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Summary

  1. RAF Marham's future as the home of the F-35 fighter jet has been secured
  2. A King's Lynn GP practice could be moving out of town because it needs more space
  3. More than 30,000 potholes have been identified for repair in the county
  4. Updates on Thursday, 7 April 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Showers easing

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Showers dying out, and winds easing. Temperatures will fall to 5C (41F).

Weather chart for Friday 15:00
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be mostly dry, with a few showers later. Temperatures rising to 11C (52F).

BBC Weather has more detailed information for you.

Watch: Is this Norfolk's most pot-holed road?

There are more than 30,000 potholes on Norfolk's roads, and £1.6m is coming to the county council to fix them. 

The council has a team of inspectors who look at our roads, identifying defects and getting them repaired, but it also relies on members of the public telling them where the problems are.

BBC Radio Norfolk's Wally Webb has been to Corpusty, near Holt, where it's almost impossible for motorists to miss the potholes.  

Watch: Traders push to get more shoppers

A new campaign has been launched to try to change the perception of the Anglia Square and Magdalen Street area of Norwich.

Despite its diverse offering of shops, cafes and other amenities, the square is viewed by some as "run-down". A new leaflet will be circulated which features a map of the area and some historical information.  

Two taken to hospital after vehicle crashes through hedge

Two people have been taken to hospital after their car crashed through a hedge and into a ditch in Great Ellingham, near Attleborough.

East of England Ambulance service vehicle
BBC

East of England Ambulance Service attended the incident, which happened on the Hingham Road shortly before 13:00. Two females, one who appeared uninjured and the other who had complaints of back pains and a suspected minor head injury, were treated at the scene.

Neither appeared to be seriously injured, but were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment. 

The headlines: RAF Marham to be F-35 centre... County gets funding to fill in potholes

The stories in the news today: 

  • RAF Marham is to be the home of the world's most advanced fighter jet, and today the Ministry of Defence awarded multi-million pound contracts for new buildings at the airbase
  • The county council is to get government money to fill in the 30,000 potholes on the county's roads
  • A Norfolk surf photographer has started a campaign to clear the plastic from our seas 

Race is on for migrating cuckoos

The race is on for seven satellite-tagged cuckoos which are making their way back to England, having spent the winter in Africa. 

Stanley, who was tagged at Cranwich Heath, near Thetford, on May 2014 flew more than 2,000 km (1,240 miles) through Congo and Cameroon into Nigeria at the beginning of March. After resting in the Ivory Coast for more than 10 days, he's sprung into action, transmitting signals from northern Algeria. 

Stanley the cuckoo
British Trust for Ornithology

Stanley is now in second position in the cuckoo race back to the UK, behind Vigilamus who's crossed the Mediterranean and is in Spain, near the Pyrenees. Scientists, who fitted the birds with the tags, are helping the Thetford-based British Trust for Ornithology find out why cuckoos are disappearing from their UK breeding grounds. 

Some patients face long wait for eating disorder treatment

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Some patients have had to wait more than six months for eating disorder treatments, according to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust also had to outsource 60% of referrals to charities or other trusts last year. While the trust covers care for much of the county, part of the east coast is managed by the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation. 

Andy Goff, the trust's service manager for the under-25s, said it could do better but significant progress had been made, and it now had "a children's inpatient unit where the very illest of young people can go".

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Labour councils will make better choices'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been visiting Norwich today, has promised that Labour-run councils will "make better choices".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with a trainee
BBC

His visit to apprentices at Norfolk Training Services, which teaches practical skills to young and older unemployed people, is part of the campaign for next month's local elections.

Mr Corbyn said there was a "fundamental problem in that central government is taking money from local government and that ends up with swimming pools and libraries closing... Labour-run councils will make better choices".

Watch: RAF Marham to be F-35 centre

The Ministry of Defence has awarded multi-million pound contracts for three new buildings at RAF Marham.

The base is to be the home of the world's most advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II. The buildings will house the entire RAF fleet of the stealth jets, and will also have facilities to train pilots and ground crew.

The plastic on our beaches

David Whiteley

BBC Look East

Tim Nunn is a man on a mission to document the sheer scale of the problem of plastic waste in the sea.

Much of the plastic discovered on beaches, like this one in Norway, has travelled hundreds and even thousands of miles.

You can find out more on Look East on BBC1 tonight at 18:30.

Waste on beach in Norway
Tim Nunn

Meet the man trying to clean up our seas

David Whiteley

BBC Look East

It's claimed that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. And a surf photographer from Norfolk was so horrified by what he saw, he has started his own campaign.

Tim Nunn has been taking pictures in remote parts of the world for years. But when he started to see just how much plastic waste was being washed up on these beaches, he decided to show the world just what’s happening.

I met him this morning at the beach at Mundesley to find out more.

David Whiteley and Tim Nunn at the beach in Mundesley
BBC

Oates named in GB team for European Judo Championship

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Colin Oates from North Lopham, near Diss, will represent Great Britain at the European Judo Championship later this month. 

He's been selected in the 66kg category for the event which takes place in Russia from April 21-24.

Colin Oates
Getty Images

The event is part of the Olympic qualification process. Oates competed at London 2012. 

Watch: Getting close to nature at Norfolk's Spring Fling

Thousands of people flocked to this year's Norfolk Spring Fling at the Royal Norfolk Showground.

Children had a chance to get close to the animals, and to find out how their food is produced.  

Watch: Fisherman hauls in his biggest catch

Earlier we told you about Dale Miller, the Caister fisherman who has just had his biggest herring catch of the season.

He estimates he caught 150 stones (953kg) of the "silver darlings" in his drift nets.

You can see the video below.

RAF Marham: Fast jets are 'formidable fighting force'

The future of RAF Marham as home to the Lightning II stealth jet has been secured, with the awarding of a multi-million pound contract to build engineering and training facilities at the Norfolk base.

F-35 Lightning II airborne
BBC

Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon says the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, which is due to arrive at the base in 2018, is "the most advanced combat aircraft in the world... ensuring we have a formidable fighting force".

The combat jet is due to replace Marham's aging Tornadoes, some of which are currently based in Cyprus engaged in the fight against so-called Islamic State. 

RAF Marham's future secured as home to fighter jet

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

RAF Marham's future as the home of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet has been secured after the Ministry of Defence announced it was investing £167m at the Norfolk base. 

Image of the Integrated Training Centre
Lockheed Martin

The contracts, which will create 300 new jobs, will result in the construction of new maintenance, training and logistics centres at the base.

Due to open in 2018, they'll house the new aircraft and provide training facilities for pilots and ground crews.

The Pulhams, Old Buckenham and Wortwell set to host parts of Women's Tour

Diss Express

More locations across the Diss Express area are set to be swept up into a cycle-frenzy after further details of the Aviva Women’s Tour were announced this week.

Map of route
Diss Express

Fisherman brings in his biggest catch

A fisherman from Caister-on-Sea says he's caught his biggest catch of long-shore herrings of the season.

Fishermen with the longshore herring
BBC

Dale Miller estimates he caught 150 stones (953kg) of the "silver darlings" in his drift nets.

Local fishermen say the fish is no longer popular with today's consumers, with people not liking the bones or smell of kippers, preferring ready-to-cook white fish.

Multi-million pound contract awarded for fast jet facilities at Marham

BAE Systems has been awarded a £118m contract to build engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham, in readiness for the arrival of the UK's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018.

F-35 Lightning !!
BAE Systems

With work beginning at the base this month, BAE Systems will construct three facilities to support the operation of the F-35 fleet, a maintenance and finish facility, a logistics operation centre and an integrated training unit. Work is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Company spokesman Cliff Robson said it had a "proven pedigree in delivering maintenance and support to the RAF's fast jet fleets throughout the UK, including Marham, where we have been supporting the operation of the Tornado GR4 fleet for the last decade." 

Broadband problems for coastal village

Businesses in a seaside village say they are losing money because their fibre optic broadband has been cut off.

Openreach internet router
PA

Residents of Sea Palling say there are issues all around the village.  Andrew Coles, who runs a number of companies in the village, said he had spent about a dozen hours over the last few days trying to get BT to acknowledge there was a problem.

A spokesman for BT Openreach says it was urgently investigating and would contact everyone who had lost their broadband.

Seafood company expanding

Kate Scotter

BBC Radio Norfolk

A north Norfolk company that imports shellfish from around the world is creating 25 jobs after a large increase in turnover.

Tiger prawns in ice
PA

The Big Prawn Company, which has been based at Melton Constable for more than 15 years, has seen turnover increase by more than £15m in the last year.

The company started to import from Canada and Greenland, moving into warm-water prawns and king prawns, and then crayfish. Managing director Will Rash puts its success down to diversifying.

City centre store to close

A shop selling home and leisure goods and hardware in Norwich is to close.

A streetview of the intu Chapelfield shopping centre
Google

Clas Ohlson, based in the city's intu Chapelfield shopping centre, is to shut in June.

A spokesman for the company said it would do its best to support employees in finding new opportunities, including offering job openings at its other units. The shop is one of seven that will close nationally, so that the business can focus on opening new stores in London.

Norfolk allocated £1.6m to counter pothole problems

There are more potholes in Norfolk than any other part of the East region identified as needing repair.

A pothole on a road
BBC

More than 30,000 holes on the county's roads have been listed to be fixed, and the county council has been allocated £1.6m from the government's national Pothole Action Fund to do so.

Essex and Suffolk have the next largest number, with 28,000 and 26,000 respectively.

New super surgery will cost between £5-6m

The process has begun to gather funds to merge three surgeries in Gorleston under one roof.

The medical practices on Lowestoft Road, the Shrublands estate and the Falkland surgery in Bradwell are all struggling for space.

The Shrublands estate surgery
BBC

Following a consultation last year, the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group have decided the new practice will be built at the site of the Shrublands medical practice (pictured), costing between £5m and £6m.

King's Lynn GP surgery could move out of town because of lack of space

A town centre GP surgery is struggling to find room to expand after a two year search.

The St James medical centre in King's Lynn
Google

The St James medical centre in King's Lynn, which serves 16,000 patients, needs more space to teach trainee GPs and have more parking for patients.

Practice manager Kathy Foley says a new building would allow them to offer as many services as possible under one roof, and to start a minor injuries unit which would help ease pressures on the Accident and Emergency unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Headlines: Space shortage could force King's Lynn GP practice to move out... Three surgeries to merge in east Norfolk

The headlines this morning:

  • A King's Lynn GP practice could be moving out of town because it needs more space
  • The process has begun to gather funds to merge three surgeries in Gorleston under one roof
  • More than 30,000 potholes have been identified for repair in the county

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

We will have a sunny start today, but it will become cloudy, with outbreaks of showers which will be heavy at times.

Temperatures reaching 10(C) (50F). BBC Weather has more details.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

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