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  1. Updates for Friday 7 July 2017
  2. Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption
  3. Jonny Howson leaves Norwich City
  4. Police seek CCTV after woman raped
  5. BBC take over bandstand in Lord Mayor's Celebration

Live Reporting

By Nic Rigby

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Another week has come to an end of our Local Live service for the county.

    Today's highlights have included:

    • Middlesbrough lure Jonny Howson from Norwich City
    • Lightning closes rail services on the Norwich-Cambridge line
    • Arts and entertainment take centre stage for the Lord Mayor's Celebration in Norwich

    Scroll down to read more on these.... and join us again when our regular updates return at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Weather: Cloudy with possibility of sharp showers

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloud will develop from the north west bringing a small chance of isolated sharp showers across the BBC East region tonight.

    But it will remain dry for many areas with clear spells later.

    Weather chart

    Light rain or drizzle is possible across western counties later as the temperature falls to 12C (54F) in places.

    Saturday will be another dry day with sunny spells and some cloud and it will be cooler on the coast.

    Maximum temperature: 23C (76F)

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  3. Rail line reopens after lightning strike

    Greater Anglia is reporting that the Norwich-Cambridge line is now open again.

    It had been closed following a lightning strikes on overhead cables between Attleborough and Thetford in Norfolk and between Shippea Hill and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

    However, delays are expected as services get back to normal.

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  4. Norfolk MPs' bid for committee chairmanships

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Two of Norfolk's MPs want to lead influential parliamentary committees.

    Richard Bacon, the MP for South Norfolk, has put himself forward to chair the House of Commons Treasury Committee, while Norman Lamb (North Norfolk) wants to lead the Science and Technology Committee.

    Elections for the posts will be held among MPs next week.

    Select committees have become a very influential part of parliamentary work.

    They investigate topcs of concern and they have the power to call anyone as a witness.

    Their reports often influence and sometimes change government policy.

  5. Police patrol Norwich a week after a rape in a bid to find witnesses

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Police checks will be carried out tomorrow night one week after a woman was raped in a suburb of Norwich.

    Officers will be patrolling Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew in a bid to trace any potential witnesses to the attack which happened last Saturday between 21:45 and and 22:00.

    Thorpe St Andrew

    Det Insp Neil Stewart hoped the checks would trigger the memories of potential witnesses.

    "Yarmouth Road is one of the main routes into Norwich and there are several places to eat and drink," he said.

    "I'm hopeful we will capture people who visit the area regularly who may have seen something last Saturday night which initially doesn't seem important, but, on reflection, could be relevant to our inquiry."

  6. From the archives: Kett's Rebellion - Norwich 1549

    Some 586 years ago this month, British tanner Robert Kett led a rebellion.

    Kett's Rebellion

    This pictures shows him and his followers in what was known as Kett's Rebellion on Mousehold Heath, which overlooked the city of Norwich.

    The protest against the enclosure of land, when common land became private property, began at Wymondham on 8 July 1549.

    The rebels were defeated by an army in August.

  7. New Norfolk firefighters at passing out parade

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The hard work of Norfolk’s newest full-time firefighters has been celebrated at a passing out parade.

    Senior Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service staff, friends and families of the new recruits gathered at the Training Centre in Bowthorpe today.

    New recruits passing out

    Over the last 12 weeks, they have been through a rigorous practical and written training plan to learn the key skills of the job.

    Their training will now continue as they join their watches in Carrow (Norwich), Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, where they will be in development for the next couple of years.

    Towerblock exercise

    As well as learning how to use the equipment and breathing apparatus as part of their course, they have taken part in activities including:

    • Simulating a high-rise tower block fire (pictured above)
    • Training with MOD fire colleagues at RAF Mildenhall (pictured below)
    • Mock road traffic collisions
    • Water rescue

    Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said: "It’s great to see these people starting their career ladders to this new and exciting job.

    "Their work in keeping the communities of Norfolk safe is so worthwhile and valuable to all of us and I wish them well in their new roles."

    Fire recruits training with Mildenhall firefighters
  8. Portrait wins Norfolk-wide VIth forms art competition

    The winner of the first Norfolk Sixth Forms and Colleges Art Competition has been announced.

    The winning painting

    Lexie Cox (pictured below), of Reepham High School and College, took the prize with a portrait (acrylic on board, pictured above), with Amy Nash (Dereham Sixth Form College) taking the runners-up prize with a digital drawing.

    A-Level art students from 15 sixth forms and colleges across the county took part in the competition and their works are on display to the public at Duke Street Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

    Lexie Cox

    County council adviser for 14-19 development Robert Rickard, who co-ordinated the event, said:

    "The standard of work was remarkable - it’s clear we have some real talent across the county."

    Norfolk Sixth Forms and Colleges Art Exhibition is run by Heads of Art and NCC, in partnership with Royal Norfolk Show and NUA.

  9. From the archives: Building Norwich City's ground in 1935

    Some 82 years ago this month, the construction of Norwich City Football Club's new ground at Carrow Road was under way.

    The construction of Norwich City FC's new football ground at Carrow Road, Norwich, 30th July 1935.
  10. BreakingMiddlesbrough confirm Jonny Howson deal

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Jonny Howson's transfer from Norwich City to Middlesbrough has moved a step closer.

    Boro have confirmed they agreed a deal with the Canaries this morning and the midfielder is due to have a medical later.

    View more on twitter

    Howson was City's Player of the Year in 2015/16 and it's believed the Yorkshireman and former Leeds youngster wants to move closer to home.

  11. Harford Manor School closed due to flooding

    Harford Manor School in Norwich is closed today after major flooding caused by the storms yesterday afternoon.

    Harford Manor School

    Five classrooms, the hall and the toilets were all affected during the downpour which also resulted in an electrical fault. It happened after the children had gone home.

    Staff hope to reopen on Monday morning.

  12. Loss of rail services between Norwich and Cambridge 'frustrating'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been following the major disruption to train services between Norwich and Cambridge following a storm yesterday.

    Lucy Wright

    Network Rail is trying to repair it but at the moment services via Thetford, Brandon and Ely have been suspended.

    Lucy Wright, of Greater Anglia railways, told the BBC: "Lightning struck in the Attleborough area which means we can't run services at all on the Norwich to Cambridge line.

    "It is very frustrating and out of our control. We do apologise to passengers."

  13. BBC Introducing take over bandstand in Lord Mayor's Celebration

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    BBC Introducing in Norfolk is taking over the bandstand in Chapelfield Gardens tomorrow, with performances from some of the best new bands in the county, as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebration.

    From 15:00 to 22:00, 10 local acts will be playing the bandstand stage.

    Youth Killed It

    The bands include Yourth Killed It (pictured above), Tuesday Club, Jack Breeze-Lamb and Heylate, The Naked Lights, Gentleman, Waves, Visitors, History and Lore (pictured below), The Renadeans and Moonlands.

    History and Lore

    BBC Introducing presenter Sophie Little (pictured below with Waves' Vikki) said she is looking forward to Saturday's performances.

    "It’s one of the highlights of our calendar," she said.

    "It’s a really buzzy day, and a brilliant opportunity to catch the best of the exciting talent coming out of our county,"

    Waves and Sophie Little

    BBC Introducing in Norfolk is on BBC Radio Norfolk at 19:00 on Saturdays, and available on the BBC iPlayer.

  14. Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption

    Greater Anglia have issued a statement on the disruption to the Norwich-Cambridge rail line:

    "Train services are currently suspended between Norwich and Ely, owing to damaged signalling equipment caused by an electrical storm lightning strike on Thursday, 6 July.

    Norwich railway station

    "Network Rail is working with its suppliers to rectify the fault, however, there will be no services between Norwich and Ely until further notice and customers are advised not to travel.

    "We apologise to passengers for the severe disruption and inconvenience caused.

    "Customers travelling between Norwich and Cambridge can travel via Stowmarket. Tickets dated 7, July 2017 will be valid for use on Saturday, 8 July 2017 between Norwich and Cambridge.

    "Customers who have been affected by the disruption can claim compensation at this website."

  15. Lord Mayor's Celebration celebrates Norwich

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    This year's Lord Mayor’s Celebration in Norwich starts today and runs for three days.

    This year’s theme Welcome to Norwich celebrates the fine city’s tradition of welcoming people from across the world to enjoy all it has to offer.

    Tuesday Club
    Image caption: Tuesday Club

    As well as annual highlights such as the Lord Mayor’s Procession and Gas Hill Gasp (a run up Gas Hill), there will also everything from water balloon tossing outside City Hall to a pirate party on Westlegate.

    As part of an array of street performers, the BBC Radio Norfolk Introducing stage (more on this later) will have bands such as Waves and Tuesday Club, while the Maui Waui Lion’s Den Stage will be home to folk, reggae and everything in between.

    Sink Ya Teeth
    Image caption: Sink Ya Teeth

    This year will also see the Norwich Arts Centre take over the stage outside The Forum, providing a fantastic mix of music and performance, including one by BBC 6 Music favourites Sink Ya Teeth.

    City Hall will play host to Cirque Bordello’s Lost in Translation Circus, as clowns and acrobats take over the building.

  16. Lightning strike delays Norwich-Cambridge trains

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Trains between Norwich and Cambridge have been cancelled until further notice because of a lightning strike.

    Greater Anglia train

    Commuters faced long delays yesterday as services between Norwich and Diss, London, Cambridge and Ipswich were cancelled or delayed following thunder storms.

    The fire service was called out to deal with flash flooding incidents across Norfolk.

    Harford Manor School in Norwich is closed this morning after the school has flooded following an electrical fault.

    Stations affected include Ely, Lakenheath, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough and Wymondham.

    For the latest, visit the Greater Anglia website, or follow them on Twitter.

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  17. Police seek CCTV after woman raped in Thorpe St Andrew

    Detectives investigating a rape in Norwich are going door-to-door asking for CCTV footage from residents.

    A 30-year-old woman was grabbed and raped as she walked home along Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich.

    Officers are also appealing for dash cam recordings of anyone travelling in the area at about 22:00 on Saturday.

  18. Weather: Dry and very warm but cloudy later

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Bright or sunny spells will dominate and it will become very warm in a light breeze although cloud cover will increase in places.

    Some rain showers are expected during a very muggy night.

    Maximum Temperature: 27C (81F)

    More details from BBC Weather: