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  1. Kevin Toye jailed for six years for manslaughter of son
  2. Man found guilty of murdering Andrew McGowan in Great Yarmouth
  3. Day two of the Royal Norfolk Show
  4. Third Norfolk council rejects devolution deal
  5. Poultry firm Bernard Matthews up for sale
  6. Updates on Thursday, 30 June 2016

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By Mariam Issimdar and Zoe Applegate

All times stated are UK

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Our coverage for the day

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of the Royal Norfolk Show and the rest of the day's events.

We learnt that the once "bootiful" Bernard Matthews firm is to be put up for sale and a third Norfolk council has rejected the latest devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk. 

The team will be back from 08:00 tomorrow. Have a peaceful evening. 

Weather: Patchy rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will turn cloudy this evening with some patchy light rain overnight, but this will clear by the morning. 

Lows of 13C (55C).

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BBC Weather has more details. 

Rapper Franko Fraize to support Rudimental at Thetford Forest

Franko Fraize says he's delighted to be playing his home town alongside international dance group Rudimental tonight.

"It's gonna be a proper sentimental one!" he tweeted.

Franko Fraize

Both acts will be playing High Lodge at Thetford Forest. 

Union urges meeting with Bernard Matthews management

The union representing workers at Bernard Matthews is calling for a meeting with management to discuss details about its announcement that it is putting the firm up for sale.

Steve Harley

Unite says the news is extremely "worrying" for its 500 members at factories in Norfolk and Suffolk, adding that they are now "facing a great deal of uncertainty."

Steve Harley says the union has a scheduled meeting with the company on July 15 to discuss pay, but it had not been informed officially about the latest decision: 

Our message to the company is, 'Let's get around the table. Give us a full understanding of what the situation is and let us work together on the security of the business and the security of our members.'"

Steve HarleyUnite

TV could be 'putting people off teaching', says Norfolk training boss

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Away from the Royal Norfolk Show, the head of a teacher-training course in Norwich says TV programmes could be putting people off going into the classroom. 


Norfolk Teacher Training Centre says it can be hard to attract teachers to the county. 

Paul McCann, who runs the centre, said TV shows painted a poor picture of education in the country.

"They have done quite a damaging job of making people who don't know otherwise think that working in a school is very difficult and arduous," he said.

"The behaviour management you might find on the TV show Waterloo Road you won't find in most schools in the country, let alone the county."

Out and about at the Royal Norfolk Show

Here are children from Alderman Payne Primary School, at Parsons Drove, near Wisbech, enjoying the show. Joe and Willow (back and front respectively) said their best bit was cuddling some chicks, but Annabelle (second left) enjoyed climbing on board the fire engine the most.

Pupils from Alderman Payne Primary School, Parsons Drove, near Wisbech

Watch two budding journalists report on the Royal Norfolk Show: 

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Broads Authority asks 'Poodunnit?' at show

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Poodunnit is the name of a game to match animals with their droppings - situated in the new Broads 'village' in a corner of the showground.

Poo samples

The Broads Authority's Rob Rogers said the game started off a joke in the office, but it has a serious purpose.

"Droppings are how our ecologists work out what animals are living where," he said. "We also had a good sniff and while deer droppings are fragrant because their diet is plant-based, you can't go anywhere near a fox's without your eyes watering as they are scavengers and eat a lot of meat."

I am told Poodunnit features droppings from one of the ecologist's guinea pigs, named Jennifer Aniston on account of her enviable quiff.

Officer convicted over indecent images of children

A police officer has been found guilty of having indecent images of children on his computer.

Police jacket

PC Timothy Peel, 37, from Norwich, who was based at Wymondham Police Station, had his home searched by police in May last year.

His computer contained five indecent images and one extreme pornographic image. He denied three offences but was convicted by magistrates in Ipswich.

Peel, who has been suspended since May 2015, will be sentenced on 25 July.

Andrew McGowan: Murderer jailed for 17 years

Warren Blake, 18, one of two men tried and found guilty of murdering Andrew McGowan last year in Great Yarmouth has been jailed for 17 years at Norwich Crown Court.

Scales of justice

Sentencing for Tevin Birmingham, 22, from Ipswich, who was convicted of manslaughter, has been adjourned until a later date.   

The court heard Blake and Birmingham were involved in a heated confrontation with Mr McGowan over drugs which ended with the victim being stabbed five times at a flat in Dickens Court last November.

Sky-diver: 'It's windy up there but not as bad as yesterday'

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Even when you're a fully-fledged action man jumping out of a plane at 3,000ft, there's still plenty of mundane clearing away to do afterwards.

Still, at least you can do it while lapping up the thunderous applause of the crowd.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, set off from Norwich Airport today before dropping into the grand ring.

RAF Falcons

One team member told me: "It was windy up there today but below 20 knots otherwise we can't jump and definitely not as bad as yesterday."

That was when the team's guide had to stick his head out of the plane in a 70mph headwind at 2,500ft.  

Union 'disappointed' it wasn't told about Bernard Matthews sale

Steve Harley, regional officer for Unite, which represents about 400 Bernard Matthews employees, said he was "disappointed that the company has not seen fit to inform the union directly" that it has been put up for sale.

Bernard Matthews
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Bernard Matthews was named after its founder, who died aged 80 in 2010.

The multi-millionaire, famous for his "bootiful" catchphrase, began his rise to prominence in 1950 when he bought 20 turkey eggs and an incubator at a market in Acle, Norfolk.

Andrew McGowan murder: Flat was 'well-known drug-dealing spot'

During Warren Blake and Tevin Birmingham's trial for the murder of Andrew McGowan, the court heard the flat in Dickens Court where he died was a well-known place for drug dealing.

Dickens Court

The two men who were eventually charged with murder went to the flats to sell drugs on 14 November last year, prosecutor Andrew Radcliffe said.

Blake has this afternoon been convicted of murder, while Birmingham was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

'Your culpability remains high', judge tells killer father

The judge sentencing Kevin Toye for the manslaughter of his six-year-old son Baylee Varley told him: "You must bear responsibility…It is clear that none of the catastrophic injuries which Baylee suffered happened at birth."

Mr Justice Spencer, sitting at Norwich Crown Court, told Toye, 29: "To cause those injuries you need not have shaken Baylee for more than a few seconds. You must have done it in frustration or temper. I have no doubt that you instantly regretted what you’d done.

"Only you know the truth of what happened that night. 

"Your culpability, in my opinion, remains high. You destroyed his quality of life. His disability must have been a daily reminder.”

Kevin Toye
Norfolk Police

Animal magic at Royal Norfolk Show

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

It wouldn't be the Royal Norfolk Show without a few good old-fashioned animal pictures...

Here are some of the creatures I've spotted so far today, including Oxford breed sheep, Suffolk breed sheep and a rather spectacular chicken.

Oxford Down sheep
Suffolk Breed sheep

Andrew McGowan murder: Warren Blake found guilty following trial

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Two men were charged with the murder of Andrew McGowan (pictured), who bled to death at a flat in Dickens Court, Great Yarmouth, in November.

Andrew McGowan
Norfolk Police

Today, a Norwich Crown Court jury returned its verdict after hearing weeks of evidence.

Warren Blake, 18, of Thorncliffe Road, south London, was found guilty of murder. Tevin Birmingham, 21, of Spring Road, Ipswich, was convicted of manslaughter.

They're due to be sentenced this afternoon.

BreakingMan convicted over Andrew McGowan murder in Great Yarmouth

A man has been found guilty of the murder of Andrew McGowan, who was stabbed to death at a flat in Great Yarmouth in November.

More to follow. 

Dettori comes to Yarmouth

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Three-time Champion Jockey Frankie Dettori is in action at Great Yarmouth races today.

The Italian rides in four of the eight races at the track.

The first gets under way at 13:50.

Frankie Dettori
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Investigation into boy's death 'extremely tragic'

Following the conviction of Kevin Toye at Norwich Crown Court, police said the investigation into Baylee Varley's death had been "extremely tragic... from the very beginning".

Toye has been jailed for six years for manslaughter at Norwich Crown Court.

Norwich Crown Court

"Baylee's early death was sadly inevitable given the extent of the catastrophic injuries he suffered when only a few weeks old," said Det Con Mike Proctor, from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team.

"Our intention throughout this investigation has been to give Baylee a voice and to seek appropriate justice for him."

Baylee Varley 'put in stress and pain' by injuries

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Sentencing Kevin Toye to six years in prison over the death of his son, Norwich Crown Court heard six-year-old Baylee was put through stress and pain by his injuries.

In Toye's defence, Simon Spence QC said: "The evidence suggests that but for this incident he was a loving and caring parent, and of previous good character."

Judge Mr Justice Spencer said Toye's failure to acknowledge his involvement in his son's death six years after he was injured in 2008 was "an aggravating factor".

Kevin Toye jailed for manslaughter of his son

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Kevin Toye, 29, was convicted of the manslaughter of his six-year-old son by a jury at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

During his trial, the court heard Baylee Varley was taken to hospital in March 2008, when he was a month old. He had severe brain damage, which led to his death in March 2014.

Baylee had been in the sole care of his dad when he was injured. A police investigation carried out at the time was discontinued, but was reopened after Baylee's death.

Toye has been jailed for six years.

BreakingFather jailed over killing of six-year-old son

A father accused of killing his son who died from head injuries has been jailed for six years.

Baylee Varley, 6, died in Ormesby in March 2014.

More to follow.

Police dog makes a new friend at Norfolk Show

Family 'absolutely devastated' by death of teen in car crash

The family of a 19-year-old man who died in a car crash in Westwick early on Sunday morning say he was a "kind, fun-loving and thoughtful young gentleman".

The family of Preston Fulcher, from North Walsham, said they were "absolutely devastated" by his death.

Preston Fulcher
Norfolk Police

"Preston was such a comedian, he would always have everyone laughing and there was never a dull moment when he was around," they said.

"We will try to stay strong, which of course is going to be a struggle, but his memory will live on and he will be greatly missed by all."

Officer convicted over child porn photos

A police officer based in Wymondham has been found guilty of having indecent images of children on his computer.

Police jacket
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Officer convicted over child porn photos

A police officer is found guilty of having indecent images of children on his computer.

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Young girl and her pet calf steal the show

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Imagine being just five years old and having your own doe-eyed pet calf. 

Olivia Shipley looked as proud as could be showing off her grandad's four-month-old Holstein at the country's biggest agricultural show. 

Olivia and her cow

What's more, this farming lark must be in the genes. She told me how both she and her cow, called Naomi, came second in both the best young handler and best Holstein calf classes. 

"Leading Naomi into the ring" has been her highlight of the show so far, she told me.

Brass band blasts out familiar song as squadron starts drill show

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

The RAF's ceremonial display unit, The Queen's Colour Squadron, has just marched into the ring to perform one of their world-class drill shows, accompanied by The Band of the Royal Air Force College.

RAF's ceremonial display unit

The brass band has gone into full rousing mode, but moments before the squadron entered, it broke out into an upbeat version of Pharrell Williams' Happy. 

I wasn't expecting that.

Norfolk Show: Fantastic floristry on display

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Out of the corner of my eye while walking along one of the main avenues, I spotted an amazing towering floral arrangement so popped into the Easton and Otley College tent to take a closer look. 

I found floristry student Chloe Harries and Emma Cossey putting the final touches to some beautiful buttonholes to give away to visitors. So get down there quick and treat your lapels!

Floristry at Norfolk Show

Wristband plan to reunite lost children with parents at Norfolk Show

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Free child wristbands are being handed out at all the main gates by various Norfolk branches of the Lions Club. 

Parents just need to write their mobile numbers on the straps so they can be easily reunited with their children should they wander off and get lost. 

Norfolk show

Harvey Sturman, 4, of Norwich, had one popped on his wrist before going off to seek out his favourite attractions - lorries and tractors! 

Lions Club International has its main stand (233) at avenue seven.

Picture: Prince enjoys ale at Royal Norfolk Show

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Yesterday we told you that the Prince of Wales, who doesn't normally drink on duty, decided to break his rule when offered a glass of pale ale as he toured the Royal Norfolk Show.

Well, here are a couple of pictures of him enjoying his beer. 

Prince Charles at the Royal Norfolk Show

As he walked past the stands displaying everything from English whisky to artisan cheeses, the prince stopped at a beer display.

Jan Vecqueray, deputy manager of the Adnams store in Stamford, Lincolnshire, poured him a glass of the Suffolk brewer's Ghost Ship pale ale and the prince sniffed the brew before tasting it.

Prince Charles

The prince smiled and said "very good" before taking another sip of the drink, which is dubbed "Ghostly Pale Ale" and has an alcoholic strength of 4.5%. 

Canaries favourite Holt joins Hibs

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City hero Grant Holt is back in the game. 

Holt has signed a one-year contract to play for Scottish Championship side Hibernian. He's new manager Neil Lennon's first signing.

The three-time Canaries player of the year played for League One Rochdale in the second half of last season.

Grant Holt

Five councils in Norfolk and Suffolk to vote on devolution plans

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Five councils across Norfolk and Suffolk are to vote today on the latest devolution deal for the area. 

Ipswich riverside

In Norfolk, Great Yarmouth Borough, King's Lynn and South Norfolk councils will vote tonight, while in Suffolk the county council and Suffolk Coastal will decide if they will support the plans today.

Yesterday, Norwich, Breckland and Broadland councils rejected the latest draft of the deal which would see a joint mayor for the two combined counties, as well as more money over five years for a range of projects to encourage economic growth. 

This includes £130m over five years to support house-building and £225m on transport.

Truss tries to reassure farmers

The MP for South West Norfolk says farming is high on the agenda after Britain's vote to leave the EU, adding it has "a strong future". 


As the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, Elizabeth Truss could be one of those negotiating a new deal for Norfolk's farmers. 

But Ben Underwood, from the Country Land and Business Association, met with Ms Truss yesterday and said people in the industry weren't convinced. 

I was quite disappointed with the level of certainty we received. All we really got was a promise until 2018. They're starting work now on Plan B. Clearly there never was a plan B and that was disappointing. We'll be making sure that we push for the government to get a plan in place."

Ben UnderwoodCountry Land and Business Association

Traffic running smoothly into showground

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Morning. I'm back at the showground, having taken the bus again.

It was a super-quick trip from the city centre on a near-full bus, taking just under 20 minutes.

Surprisingly, considering the long tailbacks along the inside lane of the A47 yesterday, there were no queues and the traffic was free-flowing as far as the roundabout into the car park. 

Unbelievable, maybe - but see the photographic evidence for proof!

Showground traffic

Third local council rejects devolution deal

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A third Norfolk authority has decided not to support devolution plans for Norfolk and Suffolk, which would see an elected mayor for the two counties.

Devolution document

Councillors in North Norfolk voted against the proposal. Already this week Norwich and Breckland councils have rejected the plans, which now appear to be in turmoil. 

Three more Norfolk councils have yet to decide whether they will endorse the latest proposals which would also see the counties get more control of housing policy, roads and transport projects. Suffolk councils will also be voting on the plans. 

Bernard Matthews up for sale

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Europe's biggest turkey producer, Bernard Matthews, has been put up for sale

Getty Images

The firm, which employs more than 2,000 people across Norfolk and Suffolk, emailed staff saying the company's owner had appointed advisers to check out prospective buyers. 

It said the poultry firm had experienced "disappointing results" over the last year. The company was bought by Rutland Partners in 2013.  

Travel: Royal Norfolk Show

If you're heading to the show here's the latest on the travel situation. On the A47, drivers are starting to queue from Longwater on the slip road heading from Yarmouth, Acle and the southern bypass.

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Weather: Bright spells with a few showers

BBC Weather

If you're heading for the show today the weather bodes much better than yesterday.

It will certainly be warmer with temperatures peaking around 19C (66F). 

Although cloudy this morning it will be mostly dry, however some well scattered showers are forecast for later this afternoon. 

BBC Weather has more details. 

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for the county today. 

We'll be bringing you more from the Royal Norfolk Show, alongside other news and sport, of course. 

Thought this picture might make you laugh... traffic heading to the showground running smoothly so far. 


Our other main story, which broke late last night, is that one of Norfolk's most famous companies, Bernard Matthews, has told staff it's being put up for sale.