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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 27 October 2017
  2. Norfolk actor Colman to play Queen Elizabeth II
  3. Delay compensation greatest issue with rail travellers
  4. Council seeks feedback about mental health services for young people
  5. Future of Great Yarmouth Marine Leisure Centre in doubt

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By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Sam Winnall celebrates goal

Sam Winnall's late winner for Derby County condemns Norwich City to their second defeat in five days.

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Union condemns changes to patient transport provider

Unison has condemned the appointment of a private company to run the NHS patient transport service in Suffolk and parts of Norfolk.

The decision comes just weeks after Essex-based Private Ambulance Service, which operated in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, went bust, leaving patients stranded and staff unpaid.

Unison regional secretary Chris Jenkinson said it was "beyond belief" that the clinical commissioning groups, which handed out the contract, were prepared to take on a private firm, E-Zec Medical Transport.

In 2014 there were complaints about the service provided by E-Zec in Dorset. At the time it said it was striving to make improvements.

Mr Jenkinson said: "The private sector has shown time after time that it is incapable of running NHS services.

"We cannot continue having our vital public services handed over to the lowest cost bidder in the hope they won't mess it up."

Wayne Spedding, operations director at E-Zec, said the contract showed "our service quality is being noticed in other parts of the country", adding it was the "largest and most consistent private ambulance service in the UK".

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Ipswich and East Suffolk, West Suffolk, and Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning groups, said the process to appoint a new provider had been "rigorous and in-depth".

Weekend weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be fine and dry with long clear spells.

With temperatures falling as low as 3C (37F), a touch of ground frost is possible in rural areas.

After a chilly start, Saturday will be fine and dry with some sunny spells.

Cloud will thicken from the north, with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle during the night.

The temperature is expected to climb to about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00
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Sunday will be mostly dry, with an odd shower likely in eastern parts of the region.

It'll feel colder, with temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

There's likely to be a widespread frost on Sunday night, with temperatures falling as low as -2C (28F) in some areas.

BBC Weather has more.

Two men charged over Great Yarmouth stabbings

Two men have been charged after three people were stabbed in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday.

Police were called to St Peter's Road shortly after 21:30 to reports of a street fight involving a number of people.

Police vehicles in St Peter's Road
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Three people were taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for treatment for knife wounds. All have since been released.

Two men from the town, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and have now been charged with three counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

They remain in police custody and will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

Chance to cycle new bypass free from traffic

Cyclists have the chance to explore sections of Norwich's Northern Distributor Road before any motorists do.

The stretch between the A1067 Fakenham Road and the Drayton Lane roundabout is to open for just one day, on Sunday, as part of the Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival.

This part of the road is not due to open to traffic until November.

John Birchall, public liaison officer for the bypass, said there had been many requests to run or cycle on the main carriageway before it opened to vehicles.

Runners will get their opportunity when the last sections of the route, north of Postwick, nears completion next Spring.

New provider for patient transport services

Non-emergency ambulance services in Suffolk and parts of Norfolk are going to be run by a new operator.

Wheelchair user being wheeled into ambulance
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The service, currently run by the region's NHS ambulance trust, will be taken over by E-zec Medical Transport in April next year.

Health bosses signed a five-year contract with the firm to transport patients who have a medical condition which means they cannot use any other transport without risking their health.

Existing staff at the East of England Ambulance Service say they are concerned about their future, but have been told they will be supported by unions during the change.

Severe accident: A1024 Norfolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A1024 Norfolk southbound severe accident, between A1067 Drayton Road and Heigham Street.

A1024 Norfolk - A1024 Mile Cross Road in Norwich blocked and very slow traffic southbound between the A1067 Drayton Road junction and the Heigham Street junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Warning of road closure linked to Norwich's Northern Distributor Road

Work to provide traffic calming in Weston Longville, ahead of the opening of the Northern Distributor Road, will see a road in the village closed from Monday for six weeks.

The Honingham Road, Church Street and Marl Hill Road stretch through the village will be shut, with a marked diversion in place.

Norfolk County Council says access to properties within the closure will be available on request at the points of closure. School buses will be allowed through to reduce disruption to pupils.

The traffic calming measures include road narrowings, improved passing bays on Marl Hill Road and a 20mph speed limit throughout the village.

Campaign to save Redgrave's Cross Keys pub reaches milestone as purchase agreed in principle

Diss Express

A campaign to save an historic village pub has reached a big milestone after the building's purchase was agreed in principle.

Campaigners outside pub
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Council seeks more feedback about young people's mental health services

Norfolk's mental health services for children and young people are being redesigned.

The county council and the local NHS commissioners say the current system doesn't meet the needs and rising demand being placed on it.

According to their own estimates, only about a third of the under 18s with mental health problems get the help they need.

County Hall
Mike Page

A consultation on future changes runs until 12 November.

Tim Ayres, from Norfolk County Council's children's services department, says it's determined to get it right.

"We're getting quite a lot of feedback. We want more, and it's really really important that people engage in this consultation and discussion," he said.

"We have to design services from the end users' point of view otherwise we risk getting it terribly wrong."

Delay compensation greatest cause of dissatisfaction among rail passengers

We reported earlier there had been an increase in complaints from passengers using Greater Anglia.

Figures from the Office of Rail and Road show a rise of 17% in complaints in the first quarter of 2017-18, compared to the same period last year, with 58 complaints per 100,000 passenger journeys.

The highest proportion of the complaints, 25%, was about delay compensation.

Greater Anglia said where passengers had been let down it needed to "compensate them properly, fairly and appropriately".

Greater Anglia train
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Norfolk actor Colman to play Queen Elizabeth II

Former Norfolk school girl Olivia Colman is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth seasons of royal period drama The Crown, Netflix has confirmed.

The Broadchurch star, 43, who went to Gresham's at Holt, will take over the reins from the programme's current leading star Claire Foy, who played the Queen in the first season and is to return in the forthcoming second season.

Olivia Colman
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If you were wondering what was happening in Norwich earlier...

...well, we've found out that an attempted break-in is being investigated in the city.

Police say they were called to Castle Meadow at about 10:00.

We'll bring you further details as and when we get them.

Police vehicles at Castle Meadow, Norwich
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Future of Great Yarmouth Marina Leisure Centre in doubt

Great Yarmouth's Marina Leisure Centre could be pulled down, with a new sports centre built on land next door.

It's one of several options that borough councillors are due to look at next week.

GY Marina leisure centre
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The multimillion-pound scheme could see several businesses nearby flattened, including a crazy golf course.

Billy Daniels, who owns the course, thinks the plans are terrible.

"They're proposing to turn the existing site into a car park," he said.

"Now why would you build more car parks right in the middle of the seafront when in actual fact you want leisure attractions, not car parks?

"Car parks don't draw tourists."

Greater Anglia responds to increase in complaints from passengers

Greater Anglia admits it needs to "keep on" improving performance, as figures from the Office of Rail and Road reveal a rise in passenger complaints.

On average, people are twice as likely to complain about Abellio-owned Greater Anglia than other operators in England.

Greater Anglia train
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Spokesman for Greater Anglia, Jonathan Denby, said: "What we need to keep on doing [is] further improving performance, making it better, and in those places where we let people down for whatever reason... then we compensate them properly, fairly and appropriately for the service they've not had."

We'll take a closer look at the figures and bring you more on those a little later, but in the meantime, if you've got an opinion on the story, share it with us via the "Get involved" link at the top of this page.

Friday's weather: Bright and sunny after a chilly start

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After a chilly start, any early mist patches will clear to leave a mostly dry and sunny day, feeling pleasant in light winds.

However, the odd light shower is still possible along the coast during the morning.

Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Afternoon weather chart
BBC

Remaining dry overnight with clear spells and light winds, although it will become chilly, with a grass frost forming in some rural parts and local fog patches.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Get a more detailed forecast for wherever you live, from BBC Weather.

Severe accident: A140 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A140 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between B1527 and Tasburgh Road.

A140 Norfolk - A140 Norwich Road in Tasburgh closed in both directions between the B1527 junction and the Tasburgh Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Weather: Drizzly tonight, but clearing

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy this evening with some patchy drizzle across the BBC East region.

Clear spells inland bringing temperatures down to 5C (41F), but coastal cloud will hold the temperatures to a low of 11C (52F).

Friday will see a few light showers in north east Norfolk, and elsewhere will stay fine with bright or sunny spells, but feeling colder with highs of 14C (57F) in moderate to light north and north westerly winds.

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

Owner of 12ft python found on Broads still to come forward
The owner of a 12ft-long python discovered on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

Mystery pipes delay NDR work

Work to complete the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich has been held up by the discovery of some mysterious pipes.

They were uncovered at the new junction with Wroxham Road, near Rackheath.

Green Lane West was due to close this weekend to connect a new junction, but the mystery discovery means this now won't go ahead.

NDR spokesman John Birchall says they have no idea what the pipes are, and they can't carry on regardless.

"We have to treat them as 'live'... you have to find out what it's doing, whether it's just something that's been in the ground for years and hasn't been used for years or whether it's actually still a private supply of some sort that we've then got to divert... either way, it's causing a delay and frustration." he said.

But it's better news for the western end of the new dual carriageway, which will run from Postwick to the A1047.

A date has been set for the opening from the A1067 Fakenham Road to A140 Cromer Road - Saturday, 11 November.

It'll be available from 6am on Saturday. People will have the weekend to drive on it and look at it... and on Monday it will have its first real test with people coming in to work, and we think quite a lot of people will choose to use it because it's new."

John BirchallNorfolk County Council

Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision between a car and a motorcyclist.

It happened shortly before midday, in Summer Road, Hepworth.

The male motorcyclist sustained injuries and has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Summer Road and Clay Lane were closed at the junctino of the A143 following the collision, but have now reopened.

Witness appeal to A47 police pursuit

If you saw a police pursuit on the A47 this morning, officers would like to hear from you.

A grey coloured Ford Mondeo failed to stop for roads policing officers at around 09:45 on the A47 Acle Straight, heading east towards Great Yarmouth.

The vehicle was last seen going in the direction of Bradwell, on Gapton Hall Road, where the pursuit was aborted for safety reasons.

PM in Norfolk for mental health report

The Prime Minister Theresa May has been in south Norfolk today to coincide with the publication of a new report on mental health.

The document, called Thriving At Work - The Stevenson/Farmer Review of Mental Health And Employers - was commissioned by the government.

She went to a construction site in Old Buckenham, where a school is being built by a company which says it takes the issue of mental health among its workers very seriously.

Theresa May at the construction site with representatives from Morgan Sindell
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Mrs May says employers have an important role to play.

The report is about how employers create an environment in the workplace so that people can talk about their mental health. Employers are more aware of the health issues and know how to deal with these so people can be comfortable in their workplace."

Theresa MayPrime Minister

Prison term for man breaking use of internet ban

A Lowestoft man has been sentenced to eight months in prison, for viewing indecent images on the internet, despite being banned from doing so.

Nathan Coleman, 24, of Suffolk Road, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court earlier today.

He had admitted the charge at an appearance before magistrates in Great Yarmouth last month.

Ipswich Crown Court
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Road closures for sewer works

There's to be a series of road closures in Cromer next month to allow Anglian Water to replace existing sewers.

Canada Road will close 7-10 November, with diversions in place.

Later in the month, Garden Street, Cambridge Street, Hamilton Road, Bond Street, and Mount Street will also be closing, with local diversions.

The work began in Great Yarmouth earlier in the year, with the Cromer stage starting in November, before moving around the county throughout 2018.

Anglian Water spokeswoman Sarah Dobson says nearly 8km (5 miles) of sewer in Great Yarmouth and Cromer needs relining, totalling £2.3m of investment.

Other areas in Norfolk will be announced over the next year.

The work will see the sewers relined with a felt "sock" impregnated with resin.

It's then steam-cured to strengthen the pipes, reducing the risk of sewer collapse, and is expected to last for at least 50 years..

Boost to 'sandscaping' scheme

A plan to use hundreds of tonnes of sand to protect the coastline from Bacton to Walcott has been given £500,000 raised from business rates.

North Norfolk District Council wants to use a technique called "sandscaping" to improve the sea defences, and it would also protect the Bacton gas terminal.

The total cost of the scheme is estimated to be between £17m and £19m.

Walcott sea front, with Bacton gas terminal in the distance
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Mindless, cruel and bigoted

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News: Club launches probe as boxer suffers racism from a fellow Canaries fan.

Front page of the Norwich Evening News
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Patients told to shop around for best care

Eastern Daily Press

Here's the story making the front page of today's edition of the Eastern Daily Press: Patients told to shop around for best care - waiting times across the region revealed.

Front page of the EDP
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Historic England: Heritage 'at risk' in Norfolk

The last commercially wind-operated mill in Norfolk has been added to the register of the most "At Risk" buildings in the East of England.

Billingford Windmill, near Scole, closed in 1956.

It's made its way on to the Historic England list because parts of the five-storey tower are structurally unsound, it has water leaks, and needs structural repairs before the restored cap and sails can be reinstated.

Billingford Mill
BBC

Two churches also make their way on to the register.

All Saints in North Runcton, which is a complete 1713 rebuilding of a medieval church on the site, is suffering with damp and poor drainage.

All Saints Church in North Runcton
Historic England
All Saints Church in North Runcton

The historic features of the Church of St Mary in North Tuddenham are threatened by a leaking roof and poor ground drainage.

Historic England says more than half the places that were either removed to added to the register this year are in Norfolk.

St Mary's church in North Tuddenham
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St Mary's church in North Tuddenham

The archaeological site of Moot Hall, Wymondham, a large medieval ring motte, has been added to the list.

West Acre Priory, which was once one of Norfolk's largest Augustinian Priories, and dates from the mid-12th Century, has been removed from the list.

The ruins of West Acre Priory
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West Acre Priory

Four churches have also been taken off the list, including those in Honing, East Lexham, Reepham (pictured), and Old Costessey.

Reepham church
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Reepham church

The information has been released by Historic England.

Spokesman Simon Buteux says the register helps them target resources to the sites that are most threatened.

Historic England: Heritage 'at risk' in Suffolk

Two buildings and a conservation area in Suffolk have been added to the East of England "At Risk" register, and four have been removed.

Eye Town Hall, constructed in 1857, was added to Historic England's list because its roof is in poor condition and there have been water leaks.

Scaffolding and damaged roof tiles on Eye Town Hall
BBC

Historic England has given a grant of £95,000 for repairs, which are currently under way, and the Victorian building is expected to be removed from the register next year.

Interior of Eye Town Hall
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Eye Town Hall

Also added to the list is the timber-framed Drinkstone Smock Mill, near Bury St Edmunds.

Historic England has offered a grant of £188,000 for repairs to the "smock" - mill tower - which is leaking and endangering machinery.

Drinkstone Smock Mill
Historic England
Drinkstone Smock Mill

The area around the old High Street in Lowestoft is also deemed to be at risk. Historic England say there are concerns that many of the historic buildings have received poor quality alternations.

The former RAF Barnham atomic bomb store on Thetford Heath, built in the 1950s to store and maintain Britain's first nuclear bombs, has been removed from the "at risk" register.

The watch tower at RAF Barnham
Historic England
RAF Barnham

Also taken off the register are the Dunwich Bank protected wreck, which had been placed on the register in 2015 due to the discovery of the theft of a bronze gun from the submerged vessel.

The Grade I-listed All Saints Church, Laxfield and the transmitter block at Bawdsey Manor have also been removed.

Bawdsey Radar transmitted block
Historic England

The information has been released by Historic England.

Spokesman Simon Buteux says the register helps them target resources to the sites that are most threatened.

Norfolk's 'most hit' rail bridge

The Abbey Farm rail bridge in Thetford has been named as the "most hit" railway bridge in Norfolk.

Network Rail says it costs around £13,500 each time one of its bridges in struck, claiming the majority of these strikes are caused by HGVs.

The Abbey Farm bridge
Google

New legislation means that Network Rail can claim back all repair costs from offending companies.

The end of October is peak season for bridge strikes, rising nationally to almost 10 per day.

Network Rail says most bridge strikes happen between 10:00 and 11:00, remaining high until around 18:00.

Dereham Town manager's Disney delight

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Dereham Town's rise to the top of Bostick One North will feel like a fairy tale to manager Neal Simmons because he's been following their progress while on holiday at Disney World in Florida.

The Magpies won 1-0 at AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday evening to go top of the table, and Simmons followed the match on social media while queuing for one of the rides at the theme park.

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Simmons said: "Fortunately wi-fi has come on a long way over the last couple of years and there's a lot of waiting to get on the rides.

"I was following it on Twitter which was very enjoyable, if not a little bit tense."

Strategy to help workers with mental health issues

The Prime Minister Theresa May is expected in Norfolk today to outline a strategy on mental health support for employees.

A review has found that one in six workers in England are struggling with mental health issues, and around 300,000 people leave their jobs every year because of insufficient support.

Theresa May in the Commons
PA

The report, commissioned by ministers, says the human cost of mental illness is huge.

One of its authors, Lord Stevenson, says the cost to the economy is just under £100bn a year, which he describes as "astonishing".

Today's weather: Mainly cloudy

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today is due to be generally cloudy with some of it thick enough for some outbreaks of rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

It's also going to become cooler as we move towards the weekend, but there's still a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Norfolk Broads windpump restoration mapped by 3D lasers
The laser mapping technology is being used to restore historic structures on the Norfolk Broads.
The Cooperage, Newcastle upon Tyne

"Little Dorrit's church" and Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens are added to Historic England's register.

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Boxer speaks out on football match 'racism'

Boxer Anthony Ogogo says he was abused at a football match
Anthony Ogogo said he was "flabbergasted" after a football fan shouted racial abuse at him at the end of a match.

The long-time Norwich City fan was at the club's Carabao Cup game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

He believed the man thought he was an Arsenal supporter and could not understand his attitude.

Norwich City is investigating the claim.

Weather: Clear spells but cloudy later

East of England weather map
BBC

A fine evening with clear spells overnight, but cloudy later with some patchy rain in the south of the region by the early hours of tomorrow morning with lows of 7C (45F).

Thursday will start off cloudy with some spots of light rain or drizzle in the morning but becoming drier and brighter later in a light westerly wind. Top temperature 17C (63F).

For the detailed forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.