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Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you next week

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

If you are travelling to London over the weekend, remember buses will be in operation between train stations because a new bridge is being installed on the Norwich-Ipswich railway line, which will close at 02:00 tomorrow.

Scroll back through the feed below to see what we've covered today...

Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England

There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

Travel: Three vehicle crash on A146

BBC Travel

Three vehicles have crashed on the A146 in Chedgrave, partly blocking the road in both directions and causing queuing traffic at the Norwich Road junction. Tailbacks are to Slade Lane. 

Also traffic is moving very slowly in both directions on the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way in King's Lynn between Knights Hill and Hardwick Roundabout.

More details from BBC Travel.

Our top stories from Norfolk Live today

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Canaries close to 'signing Benfica striker', Alex Neil says

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Benfica striker, Nelson Oliveira, who spent last season on loan to Nottingham Forest, where he scored nine goals in 29 appearances for the Championship side, may be on his way to Norwich.

Nelson Oliveira
Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Canaries manager Alex Neil said he hoped to complete the permanent signing of the striker "in next day or so". 

Norwich travel to Birmingham tomorrow with the Canaries unbeaten in the Championship this season.

Machine will 'wheel new bridge into place'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Building a new railway bridge alongside an existing one is an unusual approach but that was one of the only solutions to replacing a crumbling structure on the London line in Norwich. 

Engineers will close the line between Norwich and Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday until Tuesday at about 04:00 while they dismantle the old bridge, and literally wheel the next one in place using the machine shown below. 

Our pictures also show the bridge construction in the week leading up to the replacement operation.

New bridge
Sally Beadle
New bridge
Sally Beadle
New Bridge
Sally Beadle

New rail bridge will 'slide' into place over the weekend

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The main railway line to London will be shut for three days from 02:00 on Saturday for a new bridge to be moved into place on the outskirts of Norwich city centre.

New bridge
Sally Beadle

The new bridge has been built alongside the crumbling old one at the bottom of Long John Hill. This is to be demolished over the weekend and the replacement "will slide" into place on wheels, engineers said. 

The road has been closed to cars since May last year and a diversion has been in place for 15 months. 

Trains have had to run slower during that time over the bridge which had to be shored up because it was crumbling. Buses will replace the train service over the three-day shut down.

Red Arrows grace the skies of Norwich

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Red Arrows gave an impromptu display over Norwich on their return from entertaining crowds on the beaches at Clacton in Essex.

Red Arrows over Norwich
Paul Engledow

The aircraft were on their way back to Norwich Airport at about 13:40 today for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event over the weekend.

Weather: Fine and dry with wispy cloud

BBC Weather Watchers

A fine and sunny afternoon with just a scattering of fair weather cloud. 

Roydon view
Weather Watcher/Monty's Turf

Our Weather Watcher picture was taken by Monty's Turf showing the skies over Roydon, near Diss, just after 13:30 today.

For most people it will feel less humid than recently in the warm sunshine but clear skies could bring a chilly night. 

Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F)  

More details from BBC Weather:

Scientist awarded £200,000 for bowel cancer research project

A Norwich scientist has won an award to investigate the role of bacteria in bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer tumour
Science Photo Library

Prof Alastair Watson, from the University of East Anglia, will receive £200,000 from Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering research looking at whether microbes play a role in advanced forms of bowel cancer. 

It's hoped a therapy for the condition can be developed as a result of the research.

Greater Anglia warn of problems due to broken down freight train

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Man jailed after admitting city centre attempted rape of woman

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 23-year-old man from Norwich who admitted attempting to rape a woman near the city centre has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. 

Fuad Ramadan Mahmoud
Norfolk Police

Fuad Ramadan Mahmoud, of Sleaford Green, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attacking the victim beside Rose Lane car park on 3 January this year. 

Norwich Crown Court, where he was sentenced by Judge Stephen Holt, heard he was arrested on 7 January after being identified on CCTV footage.  

A11 traffic running freely after crash earlier this morning

Traffic is running freely on the northbound A11 in Norfolk after being closed for more than five hours because of a crash between a car and a lorry near Attleborough.

A11 in Norfolk

A woman was injured in the crash and taken to hospital with injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.

More details on BBC Travel:

Red Arrows cross three counties on way to Clacton show

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Red Arrows are now due to take off from Norwich Airport after an overnight stay and are on their way to the skies over Clacton in Essex where they will give a display for about 200,000 people crowded on the beach.

Red Arrows

After several days in East Anglia they are due to return to the airport later this afternoon for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event tomorrow.

On the way to Essex and back to Norwich their course will take them over Suffolk twice in the next hour so look out for them now.

Highways England say one lane open northbound on A11

Man falls down concrete shaft in north Norfolk village

Emergency services took an hour to release a man who had fallen down a concrete shaft in a north Norfolk village this morning. 

Gong Lane

The fire service was called to Gong Lane in Burnham Overy just after 07:30 and the man, in his 30s, was later taken to hospital after falling 10 feet (3m) down the hole. 

He had suffered injuries to his head and side and is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the fire service said. 

Reavell departs Debenham over lack of commitment

Diss Express

Here is the back sports page of today's Diss Express:

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Diss Express

RNLI say 'treat water like a fire' at beaches in bad weather

Even though the weather doesn't look the best for the Bank Holiday weekend, unless you are off out today, Norfolk's beaches are expected to be busy and the RNLI say the bad weather can cause it's own problems.

Getty Images

RNLI lifeguard manager Kester Sheppard said many people who go near the sea in rough weather - for example, to take pictures - get caught out by an unexpectedly large wave.

There is guide here on how to stay safe at the beach and in the sea.

Ahead of Bank Holiday beach goers urged to 'respect the water'

Beach goers in Norfolk are being warned only to swim on lifeguarded beaches and be aware of the tides. Five men died in the sea at Camber Sands in East Sussex after getting into trouble.

Earlier this week, the Hunstanton lifeboat had to rescue 12 people in danger of being cut off by the water.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has urged people to "respect the water and visit a lifeguarded beach".

Woman injured in A11 collision

A woman in her 30s has been hurt in a crash on the A11 this morning. 

The road is closed northbound after the collision between a car and lorry at Attleborough, and is likely to remain shut until lunchtime. 

The woman's injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening. 

Council offers shopping vouchers if you get your reycling right

It's not all stick from Broadland council when it comes to recycling - there's a bit of carrot as well.

They are offering £50 worth of shopping vouchers to anyone who can prove they're on top of their waste.


Although it won't be for everyone - it'll be if you're lucky enough to get picked and prove your recycling bin has what it takes.

John Fisher, who's the head of Norfolk's Waste Partnership and a Broadland District councillor, says they've been looking though people's recycling as they found a lot of people in these areas were putting the wrong waste in their recycling.

Mr Fisher said they found a concrete slab in one bin, and regularly find dirty nappies but the worst things are cling film and crisp bags as the recycling centre in Costessey can't handle them and causes delays in the recycling.

Prince William comforted my son over his mother’s death

BBC Radio 5 Live

It's been revealed that while on a visit to Luton this week, Prince William shared his experience of losing his mother with a teenage boy whose mother died of cancer last year aged 40.

During a visit to Keech Hospice, the Duke of Cambridge told Ben Hines, 14, that he missed his own mother Diana, Princess of Wales, every day and that "time makes it easier".

Ben's father Gary Hines told 5 live's Peter Allen that the prince was very comforting to his son.

"Himself and Kate were incredibly caring - he said: 'I know how you feel and time will help'.'"

Duke of Cambridge reveals emotional impact behind air ambulance role

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Prince William has given a small glimpse in to the emotionally harrowing impact of being a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Speaking at a visit to a youth mental health charity, he said that he was "carrying a lot of things at the moment".

He was about to listen in as volunteers answered real helpline calls when he requested "an easy one".

"I'll be in floods of tears at the end otherwise.

"I've had too many sad families with the air ambulance so I can't have any more stuff. Something on the lower level if I can," said the future King.

The ambulance service covers counties including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, extending to Essex and Hertfordshire at night.

Prince Williams walks away from an air ambulance

Council look through bins and will tell you if you're recycling the wrong items

How would you feel if someone started looking though your bins?

Well people in part of Norwich are angry that the council has been rifling through their bins. Broadland Council's cracking down on people who don't recycle properly.


It's been checking recycling bins to make sure the right things have been put in.

If you get it wrong - you'll be spoken to or sent a letter.

The Red Arrows' schedule today...

Clacton isn't the only place they're visiting today. They're due to set off from Norwich at 12:46 and then fly over Suffolk, arriving in Clacton at 13:00.

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'Biggest match ever' for Swardeston

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Swardeston Cricket Club play what's being described as their biggest home match ever on Sunday. It's the semi finals of the National Club Championship at The Common, they play Surrey's Weybridge in a 45 over match.

The Norfolk side can win the EAPL tomorrow if they beat Horsford and are also in the final of the Carter Cup and the National T20 Cup.

Travel: Accident shuts northbound A11

BBC Travel

An accident on the A11 near Attleborough has closed the northbound carriageway between the Breckland Lodge roundabout and the B1077 Ellingham Road junction. 

More details from BBC Travel.

Friday's weather: Fine and dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Any early showers and cloud will soon clear, to leave a find and sunny day. It'll feel less humid than recently, but still feeling warm in the sunshine, with a top temperature of 25C (77F).

Dry overnight, with lows of around 10C (50F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast wherever you live.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live - we're here until 18:00, with the county's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

West Runton
Weather Watcher/Hopping Frog

We'll bring you the weather shortly, but first we have this picture of the sun rising and promising a great day taken at West Runton shortly before 06:30 today by Weather Watcher "Hopping Frog". 

A fine weekend and Bank Holiday is promised but this has brought a warning from the RNLI to anyone heading for coast to stay safe, enjoy the sand and the sea, but don't put yourself or your children at risk.

We are also looking forward to the Red Arrows refueling at Norwich Airport in between displays in Essex and before flying off to Devon.

If you have any holiday pictures, shots of the Red Arrows or any other event happening today in Norfolk please send them. You can get in touch with us via email. Twitter or Facebook - just use the links here.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it from the Norfolk Live team until 08:00, unless a major story breaks.

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

  • A Norwich commuter has spoken of his "nightmare" five-hour journey home from London - and this evening rail passengers face further disruption on services to and from Norwich
  • A police constable has been dismissed for gross misconduct
  • Students across the county have been finding out how they've done in this year's GCSEs

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Fine at first but heavy showers later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a warm and mostly fine evening, with the chance of an isolated shower. Cloud will increase later to bring some heavy, thundery showers. Lows of 16C (61F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start cloudy, but gradually brighten up with sunny spells and highs of 26C (79F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast wherever you live.

Train operator 'very sorry' about five-hour delay

We told you earlier how train passengers on last night's Liverpool Street to Norwich service endured a "nightmare" five-hour journey after a slew of problems on the day Abellio Greater Anglia officially signed a new deal for the network.

Abellio Greater Anglia livery

Commuter Anthony Fan said a fellow passenger fainted after serious delays on the hottest day of the year.

A spokeswoman for the train operator said they were "very sorry for the frustration and inconvenience", with the delays caused by a "fault" on the 19:00 train out of London.

"We got another train to call at Shenfield to pick up these affected passengers and take them to Ipswich, where they caught a further train to Norwich," she said.

"But unfortunately these services were affected by Network Rail heat-related speed restrictions and also planned engineering works between Ipswich and Stowmarket."

Affected passengers can claim compensation, she added.

Watch BBC Look East at 18:30 for more on this story.

Rail disruption for commuters

Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing disruption because of a broken down train just outside the station.

It's affecting routes between Liverpool Street and Norwich, and between Norwich and Cambridge via Ely. 

Abellio Greater Anglia advises that the disruption is likely to continue until 18:00.

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Ten million viewers tune in for Bake Off

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Were you one of the 10.4 million viewers who tuned in to watch The Great British Bake Off last night?

If so, you'll know the first challenge facing this year's baking dozen was to make a drizzle cake. 

"We want sumptuous drizzling, we want moist... it's Paul's favourite", announced co-host Mel Giedroyc. So, no pressure then!

Norfolk nurse Kate Barmby rose to the challenge, slicing apples picked by daughters Lucy and Rebecca from the family farm.

Kate Barmby in the Bake Off kitchen, putting blackberry drizzle on the cake

So what were the judges' verdicts of her "berry best apple and blackberry drizzle cake"?

Paul Hollywood didn't waste words... "I expected better flavours".  

Don't take any notice, Kate. You did well, with your signature bake in fourth place - and we're already drooling in anticipation of next week's culinary confection!

Firefighters' pilot scheme helping cardiac arrest patients is 'saving lives'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Since the start of May, 36 firefighters in Norfolk have been attending reports of cardiac arrests in the county. 

It's part of a new response pilot scheme run by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to treat seriously unwell patients as quickly as possible. 

It works by firefighters being called, along with ambulance clinicians and community first aid responders.

Scene of accident

Wendy Risdale-Barrs, from EEAST, said: "We have had a really positive response from firefighters and our staff since the co-response scheme launched, which has helped to save lives.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with our fire service colleagues as the pilot continues."

Dying puppy found on footpath

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a puppy was found collapsed on common land near Bowthorpe on Tuesday.

A dog walker who found the young Saluki initially thought it was dead, before noticing the dog was breathing very lightly. He then rushed it to a vet.

The light coloured Saluki pup lying on a blanket

The puppy, nicknamed Mo, received intensive care and specialist treatment, but deteriorated so severely that he was put down to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA inspector Laura Sayer said the puppy was clearly suffering from the deadly parvovirus.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018. 

A47 to remain closed

A woman is believed to have suffered serious injuries in a collision on the A47, east of Norwich.

The crash, between a car and two lorries, happened shortly before 15:00.

The road is closed between the B1110 and A1074 at Honingham, and is likely to remain closed for several hours. Diversions are in place.

Pupil who taught himself Polish gets an A

A pupil who taught himself Polish has been rewarded with a grade A GCSE.

Gresham's student Sam Aldersey-Williams, who also achieved 12 A* grades, taught himself the subject with support from the Holt school's modern language teacher, Alannah Nash.

Sam Aldersey-Williams holding the envelope with his GCSE results

Sam, who lives in Aylsham, says he's finding it hard to describe how he feels but is "really happy", adding that his parents think he's amazing. 

He will join the school's sixth form to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

PC dismissed for gross misconduct

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A police officer has been dismissed without notice following a gross misconduct hearing.

As reported in the Eastern Daily Press, PC Ismael Najjar was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to an allegation he forged his partner's signature on a personal cheque and loan agreement.

In addition, he admitted breaching standards by failing to discharge debts. A further allegation regarding the purchase of anabolic steroids was not proven.

Entrance to Wymondham police headquarters, showing building and sign

In a statement, Det Supt Katie Elliott, head of professional standards, said: "The highest level of personal and professional behaviour should be demonstrated by those serving with us to ensure the public have confidence in their police force.

"Although acquitted of criminal offences, the behaviour of the officer fell below the high standards expected."