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Summary

  1. Great Yarmouth to get its own air show starting next summer
  2. Organisers say it could boost the area's economy by up to £20m
  3. Business growth across Norfolk has stalled since last year, report says
  4. Local Live resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

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Our big story today has been the news that Great Yarmouth is to get its first ever major air show. The four-day event will be held in June next year, and is expected to boost the local economy by millions of pounds.

The trial of a former teacher accused of sex offences against pupils at a boarding school based at Wicklewood before it moved to Suffolk has begun at Ipswich Crown Court.

And the Norfolk firefighter who was paralysed in a freak accident whilst on his stag-do in Magaluf has postponed his wedding. James Thorpe was due to marry Michaela Watson this Friday.

That's all from us today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow. Have a nice evening.

Rural road is one of the quietest in Britain

A road in Norfolk has been named as the seventh-quietest road in Britain for traffic flow.

The A1062 is a largely rural road, running between the Broadland villages of Hoveton and Potter Heigham.  

The A1062, showing a bus in the distance
Google

A single-track road in the Scottish Highlands was named as the quietest, with the A481 in Wales and A3079 in Devon taking second and third place respectively.

The seven quietest roads were identified by Avis Car Rentals, using data from the Department of Transport.

Watch: Norwich peregrines start courtship

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

Just when we thought it was all over, the Norwich peregrine falcon tale takes a new twist.

The father of this year's chicks and the lone female, responsible for the death of two of them, are showing courtship behaviour.

It's unlikely that they'll manage to breed successfully as it's too late in the year but the Hawk and Owl Trust thinks they could become a breeding pair in 2017.

The two surviving peregrine falcon chicks were taken into care to protect them from the female. 

Watch: Iain Duncan Smith campaigns for Leave in Norfolk

The former Conservative party leader, Iain Duncan Smith, took his campaign for the UK to leave the EU on to the streets of King's Lynn today.

Along with the local MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, Mr Duncan Smith greeted market traders and members of the public... although not everyone there was a supporter of Brexit.  

You can find more information on the EU Referendum here.

Weather: Patchy rain later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day, but it will gradually turn cloudy with the risk of patchy rain overnight.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather chart for Wednesday 15;00 showing temperatures reaching 21(C) over Norfolk
BBC

Wednesday will be cloudy with outbreaks of patchy light rain, and the risk of scattered thunderstorms.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

BBC Weather has more information for you. 

City centre restaurant closes

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

A restaurant in the centre of Norwich has closed.

Pizza Hut says it is in discussions about its Orford Place outlet, but could provide no more details about its current closure. 

Exterior of Pizza Hut in Orford Place
Google

It says customers can visit any one of their other restaurants located at the nearby intu Chapefield shopping centre, Norwich Riverside or Longwater Retail Park.  

However, the Eastern Daily Press is reporting that the American burger chain Five Guys will open its first restaurant in Norwich in the Pizza Hut building. 

By George, he's done it - only one day off in 50 years for man of the land

Diss Express

“Pulling a sickie” is what used to be called “skiving” — but George Neeve doesn’t do either.

George Neeave, by his tractors in farmyard
George Neave

Fiance paralysed on stag-do postpones wedding

A Norfolk firefighter paralysed in a freak accident on his stag-do in Magaluf has been forced to postpone his wedding as a result of his injuries.

James Thorpe, 28, and Michaela Watson, from Boston, Lincolnshire, were due to marry this Friday but cancelled the ceremony after Mr Thorpe broke his neck, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

James Thorpe and his fiancee Michaela Watson
Michaela Watson

Mr Thorpe is being treated at Sheffield Spinal Injuries Unit after being flown home from the Spanish holiday resort.

Miss Watson says: "It needs to be perfect and it wouldn't have been... I knew deep down that the day would not go ahead, but I didn't want to take that drive away from James."  

A crowdfunding page to help with her fiance's recovery has so far raised £12,000.

"It would be amazing if James could walk down the aisle... that's what we're praying for and that's what we're aiming for," she says.  

Book by Norwich fan reveals faith of top footballers

Network Norfolk

A Norwich City fan has helped to write a new book in which 20 high-profile footballers share their Christian faith and reveal how it influences their lives, both on and off the pitch.

Ollie Baines and Liam Flint, standing in front of a bridge
Network Norfolk

'Significant increase' in mental health patients being sent out of area

Nic Rigby

BBC News

There has been a "significant increase" in the number of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust mental health patients sent out of its area in May, a report to its board has found.

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust HQ
BBC

Patients may be sent out of area when there are no suitable beds available at trust facilities.

Year-to-date expenditure on out-of-trust area beds is £530,000 against a full-year plan of £1m. 

The report to its board, meeting on Thursday, says: "If current level of activity was to continue throughout the year, there would be an overspend of around £2m against plan."

I'll never forget you, Ollie

Norwich Evening News

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

Front page of today's Norwich Evening News
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PCC to set up youth commission

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk's new police and crime commissioner has announced on BBC Radio Norfolk that he's setting up a youth commission to tackle problems in schools.

Lorne Green has started an eight-week consultation to find out what people want from the police force over the next four years. He says since starting five weeks ago, he's found £1.3m of savings from switching buildings being used by the police.

Lorne Green, PCC for Norfolk
BBC

When asked by a caller on the Nick Conrad show what he intended to do about bullying, drug-dealing and revenge porn in schools, Mr Green said he would set up a youth commission so that young people could tell him their concerns and that their issues could be addressed.

Nine bailed following Norwich disturbance

Nine people arrested following a disturbance in Norwich at the weekend have been released on police bail.

Shortly before 19:30 on Sunday, officers were called to reports of a disturbance on Motum Road involving a group of up to 30 people.

A 17-year-old girl, a 29-year-old woman, and seven men aged 19, 27, 28, 32, 33, 36 and 38 were all arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. 

All have been released on police bail pending further inquires until 7 July. 

Great Yarmouth Air Show: 'A bold initiative'

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

There's no lack of ambition here in Great Yarmouth today, with the aim to make the resort's air show the biggest event in the region.

It's a bold initiative when you look at what happened to the popular Lowestoft Air Festival (pictured) just a few miles down the coast.

Sea King helicopter at Lowestoft air show
Marvin Moss

In good weather that would attract crowds of well over 250,000 - but the event ended in 2012.

It had no entry fee and got into financial problems, because voluntary donations from people attending the event didn't raise enough to cover the costs.

Great Yarmouth Air Show: Town is 'worthy of a big event'

Gareth Brown, chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism Business Improvement Area, says the town is a "big destination worthy of a big event" and that is proud to share its plans to stage what is set to become one of the biggest events in the region.

Mr Brown praised support received from the borough council and from emergency services in planning the event.

Twister display team
BBC

A highly-experienced flight display director has already assessed the seafront, and the show will be dealing with the Civil Aviation Authority over flying regulations.

The four-day event is scheduled for 15-18 June 2017. 

Great Yarmouth Air Show: 'Benefits are huge if we can make it work'

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

"We've got the seafront to deliver a fantastic show... there's lot of space, a great beach and critically it's pretty straight - you don't want big bays or curves, you want a straight seafront which gives lots of opportunities to view."

This is what Asa Morrison told me in December when the idea of a seafront air show for Great Yarmouth was very much at the "pencilled-in" stage.

Yarmouth sea front
BBC

Mr Morrison, of the Greater Yarmouth Business Improvement Area, told me a "reasonably big air show" was within the capabilities of the town, and could bring economic benefits for Norfolk and and north Suffolk.  

He said challenges faced over the next few months involved infrastructure, how to move people in and out, sponsorship and how to make enough money to sustain the event: "We're talking big figures to make an air show happen... the benefits are huge if we can make it work." 

It looks like they have made it happen - the four-day event is scheduled to take place between 15-18 June next year, between the spring half-term break and the start of the school summer holiday season.

Great Yarmouth Air Show: 'Multi-million pound boost' to local economy

Organisers say the Great Yarmouth Air Show will be the biggest event to be held in the borough, and is expected to attract 300,000 visitors, giving a £10m boost to the local economy.

It's being staged by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement District (BID) as part of its drive to bring more visitors and spending power to the borough.

Britannia Pier on Great yarmouth's seafront
BBC

 It's hoped that by its third year the seafront event will generate more than £20m and will be self-sustaining through the income it generates, including sponsorship and the park-and-ride operation.   

Great Yarmouth Air Show: Excitement at the launch

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

I'm standing on the cliffs watching a great display by the Twister aerobatic team.

There's a great sense of excitement here over the ambitious plans for Great Yarmouth's very own air show. 

Twister display team
BBC

Guests at the launch were told the aim was to make it one of the UK's top-five seafront shows.  

Serious money - about £450,000 - is being invested in ensuring its success.

Great Yarmouth Air Show: A taster of the aerial displays to come

The launch of the Great Yarmouth Air Show got off to a flying start a short time ago, with this aerial display by the smoke-trailing Twister team.

Event director Asa Morrison says the show is a huge opportunity for the town, providing a major economic boost through tourism, as well as providing a free event for local residents.   

June was chosen as a date for the four-day event to avoid the busy summer holiday season - at the request of the tourist sector - and to coincide with a traditionally dry and warm month."

Asa MorrisonEvent director

Great Yarmouth to get air show

Great Yarmouth is to get its first ever major air show, it has just been announced.

Military and civilian aircraft will take to the skies in the four-day event from 15-18 June next year, with evening displays on Thursday and Friday, and afternoon displays at the weekend.

The seaside show is expected to attract up to 300,000 people, who will be able to watch the aerial displays from the town's Golden Mile seafront and sands.

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars
AP

Norfolk charity worker helps youngsters affected by Ebola

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A charity worker from Norfolk is hoping to help people in West Africa rebuilt their lives after Ebola.

Tom Dannatt travelled to Sierra Leone last year when the disease was at its height. The country has now been declared as officially Ebola-free.

Children in West Africa
Street Child

Now his charity Street Child, is helping 40,000 young people rebuild their lives by getting back to school. At least 10,000 of the children lost their parents to the virus.

Jury sent home in boarding school sex abuse trial

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The jury has been sent home for the day having heard the prosecution outline its case against a former St George's School teacher.

Gerard Singer, 69, of northern France, denies 28 charges of sexual abuse against nine former pupils between 1978 and 1981. 

The trial at Ipswich Crown Court will resume tomorrow and it is expected to last for two weeks.

Teacher 'systematically groomed and sexually abused large number of young boys'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Prosecution counsel David Wilson has finished outlining the Crown's case against former St George's School teacher Gerard Singer, 69.

He denies 28 charges relating to the abuse of pupils at the private boarding school which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk and then Great Finborough in Suffolk.

Mr Wilson said that in conclusion the defendant "systematically groomed and sexually abused a large number of young boys he taught at schools where he was entrusted with their care".

Gerard Singer 'left the country as net closed in'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Referring to St George's School headmaster Derek Slade, prosecuting counsel David Wilson told Ipswich Crown Court: "It seemed no doubt because of Mr Slade's own sexual abuse of the boys, that Mr Singer was permitted to leave the country before the authorities became involved.

"It was then left to Mr Slade to pretend he had taken swift and decisive action - no doubt to attempt to preserve the position of the school, protect a fellow paedophile and to cover his own conduct."

Gerard Singer, 69, whose address has been given as northern France, denies 28 charges of sex offences against former pupils at St George's School.

Boy 'forced to perform sex act on teacher and headmaster'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution is nearing the end of outlining the case against Gerard Singer, the 69-year-old former teacher accused of 28 sex offences at St George's School.

One boy, who attended the school from 1980 to 1986, said he was made to perform a sexual act on Mr Singer and the school's former headmaster Derek Slade at the same time.

Prosecuting counsel David Wilson told the court that such incidents happened to the boy "on a regular basis".

Pupil 'given £20 and told not to talk about what happened'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has said one boy, a pupil at the school when it was at Wicklewood, Norfolk, remembers being given a tablet and then waking up in "excruciating pain". He believes two men, including defendant Gerard Singer, had sexually abused him.

The boy left the school because his sister was not happy there and was leaving. He said on his final day Mr Singer gave him £20 and told him not to talk about what happened.

Teacher 'bought the attention of boys', court hears

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has alleged that Gerard Singer "bought the attention of the boys", with sweets and other gifts being given.

One witness is to tell how more than one boy would be involved in the abuse at the same time - and sometimes a "good crowd" of five or six boys.

The prosecution says Singer bought one boy at St George's School a gift of a scientific calculator, handing it over in woodland near the school before sexually abusing him.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

Sex abuse trial heard boy pupil made to 'lie on the bed'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Outlining its case, the prosecution said the jury would hear evidence of one former St George's School pupil who was taken into Gerard Singer's quarters at Great Finborough.

The boy said he was told to take off his clothes, lie on the bed and perform a sexual act on the teacher.

Afterwards, "the defendant checked that the coast was clear" and sent the boy on his way, the jury heard.

Gerard Singer 'has a tendency towards sexually abusing young boys'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has told the Ipswich jury that a witness at one of Gerard Singer's previous schools came forward with further allegations after hearing about the charges relating to St George's School.

A man who was at Cannock House School in Eltham, south-east London, said the defendant made him perform a serious sexual act on him when he was a 13-year-old in the early 1970s.

The court heard this information would "demonstrate the fact the defendant has a tendency towards sexually abusing young boys".

Teacher's sex abuse trial: Gerard Singer 'abused position of trust'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The prosecution has told the court that "Gerard Singer has abused his position of trust as a teacher... by befriending pupils before then engaging in acts of a serious sexual nature".

Mr Singer, 69, denies 28 charges relating to nine former pupils, who are now grown men, at St George's School, which was based in Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then Great Finborough, Suffolk.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

The court heard Mr Singer was a language teacher.

Trial of former teacher accused of sex offences begins

Richard Haugh

BBC News

The trial of a former teacher accused of 28 sex offences against boarding school pupils has begun at Ipswich Crown Court.

Gerard Singer, 69, taught at the private St George's School which was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, before it moved to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

Nine former pupils allege they were sexually abused between 1978 and 1981.

Roy's big gamble fails to pay off

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of EDP
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Travel: A47 blocked at Terrington St John

BBC Travel

More travel now: the A47 at Terrington St John is blocked with queuing traffic westbound because of an accident involving a car and a cyclist.

At the scene: Great Yarmouth crash

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

I'm at the scene of a crash on the Bure Bridge at Great Yarmouth which is causing serious congestion across the town.

A car overturned on the westbound exit from the Fullers Hill roundabout just after 09:00. Three ambulances, two fire engines and police cars are in attendance.

It's understood the driver has not sustained serious injuries but is being taken to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston for assessment.

Overturned car in Great Yarmouth
BBC

The crash has blocked the link between Great Yarmouth and the A47 and all traffic is now being diverted over the Haven Bridge, causing significant congestion and delays to drivers.

Travel: A149 blocked

BBC Travel

The A149 North Quay in Great Yarmouth is blocked, with queuing traffic at the B1141 North Quay junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

There's congestion on the A12 to Runham Roundabout and to the Tar Works Road junction. 

Pet food business is 'thriving', despite gloomy report

A new report shows businesses in Norfolk are facing uncertain times, with stalled growth and profits tumbling.

But it's not all bad news, as some industries are said to be doing well. Craig Taylor runs Natures Menu, based near Attleborough, which produces biologically-approved raw food for cats and dogs. Since its launch in 1981, it has now become Europe's leading expert on raw and natural pet food.

A kitten on a small hammock
Getty Images

Mr Taylor says the company, which has a "great group of dedicated Norfolk people", has brought a lot of new products to the market.

Despite infrastructure issues, he says the dualling of the A11 will make a big difference to the firm and that it's looking to relocate to the dual carriageway area.  

Paralympic medallist takes break from sport

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's Mel Clarke is taking an indefinite break from archery and will miss the Paralympics in Rio. 

The 32-year old from Taverham won a silver medal at London 2012 and a bronze four years earlier in Beijing. 

Mel Clarke
Getty Images

David Tillotson, performance director at Archery GB, said: “We very much respect Mel’s decision. She is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and we acknowledge the example she has set and the inspiration she’s been to all archers. We look forward to her return to the sport in the future.”

Business growth stalls in Norfolk

Business growth in Norfolk is stalling and profits are falling, according to a new report published today

"Norfolk Limited", by accountants Grant Thornton, shows profits have fallen by 18% overall, that companies are investing less and more companies are in debt.

Toby Wilson, a director of Grant Thornton, says industries affected included the oil, gas and energy sector which was enjoying great times three years ago. 

He says the county is still to feel the benefits of dualling the A11, although he expects this will come to fruition within 10 years.

Bacton gas terminal
Getty Images

The report looks at the aggregate results of the 100 largest companies in the county, excluding multi-national PLCs like Aviva, over the last three years.

Weather: Warm with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A much drier day than yesterday, with sunny spells.  It will become cloudy later.

Feeling warm, with a maximum temperature of 22C (72F) although it will be cooler on the coast.

BBC Weather has more information for where you live.