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  1. Updates for Friday, 11 August 2017
  2. Train disruption between Norwich and Lowestoft
  3. Lotus returns to profitability
  4. Norwich City land cup tie at Charlton

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Lewis Grabban scores twice for Sunderland and also nets an own goal as the Black Cats beat Norwich 3-1 at Carrow Road.

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That's it from the Local Live team for this week, so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Weather: Dry night ahead

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

Weather map

Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

From the archives: Speedboating at Great Yarmouth 1934

Some 83 years ago this month a party of holidaymakers were caught on camera enjoying a thrilling trip in a speedboat at Great Yarmouth.

Speedboat off Great Yarmouth in 1934
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Giant Lego animal invasion alert!

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Enormous birds and animals have invaded a nature reserve on the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk border.

Lego frog
WWT Welney

But don't panic... they're made of Lego and are currently touring all Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserves in the UK.

At the moment they're at Welney in The Fens and they're staying there until 3 September.

As well as this massive 1.5m (5ft) frog, there's a Bewick's swan, an emperor dragonfly, a kingfisher, an otter and more.

Lego otter
WWT Welney

Watch this timelapse video below to see how they were made or pop along to Welney and see them in the flesh, so to speak.

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Pressure is off leaders Diss in promotion race

Diss Express

This is the back page of the Diss Express:

Back page of Diss Express
Diss Express

Community of Banham supports family of murdered dog walker

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Vicar of Banham says the community wants to support the family of a man killed in a frenzied knife attack.

83-year-old Peter Wrighton (pictured) from the village was murdered while walking his dogs last Saturday morning near East Harling on the edge of Thetford Forest.

Peter Wrighton
Norfolk Police

CCTV shows him at Kenninghall Post Office at 10:10 - just half an hour before his body was found at Harling Woods.

The Reverend Canon Stephen Wright says people would like to hold a special service for him, but it's up to his family if it goes ahead.

"People are shaken. There is so much unknown at the moment," he said.

"We don't want to intrude on their grief, but if there is anything we can do to help, we will help."

Attleborough residents urged to give views on plans for centre of town

Nic Rigby

BBC News

More residents of Attleborough are being urged to give their views on major improvements in the town centre.

Barely 100 people so far have made their voices heard on the £4.5m proposals.

Adrian Cable/Geograph

Norfolk County Council won the funding for road and transport improvements and earlier in the year initial proposals were published showing how the money would be spent in Attleborough.

It includes making Surrogate Street open to two-way traffic and making other roads in the town safer for pedestrians to cross.

Councillors say only 95 responses have been received so far.

They want to be sure the plans are fine-tuned to meet everyone's needs.

The deadline for responses to the county council is midnight on Sunday.

Man, 83, killed in brutal stabbing

Diss Express

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

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

Video weather forecast: Mainly dry, but cloudy

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Sunshine this morning will give way to cloud and rain this evening across the BBC East region.

The weekend will be cloudy, but dry with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

Two week inquest into offshore death of Lowestoft man

There's to be a two-week inquest into the death of a man from Lowestoft - after an accident on a platform in the North Sea.

Tyron Jones, 43, died in December last year at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital after being flown from the Indefatigable 23A gas platform about 70 miles (110km) off the coast.

The full inquest will begin on 6 December - a day after the anniversary of his death.

Norfolk-based Lotus back in black

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Norfolk-based sports car maker Lotus is back in the black after years of heavy losses..

The new Lotus Evora 400

The company, which was recently bought by a Chinese firm, made a profit of £2m last year after a rise in exports to Europe and America.

Lotus, based in Hethel, near Wymondham, said it was now on a sustainable path, for the first time in years.

Norwich City draw Charlton at home in Carabao Cup

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have been drawn to play against Charlton at Carrow Road in the second round of the Carabao Cup (aka the League Cup).

That wasn't after confusion however - a mix up with the balls during the draw meant that initially the game was announced to be played at The Valley.

City have been drawn away to Charlton in the @Carabao_Cup second round! #ncfc

City have been drawn away to Charlton in the @Carabao_Cup second round! #ncfc

However, it was changed to be played at Carrow Road soon after.

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The Canaries progressed into this round of the cup after beating League Two side Swindon Town on Tuesday.

The game will be played on the week commencing Mon, 21 August.

Today's weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

It's due to be dry and sunny for most of the day, but there's a chance of it becoming cloudier later this afternoon with some patchy rain coming in from the west.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

For a full forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Sunrise at Felixtstowe
Wesley Stankiewicz

Good morning

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Welcome back to Local Live across Norfolk.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for your area.

The full weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's another grey start to the day.

As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Giant pipes wash up on Norfolk beaches
Plastic segments up to hundreds of metres long beach on the Norfolk coast.

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That's it for our live updates today, thank you for your company.

Scroll down to catch up on the stories we've been covering.

We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, any breaking news will still appear here overnight.

Have a great evening.

Weather: Dry overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening - any cloud in the BBC East region will thin and break to bring clear spells and some chilly temperatures overnight as it dips to 8C (46F) in light westerly or south westerly winds.

There will be a chilly start to Friday, with sunny spells and highs of 22C (72F).

BBC East weather map

It will gradually turn cloudier during the afternoon with patchy rain by the evening, spreading across the region overnight in light to moderate south westerly winds.

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

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Chelmsford murder inquiry: Victim's mother makes plea to wanted teen

The mother of a man who was shot dead at a petrol station has urged a teenager, who is wanted by poilce, to come forward.

As we've reported, Essex Police want to trace Bradley Blundell, 17, in connection with the inquiry into the murder of John Pordage.

Mr Pordage, 34, was shot outside a BP garage on Baddow Road, Chelmsford, on Saturday, just after 02:00.

A £5,000 reward has been offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of the teenager.

Mr Pordage's mother Sue Wilson said: "Bradley, if you are listening to me, please do the right thing and hand yourself in."

Bradley is known to have links in Chelmsford, Great Baddow, Thurrock and Norwich in Norfolk.

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Reward offered in Chelmsford murder suspect hunt

A £5,000 reward has been offered for information about the whereabouts of a teenage boy wanted in connection with a murder inquiry.

Bradley Blundell
Essex Police

John Pordage was shot outside a BP garage near the Army & Navy roundabout in Chelmsford on Saturday just after 02:00.

The 34-year-old, of Galleywood, was taken to hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound.

The charity Crimestoppers is offering the reward for information that leads to the arrest of Bradley Blundell.

Essex Police want to trace the 17-year-old who was last known to be living in Chelmsford and has links to Great Baddow and the Thurrock area. He also has links to Norwich.

Liam Duffy, regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: "It’s believed he is a danger to the public and must be found.

"Someone will either know where he is or is maybe giving him shelter.

"The public's safety is important to us, which is why we guarantee that anyone who contacts our charity with information stays 100% anonymous.

"Bradley should not be approached directly by members of the public."

Five arrests have made in connection with the murder investigation.

Official opening of children's clinic at James Paget Hospital

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A NHS hospital's clinic for children has celebrated its first year of operation with a formal opening ceremony.

Eight-year-old patient Drew Bye and former staff member Rachel Short cutting the string of paper boats
James Paget University Hospital

An area of the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston was refurbished last year to create The Cove - aiming to provide a brighter and more colourful place for young patients.

It was created following feedback from Care Quality Commission inspectors, who gave the hospital an overall rating of "good", but recommended the hospital enhanced its children’s outpatient facilities.

On average, The Cove has seen more than 200 extra patients per month than the previous children's unit.

Its official launch saw a string of paper boats cut by eight-year-old patient Drew Bye and former staff member Rachel Short, who was responsible for the old children’s outpatient department.

Senior sister Jo Scott said: "It may seem a little strange to be holding an opening ceremony a year on, but we needed to learn how to work in the facility and to settle in."

Hospital still 'requires improvement'

Health inspectors have said the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital still "requires improvement".

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

The hospital was given the rating by the Care Quality Commission last year.

Its inspectors' latest report has given the hospital the same status.

It said medicines were not always stored safely in line with policy, most wards had vacancies for nurses and health care assistants and some staff felt there was "unnesccessary pressure" on them.

The report does acknowledge, however, staff adhered to risk assessment and hygiene protocols, the attitude of staff was "excellent" and that there were some examples of "excellent" leadership.

The hospital was rated as "good" for its care.

Chief executive Mark Davies said: "Our staff are amazing and the good progress we are making on our journey of improvement is because of their dedication and professionalism.

“Nothing is more important to us than providing the best care possible for our patients and we welcome the CQC’s findings that the attitude of staff remains excellent, that all staff were helpful, open and caring with excellent examples of leadership.

"Of course we recognise that there are areas that still require improvement and we are committed to working together with teams to make this happen."

Heavy rainfall brings floods and fallen trees

Yesterday's heavy rainfall has brought headaches for road users.

These photos show flooding under the rail bridge at Brundall near Norwich and a fallen tree at Mill Lane in Strumpshaw.

Flooding under the rail bridge in Brundall
Tree at Strumpshaw

Those living in the area said the flooding is about 2ft (60cm) to 3ft (90cm), and a cyclist fell attempting to get through it.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office for heavy rain in the south-east was in place until 23:00 last night.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is warning people not to attempt to drive through the flood water as it was called out to a number of vehicles getting stuck across the county.

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East Harling murder: Police release bin search area map

Police have released a map showing the area where they want people to help with the investigation into the "brutal" murder of an 83-year-old man.

Peter Wrighton
Norfolk Police

Peter Wrighton's body was found on Saturday near Fiveways Junction, three miles south of East Harling in Norfolk, on the edge of Thetford Forest.

The married father-of-two, from Banham, died from many stab wounds to his neck and head, a post-mortem examination showed. The murder weapon has not been found.

Norfolk Police is urging those who live within a five-mile (8km) radius to check their bins for a "weapon or anything unsual".

The force has released the map below to show the area where they want people to check their bins.

Map of the East Harling bin search radius
Norfolk Police

Increase in number of young people with knives

Children as young as seven have been arrested for carrying knives in the region, according to figures obtained by the BBC.


In Essex, 115 people under 18 were caught with a knife between 2014 to 2015.

In 2016 to 2017, the figure went up to 332, according to the data received from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

There was also a rise in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The number of knife-related crimes in Norfolk doubled in the last three years, from 154 in 2014-15 to almost 300 in the last year.

In Suffolk, the youngest child arrested was 10. This year, 54 people under 18 were found to be carrying knives, compared to 20 two years ago.

Police said they are working closely with charities, and are dealing with young people face-to-face to tell them about the dangers of knife crime.

Police 'concerned' over lack of murder suspect

Police hunting for the killer of an 83-year-old man who was killed in woodland have set up dedicated phone numbers to fast-track inquiries.

Peter Wrighton
Norfolk Police

Peter Wrighton, from Banham, was stabbed several times in woodland on the edge of Thetford Forest near East Harling, while walking his dogs.

His murderer is still on the loose and police are also trying to find the murder weapon.

The Operation Graduate telephone numbers are being manned by communications officers from Norfolk Constabulary and neighbouring forces.

Norfolk Ch Supt Mike Fawcett, said: "We remain concerned that we have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for Peter's death.

"I hope residents will take some reassurance from the increased policing presence which will be continuing as long as is necessary, but I am aware that this incident will be causing some to worry.

"I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious."

Bird's eye view of the murder scene
Norfolk Police

Farke believes fans are right to be excited about James Maddison

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke believes the fans are right to be excited about youngster James Maddison.

Maddison was named man of the match in Tuesday night's 3-2 Carabao Cup win against Swindon with one goal and two assists.

James Maddison celebrates his goal against Swindon
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James Maddison celebrates his goal against Swindon

After a successful loan spell at Aberdeen at the start of last season the youngster was then left frustrated at the lack of game-time under Alex Neil and Alan Irvine.

However he seems to be at the centre of Farke's plans and has hit the ground running with an impressive pre-season and in the first two competitive matches of the season.

The German boss said: "Fans are right to be excited about the talent Maddison has got, but is far from the finished article."

The Canaries next match is Sunderland at Carrow Road on Sunday.

Today's weather: Drier and brighter

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After yesterday's cool and wet weather, today is due to be drier, brighter and warmer across the BBC East region, with just a chance of a few showery outbreaks of rain in some coastal areas.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).