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Summary

  1. Updates for Norfolk on Friday, 22 April 2016
  2. A tractor hit by a train travelling between Norwich and Cambridge had been given permission to cross the line, preliminary report finds
  3. Some trees in woodland to the south west of Norwich may be resistant to the fatal ash dieback disease
  4. The numbers of children home educated in Norfolk has doubled over past five years
  5. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Patrick Byrne

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That's it from the Norfolk Live team for today... we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Have a good weekend. 

Weather: Cold overnight with a bright and frosty start to the weekend

It will be rather cloudy this evening with any remaining patchy rain soon clearing, but a cold night to come with frost in places - and a low of 2C (36F).  

Weather map
BBC

A bright and frosty start tomorrow with sunny spells for most, though it'll feel chilly with a high of 10C (50F).

There's a more detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Teatime headlines: Train crash tractor driver cleared to cross line... Giacometti exhibition marks 50th anniversary of artist's death

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Our top stories this evening:

  • Train crash tractor driver given permission to cross line at level crossing, report says 
  • Sainsbury Centre anniversary exhibition marks Swiss artist Giacometti's friendship with benefactors' family 
  • Rehearsals begin for Shakespeare play at Hippodrome where cast act partly under water

Giacometti exhibition marks 50th anniversary of death of Sainsbury family friend

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

An exhibition of sculptor, painter and draughtsman Alberto Giacometti has gone on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Self portrait of Alberto Giacometti
Sainsbury Centre

The Swiss-born artist who settled in Paris after World War Two was a friend of the centre's benefactors Lisa and Robert Sainsbury. 

Centre director Calvin Winner said the exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist's death will contain pieces from its own very large collection with the addition of works from other people.

The Tempest rehearsals begin at Hippodrome to be 'flooded'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Rehearsals have started for a "partly underwater" production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest in the week when his 400th anniversary is being celebrated.

The Tempest
Helen Maybanks

Norfolk & Norwich Festival artistic director William Galinsky will produce the play at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth, a Victorian purpose-built circus building. 

The lower ground of the building will be flooded and the cast will move around the space using custom built underwater stage entrances and invisible walk ways, Mr Galinsky said.

Police still investigating train crash into tractor on level crossing

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

British Transport Police (BTP) are still investigating a crash between a tractor and a train on the Hockham Road level crossing at Roudham in Norfolk on 10 April as preliminary findings are released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

Passengers on line after crash
Alex Youngs

A BTP spokesman said: "The train driver, tractor driver and several passengers were taken to hospital. 

"A number of passengers were also treated at the scene. A joint British Transport Police and Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigation is now under way," he said. 

The train was travelling between Norwich and Cambridge.

Pupils and staff run equivalent of marathon in fitness pilot program

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Young pupils and staff at a primary school near Norwich have run a daily mile for 26 days and achieved the distance of a marathon as part of a fitness program.

Trowse primary school
Google

The pilot to improve fitness at Trowse Primary School has been hailed a success and could be followed by others.

Healthy Norwich, which is a group of sponsors that includes the NHS, Norwich City Council and Public Health England, challenged teachers and children to run the mile a day.

Weather: Mostly dry but cool and cloudy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Heavy cloud could thicken enough at times to give the odd spot of light rain.

Weather chart
BBC

Strong east to northeasterly breezes will make the day feel quite cool. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

There's more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Afternoon headlines: Train crash tractor first report...Teenage girl indecently assaulted in Gorleston

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

  • Tractor in crash with a train on a level crossing near Thetford had permission to cross
  • Police hunt man who indecently assaulted teenage girl in Gorleston 
  • More than 1,000 young people are now educated at home in Norfolk, study reveals

Network Rail co-operating fully with authorities over level crossing tractor crash

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Network Rail has responded to a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into a crash between a train and a tractor on a level crossing at Roudham, near Thetford, as it was travelling between Norwich and Cambridge on 10 April. 

Roudham train after crash
Department for Transport

A spokesman said Network Rail was co-operating fully with the RAIB investigation who have already released preliminary findings, the Office of Rail and Road, and the British Transport Police.

"A member of staff has been transferred away from 'safety-critical duties' while the incident is investigated. 

"The safety of those who use, or live near the railway, is of paramount importance to us, but whilst the incident remains under investigation it wouldn't be right to go into further detail just now."

Holt confident Norwich will avoid drop as squad 'strong'

BBC Radio Norfolk

Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt is confident the Canaries will avoid Premier League relegation this season.

Norwich City
Rex Features

Norwich are currently 17th, but, without a game this weekend, may drop below Sunderland and Newcastle by Sunday if results go against them. 

"I said a few weeks ago that I didn't think we'd go down, and I don't think we will," Holt told BBC Radio Norfolk. 

"I still think we've got enough in the squad to stay up. You'd rather have points in the bag than chase."

Teenage girl indecently assaulted in seaside town

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A teenager has been indecently assaulted in a seaside town and police have appealed for information.

Church Road
Google

The incident took place in Church Road, Gorleston, at about 21:50 on Wednesday.

The victim, aged in her late teens, was approached from behind by a man who put his hands over her mouth, grabbed her and indecently assaulted her before fleeing in the direction of Garnham Road.

On the back page: Lambert not ruling out a double reunion next year

Norwich Evening News

Back page of Norwich Evening News:

Evening Nwes Back page
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Early findings on why tractor was hit by train on Norwich to Cambridge line

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The investigation into why a tractor was hit by a train at a level crossing on 10 April at Roudham, near Thetford, has published its preliminary findings.

Train crash
BBC

The report says: "The tractor driver was given permission to cross the line, and had reached the mid-point of the crossing when his vehicle was struck by train 1K77, the 12:03 Norwich to Cambridge service, which was travelling at 84 mph (135 km/h). 

"There were 135 passengers and two crew on the train, which did not derail and came to a stop 410 metres beyond the crossing."

Ash dieback resistant trees discovered in woodland near Norwich

Cath Saunt

BBC Radio Norfolk

Trees discovered in woodland south west of Norwich may be resistant to the deadly ash dieback disease that has devastated the plants since it arrived in Britain from the Continent in 2012.

Withered ash tree
BBC

Scientists have identified an ash tree in Ashwellthorpe Wood they believe is highly resistant to the disease

The government department responsible for forestry, DEFRA, thinks genetic tolerance to ash dieback may be highly prevalent in UK ash trees. 

If individual trees that are less susceptible can be identified they could be used to breed a resistant variety that is more likely to survive the disease.

BreakingTractor hit by train had permission to cross line

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A tractor which was hit by a train at a level crossing in Norfolk, leaving a man with serious injuries, had been given permission to cross the line, a preliminary accident report has found.

Train crash
Alex Youngs

The accident happened at 12:30 on Sunday 11 April and the tractor driver was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said drivers of vehicles must open and close the Hockham Road level crossing gates themselves and "at the time of the accident they had to use the telephone to obtain permission from a signaller at Cambridge, before going over the crossing".

Children educated by parents at home on increase

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

More than 1,000 children are being educated by their parents at home in Norfolk and new figures for the past five years reveal the numbers are increasing.

Cleary family
BBC

In the school year 2010-11 there were 656 children being schooled at home in the county, this increased to 1052 by summer of 2015. 

Paula Cleary of Tydd St Mary said none of her children had been educated in school and at home they were able to work at their own pace.

New investment offered for controversial city scheme

Norwich Evening News

On the front page of today's Norwich Evening News

Norwich Evening News
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Holt urges Canaries fans to give Naismith time

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Former Norwich City captain Grant Holt joined us on The Scrimmage last night and urged fans to be patient with Steven Naismith. 

The Scotland international has only scored once in 10 games since his £8m transfer from Everton in January. 

Steven Naismith
Getty Images

"It's been tough for all the forward lads, I wouldn't attribute it just to him, when the team's not performing it's very difficult."

Grant Holtformer Norwich City captain

The Canaries could drop into the relegation zone this weekend if Newcastle win or Sunderland draw their games.

Weather: Cloudy and cool with some rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy and cooler than previous days in easterly wind.

The likelihood increases during the day of intermittent light rain which will become more persistent by the evening. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

You can find more on the local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Speedway: Stars grind out win over Leicester

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars have moved into the top four of the Elite League after picking up their third win of the season. 

The Stars beat Leicester 51-42 at the Norfolk Arena last night with Robert Lambert and Niels Kristian Iversen each scoring 11 points. 

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The two sides meet again at Leicester on Saturday. 

News: Home education on increase among unhappy parents...Ash trees display resistance to fatal disease

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

  • Numbers of children home educated in Norfolk has doubled over past five years 
  • Some trees in woodland south west of Norwich may be resistant to fatal ash dieback disease 

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday'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. 

If there's anything you wish to share with us you can contact us on email, Facebook or Twitter.