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  1. Updates for Friday, 7 July 2017
  2. Lowestoft charity tells of hardships after treasurer steals £200,000
  3. Lightning strike causes train delays
  4. Suffolk Police to recruit for detectives
  5. Sneaky seagull swoops in to police station
  6. Weather: Bright and sunny. Highs of 27C (81F)

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for this sunny Friday, and indeed for the week.

Thank you for your company, join us again on Monday when we'll be bright-eyed and bushy tailed from 08:00.

Here's a quick look at some of the stories we've been covering today:

  • Suffolk Police is set to recruit detectives
  • A former charity treasurer is jailed for fraud
  • An unexpected visitor swoops through an open door at a police station

Scroll down to read more on these stories and other Suffolk news.

Have a splendid weekend.


Weather: Cloudy with possibility of sharp showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will develop from the north west bringing a small chance of isolated sharp showers across the BBC East region tonight.

But it will remain dry for many areas with clear spells later.

Weather chart

Light rain or drizzle is possible across western counties later as the temperature falls to 12C (54F) in places.

Saturday will be another dry day with sunny spells and some cloud and it will be cooler on the coast.

Maximum temperature: 23C (76F)

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Rail line reopens after lightning strike

Greater Anglia is reporting that the Norwich-Cambridge line is now open again.

It had been closed following a lightning strikes on overhead cables between Attleborough and Thetford in Norfolk and between Shippea Hill and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

However, delays are expected as services get back to normal.

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Fire crews putting out a crop fire

Fire crews are at a crop blaze in Badingham near Framlingham.

They were called out at about 16:15 and found about 40 acres of field "well alight".

Two fire vehicles and a water carrier have been at Wood Farm.

Lowestoft legend set for testimonial take #2

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Micky Chapman (right) says there is no chance of him appearing in the dugout tomorrow when Lowestoft Town face Norwich City in a testimonial match for the former player and manager.

Ady Gallagher and Micky Chapman
Lowestoft Town FC

This fixture was called off a year ago because of heavy rain, but has been rearranged for a 15:00 kick-off, with tickets available on the gate.

Ady Gallagher's side go into the match off the back of a 3-0 win over Waveney FC at the Amber Dew Events Stadium earlier in the week.

"While it's my testimonial, it's also an important pre-season match for both teams, and I certainly won't be getting in the way of Ady and his assistant Dale Brooks," Chapman told us.

The club legend's most memorable moment in the Lowestoft dugout came in 2014, when the Suffolk side won promotion to the National League North.

However, having made close to 500 appearances as a player for the club, Chapman admits it is hard to think of one particular standout for him on the field.

"I used to get butterfiles every time I played for Lowestoft, from a young lad right up until the day I stopped playing," he told us.

"Every moment was special, and it was an absolute privilege to be at the club as both a player and a manager."

Ipswich ready for first summer friendly

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A handful of new signings are expected to feature for Ipswich Town in their first pre-season friendly of the summer this weekend.

Ipswich Town in training

Mick McCarthy's side have been training at Carton House in Ireland this week, and face Premier Division side Drogheda United tomorrow afternoon.

For travelling Town fans, it could be a first opportunity to see Joe Garner, Tom Adeyemi and Bersant Celina in action for their new club.

Jordan Spence and Emyr Huws also joined Ipswich last month, but are familiar faces, having spent time at Portman Road on a short term deal and on loan respectively last season.

One player who is not a part of the trip is Town's 18-year-old midfielder Andre Dozzell.

The youngster is currently on international duty with England's Under-19s at the European Championships in Georgia.

Dozzell has played every minute so far in wins against Bulgaria and Holland, but may be rested for tomorrow's match with Germany, given that England have already qualified for the semi-finals.

Hawkins hopes for successful Witches road trip

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins knows his side's impressive home form this season could count for very little, if his riders do not make the most of their opportunities on the road.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

He was speaking following a dominant 60-32 victory over Scunthorpe Scorpions last night at Foxhall, which moves the Witches up to second in speedway's Championship table.

The Suffolk side race at Berwick Bandits tomorrow, and are on their travels again on Sunday when they will visit Newcastle Diamonds.

While undoubtedly happy with eleven consecutive home wins this season, Hawkins says the Witches away form will be key to any play-off success or silverware at the end of the campaign.

"We were looking at trying to pick up between seven and 10 points from these three meetings as a whole, and we have three already after last night," the 33-year-old told us.

"We have to see Berwick as a big opportunity to get a win, but we also did well at Newcastle the last time we were there, and we had a few off-track issues at the time as well.

"Certainly if we get a win tomorrow it will give everyone a boost into Sunday."

Free events in Ipswich celebrate world music and culture

Two free events celebrating world music will be held in Ipswich this weekend.

Dele and Lokkhi Terra at Global Rhythm
Peppery Productions

Global Rhythm at Christchurch Park tomorrow will include meditation sessions, pop print workshops, a community picnic plus radio and music tents.

It will be held from 13:00 until 19:00.

Then on Sunday, Christchurch Park will play host to the Indian Summer Mela.

Running from 12:00 until 18:00, it will offer a celebration of Asian culture, featuring performances of Indian dances, songs, music and workshops.

India Summer Mela
Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association

Video: Ella's 20-day poetry charity challenge

A six-year-old girl is reading and writing 20 of her own poems in 20 days.

Ella Brown, from Rattlesden, near Bury St Edmunds, has so far raised £600 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices and the health and outreach charity Yellow House.

She says she enjoys creative writing and it is something special to share.

Rattlesden schoolgirl's 20-day poetry charity challenge

Goats bring 'feel good factor' to yoga

A new craze which is grazing its way across the nation is about to reach Suffolk this weekend.

Goat yoga

Goat Yoga will be held at Skylark Farm, Bawsdey, on Sunday.

Participants practice yoga whilst in a field of baby goats, and are encouraged to sit with and pet the goats, which organisers say "increases the release of the feel-good hormones in the body making people feel relaxed and at ease".

The sold-out class will be taken by yoga teacher Diana Malone.

Weekend treat for classic car lovers

There's a treat for classic car lovers this weekend....

The Heveningham Hall Councours d'Elegance will feature 50 of the most prominent pre- and post-war cars in history.

It kicks of with a tour around Suffolk ahead of a rally at the hall over the weekend.

The Suffolk Border Tour started at Thelnetham, near Diss, later this morning and finishes at Heveningham Hall this afternoon.

Max Hunt, chairman of the judging panel, said: "There really is something for everybody, including planes now as well. You might even find a few bikes in there too."

Car show at Heveningham Hall
Heveningham Hall

MP predicts fishing port's brighter future with Brexit

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The MP for Lowestoft says the number of fishing boats using the port could more than double after Brexit - currently only about a dozen inshore vessels use the harbour, which had moorings for 1,000 boats in the 19th Century.

Lowestoft fish market
Lowestoft's fish market

Waveney MP Peter Aldous says the government's new fishing bill will revive the local fishing industry and he predicts that trawlers will return to the port.

"Lowestoft stands out as the capital of the southern North Sea and that's probably a crown we've lost over the last 30 or 40 years. We've got to regain that crown," he said.

Mr Aldous, Conservative, also hopes that in the future the port will be more integrated with the town centre "and not locked away behind a busy road and fences".

He's been outlining his vision of the town's future to the Sunday Politics programme.

You can hear more of his thoughts on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC1.

Elena Baltacha's tennis academy helps 6,000 children a year

More than 6,000 primary school children a year are being helped by a tennis academy set up by a former Suffolk player, the organisation said.

Elena Baltacha
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The Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis was set up just before the former British number one died three years ago.

It has won support from patron Judy Murray and current British number one Johanna Konta.

Baltacha, who was best known as Bally, died from liver cancer aged 30 at her Ipswich home.

Her husband Nino Sevorino, the academy director, said she would have loved to have seen the academy grow.

"This is what we dreamed of when we were travelling around the world," he said.

"She would have loved every second of it. On one side, it's heartbreaking, but I always feel Bally next to me."

Follow the BBC's Wimbledon coverage here.

Unexpected 'intruder' at police station

A police force that warns people against leaving their doors and windows open had an unexpected visit from a baby seagull after they did exactly that.

Bird at Ipswich police station
Suffolk Constabulary

The bird flew into Ipswich police station on Museum Street after a door was left open.

Officers posted a photo of it on Twitter, with the message: "In the warm weather we advise against leaving doors open to try and prevent intruders.

"We left ours open and had a little visitor."

An officer who looks after injured birds was drafted in to capture it.

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Fraudster's actions have 'affected faith in human nature'

The actions of a former charity treasurer who conned a disabled people's support organisation out of £200,000 were given "little thought".

As we've been reporting, Neil Payne has been jailed for four and a half years for fraud by abuse of position.

He had been a volunteer treasurer at DIAL Lowestoft and Waveney.

The 51-year-old, formerly of Rushton Drive in Carlton Colville, made 270 transactions between the charity's bank accounts and his own personal account.

Margaret Oldham, from the charity, said: "I thought Neil was a trusted friend and colleague of 15 years and his actions have seriously affected my faith in human nature.”

Det Con Andrew Thawley, officer on the case, added: "He appears to have given little thought to the effect this would have on not only those working for the charity but also their clients – often some of the most vulnerable in society, who rely on DIAL for support and advice.

"Margaret and the team at DIAL have, by contrast, shown their strength of character by battling to keep the charity going.

"We hope that today’s sentencing will help them continue to move forward – and that residents in Lowestoft and Waveney will rally round to support them and help them carry on the good work they do.”

Defrauded Lowestoft charity trustees had to pay wages 'our of their own pockets'

A charity for disabled people which was conned out of more than £200,000 has said it has been "living a nightmare".

DIAL charity
DIAL Lowestoft and Waveney

As we've reported, Neil Payne defrauded DIAL Lowestoft and Waveney out of the money over a six-year period.

The 51-year-old, who had been the charity's treasurer, has been jailed for four and a half years.

The charity has said it faces a "uncertain future" and needs funding to continue.

Margaret Oldham from the charity said: "We have all been living a nightmare, and this has not gone away completely yet.

"Without individual trustees loaning money out of their personal accounts to pay salaries for January and February 2017 he would have ‘killed’ a charity which is vital to hundreds of people with disabilities and which has been in existence for 30 years."

Payne admitted fraud by abuse of position.

Loss of rail services between Norwich and Cambridge 'frustrating'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been following the major disruption to train services between Norwich and Cambridge following a storm yesterday.

Lucy Wright

Network Rail is trying to repair it but at the moment services via Thetford, Brandon and Ely have been suspended.

Lucy Wright, of Greater Anglia railways, told the BBC: "Lightning struck in the Attleborough area which means we can't run services at all on the Norwich to Cambridge line.

"It is very frustrating and out of our control. We do apologise to passengers."

Man jailed for defrauding Lowestoft disabled charity out of £200,000

A man who defrauded a charity out of more than £200,000 has been jailed.

Neil Payne
Suffolk Constabulary

Neil Payne, 51, formerly of Rushton Drive in Carlton Colville, admitted fraud by abuse of position.

He was a volunteer treasurer at DIAL Lowestoft and Waveney, a charity which works with people with physical and sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health problems and long-term illness.

Ipswich Crown Court heard between October 2010 and January 2017, he made more than 270 transactions between the charity’s bank accounts and his personal account - totalling £212,639.

The charity was left in a "desperate financial position" and distress was caused to both to the trustees and staff of the organisation and the vulnerable people they work with.

Payne was jailed for four and a half years.

Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption

Greater Anglia have issued a statement on the disruption to the Norwich-Cambridge rail line:

"Train services are currently suspended between Norwich and Ely, owing to damaged signalling equipment caused by an electrical storm lightning strike on Thursday, 6 July.

Norwich railway station

"Network Rail is working with its suppliers to rectify the fault, however, there will be no services between Norwich and Ely until further notice and customers are advised not to travel.

"We apologise to passengers for the severe disruption and inconvenience caused.

"Customers travelling between Norwich and Cambridge can travel via Stowmarket. Tickets dated 7, July 2017 will be valid for use on Saturday, 8 July 2017 between Norwich and Cambridge.

"Customers who have been affected by the disruption can claim compensation at this website."

Witches wait for news on Greaves' injury

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Reserve rider Nathan Greaves (pictured) is a doubt ahead of Ipswich Witches two fixtures on the road this weekend.

Nathan Greaves

The 19-year-old did not feature for Ritchie Hawkins' side during last night's demolition of Scunthorpe at Foxhall, as he was competing in the British Under-19 Final in Plymouth.

Greaves was paid for five points on the night in Devon as Zach Wajtknecht of Swindon and Lakeside took the title, but the Witches rider did suffer an injury during the meeting.

"He had to withdraw and that will have been disappointing with him because he had aspirations to win the whole thing," Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins told us.

"He's been going well for us and he likes riding at Berwick where we race tomorrow. He won't want to miss it.

"It'll certainly be a blow for us if he can't feature this weekend, but if that's the case, we will be doing everything we can to line up the best possible replacement."

Would you want to be a police detective?

Suffolk is to become one of the first police forces outside London to recruit people specifically as detectives.

Suffolk Police HQ

The traditional path would see joiners serve as uniformed police officers for at least two years before specialising.

But a shortfall in police detectives means Suffolk Constabulary is now offering people the chance to use their transferable skills, knowledge and experience to work alongside fellow detectives within six months of joining the police.

Those interested do not need police experience, but Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "It is in no-one's interests to recruit individuals who cannot meet the standards we demand of our detectives.

"Successful applicants will have to demonstrate strong communication and decision-making skills. They are required to be team players and have leadership qualities.

"Integrity, resilience and a strong belief in public service is essential.

"The process has to produce credible detectives."

There will be an open evening on 20 July at Suffolk's police headquarters in Martlesham.

Lightning strike delays Norwich-Cambridge trains

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Trains between Norwich and Cambridge have been cancelled until further notice because of a lightning strike.

Greater Anglia train

Commuters faced long delays yesterday as services between Norwich and Diss, London, Cambridge and Ipswich were cancelled or delayed following thunder storms.

The fire service was called out to deal with flash flooding incidents across Norfolk.

Harford Manor School in Norwich is closed this morning after the school has flooded following an electrical fault.

Stations affected include Ely, Lakenheath, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough and Wymondham.

For the latest, visit the Greater Anglia website, or follow them on Twitter.

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Dominant Witches in eleventh heaven

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Captain Danny King, along with teammates Cameron Heeps and Rory Schlein, were all paid for maximum scores last night, as Ipswich Witches thrashed Scunthorpe Scorpions at Foxhall.

Ipswich Witches in action
Stephen Waller

The meeting ended 60-32 in favour of the home side, and was the Witches eleventh consecutive win at home this season.

Ritchie Hawkins' riders are now up to second place in speedway's Championship.

This weekend, the Witches face both Berwick Bandits and Newcastle Diamonds on the road.

Ahead of those fixtures, there are doubts over the fitness of reserve rider Nathan Greaves.

The 19-year-old was injured during last night's British Under-19 Final in Plymouth, and will undergo a late fitness test.

Weather: Dry and very warm but cloudy later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Bright or sunny spells will dominate and it will become very warm in a light breeze although cloud cover will increase in places.

Some rain showers are expected during a very muggy night.

Maximum Temperature: 27C (81F)

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Good morning Suffolk

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Hello and welcome to this bright and sunny Friday.

Before you turn your minds to the weekend, stay with us for a day of news, travel, sport and weather from now until 18:00.

If you have a story you want us to know about, get in touch by clicking "Get involved" above.

We'll soon bring you news of a new police detective recruitment programme.

But first, let's take a look at the weather forecast.

Crime scene

A post-mortem examination into death of Dean Stansby found he died of stab wounds to the abdomen.

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Goodnight from the BBC Local Live team in Suffolk

That's it for the Local Live team for Suffolk today - but keep an eye on this feed because we'll update it with any breaking news stories overnight.

Take a scroll down the timeline to see the stories making the headlines in the county today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow - please join us then.

In the meantime, have a good evening.

Severe disruption: A14 Suffolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk eastbound severe disruption, between Rowley Mile Services and J37 A142 Exning affecting J35 A1303 Newmarket Road.

A14 Suffolk - An earlier broken down vehicle on A14 eastbound in Exning between the Rowley Mile Services junction and J37, A142 (Exning). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J35, A1303 (Stow Cum Quy).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Witches preparing for trio of meetings

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Weather permitting, Ipswich Witches will race Scunthorpe Scorpions at Foxhall Stadium (pictured) tonight before hitting the road ahead of a busy weekend.

Foxhall Stadium

This meeting, along with fixtures at Berwick on Saturday and Newcastle on Sunday could go a long way towards keeping the Witches in the hunt for this season's Championship Speedway title.

Reserve rider Nathan Greaves will be absent from Ritchie Hawkins' line-up tonight, as he is set to compete in the British Under 19 Final in Plymouth.

The Witches will use Sheffield's Robert Branford as a guest.

To date, the Suffolk side have won all 10 of their meetings at home so far this campaign, while the Scorpions have been poor on the road, winning just 1 of 11.

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Blue skies and storm clouds over Suffolk

BBC Weather Watchers

What a day of changeable weather it's been.

BBC Weather Watcher Remraf snapped these golden fields and deep blue skies at Bealings near Ipswich in the morning...

Fields at Bealings
BBC Weather Watchers/Remraf

But by lunchtime, this was the scene Old Mick captured at Stanningfield near Bury St Edmunds...

Fields at Stanningfield
BBC Weather Watchers/Old Mick

A changeable day across Norfolk: Your pictures

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Our merry band of Weather Watchers have been busy again - snapping Norfolk at its finest.

Hopping Frog captured the early morning mist as it rolled over the coast at West Runton before the sun came up:


Giles stepped out to catch this cotton wool sky over the border in Metfield:


And before the thunder rolled over - this was the scene at Roydon near Diss, caught by Monty's Turf:


Young player promises parents Porsche if he wins Wimbledon

James Burridge

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Earlier we told you about the thousands of children who attend the Elena Baltacha Academy in Ipswich.

They include Haqim Kamal, who is winning junior titles around the country.

He said: "It's a bit fun when you play tournaments, you get to play powerful shots."

Haqim Kamal

But Haqim warned some people cry "because they always lose a match" - although he insists he isn't one of them.

It costs his parents £500 a month for him to train in the academy's high performance pathway - but they say he's promised them a Porshe if he wins Wimbledon!

Haqim Kamal

Racehorse trainers 'leading generators of economic activity in Newmarket'

The chairman of the Newmarket Horsemen's Group, which represents racing's interests, says a report underlines the industry's importance as "the town's largest economic contributor".

William Gittus said: "What is significant and encouraging is the on-going growth to over £240m in the industry's annual contribution for the local economy."

The report - which is an update of an independent study commissioned by Forest Heath District Council - says racing has boosted Newmarket's economy by almost £34m over the past four years.

It comes ahead of the July Festival week, which will attract about 40,000 people to the town.

Race at Newmarket, 2017
Getty Images

Severe accident: A11 Norfolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Norfolk southbound severe accident, between A1075 and A1066 Mundford Road.

A11 Norfolk - Slow traffic on A11 southbound in Thetford between the A1075 junction and the A1066 Mundford Road junction, because of people slowing to look at an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A11 Norfolk northbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Norfolk northbound severe accident, between A1066 Mundford Road and A1075 affecting Fison Way.

A11 Norfolk - Slow traffic on A11 northbound in Thetford between the A1066 Mundford Road junction and the A1075 junction, because of an accident involving car and pedestrian earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A1066 Mundford Road to the Fison Way junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time