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  1. Queen's 90th birthday celebrated across Norfolk
  2. Allotment-holders raise money after 30 pigeons are stolen
  3. Norwich United win league title
  4. Updates on Thursday, 21 April 2016

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By Caroline Kingdon

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BreakingJudo: Oates takes European silver medal

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Colin Oates, of North Lopham, near Diss, has taken silver at the European Judo Championships.

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Weather: Becoming cloudy and cool

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Remaining dry this evening, with cloud thickening. Temperatures will fall to 7C (45F).

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

Tomorrow will be cloudy, with light rain in the south, and it will feel cooler than today.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). BBC Weather has more details for you.

The headlines: Company pleads guilty over death of teenager in lake... Celebrations take place across county for Queen's 90th birthday

The stories in the news today:

  • A company has pleaded guilty to health and safety offences after a 16-year-old boy drowned at Bawsey Pits, near King's Lynn
  • Celebrations are taking place across Norfolk marking the Queen's 90th birthday
  • A cuckoo tagged in Norfolk wins a 3,000-mile race back to UK
  • Colin Oates is through to the finals of the European Judo Championships

Brave Duncan Slater puts history on hold - for the time being

Diss Express

Scole’s Duncan Slater is putting his latest bit of history making on hold after a brave and determined effort taking on the "toughest footrace on earth".

Duncan Slater in the desert, under canvas
Diss Express

RAF personnel wish the Queen a happy birthday

RAF personnel stationed at RAF Akrotiri, including many usually based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, have spelled out the royal cypher to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

RAF personnel in the shape of E11R cypher
Ministry of Defence

Aircrew, technicians and operations personnel took time out from their operational tour to spell out the tribute in front of RAF aircraft, including Typhoon and Tornado GR4 strike aircraft.

Crews from Marham are stationed on the Cypriot base as part of the war against so-called Islamic State.

Architecture award for city centre office block

A former office tower block in Norwich has won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Exterior of Westlegate Tower
Plain Speaking PR

Westlegate Tower has been transformed into a development of luxury apartments, townhouses and commercial units. A key element of the £8m development was an extension to a Grade II-listed cottage, creating new commercial space.

RIBA judges said the "ambition of both architect and developer has been successful in reinvigorating a previously underused area of Norwich".

Cuckoo is first home

A bird tagged in Norfolk is the winner in the great cuckoo race, beating other contenders to be first back to the UK.

A map of the cuckoos progress
British Trust for Ornithology

Stanley (marked above in red), was tagged at Cranwich Heath, near Thetford - a stone's throw from the British Trust for Ornithology's headquarters - and is currently in Devon. Previously he had lagged behind Vigilamus (marked in green) who is now in Spain. Stanley started his 3,000- mile (4,830km) journey from the Ivory Coast on 7 April. 

Seven cuckoos were fitted with satellite-tracking devices by scientists, enabling the BTO to find out why they are disappearing from their British breeding grounds.

Judo: Oates to fight for European gold

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Colin Oates is through to the final of the European Judo Championships. 

Oates, from North Lopham, near Diss, who looks set to compete at the Rio Olympics, has won his semi-final in the 66kg category in Russia. 

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Teenager's drowning: Company pleads guilty

A company has pleaded guilty at Norwich Crown Court to health and safety offences after a teenager drowned at Bawsey Pits, near King's Lynn.

Sign at the lake saying "Danger, deep water, no public access"

Umar Balogun was under the care of Castle Homes, Cambridgeshire, when he died in July 2013. The 16 year-old was at the lake with another boy and care workers.

Two care workers, Vanda Cawley, 50, and Kevin Roweth, 27, have also appeared in court but have not entered a plea.

They are being prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act. They and the company are due back in court in June.

Rare sighting of baby hare at WWT Welney

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A rather elusive resident of the WWT Welney Wetland Centre has been spotted. 

WWT Welney

A baby hare, called a leveret, is an incredibly secretive creature which lays still for the majority of the day to avoid predators. 

Shaun O’Driscoll from WWT Welney says: "This is the first time I have seen a leveret in my three years working as the stockman. 

"It was a nice surprise to come across the baby hare, which was smaller than a rabbit, but those tell-tale long ears gave away its real identity."

90th birthday celebrations

The Queen, who spends her Christmas holidays with her family at the Sandringham estate, shares her birthday with a Norfolk resident.

Ivan Noble holding a bottle of champagne

Ivan Noble, who lives in East Harling, near Thetford, was born on the exact same day as The Queen, on 21 April 1926.

Her party will be bigger than mine... there's only about four of us... I'm not terribly patriotic, but I will be toasting her - although I don't like champagne."

Ivan NobleNonagenarian

Chimney brush firm gets lucky with Queen's award

The Queen is also behind another celebration in Norfolk today, but this time it's nothing to do with her birthday. 

A view of the Rodtech premises in Hingham

Rodtech in Hingham which makes chimney-sweeping tools, has come up with a design to revolutionise the task and has been given a Queen's Award for Innovation. 

The tool has a battery-powered revolving action that is proving popular all over the world. Tony Russell from the firm, which employs eight people, said: "To be given the award on the Queen's 90th birthday means everything." 

Transport Secretary confirms 'no prospect' of funding for Ely North improvements before 2019

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed in a letter to South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss that there is no prospect of government funding for upgrading the Ely North rail junction before 2019.

Ms Truss wrote to him earlier this month following a summit meeting of MPs, councillors and transport groups.

Graphic / map showing Ely North junction

In his reply, forwarded to other MPs in the region, he wrote: "My department and Network Rail will do everything possible to support this and work in partnership with local stakeholders."

Ms Truss said: "‘I am extremely pleased that the Department for Transport recognises that Ely North rail junction is key in helping drive forward the economic growth in the eastern region."

BreakingJudo: Oates through to semi-finals of European Championship

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Colin Oates is guaranteed the chance to fight for a medal at the European Judo Championship. 

The North Lopham Olympian is through to the semi-final in Russia.

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Headlines: Former Norwich City striker Ched Evans face retrial... Local tributes continue for Queen who is 90 today

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this lunchtime:

  • Former Norwich City and Sheffield United striker, Ched Evans, has won his appeal against conviction for rape and will now face a retrial
  • Local tributes continue for the Queen who's 90 today

MP pays tribute to hard-working Queen

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Conservative MP for North West Norfolk has told MPs the Queen has brought "untold joy" to people in his constituency.

Henry Bellingham MP

Sir Henry Bellingham, whose constituency takes in Sandringham, told the House of Commons the Queen could easily be excused for wanting to relax with her family and horses when she came to her Norfolk home, but instead made numerous visits to local organisations.

She always makes it clear that she wants to meet real people. Time and time again she has brought untold joy and happiness to people in my constituency."

Henry Bellingham MP

Guttering in car: Driver faces prosecution

You may remember this tweet we highlighted yesterday from the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Roads Policing team:

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Well, we've found out more about the incident. The car was stopped while travelling over the Haven Bridge to Great Yarmouth. The driver now faces possible prosecution for using the vehicle in a dangerous condition as a result of the load.

Police said: "This sort of load presents a real risk to pedestrians or cyclists, and even the driver themselves if it were to contact any roadside furniture."

If prosecuted, drivers can receive three penalty points and a £100 fine on first offence.

Watch: When BC came to the BBC

BBC Radio Norfolk

Some of you of a certain age may remember BC the Birthday Cat, who was a much-loved fixture on Anglia TV for many years.

Well, earlier today he helped us wish the Queen and others a happy birthday when he and his former sparring partner Helen McDermott were reunited on Nick Conrad's BBC Radio Norfolk breakfast show.

Below you can see him preparing for his return to the spotlight.

Kiss of life: Hero husband saves wife

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News

Front page of paper
Norwich Evening News

Ched Evans has rape conviction quashed

Former Norwich City and Shefffield United footballer Ched Evans has won his appeal against a conviction for rape but will now face a re-trial.

Ched Evans
Getty Images

Evans was convicted in 2012 of raping a woman in a hotel room in Rhyl the previous year.

Evans - who also represented Wales - was released from prison in 2014 after serving half of his sentence.

Speedway: Schlein out for six to eight weeks

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars captain Rory Schlein says he expects to be back in action in six to eight weeks after his crash last week. 

King's Lynn Stars
King's Lynn Stars

The Australian, who broke his back last season in a crash in Poland, is back on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder.

Sam Masters will guest for the Stars against Leicester tonight in his place.

Norwich United win league title

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich United have been crowned champions of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division for the second year running.

They beat Walsham-le-Willows 2-1 last night to seal the title with three games left to play.

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The Planters also have two cup finals to look forward to before the end of the season, and plan to accept promotion to the Ryman League next season.

Allotment-holders raising cash for owner of stolen pigeons

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Allotment-holders at Mousehold in Norwich are trying to find 30 pigeons stolen from a loft at the site.


They have already raised £60 to try to get the birds replaced as the owner is said to be devastated because the birds were his "life". 

They want anyone with information to contact police on 101.

BC the Birthday Cat makes special appearance on BBC Radio Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk

For one day only, and to tie in with the Queen's birthday celebrations, BC the Birthday Cat came out of retirement with old sparring partner Helen McDermott to read out listeners' birthday greetings live on BBC Radio Norfolk

BC with Helen McDermot

BC was a familiar face on Anglia TV with Helen during the 1980s.

You can catch up with Helen and BC on Radio Norfolk's Facebook page. 

Weather: Another fine dry day

BBC Weather

Lots of hazy sunshine and staying dry but with a chilly easterly breeze.

Temperatures reaching 13C (55F). 

BBC Weather has more details.

Queen's 90th to be celebrated across Norfolk

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The Queen's 90th birthday will be celebrated across Norfolk today. 

The Queen

A host of celebrations will  take place including the lighting of beacons, tea parties and a big public event outside City Hall in Norwich.

The Queen will begin her birthday by greeting well-wishers during a walkabout in Windsor and will light the first in a chain of about 1,000 beacons across the UK and worldwide.

Headlines: Queen's 90th birthday celebrated across Norfolk today... Allotment-holders in Mousehold are trying to find 30 stolen pigeons

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this morning: 

  • The Queen's 90th birthday will be celebrated across Norfolk today with the lighting of beacons, tea parties and a large public event outside City Hall in Norwich
  • Allotment-holders at Mousehold in Norwich are trying to find 30 pigeons stolen from the site

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live on Thursday

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

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