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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 14 April 2016
  2. Two people have been taken to hospital after a lightning strike in Gorleston yesterday
  3. Norfolk's Health Scrutiny Committee meets managers from out-of-hours GP services
  4. 'Normal for Norfolk' farmer hailed as star
  5. Funding is running out to make more communities "dementia-friendly"
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Norfolk Live team today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

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Weather: Showers easing, with rain overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms will become more isolated during the evening, but overnight there will be further spells of rain.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather chart for Friday 15:00 showing rain over Norfolk
BBC Weather

Friday will be cloudy, with heavy showers. Temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

England's Big Picture: Knots at Sharrington

Take a look at this stunning photograph of knots flying up from mud flats at Sharrington, near Holt, captured by Angela Richardson in the early evening. 

It's the "Big Picture" today on the BBC News England page, which each day features a photograph sent in from across England. Congratulations to Angela. 

Knots flying up from mudflats
Angela Richardson

If you have a photograph that you'd like to see on the Norfolk Live page - landscape, industrial, urban or rural - you can send it to us on email

Could Norfolk cuckoo take lead in race back to UK?

A cuckoo tagged in Norfolk remains in second place in the race to get back to the UK after wintering in Africa.

Satellite map showing locations of Stanley and Vigilamus
British Trust for Ornithology

Stanley (seen in red), who's currently over Spain, is lagging behind Vigilamus (green).  But the lead bird, who'd been near Bordeaux, has now backtracked. 

Seven cuckoos have been tagged by scientists, to help the British Trust for Ornithology find out why the birds are disappearing from UK breeding grounds. 

Photo: Flooding in Shotesham

This is the scene in Shotesham, just south of Norwich, this afternoon.

Many thanks to Henry Walker, for this photograph showing the collapsed bank in Market Lane.

FLooding on Market Lane, Shotesham
Henry Walker

The first known Norfolk Sweaty Church in King's Lynn

Network Norfolk

King's Lynn Baptist Church runs Norfolk’s only known "Sweaty Church", a nationally growing form of church for families with children who learn and engage through active games and play.

Logo for Sweaty Church
Network Norfolk

The headlines: Heavy rain causes travel disruption... Supporters of the EU launch their campaign in Norwich

The stories in the news today:

  • Train passengers face disruption after heavy rain caused flooding on the main line between Norwich and London
  • The A1066 in Diss is closed due to flooding
  • Supporters of the EU have launched their campaign in the region

William II charter is oldest document in Norfolk

Norfolk Record Office has shared this photograph, showing its earliest document.

A charter from King William Rugus to Herbert de Losinga
Norfolk Record Office

It's an undated charter from King William Rufus (William II, the third son of William the Conqueror).

The King ruled from 1087-1100, and was - according to the Anglo Saxon Chronicle - "generally hated by almost all his people" because he was cruel, godless, dissolute and scornful of the English and their customs. 

Network Rail engineers on scene of flooding between Stowmarket and Diss

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

More now on the problems that flooding is causing to rail services into and out of Suffolk this afternoon.

Network Rail says water from a drainage pipe is gushing onto the track between Stowmarket and Diss. Engineers are on scene.

Check the Greater Anglia website for the latest travel information.

Flooding affects rail and road travellers

BBC Travel

Abellio Greater Anglia is warning rail passengers of disruption, with some services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street being cancelled due to heavy rain flooding the line between Stowmarket and Diss.  

For motorists in the south of the county, the A1066 in Diss is closed in both directions because of flooding.

Normal for Norfolk: Desmond and his 'very special eyebrows'

A new BBC docusoap following eccentric Norfolk farmer Desmond MacCarthy has caught the attention of TV reviewers.

Desmond MacCarthy and chef
BBC

Writing in The Guardian, Sam Wollaston likens Wiveton Hall to an eerie manor house on the edge of the marshes that he stayed in as a child... and wonders whether he'll subject his own children to "the horrors" of his own childhood. He remarks on Desmond's "very special eyebrows".

Matt Baylis, of the Daily Express, describes Desmond as "not so much normal for Norfolk as normal in terms of 10,000 years of global human economic activity".

Watch: Regional EU 'Stay' campaign launched

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Environment Secretary and Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says young people would be hardest hit if Britain leaves the EU.

Speaking at the launch of the "Stay" campaign at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, she claimed that leaving the EU would mean fewer jobs and opportunities. She travelled on the campaign's new battle bus. 

Supporters of the "Leave" launch their campaign tomorrow.  

Travel: Flooding affecting some rail services

Travel: Rail line blocked

Abellio Greater Anglia is warning rail passengers that the main line from London is blocked, due to flooding: 

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Watch: Size-14 model hits back at 'fat' jibes

A size-14 model from Norwich subjected to online abuse about her appearance has hit back at trolls who have called her fat. 

Iskra Lawrence, 25, who models all over the world, is now heading up awareness campaigns for eating disorders.  

Theft from disabled man a 'sickening crime'

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police say the theft of money from a disabled man in Norwich was a "sickening crime".

It happened just before 21:00 on Monday when the victim, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was waiting for a bus on Castle Meadow. 

He was approached by a man described as white and tall with brown hair and a grey hat who asked him for money and then stole his wallet when he refused. Police are appealing for help to catch the thief.

Watch: Renovating a cottage the Normal for Norfolk way

Last night's BBC2 docusoap Normal for Norfolk, featuring aristrocratic farmer Desmond MacCarthy, looks set to become the talking point of the county.

In last night's episode, he was seen renovating a dilapidated cottage - but appeared to be in danger of hampering progress.

Out-of-hours allocation 'less than price of a pizza per patient'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The medical director of IC24, Norfolk's out-of-hours and 111 service provider, says the amount of money allocated for each patient for care is "less than the price of a pizza".

Dr Mark Reynolds, IC24
BBC

Dr Mark Reynolds told the county council health scrutiny meeting looking into criticisms of the company's provision that it received about £7.50 per person per year to provide care. Asked if the service was "safe and sustainable", Dr Reynolds said it was, but added that "the pendulum had swung too far" in cost-cutting in the NHS nationally. He said eight years ago, the allocation for out-of-hours funding was nearer £12 to £14 per person.

Weather: Rain and thunder

Our weather forecaster Dan Holley is tweeting about heavy downpours and thunderstorms. If you take any photographs, we'd love to see them

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Hero tells of city fire rescue drama

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Archant

New ski flight from Norwich Airport

Winter holidaymakers will be able to get out on the slopes of the French Alps with a new ski destination flying out of Norwich Airport.

Skiers in the French Alps
Getty Images

The flight to Chambery is the first winter ski flight from Norwich Airport since 2010.  For those preferring warmer destinations, tickets are now on sale for winter sunshine flights to Malaga and Alicante.

The flights will be operated by Flybe.

Businessman jailed over replica Nazi sub-machine gun loses appeal

A businessman jailed after being caught with a potentially lethal replica of a Nazi sub-machine gun has lost his appeal against his conviction.

The Royal Courts of Justice building in London
BBC

Paul Heddell, 52, of Attleborough, who provides props for the film industry, was locked up for five years at King's Lynn Crown Court in May last year.

He protested his innocence at London's Appeal Court but today top judges rejected complaints that his trial was unfair. 

Thunder and lightning over south west Norfolk

The Met Office is tweeting a weather warning, following thunder and lightning over parts of Norfolk: 

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BBC2 Normal for Norfolk farmer hailed as star

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Did you see the first episode of Normal for Norfolk last night? It's a four-part BBC2 fly-on-the-wall docusoap - and farmer Desmond MacCarthy is its captivating star. 

Desmond MacCarthy
BBC

In the show he is seen trying to keep Wiveton Farm, near Holt, on an even keel as he dashes between its 17th Century manor house, barn cafe, strawberry crop, roadside stall and holiday cottage renovations.

The Telegraph has hailed Mr MacCarthy as a "new TV star who harks back to simpler times", while The Mail reported on the farmer's formidable eyebrows sending Twitter into meltdown.

Supermarket worker threatened in armed robbery

A supermarket worker was threatened by masked men, who then used a crowbar to force open tills.

Morrisons supermarket in Fakenham
Google

The three men entered Morrisons in Fakenham at about 22:30 on Tuesday night. They took an unknown amount of cash, and got away in a vehicle from either Holt Road or Enterprise Way, at the back of the store.

The store was closed at the time of the incident, and only staff were inside. No-one was injured.  A police investigation is under way.

More funding needed for dementia projects

Funding is running out to make more communities in the county dementia-friendly, warns Age UK Norfolk.

The hands of an elderly person, and a tea cup
Getty Images

The charity, which plays a key role in setting up dementia-friendly communities, says its funding for dementia projects runs out in June. It needs at least £30,000 a year to run the scheme and is seeking further funding to enable it to continue supporting people. 

Holt has become the county's 14th dementia-friendly community and the charity's aim is to make the whole county dementia-friendly. 

It costs about £4,500 to get a dementia-friendly community launched and a further £2,500 to keep it going for a year... extra funding would allow us to work with further communities."

Amelia WorleyAge UK Norfolk

Out-of-hours GP service meeting is under way

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A meeting between Norfolk's health scrutiny committee and the county's out-of-hours GP service is under way at County Hall, following complaints from some people about the long wait after making a call.

Norfolk CCG members Peter Spearks and Sheila Glenn; IC24 members Dr Mark Reynolds, Yvonne Taylor and Lorraine Gray
BBC

IC24 took over responsibility for the service and the non-emergency 111 telephone number last September. Chief executive Yvonne Taylor (fourth from left) has told the meeting that patients' details were not removed from computer screens, as had been claimed, but reassigned to other people.

The company denies being in deficit but says it is not making money "which is something we accept at the beginning of a new contract".

Watch: Lightning strikes Gorleston house

Two people suffered minor injuries after lightning hit a house in Gorleston yesterday afternoon.

It happened just after 16:00 at a property in Brasenose Avenue.  The tiles on the roof of the property have been badly damaged but the fire service reports that the structure is still sound.  

Speedaway rider Schlein taken to hospital after crash

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars rider Rory Schlein was taken to hospital after a crash in heat 14 of the speedway side's clash with Coventry.

When he left the Adrian Flux Arena, he was being treated for a shoulder injury and suspected concussion.

His mother Lynette tweeted to let fans know his back hadn't been hurt in the accident.

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The Australian was almost left paralysed last year after a crash in Poland, and underwent an eight-hour operation on his spine. 

MPs raise concerns about devolution

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Two of Norfolk's Conservative MPs have raised their concerns about East Anglian devolution with the local government secretary.

The East Anglia devolution papers
BBC

Sir Henry Bellingham, MP North West Norfolk, and Richard Bacon, who represents South Norfolk, told Greg Clark that the plan for a directly-elected mayor for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire was not popular with local people. The government insists a mayor is necessary if the region wants extra powers and money from Whitehall

The MPs said that their meeting was helpful and that the local government secretary was in "listening mood". 

It's time for Canaries to play follow the leader

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of the EDP
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Pardew says Palace are safe

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says his side should be safe from relegation from the Premier League after a 0-0 draw with Everton last night.

Premier League table (bottom)
BBC Sport
Premier League table (bottom)

The Eagles beat Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday and are now seven points clear of the Canaries - 11 clear of the relegation zone.

Pardew told the BBC: "If I was down there, I'd snap your hand off for 38 points."

GP out-of-hours services face questions

The county's out-of-hours GP service is being challenged by Norfolk County Council.

Screen showing figures for calls answered
BBC

IC24 took over the running of the service last year, but some people have reported waits of 12 hours after making a call. Earlier this year a report said there were staff shortages.

Managers will go before councillors on Norfolk's Health Scrutiny Committee today to explain what's being done about the issues.  

Two taken to hospital after lightning strike

Two people have been taken to hospital after a lightning strike in Gorleston.

The damaged roof of the property in Brasenose Avenue
BBC

First reported by the Great Yarmouth Mercury, it happened just after 16:00 yesterday at a property in Brasenose Avenue. They're being treated at the James Paget Hospital for minor injuries.

The tiles on the roof were badly damaged, but the fire service reports the building is still safe.

Weather: Showers later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells but showers developing later, which may be heavy at times, with a risk of hail and thunder.

Maximum temperature: 14(C) (57F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

The headlines: Two taken to hospital after lightning strike... Out-of-hours GP services come under scrutiny

The stories in the news this morning:

  • Two people have been taken to hospital after a lightning strike in Gorleston yesterday
  • Norfolk's Health Scrutiny Committee to meet with managers from the out-of-hours GP services
  • Funding is running out to make more communities "dementia-friendly"

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Thursday's Norfolk Live. 

We'll be here until 18:00, keeping you up-to-date with the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

If you have photograph or a story about something that's happening where you live... you can get in touch with us via email, Facebook or Twitter