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  1. Updates for Friday, 5 January 2018

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Norwich midfielder James Maddison

James Law

BBC Sport

Championship side Norwich hold Premier League champions Chelsea to a goalless draw to earn a replay in the FA Cup third round.

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Ian Tang

Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of Ian Tang, who was found dead after going missing.

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Norwich Colman's Mustard site to close
Production of one of Britain's best-known condiments is to relocate from its Norwich home.

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Find out all the details about the competition here - and you'll be able to see Jesse Lingard, Jack Butland and Harry Maguire try our five-a-side challenge on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

Train collision death in Norwich

Eastern Daily Press

A person has died after being hit by a train in Norwich this morning.

All lines surrounding Norwich were blocked from about 07:00, when the person was hit near to the Crown Point Depot.

Alfie Hewett

Masters and French Open wheelchair tennis champion Alfie Hewett says he "always dreamt" of being world number one.

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Reaction to news that Colman's will close Norwich factory
Residents give their thoughts on the loss of mustard production in the city.
Paul Jones playing for Norwich

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Exeter City goalkeeper Paul Jones rejoins the club on loan for the rest of the season from Norwich City.

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'Rapid help' for Colman's employees

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Conservative MP for Norwich North Chloe Smith says she's been told by the government that there will be "rapid help on hand" through the Jobcentre for those who are losing their jobs at Colman's.

"This service has successfully helped others facing redundancy in the past in Norfolk," she said.

Ms Smith, who held several meetings with the Business Secretary and Unilver to try to secure the future of the site in Norwich, said she was "fundamentally disappointed"

"This is a distressing day for Norwich, my first thoughts are with those constituents who may lose their jobs."

Sex attack spree trial halted due to health concerns

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The trial has been adjourned in the case of a 23-year-old man accused of going on a "marauding" sex attack spree in Norwich on one day in March.

Jake Killick, of no fixed address, denies 16 charges including rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment with intent to commit a sexual offence, and robbery.

The prosecution outlined its case at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, but today judge Stephen Holt sent jurors home explaining there were "concerns about Mr Killick's health".

Jurors were told they would not be required in court again until Monday.

Award nomination for Sir John Hurt

One of the most famous actors to have lived in Norfolk has been nominated for an award, one year after his death.

Sir John Hurt died at his home in East Runton, near Cromer, last January. One of his final performances was the title role in an audio dramatisation of HG Wells' The Invisible Man, produced by Big Finish Productions.

Today it's been announced that Sir John has been nominated as Best Actor for that part in the BBC Audio Drama Awards, the winners of which will be revealed at Broadcasting House later this month.

Nicholas Briggs of Big Finish Productions has been giving BBC Radio Norfolk his reaction to the nomination.

We're so pleased, and it's so well-deserved. We had such fun times working with him... He did love radio drama, and he did do quite a bit of it, and was really keen to do this."

Nicholas BriggsExecutive producer, Big Finish Productions
Sir John Hurt
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Sir John Hurt

MP: 'Unilever's promises to Norwich are in tatters'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Labour MP for Norwich South has accused the owners of Colman's of breaking a promise to stay in the city after the company confirmed that it's closing its factory in Norwich.

Last month Britivic, which shares the site, said it would also be moving.

Clive Lewis described the news as "awful" and said his thoughts were with staff and their families.

"When Britvic and Unilever took over these iconic brands 20 or so years ago they promised to respect their history and connection to our city.

"Today those promises are in tatters," he said.

Mr Lewis accused the government of failing Norwich and said he'd be raisimg the issue in parliament next week.

What was on Stephen Fry's classical New Year mixtape then?

BBC Radio 3

Mozart
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We know you're all dying to know.

Actor, writer, presenter and all-round British institution Stephen Fry began the year by introducing his own specially-curated classical music mixtape for Radio 4's In Tune.

In it, he includes some of the music that means the most to him, including Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor and Bach's Chromatic Fantasy in D minor.

What - no lovely, lovely Ludwig van?

"I hope you enjoy it, I've loved putting it together," said the 60-year-old.

"All the very best, from Stephen Fry..."

If you have half an hour to spare (and are not operating heavy machinery) check it out over at the In Tune website.

Stephen Fry
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Stephen Fry: Mozart is my G

Rise in ambulance delays at A&E in the East of England

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Nearly 3,000 ambulance patients had to wait more than half an hour outside hospitals in the East of England between Christmas and New Year's Day, figures show.

Of those, about a third were delayed for over an hour, waiting for A&E staff to become available, and preventing paramedics from attending other emergencies.

Essex was the worst-affected county in the region with 827 ambulances having to queue outside hospitals, while there were 500 cases in Norfolk and 422 in Cambridgeshire.

The worst individual hospitals were Broomfield in Essex with 243 delayed ambulances waiting to offload patients, Kettering General with 240 over the same period and Colchester with 233.

Ambulance in transit.
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Across England as a whole there has been a sharp rise in the number of A&E patients facing delays on arrival in ambulances. Theresa May has apologised for the problem.

Severe disruption: A1101 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1101 Norfolk both ways severe disruption, between Hundred Foot Bank and B1100 New Road.

A1101 Norfolk - A1101 Wash Road in Welney closed in both directions between Ten Mile Bank turn off and the B1100 New Road junction, because of flooding.

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

Family pay tribute to teen killed in Boxing Day crash

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in a Boxing Day car crash have said they are "devastated".

Jake Paxton from Bury St Edmunds was injured in the crash which happened in Rougham at 21:30. He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died of his injuries the following day.

Jake Paxton
Suffolk Police

A statement from his family said: "Jake was beautiful inside and out. He was loved so very very much by all his family and those close to him".

William Smedley, 18, of Bury St Edmunds also died in the crash. Both he and Jake were passengers in a Ford Fiesta when it was involved in the crash.

Search launched in Norfolk for missing Lincolnshire woman

A helicopter search is taking place off the coast of Norfolk for a missing Lincolnshire woman.

Carol Smalley
Norfolk Police

Officers say they're concerned about the welfare of 54-year-old Carol Smalley, from Spalding.

She hasn't been seen since lunchtime yesterday.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is being asked to get in touch with police.

Yellow weather warning issued for the East

A yellow severe weather warning for wind has been issued for the East of England for between 08:00 and 19:00 on Thursday.

A spell of strong and gusty winds is expected to move eastwards during the day.

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Danielle Perrett and Richard Barton-Wood

The allegations came to light after the alleged victim confronted Danielle Perrett and her ex-partner as an adult.

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Dog dies after eating fish washed up on Norfolk beach
Dog owners are being warned to be vigilant about what their pets eat on beaches.
Storm Eleanor high winds cause traffic disruption
High winds from Storm Eleanor cause road and rail problems across the East of England.

Diss service now operational but slow

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, before A17 affecting Main Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Pullover Road in West Lynn closed and queuing traffic in both directions before Pullover Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to the Main Road junction and to Saddlebow Roundabout.

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

Driver's 'lucky escape' after car gets stranded in flooded ford

A driver has had a "lucky escape" after he tried to drive his car through two feet (0.61m) of water, police have said.

The stretch of road at Shotesham, near Norwich, is expected to be closed for a number of days, with water levels due to rise even further in the wake of Storm Eleanor.

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The silver hatchback was left submerged when the driver tried to negotiate the blocked road, but is "safe and well", officers said.

In a tweet, South Norfolk Police warned fords can often pose hidden dangers and urged drivers to pay attention to road signs and take diversions.

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'Unstable scaffolding' closes off part of Dereham

Part of Dereham Market Place has been cordoned off after a section of "unstable scaffolding" was reported.

Police say they took a call just before 09:00 to reports of unsafe scaffolding on Poundland.

About 30 metres of the road is sealed off, until scaffolders arrive to make the structure safe.

Dereham Market Place
Kieran Smith
Dereham Market Place
Kieran Smith

Pictured: The broken wires causing train delays

Expect long travel times on trains

Passengers who want to travel between London and Norwich can go via Cambridge, according to Greater Anglia, but it will take a lot longer than normal.

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Rail disruption due to weather

Rail passengers are being warned they face delays on the line towards Norwich, which is blocked, with disruption expected to last until 1600.

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Norfolk hospitals say operations not affected by winter pressures

Two of Norfolk's main hospitals are urging patients to continue to attend their appointments.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital say they have no plans to cancel appointments because of winter pressures.

Hospital
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In a statement, the NNUH said: "In the event that an operation does need to be re-arranged, we will contact patients individually."

It said it would continue to review the situation.

The Queen Elizabeth said it has cancelled some operations but appointments are still running.

Storm Eleanor: 'Strong winds' still expected

The Met Office is warning that "strong winds" will continue throughout the day.

It says Storm Eleanor is now over the North Sea, but it has left a swath of strong winds in its wake.

Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are expected to continue, with some journeys taking longer than normal.

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