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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Two charged over supermarket murder
  3. Rail disruption continues
  4. City sign Lincoln defender

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Police advice ahead of Ipswich-Norwich derby

Fans are being encouraged to arrive early at Portman Road on Sunday, ahead of the East Anglian derby match which kicks off at 12:00.

Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10:30, police have said.

Portman Road
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Supporters are reminded that vehicular access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and that spaces in the Portman Road car park will be greatly reduced.

There'll be various road closures in place, with some disruption to public transport.

The National Police Air Service helicopter is also expected to be deployed during the day to support the policing operation.

Police commander for the match, Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "As usual for this derby game there will be a high profile police presence to ensure all supporters arrive and leave the ground safely and enjoy the game.

"We are supported by colleagues from across the east of England as well as horses from the Metropolitan Police.

"Whilst we will not tolerate mindless anti-social behaviour, violence or racist chanting.

"We know that true fans attend to enjoy the game and we hope they have a great day."

Prison term for man who attacked school caretaker

A 20-year-old man has been jailed for nearly two years for attacking a school caretaker in Norwich.

Roy Money was treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for a head injury after the assault in the grounds of Notre Dame High School in May.

This morning at Norwich Crown Court, Jack Place, from St Mary's Grove in Sprowston, was sentenced to 22 months in custody after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

He was told he would serve half of the time in jail and half out on licence.

South Norfolk community engagement officer honoured after being recognised by chief constable

Diss Express

South Norfolk community engagement officer Jim Squires says it is an honour and a privilege to have been recognised for his work just one year after his new role was established.

Jim Squires
Diss Express

US fighter squadron returns to Lakenheath

F-15E Strike Eagles and airmen from the 492nd Fighter Squadron and supporting units have returned to RAF Lakenheath following a six-month deployment to an "undisclosed location" in south west Asia.

Lt Col Jeremy Renken, commander of 492 Fighter Squadron, said it was an incredible deployment on many levels: "The squadron had multiple instances of pilots conducting air-to-air intercepts while their weapons systems officers were conducting strikes - not sequentially, but literally at the same time.

"It's a testament to not only the aircraft and aircrews, but also to the ammo troops, weapons troops, specialists, back shops, and crew chiefs who sent aloft our Strike Eagles and weapons systems that worked flawlessly when there was no margin for error."

Families wave at crew in plane
US Air Force
Couple embraces
US Air Force
Tearful reunion
US Air Force

It matters! Couple launch battle to keep care group together

Lynn News

Here's a look at the front page of the Lynn News:

Front page of Lynn News
Lynn News

Man hands over bags of cannabis

A man from Bowthorpe has taken 13 bags of home-grown cannabis to Earlham Police Station and handed them over - because he didn't know what to do with them.

The man, who said he'd grown the plants, has not been charged, and inquiries are continuing, say police.

Starbucks confirms A11 store at Besthorpe and Attleborough services – bringing 25 new jobs

Diss Express

Coffee-giant Starbucks has confirmed the site of Mr D’s Diner on the A11, at the Besthorpe and Attleborough services, will become the latest of its drive-through coffee stores.

Mr D's Diner
Diss Express

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott announce Forest Live gig

The latest acts to play outdoors at Thetford Forest have been announced...

... and it's Beautiful South stars Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, with their guest Billy Bragg.

The concert on Saturday, 9 June, is part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live season. Tickets go on sale this Friday,

They are the second artists to be announced - Gary Barlow will be appearing on the previous night.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Forestry Commission

More minutes for returning Ipswich defender

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith has stepped up his comeback from injury ahead of this weekend's East Anglian derby.

Tommy Smith
BBC

The defender played the first 45 minutes for the Under 23s, as they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace at Playford Road yesterday afternoon.

A late penalty won the match for the Eagles. The Under 23s are in action again later in the week when they visit QPR on Friday.

Smith was an unused substitute for Ipswich's first team at Sheffield United last weekend, and is likely to be named on the bench again for Sunday's fixture with Norwich City at Portman Road.

Great Yarmouth Airshow approval sought for next year

The first Great Yarmouth Airshow could go ahead in 2018, after the event was cancelled this year.

Aeroplanes in air display
BBC

It was due to be held in June, but the organisers blamed spiralling safety costs following terror events in Berlin and London.

The airshow is expected to bring an estimated £10m to the local economy, and is predicted to be the biggest event ever held in the area.

Plans for it to go ahead next year are being considered by Great Yarmouth Borough Council's policy resources committee, which meets at 18:30.

It's being recommended the council approves the use of its land for the event, and licenses alcohol and ice cream stalls for the central beach.

Take a look at these Weather Watcher photographs

Our BBC Weather Watchers made the most of the amazing skies across the county yesterday.

Sand from Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal are thought to have been churned up by Storm Ophelia.

Red sky in Eccles
BBC
Red sky in Norwich
BBC
Unusual sky in Gissing
BBC

Crews tackle blaze near lighthouse

Fire crews have fought a blaze in undergrowth near Cromer lighthouse this morning.

About 100 sq m (120 sq yds) of scrubland caught light just after 06:00.

Cromer fire
Mearl Brown

John Baker, station manager of one of the four crews who went to the fire, says they don't think it was started deliberately: "We found a bonfire in close proximity and the wind I think has fanned some sparks and embers from that which have then got into the gorse, so I think it's an accidental fire."

The fire has now been put out.

Fireman with hose
BBC
Fire crews at Cromer blaze
BBC

Changes proposed to Norfolk's constituencies

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Plans to re-draw Norfolk's parliamentary constituencies have been published this morning.

Unlike some parts of the UK, we get off quite lightly. The proposals include reducing the number MPs from 650 to 600, but Norfolk will still have nine MPs, although the size and shape of every seat will change.

House of Commons
PA

Most of the changes are minor but the Mid Norfolk constituency will lose Wymondham (which goes back to South Norfolk) while South West Norfolk will be renamed Thetford & Downham Market and cross the border to take in Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

Labour's Clive Lewis may have to work a little harder to hold on to his Norwich South seat which inherits Conservative-leaning Costessey and Cringleford.

His Conservative neighbour, Chloe Smith, who only has a majority of 507, might feel a little safer as Norwich North will extend into Broadland.

But these are only proposals from the Boundary Commission.

The public has one final say on the plans and then they'll need to be voted on by MPs.

Given how much else is going on at Westminster, and the fact that these plans do not have cross-party support, it is possible that they'll never get approved.

Strange red sun seen over Suffolk

We've heard of a red sky at night and a red sky in the morning... but what about a red sun in the sky, during daytime?

This unusual occurence, as captured by our BBC Weather Watchers, has been caused by Storm Ophelia which is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa.

Red sky in dark sky
BBC
Red sun in cloudy sky
BBC
Red sun over rooftop, with weather vane
BBC

But as Weather Quest's Dan Holley explains, normal service will resume shortly.

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Strange red sun spotted over Norfolk

We've heard of a red sky at night, and a red sky in the morning... but what about a red sun in the sky during the rest of the day?

This unusual occurence, as captured by our BBC Weather Watchers, has been caused by Storm Ophelia which is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa.

Red sun in sky
BBC
Birds in the sky, with a red sun
BBC
Red sun over Wymondham Abbey
BBC
Dark sky with red sun
BBC

As Weather Quest's Dan Holley explains, normal service will resume shortly.

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Former Yarmouth hotel could be turned into care home

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A disused hotel could be pulled down to allow a £5m rebuild of a care home in Great Yarmouth.

The Arden Court Hotel closed its doors two years ago - and was snapped up by the Kingsley Healthcare group, which owns the Eversley Nursing Home next door.

Arden Court Hotel
BBC

The Arden Court Hotel closed in 2015, and the owners of the care home had considered linking the two together.

But the company says starting afresh means they can create a modern care home with two lifts and 39 en-suite bedrooms.

Chris May from Kingsley said: "We've got to knock down the hotel, build the first part of the care home ensuring we have all the facilities such as laundry, kitchen and so forth in the first half of the building.

"Technically we'll then decant everybody from the old building into the new building and then pull down the old building."

An application to demolish the hotel, which is on North Denes Road, has been made to Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Great Storm: Memories of Blickling 30 years on

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

It was 30 years ago that the worst storm to hit Great Britain in 300 years swept across the south and east of Britain.

The Blickling estate in north Norfolk was directly in its path, losing hundreds of trees in the strong winds.

Stephen Hagon has been a gardener at the National Trust property for 45 years, and he says it was a sight he'll never forget.

Storm-damage at Blickling
National Trust

"The gardens were a mess, there were trees down everywhere," he said.

"I remember picking our way through the avenues as best we could, but everything was just flat on the ground. We walked around in stunned silence.

"Centuries-old trees were just flattened, we lost a lot of specialist rhododendrons as well... it was a mess... we were used to having the odd tree or branch down that didn't take long to clear up... it was heartbreaking."

He says a lot of the grounds were still closed the following summer.

Storm-damaged trees at Blickling
National Trust
A fallen tree at Blickling
National Trust

In total, 265 trees were lost. They were replaced with 365 - one for each day of the year.

An avenue of trees at Blicking in autumn
National Trust/Justin Minns
An autumn scene at Blickling from this year

Stephen, who's now assistant head gardener, is the only one of the gardeners from that time still working on the estate.

Now, he says, if gusts over 50mph are expected, they close the gardens and woodlands to the public.

When you walk through our avenues now, and see all the new trees - 60 to 70ft - you probably don't realise it ever happened... but it's still fresh in my mind."

Stephen HagonBlickling Estate
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Laurence Cawley

BBC News

The corner of England where the cars are automatics and you can pay the barber in dollars.

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W Norfolk conference with Christian writer broadcaster

Network Norfolk

This Saturday, Jane Clamp, a writer and broadcaster with BBC Radio Norfolk and Premier Christian Radio, will be speaking at a day conference in West Norfolk exploring the theme of "wilderness".

Jane Clamp
Network Norfolk

Norwich MP commits to fighting plans for Britvic closure

Members of the GMB union and Britvic workers met with Norwich South MP Clive Lewis at the weekend to discuss the closure of the Britvic factory in Norwich.

Clive Lewis
PA

GMB regional organiser Ivan Mercer said: "At a meeting attended by Clive Lewis MP on Friday evening Britvic members reported back their anxieties, anger and disappointment in the decision by Britvic to vacate the Norwich site by the end of 2019.

"Clive has committed to offer every assistance to overturn this proposal by Britvic and has agreed to attend a further strategy meeting on Thursday, 19 October.

"GMB are meeting with Britvic on the 27 October to discuss their proposal and will make a decision on their next steps after this meeting."

Council urged to help protect jobs

Norfolk County Council is being asked to do everything it can to save hundreds of jobs in Norwich.

Earlier this month Britvic announced plans to close its Robinson's drinks plant, and Unilever said it was reviewing its production at the Carrow Works site.

Britvic site
BBC

Chris Sargisson, chief executive of Norfolk's Chamber of Commerce, says there's no reason the plants should have to close: "Norwich is a very prosperous place, it's a very thriving place.

"It's got some excellent opportunities for all types of business, particularly manufacturing.

"The road networks are improving, the rail networks are improving.

"To lose an organisation as big as Britvic for some of the reasons they've explained just doesn't seem to stack up."

Colmans factory site
BBC

Oliveira reveals injury battle after last gasp goal

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Nelson Oliveira has admitted he didn't know whether he was fit enough to play until he came on as a substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hull City.

The Portugese striker scored a dramatic 96th minute equaliser to clinch a point for City and extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.

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Oliveira has been battling a groin injury and he told me afterwards that he's been playing through the pain barrier.

"Every time you receive the ball you think I will not shoot because I will feel pain, but today I was good."

Nouha Dicko's first goal for Hull City came on his seventh appearance for the club

Nelson Oliveira's 96th-minute equaliser rescues a point for Norwich against Hull after Nouha Dicko's earlier strike.

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Jakub Moczyk was knocked out in a fight at an unlicensed boxing event in Great Yarmouth last year.

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NDR: Wroxham Road to reopen on schedule

The A1151 Wroxham Road is on course to reopen by 06:30 at the latest on Monday.

It had been closed for drainage work for the Northern Distributor Road.

During the closure, the A1151 was resurfaced at the site of the new junction with Green Lane West.

Further west, a temporary traffic control will be used on the A140 Cromer Road as work continues on a new roundabout.

Magpies coach reveals hockey heartbreak

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The new coach of Harleston Magpies has been talking about the blow of missing out on the last Olympics.

Tim Whiteman grew up in Norfolk before going on to play hockey more than 50 times for his country but he was dropped from the national squad in the build-up to the Rio games.

Tim Whiteman
Getty Images

Whiteman returned to the county in the summer and was appointed player coach of Magpies Mens team. He'll lead them at Chelmsford this weekend.

"My goal was always Rio so to have that cut six months before was really tough," Whiteman told me.

Runway intersection works completed at RAF Marham

Resurfacing work has been completed at the intersection of two runways at RAF Marham.

It's part of a £250m Defence Infrastracture Programme to get the base ready for the arrival of the new F-35 Lightning fast jets.

The project will also provide hangars for 12 aircraft, and an air crew feeding facility.

Resurfacing work at RAF Marham
MOD

More than 13,000 tonnes of asphalt were removed for the resurfacing work, which saw more than 18,000 tonnes laid over an area equivalent to more than five rugby pitches.

Contractors worked in multiple shifts for seven days a week and, during the three-week construction, a "no-fly" period was agreed with the station.

Tornado jet on runway at Marham
MOD

Earlier this week, it was announced 230 jobs will be lost at the west Norfolk air base as part of BAE Systems' plans to cut nearly 2,000 jobs across the country.

The company maintains aircraft for the Tornado squadrons based at Marham, which are being taken out of service in two years' time.

Just 50 BAE workers will remain at the base.

Tornado in flight at Marham
BBC
The Royal Courts of Justice which houses the High Court

A High Court judge overrules a tribunal's decision not to remove Dr Robert Stone from the medical register.

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A47: All lanes reopened

The Highways Agency has just tweeted that all lanes of the A47, to the west of Norwich, are now open following an earlier fatal traffic collision:

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Hull City keeper Allan McGregor hopes Birmingham victory is springboard to success

McGregor tells Look North's Simon Clark the season so far has been below par

Cromer Pier: Past and present

A contract has been awarded to Openwide to manage Cromer Pier for the next 10 years... that's the future, but what about the past?

Here are some facts for you to "peer" at:

  • The 495ft (151m) pier was built in 1901 and cost £17,000
  • It won Pier of the Year in 2015
  • It hosts the only traditional End of the Pier Show in the world
  • It's owned and managed by North Norfolk District Council since the council was formed in 1974
  • The cost of entry: it's free
Cromer Pier
Martin Barber

In 2015 the pier underwent a £2m refurbishment, and last year benefitted from an £8m coastal defence scheme.

The council is planning further work, costing £500,000, which includes:

  • Improvements to the theatre roof, ventilation and electrical switchboards
  • Work to replace the sewerage system, housing and access gantry between the theatre and RNLI shed
  • Replace an area of decking before the forecourt and the front of the booking office and Tides restaurant

Cromer Pier: 'A huge asset to North Norfolk' says council leader

The leader of North Norfolk District Council says it will be supporting Openwide to help expand the attractions and vitality of Cromer Pier for years to come.

The company has been awarded a 10-year management contract to run the Victorian structure.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick says the pier is an "iconic structure" and vital to North Norfolk tourism, bringing people in, not just from the town but from those who stay inland as well.

Cromer Pier at sunset
Hilary Cook

He says the future of the pier is in safe hands.

Openwide have the contract for Bournemouth Pier, which has a shore zip line allowing you to soar over the sea and down to the beach. So can we expect that in Cromer?

"I think that would be great... we're looking at anything, they're coming up with ideas and we'll work together", said Cllr FitzPatrick.

The pier was built when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, in 1901... we want things that are evocative, traditional but also up-to-date... evolving to meet the needs of the expanding and changing audience that comes to North Norfolk without spoiling the traditions."

Cllr Tom FitzpatrickLeader, North Norfolk District Council

Cromer pier:'The jewel in the North Norfolk coast'

The new contract to run Cromer Pier - which has been awarded to Openwide - will start on 1 February 2018.

It'll run for a minimum of 10 years, and will cover the 120th anniversary of the award-winning pier in 2021.

The theatre on the pier
BBC

Steve Cutbush, managing director of Openwide says they've a number of "really exciting new ideas" to bring more leisure to the pier, and they're not just entertainment-led.

"Long-term it cannot survive on just having a summer and a Christmas show, with a few others peppered in along the way... we'll work with the council to bring in weekend festivals, maybe a street food festival, a seafood festival with local stakeholders involved... we're talking about bringing more leisure to the pier", he explained.

Cromer pier
BBC

The Grade II listed pier hosts the world's only remaining full season End of the Pier Show, which this year marked its 40th anniversary, which Mr Cutbush described as "a wonderful tradition".

It's a national treasure, a national heritage attraction and we want to build the rest of the pier around it... we want to develop the pier as a heritage attraction, it's the jewel in the North Norfolk coast and we want to work and build on that."

Steve CutbushOpenwide
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Contract awarded to run Cromer's Victorian Pier

A new 10-year management contract to run Cromer Pier has been awarded by its owners, North Norfolk District Council, to Openwide.

The company specialises in resort and destination development both here, and abroad, and currently has a partnership to regenerate Bournemouth Pier.

The Grade II listed pier, which measures in at 495ft (151m), was built in 1901.

Earlier this year, it was damaged when a storm surge hit the north Norfolk coast.

Cromer Pier, with beach visitors
BBC