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  1. Our local coverage across the day

    We're drawing to a close with our live coverage of what's been happening around Norfolk for today and this week.

    You can find out what's been going on by scrolling back, the whole week's news coverage is there for you to peruse too. 

    If you're looking for something to do outdoors this weekend you might want to take a walk among the bluebells in one of Norfolk's most ancient woods. 

    Have a peaceful weekend. The team are back on Monday. 

  2. Our live coverage across the day, and the week

    It's that time on a Friday when we reluctantly switch off our computers and head home, to recharge our batteries ready for a resumption of live coverage on Monday morning.

    Among the cornucopia of delights we've brought you today has been:

    • A massive financial boost which will enable the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront to be completed
    • A look-ahead to Record Store Day on Saturday
    • A happy ending to a story about a horse who found himself stuck in a pond

    If you're running in the marathon on Sunday we salute you, and wish you well.

    If like the rest of us your weekend plans involve a little less exercise, then enjoy, and don't forget to join us again next week.

    Impression of view from Winerack penthouse flat
  3. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for another week from the Essex Live team, although any breaking news over the weekend will still appear here.

    Before we go, here's a reminder of some of the stories we've been looking at since 08:00:

    • Two people have been sent to prison for life for the murder of Michael Beckwith, and three other people have also received custodial sentences
    • A man has appeared in court in connection with a fatal shooting at a travellers' site
    • Former public toilets will have a new lease of life as a recording studio 
    • A food blogger has announced she is to stand in the general election

    Scroll down for more on these and other stories.

    If you're running in the London Marathon we wish you well - and it's good luck to Basildon's Stuart Bingham who's 9-7 down going into this evening's final session of his World Snooker Championship second round match against Kyren Wilson.

    Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham
  4. Weather: Cloudy with bright spells and much cooler

    BBC Weather

    A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F). 

    Weather graphic

    Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).

    A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.

    BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

  5. Government cash to help hospitals cope with winter pressures

    Cleah Hetherington

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    The West Suffolk Hospital (pictured), and the James Paget, which serves patients in the north of the county, are each going to receive £1m of government funding to help them cope with winter pressures.

    Ipswich Hospital will receive just over £495,000.

    The money was announced in the Budget last month. 

    West Suffolk Hospital
  6. Local writer in running for top fiction prize

    Cath Saunt

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norwich writer has been nominated for a £30,000 literature prize. 

    Richard Lambert is one of six people selected for the Sunday Times EEG Short Story Award for The Hazel Twig and Olive Tree. 

    He's the only Brit - an Irish author's also been shortlisted and the other four runners are American.

    Mr Lambert says he's been writing since he was a child but began properly at the age of 30. 

    He says the competition has really helped boost his confidence. 

    "I think they got over a thousand entries from published writers. I was on the long list first and about a month ago I got to that shortlist which is really amazing."

    Mr Lambert moved to Norwich to study at the University of East Anglia on its Creative Writing Course which has a long list of internationally famous alumni. 

  7. Beautiful blooming bluebells brighten the day

    It may be a bit grey out there today but spring is still in full swing, with carpets of bluebells springing up.

    It's staying mainly dry for the rest of the day with some sunny spells...feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine with only light winds. 

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

    Thank you to our BBC Weather Watcher judy for this photo. 

    Tiptree Heath
  8. MPs on the forthcoming general election

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC News

    Back to election news now and Chloe Smith, the current MP for North Norwich, says Brexit will be a keen issue for voters: 

    "What I've been hearing from consitituents are those meaty concerns about getting the best deal for Britain and the area from Brexit.

    "That is actually a local issue as much as a national and international one because it comes down to people's jobs," said Ms Smith.

    Chloe Smith Consevative MP, Norwich North

    Meanwhile UKIP is urging voters to vote tactically for the Conservative Party to remove the present incumbent for North Norfolk, Norman Lamb, who supported 'Remain' in the Brexit referendum.

    Mr Lamb says he's never taken any election for granted. 

    "I've been very clear all the way through that I accept the outcome of the referendum. 

    "It's terribly important we negotiate a deal that protects the economy that ensures our exporters can trade across the single market that protects jobs that ensures that we have the money to fund our public services. 

    "And I think people will see that we don't want a one party state, particularly when we also have critical issues like the state of our NHS," says Mr Lamb. 

    Norman Lamb, Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk
  9. Former boss looks to win Championship at Carrow Road

    Jay Lawrence

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norwich City supporters will have to decide whether to applaud former manager Chris Hughton this evening.

    Brighton boss Chris Hughton

    He brings his Brighton team to Carrow Road having clinched automatic promotion to the Premier League. The Seagulls need one more win to guarantee the Championship title. 

    Hughton was sacked as City manager three years ago with the team on the brink of relegation from the top flight. He says Brighton have all the motivation needed to win tonight.

    "We've achieved what we wanted to achieve and that [promotion] of course has been by far the biggest thing we wanted to achieve this season. 

    "But we're in the business of competition - and competition means trying to win what you can - so the next big challenge has got to be winning it now."

  10. Have you ever wondered how you can become a candidate in the election?

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

    You can't stand if you're:

    • Under 18
    • A member of the police forces
    • A member of the armed forces
    • A civil servant, a judge or a peer
    • You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
    House of Commons

    If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the  Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:

    • You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500 
    • You also need an election agent
    • You probably want to plan and run a campaign

    There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.

  11. Horse rescued from pond

    Firefighters helped to rescue what's been described as a "large" horse from a pond in Great Cornard near Sudbury this morning.

    The animal, which was stuck in four foot (1.2m) of water at New Farm, off Joes Road, had to be sedated before the rescue could be carried out.

    It was then moved to a paddock, apparently none the worse for its ordeal.

  12. Pixie Lott reminisces about Essex school days

    Essex singer Pixie Lott has been telling BBC Essex about her days at a performing arts school in Chelmsford. Here's the full interview with the singer:

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    Video caption: Essex singer Pixie Lott chats to Tony about the release of her new single 'Baby'.
  13. Blogger to stand in general election

    A food blogger from Southend is set to stand in the general election.

    Jack Monroe, who recently won a libel case against newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins, has not yet announced which party she will stand for, and has said she is still "crunching" as to whether it will be Rochford and Southend East or Southend West.

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  14. Dozens of drivers due in court over speeding charges

    Forty drivers are due before magistrates in Ipswich today charged with speeding on the Orwell Bridge.

    Orwell Bridge speed signs

    It's claimed one driver broke the speed limit nine times in a 25 day period.

    Thousands of drivers have been clocked speeding on the stretch of road since a 60mph limit and average speed cameras were introduced to try to improve bridge safety.

  15. Taxi firm fears being targetted after arson attacks

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC News

    Operators of a taxi firm in Gorleston think they are being targeted after a series of suspected arson attacks. 

    Lesley Martin and Roly Kitchen

    Ocean Cabs on Riverside Road has lost two taxis and three cars belonging to customers over the past week. 

    The owners say as a result they could be forced out of business.

    One of them is Lesley Martin. She doesn't think the attacks are random.

    "Because it's us all of the time it does look like we're being targetted. You try not to think like that but it's difficult not to at times."

    Norfolk Police says it's investigating two separate, but linked arson incidents, which happened in March, resulting in five vehicles being damaged. 

  16. Denmark: Swardeston aiming high

    Jay Lawrence

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Swardeston's Lewis Denmark says the team's priority this summer is to go one better in a national competition.

    The East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) Champions were losing finalists in the ECB 45 over tournament. They were successful elsewhere, however, as they managed to win the National T20 title in a memorable day at Derbyshire's County Ground.

    Swardeston celebrate winning the Club Twenty20 Final

    Tomorrow Denmark and his teammates begin their quest to win a sixth consecutive EAPL title at home to Horsford.

    "We're really looking forward to an exciting season. Obviously last year we had a really successful season, but this year we're looking to do one better.

    "Obviously we lost out in the big national 45 over final, so this year that's our main target, along with trying to retain the EAPL for the sixth year in a row"

  17. Tributes paid as victim of fatal crash named

    A man who died following a collision on the A140 on Saturday afternoon has been named by police.

    Austrin McKenna

    Austrin McKenna, who was also known as Sam, was 51 and came from Wetheringsett.

    He died in Ipswich Hospital after being seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision between Little Stonham and Mendlesham.

    Paying tribute, his family said: "Aus was a unique soul who lived life to the full."

    They added that he was able to put people at ease and was generous, kind, gentle, loving, sensitive and thoughtful.

    He was married with one son.

  18. Ryman League: Leiston preparing for final push

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Leiston will secure a place in the Ryman Premier Division play-offs if they win at Enfield Town tomorrow on the last day of the regular season.

    Leiston FC

    Needham Market - who host Billericay Town - also have a slim chance of finishing in the all-important top five, although that requires other results to go their way. 

    Lowestoft Town round off their campaign at home to Harrow Borough while relegated AFC Sudbury are at Canvey Island. 

    In the North Division, Bury Town head to Great Wakering Rovers.

  19. Record Store Day: Live music, hunt the record... and vinyl galore

    Richard Haugh

    BBC Introducing in Suffolk

    Record Store Day

    Independent record shops around the country are gearing up for the 10th Record Store Day tomorrow - with limited edition releases galore tempting people to part with their money.

    To celebrate the day, some of our local shops are hosting live performances - with Tram in Ipswich kicking things off tonight with sets from Bessie Turner and Marc Newby.

    Tomorrow, they have live music from Jack Rundell, Strike the Sun and Sorrdes (the artist formerly known as Deadpoole).

    Meanwhile, Vinyl Hunter in Bury St Edmunds is promising coffee and bacon rolls for those queuing to get their hands on the new releases. They've written a detailed post on what to expect

    As for live music, they'll be hosting SIAH and Saltfen, who are releasing a split 7" flexi disc.

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    But back in Ipswich, Out of Time Records is taking a different approach to the day and is offering a £10 voucher to any one who can find a record they've desperately been trying to get rid of.

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