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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 7 April 2017
  2. County council pays out £200,000 in damages for school pupil injuries
  3. Webber starts work as new sporting director at Carrow Road
  4. Police livery Porsche targets young drivers in road safety campaign
  5. Time-lapse video: Scaffolding shown rising up City Hall clock tower
  6. Giant turbine blades for North Sea wind farm arrive at port

Live Reporting

By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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Good morning Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to a new week on Norfolk Live.

We're here throughout the day, bringing you the latest news from around the county. Don't forget to let us know what's happening in your part of the county - click on the Get Involved button at the top of the page to get in touch.

Georgina Burnett's forecast follows shortly... without giving too much away, it won't be another day of "Costa del Norfolk".

Maidstone party bus

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport

BBC Sport looks at a few things you may have missed in the EFL and non-league, including a goal scored after just 11 seconds.

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Norwich celebrate

Norwich City hit six first-half goals as they thrash Championship play-off contenders Reading.

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Branch Road and A1064.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Acle Straight in Acle closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Halvergate turn off and Acle Roundabout, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Our live coverage across the week

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye and have a good weekend - the weather looks promising too.

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

Some of our coverage today is listed here:

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

Weather: Get ready for a warm weekend

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night with long clear spells. There may be some patchy mist and fog and a touch of ground frost in places. 

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F). 

Weather map
BBC

It will be a cold start to Saturday, but any mist and fog should quickly clear to leave a largely sunny day. 

There may be a bit more patchy cloud in the east for a time. Light winds and highs inland of 18C (64F). 

Patchy mist and fog should clear very quickly on Sunday to leave another fine, dry and very warm day, with temperatures about 22C (72F). 

Much cooler and cloudier on Monday, with a few showers.

BBC Weather has more.

Swimming pool project campaign under way after decades of hope

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

People in Swaffham are hoping the decades-old dream of building a swimming pool in the town could soon become a reality after local mothers raised £15,000 through fundraising events. 

Land for pool
BBC

Fundraisers also have an option on land to build the pool, but they need £500,000 to make the job viable. 

With this amount of money they can get matched funding for the £1.5m total cost of the project. 

Carolyn Watts, is one of the people behind the plan and said the community was working together to hit the financial target. 

"The land belongs to the town council and is being held for this project, but we cannot be sure until after the coming election," she said.

Dualling of A47 congestion hotspot priority for Highways England

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Building a dual carriageway on the final single track section of the A47 between East Dereham and the Norwich bypass is being considered a priority by Highways England.

The agency said: "This dualling of the A47 between Easton and North Tuddenam, including where it currently passes through Hockering, will make a real difference to all our users on this road. 

"It will also provide an economic stimulus for the whole region by providing safer, more reliable and less congested journeys. 

"There are important decisions to be made for this £300m work along the A47 corridor, including choosing between the four different options we have proposed for dualling this stretch of the A47."

Villagers consulted on A47 dualling concerned about options

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Villagers living near a section of the A47 that becomes congested in heavy traffic, where it narrows from a dual carriageway to a single track, are concerned about plans by the Highways Agency aimed at eliminating the problem.

Parish councillor Richard Hawker said current plans could make life for Hockering residents even worse. 

The three options are to dual the current road or build new routes either north or south of the village.

"If the present road is dualled it will go closer to several homes which will make noise problems worse," said Mr Hawker .

"It may be better to improve junctions at Honingham and Easton.

"Hockering residents are concerned dualling might create problems. They want access to local villages, routes to Norwich and Dereham as well as retaining the bus service."

The other plans could affect all or some of these objections, he said.

New dual carriageway may not be answer to A47 problems, villagers say

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The A47 has become notorious for accident blackspots, queuing traffic and hold-ups. 

Authorities and motorists believe something needs to be done to improve safety as well as reduce journey times and are considering more dual carriageway between North Tuddenham and Easton.

North Tuddenham junction
Google

Highways England estimates a dual carriageway on this section could cost £300m, but local communities most affected by new road layouts are questioning the options presented for the current consultation. 

Hockering residents are most vocal in this and parish councillor Richard Hawker said Highways England is not providing enough detail on its plans. 

"They are just lines on paper at present and we are disappointed Highways England has not engaged more with us despite several approaches."

From the archives: Pilgrimage palm crosses 1936

Some 81 one years ago this month workers of Walsingham were captured on camera making up palm crosses and branches to be carried in procession and distributed on Palm Sunday in many Catholic and Anglican churches. 


          1936: Workers of Walsingham, Norfolk, were captured on camera making up palm crosses and branches to be carried in procession and distributed on Palm Sunday
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Walsingham was known throughout Europe as "England's Nazareth" because  Richeldis de Faverches , a pious noblewoman, had a dream or apparition in 1061.

The Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to her and asked her to build a house like the one in which Jesus was raised in Nazareth and when this was done it became a popular centre for pilgrimage.

In the News: 'Shocking plans are ill-conceived'

Diss Express

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

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Kick-start your career with street cricket

#GetInspired

As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Giant turbine blades for North Sea wind farm arrive at port

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The first giant blades for a North Sea wind farm have arrived at the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth. 

Four blades, each close to 100ft (30m) long, built by electrical giant Siemens were unloaded earlier this week.

Blades
BBC
More blades
BBC

They are destined for the 158 turbine Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast and will be hoisted on to 250ft (85m) towers which come in three sections and stand on deep foundations. 

Port manager Richard Goffin said: "Great Yarmouth is now open as the construction base for North Sea wind farms."

The town had seen considerable investment in new sustainable energy ventures. 

Peter Wright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's economic development officer, said last year: "Great Yarmouth is already world renowned as England's offshore energy sector capital and this investment reflects confidence in the local economy, the skills of the workforce, the port facilities and the borough's status as a Centre of Offshore Renewable Engineering." 

Galloper windfarm location in the North Sea
BBC

New sporting chief at Norwich City ponders 'squad clear out'

BBC Sport

The Canaries go head-to-head with Reading at home tomorrow and many of the club's players will want to get on the pitch to demonstrate their worth. 

New director of sport Stuart Webber has opened the bidding on the future of Norwich City FC.

Stuart Webber
BBC

He told the pre-match press conference he doesn't have a shortlist for new head coach, but will certainly not be going back to former club Huddersfield for manager David Wagner. 

He had a warning for current players that it was "hard to disagree with the idea of a mass clear-out of the squad". So they will be keen to prove their ability if they want to stay. 

Caretaker manager Alan Irvine was putting together a team for the clash with the Royals and said: "Too many of the goals we've conceded have been individual errors at key times in games." 

But he is without Scottish attacking midfielder Graham Dorrans, with five goals to his name this term, who is not fit. But Irish international Wes Hoolahan is available to take on the role. 

"I'm delighted to have my full-backs back. They're both absolutely fine and keen to get going again," Irvine added.

In the News: Webber's in - so let the revolution begin

Eastern Daily Press

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

Eastern Daily Press
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New police Porsche set to star at shows, schools and colleges

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

People attending major events across Norfolk, as well as school pupils and college students, will be able to see a new Porsche Cayman GT4 in police livery. 

The vehicle has been donated by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in the county, to help heighten safety awareness for all motorists, but in particular young drivers.

Porsche Cayman GT4
Norfolk Police

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: "Only this week we have seen the sad loss of three young lives in a road traffic collision in South Norfolk and my thoughts are with the families involved. 

"Engagement and education are vital elements of the work on road safety undertaken by roads policing officers. 

"I'm confident the use of the Porsche will help break down barriers and enable officers to speak with young drivers and provide road safety advice.

"The GT4 will certainly attract a lot of attention - but that's the whole idea. 

"We hope the car will acts as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard-to-reach groups like young drivers."  

Time-lapse video: Scaffolding goes up City Hall

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A £200,000 project is under way to repair major parts of the clock tower which dominates the skyline of Norwich. 

The City Hall tower was built during the 1930s in art deco style, but now five copper finials at clock level need to be removed, cleaned, tested and repaired.

Norwich City Hall scaffolding time-lapse footage

Giant scaffolding has been erected and this time-lapse video, shot by Ben Gadsby-Williams from a mile away at his home on Cowgate, shows it going up. 

A city council spokesman said: "The greatest cost in the project is the erection of scaffolding which will also enable repairs to the pointing on the clock tower where necessary as part of the project." 

It is likely to take up to four months to complete and it is hoped it will not have to be done again for another 60 years.

Police livery Porsche targets young drivers in road safety campaign

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Porsche Cayman GT4 is to be used to break down barriers with young drivers and help Norfolk Police to deliver life-saving road safety advice. 

The vehicle has been donated by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in Norfolk. 

Porsche Cayman GT4
Norfolk Police

Complete with police livery and interior blue lights, the car will be used to engage with motorists and will have its own #Porsche999 hashtag on Twitter.

Young drivers are disproportionately represented in fatal and serious collision statistics.

In Norfolk over the past five years, 61 young drivers have lost their lives while 504 suffered serious injury. 

Park and ride call to cut town jams

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

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Puppy drowning 'could have been much worse', owner says

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man whose family dog was drowned by intruders who trashed the home he shared with his partner and step-daughter in Great Yarmouth said it could have been much worse. 

A seven-month-old cockapoo Benji was found dead in a bath of water at Cobholm Close on Thursday and police are looking for the people who killed the animal and burgled the house.

Benji
Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips said: "The fact that someone could do this to a puppy is bad enough, but it could have been much worse. 

"What if a woman or children had been in the house? Me and my brother-in-law Gareth could have defended ourselves, but with a woman and children it could have been much worse. 

"The police have to catch the people who did this to a puppy and make sure it does not happen to another animal or person."

School opens doors to support 'shocked' community

A school will open its doors this morning to offer support to those affected by the deaths of three teenagers in a road crash.

Dominic O'Neill, 18, and Kyle Warren, 17, both from Harleston, and Billy Hines, 16, from Wortham, were killed on Wednesday night.

The black Ford KA they were in crashed into trees and burst into flames on Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market.  

It's the school holidays, but Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston is opening up from 10:00 to 12:00. 

It said: "Our whole school community is shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers extend to everyone who is affected."

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Crash victims were from Harleston and Wortham

Returning to the story of the car crash which killed three teenagers near Pulham Market...

Two of them, Dominic O'Neil, 18, and Kyle Warren, 17, were from Harleston, while 16-year-old Billy Hines was from Wortham in Suffolk.

Pulham Market crash
BBC

Police were called to Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market,  just after 23:45 on Wednesday

The car had burst into flames and all three teenagers were killed at the scene.

A book of condolences is available to sign at St John's Church in Harleston.

The Reverend Nigel Tuffnell said: "It is just one of those things you don't expect ever to happen and you hope and pray that it doesn't happen.

"Unfortunately it has happened and it's happened to three families."

More success for Norfolk triathlete

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

North Norfolk's Kimberley Morrison has qualified for the World Ironman Championship after celebrating the second win of her career. 

Morrison completed the Ironman 70.3 event in Texas last weekend as the fastest female. 

The series includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and then a half marathon. 

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It means the 29-year-old will race in the World Championship which takes place in Chattanooga, Tennessee in September.

'Haunted' by grisly image of dog drowned in bath by burglars

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Two men will be "haunted" by the images of a family puppy found drowned in a bath of water after a break-in at a family home in Great Yarmouth, the pair have said.

Benji
Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips had left cockapoo Benji at his partner Susan Walker's house in Cobholm Close for a short while and when he returned the property was trashed. 

His brother-in-law Gareth made the grisly discovery and said: "I will never get this out of my head. Whoever could have done this is sick and twisted.

"Now, me and Mark have got to live with this image in our heads.

"It weren't just a dog - it was a member of our family."

Webber starts work at Carrow Road

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's first ever sporting director will get stuck into the task at hand this morning. 

Stuart Webber's to-do list includes finding a new head coach and recruiting players to breathe new life into an under-achieving Canaries squad for next season.  

City have won one of their last nine games and play Reading at home in The Championship on Saturday .  

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Webber left promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town to come to Carrow Road and we're expecting to get our first interview with him later today.

County council pays out damages for school pupil injuries

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

More than £200,000 has been paid out by Norfolk County Council in compensation to pupils injured at school over the past three years, a BBC investigation has discovered.

Norfolk County Hall
BBC

A playground accident cost the council £21,500 and, in another case, a child was awarded £3,500 over a fall from a table. 

The county council said, while it works closely with schools to avoid accidents they do happen and it has successfully defended many compensation claims.

Darts: Wright frustrated in Dublin

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright remains second in the Premier League table despite only managing to draw 6-6 with Dave Chisnall in Dublin last night.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

Leader Michael van Gerwen now has a two-point cushion at the top after he averaged 113.62 in his 7-5 victory over James Wade. 

Raymond van Barneveld - who has played one more match than the top two - is in third place after he also beat Wade, but lost to Phil Taylor.

Weather: Warm and sunny with blue skies

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start temperatures will rise steadily through the morning bringing warm sunshine and blue skies lasting well into the afternoon but light cloud may appear during the middle of the day.

Temperatures will fall to single figures overnight with some cloud lingering in places.

Maximum Temperature 17C (64F)

More details from BBC Weather :

Welcome back to live updates from Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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

This morning it has been revealed Norfolk County Council has paid out more than £200,000 over the past three years to pupils injured at school.

Also, Norfolk Police have been given a Porsche Cayman GT4 by the Lind Trust to engage with young drivers who are disproportionately represented in killed and serious injury statistics.

If there's anything you wish to share with us you can contact us on email , Facebook or Twitter

Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B198 Cromwell Road and A141 March Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the B198 Cromwell Road junction in Wisbech and the A141 March Road junction in Ring's End, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Our live coverage today:

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Local Live team for the day... our scheduled updates have come to a close, but if there's a big breaking story you'll still find the details here.

Our main story today has been the deaths of three young men when the car they were travelling in left the road and crashed into a tree.

Other stories include the drowning of a puppy in a bath during a burglary, job losses at Bernard Matthews and the appointment of Suart Webber as sporting director at Norwich City.

Scroll down to read more on these, and our other bite-sized chunks of news.

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

Weather: Touch of frost expected tonight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying fine and dry this evening across the BBC East region, with patchy cloud moving in from the north during the night.

It'll stay clear - but watch out - temperatures will drop to 2c (35F) and may even be low enough for a touch of ground frost.

Tomorrow will be another fine, dry day with sunny spells. Light winds - and highs of 13C (55F).

weather
BBC

Flowers laid in tribute to fatal crash teens

Flowers have been laid close to the scene of a fatal crash, which claimed the lives of three young men near Pulham Market.

Pink tulips with a tribute to crash victims
PA

          Three bunches of tulips, and some cans, laid on a grass verge
PA

The three teens died at the scene after the Ford KA they were travelling in left the Tivetshall Road and crashed into a tree shortly before midnight.

The vehicle had been travelling towards Pulham Market. It's believed the trio came from Harleston.

Roadblocks remain in place as forensic officers in white suits investigate the cause of the collision.

Forensics officers in white suits
PA

Bernard Matthews 'restructure of head office'

We've received the following statement from Boparan Private Office, confirming that 114 redundancies are to be made at the Bernard Matthews' site in Great Witchingham.

"We have completed the process and explored all options available to us to mitigate job losses. 

"After discussion with colleagues and union representatives the decision was taken to cease production of chicken and to restructure head office. 

"These changes will enable the business to focus on what we're best at and allow us to make things happen with agility and pace."