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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us for Norfolk Live, we're be back tomorrow at 08:00.

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Weather: A dry and clear night

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers will die out this evening to leave a dry and clear night across the county.

Minimum temperature: 0(C) (32F).

Weather graphic for tonight, through to Sunday
BBC Weather

After a chilly start, Friday will be sunny with cloud later. Temperatures 12(C) (54F).

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The headlines: Consultation closes on Norwich market... Pressures on hospital's A & E department

The stories in the news today:

  • With a third of stalls on Norwich market lying empty, the city council has been running a consultation on how it could do better
  • The James Paget University Hospital is experiencing high levels of demand for it's A & E services
  • A new centre offering support to veterans of the armed forces has opened in Norwich

Ronnie Corbett: 'An absolute delight'

Paul Hayes

BBC Radio Norfolk

One of the country's most recognisable comedians Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85, and Joanna Bellis of the RNLI recalls his visit to Cromer in 2006 when he officially opened the town's Henry Blogg Musuem

Ronnie Corbett cutting the ribbon of the Henry Blogg Museum
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

She says he was "very enthusiastic to open the museum - an absolute delight."

Ronnie Corbett, with RNLI banner, and crowds outside the museum
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

The musuem has a little stool so that children can look into the RNLI boat properly, and Mr Corbett made a "great play of asking if it was there for him". 

She added the entertainer and his wife had come to the pier on tour in the 50s, and had a "nostalgic sense of enjoying Cromer".

Annual Diss King of the Cup ensures it's a Good Friday as £1,700 raised for charity

Diss Express

Nearly £1,700 was raised for good causes as hundreds descended on Diss for the fifteenth annual King of the Cup competition on Good Friday.

Winners of the King of the Cup competition with trophy
Diss Express

Watch: Bridge rescue cat reunited with owner

A cat rescued from under a bridge in Norwich has been reunited with her owner 15 months after she went missing. 

Claudia, who had become stuck on a pillar of concrete under a bridge in Heigham Street, was saved by the RSPCA.

It found she was micro-chipped and had gone missing from her home in the city in January 2015.                       

Norfolk tennis star Alfie Hewett's big win

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett has taken a major scalp at a tournament in South Africa. 

Cantley's Hewett has beaten Sweden's World number 7 Stefan Olsson at the Gauteng Open. He's now through to the Quarter Finals of the tournament. 

The British number two is warming up for next week's South Africa Open in Johannesburg.

Alfie Hewett
Tennis Foundation

An inspiration to us all

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News, the story of six-year-old Ruth Carpenter

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Archant

Big Garden Birdwatch: What's been spotted in Norfolk

More than 10,000 people across Norfolk took part in this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and the results have just flown in.

A male blackbird on grass
RSPB

Top of the pecking order was the blackbird, which was seen in 94% of gardens across the county. The house sparrow took second place in the pecking order, tailed by the blue tit in third.  

This year, the long-tail tit ruffled a few feathers by joining Norfolk's top ten most spotted garden birds for the first time in five years, and goldfinches stepped up three places to take sixth in the ranking.  

Travel: A149 closed

BBC Travel

The A149 Queen Elizabeth Way in South Wootton is closed, with delays in both directions between the Knights Hill roundabout and Butlers Cross, because of a serious accident involving a car and a bicycle.

Hospital reminder that A & E is for emergencies

The James Paget University Hospital is experiencing high levels of demand following the Easter break and is reminding people to only attend A & E in an emergency.

Accident and Emergency sign at the James Paget University Hospital
BBC

The Gorleston hospital has seen an increase in patients reporting respiratory problems, such as coughs and colds, combined with a general rise in attendances.

Other healthcare options are available, including the 111 service, walk-in centres, pharmacies or GPs. 

Norwich market: Changing over the years

Norwich has been home to a market for more than 900 years, attracting locals and tourists.  

It's stood alongside Gentleman's Walk since it was established on its present site by the Normans.  

Flower stalls on Norwich market
BBC

In the 1930s it had a radical overhaul when the new City Hall was built.  And in the early 21st century, a newly refurbished market was open, which saw the stalls arranged in groups of four.

In this BBC programme of 2012, a local historian explains how the present-day city grew up around the original market. 

The headlines: High levels of demand for A & E services... Ideas for future of Norwich market

The stories in the news this afternoon:

  • The James Paget University Hospital is reminding people that A & E is for emergencies only after seeing an increase in patients
  • Norwich market isn't performing and could do better, says the city council

Weather: Becoming cloudy with showers

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a lovely sunny morning, but will now become more cloudy with the risk of a few showers developing.

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Tavy for this photograph taken at Castle Acre this morning.

Castle Acre, with daffodils and cloudy skies
Weather Watcher Tavy

Watch: Norwich market 'needs to be more colourful'

Vegetables, fruit, flowers, and toys are just some of the hundreds of products available on Norwich's market, which has stood on its present-day site since Norman times.

With a third of its stalls now standing empty, the city council has been asking for ideas on how to improve it.

A leading consultant, who's overseeing the market's rejuvenation, says it needs to become more colourful and adventurous if it's to survive beyond the next five years.                       

New leader for council

A new leader has been elected for Breckland Council

Councillor William Nunn, new leader of Breckland Council
Breckland Council

William Nunn is no stranger to the role, having previously served as leader for eight years from 2005 to 2013.

He replaces Councillor Michael Wassell, who stood down.  

Tabby cat rescued from under bridge

A cat has been reunited with its owner after going missing for more than a year.

Claudia was stuck on a small pillar of concrete under a bridge in Heigham Street, Norwich.  

The RSPCA enlisted the help of two men who were able to get to her, and she was was taken to a vet to be checked over.

Claudia cowering under the bridge, and two men in a dinghy
Tish Kerkham

The tabby's microchip enabled her to be reunited with owner Adrienne Hamilton who says Claudia recognised her immediately and is settling in. 

Survey to turnaround Norwich market

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

A consultation on the future of Norwich market ends today. 

More than a third of the stalls currently stand empty, and Norwich City Council has been asking for ideas on how to turn it around.                       

New centre to help veterans of the armed forces

A new centre is opening in Norwich today to give support to veterans of the armed forces.

Rear view of two soldiers
Getty Images

Based at the former Britannia Barracks in Norwich, the Britannia Veterans Centre is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, bringing together all of Norfolk's military charities under one roof.

Volunteers will offer advice and support to any veteran, or member of their family, who calls in.

Coastal protection work is 'King Canute special'

A holiday resort is spending £3m on sea defences on its part of the coastline.  

The Norfolk coastline at Hopton on Sea
Georgraph/Evelyn Simak

More than 5,500 tonnes of granite rock, each one weighing between three and eight tonnes, will be lined on the beach at Hopton to protect the Potters Resort from coastal erosion. 

Managing director John Potter says the the sea wall is failing northwards from them, so they're doing the work before it eventually fails, describing it a doing a "King Canute special" to stop the erosion. 

Man charged with selling saltwater crocodile

A west Norfolk man has been charged in connection with a number of wildlife offences.

The mouth and teeth of a saltwater crocodile
Getty Images

Norfolk police raided an address in Sedge Drove, Ten Mile Bank on 10 February, with the assistance of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

A 36 year old man was charged yesterday with selling a saltwater crocodile and a crab-eating macaque.  He was also charged with possessing cannabis.  He will appear at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court on 12 May. 

Fines threat to hospital's expansion bid

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Front page of the EDP
Archant

Rail: Disruption to branch line services

Abellio Greater Anglia warns of cancellations on services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and also on the line to Lowestoft.

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Stadium delay 'disappointing for Speedway' - Rob Lyon

Richard Hancock

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars manager Rob Lyon says delays in opening speedway's new national stadium - the home-track of tonight's opponents Belle Vue Aces - is bad for the sport.

Rob Lyon
BBC

Tonight's Saddlebow Road meeting with King's Lynn is Belle Vue's first of the season after their new track was deemed unfit to ride for two meetings earlier in March.

"It's a fantastic stadium, a breath of fresh air in many ways, but last week's situation was unacceptable in lots of ways, let's hope they can sort it out," said Lyon.

Consultation ends on future of city centre market

A consultation by Norwich city council into the future of the city's 900 year old market closes today.

The coloured roofs of Norwich Market stalls
Geograph/Richard Humphrey

The council says it wants to let more stalls and bring occupancy up to 90%.  At the moment, around a third of the stalls are empty which the council says is a legacy of the recession.

The market generates around £8 to £10m a year, and it it was full the council says that figure could go up to £15m.

Weather: Dry and sunny

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start, it will become sunny and mostly dry.  A small chance of showers later.

Maximum temperature: 11(C) (52F).

BBC Weather has more details for you.

The headlines: Consultation ends on future of Norwich market... New support centre of armed forces veterans

The stories in the news this morning:

  • A consultation into the future of Norwich market closes today
  • A new support centre for veterans of the armed forces will open in Norwich today
  • A holiday resort is spending £3m on rock defences to protect the business from coastal erosion

Hello from Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Thursday's Norfolk Live,, where we'll bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county from 08:00 until 18:00.

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