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Our live coverage across the day

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team - for today, for the week and for the month.

Scroll down to see the snippets of news we've brought you today... but here's a quick look at the main stories:

Have a great weekend, and we'll see you at 08:00 on Monday.

And good luck to Simon Clark, who's running around the coast of mainland Britain in an anti-clockwise direction raising money for the Ecologia Youth Trust. He's about to enter Norfolk...

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Our live coverage across the day, the week and the month

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Where has the week gone? It doesn't seem any time at all since we were greeting you on Monday morning, and now we're getting set to enjoy a couple of days off.

It's been a special day here in the county, with the launch of Suffolk Day, out new "county day" which takes place on 21 June.

Scroll down to find out all about it, as well as everything else that's been happening this week.

Have a great weekend - you may need your brolly tomorrow, but Sunday's looking more settled.

See you Monday and good luck to Simon Clark who is continuing with his anti-clockwise run around the British mainland coast.

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All the news for Essex through the day

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

That's it from the Essex Live team for the week so goodbye and have an enjoyable evening and weekend.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

These are some of the stories we've covered today:

If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us using the "Get involved" button at the top of this page.

Killer car driver had no licence or insurance

Essex Police has issued a statement on the four-year jail sentence given to the 16-year-old who crashed a car in Leigh-on-Sea at Christmas, killing his two passengers.

Vigil in Leigh-on-Sea for Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips
BBC

Det Insp Scott Egerton said: "Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips were two young men with their lives ahead of them.

"They were passengers in the car and had no control over the events that led to their tragic deaths. "The driver of this car has pleaded guilty - he drove dangerously without a licence or insurance in a car he had bought and he caused their deaths."He has to live with this for the rest of his life, but so do the families of Reigan and Liam. "Their loved ones will never come home and our thoughts are very much with them." 

The killer cannot be identified for legal reasons - because of his young age.

A dry night, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be mostly dry across the BBC East region, with clear spells as temperatures drop to 7C (45F).

It's a mixed bag of weather for Saturday. There'll be sunny spells and the first of those April showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

Temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00
BBC

Tinkler: Whitlock is a 'massive inspiration'

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler says training alongside Max Whitlock has been a "massive inspiration".

Tinkler, 17, has taken the decision to move to the South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon from the club she was training at in County Durham when she won her medal in Rio last year.

She made a tentative return to competition last weekend when, recovering from a minor calf injury, she competed in the parallel bars and finished fourth. 

Amy Tinkler
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Next month, she has the European Championships in Cluj, Romania, and the World Championships in Montreal later this year.   

She said: "A lot of athletes lose motivation after an Olympics, but I had even more reason to get back in the gym. 

"The environment at South Essex is great and just the sort of place you want to be training every day. 

"Training alongside Max is a massive inspiration and he has made me feel so welcome. 

"It's like one big family and it feels so relaxed. We've got a really strong team and it's up to us to make the most of it this year."

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler joins Max Whitlock gym club

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler has left her home club in County Durham to join the club where double Olympic champion Max Whitlock trains at in Basildon. 

Tinkler was just 16 years old when she won a surprise bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, and subsequently was quick to pile praise on the Pink Gym in her home town of Spennymoor where she had trained since a toddler. 

Amy Tinkler celebrating winning her bronze medal
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But shortly after returning from Brazil, Tinkler made the choice to switch to the successful south Essex club which trained Whitlock and GB team-mate Brinn Bevan. 

She said: "It wasn't a particularly hard decision, because I knew it was one I had to make if I wanted to further my career. 

"It had reached the point where things weren't really working out for me at Spennymoor any more. 

"Everything happened suddenly after Rio, and I didn't really get the chance to think about it, but I know it was the right move." 

The extent of the upheaval is not to be under-estimated - it involved Tinkler's mother giving up her job at the gym and moving with her daughter to Basildon, from where Tinkler is now continuing her A-level studies with Durham High School via e-mail. 

Flood defence maintenance work to begin

The water level on a stretch of the River Gipping will be lowered next week, to enable the Environment Agency to carry out an inspection on a flood defence.

Bramford Mill Gate
Environment Agency

On Monday, the gate at Bramford Lock near Ipswich will be raised, which will result in the lowering of the water level upstream of the site from Rushbrook Mill.  

A survey of the gate, which will determine its remaining lifespan, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, before the water level is restored on Thursday. 

Project manager Rebecca Bromley said: "This work allows us to inspect the flood defences and to keep them in the best possible condition to continue to protect people, property and the local environment from flooding. 

"Our fisheries team will be on hand to monitor the water level and to ensure no harm is caused to fish stocks."    

Teenager sentenced to four years after fatal Essex crash

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A 16-year-old has been sentenced to four years in custody for causing the deaths of two teenagers by dangerous driving during a police pursuit.

Liam Phillips and Reigan Knight
Essex Police

Liam Phillips and Reigan Knight (pictured), both 17, died when the Ford Escort they were passengers in crashed in Leigh-on-Sea on 27 December.

A boy from Great Wakering, who cannot be named, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also banned from driving for four years at Chelmsford Crown Court.

In the wake of the deaths about 300 people attended a candlelit beach vigil for the two boys.

Waveney Words audio news service chooses listener to take on role of chairman for the first time

Diss Express

An audio news service which covers the Waveney Valley has chosen one of its listeners to take on the role of chairman for the first time. 

Waveney Words, a "talking newspaper" which provides news for the blind , unanimously elected Roydon resident Audrey Moskowitz, after committee members realised they had never had a listener in the lead role.

Audrey Moskowitz sitting at table with a man
Diss Express

Teenager jailed for fatal car crash

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A teenager's been jailed for causing the death of two of his friends in a car crash at a junction on Southsea Avenue in Leigh-on-Sea.

Flowers left in tribute
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The 16-year-old, who can't be named, has been jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for four years from the date of his prison release.

Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips, who were both seventeen-years-old, died just after Christmas when the car, that they were passengers in, crashed . It was being followed by an Essex Police vehicle at the time.

What would you like Suffolk's flag to look like?

We brought you news earlier of comments made by two of our MPs about the possibility of flying the Suffolk flag at Westminster on 21 June, Suffolk Day.

Here's a photograph of the "Suffolk" flag as flown by the county council.

Suffolk flag
Suffolk County Council

Which one would you like to see on display on Suffolk Day - the St Edmund flag, which we showed you earlier, or this one?

Share your thoughts with us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

Body found in city river

The body of a woman has been found in water near to New Mills Yard in Norwich.

Police and fire officers carried out a search of the river this morning and found the body at 11:00.

Formal identification of the body is yet to take place, but Norfolk Police say the woman is believed to be Sarah "Topsy" Gardner. 

Officers searching the river
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The 60-year-old was last seen at her home address on Sprowston Road in the early hours of Saturday, 18 March.

Investigations are continuing, by the death is not currently being treated as suspicious.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski rules out last day drama

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski believes his side will secure their Championship status before the final game of the season.

Bartosz Bialkowski
BBC

The 29-year-old doesn't agree with fans who fear the Blues trip to Nottingham Forest, on 7 May, will determine their future.

"I'm sure we're not going to be in that situation, when we are going to fight until the last day of the season and we are going to need the last three points of the season," said Bialkowski.

"I'm quite confident we've got so much quality in that team, and I believe in them."

Town are at home to Birmingham tomorrow followed by Wigan on Tuesday.

Ryman League: Suffolk sides clocking up the miles

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

All four of Suffolk's Ryman Premier Division clubs have away games on Saturday.

Ryman League football
Ryman League

Play-off chasers Leiston and Needham Market , who are in third and fourth place, head to Billericay Town and Staines Town respectively.

Lowestoft Town , who are unbeaten in their last eight games, travel to Merstham while AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at Worthing.

Bury Town host Thamesmead in the North Division.

Warning from shell fishery owner

The owner of a shell fishery in Essex, where a fishing ban has been lifted, says we all need to take more care of our rivers and estuaries.

The Food Standards Agency has lifted a two-year ban on shell fishing at Barton Hall on the River Roach.

Paul Gilson
BBC

High levels of the bacteria E. coli meant it wasn't safe to eat shellfish from there.

It meant owner Paul Gilson had to put his plans to sell his business on hold.

"This place is just part of a network of places that we must look after," he said.

"For all of us. Not just me as a fisherman. Everybody."

Proof that 'round the coast' runner really did stop off in the county

Around this time yesterday afternoon, we told you about a man who's running around the coast of Britain to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya, Uganda and Myanmar.

Simon Clark, 57, had spoken to us from Thorpeness, and he's kindly sent us a couple of photographs showing him first of all in the village next to the mere, and secondly at Orfordness lighthouse:

Simon Clark at Thorpeness
Simon Clark
Simon Clark by Orfordness lighthouse
Simon Clark

Ban lifted on shell fishing two years on

A two-year shell fishing ban on the River Roach, near Rochford and Southend, has been lifted.

The river, at Barton Hall, was closed by the Food Standards Agency in March 2015 after tests showed extremely high levels of E. coli in the water.

River Roach
BBC

Paul Gilson, who owns a shell fishery, said: "We were devastated.

"At that time, we actually had a company which were looking to buy the river from us, and that was going to be our pension."

An investigation carried out by the Environment Agency found raw sewage was getting into the river upstream, as homes weren't being plumbed-in properly.

Anglian Water says it wasn't responsible for the misconnections, but it did fix them.

It also repaired a partly-collapsed sewer, and cleared some blockages from sewer pipes.

The quality of the water has since improved and the ban was lifted last month.

Woman sought in connection with £12,500 fraud

CCTV images have been released of a woman police would like to speak to in connection with a fraud where £12,500 was stolen from a bank account.

CCTV images of woman sought in connection with fraud
Suffolk Police

A woman went to one branch of a bank to request a new debit card and then went to another to request a new PIN, police say. 

Both were sent to the account holder’s home address, without her knowledge, but appear to have been intercepted. 

The new bank card and PIN were then used at branches of the bank in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket on the same day with thousands of pounds being withdrawn on each occasion. 

While the customer has been compensated by the bank, police are keen to speak to the woman pictured in connection with the fraud.

Minister keen to avoid press in Norwich

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

There were bizarre scenes outside a Norwich care complex this afternoon as the health secretary paid a visit, but went to great lengths to avoid the press. 

Jeremy Hunt was smuggled in through a back door at the Meadows retirement village in Bowthorpe and at the end of the visit he was driven away at speed. No reason has been given for his apparent shyness...

The Meadows is a new complex of 92 apartments designed for people with dementia. It is something you might have expected the health secretary to want to talk about. 

The county council would not allow journalists to follow the visit, citing election "purdah" rules which ban campaigning on council premises during election periods. 

However, photographers were told they could wait outside to film Mr Hunt's arrival. But he clearly had other ideas.

We briefly saw him in the main reception area and he was also seen on the roof looking out over the complex.

Health Secretary spotted during his visit to Norwich
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Jeremy Hunt (right) spotted at Meadows retirement village
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The Department of Health said Mr Hunt was on a political visit, the Conservative Party hasn't made any comment.

I'm told that the health secretary was impressed at what he saw and said that he wants to see more such retirement villages. 

BBC Inside Out: Captain Darell a 'hero'

BBC Inside Out

This year is the 350th anniversary of the first ever land battle of the predecessors to the Royal Marines.

Historic image of Capt Nathaniel Darell
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Languard Fort, Felixstowe
BBC

The battle took place near Landguard Fort in Felixstowe.

In July 1667, about 1,500 Dutch soldiers tried to attack the port and destroy the English fleet as part of an ongoing war over trade. 

But 400 soldiers led by Captain Nathaniel Darell defeated them.

Warrant Officer Jake Laidlaw, a Royal Marine veteran, was in charge of last year's parade but had no idea of the history on his doorstep until a few years ago.

"As far as we're concerned in East Anglia, he's our hero, he gives us something to celebrate once a year," he said.

Landguard Fort located on the northern side of Harwich Harbour was designed to guard the naval port of Harwich on the other side of the harbour, as well as the mouths of the Stour and Orwell rivers.

You can find out more about the anniversary and the importance of the fort tonight on Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC1 .

The programme also looks at the case of Suffolk's Lauri Love, who is facing extradition to the USA to answer computer hacking charges .

UK's arrival of RAF stealth jet takes step forward

The arrival in Norfolk of the RAF's new F-35 Lightning II has taken a step forward.

US company Lockheed Martin has been awarded a £80m contract by the Ministry of Defence/US Department of Defense to deliver the initial training, engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the RAF's fleet of the fast jets over a three year period.

It's subcontracted £40m worth of the work to BAE Systems. Together the two companies will form a team of more than 100 skilled technicians at RAF Marham, providing engineering and technical expertise, routine maintenance, air and ground crew training. 

Work is already under way at the west Norfolk airbase for the arrival of 617 Squadron, which will fly the UK's initial operational F-35 Lightning II jets from 2018.

F-35 jet
Lockheed Martin

In  April last year , Lockheed Martin was awarded a multi-million pound contract to deliver an aircraft maintenance and training centre at RAF Marham.

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon made today's announcement during a press conference with his US counterpart James Mattis.

Nothing demonstrates the strength of our relationship better than our joint work on the most advanced combat aircraft in the world – the F-35 Lightning II. The additional investment at RAF Marham will ensure that we have a formidable fighting force that, at a time of growing danger, will help us work with our US partners to promote international peace and security.”

Sir Michael FallonDefence Secretary

Funds to help save rare species

Breckland is getting nearly £500,000 to try and protect rare species which are in danger of dying out.

The "Back from the Brink" project has been awarded £4.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The landscape of the area is unusual because of its climate and geology, and has the lowest rainfall in the country. 

With its mix of chalk and sandy soils, and history of human habitation, it's led to the creation of unique habitats such as grass heath and inland sand dunes.

Stone curlew adult near nest and eggs
RSPB

Karen Kramer is the development officer behind the three-year project, which will help 16 rare species, including invertebrates, reptiles and birds.

All the species we're looking at are ones that are predicted potentially to go extinct by 2020. We're looking at things which are on the brink of being lost - stone curlew [pictured] and woodlark are two people might recognise - and we have some really unique and special beetles, one of them is called the wormwood moonshiner."

Karen KramerBack from the Brink

Final day in school for well-known headteacher

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

One of the county's most prominent head teachers steps down today, after a 15-year spell at the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.

Geoff Barton
BBC

Geoff Barton, who has been outspoken from time-to-time during his spell at King Edward's - at one time saying he'd be the last person to be dragged " kicking and screaming to be an academy head " - has praised his governors and colleagues for giving him the support to voice his opinions.

"A lot of heads don't have the privilege I have, of having governors and parents who are so supportive and so, yes, I have on behalf of colleagues, spoken out where we've needed to do so."

Last month, Mr Barton was elected to the post of General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. 

Shortage of local crabs in Thames raised in Commons

The Conservative MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, has raised the issue of a shortage of crabs in the Thames estuary, due to excessive dredging.

Crabs
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He said: "Local fishermen have drawn to my attention that the marine conservation zones prohibit fishing in 20% of UK waters, but allow dredging for sand or gravel.

"And this is weakening the British fishing industry as Thames estuary fish stocks are at a bare minimum due to dredging. 

"And apparently with crabbing, which is very popular in our area, there's a shortage of local crabs."

Appeal after rape arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, following an incident in Lowestoft yesterday.

Police were called to Marine Parade just before 14:00, after a member of the public reported a woman had just left a flat there in a distressed state, and had told him she had been raped.

Officers attended, and the 23-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested a short time later.

Police say they've been working with the woman, who's in her 30s, to get an account of what happened, and that inquiries are continuing.

Top marks for primary school

It's 10 out of 10 for pupils at a north Norfolk school.

Aldborough Primary , near Aylsham, has achieved 100% in its key stage 2 reading tests, putting it in the top 1% of schools nationally.

Tina Casburn, with three pupils and teacher Courtenay Caston
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The school has received a big tick from education minister, Nick Gibb. He sent a letter to head teacher Tina Casburn, praising the school for its high standards.

The University of East Anglia regularly sends education students to the school to see how it teaches reading, and other schools from across the county have also gone to learn about its unusual approach.

We don’t use reading schemes, we don’t focus too much on phonics... it flies against most conventional thinking but, believe it or not, if you give a child decent books, and nurture their ability to really understand them, they actually enjoy reading.”

Tina CasburnHead teacher

Police bid a fond farewell to the police helicopter at Wattisham

Hopes of 'package' for Laindon printing firm

The Unite union says it's hoping that a buyer and "rescue package" can be found for a Laindon printing firm that's been placed in administration. 

As reported yesterday, more than 100 workers have already been made redundant at the Anton Group. About 200 other jobs are believed to be under threat.   

Anton Group
BBC

Bury can take pride in Toby's England call-up

Bury Free Press

Check out the back page of the Bury Free Press :

Bury Free Press back page
Bury Free Press

Police raids across town to tackle rise in violence

Ipswich Star

Here's a look at the front page of the Ipswich Star :

Front page of Ipswich Star4
Ipswich Star

High hopes for Morello Racing

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich-based  Morello Racing begin their season at Donington this weekend as one of the favourites to take the Superstock 1000 title. 

The series follows the British Superbike Championship around the UK. They've signed former Superbike rider Danny Buchan this year as well as retaining Fraser Rogers.

Danny Buchan and Fraser Rogers
Morello Racing

Team owner Steve Buckingham said: "You've got major amounts of pedigree there, pre-season testing has gone very well." 

The Detectorists set to return to Suffolk

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The BBC's confirmed the stars of the popular show Detectorists will return to Suffolk this year.

Scene from the Detectorists
BBC

Filming for the third series will start this summer around Framlingham, although the story is actually set in a fictional Essex village called Danebury.

It's due to be broadcast later this year.

One of the stars, Mackenzie Crook (pictured right) told the BBC: "The prospect of filming another summer in the beautiful English countryside is a good one."

More reaction to Suffolk Day

On the day the first Suffolk Day is announced, the leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, John Griffiths, has given the idea the thumbs-up: "It's good to shout about all the wonderful things we've got here.

"Not just the bigger skies, the great environment but the great people, the unique rural settings, ancient towns, active economic centres.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral
BBC

"We'll do everything we can to spread the word... we've got the home of horseracing , we've got the Abbey Gardens , the Theatre Royal , the Apex , the Cathedral , [and a number of] museums."

The inaugural Suffolk Day is going to be held on Wednesday, 21 June.

How can we mark Suffolk Day?

Glemham Hall  on the A12 near Saxmundham has put its head above the parapet and said it will open its doors on Suffolk Day for a guided tour.

Glemham Hall
BBC

Rose House Butchery in Ipswich is going to make a new Suffolk sausage, and West Suffolk markets say they can't wait to get involved.

What about you - have you had time to think about how you'd like to make the day special? Contact us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

Semi-final challenge for Canaries youngsters

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City Under 23's play Sunderland at Carrow Road this evening in the semi-final of the Premier League International Cup

The winners will play FC Porto at home in the final. 

Richard Money
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Norwich City's academy director Richard Money is hoping the game will attract a big crowd. 

"We've shown that this is a really good competition and the young boys are really worth coming to watch." Money said. 

Norwich City: Pre-match press conference

Norwich City go to Aston Villa tomorrow in the Championship, with the final eight games of the season coming up over the next five weeks.

Alan Irvine told the pre-match conference he's in charge up to and including the Reading game on 8 April, and then it'll be reassessed.

He also has an update on midfielder Wes Hoolahan:

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Norwich City resume play-off push at Aston Villa

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City go to Aston Villa tomorrow in The Championship

With eight matches to play the Canaries are five points adrift of the play-offs and many supporters gave up any hope of a top six finish some time ago. 

But it's worth remembering that in 2002, when City reached the play-off final in Cardiff, they were six points adrift at the same stage. 

Craig Fleming
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Craig Fleming was a member of that team and he joined us on last night's edition of The Scrimmage  on BBC Radio Norfolk

"They're right in the mix, I think. It's a two-game swing, if the teams above them lose two games and they win two, that's it, they're in the box seat," said Fleming. 

New cinema opens in Ipswich

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Film-lovers in Ipswich now have a whopping 27 cinema screens to choose from, as doors to the town's third cinema have opened.

Empire Cinema, Ipswich
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Ipswich sign at Empire
BBC

Empire takes up a large part of the refurbished Buttermarket, sitting alongside several restaurants and the yet-to-open bowling/leisure complex.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer says this should go some way to making the town more inviting to families and other visitors not intent on visiting pubs at night. 

"It's a big moment for the town," he said of the opening.

Last night, hordes of excited staff greeted members of the press and competition winners to four preview screenings - of Boss Baby and Ghost in the Shell.

It opens to the general public today, but as you can see some building work is ongoing.

Building work at Empire
BBC

Sunny spells and maybe showers later

It's been a mixed bag of weather across the county this morning, as seen in this selection of photos from our BBC Weather Watchers .

The cloud's expected to break up this afternoon, bringing sunny spells, but also the chance of a shower.

Not quite as warm as yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 17C (63F).

Early morning sky over North Sea at Gorleston
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A field of rape coming in to bloom in North Runcton
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Dark clouds over a playing field
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