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  1. Updates on Friday, 13 May 2016
  2. Former teacher jailed from Norfolk jailed for 14 years for sexually abusing boys at three different schools
  3. Norfolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner has announced he will have no deputy - and is handing the money saved to the force to fund two new officers
  4. Norwich City manager Alex Neil "confident I'll be here next season"
  5. Police catch more than 800 motorists using mobile phones
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another week on Norfolk Live. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning to take a look at what's happening around the county.

We hope you'll join us then.

Have a good weekend

Overnight weather: Mainly dry, becoming chilly

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy at first tonight with perhaps an odd spot of light rain, but most places dry with clear spells during the early hours. 

Becoming chilly in the moderate northerly breeze, with temperatures dipping to lows of 4C (39F).

Overnight weather map

Quite a few places will be dry on Saturday with sunny spells and variable cloud, but a few scattered showers may develop, especially during the afternoon. 

Feeling fresher than of late in a noticeable northerly wind, with temperatures reaching highs of just 13C (55F).  

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival begins tonight

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival starts tonight.

Among the highlights is a production of The Tempest, which is being staged on water at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth, to mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.

Tempest on water

'Horrendous, traumatic, distressing': Police officer describes abuse victims' stories

One of the police officers involved in Operation Garford, which has today seen former teacher John McKno jailed for 14 years for abusing boys at three boarding schools, says she "wouldn't be human" if she hadn't been affected by the victims' stories.

Det Con Wendy Leah

Det Con Wendy Leah said: "Sometimes they [the victims] will confide in me horrendous, traumatic and distressing circumstances and incidents that have happened to them.

"I wouldn't be human if I said it didn't have an effect on my emotions but if anything it inspires me really to achieve justice for the victims."

'Operation Garford': The investigation that brought John McKno to justice

Operation Garford was launched in December 2012 as a joint project between Suffolk Police and Suffolk County Council, to investigate allegations of sexual and physical abuse at Kesgrave Hall between 1975 and 1992.

Police HQ

More than 100 former pupils were contacted, with over 50 engaging with police. A similar number of former members of staff were also contacted with a similar response rate.

Det Con Wendy Leah said: "Today’s sentence is a reflection of the serious nature of these offences in which five children were subjected to sustained sexual abuse."

In 1999, another former Kesgrave teacher, Alan Stancliffe, was convicted of child sex offences and jailed for two years.

Boarding school sex abuse victim 'slept with one eye open'

A pupil who helped police with their investigation into sexual abuse at Kesgrave Hall School, near Ipswich, says he slept in fear "with one eye open".

Lee Woolcott-Ellis
Lee Woolcott-Ellis/BBC

Lee Woolcott-Ellis, 51, was a pupil at the school from 1975 to 1980. The investigation eventually traced two Kesgrave victims of John McKno, of Alby, near Cromer, Norfolk, who has today been jailed for 14 years for abusing five pupils at three schools.

Ex-teacher's victims all under 16

John McKno was jailed today for abusing boys in the 1970s and 80s at three schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire, which have all since closed.

Ipswich Crown Court heard four of McKno's victims were under 16, and one was under 14.

The 70-year-old admitted a series of serious sexual assaults, gross indecency and indecent assault.

John McKno
Suffolk Police

Travel: Broken-down tour bus causes delays on Riverside Road, Norwich

BBC Travel

The A147 Riverside Road in Norwich is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions at Thorpe Road, because of a broken-down tour bus.

BreakingFormer teacher jailed for sexually abusing pupils at three different boarding schools

Richard Daniel

BBC Look East

A former teacher has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing five pupils at three different schools, including the former Kesgrave Hall School, near Ipswich.

John McKno
Suffolk Police

John McKno, 70, from Alby, near Cromer, Norfolk, abused boys during the 1970s and 1980s.

Suffolk Police reopened investigations into allegations of abuse at the Suffolk school in December 2012.  The school closed in 1993.

Detectives interviewed more than 100 former pupils. Four other men arrested died during the abuse investigation. Two of them took their own lives.

Sentencing of paedophile former teacher under way

Sentencing is under way of former teacher John McKno, from Alby, near Cromer, who committed sex offences against pupils in the 1970s and 80s.

Kesgrave Hall
Nicholas Mutton/Geograph

McKno, 70, abused boys at the former Kesgrave Hall School, near Ipswich (pictured) and at schools in Devon and Worcestershire.

He's been told to expect a "significant jail sentence" to be passed at Ipswich Crown Court.

East Anglian devolution: Cambridgeshire has 'superiority complex'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

A leading supporter of East Anglian devolution says Cambridgeshire has a "superiority complex", after councillors in the county proposed their own alternative deal.   

East Anglian Flag
Norfolk CC

Leaders in Cambridgeshire are proposing having two authorities - one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and another for Norfolk and Suffolk - rather than a single authority.

They say this would be more manageable and address "concerns" over establishing an elected mayor for East Anglia.

But one councillor in favour of the existing deal told me they are just "cherry-picking".

Frenze Hall Lane in Diss set to be closed for five weeks

Diss Express

Frenze Hall Lane in Diss is set to be closed for five weeks as Norfolk County Council carries out footway construction works.

Road closed sign
Diss Express

Police appeal for help to trace vulnerable missing man from King's Lynn

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police are growing concerned for the safety of a vulnerable man from King's Lynn, and are appealing for help to trace him. 

Raymond James
Norfolk Police

Raymond James, 56, from Seven Sisters Close, was last seen at his home address just before midnight yesterday.

Taking Pride in Diss ahead of carnival

Diss Express

Diss residents are being asked to help tidy up the town ahead of the annual carnival.

Diss town centre
Diss Express

Smith planning promotion charge after Coombs leaves

Diss Express

A look at the back page of the Diss Express:

Back page of Diss Express
Diss Express

We're honoured!

Diss Express

Here's the front page of today's Diss Express:

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

FSA inquiry into abattoir inspection

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to investigate why its audit of an abattoir gave it a clean bill of health the same month footage of animal mistreatment was filmed there.  

Simply Halal

Work was suspended at Simply Halal in Banham, Norfolk, after an animal charity filmed footage in February of breaches in animal regulations.  

The FSA conducted inspections in October 2014, January 2015 and February 2016 and gave the plant a clean bill of health. 

But in February and March secret footage filmed by Hillside Animal Sanctuary showed animals crammed on a conveyor belt, being roughly manhandled and dying animals being hoisted up struggling and falling to the floor.

Funding boost for Norwich church prisons work

Network Norfolk

Norwich church Proclaimers has received a welcome injection of funding from The Jerusalem Trust to expand its work in Norfolk prisons.

Alternative to East Anglian devolution deal proposed

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The battle for devolution in East Anglia has taken another turn, with council leaders in Cambridgeshire writing to the government to propose an alternative deal.

East Anglian flag

In the so-called "brother and sister" deal, instead of a single combined authority and a mayor, there would be two - one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and one for Norfolk and Suffolk. 

But the suggestion has not been well received by supporters of full East Anglian devolution.

Local government minister James Wharton recently told MPs the government had no plans to consider any other deals.

Afternoon weather: Turning cooler

BBC Weather

It'll be generally dry with some sunny spells this afternoon, but feeling a little cooler than previously in the brisk northerly breeze. Top temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather Watcher 'Mike from Bacton'

This stormy photograph of Bacton has been taken by Weather Watcher "Mike from Bacton".

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a Weather Watcher, take a look at the website.

Entrepreneurs urged to tap into 'silver pound' market

A conference is being held in Norwich today to show entrepreneurs how to tap into the so-called "silver pound" market.

Elderly couple

It's estimated that the over-50s spend billions of pounds each year in the UK, and Norfolk County Council wants the county to become a place of excellence for products designed for older people.

Manufacturer William Dolman, from the Downham Market area, said: "There's lots of people with good ideas but to actually get them to market is so difficult without the help of these people."

Offence of using mobile phone while driving 'taken very seriously'

Norfolk County Council says the offence of using a mobile phone while driving is taken very seriously. 

Its comments came after police revealed more than 800 people were caught using a mobile phone while driving in Norfolk between 2014 and 2015.

Driver using mobile phone

A training exercise for emergency services has highlighted the consequences of driving and using a phone to students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston.

Ian Temperton, from the council's casualty reduction team, said enforcement was strong: "Last night roads policing came on shift; within their first 10 minutes on the road, four mobile phone offences in Thorpe."

Neil is up for the challenge

Norwich Evening News

This is the back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back page of the Evening Newsd
Norwich Evening News

Vultures urged to think again

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press looks like this:

EDP back page

Mundford complete treble at Carrow Road

Nick Bowler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Mundford are celebrating their third trophy of the season after beating East Harling in the final of the Norfolk Junior Cup at Carrow Road. 

A header from left-back Richard Williams clinched the final 1-0 for the Anglian Combination Division Two winners. 

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Mundford manager Stephen Gathercole told me: "I'm so proud of the lads and they thoroughly deserve this treble." 

Wroxham get relegation reprieve

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Wroxham will stay in the Ryman League, despite finishing in the relegation places last season. 

The annual shake-up of the Non-League pyramid also confirms that Norwich United have been promoted to the Ryman League for the first time. 

Wroxham dugout

Meanwhile, King's Lynn Town will stay in the Southern Premier for the second season running after being moved from the Northern Premier last summer.

Police and crime commissioner 'won't have a deputy'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Lorne Green, elected as Norfolk's police and crime commissioner last week, has told BBC Radio Norfolk he won't have a deputy, and will instead put the money towards frontline policing.

Lorne Green
Lorne Green

Conservative Mr Green said: "I'll be meeting with the chief constable and I'll be passing to him a cheque for £75,000.

"That's the money we've spent on a deputy year-on-year, and I'll ask the chief constable to spend that money on two new additional police on the beat."

Norwich's Conroy gets Paralympic call-up

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich's Amy Conroy has been named in the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball squad for the Paralympics. 

Rio will be the 23-year old's second Paralympic games, after she was among the team's top scorers at London 2012.

Amy Conroy
Getty Images

The Paralympics will take place in Brazil from from 7 to 18 September.

Will city's new post office cope?

Norwich Evening News

Here's the front page of today's Norwich Evening News

Front page of Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Councillors to consider major investment in third river crossing in Great Yarmouth

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Almost £1m could be spent trying to convince the government to fund a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth. 

The town's enterprise zone straddles the River Yare, and any business travelling between the two sites currently has to battle with congestion on either the Breydon (pictured) or Haven bridges.

Supporters of the scheme hope that members of the county council's environment, development and transport committee will commit to investing £956,000 on a business plan to present to the government.

Breydon Bridge
Geograph / Glen Denny

Alex Neil 'confident' he will stay as Norwich City manager

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Alex Neil has reassured Norwich City fans about his future at the club. 

The City boss had suggested he would consider his position in the wake of The Canaries' relegation from the Premier League. That prompted a huge outpouring of support from the Carrow Road fans. 

Alex Neil

Neil told me: "I'm confident I'll be here next season. We need to look at everything and then it's a case of 'put it to bed and let's crack on'."

Friday's weather: Generally dry but becoming cooler

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a grey start, cloud will lift and break to give some bright spells during the day. It will be a little cooler, with a top temperature of 18C (64F).

Mostly dry, although turning cloudier through the evening, with the odd spot of rain possible. Some clearer spells developing later in the night, allowing it turn much colder than recent nights, especially in rural spots. Lows of 6C (43F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

In the news: More than 800 drivers caught using mobile phones... Conference encourages entrepreneurs to tap into 'silver pound' market

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Your headlines this morning:

  • Police say more than 800 drivers were caught using a mobile phone in Norfolk between 2014 and 2015
  • A conference is being held in Norwich today to show entrepreneurs how to tap into the "silver pound" market
  • Almost £1m could be spent trying to convince the government to fund a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth

Good morning from Norfolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

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