Sheeran cake gives fans something to chew on
The singer is not the first oversize, celebrity-themed cake to be tackled by its baker.

There's a ferret in mi front room, what am I gonna do?

Jen O'Neill, who lives in a village near Bury St Edmunds, had a bit of a shock last night when this ferret suddenly appeared in her house.

Jen O'Neill

She said the animal strolled through her patio doors and made itself at home in her front room.

Jen O'Neill

Ms O'Neill says the ferret appears to be young and is "friendly", but she'd like to trace its owner.

She's hoping a Facebook appeal will help her quest.

Jen O'Neill

Trio face 'battle for supremacy' at Foxhall

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Let it be said that quite a speedway meeting is potentially in store at Foxhall from later this evening.

Craig Cook
Speedway GB

Ipswich Witches will attempt a tenth consecutive home win of the season against Workington Comets, with home riders Danny King and Rory Schlein undoubtedly keen to get the better of Craig Cook (pictured) on the night.

The Comets number one and Great Britain captain beat them both to the British Championship on Monday, and Witches Director of Speedway Chris Louis says the trio might effectively become involved in a battle of their own.

"I think there will be a battle for supremacy around Foxhall," Louis told us. "Craig always goes well here and has held the track record on a couple of occasions."

"I'll be expecting some big battles from Craig, Danny and Rory for certain, but it would be nice if a couple of the other boys could mix it with them as well."

Ipswich Town: A good start is vital - Mills

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich legend Mick Mills believes Town must make the most of a relatively comfortable opening month of the season to ease the pressure on boss Mick McCarthy.

Mick Mills

The fixtures computer looks to have been fairly kind to the Blues who will face Birmingham City, Barnsley and Millwall in their first three games.

"Mick knows he's got to produce the goods and he really must get off to a good start because there will be too many people voicing their opinions towards the management if they don't," Mills told BBC Suffolk.

"They'll be well prepared for what they've got to do so let's just hope they can get the squad to produce the goods."

Speedway: Witches boss explains team change

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins has switched two of his riders around for tonight's home meeting against Workington Comets.

Cameron Heeps
Stephen Waller

Cameron Heeps (pictured) moves up to three, with Justin Sedgmen dropping to four.

“I changed the riding order last year at times and I am open to doing the best for every night. We review it every week really," Hawkins told the club website.

"Cameron is riding very well and by moving him to three I am just trying to get the best potential out of everybody. We are still experimenting to find the best line-up."

Teen is banned from town for moped thefts

A teenager has been banned from entering the Ipswich area for 18 months.

The Ipswich town sign on London Road

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Youth Court to a series of crimes in the town which involved vehicle theft.

The sentence also included an 18-month community order, a three-month curfew between 19:00 and 08:00 and a driving disqualification for 18 months.

The boy was also ordered to pay £200 compensation.

Suffolk Police said the vehicle theft crimes related to mopeds being stolen in the Ipswich area, one in April, the other in May.

Man suffers burns after gas heater explosion

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious burns after a gas heater exploded.

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to Debenham Road in Stonham Aspal at about 10:15 today.

The man in his 20s had burns to his face and arms in the explosion.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance took him to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

His condition is not believed to be life-threatening, the ambulance service said.