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That's it for today

That's the end of our regular updates for Norfolk for another week.

Here are some of the stories we've covered today:

Any breaking stories will appear here. Otherwise we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county from 08:00 on Monday. 

Before we go, don’t forget to see what’s hidden behind the door of our advent calendar today:

Counting down to Christmas

That's it for today

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's the end of our regular updates for Essex for another week.

Here are some of the stories we've covered today:

  • The owner of a restaurant who decided to ban under-fives told us she has been stopped in the street and labelled a "disgrace to motherhood".
  • The mother of murdered Theydon Bois woman Maria Byrne spoke of her killer's "web of lies" about what had happened to her.
  • And the family of a 100-year-old woman who died after a collision in Shoebury last month paid tribute to her.   

Any breaking stories will appear here overnight. Otherwise we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county from 08:00 on Monday morning.

Have a great weekend.

That's all folks

Kate Scotter

BBC News

That's it from BBC Local Live: Suffolk for this week.

We'll be back again for all the news, weather and sport from 08:00 on Monday for the final week before Christmas.

Before we leave, here's a round up of our top stories:

Have a great weekend.


Ambulance Twitterthon: Community-based medics praised

You can follow the work of the East of England Ambulance Service into "Black Friday" evening - which is expected to be their busiest night of the year.

The NHS service's social media team is praising the work of community first responders (CFRs):

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'Abuse of the most horrendous kind'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A man has been found guilty of sex offences against children dating back four decades - with some of the victims aged between four and five years old. 

Colin Waterfield, 70, of Stonehouse Road in Norwich, has been convicted of 24 offences at the city's crown court, including serious sexual abuse and possession of extreme pornographic images. 

The five-week trial heard the offences took place in the Norwich area between 1973 and 1995 and victims included eight boys and girls. 

Det Insp Paul Brown said: "Waterfield preyed on vulnerable children... purely for his own sexual gratification. 

"It was abuse of the most horrendous kind. 

"The children involved not only suffered physical harm, but many have been left psychologically scarred and as adults are struggling to come to terms with what happened." 

He is due to be sentenced on 17 January.

Chelmsford MP to discuss rail disruption in Parliament

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Chelmsford MP Sir Simon Burns says he's so fed up with problems on trains through the city recently that he wants to raise it in Parliament next week.

He said: "What we have seen over the past three weeks is frequent disruption to the service - whether it's the breakdown of a freight train or one of Greater Anglia's trains or damaged overhead cables.

"It's been one thing after another which has caused frequent disruption to commuters during the rush hours. 

"It's deeply frustrating for them if they can't get home.

A seat on a newly-refurbished Greater Anglia Trains carriage.
Greater Anglia Trains

"The rail infrastructure has been upgraded over the past decade, but the problem with the rolling stock, particularly Greater Anglia's, is that it's up to 30 years old and is more prone to breaking down."

As we reported earlier, the company has unveiled its new-look trains today which are being gradually introduced over the next three years.

Missing serviceman 'should've been on the stage'

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A station commander has spoken of how he joked with an airman about how he "was wasted in the RAF" hours before he disappeared.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Constabulary

Corrie Mckeague went missing after he got escorted out of Flex nightclub in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24 September.

Gp Capt Mick Smeath said the last time he spoke to Mr Mckeague was before he headed out on the night out with his colleagues from the base.

Mr Mckeague had been "joking around" with a band conductor's baton at a family day at RAF Honington.

"I said to him 'you know you're wasted in the air force, you need to go on stage' and he laughed," he said.

"We had a joke about what he would do on the stage."

Ipswich playing for fans, families and futures

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski says every bad spell of form must come to an end, and he hopes that is the case for Ipswich Town tomorrow.

Bartosz Bilakowski

The Blues face Wigan at the DW Stadium with the Latics second from bottom in the Championship table, and Town just five points above the relegation zone.

"I'm sure we'll be okay, because we're good enough," Bilakowski told us. "We all want to play for this great club as well as we can.

"We are not just playing for the fans. 

"We are playing for ourselves, our futures and our families. It's a great group of lads here and we just need to stick together."

BBC Radio Suffolk will have live coverage of the match on FM/DAB radio, but the BBC does not have the rights to webstream its league commentaries.

'Snakebite' was close to quitting darts

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Peter Wright will be in first round action at the PDC World Darts Championship this evening, at Alexandra Palace in London.

Peter Wright
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The Mendham-based 46-year-old, known on the circuit as "Snakebite", is one of the favourites for the event, having risen to third place on the PDC Order of Merit.

However, Wright's been telling BBC commentator Dan Dawson that he came close to quitting the sport not so long ago.

"He told me that he'd intended for the 2013/14 World Championship to be his last," Dawson said. "But after he reached the final, everything changed and he's gotten better and better."

Corrie: Airman's disappearance 'unusual' for airbase

Kate Scotter

BBC News

The station commander at RAF Honington said it was "unusual" for a serviceman to go missing.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Constabulary

Corrie Mckeague, who serves as a gunner in No 2 Squardon RAF Regiment, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

Gp Capt Mick Smeath said he is the first serviceman to go missing from the Suffolk airbase.

He said his disappearance was a "mystery".

"There's no evidence to suggest that he was going to do this himself," he said.

"He was happy, doing really well in the Royal Air Force, he had lots of friends, a good family, and a big family here on base.

"It's one of those strange events and I know Suffolk Police are desperate to solve it. 

"I know the family is desperate to have him back, and so are we."

Kamara could return to Colchester squad tomorrow

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Glen Kamara could come back into the Colchester United squad for tomorrow's League Two game at home to Notts County.

He could take the place of Sammie Szmodics, who has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injuy.

Meanwhile, striker Chris Porter could be back from his hamstring injury before the turn of the year. 

He's been out for six weeks.

Station commander's 'sadness' at unresolved disappearance

Kate Scotter

BBC News

An outgoing station commander has spoken of his sadness that a missing RAF serviceman has still not been found.

Gp Capt Mick Smeath

Gp Capt Mick Smeath will leave his post at RAF Honington today.

He said he had been keen for Corrie Mckeague to be found before he left his post, which he has held for two years.

Mr Mckeague has been missing since a night out in Bury St Edmunds on 24 September.

"I really wanted Corrie to be found before I left, mainly for the family, for the station and also for me - he's one of mine," said Gp Capt Smeath.

"It feels bad that I'm leaving before he is found."

Audio: Mother of Maria Byrne speaks of son-in-law's 'web of lies'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Darren Byrne, 40, is beginning a life sentence for murdering his wife Maria at their home in Theydon Bois.

He'll have to serve at least 24 years in jail.

Maria's mother Linda Biggs has described how he repeatedly lied about what had happened to her..

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Video: Traffic 'getting back to normal' after city centre crash

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Traffic in the centre of Norwich is getting back to normal after a two-car crash outside the Chapelfield Shopping Centre earlier.

Norwich crash causes traffic chaos for Christmas shoppers

One man had to be taken to hospital after the collision which happened at about 10:00.

Corrie: 'No guilt' over airman's disappearance

Kate Scotter

BBC News

The colleagues of an RAF airman who were with him the night he vanished "don't feel guilty" about his disappearance, the station commander said.

Gp Capt Mick Smeath

Corrie Mckeague, 23, disappeared after being separated from friends on a night out in Bury St Edmunds and was last seen by CCTV cameras in the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

Gp Capt Mick Smeath, who will leave his post at RAF Honington today, said there was "shock" at the station when the gunner first disappeared - and there is "very much concern".

Mr Mckeague's friends from the airbase were separated from him when he was asked to leave a nightclub.

Of those friends, the station commander said: "I don't think they feel guilty.

"They are very sad. They're hoping it's not the last time they see him.

"They want him back and I think they are genuinely sad for the family."

New-look trains unveiled by Greater Anglia

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Greater Anglia Trains have been showing off their newly-refurbished carriages in Chelmsford.

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Ranger must 'repay the faith' shown by his club

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Southend United manager, Phil Brown, says striker Nile Ranger needs to repay the faith the club has shown in him, if he's selected for tomorrow's League One trip to Oldham.

Nile Ranger
Southend United FC

Ranger has appeared on court this week on a charge of fraud and money laundering, which he's pleaded not guilty to. 

The club says it'll continue to "fully support" him and he'll still be available for selection.

Brown said the whole squad needs to stick together: "It's important that, when big players have problems off the field, the rest of the group tightens-up. And that's exactly what they've shown in the past few days. 

"I've witnessed them getting on with their jobs."

Meanwhile, midfielder Will Atkinson believes he's fit enough for tomorrow's game having missed last week's win over Coventry with an abdominal strain.

Darts: Wright set for Alexandra Palace opener

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright starts his campaign at the PDC World Championships tonight.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old from Mendham, who's a former runner-up, will play the winner of the preliminary round match between Jerry Hendricks and Warren Parry. 

They'll step up to the oche at 19:00 at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Ryman League: Needham looking to extend their lead

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market could go four points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier Division if they beat Hendon at Bloomfields tomorrow.

They're one of three Suffolk clubs with home games, as Leiston entertain Harlow Town and Lowestoft Town take on Worthing at Crown Meadow. 

AFC Sudbury will be aiming for a third straight win when they travel to Harrow Borough.

Disruption on A140 after car fire in Norwich

Rob Sykes

BBC Radio Norfolk

The A140 was closed after a car fire in Cromer Road in Norwich disrupted traffic.

Norwich car fire causes traffic problems on Cromer Road

Fire crews were called out at about 11:30 today and the blaze was brought under control by about 12:30.

Police said the fire was thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Striker set for Canary return

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City forward Cameron Jerome could return tonight in the home clash against Huddersfield Town.

The Canaries could go fourth in The Championship if they're able to gain three points. 

However, Portuguese front man Nelson Oliveira has scored three goals in as many games, so Jerome could find it difficult to get back into the Norwich XI.

City have won their last two home games without conceding a goal and will hope to continue that trend later.

Norwich City's Cameron Jerome
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One from the Archives: German POWs in Upwell 1944

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Seventy two years ago this month, German prisoners of war were photographed harvesting sugar beet at Low Cottage Farm, Upwell near Downham Market.

POWs in Norfolk
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Your photos: Glimpses of Essex sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

There's quite a lot of cloud around this afternoon but the county's BBC Weather Watchers have captured some bright skies already today.

Thanks to Nik for this beautiful photo of sunrise over Boxted, near Colchester:

Sunrise over a misty field in Boxted
BBC Weather Watchers/Nik

Joan's view captured some breaks in the cloud over Canewdon:

Breaks in the cloud over Canewdon in Essex.
BBC Weather Watchers/Joan's view

Though it seems to have turned much cloudier over Walton-on-the-Naze this lunchtime. 

This photo was taken by Karry:

Cloudy skies over a field near Walton-on-the-Naze.
BBC Weather Watchers/Karry

Tribute paid to 'inspirational' 100-year-old

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The family of a 100-year-old woman who died after a collision in Shoebury last month has paid tribute to her. 

Joan Roskilly was hit by a minibus just before 13:50 on Tuesday, 29 November on a pavement outside Asda in North Shoebury Road. 

100-year-old Joan Roskilly
Essex Police

She was born in London and had moved to Southend in her later years, having also lived in Canada.

A tribute from her family read: "Joan Roskilly. A treasured grandmother and great-grandmother. 

"An inspiration to family members and champion bridge player. An immeasurable loss to both family and friends." 

Police are continuing with their inquiries into the collision. 

Newspaper chief backs future of local press

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The head of a media firm which has bought a clutch of East Anglian and East Midlands newspapers in a £17m deal says he believes in the future of the local press.

Lynn News and Diss Express

Cambridge company Iliffe Media has taken on 13 titles from Johnston Press.

They are: the Lynn News, Fenland Citizen, Diss Express, Bury Free Press, Haverhill Echo, Newmarket Journal, Suffolk Free Press, Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times, Bourne Local, Grantham Journal, Spalding Guardian and Lincs Free Press.

Edward Iliffe, chief executive of Iliffe Media, said: "We are delighted to have acquired these well-respected local newspapers.

"Iliffe Media, with its long heritage as an independent family run media business, firmly believes in the future of local newspaper publishing across all platforms. We’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues." 

Ex-EastEnders actor facing sex charges

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Former EastEnders actor Joseph Shade has appeared in court charged with sex offences against four teenage girls.

Joseph Shade and unknown woman, Norwich Crown Court

The youth worker, from Cliff Road, Sheringham, played Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 until 2004.

Mr Shade, 23, was accused of eight counts of inciting a person under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, and one count of sexual activity with a child. 

He denied the charges at Norwich Crown Court.

His trial is set for 31 July.

The alleged offences are said to have occurred between 2012 and 2015 and to have involved girls aged between 13 and 16.

Mr Shade is one of a number of actors who have appeared in the BBC soap playing Ian and Cindy Beale's son.

The character was named after his grandfather, market stallholder Pete Beale. 

Norfolk fawn brought to vet in mouth of Labrador

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We earlier told you about a baby deer that had been taken in by Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham, near Norwich.

Hillside Animal Sanctuary

We have now discovered that the fawn, now named Tinsel, was rescued by a black Labrador.

The dog surprised his owners by carrying the fawn into their home. 

Hillside founder Wendy Valentine said: "Our vet was at a call out and his client's Labrador turned up with a deer in its mouth.

"Labradors are very soft mouthed so the deer was not harmed at all." 

Ambulance Twitterthon: Incident at shopping centre

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Oates bounces back from funds cut in winning style

Diss Express

And here is today's back page of the Diss Express:

Diss Express on 16 December 2016
Diss Express

Marston's Diss appeal turned down

Diss Express

Here is today's front page of the Diss Express

Diss Express on 16 December 2016
Diss Express

Speedway: Mildenhall closing in on another signing

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers have confirmed they plan to announce the sixth member of their team for 2017 this weekend, leaving just one more berth to fill.

West Row

The news comes hot on the heels of 18-year-old Luke Ruddick's return to West Row for a third season.  

Jon Armstrong, Danny Halsey, Jordan Jenkins and Connor Mountain are the other riders already signed up.

Hospital ward to open after £1.65m revamp

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A ward at a hospital used by patients from Suffolk and Norfolk, refurbished as part of a £1.65m revamp, is due to open in April.

Beccles Hospital

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) governing body approved plans to reopen the newly refurbished Minsmere Ward at Beccles Hospital as an intermediate care unit.

It comes following a major refurbishment of the 20-bed facility, carried out in partnership with NHS Property Services

Once the hospital reopens, eight single en-suite rooms will be available, along with three four-bed bays with separate toilet and washing facilities, all of which will meet "dementia-friendly" standards.

Cath Byford, director of commissioning and quality with the CCG, said: "This major transformation will significantly improve the experience our patients have when receiving care at Beccles while also helping the James Paget [in Gorleston, Norfolk] to discharge patients who no longer need acute care, in turn making best use of its beds."

Fish donated to Colchester's Castle Park

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Last month we reported that 45 fish had died at Castle Park in Colchester after their tank was slashed.

They were in the temporary container while their pond was being cleaned.

Three large koi carp, similar to the one pictured here, were taken from the tank and subsequently died.

They were about 30 years old and park staff were said to be "very upset" by the incident.

But now they've announced that four Koi Carp have been donated by "local families and benefactors" and will be joining the pond on Monday.

Koi carp

Councillor Annie Feltham said:"We are extremely touched by the generosity of those who have donated these beautiful fish to Castle Park. 

"The fish are a unique and well-loved feature and we really appreciate this compassionate gesture."

The park is expecting to receive two more Koi in January, which have been donated by a business in Great Bromley.

An 18-year-old has been charged with theft and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal in connection with the incident.

Remember this? Minister lays chimney stacks...

Sixty four years ago this month Conservative British politician and minister Ernest Marples was overseeing the laying of a chimney stack at North Park Avenue Estate, Norwich.

Ernest Marples was captured on camera overseeing the laying of a chimney stack at North Park Avenue Estate, Norwich
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Girl raises money for burns unit

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A 10-year-old girl has raised £1,100 for the hospital unit which saved her mum's life.

Laura Jones, 32, of Napier Close, Basildon, suffered 40% burns when a patio heater exploded at her home in April last year.

She was put on life support at Broomfield Hospital and spent two months in intensive care. She is still being treated at the St Andrew's Centre for plastic surgery and burns.

Laura’s daughter, April, organised a 5km run with about 20 friends and family members to raise money for the team.

April (centre) and her mum (far left) presented the cheque to hospital staff
April (centre) and her mum (far left) presented the cheque to hospital staff

April said: "I wanted to help other people and say a massive ‘thank you’ to all of the people who helped my mum."

Consultant plastic and burns surgeon Mr Naguib El-Muttardi added: "We would like to thank April and her family for the donation – she’s a very special young lady."

Small schools very big on quality

East Anglian Daily Times

Village primaries top the rankings in Suffolk: the front page of the east edition of the East Anglian Daily Times.

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Man arrested over security van robbery

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man has been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a security van in Witham during which a six-figure sum of money was stolen. 

The 34-year-old from Romford was arrested in Billericay High Street at 22:30 last night.

Asda in Witham.

Police were called to reports of two security guards being robbed at gunpoint outside Asda in Highfields Road at 08:40 on Wednesday.

They have again appealed for witnesses to contact them.