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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 12 April 2016
  2. A pro-Brexit photographer from Strumpshaw says he was left shocked when one of his pictures was used in a pro-EU leaflet
  3. Lawyers are looking at the decision of a planning committee which rejected a scheme for housing on a former holiday site in Hemsby
  4. Gorleston man jailed for 10 years for sex assaults against boy
  5. Judge rules in favour of Broads National Park branding
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

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That's all from the Norfolk Live team today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather updates for you.

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World-class a-peel: Gold standard marmalade making in Loddon

The market town of Loddon has become home to a selection of world-class marmalade. 

Ali Barwick produces 15 different varieties in her Loddon kitchen and can now say she's a world champion having just picked up gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Original Marmalade Awards.

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The headlines: Legal challenge to re-branding of Norfolk Broads is thrown out... Mental health unit closed to new admissions

The stories in the news this afternoon:

  • A legal challenge to the re-branding of the Norfolk Broads as a National Park has been defeated at the High Court in London
  • The Fermoy Unit for mental health patients in King's Lynn has been closed to new admissions
  • A "secret garden" in Norwich is to remain closed after a nearby building remain unsafe after a large hole opened in the ground

Garden remains closed due to subsidence

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A popular Victorian garden in Norwich remains closed to the public after fears a nearby building is structurally unsound.

The hotel next to the Plantations Gardens
Antony Kelly/Archant

The hotel next door to the Plantation Gardens on Earlham Road has developed cracks along one wall and a corner has sunk.

Engineers have been inspecting it, but chair of the preservation trust Roger Connah says its too early to say if the garden is safe to open.

Broads ruling will 'encourage more visitors'

The move to identify the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads as a National Park "came out of a desire to more clearly promote its national park credentials and special qualities", the chair of the Broads Authority said.

Gays Staithe, Neatishead
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Prof Jacqui Burgess was speaking after High Court judge, Mr Justice Holgate, ruled in favour of the Broads National Park brand.

The Chairman of National Parks UK, Peter Charlesworth, says the decision will encourage more visitors and help highlight the contribution the National Parks bring to the UK economy - attracting 106 million visitors and generating over £6bn in spending each year.

Mental health unit closed to new admissions

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The Fermoy Unit for mental health patients in King's Lynn has been closed to new admissions.

Exterior of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn
BBC

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, which runs the unit based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, says staff shortages are to blame. New patients now have to go to Norwich, Great Yarmouth or Gimingham in north Norfolk.

The West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group says it's taken up the issue with the chairman of the foundation trust, saying it should make sure local services are available to people in the west of the county.

Rapist's appeal thrown out by judges

A rapist from Norwich who used a dating website to prey on his victims deserves every day of his "severe" jail term, judges have ruled.

John Macro
Norfolk Police

John Mark Macro, 53, of Church Road, Colby, set up a profile on the dating website plentyoffish.com using a false name, photograph and occupation, and claimed he was single. He preyed on women in their 50s for sex, Judge Eleri Rees told London's Appeal Court today.

Macro was jailed for 17 years at Norwich Crown Court in August last year after being convicted of sexual assault and rape.  

Judge Rees ruled the sentence "although severe, could not be said to be manifestly excessive" and dismissed his appeal.

Watch: Lawyers look at development decision

The decisions of a planning committee to reject a scheme to build 200 new homes on the former Pontins camp at Hemsby is to be looked at by lawyers.

Great Yarmouth borough councillors were recommended to approve the plans, but faced strong opposition from the local community. The application was rejected last month. 

Depending what the lawyers say, the matter could go back to the council chamber for a new vote.

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Pro-Brexit photographer 'livid' at image used in pro-EU government leaflet

A Norfolk photographer says he was "shocked" to find one of his photographs has been used by the government in a pro-EU leaflet.

Mike Page's photo in EU Referendum leaftlet
BBC

As reported in today's Eastern Daily Press, Mike Page, who's pro-Brexit, says he took the image of the Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk, for use on the company's website and own promotional literature.  

Mr Page, from Strumpshaw, says he was left "livid" to find it in a government leaflet setting out the supposed benefits of staying in the EU.  

A port spokesman said there had been a misunderstanding on the copyright of the picture and the matter had now been resolved.

'Independent' care village prepares to open

A care village, which has nearly 100 apartments offering assisted  independent living, is preparing to open.

Cafe area inside the care village
Bowthorpe

Bowthorpe Care Village, run by NorseCare, also has an 80-bed dementia unit, shop and hairdressers.

One of the managers, Nigel Reeve, says that people who have looked around have said they will be able to "start living again, now that they've got their own property."

Gorleston man jailed for sex assaults against boy

A man has been jailed for 10 years after admitting sexually assaulting a boy.

Adam Casey
Norfolk Police

Adam John Casey, 45, of Crow Hall Green, Gorleston, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court after previously admitting five sexual offences against a child under the age of 13.

Casey was arrested in January 2015 by officers from Norfolk's Constabulary's Child Abuse Investigation Unit, and initially denied any offences. The offences took place in Norfolk between 2013 and 2014. 

Council defers issuing former Pontins site planning decision notice

A company behind a scheme to build 200 new homes on the former Pontins holiday camp site at Hemsby is yet to be officially notified of the decision by councillors who refused their application.

Boarded up building at Pontins
BBC

Great Yarmouth Borough Council says they decided to defer issuing the decision notice pending the outcome of an independent legal review of the refusal decision -  adding this is to ensure the committee can be confident of its position in the event of an appeal.

Once the decision notice is issued, the applicant - Northern Trust - has six months to take up the option to appeal to the planning inspectorate.

Judge rules in favour of Broads National Park branding

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The re-branding of the Norfolk Broads as a National Park is set to stay after a legal challenge at the High Court in London was lost.

A view of the river at Coltishall
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The Broads Authority decided last year to use the term "Broads National Park" to promote the special qualities of the area. 

Landowner Tim Harris and his wife argued the authority had dropped plans to become a legal national park - therefore reducing its obligations to do more conservation work.

The chair of the Broads Authority Prof Jacquie Burgess said she was "thrilled" by the ruling.

Attempted robbery at Great Yarmouth jewellers

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police are investigating a robbery at a jewellers in Great Yarmouth.

Police vehicle outside the jewellers store
BBC

Officers were called to Philip John Jewellers on King Street in the town shortly before 10:00.

Police say no weapons were used, no-one was hurt and nothing was taken in the raid.

Brollies up: Stormy weather warning

Our weather forecaster Dan Holley warns of stormy weather later:

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Norfolk volunteers saving the lives of migrants as 'rescue swimmers'

Two men from Norfolk were so moved by images of migrants who had entered the water trying to reach Europe that they have become "rescue swimmers".

Migrant rescue boat
MOAS

Duncan Barrow and Paul Chamberlain are volunteers with The Migrant Offshore Aid Station, putting their lives on the line to save others. The rescue swimmers jump off boats to help those in the sea, and get them on board.  

Mr Barrow, a Norfolk firefighter, has already helped save the lives of 250 refugees. 

Next week, Mr Chamberlain, a volunteer with Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, will be saving lives in the Aegean Sea.

Black Cat's visit is not a winner-takes-all battle

Norwich Evening News

The back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back page of today's Norwich Evening News
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New foodbank centre opens in Aylsham

Network Norfolk

The Cromer and District Foodbank is to open a new distribution centre in Aylsham Children’s Centre on 19 April.

Driver arrested after crashing with three vehicles

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man, who has already been banned from driving, has been arrested after failing to stop and crashing with three cars this morning, police say.

The vehicles were parked and no-one was injured.

The man, in his 20s, has been arrested for dangerous driving, failing to stop and for driving whilst being disqualified and having no insurance.

Stag party 'happy to help' in 'police rescue'

It's not often you hear about a stag party coming to the aid of the police, but that's what happened this weekend when a group of 16 friends were sailing between Wroxham and Horning. 

Stag party helping Broads Beat officers
Norfolk Police

A Broads Beat police car towing a police boat had become stuck fast in mud. Sam Wilson - one of the "stags" - said the police called them over to help. They were more than happy to oblige, especially as one of the group works for the Met Police.  

Sam said the officers were "a bit embarrassed" and couldn't thank us enough. "Everyone gets a bit of bad press for being on a stag do, so it's good to help," he said.

Mum's anger as bulldog cross dies in car incident

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News:

Front page of Norwich Evening News
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Pay what you want to see The Ghosts

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Fakenham Town are scrapping their usual admission prices for tonight's Thurlow Nunn League derby against Thetford Town. 

The Ghosts have decided that anyone wanting to go to the game will be able to pay as much or as little as they want on the turnstiles in a bid to bring more people through the gate. 

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Fakenham are one place off the bottom of the Premier Division, five points behind Thetford. 

Decision to refuse holiday site development to be looked at by lawyers

Lawyers are looking at the decision of a planning committee which rejected 200 new homes being built on the former Pontins site in Hemsby.

Closed up buildings at Pontins
BBC

Great Yarmouth borough councillors were recommended to approve the plans by Northern Trust. But there was strong opposition from the community and last month the application was rejected by one vote.  

Northern Trust has not been officially notified of the decision because lawyers are checking the strength of the reasons for refusal. An appeal is likely.  

Pedestrian in hospital after collision with car

A pedestrian is in hospital after he was seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Norwich last night.

Magdalen Road, with the junction with Knowsley Road
Google

The man was walking along Magdalen Road, close to the junction with Knowsley Road, just before 22:00 when he was involved in a collision with a grey Vauxhall Vivaro.

He has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with head injuries and is in a serious but stable condition. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Vehicles hit in police pursuit

Norfolk police are tweeting about a pursuit overnight: 

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Former Canary says Sunderland clash will decide their season

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's massive Premier League clash against Sunderland at the weekend is looming large. 

The Canaries are four points in front of Sunderland having played a game more. The winners of Saturday's game will be favourites to stay in the Premier League.

Chris Sutton
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Former striker Chris Sutton told the BBC: "This is everything, this game. I think it's winner takes all."

News headlines: Lawyers looking at rejection of housing scheme on former holiday site... Volunteers working to save refugees

The stories in the news this morning:

  • Lawyers are looking at the decision of a planning committee which rejected a scheme for housing on a former holiday site in Hemsby
  • Volunteers from Norfolk have been working to save refugees who go into the water to stop them from drowning
  • Norfolk's 150th "No Cold Calling" zone opens today

Travel: A149 closed at King's Lynn

BBC Travel

The A149 Queen Elizabeth Way at King's Lynn is closed westbound, due to an accident involving two vehicles. 

Weather: Early rain clearing but expect more showers

BBC Weather

Early rain clearing but heavy showers later, as temperatures peak at 15C (59F).

BBC East's Sara Thornton has the regional forecast.

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