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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 15 April, 2016
  2. Man jailed for six years for false imprisonment, abduction and assault
  3. Great Yarmouth Port wins another contract to assemble turbines for Galloper offshore wind farm project
  4. Police continue search for robber who stole wallet from disabled man at Norwich bus stop
  5. People with care needs are being failed by slow ambulance responses, care company boss claims
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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That's the end of our live updates for today. Thanks for being with us. 

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

Have a great weekend!

Weather: Rain set to ease

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

The rain will ease across Norfolk this evening, and although there may still be the odd spot around overnight, most places will be dry.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather Map
BBC

Canaries fans - here's how to go like the clappers

Norwich City are handing out 25,000 sets of clappers to fans at tomorrow's vital clash against Sunderland.

But just how do you use them? Here's the club's head of community engagement Stephen Balmer-Walters to show you.

Is this the biggest game this weekend?
BBC Sport looks ahead to Saturday's relegation battle between Sunderland and Norwich at Carrow Road where there is "a lot at stake" for both clubs.

Canaries gear up for relegation showdown

Diss Express

Norwich City fan Edward Seaman looks ahead to a massive game for the Canaries’ survival hopes.

Edward Seaman
Diss Express

'Jenny Wren' boat restored by original owners

A familiar and popular sight on the Norfolk Broads is about to return to the water. 

Broads cruiser
BBC

The Jenny Wren is a wooden Broads cruiser built in 1957 by Brundall's Broom Boats. 

The firm saw it up for sale a few years ago and decided to buy it back and restore it to its former glory.

Retired Diss pharmacist Stanley Kitchen dies

Diss Express

Retired Diss pharmacist and councillor Stanley Kitchen has died at the age of 93.

Mr Kitchen, who opened the first Boots store in Diss, combined his professional life with a lifetime in public service.

Stanley Kitchen
Diss Exprss

Headlines: Man jailed for false imprisonment and assault... Money raised to help disabled robbery victim

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here are our top stories:

  • A 29-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been jailed after admitting falsely imprisoning a woman, child abduction and assault
  • Money is being raised to help a disabled man who had his wallet stolen as he waited for a bus in Norwich
  • Great Yarmouth Port is celebrating another wind farm contract

Abuser's co-defendant to be sentenced

We've been bringing you details this afternoon of Daniel Barber's jailing for false imprisonment, abduction and assault.

Barber’s co-defendant Laura Matthews, 27, also of School Road, Great Yarmouth, was found guilty at Norwich Crown Court in January of assault (involving the same two boys) and child abduction.

Norwich Crown Court
BBC

She is due to be sentenced on 16 June.

Abduction, false imprisonment and assault led to jail term

More now on the crimes of Daniel Barber, jailed today for six years at Norwich Crown Court.

Barber, 29, admitted the false imprisonment of a woman in Great Yarmouth, child abduction and assaulting two children under the age of 13 in the town between 1 May and 30 June 2014.

He was sentenced after previously admitting two counts of false imprisonment of the victim, in her 40s, seven counts of causing actual bodily harm involving two boys and one count of child abduction.

Children suffered 'terrible' abuse at hands of Yarmouth man

A detective who investigated the crimes of Daniel Barber, jailed today after admitting the false imprisonment of a woman in Great Yarmouth, said the case was "one of the most horrendous" he had worked on.

Barber, 29, of School Road in the town, also admitted child abduction and assaulting two children under the age of 13 between 1 May and 30 June 2014.

Det Con Tristan Coull, of Norfolk Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: "The children suffered terrible physical and mental abuse at the hands of Barber and although they have recovered well from their ordeal, it has undoubtedly left them emotionally scarred."

Wind farm contract will mean a 'grand scale change' for port

BBC Radio Norfolk

Great Yarmouth Port, which is celebrating another wind farm contract to construct and install turbines for the Galloper wind farm, says it will mean a huge change.

Wind turbine
PA

Port manager Richard Goffin said: "We will actually start seeing activity in the port which we've never seen before, so we'll actually be used as a large-scale marshalling port for the offshore wind sector rather than just literally an area available for development. 

"So it is a grand scale change for Great Yarmouth port and something we've very much looking forward to."

Council welcomes turbine installation deal for Great Yarmouth

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

News that Great Yarmouth port will be the assembly base for Galloper wind farm turbines has been welcomed by the borough council.

This is the second construction and installation contract Great Yarmouth has won since Peel Ports took over the harbour company late last year.

Great Yarmouth is already world-renowned as England’s offshore energy sector capital and this investment reflects confidence in the local economy. It's great news."

Peter WrightGreat Yarmouth Borough Council

Work is ‘progressing well’ on £1.6m Diss Corn Hall refurbishment

Diss Express

Work at Diss’ iconic Corn Hall building is well under way.

The 1970s kitchen and stores behind the original Corn Hall being demolished
Diss Express

Great Yarmouth man jailed for false imprisonment, abduction and assault

BBC Radio Norfolk

A 29-year-old Great Yarmouth man has been jailed for six years after admitting falsely imprisoning a woman, child abduction and assault. 

Daniel Barber
Norfolk Police

Daniel Barber, of School Road, kept the woman, in her 40s, tied to a kitchen cupboard. She was held for long periods against her will, burned with cigarettes and cut with glass as well as being punched and kicked.

He also assaulted two children under the age of 13, who police say suffered terrible physical and mental abuse and were mentally scarred by what had happened to them. 

Barber will serve a further four years on licence.

Stars skipper released from hospital

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars captain Rory Schlein has been released from hospital after being injured in a crash at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday.

The Australian (pictured last year, below) has suffered a shoulder injury and further tests will be needed to assess its severity. 

Rory Schlein
BBC

Schlein missed most of last season after breaking his back and has only just returned to the sport following a long battle back to fitness.

Crowd-funding website set up for disabled man robbed for £10

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A  fundraising website has been set up for a disabled man who was robbed in Norwich.

Danny Barrett
BBC

Danny Barrett, who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, had his wallet with £10 for emergencies stolen from his pocket by a thief who he refused to give money. Police have described it as a "sickening crime".

Penny Brown set up the donation page after hearing his story on the radio and is hoping to raise £200.

The forecast: Grey and wet with risk of thunder

BBC Weather

Showers may turn heavy this afternoon with a risk of hail and thunder for a time, but winds will be mainly light. Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Grey skies over East Dereham
BBC Weather Watchers / Apache

Certainly, a grey day, as you can see by this picture from Dereham, sent in by Weather Watchers' "Apache".

Tonight, rain will ease in most areas and become more confined to eastern areas by midnight. Some clear spells developing further west, with a noticeably cold north-west wind developing later.

Businessman claims trade affected by roadworks

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Great Yarmouth businessman says his trade has been affected because of roadworks that have sprung up this week.

Thomas Williams
BBC

Thomas Williams owns Williams Garage and Airfield Tyres. He says after three days of traffic lights blocking one of his garages, more roadworks have appeared on Caister Road in front of his second business.

Norfolk County Council said this road repair work was essential. It said businesses were contacted prior to works beginning, but apologised if that did not happen in this instance.

Users of food banks down

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The number of people in Norfolk using food banks has fallen for the second year in a row, according to charity the Trussell Trust. 

Food bank
Getty Images

About 18,000 people in the county used food banks last year, down by about 2,000 compared to the year before. 

Across the East of England as a whole, the number went up slightly to just over 100,000.

Norwich City hand out inflatables and clapper banners for tomorrow's big match

Wally Webb

BBC Radio Norfolk

As Norwich City prepare for their big match against Sunderland tomorrow, they are handing out 25,000 clapper banners to fans in a bid to raise the noise level in support of the team.

Norwich City clappers in seats
BBC

They also giving away 3,000 inflatable canaries to youngsters attending the match. 

The team are taking on the Black Cats in a game that will go a long way towards deciding who stays in the Premier League. 

Match preview: Norwich City v Sunderland

Alex Neil
Getty Images

Norwich City are likely to be without influential defender Timm Klose for Saturday's pivotal game against relegation rivals Sunderland.  

Canaries manager Alex Neil 'relishing' tomorrow's match

Canaries press conference under way: Timm Klose fit to play

Headlines: Great Yarmouth Port wins wind turbine contract... Fundraising page set up for disabled man robbed of £10

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this lunchtime: 

  • Great Yarmouth Port wins another contract to assemble turbines for Galloper offshore wind farm project
  • A fundraising page has been set up for a disabled man robbed of £10 in Norwich
  • Peter Wilson is stepping down as Norwich Theatre Royal's chief executive after a quarter of a century

Radiographer struck off for misconduct and lack of competence

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A radiographer has been struck off for misconduct and lack of competence following a review. 

X-ray
SPL

A panel of the Health and Care Professions Council conducted a second review of Charles Hill’s suspension from the register, first imposed on 13 December 2012. 

He was originally suspended following concerns raised about his standard of practice whilst employed by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust. Mr Hill was not present or represented at the hearing. 

Council defends position on Winter Gardens after critical banners put up

Banners have been removed from the Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth, criticising its owners, the borough council, over its appearance. 

The cast iron-and-glass landmark closed to the public in 2008 owing to structural defects and the authority says it's been working ever since on ways to bring it back into use, including an application for Heritage Lottery funding to repair and restore the structure.

Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens
BBC

If this is successful, this will unlock vital funds enabling the borough council to work up the detailed scheme, including the business planning."

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Robbery of disabled man causes social media outcry

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We told you earlier about Danny Barrett, the disabled man who was robbed while he waited for a bus in Norwich on Monday.

Well, some of you have been having your say on the matter on BBC Radio Norfolk's Facebook page

Fran Winkie Moser asks: "How does that person sleep at night?". Phil Martin says: "Hope it doesn't stop [Mr Barrett] from going out."

Great Yarmouth confirmed as turbine assembly base for Galloper wind farm

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Great Yarmouth Port has been chosen by an offshore wind farm company as the base from which to locate and install its turbines. 

Wind farm
BBC

Galloper Wind Farm says the port was chosen by its partner Siemens and will be supplying and installing the 56, six-megawatt turbines for the project as well as delivering a 15-year maintenance contract. 

Galloper says the project is expected to create about 700 jobs during the construction phase and 90 jobs once operational. It will be located off the Suffolk coast. 

Targeted by a thief at bus stop

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News:

Paper front page
Norwich Evening News

'I'll keep going as long as the Queen does'

Diss Express

The front page of the Diss Express

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Theatre boss steps down after a quarter of a century in the top job

The chief executive of Norwich's Theatre Royal, Peter Wilson, is stepping down after 25 years in the job.

Peter Wilson
Theatre Royal, Norwich

He says he's leaving to concentrate on new stage projects and running his own production company.  

The Theatre Royal is in good shape. We are about to open a new education centre and I want to be around for the first few months of its life. Twenty five years is long enough in post."

Peter WilsonNorwich Theatre Royal

Lambert takes speedway silver medal

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars youngster Robert Lambert finished second in the British Under-21 Championship in Sheffield last night. 

The 18-year old won all five of his heats in qualifying but missed out in the final race to Josh Bates.

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Fellow Stars rider Nathan Greaves reached the semi-final. Josh Bailey managed just three points. 

Channon: Canaries can time Black Cats

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of the EDP:

Back page EDP
Eastern Daily Press

Plug the A&E gap

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of the EDP:

Front page paper
EDP

Care company boss says slow ambulance responses affecting business

The boss of a care company in north Norfolk say it is picking up the pieces because of slow ambulance responses.

Ambulance
BBC

Tee Carver, who runs Elite Care in Cromer, says delays in ambulances getting to patients mean her staff cannot leave them and get on with their own rounds. 

She claims one client, a woman aged 79, fell at home and waited hours to be seen by paramedics, as did another who had taken a suspected overdose  

She accuses East of England Ambulance Service of prioritising younger people, which it denies. 

Canaries fans urged to turn up the volume

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City will be handing out 3,000 inflatable canaries and 25,000 cardboard clappers to supporters at Carrow Road tomorrow.

City take on Sunderland in a huge game at the bottom of the Premier League. 

Canaries Club Shop
BBC

Stephen Balmer-Walters (pictured) from Norwich City FC told me: "When those players run out of the tunnel and hear the noise and see the colour, their hearts get bigger and their energy levels raise."

Robbery victim: 'I really want this guy locked up'

Police are continuing to search for the person who robbed a disabled man at a Norwich bus stop and are appealing for witnesses.

Danny Barratt
BBC

Danny Barrett, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was waiting for his bus on Monday night on Castle Meadow. 

When he refused to give a man money he stole his wallet. Mr Barratt says he was really upset by what happened.

He stole it out of my pocket. I found it quite scary, to be fair. I really want this guy locked up and put in prison.

Danny Barrett

Weather: Outbreaks of rain throughout the day

BBC Weather

Wet on the whole with outbreaks of rain on and off during the day. 

Temperatures reaching 8C (46F).   

BBC Weather has more details. 

Headlines: Search for robber who stole wallet from a disabled man continues... People with care needs 'being failed by slow ambulance response'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main stories this morning: 

  • Police continue their search for the robber who stole a wallet from a disabled man at a bus stop
  • People with care needs are being failed by slow ambulance responses, says care company boss