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Caroline Kingdon

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  1. BreakingMissing Scarborough teenagers could be in London

    A missing teenage girl from Scarborough is with a 15-year-old boy and they could be in London police say.

    Missing teens

    Annabelle Addison, 15, is missing with 15-year-old Michael Moore, they haven't been seen since 4 November and don't have any money available to them.

    Officers say they left Scarborough by train and they are currently in the Cambridge or London areas but they also have links in Leicester, Northampton, the West Midlands, Merseyside and Norfolk.

    North Yorkshire Police say that anyone with any possible sightings of Annabelle and Michael should "get in touch without delay".

  2. Multiple lead thefts from schools

    Four schools in Great Yarmouth have been targeted by lead thieves in the last month.

    The most recent was this week, when lead was taken from Great Yarmouth High School's roof sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Other schools that have had lead taken include Caister Infant, North Denes Primary and Great Yarmouth Primary Academy.

    With schools often left unoccupied at weekends and overnight, Norfolk police are asking local communities to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour.

  3. Flying Scotsman steams through the East - again

    Flying Scotsman will be steaming through the east of England on Saturday, much to the delight of locomotive fans.

    Its journey was cut short last month after it broke down in Peterborough.

    Flying Scotsman in Peterborough
    Image caption: A fault with the hot axle box on the right-hand driving wheel caused Flying Scotsman to break down last month

    The famous locomotive will make its way from Norwich to Ely, then on to London via Cambridge.

    British Transport Police is warning fans to stay off the tracks and only watch or take photographs "from a safe vantage point".

    The company that operates the locomotive stopped publishing exact timetables for Flying Scotsman's journeys after several incidents involving trespassers on the tracks.

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    Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).

    In its time the locomotive set two world records for steam traction.

    It became the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100mph (160.9km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then set a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.

    It was retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles (3,341,000 km).

  4. Doctor Who defends Norwich from alien invasion!

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Our favourite Time Lord has been around for 54 years, but in all that time there has never been an adventure set in Norfolk - until now.

    Big Finish Productions has had a licence from the BBC to make Doctor Who audio dramas for nearly 20 years. In its latest series, out on CD and download later this month, David Tennant and Billie Piper reprise their TV roles as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler to defend Norwich in a story called "Infamy of the Zaross".

    Writer John Dorney used to live at Beachamwell, near Swaffham, and told BBC Radio Norfolk that he chose the county to feature in the drama as it was an unlikely target for alien invasion, so put a different spin on the usual format.

    Billie Piper and Rose Tyler
    Image caption: Billie Piper and David Tennant, as Rose and the Doctor, will save Norwich in a new Doctor Who audio drama
    Quote Message: I needed the story to be contained, so I wanted to set the story in something a little bit smaller, a little bit more removed. And I just thought we'd seen London a lot, I'd been to Norwich quite a bit, it's a beautiful, beautiful city. I just thought it felt a little bit more quirky and individual for the story idea." from John Dorney Writer
    John DorneyWriter
  5. Michael Palin opens Norwich Film Festival

    Monty Python star Michael Palin was in Norfolk last night for the launch of Norwich Film Festival.

    Now in its seventh year, the festival focuses on short films, with 100 to be shown over 10 days.

    The globetrotting actor, comedian, writer and broadcaster gave a talk to a packed audience after the screening of "A Private Function", in which he starred alongside Maggie Smith.

    Michael Palin in cinema audience

    Michael Palin is in favour of short films and says they're "very important to a lot of people who can't raise enough money to make the film they really want to make".

    "A festival of short films gives people the chance to get their film shown. People have very little money at the start of their careers and a festival like this is useful for them... they can meet other film-makers and hopefully someone will see it and say 'hey, that's good'."

    Green coloured tickets for the Norwich film festival

    Palin, who's currently starring in movie "The Death of Stalin", spent many years as a child on holiday in Sheringham, and later filmed several episodes of Monty Python in and around Norwich.

    Earlier this year he donated 50 Python notebooks, along with other written archives, to the British Library.

    Audience at film festival
  6. Big day in Brazil for Norfolk racer

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    West Norfolk driver George Russell gets an opportunity to impress in a Formula 1 car today when he drives in first practice ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

    The 19-year-old will be behind the wheel of the Force India car usually driven by Sergio Perez.

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    Russell is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in British motorsport.

    BBC F1 commentator Jack Nicholls told me: "Lewis Hamilton made his F1 debut at the age of 23. George is very much on track to be hitting Formula 1 when he gets to his early 20s, which would be very exciting."

  7. Holt explains King's Lynn departure

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Grant Holt has told BBC Radio Norfolk the offer that attracted him away from King's Lynn Town after just four matches was too good to refuse.

    The former Norwich City striker left The Linnets earlier this week and has now been confirmed as the new player/coach of National League side Barrow.

    Grant Holt

    "It was a fantastic opportunity, I spoke to the relevant people at King's Lynn and they gave their blessing.

    "It came a lot quicker than I thought it was going to," Holt said.

  8. Thieves take £20,000 of copper cabling in Happisburgh

    A police investigation is under way after £20,000 of copper cabling was stolen in Happisburgh.

    Approximately 765m (837 yds) of the cable was taken from a field off North Walsham Road sometime between Tuesday, 24 October and Tuesday, 7 November.

  9. Norfolk Police rated 'good' in latest inspection

    Norfolk Police is good at planning for the future, but needs to do more to develop an understanding of what leadership skills will be required in the future.

    That's according to the latest inspection report into effectiveness and efficiency by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services.

    The force received an overall rating of "good" and was judged "outstanding" in how well in understands current demand.

    Norfolk Police HQ at Wymondham

    The report also covered how well the force is planning for the future.

    HMICFRS spokeswoman Zoe Billingham said the force understood the demand for its services and had an "impressive range" of working arrangements with other police forces and local partners.

    Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the report was "extremely gratifying".

    Quote Message: The findings are a reflection of the outstanding work and dedication of officers and staff who work tirelessly to keep the public of Norfolk safe. " from Simon Bailey Chief Constable, Noroflk
    Simon BaileyChief Constable, Noroflk
  10. Burglars take sentimental photo album in Reedham

    A photo album containing images of an elderly man's entire Navy career has been stolen from his home in Reedham.

    The album, which has a black shellac cover, includes images of the atomic bomb on Christmas Island in 1957, along with pictures of the victim in his Navy uniform and on the ships he served:

    • HMS Perseus
    • HMS Saint
    • HMS Comus
    • HMS Cossack
    • HMS Undine
    • HMS Rocket
    • HMS Carysfort
    • HMS Indefatigable

    Cash was also taken from the property, on Station Road, in the theft which happened sometime between 10;00 4 November and 11:00 on Monday, 6 November.

    Det Con Gill Dawson says the burglary is "devastating for the victim" and is appealing for anyone with information to contact Norfolk police, or Crimestoppers.

  11. Wetland facility to improve water quality

    Work on a new wetland treatment facility near King's Lynn is to begin later this month.

    Anglian Water has been granted planning permission for the site in Ingoldisthorpe, which will treat over 1m litres of water a day from the Ingoldisthorpe sewage treatment works.

    The company says the £500,000 project will create one hectare of new wetland, made up of four shallow interconnected ponds, and planted with native chalk wetland species such as iris, sedge, marsh marigold and watercress.

    Aerial view of the ponds

    The wetland plants work to naturally clean the water, removing ammonia and phosphate.

    Used but treated water from the sewage works will pass through the wetland to be further filtered and cleaned, before it's returned to the environment in the River Ingol.

    The water company says the additional and natural filtering process will further improve the quality of water being returned to the river, which is a spring-fed chalk stream.

    The wetland site will be constructed, maintained and operated by Norfolk Rivers Trust (NRT).

    NRT spokesman Jonah Tosney says a similar wetland system was created at Northrepps near Cromer in 2014, which has led to much improved water quality in the River Mun, as well as increased biodiversity.

    The Ingoldisthorpe wetland is expected to be fully established by early summer.

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    Video caption: Booming bittern at record numbers, says RSPB

    The wetland bird was extinct in the UK but this year numbers are up across the UK.

  13. Highs and lows for the booming bitterns

    It's been a booming year for bitterns at a Suffolk reserve.

    RSPB Lakenheath Fen, close to the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk borders, has recorded eight males - which live among reeds and can often only be recorded by their distinctive booming call which can reach more than 100 decibels.

    This is an all-time high for the reserve, which was created from fields 20 years ago, when there were no bitterns there.

    The creation of a freshwater reedbed habitat has seen numbers increase steadily over the years.

    A bittern wades in water among reeds

    It's not such good news for the wetland bird across East Anglia... there's been a slight drop in overall numbers on the Broads, The Fens and the Suffolk coast.

    The RSPB believes this is the result of a drier than average winter.

    This led to some reedbeds being too dry in the spring when the birds, which belong to the heron family, would be looking for nesting sites.

    A bittern in reeds

    Nationally, it's been a good year for the species, with at least 164 counted at 71 wetland and reedbed sites.

    The RSPB began surveying the numbers of bitterns in the early 1990s.

  14. Police imposter carries out breath test on driver

    Police have issued a warning after a man claiming to be a police officer stopped a vehicle in Sheringham on Tuesday night.

    Police officer

    The force says the imposter used the light bar on the roof of his silver Ford Fiesta to stop the man.

    He was wearing a long hi-vis jacket (similar to the one pictured) with the word police on it and a white police hat.

    He carried out a fake breath test on the driver he stopped.

    Police haven't said how the incident ended, but are appealing for dashboard camera footage which might help them identify the imposter, who's described as being around 40-years-old, 5ft 8in tall with black hair.

    Norfolk Police is reminding people that an officer always carries a warrant card, but if you suspect an officer is not genuine you should call 999 and ask the operator to confirm their identity.