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  1. Updates for Friday 7 July 2017
  2. Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption
  3. Jonny Howson leaves Norwich City
  4. Police seek CCTV after woman raped
  5. BBC take over bandstand in Lord Mayor's Celebration

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By Nic Rigby

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Our live coverage across the day

Another week has come to an end of our Local Live service for the county.

Today's highlights have included:

  • Middlesbrough lure Jonny Howson from Norwich City
  • Lightning closes rail services on the Norwich-Cambridge line
  • Arts and entertainment take centre stage for the Lord Mayor's Celebration in Norwich

Scroll down to read more on these.... and join us again when our regular updates return at 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Cloudy with possibility of sharp showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will develop from the north west bringing a small chance of isolated sharp showers across the BBC East region tonight.

But it will remain dry for many areas with clear spells later.

Weather chart

Light rain or drizzle is possible across western counties later as the temperature falls to 12C (54F) in places.

Saturday will be another dry day with sunny spells and some cloud and it will be cooler on the coast.

Maximum temperature: 23C (76F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Rail line reopens after lightning strike

Greater Anglia is reporting that the Norwich-Cambridge line is now open again.

It had been closed following a lightning strikes on overhead cables between Attleborough and Thetford in Norfolk and between Shippea Hill and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

However, delays are expected as services get back to normal.

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Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie

Middlesbrough sign Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson and Derby defender Cyrus Christie for undisclosed fees.

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Norfolk MPs' bid for committee chairmanships

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Two of Norfolk's MPs want to lead influential parliamentary committees.

Richard Bacon, the MP for South Norfolk, has put himself forward to chair the House of Commons Treasury Committee, while Norman Lamb (North Norfolk) wants to lead the Science and Technology Committee.

Elections for the posts will be held among MPs next week.

Select committees have become a very influential part of parliamentary work.

They investigate topcs of concern and they have the power to call anyone as a witness.

Their reports often influence and sometimes change government policy.

Police patrol Norwich a week after a rape in a bid to find witnesses

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Police checks will be carried out tomorrow night one week after a woman was raped in a suburb of Norwich.

Officers will be patrolling Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew in a bid to trace any potential witnesses to the attack which happened last Saturday between 21:45 and and 22:00.

Thorpe St Andrew

Det Insp Neil Stewart hoped the checks would trigger the memories of potential witnesses.

"Yarmouth Road is one of the main routes into Norwich and there are several places to eat and drink," he said.

"I'm hopeful we will capture people who visit the area regularly who may have seen something last Saturday night which initially doesn't seem important, but, on reflection, could be relevant to our inquiry."

From the archives: Kett's Rebellion - Norwich 1549

Some 586 years ago this month, British tanner Robert Kett led a rebellion.

Kett's Rebellion
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This pictures shows him and his followers in what was known as Kett's Rebellion on Mousehold Heath, which overlooked the city of Norwich.

The protest against the enclosure of land, when common land became private property, began at Wymondham on 8 July 1549.

The rebels were defeated by an army in August.

New Norfolk firefighters at passing out parade

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The hard work of Norfolk’s newest full-time firefighters has been celebrated at a passing out parade.

Senior Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service staff, friends and families of the new recruits gathered at the Training Centre in Bowthorpe today.

New recruits passing out
Norfolk County Council

Over the last 12 weeks, they have been through a rigorous practical and written training plan to learn the key skills of the job.

Their training will now continue as they join their watches in Carrow (Norwich), Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, where they will be in development for the next couple of years.

Towerblock exercise
Norfolk County Council

As well as learning how to use the equipment and breathing apparatus as part of their course, they have taken part in activities including:

  • Simulating a high-rise tower block fire (pictured above)
  • Training with MOD fire colleagues at RAF Mildenhall (pictured below)
  • Mock road traffic collisions
  • Water rescue

Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said: "It’s great to see these people starting their career ladders to this new and exciting job.

"Their work in keeping the communities of Norfolk safe is so worthwhile and valuable to all of us and I wish them well in their new roles."

Fire recruits training with Mildenhall firefighters
Norfolk County Council

Portrait wins Norfolk-wide VIth forms art competition

The winner of the first Norfolk Sixth Forms and Colleges Art Competition has been announced.

The winning painting
Lexie Cox

Lexie Cox (pictured below), of Reepham High School and College, took the prize with a portrait (acrylic on board, pictured above), with Amy Nash (Dereham Sixth Form College) taking the runners-up prize with a digital drawing.

A-Level art students from 15 sixth forms and colleges across the county took part in the competition and their works are on display to the public at Duke Street Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

Lexie Cox
Norfolk County Council

County council adviser for 14-19 development Robert Rickard, who co-ordinated the event, said:

"The standard of work was remarkable - it’s clear we have some real talent across the county."

Norfolk Sixth Forms and Colleges Art Exhibition is run by Heads of Art and NCC, in partnership with Royal Norfolk Show and NUA.

From the archives: Building Norwich City's ground in 1935

Some 82 years ago this month, the construction of Norwich City Football Club's new ground at Carrow Road was under way.

The construction of Norwich City FC's new football ground at Carrow Road, Norwich, 30th July 1935.
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BreakingMiddlesbrough confirm Jonny Howson deal

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Jonny Howson's transfer from Norwich City to Middlesbrough has moved a step closer.

Boro have confirmed they agreed a deal with the Canaries this morning and the midfielder is due to have a medical later.

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Howson was City's Player of the Year in 2015/16 and it's believed the Yorkshireman and former Leeds youngster wants to move closer to home.

Harford Manor School closed due to flooding

Harford Manor School in Norwich is closed today after major flooding caused by the storms yesterday afternoon.

Harford Manor School

Five classrooms, the hall and the toilets were all affected during the downpour which also resulted in an electrical fault. It happened after the children had gone home.

Staff hope to reopen on Monday morning.

Loss of rail services between Norwich and Cambridge 'frustrating'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been following the major disruption to train services between Norwich and Cambridge following a storm yesterday.

Lucy Wright

Network Rail is trying to repair it but at the moment services via Thetford, Brandon and Ely have been suspended.

Lucy Wright, of Greater Anglia railways, told the BBC: "Lightning struck in the Attleborough area which means we can't run services at all on the Norwich to Cambridge line.

"It is very frustrating and out of our control. We do apologise to passengers."

BBC Introducing take over bandstand in Lord Mayor's Celebration

Nic Rigby

BBC News

BBC Introducing in Norfolk is taking over the bandstand in Chapelfield Gardens tomorrow, with performances from some of the best new bands in the county, as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebration.

From 15:00 to 22:00, 10 local acts will be playing the bandstand stage.

Youth Killed It

The bands include Yourth Killed It (pictured above), Tuesday Club, Jack Breeze-Lamb and Heylate, The Naked Lights, Gentleman, Waves, Visitors, History and Lore (pictured below), The Renadeans and Moonlands.

History and Lore

BBC Introducing presenter Sophie Little (pictured below with Waves' Vikki) said she is looking forward to Saturday's performances.

"It’s one of the highlights of our calendar," she said.

"It’s a really buzzy day, and a brilliant opportunity to catch the best of the exciting talent coming out of our county,"

Waves and Sophie Little

BBC Introducing in Norfolk is on BBC Radio Norfolk at 19:00 on Saturdays, and available on the BBC iPlayer.

Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption

Greater Anglia have issued a statement on the disruption to the Norwich-Cambridge rail line:

"Train services are currently suspended between Norwich and Ely, owing to damaged signalling equipment caused by an electrical storm lightning strike on Thursday, 6 July.

Norwich railway station

"Network Rail is working with its suppliers to rectify the fault, however, there will be no services between Norwich and Ely until further notice and customers are advised not to travel.

"We apologise to passengers for the severe disruption and inconvenience caused.

"Customers travelling between Norwich and Cambridge can travel via Stowmarket. Tickets dated 7, July 2017 will be valid for use on Saturday, 8 July 2017 between Norwich and Cambridge.

"Customers who have been affected by the disruption can claim compensation at this website."

Lord Mayor's Celebration celebrates Norwich

Nic Rigby

BBC News

This year's Lord Mayor’s Celebration in Norwich starts today and runs for three days.

This year’s theme Welcome to Norwich celebrates the fine city’s tradition of welcoming people from across the world to enjoy all it has to offer.

Tuesday Club
Tuesday Club

As well as annual highlights such as the Lord Mayor’s Procession and Gas Hill Gasp (a run up Gas Hill), there will also everything from water balloon tossing outside City Hall to a pirate party on Westlegate.

As part of an array of street performers, the BBC Radio Norfolk Introducing stage (more on this later) will have bands such as Waves and Tuesday Club, while the Maui Waui Lion’s Den Stage will be home to folk, reggae and everything in between.

Sink Ya Teeth
Sink Ya Teeth
Sink Ya Teeth

This year will also see the Norwich Arts Centre take over the stage outside The Forum, providing a fantastic mix of music and performance, including one by BBC 6 Music favourites Sink Ya Teeth.

City Hall will play host to Cirque Bordello’s Lost in Translation Circus, as clowns and acrobats take over the building.

Lightning strike delays Norwich-Cambridge trains

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Trains between Norwich and Cambridge have been cancelled until further notice because of a lightning strike.

Greater Anglia train

Commuters faced long delays yesterday as services between Norwich and Diss, London, Cambridge and Ipswich were cancelled or delayed following thunder storms.

The fire service was called out to deal with flash flooding incidents across Norfolk.

Harford Manor School in Norwich is closed this morning after the school has flooded following an electrical fault.

Stations affected include Ely, Lakenheath, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough and Wymondham.

For the latest, visit the Greater Anglia website, or follow them on Twitter.

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Police seek CCTV after woman raped in Thorpe St Andrew

Detectives investigating a rape in Norwich are going door-to-door asking for CCTV footage from residents.

A 30-year-old woman was grabbed and raped as she walked home along Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich.

Officers are also appealing for dash cam recordings of anyone travelling in the area at about 22:00 on Saturday.

Weather: Dry and very warm but cloudy later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Bright or sunny spells will dominate and it will become very warm in a light breeze although cloud cover will increase in places.

Some rain showers are expected during a very muggy night.

Maximum Temperature: 27C (81F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Norwich City midfielder could miss entire season

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Louis Thompson has suffered a second achilles injury which will rule him out for at least the next six months.

The midfielder was trying to battle back from a similar injury which he picked up in January which ended his season.

He has had a second operation and the club's sporting director Stuart Webber said: "It is expected Louis will be unavailable for a substantial period, if not the entirety, of this season."

Louuis Thompson
Getty Images

The 22-year-old hasn't been able to play since November and has made just three league appearances for Norwich City since arriving from Swindon Town in the summer of 2014.

Good morning Norfolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello and welcome to another day of rolling news from across Norfolk.

We'll be here until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather as we get it.

Don't forget - you can get in touch too - just click on the Get Involved button at the top of the feed.

Stay here for a full weather forecast in a moment. Hope you escaped the worst of the thunder and flash floods yesterday.

Our live coverage for the day

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

That's it for our live news feeds for today - thanks for your company.

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a quick scroll down through the feed to see what's been going on across the county today.

And don't forget you can get in touch using the Get Involved icon at the top of the screen.

We'll leave you with this lovely shot of Sheringham from our busy Weather Watcher Hopping Frog.

Have a nice evening.


Football: PNE boss Neil will spend 'wisely'

BBC Sport

New Preston North End manager Alex Neil says money to improve the current squad will be spent "wisely".

The 36-year-old former Norwich and Hamilton boss spoke to the media yesterday after being confirmed as Simon Grayson's replacement.

Midfielder Graham Dorrans

Graham Dorrans says signing for Rangers "feels incredible" after sealing his move from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

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Elsewhere in Norfolk: What the papers say

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Here's a quick look at what's making the headlines across the county today:

  • The Eastern Daily Press reports that the long-awaited bypass for Long Stratton could be a step closer. Locals are to be updated on the plans at a public exhibition later this month.
  • One of the world’s largest remaining wooden tall ships is set to sail into Great Yarmouth’s South Quay, according to the Mercury. Kaskelot, a Danish three-masted barque is the first boat confirmed for this year’s Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival on 9-10 September.
  • More than 70 serious incidents are being investigated at Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust, reports the Norwich Evening News. The report also showed the number of complaints made to the trust had risen, from 592 in 2015/16 to 661 in 2016/17.
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Warning of blocked train lines between Attleborough and Ely

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The thunderstorms have claimed a casualty - the train lines running from Norwich to Cambridge.

Engineers at Greater Anglia are working to fix signals that have been damaged by lightning at Attleborough:

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A changeable day across Norfolk: Your pictures

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Our merry band of Weather Watchers have been busy again - snapping Norfolk at its finest.

Hopping Frog captured the early morning mist as it rolled over the coast at West Runton before the sun came up:


Giles stepped out to catch this cotton wool sky over the border in Metfield:


And before the thunder rolled over - this was the scene at Roydon near Diss, caught by Monty's Turf:


Severe disruption: A47 Norfolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk eastbound severe disruption, at A1074 Dereham Road.

A47 Norfolk - Slow traffic on A47 eastbound in Costessey at the A1074 Dereham Road junction, because of earlier car fire. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: A11 Norfolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Norfolk southbound severe accident, between A1075 and A1066 Mundford Road.

A11 Norfolk - Slow traffic on A11 southbound in Thetford between the A1075 junction and the A1066 Mundford Road junction, because of people slowing to look at an accident.

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

Severe accident: A11 Norfolk northbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Norfolk northbound severe accident, between A1066 Mundford Road and A1075 affecting Fison Way.

A11 Norfolk - Slow traffic on A11 northbound in Thetford between the A1066 Mundford Road junction and the A1075 junction, because of an accident involving car and pedestrian earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A1066 Mundford Road to the Fison Way junction.

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

Appeal fails in bid to build 200 homes in North Norfolk

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A plan to build 200 homes in Sculthorpe has been turned down - despite an appeal by developers.

Fears had been raised that the site would have doubled the size of the village, as well as traffic volume.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) originally rejected the plans in January 2016. Amstel Group Corporation tried to have the decision overturned.

The planning inspector confirmed that the council already has a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites in the district.


Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of NNDC and local member for Sculthorpe, said: "The inspector’s findings show the importance of planned and sustainable development that doesn’t swamp existing communities but conserves and builds on what is already there.

"This plan was never sustainable – the village has no shop, one restaurant and an infrequent bus service.

"The development would have doubled the size of the village and potentially at least doubled the traffic movements because of the nature of the family homes proposed.

"We are not averse to development, but it must be in the right place."

Can you identify Swaffham's late-night visitor?

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

An unusual four-legged creature has been spotted taking a stroll through Market Place in Swaffham in the wee small hours.

But what on earth is it? A cat? An otter? An anteater?!

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Chedgrave road collision: One person has died

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

chedgrave map

A motorist has died in a rush hour road traffic collision in Chedgrave near Loddon.

It happened at around 07:45 this morning on the A146 near the junction with Norwich Road.

Police say a woman was also taken to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital with a pelvic injury.

The roads have been closed in the area and diversions remain in place.

Man dies in west Norfolk garage accident

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A man has died in a garage while working on a vehicle, Norfolk Police have confirmed.

Police were called to A D Hurst in Baptist Road, Upwell at around 08:30 on Tuesday, following reports a man had been injured as he carried out mechanical work on a vehicle.

The man, in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Norfolk Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.

hurst garage

Norwich Airport masterplan: You can have your say

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

So what's the vision for Norwich Airport?

Passenger numbers: The airport wants to almost double the numbers who use it to 930,000 by 2030 - and treble them to 1.4m by 2045.

Attract business: There are plans for a 100-acre Imperial Park on land accessed by the Northern Distributor Road.

Runway and taxiways: The masterplan includes an 500m extension to the runway and more taxiways to allow bigger aircraft to land. It also wants to move the control tower closer to the terminal.

Local economy and jobs: Around 1,240 jobs are directly supported by the airport. By 2030, that could rise to 1,950. The airport's contribution to the local economy could rise from £70m to £120m by 2030.

More destinations: Plans to target Dublin and Paris to complement the existing Amsterdam route.

Norwich airport
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Godwits leave Welney reserve

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Twenty-six endangered Godwit chicks, hand-reared at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Welney, are now flying away from the site.

WWT Welney

The black-tailed birds were carefully raised at the Fenland nature reserve in an attempt to boost their population.

Each chick has a coloured leg ring, and conservationists now want people to help track them as they fly away.

Here was the moment they were initially released a few weeks ago...

Rare black-tailed godwits released into wild at Welney

Louise Clewley, a warden at the reserve, said the last couple of weeks had been "nail-biting".

"You just don't know what's going to happen when you open those doors," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"You think 'are they going to do something silly?'

"But so far they've flown off and have been feeding with adult godwits."