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Summary

  1. Pensioner says he's been threatened with arson after stopping broadband engineers accessing a junction box on his land in Yelverton
  2. A seven-year-old girl pulled unconscious from a leisure centre swimming pool died from drowning, a post-mortem examination finds
  3. It's "do or die" for Norwich City tonight who must beat Watford to stand any chance of staying in the Premier League
  4. Almost 300 suspected or convicted criminals from Norfolk are on the run having skipped court bail
  5. New lane may be built at A47 Postwick hub to help ease congestion
  6. Updates on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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By Mariam Issimdar

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That's it from the Norfolk team for today.

Don't forget BBC Radio Norfolk's Rob Butler and Chris Goreham will be covering Norwich City's crucial relegation battle with all the usual match build-up and post-match discussions. 

Norfolk Live will be back from 08:00. Don't forget you can send us your views on tonight's game via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Police: It's often difficult to track down fugitives

A senior officer at Norfolk Police says it is often difficult to track down criminals who go on the run. 

Norfolk Police
BBC

His comments follow a BBC East investigation has revealed almost 300 warrants remain outstanding in Norfolk. 

Those missing have been suspected or found guilty of offences including robbery, violence and sex offences.

We do have generally a small pool of warrants that are very difficult to execute because the people are out of the country or evading us."

Superintendent Dave MarshallNorfolk Police

New PCC to outline plans for Norfolk policing

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk is to set out his plans for the next few years at a press conference on Friday.

Lorne Green
Lorne Green

Conservative candidate Lorne Green was elected last week and takes over from independent Stephen Bett.

He told the BBC: "Since Saturday, I have been working hard to put my strategies in place to carry forward my programme and have been in close communication with the office and the Chief Constable."

Headlines: Girl pulled from swimming pool died from drowning... Additional lane possible for A47 Postwick junction

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this evening: 

  • Police says it's difficult to track down criminals who go on-the-run after a BBC investigation revealed almost 300 warrants remain outstanding in Norfolk
  • A post-mortem examination says a seven-year-old girl pulled unconscious from a swimming pool in south Norfolk died from drowning
  • An additional lane could be built at the controversial A47 Postwick junction into Thorpe St Andrew to help ease congestion
  • All eyes are on Norwich City tonight as they play Watford at home in their fight to avoid relegation

Weather: A mostly dry night, warm and sunny tomorrow

Any showers will ease to bring a mainly dry night with lows of 10C (50F). 

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be a mainly dry day with sunny spells. Feeling warm with temepratures reaching 19C (66F). 

For more on the forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.

And here's another one....

The jokes keep coming in:

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A view on why Norwich are in the long grass

Tom Williams

BBC Look East sport

Is it a surprise to see Norwich struggling at the wrong end of the table? Probably not, but optimism was high back in August, especially with a bright, young manager. 

Alex Neil
Reuters

What's disappointing is that Norwich's fight for survival has rather petered out. The main problem - they can't score.

The manager's desperate to take it to the last game, but given Norwich's recent form and Sunderland's recent revival, it's hard to see the relegation scrap going beyond tonight.

Two jailed for supermarket burglary

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Two men have been jailed for burglary at a Norfolk supermarket where they stole cigarettes, DVDs and packets of Monster Munch crisps.  

Scales of justice
BBC

Joe Walpole, 23  and Joseph Giddins, 25, both from Arbor View Court, Northampton, pleaded guilty to breaking into the Harleston Co-op in February.

Norwich Crown Court heard Giddins drove dangerously, the wrong way round roundabouts while Walpole threw debris out of the window, causing a danger and damage to a police car following them. 

Giddins, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and banned from driving for 28 months, while Walpole was jailed for two years. 

Norfolk's new PCC to miss first day at work

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Norfolk, Conservative Lorne Green, is to miss his first day on the job to allow the previous incumbent to settle his affairs.

Lorne Green
BBC

Mr Green beat Labour's Dr Chris Jones by almost 10,000 votes in the election last week.

Mr Green, a Canadian-born former diplomat who has lived in Snettisham for three decades, said: "I decided to allow the incumbent an extra day, Thursday, to settle his affairs with the office and I will be in on Friday."

Grant Holt to make special appearance before City match tonight

Three-time player of the season Grant Holt will be at the crucial Norwich City match tonight: 

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King's Lynn college made football hub by FA

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The College of West Anglia in King's Lynn has been made an official football hub by the Football Association. 

Players on pitch
BBC

The aim is to train more students as referees and activators who can work with schools and amateur clubs to get more people playing the game - not just watching it. 

This afternoon the college elite team are playing Peterborough Utd as part of a day of activities to launch the hub. It's the only one appointed by the FA in the eastern region.

'They must win': The 'big one' at Carrow Road with BBC Radio Norfolk

Chris Goreham and Rob Butler have sent this video message about tonight's coverage of the big City match: 

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Twitter banter ahead of Norwich City match

A couple of wry tweets from City fans about tonight's pivotal match which kicks off in a little over three hours time... we'll be hearing from the ground shortly.

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Sheet music library needs to be 'cost neutral' says council

Music groups across Norfolk say they're worried about the future of a library service that lends sheet music. 

The Forum, Norwich
BBC

The service costs Norfolk county council £10,000 to run and councillors say it needs to be "cost neutral to make it sustainable".

Music groups say the lending service is vital and have committed to raising funds to help cover costs for this year. 

At the moment we're raising relatively small amounts just to show good faith to Norfolk County Council that we are behind this scheme. We are going to have find ways of getting substantial money... by September."

Jill HallidayWymondham Symphony Orchestra

Girl, 7, found to have drowned in Waveney River Centre pool

A seven-year-old girl pulled unconscious from a leisure centre swimming pool died from drowning, a post-mortem examination has found.

Sign
BBC

The girl, who has not been named but is thought to be from Lowestoft, was at a pool party at the Waveney River Centre in Burgh St Peter on 1 May.

She was taken to hospital but later died. Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Norfolk coroner's office said a date for an inquest was yet to be decided.

Sunderland points not a done deal says Neil

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says it's not a foregone conclusion that Sunderland will get three points tonight.

City's hopes of Premier League survival rely on Everton beating the side from the North East, while also making sure the Canaries manage three points against Watford tonight.

Neil says Sunderland have their work cut out against Everton:

They're capable of beating anyone and I think their form has been better on the road than it has at home. They've got players that can change a game in the blink of an eye basically so we hope they can go and put on a good show."

Alex NeilManager, Norwich City

New lane may be built at A47 Postwick hub to help ease congestion

An extra lane may be constructed to ease congestion at the controversial Postwick hub to the east of Norwich.

Postwick hub
Mike Page

Over the next two weeks Norfolk County Council is testing a plan to add a dedicated left lane for traffic.

It would allow people coming from the Great Yarmouth direction to Thorpe St Andrew to avoid navigating the roundabout and queuing over the old bridge. 

There is space within the highway there. I'm not sure exactly what'll be required in terms of hard engineering, but given that we've spent well over £20m at this junction the cost will be relatively modest."

John BirchallNorfolk County Council

Fans reaction to the count-down to Norwich game tonight

Some views on Twitter about the decider tonight:

Stacey Murrell says: Game day! 9 hours until kick off!! I have a good feeling about tonight... #ncfc#canaries

Carrow Road
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Darren Stephenson meanwhile is less enthusiastic. He tweets: "Losing mentality and lack of belief has characterised #ncfc season #squadoverhaul#timeforchange".

CutmanUK says: "Good luck tonight @NorwichCityFC in their last home game of the season. Come on lads!!! #NCFC#OTBC#Norwich#Norfolk

Class A drugs and machete seized in raid

Knives and drugs seized in police dawn raid

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Weather: Heavy showers among the bright spells

BBC Weather

A mixed bag this afternoon with further heavy showers and some bright spells.

Weather map
BBC

Top temperature 18C (64F). 

BBC Weather has more details on the local forecast where you live.

Headlines: Extra lane may be added to Postwick junction with A47... Ambitious plans to expand the University of East Anglia

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories in Norfolk this lunchtime: 

McNally's timing unhelpful- Balls

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of Wedneday's EDP:

Back page of EDP
EDP

Watch: BBC investigation into criminals on-the-run

A BBC investigation has revealed thousands of fugitives who skipped bail while facing or having been convicted of criminal charges are on the run.

Norman Fowler, from Colchester, went missing in 2014 after being sentenced to nine months in jail at Norwich Crown Court. He is one of more than 3,000 fugitives on the run from the East of England.

The BBC found Fowler had been living under an alias on the Costa Blanca where he is being held in custody while on remand for unrelated gun licensing matters.

Essex Police confirmed an arrest warrant for him remains outstanding.  

Bell ringing centre gets heritage funding

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Plans to set up a bell ringing centre at a church in the heart of Norwich have moved forward. 

St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich
BBC

Those behind the St Peter Mancroft development say they've been awarded more than £30,000 of lottery money.

It'll be used to put together the plans to reinstate the church's historic ringing gallery removed in the 1880's and in doing so, create a ringing heritage and teaching centre.

Your pictures: Cromer Pier

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Grinandtonic" for the poster image at the top of our page today - featuring Cromer pier looking moody in the clouds.

Cromer
Weather Watcher / Grinandtonic

You can become a Weather Watcher too - take a look at their website for more details and we'll look forward to seeing weather pictures from your part of the county.

The count-down is on... all eyes on City

BBC Sport

This is what the managers are saying about the crucial Norwich v Watford match tonight:

Alex Neil
Getty Images

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "The odds are stacked against us, but if it comes down to one match then anything can happen. We need to win...

"We need to keep believing and carry the fight. We're focused and still in with a chance, so we need to give ourselves a shot."

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores: "I don't like to play against Norwich and Sunderland because they are fighting against relegation and it's always very sad, but in this case we are the bad boy in the film. This is our role and we need to play it."

Fans gear up for tonight's crucial Norwich City match

Fans are cheering on the Canaries as the team prepares to play for their Premiership lives against Watford tonight.

BBC Radio Norfolk will have full commentary and pre-match build up of the Norwich v Watford game on air from 19:00.

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Keep your tweets of support coming and we'll feature more throughout the day. #otbc 

UEA plans major increase to student numbers

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The University of East Anglia says it's worth £0.5bn to the local economy. 

Ziggerats, UEA
PA

That's according to a report launched in Norwich this morning - which also outlines UEA's ambitious £300m vision for the next 14 years. 

Prof David Richardson, the vice chancellor, says its plans involve increasing student numbers by 20% or 3,000 students over the next 10 years.

We can only do that growth in partnership, so we need to work closely with the local authorities, the people of Norwich and the region more generally."

Prof David RichardsonVice Chancellor, University of East Anglia

Former Norfolk criminal found in Spain

A serial conman wanted by police in Norfolk and Essex for a £21,000 fraud in the UK has been traced to a Spanish jail. 

Norman Fowler
BBC

Norman Fowler went missing in 2014 after being sentenced to nine months in jail at Norwich Crown Court for stealing video camera equipment.

He'd been living under an alias in the Costa Brava and is now in custody for unrelated gun licensing matters.

 A BBC investigation has found almost 300 people in Norfolk have gone on the run having skipped court bail.

UEA's £300m vision for the future

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of today's EDP:

Paper front page
EDP

Boundary lines being contested in broadband row

Norfolk County Council, which is pushing for faster broadband in rural areas, says it's speaking to a Yelverton pensioner after he prevented engineers from upgrading a junction box in his garden.

Junction box
BBC

The authority says it's speaking with Raymond Moreton's surveyor to establish who actually owns the land where the broadband junction box is located.  

An upgrade would mean high speed broadband to more residents in the south Norfolk village, but Mr Moreton says the upgraded, larger, box would "detract from the price of my property by at least £50,000."

He argues it could be located next to another junction box (pictured) on a lane round the corner from his home.

'Do or die' for the Canaries tonight

It really is 'do or die' for Norwich City tonight, who must beat Watford at Carrow Road to stand any chance of staying in the Premier League.

City players
PA

The Canaries are also hoping Everton do them a favour by winning at rivals Sunderland, because if the Black Cats win then Norwich are definitely down.

Ahead of the big game manager Alex Neil hasn't ruled out leaving the club at the end of the season if they do get relegated.

BBC investigation finds nearly 300 people in Norfolk have skipped bail

A BBC investigation has found almost 300 suspected or convicted criminals from Norfolk are on the run having skipped court bail. 

Norman Fowler
Essex Police

Among them is Norman Fowler who went missing in 2014 after being sentenced to nine months in jail at Norwich Crown Court. 

He was sentenced in his absence for stealing thousands of pounds of equipment from a Norfolk cameraman. He has been living under an alias in the Costa Brava.

He's also just been arrested for unrelated gun licensing matters.

Pensioner threatened with arson in row over broadband upgrade

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A pensioner in south Norfolk says he's been threatened with arson in an on-going row about access to a broadband junction box in his garden. 

Raymond Moreton with junction box
BBC

Raymond Moreton's, from Yelverton, has the village's junction box on his property and has been refusing engineers access to his land to carry out an upgrade. 

He says there's already a new broadband box over the road and his garden is the wrong site for a bigger box as it would block the view of motorists.

Norfolk Police say it's aware of the threats to Mr Moreton.

Weather: Feeling muggy with heavy showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A humid and muggy start but some drier spells later. Top temperature 18C (64F).

For a more detailed forecast where you live head to BBC Weather.

Headlines: Almost 300 people from Norfolk are on the run having skipped court bail... Man claims arson threats over broadband row

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this morning: 

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

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