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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

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

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.

That's all from Essex Live

Our live coverage for the week has now come to an end. 

Here's what we've covered on Essex Live today:

  • A teenager arrested in connection with the death of a Polish man who was killed with a single punch in Harlow has been rebailed
  • Essex Police has warned that anybody who takes part in a new clown scare craze could be prosecuted
  • Baroness Chakrabarti is to step down as chancellor of the University of Essex
  •  A 21-year-old man has been found not guilty of manslaughter after he killed a colleague with a single punch at a work's Christmas party in Harlow

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more stories from across the county. 

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

BBC Suffolk Live has concluded for the week, but we'll return at 08:00 on Monday.

Here are the headlines from Friday's coverage:

  • RAF Honington serviceman's mum thinks 'absolutely anything' could have happened to her missing son
  • BBC Radio Suffolk's long-awaited appearance on digital radio is marked at a primary school
  • Ipswich Town's Christophe Berra is hoping to get his 34th Scottish cap against Lithuania

Weather: Rather cloudy, but staying mostly dry

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

There'll be little change from earlier through this evening and overnight, with often cloudy skies and the odd shower possible. 

Whilst the moderate easterly breeze will gradually ease, it will remain chilly with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

Map of the east

The cloudy skies could potentially bring a few further showers through tomorrow. Some brighter or sunny spells are likely as it peaks at 16C (61F).

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Fire at newsprint mill discovered in one tonne bales of compacted paper

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

More than 100 firefighters tackled a blaze that started in a stack of compacted paper bales at a newsprint mill in King's Lynn. 

Andrew Higginbotham, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said an investigation was now under way to discover how the fire started. 

"Three or four one tonne paper bales were on fire, but access to them inside the mill was difficult," he said.

Palm Paper
Palm Paper

Mr Higginbotham said all the staff and workers were brought out of the building by managers and no-one was seriously injured. 

The ambulance service said it sent a hazard response team and treated one person at the scene for breathing in smoke and they were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn for further treatment.

Mr Higginbotham said the flames had been confined to a small area, but crews would be inside the building for several hours on Friday night.

Today has been a dark day for Essex

BBC Weather Watchers

Feel like there have been dark clouds above your head all day today? Don't worry - it's been like that everywhere in Essex it seems... 


Review of hospital treatment could see more patients dealt with at home

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A review has started into how three hospitals treat patients in Norfolk and Waveney.

NHS logo

Managers from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston are proposing fewer hospital treatments with more people treated at home. 

The review guide also suggests these three main hospitals in the county set up specialist units for particular types of operation.

The review is expected to take several months and its aim is to save money for NHS services in Norfolk and Waveney.

Basildon man arrested in £2m tobacco smuggling investigation

A 22-year-old man from Basildon has been arrested during raids as part of an investigation into a suspected £2m tobacco smuggling fraud. 

HM Revenue and Customs says officers seized more than seven million suspected illicit cigarettes in Norfolk earlier this week. 

A Dagenham man was also detained. Both men have since been released on police bail. 


World Cup qualifiers: Berra's Scotland aiming to stay in pole position

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra (pictured) will be hoping to add to his 33 Scotland caps when his country hosts Lithuania tomorrow.

Christophe Berra
Getty Images

The Scots currently top Group F, which also includes England, after beating Malta 5-1 in their opening match.

Town's on-loan forward Tom Lawrence is part of the Wales squad which will host Georgia on Sunday.

Jury sent home in children's home abuse case

The jury at the Old Bailey has been sent home for the weekend after a fourth day of deliberations in the case of a former Bedfordshire children's home carer.

A 'trial of the facts' is being heard against James McCann, 80, of Norfolk on charges of physical and sexual abuse alleged to have been committed against boys at Shefford Boys Home in the 1960s and 70s.

Mr McCann is not having to face a normal criminal trial because of illness.

The jury is due to return at 09:45 on Monday to resume its discussions and the judge has told the court he will accept majority decisions.

Ryman League: Leaders Leiston looking to extend unbeaten run

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston could go seven points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier Division if they win at Staines on Saturday.

Glenn Driver
Leiston FC

Glenn Driver's (pictured) team has taken something from all 11 league games so far this season.

They're one of four Suffolk clubs on the road with Needham Market heading to Wingate & Finchley, AFC Sudbury at Kingstonian and Bury Town travelling to Sittingbourne in the FA Trophy. 

Lowestoft Town are the only one of our Ryman League side who're at home - Ady Gallagher's men entertain Hendon.

BreakingBoy, 15, rebailed in Polish Harlow murder case

A teenager arrested in connection with the death of a Polish man who was killed with a single punch in Harlow has been rebailed.

Arek Jozwik
Essex Police

The 15-year-old boy from Harlow was detained after Arek Jozwik, 39, died in The Stow in August. He will now return to a police station on 31 October. 

Five other teenagers were released without charge yesterday.  

Fire engines from across north and west Norfolk called to blazing paper plant

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Crews from across west and north Norfolk have been called to tackle a fire at one of the largest paper mills in Europe at King's Lynn.

Palm Paper
Paul Tibbs

About 70 firefighters are inside the mill (pictured above before the fire) - some with water hoses attacking flames and others checking for any hot spots. 

Eyewitness Buster Chapman, promoter of King's Lynn Speedway which is next to the giant paper mill, said there was so much smoke it completely hid the building from view.

"Smoke was coming out of the vents in the side of the building, but we did not see any flames.

"There are a lot of fire engines now on the site."  

We'll bring you more details as we get them.

Rugby union: Bury aiming to break their away duck

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Unbeaten at home but without a win on the road - that's been the story of Bury St Edmunds season to date.

Bury Rugby Club

Tomorrow afternoon Gavin Hogg's men head to Henley Hawks in National League Two.

Victory could lift The Wolf Pack up to fourth place in the table.

Ipswich MP backs slippers campaign

Age UK is holding a Slip Into Slippers fundraising day on 21 October, and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer is backing it with a rather snazzy pair:

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Chairs at bus stop 'nothing to do with us', says council

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Sadly, padded velour chairs at bus stops won't be rolled out across the borough of Southend as the town's council has just confirmed to me that the four below had nothing to do with them.

The mystery continues.

Mum: 'Absolutely anything' could have happened to missing Corrie

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Corrie Mckeague's mum agrees she's racked her brains trying to work out what has happened to her son, missing since 24 September

She told BBC Suffolk: "If you think about what could happen, obviously what makes sense is he's been out for a drink, he's tried to walk home, that is the most sensible thing. 

CCTV of Corrie Mckeague on his night out
Suffolk Constabularly

"Clearly that doesn't appear to be what's happened this time, so then the 'what ifs'?

"The 'what ifs' with most people might not be that great. 

"With Corrie, 'what if' could be absolutely anything could have happened, there's probably nothing that you couldn't imagine."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police's incident room on 01473 782019.

Is this the poshest bus stop in Essex?

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

We're not sure who did it or why they did it - but this bus stop in Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, certainly makes a change from the cold metal benches you usually have to sit on.

Bus stop
Jack Waren

Least well-off residents face seven-year shortfall on life expectancy

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

People living in the least wealthy parts of Norfolk could die up to seven years sooner than those in more affluent places. 

A new document explaining how the county's NHS service needs to change over the next five years shows the level of health inequality across the county. 

In 2014, the difference in life expectancy between men in the most and least deprived parts of Norfolk was seven years, and for women it was four and a half years.

Corrie Mckeague's brother on their relationship: 'Two peas in a pod'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Darroch Mckeague, brother of missing serviceman Corrie Mckeague says they're a very close-knit family and had even spoken to him four times on the day before his night out in Bury St Edmunds. 

Speaking at an interview with BBC Suffolk, 21-year-old Darroch said: "We are two peas in a pod. We're best friends. 

Corrie Mckeague
Nicola Urquhart

"Obviously with him living here, it's stopped our contact with each other as much, but we've still been able to be on the phone to each other - on the Friday before we went out, he was on the phone to me four times before he went out. 

He said there was no explanation as to why Corrie had disappeared, and described it as out of completely out of character. 

He said he had planned to meet up with Corrie and go out with his friends from 2 Squadron, and was devastated that he was meeting Corrie's friends for the first time under such circumstances.

Corrie Mckeague's mum: Son 'always bounces back, every single time'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Corrie Mckeague's police officer mother Nicola Urquhart says that of her three sons, Corrie is the one to whom "fantastic" things happen. 

Nicola Urquhart told BBC Suffolk his disappearance was uncharacteristic and that they are an "incredibly close" family.

She said: "This is really out of character. People say they're close all the time - we are an incredibly, incredibly close family. 

Nicola Urquhart and Darroch Mckeague

"I'm a police officer so I can take things and rationalise quite well. If it had been Darroch [another of her three sons] who had gone missing, or Makeyan [her other son] that had gone missing, I think I would be able to pinpoint where they were and what they might have done very easily.

"However, if anything absolutely fantastic could happen, it would happen to Corrie - the things that have happened to him in his life, silly little things, being hit by cars, falling out of windows, never a scratch on him, never had an injury, never had any problems like that, but amazing things like that, and he always bounces back every single time." 

Missing Corrie Mckeague
Nicola Urquhart

Blaze at giant newsprint paper plant at King's Lynn tackled by 70 firefighters

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

More than 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a large paper plant at King's Lynn. 

The fire broke out just after lunchtime at Palm Paper's factory at Saddlebow (pictured below, before the fire broke out), said to be home to one of the largest newsprint paper machines in the world. 

Palm Paper

The mill has an output production of approximately 450,000 tons of newsprint per year and supplies many of UK's regional and national newspaper publishers.

Fourteen crews, an aerial platform and specialist appliances are in attendance, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said. 

A fire officer said the blaze was well alight and the operation to bring it under control was under way. 

Eyewitness Buster Chapman, promoter at nearby King's Lynn Speedway said there was "a lot of black smoke coming out of the plant". 

We'll bring you more details as we get them.

BBC Radio Suffolk loud and clear in Ipswich, Australia

While we're celebrating BBC Radio Suffolk's arrival on digital radio, one listener in Australia is reminding us he's an avid listener down under.

Allan Roebuck works in the mayor's office in Ipswich, Queensland and picks up the radio station via the internet in his car.

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Clown pranksters need to be 'more considerate'

Essex Police's press office has said it does "not have capacity to provide details of every incident which has been linked to this craze or involved clowns this week. Please accept this as our only statement on clown incidents at this time".


Acting Ch Insp Darren Deex said: "Essex Police is aware of a number of reports from concerned residents relating to people dressed as clowns, specifically near to schools during opening times.

"It would appear the intentions of these ‘clowns’ is to scare members of the public.

"There has been huge public interest in these photographs and videos, particularly on social media networking sites which more often than not do not represent accurate reporting.

"This inaccurate reporting is further fuelling the ‘craze’ and creating a perception of fear in the community.

"We would also like to warn people who are thinking of being actively involved in this ‘craze’ that in doing so they may commit offences under the Public Order Act 1986 and to be more considerate of the feelings of others, especially young children and the elderly.”  

Speedway: 'A different Ipswich side' heading to Somerset - Louis

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Revenge will be in the minds of Ipswich Witches riders when they head to Somerset tonight for the first leg of their play-off semi-final.

Speedway bikes

It finished 61-31 to the Rebels when the two sides last met at the Oak Tree Arena, back in April.

Since then the Witches have improved almost beyond recognition.

"It's a different Ipswich side," said director Chris Louis. "It's three riders different and a massive difference in confidence. They've really turned it around and come a long way and really want to finish it off."

Speedway: Witches will be aiming for a win at Somerset

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches director Chris Louis believes his side can cause an upset in the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Somerset tonight.

Chris Louis
Stephen Waller

The Rebels were the outstanding side in the regular Premier League season, winning all of their home meetings to finish top.

"We'll go there to win, but I'll think it's very much game on if we lose by less than 12 points," said Louis. 

"We won't be going there with any real targets, but it would be nice to win the meeting and that would take a little bit of the pressure off for the home leg."

BreakingFire at paper plant in King's Lynn tackled by 14 fire engines

About 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a paper plant in West Norfolk.

The fire broke out just after lunchtime at Palm Paper's factory at Saddlebow in King's Lynn. 

There are crews from 14 fire engines and an ariel platform there. 

Officials say the blaze is well alight and the operation to bring it under control is under way. 

We'll bring you more details as we get them.

Football: Lafferty waits for O'Neill's nod to start against San Marino

BBC Sport

Michael O'Neill's main selection issue for Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against San Marino looks to be whether to start Kyle Lafferty.

Kyle Lafferty
Getty Images

Lafferty, 29, made little impression in the draw against the Czech Republic last month and has since remained largely out of favour at Norwich City. 

Manager O'Neill must decide whether to again opt for a lone central striker in Saturday's game at Windsor Park.

Clown sightings in the UK

So what is this new clown craze that is sweeping the nation and now Essex?

Clown sightings in the UK

Speedway: Witches change riding order for Somerset test

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins has shuffled his pack ahead of tonight's Premier League play-off semi-final first leg at Somerset Rebels.

Ben Barker
Ipswich Witches

Ben Barker (pictured) moves up to number three, with Nico Covatti switching to the number five berth.

"It was really to combat their own riding order, particularly away at Somerset," said director Chris Louis. 

"They have a strong trio with Rohan Tungate moving to number one and he's very good in their opening heats at the Oak Tree Arena."

Police warning as 'clown craze' spreads to Essex

People dressing up as clowns and scaring the public has become popular on Twitter in the USA  - now it has spread to Essex.


But Essex Police is warning anybody who is thinking of taking part that they could be committing an offence under the Public Order Act 1986. 

Acting Ch Insp Darren Deex said the force was aware of a "number of reports" of incidents in the county, however to date there have been no reports of physical threats, harm or violence.

Coastal flood protection: 'There's no defences', resident says

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

As future plans for flood protection for Suffolk are discussed, one Lowestoft resident whose home was badly affected, has said not enough's been done to protect the town and she still doesn't feel safe. 

Surge in Lowestoft 2013
David Spalding

Experts are due to examine what progress has been made since the tidal surge in December 2013 (seafront waves pictured above).

Julie Fox, who lives in Marine Parade  (pictured below), said: "You can see that everything is just crumbling into the [harbour], there's no defences in there.

"I've done everything I can, I've got brick wall all the way round [my house], I've got flood barriers at the back gate, at the back door, front door [and] down the drains."    

Marine Parade, Lowestoft

Weather: Dry but cloudier

BBC Weather Watchers

Remaining mostly dry but cloud threatens the odd shower. A few brighter and sunny spells possible, however it will stay cool in the easterly breeze.


Autumn is the season of "mellow fruitfulness" as our Weather Watchers are proving by taking pictures from around the county.  

Above is the beach at Gorleston, while pictured below are a bouquet of garden flowers in Sheringham and apples growing at West Winch.

Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Sheringham flowers
Hopping Frog
Apples at East Winch

Family tribute to man involved in fatal crash on A47 last month

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The family of a car driver, who died in a collision involving two vehicles on the A47 to the east of Norwich last month, have paid tribute to a "kind and caring man". 

Adam Whiiting
Norfolk Police

Adam Whiting, 52, from Witton, is believed to have turned in his Austin Healy through a gap in the central barrier close to the Church Road junction, and was involved in a crash with a Honda Civic travelling on the opposite carriageway. 

He died at the scene of the crash which happened at about 23:00 on 21 September.

"Adam was a strong, generous, kind and caring man whose enthusiasm to enjoy and love life brought happiness and enjoyment to many," his brother and sister-in-law Dean and Julie Whiting said in a statement. 

"Adam was a loving and kind father, brother, son and uncle and will be truly missed by many." 

Flood protection conference due to get under way

Cleah Hetherington

BBC Radio Suffolk

A conference held today is discussing how much progress has been made in flood protection, nearly three years after the tidal surge along the Suffolk coast.

Flooding in Lowestoft

The surge in December 2013 was the worst since 1953 with those affected taking months to get their lives back to normal.  

Today's meeting at Snape Maltings is bringing together experts to decide what can be learnt and what needs to be done to plan for the future.

People at the conference include the former chief executive of Friends of the Earth Mark Farrah; the regional director of Balfour Beatty, Daniel Johns; and the floods minister and Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey.

Weather: Cloudy with the chance of showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be rather cloudy with a few showers around. 

There will also be a few brighter and sunny spells possible, however it will stay rather cool in the easterly breeze with a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Essex weather map
BBC Weather

Popping out? Get the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

Corrie Mckeague's puppy anxiously awaiting his return

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

While the search for missing serviceman Corrie Mckeague continues, his mother has told how his puppy is being cared for by his squadron at RAF Honington. 

Writing in a Facebook post, Nicola Urquart said: "This little puppy also needs Corrie back. Corrie adores him. 

Corrie Mckeague and his puppy
Nicola Urquhart

"Little Louell was left alone in Corrie's room on the Friday night he disappeared. He is being cared for by 2 Sqdn until Corrie comes home. 

"Someone has information, please get in touch with the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police," she said.

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Fatal crash pilot shows signs of recovery in hospital

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Suffolk pilot severely injured in an aircraft crash in which a passenger died is showing signs of recovery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. 

Maurice Hammond, the pilot of a vintage aircraft which crashed at Hardwick near Long Stratton at the weekend, has been moved to a less critical area of the intensive care unit.

Maurice Hammond
Family picture

Family spokesman Nik Coleman said in a Facebook post that this was "in line with his recovery, freeing his previous room for more critical cases". 

"Staff have once again moderated his sedation - for an extended period - and I am told he's been able to open his eyes as a reaction to some sensory input like touching his hand," he said.

"The hospital is officially 'pleased with his progress'. The team have also had the opportunity to wash his face as the visible effects of the incident and surgery reduce a little, and that's proven a real encouragement for the family."

Baroness Chakrabarti to stand down as University of Essex chancellor

Baroness Chakrabarti is to step down as University of Essex chancellor at the end of the academic year, it has been announced.

Baroness Chakarbarti

The Labour peer sparked controversy last month when she said "don't leave me locked in a room with Essex man" at a party conference event.

Baroness Chakrabarti has since been appointed as shadow attorney general as part of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet. 

In a statement, the university thanked her for her work, adding: "Following her confirmation as shadow attorney general, Baroness Chakrabarti has offered to stand down as chancellor."

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Baroness Chakrabarti is to step down as chancellor of the University of Essex at the end of the academic year. 

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