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Summary

  1. Mental health trust reveals plans to cut 90 jobs
  2. Police send extra officers to Thetford estate following arson attack
  3. Norfolk's Joe Skipper sets a new British record for an Ironman triathlon
  4. County council criticised over lack of autism strategy
  5. Updates on Monday, 18 July 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our coverage today

That's all from the Norfolk Live team today until 08:00 tomorrow.

We've brought you stories from around the county today, including plans to axe 90 jobs from the mental health trust, extra police sent to a Thetford estate following arson attacks and concerns over plans to end free school bus travel for pupils in a north Norfolk village.

In sport, Norwich City are the favourites to sign Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

The hot and humid weather is set to continue, so don't forget to send us your snaps of sunny Norfolk.

Have a good evening.

'Three giants of teaching profession' set to retire from Diss High School next week

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Diss Express

Diss High headteacher Jan Hunt has paid tribute to three “giants of the profession” who are retiring from the school next week.

Jenny Gwillim, Mary Lewell and Lynn Gittins standing together
Diss Express

Weather: Hot and humid tomorrow

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry tonight, with largely clear skies and light winds.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather chart for Tuesday 16:00
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be another dry day with almost unbroken sunshine.

The south-easterly breeze will freshen, keeping it less hot on the coast.

Inland it will feel humid,with temperatures reaching 33C (91F). 

BBC Weather has more information for you.

How hot is it where you are?

The BBC has come up with a tool to allow you to compare the temperature where you live with more than 50 cities around the world. 

Norwich, at 26C (79F), lags behind Lagos in Nigeria - but is way ahead of Nairobi, Kenya.

BBC weather website
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Pensioner robbed at petrol station

A pensioner suffered minor injuries in a robbery at a petrol station earlier today.

It took place at the service station on Cromer Road, Alby, shortly after 05:30.

Petrol station at Alby
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The victim, in his 70s, was approached by two women who assaulted him before stealing his bag. He did not require hospital treatment.

One suspect was of heavy build, wearing dark clothing and a hoodie. The other was of slim build, wearing a dark hoodie with a New York design on the front and dark trousers.  It's believed they fled towards Norwich on the A140.

'Children are parents' responsibility' says council

Norfolk County Council says it will stop providing free bus travel for pupils from Catfield to Stalham High now there's a safe walking route.

But some parents says the decision is wrong, as there's no clear footpath and it's too dangerous.

Work on the new traffic island on the A149
BBC

Tracy Jessop, assistant director for highways at the county council, says parents need to take responsibility for their children.   

You have to make a decision... are you comfortable with your child being alone and doing whatever it is, and if you're not then you think 'what can I do to support them?' Walk with them or find someone else that's also doing that journey and do what many other parents have done at different schools and arrange to walk together."

Tracy JessopNorfolk County Council

Concerns over end to free school bus travel

A decision by Norfolk County Council to stop providing free school bus travel for pupils in a north Norfolk village has been met with concern by some parents.

A new traffic island on the A149 gives children from Catfield a "suitable" route to use to get to Stalham High School, says the council.

The route the children will walk, showing the industrial estate on the left
BBC

But mother Shelley Rudman claims pupils will have to walk on a main road past a busy industrial estate used by up to 200 vehicles, including agricultural vehicles and lorries. 

North Norfolk councillor Paul Rice says he's walked the route, which has no footpaths or street lights, and describes the decision by the county council as "crazy".

Firefighters to be deployed as community first responders

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Firefighters from seven Norfolk stations are to be deployed as community first responders to cardiac arrest incidents alongside colleagues from the ambulance services.

Fire crews are already trained in basic life support and equipped with defibrillators, and Norfolk Fire Service spokesman Paul Seaman says the project has the "real potential to save lives".

Norfolk Fire and Rescue logo
Norfokl Fire and Rescue Service

The initiative is the largest in the East of England, with stations in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King's Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford taking part in the collaboration with the East of England Ambulance Service.

Plans to axe mental health trust jobs come under fire

Plans to axe another 90 posts at Norfolk's mental health trust have been criticised.

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust is the only mental health trust to be placed in special measures, meaning extra government supervision.  It's also seen more patients die unexpectedly in the past year than ever before.

The Trust says it won't mean compulsory redundancies and it's also filled jobs previously done by temporary staff.  

Sign for Hellesdon Hospital
BBC

Jeff Keighley, regional organiser for Unison, says the Trust needs more, not fewer, staff helping people with mental illness. 

From the staff perspective they feel threatened by the situation at the moment - they're trying to run a service without the adequate resources and for them it's quite frightening."

Jeff KeighleyUnison

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust to axe 90 posts

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The NHS mental health trust for Norfolk and Suffolk, placed in special measures by a care watchdog, has announced plans to cut 90 posts.

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
BBC

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust wants to cut its deficit from £8.9m in 2015-16 to £6.1m in 2016-17.

The trust says in its report it hopes most posts can be cut through "non-essential" vacant posts being left unfilled. But union Unison said it would have a "dramatic impact on services".  

Thetford estate a 'lovely place' to live

A Thetford estate where Norfolk police are putting on extra officers following an arson attack involving two cars last night is a "lovely place" to live, according to the local police commander.

Ch Insp Paul Wheatley says the Abbey Estate is surrounded by forest, with beautiful green spaces but there's "a small minority who want to use anti-social behaviour."

Police logo on car bonnet
BBC

He says there have been about 10 reports of wheelie bins or mattresses being deliberately set alight since January, and another spate in April where vehicles were targeted. The same group of people are believed to be responsible.   

We're targeting these individuals... it seems that people are unwilling to talk to police and provide information but I want to reassure them that any information they can give us will be used to make this place a better place to live."

Ch Insp Paul WheatleyNorfolk Police

'No major problem' with dampness at Norwich flats

A housing association says it is aware of some minor condensation issues at William White Place in Norwich, but nothing "that leads us to believe there's a major problem."

It was responding to claims by tenant Leonard Price that he's been forced to live in his car because dampness inside his Norwich flat has exacerbated his serious lung condition, emphysema.

Flats in William White Place off Gas Hill
Google

Orbit Housing says it is the responsibility of customers to follow advice it gives regarding to ongoing condensation management in their home. 

In Mr Price's case, we've assisted him by removing the mould and advised him of measures he can take to prevent it from reoccurring."

Spokesperson for Orbit East

Is this the hottest place in Norfolk?

BBC Weather Watchers

Can you top this... just after midday the temperature reached 33C (91F) in Martham, according to this car thermometer. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "dylans world" for this photograph.

Temperature showing 33(C)
Weather Watcher/dylans world

Man 'forced to live in car'

A Norwich man says he's being forced to live in his car because his flat isn't safe.

Leonard Price, 45, has the lung condition emphysema.  His doctor says that damp inside the flat, near Gas Hill, has made his condition worse. 

Leonard Price in his car
BBC

Mr Price claims landlord Orbit Housing Assocation isn't doing enough to get him a different place. His mother, Monica, says her son is now too scared to go into his flat.

He's so depressed, it's affecting the whole family... I have to bring a meal down for him to eat in his car."

Monica PriceMother of Leonard Price

Extra police sent to Thetford estate

Extra police are being sent to the Abbey Estate in Thetford after two cars were set alight at the weekend. 

Norfolk police say up to a dozen people pushed the cars together in the middle of Canterbury Way shortly before 23:00 on Sunday. Firefighters attended before police officers arrived. 

Officers say they are holding "street briefings" on Gloucester Way and Canterbury Way this afternoon so residents can discuss their concerns. 

Northern Ireland keeper McGovern set for Norwich move

BBC Sport

Norwich City are the favourites to sign Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern.  

Michael McGovern of Northern Ireland
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The 32-year-old, who had an outstanding Euro 2016, is a free agent after leaving Hamilton Academical at the end of last season.

Southampton were reported to be keen to sign McGovern but he is expected to finalise a deal with Norwich this week.

Your pictures: Sunny Holkham

Many thanks to Karen Harris for this sunny snap of Holkham yesterday.

Holkham beach, showing blue skies and a dog
Karen Harris

Temperatures across the county are expected to reach the high 20s today - we'd love to see your photographs

New station canopies and signalling work to cause rail disruption

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Rail passengers from Norwich face disruption to their journeys this autumn and winter, while upgrade work is carried out on the main rail line into London for the Crossrail project.

The programme of improvements also includes the installation of station canopies and signalling works for the new Cambridge North station, due to open in May 2017.  

Abellio Greater Anglia train pulling in to station
BBC

Plans for this work, which will affect services between Norwich and Cambridge on 9, 15, 16 and 23 October, are still being finalised.

James Burles, managing director of Abellio Greater Anglia, advised customers to check their itinerary before travelling. The firm is working with Network Rail to try to move some other works in the Cambridge area currently planned for three of the weekends, to avoid additional inconvenience to passengers.

Flurry of wickets gives Norfolk the edge

Norfolk bowlers Garry Park and Ben France have put them on top on the second morning of their Minor Counties Championship match against Buckinghamshire. 

Bucks have collapsed from 113 without loss to 145 for 5 in reply to Norfolk's 336 for 7. 

Park has taken three wickets, including that of Shaan Khan for 70, with France taking two wickets in as many balls. 

Improvement work will disrupt rail services

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Rail passengers between Norwich and London are being advised to check before they travel ahead of improvement work this autumn and winter to deliver vital railway upgrades for the Crossrail programme and remove long-standing heat-related speed restrictions.

The work will affect Abellio Greater Anglia trains into Liverpool Street on eight weekends from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 6 November, and will continue for a further 10 days over the Christmas and New Year period.

Rail passengers on the platforms at London Liverpool Street
BBC

The work programme includes the remodelling of a key junction at Shenfield to help deliver more reliable journeys for passengers by May 2017.  

More overhead wires will be replaced between Shenfield and Liverpool Street to help reduce the impact of heat-related disruption during the summer when overhead wires sag and speed restrictions are imposed.

Network Rail spokesman Richard Schofield said: "We understand the inconvenience and disruption that closing the railway causes but the initial and longer-term benefits for passengers are huge." 

Norfolk manage one wicket in first hour at Manor Park

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's bowlers have found it tough going on the second morning of their Minor Counties Championship match against Buckinghamshire at Manor Park. 

The visitors have moved on to 113 for 1 in reply to Norfolk's 336 for 7. 

Garry Park has taken the only wicket to fall, getting Shaan Khan caught by Ashley Watson for 70. 

Fire-hit garden centre reopens

Scratby Garden Centre says it's "business as usual" today following a blaze on Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out in sheds housing rabbits and birds, killing many of the creatures. The incident was attended by 40 firefighters.

We'll be open again in a smaller area on the side for all the animal foods so we can look after the customers and we've got more stock coming."

Darren CooneyScratby Garden Centre
Scratby garden centre, showing fire-damaged sheds
BBC

Look after your hot dogs

Norfolk police are asking people to look after their four-legged friends:

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Your pictures: The mercury is rising

It's already hot in Great Yarmouth, as you see in this photo from BBC Weather Watcher Muddy.

Temperature gauge showing 24(C) inside and 31(C) outside
Weather Watcher/Muddy

Can you top that?  If so, send us a snap!

Jobs for Norfolk MPs as new prime minister shuffles her pack

The MP for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis, has gone to the Home Office as minister for policing and the fire service.

Mr Lewis was previously housing minister.

Brandon Lewis MP with television crew
BBC

His Norfolk colleague, George Freeman, is no longer the life sciences minister. The MP for Mid Norfolk now chairs the government's Policy Unit.

George Freeman MP
BBC

Norfolk make confident start to Manor Park Festival

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

A century from James Spelman gave Norfolk a good start to their Minor Counties Championship match against Buckinghamshire. 

The opener scored 131 as the home side made 336 for seven. Bucks had reached 56 without loss at the close of day one. 

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The festival takes place over the next three weeks and will see Norfolk play all three of their home Minor Counties Championship games at the ground, near Norwich Airport. 

Hot weather advice from ambulance service

King causes upset at World Matchplay Darts

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Bradwell's Mervyn King beat James Wade 10-5 in the first round of the World Matchplay Darts at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. 

King raced into a 6-1 lead against Wade who is a six-time finalist at the event before wrapping up a 10-5 win. 

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Peter Wright, who lives at Mendham, near Harleston is also through after beating Joe Cullen 10-5.

Skipper makes British Ironman history

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich's Joe Skipper set a new British record for an Ironman Triathlon in Germany. 

Skipper completed the 3.8km swim, the 180km bike ride and then marathon run in a time of seven hours, 56 minutes and 23 seconds at the Challenge Roth event in Germany. It's the first ever sub-eight hour Ironman by a British athlete. 

Joe Skipper
Getty Images

Skipper was only beaten to the line by German Jan Frodeno who broke the world record.  

Canaries arrive in Austria

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have touched down in Austria for a week-long pre-season training camp. 

They'll play two games as part of the tour. The Canaries continued their preparations for the new season with a 3-0 win at Peterborough United in a friendly on Saturday.

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Norwich City are expected to take about 28 players on the trip, with those who featured at Euro 2016 like Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson due to join the squad on Wednesday.  

Council 'committed to meeting needs of those with autism'

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk County Council says it understands the frustrations about the delay in producing a strategy for adults with autism, but says it should have one approved and finalised by the end of this year.

The government published the Autism Act in 2009, setting out a need for authorities to prepare and publish an autism strategy, but Norfolk still doesn't have a plan in place.

Exterior of County Hall
Geograph/Graham Hardy

A spokeswoman for the county council said it was "committed" to meeting the needs of people living with autism.

The Autism Partnership Board is currently considering a draft Autism Strategy for the county. We completely understand there are frustrations that this piece of work is still not complete, but the strategy is expected to be approved and finalised by the end of this year."

Helen McCorryNorfolk County Council spokeswoman

Concern at support for people with autism

Nick Conrad

BBC Radio Norfolk

Leading autism campaigners in Norfolk say they're frustrated with a lack of support for those with the condition.

In 2009 the government introduced legislation calling for local authorities to draw up a strategy for adults with autism.

But County Hall still has no strategy - despite a local autism partnership board trying to come up with a plan.

Exterior of County Hall
BBC

Anne Ebbage, of Autism Anglia, says it's important the plan is put in place as soon as possible.

Children with autism become adults with autism, so everything needs to flow through and integrate and work together. The new laws that came out around the Children and Families Act and the Care Act a couple of years ago dictated really that this needs to be happening."

Anne EbbageAutism Anglia

Weather: Dry and sunny

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be a fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine.

It'll feel hot and humid, with temperatures reaching 27C (81F).

There's more information at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us at the start of a new week on Norfolk Live.

We're here until 18:00, keeping you up-to-date with the news, sport and travel for the county. 

We'll also have the latest weather updates, with temperatures predicted to hit 27C. It looks like summertime has finally arrived - we'd love to see your photographs of sunny Norfolk.