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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 26 May, 2017
  2. Mother of teenager who died on A47 seeks answers
  3. Two men jailed following armed robbery
  4. Water safety message for Broads visitors
  5. No safety measures at site where four workers died
  6. Keep your hands off 'thuggish' tree

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  1. Our live coverage across the day - and the week

    We've just worked out after Monday, we're going to have to wait another 91 days until our next bank holiday so we're heading home to start making the most of the long weekend as soon as we can.

    If you're just joining us, or you've been dipping in and out of our coverage during the day, the best way of finding out exactly what's been happening across the county is to scroll down and bring yourself up-to-date.

    Have an enjoyable weekend, whatever you've got planned, and set yourself a reminder to join us again on Tuesday from 08:00.

  2. Weekend weather: Hot and humid

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

    Weather map

    Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

    Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

    Highs of 28C (82F).

  3. Fire service urges people to remain vigilant as dry conditions continue

    Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant in preventing and spotting possible fires as the hot weather continues.

    More than 30 firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk tackled a blaze in Thetford Forest yesterday afternoon.

    Earlier this month crews were on the scene of a gorse fire in Southwold for more than 24 hours.

  4. WWII Pacific War journal sells for £2,500 at auction

    A midshipman's diary which includes covers a first-hand account of the last shots fired in the Pacific during World War Two, among other events. reached less than expected when it was auctioned recently.

    The journal was expected to reach £3,000-£5,000 at Diss Auction Rooms' Militaria sale on Saturday, but made £2,500.

    The diary was kept by John G Pike, who had lied about his age in order to join the war effort aged 16.

  5. Two men jailed following armed robbery in Beccles

    Jail sentences totalling more than 17 years have been handed down to two men following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beccles in September last year.

    Kerron Turner and Aaron Knights

    Kerron Turner (pictured left), 26, formerly of York Road in Great Yarmouth, and The Greenway in Beccles was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 years and 10 months.

    Aaron Knights, 25, of no fixed abode but also formerly of York Road in Great Yarrrmouth, was sent to prison for six years, six months.

    Turner was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent at a trial earlier in the year.

    Knights had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

    Det Insp Simon Bridgland said: ""This was a frightening incident for the victim who was working at the jewellers at the time of the attack.

    "He has shown great courage throughout and we’d like to thank him and other members of the public who got in touch to pass on information following the incident for their assistance."

  6. Water safety message for people visiting the Broads

    Police are reminding people who visit the Broads and coastal areas over the Bank Holiday weekend that while a river may be a tempting way to cool off, the water can have hidden dangers.

    PC Paul Bassham from Norfolk Constabulary's Broads Beat team said: "We want people to come and enjoy what the Broads has to offer, but to be aware of the risks and stay safe.

    "There are many dangers that people may not necessarily see such as the change in depth, sudden decreases in temperature, unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.”

    There's also a warning using boats: "We would like to remind those at the helm of a vessel that there are hefty fines for navigating when not in proper control of your boat whether this is due to taking drugs or being intoxicated.”

  7. The lorry driver 'must be devastated'

    A woman whose teenage daughter died after being hit by a lorry on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon says: "The lorry driver must be devastated, I can't imagine what he must be going through."

    Michelle Whiting

    Michelle Whiting, from Beccles, is searching for answers about the mental health treatment 18-year-old Rachel Stoter received prior to her death.

    Michelle added: "I think that if she was in such a frame of mind that she wanted to harm herself they should have put her in hospital and they should have kept her safe."

    The James Paget Hospital, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

  8. Listen: North Yorkshire school head sets off on long fundraising walk

    Louise Fewster

    BBC Radio York

    The headmaster of a North Yorkshire school is going above and beyond the call of duty.

    Stephen Mulryne, from Terrington Hall, is walking from Norfolk back to York to raise funds for a new school hockey pitch.

    He's told BBC Radio York why he decided to undertake the challenge:

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    Video caption: Stephen Mulryne of Terrington Hall School.
  9. Mother of teenager who died on A47 'searches for answers'

    The mother of a Lowestoft teenager, who died following a collision on the A47 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, is searching for answers from mental health professionals, about the treatment her daughter received just before the incident.

    Rachel Stoter

    Rachel Stoter, 18, who'd suffered from mental health problems over the past few years, died at the James Paget Hospital on Monday night after she had been hit by a lorry shortly before 15:00.

    It's understood she'd been treated at the hospital the day before the collision.

    Her mother Michelle Whiting, who lives in Beccles, said: "As far as I'm aware she was released from hospital on Monday maybe half an hour, 40 minutes before the accident.

    "She was walking from James Paget along the A47 away from the hospital.

    "Why wasn't she put in hospital? Why weren't we called to go and pick her up? Why just release her on her own?"

    Both the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and the James Paget have said it's not appropriate to comment at this time.

    No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  10. Your photos: Sunshine across the county

    If you, like me, are stuck in the office with little chance of getting out into the glorious sunshine.... I hope you won't mind me sharing these BBC Weather Watchers' photos to remind you of what you're missing.

    The North Sea sparkling in sunshine
    Sunshine through trees
    Norwich Cathedral spire against blue sky
    Calm blue sea and yellow gorse
    The river at Wroxham, with houses and several boats
  11. Celebrating women's role in brewing

    Norwich is playing host to a beer festival with a difference this bank holiday, in celebration of women in the brewing industry.

    For the fourth year, FEM.ALE returns to the city, with a collection of ales, lagers, stouts and porters from female-led breweries across the UK and beyond.

    Erica Horton, one of the festival's directors, has done a lot of research into the history of brewing and the fermentation of drinks and says women were always at the heart of the industry.

    "There's a stereotype in more contemporary times that beer is a drink for men, brewed by men and consumed by men and we're here to remind people that that's not the real history of beer... it's just a liquid and it's for everyone."

    If you fancy a pint, get down to The Plasteres Arms in Cowgate - the event runs from today to 29 May.

    The Plasterers Arms in Cowgate
  12. Bringing the safety message to the seafront

    Police officers will be joining forces with the RNLI by opening a beach pod on Gorleston seafront to support the message of safety to beach visitors.

    Visitors to the seaside town will get the chance to discuss any concerns they may have.

    PC Hannah Gardiner says the town has a transient community in the summer months, who may not be aware where the local police station is.

    Quote Message: This beach pod will act as visible policing presence for those in the area and will allow us the opportunity to offer reassurance and safety messages to our communities.” from PC Hannah Gardiner Great Yarmouth police
    PC Hannah GardinerGreat Yarmouth police
  13. Thanks for officers keeping our streets safe

    With Britain's terror threat raised to "critical" following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, our armed police continue to patrol the streets.

    Their presence has not gone unnoticed in Thetford:

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  14. Dog fouling film led to fine

    Have you ever seen something going on, and decided to whip out your phone and film it?

    That's what Chris Speed did (pictured), and it helped a council in its fight against dog fouling.

    Chris Speed

    Mr Speed posted his video on Facebook, showing a woman leaving her pet's mess behind after it had fouled a footpath in Gorleston one Sunday in July last year.

    The woman, Anne Corrigan who lived in Waveney Road, Great Yarmouth, was identified and taken to court by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

    White image on road depicting 'no messing'

    The 75-year-old was fined £100 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

  15. Woman not allowed to trim 'thuggish' tree

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A woman who cut back a tree she considered to be "thuggish" has been told she cannot touch it again.

    The sycamore is in a country park at the end of Gillian Lincoln's Brundall home, in Norfolk.

    Gillian Lincoln with the sycamore tree

    She said the species was "invasive" and "thuggish in relation to other trees" but the council slapped a tree preservation order (TPO) on the sycamore, believing she wanted to cut it down.

    Mrs Lincoln said she had asked a tree surgeon friend to trim the tree because it was not being managed properly and was affecting her garden.

    Writing to object to the TPO, she told the council sycamore trees could release "as many as 10,000 winged seeds" which once established "start eliminating the 'competition' through their vast numbers".

    The council's tree officer said her description of the sycamore as "thuggish" was "nonsensical" and at a meeting earlier today, Broadland Council upheld the TPO issued by Brundall Parish Council.

  16. Remaining hot and sunny

    Here's the latest weather forecast, and it's all about the three "S's" - sunscreen, sunshades and sunshine.

    Remaining hot, dry and sunny, although a little breezy in coastal areas.

    Temperatures hitting 24C (75F).

  17. Contractors in fatal engineering project 'didn't have competency'

    The HSE says that since four men from from Suffolk died at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth in 2011, construction design and management regulations have been updated.

    Structure after collapse

    HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "Sadly the contractors involved in this [the Claxton Engineering project] were not really able, they didn’t have the competency to take on a large-scale engineering project like this one."

    Asked whether she was satisfied with the sentences handed out by a judge at the Old Bailey yesterday, Ms Hall replied: "Sentencing is obviously a matter for the judge.

    "I'm pleased to have received the convictions.

    "It's been a long-running case, it's been a complex investigation and I'm satisfied that we've got convictions and messages are out there about the importance of planning in future."

  18. Safety measures 'weren't put in place' at site where four workers died

    The day after two companies were fined following the death of four men from Suffolk at an excavation site in Great Yarmouth, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction firms must employ competent contractors.

    Steel structure before collapse

    Brothers Daniel and Thomas Hazleton, and Peter Johnson, all from Stanton, and Adam Taylor, from Rickinghall, died at the Claxton Engineering site in January 2011.

    HSE spokeswoman Annette Hall said: "It was a major engineering project building significant foundations for a new pressure test facility at Claxtons and that involved planning how they were going to build these foundations.

    "At no point during the whole planning process did the people who were involved in it engage with the challenges involved in it and put the safety measures in place.

    "What that meant was that these four guys, very sadly, were working within a steel structure, trying to build it before concrete was poured onto it, and the structure collapsed on them."

  19. Welcome back to Norfolk Live

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Our regular news updates are starting a little later than usual today, due to our cover of the BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate.

    But we're here now, until the end of the day, keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the county.

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