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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 13 June 2016
  2. Inquest into death of convicted killer Simon Hall hears he was a "highly disturbed individual"
  3. Vigil held at City Hall in memory of Orlando massacre victims
  4. Three Norwich City players feature in Republic of Ireland vs Sweden today
  5. Businessman claims his firm could go bust within two years if Britain leaves the EU
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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Our coverage for today

That's it from the team today. We're back tomorrow at 08:00.  

Our main story of today was the inquest into the death at Wayland Prison in Norfolk of murderer Simon Hall, described as a "highly disturbed individual" by his widow.

We also heard from businesses about their views on the EU referendum.

Please scroll back down the feed to catch up on any of the day's events you might have missed.

Weather: Showers tonight... tomorrow sunny with showers

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The remaining heavy showers will gradually become fewer and further between through the evening, leaving a drier but rather cloudy night with a westerly breeze moving remaining showers through fairly quickly. Lows of 14C (57F).

Tomorrow a day of sunny intervals and showers, with some showers again becoming heavy and perhaps thundery. Winds will ease as the day progresses, meaning showers may become. locally prolonged later. High temperatures of 18C (64F).

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BBC

Special birthday celebrations for elderly 'lady'

They say every dog must have its day and the canine carers at Dogs Trust Snetterton made sure they weren't in the doghouse when celebrations for Miss Molly's birthday were required.

The terrier cross turns 14 this week - the human equivalent of 98 years - so staff laid on a kennel block party complete with canine cake to ensure the elderly resident was as happy as a dog with two tails.   

Miss Molly tucking into her canine cake
Dogs Trust Snetterton

Assistant manager Lauren Hillier says despite being in her retirement years, the top dog has a "cracking personality", loves afternoon naps, gentle walks and pottering around the garden.

Miss Molly and a birthday banner, with cake
Dogs Trust Snetterton

Greater Anglia spends £40m improving service

Greater Anglia has published its annual report today and says it has to do more to meet customers' expectations.

Greater Anglia
BBC

Last year, the rail operator came 20th out of 22 companies in a survey of customer satisfaction. 

It says it has spent £40m to improve experiences for commuters, including refurbishing trains and adding thousands of extra seats. 

Jerome signs new Norwich contract

Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome has signed a new three-year contract, with an option in the club's favour to extend it by a further 12 months.

The 29-year-old (below, left) has scored 24 goals in 80 matches since joining the Canaries from Stoke City in the summer of 2014.

Cameron Jerome
PA

Is the end of 'heat-related' delays on trains nigh?

Leaves on the line, staff not turning up, or signalling problems. If you're a commuter, these words probably send shivers down your spine - but now there's light at the end of the tunnel for "heat-related" delays. 

Line replacement
Network Rail

Network Rail is replacing 320km (199 miles) of overhead lines connecting Essex, Suffolk and Norwich with London Liverpool Street, so during hot weather lines won't sag and cause delays for passengers. 

The work, however, is not due to be completed until 2019.

Norwich vigil planned for victims of Orlando shootings

Norwich Pride is holding a vigil at City Hall at 19:00 in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community and those who lost their lives in the shootings in Orlando in Florida at the weekend.

Supporters will be meeting on the steps of City Hall, which will be lit up, and the city flag will be flying at half-mast.

City Hall, Norwich
Google

Aiden Webb's 'heartbroken' aunt thanks media and well-wishers

BBC Radio Norfolk

Lisa Shaw Webb, aunt of Aiden Webb, the Norwich climber whose body was found in Vietnam last week, has sent a message to BBC Radio Norfolk.

She apologised for not being in touch sooner, saying: "I've been heartbroken."

She said: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me and followed this story to the end.

"It was a very sad ending but without your help and social media we wouldn't have found him and that's the truth. Much love and a big big thank you again xx."

Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

Watch: Tea party fit for a Queen

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

People with dementia have been celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday with a tea party in Scratby today.

More than 100 people, including the mayor of Great Yarmouth, volunteers and carers, turned up to the reminiscence-based event.

A sponge cake, iced in red, white and blue, was made by the daughter of one of the members of the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Memory Club - and there was even a "royal" appearance.  

Watch: Dog owners 'flouting rules in park'

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

A mother from Norwich is calling for greater enforcement of rules about dogs in parks.

Sarah Tunnicliffe says children are being put at risk by owners who ignore signs asking for dogs to be kept on leads in Heigham Park. She's started a petition to raise awareness and has suggested that the old bowling green could be designated as a lead-free area.The council says it wants everybody to enjoy the city's parks and does employ wardens but it also has "limited resources".  

First day of Simon Hall inquest finishes

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The Simon Hall inquest has finished for today.

It will resume tomorrow morning at 10:00.

Talk of absconding, self-harm and suicide prompted jail move, inquest hears

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Steven Garner told the inquest Simon Hall talked about absconding, attempting to stab himself with a knife and wanting to kill himself, triggering another review on 7 September 2013.

This time he was referred to Wayland Prison, near Watton, where restrictions on inmates are tighter than at Hollesley Bay.

Wayland was given his offence details and prison history.

Simon Hall overdose triggered review, inquest hears

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The next witness at the Simon Hall inquest is Steven Garner, who was head of residence at Hollesley Bay Prison during the time Hall was at Hollesley Bay.

He said Hall arrived there on 4 December 2012 from Kingston Prison via Chelmsford Prison.

Hall overdosed on anti-smoking medication on 25 February 2013, triggering a review and closer observation, he said.

It's all Whyte for Sexton in title bid

This is what the back page of today's Norwich Evening News looks like:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Picture: Funnel cloud over south Norfolk

BBC Weather Watchers

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Ros" who posted this photo of a funnel cloud, near Hardwick, shortly after 11:00.

Funnel cloud
BBC Weather Watchers / Ros

Simon Hall 'very articulate and good-humoured'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Dr William Long, who said his role was to assess any risk posed by Simon Hall to others, described him as "a very articulate man; good-humoured."

He said: "He could grasp the issues we were talking about. I didn't experience that he was concerned that other people didn't like him or that there was a sense that he wasn't getting the support that he needed."

He said Hall was focused on how long he had left to serve: "Having been in an open prison, and everyone being convinced he was not responsible for the murder, he thought 'I could have coasted that, couldn't I, but emotionally I couldn't do that.'"

Simon Hall 'didn't like Wayland move'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Dr William Long said he had fewer meetings with Simon Hall once he moved to Wayland, "for logistical reasons".

He said Hall had become "unsettled" in the new environment at Wayland, where the noise was "too much" and people were "trying to do things to him".

Dr Long told the inquest Hall had said: "I never should have come back to closed prison."

Forensic psychologist next to give evidence at Simon Hall inquest

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Simon Hall was referred to Dr William Long, a senior forensic psychologist with the Prison Service, on the day the confession was made.

Dr Long told the inquest Hall had spent 10 years in prison "as a man who hadn't done what he was accused of, so his risks had changed.

"He had killed a much older woman and he told me there were some sexual aspects. 

"He had changed from resisting his conviction to a man that admitted he was seriously violent."

Simon Hall transferred to Wayland Prison

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The inquest into the death of Simon Hall has been told that in meetings at Hollesley Bay after his overdose on 8 September 2013, he spoke openly about his issues and was under constant supervision. He was considered to be at high risk of suicide and self-harm.

On 10 September, Hall was told he would be transferred to Wayland because there were more treatment options there. He was happy with this, and was transferred later that day, the inquest heard.

Simon Hall 'told mental health nurse of murder'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

On 23 July 2013 Simon Hall confessed to the murder of Joan Albert to a mental health nurse, after saying he needed to speak with her urgently.

Jurors at Norfolk Coroner's Court have heard that Hall was a user of the former legal high Spice, a strong substance smoked by some inmates.

He was reviewed throughout August 2013. On 8 September he overdosed again.

Simon Hall told prison staff he 'didn't need counselling'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

In January 2013, Simon Hall said he didn't need counselling for mental health issues and would talk to his wife if needed, the jury heard.

Hollesley Prison agreed, as he wasn't displaying any mental health illness at that time. But on 25 February he took an overdose of his anti-smoking medication.

He was referred to a psychiatrist in March but did not attend, then he saw a psychiatrist in May.

Timeline of Simon Hall's mental health problems

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Simon Hall complained to his GP of "low mood" on Jan 2013, the jury at Norfolk Coroner's Court has heard.

He was prescribed citalopram (an anti-depressant drug). He also saw a mental health nurse and was under regular review with regards to his health at Hollesley Bay. 

There was no evidence of mental health problems. He told his mental health nurse he was in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Emergency services train to deal with terrorist attack in Norwich

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Emergency services have been training in the event of a terrorist attack at a Norwich shopping centre.

Castle Mall
Google

Police, fire and ambulance staff were all involved in the exercise inside Castle Mall Norwich overnight.

Hundreds of volunteers took part to make things as realistic as possible. 

Impact of EU fishing policy on our fishermen

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Environment Secretary clashed with fisherman Paul Lines over fishing quotas at yesterday's Look East EU Referendum debate.

So what are the facts? The number of fishermen in this country has halved since we joined the EU, and the port of Lowestoft is now a shadow of its former self.

Because of big falls in North Sea stocks, the EU was forced to introduce quotas in 1983 and that's been credited with increasing fish numbers, but it has put a lot of fishermen out of business.

Fishermen with boxes of catch
BBC

In recent years we have started to be allowed to catch more fish and last year we had the second-largest catch in the EU - although because of those quotas we still catch far less than countries outside the EU like Norway and Iceland.

And one more statistic - just 4% of our quota goes to inshore fishermen, and most of our fishermen in this region are inshore fishermen.

Watch: Minister 'living in fool's paradise' over fishing quotas

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss clashed with Lowestoft fisherman Paul Lines, who accused her of living in a "fool's paradise" over EU fishing policy during Look East's EU Referendum debate programme.

Mr Lines, chairman of the Anglia Fishermen's Association, claimed fish quotas were not fairly distributed among the smaller fishing boats, which make up the majority of the fleet in the East of England.

Ms Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, admitted EU policy was "not perfect" but said things were improving for smaller fishermen.  

Stephanie Hall: Simon was a 'highly disturbed individual'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall described her husband Simon as a "highly disturbed individual".

She told the jury: "As far as I am aware he wasn't receiving the adequate help and support he needed."

Stephanie Hall 'felt betrayed' by murder confession

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall told the inquest Simon confessed to her on 23 July 2013 that he had murdered Joan Albert.

She was asked: "Did it change the relationship between you?"

She replied: "Yes, I was in shock. I still hadn't come to terms with it at the point of his death. I felt betrayed. I had a lot to contend with.

"It was extremely difficult but I still loved him."

Stephanie Hall 'concerned' at burglary revelation

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall said she found out in 2012 from family members that her husband Simon had committed a burglary on the night of Joan Albert's murder.

"I was concerned because he had never told me that before," she said.

Stephanie Hall had been 'convinced' of husband's innocence

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall told the jury when she first met her husband Simon, he did nothing to suggest he had murdered Joan Albert. 

She was asked if he had been able to convince her of his innocence of that crime. "Yes," she replied.

Stephanie Hall: 'I was not aware that our relationship was at an end'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall said the subject of divorce only came up once between her husband's confession to murder and his death.

"I was not aware that our relationship was at an end," she said.

Stephanie Hall: 'Simon told me he loved me and I told him the same back'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall has given more details of her final phone conversation with her husband Simon, the night before he died.

"The telephone conversation ended with him telling me he loved me and I told him the same back. That was the first time I had said that since he confessed [to murder]," she said.

"He certainly didn't seem suicidal."

Stephanie Hall: 'Simon seemed ok'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall was asked when she had last spoken to her husband, who was found dead in his cell at Wayland Prison.

"It was the night before he died. He seemed ok," she said.

"He didn't give me any cause for concern."

Stephanie Hall: 'I kept in touch with Simon after murder confession'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Stephanie Hall has told the inquest she did keep in touch with her husband Simon after he confessed to the murder of Joan Albert.

She said he was in Hollesley Bay Prison, near Woodbridge, and that they spoke "all the time".

Mrs Hall was asked if there were periods when they didn't speak for some time after the confession. She said: "Yes, or I didn't answer the phone."

By the time he moved to Wayland Prison, neat Watton, contact was "minimal", she said.

"There were weeks when we didn't speak and it was probably weekly when we did. He phoned me and wrote to me," she said.

Dodging the downpours: Rainfall figures

It was a bit of a rain-soaked weekend, but just how much fell across the region over 24 hours? Weatherman Dan Holley has tweeted the figures:

  • 33mm Santon Downham (Norfolk)
  • 27mm Writtle (Essex)
  • 25mm Woburn (Bedfordshire)
  • 18mm Tibenham (Norfolk)
  • 16mm Northampton
  • 12mm Norwich
  • 11mm Shoeburyness (Essex)

Simon Hall was 'victim of a gross miscarriage of justice'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Simon Hall's widow Stephanie told the inquest: "The year after we married I publicly campaigned to clear his name, believing him to be a gross miscarriage of justice victim."

In July 2013 he confessed to murder. She saw him for the last time in the June.

Simon Hall's widow tells how she met her husband

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Simon Hall's widow Stephanie told the inquest she met him at work in 2002, saying: "Simon was a highly intelligent, comical, personable and compassionate individual."

He was convicted of murder in February 2003.

She added: "I kept in touch with him ad hoc. I was in contact with him more regularly from 2006 to 2007.

"In early 2008 I visited him for the first time in prison. We married in the December.

"In 2012 I visited him four times a week, we spoke on the phone an awful lot and we wrote to one another.

"I had a lot of contact face-to-face."

Circumstances surrounding Simon Hall's death outlined to jury

Laura Devlin

BBC News

On 23 February 2014, Simon Hall was found hanging in his single occupancy cell at Wayland. Resuscitation attempts were made but he was pronounced dead.

The evidence will cover some background on Mr Hall, his transfer from Hollesley Bay to Wayland with regard to communication, the risk of self-harm and suicide and how that was managed, and his state of mind.

Signage for Hollesley Bay
BBC

Inquest jury hears background to Simon Hall's death

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The jury's been told that Simon Hall "committed a murder" in 2003.

"He initially pleaded his innocence, but confessed to the murder in 2013," coroner Jacqueline Lake said.

"You will hear evidence about his stay at Hollesley Bay and Wayland prisons, the police officer who investigated his death, and from Mr Hall's widow."

Further instructions to Simon Hall inquest jury

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The inquest jury has received instructions from coroner Jacqueline Lake.

She said: "You may have seen publicity about this inquest, about Mr Hall's death, and prior to that, the crime he committed and the subsequent innocence campaign, which made the local and national news.

"I must ask you to disregard this and base your decision on what you hear in court."

The inquest is due to last seven days.

Jury at Simon Hall inquest 'must answer four questions'

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Norfolk Coroner Jacqueline Lake has told the jury that their task is to answer four questions:

  • Who was the deceased?
  • When, where and how did he come about his death?

She added that Simon Hall's widow Stephanie Hall was represented, and due to give evidence.

Also represented are Her Majesty's Prison Wayland, Serco, Care UK, Horizon Health and Virgin Health.