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Summary

  1. Norwich hotel cordoned off after large hotel opens in the ground
  2. Cromer Town could close 'within weeks' unless new investment can be found, chairman warns
  3. Meeting held to discuss social mobility in Norwich after city was placed second-bottom in a national league table examining opportunities for young people
  4. RSPCA inspector sent to Great Yarmouth tourist attraction following reports of cruelty to frogs - which turned out to be mating
  5. Updates for Friday, 8 April 2016

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By Jon Welch and Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  2. Weather: Scattered showers fading... Tomorrow cloudy with rain

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight scattered showers will gradually fade away to leave most places dry for a time with clear intervals, before thickening cloud brings rain from the west later in the night. Becoming breezy with temperatures dipping to 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will start cloudy with outbreaks of rain, gradually clearing eastwards to leave a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers for the afternoon, some with hail. 

    Breezy from the south or southwest, with temperatures reaching highs of 11C (52F).  Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Crystal Palace v Norwich City

    BBC Sport

    Defender Russell Martin is expected to be fit for Norwich City's game against Crystal Palace on Saturday after a minor knock ruled him out of the 3-2 victory against Newcastle last Saturday.  

    The Canaries' only definite absentee is Alex Tettey who has a long-term injury.

    Norwich manager Alex Neil

    Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham could make his first appearance since 1 March after returning to training following a thigh injury.

    Yohan Cabaye is also fit to return after missing last week, but Emmanuel Adebayor remains a doubt with a knock.

  4. Council says it has invested in sports ground's future

    North Norfolk District Council, which has been criticised by supporters of Cromer Town FC over the future of its Cabbell Park ground, says it has so far committed to investing a total of £55,000 to ensure the continued use of the facility for sport.

    North Norfolk District Council

    The money committed so far includes £35,000 to relocate the football pitch and £20,000 for a new changing room at the Academy.

    Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “Since taking ownership of Cabbell Park, we have done everything possible to help secure the future of Cromer Town Football Club while we plan for the future and provide improved sports facilities for Cromer."

  5. Early evening headlines: Hotel taped off after 20ft hole found... Blue Badge holders to pay for parking at King's Lynn hospital

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The evening headlines for Norfolk:

    • A Norwich hotel's been taped off by police after the discovery of a 20ft (6m) deep hole
    • Paying for parking at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has been introduced for Blue Badge holders from today
    • A meeting has been held in Norwich to try and reverse the trend that currently sees a third of children in the city living in poverty
  6. Picture: Hotel cordoned off as large hole opens up

    The Plantation Hotel on Earlham Road, Norwich, has been cordoned off after a large hole opened up in the ground nearby.

    Here's a picture of the scene, courtesy of Archant.

    Sealed-off hotel
  7. Road closed for work on NDR

    Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) will see the long-term closure of Drayton Lane, between the B1149 Holt Road and Reepham Road, begins on 11 April.

    Drayton Lane, Norwich

    Drayton Lane (pictured) is being re-aligned so that it runs from a new roundabout on the B1149 Holt Road to a roundabout on the NDR. Once complete in 2017, all Holt Road traffic will use this route.

    Work is being stepped up on the construction of NDR roundabouts on the A1067 Fakenham Road and Fir Covert Road.

  8. Hotel and garden cordoned off after 20ft hole opens up

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norwich hotel has been cordoned off by police after the discovery of a 20ft-deep hole.

    The subsidence, described as "very sudden", occurred at the Plantation Gardens on Earlham Road earlier this afternoon and has led to The Plantation Hotel being cordoned off.

    The hole is believed to be linked to a tunnel. Surveyors are currently on site, along with police and Anglian Water engineers.

  9. Out-of-hours service whistleblower policy reviewed

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Questions about whistleblower policy at an out-of-hours GP service covering Norfolk are to be discussed by councillors.

    Doctor

    Norfolk County Council is examining the policy after BBC News Online revealed in January that a leaked report found that callers to Integrated Care 24 (IC24) out-of-hours GP services faced waits of more than 12 hours, posing a "significant risk to patient safety". 

    The council's health scrutiny committee asks in a report whether IC24's whistleblowing procedure is adequate and whether staff feel confident to use it. IC24 says its chief executive is holding "open-door" monthly meetings with staff and working to boost morale.

  10. The strange tale of a football club, two kings and an earl

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Fears about the future of Cromer Town FC follow a bizarre legal wrangle involving King Edward VII (pictured), King Olav V of Norway and an earl.

    King Edward VII

    The club was bequeathed its Cabbell Park ground in 1922 by rich local landowner Evelyn Bond-Cabbell, with a clause stipulating that the lease would expire 21 years after the death of King Edward VII's final descendant.

    That was thought to be King Olav V who died in 1991, meaning the lease would have expired in 2012, but Paul Jarvis, club chairman, said genealogy checks indicated George Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, who died in 2011, was the true final descendant.

  11. Nominations for police and crime commissioner elections finalised

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The nominations for the next police and crime commissioner for Norfolk have been formally entered. 

    Ballot box

    In Norfolk, the candidates are current holder Stephen Bett (Independent), Conservative Lorne Green, Liberal Democrat Jackie Howe, Labour's Chris Jones, the Green Party's Martin Schmierer and UKIP's David Moreland. 

    Voters will go to the polls on 5 May.

  12. Completely destroyed

    Diss Express

    Here's a look at the Diss Express front page:

    Diss Express front page
  13. Storming the Palace is next for Canaries

    Eastern Daily Press

    Here's a look at today's EDP back page:

    Eastern Daily Press back page
  14. Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and showers

    BBC Weather

    There will be sunny spells and patchy cloud around this afternoon, with perhaps the odd shower at times. It may feel rather pleasant in the sunshine but rather chilly as the showers pass through.

    Top temperature: 12C (54F).

    Cromer

    Today's picture was taken in Cromer, by Weather Watcher "Mark".

    If you'd like to find out more about the BBC's Weather Watchers, check out the website.

  15. North Norfolk council leader: 'We're doing a lot to help Cromer Town FC'

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council says he believes the authority is still doing a lot to help Cromer Town FC after the club warned it could close within weeks.

    Cabbell Park, Cromer Town Football Club

    He said it would be wrong to use council tax-payers' money to subsidise the club.

    "We're allowing them to continue to use the facility; we've made alternative provisions for training as and when the building work starts," he said.

    "They've used that ground for years without paying any rent, and we're not charging them now, so I think we're doing a lot to help Cromer Town Football Club."

  16. RSPCA inspector called to 'distressed' frogs, which were, er, actually mating

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    An RSPCA inspector was sent to investigate a Great Yarmouth tourist attraction after reports that the frogs at the Merrivale Model Village were "climbing over each other to get out".

    Frogspawn

    Owner of the village Peter Williamson was stunned to learn the RSPCA inspector was at the entrance gate. He knew there were frogs in one of the miniature ponds, but had no idea of any suffering. 

    Instead of climbing over each other to escape the torture of the pond, the inspector agreed, the frogs were, in fact, mating. There were no welfare issues. Mr Williamson says clearly a customer "leapt" to the wrong conclusion!