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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 28 July 2017
  2. Historic fishing boat reaches her destination
  3. Coastguards called to help boat on Broads
  4. Prince William aided woman hit by police van
  5. Aldi abandons plans for Holt
  6. Norfolk band headlining tent at folk festival
  7. Woman in hospital after police van crash

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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That's it for this week's live coverage

The team here is signing off, but we'll be back bright and breezy on Monday morning.

You can catch up with what's been happening during the day by scrolling down through our coverage since 08:00 and as ever, if there's any breaking news over the weekend, this is where you'll find it.

Have a great weekend, hopefully we'll see more of the blue sky captured by one of our BBC Weather Watchers at Cromer this morning.

Beach at Cromer
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Snetterton hosts Touring Car championship

The British Touring Car championship, which is taking place at Snetterton this weekend, is expected to attract crowds of about 30,000 people.

The championship sees professional motor racing teams and amateur drivers competing in highly modified versions of family cars.

Snetterton has been hosting the event for more than fifty years.

BBC Norfolk's Phil Daley's been out on the track:

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Extra help enlisted to help boat on Broads

We understand a salvage vessel, equipped with a large pump, has been taken to the mouth of the Chet to assist in pumping out a vessel on the Broads which is taking in water.

The fire service are also involved in the pumping operation.

Baden Powell reaches her destination

The historic fishing boat, the Baden Powell, is back in the water.

She was lowered into the Bentinck Dock at King's Lynn a short time ago - much to the delight of the team which has been restoring her.

The boat will be fitted out in the dock before she makes her first trip in the river for 25 years.

Baden Powell about to be lowered into dock
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Coastguards called to help boat on Broads

A boat's taking on water on the Broads.

The cruiser, called Midsummer Dream, contacted the coastguard at about 14:30 asking for help.

A couple of teams from Lowestoft and Southwold are on their way.

The fire service has also been called out to the incident, at Hardley near Loddon.

Norfolk Euro MP in bid to become UKIP deputy leader

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Nominations close today in the latest election to choose a leader for the UK Independence Party, an election which could see one of the East of England's MEPs become deputy leader.

Norfolk farmer Stuart Agnew is the running mate of Anne Marie Waters, a controversial candidate who's seen as one of the favourites to win.

Ms Waters has made a number of disparaging comments about muslims and ethnic minorities and there is pressure on the party leadership to prevent her from standing.

But Mr Agnew says he expects her to be allowed to stand and he's praised her for her "real courage" in being prepared to talk about issues which he says, other people arn't prepared to confront.

"There is an increasing element of people who are beyond the law in this country," he said.

"Well we say we have our own way of life and culture in this country and we want to keep it."

He said it was "really really frustrating" that some people regarded such views as racist.

Nominations for UKIP's fourth leader in a year close at 5pm. The list of those standing probably won't be made public until next week.

Stuart Agnew MEP
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Stuart Agnew MEP
Anne Marie Waters
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Leadership contender Anne Marie Waters

Man dies and girl badly hurt in crash

Diss Express

Here's a look at the front page of the Diss Express:

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

'Attitudes need to change in Garby's survival fight'

Diss Express

This is the back page of the Diss Express:

Back page of Diss Express
Diss Express

In pictures: Prince William's final air ambulance shift

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance last night.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

Here are some photos from his final day with the service:

Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Historic boat set to return the the water

It's more than 100 years since the fishing smack Baden Powell was launched for the first time into the River Nar at King's Lynn.

Today, after 25 years on dry land, she's being relaunched into the water after a major restoration.

Historic boat Baden Powell
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The Baden Powell is famous because of the shipwright who built her. Walter Worfolk came to King's Lynn at the end of the nineteenth century to set up his shipyard, and this double ended fishing boat was the first he built here.

Ken Hill, one of the volunteers who've restored the boat, said: "We're going to have it craned onto a low-loader and then it will make its way slowly to King's Lynn docks where we've been very happy to get permission to lower her into the dock.

"She''ll be in the water for the first time in many many years."

Man arrested following criminal damage to butchers

A man has been arrested in connection with the criminal damage to a butchers in Norwich, which we told you about earlier.

The man, who is in his 40s and from the Norwich area, is at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre awaiting questioning.

A brick was thrown at the shop, in Magdalen Street, at about 23:20 on Tuesday, 25 July.

The brick caused damage to the glass in the door, but the door remained intact.

Police seek to reassure community following Halal Butcher attack

Police say while hate crimes are extremely rare, that's the line of inquiry they're following in relation to an attack on a Norwich Halal Butchers earlier this week.

Butchers shop
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A brick was thrown on Tuesday night at Haider Butchers on Magdalen Street.

PC Dave Block said: "Obviously it's a concern when anybody's property gets damaged.

"It's all the more concerning when it appears to be motivated by some form of hate so of course it's a concern but I would reiterate that Magdalen Street is a particularly strong and diverse community and incidents like this are extremely rare in Norfolk, and extremely rare in Norwich."

Greater Anglia targets younger travellers

School praised for its TV role

Lynn News

Here's the front page of the Lynn News:

Front page of Lynn News
Lynn News

Regional act shines at Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The world-renowned Cambridge Folk Festival swung into action last night...

The bigger names playing this weekend include Ward Thomas, Loudon Wainwright III, Frank Turner, Jon Boden and Shirley Collins, but, like all festivals, it provides a chance for smaller acts to get themselves noticed.

Wooden Arms at Cambridge Folk Festival
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The band Wooden Arms, who formed in Norwich, played The Den on Thursday to an appreciative crowd.

Great Yarmouth-born Alex Carson, who started the band, said: "I'm really excited to be playing Cambridge for the first time."

The band mixes folk influences with classical roots with dramatic flourishes - helped by piano, violin, cello, guitar, trumpet and drums.

Alex lives in London now, but sings the praises of Norwich and its musical environment.

"I adore the music scene in Norwich. It's been so formative to me. It's one of the best places for any young artiste," he said.

Aldi abandons plans for Holt store

The discount retailer Aldi has dropped its plans to open a store in Holt.

The town currently has a Budgens, and many independent stores, but no big-name supermarkets.

Maggie Prior, the local district councillor, said Aldi's decision not to go ahead with a store in the town was "disappointing."

Market Place, Holt
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"I felt that Aldi would be a super product, a super company for Holt and the number of residents, many over the last two years I've spoken to, I definitely know we need a new food store in Holt.

"We need affordability, we need greater choice.

"We also have a lot of new houses being built, just the plain simple numbers are going to increase, but it isn't as disappointing for us as it might seem because I've spoken to the developer in the last 24 hours and what we have actually is two or three other interested food stores. It isn't a full stop for us," she said.

An Aldi spokesperson said: "Although Aldi had planning consent for a new store in Holt, it was not possible to complete the contract so we are no longer bringing a store to this site."

Norwich's Darren Webster loses in World Matchplay darts quarter-finals

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich's Darren Webster narrowly missed out on a World Matchplay semi-finals place after a 16-12 defeat to world number 3 Peter Wright.

The contest had even more on the line with some calling it the 'East Anglian Derby Of Darts' with Webster from Norwich and Wright living in Mendham in Suffolk.

Darren Webster in action at this years World Championships
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Darren Webster in action at this years World Championships

At one point the Norfolk man had led the match 9-8 but Wright asserted his dominance after this and eventually took the match.

Wright will play Daryl Gurney in the semi-finals. Gurney was a 16-13 winner over Mensur Suljovic

Hacker, 20, who made £380k has jail term cut

Computer hacker Adam Mudd has had his jail sentence reduced at the court of appeal.

He had developed and sold malware which led to attacks on public institutions.

Mudd, 20, of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, made £380,000, but the victims of the software had to spend millions defending themselves against the estimated 1.7 million attacks.

Adam Mudd
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Victims of the attacks included the University of Cambridge, University of Essex in Colchester, University of East Anglia in Norwich and several local councils. An attack was also made on West Herts College in Watford where Mudd was a student.

Mudd admitted creating the malicious software and was jailed for two years at the Old Bailey in April.

He successfully appealed against the length of the sentence and the Court of Appeal has reduced it to 21 months.

Norfolk band headline club tent at Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norfolk Americana and alt-country band Morganway (pictured below) are headlining the Cambridge Folk Club tent tonight on the second day of the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Morganway
Ollie Ali

Straight out of North Norfolk’s rural outback, the five-piece was started by twins Callum (acoustic guitar, lead vocals) and Kieran Morgan (lead guitar), and features Yve Mary B (lead vocals), Matt Brocklehurst (keyboard) and Simon Tinmouth (drums).

Emily Mae Winters
Emily Mae Winters

Also playing the club tent tonight is Emily Mae Winters (pictured above), a Cambridge-based singer-songwriter, whose songs have been described as "enthralling" and "tantalising" by Folk Radio UK.

She told the BBC she was very excited to be playing the festival.

"This year, I'm lucky enough to be playing with John Parker [Megson, Kate Rusby] on double bass and Jasmine Watkiss on fiddle and backing vocals," she said.

"It's a lot more fun with the band on stage, so I can't wait!"

Woman in 'critical condition' after police van crash

A female pedestrian was left in a serious condition after a crash involving a marked police van.

Hethel
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The incident happened at about 22:20 last night on the B1135 Wymondham Road at Hethel.

The woman was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where her condition is described as critical.

No one else was injured.

Officers were in the area responding to a 999 call relating to concerns for the safety of a woman who had been reported missing.

The road was closed while initial scene investigations were carried out and remains closed this morning.

Norfolk Constabulary has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Friday's weather: Mainly dry, becoming more cloudy later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A few changes in the forecast for today.

It's looking mostly dry until we get to this evening, maybe a few stray showers at times and it'll still be quite breezy as well.

The best of the sunshine is likely to be this morning, before the cloud thickens from the west as we head into the afternoon.

Top temperature across the BBC East region: 20C (68F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Good morning Norfolk

Happy Friday!

We'll be here to keep you up to date with all the goings-on in the county until 18:00.

Investigations are under way after a pedestrian was left in a critical condition from a road crash involving a police van near Wymondham last night.

We'll bring you more on this story after today's weather forecast.

West Runton
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Cannabis gang jailed

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A cannabis operation, which included two farms in Kent, was the largest yet discovered in the UK, according to police.

Our live coverage today:

Our news updates have now come to an end for the day.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've brought you:

  • Girl's pool party death ruled an accident
  • Wrong horse wins at the races
  • Prince William's last air ambulance shift

Scroll down to find out more on these, and other stories.

We're now heading off home, and will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Prince begins last shift

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge has started his last shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate more on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

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Pictures: City prepares for Norwich Pride

The annual festival Norwich Pride takes place this weekend, and the city is preparing to be a rainbow of colours.

There'll be stalls outside the Forum, stage shows and stalls - and a parade from City Hall to Chapelfield Gardens.

Police officers, and their multi-coloured vehicle, will be there:

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Even the trees are showing their support:

Rainbow colours around a tree
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The flag is flying at Carrow Road:

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And Teddy is trying to decide what he should wear:

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Trader disputes butcher's attack was 'hate crime'

An investigation is under way after a brick was thrown through the window of a Norwich butcher's shop.

The attack took place late on Tuesday night at Haider Halal Butchers on Magdalen Street. Police are treating it as a hate crime.

Eric Kirk, chairman of the local Traders' Association, disputes that.

We have some 20-plus different nationalities on this street and incidents of this nature are rare... Nowadays people are too quick to jump and add things, hate crimes and incidents, in this area we don't see it."

Eric KirkMagdalen Street Traders' Association

Parents 'relive daughter's passing' every day

The parents of a seven-year-old girl who drowned at her best friend's birthday pool party have paid tribute to their daughter.

Livial and Glenda Kantengule say they are still devastated following the passing of their "beloved daughter", Maya Grace Kantengule.

"The pain is still unbearable and even though it's been over a year it feels like we relive her passing every day.

"We hope this inquest will provide answers to what happened on the day, even though it is hard to admit that no explanation will bring back our daughter.

"We miss her dearly and she has left a void that is difficult to fill."

Maya Kantengule
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Girl's pool party death ruled an accident

An inquest jury has ruled that a seven-year-old girl's death at a birthday pool party was an accident.

Maya Kantengule was found at the bottom of a pool at Waveney River centre holiday park in Burgh St Peter on 1 May last year.

Waveney River Centre
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She died later in hospital with her parents at her bedside.

Norfolk Coroner's Court had heard that there was no lifeguard on duty.

Her father, Livial Kantengule, had told the inquest he believed his daughter could swim as she had received swimming lessons at school.

In a written statement, teaching assistant Jaqueline Bell said that Maya, from Oulton Broad, was not a confident swimmer and was "nervous" in the water.

Wrong horse wins at the races

More now on that controversy at Great Yarmouth when it was found the winner of the opening two-year race was in fact a different horse.

It was only discovered after Mandarin Princess won at odds of 50-1.

Stablemate Millie's Kiss was due to run in the nine-furlong handicap later on the card, but was subsequently withdrawn.

A report by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) says the stewards held an inquiry to "consider the circumstances surrounding the identification of Mandarin Princess, which was presenting at the sampling unit for routine testing."

The scan identified the horse to be Millie's Kiss, trainer Charlie McBride's other runner in race four.

The BHA says it interviewed the trainer, stable groom, veterinary officer and equine welfare integrity officer responsible for the sampling unit.

Having heard their evidence, the matter was referred to the head office of the BHA. It ordered Millie's Kiss to be withdrawn from race four.

Mix up at the races

Paul Hayes

BBC Radio Norfolk

It's dramatic enough when a 50 to 1 winner comes in at the races.

But there was even more drama today when Mandarin Princess came in at those odds in the 3.15 at Great Yarmouth... Yet turned out to be a completely different horse.

Stablemate Millie's Kiss had been given the wrong number, causing chaos after the race.

Punters at the racecourse have told us that they've never seen anything like it.

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Jury retires in pool drowning inquest

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The jury has retired to consider its verdict on Maya Kantengule, the seven-year-old girl who died after a pool party at the Waveney River Centre in May last year.

We'll bring you more information as soon as we have it.