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Goodbye from Norfolk

That's it for another week on Norfolk Live so it's goodbye from us.

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

Scroll down to see the news and sport we've covered today, including the Take That concert last night. Enjoy yourselves if you're going to see the boys tonight!

Have a great weekend.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I'm still standing but I'm going to have to go as that's the end of our live updates for today.

For the Sir Elton John fans among you, enjoy tomorrow night's concert at Portman Road.

We hope you'll be feeling the love with BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster who will be broadcasting live before and after.

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

Have a great weekend.

Sir Elton John

Goodbye from Essex

That's it for another week on Essex Live so it's goodbye from us.

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

Scroll down to see the news and sport we've covered today, including Essex's performance in the One Day Cup semi-final against Notts.

Anything big that happens in the match should appear in the stream throughout the evening or you can follow the game here.

Have a great weekend

Plum tie for Colchester, but a trip to Wales for Southend in Carabao Cup

That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

Colchester United have landed a plum home tie against Aston Villa, while Southend are away to Newport County with the first round ties to be played in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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Ipswich get away tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

Ipswich Town are away to Luton Town in the first round which takes place in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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Norwich get home tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

Norwich City are at home to Swindon in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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Thunder 500 is a 'marmite' meeting for hot rod drivers

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Foxhall Stadium hosts one of its most prestigious meetings of the season this weekend, the Thunder 500.

National Hot Rods in action at Foxhall
Spedeworth Motorsports

An impressive field of National Hot Rod drivers has been assembled for the big race, which falls just two weeks before they contest their world championship final on the same track.

Dean Cox with Spedeworth Motorsports says there are often mixed emotions on the grid as a result.

"It's a marmite meeting for a lot of drivers," Cox told us. "Some of them want to take part and get some valuable track time, while some don't want to come near it in fear of damaging their cars."

"That said, we have quite a large turnout this weekend, and with conditions tomorrow set to be similar to what we'll get during Spedeweekend, many are using this as a marker."

"We also have around 60 BriSCA F1 Stock Cars competing tomorrow and that really will be some race as this is their only chance for track time ahead of their own final in September."

Free tickets offer for gig in Ipswich multi-storey car park

Some 400 free tickets are being made available for an orchestra concert in the Blackfriars NCP multi-storey car park in Ipswich town centre.

It's part of the Aldeburgh Festival - and the concerts by the Multi-Story Orchestra are at 14:00 and 16:00 on Saturday, 24 June.

Multi-Story Orchestra in Ipswich
The Multi-Story Orchestra in the Endeavour House car park in Ipswich in 2015

A spokesman said it was part of the festival's drive to provide an "experience to people who don’t normally go to classical music concerts".

The free tickets are only available to residents of Ipswich with a maximum of two per person. They're £5 for non-residents.

Witches maintain winning record

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It is now nine wins from nine home meetings this season for Ipswich Witches, who beat Berwick Bandits 56-37 in last night's Championship Speedway at Foxhall.

Danny King
Stephen Waller

Captain Danny King (pictured), Kyle Newman and Justin Sedgmen were all paid for double figure scores as the Suffolk side were barely troubled by a depleted Bandits line-up.

"We're in a good place," King said. "We've had some good teams come here so far this season and we seem to be holding our own all of the time."

"There were a few mistakes tonight but we were still comfortable which shows you how much strength in depth we have."

"However, those mistakes can't happen on the road if we're to stay in the hunt for the title."

The Witches remain in second place in the table, and visit leaders Edinburgh Monarchs tonight.

Fifty homes for Clacton put on ice due to concerns

Planners have delayed a decision to build 49 new homes in Clacton amid concerns about "shared surfaces" and habitat.

Thorpe Road, Clacton
The land is the wooded area in centre of this picture, on the northern edge of Clacton

Bramwood Property Development wants to build 47 bungalows and two houses on land in Thorpe Road.

Members of Tendring District Council's planning committee were "disappointed" a number of mature trees and vegetation had already been felled on the site and wanted to see an up-to-date habitat survey, a spokesman said.

They were also critical of shared surfaces replacing clearly delineated pavements and roads.

Talks with the developer will now take place before the application is considered again.

A history of gigs at Portman Road

Saturday sees Elton John return to Portman Road for the first time since 2004, when his support act was James Blunt.

Other shows at Ipswich Town's stadium have included:

  • 1990 Tina Turner plus Michael MacDonald and the Neville Brothers
  • 1991 Rod Stewart, Status Quo plus Joe Cocker (two nights)

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Portman Road
Jim Connolly
Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers wearing a pink body suit at Portman Rd in 2006
Rod Stewart at Portman Road stadium
Plastic macs were handed out as the rain poured down for Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart at Portman Road
Ashley Pickering
Rod kept dry on stage though!

'Stun gun' used in street violence in North Weald

Police want to trace a man who was reported to have been injured in a street fight in North Weald last night.

Witnesses believe a stun gun was used during a fight involving a group of men on High Road shortly after 23:30.

Police said the victim has not been found and they were "concerned for his welfare".

The suspects left in a black Ford Fiesta which they abandoned on Tumbler Road in Harlow at about 23:45.

Two men from Welwyn Garden City, aged 18 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, with the older one also questioned on suspicion of failing to stop and drink-driving.

Officers believe the gun incident is connected to a disturbance earlier that evening near the King's Head pub in North Weald which happened at about 22:20.

Rescue cat takes in 'poorly mum's' kittens


A rescue cat is nursing two kittens who were born to a "very poorly mum".

Arwen was brought into the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Braintree last month, where she gave birth to five healthy kittens.

But inspectors say that was clearly not a big enough challenge for Arwen, who has taken in two more babies.

arwen's kittens

Deborah Satchell, manager of the animal home, said: “The two two-day-old kittens had to be taken away from their mum as she was too poorly to look after them.

"Luckily, we managed to place them with Arwen who accepted them and started nursing her extended litter.”

The kittens have been named after gods and goddesses from Greek and Egyptian mythology.

Aphrodite, Clio, Venus, Ra, Horus, Hades, and Selene are all said to be "doing well".

"Arwen has proven to be very maternal. We have helped by topping them up with milk but she has done extremely well," Ms Satchell added.

Witches skipper ready for top of the table clash

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

This evening, and for the second time in as many weeks, Ipswich Witches and Edinburgh Monarchs meet in a top of the table speedway clash.

Ipswich Witches team in garage

It is the Monarchs who currently occupy first place in the Championship, but the Witches are hot on their heels following last night's ninth successive home win over Berwick Bandits at Foxhall.

Danny King, who captains the Suffolk side, scored a full maxiumum last night after winning all four of the heats he entered.

The British Champion believes the Witches can continue their fine form in the scottish capital tonight.

"I rate our chances everywhere we go and I truly believe we can get something from every meeting," King said. "The minimum aim for us has to be a point."

"There is still a long way to go this season but I feel really comfortable with the position we are in, especially when you consider the injuries we've had."

Man knocked unconscious during Grays burglary

Police say a 34-year-old man was knocked out during a burglary at his home on Hathaway Road in Grays.

It happened at about 21:20 yesterday.

He was taken to hospital and is being treated for head and facial injuries, which are described as not life-threatening.

We're walking on sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun's out and our BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing the good weather through the lens across the county.

We're in for a good run of weather over the weekend, according to forecasters with highs of 26C (79F) tomorrow.


Council staff to be offered free park and ride

Staff at Suffolk County Council will be offered free park and ride for six months in a bid to encourage them to use the service.

Suffolk County Council car park

The trial will start on 1 August.

The council said it means the number 38 shuttle bus, which costs the council £73,000 a year and is funded from the same staff parking charges, will stop running on 28 July.

The money will be diverted to encourage staff use of the park and ride service.

Aidan Dunn, from the authority, said: "Over the later summer and autumn, additonal colleagues may be in from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council and from the NHS, they are all going to be sharing Endeavour House with us.

"It's going to put more pressure on car parking and Suffolk's roads.

"If we can encourage staff to park at the park and ride, that'd be great."

Cricket about to get under way at Chelmsford

Former Essex cricketer Don Topley has been speaking to BBC Essex sport ahead of the One Day Cup semi-final against Notts.

Play gets under way at the County Ground at 13:30 and we have live commentary and text updates already up and running on the BBC.

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Essex teams find out their fate in League Cup draw

Wickford cop shop up for sale

Wickford Police Station is the latest to be put up for sale in Essex.

It's part of the plan to reduce the number of police stations and front counters which began in 2011.

A force spokesman said they had cut about £50m from the annual budget since 2010.

The budget is currently £238m and the force has to find cuts of a further £3.6m this year and £8.1m next year.

Wickford police station was closed in 2011 and is one of the stations Essex Police wants to sell as it reduces its estate from 80 buildings to 30 to save money.

Wickford police station

The force said its buildings currently cost £10m a year to run, but they would require £30m to bring them up to current standards.

When the plan to reduce the number of police stations was approved, John Watts, Unison branch secretary for Essex Police, said: "Police stations have been a focus for the community and to lose them is very sad.

"What we're against is removing the police stations and police presence from everybody's towns."

Speaking about the sale of Wickford, Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: "We shouldn’t be investing the resources we have in maintaining buildings we don’t use when we can instead support our front line officers by providing them with better technology, helping them stay more visible and providing a better service for the people of Essex."

The force said Basildon provides the nearest front counter to Wickford.

County's probation services 'not good enough'

Probation services in Suffolk are "not good enough", inspectors have said.

Suffolk probation services

The HM Inspectorate of Probation report has said staff at the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) needed to do more to protect the public, particularly in domestic abuse cases, and they needed a greater focus on keeping children safe.

It said the work from the National Probation Service (NPS) with higher-risk offenders in Suffolk was also poor overall.

Inspectors said more needed to be done to protect the public in domestic abuse cases and more done to safeguard children.

Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: "Suffolk is not being served well enough by probation services.

"Staff are working hard but still, the quality of work is poor overall. I am particularly concerned that neither organisation is protecting the public enough in most cases, and that domestic abuse victims and children are particularly at risk."

Kerri McAuley murder: Killer's sentencing adjourned

The sentencing of a man from Norwich for the murder of his "on-off partner" has been adjourned until Monday.

As we've been reporting, Joe Storey, 27, of Murrells Court, was found guilty yesterday of beating 32-year-old Kerri McAuley, pictured below, to death.

Her body was found in her flat in Southalls Way, Norwich, on 8 January.

Storey was due to be sentenced today but he did not appear at the hearing.

Kerri McAuley

Town close in on two transfer targets

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town are close to agreeing deals for 2 more players, and both could be finalised later today.

Joe Garner

Striker Joe Garner (pictured), who is getting married this weekend, agreed terms with the Blues earlier this week.

It is believed that Town will pay Scottish Premiership side Rangers close to one million pounds for Garner's services.

In addition, Ipswich appear set to sign Kosovan winger Bersant Celina on a season long loan from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Dutch side FC Twente.

Take That concert: 'Incident free' say police

There were no incidents at last night's Take That concert in Norwich, police said.

Take That at Carrow Road

Heightened security measures were put in place at Carrow Road and will be again at tonight's second concert.

There was an increased police presence after the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Close to 30,000 people are expected to attend tonight's sell-out gig.

Take That's two Norwich dates are part of their Wonderland tour.

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Dozens more drivers caught not wearing seatbelts...

It's been compulsory for drivers to wear seatbelts since 1983, but that hasn't stopped Essex Police catching another 66 people flouting the law...

The force carried out a traffic operation in Colchester on Wednesday.

The scores on the doors, some of them possibly in Fords:

  • 66 drivers "dealt with" for failing to wear seatbelts
  • 19 drivers "dealt with" for speeding
  • 12 drivers caught using mobile phones
  • A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and theft
  • 6 cars seized due to lack of valid insurance
  • 5 cars without valid MOT
  • 1 driver had invalid licence
  • 5 drivers "dealt with" for vehicle defects
  • 2 people driving their vehicles which were in a dangerous condition
  • 1 driver "not in proper control of the vehicle"

Linnets add experience to midfield

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

King's Lynn Town have bolstered their midfield ranks with the addition of Craig Parker.

The 32 year old joins the Linnets from AFC Sudbury, having scored 42 goals in 99 appearances over the last two seasons.

Parker's previous clubs include Chelmsford City, Leiston and Needham Market.

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Take That concert: 'The boys have still got it'

Our reporter Mariam Issimdar was at the Take That concert at Carrow Road in Norwich last night - and looking at the video she's just posted on Twitter, was close to the action.

Send your photos and videos to us by clicking "Get involved" above.

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'Shocked but safe' says head teacher after Hadleigh primary's coach crash

"I'm delighted to say everybody's safe," said Sarah Donnelly, head teacher at Richard de Clare School in Halstead.

Their coach was involved in a collision on the M25 in Kent yesterday afternoon as they were travelling back from Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey.

A pupil and two teachers from the school were treated for minor injuries after their vehicle was involved in a collision.

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Car 'with no fuel' causes delays on Orwell Bridge

We've had news just in that there are delays over the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich.

A car has broken down on the eastbound carriageway of the A14, blocking one lane.

Suffolk Police said it has run out of petrol and is being towed to the nearest layby.

Former BBC reporter and ex-MP critical of rolling news channels

The former BBC correspondent and ex-independent MP Martin Bell has been critical of some for of the television rolling news coverage of the Grenfell Tower block of flats fire in London, which has killed at least 17 people.

Martin Bell
Martin Bell

Mr Bell, who grew up in Suffolk, was responding to footage of people, who may now be dead, waving from windows.

"It reminds me a little bit of the 9/11 attacks where there were images of people throwing themselves from upper floor windows," he said.

"I don't want to bring in a regime of censorship, but I'd like the broadcasters to take a hard look at their practices.

"There are so many networks and channels and journalists milling around now and I note that there's been a certain amount of anger directed against them.

"We should be a little more careful of being respectful to the victims."

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Son of former PCC jailed for tractor death crash

The son of Norfolk's former police and crime commissioner (PCC) who killed a woman with his tractor has been jailed for 42 months following a retrial.

Henry Bett

Henry Bett, 28, son of Norfolk's former PCC Stephen Bett, was found guilty ofcausing the death of 43-year-old Rebecca Brown by dangerous driving at a retrial at Cambridge Crown Court this month.

He had been jailed for three-and-a-half years in 2015 but the conviction was quashed at London's Court of Appeal in September 2016 and a retrial was ordered.

The jury at this month's retrial found Bett guilty by a majority verdict of 10 to two and he was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court today.

Bett, of Hall Lane, Thornham, near Hunstanton, was also given a five-year driving ban.

Bentwaters Park could become 'mini Elstree'

There are hopes a former airbase could become a "mini Elstree" in Suffolk.

Bentwaters Park in Rendlesham has recently been used by many film and TV productions, including the Fast and Furious movie franchise and Top Gear.

Company director Sarah Brown said they have applied for planning permission to build a sound stage.

She said: "We're never going to be competing with the film studios around the M25 because of our location but I think we could attract lighting companies, set-build companies.

"Once we've built it, we hope they will come. If we get several big productions in here, we're hoping other businesses will then move in and we will become a little bit of a mini Elstree in Suffolk."

BBC Radio Suffolk is broadcasting live from the site this morning.

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Cricket: Lord's carrot is 'why you do all the training'

Essex bid to reach a Lord's final today as they host Nottinghamshire in the semi-finals of the One-Day Cup.

They've named a 13-man squad for the 50-over game at Chelmsford.

Chris Silverwood, head coach, said: "I think it would mean everything - not just for the club and members, but for the players it would be phenomenal.

"That's why you play, why you work so hard, why you do all the training."

Lord's cricket ground
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BBC Essex has full commentary from Chelmsford via your radio on 765MW or online via the BBC Sport website.

Essex form in One Day Cup inspires confidence

Essex County Cricket Club's cup game at home to Nottinghamshire gets under way in Chelmsford at 13:30.

Essex finished top of their pool, while the visitors were third in theirs.

Simon Harmer, Essex CCC
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Simon Harmer at the Oval during this year's One Day Cup victory against Surrey

Essex bowler Simon Harmer said: "We've played some really good cricket.

"I think our discipline's very good... we did well whether we were setting or chasing with our batting and only lost one game by one run, so our record is good.

"But that's all behind us and the only game which counts is Friday and it's a knockout game when winner takes all."

Cricket: Essex hoping for a big, noisy crowd in One Day Cup

Essex's bid to win a knock-out competition for the first time in nine years continues at Chelmsford this afternoon.

The Eagles host Nottinghamshire in the semi-finals of the One Day Cup.

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Take That concert: 'Brilliant night, brilliant crowd'

Tens of thousands of people enjoyed seeing Take That in Norwich last night - and it seems the boys themselves had a good time.

Gary Barlow and Mark Owen took to Twitter after the concert at Carrow Road to say thank you to the "brilliant crowd" and how much they enjoyed their first visit to the city.

They will be back on stage tonight for their second Norwich date as part of the Wonderland tour.

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Your pictures: A sunny day ahead

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been up bright and early in north Essex today.

Jacks took this picture as the haze was clearing in a meadow north of Colchester:

Cattle by the water in Great Horkesley

While Ebb&Flow's picture from near Saffron Walden reminds us that farmers would actually like a lot more rain at the moment:

Crops in a field

Take That concert: 'Even more trains will be running'

Greater Anglia has said extra trains will be running tonight over and above additional services after last night's "chaos".

Take That fans at Norwich station

As we've been reporting, Take That fans faced misery last night after they left the concert at Carrow Road.

There were reports that the station was "rammed", trains were "packed solid" and little information was given to passengers waiting at Norwich Station.

Greater Anglia said there were additional services, last trains were re-timed and trains were made longer but the numbers were higher than expected.

Kerri Worrall, from the rail company, said: "We knew the trains were going to be very busy but the crowds were very large.

"We will source additional trains for tonight and we will see if we can find another train to go to from Norwich to Ipswich. Buses will be on standby again.

"Our team at Norwich station will be doing everything they possibly can to manage those crowds well and look after people and make sure they get people away from Norwich station as quickly as they possibly can."

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Pinner and Martin feature in England win

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk hockey players George Pinner and Harry Martin both started for England in last night's World League Semi Final match with China, which England won 2-0.

Harry Martin
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It was the opening fixture of the competition for both sides, with England back in action again tomorrow when they face Malaysia.

The tournament, which is being held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London serves as a qualifier for next year's World Cup at the same venue.

Pinner was recently named as one of three new captain's of both the England and Great Britain sides, while Martin (pictured) has not long returned home after a successful spell with Hoofdklasse Hockey League side Rotterdam.

Man charged over attempted child abduction

A man is due to appear before magistrates charged with attempting to abduct a child.

Paul Andrews, 58, of no fixed abode, was arrested yesterday after an incident at North Quay Retail Park, Lowestoft, on Saturday.

A woman reported that a man had approached her nine-year-old daughter as both of them stood outside the front of a store at about 20:10.

Mr Andrews is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning.

North Quay Retail Park, Lowestoft