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Summary

  1. Norfolk election results latest
  2. All of Norfolk's MPs retain their seats
  3. Broadland remains blue
  4. Liz Truss holds South West Norfolk but illness forces her away from the count
  5. Clive Lewis increases majority and holds Norwich South
  6. Norman Lamb re-elected to North Norfolk
  7. Conservatives retain Great Yarmouth
  8. Sir Henry Bellingham holds North West Norfolk
  9. George Freeman re-elected for Mid Norfolk
  10. Close win for Conservatives in Norwich North
  11. Conservatives hold South Norfolk

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Thanks for joining us for Norfolk Live today, our regular news updates have now come to an end and will restart at 08:00 tomorrow.

Among the stories we've brought you today has been the news that North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb won't be standing for leadership of the Liberal Democrats, and Ed Sheeran's donated some of his clothes to charity.

Scroll down to read more on these and our other news bites.

As predicted, the heatwave came to a sudden end... we'll leave you with this dark and forbidding sky over Holkham bay earlier this afternoon.

Dark sky over Holkham
BBC

Sir John Major supports hospice appeal

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The former prime minister Sir John Major has shown his support for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) Nook Appeal by attending a dinner to raise funds for the charity.

The charity, whose royal patron is the Duchess of Cambridge, has outgrown its Quidenham hospice and now needs a new purpose-built facility to meet increased demand for service and the needs of the children it cares for.

The Duchess launched the appeal in November 2014. It aims to raise £10m to transform children's palliative care across Norfolk, including a new hospice on a woodland site to the south of Norwich.

Sir John Major with EACH chief executive Graham Butland
EACH

During his speech, Sir John spoke of the need for the facility, and of the services that the charity provides. He recounted a number of stories of individual families and their children who'd received care and support from EACH.

He also spoke of the pain and anguish suffered by parents when a young life is taken too soon, and said that as a parent and grandfather himself he found the bravery "exhibited by the children and families thrown into such terrible circumstances humbling to witness".

Norwich Beacon cafe extends to reach more people

Network Norfolk

The Beacon Café, part of St Elizabeth’s Church in Earlham, Norwich, plans to extend so it can serve more people in the local area.

Beacon cafe - groups of people sitting at tables
Network Norfolk

Customer claims maggot eggs were on sealed roll bought from Greggs in Diss

Diss Express

A Greggs spokesperson has reassured customers their products at the Diss store are safe after apparent maggot eggs were found on a sealed roll.

Exterior view of Greggs in Diss
Diss Express

Broads bridge closed

The Broads Authority is tweeting a message warning boat users that Reedham Bridge is unable to open.

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Service to remember helicopter crash casualties

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A service of remembrance will be held at Caister lifeboat station this evening to commemorate the lives of a Whirlwind Helicopter crew which crashed nearby 50 years ago tonight.

The Search and Rescue crew from 202 Squadron at RAF Coltishall were on exercise navigation training inland over Norfolk and Suffolk, and over the coast from Pakefield Rifle Range up to the Great Yarmouth area.

Black and white photo showing aircraft wreckage
Bob Collis

But at 19:50, despite having only flown 10 hours after a major overhaul, a rotor blade broke off the Westland Whirlwind - causing it to ditch into the sea.

It was witnessed by Ivan Jones, then a 14-year-old boy who'd just joined Caister Lifeboat. He was on look-out duty at the time, and told me what he saw.

"I wasn't looking at the helicopter in particular, I knew there was one around - I'd heard it... then I heard a noise, I looked out and saw the yellow Search and Rescue helicopter which looked like it was over the Seashore Holiday Camp... something fell from it, which I now know was the rotor blade and it headed out towards sea."

I didn't actually see it hit the sea... that pilot was probably a bit of a hero, because if it had dropped straight down it would have been on the holiday camp."

Ivan Jones

So why won't Norman Lamb run?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

It's impossible to overestimate the pressure that Norman Lamb has been under during the last few months.

His seat was the main Conservative target in East Anglia during the election. It was a tough - at times nasty - campaign as the Tories bombarded North Norfolk with big name visits, leaflets and advertising. The Lib Dem cause was not helped by the fact that 59% of people voted to leave the EU.

"We threw everything at him in that election, he's aged ten years," a Conservative MP told me the other day.

That's probably the main reason why Mr Lamb isn't standing for the leadership. He's exhausted and he knows he'll have a reduced majority of 3,500 to defend whenever the next election is held.

Norman Lamb MP
BBC

But he is also a man who at times has appeared a little detached from his party and its policies. He is popular with members, he's popular with his constituents and he's won a lot of credit for his work on mental health - work which he'll be able to continue now that there's no chance of him becoming leader.

Leading the Lib Dems, a party which is still struggling for an identity following its time in coalition and its subsequent disastrous defeat, will be no easy task.

I think Mr Lamb has concluded that he has enough on his plate without any more hassle.

Norman Lamb rules himself out of party leadership race

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has announced he's not standing to be leader of the Liberal Democrats.

In a statement, he admitted to having differences with his party over the issue of Brexit.

He also said that he'd just fought a "gruelling" campaign to hold on to his seat, which friends say has left him exhausted.

Mr Lamb has described the party's policy of holding a second Brexit referendum as "toxic".

He says many in the party saw his decision to abstain during the Article 50 vote "as an act of betrayal" and he felt wounded when an anonymous Lib Dem source told a newspaper that it looked like he couldn't make a tough call.

"It is actually quite tough to go against your party, and I did it on a matter of principle," he said.

During the campaign, Mr Lamb found himself "sympathising with those who felt that the party was not listening to them and was treating them with some disdain".

Norman Lamb MP
BBC

He wants the Liberal Democrats to engage in more cross-party working in the new hung parliament, he also wants it to flag up issues like climate change which he says are not being properly debated.

Mr Lamb was seen as one of the favourites to lead his party and is popular both with members and political opponents. But he has decided that it is not for him.

Photos: From bingo hall to multiplex

More now on our story of the four-screen cinema that will soon be opening in Gorleston.

In the 1960s bingo was very much the fashion... and in 1964 the final curtain went down at the Palace cinema, and it became a bingo hall.

Now work is under way to transform the Art Deco building back into a cinema - this time a four-screen multiplex.

Interior, showing conversion work
BBC

The walls are being cladded , new ones created - but the basic structure will remain.

Interior, showing conversion work
BBC

Patrick Duffy, of Palatial Leisure, is converting the Palace, and he says it will attract a lot of people into the town who'd normally go to Norwich.

Interior, showing conversion work
BBC

He doesn't know what the last film to be shown at the old cinema was - if you do, we'd love to hear from you. But Patrick says films are already booked for when the cinema opens its doors in a few weeks time.

Head to Gorleston for the top movies

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

It has been more than 50 years since the last film was shown at the Palace in Gorleston.

The Art Deco building on the High Street, a cinema from 1939, was converted into a bingo hall in the 1960s. But now it's being turned back into a movie house - a multiplex, with four screens

The Palace bingo club ni Gorleston
BBC

Patrick Duffy is the man behind the plans, and he told me the seaside town is now at the centre of what he calls a conservative nightlife.

"You've got Wetherspoons coming, no nightclubs or whatever, but people who like to go out for an evening will now be able to come into Gorleston."

Patrick Duffy, inside the former bingo hall
BBC

He expects to open the brand new, state-of-the art multiplex in around five to six weeks, but won't rush it as he wants to make sure they have the most comfortable seating and the accoustics are absolutely right.

We've done no leasing or rentals, we've purchased everything - this means we'll have the top four films available in the UK right here in Gorleston... you can go to Norwich, Ipswich, anywhere, but you're not going to get any better than you've got here."

Patrick Duffy

Ed Sheeran donates items from 'casual wardrobe' to Fakenham charity shop

The 24th charity shop for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices opened its doors in Fakenham today - with a selection of clothing worn by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

It's not the first time that the musician has cleaned out his wardrobe for the charity.

Ed, who still lives in Suffolk, is an ambassador of EACH, and has been a good supporter of the charity since he linked up with it in 2014.

A recent sale of 70 items of his clothing fetched nearly £7,300 for the charity - and his performance at a gala dinner in aid of the Nook appeal at the Natural History Museum raised more than £260,000

Area retail manager Sarah Throssell says in the past Ed has donated beautiful suits that he's worn to big events - but explains the items on sale in Fakenham are from his "casual wardrobe".

Sarah Throssell stands by a rail of Ed Sheeran's clothing
BBC

It's not an auction, they're all price from £35 upwards... if you're a real Ed fan, we hope you'll find that price is good."

Sarah ThrossellEACH area retail manager

Charity shop has the 'Ed-edge'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An eclectic mix of clothes worn by Ed Sheeran has gone on sale at a charity shop in Fakenham.

The Suffolk singer, who was recently awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity, is an ambassador for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

The top selling artist, who's headlining the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, has donated 10 items of clothing to EACH'S shop, which opened in the north Norfolk market town today.

Included in the mix are t-shirts and trousers, a pair of shorts and a plain white shirt.

A rail of clothes donated by Ed Sheeran
BBC

EACH area retail manager Sarah Throssell says fans won't be disappointed.

We ask his mum, when she drops them off on his behalf, to give them as-worn - they're not laundered - so for a true-Ed fan they're just what they want."

Sarah ThrossellEACH area retail manager

Woman charged after serious assault

A woman has been charged with assault in connection with an incident which happened in Norwich yesterday.

Police, including armed officers, were called to Watson Grove shortly after midnight following reports a man had been wounded with a knife.

A 32-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with the incident has now been charged.

The victim, who's in his 50s, suffered a non-life threatening serious chest injury. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment, but has since been discharged.

City teenagers face education shake-up

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News today: Plans revealed to merge City College and stop A-Levels at Hewett:

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Archant

Witness appeal following fail-to-stop crash

Police are looking for the driver of a silver Renault Clio following a collision in Welney.

The vehicle had collided with a bicycle on the A1101, on the Welney side of the suspension bridge. As a result, the bike then hit another cycle.

The Renault driver didn't stop at the scene and drove off towards Wisbech.

Both the cyclists, a boy in his teens and a man in his early 20s, were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with leg injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Police.

Norwich buildings scoop architecture awards

Two buildings in Norwich have been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for their architectural excellence.

The 2017 RIBA National Award was given to Carrowbreck Meadow, which was praised for its well-designed and sustainable homes.

Housing development in woodland
Hamson Barron Smith/RIBA
Housing development at night
Hamson Barron Smith/RIBA

And an ecological straw-clad building at the University of East Anglia - The Enterprise Centre - also scooped a 2017 RIBA National Award.

The Enterprise Centre
Nick Caville/RIBA
Straw-cladding on The Enterprise Centre
Dennis Gilbert/RIBA

Lightning causes rail disruption

Greater Anglia warns that services to and from Great Yarmouth face disruption until 14:00, due to lightning damage to the signalling system.

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Top award for Arts University

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has achieved the highest rating of "Gold" in a new award measuring teaching excellence.

The Teaching Excellent Framework measures universities in three areas... teaching quality, learning environment and student outcome.

Norwich University of the Arts sign on building
BBC

The University of East Anglia (UEA) was given a silver rating.

University of East Anglia
BBC

Chris Husbands, of The Teaching Excellence Framework, said of the system: "It measures where it's got systems in place to keep students on their course when things get tough... the effectiveness and speed of feedback on work, and looking at the quality of library and other learning resources."

Norfolk MP calls for 'punitive taxes' on empty homes

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has called for "punitive taxes" to be imposed on developers who build new properties and then leave them empty.

Speaking during a debate in parliament on the Grenfell fire tragedy, Mr Bacon said: "In recent years London has seen many high quality high rises built often financed with hot foreign money and then left empty for years, often with the kitchens still in cling film."

Mr Bacon, who has always had a great interest in house building, said that if brand new properties were being left empty for many years the government should discuss "changing the taxation regime so that, as in New York, these people face punitive taxation."

The prime minister said Mr Bacon had raised "an interesting point" although she said that the number of unoccupied homes in London was currently at a low level.

Farke knows how to start quickly

Eastern Daily Press

Here's a look at the back page of the Eastern Daily Press: Canaries boss will begin his reign trying to end the Craven Cottage hex.

Back page of EDP
Archant

Too late for Kerri, but right thing to do

Eastern Daily Press

The story on the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press: Victim's family back new domestic violence measures.

Front page of EDP
Archant

New facilities for Joint Strike Fighter jets

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The Ministry of Defence has announced a £135m contract to support the new fast jets at RAF Marham.

The investment will deliver a new hangar capable of housing 12 of the F-35 Lightning II's. Vertical landing pads will also be built for the jets, as well as resurfacing two existing runways.

It's the last of seven projects worth £250m undertaken to prepare the air base for the arrival of the jets next year. RAF Marham's existing Tornado fleet will retire in 2019.

F35 flying over Marham
MOD

Boom! Thunder on its way

Umbrellas at the ready... the heatwave is about to end with a bang.

Chris Bell, from Weatherquest, is tweeting that thunder is on its way - and we've just heard it's now skirting north of Cambridgeshire.

View more on twitter

Aerial photos of NDR work

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Back to the story that we brought you yesterday, on how the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) is going millions of pounds over budget.

The 12-mile link road around northern Norwich runs from the north west of the city to join the A47 at Postwick.

We thought you might like to look at the latest aerial pictures of the NDR construction sent to us by Mike Page.

This one was taken close to the Cromer Road, near Hellesdon.

Aerial view of work on NDR at Cromer Road
Mike Page

And this second image was taken further west, at Rackheath.

Aerial view of work on NDR at Rackheath Road
Mike Page

Shortage of migrant workers to harvest crops

A farmer from south Norfolk says crops could rot in the ground if people from Europe aren't allowed freely in to the country.

Andy Allen grows 250 tonnes of asparagus each year on his farm at Great Ellingham. He needs 125 migrant workers to harvest and pack the crop.

Asparagus growing in a field
BBC

But Brexit is already causing farm labourers to choose other places to work, instead of the UK, says Mr Allen, with the value of the pound meaning workers lose money when they change it back to Euros.

Andy Allen with a crate of asparagus
BBC

They want to be able to come to the same farms each year... my guys are only here because they're coming to work, they're not coming here for a holiday - they pay tax, they pay National Insurance... I certainly need them and our economy needs them."

Andy AllenFarmer

Wasted crops could push up prices

Farmers in Norfolk say they're struggling to survive because of a shortage of migrant labour.

A BBC investigation has found that almost half of our salad and summer fruit growers can't get enough workers for the picking season. It means that the future of some businesses is uncertain, unless they can get regular staff.

Strawberries in punnets
BBC

Tim Papworth, who farms in north Norfolk, is vice chairman of the National Farmers' Union national potato forum, says the outlook isn't good. He knows of farmers that are unable to harvest crops because of a lack of staff.

I'm afraid we're going to see crops being wasted, which will have the effect of pushing prices up long term and causing more impacts, which we don't want - people aren't going to be investing, they'll be dis-investing which is not good."

Tim PapworthFarmer

Weather... The heatwave is coming to a close

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

If it's been too hot for you, then good news at last. The heatwave will end today.

Most places will stay dry and bright, but there could be a few thunderstorms around - heavy at times.

Temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for where you live.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Thursday, 22 June 2017.

Good morning Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us at the start of a new day on Norfolk Live.

If you're shopping for your summer holidays... this could be just what you need. The singer Ed Sheeran has donated some of his clothes to a charity shop in Fakenham.

We'll have more on this along with our regular news updates throughout the day.

After the hot days and sleepless nights, it looks like the heatwave is coming to an end and thunderstorms are likely. Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly.

Our live coverage across the day

That's all folks for now. Hope you feel you've been kept across all things Norfolk today.

Among the stories we've reported is news that the Northern Distributor Road is going to need more money spending on its construction.

The actor starring in a new movie about the King of Punjab who lived in exile near Thetford has visited his grave at Eleveden.

The team are back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Actor lays flowers at Punjab King's grave near Thetford

Cath Saunt

BBC Radio Norfolk

The actor playing the role of an exiled Punjab King in a new movie about his life has laid flowers at the Maharajah's grave on the Elveden Estate near Thetford.

Grave of former Punjab King
BBC
Headstone
BBC

Satinder Sartaaj is the lead in a new biopic called 'The Black Prince', which tells the story of the 19th century Maharajah Duleep Singh.

"I've been here twice, once before filming because I came here just to feel the ambience, the aura of the place.

"Sikhs don't consider him a hero because they say he was a womaniser who lived a lavish life, converted to Christianity... but when you get to know his life after he was reunited with his mother he made a 360 degree turnaround."

The 7,000 acre (69 km²) country estate at Elveden on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, close to Thetford, was purchased by the British govenment for the Maharajah in 1863.

He is said to have enjoyed living there, restoring the church, cottages and school and was named 'The Black Prince' by Queen Victoria, who was very fond of him.

He tried to return to India several times but was prevented from doing so by the British authorities who had taken over the Indian province.

He married twice and fathered eight children, some of whom could boast Queen Victoria as their godmother.

Weather: Warm and dry with potential for thundery rain

BBC Weather

We've got another very warm sunny evening ahead.

Weather graphic
BBC

Staying dry for most this evening and overnight but with a risk of thunderstorms developing later.

Where they do occur there is potential for heavy downpours bringing sudden localised flooding and disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes.

Lows of 18C (64F).

Tomorrow will see more risk of a thundery shower first thing but it will become drier and brighter and feel much fresher. Highs of 25C (77F).

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

NDR: Secret meeting to discuss increase in funding costs

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Delays and changes to Norwich's Northern Distributor Road mean that the taxpayer will have to pay millions more than anticipated, as reported in the Eastern Daily Press.

aeriel picture of NDR
Mike Page/Dan Gay

The 12-mile-long road to bypass the north of the city is being constructed by Balfour Beattie and is due to open next Spring.

It was supposed to cost about £148m but the project has been given additional money since then.

Councillor Denise Carlo for the Green Party says as well as the rising costs, lack of scrutiny is a further issue after the council decided to hold today's committee meeting behind closed doors.

"I think the council is very embarrassed," she said.

"In 2011 at the inquiry NCC told the Department of Transport that the costs (of about £148m) were final and yet we've seen a huge increase of £37m since then and the Norfolk taxpayer is bearing about £90m of the cost."

A spokesman for the council said commercially sensitive information was behind the decision not to hold an open meeting.

New palliative residential unit for King's Lynn

Patients at a west Norfolk hospice can finally stay there overnight after the completion of a new unit.

Tapping House, King's Lynn
BBC

Tapping House at Hillington near King's Lynn has been offering palliative day care for years.

But a fundraising campaign has supported the opening of a nine bedroom inpatient facility which has been named after Dr Hugh Ford who first set up a hospice in 1984.

Lindsay Carter, chief executive, says the rooms are very high spec.

"We've got single rooms, all en-suite with wifi, air-conditioning, a place for a relative to stay and every room has a garden aspect with a patio door too so people can sit outside," she said.

The hospice costs about £2.5m a year to run and the new unit will add another £750,000 to that bill.

Lamb criticises no social care funding in Queen's Speech

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Norman Lamb, the MP for North Norfolk and former health minister, has criticised the government for leaving out funding changes to social care from the Queen's Speech.

Queen at State Opening of Parliament
Getty Images

The Queen's Speech outlines the government's agenda for the next two years in parliament. It mainly focused on the country's departure from the European Union.

Mr Lamb said: "Social care is in a state of total crisis. A million older people are missing out on care they need and services face a funding black hole of billions in this year alone.

"In coalition we commissioned the Dilnot report - an independent, expert led review of social care funding - yet the Conservatives have chosen to ignore the recommendations.

"Now they are simply kicking the issue into the long grass again with more consultation, after their deeply unfair Dementia Tax was clearly rejected by voters."

Woman arrested after man stabbed

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

A woman in her 30s has been arrested after a man was stabbed in Norwich this morning.

Police, including armed officers, attended the scene just after midnight following reports he had been wounded with a knife during an incident in Watson Grove.

The victim, a man in his 50s, suffered a serious chest injury.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.

Det Con Craig Leeder, said it was an isolated incident:

"We are in the early stages of our investigation and working to establish a sequence of events," he said.

Actor to visit Elveden grave of Maharajah

Cath Saunt

BBC Radio Norfolk

An actor, playing the lead in a biopic about the last king of the Punjab who was exiled near Norfolk is visiting his grave today.

Actor, Satinder Sartaaj (centre) playing role of The Black Prince
Sterling Media

Satinder Sartaaj is playing the lead in a new biopic called 'The Black Prince'.

The film is about the tragic life of the Maharajah Duleep Singh who at the age of five was removed from the throne, taken from his mother and brought to England.

Here he was introduced to Queen Victoria, who gave him the name of 'The Black Prince.'

The Mahrajah was indoctrinated into Christianity aged 15 but reconverted to Sikhism in later life.

Despite this he was given a Christian burial on the Elveden Estate near Thetford.

The movie is out next month.

The Queen's speech: What's in it for us?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Immigration, support for farmers and taking back control of our fishing waters were the stand-out measures for the East announced in today's Queen's speech.

The government says the new Immigration Bill will allow it to control the number of people coming here from the EU after Brexit. The Agriculture Bill promises to put in place "an effective system to support UK farmers" who will lose their subsidies after we leave the EU.

But the Fisheries Bill stands out with its strong promise to "enable the UK to control access to its waters and set UK fishing quotas once it has left the EU". This was a key demand of fishermen along the coast during the election and whilst there are no details about future quotas and access rights, the government is clearly serious about improving things for our fishing industry.

In a region where the poor standard of some schools has been an issue, it is worth noting that the government remains committed to making failing schools become academies but plans for grammar schools have been dropped.

Bear in mind that a lot of what is being promised will depend on the current Brexit negotiations and on this minority government staying in power. Two very big uncertainties in this new parliament.

High temperatures keep swing bridges still

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A fifth day of disruption faces boat users on the Broads.

Reedham swing bridge
Ashley Dace/Geograph

The Broads authority has confirmed that swing bridges at Oulton, Somerleyton and Reedham will remain closed again until 19:00.

The restriction follows advice from Network Rail which is concerned the bridges could get stuck open because of the hot weather.