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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 2 June 2017
  2. Private hospital's building faults highlighted
  3. Radio Norfolk election debate
  4. Hot and humid with threat of thunderstorms

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  1. That's all from Local Live

    That's all from the team for today until Monday next week - unless a major story breaks overnight in which case this live feed will be updated.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, but if you want to get in touch in the meantime then hit the Get Involved button at the top of this page.

    Have a good evening and a great weekend.

  2. King's Lynn charity gets Queen's Award

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A charity started four and a half years ago in King's Lynn has been given a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Reach for a Star helps seriously ill children.

    Reach for a Star charity workers

    It's won the award for offering both equipment and support not available on the NHS.

    Trustees and organisers for the charity celebrated today (pictured above) with nine-year-old William.

    William's experience of hospital when he suffered from a brain tumour five years ago inspired his father James Lewis to help set up the charity with other local people.

  3. New revamped seafront playground opens in Cromer

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Cromer's new revamped seafront playground has been officially opened (see below).

    Official opening (L-R) Corporate Director Steve Blatch, Vice Chairman of NNDC Roy Reynolds, Cllr Judy Oliver Cabinet Member for Assets, and Cromer ward member Hilary Cox.

    The pirate-ship themed children's play area (pictured below) is part of North Norfolk District Council's £1m Cromer West Prom investment.

    The playground equipment, the catering kiosk and toilets can all be lifted off the prom when the tide is high.

    The pirate ship

    It was officially opened this afternoon.

  4. Fears for the future of Great Yarmouth arts festival

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Great Yarmouth's arts festival opens tonight, but its chairman says it could be the last one.

    Cuts in funding and low ticket sales means the week-long programme stands to make a loss.

    Hugh Sturzaker

    Hugh Sturzaker (pictured above), the festival's chairman, said he is frustrated by the lack of interest.

    "We started off five years. It has gradually been building up in the variety of events," he said.

    "But we are dependent on ticket sales so unless local people and local businesses buy tickets I think we are going to have trouble continuing in future years.

    "It seems to me pointless putting on something if people are not going to support it. An enormous amount of work goes into it and it costs a great deal of money."

  5. Churches in Walpole and North Runcton raise money

    Two historic Norfolk churches are fundraising this weekend to pay for urgent repairs to their buildings.

    At St Peter's Church (pictured below) in Walpole St Peter, in the Fens, the annual flower festival (pictured) hopes to raise thousands of pounds towards the £130,000 needed to mend the roof of the north aisle.

    St Peter's Church, North Runcton
    Flower displays at St Peter's in Walpole

    At All Saints church (pictured below) in North Runcton, near King's Lynn, the only Georgian church in use in Norfolk, the roof repair bill is expected to be at least £100,000. They are also holding a flower festival to raise funds.

    At All Saints church in North Runcton
  6. Drones plan for Norfolk Police

    Norfolk police is to be one of the first forces in the country to use aerial drones.

    Generic drone

    The county's Police and Crime Commissioner said the force's spies in the skies could be watching us within weeks.

    His announcement came as he launched the first wave of body cameras.

    Around 2,000 of them are being deployed with officers in Norfolk and Suffolk.

  7. Private hospital's building faults highlighted

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A private hospital in King's Lynn says it is putting right building faults criticised as unsafe by government inspectors.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said some clinical areas at the BMI Sandringham Hospital in King's Lynn had not been refurbished and did not fulfil current health building guidance.

    BMI Sandringham Hospital

    Due to the building concerns the CQC says the service safety at the hospital "requires improvement", but it was rated "good" on the four other key measures effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership.

    The 24-bed hospital, next to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, said it was working on sorting the problems and flagged up that overall its CQC rating was good.

    Joanne Donovan, executive director of BMI The Sandringham Hospital at the time of the inspection, said: "This report is a great reflection on the quality of health and care at the hospital.

    "I am pleased that the inspectors saw our strong culture of caring, saw that services could be accessed quickly, and that all staff worked together effectively to meet the needs of the patients."

  8. Weather: Hot and humid with threat of thunderstorms

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Hot and humid conditions will trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon in many places.

    Not all areas will get them but where they do it could lead to surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions.

    Heavy showers will ease during the evening but more are possible during the early hours near to the coast.

    Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F)

    More details from BBC Weather:

  9. Good morning Norfolk

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Welcome back to our regular updates, starting a little later than usual due to our live coverage of the general election debate.

    You can read about the debate here.

    But on this page it's business as usual until 18:00, and next up we will be bringing you the weather.

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    Video caption: Frank Bruno joins campaign trail to highlight mental health issues

    Frank Bruno campaign with a Liberal Democrat to highlight mental health issues.

  11. Our live coverage for the day:

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from the Norfolk Live Thursday team - unless a major story breaks overnight our live feeds will resume from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Today we've brought you the news that four teenagers are to appear in court after a memorial garden to a seven-year-old girl was vandalised - and the boxer Frank Bruno has been in North Norfolk putting his heavyweight behind Norman Lamb's election campaign.

    Scroll down for more on these and our other stories.

    Don't forget to get in touch if there's anything happening where you live that you'd like to share with us.

    Have a good evening.

  12. Festival of flowers

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The magnificent medieval church in Walpole St Peter near Wisbech will soon be a blaze of blooms for its annual flower festival.

    St Andrew's church needs to raise £130,000 to repair the roof of the north aisle which is leaking.

    A display of orange, yellow and purple flowers set in foliage

    Former churchwarden Michael Anstey believes St Andrew's was the first church to stage a major flower festival - and this is the 57th to be held there.

    Interior of church, with women preparing the flower display

    The church has some famous admirers, among them Prince Charles, who has visited the building on several occasions.

    This year's theme is "A great day out"... if you fancy popping along, the Flower Festival & Fayre begins on Saturday and runs until Wednesday.

    A woman wearing blue works on a floral display
  13. Train timetable changes for Take That fans

    The countdown has begun to the "Greatest Day" and I'm not talking about the general election.

    "Get Ready for It" - in a fortnight's time those giants of pop, Take That, will perform to a packed stadium for two nights at Carrow Road as part of their Wonderland tour.

    If you were lucky enough to get tickets, and are travelling by train - don't worry about being "Up All Night" - Greater Anglia has re-timed its final services of the day so that fans can get home safely.

    The last services will leave Norwich as follows:

    • 23:15 to Cambridge, calling at Wymondham, Attleborough, Thetford, Brandon, Ely and Cambridge
    • 23:20 to Sheringham, calling at Salhouse, Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead, North Walsham, Gunton, Roughton Road, Cromer, West Runton and Sheringham
    • 23:25 to Ipswich, calling at Diss, Stowmarket, and Ipswich
    • 23:25 to Great Yarmouth, calling at Brundall, Lingwood, Acle and Great Yarmouth.

    So have "Patience", there's not long to go until 15 and 16 June.

    Image for the Take That Wonderland tour

    Take That is one of many top name acts taking part in a charity concert in Manchester on Sunday, to raise money for victims of the terror attack on 22 May. Tickets sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale.

  14. M&S picks Norwich to join initiative in tackling social wellbeing and happiness

    Norwich is one of 10 places across the UK chosen by retailer Marks & Spencer for its community transformation programme.

    The project, which will be piloted over the next two years, will see the retailer work with local councils and charities to tackle issues such as unemployment, poverty, loneliness, mental health and wellbeing.

    The M & S store in Norwich

    Steve Rowe, chief executive of the retail giant, says they're starting with 10 communities, so that they can learn, adapt and develop the initiative, allowing them to support 1,000 communities by 2025.

  15. Blooming lovely gardens across Norfolk

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    It's a little cloudy in Norwich at the moment, but it remains warm and dry, with temperatures expecting to hit 23C (73F).

    The sunshine has been good for some of our gardens, and our BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about to capture these images:

    Plum-coloured oriental poppy in full bloom
    Pink roses in full bloom
    Climbing hydrangea against blue sky and white cloud
  16. Planning application for new primary school

    Nanette Aldous

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norwich school trust has applied for planning permission for a new school for more than 400 pupils.

    The Right For Success Trust announced last summer that it wanted to build a primary school. Its pupils would then move on to secondary school at the trust's Sewell Park College academy.

    That school used to be the Blyth Jex, and its pupils had PE on the playing fields where the new school is to be built.

    Agents Strutt and Parker have now applied for planning permission on the Wall Road site (pictured in 2014).

    Sewell Park College playing fields, Wall Road, Norwich

    The new school would have 14 classrooms, along with a hall, reception, kitchen, and staff rooms.

    The plans are available on the Norwich City Council website for public comment

  17. Photos: Boxing champ in North Walsham

    It's not often that a celebrity pays a visit to North Walsham and today's A-lister certainly drew in the crowds.

    They weren't there to pick up fruit, flowers or veg at the weekly market, but to spot former heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno.

    The former WBC champion was there to lend his support to Norman Lamb's election campaign.

    A gathering of people in the market place
    Frank Bruno and Norman Lamb with three women
    Two young boys with Frank Bruno and Norman Lamb
    Frank Bruno and Norman Lamb stand either side of a woman
    Norman Lamb gives the thumbs-up sign, standing alongside Frank Bruno and two men
    Frank Bruno
  18. Witness appeal to stabbing

    A man was taken to the James Paget University Hospital for treatment after a fight in Great Yarmouth last night.

    Police were called at about 19:15 to reports of two men fighting in Manby Road and Nelson Road Central.

    The victim, who's in his 30s, suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach.

    The suspect is described as white, aged between 17 and 23, with short black hair and a grey hooded top.

    The two men are believed to be known to each other.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Norfolk police, or Crimestoppers.