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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Essex Live team on Friday, so goodbye and have a good weekend rest.

    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:

    • A former firefighter with motor-neurone disease is looking forward to getting out and about in his Tollesbury garden after villagers rally round to make it wheelchair friendly.
    • Harlow MP Robert Halfon suggests using the international aid budget to bolster wages for public sector workers and earns a rebuke from Oxfam.
    • Essex county cricketers are celebrating after going to the top of Division One with a crushing win over Middlesex.

    For more on these and other stories just scroll down the page.

    See you again next week.

  2. That's it for our live coverage

    That's all from Norfolk's Local Live team for today.

    If you're heading to any of the gigs taking place across the patch this weekend then have fun - and don't forget to send us a pic by clicking on the 'Get Involved' button at the top of this page.

    Here's a quick recap of the stories hitting the headlines today:

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday... but for now we'll leave you with a photo of the swoonsome Olly Murs - appearing at Thetford Forest tonight with Louisa Johnson.

    Louisa Johnson and Olly Murs
  3. Our live coverage across the day

    It's time for us to fly, like the owl captured in the photograph below.

    Thank you for joining us, we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

    Here is a look at some of the stories we've been covering today:

    • A former police officer is jailed for intending to pervert the course of justice
    • Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru is banned from driving for a second time
    • A man is arrested after a lorry crashes into a barrier on the A14

    Scroll down for more on these stories and other Suffolk news.

    Have a splendid weekend.

    Carlton Colville
  4. Bike crash couple 'always smiling', says procession organiser

    The funeral has been held this afternoon for a Gorleston couple killed on their way back from a Harley Davidson rally in Scotland.

    Piers Hall

    John and Sharon Cooper, who were 58 and 56, died in the crash last month.

    A procession of hundreds of the motorbikes and mourners set out from Gorleston clifftop and through the town to its crematorium.

    Piers Hall, from the East Coast Harley Club, organised the tribute and said the couple were people who "always had a smile on their face".

    He said they were on their first trip to Scotland and the organisation was there to "provide support to the family because we are a family club".

  5. Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

    Weather chart

    Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

    Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

    Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

    More details from BBC Weather.

  6. Photos of Breydon Water rescue before man's arrest

    Photos have emerged of the rescue operation to pull a man out of Breydon Water this morning after he tried to escape from police officers.

    The man was said to have been "very cold and tired" after giving himself up to a Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service boat.

    The HM Coastguard said the man went into the water before walking across the mudflats which then started to flood.

    Norfolk Police said he was checked over by paramedics and then arrested on suspicion of assault and theft following an incident at the nearby Vauxhall Holiday Park earlier.

    Emergency services' vehicles parked near Breydon Water
    Emergency services' vehicles parked near Breydon Water
  7. Nurse struck off over abuse to dementia patient

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A nurse who dragged a heavy dementia patient out of her bed at an Essex nursing home has been struck off after a review of allegations of abuse.

    Alagie Badjie worked at the Admiral's Reach Residential and Nursing Home, in Ridgewell Avenue, Chelmsford.

    The patient was too heavy for him to lift alone and his hands ended up slipping so they were under her armpits, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

    Admirals Reach

    She suffered other incidents of abuse and two other patients reported having rough treatment while being fed. Mr Badjie was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after four charges of abuse against him were proved in 2015.

    A disciplinary panel reviewing his case has now decided he should be struck off altogether. The panel concluded he had made no attempt to engage with the nursing watchdog, or to address his misconduct.

    He didn't attend the hearing and panel chair Timothy Cole said: "We considered that Mr Badjie's persistent lack of engagement with his regulator, lack of insight and failure to provide any evidence of remediation of his failings is now fundamentally incompatible with him remaining on the register.

    "We concluded that a striking-off order is the only appropriate and proportionate order in these particular circumstances."

  8. Jailed detective 'not corrupt', says judge

    A judge who has jailed a former detective for 28 days told him he was not corrupt.

    David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft was found guilty earlier this month of intending to pervert the course of justice following a drugs arrest.

    Phelps was sacked from his job at Suffolk Police following his conviction.

    Passing sentence at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said there was "no suggestion of a corrupt motive".

    "You were just trying to save time," he said.

    Judge Bate noted that Phelps had been dismissed and reminded by the chief constable that the core values of the police were honesty and integrity.

  9. Teenager jailed for double killings

    A teenager who was found guilty of killing two men at a travellers' site has been jailed for life.

    The Old Bailey jury convicted Nelson Smith, 18, of murdering Barry Street, 32, at West Meadows, Ipswich.

    He was found guilty of the manslaughter of Nathan Oakley, 18. He had been charged with murder but the jury returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter due to a lack of intent.

    The sentencing judge told Smith he will have to serve a minimum of 17 years.

    Smith denied the crimes and claimed he acted in self defence.

    Nelson Smith
  10. BreakingTeenager jailed for life over traveller site killings

    A teenager has been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years after he was found guilty of killing two men at an Ipswich travellers' site.

    More on this story shortly.

  11. Grey clouds create dramatic skies above

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It may be bit of a dull day out there today but that's not stopped our BBC Weather Watchers getting out and about.

    It's due to continue to be cloudy with rain overnight.

    Tomorrow is set to be fine, dry and sunny with highs of 22C (72F).

    Sudbury
    Stowmarket
    Whatfield
  12. Fraudster who preyed on older people jailed for 20 months

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A fraudster who targeted elderly, vulnerable people in Southend, Westcliff and Leigh-on-Sea has been jailed for 20 months.

    Hamit Hamit, 34, formerly of Croydon, stole thousands of pounds from eight people in April and May last year.

    Hamit Hamit

    Unknown accomplices of Hamit posed as bank workers who told victims they needed to return their bank cards so they could be re-issued, and that a courier would come and collect them.

    The victims were also asked for personal details and PINs.

    Hamit was the courier who collected the cards and later withdrew thousands of pounds from accounts. His victims were aged between 77 and 95.

    He was arrested on 4 May 2016 and later charged with 14 counts of fraud by false representation.

    Hamit pleaded guilty to all the charges at Basildon Magistrates' Court and was was sentenced today at crown court to a total of 20 months for each of the 14 charges, to run concurrently.

  13. Sacked detective jailed for intending to pervert course of justice

    A former police officer has been jailed for 28 days for intending to pervert the course of justice.

    Norwich Crown Court

    David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court this afternoon after he was convicted earlier this month of trying to tell a man what to say when he was arrested in connection with a drugs offence.

    Phelps was a detective with Suffolk Police but was sacked for gross misconduct.

    Kevin Baumber, mitigating for Phelps, told Judge Anthony Bate that the offence was “not malicious or sinister” and “there is nothing he more regrets in his life”.

    The court heard he had been looking after his poorly mother and had gone through a separation.

  14. Trans-continental journey by girl raised £2,500 for cancer aid

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A 10-year-old girl travelling by road with her grandparents from Mumbai to London across 18 countries, visiting more than 100 cities and going through eight time zones, taking 72 days, has raised more than £2,500 in sponsorship for the head and neck cancer service at Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust.

    Nishi Randive

    Nishi Randive, the daughter of two consultant anaesthetists at Broomfield Hospital, embarked on the 13,000-mile adventure to help raise money for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from cancer.

    Parents Seema and Nilesh Randive said she was inspired by hearing about the cancer work from her father and raised the money through sponsorship.

    "My most exciting day was the day when I got stuck on a zip-wire with a 3,000 foot drop in India, and my most monotonous day was sitting in the car with nothing to see but the numerous sandy plains in Kazakhstan," Nishi, pictured on the Great Wall of China, said.

    "I have managed to raise £2,863.07 and I am really pleased with this amount."

  15. Hundreds of bikers gather for Gorleston couple's funeral

    Hundreds of motorbikes have been parked on Gorleston's clifftop as bikers prepared to pay their respects to a couple who died in Scotland.

    Bikes on Marine Parade, Gorleston

    Sharon and John Cooper, from the town, had been taking part in a motorbike rally in Scotland when they were killed in a crash on the way home in May.

    Piers Hall and Simone Gallant

    The procession, involving hundreds of motorbikes and mourners Piers Hall and Simone Gallant (pictured above), was expected to ride from the cliffs past the James Paget Hospital, where Sharon worked, and on to the crematorium for the funeral service.

    Row of motorbikes
  16. Fall in pupils in over crowded classes

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    There's been a marked fall in the number of four to seven year olds being taught in overcrowded classrooms in Norfolk.

    New figures from the Department for Education show that 685 key stage one pupils are in classes which breach the limit of 30. Last year the figure was 1,187.

    Norfolk county council says it's worked hard to provide an extra 4600 primary school places in the county over the last six years.

    Although education experts believe that chlldren of all ages benefit from being taught in small classes, the law only requires four to seven year olds to be in classrooms with fewer than 30 pupils.

  17. Plans for waste incinerator discussed at 'drop-in' meeting

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The Environment Agency is hosting a special meeting in Coggeshall this afternoon to discuss plans for an energy from waste incinerator near Witham.

    A specialist company, Gent Fairhead, is hoping to operate the facility at Rivenhall.

    No formal deal has yet been agreed and the "drop-in" session for people to talk about proposals is taking place at Christ Church between now and 20:00.

  18. Suffolk athlete pinching himself over England call-up

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Bentley javelin thrower Don Baker has told BBC Suffolk Sport it's "unbelievable" that he'll soon be competing for his country in the Bahamas.

    Don Baker

    Just three years after taking up the sport, the 17-year-old's been named in the England squad for next month's Commonwealth Youth Games.

    "I've been training for it for a year," Don said. "I've been focussing on it over the winter with my winter training, and had three or four opportunities to qualify and in the first throw of my last competition I hit the qualifier.

    "I reckon as soon as I step off the plane I'll be hit by the warm air and it'll suddenly hit me that I'm halfway across the world throwing a javelin - unbelievable."

  19. 'See you there' tweets Olly Murs

    Pop pin-up Olly Murs has been tweeting about his show tonight at Thetford Forest.

    X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will be warming up the crowd, ahead of Olly's appearance on stage at 20:40.

    Elbow put on a thrilling show last night, according to our man Andrew Woodger, with Rick Astley and Clean Bandit set to entertain woodland-bound gig-goers on Saturday and Sunday.

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