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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 8 June 2017
  2. Fair wind for renewable's industry off Norfolk coast
  3. Trains delays on Norwich to London line
  4. Polling stations open in Norfolk

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

That's it for your live updates for now - but not for long.

We'll be bringing you all the election results for Norfolk as they come in overnight from the moment the polls close at 22:00, as you'll see if you keep an eye on our feed.

And of course we'll also bring you any other news, weather, sport and travel as it comes in, so we hope you'll join us then.

Weather: Rain will spread eastwards leaving clear periods

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Showery rain in places this evening will spread eastwards to leave clear spells by the end of the night.

Weather chart
BBC

Southwesterly winds will ease and Friday will start with sunny spells but scattered showers are expected and these could be thundery with hail in places.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Teacher sentenced for causing child to watch sexual act

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A former teacher who committed a sexual offence against a male student "purely for her own gratification" has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Emily Tatra, 27, of Stafford Avenue, Norwich, admitted causing a child to watch a sexual act while a teacher at Downham Market Academy in Norfolk.

She denied a charge of inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17.

At Norwich Crown Court earlier Tatra was sentenced to four months in jail suspended for two years.

She will also be placed on the sex offenders' register.

Tatra's school released a statement when she was charged in April, saying the alleged offences had come to light in September last year and she had been suspended from her post.

In court on Thursday, Tatra admitted abusing a position of trust by causing a child to watch a sexual act.

She pleaded not guilty to abusing a position of trust by inciting sexual activity with a male child aged 13 to 17. The court ordered this count to lie on her file.

Both alleged offences were against one boy.

"Tatra abused her position of trust as a teacher to carry out sex offences on a teenaged boy purely for her own gratification," Det Con Nicky Gaughan, who headed the investigation for Norfolk Police, said.

"By pleading guilty, she has prevented the victim having to relive his ordeal through a trial, however I would like to commend him for the bravery he has shown."

From the archives: Boulton and Paul works in Norwich 1933

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Eighty four years ago this month, a photographer took of a picture of what is described in the caption as a "new all metal aeroplane" constructed by the Boulton and Paul Works in Norwich.

Boulton and Paul works in Norwich 1933
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Boulton and Paul built the aircraft from 1915 to the mid 1930s, including involvement in the construction of the doomed R101 British airship.

The firm's aircraft division moved to Wolverhampton in 1934. Boulton and Paul in Norwich became a major builder of prefabricated buildings and wire netting during the Second World War.

Boulton and Paul aircraft built in Norwich 1933
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'Lethal carbon monoxide levels' killed boat death couple

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A couple died on board their boat from "lethal levels of carbon monoxide", a coroner has concluded.

The bodies of Alan Frost, 64, and Tina Wilkins, 51, from Grays, Essex, as well as a dog, were found on the vessel moored near Wroxham Island, on the Norfolk Broads on 9 June last year.

Concerns were raised after the boat had not moved for some time.

Wroxham Island on the Norfolk Broads
David Dixon/Geograph

Their deaths were not treated as suspicious by the police and the case was passed to the coroner.

At an inquest today at Norfolk Coroner's Court the coroner recorded a narrative conclusion saying the couple died sometime between 6 and 9 June "as a result of lethal CO levels within the confines of the boat".

Norfolk teacher who had relationship with former pupil gets ban

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Norfolk teacher who, despite repeated warnings, formed a "boyfriend/girlfriend” relationship with a girl who had been a pupil at the school he taught in, has been banned from the country’s classrooms.

A teacher’s disciplinary panel in Coventry was shown photographic evidence of Oscar Gibbon, 24, who taught at a school in Great Yarmouth, with the girl.

The hearing was told that a former teaching colleague had informed the school authorities after spotting him on a date with the girl at Colchester Zoo.

Mr Gibbon, who was suspended from the school in August last year, admitted a string of allegations against him which included holding hands with the girl; kissing her; and entering into the “boyfriend/girlfriend” relationship with her after she had left the school.

The findings of the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel found him guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” which could bring the teaching profession into disrepute.

However, their findings say that there was evidence that he understood that his actions were wrong and that he had stated that he had "made a genuine mistake".

They continued: “The panel considered that the behaviour, whilst serious, was at the lower end of the scale."

The panel banned him from teaching, but recommended that he should be allowed to seek to have the ban lifted after two years.

Tributes paid after fatal crash in Norfolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Tributes have been paid to a 38-year-old man from Norfolk who died when his car left the road and crashed into a ditch.

Robert Kent
Kent Family

Father-of-three Robert Kent (pictured), of Salters Lode, near Downham Market, was driving a Vauxhall Vectra when he was killed in the accident on the A134 at Stoke Ferry just before 22:00 on 25 May.

His wife Anne Kent said: "Rob had a brilliant sense of humour and never realised how popular he was. He got on with everyone and was witty."

Robert Kent
Kent Family

His sister Melanie Denley, speaking on behalf of his family, said: "Bobby wasn't a materialistic person, and he never wanted anything from anyone, just their time, to laugh, chat and have a beer.

"His smile and laugh were infectious. You couldn't help but warm to him, he had friends far and wide. He has left a massive hole in our world."

Norfolk Police are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information concerning the driving manner of the vehicle prior to the incident.

Norfolk man adopts East Anglia's most remote railway station

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has volunteered to adopt East Anglia’s most remote station – Berney Arms (pictured) in the Norfolk marshes, west of Great Yarmouth.

Chris Palmer from Stokesby, a member of the East Norfolk Transport Users’ Association, has joined Greater Anglia’s 'Adopt A Station' scheme.

Berney Arms Station, Norfolk
Tim Glover/Geograph

He said: "Years ago my uncles shared a houseboat at Breydon Water and used to tell me stories of how they would go eel fishing at Berney Arms.

"But I haven’t been out there for about ten years now so I am looking forward to visiting again and seeing what can be done."

Greater Anglia’s area customer service manager James Reeve said: “I’d like to welcome Chris to the role of station adopter. I think he can certainly lay claim to adopting the most unusual station on our network."

The ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme started in 2003 and enables individuals or groups to adopt their local railway station and contribute to its presentation and welfare for the benefit of the local community.

Over the years, station adopters have also played a key role in raising money for new initiatives, such as improved waiting facilities or planting station gardens.

From the archives: Mine sweeping with water jets in Great Yarmouth 1945

Seventy two years ago this month, British soldiers were photographed on the beach at Great Yarmouth using a high powered jet to sweep the beach for mines.

With the threat of invasion over, the troops were trying to make the beach safe for peacetime use.

Mine sweeping in Great Yarmouth
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CCTV appeal after theft in Norwich

Police are appealing for help to identify a man following a theft in Norwich.

Theft CCTV
Norfolk Police

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after a grey GT Avalanche mountain bike was stolen from a property in The Watering sometime between 17:00 on Friday 5 May and 08:00 on Monday 8 May.

Anyone who may recognise the man, or anyone with information, should contact Norfolk Police.

Train line between Norwich and London running again

The train service between Norwich and London, via Ipswich and Colchester, is back up and running.

The line between Chelmsford and Witham had been closed after a person was hit by a train, but it has now reopened.

Delays are still expected until 12:00.

Norwich signing capped for Wales

BBC Sport

New Norwich signing Marley Watkins (pictured) has been picked for the Wales squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Serbia.

Marley Watkins
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He takes the place of Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn, 17, who has withdrawn after suffering a calf injury.

Watkins was with Chris Coleman's squad at a Portugal training camp last week. But the uncapped 26-year-old dropped out when the squad was reduced to 23 players on Monday.

Wales take on Serbia on Sunday.

Delay in opening of Post Office in Cromer

There's been a delay to the opening of a new Post Office in Cromer's High Street.

Residents have had to travel some distance since a store, with a post office counter within it, closed in March.

Co-op have taken over the premises and the Post Office will be returning. The branch was due to re-open today, it's been delayed because of staff training until 22 June.

From the archives: Great Yarmouth beach and fairground 1957

Sixty years ago this month, this photograph was taken of the the beach, promenade and fairground at the English seaside resort of Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth in 1957
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Trains delays on Norwich to London line

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Trains between Norwich and London, via Ipswich and Colchester, are disrupted this morning as we're told a person has been hit by a train.

Great Anglia train
BBC

Greater Anglia say that all trains have been stopped just before Chelmsford whilst the emergency services attend to the incident.

A very limited Rail Replacement Bus service will operate between Chelmsford and Witham, but in order to get to that you'd have to get to Colchester and change, so if you're travelling from Norwich your best bet is to go via Cambridge, where your tickets will be accepted.

National Rail says disruption is expected until around 11:00.

Polling stations open in Norfolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Polling stations across Norfolk are open for voting in the general election.

General election 2017
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It's a huge operation for councils to organise the polling stations, staffing and the count itself.

In West Norfolk, the borough council runs the elections in both North West and South West Norfolk. Sharon Clifton, from the council, says preparations will have started early this morning.

"Presiding officers would be at polling stations at 06:00 this morning because there is a lot of preparation to do, putting up polling booths, making sure the signs are in place," she said.

Fair wind for renewable's industry off Norfolk coast

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Experts in renewable energy say Norfolk could benefit financially from the offshore generation industry. It's being claimed that the coastline around Britain could generate five times more wind power.

Wind farm
Getty Images

There are 56 giant turbines already under construction at the port of Great Yarmouth for the Galloper farm off the Suffolk coast.

Emma Pinchbeck from RenewableUK, which represents the wind industry, said the county has great green potential. "What is good about the wind industry is that it has to be regional.

"They have to build the wind farms where there are good wind speeds and good coast lines and it's causing lots of jobs to to spring up in the area, such as in Great Yarmouth," she said.

She said the wind farm installation firm Seajacks in Great Yarmouth employs 250 people.

Busy night for Norfolk fire service

It's been a busy 12 hours for the county's fire service. Crews have dealt with two house fires in Norwich and Burgh Castle and four road crashes at Stoke Ferry, Hingham, Haddiscoe and King's Lynn.

Weather: Dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will be dry and breezy but cloudy early on with skies brightening up later.

Today will be dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Some warm and sunny spells will develop.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F)

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