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Summary

  1. Norwich actor Sam Clemmett to star in Harry Potter stage production
  2. Heavy rain has led to flooding and is causing problems on the roads and trains
  3. Norfolk's Minor Counties Championship match with Cambridgeshire ends in a draw, due to the rain
  4. Updates for Norfolk on Tuesday, 31 May 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Tuesday's Norfolk Live

Thank you for your company, as well as your photographs of flooding and storm damage, today.

The weather has been our main story, but we mustn't forget the exciting news that Norwich actor Sam Clemmett is playing Harry Potter's son in the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at London's Palace Theatre.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Becoming drier but still the chance of some patchy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It's gradually becoming drier across the region, but there's still the chance of some patchy rain and a few heavy downpours. Turning misty and murky with some fog patches around, and lows of 11C (52F).

Wednesday's weather map
BBC

It'll be rather cloudy on Wednesday with some outbreaks of patchy rain during the morning, some heavy bursts possible around the Wash. Becoming drier and a little brighter later, but many areas will stay dull and cloudy. Top temperature: 16C (61F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Taser 'drawn but not used'

Police in Great Yarmouth say they drew a Taser during an incident yesterday but it was not used. 

Armed officers were called to High Street in Caister at around 18:30 after getting reports of a man with a knife. 

A 35-year-old man was arrested and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Hat gate debate rescheduled

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We understand that the debate by Thetford Town Council on the subject of whether women at official functions should be required to seek the mayor's permission to take their hats off has been rescheduled.

It was due to be heard tonight, but will now take place when the full council meets on 28 June.

Thieves steal almost 5,000 litres of fuel

Almost 5,000 litres of fuel were stolen last week in Woodrising, in Breckland, police have revealed.

Nine tractors and one fuel bowser were targeted between 18:30 on Wednesday and 07:30 on Thursday, resulting in thieves escaping with a total of 4,650 litres of fuel.

Operation Randall sticker
Norfolk Police

Norfolk disappointed with draw

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk cricket captain Chris Brown says he will take the positives from a disappointing draw in the first Minor Counties Championship match of the season.

The county were well on top going into the final day against Cambridgeshire at Wisbech, but persistent rain put pay to any play today.

In the second innings with the ball we were outstanding. There's some good signs for things to come, I'm really pleased with the performance."

Chris BrownNorfolk captain

Odd laws you may unknowingly break

As an 800-year-old dress code deemed "sexist and discriminatory" is debated in Norfolk, what other rules and regulations are surprisingly old-fashioned - or just plain strange?

For centuries, women at official Thetford Town Council functions have been required to seek the mayor's permission to take their hats off. However, men are trusted to use their own judgement and may discard their headwear all on their own.

The historic maxim will be mulled over at a meeting later, after the newly-elected councillor Francesca Robinson said it was "demeaning".

Take a look at some of the other rules which may need revising.

Fallen tree 'struck passing van'

Travel: Fallen tree blocks B1108 in Barford

BBC Travel

The B1108 Watton Road in Barford is blocked in both directions around Burdock Lane, because of a fallen tree.

Supermarket evacuated in North Walsham

A supermarket in North Walsham was evacuated this morning because of a fire.

North Walsham fire
BBC

Four fire engines were called to Sainsbury's on Bacton Road. Our reporter in the area said no smoke or flames were visible.

Norwich actor picked to play Harry Potter's son

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the series and the first official part of the franchise to be presented on stage.

The plot sees Harry Potter as a husband and father of three school-age children, with a job working for the Ministry of Magic.

Composite of HP and the Cursed Child cast
Charlie Gray

The production's website states: "While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus, played by Norwich actor Sam Clemmett, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts will run in the theatre simultaneously, split between matinee and evening performances.

Norwich actor to star in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The first set of photographs featuring some cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in costume have been released, with Norwich actor Sam Clemmett (centre) revealed as the character Albus Severus Potter - the cursed child referred to in the title.

Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter
Charlie Gray

Clemmett has previously appeared in productions of Lord of the Flies, and Wendy and Peter Pan for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as in TV dramas such as The Musketeers and Foyle's War.

JK Rowling said: "There's much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we'd be into spoiler territory so quickly I'll just say we couldn't have cast better."

Afternoon forecast: The worst is over

It will be rather cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of drizzle, feeling cool in the northerly breeze. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

Overnight, further outbreaks of light rain are all we've got in store.

Sheringham
Weather watcher: 'Jezfrombez'

Weather Watcher Jezfrombez has come up trumps again with this photo of a tree blown down at Sheringham.

If you'd like to know more about being a weather watcher, take a look at the website.

Funding gap of £400,000 identified to take in refugees

District councils are being called upon to help plug a funding gap of about £400,000 to resettle refugees in Norfolk, as county councillors today reconfirmed their commitment to helping 50 Syrian refugees. 

Norfolk county hall
BBC

When they agreed to the idea last year, they thought the government would cover all the costs, but that hasn't happened.

Julie Bremner, from Stand Up to Racism, Refugees Welcome Here, said: "We are talking about one bus-load of people, 50 people.

"I wanted Norfolk, as many people did, to be at the forefront of welcoming people and we seem to be the last people actually doing something about this to help."

BreakingNorfolk denied by the weather

Norfolk's cricket team have drawn their match against Cambridgeshire.  

No play has been possible on the final day because of rain at Wisbech. 

View more on twitter

Role of Hunstanton hut in Battle of Jutland revealed

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

As Britain marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, it's emerged that a hut in Hunstanton played a pivotal role. It was built by the post office to make the most of the newly emerging radio technology.

But by 1916 it was occupied by technicians gathering radio communications from the Germans.

Battle of Jutland
Getty Images

The battle became the biggest naval conflict of World War One.

Gary Rossin, a local archaeologist who studies modern conflicts, said: "This was a wireless station that was involved in capturing German wireless communications. Once captured this information was sent down to the admiralty which was involved in decoding the transmissions."

Battle of Jutland deaths were 'very shocking' for the navy, says historian

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The role of spies in Hunstanton has come to light today as Britain marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland. More than 8,000 British and German sailors died in the biggest sea conflict of World War One.

It was guided in part by radio technicians in Hunstanton gathering coded communications from German ships.

Battle of Jutland
Getty Images

Glyn Prysor, the chief historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, said: "These were huge ships, more than a thousand officers and men on board - they went down in mere moments.

"It was incredibly dramatic, incredibly brutal and very shocking for the navy and all those involved."

King’s Lynn pedestrian ferry halted for safety reasons

Lynn News

Lynn’s pedestrian ferry is not running today, because of safety concerns caused by a rare weather and tidal pattern.

Lynn Ferry
Lynn News

Weather threatens Norfolk run chase

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The wet weather could prevent Norfolk from starting their Minor Counties Championship campaign with a win. 

They are 68 for 2, chasing 169 to beat Cambridgeshire going into the final day of the match. 

View more on twitter

It doesn't look like there will be any play before lunch at least, with puddles on the outfield of the ground at Wisbech. 

Martin takes step towards coaching

Norwich Evening News

...and here's the back page of the Norwich Evening News

Back page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Roy gets ready to wield the axe

Eastern Daily Press

A quick look at the back pages of today's papers. Here's the Eastern Daily Press

Back page of EDP
Eastern Daily Press

Update from BBC Travel

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Our colleagues at BBC Travel have a comprehensive list of current problems on the county's roads, but here's a reminder, to keep you in the picture:

  • One lane is blocked on the A11 northbound in Thetford at Brandon Road, the A134, because of a two-vehicle collision
  • Buxton Road in Frettenham is closed between Mill Road and Spixworth Road, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables
  • Hill Road in Fair Green near King's Lynn is partially blocked at Parkhill, because of a fallen tree
  • A140 partially blocked in Brockford Street between Wickham Road and Brockford Road, because of flooding

Your photos: Instant pond in Thurgarton

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

We'll continue to bring you photographs of the aftermath of the torrential rain the county's experienced during the past 12 hours.

This was taken in Thurgarton by BBC Weather Watcher Jezfrombez.

If you've got a photo you'd like to share with us, you can send us an email, or post it on our Facebook page.

Thurgarton
Weather Watcher 'Jezfrombez'

Our city of culture

Norwich Evening News

And here's the front page of today's Norwich Evening News

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Hero saves pair in house blaze

Eastern Daily Press

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

Front page of EDP
Eastern Daily Press

Battling bonus point for King's Lynn Stars

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars were beaten 49-44 at Wolverhampton but staged a late fightback to earn a losing bonus point. 

The Stars trailed by 13 points with only three heats remaining. Niels-Kristian Iversen and Robert Lambert finished first and second in the very last race to clinch the bonus. 

Niels-Kristian Iversen
Getty Images

The Stars lost reserve rider Lewis Rose to injury during the meeting. 

Round-up of storm-related problems

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

These are the latest problems we're aware of across Norfolk - if you know differently please send us an email:

  • Broken down car blocking Strumpshaw Road, Brundall
  • Fallen tree partially blocking Hill Road, Middleton
  • Green Lane in Thorpe End closed under the railway bridge because of flooding 
  • Nine hundred homes without power in Wroxham area after overhead line came down
  • Some homes in Downham Market also without power

Norwich United lose prolific striker

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich United's top goal scorer Matt Blake has left the club to sign for Leiston.

Blake has a remarkable record for The Planters, scoring 85 goals in the past two seasons as they won the Thurlow Nunn Premier twice. 

View more on twitter

United will be playing in Ryman League North for the first time next season. Leiston play a division higher, finishing eighth in the Ryman Premier last season. 

Greater Anglia says some areas have seen flooding over the top of the rails

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Greater Anglia says problems are likely to continue, as a result of flooding on the line between Norwich and Lowestoft.

Spokesman Jonathan Denby said some of the trains that go to Lowestoft to form the services southbound, weren't able to get there, which has caused cancellations.  

 "There's been some places where it's been extremely severe and the water has been over the top of the rails," he said.

Abellio train
BBC

Cricket: Norfolk 101 runs away from victory

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk need to score 101 runs on the final day of their Minor Counties Championship match at Cambridgeshire if they're to start the season with a win. 

They will resume on 68 for 2 in their second innings on the final day. That's after they bowled Cambs all out for 138 at Wisbech to set up a victory target of 169. 

View more on twitter

Norfolk bowler Ben France took 5 for 65. His superb opening burst helped to reduce the home side to 14 for 4 at one stage. 

Tuesday's all-important weather: Wet and windy to start, cloudy with drizzle later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

A wet and windy start today, with heavy and perhaps still thundery rain in places. This will gradually ease away westwards through the morning. Outbreaks of drizzle are then possible during the afternoon. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

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

Overnight storms cause problems for travellers

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Trains between Norwich, Reedham and Lowestoft have been cancelled because of flooding

Tickets are being accepted on local buses and Greater Anglia say trains between Norwich and Lowestoft may be cancelled or diverted to Great Yarmouth. 

Elsewhere Strumpshaw Road in Brundall is blocked because of flooding and a broken down car. 

And a fallen tree is blocking Station Road at Great Fransham, that's in the process of being cleared. 

Welcome to Tuesday's Norfolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on this wet and miserable morning - I think this photograph taken in West Winch by Weather Watcher "Tavy" says it all:

West Winch
Weather Watcher "Tavy"

We'll start the day by bringing you all the latest news on how the weather is affecting travel across the county, whether its by road or rail.

If you've got any news of flooding or debris on the road near where you live or work, we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via email, or by posting a message on our Facebook page