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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 21 July 2017
  2. Family's tribute to murder victim
  3. Court appearance for men accused of supermarket murder
  4. RAF Marham "attempted abduction" no longer an active police investigation
  5. Lifeboat helps three boats caught in heavy squalls
  6. HSE investigation continues into factory explosion deaths
  7. Canaries round-off German tour

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Our live coverage for the day:

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day... and for the week.

The stories making the news today include a family's tribute to the man who died following an assault at a supermarket and the attempted abduction into an RAF Marham airman is no longer an active police investigation.

Scroll down to take a look at these and the other news we've brought you today.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, we hope you have a great time.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

The latest regional weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia
BBC

A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Your help is needed in a 'bioblitz' race against time

From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, nature conservation teams are coming together this weekend to help identify and record as many species of wildlife as possible.

The 24-hour bioblitz will stretch from Holme-Next-The-Sea to Salthouse... and your help is needed.

Aerial view of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Reserve
National Trust
Cley Marshes between Blakeney Point and Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast

Rachael Wright, of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, says they're encouraging people to join in with identifying the plants and animals... and no prior knowledge is needed.

"With the help of nature experts and volunteers we hope to discover as many species as possible," she said.

Two young girls and an adult searching the sandline
Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The coastline, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to a diverse mix of wildlife.

The National Trust held bioblitz surveys at Brancaster and Blakeney in 2015, which recorded high species counts and also a handful of wildlife firsts for the Norfolk coast.

These included the first ever recorded sightings of Balearic shearwaters at Blakeney and the Moss Carder bee at Brancaster.

Two men surveying at Brancaster Staithe Harbour
National Trust

Ajay Tegala, coastal ranger for the National Trust, say it's hoped this blitz will uncover many more wildlife treasures that have been previously unknown.

All wildlife discovered during the bioblitz will be recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network to help understand how wildlife along the coast is changing.

Click here to find out how you can be involved.

Common Seals and Sandwich Terns at Blakeney Point
National Trust

Video promoting beauty of Norwich Cathedral

A video to highlight to beauty of Norwich Cathedral has been launched today.

It's been made by Rob Whitworth, who helped make the BBC television series Planet Earth II. It took the BAFTA-award winning film-maker three months to shoot.

The video has been funded by Visit Norwich and the city's Business Improvement District.

Click on the link below to have a look:

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Murder victim's family paid tribute

A man who was killed during an outbreak of violence in a supermarket in Wymondham has been described as a "warm and caring soul".

Sue Rogers, the mother of 26-year-old Nick Rogers, says "words cannot describe the overwhelming gut-wrenching sadness and anger" the family is feeling at his loss.

"We had a strong bond and while Nick didn't always get things right, he so desperately wanted to change his life for the better.

Paying tribute to her son, she added: "I hope that by donating your organs, the lives of others have been saved and you will live on with them.

"We hope they all lead a full life, something which was cruelly taken so suddenly from you. Night night, my beautiful special boy."

Nick Rogers
Family photo

Nick's brother and sister, Cameron and Hope Steadman, also paid tribute to their brother.

"I miss you so much, wish you were still here,” said Cameron. "I regret not saying how much I appreciated and loved you.

"It’s so sad to see you go at a time you started to take the reins on your life and steer on a good course. I’ll continue to remember the good time and make you proud.”

Hope said: "It’s tough to know you won’t be around, to never see me get married, be an uncle and see my children grow up.

"It’s hard to believe it’s real – I still expect to see you come walking in the house and ask if I’m alright. Love and miss you so much, please watch over me and keep me safe."

Black and white photo of Nick Rogers
Family photo

Nick's stepfather Andrew Steadman said words could not describe the "pain and heartbreak" the family were going through.

"Behind the typical young lad bravado, Nick was a warm and caring soul and would always help others where and when he could. His loss will leave a huge void in our lives."

Two men from Wymondham have been charged with murder and of affray. They appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning and were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance.

They have yet to enter pleas.

NDR: The latest travel updates

Here's a look at the latest traffic update for motorists while construction work continues on the Northern Distributor Road around Norwich:

  • B1150 North Walsham Road - temporary lights from Monday, 24 July
  • Buxton Road, Spixworth - gas main diversion work continues over the week and through next week with 24-hour traffic lights
  • Holly Lane - permanently closed between the B1149 Holt Road and Reepham Road - the new route between these roads is along new Drayton Lane which opened yesterday

Norfolk's Doyle takes lead into British Grand Prix

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Around 40,000 speedway fans are expected to attend this weekend's British Grand Prix in Cardiff.

The leader of the series at the moment is Jason Doyle, an Australian who now lives in Norfolk, but rides for Swindon, as well as clubs in Poland, Denmark and Sweden.

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"There's no pressure at all, we've still got six more Grand Prix." Doyle told The Speedway Show on BBC Radio Norfolk.

"After getting injured so close to the end of last season, we've got to enjoy ourselves this year."

Safety message to beach visitors

This weekend marks a year since a swimmer died after getting caught in a rip current at Sea Palling.

Leszek Puchala, 52, who lived in Poland, was on holiday in Norfolk visiting family. He and another family member were pulled unconscious from the water. Beachgoers initially thought the men were enjoying themselves and shouting out in Polish, but rushed in to help when they realised they were in danger.

Earlier this week the council announced it would be using social media to make people aware of the dangers of the sea - they'll be written in Polish as well as English.

"One tragedy is always one tragedy too many," said council leader Tom Fitzpatrick.

"No matter how safe we think we are, there's always room for improvement.

"We're pushing messages on social media, making sure people can go on our beaches and be safe, asking them to swim between the red and yellow flags and obey the signs."

Brown dog stands at shoreline looking at swimmer in sea
BBC

Our coast looks benign, the water always looks inviting, but with strong rip tides the water can change... it's asking people to think, have a good time but know what to do if they get into difficulty."

Tom FitzpatrickLeader, North Norfolk District Council

More than 60 drivers caught using phones at the wheel

More than 60 tickets were issued in a week-long campaign to catch motorists who use their mobiles when at the wheel.

Operation Ringtone saw police officers on patrol in marked and unmarked vehicles, all fitted with cameras to get evidence. In total 67 tickets were issued.

Police officers and police vehicle, with one officer talking to a motorist in their car
BBC

Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the "fatal four" offences, alongside speeding, drink/drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Norfolk Police used the campaign to highlight that members of the public can submit dashcam footage to help in the fight against those breaking the law.

Ch Insp Kris Barnard says they hope having extra eyes on the road will help prevent offences and make people think twice about touching their mobile devices.

Life story of Elveden Hall's maharajah

A film telling the story of the last King of Punjab is released in cinemas today.

"The Black Prince" is the tale of Maharajah Duleep Singh. He was taken from his mother aged 15 when India was annexed by the British, and sent to England.

Scene from film of The Black prince
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Scene from film of The Black Prince, showing the Prince seated with Queen Victoria
Sterling Media

The young maharajah lived the life of an aristrocrat at Elveden Hall near Thetford, where his grave lies next to the village church.

He became a favourite of Queen Victoria, who was godmother to his children.

Scene from the Black Prince
Sterling Media

Eventually Duleep Singh gave up his estate, position and royal connections and in 1886 he set sail for India to reclaim his throne.

He was detained when his ship docked in Aden and was placed under house arrest.

The prince died in exile, a pauper, in Paris in 1893.

The Black Prince film stars Satinder Sartaaj, Shabana Azmi, Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, Keith Duffy and David Essex.

You can read more about the history of Maharajah Duleep Singh in a BBC feature written ahead of an auction of some of his clothing.

Theatre audience left in the dark as show cancelled at last minute

A packed audience at the Theatre Royal in Norwich was left disappointed last night after a production of Jane Eyre was cancelled at short notice.

The performance of the Charlotte Bronte classic is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, and has been on a run at the theatre since Monday.

Audience members told BBC Radio Norfolk that 20 minutes after the show was due to begin they were informed it wouldn't go ahead because of "an incident".

Exterior of Theatre Royal
BBC

A spokesman for the Theatre Royal tells us the decision was taken when a member of the acting company "had a flare-up of a pre-existing tendon of the foot", adding that this occurred moments before curtain-up, and "due to the physical nature of the production it was decided, for this reason only, it wasn't possible for them to perform".

Exterior of Theatre Royal
BBC

The theatre has apologised to those who had paid to go to last night's performance, offering them the chance to exchange their tickets for another performance or full refund.

The rest of the performance this week will go ahead as scheduled.

RAF Marham 'attempted abduction' no longer an active police investigation

The inquiry into the attempted abduction of a serviceman near RAF Marham is no longer being treated as an active investigation by police.

As reported in the Eastern Daily Press, any new information that comes to light will be reviewed and acted on accordingly.

An investigation began after a married serviceman, in his late 20s, was approached by two men while out jogging on 20 July last year.

He said he was threatened with a knife and attempts were made to grab him. The victim, who was not in uniform, fought them off and escaped unharmed.

At the time, police said they couldn't "discount terrorism" as the motive for the "attempted kidnap" and there was heightened security around the west Norfolk base.

Sign for RAF Marham outside air base
BBC

In the first five months of the investigation they'd received around 500 calls. In December, they moved away from the theory the incident was terror-related, and were revisiting other previously-considered motives.

To date, the inquiry has cost in the region of £113,000.

Royal Air Force police outside RAF Marham air base
BBC

In a statement, Det Insp Neil Stewart says they've analysed the 500 calls, reviewed hours of CCTV footage and carried out automatic number plate recognition inquiries which have revealed no significant leads.

The statement continues by saying all relevant inquiries have been exhausted, and the work carried out by the team has been very productive, particularly in identifying the most important witnesses captured on CCTV.

While we are unable to say for certain what the motive was, inquiries completed so far lead us to believe this attack is un-related to terrorism. As with any investigation of this nature, the victim has been spoken to at length and challenged over the version of events. The results of this, combined with other inquiries, have uncovered no evidence to undermine this.”

Det Insp Neil StewartNorfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Court appearance for men accused of supermarket murder

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The two men accused of murdering a man at a Wymondham supermarket have appeared in court.

Nick Rogers, 26, died on Tuesday. He'd been involved in a fight at the Morrisons store on Norwich Road the night before.

John Monk, 43, and his 19-year-old nephew Lee Monk, who are both from Wymondham, appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning.

They didn't enter any pleas and were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance in August.

Police officer and vehicle outside the supermarket
BBC

Lifeboat aids three boats caught in heavy winds

Three boats which got into trouble when hit by heavy squalls had to be rescued by Wells Lifeboat yesterday.

The first call was to the Sea Mist cabin cruiser. One of its two engines had overheated and had to be shut down, making it difficult to manouvre as skipper Richard Comrie tried to cross the bar into Wells harbour.

They were between 10-15 miles off the north Norfolk harbour when they radioed for help, and with sea washing over the boat they nearly lost their dinghy.

Lifeboat towing in the cabin cruiser
Wells RNLI

The second rescue was of an elderly couple. Their 65ft barge was caught in heavy seas off Salthouses, and was making little progress because of the heavy westerly wind.

The barge, in Wells harbour
Wells RNLI

The third vessel, a 22ft yacht, suffered engine and communications failure, but managed to raise the alarm on a mobile before it stopped working. She was reported to be 10 miles north of Wells and 10 miles east of Skegness.

It was a race against the ebbing tide to get her over the bar while there was still enough depth of water.

Lifeboat spokesman John Mitchell says it was "touch and go".

The yacht being towed into Wells harbour
Wells RNLI

The yacht was located by Skegness lifeboat who towed her to the approaches of Wells harbour where she was met by Wells lifeboat... they just managed to beat the falling tide."

John MitchellWells lifeboat

Families blame Norwich company for men's death

While the coroner ruled out the possibility that two men who died in an industrial explosion were unlawfully killed, their families say they believe the deaths were preventable.

Barry Joy and Daniel Timbers died in what was described as a fireball when a 205-litre barrel of industrial solvent caught fire and exploded in their paint spraying booth at Harford Attachments in Norwich, two years ago.

Black smoke billowing over industrial area
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Daniel Timbers' father Nick should have been working in the booth that morning but had a bad back, so his son stood in for him.

Speaking after the inquest into their deaths ended yesterday, Daniel's brother Ash Timbers (pictured, with his father Nick in background) said his brother was a "great son, brother, partner".

"Most of all he was a brilliant dad to his son. Not only has Dan been robbed of seeing his son grow up, his son has been robbed of a great dad who put all of his efforts into his son," he added.

Ash Timbers, with father Nick Timbers, outside Norfolk Coroner's Court
BBC

Rebecca Spruce spoke on behalf of Barry Joy's family, and said they hoped that the Health & Safety Executive's ongoing investigation would show how seriously safety should be taken in the workplace.

Rebecca Spruce with members of Barry Joy's family
BBC

A statement from Harford Attachments said the deaths were a matter of profound regret.

The company's lawyer, James Jevon, said Barry and Daniel were well-regarded and much-liked work colleagues and friends and their loss had been keenly felt.

HSE investigation continues after inquest into Norwich factory explosion deaths

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is continuing into the deaths of two men in a factory explosion two years ago.

Paint sprayers Barry Joy, 56, and Daniel Timbers, 28, died at Harford Attachments in Norwich in what was described as a "fierce fire".

Daniel Timbers and Barry Joy
Family via Norfolk police

The inquest into their deaths ended yesterday. The coroner ruled out the possibility that they were unlawfully killed.

The HSE tells us that three operational inspectors and a scientist from their science division gave evidence to the jury.

The HSE says its investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Sign outside the company
BBC

Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Most parts of the BBC East region should see a dry day with sunny spells.

Cloud may thicken later, with the chance of a few showers for some.

Temperatures will reach 23C (73F).

BBC Weather will have more details for where you are.

Canaries round-off German tour

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's pre-season training camp in Germany ends today with a friendly against Arminia Bielefeld.

The Canaries return home next week and will have just two more warm-up games, at Charlton and against Brighton at Carrow Road, before the new Championship season kicks off in two weeks' time.

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This evening's opponents finished 15th in the German second division last season.

City head coach Daniel Farke will be keen to avoid any further injuries having already lost Timm Klose and Alex Pritchard for the start of the campaign.

Welcome back to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live.

We're here until 18:00, bringing you news updates from around the county.

If there's anything happening where you live that you'd like to share with us, click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

We'll have the day's weather forecast for you shortly.

Daniel Timbers (left) and Barry Joy

An inquest jury decides "a number of failings" were to blame for the deaths of two men in an explosion.

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Severe accident: B1145 Norfolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

B1145 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, between A149 Queen Elizabeth Way and Chilver House Lane.

B1145 Norfolk - B1145 in Bawsey blocked and slow traffic eastbound between Queen Elizabeth Roundabout and the Chilver House Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Our news updates have now ended for the day and it's time for us to pack up and head home.

Scroll down to see what's been happening across the county today.

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00... in the meantime, have a good evening.

Weather: A dry night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day with some late sunshine across the BBC East region.

It'll stay dry overnight with temperatures dropping to 9C (48F).

Weather grahic for Friday afternoon
BBC

Tomorrow will be fine and dry, with sunny spells. Cloud will increase later, with outbreaks of rain overnight, heavy at times.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

Opening of key NDR link road

A milestone in the building of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwick has been reached today.

The New Drayton Lane has opened to traffic, replacing Holly Lane as the link between Holt Road and the Reepham Road.

As a result, Holly Lane will close permanently tomorrow.

Later in August, the B1149 Holt Road will close permanently south of Horsford, and all traffic re-routed on to the new link road.

View of new roundabout at New Drayton Lane
BBC

The 12km (12.5m) dual carriageway, which runs from the A47 at Postwick, east of Norwich, round to the A1067 north of Taverham, is expected to be fully open by next summer.

Witness appeal to A149 collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision which left a pedestrian with serious injuries.

Shortly before 03:00 officers were called to the A149 at Redgate Hill, in Heacham, following reports that a red Citroen Saxo had hit a woman.

The woman, who's in her 20s, is in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge in a critical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Police.

Conclusion reached at inquest into deaths in explosion at Norwich factory

An inquest into a double death at a Norwich factory has concluded with a narrative verdict.

Barry Joy, 56, and Daniel Timbers, 28, died in a "fierce fire" following an explosion in a paint-spraying booth at Harford Attachments in Norwich in 2015.

Daniel Timbers and Barry Joy
Family via Norfolk police

At Norfolk Coroners' Court, the jury concluded that there were a number of failings at the plant including there being no record of appropriate training in the use of the booth.

It also said there were numerous sources of ignition both inside and outside the enclosed work area, and a lack of reliable company records of staff carrying out specific risk assessments for working inside the booth.

The two-week inquest heard evidence from 80 witnesses to the tragedy.

Black smoke billowing over industrial area
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Honorary degree for Ed Balls

It's graduation week at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and students will be celebrating their academic achievements.

Each year, the UEA presents honorary degrees at the graduation ceremonies and the first of those today was to Norwich City chairman, ex-Labour MP and shadow chancellor and BBC Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ed Balls:

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Taster of F-35 Lightning on show at RAF Marham

Thousands of people have streamed through the gates of RAF Marham for the annual families and friends day.

It's a busy time for the west Norfolk air base. Next year it will become the home of the most advanced aircraft in the world, the F-35 Lightning.

As we reported last week, preparations are already under way for the arrival of the combat jets, with up to 1,200 builders, engineers and logistics experts cracking on with rebuilding the base.

Building preparations at Marham air base
BBC

The base is currently home to the Tornado, with crews currently on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The first Tornado squadron at the base in the 1980s was the 617 squadron - of World War Two Dambusters fame.

The first Lightning squadron has been named as the 617 squadron, and they'll fly into the base next year.

A scale model of the fast jet is on display at the base today, giving visitors a taste of what's to come.

Scale model of F-35 at Marham
BBC
Scale model of F-35 at Marham
BBC

Pedestrian suffers 'life-threatening injuries' after collision with vehicle

A pedestrian who was injured in a crash early this morning has been transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was hit by a car on the A149 at Redgate Hill, near Hunstanton, at around 03:00.

Police say she suffered life-threatening injuries.

Drink/drive campaign sees one man jailed

A drink/drive campaign by Norfolk Police saw one man given a jail term and five drivers fail roadside breath tests.

Three-hundred drivers were breathalysed during the campaign. Drug tests were also carried out, with 20 drivers of the 84 who were tested providing positive readings.

A motorist who was stopped in the last hour of the campaign gave a roadside breath test of twice the drink drive limit. He was taken to Wymondham police headquarters, where a further test showed a reading of almost three times the limit.

Silhouette shows a motorist stopped by police giving a breath test on a breathalyser
PA

The man, who was also driving while disqualified and without insurance, was banned from driving for 49 months and sentenced to 14 weeks in custody.

Ch Insp Kris Barnard says the people caught "will have a minimum 12 to 18 month driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives".

Weather: Showers followed by sunshine

As the saying goes, "it's nice weather for ducks".

Mallard ducks on paving
BBC

After showery outbreaks of locally heavy rain, this afternoon will become drier and brighter, with some sunshine.

Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

Not deterred by the overcast weather, our Weather Watchers have been out and about.

Dark clouds over farmland
BBC
Dark clouds
BBC

Consultation on future of Norwich to Liverpool rail service

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The government has launched a consultation into the future of the Norwich to Liverpool rail service.

It's asking passengers for their views on how it could be improved as it works on the plans for a new franchise.

The service, which is operated by East Midlands Trains, runs 11 times a day and makes between 15 and 17 stops during the almost six-hour long journey between the two cities.

East Midlands train
BBC

One of the options under consideration would see fewer stops to speed up journey times. Another option could see an end to direct services altogether, with passengers having to change somewhere in the midlands.

The new franchise is expected to start in August 2019.

Men accused of murder appear in court via videolink

An uncle and nephew charged with the murder of a man following a fight at a supermarket in Wymondham have appeared in front of a court.

Nick Rogers, 26, died on Tuesday after being critically injured in the incident at Morrisons on Norwich Road on Monday evening.

John Monk, 43, and his 19-year-old nephew Lee Monk, who are charged with murder and affray, appeared via videolink before Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning.

The two men, who are both from Wymondham, spoke only to confirm their details. They will appear before Norwich Crown Court tomorrow.

Further post-mortem tests are required to determine the cause of Mr Rogers' death.

Night time shot showing police vehicle outside Morrisons supermarket
BBC

Record year for rare waders

It's a record year for the rare black-winged stilts, the RSPB has said.

This year has seen 13 of the black and white, pink-legged, waders fledging at sites across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Kent - that's more than the total between 1983 and 2016. In the 22 nesting attempts by the long-legged birds in that time, only three fledged young.

Two stilts at the Ouse Washes
RSPB

For the first time, the stilts have nested at the Ouse Washes reserve. When rapidly rising water levels posed a threat to the birds, reserve staff raised the stilts' nest to prevent it from becoming flooded.

Most commonly found in southern Europe, they were once an extremely rare visitor to the UK, but in recent years numbers have increased.

Jonathan Taylor, senior site manager at the Ouse Washes, says the birds like to nest in shallow lagoons and salt pans in the Mediterranean, so they've tried to create habitat to match this in the hope of attracting more of the black-winged stilts.

A stilt in water
RSPB

The waders arrive from late March onwards, and do a "tour de Britain" before settling on their breeding site.

As soon as they start laying eggs, RSPB wardens are deployed to guard the nest around the clock, and the locations are kept secret to protect them until the chicks hatch.

College principal pledges to turn things round after Ofsted inspection

The principal of Easton & Otley college, which has been rated inadequate by Ofsted, says he's confident things are being turned round.

The college provides courses for thousands of students at its campuses in Suffolk (top picture) and Norfolk.

Otley campus
Google

David Henley said: "Our Ofsted visit came several months after we had ourselves recognised the need for improvement.

"We're absolutely determined to prove that we can use it [the report] and respond to it to give our students the best experience that we can.

"We would invite anyone who's got concerns to give us a call and we can reassure them."

Easton campus
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Building societies saved from closure

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

People living in three of Norfolk's market towns are being promised that financial services will be continued once their Norwich and Peterborough Building Society branch closes.

The N and P will shut in Dereham (pictured), Thetford and Fakenham later in the year following a decision by its owners, the Yorkshire Building Society.

But they've been saved from permanent closure by the Nottingham Building Society, which says it is also hoping to retain as many of the existing staff as possible.

Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in Dereham
Google

Nottingham Building Society's chief executive David Marlow says it's working very closely with the Yorkshire.

Through November and December those branches will close but we're certainly hopeful we'll be open for business before the end of the year... in those towns the branch will only be closed for a few weeks."

David MarlowChief executive, Nottingham Building Society

Parking firm's U-turn over 'O' registration

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

An NHS trust is investigating complaints about the firm which runs its car park in Norwich after a patient was told to pay a £140 fine even though he'd bought a ticket.

In March, Brian Moore went to the Norwich Community Hospital for a diabetes check-up.

At the parking meter, where you have to put your licence number into the ticket machine, he'd entered the letter "O" instead of zero. This led to the fine.

Brian Moore holding his registration plate
BBC

The Citizens Advice Bureau took up Mr Moore's case. The Norwich Community Health and Care NHS Trust says Mr Moore, who's in his 70s, now won't have to pay the fine.

It says it's concerned about other complaints and will be taking up the matter with ParkSolve, which runs its car parks.

ParkSolve claims it did cancel Mr Moore's fine at the end of June after Mr Moore challenged it.

But he hasn't received any letter from them. ParkSolve has told me it will send him another one.

Jacob Murphy sale will help Norwich City balance the books

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's head coach Daniel Farke has admitted that selling Jacob Murphy won't mean the club has a lot more money to spend on new players.

The winger has joined Newcastle United for a fee which could rise to £12m. The Canaries are still counting the cost of missing out on promotion to the Premier League last season. Several players have left Carrow Road this summer in a bid to reduce the club's wage bill.

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Farke told us: "It's important for our club to get some transfer fees and lower the budgets.

"We're always looking for some improvement of our squad but we won't make crazy things."

Pedestrian in 'critical condition' following A149 crash

We have more details on the crash we mentioned earlier.

A woman in her 20s is in a critical condition in hospital after she was hit by a car on the A149 at Redgate Hill, near Hunstanton, at around 03:00.

She suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

The A149 was closed in both directions between the B1161 Oasis Way/Princess Drive and Hunstanton Road, but has now reopened.

Canaries win in Germany

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City beat German third division champions MSV Duisburg 2-0 in their latest pre-season friendly.

It was a confident display from The Canaries. Nelson Oliveira scored the first goal and was involved in the second, which ended up being an own goal.

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Duisburg had a player sent-off during the match but Norwich's head coach Daniel Farke admitted he had tried to persuade the referee to let the player stay on.

"I asked the referee if it was possible to change it to a yellow but he couldn't do this," Farke told us.

"I would prefer to play 11 against 11 because it would mean we would have more space for our game."