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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 7 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resum
  3. Magistrates grant eviction order forcing travellers to leave school playing field in Great Yarmouth
  4. Property developer accused of "arrogance" over woodland housing scheme
  5. Family waits to hear whether NHS will fund potentially life-saving treatment for 13-year-old daughter who has brain tumour
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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Our local coverage for the day

That's it from Norfolk Live for today.

Our main news stories this evening:

  • Magistrates grant an eviction order forcing travellers to leave a school playing field in Great Yarmouth 
  • A second application for housing on Thorpe Wood in Norwich reignites a local campaign against any development

Scroll down to read these and other stories. We're back tomorrow from 08:00. Have a good evening. 

Weather: Rain overnight

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A cloudy evening and night with showery outbreaks of rain developing later and turning heavy into the earlier hours. Lows of 14C (57F). 

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Tomorrow will see rain at first but clearing to leave dry, brighter conditions. 

BBC Weather has more details. 

Pictures: Household Cavalry takes annual dip at Holkham

These photographs of the Household Cavalry show why it was worth photographer Gary Pearson waking up at 05:30 this morning to be at Holkham.

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Twelve of the Household Cavalry's finest put on a great display for members of the public who were up and out early on a fine and bright morning, on what is one of Norfolk's finest and best-known beaches. 

About 40 members of the public were treated to the horses and their riders cantering along the beach, as well as taking a dip or two in the sea, with riders taking an unexpected early morning bath as well!

You can see more of Gary's photos on the Norfolk and Friends Facebook page.

Developer 'will work with local stakeholders' over housing plans

A developer accused of ignoring local views against plans for 300 homes at Thorpe Woods has defended its proposal.

Thorpe Woods, Norwich
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On its website, Socially Conscious Capital says: "We are at a very early stage and our plans are not finalised. We will be meeting with local stakeholders over the coming months to understand their views and help shape our plans as they evolve."

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is also opposed to housing on the site, saying the woods' designation as a county wildlife site recognises their ecological importance.

Castle Mall post office closure to go ahead next month

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

The main Post Office branch in Norwich's Castle Mall is to close and will be moving to a new location next month. 

Castle Mall
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The city's main branch will close on August 10 and a smaller post office will open in WH Smith on St Stephens Street the following day.

It follows a public consultation on the proposal. 

Some retailers in the mall had said they could be forced to move out if the Post Office closes, as a quarter of their trade comes from people visiting it.

Norfolk migrant rescue swimmer seeks church invite

Network Norfolk

A Norfolk search and rescue worker who recently volunteered as a specialist rescue swimmer saving migrants from drowning in the Central Mediterranean and Aegean Sea is looking for the opportunity to share his experiences with Christian, church and community groups.

Rescue swimmer
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Developer accused of 'arrogance' over second housing proposal for woodland

Campaigners say a developer is being "arrogant" by proposing 300 homes on ancient woodland near Norwich for a second time. 

Tree in Thorpe Woods, Norwich
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Broadland Council rejected plans for homes in Thorpe Woods when developer Socially Conscious Capital first put forward a scheme for around 700 homes on the 200-acre (81 hectares) site in 2013. 

Jason Beckett, from Friends of Thorpe Woods, said more than 2,000 people made their position clear when they objected to any development in a council questionnaire two years ago.

"Obviously this is very disappointing because only a year and a half ago we thought we had settled this question once and for all," he said.

Dog rescued from caravan fire

Three caravans have been damaged in an accidental fire at Swaffham. 

Crews from four stations were called to the fire at The Splashes travellers' site on Castle Acre Road, Swaffham, shortly after 11:30 today.

Norfolk Fire Service said nobody was hurt but a dog was rescued.

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Magistrates order travellers to leave school field

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Magistrates have granted an eviction order to force travellers to leave a school playing field in Great Yarmouth.

Several caravans and vehicles moved on to Great Yarmouth High School's Barnard Bridge playing field on Sunday and Tuesday evening.

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Norfolk County Council applied for the eviction order, after assessing the health and education needs of the travellers, and assessing their ability to move on. Although summonses had been served on the travellers, none appeared at the court, and no-one represented them. 

Court papers will now be hand-delivered to the travellers, with the police present. They will be granted 24 hours before bailiffs could be called in to remove the vehicles. 

However, the order does not cover all of the travellers on the site, some whom arrived after details were taken.

Pro-Remain demo to take place this evening in Norwich

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

A rally will take place in Norwich tonight at which people will call for the UK to remain in the European Union.

City Hall, Norwich
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The protest has been organised by two students from the UEA, Emily Cutler and Tom Johnston. 

They say the result of last month's referendum does not truly represent the views of the population amd that up to 2,000 people could attend the protest outside City Hall this evening.

New 'pop-up paper' aimed at Remain voters

Archant, the publisher of the Eastern Daily Press, is launching a new "pop-up" newspaper tomorrow aimed specifically at those who wanted to stay in the European Union.

Ad for The New European
Archant

Called The New European, it will initially run for just four weekly issues in a few places around the UK, including Norwich. 

Launch editor Matt Kelly said Remain voters were not being well-served by the wider Fleet Street media.

"There's this big constituency of people out there who are quite dismayed at what happened a couple of weeks ago," he said.

"We looked around as a business and asked what's out there that's representing that feeling and we couldn't see anything. The people on the 52% side have got plenty of printed media for them."

Fundraiser launched for Great Yarmouth girl's cancer treatment in US

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Earlier we told you about a family from Great Yarmouth who have been told their young daughter has a form of brain cancer that can only be treated in the US.

Abbi Boast's parents are optimistic the NHS will be willing to fund the therapy which won't be available in this country until 2018. 

The technique uses radiation to "target" the cancerous tumour specifically. Ashya King (pictured) controversially received the treatment in Prague after his parents took him out of hospital in the UK.

patient
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The Boasts say they're now fund-raising to cover other costs as they will have to be in the US for about two months. 

"Proton beam therapy is good for complex child cancers, inoperable cancers and rare cancers. This is a rare form of brain  tumour that Abbi has as well so really we just got to keep our fingers crossed and we will battle for that therapy 100%," said Abbi's mother, Ali Boast. 

Court breaks for lunch at teacher's sexual abuse trial

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The trial of Gerard Singer has broken for lunch.

The judge will continue his summing-up of the evidence in the two-week trial this afternoon.

Mr Singer denies 28 charges relating to his time teaching at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk before it moved to Great Finborough in Suffolk in 1978.

Gerard Singer case: Explanation of types of offence

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Continuing his summing up in the trial of Gerard Singer at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Martyn Levett has told the jury there are four types of offence which range from indecency with a child to serious sexual offences.

The judge will be reminding jurors about all the evidence they've heard in the course of the two-week trial.

Gerard Singer case: Judge says verdicts will not necessarily be the same in each case

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Judge Martyn Levett has told the jury they must consider the evidence of each of the specific complainants, and said it might be that the verdicts will not necessarily be the same in each case.

He's also explaining the difference between single and multiple charges.

Gerard Singer case: Jury given guidance by judge

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The jury in the trial of Gerard Singer, who denies sexual abuse of pupils at St George's School in Norfolk and Suffolk, has been told it needs to consider whether it believes he was wrongly convicted of offences of sexual aggression on children in France.

Mr Stringer denies these happened, despite his conviction in 1998.

Judge Martyn Levett said that even if Mr Singer had a "propensity" to commit offences such as the French ones, it didn't in itself prove he committed these ones at St George's.

Headteacher pays tribute to student found dead

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The headteacher of a Norfolk school has paid tribute to a teenage student who was found dead yesterday.

The girl, named locally as Jessica Collins, was a pupil at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy. 

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Principal Rob Sherington said: “All of our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Jessica’s family and loved ones at this difficult time. 

“Jessica was an extremely well-liked, talented girl, and we all already miss her terribly. I know I speak for everyone in saying that we will always remember Jessica with great fondness, and the outstanding contribution she has made to our school.”

He said that students had already set up a fund in memory of Jessica and were planning to wear pink roses or ribbons at Saturday’s sports dinner in Jessica’s honour.

New manager for The Pedlars

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Paul Hunt has returned to Swaffham Town as manager after the departure of Robert Taylor (pictured). The former Manchester City and Norwich striker left the club this morning after just two months in charge.

Hunt had been looking after the under-18s squad after resigning as manager early last season. He previously spent five successful seasons at Shoemakers Lane, leading the club to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Robert Taylor
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Gerard Singer case: More from Ipswich Crown Court

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Gerard Singer, 69, who most recently lived in north east France, is wearing a white shirt and black trousers and he's sitting in court with his arms folded.

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court, is made up of six men and six women.

Ipswich Crown Court
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Judge continues summing-up in Gerard Singer case

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where Judge Martyn Levett is continuing summing-up in the trial of Gerard Singer, who denies abusing nine former pupils at St George's School, which was first based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then Great Finborough in Suffolk, between 1978 and 1981.

Iraq commander confirms lack of equipment highlighted in Chilcot report

A commander in charge of British forces in Iraq for two years has told the BBC it was obvious the army did not have enough equipment, a problem highlighted in the Chilcot report, published yesterday.

Brigadier Max Marriner
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Brig Max Marriner, who lives in Norfolk, told BBC Look East: "Within hours of going over the berm, into the main operation, we had tank crews having ceramic-plated armour taken off them so it could be handed to the infantry. 

"Now in heaven's name, who in the logistics chain decided they weren't going to send forward enough body armour?

"When we got into Basra we treated it a little bit like a Northern Ireland policing operation because in the early days the Shia were delighted to see us. But after a few months it was 'Ok, job done, well done, now it's time you went home, isn't it?' And the relationship started to sour." 

Police investigate death of teenage girl

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police are investigating the death of a teenage student after being called to an address in Hopton yesterday.

School
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The girl, whose identity has not been released, was a pupil at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston.

In a statement, a police spokesman said: "Sadly a teenage girl was confirmed deceased. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death and a file in due course will be prepared for the coroner."

The Ormiston Academies Trust, which runs the school, said "We wrote to parents yesterday at the end of the school day and held assemblies yesterday to inform the students. We are doing everything we can to support them. We express our deepest sympathy and shock."

Iraq war mistakes 'must not dictate future interventions'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

One of the key recommendations of the Chilcot report was that the mistakes of the Iraq war were not repeated.

Norman Lamb, Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk, said: "...Sometimes there are humanitarian disasters which require intervention to save people from slaughter. Of course, now we are wholly reticent to get involved in any way, because of the fear of repeating the mistake of Iraq."

Mr Lamb said one of the clear lessons from the report was that processes in government were totally inadequate, with members of the Cabinet not being kept informed in the run-up to the invasion.

His concerns were shared by Conservative MP for South Norfolk, Richard Bacon, who said: "It is extraordinary that the decision to take this country to war could be made without formal records being taken and I think there are serious questions to be asked about the way the civil service didn't stand up to ministers and make sure that that never happened."

Lack of peace plan for Iraq 'was outrageous', says Norman Lamb

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Two of the county's MPs have been commenting on the Chilcot report into the Iraq war. 

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem, North Norfolk) says among the worst aspects of the war was the lack of a peace plan for Iraq following invasion.  

"The negligent failure there was just outrageous," he said. 

Norman Lamb MP, North Norfolk
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Richard Bacon (Conservative, South Norfolk), pictured below, said Iraq before the war was a largely secular country, but that the British and American invasion had resulted in a sectarian war and the rise of jihadists, many of them foreign.

Richard Bacon MP, South Norfolk
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"The whole world is going to have to deal with them for decades to come and it is a direct consequence of the decisions of Tony Blair and George Bush," he said.

Norfolk MPs: 'Why we voted against war in Iraq'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Two Norfolk MPs who voted against going to war with Iraq in 2003 have been giving their reaction to the Chilcot report.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem, North Norfolk) and Richard Bacon (Conservative, South Norfolk) were among MPs who voted against the motion to back the American-led invasion.

Sir John Chilcot
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Mr Bacon said defying his party was not so difficult as he had the support of many of his constituents. He also said he was not privy to intelligence, but relied on newspapers for information and that it was well understood "that the case for war had not been made". 

"The facts were there if you chose to look for them," he said.

Mr Lamb said people didn't listen to his own party leader Charles Kennedy and other "brave" people such as Robin Cook, who resigned over a lack of conclusive information proving an imminent threat from Saddam Hussein.

"The consequences for the region and the world have just been utterly disastrous," said Mr Lamb.   

King's Lynn youngsters win speedway thriller

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Young Stars snatched a National League win last night, beating Kent 46-44, despite going into the final heat two points down. 

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Nathan Greaves and Josh Bailey came from behind in that last race to take the 1-2 Lynn needed to turn the meeting and inflict Kent's first defeat of the season. 

Cantley teenager starts Wimbledon bid

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk teenager Alfie Hewett will be part of Wimbledon history today. 

The 18-year-old is taking part in the first-ever wheelchair singles competition at the All England Club. He's been drawn to play the second seed, Joachim Gerard from Belgium, on court 17 this afternoon. 

Alfie Hewett
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Hewett, who has been picked to play for Great Britain at the Paralympics, will also partner Gordon Reid in the doubles. 

Travel: A17 partly blocked at Walpole Cross

Family fighting to get NHS to pay for life saving treatment in US

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A family from Great Yarmouth is waiting to hear whether the NHS will fund potentially life-saving treatment for their 13-year-old daughter. 

The Boast family
Dean Boast

Abbie Boast was diagnosed with a brain tumour just over a month ago and doctors say she needs proton beam therapy which isn't yet available in the UK. 

Her mother, Ali, says they'll fight to get the right treatment. The local community has started a fundraising campaign to support Abbie's family.

Weather forecast: dry and bright

BBC Weather

The day will be dry and bright with light westerly winds with a top temperature of 22C (72F).

Elizabeth Rizzini has the BBC East forecast:

Visit BBC Weather for more details and updates.

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live on Thursday, 7 July

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning - we'll be keeping you posted with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather affecting the county. 

We'll have more reaction to the Chilcot report into the 2003 Iraq war.

And a family from Great Yarmouth are waiting to hear whether the NHS will fund potentially life-saving treatment for their 13 year-old daughter who has a brain tumour.