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Summary

  1. Missing dog rescued from 82ft-deep well
  2. Plans for two separate devolution deals are handed to the government
  3. Norfolk woman calls on government to do more to help people given contaminated blood
  4. Great Yarmouth Racecourse given go-ahead to resume racing on 8 June
  5. Steven Naismith says he has no regrets over Norwich City move
  6. Updates for Friday, 27 May 2016
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another week of Norfolk Live

We're signing off for today, and would like to wish you a great Bank Holiday weekend.

If you're only just joining us, among the stories we've brought you today are the rescue of a cocker spaniel who had fallen down an 82ft well, the line-up for this year's Festival Too, and a robot which is helping surgeons at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

You can scroll down to get more information on these, and other stories, too.

Overnight weather: Largely dry with patchy cloud

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be largely dry, with patchy cloud, although isolated showers may drift into east Norfolk later. Lows of around 8C (46F).

Saturday's weather map
BBC

Saturday will be rather cloudy, although much of the day will be dry, there's the small chance of a few showers developing, possibly heavy at times. Highs of 20C (68F) inland, cooler near the coast.

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

Teenager says appearing in the circus was 'amazing'

A teenager from Norfolk is starring in an international circus as it rolls into the county.

Imogen Reynolds
BBC

Imogen Reynolds, 14, from Caister, is performing with Russell's International Circus at Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth. 

The aerial artist says the experience was amazing: "I felt I could finally be myself properly. I do aerial silks and I'm also doing torches and then I do the finale with the other acts."

Watch: Bobby the dog brought out of well

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Today we've brought you the story of Bobby the cocker spaniel, rescued from a well at Gimingham, near North Walsham, by Norfolk Urban Search and Rescue.

Here he is being brought out from his subterranean prison.

Missing cocker spaniel rescued from 82ft-deep dry well

The crocodile that's been terrorised by a terrapin

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Now I don't know about you, but if I had to choose between a terrapin, or a crocodile like this for company, I'd probably go for the terrapin.

But events at the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary show that would be the wrong decision, as three of these chaps have had their lives made a misery recently by a yellow-bellied slider terrapin who's no longer sharing their tank.

Spokesman Adam Makinson says while it's hard to be sure, there's just a hint of relief in the crocodiles' normally inscrutable expressions.

Caiman crocodile
Hunstanton Sea Life

She may not look all that ferocious but ...

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

This female yellow-bellied slider terrapin has had to be found a new tank at the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, after terrorising the other occupants - three caiman crocodiles.

Tina has been "stealing the mice and chicks the caimans are fed" and in the last few days was spotted biting one of the crocodiles on the back twice, says Adam Makinson from the Sanctuary.

We'll bring you a photograph of one of the crocodiles shortly. 

Tina the terrapin
Hunstanton Sea Life

Watch: Norwich City's Brady hits stunning free kick in training

Norwich City's Robbie Brady is expected to make the Republic of Ireland's team for their match against the Netherlands in Dublin tonight.

He won't have done his selection hopes any harm with this stunning free kick in training...

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Lack of public information about devolution criticised

Nic Rigby

BBC News

There has been criticism of the lack of publicly-available information surrounding devolution proposals for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire up to this point. 

Andy Wood, the independent chair of the East Anglia Leaders Group, met with government representatives yesterday. 

East Anglia flag
BBC

He admits there has not been enough public communication about the plans, but said "to talk more specifically about proposals at this point has the potential to weaken our negotiating position". 

A formal public consultation is to take place in the summer to allow local people and businesses to have their say on the plans.

Devolved powers plans up in the air

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans for devolving powers to an "Eastern Powerhouse" were first revealed by BBC Look East on 11 March, five days before they were officially announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in his budget.

George Osborne MP
Reuters

The plans at the time called for an elected mayor covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, but this scheme quickly fell apart as it became clear Cambridgeshire councils did not want to join with their East Anglian neighbours.

On 13 May, it was revealed that a new scheme was being proposed for one authority covering councils in Cambridgeshire and another authority covering councils in Norfolk and Suffolk. But there are question marks over whether this would be acceptable to all the councils and the government.

If you're wondering why rail services were disrupted between Norwich and Great Yarmouth...

Train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth were cancelled for much of the morning after a train hit a gate.

The 05:50 from Norwich wasn't carrying any passengers when it struck the gate, which had swung open just outside Great Yarmouth station. near Breydon Junction. 

Network Rail attended the scene, the operator Abellio Greater Anglia said no one was injured and the train wasn't damaged.

Further details on this year's Festival Too

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back now to the line-up for this year's Festival Too in King's Lynn, which begins on 25 June.

The Vamps
The Vamps

Other acts who'll be appearing are Phats and Small, The Vamps (pictured), The Wonder Stuff, Odyssey, and Kym Mazelle.

Chair of Festival Too, Bridget Nurse, says they've tried to book something for everyone: "And we are delighted to have The Vamps, the biggest pop act in Britain, headlining on Saturday, 2 July."

Norwich church expects biggest women’s event yet

Network Norfolk

This evening will see a record gathering of women for Proclaimers at its quarterly Sisterhood event, with ladies from Norwich and Ipswich joined by ladies watching online in Slovakia.

Network Norfolk event
Network Norfolk

Bobby's rescue: Dog and owner reunited

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's Bobby, safely back in owner Adrian Phillips' arms. 

Adrian Phillips and Bobby
Adrian Phillips

Mr Phillips said: "When he popped his head up through the hole, he had that real 'hangdog' look on his face.  

"But I gave him a cuddle and his tail started wagging, and it was like nothing had happened.

"I just can't thank his rescuers and Ali Cargill and his wife Rachel enough for their help."

Bobby's rescue: The smile says it all

And here's a great moment in the story of the rescue of Bobby the cocker spaniel, who went missing a fortnight ago.

The Urban Search and Rescue Team with Bobby
Adrian Phillips

Bobby's rescue: Possibly the happiest moment of his life?

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

This is the moment Bobby the cocker spaniel was winched to safety from the bottom of an 82ft well in Gimingham.

Bobby being winched to safety
Adrian Phillips

It's not clear how long Bobby was stuck down the well, but owner Adrian Phillips said his vet later considered that due to weight loss, he might have been there for two weeks. 

The well was at the site of a house that was demolished many years ago, although it had been previously been covered over. The field of spring barley completely obscured the hole, so it was only Bobby's yelps that alerted farmer Ali Cargill.

Going underground: Rescuers prepare to free Bobby the cocker spaniel

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's the crew of Norfolk's Urban Search and Rescue team at the scene in Gimingham as they set about the rescue of Bobby at 17:00 yesterday.

The Urban Search and Rescue team at work
Adrian Phillips

John Baker, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said the team first had to check how much oxygen was down the well by using gas monitoring equipment.

They set up a tripod and sala winch to lower a member of the team down, with air line equipment cylinders as well as a precaution.

"It's great that we've got the right equipment, which is at the cutting edge of technology, combined with a highly-trained team available across the country to safely deal with this sort of predicament," he said.

Bobby's owner: 'We didn't expect him to be at the bottom of an 82ft well'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Owner Adrian Phillips said he and his wife and Sally-Anne had searched endlessly for Bobby, who disappeared while out on a walk a fortnight ago, posting messages on social media and lost dog websites and plastering posters around the village. 

Bobby in happier times, before his ordeal
Adrian Phillips

He said: "After a week we had almost given up hope. We thought that he might have been taken or something. We kept going out and looking for him, but we really didn't expect him to be at the bottom of an 82ft well!"

Food and water was lowered down to the dog before Norfolk's Urban Search and Rescue team were called.

Cocker spaniel rescued from well after two weeks

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Check out this picture... it's the sorry sight of a little lost dog, Bobby the cocker spaniel, who was missing for two weeks and was discovered yesterday stuck down an 82ft (25m) well in the village of Gimingham, near North Walsham.

Bobby the cocker spaniel stuck down the well
Adrian Phillips

Two-year-old Bobby had fallen all the way down a previously closed-off dry well, which was completely obscured from view in a field of spring barley.

He had disappeared while on a walk a fortnight ago, and his owners Adrian and Sally-Anne Phillips feared they would not find him alive.

But when his yelps were heard by local farmer Ali Cargill, Norfolk's Urban Search and Rescue team was called out to help.

Canaries announce pre-season plans

Norwich City have confirmed the bulk of their plans for pre-season.

They include away games at Lowestoft Town and Peterborough United in mid-July.

The Canaries will host Coventry City on Tuesday 26 July with another home game on Saturday 30 July against as-yet-unnamed opponents. 

Alex Neil
Getty Images

Norwich will also go to Austria for a week long training camp in Burgenland. 

Crossing the line?

Diss Express

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

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Sprowston death 'not suspicious' say police

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed the death of a man in Sprowston, near Norwich, is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers were called to a property in Colindeep Lane at about 10:45 yesterday, where the body of a man in his 50s was found.

Inquiries carried out at the scene, and the result of a post-mortem examination, police have confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Bungalow in Sprowston
BBC

All's well that ends well

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of the Eastern Daily Press looks like this:

EDP front page
Eastern Daily Press

Naismith wouldn't change a thing

Norwich Evening News

And the back page of the Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Car ban for Prince of Wales Road?

Norwich Evening News

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

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Robots join surgical team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

State-of-the-art robots are enabling surgeons to carry out more precise keyhole surgery for prostate cancer in Norfolk.

Surgeon with robot
BBC

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital invested £1m in the robot, which means patients no longer have to travel to London or Cambridgeshire for surgery. 

Consultant Rob Mills says: "It's very dextrous and it does exactly what we need it to do. It has a very solid platform and then the arms are mobile and they will come out and perch over the patient and have extreme flexibility to move into the position that we want them to be in."

Gabrielle tops the bill at this year's Festival Too

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The organisers of this year's free Festival Too in King's Lynn have announced the line-up for the event with Gabrielle, The Wonder Stuff and Odyssey among the performers.

We'll bring you more details as we get them.

Gabrielle
Getty Images

Yarmouth Racecourse ready to re-open

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Great Yarmouth Racecourse has been given the go-ahead to resume racing on 8 June.

Inspectors from the British Horseracing Authority have been looking at the track this week.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse
Getty Images

There's been no racing there since last September when the Eastern festival had to be abandoned because of safety concerns after extensive work to level the course. 

Sensational last heat salvages a draw for King's Lynn Stars

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars drew 45-45 with Swindon in speedway's Elite League last night.

The Stars were four points down going into the final heat but a brilliant overtaking move from youngster Robert Lambert on Jason Doyle saw him clinch second behind team-mate Niels-Kristian Iversen to give Lynn the 5-1 they needed to salvage a draw. 

Niels-Kristian Iversen
Getty Images

Iversen was unbeaten all night, returning a 15-point maximum for the Stars. 

Naismith has no regrets over Norwich City move

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Steven Naismith says he doesn't regret signing for Norwich City despite their relegation from the Premier League. 

The Scotland international joined from Everton in January for about £8m but only scored once and that was on his debut against Liverpool. 

The 29-year old is currently with the Scotland squad ahead of friendlies against Italy and France. 

Devolution plans given to the government

Plans for two separate devolution deals for East Anglia have been handed to the government.

Punting in Cambridge
Getty Images

Under the scheme, powers from Whitehall for planning and transport would be transferred to two regional bodies - one covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and another covering Norfolk and Suffolk.

Although the government has yet to agree to the proposals, negotiations have been described as "positive". It was revealed last week a deal had to be in place by today, but it could be a few weeks until anything is fully signed-off.

'It wasn't our fault', says woman who contracted potentially fatal disease from contaminated blood

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

"We should all be offered the same treatment", says a woman from Dereham who's calling on the government to make sure sufferers of a potentially fatal disease receive the help they need.

Michelle Tolley
BBC

Michelle Tolley, who has the blood-borne virus Hepatitis C, says although she's now receiving treatment, many others aren't: "It shouldn't be that when your life's possibly coming to an end then you're allowed treatment.

"We should all of us be offered the same treatment. At the end of the day it wasn't our fault we were given contaminated bloods."

NHS England says Hepatitis C treatment has been its biggest single investment over the past year and it's working through a backlog of cases.

Dereham woman calls for more government action to help Hepatitis C sufferers

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A woman from Norfolk is urging the government to take more action to help sufferers of a potentially fatal disease. 

Michelle Tolley from Dereham contracted Hepatitis C due after a contaminated blood transfusion 25 years ago, but only found out she was infected last year.

Blood transfusion equipment
BBC

She's now being treated, but says it's taken too long to get to this point: "I've had to push for appointments along the way.

"I'm actually one of the very lucky ones to be accepted for treatment. All I needed to have was cirrhosis of the liver to get this."

Friday's weather: Warm inland, cooler near the coast

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a day of patchy cloud and warm, sunny spells for all of us. A few mainly light showers are possible this afternoon. 

A top temperature inland of 18C (64F), but cooler on the coast.  

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

Thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

We'll be starting the day today with news of a Dereham woman's fight to get the government to take more action to help sufferers of Hepatitis C. She contracted it 25 years ago, but only discovered she had the disease last year.

We'll also bring you news of a protest over payments to people who've been given tainted blood, which is taking place outside David Cameron's constituency office today.