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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 and have a good weekend...we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

These are some of the stories we have covered today:

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.

Suffolk Live signing off

Thanks for your company during the week, we're signing off now, but we'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00 and look forward to seeing you then.

Our main news this afternoon has been the announcement that plans for devolution for Suffolk and Norfolk have been scrapped by the government, although politicians in the Suffolk will investigate whether they can go it alone.

You can scroll down to read more on this, and catch up on some of our Children in Need coverage too.

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage through the day

Thanks for joining us for our live feed today, and through the week - we're heading off now to settle in front of the TV ahead of Children in Need, which starts at 19:30 on BBC One.

Have a scroll back down the page if you'd like to catch up on what we've been talking about today - including lots of Children in Need events across Essex.

Have a great weekend!

Pupils stage coffee morning in town hall helped by academy staff

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The BBC Children in Need TV appeal gets into full swing this evening, but the county has been working hard all day to raise money.

Downham Market Academy
BBC

Students at Downham Market Academy ran a public coffee morning in the town hall with cakes made by staff and students to raise cash.

They also held a KS3 cinema, a sponsored colour run, where runners get covered in bright colours, on the school field and merchandise and refreshment stalls collected even more donations.

Video: Poverty action charity benefits from Children in Need cash

Our last look at one of the charities in Suffolk which receive grants from Children in Need takes us to "Home-Start Mid Suffolk" in Stowmarket.

It provides activity groups for children and their families affected by mental health issues, poverty and deprivation.

They receive nearly £70,000 over three years to help develop family relationships, develop skills and increase emotional well-being:

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Video: Children In Need money goes in the pool

Teamipswich Swimming is one of nine Suffolk charities funded by Chidren in Need and provides swimming coaches and competitions for disabled children and young people.

With your help they've been given £57,000 over three years to improve youngsters' confidence, help them make new friends and be healthier:

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Weather: Isolated showers and widespread frost

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A largely dry night with isolated showers and a fairly widespread frost, but a warning that some icy patches could develop as temperatures in some spots fall to freezing.

Weather chart
BBC

Saturday will be another cold day with sunny spells and perhaps an odd shower. 

It'll be less windy than today with the temperature peaking at 6C (43F).

More details from BBC Weather:

Weather: Dry in light breeze overnight

BBC Weather Watchers

After a bright day with almost cloudless skies near the coast as our BBC Weather Watchers pictures show most places will be dry with light winds and clear spells.

Gorleston
Eeyore
Dersingham
Pete
Sheringham
Hopping frog

An odd light shower is possible, but a touch of frost is likely, particularly for rural locations. 

Minimum temperature this evening: 2C (36F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Suffolk Police join in with taking their teddy bears to work

Ryman League: Two Suffolk clubs battle for top spot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market and Leiston both have a chance of leading the Ryman Premier Division after tomorrow's round of games.

Ryman League banner
Ryman League

Third-placed Needham, who are a point behind leaders Havant & Waterlooville, entertain Tonbridge Angels while Leiston, who are fourth and two points off the pace, host Hendon.

Lowestoft Town also have a home game, against Burgess Hill Town while AFC Sudbury travel to Folkestone Invicta.

Bury Town welcome Haringey Borough to Ram Meadow in the North Division.

Midfielder hopes for a better atmosphere at Portman Road

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

When Ipswich Town last played at Portman Road, manager Mick McCarthy was booed off the pitch following a 2-2 draw with Rotherham, and a series of negative chants regarding Town's style of play.

Tom Lawrence
BBC

Midfielder Tom Lawrence hopes the impressive away win at Sheffield Wednesday just under a fortnight ago will lead to an improved atmosphere when Ipswich face Nottingham Forest in Suffolk tomorrow. 

"Everyone expected us to win against Rotherham and maybe we should have done," Lawrence said. "But no game is easy in the Championship.

"It's been tough but we like playing at home, and hopefully the fans will get behind us this weekend and we can kick on."

Grant on way out of Portman Road

Midfielder Conor Grant's loan move has been cancelled by Mick McCarthy.

The 21-year-old had made just seven appearances for the Blues since joining in the summer. 

McCarthy told the Ipswich Town official club website: "I felt bad for Conor, because he has come to us to play games and although he has had a few appearances, his time on the pitch has been limited." 

He will return to his parent club Everton and play for their under-23s.

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Lawrence enjoying role on the left for Ipswich

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

He scored an early contender for Ipswich Town's goal of the season at Sheffield Wednesday just under a fortnight ago, and Leicester loanee Tom Lawrence says he is enjoying his stay in Suffolk.

Tom Lawrence
BBC

The Welsh international is expected to continue on the left side of midfield when the Blues take on Nottingham Forest at Portman Road tomorrow, and it is a position he clearly enjoys playing in.

"Hopefully through my performances it has been showing that I like this role," Lawrence enthused. "That said, anywhere the gaffer puts me, I will play.

"I came here to play games and people have shown faith in me at Ipswich. 

"Hopefully I'll pay that back."

Video: A project that benefits from your Children in Need donation

Wonder where your Children In Need donation goes?

Well, it helps projects like "I Made This" which provides animation sessions for children and young people with autism.

The project receives £70,000 over three years from BBC Children in Need to improve children's creative skills, social skills and confidence:

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Smith calls on Diss players to improve decision making

Diss Express

Here is the back sports page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express back page
Diss Express

Ipswich boss warns of a change in approach from Forest

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Five points separate Ipswich Town from Nottingham Forest ahead of the latter's trip to Portman Road tomorrow.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

The away side are just two points above the Championship's relegation zone following a run of four games without a win, while Town are five points off the final play-off place. 

"They've been playing 3-5-2 lately, but I don't think they've won a game that way," said Blues boss Mick McCarthy. 

"They've had two weeks off and may have been preparing something different.

"Either way, we've got our way of playing and we can adapt when we need to. 

"Basically, we'll worry about our performance more than theirs."

Anger after threat to free parking

Diss Express

Here is the front page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

Priory planning inquiry called off

A planning inquiry into development at a historic park has been called off after three days.

An agreement has been reached between Tendring District Council and the owners of St Osyth Priory, who withdrew an appeal they had lodged against the local authority's plans.

In return for the owners agreeing to spend £7.4m on repairing the site's buildings, the council agreed to grant conditional planning permission for development in and around the parkland.

St Osyth Priory
Tendring District Council

Children in Need: Eastgate 'spot' main chance to raise funds

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Last year's Children in Need appeal raised a record-breaking £37m and everyone across the county has pulled out the stops to try and boost the fund this year.   

Eastgate Academy
BBC

Eastgate Academy held a Spotacular event with everyone dressing up in their spottiest outfits for a donation! 

The pupils and academy would like to say a big thank you to Mr Callaby who has made yet another showstopper cake for the raffle. 

And £200 was raised for dressing in spots and the cake raffle raised £129.50, making a grand total of £329.50 for Children in Need.

Ipswich boss ponders changes ahead of Forest visit

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

There will be at least one change to the Ipswich Town line-up ahead of tomorrow's Championship fixture at home to Nottingham Forest at Portman Road, as defender Adam Webster misses out with a hamstring problem.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

Manager Mick McCarthy has plenty of options available in midfield, and has admitted that it will be difficult not to start with Jonny Williams, with the Welsh international closing in on full match fitness. 

"Having these choices is a lovely position to be in," McCarthy said. "If Jonny does get his hands on a starting place then it will be tough to shift him.

"At the same time it will be tough changing it and taking David McGoldrick, Grant Ward, Teddy Bishop or Tom Lawrence out of the team." 

Children in Need: Academy puts 'specs' on to spot the cash

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Children in Need day is approaching its climax with a great entertainment programme promised on BBC1 this evening and people all over Norfolk have taken on challenges to raise money to help disadvantaged young people.

Nelson academy
BBC

Nelson Academy in Downham Market held a Spectacular Spotacular event, where everyone was asked to wear their most creative specs and spotty outfits, for a small donation! 

The small boy in the front of the photograph above won the Pudsey on a pick a square game. 

The academy raised a fantastic £533.36.

Dog blamed for kitchen fire

A dog is thought to be behind a blaze in the kitchen of a house in Colchester this afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the property in Braithwaite Drive at 15:17, and found the house was full of smoke.

Station Officer Trevor Watson said: "The fire is thought to have started accidentally when their dog had jumped up at their cooker and turned the cooker on.

"The family had been decorating their kitchen and had put a paint tin and a box on top of their cooker. When the hob heated up these items caught alight and caused the fire."

Suffolk to explore 'go-it-alone' devolution deal

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Suffolk is to explore a "go-it-alone" devolution deal, despite disappointment over opposition in Norfolk which has led to the current plan being scrapped. 

Jennie Jenkins, Conservative leader of Babergh District Council in south Suffolk and chair of Suffolk's Public Sector Leaders Group, said: "It was disappointing news to hear the results of the votes at King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council last night and it appears as though this means that there will not be an agreement reached for a Norfolk and Suffolk devolution deal at this time.

Jennie Jenkins
BBC

"However, it is important for those of us in Suffolk who wish to explore the potential opportunities for devolution further, to continue conversations with government and to meet as planned during the next seven days to vote on the commitment previously given to each respective authority in Suffolk. 

"We will be seeking to explore the potential for a Suffolk-based devolution deal and to investigate options for establishing interim governance arrangements for any such alternative deal."

Watch: How long was the BBC Essex Children in Need ribbon?

Earlier on we told you about our competition to guess the length of BBC Children in Need ribbon around BBC Essex towers. 

Well, we've got some news on that front...

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Confirmed: 'Devolution in present form off the table'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan said: "We understand the secretary of state will be writing to the Norfolk and Suffolk authorities to take the current devolution deal off the table.

"It would be a waste of public money to bring members into the council unnecessarily on Monday to debate a deal which is no longer available to us."

Ipswich Council warns St Peter's Street festive market is cancelled

Man attempts to lure girl, 15, into his car

Police in Colchester are investigating after a man tried to lure a teenager into his car.

As first reported in the Colchester Gazette, officers were called to Brinkley Lane just before 16:30 on Wednesday.

Brinkley Lane
Google

The 15-year-old girl said she'd been stopped by a man in a car who engaged her in conversation. 

He then asked her to get into the vehicle, but she refused. 

Essex Police is now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

What would devolution have meant?

The combined authority and its mayor would have been responsible for powers which would have been devolved from Whitehall, but it was stressed there would be no intention for it to take existing powers from local authorities.

Devolution document
BBC

These powers were transport, strategic planning and skills training, with a hint that at some stage health and social care may be added to the list.

The mayor, who would be elected by voters and be answerable to a cabinet, would have been able to:

  • Increase business rates
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of the road network currently run by the Highways Agency
  • Oversee all local transport
  • Deliver thousands of new homes, although local authorities would still be able to approve or reject plans
  • Oversee flood defence spending

BreakingDevolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk scrapped

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I am hearing from reliable sources that the Norfolk and Suffolk devolution deal in its present form has been scrapped. 

I am told that the Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has decided that the deal can't go ahead in its present form and as a result Norfolk County Council has cancelled Monday's meeting when councillors would have voted on the plan. 

But Suffolk is being told to continue with its meetings next week as ministers feel Suffolk devolution on its own may work. 

Alex Neil: Kyle Lafferty is a 'cult hero' with fans

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has described striker Kyle Lafferty as a "cult hero" among fans.

Lafferty scored a late equaliser against Leeds United in City's last outing two weeks ago, a game the Canaries eventually lost 3-2.

Norwich travel to QPR tomorrow and Neil has confirmed Lafferty will be in the squad.

Kyle Lafferty
Getty Images

I've got no issues with Kyle whatsoever. His relationship with the fans is a good healthy one, they want him to do well.

Alex NeilNorwich City manager

Devolution: How did the idea develop?

It was back in September 2015 that we were told the first steps had been taken towards devolution in the eastern region, with Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire councils all telling the government they wanted more of a say over local spending, planning and economic development.

House of Commons
Thinkstock

Throughout this year, there have been a number of developments:

Local government department quizzed on scrapping of devolution plans

We've trying to confirm rumours that plans for devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk have been scrapped. 

The Department for Communities and Local Government has said it is issuing a statement shortly.

BreakingNorfolk and Suffolk devolution announcement expected shortly

The deal to devolve some spending powers to Norfolk and Suffolk and the election of a mayor in a new tier of local government is in doubt.

We are being told that an announcement is to be made shortly.

Defenders return to Canaries squad for visit to QPR

BBC Sport

The Canaries are bolstering the squad with defenders for the visit to Queen's Park Rangers tomorrow after five games without a win.

Portuguese right back Ivo Pinto is not going to be available, but Steven Whittaker will be in the squad as he's made good progress from injury, Norwich City manager Alex Neil said.

Alex Neal
BBC

"Goalkeeper Michael McGovern and [left back] Martin Olsson fall into the same category. Both were precautionary, both are in the squad. Louis Thompson [midfielder] is another one who is carrying a knock, hopefully he will be OK. 

"The break came at a good time. We go into this game ready to turn it around. We've worked really hard this week. The lads are in a good place, but they know that what we need now is a good performance and a good result. 

"Kyle Lafferty is in the squad for tomorrow's game. The fact that he came on and scored certainly puts him closer. 

"We have to defend as a team. Our intensity in first halves has been good, but in second halves it's dropped."

How much did your MP claim in expenses last year?

Here's the full list of the amount of expenses claimed by the county's MPs for the period 2015/16, as published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority:

  • £209,316.54 - Ben Gummer, Ipswich
  • £189,960.60 - Dan Poulter - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
  • £164,268.70 - Peter Aldous - Waveney
  • £163,168.04 - Therese Coffey - Suffolk Coastal
  • £162,568.92 - Matthew Hancock - West Suffolk
  • £144,277.61 - Jo Churchill - Bury St Edmunds
  • £113,069.08 - James Cartlidge - South Suffolk
House of Commons
BBC

Greater Anglia apologises for last night's train disruption

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Train operator Greater Anglia has said it's "very sorry" for the severe disruption that affected services through Essex last night.

A train fault "meant the service recovery process was particularly long and complicated", the company said.

"We will be holding a review into the incident with the aims of preventing a repetition of the train fault." 

Greater Anglia
BBC

Ipswich MP among 13 to claim more than £200,000 in expenses

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has been named as one of 13 to have claimed more than £200,000 in expenses, in the period 2015/16, according to figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge claimed £113,069.08, the least of Suffolk's seven MPs - who are all Conservatives.

We'll bring you the full details shortly.

Ben Gummer
BBC

Children's services head admits not having skills to meet challenge

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The outgoing head of Norfolk's children's services claims he did not have the skills for the new improvements and challenges that Ofsted had demanded in their latest report.

Michael Rosen
BBC

Michael Rosen has resigned as director and said: "The immediate improvement priorities for children's services need a director with a different skill set if the continuing challenges in that part of our service are to be addressed at the pace Norfolk's children deserve. 

"The urgency with which these challenges need resolving has led to my decision to create space for a new director to be brought in as soon as possible."

Onesies in the office with Pudsey

The Children in Need bear has been at Gallagher Bassett in Chelmsford:

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Ex-Canary heads for the Blues exit door

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Eastern Daily Press back page
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