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  1. Two Burmese men convicted of murdering Norfolk backpacker Hannah Witheridge and her friend David Miller have lodged appeals
  2. Residents asked to contribute up to £180,000 towards sea defences
  3. Treasury claims up to 50,000 jobs could be lost if UK leaves European Union
  4. Mirus Aircraft of Hingham wins £100m to make plane seats for Air Asia
  5. Updates on Monday, 23 May 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Patrick Byrne

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Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Monday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, bringing you news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter

Weather: Showers die away to bring dry night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Showers should die away through this evening to leave a largely dry night with cloud coming and going.

Weather chart

Under clear skies patchy mist will develop. Fine and dry in the morning with some sunshine but cloudier periods later.

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F)

Watch: Gardener who preferred flowers to football makes Chelsea debut

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

A gardener who began his career aged 10 has made his debut appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show.  

Nick Bailey said: "I'd prime my mother after school that when friends came round after school to ask me to go out and play she should tell them I'd misbehaved and was not allowed out.

"The truth was I was doing my garden. As a 10-year-old I was too embarrassed to admit I preferred my flowers to playing football."

Nick Bailey

Final headlines: Residents asked to fund sea defences... First new high school in town for 50 years recommended for approval

BBC Radio Norfolk

These are the stories we've covered this evening:

  • West Norfolk residents asked to fund sea defence maintenance costs up to £180,000
  • First new high school in Great Yarmouth for 50 years planned to open in September
  • Children's hospice charity releases message from royal patron in social media publicity campaign

Sport England cash will boost facilities at skatepark and gymnastics club

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A gymnastics club and a skatepark in Norfolk are to receive tens of thousands of pounds from Sport England to develop facilities.

The Shed in King's Lynn

The Shed Skatepark in King's Lynn is to receive £120,000 and North Walsham Gymnastics Club will get a grant of £50,000.

The Shed will improve its indoor facility which will be properly weather-proofed to allow it to stay open all year round. The gymnastics club will use the cash to help it meet demand for its trampoline and dance classes.

Police concerned over man missing since Sunday evening

BBC Radio Norfolk

Police are growing concerned for the safety of a 48-year-old man missing since Sunday night.

Andrew Mortlock
Norfolk Police

Andrew Mortlock, 48, from Crownthorpe, near Wymondham, is described as white, between 5ft 8in (1.73m) and 5ft 10in (1.78m) of a slim build with blonde-coloured hair, Norfolk Police said. 

He was last seen at his home address at 22:00.

Duchess portrays 'positive side' of hospices in social media message

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

East Anglia's Children's Hospices has released a new message from its royal patron the Duchess of Cambridge as part of a new social media advertising campaign.

Hospice patient with family

The message marks the start of Children's Hospices Week and the Duchess is asking the public to support charities that help caring for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Head of marketing Simon Hempsall said: "When people visit our hospices, they often do it with a touch of trepidation; fearful of what they may see. We then tend to find a really good reaction on their way out - a 'wow' factor almost, as something completely unexpected and very positive.

"We hope the message provides an insight to families who may be afraid to approach us for services, often because of the word 'hospice'."

Plans for new free school in Great Yarmouth could be approved this week

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

Plans are being considered for the first new high school to open in Great Yarmouth for more than 50 years.

Great Yarmouth

The Inspiration Trust plans to open Trafalgar College in September as an academy on a former factory site in Pasteur Road if it gets planning committee permission for change of use. 

It will open initially for Year 7 students between the ages of 11 and 12 with about 90 signed up already. 

A report for Great Yarmouth council's planning committee recommends go-ahead is granted for the school.

Residents asked to contribute up to £180,000 for sea defences

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Residents in West Norfolk are being asked to contribute up to £180,000 to fund the maintenance of coastal sea defences.

Waves crashing on sea wall

Drop-in sessions are being held by the borough council and Environment Agency which jointly said at least £132,000 to £180,000 was needed annually from residents to maintain the shingle ridge sea defences between Wolferton Creek and South Hunstanton. 

The sessions will be held at : 

  • Wednesday 1 June: Beach Road, Snettisham 
  • Thursday 2 June: South Beach Road, Heacham 
  • Friday 3 June 2016: North Beach/Jubilee Road, Heacham 

Police seek woman over racist remarks made to passenger on bus

Police are looking for a woman, said to be in her 70s, who made racist comments on a Great Yarmouth to Norwich bus. 

Norwich bus station
Geograph/Keith Evans

The alleged offence happened early Friday evening on the X1 service.

The woman is accused of making the offensive remarks to a woman in her 30s. Officers want to hear from anyone who saw what happened. 

Travel: Death on London line causing delays and cancellations

BBC Travel

A death on the Norwich to London line has led to train delays of up to 90 minutes and cancellations. Abellio Greater Anglia said emergency services were dealing with an incident between Ipswich and Colchester. 

The disruption started just after 08:00 and the train operator has apologised to passengers.

Appeal for information after head-on fatal car crash

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man in his 20s has died following a head-on crash between two cars on a Norfolk country road on Friday night.

Police have appealed for anyone with information or witnesses to the crash on Creake Road in Burnham Market.

The man who died at the crash scene was the driver of one of the cars, police said. 

Plans to demolish leisure centre recommended for approval

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

Plans to demolish and rebuild a leisure centre in Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich, and build 27 new homes on the site could get the go-ahead, despite objections.

Oasis leisure centre

An application to revamp the Oasis Centre on Pound Lane was rejected last year over environmental issues. Planners said too many well-established trees would be lost or threatened and local residents complained about 59 properties being included in the original proposal. 

A report going to Broadland District Council's planning committee advises the revised plans are given the go-ahead. 

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

It will be bright with plenty of sunny spells and feeling warm but showers will increase during the late afternoon and evening. 

Showers will ease off later and it will be dry overnight but with mist or fog patches forming. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Boat on river at Neatishead
BBC Weather Watchers / SpringerJohn

Lunchtime headlines: Council to vote over Syrian refugee commitment... Councils grant dozens of licences to keep wild animals as pets

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here are the headlines this lunchtime:

  • Norfolk County Council may rethink its commitment to take 50 Syrian refugees after a government funding shortfall 
  • The Treasury claims 50,000 jobs in East could be lost if Britain leaves European Union 
  • Dozens of licences have been granted to Norfolk residents to keep wild animals at home or as pets

Treasury does not show its working for '50,000 jobs lost' figure

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Regarding its claim that leaving the European Union could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, the Treasury does not show how it reached that figure.

Its document says only: "Exactly how these job losses would be distributed across the UK would depend on how the shock impacted different sectors, and the demand for labour in each region."   

Council to review Syrian refugee commitment after finance report

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Norfolk may rethink its commitment to take in 50 Syrian refugees after it emerged the government isn't meeting the whole cost of resettling them.

Syrian refugee camp

Britain is accepting 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years and Norfolk has agreed to re-home 50 in the Norwich area with government finance. But figures show an extra £400,000 above the government funding would be needed over five years. 

A Norfolk County Council report says this figure would be even higher if housing costs for the city council were taken into account. Councillors are to vote next week on whether to continue with the Syrian resettlement scheme.

Brexit could cost 50,000 jobs in East, Treasury analysis claims

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Leaving the European Unit could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, according to Treasury analysis of the short-term impact of Brexit - but the Leave campaign claims this is scaremongering.

Jobless figures EU referendum

The Office of National Statistics estimates that 118,000 people are currently out of work in the region and the Treasury report says this could increase by 40% if the UK leaves the European Union. 

The Treasury also estimates that youth unemployment would also rise by 6,000. 

The Leave campaign has already questioned the Treasury's research and accused it of being part of an attempt to frighten the public. 

No more hard luck stories for Norwich

Norwich Evening News

Here is the back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Evening News back page

Fears for future of more city pubs

Norwich Evening News

Here is the front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Evening News front page

Leopards, lynx and lemurs: The wild animals licensed to live in Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Licences to allow residents to keep leopards and a lynx on their private property are among 48 dangerous wild animal permits issued by local councils in Norfolk, it has been revealed.


Breckland has issued licences for two black and white ruffed lemurs, two clouded leopards, one caiman and one lynx while Broadland has granted permits for 10 reindeer, two wild boar and six ostriches. 

North Norfolk District Council has also granted licences for 10 reindeer, two camels, two ring-tailed lemurs, two white-faced sakis and seven tapirs. South Norfolk Council has licensed one zebra and one asian leopard cat. 

Jockey dedicates Fakenham double to father

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Brodie Hampson dedicated her Ladies' Day double at Fakenham to her father Mark (pictured below) who died earlier this year.

She guided Fort George, a 17-1 shot, home in the second race of the day and followed it up by taking the last on board the 13-8 favourite Lee Side Lady.

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Another jockey, Tom Messenger, announced his retirement after the meeting. 

Aircraft seating firm ties up £100m AirAsia deal

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Norfolk company has won a £100m contract to make seats for low-cost operator AirAsia's fleet. 

Air Asia seat deal

Mirus Aircraft in Hingham will manufacture 60,000 seats over the next decade.

Chief executive Phil Hall says it has taken time to build up a relationship with the airline which has 312 aircraft. He met its chief executive at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg to tie up the deal.

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A bright day with plenty of sunny spells.

Weather chart

Feeling warm in the sunshine but showers are expected during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

More details from BBC Weather:

Men found guilty of Thailand backpacker killings appeal against conviction

Two Burmese men found guilty in Thailand of murdering a 23-year-old woman from Norfolk and her backpacker friend from Jersey two years ago have today lodged appeals against their convictions.

Hannah Witheridge
Not known - sourced by PA from Facebook

Hannah Witheridge, from Hemsby, was killed in Thailand in September 2014 with David Miller, 24. Their bodies were dumped on the beach at Koh Tao. 

Last Christmas Eve, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both now 23, were convicted of the murders and sentenced to death. Their legal team is now appealing against that verdict, arguing that the prosecution had not proved guilt beyond reasonable doubt and forensic evidence was not properly handled.

Cricket cult hero sees off Norfolk

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk went down to their first defeat of the season in their final Unicorns Trophy group game

Gary Pratt, the man who famously ran out Australia captain Ricky Ponting in the 2005 Ashes at Trent Bridge as a substitute fielder, scored 74 not out for Cumberland as they beat Norfolk by six wickets at Fakenham.

Gary Pratt
Getty Images

Norfolk were bowled all out for 220, the visitors reached their target with eight overs to spare.  

It means Norfolk finish second in the group and will have to go to Staffordshire in the quarter-finals on Sunday 12 June. 

News headlines: Two men guilty of Thailand murder to appeal convictions... Norwich scientists take part in global festival

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

These are some of the stories we will be covering today:

  • Two Burmese men convicted of murdering two British travellers on a Thai beach, including Hannah Witheridge from Norfolk, are due to lodge appeals  
  • Mirus Aircraft in Hingham win £100m contract to make plane seats for Air Asia 
  • Scientists stand up to talk about their research as Norwich joins 100 cities across world in Pint of Science festival

Travel: Congestion on Dereham Road into Norwich

BBC Travel

Heavy traffic causing congestion on A1074 Dereham Road into Norwich between Barnard Road at Bowthorpe and A140 Guardian Ring Road junction.

More details on BBC Travel.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Monday's Norfolk Live. 

Between now and 18:00, the team here will bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them. 

We're always interested in what's happening in your part of Norfolk. 

If there's anything you wish to share with us you can contact us on email, Facebook or Twitter