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By Caroline Kingdon

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Our live coverage across theday

Cows and handlers

That's it for our live updates today - we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with some of the sights and sounds of the Royal Norfolk Show 2017.

Unfortunately our friends at BBC Weather are forecasting a wet one - but there's no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong clothes... and with wellies so on-trend this year, no one will be putting a foot wrong I'm sure.

You can share this and all your experiences of the show via the 'Get involved' button at the top of this stream, or tweet us @BBCNorfolk.

Finally, traffic can be a problem getting in and out of the show - so here's a view details on the best way to travel.

Have a fun.

Weather: Wet and thundery

BBC Weather

Some of us have been dreaming of a proper downfall so here it is at long last - and the weather's set to be changeable for the rest of the week.

This evening and tonight will continue generally wet and cloudy with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy and thundery. Temperatures will hover around 13C (55F).

Weather graphic
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will see a wet start but this will gradually clearing northwards with brighter spells.

Showers though will develop from the south later, some heavy and thundery. The top temperature will be around 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has the detailed forecast where you live.

Royal Norfolk Show: It's not just about the animals

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

The Royal Norfolk Show opens tomorrow and the two-day annual event is set to be full of delights for all the family.


The star performers this year are bound to be the King's Troop which we're told, rarely perform outside London.

You can catch a quick look at them in the video put up on this stream a little earlier.

Celebrity farmer, Jimmy Doherty, will be attending in his capacity as President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, tomorrow.

Show and programmes director, Mark Nicholas, says "Jimmy encompasses everything the show is about and he's a real champion of food, farming and the countryside."

Jimmy Doherty

The show has been going for 150 years and its celebration of food, farming and the countryside sees it attracting about 80,000 visitors over the two days.

More than 700 businesses regularly trade at the event but they'll also be some new faces including Winbirri Vineyards based in Surlingham.

They won the accolade of producing world’s best single varietal white wine at the internationally renowned Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 beating 17,200 entrants.


Dressed for any occasion, we've got our sun-cream and wellies ready and will have updates from the showground for you over the next couple of days.

Taking a measure of the weather

BBC Look East's Andrew Sinclair doesn't just do politics you know... it seems this afternoon's deluge has revealed his inner weatherman! We'll have the full forecast before we go at 18:00.

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Power back on in Hunstanton

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Power has been restored to some 500 properties in the Hunstanton area.

But UK Power Networks says 200 homes and businesses in the Sheringham area remain without electricity.

It says the power cut is due to an overhead line fault and that engineers are trying to fix the problem.

Thunder at the Royal Norfolk Show

It's nothing to do with the weather... but the sound of hooves at speed as the King's Troop rehearse for this year's Royal Norfolk Show which opens tomorrow.

The King's Troop is doing two shows this summer - one for the Queen and one for visitors to the showground.

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Appeal after lead stolen from Westwick church

Lead has been stolen from a church roof in Westwick, near North Walsham.

St Botolph's Church, Westwick
Geograph/Evelyn Simak

Police say thieves targeted St Boltoph Church in Worstead Road on Thursday and stole 29m (95ft) of lead from the roof and damaged the building in the process.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity to contact them.

Heavy rain warning for Norfolk

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Norfolk which is facing an increasing risk of heavy rain and thunder through the afternoon and evening.

Rain in drain

The Met Office says there is a risk of up to 2.5 inches (6cm) of rain in a short period of time and this could cause some localised flooding or disruption to transport.

A full weather forecast will be follow later.

Power cuts affect 500 properties

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

More than 500 properties are without power in parts of the county.


UK Power Networks says an overhead electricity line fault has caused the problems in the Hunstanton area and it's dealing with them.

There are also 200 properties in the Sheringham area without electricity.

Virtual reality headsets to help young drive more safely

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

A virtual reality headset which puts you in the centre of a car crash is being trialled in Norfolk to try and cut down on car crashes among young drivers.

Car crash
Norfolk Police

Twenty headsets have been bought at a cost of £500 each and will be taken into sixth forms and colleges as part of an accident prevention programme being run by the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office and Norfolk's fire service.

The goggles have already been used effectively by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service who will be assisting Norfolk colleagues at the Royal Norfolk Show tomorrow where the pubic can try them out.

Royal Horse Artillery preparing for Royal Norfolk Show

Boom - it's already noisy at the Norfolk Showground where preparations are under way for this year's Royal Norfolk Show which opens tomorrow.

BBC Look East cameraman Shaun Whitmore captured the King's Troop testing salutes a little earlier.

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The show is the country's largest two day agricultural event; more from the showground later.

We'll have more from the showground a little later in the day.

The Flaming Lips bring the party to the UEA

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing

Days after wowing the Park Stage at Glastonbury, The Flaming Lips made their way to the more intimate surroundings of the UEA last night.

Having witnessed their stunning stage show on TV, I wondered how this could possibly be scaled down in Norwich.

Well, Jonathan Barnes was there, and writes....

The Flaming Lips at UEA
Jonathan Barnes

I was explaining to my kids this morning that I went to a gig last night where I had to get out of the way so the singer could get past on a pink unicorn.

There were glitter cannons, giant bouncing balls, 10ft cartoon characters and an inflatable rainbow, I told them. They either thought I was going mad or wondered why they weren’t invited.

I would’ve had to cover their eyes, though, for a giant balloon structure the band passed out into the crowd read ‘F*** YEAH NORWICH’.

The Flaming Lips seem to have been around forever but they show no signs of getting any less bizarre, and they must be more entertaining than ever.

Visually, last night’s show at the UEA was the most incredible gig I can recall. Musically, it was spot-on too.

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips in Norwich
Jonathan Barnes

And a word for the stage crew, who had to install, inflate and arrange various props and costumes for virtually every song.

Singer Wayne Coyne's premier party piece, climbing inside an inflatable bubble to run out into the audience, accompanied a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

It was just one highlight of an extraordinarily strange, spectacular show.

Arts Council England announces £17m investment in Norfolk

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Arts and cultural organisations in Norfolk are to get millions in Arts Council England investment over the next four years.

Norwch Writer's Centre at Dragon Hall
Georgraph/Micheal Dibb

Seven arts bodies in the county will receive a total of £17,057,092 over the period - that's an average increase of £226,581 per year compared to the awards given five years ago.

The organisations to benefit are:

  • Creative Arts East - £600,000
  • Curious Directive - £359,272
  • Norfolk and Norwich Festival Trust - £5.2m
  • Norfolk Museums Service - £6.5m
  • Norwich Arts Centre - £728,284
  • The Seachange Trust - £1.5m
  • Writers' Centre Norwich - £1.9m

Included in the funding for the Seachange Trust and the Writers’ Centre Norwich is an amount for special projects with Seachange getting £90,000 for the development of established and emerging artists and £32,000 for the Writers’ Centre to set up a national translation programme.

Hedley Swain, from Arts Council England, said: "We are delighted to increase our investment in Norfolk.

"All of our National Portfolio organisations will play an essential role in reaching more people, developing local, national and international talent, and making where they’re based great places to live, work and visit."

Trust among worst for treating mentailly ill patients out of county

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Norfolk and Suffolk's mental health trust is in the top five in the country for sending patients out of area for care.

Stressed person

Last year more than 350 adult mental health patients were sent out of the county for treatment by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The figures come from the British Medical Association (BMA) which revealed the practice has seen a 40% increase nationally.

Dr Andrew Molodynski, of the BMA, said: "The government needs to get a handle on this situation because patients are being routinely failed by a system at breaking point with tragic consequences.

"Being sent long distances for treatment has an impact on patients' care and recovery."

Ministers have pledged to eliminate "inappropriate out-of-area placements" for mental health patients by 2020-21.

The NSFT said it was a "priority" for them to reduce such placements.

Clarity needed from government on cladding tests

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Any unsafe cladding will be removed from a tower block in Norwich, the chief executive of Broadland Housing Group says - but there's a need about safe alternative materials.

Brennan Back

Four years ago the cladding on Brennan Bank, on Norwich's riverside, was given a safety score of zero - but tests carried out over the weekend now give the covering a less fire safe rating of three.

Michael Newey, from the housing group, says: "I've got certification saying that the cladding is about the safest you can put on a building. We're confused about what testing the government has done.

"We're asking them for clarity and we're hoping to get that today or tomorrow. If they've dismantled the panel and just tried to get hold of the glue that holds the aluminium sides together then it's no great surprise the glue on it's own is combustible."

Five buildings, comprising of more than 170 flats in Norwich, are confirmed to have the cladding which has been connected to the deadly London blaze but only one is run by Broadland Housing Group.

The other four blocks contain privately owned flats and were developed by Taylor Wimpey who in a statement said: "The safety of residents is our number one priority.

"We took immediate and expert advice from Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Norwich City Council who have reassured us that it is safe for residents to remain in their homes, based on the building design and robust fire safety procedures already in place."

Parents warn against possible special school closure

Tim Sparrow

BBC Radio Norfolk

Parents of children with autism say their future is under threat if a specialist unit at a school in Norwich is closed.

Open Academy

The Open Academy on Salhouse Road is considering shutting the department which supports children to stay in mainstream education.

It says they're struggling to get enough staff for the specialist resource base (SRB).

Chris Hole lives in Stalham with his son, Hugo, who has a high-functioning form of autism.

He says Hugo has blossomed since attending the Open Academy.

"His attendance is near perfect. His grades are at least at expectation and in many cases are above average, that is entirely due to the SRB."

He added: "The thought of that now being taken away and him going back to the sort of situation where he has incredible difficulty in accessing mainstream education is frankly horrific."

In a statement the Open Academy group said: "It's important to remember that no decision has been made so far and that the views of parents are being sought to inform the consultation process."

Murphy prepares for England semi-final

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Jacob Murphy (pictured) could be called upon to start for England this afternoon as the Under 21's take on Germany in the semi-finals of the European Championship.

Former Canary Nathan Redmond faces a fitness test this morning after picking up an injury during the win over hosts Poland in the last of the group games.

After replacing Redmond, Murphy went on to score - helping seal the Young Lions place at the top of their group.

Jacob Murphy
Getty Images

'All change' for Tuesday's weather

It's a rather cloudy start with rain moving in.

There will be one or two showers around and they are going to continue throughout the morning.

In the afternoon, the heavier rain arrives, coming up from the south and the west.

Highs of 18C (64F).

East of England weather forecast

Welcome to Norfolk Live on Tuesday

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Good morning from the team who are here to bring you the county's latest news, sport, weather and travel as they happen.

If you have a story do get in touch by clicking the "Get involved" icon at the top of the stream.

The weather is up next with Kate Kinsella and it looks like we might finally be getting a proper dousing of the wet stuff.

Thanks to our Weather Watcher Hopping Frog who was up very early to capture this gloious picture of the sunrise.


Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on a bright and breezy Monday.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Today we covered the investigation into blocks of flats after one of them in Norwich failed a fire safety test carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

We also looked at how proposed county council budget cuts over the next four years could impact on jobs.

It was also revealed today that permanent exclusions at schools across the county are set to reach record levels for a second year.

Just scroll down for details of these and other stories.

We are always pleased to hear from you and you can contribute to the news coverage at any time via the "Getting involved" button at the top of the page.

Independent inquiry into UEA email data breach

Geograph: N Chadwick

An independent inquiry is to be launched into how the University of East Anglia mistakenly emailed hundreds of students intimate and sensitive personal information about dozens of fellow undergraduates.

Earlier in the month it was revealed that details of health problems, family bereavements and personal issues were sent by the UEA to 298 students.

Vice-chancellor Prof David Richardson today emailed students to say the UEA Council, the university's governing body, had "endorsed the commissioning of an independent inquiry".

"This will be conducted by the university's auditors PWC, who will begin their work shortly and aim to complete it by the end of July," he wrote.

"The inquiry will extend beyond the specific incident itself and cover areas such as the institution's systems, culture and management.

"Both the executive team and council are treating this issue extremely seriously, and the timetable in place means that outcomes of the investigation can be implemented by the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

"I would like to reiterate my sincere apologies to anyone affected by the incident, and want to reassure you that we will take all steps necessary to improve the university's data handling processes going forward."

Weather: Cloudy with rain possible in places

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Most places will stay dry tonight as temperatures dip to 10C (50F) in a light easterly breeze.

Weather chart

Tomorrow will start mainly bright but much of the day will be cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain developing.

Some heavy bursts are expected later, with perhaps a rumble of thunder. It will feel humid in a mostly light easterly breeze.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Football: Canaries' Ebou Adams to join Shrewsbury on loan

BBC Sport

Canaries midfielder Ebou Adams is set to join Shrewsbury Town on a six-month loan.

Ebou Adams
Norwich City FC

Adams helped City's Under-23s reach two cup semi-finals last season and had a very strong end to the campaign.

Norwich City FC academy manager Richard Money said: "We think this is Ebou's best opportunity to get games under his belt in senior football until January.

"It's a really good loan - Shrewsbury are a good club and Paul Hurst is a good manager and someone who I know really well."

Weather: Cloud-filled skies give way to late morning blues

BBC Weather Watchers

After spectacular early morning cloud across the county its skies turned different shades of blue as our BBC Weather Watchers pictures show.

Harleston sky
Charlie MB
Hopping Frog

The day began dry and warm but in many places those searing blue skies clouded over, producing hazy sunshine.

It will remain mild overnight with temperatures staying in double figures.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

More details from BBC Weather:

Debate rages about aluminium composite material used in buildings

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I have been speaking to the Broadland Housing Association, which is the landlord of Brennan Bank, a six-storey block of flats in a development near the Norwich City football ground where a sample of cladding has failed a fire safety test at the Building Research Establishment.

The problem material is believed to be aluminium composite, which is flammable and has been found in 60 high-rise buildings across the country, many in London where some councils are removing it.

Football ground flats

There are eight or nine high-rise blocks in Norwich but none has the problem cladding. Brennan Bank was built four years ago and there are four other similar blocks of flats nearby.

The fire service, Broadland Housing and city council met over the weekend and decided there was no need to evacuate any of these buildings.

Because they were only six-storeys high it would be relatively easy for residents to get out and for firefighters to tackle the flames in the case of a fire.

The buildings were also well built with many fire safety features, they said.

But as a precaution a fire warden would be on duty in the blocks at all times, vehicles were removed from the car parks underneath the flats and if there is an incident more fire engines than normal would be sent.

The city council and the housing association said they were confident these measures would keep residents safe.

But no long-term solution has yet been discussed and only social housing has been looked at. Norfolk has a lot of private rented properties and hotel group Premier Inn is looking at its estate. What about hospitals and other buildings in the county?

There is bound to be considerable debate and discussion about aluminium composite used in construction after the Grenfell Tower disaster, but the material is compliant with current building regulations.

Some pupils 'excluded for minor behavioural problems' to boost results

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Schools could be excluding pupils for minor disruptive behaviour leading to some missing out on education, a report to a county council committee reveals.

The report to Norfolk County Council from the interim executive director of children's services reveals high levels of exclusions and outlines how the problem is being tackled.

It says: "Norfolk schools were not pursuing permanent exclusion as a last resort but instead were using it as a mechanism for fairly low level behavioural issues."

Exclusions chart

The BBC has established that more than 140 of those affected have not been found places in schools for excluded pupils, with many being tutored through the internet and two-hour private lessons at home.

Des Reynolds, chief executive of the Engage Trust, head of the Short Stay Schools in Norfolk, which finds places for excluded students, said: "Currently the system for providing places for challenging and vulnerable children is under an enormous amount of pressure and there is a shortage of places.

"If children and young people are not in school that places them in a detrimental position.

"It's very important that the authorities work together to find a solution."

He said the increase in exclusions was due to cuts in school budgets and pressure to boost school results.

Record exclusions from schools last year 'due to be repeated'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

More than 140 children in Norfolk are going without a school education because of record levels of exclusions, the BBC can reveal.

School pupil working

The county council report says the record number of exclusions from schools in 2015-16 (290 pupils) is predicted to be repeated in 2016-17.

Many excluded pupils are found places in short stay specialist schools which are experiencing a high demand for places.

The 140 plus who cannot get a place are often taught online in their homes or receive two-hour periods of private tuition daily.

The report to Norfolk County Council's children's services committee outlines how the council is trying to tackle the problem.

The council said it was funding extra school places but many of the excluded youngsters ended up waiting at home for places in short-stay schools, according to the report.

Man dies in hospital after fall from pick-up truck

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man who was seriously injured in a crash in Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth, last week has died, police have said.

Officers were called at 23:58 on Thursday after reports a man had fallen from the back of a Nissan Navara pick-up truck in Kings Drive.

He had serious head injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment, but died this morning, the police spokesman said.

Speedway: Mountain to climb for King's Lynn Stars

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Troy Batchelor
Getty Images

King's Lynn Stars are facing up to the prospect of two away meetings in three days.

They go to Wolverhampton in the second leg of their Knockout Cup quarter-final tie this evening. The Stars are 18 points down from the first leg. New signing Danny Ayres makes his debut this evening.

Lynn then head to Belle Vue on Wednesday night. The Manchester outfit are currently top of speedway's Premiership.

County council budget cuts 'could cost thousands of jobs'

Plans to cut £124.9m from county council budgets over four years could cost thousands of jobs, the union Unison has said.

A report to the council's policy and resources committee on 3 July predicts the authority will have to save a further £100m on top of savings of £24.9m already agreed. Details were announced last week.

County Hall

Jonathan Dunning, of Unison, said: "I am not surprised at some estimates that job losses could be as high as 2,500 in the wider economy.

"These would be jobs at the council and also indirectly at other businesses in the county because those made redundant would have less money to spend.

"Also, the major part of the county's budget goes into staff salaries and paying for commissioned services so cuts will hit these."

The council has not announced any job loss figures to the union, but Mr Dunning expects these to be revealed in the autumn when plans turn into proposals.

The final numbers are likely to emerge in the new year when budgets are presented to the council for approval, he said.

Cliff Jordan, leader of the Conservative-run council, said on Friday that the measures would help the council meet its "ambitious plans". He said that money would be raised from commercial activities.

In the News: Families in fear as flats fail safety test

Norwich Evening News

Here is the front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Norwich Evening News front page

Cromer Town's new chairman plans for the future

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Not many football teams can boast a chairman who has a tattoo of the club's badge, but Cromer Town can.

Jenna Bedwell answered an SOS call after the Anglian Combination club almost went out of business at the end of the season.

Despite suffering from ME, Bedwell has taken over as chairman, having been first team physio and ladies team manager.

Jenna Bedwell

The new chairman told us: "Life is for living so I could succumb to my illness and stay in bed all day, or I could keep pushing. The reason I've got to where I am is because I've carried on pushing."

Resident concerned that flats failed fire safety tests

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The revelation that cladding on a block of flats built near the Norwich City Football Club stadium in 2012 has failed fire safety tests has created concerns among the residents.

Brennan Bank failed the tests carried out on Friday. Four more blocks of flats are being tested.

The tests are being carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

Broadland Housing says cladding at Brennan Bank, a six-storey block, contains aluminium composite material.

Extra fire safety measures have been put in place there, and at four neighbouring blocks, which are also thought to be affected but have yet to be tested.

Brennan Bank resident Joe Phiri told the BBC: "It's a bit of a shame considering what happened to the other one that this sort of insulation was put into this block.

"It's a bit scary as well to be honest. We've got cladding in here that could easily catch fire."

Joe Phiri

Norwich block of flats fails fire safety test

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A block of flats in Norwich has failed a fire safety test, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London, and four more are being tested.

It's been confirmed that Brennan Bank, a development near Norwich City Football Club, was the first to be tested.

It's a medium rather than high rise-block and failed tests on Friday. Residents have been told that remedial work is planned soon.

Broadland Housing says cladding at Brennan Bank contains aluminium composite material.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue is also advising the developer Taylor Wimpey, and managers of some private blocks, on how to minimise fire risk.

Brennan Bank

Weather: Warm and dry with sunny spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a sunny start cloud will develop early in the afternoon with the sunshine turning hazy in places.

It should remain dry and pleasantly warm through to the evening.

Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F)

More details from BBC Weather: