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Summary

  1. Investigations continue into RAF Marham attempted abduction
  2. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release pictures of Prince George on his third birthday
  3. Norwich City's new third kit is a throwback to the club's old 'egg and cress' shirt of the 1990s
  4. Updates from Norfolk on Friday, 22 July 2016

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today, and for this week - thanks for joining us.

Here's a brief look at some of the stories we've brought you today: 

  • Police say their investigation into the RAF Marham attempted abduction has "progressed" and they're urging anyone in the vicinity of the Costcutters store to come forward
  • New photographs of Prince George have been released to mark his third birthday - they were taken at the Sandringham Estate, home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

And the sports news:

  • Norwich City unveil their new third kit
  • Sergi Canos is set to make his first appearance for the Canaries this weekend

Thanks for joining us - have a good weekend.

Weather: A warm, dry night

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Any showers will ease, leaving a dry and warm night. There may be some mist or fog patches.

Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

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Mist or fog will soon clear to leave a warm and mostly dry day, with sunny spells. There may be a few showers in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 26C (79F).

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'Tough love' course next month in bid to help Diss teenagers

Diss Express

Teenagers from Diss will have a chance to begin setting their lives straight at a three-day “tough love” course in August.

Town sign for Diss
Diss Express

Police issue appeal following two-vehicle collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between two vehicles on the A149 this morning.

Emergency services attended the scene on the Caister bypass, near the Princes of Wales Road junction, shortly after 11:00 following reports of a collision between a silver Vauxhall Astra and a black Mini.

The Mini's occupant suffered serious facial injuries and was airlifted to the Norwich and Norwich University Hospital for treatment. The occupant of the Astra, who suffered chest, leg and hand injuries, was taken to hospital for treatment.

The A149 was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident, reopening shortly after 16:00.

RAF Marham attack 'almost certainly terrorism', claims former army commander

The former commanding officer of the Royal Anglian Regiment, Col Richard Kemp, says he can't think of any motive other than terrorism for the attempted abduction of an RAF Marham serviceman.

"The description of the individuals is of either Middle Eastern or Asian origin which would certainly suggest the profile that's most common to Islamic terrorists operating here in the United Kingdom," he said.

"So I think it's highly likely that with somebody in the vicinity of a military base - obviously a military person out running - attempted abduction is almost certainly going to be terrorism."

Richard Kemp
Former Commanding Officer, Royal Anglians

He said the attacks were "obviously" directed at air bases connected with bombing raids on Iraq and Syria.

"We should not seek to appease these people; we should not become afraid of them, we should respond to their attempts at aggression against us with far harder aggression against them," he said.

"The last thing we need is to be beaten by these people - they are not capable of beating us and we should stand up to them in every possible way we can." 

A11 open again

Watch: Canaries look backwards for inspiration

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

Today we've brought you news that Norwich City have released a new third kit that is sure to divide opinion.

They've taken inspiration from the shirt they wore during the inaugural season of the Premier League when they finished third.

The green and yellow flecked shirt drew derision from fans, but has gone on to become something of a design classic.

The club will be hoping the new shirt brings as much luck as its predecessor.

Norwich City revive classic kit that divided opinion

Travel: A11 remains blocked

BBC Travel

The A11 in Thetford remains blocked, with queuing traffic northbound after the A1075 junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

Congestion has built up to the A134 Brandon Road junction.

Is this the man City want at the helm?

Norwich Evening News

The back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
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At last! Memorial for war hero Sidney

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Front page of Norwich Evening News
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Norfolk MP sworn in as Lord Chancellor

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The South West Norfolk MP, Elizabeth Truss, has been been formally sworn in as Lord Chancellor, the first woman to hold the role in its 1,000-year history.

Dressed in black and gold, Mrs Truss took her oath and pledged to respect the rule of law, defend judicial independence and ensure effective support for the courts.

Lord Neuberger in black and gold robes and wig, Ms truss in black and gold, and Lord Dyson in red and gold with a wig
Office of Elizabeth Truss MP

The country's job judges, including Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger (above left) and the Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson (above right) were present for the proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday.

Your pictures: Blue skies over Norfolk

BBC Weather Watchers

Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Flamingo" for this photo taken in Harleston shortly before 13:00.

Those blue skies may be clouding over later - the latest BBC weather forecast warns of heavy showers later. 

A field of golden crops, blue sky with clouds
Weather Watcher/Flamingo

Police liaising with Met Police counter-terrorism unit

The attack on a serving member of the armed forces at RAF Marham on Wednesday is still being treated as an attempted abduction, says Norfolk's assistant chief constable.   

In an interview with BBC Look East's Mike Liggins, Nick Dean said the force had been in "close liaison with the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit from the start".  

Nick Dean
Assistant Chief Constable, Norfolk

He added: "They've been working with us and liaising with us throughout this inquiry.... at this time there's no information or intelligence which has declared this a counter-intelligence investigation."

That could change as information and intelligence is reviewed and comes into us, but at this time attempted abduction is the main line of inquiry."

Nick DeanAssistant Chief Constable

RAF Marham inquiry 'not limited to Norfolk'

Norfolk's Assistant Chief Constable Nick Dean said the force was searching beyond East Anglia for the men responsible for the attempted abduction near RAF Marham.

"We've not just done local CCTV reviews - a number of inquiries have gone beyond Norfolk, into the region and beyond", he said.

This inquiry is not limited to the vicinity of RAF Marham - any routes beyond the village, into west Norfolk, south into Suffolk and Cambridgeshire - any avenues out of Norfolk, then we'd be looking."

Nick DeanAssistant Chief Constable

RAF Marham: Police investigation has 'progressed'

Norfolk's Assistant Chief Constable, Nick Dean, says the force's investigation into the Marham attack has progressed over the last 24 hours.

CCTV has revealed a significant number of people were in the vicinity of the Costcutters store, and police urge them to come forward "no matter how insignificant they think their information is".

Exterior of the store
BBC

It's the community that come and help us in these inquiries and provide valuable information to us."

Nick DeanAssistant Chief Constable

New Canaries kit: 'Inspired by bus seats'

Norwich City's 2016-17 third kit, a throwback to the "egg and cress" shirt of the early 1990s, has prompted a fair amount of social media comment so far.

The club is promoting it with the tagline "Inspired by history", prompting this response...

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Travel: A11 blocked northbound

BBC Travel

The A11 in Thetford is blocked northbound due to multi-vehicle accident before the A1075.

Canos to make Norwich City bow this weekend

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City new boy Sergi Canos is set to make his first appearance for the club this weekend. 

The 19-year-old former Liverpool winger is expected to play against the Russian side Rubin Kazan as the Canaries end a pre-season training camp in Austria. 

Sergi Canos
Getty Images

The Norwich City players who featured at Euro 2016 have now joined the squad in Austria but they are not due to play in tomorrow's friendly. 

Media interest continues at RAF Marham

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

Outside the main gate at Marham it's clear that security remains high at the camp.

The police are still combing CCTV for more clues about the attackers and their vehicle. 

There's still considerable media interest here with television satellite trucks and camera crews waiting further developments. It's expected that Norfolk police will be able to update on the progress of their investigations later in the day.

Television cameraman with television reporter Ben Ando
BBC

RAF Marham: Supermarket at centre of witness appeal

Police investigating the attempted abduction of a serviceman near RAF Marham want to talk to people walking or driving near a supermarket at the time of the incident.

The serviceman was threatened with a knife on Wednesday between 14:55 and 15:26.

Police want to talk to people walking on Squires Hill, near the Costcutters store, at around the time of the incident.

Officers have not ruled out a link to terrorism.

The Costcutters store, with parking area and vehicles
Norfolk Police

Biomass power station plans withdrawn

Plans for a biomass-fuelled energy centre in Norwich have been withdrawn.

Artist's impression of the so-called generation park showing homes, and river
Generation Park

The so-called Generation Park site in Thorpe Hamlet would have included homes and commercial units, with road access and vehicle bridges over the rivers Wensum and Yare.

Earlier this year, the consortium behind it filed for insolvency with debts of £3m. 

'Heart attack' patient pulled from sea

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after being pulled out of the sea at Cromer last night.

A member of the public rescued the man, who's thought to have suffered a heart attack.

Cromer beach, with sun bathers and the pier
Geograph/Julian Osley

Following treatment at the scene by ambulance crews and the coastguard, the patient - believed to be in his 40s - was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by East Anglian Air Ambulance shortly after 21:00.

House-to-house inquiries in Marham

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Officers are carrying out house-to-house inquiries in an attempt to gather intelligence and information about what the motive for an attack on a serviceman at RAF Marham on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they can't rule out terrorism but they're also saying there are also other plausible alternative explanations.

Police vehicle, and tape across road to close it
BBC

The team of 50 officers are going through traffic cameras and CCTV footage, possibly to try to identify the movements of the vehicle which the two suspects have.

The road where the incident took place remains closed.  

Marham: Police checking CCTV

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police have said there have been possible sightings in west Norfolk of the dark-coloured people carrier involved in the attempted abduction near RAF Marham yesterday.

They're now ploughing through hours of CCTV footage to see if they can pick up any definite evidence of the dark car, such as a Ford Galaxy.

Air Force police controlling traffic at marham airbase
AFP

The motive for the attack on a serviceman by two men of Middle Eastern appearance is still unknown. Norfolk police say terrorism is a possible cause but their could be other reasons.  

Travel: The latest on the county's roads

BBC Travel

Here's the latest update for drivers in Norfolk:

  • A140 Long Stratton: Partially blocked, with queuing traffic for two miles, because of an accident. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.
  • A149 Caister bypass: Closed, with queuing traffic in both directions because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike.
  • A140 Norwich: Sweet Briar Road is blocked, with queuing traffic in both directions, between the A1067 and A1074 because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

'Life continues as normal' at air base

Ben Ando

BBC News

Life at RAF Marham is continuing as normal, with people coming and going as they normally would. 

We understand there has been an instruction that RAF personnel may not wish to wear their uniforms when they're outside the base but outside the front entrance there's been plenty of people coming and going in their uniforms, apparently uncowed by what's happened.

View of gates to RAF Marham with a serviceman
PA

More photos of the birthday prince

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say they would "like to thank everyone" for the birthday messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday today.

Prince George in a blue striped top, with a logo, and pale shorts, standing and looking to the left
PA

Photographer Matt Porteous, who took these snaps and the two we brought you earlier, at the family home at Sandringham earlier this month, said he "enjoyed the opportunity... it was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere".

Prince George, wearing a short sleeve striped top, and blue shorts, standing on a wooden swing which has William and Catherine etched on it
PA

Prince George: Birthday pictures

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Happy Birthday to Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today. 

Prince George in a blue striped top and blue shorts sitting on a swing
PA

His parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, say they "hope people will enjoy seeing these new photographs", taken at their home on the Sandringham Estate earlier this month.

Prince George in blue striped top and blue shorts with the family's pet dog, Ludo, sitting on a checked rug
PA

Canaries kit 'like Jackson Pollock's worst nightmare'

Norwich City's new kit is not proving a favourite with one bookmaker...

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Moxey in frame for City role

Eastern Daily Press

Is ex-Wolves man set to take on CEO job? The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press.

Back page of the EDP
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Former player gives his view on new Norwich City kit

Norwich City's new third kit is a throwback to the so-called "egg and cress" design of the 1990s. Here's the view of former winger Darren Eadie...

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Canaries reveal throwback third kit

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City unveiled their latest new kit this morning. 

The 2016/17 third kit is based on the iconic "egg and cress" design the Canaries wore in their famous UEFA Cup run in 1993. 

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And here's the original, as modelled by Efan Ekoku.

Efan Ekoku
Getty Images

RAF Marham a 'viable target'

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Keith Simpson, the MP for Broadland, who sits on the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, says RAF Marham is a "viable target."

The air strikes from RAF Marham on Iraq and Syria is causing a major impact and they want to punish us... we've got to be open-minded - the police have said it could be a terrorist act but it might be something else."

Keith Simpson MPBroadland
British RAF police controls traffic at RAF Marham
AFP

Speaking on BBC Radio Norfolk, Mr Simpson said there was a fine balance between getting people to think very clearly about their security - and that involved not just members of the armed forces but workers at RAF Marham and other local people - and scaring them.

Marham attempted abduction: 'People are jittery'

Norfolk police continue their search for two men of Middle Eastern appearance suspected of attempting to abduct an RAF serviceman near Marham.

The airman escaped after the attackers tried to bundle him into a car while he was running.  

Frank Gardner, the BBC security correspondent, said: "There are suspicions that it is terrorist-related, given all the things that have been happening in Europe, and the calls by Isis - so-called Islamic State - to attack people whenever they can but there's no evidence so far.

British armed police stand guard outside RAF Marham airbase
AFP

"The thing that really irritates them more than anything is the air strikes, because that's what's causing them to lose ground and to lose the battle territorially in the Middle East.

"The fact they're of Middle Eastern appearance could be completely irrelevant.

"It's only days since Nice happened, then there was the axe attack on the German train - hardly a week goes by when some horrific incident happens and then Isis pops up and says 'he's one of our soldiers of the Caliphate', having probably never heard of the person in the first place. So it's obvious people are jittery."  

Norfolk darts players in quarter-finals

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's Mervyn King, from Bradwell, and Steve Beaton, from North Walsham, play in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay darts at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this evening. 

Meanwhile Peter Wright, from Mendham, just across the Suffolk border, couldn't hide his disappointment after losing 16-14 to Adrian Lewis.

Wright apologised to fans, saying: "We were both playing rubbish. I'm supposed to be number five in the world, I need to pull my socks up and my boxer shorts and get it sorted out."

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Travel: Four-vehicle accident on A47

BBC Travel

The A47 Constitution Hill in King's Lynn is blocked, with queueing traffic westbound before the Hardwick roundabout, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

Investigation continues into Marham attack

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Norfolk police are continuing their search for two men who tried to kidnap an off-duty serviceman from RAF Marham.

The victim was jogging near the base on Wednesday afternoon when the men threatened him with a knife.

Blurred image of two police officers with sign for RAF Marham
AP

Police say they are not ruling out a terrorist motive. A hotline has been set up for anyone with information about the attack: 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

Weather: Warm with showers later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Warm sunny spells, with scattered and slow-moving thundery showers developing later.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Showers dying out tonight, with temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

BBC Weather has more information.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live.

We'll have news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county, including the latest updates on the ongoing police investigation into the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham.