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  1. Updates on Friday, 10 March, 2017
  2. Alex Neil sacked as Norwich City manager
  3. Artistic director of festival to step down
  4. Traffic lights for Barton Mills roundbaout
  5. Hospital appeal after A&E spike in demand
  6. Defective train track causes disruption

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A hair salon in Norwich is training staff to spot signs of domestic abuse.
Cameron Jerome (centre)

Cameron Jerome's equaliser rescues a point for managerless Norwich as they are held by struggling Blackburn.

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Ed Balls

Norwich chairman Ed Balls says Alex Neil's exit is the start of a clearout in readiness for a promotion push next season.

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, at A140 Ipswich Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Harford, Norwich closed and slow traffic eastbound at the A140 Ipswich Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A1078 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1078 Norfolk both ways severe accident, at Norfolk Street.

A1078 Norfolk - A1078 Railway Road in King's Lynn closed in both directions at the Norfolk Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Alex Neil

Championship side Norwich City sack manager Alex Neil after just over two years in charge at Carrow Road.

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Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Well, it's goodnight from the team at BBC Norfolk Local Live for this week. We hope you'll join us again on Monday at 08:00, for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Before we go, here's a recap of some of the stories making the news in Norfolk today:

  • A family farm business was fined £50,000 after a 21-year-old died in a grain silo
  • The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is to step down
  • And a firm was ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned

Scroll down for more... and have a great weekend.

Ladies take on league leaders

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Harleston Magpies put their unbeaten home record on the line in hockey's Conference East this weekend. 

The south Norfolk women play league leaders Wimbledon at Weybread. They're fourth in the table with three matches left to play. 

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"You always want to play the best teams and at home we are undefeated. They've shown they're not unbeatable." said Magpies coach Rob Sorrell.

Sea defence work starts between Snettisham and Hunstanton

Work begins today on sea defences between Snettisham and Hunstanton.

It's annual work, but this year they're also dealing with the fall-out of Storm Doris which caused about £8,000 worth of damage.

This is the first year the work is being funded locally instead of being paid for by the Environment Agency.

Hall Farm, Fincham

"No sentence could add to the punishment" of a father whose firm was prosecuted for his son's death.

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Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

Helpers sought to protect terns nesting on Norfolk beaches

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The RSPB is looking for people to help protect rare birds nesting on the coast. Little terns have for years colonised the beaches of Great Yarmouth, Winterton and Sea Palling.

Norfolk beach
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But in recent years their numbers have declined even further, and the bird protection charity says, even though it's spent 30 years working on little tern habitats, it needs more help from the public.

Daniel Hercock, from the RSPB, said: "We have a pretty good blueprint on how to protect them, but we need people on the ground to help protect them as the project goes forward.

"The terns do nest on open beaches, and beaches are popular with people, so they are susceptible to disturbance.

"They are also susceptible to predation from, for example, foxes."

Mother pays tribute to son who died in Fincham grain silo accident

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The mother of a 21-year-old student who died after sinking into a grain silo on his father's farm and suffocating has paid paid tribute to a song who was "larger than life, fun loving".

Arthur Mason was working for his father Hugh Mason, at the family firm Maurice Mason in Fincham, near Downham Market, in July 2014  

Hall Farm, Fincham Norfolk

The firm was fined £50,000 today after admitting breaches of health and safety law.

Arthur Mason's mother Kay Mason Billig said his son's "death has affected so many people, his family, his friends and his colleagues".

"Farming accidents and accidents of this type involving enclosed spaces are alarmingly common," she said.

"I urge farmers to take note of this verdict today and look hard at their safety procedures.

"No one should have to lose their life in such a preventable accident."

One from the archives: Church trial of Stiffkey rector Harold Davidson

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Some 85 years ago this month "prostitutes' padre" Harold Davidson (1875-1937), Rector of Stiffkey in Norfolk, with his daughter Patricia, were photographed after a church disciplinary trial at Church House, Westminster, London.

          Harold Davidson (1875-1937), Rector of Stiffkey in Norfolk, with his daughter Patricia
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Davidson was charged with immoral conduct in connection with his work with prostitutes and the case resulted in Davidson being defrocked later that year.   

But in  2004 BBC Inside Out  presented evidence that cast doubt on his conviction, including letters between Davidson and the star prosecution witness Gwendoline Harris (known as Barbara Harris), pictured arriving at Church House, which suggest the relationship was not improper.

Gwendoline Harris (known as Barbara Harris
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Grain silo death farm fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A firm has been fined £50,000 after admitting breaches of health and safety law when a man died by sinking into a grain silo at his father's farm and suffocating.

Scales of justice

Arthur Mason, 21, was working for his father Hugh Mason, at the family firm Maurice Mason in Fincham, near Downham Market, in July 2014.

He was cleaning the silo when he fell in.

Hugh Mason's lawyer Mark Ballysz, told Norwich Crown Court no level of sentence could add to the punishment he has already suffered. 

The Health and Safety Executive told the court how silo cleaning had been behind schedule at Hall Farm.

Arthur Mason was wearing a safety lanyard designed to break a fall from height as he worked inside the grain-filled drum.

But as he stood on the grain, a valve was released and he sank into the grain, with the lanyard extended to twice its original length, failing to stop his descent. 

Norwich Crown Court heard how grain acts like quicksand when a silo is emptied from below and once trapped it's impossible to self-rescue.

Another worker climbed in to try and rescue him, but was unsuccessful and a hammer was used to break an access panel in the silo in an attempt to help the 21-year-old.

But when emergency services, who were on the scene within 10 minutes, freed him, attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead. 

The firm Maurice Mason was also ordered to pay costs of £22,000.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital appeal after A&E spike in demand

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has called for people to first contact a health advice line after a spike in the numbers attending its accident and emergency department.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The hospital's chief operating officer Karen Croker said: "In recent days, the hospital has seen a significant number of very frail and seriously ill patients requiring acute medical treatment.

"We are working closely with our partners in the health and social care system to ensure we proactively manage this spike in demand.

"While we would never deter anyone from seeking medical treatment, we would ask the public to help our staff during this busy period by first contacting NHS 111 for advice before setting out for A&E."

Advice can also be found on the internet by visiting  or the Choose Me, Not A&E website .

Ms Croker added: “We also ask that people who have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours refrain from visiting the hospital unless it is a medical emergency to help prevent norovirus."

Canaries press call: 'Crazy' position ahead of Rovers' visit

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City are holding their regular Friday press conference ahead of tomorrow's visit of Blackburn Rovers .

The visitors are two points above the relegation zone, while the Canaries are nine points outside the Championship's play-off places.

Ivo Pinto said: "If you said we would be in this position before the season started, I would say you were crazy."

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Canaries duo in Northern Ireland squad

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Michael McGovern and Kyle Lafferty have both been selected by Northern Ireland for their next World Cup qualifier. 

Goalkeeper McGovern returned to the Canaries first team for the 1-1 draw at Bristol City on Tuesday ,while striker Lafferty hasn't started a league game all season. 

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Phil Daley will be tweeting  from the Canaries' regular Friday lunchtime press conference.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director's 'brilliant adventure'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival , who has announced he is to step down, has spoken of how running the event has been a "brilliant adventure".

William Galinsky
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The board of Norfolk and Norwich Festival has thanked William Galinsky (pictured) for helping "to establish the festival as a world class event". 

Mr Galinsky said: "After seven festivals, 60 world premieres, 124 new commissions, 40 festival co-productions and 2,143 individual performances I have decided it's time to catch my breath and 2017 will be my Norfolk and Norwich Festival swan song.

"Being artistic director has been the most brilliant adventure - at times, it has made me feel like Willy Wonka.

"From Wildwork's Wolf's Child in the forests of Felbrigg Hall, to a cardboard St Peter Mancroft built by thousands of volunteers, the festival has given me the opportunity to bring the audiences experiences beyond an artistic director's wildest dreams.

"Seven festivals have gone in a flash and none of it would have been possible without the amazing festival team, our army of wonderful volunteers, the wisdom and support of the NNF board, the faith of Arts Council England and Norwich City Council, and all of our friends, supporters and sponsors and, perhaps most importantly of all, the enthusiasm of our audiences."

Artistic director of Norfolk and Norwich Festival to step down

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival has announced he is to step down at the end of this year's festival in May.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

William Galinsky has been in charge of the event for seven years.

The chairwoman of the festival, Brenda Arthur, said: "As a result of William’s work Norfolk and Norwich Festival is now regarded as one of the top four arts festivals in the country.

"The board looks forward to building on the success of the festival, increasing inclusivity and accessibility, working with local communities and encouraging more young local talent.

"William has grown the festival so that we now have a solid base from which to look to the future.

"As such we have to thank him for all he has achieved and wish him every success in his next venture."

'Systemic failure' after teenager drowned on day out while in care

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We reported earlier that a firm had been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned at an old sand quarry at Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn.

Bawsey Pits
Evelyn Simak/Geograph

Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations.

Outlining the prosecution case, Quentin Hunt said employees of the home had taken boys on a trip to Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn on 16 July 2013.

The staff made no efforts to stop Umar Balogun, 16, and another boy from getting into the water even though there were a number of "no swimming" signs.

Bawsey Pits
Ray Sullivan/Geograph

Mr Hunt said: "Mr Balogun was seen to duck under the water and did not reappear.

"Mr Balogun may have got caught out by the changing depth. He subsequently became entangled in weeds and drowned.

"A diver was sent to the scene and subsequently recovered the body." 

Castle Lodge offered one-to-one care of youngsters who "showed signs of sexually inappropriate behaviour", the court heard.

Mr Hunt, for the Health and Safety Executive, said that while there were "generic risk assessments", individual assessments were not made for trips like the one to the pits.

The lawyer said there was "systemic failure" at Castle Lodge which went on over a "long period".

Firm fined £100,000 after drowning in Norfolk pit

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned on a trip to an old sand quarry in Norfolk.

Bawsey Pits

Castle Homes Limited, which ran the Castle Lodge home for young people in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013

Two support workers also faced charges over the death of Umar Balogun, from Waltham Forest, north-east London, at Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn, but were cleared following a trial at King's Lynn Crown Court .

At the Old Bailey, Judge Mark Dennis QC ordered Castle Homes to pay a fine of £80,000 and £20,000 prosecution costs to the Health and Safety Executive. 

He said the death exposed "flaws in the system" as well as "obvious errors" on the day, including failing to make a risk assessment for the trip. 

Both staff members who went on the trip were "raw recruits" when there was another more experienced person who could have gone, he said.

Breaking Firm ordered to pay £100,000 after teenager drowned at Bawsey Pits

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its caredrowned on a trip to Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn.

Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people, in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013. 

Academy boss says 'don't rule out grammar schools'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The boss of a chain of academy schools in Norfolk and Suffolk says we should consider the idea of opening new grammar schools here.

Dame Rachel De Souza

Dame Rachel De Souza, who  heads the Inspiration Trust which runs 13 academies and free schools in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Thetford and Cromer, said any new policy which could improve education for children in the county should be closely examined.

"With pupils who are out in the coastal areas where there are high levels of deprivation it is an absolute fight to get a great education," she said.

"If we can make it better using whatever new policy comes in, for these pupils, I think it is our duty to look at it.

"We'd be mad not too."

Darts: Wright's fine form continues

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's new UK Open champion Peter Wright beat James Wade 7-5 in the Premier League in Glasgow last night.

Peter Wright and James Wade
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Phil Taylor's defeat to Adrian Lewis means Wright now tops the leaderboard after six matches. 

There were also victories for Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson .

Norwich City fans call for clarity

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City return to Carrow Road on Saturday for a Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers after a bad week on the road. 

A 5-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday followed by a 1-1 draw at struggling Bristol City has left any realistic hopes of a play-off place in tatters. 

The Canaries have won just one of their last seven games. 

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The Canaries Trust, a group which represents some fans, has e-mailed the club to ask for justification from the board if manager Alex Neil is to remain in the job. 

Robin Sainty from the trust said: "I think the fans have a right to know. If they're going to keep Alex Neil until the end of the season, fine, what's the problem in saying that?"

Defective train track causes disruption

Rail passengers in on the East Anglian mainline face delays due to a defective track between Stratford and Liverpool Street in east London.

Greater Anglia said services may be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes.

It said the disruption is expected to last until the end of the day. 

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Transport secretary: Fiveways lights will please frustrated drivers

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The transport secretary says today's announcement that traffic lights will be installed on the A11 Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall will make a big difference to the thousands of drivers who use it every day.

A11 Fiveways roundabout, Suffolk

Chris Grayling told the BBC "this will address a frustration which has been felt by motorists in East Anglia for a long time".

"This is a junction which has seen congestion too often and the work will smooth the flow of traffic through it," he said.

The £400,000 project is part of £2.4m pot of funding made available this morning for smaller road projects across East Anglia following Wednesday's budget.  

The other projects which are being funded haven't been named yet.

Weather: Chilly start, cloud thickening from the west through the day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a chilly start to the day but during the morning, milder air will push in and cloud will thicken. For many it will stay dry today but there is a chance of a spot of rain at times with a high of 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Traffic lights for Barton Mills roundbaout

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Traffic lights are to be installed at the Fiveways roundabout on the A11 at Barton Mills.

The government has announced that work on the £400,000 scheme will start in Autumn 2018 and should be complete by the following spring. 

It follows a long campaign by local residents and motorists who've complained about frequent accidents on the roundabout and congestion at peak times. 

Fiveways roundabout plan, near Mildenhall
Highways England

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello and good morning from the Norfolk Live team.

We'll bring you the latest news from across Norfolk including news that the artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is to step down.

You can keep us posted too in the usual way, via   emailTwitter  or  Facebook  (all available on the "Get involved" button at the top of this page).

Full weather forecast is up next.

A10 crash victim named as Norfolk man

Police have named the man who died in a collision on the A10 near Cambridge this morning.

He was Anthony Bradshaw, 51, of Fir Road in Thetford in Norfolk.

He was driving a silver Citroen C4 near Milton at about 08:25, when he was in collision with a blue Nissan Micra.

Police are asking for witnesses to contact officers by calling 101.

Weybread trial: Case adjourned until Monday

The trial of a man who denies being Ali Qazimaj, formerly of Tilbury in Essex, who's accused of the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart from Weybread, has been adjourned until Monday morning.

Judge Mr Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith will resume his summing up of the case at Ipswich Crown Court then.

Mr Qazimaj denies two charges of murder on the grounds that he is actually another Albanian man called Vital Dapi.

Boatbuilding college plays its part in Chelsea display

Guy Campbell

BBC Radio Suffolk

Work is going on at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, to create the centrepiece of a display for this year's Chelsea Flower Show .

Replica for Chelsea boat

In 2013, a medieval boat, built of oak, was discovered on the Norfolk Broads

Now a three-quarter size replica is being built, which will be surrounded by plants and trees, at the world famous flower show.

Gary Breeze, the man behind the project, said: "One of the things I had to do was take the archaeologists drawings which were just images of broken bits of wood, and turn it into a shape we can make something out of.

"We had to produce all those line drawings first."

Framework for redevelopment of Anglia Square in Norwich

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans to redevelop Anglia Square in Norwich could move a step closer if a framework is agreed by councillors next week.

Anglia Square in Norwich

The owner of the site, Columbia Threadneedle, is looking at ways to develop the ageing shopping precinct, which includes derelict office blocks that have been empty for more than 20 years.

The city council's cabinet, which meets on Wednesday , is being recommended to support guidelines which aim to help developers with any proposals for the site.

Anglia Square in Norwich
Keith Evans/Geograph

Cabinet member for the environment, Bert Bremner, said: "We've drawn up a framework to get to the next stage, but it does not pre-determine anything.

"We're positive about this because a redevelopment would make a big difference to this part of the city and Norwich as a whole."

The plans could see new retail shops, office space and more than 1,000 new homes.

The next step will see the developers submitting plans to the council.

Anglia Square
Anglia Square

Darts: Wright aiming to extend winning streak

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright returns to the oche for the first time tonight since winning the UK Open at the weekend.

Peter Wright
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The 46-year-old from Mendham is up against James Wade in the sixth round of this season's Premier League , in Glasgow.

The event sees world number one Michael van Gerwen make his return from a back injury - he's up against Kim Huybrechts.

From the archives: Royal Norfolk troops training in gas masks 1936

Eighty one years ago this month, soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment were photographed training at Aldershot, Hampshire, getting used to revolver shooting while wearing a gas mask.  

          Eighty one years ago this month, soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment were photographed training at Aldershot, Hampshire, getting used to revolver shooting while wearing a gas mask.
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Weybread trial: Peter Stuart's body had nine stab wounds

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The judge at Ipswich Crown Court overseeing the trial of a man accused of the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart from Weybread has referred in his summing up to the discovery of the body of Mr Stuart on the evening of 3 June.

Police found the body in woodland next to the home he shared with his wife Sylvia on Mill Lane. 

He had nine stab wounds, eight of which could have been fatal. The two largest were 15.5 cm (6 in) and 13 cm (5 in) and were consistent with the use of one weapon. 

Police tape close to Stuart's home

Mrs Stuart's body has never been found, but a silver Citroen C3 car, found in Dover on 5 June, contained five grey hairs matching the DNA profile of Sylvia Stuart.

The vehicle was registered to Mr Qazimaj and was found to have fingerprints which a forensics expert matched to him, although the defendant says either the prints were the result of a mix-up or that he shares identical fingerprints with someone else.

The court has also heard about automatic number plate recognition evidence linking the Citroen registered to Mr Qazimaj, who lived in Tilbury in south Essex, to a camera at Little Stonham on the A140 in Suffolk on a number of occasions.

Weybread trial: 'Defendant conducted internet search for Stuarts' home'

As Judge Mr Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith continues his summing up in the trial of a man the prosecution claim is Ali Qazimaj, he referred to a laptop used by Mr Qazimaj from his workplace, which had conducted an internet search for the cottage owned by Peter and Sylvia Stuart, in Mill Lane, Weybread.

The judge at Ipswich Crown Court also referred to events prior to the revelation that Peter and Sylvia Stuart were missing.

Two searches for the couple were carried out after they twice failed to turn up for their line-dancing class.

The couple's daughter, Christy Paxman, asked friends to go to her parents' house to look for them, but when there was no sign, she called hospitals, and then the police.

The defendant denies the murder of Peter Stuart, whose body was found on 3 June close to his home, and Sylvia Stuart, whose body has not been found, on the grounds that he is not Ali Qazimaj.

Search after Norfolk Police officer assaulted

Police in Norfolk are still searching for a man who is alleged to have assaulted an officer in Dereham yesterday.

The driver was stopped by police on suspicion of drink driving in Norwich Road at about 11:30.

He allegedly kicked an officer in the groin before running off. Two other people inside the car have been released without charge.