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  1. Our live coverage today

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week. We're now taking a break, and will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Before we go, we'll remind you of some of the stories we've brought you today:

    • Car crash teens died of multiple injuries
    • Man jailed for child sex offences
    • Premature twins leave hospital after 113 days of specialist care
    • Canaries confirm back room departures

    Have a good weekend.

  2. The true source of hope at Easter

    Network Norfolk

    Rev Suzanne Cooke explains that the eternal love of God is what gives her hope during the Good Friday moments of life.

    Sun shining through trees onto a cross
  3. Repair work to seaside town's yacht pond

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Cromer's yacht pond has been refurbished and refilled, as part of North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) improvement plans for North Lodge park.

    The work, which cost £8,500, saw the leaking pond drained and lined with glass-reinforced plastic, and the outside given a coating of non-toxic mineral paint.

    The yacht pond at Cromer's North Lodge Park

    Cllr Nigel Pearce describes the pond as "an iconic part of the town", adding its refurbishment will "bring fun and happiness to the next generation of children and their parents".

    Other plans for the park include internal improvements to the cafe (pictured below), repairs to the timber footbridge and refurbishments to the bowling green and sunken garden shelters.  

    Cafe and yacht pond in Cromer's North Lodge Park
  4. Families pay tribute to car crash trio

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The families of three teenagers who died following a fatal collision at Pulham Market last week have released tributes to the young men.

    Davina O'Neill, the mother of 18-year-old Dominic O'Neill, who lived in Pulham Market, describes her son as a beautiful, much loved person who will be greatly missed by many. She adds that she's been "overwhelmed by the support and love from his friends."

    Dominic O'Neill

    The family of Kyle Warren, 17, remember him as a "very cheeky chappie, who always had a wonderful smile on his face no matter what... he was an extremely loving person, especially to all his family and friends. He was very outgoing and loved in return by all.... Kyle will be sadly missed and never forgotten."

    Kyle, who lived in Harleston, had a passion for banger racing and had won several trophies. 

    Kyle Warren

    Billy Hines' family say the 16-year-old from Wortham made everyone smile from the day he was born.

    "He was a funny, loving, caring, hard working boy and always had a cheeky smile on his face. He brought so much joy to everyone he met and touched so many hearts. He was as someone said 'one in a million'".

    Black and white photo of Billy Hines

    The trio had been travelling in a black Ford Ka when the collision took place on the Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market, shortly before midnight on Wednesday, 5 April.

  5. Watch: Mick McCarthy lays his cards on the table

    The Ipswich Town manager says he's "not walking away" from Portman Road and that it's "disappointing" that fans have turned their backs on him:

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    Video caption: Mick McCarthy says he's 'not walking away' from Portman Road.
  6. Vigilance urged over possible raves

    Police are asking the public, and landowners in particular, to be vigilant over the next few days, and to report any activity which may lead them to suspect a rave is being organised.

    Suffolk Police HQ

    Supt Tonya Antonis said: "It is much easier to stop a rave before it starts, so early notification of one taking place is critical in helping us police these events."

    The public is being asked to notify police of:

    • Any information that an illegal rave is taking place
    • Any sightings of vans or large numbers of vehicles gathering in isolated areas
    • Sightings of flyers advertising raves
    • Broken padlocks on access on gates, to areas where a rave may take place
  7. Britain's first female firefighter writes book about her experiences

    It wasn't until 1982 that the fire service employed a woman.

    The first female fighter was Jo Reynolds. She started training when she was just 17-years-old, and Thetford was her first base.

    "I was absolutely terrified... I thought they would think 'who is this woman'... it was terrifying, like a first day at a new school".

    Jo Reynolds, with cropped red hair and black jacket

    Jo explains she had a good training course, and wouldn't have got through unless she was good enough.

    "If I wasn't up to standard, I would've been out... I'd have left of my own accord or they'd have kicked me out."

    Jo Reynolds in the cab of fire engine

    Five years later, Jo passed her HGV test to become the country's first female driver of a fire engine (pictured above).

    Now, 35 years later and urged on by friends, she's written a book about her experiences.

  8. Illegal rave warning

    Norfolk police are asking people to report any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings during the Easter bank holiday weekend.

    It's in a bid to prevent any illegal raves or unlicensed music events (UME).

    Ch Supt Nick Davison says early intervention in preventing and disrupting such events is key, and in the past the response from the public has been extremely useful. The police will also be monitoring social networking sites.

    Members of the public are asked to inform the police if they see any of the following:

    • Vans, lorries or a large number of vehicles near woods, rural car parks or near to disused property
    • Flyers advertising raves
    • Broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may be taking place

    Anyone organising an illegal rave or UME faces prosecution, as well as having their sound equipment seized. Vehicles trying to enter or leave sites will be dealt with for any offences they might be committing.

  9. Watch: A chicken who's not too sure about being outside again

    Our reporter Stuart Howells has been out to Chelmondiston, where he met the aptly named Sally Chicken, just one of the poultry keepers in the county who've been enjoying the chance to let their free-range chickens explore their environment again:

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    Video caption: Restrictions are lifted for the county's hen keepers
  10. Man jailed for child sex offences

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been given a jail term after admitting child sex offences.

    Andrew Blyth, of North Walsham Road, Bacton was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

    The 56-year-old was jailed after admitting three counts of sexual activity with a female child under the age of 16, which occurred between 1 January and 10 February this year.

    Blyth was also placed on the Sex Offenders register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

    Police custody photo of Andrew Blyth

    Det Con Andy Vinsen, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, praised the victim for the courage she showed throughout their investigation.   

    Quote Message: We will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice.” from Det Con Andy Vinsen Norfolk police
    Det Con Andy VinsenNorfolk police
  11. Ryman League: Lowestoft out for revenge

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Lowestoft Town play their game in hand in the Ryman Premier Division tonight.

    Lowestoft Town flag

    The Trawler Boys are at home to Merstham who recently ended their eight-match unbeaten run.

    Lowestoft's faint play-off hopes are almost certainly over despite winning six of their last nine matches.

  12. Norfolk tourist economy 'better than Cornwall'

    Did you know 40 million day trippers head to Norfolk each year? Well, we're just hours away from the bank holiday weekend and thousands of tourists will be heading here to to enjoy our coast, countryside and the fine city of Norwich.

    Pete Waters is the executive director of Visit East Anglia, and he says our tourism economy is stronger than that in Cornwall.

    "Everybody talks about Cornwall and how tourism is doing there... the Cornwall visitor economy is worth £2.4bn a year - ours is worth £3bn a year."

    Sea Palling beach, with beach visitors, sun umbrellas and wind shades

    But Pete says there's scope for more:  

    Quote Message: It we can convert a small percentage of those day trippers to stay visitors... that would really develop the visitor economy even more." from Pete Waters Visit East Anglia
    Pete WatersVisit East Anglia
  13. Watch: Care worker jailed for stealing from her clients

    We brought you the news earlier that a Lowestoft care worker has been jailed for 20 months for stealing from her clients.

    Sonia Maisonave committed the crimes over a five-year period.

    Suffolk Police have released this video of her:

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    Video caption: A care worker is filmed searching through the bedside cabinet of one of her clients
  14. Injury doubts for The Shrimpers

    There are injury doubts for Southend United ahead of their Good Friday clash with Chesterfield.

    The Shrimpers could be without Anton Ferdinand, Adam Thompson, John White and Nile Ranger for the League One match.

    Thompson has not trained this week due to tonsillitis, the club said.

    Southend United
  15. Fancy B&B at a stately home?

    A stately home dating back to the Tudor period is offering the public the chance to stay on a B&B basis, costing £2,600 a night.

    Somerleyton Hall

    Lord Somerleyton said when they first came up with the idea, it was "curiosity to see who might look us up and how it might work".

    Lady Somerleyton described welcoming their first guests, who've already sampled the delights of the property, as "really fantastic".

    If you're interested in the history of the Hall, there's been a residence on the site since the beginning of the Norman conquest of Britain, with a manor house there as early as 1240 AD. 

    Bedroom at Somerleyton Hall
  16. Young archer's win a first for Britain

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norwich teenager who's representing Great Britain at Archery is hoping to win more medals and titles in the future.

    Layla Annison, 14, recently won a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships in France in the Under-21 category. It was Britain's first ever individual medal at an indoor international event.

    This summer Layla, who's studying for her GCSE's, will be competing in Cambridge, Croatia and then the World Championships in Argentina.

    Layla Annison, with bow and arrow
    Quote Message: It was really exciting wearing the GB shirt and shooting for your country, when I got on the podium and got my medal I was so happy, really really over the moon." from Layla Annison Archer
    Layla AnnisonArcher
  17. Speedway: Witches target their first double of the season

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches kick off a busy Bank Holiday weekend at Sheffield Tigers in the Championship tonight.

    Ritchie Hawkins

    It's the first of three meetings in five days for the Foxhall outfit, who beat tonight's hosts 52-41 at home on the opening night of the season.

    "They'll definitely be good around their home track. It's always a tough place to go but we've had good results in the past," said Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins.

    "With our top three the way they are at the moment we're always going to get a certain number of points there. We just need to back them up and to be fair if we come away with a point it's not a bad result."

  18. Concerns for missing father-of-one

    Motorists are being asked to help police find a missing man.

    Nigel Kedar has been missing from his Clacton home for more than a week. The 52-year-old visited Norwich on 2 April and was last seen two days later, walking along the A140 at Pulham Market in the direction of the A14.

    Nigel Kedar

    Det Ch Insp Marie James says it's likely that Mr Kedar was walking home, as the route - the A12, A14, A140 into Norwich - is one he's familiar with.

    Police are asking for any drivers with dash cams, who may have travelled on the road on that day, to come forward with their footage.

    Quote Message: Our concerns are increasing every day... it's very much out-of-character for Nigel not to be in contact with family and friends, he has a young son who he'd regularly be in contact with." from Det Ch Insp Marie James Norfolk police
    Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk police
  19. 'Despicable' actions of care worker

    The employers of Sonia Maisonave from Lowestoft, who has been jailed for stealing from people in her care, have described her actions as "despicable".

    Sonia Maisonave

    A spokesman for Manorcourt Homecare said: "Our priority is to provide vital care and support to people in their own homes.

    "Any breach of trust goes completely against what we stand for as an organisation, and will not be tolerated.

    "We therefore co-operated fully with all police investigations and dismissed the carer in question from our organisation.

    "We are saddened by the despicable actions of this one individual who grossly betrayed everyone's trust."

    Sonia Maisonave
  20. International horse trials under way

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    If you want to see some of the stars of the horse world close up, then the Burnham Market Horse Trials is the place to be.

    World class riders and 700 horses will be competing over the next three days.

    Rider and horse clear a jump at the Burnham Horse Trials

    Among those taking part will be the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, and Olympians Sir Mark Todd and Oliver Townend.  

    Event organiser Alec Lochore says the riders will find it quite a testing course.

    Quote Message: It's a difficult course, I think it's very fair... the riders will be the judge of that, they'll tell us in the next 24 hours what they think... there's some properly difficult combinations out there." from Alec Lochore Event organiser
    Alec LochoreEvent organiser