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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  2. King's Lynn Town FC is bought by businessman Stephen Cleeve
  3. Norwich City chairman Ed Balls rubbishes claims of financial problems at Carrow Road
  4. Norfolk woman's petition on crop-spraying gets more than 35,000 signatures
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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That's it from us

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Well, a very good evening to you.

Thanks for your company on a day that we brought you news of the sale of Kings Lynn Town FC, of a strike at UEA and of a 35,000-signature petition over the dangers of crop-spraying.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow - we hope you can join us then.

The forecast: Light drizzle overnight

BBC Weather

Tonight it'll stay overcast with patchy light rain and drizzle, especially across northern counties.    

Scene over Ludham
Weather Watchers: Stormy Kate

It'll be drier across southern counties and gradually becoming dry across all areas this evening and overnight.

Tomorrow will start cloudy, but it'll become brighter with sunny spells.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Stormy Kate for sending in this picture taken this afternoon in Ludham.

New owner 'chased King's Lynn Town FC for three years'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

New King's Lynn Town FC owner Stephen Cleeve has admitted he's been trying to buy the club for three years.

He said he'd been "hassling" former boss Keith Chapman most weeks in that time.

"There hasn't been one week where he (Chapman) hasn't had a text, email or something from me," said Cleeve.

"Finally he relented, which is great."

Devolution: Three counties will need to negotiate certain issues

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

To satisfy the government, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will have to agree to work together on certain issues and I understand that there is still a lot of disagreement about what those areas should be.

East Anglian flag

There is also a feeling that the government needs to put more money towards the devolution project and a few people still have reservations about directly-elected mayors. 

The deadline of this Friday for a deal to be agreed is expected to slip by as much as a fortnight. 

Meanwhile, a report from the House of Lords today raises concerns about the lack of public engagement and transparency in the whole devolution process. It also questions "if the people of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk will feel that the proposed East Anglia Combined Authority reflects their local identities".     

Signs that devolution is close, but will probably be delayed

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The man leading negotiations for East Anglian devolution is expected to meet Local Government Secretary Greg Clark tomorrow amid signs that a deal involving Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire could be close, although there still appear to be major hurdles to overcome.

I understand that Suffolk businessman Andy Wood will ask for more money towards transport projects to help seal the deal. 

The East Anglia Devolution Agreement Document

Council leaders from the three counties met today, and I understand that most of the discussion revolved around the so-called "brother and sister deal" which would see two new authorities and two elected mayors created: one for Norfolk and Suffolk and the other for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

New owner wants Linnets pushing for a place in the Football League

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

New King's Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve says he'd like the Linnets to push for a place in the Football League.

Stephen Cleeve
BBC Radio Norfolk

Speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk, he said: "I think King's Lynn is a sleeping giant and has a lot of potential.

"I think it should be playing league football... It's not going to be easy to get there but you've got to have ambition and that's what we'd like to do."

Norwich YFC crowdfund for van-based recording studio

Network Norfolk

Norwich Youth for Christ has launched a crowdfunding event in a bold move to raise the final £10,000 needed to launch its mobile recording studio in a van.

Image of what van would look like
Network Norwich

UEA staff strike over pay

BBC Radio Norfolk

University staff in Norfolk are joining a two-day national strike today over pay.

N Chadwick

Staff at the University of East Anglia are on a picket line in the dispute involving the University and College Union.

A pay offer of 1.1% has been offered by the Universities & Colleges Employers Association, but union members say it's not enough.

'Buster' Chapman: 'Something had to give'

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Keith "Buster" Chapman says he sold King's Lynn Town FC because he had too much on his plate.

As well as running the club, Chapman also runs King's Lynn Stars speedway and in the last year became chairman of the British Speedway Promoters Association (BSPA).

At my age I should be doing less work, so something had to give."

Keith "Buster" ChapmanOutgoing King's Lynn Town owner

Linnets sales marks end of six-year reign for owner Chapman

BBC Radio Norfolk

Back to the news that King's Lynn Town FC has a new owner.

Keith "Buster" Chapman (pictured) has sold the Southern Premier club to Norfolk businessman Stephen Cleeve. 

Keith 'Buster' Chapman

It ends a six-year reign for Chapman who saved the club after it was wound up by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in 2010.

'Baby bank' to hand over hand-me-downs

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A "baby bank" opens in Norfolk today, set up by Vicky Huckle from Wymondham who struggled to give away her own children's things. 

Baby with abacus

The bank gives donated secondhand toys and clothes to those who need them in the Norwich and south Norfolk area.

Ms Huckle said: "From what we're told there's families out there that can't afford the essentials; those probably similar to those using the food bank. 

"We are mostly providing the essentials, so it is clothing, basic toys packaged, sterilisers and bottles."

Balls: Alex Neil is a 'winner'

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City manager Alex Neil's future is secure at the club, according to chairman Ed Balls.

Alex Neil
Getty Images

He said he "never had any doubt that Alex is a winner" after the constant discussions the pair had in the fortnight leading up to the win over Watford.

Mr Balls said: "He is going to come back and do for us this summer and next year what he came in and did for us in January last year - which is to take a great squad back up to the Premier League."

Crop-spraying: 'Lack of evidence over link between pesticides and human health'

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

An online petition started by a Norfolk woman over the health dangers of crop-spraying has been signed by more than 35,000 people in a week.

Crop spraying

Lisa Over, from Foulsham, near Dereham, believes her physical and mental problems have been caused by pesticide spraying where she lives. 

But Tom Bradshaw from the National Farmers Union says there is no evidence to back this up.

He said: "If we genuinely felt there were any concerns, then we would be the first people to be asking questions. I think that there is a real lack of evidence that there is any link between the pesticides we're using and human health."

Norwich City: What a difference a year makes

Remember this?

Only 12 short months ago Norwich City were at Wembley for their play-off final against Middlesbrough which ended 2-0 and catapulted the Canaries into the Premier League. 

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Balls: Support team brought in at Carrow Road to 'make best fist of summer'

Alex Neil
Getty Images

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls said "outside expertise" has been brought in to support the Canaries' interim chief executive and manager over the summer.

He said Steve Stone and Alex Neil have got "extra highly-experienced football support, so we can make sure we make the best fist of this summer".

Talks aimed at preventing ambulance strike resume

Talks aimed at preventing a strike by East of England Ambulance Service staff will resume today at the conciliation service Acas. 

Ambulances parked

Health union Unison has released a video showing the stresses it claims its members are under. 

The dispute with the ambulance trust is over rest breaks and enforced overtime. The trust is under pressure to meet targets for response times and admits it does not have the resources to meet demands.

New King's Lynn Town owner meets the media

New Linnets owner Stephen Cleeve 'very excited'

Yesterday Norfolk businessman Stephen Cleeve posted the following mysterious tweet.

Well, today it seems the club in question is King's Lynn Town.

We'll have more for you shortly.

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New owner for Linnets announced

King's Lynn Town has a new owner...

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Balls: Top recruitment firm hired to find McNally's successor

Norwich City's chairman Ed Balls has told BBC Radio Norfolk the club has hired a specialist recruitment firm in a bid to find the right chief executive.

David McNally and Ed Balls
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Balls said Spencer Stuart - which is also searching for the FA's new chairman - had been tasked with finding David McNally's replacement after he stepped down two weeks ago.

"They will advise us on who is out there to make sure we can get the very best person," he said, before adding that previous club experience was "critical".

Balls: Finding right chief executive 'as important as any player signing'

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has said in a BBC interview that the club is looking for a new chief executive who will stay for years.

He said the search to replace David McNally (pictured), who quit two weeks ago, was "as important" as any player signings this summer.

David McNally
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Ed Balls rubbishes rumours of financial problems at Norwich City

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has rubbished rumours of financial problems at Norwich City.

You can hear his full interview with BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham below:

Improvements to out-of-hours service on schedule, say health commissioners

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

A deadline for improving the county's out-of-hours GP and 111 non-emergency service will be met, says Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group.

Nikki Cocks from the group says Integrated Care 24 has started to improve waiting times for call-backs and increase the number of GPs on its books.

She said: "We've seen a significant improvement, particularly in April... the figure for call-answering is close to 80% and for May, we're looking at close to 90% - we are confident that they've turned the corner."

Members of the public had previously reported long waits of up to 12 hours for a call-back and serious concerns were raised over staff shortages

Crop-spraying damaged my health, claims Foulsham woman

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

As many as 35,000 people have signed a petition from a woman in Norfolk, who says crop-spraying has damaged her health.

Field of rape being sprayed
Alastair Cochrane

Lisa Over, from Foulsham, near Dereham only set up her online petition last week, and says farmers need to warn people when they'll be spraying.

She said: "People are having breathing problems, asthma, skin problems, depression. 

"Farmers need to take on board that they need to be more careful about what they're doing and they are spraying indiscriminately."

Ed Balls: Norwich City don't need to sell players

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's chairman has told BBC Radio Norfolk that Alex Neil is free to do all the business he needs to during the summer.

Ed Balls is reassuring fans that players don't need to be sold following the Canaries' relegation from the Premier League.

Ed Balls
Getty Images

We need to deal from day one with all those contract issues. We've got a very close-knit Premier League quality process now for the summer.

Ed BallsNorwich City chairman

The forecast: Cloudy and grey

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be cloudy and it'll feel chilly with outbreaks of light rain through the morning and afternoon, mainly affecting northern parts, but southern areas should remain dry throughout the day.

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all, on this rather grey and chilly Wednesday. We'll be here right until 18:00 today bringing you news, sport, weather and travel in your part of the world. 

In a few moments, we'll bring you news that now 35,000 people have backed a petition started by a Norfolk woman who says crop-spraying has damaged her health. 

More soon on that, but in the meantime, here's today's weather.