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  1. Updates Friday, 30 June 2017
  2. Sacked detective jailed for intending to pervert course of justice
  3. Hundreds of bikers gather for Gorleston couple's funeral
  4. Student's death 'tragedy that should have never happened'
  5. Norwich City unveils new kit
  6. Mental health trust tells of 'deep regret' following student's death
  7. Royal Norfolk Show visitor figures top 80,000
  8. Elbow impress Thetford Forest crowd

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That's all from Norfolk's Local Live team for today.

If you're heading to any of the gigs taking place across the patch this weekend then have fun - and don't forget to send us a pic by clicking on the 'Get Involved' button at the top of this page.

Here's a quick recap of the stories hitting the headlines today:

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday... but for now we'll leave you with a photo of the swoonsome Olly Murs - appearing at Thetford Forest tonight with Louisa Johnson.

Louisa Johnson and Olly Murs

Bike crash couple 'always smiling', says procession organiser

The funeral has been held this afternoon for a Gorleston couple killed on their way back from a Harley Davidson rally in Scotland.

Piers Hall

John and Sharon Cooper, who were 58 and 56, died in the crash last month.

A procession of hundreds of the motorbikes and mourners set out from Gorleston clifftop and through the town to its crematorium.

Piers Hall, from the East Coast Harley Club, organised the tribute and said the couple were people who "always had a smile on their face".

He said they were on their first trip to Scotland and the organisation was there to "provide support to the family because we are a family club".

Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

Weather chart

Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Photos of Breydon Water rescue before man's arrest

Photos have emerged of the rescue operation to pull a man out of Breydon Water this morning after he tried to escape from police officers.

The man was said to have been "very cold and tired" after giving himself up to a Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service boat.

The HM Coastguard said the man went into the water before walking across the mudflats which then started to flood.

Norfolk Police said he was checked over by paramedics and then arrested on suspicion of assault and theft following an incident at the nearby Vauxhall Holiday Park earlier.

Emergency services' vehicles parked near Breydon Water
HM Coastguard Gorleston
Emergency services' vehicles parked near Breydon Water
HM Coastguard Gorleston

Jailed detective 'not corrupt', says judge

A judge who has jailed a former detective for 28 days told him he was not corrupt.

David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft was found guilty earlier this month of intending to pervert the course of justice following a drugs arrest.

Phelps was sacked from his job at Suffolk Police following his conviction.

Passing sentence at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said there was "no suggestion of a corrupt motive".

"You were just trying to save time," he said.

Judge Bate noted that Phelps had been dismissed and reminded by the chief constable that the core values of the police were honesty and integrity.

Sacked detective jailed for intending to pervert course of justice

A former police officer has been jailed for 28 days for intending to pervert the course of justice.

Norwich Crown Court

David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court this afternoon after he was convicted earlier this month of trying to tell a man what to say when he was arrested in connection with a drugs offence.

Phelps was a detective with Suffolk Police but was sacked for gross misconduct.

Kevin Baumber, mitigating for Phelps, told Judge Anthony Bate that the offence was “not malicious or sinister” and “there is nothing he more regrets in his life”.

The court heard he had been looking after his poorly mother and had gone through a separation.

Hundreds of bikers gather for Gorleston couple's funeral

Hundreds of motorbikes have been parked on Gorleston's clifftop as bikers prepared to pay their respects to a couple who died in Scotland.

Bikes on Marine Parade, Gorleston

Sharon and John Cooper, from the town, had been taking part in a motorbike rally in Scotland when they were killed in a crash on the way home in May.

Piers Hall and Simone Gallant

The procession, involving hundreds of motorbikes and mourners Piers Hall and Simone Gallant (pictured above), was expected to ride from the cliffs past the James Paget Hospital, where Sharon worked, and on to the crematorium for the funeral service.

Row of motorbikes

Fall in pupils in over crowded classes

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

There's been a marked fall in the number of four to seven year olds being taught in overcrowded classrooms in Norfolk.

New figures from the Department for Education show that 685 key stage one pupils are in classes which breach the limit of 30. Last year the figure was 1,187.

Norfolk county council says it's worked hard to provide an extra 4600 primary school places in the county over the last six years.

Although education experts believe that chlldren of all ages benefit from being taught in small classes, the law only requires four to seven year olds to be in classrooms with fewer than 30 pupils.

'See you there' tweets Olly Murs

Pop pin-up Olly Murs has been tweeting about his show tonight at Thetford Forest.

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will be warming up the crowd, ahead of Olly's appearance on stage at 20:40.

Elbow put on a thrilling show last night, according to our man Andrew Woodger, with Rick Astley and Clean Bandit set to entertain woodland-bound gig-goers on Saturday and Sunday.

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How far could you go in one of these?


Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

Man rescued from Breydon Water

A man has been pulled to safety after entering Breydon Water at Great Yarmouth this morning.

Police, fire and coastguards were called to Acle New Road at 09:30 this morning following concerns for the man's safety.

He is said to be unharmed.

Theme park mascots are returned

Two mascots which had been stolen from a display at a family theme park have been returned.

The toys on display at Pleasurewood Hills
Pleasurewood Hills

Soft toys of Woody Bear and Ronnie the Raccoon had gone missing from the gift shop at Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft, at about 14:35 on Wednesday.

Staff said the characters were created specially for the park's opening in 1983 and carry "sentimental value".

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Did you know about boats' red bottoms?

Here's one we didn't know, courtesy of Great Yarmouth's Time and Tide Museum:

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It's time to celebrate cricket!


With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Mental heath trust makes changes after student death

A mental health trust has said changes have been made to services after an inquest into a law student's death heard how urgent referrals had not been properly acted upon.

Norfolk Coroner's Court

The body of Katrina Rolph, 20, of Cawston, was discovered in woodland near Holt last year after she gave up her studies due to physical ill health, anxiety and depression.

The Norwich inquest heard how her father couldn't access help on her behalf and information from a psychiatrist's visit was not passed on due to "human error".

Following the inquest, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said its referrals process had been reviewed and access to out-of-hours crisis care for young people had been increased.

In a statement, the trust's director of operations, Debbie White, said: "We deeply regret we did not see Katrina following referrals made to our services and our attempts to see her were not robust enough."

After the inquest, her mother Louise Hutchinson-Rolph said: "Katrina knew what she was capable of but it became harder each day to feel able to achieve it due to her failing health.

"Katrina went to her death not knowing why she felt like she did."

Norwich City reveal new home kit

Norwich City have unveiled their new home kit today ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Norwich City's 2017-18 kit modelled by Jacob Murphy, Nelson Oliveira and Ivo Pinto
Norwich City

The club has said the new attire was inspired by its well-loved Admiral kit from the late 1970s, but features a modern twist.

Canary fans will be able to buy it from 08:00 tomorrow, before players wear the kit for the first time when they face Brighton in their last pre-season friendly at Carrow Road on 29 July.

Student's death 'tragedy that never should have happened'

The mother of a student found dead last year has said it was a "true tragedy that should never have happened".

Katrina Rolph's father with her mother Louise Hutchinson-Rolph

The inquest into the death of Katrina Rolph, 20, of Cawston, heard she had been suffering from serious physical conditions, anxiety and depression which forced her to quit her law studies.

She was found dead in October in woods near Holt after disappearing from her parents' rented holiday cottage at Hempstead three days earlier.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake heard her father called a Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust crisis team about his daughter's suicidal thoughts in March, but was told they needed to speak to the patient instead.

Two urgent referrals were later made by Katrina's GP. The first was referred to a well-being team, but the second - after she was examined at home by a psychiatrist - was not acted upon due to "human error", the inquest heard.

Ms Blake gave a narrative verdict and said: "Katrina had taken her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed and therefore her intent was unclear."

Royal Norfolk Show visitor figures top 80,000

More than 80,000 people turned out for Royal Norfolk Show, the organisers have said.


The UK's largest two-day county show ran on Wednesday and Thursday at the sprawling Costessey showground on the outskirts of Norwich.

There was a deluge of rain on the first day, but provisional figures have shown that visitor numbers do not appear to have been affected.

Elbow impress Thetford Forest crowd

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Thousands of music lovers enjoyed an anthemic evening on the first of this long weekend's Forest Live outdoor concerts at Thetford Forest.

Elbow at Thetford Forest

Former Beta Band main man Steve Mason opened a not-too-hot, not-too-chilly evening at High Lodge with a short set of songs mainly from his latest Meet The Humans album, and threw in the BB classic Dry The Rain at the end.

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was in his usual bonhomous mood as the band played a selection of songs from across their career, climaxing with A Day Like This which prompted arguably the best of many crowd singalongs.

Olly Murs tonight, Rick Astley tomorrow and Clean Bandit on Sunday have a lot to live up to for this year's run of four concerts in the forest.

Elbow at Thetford Forest
Elbow at Thetford Forest

Mental health trust tells of 'deep regret' following student's death

A mental health trust has expressed its deep regret following the death of a 20-year-old student.

Katrina Rolph
Katrina Rolph family

Katrina Rolph, from Cawston, was found dead in woodland in north Norfolk last October.

The inquest into her death on Thursday heard urgent referrals had been made to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust but she was not given help.

The Trust said it deeply regretted "attempts to see her... were not robust enough".

It also said it has made a number of changes to improve its service.

Ballot for Norwich business project

Seven hundred businesses are being asked if they want to keep paying into the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID).

It works with the firms around the city to help promote Norwich and improve accessibility, which helps to boost trade.

The businesses pay an annual fee and a ballot has opened to see if they want the project to continue.

Speed restrictions causing disruption on London-bound trains

There are delays on Greater Anglia trains heading for London Liverpool Street.

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City ace Wes is a big pull for Irish opener

Norwich Evening News

And here's the back of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back of the Evening News on 30 June

Maddison signs new deal with Canaries

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City midfielder James Maddison has signed a contract which keeps him at Carrow Road until the summer of 2021.

The 20-year-old has only started one game for the Canaries since joining from Coventry City in January 2016, but has spent time back on loan with the Sky Blues and Aberdeen.

Maddison told the club website: "Last season was a big learning curve for me.

"I went on loan and then came back. I made a few appearances and I've only been looking forward since then."

Maddison will hope to push on this coming season and secure a regular spot in the Canaries XI. To do that, he'll have to overcome tough competition from the more experienced Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard.

James Maddison playing for Aberdeen
Getty Images

Friday's weather: Brighter spells and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Plenty of cloud around today but there will be some brighter spells.

There will be some sunshine here and there but also some showers developing through the afternoon.

The vast majority of us will stay dry until the evening.

Winds are light and it's a touch warmer than yesterday.

Top temperatures between 18C (64F) and 21C (70C).

Good morning Norfolk

Hello and welcome to our live updates.

The sun has come out at last and hopefully you've all got that Friday feeling.

We'll be here until 18:00, keeping you up to date with all the news, weather and travel for the county.

If you have a story you want us to know about, get in touch by clicking "Get involved" above.

First, let's see what today's weather has got in store.

James Maddison

Norwich City midfielder James Maddison signs a deal which keeps him at the Championship club until the summer of 2021.

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Goodnight Norfolk

After another packed day at the Royal Norfolk Show, it's time to say goodnight.

We'll be back tomorrow with news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

In the meantime, any breaking news stories will appear here.

Bee on flower, Sheringham
Hopping Frog/BBCWeather Watchers

VR crash aims to promote safer driving

This one isn't for the faint-hearted.

Yesterday we mentioned the virtual reality experience on offer at the Royal Norfolk Show which has been designed to promote safer driving. It places you at the centre of a crash... caused by a driver being distracted by a mobile phone.

It's part of the #Impact campaign promoted by Norfolk's emergency services. You might want to put your seatbelt on for this.

Virtual reality car crash helps safer driving campaign

Ouse Washes improvement work to start in July

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

A £27m project to raise two banks on the Ouse Washes reservoir will start next month.

The Environment Agency scheme is aimed at improving the safety of the reservoir's banks.

Drone footage of Welney washes

The work will last three years and takes place during the summer and autumn so as not to disturb breeding at the internationally-important habitat.

The first stage will focus on the Middle Level Barrier Bank between Welney and Mepal and the South Level Barrier Bank between Sutton Gault and Chain Corner (below).

Chain Corner, Ouse Washes
Hugh Venables/Geograph

Royal Norfolk Show: £250m funding boost for tennis announced

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The Lawn Tennis Association has used the Royal Norfolk Show to announce a national multi-million pound investment to improve tennis at the grassroots level.

The £250m will be used to increase the number of covered and floodlit courts by 50% over the next 10 years.

Tony Devonish from the LTA in the east says the organisation also hopes to make it easier to book courts online.

Tennis rackets and a tennis ball on the court at Wimbledon

Royal Norfolk Show: Sheep counting time

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

How many different breed of sheep are here?

One, two, three, four..... zzzzzzzzzzzz...


Royal Norfolk Show: Let's head back in time

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

Of course the show isn't just about the future of farming - although I doubt these models looked quite so pristine when in use...

Vintage John Deere three-wheeler
Vintage tractors
Vintage steam contraption

Royal Norfolk Show: Sweet dreams are made of this

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

Fancy a Danish pastry the size of your head?

I've never seen cakes this big!

Lots of cakes

Suspiciously it's lunchtime and I'm in the food tent...

Will Brexit be good or bad for farmers?

Financing UK agriculture in a post-Brexit UK
When Britain leaves the EU what will the future hold for Britain's farmers? 

Emma Vardy reports from the Royal Norfolk Show where she heard about the future of payments for British agriculture.

Superbike star's gamble pays off

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The MCE British Superbike Championship comes to Norfolk this weekend. The Snetterton round is one of the most popular events at the circuit each year.

Jake Dixon won both of the races at Knockhill last time out. He's now eighth in the Championship which is led by Kawasaki's Luke Mossey. Dixon has been meeting fans at the Royal Norfolk Show.

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The RAF Regular and Reserve team rider changed his pit crew after a poor start to the season.

"It's a huge thing to do two rounds in but we needed to do it.

"The people we've got in now have made such a forward step" Dixon told me.

Royal Norfolk Show: Captured in art, whatever the weather

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

I found artist Tom Cringle busy at work, capturing the scene at the showground.

He's one of a number of artists at the Paint Out 2017 marquee...

Tom Cringle
Tom Cringle