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  1. Updates on Thursday, 17 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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Increasing demand for eye services

Additional nurses and optometrists have been recruited to meet the increased demand for eye services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Close up of eyes

The hospital's eye service is one of the busiest in the country, seeing over 100,000 patients each year. 

An ageing population has led to an increased demand for eye services, with clinics running during the evenings and weekends.

The headlines: Duchess of Cambridge to open charity shop... Tributes to Paul Daniels

The headlines this afternoon:

  • The Duchess of Cambridge is to open a charity shop in Holt tomorrow
  • Devolution details have been announced
  • Tributes have been paid to the entertainer Paul Daniels

Weather: Cloudy with light rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy evening, with patchy light rain. Temperatures falling to 2C (36F).

Weather chart for Friday 15:00 showing temperatures of 6(C)
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be cold and cloudy, with light drizzle. Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

You can find more details on BBC Weather.

Freezer murder pub to become convenience store

A pub in West Norfolk where the landlady was murdered is being turned into a convenience store.

The former Compasses Inn, Snettisham, boarded up with barriers surrounding it

In 2010 Rebecca Thorpe, who ran the Compasses Inn in Snettisham, was shot dead by her partner Michael Tucker, who hid her body in a freezer. He was jailed for life in May 2011, with a minimum tariff of 26 years.

The Co-op is investing more than £500,000 to turn the Lynn Road pub into a supermarket, creating 20 jobs. It's due to open in late summer.

Norwich Palm Sunday procession for refugees

Network Norfolk

A symbolic march through Norwich city centre is set for Sunday to promote the urgency for local councils to act on their pledges to welcome 50 Syrian refugees to Norfolk.  

Speakers from Rally for Refugees, at RC Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on March 4.
Network Norfolk

East Anglian devolution details revealed

Deborah McGurran

BBC Political editor, East of England

New details of what devolution has to offer Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have been announced

The devolution agreement

The devolution agreement, published by the treasury and signed by 22 of the 23 council leaders in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, outlines how the new combined authority will work and the powers of the new directly elected mayor.  

The agreement stresses that there is no intention for the new authority to take existing powers from local authorities.

County, district and borough councils will continue to exist. The combined authority and its mayor will be responsible for the powers which are being devolved from Whitehall.

The devolution agreement

East Anglian devolution details revealed

New details of what devolution has to offer Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are announced.

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Paul Daniels: 'Very much in love' in Great Yarmouth

Tributes have been pouring in for the entertainer Paul Daniels, who's died after losing his fight with cancer.

He was a familiar face to audiences in Norfolk, with appearances at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton and in Great Yarmouth.

Paul Daniels with Debbie McGee in Great Yarmouth
Maurice Gray

These photographs of the magician, with his wife Debbie McGee, were taken by Maurice Gray in Great Yarmouth in March 2012. Mr Gray said the couple told him they were "very much in love with each other".

Archdeacon of Norwich to be first female Bishop in East Midlands

The government has officially announced that the former Archdeacon of Norwich is to be the new Bishop of Repton in Derbyshire.

The Venerable Jan McFarlane

The Venerable Jan McFarlane will be the ninth female Bishop in the Church of England when she takes up her new post in the summer.

The Conservative MP Caroline Spelman, who speaks for the Church of England in the Commons, confirmed the news to MPs this morning, adding that Bishop McFarlane will be the first female Bishop in the East Midlands. 

Shadow minister concern over Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The shadow cabinet minister for mental health has expressed concern about budget cuts at the first mental trust to be put in special measures - the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.

Mental health campaigners meet MPs Clive Lewis and Luciana Berger
Labour Party

Luciana Berger met with members of the Campaign to Save Mental Health in Norfolk and Suffolk at a meeting in Norwich, arranged by Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis.

Ms Berger said savings of more than £40m were having "devastating consequences" on the care of patients. The Department of Health said it had invested £11.7bn in mental health in 2014-15.

Crack down on electrity thefts

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Electricity companies serving Norfolk are launching a new system next month to crack down on electricity theft.

An electricity meter

They'll use a computer system that will analyse electricity usage, and if an unusual pattern is detected, it will be investigated. 

It comes as the BBC found 33 people in the county had been prosecuted for the crime since 2012. The energy industry estimates theft costs them £200m a year, adding £30 to customers' annual bills.

Days are now longer than nights

If you've been craving longer days, take comfort from our weather forecaster Dan Holley...

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Flooded Cumbrian farmers receive barley straw for feed and bedding

Twenty two tonnes of barley straw has been donated by a Norfolk business to farmers in Cumbria who were affected by last year's flooding.

The barley straw bales being loaded onto a lorry for delivery
Anglia Farmers Ltd

Mike Giffin, of AF Biomass which donated the straw, says the delivery demonstrates the solidarity of farmers across the UK and their commitment to supporting others in the industry. 

My first farm management position was on a beef and sheep farm near Cockermouth in Cumbria. I understand how difficult it must be to be worrying about feed supplies as we head in to the spring with suckler cows calving and sheep lambing."

Mike GiffinGeneral Manager, AF Biomass

Paul Daniels: From Vegas to Spixworth

The entertainer Paul Daniels was one of Britain's top entertainers, with millions of viewers watching him on his television shows.

He had played at venues across the world, and ten years ago he came to a village just outside Norwich.                       

Lights out in Lynn

Light projections in King's Lynn will be switched off for an hour this weekend.

The Borough Council is joining Earth Hour, an annual event organised by the Worldwide Fund for Nature, which asks people to switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of the planet.

The lights will be switched off at 20:30 on Saturday for the Lynn Lumiere light shows, and at council offices.

Video of last night's meteor

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Here is a video of the meteor which flashed across the sky above the UK last night.

Meteor flashes over UK sky

The UK Meteor Observation Network filmed it using its camera at Church Crookham in Surrey, at about 03:15, but it was sighted by more people along the east coast

Award for arts development charity

Great Yarmouth's SeaChange Arts has been awarded nearly £1m to help transform arts experiences for audiences living in and visiting the coastal town.

An image from a SeaChange Arts performance, showing a man in a box
Adam Shawyer

The funding, from the Arts Council, is for Coasters, a three-year project which will take indoor and outdoor circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.  

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of SeaChange Arts, said: "The English coast and seaside is a place of fun and frivolity... where society's rules are a little relaxed."

Duchess of Cambridge to open charity shop in Holt

The Duchess of Cambridge is to officially open a new charity shop in Holt tomorrow.

The Duchess of Cambridge

She will cut the ribbon at the East Anglia's Children's Hospices shop in Station Road, helped by two families who receive care and support from EACH.

The shop is the 21st for EACH, which provides support and care for children with life-threatening conditions.

Harleston road reopens as Anglian Water repairs damaged main

Diss Express

Broad Street in Harleston has reopened after Anglian Water repaired a main damaged by contractors.

A view of Broad Street, with water running down the road
Diss Express

Mother and son banned from running riding stables

Graham Barnard

BBC Radio Norfolk

A mother and son from north Norfolk been banned from running a riding stable for five years.

A view of the Fernbank Riding School in Roughton

Rosemary and Ben Fabb were prosecuted for not having a licence to run the Fernbank Riding School at Roughton, near Cromer.

Magistrates in Norwich fined them both £500, ordered them to pay a victim surcharge of £50 each, and costs of £2,600 to North Norfolk District Council.

Paul Daniels dies, aged 77

Paul Daniels, the television magician who entertained audiences for decades, has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Paul Daniels, with his wife Debbie McGee

The performer was married to his long-term stage assistant, Debbie McGee.

The couple had first worked together during a 1979 summer season in Great Yarmouth. They married in 1988. 

Watch: Big wheel at Great Yarmouth

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

A big wheel is under construction on Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach.

Measuring 33.1m (108ft) in height, it has 24 pods, and is expected to open in time for Easter. The wheel will remain at the attraction until the end of September.

Meteor analysis on the way

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The UK Meteor Observation Network says it will now analyse its footage of the "biggest meteor sighting" its recorded.

The stellar object was seen at about 03:15, covering hundreds of miles including the east of England, and caught on film in Surrey.

Richard Kacerek, from the Network, said: "It's still very early to say where it came from but later we will be looking at footage from our other camera in the north of the country and analysing the data to determine more about its origins and intensity." 

GPs 'not out of touch' with stopping smoking

The chairwoman of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group says she doesn't recognise any suggestion that some doctors are out of touch when it comes to stopping smoking.

A lighted cigarette, with several more on a table
Getty Images

Smoke Free Norfolk said it had heard cases of pregnant women being told by professionals that they shouldn't stop smoking, because of the stress it would cause

Tracy Williams, chairwoman of the clinical commissioning group, said GP practices in Norwich were "working hard to pass on the stop smoking message and signpost patients for support whenever appropriate".

Appeal for witnesses to serious collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash in Costessey last night.

Officers were called to reports of a three-vehicle collision on Longwater Lane, near to the junction with Hall Drive, shortly before 21:30.

The vehicles involved were a white Ford Fiesta, a white Audio A3 and a black Skoda Octavia. The male driver of the Ford Fiesta was taken to the Norwich and Norwich University Hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition. 

'Biggest ever' meteor spotted over east coast

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Sightings of a large, particularly bright meteor have been made across the UK this morning.

Meteor sighting
UK Meteor Observation Network

The meteor, described as green and leaving a magnesium-white trail, has been spotted by people in Stafford, the east coast, London and Surrey.

Richard Kacerek, from the UK Meteor Observation Network, said: "This is the biggest meteor sighting we have recorded."

Motorists warned to drive carefully in the fog

Jodie Smith

BBC News

The East of England Ambulance Service is warning people to drive carefully, as paramedics have attended several accidents in the foggy weather.

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Victory for campaign to ensure patients can still phone a helpline

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Front page of the EDP

Your pictures: Foggy Norwich

BBC Weather Watchers

This is the view of Norwich Market shortly after 07:00 this morning, taken by BBC Weather Watcher Heathman.

Foggy Norwich Market
Weather Watcher Heathman

If you've got a picture that you'd like to share, you can send it to us on email.

'Poor advice' for smokers who want to quit

An NHS service which aims to help people quit smoking says some people in the county are being given bad advice from medical professionals.

Close up view of a lighted cigarette, with cigarettes in background
Getty Images

Ben Jest, from Smoke Free Norfolk, says he's heard cases of pregnant women being told they shouldn't stop smoking because of the stress it would cause, or GPs telling patients they shouldn't stop if a patient is on certain medication.

"There's no bad time to stop," he said. "Giving up smoking isn't easy, taking time and effort."

School head backs plans to become academy

The head teacher of Thorpe St Andrew High School has backed plans for all schools to become academies by 2022, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in yesterday's Budget.

Thorpe St Andrew High School, and playing fields

The school is one of the last state-funded high schools in Norwich.

Ian Clayton has previously resisted the move for the school to become an academy, but said: "We believe this is the right road for us in order to make sure we have good provision of education in the way we want it for our youngsters." 

Weather: Brighter later

It's a misty and foggy start to the day, but it will become fine and dry, with sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

BBC Weather has more information for you.

The headlines: Head teacher backs plans for all schools to become academies... Claims of poor advice for those who want to stop smoking

The stories in the news this morning:

  • The head teacher of Thorpe St Andrew High, one of the last state-funded high schools in Norwich, has backed plans for all schools to become academies by 2022
  • There are claims that some people are getting poor advice when it comes to quitting smoking

Travel: The latest on the county's roads

BBC Travel

The A47 in King's Lynn is blocked, with queuing traffic eastbound after Pullover Roundabout, because of an accident involving a car and a tractor.

The A47 at North Tuddenham is blocked eastbound, because of a crash involving a lorry and a car.

The A1101 Welney Causeway remains closed in both directions between Welney village and the New Bedford River junction, because of flooding.

The A1065 in Hempton is partially blocked in both directions, near the Lamb Lane junction, because of a crash involving three vehicles.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Thursday's Norfolk Live, where we'll bring you the news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

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