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  1. Controversial plans for 142 new homes in Diss are set to be approved by councillors later
  2. Autopsys on beached whales washed up on German side of the North Sea have revealed plastic waste in their stomachs
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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Planning application for housing in Diss rejected

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Planning permission for 142 homes on the edge of Diss has been rejected by councillors in south Norfolk, despite a report recommending they should be approved. 

Builder on roof
Getty Images

They declined the application by Persimmon Homes to build off Frenze Hall Lane. 

Concerns had been raised locally about whether the town's infrastructure could cope with the new development.

Watch: Windpump cap craned off for repairs

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

A year-long project to restore Horsey wind pump, near Martham, reached a dramatic point as the cap was removed.

A 60-tonne crane removed the rotten wooden structure, which will now be repaired.

The National Trust is putting £244,000 towards the project to restore the 104-year-old pump to full working order. The sails, taken off two years ago, are also being fixed.

Abnormal load warning over consecutive Sundays

Motorists are warned to expect delays on Sunday 3 April and Sunday 10 April as Cambridgeshire Police escorts an abnormal load to Norfolk.

Norfolk Police

The load measuring 5.005m (16.42ft) in height and, 4.47m (14.66ft) wide will be transported from Port Sutton Bridge in Linconshire, to Racebank Onshore Substation at Walpole Bank.

The load will leave at 08:00 to arrive in Norfolk at around midday, travelling via the A1101 on the Cambridgeshire border onto the B198 Lynn Rd, School Rd and Mill Rd before arriving at Walpole Bank.

Weather: Mostly dry overnight with sunny spells tomorrow

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers should die away tonight to leave a mostly dry night with some clear spells. 

Weather map

Frost is possible by dawn given the largely clear skies and light winds with a low of 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will be largely dry with sunny spells. BBC Weather has more details of the forecast where you live.

Norovirus outbreak at King's Lynn hospital

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

An outbreak of norovirus is affecting four wards at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and the hospital is asking visitors with symptoms in the last 72 hours to stay away. 

It says the highly contagious infection is always brought into the hospital with 12 cases reported in the last week. 


Dr Ian Hussein, director of infection prevention and control at the hospital, says as a food born disease it flares up at times when people gather together to share food like at Christmas and Easter.

Headlines: Housing development for Diss rejected... Historic Horsey windpump cap successfully removed

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories so far:

  • Councillors reject plans for 142 houses for Diss saying the local infrastructure would not cope
  • Devolution won't be forced on anyone says visiting Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark
  • The cap on the last windpump to be built on the Norfolk Broads has been successfully craned-off for repairs

Communities secretary says 'devolution won't be forced on anyone'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

East Anglian devolution will not be forced on anyone who doesn't want it, according to Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark who has been visiting the region today.

Greg Clark MP

But Mr Clark, who was looking at proposals for a new garden town for Wisbech, also suggested the scheme, which has a lot of local support, would happen more quickly if devolution was in place.

His plans to give Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire extra powers and a directly elected mayor have come in for criticism since they were announced a fortnight ago.  

Cap on Broads windpump taken off for repairs

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The cap on Horsey windpump has been successfully removed, despite blustery conditions earlier, and will now be sent to a millwright in Suffolk for repair.

Horsey wind pump

The pump, owned by the National Trust, was built in 1912 to help drain land near the Norfolk Broads. 

Harsh weather and water leaks have caused timber to rot on the 15m (49ft) high landmark's cap and beams. The sails were removed two years ago.

Historic King's Lynn pub to change hands

The historic Lattice House pub in King's Lynn is to have a new owner.

The Grade II listed building is being sold by JD Weatherspoon to Hawthorn Leisure, the pub's existing staff and management will be retained.

The building first became an inn in the early 1700s.

Geograph/David Dixon

Roadworks for Yarmouth re-scheduled to help traders

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Roadworks planned for Great Yarmouth next week have been re-scheduled so as not to disrupt local trade and will now take place in the evening between 19:00 and 23:00.

Men at work sign

From next Monday, one lane of Marine Parade will stay open all day at the one-way section. 

More work will follow the week after, with some roads needing to be closed.

A11 shut northbound near Thetford

BBC Travel

The A11 is closed northbound near Thetford because of recovery work involving an overturned lorry. 

The stretch at Roudham was shut about 09:00 this morning and isn't likely to open until later this afternoon. The section between the A1075 and B1111 is affected. 

Broadland care home remains inadequate according to industry watchdog

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Health inspectors from the Care Quality Commissioner have decided to keep a care home in Broadland in special measures. 

Brundall Care Home

Brundall Care Home was inspected last summer and again this January. Despite some minor improvements, inspectors found it was wanting in several areas including safe care, treatment and good governance.

They found not all staff could demonstrate an understanding of keeping people safe and didn't always protect people or promote their freedoms.

Breeders "gutted and distraught" by theft of dogs

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A couple who'd recently set up a breeding kennel in Gayton near King's Lynn say they're "gutted" their young dog and seven cocker spaniels were stolen last night.

Cocker spaniel
Andrew Richardson

Andrew Richardson said he heard barking and went out to the kennels to see two male intruders who fled into the darkness in a car with the dogs, leaving behind two puppies from the litter with their mother.

Mr Richardson said his partner, Gail Clarke, had set up the business after getting approval from the local council and the Kennel Club.

They would now have to return deposits for the puppies to people expecting to collect them this weekend. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Headlines: Bitch and puppies stolen from breeder in Gayton... Children in Norfolk care homes being wrongly 'criminalised'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

The main stories this afternoon:

  • Children in some Norfolk care homes being wrongly "criminalised" for minor incidents says Howard League for Penal Reform
  • A bitch and seven cocker spaniel puppies are stolen from breeder in Gayton
  • Post-mortem examinations on whales beached off the German coast reveal they had plastic waste in their stomachs

Charity says children's homes and police 'criminalising' minors

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

A charity says some Norfolk children's homes are using the police to deal with minor incidents and that far too many looked after children are being wrongly "criminalised" as a result. 


The Howard League for Penal Reform says Norfolk is one of four counties across the country where police dealt with more than 1,000 call outs to children's homes during 2014-15. 

Norfolk Police says the figures should be "treated with caution" and that a "high proportion of the calls to children's homes relate to missing or absent children". 

Weather: Dry in parts with thundery showers possible

BBC Weather

While some areas may remain dry throughout the day, showers will develop later, with hail and thunder possible at times. 

Weather Watchers/Where's Wally

It'll be breezy at first, with the winds easing later. Top temperature: 11C (52F) 

BBC Weather has more local details. This photo of Witton on the Norfolk Broads was taken by Weather Watcher, Where's Wally. Thanks Wally.

Living wage increase warnings

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

A care firm owner is warning the National Living Wage, which comes into effect on Friday, could put companies out of business. 

Graph showing minimum wages by age group

The minimum wage for those over 25 will increase from £6.70 an hour to £7.20. 

Mark Von Haartman of Care Company UK in King's Lynn claims care firms will struggle to pay that much.

But local councillor and GMB union representative Vaughan Thomas says such dire predictions were heard before the national minimum wage was introduced and they failed to materialise.

Palgrave man to appear at court in connection with assault on Diss woman

Diss Express

The main story in the Diss Express

Norwich Crown Court
Diss Express

Dog and seven puppies stolen in Gayton

Police are appealing for information after a dog and seven puppies were stolen in the early hours of this morning.

Stolen puppies
Norfolk Police

The 10-month-old, black and white, cocker spaniel bitch named Dolly and the puppies were taken from a property in Winch Road, Gayton between 01:00 and 01:45.  

Officers would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen a small, dark-coloured, hatchback car which was seen acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the theft, or from anyone who may have been offered the dogs for sale.  

Rail disruption now affecting services from London to Norwich

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Greater Anglia is saying problems at Gidea park are affecting travel towards Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Braintree, Colchester Town, Clacton on Sea, Ipswich and Norwich. 

More updates as we get them, you can also find details from BBC Travel.

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Greater Anglia

Train disruption between Cambridge and Norwich

Services affected on Greater Anglia due to signalling: 

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Lifting the cap off Horsey wind pump

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A year long project to restore Horsey wind pump, near Martham, got under way a short while ago when a 60-tonne crane started to lift off its rotten cap to be taken to a millwright's workshop. 

Horsey wind pump
Geograph/Roger Geach

The National Trust is putting £244,000 toward the project which will restore the 104-year-old pump's cap and sails to full working order. The sails were removed two years ago.

We'll have pictures from Horsey later in the day.

Controversial homes plan goes before councillors

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

A report for south Norfolk councillors is recommending they approve plans for 142 new homes in Diss, advising they would be of "high quality" and "sustainable". 

House building
Getty Images

Developers Persimmon Homes want to build on farmland on the edge of Diss, saying more than a third would be affordable. 

But nearly 100 letters of objection have been written expressing concerns that the town's infrastructure can't cope that many new homes. The Diss Medical Centre also says it's concerned about the strain on health care provision.

Football: Newcastle keeper to miss big game

Eastern Daily Press

The EDP back page this morning:

EDP back page
Eastern Daily Press

Football: Newcastle suffer injury blow ahead of Norwich match

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliott suffered a "serious" knee injury while representing his country last night according to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neil.

Rob Elliott
Getty Images

He said the extent of the injury wasn't determined yet, but he could miss the rest of the season.

Newcastle travel to Carrow Road on Saturday as both clubs try and avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Weather: Chilly in the sunshine and cloudy later

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

A bright sunny start but feeling fairly chilly and with cloud arriving in the afternoon. Temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

There's more on the local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Autopsy on beached whales reveals plastic waste in stomachs

Bob Carter

BBC Radio Norfolk

The first post-mortem examination tests on a pod of whales that washed up at locations around the North Sea show they had large amounts of plastic waste inside their stomachs. 

Dead sperm whale
Ben Green Photography

The results - from animals which were beached in Germany - show they died of exhaustion and starvation. 

We're still waiting to hear how the whales which washed up in Norfolk perished.

Headlines: Whales beached on German coast had ingested plastic waste... Controversial homes application for Diss set to be approved

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

The main news stories so far:

  • First post-mortem examination tests on whales which washed up off the German side of the North Sea show they had large amounts of plastic waste inside their stomachs
  • Controversial plans for 142 new homes in Diss go before councillors for approval today

Thetford: A tale of two referendums

In 1975, just before the last European referendum, BBC Look East screened a film from Thetford which showed how the town was increasingly being influenced by the EEC. 

This time - and with its diverse population - it will be once again be at the centre of the debate. 

So BBC Look East has returned to the town 41 years on to see what people think now.  

Thetford - a tale of two European referendums

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

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