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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of two deaths in the region's hospitals in the figures issued this afternoon.

The total number now stands at 4,031 and the additional deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East and North Herts NHS Trust: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,650.

Spitfire tribute to NHS to be inscribed with hero names

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Spitfire with "Thank u NHS" emblazoned on its under-wings roared through the skies across East Anglia today as a continuing tribute to the care sector.

The plane flew across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals in morning and afternoon sorties from its base at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

NHS Spitfire
Aircraft Restoration Company

The fighter plane was piloted by John Romain, founder of the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company.

It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.

"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.

"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."

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What the papers are saying in Suffolk

  • The rate of coronavirus infection in Suffolk has risen slightly, according to new public health data – but remains one of the lowest in England, the East Anglian Daily Times reports
  • A popular independent cinema is back open after three months of no business, reports the Bury Free Press
  • A building occupied by Hope Church is likely to be demolished and replaced by new council homes when worshippers move to the former Odeon cinema next year, the Ipswich Star reports

'Virus healing wood' planned as tree-planting boosted

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new woodland space is being planned in to remember those who died from Covid-19.

Councillors at a full meeting of Suffolk County Council unanimously gave backing for the project proposed by cabinet member for environment, Richard Rout.

Coronavirus
BBC

Tree planting will increase across the county and a "healing wood" will be created in honour of those who died during the coronavirus pandemic, councillors agreed.

It will provide a space for people to remember their loved ones.

Officers will now go away and pursue detailed plans.

Abbeycroft Leisure 'delighted' to be reopening

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Abbeycroft Leisure, which runs several leisure facilities across Suffolk (and one in Cambridge), says it is "delighted" by the government announcement that indoor pools and gyms can reopen from 25 July.

The not-for-profit social enterprise says it is "adding the final touches" to its operation and a phased reopening of its centres will take place.

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A statement said: "As you may expect not everything will be open to begin with but this will be under regular review taking account of government guidance, liaison with our stakeholders and customer feedback."

The centres run by Abbeycroft are: Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and Skyliner: Thurston Sports Education Centre; Mildenhall swimming pool and leisure centre and The Dome; Newmarket Leisure Centre; Sudbury Sports Centre and Kingfisher Leisure Centre; Brandon Leisure Centre; Hadleigh Pool & Leisure and Leisure Centre; East Bergholt Sports Centre; Trumpington Sport, Holbrook Sports Centre and Felixstowe Fitness Studio.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by four

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of four deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,029.

  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 2
  • Northampton General Hospital: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,602.

What the papers are saying in Suffolk...

  • The East Anglian Daily Times reports that East Anglia’s largest independent retail chain has given a new boost to food banks across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex as fears grow that the economic downturn will hit more families
  • Community tensions are at risk of "boiling over" after reckless racers returned to the Pinewood area of Ipswich, the Ipswich Star reports
  • The Suffolk Free Press reports that work is under way to help Hadleigh market expand following a number of years of increasing popularity

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by five

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of five deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,025.

·Bedford Hospital: 2

·Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

·Northampton General: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 44,517.

Ipswich Town patron Philip Hope-Cobbold dies, aged 76

Former Ipswich Town director and patron of the club, Philip Hope-Cobbold, has died.

The 76-year-old, who was part of the Cobbold family that have been synonymous with the club since its formation in 1878, died on Wednesday afternoon.

He attended his first match in 1950, taken by his uncle John Cobbold, then a director of the club and accepted an invitation from chairman John Kerr to join the Club board in January 1995.

The club said he "remained a regular and popular attendee" on matchdays at Portman Road.

"All at Ipswich Town send deepest condolences to Philip’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all," a statement said.

Former player Matt Holland is among those who've paid tribute to him saying he was a "fantastic man with a great sense of humour".

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Welcome to Thursday's live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live updates page here.

What the papers say in Suffolk

  • The Ipswich Star reports that the future of a metal works employing 85 people is in doubt
  • Bury Free Press writes that firefighters rescued a baby who was trapped in a car this morning
  • The Haverhill Echo reports that the new busway heading out towards Haverhill from Cambridge has moved one step closer as a route was chosen to progress to the next stage of development

Suffolk 'Smart Towns' project expanded

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

High streets in 12 towns are to get a £1.1m boost for a project to provide free wi-fi and footfall tracking.

On Tuesday, Conservative-controlled East Suffolk Council’s cabinet said the successful pilot project held in Framlingham last year could be rolled out to 11 other market towns, which will see major digital upgrades.

The project, titled Smart Towns, will include provision of free wi-fi, online promotions to attract shoppers, footfall tracking data, and new high street apps and town websites.

Framlingham
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"We need to make these towns as attractive and accessible as we possibly can,” said council leader Steve Gallant.

Work to roll out the scheme is to begin later this summer and should be completed within two years.

Around £400,000 has been spent on bringing the project forward to date, with council approving a further £500,000, while the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has pledged £200,000.

The 12 towns to benefit from the scheme are:

  • Aldeburgh
  • Beccles
  • Bungay
  • Felixstowe
  • Framlingham
  • Halesworth
  • Leiston
  • Lowestoft
  • Saxmundham
  • Southwold
  • Wickham Market
  • Woodbridge

Thousands given to arts groups in East

Wardown House
Culture Trust

Arts groups in the East have been given a share of a £33m fund to help them stay afloat until the end of September, because of the impact of Covid-19.

The money from the Arts Council has been given to National Portfolio Organisations.

It has come from its £160m Emergency Response Package, which was launched in March, with help from the National Lottery and the government.

Hedley Swain, area director for Arts Council England, said: "We know that we are all still facing huge challenges.

"We’ll use our remaining available funds, alongside those announced by government, to support our sector in the coming months.”

The groups that have received help include:

  • Luton Cultural Services Trust - Wardown House: £51,471
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre: £45,860
  • Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk: £88,950
  • New International Encounter, Cambridge: £28,081
  • Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd, Buckinghamshire: £297,090

See also: Theatre boss had 'best night's sleep in 100 days'

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

Arts venues across region 'light it in red'

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

Venues up and town the region were painted (not literally) red last night to raise the profile of arts venues, that have been hit hard during the coronavirus lockdown.

The #LightItInRed campaign on social media shows buildings and places in a red glow to "bring light to the situation of the events industry during the Covid-19 crisis".

Norwich Theatre Royal in red light
Norwich Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Red Basildon Sign
Basildon Council
Basildon, Essex

As theatres and arts venues are still unable to open, the government announced a £1.57bn support package on Sunday evening.

Red light on theatre
SMTT
Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire
The Portland Arms in red
Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary
The Portland Arms, Cambridge
The Old Savoy in red
Deco Theatre
The Old Savoy, Northampton
Players Theatre in red
Players Theatre
Players Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk
The Archers Theatre in red
The Archers Theatre
The Archers Theatre, Clifton Reynes, Olney, Buckinghamshire

Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

Busier night for ambulance service as pubs reopen

The first weekend of pub reopenings after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased was busy for the East of England Ambulance Service with its crews dealing with an increase in calls.

Demand doubled at times between 21:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday compared with the previous four weeks.

East of England Ambulance
East of England Ambulance Service

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer, said: "Thankfully the alcohol-related calls that we could have expected weren't as high as the small increase in calls for assaults but it was still a very busy night."

Train company gets ready for 'increase' in travellers

A train company is getting ready to "welcome back commuters" as it is increasing its timetable from Monday.

Greater Anglia said it has taken additional steps to keep everyone safe including handing out facemasks and installing hand sanitiser dispensers at 20 stations.

Jamie Burles, managing director, said: "We have measures in place to protect staff and passengers such as enhanced cleaning, social distancing markings at stations and free hand sanitiser available at major stations.

"However, at this stage, we are still asking customers only to travel by train where necessary."

Social distancing measures at railway station
Greater Anglia

It is now mandatory for customers to wear a face covering when using public transport.

Hand sanitiser dispensers are available at Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Colchester North, Ely, Harlow Town, Ipswich, Manningtree, Norwich, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Stansted Airport, Tottenham Hale, Ware, Wickford and Witham.

Welcome to Friday's live updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

We'll have build up to Wycombe Wanderers play-off semi-final, as they bid to emulate Northampton Town and gain promotion via Wembley.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Thursday's live page here.

Firefighters build memorial garden to lost ambulance workers

A "lasting memory" had been left by firefighters who have been working as ambulance drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bedford firefighters enlisted to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have designed and built a memorial garden at Luton ambulance station to show their appreciation to their new workmates and in memory of those who have died of cancer and suicide.

They received help from Bruce Liddle of Newbury Farm Plant in Silsoe, who offered advice and supplied the plants for free.

Mike King, a firefighter, said: “They have made us feel so welcome and we thought the best way to say thank you was to leave a lasting memory by building the memorial garden – something they have been trying to get enough funds together to build for some time."

Simon King, head of operations at EEAST for Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, said it was a "phenomenal gift" and "the garden itself is magnificent and is a fitting tribute to our much-missed colleagues".

Fire and ambulance crews
EEAST

Bank staff stop payment to rogue traders

Staff members at a bank have stopped an elderly woman from withdrawing £7,000 from her bank account to pay for her roof to be fixed.

Suffolk Police said two men tried to convince the woman in Felixstowe that her roof had a hole in it, at about 10:00 on Tuesday.

They drove her to the TSB bank in the town's Hamilton Road to withdraw cash.

Bank staff called the police when they became suspicious, but when they arrived the men had gone.

They are described as white, of medium height and build, with short hair and were driving a white van.

TSB bank in Felixstowe
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