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  1. Updates for Friday, 25 August 2017
  2. Commissioner 'sorry' for police response to Cromer 'disorder'
  3. 'Calculating' child rapist jailed
  4. Funding for landmark seafront building
  5. Engineering works to disrupt rail travel from Sunday

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Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.

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'Armed robbery' at Post Office counter

Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery at a shop in South Wootton, near King's Lynn, this morning.

The suspect, wearing a balaclava and carrying what appeared to be a firearm, threatened and hit a staff member at the Post Office counter in the Talking Heads shop on St Augustines Way at about 09:15.

The staff member suffered minor injuries and the suspect was "luckily not able to get anything from the counter", according to Det Sgt Sam Pontin.

He added police had reason to believe that the firearm was a fake or BB gun.

The suspect hasn't yet been found.

Great Yarmouth care home resident died after being pushed over

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A 86-year-old resident of a care home, which was rated inadequate by a watchdog, died in hospital two months after being injured when he was pushed over by another resident, an inquest has heard.

Salisbury Residential Home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Keith Barry, who was living at Salisbury Residential Home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, suffered a fractured femur when he was pushed over by a man who was suffering from dementia - called Mr R - on 28 October 2017.

The fracture was fixed at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, but Mr Barry suffered a chest infection and died from pneumonia in December that year.

Det Sgt Paul Claxton, of Norfolk Police, said there was no evidence the staff or home were neglectful and that it was an unfortunate and spontaneous incident.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake delivered a narrative verdict in which she said the home had addressed issues over concern about record keeping and communication.

Severe accident: B1135 Norfolk both ways

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B1135 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Westfield Lane and Yaxham Waters Holiday Park.

B1135 Norfolk - B1135 Dereham Road in Toftwood blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Westfield Lane junction and the Yaxham Waters Holiday Park junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Chickens run wild on Diss housing estate
Residents hope the birds will scramble after quickly multiplying.

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

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A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between A10 West Winch Road and A1122 Swaffham Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Hardwick Roundabout in King's Lynn and the A1122 Swaffham Road junction in Swaffham, because of an accident involving three cars and recovery work. Diversion in operation - For Kings Lynn: follow the A1122 west to Stradsett and take the A134 north to Setchey and onto the A10 north to Kings Lynn. Reverse route for Swaffham.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Inquest opens into death of Norwich motorcyclist in Belgium

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

An inquest into a motorcyclist from Norwich who died while taking part in a competition in Belgium has been opened and adjourned.

Clive Ling, 52, a sheet metal worker, of Hardwick, Norwich, was taking part in a race at the Chimay circuit on 28 July.

The inquest, held by Norwich coroner Jacqueline Lake, heard that his wife Donna Ling was at the event at the time and identified the body.

The medical cause of death was multiple injuries due to a motorcycle collision, the hearing was told.

We delve into the murky world of 'county lines' drug dealing
Hearing from some of those involved in 'county lines' drug dealing and the police trying to stop it.

Norwich City score two late goals to see off League Two Stevenage and move into round two of the Carabao Cup.

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Fire started deliberately near Breydon Bridge

Firefighters dealt with a fire in a field close to Breydon Bridge in Great Yarmouth at about 09:50 this morning.

The fire service says it was started deliberately.

North Norfolk wind turbine appeal 'could be costly'

A council is to appeal a High Court decision which said there was no need for a public inquiry into the building of two wind turbines for Cromer Ridge in north Norfolk.

Wind turbine

Last week the court decided the public could make their opinions about the two turbines known to the planning inspectorate via written representations.

But North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) said it "felt it was important to give the public the chance to make their point directly to an inspector rather than it being a desktop exercise".

Conservative councillor Sue Arnold said: "This course of action could be costly for the council but it is the view of the majority of members that this is a fight for democracy on behalf of the local people and in defence of our beautiful countryside.”

In May 2017, NNDC successfully challenged a previous inspector’s decision to allow two wind turbines to be built.

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

A 21-year-old man was wounded in the buttocks during a fight in a city centre park.

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Lifeboat Horse 'swims' for Norfolk coast art trail
A sculpture that is revealed by an outgoing tide welcomes harbour visitors.

Pedestrian dies in road collision

A man in his 70s who was struck by a van in Norwich has died.

The pedestrian, who was treated at the roadside for his injuries, died following complications with his treatment in hospital, police said.

The crash, involving a blue and white Mercedes Vito van, happened at the junction of St Andrews Street with Duke Street at about 10:10 on 20 June.

The van driver was unhurt.

Police are keen to trace a cyclist who witnessed the incident or drivers who may have dashcam footage.

New ponds to encourage rare wildlife on Broads

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

How do you dig out ponds on watery fenland? Well very carefully, especially when the machinery involved is a 14-tonne excavator.

Digger on fenland

The excavator is being used to create ponds by Norfolk Wildlife Trust which is restoring Catfield Great and Little Fens close to Barton Broad.

Rare orchid

Kevin Hart, from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: "This restoration project is crucial as the fen holds populations of some of the rarest species in the country including fen orchid, marsh fern, swallowtail butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly, all of which depend on the complex habitat mosaic and fen vegetation communities present on site.”

King's Lynn grandfather halves his body weight

A man from King's Lynn has been nominated for a national award after losing almost half of his body weight.

Ian Garrod
Ian Garrod/Slimming World

Ian Garrod was 23 stone (146kg) when he joined a slimming group in Dersingham four years ago and he has lost more than 10 stone (64kg).

He said he had to take action after his daughter commented on his size when looking at photos of him with her son James.

"My daughter was looking at the day's pictures and although she's always been supportive she said 'if you don't do something about your weight, you won't live to see James grow up' and wow, it brought it home to me," said Mr Garrod.

Witnesses sought after pensioner attacked in robbery

A pensioner was robbed by four men who took his mobility scooter, police said.

The incident happened on Saturday at about 20:30 on Camperdown in Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk Police said one of the men pushed the 77-year-old man off his scooter and then restrained him by lying on top of him while the other three put the vehicle in the back of a grey-blue van.

Officers said the victim was shaken by the experience but did not receive any physical injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses, saying all the suspects were in their 20s and were wearing dark hooded jumpers/jackets, one of which had a distinctive white line around the hood trim.

Remi Matthews in action for Plymouth Argyle

Bolton sign Norwich goalkeeper Remi Matthews on an initial loan deal, with the move to become permanent in January.

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Jay Rodriguez

West Brom boss Darren Moore heaps praise on Jay Rodriguez after his goals help the Baggies to victory in a seven-goal thriller at Norwich.

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Charles Reynolds with his fleet of vehicles

The owner of Norfolk's oldest coach company says it will be "surreal" to see everything sold at auction.

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Norwich group hit out at exploitation in music business

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norwich band Peach Club has put out a single to speak out against the exploitation of young fans by older men in the music industry.

Peach Club
Peach Club

Band member Katie Revell told the BBC that the song Boy In A Band, which has been released today, is "super important to us because it’s about this epidemic that’s happening in the music industry, where older men are taking advantage of young fans".

"It’s such a sad and disgusting thing for a man to use his power to abuse women, but it’s happening all the time," she said.

"If we can raise awareness to it happening in our circle, perhaps it’ll help the entire movement."

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Runham Road and A1064.

A47 Norfolk - A47 blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between Runham Roundabout and Acle Roundabout, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man confused cashiers in Norfolk out of £900

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has been given a suspended sentence after admitting conning cashiers at shops across Norfolk out of amounts ranging from £15 to £240.

Sainsbury's at Brazen Gate, Norwich

Gavin Harber, 32, of Arden Road, London, admitted eight offences of fraud by false representation.

Norwich Magistrates' Court heard he would go into shops, buy a small value item and then ask for change for a £20 or £50 note and confuse the cashier.

The targets included Sainsbury’s and Savers in Norwich, Wymondham Garden Centre and Costa Coffee at Hoveton.

Magistrates sentenced Harber to 36 weeks, suspended for 18 months and he was ordered to pay back the £900 he gained and pay £225 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge.

Severe accident: A1122 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1122 Norfolk both ways severe accident, from RAF Marham Turn off to A47.

A1122 Norfolk - A1122 Swaffham Road in Swaffham closed in both directions from the RAF Marham Turn off junction to the A47 junction, because of an accident earlier on and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Growth in Neighbourhood Watch in Norfolk

The number of people joining Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Norfolk has more than tripled since 2015.

Neighbourhood Watch scheme sign

There are now more than 350 groups in the county after a national rebrand two years ago.

Bill Forcett, a co-ordinator of a new scheme in Shipdham near Dereham, said the resurgence of neighbourhood watch was down to a couple of factors.

"I think it is mainly due to the increase in the amount of rural crime that is happening and due to our stretched police force," he said.

BBC's Sue Marchant fulfils cancer patient's wish
A teenage girl, who has incurable leukaemia, had a wish to hang out with a DJ.

Trade unionists oppose Norfolk PCC's fire service 'power grab'

Plans by Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner to take over the fire service are being opposed by King's Lynn trade unionists.

Lorne Green

The town's trades council said it was opposing what it called a "power grab" by Lorne Green (pictured).

A public consultation has been under way and Mr Green said he would do a better job if he took over from the county council.

But King's Lynn and District Trades Council secretary Jo Rust said it was a waste of money.

"The costs of this consultation so far could have paid for two full-time posts," she said.

"This is some kind of power grab. The cost of testing his argument is going to continue to use much needed vital funds that could have gone towards frontline services."

Mr Green has argued combining the governance of the police and fire services would end a "duplication of time, effort and resources".

Fire threatens racecourse in Great Yarmouth

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service says a blaze in Great Yarmouth threatened a holiday park, a golf course and racecourse last night.

The fire seen from the racecourse
Sarah Lynn

It broke out just before 17:00 on up to 30 hectares of grass dunes near the Seashore Holiday Park and Great Yarmouth Racecourse, but was soon brought under control.

The 18:20 race was delayed by 20 minutes as a precaution, said executive director of the racecourse Glenn Tubby.

Sandringham plane crash: Aircraft suffered engine failure

In case you missed this update overnight, an investigation has found that a plane that crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate had not been properly maintained.

Two people from Gateshead died when their Piper PA-28 aircraft came down in marshland near Wolferton on 11 September last year.

Nigel Dodds, 58, and Valerie Barnes, 73, were pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquiry by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch revealed the plane's engine had failed.

Crashed aircraft
Wreckage of crashed plane

Two people died when the light aircraft came down on the Queen's Sandringham Estate last September.

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