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Summary

  1. More than 80 schools affected by teachers' strike
  2. Out-of-hours GP service IC24 told it must improve
  3. Norwich City have bid for Liverpool winger Sergi Canos accepted
  4. News, sport, travel, weather and other updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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By Mariam Issimdar

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Our coverage of the county today

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

That's it folks for today. 

Our main stories revealed that the charity Barnado's is being drafted in to work with Norfolk County Council to improve its failing children's services.

IC24, which runs out-of hours GP and 111 services, is told it still needs to make some key improvements by the regulator.

And West Norfolk and King's Lynn council defends its decision to use "no change" pay-and-display parking machines, after making tens of thousands of pounds from customers' overspend.

You can scroll down and find out more on these stories and others from around the county. Have a good evening.

Weather: Clear skies overnight

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Clouds will fade away to leave clear skies later. It will turn chilly with lows of 9C (48F).

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Tomorrow will see sunshine at first bit it will be cloudy later on. Highs of 19C (66F).

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Pay-and-display machines that provide change are 'too expensive'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A council which made £69,629 from overpayments to pay-and-display parking machines which don't give change has defended its position, on the ground of cost effectiveness. 

Pay and display machine
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West Norfolk and King's Lynn Borough councillor Cathy Mellish said: "We have such a lot of car parking spaces it would have been cost-prohibitive.

"You have the maintenance and topping up. It may have resulted in higher parking charges, which we didn't want."

Ms Mellish said the extra money raised is spent on street cleaning and public conveniences.

Tough session ahead for Norfolk's cricketers

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk face a tough end to the day if they are to hold on to a draw in their Minor Counties Championship match with Staffordshire.

Staffs earlier declared on 218 for 8, leaving Norfolk needing 341 to win or bat out the day for a draw.

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Sam Arthurton hit 61 from 134 balls before losing his wicket.

A few moments ago Norfolk were 166 for 7 - 174 runs behind.  

Police officer dismissed for drink-driving

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A police officer has been sacked for gross misconduct after drink-driving and refusing to be breathalysed, Norfolk Police says.

Sgt Duncan Keable faced a misconduct hearing last month, but the results have only just been published. 

The hearing ruled his conduct breached the expected standards of professional behaviour and amounted to gross misconduct. 

He was dismissed without notice but has the right of appeal.

Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: "Public confidence in the police depends on those serving with the police demonstrating the highest level of personal and professional behaviour.

"Officers convicted of drink-driving related offences can expect to face disciplinary proceedings, and in this case the circumstances justified dismissal without notice."

IPCC says it will carry out 'thorough' investigation following death

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

Investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission have met with the family of a man who died in a crash while being followed by Norfolk Police.

Preston Fulcher, 19, from North Walsham, died in the crash on 26 June. 

The IPCC has downloaded radio and computer data from the police car involved in the pursuit to help it work out what happened.

Tom Milsom, associate commissioner, said: "This is a tragic incident where a young man has lost his life and our thoughts are with all of those affected by Preston's death.

"The IPCC will thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding this collision."

Barnardo's to work with county council to help protect vulnerable children

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The children's charity Barnardo's is to work with the county council to help it improve care of looked after children and care leavers. The service is currently rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

Norfolk County Council
BBC

Norfolk's Children's Services said it wanted to bring new ways of working to the county. The authority has 1,043 children in its care, and is responsible for 493 care leavers.

Michael Rosen, executive director, said: "Our partnership with Barnardo's does not involve any transfer of staff or funding and each organisation remains independent in terms of policy and governance."

Motorcyclist caught riding at 130mph

Almost twice the speed limit...

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Parking machines that give out change 'are too expensive'

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

An independent parking consultant to local authorities says machines that give change are too expensive to operate and maintain.

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A BBC investigation found that councils in Norfolk were making tens of thousands of pounds a year from people overpaying at pay-and-display parking machines - prompting calls for them to be replaced.

But consultant Manny Rasores, who was instrumental in introducing the pay-and-display machines into the UK in the 1970s, said it might not be cost-effective.

He said a machine that gives change costs around £12,000, compared to £4,000 for one that doesn't.

"The cost of these machines and the complexity and the maintenance requirements are completely different to the traditional pay and display machines," he said.

Watch: Councils cash in on 'no change' car parks

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

A Norfolk council has topped the list of authorities in the East earning tens of thousands of pounds from pay-and-display parking machines that don't give out change.

The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk made £69,629.

A BBC investigation found 26 local authorities across the East of England received more than £550,000 in overpayments last year.  

Canaries closing in on young midfielder

Norwich Evening News

And here's the back page of the Norwich Evening News:

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Norwich Evening News

Primary school celebrates top accolade from Ofsted

Norwich Evening News

A quick look at today's papers - here's the front page of the Norwich Evening News

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Norwich Evening News

King's Lynn and West Norfolk benefits from parking overpayments

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk made more money from pay and display machines that don't give change than any other local authority in the East of England last year, a BBC investigation has found.

Pay here at machine sign
BBC

The authority made £69,629, while third place in the region also fell to a Norfolk based council - with North Norfolk District Council gaining £43,748.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council made £33,736 in the same way.

Cricket: Norfolk set big run chase

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk have been set a target of 341 to beat Staffordshire in the Minor Counties Championship. 

Staffs declared their second innings at 218 for 8, with captain Chris Brown taking 6 for 60. 

Norfolk need to score 341 to win the match or avoid getting bowled all out to escape with a draw. They'll face a minimum of 81 overs. 

Train delays between Norwich and London

Points failure affecting mainline trains:

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Cricket: Norfolk captain takes five wickets in first hour

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk captain Chris Brown has taken five wickets inside the first hour of the final day of the Minor Counties Championship match at Staffordshire.

Staffs are trying to set Norfolk a challenging run chase and reached 186 for 7 after an hour's play, a lead of 308.

Brown has taken five wickets for 50.

Nicky Morgan: Teachers' strike will 'harm children's education'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The education secretary says today's teachers' strike is "unnecessary" and "harmful".

In Norfolk, 82 schools have been affected by the 24-hour strike, which is part of a long-running dispute with the government over "under funding" of schools.

Teacher's picketing Sprowston Community High School
BBC

Members of the National Union of Teachers voted by more than nine to one in favour of industrial action.

But the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike would "harm children's education", inconvenience parents and "damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public".

Cricket: Early double breakthrough for Norfolk

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk have taken two wickets in the opening 20 minutes of the final day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Staffordshire. 

Captain Chris Brown and fast bowler Brett Stolworthy have taken a wicket each, to reduce Staffordshire to 134 for 3

That gives Staffs a lead of 256 with seven second-innings wickets standing, so they remain favourites to win.

More than 80 schools affected by teachers' strike

Wally Webb

BBC Radio Norfolk

Thousands of school children are missing classes today as their teachers go on strike. 

Picket line outside Sprowston Community High School
BBC

More than 80 schools in Norfolk are being affected by the action, which has been organised by the National Union of Teachers.

The union is protesting against cuts to school budgets and what it says are worsening conditions for staff. 

Teacher Cathy Askham says she's worried about standards:

A particular issue that I'm concerned about is the increase in unqualified teachers in front of our classes, even up to A level, because head teachers faced with budget cuts are looking for cheaper options."

Cathy AskamSprowston Community High School

Out-of-hours GP service: Key recommendations

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We've been telling you about the findings of a Care Quality Commission report published today into IC24, which provides out-of-hours GP and 111 services for Norfolk and Wisbech. Here are the regulator's key findings: 

  • Out-of-hours staff who triage patients must be more adequately trained to make clinical decisions by telephone, with evidence of them having had the appropriate training
  • Priority should be given to work to investigate and tackle the causes of delays relating to patient care
  • Out-of-date medicines were found. IC24 must ensure an effective process to prevent this
  • Systems required to ensure staff files and recruitment procedures are effectively recorded
  • Ensure sufficient and appropriately trained staff are present at all primary care centres and that contingency arrangements for staff to follow are agreed for when gaps in GP cover arise

The BBC highlighted serious concerns about the quality of care being provided by IC24 in January, after it received a copy of an internal report carried out by the Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group.

Tuesday's weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It'll be breezy this morning, with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle clearing. The rest of the day will then be dry with some warm sunny spells developing, but we could see the odd shower or two.

Top temperature: 21C (70F).

It will be dry and largely clear this evening and overnight, with a chance of some patchy mist or fog in rural locations around the Orwell and Deben estuaries. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Norfolk's cricket team face battle to avoid defeat

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk go into the final day of their Minor Counties Championship match at Staffordshire facing a huge task to save the game. 

The home side will resume on 98 for 1 in their second innings, already a lead of 220. 

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That's after Norfolk made 203 for 9 from their 90 overs to concede a first innings deficit of 122. Garry Park scored 103 not out, with only two other batsmen making double figures. 

IC24 intends to ensure 'high level' requirements are met

The company responsible for providing out-of-hours GP services for Norfolk and Wisbech has welcomed a critical report into its service, saying it intends to meet the "high level" required by regulators.

Yvonne Taylor (centre)
BBC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection in March and found "a number of key improvements needed to be made in order to ensure that people always received a safe effective service".

However, it said there were signs which "indicated that the service is capable of making these improvements". 

In a statement, IC24's chief executive, Yvonne Taylor (pictured centre), said: "It is positive for our patients that the CQC was reassured by many other aspects of IC24’s services.

"We intend to ensure every part of the service is brought up to this high level. We are pleased the CQC has recognised we are capable of achieving this."

Train disruption between branch services

Some local disruption to rail services: 

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Out-of-hours GP service 'needs to improve'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

An out-of-hours GP service criticised over patients' waiting times must improve, the regulator has said.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says Integrated Care 24 (IC24), which runs non-emergency and out-of-hours services in Norfolk, Wisbech and surrounding areas, must ensure staff who are taking calls from the public are adequately trained to make clinical decisions by phone. 

Inspectors who visited in March with 48 hours' notice found that patients were waiting too long to speak to or see GPs. They also said staff who triage patients must be "more adequately trained to make clinical decisions by telephone".

We'll hear from IC24 shortly.

Canaries close in on first summer signing

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

First, some sport, and Norwich City have had a bid for Liverpool winger Sergi Canos accepted. 

The Canaries are reported to have matched a £2.5m offer from Championship rivals Bristol City for the 19-year old Spanish player. 

Sergi Canos
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Canos spent last season on loan at Brentford, scoring seven goals in 39 games. 

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning. Our main story concerns a report by regulators who inspected out-of-hours non-emergency GP provision for the county.

The report by the Care Quality Commission has found that the service run by IC24 must improve.

We will bring you more on this story throughout the day.