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That's all from the Essex Live team

Another week here at Essex Live has come to an end - thanks for stopping by.

That's all for our regular updates today - take a scroll back through the page for a catch up, we'll also keep you posted with any major developments in the county here overnight.


We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 - whatever you're up to, have a great weekend. 

Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team and regular updates on Friday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it from the news team here in Suffolk and our live coverage for the day, which has included a guilty verdict on optometrist Honey Rose, who failed to spot an eye condition in eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, who later died.

We'll leave you, though, with this lovely picture of youngsters at Latitude.

If the adults are having half as much fun, then I reckon Henham Park's the best place to be this weekend.

Children's area at Latitude

Watch: Boxford singer-songwriter to play Latitude's Lake Stage

The final act appearing on the Lake Stage at Latitude, after being chosen by BBC Introducing in Suffolk, is Boxford singer-songwriter Chris Athorne, performing as Oktoba, at 12:15 on Sunday.

He said: "I've got some nice festival tunes and hopefully the crowd will like them."

As a way to keep cool, this is worth a punt

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

We've already flagged up swimming and drinking cold drinks as possible ways for keeping cool at Latitude.

But another option would be to go for a punting trip, and dangling your fingers over the edge.

The cost? "Pay what you want" in the tips hat.

Hat for tips after punting trips

Spot the Balls: Ed meets city students

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

As we mentioned earlier, Norwich City FC chairman and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls joined sixth-form students at the City of Norwich School today.

He is shown in the picture below after talking to them about last month's referendum in which the UK decided by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. 

No prizes but can you spot him in the crowd?

Ed Balls at City of Norwich School

Firefighters tackle flames and smoke at Scratby Garden Centre

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

About 40 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a garden centre near a Norfolk holiday resort.

Scratby Garden Centre

Two buildings are alight at Scratby Garden Centre in Beach Road. 

Norfolk Fire Service says it was called at 15:10 after receiving reports that a bonfire was out of control.

Station manager Scott Norman said crews were fighting flames in two large buildings which were extensively damaged, creating a lot of smoke.

"I would advise local people to keep doors and windows closed and although the smoke is decreasing, damping down will take a number of hours," he added.

Top stories from Norfolk today...

BBC Radio Norfolk

These are the top stories we've covered on Norfolk Live today: 

  • Norwich woman tells how she hid in a restaurant after a lorry ploughed into Bastille Day revellers in Nice
  • Ex-shadow chancellor Ed Balls tells Norwich students county 'cannot walk away from Europe' 
  • Jobs under threat as agricultural engineers are forced into administration

Watch: Halesworth pair tell us about their swimming experience

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

For obvious reasons we can't film people actually swimming in the lake, but once Til Pendered and Nancy Booth, who come from Halesworth, got out and dressed, they told me what it was like:

Weather: Cloudy this evening and into Saturday

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy with an odd spot of rain at first this evening, but much of the night will be dry. 

Feeling very humid and muggy with temperatures only falling to 15C (59F).

East weather map

Saturday will be cloudy but with some hazy sunshine at times, and while much of the day will be dry there is the chance of a few showery outbreaks. 

Feeling warm and very humid with temperatures reaching highs of 25C (77F).

Find your local forecast via BBC Weather

William Shakespeare would turn in his grave

Jon Wright

BBC Radio Suffolk

So, our host Derek here at the Latitude Festival is on an entertainingly lengthy set of anecdotes as a 70s weather man, slipping in Shakespeare quotes, with the audience ticking them off on their bingo sheets.

It's actually very funny!

Shakespeare bingo
Shakespeare bingo sheet

'County cannot walk away from Europe', ex-shadow chancellor tells students

Chairman of Norwich City FC and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls said jobs and businesses in Norfolk could not walk away from the big single market in Europe following the "Leave" referendum vote, but that it was now a matter of "negotiating from outside the EU".

ED Balls at school

He addressed sixth-form students at the City of Norwich School today, some of whom expressed their frustration at not being allowed to vote as 16- and 17-year-olds had in the Scottish independence referendum. 

Mr Balls said: "Some people see Brexit as a divorce but I think we need to find a new relationship but it's going to be outside the EU. 

"And we still do not know what will be the attitude of the new Prime Minister Theresa May and her government in the negotiations."

Vinnie Barker death: Boots Opticians offer condolences to bereaved family

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The company for which optometrist Honey Rose was working as a locum has offered its condolences after the guilty verdict at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Rose, 35, from Newham in East London, was found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence after failing to spot an eye condition during a routine examination on eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, who later died.

Vinnie Barker
Barker family

Rose had been working for a branch of Boots in Ipswich. 

Today Ben Fletcher, managing director of Boots Opticians, said: “We offer our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker’s family. Our thoughts throughout this difficult period remain with the family following these tragic events.” 

Pensioner's life savings stolen by men claiming to be police officers

An 84-year-old man has had his life savings stolen by four men pretending to be police officers in Basildon, police say. 

Map of Basildon

It happened yesterday evening when the group forced their way through the pensioner's door in The Fryth.

A four-figure sum of money was taken along with jewellery belonging to the victim's late wife. 

You can read a description of the suspects on the force's Facebook page

The top stories from Essex today...

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live today: 

  • A woman from Grays has described how she hid in a restaurant during a terror attack in Nice last night in which at least 84 people were killed
  • An 84-year-old man has had his life savings stolen by four men pretending to be police officers in Basildon
  • Police investigating a shotgun shooting in Southend in April have arrested a third person

Oktoba plays some tracks for BBC Introducing special

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk

Chris Athorne, aka Oktoba, popped backstage earlier to record a set to be aired on tomorrow's BBC Introducing in Suffolk special.

We'll be broadcasting live from Henham Park from 12:00 to 15:00.

Chris Athorne

Man from Holt jailed for rape of child and other sex offences

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man from Holt has been jailed for more than 10 years after admitting raping a child, voyeurism and possession of indecent images. 

Wayne Knowles, 32, from Coronation Road, was arrested in March after a raid on his house by Norfolk Police's child online safety team.

A search of his laptop and mobile phone revealed extreme images and the victim was traced. 

At Norwich Crown Court he was jailed for eight years and six months for rape and a further two years for the voyeurism charges.

People queue for opening of new Pitsea department store

Hordes of keen shoppers queued the length of a new large department store for its opening in Pitsea today. 

Basildon Council

The Range, which sits on Rectory Park Drive, now has six stores in the county.

Basildon Council tweeted it was "great to see so many people".   

Victim of fatal collision in Walpole named

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Moving away from the Latitude Festival, and a woman who died following a collision in Walpole, near Halesworth, yesterday has been named by police as Sue Wright, 60, from St Edmunds Road, Southwold.

Sue Wright
Suffolk Police

She was a pillion passenger involved in a single-vehicle crash on Peasenhall Road involving a Kawasaki motorcycle.

Her family have paid tribute to her, saying: "Sue was kind, loving and full of life... She will be dearly missed by her two children Christopher and Marie-Louise and her father Sidney.”

A 55-year-old man from the Ipswich area who was riding the motorcycle, and who was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, sustained broken ribs and is in a stable condition.

Southgate survives at Troon

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Essex's Matt Southgate made it through to the weekend of the Open Championship for the first time after carding a level-par 71 for the second day running at Royal Troon.

The 27-year-old Southend golfer is 10 shots off the pace set by American Phil Mickelson at the Ayrshire course.

Southgate overcame testicular cancer to collect his biggest European Tour pay cheque in May, when he won £200,000 for finishing fourth at the Irish Open.

He only played in one previous Open, at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake in 2014, when he missed the cut by 10 shots.

Matthew Southgate

You can follow updates of today's play here

Ex-shadow chancellor pledges support for Labour but recognises leadership struggle

Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said he will remain faithful to Labour despite the troubled times the party is going through.

Speaking to the BBC after addressing sixth-formers at the City of Norwich School, he said: "I was born in Norwich 49 years ago when the city had a Labour MP just like today (Clive Lewis)."

Ed Balls

But he said he did recognise problems with Jeremy Corbyn`s leadership and a threat to the party. 

"At a time when the party should be united in demanding what the government was going to do about negotiations with Europe and presenting an alternative way of doing things, Labour is involved in another leadership election," he said. 

There's lots of information for would-be swimmers at Henham Park

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Before would-be swimmers dip their toe into the lake at Henham Park, there's one or two notices for them to read.

We'll hear from two intrepid swimmers in a little while.

Water temperature notice
Swimming rules

Man's body found in grounds of Thetford school

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A man has been found dead in the grounds of an academy school in Thetford and police are treating the incident as "unexplained". 

Hillary Road Academy

Officers were called at 13.50 to Diamond Academy in Hillary Road.

A cordon has been placed at the scene while officers make their initial inquiries, but a police spokesman said they would release no further details at this time. 

Festival refreshments come at a price

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

As well as taking a swim in the lake at Latitude, there are other ways of keeping cool, although not surprisingly, they come at a price.

Michele Illing from Tunbridge Wells paid £13.50 for two lagers, including a £2 deposit per cup. 

She said: "It's quite expensive but not much more than I would expect to pay in a pub at home. Having to pay for the cups keeps the litter down, which is good for the festival environment."

Michele Illing with lager

If you want to have one of your "five-a-day" then strawberries and cream are £3.50 a cup.

Strawberry seller

Latitude Festival-goers enjoy the entertainment on offer

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Here's the Sunrise Arena, packed for Norfolk duo Let's Eat Grandma, who along with Christine and the Queens are definitely one of the buzz bands of the festival.

Sunrise arena

Hatfield Peverel dairy closes today with the loss of 200 jobs

It's been confirmed that a milk processing plant in Hatfield Peverel is closing today with the loss of about 200 jobs.


Arla Foods is relocating to a revamped site in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, following £150m of investment. 

The firm is now looking at the long-term options for the Essex building. 

Jobs under threat as agricultural engineers go into administration

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An agricultural engineering firm employing 124 people in Norfolk has been forced into administration.

Holding company and property owner the RJ Herbert Group, based at Marshland St James, near Wisbech, and its engineering subsidiary providing equipment to farmers, fresh food packers and processors faced "difficult trading conditions in the agricultural sector", joint administrators Chris Farrington and Matt Cowlishaw said.

Potato grader
RJ Herbert Engineering

In a statement they added: "We are looking for a buyer for the business and expect to trade R J Herbert Engineering for a short period. Their customers are the largest food processing and packaging companies globally." 

The company turned over £11.3m in the 2015/16 financial year.

Council had 'genuine intention to improve outcomes'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), an improvement support agency and independent charity, reviewed 30 social care cases and decided Norfolk County Council had a "genuine intention to improve outcomes for local people".

The review team also said the council had "worked hard to provide staff with the necessary tools to do their job during difficult times". 

But they called for further improvements and a wider understanding of the tight staffing and financial constraints within which care was provided.

The Care Act 2014 changed the law, setting new national standards to determine eligibility of needs and different assessment criteria.

Adult social care

Council told to improve communication to boost adult social care performance

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A county council has been advised to improve its communication when providing care services to adults, as well as ensuring staff and partner organisations have sufficient time to carry out the duty of care. 

The Social Care Institute for Excellence, commissioned to review Norfolk's progress in meeting standards set out in the 2014 Care Act, has reported back with recommendations.

Norfolk County Hall

The institute wants changes in the terminology the department uses to minimise confusion about the council's role and responsibilities. 

The council should also improve information sharing with staff and partner organisations to ensure overall quality and consistency of practice. 

An audit should be carried out to determine whether staff have enough time to deal with each case they are allocated.

Man arrested after six mobile phones 'thrown over the wall' at Chelmsford Prison

A man has been arrested suspicion of throwing a package containing six mobiles over the wall at Chelmsford Prison. 

Chelmsford Prison

A 24-year-old man from the city was detained on Tuesday following the alleged offence earlier this month. He has been bailed until November.

Essex Police said it was working with the Ministry of Justice and Chelmsford Prison to tackle the issue of people throwing unauthorised packages over the prison walls. 

Committing the offence could lead to a two-year prison sentence.

Pokemon Go safety warning from c2c

If you see somebody who looks like they're wandering the streets aimlessly glued to their phone, chances are they're playing the new app craze - Pokemon Go. 

Its popularity has prompted a series of safety warnings and reports of players finding themselves in dangerous situations.  

Now south Essex rail operator c2c is warning those on the hunt for digital monsters to keep off its tracks.

View more on twitter

... but I'm sure you're too mature for this sort of nonsense anyway... *cough*.  

Heritage gardens get lottery grant of nearly £1m for improvements

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Butterfly shelters will be refurbished and a new rose garden planted at historic heritage gardens and open spaces in Hunstanton, thanks to a £993,900 grant from lottery funds. 

Seafront gardens at Hunstanton

Work will start next year around The Green and the nearby network of open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade. 

Elizabeth Nockolds, from King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, said: "I am delighted that this funding has now been awarded and work can start on improving access and interpretation of some of the seafront's heritage assets, including the ruins of St Edmunds Chapel, the 'look out' over the iconic striped cliffs, and the butterfly shelters." 

Watch: Latitude's Lake Stage to welcome Muckaniks tomorrow

Ryan Gallant, the second act given the opportunity by BBC Introducing in Suffolk to perform at the Latitude Festival, will be appearing as Muckaniks on the Lake Stage tomorrow at about 12:15.

He said a track of his was also being played on Radio 1 next week: "I didn't think this year could get any better!"

Third arrest made in Southend shotgun shooting investigation

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and affray following a shooting in Southend in April, police say. 

Malvern Flats

The 20-year-old is the third person to be questioned after a man, 23, was found with a shotgun wound to his stomach in Southchurch Road. 

The victim is believed to have been attacked near the Malvern Flats and was taken to hospital for his injuries. Two men, aged 19 and 18, are on bail until August. The woman has been bailed until September.

Watch: Latitude weather forecast

Elizabeth Rizzini provides a dedicated weather-forecast for festival-goers at Latitude.

The good news is that sunscreen's going to be more important than an umbrella.

Latitude: AYA on stage

Richard Haugh

BBC News

This was the scene when Suffolk act AYA were on stage earlier, sounding great. Perfect music for a sunny afternoon.

Aya on stage

Here's your lunchtime forecast...

BBC Weather

If you're popping out the office for a sandwich, cloud will thicken this afternoon with the odd spot of light rain or drizzle possible. Highs of 21C (70F).

Thorpe Bay

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Vron's Views" who sent this from Thorpe Bay and reports temperatures at about 15C (59F).

Get the latest forecast for your area from BBC Weather.

Travel consultant says attack 'devastating for the people of France'

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Haverhill travel consultant, with clients who flew into Nice yesterday morning, has explained what she does in the aftermath of an event such as last night's attack.

Jenny Bradnam said: "The first thing we do is try to contact them immediately; make sure they are safe, make sure we can locate them and give them any advice that we can.

Scene in Nice

She said Nice was used a lot as a gateway to southern France, and also as a place to board cruise ships, with people often spending the night there before moving on.

"It's devastating for the people of France, and everyone, and our heart goes out to them," she said.

'We should all be in mourning' says MEP

Labour's MEP for the East of England has responded to last night's attack in Nice, in which more than 80 people died, saying: "Everyone should shed tears... We should all be in mourning for the people who have died here."

Doll lying beside attack victim

Richard Howitt added: "This was deliberately timed to cause the biggest carnage and to have the greatest symbolic attack on French society and I feel such sympathy and deep upset for France."

Lib Dem takes council seat in North Norfolk by-election

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Liberal Democrats have a new member on North Norfolk District Council after a by-election. 

Pierre Butikofer
Norfolk Liberal Democrats

With 309 votes, Pierre Butikofer won the Astley ward previously held by Conservative Steven Ward who stood down as a councillor in April when it was revealed he had unpaid council tax bills. 

He had faced legal action from the council trying to recover unpaid council tax but his liabilities have since been paid.

Other candidates were: Jo Copplestone (Con) 198, David Ramsbotham (Green) 81 and Calum Ringer (Lab) 51.