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Summary

  1. Post-mortem tests on couple found dead on Broads boat prove inconclusive
  2. Inquest into prison death of murderer Simon Hall hears he denied having any mental health issues and self-harming
  3. Flash-flooding caused by heavy rain causes problems across Norfolk

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

Our main stories today have been about flooding in Acle, the continuing inquest into the Norfolk prison death of murderer Simon Hall and the inconclusive post-mortem tests on the couple found dead on a boat on Wroxham Broad.

Please scroll back down the feed to catch up on any of the day's events you might have missed.

Watch: Innovation centre is open for business

A centre designed to be a hub for new and existing companies has been opened in west Norfolk.

Located on the edge of the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, the King's Lynn Innovation Centre has cost £5m.

It's the brainchild of the Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Scheme, and the borough council - and has been backed by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Weather: Heavy showers this evening and tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will see heavy showers, some thundery, becoming more isolated as we go through the evening and night but still the potential for some heavy downpours. Lows of 12C (54F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow, further heavy showers or longer spells of rain. The risk of some thunderstorms. Brighter spells in between with some sunshine. High temperatures of 20C (68F).  

Norfolk D-Day veteran presented with Legion of Honour

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

A war veteran, who took part in the D-Day landings aged 18, has been presented with France’s highest decoration.

Harry Bowdery, 90, was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour
BBC

Harry Bowdery (pictured), 90, was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour for his valour by David Whitby, Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. 

The presentation took place at a tea party held in his honour in the Mayor’s Parlour.

On the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014, the president of France announced that the honour would be awarded to all British veterans who fought for the liberation of France during World War Two.

Mr Bowdery served with the Royal Navy, and made three landings on Omaha Beach, operating the ramp on a landing craft to let troops off onto the beach.

Norwich Market celebrated by art student in panorama

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A mature student at Norwich City College has drawn what he calls his version of the Bayeux Tapestry to celebrate the city's market.

Picture of Norwich market
Hugh Gatenby

Hugh Gatenby, 59, a former local government worker, has always been interested in art and decided this year to do the Access to Art and Design Course.

He says he loves the market for its "life and vibrancy" and so decided to create a 2m-long (6ft) panorama

You can see Hugh's completed work, and the work of all of his fellow students between 20 and 23 June, at the Floor 4 Access to HE: Art and Design End of Year Exhibition, Norfolk House, 34 Exchange Street, Norwich.

Picture of Norwich market
Hugh Gatenby

Armitstead: 'I'm trying to focus on the good memories'

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Reigning World Road Cycling champion Lizzie Armitstead (pictured) will be on the start line for the Women's Tour tomorrow.

Armitstead, who was taken to hospital following a spectacular crash in Aldeburgh on last year's tour, said: "Crashing is part of cycling. I'm trying to focus on the good memories."

Lizzie Armitstead at the press conference
BBC

Norfolk cyclist Emma Pooley will also be on the start-line tomorrow. The Olympic silver medallist retired from cycling to focus on triathlon, but has come out of retirement for the Rio Olympics later this summer.

Armitstead told me Pooley coming back to cycling was a "no-brainer".

Watch: Women's Tour heads to Norfolk

BBC Look East

The Women's Tour cycle race comes to the region tomorrow.

Stage One begins in Southwold at 10:00, with the riders winding through the Suffolk countryside, passing through Lowestoft and arriving in Norwich at about 14:00.

Sixteen of the world's top cycling teams will be taking part, and Northamptonshire's Hannah Barnes is among the riders. Look East's Tom Williams met up with her.

Watch: Paralysed firefighter determined wedding will go ahead

Earlier we told you about James Thorpe, the firefighter paralysed after a freak accident during his stag do in Majorca.

James, 28, who's based at King's Lynn, had been on the island for just a couple of hours when he slipped and broke his neck as he went into the sea.

He's due to marry fiancee Michaela Watson is less than two weeks' time - and is determined the wedding will go ahead.

Watch: Robots help predict monsoon rainfall

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Scientists from the University of East Anglia are planning to release underwater robots in the Bay of Bengal to monitor how ocean conditions influence monsoon rainfall. 

It's hoped the £8m project will help forecast the arrival of the Indian monsoon more accurately. The UEA team is due to arrive in India today, setting sail later this month.  

Norwich Cathedral peregrine chicks in 'protective custody'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

There's more sad news about the peregrines nesting on the spire at Norwich Cathedral.

The peregrine chicks
Hawk and Owl Trust

Last week we reported the loss of the first chick to fledge after it was harassed by the new dominant female.

Now a second chick has died after being thrown from the nest. The other two chicks, whose mother has disappeared, have been taken into "protective custody", according to Nigel Middleton of the Hawk and Owl Trust.

They will be reared by the trust and then released to the wild.

Mr Middleton said the trust would not normally intervene but these were "exceptional circumstances". 

Up to 65 retained firefighters needed in Norfolk

Norfolk's chief fire officer Roy Harold has revealed there are vacancies for between 60 and 65 retained firefighters in the county and has called for the public's help in filling them.

Fire engine
Getty Images

He said stations in rural areas, such as parts of west Norfolk, were struggling to crew some fire engines.

Mr Harold said the problem was particularly acute during the day, adding that existing firefighters "do a fantastic job".

Shortage of retained firefighters 'getting worse for the last 10 years' says union

Some more details now on a story we mentioned this morning.

The Retained Firefighters' Union says the fire service in Norfolk is stretched. More than half the county's stations have vacancies for retained firefighters.

Norfok fire service
BBC

Tristan Ashby, chief executive officer with the union, says the vacancies put a huge amount of pressure on people at the stations affected.

He said: "There'll be strategic movements to ensure that should an incident happen, the brigade can respond, but obviously the problem's getting worse at the moment and it's been getting worse for the last 10 years and there comes a point when something needs to be done."

Further tests needed on Wroxham bodies

In a statement, Norfolk police said further tests were needed to find out how a man and woman died on the Broads at Wroxham. 

"Post-mortem examinations have proved inconclusive and further toxicology tests are required; however, police are not treating the deaths as suspicious," said a spokesman.

"The seal in place around the boat has now been removed and officers will prepare a file for the coroner ahead of an inquest which will take place in due course."

Broads deaths: Post-mortem examination inconclusive

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Tests carried out on two people found dead in a boat on the Norfolk Broads have proved inconclusive, Norfolk Police says.

Wroxham Broad
David Dixon/Geograph

Police were called to Wroxham Broad on Thursday afternoon after concerns about the length of time a boat had been moored in the location.

On attendance officers found two people, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, and a dog dead in the boat.

BreakingPost-mortem tests on Wroxham bodies prove inconclusive

Post-mortem tests following the death of two people found dead in a boat on the Norfolk Broads have proved inconclusive, Norfolk Police says.  

Broken-neck fireman's appeal tops £10,000

A crowd-funding page set up for a Norfolk firefighter paralysed after a freak accident on his stag do in Majorca has raised over £10,000 to help with his recovery.

James Thorpe and Michaela Watson
Family photograph

James Thorpe, 28, broke his neck after falling while in the sea in Magaluf last week, ahead of his wedding to fiancée Michaela Watson.

He was left paralysed from the chest down and is waiting to be flown home.

Norfolk coach's Rio worries

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

One of Norfolk's top coaches is warning that plenty of work still needs to be done in Rio before the Olympics.

Former Norwich City youth team boss Keith Webb has just returned from Brazil, where he's in charge of the GB Paralympic football team.

Olympic rings
Reuters

We went to the stadium where we'll be playing. A lot of work has got to be done to make sure that that's ok for the Olympic Games in August.

Keith WebbTeam GB Paralympic football coach

Webb also used to manage non-League King's Lynn Town. 

Simon Hall was using 'legal high' Spice, inquest hears

The Simon Hall inquest, being held at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich, heard that records showed Hall, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was using the substance Spice on 2 December 2013, two months before he was found dead in his cell at Wayland Prison.

Despite being a "legal high" at the time, Spice was banned by the jail.

Spice
AFP/Getty Images

Nurse Bridget Diallo, from the jail's primary mental health team, said Hall also told a prison officer about suicide attempts in his cell, but that she had not been informed.

"We would expect to be involved but I don't know why we weren't told about these attempts," she said.

The inquest heard that on 13 and 27 December Hall was seen by two other nurses, telling both of his feelings of depression and hopelessness and that he believed he had let his family down.

King's Lynn youngster third in British Speedway Final

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars rider Robert Lambert underlined his potential by finishing third in the British Speedway Final at Belle Vue.

The 18-year old took 12 points in the qualifying stages and then won the semi-final.

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Lambert was beaten to the line by Danny King and Craig Cook in the final. 

Assistant police chief 'flabbergasted' by terror exercise complaints

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A senior Norfolk Police officer has said she is "flabbergasted" at complaints about noise from a police anti-terrorism exercise held in Norwich during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Hamlin tweeted: "Having seen the tragedies in Orlando I am flabbergasted to hear of complaints to @EDP when @NSFirearmsDept are training to keep us safe".

In the newspaper story she referred to, some residents complained that a helicopter used in the exercise had woken them up.

Castle Mall
Google

Police, fire and ambulance staff were all involved in the exercise inside Castle Mall Norwich.

Hundreds of volunteers took part to make things as realistic as possible. 

Norwich vigil after Orlando shootings

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norwich Pride held a vigil last night in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community and those who lost their lives in the shootings in Orlando in Florida at the weekend.

City Hall, Norwich
BBC

Supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall, which was lit up in the colours of the LGBT rainbow flag.

Candles lit as part of vigil
BBC
City Hall, Norwich
BBC

Simon Hall inquest: 'No engagement' between forensic psychologist and mental health team

The second witness of the day is now giving evidence. Bridget Diallo, a nurse on Wayland Prison's primary mental health team, said she was first made aware of Simon Hall on 11 September 2013, the day after his transfer to the jail from Hollesley Bay in Suffolk.

She said she saw Hall several times and felt there was "no evidence of mental illness displayed or identified".

On 18 September she called Hollesley Bay after being told by Hall five days earlier about his personality disorders.

She said after that call, forensic psychologist Dr William Long visited Hall at Wayland but Ms Diallo said there was "no engagement" with her team over the work he was doing with him.

Man's death on railway not 'treated as suspicious'

British Transport Police says it's not treating the death of a man at Witham Station as suspicious. 

A spokesman said the force was called at about 10:20 after reports a person was struck by a train. 

Witham disruption
Network Rail

Officers and colleagues from the East of England Ambulance Service attended and a man was pronounced dead at the scene."

British Transport Police

Murderer told nurse he had not overdosed

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Agency nurse Tatenda Gotora has told an inquest into the death of Suffolk murderer Simon Hall that he falsely told her he had not overdosed in the past.

HMP Wayland
PA

The inquest in Norwich into Hall's death at Wayland Prison (pictured), near Watton, has previously heard he took several overdoses before his transfer to the jail from Hollesley Bay open prison, near Woodbridge.

Ms Gotora said she asked Hall if he had any history of drug abuse, any mental health problems and had self-harmed in the past. He answered no to all three questions.

At that time the nurse was not aware of any ongoing medical issues as she did not have access to records.

Greater Anglia reports person hit by train at Witham

We've spoken to Greater Anglia which says emergency services are dealing with a person who has been hit by a train at Witham.

Replacement bus service to run between Shenfield and Colchester

A replacement bus service is currently being arranged to run between Shenfield and Colchester. 

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It's not yet know how long the line will be closed for while an emergency service is dealt with, however Network Rail says disruption is likely until 14:00. 

Tickets also being accepted on some local First Bus services. 

More details on Greater Anglia problems...

Greater Anglia says it is dealing with an emergency incident between Chelmsford and Colchester. We're currently trying to establish what the cause is.

The line is currently blocked in both directions. However, services from Southend Victoria are not affected.

We'll bring you more information as we get it. 

Greater Anglia
BBC

Simon Hall inquest: Nurse 'had no access to notes'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

I'm at the second day of the inquest in Norwich into the death of Suffolk murderer Simon Hall, found hanged in his cell at Wayland Prison in Norfolk.

Simon Hall
BBC

Hall had protested his innocence for more than a decade before admitting to murdering pensioner Joan Albert.

Witness Tatenda Gotora has just been sworn in. She was employed in 2013 as an agency staff nurse and regularly worked at HMP Wayland.

The inquest was told that she didn't have access to any of Hall's past medical notes while doing her initial screening of his condition when he first arrived at the jail.

No trains between Shenfield and Colchester

Acle flooding hits businesses

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here in Acle, flooding has hit businesses across the village.

Acle Fish and Chips shop
BBC

Sandbags have been put out to try to protect shops, including Acle Fish and Chips (pictured).

Acle Fish and Chips
BBC

Tuesday's weather: Sunny intervals and heavy showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A day of sunny intervals and showers, with some showers becoming heavy and thundery by the afternoon. It'll be breezy, particularly around coastal areas.  

Highs of 19C (66F).

The showers will become much lighter and more isolated into the evening, and are likely to cease altogether by dawn, by which time some clearer spells may have developed. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Travel: Disruption on B1354 in Horstead because of shed load of hay

BBC Travel

A shed load of hay is causing disruption on the B1354 in both directions at Horstead at the junction with the B1150, Norwich Road.

Flooding: The situation in Acle

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

I've been to Acle this morning, where the water ran down The Street, down Mill Lane and came into the middle area of the village as well, by The King's Head and the Co-op. 

Acle butchers shop, Graham Long
BBC

There are sandbags outside the butcher's shop where Graham Long (pictured) has been clearing up, and reports that Barclays Bank suffered from flooding.

I'm told a woman and her family are staying at the Travelodge in the village after their house was flooded.

If you've had any problems with flooding, or you've got photographs of any floods, you can email them to us, or post them on our Facebook page.

Flooding causes problems across the county

We'll return to the story about firefighters shortly, but first, flooding has been causing problems across the county following yesterday's downpours.

East Winch
Weather Watcher 'Tavy'

Thurton Primary School is closed this morning because backed-up drains have flooded the school.

Yesterday, fire crews were called to a number of places affected by the heavy rain. 

There was flooding on Station Road in Wymondham,and Mill Road in Hethersett, but the worst affected area seems to have been in Acle, where a property on Beighton Road was cleared of water and a drainhole cover refitted on The Street.

Next we'll bring you a report from Andrew Turner, who's been there this morning.

Watch: Euro 2016 goal among Hoolahan's proudest moments

Wes Hoolahan says scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Sweden at Euro 2016 was among his proudest moments in football.

He said he felt the team were unlucky not to win the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but that the performance should give the Irish confidence for their next game against Belgium.

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan impresses at Euro 2016

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's longest-serving player Wes Hoolahan showed Europe why he is a firm favourite with fans at Carrow Road. 

Hoolahan scored for Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 draw with Sweden at Euro 2016. 

The 34-year old was named Man of the Match in the stadium after giving his country the lead. 

Welcome to Tuesday's Norfolk Live

Good morning. 

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan scored for the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 match against Sweden yesterday.

And there's a call this morning for more people in the county to become retained firefighters. At the moment, there are vacancies at 23 of the county's fire stations.

We'll have more on both those stories shortly.