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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  2. Cockle fisherman win a partial victory over fishing rights in The Wash
  3. Girl killed on bouncy castle died of multiple injuries, inquest hears
  4. Police patrols in Norfolk are stopping and searching more cars and vans after a wave of rural crime
  5. A family of five escaped a house fire in Norwich last night, thanks to a passer-by
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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That's it from the team today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

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Weather: Fine but with the risk of showers

BBC Weather

Lots of fine weather across the region this evening but with the risk of a few showers and isolated thunderstorms. 

Weather map

Prolonged clear spells overnight in places will mean some mist and fog patches and some chilly temperatures of around 4C (39F).

BBC Weather has more details. 

New chairman appointed for college merger group

The merger of three colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk has moved forward. 

David Edwards has been appointed chairman for East Coast Colleges and will oversee the joining together of Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College and Lowestoft Sixth Form College.

Child writing

The challenge for our board and staff is to provide the best possible educational outcomes we can for the population we serve."

David EdwardsChairman, East Coast Colleges

Mr Edwards has nearly 50 years' experience leading health care and education across the region and country. 

Headlines: Fishermen welcome Supreme Court decision allowing them to gather cockles... inquest into death of a girl opened and adjourned

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this evening: 

  • Fishermen from King's Lynn have welcomed a Supreme Court decision allowing them to gather cockles on the sandbanks of The Wash
  • The inquest into the death of a seven-year-old girl from Norwich who was swept away on a bouncy castle has been opened and adjourned

Fishermen welcome partial court victory

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Fishermen in Norfolk have welcomed being told by the Supreme Court that they are able to gather cockles and mussels on the sandbanks of The Wash.

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John Loose, who runs a fishery on the coast, claimed the fishermen should not be able to use the sandbanks because over time they had attached themselves to his land.

The court disagreed but said the fishermen had no right to fish in western boundary waters of the disputed area. The litigation has so far cost about £1m. 

This is about principle. It's about safeguarding future generations of fishermen and the fact that they will be able to continue in this job."

Steve WilliamsonLynn Shellfish

Mental health support described as 'volatile' in new report

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A new report has highlighted a decline in mental health services for patients arriving at the casualty department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn

The report says the situation is "volatile" with many patients waiting more than four hours for a mental health nurse to see them, and some who need a bed being sent out of the county. 

Three years ago, more money was put into the system by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, but since then that money has been allocated to other services. 

A mental health facility at the hospital, The Fermoy Unit, was closed temporarily last week because of a lack of staff.

Ofsted apologises to parents for mistake

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

An investigation is under way by Ofsted into letters sent to parents at a school in Great Yarmouth. 

Great Yarmouth High School

They appeared to ask parents for their views on Great Yarmouth High School becoming an academy, but the deadline for making a reply had already passed.

Ofsted told the BBC it made a mistake and the deadline should have given today's date, not yesterday's.

Taylor appreciates Swardeston's help

Norwich Evening News

The back page of the Norwich Evening News

Paper back page
Norwich Evening News

John Innes Centre researching a prevention for 'yellow rust fungus'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Work to develop a treatment for a fungus that affects wheat is being carried out in Norfolk.

Man cutting wheat
AFP/Getty Images

The John Innes Centre is tracking the spread of "yellow rust" and trying to work out which new strains are affecting crops this year.

Dr Sarah Holdgate said the fungus depleted the energy in the wheat plant, meaning it had less resource to make a wheat grain.

Cromer boxers set to headline London show

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Cromer's twin British boxing champions are set to headline an upcoming show at London's Copperbox Arena.

British and Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh (pictured, right) will top the bill on 30 April, defending his titles against Coventry's Troy James. The previous headliner Billy Joe Saunders has had to pull out of his World title defence due to injury.

The Walsh brothers
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Liam's twin Ryan (pictured, middle) is also on the bill, defending his British Featherweight title against Northern Ireland's James Tennyson. It's the first time any twins have defended their Lonsdale belts on the same night.

Teenagers and neighbour smash window to save family from fire

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Quick-thinking teenagers and a neighbour saved the lives of a sleeping family in Norwich after fire broke out at their home on Mile Cross Road.


Three teenagers were walking past the house when they saw flames in a window and alerted a neighbour who punched out a glass panel in the front door to open it. 

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was started by a candle that had been left alight and that the smoke alarm in the house did not have working batteries.

Weather: Sunny with the risk of showers

The sunshine will continue this afternoon but with the risk of the odd shower.

Weather map

Top temperature of 14C (57F). 

BBC Weather has more details.  

Norfolk road resurfacing gets under way

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Over the next few months about 7% of Norfolk's roads are to be improved.

The 2016 surface-dressing programme is starting in Great Yarmouth and heading north and west. 

It is being carried out by the county council's highways team and will cost about £10m. 

Re-surfacing works

Headlines: King's Lynn cockle fishermen win partial victory over fishing rights... Inquest hears girl died from multiple injuries after bouncy castle accident

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this lunchtime: 

  • King's Lynn cockle fishermen win partial victory over fishing rights
  • An inquest that has opened into the death of a Norwich girl at a fun fair said she was thought to have died from multiple injuries
  • A family of five have been treated in hospital for smoke inhalation after their house caught fire in Norwich

More Dartmoor ponies for Breckland scrub

More Dartmoor ponies have arrived in Norfolk to graze conservation areas in Breckland. 

Dartmoor ponies

The additional 16 ponies bring the total number controlling grassland in the county to 160. 

They have been chosen because the hardy breed is able to thrive on coarse vegetation.

Cockle fishermen can fish on sandbanks, Supreme Court rules

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Law lords have ruled that cockle fishermen on The Wash are allowed to take shellfish from sandbanks which, at low tide, become connected to a foreshore belonging to a private fishery.

Lawyers on behalf of Lynn Shellfish Ltd argued the general public had exercised the right to take shellfish from the areas concerned since before the Magna Carta.

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However, John Loose, tenant of the private fishery, challenged the claims, arguing his rights had been infringed and that fishermen were guilty of trespass.

The law lords dismissed the fishermen's claim to fish in the western boundary of the disputed area, but asked both parties to come to an agreement over the sandbank area, saying if this wasn't possible, a High Court judge would decide on the matter.

City gears up for right royal celebration

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News:

Paper front page
Norwich Evening News

First rural football development centre for county

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk's first rural football development centre is being built at Flegg High School at Martham with £405,446 in funding from the Premier League, the FA and Sport England, among others.

Plastic pitch

It will create the very latest artificial grass pitch to maximise use by pupils in the area and local communities.

Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation will also use the site to deliver some of its community outreach work and football development programmes.

King's Lynn cockle fishermen win partial Supreme Court victory

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The latest round of a long-running legal battle over cockle-fishing rights on the banks of The Wash came to an end this morning.

Cockle fishermen in The Wash
Geograph/Ian Paterson

Five law lords at London’s Supreme Court over-ruled a vital aspect ofearlier legal decisions in which claims by King's Lynn cockle fishermen over their rights to fish off the areas at the centre of the case, were dismissed.

But further High Court proceedings could still take place to map out precise areas where cockle- fishing can go ahead. More details shortly. 

Inquest opens into death of girl on bouncy castle

A Norwich girl who was swept away on a bouncy castle is thought to have died from multiple injuries, an inquest has heard.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Paramedics were called to a park in Harlow, Essex, after high winds took the dome-shaped inflatable "some distance", but Summer Grant, seven, died in hospital having suffered multiple injuries, Chelmsford Coroner's Court heard.

Senior Essex Coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray, adjourned the inquest until 3 May.  A police investigation is continuing alongside one by the Health and Safety Executive.

The £6m man

Here is the front page of the EDP:

Front page
Eastern Daily Press

Mental health unit re-opens to patients

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The Fermoy Unit for mental health patients in King's Lynn is re-opening to new admissions from this morning.

Fermoy Unit at Queen Elizabeth hospital, King's Lynn
Andy Parrett/Georgraph

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust closed it last week because a lack of staff meant only 15 of its 20 beds could be used "safely". 

Yesterday it was agreed it could open again with the trust saying it would be holding a series of meetings with patients, carers, GPs and other stakeholders to discuss future provision.

Never fear, Seb's here for Canaries

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of the EDP:

Back page of paper
Eastern Daily Press

Farm machinery firm says many customers affected by rural crime wave

Wally Webb

BBC Radio Norfolk

A farm machinery supplier says many of its customers have been targeted by thieves.

GPS system in tractor

It comes after Norfolk Police launched a stop and search patrol to try to catch a gang they believe are behind 28 thefts of farm equipment over the past four weeks. 

Farm machinery supplier Ben Burgess says there's a black market for everything from older equipment to modern GPS guidance systems (pictured).

Family saved from fire by quick-thinking neighbour

A family escaped a house fire in Norwich last night, thanks to the quick actions of a passer-by.

The two adults and three children were asleep and unaware of smoke and flames spreading through their home in Mile Cross Road until the neighbour smashed a window to alert them. 

They managed to escape before fire crews arrived and rescued the family's pets. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said the house did not have a smoke alarm and a candle had been left alight. 

Fire engine

Farm equipment stolen in rural crime wave

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police are trying to hunt down criminals they think are behind a rural crime wave in villages such as Barnham Broom and Coston, both near Wymondham.

Farm machinery

Over the last month equipment worth thousands of pounds, including trailers, ride-on lawnmowers and power tools, have been stolen from farms and barns. 

Police believe the same people are behind the thefts. 

Weather: A sunny day with risk of the odd shower

BBC Weather

The chilly start and early fog will clear to leave a sunny day for most of us with the risk of an  odd shower in some places.

Feeling mild today with a top temperature of 16C.

BBC Weather has more details. 

Headlines: Police stop and search more vehicles after rural crime wave... Family of five escape a house fire thanks to passer-by

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this morning: 

  • Police patrols in Norfolk are stopping and searching more cars and vans after a wave of rural crime
  • A family of five escaped a house fire in Norwich last night, thanks to a passer-by
  • Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says he's not panicking ahead of his team's crucial Premier League game with Norwich City on Saturday

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Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

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