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Summary

  1. A child was able to be abused by a known sex offender because of "systemic weaknesses", according to a report
  2. Police in Norfolk have received reports of 27 "revenge porn" incidents from last April to December
  3. Junior doctors in the county have begun their second day of all-out strike action
  4. Updates on Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  5. News, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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Weather: Scattered showers with hail and thunder at times

BBC Weather

Scattered showers, some heavy and thundery with the risk of hail overnight, particularly across eastern parts of the region. Mainly dry and sunny tomorrow.

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BBC

Temperatures of between -2C and 2C (28F to 36F).

BBC Weather has more details.

Watch: Dogs take to sky in fight against poachers

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

Today I've been to Norwich Airport to meet dogs being trained to catch rhino poachers in Africa.   

Training dogs to stop rhino poachers in Africa

Bo and Rogue have been getting used to travelling in a helicopter, the mode of transport often used while hunting poachers. 

My full report can be seen on Look East tonight on BBC1 at 18:30.          

Devolution an 'opportunity for empire-building', warns Bellingham

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham speaks out against devolution in Westminster debate: 

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Hanse Festival launches in King's Lynn

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The international Hanse Festival has been officially launched today in King's Lynn. 

Medieval characters
BBC

The festival celebrates the Hanseatic League, a historic convention set up to help member ports develop trade links across Europe and Scandinavia. 

The celebrations run for two days from Saturday 21 May and will include a parade of medieval characters, fire-breathers and knights on horses through the town. 

Headlines: 'Systemic weaknesses' led to sex abuse of girl... Region's MPs debate elected mayor for East Anglia

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories so far: 

  • "Systemic weaknesses" in child protection measures resulted in the abuse of a Norfolk girl, according to a report
  • The region's MPs debate whether there should be an elected mayor as part of a devolved East Anglia

'No more local government reorganisation' says MP in devolution debate

Stewart Jackson, Conservative MP for Peterborough, has been having his say at a meeting to discuss an elected mayor and proposed devolution deal for East Anglia:

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MPs turn out for devolution debate

More on who's there from Andrew Sinclair:

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Devolution debate about to start at Westminster

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I'm at the East Anglian devolution meeting called by Stewart Jackson, Conservative MP for Peterborough: 

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MPs to debate East Anglia mayor at meeting at Westminster

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Supporters of devolution insist that the plans "are still on track" despite a growing number of complaints about proposals for a directly-elected mayor for East Anglia. 

Houses of Parliament
BBC

The government wants elections for the new mayor, who would oversee transport and planning in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, to take place next year. 

A new position will be debated with MPs at Westminster Hall this afternoon and I understand the negotiations are being led by Adnams boss, Andy Wood.

So far only East Cambridgeshire District Council has endorsed the idea.

Picture: Lonely asparagus

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about the impact the unseasonably cold weather was having on farmers. 

Well, here's a picture of Tim Jolly's asparagus crop....

Asparagus
BBC

Mr Jolly of East Harling, near Thetford, says at this time of year the field is usually full of the vegetable and that harvesting would have started last weekend. 

Other produce, like potatoes and flowers, has also been hit in Norfolk by the extended winter temperatures. 

Planning permission decision on homes deferred

A decision on planning permission for 1,000 homes on the edge of Norwich has been deferred.

Hellesdon Golf Club
Google

Broadland councillors say they need more time to consider the development at the Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon.

Hellesdon Parish Council had argued the numbers of homes proposed was too high for the local infrastructure.

Gritters out again as cold spell continues

Norfolk County Council prepares for icy road conditions: 

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Police appeal after attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 20s was attacked by an unknown man.

Norfolk Police HQ
BBC

The victim was walking along a footpath near Beaconsfield Road, Norwich, at 23:00 on Monday when she was pushed to the floor by a man who unsuccessfully tried to steal her handbag. 

He is described as being a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5ft 7in, of a slim build wearing a white or light grey triangular-patterned hooded sports jacket and dark-coloured tracksuit bottoms.

Anti-poacher dogs put through their paces at airport

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

Daryll Pleasants, a former military dog trainer from Norfolk, has set up a charity called Animals Saving Animals, which trains dogs to stop poachers killing rhino in Africa.

Today the dogs are being put through their paces at Norwich Airport to get them acclimatised to helicopters like the ones they will be travelling in.

I'm heading to the airport to meet them.

Dog jumps through smoke
Extremus Dog Training

Norfolk County Council 'deeply sorry' for its part in Child P abuse case

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A report concluding that a young girl - Child P - was "systematically let down" by all agencies that could have protected her from abuse has the full agreement of Norfolk County Council. 

Norfolk County Hall
BBC

In a statement the local authority said: "There is no doubt that, in this case, the child protection system failed this child and we are deeply sorry for our part in that failure."

The spokesman added that there had been a change in culture across Children's Services with new ways of co-ordinating work with other agencies.

Headlines: Child P abuse case could have been avoided, says report... Jobs to go at Bernard Matthews

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this lunchtime: 

  • The sexual abuse of a girl known as Child P could have been avoided, according to a report by Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board
  • Thirty workers at poultry producer Bernard Matthews could lose their jobs in a round of redundancies
  • The driver of a train that hit a tractor on a Norfolk level crossing "performed admirably", according to operator Abellio Greater Anglia

Crash train driver 'did exactly the right thing'

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The driver of a train that hit a tractor on a level crossing in Norfolk did all he could at the time, according to the rail operator. 

Damaged train
Rail Accident Investigation Branch

Abellio Greater Anglia's service from Norwich to Cambridge was carrying 135 passengers when the crash happened.

Network Rail had given the tractor driver permission to cross the line at Roudham, near Thetford, according to an interim report

The train driver took steps to alert everybody and then get out of the way as best he could. He did exactly the right thing. He performed admirably."

Jonathan DenbyGreater Anglia trains

Weather: Sunshine with sleety showers

It will be breezy this afternoon with a mixture of sunshine and showers, some thundery and sleety at times. 

Weather map
BBC

The temperatures will temporarily fall several degrees underneath the showers, averaging 10C (50F).

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

New train signs to promote Wherry Lines

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

This is one of the new signs on an Abellio Greater Anglia train being used to promote the Wherry Lines service between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. 

The Wherry Lines train is the first in a series of four trains to receive vinyls promoting East Anglian community rail lines over the coming months.

New train logo
Abellio Greater Anglia

The Wherry Line was formed in 2000 and, along with the Bittern Line, is managed by Community Rail Norfolk.

'No gaff for the gaffers' as football managers sleep rough

The two joint managers of Great Yarmouth Town FC have spent 24 hours sleeping on the street to highlight the problem of homelessness in the town, and the work of the Anchorage Trust.

Managers sleeping rough
BBC

But Adam Mason and Martin Sinclair had to abandon their posts in the town for a couple of hours to attend last night's home game against Woodbridge, which was rescheduled at the last minute. 

The Bloaters won 2-0, and are within touching distance of promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier, with one more game to go.

Last hurdle cleared for offshore wind turbine contract

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A deal worth £833m to build and service turbines for the East Anglia One wind farm off the coast of Suffolk has finally been signed.

Windfarm
Reuters

Great Yarmouth Harbour, the pre-assembly port for the installations, will receive £5m in investment.

The contract for 102 turbines has been agreed between Scottish Power Renewables and Siemens. Work is due to start in 2017 with the wind farm operational by 2020.

Danceathon for cancer charity by college lecturer

Wally Webb

BBC Radio Norfolk

A cancer specialist, who survived the disease herself but lost her father to cancer, is carrying out a dancethon for charity.

Dr Pascale with supporters
BBC

Dr Pascale Harvey is dancing for 12 hours at Easton and Otley College to raise £1,000 for Norfolk's Big C charity.

Company boss is accused of fraud

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News:

Front page of paper
Norwich Evening News

Child P: Abuse 'could have been avoided', says report

Child P, the Norfolk girl abused by her sex-offender stepfather, was let down the organisations that should have protected her, according to a report by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board.

Her mother's 10-year relationship with the man culminated in sexual abuse against the girl until she reported it in 2014. 

There wasn't the sharing of information... so we have a number of things which meant she wasn't given the protection she should have been."

David AshcroftNorfolk Safeguarding Children Board

Norfolk County Council says since this case, the system has been changed to prevent such oversights.

Jobs to go at Bernard Matthews

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has confirmed it is looking at making a number of redundancies at its plants in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Bernard Matthews plant, Holton, Suffolk
BBC

A spokesman for the company, which has a workforce of 2,000, said about 30 jobs would go. 

He said the cuts were a result of "operational efficiencies and new working practices". 

Child P: A 'tragic case' of abuse

A young girl in Norfolk, identified only as Child P, was sexually abused by her stepfather for years because she was "let down" by the authorities, according to a report.

Document
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board

The stepfather was a sex offender but despite the family having repeated problems involving the school, a GP and social services, the abuse went undetected until the girl eventually reported it in 2014. The girl's mother is also said to have failed to protect her. 

It was a failure of the organisations who should have exchanged information and been much more aware of the risks that she was exposed to."

David AshcroftNorfolk Safeguarding Children Board

Unseasonally cold spring affecting crop production

Nanette Aldous

BBC Radio Norfolk

The cold spring is hitting Norfolk's farmers, with asparagus production particularly affected. 

Asparagus
Getty Images

The unusually low temperatures are threatening a range of crops. 

One producer, Tim Jolly of East Harling, near Thetford, says cutting and shipping of asparagus would normally be under way by now, but not one shoot is ready.

Abuse case child was let down

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of the EDP

EDP front page
Eastern Daily Press

Jessica-Jane Applegate close to Rio 2016 selection

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Bradwell's Jessica-Jane Applegate finished second in the final of the 200 metre Freestyle at the Para-Swimming meet in Glasgow.

Her time of 2:05.63 is fast enough to qualify for the Paralympics later this year.

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The swimmer will still need to be officially selected by ParalympicsGB.

This event and next week's European Championships in Portugal both act as trials for the Rio Paralympics.

Weather: Sunny, windy with showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

The winds should ease through the day as sunny spells become more widespread, although these will trigger further showers, some turning heavy and thundery with a risk of hail or sleet locally.

Top temperature: 10C (50F) 

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Police record 27 incidents of 'revenge porn' in Norfolk

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Figures from Norfolk police show 27 "revenge porn" incidents were recorded from last April to December.

Man looking at mobile phone
BBC

Seven of the reports were made by people aged under 20, but only two people have been charged. The Revenge Porn Helpline says the crime leaves victims feeling overwhelmed and some even consider suicide.

Last April it became an offence to share private sexual photos or videos of someone without their agreement. Nationally only 11% of offences result in the case going to court because of lack of evidence or the victim withdrawing.

Child abused by stepfather due to 'systemic weaknesses'

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A girl in Norfolk was able to be abused by her stepfather, a known sex offender, because of "systemic weaknesses", according to a report. 

Child
BBC

Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board has published an account of the case of a girl known as Child P, whose stepfather had already indecently assaulted one of his own sisters. 

Abuse starting about 10 years ago was able to go undetected due to a lack of communication between all the main agencies, such as the girl's GP, school and social workers, the report says.

Even after her stepfather was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault on one of the girl's young relatives, connections still weren't made or investigated, the report says. Norfolk County Council says since the case was reported in 2014, improvements have been made.

Headlines: Child abused by known sex offender because of 'systemic weaknesses'... Cold spring threatens county crops

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this morning: 

  • A child was able to be abused by a known sex offender because of "systemic weaknesses", according to a report
  • Police confirm nearly 30 cases of  "revenge porn" in Norfolk since new laws were introduced
  • The cold spring is hitting Norfolk's farmers, affecting a range of crops

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Norfolk

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Norfolk Live.

Between now and 18:00, the team here will bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them. 

We're always interested in what's happening in your part of Norfolk, so If there's anything you wish to share, contact us on email,Facebook or Twitter.