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Our live coverage across the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us today and indeed this week. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

Lastly, it's a massive good luck to Cambridgeshire's Hannah Macleod, who alongside the rest of Team GB will be competing for gold in the women's hockey final this evening.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Hannah Macleod
Getty Images

Our live coverage across the day

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today and for the week - we'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Today we've covered the ongoing search for the suspects involved in the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham. 

In sport, Norwich City's Cameron Jerome says the Canaries are ready to get stuck in during Sunday's East Anglian derby at Portman Road. 

Come on you Yellows!

Have a good weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Our live coverage of the fatal dog attack in Halstead has now come to an end. To recap:

  • A three-year-old boy named as Dexter Noel was killed after being mauled by a dog yesterday afternoon in Parker Way
  • A 29-year-old woman remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring a person
  • An American Bulldog has been seized by police and is currently in kennels 

Any updates on this story will appear on the BBC News website over the weekend. 

See you again for more live news for Essex at 08:00 on Monday.

Dog legislation in this country is 'ridiculous'

K9 Magazine publisher Ryan O'Meara also told BBC Essex he thinks the current dangerous dog legislation in the UK is "ridiculous". 

Dangerous Dogs Act

"It tries to seek how dangerous a dog is by its breed, but you could have 90 American Bulldogs that are brilliant pets, and you could have one that has individual issues," he said.

"I've got three dogs, two of them are the same breed, and they're all very different in temperament", he said. 

TV drama Grantchester returns for Christmas special and third series

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

ITV has confirmed that filming has begun on the third series of Grantchester, the murder mystery series filmed in and based on the Cambridgeshire village.

James Norton and Robson Green are set to return for the show's first Christmas special and then a third series next year.

ITV says viewers are promised a "festive, snow-filled Christmas episode, full of emotion and drama".

James Norton and Robson Green in Granchester

Diederick Santer, chief executive of producers Kudos, said: "Grantchester continues to be a delight to make and I hope will continue to delight the viewer.

"To be bringing to the audience a third series and a very special Christmas episode is a particular thrill, and we can't wait to be pouring snow onto the East Anglian Fens."

Tractor driver injured in bridge collision

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A tractor driver has been treated for head and leg injuries after his vehicle collided with a bridge.

Emergency services attended the incident on the B1135, near Wicklewood, which happened shortly after 11:15, as seen here in this picture from Diane Jermany.

Trailer stuck under the rail bridge
Diane Jermany

A spokesman for the ambulance service says the trailer, which was carrying seeds, became vertical, making contact with the bridge. The impact caused the tractor driver to suffer a head injury, chest pains and a suspected ankle fracture. 

The man was taken by land ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition. 

The latest situation on Norfolk's roads

BBC Travel

Here's the latest travel news for the county:

  • The A47 at Postwick is blocked, with queuing traffic westbound because of an accident
  • One lane of the A47 is closed eastbound, between the A140 Ipswich Road junction and Trowse Newton because of an accident
  • The B1135 Tuttles Lane West in Wymondham is blocked in both directions around the Chapel Lane junction because of a vehicle striking a bridge 

Nine in court following drugs raids

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Nine men have appeared in court charged with supplying drugs in Peterborough.

The group, aged between 25 and 45 and from Peterborough and London, were arrested following a series of raids in and around the city on Wednesday morning.

Police officers search a car

The nine, who appeared at Cambridge Magistrates' Court earlier, will next appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday, 19 September, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Two women, aged 35 and 59, and a 30-year-old man also arrested for alleged drugs offences have been bailed pending further enquiries.    

American Bulldog: About the breed

American Bulldog

The American Bulldog is part of the bull breed family, which includes dogs such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, says K9 Magazine publisher Ryan O'Meara.

"People then cross them, which is when we get individual and distinct breeds," he said.

The American Bulldog does not feature on the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act list and the breed is not recognised by the Kennel Club. 

Ely Paradise Centre to stay open alongside new build

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Earlier we brought you news that a new leisure centre in Ely, costing £13.5m, is "now fully funded and can go ahead", after receiving a financial boost from Sport England.

I've just heard from the leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, James Palmer, who's confirmed that the current Paradise Centre, originally thought to be entirely replaced, will in fact stay open after the new project is complete. 

Mr Palmer said only the pool at the Paradise Centre will be replaced, but it's not yet known what it will become.

Why is the St Neots burial barrow being built?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've been bringing you the latest on the construction of a burial barrow in Hail Weston, near St Neots.

But why is it being built?

It's an idea that's come from Sacred Stones, a company that bills themselves as providing "tranquil final resting places for cremation ashes".

Toby Angel, managing director, said he hoped the new barrow in Cambridgeshire would offer an alternative to "ugly" crematoriums.

Mr Angel said his aunt's "impersonal" cremation service was in an "ugly, municipal building" - he hoped the new barrow would be a "more befitting final resting place than any existing alternative". 

Burial barrow being constructed

On the construction of the barrow, Mr Angel said: "We are using entirely traditional methods, all by hand and without cement, and we hope to set up local apprenticeship schemes."

The cost of storing ashes starts at £1,500 for a 15-year term. Mr Angel declined to say how much the building has cost.

He added there is a growing "civic need" for more burial space.

Bird's eye view of NDR construction

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Many thanks to aerial photographer Mike Page for his video, showing the latest stage of construction work for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich.

The 20km (12.4 mile) dual carriageway will run from the A1067, north of Taverham, and join the A47 east of Norwich at Postwick.

It's hoped the road may be open by the end of 2017.  

And if you're wondering how fast the road construction is progressing, here's how it looked in June

'Such sad news - thinking of you all at such a sad time'

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

More flowers with tributes have been laid by locals as news spreads about the tragic events that took place in Halstead almost 24 hours ago.


RAF Marham serviceman remains off work following attempted abduction

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An RAF Marham serviceman, who was the victim of an attempted abduction, is still off work and receiving support as he comes to terms with his "traumatic ordeal", according to Norfolk Police.

It's now a month since the man, who's in his 20s, was approached and threatened with a knife by two men while jogging on Squires Hill. He fought them off and escaped unharmed.

The two men, said to be of Middle Eastern appearance, drove off in a dark coloured people carrier.

Photofits of the two men, of Middle eastern appearance, one with a moustache and beard
Norfolk Constabulary

A 60-strong team of detectives, 50 from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team and 10 from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, are working on the case. 

Police are appealing for anyone who was driving in Marham on the day of the incident, Wednesday 20 July, to come forward.

Police seized 7,000 dogs over five years

Dogs seize by police stats

Woman injured on B1102 'suffered serious head and chest injuries'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance service has updated us on the condition of the woman injured in the earlier crash between a lorry and a car on the B1102 at Swaffham Bulbeck.

It says the patient is aged about 70, and has suffered serious head and chest injuries.

A spokesman said: "She was stabilised as far as possible at the scene, and taken to Addenbrooke's with the critical care team on board."

U's boss doesn't want fans to get 'too carried away with lows'

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

I've been speaking to Cambridge United's Shaun Derry, who has admitted he's an unhappy manager given their poor start to the new season. 

The U's are yet to win a match in League Two and have achieved only three shots on target in three games.

Shaun Derry
Getty Images

However, he doesn't want the fans to get too caught up in the recent run of form.

"You can be so high one week... and I think people get a little bit carried with the lows," he said.

"I never expected it to be a magic solution that just clicked on day one. This is a working process and we've hit a couple of games that we've lost back-to-back against opponents that should be in the top six. 

"There's no disgrace there in my eyes."

Braintree MP says rules around dog ownership 'need to be looked at'

James Cleverly, the Conservative MP for Braintree, has been to the scene at Parker Way, where he told the BBC he would examine the law to see how such attacks could be prevented in future.

James Cleverly talking to police officers

"I'm very conscious that the original Dangerous Dogs Act was brought in in response to incidents just like this and I think most people agree it was not a particularly well-drafted piece of legislation," he said.

"I think the last thing we should do now is any kind of knee-jerk reaction, but we do need to look at the rules around dog ownership and also about how dogs are looked after - and particularly when there are children involved."

Earlier it was revealed an American Bulldog killed three-year-old Dexter Neal in Halstead. The breed is not on the list of banned dogs.

Travel: Update on B1102 accident

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Cambridgeshire Police which has confirmed there's been an accident between a lorry and a car on Green Bank Road in Swaffham Bulbeck. 

A woman who was in the car has sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital. 

Road closures are currently in place.

Travel: Accident in Swaffham Bulbeck

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Be aware if you're planning to head to Swaffham Bulbeck. There's been an accident on Green Bank Road and road closures are currently in place.

View more on twitter

 We're in contact with the police and will bring you more shortly.

Dog bite hospital admissions on the rise

There has been a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital for dog attacks over the past five years in England and Wales, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Dog bites

Village festival may come to a close

The future of a seaside festival is in doubt after the main organiser has announced he's to step down.

The Mundesley Festival, which started more than 30 years ago, has featured top acts such as Acker Bilk and the Brotherhood of Man.

A poster for Mundesley Festival, on railings

But this could be its last year, as no-one has come forward to replace 82-year-old Derek Kirk.

This is my last year... at the start of October I'd be looking for acts for next year - it's a nine month job really, relying on other people to do things like put posters out, but it's too much, I'm too old for that."

Derek KirkFestival organiser

24 hours in the life of our ambulance service

A 24-hour "Twitterthon" by the East of England Ambulance Service is a chance to have a look at the work our emergency crews handle throughout the day and night. 

Here's a quick look at what they've been tweeting for Norfolk:

  • A call handler has been talking to a Norwich man in his 20s with chest pain 
  • A GP has needed a patient picking up and taking to the James Paget University Hospital
View more on twitter

Shortly after this tweet (above), a fourth person had been picked up and the ambulance was heading to the James Paget University Hospital for their appointments. 

A clash of broadcasting worlds

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

How's this for advances in technology?

I've spent the day at the Ramsey 1940s Weekend, where in a bizarre meeting of two worlds, I've just come across a 1955 generator lorry used for outside broadcasts by the BBC... right alongside my much smaller broadcast car used today.

1955 BBC broadcast van alongside broadcast car

The van (top), nicknamed "Thumper" for the sound it made, was one of 10 used by the BBC. 

Some of its more famous outings were to broadcast live from Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965, and from the World Cup in 1966.

Dexter lived around the corner from where dog attack took place

Essex Police says dog attack victim Dexter Neal, three, lived around the corner from Parker Way in Ronald Road, Halstead.

We are told that family liaison officers have been deployed to support the family. 

Parker Way

Government urged to 'look again' at Dangerous Dogs Act

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Following today's news, the Blue Cross has called for the government to "look again" at the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Animal welfare charity calls for government to rethink Dangerous Dog Act

Tractor towing trailer hits rail bridge

A tractor driver has been taken to hospital after he crashed his vehicle into a railway bridge.

The tractor, which was towing a 14-tonne trailer, hit the bridge on the road between Wymondham and Wicklewood.

The incident happened shortly after 11:00. Highways officers remain on the scene, clearing up a diesel spillage. 

BreakingBreed of dog identiftied as an American Bulldog

Police have also confirmed that the dog which killed Dexter Neal was an American Bulldog. 

The animal, which is not on the list banned dogs, has been seized by police and placed in kennels. 

BreakingBoy killed in fatal dog attack named as Dexter Neal

A three-year-old boy mauled in a fatal dog attack has been named as Dexter Neal by police.

More to follow. 

Essex Police

Fatal dog attack: What we know so far

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

If you're just joining us, here's what we know so far about the fatal dog attack in Halstead:

  • Emergency services attended Parker Way after reports a boy was attacked by a dog
  • A three-year-old boy was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he later died from his injuries
  • One neighbour said she "heard screams" but didn't associate it with anything "terrible"
  • A 29-year-old woman remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring a person
  • A police cordon remains in place

High demand at A&E

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A high demand for A&E services has led to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston asking patients to consider whether their condition is a genuine emergency.

The hospital, which serves part of Norfolk and north Suffolk, says A&E attendances have risen significantly compared to last year, with several peaks in demand - the latest occurred overnight on 18-19 August.

Exterior of entrance to James Paget hospital, showing ambulance and signage

Evenings and weekends are busy times, and patients with less serious conditions should expect to wait as cases are dealt with in priority order, the hospital said.

It said other options are available, including visiting a pharmacist, ringing 111 for advice, and attending a minor injuries unit such as the one at Beccles Hospital. The Greyfriars Health Centre in Great Yarmouth is open seven days a week, between 08:00 and 20:00.

Met Office issues warning of high winds

BBC Weather

Take care if you're out and about tomorrow, the Met Office has warned us of some very blustery conditions throughout the day, with gusts expected to reach 40-50mph.

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And here's the official Met Office warning: "A spell of unseasonably strong southwesterly winds, accompanied by heavy, blustery showers, is expected to reach the southwest of the UK during the early hours of Saturday, moving east across many parts of England and Wales through the day."  

Chance for creative industries to discuss implications of Brexit

The Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is to host a discussion about the implications of Brexit for businesses in the creative sector.

The Union flag and the EU flag

The sector is worth £84.1bn a year, employing one in 11 people in the UK, according to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. 

Sarah Steed, director of business at NUA, says the UK's creative industries grew by 8.9% in 2014, nearly twice as quickly as the UK economy as a whole. She said the discussion would help creative businesses to understand how to turn Brexit to their advantage.

The meeting, run by the Creative Industries Federation, will take place on 31 August. 

Lunchtime weather: Feeling cool and rather breezy

BBC Weather

Compared to the beginning part of the week, it's been a very dull day today.

Weaher outlook for Cambridgeshire

The outbreaks of rain are set to move into western parts of the county, spreading east. They'll ease away from the southwest later, with a few evening brighter spells possible. Feeling cooler than recently, and rather breezy. Highs of 19C.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for the county. More on that shortly.

East Anglian derby: We want to win it for the fans - Knudsen

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Four Ipswich Town players are likely to make their East Anglian derby debuts from the start of Sunday's game.

Jonas Knudsen

With Mick McCarthy set to name an unchanged side, Jonas Knudsen (pictured), Adam Webster, Jonathan Douglas and Grant Ward should all experience the occasion for the first time.

"Derbies are special things," Knudsen said. "I've played in derbies in Denmark but it's nothing compared to this, so I'm very much looking forward to it."

"Every game is about three points, but we know we need to go out and beat Norwich and win this game for the fans."

Witnesses to A149 crash asked to contact police

Police are asking anyone who witnessed a crash on the A149 at King's Lynn between two vehicles on Wednesday to contact them.

Two women died in the incident, which happened shortly after 17:00, near to the junction with Castle Rising Road. A blue Peugeot 107 and a blue Vauxhall Astra were involved. 

The driver of the Peugeot - a woman in her 70s - died at the scene. Her passenger - a woman in her 80s - was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died later.

The driver of the Vauxhall - a man in his late 40s - suffered serious injuries and was also taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

'Terrible scenes' at fatal dog attack house

A man who dialled 999 after a boy was fatally attacked by a dog in Halstead has described the "terrible scenes" he saw. 

Scott Nowell, 19, said neighbours gathered around a "distraught" mother as people tried to save her son. 

The three-year-old boy later died in hospital.

Man who dialled 999 after a fatal Halstead dog attack describes 'terrible scenes'

Local paper round-up

Here's what the local papers are reporting today:

  • The Peterborough Telegraph has a story on a war hero's family being presented with new medal after "callous thieves steal the original"  
  • The Cambridge News has an update on the news that a boy has died at Addenbrooke's Hospital, after bring bitten by a dog in Essex

City target Mbokani reunion

Norwich Evening News

Fearsome hitman is on club's wishlist - the back page of today's Norwich Evening News.

back page of Norwich Evening News

Just weeks after heart surgery brave Tom meets his football hero

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News.

Front page of Norwich Evening News