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Summary

  1. Two people arrested over the death of a girl who was swept away on a bouncy castle have their bail extended
  2. A woman from King's Lynn is jailed for six months for falsely claiming she'd been raped
  3. Research centre targets growing slug population
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

We're off for the day, but you can join our colleagues later for a live page covering the elections across the East of England.

Otherwise, we'll hopefully see you again at 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Clear spells overnight and warmer still tomorrow

BBC Weather

A fine and dry evening leading to clear spells overnight and lows of 6C (43F).

Weather map
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be another warm and sunny day. 

BBC Weather has more details.  

Witnesses sought after motorcycle crash in Acle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash on the A47 last night:

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Delays to train services between Norwich and Sheringham

Disruption on train services between Norwich and Sheringham is now expected to last until 18:00, according to Abellio Greater Anglia.

A signalling problem at Cromer means services may be delayed by up to 40 minutes.

The line is completely blocked between Cromer and Sheringham.

Headlines: Woman is jailed for falsely claiming she was raped... Woman in her 90s injured in unprovoked attack

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this evening: 

  • A woman has been jailed for falsely claiming she was raped by two men in her home
  • Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 90s was pushed over in an unprovoked attack in Norwich
  • Disruption on train services between Norwich and Sheringham is now expected to last until 18:00

Man jailed after injuring elderly woman during shoplifting attempt

A man has been jailed for 30 months after he injured an "elderly woman" while trying to steal a bottle of alcohol from a supermarket in King's Lynn.

Alexsandrs Kukuskins
Norfolk Police

Alexsandrs Kukuskins, 28, of no fixed abode, knocked the woman to the floor while trying to leave the shop last April. She suffered a broken arm and leg injuries.

Kukuskins was later arrested and released on bail but fled to Germany, where police found him in March.

Disruption to train services

Engineering problems are affecting Greater Anglia trains.

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Kids angle their way to new skills

A project mixing education and fishing to help young people engage with learning has been launched in  Norfolk today.

Fish
PA

Fishing for Schools is aimed at youngsters who have special educational needs or find school difficult.

The Countryside Alliance scheme aims to inspire children to re-engage in the classroom, gain a qualification and develop new skills through angling.

We came up with the idea of giving them angling but also attaching mathematics, geography, literacy, a whole bunch of things to their usual way of operating. We can enthuse, we can make sense of learning."

Charles JarvineFishing for Schools

Police seek witnesses to unprovoked attack on 90 year old

A 90-year-old woman suffered leg injuries in the attack.

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Weather: Staying warm and sunny

It will stay gloriously warm this afternoon, with a top temperature of 16C (60F).

Weather map
BBC

BBC Weather has more details.  

Dying to buy on Norwich Market

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Everyone has a different way of dealing with death. Now one woman has taken the practical step of helping people to prepare, by selling wicker coffins on Norwich Market.

Wicker coffin
BBC

The latest additions to Ruth Phelps's stall have received a lot of attention since they were added a couple of days ago.

She says she's had lots of positive comments about the coffins, which cost £375, with only one person saying they were "morbid".

What do you think? Email us.

Headlines: Voting under way in Norfolk...Research centre seeks slug solution

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this lunchtime: 

  • Local council and police and crime commissioner elections are under way in Norfolk
  • Three GP surgeries in Breckland are sharing staff and resources in the hope of reducing patient waiting times
  • Researchers at John Innes are developing new ways to stop the slug population getting out of control

Police appeal following indecent exposure in park

The man is believed to have had a "grey/white husky-type dog" with him.

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Norwich Market through the ages

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

If you've ever wondered what the centre of Norwich looked like in 1788, then wonder no more.

The Time Travel Artist has created a montage charting the changing face of the market from 1788 to the present day.

It's the perfect way to experience time travel, without the need of a friendly alien doctor with a TARDIS!

Changing face of Norwich Market from 1788 to 2016

Research centre targets slugs

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The John Innes Centre in Norwich is trying to find alternative ways of getting rid of slugs, in particular the Spanish slug which was only found in the UK four years ago and is causing problems for some farmers.

Spanish slug
BBC

The mild winter has meant breeding conditions have been perfect for slugs, and there has been a decline in natural predators like hedgehogs and thrushes.

Farmers use the compound metaldehyde to kill slugs, but it can easily contaminate watercourses. The research centre says it is looking at a range of measures to tackle the problem, but a product is a few years away from being available.

It'll basically mean providing a bait which can affect how the slug develops, whether it affects its ability to feed or to reproduce or even to prevent it from producing the slime which protects it from drying out."

Dr Ian BedfordJohn Innes Centre

Good news from forecaster Dan Holley

Warning to tenants after uniform stolen

not-for-profit charity managing more than 5,000 homes across Norfolk & North Suffolk has asked residents to check the identity of callers claiming to be from the association.

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Guide to the May 2016 elections

People in the East of England are going to the polls today, in the UK's biggest set of elections outside of a general election for some years.

Take a look at this BBC guide to find out what you can vote for and how. 

Polling station
Cambridge City Council

Weather Watcher captures spring in full bloom

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Weather Watcher Flamingo for this glorious picture of cherry blossom in Harleston. The temperature there is a lovely 15C (59F).

Bossom
Weather Watcher / Flamingo

Post mortem set for girl who drowned at swimming pool party

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

The post-mortem examination of a seven-year-old girl who drowned at a swimming pool party at Burgh St Peter, near Beccles, at the weekend is due to be held at Great Ormond Street Hospital next week.

Waveney River Centre
Adrian Cable

The girl, who has yet to be named but is thought to be from the Lowestoft area, was pulled unconscious from the pool at the Waveney River Centre on Sunday.

She later died in hospital.

Surgeries take part in pilot to reduce GP waiting times

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A group of GP surgeries in Norfolk are hoping a new way of working will mean more patients can be treated and waiting times are reduced.

Prescription
Science Photo Library

Three surgeries in Watton and Thetford are forming a 'Breckland Alliance' as part of a national pilot.

They plan to pool resources, equipment and staff to see if they can make a difference.

Time to take our chance

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the EDP's back page for today:

EDP back page
EDP

Woman jailed for falsely claiming rape

A woman from King's Lynn has been jailed for six months for falsely claiming she'd been raped by two men.

Wendy Wilson
Norfolk Police

Wendy Wilson, 62, from Spenser Road, claimed she'd been the victim of a violent sexual attack in her home in December 2013, but her version of events was questioned following a police investigation.

She was due to stand trial, charged with perverting the course of justice and fraud, but later changed her plea and admitted she had lied.

Marsh in a million

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the front page of today's EDP:

EDP front page
EDP

Bail extended over bouncy castle death

Two people arrested over the death of a girl at Harlow Town Park in Essex have had their bail extended.

Summer Grant, 7, from Norwich, died after being swept away on a bouncy castle on 26 March.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Cambridgeshire, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. They have been re-bailed until 13 September. 

Harrold to tee off in Turkey

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

William Harrold is in action at the Challenge Tour event in Turkey this morning.

The Sheringham golfer finished third in the same tournament last year, earning more than €8,000 in prize money.

William Harrold
Getty Images

He begins his first round at 11:40 BST.

Harrold is currently ranked 30th on the Challenge Tour.

Weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

The sunshine is set to continue, with temperatures reaching 17C (66F). It will be cooler on the coasts.

So if you're out and about don't forget the sun cream!

BBC Weather has more local details.

Voting gets under way

Voting has begun in elections being held in Norfolk, with a third of council seats in Norwich and Great Yarmouth being contested.

Polling station
BBC

People in the county are also voting to choose a police and crime commissioner (PCC). 

Polling stations opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00.  

Across England, elections are being held at more than 120 councils. There will also be elections for 36 PCCs.

Headlines: Scheme to reduce surgery waiting times...Woman jailed for falsely claiming rape

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories so far: 

  • A scheme to reduce waiting times at doctors surgeries is being trialled in Norfolk
  • A woman from King's Lynn has been jailed for six months for falsely claiming she'd been raped
  • The John Innes Centre in Norwich is developing new ways of controlling slugs

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning. The team are here to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather until 18:00.

Please do keep us posted with news from your area - via email, Twitter or Facebook.