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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 29 March 2016
  2. Mother pays tribute to her "bright and beautiful" daughter who died after a bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away
  3. More than 700 volunteers now help to staff Norfolk's libraries, an increase of more than 250% in the last six years
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

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That's it from the Norfolk Live team today, but we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 bringing you updates from across the county.

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Watch: Hundreds flock to Norwich Gaming Fesitval

A week-long gaming festival in Norwich hopes to encourage people to take up creating computer games for themselves.                 

Hundreds of fans are flocking to the event at The Forum which organisers say will show there's no difference between gaming and the movie industry.

The festival also offers people the chance to play a number of classic console and computer games, along with a chance to try some of the latest titles from the multi-billion pound industry.

Weather: Wet and windy

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Heavy showers and gusty winds, with the risk of thunder and lightning. Clearing later and turning chilly under clear skies with a minimum temperature of 3C (37F).

Weather graphic for Wednesday 15:00 showing patchy showers
BBC Weather

Wendesday will be chilly with sunny spells and showers. Temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Phone and internet services cut off for three weeks

A number of people in Watton have been without their phone and internet connections for three weeks since services were cut off to hundreds of homes on 7 March.

BT Openreach router
PA

BT OpenReach says engineers are working to fix the lines, with about 30 properties still without a connection.

Mamooth tooth discovered by young archaeologist

Paul Hayes

BBC Radio Norfolk

A nine-year-old-boy from Winterton has been given a special reward for his archaeological exploits.

Noah Laws in the Castle Musuem in Norwich
BBC

Noah Laws found what he thought was a horse bone near his home in January.  When he took it to the young archaeologists group at Great Yarmouth's Time and Tide Museum he learned that it was a mammoth tooth, from the same species as the famous West Runton Mammoth.

Today, Noah and his family were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the natural history collection at Norwich Castle Museum.

Watch: Fourth egg for peregrine falcons

The peregrine falcons nesting on Norwich Cathedral marked the Easter weekend with an egg of their own - as a fourth arrived in the clutch.                      

Experts believe this will be the last egg of the season as the pair have now started to incubate the eggs full time.

On Sunday evening the pair were buffeted in winds up to 50 mph (80 km/h) in their nest high on the cathedral spire as Storm Katie blew through the county. 

Dinosaur was no match for Storm Katie

This stegosaurus met its match as Storm Katie blew through Norfolk on Monday. 

The flipped-over stegosaurus
BBC

The spiked-tail beast had been brought back to the Dinosaur Adventure Park at Lenwade and temporarily placed on grass outside the park.

But yesterday's strong winds flipped the giant beast, rolling it over on to its spiked spine. No-one, man or beast, was injured, the park said.

Storm Katie: Day visitors stayed away

Tourism in Norfolk took a bit of a battering from Storm Katie over the Easter weekend, with many attractions closing because of safety concerns, including the pleasure beach at Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth seafront, with just one or two sighteers in warm clothing
Geograph/Ray Stanton

But it wasn't all bad news with 75,000 visitors to the seaside resort over the weekend.

The weather affected day visitors but stay visitors were very strong... a lot of holiday parks reported sell-out weekends."

Alan CarrHead of tourism, Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Calls to ambulance service up over Easter weekend

The East of England Ambulance Service says it received more calls over this Easter weekend than for the same period last year:

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Fears for future of King's Lynn Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in King's Lynn will close if it loses funding, volunteers say.

The Citizens Advice Bureau in King's Lynn
Google

There's concern that a decision by the borough council to put limited advice services out to tender will make it difficult for the CAB to continue.

Joanne Jones, one of the volunteers at the bureau, says they have contact with 5,000 people a year and offer a telephone advice service with benefits and debts advisers too.

Watch: Female toads 'fashionably late'

It's hotting up for male toads in more ways than one as warmer weather is finally enticing females to their breeding grounds.  

The males have been waiting to breed since January when their migration started a month early due to the mild weather at the time. 

Since then the conditions have been so poor Toadwatch volunteers across Norfolk say they've seen fewer than half the toads that were helped last year.

Now, as the females begin to arrive, courting competition is fierce with so many males to each female.

Community 'devastated' by Summer Grant bouncy castle death

A seven-year-old girl from Norwich was enjoying an Easter break from primary school when she suffered fatal injuries at a fun fair in Essex at the weekend.

Summer Grant
Family photo

Summer Grant, who lived in Hellesdon, died from multiple injuries when the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown into the air, landing 150 meters (164 yds) away.

The Reverend Enid Jones-Blackett says everyone is "devastated" and the community "feels for the family of Summer and is behind them." 

Appeal for witnesses to A47 collision

A woman, in her 20s, has suffered serious life-changing arm injuries following a collision on the A47 at Postwick, east of Norwich, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The road was closed in both directions, while emergency services dealt with the incident which happened around 03:45 on the Yarmouth-bound carriageway. 

A black Renault Clio had left the road, colliding with a barrier before overturning, police said. The westbound carriageway reopened shortly before 06:30, and the eastbound was open by 08:20. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Easter egg for Norwich Cathedral peregrines

A fourth egg arrived over the Easter weekend for the peregrine falcons nesting on the spire of Norwich Cathedral... most likely to be the last in the clutch as the birds have now started incubating.

The adult pair had to cope with winds of up to 50mph (80 km/h) on Sunday night as Storm Katie blew through the county.

Female peregrine falcon with four eggs on Norwich Cathedral spire nest box
Hawk & Owl Trust

Watch live pictures from the peregrine nest-cam.

Teddy bear tributes to 'our angel' Summer Grant

I've been back to the park in Harlow where seven-year-old Summer Grant died on Saturday when the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away in high winds.

Teddy bears
BBC

Dozens of teddy bears have been left at the scene in tribute to Summer, from Norwich.

A crowdfunding page set up in memory of Summer received 350 donations and has already beaten its £5,000 target.  

Messages on the page attributed to family members, including Summer's grandmother, thanked those who had donated.

"I want to say thank you all who donated and for the heartfelt messages here. It will give our beautiful angel a good send off," she wrote.

Harlow bouncy castle death: Thousands raised in memory of Summer Grant

Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of a little girl who died after the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away in Harlow.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Seven-year-old Summer Grant from Norwich died after she was injured in Harlow Town Park on Easter Saturday.

A crowdfunding page set up the next day received 350 donations and has already beaten its £5,000 target.

Ace determined to Achieve his dream

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of the EDP
Archant

Great Yarmouth man charged with rape

A 21-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been charged with rape.

The charges relate to an alleged incident near Temple Road in the town on Sunday involving a 20-year-old woman.

The man, who's been remanded in custody, will appear at Norwich Crown Court on 25 April.

Football: Eyes on Internationals ahead of run-in

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

As many as eight Norwich City players could be in action later in the final night of football during the international break.

Sebastian Bassong
Getty Images

Sebastien Bassong (pictured) and Dieurmerci Mbokani are trying to qualify for the African Cup of Nations with Cameron and Democratic Republic of Congo.  

There are also international friendlies with Norwich players involving Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Bouncy castle accidents 'incredibly rare'

The trade body representing bouncy castle companies says they're safe, despite the death of a young girl from Norwich at the weekend.

The bouncy castle, deflated and lying against fairground equipment
BBC

Seven-year-old Summer Grant died from multiple injuries at a fun fair in Harlow on Saturday, when the bouncy castle she was on was blown 150 metres (164 yds) across a park by a gust of wind.

Mark Jerram, from the British Inflatable Hirers Alliance, says this type of accident is "incredibly rare... statistically the risk of injury in a motor vehicle is far far worse than on a bouncy castle." 

National honour for police heroes who helped save man from drowning

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Front page of EDP
Archant

Increase in volunteers at county's libraries

The number of council staff working in libraries in the east of England has fallen by 32% in the past six years, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

A library, with shelves of books and two people reading
BBC

Despite a drop in staff of more than 15% in Norfolk, the number of volunteers has risen with more than 700 now working in the county's libraries, an increase of more than 250% since 2010.

Across the region, more than 1,000 paid staff have left the service in the last six years.

Great Yarmouth move a step closer to promotion

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

A 3-0 win over Diss helped Great Yarmouth tighten their grip on the promotion places in Thurlow Nunn First Division.

The goals came from Chaz McAra, Ady Agar and Payton Swatman with a spectacular free kick.

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The win leaves the Bloaters second in the division - 11 points clear of fourth place with seven games left. The top three teams will get promotion.

Parents' tribute to bouncy castle death girl

The mother of a seven-year-old girl from Norwich, who was killed on Saturday at a fun fair in Essex, says she's "truly heartbroken." 

Summer Grant
Family photograph

Summer Grant was a bouncy castle at a fairground in Harlow when it was blown 150 metres (164 yds) across a park. She died later in hospital from her injuries. Cara Blackie says her daughter was a "bright, beautiful and most loving little girl."

Summer's father Lee Grant describes his daughter as "our beautiful angel... the most happy and polite girl in the world...we love you to the moon and back."

Rail lines open following signal fault

Abellio Greater Anglia say lines have reopened following earlier signalling fault: 

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Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells with scattered showers and feeling breezy. The rain will becoming heavy later, with a risk of hail and thunder.

Maximum temperature: 11(C) (52F). BBC Weather has more details.

Disruption to rail services

Delays of up to 30 minutes on services between Norwich and Sheringham, due to signalling problems 

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The headlines: Tributes to bouncy castle death girl... Tourist attractions hit by bad weather

The stories in the news this morning:

  • A Norwich mother says she's "truly heartbroken" after her seven year old daughter was killed following an incident on a bouncy castle in Harlow
  • Tourism businesses say they were badly hit by weather weather and high winds over the Easter weekend 

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BBC Local Live

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