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Virtual Pride parade held in Norwich as coronavirus moves festival online
Hundreds take part in a virtual Norwich Pride parade as coronavirus cancels the original celebration.
Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for Chelsea

Emma Sanders

BBC Sport

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he "wants more" from his team but it "can wait" as their pursuit to secure a Champions League spot is given a boost by a narrow victory over relegated Norwich.

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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of two deaths in the region's hospitals in the figures issued this afternoon.

The total number now stands at 4,031 and the additional deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East and North Herts NHS Trust: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,650.

Spitfire tribute to NHS to be inscribed with hero names

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Spitfire with "Thank u NHS" emblazoned on its under-wings roared through the skies across East Anglia today as a continuing tribute to the care sector.

The plane flew across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals in morning and afternoon sorties from its base at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

NHS Spitfire
Aircraft Restoration Company

The fighter plane was piloted by John Romain, founder of the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company.

It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.

"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.

"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."

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Woman arrested after Nelson statue damage granted bail

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Nelson damaged statue
Mark Houldey

A woman arrested after a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson was damaged in Norwich has been released on police bail.

The Royal Navy hero's statue in Cathedral Close was daubed with graffiti on Saturday, according to cathedral officials.

The attack was believed to have been carried out by anti-slavery protesters.

A woman, in her late teens, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage yesterday and has since been released by Norfolk Police until Monday, 3 August.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by four

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of four deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,029.

  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 2
  • Northampton General Hospital: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,602.

What the papers are saying in Norfolk...

  • The Eastern Daily Press reports that owners of a popular family-run pub in Cromer are calling for more support to help them survive the winter.
  • Circus hails "heartwarming" support on what would have been first show of summer season, the Great Yarmouth Mercury reports.
  • Lynn News reports that emergency crews working along West Norfolk's coastline have spoken out following a suspected hoax call.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by five

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of five deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,025.

·Bedford Hospital: 2

·Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

·Northampton General: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 44,517.

Welcome to Thursday's live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live updates page here.

What the papers say in Norfolk

  • The Eastern Daily Press reports that an application to build 33 new homes on a former timber merchants site has been met with mixed reactions
  • North Norfolk News writes that picnic benches and plant pots have been put in the middle of a town centre’s roads just days after traders and shoppers protested against road closures and pedestrianisation

Canaries' fight for survival looks over

Norwich City's hopes of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship look to be over after a 2-1 defeat at Watford last night, who in turn have improved their chances of survival.

Danny Welbeck's winner puts Watford four points clear of the Premier League drop zone, but leaves the Canaries 10 points from safety with just 12 more available.

Their relegation will be confirmed on Saturday if they lose at home to West Ham in the 12:30 kick-off, although goal difference means a draw would also effectively confirm their drop back down to the second tier of English football.

League table
BBC

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

Arts cash injection brings 'reprieve' for arts industry

The Norwich Theatre group, which manages three venues in the city, says it's relieved by the injection of £1.57bn for the arts industry.

Pantomime performers
Norwich Theatre group

Stephen Crocker said on behalf of the group that he was "hugely grateful" that the government has acknowledged the devastation coronavirus had caused the industry and it was a "very good first step".

"It's going to give us a period of reprieve," he said.

"Whilst I welcome this announcement, my call for a detailed reopening plan for venues still stands as this is an issue that is also critical for us in terms of longer-term planning."

The company said it remained concerned about people's confidence in returning to watch shows and would welcome the Prime Minister saying it was safe to do so with the right social distancing in place.

The group announced three-quarters of its staff faced job cuts and cancelled its Christmas panto last week.

Arts venues across region 'light it in red'

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

Venues up and town the region were painted (not literally) red last night to raise the profile of arts venues, that have been hit hard during the coronavirus lockdown.

The #LightItInRed campaign on social media shows buildings and places in a red glow to "bring light to the situation of the events industry during the Covid-19 crisis".

Norwich Theatre Royal in red light
Norwich Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Red Basildon Sign
Basildon Council
Basildon, Essex

As theatres and arts venues are still unable to open, the government announced a £1.57bn support package on Sunday evening.

Red light on theatre
SMTT
Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire
The Portland Arms in red
Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary
The Portland Arms, Cambridge
The Old Savoy in red
Deco Theatre
The Old Savoy, Northampton
Players Theatre in red
Players Theatre
Players Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk
The Archers Theatre in red
The Archers Theatre
The Archers Theatre, Clifton Reynes, Olney, Buckinghamshire

Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

Theatre chief welcomes government cash for arts sector

Theatre Royal, Norwich
BBC

The chief executive of a theatre that has had to cancel its Christmas panto because of a shortage of cash resulting from the Covid-19 lockdown is delighted the government is going to give the performing arts £1.5bn.

But Stephen Crocker, from the Theatre Royal Norwich, is concerned about future reopening dates.

"Whilst I hugely welcome this announcement we are still waiting on the details of reopening times for venues and for a lot of us the two things go hand in hand," he said.

"This is absolutely amazing because it's going to give us, you know, a reprieve.

"But actually for most of us what we want to do is to get back to what we usually do."