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Summary

  1. Rescuer describes swimming out to help a group caught in a riptide at Sea Palling
  2. Theft victim told he must pay for return of mobility scooter
  3. Canaries fans have first chance to see new signing Sergi Canos at home tonight
  4. Updates on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

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By Caroline Kingdon

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It's goodbye from the Norfolk Live team for the day, until 08:00 tomorrow.

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

  • A Norwich man describes swimming out to help a group caught in a riptide at Sea Palling
  • Health bosses say they have made some changes to their proposals for Great Yarmouth's walk-in centre
  • New signing Sergi Canos makes his debut in Norwich City's home match tonight

Young sailors come together for regatta

Leigh Milner

BBC Look East

Nearly 300 young sailors have spent the day off the Norfolk coast, competing in the National Youth Regatta.

Yellow-sailed boat crewed by young sailors, with other boats on the water in the distance
BBC

For the first time in its 54-year history it's being held in Norfolk. 

The sailors, aged between 12 and 19, are representing 20 counties.  

Weather: Cloudy but mostly dry

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy evening, but mainly dry with a slight chance of patchy rain later.

Temperatures falling to 12C (53F).

Weather graphic for Wednesday at 15:00 showing patchy rain over Norfolk
BBC Weather

Some light rain is likely at first, before gradually easing away.  Staying mostly cloudy, with some warm sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

BBC Weather has more details for you.

Tank museum seeks volunteers

A small museum with large exhibits in south Norfolk needs volunteers.

The Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter, near Long Stratton, says it's struggling to find people willing to give up their time and help show off its unique collection of tanks and armoured vehicles.

Volunteer sitting on a tank
BBC

We're a very hands-on museum, letting people climb on the vehicles, feel the weight of a gun and that involves volunteers."

Stephen McKayChairman

With more people visiting the museum last year, it opened up more frequently - but is warning it may have to go back to running fewer days a week unless volunteers come forward.

PCC seeks views on how crime should be tackled

Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green is urging residents to share their views on how crime and disorder should be tackled over the next four years.

His public consultation closes on 12 August. So far, more than 2,000 people have shared their responses but Mr Green is keen to hear from those who live in Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, West and North Norfolk.

Lorne Green in a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie with giraffe pattern
Norfolk PCC

Once the consultation closes, the details will be published on the Norfolk PCC website.

Mr Green will use the feedback received to develop Norfolk's police and crime plan, which sets out the county's overall crime and policing policies, the resources made available to the chief constable and how policing performance will be measured.

Watch: Norfolk man wing-walks for greyhounds

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

For Melvyn Shields, the sky's the limit when it comes to supporting animals.The 75-year-old from Norwich successfully completed a wing-walk to raise funds for the Retired Greyhound Trust.Not only was he supporting a cause close to his heart, it was a fantastic way to mark his 76th birthday two days later.  

Norfolk man completes wing-walk for greyhound charity

Gym equipment for cardiac patients

Dumbbell weights, a trampoline and heart rate monitors are being used to help patients recovering from a heart attack or cardiac surgery.

Cardiac nurse specialist Paula Baker, in blue uniform; volunteer Alan Durance and Senior Occupational Therapist Alison Windsor-Waite in the gym with equipment
James Paget University Hospital

They're among items purchased by the James Paget University Hospital following a donation to its Cardiac Rehabilitation Team from the HeartCare Great Yarmouth and Waveney Cardiac Support Group. 

The new equipment will be used at the physio gym at the hospital in supervised exercise sessions. 

Rainbow car to tackle hate crime

Norfolk and Suffolk police forces have launched their newest tool to fight hate crime: a new "Pride" car. 

Rainbow patterned police car outside the Forum in Norwich
Norfolk Police

The car, with its rainbow design, will take to the road on the week of Norwich Pride, as a sign of solidarity and commitment to the region's LGBT+ community.

Norfolk's Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall said the vehicle signified continued support for diverse communities and sent out a clear message that hate crime would not be tolerated.

He urged any victim of hate crime to contact the police. 

Watch: Rescuer describes beach riptide drama

Neil Ramsay arrived at Sea Palling beach shortly before a group of swimmers got into trouble in a riptide.

A keen kitesurfer, he knows the beach and its tides well.

When the shout went out for strong swimmers Mr Ramsay borrowed a bodyboard, swimming out to help.

Here he describes how the incident unfolded.

Beach rescuer describes Sea Palling riptide drama

Health care provision: 'We listened to local people'

The chief executive of Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says it listened to the views of local people and adapted their proposals for the future of the Greyfriars walk-in centre as a result.

Andy Evans says the CCG is committed to providing an appointment-only out-of-hours service at Greyfriars during weekends and bank holidays. It say it is talking to other organisations about sharing the building, transforming it into a public service hub where local people can access a range of different services. 

We are confident that these proposals will ensure everyone can continue to receive the right care to meet their needs... over the coming months, we'll focus on making sure high-quality replacement services are in place so that patients can access the right care in the right place, provided by those with the right skills.”

Andy EvansChief executive, CCG

Your pictures of Norfolk today

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a selection of photos taken by Norfolk's band of Weather Watchers, before the clouds started thickening - showers are expected later. 

It was sunny in south Norfolk when April's garden saw this peacock butterfly on a buddleia bush:

Peacock butterfly on buddleia bush
Weather Watcher/April's garden

A few clouds in north Norfolk, when Oggins took this snap (below) of open fields

Blue sky with clouds, field of green crops and a bird flying to the left
Weather Watcher/Oggins

And by 12:30 clouds were developing in south Norfolk - thanks to Flamingo for this picture.

Open fields, with green crops, church in the distance, and blue sky with white clouds
Weather Watcher/Flamingo

Motorists targeted for using phones

Eight motorists were reported for using their phones while driving in a 90-minute campaign by Norfolk police officers.

One of the offenders had their three-year-old son in the rear of the vehicle. Sgt Chris Harris said he then noticed the car stopped behind had a six-month-old baby on board.

Two drivers were reported for not wearing seatbelts. Four motorcyclists, who were in shorts and T-shirts, were given advice. 

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New children's play area opens at hospital

BBC Radio Norfolk

Patients at the Jenny Lind children's department at the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital will be able to enjoy a little light relief when a new children's playground opens today.

Children and staff from the paediatric department helped decide on the final design, which features a beach hut and a "boat" play tower as a link to the unit's theme of the seaside.

A young girl in a patterned top and orange shorts, stands in the playground against a painted green balloon sign for the Jenny Lind department
NNUH

Director of nursing Emma McKay said the playground would provide a "fun environment for paediatric patients and children visiting the hospital".  

Plans revealed for walk-in healthcare centre

Great Yarmouth's walk-in centre is to offer different health care services under proposals announced by the local clinical commissioning group:

  • Enhance and promote the existing NHS 111 service, directing patients to the right service
  • Appointment-only GP care at weekends and bank holidays
  • Extra out-of-hours GPs to be put in place at the out-of-hours services at the James Paget University Hospital during weekends and bank holidays

The current homelessless service will still be in place from 1 October but will be delivered by a different provider. 

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group is putting the plans to its governors on Thursday.

Open doorway to Greyfriars walk-in centre
BBC

Norfolk v Lincolnshire - Minor Counties Championship latest

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Lincolnshire will need 194 to win against Norfolk at Manor Park, Horsford.

This morning the home side finished their second innings on 192-9. Ben France was unable to resume his innings after retiring hurt.

James Hale top scored for Norfolk with 56. 

Great Yarmouth goes to the races

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

There's a seven-race card at Yarmouth this afternoon.

Up-and-coming and in-form Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer (pictured) has a runner in the 16:40. Corked will have Marc Monaghan on board.

You'd forgive Palmer for having his thoughts elsewhere though; he has two horses in the 15:10 feature race on day one of "Glorious Goodwood".

Racing at Yarmouth gets under way at 13:50.

Hugo Palmer
Getty Images

Beach rescuer 'swam as hard as I could'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Paddle-boarder Neil Ramsay says it took him about three minutes to swim out to help the group of swimmers caught in a riptide at Sea Palling on Saturday.

After dialling 999, Mr Ramsay took off his watch and T-shirt, and went out with a body board, bringing ashore a 54-year-old man.

I don't know how long it took me to swim back but it seemed like a long time... I was swimming as hard as I could to keep his head up."

Neil Ramsay
Neil Ramsay sitting on a bench by the river at Thorpe Green in Norwich,
BBC

Other beach-goers, including a doctor and an off-duty fireman, performed CPR on the man but he could not be revived.

A second swimmer, a man in his 20s, was airlifted to hospital. 

Sea Palling rescuer urges universal cry for 'help'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man who battled in vain to rescue a man at a Norfolk beach says he wants to encourage people to check if swimmers are ok if they hear shouting in a foreign language.

Neil Ramsay, in light grey tee shirt by garden fence
PA

Neil Ramsay, 44, had just arrived at Sea Palling beach on Saturday when he noticed a commotion.   

Some people had walked out to one of the sand banks... they were playing in the water where it's not that deep, but there's a shelf and it does get deep quite quickly."

Neil Ramsay

Mr Ramsay said a family of four were shouting in Polish but it was three minutes before he realised their shouts were of panic. "It would be great to have a universal cry for help", he said.

Proposals for walk-in centre

An NHS walk-in centre in Great Yarmouth could still be used for medical services following feedback from the public.

The NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group is pledging to use the Greyfriars building and develop it into a hub for health services in the town. 

Exterior of the walk-in centre
BBC

The proposals will change the way care is delivered in Great Yarmouth when the current contract for the GP and walk-in service at the centre in Howard Street South comes to an end in September.

The CCG's governing body will be asked to approve the recommendations, which include an enhanced NHS 111 and increased out-of-hours services, at its meeting on 28 July.

Travel: A1064 reopens but horse killed

BBC Radio Norfolk

A horse has died after being hit by a car.

It happened just before 06:00 on the A1064 at Acle. The car then hit a lorry. No-one was hurt in the incident.

The road was closed for several hours and now has reopened.

Futuristic bin on loan to council

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

With a high footfall and a busy summer season, the Market Place in Great Yarmouth is the ideal place for the borough council to trial a self-compacting litter bin.

The manufacturer of the Clean Cube claims the futuristic solar-powered bin can significantly cut operational costs. This, says councillor Carl Smith, gives the council the prospect of achieving further savings to spend on public priorities.

This trial supports the borough council’s commitment to reduce our impact on the environment and ensure the streets are consistently clean and well presented. We like to be innovative and try out new ways to provide services, especially when it is at no cost to the council."

Carl SmithChairman of Environment Committee
The solar-powered bin in the Market Place, with a chip stall behind it
Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Solar-powered bin 'will help cut council costs'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A solar-powered self-compacting litter bin is being trialled in Great Yarmouth for the next six weeks.

A built-in sensor on the Clean Cube records when rubbish reaches the fill level, automatically starting the waste compaction process. It communicates with the depot to tell operatives when it's full.

The solar-powered bin in Great Yarmouth's Market Place
Great Yarmouth Borough Council

The bin on the Market Place can hold up to eight times more rubbish than normal, preventing litter overflow. By reducing the frequency of trips to empty the bin, Great Yarmouth Borough Council says it will save money on staff time and fuel.

Home bow for Sergi Canos

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City fans will have their first chance to see new signing Sergi Canos at home tonight.

The Spanish winger, who signed from Liverpool earlier this month, should be in the squad to face Coventry City in a pre-season friendly at Carrow Road (19:45).

Jacob Murphy and James Maddison will come up against their former club. Both players were on loan at the Sky Blues last season.

Sergi Canos
Getty Images

Watch: Norfolk's own Ironman

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

An Ironman triathlete from Norfolk has become one of the extreme sport's greatest contestants. 

Joe Skipper is the first British competitor to complete the gruelling challenge in less than eight hours.

He completed a 3.86km (2.4 mile) swim, a 180.25km (112 mile) bike ride and a 42.2km (26.2 mile) run in seven hours, 56 minutes and 23 seconds.

Norfolk Ironman triathlete Joe Skipper records record time

Weather: Turning cloudy with showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A bright start but becoming cloudy later, with outbreaks of light patchy rain.

Temperatures reaching 22C (70F).

You can find more information on BBC Weather.

Theft victim told to pay to get back stolen mobility scooter

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man from Great Yarmouth whose mobility scooter was stolen has been told he'll have to pay £150 to get it back.

Fred White reported the theft of his buggy on 21 June after thieves took it from outside his Midland Close home. Since then, he's had to buy a replacement as he needs a vehicle to get out and about.

Fred White on a red mobility scooter, in his garden, with wife Eva
BBC

Police contacted Mr White on Friday to say they had found the stolen scooter and it was locked in their contractor's compound - and they would need £150 to release it.  

Travel: A1064 blocked

BBC Travel

The A1064 in Acle is blocked in both directions between the Acle roundabout and the Stokesby New Road junction because of accident involving a car and a horse, and then a lorry.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area. 

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BBC Local Live

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