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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 3 March 2017
  2. Bird flu outbreak on Norfolk-Suffolk border
  3. 'More help needed' for former service personnel suffering from PTSD
  4. Protest at MP's comments about mental health
  5. Fare-dodging 'costs train companies millions'
  6. Repairs to take place on City Hall's clock tower
  7. Crunch weekend for Norwich City
  8. Culverhouse makes first signing

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap from Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day and for the week, we've hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

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

Whatever you're doing, we hope you have a good weekend. 

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday
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A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

Clive Lewis: Leadership reports "utter rubbish"

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Labour MP for Norwich South says reports that he's plotting to stand against Jeremy Corbyn in a leadership battle are "complete rubbish". 

Clive Lewis, Norwich South MP
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In his first broadcast interview since resigning from the shadow cabinet he's told the BBC Sunday Politics East show: "I'm not ready and to be frank I don't want to do it.

"It's very flattering to come into politics and be told by people that you should become leader but I'm not ready .....and I don't want to do it because Jeremy Corbyn was elected twice to become our leader and he's the person who leads our party."

Mr Lewis said he would never rule out standing for leader at some stage in the future. 

He said "there is a lot of mischief going on at the moment".

You can see his interview on the  Sunday Politics East at 11:00 on Sunday on BBC1 .

Lifetime ban on owning animals after ponies were kept in the dark

A man has been banned from keeping animals for life after admitting neglecting a mare and foal and keeping them in the dark for more than 18 months.

A dog walker, who'd accidentally strayed from a footpath, discovered the two ponies in an isolated barn in the middle of a 20-acre field.

Until its rescue, the foal had spent his entire life inside and had never been out in the sun.


          Charlie, a black foal, with mare Bella in the background - both standing inside a barn
RSPCA

The animal welfare charity said the two ponies were in a very poor condition, emaciated, with overgrown feet and covered in lice. The mare, Bella, was terrified of people.

Frederick Charles Stannard, 64, of the High Street, Methwold near Thetford appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to four offences.

He was given a lifetime ban on owning all animals, and a 12-week prison sentence for each offence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay £150 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. 

Bella, and her foal Charlie, have been rehabilitated at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which will now be their permanent home.

Police officer disciplined for insulting special need students

A Norfolk police officer who verbally insulted students during a visit to a special needs school is to receive management action following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The matter was referred to the IPCC following a complaint by a parent to Norfolk Constabulary about the incident, which occured on 3 December 2015.

Investigators found the officer had made offensive comments about one student's appearance, and abused another for wearing braces and having curly hair.

The investigation concluded the language used was not discriminatory, and that during a subsequent arrest the officer's conduct was appropriate to the situation.

A second officer who was present during the school visit had no case to answer.

Associate commissioner Tom Milsom said the officer's language "fell well short" of that expected from the police, "who are trained to deal with confrontational situations".

Darts: Webster spearheads Norfolk challenge at UK Open

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk has three players in what's known as "the FA Cup of darts" this weekend. 

The UK Open in Minehead features an unseeded draw so the sport's top names could meet each other at any stage. Norwich's Darren Webster is in good form going into the tournament. 

Darren Webster
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North Walsham's Steve Beaton and Bradwell's Mervyn King are also in the competition entering at the third round stage. 

The draw for that is made after rounds one and two have been completed. 

Severe accident: A11 Suffolk northbound

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A11 Suffolk northbound severe accident, between B1106 and A134 Brandon Road.

A11 Suffolk - A11 London Road closed northbound between Elveden and the A134 Brandon Road junction in Thetford, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via the B1106, Green Road and to the B1107 to rejoin A11.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Big night ahead for Norwich boxer

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich's Zaiphan Morris is the headline act in his home city for the first time tonight. 

The 32-year-old continues his rapid rise when he tops the bill in a title fight against Latvia's Aleksandrs Birkenbergs at The Halls in Norwich

Boxing poster
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Among the other fighters on the bill is Norwich's Nathan Dale who is making a comeback after suffering a defeat in his last fight. 

MP 'never intended to cause offence' by his comments

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has told us he never intended, and deeply regrets, that the words he used on the radio about the need to prioritise Disability Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) for those with the most serious physical disabilities inadvertently caused any offence to those suffering from mental illness.

He said: "The PIPs are designed to provide those with disabilities a more personal, flexible and specific fund to cover the costs of coping with living at home with their disability - for example the blind who need housing adaptations or those on home dialysis - than the old Disability Support Allowance. 

"This government is absolutely committed to making sure we get this PIP part of our £50bn per annum disability budget to those with specific extra reimbursable costs of chronic disability. 

"In explaining this focus of PIPs on last Sunday's Radio 5 live talk show I was not in any way intending to suggest mental illness isn’t very "real" or debilitating. It is. 

"As I know from my own direct personal experience in my own family of the trauma caused by depression, anxiety and the often-connected alcoholism and, as MPs of all parties have paid tribute to, I have a track record through my work as a local MP and minister helping those affected by disability, dementia and childhood depression and anxiety."

Mr Freeman added that he would have liked to explain this to the campaigners at his office today, but was out in his constituency on prior commitments.

Darts: A warning for Wright's rivals

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Despite throwing the second highest televised average in history last night, Suffolk darts player Peter Wright believes there's more to come from him.

Peter Wright
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The Mendham thrower averaged 119.50 on his way to a 7-2 Premier League win over Adrian Lewis in Exeter.

"I'm so happy just to get the two points, but to play so well is brilliant," said Wright. 

"That first leg set the pace and I got control of the match, but it felt like a magnet was pulling the darts into the treble."I saw my average at 117 on the big screen and I wanted to get it higher, but I think there's loads of improvement to come."

MP's comments 'belong in last century'

Campaigners say the Mid Norfolk's MP apology over comments he's made about mental health will not repair the damage he's done.

Today disability rights campaigners marched through Wymondham town centre to his office.

Protestors with banners march through Wymondham
BBC

They say his comments about mental health reveal an ignorance about disability, and belong in the last century.


          Protestors set off from Wymondham market cross on their march
BBC

Wymondham Access Group  says it works to make the town accessible. Its chair, Neil Seach, says "invisible disabilities are sometimes the hardest for people to understand... however they shouldn't be discounted or glossed over."

Protestors outside the office of George Freeman MP
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It's hard to believe, whatever the true sentiments behind the words, that the MP of Wymondham could support changes that will result in cuts to some of the most disabled members of his constituency."

Neil SeachWymondham Access Group

BreakingLocation of avian flu outbreak confirmed

Kate Arkell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Gressingham Foods has confirmed the outbreak of avian flu is at Grange Farm, Redgrave in Suffolk, close to the border with Norfolk.

None of the 55,000 ducks has avian flu, but it has been detected in the environment.

The birds will still be killed.

Grange Farm
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Magic moments from FA People's Cup

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Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

Protest at MP's comments about mental health

Disability rights campaigners have been protesting against comments about mental health, made by the Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman. 

Earlier this week the MP said that disability benefits should only go to those who "really disabled people" and not those who were "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety". 

His words were branded as "crass and ignorant", by campaigners who protested at his office in Wymondham this lunchtime.


          Protestors with banners outside the door of George Freeman's office in Wymondham
BBC

They say the government's plans to make new cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will leave disabled people and those with serious mental health conditions prisoners in their own homes.

Joy Batley is the vice-chair of Wymondham Access Group which helps people with disabilities. She's a wheelchair user, and explains why Mr Freeman's words have angered her:


          Disability campaigners holding banners as they march through Wymondham town centre
BBC

I can say something to somebody and be really rude about them banging into my wheelchair but then if I say I'm sorry I've taken it back, that's already said and that's already been harmful to a lot of people - and I just feel we should be helping disabled people not discriminating against them."

Joy BatleyWymondham Access Group

Defra: No risk to public health from bird flu outbreak

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has moved to re-assure people following another outbreak of bird flu near Redgrave in Suffolk.

A statement from Defra said: "Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low. 

"The Food Standards Agency is also clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk."

The precautionary cull of 55,000 birds could get under way later today. 

Defra says that after that the premises, which are not being publically identified by Defra, will be cleansed and disinfected. 

BreakingAnother bird flu outbreak in Suffolk

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Defra says another outbreak of bird flu has been detected in Redgrave near Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. 

The government department says that while investigating last month's outbreak in the village it found the H5N8 virus at a separate premises.

Some 55,000 birds will be culled as a precautionary measure while protection and surveilance zones in the area will stay in place. 

'Science triangle won't suffer' under Brexit

George Freeman, the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, says the hub of scientific research in East Anglia won't suffer as a result of Brexit.

The former life sciences minister's comments came as the multi-million pound Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park reached an important stage in its construction yesterday.

It's aiming to strengthen the life sciences triangle of Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge, and will house 300 scientists and 100 hospital staff under one roof. They'll be researching food, diet and health, and treating patients.

Mr Freeman, who voted Remain in last year's referendum previously voiced concerns about the impact of leaving the EU, and spoke after the last foundations were poured for the research centre.

George Freeman MP
BBC

To make a success of Brexit we're going to have to be a truly global centre of innovation - that means being open to talent to come into this country and allowing our best scientists, academics and entrepreneurs to travel the world... that will have to be at the heart of our negotiation."

George Freeman MP(Con) Mid Norfolk

Ed Sheeran: 'Ipswich Town were the team to follow when I was young'

Ed Sheeran watching Norwich City v Ipswich on Sunday
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Ed Sheeran says Ipswich Town were the "team to follow" when he was growing up - but he also has an allegiance to Chelsea.

The singer was seen at Carrow Road watching Ipswich Town play Norwich City on Sunday.

He has told the BBC he grew up as an Ipswich fan, but has split allegiance to Chelsea, who his father supports. 

"My loyalties aren't super, super strict, but if you were going to say I was something I'd be blue," he said. 

"When I grew up the team to follow was Ipswich. My dad's a Chelsea fan, and I just enjoy watching the games."

Ed Sheeran
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Sheeran, who lives near Framlingham in Suffolk, said he watched the 1-1 draw with his friends who are "avid Ipswich supporters". 

"We were in the Norwich section," he said. "When they scored the first goal they all jumped up and then realised where they were, and snuck off to celebrate elsewhere. It was quite funny." 

Sheeran said he had been to "a lot of Chelsea games and a few Ipswich games". 

His loyalties, however, are not split when it comes to a potential gig venue. 

"I would love to play Portman Road," he said. 

"I don't know when that's going to happen, but it will happen eventually in my career." 

Time to stand still for City Hall clock

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The hands of Norwich City Hall's clock will soon be stuck at midday, while repairs take place on the iconic tower.

The work, which begins on Monday, is expected to take 14 weeks, and will see scaffolding around the tower.

At some stage a crane will be brought in to remove the long vertical pieces of metal, the finials (pictured), that sit on each corner of the clock tower, so they can be cleaned and repaired, before being reinstalled. Workers and equipment will be taken up to the scaffold on a hoist. 


          Metal finial on tower, with view of Roman Catholic Cathedral in distance
Norwich City Council

While the scaffold is in place, a full survey will be carried out to see if any repointing work can be done.

At an appropriate time during the repairs, the clock will be stopped and the hands set to 12:00 - this will make it easier for work to be carried out around the moving objects.

Mechanism for City Hall clock
Norwich City Council

Norwich City Council has a budget of £200,000 for the work.

The City Hall clock tower is an iconic feature of Norwich's landscape, says Cllr Mike Stonard, and needs to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Owls lie in wait for City ahead of clash

Norwich Evening News

Norwich need the points but so do play-off rivals in Hillsborough collision - the back of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of the Norwich Evening News
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Time to help clean up the county

What are you up to this weekend? Maybe you fancy doing a spot of spring cleaning?

Before you get out the polish and duster, and don the rubber gloves.. why not think "outside the box"?

Over the next few days, volunteers will be helping to clean up the county as part of the annual Great British Spring Clean .

There are events near Aylsham and in Horsford, and on Sunday the Marine Conservation Society meets at the ramp on Mundesley beach.

Cromer is holding several litter picks today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Map showing location of spring clean events this weekend
Great British Spring Clean

What I'd like everybody to do when they go out, no matter where they are, if they see some rubbish just pick it up and put it in a bin somewhere."

Angie Fitch-Tillett Councillor with responsibility for the environment, North Norfolk District Council

Happy ending to 'tail' of disabled dumped dogs

Two tiny disabled dogs who were found abandoned by the roadside in August have now settled into their "paw-fect" new homes.

The RSPCA launched an investigation after the chihuahuas, three-year-old Peggy and her six-week-old puppy Pip, were found by the side of the A127 in Basildon in Essex.

The future didn't look bright for the tiny pair - Peggy was missing part of her left leg, and Pip was missing part of her brain - leaving her blind and with no functioning eyelids.

Pip and Peggy, sitting on a cushion
RSPCA

After a search to find a special home for the disabled pair, they've now settled into the life of luxury with Penny Andrews and her four cats, a budgie, cockatiel, tortoise and a Jack Russell cross dachshund - and Penny's daughter Jess..

Penny, who lives in Hunstanton and is a volunter at her local RSPCA charity shop, says all the animals get on well, with the dogs sleeping in the bed under a duvet a night.

They have come a long way and now live the life of luxury... they’ve settled in so well. I saw them on social media and fell in love with them, they were just so cute and I thought: ‘I can look after them’.”

Penny Andrews

Archive: Ed Sheeran in 2010

With Ed Sheeran's new album "÷" out today, BBC Archive have uncovered this bit of video from 2010.

Ed had just returned from the United States, and was on the cusp of a massive worldwide record deal - but found time to have a chat with BBC Radio Norfolk's Sophie Little.

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Your bras are needed

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Did you know that for women in Africa a girl is less likely to be sexually abused if she's wearing a bra?


          Assortment of bras in different colours, surrounding Swainsthorpe village sign
Debs Johnson

To mark International Women's Day, an event is being held tomorrow on  Swainsthorpe village green . As well as speakers and a "Swishing" area to update your wardrobe, women are being asked to take along their old bras.

Don't worry if the elastic's broken, the wires are sticking out, if they've gone grey in the wash... the bras are mended and sent out to Africa.

For every one tonne collected, Breast Cancer Awareness will receive £700.

So have a rummage through your drawers, dig out your old bras and take them along to the community centre.

Shock at body in river find

Norwich Evening News

Couple reveal moment they spotted dead man floating in city river - the front page of the Norwich Evening News :

Front page of Norwich Evening News
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MoD 'looking to improve mental health support' for veterans

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Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), there are 49,000 veterans living in Norfolk.

The wife of one former soldier is calling for more help to support veterans after they leave the army, after her husband suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder following service in Afghanistan.

The MoD tells us that the NHS is responsible for veterans, and they receive priority care from their GP if the GP feels they have any condition developed due to service in the military.

The MoD also says it's looking at ways to improve mental health support, and works closely with health services and charities.

It also said that support was available from various helplines, like the one supplied by the charity Combat Stress .


          British troops withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 2014 - personnel walking towards a helicopter
PA

Former soldier left 'permanently on edge' with PTSD

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The wife of a soldier from Norfolk, who served two six-month tours of Afghanistan, has been explaining how she realised he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

She wants to keep their identity private, because of his condition.

She told BBC Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad  they had recently got married and were travelling to a family lunch when another vehicle on the A47 cut them up.

"It was a mild incident, an everyday occurrence, but my husband knelt on the dashboard, his pupils blew rapidly, he was blinking and rashes appeared on his neck. I was very concerned.

"He said 'make it stop, make it stop, make it stop' and gripped the door, screaming to be let out."

Helmet and bullets of a British soldier, in Helmand Province
PA

Once they had pulled over, he quickly climbed the banks of the A47, and she had to ask him to get back into the car.

"He hid, face down in the grass, and told me to make it stop - he was roaring," she said.

"After gentle coaxing, he returned to the car and fell asleep."

I knew he was back in Afghanistan... with hindsight you look back and realise the extremity of what it was."

Wife of former serviceman

Failure to pay stops us investing, says train operator

Rail operator Greater Anglia, says ticket prices are having to rise as a result of the number of people who are failing to pay the correct fare. 

Earlier this week, more than 100 passengers were prosecuted, and found guilty of a range of offences on the regional rail network. 

Greater Anglia train
BBC

Juliette Maxam, from Greater Anglia, said: "The trouble is, if people aren't paying for their tickets, that means we're not getting the money from their tickets, and we use that money to invest in the railway to make it better for every passenger. 

"So, if you don't pay for your ticket, you're not only not allowing us to invest in the railway, but also it ends up with the prices going up for everybody as well."

Controlled explosion of chemicals at UEA

Now back to our story on the controlled explosion at the University of East Anglia (UEA) earlier this morning.

The UEA tell us some chemicals had been identified for disposal by specialist contractors, as part of an ongoing review and audit of chemical stocks at the School of Chemistry .

The disposal took place on campus grounds, well away from university buildings.

Staff, students and relevant authorities were informed of the plans.

'More needs to be done to help former service personnel'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A woman from Norfolk says former armed service personnel are being badly let down by the government.

Her husband has suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since serving in Afghanistan. 

Neither wish to be identified, but his wife says that local services can't deal with severe PTSD and the Ministry of Defence should have a professional treatment centre for veterans. 


          British soldier walks towards observation point in Helmand Province, March 2012
PA

The army train them to do a job but once they've completed the job in my opinion there is nothing. There needs to be a facility, a team of highly skilled professionals who are equipped to understand the community."

Wife of former serviceman

BreakingControlled explosion at college

There are reports that a controlled explosion has taken place at the University of East Anglia this morning.

Norfolk Police confirm that a bomb disposal unit carried out a detonation after 06:30.

We'll bring you more on this when we can.

Crunch weekend for The Canaries at Hillsborough

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City face a potentially season-defining match at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon. 

If The Canaries beat The Owls, who occupy the sixth spot, they'll move to within three points of the Championship's play-off places. 

Defeat would leave them nine points adrift with just 11 games to play. 

Alex Neil
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We'll have a full interview with Norwich City manager Alex Neil later today on BBC Radio Norfolk with updates from the club's pre-match press conference at lunchtime.

Everington leaves Imps on loan to King's Lynn

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Town have signed midfielder Kegan Everington on loan from Lincoln City until the end of the season. 

The 21-year-old has spent much of this season on loan at Buxton and hasn't played a first team game for the FA Cup giant-killing Imps since last March. 

Ian Culverhouse
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Everington is first new player brought to the club by Ian Culverhouse since he took over as manager last week.  

He takes charge of a home game for the first time tomorrow when The Linnets play Stratford Town at The Walks. 

Darts: Sensational Wright excels in Exeter

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright produced the second highest televised average in history, of 119.50, as he beat Adrian Lewis in the Premier League last night.

Peter Wright
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The 46-year-old from Mendham won 7-2 to join Phil Taylor at the top of the leaderboard. 

Taylor drew 6-6 with another former world champion, Gary Anderson. 

World number one Michael van Gerwen, who didn't play last night because of injury, holds the record for the highest average with 123.40.

Greater Anglia 'should use discretion' over fare dodger prosecutions

The Conservative MP for Colchester says discretion should be used by local rail operators as they clamp down on fare dodgers. 

Earlier this week, more than 100 passengers were prosecuted, and found guilty, of a range of offences on the Greater Anglia network. The company said a "common-sense approach" was used.

Will Quince
BBC

"My concern is around people who do the right thing, but make honest mistakes," said Will Quince MP.

"I want to make sure all rail operating companies, including GA, are using discretion where appropriate.

"Where people have paid over £50 to get to and from London in a day, or £5,000 for a season ticket, that they're not penalised for sitting in the wrong seat, or when the train's full they sit in the wrong carriage, or they forget their season ticket."