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Summary

  1. Former teacher at Norfolk boarding school convicted of 27 sex assaults against eight boys
  2. Norfolk's Alfie Hewett and partner Gordon Reid win men's wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon
  3. Teenager motorcyclist 'making good progress' after Snetterton crash
  4. Updates on Monday, 11 July 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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That's a wrap from Norfolk Live

That's all for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the county.

Today we've brought you the news that a former boarding school teacher has been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils, concerns over the delay in announcing the winner of the new rail franchise for East Anglia and more on Alfie Hewett's Wimbledon win.

Have a good evening. 

School abuse victim: 'It's important people do come forward'

Gary, one of the victims of Gerard Singer, said since he was sexually abused he had found it hard to trust people.

"We can only learn from this. It's important people do come forward," he said. 

School abuse victim on convictions: 'I feel believed'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

One of the victims of sex abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk has been speaking after his ex-teacher Gerard Singer was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

Gary, now 48, was a pupil at St George's School and said he was abused when he was 11 years old.

"The main thing is that I feel believed," he said.

"I can still picture the room and the smells in incredible detail."

City's pitch and putt course closes

The pitch and putt course at Mousehold Heath in Norwich has been closed until further notice. 

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A council spokeswoman says there's been a "spillover of rubbish and waste" from a travellers' encampment on land near the Open Academy, leaving the course completely unusable.

Players have also reported disturbance to their games. 

Money pours in for arson attack shop

Nearly £30,000 has been raised for an eastern European shop in Norwich that was damaged in an arson attack on Friday.

There were big queues outside The Village Shop, in Magdalen Street, at the weekend, and messages of support written on love hearts were left outside.

A crowdfunding page was set up with the aim of raising £500 for the owners. A moment ago, it had reached £29,574. 

Crowds outside the Village Shop in Magdalen Street
BBC

Revolutionary bladder treatment wins award

A revolutionary bladder treatment that helps to change patients' lives has led to an award for staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

Nursing staff with their award
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Men and women, ranging from teenagers to pensioners, undergo an initial course of 12 half-hour treatments, where a pin is inserted just above the ankle sending an electrical stimulus to the bladder via the tibial nerve.

The treatment acts as a "reset" button for patients who are suffering from a range of issues, such as overactive bladder. 

The Brancaster Outpatients Unit has now been awarded a Centre of Excellence title for the high standard of care provided to patients undergoing the treatment. Specialist nurse Jane Wolfe says the hospital is now hoping to offer the treatment to people suffering from bowel problems.

Conference discusses church thefts

Theft of lead and other items from churches in Norfolk costs the Diocese of Norwich thousands of pounds, with specialist insurers Ecclesiastical  saying the county is particularly vulnerable because many of its churches are isolated.

Roof of Hevingham church, showing where the lead has been stolen
BBC

The diocese is hosting a conference in Norwich today to discuss the issues, and spokeswoman Caroline Rawlings says it is looking at ways of tackling the problem, including using terne-coated steel and zinc to replace lead products.   

We want our buildings to be open and welcoming so that we can do our core-function work... we want to be able to put alarms on buildings so that we're protected and can concentrate on what we need to do."

Caroline RawlingsDiocese of Norwich

Watch: Memories of Norwich's Aquapark

Mark Bulstrode

BBC News

We mentioned that hundreds of you have been sharing your memories of a water attraction that opened 25 years ago this month.

Aquapark, which has since closed, opened in Norwich in June 1991.

Video posted on the BBC Look East Facebook page has been shared hundreds of times, with nearly 500 people recalling their memories of the facility.

Jenny Johnson wrote: "Used to love going there... it looked great back then, shame it's gone," and Karen Robinson commented: "It was wonderful, had many a happy time there, bring it back."  

Weather: A mostly dry night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells and scattered showers to end the day, with some of the showers heavy in places and possibly thundery.

Tonight will be mostly dry, with temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather chart for 0500 Tuesday, showing temperatures of 15(C) across Norfolk
BBC Weather

There will be some sunshine tomorrow, with also more showers - with the light winds there could be slow-moving, torrential and thundery downpours.

Temperatures reaching a maximum of 20C (68F).

You can find more details on BBC Weather

Your memories of Norwich Aquapark

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Your memories of the Norwich Aquapark have been flooding in after the BBC Look East Facebook page looked back at its opening 25 years ago.

Water slide at the Aquapark
BBC
  • Jo Hall: This is where my son became a water babe when he was little, we loved going round the whirlpool ... wish it was still there. 
  • Lianne Croxford: I went there around 1991 time when i was at high school. I can remember my bum and legs being left sore when going down the slides as could feel the joins in the slide. Didnt stop me from keep going on them though!
  • Emma Simmons: I was part of the opening ceremony ... the Hellesdon Synchronised swimming team!

The pool at the Aquapark
BBC

And we couldn't resist this one from former BBC Radio Norfolk reporter Olly Day: 

  • Olly Day: I was there reporting for Radio Norfolk that day too. I got thrown out for weeping in the water ... it was from the top diving board!

Train company still awaiting decision on new rail franchise

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Train company Abellio Greater Anglia, which runs services from London Liverpool Street across East Anglia, is one of three bidders for the new regional rail franchise.

The winner was due to be announced last month, but rail pressure group Railfuture says it believes the Brexit vote has caused a delay as the Department of Transport and all three bidders are looking again at the numbers. 

Train leaving Norwich station
BBC

In response, Abellio has issued a statement saying: "We find ourselves in exactly the same place as the other bidders and that is awaiting the decision of the Department of Transport. We have no reason to believe that it is nothing other than business as usual at the DfT."

The Department for Transport says an announcement will be made in due course.

Rail franchise delay 'could make service worse'

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Rail campaigners say a delay over awarding a new rail franchise for East Anglia could be bad news for passengers.

The new franchise should have been awarded last month but it's thought an announcement was delayed by the vote to leave the European Union.

Train leaving station
BBC

Peter Wakefield, of transport pressure group, Railfuture, says a delay could make the service less reliable, with potentially more overcrowding and greater unreliability.   

It could mean the loss of some of our better trains as they go off-lease because already other train companies are looking at the best of our trains, wanting to hire them."

Peter WakefieldRailfuture

Watch: Alfie Hewett's delight at winning Wimbledon title

Norfolk tennis player Alfie Hewett says it was "unbelievable" that so many family members and friends were at Wimbledon at Saturday, when he won the wheelchair men's doubles title with partner Gordon Reid.

The pair, who were seeded second, beat their French opponents in a match lasting more than two-and-a-half hours.  

Alfie is loving life after epic victory

Norwich Evening News

The back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
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All you need is love...

Norwich Evening News

The Norwich Evening News has three positive stories on its front page today:

Front page of Norwich Evening News
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Weather: Heavy showers at times

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a fairly cloudy morning, but it has been brighter already this afternoon. 

The sun has made an appearance, as captured by BBC Weather Watcher Lisa with this photograph of the sunrise near North Creake.

Sunrise at North Creake
Weather Watcher/Lisa

Heavy showers are expected this afternoon, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 21C (70F).

BBC Weather has more details.

Victims of Gerard Singer should feel 'proud' they have helped bring him to justice, say police

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Police say the trial of Gerard Singer brings to a close one of the longest child sex abuse investigations ever carried out by the Suffolk force.

Det Con Karen Crowther said: "I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us."

Suffolk Police HQ
BBC

She added: "Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

"I hope that now these matters have been dealt with it will help them to deal with the awful events that took place at St George’s School.  

"They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than three decades.”

How the Gerard Singer investigation began

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Back now to our main story, the ex-teacher Gerard Singer who's been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils at the former St George's boarding school in Great Finborough.

In 1982 concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff at the school by reporter Roger Cook in a BBC Radio 4 programme. 

Suffolk Police began an investigation in 2009 when a number of ex-pupils of the school came forward and made allegations about abuse that had taken place during their time at the school.

Slade was arrested in 2010 and subsequently convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of a number of a sexual and physical assault offences relating to 12 boys. He was sentenced to 21 years' imprisonment, but died earlier this year.

Judge describes 'overwhelming' evidence against Gerard Singer

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

After the guilty verdicts were delivered by the jury at Ipswich Crown Court, the judge said: "This is overwhelming evidence.

"The defendant here had an entrenched pattern of sexual misconduct towards young boys between the ages of nine to 13 years-old. It had been in existence for 40 years."

Gerard Singer, who had been extradited from France to face trial, will be sentenced at a later date.

Gerard Singer left UK after he had been confronted about abuse

Gerard Singer, who's been found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of 27 of the 28 offences he'd been charged with, left the UK in 1981 after he had been confronted about the abuse.

Singer, who had been employed as a language teacher at St George's School, was convicted in 1998 of offences of sexual aggression on children under the age of 15 in France, relating to offences committed between 1994 and 1997.

Sentencing has been adjourned to a later date.

'No emotion' shown by Gerard Singer as jury gives 'guilty' verdicts on 27 charges

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

I've been at Ipswich Crown Court, where Gerard Singer stood in the dock wearing glasses, a light blue shirt and dark trousers. 

He had his hands clasped in front of him and looked intently at the court clerk as each count was read out to the jury foreman who replied "guilty" to every single one. That's 27 counts of sexual abuse against eight boys.

There was no emotion at all from Singer. 

Gerard Singer 'abused his position of trust'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Singer "abused his position of trust" while a teacher at St George's School, which was first based at Wicklewood in Norfolk, and then at Great Finborough in Suffolk.

Prosecutor David Wilson said the teacher took advantage of his position by "befriending pupils before then engaging in acts of a serious sexual nature".

He said gifts including a calculator and sweets were given to pupils to win their favour, and the abuse also happened on trips abroad. 

Guilty teacher 'tied pupil to a bed' before sexually assaulting him

Gerard Singer, 69, has been found guilty of 27 of the 28 offences he was standing trial for at Ipswich Crown Court. 

Great Finborough sign
BBC

The offences date from 1978 to 1981 and took place at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood in Norfolk before it moved to Great Finborough in Suffolk in 1980.

One former pupil told the court he was given wine, tied to a bed and woke to find he was in pain after being sexually assaulted.

BreakingEx-teacher guilty of boarding school pupil abuse

Former boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils at a former Suffolk boarding school. 

Clive Lewis: Keeping Corbyn's name off ballot paper 'would undermine democracy'

The issue of whether Jeremy Corbyn will automatically be on the ballot paper for Labour's leadership showdown is to be decided by the party's governing body, the National Executive Committee.

But Shadow Defence Secretary and Norwich South MP, Clive Lewis, says it would be a big mistake to try to keep him off.  

Clive Lewis MP
BBC

I think it would undermine the democratic legitimacy of the new leader... I think in a time of political turmoil to undermine democracy in that way so publicly is very damaging and very dangerous."

Clive Lewis MPNorwich South

Traffic-free plans for coastal town

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

The whole centre of a north Norfolk town could be pedestrianised.

The idea to make part of Sheringham traffic-free has re-emerged, after road closures for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations recently.

Sheringham High Street, with traffic and pedestrians
Google

Judy Oliver, deputy leader of North Norfolk District Council, says the idea is on the agenda for Sheringham Chamber of Trade's meeting tonight, and she'd mentioned it to the town council last week.   

One of the proposals is a pilot scheme for a road closure from the clock tower to the seafront... if there were support we could hope to run a pilot scheme and test whatever seemed to be the preferred option."

Judy OliverDeputy leader, North Norfolk District Council

Norfolk a 'hotspot' for church thefts

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk and Suffolk are a hotspot for church thefts, according to specialist insurers Ecclesiastical. 

More than 40 churches in the two counties have been raided in the last couple of years, including the parish church of Hevingham where thieves stole lead from the roof last month.

Hevingham church
BBC

It's not just the lead... often water gets into the building, causing considerable damage to major artefacts and furniture, include pipe organs... and it's the emotional impact on the local people."

Kevin ThomasEcclesiastical Insurance

Norfolk has best beach in Britain

We know that Norfolk's beaches are the best, and now it's been confirmed: 

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Teenage motorcyclist making 'good progress' after crash

A 13-year-old boy who was seriously injured after coming off his motorcycle at Snetterton race circuit is said to be making good progress.

Caleb Smith crashed yesterday and was put into an induced coma before being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance. Since then, he's been taken off a ventilator and is moving his hands and feet.

The teenager, from Solihull, is being moved from intensive care to a general ward, and will stay under assessment. 

Where the speed cameras will be today

Locations for speed cameras in Norfolk today:

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European bronze for Dereham high jumper

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Chris Baker won bronze on the final day of the European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. 

The Dereham high jumper finished third with fellow Brit Robbie Grabarz taking the silver medal in the same event. 

Chris Baker
Getty Images

Baker's bronze helped Great Britain to a total of 16 medals, their best tally at a European Championship for 58 years. 

'Shakey' Byrne continues Snetterton Superbike dominance

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne enhanced his reputation as a Snetterton specialist by winning a Superbike race for the eighth time on Sunday. 

Byrne has now taken the overall lead in the championship after the Norfolk round which attracted huge crowds to the track. 

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It was an eventful weekend for Byrne. He had finished third in the opening race of the day having been last at one stage following a clash with previous championship leader Leon Haslam. 

Great Britons

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press reflects on a brilliant weekend for British sport.

Back page of today's EDP
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Look at our miracle girl now

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of today's Eastern Daily Press features Tenneh Cole, 20 years after the newspaper's readers helped save her life. 

Front page of the EDP
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Race accident teen airlifted to hospital

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

A 13-year-old boy has been put into an induced coma after getting a serious head injury when he came off his motorbike on the Tyrells Straight on the Snetterton circuit yesterday.

Caleb Smith was taking part in the KTM British Junior Cup Race when he fell. The teenager, from Solihull, was treated at the trackside, before being transferred to the circuit medical centre. He was diagnosed as having sustained a serious head injury and placed in an induced coma.

Motorbikes at Snetterton circuit
BBC

Caleb was then transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He has undergone further assessment, including scans, and is in the paediatric intensive care unit.

Weather: Sunny intervals and scattered showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A mainly dry day with sunny intervals, but it will be windy. 

Scattered showers developing, becoming heavy at times in places with a maximum temperature of 21(C) (70F).

BBC East's Kate Kinsella has the full regional forecast:

There's more information on BBC Weather.  

'It's amazing what one doubles match can do' - Alfie Hewett

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's new Wimbledon champion Alfie Hewett has been reflecting on his new-found fame after winning the men's wheelchair doubles at the weekend. 

Prime Minister David Cameron was among the well-known names to tweet about the 18-year old from Cantley's success alongside Gordon Reid as their final was shown live on BBC Two.

Alfie Hewett
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Alfie joined us live on BBC Radio Norfolk shortly after his triumph and told us he needed to re-watch the decisive match point on video because he couldn't remember what had happened. 

Hello from Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us at the start of a new week on BBC Norfolk Live, where we'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

What a weekend it's been for sports fans - with Norwich's tennis player Alfie Hewett making history when he and partner Gordon Reid became the first ever British winners of the Men's Wheelchair Doubles competition at Wimbledon on Saturday.  

And racing fans from across the country flocked to Snetterton for the British Superbikes.