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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye and have a good weekend - the weather looks promising too.

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

    Some of our coverage today is listed here:

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

  2. All the news through the day

    Thanks for joining us for Friday's live updates for Suffolk. 

    Our coverage has now finished for the week, but if any news breaks overnight or over the weekend then you'll find it here.

    If you want to read more, just scroll down the page and have a catch-up with our top stories.

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

  3. All the news through the day

    Thanks for joining us for Friday's live updates for Essex. Our coverage has now finished for the week, but if any news breaks overnight or over the weekend then you'll find it here.

    If you want to read more, just scroll down the page and have a catch-up with our top stories.

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

  4. Video: Fifth-gen ferrywoman on why she needs a new boat

    Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years.

    The foot ferry at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. And back again. 

    The business has been in the same family for five generations - some 130 years. 

    Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat Old Bob which is 57 years old. The new boat will become the new working ferry.  

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    Video caption: Walberswick-Southwold river crossing's first new ferry in 20 years
  5. Swimming pool project campaign under way after decades of hope

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    People in Swaffham are hoping the decades-old dream of building a swimming pool in the town could soon become a reality after local mothers raised £15,000 through fundraising events. 

    Land for pool

    Fundraisers also have an option on land to build the pool, but they need £500,000 to make the job viable. 

    With this amount of money they can get matched funding for the £1.5m total cost of the project. 

    Carolyn Watts, is one of the people behind the plan and said the community was working together to hit the financial target. 

    "The land belongs to the town council and is being held for this project, but we cannot be sure until after the coming election," she said.

  6. Child rapist jailed for 22 years for Essex attacks

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting rape, indecency and other sexual offences against children in Essex aged between five and 15.

    Christopher Francis

    Christopher Francis, 70, of Palmerston Mews, Bournemouth, was living in the Maldon area in the 1970s and 80s when the offences, which relate to four victims, took place.

    On 24 February at Chelmsford Crown Court, Francis admitted two rapes, 11 counts of indecency with a child, eight indecent assaults and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

    He was sentenced today.The offences came to light when Francis, was arrested during a separate investigation by Dorset Police in 2015. In December 2016, Essex Police charged Francis with 23 sexual offences against children.Essex's Det Con Carol Astbury said: "Christopher Francis is a dangerous abuser who subjected his victims to evil crimes over several years."They were young and vulnerable and he took advantage of them."

  7. Dualling of A47 congestion hotspot priority for Highways England

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Building a dual carriageway on the final single track section of the A47 between East Dereham and the Norwich bypass is being considered a priority by Highways England.

    The agency said: "This dualling of the A47 between Easton and North Tuddenam, including where it currently passes through Hockering, will make a real difference to all our users on this road. 

    "It will also provide an economic stimulus for the whole region by providing safer, more reliable and less congested journeys. 

    "There are important decisions to be made for this £300m work along the A47 corridor, including choosing between the four different options we have proposed for dualling this stretch of the A47."

  8. Video: Work starts on famous crossing's new ferry

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    Boat builders have started work on the first new ferry to be created for a famous crossing in 20 years. 

    The crossing at Walberswick, Suffolk, takes passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold. 

    The business, which is almost 130 years old, has been in the same family for five generations. 

    Dani Church, who took over the firm after her father died, said it was about time to replace her old boat "Old Bob" which is 57 years old. 

    The new boat will become the new working ferry. 

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    Video caption: Walberswick to Southwold ferry service gets new boat
  9. Villagers consulted on A47 dualling concerned about options

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Villagers living near a section of the A47 that becomes congested in heavy traffic, where it narrows from a dual carriageway to a single track, are concerned about plans by the Highways Agency aimed at eliminating the problem.

    Parish councillor Richard Hawker said current plans could make life for Hockering residents even worse. 

    The three options are to dual the current road or build new routes either north or south of the village.

    "If the present road is dualled it will go closer to several homes which will make noise problems worse," said Mr Hawker .

    "It may be better to improve junctions at Honingham and Easton.

    "Hockering residents are concerned dualling might create problems. They want access to local villages, routes to Norwich and Dereham as well as retaining the bus service."

    The other plans could affect all or some of these objections, he said.

  10. Top senior managers at Harlow Council set to leave

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two of Harlow Council 's top senior managers are to leave the authority by agreement to save money.

    Harlow Council

    Chief executive Malcolm Morley will move on by end of October with the council's chief operating officer Graham Branchett leaving before him by the end of July.

    Last night’s council meeting agreed to a proposal which will see both posts deleted and replaced by a new single chief officer post of managing director. 

    Reducing the top management team to one post will save over £424,000 over the next four years. 

    Jon Clempner, Labour leader of Harlow Council, said: "Reducing the council’s most senior management structure to one post will not impact on frontline services, but will help to protect services and other jobs."  

  11. New dual carriageway may not be answer to A47 problems, villagers say

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The A47 has become notorious for accident blackspots, queuing traffic and hold-ups. 

    Authorities and motorists believe something needs to be done to improve safety as well as reduce journey times and are considering more dual carriageway between North Tuddenham and Easton.

    North Tuddenham junction

    Highways England estimates a dual carriageway on this section could cost £300m, but local communities most affected by new road layouts are questioning the options presented for the current consultation. 

    Hockering residents are most vocal in this and parish councillor Richard Hawker said Highways England is not providing enough detail on its plans. 

    "They are just lines on paper at present and we are disappointed Highways England has not engaged more with us despite several approaches."

  12. High Court warning over caravans at Hovefields

    A High Court judge is today warning against the placing of any further caravans on a plot of land off Hovefields Avenue in Wickford.

    The site has been layed with roads and plots with hard surfaces, while electricity has been installed.

    However, Basildon Borough Council has taken out an injunction to stop any developments, and return it to its original state.

    A further hearing is due to take place next month.

    A High Court hearing about a neighbouring, but separate, part of the site called Silva Lodge Kennels is due to take place on Tuesday.

  13. NSPCC statement on child sex abuser who was football coach

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We earlier reported that a football coach has been jailed for nine years for grooming and sexual activity with teenage boys.

    Chelmsford Crown Court

    At Chelmsford Crown Court, Robert Ellis, 50, of Church End, Harlow,  was found guilty of grooming a boy under 16 and six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a boy aged under 15.  

    The children's charity the  NSPCC  has issued a statement saying: "Ellis is a devious and manipulative sexual predator who used his position as a football coach to commit vile abuse against children.

    "His sickening actions will have a long-lasting effect on his victims and it’s important they receive all possible support to help rebuild their lives. 

    "We hope they can take some comfort from today’s sentence and the fact that Ellis’s campaign of abuse has finally come to an end."

  14. Rugby union: Bury hoping to cause an upset

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bury St Edmunds four-match unbeaten run will face a stiff test tomorrow when they head to title-chasing Old Elthamians in National League Two South .

    Bury St Edmunds rugby players

    The Wolf Pack are likely to prove tricky opponents for the Greenwich-based side, after winning three of their last four matches to kill off any relegation fears.

    Their hosts, who are in second in the table, beat Bury 31-21 when the two sides met at The Haberden in December.

  15. Ryman League: Suffolk clubs continue their promotion battle

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Leiston have an excellent chance to get their Ryman Premier Division play-off push back on track tomorrow with a home game against struggling Leatherhead.

    Leiston FC

    Glenn Driver's men are still third in the table despite losing their last three matches.

    Fellow promotion chasers Needham Market , who are outside the top five, but only on goal difference, head to Metropolitan Police.

    AFC Sudbury's relegation battle continues at home to leaders Bognor Regis, while Lowestoft Town can do Leiston and Needham a favour by beating fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet.

    Bury Town entertain Cheshunt in the North Division.

  16. Thurlow Nunn League: Mildenhall closing in on title

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Seven points from their remaining four fixtures will guarantee that Mildenhall Town end the season as champions of the Thurlow Nunn League .

    Dean Greygoose

    Dean Greygooses's side has lead the way all campaign, although a dip in form through January and February did cast some doubt over their title push. 

    But five successive league wins mean that promotion to the Ryman League is surely just weeks away.

    "I think it's buzzing, with a lot of excitement," said Greygoose. 

    "Although there are nerves now and again, especially at the start of games. I think everyone seems to relax when we score the first goal. 

    "It's a good time to be involved with Mildenhall Town."

  17. From the archives: Pilgrimage palm crosses 1936

    Some 81 one years ago this month workers of Walsingham were captured on camera making up palm crosses and branches to be carried in procession and distributed on Palm Sunday in many Catholic and Anglican churches. 

    
          1936: Workers of Walsingham, Norfolk, were captured on camera making up palm crosses and branches to be carried in procession and distributed on Palm Sunday

    Walsingham was known throughout Europe as "England's Nazareth" because  Richeldis de Faverches , a pious noblewoman, had a dream or apparition in 1061.

    The Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to her and asked her to build a house like the one in which Jesus was raised in Nazareth and when this was done it became a popular centre for pilgrimage.

  18. From the archives: German prisoners of war in Colchester 1947

    Some 70 years ago this month, a photographer took a picture of Hans and Helmuth, German prisoners of war in Colchester, leaving the hut for a walk to say goodbye before they were released. The animals in the photograph are strays cared for by the prisoners.

    
          Hans and Helmuth, German prisoners of war in Colchester, Essex leaving the hut for a walk to say goodbye before they were released in 1947
  19. Ipswich Town: Spence keen to remain a Blue

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence says he's enjoyed his time at Portman Road so far and would like to extend his stay at the club.

    Jordan Spence

    The 26-year-old's current short term deal expires in the summer.

    He told me: "I've always said yes [to staying longer], based on my experience of it thus far.

    "As to what happens next, I guess it's in my control if I keep playing, and play well enough, then I'm sure they would quite like to keep me."

  20. In the News: 'Shocking plans are ill-conceived'

    Diss Express

    Here is the front page of today's Diss Express :

    Diss Express front page