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Summary

  1. Flooding causes misery for Norwich to London line passengers
  2. Survivor speaks of ongoing impact of Tunisian beach terror attack
  3. Prince Charles and Camilla to attend Royal Norfolk Show
  4. Euro 2016: Norwich City duo help Ireland beat Italy
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Caroline Kingdon and Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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On the eve of an historic vote for the people of Norfolk and the UK we end our coverage with a reminder of the main stories of the day here in the county:

  • There's been severe disruption on the trains between Norwich and London following flooding this morning at Manor Park. This is now expected to last until midnight
  • An inquest has heard a couple whose bodies were found on a boat on the Norfolk Broads died of carbon monoxide poisoning

Thousands of cars dock in Great Yarmouth

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The biggest cargo ship to visit the Port of Great Yarmouth has docked with a cargo of 3,000 cars. 

The Glovis Splendour is 200m (219 yds) long by 32m (40 yds) wide. With 11 decks she stands more than 30m (32 yds) above the edge of Great Yarmouth harbour.

Rear view of the cargo ship
BBC

The vehicles began their journey in Turkey, stopping in Rotterdam before crossing the North Sea. 

Virtually ever bit of available space around the port is being used the store the Hyundai cars until they are ready to be taken to dealerships across Britain.

Watch: Heavy rainfall disrupts rail services

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of Network Rail engineers have been out in force to pump water away from tracks and repair damage after heavy rain and flooding caused disruption to passengers.

Flooding at four stations in Essex meant it was unsafe to run trains through the affected area. 

This short video shows the scene at Manor Park station in East London...

Euro 2016: I owe them both a coffee

Tom Williams

BBC Look East sport

I've been talking with the new sponsor of the South Stand at Norwich City football club who says he owes Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan a coffee after their recent goals for the Republic of Ireland in the Euro Championships.  

Football sponsors with footballers
@JasonDawson

The owners of the Galway Roast coffee shop, based in Norwich's London Street, are sponsoring the stand after Jarrold recently ended its 12-year partnership with the club.   

Co-owner John Murphy (pictured right) said it was amazing how the two Norwich City players connected, describing last night's set up and goal by the pair as "absolutely sensational."

I told them I'd give them a free coffee if they scored so that's two coffees I have to give because Wes scored the first goal in the first game and then Robbie scored, so yeah that's massive."

John MurphyThe Galway Roast, sponsor of Norwich City South Stand

You can see more from John Murphy on BBC Look East tonight at 1830 on BBC One.

High performance cars roll off the production line

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Two of the most "extreme" Lotus models ever made have driven off the production line at the company's Hethel factory.

The Lotus 3-Eleven, finished in matt and gloss black, and the Lotus Elise Cup 250, in red, represent the latest generation of Lotus sports cars, the company says.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus, with workers and the two cars
Group Lotus

With a maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), the 3-Eleven goes from from 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds.   Trailing not far behind is the Elise Cup, boasting a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h), reaching 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds.

Jean-Marc Gales, head of Group Lotus plc, says the company has "raised the bar yet again".

If you like talk of fast cars, don't miss BBC Radio Norfolk's Petrol Heads, tonight from 18:00.

Weather: Further thunderstorms with locally heavy rain

BBC Weather

This evening will see further thunderstorms, some heavy rain and lightning. There's also a risk of localised flooding. These will clear out to sea leaving mostly dry conditions by the end of the night and lows of 15C (59F) 

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BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be a dry day with some early sunshine. Turning a little cloudy later  A fresher Atlantic air mass brings a fresher feel to the weather without the humidity of Thursday.    

BBC Weather has more details.

Heavy rainfall disrupts rail services

Severe flooding affects commuters
Hundreds of Network Rail engineers have been out in force to pump water away from tracks and repair damage after heavy rain and flooding caused disruption to passengers. 
Flooding at four stations in Essex meant it was unsafe to run trains through the affected area.  
This short video shows the scene at Manor Park station in East London.

Trains latest: Floodiing disruption now expected until midnight

Abellio Greater Anglia says disruption is expected to last until midnight.

There will be one train an hour on most routes going in and out of London. 

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital following collision

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision on the A17 at Terrington St Clement yesterday, involving two vehicles.

The blue Toyota Auris, showing damage to driver's side, and an ambulance
Magpas Air Ambulance

Emergency services were called to the junction with Station Road where a blue Toyota Auris had collided with a blue Yamaha R6 motorcycle, leaving the motorcyclist with multiple injuries.  

The rider, a man in his 20s, was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, by a Magpas helicopter crew.

The road was closed until 20:00.

Inquest into Broads cruiser deaths

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An inquest into the deaths of two people found dead in a Broads cruiser has been opened and adjourned. 

The bodies of Tina Leticia Wilkins, 51, and Alan Frost, 64, along with the body of their dog, were discovered on the boat moored on the River Bure in Wroxham Broad on 9 June. 

A police forensic vehicle seen through metal bars
BBC

Post-mortem examinations reveal that Mr Frost, a carpenter, and Ms Wilkins died through carbon monoxide poisoning. The couple came from Grays in Essex. 

The hearing has been adjourned until 30 November at Norfolk Coroners Court. 

Watch: Tunisian terror attack survivor speaks out

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A King's Lynn woman says she'll never forget the moment a Tunisian beach holiday turned into a nightmare when a gunman opened fire killing 30 UK tourists.

Angela Evans was holidaying with a friend in the resort of Sousse when the attack took place. She was forced to "play dead in the sand" to survive.

Twelve months on she has told BBC Look East she is still haunted by the memories of the massacre and will never forget the sounds or the terror.  

Sam Alger: Inspection of Spanish club found "everything to be in order" claims Elrow

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The Elrow dance event has said their thoughts are with the family of Sam Alger, from Norfolk, whose body was found near the Spanish club on Tuesday.

Sam Alger
Sam Alger/Facebook

Mr Alger, 25, had attended the club night on the outskirts of Barcelona on Sunday. 

A spokeswoman for Elrow told the BBC: "We are very sad with what occurred to Sam Alger and that our thoughts are with his family.

"The police and local authorities came to do an inspection at the club in the evening of Sunday and found everything to be in order including safety, capacity, health, etc."

In response to accusations on social media there was "chaos" on leaving the venue the spokeswoman added: "There was a public transport strike and we called the police to help solve the taxi situation, we doubled up our private buses services and called all the taxis at the airport."

Weather update: More 'torrential' rain on the way

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sorry to bring you some bad news on the weather front... but we've more, a lot more, of the wet stuff on the way before the end of the afternoon.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for the East of England until 23:00.

Rail company apologises for disruption

Abellio Greater Anglia has apologised for the disruption affecting services between Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex into London today.

In a statement, a spokesperson says this disruption is due to "extensive flooding, caused by heavy rain, which has necessitated the closure of the lines between Ilford and Stratford."

Network Rail engineers are working to clear the lines as quickly as possible and passengers are encouraged to use alternative routes or delay their journeys where practical.

The train company says it's working with Network Rail to restore the normal service as soon as possible and passengers affected by the disruption may be entitled to compensation.  

#ManorPark flooding worsens

Prince Charles and Camilla to attend Royal Norfolk Show

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall
AFP/Getty Images

Organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say it's a coup to be welcoming the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to this year's event. 

They'll be at the showground on the opening day next Wednesday and security will be stepped up to make sure the visit runs smoothly.

We'll have updates from the showground throughout the two day event.

Rail delays may not be solved until 16:00

Disruption to train services running through Manor Park, which was flooded earlier this morning, may now not be resolved until at least 16:00 according to Abellio Greater Anglia.

A short while ago the train company said all services on the Norwich to London line, which runs through Ipswich and Colchester, are terminating at Shenfield/Ilford. 

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Tunisian terror attack survivor: Gunman stood feet away

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Angela Evans says she's still haunted by the noise of gunshots, a year after she survived when a gunman opened fire on a crowded Tunisian beach last June, killing 30 UK tourists.

Floral tributes on the beach in Tunisia
BBC

In an interview with BBC Look East Ms Evans described how the terrorist reloaded his gun just feet away from her, the discarded magazine landing by her hip.  

"He just stood there with this huge gun... moving around all the people, shooting them, just killing, murdering... then his feet were at the side of me," she said.

Ms Evans, who lives in west Norfolk, was holidaying in Sousse with a friend when the attack happened. She was forced to "play dead" to save her life.  One year on, she still jumps at any loud bang.

You can't imagine the terror... the sound... for months afterwards if anything went bang I'd look for somewhere to hide, even under the tables."

Angela Evans

We'll hear more from Ms Evans later today.

Tunisian terror attack survivor speaks of impact on her life

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Twelve months after a gunman opened fire on a Tunisian beach, killing 30 UK tourists, a Norfolk woman who played dead in order to survive has spoken of the affect it's had on her life.

Angela Evans, who was holiday in Sousse with a friend, has had hours of counselling and says the past year has been a journey of emotions.

The so-called Islamic state claimed responsibility for the terror attack. 

Angela Evans in her garden
BBC

Speaking to BBC Look East reporter Debbie Tubby, Ms Evans says despite her own difficulties coming to terms with what happened, every day she thinks about the "poor people who were shot..."

I was happy as a child, happy growing up, I've always been happy... I feel that I've had that taken away from me... and I want to get that back."

Angela Evans

Weather update: A warning of thunder and hail

It's worth keeping your wet weather gear to hand later as forecaster Dan Holley warns of stormy weather later:

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Travel updates: Latest on Abellio Greater Anglia trains

Unfortunately problems remain on train services between Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and London due to flooding at Manor Park. 

Abellio Greater Anglia are saying there will be no through trains to and from Norwich and London until at least midday. 

Here's what is operating: 

  • There will be two trains an hour between Southend Victoria and Shenfield
  • One train an hour from Clacton on Sea to to Shenfield
  • On the hour between Norwich and Shenfield
  • A shuttle service will run on the Braintree branch
  • A shuttle service will operated on the Harwich branch
  • TfL Rail are running a shuttle train service between Shenfield and Ilford calling all stations  
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Your pictures: A wet start to the day

It's been a wet start to the day, and there's more to come later. 

This was the scene captured by BBC Weather Watcher in Gorleston-on-Sea earlier this morning.

Rain splatters on a window
Weather Watcher/Tigger2

If you have any weather photo you'd like to share with us get in touch by email, or sign up to become a BBC Weather Watcher.

Thousands of lightning strikes across the East

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded overnight as flooding left rail users travelling from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk with long delays on Thursday morning.  

"Across southeast England, East Anglia and northern France overnight, we had just under 7,000 lightning strikes averaging about 1,000 strikes per hour," said BBC Weather's Carol Kirkwood.

"Conditions are now improving... but there will be more thunderstorms and torrential downpours later this afternoon." 

Normal for Norfolk: Remember those eyebrows?

Desmond MacCarthy, eccentric farmer and (eyebrows) star of the BBC TV series Normal for Norfolk, is one of the judge's at next week's Royal Norfolk Show.

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And just in case you're wondering... take a look at our feature on the origins of the phrase "Normal for Norfolk".

Hoolahan: 'I owe Brady a few drinks'

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan will be picking up the tab the next time he goes out for a drink with team mate Robbie Brady. 

Brady headed in Hoolahan's cross in the 85th minute as Republic of Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016. 

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The goal came just a few moments after Hoolahan had missed a glorious chance to give Ireland the lead... so he was grateful to Brady for sparing his blushes. 😊

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend special charity gala dinner

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a special gala dinner at Houghton Hall in north Norfolk last night. 

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
BBC

The event was organised by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) of which the Duchess is patron. 

About 80 guests, some of whom have travelled from around the world, were invited to the black tie evening, while being encouraged to make a donation to the charity’s Nook appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £10m to transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk, including building a new hospice at Framingham Earl.

Emergency exercise at Norwich chemical plant

If you're near the chemical plant in Norwich, don't be alarmed:

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Stars manager - 'we're carrying too many passengers'

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

From football to speedway and King's Lynn Stars boss Rob Lyon has criticised his team after they were beaten 49-41 by Coventry at The Norfolk Arena last night.

Niels-Kristian Iversen, Robert Lambert and Simon Lambert all scored well for The Stars, but the other four riders in the team managed just eight points between them. 

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The result leaves Lynn just one place off the bottom of the Elite League. 

Re-live that great moment of Norwich City duo - Brady and Hoolahan

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We can't say it enough... or see it enough.

Robbie Brady
BBC

Re-visit that Hoolahan pass and Robbie Brady's dramatic late winner that sealed the 1-0 win for the Republic of Ireland against Italy, sending them into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

As they say in France "Allez les verts!"

Euro 2016: Norwich City duo help Ireland beat Italy

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Robbie Brady's winning goal for Republic of Ireland against Italy at Euro 2016 is being hailed as one of the greatest moments in Irish football history. 

The Norwich City player headed in a brilliant cross from fellow canary Wes Hoolahan in the 85th minute in Lille to clinch a 1-0 win and take the Irish through to the knockout stages. 

Ireland will now play the hosts France in the last 16 at the weekend. 

Weather: Heavy rains and storms

BBC Weather

Heavy rains will continue this morning before a dry spell this afternoon with sunny spells, but torrential downpours are expected by later.

Staying humid with temperatures reaching 23C (73F). BBC Weather has more details. 

Update on train situation...

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Here's the latest information from Abellio Greater Anglia:

  • Advice is to travel via Cambridge to get to London - all tickets will be valid on this line in both directions
  • Trains are running between Norwich and Shenfield and Norwich to Colchester
  • There are no trains currently running between Chelmsford and London
  • No replacement bus services yet - Abellio says people will be quicker using alternative routes
  • Abellio is hoping flooding at Manor Park will recede and normal service will now resume at 11:00 between Norwich and London Liverpool Street
  • Trains between Diss and Norwich also affected with several cancellations and delays
  • More heavy rains forecast for this afternoon

Abellio Greater Anglia advice is to travel via Cambridge to London

Coming up... news of of the Norwich City duo that helped Ireland beat Italy, but first more on the disruption to this morning's rail services.

train
BBC

Passengers from Norfolk are being advised to travel via Cambridge to get to London. 

Abellio Greater Anglia spokesman Jonathan Denby says at the moment only one train an hour is running to Shenfield and to Colchester from Norwich until flooding ceases. All tickets will be valid on this line. 

The disruption, which is expected until about 10:00, follows severe flooding at Manor Park.  

Travel: Flooding at Postwick Hub

BBC Travel warns of disruption for drivers: 

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'Do not travel unless necessary', train passengers told

Here's a picture of the flooding at Manor Park which is causing a lot of problems for commuters in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Abellio Greater Anglia says services to and from Liverpool Street will be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised.

They've asked passengers not to travel unless necessary.

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Good morning and welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Thursday's Norfolk Live, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

Weather map showing rainfall
BBC

Among the stories we'll be looking at today is the disruption facing rail passengers, after heavy rain caused services between Norwich and London to be cancelled this morning due to flooding.

And of course more on that fantastic pass by Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan to teammate Robbie Brady in last night's Euro match which saw Ireland beat Italy 1-0