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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 24 March, 2017
  2. Crash train driver award for putting life on line to save passengers
  3. Irvine stays Canaries caretaker as hunt for new director of football goes on
  4. County council UKIP leader Toby Coke stands down 'over party row'
  5. Fishing restrictions likely to remain after Brexit, conservation officer says
  6. Reprise for Ed's Gangnam routine on Red Nose Day show tonight

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By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A148 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A148 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Church Lane and Station Road.

A148 Norfolk - A148 in Roydon closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the Station Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday, so goodbye. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

These are some of the stories we've covered today - click on the links and scroll down for the rest:

If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email , Facebook or Twitter

Don't forget it's Mothers' Day and the clocks go forward on Sunday...

Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).

weather
BBC

After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

There's more at BBC Weather .

Severe disruption: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe disruption, between Main Road and A17.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in King's Lynn And West Norfolk closed in both directions between the Main Road junction and Pullover Roundabout, because of a vehicle fire and recovery work. Diversion in operation - via the A17. Traffic is coping well.

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

Millions to be invested in mental health facilities

More than £10m is being invested in mental health facilities in Suffolk and Norfolk over the next two years.

HQ of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
BBC

It's part of a three year plan from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust , which involves more than £13m worth of work.

So far a third of a million has been spent on Mariner House in Ipswich, making it more accessible and user-friendly, and a new unit, costing more than £800,000, has opened for young people with acute mental health needs at Carlton Court in Lowestoft. 

Over the next two years other facilities will be upgraded, and there'll be improvements made to the trust's IT system. 

Some of money that's being used has come from the sale of the main part of the St Clement's Hospital site in east Ipswich.

Demands for 200-mile fishing limit may fail after Brexit, MEP says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Fears are growing that Brexit could fail to bring back the freedom of the seas enjoyed by Norfolk fishing fleets in times past. 

The UKIP spokesman on fishing has been in King's Lynn today to meet local fishermen and call for European boats to be barred from fishing in British waters. 

King's Lynn fishing boats
Richard Humphrey/Geograph

Yorks & Lincs MEP Mike Hookem told fishermen and processors that he wanted to see the 200-mile fishing limit re-established so that the UK fishing industry could be revived. 

But East Anglian UKIP MEP Stewart Agnew said he feared the British government wouldn't fight to get the fishery limits back to where they were in the 1970s. 

Processor Stephen Williamson told the local fishing industry meeting he wanted the quota restrictions abolished and British fishermen given sole rights to the fish in territorial waters.

In the News: Fears over hotel holiday home bid

Lynn News

Here is the front page of today's Lynn News :

Lynn News front page
Lynn News

To all you mums out there

#GetInspired

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

Rugby union: Walsham challenged to win last four games

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

North Walsham 's Head of Rugby James Brooks is challenging his players to win all of their last four matches of the season. 

The Vikings are fourth in London One North and go to Letchworth this weekend. 

James Brooks
BBC

Brooks, a former Northampton player, joined the club in the summer and said: "The guys seem to be enjoying their rugby, they're certainly playing well as the moment so to come away with the last four games as wins would be fantastic."

Norwich City winger in line for England U21 debut

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Jacob Murphy could play for England's under 21 team for the first time this evening. 

The winger is in the squad for a friendly against Germany away from home. 

Jacob Murphy
Getty Images

Murphy has scored 10 goals for the Canaries this season after making his league debut for the club in August. 

Courage of crash train driver recognised by award

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The courage of train driver Stuart Connell on a Greater Anglia service between Cambridge and Norwich which hit a tractor has earned him the title of Abellio Employee of the Year. 

Both train and tractor drivers were seriously hurt at the level crossing after the vehicle was given insufficient time by a signaller to cross the line, a report found .

Crash train
Alex Young

The crash happened at Roudham, near Thetford, in Norfolk, last April. Investigators said the signaller might have had a lapse in concentration. 

At the awards ceremony, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Driver Stuart Connell is a professional through and through and understands his responsibility as a driver is to ensure the safety of his passengers. 

"His dedication to his role really shone through and he prides himself on doing his job to the best of his ability. 

"His professionalism and dedication to the role was further demonstrated when he returned to work at the earliest opportunity, despite his injuries preventing him from driving."

Crash train driver award for putting life on line to save passengers

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A train driver who put the safety of his passengers above his own after a collision with a tractor at a level crossing has been named Employee of the Year by rail operator Abellio

Stuart Connell was driving the Greater Anglia service from Cambridge to Norwich when the train  hit the tractor at Hockham Road near Thetford on Sunday, 10 April, 2016.

Stuart Connell
Abellio Group

Travelling at 87mph, Mr Connell (pictured) saw a tractor pull out on the level crossing ahead of him and he had seconds to act. 

Despite being in imminent danger himself, Stuart put the safety of his passengers and the tractor driver above his own, ducked down and pulled the emergency brake, before warning passengers. 

He was named Employee of the Year at the Abellio Achievement Awards 

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: "Stuart demonstrated a unique ability to put others' safety before his own."

Front of crash train
BBC

In the News: Manager pleasantly surprised by Hornets' good form

Diss Express

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Diss Express sports page
Diss Express

In the News: MPs unite in horror at attack in Westminster

Diss Express

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

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

HSE to work alongside police in Corrie investigation

Police say the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be working alongside officers searching through a landfill as part of the investigation into  Corrie Mckeague's disappearance .

Search of Milton landfill site
Paperpix UK

A team of officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police forces are continuing work at the site at Milton near Cambridge, and they've now been through more than 845 tonnes of material in the search.  

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "Officers have been liaising with the HSE as part of the investigation into the circumstances around what happened to Corrie.  

"If there is a find on the site then the HSE will have a role to play in looking into the procedures that were in place and we have been speaking with them to ensure they are aware of our investigation to date.  

"Officers have completed thousands of hours of inquiries to find Corrie and, through the work that has been completed over the past few months, we have gathered a substantial amount of information which will inform both our own and any potential HSE investigation as we move forward."

Follow developments in the Corrie Mckeague case here .

In the News: Jacob is just getting started - Irvine

Norwich Evening News

Here is the back sports page of today's  Norwich Evening News :

Norwich Evening News sports page
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In the News: £60,000 up for grabs

Norwich Evening News

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Norwich Evening News front pag
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Major calls to make on City squad

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the back sports page of today's  Eastern Daily Press :  

Eastern Daily Press sports page
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The FA People's Cup is back!

#PeoplesCup

It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Biggest red nose in county sticking with it and ready to fly

How do you fix a red nose to an air ambulance helicopter?

Sticking plaster, of course. Silly, silly but a laugh.

Thordis Fridriksson has been at Norwich Airport with the East Anglian Air Ambulance whose team has really gone for Comic Relief by kitting out the aircraft with what she thinks is the biggest red nose in the county. 

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In the News: They will not defeat us....

Eastern Daily Press

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Eastern Daily Press front page
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Ely North Junction: The long wait

There's been a long and high profile political campaign to improve the Ely North Junction. 

It lies on one of the main arteries of the eastern region. Trains from Norwich, King's Lynn, Peterborough, Ipswich and Cambridge all converge on the station along with freight services connecting Felixstowe to the Midlands.

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Campaigners say that if it were improved it would be possible to run longer and more frequent services.

But the promised work, which had been due to start this year, was indefinitely delayed after Network Rail realised it had over-committed on projects and run out of money. 

With its new budget not starting until 2019, no preparatory work could start until then.

The fact that the private sector has stumped up the cash for a feasibilty study shows how much this project means to the region's business community.

There is still no start date despite today's announcement and there won't be one for some time.

But you get a sense that things are at last slowly moving forwards.

Rail junction project finally moves forward

MPs, business leaders and rail operators were at Ely railway station this morning to celebrate a small, but potentially significant, step forward in the long campaign to improve the Ely North Junction. 

The main business organisations for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (including the Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough LEP and the New Anglia LEP ) along with rail freight operators, have put up a total of £8.8m to fund a technical and feasibility study. 

Their hope is that the privately-funded initiative will speed up the project and make it more likely to go ahead when Network Rail draws up its new budget for 2019. 

MPs and business leaders at Ely
BBC

Lion guards at city hall join Red Nose Day fun

A Comic Relief Day picture taken by BBC Radio Norfolk sports editor Chris Goreham shows that a red nose has appeared on one of the lions that guard Norwich City Hall.

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City Hall lit up in red, while and blue to respect terror victims

As a mark of respect to those killed and injured in the Westminster terror attack, Norwich's City Hall will be lit up from this evening.

City Hall light
BBC

Every night until Monday it'll be illuminated red, white and blue - as our picture shows.

North Norfolk Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, who was in the House of Commons, said being caught up in the melee that followed the attack was frightening.

Irvine to remain in caretaker charge of Norwich City

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Away from his Red Nose Day recreation of his infamous Strictly Come Dancing Gangnam Style interpretation....

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has confirmed that caretaker manager Alan Irvine will be in charge when the Canaries play Aston Villa next weekend. 

Irvine has been looking after the team since Alex Neil was sacked a fortnight ago

The club wants to appoint a new sporting director before choosing a head coach.  

It's believed that Huddersfield Town's Stuart Webber is in line to take the sporting director post.

Ed Balls
Getty Images

Mr Balls said: "We're a long way down the track. There's a lot of speculation which I'm not going to comment on, but we are close to getting this [sporting director] announced. 

"Alan Irvine is definitely in charge for the Villa game [ Saturday, 1 April ]." 

Travel: Train delays on four routes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains say there's been a failure of the electricity supply at the Doncaster signal box, which is causing problems:

  • Trains are unable to run between Doncaster and Lincoln Central on the Doncaster-Peterborough route
  • No service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate on the Grimsby/Lincoln-Leicester route
  • Trains on the Norwich/Nottingham/Liverpool line are being diverted and won't stop at Grantham
  • Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness trains won't stop at Grantham either
east midlands train
BBC

County council UKIP leader stands down

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The leader of the UK Independence Party on Norfolk County Council resigned last night. 

Party sources said Toby Coke stood down following an internal party row. He was a leading member of the so-called "rainbow alliance", which ran the council for four years when no single party had a majority.

Toby Coke
BBC

"It's rather shocking that Toby has stood down, he has achieved great things for the UKIP group at County Hall - Norfolk really does owe him a great debt," party colleague on the council Jonathon Childs said. 

"He worked tirelessly to halt the incinerator at King's Lynn and made huge inroads in addressing the democratic deficit by replacing the cabinet system with a much fairer committee system of governance.

"His Churchillian tones will be missed from the council chamber - it must be remembered that he was not a man to be trifled with when it came to a debate." 

Reprise for Ed's Gangnam routine on Red Nose Day show

Nick Conrad

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls will reprise his Gangnam Style dance for Red Nose Day on television tonight.

Ed Balls gangnam
BBC

He shocked the audience and viewers at home with his original performance on Strictly Come Dancing last year.

It was so popular he toured the country with the Strictly stage show and the dance was a special favourite.

The Comic Relief Red Nose Day extravaganza is on BBC1 from 19:00 tonight.

Fishing restrictions likely to remain after Brexit, conservation officer says

The shellfish industry in The Wash is unlikely to see big changes when Britain leaves the European Union, according to the chief officer of the Eastern Inshore Fishing and Conservation Authority

Mussels
BBC

Negotiations on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy will be part of the Brexit process. 

The IFCA chief officer Julian Gregory says the situation won't be clear until they're complete.

The rules and restrictions which regulate fisheries off the Norfolk coast will not be scrapped as soon as Britain leaves the EU. 

Fishery protection vessels will continue to make sure that stocks are not over-fished, but kept at a level which enables the fleet to make a living from the sea, he said.

Suffolk darts player nose how to entertain

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mendham's Peter Wright embraced the spirit of Comic Relief ahead of last night's Premier League game against Phil Taylor in Manchester.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

For those of you unaware of Wright's flamboyant style, the hair and trousers were nothing out of the ordinary.

Sadly for him Taylor had the last laugh though, as he won 7-5.

Weather: Cloudy at first, breezy with sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

This morning will be cloudy and breezy, but dry. The cloud will gradually break up during the afternoon, so it will become sunny and mild later with a high of 12C (54F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Welcome to Norfolk Live on Red Nose Day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and thanks for joining us on Red Nose Day on Norfolk Live.

Thordis Fridriksson
BBC

 It's Red Nose day and people around the county will be doing something ridiculous for money to boost charity projects! 

Radio Norfolk's early morning presenter Thordis Fridriksson has certainly got in to the mood with plenty of colour - although she admits her Red Nose is a bit of a pale white but that's all part of the fun!

But it could be more than that - an adventure perhaps for you. 

Aspiring rail enthusiasts can make a bid for a unique experience - Greater Anglia is auctioning the chance to be a train driver for the day. 

Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly and she is promising sunshine and a warm day later.

Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team this Thursday... the day seems to have whizzed by.

Among the stories we've brought you have been news of a drug raid by police officers in Norwich, and the couple who missed yesterday's Westminster terror attack by seconds .

You can scroll down for more on these, plus our other news items.

Before we go, I'm sure you'll join us in wishing Francis Malin a happy birthday. Known as "Vi" to her friends and Auntie Nin to her family, she's been celebrating reaching the grand age of 111. 

Francis Malin with birthday cards featuring the Queen
BBC

This makes her the oldest person in Norfolk, and nephew Kevin says she's the fourth oldest person in the UK. 


          Family and friends standing, with Francis Malin seated, around a table with birthday cards featuring the Queen
BBC

Overnight weather: Turning cloudy from the east

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A chilly but bright end to the day with sunny spells across the BBC East region.  

It will turn a little cloudy from the east during the evening and overnight, but the breeze will keep temperatures a little higher, with lows in the west dropping to 3 or 4C (37-40F).

Friday afternoon's weather map
BBC

On Friday, any early cloud will clear to give brighter weather with sunny spells.  

Feeling warmer than today in many places, but still cooler on the coast in the north-easterly wind. 

Top temperature 12C (54F).

Wherever you live, you can get a full forecast from BBC Weather .

Have your say on plans to dual more of the A47

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

If you're wondering what the latest is on plans to dual the A47 in Cambridgeshire - nip over to the Haycock Hotel this evening. 

Highways England is putting all the plans on display until 20:00.

It's all part of a massive improvement programme for six sections of the 115-mile A47 between Peterborough and the east coast.

Among the proposals - dualling the 1.5-mile single carriageway between Wansford and Sutton - and improving the A47 junction at Guyhirn. 

If you're a regular motorist round there you know how congested they get.

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Big boost for Harleston school library after receiving £400 grant

Diss Express

The librarian of a Harleston school says she cried with joy when she learned her library would be boosted by a £400 grant for new books.

Archbishop Sancroft High was awarded the funding by the The Siobhan Dowd Trust, in recognition of the efforts of librarian Sharon Ellis to help struggling readers in the Harleston schools cluster.


          Pupils of the school with librarian Sharon Ellis, holding books
Diss Express

Whisky celebrating uniqueness of the county

More than 10 years after its distillery was built in south Norfolk, the English Whisky Company is bringing out a drink to celebrate the county.

The Roudham-based distiller traditionally makes single malts, using barley and water.Known as the English Whisky, it's been sold around the country and the world.

A label for The Norfolk on a whisky bottle
BBC

But owner Andrew Nelstrop felt the time had come for an entirely different drink - The Norfolk.

Using grains of oats, rye and wheat, it's called a single grain instead of single malt, and has been named after the county as many of the ingredients come from here.

A male hand pouring whisky into a whisky glass
BBC

Mr Nelstrop explains their normal single malt is "quite mellow, gentle". By using additional grains, The Norfolk has "extra layers of taste... a little bit sweeter with a slight spiciness towards the end".  

Police officers' offers of help following terror attack

The chairman of the Norfolk Police Federation has paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, the victim of yesterday's terror attack at Westminster.

Andy Symonds says he'd been called numerous times since by officers wanting to work on their days off or holidays to travel to London to help.

"There is a sombre mood around the police service, but this will not stop these brave officers from coming into work, putting on the uniform and going out to protect us all."


          A police officer places flowers and a photo of PC Keith Palmer on Whitehall
PA

We stand united as a police service and officers within Norfolk have already expressed their absolute admiration for the hero PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life to protect others. He ran towards the danger not knowing what was going to happen.”

Andy Symonds Chair, Norfolk Police Federation

Linnets sign Peterborough defender

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Town have moved to ease their defensive injury worries. 

They've signed Peterborough United youngster Sam Cartwright on a work experience deal which will keep him at The Walks until the end of the season. 

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The Linnets lost three of their back four, Ryan Fryatt, Sam Gaughran and Tom Ward, during their 2-1 defeat by St. Neots on Tuesday night.