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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. Norfolk PCC election candidates take part in radio debate
  3. Fishery owners claim otters are costing them thousands of pounds
  4. Row breaks out over Great Yarmouth road resurfacing
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Norfolk Live today. We're taking a break for the Bank Holiday weekend, but will be back on Tuesday at 08:00.

We love to include you in Norfolk Live, so let us know if there's anything happening in your part of Norfolk that we should know about. You can send us an email or a tweet, or get in touch on Facebook.

Weather: Becoming dry

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

A few wintry showers lingering this evening, but becoming dry with clear spells. A risk of ground frost in places.

Temperatures will fall to 2C (36F).

Weather chart for Saturday 15:00 showing patchy rain showers
BBC Weather

A sunny start tomorrow, with scattered showers developing. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

There's more information on BBC Weather:

Watch: A new game comes to Norfolk

A new sport, with a big following in the United States, has now reached Norfolk.

Disc Golf is played with flying discs - and anyone can do it. There's no need for the formality of the right clothes or expensive golf clubs.  

Pensioner's epic bus journey nearing the end

A pensioner from Gorleston is nearing the end of a journey around England, using only his bus pass.

Malcolm Metcalf boarding a bus at the start of his journey
BBC

Malcolm Metcalf, 82, set off from Great Yarmouth (seen above) almost a month ago, hoping to raise £2,000 for the East Coast Hospice. He was in Essex earlier this morning, but tomorrow he plans on putting his feet up and relaxing in his own armchair at home.  

Some days have been pretty tiring, but I've been to some wonderful places... Newcastle, Carlisle, Liverpool... people have been so kind and the bus drivers have gone out of their way to help me."

Malcolm MetcalfCharity fundraiser

A47: Collapsed manhole causes traffic delays

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing in both directions on the A47, between Necton and Swaffham because of a collapsed manhole cover.

Police are directing traffic.

The headlines: PCC candidates take part in live debate... Row breaks out over road resurfacing

The stories in the news today:

  • The six candidates standing for election as Norfolk's next Police and Crime Commissioner have taken part in a live radio debate 
  • A row has broken out about resurfacing part of Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile
  • Fishery owners say they are spending thousands of pounds to protect stock against otters
  • Norwich City boss Alex Neil says fans need to "have faith" that the Canaries can avoid relegation from the Premier League

Sandringham to host Archdeacon's Charge and Picnic

Network Norfolk

This Bank Holiday Monday the Archdeacon’s Charge and Picnic will be held at Sandringham. 

The event is an annual sponsored fun run or walk and family picnic, organised by the Diocese of Norwich, in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Poster for the Archdeacon's Charge and Picnic at Sandringham
Diocese of Norwich

Party leader hoping for 'Green surge'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The leader of the Green Party says she's hoping for a crop of new councillors following next week's local elections.

Natalie Bennett at a Norwich market stall
BBC

Natalie Bennett is campaigning in Norwich where the Greens are the main opposition on the City Council. Ms Bennett said that her party's success in Norwich proved that voting Green was not a wasted vote.

Last year across the country we got 1.1 million votes at the General Election, more than ever before... our membership has more than trebled... this is the year when we're aiming to turn that Green surge into seats."

Natalie BennettLeader, Green Party

A full list of candidates for the Norwich City Council elections can be found here.

PCC debate: Current PCC 'tried to merge force control rooms'

The current Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk says he would like to see the force work more closely with colleagues in Suffolk.

Three police officers in the street, with vehicles
BBC

Stephen Bett (Independent) was taking part in a debate on BBC Radio Norfolk earlier today, along with the five other candidates for next week's elections. He said he tried to merge the two forces' control rooms to save £4.3m but the move was refused by Suffolk.

Watch: Third peregrine chick has hatched

The third of four eggs laid by Norwich Cathedral's peregrine falcons has hatched, keeping mum and dad busy.

The chick began "pipping" - rolling around inside the egg to get in the right position - before using an egg tooth on its beak to break a hole in the egg, showing it was ready to hatch.

Once the egg starts breaking, the adults help break the shell and pull it apart. The fourth chick is expected to appear imminently.  

PCC debate: 'Merger may not solve forces' financial problems'

A full merger of Norfolk and Suffolk police forces might not solve the counties' financial problems, according to the Labour candidate for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Chris Jones made his comments during a live debate on BBC Radio Norfolk earlier, featuring all six candidates for next week's election.

Police car and blue light
BBC

I think a full merger is more contentious... Norfolk and Suffolk have their own identities and I'm not sure ultimately there'd be a huge financial saving."

Chris JonesLabour candidate

PCC debate: Tory candidate would 'put wrecked cars outside schools and pubs'

The Conservative candidate for next week's Police and Crime Commissioner elections says he'll use shock tactics to make people slow down on the county's roads.

Takign part in a BBC Radio Norfolk debate, Lorne Green says he plans to tackle dangerous driving, and says wrecked cars will help to drive home a safety message. 

Police officer by open car door
BBC

We all know excess speeding kills... I'm going to increase the number of speedwatch programmes around the county... put a wrecked car in front of schools, pubs, so people see the consequences... and increase the number of mobile speed checks."

Lorne GreenConservative

Good news from Greater Anglia

PCC debate: 'Introduce late-night levy', says Green candidate

The Green candidate for next weeks' Police and Crime Commissioner elections says he wouldn't be against raising council tax to pay for late-night policing.

Martin Schmierer, who was taking part in a BBC Radio Norfolk debate earlier, suggested introducing a late-night levy in areas such as Norwich's Prince of Wales Road (pictured) to fund more policing in the area.

A view of Prince of Wales Road, daytime
Google

The other way is to speak to residents and say 'we've got powers to increase council tax by up to 2%' and if residents find that is going into visible policing, I think most people would be willing to pay that small increase."

Martin SchmiererGreen candidate

PCC debate: Lib Dem candidate 'opposed to legalisation of cannabis'

Jacky Howe, the Liberal Democrat candidate for next week's Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner elections, told a BBC Radio Norfolk debate earlier that she was opposed to the legalisation of cannabis.

A cannabis leaf
Getty Images

I have some personal concerns about it... I'm aware that marijuana can lead to paranoia and mental health issues generally... in my view it should remain an illegal drug."

Jacky HoweLiberal Democrat candidate,

Ms Howe also said she was not being funded or controlled by her party. The Liberal Democrats are backing a new report calling for the legalised sale of marijuana through licensed outlets. 

Don't be daunted, says ex-City star

The back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
Archant

Weather: Bright with sunny spells

BBC Weather Watchers

The rest of the day will remain bright, with sunny spells - and a few showers later. Temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Dog Walk Reporter" for our picture today. 

Blue sky, white clouds and silhouette of hedge
BBC Weather Watchers / Dog Walk Reporter

It's looking milder for the Bank Holiday weekend. If you're out and about, why not take a photo and share it with us?

Watch: A carpet of blue at woods

An ancient woodland is to open to the public for the first time in centuries.

It's part of the Norfolk Bluebell Wood burial ground at Hainford, near Norwich.

Each spring, a stunning display of of blue and green carpets the ground.  

NCFC: 'Klose and Wisdom out for the season'

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich players Tim Klose and Andre Wisdom have been ruled out of the Canaries' remaining fixtures.

Boss Alex Neil tells us "Andre Wisdom, his season is done and has gone back to Liverpool... Tim Klose is also out for the season." 

NCFC: 'We're capable of beating them'

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

By the time the Canaries kick-off their match at Arsenal tomorrow, their main relegation rivals Newcastle and Sunderland will have already played.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game, manager Alex Neil said: "We're capable of beating them... it's just a case of going there and doing it."

NCFC: 'We need to bring some points back from Arsenal"

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Premier League relegation fight takes them to Arsenal tomorrow, and the pre-match press conference has begun.

Alex Neil has just told us: "The bottom line is we need to go to Arsenal with the intention of bringing some points back." 

NCFC manager ready for pre-match press conference

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Canaries manager Alex Neil has just taken the seat for the pre-Arsenal press conference.

Canaries boss Alex Neil
BBC

Boxing twins defend British titles

Cromer's boxing twins Liam and Ryan Walsh defend their British titles at the Copper Box Arena tomorrow night:

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Norwich v Arsenal: Pre-match press conference soon

BBC Radio Norfolk

The pre-match press conference, ahead of Norwich City's away game to Arsenal tomorrow, will start soon. 

Norwich are currently third from bottom in the Premier League, facing relegation.

With their match kicking off at 17:30 - after the Sunderland and Newcastle games - the Canaries could find themselves in a worse position before their game even starts.

Adam Lallana (1st L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016
Getty Images

Hungry otters force farmers to invest in fencing

A 60% increase in otters in Norfolk's waterways since the 1970s is causing problems for fishery owners in the county.

Farmers say they're having to invest in expensive fencing to stop the mammals from eating their stocks. Otters are a protected species, so not much can be done to stop them.

Geoff Doggett, pointing towards fencing and water
BBC

With a big growth in the number of fisheries, Geoff Doggett, of the River Waveney Trust, says it's a fact of life that when "running your own business... you'll have to invest to keep your stock safe."   

Patter of tiny talons at Norwich Cathedral

A tweet from the Hawk and Owl Trust, giving us the latest on the patter of tiny talons at Norwich Cathedral: 

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Removal of cobbles 'turned seafront area into a racetrack'

The leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council says the removal of cobbles from the seafront has turned the area into a racetrack.

Road surface on Marine Parade, in Great Yarmouth
BBC

Granite cobbles laid 10 years ago have been dug up and replaced as part of a regeneration scheme, but Graham Plant said they were needed to make the town look better, and slow traffic down in a pedestrian area. 

The county council says the stone cobbles were faulty and becoming dangerous. 

PCC debate: 'Retired police would work for peanuts' says UKIP candidate

UKIP's candidate for Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner has said retired police should be brought back into service.

Taking part in a BBC Radio Norfolk debate, David Moreland, a former Metropolitian Police detective, said retired officers were a huge asset who could be utilised. Mr Moreland claims they wouldn't even want to be paid that much for doing it.

Peanuts
Getty Images

I've no doubt at all they would jump at the opportunity to use their knowledge and experience... I dare say they'd do it just for peanuts."

David MorelandUKIP candidate for PCC

Martial artist's invention wins national award

A Norfolk martial artist's invention has won him a national award.

Kevin Franklin in the BBC Radio Norfolk studio
BBC

Kevin Franklin, from Thorpe St Andrew, took seven years to develop "StrikeMate", which measures the force of punches and kicks, without any risk of injury to the person using it. It's been named Product of the Year at the British Martial Arts Awards.

Mr Franklin says it can be used in anything from rugby through to combat sports, enabling participants to find out which techniques work and which don't. 

In the words of Bruce Lee, it's better to do one technique 10,000 times and make it super-perfect, than to do 10,000 techniques once."

Kevin FranklinInventor

PCC debate: Have you ever committed an offence?

In pre-recorded interviews, the candidates were asked if they had ever committed a crime.

Stephen Bett, Independent: "Yes, I've been caught for speeding."

Jacky Howe, Liberal Democraft: "I've not knowingly broken the law... but I may have gone over the top speeding slightly."

Lorne Green, Conservative: "Not to my knowledge."

Chris Jones, Labour: "No."

Martin Schmierer, Green: "I was arrested for ignorance of the law in Scotland... drinking outside at a birthday party... I wasn't aware it was illegal.... a letter from the magistrates told me I'd get a fine if I was caught again."

David Moreland, UKIP: "No."

PCC debate: Have you ever been a victim of crime?

BBC Radio Norfolk

Our debate is over now, but in pre-recorded interviews, candidates were asked if they had ever been a victim of crime.

Stephen Bett, Independent: "Someone tried to mug me... I persuaded him it was a bad idea."

Jacky Howe, Liberal Democrat: "I've been burgled... I had two lots of oil stolen when I owned a farm."

Lorne Green, Conservative: "I've suffered burglary... it's a violation of one's right to a peaceful enjoyment of their home."

Chris Jones, Labour: "No."

Martin Schmierer, Green: "A minor crime... some of our plant pots were stolen."

David Moreland, UKIP: "I had a burglary about 30 years ago."

PCC debate: What does a PCC do?

Here's a brief explainer:

Graphic: PCCs are answerable to the communities they serve
BBC

PCC debate: The candidates' final pitch

In three words, why should people vote for you?

Stephen Bett, Independent: "I have experience."

Lorne Green, Conservative: "Making Norfolk safe."

Jacky Howe, Liberal Democrat: "I will listen."

Chris Jones, Labour: "Experience, understanding and engagement."

David Moreland, UKIP: "Police experience counts."

Martin Schmierer, Green: "Link with communities."

PCC debate: What's wrong with the criminal justice system?

Lorne Green, Conservative: "It's not joined-up."

Martin Schmierer, Green: "Unreported crime needs looking into."

David Moreland, UKIP: "Give people confidence in the police."

Jacky Howe, Liberal Democrat: "Under-reported crime and why this is happening?"

Chris Jones, Labour: "More joined-up working is needed to bring agencies together."

Stephen Bett, Independent: "More joined up working is needed."

PCC debate: Have you done a shift with Norfolk police ?

Only Stephen Bett, Independent, has done a shift with Norfolk Police.

Lorne Green, Conservative, said he requested one, but hasn't had one yet.

PCC debate: Have we enough armed police?

Stephen Bett, Independent: "I have confidence in the level of presence we have."

Martin Schmierer, Green: "More should be done."

Jacky Howe, Liberal Demorate: "Plans are in place." 

PCC debate: Why do you want the job ?

Lorne Green, Conservative: "I want this job because I think I can do a better job for the people of Norfolk."

Stephen Bett, Independent: "I was sceptical of the position, but now I've done it... you can get quicker decision-making, it's more effective."

PCC debate: 'Who's pulling your strings?'

Martin Schmierer, Green: "We are still opposed to this role... it's not needed or wanted by the general public - so we'd like to see more power given to the Police and Crime Panel - we need a more constructive vote for it."