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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for today.

    Our main story today has been the huge fire that's destroyed the Regent Superbowl and indoor market in the heart of Great Yarmouth's tourist area. More than 100 firefighters attended the scene, and nearby properties were evacuated.

    In other news, the BBC has learned that the governor of Wayland Prison needed hospital treatment after he was attacked by an inmate.

    And in sport, ahead of the opening game of the season against Blackburn, Norwich City boss Alex Neil says he wants two new strikers.

    Have a good weekend. We'll be back with our regular updates at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    We're signing off for today, but our regular updates will resume on Monday morning from 08:00.

    Today we've brought you stories about:

    Before we go, we'd like to say good luck the the Tractor Boys, and also to our athletes as they take to the stage at Olympic Games. Have a good weekend.

  3. Our live coverage across the week

    That's all from us at Essex Live for this week.

    We'll be back with regular live updates on Monday from 08:00, but any major stories for the county will be available here until midnight.

    Have a good weekend.

  4. A final look at our top stories from Essex

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

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

    • One of two horses that escaped on to the M25 earlier today has been shot dead by firearms officers
    • A 17-year-old boy who threw acid over a group of friends at Ockendon railway station has been jailed for eight years
    • Three people have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in Harwich who died from serious head injuries after being assaulted with a metal object
    • Thirteen Essex athletes are preparing to represent Great Britain in the Rio Olympics which officially start this evening
  5. Destroyed bowling alley 'was UK's oldest'

    The company that runs Regent Superbowl, destroyed by today's fire in Great Yarmouth, has issued the following statement:

    "It is with great sadness that we have to announce Regent Superbowl has been caught up in a fire, along Regent Road, Great Yarmouth in the early hours of Friday 5 August. This has caused substantial damage to our premises but no one was hurt.

    "Regent Superbowl was the oldest running bowling alley in the UK, a significant part of tenpin bowling history has been lost.

    "This is a very sad time for our business, as well as the Great Yarmouth community but we shall endeavour to do our best to work our way through this as a team. We want to thank the fire service for all their hard work today along with the rest of the emergency services."

  6. Police release CCTV of Ockendon acid attack

    Following the sentencing today of Alexander Bassey, 17, for an acid attack at Ockendon railway station, British Transport Police released CCTV of the incident.

    Three of the victims received permanent scarring, with one left with potentially life-changing eye injuries.

    Senior investigating officer Det Sgt Gail McKemmie said: "This was a vicious and cowardly attack carried out without a single ounce of care."

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  7. Great Yarmouth road closures

    Some roads in Great Yarmouth remain closed, following the fire in Regent Road earlier today. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes.

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  8. Trident car owners celebrate 50th anniversary of 'Ipswich's own sports car'

    Owners of Trident cars, manufactured in Ipswich in the 1960s and 70s, are getting together this weekend to celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary.

    Martin Rhodes with Trident car

    Martin Rhodes has had his Trident for about 25 years, and while he doesn't want to admit how much he's spent on it over the years, he did say that the house he bought in Ipswich in the 80s "was probably considerably less than I've actually spent on this motor car".

    Celebrations are taking place at the Swan in Westerfield on Saturday morning, and the Helmingham Hall Classic Car Show on Sunday.

  9. Teenager jailed for eight years over Ockendon railway acid attack

    A 17-year-old boy who threw acid over a group of friends at Ockendon railway station, leaving some with permanent scarring, has been jailed for eight years.


    Alexander Bassey attacked his five victims in an unprovoked assault while they waited on the platform during the early hours of 22 May.

    Bassey, of Maplestead Road, Barking, was sentenced today at Basildon Crown Court for eight years in jail after admitting three charges of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and two charges of attempted GBH at an earlier hearing. 

  10. Great Yarmouth fire: Your thoughts

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Many of you have been posting comments on our Facebook page about the huge blaze that has hit the heart of Great Yarmouth's tourist area. Here's a selection:

    • Carole Moore: "So sad, such a part of the town, over 50yrs, well done to all the brave firefighters"
    • Lisa Jane Troccoli: "So sad right in holiday season in a great place too :((((xx"
    • Michael Buckle: "Dreadful for the town at this time of year, any chance relocating some of the businesses into the ground floor of the old M&S store in the market place, providing they have any stock stored elsewhere, could be like a temporary indoor market, least get the owners a chance to earn income"

    And Daniel Blumsum contacted us to say he was "absolutely devastated for the traders who have worked extremely hard to get where they are".

    Quote Message: I really hope we can bounce back from this as a community. A few hours of devastation - but for some, a life-changing event. from Daniel Blumsum
    Daniel Blumsum
  11. Weather: A dry end to the day

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A few evening showers, but generally a fine end to the day with some further spells of sunshine. Tonight will be dry, with light winds.

    Temperatures will fall to 13C (55F).

    Weather chart for Saturday 05:00

    Some long spells of sunshine on Saturday, although it may turn hazy at times. Light west to south-westerly winds, but an onshore wind could develop around parts of the coast.

    Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

    BBC Weather has more details.

  12. Plane arrives for testing at Woodbridge

    If you're interested in planes, you'll be glad to know that this turboprop Airbus A400M, which is being trialled here in the county, has arrived.

    A400M aircraft

    Engineers have built a temporary airstrip alongside the main runway at Woodbridge, so that the plane's take-off and landing capabilities can be tested on natural surfaces.

    There'll be trials taking place this month, with another week in September, and also some night flying.

    For the technically-minded of you, it has a 140ft (43m) wingspan, and can carry 116 troops.

    Thanks to Phil Ham for this picture.

  13. Great Yarmouth fire: How national media are reporting it

    Here's a look at how some of the national newspapers are reporting on the major fire that destroyed an indoor market and bowling alley in Great Yarmouth: 

    • The Daily Mail: Dozens of firefighters battle a huge blaze as a bowling alley burns to the ground in Great Yarmouth.
    • Daily Express: Inferno engulfs bowling alley in seaside town
    • Daily Star: Inferno horror as huge blaze rips through market and bowling alley
  14. Getting in the mood at Rio

    As we've mentioned, Bawdsey-based Katy Sealy, who chose to represent the nation of her father's birth, is one of three athletes representing Belize at the Olympics.

    Here she is in Rio...

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  15. Great Yarmouth fire: Investigation under way

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation is now under way into the blaze at the Regent Superbowl and indoor market, and emergency crews are scaling back their presence. 

    Civic leaders are stressing the the town remains open for business at the height of the tourist season. Council leader Graham Plant says visitors will still find plenty of other attractions and amenities to enjoy along the rest of Regent Road, the seafront and in the wider area.

    Fire crews looking at flames over and behind the roofs of houses

    Fire crews from Norfolk and Suffolk attended the blaze, with up to 21 appliances at the scene. No-one was injured in the incident and the fire was contained. 

    Nelson Road Central, St Nicholas Road and Trafalgar Road remain closed but King Street and Dene Side are now open.     

    The council hopes to open a small passageway, providing access through Regent Road, by late tomorrow.

  16. How scary should a scarecrow be?

    A Kesgrave plant nursery has taken the unusual step of asking followers on its Facebook page if its scarecrows are too scary.

    Ruth Goudy from Kiln Farm Nursery said somebody rang up and said they were really offended by the scarecrows, so she and her husband Paul explained that they were made by cubs from the local pack.

    She added: "We just wanted to check that we weren't intimidating anyone and that children weren't having nightmares.

    "Everyone that's replied has said 'They're great - we love them.'"

    What do you think? Send us an email, or post a message on our Facebook page.

  17. Sealy aims to 'enjoy and run a personal best in Rio'

    The Suffolk village of Bawdsey is probably one of the last places you would look for one of Central America's star athletes.

    Located just north of Felixstowe, it is, however, home to Katy Sealy, one of just three athletes who will represent Belize at the Olympics.

    Katy Sealy

    Since the 25-year-old chose to represent the nation of her father's birth, she has become Central American heptathlon champion three times as well as breaking the region's record points total.  

    She'll compete in the 100m hurdles in Rio, and don't rule out her clocking up a personal best on the biggest stage of all.

  18. Harry Martin will head for Rotterdam after Rio

    Twenty-three-year-old Harry Martin is another former Ipswich schoolboy with aspirations of winning a medal at the Rio Olympics.

    Harry Martin

    He was the youngest member of the GB Hockey squad at Delhi's Commonwealth Games in 2010 and London 2012. 

    For the last few years, the midfielder has been studying economics in addition to travelling the world with his teammates.

    However, with his degree now complete, Martin will head to Rotterdam next month to compete in the Dutch League, seen as the strongest in world hockey. 

  19. From reserve in London to top of the world in Rio

    George Pinner is one of two former Ipswich schoolboys who now find themselves in Rio as mainstays in the Great Britain Olympic hockey team.

    George Pinner

    The 29-year-old was a reserve at London 2012 but has established himself as one of the very best goalkeepers in the world ahead of tomorrow's opening match with Belgium. 

    "These two weeks are huge," Pinner told us. "We know this side is good enough to win a medal and I have real confidence that we can do that."