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Summary

  1. Death of Norfolk man near Spanish nightclub "not suspicious" say police
  2. Great Yarmouth Town FC to rearrange training sessions after travellers move on to its training pitch
  3. Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss backs Theresa May for Tory leadership
  4. Updates on Monday, 4 July 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today's Norfolk Live

One of our main stories today has been the confirmation by Spanish police that the death near Barcelona of Sam Alger, who originally came from the Swaffham area, is not being treated as suspicious.

It's also been revealed that extra measures are being put in place to prevent public car parks in Great Yarmouth becoming temporary travellers' camps.

For more on these and other stories, don't forget you can scroll down to see what other news we've brought you during the day.

Overnight weather: Cloud will thicken with a risk of some light rain

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening cloud will continue to thicken from the south-west and may produce an odd spot of rain. Tonight the risk of some light rain or drizzle continues and it’ll be warm with temperatures falling to about 14C (57F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

The last of any rain and drizzle should quickly clear on Tuesday morning to leave a largely fine and dry day with some spells of sunshine. 

It won’t feel as muggy with the winds becoming moderate north-westerly and temperatures reaching 21C (70F).

Get the full forecast from BBC Weather.

Lifeguards return to beaches for the summer

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution says it is prepared for peak season with lifeguards returning to 16 beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk.  

Beach at Great Yarmouth
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With schools on the brink of breaking up and the weather set to get warmer, patrols will take place between 10:00 to 18:00.

Last year lifeguards dealt with nearly 700 incidents in Norfolk, rescuing 55 people and saving eight lives.

Travel: Long delays around A10 at Setchey

BBC Travel

The A10 is partially blocked at Setchey, and there's queuing traffic and long delays in both directions around the Setch Road junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles and an oil spillage.

Plans for 170 homes in Downham Market approved

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

An outline plan for 170 homes south-east of Downham Market has been approved by King's Lynn and West Norfolk councillors today, despite worries about road safety on the A1122. 

King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council
Google

The estate, proposed by The Grosvenor Partnership, would be south of the main road, had been opposed by Downham Market Town Council.

Ray Wilkins expects Norwich City to shine

Norwich Evening News

The back page of the Norwich Evening News looks like this:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
Norwich Evening News

Woman tells of her ordeal at the hands of a robber

Norwich Evening News

This is the front page of the Norwich Evening News:

Norwich Evening News front page
Norwich Evening News

Sexton: I'm ready to fire first shots

Eastern Daily Press

And here's the back page of the Eastern Daily Press:

EDP back page
Eastern Daily Press

Region's GP crisis is laid bare

Eastern Daily Press

Here's the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

EDP front page
Eastern Daily Press

UEA vice-chancellor: City and county have 'always been welcoming'

We've been following the campaign by civic leaders in Norfolk against hate crimes.

UEA
N Chadwick/Geograph

The UEA has joined the police and county council to speak out following the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Prof David Richardson, UEA vice-chancellor, said: "Some of the brightest and the best from all over the world come to UEA and study and work in Norwich.

"The city and the county have always been welcoming and I'm sure that will continue to be the case. 

"If our staff or students experience any form of hatred it will be not tolerated and action will be taken."

Council leader: 'Hate crime will not be tolerated here'

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan has spoken out against hate crimes, saying Norfolk has a "history of welcoming people from abroad".

Cliff Jordan
Norfolk County Council

The council has joined the UEA and Norfolk Police to fight hate crime following the EU referendum, as we reported earlier.

Mr Jordan (pictured) said: "All forms of hate crime are unacceptable and they will not be tolerated here. 

"Hatred can only ever damage communities and undermines the safety and wellbeing of all our residents across our county. Everyone has a right to feel safe and confident about who they are."

UEA joins Norfolk Police and county to hit out at hate

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The University of East Anglia and its student union has joined Norfolk Police and the county council to warn there will be zero tolerance of hate crimes following the EU referendum.

EU and Union flags
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Nationally there has been a rise in reported hate crimes since last Thursday's EU referendum. 

Ch Insp David Buckley, of Norfolk Police, said: "We want to reassure our communities that while we have only seen a small number of reports, hate crime will not be tolerated in any form. 

"What was considered a hate crime last week will still be considered a hate crime this week and officers and staff will do everything within their powers to bring those who commit such crimes before the courts."

Death of Norfolk man in Spain 'not suspicious'

The death of a Norfolk man near Barcelona is not being treated as suspicious, Spanish police have confirmed.

Sam Alger
Missing Sam Alger Facebook page

Sam Alger, 25, originally from Necton, near Swaffham, died after a night out last month.

He had last been seen outside the Elrow club on 19 June. 

His body was found on nearby farmland two days later. 

Police said a post-mortem examination showed his death was not suspicious and the investigation had closed.    

Security stepped-up at car parks to block travellers' access

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Extra measures are being put in place to prevent public car parks becoming temporary traveller camps.

Beach Coach Station car park
Google

More than a dozen caravans pitched up on Great Yarmouth High School's Barnard Bridge Playing Field yesterday.

Great Yarmouth Town FC, which trains there, has reported damage to goals and the county council has started legal proceedings to evict the travellers. 

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has increased security at its seafront car parks and checked height-restriction barriers are locked.

County council visits site of travellers' encampment in Great Yarmouth

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We're covering the news that travellers have moved on to Great Yarmouth Football Club's Barnard Bridge training pitch. 

Norfolk County Council, which owns the site, has told the BBC: "We will be working with partnership agencies in line with the Norfolk Unauthorised Encampment Protocol."

Council officers and Norfolk Police have visited the site today.

Elizabeth Truss MP backs Theresa May

South West Norfolk MP and Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has tweeted her backing for Home Secretary Theresa May in the Conservative leadership contest.

Despite backing the Remain campaign in the EU referendum, she then announced her support for Boris Johnson as new Tory leader, before he pulled out of the contest.

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Liz Truss MP
BBC

Suspect has three days to appeal Luxembourg extradition

A man arrested in connection with the murders of a couple who lived at Weybread, near Harleston, has three days to appeal against his extradition to the UK.

Ali Qazimaj
Suffolk Police

Ali Qazimaj, 42, was arrested last month, after a European Arrest Warrant was issued. Today he was told by a district court in Luxembourg that his extradition to the UK would be upheld.

The body of 75-year-old Peter Stuart was found close to the home on 3 June. 

Police have been searching for his wife Sylvia, 69. She is also presumed dead.

The couple were last seen at Pulham Market, near Diss, on 29 May.

Commissioner warns of 'unspoken epidemic' of rural crime

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk's new police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has said there is an "unspoken epidemic" of rural crime.

Lorne Green
BBC

He's been speaking at the Norfolk Rural Support Network "Rural Crime - a discussion"  conference in Honingham Thorpe, near Norwich, which aims to share tips and advice of preventing thefts from farms.

Norfolk Police and security company Farmwatch Ltd are also at the conference.

Kett's Rebellion in Norwich

One of the most significant events in Norwich history, Kett's Rebellion, started 467 years ago this week.

A representation of Kett's Rebellion
Getty Images

Led by Wymondham man, Robert Kett, thousands of people marched on Norwich to protest at the fencing-off of common land by rich landowners, and concerns over unemployment and declining wages.

The event was commemorated with a play performed with a cast of more than 50 people at several locations across the city as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebration.

A representation of Kett's Rebellion
Getty Images

Lord Mayor's fireworks lights up Norwich night sky

Thousands of people came into Norwich over the weekend to enjoy the annual Lord Mayor's Celebration which included a carnival procession through the city, street theatre, live music and a fireworks display over Norwich Castle.

Lord Mayor's celebration fireworks 2016
David Morrell

Photographer David Morrell took advantage of the view of the city's skyline from Mousehold Heath to capture these stunning photographs of the 15-minute display.

Lord Mayor's celebration fireworks 2016
David Morrell
Lord Mayor's celebration fireworks 2016
David Morrell

Dereham Town sign Mike Gatting's nephew to play football

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Dereham Town have confirmed that Joe Gatting will be part of their team in the Ryman League next season. 

The former Brighton and Hove Albion forward also played County cricket for Sussex and Hampshire and is currently with Swardeston in the East Anglian Premier League.

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The 28-year old is the son of Steve Gatting, who is now Arsenal's Under-21 manager, and is the nephew of former England cricket captain Mike. 

Wymondham Festival on BBC Radio Norfolk

Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight will be featured on Stephen Bumfrey's show on BBC Radio Norfolk this afternoon.

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King's Lynn care firm concerns over migrant workers

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A business in Norfolk that relies on migrant workers says Britain's vote to leave the European Union has left its workers nervous about the future.

Care Company, King's Lynn
Google

About 70% of the workforce at The Care Company, King's Lynn, are eastern European. 

Mark von Haartman, managing director, said: "The staff work incredibly hard and they are doing work that other people don't want to do.

"As far as the future is concerned, I think we need reassurance by the government that the people who have come here to work should be allowed to stay."

Cricket: Early collapse for Norfolk at Staffordshire

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk have lost four wickets inside the opening hour of the second day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Staffordshire. 

Norfolk are 55 for 4, having been 42 without loss overnight. James Spelman (22), Sam Arthurton (18), Lewis Denmark (9) and Ashley Watson (0) have all gone this morning. 

It leaves them 270 runs adrift of Staffs' first innings total with six wickets standing. 

Speed camera checks in Norfolk

There are speed checks taking place today at the following places:

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Double blow for Norfolk's cricket team

Norfolk have lost two wickets in the opening quarter-of-an-hour's play on the second day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Staffordshire. 

Openers James Spelman and Sam Arthurton had safely guided them to 42 for no loss at the end of day one in reply to Staffordshire's 325 for 9.

But both players are now out, leaving Norfolk at 45 for 2, still 280 runs behind.

Peter and Sylvia Stuart case: Murder suspect in court

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man wanted for questioning on suspicion of murdering a couple who lived near the Norfolk/Suffolk border is due in court in Luxembourg today.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Ali Qazimaj, 42, was arrested last month, after a European Arrest Warrant was issued. The body of 75-year-old Peter Stuart was found close to the home in Weybread, near Harleston, on 3 June. 

Police have been searching for his wife Sylvia, 69. She is also presumed dead.

The couple were last seen at Pulham Market, near Diss, on 29 May.

Mist over Billingford

BBC Weather presenter Kate Kinsella has tweeted a picture of mist in Norfolk this morning, courtesy of BBC Weather Watcher mfkok.

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Great Yarmouth FC's training hit

We've covering the news that Great Yarmouth Football Club is having to rearrange its training sessions after travellers moved on to its Barnard Bridge training pitch.

Travellers on the pitch
BBC

Wayne Hunter, who is The Bloaters' Under-18s manager, told BBC Radio Norfolk: "Travellers have entered the field. 

"Unfortunately for the club it means that with our training we have had to make alternative arrangements.

"Our under-18s are normally training down the field, sometimes two or three times a week."

Travellers move on to Great Yarmouth Football Club training ground

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Great Yarmouth Town FC says it's having to re-arrange its training sessions this week, after travellers moved on to its Barnard Bridge training pitch.

Travellers on the training ground
BBC

The pitch is also used by Great Yarmouth High School for PE lessons. 

The leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Graham Plant, says on Twitter that the local environmental health department, police, and the school are all aware, and are taking legal steps to remove the travellers.

Norfolk star in Grand Prix speedway contention

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars rider Robert Lambert has taken a step closer to qualifying for speedway's Grand Prix series.

The 18-year old from Foulsham scored six points from three rides at the qualifying event in Lunigo over the weekend. 

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Lambert now goes forward to the Grand Prix Challenge in Sweden in September. He'll need to finish in the top three to join the sport's top riders in 2017.

Weather: Sunny with cloud later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be bright and sunny with variable cloud. This cloud will increase later, but it will remain dry until after dark. Feeling warm or muggy in sunshine and light winds. Highs of 22C (72F).

Occasionally bright this evening, but cloudier later with occasional rain after dark. A northwesterly breeze will develop later in the night. Lows of 17C (63F). 

Swardeston through to National Cup quarter finals

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Staying with cricket... Swardeston Cricket Club will be flying the flag for Norfolk in the last eight of the ECB National Trophy for the second year in a row. 

They beat Wanstead and Snaresbrook by 75 runs at The Common in the last 16 of the competition on Sunday. 

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Batsman Freddie Ruffell was the star for Swardeston, scoring 108 off 69 balls to help them recover from being 77 for 4 to a score of 296 for 9 from 45 overs. 

Norfolk batsmen make solid start

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

In sport - Norfolk will resume this morning on 42 without loss on the second day of their Minor Counties Championship match at Staffordshire, 283 runs behind. 

James Spelman is 22 not out and Sam Arthurton is on 16. They safely came through the final hour of the first day after Staffs had posted 325 for 9 from their 90 overs. 

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Brett Stolworthy was the pick of the bowlers for Norfolk, taking three for 54, including the wicket of Sam Kelsall who made 115. 

We'll keep you updated throughout the day.

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.  

Today we'll be covering the story of a Norfolk football club hit by travellers moving on to its training pitch and a Thetford council event hoping to reassure it's migrant population after the Brexit vote.  

We'll also have some more pictures from the spectacular firework display in Norwich on Saturday night as part of the annual Lord Mayor's celebrations.

Fireworks over Norwich Castle
Daniel Elvery