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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 13 April, 2017
  2. Man jailed for child sex offences
  3. Families pay tribute to car crash teens
  4. More people risking their lives on rail tracks
  5. Premature twins head home
  6. Poultry restrictions relaxed
  7. Spoof wolf poster causes concern
  8. Canaries confirm back room departures

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage today

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week. We're now taking a break, and will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Before we go, we'll remind you of some of the stories we've brought you today:

    • Car crash teens died of multiple injuries
    • Man jailed for child sex offences
    • Premature twins leave hospital after 113 days of specialist care
    • Canaries confirm back room departures

    Have a good weekend.

  2. The true source of hope at Easter

    Network Norfolk

    Rev Suzanne Cooke explains that the eternal love of God is what gives her hope during the Good Friday moments of life.

    Sun shining through trees onto a cross
  3. Repair work to seaside town's yacht pond

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Cromer's yacht pond has been refurbished and refilled, as part of North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) improvement plans for North Lodge park.

    The work, which cost £8,500, saw the leaking pond drained and lined with glass-reinforced plastic, and the outside given a coating of non-toxic mineral paint.

    The yacht pond at Cromer's North Lodge Park

    Cllr Nigel Pearce describes the pond as "an iconic part of the town", adding its refurbishment will "bring fun and happiness to the next generation of children and their parents".

    Other plans for the park include internal improvements to the cafe (pictured below), repairs to the timber footbridge and refurbishments to the bowling green and sunken garden shelters.  

    Cafe and yacht pond in Cromer's North Lodge Park
  4. Families pay tribute to car crash trio

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The families of three teenagers who died following a fatal collision at Pulham Market last week have released tributes to the young men.

    Davina O'Neill, the mother of 18-year-old Dominic O'Neill, who lived in Pulham Market, describes her son as a beautiful, much loved person who will be greatly missed by many. She adds that she's been "overwhelmed by the support and love from his friends."

    Dominic O'Neill

    The family of Kyle Warren, 17, remember him as a "very cheeky chappie, who always had a wonderful smile on his face no matter what... he was an extremely loving person, especially to all his family and friends. He was very outgoing and loved in return by all.... Kyle will be sadly missed and never forgotten."

    Kyle, who lived in Harleston, had a passion for banger racing and had won several trophies. 

    Kyle Warren

    Billy Hines' family say the 16-year-old from Wortham made everyone smile from the day he was born.

    "He was a funny, loving, caring, hard working boy and always had a cheeky smile on his face. He brought so much joy to everyone he met and touched so many hearts. He was as someone said 'one in a million'".

    Black and white photo of Billy Hines

    The trio had been travelling in a black Ford Ka when the collision took place on the Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market, shortly before midnight on Wednesday, 5 April.

  5. Britain's first female firefighter writes book about her experiences

    It wasn't until 1982 that the fire service employed a woman.

    The first female fighter was Jo Reynolds. She started training when she was just 17-years-old, and Thetford was her first base.

    "I was absolutely terrified... I thought they would think 'who is this woman'... it was terrifying, like a first day at a new school".

    Jo Reynolds, with cropped red hair and black jacket

    Jo explains she had a good training course, and wouldn't have got through unless she was good enough.

    "If I wasn't up to standard, I would've been out... I'd have left of my own accord or they'd have kicked me out."

    Jo Reynolds in the cab of fire engine

    Five years later, Jo passed her HGV test to become the country's first female driver of a fire engine (pictured above).

    Now, 35 years later and urged on by friends, she's written a book about her experiences.

  6. Illegal rave warning

    Norfolk police are asking people to report any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings during the Easter bank holiday weekend.

    It's in a bid to prevent any illegal raves or unlicensed music events (UME).

    Ch Supt Nick Davison says early intervention in preventing and disrupting such events is key, and in the past the response from the public has been extremely useful. The police will also be monitoring social networking sites.

    Members of the public are asked to inform the police if they see any of the following:

    • Vans, lorries or a large number of vehicles near woods, rural car parks or near to disused property
    • Flyers advertising raves
    • Broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may be taking place

    Anyone organising an illegal rave or UME faces prosecution, as well as having their sound equipment seized. Vehicles trying to enter or leave sites will be dealt with for any offences they might be committing.

  7. Man jailed for child sex offences

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been given a jail term after admitting child sex offences.

    Andrew Blyth, of North Walsham Road, Bacton was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

    The 56-year-old was jailed after admitting three counts of sexual activity with a female child under the age of 16, which occurred between 1 January and 10 February this year.

    Blyth was also placed on the Sex Offenders register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

    Police custody photo of Andrew Blyth

    Det Con Andy Vinsen, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, praised the victim for the courage she showed throughout their investigation.   

    Quote Message: We will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice.” from Det Con Andy Vinsen Norfolk police
    Det Con Andy VinsenNorfolk police
  8. Norfolk tourist economy 'better than Cornwall'

    Did you know 40 million day trippers head to Norfolk each year? Well, we're just hours away from the bank holiday weekend and thousands of tourists will be heading here to to enjoy our coast, countryside and the fine city of Norwich.

    Pete Waters is the executive director of Visit East Anglia, and he says our tourism economy is stronger than that in Cornwall.

    "Everybody talks about Cornwall and how tourism is doing there... the Cornwall visitor economy is worth £2.4bn a year - ours is worth £3bn a year."

    Sea Palling beach, with beach visitors, sun umbrellas and wind shades

    But Pete says there's scope for more:  

    Quote Message: It we can convert a small percentage of those day trippers to stay visitors... that would really develop the visitor economy even more." from Pete Waters Visit East Anglia
    Pete WatersVisit East Anglia
  9. Fancy B&B at a stately home?

    A stately home dating back to the Tudor period is offering the public the chance to stay on a B&B basis, costing £2,600 a night.

    Somerleyton Hall

    Lord Somerleyton said when they first came up with the idea, it was "curiosity to see who might look us up and how it might work".

    Lady Somerleyton described welcoming their first guests, who've already sampled the delights of the property, as "really fantastic".

    If you're interested in the history of the Hall, there's been a residence on the site since the beginning of the Norman conquest of Britain, with a manor house there as early as 1240 AD. 

    Bedroom at Somerleyton Hall
  10. Young archer's win a first for Britain

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norwich teenager who's representing Great Britain at Archery is hoping to win more medals and titles in the future.

    Layla Annison, 14, recently won a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships in France in the Under-21 category. It was Britain's first ever individual medal at an indoor international event.

    This summer Layla, who's studying for her GCSE's, will be competing in Cambridge, Croatia and then the World Championships in Argentina.

    Layla Annison, with bow and arrow
    Quote Message: It was really exciting wearing the GB shirt and shooting for your country, when I got on the podium and got my medal I was so happy, really really over the moon." from Layla Annison Archer
    Layla AnnisonArcher
  11. Concerns for missing father-of-one

    Motorists are being asked to help police find a missing man.

    Nigel Kedar has been missing from his Clacton home for more than a week. The 52-year-old visited Norwich on 2 April and was last seen two days later, walking along the A140 at Pulham Market in the direction of the A14.

    Nigel Kedar

    Det Ch Insp Marie James says it's likely that Mr Kedar was walking home, as the route - the A12, A14, A140 into Norwich - is one he's familiar with.

    Police are asking for any drivers with dash cams, who may have travelled on the road on that day, to come forward with their footage.

    Quote Message: Our concerns are increasing every day... it's very much out-of-character for Nigel not to be in contact with family and friends, he has a young son who he'd regularly be in contact with." from Det Ch Insp Marie James Norfolk police
    Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk police
  12. International horse trials under way

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    If you want to see some of the stars of the horse world close up, then the Burnham Market Horse Trials is the place to be.

    World class riders and 700 horses will be competing over the next three days.

    Rider and horse clear a jump at the Burnham Horse Trials

    Among those taking part will be the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, and Olympians Sir Mark Todd and Oliver Townend.  

    Event organiser Alec Lochore says the riders will find it quite a testing course.

    Quote Message: It's a difficult course, I think it's very fair... the riders will be the judge of that, they'll tell us in the next 24 hours what they think... there's some properly difficult combinations out there." from Alec Lochore Event organiser
    Alec LochoreEvent organiser
  13. Canaries confirm back room departures

    Jay Lawrence

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norwich City have announced the departures of technical director Ricky Martin and scouts Lee Darnborough and Tony Spearing.

    Martin had been at the club since 2001, when he joined as an associate schoolboy. Spearing, a former City player, had been in the role of head of football recruitment for the last year, while Darnborough joined as head of scouting two years ago.

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  14. A cloudy but dry afternoon

    Despite the cloudy skies, this afternoon will remain dry, with the best of any brightness in the south of the county.

    We can expect a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

    Despite the light winds, it was breezy enough for this glider in west Norfolk.

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    Glider over beach front
  15. Wes in front as race for award begins

    Norwich Evening News

    Fans of Irish playmaker hope to recognise his Canaries achievements - the story on the back page of the Norwich Evening News:

    Back page of Norwich Evening News
  16. Fan broke ankle in City pitch invasion

    Norwich Evening News

    Ipswich supporters barred from games after stunt on derby day - the story on the front page of the Norwich Evening News:

    Front page of Norwich Evening News
  17. More people risk their lives on rail tracks

    More people than ever are risking their lives by trespassing on rail tracks in Norfolk, according to figures released by Network Rail and British Transport Police.

    There were around 93 incidents in Norfolk last year, a 50% rise on the previous year.

    The data shows that, nationally, one person trespasses every hour. It also shows young people are more likely to take a risk on the tracks, with peaks coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.

    Rail tracks near Norwich

    Richard Tew is Network Rail's head of safety for Anglia. He warns that taking a shortcut, or playing on the tracks, is not only illegal but also very dangerous.  

    Quote Message: The dangers may not always be obvious but the electricity on the railway is always on and trains can travel up to 100mph, so even if they see you they can't stop in time... taking a shortcut or messing around can result in serious life-changing injuries or death." from Richard Tew Network Rail
    Richard TewNetwork Rail