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Our live coverage across the week

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye and have a good weekend - the weather looks promising too.

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

Some of our coverage today is listed here:

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

All the news through the day

Thanks for joining us for Friday's live updates for Suffolk. 

Our coverage has now finished for the week, but if any news breaks overnight or over the weekend then you'll find it here.

If you want to read more, just scroll down the page and have a catch-up with our top stories.

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

All the news through the day

Thanks for joining us for Friday's live updates for Essex. Our coverage has now finished for the week, but if any news breaks overnight or over the weekend then you'll find it here.

If you want to read more, just scroll down the page and have a catch-up with our top stories.

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

Video: Fifth-gen ferrywoman on why she needs a new boat

Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years.

The foot ferry at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. And back again. 

The business has been in the same family for five generations - some 130 years. 

Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat Old Bob which is 57 years old. The new boat will become the new working ferry.  

Walberswick-Southwold river crossing's first new ferry in 20 years

Swimming pool project campaign under way after decades of hope

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

People in Swaffham are hoping the decades-old dream of building a swimming pool in the town could soon become a reality after local mothers raised £15,000 through fundraising events. 

Land for pool
BBC

Fundraisers also have an option on land to build the pool, but they need £500,000 to make the job viable. 

With this amount of money they can get matched funding for the £1.5m total cost of the project. 

Carolyn Watts, is one of the people behind the plan and said the community was working together to hit the financial target. 

"The land belongs to the town council and is being held for this project, but we cannot be sure until after the coming election," she said.

Child rapist jailed for 22 years for Essex attacks

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting rape, indecency and other sexual offences against children in Essex aged between five and 15.

Christopher Francis
Essex Police

Christopher Francis, 70, of Palmerston Mews, Bournemouth, was living in the Maldon area in the 1970s and 80s when the offences, which relate to four victims, took place.

On 24 February at Chelmsford Crown Court, Francis admitted two rapes, 11 counts of indecency with a child, eight indecent assaults and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

He was sentenced today.The offences came to light when Francis, was arrested during a separate investigation by Dorset Police in 2015. In December 2016, Essex Police charged Francis with 23 sexual offences against children.Essex's Det Con Carol Astbury said: "Christopher Francis is a dangerous abuser who subjected his victims to evil crimes over several years."They were young and vulnerable and he took advantage of them."

Dualling of A47 congestion hotspot priority for Highways England

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Building a dual carriageway on the final single track section of the A47 between East Dereham and the Norwich bypass is being considered a priority by Highways England.

The agency said: "This dualling of the A47 between Easton and North Tuddenam, including where it currently passes through Hockering, will make a real difference to all our users on this road. 

"It will also provide an economic stimulus for the whole region by providing safer, more reliable and less congested journeys. 

"There are important decisions to be made for this £300m work along the A47 corridor, including choosing between the four different options we have proposed for dualling this stretch of the A47."

Video: Work starts on famous crossing's new ferry

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years. 

The crossing at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. 

The business, which is almost 130 years old, has been in the same family for five generations. 

Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat "Old Bob" which is 57 years old. 

The new boat will become the new working ferry. 

Walberswick to Southwold ferry service gets new boat

Villagers consulted on A47 dualling concerned about options

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Villagers living near a section of the A47 that becomes congested in heavy traffic, where it narrows from a dual carriageway to a single track, are concerned about plans by the Highways Agency aimed at eliminating the problem.

Parish councillor Richard Hawker said current plans could make life for Hockering residents even worse. 

The three options are to dual the current road or build new routes either north or south of the village.

"If the present road is dualled it will go closer to several homes which will make noise problems worse," said Mr Hawker .

"It may be better to improve junctions at Honingham and Easton.

"Hockering residents are concerned dualling might create problems. They want access to local villages, routes to Norwich and Dereham as well as retaining the bus service."

The other plans could affect all or some of these objections, he said.

Top senior managers at Harlow Council set to leave

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Two of Harlow Council 's top senior managers are to leave the authority by agreement to save money.

Harlow Council
Harlow Council

Chief executive Malcolm Morley will move on by end of October with the council's chief operating officer Graham Branchett leaving before him by the end of July.

Last night’s council meeting agreed to a proposal which will see both posts deleted and replaced by a new single chief officer post of managing director. 

Reducing the top management team to one post will save over £424,000 over the next four years. 

Jon Clempner, Labour leader of Harlow Council, said: "Reducing the council’s most senior management structure to one post will not impact on frontline services, but will help to protect services and other jobs."  

New dual carriageway may not be answer to A47 problems, villagers say

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The A47 has become notorious for accident blackspots, queuing traffic and hold-ups. 

Authorities and motorists believe something needs to be done to improve safety as well as reduce journey times and are considering more dual carriageway between North Tuddenham and Easton.

North Tuddenham junction
Google

Highways England estimates a dual carriageway on this section could cost £300m, but local communities most affected by new road layouts are questioning the options presented for the current consultation. 

Hockering residents are most vocal in this and parish councillor Richard Hawker said Highways England is not providing enough detail on its plans. 

"They are just lines on paper at present and we are disappointed Highways England has not engaged more with us despite several approaches."

High Court warning over caravans at Hovefields

A High Court judge is today warning against the placing of any further caravans on a plot of land off Hovefields Avenue in Wickford.

The site has been layed with roads and plots with hard surfaces, while electricity has been installed.

However, Basildon Borough Council has taken out an injunction to stop any developments, and return it to its original state.

A further hearing is due to take place next month.

A High Court hearing about a neighbouring, but separate, part of the site called Silva Lodge Kennels is due to take place on Tuesday.

NSPCC statement on child sex abuser who was football coach

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We earlier reported that a football coach has been jailed for nine years for grooming and sexual activity with teenage boys.

Chelmsford Crown Court
BBC

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Robert Ellis, 50, of Church End, Harlow,  was found guilty of grooming a boy under 16 and six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a boy aged under 15.  

The children's charity the  NSPCC  has issued a statement saying: "Ellis is a devious and manipulative sexual predator who used his position as a football coach to commit vile abuse against children.

"His sickening actions will have a long-lasting effect on his victims and it’s important they receive all possible support to help rebuild their lives. 

"We hope they can take some comfort from today’s sentence and the fact that Ellis’s campaign of abuse has finally come to an end."

Rugby union: Bury hoping to cause an upset

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds four-match unbeaten run will face a stiff test tomorrow when they head to title-chasing Old Elthamians in National League Two South .

Bury St Edmunds rugby players
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolf Pack are likely to prove tricky opponents for the Greenwich-based side, after winning three of their last four matches to kill off any relegation fears.

Their hosts, who are in second in the table, beat Bury 31-21 when the two sides met at The Haberden in December.

Ryman League: Suffolk clubs continue their promotion battle

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston have an excellent chance to get their Ryman Premier Division play-off push back on track tomorrow with a home game against struggling Leatherhead.

Leiston FC
Leiston FC

Glenn Driver's men are still third in the table despite losing their last three matches.

Fellow promotion chasers Needham Market , who are outside the top five, but only on goal difference, head to Metropolitan Police.

AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at home to leaders Bognor Regis, while Lowestoft Town can do Leiston and Needham a favour by beating fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet.

Bury Town entertain Cheshunt in the North Division.

Thurlow Nunn League: Mildenhall closing in on title

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Seven points from their remaining four fixtures will guarantee that Mildenhall Town end the season as champions of the Thurlow Nunn League .

Dean Greygoose
Mildenhall Town FC

Dean Greygooses's side has lead the way all campaign, although a dip in form through January and February did cast some doubt over their title push. 

But five successive league wins mean that promotion to the Ryman League is surely just weeks away.

"I think it's buzzing, with a lot of excitement," said Greygoose. 

"Although there are nerves now and again, especially at the start of games. I think everyone seems to relax when we score the first goal. 

"It's a good time to be involved with Mildenhall Town."

From the archives: Pilgrimage palm crosses 1936

Some 81 one years ago this month workers of Walsingham were captured on camera making up palm crosses and branches to be carried in procession and distributed on Palm Sunday in many Catholic and Anglican churches. 


          1936: Workers of Walsingham, Norfolk, were captured on camera making up palm crosses and branches to be carried in procession and distributed on Palm Sunday
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Walsingham was known throughout Europe as "England's Nazareth" because  Richeldis de Faverches , a pious noblewoman, had a dream or apparition in 1061.

The Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to her and asked her to build a house like the one in which Jesus was raised in Nazareth and when this was done it became a popular centre for pilgrimage.

From the archives: German prisoners of war in Colchester 1947

Some 70 years ago this month, a photographer took a picture of Hans and Helmuth, German prisoners of war in Colchester, leaving the hut for a walk to say goodbye before they were released. The animals in the photograph are strays cared for by the prisoners.


          Hans and Helmuth, German prisoners of war in Colchester, Essex leaving the hut for a walk to say goodbye before they were released in 1947
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Ipswich Town: Spence keen to remain a Blue

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence says he's enjoyed his time at Portman Road so far and would like to extend his stay at the club.

Jordan Spence
BBC

The 26-year-old's current short term deal expires in the summer.

He told me: "I've always said yes [to staying longer], based on my experience of it thus far.

"As to what happens next, I guess it's in my control if I keep playing, and play well enough, then I'm sure they would quite like to keep me."

In the News: 'Shocking plans are ill-conceived'

Diss Express

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

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Giant turbine blades for North Sea wind farm arrive at port

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The first giant blades for a North Sea wind farm have arrived at the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth. 

Four blades, each close to 100ft (30m) long, built by electrical giant Siemens were unloaded earlier this week.

Blades
BBC
More blades
BBC

They are destined for the 158 turbine Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast and will be hoisted on to 250ft (85m) towers which come in three sections and stand on deep foundations. 

Port manager Richard Goffin said: "Great Yarmouth is now open as the construction base for North Sea wind farms."

The town had seen considerable investment in new sustainable energy ventures. 

Peter Wright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's economic development officer, said last year: "Great Yarmouth is already world renowned as England's offshore energy sector capital and this investment reflects confidence in the local economy, the skills of the workforce, the port facilities and the borough's status as a Centre of Offshore Renewable Engineering." 

Galloper windfarm location in the North Sea
BBC

Saved day centre is 'absolutely essential'

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A day of celebrations has been held at the Foxhall Day Centre in Ipswich after it was saved from closure.

Foxhall Day Centre
BBC

The centre provides activities for elderly, vulnerable people and offers respite for carers. 

It was funded by Age UK Suffolk before the charity said it could no longer support it.

Workers from the centre have got together with the Suffolk Community Foundation and the Pargiter Trust to form a new charity to run the centre.  

Operations director Debbie Dodd said the centre was "absolutely essential". 

"There's nowhere else for them to go in this area," she said.

"If we had closed, a lot of these people would be sitting alone at home, isolated and they would lose a lot of the skills they have learnt here and their mobility would decrease."

Foxhall day centre
BBC

Wheater keeping wicket for Essex

BBC Sport

Adam Wheater (pictured) is keeping wicket for Essex in their opening County Championship match of the season against Lancashire which started at Chelmsford today.

Adam Wheater
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Former captain James Foster has been left out of the 13 man squad which includes winter signings Neil Wagner and Simon Harmer.  

Follow all the action from the County Championship's six matches at  BBC Sport's live page .

Expert's views on Brentwood jockey's chances in Grand National

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Aintree

With Aintree being on Merseyside, where red is so prevalent in football (for one half of Liverpool at least), and the fact many people worldwide believe it their lucky colour, Definitly Red (pictured at Haydock in 2015) is sure to be all the rage. 

Definitly Red at Haydock Races on February 14, 2015
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And the credentials of the Brian Ellison-trained runner, who has an attractive mid-range weight, add up too: he's the winner of three races this season, earning his place in the line-up with a fine-jumping success over 2016 runner-up The Last Samuri (also misspelled, you might have noticed) in Doncaster's Grimthorpe Chase.

The preparation of Definitly Red, one of three fancied runners - along with One For Arthur and Highland Lodge - from jump racing's currently less fashionable Northern and Scottish circuit, is described by Yorkshire-based Ellison as "better than perfect". 

Danny Cook pictured at Wetherby Racecourse on March 22, 2016
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On board, riding in the silks of owner Phil Martin, will be jockey Danny Cook (pictured at Wetherby in 2016), from Brentwood, whose appearance on jump racing's biggest stage is, in a way, doubly unlikely.

Not only has Cook successfully rebuilt his reputation after serving a six-month ban in 2015 following a positive test for cocaine - "a catastrophic error of judgement" - he might also have been facing rather more formidable opponents than Becher's Brook and The Chair.

As a teenager, he applied to the Army as well as to the Northern Racing College - it's the Grand National's gain that the NRC answered first.

Arriving aged 16 at the Racing College, Cook had never sat on a horse and admits to be being scared of them.

New sporting chief at Norwich City ponders 'squad clear out'

BBC Sport

The Canaries go head-to-head with Reading at home tomorrow and many of the club's players will want to get on the pitch to demonstrate their worth. 

New director of sport Stuart Webber has opened the bidding on the future of Norwich City FC.

Stuart Webber
BBC

He told the pre-match press conference he doesn't have a shortlist for new head coach, but will certainly not be going back to former club Huddersfield for manager David Wagner. 

He had a warning for current players that it was "hard to disagree with the idea of a mass clear-out of the squad". So they will be keen to prove their ability if they want to stay. 

Caretaker manager Alan Irvine was putting together a team for the clash with the Royals and said: "Too many of the goals we've conceded have been individual errors at key times in games." 

But he is without Scottish attacking midfielder Graham Dorrans, with five goals to his name this term, who is not fit. But Irish international Wes Hoolahan is available to take on the role. 

"I'm delighted to have my full-backs back. They're both absolutely fine and keen to get going again," Irvine added.

In the News: Webber's in - so let the revolution begin

Eastern Daily Press

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

Eastern Daily Press
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Tour offer to Paul O'Grady after reports he insulted Southend

Nic Rigby

BBC News

TV presenter Paul O'Grady has been invited on a tour of an Essex town after reportedly lambasting it on his revamp of Blind Date. 

Paul O'Grady and Cilla Black
PA

The comedian used insulting language to describe Southend-on-Sea as a place for "single mothers" on the Channel 5 reboot of the dating show, The Sun has reported.

Southend Council and Visit Southend responded on Twitter by suggesting O'Grady "hadn't visited for a while".

"Who would help us give him a tour of the best of Southend?" they tweeted.

The BBC has contacted Mr O'Grady's manager and a statement is due to be issued later by Channel 5.

BreakingFootball coach jailed for grooming teenagers

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A football coach has been jailed for nine years for grooming and sexual activity with teenage boys. Robert Ellis, 50, of Church End, Harlow, denied one charge of meeting a boy aged under 16 following grooming, six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a boy aged under 15 and three counts of sexual touching.

Robert Ellis
Essex Police

He stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, where he was found guilty of all charges on 28 February and was sentenced today. 

The court heard that Ellis met one of the 15-year-old victims online in April 2015.

He invited him to football matches, claimed to have talent-spotted goalkeepers and offered to coach the teenager, who was from Lincolnshire.

Ellis, a civil servant, arranged to meet him in a park in July 2015 where they played football and later went for a meal.

The boy's mother reported Ellis to local police after finding out and banned her son from contacting him again.

However, they resumed contact in December 2015 and arranged to meet.

This was reported to police and Ellis was arrested in January 2016, before the meeting could take place.

During the course of their inquiries, officers spoke to another young man who said he had been in a sexual relationship with Ellis when he was 15 after they met online.

During the police investigation, it was also found Ellis had been banned by the Football Association from taking part in any FA-football related activity involving under 18s, since December 2013.

However, he continued to take part in informal football sessions in Harlow that were not covered by this ban. 

Essex jockey set for the Grand National

BBC Sport

An Essex jockey says he's nervous, but can't wait to take part in tomorrow's Grand National at Aintree .

Danny Cook pictured riding Yesyoucan at Haydock in 2012
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Danny Cook, who grew up in Romford and has a home in Brentwood, is riding one of the favourites.

He's told BBC Essex today is all about looking after his horse Definitly Red (there's a missing e in his name, it is believed whoever filled out the horse's registration papers wasn't a great speller). 

Cook (pictured riding Yesyoucan at Haydock in 2012) said: "He [Definitly Red] had a gallop this morning, not a hard gallop. That should put him spot-on ready for tomorrow.

"You have got to keep him fresh as well as fit - to find a happy medium."

New police Porsche set to star at shows, schools and colleges

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

People attending major events across Norfolk, as well as school pupils and college students, will be able to see a new Porsche Cayman GT4 in police livery. 

The vehicle has been donated by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in the county, to help heighten safety awareness for all motorists, but in particular young drivers.

Porsche Cayman GT4
Norfolk Police

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: "Only this week we have seen the sad loss of three young lives in a road traffic collision in South Norfolk and my thoughts are with the families involved. 

"Engagement and education are vital elements of the work on road safety undertaken by roads policing officers. 

"I'm confident the use of the Porsche will help break down barriers and enable officers to speak with young drivers and provide road safety advice.

"The GT4 will certainly attract a lot of attention - but that's the whole idea. 

"We hope the car will acts as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard-to-reach groups like young drivers."  

South Essex gymnast Tinkler competing in World Cup

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler, now part of the South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon, hopes to rise to the big occasion once again as the World Cup of Gymnastics heads to the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.

Amy Tinkler
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The 17-year-old is part of a four-strong Great Britain team which also includes fellow Rio Olympian Brinn Bevan, London 2012 bronze medallist Sam Oldham and Georgia-Mae Fenton.

Tinkler (pictured) switched to the South Essex GC from her "home" club in County Durham after her Rio success and is looking to step up her comeback after being hampered by a minor calf injury at the National Championships last month.

Amy Tinkler
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Tinkler said: "The World Cup is my first big event of the year and I'm really looking to go out there and enjoy it.

"I don't feel any extra pressure because of what I did in Rio.

"I feel more motivated than ever to get back in what is going to be another really big year for me. I'm excited to compete in London in front of a massive crowd and it will definitely boost my performance."

The sun has got his hat on

It's set to stay dry with periods of sunshine and light, variable winds. 

Feeling warm by the afternoon in many areas, but somewhat cooler near the coast where a sea breeze is developing. 

Cloudier conditions may persist across some western areas. 

Highs of 13C (55F).

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for these photographs. 

Great Bricett
BBC
Whatfield
BBC

Time-lapse video: Scaffolding goes up City Hall

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A £200,000 project is under way to repair major parts of the clock tower which dominates the skyline of Norwich. 

The City Hall tower was built during the 1930s in art deco style, but now five copper finials at clock level need to be removed, cleaned, tested and repaired.

Norwich City Hall scaffolding time-lapse footage

Giant scaffolding has been erected and this time-lapse video, shot by Ben Gadsby-Williams from a mile away at his home on Cowgate, shows it going up. 

A city council spokesman said: "The greatest cost in the project is the erection of scaffolding which will also enable repairs to the pointing on the clock tower where necessary as part of the project." 

It is likely to take up to four months to complete and it is hoped it will not have to be done again for another 60 years.

Union says teachers and staff 'can see parallels with BHS'

Ipswich Star

The Suffolk branch of the National Union of Teachers has raised concerns over the financial mismanagement complaints leveled at the Academy Transformation Trust – stating that staff "can see parallels with BHS".

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From the archive: Nazi women at Tilbury

Some 79 years ago this month, at Tilbury docks, a group of women were photographed giving the Nazi salute on the deck of the Wilhelm Gustloff .


          A group of women at Tilbury photographed giving the Nazi salute on the deck of the Wilhelm Gustloff
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The ship was a floating polling station enabling the 2,500 German citizens in Britain to vote in Nazi Germany's 1938 plebiscite on bringing together Germany and Austria.

A month earlier German troop had marched into Austria to complete the "Anchluss".

Jolly: 'Tigers are title contenders'

Bury Free Press

While the back page looks at Mildenhall Fen Tigers' speedway title hopes: 

Bury Free Press 07/04/17
Iliffe Media Publishing

Memorial for popular Alan

Bury Free Press

Tributes are paid to businessman Alan West on the front of today's Bury Free Press :  

Bury Free Press 07/04/17
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Police livery Porsche targets young drivers in road safety campaign

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Porsche Cayman GT4 is to be used to break down barriers with young drivers and help Norfolk Police to deliver life-saving road safety advice. 

The vehicle has been donated by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in Norfolk. 

Porsche Cayman GT4
Norfolk Police

Complete with police livery and interior blue lights, the car will be used to engage with motorists and will have its own #Porsche999 hashtag on Twitter.

Young drivers are disproportionately represented in fatal and serious collision statistics.

In Norfolk over the past five years, 61 young drivers have lost their lives while 504 suffered serious injury.