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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 19 May 2017
  2. Drug runner jailed for life for murder
  3. Signalling issues cause delays on trains
  4. BBC Election Panel: Your views on transport
  5. Anger over plans to close UEA Muslim prayer facility
  6. Murderer handed life prison sentence

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates for today and the week.

We'll be back again to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

Until then, here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've been covering:

  • Drug dealer is jailed for life for murdering Norwich man
  • Muslim students express anger over plans to close UEA prayer facility
  • Norwich City confirm five friendlies over the summer

Have a great weekend.

Victim of Barnham collision named

A woman who died following a crash on the A134 at Barnham earlier this week has been named as 47-year-old Helen Lovegrove, from Thetford.

Ms Lovegrove, of Magdalen Street in the town, was a passenger in a Skoda Octavia that was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa, at about 10:45 on Wednesday.

A woman in her early 20s, from the Dereham area, who was the driver of the Corsa, remains in a serious condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital after sustaining leg and internal injuries.

A man, in his 50s and from the Thetford area, was driving the Skoda and received treatment at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

Protest at UEA over Muslim prayer space

A protest has been held at the University of East Anglia today against the closure of a Muslim prayer space.

Non-Muslim students linked arms nearby to show their support.

UEA Muslim prayers
BBC

The move comes just days before Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and religious focus for the Muslim community.

Muslim students at the UEA say they were given no notice of the closure - or offered an alternative area in which to worship.

In a statement, the UEA said it was in ongoing discussions with the Islamic Society to ensure appropriate faith provision on campus.

UEA mayor prayers
BBC

Davis makes weight at third attempt

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The American boxer Gervonta Davis has finally made the weight for his IBF World Super Featherweight title fight with Cromer's Liam Walsh - after three attempts.

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Davis took to the scale in London and weighed-in two ounces above the 130 pounds (59 kg) limit.

A second trip to the scales still showed him one ounce above. The third visit was successful.

There was no such drama for Walsh, who commented that it was "unprofessional" to not make the desired weight on the first attempt.

'Exhausted' racing pigeon lands on off-shore rig

A racing pigeon is recovering after it landed on an off shore oil rig, before it was shipped back to shore on a supply vessel.

The pigeon with one of the crew from the FS Kristiansand
RSPCA

Once the vessel had docked at the harbour yesterday morning, RSPCA Inspector Emily Astillberry met with the crew of the FS Kristiansand to collect the bird, before taking him up to the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital in East Winch, Norfolk.

Ms Astillberry said: "This poorly pigeon has had quite the journey.

"We suspect he had become lost and as he ventured further out to sea, became more and more exhausted.

"The oil rig was probably a welcome pit-stop to rest up, but when the crew found him, he was in a bad way and unable to fly."

She said she hopes the bird will be reunited with its owner soon. The RSPCA did not know the location of the oil rig.

The FS Kristiansand
RSPCA

Drug dealing 'ends lives', says judge

A judge sentencing a dealer who stabbed a man six times and left him to die has described the drugs trade as "evil".

As we've been reporting, drug-runner Hassiem Baqir, 20, from Thornton Heath, has been jailed for life for murdering Steve Stannard from Norwich.

Mr Stannard was found dead outside his Bowers Avenue home on 5 November.

Baqir, who was found guilty yesterday, was told he must serve at least 20 years before he is considered for parole.

Sentencing him today at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said Baqir had "showed a callous indifference" to Mr Stannard's fate after he had been stabbed.

He told him: "You left him bleeding to death on the ground and made no attempt then or later to summon help."

The judge said the sale of drugs was "an evil trade that blights and ends live".

Goodnight from Ed Balls playing bingo

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In a week when former Labour leader Ed Miliband showed a certain skill in hosting a bingo game, the aptly-named Ed  Balls showed how to read out the winning numbers, as Andrew Neil signed off from This Week.

Family 'respects' life sentence for murderer

The family of a man who was murdered have said they "respect" the life prison sentence handed to his drug-dealing killer.

As we've reported, Hassiem Baqir, 20, of Thornton Heath, was found guilty of murdering 38-year-old Steve Stannard, who was found dead outside his home in Norwich on 5 November.

He has been told he must serve at least 20 years before he is considered for parole.

A spokesman for Mr Stannard's family said: "We respect the decision of the court and would like to request privacy at this time to continue to grieve as a family after the sad loss of our much loved Stevie.

"We will try and move on as best we can and hope that our wishes can be respected during this difficult time."

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Drug runner jailed for life for murder

A drug-runner from London has been jailed for life for murder and must serve 20 years before being considered for parole.

Hassiem Baqir (pictured), 20, from Thornton Heath, was found guilty of murdering 38-year-old Steve Stannard, who was found dead outside his home in Norwich on 5 November.

Hassiem Baqir
Norfolk Constabulary

A post-mortem examination revealed he had been stabbed six times, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Baqir travelled from London to Norwich to deal drugs from Mr Stannard's flat in Bowers Avenue.

Mr Stannard was described to the court as a class A drug user with a chaotic lifestyle. He had become involved in drug dealing from his home - a criminal act called "cuckooing".

Police found a knife in a bin in nearby Gresham Road and tests linked blood on the blade to Mr Stannard, and a DNA profile for Baqir.

Det Ch Insp Marie James said: "We will never know the true events leading up to Steve Stannard's death but this case demonstrates the dangerous consequences drug-related crime can have."

Caring builders build bridges

Lynn News

Here's the front page of today's Lynn News:

Lynn News
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Diss reaping the rewards of their fresh approach

Diss Express

Here's the back page of today's Diss Express:

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Abattoir investigated over horse slaughter

Diss Express

Here's the front of today's Diss Express:

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Iliffe Media Publishing

Wroxham Football Club's name in lights at Wembley

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Wroxham Football Club have been gracing Wembley Stadium, along with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

To mark 10 years since the famous ground was redeveloped, the Wembley arch has been lit up in the colours of every team to have played there since 2007.

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Wroxham made the FA Vase final in 2010. Norwich City's name also features. You can find your favourite team here.

Appeal to trace Norfolk man with Leicester links

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are asking for help to find this man who is wanted in King’s Lynn and is believed to have links to the Leicester area...

Alexander Hewitt
Norfolk Constabulary

Alexander Hewitt is 60 years old and is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

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Norwich City confirm five friendlies

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have announced five pre-season friendlies for the summer.

The Canaries will play Brighton, who are managed by former boss Chris Hughton, at Carrow Road on Saturday 29 July in their final warm-up match ahead of the new Championship season.

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Norwich will visit Lowestoft Town, Stevenage, Charlton Athletic and Cambridge United during July.

Lowestoft Town confirm Norwich City friendly

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Police hunt for wanted man

Police are hunting for a prisoner who is wanted in King’s Lynn.

Alexander Hewitt
Norfolk Constabulary

Alexander Hewitt, 60, is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

He is described as white, of slim build, about 5ft 7in (170cm) tall, with receding hair. He wears glasses.

It is believed he has links in the Boston and Leicester areas.

Universities 'are required' to provide prayer space

Muslim students at the University of East Anglia are calling for an alternative solution to closing their prayer facility.

UEA
N Chadwick/Geograph

As we've reported, there are plans to withdraw space for both Friday prayer and daily prayer at the campus.

The facilities are used by more than 500 Muslim students at the university, plus community partners.

News of the closure comes just days before the month of Ramadan - a period of fasting - gets under way.

Lisa Lucky, head sister at the university's Islamic Society, said: "We believe that the university will have to provide a suitable space for us and there is no way around it.

"It's a requirement for universities to provide for us."

The UEA said it was having ongoing discussions with the Islamic Society to ensure there was appropriate faith provision on campus.

It said it was committed to ensuring there were facilities for anyone who wanted to use them.

A protest is to be held at the main square at 13:00.

Chance to learn something new as part of national festival

Do you want to brush up on your computer skills or fancy learning Italian or sign language?

Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS) is running free taster sessions from 30 May as part of the national Festival of Learning.

There will be a variety of courses for people to try, whether learning to improve job prospects, increase skills or just for fun.

llgun Yusuf, head of service for NCLS, said: "These taster sessions are a great way for people to try out NCLS courses before they commit to something longer term.

"We hope that the range of courses means that there’s something for everyone."

The free tasters will run until 3 June.

Anger over plans to close university prayer facility

Muslim students at the University of East Anglia have expressed anger over a decision to close their prayer facility.

The UEA
N Chadwick/Geograph

The UEA plans to withdraw space for both Friday prayer and daily prayer.

The facilities are used by more than 500 Muslim students at the university, plus community partners.

News of the closure comes just days before the month of Ramadan - a period of fasting - gets under way.

Aya Delfi, from the UEA's Islamic Society, said: "This is so unfair, especially as Ramadan is just around the corner.

"Not only are they taking away our prayer space, they're not giving us an alternative."

The university said there were ongoing discussions with the Islamic Society to ensure appropriate faith provision was provided on campus.

A spokeswoman said: "We are committed to ensuring that there is no break in provision for students wishing to use our facilities, including during Ramadan, during the exam period and during development works over the summer."

A protest will be held at the university today at 13:00.

BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

We asked:

Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?

Railway
BBC

And you said:

Amanda, Peterborough: "I do not really have an opinion on this as I never use the railways. However, if it lowers the price for commuters and travellers then it may be a good thing."

Marilyn Samuel, Luton: "I agree to Labour's policy to propose to re-nationalise the railways and I agree to keep fares down and at a fair price, more affordable and a reliable transport system."

Barbara, Chelmsford: "I think that railways are great as they're now. No changes needed."

Jonathan, Norwich: "It would take billions to overhaul the railways, maybe the money would be better spent on trams going into major cities at affordable prices."

Jade, Southend: "Buses and trains need upgrading and a better service. If they want less people to drive cars, public transports need a lot of improvement."

Malcolm Younger, Ipswich: "If a nationalised railway could work cheaply and efficiently I would be for it. But don't think that they can so should be left as they are."

London drug runner facing jail over brutal killing

Norwich Evening News

The Norwich Evening News is leading with Hassiem Baqir being found guilty of killing Steve Stannard at his Norwich flat.

He is being sentenced today.

Evening News on 19/05/17
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Liam Walsh to weigh-in ahead of world title fight

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Cromer boxer Liam Walsh takes on IBF Super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis in London tomorrow night.

The weigh-in takes place in Stratford this afternoon. Walsh's twin brother Ryan fights on the same bill.

Liam clashed with Davis and his manager, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, during a press conference in London yesterday - with the subject of cash prompting a difference of opinion.

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Problems on the trains in north Norfolk

There's a signalling problem which means Greater Anglia is currently unable to run trains between North Walsham and Cromer.

Replacement buses have been requested to run from North Walsham to Cromer, but Greater Anglia said it was not expecting them to arrive until 08:45.

It said those with tickets can use them on local bus service Number 5, operated by Sanders.

Greater Anglia has apologised for the disruption.

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Speedway: King's Lynn win at Swindon

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars picked up their second away win of the season, beating Swindon 48-45 in speedway's Premiership.

The Stars are up to fifth in the table and are now just two points behind Poole, who are second.

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German youngster Kai Huckenbeck and Troy Batchelor each turned in 12 points for Lynn, who won nine of the opening 12 races.

Friday's forecast: 'Great weather for gardeners and the ducks'

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a wet start to the day, great weather for gardeners and the ducks. Plenty more rain about this morning but it will tend to dry out and brighten up. There could be a rumble of thunder or two in the evening.

Highs of 14C (57F).

Good morning Norfolk

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Cor, didn't the rain come down? You're best to stay in the dry and follow our live updates as it's another damp start.

Today, we'll be getting the sentencing for drug dealer Hassiem Baqir who was yesterday found guilty of killing Steve Stannard at his Norwich flat.

As always, if you've got a story, don't hesitate to let us know by clicking "Get involved" above.

Elizabeth Rizzini will be up next with today's weather forecast.

Our live coverage today

Our live coverage has now ended for the day - but any breaking news overnight will appear here.

Here's a quick recap of some of our stories today:

  • Drug dealer found guilty of murder
  • Dad's disgust at vandalism of daughter's memorial garden
  • Seal pups return to the wild

Scroll down to find out more on these, plus the rest of Thursday's news bites.

Have a lovely evening - we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

'Exit for Brexit' float arrives in city to greet Question Time audience

A carnival float caricature of Theresa May has arrived in Norwich.

The float - "Exit from Brexit" - was secured from Germany by Unite for Europe founder Peter French, and has recently been seen in and around Westminster - including outside Downing Street.

Exit for Brexit float outside the Forum
BBC

The float is outside the Forum before moving to The Open at 18:00 - where audiences will be arriving for the BBC's Question Time programme.

It then moves on to the paved area around St Andrews hall.