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  1. Essex Live signing off

    That's it for our live updates for the day - and for the week.

    If you're just joining us, scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county.

    We'll leave you with this bright and sunny photo taken in Manningtree - let's hope the weather is kind over the bank holiday weekend.

    Whatever you're doing, have a great time - we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Manningtree
  2. Our live coverage has now come to an end for the day:

    That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week.

    We'll leave you with this photo of blue skies over Sheringham - let's hope the fine weather continues over the bank holiday weekend.

    Whatever you're doing, have a great time - we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday. 

    Blue sky over shrubs
  3. Suffolk Live signing off

    That's it for our live coverage for the day and the week.

    If you're just joining us, scroll down to find out what's been happening across the county - you can also check out our local election debate which was held this morning, with the leaders of the main parties at the county council.

    We'll leave you with this beautiful photograph of bluebells in Freston Wood - let's hope we all get some sunshine over the weekend so we can get out and about and enjoy our county.

    Bluebells in Freston woods
  4. The bank holiday weather forecast

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Apart from a few isolated showers, tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells.

    Temperatures could fall as low as 3C (37F) although they'll rise by the end of the night.

    Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

    A largely fine and dry day tomorrow, with sunny spells and just the chance of an isolated shower.

    Temperatures rising to 14C (57F) - although it could be a little bit warmer in the best of the sunshine.

    Another dry day on Sunday, although cloud will increase from the south west later... rain isn't expected until the evening.

    As for bank holiday Monday... it's still uncertain, but potentially we could have some rain, followed by sunshine and showers, with temperatures hitting 17C (63F).

  5. Guilty verdict 'a warning to other drivers'

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A detective has warned motorists to rest and take breaks when travelling long distances after a lorry driver was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

    As we've reported, a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found Roger Sharratt, 52, of Bagots Oak in Staffordshire, guilty of two counts of the offence.

    Geoffrey Mills, 53, and Eleanor Joy Mills, 45, were killed in the collision which happened on the M11 near Harlow in May 2014.

    The court heard Sharratt was driving at 55mph (89kph) using cruise control and failed to react to the slowing traffic as he was likely to have been asleep. 

    He had only slept for three to four hours the night before the collision, it was heard.

    Det Insp Scott Egerton said: "Although this has been a complex case involving medical experts, Mr Sharratt drove dangerously. 

    "He was in charge of a heavy goods vehicle and fell asleep. 

    "This case must serve as a warning to all drivers of the need to rest and take breaks when driving long distances. 

    "Mr Sharratt failed to do this and caused the most serious of crashes."

  6. Investigation after gas pipeline breaks

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    An investigation is underway after one of the Bacton Gas Terminal pipelines broke in two.

    The section of pipe on the bed of the North Sea has split around 17.5km (10 miles) from shore.

    Operators of the terminal say it was a low pressure line and not flowing gas when the problem occurred, having been isolated at the end of 2016.

    It happened over a week ago but fisherman say they weren't informed. One of them, Melvin Robinson, says they only found out today.

    Quote Message: It's an area that's heavily fished... but because we've heard nothing about it, it could have been a disaster... we could have had vessels damaged and we still don't know if it's safe for us to go fish there or not." from Melvin Robinson Fisherman
    Melvin RobinsonFisherman
  7. Meet your local bobby on a bus

    We've had "bobbies on the beat" but what about "bobbies on a bus"?

    PCSOs Darren Smith and Michala Benton will be boarding the Number 11 Konnect bus service weekly, to meet passengers and listen to any concerns they may have.

    On Tuesday, they'll be holding a surgery on the bus when it departs from Dereham market place at 10:25.

    The route will take them through Toftwood, Shipdham, Watton, Saham Toney, Ashill, Holme Hale, Necton and Sporle before arriving in Swaffham.

  8. Man guilty of double-death M11 pile-up

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel has been found guilty of causing a couple's death in a crash on the M11.

    The crash scene from 15 May

    Roger Sharratt, 52, of Bagots Oak in Staffordshire, had denied two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in May 2014.

    Geoffrey Mills, 53, and Eleanor Joy Mills, 45, were killed in the collision which happened near Harlow.

    The court heard Sharratt was driving a lorry northbound along the M11 when he went into the back of a black Jaguar XF car.

    The Jaguar then collided with a silver Toyota Auris, pushing it under the back of a horsebox containing five horses.

    The Toyota, carrying Mr and Mrs Mills, burst into flames and further collided with a white Vauxhall. 

    Sharratt, who was found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court today, will be sentenced on 2 June.

  9. New-look station is officially opened

    A multi-million pound upgrade to Ingatestone station has been officially completed.

    Ingatestone station

    The £2.4m scheme has seen the restoration and repairs to station buildings and platform canopies. 

    A new waiting room has been installed, the toilets have been improved and both platforms have been resurfaced and repaired, including widening them in places and improving the drainage.

    The new-look station was opened by members of the Railway Heritage Trust and Greater Anglia.

  10. Profits boost at Co-op

    The region's biggest independent retailer has seen profits rise after investing heavily in its stores.

    The East of England Co-op has 120 shops in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.  

    However, the group also saw its pay bill rise after the National Living Wage was increased.

    Spokesman Doug Field says they estimate it will cost them nearly £4m over four years.

    Quote Message: But we're an ethical retailer and we're paying the National Living Wage regardless of age to all our employees, including the under 25s who comprise 25% of our workforce." from Doug Field East of England Co-Op
    Doug FieldEast of England Co-Op
  11. Travel: A14 likely to remain closed into rush-hour

    Police have told us the closure of the A14 eastbound at Bury St Edmunds, following an earlier collision between J42 (A1302 Newmarket Road) and J43 (A143 Compiegne Way/Bury Central Interchange) is likely to continue into this evening's rush-hour.

    They say they're still waiting for the recovery vehicle to arrive and there's been a spillage on the carriagway which needs to be cleared up before the road can reopen. 

  12. Power surge hits council

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth's town hall are continuing to be hit by phone issues caused by a suspected power surge.

    Back up phone lines are up and running but there are far fewer than normal. People are being asked to only contact the authority if it is urgent.

    It's also affecting computers at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

  13. NDR: Road closures

    Here's the latest information we have on road closures, while work continues on the Northern Distributor Road.

    A1151 Wroxham Road - from Tuesday, up to two weeks, a long stretch of this road close to NDR site will be reduced to one lane, controlled by traffic lights. This is for the diversion of a water main.

    Salhouse Road - Temporary traffic lights remain in place at the NDR roundabout construction site - the road will close for up to two weeks from Monday, 8 May.

    Reepham Road - Remaining closed until Friday, 5 May when Drayton Lane between Reepham Road and Hall Lane (Drayton) will also be reopened.

    Buxton Road - The scheduled closure of Buxton Road, Spixworth, has been put back to Monday, 5 June, and reduced from three to two weeks.

  14. 35th anniversary of Tornado's arrival at Marham

    This week marks the 35th anniversary of the arrival of the first Tornado aircraft at RAF Marham.

    The first Tornado Squadron to be stationed at the west Norfolk base was 617 Squadron.

    The Tornados have been on almost continuous service across the world ever since and are currently supporting operations over the skies of Iraq and Syria.

    Tornado takes off from RAF Marham in August 2014
  15. Illegal cigarettes found in Norwich raids

    Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized in raids across Norwich.

    Trading Standards officers, accompanied by police, council and two detection dogs, carried out inspections on six shops yesterday, seizing a total of 13,500 illegal cigarettes and 250g of illegal hand-rolled tobacco from four of the premises.

    Plastic bags containing seized cigarettes and tobacco

    Trading Standards spokesman Brian Chatten says the inspections show there are retailers in the county who're making smoking more accessible to children by selling illegal tobacco at pocket money prices.

    Quote Message: They put the health of young people at even greater risk and are also supporting the organised crime gangs who we know are linked to this criminal activity." from Brian Chatten Norfolk Trading Standards
    Brian ChattenNorfolk Trading Standards
  16. Car park to make way for new housing

    A city car park will close in a month's time to make way for new housing.

    Wharf Road car park

    Wharf Road car park, near the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford, will close on 28 May. 

    The brownfield site had been earmarked by Chelmsford City Council for regeneration for the past 13 years while it was used as a car park. 

    Taylor Wimpey is set to build a development of 421 new homes, known as Chelmer Waterside.

    The plans were given the go-ahead last month. 

  17. New monitoring service for expectant mums

    A new service is being offered to mums-to-be after the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) secured £10,000 funding for portable foetal monitors.

    Three cardiotocography monitors have been purchased and will be used at two bases from which the Broadland and Castle community midwife teams operate.

    If there are any concerns following the monitoring, the women will be asked to come into hospital for further assessment. 

    A pregnant woman