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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 10 May 2016
  2. Manager Alex Neil says he will consider his future with relegation-threatened Norwich
  3. Norfolk County Council has a Conservative leader, following a vote of members
  4. Great Yarmouth High School is placed in special measures
  5. Learner drivers in the county are waiting up to four months for a driving test
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Norfolk Live team today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00. We love to hear stories from where you live, so do get in touch via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Have a great evening. 

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Tonight will be staying cloudy with further outbreaks of rain. Gradually becoming drier with the chance of thundery showers later. Feeling muggy overnight, with temperatures of 12C (54F). 

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain at first. Becoming drier and brighter later. 

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Man accused of historical child abuse appears in court

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man from Great Yarmouth has appeared in court, charged with two counts of sexually abusing a boy in the 1990s.

Michael Ryles, 69, of Sidney Close, denies gross indecency and serious sexual assault towards the victim, who is now an adult.

The jury at Norwich Crown Court was told the boy was between 7 and 11 when the alleged offences took place and had self-harmed to block the incidents from his memory.

The trial continues.

Headlines: Watton man's gold nugget find revealed...Ed Balls admits David McNally's resignation was 'messy'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main stories this evening: 

  • A man from Watton has revealed he found the UK's largest gold nugget
  • The head of an academies chain in Thetford says work is under way to improve under-performing schools
  • Norwich City chairman Ed Balls says David McNally's resignation was "messy"

Travel: Severe delays on the A10 Tottenhill

BBC Travel

The A10 Lynn Road is closed and there are severe delays in both directions between the A134 junction and Whin Common Road junction. 

BBC Travel has more details.  

Academy trust 'not contacted by MP over concerns about performance'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

An academy trust responsible for two under-performing primary schools in Thetford says it has not been contacted by West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, or seen a letter from her, to discuss her concerns about performance at the schools.

School children
BBC

Ms Truss says she has written to the regional schools commissioner to find out why Diamond and Admirals academies, run by the Academy Transformation Trust, are "treading water", and what measures have been put in place to ensure improvement.

Joyce Hodgetts from the trust said: "Following last summer's results at Admirals and Diamond academies we immediately took action, even prior to the warning notices being issued by the regional commissioner."

The Academy Transformation Trust says it has also offered to meet with Ms Truss or the Department For Education to discuss the concerns.

'It broke my heart to part with gold nugget'

Vincent Thirkettle, from Watton, says it broke his heart to part with the UK's largest gold nugget, which he found off Anglesey.

Mr Thirkettle expects to receive a finder's fee for the nugget, which is being kept under lock and key until it will eventually go on display in a museum.  

"My first thought was that I had only ever seen nuggets like it in a museum," Mr Thirkettle said. "I didn't want to touch it at first, just to savour the extraordinary moment and burn into my memory how beautiful it looked.

"It has broken my heart to part with the nugget, but I think it's important that it ends up in a museum for everyone to see."  

Man reveals largest gold nugget find

BBC News UK

A prospector from Norfolk has revealed he found Britain's largest gold nugget - worth an estimated £50,000 - off the coast of Anglesey.

Vincent Thurkettle has been prospecting for 39 years
Geoff Robinson Photography

Vincent Thurkettle, 60, found the 97g (3.4oz) hunk, about the size of a small chicken egg, on the seabed near Moelfre. It is believed to be part of a £120m haul which sank with the Royal Charter ship during a hurricane in 1859.

"I was absolutely stunned when I first saw the nugget," said Mr Thurkettle.

He found the nugget in 2012 but only revealed details of the discovery after the area had been extensively searched for more gold.

Alex Neil admits he may consider his future with Norwich

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City manager Alex Neil spoke about his future with the club during today's press conference.

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100% rating for North Walsham chippie for second year running

A chip shop in Norfolk has got top marks again in a competition to find the best in Britain. 

Fish and Chips
BBC

The Three Cottages in North Walsham was one of four chippies to get a 100% rating in the annual competition run by the Fry Magazine. It also won the same award last year. 

The annual competition includes an unannounced visit by an independent judge, who marks each shop on the quality of their food and the service received. 

Problems on Greater Anglia trains

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

There are delays of up to half an hour on trains between Ely and Norwich this afternoon.

It's because of an earlier fault with signals between Attleborough and Wymondham. Abellio Greater Anglia says it's organising replacement buses for passengers.

Meanwhile, East Midlands Trains services are running normally again following earlier disruption.

Weather: More rain to come

BBC Weather

It will continue to be wet this afternoon, although temperatures will be on the warm side at 14C (57F).

Map
BBC weather

BBC Weather has more details.

Sexism claim as women ordered to ask before removing hats

A town council in Norfolk is to review its dress code after it was labelled sexist by a new councillor.

King's house, Thetford Town council
Geograph/Stephen McKay

Thetford Town Council's policy says men can take their hats off at ceremonial occasions, held five times a year, but women must ask the mayor for permission. 

Francesca Robinson says asking for permission is outdated, especially as the policy was only introduced this year.

In the 1600s councillors were fined for not wearing a hat or robe but none of those would have been women. I'd like to think that we've moved on a little bit, we're now in the 21st Century rather than the 17th."

Francesca RobinsonThetford Town councillor

Can science judge how we will vote on the EU?

Academics reckon they may be able to judge how people will vote, based on where they live, what they earn and when they finished their education.

Daily Politics reporter Giles Dilnot had one foot in both the Norwich North and Norwich South constituencies to look at the demographics of the city's divide, and whether it could help predict whether people will be voting in or out.

Academics reckon salary, location and education can help predict voting patterns.

Ed Balls admits resignation of chief exec 'de-stabilising' for club

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has heaped praise on former chief executive David McNally, while admitting his departure has "destabilised" the club. 

Ed Balls
Chairman, Norwich City FC

The Canaries are on the search for a new CEO following McNally's resignation after the defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. 

Norwich must win both remaining games of the season to stand a chance of remaining in the Premier League. 

It's very destabilising to the club and clearly not what we expected. Fans were surprised by this, but this is where we're at and we've got to make sure in the coming months the club goes from strength to strength."

Ed BallsChairman, Norwich City FC

Neil 'disappointed' by McNally's resignation

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

I'm at the Norwich City press conference, where of course all the talk is about that resignation.

Alex Neil is clearly not delighted with recent events on and off pitch. I've seen him in more jovial moods. Not really surprising.

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Norwich peregrine falcon chicks doing well

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich's peregrine falcon chicks are keeping their parents busy as they continue to develop.

The last of four eggs hatched on 30 April and a webcam installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust has been monitoring their progress.

It's the fifth successful clutch to hatch on the Norwich Cathedral site since 2012.

Ed Balls: David McNally resignation was 'messy'

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has just spoken to BBC Sports reporter Phil Daley about the resignation of chief executive David McNally yesterday:

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More to follow. 

Signalling issues affecting trains from Norwich

There's travel disruption on East Midland Trains between Norwich and Thetford: 

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MP demands 'rapid improvement' for under-performing primaries

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The MP for South West Norfolk says she's "extremely concerned" about two under-performing primary schools in Thetford, run by the Academy Transformation Trust, and has written to the school's commissioner calling for measures to ensure standards improve. 

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss
Getty Images

In November the Diamond and Admirals academies were issued government warning notices and told they must address low standards or face further action, including new governors appointed if performance didn't improve.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said: "It is not right that pupils leave primary without a proper education to cope with secondary school.

"Since warning notices were issued in November 2015, I want to know what action has been taken to improve the situation."

'Arnie' recruited for police advice

Great Yarmouth High School rated inadequate by Ofsted

Jo Thewlis

BBC Look East

Great Yarmouth High School has been placed in special measures following an unannounced inspection by Ofsted last month.

Teacher with pen
PA

The report, published on the school's website, rates the school as inadequate in every area - its leadership, quality of teaching, behaviour and outcomes for pupils.

This is worse than the last inspection back in June 2014, in which the school was found to require improvement. The report said the new head teacher had, however, "quickly identified the challenges facing the school and has acted decisively to start to tackle them".

The Inspiration Trust is due to take over the school in September.

Norwich City players 'won't care a jot' about resignation

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Former Norwich City winger Darren Eadie says the players will not be affected by David McNally's resignation.

Darren Eadie
BBC

The Canaries' chief executive resigned following the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on Saturday. The club's head of finance, Steve Stone, is filling the role on a temporary basis.  

The Canaries need to win their final two games of the season to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, and Eadie says this will be what the players are concentrating on.

This makes not a jot of difference to the players. It won't affect the result or the performance on Wednesday night. You go out there as a professional, it makes no odds. They don't care about the chief exec, with all due respect, they don't."

Darren Eadie

Travel: Problems on the A11

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A11 northbound in Norwich, just before the A47 at the Thickthorn roundabout, following a crash involving two vehicles.

BBC Travel has more details. 

New Conservative administration at County Hall

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The new Conservative leader of Norfolk County Council begins his first day in office today.

Cliff Jordan
Leader, Norfolk County Council

Cliff Jordan was elected with a margin of four votes yesterday to replace the former leader, Labour's George Nobbs. 

The Labour administration had previously led the council with the help of four Green councillors, who abstained from yesterday's vote over policy concerns about devolution and the Northern Distributor Road (NDR).

Learner drivers continue to wait four months for test

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Some learner drivers in Norfolk are having to wait four months for a driving test.

L plate
PA

Last August, BBC Radio Norfolk found the county had a 16-week wait at its test centres, and that continues to be the case. The national average is two months.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency says it's taken on four extra examiners at its Norwich and King's Lynn test centres, but that demand continues to increase.

Weather: Cloudy and wet with the risk of thunder

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be mostly cloudy, with outbreaks of showery rain throughout. There will be heavy downpours at times, with the risk of thunder too. Top temperature: 16C (61F).

Tuesday's weather map
BBC

Tonight will be mild and damp with further outbreaks of rain, which will again be heavy at times. Lows of 12C (54F).

You can get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

News headlines: New drivers facing four-month driving test waits... Great Yarmouth school put in special measures

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The headlines for Norfolk:

  • Learner drivers in the county are facing waits of up to four months to take their tests - twice as long as the national average
  • Great Yarmouth High School is placed in special measures by Ofsted school inspectors
  • Norfolk County Council, which has no single party in overall control, now has a Conservative leader instead of a Labour one after a vote of members

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BBC News

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