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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 December 2017

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Miniature donkeys visit care home to spread Christmas cheer
Christmas came early for these care home residents when they were visited by two little donkeys.
Lasse Vibe

Lasse Vibe's first-half double earns Brentford a deserved Championship victory at struggling Norwich.

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Severe disruption: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe disruption, between A1065 Castleacre Road and A1122 Swaffham Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Swaffham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A1065 Castleacre Road junction and the A1122 Swaffham Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between A1075 South Green and A1065 Castleacre Road affecting B1147.

A47 Norfolk - A47 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A1075 South Green junction in East Dereham and the A1065 Castleacre Road junction in Swaffham, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Diversion in operation - Eastbound: Take the A1065 north to Fakenham the A148 and A1067 south to A140 in Norwich. Join A1074 to rejoin A47 at Longwater. Westbound: Exit at Thickthorn on to A11 south to Thetford. Take A134 to Munford and take A1065 to Swaffham and rejoin A47. Congestion to t

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Warning over serious crash on A47

Police are warning drivers to avoid the A47 following a serious crash involving three vehicles.

Emergency services are dealing with the collision at Scarning, near Dereham, which happened shortly before 14:00 GMT.

The road is closed.

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Unpopular flight axed after just three months

An airline is stopping its service between Norwich and Durham because not enough passengers booked flights.

Loganair began flying between the cities in October, but said it was not "economically sustainable".

"The route wasn't performing in line with expectations with no signs of improving, so we've regrettably taken the decision to withdraw the service from January 7th," a spokesman said.

Loganair is the lead operator at Norwich International and described the airport as a "key priority".

Passengers with tickets are eligible for a full refund.

Biker dies in three-vehicle crash

A man in his 30s died when his motorbike collided with two cars on the A148 near Fakenham.

The biker was riding a yellow Suzuki towards Fakenham when it crashed at the Lynn Road junction with Creake Road shortly after 15:30 on Thursday.

He died at the scene.

The cars involved were a white Nissan Qashqai and a blue Vauxhall Zafira.

Norfolk police closed the road for five-and-a-half hours and are appealing for dashcam footage of the three vehicles.

A148 junction with Creake Road
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Britvic hits back over criticism

Drinks company Britvic has denied claims it ran a "meaningless" consultation with staff before deciding to vacate its Norwich factory.

As reported yesterday, trade unions and Norwich South MP Clive Lewis (below) have written to Business Secretary Greg Clarke calling him for to intervene and re-open the consultation into the proposed closure of operations at Carrow Works.

They said the consultation, which ended last week, was unclear and did not engage with staff in a meaningful way over plans to move production in 2019.

Britvic said it did engage meaningfully with employees and ran the consultation for well over the required 45 days.

Mr Clarke's office has yet to respond.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis
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Men wanted in connection with firearms theft could be in East Yorkshire

Norfolk Police want help to identify two men following a theft in Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth.

Two deactivated firearms were stolen from a display inside The Queens Head pub on Saturday 28 October.

Two men wanted by police
Norfolk Police

It’s believed the men may have travelled out of the county and could be in the Lancashire, Manchester or Yorkshire areas.

Anyone with information should contact PC Richard Bennett at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101.

Man charged after firework closes Norwich car park

A 24-year-old man has been charged with throwing a firework in a public place following what police describe as a "small explosion" in a bin in a car park in Norwich.

It happened at The Forum at about 13:50 yesterday and caused the building to be evacuated.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The man, from Norwich, has been remanded in custody and is due in court tomorrow.

Unions and MP call on government to re-open Britvic consultation

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Trade unions and the Norwich South MP Clive Lewis have written to the Business Secretary Greg Clark calling on him to intervene and re-open the consultation into the proposed closure of the Britvic factory at Norwich.

They say the consultation, which ended last week, "was not clear or meaningful".

In their letter they say: "We do not believe that standing idly by while over 800 direct- and indirectly-employed regional workers lose their jobs is appropriate for any government."

The letter says that full-time trade union officials were excluded from the consultation and that the independent directors of Britvic twice turned down a request to meet the workforce.

If Mr Clark refuses to re-open the consultation, i understand that legal action could be taken against the company.

Fruit shoot bottles
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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Norfolk for Christmas
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Norfolk by train for their Christmas break.

Fire crew tackle skip fire in Attleborough

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'Serious' accident on A148 at Sculthorpe

Police are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A148 at Sculthorpe.

Officers were called at 15:35 to reports of a crash involving a car and a motorbike.

The road has been closed.

Severe accident: A148 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A148 Norfolk both ways severe accident, near A1065.

A148 Norfolk - A148 in Fakenham closed and queuing traffic in both directions near Shell roundabout, because of a serious accident involving motorbike and car.

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

Man arrested after 'small explosion'

A man has been arrested after a small explosion that caused The Forum in Norwich to be evacuated.

Police were called at about 13:50 on Wednesday to reports of a small explosion in a bin in the car park at the building on Millennium Plain.

It was quickly confirmed that the explosion was caused by a firework, which had been thrown into the bin.

The man, in his 20s, was taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Fire stations on Bethel Street, Norwich
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Hospital applies for permission to expand

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is seeking permission to add another storey to its building at a cost of £15m.

Plans
NNUH

A hospital spokesperson said the space would allow it to expand its radiology and cardiology services.

Interventional radiology provides a less-invasive alternative to open surgery, resulting in shorter hospital stays.

NNUH, the only provider of this specialist service in East Anglia and said demand was very high.

"An expansion is needed as delays in treatment could have serious consequences for some patients," the spokesperson said.

Christmas singing with a Sing Your Heart Out group

Philippa Roxby

Health reporter, BBC News

Singers at free weekly workshops in Norfolk say they are given a sense of belonging.

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Car crash staged in Norfolk for drink drive campaign
Emergency services and actors reconstruct the scene of a head-on collision.

Severe accident: A11 Norfolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Norfolk southbound severe accident, between A47 and A1075.

A11 Norfolk - A11 closed and slow traffic southbound between Thickthorn Roundabout in Cringleford and the A1075 junction in Kilverstone Hall, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A11 Norfolk southbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Norfolk southbound severe accident, between B1111 and A1075.

A11 Norfolk - A11 closed and queuing traffic southbound between the B1111 junction in Larling and the A1075 junction in Kilverstone Hall, because of an accident.

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

Morrisons Wymondham fatal supermarket fight caught on camera
Lee Monk, 20, kicked a shopper in the head during the fight.

Severe accident: B1108 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

B1108 Norfolk both ways severe accident, around Cuckoo Lane.

B1108 Norfolk - B1108 Norwich Road in Carbrooke blocked and queuing traffic in both directions around the Cuckoo Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Lee Monk

Lee Monk was found guilty of manslaughter, but both he and his uncle John were acquitted of murder.

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, between Branch Road and Paddys Loke affecting A1064.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Acle Straight blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the Branch Road junction in Stokesby and the Paddys Loke junction in West End, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to Acle Roundabout.

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

City building evacuated due to exploding firework

Norwich's Forum building - which houses the county's main library - was briefly evacuated earlier this afternoon after a firework exploded in an outdoor bin.

Fire engines outside the Forum
BBC

The emergency services arrived at about 13:50, but the fire had been extinguished before crews from Carrow, Earlham and Sprowston arrived.

A loud bang was heard by people inside the building, which also houses a cafe, restaurant and the BBC.

Police said no-one had been hurt and no arrests had been made.

BBC Radio Norfolk stopped broadcasting from its studio at the city centre site for about 15 minutes, with the service switching to Suffolk during the disruption.

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Norfolk police commissioner welcomes tax change

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Norfolk has welcomed the decision by the government to allow the police to increase their share of the council tax bill by as much as an extra £12 a year.

Lorne Green said: "This announcement appears to be good news for policing.

"I have lobbied hard for central government to look again at police funding and allow PCCs more flexibility to respond to funding challenges and local policing needs."

Until now PCCs were limited to increasing their share of council tax by just 2%, which works out at £4.32 for an average Band D property in Norfolk.

Nick Hurd, the policing minister, said individual forces could increase the precept by up to £1 a month.

Mr Lorne hasn't decided yet exactly how much bills will go up by next year, but expect the increase to be much higher than £4.32.

Motorist driven off road by dangerous driver in Suffolk
Dashcam video shows a car crossing fields to try and avoid a confrontation.

Further 7.5km of NDR will be open before Christmas

Eastern Daily Press

Another 7.5km of Norwich Northern Distributor Road will be delivered just in time for Christmas.

Dippy the arthritic penguin dies

Sad news that Dippy the arthritic penguin who used to live on the Isle of Wight has died.

Dippy - a Humboldt penguin - moved to SeaLife Centre in Great Yarmouth in 2015 after Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the island closed and all its animals had to be rehomed. Staff in Great Yarmouth built a special ramp to help him waddle into the pool.

SeaLife Centre said he was "very popular character and much loved".

Great Yarmouth: Dippy the arthritic penguin has arrived at his new home