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Summary

  1. Man, 68, jailed at King's Lynn Crown Court for raping boy
  2. Six men are fined for illegal cockle fishing in The Wash
  3. Police find nearly 120 firearms at Brundall bungalow
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Patrick Byrne

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Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Weather: Dry at first but rain on way

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Dry at first with bright spells this evening, but cloud increasing overnight with patchy rain spreading in from the west.   

Heavy rain will move in after midnight in light to moderate south to southwesterly winds.

Minimum temperature: 12C (53F). 

Weather chart
BBC

Saturday will start cloudy with perhaps a few spots of light rain early on, but drier periods through the morning and even into the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Four sentenced over migrant exploitation offences

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Four people have been jailed for offences relating to the exploitation of migrant workers in the Fens.

Juris Valujevs, 37, and Oksana Valujeva, 35, of Turbus Road, King's Lynn; Lauma Vankova, 27, of Creswell Street, King's Lynn and Ivars Mezals (below), 30, of St Bartholomew's Road, Reading, were found guilty of conspiracy to acquire criminal property following a trial at Huntingdon Crown Court in March.

Ivars Mezals
BBC

Vankova, Valujeva and Valujevs were also found guilty of assisting an immigration offence, which police say was connected to arranging sham marriages.  

Late this afternoon, at the same court, Valujevs was jailed for a total of eight and a half years. 

Vankova and Valujeva were each jailed for six years, and Mezals was jailed for three years.

Rocket man aims to get record back

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Amateur rocket engineer Ben Jarvis from Norfolk wants to break the European altitude record - currently 70,000ft - about 13 miles (21km).The rocket he's building will be able to reach 2,000 mph (3,200 km/h) in one second.In 2000 he broke the European altitude record, achieving a record height of 30,000ft (9,144m), but a team from the Netherlands recently broke that record and now he wants it back.  

Council to bid for £1m to start third river crossing work

A third river crossing for Great Yarmouth has moved a step closer today after Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee voted to bid for a government grant of nearly £1m to get work going.

Haven Bridge at Great Yarmouth
Geograph/Glen Denny

Committee chairman Martin Wilby said: "The third river crossing would be a huge benefit for Yarmouth, Norfolk and nationally, bringing prosperity and reducing journey times and congestion. 

"It's estimated the new bridge would cost approximately £140m to construct and the county council is keen to see the government support the scheme."

NHS boss called to update council on staffing progress

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Staffing in the NHS in Norfolk will be discussed at a meeting of a county council overview committee next week.

NHS Logo
PA

Health Education England (HEE) will be updating councillors on progress to improve the supply of NHS staff. 

Ross Collett, head of HEE's Norfolk and Suffolk Workforce Partnership, will update the committee on the outcome of 2015-16 workforce initiatives and discuss the current challenges and plans for the future at a County Hall meeting in Norwich.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Museum fundraisers get £119,700 training boost from Heritage Lottery Fund

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A further grant of £119,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will extend a training scheme in fundraising for museum staff in Norfolk.

Norwich Castle Museum
Geograph/David P Howard

The new funding will help more staff in Norfolk to benefit from private funding sources and partnerships through the SHAREd Enterprise Project which started in 2014.

Miranda Rowlands, project officer from Norfolk Museums Service, welcomed the extra funding and the confidence shown by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Travel: Train delays between Norwich and London continue

BBC Travel

Delays on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Liverpool Street and Norwich are continuing into the evening. 

A signal failure at Stowmarket which began at lunchtime caused delays of an hour to services but the company says this has moderated to delays of up to 30 minutes.

Watch: Model aircraft show cleared for take-off

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

About 120 aircraft will be on display at the Large Model Flying Show at Tibenham Airfield this weekend - everything from World War One biplanes, to the latest jets.

After a crash at the Shoreham air show last year, rules for model aircraft shows like Tibenham have also been tightened.

Tibenham hosts model aircraft show

Promoter James Ladell said: “We’re regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority and we’ve had to tighten up on everything: the flight lines, the way we fly, speed, everything. We were safe before, but we’re even safer now.”

Flying starts at 10:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

'Inadequate' learning services now achieve 'good' rating from Ofsted

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Community learning services in Norfolk have achieved a "good" rating after a recent Ofsted inspection, following a previous "inadequate" label.

Norfolk adult education
Google

Inspectors said they were impressed by the new vision, strategic objectives and operating model for the service, formerly known as adult education. 

Helen Wetherall, interim head, said: "This is a fantastic outcome brought about by a mammoth team effort. Our next goal is to be an 'outstanding' service and we will be working closely with our learners, partners, governors and staff to achieve this."

Davis Cup trophy tour hopes to attract young tennis players

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) hopes the visit of the Davis Cup to Norfolk will inspire more young people to play the game.

Jamie Murray with trophy
Getty Images

Great Britain beat Belgium in the autumn to take the trophy for the first time in 79 years and today it is appearing at the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia before continuing to Ipswich. 

The LTA has launched a new programme called Tennis for Kids to inspire the next generation of players. Norfolk has about 20 coaches delivering the programme at 27 clubs.

Model aircraft take to skies over Norfolk

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Model aircraft enthusiasts from all over the country are in Norfolk this weekend for theLarge Model Flying Show at Tibenham Airfield.

Six thousand people are expected to watch the aircraft in action. Some of the jets can reach speeds of up to 250mph (400 km/h) an hour.

Mark Hinton (pictured), from Thetford, one of the top pilots in the country, said: "It’s an obsession I’ve had since I was a boy. I love the sound of the jet engines and the smell."

Mark Hinton
BBC

We'll be bringing you some footage of the planes in action shortly.  

Davis Cup comes to Norwich

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Great Britain won the "World Cup of Tennis" last year for the first time since 1936.

And today the famous trophy is on display at Sportspark at the University of East Anglia.

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Weather: Dry and sunny but cloudier later

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

Fine and mostly dry this afternoon with bright or sunny spells and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

Weather chart
BBC

Cloud will increase from the west later. 

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F) 

Lunchtime headlines: Man jailed for boy's rape in 1990s... Science teacher resigns over claims help given to GCSE students

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here are the top stories this lunchtime:

  • Great Yarmouth man who raped a boy in the mid-1990s given a 12-year sentence
  • Cromer Academy science teacher resigns over help given to GCSE student submitting coursework
  • Aviation skills centre at airport gets lift-off from £3m government funding

Academy acts over GCSE coursework 'irregularities' to preserve 'integrity'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A science teacher at a Norfolk academy who was suspended over allegations of "irregularities" in relation to GCSE coursework has resigned after an investigation.

GCSE Coursework
PA

Cromer Academy principal Dr Geoff Baker said he was alerted to a problem by a student and "the member of staff accepted the findings in full and resigned". 

He said: "The parents of the students involved have been contacted. An extension has been granted from the exam board and the few students that this concerned have now completed necessary work. 

"At our school integrity is prized - it is something we seek to engender in our students and it is something that as staff we seek to model for them. 

"Unfortunately, this member of staff's actions were not in keeping with the high standards that we set."

Charges over pizza delivery driver death

David Keller

BBC News

Two men from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have been charged with killing a pizza delivery driver in Peterborough.

Ali Qasemi (pictured), 45, was delivering food when he was attacked on Shrewsbury Avenue in the early hours of 8 May. He died in hospital two days later. 

Ali Qasemi
Cambridgeshire Police

Mark Lintott, 29, of Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough, and Joel Lawson, 25, of Goodhale Road, Norwich, were arrested and charged with manslaughter this morning.

They have also been charged with robbery, and Mr Lawson has been charged with possessing cannabis.

They are due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

Science teacher resigns over GCSE coursework claims at academy

A science teacher at a Norfolk academy has resigned over claims too much help was given to pupils with coursework.

Cromer Academy
Google

Cromer Academy, run by the Inspiration Trust, said it had carried out an investigation. 

The academy said only a small number of GCSE students were affected and that they have to re-submit their work.

We'll have a statement from the school shortly.

Boy's 'unrepentant' rapist sentenced to 12 years

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man found guilty of numerous rapes of a boy in Great Yarmouth in the 1990s must serve at least 12 years, 11 of them in jail, before being released on a one-year supervised licence.

Michael Ryles, 68, preyed on his victim, now in his 30s, but denied the claims when he appeared at King's Lynn Crown Court.

Mr Recorder Justin Rouse said his sentence would be in the upper bracket for the offence because Ryles had shown no remorse; had subjected his victim to severe psychological trauma and the crime was a total betrayal of trust.

The attacks took place when the boy had been between nine and 11 years old. He was given money, cannabis and a bike to keep quiet.

Man found guilty of raping boy but acquitted of gross indecency

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A 68-year-old man had been found guilty of raping a boy in the 1990s but acquitted of a charge of gross indecency.

King's Lynn Crown Court
BBC

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told police he had been raped by Michael Ryles numerous times between the ages of nine and 11.

Ryles, of Sidney Close, Yarmouth, denied the claims, saying the victim had made them up. Sentencing is due later today.

Government funding of £3m puts aviation academy on flight path

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Government funding of £3m has allowed the establishment of a new centre for development of aviation skills at Norwich International Airport.

Aviation Centre
Google

The academy will support 80 engineering apprenticeships per year, as well as degree-level and further and higher education courses for hundreds of students in engineering, airport and cabin crew operations. 

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, which helped secure the funding, said: "The academy will bring a whole new world of opportunities for local students to train and build careers in this exciting and specialist industry."

Diss leading from the front

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

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Pedestrian taken to hospital after Norwich crash

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

We have some more information about the crash in Norwich we mentioned earlier. 

East of England Ambulance Trust says a female pedestrian has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in the crash.

Magdalen Road crash
Twitter / Kevin J Murphy

The incident (pictured) happened at about 08:30 on Magdalen Road, near The Artichoke pub, and damaged a set of traffic lights.

The ambulance service said a crew assessed a woman in her 20s at the scene for minor injuries before she was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment. 

Alex New from the ambulance service said: "An elderly man driving the car and a cyclist were treated at the scene but fortunately had no obvious injuries and were discharged. 

"The patient we took to hospital was very lucky considering how seriously she could have been injured." 

Howson hat-trick softens the blow

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

Evening News back page
Archant

Deal or no deal?

Here is the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

EDP front page
Archant

Students on preparation course for new aviation skills academy

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A full-scale working aircraft will be used to train students at a new aviation academy at Norwich International Airport.

Norwich Airport
BBC

Work starts today on the academy, one of only a few centres in England to train everyone involved in aviation, from engineers to cabin crew. 

City College Norwich students are already on a course to prepare them for the new academy, which will provide advanced skills.

Batchelor admits to nerves as Stars lose

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Troy Batchelor finally made his comeback for the King's Lynn Stars last night as they lost 55-38 at Swindon.

Niels-Kristian Iversen top-scored for the Norfolk side with 14 points and Batchelor managed a paid six. The Australian was back at his old club after returning from an injury that has kept him out of the opening Elite League meetings.

King's Lynn Stars logo
King's Lynn Stars

I was pretty nervous going into the first two races, but after that I calmed down. You've got to get on with it. I didn't really know what to expect but I seemed to be pretty close."

Troy BatchelorKing's Lynn Stars

Travel: Trains between London and Norwich face delays of up to an hour

BBC Travel

Trains between Norwich and London are subject to delays of up to an hour because of a signal failure at Stowmarket. 

Abellio Greater Anglia says it's likely to be an issue until lunchtime.

Woman injured in collision with car in Norwich

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

More now on the road accident in Norwich we mentioned earlier.

A pedestrian and a cyclist are being treated for minor injuries. The ambulance service sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance at about 08:30 with the air ambulance standing by if needed after the collision in Magdalen Road, near The Artichoke pub.

A woman in her 20s is being treated at the scene and is breathing, the ambulance service said.

Two fire engines were called to the accident after the car crashed into traffic lights at the Magdalen Street junction. 

Police said the road was blocked in both directions and drivers should avoid the area.

Travel: Fence posts on country road causing disruption

BBC Travel

Traffic has been disrupted by a load of fence posts shed on the B1110 Holt Road between Guist and Melton Constable.

Drivers are warned to be careful.

More details from BBC Travel:

Work starts on new aviation skills centre at airport

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Building work starts today on a new aviation skills training centre at Norwich International Airport.

Engineering tests
BBC

The new academy is part of a £12.5m project unveiled in September 2013 to create a centre for education and skills and will train up to 80 new engineers every year, as well cabin crew, managers and pilots. 

Earlier this year, the Unite union said there could be up to 40 job losses at one of the centre's commercial partners, KLM Engineering, but neither would comment further on this or the latest development. 

Jenny Body, from the Royal Aeronautical Society, said this was part of a normal cycle in the commercial airline business but added there was always a demand for new employees.

Travel: Pedestrian accident shuts Magdalen Road

BBC Travel

Magdalen Road, the A1151 in Norwich, is blocked in both directions ways near the Magdalen Street shopping area after a serious accident involving a car and a pedestrian.

More details on BBC Travel.

'Substantial haul' of guns seized in village bungalow raid

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

About 120 firearms have been recovered from a bungalow in a Norfolk village, police have revealed. 

Brundall guns raid
BBC

Weapons recovered from the house in Brundall, near Norwich, ranged from handguns to rifles.

The bungalow on Holmesdale Road was searched after a tip-off on Monday and a man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and bailed until 20 July. 

Police described the weapons recovered as a "substantial" haul. 

Fleet owner and skippers fined over illegal cockle fishing in the Wash

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Five skippers have each been fined £2,000 and the owner of a fishing fleet £7,000 after being found guilty of illegally harvesting cockles in The Wash. 

Cockles
Getty Images

Owner John Lake, 75, from Shouldham faced King's Lynn Magistrates' Court with his skippers Leigh Lake, 33, from West Winch; Kieron Johnson, 24, from King's Lynn; Robert Brewster, 56, from Boston; Mark Freestone, 43, from Watlington and Deividas Pusinkas, 30, from King's Lynn.

All denied illegal fishing but District Judge Nick Watson found them all guilty and said their claims they were marking out areas to fish when the area reopened were inconceivable.

Weather: Dry with bright or sunny spells

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

After a cloudy and murky start it will be mostly fine and dry, with bright or sunny spells.

Pleasantly warm in the sunshine but cloud will increase from the west later. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

More from BBC Weather.

News: Large firearms stash recovered from village bungalow... Six sentenced for illegal cockle fishing

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here are the stories making the news today:

  • About 120 firearms are seized by police in raid on bungalow in Norfolk village
  • Five skippers and a fleet owner sentenced for illegal fishing in The Wash
  • Building work officially starts today on major new training centre at Norwich Airport

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday's Norfolk Live. 

Between now and 18:00, the team here will bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them. 

We're always interested in what's happening in your part of Norfolk. 

If there's anything you wish to share with us you can contact us on email, Facebook or Twitter