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By Caroline Kingdon

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Our live coverage across the day

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today and for the week - we'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Today we've covered the ongoing search for the suspects involved in the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham. 

In sport, Norwich City's Cameron Jerome says the Canaries are ready to get stuck in during Sunday's East Anglian derby at Portman Road. 

Come on you Yellows!

Have a good weekend.

Tractor driver injured in bridge collision

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A tractor driver has been treated for head and leg injuries after his vehicle collided with a bridge.

Emergency services attended the incident on the B1135, near Wicklewood, which happened shortly after 11:15, as seen here in this picture from Diane Jermany.

Trailer stuck under the rail bridge
Diane Jermany

A spokesman for the ambulance service says the trailer, which was carrying seeds, became vertical, making contact with the bridge. The impact caused the tractor driver to suffer a head injury, chest pains and a suspected ankle fracture. 

The man was taken by land ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition. 

The latest situation on Norfolk's roads

BBC Travel

Here's the latest travel news for the county:

  • The A47 at Postwick is blocked, with queuing traffic westbound because of an accident
  • One lane of the A47 is closed eastbound, between the A140 Ipswich Road junction and Trowse Newton because of an accident
  • The B1135 Tuttles Lane West in Wymondham is blocked in both directions around the Chapel Lane junction because of a vehicle striking a bridge 

Bird's eye view of NDR construction

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Many thanks to aerial photographer Mike Page for his video, showing the latest stage of construction work for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich.

The 20km (12.4 mile) dual carriageway will run from the A1067, north of Taverham, and join the A47 east of Norwich at Postwick.

It's hoped the road may be open by the end of 2017.  

And if you're wondering how fast the road construction is progressing, here's how it looked in June

RAF Marham serviceman remains off work following attempted abduction

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An RAF Marham serviceman, who was the victim of an attempted abduction, is still off work and receiving support as he comes to terms with his "traumatic ordeal", according to Norfolk Police.

It's now a month since the man, who's in his 20s, was approached and threatened with a knife by two men while jogging on Squires Hill. He fought them off and escaped unharmed.

The two men, said to be of Middle Eastern appearance, drove off in a dark coloured people carrier.

Photofits of the two men, of Middle eastern appearance, one with a moustache and beard
Norfolk Constabulary

A 60-strong team of detectives, 50 from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team and 10 from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, are working on the case. 

Police are appealing for anyone who was driving in Marham on the day of the incident, Wednesday 20 July, to come forward.

Village festival may come to a close

The future of a seaside festival is in doubt after the main organiser has announced he's to step down.

The Mundesley Festival, which started more than 30 years ago, has featured top acts such as Acker Bilk and the Brotherhood of Man.

A poster for Mundesley Festival, on railings

But this could be its last year, as no-one has come forward to replace 82-year-old Derek Kirk.

This is my last year... at the start of October I'd be looking for acts for next year - it's a nine month job really, relying on other people to do things like put posters out, but it's too much, I'm too old for that."

Derek KirkFestival organiser

24 hours in the life of our ambulance service

A 24-hour "Twitterthon" by the East of England Ambulance Service is a chance to have a look at the work our emergency crews handle throughout the day and night. 

Here's a quick look at what they've been tweeting for Norfolk:

  • A call handler has been talking to a Norwich man in his 20s with chest pain 
  • A GP has needed a patient picking up and taking to the James Paget University Hospital
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Shortly after this tweet (above), a fourth person had been picked up and the ambulance was heading to the James Paget University Hospital for their appointments. 

Tractor towing trailer hits rail bridge

A tractor driver has been taken to hospital after he crashed his vehicle into a railway bridge.

The tractor, which was towing a 14-tonne trailer, hit the bridge on the road between Wymondham and Wicklewood.

The incident happened shortly after 11:00. Highways officers remain on the scene, clearing up a diesel spillage. 

High demand at A&E

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A high demand for A&E services has led to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston asking patients to consider whether their condition is a genuine emergency.

The hospital, which serves part of Norfolk and north Suffolk, says A&E attendances have risen significantly compared to last year, with several peaks in demand - the latest occurred overnight on 18-19 August.

Exterior of entrance to James Paget hospital, showing ambulance and signage

Evenings and weekends are busy times, and patients with less serious conditions should expect to wait as cases are dealt with in priority order, the hospital said.

It said other options are available, including visiting a pharmacist, ringing 111 for advice, and attending a minor injuries unit such as the one at Beccles Hospital. The Greyfriars Health Centre in Great Yarmouth is open seven days a week, between 08:00 and 20:00.

Sisters with split loyalties combine forces to raise money for charity

Two rival football supporters are joining forces on Sunday - and having their heads shaved during half-time at Portman Road - to raise money for charity.

Beth Howman, a Norwich City season ticket holder, said she is looking forward to it: "I've never had short hair particularly so can try out new styles and I've got a few hats for when I'm completely bald, so it should be all right."

But Ipswich supporter, Katie Boothe, isn't quite so sure: "I am terrified, I'm just going to try not to cry I think. It's a lot of people to do it in front of."

Katie Boothe and Beth Howman with their families

Chance for creative industries to discuss implications of Brexit

The Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is to host a discussion about the implications of Brexit for businesses in the creative sector.

The Union flag and the EU flag

The sector is worth £84.1bn a year, employing one in 11 people in the UK, according to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. 

Sarah Steed, director of business at NUA, says the UK's creative industries grew by 8.9% in 2014, nearly twice as quickly as the UK economy as a whole. She said the discussion would help creative businesses to understand how to turn Brexit to their advantage.

The meeting, run by the Creative Industries Federation, will take place on 31 August. 

Witnesses to A149 crash asked to contact police

Police are asking anyone who witnessed a crash on the A149 at King's Lynn between two vehicles on Wednesday to contact them.

Two women died in the incident, which happened shortly after 17:00, near to the junction with Castle Rising Road. A blue Peugeot 107 and a blue Vauxhall Astra were involved. 

The driver of the Peugeot - a woman in her 70s - died at the scene. Her passenger - a woman in her 80s - was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died later.

The driver of the Vauxhall - a man in his late 40s - suffered serious injuries and was also taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

City target Mbokani reunion

Norwich Evening News

Fearsome hitman is on club's wishlist - the back page of today's Norwich Evening News.

back page of Norwich Evening News

Just weeks after heart surgery brave Tom meets his football hero

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News.

Front page of Norwich Evening News

31 Squadron lay up retired Standard

Families, friends and colleagues from RAF Marham joined personnel from 31 Squadron at a service in Holy Trinity Church, Marham, to mark the laying up of the Standard of 31 Squadron. 

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Hunt continues for rhea on the run

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The owners of a missing bird say they're hoping visitors to the Broads can keep an eye out for it.

Lawrence is a rhea, a bird which can grow up to 170cm (67in) tall and run at speeds up to 40mph (64kph).  It escaped three days ago from owner Ashely Bullard's garden at Norton Subcourse, near Reedham.

He weighs around 20 to 30kg, so quite a big bird... you'd think you'd see him quite easily but he's quite timid so he will hunker down into a grey heap of feathers so you can easily mistake him for a lump of mud."

Ashley Bullard
Owner Ashley Bullard with the rhea
Max Robinson

Top of the class for our students

Diss Express

Sixth forms outperform national counterparts again - today's Diss Express

front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

RAF Marham investigation is 'old fashioned detective work'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The search continues for the suspects in the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham a month ago.

Officers have received more than 500 calls from members of the public, and viewed more than 50 hours of CCTV footage.

Det Supt Paul Durham standing outside sign for RAF Marham

Det Supt Paul Durham describes their investigation as "old fashioned detective work, in the sense it's going to be fingertip, painstaking work".  

We're in this for the long haul - I've got as many resources now available to me as I had on day one, so there's no question that the investigation is scaling down or has stalled... it's just going to take some time."

Det Supt Paul DurhamNorfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Search continues for car used by RAF Marham assailants

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The two men who threatened a serviceman from RAF Marham with a knife before the victim fought them off escaped in a dark coloured people carrier.

The vehicle has still not been found, but the officer leading the investigation into the attempted kidnap says this doesn't mean the car has not been abandoned, but could be somewhere that they've not yet come across.

A police vehicle, with police officers, on a road in front of a sign saying road closed

Det Supt Paul Durham, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, says there's a wide area that the vehicle could have driven from. They're continuing to view more than 50 hours of CCTV footage.  

Canaries manager not bothered about Derby record

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City manager Alex Neil insists their recent good run against Ipswich won't have any bearing on the meeting between the two sides on Sunday. 

The Canaries haven't lost an East Anglian Derby since April 2009. They've won five and drawn one of the six clashes since. 

Alex Neil
Getty Images

Neil told me: "It's just about this individual game. If it means our run continues then fine, if it ends I'll be more disappointed with losing the points than the run or the record.

"We know how it much it means to the fans and it means a lot to us as well, so we just want to go and get after it." 

Ipswich Town support police planning for derby day

Ipswich Town say they support policing plans for Sunday's derby game against Norwich City, including closing local roads from 08:00 on the day.

ITFC welcome sign

We support Suffolk Police on all of that. They want a good day, they want a peaceful day, they want the fans to enjoy it."

Ian MilneManaging Director, Ipswich Town Football Club

Witness appeal following A11 fatal crash

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died in a collision on the A11 yesterday.

It happened shortly before 16:00 on the northbound carriageway, just before the turning for the B1135 at Wymondham.

A silver Fiat Fiorino van crashed with a red and black Case Quadtrack tractor, which was towing ploughing equipment. Both vehicles were travelling towards Norwich.

The northbound carriageway, with emergency services at the scene of the accident; traffic flowing freely southbuond

The driver of the van, a woman in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The road was closed for several hours while investigations were carried out, reopening at about 20:45. 

Police defend early road closures on derby day

Police have defended road closures being put in place from 08:00 on Sunday in parts of Ipswich, because of the lunchtime derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.


Ch Supt Louisa Pepper says closing the roads early, will help later on, calling the decision "proportionate".

She said it was important to make sure there are no parked cars in the area "so we can make sure the 2,000 away fans coming in as well as the home fan support can get to the ground really safely and quickly".

No clear motive for attempted kidnap of RAF Marham serviceman

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The motivation for the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham remains unclear, one month after the incident.

The serviceman was jogging near the Norfolk airbase when two men pulled up and tried to bundle him into a car. 

The victim, who was not in uniform, was threatened with a knife and escaped unharmed. His attackers escaped in a dark coloured people carrier.

Rear view of two RAF police officers outside RAF Marham

The officer in charge of the police investigation, Det Supt Paul Durham, says they're working hard to establish the motivation for the attack.  

We're working to eliminate possibilities, discounting some theories and bringing in other theories... but we're no clearer at the moment to establishing exactly what the motivation was. Until we've latched onto something significant through the CCTV or public appeal, we may not be in a position to know."

Det Supt Paul DurhamNorfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation team

City hitman ready to fight his corner

Eastern Daily Press

Canaries' striker chase gets thumbs up from Jerome - the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press.

Back page of the EDP

Tragic toll on our roads

Eastern Daily Press

Sixth person dies in six days in our region - the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press

Front page of the EDP

RAF Marham kidnap: CCTV footage 'could take several months' to view

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Police have also trawled through more than 50 hours of CCTV footage as part of their ongoing investigation into the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham. 

Blurred image of two police officers outside RAF Marham

It might not sound like a lot, but as Det Supt Paul Durham explains, they're viewing the footage frame by frame in painstaking detail, and it could take several months to get through.   

From the outset it was evident it would be a slow pace investigation in terms of focus around CCTV footage, which is fairly sporadic and of varying quality."

Det Supt Paul DurhamNorfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Police receive hundreds of calls following attempted kidnap of RAF Marham serviceman

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

It's been a month since two men allegedly tried to kidnap a serviceman from RAF Marham.

Exterior of RAF Marham

Det Supt Paul Durham, who's leading the investigation, says Norfolk Police has had more than 500 calls from the public, after it issued descriptions and e-fit photos of the two suspects. 

Of the calls received, 350 relate specifically to potential sightings of the two suspects. 

We will follow up every single one of those calls... but there's a varying degree of the likelihood of them being our suspects, because the calls have come in from across the country."

Det Supt Paul DurhamNorfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Jerome welcomes Norwich City's search for a striker

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Cameron Jerome has been telling me that he would welcome the competition if The Canaries sign a new striker. 

The 30-year old is likely to lead the forward line for City in Sunday's East Anglian Derby at Ipswich and has been the only senior striker in the squad at times this season. 

Cameron Jerome
Getty Images

Norwich manager Alex Neil has made no secret of the fact that signing a new front man is his priority before the transfer window closes. 

Jerome said: "When I signed there were four strikers here so it doesn't really bother me. Having people push you along brings the best out of your game." 

Ambulance service begins 24-hour 'Twitterthon'

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when somebody dials 999? 

The East of England Ambulance Serivce has just started a 24-hour "Twitterthon" from around the region, so you can follow all the action in real time. 

Head over the service's Twitter page here.

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Canary kiss and tell

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City fan Karen Cardew joined us on The Scrimmage last night to describe the moment she was kissed by Canaries' defender Ivo Pinto during a game. 

How was it for Karen? "He was a bit wet and a bit salty," she told us. 

'We were taken to the cleaners' - King's Lynn speedway boss

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The manager of King's Lynn Stars accused his team of a lack of fight, as they were well beaten at the Norfolk Arena last night. 

The Stars went down 51-41 at home to Swindon, to all but end their hopes of a place in the Elite League play-offs. 

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Rob Lyon told us: "We won four races out of 15, that's not good enough.  

"We lost last week, but at least we had some fight then. We were just taken to the cleaners." 

Woman dies in A11 accident

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A woman has died following a crash between a van and a tractor towing a trailer.

Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway of the A11 at Wymondham shortly before 16:00 yesterday.

The female driver of the van died at the scene. The road was closed for several hours. 

The northbound carriageway, with emergency services in the distance at scene of accident

Weather: Patchy rain, heavy at times

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

There's patchy rain, which will be heavy at times this morning. Becoming drier for a time, before more drizzly rain comes along later.

Temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

The wind will pick up tonight, with gusts of up to 60mph on the coast, possibly 30-40mph inland.

There's a risk of thundery showers.

BBC Weather has more details. 

Welcome to Norfolk Live

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

Some of the stories we're looking at today - investigations continue into the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham a month ago.

A woman has died following a crash between a van and a tractor on the A11.

We'll also have the weather for you shortly, but first here's a photograph of the sunrise over West Runton, taken by one of our Weather Watchers, Hopping Frog, just after 06:00.

Sunrise through clouds over the sea at West Runton
Weather watcher/Hopping Frog

Our live coverage across the day

Our regular updates at Norfolk Live have come to an end. Unless a major story breaks, we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00.

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

  • Thousands of students across the county have been getting their A-level results 
  • Investigations continue into the cause of a west Norfolk scrapyard fire 
  • An artificial pancreas has helped a Wymondham woman have the baby she'd always wanted
  • Cromer Carnival cancels tonight's fireworks display, because of strong winds and safety fears

In sport, Alex Neil says a return to Norwich City for striker Dieumerci Mbokani looks unlikely.

And motorists are advised to find an alternative route as the A11 northbound is likely to be closed for some time, northbound between Wymondham and Norwich, due to an incident involving a van and a tractor with a trailer. 

Thanks for you company, before we go - here's a few scenes from across the region as students received their A-level results earlier.

A-level results day for students in the East of England

Overnight weather: Clear spells at first, with increasing cloud later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be fine and warm, and it'll stay dry overnight turning cloudier from the west later. Lows of 13C (55F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start dry and bright, but there'll be outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain developing, which may be heavy in places. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast where you live.

Cambridge diabetes breakthrough explained

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

A mother says a Cambridge University trial for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetics transformed her pregnancy.

Laura Carver, 28, from Wymondham in Norfolk, took part in the study, which controls blood glucose levels through an artificial pancreas.

It's been hailed as a possible breakthrough - watch the video to find out more.

Cambridge breakthrough offers hope to pregnant women with diabetes

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The treatment of pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes could be transformed, thanks to a study run by experts from Cambridge University.

Controlling blood glucose levels is a daily challenge for people with the condition - and is particularly crucial during pregnancy.

Pregnant woman

During the trial, 16 women from Addenbrooke's and the Norfolk and Norwich and Ipswich hospitals were fitted with an artificial pancreas to help control their glucose levels.

Study lead author Dr Zoe Stewart, said: "The artificial pancreas automates the insulin delivery giving better glucose control than we can achieve with current available treatments."