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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 3 May 2016
  2. An investigation is continuing into the death of a seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool in south Norfolk
  3. The death of an 18-year-old pupil whose body was found in a dormitory at Gresham's School in Holt is not being treated as suspicious
  4. Hops grown at a micro-brewery in Reepham could be a money-spinner for the company
  5. Norfolk boxing twins 'on the verge of the big-time'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Watch: Green shoots bring rich reward

Hops are traditionally grown in Kent and the Midlands, but last year a micro-brewery planted a hop garden near Reepham to provide ingredients for its beer. 

It has now found the crop has provided an unexpected second secret harvest. Green shoots sprouting from the base of the hops are a delicacy on the Continent, selling for hundreds of pounds a kilo.

The All Day Brewing Company has no plans this year to sell the valuable shoots but who knows... maybe next year they will be popping up at restaurants in Norfolk!  

Weather: A clear night

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A dry and clear night, with a touch of frost in places.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather chart for Tuesday night through to Friday
BBC Weather

After a chilly start, Wednesday will be a fine day with plenty of sunshine. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

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Watch: A celebration of steam

It's 50 years since Alan Bloom, the founder of Bressingham Steam Museum, reintroduced narrow gauge steam to East Anglia.

To mark the occasion, the museum held a Bank Holiday steam gala, with locomotives coming from far and wide to join the home fleet of trains.

As well as the engines, visitors could also enjoy the Victorian gallopers and traction engines.

Bowie exhibition to premiere in Norfolk

A UK exhibition tour of many "never-before-seen" photographs of David Bowie is to premiere in Norfolk this summer.

Three photographs from the exhibition
Denis O'Regan

Denis O'Regan was official photographer to the musician during the 1983 Serious Moonlight and 1987 Glass Spider tours, and the 1990 Sound and Vision tour. 

Working in collaboration with the Off Beat Lounge gallery in Carleton Forehoe, near Wymondham, he will display 40 of his photographs of the rock icon for one night only at the Cooper Mini Showroom, Forest Way, Norwich on 28 July. 

The headlines: Children removed from school in anti-Sats protests... Delays to rail services after vehicle hits bridge

The news headlines this afternoon:

  • Some parents in Norfolk have taken their children out of school today in protest at Sats testing
  • A vehicle has hit a railway bridge in North Walsham, causing disruption to rail services
  • Exhibition of unseen Bowie photographs to premiere in Norfolk

And the sports headlines today: 

  • Rebeccas Choice wins the Norfolk National at Fakenham Racecourse
  • The man who trains Norfolk's boxing twins Liam and Ryan Walsh believes they are on the verge of the big time

'Day of learning' for Sats protest pupils

A group of parents in Norwich have taken their children out of school to protest about Sats testing.

Children at Eaton Park, with a banner against Sats testing

They have taken their children for a "day of learning" at Eaton Park. One of the parents, John Hare, says he wants a high standard of education, but that Sats "over-emphasise focus on testing on a narrow range of subjects, taking up too much time".

Protest organiser Ruth Emms says the group opposes the exams as they represent "excessive testing on young children" and are not an accurate assessment of how schools are performing. 

Rail services delayed as vehicle hits railway bridge

A vehicle has hit a railway bridge in North Walsham, leading to delays to rail services between Sheringham and Norwich.

The railway bridge, and the lorry, with a police sign
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Compulsory purchase order for conservation land turned down

A parish council's bid to get a compulsory purchase order to buy land on the village green has been turned down.

Gissing Parish Council wanted South Norfolk District Council to issue the order to buy the land, which has planning permission for a six-bedroom home. But South Norfolk cabinet members voted that as the land was on the open market, it would be more sensible to allow the council to make its own bid to buy it.

The land, owned by Stan Rainbird from Essex, is on the market for £160,000.

Norfolk National run at Fakenham

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

There's been a big race at Fakenham Racecourse this afternoon: the first running of the Norfolk National.

The winner was 16/1-shot Rebeccas Choice with Robert Dunne on board.

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Watch: Peregrine falcons' clutch hatches

Martin Barber

BBC News

The full clutch of four peregrine falcon chicks has successfully hatched on the Norwich Cathedral spire nesting platform.

The last chick emerged from its shell some time on Saturday morning to join its three siblings that hatched on Friday. Experts say the family are "doing well" with the experienced parents bringing in regular feeds.

The peregrine falcons, nesting on a special platform on the cathedral spire 246ft (75m) above the ground, have been breeding in Norwich since 2011 as part of an urban peregrine breeding programme managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust. 

If the vulnerable chicks avoid predation, they should fledge from the nesting platform in about five weeks' time.

Boxing: Walsh twins 'on the verge of the big time'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The man who trains Norfolk's Walsh brothers thinks they're on the verge of competing with the sport's biggest names.

Twins Ryan and Liam Walsh (pictured middle) both retained their British titles in impressive fashion at London's Copper Box on Saturday night.

Trainer Graham Everett (pictured right) says their next move is down to promoter Frank Warren.

Liam Walsh
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Engineers replace track on mainline

Engineers from Network Rail replaced more than 1,000m (3,280ft) of track on the line between Norwich and London over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Engineers working on the rail line
Network rail

Network Rail says the track replacement and new overhead wires will make journeys safer and more reliable for passengers on the line into London.  

Further work will take place over the Bank Holiday in late May, and passengers are advised to check before they travel.  

Sewer upgrade to reduce flooding

A £2m upgrade of sewers near Great Yarmouth is being drawn up by engineers to help reduce flooding.

Blurred image showing two people with umbrellas, and rain sports on camera lens
Getty Images

Anglian Water has been blamed for repeated flooding of streets and homes in Bradwell by water and sewage. The company says it has been happening for a number of reasons, including wet weather and avoidable blockages.

Spokeswoman Emma Staples said the work was much-needed, and should help to fix the problems.  

Watch: Parents demonstrate against Sats tests

Some parents in Norfolk have kept their children off school today as part of a nationwide protest against Sats testing.

They say the exams put too much pressure on pupils and teachers.

The government says the tests are important for improving standards.

Delicacy shooting up in hop garden

A micro-brewery in Norfolk has discovered a culinary delicacy growing in its hop garden.

Young shoots on the hop plants

The All Day Brewing Company, based near Reepham, had planted what is believed to be the only hop garden in the county a year ago, to provide the ingredients needed for its own beer. Now it has found the unwanted shoots at the base of the plant are classed as a valuable vegetable in France.

Simon Barker, from the brewery, says he's seen prices quoted as up to 1,000 euros (£789) per kilo but adds that it has no plans to harvest and sell the shoots this year.

Sats tests 'inappropriate', says strike organiser

Some parents in Norwich are among thousands around the country keeping their children off school today in a protest at Sats tests.

Close up of child's hand, pencil and test paper

They say the tests put too much pressure on children and teachers. Ruth Emms who started  "Kids' Strike Norwich", says she's not against testing but that the level of the Sats given to children aged six and seven, and 10 and 11, is "simply inappropriate."   

[Education Secretary] Nicky Morgan can say they're not inappropriate until she's blue in the face but if you ask the education experts in this country they're saying they are inappropriate."

The government says the exams are important for improving standards.

Councillors asked to prevent development on 'conservation site'

South Norfolk councillors are being asked to do all they can to prevent a home being developed on a 'conservation site'.

The undeveloped piece of land in Gissing

The site, at Gissing near Diss, has been owned for 40 years by Stan Rainbird, from Essex, who was given permission to build a six-bedroom property on it but has not developed it. Now parish councillors want South Norfolk District Council to issue a compulsory purchase order to keep it as a village green. 

Parish council chairman Jim Philip says a development on the land would destroy the "unique and historic character of the setting, which is one of the most important conservation sites in south Norfolk".

Champions: Leicester's dream becomes reality as Tottenham blow two-goal lead

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Properties left without water after main bursts

A number of properties in the Dereham area were without water from 05:00 today after a water main burst.

Map showing affected area
Anglian Water/Google

An Anglian Water spokeswoman say most are now reconnected, but 13 properties on the Fakenham Road are still without supplies. Residents who were affected are advised to run the water through their taps until it appears clear.

St Mary's Primary School has closed today because of the burst water main. 

Headteacher sympathises with Sats tests parents

A head teacher in Norwich says she sympathises with parents who are taking their children out of primary school today as part of a national protest about Sats.

Close-up of a child's hands, pencil and paper

Clare Jones, head of Bignold Primary School, says that she wouldn't support any child missing a day's worth of school but "if parents wish to show their displeasure at the government's meddling in their children's education it's hard not to have a personal appreciation of what they're doing".

The government tests are for year two children, aged six to seven. Those opposed to them say they are putting unnecessary pressure on children and teachers. 

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says taking pupils out of school "even for a day is harmful to their education".  

Fakenham hosts Norfolk National

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The most valuable race meeting in the country today is at Fakenham.

The six-race card starts at 14:00 with the feature race being The Norfolk National, which carries a £20,000 prize pot, at 15:30.

Fakenham Racecourse
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It's the penultimate meeting of the season at Fakenham. 

Travel: A1075 closed in Thetford

BBC Travel

An accident involving a car and a cyclist has caused the A1075 Norwich Road in Thetford to close at the Mallow Road junction.

Norfolk police says the cyclist has serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Flooding leads to closure of coroner's court

Due to flooding, inquests that were due to be held at Norwich Coroner's Court today and tomorrow will now be heard at the Coroner's Office.

Exterior of the Coroner's Office in Norwich

The Coroner's Office is located at 69-75 Thorpe Road, Norwich (above).

A spokeswoman said she was unable to give any further details of the flooding.

Norwich United miss out on double

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich United were beaten in the final of the Thurlow Nunn League Cup yesterday by Mildenhall Town. 

The league winners took a first-half lead at Diss Town's Brewers Green Lane but Mildenhall scored two late goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to take the game 2-1.

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The Planters were aiming to win a Thurlow Nunn League and cup double for the second season running. 

School dormitory death 'not suspicious'

Pupils and staff at Gresham's School in Holt are said to be devastated following the death of a student at the school at the weekend.

Exterior of Gresham's School, showing building and sign

The 18-year-old pupil was found in a dormitory on Saturday morning. In a statement, the school said the young woman was unconscious when she was found. When paramedics arrived, she was declared dead at the scene.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Investigations continue into swimming pool death

An investigation is continuing into what caused the death of a seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool in south Norfolk.

A police officer, seen through a window, at the leisure centre

Paramedics were called to the Waveney River Centre, Burgh St Peter, near Beccles, at midday on Sunday, following reports a girl had been found unconscious in a pool. The girl was taken to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston where she died later.

The centre opened for business on Monday, but the pool was closed. The management said the closure was out of respect for the girl's family.

Weather: Becoming cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

After a bright start, the day will becoming cloudy with patchy light rain. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

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Weather chart for 16:00 with patchy rain over Norfolk
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The headlines: Investigations continue into death of girl at swimming pool... Death of pupil 'not suspicious'

The stories making the news this morning:

  • An investigation is continuing into what caused the death of a seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool in south Norfolk
  • The death of an 18-year-old pupil whose body was found in a dormitory at Gresham's School in Holt is not being treated as suspicious
  • Hops grown at a micro-brewery in Reepham could be a money-spinner for the company

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