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  1. Injured cyclist claims county's roads are 'war zone' for riders
  2. Hundreds attend public debate on EU referendum
  3. Updates on Thursday, 2 June 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, 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: Mild night in store, another cloudy day tomorrow

A mild night ahead, especially if you happen to be in built-up areas. The odd spot of rain can't be ruled out but it should stay dry for the most part.

Tomorrow's set to be mostly cloudy with a little showery rain spreading from the east, so if you were hoping for summer you're not in luck. Highs of 15C, that's 59F.

You can always check the latest forecast for where you live on the BBC Weather website.

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EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

Facebook Live invitation

Final headlines: Call for more help for veterans with mental health problems... Student designs riot shield to help riot police

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

These are some of the stories we have covered today:

  • Health charity says more should be done for armed services veterans suffering mental health problems
  • Coastguard exercise tests emergency response to people buried on beaches
  • Wymondham student designs new opaque riot shield to help police officers

Early treatment of veterans 'improves outcomes and saves money' says charity

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

A health charity that produced a 200-page report on depression, stress and anxiety suffered by armed services personnel in Norfolk and Suffolk when they return to civilian life says more links should be forged between veterans' charities and the NHS.

Edward Fraser

"Veterans can suffer conditions which are too complicated to be dealt with by GP services but not complicated enough for specialist treatment," Edward Fraser, from Healthwatch Norfolk (pictured), said. 

"If treatment can be given quickly patient outcomes can be improved and money saved."

More should be done to help veterans with mental health problems, says former Army nurse

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

A former Army mental health nurse who spent two decades counselling frontline soldiers suffering from depression and anxiety attacks said more should be done to help them once they left the services.

Lt Col Rod Eldridge

Nurse Lt Col Rod Eldridge (pictured) himself suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and left the Army to find there was only one specialist unit to help veterans with mental health problems and that was in Essex. 

Now charity Healthwatch has produced a 200-page report that concludes the NHS is doing a lot of good work but is not linking closely enough with armed services charities dealing with mental health in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Seaside Grade ll-listed waterways and lake to get £1.3m revamp

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 1920s seafront park in Great Yarmouth is to be restored to its former glory and the local community is being asked to get involved.

Boating lake

The town's Waterways and Boating Lake is to get a £1.3m revamp, restoring the Grade ll-listed canal, lake (pictured) and surrounding parkland along North Drive. 

An open day is being held today for the public to learn about the plans and Darren Barker from the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, said work would be carried out over the seven-acre (2.8 hectare) site.

Design student makes himself disappear (almost)

This is Ben Palmer, a 21-year-old student from Wymondham, Norfolk. Now you see him...

Ben Palmer with riot shield
Nottingham Trent University

... now you don't.

Ben Palmer with riot shield
Nottingham Trent University

He has designed a riot shield that aims to obscure the person carrying it and act like a one-way window, allowing police to hide their numbers during potentially violent clashes.

Ben, who is studying BA Product Design at Nottingham Trent University and hopes to become a police officer himself, said: "Riot police have a difficult job to do, and can regularly face very intense situations.

"By interviewing rioters, it became very clear that police could gain a psychological advantage if their shields incorporated one-way privacy.

“Not only would it allow police to mask their numbers, but rioters wouldn’t know who or what they were facing.”

In case you're wondering what Ben can see, here's another picture:

Ben Palmer with riot shield
Nottingham Trent University

Headlines: Norfolk roads a 'war zone', claims injured cyclist... Cromer EU vote debate highlights immigration concern

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

These are some of the stories we have covered today:

  • Cyclist badly injured in collision with car claims Norfolk roads are a "war zone" for riders
  • EU referendum meeting at Cromer church hears concerns about immigration and European army
  • King's Lynn Stars bid to end winless run in speedway's Elite League at Norfolk Arena

Coastguard exercise tests response to people accidentally buried on beach

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

An exercise has been carried out to test rescue response to people becoming buried in beach sand when digging becomes too enthusiastic.

Coastguards digging

Coastguard teams were digging deep on the beach at Caister last night trying to find two mannequin bodies buried in the sand. 

The exercise was important because nationally there has been an increase in the number of rescues of people trapped, having dug too-deep a hole which has then collapsed on them.


Five years ago a 15-year-old girl had to be rescued by a paramedic and lifeboatmen from a 7ft (2m) hole on Caister beach. She was pulled out alive and virtually unharmed.

King's Lynn Stars chase first win in six weeks

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars will attempt to end their winless run in speedway's Elite League when they take on Wolverhampton this evening at The Norfolk Arena. 

The Stars haven't won since 21 April when they beat Leicester. They have only ridden four meetings in that time after a series of rain-offs. 

King's Lynn Stars logo
King's Lynn Stars

Lynn team manager Rob Lyon told us: "We've had such a stop/start it feels like the season has only just going."

Russ paving way to the World Cup

Norwich Evening News

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

Evening News back page

Why didn't you tell us sooner?

Norwich Evening News

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

Evening News front page

Hodgson: Why I picked Rashford

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press

EDP back page

Immigration concerns expressed at EU referendum debate at church

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Concerns about immigration, accountability of EU institutions and fears about plans for a possible European Army were expressed in audience questions at a public debate in Cromer last night.

Cromer EU debate

About 300 people attended the parish church to discuss whether or not the UK should leave the European Union. The event was the latest in a series taking place across Norfolk ahead of the 23 June referendum. 

Speakers were local Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, who wants Britain to remain in the UK, and UKIP county councillor Michael Baker from the Leave campaign. 

Cyclists 'smallest group' on list of those killed and injured on roads

Cyclists are the smallest group on the list of road casualties in Norfolk, the manager responsible for road safety in the county claims. 

Iain Temperton, team manager for casualty reduction at Norfolk County Council, said compared to motorcyclists and young and older drivers, the number of cyclists killed or injured on Norfolk's roads was small.

"We do not know how many cyclists are on the roads but it is increasing as an activity. The county council wants more people to walk and cycle and Norfolk's roads are among the safest in the country," he said.

"There is no such thing as a dangerous road. It is the behaviour and attitude of users that is the problem. People notice the minority of offenders but the roads are there to be shared safely."

'Cyclists have as much right to be on the road as motorists', injured man says

A man who says he was nearly paralysed in a crash at Loddon, claims that it's like a war for cyclists using the county's roads.

Shaun Cowley

Shaun Crowley was left with a broken back and fractured ribs, and lost most of his front teeth in the collision in May, but is now recovering. 

"Cyclists have as much right to be on a road as a motorist," he said.

Mr Crowley admitted riders would sometimes ride out from the kerb to avoid potholes or other obstructions.

More travel: Accident blocks A1075 at Griston

BBC Travel

The A1075 is blocked in both directions at Griston, near Watton, because of an accident and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

More details from BBC Travel.

Travel: Traffic light failure on Dereham Road at New Costessey

BBC Travel

Traffic light failure at New Costessey on the A1074 Dereham Road into Norwich is causing serious congestion in both directions.

More details from BBC Travel.

Triathlon contender 'nearly paralysed' in collision with car

Nick Conrad

BBC Radio Norfolk

Cyclist Shaun Crowley, from Beccles, was about to represent Britain in the Long Distance European Triathlon Championships when he collided with a car in Loddon in May.

Shaun Crowley
Shaun Crowley

He says his injuries left him nearly paralysed and he has deep concerns for the safety of other cyclists on Norfolk's roads. 

Cycling groups claim it is safe to cycle in Norfolk and more people are doing it but that drivers need to realise that modern bikes can go faster than they think.

Cyclist describes county roads as 'war zone'

Nick Conrad

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man who was badly injured in a crash in south Norfolk claims the county's roads are like "a war zone" for cyclists.

Shaun Crowley
Shaun Crowley

Shaun Crowley was lucky to survive after the crash involving a car in Loddon. 

He's well known in Beccles for running the town's lido and he's been telling BBC Radio Norfolk about his horrific injuries.

Weather: Brighter afternoon away from coast

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a cloudy start with a little drizzle in places it will slowly brighten up from the west.

Sunny spells developing, although coastal areas may stay rather cool and cloudy. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F) 

More details from BBC Weather:

Morning everyone

Good morning everyone. We'll be bringing you updates on the county's news live from our Norwich newsroom.

We'll start this morning with news about cyclists, with drivers being urged to look out for them.

The warning comes from Shaun Crowley, who was due to represent Britain in the long distance European Triathlon, when he had an accident with a car in Loddon which left him with a broken back. 

He says motorists don't realise how fast bikes can go nowadays.