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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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

These are some of the stories we have covered today:

Just scroll down to read more or catch up.

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.

Cyclist receives fractured skull and broken leg in Stanton collision

A cyclist, thought to be in his mid-teens, is being treated in hospital, after receiving a fractured skull and broken leg, when he was hit by a car in Stanton last night.

Police say the crash, involving a BMX cycle and a Ford Focus, happened at around 21:35, on Bury Road.

The driver of the car, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of cannabis.

He's been bailed to return to police on 29 October, to allow further inquiries to be carried out.

Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

That's it from the team. We will be back from 08:00 on Monday, but any breaking stories overnight will appear here. We'll leave you with a quick summary of our main news stories so far: 

  • Essex Police has organised a community meeting following the death of one Polish man and an attack on two others in Harlow.   

Have a good evening.

Our live coverage across the day

The team here in Ipswich is signing off until Monday morning at 08:00.

Before we go - a reminder of our two main stories:

  • Former teacher Gerard Singer has been jailed for 29 years for sexually abusing pupils at St George's School in Great Finborough
  • Jan Adamec, 40, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, has received a prison sentence of three years, four months, for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a collision in Newmarket in July

Scroll down for more on these, and other stories, from across the county.

Have a good weekend.

Lowestoft victim of acid attack writes book about abusive relationships

A Lowestoft woman, who was the victim of an acid attack as she waited for a bus in 2014, has written a book about the effects of abusive relationships.

Adele Bellis after and before attack
Adele Bellis

The former boyfriend of Adele Bellis was jailed for life in October last year, for planning the attack.

Last year, after Anthony Riley, 26, of Raglan Road, Lowestoft received his jail sentence, she told the BBC: "I have got so many questions that go round in my head.

"I could either have dwelled on it, or just get on with my life."

Her book, entitled Brave: How I Rebuilt My Life After Love Turned to Hate, is published later this month.

Shaun Whiter still suffers from 'flashbacks and nightmares' following crash, court hears

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Shaun Whiter, who wasn't present at Cambridge Crown Court, said he still suffered from "flashbacks and nightmares" following the crash.

Joey Abbs sat with his head in his hands as the sentence was read to the court, while members of the victims' families were seen wiping away tears throughout the hearing.

Judge says Adamec's actions were 'despicable'

Judge Jonathan Haworth told Jan Adamec that his actions were "despicable", adding: "You were driving along that road in a manner that was patently dangerous. 

"You were driving, according to some witnesses, well in excess of 60mph."

An eyewitness reported seeing Adamec driving without headlights and veering across the road in the moments before the collision.

Both Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs were wearing high-visibility vests when they were hit, and had placed a light on the road to alert drivers.

Judge Haworth told Adamec: "You reversed, you drove around the injured men, lying on the ground and you drove off."

Adamec had also ignored a police appeal for information, and had attempted to flee from officers when they visited his address.

School makes film about its life and community to attract new head teacher

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Norfolk primary school has made as film about itself to attract the right candidate to take over as head teacher.

Aldborough's village school, near Aylsham, has 140 pupils but like many smaller rural primaries finds recruitment of head teachers increasingly difficult.

Still from film
Aldborough Primary School

School governors created a promotional film to try to build a picture of the real school. Through YouTube and other social media sites, including Facebook, they've managed to reach thousands of people and have had considerable interest - including one potential candidate who is returning to the UK from Africa. 

Dr David Doak, chairman of governors, said: "We wanted the film to encapsulate what's great about Norfolk, as well as what makes our school so special. 

"We filmed it over a few days. It was easy to get great footage because Aldborough School is a fantastically positive and happy place - the hard part was editing it down to three minutes!" 

Verdict will allow crash victim 'to move on', says solicitor

The solicitor representing Shaun Whiter, who had his lower legs amputated after being involved in a hit-and-run collision, says today's sentencing of Jan Adamec, the driver involved, will "allow him to move on from the accident, and focus instead on the rehabilitation journey involved".

Norfolk's Jono Drane will fight for bronze at Paralympics

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Weather: Rain expected on Saturday

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

This evening and tonight it will be dry with clear intervals, but cloud will thicken with patchy rain spreading into western parts of the county later. Areas further east will remain largely dry. 

Light to moderate southerly winds. Lows of 15 to 17C (59 to 63F).

Weather map
BBC

Saturday will be a cloudy, wet day with outbreaks of rain expected on and off through much of the day, although the heaviest rain will be in western parts, while areas near the east coast will remain drier. 

Moderate southerly winds. Highs reaching 24C (75F).

Two men charged over attempted robberies at convenience stores

BBC Radio Norfolk

Two men have been charged in connection with attempted robberies at convenience stores near Norwich on Wednesday. The shops were raided by a man dressed in black, wearing a balaclava and wielding a gun, police said.

Norwich Crown Court
BBC

The first attempted robbery happened at the Spar Shop in Blofield shortly after 19:00 and three hours later Woodside Food and Wine store at Thorpe St Andrew was held up. Money was demanded but nothing was stolen in either incident. 

The pair, both from Norwich, have each been charged with two counts of attempted robbery and remanded in custody by magistrates. They're due to appear before Norwich Crown Court on 7 October.

Victims of Gerard Singer 'should feel very proud they have helped bring him to justice'

Police say the sentencing today of former teacher Gerard Singer has brought to a close "one of the longest child sex abuse investigations carried out by Suffolk Police".

Gerard Stringer
Suffolk Police

Det Const Karen Crowther added: "I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us.  

"Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

"They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than three decades.”

Community meeting after death of Polish man in Harlow

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Essex Police has organised a community meeting following the death of one Polish man and an attack on two others in Harlow. 

Arkadiusz Jozwik
Essex Police

It will be held at 13:00 tomorrow at the Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow.

The  was organised after the death of Arkadiusz Jozwik (pictured) who was assaulted in The Stow on 27 August, and a separate incident in which two Polish men were assaulted in Kitson Way on 4 September.

Ch Supt Sean O’Callaghan said: "Residents are understandably shocked and concerned following these two violent incidents."We wanted to give the community an opportunity to raise their concerns and speak to us directly about the issues they are experiencing.”Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh met Col Rafal Batkowski, director of international co-operation of the Polish State Police, on Tuesday.The Polish force is sending an officer to assist the Harlow Community Policing Team, although a date for their visit has yet to be confirmed. 

Police say Shaun Whiter's family are 'disappointed' by Adamec sentence

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Shaun Whiter's family are "disappointed" by the sentence given to Jan Adamec at Cambridge Crown Court today, say police.

PC Ashley Bennett, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, added: "Three years, four months, whilst it seems like a long sentence, with good behaviour that's reduced, and I think considering the severity of the injuries, it could almost have been a fatal collision.

"I think yes, they're disappointed."

Shaun Whiter 'couldn't face' seeing Jan Adamec, says police officer

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

PC Ashley Bennett, one of the officers who attended the scene of the collision on 1 July in Newmarket, said it was "absolutely horrifying".

Since then he's been involved with the investigation, and has also been in contact with the families of both Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs.

He added: "It's been extremely difficult seeing Mr Whiter and Mr Abbs as they are. As well as the physical injuries, there's the emotional and mental injuries that they're also suffering. Both men are absolutely distraught.

"Mr Whiter couldn't even be here; he couldn't face seeing Mr Adamec today."

Crash victim 'still coming to terms with his injuries', says solicitor

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Returning now to the sentencing of Jan Adamec, a statement read out by Eleanor Howie, solicitor for one of his victims, Joey Abbs, said: "This is an incredibly sad case in which the careless actions of a driver left two young men with serious and life-changing injuries. 

Joey Abbs
Newmarket Town FC

"Joey is still coming to terms with his injuries and the long road to recovery he now faces.

"The guilty plea entered by the driver spared Joey and Shaun the stress and anxiety of a long trial and the sentence handed down today has helped him draw a line under what has been a very difficult time. 

"We are working with Joey to help him to overcome his injuries in the best way he can and we will be looking to help him to access the funds he will require for his ongoing therapy and recovery."

'Victim is a word I don't like' says man abused by teacher

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The man who spoke to the BBC about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Gerard Singer says he prefers to be thought of as a witness, rather than a victim.

"Victim is a word I don't like because it's a very strong word and a very negative word that you get branded with," he said.

"I was a witness to a series of events."

Man abused by teacher relieved to 'be believed'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

One of the men abused as a boy by boarding school teacher Gerard Singer said: "The important thing for me was I've been believed".

The offences were committed at St George's School, at Wicklewood, near Wymondham, between 1978 and 1981, where it was based before it moved to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

Victim of Gerard Singer in a car
BBC

The man said of the abuse: "It affects you in many, many ways - how you lead your life, how you interact with people - it's always at the back of your mind.

"Because of what happened, to be able to trust other people has been very difficult; almost impossible. 

"Because I was at a school, I had trust in a person and that trust was abused and I was abused as part of that. 

"Even all these years down the line, you think there's an ulterior motive for just about everything that happens."

Teacher is third to be convicted for offences at boys' boarding school

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Gerard Singer is the third former teacher to be convicted of sex offences against pupils at St George's School:

  • Former headmaster Derek Slade (pictured left) was found guilty in 2010 of abusing 12 boys and was jailed for 21 years. He died in March.
  • Alan Brigden (pictured right), who taught maths, was jailed for five years in 2012 after admitting 14 sex crimes against two boys.
  • In 2011 another teacher, Alan Williams, killed himself after being arrested on suspicion of sex assaults at St George's. 

Derek Slade (left) and Alan Brigden (right)
Suffolk Police

Teacher bribed boys with gifts, court heard

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The trial of Gerard Singer heard how he gave boys gifts, including a calculator and sweets, to win their favour.

He has been given a sentence totalling 29 years after being found guilty of 27 offences, including gross indecency and performing oral sex.

One witness told the trial in July that he was given wine, tied face down on a bed and, when he woke up, he had a "pain in his bottom".

Teacher given 29-year sentence for boarding school sex abuse

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Former boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been given a 29-year sentence for sexually abusing pupils.

Judge Martyn Levett said 21 years must be served in custody, and he'll be expected to serve two-thirds of that before he can be considered for parole.

He'll then face a further eight years, after the 21-year term, on licence.

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

Singer was found guilty of 27 offences which took place at St George's School between 1978 and 1981 when it was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, before it moved to Great Finborough, Suffolk.

His trial at Ipswich Crown Court in July heard the offences included gross indecency and performing oral sex.

BreakingEx-teacher jailed for boarding school sex offences

Ex-teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been given a 29-year sentence for sex offences carried out at a boarding school based in Norfolk and then Suffolk in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Singer was told he must serve 21 years of that time in custody.

More to follow.

Sport: 'No more money in kitty for players', Canaries boss says

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Every spare penny possible has been spent on players and there "isn't any amount left sitting in the kitty", Canaries manager Alex Neil said today.

Cameron Jerome
Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Also, reports that striker Cameron Jerome has a more serious injury are "conspiracy theories", he maintained, as he played down other rumours. 

"I've had a good chat with Timm Klose and he wants to stay at Norwich City," he said.

And he said an injury to Marouane Chamakh during his West Bromwich Albion trial had ended City's interest, he said.

Neil also said tomorrow's match against Cardiff may be too soon for a debut for new signing striker Nelson Oliveira.

"Overall, we need to make sure the squad is applying themselves to the best of their ability, and if we do that, we'll win games," he added.

Travel: Passenger trouble halts London-bound train at Diss

BBC Travel

Background to Jan Adamec sentencing

Shaun Whiter, who lost both of his legs in the hit-and-run crash that led to Jan Adamec being sentenced today to three years, four months in prison, spoke out about him last month.

Mr Whiter said: "Without a doubt it's good to know that the guy is off the streets.

"Being 27, I didn't dream of this. Personally, I think I shouldn't have to deal with this, but it's a case of now I have to deal with this, and I hope he's aware of that."

Shaun Whiter
BBC

The crash happened on Dullingham Road in Newmarket on 1 July, at 22:55. Joey Abbs' Vauxhall Astra had a flat tyre, and he pulled up on a pavement and called his friend for help.

Mr Whiter came to his aid, parking his black BMW 320 behind.

A Ford Focus then crashed into Mr Whiter, who was standing behind his vehicle. The force shunted the BMW forward, pinning Mr Abbs between the two cars.

Joey Abbs
BBC

BreakingBronze for Zoe Newson at Rio Paralympics

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

For the second Paralympic Games running, Suffolk's Zoe Newson has won a bronze medal.

Zoe Newson
Getty Images

The 24-year-old from East Bergholt's lift of 102kg equalled the Paralympic record at one stage, before gold medal winner Hu Dandan of China produced a world record lift of 107kg.

Newson, who also won bronze at London 2012, trains with the Suffolk Spartans Powerlifting Club and is a former Suffolk Sport's Personality of the Year.  

Judge tells sex assault teacher 'victims have waited a very long time for justice'

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Gerard Singer, who's awaiting sentence at Ipswich Crown Court for 27 sexual abuse charges dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, has been told by Judge Martyn Levett: "I cannot detect that there is any repentance or atonement in the intervening 35 years.

"The victims have waited a very long time for justice and I can only hope this will give them some form of closure."

Defence disputes claim that sex assault teacher is 'high risk' in future

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The case of private boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, who's due to be sentenced for 27 sexual abuse charges, has been hearing mitigation from his defence team.

Singer, who had recently been living in France, was found guilty of abusing boys at St George's School between 1978 and 1981, when it was in Norfolk before moving to Suffolk.

Richard Keogh, Singer's barrister, disputed the prosecution claim that his client would remain a high risk to boys, saying he would be an old man on release, given that he was facing a long jail sentence. 

The judge at Ipswich Crown Court, Martyn Levett, is due to pass sentence shortly.

Driver's actions described as 'despicable and callous'

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Judge Jonathan Haworth has described the actions of Jan Adamec as "despicable and callous".

Adamec failed to stop after a collision on Dullingham Road in Newmarket on 1 July, and has today been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to three years, four months in prison.

The collision led to Shaun Whiter having both his legs amputated, and his friend Joey Abbs receiving serious leg injuries.

Mr Abbs spent six days in hospital, and Mr Whiter was released on 29 July.

When is a fake speed camera not a fake speed cameras? When it's a bat box...

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Reports that "fake speed traps" had been set up in Potter Heigham have been investigated and dismissed by Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership. 

They were put up about three weeks ago in two locations on Market Road in the village. But Trevor Chaplin, who erected one of them in his garden, claims they aren't fake cameras.

They're bat boxes with monitoring equipment. He joked that while they aren't designed to deter anyone driving "like a bat out of hell", if they help cut the speed of traffic he'll be happy!

Guilty plea reduces prison sentence for Haverhill man

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Haverhill man has been given a prison sentence of three years and four months for causing serious injury to two men by dangerous driving.

The judge at Cambridge Crown Court said the maximum sentence he could impose was five years, but he reduced the term because Jan Adamec had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Jan Adamec
BBC

One of his victims, Shaun Whiter, 27, had to have both his legs amputated after the collision. He worked as an estate agent in Stansted, Essex, and was due to begin training with Newmarket Town FC.

His legs were crushed by Adamec's vehicle as he tried to help his friend Joey Abbs fix his car on Dullingham Road at 22:55 on 1 July.

Mr Abbs, who played football with Cambridgeshire team Soham Town Rangers, was trapped between his and Mr Whiter's vehicles. He suffered serious leg injuries.

Adamec did not stop after the accident.

BreakingThree years, four months in prison for driver who caused life-changing injuries to footballer

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk

Jan Adamec, 40, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, has been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to three years, four months in prison, for causing serious injury by dangerous driving in Newmarket on 1 July.

More to follow

One from the vaults: Mud football at Leigh-on-Sea, 1923

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Ninety-three years ago this month, a photographer captured players stopping for a beer at half-time during a game of mud-football at Leigh-on-Sea.

Mud football is an annual event at the Leigh Regatta which continues to this day.

Mud football at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Getty Images

Crash victim arrives at court for driver sentencing

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

I'm at Cambridge Crown Court, where Jan Adamec is due to be sentenced following his guilty plea to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a collision in Newmarket in the summer.

Mr Adamec, 40, drove into Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs as they changed a flat tyre in Newmarket, Suffolk, on 1 July.

Mr Whiter's legs were amputated and Mr Abbs sustained a serious leg injury.

Joey Abbs has recently arrived at court.

Joey Abbs arrives at court
BBC

'Extra chapter' a quarter of a century on for Terry Waite's 'Taken on Trust'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

English humanitarian and author, Terry Waite, has written a new chapter his book, Taken on Trust, which was published shortly after he was released by his kidnappers in Beirut.

Terry Waite
BBC

Mr Waite, who is now 77, and who lives in Suffolk, wrote the book 25 years ago shortly after his four-year period in captivity in the Lebanon. 

Today, while visiting BBC Suffolk, he said: "The new chapter brings the book up to date and looks at hostage-taking today and the reasons for it, and some of the ways in which we can deal with it."

He said he had taken the experience of his time in captivity and tried to use it creatively by working with support groups and charities in the UK and around the world. He has also written a new book compiled of narrative and poetry to be published this autumn.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells but odd showers possible

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells this afternoon but also few showers are possible.

It'll be rather breezy too and it'll feel less humid than recent days. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F) 

More details from BBC Weather:

Striker Jerome to feature against Cardiff, Canaries boss hopes

BBC Sport

Striker Cameron Jerome should feature in Norwich's home clash with Cardiff tomorrow, manager Alex Neil hopes. 

Alex Neil
BBC

And he will be joined by Portuguese defender Ivo Pinto, goalkeeper John Ruddy and attacking midfielders Alex Pritchard and Graham Dorrans. 

But defender Martin Olsson looks like missing the game.

Meeting a hero, twice in one lifetime...

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

It's not every day you get to meet one of your heroes, but today it happened to me - again. 

Humanitarian and former Beirut hostage Terry Waite arrived at BBC Suffolk for an interview with BBC Wales and while he was waiting, I sneaked in to catch up with him - here we are together, pictured below.

Kate Williams and Terry Waite
BBC

Between us we worked out how long it was since we last met, which is a number of years I really don't want to share with you!

This was when we first met, when I was just a cub reporter, back in 19-something-ish, back in Ipswich...

It was a delight to meet you again, Terry. What a hero.

Kate Williams and Terry Waite
Kate Williams

Watch: Aboard new £40m wind farm supply vessel named

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A new offshore support vessel has been named in Great Yarmouth today. The Esvagt Njord cost £40m to build and will work on the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off Lincolnshire.  

The ship has a telescopic gantry so crew can get from the ship to the turbines safely. Its bow is specially designed for sailing in the North Sea's variable weather and conditions and has accommodation for 40 engineers and technicians who work on the wind farm and 18 crew. 

The vessel will be based in Great Yarmouth, docking every fortnight for contractor changeover. The crew changes over every four weeks. 

This weekend it will be docked at its shore base and visitors can tour the vessel.