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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team 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. 

These are some of the stories we've covered today - click on the links and scroll down for the rest:

If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email , Facebook or Twitter

Don't forget it's Mothers' Day and the clocks go forward on Sunday...

Suffolk Live signing off

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

It's time for us to head home and book our seats in front of the TV for this evening's Comic Relief extravaganza .

Before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've featured during the day, so scroll down to get more details:

  • A reflection on the six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen
  • An update on the burst water main in Holbrook
  • The Ipswich winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down

We'll leave you with a round-up of how the county's done us proud, with Red Nose Day fund-raising events:

Red Nose Day 2017 in Suffolk: From a giant Mexican wave to McFly

Don't forget it's Mothers' Day and the clocks go forward on Sunday.

Essex Live signing off

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Goodbye from us here for another week, join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories you can scroll down to:

  • A murder inquiry is launched after man dies two days after a brain injury
  • Council says there is a "ticking time bomb" of child obesity in Essex
  • A restaurateur is accused of attacking a woman with a stiletto

Have a great weekend. Don't forget it's Mother's Day and the clocks go forward.

Planning inspector quashes 350 homes decision

A planning inspector has quashed a decision to refuse planning permission for 350 new homes.


          The houses are planned for a greenfield site off Western Road
Google

Braintree District Council previously rejected Gladman Developments' proposals for land off Western Road in Silver End, near Witham.

It said the development, which includes a children's play area and open space, would pose an "unjustified intrusion" into the countryside and would be "harmful to the rural setting of the village".

In his  report , government inspector David Prentis said any "moderate harm" caused to the landscape would be outweighed by the "benefits" of new housing, affordable homes and the play area. 

Braintree District Council said it was "disappointed" with the decision. 

Future of derelict Victorian village hall looking brighter

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The future of a derelict 19th Century church hall could be secured by local people after Brentwood Borough Council pledged to try and bring it back to life.

Leader of the Brentwood council Louise McKinlay
Brentwood Council

Herongate Church Hall, which was later used as the village hall for many years, has fallen into a dilapidated state.

The council is the custodian trustee of the building and is looking at the options for it with the local parish council, including bidding for lottery money.

Brentwood council leader Louise McKinlay (pictured in front of the hall) said: "We have been approached by an interested party that wishes to see the hall rejuvenated. 

"This is clearly an opportunity to start to seriously look at what the hall means to residents, and how they would like to see it used in future.

"The Hall could be a special gem in the heart of Herongate."

The Charity Commission has already indicated it is happy to appoint the borough council as sole trustee, and council officers will now research and report on the various options.

Millions to be invested in mental health facilities

More than £10m is being invested in mental health facilities in Suffolk and Norfolk over the next two years.

HQ of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
BBC

It's part of a three year plan from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust , which involves more than £13m worth of work.

So far a third of a million has been spent on Mariner House in Ipswich, making it more accessible and user-friendly, and a new unit, costing more than £800,000, has opened for young people with acute mental health needs at Carlton Court in Lowestoft. 

Over the next two years other facilities will be upgraded, and there'll be improvements made to the trust's IT system. 

Some of money that's being used has come from the sale of the main part of the St Clement's Hospital site in east Ipswich.

Mexican wave gets the arms-up for these Comic Relief fundraisers

Pupils at Horringer Court School in Bury St Edmunds will have been really glad it's not been pouring with rain today.

Their self-imposed challenge  for Comic Relief  was a giant Mexican wave - you can see them lining up here in readiness  

Horringer Court pupils ready to perform a Mexican wave
BBC

Deputy headteacher Steve Palmer said: "Hopefully we're going to co-ordinate it really well so we get a signal to start, then the wave will go up one way, and down the other way."

'Tired' rail worker nearly hit by train

Sue Paz

BBC News

A "tired" rail worker from Essex, who had been sleeping in his car to avoid a commute, was narrowly missed by a train while working on a track, a report has found.

Rail near miss
Rail Accident Investigation Branch

It happened near Shawford station, Hampshire, last June, when the train was travelling at 85 mph (137 km/h).

The accident report said the worker became distracted while on the line.

It said his alertness and decision-making were likely to have affected after sleeping in his car for a week to avoid a daily commute from Essex.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the worker was uninjured but had been left "badly shaken".  

Demands for 200-mile fishing limit may fail after Brexit, MEP says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Fears are growing that Brexit could fail to bring back the freedom of the seas enjoyed by Norfolk fishing fleets in times past. 

The UKIP spokesman on fishing has been in King's Lynn today to meet local fishermen and call for European boats to be barred from fishing in British waters. 

King's Lynn fishing boats
Richard Humphrey/Geograph

Yorks & Lincs MEP Mike Hookem told fishermen and processors that he wanted to see the 200-mile fishing limit re-established so that the UK fishing industry could be revived. 

But East Anglian UKIP MEP Stewart Agnew said he feared the British government wouldn't fight to get the fishery limits back to where they were in the 1970s. 

Processor Stephen Williamson told the local fishing industry meeting he wanted the quota restrictions abolished and British fishermen given sole rights to the fish in territorial waters.

In the News: Fears over hotel holiday home bid

Lynn News

Here is the front page of today's Lynn News :

Lynn News front page
Lynn News

McFly star visits school that's squeezed a year into a day for Comic Relief

McFly drummer Harry Judd called in to share in a challenge devised by pupils at St Gregory's Primary School in Sudbury for Red Nose Day.

They decided to cram their favourite bits of the year into one day - so they've been celebrating Easter, sports day and fitted in a Christmas lunch too.

Harry Judd with pupils from St Gregory's primary school
BBC

Harry, who was a prep school pupil at the private  Old Buckenham Hall  near Lavenham and Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden, embraced the festive theme and explained that the  website Pinterest  had a competition for him to come to a school and surprise everyone, and St Gregory's won: "We did a little bit of Let It Snow and I played along on the drums.

"It's a happy time and I'm happy to be here."

Gaffer's only disappointment is lack of new stadium

BBC Sport

The Southend United manager Phil Brown says the only disappointment of his time at the club is they're not yet in a new stadium. 

The Southend United manager Phil Brown
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Tomorrow's League One match at AFC Wimbledon marks four years in charge for Brown .  

Speedway: Track changes will benefit riders and fans

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Excitement and great racing have been forecast by Ipswich Witches  director Chris Louis ahead of tomorrow's Championship season opener, against Sheffield Tigers, at Foxhall.

Chris Louis
Stephen Waller

"We've taken a little bit off, going into turns one and three, to give the lads that little bit more racing room which I hope will enable a little bit of dive-bombing as we call it," said Louis about the shape of the track.

"That's going to enable better racing, more excitement and we've also improved the banking so there should be more of the track usable that hasn't been for the last five or six years." 

Rugby union: Bury target third successive win

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds rugby players can take a huge step towards securing their National League Two status tomorrow.

Bury St Edmunds rugby squad
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolf Pack head to struggling Barnstaple in good heart after back-to-back victories over Exmouth and Barnes.

Bury, who are also trying to win successive away games for the first time this season, are currently 11th in the table, 10 points above the bottom two.

Rugby union: Walsham challenged to win last four games

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

North Walsham 's Head of Rugby James Brooks is challenging his players to win all of their last four matches of the season. 

The Vikings are fourth in London One North and go to Letchworth this weekend. 

James Brooks
BBC

Brooks, a former Northampton player, joined the club in the summer and said: "The guys seem to be enjoying their rugby, they're certainly playing well as the moment so to come away with the last four games as wins would be fantastic."

Norwich City winger in line for England U21 debut

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Jacob Murphy could play for England's under 21 team for the first time this evening. 

The winger is in the squad for a friendly against Germany away from home. 

Jacob Murphy
Getty Images

Murphy has scored 10 goals for the Canaries this season after making his league debut for the club in August. 

Town's failure to replace Murphy has cost them - Wark

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich legend John Wark believes Town's season nosedived the day they sold striker Daryl Murphy and then failed to bring in an adequate replacement.

Daryl Murphy and Timm Klose
Getty Images

The 33-year-old (pictured), who joined Newcastle in August, scored a total of 37 goals as the Blues finished 6th and 7th in the last two seasons.

"Nevermind the goals he scored, it's his hold-up play that we've missed," said Wark. 

"We've got nobody who's been up front who can hold the ball and play players in, and we've missed that big time."

Donkey celebrates play in Harlow

Nic Rigby

BBC News

To celebrate Harlow's 70th birthday we'll be posting a number of photographs from the town's past.

Here's a picture of the town's sculpture Donkey by Willi Soukop, unveiled in Harlow in 1955. It is sited at Pitmans Field, off Monkswick Road. 

Donkey by Willi Soukop
Historic England

The Grade II-listed artwork has been regularly sat on by children through the years and was designed to encourage children to explore art through play.

A number of events are planned over the weekend and further details are on the council's  website.

Courage of crash train driver recognised by award

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The courage of train driver Stuart Connell on a Greater Anglia service between Cambridge and Norwich which hit a tractor has earned him the title of Abellio Employee of the Year. 

Both train and tractor drivers were seriously hurt at the level crossing after the vehicle was given insufficient time by a signaller to cross the line, a report found .

Crash train
Alex Young

The crash happened at Roudham, near Thetford, in Norfolk, last April. Investigators said the signaller might have had a lapse in concentration. 

At the awards ceremony, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Driver Stuart Connell is a professional through and through and understands his responsibility as a driver is to ensure the safety of his passengers. 

"His dedication to his role really shone through and he prides himself on doing his job to the best of his ability. 

"His professionalism and dedication to the role was further demonstrated when he returned to work at the earliest opportunity, despite his injuries preventing him from driving."

Ryman League: Needham Market host title rivals

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Third-placed Needham Market  (pictured) against second-placed Havant & Waterlooville is one of two huge games for Suffolk clubs in the Ryman Premier Division  tomorrow.

Needham Market team photo
Needham Market FC

The other is the six-pointer between AFC Sudbury , who are second from bottom, and Hendon who are just one place above them.

Lowestoft Town will be looking for an eighth successive victory at home to Folkestone Invicta while Leiston , who have won their last three, host Worthing.

Bury Town head to Romford in the North Division.

Colchester United check Garvan's fitness

BBC Sport

Colchester United will check on the fitness of Owen Garvan (pictured) before confirming their squad for tomorrow's League Two match at home to Luton .

Owen Garvan
Getty Images

The midfielder's been carrying a knee injury. 

Defender Richard Brindley's pushing for a start after returning to action during the 2-0 defeat at Crewe last weekend.  

Crash train driver award for putting life on line to save passengers

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A train driver who put the safety of his passengers above his own after a collision with a tractor at a level crossing has been named Employee of the Year by rail operator Abellio

Stuart Connell was driving the Greater Anglia service from Cambridge to Norwich when the train  hit the tractor at Hockham Road near Thetford on Sunday, 10 April, 2016.

Stuart Connell
Abellio Group

Travelling at 87mph, Mr Connell (pictured) saw a tractor pull out on the level crossing ahead of him and he had seconds to act. 

Despite being in imminent danger himself, Stuart put the safety of his passengers and the tractor driver above his own, ducked down and pulled the emergency brake, before warning passengers. 

He was named Employee of the Year at the Abellio Achievement Awards 

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: "Stuart demonstrated a unique ability to put others' safety before his own."

Front of crash train
BBC

Youngster dyes his hair red and raises £500

Children at Trimley St Martin primary school have been wearing red for Red Nose Day:

Children at Trimley St Martin primary school
BBC

Among the fund-raisers for Comic Relief is 10-year-old Blake Ainsley who, because of a life-limiting bone condition, has to travel regularly to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

He's dyed his blonde hair bright red, and has already managed to raise over £500.

Blake with his friends
BBC

In the News: Manager pleasantly surprised by Hornets' good form

Diss Express

Here is the back sports page of today's Diss Express :

Diss Express sports page
Diss Express

Harlow New Town celebrates 70 years

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Harlow is celebrating its 70th birthday as a New Town over the weekend, so we'll be publishing a few pictures illustrating the history of the town to celebrate it.

We'll start with the two photos of the town's main shopping centre in the late 1950s. 

Main Harlow shopping centre 1958
Getty Images
Stow shopping centre
Getty Images

A number of events are planned over the weekend and further details are on the council's  website.

In the News: MPs unite in horror at attack in Westminster

Diss Express

Here is the front page of today's Diss Express :

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Harlow investment set to create 500 jobs

Nic Rigby

BBC News

About 500 jobs are due to be created in Harlow after Essex County Council announced it was investing £2.5m in a new medical technology centre.

Harlow Enterprise Zone
Google

The money will go toward Anglia Ruskin University ’s £5m new MedTech Innovation Centre within a new science park in the Harlow Enterprise Zone (pictured).

Kevin Bentley, Conservative deputy leader at the council, said: "If the government wants to deliver on its ambitious industrial strategy then they need look no further than Essex, where the council and its partners are already significantly ahead of the game.

"Public Health England has already put its faith in the county by pledging to move its facilities to Harlow, along with 2,500 jobs by 2024.

"Now this historic deal to create a much-needed centre for business innovation cements Essex’s potential to become the UK’s life sciences and healthcare capital, whilst boosting jobs and economic growth."

Are these the whackiest socks in Suffolk?

BBC Suffolk's political correspondent gets in the Red Nose Day mood:

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HSE to work alongside police in Corrie investigation

Police say the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be working alongside officers searching through a landfill as part of the investigation into  Corrie Mckeague's disappearance .

Search of Milton landfill site
Paperpix UK

A team of officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police forces are continuing work at the site at Milton near Cambridge, and they've now been through more than 845 tonnes of material in the search.  

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "Officers have been liaising with the HSE as part of the investigation into the circumstances around what happened to Corrie.  

"If there is a find on the site then the HSE will have a role to play in looking into the procedures that were in place and we have been speaking with them to ensure they are aware of our investigation to date.  

"Officers have completed thousands of hours of inquiries to find Corrie and, through the work that has been completed over the past few months, we have gathered a substantial amount of information which will inform both our own and any potential HSE investigation as we move forward."

Follow developments in the Corrie Mckeague case here .

Restaurateur accused of attacking a woman with stiletto in Basildon club

A restaurateur accused of attacking a woman with a stiletto shoe in a nightclub has denied inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Unit 7, Basildon
Google

Southend Crown Court heard that Natalie Jeffery, 23, allegedly struck Sophie Roberts in the face at Unit 7 (pictured above) in Basildon, Essex.

Ms Roberts, in her 20s, suffered facial injuries in the incident which happened at about 03:00 on 18 September 2016.

Ms Jeffery, of Tantelen Road, Canvey Island, pleaded not guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

The defendant spoke only to confirm her name and her not guilty plea during the brief hearing.

She was bailed to appear for trial at the same court in August.

Judge Ian Graham told Jeffery the trial was expected to last two to three days.

In the News: Jacob is just getting started - Irvine

Norwich Evening News

Here is the back sports page of today's  Norwich Evening News :

Norwich Evening News sports page
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Search team doubles in size since Corrie disappearance

The chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  (Sulsar) has described as "amazing" news that a planned charity concert in Corrie Mckeague's name is to raise funds for the organisation.

Corrie's mum Nicola Urquhart announced the idea earlier this month.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Andy King, from Sulsar, said people in the county used not to know anything about what his organisation did: "Now we've got fund-raising events and concerts in aid of us, it's almost been overwhelming for the team.

"It's also meant a huge amount to us to have [our] efforts recognised - [it's] been tremendous and not something we've ever been used to.

"The effect it's had on the team, both in morale and numbers has just been incredible. 

"The team is over twice the size now that it was before Corrie went missing."

Nurse suspended over school uniform request to patient

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A mental health nurse who asked a patient to return to her next appointment wearing her school uniform has been suspended .

North Essex Partnership Trust
Google

Gary Snape was working for North Essex Partnership Trust (Chelmsford main office pictured) when he committed a string of patient care failings.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council  conduct panel  heard Mr Snape had also "inappropriately" asked a patient to tie material around her body.

The panel suspended Mr Snape from working as a nurse for six months.

Major calls to make on City squad

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the back sports page of today's  Eastern Daily Press :  

Eastern Daily Press sports page
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Biggest red nose in county sticking with it and ready to fly

How do you fix a red nose to an air ambulance helicopter?

Sticking plaster, of course. Silly, silly but a laugh.

Thordis Fridriksson has been at Norwich Airport with the East Anglian Air Ambulance whose team has really gone for Comic Relief by kitting out the aircraft with what she thinks is the biggest red nose in the county. 

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Search and rescue team spend 6,000 hours looking for Corrie

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  has spent more than 6,000 hours looking for RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague, who disappeared six months ago , says its chairman.

Search team
BBC

Andy King continued: "Even while the public searches were being planned and then being undertaken, the team was still out looking at other areas based on information that came from the phone lines.

"Every potential place that Corrie could have been, where somebody suggested, has been searched."

The focus of the search for Mr Mckeague is now a landfill site in Cambridgeshire. 

Red Nose Day helps Maldon carers

An Essex teenager has been praising a local charity that's helped him care for his mother and brother.

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Action for Family Carers , which is based in Maldon, gets its funding from Comic Relief .

Various events are taking place across Essex, raising money on Red Nose Day.

Will, 15, from Great Baddow, told BBC Essex that help from the charity is, in turn, helping him with his caring duties.    

Six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen

It's six months since missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague was captured on CCTV cameras in Bury St Edmunds for the final time in the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

He'd been on a night out with friends on the Friday, and hasn't been seen since.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Police have been searching a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge for Mr Mckeague's body for nearly three weeks, after a re-examination of information from a refuse company led them to believe he could have been taken in a waste lorry to the site.

They say the search could take up to 10 weeks. So far they've sifted through about 800 tonnes of waste.