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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 17 August 2017
  2. College principal stands down
  3. Sir Michael Parkinson postpones theatre date
  4. Rail disruption continues following derailment
  5. City: First Championship win of the season

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By Caroline Kingdon

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The latest weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will staying mainly fine and dry this evening and tonight, with clear spells.

There's the small chance of an isolated shower in southern parts of the region.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather graphic for 05:00
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Tomorrow will start dry with sunny spells, but it will turn cloudy with the risk of some scattered showers, heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures reaching a high of 22C (72F).

Weather graphic for 16:00 showing showers over parts of the region
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There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

A-level results: Students aim high

Provisional figures show that Suffolk's A-level students have performed well, with the number of A*-E grades awarded above the national average.

Although yet to be verified, the figures show that just over 98% of A-levels taken in the county were awarded these grades, compared to the national figure of 97.9%.

Both St Benedict's Catholic School and Newmarket Academy report a 100% pass rate.

It was a similar picture in Norfolk.

Provisional figures there show the number of students in the county who received A*-C grades was 73%.

A-levels: 'Not the be-all and end-all'

An accountancy firm in Norfolk is looking to recruit A-level students even if they haven't got the grades they'd hoped for.

Stephenson Smart takes on apprentice accountants every year.

Henry Pettitt, a partner in the firm, says there is more to life than exam results.

"We don't base our view on our potential apprentices, or the ones that we've already got lined up, purely on their results," he said.

"The over-riding attitude and other things that they've done are as important as the results... the results aren't the be-all and end-all by any stretch."

Henry Pettitt, sitting in his office
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Connor Simpson, who took his A-levels at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston, went straight into work with the firm.

He says it was the right decision for him.

Connor Simpson, in office
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I was already in the position I'm in now, working for Stevenson Smart so going to collect my results wasn't as daunting for me as it was for other students... my results weren't what I was hoping for but I've still got to be where I wanted to be, it hasn't affected me in any way at all."

Connor Simpson

Rare edition of Black Beauty to be auctioned to help horses in need

A limited 1915 edition of Black Beauty is to be auctioned to raise funds for a horse sanctuary in honour of the novel's 140th anniversary.

The copy, complete with colour illustrations by Lucy Kemp-Welsh, was donated to Redwings Horse Sanctuary by a supporter who asked for the book to be sold to help care for horses in need.

The limited edition of Black Beauty
Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty, was born in Great Yarmouth in 1820. She wrote the book on her death bed when living in Old Catton, near Norwich, but died just months before it was published.

The novel is on display at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell until 25 November as part of an exhibition celebrating its anniversary. Silent bids are available until this date.

Money raised from the auction will help care for animals at the sanctuary, and support Redwings' work nationwide.

The Black Beauty book, opened at Chaper 9, "Merrylegs"
Redwings Horse Sanctuary

The charity's chief executive Lynn Cutress said the "stunning edition was a most fitting donation".

It is not only a rare copy of a classic novel that deserves to be treasured, but a symbol of respect for animals and a lasting reminder of author Anna Sewell’s lifelong passion for preventing horses from suffering.

Lynn CutressRedwings Horse Sanctuary
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Pupils across Norfolk receive their A-levels

It wouldn't be A-level results day without happy pupils throwing their results papers in the air with smiles on their faces now, would it?

Here are some students from Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham doing just that.

This year the school had a 99.3% pass rate at A Level and 100% pass rate at BTEC.

Paston Sixth Form College
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Meanwhile, at King Edward VII Academy in King's Lynn we found students off to various universities.

Headteacher Lloyd Brown said: "We're very pleased with the results. Our students have matched their average grade from last year.

"A-C grades down just a little bit, but pass rate is very high overall."

King Edward VII Academy pupils
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College principal stands down following Ofsted rating

The head of Easton and Otley College is standing down.

It follows a recent Ofsted report which rated the overall effectiveness of the college as "inadequate".

An inspection four years earlier had rated the college "good".

David Henley will leave his post at the end of the month.

In a statement, Mark Pendlington, chair of the board of governors, said "fresh leadership is required to build on the strong foundations for recovery" which are already in place.

The recruitment of a replacement for Mr Henley is under way.

Sir Michael Parkinson postpones Norwich visit

Sir Michael Parkinson has rescheduled his visit to Norwich Theatre Royal to give him more time to recovery from an operation.

The chat show host was due to appear on stage on 24 September.

Mr Parkinson's producers say Sir Michael has recently undergone minor surgery on his back, which although unexpected was "routine and successful".

Following advice from his doctors, he is taking time to recuperate.

Sir Michael Parkinson
Norwich Theatre Royal

In a statement from the theatre, Sir Michael sends his apologies for postponing the event, adding he'll be "as good as new when you see me next... in fact, I'm thinking of adding a dance routine to the show".

The evening date has been moved to 30 January.

Theatre spokesman John Bultitude says those who had tickets will be contacted by the box office team. Anyone who can't attend the new date will be offered a refund.

Normal service resumes for BBC Look East

Some of you may have been wondering why Look East was taken off-air last night.

Unfortunately a fire alarm meant The Forum in Norwich had to be evacuated (pictured below).

Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm, but by the time everyone was allowed back in the building it was too late to go back on-air.

Normal service resumed for the 20:00 and 22:30 bulletins.

And for those of you who had hoped to see the Red Arrows at Cromer Carnival - stay with us, the video will appear here later.

People standing outside the Forum
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Derailment causing problem for freight deliveries

Freight deliveries from the Port of Felixstowe are getting behind schedule because of the train derailment near Ely.

Greater Anglia is warning passengers to expect disruption until the end of next Monday after a freight train came off the tracks earlier this week.

Passengers are being taken on replacement bus services, but freight traffic has become stuck.

Chris MacRae, the head of rail policy at the Freight Transport Association, says the disruption is causing many problems.

Freight derailment
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It's important to remember that Felixstowe is Britain's biggest container port and the freight that comes in and out of that by containers is coming from the whole world and is literally being distributed to the rest of Britain."

Chris MacraeFreight Transport Association

Rail disruption continues following derailment

Train services between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough remain suspended after a freight train derailment earlier this week.

Cranes have been brought in to move the wagons that came off the track near Ely on Monday.

Network Rail says it will take a number of days to remove the wagons and replace the damaged track.

Buses are taking rail passengers between Ely and Peterborough.

Engineers and crane at site of freight train derailment
BBC

Norwich City pick up first Championship win of the season

Jack Reeve

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The Canaries beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Carrow Road last night.

Nelson Oliveria scored the opening goal on 48 minutes before midfielder Harrison Reed scored a 25-yard screamer late on for his first ever senior goal.

Harrison Reed celebrates his goal
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Harrison Reed celebrates his goal

Head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk he was surprised Reed scored such a brilliant goal, as in training he usually shoots like "he's taking a goal kick".

The Canaries now prepare for their match at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Thursday's weather: Brightening later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Early morning cloud and rain will clear, with sunny spells developing.

There'll be some scattered showers, heavy at times.

Feeling warm with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

There's a full forecast for where you are on BBC Weather.

Lucy Martin and the weather chart for 16:00 showing temperatures and scattered showers
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Welcome back to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Good morning and thanks for joining us for a new day on Norfolk Live.

Throughout the day the team will bring you the latest news from around the county.

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It's a wet morning but what about the rest of the day? Lucy Martin's forecast follows shortly.

Nelson Oliveira

Goals from Nelson Oliveira and Harrison Reed give Norwich City victory over QPR, their first win of the Championship season.

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Weather: Rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy start to the night with rain moving erratically eastwards, perhaps turning heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures will be no lower than about 14C (57F) and the winds will increase to a moderate south to south-westerly.

Weather graphic
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Thursday will see the thicker cloud and rain pulling away to the east and sunny spells developing from the west.

There'll be some showers too, and some of these could be heavy and thundery and could band together to give a longer spell of rain in some parts of the region.

Temperatures possibly reaching 24C (75F) with mainly moderate south-westerly winds.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Administrators seek new education providers

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

The administrator overseeing a training provider that has gone bust says the priority is for students to complete their studies.

Norfolk Training Services (NTS), which has offices in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn, has gone into administration, with 60 staff jobs at risk.

NTS was the county's biggest training provider and 400 students and apprentices are affected.

Andrew Kelsaw, from Larking Gowen, says: "We've spoken to the Education Funding Agency to make sure there is continuity and that people who are halfway through qualifications will be finishing those qualifications but with other providers."

Worker training firm goes into administration

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Sixty staff could lose their jobs at one of Norfolk's largest training firms.

Four hundred students also face uncertainty over whether their courses will go ahead after it was announced Norfolk Training Services (NTS) would go into administration.

Workers only learned their fate at a meeting today.

NTS has been running for 40 years, specialising in apprenticeships and vocational courses.

It had sites in Norwich, Yarmouth and King's Lynn and was funded by the Skills Funding Agency, the Education Funding Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Red Arrows at Cromer Carnival

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

It's Cromer Carnival week and today the Red Arrows took to the skies as part of the festivities.

Their display was captured by our BBC Weather Watcher - Hopping Frog in Sheringham.

And what a marvellous set of photos they are too...

Red Arrows
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Red Arrows
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Red Arrows
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Red Arrows
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Red Arrows
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You can get more on the carnival on BBC Radio Norfolk throughout today and on BBC Look East tonight.

Work starts to remove derailed train from tracks

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A train carrying a crane has arrived in Manea, Cambridgeshire, to start the process of removing derailed wagons that are blocking the line.

Train with crane on
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A number of carriages left the line after a freight train derailed on Monday afternoon.

Engineers worked through the night to repair the tracks so the crane could arrive.

Crane on train
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Another train with empty wagons has also made the journey so goods on the derailed carriages can be transferred over.

The total time to remove all the wagons from the track is expected to take 48 hours, with a workforce of about 25.

Train derailmemt
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While the work takes place, services between Stansted and Birmingham, Norwich and Liverpool and Ipswich and Peterborough will be affected, with replacement buses due to operate until at least Sunday.

Bouncy castle death: Fairground workers due on trial next year

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

We've just heard from court that two fairground workers have denied manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.

Shelby and William Thurston
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Shelby Thurston, 25, and 28-year-old William Thurston, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, both pleaded not guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The pair also denied failing to discharge a health and safety duty relating to the management of an "inflatable circus super dome".

They were both granted bail and are due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for trial on 5 February 2018.

BreakingBouncy castle death: Fairground workers plead not guilty to manslaughter

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Two people have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.

We'll bring you more shortly.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Afternoon weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry with sunny spells today and feeling warm in the sunshine.

However, the cloud will increase from the west later in the day, with freshening winds.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

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

Gorleston-on-Sea
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New healthcare centre 'inadequate'

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A medical practice in Gorleston has been rated inadequate in several areas, including patient safety.

The Central Healthcare Centre on Sussex Road was inspected in May and the report has just been published.

The centre was created after a reorganisation of GP surgeries in Gorleston last year, merging the Central Surgery and Family Healthcare Centre practices.

The Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group had said the merger would lead to an improvement in medical services, because some sites were too small to expand to meet demand.

The Central Healthcare Centre has 17,000 patients on its books.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors raised concerns over patient safety, citing 27 significant events in the past year.

The report also said the centre was not well run and patient care required improvement.

Sadie Parker, director of primary care with NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We were disappointed with the results of the CQC inspection at the Central Healthcare Centre.

"We are working with the practice to support them to drive through the recommendations made by the inspectors and are pleased that they have already made some improvements."

A spokesperson from the Central Healthcare Centre said: "We would like to reassure our patients that we are working hard to improve the services we provide."

Head of health overhaul steps down

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

The woman leading an overhaul of health and social care services in Norfolk has stepped down.

Dr Wendy Thomson, managing director of Norfolk County Council, had been overseeing changes to the NHS called the "Sustainability and Transformation Plan".

The plan aims to make the health system more efficient, with it being projected to have a £415m annual overspend by 2022.

Proposals shared last year focused on preventing ill health and looking after people at home or in the community to free up hospital beds.

After a year in charge, Dr Thomson felt it was the right time to hand over to someone in the NHS.

Antek Lejk from South Norfolk and North Norfolk clinical commissioning groups is taking over.

Mr Lejk said: "We're now moving into an implementation phase which is about the internal working of the NHS.

"It was felt a person working in the NHS would have the time and engagement to drive this part of the plan through, but we will continue to work with each other," he said.

Maddison doing everything to stay in Canary XI

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Despite a man of the match award in the League Cup and another impressive performance on Sunday, Norwich City midfielder James Maddison has been assessing his work in his own time.

The youngster told BBC Radio Norfolk he's watched the defeat against Sunderland back at home in an attempt to see what he did right and wrong.

Maddison says he wants to do everything he can to keep his place in the starting line-up.

James Maddison
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"I watched [the loss to Sunderland] back because I wanted to reflect on my own personal performance, because obviously it's the first time I've had a run in the side.

"You're feeling in the game sometimes that you might be playing well. But when you watch it back you might not do as well as you thought, and vice versa."

Norwich host QPR tonight hoping to get their first win in this Championship campaign.

Weather: Dry with warm spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a cool start it will be mostly dry with sunny spells today. It will feel warm in the sunshine.

However, the cloud will be increasing from the west later in the day, with freshening winds.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

You can get more at BBC Weather.

Welcome back

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to Local Live across Norfolk.

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

The full weather forecast will be with your shortly, and it looks as though it's going to be a mostly dry day.

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

West Runton
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We'll be back again with regular updates from 08:00 tomorrow. Until then, any breaking news will still appear here.

Have a great evening.

Lowestoft WW1 hero Tom Crisp is remembered

A memorial service has taken place to mark 100 years since the death of World War One hero Tom Crisp.

Acting as bait, the Lowestoft-born skipper and his crew sank a German submarine in January 1917, for which Mr Crisp received a Distinguished Service Medal.

In August 1917, the HM Armed Smack Nelson was hit several times by enemy fire, severely wounding Crisp.

Despite his injuries, Mr Crisp continued to give orders to his crew, including the order to abandon ship and save themselves.

For his bravery and self-sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross .

Today's service was one of several events to honour his memory. On Sunday, a stone-laying ceremony will be held at the Lowestoft Naval Memorial in Belle Vue Park.

Councillor Graham Catchpole, Waveney’s cabinet member for operational partnerships, said: "One hundred years after his death, we are honoured to be able to recognise the bravery of Thomas Crisp."

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