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  1. Updates on Thursday, 9 June 2016
  2. Body of missing British climber Aiden Webb found in Vietnam
  3. Mr Webb, 22, from Norwich, went missing nearly a week ago on a solo ascent of Fansipan, Indochina's highest mountain at 10,312ft
  4. His body was found by park rangers at 06:50 UK time today
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

That's it from the team today. We're back tomorrow at 08:00.

The main news stories for Norfolk today - the body of climber Aiden Webb has been found near to where he went missing in Fansipan, Vietnam. 

A grandmother from New Zealand has also won £1m on the Lotto after buying a ticket in King's Lynn.

Have a good evening. 

Weather: Sunshine to end the day

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine to end the day and then a dry night with some patchy mist and fog and perhaps some low cloud around the coast. Temperatures no lower than 9C (48F) and very light winds.

BBC Weather

Friday is looking largely dry with spells of sunshine.

BBC Weather has more details. 

Two hundred turn out in protest against silica extraction

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

A packed meeting in Dersingham last night saw 200 people gather in protest over plans to allow quarrying for silica sand next to the village. 

Silica sand extraction in West Norfolk
Geograph/Richard Humphrey

Norfolk County Council is short of its target for silica sand, which is needed for glass-making and other industries. 

West Norfolk is one of the few areas of England which produces silica sand. 

But residents in Dersingham, Ingoldisthorpe and Snettisham are unhappy to find that more than 300 hectares (741 acres) of land nearby has been earmarked for quarrying.

First peregrine falcon chick fledges

Cath Saunt

BBC Radio Norfolk

The first of this year's peregrine falcon chicks at Norwich Cathedral has fledged. The female bird was spotted this morning on a roof about 12ft (4m) off the ground.

Peregrine chick fledging
Paul Jenkins
Peregrin chick fledging
Paul Jenkins

The Hawk and Owl Trust says it hopes No 43 - as the chick is known - will return back to the nest but at the moment she's flying around the cathedral. The three other chicks are expected to fledge imminently. 

BreakingTwo people and a dog found dead on boat in Broads

Two people and a dog have been found dead on a boat moored on Wroxham Broad.

Officers were called to the boat at 16:00 this afternoon. 

The deaths are being treated as unexplained. 

Police say they were called following concerns for the occupants' safety due to the length of time the vessel had been moored at that location.

Watch: Tutor's memories of Aiden Webb

Aiden Webb studied drama at Anglia Ruskin University, graduating in 2014. 

Dr Nigel Ward was one of his tutors, and says he remembers him as "a really nice guy... popular and well-liked.. with huge enthusiasm".

Travel guide: 'Don't underestimate challenge' of Vietnam's highest peak

The independent travel guide Lonely Planet offers advice to travellers contemplating trekking to Vietnam’s highest peak.

It says Fansipan is "accessible year-round to sensibly equipped trekkers in good shape, but don’t underestimate the challenge".

It adds: "It is very wet, and can be perilously slippery and generally cold... Don’t attempt an ascent if Sapa’s weather is poor, as limited visibility on Fansipan can be treacherous... No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance."

Aiden Webb: 'I'm a very safe climber and I know my limits'

In a post on Aiden Webb's Facebook profile, he said he had recently been "soloing" - rock climbing without a rope.

Aiden Webb

On 28 May, he wrote: "So today, I completed my first official free soloing rock climbs.

"Never had so much fun and never had my mind so clear and empty. Definitely no 'El Capitan', but regardless. This is something I've felt I've needed to do in a long time."

He said locals watching his climb called him "both crazy and spiderman", adding: "(Apologies in advance to all family members who think I'm loco, and reckless I'm actually a very safe climber and know my limits)."

Norwich City midfielder Gary O'Neil signs for Bristol City

Bristol City have signed midfielder Gary O'Neil on a free transfer from recently-relegated Norwich City.

Gary O'Neil
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The 33-year-old, who made 27 Premier League appearances for the Canaries in 2015-16, has signed a two-year deal.

"Gary is a really good signing for us, who adds everything we need to our midfield," head coach Lee Johnson said.

"He may have just turned 33, but he's still fully mobile and very fit. He's a really good decision-maker who can be a coach's eyes and ears on the pitch."

New teeth and glasses for lottery winner

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

A woman who won £1m on a lottery says she plans to get some new teeth and glasses plus a doctor's certificate so that she can do a wing walk to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Diana De Gilio and Sandy Marsden

Diana De Gilio bought her winning EuroMillions ticket in a supermarket in King's Lynn, where she's been staying with her friend, Sandy Marsden (pictured right).

The retired carer has been living in a motor home in New Zealand for the past 12 years because she loves travelling. She met Sandy on a holiday in China and they've been firm friends ever since. 

As well as teeth implants, she's planning on buying a house and a car. 

Globe-trotting great-grandmother wins £1m

We're moving on to some other news now.

A globe-trotting great-grandmother has won a 70th birthday present to remember - £1m and a luxurious trip to Bali and Lombok, in the EuroMillions lottery.

Diana De Gilio

Diana De Gilio70, a retired carer, is originally from New Zealand was in the UK to celebrate her 70th birthday with friends and family when she we discovered her life changing win.

She bought the lucky ticket while was staying with her close friend Sandy Marsden near King's Lynn and had been planning to wing-walk to mark her 70th birthday:  

“I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I base jumped 192 metres off Auckland’s Sky Tower for my 69th and thought the wing walk was the perfect way to charge into my 70s. I didn’t think anything could beat it but, let me tell you, winning £1m is certainly up there for getting the heart pumping."

Diana De GilioLottery winner

Aiden Webb's body to be retrieved from ravine tomorrow

The body of 22-year-old Aiden Webb was spotted by rescue teams at the bottom of a deep valley near Fansipan, Vietnam's highest mountain in the tourist hotspot of Sapa, according to district communist party chief Nguyen Trong Hai.

Aiden Webb
Bleubell Baughan

"Our rescue workers confirmed the body is the British man. We will try our best and hope to be able to bring his body up early Friday morning," Hai added, explaining that the area is difficult to reach. 

Vietnamese authorities launched a search operation after Webb went missing last week, combing dense mountainous jungles for any clues. 

Death on mountain comes 15 years after school trip tragedy

This is Fansipan mountain where Aiden Webb's body was found this morning. 

Fifteen years ago, 17-year-old schoolgirl Amy Ransom, from Bryants Bottom, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, died after falling 500m (1,640ft) when she slipped off a path on the same mountain

Fansipan mountain

She was part of a school party, accompanied by two Vietnamese guides, and had been trekking up the mountain near the village of Sa Pa when the tragedy happened.

Shocked supporters send love to Aiden Webb's family

Aiden Webb's girlfriend Bluebell Baughan had used Facebook to rally support after he first went missing.

Now friends and supporters are using the social media site to send their condolences to his family.

Maria Jose Sanchez-Higgins posted: "So sad to hear this outcome. My heart goes with the family" while James Machin said: "Heartbreaking news, sending love to his friends and family."

Great Yarmouth racecourse back with a bang

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

A second day of racing at Great Yarmouth gets under way in 10 minutes' time.

The course is "perfect" for young horses, according to Hingham-based trainer Christine Dunnett. 

Racing returned to the track for the first time in nine months yesterday, following improvements since September. The day was hailed as a success by jockeys, trainers and punters.

Horse Racing at Great Yarmouth
Getty Images

Norwich fighter gets British title shot

Watch: Search for Aiden Webb covered by Vietnamese TV

The search for Aiden Webb has been covered by Vietnam's main state broadcasting channel VTV1.

The station broadcast footage of rescue teams as they searched an area of mountainous jungle.

Climber had 'got lost' on another Vietnamese mountain

Aiden Webb had previously got lost when hiking on another mountain in Vietnam, according to this post from his Facebook page on 21 May.

He wrote: "Just trekked Liang Biang mountain. (2169m in ft 7116 feet) Highest mountain in Da Lat in two hours thirty. Not bad considering I didn't use any of the routes recommend.. (Not on purpose I got lost in the forest/jungle) and had to improvise my way up.

"Luckily i came to a dry(ish) stream full of boulders, which I scrambled for over an hour while ascending up the mountain.. All in preparation for the highest mountain in Indochina, Fansipan."

Earlier today, rescue teams found Mr Webb's body at the bottom of a deep valley near Fansipan, six days after he was last seen.

Foreign Office statement on Aiden Webb

The Foreign Office has just issued the following statement: “Vietnamese authorities have this morning confirmed they have found a body in the same area that British national Aiden Webb went missing.

"A formal identification of the body has not yet been conducted. Our staff have been supporting Mr Webb’s family and friends since he went missing and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

'Awesome guy with talent to match': University friend's tribute to Aiden Webb

Alistair Dutton, a university friend of Aiden Webb, has posted on Facebook: "Heart broken by this. 

"He was an awesome guy with the talent to match and more importantly he was just so friendly and easy to talk to. 

"My deepest condolences go to his family and to those who knew him even better than I did. Everything you have given us with who you are thank you now and forever from the bottom of my heart." 

'Remembered for his cheerfulness and positive attitude': Head teacher pays tribute to Aiden Webb

Jim Nixon, headteacher of City of Norwich School, has paid his own tribute to Aiden Webb.

He said: "Aiden was a much-loved and valued student who was at CNS from 2005 to 2009 and is remembered for his cheerfulness, positive attitude, creativity and willingness to do well.

"One particular memory was a school trip to the Lake District where he was already showing his love of challenge and the outdoors."

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Facts about Fansipan mountain

Aiden Webb fell while solo climbing on Fansipan. Here are some facts about the mountain:

  • It is in Lao Cai Province in north-west Vietnam.
  • It is the highest peak in Indochina (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) and stands 10,312 ft (3,143m) above sea level.
  • It is a popular eco-tourist spot and called the Roof of Indochina. 
  • Organised hikes to the summit usually take two to three days.
  • The nearest town, Sa Pa, is five-and-a-half miles (9km) away.

Rescue teams first 'found footprint and missing shoe'

The Vietnamese rescue team searching for missing climber Aiden Webb said they first "found a footprint which we managed to match with a shoe left by the missing man".

search party

Mr Webb's body was finally recovered at 06:50 UK time today. He had been missing for nearly a week.  

Aiden Webb's death 'A truly tragic outcome'

Pat Forrest is one of many who has reacted to the "awful news" of the discovery of Aiden Webb's body, after an intensive five-day search by authorities in Vietnam.

She's used the Help us Find Aiden Facebook page to say how sorry she is and sent her thoughts to his family and friends, while Caroline Little said: "I am so sorry, this is a truly tragic outcome."

'A great lad who everyone liked': Tributes paid to Aiden Webb

undefined"A great lad who everyone liked" - just one of the tributes being paid to Aiden Webb on Facebook, in the wake of confirmation the missing climber's body has been found in Vietnam.

That comment was made by Laura Marsh, manager of fashion store Superdry in Lion Yard in Cambridge. She said the former Anglia Ruskin student had worked at the shop "for a very long time".    

Aiden Webb 'remembered very fondly' by former university

Anglia Ruskin University has joined others in issuing condolences to the family and friends of Aiden Webb whose body was found earlier this morning.

Anglia Ruskin University
Geograph/N Chadwick

A spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts are with Aiden’s family, friends and girlfriend Bluebell, who is also a former student, at this very difficult time.

“Aiden graduated from Anglia Ruskin in 2014 and is remembered very fondly, particularly by members of the Drama department, where he was a popular and hard-working student, known for his wonderful sense of humour.”

How Vietnamese site is reporting the death

This is how Vietnamese site Tuoi Tre News is reporting Aiden Webb's death.

It says his body was discovered at an altitude of 2,800m (9,200ft) above sea level and about one kilometre (0.6 miles) away "from the T4 beam of the cable car system".  

Aiden Webb: More from national media

The Daily Star is also reporting news of the discovery of Aiden Webb's body.

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Aiden Webb: Timeline of events

Aiden Webb's family and friends are coming terms with the news that the 22-year-old's body has been found in Vietnam. Here's a recap of events:

  • April: The Norwich backpacker sets off travelling with girlfriend Bluebell Baughan, of White Notley, Essex.
  • 3 June: The Anglia Ruskin University graduate, an experienced climber, starts his solo climb of Vietnam's highest mountain, the 3,100m-high (10,300ft) Fansipan in Vietnam at about 06:00. He falls, cuts his arm open, hurts his leg and loses his bearings.
  • 4 June: He talks on his mobile phone to Miss Baughan and they agree she should call rescue teams for help at 06:00. His phone then stops working.
  • 5 June: His father Trever Webb and uncle Michael fly from the UK to help for the search, arriving early on Tuesday.
  • 6 June: Ms Baughan tells of her concern for her boyfriend, saying it's "cold and wet".
  • 7 June: Rescuers fear he's wandered into a valley with a large waterfall and fallen in.
  • 8 June: His father gets permission to use drones in the search and say he will not leave Vietnam without his son.
  • Today: Mr Webb's body is found by park rangers in Sin Chai village at 12:50 local time (06:50 BST).

Aiden Webb's body found: How national media are reporting the news

Here's what the Daily Mirror has reported:

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How other media are reporting the discovery of Aiden Webb's body

The Eastern Daily Press is also covering the story of the discovery of the former Norwich schoolboy's body.

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Mr Webb was an Anglia Ruskin University graduate and the Cambridge News reminds readers the experienced climber initially didn't want help...

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Map of area where climber found

Aiden Webb was on a four-month trip with his girlfriend Bluebell Baughan when he had his fatal accident in Vietnam.

The map below shows the location of Fansipan mountain where he went missing. His body was found by park rangers this morning.   


His Facebook page shows that he'd already successfully completed several solo climbs in the area.

More details on discovery of climber's body

The head of the Hoang Lien National Park in Lao Cai province has told the BBC Vietnamese Service that park rangers discovered Aiden Webb's body in Sin Chai village at about 13:00 local time today (07:00 BST). 

Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

Climber disappeared during solo ascent in Vietnam

Backpacker Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, set off to climb Vietnam's highest mountain, Fansipan alone last Friday. 

He fell and hurt himself but managed to call his girlfriend, Bluebell Baughan, to tell her about his accident and the fact he'd fallen down a ravine. Soon afterwards the mobile signal was lost.

Bleubell Baughan and Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

Miss Baughan, who had been on the trek with him, has spent the last week, alongside Mr Webb's father Trever, trying to get more people involved in the search for him.

The couple met while at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Missing Briton's body found two hours ago

The body of the missing British climber Aiden Webb has been found in Vietnam. 

Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

BBC Vietnamese colleagues in Bangkok said his body was discovered about two hours ago. 

The general manager of the Hoang Lien National Park said: "It is very sad that we found the British tourist body today at 12:50. 

"The position is quite near the location that his girlfriend gave us, in Sin Chai Village." 

BreakingBody of missing Briton found in Vietnam

The body of the missing British climber Aiden Webb has been found in Vietnam. More details to follow.

Crematorium plans go before council for third time

Plans for a new crematorium at Scoulton, near Watton, are coming back to Breckland planners for the third time this summer. 


The plans are being put forward by King's Lynn funeral directors, Thornalley. Two previous applications were approved by Breckland councillors but the decisions were challenged and overturned at the High Court over technical reasons.

The company says a crematorium is needed because families are having to wait up to five weeks for cremations. Some residents living in the area are opposing the application.

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live on Thursday, 9 June

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning. It's a bit overcast out there but temperatures set to warm up I'm told, reaching 21C (70F) in the sunshine this afternoon.

Meanwhile the main news story so far... plans for a new crematorium in Breckland are being submitted to planners for a third time despite an earlier decision approving plans being reversed by the High Court.