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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 1 September 2017
  2. Teen assault victim suffers bleed on brain
  3. Work to begin on busy Norwich roundabout
  4. 'Keep safe' at Sundown Festival

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Monday's weather: Misty, murky, mild and muggy

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Most places will have a dull and damp start, with cloudy skies and some light rain and drizzle.

This afternoon will be drier and possibly brighter as some sunny spells start to develop.

Top temperature: 20C (68F).

Get a full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Sara Thornton with Monday's weather map
BBC

Good morning Norfolk

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live coverage from across the county.

Among the stories we'll be taking a closer look at:

  • Reports of clowns, one with a knife, running round North Lynn
  • A police investigation into a fire at a property in Norwich which was started after a petrol bomb was thrown

But as ever, we'll start the day with a look at the weather prospects - is it going to stay grey all day? Sara Thornton will be here next to tell us all what's in store...

Severe accident: A1075 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1075 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Herne Lane and Long Road.

A1075 Norfolk - A1075 Dereham Road in Ovington closed in both directions between the Herne Lane junction and the Long Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Severe accident: A134 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A134 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between West Tofts turn off and A1065 Swaffham Road.

A134 Norfolk - A134 in Mundford closed in both directions between the West Tofts turn off junction and the A1065 Swaffham Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

English Channel paddleboard crossing for RNLI Sheringham
Meet the two friends standing up to cross the "world's busiest shipping channel" for the RNLI.

Our live coverage this week

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Local Live teams for the week. We're now taking a break for the weekend and will return at 08:00 on Monday.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

Whatever you're doing, we hope you have a great weekend.

NDR: Buxton Road to reopen over new bridge

The latest traffic updates for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR):

  • Buxton Road, Spixworth: Re-opens to vehicles at 06:00 on Monday, 4 September, with traffic using the new bridge over the A1270 NDR for the first time.
  • Temporary lights will be in use while work continues to tie-in the footway and cycleway over the bridge.
  • With the re-opening of Buxton Road, the two-way traffic lights on the B1150 North Walsham Road will be removed.

  • A140 Cromer Road: Temporary lights will be in use next week as work continues for the tie-in of the road alignment and bridge over the NDR. Asphalt base layers will be laid on the carriageways over the new bridge from mid-week. This will require regular deliveries from Postwick.

  • A1067 Fakenham Road roundabout: Temporary signals and lane restrictions from Monday for the laying of the final surface on the NDR between Fakenham Road and the A140 Cromer Road.

  • Smee Lane and Low Road - the Plumsteads: The one-week closure of Smee Lane will now not take place next week. A one-week closure of Low Road will go ahead as planned from 11 September.

Ex-staff member stole nearly £153,000 from hospital endowment account

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A staff member sacked by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital over anomalies to a bank account has admitted stealing £152,697.

Thefts were made between January 2011 and November 2016 by Steven Hart, 41, of Arlington Close, Attleborough, Norwich Magistrates' Court was told.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
BBC

Hart pleaded guilty to theft today and will be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

He was released on unconditional bail.

A spokesman for the hospital said: "The trust's finance department discovered apparent anomalies in one of our bank accounts in January 2017 and, following investigation, a junior member of staff was suspended and subsequently dismissed and the matter referred to the police.

"Given the ongoing legal proceedings it would not be appropriate to comment any further."

Sundown Festival: 'A massive revamp'

As we've been mentioning the past couple of days, thousands of music fans are heading to the Norfolk Showground for this year's Sundown Festival.

It gets under way tonight, with artists such as Artful Dodger and Jess Bays, and continues over the weekend.

Sundown logo on staging
BBC

The event is in its fifth year and promoter Roy Trickett says festival-goers will see some big changes.

"The whole site has had a massive revamp... the whole vibe, the layout, it's just a complete revamp... we've moved the campsite, we've got six stages now... and tonight's opening party is huge."

Roy Trickett
BBC

Roy explains why the festival has proved so popular...

It's the end of the run... the V's have gone, Leeds and Reading, Latitude... this is the last one before the kids go back to colleges, unis and school, so it's a great way to end the summer."

Roy TrickettSundown Festival

Villagers help bring new life back into church

A community in west Norfolk has been raising money to bring new life into their parish church.

St Andrew's, in Walpole St Andrew, was made redundant in 1986. Since then it's fallen into disrepair and been targeted by lead thieves.

Pete Ayres, of the Churches Conservation Trust, praised the local community for their help in bringing new life back into the building.

"We have raised a significant amount of money... we're just about to start repairing the roof - it means we can keep the building going and it's so important that we do," said Mr Ayres.

St Andrews Church
Google

Elaine Broden, who lives in the village, says they still have some fundraising to do, but they know the church will never be a working church again.

It would be really lovely just to use the space so that people can come together, younger and older, even once a month."

Elaine Broden

The latest weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

It's due to remain warm, with temperatures expected to reach 20C (68F).

There'll be some heavy showers, mostly near the coast, with sunny spells in the west of the county.

BBC Weather has more details for you.

We hope you enjoy this latest selection of photos from our BBC Weather Watchers:

Rose hips
BBC
Waves crashing over a groyne
BBC
Meadow with a church and houses in the distance
BBC

Roundabout upgrade to get under way

Work to widen a busy roundabout in Norwich is set to begin on Monday.

Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council are improving the junction where Dereham Road, Sweet Briar Road and Guardian Road meet.

The project is designed to make the junction work more efficiently and improve bus journey times.

Aerial view of the roundabout
Google

There will also be new crossings and widened footways for pedestrians and cyclists.

The work, which is part of the Transport for Norwich project, is set to continue until April 2018.

Teen assault victim suffers bleed on the brain

A 16-year-old boy suffered a bleed on the brain following an attack in Gorleston last week.

The assault was carried out by one person at about 17:00 on Friday, 27 August.

The boy needed hospital treatment, but is now at home recovering.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or who has information, has been asked to contact Norfolk police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

'Keep safe' at Sundown Festival

With headline acts like Craig David, Rag'N'bone Man, Pendulum and Artful Dodger, thousands of people will descend on the Norfolk Showground for the Sundown Festival.

Police are asking festival-goers to keep their personal belongings safe, and also to behave responsibly.

Their advice to those who will be camping at the event is to bring only those items that are essential and to think about the security of valuable items.

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They also urge those attending the festival to adhere to any security advice given by the event organisers and to allow extra time for any checks that will take place.

Motorists are warned to expect heavy traffic on the A47 and A1074 Dereham Road.

Church mugger wanted by police

Diss Express

The front page of the Diss Express today: A man in his 60s was grabbed and punched during a mugging in the town.

Front page of Diss Express
Diss Express

A chilly night marks the start of autumn

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Today marks the start of meteorological autumn... and this was reflected in the overnight temperatures.

Santon Donwham, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, had the coldest night since 15 May, as this tweet from Weatherquest's Dan Holley shows.

How cold was it where you live?

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Oliveira is still City's leading light

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of the Eastern Daily Press today:

Back page of EDP
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Thousands owed to angry parents

Eastern Daily Press

The story on the front page of the Eastern Daily Press today: Fury as nursery closes, days after families asked for cash.

Front page of EDP
Archant

Car blaze at Hellesdon

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Firefighters dealt with a major car fire yesterday afternoon in Hellesdon, near Norwich.

The fire in Hellesdon
@jessicabew

Fire crews were called to the vehicle parked in front of a bungalow on Reepham Road at about 16:30.

A fire engine from Reepham attended and the fire was extinguished.

The fire in Hellesdon
@jessicabew
The fire in Hellesdon
@jessicabew

Disruption to coastal rail services

Greater Anglia warns that services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth are cancelled due to more trains than usual needing repairs.

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Weather: A mostly dry and bright day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cool start to the day, with early morning mist patches soon clearing.

Sunny spells, with the risk of showers in eastern areas.

Feeling pleasantly warm, with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

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

Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England

Good morning Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live.

Throughout the day we'll keep bring you the latest news updates from around the county.

If you have a story you'd like to share with us, don't be shy - click on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page to get in touch.

There was an autumnal nip in the air on this misty September morning, but what about the rest of the day? Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly.

Sun rise, with misty fields
BBC

Our live coverage through the day

Thanks for following our coverage. Our regular news updates will return at 08:00 tomorrow morning, but scroll down to catch up on anything you may have missed.

See you again after 40 winks.

Overnight weather: Chilly with showers, clearing by midnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a bright end to the day for many areas.

Heavy, slow-moving showers will affect some parts of the region, although these will clear by midnight.

It will be chilly tonight, with lows of 7C (45F).

Friday's weather map
BBC

Friday will start cold, but bright.

Showers will develop later - some heavy and thundery.

Top temperature: 22C (72F).

Get the full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Police operation to tackle online child sexual abuse helps dozens of youngsters

A police investigation to combat online child exploitation in Norfolk and Suffolk has safeguarded more than 60 children since it was launched in 2014.

Operation Bane has seen the team work closely with the National Crime Agency and use specialist techniques to detect, identify and risk-assess offenders.

More than 200 arrests have been made locally since its launch, leading to a number of convictions.

Police computer
BBC

These include a man is his 30s, who was jailed in July 2015 for the rape of a girl. He was arrested following information that indecent images of children were being downloaded at his Suffolk address.

A man in his 40s, from Norfolk, was also jailed for 18 years in September 2016 after being found guilty of raping, sexually assaulting and taking indecent images of a young girl.

The operation is being conducted in partnership with child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

Missing mother and children found

A woman and her three children who'd been reported missing have all be found.

Mary Sagyarani Nareshkumar, 27, had last been seen heading towards the Riverside Retail Park in Norwich yesterday afternoon.

Norfolk police say the mother and children were found "safe and well" this afternoon.

Time Heals as Jason Donovan re-schedules tour dates

Problems with his speaking voice has led to Jason Donovan postponing his Midlife Crisis tour until next year.

The Neighbours-turned-pop legend says it's not a decision he's taken lightly, adding that he's only cancelled a handful of dates out of hundreds of shows.

Jason Donovan
BBC

Posting on Twitter, he explains that it's difficult to embark on a 35-date tour when his speaking voice is strained.

"I want to be on top form... so that you as an audience can share these memories without a sense I'm compromising my performance, therefore my personality".

View more on twitter

But before there are Too Many Broken Hearts, your tickets will be valid for the revised dates:

  • Corn Exchange, King's Lynn - 24 February
  • Palace Theatre, Southend - 15 March
  • The Apex, Bury St Edmunds - 26 March
  • Marina Theatre, Lowestoft - 16 April
  • Playhouse, Harlow - 18 April
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Feed the bins not the birds

A council is asking the public to feed the bins, not the birds, as part of a campaign to reduce the number of gulls in Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council says the increase in the number and distribution of the gulls in recent years is a direct result of people disposing of waste irresponsibly, or feeding the birds.

Seagulls in flight
BBC

It's now launched a series of stickers for litter bins and businesses in key locations in the town, including the Market Place.

Purple sticker with gull, warning the public to watch out, there's a chip hunter overhead
GYBC

Councillor Carl Smith, chairman of the environment committee, said the growth of their population was "not natural", and its spread into more suburban areas is due to people not disposing of their waste responsibly.

"While some want a mass cull, this would be highly illegal and studies have found that this would not be an effective solution as the gull population rises or falls to meet the amount of food available," he said.

Blue sticker with gull warning people to keep the gulls fit not fat
GYBC

Environmental health officer Jason Williams says the birds are intelligent, social and nest together with close access to food and litter. With less food about, they'll lay fewer eggs or go elsewhere for richer pickings.

Red sticker with gull alerting people to ice-cream thieves
GYBC

Norwich City left-back in deadline day move

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City left-back Harry Toffolo has joined League One Doncaster Rovers on loan until the end of the year.

Toffolo was part of City's FA Youth Cup winning side in 2013. He was on loan at Scunthorpe United last season and played 21 games.

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Jordan Houghton

Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton and Norwich defender Harry Toffolo both join Doncaster Rovers on loan until January.

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Concern for welfare of missing mum and children

Police are appealing for help in tracing a Norwich woman who's missing with her three children.

Mary Sagyarani Nareshkumar, 27, was last seen heading towards the Riverside Retail Park in Norwich at 16:00 yesterday.

Mary is about 5ft 2in (1.6m) tall and of slim build. She was last seen wearing a blue jacket with blue trousers.

Officers are concerned for her welfare and anyone with information has been asked to contact Norfolk police.

Mary Sagyarani Nareshkumar in checked coat and blue trousers, standing outside a shop
Norfolk police

Latest weather forecast: Sunshine and showers

What better way of spending the last days of the summer than heading to the beach for a paddle?

Horses in shallow water
BBC

I'm afraid it's not due to last. This afternoon will turn cloudy, with showers which could be heavy at times with the risk of thunder.

Temperatures will peak at 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has more.

UKIP leadership contenders pitch to Norfolk supporters

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

More than 100 members of the UK Independence Party gathered in Norwich last night to hear from the candidates who want to become UKIP's next leader.

A total of 10 candidates are standing in the election to choose the party's fifth leader in a year.

Seven were there last night - David Coburn, Jane Collins, David Kurten, Marion Mason, Aidan Powlesland, Ann Marie Waters and Peter Whittle. Two of the other candidates - Henry Bolton and John Rees-Evans - couldn't make it but sent representatives. Ben Walker is also standing.

Hustings are currently taking place around the country, but the Norfolk one was seen as one of the most important given the party's previous strength in the county.

UKIP was a major force on the county council until it lost all its seats in May, but the party still has a significant presence on Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Candidates prepare for last night's hustings
BBC
Candidates prepare for last night's hustings in Norwich

Last night's meeting was closed to the press, but I understand that all the candidates talked about the need for UKIP to become a party which focuses on issues other than Europe. Many felt the NHS should now be the party's main concern.

Party members told me they were looking for a leader who could unite the party, but also have the personality to get UKIP noticed.

Ballot papers go out tomorrow and the result will be announced at the end of September.

Sundown Festival: 'Make personal safety number one', say police

With 40,000 people expected at the Sundown Festival in Norwich this weekend, police are reminding people to make their own personal safety a priority.

Ch Insp Nathan Clark says festival-goers are urged to keep their personal belongings safe and to behave responsibly. Officers will also be monitoring alcohol sales to ensure there's no underage drinking.

He has this warning for those found with psychoactive substances, which have been banned by the organisers of Sundown.

Sundown Festival
BBC

It is an offence to supply them or to have them in your possession with the intent to supply... people will be searched on entry to the site... anyone found in possession of illegal drugs or psychoactive substances will be ejected from the festival and may face police action."

Ch Insp Nathan ClarkNorfolk police

Farke is buzzing to find 'leader' Hanley

The story on the back page of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
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