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Summary

  1. Police receive 150 calls in response to e-fit release of RAF Marham abduction suspects
  2. Retailer Amazon to create 30 jobs by opening delivery station in Norwich
  3. Protesters are demonstrating today over the closure of Great Yarmouth's Greyfriars walk-in centre
  4. Great Yarmouth lorry driver must face Crown court over crash involving steam engine and bus
  5. New Norwich City chief executive Jez Moxey has a reputation for 'getting things done'
  6. Updates on Thursday, 28 July 2016
  7. 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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That's it from us at Norfolk Live today. Thanks for following our stories which have included the following: 

  • Police receive 150 calls in response to e-fit release of RAF Marham abduction suspects
  • Retailer Amazon to create 30 jobs by opening delivery depot in Norwich
  • Protesters have been demonstrating over the closure of Great Yarmouth's Greyfriars walk-in centre

If you want to catch up, you can scroll back through our coverage through the day.

We'll have more regular updates tomorrow morning from 08:00. Have a great evening. 

Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some thundery downpours

BBC Weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, some maybe heavy or thundery. Showers will fade overnight to leave some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Weather map
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Friday will start dry and bright with sunny spells. Top temperature of 22C (72F). 

BBC Weather has more local details.

Armed forces minister visits RAF Marham

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The new armed forces minister, Mike Penning, was at RAF Marham today to reassure staff following the attempted kidnap of an airman last week. 

"We've had a nasty incident here. As far as the families are concerned I wanted to make sure I could see the security for myself and make sure we're doing everything we possibly can to work with the police and reassure families that we care about them," he said.

RAF Marham
BBC

He was also briefed on the progress of the Lightning II project, which will bring the new generation warplane to Marham in two years' time.

Armed Force Minister, Mike Penning
BBC

The minister said he had also come to thank the Tornado force crews for their work in the Middle East.

David Bowie photographer 'an undiscovered talent'

BBC Radio Norfolk

Some never-before-seen photos of David Bowie are touring the UK, courtesy of a Norfolk firm.

David Bowie
Denis O'Regan

The images were taken by Denis O'Regan, Bowie's official photographer in the 1980s and 90s. Many are from intimate moments between gigs, backstage and off-duty. 

Mark Overton, director at Off Beat Lounge, near Norwich has organised the touring exhibition.

"Denis is an amazing talent and has achieved an enormous amount but we think he's a bit of an undiscovered talent. Many of his photographs, probably three-quarters have not been seen before," said Mr Overton.

David Bowie exhibition features previously-unseen photos

BBC Radio Norfolk

It's been almost eight months since David Bowie died.

The superstar left a huge back catalogue of hits and his legacy lives on in other ways, including in an exhibition of some previously-unseen photographs, which are going on show in Norwich today.

David Bowie
Denis O'Regan/BBC
David Bowie
Denis O'Regan/BBC
David Bowie
Denis O'Regan/Bowie
David Bowie
Denis O'Regan/BBC

They were taken backstage by Bowie's official photographer Denis O'Regan while he was on tour between 1978 and 1990. 

The one-day exhibition is at the Mini dealership at Forest Way, Costessey, and then visits other showrooms in Brighton, Chelmsford, Birmingham, York, Cambourne in Cambridgeshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow between August and November.

Folk Awards winner playing Cambridge festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Another act playing Cambridge Folk Festival this year is Britain's Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly, who is appearing on Sunday.

Sam Kelly
BBC

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Sam, who is originally from Spixworth, near Norwich, but now lives in Cornwall, told me: "This festival really is the pinnacle for me; it was my local folk festival as a kid, and the first festival I ever went to. 

"To have the chance to come back and play for a third year running is an absolute privilege."

Norfolk band's debut appearance at Cambridge festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norfolk band the Georgia Shackleton Trio are appearing at the Cambridge Folk Festival today, on the opening evening of the event.

Georgia Shackleton Trio
Georgia Shackleton Trio

The festival, which has sold out, runs from today to Sunday and is headlined by Irish folk singer Christy Moore.

The Georgia Shackleton Trio combine vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo to play a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. 

Georgia told the BBC: "We are very excited to be playing at Cambridge Folk Festival this year. It's always been a favourite of ours to attend, so we were so pleased to be able to include it in our first year of festival dates as a trio.

"There are so many great acts playing at Cambridge this year and we're really happy to be a part of it. We hope to catch some of them again later in the summer at Broadstairs, Towersey and FolkEast."

Dashcam footage retrieved from drivers stopped by police at Marham

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Dashcam footage has been retrieved from some drivers stopped by detectives at six road blocks around RAF Marham yesterday.

Police car at Marham
BBC

Norfolk police stopped and questioned a number of drivers exactly a week after the attempted abduction of a serviceman from the base, in the hope of triggering people's memories about the incident which took place in the afternoon of Wednesday 20 July. 

Detective pleased with public response to RAF Marham e-fits

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

More details has been released by police following the issue yesterday of e-fits of two men suspected of the attempted abduction of an RAF Marham serviceman. 

Police outside RAF Marham
BBC

Det Supt Paul Durham said he was pleased with the public’s response:

"Since yesterday afternoon we’ve received 150 calls from members of the public, from people locally and further afield, and officers are following up this information.

"The road blocks allowed us to capture people who might not necessarily live in the area but use the routes for work or leisure purposes. This was useful in identifying some drivers with dash cams and this footage has been retrieved and will be reviewed," he added. 

RAF Marham abduction appeal results in more than 100 calls

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Police say they are following up a number of calls after e-fits of two men involved in the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham last week were released yesterday. 

E-fit of suspects involved in attempted abduction
Norfolk Police

The Norfolk force says more than 100 calls were made to dedicated hotlines set up following the attempted abduction of a serviceman last Wednesday afternoon while he was out running on Squires Hill near the base.

Yesterday officers stopped vehicles travelling in the area, questioning the occupants on whether they had been in the area last week or witnessed anything unusual.

Release fee waived for mobility scooter theft victim

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police say a man from Great Yarmouth will not now have to pay to get his mobility scooter back after it was stolen.

Fred and Eva White
BBC

Fred White's scooter was recovered by police but he was told he'd have to pay £150 for it to be released from a compound. 

Norfolk Police says that is a standard charge for everyone but that it will cover the cost on this occasion. 

Mr White says he's pleased with the decision as he had not taken out any insurance on the scooter but would do so in future.

A11 traffic light issues resolved at Thickthorn

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We noticed a few tweets this week about problems with the traffic lights on the A11 which were causing issues at the Thickthorn interchange, near Norwich.

Highways England says there was a fault on the A47 at the exit slip road but the problems have now been fixed. 

Retailer Amazon to open delivery depot in Norwich

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Online retailer Amazon is creating 30 jobs by opening a delivery station in Norwich.

Amazon warehouse with packers
BBC

The company will employ the staff at the new unit in Sweet Briar Road when it opens in September.

Amazon currently uses four independent, regional delivery companies who use 120 drivers for parcel deliveries in Norfolk. 

Lorry driver in 'serious' steam engine and bus crash must face Crown court

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A lorry driver facing six charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in connection with a crash involving a bus and a low-loader carrying a steam engine in Essex has been told his case must be considered by Crown court.

East Mersea crash
BBC

Philip Last, 52, of Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, was driving a low-loader carrying a static steam engine when it collided with a bus in East Mersea in September 2015. The bus driver and several passengers suffered serious injuries, Colchester Magistrates' Court was told. 

Mr Last did not enter a plea and was released on unconditional bail for a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on 25 August. 

Raymond Bond, chairman of the magistrates, told him: "We are sending this case to Crown court because of the serious nature of the injuries."

New City chief executive Moxey 'a classy individual'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The appointment of Jez Moxey is a "really great appointment", according to James Nursey, Norwich City fan and sports journalist for the Daily Mirror.

Jez Moxey
EPA

Moxey is said to be leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers because it has been taken over by a Chinese firm.

"He's a classy individual who's got a really good network of contacts with agents and managers and he'll be able to use those to bring decent individuals to the club to work alongside him," says Mr Nursey.

"I'm not anticipating any changes at the moment but he's got the ability to draw from those contacts. He's going to be a really good appointment.

"His approach to dealing with people is quite classy. I don't think it's any coincidence that he's on some of the boards of the Football League and has been involved at the FA quite heavily over the years. He's a good fit at Norwich City."

Moxey hired and fired eight managers at Wolves

Ian Winter

BBC Midlands Today Sport

Norwich City is getting a very experienced football man in Jez Moxey.

Just like the Canaries, Wolves have been on a rollercoaster ride through the football divisions. 

Jez Moxey
BBC

Moxey has seen Wolves through four seasons in the Premier League, one in League One and the rest of the time in the Championship. 

Clearly he is seen as having the capability to get Norwich back into the Premier League.

During his 16 years with Wolves he was often left in charge of running a club with absent owners. In fact, he hired and fired, or was implementing on their behalf, the decision to sack eight managers including current Ipswich Town boss, Mick McCarthy.

So clearly he's got a reputation for getting things done.

Lorry driver due in court over steam engine crash

A man is due to appear in court this morning charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a collision involving a bus and a lorry carrying a static steam engine near East Mersea. 

Lorry driver Philip Last, 52, of Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, was charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on 28 June.  

Steam engine crash
BBC

Bus driver Michael Birch had to be cut free from his cab and later said he thought he "would die".  

Mr Last is due to appear before Colchester Magistrates' Court.

More on Moxey coming to Norwich City

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Yesterday afternoon we brought you the news that Norwich had hired Jez Moxey as Norwich City's new chief executive. Chairman Ed Balls reckons he's the Canaries' best chance to return to the Premier League.

Moxey joins from Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he spent 16 years.

We'll bring you more on the appointment shortly but for now here's a couple of Twitter thoughts about the appointment - including comedian Karl Minns' unique take...

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Ealing Vicarage rape victim says anonymity for defendants would be an 'insult'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The first rape victim in the country to agree to forego her anonymity has said protecting the identity of the accused in rape cases would be an insult to victims. 

Her comments come after George Worrall, from Cromer, who had rape charges against him dropped, launched a campaign to get the law changed. 

Jill Seward
BBC

Jill Saward was attacked in 1986 in what became known as the Ealing Vicarage rape. She has written a book about her experiences and says protecting the accused's identity implies that the victim is lying.

In 1986 the identities of those accused were not revealed until the trial. Ms Saward, who waived her own right to anonymity in order to campaign for other victims, says Mr Worrall is "naive".

"Many people who are rapists are habitual or serial rapists and people don't know this; neither do the police. When you actually put a person's name out there it gives other victims the courage to go forward, helping to build a much stronger picture against the accused," she said.

People accused of rape 'treated as guilty until proven innocent'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We've been telling you about the Cromer man who's calling for anonymity for people accused of rape. 

George Worrall, 22, was a student at Durham University when he was accused of this offence. The case was finally dropped but not without impacting on his life and affecting his studies. He believes the measure would also stop malicious allegations. 

"Unfortunately a lot of the time people accused are treated as guilty until proven innocent. The right to the presumption of innocence is anyone's right. I believe this is a special circumstance in these kinds of cases because the very nature of the offence makes the people who are accused to be treated in a different way say to someone who's been accused of theft," said Mr Worrall. 

Anonymity call for those accused of rape until convicted

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man from Cromer is campaigning for people accused of rape to be given anonymity, unless they're convicted. 

George Worrall, 22, was studying at Durham University when he was charged with the offence. 

He always denied the accusations until the case against him collapsed because of inconsistencies in evidence. 

It took 18 months of legal proceedings and Mr Worrall says allegations of sex crimes should be treated differently from other offences.

Weather: Dry and bright start but cloudy later

BBC Weather

The day will start bright and dry but clouds will move in during the late afternoon although any rain may just be light and patchy.

Top temperature 21C (70C).

BBC Weather has more local details.

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Morning. We're here with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

We start off today with news a young man from Cromer is campaigning for people accused of rape to be given anonymity unless they're convicted.

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