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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 13 April, 2017
  2. Man jailed for child sex offences
  3. Families pay tribute to car crash teens
  4. More people risking their lives on rail tracks
  5. Premature twins head home
  6. Poultry restrictions relaxed
  7. Spoof wolf poster causes concern
  8. Canaries confirm back room departures

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week. We're now taking a break, and will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Before we go, we'll remind you of some of the stories we've brought you today:

  • Car crash teens died of multiple injuries
  • Man jailed for child sex offences
  • Premature twins leave hospital after 113 days of specialist care
  • Canaries confirm back room departures

Have a good weekend.

Repair work to seaside town's yacht pond

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Cromer's yacht pond has been refurbished and refilled, as part of North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) improvement plans for North Lodge park.

The work, which cost £8,500, saw the leaking pond drained and lined with glass-reinforced plastic, and the outside given a coating of non-toxic mineral paint.

The yacht pond at Cromer's North Lodge Park
NNDC

Cllr Nigel Pearce describes the pond as "an iconic part of the town", adding its refurbishment will "bring fun and happiness to the next generation of children and their parents".

Other plans for the park include internal improvements to the cafe (pictured below), repairs to the timber footbridge and refurbishments to the bowling green and sunken garden shelters.  

Cafe and yacht pond in Cromer's North Lodge Park
BBC

Families pay tribute to car crash trio

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The families of three teenagers who died following a fatal collision at Pulham Market last week have released tributes to the young men.

Davina O'Neill, the mother of 18-year-old Dominic O'Neill, who lived in Pulham Market, describes her son as a beautiful, much loved person who will be greatly missed by many. She adds that she's been "overwhelmed by the support and love from his friends."

Dominic O'Neill
Family photo

The family of Kyle Warren, 17, remember him as a "very cheeky chappie, who always had a wonderful smile on his face no matter what... he was an extremely loving person, especially to all his family and friends. He was very outgoing and loved in return by all.... Kyle will be sadly missed and never forgotten."

Kyle, who lived in Harleston, had a passion for banger racing and had won several trophies. 

Kyle Warren
Family photo

Billy Hines' family say the 16-year-old from Wortham made everyone smile from the day he was born.

"He was a funny, loving, caring, hard working boy and always had a cheeky smile on his face. He brought so much joy to everyone he met and touched so many hearts. He was as someone said 'one in a million'".

Black and white photo of Billy Hines
Family photo

The trio had been travelling in a black Ford Ka when the collision took place on the Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market, shortly before midnight on Wednesday, 5 April.

Britain's first female firefighter writes book about her experiences

It wasn't until 1982 that the fire service employed a woman.

The first female fighter was Jo Reynolds. She started training when she was just 17-years-old, and Thetford was her first base.

"I was absolutely terrified... I thought they would think 'who is this woman'... it was terrifying, like a first day at a new school".

Jo Reynolds, with cropped red hair and black jacket
BBC

Jo explains she had a good training course, and wouldn't have got through unless she was good enough.

"If I wasn't up to standard, I would've been out... I'd have left of my own accord or they'd have kicked me out."

Jo Reynolds in the cab of fire engine
BBC

Five years later, Jo passed her HGV test to become the country's first female driver of a fire engine (pictured above).

Now, 35 years later and urged on by friends, she's written a book about her experiences.

Illegal rave warning

Norfolk police are asking people to report any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings during the Easter bank holiday weekend.

It's in a bid to prevent any illegal raves or unlicensed music events (UME).

Ch Supt Nick Davison says early intervention in preventing and disrupting such events is key, and in the past the response from the public has been extremely useful. The police will also be monitoring social networking sites.

Members of the public are asked to inform the police if they see any of the following:

  • Vans, lorries or a large number of vehicles near woods, rural car parks or near to disused property
  • Flyers advertising raves
  • Broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may be taking place

Anyone organising an illegal rave or UME faces prosecution, as well as having their sound equipment seized. Vehicles trying to enter or leave sites will be dealt with for any offences they might be committing.

Man jailed for child sex offences

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man has been given a jail term after admitting child sex offences.

Andrew Blyth, of North Walsham Road, Bacton was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

The 56-year-old was jailed after admitting three counts of sexual activity with a female child under the age of 16, which occurred between 1 January and 10 February this year.

Blyth was also placed on the Sex Offenders register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

Police custody photo of Andrew Blyth
Norfolk police

Det Con Andy Vinsen, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, praised the victim for the courage she showed throughout their investigation.   

We will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice.”

Det Con Andy VinsenNorfolk police

Norfolk tourist economy 'better than Cornwall'

Did you know 40 million day trippers head to Norfolk each year? Well, we're just hours away from the bank holiday weekend and thousands of tourists will be heading here to to enjoy our coast, countryside and the fine city of Norwich.

Pete Waters is the executive director of Visit East Anglia, and he says our tourism economy is stronger than that in Cornwall.

"Everybody talks about Cornwall and how tourism is doing there... the Cornwall visitor economy is worth £2.4bn a year - ours is worth £3bn a year."

Sea Palling beach, with beach visitors, sun umbrellas and wind shades
Nicola Green

But Pete says there's scope for more:  

It we can convert a small percentage of those day trippers to stay visitors... that would really develop the visitor economy even more."

Pete WatersVisit East Anglia

Fancy B&B at a stately home?

A stately home dating back to the Tudor period is offering the public the chance to stay on a B&B basis, costing £2,600 a night.

Somerleyton Hall
BBC

Lord Somerleyton said when they first came up with the idea, it was "curiosity to see who might look us up and how it might work".

Lady Somerleyton described welcoming their first guests, who've already sampled the delights of the property, as "really fantastic".

If you're interested in the history of the Hall, there's been a residence on the site since the beginning of the Norman conquest of Britain, with a manor house there as early as 1240 AD. 

Bedroom at Somerleyton Hall
Somerleyton Hall

Young archer's win a first for Britain

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norwich teenager who's representing Great Britain at Archery is hoping to win more medals and titles in the future.

Layla Annison, 14, recently won a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships in France in the Under-21 category. It was Britain's first ever individual medal at an indoor international event.

This summer Layla, who's studying for her GCSE's, will be competing in Cambridge, Croatia and then the World Championships in Argentina.

Layla Annison, with bow and arrow
bbc

It was really exciting wearing the GB shirt and shooting for your country, when I got on the podium and got my medal I was so happy, really really over the moon."

Layla AnnisonArcher

Concerns for missing father-of-one

Motorists are being asked to help police find a missing man.

Nigel Kedar has been missing from his Clacton home for more than a week. The 52-year-old visited Norwich on 2 April and was last seen two days later, walking along the A140 at Pulham Market in the direction of the A14.

Nigel Kedar
Norfolk police

Det Ch Insp Marie James says it's likely that Mr Kedar was walking home, as the route - the A12, A14, A140 into Norwich - is one he's familiar with.

Police are asking for any drivers with dash cams, who may have travelled on the road on that day, to come forward with their footage.

Our concerns are increasing every day... it's very much out-of-character for Nigel not to be in contact with family and friends, he has a young son who he'd regularly be in contact with."

Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk police

International horse trials under way

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

If you want to see some of the stars of the horse world close up, then the Burnham Market Horse Trials is the place to be.

World class riders and 700 horses will be competing over the next three days.

Rider and horse clear a jump at the Burnham Horse Trials
BBC

Among those taking part will be the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, and Olympians Sir Mark Todd and Oliver Townend.  

Event organiser Alec Lochore says the riders will find it quite a testing course.

It's a difficult course, I think it's very fair... the riders will be the judge of that, they'll tell us in the next 24 hours what they think... there's some properly difficult combinations out there."

Alec LochoreEvent organiser

Canaries confirm back room departures

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City have announced the departures of technical director Ricky Martin and scouts Lee Darnborough and Tony Spearing.

Martin had been at the club since 2001, when he joined as an associate schoolboy. Spearing, a former City player, had been in the role of head of football recruitment for the last year, while Darnborough joined as head of scouting two years ago.

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A cloudy but dry afternoon

Despite the cloudy skies, this afternoon will remain dry, with the best of any brightness in the south of the county.

We can expect a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

Despite the light winds, it was breezy enough for this glider in west Norfolk.

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Glider over beach front
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More people risk their lives on rail tracks

More people than ever are risking their lives by trespassing on rail tracks in Norfolk, according to figures released by Network Rail and British Transport Police.

There were around 93 incidents in Norfolk last year, a 50% rise on the previous year.

The data shows that, nationally, one person trespasses every hour. It also shows young people are more likely to take a risk on the tracks, with peaks coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.

Rail tracks near Norwich
BBC

Richard Tew is Network Rail's head of safety for Anglia. He warns that taking a shortcut, or playing on the tracks, is not only illegal but also very dangerous.  

The dangers may not always be obvious but the electricity on the railway is always on and trains can travel up to 100mph, so even if they see you they can't stop in time... taking a shortcut or messing around can result in serious life-changing injuries or death."

Richard TewNetwork Rail

Crash teens died of multiple injuries

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Three teenagers who were killed after their vehicle left the road and crashed into trees all died of multiple injuries, an inquest opening has heard.

The three males died at the scene, after their black Ford KA crashed off the Tivetshall Road, near Pulham Market, shortly before midnight on 5 April.

An inquest into the deaths of Dominic O'Neill, 18, 17-year-old Kyle Warren and 16-year-old Billy Hines was opened and adjourned at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich.

Police officers and vehicle, with "Police Accident" sign
BBC

Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded the medical cause of death as multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision in respect of all three.

No details were given as to who was driving the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Dominic, who was unemployed, lived in Pulham Market. Farmhand Kyle lived in Harleston, and Billy, a student, lived in Wortham, Suffolk. 

Tiny twins 'faced huge challenges'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Esme and Iris Wilson, born more than 16 weeks early, are some of the shortest gestation twins to have been successfully treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Consultant Neonatologist Dr Priya Muthukumar, part of the team who looked after the girls, says babies born that early can face huge challenges in terms of their health development.

"We are very humbled by the strength and determination Josie has shown throughout these 113 days and are grateful to her for consenting to participate in research studies that are currently happening in the unit".

The twin girls wearing pink outfits, lie in a cot with their toy rabbits
NNUH

Toy rabbits given to the tiny sisters when they were born on 16 December were considerably larger than the twins.

Now, the girls have outgrown their cuddly companions - with Esme weighing in at 2.4kg (5lb 7oz) and Iris at 2.3kg (5lb 4oz).

Premature twins head home

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A set of twins born more than 16 weeks early have gone home from hospital, just one day after their original due date.

Esme and Iris Wilson were born on 16 December at 23 weeks and 6 days, and have spent 113 days being cared for at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The new born twins, in an incubator, with pink hats and two toy rabbits
NNUH

Iris, who arrived first, weighed in at just 660g (1lb 7oz) and her sister Esme was born 15 minutes later, at 630g (1lb 6oz). There was just time for a quick cuddle with mum Josie Wilson, before they were taken for specialist care.

Josie says the sisters were so tiny that she knew there'd be a tough journey ahead, and it would be down to the girls to fight through.

We've overcome some big hurdles... Iris was transferred to another hospital for laser eye surgery, and the twins were both born with heart murmurs which are continuing to improve."

Josie Wilson

Poultry farmers 'to remain vigilant'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

All poultry in England will be allowed outside from today, after being kept indoors since December to protect them from a strain of bird flu.

Mark Gorton is a free-range poultry farmer, from south Norfolk. He says bird flu is a constant threat to business and farmers have to remain vigilant at all times.

Hens inside a hen house
BBC

He adds that it's been a difficult time for those in the industry.  

The birds we have are meant to be free-range, they're bred to be free-range and that's what they want to do, so we've really had our work cut out over the winter months keeping birds active and the high levels of welfare that we aim for."

Mark GortonPoultry farmer

Spoof wolf posters spark public concern

Posters suggesting that wolves are being introduced at a Suffolk nature reserve have forced a wildlife trust to reassure the public.

Several flyers were put up at Knettishall Heath around 1 April, advising visitors to carry flare guns and not to enter the heath after dark.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust said it has received "a number of concerned messages", following the April Fool's prank.

Wolf warning poster
Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Sam Norris, Knettishall ranger, says they're working to restore it to the kind of landscape that Bronze Age dwellers would have recognised, but wolves would be a step too far. 

"I can categorically say that this definitely does not involve re-introducing wolves. 

"Just to be clear, there are no plans to introduce wolves anywhere in Suffolk," she said.

Wolf
Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Poultry restrictions relaxed

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Restrictions on free range poultry farmers and egg producers are being relaxed today.

Flocks in "high risk" areas have had to be housed indoors since December to protect them against bird flu.

In February, 20,000 chickens were culled following an outbreak of the virus at Bridge Farm, in Redgrave, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Last month, a precautionary cull of 55,000 ducks took place at a neighbouring farm.

Free range chickens on grassland
Getty Images

Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, says we cannot rule out the threat that this bird flu, or a different strain, will return in future years.   

We will maintain surveillance internationally, we'll maintain our surveillance domestically, to be as alert as we can... so that if we need to, we can take measures working with the farming sector again."

Nigel GibbensChief Veterinary Officer

Thursday's weather: Early sunshine before it clouds over

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

There'll be some sunshine, but make the most of it, as cloud will increase as we go through the afternoon. 

The cool north westerly wind may bring a little drizzle much later on, but mostly we've got a dry day ahead of us.

Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Good morning Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for a new day on Norfolk Live.

Throughout the day we'll be here, bringing you the latest news updates from across the county. If there's anything happening where you live that you'd like to share with us, click on the "Get Involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

A chilly start to the day, but we can expect to see some sunshine later - Sara Thornton will have the full forecast for you shortly.

A black bird sitting on a tree branch
BBC

Our live coverage for today

That's it for today folks. Our live coverage will resume from 08:00 tomorrow but any major breaking stories overnight will still appear in the stream.

You can scroll back to see what's been happening across Norfolk today.

A few stories to highlight:

  • More than 34,000 motorists were caught last year speeding
  • The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits has gone up
  • Works by the UK's foremost sculptor are heading to Norwich

Have a good evening. 

Weather: Much colder overnight and sunny spells tomorrow

BBC Weather

This evening will be rather cloudy with the chance of a few spots of light rain. Skies will clear later, leaving low overnight temperatures of 3C - that's 37F.

Weather graphic
BBC

Tomorrow will start chilly but it will be mainly dry with sunny spells and the odd isolated shower. Highs of 12C, that's 54F.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts. 

First Essex Bus accepting train travellers on some routes

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Chelmsford train station
Nigel Thompson/Geograph

We have been told that First Essex Bus will accept Greater Anglia tickets on some routes.

Those are the numbers 71, 72, 100 and 351.

Greater Anglia said they would be giving out as much information as possible to travellers affected by the disruption.

Follow them on Twitter @greateranglia

Works by famous sculptor head for UEA

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Three life-size sculptures by Antony Gormley - best known for The Angel of the North - are to go on display at the University of East of Anglia.

Angel of the North sculpture by Anthony Gormley
Christine Mattews/Geograph

The installations will be officially unveiled on 22 April and have been curated by the Sainsbury Centre.

The curators hope the sculptures will provoke discussions exploring the relationship between man and nature.

Death at Chelmsford train station 'not suspicious'

We have just had this statement from the British Transport Police:

"Officers were called to Chelmsford railway station at around 15:50 today to reports that a person had been struck by a train. 

"The ambulance service were also called but sadly a man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"We are working to identify him and inform his next-of-kin.

"The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious." 

Latest situation at Chelmsford train station

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

We have been on the phone to Greater Anglia to find out the latest details on the train situation.

They said a person was hit by a train just before 16:00.

London-bound services are being terminated at Witham or Colchester.

Braintree and Colchester-bound trains are being terminated at Shenfield.

Rail replacement services are currently being arranged to serve stations from Witham to Shenfield and Braintree to Witham.

Norwich-bound services out of London are being terminated at Shenfield.

Disruption is expected until 19:00.

Emergency services are at the scene in Chelmsford.

BreakingDisruption on Greater Anglia railway line

Trains from London to Norwich are set to be disrupted after a person was hit by a train at Chelmsford Rail Station.

The station is being evacuated.

Fly-tipping attracting professional criminals

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Professional criminals are now involved in illegal dumping, according to an officer at South Norfolk District Council.

Fly-tipping
BBC

David Fergus says it's a widespread problem and people need to make sure that offers to dispose of their rubbish aren't too good to be true.

"As the price of disposing of waste gets higher and higher, there are professional criminals who are engaged in these illegal practices and sometimes people are seduced by people offering very cheap services for the disposal of waste."