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That's all from the Norfolk Live team for this week. We'll be back with more regular updates on Monday from 08:00.

Here's a quick look at some of the stories we've covered today:

And lastly, the Sundown Festival is taking place at the Norfolk Showground this weekend. If you're going, tweet us your pictures using #nfklive. Have fun.

Sundown Festival: Thousands expected at Norfolk Showground event

Our live coverage across the day

Thanks for your company this week.

We're signing off now with our regular updates until 08:00 on Monday morning, but we'll leave you with a somewhat unusual story.

A man known as the Plastic Soup Surfer has been kite surfing from Scheveningen in Holland to Lowestoft on a surfboard made from recycled single-use plastic bottles. He's made the trip to highlight the issue of plastic in the ocean.

We hope he's had a successful crossing. Have a good weekend.

Merijn Tinga on surfboard
Plastic Soup Surfer

Our live coverage across the day

That's all for regular updates here from the BBC Essex team until 08:00 on Monday, unless a major story breaks.

Today we covered the news of tributes paid to a 13-year-old boy from Colchester who who was swept by the sea while in Bologne in France.

We also reported that 12 men had appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court charged with violent disorder after an attack on Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin last year.

Take a scroll down the page for a full catch-up on the day's news in Essex.

Watch: Wildcat Aerobatics stunt pilots in action

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An aerial aerobatics display team from Norfolk have featured in a BBC Two series which explores the hidden world of the skies above us. 

Al Coutts and Willie Cruickshank, from Wildcat Aerobatics in Old Buckenham, were followed throughout their 2015 flying season for the BBC's Skies Above Britain - giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life as a stunt pilot.

Their planes fly just feet apart, at speeds up to 200mph (321km/h). 

Skies Above Britain: TV cameras follow Wildcat Aerobatics team

Overnight weather: Cloudy and mainly dry

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight it'll be rather cloudy, but mainly dry, although there's a chance of occasional showers.

Lows of 12C (54F).

Saturday's weather map

Saturday will start bright and dry, but it'll turn cloudy later, with heavier rain in the evening and overnight. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast where you live.

Art project unveiled in Southend

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A new art installation along Alexandra Street in Southend, Essex, has been unveiled by Mayor Judith McMahon (pictured below), local artists and a group of local residents from Project 49.

Art being unveiled by the Mayor
Project 49

Project 49 commissioned an artist to work with a group of adults with learning disabilities to create colourful and dynamic artwork for display in the street.

Pete Shrimplin, co-ordinator of community inclusion at Project 49 said: "The team deliberated a number of ideas, eventually settling on a street gallery theme with individual pieces being framed and displayed on the hoarding of a construction site just opposite Project 49’s Offices.

"We contacted the builders and they kindly gave the project the green light.

"The idea was to brighten up the street, improve community spirit and to show that people with learning difficulties can and do make valuable contributions within their community."

BreakingArkadiusz Jozwik: Polish inquiry into Harlow death

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Polish state TV is reporting that the Warsaw District attorney's office has launched an investigation into the death of Polish citizen Arkadiusz Jozwik in Harlow last Saturday. 

They say that, under Polish law, foreigners who commit a crime to the detriment of Polish citizens are liable before the Polish courts.

It is independent of responsibility from the authorities of the country in which the crime has occurred. 

They quote prosecutor James Romelczyk as saying that they will interview families of victims, and will also ask the UK authorities on the "circumstances of the event, to determine the perpetrators and bring them to criminal liability".

Felixstowe teenage raft rescue 'all part of the job'

Four girls in their mid-teens said they hadn't realised how far out to sea they were when a PCSO swam out and pulled their raft back to the beach.

Sea at Felixstowe

John Hood said when he got to the raft off the coast at Felixstowe the girls said "we're ok" and he replied "no you're not".

He added: "I laid on my back, kicked and pulled, and got the raft in."

When they got to the shore the girls asked where their clothes were and Mr Hood said "about 250m (270 yds) up the shore".

They girls admitted "they didn't realise they were out so far I had to tell them 'stop saying thank you, it's done, it's just part of the job.'"

PCSO describes swimming out to sea to rescue girls

A police support officer has been describing how he carried out a rescue from the beach at Felixstowe on Wednesday, after spotting a raft with four teenage girls on drifting out to sea.

Felixstowe seafront
Tim Marchant/Geograph

PCSO John Hood says he was on patrol on his bicycle at the time: "I saw a little rubber raft with four girls on it just sort of sitting out on the water, but it seemed to be drifting. 

"I watched it for two or three minutes and I realised the vessel was going out to sea and the girls had one paddle among the four of them."

As he watched, one of the girls went into the sea and he thought "right, this is time to go in". 

He added: "I know the area, I used to do triathlons and I'm a reasonably strong swimmer. They were about 150m (160 yds) out."

Hickling: Norfolk Wildlife Trust 'considering options'

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Hundreds of acres of the Broads is being put up for sale when the Hickling Broad Estate goes on the market next week.

Traditional thatched boat house on the Broad, with a rowing boat in the foreground
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Hickling is the largest of the broads and is currently managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust

It rents some of its nature reserve from the estate and it's expected they will be one of the contenders to bid for the large area of land when it becomes available.

The trust tells me it's "exploring all the options."

The game 'has gone bonkers' says Mick McCarthy

A140: Drivers advised to find alternative routes

With queueing traffic in both directions on the A140 Ipswich Road between Long Stratton and Newton Flotman, motorists are advised to find alternative routes.

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Eye woman 'utterly devastated' after late partner's memorial bench is stolen

Diss Express

An Eye woman has told of her "utter devastation" after a personalised bench in memory of her late partner was stolen from the town’s cemetery.

Moxey: Dancing Ed Balls strictly won't impact on the club

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Lastly, I couldn't leave my opportunity to talk with Canaries chief executive Jez Moxey without touching on Strictly.

I wondered if he was concerned about fans' reaction to see their chairman Ed Balls dancing on BBC One every Saturday night, particularly if the club aren't doing very well.

Ed Balls in dark blue suit, against a shimmering background

The fact that Ed Balls is doing Strictly Come Dancing will not affect what happens inside Carrow Road or on the pitch. If fans want to get annoyed about it, or support him, cheer him on to success, that's up to them - but I don't think his participation is going to affect what we do day in day out."

Jez MoexyChief executive, Norwich City

Quinlan Pringle death: Family offered support from Foreign Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has sent a message of support for the family of the 13-year-old boy who died after being swept out in the water at the French port of Boulogne. 

The body of Quinlan Pringle, from Colchester, was found by fishermen days after he got into difficulties on 15 August. Two other boys he had been with were rescued. 

A statement said: "We are continuing to support the family of a British national who died at sea off Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. 

"Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We remain in close contact with the local authorities."

Norwich City: 'We've got a good squad' says chief executive

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

City manager Alex Neil spent a lot of the summer telling us his priority was new strikers and he wanted to sign two during the transfer window. With the transfer deadline passing and no new striker does Jez Moxey feel he's let Neil down?

"No, Alex is realistic about what we can and can't do... we've bought three attacker players in terms of Canos (pictured), Pritchard and Oliveira. We're very pleased with those signings as we believe it strengthens the team."

Sergi Canos in action
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I put it to Jez Moxey that last weekend, when we were pretty sure that Oliveira was coming, Alex Neil was still staying he wanted a striker not a forward player, so surely it was a huge blow to him as he'd made it clear this was his priority.  

All managers want more and more players, if you gave them one, they'd want another... I'm sure the business we've done has strengthened the team - we've got a really good squad that should be able to compete at the top level of the Championship this year."

Jez MoxeyNorwich City chief executive

Naismith 'can do a good job for the team' says Moxey

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

One player linked with a move away from Norwich City is Steven Naismith. The Canaries' striker had been linked with Sunderland.

When I asked Jez Moxey if he'd turned them down, he told me he wouldn't talk specifically about individual players, adding that Naismith was a Norwich player, bought for a lot of money in January and "we think he can do a very good job for the team."

Steven Naismith celebrating after scoring his sides fourth goal against Blackburn Rovers in August
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Moxey: Inability to offload players hampered new signing deals

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Earlier today, I caught up with Norwich City chief executive Jez Moxey and put to him fans' frustration at the lack of new signings on transfer deadline day.

Jez Moxey

He told me the Canaries' business was done prior to that day, "it's always an objective to get your players in beforehand if possible... but on the last day we kept our antennas open in case there was a deal to be done".  

He admitted they were looking to offload some players but weren't able to do so - and that hampered the club's ability to bring new players in.

Hickling Broad Estate: What's on sale

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The Hickling Broad Estate, situated on the northern end of the its Norfolk broad, has been in the same ownership since the early 19th Century. 

It goes on sale next week through Knight Frank - advertised in several lots - with an asking price of £2.3m. 

Aerial view of the Broad, including boats and buildings
Knight Frank

Lot one, which includes the broad area and immediate surrounding land - together with marshland on its eastern boundary, is leased to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) on a 21-year lease from 6 April 1991. 

It will be up to the new owner to decide whether to continue a working relationship with the NWT who have been in occupation since at least 1957.  

Two thatched boathouses, on the water's edge, with swans and grassland
Knight Frank

A second lot includes the principal access point to the water and the commercial element of the broad. It has a boatyard, boathouses (pictured), moorings, a sailing club, holiday lodges and a thatched cottage which overlooks the water.

Aerial view of the Broad, with sailing boats
Knight Frank

A further lot is the boathouse site on the western edge of the broad.

Bomb disposal officers called out to deal with artillery shell

Bomb disposal officers were called out this morning to deal with what was at first thought to be an unexploded bomb in a field in west Suffolk.

Wetherden Road

The bomb disposal squad, who arrived from Colchester, identified the foot-long, cone-shaped item on land near Wetherden Road, Elmswell, as an artillery shell.

They were unable to deal with it at the scene and removed it to safety.

Quinlan Pringle 'will continue to be loved within the form'

Further tributes have been paid to the 13-year-old boy who died while away in Boulogne.

Quinlan Pringle, from Colchester, got into difficulty while in the water in the French port on 15 August and was swept away by the current. His body was found a few days later.

Philip Morant School in Colchester

His form tutor from the Philip Morant School in Colchester said: "Quinlan was a quiet, sensitive and considerate boy with a delightfully playful, yet unobvious, sense of humour.  

"He was, and will continue to be, loved within the form and we will miss him hugely while trying to treasure many wonderful memories at this very sad time."

Daryl Murphy thanks fans for their support

Bury rugby club 'looking to restore the pride of the wolf'

We told you earlier that part of the wolf statue on the Southgate Roundabout in Bury St Edmunds has been damaged by vandals.

Bury Rugby Club, whose ground is nearby, always hang a club scarf around the wolf's neck when they're playing at home to alert their supporters to the fact that a game is on.

The chairman of the club, whose nickname is the "Wolfpack", says they don't see it as a bad omen for tomorrow's opening fixture of the new National League Two season.

Mike Robinson said: "The team will be out there looking to restore the pride of the wolf... and give a top performance worthy of the wolf in his full splendour."

Bury rugby club ground

Ryan Crouch joins fellow paralympian Zoe Newson in Rio

Team Ipswich swimmer Ryan Crouch, 22, is "superchaged" for the Paralympic Games in Rio - he won double gold at last year's Cerebral Palsy Games and is a four-time British record holder. 

Suffolk's other paralympian, powerlifter Zoe Newson, 24, arrived a little earlier.

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Quinlan Pringle was 'aspirational, hard-working and cheeky'

Quinlan Pringle's school has been paying tribute to the 13-year-old, who died after he got into difficulty in the water while away in Boulogne, France.

Quinlan, from Colchester, was swept away by the current while with two other boys on 15 August. The two other boys were rescued.

The principal of the Philip Morant School in Colchester, Catherine Hutley, said: "Quinlan was an aspirational and hardworking young man, with a cheeky, endearing side to him which we all loved. 

Philip Morant School

"He will be sorely missed by the school community and our thoughts are with his family.

"We are working closely with Essex County Council to ensure that students, their families and our staff have all the support they need at this devastating time."

Search for Quinlan Pringle went on for several days at French port

Thirteen-year-old boy Quinlan Pringle from Colchester was one of three boys who got into difficulty while away in Boulogne, France. 

The incident happened on 15 August as he and the other boys were in the water at the entrance to the port.

The other two boys were rescued, but Quinlan was swept away by the current.

Officials said they searched for the teenager but his body was found on 21 August, by fishermen who were in the area.  

Doughnut-mania: Krispy Kreme opens in Norwich

Long queues in Norwich this morning for the opening of the Krispy Kreme doughtnut outlet in Norwich.

Some sweet-toothed fans had camped since midnight - and we were rewarded with a gold card, allowing them free doughnuts. 

Queues for the opening of the store
Krispy Kreme
Shoppers set up camp to be first in doughnut queue

For lovers of the sweetened dough treat, you can find the shop in Intu Chapefield. 

BreakingSchool confirms pupil death of boy in France

The Philip Morant School in Colchester has confirmed the death of one of its pupils while he was away in Boulogne, France.

The school confirmed that Quinlan Pringle, who would have been going into year nine this academic year, died unexpectedly. 

Villagers speak of surprise at sale of Hickling Broad Estate

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

I've been to the village of Hickling where local people have said they are surprised Hickling Broad Estate is coming on the market.

It's sale will have a lot of impact here as a lot of properties and businesses are rented from the estate. The parish council say it's too early for them to comment.

Nobody is available from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), but it's expected they may be one of the contenders to bid for the land and the Broad itself. 

The trust rents some of its nature reserve from the estate so will have an interest in acquiring more and keeping this area on its tenancy basis.

If a privately-owned Broadland estate isn't for you...

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you news of a privately-owned Broadland estate that comes on the market next week after more than two centuries in the same family.

The Hickling Broad Estate will have an asking price of £2.3m, but if you're sights are set higher than this, here's a couple of other properties in Norfolk that could be more suitable for you.

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For a cool £5.1m, a farm on the outskirts of Norwich with more than 360 acres of land is on offer through Rightmove.  

But if your pockets aren't that deep, Zoopla might be a better option - you'll get a bit of change back from £2.5m with a five bedroomed residence in Brancaster.

Now where's my lottery ticket...

Simon Dobbin case: 12 men in court

Earlier today 12 men appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court charged with violent disorder after an attack on Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin last year. 

Those who pleaded not guilty to the charge were: 

  • Ryan Carter, 22, from Southend
  • Jamie Chambers, 23, from Southend 
  • Lewis Courtnell, 33, from Southend 
  • Philip McGill, 31, of Westcliff 
  • Michael Shawyer, 31, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea
  • Greg Allen, 28, of Artillery Avenue, Shoeburyness
  • Matthew Petchey, 25, from Rochford    
Philip McGill, Lewis Courtnell and Jamie Chambers
  •   Scott Nicholls, 40, from Langdon Hill, (pictured below), also denied the charge. 
Scott Nicholls

Four others did not enter a plea. They were:

  • Thomas Randall, 21, from Southend 
  • Alexander Woods, 20, of Westcliff 
  • James Woods, 20, of Westcliff 
  • Rhys Pullen, 20, of Wickford

Thousands expected at Sundown Festival

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

It's taken a year to programme and a year to organise, and now this year's Sundown Festival is ready to begin.

One of the organisers, Roy Trickett, says the festival at the Norwich Showground has grown every year. A third stage has been introduced, where revellers will be able to see acts such as Goldie and DJ Zinc.

Sundown Festival website, advertising Stage 3
Sundown Festival

More than 40,000 people are expected at the three day event, with 11,000 expected to camp overnight. 

Mr Trickett says the festival is "good for Norfolk".

It does help raise the county profile, it's good for tourism and the economy, and a lot of people come from far and wide, as well as the locals."

Roy TrickettOrganiser, Sundown Festival

Four arrested after robbery at Tiptree jeweller's

Four people have been arrested after a robbery at a Cartouche jewellery store in Tiptree. 

Two masked men stole jewellery said to amount a five-figure sum yesterday. 

Two of those questioned have since been released on police bail, while the two others remain in custody.

Police outside jeweller's in Tiptree
David Johnson

Vandals damage St Edmund wolf sculpture

A well-known St Edmund wolf sculpture in Bury St Edmunds has been vandalised.

The crown, which sits on the pillar in front of the wolf on the Southgate Roundabout, has been wrenched off.

Wolf statue

PCSO in sea rescue

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For sale... if you have a spare £2.3m

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A rare opportunity to own a section of the Broads comes onto the market next week when the privately-owned Hickling Broad Estate comes up for sale.

The 655 acre site, which is the largest Broad of the 63 that span Norfolk, has been owned by the Mills family since the early part of the 19th Century. It's a world renowned wildlife site and home to most of the UK's population of common cranes. 

Cranes in flight
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As Tom Knowles, property journalist for The Times newspaper says, it's "incredibly rare for something like this to come on the market... it will be sold across the world so the estate agent expects interest from American and possibly Asian buyers", adding that the family selling it have "conservation in mind.

If you're interested and have a spare £2.3m, the first advertisement for the property will appear in Country Life magazine next week, through the agents Knight Frank

If rural life isn't for you, Tom says you could spend the same for a three-bed apartment in the One Nine Elms development near Battersea.

Cricket: Westley 'run out' on day three

Essex batsman Tom Westley's career best knock has finally ended. 

He was run out for 254 on day three of their County Championship match against Worcestershire at Chelmsford. 

Tom Westley
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It's only the tenth time in history that an Essex player has scored over 250 in an innings. 

The home side declared on 601 for five, and have a huge lead of 371 runs after the first innings. 

 A win will keep Essex on course for promotion.

Twelve appear in court over football fan attack

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

Twelve men have appeared in court charged in connection with an attack that left a football fan with brain damage. 

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall in Suffolk, suffered life-changing injuries in an attack in Southend on 21 March last year. 

Southend Magistrates Court

The twelve, all from from south Essex are aged between 20 and 40. All have been charged in connection with the attack - eight pleaded not guilty and four entered no plea. 

All but one were given unconditional bail. 

The case of a 13th man, who's charged with assisting an offender and possession of a weapon has been adjourned. 

The men will next appear at Basildon Crown Court at the end of the month.

Sheepdog prepares to compete in international trials

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A sheepdog which contracted a serious canine illness less than a year ago, is preparing to compete in international sheepdog trials in a week's time.

Troy with sheep

Troy, who works at the Nedging Hall Estate, near Lavenham, qualified in August among the top 150 dogs in the country.

Shepherd Ed Hawkins says: "From that 150 they take the top 15 and we scraped in - in 15th place - which means on the 9 September we'll be off to Wales to run in the international.

"We'll compete in a similar style trial which will hopefully get us into the final layer of the supreme championship."

Shepherd warns dog owners to keep their vaccinations up-to-date

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A shepherd whose "best" sheepdog nearly died last December from leptospirosis, a type of bacterial infection, is urging dog owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated against the disease.

Ed Hawkins says it's particularly important "if they're in the countryside, around water courses and things".

Troy the sheepdog

Mr Hawkins says Troy the border collie spent 10 days in veterinary hospital: "I was trying to be optimistic about the whole thing, he's my best dog, out of eight dogs I've got.

"I was going down every day trying to tempt him with food... I was rather concerned that we may lose the dog... [but] luck was on our side, we managed to save him."