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  1. Updates for Friday, 16 June, 2017
  2. Mother-of-two's killer fails to appear at court
  3. Take That fans have night to 'never forget' in Norwich
  4. 'Even more trains will run' after tonight's Take That concert
  5. Norwich drawn at home in the League Cup
  6. Former PCC's son jailed for tractor crash death

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from Norfolk

That's it for another week on Norfolk Live so it's goodbye from us.

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

Scroll down to see the news and sport we've covered today, including the Take That concert last night. Enjoy yourselves if you're going to see the boys tonight!

Have a great weekend.

Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

Weather forecast

And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

Find the weather where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Norwich get home tie in first round of the Carabao Cup

That's the new name for the League Cup, in case you're wondering.

Norwich City are at home to Swindon in the week commencing Monday, 7 August.

The full draw took place in Bangkok, amid some confusion on the competition's live stream which showed Charlton drawn against two clubs at one point.

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk westbound severe accident, between A148 Nar Ouse Way and A17 affecting Setch Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in King's Lynn blocked and queuing traffic westbound between Saddlebow Roundabout and Pullover Roundabout, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion on A10 Main Road to the Setch Road junction and to the Station Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Kerri McAuley murder: Killer's sentencing adjourned

The sentencing of a man from Norwich for the murder of his "on-off partner" has been adjourned until Monday.

As we've been reporting, Joe Storey, 27, of Murrells Court, was found guilty yesterday of beating 32-year-old Kerri McAuley, pictured below, to death.

Her body was found in her flat in Southalls Way, Norwich, on 8 January.

Storey was due to be sentenced today but he did not appear at the hearing.

Kerri McAuley

Take That concert: 'Incident free' say police

There were no incidents at last night's Take That concert in Norwich, police said.

Take That at Carrow Road

Heightened security measures were put in place at Carrow Road and will be again at tonight's second concert.

There was an increased police presence after the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Close to 30,000 people are expected to attend tonight's sell-out gig.

Take That's two Norwich dates are part of their Wonderland tour.

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Linnets add experience to midfield

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

King's Lynn Town have bolstered their midfield ranks with the addition of Craig Parker.

The 32 year old joins the Linnets from AFC Sudbury, having scored 42 goals in 99 appearances over the last two seasons.

Parker's previous clubs include Chelmsford City, Leiston and Needham Market.

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Take That concert: 'The boys have still got it'

Our reporter Mariam Issimdar was at the Take That concert at Carrow Road in Norwich last night - and looking at the video she's just posted on Twitter, was close to the action.

Send your photos and videos to us by clicking "Get involved" above.

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Son of former PCC jailed for tractor death crash

The son of Norfolk's former police and crime commissioner (PCC) who killed a woman with his tractor has been jailed for 42 months following a retrial.

Henry Bett

Henry Bett, 28, son of Norfolk's former PCC Stephen Bett, was found guilty ofcausing the death of 43-year-old Rebecca Brown by dangerous driving at a retrial at Cambridge Crown Court this month.

He had been jailed for three-and-a-half years in 2015 but the conviction was quashed at London's Court of Appeal in September 2016 and a retrial was ordered.

The jury at this month's retrial found Bett guilty by a majority verdict of 10 to two and he was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court today.

Bett, of Hall Lane, Thornham, near Hunstanton, was also given a five-year driving ban.

Take That concert: 'Brilliant night, brilliant crowd'

Tens of thousands of people enjoyed seeing Take That in Norwich last night - and it seems the boys themselves had a good time.

Gary Barlow and Mark Owen took to Twitter after the concert at Carrow Road to say thank you to the "brilliant crowd" and how much they enjoyed their first visit to the city.

They will be back on stage tonight for their second Norwich date as part of the Wonderland tour.

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Take That concert: 'Even more trains will be running'

Greater Anglia has said extra trains will be running tonight over and above additional services after last night's "chaos".

Take That fans at Norwich station

As we've been reporting, Take That fans faced misery last night after they left the concert at Carrow Road.

There were reports that the station was "rammed", trains were "packed solid" and little information was given to passengers waiting at Norwich Station.

Greater Anglia said there were additional services, last trains were re-timed and trains were made longer but the numbers were higher than expected.

Kerri Worrall, from the rail company, said: "We knew the trains were going to be very busy but the crowds were very large.

"We will source additional trains for tonight and we will see if we can find another train to go to from Norwich to Ipswich. Buses will be on standby again.

"Our team at Norwich station will be doing everything they possibly can to manage those crowds well and look after people and make sure they get people away from Norwich station as quickly as they possibly can."

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Canaries add 'power' to defence

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City have added to their back four with the signing of German centre-back Christoph Zimmerman.

The 24-year-old joins from Borussia Dortmund II on an initial two year deal, following former boss Daniel Farke, who left the German side for the Canaries last month.

Zimmerman captained Dortmund to the best defensive record in the league, and will now look to make an immediate impact on a Canaries team that failed to establish a regular central defensive pair last season.

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Take That concert: Trains were 'chaos'

Take That fans who had traveled to Carrow Road faced "chaos" as they headed home.

Take That fans at Norwich Station

Greater Anglia had retimed its last services to Cambridge, Lowestoft, Sheringham, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth.

But as concert-goers poured out of the football stadium, Norwich Station became full.

Adrianne Adams, who was at the station, described it as "unprepared" and "shambolic" while Lindsay Sams said it was "not good enough".

Cherese Bradnum, who lives in Ipswich, said the concert was "absolutely amazing" but the 23:25 train back home was "rammed".

She said: "We couldn't get anywhere to sit, my daughter had to sit in the luggage compartment.

"There was just disbelief that Greater Anglia hadn't thought about the numbers of people coming out of Carrow Road.

"It was a case of, we are here, we had a brilliant night, we are not going to let it ruin our night, but people couldn't believe it."

The BBC has contacted Greater Anglia for a comment.

Take That fans at Norwich rail station

Take That concert: A night to 'never forget'

It was a night to "never forget" as more than 30,000 people watched Take That in Norwich last night.

Take That at Carrow Road

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald entertained the crowds with their latest hits as well as all-time favourites as they performed at Carrow Road as part of their Wonderland tour.

Our reporter Alex Pope, who was there, said: "The concert was amazing, just brilliant. A visual treat with some amazing choreography and staging."

There was heightened security around Norwich City Football Club's stadium following the recent terror attacks.

They will be playing there again this evening.

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Kerri McAuley murder: 'On-off partner' to be sentenced

A man who was found guilty of murdering his "on-off partner" by bludgeoning her to death will be sentenced today.

Joe Storey
Norfolk Police

Joe Storey, 27, had denied murdering Kerri McAuley, 32, who was found dead at Southalls Way, Norwich, on 8 January, but admitted manslaughter.

Storey was high on cocaine when he punched mother-of-two Ms McAuley after a row about an ex-girlfriend.

Ms McAuley had 19 separate injuries to her head and face.

The jury at Norwich Crown Court took less than an hour to find Storey guilty.

Forecast: Sunny and bad news for hayfever sufferers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will be sunny across the BBC East region with temperatures reaching 21C (70F), although it will feel cooler on the coast.

There will also be high pollen and UV levels.

It's be followed by another warm night with temperatures dipping to 16C (61F).

For a fuller forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning Norfolk

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Hello and welcome to our live updates.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, weather, travel and sport until 18:00.

Joe Storey will be sentenced for killing Norwich mother Kerri McAuley later today. A jury found the 27-year-old, of Murrells Court, Norwich, guilty of murder yesterday.

We shall also bring you the latest news on the Take That concerts at Carrow Road. Were you there last night? How was it? Let us know by clicking "Get involved" above.

First, let's take a look at the weather.

Take That concert at Carrow Road
Caroline Willington

Our live coverage today:

Our news updates this afternoon have been dominated by the guilty verdict returned on a 27-year-old man accused of murdering a mother-of-two.

In other news, two fairground workers have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a young girl.

This evening Norwich will echo to the sounds of Take That, watched by tens of thousands of fans at Carrow Road. We'd love to see your photos.

Scroll down to see more on these and the other stories we've brought you today.

Have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Dry with light winds

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a dry night with light to moderate westerly winds.

Temperatures mainly remaining in double figures, although in some spots could drop to 9C (48F).

Overnight weather map

Friday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine, a light to moderate west to north-westerly wind and highs of around 21C (70F).

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

Kerri McAuley murder: Mother says she will be 'forever loved'

Kerri McAuley's mother Lesley has paid the following tribute to her daughter, who was murdered by her on-off partner Joe Storey.

"Kerri was full of such a love of life... a sociable, fun loving girl with a heart of gold who was a loyal friend and who touched the lives of so many people.

"She had so many different groups of friends and I draw strength from the knowledge that Kerri’s memory lives on with them, and from the support that they have given in the days, weeks and months following Kerri’s murder. This has meant a lot to me and my family.

"Above everything else, Kerri worshiped her children and lived for them. Everything she ever did was to give her sons a good and happy life and I take comfort from seeing them now, knowing how proud she would be of the young men that they are to become – a shining testament to the mother that she was to them.

"Though this comfort is bittersweet, it hurts me deeply to know that never again will Kerri and I watch together as they perform in school plays. She will never get to be proud of their successes nor be there to cuddle them when they are sad. It is such a waste of a beautiful soul so cruelly and heartlessly taken.

"My life will never now be whole without Kerri to complete it, as a family we are forever broken. My heart bears the deepest break from which it will never heal.

"She had so much to live for, so much unfulfilled promise. I will forever remember Kerri for the woman that she was but I will always wonder about the woman she was to become.

"Any sentence that is passed will never be enough, the years simply don’t matter. It will never make up for what he has so brutally and cruelly taken from us. Kerri will never be forgotten. She will be forever loved.”

Kerri McAuley murder: 'Chilling, shockingly violent crime'

Mother-of-two Kerri McAuley was last seen alive with on-off partner Joe Storey on the evening of Saturday 7 January.

At around 22:40 the following day, Norfolk police were alerted by ambulance crews to reports that a woman had been found dead in Southalls Way, Norwich.

A post mortem examination showed that Ms McAuley, 32, had been subject to severe blunt force trauma to the face, which resulted in every bone in her face being broken.

Storey was arrested in the early hours of the following day, in Vanguard Close, Norwich. He was charged with murder on 11 January.

Joe Storey
Norfolk police

Det Ch Insp Marie James, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team led the inquiry, and said it was a "chilling, shockingly violent crime".

"Storey has shown absolutely no remorse at any stage of the investigation and has prolonged the agony for Kerri’s family who have had to endure a trial and listen to evidence, some of which has been extremely distressing for them to hear."

Any sentence given will never make up for the suffering that Kerri’s family and friends have and continue to endure and my thoughts will remain with them as they try to go through life without her”.

Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk police

Kerri McAuley murder: Jury returns unanimous guilty verdict

A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a mother-of-two.

Joe Storey, of Murrells Court, Norwich, had denied murdering Kerri McAuley, but had admitted manslaughter.

His former partner was found bludgeoned to death at her home in Southalls Way, Norwich on 8 January.

Kerri McAuley

Ms McAuley, 32, received injuries which caused her face to "collapse" inwards, partly caused by a "blunt force impact," the court heard.

Storey, who had been in an "on-off" relationship with the victim for 18 months, had inflicted serious harm on her on previous occasions.

It took less than an hour for the jury to return a unanimous verdict at Norwich Crown Court this afternoon.

Storey will be sentenced at the court tomorrow.

BreakingKerri McAuley trial: Accused found guilty

Joe Storey has been found guilty of the murder of his on-off partner Kerri McAuley. The mother-of-two was found dead at her flat in Norwich in January this year.

We'll have more on this shortly.

A thousand riders expected as town gears up for second Diss Cyclathon

Diss Express

As many as 1,000 cyclists are expected to descend on Diss later this month as event organisers aim to build on the big success of last year’s inaugural cyclathon.

More than 500 riders are thought to have taken part in the first Diss Cyclathon in June, which raised funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

Two cyclists on bikes, with cycling gear and helmets
Diss Express

Take That's Howard likes Norfolk

Will be seeing more of Take That in future?

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A preview of what's to come?

Mark Owen's tweeting some of his moves....

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Police urge 4x4 owners to be vigilant

Officers are urging owners of 4x4s to make sure their vehicles are secure when left unattended.

On Monday, two were stolen from properties in North Norfolk.

In the first incident, a silver Ford Ranger - with registration plate FE56 XVM - was taken from a property in Field Dalling Road, Binham, between 14:00 and 15:00.

The second happened at around 16:00, where suspects stole an insecure black Ford Ranger, registration KX15 YYJ, from an address in Testerton, near Fakenham.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Greater Anglia warn of delays on mainline services

Body of cat found in picnic basket

The body of a cat has been found in a picnic basket washed ashore at Caister-on-Sea.

It was found by members of the public last night.

The black and white cat, thought to be a young adult, was wearing a black collar with diamante studs. The wicker basket it was in was lined with red gingham check material (pictured).

The open picnic hamper, showing gingham pattern

A post mortem examination is to be carried out on the cat's body, but it's not thought to have been in the water very long.

It's the second animal which has been found in suspicious circumstances in the water in Norfolk in the past two days. On Tuesday, the body of a dog attached to rope tied to a concrete mud weight was found in the River Thurne at Potter Heigham.

The RSPCA is investigating both incidents, but Deputy Ch Insp Ben Kirby says he doesn't believe the two are connected..

I am keeping an open mind as to whether the cat was alive when it was in the water... if it was, then this is a truly terrible way to treat an animal."

Deputy Ch Insp Ben KirbyRSPCA

Summer Grant death: Two fairground workers charged with manslaughter

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Essex Police

Police investigating the death of a young girl at a funfair in Harlow 15 months ago have charged two fairground workers with manslaughter.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries when she was swept away on a bouncy castle on 26 March.

The seven-year-old died a few hours later in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, were arrested in connection with the investigation.

They were charged today with manslaughter by gross negligence, as well as failures under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

They'll appear before magistrates next month.


Police have revealed they still trying to trace a potential witness - a young black man in his teens - who was near the fairground rides at the time.

Take That staging preparations 'like a Formula 1 pit stop'

Leigh Milner

BBC Look East

As soon as Take That finished their concert in Swansea last night, dozens of lorries were ready to transport the set overnight to Norwich for the two gigs.

It's a huge undertaking, as Nick Vaughan, head of production, explains.

Unloading set for Take That concert

"There's an awful lot of equipment to move, particularly overnight. Our gear's very specialist... and we're putting on the same show here in Norwich that we did in the indoor arenas, which is why we've changed our show slightly, and put it within this outdoor stage."

Setting up lighting rigs for Take That

Nick says it's like a Formula 1 pit stop "in that we have to practice... we have to practice our load-ins and our load-outs, so that we can move it at the speed we need to".

Unloading set for Take That concert

BreakingSummer Grant death: Two charged with manslaughter

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence after seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Norfolk, died when the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away by a gust of wind in Harlow in 2016.

They are both from Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.

More to follow.

The long wait for Take That

Our reporter Leigh Milner is tweeting from Carrow Road, where Take That take to the stage tonight for the penultimate gig of their Wonderland tour.

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Norman Lamb 'contender as Lib Dem leader'

The North Norfolk Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb is expected to contest the party leadership following the resignation of Tim Farron.

Mr Lamb has held the parliamentary seat since 2001, and was re-elected last week with a 10% increase in his vote.

Norman Lamb hugs his wife Mary at election count

He's the party's spokesman on health and stood in the 2015 contest to replace Nick Clegg as leader - losing to Tim Farron by 43.5% to 56.5%.

During the Tory-Lib Dem coalition he was a minister in the business and health departments, and is seen as belonging to the centre-right of the party. Mr Lamb was a close ally of Nick Clegg, serving as his parliamentary aide when he was appointed deputy prime minister.

Norman Lamb MP

Contenders for the Lib Dem party's leadership are not due formally to put their names forward until the start of parliament's summer break when Mr Farron officially stands down.

Kerri McAuley trial: Judge begins summing up

The jury in the trial of a Norwich man accused of killing his partner has heard closing speeches of the prosecution and defence.

The prosecution says 27-year-old Joe Storey, of Murrells Court, Norwich, intended to kill Kerri McAuley, 32, or cause her really serious harm.

They say after the attack began on the sofa in her flat on Southalls Way, Norwich, Storey lay Ms McAuley's prone body on the mattress nearby and rained blows down on her face, shattering her nose, cheekbones and jaw.

Kerri McAuley

The defence argues that forensic evidence does does not support this, and that Storey was under the influence of drink and drugs, and flew into a rage - and that the attack didn't take place there.

It says the lack of a weapon shows Storey did not intend to kill or really seriously harm the mother-of-two.

The judge at Norwich Crown Court, Stephen Holt, has begun his summing up.