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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 28 July 2017
  2. Unexpected transport charges imposed on parents
  3. Retail park collision victim in 'stable' condition
  4. Woman told to remove items from husband's grave
  5. 'Wow' location for sheepdog trials
  6. Masterplan for Bury St Edmunds town centre
  7. First home defeat of the season for Ipswich Witches

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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

    That's it for our regular updates for another week - thanks for your company, it wouldn't be the same without you.

    Scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county, and remember, any breaking news will still appear here over the weekend.

    Whether you're going for a walk - doesn't this photograph from BBC Weather Watcher "Tammy's Cottage" look inviting - seeing friends and family, or just enjoying a bit of peace and quiet, have a great weekend.

    We'll see you on Monday morning.

    Woodland walk in Lavenham
  2. Academy responds to concerns over charges for transport

    Following on from our story about parents of some pupils attending the Samuel Ward Academy facing charges for school transport from September, we've received a statement from the Trust.

    Mark Neild, Deputy CEO and Director of Education said: "The Trust has worked closely with leaders and governors of the Academy and has made a number of savings always with a keen focus on protecting the educational experiences of young people.

    "However the Trust can no longer fully subsidise the cost of transport for parents living outside of the Council's Transport Priority Area.

    "As such we have had to make the very tough decision that from September this subsidy will be at a level of 50% with parents haveing to pay £1 per journey and in so doing bringing it closer to the position of other schools in the area who charge for transportation.

    "The Trust has met with concerned parents and from the outset the Academy has supported parents for whom this change represents a financial hardship, as well as parents of children with special educational needs/disabilities."

  3. Unexpected transport charges imposed on parents

    Pupils at a Suffolk academy have been told they'll have to pay for school transport from September.

    Parents of children at Samuel Ward in Haverhill who travel from Hundon, Clare and Glemsford, have been told they'll have to pay £10 a week for each child, despite getting a letter in March saying there'd be no change to the current provision.

    Samuel Ward Academy

    Rachel Cannon, chair of governors at Hundon and Thurlow Primary Federation, a feeder school for the academy, said: "It's come too quickly for parents, they're not able to plan for that change to their financial situation.

    "They were told in a letter just a few weeks before the end of term that they would have to pay from September and they were asked to commit to paying for transport within a week of receiving the letter.

    She said it's almost certainly the case that some parents would have chosen other schools to send their children to, if they'd known this was going to happen.

    At the time of choosing a school, she said parents were "assured" by Samuel Ward that transport would be free and therefore they felt free to make that choice of school.

    "Had they had the information about transport charges they may well have made a different decision," she said.

    We've tried to contact the academy for a response, but have so far, not received one.

  4. Central role the long term aim for Ipswich loanee

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is set to give the biggest hint yet over his team selection for next weekend's Championship opener when his side faces Charlton tomorrow.

    Dominic Iorfa

    The match at the Valley will be the Blues final warm-up game before the serious stuff starts against Birmingham seven days later.

    Recent arrival Dominic Iorfa (pictured) is one of those hoping to get the nod, as he competes with Jordan Spence at right-back.

    But the versatile defender, who made 25 appearances for his parent club Wolves last season, has been telling us that he sees his long term future at centre half.

    "As things stand, I've played more games at right back, but I think I'm adept in both positions," Iorfa said.

    "I'd prefer to play at centre-back on a regular basis in the future."

    "At the moment, my speed is one of my best attributes and I like to use that when I'm out wide to overlap and help push teams back."

  5. International call-up for Witches skipper

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches captain Danny King will represent Great Britain at the World Games event in Poland this weekend.

    Danny King

    The 30-year-old, pictured here after being crowned British Champion last year, has received a late call-up, as the current British title holder Craig Cook is injured.

    King joins Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall in the GB side for the event in Wroclaw tomorrow.

    The meeting is the first of a couple this weekend for the Witches skipper, as he will race for the Suffolk side away at Glasgow on Sunday in the Championship.

  6. Appeal for witnesses after man has substance thrown over him

    A man was taken to hospital for treatment, after he had something sprayed on him while he was asleep on a bench in Gippeswyk Park in Ipswich.

    The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, at about 16:30. Police believe the substance may have been bleach, although this has not been confirmed.

    The man was taken to hospital for treatment to his eyes but he's not thought to have suffered any permanent damage.

    Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnesses the attack, or saw anything suspicious inthe park at the time.

  7. Coastguards called to help boat on Broads

    A boat's taking on water on the Broads.

    The cruiser, called Midsummer Dream, contacted the coastguard at about 14:30 asking for help.

    A couple of teams from Lowestoft and Southwold are on their way.

    The fire service has also been called out to the incident, at Hardley near Loddon.

  8. Council chairman has no regrets over wording of graves notice

    The chairman of a parish council in the south of the county is refusing to apologise in a row over graves.

    A woman who contacted BBC Suffolk told us she'd been asked to remove sentimental items from the grave of her husband at St Mary's Church in Glemsford.

    The notice from the parish council there referred to "offending items", which upset Tina Bell.

    In response, Michael Brown, chairman of Glemsford Parish Council, says they get ornaments, windmills, ceramic stuff and glass vases on the graves, and the grass can't be cut properly with those sorts of items on there.

    "When we say 'offending', it's offending in as much as they can be dangerous to mowers", he said.

    Mr Brown said he doesn't regret using the word. "Not really, it depends how you take the word really.

    "The word was not 'offensive', they're offending items that we don't allow on there.

    "The rules are displayed in the cemetery.

    "We've had people complain about the amount of items that are on graves and how much it spoils it for other people.

    "We are in a no-win situation."

  9. Norfolk Euro MP in bid to become UKIP deputy leader

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Nominations close today in the latest election to choose a leader for the UK Independence Party, an election which could see one of the East of England's MEPs become deputy leader.

    Norfolk farmer Stuart Agnew is the running mate of Anne Marie Waters, a controversial candidate who's seen as one of the favourites to win.

    Ms Waters has made a number of disparaging comments about muslims and ethnic minorities and there is pressure on the party leadership to prevent her from standing.

    But Mr Agnew says he expects her to be allowed to stand and he's praised her for her "real courage" in being prepared to talk about issues which he says, other people arn't prepared to confront.

    "There is an increasing element of people who are beyond the law in this country," he said.

    "Well we say we have our own way of life and culture in this country and we want to keep it."

    He said it was "really really frustrating" that some people regarded such views as racist.

    Nominations for UKIP's fourth leader in a year close at 5pm. The list of those standing probably won't be made public until next week.

    Stuart Agnew MEP
    Image caption: Stuart Agnew MEP
    Anne Marie Waters
    Image caption: Leadership contender Anne Marie Waters
  10. Man dies and girl badly hurt in crash

    Diss Express

    Here's a look at the front page of the Diss Express:

    Front page of Diss Express
  11. 'Something for everybody' at revamped pier

    A multi-million pound reconstruction project for Felixstowe Pier will see the pier partially open on Saturday, ahead of the official opening in September.

    According to the Felixstowe Pier website, the pier will include a boardwalk, a cafe/bar with alfresco dining, bowling, a family entertainment centre and food kiosks.

    Catering manager Greg Barnes agrees there's something for everybody: "I think we've done a great job here making sure it's up-to-date, it's modern.

    "We're maintaining that Felixstowe seaside feel, but we've got the contemporary feel of the new pier building."

    Felixstowe Pier
  12. In pictures: Prince William's final air ambulance shift

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    As we reported yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance last night.

    Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

    Here are some photos from his final day with the service:

    Prince William.
    Prince William.
    Prince William.
    Prince William.
    Prince William.
  13. Boxing: First KO important for Wardley

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich heavyweight Fabio Wardley believes it was a landmark moment in his fledgling career when he knocked out Zheko Zhekov in Norwich last weekend.

    Fabio Wardley

    The 22-year-old was fighting for the first time as a professional, after graduating from the white collar ranks earlier in the year.

    "A first knock-out victory was something that I wanted," Wardley told BBC Suffolk Sport.

    "I want to make an impact on boxing and the heavyweight scene itself, (I need) to start taking some people out."

  14. BBC at Cambridge Folk Festival

    Your BBC Local Radio station is broadcasting live from the Cambridge Folk Festival on Sunday evening.

    Sue said: "This is the third year we've broadcast live from Cherry Hinton.

    "The festival is a real mixed bag of music and people. It's family-orientated and I love that you can go on a journey of discovery."

    Sue Marchant's show runs from 19:00 until 22:00 on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Essex and BBC Radio Suffolk.

    She'll have interviews and music from Nikhil D'Souza, Hayseed Dixie, Frank Turner, Midnight Skyracer, River Matthews and more.

    Cambridge Folk Festival food stalls
  15. 'Terrifyingly excited' to be at Cambridge Folk Festival

    Suffolk act Honey & The Bear are playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival tonight. The duo, based near Aldeburgh, consists of Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson.

    Honey & The Bear

    Fresh from Suffolk's Maverick Festival and the Secret Garden Party near Huntingdon, Jon said he was "terrifyingly excited to be playing the Cambridge festival after hearing so much about it from friends".

    "Everyone is so nice. It seems to be the friendliest place on earth," he said.

    The band is playing a fundraiser at Benhall Walled Garden, near Saxmundham tomorrow and the free gig in Eaton Park in Norwich on Friday, 4 August.

  16. Witnesses sought after police collision in Ipswich

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is seeking witnesses to an incident in Ipswich last month, after a man sustained a broken ankle when he was in collision with a car driven by a Suffolk Constabulary police officer.

    Police vehicles at St Helen's Street

    The man collided with the unmarked hire vehicle, which was being driven by an on-duty police officer, on St. Helen's Street at about 13:40 on Friday June 23.

    The IPCC says its investigation will focus on how the man came to be in collision with the car and injured in the incident.

    At the time, police said the man's injuries weren't serious enough for an automatic referral to the IPCC, but that an internal investigation had been launched.

  17. Girl injured at retail park expected to leave hospital over weekend

    An eight-year-old girl who was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital after she was hit by a car at the entrance to the Suffolk Retail Park off Yarmouth Road in Ipswich, is described as being in a "stable" condition.

    She's expected to be released from hospital over the weekend.

    Suffolk Retail Park

    Police say they were alerted to the incident by the ambulance service at 13:20 yesterday afternoon, in which the girl was hit by a blue Skoda Yeti.

    They're keen to hear from anyone with information about what happened.

  18. 'Wow' location for sheepdog trials

    The first day proper of the English National Sheepdog Trials, is under way at Haughley Park near Stowmarket, the first time the competition has been held in the county in its more than 100-year history.

    Pic 1 in sequence of sheep handling

    Bob Wilden, chairman of the East Anglian Sheepdog Society, said: "When I was asked by our national president whether we'd got a venue in Suffolk for a national trial, the truth of it, we had several.

    "There were several superb bits of parkland and places where you could hold a national.

    "When I brought him to this location, for various reasons, I distinctly heard him say 'wow' because it has got a 'wow' factor to it.

    Pic 2 in sequence of sheep handling

    "The thing that makes it absolutely ideal for the trials we're having today is that the ground just gently rises away so that gives perfect visibility for all spectators," he added.

    Alongside the trials, which run from 08:00 to 16:00 until 30 July, Suffolk on Show will include local food and drink producers, as well as local breeds, and demonstrations of arts and crafts.

    Pic 3 in sequence of sheep handling
  19. Woman told to remove 'offending' items from husband's grave

    A woman whose husband died last August says she's been left angry and upset after her local parish council left her a note, telling her to remove "offending" items placed on her husband's grave.

    Tina Bell's husband Peter is buried in St Mary's Church in Glemsford, and she's been tending his burial plot by planting flowers and leaving a small memento.

    St Mary's Church Glemsford

    Now Glemsford Parish Council has told her, and other bereaved families and friends, that decorations and plants have to be removed from graves by the beginning of August.

    She told us: "The only thing I had on the grave was a heart which I put on which was made of wood and I put it against the headstone and I have actually removed that, that was from Valentine's Day, but basically it's planting.

    "If I remove all the plants and everything it's just going to be grass.

    "Are they going to be mowing over the graves?

    "It's ridiculous, it's insensitive, its disrespectful because it started off saying 'we respectfully request you to do' etc etc and then I quote 'if you don't comply with removing the offending items' I think that's just so... they've handled this in not a very good way at all."

    We have contacted Glemsford Parish Council but no-one has been available so far to speak to us.