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Christmas came early this year for shop staff who have spent seven months making decorations.
Greater Anglia has responded to criticism by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) over the use of office workers who were trained up to work as guards during the recent industrial action by members of the RMT.
The Chief Inspector of Railways has written to the rail operator having identified a "number of areas with deficiencies" that need to be addressed.
Train Service Director for Greater Anglia, Richard Dean, said he was somewhat disappointed over the letter: "We met the ORR and we took them through our arrangements.
"We believe 100% that our arrangements were robust and we are following that up with the ORR.
"We said to them we would not use our contingency conductors until such time as we'd satisfied them that the arrangements were robust.
"We made that offer to them, they didn't tell us to do it.
"What we are actually talking about is a piece of administration that they want to see ie they want us to write up what we did, and that's exactly what we have done.
"We'll be sitting down with them and we'll be going through in as much detail as they want until they are satisfied.
"I am absolutely satisfied that our arrangements were 100% robust."
The general secretary of Unison has written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, urging her to intervene to stop the scrapping of Police Community Support Officers in the county.
Dave Prentis writes: "This is an extremely short-sighted move by the Norfolk constabulary.
"Police community support officers play a vital role maintaining police and community relations.
"They also tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour, which would otherwise fall to hard-pressed police officers to deal with.
"Ruthless budget cuts are forcing police forces to make unsavoury choices, which damage public confidence and coerce already over-burdened police staff into taking on yet more responsibilities.
"I urge you to intervene in the matter and call for a rethink in the approach to police budgets - the protection of the public is in everyone's interest."
A consultation with police staff is currently being carried out.
BBC Look East weather
There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.
Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.
There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.
Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).
Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.
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The Rail Union, the RMT, is demanding that Greater Anglia be stripped of its franchise after comments by the Chief Inspector of Railways.
The safety organisation has told the train operator that until issues are resolved, office staff can't be used again as replacements.
The RMT had raised a number of safety concerns when the train company used replacements for the guards who were on strike.
There was an incident at Ipswich station where the doors were opened on the wrong side.
The RMT also says there was a safety breach on the East Suffolk line when office staff were being trained, when doors were opened while a train was moving.
We'll bring you reaction from Greater Anglia shortly.
The Norwich South MP was caught on camera at an event in September.
"Unprecedented" demand for tickets to see Gary Barlow in his Forest Live gig at Thetford Forest next year is being blamed for big problems being reported on social media.
Here are some of the comments on the BBC Suffolk Facebook page:
In a statement, the Forestry Commission has said: "Tickets went on sale this morning for Forest Live dates next Summer by Gary Barlow and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott.
"Unfortunately due to a technical issue with an external ticketing software platform the system stalled.
"Additionally due to an unprecedented demand for tickets phone lines were also down for a while.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused."
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Ipswich Town could have both striker Joe Garner (pictured) and midfielder Tom Adeyemi back for Sunday's Championship fixture with Norwich City at Portman Road.
Garner missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United with a knee injury, while Adeyemi has missed the last two matches with a hamstring problem.
Manager Mick McCarthy believes the latter is in with a good chance of featuring against his former club this weekend, and remains hopeful on Garner, who has clearly impressed him since joining the Blues from Rangers.
"He's trained today with the physios," said McCarthy. "He's done what he needed to do in order to be out training with his teammates tomorrow, to be in with a chance of playing on Sunday.
"He's a really important player for us. I thought he would be when I signed him, but as a footballer he is better than what I thought he was, which is always nice."
Work is to begin on finding ways to connect the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A 47 West of Norwich.
There are fears the project, which is being called the Norwich Western link, could damage the sensitive wildlife in the Wensum Valley
Martin Wilby, chair of the county council's transport committee, which has backed the project, said: "We all love our local environment, all of our animals, wildlife, and we need to make sure we don't interfere with them too much, or there must be a solution to the problem.
"Whether it's a bridge or whatever, we need to get on with it."
A woman who was rescued from a lake at the University of East Anglia in Norwich has been identified.
She remains at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in a critical condition, police say.
No personal belongings, other than a key attached to a red Cath Kidston key ring, were found at the scene when the woman was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.
BBC Radio Norfolk's Rob Butler has been at the Norwich City press conference ahead of Sunday's derby at Portman Road:
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Plymouth Argyle have signed Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews on an emergency loan.
The 23-year-old is set to be the fifth goalkeeper to play for Argyle this season and comes in after Kyle Letheren hurt his thigh on Tuesday at Blackburn.
Teenager Michael Cooper made his debut as a substitute, with Luke McCormick and Robbert te Loeke also both injured.
Clubs can sign a keeper on loan outside the transfer window if all their professional keepers are unavailable.
Matthews is yet to make a first team appearance for Norwich, but has had two spells on loan in League One - in 2015-16 with Burton Albion and Doncaster.
He also played 27 times for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academicals on a season-long loan last season.
Norfolk County Council has decided to move ahead with proposals to extend the age range at North Denes School and close the Alderman Swindell Primary School, pictured, in Great Yarmouth.
The decision, which follows a consultation period on the plans, means a new 420-place school will be built for primary-aged children in the north Yarmouth area.
Matt Dunkley, interim director of Children's Services, said: "I have considered the representations made during the consultation and I am very aware of the passion and support for keeping Alderman Swindell.
"However, I have to look at this purely from an educational perspective, to do what is best for children both now and in the long term."
Norfolk County Council says it will now work closely with both schools during the transition to the new school building, to ensure that the changes are well planned for current pupils.
All existing children will be offered a place at North Denes Primary from September 2018, when the changes take place.
The new building will be separate from the current North Denes buildings, meaning that children can continue to be taught in the current classrooms while the building project goes ahead.
A woman in her 60s has suffered leg and head injuries after being hit by a car in Ber Street in Norwich this morning.
It happened near the junction with Finkelgate at about 07:15.
It happened near the junction with Finkelgate at about 07:15.
Police say Ber Street could be closed for some time.
BBC Look East political correspondent
The Home Office has rejected claims by the Labour Party that the decision to axe all of Norfolk's police and community support officers (PCSOs) is the fault of government spending cuts.
In a statement issued late last night it said: "The government has protected overall police spending in real terms since 2015"
"Norfolk police received £3.4 millions more in 2016/17 compared with 2015/16 and in March it had £25.3 millions in reserves"
Ministers and government MPs accept that public money is tight but they believe the police can be more efficient.
Several of Norfolk's MPs have told me that losing all PCSOs but creating more full police officers will, ultimately, provide a better service.
The Home Office statement also says that it is "sensitive to the pressures the police are under" and it's begun "a programme of engagement to better understand their needs and how they can best be managed"
The Labour MP for Norwich South says many people across the city, and across the county, will be "gutted" there will be fewer police officers visible, following the announcement on Thursday by Chief Constable Simon Bailey, that he is looking to axe his entire force of Police Community Support Officers.
Clive Lewis said: "I understand why the chief constable has done this, and I understand that there is a changing face of policing, a changing face of crime, but the reality is, part of the decision has been forced on him because of cuts to police budgets."
A 45-day formal consultation with staff on the proposals has just begun.
BBC Look East weather
After a wet and windy start there will be a gradual improvement through the day and things will brighten up in the afternoon.
Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).
BBC Look East weather
Rather cloudy across the BBC East region this evening with scattered showers becoming more prolonged later this evening, but they should clear to leave mild and misty conditions.
There will be moderate southerly winds and lows of 10C (50F).
Friday will be cool, cloudy and breezy with more showers possible at first, but then brighter later.
There will be west to south westerly winds and a peak temperature of 14C (58F).
For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.
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After scoring in his first two East Anglian derbies, Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen (right) says he is more widely recognised now both in Suffolk and overseas.
The Danish international is looking forward to Sunday's clash with Norwich City at Portman Road, and has been telling us that he now has a much greater knowledge about what this particular fixture means to both sets of supporters.
"I didn't realise when I first came over here how big it was," he said.
"But there are a lot of fans around the world interested in this game and I've seen that now for myself.
"There was one time when I was back home in Denmark and someone came up to me and said 'Two goals against Norwich! Are you gonna do it next year?'
"I get lots of funny moments like that.
"My first derby last year was a fantastic feeling and I loved it.
"It's going to be a big game again and I think with a match like this everybody gives that bit extra and is more fired up."
More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England in 2016-17, costing taxpayers £58m to clear up.
It was the fourth year in a row that incidents increased.
About 56,000 fixed penalty notices were handed out by councils to people caught illegally dumping.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said two-thirds of fly-tipping was household waste.
There were about 1,002,000 cases of fly-tipping handled by councils in England between April 2016 and March 2017, equivalent to 114 every hour.
This was 66,000 (7%) more than the year before.
A busy staggered crossroads on the A140 to the south of Norwich is to be replaced with a roundabout.
The Department of Transport has given £3.05m of funding to Norfolk County Council for the roundabout at Hempnall.
There have been eight accidents at the junction in the last five years, with 11 casualties. These were linked to traffic turning on to the road from minor roads.
Councillor Alison Thomas says she's been campaigning for improvements for the 22 years she's lived in the area.
"We need a roundabout at Hempnall, because there is a dangerous, risky junction," she said.
"This work will improve safety along the A140, its feeder roads and the entire Norwich to Ipswich corridor."
The total cost of the construction is estimated to be £4.36m, with the remainder of the money to come from developer funding.
Work is planned to begin in autumn 2019, subject to planning permission, with an opening expected in early summer 2020.
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Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has responded to Norwich forward Nelson Oliveira's claim that he'll be playing for the "better club" in Sunday's East Anglian derby.
The Portuguese (pictured) made the comments to the Eastern Daily Press earlier this week.
"Obviously he's new to playing over here and hasn't read the history books," Chambers told me.
"In the short term they've been in the Premier League, but you only have to look above the badge on our shirt to see where we're at [three stars representing the Blues' league title, FA Cup and UEFA Cup wins].
"Someone like him is not going to have any effect on what we're thinking towards the game.
"I've played against him a few times and he's got a lot to say for himself, so we'll see where we're at come 2 o'clock on Sunday."
Kick-off is at 12:00, with full match commentary on BBC Radio Suffolk (FM and DAB only - the BBC does not have rights to stream commentary on the internet).
Thieves have been targeting building sites in Norwich and south Norfolk.
In the past two weeks, there have been five incidents at sites in Norwich, Spooner Row, Loddon and Stoke Holy Cross.
Supt Dave Marshall says police investigations are on-going, and they urge building companies to keep sites locked and secure - and also to take crime prevention measures such as marking tools and property.
Residents are urged to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour.
A jet washer, generator, power tools, cabling and batteries are among the items taken.
A man in his 20s has been charged with three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to a number of incidents in Norwich.
At around 18:40 on Monday, 25 September a 15-year-old boy suffered a knife wound to the chest on Balfour Street in the Ketts Cave area. He suffered serious injuries, but has since been released from hospital.
In the second incident, a man in his 30s was assaulted and stabbed with a sharp implement in Heathgate, at approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 12 October.
Officers were called at 22:35 on Tuesday, 17 October to reports that an 18-year-old man had been assaulted on Magdalen Road and suffered a cut to the face.
The suspect has been remanded in custody.
Norfolk Police have released this CCTV footage of a woman they want to identify after she was rescued from a lake at the UEA in Norwich yesterday.
She remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Images have also been released of clothing worn by the woman, who's believed to be in her 40s or 50s.
More on our story about high bed-occupancy at Norfolk's emergency hospitals...
Occupancy rates at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital through the summer were consistently close to 100%.
In September, they exceeded capacity at the King's Lynn NHS hospital.
Chief executive Jon Green says they calculate occupancy levels based on the number of acute medical and emergency beds they have available.
The target we drive towards is 92% occupancy and we've been doing a lot better... we've been running at 92% for some of the days of the month, and we've certainly been running at under 100%, but it changes on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour basis, but we're far closer to that 92% that I would like to sustainably deliver."
More now on our story of the two Norfolk hospitals which had to bring in extra beds because of high demand.
A BBC investigation has shown that the Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn and the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston had 100% of their beds occupied in the past three months.
Graham Wilde, chief executive of the JPUH, says patient safety hasn't been compromised.
I think we have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other support staff who work hard to ensure that patient safety is our paramount concern. I can reassure people that, on the whole, we'd rather breach targets than jeopardise patient safety."
The television presenter, Helen McDermott, has revealed she was sexually abused by a family friend when she was 12 years old.
"I was sexually abused by a member from the church... this is the first time I've ever mentioned it, it was something that you never talked about, I thought it was my fault," said Ms McDermott, who is a former presenter on television with Anglia TV and Mustard TV and on BBC Radio Norfolk.
"I was picked up, it was a friend of the family... I would never have talked about this until now, it has affected me all my life, there's no question about that."
Ms McDermott has spoken out, as part of the hashtag Me Too campaign, which has gained momentum after allegations of rape and sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced.
The Flying Scotsman remains in Peterborough this morning so repair works can continue.
The locomotive developed a fault yesterday during a "Cathedrals Express" trip between Ely and Norwich.
The company behind the tour, Steam Dreams Rail, say it was due to a fault in the "hot axle box".
"It's not currently clear if the fault will be fixed in time for the trips on Saturday," they added.
The train is due to travel from Norwich to Ipswich and back on Saturday morning, then from Norwich to London King's Cross in the afternoon.
Whatever happens the trips will take place, but with "an alternative steam locomotive" if the Flying Scotsman can't be fixed in time, they company explained.