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  1. Mother fears missing girl 'met someone from the internet'

    The mother of missing girl Kennedy Palmer says after conversations with her daughter's friends, she fears she may have met someone online.

    Nicola Palmer said: "I asked her friends and they think she'd been talking to a boy on the internet. It really scares me that she might have gone off and met somebody.

    Kennedy Palmer

    She revealed she was beside herself with worry and had been driving around the estates of Ipswich and Woodbridge looking for her until the early hours of this morning. 

    She also said her disappearance was out-of-character and that there had been no row or argument. 

    Kennedy is white, around 5ft 3ins tall (1.6m), of slim build and has a distinctive hairstyle, with long hair on one side and shaved on the other side. 

    Police say her hair is now brown all over, so slightly different from some of the photographs of her. She was wearing a light blue T-shirt, navy jumper and dark trousers when she was last seen.

    Meanwhile police say work is being carried out to locate her, but ask that anyone who might have seen her or with any information call them on 101.

  2. BreakingGilbert cancels gig

    Gilbert O'Sullivan has cancelled his concert at Ipswich's Corn Exchange on Saturday.

    O'Sullivan, 70, who had a string of hits in the 1970s, has a serious cold and chest infection.

    It's been rescheduled for Sunday, 10 September.

    Gilbert O'Sullivan
  3. Mother 'just so worried' over daughter's disappearance

    The mother of a teenage girl missing from her home in Kesgrave since yesterday morning says she's beside herself with worry. 

    Kennedy Palmer, 15, was last seen at 08:00 on Thursday when she left for school, and she didn't arrive there. 

    Her mother Nicola says her disappearance is completely out of character.

    She said: "She was in a great mood, it's been really strange, we don't even understand why she's gone or what's happened. She's been really good, there wasn't any argument.

    Kennedy Palmer

    "I've been awake all night - I didn't get home until 01:00 this morning, I've been driving around looking for her.

    "I've been around Martlesham and Woodbridge, I've asked all the friends, and all the boys she hangs around with, and the police know.

    "I'm just so worried."

  4. A47 'crucial to Norfolk' says Transport Secretary

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The launch of the Conservatives manifesto for the forthcoming county council elections at County Hall earlier was attended by the transport secretary Chris Grayling.

    He heard how the party is promising the complete the NDR, to join up with the A47 to the west of Norwich.

    Mr Grayling described the A47 as "a crucial link for Norfolk" and hinted at further improvements on top of those which have already been announced. 

    
          Chris Grayling standing in front of a map of Norfolk, inside County Hall

    "This is a project that will have to happen in stages, but as that programme rolls forward it will build into a modern road which Norfolk needs.

    "The A47 is crucial to the county... it's the link from Great Yarmouth and Norwich to the rest of the country, that's why it needs to be improved."

    The other main parties in Norfolk support upgrading the A47 and other road improvements, but the Conservatives are the first to promise to complete the NDR.   

  5. Pledge to complete missing link of NDR

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Conservatives have launched their manifesto for this year's county council elections in Norfolk with a promise that they'll complete the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich if they retain power.

    Council leader Cliff Jordan said: "We must complete the western link to ensure that traffic is taken off the busy roads in Norwich and is able to run more smoothly and quickly".

    The new road, which is due to open later this year will run from the A47 at Postwick to the east of Norwich, round to the A1067 north of Taverham. The final link, through the Wensum Valley, to join the A47 at Easton was scrapped following concerns from environmental groups and local residents.

    Route of NDR from Postwick to Taverham

    In their manifesto, the Conservatives are also promising to protect front line services, keep down costs and invest in repairing and upgrading the county's roads.  

  6. Southend Pier extension plans submitted

    Proposals to expand the entrance to Southend Pier have been submitted to local planners.

    Southend Pier

    Southend Council , which owns the pier, has earmarked £300,000 in its budget for the scheme which would see the pier entrance re-modelled to provide space for exhibitions, refreshments and ice creams.

    If approved it is hoped the re-design will take place later this year. 

    The council has said it would offer a much more attractive, modern and larger entrance to the pier, helping to attract more visitors to the seafront and the iconic landmark.

    Councillor Ann Holland said: "By proposing these improvements, which would be part of a continued and multi-million pound investment in the pier, we hope to make the entrance more attractive and appealing to visitors, and help develop a sustainable income for years to come."

  7. 'Turf war leading to rise in knife crime'

    A surge in knife crime in Ipswich is down to a "turf war", according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    Tim Passmore made the comments to the county council's full meeting. He'd been questioned on the recent high profile crimes in the town.

    Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

    Mr Passmore told councillors he shared their concerns, and admitted there'd been a surge in knife crime in Ipswich. He said some of it was a turf war between different groups and linked to drugs.

    He went on to say the police with working with the National Crime Agency and police forces in London, as well as the Transport Police to understand what was going on.

  8. Update on A1151 closure

    Earlier we told you of the two-vehicle collision which led to the closure of the Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

    A short while ago, Norfolk Police tweeted that traffic will soon be allowed through.

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  9. 'Fabulous' to be Canaries boss, but 'I won't apply'

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Alan Irvine has been answering questions about his future at Norwich City at the regular Friday press conference.

    He's been caretaker manager since Alex Neil's sacking last Friday .

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  10. Silver Cup day at Fakenham races

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Fakenham Racecourse hosts its annual Silver Cup this afternoon. 

    The Neil Mulholland-trained Whispering Storm is the favourite to win the race which is due off at 16:00. 

    Fakenham racecourse

    The first race is at 14:00 - part of a six race card which traditionally takes place on the same day as the Cheltenham Gold Cup

    All the action from Cheltenham will be shown on big screen at Fakenham. 

  11. Ipswich Town: Bru and Moore doubtful

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Midfielder Kevin Bru (pictured) and striker Kieffer Moore could miss Ipswich Town's trip to Cardiff City tomorrow .

    Kevin Bru

    The pair haven't trained this week with Bru suffering from a knee injury and Moore a groin problem.

    David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence both returned to training on Wednesday and should be ok.

    One definite absentee is Emyr Huws who isn't eligible to play against his parent club, although he's also been struggling with a tight hamstring.

    Cardiff's Bruno Manga could be in their team for the first time since January after he injured himself while on African Nations Cup duty for Gabon.

  12. Two charged after M25 Waltham Abbey road death

    Two people have been charged in connection with a road crash last year in which a Leicestershire woman died.A Nissan Note car and a HGV were involved in a collision on the M25 at Waltham Abbey on 29 March.

    Laura Cooper, 34, who was one of the passengers in the car, died in hospital on 2 April.

    Meanwhile another passenger in the Nissan, a 17-year-old girl from London, was injured.A 62-year-old HGV driver from Telford was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.A 32-year old woman from south-east London was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.Both are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 12 April.  

  13. Remaining cloudy with the chance of showers later

    That early morning sunshine didn't hang around for long, and it's now a rather dull and cloudy spring day.

    It'll remain overcast, with outbreaks of rain expected in a few places by the evening.

    Temperatures reaching a maximum of 10C (50F).

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    Early morning sunrise over the sea
    White blossom with a few green leaves
    
          Woodland, with a small clump of daffodils growing among the trees
  14. Police release images after shooting at boxing event

    Essex Police have released images of people they'd like to speak to who might have information about a shooting in Brentwood. 

    There are a lot of them...

    Pictures of the public at the match

    A 31-year-old was injured after a boxing event at the Brentwood Centre on Doddinghurst Road at about midnight on Saturday, 18 February.

    Police want to hear from anyone in the crowd who may have useful information.

    Pictures of the public at the match

     A 32-year-old man is currently on police bail having been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

    Pictures of the public at the match

    Investigators have also released photos of specific individuals they would like to talk to:

    Brentwood Centre crowd members

    Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings said: "Although we have made an arrest... we are releasing a number of photographs of people who were attending a boxing event at the venue that evening, who might have seen what happened or have vital information.

    "We would also ask their friends or relatives to let us know who they are so that they can be eliminated from our inquiries."Any piece of information, however small you may think it is, could help our investigation."

  15. A1151 closed north of Norwich

    A collision between two vehicles means the A1151 Wroxham Road is closed at Rackheath, to the north of Norwich.

    Norfolk Police are advising motorists to avoid the area. Emergency services, including the air ambulance, are at the scene.

    The First Bus 12 service is suspended between Sprowston Tesco and Wroxham.

  16. Horse retrieved from ditch after being stuck in silt and sludge

    Essex Fire Service's animal rescue unit have helped remove a horse from a ditch in Jaywick. 

    The horse's hind legs were stuck in silt and sludge and its head was just above the water level in the ditch near Aragon Close.

    Horse being rescued by fire fighters

    A vet was called to sedate the horse and the owner and a farmer held the horse’s head out of the water.

    Meanwhile, crews used strops and ropes which they attached to the horse and a tractor and pulled it from the ditch.

    When crews left the site, the horse was "comfortable and grazing again".