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Council approves lapdancing licences

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Norwch Ciry council has issued new licences to four lapdancing clubs in the city.

The three clubs on Prince of Wales road and one on Dove Street will be allowed to operate for another year.

But the city's licensing committe is going to look at whether there should be a cap on the number of sex clubs iafter the Greens expressed concern that too many could show Norwich in the wromg light.

Green Councillor Lesley Graham told Radio Norfolk that without a cap the council was sending the message "come and have your stag party here, come here and get plastered and aroused"

Reoresentatives of the industry told the council meeting that lapdancing clubs were well policed and "good neighbours"

Goodbye to all as this week's live page closes

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's all for this week so goodbye to all - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 bring you news, sport, travel and weather.

Meanwhile have a good weekend despite the forecast not looking good.

You can get in touch with the team over the weekend via the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

We're always pleased to hear from you.

Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

Weather chart

Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

More details from BBC Weather:

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Lynn News

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Lynn News

Link road repairs will have impact on travelling public and business

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A year of remedial work on one of the county's busiest junctions is likely to have a huge impact on travellers and local businesses, according to the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council, Mike Mackrory.

Sadlers Farm junction

He's concerned that improvements are needed to two bridges built in 2012 at a cost of £63m on the Sadlers Farm interchange - the junction of the A13 and A130 near Benfleet.

"Delays are going to have a massive impact on the travelling public and business in that part of the county," he said.

"When the original scheme was under construction there was a big impact on some businesses that reported a drop in orders of up to 90%."

County highways officials said disruption for motorists would be kept to a minimum and there'd be no cost to the taxpayer from the work.

Norwich lap dancing clubs 'are not bad neighbours'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

A lawyer for one of the Norwich lap dancing clubs applying for a new licence has insisted that the industry is responsible and "a good neighbour".

Sarah Le Feuvre, counsel for Lace on Prince of Wales Road told the city council's licencing committee "in general, premises of this type do not give to issues of crime, disorder or public nuisance".

"In 10 years of trading we have had an excellent workig relationship with the authorities," she said.

The club, which employs between 8 and 16 dancers and has an average of 55 customers a night, is one of four in the city applying for a new Sexual Entertainment Venue licence.

At the start of the meeting, which the chairperson described as "rather unusual", councillors were told that lap dancing clubs are lawful and they must not judge the applications on moral grounds.

But there was an appeal from the Green Party for a cap to be placed on the number of clubs in the city.

Councillor Lesley Grahame said "this will send a message that Norwich is a soft touch and make it a destination for more stag parties".

A decision will be made later this afternoon.

Honeymoon couple now safe at resort hit by Hurricane Irma

Graham Barnard

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norfolk couple, on honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, is said to be safe and well after being caught up in Hurricane Irma.

Mariah and Michael Brick, from Great Plumstead just east of Norwich, spent the night sheltering in a stranger's bathroom after the hotel they were staying in was evacuated.

Irma storm damage
REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

They had arrived in the resort of Punta Cana just two days before the most powerful Atlantic storm in history made land.

"They called us on Thursday night to say they were safe and sound and had returned to their hotel," said Mariah's mother, Andrea Crooks.

"They said they were in their room waiting to hear about food as they have not eaten in a while."

The hotel was evacuated because it was "unsafe".

"It had a straw roof and was a very small hotel, so they have moved inland," Ms Crooks said.

"They went to another hotel which was fully booked, but they talked to a Belgian couple who let them stay in their bathroom until they could find somewhere else."

Dispiriting loss does not derail coach's ambitions

Diss Express

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Diss Express

BreakingTeenager sentenced to three year juvenile detention over 'Superman punch'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to three years in juvenile detention over the manslaughter of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, who died from head injuries when he fell to the ground after a "superman punch" in Harlow in August 2016.

City lap dancing clubs' licence renewals opposed by Greens

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The local authority is deciding today whether to renew the licences of four lap dancing clubs in the Norwich.

Lap dancing club

Lace, Platinum Lace, the B52 club and Sugar & Spice are all applying for new sexual entertainment venue licences.

The Green Party is opposing the renewals and claims residents haven't been properly consulted.

The Greens also said they worry the clubs will make the city "a soft touch" for stag parties.

Two people treated at scene as coach and two cars crash on M11

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A crash on the M11 between junction 9 for Saffron Walden and junction 8 for Stansted involved a coach and two cars, which led to severe delays this morning, but no casualties were taken to hospital.

The East of England Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance and crews treated two patients at the scene but neither needed hospital treatment, a spokesman said.

Long tailbacks were experienced by drivers on the southbound carriageway.

In the news: 3,700 pupils could lose free buses

Diss Express

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

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

New work on £63m road junction to take a year

Tom Croasdell

BBC Essex

New work lasting 12 months is to be carried out on a busy road junction completed in 2012 at a cost of £63m.

Improvements are to be made to the drainage on the A13 Sadlers Farm link road (between Pitsea and South Benfleet) and on two bridges over the junction to ensure they last.

A13/A130 junction

Essex County Council's Conservative deputy leader Kevin Bentley said in a statement: "These remedial works are being completed at no additional cost to the taxpayer following completion of the Sadlers Farm scheme in 2012.

"All work has been carefully planned to cause as little disruption to the driving public as possible.

"Once complete, it will ensure Sadlers Farm continues to deliver benefits to Essex residents and commuters over the next century."

Teenager to be sentenced over fatal 'superman punch'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A teenager is to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, who struck his head on the ground after being floored with a single "superman punch".

Arkadiusz Jozwik
Family picture

The defendant, who was 15 years old at the time of the last year's attack and cannot be named because of his age, denied the charge, but was found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Mr Jozwik, 40, had been drinking vodka with two friends and had just bought a pizza when he was set upon outside a row of takeaway shops in Harlow shortly after 23:30 on 27 August 2016.

He died two days later in hospital from head injuries.

Rent increase threatens two-day market, traders claim

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

Traders on Great Yarmouth's two-day market may not survive because of the number of stalls that are closing, it is claimed.

More than 20 stallholders have decided to leave the market since the beginning of the year, following an increase in rents - roughly a third of the existing stalls.

Great Yarmouth market
Roger Geach

Great Yarmouth Borough Council says it's given traders a 2.5% cut in their rates to encourage more people to stay.

However, many of them took on more space over past years with no increase in overall fees in a bid to make the market look bigger.

Under a new system of assessment for this year, fees will be charged on the whole size of stalls which means many traders are paying much more than they used to.

CCTV images released of possible witnesses to Brentwood fatal assault

CCTV images have been released of two people police believe may be key witnesses to a fatal assault outside Murphys Sports Bar on Kings Road in Brentwood on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.

The 47-year-old man died on Saturday, 2 September as a result of his injuries and detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and would still like to hear from any witnesses.

Potential witnesses to fatal attack in Murphys Sports Bar, Brentwood
Essex Police

Police had issued a photo of a second man they wanted to talk to, but they now say he has been identified.

Too early to judge Norwich City - Grant Holt

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City resume their Championship campaign against Birmingham City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Canaries have taken just four points from the first five games of the new season and have the worst defensive record in the division.

Grant Holt and Will Buckley
Grant Holt (left) with newspaper football journalist Will Buckley on last night's BBC Radio Norfolk show

Former City captain Grant Holt joined us on last night's edition of The Scrimmage on BBC Radio Norfolk and urged fans to give head coach Daniel Farke more time to find the right balance with his team.

"They're trying to build something, it's going to take time to blend. You can see why fans get frustrated because results aren't going their way," Holt said.

We'll be hearing from Daniel Farke later today. There will be updates from his pre-match press conference at around 13:00.

Tour of Britain: Crowd pushed Alex through time-trial

The crowd in Clacton helped make Thursday one to remember for competitors in the Tour of Britain and, for Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett, the cheering pushed him through a time-trial.

Dutchman Lars Boom won the Stage 5 time trial on the Essex coast, and took the overall lead in the Tour.

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Today's Stage 6 takes place between Newmarket and Aldeburgh in Suffolk, and there's a dedicated BBC Live Reporting page.

Wheelchair tennis: Alfie Hewett reaches another Grand Slam final

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett will play in the final of the doubles at the US Open.

The 19-year-old from Cantley partnered Gordon Reid to a straight sets win over Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the semi-final.

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Hewett will face Kunieda again later, this time in the quarter finals of the wheelchair singles.

Welcome to Norfolk's live news page

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to a new day on Norfolk Live.

About 20 stalls at Great Yarmouth's markets have closed this year and traders are blaming rising rents but the borough council claims it is helping them with discounts.

We'll have more on this along with our regular news updates from around the county.

BBC Weather Watcher Jackie Clover was up bright and early to capture this morning's sky and it looks promising.

The weather forecast will follow shortly and we'll find out what the experts say.

Jackie Clover

Welcome to the live news page for Essex

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to a new day on Essex Live.

A 16-year-old boy is to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court later for the manslaughter of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik who struck his head on the ground after being floored with a single "superman punch".

More on this story shortly, along with our regular news updates.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher OSJ from Brentwood for our morning picture - but the skies look bleak there.

We'll have the day's weather forecast for you soon and we'll see what the experts say.


Our live coverage today:

The local live team is now signing off for the day... but stay with us, as any breaking news stories will appear here.

You can scroll down to see the stories we've brought you... and if there's anything you think we should know about where you live, click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow - have a good evening.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our regular updates, but we'll be back in the morning from 08:00 with a special Tour of Britain live page, where we'll bring you the highs and lows of Stage Six of the Tour, beginning in Newmarket and ending in Aldeburgh.

We look forward to your company then. In the meantime, have a good evening and rest assured, we may be taking a breather, but any breaking news overnight will still appear here.

Stage 6 poster
Tour of Britain

How the Tour will affect parking along the route

As competitors in Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain make their way from Newmarket to Aldeburgh, there are a number of locations where street parking will be suspended, from 23:30 tonight to midnight on Friday, although Suffolk County Council says they'll lift suspensions and closures as soon as possible after the race has passed through.

These are roads where some restrictions will be in place:

  • Ixworth - High Street
  • Walsham le Willows - Ixworth Road, The Street, Finningham Road
  • Eye - Magdalen Street, Castle Street
  • Stradbroke - New Street
  • Framlingham - College Road, Bridge Street, Church Street, Castle Street, Fore Street
  • Wickham Market - Dallinghoo Road, High Street, Broad Street
  • Tuddenham St Martin - The Street
  • Woodbridge/Melton - Melton Road
  • Leiston - Waterloo Avenue

The stage finishes is due to finish in Aldeburgh shortly after 15:00, where High Street (Park Road to Wentworth Road), Crabbe Street, Crag Path, King Street, Alde Lane, Market Cross Place, Victoria Road (Market Cross Place to High Street), and all side roads between High Street and Crag Path will be closed.

There'll be on-street parking suspensions along Wentworth Road, Thorpe Road (between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness) and Leiston Road (from the roundabout to Crag Fit Nurseries).

TJ Haworth-Culf, whose responsibilities at Suffolk Coastal Council include Leisure, said: "While we apologise for any inconvenience, the road closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the riders and the spectators."

Lars Boom of The Netherlands won today's time trial stage in Clacton and will go into the Suffolk stage as the overall race leader.

Mother's fears for daughter caught up in Hurricane Irma

A Stowmarket mother whose daughter is working in the Caribbean says she has had no contact with her since yesterday.

Diana Leyton's daughter Lara has been working at a hotel on the British Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Irma is causing widespread destruction across the area. It's one of the most powerful storms on record and has almost totally destroyed the islands of St Martin and Barbuda.

Ms Leyton says other governments have been speaking about their foreign territories, but she can't get any information.

Aerial view showing destruction caused by Hurricane Irma

The president of France was on the television talking about the problems in St Martin, the Dutch prime minister was talking about the Dutch side of St Martin and the lovely lady from Anguilla has been talking about Anguilla but our government, our Foreign Office, have given me no news at all."

Diana Leyton

Fatal crash teenager had a 'cheeky smile'

The parents of a teenager who was killed in a fatal collision say their son was "one of the most polite, caring, funny young men you could ever wish to meet".

Matthew Woodward, 18, died when his red Mini Coooper was in collision with a blue Vauxhall Zafira on the A134 at Mundford.

It happened close to the junction with the A11 at around 05:00 on Saturday, 2 September.

Matthew Woodward
Norfolk police

Paying tribute to "their beautiful boy", Matthew's parents said "with his cheeky smile and his quick witty sense of humour there was never a dull moment in his company".

He worked hard at night to earn his money to make his little Mini stand out from the crowd. His pride and joy, which sadly never brought him home."

Matthew Woodward's parents

Cycling: Alex Dowsett 'gave it 100%'

Chelmsford's Alex Dowsett said he heard "every single shout" from supporters as he competed in the time trial for the Tour of Britain's fifth stage in Clacton.

It's one of his last races for the Movistar team and he said the last few hundred metres were "really tough".

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Life of Leonard Cheshire to be celebrated at a mass

A mass to celebrate the life of Leonard Cheshire is being held in his home village of Cavendish this evening on the centenary of his birth.

Mr Cheshire founded a global charity to help people with disabilities, and was married to another charity campaigner, Sue Ryder (pictured below in 1989).

He was also a hero of World War Two, and was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire stand by farm lad, with red poppies among crops

Leonard Cheshire converted to Catholicism at the age of 31.

The requiem mass, in the church of St Mary the Virgin at 19:00, also marks the start of a campaign by the Diocese of East Anglia to try to make him a saint.

Father James Fyfe, who's promoting the cause, says it's a discovery process.

It means to begin to try to collect any evidence for sainthood from among the faithful... there is a prayer which invites people to pray to Leonard for a particular reason... if the prayers are answered then evidence is collected, examined and presented... this does not mean that we already think he is a saint - that part is a very long way off and it may be 50 or 100 years hence."

Fr James Fyfe

Newcomer makes its home on nature reserve

A damselfly, which is a relative newcomer to the UK, has returned to a wetland habitat for a second summer.

The willow emerald damselfly was first recorded at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) at Welney in 2016. This year the adult insects were again seen on the reserve.

Willow emerald damselfly perched on a twig

Welney volunteer Annabelle Hammond says the reserve now has 10 species of damselfly, which makes it home to half of UK damselfly species.

The willow emerald has become more widespread in the UK in the last 10 years - before that there had only been two UK records for the insect.

Willow emerald damselfly perched on a twig

Unlike other damselfly species, this metallic green insect perches on trees rather than grasses and wild flowers.

It lays its eggs in willow trees that overhang water, rather than using soft plants on or beneath the water surface.

They hold their wings out from their bodies in 45-degree angles at rest, and fly later in the season than other damselflies.

Ipswich defensive trio 'making progress'

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town will still be without captain Luke Chambers (pictured) and fellow centre backs Adam Webster and Tommy Smith for this weekend's match with QPR.

Luke Chambers

However, manager Mick McCarthy says all three have made progress during the international break.

"Whether he's on crutches or has his arm and legs in plaster, Luke Chambers is always very positive," McCarthy told us.

"He's making all the right noises that he's going to be ready pretty soon.

"Adam Webster has had his boots on today and been out training with the physios, and Tommy Smith is optimistic that he will be out training in the next couple of weeks."

Parking restrictions for arrival of Tour

Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain is being held in the county on Friday, starting in Newmarket at 10:45, and finishing in Aldeburgh shortly after 15:00 after the cyclists complete a distance of 187km (116 miles).

To ensure safety for riders and spectators, road closures and a number of parking restrictions will be in place.

In Newmarket, High Street will be closed between Dullingham Road and Bury Road, and The Avenue will be closed from High Street to Queensberry Road.

These closures will accommodate spectators, start area apparatus and convoy vehicles.

There'll also be parking restrictions along the following roads in the town:

  • All Saints Road - from Old Station Road to Granary Road
  • Granary Road
  • Green Road - from Granary Road to The Avenue

All the road closures and parking restrictions will apply from 23:30 tonight until midnight on Friday, although Suffolk County Council says every effort will be made by the traffic management team to lift parking suspensions and closures as soon as possible after the race has passed through.

We'll bring you a reminder of road closures further along the route next.

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Terror suspect released under investigation

A man who was arrested at London Southend Airport by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command has been released under investigation.

The 49-year-old man, who was due to board an outbound flight, was stopped by the officers on Tuesday, 1 August.

He was taken to a south London police station and and subsequently arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. He was initially released on police bail until late August.

London Southend Airport

Ipswich boss 'not bothered' about deadline day changes

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Premier League clubs have today voted in favour of bringing English football's summer transfer deadline forward, with Championship clubs set to have the same talks at a later date.

Mick McCarthy

At his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to QPR, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has been telling us that he is not fussed, whatever the outcome of such conversations.

"I understand the reasons some want it to change," he said.

"We'd all have our squads sorted before the season starts and we wouldn't have any of these upsets whereby big name players put pressure on clubs and try to force moves.

"I didn't have any of that though. None of my players came into my office and wanted to move. I had it the other way. Players wanted to come in and play for me.

"Basically, I'm not bothered. As always I'll get on with it and whatever gets thrown at me I will deal with."

'Blooming incredible' sunflower

Take a look at these photos, sent to us by June Morrell from Colchester..

June says she's no gardener, but this sunflower produced 70 heads and she wonders if it's a record.

Can you top that? If so, don't be shy - we'd love you to email your photos to us.

Multiple heads on a sunflower
June Morrell
Multiple heads on a sunflower
June Morrell

Witness appeal to Ipswich collision

The 26-year-old driver of a car had a fractured skull and his passenger a broken leg after their vehicle left the road and collided with a fence.

It happened shortly before 01:15 when the silver Honda Civic was travelling from Hadleigh Road along London Road, Ipswich, next to Ranelagh Road primary school.

Any witnesses to the incident, or who may have seen a silver Audi being followed by the Honda Civic from Cardinal Park to London Road at about 01:00, is asked to contact Suffolk Police.

City youngster hopes to catch Farke's eye after joining from Liverpool

Norwich Evening News

Here's the back page of the Norwich Evening News: Phillips is hoping to push for big chance.

Back page of Norwich Evening News

University calls for parity between art and science

A Norfolk university is calling for parity between arts and science subjects.

John Last, vice chancellor of the Norwich University of the Arts, wants the government to rethink their decision to omit the arts from the "core" subjects of the Baccalaureate in schools.

Logo for the Norwich University of the Arts

He says that ignoring the economic value of the arts is to ignore the £84bn annual contribution to the British economy from the creative industries.

Mr Last says it's important that everybody is given a three-dimensional education.

The rounded education is what we're in danger of losing if we don't review what the Bacc is doing in our schools... I think everybody benefits from the opportunity to be creative."

John LastNorwich University of the Arts

Cycling: Crowd cheers for Alex Dowsett

There was a huge roar of support for Alex Dowsett as his set off on his time trial in the Tour of Britain in Clacton earlier.

Alex, of team Movistar, completed his lap in a time of 19'23", hitting the half way mark at 9'18".

He finished in ninth place - 21 seconds behind the winner Lars Boom.

Check the Tour of Britain website for full results.

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Earlier, his dad Phil said they'd checked the time trial course last week, and Alex was "feeling confident".

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Cycling: Lars Boom takes the green jersey

It's time for the podium ceremony.... Lars Boom of team Lotto NL Jumbo takes the green jersey for his time trial in the Tour of Britain's fifth stage in Clacton.

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The latest forecast: Becoming cloudy with rain

Make the most of any bright spells, the skies will be clouding over later, with outbreaks of rain expected.

Temperatures peaking at 19C (66F).

Here's some scenes from around the county, taken earlier this morning by our band of Weather Watchers.

Small boats in water with blue sky
Waves lapping on to beach, with sea birds on a groyne
Blue sky over farmland