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Our live coverage for the day:

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day... and for the week.

The stories making the news today include a family's tribute to the man who died following an assault at a supermarket and the attempted abduction into an RAF Marham airman is no longer an active police investigation.

Scroll down to take a look at these and the other news we've brought you today.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, we hope you have a great time.

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

Our live coverage across the week

Nic Rigby

BBC News

That's it for this week on Local Live: Essex.

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

Have a good weekend.

The latest regional weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia
BBC

A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Your help is needed in a 'bioblitz' race against time

From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, nature conservation teams are coming together this weekend to help identify and record as many species of wildlife as possible.

The 24-hour bioblitz will stretch from Holme-Next-The-Sea to Salthouse... and your help is needed.

Aerial view of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Reserve
National Trust
Cley Marshes between Blakeney Point and Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast

Rachael Wright, of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, says they're encouraging people to join in with identifying the plants and animals... and no prior knowledge is needed.

"With the help of nature experts and volunteers we hope to discover as many species as possible," she said.

Two young girls and an adult searching the sandline
Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The coastline, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to a diverse mix of wildlife.

The National Trust held bioblitz surveys at Brancaster and Blakeney in 2015, which recorded high species counts and also a handful of wildlife firsts for the Norfolk coast.

These included the first ever recorded sightings of Balearic shearwaters at Blakeney and the Moss Carder bee at Brancaster.

Two men surveying at Brancaster Staithe Harbour
National Trust

Ajay Tegala, coastal ranger for the National Trust, say it's hoped this blitz will uncover many more wildlife treasures that have been previously unknown.

All wildlife discovered during the bioblitz will be recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network to help understand how wildlife along the coast is changing.

Click here to find out how you can be involved.

Common Seals and Sandwich Terns at Blakeney Point
National Trust

Thousands rescued by armada of 'Little Ships'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The historic fishing boat from Essex which features in the new Dunkirk film first went over to Dunkirk in May 1940.

The Endeavour in the 1940s
The Endeavour Trust

The Leigh-on-Sea boat the Endeavour (pictured above in the 1940s) answered the call for boats and volunteer crews to help rescue more than 300,000 British and French soldiers from the beaches (pictured below) above after the German invasion of France saw the army cut off.

Skipper PO Halls and crews including James Stroud and Norman Ewing took part in Operation Dynamo on 31 May.

The Dunkirk beach in 1940
Getty Images

The boat, which was built in 1926, joined over 800 craft, dubbed the "Little Ships", which helped bring 338,000 soldiers to Britain.

Charity the Endeavour Trust was set up in 2001 in order to restore and maintain the fishing boat and bring it back to its former glory.

Video promoting beauty of Norwich Cathedral

A video to highlight to beauty of Norwich Cathedral has been launched today.

It's been made by Rob Whitworth, who helped make the BBC television series Planet Earth II. It took the BAFTA-award winning film-maker three months to shoot.

The video has been funded by Visit Norwich and the city's Business Improvement District.

Click on the link below to have a look:

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Murder victim's family paid tribute

A man who was killed during an outbreak of violence in a supermarket in Wymondham has been described as a "warm and caring soul".

Sue Rogers, the mother of 26-year-old Nick Rogers, says "words cannot describe the overwhelming gut-wrenching sadness and anger" the family is feeling at his loss.

"We had a strong bond and while Nick didn't always get things right, he so desperately wanted to change his life for the better.

Paying tribute to her son, she added: "I hope that by donating your organs, the lives of others have been saved and you will live on with them.

"We hope they all lead a full life, something which was cruelly taken so suddenly from you. Night night, my beautiful special boy."

Nick Rogers
Family photo

Nick's brother and sister, Cameron and Hope Steadman, also paid tribute to their brother.

"I miss you so much, wish you were still here,” said Cameron. "I regret not saying how much I appreciated and loved you.

"It’s so sad to see you go at a time you started to take the reins on your life and steer on a good course. I’ll continue to remember the good time and make you proud.”

Hope said: "It’s tough to know you won’t be around, to never see me get married, be an uncle and see my children grow up.

"It’s hard to believe it’s real – I still expect to see you come walking in the house and ask if I’m alright. Love and miss you so much, please watch over me and keep me safe."

Black and white photo of Nick Rogers
Family photo

Nick's stepfather Andrew Steadman said words could not describe the "pain and heartbreak" the family were going through.

"Behind the typical young lad bravado, Nick was a warm and caring soul and would always help others where and when he could. His loss will leave a huge void in our lives."

Two men from Wymondham have been charged with murder and of affray. They appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning and were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance.

They have yet to enter pleas.

Film Dunkirk features Essex fishing boat

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been covering the story of the historic fishing boat the Endeavour, from Leigh-on-Sea, which is featuring in a new World War Two film directed by Christopher Nolan (pictured bottom, with producer Emma Thomas).

Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan/Warner Bros

The film (pictured above and below) tells the story of the mass evacuation of Allied troops from the northern coast of France in 1940.

Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan/Warner Bros

It is seen as representing a gamble for the Hollywood studio Warner Bros, especially in relation to the US market where the target audience has little knowledge of the event.

Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan/Warner Bros
Christopher Nolan with co-producer Emma Thomas
Getty Images

The film has been getting glowing early reviews. Here are a selection:

  • The Guardian gives it five stars and calls it Nolan's "best film so far"
  • The Telegraph calls it "heart-hammering"
  • The Sun says Harry Styles is "remarkably confident and watchable"
  • Empire calls it "stunningly rendered and thunderously intense" and also gives it five stars

Transport in Chelmsford: 'We cannot continue upgrading junctions and roads'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

People in Chelmsford are being urged to have their say on plans for a major revamp of transport in the city.

Essex County Council has launched a six-week consultation into a series of proposals on upgrading road, bus, cycle and walking infrastructure.

Chelmsford Cathedral
Basher Eyre/Geograph

Deputy leader Kevin Bentley says they're investing millions to make improvements, so it's vital people give them their views.

He said: "Chelmsford roads are almost at capacity and we need to completely rethink how we travel.

"We cannot just continue to build new roads and upgrade junctions. That is why we have worked with our transport experts and local feedback to help create 30 solutions we believe can help keep Essex moving and support economic growth for residents and businesses.

"Please take five minutes out of your day check out the plans either online or at our consultation events and then give us your views on if they work for you.

"We are keen to ensure that we can deliver value for money on this £15m investment to help improve transport for everyone."

NDR: The latest travel updates

Here's a look at the latest traffic update for motorists while construction work continues on the Northern Distributor Road around Norwich:

  • B1150 North Walsham Road - temporary lights from Monday, 24 July
  • Buxton Road, Spixworth - gas main diversion work continues over the week and through next week with 24-hour traffic lights
  • Holly Lane - permanently closed between the B1149 Holt Road and Reepham Road - the new route between these roads is along new Drayton Lane which opened yesterday

Norfolk's Doyle takes lead into British Grand Prix

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Around 40,000 speedway fans are expected to attend this weekend's British Grand Prix in Cardiff.

The leader of the series at the moment is Jason Doyle, an Australian who now lives in Norfolk, but rides for Swindon, as well as clubs in Poland, Denmark and Sweden.

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"There's no pressure at all, we've still got six more Grand Prix." Doyle told The Speedway Show on BBC Radio Norfolk.

"After getting injured so close to the end of last season, we've got to enjoy ourselves this year."

From the archives: Model train at the Shrubbery in Southend 1964

Some 53 years ago this month, a photographer captured Joe Page at work painting a toy train in a fairyland setting in The Shrubbery at Southend-on-Sea in preparation for the switch-on at the end of that month.

July 1964: Joe Page at work painting a toy train in a fairyland setting in the Shrubbery at Southend-on-Sea in preparation for the switch-on at the end of July
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Safety message to beach visitors

This weekend marks a year since a swimmer died after getting caught in a rip current at Sea Palling.

Leszek Puchala, 52, who lived in Poland, was on holiday in Norfolk visiting family. He and another family member were pulled unconscious from the water. Beachgoers initially thought the men were enjoying themselves and shouting out in Polish, but rushed in to help when they realised they were in danger.

Earlier this week the council announced it would be using social media to make people aware of the dangers of the sea - they'll be written in Polish as well as English.

"One tragedy is always one tragedy too many," said council leader Tom Fitzpatrick.

"No matter how safe we think we are, there's always room for improvement.

"We're pushing messages on social media, making sure people can go on our beaches and be safe, asking them to swim between the red and yellow flags and obey the signs."

Brown dog stands at shoreline looking at swimmer in sea
BBC

Our coast looks benign, the water always looks inviting, but with strong rip tides the water can change... it's asking people to think, have a good time but know what to do if they get into difficulty."

Tom FitzpatrickLeader, North Norfolk District Council

More than 60 drivers caught using phones at the wheel

More than 60 tickets were issued in a week-long campaign to catch motorists who use their mobiles when at the wheel.

Operation Ringtone saw police officers on patrol in marked and unmarked vehicles, all fitted with cameras to get evidence. In total 67 tickets were issued.

Police officers and police vehicle, with one officer talking to a motorist in their car
BBC

Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the "fatal four" offences, alongside speeding, drink/drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Norfolk Police used the campaign to highlight that members of the public can submit dashcam footage to help in the fight against those breaking the law.

Ch Insp Kris Barnard says they hope having extra eyes on the road will help prevent offences and make people think twice about touching their mobile devices.

'Moving film' Dunkirk features Essex fish boat

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

A member of a charity which helped restore an historic fishing boat from Essex, which was involved in helping rescue British troops at Dunkirk, has spoken of the craft's involvement in a new film about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of troops from the beaches of north east France.

Paul Gilson
BBC

Paul Gilson (pictured above), of the Endeavour Trust, was one of three members who took the boat, the Endeavour (pictured bottom), to Dunkirk for the filming of scenes in the new Christopher Nolan film - called Dunkirk.

"It was an amazing experience and quite moving at times going on to the beach with the noise going on around," he said.

Dunkirk
Warner Bros

Mr Gilson said the film (pictured above) is "pretty moving. I shed a couple of tears. It is hard-hitting and very different from any other film I have ever seen".

The Endeavour
BBC

Our normal service is closing for the day...

With a police press conference updating the latest on the search for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague taking place this afternoon at 15:00, we are now starting a dedicated page looking back at the investigation which began late last September after he went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

Follow us here at our dedicated Live: Corrie Mckeague search latest page.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Dozens of drivers caught using mobile phones

More than 60 people were caught using a mobile phone while driving during a week-long enforcement campaign in Suffolk earlier this month.

Driver using mobile phone
PA

Op Ringtone, which ran between 10 and 16 July, saw officers patrolling the roads with marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, which were fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help secure successful prosecutions.

Police also used the campaign to remind members of the public they can submit dash-cam footage of drivers using their phones illegally.

Altogether 62 penalty notices were issued.

Hannah Martin on target for England again

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

With exactly a year to go until the Women's Hockey World Cup in London, Suffolk's Hannah Martin (far left) appears to be doing her chances of making the England squad no harm at all.

Hannah Martin and England Hockey teammates
Getty Images

The 22-year-old, who made her senior international debut earlier this year, was on the scoresheet again for England last night in a 1-1 draw with the USA at the World League Semi Final in South Africa.

The Americans went on to to win the shoot-out which followed, meaning England will have to settle for a third placed play-off with Argentina on Sunday.

Martin has mainly featured as a substitute at this event in Johannesburg, and has caught the eye with a series of impressive displays.

On Tuesday, she came off the bench to both score and create a goal, as England comfortably beat India 4-1.

When it comes to talk of featuring at a home World Cup though, the former Ipswich Schoolgirl is not getting too carried away.

"It's at the forefront of my mind certainly, and it would be amazing to play in front of a big crowd with all the England games already sold out," Martin told us.

"But I have to get selected first. If I do the best that I can do on the pitch and train as hard as I can, then I put myself in with the best possible chance of making the squad."

King and Schlein target pairs glory for Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches lifted their last piece of silverware two years ago, when Danny King and Rohan Tungate won the Premier League pairs title at Somerset.

Danny King and Rory Schlein
Stephen Waller

Tonight, King (left) will represent the club once again at the Oak Tree Arena, and will team up with Australian rider Rory Schlein (right) on behalf of the Suffolk side.

Both riders have been in impressive form this season, and played their part last night in another big win for the Witches, that put them back on top of Speedway's Championship table.

"Things are going well," King told us.

"We're feeling good and I think we will win every meeting at home between now and the end of the campaign.

"I'm really confident going into tonight and Rory is as well. It's a track we both enjoy and we ride well together."

King and Schlein will be among the favourites for the pairs title, and will compete against riders from Glasgow, Peterborough, Workington and Scunthorpe in Group A.

Little things are key for 'efficient' Bury Rugby Club

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ollie Smith (pictured) has praised the set-up at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club and says he is looking forward to taking charge of the team ahead of the Wolfpack's third campaign in National League Two South.

Ollie Smith
BBC

The former British and Irish Lion and England international was at the Haberden yesterday following his appointment earlier in the week.

Although Bury have made a series of signings already this summer, the 34-year-old has hinted that there could be more, and he has also been telling us about the style of rugby he would like to see Bury adopt.

"One that wins and keeps a coach in the job!" he joked.

"I like things done simply, but things done well.

"You really have to be mindful of the teams you are playing against and the pitches you are playing on. Conditions change throughout the season, so the players will need to be quick to adapt."

"I will take this group and build it in accordance with what it is capable of doing, but there is always a basis for where you start that, and that is good core skills and the ability to stay fit."

Ex-England international targets progress at Bury

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The new head coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, Ollie Smith, says he is intent on making sure that the team gets the little things right, and is efficient with their rugby in the coming months.

Ollie Smith
BBC

The 34-year-old, who was at Barking last season, is a former England international and British and Irish Lion.

He replaces Jon Clarke in the top job at the Haberden, after the Yorkshireman left the club for personal reasons.

Smith says joining Bury was an easy decision, and he has thanked officials and players at the club for the support he has received so far.

"Everyone has been fantastic," he told us.

"Let's hope it's still the same six months down the line when we're hopefully doing well in the league.

"Looking at the set-up we’ve got here in terms of the gym and the quality of the pitch, coupled with the signings we have made, everything is in place for the club to move forward."

Starry, starry night

Clear skies over Essex were captured in the north east of the county last night:

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Life story of Elveden Hall's maharajah

A film telling the story of the last King of Punjab is released in cinemas today.

"The Black Prince" is the tale of Maharajah Duleep Singh. He was taken from his mother aged 15 when India was annexed by the British, and sent to England.

Scene from film of The Black prince
Sterling Media
Scene from film of The Black Prince, showing the Prince seated with Queen Victoria
Sterling Media

The young maharajah lived the life of an aristrocrat at Elveden Hall near Thetford, where his grave lies next to the village church.

He became a favourite of Queen Victoria, who was godmother to his children.

Scene from the Black Prince
Sterling Media

Eventually Duleep Singh gave up his estate, position and royal connections and in 1886 he set sail for India to reclaim his throne.

He was detained when his ship docked in Aden and was placed under house arrest.

The prince died in exile, a pauper, in Paris in 1893.

The Black Prince film stars Satinder Sartaaj, Shabana Azmi, Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, Keith Duffy and David Essex.

You can read more about the history of Maharajah Duleep Singh in a BBC feature written ahead of an auction of some of his clothing.

Change of command ceremony RAF Mildenhall

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A special ceremony is taking place at RAF Mildenhall today as a new commander takes over at the base.

RAF Mildenhall is the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing of the US Airforce.

RAF Mildenhall
Mike Page

The unit supports combat operations throughout Europe and Africa as well as being used for contingency operations.

The change of command ceremony will welcome the incoming commander Col Christopher Amrhein.

He's replacing Col Thomas Torkelson who has been in charge at the base since May 2015.

High sheriffs, mayors and representatives of local councils are due to attend the event.

The USAF is in the process of leaving the base for good by 2020-23, while the UK Ministry of Defence has decided the base will be sold off for housing.

Police fire plastic bullet in Ipswich arrest drama

Ipswich Star

This is the front page of the Ipswich Star:

Front page of Ipswich Star
Ipswich Star

BreakingPolice to update on Corrie Mckeague search

We've just been told a police media conference is taking place at 15:00 updating us on the search for missing RAF Honington airman Corrie Mckeague.

We'll bring you further details as and when we get them.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Theatre audience left in the dark as show cancelled at last minute

A packed audience at the Theatre Royal in Norwich was left disappointed last night after a production of Jane Eyre was cancelled at short notice.

The performance of the Charlotte Bronte classic is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, and has been on a run at the theatre since Monday.

Audience members told BBC Radio Norfolk that 20 minutes after the show was due to begin they were informed it wouldn't go ahead because of "an incident".

Exterior of Theatre Royal
BBC

A spokesman for the Theatre Royal tells us the decision was taken when a member of the acting company "had a flare-up of a pre-existing tendon of the foot", adding that this occurred moments before curtain-up, and "due to the physical nature of the production it was decided, for this reason only, it wasn't possible for them to perform".

Exterior of Theatre Royal
BBC

The theatre has apologised to those who had paid to go to last night's performance, offering them the chance to exchange their tickets for another performance or full refund.

The rest of the performance this week will go ahead as scheduled.

Historic Essex boat stars in movie Dunkirk

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

An historic Essex fishing boat returned to the beaches of Dunkirk, more than 75 years after she took part in the World War Two operation to evacuate troops, to star in a film which celebrates the operation.

The Endeavour
BBC

The Endeavour (pictured above), from Leigh-on-Sea, was one of more than 800 "Little Ships" captained by civilians which helped rescue thousands of British soldiers.

The film Dunkirk, produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas (BBC video report below) is released today and features the Endeavour.

The boat has been restored by the Endeavour Trust.

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film reviewed

Suffolk's Dunkirk boat in new blockbuster

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

A new film about the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 - which goes on general release today - has helped to boost the coffers of a north Suffolk charity.

MTB 102
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MTB 102 pictured in 1939

Filmmakers spent a month filming the Motor Torpedo Boat 102, based at Oulton Broad, which is the only surviving Royal Navy boat to have served at Dunkirk.

The MTB 102 Trust will not reveal how much they received for the month of filming carried out in the port at Dunkirk, but it says funds are always badly needed to keep the charity running and the boat in tip-top shape.

The 68-foot long boat has been restored to reflect its historical importance. In 1940, it was involved from the start of Dunkirk and it was one of the last boats to leave.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US commander Dwight D Eisenhower personally inspected the boat in 1944 as part of preparations for the D-Day landings.

The boat has also featured in other movies, including The Eagle Has Landed, starring Michael Caine.

MTB 102
MTB 102 Trust
MTB 102 as she is now. The trust said she has always been seaworthy

The new film, called Dunkirk, was directed by Christopher Nolan and your can watch a BBC feature about it here:

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film reviewed

RAF Marham 'attempted abduction' no longer an active police investigation

The inquiry into the attempted abduction of a serviceman near RAF Marham is no longer being treated as an active investigation by police.

As reported in the Eastern Daily Press, any new information that comes to light will be reviewed and acted on accordingly.

An investigation began after a married serviceman, in his late 20s, was approached by two men while out jogging on 20 July last year.

He said he was threatened with a knife and attempts were made to grab him. The victim, who was not in uniform, fought them off and escaped unharmed.

At the time, police said they couldn't "discount terrorism" as the motive for the "attempted kidnap" and there was heightened security around the west Norfolk base.

Sign for RAF Marham outside air base
BBC

In the first five months of the investigation they'd received around 500 calls. In December, they moved away from the theory the incident was terror-related, and were revisiting other previously-considered motives.

To date, the inquiry has cost in the region of £113,000.

Royal Air Force police outside RAF Marham air base
BBC

In a statement, Det Insp Neil Stewart says they've analysed the 500 calls, reviewed hours of CCTV footage and carried out automatic number plate recognition inquiries which have revealed no significant leads.

The statement continues by saying all relevant inquiries have been exhausted, and the work carried out by the team has been very productive, particularly in identifying the most important witnesses captured on CCTV.

While we are unable to say for certain what the motive was, inquiries completed so far lead us to believe this attack is un-related to terrorism. As with any investigation of this nature, the victim has been spoken to at length and challenged over the version of events. The results of this, combined with other inquiries, have uncovered no evidence to undermine this.”

Det Insp Neil StewartNorfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Holiday flights from Stansted Airport

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Air traffic controllers reckon more than two million Britons will be heading abroad this weekend at the start of the school summer holidays - with 136,000 flying out of Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport
BBC

Jamie Hutchinson, director of the National Air Traffic Control Service, said: "If you imagine airspace as the invisible motorway network in the sky, it has not been changed for decades and is not designed to deal with the two million flights [per year] we have in the UK.

"If we are to meet the demands for future growth - in the UK we are anticipating three millions flights by 2030 - we need to start making changes to airspace now."

Court appearance for men accused of supermarket murder

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The two men accused of murdering a man at a Wymondham supermarket have appeared in court.

Nick Rogers, 26, died on Tuesday. He'd been involved in a fight at the Morrisons store on Norwich Road the night before.

John Monk, 43, and his 19-year-old nephew Lee Monk, who are both from Wymondham, appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning.

They didn't enter any pleas and were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance in August.

Police officer and vehicle outside the supermarket
BBC

Lifeboat aids three boats caught in heavy winds

Three boats which got into trouble when hit by heavy squalls had to be rescued by Wells Lifeboat yesterday.

The first call was to the Sea Mist cabin cruiser. One of its two engines had overheated and had to be shut down, making it difficult to manouvre as skipper Richard Comrie tried to cross the bar into Wells harbour.

They were between 10-15 miles off the north Norfolk harbour when they radioed for help, and with sea washing over the boat they nearly lost their dinghy.

Lifeboat towing in the cabin cruiser
Wells RNLI

The second rescue was of an elderly couple. Their 65ft barge was caught in heavy seas off Salthouses, and was making little progress because of the heavy westerly wind.

The barge, in Wells harbour
Wells RNLI

The third vessel, a 22ft yacht, suffered engine and communications failure, but managed to raise the alarm on a mobile before it stopped working. She was reported to be 10 miles north of Wells and 10 miles east of Skegness.

It was a race against the ebbing tide to get her over the bar while there was still enough depth of water.

Lifeboat spokesman John Mitchell says it was "touch and go".

The yacht being towed into Wells harbour
Wells RNLI

The yacht was located by Skegness lifeboat who towed her to the approaches of Wells harbour where she was met by Wells lifeboat... they just managed to beat the falling tide."

John MitchellWells lifeboat

Essex councillor welcomes new Lib Dem leader

There's an Essex welcome to new Lib Dem leader from the leader of the party on Chelmsford City Council.

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MP pleased Essex hospitals' plan dropped

The Conservative MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, is pleased major NHS restructuring plans have been dropped.

Yesterday we reported that health bosses in Essex have decided not to go ahead with plans which campaigners argued would have downgraded two accident and emergency departments.

They were thinking about turning Basildon into the main A&E centre, while Broomfield and Southend hospitals would have dealt only with specialist emergencies, such as burns at Broomfield.

Under a revised plan, all three hospitals will keep their A&E departments - with patients being taken to their nearest - and they would each offer a wide range of specialist treatments.

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Police guards remain in Bury St Edmunds

As police continue to question a 43-year-old man on suspicion of a murder in Bury St Edmunds, officers remain on guard outside flats on Cumberland Avenue.

Policeman stands guard outside a house on Cumberland Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

The dead man, who was in his 50s, was reported to have been stabbed at the two-storey building yesterday afternoon.

A policeman also remained on guard this morning at Maple House (below), two streets away on the Mildenhall Road estate in Lake Avenue.

Policeman stands guard at the entrance to Maple House, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

From the archives: Sculptor Epstein at Epping Forest in 1930

Some 87 years ago a photographer took this picture of sculptor Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) with his daughter in Epping Forest, Essex.

July 1930: Sculptor Jacob Epstein (1880 - 1959) with his daughter in Epping Forest, Essex
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Dominant Witches take shine off Diamonds

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches are back on top of Speedway's Championship table after a 54-39 win over Newcastle Diamonds at Foxhall last night, the Suffolk side's thirteenth straight victory on their home track.

Ipswich Witches in action at Foxhall
Stephen Waller

Much of the damage was done during the early stages of the meeting, as the Witches opened up a 14 point lead after the opening four heats, with all of Ritchie Hawkins' riders playing their part.

"We started off really strong again and it was a nice and comfortable win against a decent team," the team manager told us.

"Our strength in depth is a big difference. None of their reserve riders got anything off us on the night."

Australian rider Cameron Heeps was paid for 12 points on the night, which led to heaps of praise for the 21-year-old from Hawkins:

"He was so quick tonight and the level he is getting to at the moment makes him difficult to pass. He is enjoying his speedway at the moment and showing his potential."