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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 17 March 2017
  2. Council suspends teenager placements after concerns about 'squalid living conditions'
  3. Pledge to finish 'missing link' of NDR
  4. Two schools close due to sickness bugs
  5. City: Irvine confirms he won't apply for manager's job

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Managerless Norwich keep their play-off hopes alive as Jacob Murphy's 10th goal of the season helps them beat Barnsley.

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Our live coverage today:

Our scheduled live coverage has now ended for the day - and for the week - but if there's a breaking story you'll still find the details here.

Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of our stories today:

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher caravanjo for this snap of Brancaster beach - it looks so peaceful, doesn't it, the perfect place for a weekend walk?

Have a great weekend, we'll be back on Monday.

Dog on deserted sandy beach at low tide
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A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

Weather graphic for Saturday morning
BBC

It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Shedding light on the darkness

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

But today's the Spring Equilux.

Confused? This tweet explains:

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Three weeks of weekday closures of A149

The A149 at Holme-next-the-Sea will be closed during weekdays for the next three weeks to allow a new drainage system to be installed.

The work, which begins on Monday and will cost Norfolk County Council £30,000, is being carried out because of surface water flooding in the area. 

It means the A149 Thornham Road will be shut to through traffic from 08:30 on Mondays to 15:00 on Fridays, but will be fully open at the weekends.

The A149 through Holme, showing bus stops, and speed sign
Google

During the work, the Coast Hopper bus service won't serve Titchwell and Thornham. 

In Holme, it'll serve the junction of the A149 and Peddars Way.

The Lynx 36 service will make a short diversion and operate as normal.

Details of a shuttle bus service operated by Norfolk County Council on weekdays for the duration of the work are below: 

Shuttle bus timetable
Norfolk County Council

NDR promise 'not a surprise' says Green councillor

The Conservatives' pledge to complete the missing link of the NDR if they win this year's county council elections is a "cynical move".

That's according to Green Party councillor Andrew Boswell, who says he's not surprised at the news.

This is what the Conservatives have always wanted since the year 2000 when they broke the thing of having a northern ring road around Norwich... they built the NDR always hoping to go across the Wensum Valley."

Andrew BoswellGreen Party

Helping elderly patients regain their independence

You might not have heard of " Deconditioning Syndrome " but it's an important issue facing older patients, who can lose the ability to do everyday tasks after prolonged periods of inactivity.

It can result in falls, incontinence and psychological dependence. Regaining these lost abilities can take twice as long as it took to lose them.

Now nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn are helping patients to take their first steps on the road to recovery.


          Chief executive Doroth Hosein, in black patterned jumper, with patient Beryl Newton - she has grey hair and a pale mauve jumper
QEH

Where appropriate, they're being asked to take their meals in a chair rather than sitting in bed, are being encouraged to wash and dress independently, and to start moving.

Chief executive Dorothy Hosein says it's unacceptable for any older person to lose the ability to do a simple everyday task, and their nursing teams are doing their utmost to ensure this doesn't happen.

But we can’t win this fight alone... we need the support of families and carers to ensure that our patients have a supply of clean clothes while they are in hospital. A simple thing such as getting dressed and sitting in a chair can make a big difference to a patient’s physical and mental well-being.”

Dorothy HoseinQueen Elizabeth Hospital

Highland Fling takes the Fakenham Silver Cup

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The feature race at Fakenham Racecourse today was the Silver Cup at 16:00.

Nine runners went to post and it was won by 7-2 shot Highland Fling with Robert Dunne (pictured) on board.

Pre-race favourite Whispering Storm was unplaced.

Robert Dunne
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Top young running talents head for Norfolk

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The country's top young long-distance runners will be competing at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey on Saturday. 

It's been chosen as the venue for the English Schools Cross Country Championship, an event that Olympians like Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe competed in during their development. 

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Paul Allison from the English Schools Athletics Association says some fast times could be set. 

"The organisers have made the course as difficult as possible so there are going to be ploughed fields, but most of it is flat because that is Norfolk." 

Two elderly patients taken to hospital after A1151 collision

Two people were taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision to the north of Norwich just before midday.

Road and air ambulance crews treated three people on the A1151 Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

One elderly patient was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and another elderly person, who had a rib and arm injury, was flown there.

The third person was discharged at the scene uninjured.

Canaries' boss 'firmly in the dark'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

A47 'crucial to Norfolk' says Transport Secretary

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The launch of the Conservatives manifesto for the forthcoming county council elections at County Hall earlier was attended by the transport secretary Chris Grayling.

He heard how the party is promising the complete the NDR, to join up with the A47 to the west of Norwich.

Mr Grayling described the A47 as "a crucial link for Norfolk" and hinted at further improvements on top of those which have already been announced. 


          Chris Grayling standing in front of a map of Norfolk, inside County Hall
BBC

"This is a project that will have to happen in stages, but as that programme rolls forward it will build into a modern road which Norfolk needs.

"The A47 is crucial to the county... it's the link from Great Yarmouth and Norwich to the rest of the country, that's why it needs to be improved."

The other main parties in Norfolk support upgrading the A47 and other road improvements, but the Conservatives are the first to promise to complete the NDR.   

Pledge to complete missing link of NDR

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Conservatives have launched their manifesto for this year's county council elections in Norfolk with a promise that they'll complete the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich if they retain power.

Council leader Cliff Jordan said: "We must complete the western link to ensure that traffic is taken off the busy roads in Norwich and is able to run more smoothly and quickly".

The new road, which is due to open later this year will run from the A47 at Postwick to the east of Norwich, round to the A1067 north of Taverham. The final link, through the Wensum Valley, to join the A47 at Easton was scrapped following concerns from environmental groups and local residents.

Route of NDR from Postwick to Taverham
Norfolk County Council/Crown copyright

In their manifesto, the Conservatives are also promising to protect front line services, keep down costs and invest in repairing and upgrading the county's roads.  

Update on A1151 closure

Earlier we told you of the two-vehicle collision which led to the closure of the Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

A short while ago, Norfolk Police tweeted that traffic will soon be allowed through.

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'Fabulous' to be Canaries boss, but 'I won't apply'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Alan Irvine has been answering questions about his future at Norwich City at the regular Friday press conference.

He's been caretaker manager since Alex Neil's sacking last Friday .

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Silver Cup day at Fakenham races

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Fakenham Racecourse hosts its annual Silver Cup this afternoon. 

The Neil Mulholland-trained Whispering Storm is the favourite to win the race which is due off at 16:00. 

Fakenham racecourse
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The first race is at 14:00 - part of a six race card which traditionally takes place on the same day as the Cheltenham Gold Cup

All the action from Cheltenham will be shown on big screen at Fakenham. 

How much?

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Earlier this week, you may remember we mentioned that you, humble taxpayers, are still paying for the regional fire control centre that never was .

The Waterbeach headquarters would have answered all emergency fire calls from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and north Essex.

However, the project was  abandoned in 2010  after the coalition government determined the "requirements of the project cannot be delivered to an acceptable timeframe".

Mothballed fire control centre in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
BBC

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) initially refused to comment on why it had failed to let the building.

However, we've now finally got a breakdown of exactly how our money is being used to support this ongoing venture.

The total costs in 2015-16 were:

  • Rent (net): £1,384,903.36
  • Rates: £49,296.33
  • Service charge: £17,268.76
  • Water: £246.78
  • Electricity: £25,605.73
  • Fixed Maintenance: £200,227.33
  • Reactive Maintenance: £1,166.57

Total: £1,678,714.86 = £4,599 a day

Yep, going on for £2m a year.

Man snapping pencil
Thinkstock

We asked the DCLG to comment on the figures. We especially wanted to know why £26,000 of electricity was being used each year when no-one was there, but they wouldn't. 

With another 14 years left on the lease, the final spend will dwarf the millions spent so far on a service which has never been used. 

White elephant? You decide...

'Some positivity' at Norwich City

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Alan Irvine takes his first managerial media conference

Norwich City face Barnsley at Carrow Road in the Championship on Saturday.

With Alex Neil's sacking last Friday, caretaker manager Alan Irvine is hosting his first Friday lunchtime press call:

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Remaining cloudy with the chance of showers later

That early morning sunshine didn't hang around for long, and it's now a rather dull and cloudy spring day.

It'll remain overcast, with outbreaks of rain expected in a few places by the evening.

Temperatures reaching a maximum of 10C (50F).

Click here to find out how to become a BBC Weather Watcher and the chance of having your photos featured here.

Early morning sunrise over the sea
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White blossom with a few green leaves
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          Woodland, with a small clump of daffodils growing among the trees
BBC

A1151 closed north of Norwich

A collision between two vehicles means the A1151 Wroxham Road is closed at Rackheath, to the north of Norwich.

Norfolk Police are advising motorists to avoid the area. Emergency services, including the air ambulance, are at the scene.

The First Bus 12 service is suspended between Sprowston Tesco and Wroxham.

Happy ending to tale of lost wedding ring

You may have seen our earlier story on the man who's been re-united with his wedding ring after it was found in a sofa in south Norfolk.


          Andy Freeman stretching out his left arm, with hand clasped and wearing wedding ring
BBC

Andy and Steph Freeman, who live near Norwich, had given away the sofa for free on Facebook. 

A week before it went, Andy had noticed the ring was missing from his finger when he went to have a shower - and "got into trouble" from Steph.

Four months later, the sofa's owner owner Cloey Jordan found it when she went to retrieve her baby son's dummy.  

Cloey, who lives near Harleston, posted details online in a bid to find the ring's rightful owners.

After imposters tried to claim it, the ring is now back with with Freemans.

I felt bad for this woman because she was saying 'it's me, it's me'... I asked if she had a photo of the sofa, it took her about an hour to find it, but she knew exactly how it'd been picked up so I knew it was her."

Cloey Jordan

Hospital collaboration saves eyesight

The eyesight of a young man has been saved after surgeons from two Norfolk hospitals combined their expertise to remove a golf-ball sized tumour.

In June last year Michael Kneale noticed his vision had become blurry. His father David, an optometrist, carried out an eye test which showed Michael had gone colour blind in one eye and was suffering from some form of optic nerve defect.

An MRI scan at the James Paget University Hospital  (JPUH) revealed a very rare, benign tumour, which was growing rapidly.

Due to its location, expertise was needed from JPUH specialist surgeon Mr Carl Philpott, and Mr Bijan Beigi, a consultant in opthalmology at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital  (NNUH).

Mr Bijan Neigi with Michael and David Kneale
NNUH

By the time the surgery was carried out in October, Michael's right eye was visibly protruding.

Michael, who's now 21, spent two days in hospital after his operation and three months later continues to make a good recovery. His progress will be monitored at annual consultations, with follow-ups from both consultants.

I knew I was in good hands and now I’m feeling really well. It's been such a whirlwind and it’s nice to be able to relax after everything that has happened.”

Michael Kneale

Time to get your Sir Tom tickets

It's time to snap up your tickets to see Sir Tom Jones when he takes to the stage in Norfolk.

The legendary singer, famous for hits such as Kiss, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Delilah, It's Not Unusual and not forgetting Sex Bomb, is performing on the green, green grass at Holkham Hall on Sunday, 23 July.

Tickets went on sale at 09:00, with a starting price of £49.50... you might want to be quick...


          Sir Tom Jones performs on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012
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Young journalists in action

Pupils from across the county became journalists for the day when they took part in the BBC School Report yesterday.

They were making news reports for radio, TV and online.

We'd love to hear from you, if you took part, so why not drop us a line and tell us what you did, and send a photo.

In the meantime, here's a quick snapshot around the county - starting with this photo of Gresham's pupils in Holt.

Gresham's school pupils holding up School Report leaflets
Louise Cowell
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Placements suspended after concerns about 'squalid living conditions' for teens

Norfolk County Council says it's suspended all new placements with a company that provides support for vulnerable teenagers.

Rubbish strewn across bare floodboards
BBC

It follows concerns raised by BBC Look East about the squalid  conditions some young people  were living in. 

The 16 to 18-year-olds, who'd recently left care, were housed and supported by a firm called Sixteen Plus. The private firm was paid £1.6m by the council last year to support the youngsters.

The company says it's a "well -un, reputable organisation".

Darts: Wright continues to set the pace

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright remains a point clear at the top of darts'  Premier League table after last night's 7-4 victory over Dave Chisnall in Rotterdam.

Peter Wright
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The UK Open champion has won five of his seven matches so far, losing just the once.

World number one Michael van Gerwen is second in the standings after his 7-4 win over Phil Taylor.

There was also success for James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis.

Norwich City job is desirable - Nigel Worthington

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City remain in a state of limbo going into this weekend's home clash with Barnsley in The Championship. 

Alan Irvine is caretaker boss while the search for a new manager goes on after Alex Neil's sacking a week ago .

The Canaries are due to announce some changes to the structure of the club before bringing in Alex Neil's permanent replacement. 

Nigel Worthington
Getty Images

Former City manager Nigel Worthington told me the Carrow Road job remains a desirable one.

"When you see the likes of Alan Pardew saying he would like the position, I think that says it all," he said.

"They've got a fantastic stadium and support, there's so many boxes ticked already." 

Schools closed because of sickness

The weekend has started early for pupils of two Norfolk schools today.

Attleborough Infants is closed because of sickness to teachers and the kitchen staff.

And the sickness bug has hit the Heartsease Primary Academy near Norwich - that's also closed for a deep clean of the site, which means it will remain closed on Monday as well.

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Weather: A cool and cloudy day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cool end to the working week, with the best of any sunshine this morning.

Turning cloudy, but staying dry, with freshening winds.

Temperatures reaching a high of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England

Hello from Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the Norfolk Live team... we're here throughout the day, bringing you the latest news from around the county.

After a fine week there was definitely a fresher feel to the weather this morning but what can we expect for the rest of the day? Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast appears here soon.

We always like to hear what's happening in your part of Norfolk - if you have a story or a photo you'd like to share with us you can get in touch in the usual ways - send an email , a tweet or through our Facebook page.

Wedding ring discovered after baby's dummy drop
A couple who feared a wedding band was lost forever owe their thanks to a baby facing a dummy drop dilemma.

Weather: Chilly overnight and some sunshine tomorrow

BBC Weather

This evening will turn increasingly cloudy from the west of the BBC East region.

BBC East weather graphic
BBC Weather

Staying mostly dry, but with some showers developing later and moving through overnight. 

A chilly start to Friday but with some sunshine and highs of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather  has more details for where you are.

Our live coverage across the day

Kate Scotter

BBC News

We're signing off here at BBC Local Live: Norfolk for the day, but we'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Before we go, here are some of today's highlights:

  • New 20mph speed limits are to be rolled out across residential roads in Norwich
  • Vandals target a memorial created in honour of street entertainer Juggling Jim
  • A 200-home development is thrown out, leaving a football club questioning its future

Any breaking news overnight will appear here.

We'll leave you with this snap of a happy chappy, taken by our BBC Weather Watcher White Admiral at Eccles this afternoon.

Have a great evening.

Eccles
BBC

How will the £700k arts grant be spent?

Heritage projects, schoolchildren and performance venues are all due to benefit from a national grant.

Earlier we told you Making Waves Together has secured a £737,900 grant from the Great Place Scheme .

Lowestoft Festival
Waveney District Council

That money, together with funding from councils and local organisations, will be used to bolster the cultural offer in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Key projects include:

  • Medieval rows (narrow streets) in Great Yarmouth and medieval scores in Lowestoft will be promoted
  • Some 2,000 schoolchildren will develop an exhibition based on the area's wind, fishing and offshore energy heritage
  • A playwriting project in Lowestoft
  • A map of local cultural assets in Lowestoft will be created
  • A public animation project in Great Yarmouth
  • And landmark performance venues in both towns will receive support

New 20mph speed limit plans for city given the go-ahead

Plans to cut the speed limit to 20mph across Norwich have been given the go-ahead.

As we reported, Norwich City Council  councillors were voting today on whether to implement the change in residential roads across swathes of Sprowston, Catton, Mile Cross, Eaton and Lakenham.

Councillors voted it through, but with some tweaks.

The affected roads can be seen on these maps here.

Some of the changes are to come into effect later this year while the majority of the affected roads will be reclassified by Easter 2018.

Norwich north city 20mph implementation map
Norwich City Council
Norwich south city 20mph implementation map
Norwich City Council

Elastic band warning for dog owners

Diss Express

A dog walker has made an impassioned warning to others after their lurcher ate elastic bands in Diss Park – resulting in veterinary bills running into hundreds of pounds.  

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The sun has got his hat on

It's another glorious spring day out there.

And it looks like many of our BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of the good weather.

Sheringham
BBC
Wymondham
BBC
Walcott
BBC