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Summary

  1. Shoe firm Clarks apologises after woman is hit by falling shop sign in Norwich
  2. Police have said they are investigating a blaze at a former care home in Gorleston
  3. Patients have had routine operations and hospital appointments cancelled as junior doctors strike
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Zoe Applegate

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Watch: Blaze destroys closed down care home

Police have launched an investigation into the cause of a blaze which engulfed a former care home due to be sold at auction on Thursday.

The force said Tuesday's fire at the 12-bedroom Russell Court, in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, could be suspicious.

The home was closed after the Care Quality Commission found it failed a number of standards.

Fire destroys former care home in Gorleston

Lottery money to unlock Norwich's 'secret garden'

A lottery grant will help children and researchers learn more about a Victorian garden in Norwich.

Water feature at Norwich Plantation Garden
Geograph/Lis Burke

The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust has been handed £39,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its three-acre garden in Earlham Road, which will be spent on education, research and some repairs.

Trust chairman Roger Connah said: "The garden is probably known to most people in the city as the secret garden, and it is our view that we should be sharing that secret with people, starting with the youngsters."

Weather: Long clear spells on the way

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

The mix of sunny spells and showers will ease this evening, giving way to long clear periods. It is set to turn chilly, but temperatures will stay a few degrees above freezing, dipping to 3C (37F) in breezy conditions.

Regional weather map
BBC Weather

A cloudy start is forecast for Thursday with patchy rain, before brighter conditions arrive, although showers are expected which could turn heavy and thundery. Highs of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather has more on the detailed forecast where you live.

Report criticises trial of men convicted of Hannah Witheridge murder

A report into the Thai trial of two Burmese men found guilty of murdering Hannah Witheridge, of Hemsby, and David Miller, from Jersey, has criticised the country's justice system.

Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin
EPA

Among concerns raised were over-long court sittings - regularly lasting over 10 hours - rights over questioning and calling witnesses, and access to an independent lawyer while the defendants were in police custody.

The Solicitors' International Human Rights Group released its report after observing the trial between July and October 2015, before Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty and sentenced to death on Christmas Eve.

Listen: Mbokani says his treatment by Congolese FA is 'shameful'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani insists he will stick by his decision to quit international football over his treatment by the Congolese FA.

Here he is, speaking through an intepreter.

Can you help identify this mystery find?

This sharp-toothed marine creature was found washed up at Winterton beach yesterday. 

Unspecified marine creature
Darren Elliott

Darren Elliott sent in this snap of his discovery, measuring around 1.2m long (4ft).

BBC Radio Norfolk has posted the photo on Facebook - and there have been a few suggestions that it could be a harbour porpoise.

Headlines: Woman suffers head injury after 'falling shop sign'... Norwich City striker quits internationals after Brussels attacks

The main stories hitting the headlines in Norfolk today:

  • Shoe firm Clarks apologises to woman who suffered head injury after apparently being struck by a falling shop sign in Norwich
  • DR Congo and Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani quits international football over "unfair treatment" by the Congolese FA
  • Police investigate blaze at former care home due to go under hammer on Thursday

Norwich City's Mbokani quits internationals over Brussels attacks treatment

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

DR Congo and Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani has quit international football, claiming his country's FA has treated him unfairly.

Mbokani missed the games with Angola after being caught up in the Brussels airport attacks on his way to Kinshasa.

Norwich and DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani
Getty Images

The DR Congo FA says Mbokani has not contacted them about giving up on representing his country.

It's not for Mbokani to quit international football. You can't just get up in the morning and decide you're not playing for your country anymore.

Constant OmariCongolese Football Federation president
Norwich and DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani

DR Congo's Mbokani quits internationals

DR Congo and Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani quits internationals, saying his country's FA has behaved shamefully.

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Clarks 'to ensure renovation work does not pose further risk'

A shoe store where a woman was injured when a sign apparently fell on her was open while being renovated.

East of England Ambulance Service said the woman suffered a head injury outside the store in Brigg Street, Norwich, this afternoon and was initially knocked unconscious.

A Clarks spokeswoman said it would be "ensuring that the ongoing work does not pose a further risk".

Clarks apologises to 'falling shop sign' victim

Shoe firm Clarks has apologised to a woman who suffered a head injury after apparently being struck by a falling shop sign outside its Norwich store, which is currently being refurbished.

It is believed the victim, in her 20s, was struck by the falling sign in Brigg Street earlier this afternoon and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The company is now investigating the accident and a spokeswoman said: "We offer our deepest apologies to the injured party and will be in contact with them over the coming days.”

'Falling shop sign' victim was unconscious at scene

A woman thought to have been hit by a falling shop sign was unconscious when paramedics reached her.

The victim, in her 20s, suffered a head injury outside Clarks shoe shop in Brigg Street, Norwich, and has been taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

A spokeswoman from the East of England Ambulance Service said it received a call at about 14:40 and two ambulances were sent to treat her.

Oakley thatch fire: Gable ends clearly leaning and walls bowing

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Here's the latest look at the scene at Oakley, where fire swept through the thatch of Poplar Farm House earlier today. 

Gable ends clearly bowing and wa
BBC

You can clearly see the effects of the fire to the building. Firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk are still "damping down".

It's thought the B1118 road will be closed for several hours this afternoon. 

Accident blocks road in King's Lynn

BBC Travel

A collision between two vehicles has blocked the A149 in King's Lynn between the Hardwick roundabout and Queen Elizabeth roundabout.

Oakley thatch fire: Attempts to rescue furniture thwarted

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Suffolk and Norfolk firefighters attending the fire at Poplar Farm House in Oakley, near Diss, tried to rescue the owners' furniture from the ground floor, before the ceiling and much of the roof collapsed.  

Firefighters at scene of fire
BBC

About 60 firefighters have been working at the scene of the timber-framed wattle and daub home since the alarm was raised at about 10:00.

Firefighters tried to get the furniture on to the front drive but had to stop because the ceiling collapsed, followed by the roof above it.

Woman 'hit by falling sign' in Norwich city centre

A woman has been injured after apparently being hit by a falling shop sign in Norwich.

She was being helped by members of the public outside the Clarks shoe store in Brigg Street, and the sign could be seen lying on the ground beside her.

We have called East of England Ambulance Service and Clarks, and we'll let you know their response.

Woman being helped by passers-by in Norwich
BBC

Weather: Sunny spells and showers expected

BBC Weather

This afternoon's forecast features a mix of sunny spells and showers, becoming heavy at times with a risk of hail and thunder. Winds will make it feel colder than it has done recently.

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F)

A more detailed forecast is available at BBC Weather.

Weather chart
BBC

The headlines: Norfolk fire crews fight blaze in thatched house... Police investigate former care home blaze

The main stories we are looking at this lunchtime:

  • Fire crews from Norfolk are helping to tackle a blaze at a thatched home over the border in Suffolk
  • Police have said they are investigating a blaze at a former care home that was about to go under the hammer as potentially suspicious
  • Patients have had routine operations postponed and hospital appointments cancelled as junior doctors go on strike

Norfolk firefighters at scene of thatched house blaze

Norfolk fire crews are helping to tackle a blaze at a thatched house just over the border in Suffolk at Oakley, near Diss.

About 50 firefighters are at Poplar Farm in Lower Street, to help extinguish the fire in the thatched roof, which broke out just after 11:00, with crews from Diss, Harleston, East Harling, Long Stratton, Thetford and an aerial appliance from Earlham among those at the scene.

Firefighters at scene of blaze
BBC

It has caused the B1118 in the village to be blocked in both directions at the Low Road junction.  

Police probe blaze at former care home

Police have said they are investigating a fire that engulfed a closed-down care home as potentially suspicious.

Roof with exposed rafters
BBC

Russell Court in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, was due to be auctioned tomorrow and had a guide price of £250,000.

The 12-bedroom residential home shut after the Care Quality Commission found it was not meeting four out of five standards.

Support is making the difference

Norwich Evening News

Here's the back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Evening News back page
Evening News

New push to revamp shopping district

Shop owners in Norwich have launched a campaign to try to rid an area of its "poor reputation".

Anglia Square, Norwich
BBC

The Traders' Association for Magdalen Street and Anglia Square (MATA) has been set up to help build more pride in the area and attract more shoppers.

Anglia Square manager and MATA chairman Eric Kirk said: "Most of these people are independents so it's crucial they remain in business."

Operations and hospital appointments cancelled

A number of operations have been cancelled at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, with appointments postponed at other hospitals in the county as the junior doctors' strike gets under way.  

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
PA

In Norwich, 16 elective operations have been re-arranged and 521 appointments have been cancelled today and tomorrow, while 98 appointments have been called off at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and 215 appointments have been affected at the James Paget in Gorleston.

Junior doctors in England have gone on a 48-hour strike in protest at the government about a new contract. They will continue to provide emergency care.

Travel: Delays on the A140

BBC Travel

There are delays in both directions on the A140 in Long Stratton at the junction with Flowerpot Lane. This is due to temporary traffic lights, emergency repairs and a collapsed manhole.

Neighbours feared care home blaze would spread

Neighbours feared a blaze that destroyed an empty care home last night was going to spread to other properties.

People living near Russell Lodge, in Gorleston's Lowestoft Road, were alerted to the drama when they heard firefighters smashing through a cast iron cover to get to a hydrant.

Gordon Hargreaves, who lives over the road, said he was "panicking about the next-door neighbours as that's a wooden-framed house".

Police van outside fire-ravaged care home
BBC

Congo duty frustration for Dieu

Eastern Daily Press

This is the back page of today's EDP:

EDP back page
EDP

Burnt-out care home had been due to go under the hammer

An investigation is due to take place into the cause of a blaze at a former care home in Gorleston which had been listed for auction tomorrow.

Burnt-out house
BBC

Police are still at Russell Lodge on Lowestoft Road after three fire crews were called to the house just after 21:30 last night.

The 12-bedroom property, which has been closed for a year, was due to be sold at an auction at Dunston Hall, near Norwich, with a guide price of £250,000.

999 times hit new low

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the front page of today's EDP:

EDP front page
Archant

Norwich United manager surprised by shoot-out win

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

On-loan goalkeeper Jake Jessup was the star as Norwich United beat Kirkley and Pakefield on penalties in the semi-final of the Thurlow Nunn League Cup. 

After a goalless 90 minutes the match went straight to a shoot-out. Jessup saved one and even scored one as The Planters went through 7-6 on penalties. 

After the game, United manager John Edridge admitted he hadn't realised it would go straight to penalties, without the need for extra time, if it was all square after 90 minutes. 

Biker killed in crash was passing stationary car, say police

A motorcyclist killed on the A47 in Norfolk was passing a stationary vehicle, police have said.

The crash happened at 09:30 on Monday on the Scarning Straight at Wendling, west of Dereham.

The red motorcycle and a grey Audi A7 were both heading towards Dereham and passed a stationary vehicle on their side of road when the motorcycle hit a white DAF lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

A47
Google

The motorcyclist, in his 20s and from the Swaffham area, died at the scene. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.  

Lafferty scores on Birmingham debut

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty scored just 16 minutes into his debut for Birmingham City in the Championship last night. 

The on-loan Northern Ireland international couldn't prevent his side from losing 2-1 to Brighton

Kyle Lafferty
Getty Images

It was a good night for former Norwich players in the Championship. Bradley Johnson scored twice and Chris Martin was also on target as Derby beat high-flying Hull 4-0.

A12 reopens after former care home blaze

The A12 at Gorleston has reopened after firefighters tackled a blaze in a former care home on Lowestoft Road last night.

Crews from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Acle were called shortly after 21:30.

The fire took place in Russell Lodge, a former care home, which is currently on the market.

Russell Lodge, Gorleston
BBC

Weather: Cloudy and blustery

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be rather cloudy at first with some rain possible for a time, clearing to a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers.

Some of these showers are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). 

The headlines: A12 reopens after fire at former care home... Motorcyclist killed while overtaking stationary car

These are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

  • The A12 has been reopened after a fire at a former care home in Gorleston last night
  • A motorcyclist killed in a crash on the A47 on Monday was overtaking a stationary car, police say
  • Norwich's Plantation Garden has received a cash boost with a grant of £39,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Good morning and welcome to Norfolk Live

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live on Wednesday. We'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county from now until 18:00.

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