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  1. Our live coverage for the day:

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

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

    The stories making the news today include a family's tribute to the man who died following an assault at a supermarket and the attempted abduction into an RAF Marham airman is no longer an active police investigation.

    Scroll down to take a look at these and the other news we've brought you today.

    Whatever you're doing this weekend, we hope you have a great time.

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

  2. Our live coverage across the week

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    That's it for this week on Local Live: Essex.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  3. The latest regional weather forecast

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

    It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

    Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

    Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia

    A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

    Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

    Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

    Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

    Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

  4. Your help is needed in a 'bioblitz' race against time

    From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, nature conservation teams are coming together this weekend to help identify and record as many species of wildlife as possible.

    The 24-hour bioblitz will stretch from Holme-Next-The-Sea to Salthouse... and your help is needed.

    Aerial view of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Reserve
    Image caption: Cley Marshes between Blakeney Point and Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast

    Rachael Wright, of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, says they're encouraging people to join in with identifying the plants and animals... and no prior knowledge is needed.

    "With the help of nature experts and volunteers we hope to discover as many species as possible," she said.

    Two young girls and an adult searching the sandline

    The coastline, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to a diverse mix of wildlife.

    The National Trust held bioblitz surveys at Brancaster and Blakeney in 2015, which recorded high species counts and also a handful of wildlife firsts for the Norfolk coast.

    These included the first ever recorded sightings of Balearic shearwaters at Blakeney and the Moss Carder bee at Brancaster.

    Two men surveying at Brancaster Staithe Harbour

    Ajay Tegala, coastal ranger for the National Trust, say it's hoped this blitz will uncover many more wildlife treasures that have been previously unknown.

    All wildlife discovered during the bioblitz will be recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network to help understand how wildlife along the coast is changing.

    Click here to find out how you can be involved.

    Common Seals and Sandwich Terns at Blakeney Point
  5. Thousands rescued by armada of 'Little Ships'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The historic fishing boat from Essex which features in the new Dunkirk film first went over to Dunkirk in May 1940.

    The Endeavour in the 1940s

    The Leigh-on-Sea boat the Endeavour (pictured above in the 1940s) answered the call for boats and volunteer crews to help rescue more than 300,000 British and French soldiers from the beaches (pictured below) above after the German invasion of France saw the army cut off.

    Skipper PO Halls and crews including James Stroud and Norman Ewing took part in Operation Dynamo on 31 May.

    The Dunkirk beach in 1940

    The boat, which was built in 1926, joined over 800 craft, dubbed the "Little Ships", which helped bring 338,000 soldiers to Britain.

    Charity the Endeavour Trust was set up in 2001 in order to restore and maintain the fishing boat and bring it back to its former glory.

  6. Video promoting beauty of Norwich Cathedral

    A video to highlight to beauty of Norwich Cathedral has been launched today.

    It's been made by Rob Whitworth, who helped make the BBC television series Planet Earth II. It took the BAFTA-award winning film-maker three months to shoot.

    The video has been funded by Visit Norwich and the city's Business Improvement District.

    Click on the link below to have a look:

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  7. Murder victim's family paid tribute

    A man who was killed during an outbreak of violence in a supermarket in Wymondham has been described as a "warm and caring soul".

    Sue Rogers, the mother of 26-year-old Nick Rogers, says "words cannot describe the overwhelming gut-wrenching sadness and anger" the family is feeling at his loss.

    "We had a strong bond and while Nick didn't always get things right, he so desperately wanted to change his life for the better.

    Paying tribute to her son, she added: "I hope that by donating your organs, the lives of others have been saved and you will live on with them.

    "We hope they all lead a full life, something which was cruelly taken so suddenly from you. Night night, my beautiful special boy."

    Nick Rogers

    Nick's brother and sister, Cameron and Hope Steadman, also paid tribute to their brother.

    "I miss you so much, wish you were still here,” said Cameron. "I regret not saying how much I appreciated and loved you.

    "It’s so sad to see you go at a time you started to take the reins on your life and steer on a good course. I’ll continue to remember the good time and make you proud.”

    Hope said: "It’s tough to know you won’t be around, to never see me get married, be an uncle and see my children grow up.

    "It’s hard to believe it’s real – I still expect to see you come walking in the house and ask if I’m alright. Love and miss you so much, please watch over me and keep me safe."

    Black and white photo of Nick Rogers

    Nick's stepfather Andrew Steadman said words could not describe the "pain and heartbreak" the family were going through.

    "Behind the typical young lad bravado, Nick was a warm and caring soul and would always help others where and when he could. His loss will leave a huge void in our lives."

    Two men from Wymondham have been charged with murder and of affray. They appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning and were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance.

    They have yet to enter pleas.

  8. Film Dunkirk features Essex fishing boat

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been covering the story of the historic fishing boat the Endeavour, from Leigh-on-Sea, which is featuring in a new World War Two film directed by Christopher Nolan (pictured bottom, with producer Emma Thomas).


    The film (pictured above and below) tells the story of the mass evacuation of Allied troops from the northern coast of France in 1940.


    It is seen as representing a gamble for the Hollywood studio Warner Bros, especially in relation to the US market where the target audience has little knowledge of the event.

    Christopher Nolan with co-producer Emma Thomas

    The film has been getting glowing early reviews. Here are a selection:

    • The Guardian gives it five stars and calls it Nolan's "best film so far"
    • The Telegraph calls it "heart-hammering"
    • The Sun says Harry Styles is "remarkably confident and watchable"
    • Empire calls it "stunningly rendered and thunderously intense" and also gives it five stars
  9. Transport in Chelmsford: 'We cannot continue upgrading junctions and roads'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    People in Chelmsford are being urged to have their say on plans for a major revamp of transport in the city.

    Essex County Council has launched a six-week consultation into a series of proposals on upgrading road, bus, cycle and walking infrastructure.

    Chelmsford Cathedral

    Deputy leader Kevin Bentley says they're investing millions to make improvements, so it's vital people give them their views.

    He said: "Chelmsford roads are almost at capacity and we need to completely rethink how we travel.

    "We cannot just continue to build new roads and upgrade junctions. That is why we have worked with our transport experts and local feedback to help create 30 solutions we believe can help keep Essex moving and support economic growth for residents and businesses.

    "Please take five minutes out of your day check out the plans either online or at our consultation events and then give us your views on if they work for you.

    "We are keen to ensure that we can deliver value for money on this £15m investment to help improve transport for everyone."

  10. NDR: The latest travel updates

    Here's a look at the latest traffic update for motorists while construction work continues on the Northern Distributor Road around Norwich:

    • B1150 North Walsham Road - temporary lights from Monday, 24 July
    • Buxton Road, Spixworth - gas main diversion work continues over the week and through next week with 24-hour traffic lights
    • Holly Lane - permanently closed between the B1149 Holt Road and Reepham Road - the new route between these roads is along new Drayton Lane which opened yesterday
  11. Norfolk's Doyle takes lead into British Grand Prix

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Around 40,000 speedway fans are expected to attend this weekend's British Grand Prix in Cardiff.

    The leader of the series at the moment is Jason Doyle, an Australian who now lives in Norfolk, but rides for Swindon, as well as clubs in Poland, Denmark and Sweden.

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    "There's no pressure at all, we've still got six more Grand Prix." Doyle told The Speedway Show on BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "After getting injured so close to the end of last season, we've got to enjoy ourselves this year."

  12. From the archives: Model train at the Shrubbery in Southend 1964

    Some 53 years ago this month, a photographer captured Joe Page at work painting a toy train in a fairyland setting in The Shrubbery at Southend-on-Sea in preparation for the switch-on at the end of that month.

    July 1964: Joe Page at work painting a toy train in a fairyland setting in the Shrubbery at Southend-on-Sea in preparation for the switch-on at the end of July
  13. Safety message to beach visitors

    This weekend marks a year since a swimmer died after getting caught in a rip current at Sea Palling.

    Leszek Puchala, 52, who lived in Poland, was on holiday in Norfolk visiting family. He and another family member were pulled unconscious from the water. Beachgoers initially thought the men were enjoying themselves and shouting out in Polish, but rushed in to help when they realised they were in danger.

    Earlier this week the council announced it would be using social media to make people aware of the dangers of the sea - they'll be written in Polish as well as English.

    "One tragedy is always one tragedy too many," said council leader Tom Fitzpatrick.

    "No matter how safe we think we are, there's always room for improvement.

    "We're pushing messages on social media, making sure people can go on our beaches and be safe, asking them to swim between the red and yellow flags and obey the signs."

    Brown dog stands at shoreline looking at swimmer in sea
    Quote Message: Our coast looks benign, the water always looks inviting, but with strong rip tides the water can change... it's asking people to think, have a good time but know what to do if they get into difficulty." from Tom Fitzpatrick Leader, North Norfolk District Council
    Tom FitzpatrickLeader, North Norfolk District Council
  14. More than 60 drivers caught using phones at the wheel

    More than 60 tickets were issued in a week-long campaign to catch motorists who use their mobiles when at the wheel.

    Operation Ringtone saw police officers on patrol in marked and unmarked vehicles, all fitted with cameras to get evidence. In total 67 tickets were issued.

    Police officers and police vehicle, with one officer talking to a motorist in their car

    Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the "fatal four" offences, alongside speeding, drink/drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

    Norfolk Police used the campaign to highlight that members of the public can submit dashcam footage to help in the fight against those breaking the law.

    Ch Insp Kris Barnard says they hope having extra eyes on the road will help prevent offences and make people think twice about touching their mobile devices.

  15. 'Moving film' Dunkirk features Essex fish boat

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    A member of a charity which helped restore an historic fishing boat from Essex, which was involved in helping rescue British troops at Dunkirk, has spoken of the craft's involvement in a new film about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of troops from the beaches of north east France.

    Paul Gilson

    Paul Gilson (pictured above), of the Endeavour Trust, was one of three members who took the boat, the Endeavour (pictured bottom), to Dunkirk for the filming of scenes in the new Christopher Nolan film - called Dunkirk.

    "It was an amazing experience and quite moving at times going on to the beach with the noise going on around," he said.


    Mr Gilson said the film (pictured above) is "pretty moving. I shed a couple of tears. It is hard-hitting and very different from any other film I have ever seen".

    The Endeavour
  16. Our normal service is closing for the day...

    With a police press conference updating the latest on the search for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague taking place this afternoon at 15:00, we are now starting a dedicated page looking back at the investigation which began late last September after he went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

    Follow us here at our dedicated Live: Corrie Mckeague search latest page.

    Corrie Mckeague
  17. Dozens of drivers caught using mobile phones

    More than 60 people were caught using a mobile phone while driving during a week-long enforcement campaign in Suffolk earlier this month.

    Driver using mobile phone

    Op Ringtone, which ran between 10 and 16 July, saw officers patrolling the roads with marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, which were fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help secure successful prosecutions.

    Police also used the campaign to remind members of the public they can submit dash-cam footage of drivers using their phones illegally.

    Altogether 62 penalty notices were issued.

  18. Hannah Martin on target for England again

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    With exactly a year to go until the Women's Hockey World Cup in London, Suffolk's Hannah Martin (far left) appears to be doing her chances of making the England squad no harm at all.

    Hannah Martin and England Hockey teammates

    The 22-year-old, who made her senior international debut earlier this year, was on the scoresheet again for England last night in a 1-1 draw with the USA at the World League Semi Final in South Africa.

    The Americans went on to to win the shoot-out which followed, meaning England will have to settle for a third placed play-off with Argentina on Sunday.

    Martin has mainly featured as a substitute at this event in Johannesburg, and has caught the eye with a series of impressive displays.

    On Tuesday, she came off the bench to both score and create a goal, as England comfortably beat India 4-1.

    When it comes to talk of featuring at a home World Cup though, the former Ipswich Schoolgirl is not getting too carried away.

    "It's at the forefront of my mind certainly, and it would be amazing to play in front of a big crowd with all the England games already sold out," Martin told us.

    "But I have to get selected first. If I do the best that I can do on the pitch and train as hard as I can, then I put myself in with the best possible chance of making the squad."

  19. King and Schlein target pairs glory for Ipswich

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ipswich Witches lifted their last piece of silverware two years ago, when Danny King and Rohan Tungate won the Premier League pairs title at Somerset.

    Danny King and Rory Schlein

    Tonight, King (left) will represent the club once again at the Oak Tree Arena, and will team up with Australian rider Rory Schlein (right) on behalf of the Suffolk side.

    Both riders have been in impressive form this season, and played their part last night in another big win for the Witches, that put them back on top of Speedway's Championship table.

    "Things are going well," King told us.

    "We're feeling good and I think we will win every meeting at home between now and the end of the campaign.

    "I'm really confident going into tonight and Rory is as well. It's a track we both enjoy and we ride well together."

    King and Schlein will be among the favourites for the pairs title, and will compete against riders from Glasgow, Peterborough, Workington and Scunthorpe in Group A.

  20. Little things are key for 'efficient' Bury Rugby Club

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Ollie Smith (pictured) has praised the set-up at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club and says he is looking forward to taking charge of the team ahead of the Wolfpack's third campaign in National League Two South.

    Ollie Smith

    The former British and Irish Lion and England international was at the Haberden yesterday following his appointment earlier in the week.

    Although Bury have made a series of signings already this summer, the 34-year-old has hinted that there could be more, and he has also been telling us about the style of rugby he would like to see Bury adopt.

    "One that wins and keeps a coach in the job!" he joked.

    "I like things done simply, but things done well.

    "You really have to be mindful of the teams you are playing against and the pitches you are playing on. Conditions change throughout the season, so the players will need to be quick to adapt."

    "I will take this group and build it in accordance with what it is capable of doing, but there is always a basis for where you start that, and that is good core skills and the ability to stay fit."