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  1. Updates on Friday, 13 October 2017
  2. Plans for a third 'super-sized' district council
  3. Trainer's hopes for Champions Festival victory

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. The weekend weather: Warm, with sunny intervals

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry and cloudy night, with some clear intervals.

    Feeling warm and humid for the time of the year, with temperatures only falling to 13C (55F).

    Saturday will be mostly dry with a fair amount of cloud, but there should be some bright or sunny intervals.

    The moderate SW wind should eventually fall light, and temperatures should reach around 20C (68F).

    Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

    Another dry day for Sunday, with more in the way of sunshine - although high cloud may turn it hazy at times.

    Temperatures could climb to 24C (75F).

    Looking ahead to Mnoday - it's expected to remain largely dry and warm, with sunny spells. There's some uncertainty as to when a cold front will push in from the west, bringing the risk of a few showers and cooler air.

  2. Bursary withdrawal hits applications to University

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    There's been a big drop in the number of applications to study nursing in Suffolk.

    Figures obtained by the Sunday Politics programme show a 17% drop in applications at the University of Suffolk this year.

    The slump is being put down to the decision to stop giving bursaries to nursing students.

    Until this term, student nurses could claim a means tested bursary of around £5000 a year. The government withdrew it to save money and nurses are expected to fund themselves through college like all other students.

    The Royal College of Nursing says it's concerned by the fall in applications at a time when there's already a shortage of nurses.

    "In five years time these applicants would have been nurse leaders and in seven years time they would be nurse specialists and all that has gone over this decision to remove the bursary," said Tony Durkan from the RCN.

    The government says there are still more people applying to study nursing than there are places available and it says it remains confident that it can fill all available nursing places.

    Hear the thoughts of nursing students in Suffolk on the Sunday Politics programme this Sunday at 11am on BBC1.

  3. Motorcyclist reported for dangerous driving

    A 26-year-old motorcyclist has been reported for dangerous driving following a road traffic collision in Ipswich.

    The incident happened at around 12:00 on Thursday, 2 August in Heatherhayes, where a motorcycle collided with a parked Nissan Micra car.

    The motorcycle rider was flown by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital with a serious back injury. He is now out of hospital, but his injuries remain potentially life-changing.

    He has subsequently been spoken to by police officers and reported for consideration of dangerous driving and a number of other motoring offences.

    A 22-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested shortly after the incident, and charged with four offences including driving whilst using a mobile phone and driving without insurance.

    He appeared before Ipswich Magistrates' Court on 21 August, and pleaded guilty to all the offences.

  4. Ipswich Town: Folami impressing McCarthy

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Teenage striker Ben Folami's caught the eye of Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy recently.

    Ben Folami

    The 18-year-old Australian, who made his senior debut in August's Carabao Cup tie at Crystal Palace, scored for the Under-23s against Bristol City on Monday.

    "He's really matured," McCarthy told me. "He's certainly progressing and trains with us more often than not and he's not looking out of place. He's doing really well."

    "He can handle the physical side of things, he goes up against the centre-backs here and he copes well, he's got no problems with that."

    Town return to Championship action away to third-placed Sheffield United tomorrow.

  5. Woodbridge development: 'The wrong building in the wrong place'

    Councillors have delayed giving full approval to plans for the redevelopment of Suffolk Coastal's former headquarters in Woodbridge in case the scheme is called in by the government.

    An application had been submitted to turn the site into 100 homes and shops.

    The proposal had caused controversy, with some people saying the homes would look "like giant cheese wedges", and it's understood more than 300 objections against the application were filed online.

    Woodbridge Society Chairman Alan Vaughan said the building doesn't fit in with the town.

    Quote Message: It is going to be twice as high as any other building in Woodbridge apart from the church spires because it is a big building on top one of the few hills in Woodbridge... therefore it's the wrong building in the wrong place." from Alan Vaughan Chairman, Woodbridge Society
    Alan VaughanChairman, Woodbridge Society
  6. 'Concerns growing' for missing teenager

    Police say they're "growing increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a missing 13-year-old Dullingham teenager.

    Tyler Parmar-Andrews was last seen on Monday, at the Abbey Swimming Pool, in Pool Way, Cambridge.

    There have been reported sightings of him around the Grafton Centre of Cambridge, but he's yet to be found.

    Tyler Parmar-Andrews

    He's 5'1" and was wearing a blue Puffa style jacket, a black t-shirt with "Santa Cruz" on it, light grey jogging bottoms and red Nike trainers.

    It's thought he might be in the Cambridge and Newmarket areas.

  7. 'Cheese wedge' development agreed in principle

    Controversial plans to redevelop Suffolk Coastal's former offices in Woodbridge have been agreed in principle today.

    Councillors voted by nine votes to four in favour of the proposals to build 100 homes and shops on the site at Melton Hill.

    But the final decision will come at a future meeting, pending talks on affordable housing and whether the government decides to call in the plan.

    There were hundreds of objections to the plans.

    The chairman of the Woodbridge Society, Alan Vaughan, says it's not a case of just being opposed to development in the town and they are happy for housing to be built on the site.

    Quote Message: We were quite content with the proposals that were put forward in the first consultation... the proposals after that first consultation have been completely different from what a lot of people were happy with." from Alan Vaughan Chairman, Woodbridge Society
    Alan VaughanChairman, Woodbridge Society
  8. Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils move forward with merger plans

    Vikki Irwin

    BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

    Another referendum was not ruled out by senior councillors in Mid Suffolk and Babergh.

    It comes as they voted to move forward with the proposal to merge the two councils to form one.

    Endeavour House

    The two cabinets met at Endeavour House, Ipswich, and agreed to progress the merger idea to see if it stacks up financially.

    They also agreed to conduct a telephone poll of up to 4,000 residents to get their feedback.

    But opposition councillors wanted to see a vote on the final decision to merge after a 2011 referendum on a similar plan failed to get the public's full support.

    Speaking during the meeting, leader for Babergh District Council, Jennie Jenkins said they were in “listening mode”.

    Nick Gowrley, leader at Mid Suffolk, said they would “not rule out another referendum” but would need to await the outcome of the public engagement and business case.

    The two councils moved into Suffolk County Council's headquarters last month.

  9. Witness appeal to burglaries

    Police are linking an aggravated burglary at a property in Lowestoft to an incident in Snape earlier this week.

    Officers were called to an address on The Avenue at 10:40, following reports of a burglary in process. A window had been smashed which had activated the house alarm.

    A man was seen leaving the property, carrying a knife, who made threats as he ran towards a grey Volvo car.

    He drove the vehicle towards Blackheath Woods where it became stuck, and he ran off.

    At some point between 18:30 on Tuesday and 14:30 on Wednesday, a break-in occurred at a property in Gromford Lane, Snape, in which the keys to a grey Volvo were taken.

    The suspect left another vehicle, a red Vauxhall Corsa, in the driveway - this is also believed to be stolen.

  10. Investment in mental health services

    More now on the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which has been put back in special measures.

    The Department of Health has released the following statement:

    "Patients in Norfolk and Suffolk deserve the highest quality mental health services and we expect the Trust to take immediate action to improve the care patients receive.

    "While there are many examples of excellent mental health care across the country, there is also clearly more to do and that's why we are undertaking probably the most widespread programme of mental health transformation in Europe, supported by our rigorous inspection regime and a record investment of £11.6 billion last year for mental health services.”

    The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust base
    Image caption: The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital on the outskirts of Norwich

    The statement continues by saying the government has increased investment in mental health services.

    "Since 2010, spending on mental health has risen to a record £11.6 billion this year, with a further investment of £1 billion on top of this by 2020/21 and we expect CCGs to increase their spending as set out in NHS England's Five Year Forward View."

  11. Horses injured with airgun

    Two horses needed veterinary treatment after they were injured by an airgun.

    One horse was hit in the face, and the other in the leg and face.

    The incident happened in Stradishall, on Thursday 5 October sometime between 17:30 and 18:30.

    Police would like to speak to two males in connection with the incident, who were seen in the village shortly before 18:00 on the same day.

    One is described as 5ft 6ins (167cm) tall, around 19-years-old, skinny build and with mousy cropped hair. He was wearing jeans and a green jumper, and carrying a green canvas gun bag over his shoulder.

    The second man, aged in his early 20s, about 5ft 8ins (172cm) tall, had a short beard and mousy brown hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a pattern, and blue jeans.

    Both were described as laughing.

    Police are warning horse owners in the area to remain vigilant, and are appealing for information about the incident.

  12. Mental health trust: 'We've a lot of changes to make'

    For the second time in two years, a mental health trust has been put in special measures.

    As we reported earlier, the care provided by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been branded inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    Bohdan Solomka is the medical director of the trust.

    In an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad, he said they fully accept the findings of the report.

    "We've got a lot of changes to make, and the support that comes with special measures will be valuable", said Mr Solomka.

    The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

    The Trust was first put in special measures in 2015 and taken out last year.

    "Looking back, why did we improve so much and get taken out of special measures... it's not good management and ...we should have focused more on basics".

    Mr Solomka said rising demand was a huge challenge, given the staffing levels that the CQC found needed to be improved on.

    Quote Message: We still remain a caring Trust, according to the CQC... there's a lot of recognition of really hard working staff who demonstrate a lot of skilled effective treatments for our service users, who are caring and supportive at times of great crisis... but there are other areas the CQC have picked up on that we simply have to improve immediately." from Bohdan Solomka Medical director, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
    Bohdan SolomkaMedical director, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  13. Crash on Orwell Bridge causes heavy traffic

    A crash on the Orwell Bridge has caused heavy traffic heading into Ipswich.

    The collision between a lorry and a car happened at 08:20 and took about one hour and 20 minutes to clear, Suffolk Police said.

    The Ambulance service attended but no-one was seriously injured.

    Orwell Bridge
  14. Councillors to discuss 'cheese wedge' homes

    Controversial plans for homes in Woodbridge will be discussed by Suffolk Coastal District councillors today.

    The houses - which have been described as giant cheese wedges - could be built on the site of the former council offices at Melton Hill.

    Over 300 objections have been lodged against the proposals for 100 homes and shops.

  15. Newmarket set to host two days of top quality racing

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Newmarket's Future Champions Festival gets underway on the Rowley Mile this afternoon.

    Fillies Mile, Newmarket

    The Group One Fillies Mile, at 1535, is the feature contest.

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore have won the race the last two years, and have the favourite again this time around - Happily.

    The seven race card gets under way at 1350.

  16. Trainer's hopes for Champions Festival success

    Newmarket's Future Champions Festival gets under way today and thousands of racegoers will flock to the Rowley Mile to watch the world's best two-year-olds in action.

    Tomorrow Newmarket's Sir Michael Stoute, who's won 10 trainers' titles, hopes to make this season his most lucrative ever.

    He has already banked over £3.5m prize-money and the 71-year-old is targeting victory in the Dewhurst Stakes with red-hot favourite Expert Eye.

    Sir Michael Stoute
    Quote Message: He's won his maiden and then we put him into a Group 2 race which is a big step up and he won that very convincingly, now he's going for a Group 1 race so this is much tougher... we'll just have to see how he performs, he's in good shape and we're hoping for the best." from Sir Michael Stoute Trainer
    Sir Michael StouteTrainer