Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage today:

Time to go home and put our feet up - another week on Norfolk Live has come to an end.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've brought you today:

We'll leave you this photo of the sun going down in west Norfolk, taken by BBC Weather Watcher Santa Cruz Slacker.

Sunset over Hunstanton

Thanks for joining us - we hope you have a great weekend - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Ed Balls has found his 'Inner Beyonce'

Norwich City chairman and BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls says he's found his "Inner Beyonce" after 10 weeks in the BBC contest.

The former shadow chancellor hopes to get far enough into the competition to perform a "steamy rumba" which he believes would be "something special".

Ed Balls with Strictly dancers
BBC/Guy Levy

If you said to me three months ago I had an inner Beyonce I wouldn't have believed you, but clearly I did. I've been singing Halo in the shower ever since."

Ed BallsNorwich City chairman/Strictly star

Suffolk Live signing off

That's it for us for this week, we're going home to recharge our batteries ready for Monday morning.

If you're just joining us, here's a taster of some of the stories we've been covering:

Have a good weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Regular updates for Essex Live have now finished for the week - thanks for joining us. 

To recap, here are the top stories from today's page:

  • A 22-year-old man has been jailed after he admitted beating his dog, which died three days later, on a train
  • An Essex conman who defrauded Premier League footballers out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years
  • Cocaine worth an estimated £50m has been found concealed inside a cargo of tinned tuna at the London Gateway Port

We're back Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

Alex Neil comes out fighting

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The Norwich City boss was in confident mood at his Friday press conference ahead of Saturday's match at Derby.

The Canaries have had a run of four league defeats and they've slipped from the top of the Championship to sixth place.

Norwich City boss says he can get promotion campaign back on track

Police extend opening hours of 'Corrie' pod

A police pod which enables people to view CCTV from the night Corrie Mckeague went missing, is staying open beyond its original time of 17:00 today, to allow more people access to the material.

The pod has been set up at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, and police say because so many people have wanted to assist, they'll keep it open until 20:00 at the latest, depending on the level of interest.

Police pod
John Fairhall

Reindeers - are they festive?

The animal rights group PETA has voiced concerns at plans to have two live reindeer at the Swaffham Christmas lights switch-on today.

Kirsty Henderson, from the charity, says there's "nothing festive about taking reindeer out of their natural habitat and parading them in front of noisy crowds of people". 

But town clerk Richard Bishop says the campaigners have missed the point. "This is about the spirit of Christmas and reindeers and Christmas go together".

View more on twitter

We've had assurances from the owners... they transport them safely to all parts of the country and there's a limited amount of time in which they can be here and we work within their guidelines."

Richard BishopSwaffham Town Clerk

Weather: Becoming cloudy with mist and fog

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

A dry evening and night, with long clear spells across the BBC East region.

Becoming increasingly cloudy, with mist and fog patches forming, becoming quite thick in places.

Temperatures falling to 0-2C (32F-35F).

Weather graphic for Saturday 14:00

After a chilly and foggy start, Saturday will be dry with sunny spells, but becoming cloudy later.

Temperatures will reach 10C (50F).

You can find more details on BBC Weather.

Number of fish saved from river rises to 10,000

The Environment Agency say it's now rescued more than 10,000 fish from the River Stour in Sudbury on the Essex/Suffolk border.

But the problems we reported earlier, with the jammed control gate, have not been resolved, and a spokesman says they're expecting divers on site on Monday to help.

Children in Need kids are excluded

Lynn News

The front page of the Lynn News has the story of a mother of a 15-year-old Heacham student who was excluded while completing a charity challenge, describing the action as "unnecessary". 

Front page of the Lynn News
Lynn News

Listen: Chat with Alex Neil

Unlike you, Norwich City manager Alex Neil says he "doesn't have the privilege of listening to Canary Call".

View more on twitter

Justice Minister visits Norwich jail

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Justice Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has been at Norwich prison this afternoon.

She's meeting students from City College, Norwich who have been doing work experience at the jail.

Justice Minister Liz Truss meeting staff at Norwich Prison

The visit comes just weeks after the justice secretary announced plans to recruit 2,500 extra prison officers across the country following an increase in violence and complaints from staff.

The Ministry of Justice hopes that schemes like the one being run by City College will encourage more young people to consider the prison service as a career

A photographic trip round the county

Time now to celebrate the photographic skills of some of our BBC Weather Watchers:

Lowestoft sunrise
Long Melford
Felixstowe seafront

Support for White Ribbon campaign

Ipswich-based organisation Wassup - Women Against Sexual exploitation and violence Speak Up, has been marking the start of this year's White Ribbon campaign - which aims to stop male violence against women and girls - by enlisting the support of men in the county.

Tonia, Wassup project manager, said: "We're asking men to come together to post a selfie with them doing the stop sign using their right hand and then to post it, to show their support for the cause."

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Your pictures: The sun goes down in Clacton

BBC Weather Watchers

Nice sunset photographed in Clacton a little while ago. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Shantelle" for this one.


Bus subsidies cut by almost 25% since 2010

Chris Bond

BBC Sunday Politics East

Bus subsidies in Suffolk have been cut by almost a quarter since 2010, and campaigners warn of further cuts to come.

Bus in Ipswich town centre

Suffolk County Council has cut its spending by £1,043,000 since 2010, but it hopes the Buses Bill will help it improve services without spending more money.

James Finch, Conservative councillor with responsibility for highways and transport, said more data would be available to local bus companies as a result of the new legislation.

"So we can have through-ticketing, more visibility and live time scales on the buses," he said.

"And then you can actually start placing orders and booking tickets on your mobile phone."

You can see more on this story on the BBC Sunday Politics East on Sunday, 27 November at 11:00 on BBC1.  

Bus subsidies down by £1.3m over six years

Chris Bond

BBC Sunday Politics East

Bus subsidies in Norfolk have been slashed by a third since 2010 and campaigners warn of further cuts to come.

Norfolk County Council has reduced its financial support by £1.33m over the last six years and the Campaign for Better Transport says tight budgets mean more cuts are in the pipeline.

Research by BBC Sunday Politics East shows £13m has been cut from bus services across the BBC East region, where spending has dropped by 10% to £3.64 per passenger.

Financial support for bus services in Norfolk has been cut by one third since 2010.

The Bus Bill, currently going through Parliament, will give local councils more of a say in bus services – allowing collaboration with private companies and franchising opportunities.

But some of the new powers would only be granted to councils with elected mayors.

Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, was against that proviso.

“We think that whether or not you have an elected mayor, you should be able to depend on a regular, frequent and affordable bus service,” she said.

You can see more on this story on the BBC Sunday Politics East on Sunday, 27 November at 11:00 on BBC1.

Fatal collision: Police appeal to help trace driver

Police investigating a fatal crash which happened at Horsham St Faith last weekend are appealing for help to trace the driver of a 4x4.

Brothers Sam and Shane Nobbs were killed in the collision, which happened on the A140 to the north of Norwich at about 08:00 on Saturday. 

Their black Honda Civic, travelling towards Norwich, and a red LDV Maxus travelling in the opposite direction, were involved in crash.

Brothers Shane and Sam Nobbs
Family photo

The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, suffered serious life-changing injuries.

Officers are keen to trace the driver of a silver or grey 4x4 which was travelling on the A140 between the Northern Distributor Road and Waterloo Road, towards Aylsham.

Ipswich Town: McCarthy gets the backing of rival manager

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

QPR boss Ian Holloway has described Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy as one of his "favourite people in the game" ahead of their meeting tomorrow.

Mick McCarthy and Ian Holloway
Getty Images

Holloway also told the QPR website that any talk of McCarthy being under pressure is wide of the mark.

“They were in a difficult situation when he arrived there, when they were struggling towards the bottom of the table and he guided them to a strong finish. That was a remarkable piece of management.

“They’ve competed ever since then, and Mick deserves credit for that. He’s one of my favourite people in the game.”

Boxing board suspends Ogogo's licence

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) has suspended Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo's licence pending the receipt of medical papers.

Anthony Ogogo

It follows the 28-year-old's first defeat as a professional last month, when his WBC International Middleweight Title fight with Craig Cunningham was stopped at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Ogogo's team released a statement afterwards confirming that the Suffolk man had suffered a broken eye socket.

Team Sauerland, Ogogo's managers, also indicated that he had suffered the injury before entering the ring, something the BBBC said had not been declared at the time.

British Boxing Board of Control website
British Boxing Board of Control

Two men jailed for series of robberies in Ipswich

Two men have been jailed for 12 years each, for their parts in a series of robberies in Ipswich between May and March last year.

Colin Weeding (left) and Darryl Malone
Suffolk Police

Colin Weeding, 27, of no fixed abode (pictured left), and Darryl Malone, 25, of Harvey Road, Colchester, were found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court in August, of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Sian Warner, 25, of Stonechat Road in Ipswich, was given an 18-month suspended sentence for the same offence, while Courtney Parker, 18, of Campion Road in the town, was sentenced to a community order and a curfew for conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

A fifth person is due to be sentenced next month.

The charges came from three robberies - at Dales Road Post Office, a Corals Bookies on Stoke Park Drive, and the robbery of a G4S driver in Lovetofts Drive.

Dogs can run free on seaside town's beaches

Plans to force dog owners to put their pets on a lead on a stretch of Great Yarmouth beach have been dropped.

The borough council had looked at imposing an order between North Denes and Caister. 

But after a public petition, many locals unhappy at the proposals turned out in force at a meeting of the environment committee.

A golden and a black labrador in the shoreline of North Beach at Great Yarmouth, looking towards Caister Point

Committee chair Councillor Carl Smith says they were glad for the public's participation.   

The council chamber was full. They'd come to see democracy at work and they saw democracy at work. We listened to their views and took them into account when making our decision."

Cllr Carl SmithGreat Yarmouth Borough Council

BreakingOgogo has boxing licence suspended

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo has had his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.

More to follow....

Video: Ronnie 'The Rocket' O'Sullivan's rise to fame

BBC Sport

Having turned professional just a year earlier, Chigwell's Ronnie O'Sullivan won his first major ranking title in the 1993 UK Championships. 

Now 23 years and 27 titles later, he's the favourite to win again at the York Barbican in 2016.

Follow the results and schedule here.

UK Championships: Ronnie O'Sullivan's first win - 'A new legend in the making'

Counting down for Ed Sheeran's live performance

Not long to go before East Anglia's Children's Hospices ambassador Ed Sheeran performs live at the Natural History Musuem, in a fundraising event for The Nook appeal, which takes place on Wednesday.

View more on twitter

West Ham Christmas hamper fraudster jailed

An Essex conman who defrauded Premier League footballers out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years.

Stephen Ackerman
Met Police

Stephen Ackerman targeted West Ham players and staff including then manager Sam Allardyce and England striker Andy Carroll.

The 48-year-old, of Loughton, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of 18 counts of fraud totalling more than £61,000 in October.

Judge David Radford said Ackerman was "utterly deceitful and dishonest".

Ipswich Town: Holloway is more than a joker - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says there's a lot of "mutual respect" between himself and Ian Holloway who brings his QPR team to Portman Road tomorrow.

Mick McCarthy and Ian Holloway
Getty Images

The former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss is one of the games most colourful characters, well known for his witty one-liners and off-the-wall soundbites.

McCarthy told BBC Suffolk Sport: "Without any shadow of a doubt he's better than that. He's deadly serious about his football, he loves his football. You can see how enthusiastic he is about it.

"His teams are well coached, well organised and he's a good manager who seems to get the best out of people."

'Lovely jubbly' auction of memorabilia

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Del Boy fans have a pukka opportunity to acquire some Trotter memorabilia when a private collection of Only Fools & Horses merchandise goes under the hammer next Friday.

"No Money Back" sign, depicting the Trotter's yellow three wheeler van
TW Gaze

It's been amassed over the last 20 years by Robert Birch, who works in Ipswich. Known as the "Suffolk super fan", his collection has out-grown his house.

Two yellow three-wheeled vehicles
TW Gaze

The sale includes "Bank of Peckham" bank notes, boxed sets of the TV series, and clothing.  

Three tee-shirts with images from Only Fools and Horses
TW Gaze

There are autobiographies with signatures of the cast... and even a female blow up doll. Could you ever forget that episode?

Autobiographies bearing signatures
TW Gaze

The auction, at TW Gaze in Diss, is next Friday. As Del would say, "Cushti!"

A stand-up poster of Del Boy Trotter
TW Gaze

Pensioner 'pushed to the ground and robbed' in Harlow

A 77-year-old man had to be taken to hospital after being pushed to the ground and robbed on the streets of Harlow yesterday evening, police say.


The victim was walking along a cycle path in Willowfield at about 18:30 when he was approached from behind by a teenager. 

The suspect took the elderly man's wallet containing £15 and bank cards before running off. 

Ipswich Town: Home form needs to improve - Berra

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra admits they need to find a way of breaking teams down at Portman Road, starting with QPR tomorrow.

Christophe Berra

"We've probably drawn too many games at home," said Berra. "Hopefully we can get the first goal and make teams come at us and the game will be a bit more open. 

"In the past we've struggled when teams sit in and there's no space in behind and we find them difficult to break down. It's always difficult when teams get men behind the ball."

Town have won just one of their last six home games.

Woman fights off attacker who tried to drag her into the woods

A woman has fought off an attacker who tried to drag her into woods in Chelmsford last night, police say.

Bunny Walk

The 39-year-old victim was in Bunny Walks when a man, who is thought to have been carrying a knife, punched her in the face. 

After a further altercation, the woman was able to run off.

Police have now arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the incident and he is currently in custody. 

The force says it has also increased patrols in the area. 

Police praise rape victim's courage

A 32-year-old man has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and given a 12-year jail term for raping a woman in south Norfolk.

Norfolk Constabulary launched an investigation after being contacted by the victim in April 2015.

Det Con Sally Barker praised the bravery of the victim in coming forward, saying the case had had "a considerable impact on the victim and her family".

Don Gallier, of Crane Close, Dereham, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today.

We hope the result will help to reassure victims that we take all allegations of rape seriously and will carry out full and thorough investigations to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."

Det Con Sally BarkerNorfolk Police

Rugby union: Bury aiming for a fourth successive win

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds' rugby players have the chance to complete a perfect November tomorrow.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

The Wolf Pack head to Cinderford having won their last three games in National League Two

The Suffolk side will start the day eighth in the table.

Man jailed for rape

A man has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of raping a woman in south Norfolk.

Don Gallier, of Crane Close, Dereham, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today. He'd previously been found guilty of three counts of rape and one of actual bodily harm following a six-day trial in October.

Don Gallier
Norfolk police

The offences took place in south Norfolk between July 2011 and April 2015, on a woman over the age of 16.

Gallier, 32, was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Southend's 'bridge over troubled road' to be removed tonight

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Simon and Garfunkel once sang a song about a bridge over troubled water - well our very own bridge over something troubled is being demolished this weekend.

Kent Elms
Southend Borough Council

Down in Southend, the Kent Elms footbridge, which passes over the infamous A127, is being removed over the weekend to make way for planned roadworks. 

The junction will be closed between 19:00 and 07:30 tonight and Saturday, with Sunday night facing possible closure if needed. 

FA Trophy: Two Suffolk clubs target first round proper

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Leiston and AFC Sudbury are both in action tomorrow in the third and final qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

FA Trophy
Getty Images

Leiston are at home to Eastbourne Borough while Sudbury head to King's Langley.

In the Ryman Premier Division Needham Market travel to Mertsham and Lowestoft Town have their rearranged match at Canvey Island.

Bury Town head to Bowers & Pitsea in the North Division.

Norwich City pre-match press conference

Norwich City head to Derby County this weekend as they attempt to stop their Championship slide.

They've lost their last four league matches and are currently sixth in the table.

At the pre-match press conference a short while ago, winger Jacob Murphy spoke about his delight in getting a new long-term contract at his boyhood club.

He told our sports reporter, Rob Butler, that his twin brother Josh hopefully won't be far behind in signing a new deal. Murphy added he's "not here about the money... I'm 21, and I'm here to play football".

View more on twitter

Manager Alex Neil, who's been given the backing of the Norwich City board, told the media there were "no issues between him and Bradley Johnson - he was the model pro when he was here".  

Johnson joined tomorrow's opponents Derby from Norwich last year.

Asked about recent media criticism, Neil gave this response: "A lot of the media write what they think the fans want to hear for likes and re-tweets".

View more on twitter

Photo of man who beat dog released by police

The British Transport Police has released a photograph of Kieran Milledge, 22, who today was jailed for beating his dog on a Greater Anglia train between Braintree and Witham last month. 

The force thanked the public and media for their support after a CCTV appeal earlier this week was shared widely online. 

The dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier called Ronnie, died three days after the incident on 10 October.

Kieran Milledge

'Wonderful opening night' at Christmas Fayre

St Edmundsbury borough councillor Paul Hopfensperger shares some photographs from the opening night of the annual Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre:

View more on twitter

Local councillor 'disappointed' at time taken to come up with Gipsy Lane crossing option

A district and town councillor for Needham Market says he's "a little disappointed" that it's taken so long for Network Rail to come up with plans to change the town's Gipsy Lane pedestrian level crossing.

It's more than five years since actress Olive McFarland was killed there.

Needham Market Gipsy Lane crossing

Mike Norris said: "I appreciate Network Rail's consultants have gone into issues and there have been various stages along the journey that we've undertaken on getting this resolved, but it does seem like a lot of time has passed."

The preferred option, as outlined by Network Rail, is for a small tunnel, known as a culvert to be created.

A public information sessions is being held next month at the town's Community Centre.