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  1. Updates on Monday, 27 June 2016
  2. Norwich South MP Clive Lewis named as shadow defence minister by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
  3. Council backs plan for elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk
  4. Bishop of Norwich calls for unity following "shrill, bruising and alienating" referendum campaign
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Nic Rigby

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Doomed incinerator report scrapped due to lack of evidence

A report into the doomed King's Lynn incinerator project has had to be scrapped. 

Former county councillor Stephen Revell, was commissioned to look into the background to the £600m scheme after it was pulled.

But Mr Revell says he's been unable to gather the evidence needed for the report.

King's Lynn incinerator artist's impression

Headlines: Regional mayor plans backed... Norwich climber's body brought home from Vietnam

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here's a look at the top stories we've been covering today:

  • Norfolk County Council has given its backing to plans for an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk
  • The body of Norwich climber Aiden Webb, who fell to his death in Vietnam, has been returned home
  • Four men have been taken to hospital following a fire at a bus workshop in Norwich

Weather: Sunny spells to end the day, dry start tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells to end the day and then a dry night with light winds and lows of around 10C, 50F. 

A dry start to Tuesday with spells of sunshine. Rain is expected to move eastwards during the afternoon and this could turn heavy at times.

Weather map

Highs of around 19C (66F) and light to moderate winds from south-east to the south-west.

Check the latest forecast for your part of Norfolk here.

Poppies profit from damp start to summer

Jodie Smith

BBC News

I don't know about you, but all this rain and warmer temperatures have done wonders for the plantlife (and some slightly less appealing weeds) in my garden.

Frédéric Landes has spotted some beautiful poppies which have also benefited from recent weather conditions.

If you've got a photo you'd like to share, you can tweet using the hashtag #nfklive or email us.

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Loss of students remembered by Norfolk school

The centenary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One will be remembered by a school in Norfolk.

The Somme
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The Battle of the Somme in 1916 claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of British, French and German troops.

A number of former students at Gresham's School in Holt were killed during the Somme. School governor Sue Smart said the school chapel was particularly special because of links to men who were killed.

Norfolk county councillors back devolution 34 to 28

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norfolk county councillors have voted 34 to 28 in favour of signing the Norfolk and Suffolk devolution deal, with two abstentions.

If the plan is backed by all the other councils in Norfolk and Suffolk, the government has pledged £30m over five years to help with housing need in Norwich and Ipswich.

House building
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Shadow defence secretary 'AWOL on first parade'

We told you earlier that Clive Lewis, Norwich South MP, was hot-footing it back from the Glastonbury Festival following his appointment as the new shadow defence secretary,

Well, he didn't make it back to Westminster in time for Defence Questions, where he was replaced by Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary.

Clive Lewis in Afghanistan

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon couldn't resist a dig at his expense. "I think he's AWOL on his first parade but we will welcome him and we will pay tribute to his service in uniform," he said.

"He will be, I note, the fourth shadow defence secretary I have seen in under two years but I hope he lasts," he said.

BreakingNorfolk backs elected mayor plan

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norfolk County Council has given its backing to plans for an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Beach overlooking windfarms off Norfolk and Suffolk coast
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The plans now have to be approved by the district councils in Norfolk and Suffolk and by Suffolk County Council.

Festival Too starts with a bang

Martin Barber

BBC News

Thousands of people enjoyed the first weekend of King's Lynn's Festival Too, which concluded with a spectacular firework display over the River Great Ouse as captured by Gary Pearson.

Fireworks at Festival Too 2016
Gary Pearson
Fireworks at Festival Too 2016
Gary Pearson
Fireworks at Festival Too 2016
Gary Pearson

The musical line-up includes Odyssey, The Vamps and Ivor Novello award-winner Gabrielle.

The free, unticketed event, is held in the town's Tuesday Market Place over three weekends and runs until 9 July.  

Eadie: 'Redmond sale was good business'

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Former Norwich City winger Darren Eadie says the sale of Nathan Redmond was good business for the Canaries.

Redmond joined Southampton on Saturday, for a fee thought to be more than £10m.

Nathan Redmond
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Eadie told BBC Radio Norfolk: "I think, considering how long is left on his contract, it's about right."

"He's stagnated a little bit at Norwich, so I'm not surprised to see him move on."

Flash floods cause chaos and misery in many areas of south Norfolk and Breckland

Diss Mercury

Heavy rain and thunderstorms saw many parts of Norfolk hit by flash floods over the weekend.

MP offers to stand in for new shadow defence secretary

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis faces the first challenge of his new role as shadow defence secretary - making it back from the Glastonbury Festival in time for Defence Questions in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The chairman of Parliamentary Labour Party defence group John Woodcock MP has offered to stand in for newly-appointed Mr Lewis if he fails to make it back in time.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Woodcock, a known critic of the Labour leader, says he can stand in for Mr Lewis if he "does not make it back from Glastonbury to hold the government to account".

Chris Baker jumps into Olympics

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Dereham high jumper Chris Baker should be named in the Great Britain team for the Rio Olympics next month after coming second at the British Championships this weekend.

Chris Baker
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Baker jumped 2.26m in Birmingham, finishing second to Robbie Grabartz on countback.

The full Great Britain team for Rio will be announced on 13 July.

Four in hospital after Norwich bus workshop fire

Janet Harnden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Four men have been taken to hospital following a fire which broke out in a bus workshop in Norwich.

Fire at Mile Cross

Five fire crews were called to the garage used by Dolphin Travel in Swanton Road at about 10:20.

The fire was soon brought under control and the men treated for the affects of breathing in smoke.  

Spring moves at Victorian speeds

This spring has seen a return to the Victorian era, with the season arriving at a rate more similar to the 19th Century than to recent years, according to records started by a Norfolk weather pioneer.

University of Edinburgh

The speed at which key signs of spring, such as sightings of swallows and orange-tip butterflies, moved up the UK from the south slowed to 1.2mph in 2016, analysis shows, the same average as between 1871 and 1947 based on records from the Woodland Trust's Nature's Calendar scheme. 

The scheme is a continuation of seasonal records which go back to the 18th Century when they were first compiled by Norfolk landowner Robert Marsham. Now tens of thousands of records are added by members of the public.

Analysis: Ex-soldier Clive Lewis 'understands the military'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

If these were normal times we would be talking about the meteoric rise of a man who's only been an MP for 13 months.

Clive Lewis now holds one of the senior jobs in opposition, shadow defence minister. He will receive security briefings, visit troops around the world and draw up his party's defence policy. And if Labour wins the next election, he will be responsible for the defence of the realm.

Clive Lewis MP

But these are not normal times. A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, it seems he was only given this job because Mr Corbyn had run out of people who would serve under him.

And given the pressure mounting on the Labour leader, it is questionable whether Mr Lewis will still be shadow defence secretary by the end of today, let alone a few weeks' time.

For as long as he's in the job he will work hard to master his brief: a former member of the Territorial Army who did a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he understands the military and is deeply supportive of service personnel. And if it all comes to an end very soon it will be no reflection on his abilities. 

He has made a good fist of the energy brief, a subject he knew little about, and proved that he's capable of being a party spokesman and a loyal party member.

BreakingFire crews at scene of Norwich blaze

Fire crews are at the scene of a blaze near the Mile Cross recycling centre in Norwich.

Five fire engines are at the blaze in a building in Swanton Road. The road is blocked while emergency services deal with the incident.

Norfolk Police force referred to watchdog over fatal crash

Norfolk Police has referred itself to the police watchdog over a car crash in which a 19-year-old man died.

The Peugeot 106 crashed at Captain's Pond, Westwick, near North Walsham, at 03:00 on Sunday after a short pursuit by a police car.

Addenbrooke's Hospital

The driver was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with serious head injuries, but later died. 

Norfolk Police said it had informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It has also ordered a full independent investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Elected mayor 'could bring new money' for housing

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Extra money for housing in Norwich and Ipswich could result from agreement for a new mayor, Norfolk county councillors have been told.

Evelyn Simak/Geograph

The council is meeting today to decide whether to back government plans for an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk.

A report to the meeting says the government has agreed an extra £30m over five years to be split evenly between Norwich and Ipswich to meet their housing needs if the mayor plans are backed.

Plans for elected mayor go before Norfolk County Council

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans for an elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk go before Norfolk County Council today.


In March the government announced plans for one East Anglian mayor but this was rejected by a number of councils.

Earlier this month council leaders backed plans for two elected mayors: one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and one for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Today Norfolk County Council is looking at the plans and later in the week district councils in the county are considering them.

Norwich climber died after slipping down waterfall

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A British backpacker who died climbing Vietnam's highest mountain fell to his death after slipping down a steep waterfall, his family has confirmed.

Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, set off to climb the Fansipan mountain alone on 3 June. 

The Anglia Ruskin University graduate called his girlfriend to say he had fallen, injuring himself. His phone stopped working the next morning. His body was found on 9 June. 

Post-mortem tests showed he died at about 07:00 on 4 June, after falling 60ft (18m) into a shallow pool.

Brady ends Euro 2016 campaign with another goal

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Robbie Brady says his Republic of Ireland side let a place in the quarter-finals of the Euro's slip from their grasp.

Robbie Brady
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Brady scored a penalty inside the opening few minutes to put his national side ahead against France.

The hosts came back to win 2-1.

Brady and teammate Wes Hoolahan will now take a brief holiday before returning to Norwich for pre-season training.

Norwich South MP crticises shadow cabinet resignations

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, newly appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet, has criticised the resignation of 16 colleagues.

Clive Lewis
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"I don't think now [after the EU referendum] is the time for us to start arguing among ourselves, especially at a time when the government is in disarray," he said.

"It is not right that a group of MPs hold the membership [who voted for Corbyn] to ransom."

New shadow minister talks of 'great responsibility'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The newly-appointed shadow defence minister Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has talked about the "great responsibility" of taking on the role.

Clive Lewis MP

Mr Lewis, a former BBC Look East reporter, served as a platoon commander in the Territorial Army in Afghanistan.

He joins a reshaped cabinet after 16 shadow cabinet ministers resigned yesterday and today in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Norwich bishop calls for prayer for country after referendum

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, has called on people to pray for our country and the people of Europe following the EU referendum.

Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James

He also called for unity following a "shrill, bruising and alienating" campaign.

In a statement, the bishop said so much was unpredictable following the Brexit vote.

All voting areas in the diocese except Norwich chose to leave the European Union.

BreakingNorwich South MP Clive Lewis enters shadow cabinet

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has been appointed as shadow defence secretary by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Weather: Cloudy start, sunny spells... dry overnight

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today, a rather cloudy start with outbreaks of rain. However, this will quickly clear with the cloud breaking and sunny spells developing. The rest of the day will remain dry, and with light winds it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine with highs of 19C (66F).

Tonight, a dry end to the day with some evening sunshine. Overnight, it will remain dry, with clear spells developing and light winds with lows of 14C (57F).

Good morning and welcome to Norfolk Live

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello and thanks for joining us for Monday's Norfolk Live, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

Norwich Cathedral

Today there's a call for unity in the wake of the EU Referendum result from the Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James, and more flood problems in the south of Norfolk.