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  1. Updates on Friday, 2 June 2017
  2. Private hospital's building faults highlighted
  3. Radio Norfolk election debate
  4. Hot and humid with threat of thunderstorms

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King's Lynn charity gets Queen's Award

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

A charity started four and a half years ago in King's Lynn has been given a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Reach for a Star helps seriously ill children.

Reach for a Star charity workers

It's won the award for offering both equipment and support not available on the NHS.

Trustees and organisers for the charity celebrated today (pictured above) with nine-year-old William.

William's experience of hospital when he suffered from a brain tumour five years ago inspired his father James Lewis to help set up the charity with other local people.

New revamped seafront playground opens in Cromer

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Cromer's new revamped seafront playground has been officially opened (see below).

Official opening (L-R) Corporate Director Steve Blatch, Vice Chairman of NNDC Roy Reynolds, Cllr Judy Oliver Cabinet Member for Assets, and Cromer ward member Hilary Cox.
North Norfolk District Council

The pirate-ship themed children's play area (pictured below) is part of North Norfolk District Council's £1m Cromer West Prom investment.

The playground equipment, the catering kiosk and toilets can all be lifted off the prom when the tide is high.

The pirate ship
North Norfolk District Council

It was officially opened this afternoon.

Fears for the future of Great Yarmouth arts festival

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Great Yarmouth's arts festival opens tonight, but its chairman says it could be the last one.

Cuts in funding and low ticket sales means the week-long programme stands to make a loss.

Hugh Sturzaker

Hugh Sturzaker (pictured above), the festival's chairman, said he is frustrated by the lack of interest.

"We started off five years. It has gradually been building up in the variety of events," he said.

"But we are dependent on ticket sales so unless local people and local businesses buy tickets I think we are going to have trouble continuing in future years.

"It seems to me pointless putting on something if people are not going to support it. An enormous amount of work goes into it and it costs a great deal of money."

Churches in Walpole and North Runcton raise money

Two historic Norfolk churches are fundraising this weekend to pay for urgent repairs to their buildings.

At St Peter's Church (pictured below) in Walpole St Peter, in the Fens, the annual flower festival (pictured) hopes to raise thousands of pounds towards the £130,000 needed to mend the roof of the north aisle.

St Peter's Church, North Runcton
Flower displays at St Peter's in Walpole

At All Saints church (pictured below) in North Runcton, near King's Lynn, the only Georgian church in use in Norfolk, the roof repair bill is expected to be at least £100,000. They are also holding a flower festival to raise funds.

At All Saints church in North Runcton

Drones plan for Norfolk Police

Norfolk police is to be one of the first forces in the country to use aerial drones.

Generic drone
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The county's Police and Crime Commissioner said the force's spies in the skies could be watching us within weeks.

His announcement came as he launched the first wave of body cameras.

Around 2,000 of them are being deployed with officers in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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BBC Radio Norfolk have interviewed new Norwich City player Marley Watkins.

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Private hospital's building faults highlighted

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A private hospital in King's Lynn says it is putting right building faults criticised as unsafe by government inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said some clinical areas at the BMI Sandringham Hospital in King's Lynn had not been refurbished and did not fulfil current health building guidance.

BMI Sandringham Hospital

Due to the building concerns the CQC says the service safety at the hospital "requires improvement", but it was rated "good" on the four other key measures effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership.

The 24-bed hospital, next to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, said it was working on sorting the problems and flagged up that overall its CQC rating was good.

Joanne Donovan, executive director of BMI The Sandringham Hospital at the time of the inspection, said: "This report is a great reflection on the quality of health and care at the hospital.

"I am pleased that the inspectors saw our strong culture of caring, saw that services could be accessed quickly, and that all staff worked together effectively to meet the needs of the patients."

Weather: Hot and humid with threat of thunderstorms

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Hot and humid conditions will trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon in many places.

Not all areas will get them but where they do it could lead to surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions.

Heavy showers will ease during the evening but more are possible during the early hours near to the coast.

Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Good morning Norfolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Welcome back to our regular updates, starting a little later than usual due to our live coverage of the general election debate.

You can read about the debate here.

But on this page it's business as usual until 18:00, and next up we will be bringing you the weather.

Frank Bruno joins campaign trail to highlight mental health issues
Frank Bruno campaigns with Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb to highlight mental health issues.

Our live coverage for the day:

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live Thursday team - unless a major story breaks overnight our live feeds will resume from 08:00 tomorrow.

Today we've brought you the news that four teenagers are to appear in court after a memorial garden to a seven-year-old girl was vandalised - and the boxer Frank Bruno has been in North Norfolk putting his heavyweight behind Norman Lamb's election campaign.

Scroll down for more on these and our other stories.

Don't forget to get in touch if there's anything happening where you live that you'd like to share with us.

Have a good evening.

Festival of flowers

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The magnificent medieval church in Walpole St Peter near Wisbech will soon be a blaze of blooms for its annual flower festival.

St Andrew's church needs to raise £130,000 to repair the roof of the north aisle which is leaking.

A display of orange, yellow and purple flowers set in foliage

Former churchwarden Michael Anstey believes St Andrew's was the first church to stage a major flower festival - and this is the 57th to be held there.

Interior of church, with women preparing the flower display

The church has some famous admirers, among them Prince Charles, who has visited the building on several occasions.

This year's theme is "A great day out"... if you fancy popping along, the Flower Festival & Fayre begins on Saturday and runs until Wednesday.

A woman wearing blue works on a floral display

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

After a hard day's work, these two from the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit found the ideal way to cool off - dipping more than just their toes in the water.

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Train timetable changes for Take That fans

The countdown has begun to the "Greatest Day" and I'm not talking about the general election.

"Get Ready for It" - in a fortnight's time those giants of pop, Take That, will perform to a packed stadium for two nights at Carrow Road as part of their Wonderland tour.

If you were lucky enough to get tickets, and are travelling by train - don't worry about being "Up All Night" - Greater Anglia has re-timed its final services of the day so that fans can get home safely.

The last services will leave Norwich as follows:

  • 23:15 to Cambridge, calling at Wymondham, Attleborough, Thetford, Brandon, Ely and Cambridge
  • 23:20 to Sheringham, calling at Salhouse, Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead, North Walsham, Gunton, Roughton Road, Cromer, West Runton and Sheringham
  • 23:25 to Ipswich, calling at Diss, Stowmarket, and Ipswich
  • 23:25 to Great Yarmouth, calling at Brundall, Lingwood, Acle and Great Yarmouth.

So have "Patience", there's not long to go until 15 and 16 June.

Image for the Take That Wonderland tour
Take That

Take That is one of many top name acts taking part in a charity concert in Manchester on Sunday, to raise money for victims of the terror attack on 22 May. Tickets sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale.

M&S picks Norwich to join initiative in tackling social wellbeing and happiness

Norwich is one of 10 places across the UK chosen by retailer Marks & Spencer for its community transformation programme.

The project, which will be piloted over the next two years, will see the retailer work with local councils and charities to tackle issues such as unemployment, poverty, loneliness, mental health and wellbeing.

The M & S store in Norwich

Steve Rowe, chief executive of the retail giant, says they're starting with 10 communities, so that they can learn, adapt and develop the initiative, allowing them to support 1,000 communities by 2025.

Blooming lovely gardens across Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

It's a little cloudy in Norwich at the moment, but it remains warm and dry, with temperatures expecting to hit 23C (73F).

The sunshine has been good for some of our gardens, and our BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about to capture these images:

Plum-coloured oriental poppy in full bloom
Pink roses in full bloom
Climbing hydrangea against blue sky and white cloud

Planning application for new primary school

Nanette Aldous

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norwich school trust has applied for planning permission for a new school for more than 400 pupils.

The Right For Success Trust announced last summer that it wanted to build a primary school. Its pupils would then move on to secondary school at the trust's Sewell Park College academy.

That school used to be the Blyth Jex, and its pupils had PE on the playing fields where the new school is to be built.

Agents Strutt and Parker have now applied for planning permission on the Wall Road site (pictured in 2014).

Sewell Park College playing fields, Wall Road, Norwich

The new school would have 14 classrooms, along with a hall, reception, kitchen, and staff rooms.

The plans are available on the Norwich City Council website for public comment

Photos: Boxing champ in North Walsham

It's not often that a celebrity pays a visit to North Walsham and today's A-lister certainly drew in the crowds.

They weren't there to pick up fruit, flowers or veg at the weekly market, but to spot former heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno.

The former WBC champion was there to lend his support to Norman Lamb's election campaign.

A gathering of people in the market place
Frank Bruno and Norman Lamb with three women
Two young boys with Frank Bruno and Norman Lamb
Frank Bruno and Norman Lamb stand either side of a woman
Norman Lamb gives the thumbs-up sign, standing alongside Frank Bruno and two men
Frank Bruno

Witness appeal to stabbing

A man was taken to the James Paget University Hospital for treatment after a fight in Great Yarmouth last night.

Police were called at about 19:15 to reports of two men fighting in Manby Road and Nelson Road Central.

The victim, who's in his 30s, suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 17 and 23, with short black hair and a grey hooded top.

The two men are believed to be known to each other.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Norfolk police, or Crimestoppers.

Boxer lends his support to Norman Lamb

Boxer Frank Bruno has leant his heavyweight support to Norman Lamb, who's hoping to be re-elected as MP for North Norfolk.

Mr Bruno, who's spoken of his own experiences with bipolar disorder, has worked with Mr Lamb, who was a health minister with the coalition government 2010-15, on various initiatives to improve mental health support.

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Boxing legend joins campaign trail in North Norfolk

Thursday is market day in North Walsham... and in addition to the usual stalls, visitors to the town had a chance to meet boxing legend Frank Bruno.

The former WBC world heavyweight champion was there with Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb, who's on the final week of his election campaign.

Mr Bruno, described as "not party political" by the Lib Dems, has been an long-term ambassador for people suffering from mental health problems and had met Mr Lamb during during his time as a health minister.

The boxer has had well-publicised issues resulting from bi-polar disorder, and his daughter Rachel has written about it on the BBC website.

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Norwich City make first summer signing

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have announced their first signing of the summer.

Barnsley forward Marley Watkins will join the Canaries on 1 July when his contract at Oakwell expires.

Watkins has recently received his first call-up to the Wales squad and will hope to be involved when the Welsh play Serbia in a World Cup qualifier in June.

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Four teens due in court after memorial garden for seven-year-old girl was vandalised

Four teenagers are to appear in court after a memorial garden was damaged at a Norwich school last month.

The garden, at Valley Primary Academy, was planted in memory of Summer Grant.

The seven-year-old girl was killed in March 2016 when a bouncy castle was blown away in high winds at a funfair in Harlow, Essex.

Four suspects, aged 16-18, have been reported to court for criminal damage. The date for their appearance has not been fixed yet.

Summer's father described whoever was responsible as being the "scum of the Earth".

Summer Grant
Family photo

Two people, from Cambridgeshire, were arrested by Essex Police last year on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and they're due to answer police bail later this month.

More children falling victim to cyber sex crime

Each week, two children in Norfolk became victims of online sex crime.

That's according to the NSPCC, which used Freedom of Information requests to police forces to get figures on cyber-related sex crimes against children in England and Wales.

In the past year, Norfolk Police recorded 100 such crimes, compared to 71 the previous year.

The charity says it's urging the next government to introduce strict internet safety measures to make child online safety a top priority.

Blurred image of children in playground

Holiday impulse led to dairy herd

Earlier we told you how one farmer is selling unpasteurised milk direct to the public, after the squeeze on dairy prices has forced many out of business.

And last week a small dairy opened in south Norfolk - with just six Jersey cows.

It's a new venture for Stuart and Rebecca Mayhew, who saw an opportunity to diversify their farm from pig and arable production. They now sell their unpasteurised milk at the farm gate.

Sign for raw milk at farm gate

Milk is pasteurised to kill any harmful bacteria, but Rebecca says the risk from milk nowadays is no greater than from shellfish and one of the reasons it's still pasteurised is because supermarkets require milk to have a longer shelf life.

"Our milk is this morning's... it will go into a mini bulk tank to chill down and then we bottle it later... we're tested every three months by the FSA [Food Standards Agency] and will be introducing our own testing."

The couple fell in love with Jersey cows while on holiday in Scotland, and initially brought one cow home to their Woodton farm,between Tasburgh and Bungay.

Stuart Mayhew with a Jersey cow

We see a way forward by being niche... our longer aim is to get people to come and see the cows, buy the milk and reconnect with agriculture and livestock."

Stuart MayhewFarmer

All clear on railway line between Beccles and Oulton Broad

Milking the dairy industry

You've probably poured some into your morning cuppa or your cereal... but do you ever think about milk?

Well, today is World Milk Day - highlighting the dairy industry. But with prices remaining fairly static over the last few decades, many of our dairy farmers have packed up - although some are now selling direct to the public.

Johnny Crickmore set up a shop at his farm near Bungay in the Waveney Valley, with vending machines selling milk, cream and cheese.

He sells around 180 to 200 litres of raw milk a day, at £1.10 a litre - around the same price as in a supermarket, but with production costs of just 27p he's quids in.

Johnny Crickmore holding a two-litre bottle of milk

Because his milk is raw - which means it hasn't been pasteurised - there are restrictions on where it can be sold. Mr Crickmore says raw milk sales will never grow to a level where a dairy farmer's business revolves around it, which makes it a niche product.

It's frustrating... we put a lot of effort in to our raw milk, a lot of testing. If it's good enough to sell at the farm gate, why can't we sell it in a shop or a restaurant?"

Johnny CrickmoreDairy farmer

Sunrise over Sheringham

I'm sure not many of you were up in time to see this morning's sunrise, so I thought I'd share this sequence of photos taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers' "Hopping Frog".

At 04:36, the sun was just peeping over the horizon at Sheringham:

Sun on the horizon over North Sea

Within four minutes, the sky had changed colour, outlining the silhouette of a passing ship.

Sun rising over North Sea, with silhouette of ship

By 04:50, the sun was higher and Hopping Frog reports the temperature was 12C (54F).

Sun rise over calm sea

By 05:00 the sky showed a full spectrum of orange:

Sun rise over North Sea

Click here to find out how you can become a BBC Weather Watcher, and maybe see your photos showcased on the BBC Local Live: Norfolk page.

Severe accident: A140 Norfolk both ways

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A140 Norfolk both ways severe accident, around B1527.

A140 Norfolk - A140 Norwich Road in Tasburgh blocked, queuing traffic and long delays in both directions around the B1527 junction, because of an accident.

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Newly re-signed Lambert rides the Stars to second

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Simon Lambert's paid 8 helped the King's Lynn Stars reach second in Speedway's Premiership yesterday.

The 52-41 win at home to Swindon was the West Norfolk side's fourth victory in a row.

Lambert only joined the Stars last week, having previously ridden for them for six seasons, and received praise from team manager Dale Allitt for his first appearance back at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Troy Batchelor enjoyed another fine night against his former employers as he joined skipper Robert Lambert at the top of the Lynn scorechart, while former world champ Chris Holder secured back-to-back heat wins on the way to a paid 10.

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Replacement train 'reason behind locked loos'

Greater Anglia explains that disruption to services is the reason why passengers faced locked loos on a recent journey.

A spokesman for the rail operator says that rather than cancel the 18:10 London to Norwich service on 19 May, an alternative train was used - but in one section the toilets were out of order.

It explains that it's very rare for all the loos on a train to be out of order and if this happens, they decide whether to cancel the train or warn customers.

Greater Anglia train

We apologise for anyone who has suffered as a result. However we'd like to reassure all customers that on an average day, only a very small percentage of our train toilets are out of order."

Greater Anglia spokesperson

Rail passengers caught short

Greater Anglia says it's upgrading toilets after people were forced to use empty bottles to relieve themselves.

Passengers claim all the loos were locked on the 18:10 London Liverpool Street train to Norwich on Friday, 19 May.

The rail operator has apologised for the error, saying it has a "daily focus" of ensuring train toilets are working and clean and is installing fully accessible loos on 30 more of its trains.

Interior of rail carriage, showing passengers in seats

Prolific Finch heads away from Plantation Park

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich United's Christy Finch has left the Planters for former side Leiston.

The forward scored 14 goals in 23 appearances, after only joining from the Suffolk club in December.

Finch will now be playing in the Ryman Premier League, one division above Norwich United.

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Weather: Dry, warm and sunny

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Any early morning mist patches will soon clear, to bring a dry, bright and sunny day with light winds.

Feeling slightly cooler towards the coast, but inland we can expect temperatures to reach 23C (73F).

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Thursday, 1 June 2017.

Good morning Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to Norfolk Live.

Rail customers were forced to use bottles, after loos were allegedly locked on a train from London to Norwich. We'll have more on this story shortly.

If you were one of those passengers, we'd love to hear your story. Click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page, or send us an email.

It's the first day of June and the first day of the meteorological summer - can we expect a summer-y feel to the day? Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast appears here shortly.

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That's all from Local Live

That's all from the team here for today - unless a major story breaks overnight in which case this live feed will be updated.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, but if you want to get in touch in the meantime then hit the Get Involved button at the top of this page.

Have a good evening.