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  1. Investigation continues into deaths of couple in Magdalen
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By Mariam Issimdar

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Norwich City earn their first win in seven in an entertaining match to heap the pressure on struggling Reading.

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Hemsby cliff-top homes 'perilously close' to edge
Residents are told to prepare to leave after high winds and tides lashed cliff tops.

Homes 'perilously' near to cliff edge

Hemsby cliff-top homes 'perilously close' to edge
Residents of 10 seaside chalets "perilously close" to the edge of cliffs have been told to leave their homes after high winds and tides caused further erosion overnight.
Norfolk Police said six of the properties at Hemsby, had "a very good chance" of going into the sea
In 2013, tidal storms saw three homes in the village washed away. 
The lifeboat service warned high tides due at 18:50 GMT and easterly 48mph (77km/h) gusts could do similar damage.
'Marauding predator' Jake Killick jailed for sex attacks
The 23-year-old was convicted of rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and robbery.

Biker dies in Norfolk lorry crash

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a lorry in Norfolk this morning.

Salhouse Road at Rackheath

The biker, in his 50s, died at the scene in Salhouse Road (pictured), Rackheath, near Norwich.

Police were called at 08:50 and closed the road for four hours.

The driver of the Scania HGV was unhurt, they said.

Officers appealed for any witnesses, or those with dashcam footage, to come forward.

Two Norfolk locations named among best places to live in UK

Eastern Daily Press

Two places in Norfolk have been included on the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list for 2018.

Norwich and Wymondham are two of 12 locations from across the East of England to be included on the list.

Suffolk is represented by Bungay, Orford, Woodbridge and Hadleigh while Chelmsford in Essex was named the number one spot in the top 12 places to live in the east.

Motorcycle crash closes road in Rackheath

Police have urged motorists to find alternative routes after a crash involving a motorcyclist at about 08:50 this morning.

It happened in Rackheath, to the north east of Norwich.

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Approval for plans to help homeless people in Norwich

Norwich City Council has approved measures to tackle homelessness in the city.

Homeless person

The funding of £1.1m from government will be spread across the next three years.

More than £900,000 will fund a consortium led by St Martins Housing Trust to provide support for an increasing number of rough sleepers and vulnerable people.

A second award of £160,000 would focus specifically on supporting homeless families - funding which would go to provider Petit Port.

As part of the plans, 10 full-time posts would be created and the Salvation Army day centre on Pottergate refurbished.

Fines for Norwich drivers with 'idling engines'

Approval has been given by councillors for motorists in Norwich to be fined for keeping their engines on whilst stuck in traffic.

Car exhaust
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The city council will now request that the government approves Norwich as a designated local authority which is allowed to issue fixed penalty notices for stationary idling offences.

A report for councillors said the push for fines would help "Norwich to be a safe, clean, low carbon city".

The whole of the area within the inner ring road is designated an air quality management area.

Fines would be set at £20 rising on a scale to £1,000 if drivers failed to comply.

Consultation opens on new Sheringham leisure centre

Plans for a new leisure centre in Sheringham are to go on public display next week.

swimming pool
North Norfolk District Council

In December, North Norfolk District Council agreed to fund the leisure facility at a cost of £10.7m.

The plans will go on show next Thursday at the ageing Splash centre in the town, which it will eventually replace.

Plans reveal a six-lane 25m pool with a learner pool, gym and fitness studio.

Splash was officially opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1988.

Sinkhole repairs to continue into next week

Work to fix a sinkhole which appeared in Norwich city centre might not be finished until next week.


It opened up on Rouen Road on Wednesday morning, causing a car to become stuck.

The sinkhole was caused by a damaged water pipe.

Anglian Water had originally said the work would be completed by the end of this week, but has now said it should be finished on Tuesday.

Hawking's death marked in mud in Cambridge

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Two giants of science are together at last - albeit on the back of a van in Cambridge.

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Professor Stephen Hawkingdied yesterday- on the anniversary of Albert Einstein's birth, 14 March.

The coincidence wasn't lost on mud maestro Rick Minns, nicknamed Ruddy Muddy, who took three hours to dab out the images on the back of a Mercedes van.

The artist,from Wicklewood in Norfolk, creates his works of art on dirty white vans using a tissue.

'Sinkhole' traps car on Norwich road
"We felt this boom and the car just went into the hole."
Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy head says "warm but strict approach" has improved behaviour.

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Stuck car closes road

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

A hole that could be a sinkhole has opened up in Norwich.

Car in a hole
Lorna Marsh

Rouen Road is currently closed by Thorn Lane.

Car in a hole
Lorna Marsh

I am at the scene and I can see water trickling down the slope, which could be a burst water main.

Car in a hole
Lorna Marsh

There is a large indent in the road’s surface surrounding the hole, suggesting a bigger hole could be underneath.

Car stuck in Norwich 'sinkhole'

A road in Norwich is currently blocked by a car that's got stuck in a hole.

Car in a hole

Police are on the scene at the top of Rouen Road, near its junction with Golden Ball Street.

Car in a hole

One of the front wheels of the red Citroen Picasso has sunk into the road surface.

Car in a hole

Highways engineers are expected soon to assess the damage.

'Sinkhole' opens up in Norwich

One vehicle has got stuck in what appears to be a sinkhole in Norwich.

Police say they were called at about 09:50 to Rouen Road, which is currently closed.

Officers remain at the scene and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

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Josh Murphy celebrates scoring for Norwich at Barnsley

Josh Murphy's goal earns Norwich a point at struggling Barnsley and extends the Tykes' winless home run to 10 games.

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Let's hare it for new charity trail

Visitors were hopping to Norwich's main library earlier today for the unveiling of a hare, designed for a new charity trail.

GoGo Hare at The Forum, Norwich

Break, which provides homes and support to young people, will launch the GoGoHares trail in the county on 24 June.

The charity's two previous sculpture trails in 2013 and 2015 featured gorillas (leading to a row with Queen over the Freddie Mercury primate) and dragons, with this year's event gathering together 50 painted hares in the city and another 15 elsewhere in the county.

The sculpture unveiled today has been painted by artist Jo Fiske, from Sprowston (pictured on the left of the photo) and is based on the character Hermione from Harry Potter.

The model has been sponsored by a local opticians and was unveiled by Honor Roat, aged seven, (pictured in pink on the right) who won a competition to design some book-themed glasses.

Naked knit yarns exposed at Norwich exhibition

Saucy yarns about knitted nudity are being unfurled in an animated film being shown at The Forum in Norwich to mark Makers' Month.

A scene from Nudinit - Jim offers Barbara one of his ginger nuts

The Nudinits, who live in the knitted nudist village Woolly Bush (of course!), were created by animator Sara Simi.

She will host a talk about her work - sure to include a bit of wordplay about character Jim's ginger nuts (pictured) - on Saturday, 24 March.

The BBC Woman's Hour Craft Prize Exhibition is also on display straight after its run at London's V&A Museum.

Ms Simi appeared on Monday's Radio 4 programme to talk about her "quintessential English village" with a "secret in store".

The Nudinit animation, called Tickled Pink, will show in Norwich until 7 April.

Helicopter helps coastal path renewal

Beeston Bump: Helicopter helps Norfolk coastal path renewal
Workers renovating a popular stretch of Norfolk coastal path called in aerial help to move heavy materials to a 63m-high clifftop.

For the first time, a helicopter was used to transport tonnes of aggregate to the restoration site on the Beeston Bump, near Sheringham.

Norwich's homeless could benefit from £1m grant

More than £1m could be spent on combating homelessness in Norwich.

Hands of a homeless man

Norwich City Council has been urged at tomorrow's cabinet meeting to approve two awards, totaling £1.1m, spread across the next three years.

More than £900,000 would fund a consortium led by St Martins Housing Trust to provide support for an increasing number of rough sleepers and vulnerable people.

A second award of £160,000 would focus specifically on supporting homeless families, funding which would go to provider Petit Port.

As part of the plans, 10 full-time posts would be created and the Salvation Army's day centre on Pottergate refurbished.

Gun fired during daylight in Norwich street

Police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses after reports that a man was seen firing a gun from a car in Norwich.

The Heigham Street/Mile Cross Road junction

The man was spotted shooting out of a black Vauxhall Astra on Heigham Street near the Mile Cross Road junction (pictured) at about 16:40 on Saturday.

Armed officers later swooped on a property nearby in the city's Vale Green after the suspected car was traced there.

A man, 18, has been released under investigation after being arrested in the early hours of Sunday on suspicion of possession of a firearm and cocaine.

A fake gun and ammunition were seized by officers.

Severe disruption: A1065 Suffolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1065 Suffolk both ways severe disruption, between Wangford Road and B1112.

A1065 Suffolk - A1065 Mile End closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Wangford Road junction in Brandon and the B1112 junction in Eriswell, because of an overturned lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Thetford ambulance staff told they're 'amazing'

It's great to be appreciated, and after a high-profile case of a woman insulting ambulance crews for parking near her drive, several services across the country have received anonymous messages of thanks showing them just how much their help means to people.

Here's the latest we're aware of:

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It was left on an East of England Ambulance attending a call in Thetford, Norfolk, on Monday.

"You're amazing and worth your weight in gold," the note says.

An angry note left last month on an ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent ordering paramedics to move their vehicle prompted a backlash on social media, and the woman who posted the note was fined for her actions.

'Harry Potter' Arctic snowy owl makes rare Norfolk visit
An Arctic snowy owl, the same species as Potter's pal Hedwig, makes rare appearance.

Helen Briggs

BBC Environment correspondent

Wild birds may catch and spread diseases as they gather to feed in gardens, say scientists.

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Row over 'pulse fishing' off East Anglian coast

Traffic and travel: M621 eastbound closed near Gildersome

BBC News Travel

These are recent pictures from the traffic cameras on the M621, near Gildersome, in West Yorkshire:

Traffic jam
Highways England/Crown Copyright

An accident earlier this morning has closed the road eastbound between J27/A650/A62 (Gildersome) and J1 A6110 (Beeston/Farnley).

Traffic jam
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Avoid the area if you can, otherwise follow the solid black square diversion symbols.