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  1. Updates for Friday, 26 May, 2017
  2. Mother of teenager who died on A47 seeks answers
  3. Two men jailed following armed robbery
  4. Water safety message for Broads visitors
  5. No safety measures at site where four workers died
  6. Keep your hands off 'thuggish' tree

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We've just worked out after Monday, we're going to have to wait another 91 days until our next bank holiday so we're heading home to start making the most of the long weekend as soon as we can.

If you're just joining us, or you've been dipping in and out of our coverage during the day, the best way of finding out exactly what's been happening across the county is to scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date.

Have an enjoyable weekend, whatever you've got planned, and set yourself a reminder to join us again on Tuesday from 08:00.

Weekend weather: Hot and humid

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

Weather map

Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

Highs of 28C (82F).

Greater Anglia warn of speed restrictions due to faulty level crossing

Fire service urges people to remain vigilant as dry conditions continue

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant in preventing and spotting possible fires as the hot weather continues.

More than 30 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled a blaze in Thetford Forest yesterday afternoon.

Earlier this month crews were on the scene of a gorse fire in Southwold for more than 24 hours.

WWII Pacific War journal sells for £2,500 at auction

A midshipman's diary which includes covers a first-hand account of the last shots fired in the Pacific during World War Two, among other events. reached less than expected when it was auctioned recently.

The journal was expected to reach £3,000-£5,000 at Diss Auction Rooms' Militaria sale on Saturday, but made £2,500.

The diary was kept by John G Pike, who had lied about his age in order to join the war effort aged 16.

Two men jailed following armed robbery in Beccles

Jail sentences totalling more than 17 years have been handed down to two men following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beccles in September last year.

Kerron Turner and Aaron Knights
Suffolk Police

Kerron Turner (pictured left), 26, formerly of York Road in Great Yarmouth, and The Greenway in Beccles was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 years and 10 months.

Aaron Knights, 25, of no fixed abode but also formerly of York Road in Great Yarrrmouth, was sent to prison for six years, six months.

Turner was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent at a trial earlier in the year.

Knights had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Det Insp Simon Bridgland said: ""This was a frightening incident for the victim who was working at the jewellers at the time of the attack.

"He has shown great courage throughout and we’d like to thank him and other members of the public who got in touch to pass on information following the incident for their assistance."

Water safety message for people visiting the Broads

Police are reminding people who visit the Broads and coastal areas over the Bank Holiday weekend that while a river may be a tempting way to cool off, the water can have hidden dangers.

PC Paul Bassham from Norfolk Constabulary's Broads Beat team said: "We want people to come and enjoy what the Broads has to offer, but to be aware of the risks and stay safe.

"There are many dangers that people may not necessarily see such as the change in depth, sudden decreases in temperature, unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.”

There's also a warning using boats: "We would like to remind those at the helm of a vessel that there are hefty fines for navigating when not in proper control of your boat whether this is due to taking drugs or being intoxicated.”

The lorry driver 'must be devastated'

A woman whose teenage daughter died after being hit by a lorry on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon says: "The lorry driver must be devastated, I can't imagine what he must be going through."

Michelle Whiting
Michelle Whiting

Michelle Whiting, from Beccles, is searching for answers about the mental health treatment 18-year-old Rachel Stoter received prior to her death.

Michelle added: "I think that if she was in such a frame of mind that she wanted to harm herself they should have put her in hospital and they should have kept her safe."

The James Paget Hospital, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

Listen: North Yorkshire school head sets off on long fundraising walk

Louise Fewster

BBC Radio York

The headmaster of a North Yorkshire school is going above and beyond the call of duty.

Stephen Mulryne, from Terrington Hall, is walking from Norfolk back to York to raise funds for a new school hockey pitch.

He's told BBC Radio York why he decided to undertake the challenge:

Mother of teenager who died on A47 'searches for answers'

The mother of a Lowestoft teenager, who died following a collision on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, is searching for answers from mental health professionals, about the treatment her daughter received just before the incident.

Rachel Stoter
Michelle Whiting

Rachel Stoter, 18, who'd suffered from mental health problems over the past few years, died at the James Paget Hospital on Monday night after she had been hit by a lorry shortly before 15:00.

It's understood she'd been treated at the hospital the day before the collision.

Her mother Michelle Whiting, who lives in Beccles, said: "As far as I'm aware she was released from hospital on Monday maybe half an hour, 40 minutes before the accident.

"She was walking from James Paget along the A47 away from the hospital.

"Why wasn't she put in hospital? Why weren't we called to go and pick her up? Why just release her on her own?"

Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and the James Paget have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Your photos: Sunshine across the county

If you, like me, are stuck in the office with little chance of getting out into the glorious sunshine.... I hope you won't mind me sharing these BBC Weather Watchers' photos to remind you of what you're missing.

The North Sea sparkling in sunshine
Sunshine through trees
Norwich Cathedral spire against blue sky
Calm blue sea and yellow gorse
The river at Wroxham, with houses and several boats

Celebrating women's role in brewing

Norwich is playing host to a beer festival with a difference this bank holiday, in celebration of women in the brewing industry.

For the fourth year, FEM.ALE returns to the city, with a collection of ales, lagers, stouts and porters from female-led breweries across the UK and beyond.

Erica Horton, one of the festival's directors, has done a lot of research into the history of brewing and the fermentation of drinks and says women were always at the heart of the industry.

"There's a stereotype in more contemporary times that beer is a drink for men, brewed by men and consumed by men and we're here to remind people that that's not the real history of beer... it's just a liquid and it's for everyone."

If you fancy a pint, get down to The Plasteres Arms in Cowgate - the event runs from today to 29 May.

The Plasterers Arms in Cowgate

Bringing the safety message to the seafront

Police officers will be joining forces with the RNLI by opening a beach pod on Gorleston seafront to support the message of safety to beach visitors.

Visitors to the seaside town will get the chance to discuss any concerns they may have.

PC Hannah Gardiner says the town has a transient community in the summer months, who may not be aware where the local police station is.

This beach pod will act as visible policing presence for those in the area and will allow us the opportunity to offer reassurance and safety messages to our communities.”

PC Hannah GardinerGreat Yarmouth police

Thanks for officers keeping our streets safe

With Britain's terror threat raised to "critical" following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, our armed police continue to patrol the streets.

Their presence has not gone unnoticed in Thetford:

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Dog fouling film led to fine

Have you ever seen something going on, and decided to whip out your phone and film it?

That's what Chris Speed did (pictured), and it helped a council in its fight against dog fouling.

Chris Speed

Mr Speed posted his video on Facebook, showing a woman leaving her pet's mess behind after it had fouled a footpath in Gorleston one Sunday in July last year.

The woman, Anne Corrigan who lived in Waveney Road, Great Yarmouth, was identified and taken to court by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

White image on road depicting 'no messing'

The 75-year-old was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

Woman not allowed to trim 'thuggish' tree

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A woman who cut back a tree she considered to be "thuggish" has been told she cannot touch it again.

The sycamore is in a country park at the end of Gillian Lincoln's Brundall home, in Norfolk.

Gillian Lincoln with the sycamore tree

She said the species was "invasive" and "thuggish in relation to other trees" but the council slapped a tree preservation order (TPO) on the sycamore, believing she wanted to cut it down.

Mrs Lincoln said she had asked a tree surgeon friend to trim the tree because it was not being managed properly and was affecting her garden.

Writing to object to the TPO, she told the council sycamore trees could release "as many as 10,000 winged seeds" which once established "start eliminating the 'competition' through their vast numbers".

The council's tree officer said her description of the sycamore as "thuggish" was "nonsensical" and at a meeting earlier today, Broadland Council upheld the TPO issued by Brundall Parish Council.

Remaining hot and sunny

Here's the latest weather forecast, and it's all about the three "S's" - sunscreen, sunshades and sunshine.

Remaining hot, dry and sunny, although a little breezy in coastal areas.

Temperatures hitting 24C (75F).

Contractors in fatal engineering project 'didn't have competency'

The HSE says that since four men from from Suffolk died at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth in 2011, construction design and management regulations have been updated.

Structure after collapse

HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "Sadly the contractors involved in this [the Claxton Engineering project] were not really able, they didn’t have the competency to take on a large-scale engineering project like this one."

Asked whether she was satisfied with the sentences handed out by a judge at the Old Bailey yesterday, Ms Hall replied: "Sentencing is obviously a matter for the judge.

"I'm pleased to have received the convictions.

"It's been a long-running case, it's been a complex investigation and I'm satisfied that we've got convictions and messages are out there about the importance of planning in future."

Safety measures 'weren't put in place' at site where four workers died

The day after two companies were fined following the death of four men from Suffolk at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction firms must employ competent contractors.

Steel structure before collapse

Brothers Daniel and Thomas Hazleton, and Peter Johnson, all from Stanton, and Adam Taylor, from Rickinghall, died at the Claxton Engineering site in January 2011.

HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "It was a major engineering project building significant foundations for a new pressure test facility at Claxtons and that involved planning how they were going to build these foundations.

"At no point during the whole planning process did the people who were involved in it engage with the challenges involved in it and put the safety measures in place.

"What that meant was that these four guys, very sadly, were working within a steel structure, trying to build it before concrete was poured onto it, and the structure collapsed on them."

Welcome back to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Our regular news updates are starting a little later than usual today, due to our cover of the BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate.

But we're here now, until the end of the day, keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the county.

Don't forget to let us know what's happening where you live - send us an email or click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

Listen: BBC Radio Norfolk's general election debate

Scroll down for text updates on what the candidates, or representatives from their parties, said.

You can listen again to the debate as it was broadcast on Nick Conrad's BBC Radio Norfolk breakfast show.

Who will form the next government?

The BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate covered a range of topics, including Brexit and the war on terrorism.

It concluded by asking the candidates, or representatives from their parties, what they think the outcome of the general election will be.

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said: "Nationally I think we'll end up with a Conservative government, but what I'd like to see is Liberal Democrats as the main opposition to provide the opposition that the country so desperately needs at the moment."

Martin Schmierer (Green Party) said: "It comes as no surprise that the Greens are not probably going to be forming the next government in Britain, but what we're hoping to see is a strong Green cohort. I think the realistic outcome is going to be a 40-odd Conservative majority, but we'd like to see a strong Green cohort led by the likes of Caroline Lucas putting issues like the environment and public transport right at the heart of government issues."

Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said: "Obviously I'd like to see a Conservative government and I truly believe in that. As far as Norwich South is concerned, again I would like to see Norwich South voting for a positive chance and voting Conservative."

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said: "Now people have seen the manifestos, it will certainly be a Labour government in a few weeks time. Our manifesto is good, people are coming round to our way of thinking and the polls are narrowing."

Will national issues dictate the outcome of the election?

The candidates, or their representatives, in the battle for the Norwich South seat were asked whether next month's general election is about local or national issues.

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said: "It's very much a national election, and Brexit is by far and away the biggest thing people are talking about. But it's also about how national policy is implemented locally, whether that's about school funding, NHS funding or housebuilding... all of those things are local issues to people who live in Norwich South, but it's national policy that will dictate how they're dealt with."

Nick Conrad holding microphone to James Wright, who's standing between Trevor Wainwright and Martin Schmierer

Richard Bearman is hoping to take the seat for the Green Party. He was unavailable to take part in the discussion, and asked the leader of the Green group on Norwich City Council to represent him.

Martin Schmierer (Green Party) said: "It's always going to be a national election, a general election always is, but because it's 650-odd constituencies it's always done through the prism of those constituencies. So what you do see is that when people talk about health, they're talking about the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, when they're talking about schools they're talking about free schools and academies across Norwich, when they're talking about public transport they're talking about public transport and First Buses in Norwich, and trains like Abellio. So it's always done through the prism of local issues, and that's where the Greens have got a really strong connection with the local area, talking to people and acting on their views."

Martin Schmierer, with the Forum, library and church behind him

Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said: "I wouldn't disagree with what the Green candidate said, however you do see national issues through the prism of local issues. But I would say that the party that simply has no representation in government can't lend Norwich South a helping hand."

Nick Conrad holding microphone towards Lana Hempsall, with Martin Schmierer standing next to her

Trevor Wainwright is representing the Labour party, as Clive Lewis turned down the invitation to take part in the BBC Radio Norfolk debate.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said: "This election is on national issues... Brexit, austerity, people's jobs, the future of the country over the next five years."

Nick Conrad holds microphone to Trevor Wainwright
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Norwich head coach Daniel Farke says he sees similarities between the Canaries and former club Borussia Dortmund.

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Crime and terrorism

Following the bomb attack in Manchester earlier this week, we're seeing armed police on our streets, including in the Norwich South constitutency.

Trevor Wainwright, former Labour leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council is representing the Labour party. Their candidate for the Norwich South seat, Clive Lewis, declined the invitation to take part in the BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said:"There's police on the seafront in Great Yarmouth, I'm led to believe. It is necessary because of what happened in Manchester, but I think we've got to try and find a different solution to this war on terror. Incidents occur which are tragic for everybody involved, police on the streets with guns is not good for this country. But I come back to the police cuts... 20,000 police have been cut and that's why there's not the people on the ground and we have incidents that reflect that."

Member of army and a police officer, both armed, stand outside the Palace of Westminster

Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said:"Public services have had to be cut... Theresa May as previous Home Secretary has taken a very tough and pragmatic line on terror throughout her office and I think she is the ideal, and the only, person who can actually take us through what is a bit of a terror crisis for the country."

Armed British Transport Police on rail platform

Representing the Green Party view is Martin Schmierer, leader of the Green group of Norwich City Council.

Martin Schmierer (Green Party) said: "The cuts to policing have had a fundamental and detrimental impact on the police's ability to deal with these kinds of issues. In part, it's the police and community support officers, those eyes and ears on the ground with their fingers among the community, listening to what's going on. They report upwards, and it's this intelligence-led policing that can ensure we get the intelligence that the police need to deal with the problems, whether it be about terrorism or a host of other crimes that are being committed on our streets."

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said: "One of the things we've seen in the last few days since the tragedy in Manchester is soldiers being deployed, and the Police Federation themselves are saying that is as a consequence of cuts to policing. My party would commit to putting an extra £300m in to community policing per year for the duration of the parliament."


Brexit was the first subject up for discussion during BBC Radio Norfolk's Norwich South election special.

The Conservative candidate, Lana Hempsall, is standing on the ticket of Britain leaving the European Union, so how would she represent a constituency that voted to remain?

Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said: "The country voted to the leave the European Union, and the majority of the country spoke, and that's why we're leaving the EU. It will be my job as the local MP to bring the constituency along to show them that this is not a bad move, that this will work positively.

"It will not mean a decline in jobs, it will not mean a decline in prosperity or a decline in anything... this is only good news for Norwich South. Change is change... when things happen you can either make the best of that change or sit back and complain... I have a positive attitude towards this change and I want to make it happen. I will work to make it happen in a positive way for Norwich South."

Lana Hempsall, in Norwich market place

Clive Lewis, who's hoping to be re-elected as Labour MP for Norwich South, turned down the invitation to take part in the discussion.

Trevor Wainwright is the current leader of the Labour group of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and he's representing the party.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said: "The country voted narrowly to come out of Europe... and we just hope that the terms that are negotiated are right for the country, in terms of economics, jobs and workers' rights. The attitute of the Labour party is they voted to come out, we supported Article 50, and obviously the Labour party position is on the conditions that we come out... negotiations have only just started so the Labour party will be challenging the government on the discussions that now go ahead with our 27 European partners."

Trevor Wainwright by Norwich market place

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said:"The people had the say to start the process and they should have the say on the final deal. My leader Tim Farron says we voted for a departure not a destination, and I support him fully on those sentiments. The people I've spoken to who voted to leave said they didn't think they were leaving the single market, there wasn't necessarily a reduction in the freedom of movement - the key thing is giving people the say on the final deal and if they don't like the final deal, an option we continue to remain. Liberal Democrats will always put democracy ahead of anything else and that's why I think it's very important that the people have the final say."

James Wright by Norwich market place

Richard Bearman is standing for the Green Party for the Norwich South seat. He is unavailable, and has asked the leader of the group on Norwich City Council to speak on his behalf.

Martin Schmierer (Green) said: "Our view is unequivocally pro-Europe. The uncertainty needs to be dispelled, that uncertainty comes form the millions of European citizens living in this country, not knowing where the future is going to go, and it comes from the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI, who are not sure what kind of deal that's going to be on the table in a year and a half or so's time. We need to offer certainty, some sort of guarantee, we need to be unequivocally pro-European, pro that single market, to make sure that our continent can come together in a much better and rounded way than it currently is."

Martin Schmierer in front of Norwich market placew

Norwich South: The key issues facing voters

The candidates for the Norwich South seat, or representatives from their parties, were asked what they thought was the single biggest issue facing people in the constituency:

Lana Hempsall (Conservative): It's Brexit.

Richard Bearman, the Green Party candidate for Norwich South, is unavailable and is being represented by Martin Schmierer, leader of the Green group on Norwich City Council.

Martin Schmierer (Green Party): It's the uncertainty, why are we having another election and why have we had a referendum that suddenly we're having a debate about.

James Wright (Lib Dem): Definitely Brexit, Norwich South voted clearly to want to remain in the European Union.

Labour's Clive Lewis was invited to take part in the debate but decline the invitation. Representing Labour is Trevor Wainwright, the current leader of the Labour group on Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour): Investment in schools and the NHS.

The candidates' pitches

Richard Bearman (Green Party)

I was a green party councillor for Mancroft for eight years. I've been very active in tackling air pollution in Norwich which has exceeded the legal limit for the past six years.

Greens will also protect Norfolk's green spaces from too much development and we've loudly opposed cuts to public services, in particular adult social care budgets.

I support lowering the voting age to 16 and my experience with the youth advisory board has convinced me young people need a voice in parliament to decide on their future.

Norwich is a great city and the economic engine for Norfolk. Across Britain the Green Party is calling for one million new green jobs in the renewable energy sector. Norwich could and should be at the centre of this economic revolution. Norfolk has an abundance of wind, solar and tidal energy generation potential - all we need is the political will to harness this.

The Greens would ensure we invest in these new technologies.

Lana Hempsall (Conservative)

I believe that Norwich South has an excellent opportunity to make a positive change in this general election and elect a Conservative member of parliament.

I promise to be a hard working, local and dedicated voice for Norwich South at Westminster. I believe the Conservatives are the party that work for everyone and not just the privileged few.

I'm a guide dog owner, mum, wife, business woman and have been an elected councillor since 2007 and I believe that gives me enough experience and wisdom to be a strong decisive member of parliament for you if elected on 8 June.

Clive Lewis (Labour)

I'm standing for re-election after two years as your MP. Norwich is my home, I live here, I love our city - it's an open and tolerant community and I want to make sure it stays that way.

I also want to make sure we have a city we can all be proud of. That means electing someone who will speak for all of us. As your MP I've established a strong track record of doing just that, campaigning on the scandal of failing elderly social care, standing up for parents and pupils being unfairly treated by academy chains, working with patients and mental health staff to oppose cuts to vital NHS services and making sure the voice of the self employed and small businesses is listened to at the highest levels.

As someone who's served in Afghanistan with the British Army I understand the importance of public service.

On 8 June I hope you'll let me continue the work I've started. There are two clear choices in this coming election - a Labour MP who will speak for Norwich or a Tory MP who will speak for Theresa May

James Wright (Liberal Democrats)

Born in Norwich, I'm passionate about our city and I'm up for the challenge of representing our friends, neighbours and colleagues in parliament.

I know just how much potential there is in Norwich and with the right person in Westminster speaking up for our city this can be realised.

I have three main priorities - the first is ensuring that schools in Norwich are given the necessary support to prosper. The Lib Dems are investing an extra £7bn in our children's education, increasing school budgets and pupil premium.

Secondly, we must do more to build the homes we need - I will continue to campaign for the building of houses on brownfield sites, with the government stepping in if deveopers fail to act and continue to landbank.

Lastly, to champion Norwich's digital economy - the Lib Dems will create a start-up allowance to help businesses in their early stages. We have huge talent here in Norwich but the infrastructure is lagging behind and there are real risks from the impact of a hard Brexit.

This is about your chioce over your future - a vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future.

Meet the Norwich South candidates

Green candidate Richard Bearman.

Mr Bearman has lived in Norwich for more than 20 years. He served as a county councillor from 2009, but stood down this year. He's a keen cyclist and organic gardener, a governor of a primary school and the trustee of two local charities.

Richard Bearman

Conservative candidate Lana Hempsall.

Mrs Hempsall, a businesswoman who set up her first company in 1999, moved to Norfolk in 2005. In 2011 she was elected to Broadland Council. She stood for the Conservatives in the 2015 general election, running for a seat in Greater Manchester.

Lana Hempsall

Labour candidate Clive Lewis, who won the seat in 2015.

After entering parliament, Mr Lewis was rapidly promoted - becoming Shadow Defence Secretary and then Shadow Business Secretary. He resigned from the Shadow Cabinet over Labour's decision to whip MPs into voting for Article 50.

Clive Lewis

Liberal Democrat candidate James Wright.

Mr Wright, no relation to the old MP Simon Wright, grew up in Norwich and has a background in IT and computing. He's served as a city councillor in Norwich for several years.

James Wright

A closer look at the battleground of Norwich South

The Norwich South constituency, which is seen as a key battleground in the general election, takes in the commercial area of Norwich city centre as well as a sizeable residential area, from Costessey in the west, the University of East Anglia (pictured), and stretching east to Thorpe Hamlet.

Accommodation blocks at the UEA

The city is a regional financial centre. Aviva, Norwich's largest private employer, has been based here for 200 years. Virgin Direct relocated offices in the city, and insurance broker Marsh has its main processing office in Norwich.

Marsh offices in Norwich

The manufacturing industry has declined since the early 1990s. Hundreds of jobs were lost when Nestle Rowntree closed its confectionery factory. Now a shopping centre, multi-storey car park and flats stand on its site.

Local engineering firms have weathered the storm well, and Colman's - the mustard manufacturer - still has a major plant in the city. In recent years, the growth of the Norwich Research Park, which is just outside the constituency, has aided the city's growth.

Colman's logo on mustard jar

Between 1950 and 1974, Norwich South was a Conservative seat, but Labour's John Garrett held the seat from 1974 to 1983.

In 1983, a comparatively small swing to the Conservatives at Norwich South was enough to give their candidate John Powly the seat, with a majority of 1,712.

The seat's marginality meant a 2.1% swing to Labour was enough for John Garrett to regain it by 366 votes in 1987.

At the 1997 election, the Conservative vote fell by 14.4% and the new Labour candidate, Charles Clarke, emerged victorious with a majority of 14,239.

Charles Clarke

Mr Clarke was a senior government minister, and as Education Secretary he oversaw the introduction of University tuition fees. His vote dropped by 7.8% and his majority was cut to just over 3,600 in 2005.

In 2010, Charles Clarke lost heavily to Simon Wright of the Liberal Democrats, who'd campaigned heavily among university students in the constituency.

Five years later, the seat returned to Labour. Their candidate Clive Lewis won with 39.3% share of the votes, giving him a majority of 7,654 over the Conservatives.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

The parliamentary seat of Norwich South is another key battleground in the general election.

Labour's Clive Lewis won the seat in 2015, taking it from the Lib Dems' Simon Wright. Mr Wright had beaten Labour's Charles Clarke in 2010.

This year Mr Lewis is facing challenges from Lana Hempsall (Conservative) James Wright (Lib Dem) and Richard Bearman (Green).

This morning all four parties will be taking part in a debate on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Mrs Hempsall and Mr Wright will be joined by Martin Schmierer. Mr Schmierer, a Green Party councillor for Norwich is representing Mr Bearman, who was unavailable.

Mr Lewis turned down the invitation to take part in the debate. Trevor Wainwright, the former Labour leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council is speaking on behalf of the Labour party.

We'll bring you the key points here as they unfold.

(clockwise from top left) Daniel Hazelton, Adam Taylor, Thomas Hazelton, Peter Johnson

The Health and Safety Executive described the four men's deaths as "entirely preventable".

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Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The BBC local live team for Norfolk are shutting up shop, but we'll be back bright and eager tomorrow.

Today has been dominated by news that Norwich City Football Club has appointed new coach Daniel Farke from Germany.

The team will be back from 08:00 tomorrow but any breaking news will of course drop into this feed.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Not the most comfortable night for sleeping

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A warm and humid night in store, with temperatures remaining in the mid-teens in many areas.

Friday's weather map

Friday will again be hot with long spells of sunshine, continuing to feel humid, although it'll be cooler on the coast with an onshore breeze.

Highs of 26C (79F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Lord Ballyedmond sale raises more than £4m

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Items from the London home of Lord Ballyedmond, who died after his helicopter crashed in south Norfolk, have made more than £4m at auction.

Sotheby's sale of Lord Ballyedmond's house

The Northern Ireland peer and industrialist was one of four people killed when a helicopter came down in a field in Gillingham near Beccles in thick fog in March 2014.

The collection of more than 500 objects went under the hammer at Sotheby's over the last two days.

A silver wine cistern (pictured below), weighing over 70kg and able to accommodate over 70 bottles of champagne, which was a reproduction of an original by Paul de Lamerie (1719) made £112,500.

Silver wine cistern

An unusual 18th century large George II Palladian ‘Baby House’ (pictured below) or dolls house sold for £37,500 - well above the estimate of £6,000-9,000.

Georgian 'baby house'

New coach Farke aims to bring 'discipline' to Norwich City side

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's new coach Daniel Farke is planning to bring some "discipline" to the team.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "There are many experienced players. I think they know what to do. Of course one of my tasks as a coach is to bring some discipline."

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Companies fined after workers crushed to death

Two companies have been fined and a director has been given a suspended prison sentence after the fatal crushing of four Suffolk workers at an excavation site.

Daniel Hazelton, 30, his brother Thomas Hazelton, 26, Adam Taylor, 28, and Peter Johnson, 41, were killed when a steel cage collapsed in January 2011.

The accident happened at Claxton Engineering Services in Great Yarmouth.

Steel structure prior to collapse

The Old Bailey heard that the men were constructing a large steel structure (see above) when it collapsed on top of them.

Claxton Engineering Services, of Ferry Road, Norwich, was fined £500,000 with £100,000 costs. Encompass Project Management of Old Market Street, Thetford, was fined £200,000 with costs of £50,000.

David Groucott, of Diss, a director of Encompass, was given a seven and a half month prison sentence, suspended for two years, as well as community work and a fine.

Steel structure after collapse

Daniel Hazelton (pictured below, top left) Thomas Hazleton (bottom right) and Mr Johnson (bottom left) were all from Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and Mr Taylor (top right) was from nearby Rickinghall.

Victims of crushing

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Hacker admits cyber attacks on Norwich airport and hospital

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BBC News

A hacker calling himself His Royal Gingerness has admitted two cyber attacks on the websites of an airport and a hospital.

Norwich Airport

Daniel Devereux, 30, of no fixed address, targeted the websites of Norwich International Airport and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Devereux, who has short ginger hair and wore glasses and a black coat, pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorised access under the Computer Misuse Act during his appearance at Norwich Magistrates' Court.

Chairman of the bench Mary Massey adjourned sentencing until 16 June at Norwich Magistrates' Court while reports were prepared about the defendant's mental health.