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  1. That's all from the Essex Live team

    Another week here at Essex Live has come to an end - thanks for stopping by.

    That's all for our regular updates today - take a scroll back through the page for a catch up, we'll also keep you posted with any major developments in the county here overnight.


    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 - whatever you're up to, have a great weekend. 

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team and regular updates on Friday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  3. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the news team here in Suffolk and our live coverage for the day, which has included a guilty verdict on optometrist Honey Rose, who failed to spot an eye condition in eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, who later died.

    We'll leave you, though, with this lovely picture of youngsters at Latitude.

    If the adults are having half as much fun, then I reckon Henham Park's the best place to be this weekend.

    Children's area at Latitude
  4. Watch: Boxford singer-songwriter to play Latitude's Lake Stage

    The final act appearing on the Lake Stage at Latitude, after being chosen by BBC Introducing in Suffolk, is Boxford singer-songwriter Chris Athorne, performing as Oktoba, at 12:15 on Sunday.

    He said: "I've got some nice festival tunes and hopefully the crowd will like them."

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    Video caption: Chris Athorne, artist name Oktoba, who's performing at the Latitude Festival
  5. As a way to keep cool, this is worth a punt

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    We've already flagged up swimming and drinking cold drinks as possible ways for keeping cool at Latitude.

    But another option would be to go for a punting trip, and dangling your fingers over the edge.

    The cost? "Pay what you want" in the tips hat.

    Hat for tips after punting trips
  6. Spot the Balls: Ed meets city students

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    As we mentioned earlier, Norwich City FC chairman and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls joined sixth-form students at the City of Norwich School today.

    He is shown in the picture below after talking to them about last month's referendum in which the UK decided by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. 

    No prizes but can you spot him in the crowd?

    Ed Balls at City of Norwich School
  7. Firefighters tackle flames and smoke at Scratby Garden Centre

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    About 40 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a garden centre near a Norfolk holiday resort.

    Scratby Garden Centre

    Two buildings are alight at Scratby Garden Centre in Beach Road. 

    Norfolk Fire Service says it was called at 15:10 after receiving reports that a bonfire was out of control.

    Station manager Scott Norman said crews were fighting flames in two large buildings which were extensively damaged, creating a lot of smoke.

    "I would advise local people to keep doors and windows closed and although the smoke is decreasing, damping down will take a number of hours," he added.

  8. Top stories from Norfolk today...

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    These are the top stories we've covered on Norfolk Live today: 

    • Norwich woman tells how she hid in a restaurant after a lorry ploughed into Bastille Day revellers in Nice
    • Ex-shadow chancellor Ed Balls tells Norwich students county 'cannot walk away from Europe' 
    • Jobs under threat as agricultural engineers are forced into administration
  9. Watch: Halesworth pair tell us about their swimming experience

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    For obvious reasons we can't film people actually swimming in the lake, but once Til Pendered and Nancy Booth, who come from Halesworth, got out and dressed, they told me what it was like:

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    Video caption: Two festival-goers from Halesworth describe swimming at Latitude
  10. Weather: Cloudy this evening and into Saturday

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy with an odd spot of rain at first this evening, but much of the night will be dry. 

    Feeling very humid and muggy with temperatures only falling to 15C (59F).

    East weather map

    Saturday will be cloudy but with some hazy sunshine at times, and while much of the day will be dry there is the chance of a few showery outbreaks. 

    Feeling warm and very humid with temperatures reaching highs of 25C (77F).

    Find your local forecast via BBC Weather

  11. William Shakespeare would turn in his grave

    Jon Wright

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    So, our host Derek here at the Latitude Festival is on an entertainingly lengthy set of anecdotes as a 70s weather man, slipping in Shakespeare quotes, with the audience ticking them off on their bingo sheets.

    It's actually very funny!

    Shakespeare bingo
    Shakespeare bingo sheet
  12. 'County cannot walk away from Europe', ex-shadow chancellor tells students

    Chairman of Norwich City FC and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls said jobs and businesses in Norfolk could not walk away from the big single market in Europe following the "Leave" referendum vote, but that it was now a matter of "negotiating from outside the EU".

    ED Balls at school

    He addressed sixth-form students at the City of Norwich School today, some of whom expressed their frustration at not being allowed to vote as 16- and 17-year-olds had in the Scottish independence referendum. 

    Mr Balls said: "Some people see Brexit as a divorce but I think we need to find a new relationship but it's going to be outside the EU. 

    "And we still do not know what will be the attitude of the new Prime Minister Theresa May and her government in the negotiations."

  13. Vinnie Barker death: Boots Opticians offer condolences to bereaved family

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The company for which optometrist Honey Rose was working as a locum has offered its condolences after the guilty verdict at Ipswich Crown Court today.

    Rose, 35, from Newham in East London, was found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence after failing to spot an eye condition during a routine examination on eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, who later died.

    Vinnie Barker

    Rose had been working for a branch of Boots in Ipswich. 

    Today Ben Fletcher, managing director of Boots Opticians, said: “We offer our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker’s family. Our thoughts throughout this difficult period remain with the family following these tragic events.” 

  14. Pensioner's life savings stolen by men claiming to be police officers

    An 84-year-old man has had his life savings stolen by four men pretending to be police officers in Basildon, police say. 

    Map of Basildon

    It happened yesterday evening when the group forced their way through the pensioner's door in The Fryth.

    A four-figure sum of money was taken along with jewellery belonging to the victim's late wife. 

    You can read a description of the suspects on the force's Facebook page

  15. The top stories from Essex today...

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we've covered on Essex Live today: 

    • A woman from Grays has described how she hid in a restaurant during a terror attack in Nice last night in which at least 84 people were killed
    • An 84-year-old man has had his life savings stolen by four men pretending to be police officers in Basildon
    • Police investigating a shotgun shooting in Southend in April have arrested a third person
  16. Oktoba plays some tracks for BBC Introducing special

    Graeme Mac

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Chris Athorne, aka Oktoba, popped backstage earlier to record a set to be aired on tomorrow's BBC Introducing in Suffolk special.

    We'll be broadcasting live from Henham Park from 12:00 to 15:00.

    Chris Athorne
  17. Man from Holt jailed for rape of child and other sex offences

    Jo Thewlis

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A man from Holt has been jailed for more than 10 years after admitting raping a child, voyeurism and possession of indecent images. 

    Wayne Knowles, 32, from Coronation Road, was arrested in March after a raid on his house by Norfolk Police's child online safety team.

    A search of his laptop and mobile phone revealed extreme images and the victim was traced. 

    At Norwich Crown Court he was jailed for eight years and six months for rape and a further two years for the voyeurism charges.

  18. People queue for opening of new Pitsea department store

    Hordes of keen shoppers queued the length of a new large department store for its opening in Pitsea today. 


    The Range, which sits on Rectory Park Drive, now has six stores in the county.

    Basildon Council tweeted it was "great to see so many people".   

  19. Victim of fatal collision in Walpole named

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Moving away from the Latitude Festival, and a woman who died following a collision in Walpole, near Halesworth, yesterday has been named by police as Sue Wright, 60, from St Edmunds Road, Southwold.

    Sue Wright

    She was a pillion passenger involved in a single-vehicle crash on Peasenhall Road involving a Kawasaki motorcycle.

    Her family have paid tribute to her, saying: "Sue was kind, loving and full of life... She will be dearly missed by her two children Christopher and Marie-Louise and her father Sidney.”

    A 55-year-old man from the Ipswich area who was riding the motorcycle, and who was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, sustained broken ribs and is in a stable condition.

  20. Southgate survives at Troon

    Gerald Scott

    BBC Sport Online

    Essex's Matt Southgate made it through to the weekend of the Open Championship for the first time after carding a level-par 71 for the second day running at Royal Troon.

    The 27-year-old Southend golfer is 10 shots off the pace set by American Phil Mickelson at the Ayrshire course.

    Southgate overcame testicular cancer to collect his biggest European Tour pay cheque in May, when he won £200,000 for finishing fourth at the Irish Open.

    He only played in one previous Open, at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake in 2014, when he missed the cut by 10 shots.

    Matthew Southgate

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