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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday, so goodbye. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    These are some of the stories we've covered today - click on the links and scroll down for the rest:

    If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email , Facebook or Twitter

    Don't forget it's Mothers' Day and the clocks go forward on Sunday...

  2. Suffolk Live signing off

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    It's time for us to head home and book our seats in front of the TV for this evening's Comic Relief extravaganza .

    Before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've featured during the day, so scroll down to get more details:

    • A reflection on the six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen
    • An update on the burst water main in Holbrook
    • The Ipswich winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down

    We'll leave you with a round-up of how the county's done us proud, with Red Nose Day fund-raising events:

    Video content

    Video caption: Red Nose Day 2017 in Suffolk: From a giant Mexican wave to McFly

    Don't forget it's Mothers' Day and the clocks go forward on Sunday.

  3. Essex Live signing off

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    Goodbye from us here for another week, join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

    Before we go, here's a quick look at some of the stories you can scroll down to:

    • A murder inquiry is launched after man dies two days after a brain injury
    • Council says there is a "ticking time bomb" of child obesity in Essex
    • A restaurateur is accused of attacking a woman with a stiletto

    Have a great weekend. Don't forget it's Mother's Day and the clocks go forward.

  4. Planning inspector quashes 350 homes decision

    A planning inspector has quashed a decision to refuse planning permission for 350 new homes.

    
          The houses are planned for a greenfield site off Western Road

    Braintree District Council previously rejected Gladman Developments' proposals for land off Western Road in Silver End, near Witham.

    It said the development, which includes a children's play area and open space, would pose an "unjustified intrusion" into the countryside and would be "harmful to the rural setting of the village".

    In his  report , government inspector David Prentis said any "moderate harm" caused to the landscape would be outweighed by the "benefits" of new housing, affordable homes and the play area. 

    Braintree District Council said it was "disappointed" with the decision. 

  5. Future of derelict Victorian village hall looking brighter

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The future of a derelict 19th Century church hall could be secured by local people after Brentwood Borough Council pledged to try and bring it back to life.

    Leader of the Brentwood council Louise McKinlay

    Herongate Church Hall, which was later used as the village hall for many years, has fallen into a dilapidated state.

    The council is the custodian trustee of the building and is looking at the options for it with the local parish council, including bidding for lottery money.

    Brentwood council leader Louise McKinlay (pictured in front of the hall) said: "We have been approached by an interested party that wishes to see the hall rejuvenated. 

    "This is clearly an opportunity to start to seriously look at what the hall means to residents, and how they would like to see it used in future.

    "The Hall could be a special gem in the heart of Herongate."

    The Charity Commission has already indicated it is happy to appoint the borough council as sole trustee, and council officers will now research and report on the various options.

  6. Millions to be invested in mental health facilities

    More than £10m is being invested in mental health facilities in Suffolk and Norfolk over the next two years.

    HQ of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

    It's part of a three year plan from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust , which involves more than £13m worth of work.

    So far a third of a million has been spent on Mariner House in Ipswich, making it more accessible and user-friendly, and a new unit, costing more than £800,000, has opened for young people with acute mental health needs at Carlton Court in Lowestoft. 

    Over the next two years other facilities will be upgraded, and there'll be improvements made to the trust's IT system. 

    Some of money that's being used has come from the sale of the main part of the St Clement's Hospital site in east Ipswich.

  7. Mexican wave gets the arms-up for these Comic Relief fundraisers

    Pupils at Horringer Court School in Bury St Edmunds will have been really glad it's not been pouring with rain today.

    Their self-imposed challenge  for Comic Relief  was a giant Mexican wave - you can see them lining up here in readiness  

    Horringer Court pupils ready to perform a Mexican wave

    Deputy headteacher Steve Palmer said: "Hopefully we're going to co-ordinate it really well so we get a signal to start, then the wave will go up one way, and down the other way."

  8. 'Tired' rail worker nearly hit by train

    Sue Paz

    BBC News

    A "tired" rail worker from Essex, who had been sleeping in his car to avoid a commute, was narrowly missed by a train while working on a track, a report has found.

    Rail near miss

    It happened near Shawford station, Hampshire, last June, when the train was travelling at 85 mph (137 km/h).

    The accident report said the worker became distracted while on the line.

    It said his alertness and decision-making were likely to have affected after sleeping in his car for a week to avoid a daily commute from Essex.

    The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the worker was uninjured but had been left "badly shaken".  

  9. Demands for 200-mile fishing limit may fail after Brexit, MEP says

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Fears are growing that Brexit could fail to bring back the freedom of the seas enjoyed by Norfolk fishing fleets in times past. 

    The UKIP spokesman on fishing has been in King's Lynn today to meet local fishermen and call for European boats to be barred from fishing in British waters. 

    King's Lynn fishing boats

    Yorks & Lincs MEP Mike Hookem told fishermen and processors that he wanted to see the 200-mile fishing limit re-established so that the UK fishing industry could be revived. 

    But East Anglian UKIP MEP Stewart Agnew said he feared the British government wouldn't fight to get the fishery limits back to where they were in the 1970s. 

    Processor Stephen Williamson told the local fishing industry meeting he wanted the quota restrictions abolished and British fishermen given sole rights to the fish in territorial waters.

  10. In the News: Fears over hotel holiday home bid

    Lynn News

    Here is the front page of today's Lynn News :

    Lynn News front page
  11. McFly star visits school that's squeezed a year into a day for Comic Relief

    McFly drummer Harry Judd called in to share in a challenge devised by pupils at St Gregory's Primary School in Sudbury for Red Nose Day.

    They decided to cram their favourite bits of the year into one day - so they've been celebrating Easter, sports day and fitted in a Christmas lunch too.

    Harry Judd with pupils from St Gregory's primary school

    Harry, who was a prep school pupil at the private  Old Buckenham Hall  near Lavenham and Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden, embraced the festive theme and explained that the  website Pinterest  had a competition for him to come to a school and surprise everyone, and St Gregory's won: "We did a little bit of Let It Snow and I played along on the drums.

    "It's a happy time and I'm happy to be here."

  12. Gaffer's only disappointment is lack of new stadium

    BBC Sport

    The Southend United manager Phil Brown says the only disappointment of his time at the club is they're not yet in a new stadium. 

    The Southend United manager Phil Brown

    Tomorrow's League One match at AFC Wimbledon marks four years in charge for Brown .  

  13. Speedway: Track changes will benefit riders and fans

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Excitement and great racing have been forecast by Ipswich Witches  director Chris Louis ahead of tomorrow's Championship season opener, against Sheffield Tigers, at Foxhall.

    Chris Louis

    "We've taken a little bit off, going into turns one and three, to give the lads that little bit more racing room which I hope will enable a little bit of dive-bombing as we call it," said Louis about the shape of the track.

    "That's going to enable better racing, more excitement and we've also improved the banking so there should be more of the track usable that hasn't been for the last five or six years." 

  14. Rugby union: Bury target third successive win

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds rugby players can take a huge step towards securing their National League Two status tomorrow.

    Bury St Edmunds rugby squad

    The Wolf Pack head to struggling Barnstaple in good heart after back-to-back victories over Exmouth and Barnes.

    Bury, who are also trying to win successive away games for the first time this season, are currently 11th in the table, 10 points above the bottom two.

  15. Rugby union: Walsham challenged to win last four games

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    North Walsham 's Head of Rugby James Brooks is challenging his players to win all of their last four matches of the season. 

    The Vikings are fourth in London One North and go to Letchworth this weekend. 

    James Brooks

    Brooks, a former Northampton player, joined the club in the summer and said: "The guys seem to be enjoying their rugby, they're certainly playing well as the moment so to come away with the last four games as wins would be fantastic."

  16. Norwich City winger in line for England U21 debut

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City's Jacob Murphy could play for England's under 21 team for the first time this evening. 

    The winger is in the squad for a friendly against Germany away from home. 

    Jacob Murphy

    Murphy has scored 10 goals for the Canaries this season after making his league debut for the club in August. 

  17. Town's failure to replace Murphy has cost them - Wark

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich legend John Wark believes Town's season nosedived the day they sold striker Daryl Murphy and then failed to bring in an adequate replacement.

    Daryl Murphy and Timm Klose

    The 33-year-old (pictured), who joined Newcastle in August, scored a total of 37 goals as the Blues finished 6th and 7th in the last two seasons.

    "Nevermind the goals he scored, it's his hold-up play that we've missed," said Wark. 

    "We've got nobody who's been up front who can hold the ball and play players in, and we've missed that big time."

  18. Donkey celebrates play in Harlow

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    To celebrate Harlow's 70th birthday we'll be posting a number of photographs from the town's past.

    Here's a picture of the town's sculpture Donkey by Willi Soukop, unveiled in Harlow in 1955. It is sited at Pitmans Field, off Monkswick Road. 

    Donkey by Willi Soukop

    The Grade II-listed artwork has been regularly sat on by children through the years and was designed to encourage children to explore art through play.

    A number of events are planned over the weekend and further details are on the council's  website.

  19. Courage of crash train driver recognised by award

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The courage of train driver Stuart Connell on a Greater Anglia service between Cambridge and Norwich which hit a tractor has earned him the title of Abellio Employee of the Year. 

    Both train and tractor drivers were seriously hurt at the level crossing after the vehicle was given insufficient time by a signaller to cross the line, a report found .

    Crash train

    The crash happened at Roudham, near Thetford, in Norfolk, last April. Investigators said the signaller might have had a lapse in concentration. 

    At the awards ceremony, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Driver Stuart Connell is a professional through and through and understands his responsibility as a driver is to ensure the safety of his passengers. 

    "His dedication to his role really shone through and he prides himself on doing his job to the best of his ability. 

    "His professionalism and dedication to the role was further demonstrated when he returned to work at the earliest opportunity, despite his injuries preventing him from driving."

  20. Ryman League: Needham Market host title rivals

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Third-placed Needham Market  (pictured) against second-placed Havant & Waterlooville is one of two huge games for Suffolk clubs in the Ryman Premier Division  tomorrow.

    Needham Market team photo

    The other is the six-pointer between AFC Sudbury , who are second from bottom, and Hendon who are just one place above them.

    Lowestoft Town will be looking for an eighth successive victory at home to Folkestone Invicta while Leiston , who have won their last three, host Worthing.

    Bury Town head to Romford in the North Division.