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  1. Updates on Friday, 10 February 2017
  2. £50m of cocaine found on Norfolk beaches
  3. Under-pressure hospital cancels 300 ops in last three months of 2016
  4. Axe hangs over more than 150 jobs in poultry firm restructure
  5. Farmer heads to Brussels to challenge plan to keep free range poultry enclosed
  6. Liberal Democrat Marion Millership tops by-election poll at Waterside

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By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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Welcome to a new week on Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and a warm welcome from Norfolk Live.

We're here throughout the day, with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

Investigations continue into that discovery of a haul of cocaine washed up on Norfolk's beaches last week - and Norwich City are back to within two points of The Championship play-off places.

More on those stories shortly.

Many of you saw snow flurries over the weekend, but what can we expect today? Kate Kinsella's forecast will have the answer. 

Sledging in the snow
Fabian Harrison

Many thanks to Fabian Harrison for this photo of "fun in the snow", taken in Norwich yesterday. If you've a photo, or a story, that you'd like to share - drop us an email, a tweet or get in touch on Facebook.

Severe disruption: A11 Norfolk southbound

BBC Travel

A11 Norfolk southbound severe disruption, at A47.

A11 Norfolk - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A11 southbound in Cringleford at Thickthorn Roundabout.

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Severe accident: A1075 Norfolk both ways

BBC Travel

A1075 Norfolk both ways severe accident, at Stow Bedon.

A1075 Norfolk - A1075 Watton Road blocked in both directions at the Stow Bedon junction, because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Plymouth mascot

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

A red card after celebrating, a manager struggling to sum up his emotions after a thrilling draw and plenty of goals in the EFL.

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Jonny Howson

Three goals in eight first-half minutes help Norwich City to a commanding win over Nottingham Forest.

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Raymond Odom, Maj Gen Thomas Bussier, unknown man

The commander of the US 8th Air Force returns a dog tag lost in Suffolk 70 years ago to a US veteran.

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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it for another week - we'll be back on Monday with regular updates from 08:00.

Today, the highlights have been:

Have a great weekend.

Former Isle of Wight penguin has new best friend

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

An arthritic penguin called Dippy has forged a bromance with his 57-year-old keeper. 

The Humboldt penguin moved to Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre a year ago when his long-term home at the Isle of Wight's Seaview Wildlife Encounter was forced to close. 

At 21 years old he is the senior bird in the flock, and most of his feathered friends have already paired up. But Dippy has grown particularly fond of aquarist Dave Warriner.

While Dippy seems happy when any of his human guardians enter his enclosure, it is only Dave who gets an enthusiastic braying call and then a swift waddle approach to receive a friendly tickle.


I must confess I've developed a bit of a soft spot for him. It's the way he lifts his little wings so I can tickle him underneath."

Dave Warriner

Weather: Rain, sleet or snow expected in places

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Further outbreaks of rain, sleet or snow and this could lead to a covering of snow in places across the BBC East region tonight.

It's also likely to turn quite murky at times with the risk of frost and ice, as temperatures fall. 

Minimum Temperature: -1C (30F).

Weather chart

Saturday will be cold and cloudy with further wintry showers feeding in on a light-to-moderate north to north-easterly wind. 

These showers are likely to turn mainly to rain by the afternoon. 

Maximum Temperature 4C (39F).

More details from BBC Weather:

A47 re-numbered south of Great Yarmouth

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The A12 south of Great Yarmouth has been re-numbered and now becomes an extra section of the A47 creating a continuous trunk road from Peterborough to Lowestoft. 

Highways England said the change is part of the government's road investment strategy up to 2020.

Road sign

Aran Nugent, from Highways England, said: "The A12 is also now a continuous trunk road from Ipswich into London, with the A47 a continuous trunk road from Peterborough to Lowestoft. 

"We do not anticipate this will create any additional traffic or direct any extra drivers onto this road. 

"The costs of the work have been minimised as most signs will have patches stuck on. 

"Those signs being replaced were at their end of their lifespan and would have had to be replaced soon anyway."

Drug dealers 'sent 6,000 texts to clients over 28 days'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Two men from London have been jailed after admitting dealing drugs in Norwich. 

Joshua Igbokei, 24, and and Shirajul Islam, 27, both from Stamford Road in London, were arrested in Barrack Street in March 2015 by police who found cannabis and cash in their vehicle. 

Joshua Igbokei
Norfolk Police

Later their seized mobile phones were examined and one contained evidence of class A drug supply. 

It had been used to send over 6,000 text messages in a 28-day period, many to known users of class A drugs in and around Norwich, Norwich Crown Court was told. 

Sharjul Islam
Norfolk Police

Igbokei was sentenced to five years in prison for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cannabis. 

Islam received a six-year sentence for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

Ch Supt Dave Marshall said: "Although no drugs were found on Igbokei and Islam, investigations found they had significant involvement in the supply of Class A drugs."

How the national media is reporting the £50m cocaine find:

Hopton-on-Sea usually only makes the national papers once a year, and that's hidden away in the sports section when the World Indoor Bowls championship hits Potters Resort.

(It might sneak on to the front pages if there's a streaker at said event.)

But there is national interest in the discovery of the holdalls full of cocaine.

  • £50 million worth of cocaine washes up on Norfolk beach - Daily Telegraph
  • The UK's biggest haul came off the coast of Scotland in April 2015 when £512m of cocaine was discovered in a boat - Daily Record
  • The incredible discovery was made this morning after a number of bags washed up on Hopton Beach near Great Yarmouth - The Mirror
  • A member of the public contacted Norfolk Police after finding holdalls - Belfast Telegraph

Football: Canaries players told 'keep up intensity and aggression'

BBC Sport

Norwich City's players are showing distinct improvement but need to maintain intensity and aggression, manager Alex Neil says. 

Key midfield players are missing for the home game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow

Attacking midfielder Steven Naismith has a slight set-back with hamstring injury.

Alex Neil

"It's nothing major but Steven is not going to be ready for this weekend. That's frustrating for us," the Norwich boss said.

"Louis Thompson's surgery was a success but he's damaged his Achilles badly. It's a long road for him.

"My impressions of Tuesday's game are exactly the same now I've watched it back. The boys are in a good place at the moment. 

"Performances have been better. The Wigan game we should have won. We've got to maintain the levels of intensity and aggression that we've had at home in recent games." 

But he did warn of dangers ahead after the Forest manager's job was secured until the end of the season. 

"Gary Brazil's done well at Forest since he's taken over. He's in a no-lose position and they're enjoying their football."

McKinna desperate to prove doubters wrong

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Great Yarmouth shot putter Sophie McKinna wants to use her Olympic heartbreak to inspire better things this year. 

The 22-year-old competes in Sheffield this weekend at the British trials for next month's European Indoor Championships. 

Sophie McKinna
Getty Images

McKinna has admitted that she couldn't bring herself to watch any of last year's Olympic Games after missing out on selection. 

"I've got a lot of people who doubted me last year and thought I wouldn't come back to the sport, so I want to throw a long way and prove a point."

Beach drugs find could be largest ever washed up

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The discovery of 360 kilos of drugs worth £50m on two beaches in Norfolk is one of the largest hauls ever washed up on the British coast. 

It could also mean a switch away from the Channel crossing where there are extra patrols because of the refugee crisis, but the National Crime Agency said the investigation was at an early stage and they could not comment.

"It's fair to say you don’t get that sort of quantity of drugs wash up very often. The investigation is ongoing so we can’t draw conclusions at this stage," a spokesman said.

Caister beacj drugs
National Crime Agency

In 2005, a sack containing drugs was found washed up on the beach at Burgh Island near Kingsbridge - a popular south Devon family holiday destination. 

At the time it seemed a large number of packages, but compared to the Norfolk find it now seems miniscule. 

Amounts of illegal drugs being smuggled seems to have mushroomed.

In 2009, cocaine with sale value of £2.5m was in a number of packages found washed up on two Cornish beaches - 52kg at Bude and on the Lizard peninsula. 

Then in 2009, a 20kg haul of cocaine, worth £6m at the time, was found washed ashore at Frenchman's Bay, Rye on the Sussex coast.

Axe hangs over more than 150 jobs in poultry firm restructure

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A plan to axe more than 150 jobs at poultry firm Bernard Matthews' Norfolk base has been revealed to the Unite union. 

Representatives of the workforce met management on Thursday afternoon where a review of the business was discussed.

Bernard Matthews

The company, which operates in Norfolk and Suffolk, wants to cut more than 90 shop floor jobs by ceasing chicken production at the Great Witchingham plant with the rest coming from head office on the same site. 

"If these changes proceed, they will create a business which is fit for future growth," said a spokesperson for Bernard Matthews.  

"Our focus now is to support colleagues affected and ensure we explore all options available to us to mitigate potential job losses."

Unite called the threat to up to 155 jobs "deeply disappointing".

Have you lost £50m-worth of cocaine? The police would like to help you...

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The National Crime Agency is carrying out an investigation to trace the owners of holdall bags washed up on two Norfolk beaches containing £50m-worth of cocaine.

The drugs, weighing about 360 kilos (800lb) were found by a member of the public on Thursday at Hopton and earlier today by searchers at Caister.

National Crime Agency

Supt Dave Buckley said: "We are assisting the National Crime Agency with further searches.

"We believe we have recovered all the packages but should any member of the public find one they are urged to contact Norfolk Police immediately. 

"We will have extra officers in the area to monitor the situation."    

Actor Stephen Fry at a ceremony

Stephen Fry, who is the chairman of Save Soho, warns the area "could change dramatically".

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Cocaine galore: £50m-worth washes up on two beaches

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

About 360 kilos of cocaine with a potential value of £50m has washed up on two Norfolk beaches. 

A member of the public told police on Thursday afternoon about several holdalls at Hopton-on-Sea between Gorleston and Lowestoft. 

Police and Border Force officers investigated and the items were passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA).   


A further small number of packages were discovered separately near Caister earlier today. 

Matthew Rivers, from the NCA, said: "We are now working to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did, however it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination. 

"This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs, and its loss will represent a major blow to the organised criminals involved." 

BreakingHuge search along 14 miles of beach

A search operation is under way along a 14-mile (22km) length of the Norfolk coast involving police, Border Force and the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue group.

Beach search

Groups of people are searching beach and dunes from Hemsby to Hopton. 

Norfolk Police have declined to give any details, but said a statement would be issued later. 

We will bring you further details when we have them...

Back pages: Time to take cup seriously as Diss enter the last eight

Diss Express

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

Diss Express back page
Diss Express

In the News: Policeman tells of grim discovery

Diss Express

Here is the front page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Under-pressure hospital cancels 300 ops in last three months of 2016

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital cancelled 300 operations for non-clinical reasons during the three months to the end of 2016, newly-released statistics from NHS England reveal. 

The hosptial, the second largest the eastern region, had the highest number of cancellations.

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

In addition the hospital had 70 breaches - these record patients who did not have their procedure carried out within 28 days of the original cancellation. 

Second on the list was Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with 271 cancellations and 19 breaches. 

The James Paget Hospital at Gorleston cancelled 162 operation and had 44 breaches during this period and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King's Lynn cancelled 103 and recorded two breaches. 

The new figures show more evidence of the pressure on the region's hospitals in the run up to Christmas.

A total of 2,734 patients in the eastern region were denied their operations and more than 200 breaches were recorded. 

But NHS England said figures reveal overall during the period covered 98.9% of operations went ahead and only 7.3% of cancellations became breaches.

'You can get so many benefits from it'


Alex Scott urges you to sign up for the 2017 FA People's Cup

England player Alex Scott "would've loved the opportunity to have a competition like this when I was younger".

What's she talking about? The FA People's Cup - the country's biggest free five-a-side competition which gives you the chance to make your way to Wembley.

"When I was younger, playing in a football cage, the dream was always to play at Wembley," adds Scott.

"The FA People's Cup gives anyone the opportunity to sign up to a local team in your area. You don't have to rely on your mates.

"It's a chance to meet different people, socialise in different environments. It's more than just signing up, you can get so many benefits from it."

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for the FA People's Cup - but hurry as the deadline for entries is the 19 February!

Plan to keep free range poultry enclosed till April criticised

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Norfolk farmer and a National Farmers Union leader are heading to Brussels in a bid to challenge a plan to keep free range poultry enclosed until at least the end of April. 

Producers will not be able to use free-range labels on boxes and stand to lose more than £200 per pallet of eggs.


Free-range chicken, duck, turkey and game producers stand to lose even more money.

The UK government is imposing tighter EU biosecurity arrangements in parts of the country designated as "higher risk" to limit the spread of the disease, the agriculture department said. 

But affected farmers said the areas are random and are not based on scientific evidence. 

If the proposals go ahead, from the end of this month, the birds will have to be housed or kept fully enclosed under nets.

Mark Gorton, NFU member who farms at Shropham, said they were meeting officials to get some clarity because birds in restricted areas, which they would not be able to call free-range, are raised to the same standard as those in unrestricted areas and this will create confusion in the market as well as losing farmers money.


Liberal Democrat tops by-election poll at Waterside

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Liberal Democrats have won Thursday's by-election for the vacant Waterside ward seat on North Norfolk District Council.

  • Marion Millership (Lib Dem) - 649 votes
  • Tony Lumbard (Conservative) - 410 
  • Barry Whitehouse (UKIP) - 77
  • David Russell (Labour) - 41 

A total of 1,177 ballot papers were issued, none were rejected and the turnout was 33.2%. 

Waterside includes Catfield, Hickling, Ludham and Potter Heigham.

North Norfolk District Council is now made up of 31 Conservatives and 17 Liberal Democrats.

Back pages: Oliveira ready to put red card in the past

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the main sport news from today's Eastern Daily Press:

Eastern Daily Press back sports page

In the News: Patients had to be kept in police cells

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press

Eastern Daily Press front page

Canaries face revitalised Forest at Carrow Road

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City return to Carrow Road this weekend after clocking up the miles away from home. 

Trips to Cardiff and Wigan over the past week have yielded four points for the Canaries and taken them back to within two points of The Championship play-off places going into tomorrow's clash with Nottingham Forest. 

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Forest are 15th in the table, but have won three of their last four matches. 

Interim manager Gary Brazil has been placed in charge of the club until the end of the season. 

Youngs ready for Cardiff couldron

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's Ben Youngs says he's relishing the hostile atmosphere that will greet the England team in Cardiff tomorrow evening. 

Youngs, who is from Cawston, will start the Six Nations clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

The roof at the ground is going to remain open after a request from England coach Eddie Jones. 

Ben Youngs
Getty Images

"I don't think there's a better place to play, it's a great stadium and a fantastic atmosphere," said Youngs.

"I've always enjoyed going to hostile places and challenging stadiums." 

Darts: Wright beaten in Nottingham

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mendham's Peter Wright lost his second match in this season's Premier League of Darts last night.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old was beaten 7-3 by world number one and defending champion Michael Van Gerwen, having trailed 6-0 at one stage. 

The Dutchman threw a 170 checkout on the night as well.

Man arrested on suspicion of fundraising for overseas terrorism

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Norfolk on suspicion of terrorism offences. 

Two addresses in the county were searched and the arrest relates to suspected activities overseas, police said.


Police jacket

The man is being held in London on suspicion of fundraising for the purposes of terrorism and is also suspected of encouraging support for a banned terror group, a spokesman said. 

Detectives from the Met Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested the man yesterday morning, but they have declined to say where the searches took place. 

Scotland Yard said an address in north London was also searched.

Today's weather: Cold and cloudy, wintry showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Many places in the region saw a light dusting of snow yesterday and there'll be the risk of further wintry showers - not only today, but also into Saturday.

It will be cold and cloudy to start with, although we are mostly starting off with temperatures just about freezing. There could be some sleet around later, but generally the further west you are the drier it will tend to be.

The maximum temperature will be about 3C (37F), but in reality it will feel colder than that because of the bitterness of the easterly wind.

For more head to BBC Weather.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday's Norfolk Live. 

Between now and 18:00, the team here will bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them.

Here are some stories we will be following this morning:

  • A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Norfolk on suspicion of terrorism offences
  • Norfolk's free range poultry farmers must keep stock locked in until the end of April
  • A 49-year-old man is to appear at Norwich Crown Court later charged with murder

We're always interested in what's happening in your part of Norfolk. If there's anything you wish to share with us you can contact us on email, Facebook or Twitter.

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A 31-year-old man is suspected of raising funds and encouraging support for a banned terrorist group.

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Our live coverage today

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for Thursday... but if a major story breaks, we'll be here.

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

Scroll down to find out more on these, and other news.

Have a good evening - we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

A cold night, with the risk of snow flurries

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will stay cloudy and cold, with the risk of further snow flurries moving in from the North Sea.

This could bring a dusting of snow in places by morning, and the risk or a frost and icy patches.

Staying above freezing on the coast, but inland temperatures will fall to -2C (28F).

Weather chart for 15:00 Friday
BBC Weather

Some parts of the region could wake up to a dusting of snow tomorrow, and the risk of snow showers will continue through the day and overnight.

A bitter north easterly wind will push snow showers further inland during the day.

Temperatures reaching a high of 3C (37F).

Video: Police dog recruits put through their paces

The long arm of the "paw" has reached out to welcome two new recruits to the team. 

Canine cops Harry and Nero will be based with their handlers at Acle.

 After a 13-week training course the dogs and handlers can be used in a variety of ways, from tracking criminals, public disorder operations and even finding missing people or items of property.  

Police dog recruits put through their paces