Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 4 August 2017
  2. Farm installs vending machine to stop egg thefts
  3. Rarely-spotted butterfly spotted in Norfolk
  4. Stuart Webber says Norwich City want to sign another midfielder
  5. Norwich City sign German midfielder Tom Trybull

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nelson Oliveira celebrate with Daniel Farke

Nelson Oliveira comes on to earn Norwich a point at fellow promotion favourites Fulham, who waste a host of chances.

Read more

Our live coverage across the week

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Our live updates for Norfolk have now come to an end for another week.

You can scroll back here to catch up with any stories you might have missed, including:

  • Farm installs vending machine to stop egg thefts
  • Rarely-spotted butterfly spotted in Norfolk
  • Norwich City sign German midfielder Tom Trybull

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

BBC East weather graphic
.

For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Norwich City sign German midfielder Tom Trybull

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have made another signing - German midfielder Tom Trybull, 24, is the latest to join the ranks.

Trybull signs a one-year deal with The Canaries having most recently played for FC Den Haag in The Netherlands.

View more on twitter

The Canaries travel to Craven Cottage as they take on Fulham for their Championship opener tomorrow.

Your pictures: Some sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

OK, so it's not the warmest of days but our BBC Weather Watchers have captured some sunny shots of Norfolk:

Wymondham
.
Cromer
.
Gorleston-on-Sea
.
Marsham
.

Rarely-spotted butterfly... spotted in Norfolk!

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

One of the country's rarest butterflies has been spotted at Sheringham Park.

Your best chance of seeing a Purple Emperor in the UK is in larger woodland areas in southern England.

But the National Trust says there have been two sightings in tree tops at Sheringham in recent weeks.

Purple Emperor butterfly.
National Trust

The National Trust's butterfly specialist Matthew Oates said: "At Sheringham Park the National Trust is looking after the sallows the butterfly favours.

"Recently, people have worked out how to look for this elusive giant, which is why it's been discovered at Sheringham.

"I'm delighted that Norfolk has declared itself well and truly Purple."

The Butterfly Conservation charity's website says it is difficult to record the size of the Purple Emperor population, but they are usually only found in woodlands in south and south east England, and Norfolk is the furthest north they have been found.

A spokesman said there had been a long-term decline since the 1970s, but strong signs of recovery in the last 10 years.

Distribution map of purple emperors 2010-14
Butterfly Conservation
Distribution map of purple emperors 2010-14

Farm installs vending machine to stop egg thefts

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A family-run egg farm near Wymondham has had to install a vending machine because so many people were abusing its honesty box system.

Cavick House Farm had been relying on customers to pay the correct amount - but that was costing them about £150 a week in stolen eggs.

Egg vending machine
Annabel Barber

Julie Barber, who runs the farm, said: "We ran the honesty box for about seven years in our little egg shed.

"We have 16,000 free range hens producing eggs for supermarkets but, to try and boost our income a little, we decided to try and sell them from a shed.

"But in the last couple of years the figures haven’t been adding up.

"It is a shame, but we wanted to keep selling to our loyal customers and we thought we’d turn a negative into a positive and keep the egg sales going by installing a vending machine."

Egg shed.
Annabel Barber

Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

Here's my full forecast:

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather where you are with BBC Weather.

Stuart Webber says Norwich City want to sign another midfielder

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's sporting director Stuart Webber has said that the club want to sign another midfielder.

That comes after his appearance on BBC Radio Norfolk's show - The Scrimmage.

The Canaries travel to Fulham tomorrow for the first game of the Championship season with a new-look team after the shake-up at the club over the summer.

Harrison Reed and Mario Vrančić have already been recruited by Webber for midfield cover, but that doesn't seem to be enough.

View more on twitter

Webber said: "We'd certainly like to add another midfield player. Daniel [Farke - head coach] likes to play three in there and the squad is already stretched so we need numbers."

You can listen to the interview in full by downloading the podcast or listen again on the BBC iPlayer:

The Scrimmage, BBC Radio Norfolk (18:00-19:00 Thursday, 4 August, 2017)

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday’s live updates for Norfolk.

The weekend is just around the corner and we’ll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

First up, we’ll have a full weather forecast shortly.

Sunrise in West Runton.
BBC

You can contact us at any time via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between A1064 and A12.

A47 Norfolk - A47 closed in both directions between Acle Roundabout in Acle and Runham Roundabout in West Caister, because of an accident.

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

Tony Cook funeral: Norwich bikers form cortege tribute
Dozens of motorcyclists rode through Norwich city centre in tribute to a fellow biker and tattooist.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for today, we'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Scroll down to read the stories we've been covering today.

Don't forget, if you've got a story to share with us, click "Get involved" above.

Have a great evening.

Weather: Dry with isolated showers overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Mostly dry tonight across the BBC East region, but breezy with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, perhaps bringing an isolated shower.

Staying mild with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F).

Friday will be quite breezy, but much of the day will be dry with sunny spells and occasional cloud and just the small risk of a shower. Feeling warm in the sun with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

Look East weather map
BBC

Visit BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast where you are.

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber set for The Scrimmage

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The new series of the popular Norwich City fanzine show The Scrimmage begins tonight on BBC Radio Norfolk.

The Canaries' sporting director Stuart Webber will be live in the studio 18:00-19:00. Mr Webber will be answering fans' questions as well as laying out City's plans for the new season which begins at Fulham on Saturday.

Stuart Webber
BBC

Bid to stop lead thieves targeting county's churches

As we've been reporting, a new scheme has been launched to help combat the continued number of lead thefts from the Norfolk's churches.

Here are some cases when thieves have struck:

  • In October last year, St Nicholas Church in North Lopham was preparing to put on its knitted bible display when thieves stripped half the lead from the roof during the night
  • St Bartholomew Church, Sloley, near North Walsham, had its lead stolen just days after Christmas 2016
  • Lead was stolen from the roof and a window at St Mary's Church in Baconsthorpe in April. St Mary's Church in Northrepps was targeted in the same month
  • Raiders stripped lead from Little Massingham Church, near King's Lynn, in January for the third time.

Drug den is closed down

A property used for illegal drug activity in a village near Dereham has been shut down.

Bexfield Close
Google

The property in Bexfield Close, Foulsham, has been at the centre of drug use and anti-social behaviour for a number of months.

Norfolk Police said it has worked closely with partner agencies, including Broadland Council, to address concerns from people living in the area and sought a closure order after securing evidence of drugs misuse at the address.

Officers were granted a closure order at Norwich Magistrates' Court. The three-month order prohibits anybody from being inside the property.

Insp Robert Wicks said: "We recognised that they had a duty of care to the wider community and despite several warnings and interventions with people attending the address, the activity did not decrease.”

Lead thieves 'make my blood boil'

The county's police and crime commissioner has said it "makes his blood boil" every time he hears lead thieves have targeted a church.

Lorne Green
BBC

As reported, a new £250,000 campaign has begun to combat the continued number of lead thefts from Norfolk's churches.

Alarms will be installed at selected locations across the county as part of the Roof Alarm Scheme.

Lorne Green, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, said: "My blood boils whenever I hear a church has been targeted.

"That is why I said enough is enough and started the ball rolling on this working partnership, committing a substantial amount of 'seed money' to get it under way.

"We are taking action to stop the scourge of lead thefts and this cowardly and mindless desecration of our local heritage."

Norwich 'not favourites' for season opener

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's new "manager" has been giving his first pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's Championship curtain-raiser at Fulham.

View more on twitter

Norwich City: Farke's first pre-match press conference

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Follow the latest from Carrow Road as Norwich City prepare to open their Championship season with Saturday's trip to Fulham:

View more on twitter

EastEnders actor admits sexual offences against girls

A former EastEnders actor turned youth worker has admitted sexual offences against three teenage girls while in a position of trust.

Joseph Shade outside Norwich Crown Court
PA/Joe Giddens

Joseph Shade, 24, who played Peter Beale in the BBC One soap from 1998 to 2004, admitted five counts of causing or inciting a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust and one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

Prosecutor Chris Paxton told Norwich Crown Court that Shade was a youth worker at a project in Norfolk when he sent sexual text messages to girls and touched one inappropriately.

The offences were against three girls aged between 14 and 17, and happened between 2012 and 2015.

A trial had been due to start on Monday and Shade denied 11 sexual offences against four girls, but on the fourth day of trial he admitted six sexual offences against three girls and the prosecution ordered the remaining five counts lie on file.

Judge Maureen Bacon bailed Shade, of Cliff Road, Sheringham, until his sentencing at a later date.

She warned him he could be sent to prison.

New alarm scheme for county's historic churches

A scheme, costing £250,000, has begun to combat the continued number of lead thefts from Norfolk's churches.

St Nicholas Church, North Lopham
Robert Edwards/Geograph

On average, three to five churches in the county get targeted every month.

Norfolk Police has teamed up with the Diocese of Norwich, plus other local church bodies, to set up the Roof Alarm Scheme.

The money will be used to install alarms on a number of churches. It is hoped members of the public will also donate to the scheme, to enable more churches to be better protected.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James, said: "Our medieval churches are under threat from lead thieves who damage the fabric, leave havoc in their wake and cause those who care so well for our churches to feel dejected and dispirited.

"This roof alarm scheme is an imaginative and effective way of combating these thieves and giving heart to those who care for our churches so well."

Severe accident: A148 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A148 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between B1440 and Station Road.

A148 Norfolk - A148 in Hillington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1440 junction and the Station Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - B1440.

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

Multi-million pounds contracts for offshore firms

Skilled workers at offshore energy firms based in Great Yarmouth have been chosen to work on new major windfarm projects around the world.

More than £6m worth of work has been awarded by Scottish Power Renewables to Seajackss and Gardline.

Both firms are working on the East Anglia One windfarm.

Seajacks will now also help the construction of a turbine field in the Baltic Sea.

Survey specialist Gardline is sending workers to the USA.

Windfarm
BBC

Restoration of 17th Century lock to begin

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A historic part of navigation on the River Waveney is to be restored by a team of volunteers.

The Geldeston Lock is one of only two that exists on the Broads - the other is Mutford Lock at Oulton Broad near Lowestoft.

In its heyday, the lock controlled water levels and flow when wherries regularly traded between Beccles and Bungay, but it was taken out of commission by 1934.

The lock, and river with a small boat
BBC

Now the River Waveney Trust is preparing to rebuild part of the lock chamber walls. The project will cost £15,000.

A view of river and lock wall
BBC

Bernard Watson is their project manager, and he says it would be a shame to lose this "wonderful piece of heritage".

Bernard Watson
BBC

It's been here since 1670 and has been a very important part of the upper development of the river Waveney... it's in bad repair now - very badly damaged by trees."

Bernard WatsonRiver Waveney Trust

Historic building 'a rare survivor'

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Great Yarmouth councillors say they've no choice but to find an appropriate use for a landmark building which has fallen into disrepair.

The glass-fronted Winter Gardens closed to the public in 2008, following safety concerns, and it will cost around £10m to get it fit for purpose.

The Winter Gardens
Bob Crook/Geograph

The building is Grade 2* listed, so the council cannot pull it down. It's the last cast iron glasshouse in a coastal area in Britain.

"It's a rare survival," said the council's conservation manager Darren Barker.

"Everything should be done to preserve the building."

Mr Barker also sits on the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, and says an end-use for the Winter Gardens should be found that will provide a return for the town.

Darren Barker standing in front of the Winter Gardens
BBC

There's been lots of uses throughout its history and all of them have failed. We have to provide an end-use that's sustainable, creates enough revenue to keep the building maintained and is also going to fit in with the Great Yarmouth seafront."

Darren BarkerConservation manager

Funding for landmark seafront building

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Great Yarmouth's Winter Gardens is to receive more council money while a long-term use for the building is worked on.

Borough councillors have approved £20,000 for the glass-fronted building, which was closed to the public in 2008 because of safety concerns.

Originally built in Torquay, the cast-iron greenhouse was bought by the council in 1904, and was delivered to the town by barge.

The Winter Gardens on seafront
Keith Evans/Geograph

The cost of a full restoration to make it usable is estimated at around £10m.

Council leader Graham Plant says they've no choice but to find the Great Yarmouth landmark a new use, adding that it's a listed building and can't be demolished.

Graham Plant standing in front of Winter Gardens
BBC

If someone wants to come along and buy it and spend £10m of their own money we're more than happy for them to do that, but as very few people have come forward to do that, as the council owners we have to find a way of bringing this building back into use."

Graham PlantLeader, Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Thursday's weather: Mostly dry and windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today's weather will be a lot nicer than yesterday's.

Instead of all that heavy rain, we may see just one or two passing light showers, especially in the west of the region.

It is, however, going to be quite windy with a blustery south-westerly wind, which will become very gusty as we head through the afternoon.

Highs of 21C (70F).

Welcome to our live coverage

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Hello and welcome back to another day of live updates.

We'll be here until 18:00, bringing you all the news, weather, travel and sport for the county.

If you have a story to share, don't hesitate to get in touch by clicking "Get involved" above.

First up, let's take a look at the weather.

Severe accident: A140 Norfolk northbound

BBC News Travel

A140 Norfolk northbound severe accident, at A1067 Drayton High Road.

A140 Norfolk - Heavy traffic on A140 Sweet Briar Road northbound in Norwich at the A1067 Drayton High Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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