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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 28 April, 2017
  2. Family scammed out of £300,000
  3. Man charged in relation to attempted church lead theft
  4. Body of man discovered in city property

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage has now come to an end for the day:

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week.

We'll leave you with this photo of blue skies over Sheringham - let's hope the fine weather continues over the bank holiday weekend.

Whatever you're doing, have a great time - we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday. 

Blue sky over shrubs
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The bank holiday weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Apart from a few isolated showers, tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells.

Temperatures could fall as low as 3C (37F) although they'll rise by the end of the night.

Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday
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A largely fine and dry day tomorrow, with sunny spells and just the chance of an isolated shower.

Temperatures rising to 14C (57F) - although it could be a little bit warmer in the best of the sunshine.

Another dry day on Sunday, although cloud will increase from the south west later... rain isn't expected until the evening.

As for bank holiday Monday... it's still uncertain, but potentially we could have some rain, followed by sunshine and showers, with temperatures hitting 17C (63F).

Investigation after gas pipeline breaks

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

An investigation is underway after one of the Bacton Gas Terminal pipelines broke in two.

The section of pipe on the bed of the North Sea has split around 17.5km (10 miles) from shore.

Operators of the terminal say it was a low pressure line and not flowing gas when the problem occurred, having been isolated at the end of 2016.

It happened over a week ago but fisherman say they weren't informed. One of them, Melvin Robinson, says they only found out today.

It's an area that's heavily fished... but because we've heard nothing about it, it could have been a disaster... we could have had vessels damaged and we still don't know if it's safe for us to go fish there or not."

Melvin RobinsonFisherman

Meet your local bobby on a bus

We've had "bobbies on the beat" but what about "bobbies on a bus"?

PCSOs Darren Smith and Michala Benton will be boarding the Number 11 Konnect bus service weekly, to meet passengers and listen to any concerns they may have.

On Tuesday, they'll be holding a surgery on the bus when it departs from Dereham market place at 10:25.

The route will take them through Toftwood, Shipdham, Watton, Saham Toney, Ashill, Holme Hale, Necton and Sporle before arriving in Swaffham.

Profits boost at Co-op

The region's biggest independent retailer has seen profits rise after investing heavily in its stores.

The East of England Co-op has 120 shops in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.  

However, the group also saw its pay bill rise after the National Living Wage was increased.

Spokesman Doug Field says they estimate it will cost them nearly £4m over four years.

But we're an ethical retailer and we're paying the National Living Wage regardless of age to all our employees, including the under 25s who comprise 25% of our workforce."

Doug FieldEast of England Co-Op

Power surge hits council

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth's town hall are continuing to be hit by phone issues caused by a suspected power surge.

Back up phone lines are up and running but there are far fewer than normal. People are being asked to only contact the authority if it is urgent.

It's also affecting computers at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

NDR: Road closures

Here's the latest information we have on road closures, while work continues on the Northern Distributor Road.

A1151 Wroxham Road - from Tuesday, up to two weeks, a long stretch of this road close to NDR site will be reduced to one lane, controlled by traffic lights. This is for the diversion of a water main.

Salhouse Road - Temporary traffic lights remain in place at the NDR roundabout construction site - the road will close for up to two weeks from Monday, 8 May.

Reepham Road - Remaining closed until Friday, 5 May when Drayton Lane between Reepham Road and Hall Lane (Drayton) will also be reopened.

Buxton Road - The scheduled closure of Buxton Road, Spixworth, has been put back to Monday, 5 June, and reduced from three to two weeks.

35th anniversary of Tornado's arrival at Marham

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the arrival of the first Tornado aircraft at RAF Marham.

The first Tornado Squadron to be stationed at the west Norfolk base was 617 Squadron.

The Tornados have been on almost continuous service across the world ever since and are currently supporting operations over the skies of Iraq and Syria.

Tornado takes off from RAF Marham in August 2014
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Illegal cigarettes found in Norwich raids

Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized in raids across Norwich.

Trading Standards officers, accompanied by police, council and two detection dogs, carried out inspections on six shops yesterday, seizing a total of 13,500 illegal cigarettes and 250g of illegal hand-rolled tobacco from four of the premises.

Plastic bags containing seized cigarettes and tobacco
Norfolk County Council

Trading Standards spokesman Brian Chatten says the inspections show there are retailers in the county who're making smoking more accessible to children by selling illegal tobacco at pocket money prices.

They put the health of young people at even greater risk and are also supporting the organised crime gangs who we know are linked to this criminal activity."

Brian ChattenNorfolk Trading Standards

New monitoring service for expectant mums

A new service is being offered to mums-to-be after the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) secured £10,000 funding for portable foetal monitors.

Three cardiotocography monitors have been purchased and will be used at two bases from which the Broadland and Castle community midwife teams operate.

If there are any concerns following the monitoring, the women will be asked to come into hospital for further assessment. 

A pregnant woman
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Top crime authors descend on Norwich

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Some of the top names in crime fiction are coming to Norwich to take part in the fourth Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

Val McDermid, Martina Cole (pictured), Mark Billingham, Stuart MacBride and Anthony Horowitz headline the festival.

Martina Cole, in blue shirt and blue jeans
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The event, between 14 and 17 September, will cover all forms of crime writing.

The Noirwich festial, a collaboration between the University of East Anglia and the Writers' Centre, takes place at the Arts Centre, UEA and Jarrold. There'll also be fringe events across the city.

More people holidaying at home

More of us are holidaying at home because of the low value of the pound, according to a survey. 

Brexit is "very good news" for the regional tourism industry, explains Pete Waters of Visit Norfolk, despite 10% of tourism businesses in the county saying they're worried about its impact on staffing levels.

"A weak pound leads to a double win... more people having domestic vacations and overseas visitors able to have more affordable trips... however Brexit hasn't happened yet so we don't know the long term impact."

Almost 70% of businesses saw an increase in turnover last year. 

One business that saw an increase in business was Wiveton Hall. Remember those eyebrows? After Desmond featured in the four-part "Normal for Norfolk" BBC Two series, they had the best season ever.     

Desmond MacCathy
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Turnover was up 35%... we estimated 5% was down to good weather, but 30% down to the television series... it was the best season we've ever had."

Kim ColemanWiveton Hall business manager

Stars missing two riders for Somerset trip

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars have been forced to bring in two guest riders for tonight's Premiership speedway trip to Somerset Rebels

Number one Chris Holder is ruled out because of his commitments at this weekend's Grand Prix in Slovenia. Belle Vue captain Craig Cook comes in as a guest. 

Chris Holder
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The Stars are also without the injured Josh Bailey so Poole rider James Shanes comes into the line-up. 

Hockey: Player of the year honour for Harleston star

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Harleston Magpies top scorer Maria Andrews is celebrating being named the best player in their league this season. 

Her 17 goals in Conference East during the campaign also made Maria the division's top scorer. 

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Andrews, who is due to move to Loughborough University for next season, said: "It's an amazing feeling to know that all the other players from the other teams in the league voted for you.  I'm just honoured really." 

Darts: Wright sees off Taylor to progress

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has qualified for the Premier League play-offs.

Peter Wright
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The 47-year-old from Mendham beat 16-times world champion Phil Taylor 7-3 in Birmingham last night.

"It's amazing where I've come to, I used to be 5/1 against Phil and I was odds-on today, but it's down to the hard work I've done," he told the PDC.

"I want to win my last two games and push for that top spot and challenge Michael, and then try and win the final at The O2." 

Canaries told to expect intimidating Elland Road

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City make their final away trip of the season this weekend when they go to Leeds United. 

It's a huge game for the Yorkshire club because a defeat would end any hopes of them finishing in the play-offs. A draw would mean Leeds would be relying on results elsewhere. 

Garry Monk
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The Leeds manager Garry Monk has been linked with the vacant head coach role at Norwich City this week. He's warned the Canaries that his side will want to finish the season on a high in front of their home fans. 

"One of the objectives at the start of the season was to make teams fear coming to Elland Road and we need to do it one more time,"  Monk told BBC Radio Leeds. 

Man charged in connection with church lead theft

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A 20-year-old man from Norwich has been charged with attempted theft relating to an incident in Coltishall earlier this week.

At around 21:30 on Wednesday, officers were called to St John's church following reports of suspicious activity.

They found a man on the church roof. 

He's now been charged with theft and being in possession of a bladed article.

Another man, in his 30s, and a woman in her 20s, were also arrested but have now been released. 

St John's church in Coltishall
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Body of man discovered in property

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances of the death of a man in Norwich.

Police were called to a property in Normanie Tower, on Rouen Road, at around 21:00 yesterday, following concerns for the safety of a resident.

On arrival, they discovered the body of a man in his 20s.

A post mortem examination is to be carried out to establish the cause of death, but officers don't believe their are any suspicious circumstances.

Normandie Tower
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Family lose £300,000 in scam

People in Norfolk are being encouraged to be careful of scam mail after a local family lost £300,000.

The scam said a lottery winner was looking to share their winnings with deserving people. It then asked for details and money to cover continuing legal costs. 

Stephen Maunder, a community protection office from Norfolk Trading Standards, is calling on people to become "friends against scams".

What you'll get from that is a little bit of an understanding of what are the main scams, the common scams, how scams work and how they approach you and try to get information from you, and how you can spot somebody who could be becoming a scam victim."

Stephen MaunderNorfolk Trading Standards

A mostly dry afternoon ahead

Most places will remain dry, with some sunny spells.

There's a chance of a few light showers.

Temperatures reaching 12C (54F).

Blue flowers in a field
BBC

It's not looking too bad for the bank holiday weekend - Saturday will be mostly dry, with temperatures hitting 13C (55F).

Bright and breezy is the theme for Sunday, with the chance of rain later in the day.

Norfolk Live: Normal service resumes

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to our regular news updates... we're starting a little later than usual due to our coverage of the local election debate.

We're now here until 18:00, and we'll begin with this afternoon's weather prospects.

That's all from the Norfolk Live team today

Our regular news updates have now come to an end until we return at 08:00 tomorrow.

Among the stories we've covered today:

  • A teacher has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against a teenage boy
  • The funeral has taken place of a teenager who died with his friends in a car crash
  • An independent review finds there's enough mental health beds in Norfolk

Have a great evening - tomorrow we'll bring you the latest on a live county council election debate taking place on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Overnight weather: Chance of some showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be rather cloudy with some rain or drizzle. 

Increased cloud cover will bring the risk of some showers overnight, but as skies clear later, temperatures will drop to 0C (32F), giving the risk of frost and icy patches.

Friday's weather map
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Largely dry with sunny spells on Friday after a chilly start. Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Balls, balls and more balls.....

Balls... tens of thousands of them - and they've been arriving by the lorry load ready for the a party with a twist... it's for adults.

If you want to let your inner child out to play, you can find the ball pit at Mercy Nightclub in Norwich.

Coloured plastic balls in the ball pit
Mercy nightclub
Boxes of balls in a lorry
Mercy nightclub
Staff party in ball pit
Mercy nightclub

Internationally-celebrated artist to exhibit at Houghton

An exhibition of work by the Turner-prize winning landscape artist Richard Long goes on display this weekend.

Long's new pieces, in the grounds of Houghton Hall, will use a variety of materials, including local stone and flint, and trees from the estate.

One of Long's exhibits - a cross-shape on grass, made of grey slates
BBC

It will accompany one of his other's sculptures which is on permanent display - Full Moon Circle - which was commissioned for Houghton in 2003.

Interior of Houghton hall, with one of the exhibits on the floor
BBC

The show - Earth Sky - is Long's largest since his retrospective at the Tate in 2009, opens this Sunday and will run on selected days until October.  

New manager's hopes for nature reserve

The new manager of a Norfolk nature reserve says he's overjoyed to be given the job.

Will Fitch will take over at Wheatfen in Surlingham from David Nobbs, who is retiring after 25 years.

He says he wants the reserve, which was founded by the naturalist Ted Ellis, to be managed in a more natural way.

Will Fitch crouching down alongside Wheatfen
BBC

I'm a big believer in eco-system functioning... I'd like to see a few of our missing species return particularly in the woodland... white admiral butterflies, silver-washed fritillaries and swallowtails on the fen... I'd love to see their population boom as we bring back their food sources."

Will Fitch

History maker to open Diss Corn Hall

Diss Express

Scole’s history maker Duncan Slater will cut the ribbon on the long-awaited reopening of Diss Corn Hall next Friday.

Mr Slater, who earlier this month became the first double-leg amputee to complete the Marathon des Sables ultramarathon, will officially open the building at 11:30am.

Double-leg amputee Duncan Slater
Diss Express

Hundreds more 'residents' to boost village population

The east Norfolk village of Martham is expecting 200 extra "villagers" this weekend, as it hosts its annual scarecrow festival.

The two day event will also feature decorated wheelbarrows and bikes, fair rides and a flower festival.

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Reserve manager completes his last project

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The manager of a Norfolk nature reserve is retiring, after spending 25 years protecting part of the county's wetland.

David Nobbs has helped restore Wheatfen at Surlingham back to its 1930s condition, creating a habitat for many rare species.

David Nobbs sitting on a bench by Wheatfen reserve
BBC

Mr Nobbs says he'll be able to rest after completing his last project, to restore the thatch pond.

"Over 10 years it had been completely overgrown with reed.. you couldn't see any clear water... now it's been cleared and our resident swans have started a nest... it's the focal point of Wheatfen when you arrive," he said.

The reserve, which was founded by the naturalist Ted Ellis, is one of the last tidal marshes of the Yare Valley, and consists of open fen, reed beds and sallow carr.

Will Fitch has been appointed as Mr Nobbs's successor.

Photos: Destruction caused by Baedeker blitz

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

These photos show the damage caused by the Baedeker raids, when the Luftwaffe targeted Norwich on two April nights 75 years ago.

The first two images show the Caleys factory which is now the site of the Chapelfield shopping centre.

Black and white photo showing bomb damage to Caleys factory
Norfolk Record Office
Black and white photo showing bomb damage to Caleys factory
Norfolk Record Office

Little remained of the roof of St Benedict's Church... today the church is surrounded by flats.

Black and white photo showing damage to St Benedict's church
Norfolk Record Office

St Augustine's School suffered extensive damage during the Baedeker blitz and had to remain closed for the duration of the war. 

Later, a swimming pool was built on the site - that's now been replaced by shops and housing.

Black and white photo showing bomb damage to St Augustine's School
Norfolk Record Office

Darts: Wright looking to build on a successful weekend

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright can book his place in the Premier League play-offs tonight.

Peter Wright
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The Mendham thrower, who won his second European Tour title of the year in Germany on Sunday, faces Phil Taylor at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

World number one Michael Van Gerwen can secure top spot in the standings when he plays both Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall.

75 years ago the city came under attack

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Seventy five years ago tonight, the city of Norwich came under fire.

Over two nights - the 27 and 30 April - the Luftwaffe heavily bombed the city for more than 2 hours, starting hundreds of fires and causing damage to thousands of homes.

Historian Frank Meeres
BBC

Archivist and historian Frank Meeres (pictured) tells us that more than 160 people lost their lives in the first of the Baedeker raids, and 69 in the second. It was the largest loss of life in the city in a single incident since the plague.

The raids were in retaliation to the RAF's bombing of two medieval towns and buildings in Germany. In revenge, the German high command selected five cities in England that had been most highly rated in the Baedeker guide books.

Motocross bikes escort teen's coffin to funeral

Robby West

BBC Look East

Friends and family came to Wortham today to say goodbye to Billy Hines, who died with two friends in a car crash in Pulham Market earlier this month.

Crowds in the churchyard
BBC

Mourners were asked to wear a hint of orange - the 16-year-old's favourite colour.

His coffin was brought to St Mary's church on the back of a Warren lorry - the haulage firm owned by the father of Kyle Warren, one of the other teenagers who died in the crash.

Funeral cortege and lorry
BBC
Coffin, with flowers, on lorry
BBC

The silence was broken by friends escorting his coffin on motocross bikes.

Three motocross bikes in the funeral cortege, ahead of the lorry
BBC

Billy's family described him as a fun loving and caring boy, who was very hard working. His friends told me he was kind, funny and cheeky - and they still can't believe he's gone. 

Mourners with orange scarves
BBC

Sex offences teacher in court

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

A teacher at Downham Market Academy has been sent to Norwich Crown Court charged with sexual offences against a teenage boy.

Emily Tatra, of Stafford Avenue, Norwich, appeared before a district judge at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court this morning.

Mrs Tatra, 27, entered no plea to two offences against a boy under the age of 17. 

One alleged that when she was in a position of trust at Downham Market she incited a child into sexual activity in March last year. The other was that she caused him to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

She was remanded on bail on condition she did not have any contact with children under 18. Her case will be heard by Norwich Crown Court on 25 May. 

The academy has issued a statement saying that Mrs Tatra has been suspended from her post.  

Three arrested in connection with church lead theft

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Three people have been arrested in connection with lead theft, after police were called to a church in Coltishall at around 21:30 yesterday.

On arrival at St John the Baptist Church, in Church Street, they found a 20-year-old man on its roof. He was arrested on suspicion of theft, and being in possession of a bladed article.

St John the Baptist Church in Coltishall
Google

A man, in his 30s, and a woman in her 20s, were also arrested in connection with the theft.

All three remain in police custody, for questioning.

Anyone with information about lead thefts in their area is asked to contact Norfolk police, or Crimestoppers.

Call centre jobs under threat

More than 180 jobs are under threat at a Norwich call centre after the insurance broker Swinton announced plans to reshape its business.

A 45-day consultation is underway on proposals which could see work from the Rosary Road centre transfer to the firm's head office in Manchester.

The company says they'll relocate staff within the business if possible.

The red brick and glass building for Swinton call centre in Norwich
Google

Across the country 900 jobs could be lost by the end of the year as Swinton reviews 84 of its branches. A shift towards customers renewing their insurance policies online is said to be at the heart of the overhaul.

Weather: Cool, cloudy and wet

We've now seen the last of the sunny weather for the day... the clouds are expecting to thicken, bringing light and patchy rain.

We could seen the odd heavier burst by early evening.

The temperature will reach a high of 10C (50F).

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Halo round the sun
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