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Summary

  1. Peggy Spencer, dance teacher, choreographer and former Come Dancing judge, dies at home in Norfolk, aged 95
  2. Number of deaths at mental health trust increases by 12%
  3. Future of Great Yarmouth walk-in centre in doubt
  4. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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That's it for Thursday's Norfolk Live

We're signing off now, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Among the stories we've covered today are the death of choreographer Peggy Spencer, criticism of Norfolk's mental health trust over the high number of unexpected deaths last year and reaction to the Postwick Hub junction.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Dry and chilly

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will remain dry overnight, turning a little chilly under clear skies. Lows of 6C (43F).

Friday's weather map
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Friday will be dry with sunny spells and highs of 19C (66F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Former Tivetshall phone exchange up for auction

Diss Express

A former telephone exchange located near Diss, currently with planning consent for conversion to a dwelling, is coming up at auction next month.

Former phone exchange
Diss Express

Greyfriars practice manager 'can't understand' decision not to renew contract

BBC Radio Norfolk

Let's return now to news that the local healthcare commissioning group has said it won't renew the contract with Malling Health, at the Greyfriars walk-in health centre at Great Yarmouth.

Practice manager Yvonne Ellis says she can't understand the decision: "We have really well-trained staff; we got 'good' for our CQC inspection with 'outstanding' for care of vulnerable patients and we've just got 95% for our infection control.

"So yes, we run a good service, and I can't see any reason why [the decision over its contract has been taken]."

BreakingPolice investigate after man's body found in Sprowston

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Sprowston, near Norwich.

They were called to a property in Colindeep Lane this morning at about 10:45, and discovered the body of a man inside.

The death is currently being treated as "unexplained", and the scene has been sealed off.

Watch: Taxi driver's view on new junction

BBC Look East

Carlton Smith, a taxi driver for 22 years, is among critics of the Postwick Hub on the outskirts of Norwich.It was built in preparation for a new bypass for the north of the city. A slip road off the A47 was closed, channeling traffic via five roundabouts to the same destination.The changes have also led to congestion at peak times.Reporter Leigh Milner took a trip with him.

Postwick Hub: 'I would much rather it worked better', says roads chief

BBC Look East

When Tom McCabe, responsible for community and environmental services at Norfolk County Council, appeared on Look East, Susie Fowler-Watt gave him three chances to defend the controversial A47 Postwick Hub.

Asked if he was "unrepentant as to its design", he replied: "It was a really difficult design."

Asked "Are you happy with it?", he replied: "It has bedded down considerably."

Pressed further, he admitted: "I would much rather it worked better."

Tom McCabe
BBC

New road junction 'could be worse', says county roads chief

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A new road junction near Norwich criticised for causing long queues "could be worse", according to Norfolk County Council's executive director of community and environmental services.

Tom McCabe was responding to critics of the Postwick Hub who claim its layout is causing traffic congestion and confusion among some drivers.

He said: "Is it the worst junction in the country? No. People who've driven round Coventry ring road see where they want to go and then go the whole way round again... There are much worse junctions than what we have in Norwich."

What do you think? Let us know by sending us an email, or posting a message on our Facebook page.

Postwick hub from the air
Mike Page

Peggy Spencer: Fond memories of a remarkable lady

David Whiteley

BBC Look East

I remember filming with Peggy Spencer a few years ago now for Inside Out.

It was so wonderful to meet a person who had such a pivotal role in ballroom dancing. People were genuinely thrilled to meet her!

She was great fun and I feel very lucky to have spent time filming with her. A remarkable lady.

Peggy Spencer
BBC

Parallel mental health review praises unexpected deaths investigations

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

NHS England has also published a report into mental health services in the East of England.

It has been released in conjunction with a separate study by Verita, whose report said lessons learned from unexpected deaths by the Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust needed to be applied more consistently across its services.

NHS England's Nursing & Quality Directorate said: "Since April 2015 NSFT has reported deaths in line with the new NHS Serious Incident framework and investigated in a timely and appropriate manner."

Trust must improve support for bereaved families

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The Verita report into Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has made 13 recommendations about improving services following a record 159 unexpected deaths in 2015-16.

They include:

  • improved internal investigation processes
  • ensuring lessons learnt are consistently applied across its teams
  • improved support and engagement with bereaved families
  • provide better evidence the trust's board has had full discussions on unexpected deaths

Mental health trust boss says 'all recommendations' are being implemented

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says it is acting after a report said it needed better internal investigations into the high number of unexpected deaths.

Michael Scott
NHS

There were 157 such deaths in 2015-16, and the trust commissioned a report from Verita to look at its problems.

Michael Scott, trust chief executive, said: "Where there is a need for improvement or a lesson to be learned we take efficient action, and we ensure that learning is shared throughout our whole organisation."

Houghton Horse Trials under way

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The Houghton Horse Trials have started in Norfolk. 

Between now and Sunday some of the world's top horses and riders will compete in a series of competitions including a round of the FEI Nations Cup.

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'I can't hide that I'm a Chelsea fan', says new King's Lynn Town owner

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Stephen Cleeve, named yesterday as the new owner of King's Lynn Town FC, says football is his passion.

"I can't hide that I'm a Chelsea fan; went to my first game in 1977 - I've been hooked ever since," he said.

"What I would like to do is get more involved in grass roots football; the community, youth teams.

"My great pleasure is seeing youth players coming through the ranks, make it into the first team and going somewhere... That's what I like to really be part of."

Chelsea FC sign
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High deaths mental health trust was placed in special measures last year

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was placed in special measures last year by watchdog the Care Quailty Commission.

Inspectors called it "not a safe... service" in their report.

It had a record number of unexpected deaths 2015-16.

Mental health trust criticised in unexpected deaths report

The results of a report into the high number of unexpected deaths at Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says the service needs to improve.

There were 157 such deaths of patients in 2015-16, up from 139 the previous year.

A Verita report, commissioned by the trust, said: "Unexpected deaths are routinely reported to the [trust's] board, but [there was] little evidence in board meetings of action beyond this to explore themes or lessons learned."

Watch: Peggy Spencer on working with The Beatles

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We've raided our archives and found this lovely film of choreographer Peggy Spencer, who died yesterday, aged 95.

Peggy worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness during her long and distinguished career, and in 2009 she spoke to BBC Inside Out's David Whiteley about an encounter with The Beatles and on teaching Blue Peter presenter John Noakes some moves.

Peggy Spencer speaks of working with the Beatles

King's Lynn Stars long wait for home fixture ends

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars supporters will see their side ride at the Norfolk Arena for the first time in five weeks this evening.

The Stars take on Swindon in speedway's Elite League. A number of rain-offs and gaps in the fixture list mean this will be Lynn's first home meeting since April 21st when they beat Leicester.

Troy Batchelor
Getty Images

The Stars are one place off the bottom of the table but have up to four meetings in hand on the rest of the teams in the league. 

New Linnets owner aims to give manager 'a greater wage budget'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The new owner of King's Lynn Town FC  says while he's prepared to put some money into the club in the shorter term, "...obviously my main aim is to bring extra revenue in to give the manager a greater wage budget".

Stephen Cleeve
BBC Radio Norfolk

Stephen Cleeve says he's going to try to explore some "commercial extra avenues", adding: "I think the club's got to be sustainable.

"You need to be able to ensure if you're hit by the proverbial London bus, or King's Lynn bus, that the club can continue and for it to continue, it needs to be able to make or bring in extra partnerships."

My Football League dream

And here's the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

EDP back page
Eastern Daily Press

'Trust's pledge follows review'

Eastern Daily Press

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

Front page of Eastern Daily Press
Eastern Daily Press

The full lowdown on City's player contracts

Norwich Evening News

And the back page of the Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Victory for people power

Norwich Evening News

This is the front page of today's Norwich Evening News

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Peggy Spencer: 'A pioneer and great ambassador for dance sport'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Peggy Spencer is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why the British fell in love with ballroom and Latin dancing. 

Peggy Spencer
Thinkstock/ISTD

Her death continues to generate many tributes, including one from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), one of the world's leading dance examination boards, of which Peggy was president.   

It is with great sadness that the ISTD president Peggy Spencer passed away yesterday at 11am. Peggy was a pioneer and great ambassador for dance sport and has left behind a wonderful legacy. Our thoughts are with her family at this time."

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Peggy Spencer: Dance doyenne

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Peggy Spencer was born and educated in Bromley and began to teach dancing formally after World War Two, setting up the Royston Ballroom in Penge with her second husband, Frank.

Frank and Peggy Spencer
ISTD

Together they formed one of the most successful dancing partnerships. They also trained many formation teams, Peggy's main love.

Peggy appeared with her teams in the BBCs Come Dancing over 40 years, and travelled the world teaching, adjudicating, and promoting British Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Peggy Spencer on how dancing became a TV phenomenon

Before Strictly Come Dancing there was Come Dancing, which ran for almost half a century - and for most of that time, Peggy Spencer was part of it. 

Peggy Spencer
BBC

After World War Two she set up dance classes in village halls around Kent. They became so popular, she had to put on more and more to keep up with demand. 

"I started putting people into groups and then made them compete against each other; this became formation dancing. The competition soon became nationwide and the standard got better and better," she said in 2009.

Such was the interest in dancing across the country, producers at the BBC decided to televise it. The show was to be known as Come Dancing and was launched in 1949 with Peggy working with its formation dancers for the next 50 years, as well as becoming one of its judges. 

Peggy Spencer: 'I wanted to be a politician'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Despite teaching and working with the likes of Rudolf Nureyev and The Beatles, Peggy Spencer didn't intend to be a choreographer.

Dancers
BBC

In 2009 she told the BBC: "I didn't set out to be a dance teacher at all; I wanted to be a politician. Then the war came and it put an end to my learning."

She spent a lifetime on the dancefloor, working with some of the biggest names in showbusiness, and was a household name herself through her long involvement with the BBC's Come Dancing (pictured) as a choreographer and judge.

From Nureyev to newbies, Peggy Spencer taught them all

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

In her moving tribute to Peggy Spencer, her daughter Helena Anderson said her mum was not one to think about an epitaph, but if she had: "...it wouldn't be the champions that she taught, it wouldn't be the fact that she taught Prince Rainier and Princess Grace (pictured) to dance - that she taught Rudolf Nureyev the tango - all those things; those happy memories.

Princess Grace of Monaco
AFP

"That isn't what she was about. She was about the beginner dancer who comes into the ballroom, almost saying 'Forgive me for living, I've got two left feet, and you'll never do anything with me'... and she'd say 'Come on, I can teach anybody to dance, and before you know it you'll be dancing at your local wedding.'"

"I shall miss her. I loved her dearly. I lived with her until four months ago when things got a bit difficult and I couldn't cope...and she had had a long and wonderful life." 

You can listen back to the interview on Nick Conrad's show.

Peggy Spencer's daughter: 'She died in my arms wearing her sparkly shawl'

Peggy Spencer's daughter Helena Anderson has been paying tribute to her this morning. In a moving tribute, she spoke to Nick Conrad on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Peggy Spencer teaching in King's Lynn
BBC

"She actually died in my arms yesterday morning and she was wearing her sparkly shawl and her sparkly gloves and she was wearing her favourite perfume. We were listening to Ross Mitchell's waltzes. And she just slipped away very peacefully," she said.

Picture: Peggy Spencer puts Blue Peter presenters through their paces

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Much-loved dancer Peggy Spencer, who died yesterday morning at Millbridge nursing home in Heacham, inspired a generation to "come dancing". 

Here she is (centre) putting former Blue Peter presenters Lesley Judd and Christopher Wenner through their paces. 

Peggy Spencer (centre)
BBC

In later years she moved to Norfolk, living in King's Lynn with her daughter Helena Anderson, serving as deputy mayoress of the borough for a year. 

Peggy Spencer death: How social media is responding

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The sad news about the death of Peggy Spencer, the woman who helped spark the nation's love affair with ballroom dancing, has prompted many responses on social media.

Here are a couple of the tributes so far:

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Peggy Spencer, doyenne of ballroom dancing, dies aged 95

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Peggy Spencer, (pictured below left), the doyenne of ballroom dancing and former presenter of BBC TV show Come Dancing has died in Norfolk. 

Peggy Spencer (left)
BBC

She was 95 and has been living at a care home in Heacham. 

She started teaching dancing in air raid shelters in World War Two to keep people's spirits up and continued to teach in King's Lynn until just two years ago.

She said she was asked to present Strictly Come Dancing when it launched in 2004 but refused, saying it deserved younger presenters. 

Hewett's GB disappointment

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett pushed one of the world's best players all the way this morning, but world number five Shingo Kunieda came out on top in the three-set tussle.

Hewett, from Cantley, is part of the Great Britain team who ended up losing their semi-final against hosts Japan at the World Team Cup.

On Saturday they play Australia in the bronze medal match.

Alfie Hewett
Tennis Foundation

Thursday's weather: Sunny spells and isolated showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We're expecting sunny periods throughout the day today, although an isolated sharp shower is possible this afternoon. Feeling pleasantly warm with a top temperature of 17C (63F).  

Dry and cool overnight, with clear spells leading to some mist and fog patches. Lows of 8C (46F).

Get a more detailed on the forecast where you live or work, from BBC Weather.

Greyfriars health centre 'wasn't a waste of money' says health boss

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The chief executive of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group says the need for the Greyfriars walk-in health centre has changed in the seven years since it opened, but insists it wasn't "a waste of money".

Speaking as doubts were raised over the future of the Great Yarmouth centre, where the current operator's contract ends in September, Andy Evans said: "I think at the time it was very much needed because general practice was experiencing difficulties. 

"What’s happened is as the health service has got better in Great Yarmouth we now can use that resource better in a more sensitive way."

Future of Great Yarmouth's walk-in health centre in doubt

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The future of Great Yarmouth's NHS walk-in health centre is in doubt, as the current contract with operator Malling Health ends in September, and local health commissioners say services can be provided better through GP surgeries and the NHS 111 phone line.

Malling Health disputes claims the Greyfriars centre is not busy, saying it treated 105,000 walk-in patients in its first six months.

Greyfriars walk-in centre
Google

Rise in unexpected deaths 'is down to better reporting' says trust

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says the 12% rise in the number of unexpected deaths last year is down to better reporting, and the trust seeing more patients.

It also says it's investigating each case.

Two of the deaths involved inpatients choking on food, but most of the people who died were being looked after in the community.

Later today we'll find out if the trust's figures are higher than the national average.

Record number of unexpected deaths at mental health trust

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The number of unexpected deaths at the mental health trust serving Norfolk and Suffolk increased by 12% last year.

Figures from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust show that 157 people died in the 12 months to April.

That's up from 88 three years ago.

Mental health trust
Andy Parrett/Geograph

Welcome to Thursday's Norfolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

We start the day today with news  of a record number of unexpected deaths at the mental health trust that serves Norfolk and Suffolk, up 12% from last year.

We'll bring you more details shortly.