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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 24 May 2016
  2. Chelsea Flower Show gold for Norfolk's Thorncroft Clematis Nursery and Peter Beales Roses
  3. £2m grant to safeguard jobs at surgical fluids producer in Thetford
  4. Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker has signed a new one-year contract with the club
  5. Norwich peregrine falcon hailed a "super dad" by wildlife experts as he raises four chicks on his own
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Philippa Taylor

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That's all for the Norfolk Live team for tonight, but we'll be here again in the morning from 08:00.

If you're just joining us, don't forget you can scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date with the main stories across the county including:

  • Plans for sea defence work at Hunstanton Promenade
  • Gold success at the Chelsea Flower Show for Norfolk growers
  • And the peregrine falcon "super dad" raising a family on his own

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Increasing cloud could lead to some light and patchy rain

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will gradually increase during the night, with the chance of some light and patchy rain by morning. Temperatures will fall to around 7C (45F), with a light to moderate north to north-westerly wind.

Overnight weather map

Wednesday will be much cloudier than today, with some outbreaks of rain which may be heavy at times. Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Norwich Cathedral peregrines: 'Super dad' keeps family of four fed on spire platform

Martin Barber

BBC News

There's been soap opera wildlife action worthy of the EastEnders' "dum, dums" at the top of Norwich Cathedral over the past week...

The resident male falcon (pictured right) has become a single "Super dad" to four girls, the Hawk and Owl (HOT) Trust says.

Peregrine falcons at Norwich Cathedral
Hawk & Owl Trust

The resident female (pictured left) hasn't been seen in the nest since 15 May when an intruding female peregrine, known as GA, made herself known to the Norwich pair. It is not clear where the chicks' mother has gone, but experts have concluded she is no longer in the area.

The adult male is now taking on all the feeding duties and is doing a "fantastic job of looking after them", a HOT spokesman said.

Live pictures from the nest are watched online around the world, with ten of thousands going to the watch-point in the cathedral grounds throughout the breeding season.

Out-of-hours and 111 service showing "significant improvement" in recent weeks

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The provider of out-of-hours GP and 111 non-emergency service for Norfolk and Wisbech is on track to meet improvement targets, according to health commissioners.

Norwich CCG

A meeting of the Norwich Clinical Commissioning group (NCCG) today said it had been "much more assured in recent weeks" that IC24 would meet required improvement targets by a June deadline.

IC24's performance is being monitored on a weekly basis by NCCG after a leaked report to the BBC revealed a number of concerns - including patients having to wait up to 12 hours for a call back and a shortage of GPs.  

Published performance indicator figures up to March 2016 show that IC24 was still failing to meet several key targets but Nikki Cocks, from the commissioning group, said "significant improvements" over recent weeks meant it was now reassured the health care provider was going in the right direction.

Foreign Secretary assures MP that Palmerston has been 'regularly vetted'

In response to a question by MP Keith Simpson about whether Palmerston the cat, adopted by the Foreign Office to catch mice, has been security checked, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he can reassure him that Palmerston has been "regularly vetted".


Mr Hammond added: "As for being 'a "sleeper', he is definitely a sleeper... his attendance has been 100% and my experts tell me that rules out the possibility of him being a commissioned employee.

"I should also tell the house that while Palmerston so far has only caught three mice, his twitter account has attracted 8,158 follows with a rate of growth that implies he will overtake me by the summer recess."

MP asks whether cat adopted by Foreign Office has been 'security cleared'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Norfolk MP has asked whether a cat which was adopted by the Foreign Office could have been nobbled by spies.

Keith Simpson raised his concerns in the Commons with the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, asking him if Palmerston has been "positively vetted by the security service and scanned for bugs by GCHQ?"

Palmerston the cat

He went on to say: "Can my right honourable friend assure the house of Palmerston's British provenance and that he isn't a long-term mole working for the EU commission?"

Keith Simpson

We'll bring you Mr Hammond's response shortly...

King's Lynn company admits breaking competition law

The parent company of a King's Lynn manufacturer has been fined more than £2m after it broke competition law.

Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, the fine has been imposed on ITW Limited, the parent company of Foster Refrigerator who are based on the Hardwick Industrial Estate.

Foster Refrigerator

Foster restricted dealers from offering online discounts, threatening dealers with sanctions if they advertised below a minimum price.

We've got a call into Foster and will bring you a response as soon as we get anything.

Chelsea Flower Show success: Pete Beales Roses claims another gold for Norfolk

Peter Beales Roses at Chelsea Flower Show
Peter Beales

We're delighted to return to news from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where Peter Beales Roses, from Attleborough, have been awarded a gold medal certificate... bringing their total up to 23.

Let's hope this success continues for Norfolk exhibitors. We'll bring you further details as we get them.

Meeting between ambulance trust and union to try to avoid strike action

Bosses of Norfolk's ambulance service are meeting with union representatives today in a bid to avoid industrial action over enforced overtime, and a lack of rest breaks. 


Fraer Stevenson, from the East of England branch of Unison, says the issue is affecting staff morale: "We’ve lost over 350 staff since we started these discussions with the trust.

"We've very clearly identified that staff were telling us that hundreds were considering leaving because of these issues."

The ambulance trust says it is "committed to working with UNISON to develop sound and sustainable working practices to ensure staff welfare whilst maintaining excellent patient safety."  

A van burst into flames in Wacton yesterday evening

Diss Express

The Diss Express has dramatic photographs of a van fire that took place yesterday evening: 

Van fire
Diss Express

Afternoon weather: Increasing cloud and staying breezy

BBC Weather

Cloud will begin to increase through the afternoon. It will stay on the breezy side, especially near the coast. Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Downham Market
Weather Watcher 'MikeB'

This photograph of Downham Market has been sent in by BBC Weather Watcher "MikeB".

If you're interested in finding out more about our growing team of weather watchers, take a look at our website.

The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

On the day the prime minister claimed family holidays in Europe could be an average of £230 more expensive if the UK votes to leave the EU - we've been taking a look at how the outcome of the EU referendum might affect the county's tourism industry.

David Cameron's claim comes amid mounting anger from Leave campaigners about the exit warnings produced by the government.

Vote Leave accused the PM of "talking down our country".

European and UK flags
Getty Images

So with less than a month to go before we go to the polls, how informed do you feel? Take a look at our all you need to know guide to the referendum (but were perhaps afraid to ask).

Our EU referendum reality check team have also been looking at the prime minister's air fares claims earlier today.

EU referendum 'unlikely to affect' Norfolk tourism

With less than 10% of Norfolk's tourist numbers coming from the European Union, it's not thought that the result of next month's referendum to either Leave or Remain will have much effect an industry that's worth £3bn a year to the local economy:

EU referendum: Norfolk tourism likely to flourish 'whatever happens'

Sea defence work for Hunstanton promenade scheduled for next month

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Staying with the county's tourist attractions - and work to repair the sea defences at Hunstanton promenade is scheduled to begin on 6 June and is expected to take about three weeks.

Hunstanton Prom

Leader of King's Lynn and West Norfolk borough council Brian Long says they want to get the work done as quickly as possible "but we also want to make sure people can still enjoy their visit to this well-loved resort, so we’re avoiding weekend work.  

"We appreciate the understanding of local businesses and residents about the access restrictions we may be forced to put in place".

Referendum tour: Tourists will come 'whatever happens' in EU referendum vote

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The final opinion I gathered on my EU referendum tour of the county comes from Chris Scargill, a member of Visit Norfolk.

Boats on Norfolk Broads

He says: "The level of tourism from overseas visitors [to Norfolk] is fairly small in comparison with the whole market and I think people will still come whatever happens.

"We have a lot to offer... There are campaigns to attract more overseas visitors, but right now I don’t think being in or out will affect that."

Are you part of the Norfolk tourism industry? What are your views on being in or out of the EU? Get in touch with your thoughts.

Referendum tour: Norfolk farmer backs Leave campaign in EU referendum

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Egg farmer and UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew, who farms near Fakenham, supports the Leave campaign: "People assume that only the European Union can subsidise agriculture. 

"At least 60 other countries do and before we joined the EU Britain supported agriculture and quite generously - that would happen again if we left." 


Referendum tour: Support for the Remain campaign from potato farmer

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

From Chelsea flowers to agriculture - and potato farmer Tony Bambridge, who farms near Marsham, has been telling me why he's supporting the Remain campaign, ahead of next month's EU referendum.

Potato harvest

He says: "The EU as a trading group is about 500 million quite affluent consumers. They’re right on our doorstep and we can trade with them in a completely unfettered way and that’s got to be a significant benefit. 

"Some farmers may complain about EU red tape, but we will always have regulation whether or not we’re in the EU."

Chelsea success: Gold medal for Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Just before we take a more detailed look at how the outcome of the EU referendum vote might affect the farming and tourism industries in Norfolk - look, it's our first glimpse of a Chelsea Gold Medal certificate for the county.

It was awarded to Peter Skeggs Gooch and Ruth Gooch from Thorncroft Clematis Nursery in Norwich.

Peter Skeggs Gooch and Ruth Gooch
Emily Wolstencroft

Well done to the nursery, we'll hopefully see a few more gongs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show heading our way before the end of the day.

Referendum tour: The Look East EU road tour comes to Norfolk

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I've been out and about in the county, finding out what people in two of Norfolk's most important industries think about the forthcoming EU referendum.

Norfolk Broads

In the world of farming, there is a passionate debate under way - while those who work in tourism don't expected to be affected by the outcome of the vote.

I'll bring you more details shortly, about what people have to say.

Advice for holidaymakers from local travel advisor

An independent travel advisor has warned holidaymakers not to ignore Foreign Office advice when it comes to choosing their holiday destination.

Beach in Sousse

William Thompson says: "You can still get to these places with the scheduled airlines, but the main and the important thing is you've got to follow the Foreign Office advice because if you don't, you nullify your travel insurance."

His comments come after it was revealed terrorism is driving British tourists away from resorts that used to be popular with Tunisia being named as the worst performing destination, and Turkey being shunned due to problems in the Middle East.

Coming up... a look at travel and tourism in Norfolk with the EU referendum in mind.

Grant to Baxter in Thetford will 'safeguard hundreds of jobs' says LEP

A leading firm in Thetford is getting a grant of £2m from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help protect jobs.

Baxter healthcare

Mark Pendlington from the LEP says: "We're looking to our investment to secure the place of Baxter, to boost skills, to safeguard hundreds of jobs and to give the opportunity for more jobs, more training, more apprenticeships coming to Thetford."

Baxter, which produces surgical fluids for the NHS, has been running since 1965 and employs 450 people.

Redmond scores in England rout

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond scored a brilliant long range goal for England Under-21s in their 7-1 demolition of Guinea in the Toulon Tournament

Redmond's 25-yard effort put England 3-1 up just before half-time, they had fallen a goal down inside the opening minute. 

Nathan Redmond

England have won both of their opening group fixtures in the tournament. They play Paraguay on Wednesday.

Premier League champions to play Fakenham Town

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Staying with sport and Norfolk non-league side Fakenham Town will take on Premier League champions Leicester City in a pre-season friendly at Clipbush Park in July.

The Thurlow Nunn League club will also play Norwich City as part of their build-up to the 2016-17 season. 

Leicester and the Canaries are expected to send squads made up mostly of under-21s players. 

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Nigel Worthington, who managed both Norwich City and Leicester City, is now an ambassador for Fakenham Town. 

Whittaker agrees new Canaries contract

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker has signed a new one-year contract. 

The Scotland international right back was a big part of the team that was promoted to the Premier League two seasons ago, but he fell out of favour in the top flight and hasn't featured for the Canaries since October.

Steven Whittaker
Getty Images

The 31-year old has played 91 games for City since joining after leaving Rangers in the summer of 2012. 

Tuesday's weather: Fine and dry with sunny spells, but breezy on the coast

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

After a bright but chilly start to the day, there'll be plenty of sunshine around, although cloud will gradually begin to increase through the afternoon. 

Top temperature: 15C (59F).

Get more on the forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Good morning from Norfolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on this bright and sunny Tuesday morning.

Today we'll be finding out if people in the county are reflecting a national trend in shunning some tourist destinations like Tunisia and Egypt, because of fears over terrorism.

If you've got any thoughts on the subject, we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via Twitter, post a message on our Facebook page, or send us an email.

Plus stay with us for the rest of the day's news, sport, weather and travel updates for Norfolk.