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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
Tim Marchant / Geograph

"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.

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
Google

Level crossing cameras to be installed across East

Cameras are being installed at 13 level crossings in the East to catch motorists who do not stop when barriers are coming down.

It is to help Network Rail prosecute drivers who jump the lights across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Offenders are automatically notified of their offence, and could be sent on an awareness course, fined £100 and given three points on their licence, or prosecuted, it said.

The RLSE cameras are being paid for by Greater Anglia.

Daniel Fisk, from Network Rail, said: "They are clearly visible for people to see as a deterrent."

Cameras at Baylham level crossing
Network Rail

Upgrade of 'most important' recycling site planned

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

A recycling centre needs to be updated to make it "future-proof", a council says.

Suffolk County Council said the Foxhall Recycling Centre on the edge of Ipswich "currently operates under a time-limited planning permission".

Without site improvement, a new permission will not be secured and would result in the loss of the council’s "most important and well-used site”, it said.

The planned upgrade includes a new feeder lane, raised car parking so that people do not need to walk up steps to dispose of waste, and increased capacity for the number of vehicles.

Foxhall Recycling Centre
Chris Holifield/Geograph

Construction is due to start next year, should be completed by 2023, but costs have not been revealed.

The council said that Foxhall alone receives nearly 12,000 tonnes of recycling waste per year, about 20% of Suffolk’s entire recycling waste.

The consultation runs until 20 July.

Covid-19 deaths in East of England increase by 19

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Nineteen more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the East of England, according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
  • Bedford Hospital: 11
  • East and North Herts: 1
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 4

The deaths did not necessarily happen in the previous 24 hours as there are often delays in certifying Covid-19 deaths.

The total number of deaths for the eastern region so far is 3,994.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 176 and stands at 43,906.

Welcome to Thursday'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 Wednesday's live page here.

Youngsters asked to share Covid-19 experiences

Young people are being asked how lockdown has affected their wellbeing by filling in surveys.

young person completing a survey
Hertfordshire County Council

Organised by the county council's youth service, YC HertfordshireServices for Young People, its survey aims to build a picture of how young people have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and what their biggest concerns are.

The results will then be used to help shape support and services available to young people over the coming months.

It comes as a similar survey was unveiled by East Suffolk Council.

What the papers say in Suffolk

  • The Ipswich Star has mapped every crime in Suffolk during May
  • Bury Free Press report that street signs have been targeted in 'mindless and anti-social yobbery'
  • The Eastern Daily Press has a story debunking reports of a 'spike' of coronavirus cases in Suffolk

Coronavirus: What did 100 days of lockdown teach us?

BBC Look East

Tuesday marked 100 days since the United Kingdom began life under coronavirus restrictions.

Last night, BBC Look East hosted a Facebook Live discussion on what we have learned, where we are now and what happens next for the region as lockdown eases.

You can watch it back here, with BBC East science correspondent Richard Westcott joined by virologist Rebecca Kinsley, Patricia Yates from Visit Britain and finance and business advisor Hazel Bowen.

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Figures show five new Covid-19 deaths in east of England

Five more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the east of England according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Coclhester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 2
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of deaths for the eastern region is 3,975.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 155 and stands at 43,730.

Your stories of 100 days of lockdown

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

We've been asking for your stories of the lockdown to date via BBC News: East of England's Facebook page and many responses have been positive.

But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.

Elizabeth Jerome-Smith
Elizabeth Jerome-Smith/Facebook

"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.

"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.

"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."

100 days of lockdown...discuss?

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

It’s 100 days since lockdown started.

What have we learned (eg BBC Newsbeat has been to Telford in Shropshire)? Where are we now? What next for the East of England as lockdown eases?

BBC East will be asking these question on its Facebook Live discussion and answering your questions tonight at 18:45.

In the meantime here's what lockdown has meant to some of the team at BBC East, such as learning the art of making the perfect banana cake:

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Greater Anglia to increase services next week

Greater Anglia says it will be reintroducing most of its timetable from Monday, as more people return to work after the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.

train carrriage
PA Media

Some 46,000 more seats are going to be available as of next week during peak times - fulfulling 93% of normal services.

But trains between Norwich, Diss and London will remain scaled back, although they will be monitored on a daily basis to see whether more trains need to be put on, the operator said.

Tickets offices will all reopen and on the London services catering will return.

Jonathan Denby, from Greater Anglia, said the number of inter city trains will increase but "we still expect there to be an awful lot of people who won't be travelling normally yet".

He added the government advice was still to only travel where necessary.

Coronavirus: One new death in hospitals

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by one, according to the latest daily government statistics issued on Sunday.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

The number of new deaths in listed by NHS trust were:

  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,967, while across the UK it's 43,550.

Musicians to live-stream garden concert after festival cancelled

Dorothea Vogel, viola
Roman River Music

A free live-streamed concert featuring the first Rasumovsky quartet by Beethoven is to take place on Saturday evening.

The event is being put on by Roman River Music and will take place in the garden of a neighbour of artistic director, Orlando Jopling.

The Roman River Festival usually holds regular concerts throughout the summer in the Colchester, north-east Essex coast and River Stour valley area, but events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is hoped this will be the first of a series of Roman River live-streams.

Tom Norris, violin
Roman River Music
Tom Norris

Work to start on new seafront eatery for Felixstowe

How the new eatery could look
East Suffolk Council

Work on a new cafe and restaurant on Felixstowe's seafront is due to start this summer.

East Suffolk Council commissioned Barnes Construction to work on the building, which will take about a year to complete. Once finished, it will be known as The Kitchen @ Martello Park and will be run by the Dedham Boathouse Group.

The council's cabinet member for economic development, Craig Rivett, said it was important for Felixstowe to have new facilities as "we hopefully begin to emerge from the coronavirus impact".

The £1.5m project will be jointly funded by the council and the government's Coastal Communities Fund, which was started in 2012 to promote sustainable economic growth and jobs.

Cameron and Claire Marshall, owners of the Dedham Boathouse Group, said they were "super excited" by the project.

Train company's sunflower scheme to help those with hidden disability

A new train travel scheme is aiming to support people with "hidden" disabilities.

Passengers with learning disabilities will be given sunflower lanyards and ID cards by Greater Anglia staff.

The sunflower initiative is a way of signalling someone may need additional help or more time when travelling.

Sunflower lanyard
Greater Anglia Trains

Paul White, from Hidden Disabilities, said living with a hidden disability "can make daily life more demanding" and the new scheme "helps by discreetly indicating to people that those who choose to wear it, have a hidden disability and may need additional support, help or a little more time".

Greater Anglia’s accessibility manager, Rebecca Richardson, added that the company was committed to "making rail travel accessible for everyone".

Coronavirus: Eight new deaths in the region

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by eight, according to the latest daily government statistics.

The previous day's figures showed 11 new deaths.

Southend University Hospital
BBC

The number of new deaths in Thursday's stats, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Southend University Hospital: 4
  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,957, while across the UK it's 43,230.

Homeless people kept 'safe' during lockdown

The number of homeless people given a place to stay by councils during the coronavirus lockdown in Suffolk has reached about 250, with accommodation provided in hotels and bed and breakfasts.

The government has said it is going to extend funding so longer term secure accommodation can be found for everyone.

Nick, who has "sofa-surfed" and been sleeping rough, was given a hotel room by Ipswich Borough Council in April.

He said he had been "safe" and able to talk to family members.

But he said it had not been the same for everyone as "there are still some here who are leaving and do not have anywhere to go".

Ipswich Cornhill
BBC

Tweet us your temperatures

BBC Look East

With the mercury rising, we want to know just how hot it is in the Look East region - so we'd like you to let us know the temperatures from your cars or gardens.

All you need do is tweet your photos to BBC Look East, telling us where you are and using the hashtag #BBCEastTempcheck....

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