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That's it for the day - and the week

The team here is about to shut up shop and head home, but before we go, we'd like to thank you for your company during the week.

It's been a great day for the Conservatives, who've increased the number of county councillors at Endeavour House, but disappointing for UKIP, who will no longer be represented there.

Scroll down to get more details on the elections, and other stories that have been making the news during the day.

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

Our live coverage for today

That's it for our live updates for the day, and the week.

What a day it's been. We started early, bringing you all the news on the Essex County Council elections.

Scroll down to find out how the Tories strengthened their control of the county.

Meanwhile, we also brought you news of how one of the two boys rescued from a fire on Monday has died.

There is more on that story below.

Whatever you're up to this weekend, have a great one.

Our live coverage for today

Nic Rigby

BBC News

That's it for the Local Live coverage from the BBC Norfolk team.

Today we saw the Conservative Party take control of Norfolk County Council and UKIP lose all its seats.

The election also saw Blur's drummer Dave Rowntree become a councillor.

We also reported on hit-and-run driver Darren Blackmore being jailed for 10 years after leaving a man with life-changing injuries after mowing him down in a car park last summer. 

Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Tories' vote share in East trumps national average

Deborah McGurran

BBC East political editor

These elections have seen UKIP wiped off the county council political map. Most surprisingly, they lost every single seat in Essex, an area that fostered their growth and of course, until recently boasted their only MP. In all they lost 48 seats across the east and now have no representation across its six counties.

The Conservatives appear to be the beneficiary. They have regained control of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and strengthened their grip on Essex, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

Labour held on in some of its heartland seats but suffered elsewhere, particularly in Stevenage and Harlow, where the Conservatives made gains.

Conservative candidate Dick Madden celebrates
PA

It was a mixed picture for the Liberal Democrats who lost seats on Essex, Suffolk and Northamptonshire but they made some gains from the Conservatives in Norfolk.

The Green Party lost their stronghold in Norwich but made a gain in Suffolk where they now hold three county council  seats.

The vote share from yesterday's local elections confirms that across the east the Conservatives are once again the dominant party.

With all the votes counted, the Tories share of the vote ranged from 43% in Suffolk and Essex to a staggering 51% in Northamptonshire. The national average appears to be about 38%.

Labour saw a small surge in support in its traditional heartlands and its average share across the region was 13.7%. But that's way below the national average of 27% and shows how little support the party has in our region.

Possible leadership challenge at Norfolk County Council

Look East Political Correspondent Andrew Sinclair is hearing rumours of a possible leadership challenge to Norfolk County Council Conservative group leader Cliff Jordan - following the Tory victory:

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Suffolk's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Suffolk, the Conservative party gained 112,778 votes in yesterday's local elections - 45.65% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

Essex's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Essex, the Conservative party gained 184,901 votes in yesterday's local elections - 49.51% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

Norfolk's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Norfolk, the Conservative party gained 114,038 votes in yesterday's local elections - 48.74% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

Mick McCarthy speaks out ahead of final game of the season

The Ipswich Town manager talks about Luke Chambers signing a new deal, and says he's confident he'll still be at Portman Road at the start of next season:

Norwich band Sink Ya Teeth releasing single

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Norwich band Sink Ya Teeth supported by BBC Norfolk Introducing has secured a record contract and is releasing a single.

Sink Ya Teeth
Sink Ya Teeth

The single If You See Me, which has already been played on BBC Radio 6 Music and championed by DJ Steve Lamacq, is being released by 1965 Records -  a label that discovered The View.

The record is being launched at a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre on 31 May.

Gary Standley, producer of BBC Norfolk Introducing, said: "Sink Ya Teeth have produced an amazing electro beat track that shows this band is really going places and getting noticed."

The band is made up of Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford (pictured) who have both been long-time members of Norwich’s vibrant music scene, partnering up 18 months ago to form Sink Ya Teeth.

Their influences range from Grace Jones to Nina Simone and Howlin’ Wolf.

“I’m interested in the human experience,” Maria, Sink Ya Teeth’s lead vocalist, explains.“Particularly through a lens of desire and regret.”

Road crash on A47 at Scarning

Police have been called to a serious road traffic accident the A47 in Scarning.

Officers were called shortly before 15:00 today to reports of a collision involving a car and lorry on Grange Road at the junction of Manor Road.

The road has been closed while emergency services are in attendance and is likely to be for some time. 

Diversions have been put in place and motorists are being urged to find alternative routes where possible. 

VIDEO: County council election results explained

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex political reporter

A UKIP wipeout, losses for Labour and the Lib Dems, and an increased Tory majority - BBC Essex political editor Simon Dedman explains how Essex County Council looks after last night's election results.

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North Walsham hit and run: 'Shocking' crash could have been deadly, say police

Police have echoed a judge's comments following the sentencing of a driver to 10 years in jail after a man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Victim struck by car
Norfolk Police

Judge Mark Dennis said people could easily have been killed in the incident, as he passed sentence on Darren Blackmore.

Det Insp Matt Dyson, of Norfolk police, agreed the "shocking crime" could have had "fatal consequences".

"The very serious deliberate act was most likely due to a relatively minor matter earlier the evening before, a matter that the victim and his friends had no part in. 

"We hope the sentencing provides some comfort for the victim,” he said.

Archive: Police release CCTV footage in appeal

Beccles has the highest turnout in county council election

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Figures from Suffolk County Council show there was a turnout of 44.19% (247,073) for this year's elections.

Beccles achieved the highest figures, with a massive 80.63% (9,455) turn-out, followed by St Margaret's & Westgate at 77.85% (11,852), and Felixstowe Coastal at 74.18% (11,432).

Residents of Newmarket and Red Lodge were the most reluctant to get involved, with 25.65% of eligible voters (2,384) marking a cross in the box.

Football: Colchester to play Yeovil in crunch match

Colchester United are gearing up for a crunch match as they cling onto hopes of making into the play-offs. 

John McGreal
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The U's must beat Yeovil at home tomorrow to stand any chance of reaching the top seven in League Two. 

McGreal's side will then need results of other games to go their way.

The head coach said his players will be made aware of how the scores are going in the other matches.

He said: "Everyone is kicking off at 1730, everyone will know the results. 

"Hopefully there's going to be a hefty crowd coming as well. I'm sure there'll be relaying it back around the stadium. 

"I think that's exciting talking about what's going on. 

"A couple of years ago we were at the wrong end of the table against Preston and you knew what was going on, you could feel the tension in the air, you could cut it with a knife, and we got a win. Hopefully we can do that again this coming Saturday."

High demand for county council website causes sporadic problems

Suffolk County Council has apologised after its local elections website crashed, due to unprecedented demand.

Notice about high demand affecting access to website
Suffolk County Council

It may be due to the turnout, which was higher than expected at just over 44%. 

We'll bring you more details on that shortly.

North Walsham hit-and-run: 'Never able to explain its impact', says victim

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

The victim of the North Walsham hit-and-run crash suffered "extensive" injuries and now has a permanent limp, Norwich Crown Court heard earlier today.

Darren Blackmore
Norfolk Police

Matthew Knowles, 30, was left with a fractured pelvis, leg and shattered kneecap after being thrown high into the air when he was driven at by Darren Blackmore last summer.

In a victim impact statement, the father-of-one said it was initially thought he might not walk for a year although he can now get around with the help of splints.

Before the crash Mr Knowles said his life was "simple and happy"... and he would "never be able to explain the impact".

Despite living in the town, he has been unable to return to the scene of the crash, prosecutor Stephen Mather told the court.

Corrie Mckeague: Waste may have shifted from original search area

The areas being searched at the landfill site for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague are to be expanded, it has been announced.

Officers say they've found material that indicates they are searching in the right area. 

But towards the edges of the area they noticed the waste may have shifted.

Search for Corrie Mckeague
Terry Harris

When work gets under way again next week at the site at Milton in Cambridgeshire, the area being searched will take into account the possibility of the waste having moved.

Police say the work has been reviewed while the search has been taking place.

Inquiries have also continued away from the site, gathering further information about Corrie's lifestyle and background.

BreakingCorrie Mckeague: Search being expanded

Police say they have completed work on searching the area at the landfill site at Milton for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague and are now expanding the search parameters.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Balance of power at Suffolk County Council

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

It's been a good day for the Conservatives, and a poor day for UKIP.

The Green Party has lost the seat of its leader, Mark Ereira Guyer, but has won a couple of previously Conservative seats.

The 50 seats won by the Conservatives are well over the 37 they needed to have control of the council.

Labour's group has decreased from 15 to 9.

There are five Liberal Democrat councillors, three Green and three Independent.

Labour and Co-operative have two seats, as do Conservative and Unionist.

West Suffolk Independents have one.

Map of county showing balance of political parties
Suffolk County Council

Big increase in Conservative vote in council elections

The Conservatives have seen the number of seats they hold at Suffolk County Council increase from 37 to 50, now that all the votes have been counted.

Labour have dropped from 15 to nine, and UKIP now have no councillors at all.

We'll bring you a map showing you the areas controlled by the different parties next.

Number of councillors for each party
Suffolk County Council

North Walsham hit-and-run: 'Pure chance all three men not killed'

As we've just reported, hit-and-run driver Darren Blackmore has been jailed for 10 years after leaving a man with life-changing injuries after mowing him down in a car park last summer.

The victim being thrown into the air by a car
PA

Victim Matthew Knowles, 30, was out with two friends in the early hours of 23 July when he was hit in the Vicarage Street car park.

Judge Mark Dennis told Blackmore that it was "pure chance all three were not killed".

In summing up, Judge Dennis said it was a "gratuitous act of violence by you of three innocent people... defenceless, unaware, unable to protect themselves.

"You used the car as a weapon."

Police seize 250 vehicles for no insurance and licence offences

Essex Police seized 250 vehicles which had no insurance or where drivers had committed other licence offences.

They were caught by police within one month.

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North Walsham hit-and-run car park driver sentenced to 10 years in prison

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A motorist who drove into a group of people - throwing one man up into the air and leaving him with a broken pelvis - has been jailed for 10 years.

Darren Blackmore
Norfolk Police

The victim suffered multiple fractures and now has a permanent limp after being struck in the hit-and-run in a car park in North Walsham last year.

Darren Blackmore, 44, formerly of Cantley Lane, Norwich, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Norwich Crown Court heard he was high on drugs and talking on his phone at the time of the crash, which was caught on CCTV.

Tory council leader 'very pleased' with county results

The Conservatives have regained control of Norfolk County Council, winning 55 out 84 seats.

Leader Cliff Jordan said he was "very pleased" with the results.

Cliff Jordan
BBC

"It’s justification of the hard work the Conservatives have done over the last two years and particularly the last year," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I always thought we’d do well because there’s a culture of work it out bottom up - not top down - and we are genuinely listening.

"We’re going to deliver our manifesto – that is a contract between us and the public – they can hold us to account on that."

Tom Lawrence to miss Ipswich Town's visit to Nottingham Forest

'Impressive' turnout across Norfolk

All done in Norfolk... here's how things look

Election map for Norfolk
Norfolk County Council

The main headlines:

  • The Conservatives have taken control of Norfolk County Council
  • UKIP and the Green Party have been wiped out, and no longer have any seats on the council
  • The Liberal Democrats gained seats in the north, and Labour in Norwich
  • But the Tories won 55 out of the 84 seats

Ipswich legend wants McCarthy's future sorted out

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Former Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills believes the club needs to clarify manager Mick McCarthy's position as soon as possible. 

Mick Mills
BBC

After having several chats over the past few weeks, McCarthy and club owner Marcus Evans are set to have a more formal get-together soon after the season ends on Sunday. 

"The statement has got to be made as quickly as possible," Mills told BBC Suffolk. 

"If there is to be a change of manager you've got to get a new man in as quickly as possible because the whole playing squad is in need of a revamp.

"Even if there's no change at management level, I think Mick McCarthy will decide that he's got to freshen this squad up. He must feel this squad of players has gone as far as it can."

Pitsea fire death: Flowers laid in memory of boy

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

Flowers have been laid in memory of a young boy who died after a bungalow fire.

Flowers laid outside the fire-ravaged bungalow
BBC

As we've reported, the youngest of two brothers who were rescued from a blaze at Beambridge, Pitsea, died last night

The fire broke out at about 15:15 on Monday.

Firefighters rescued the two boys, aged 10 and 13, who were trapped inside the property. They were taken to hospital.

The 13-year-old boy remains in a critical but stable condition.

A joint police and fire investigation found the cause of the fire was accidental.

Flowers laid outside the fire-ravaged bungalow
BBC

BreakingConservatives gain control of Norfolk County Council

The Conservatives have gained control of Norfolk, after winning 44 of 84 seats so far, with some divisions still to declare.

UKIP 'wiped out' in Norfolk

Our political correspondent for Look East tweets...

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Blur drummer elected to Norfolk County Council

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree held the University seat for Labour in Norfolk County Council elections.

He took 1,173 votes of the 1,997 votes (59%).

Dave Rowntree
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Man arrested in connection with dangerous driving

A man has been arrested in connection with a dangerous driving incident in Stowmarket on Tuesday, in which a police pursuit of a white Renault Clio ended when the car mounted a pavement and entered a walkway, leading to a pedestrian having to take evasive action.

The 20-year-old from the town was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and released pending further inquiries.

Weather: Dry and breezy with clouds moving in

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a dry and rather breezy day out there with variable cloud amounts and some sunny spells. 

Skies are expected to gradually cloud over as the day progresses. 

In the sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm, but it will be cooler where exposed to the wind. 

Highs of 15C (59F).

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for taking these snaps across the county.

Boxted
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Chelmsford
BBC
West Bergholt
BBC

Not a good day for UKIP in west Suffolk

Labour correct to predict Tory win in Aldeburgh and Leiston

As Freda Casagrande predicted, the Conservatives have won the Aldeburgh and Leiston seat. 

Russell Ranger received 1,288 votes - with Ms Casagrande coming second for Labour with 607 votes.

Leiston 'needs a Labour government'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Labour's Freda Casagrande says it looks like she will finish runner up to the Conservatives in the Aldeburgh and Leiston division, which is due to be announced shortly. 

"We've given them a run for their money," she said. "It's a shame that our area is split with Thorpeness and Aldringham, which are staunch Conservative. 

"Leiston is a working class town and needs a Labour government."

Freda Casagrande
BBC