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  1. Updates for Friday, 5 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage for today

Nic Rigby

BBC News

That's it for the Local Live coverage from the BBC Norfolk team.

Today we saw the Conservative Party take control of Norfolk County Council and UKIP lose all its seats.

The election also saw Blur's drummer Dave Rowntree become a councillor.

We also reported on hit-and-run driver Darren Blackmore being jailed for 10 years after leaving a man with life-changing injuries after mowing him down in a car park last summer. 

Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Tories' vote share in East trumps national average

Deborah McGurran

BBC East political editor

These elections have seen UKIP wiped off the county council political map. Most surprisingly, they lost every single seat in Essex, an area that fostered their growth and of course, until recently boasted their only MP. In all they lost 48 seats across the east and now have no representation across its six counties.

The Conservatives appear to be the beneficiary. They have regained control of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and strengthened their grip on Essex, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

Labour held on in some of its heartland seats but suffered elsewhere, particularly in Stevenage and Harlow, where the Conservatives made gains.

Conservative candidate Dick Madden celebrates

It was a mixed picture for the Liberal Democrats who lost seats on Essex, Suffolk and Northamptonshire but they made some gains from the Conservatives in Norfolk.

The Green Party lost their stronghold in Norwich but made a gain in Suffolk where they now hold three county council  seats.

The vote share from yesterday's local elections confirms that across the east the Conservatives are once again the dominant party.

With all the votes counted, the Tories share of the vote ranged from 43% in Suffolk and Essex to a staggering 51% in Northamptonshire. The national average appears to be about 38%.

Labour saw a small surge in support in its traditional heartlands and its average share across the region was 13.7%. But that's way below the national average of 27% and shows how little support the party has in our region.

Possible leadership challenge at Norfolk County Council

Look East Political Correspondent Andrew Sinclair is hearing rumours of a possible leadership challenge to Norfolk County Council Conservative group leader Cliff Jordan - following the Tory victory:

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Norfolk's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

In Norfolk, the Conservative party gained 114,038 votes in yesterday's local elections - 48.74% of the vote.

It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

Norwich band Sink Ya Teeth releasing single

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Norwich band Sink Ya Teeth supported by BBC Norfolk Introducing has secured a record contract and is releasing a single.

Sink Ya Teeth
Sink Ya Teeth

The single If You See Me, which has already been played on BBC Radio 6 Music and championed by DJ Steve Lamacq, is being released by 1965 Records -  a label that discovered The View.

The record is being launched at a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre on 31 May.

Gary Standley, producer of BBC Norfolk Introducing, said: "Sink Ya Teeth have produced an amazing electro beat track that shows this band is really going places and getting noticed."

The band is made up of Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford (pictured) who have both been long-time members of Norwich’s vibrant music scene, partnering up 18 months ago to form Sink Ya Teeth.

Their influences range from Grace Jones to Nina Simone and Howlin’ Wolf.

“I’m interested in the human experience,” Maria, Sink Ya Teeth’s lead vocalist, explains.“Particularly through a lens of desire and regret.”

Road crash on A47 at Scarning

Police have been called to a serious road traffic accident the A47 in Scarning.

Officers were called shortly before 15:00 today to reports of a collision involving a car and lorry on Grange Road at the junction of Manor Road.

The road has been closed while emergency services are in attendance and is likely to be for some time. 

Diversions have been put in place and motorists are being urged to find alternative routes where possible. 

Weather: Mild tonight, cloudy and cooler tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening it will be staying mostly fine with some areas of cloud at times. One or two spots of drizzle possible overnight, but staying mild.

Winds will be moderate, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather map

It will be a rather cloudy start to the day tomorrow. Generally cloudier than today with some brighter spells, but feeling cooler.

Winds light to moderate and highs of 10C (50F) on the coast and 14C (57F) inland.

There's more at BBC Weather.

North Walsham hit and run: 'Shocking' crash could have been deadly, say police

Police have echoed a judge's comments following the sentencing of a driver to 10 years in jail after a man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Victim struck by car
Norfolk Police

Judge Mark Dennis said people could easily have been killed in the incident, as he passed sentence on Darren Blackmore.

Det Insp Matt Dyson, of Norfolk police, agreed the "shocking crime" could have had "fatal consequences".

"The very serious deliberate act was most likely due to a relatively minor matter earlier the evening before, a matter that the victim and his friends had no part in. 

"We hope the sentencing provides some comfort for the victim,” he said.

Archive: Police release CCTV footage in appeal

North Walsham hit-and-run: 'Never able to explain its impact', says victim

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

The victim of the North Walsham hit-and-run crash suffered "extensive" injuries and now has a permanent limp, Norwich Crown Court heard earlier today.

Darren Blackmore
Norfolk Police

Matthew Knowles, 30, was left with a fractured pelvis, leg and shattered kneecap after being thrown high into the air when he was driven at by Darren Blackmore last summer.

In a victim impact statement, the father-of-one said it was initially thought he might not walk for a year although he can now get around with the help of splints.

Before the crash Mr Knowles said his life was "simple and happy"... and he would "never be able to explain the impact".

Despite living in the town, he has been unable to return to the scene of the crash, prosecutor Stephen Mather told the court.

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

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A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Honeypot Lane and B1146 Draytonhall Lane.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Wendling closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Honeypot Lane junction and the B1146 Draytonhall Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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Rooting out the next generation


Kids playing All Stars Cricket

Know any young children who might be interested in having a go at cricket?

Now's the time to get them involved with the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds called All Stars Cricket.

All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that is being introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport.  

Sign up here and children will receive a backpack of cricket gear. 

North Walsham hit-and-run: 'Pure chance all three men not killed'

As we've just reported, hit-and-run driver Darren Blackmore has been jailed for 10 years after leaving a man with life-changing injuries after mowing him down in a car park last summer.

The victim being thrown into the air by a car

Victim Matthew Knowles, 30, was out with two friends in the early hours of 23 July when he was hit in the Vicarage Street car park.

Judge Mark Dennis told Blackmore that it was "pure chance all three were not killed".

In summing up, Judge Dennis said it was a "gratuitous act of violence by you of three innocent people... defenceless, unaware, unable to protect themselves.

"You used the car as a weapon."

North Walsham hit-and-run car park driver sentenced to 10 years in prison

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A motorist who drove into a group of people - throwing one man up into the air and leaving him with a broken pelvis - has been jailed for 10 years.

Darren Blackmore
Norfolk Police

The victim suffered multiple fractures and now has a permanent limp after being struck in the hit-and-run in a car park in North Walsham last year.

Darren Blackmore, 44, formerly of Cantley Lane, Norwich, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Norwich Crown Court heard he was high on drugs and talking on his phone at the time of the crash, which was caught on CCTV.

Tory council leader 'very pleased' with county results

The Conservatives have regained control of Norfolk County Council, winning 55 out 84 seats.

Leader Cliff Jordan said he was "very pleased" with the results.

Cliff Jordan

"It’s justification of the hard work the Conservatives have done over the last two years and particularly the last year," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I always thought we’d do well because there’s a culture of work it out bottom up - not top down - and we are genuinely listening.

"We’re going to deliver our manifesto – that is a contract between us and the public – they can hold us to account on that."

'Impressive' turnout across Norfolk

All done in Norfolk... here's how things look

Election map for Norfolk
Norfolk County Council

The main headlines:

  • The Conservatives have taken control of Norfolk County Council
  • UKIP and the Green Party have been wiped out, and no longer have any seats on the council
  • The Liberal Democrats gained seats in the north, and Labour in Norwich
  • But the Tories won 55 out of the 84 seats

BreakingConservatives gain control of Norfolk County Council

The Conservatives have gained control of Norfolk, after winning 44 of 84 seats so far, with some divisions still to declare.

UKIP 'wiped out' in Norfolk

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Blur drummer elected to Norfolk County Council

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree held the University seat for Labour in Norfolk County Council elections.

He took 1,173 votes of the 1,997 votes (59%).

Dave Rowntree
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Eighth UKIP seat lost to Tories on Norfolk County Council

UKIP have lost an an eighth seat on Norfolk County Council.

The Thetford East seat was taken by the Conservatives.

Lib Dems take seat from Tories in Mundesley

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Liberal Democrats have won their first seat from the Conservatives in the Norfolk County Council elections.

Edward Maxfield has won the Mundesley ward in North Norfolk.

Lib Dems have also held the Eaton seat in Norwich.

UKIP lose seven seats in Norfolk County Council election

Nic Rigby

BBC News

UKIP have lost seven seats across Norfolk in the county council elections, including all three of its Great Yarmouth seats.

Six of the seats were won by Conservatives while one was taken by Labour.

Stuart Agnew

UKIP Member of the European Parliament Stuart Agnew (pictured), who is at the Great Yarmouth Town Hall count, said the party had suffered a "slow and stable defeat" .

"It is worse than we expected," he said.

In Norwich Labour have held five seats so far and won two seats from the Greens - Danny Douglas took Mancroft and Jess Barnard took Nelson ward. 

The count is continuing.

UKIP lose three seats in Great Yarmouth

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

UKIP have lost two more seats to the Conservatives at the Great Yarmouth count for the Norfolk County Council elections.

Andy Grant took Lothingland and Ron Hanton took East Flegg,

That means that all three UKIP seats at Great Yarmouth have been lost.

Labour hold two seats in Norwich in county election

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Labour group leader George Nobbs has retained his Crome seat in Norwich in the Norfolk County Council elections.

Labour has also held Mile Cross.

Two Conservative wins in Dereham

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

Conservatives have taken two seats in the first results from the Breckland area in the Norfolk County Council elections.

Phillip Duigan took Dereham South from UKIP  

William Richmond held Dereham North.

The turnout was 29.36%. 

UKIP lose second seat on Norfolk County Council

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

UKIP has lost a second seat in the Norfolk County Council elections.

Conservative Carl Smith has taken the Breydon division in Great Yarmouth.

Colleen Walker for Labour held the Magdalen division.

We reported earlier that UKIP has also lost a seat to Labour in Great Yarmouth.

BreakingLabour take seat from UKIP

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Labour have taken a seat from UKIP in the Norfolk County Council elections in the first result for the county.

Mike Smith-Clare has won the Yarmouth Nelson electorial division.

View from the count: Great Yarmouth division of Norfolk County Council

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

There are nine seats in the Great Yarmouth area, with 33 candidates fielded, representing Conservative, Labour, UKIP in all divisions.

Town Hall, Great Yarmouth

The Lib Dems have stood in three and the Green Party in two. Only four candidates are defending the seats they won four years ago as several across all parties have decided not to stand.

However, among the challengers, all three of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's political group leaders are all trying to win a seat in county hall.

With the largest areas being counted first, the full results here should be declared by 13:00.

The count is taking place at the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth (pictured).

View from the count: Norfolk Conservative leader 'born confident'

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

At the Norfolk County Council count for the Breckland area at the Dereham Leisure Centre (pictured), votes are being verified. 

Dereham Leisure Centre

I'm told that we should get our first results later this morning, with the final tally expected between 14:00 and 15:00.

 Asked how confident he felt, Cliff Jordan, the current Conservative leader of Norfolk County Council told me: "I was born confident." 

View from the Norwich City count for the Norfolk County election

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The 13 divisions of Norwich are usually good hunting grounds for Labour and the Greens, but can the Conservatives, Lib Dems and UKIP make breakthroughs?

St Andrew's Hall count

There are five seats last time around where the winning party had less than 10% of the votes cast: Town Close, Wensum, Thorpe Hamlet, Sewell and Mancroft.

Another factor is that there are also four seasoned councillors who have stood down at this election.

They are Andrew Boswell and Richard Bearman of the Greens and Sue Whitacker and Burt Bremner for Labour. Will this have an impact on party loyalty in the elections?

All will become clear when the results start coming in.

The count (pictured) is taking place at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich.

Counting due to start at Norfolk County Council elections

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Counting is due to start in the Norfolk County Council elections.

The authority was established by the Local Government Act in 1888.

The council, which is based in Norwich (pictured), covers the county of Norfolk and provides transport, education and social services.

Evelyn Simak/Geograph

The county includes the city of Norwich, King's Lynn (pictured below) to the west and coastal resorts such as Great Yarmouth and Cromer.

It is made up of 84 councillors and at present no one party has overall control.

At the last election in 2013, the Conservatives lost control of the council for the first time since the late 1990s.

At that election the number of Conservative councillors dropped from 60 to 40.

UKIP took 15 seats, up from one in 2009, while Labour increased its representation from three to 14.

The Liberal Democrats took 10 seats, the Greens four and there was one Independent.

King's Lynn
Rob Noble/Geograph

County well represented in Sunday Times Rich List

Six of the seven richest people in East Anglia have links with Suffolk, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, which has been revealed this morning.

Marcus Evans
Shenston family

Richest in the region is Kirsten Rausing, the Newmarket-based heir to the Tetra Pak empire and owner of Lanwades Stud.

In third place for the region, and Suffolk, is the Earl of Iveagh, a member of the Guinness family who lives on the Elveden Estate.

Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans, pictured, has seen no change in his wealth, said to be £765m, the same as last year.

Canaries dressing room braced for summer of change

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City captain Russell Martin admits he's expecting more players to be shown the door by the club this summer. 

The Canaries released seven players earlier this week including goalkeeper John Ruddy. 

They end the season with a match against QPR at Carrow Road on Sunday. 

Russell Martin
Getty Images

The City skipper told us: "We've under-achieved so every player in the dressing room is the same this season.

"I'm sure there'll be other people that want to leave or that the club want to leave but it becomes a bit more difficult when they're under contract." 

Recollection of visits by Prince Philip

Thursday's announcement of Prince Philip's retirement from royal duties has led to people recalling visits he's made in the past to the county.

Duke of Edinburgh
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Dr Paul Richards, chairman of trustees at True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum, which the duke has visited twice, remembers his first visit: "On the 75th anniversary of the British Legion, the west Norfolk branch, he attended an event on the Tuesday Market Place, but before the event, he called in at True's Yard.

"It was one Sunday morning and [he] met the trustees and was shown round the museum, and especially some of the ship models we had, because he had a very special interest in those."

Warning of congestion on A11 at Spooner Row

Local elections: UKIP and Labour braced for bad day

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The votes from yesterday's County Council elections will be counted this morning with both the UK Independence party and Labour expecting a bad day.

Overnight UKIP lost all nine of its seats on Essex County Council while Labour also made losses to the Conservatives.

Tory sources tell me that their canvassing suggests a similar result in Suffolk and Norfolk.

They describe the UKIP campaign as "barely non-existent" and Labour's as "lacklustre".

UKIP will be nervously watching the counts at Great Yarmouth and in the west of Norfolk where it currently has most of its seats. Labour has been putting a lot of its effort into shoring up its traditional heartland of Norwich.  

In Essex there was little sign of a Liberal Democrat revival. If there's to be any in Norfolk it'll probably come from the North coast.

We should have all the results by early afternoon.