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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 December 2017

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Deckchairs

Compare the temperature in your area to other locations in the UK and around the world.

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Pontus Jannson

Pontus Jansson's first-half header gives Leeds United victory over Norwich City in the Championship.

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Fruit shoot bottles on production line

The manufacturer of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot is to move manufacturing to three other sites.

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Britvic closure 'body-blow' for city

Andrew Sinclair

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 .

MP: Britvic closure 'depressing'

Andrew Sinclair

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 crewmen stranded in Great Yarmouth to return to India

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Three crew men stranded in Great Yarmouth since February due to a long-running shipping wrangle are set to return home to India tomorrow.

Malaviya Twenty
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."

Malaviya Twenty
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He said he was collecting for Christmas presents for the four remaining crew members.

Christoph Zimmermann

Norwich City's German defender Christoph Zimmermann signs a new, extended contract to run until at least 2021.

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Autistic student in new college after 'enrolment error'
James Parker, 16, was told he could not return to City College Norwich after just one week.

Beaton is first winner at PDC World Darts

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

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.

Steve Beaton
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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."

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk westbound severe accident, between A11 Newmarket Road and B1108 Watton Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Little Melton closed and heavy traffic westbound between Thickthorn Roundabout and the B1108 Watton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Seal pup and mother at Horsey beach, Norfolk

Latest statistics show 1,643 pups have been born on a Norfolk beach and nearby dunes.

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Norfolk Police officers chase stolen Range Rover

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.

boy doing test

Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.

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Woman sitting

Lack of available doctors, beds or ambulances sees some mental health patients left in police custody for days.

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River Island to move out of Great Yarmouth town centre

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

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."

River Island, Great Yarmouth
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Ian Tang

Ian Tang's body was found two days after he disappeared while walking home from a nightclub.

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Two photos of Nick Rogers.

An uncle and nephew deny murdering a man at a Morrisons supermarket following a feud over money..

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Arunas Guzas says he shook his daughter "a little bit" while trying to calm her down.

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Members of the Royal Family arrived at church without the Queen

It's Meghan Markle's first Christmas with her royal in-laws to-be. So what can she expect?

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Severe accident: A140 Norfolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A140 Norfolk southbound severe accident, between A1067 Drayton High Road and A1074 Dereham Road.

A140 Norfolk - A140 Sweet Briar Road in Norwich closed and queuing traffic southbound between the A1067 Drayton High Road junction and the A1074 Dereham Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Dr Myles Bradbury

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The blood cancer specialist used a spy pen to take pictures of his victims and was jailed for 22 years.

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Severe disruption: A47 Norfolk westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk westbound severe disruption, between Branch Road and A1064.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Acle Straight in Stokesby closed and heavy traffic westbound between the Branch Road junction and Acle Roundabout.

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

Ian Tang

Ian Tang was last seen by friends at a nightclub in North Walsham in the early hours of Sunday.

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National furniture company founded in Mellis to axe 112 jobs in ‘wind down’

Diss Express

A national furniture company, originating in Mellis nearly 40 years ago, has announced it will lose more than 112 jobs as part of an "orderly wind down" after going into administration.

Multiyork sofa

The Norfolk-based firm has shed 112 staff and left a further 500 employees facing uncertainty.

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Police called to 48 crashes across Norfolk as temperatures plummet

Eastern Daily Press

Police have seen a spike in crashes on Norfolk’s roads after freezing temperatures hit the county, reports the EDP.

Train lines reopen after lorry hits bridge

Blocked railways lines have been reopened after a lorry hit a bridge earlier today.

Network Rail engineers have now repaired the track between Attleborough and Thetford after the lorry struck the railway bridge near Eccles Road station at about 05:30.

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Debris was strewn on to the line, causing major disruption for Greater Anglia and East Midlands Trains passengers on services between Norwich and Cambridge.

Cancellations and delays are expected until 15:00, according to National Rail Enquiries - which has updates to affected trains here.

Norfolk MP's relief after being cleared of 'groping'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Labour MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, has been cleared by his party of claims he sexually harassed a woman at the party conference in Brighton.

Clive Lewis
BBC

The sense of relief in Mr Lewis's voice when he rang me was palpable.

"It's been a nightmare," he said. "I now want to just get on with my life and put all this behind me."

The MP for Norwich South will not forget this year's party conference in a hurry. It began with him criticising the party leadership and quitting the front bench for not holding a proper debate on Brexit.

Then he was filmed at a fringe event using derogatory term about women, for which he later apologised, and then, six weeks later, a party supporter claimed she had been groped by him at the same event.

With other allegations swirling around concerning the behaviour of other MPs, the Labour Party immediately placed Mr Lewis under investigation, but it did not suspend him.

"This is so unlike Clive," one senior party official told me at the time.

His local party stood firmly behind him and he is still a popular character at Westminster.

This incident won't have damaged his long term prospects. Jeremy Corbyn still talks about him returning to the front bench at some stage.

For Mr Lewis the priority now will be to keep his head down, avoid making any controversial comments and focus on his constituency work.

And he might think twice about going to the next party conference.

BreakingBody found during search for missing man around North Walsham

Norfolk Police say the body of a man, believed to be missing 20-year-old Ian Tang, has been found near North Walsham.

Friends search for missing man who vanished after night out

Friends and family of a man who vanished after leaving a nightclub have been searching for him again this morning.

Ian Tang
Norfolk Police

Ian Tang, 20, was last seen leaving club KA in North Walsham in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Volunteers went looking for him in the freezing temperatures overnight and resumed their search of the town this morning.

On Monday, police said they were "increasingly concerned for his welfare".

He is described as 5ft 8in (1.52m) tall, with short brown hair and has a tattoo of a woman's face on his left arm.

Norwich Airport opens again

Norwich Airport has now reopened, but there are still delays to flights.

An up-to-date list of arrivals and departures is available on its website.

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Train disruption continues after lorry hits bridge

This is the scene at Ely station this morning, with rail passengers gathered on the platform waiting for updates after a lorry hit a bridge.

People waiting on platform
Anthony Fan

"Significant damage" was caused to the bridge near Eccles Road station in Norfolk, with some debris falling onto the track, a Network Rail spokeswoman said.

British Transport Police said the top of the bridge was struck at about 05:30, closing all lines between Thetford and Attleborough.

Disruption is expected on Greater Anglia trains between Cambridge and Norwich - check the last information here.

East Midlands Trains have also been affected, with its Norwich services now starting and finishing at Ely or Peterborough (route pictured below) and alternative arrangements were in place.

Engineers were due to be working on repairs for the rest of the day, Network Rail said.

Norwich-Ely-Peterborough-Nottingham train route
East Midlands Trains

Cromer's Walsh to defend title on big fight night

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Cromer's Ryan Walsh will defend his British Featherwight title on a big night of boxing in Manchester next year.

Walsh will face unbeaten Lancastrian Isaac Lowe on Saturday, 17 February at the Manchester Arena.

The fight will be the main support to the World Super Series semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Junior. Both Britons are current Super Middleweight world champions.

Ryan Walsh was last in the ring in May when he won his Lonsdale belt outright by defeating Northern Ireland's Marco McCullough.

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Icy weather shuts Norwich Airport

Norwich Airport has been forced to closed due to the freezing weather conditions.

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It has made the announcement on its website.

A flight from Aberdeen was diverted to Stansted earlier, with another from Amsterdam cancelled.

An update on the closure is expected later this morning, but passengers can check the latest flight information here.