BBC Look East political correspondent
Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, said news of the Britvic site closure was a "body-blow" for the city.
"My thoughts are with the 242 members of staff who've had that uncertainty hanging over them, who've now been told that they'll be out of a job. Merry Christmas to them. I'm gutted for them", he said.
"I know the staff and unions fought tooth and nail to try to hold onto their jobs."
The MP also attacked the consultation process, saying many staff felt it had been a "...paper exercise only; they didn't feel the company went into it with an open mind".
Mr Lewis said he hoped it would still be possible to persuade Unilever to keep open the Colman's factory. He said if that was to close as well the city could lose a total of between 800 and 1,000 jobs .
BBC Look East political correspondent
The Norwich North MP Chloe Smith says the confirmed closure of the Britvic factory is depressing news coming so close to Christmas.
"I have been talking to the government about this and there is a package of support in place for those who lose their jobs which will now kick in," she said
"The big thing we must do now is to try to persuade Unilever to keep open their part of the site."
Ms Smith has held several meetings with business secretary Greg Clark since the company first announced its plans to close back in September
Three crew men stranded in Great Yarmouth since February due to a long-running shipping wrangle are set to return home to India tomorrow.Copyright: BBC
The India-owned Malaviya Twenty has been detained in Great Yarmouth docks since it arrived in June 2016.
It originally had a crew of 12 but these were relieved in February and now there are seven aboard, including a captain.
Port chaplain and welfare officer, the Revd Peter Paine, of the Great Yarmouth Seafarers' Centre, said: "One of of the three going home is desperate to get home as his father is dangerously ill with cancer."Copyright: BBC
He said he was collecting for Christmas presents for the four remaining crew members.
James Parker, 16, was told he could not return to City College Norwich after just one week.
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North Walsham's Steve Beaton became the first man through to the second round of the PDC World Darts.
He beat Willie O'Connor 3-1 on the opening night of the tournament at Alexandra Palace.Copyright: Getty Images
Beaton won the BDO title in 1996 and insists he can't be ruled out of the running this year.
"I turned it on in the fourth set and I thought 'You're not going to beat me' and if I can combine all that in one game, it's mine to give away, really."
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Two emergency vehicles were damaged and a stinger was deployed as police officers chased a stolen Range Rover across the Norfolk Broads.
The car was stolen from the petrol station in Stalham after its driver, a man aged in his 20s who was meeting a friend there, was threatened early this morning.
It was driven about 18 miles from the Broads village to Gapton Hall roundabout near Great Yarmouth, before the stinger was used and the vehicle came to a stop.
Four people have been arrested, a Norfolk Police spokesman said.
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Another major retailer in Great Yarmouth has confirmed it intends to relocate out of the town centre.
River Island said it plans to move from its King Street store to Gapton Hall Retail Park.
It follows in the footsteps of Marks & Spencer which moved out almost three years ago.
A River Island spokeswoman said the planned relocation will happen in March, although the agreement is yet to be signed by the firm's property team.
She added: "I presume all staff will relocate to the new unit when complete and won't have an effect on redundancies."Copyright: BBC