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Our live coverage today

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today - and for the week.  

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

After a cold and cloudy day, we'll leave you with this bright and cheery picture of a robin, snapped by Weather Watcher Alistair, with not a cloud in the sky.

Join us again on Monday, at 08:00 - have a good weekend.  

Close up of a robin
BBC

Suffolk Live signing off

We're heading home now, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, raring to go after the break. 

Among the stories that we've featured today:

We'll leave you with the thought that Ipswich Town haven't had an FA Cup win since they beat Blackpool in 2009-10, whereas Lincoln last advanced from the third round in 1975-76. 

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage for today

That's all for today.

Do scroll back to see what's been happening across the county.

The team are back from 08:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend.  

Court appearance for man charged with firearms offences

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man has appeared before Norwich Magistrates' Court on firearms charges.

Michael Cook, of Holmesdale Road, Brundall, was charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, two counts relating to firearms and shotgun certificate offences, and two counts of possessing ammunition.

Green-painted bungalow with police tent in front garden
BBC

The weapons were found during a search of the property by police in May 2016. 

Mr Cook, 62, didn't enter a plea.

He's due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on 3 February.

New wildlife charity for north Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A new wildlife conservation charity is being launched in north Norfolk to help protect species under threat on the coast and heathlands.

Bee on a thistle
BBC

The Felbeck Trust will be managing sites around the villages of Aylmerton, Sustead and Felbrigg, restoring and managing wildlife habitats. The trust, which promotes the use of traditional skills and materials, will work in partnership with other Norfolk voluntary groups.

Trevor Williams, chairman of the charity, said it would complement the work of the big conservation organisations, not be in competition.

"Birds, mammals and insects have pockets of protected land that they can find and use which will connect to the bigger reserves," he said.

Trevor Williams, in frosty grassland, wearing waterproof jacket and checked shirt
BBC

If successful, the trust would be keen to expand locations, initially in north Norfolk.

"The key is to engage in the communities where the small pockets of land lie and get their interest," Mr Williams said.

Some illuminating facts about Cromer's fireworks

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Cromer's annual fireworks display, which will go ahead on Sunday after being cancelled on New Year's Eve, was set up in 2000 as a way of marking the new millennium.

After outgrowing its display in a local park, the event moved to the town's iconic pier and thousands are expected this Sunday for the rescheduled show.

Close up of a sparkler
BBC

Here are some sparkling facts about this year's dazzling 13-minute display: 

  • Twenty-seven sequences, with 33 synchronised cues, will fire 2,464 fireworks
  • There are nine positions, and 2,023 yds of cables 
  • It takes one and a half days to choreograph, six days to prepare offsite and requires six personnel on the day
  • The team expect to consume 25 cups of coffee, five herbal teas and a bucket of doughnuts

Flags at half-mast after police officer dies

Flags at Essex Police have been flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for an officer who has died while working for the force in Boreham.

The county's Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, says his thoughts are with the man's family, friends and colleagues. 

No further details have been released about the officer's death.

Help, but not interference, being offered by Corrie Mckeague private investigation team

A pledge of help, but not interference, is being made from the private investigation team who have been enlisted to try to find missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Mr Mckeague went missing on a night out in Bury St Edmunds on 24 September. Private investigators are being paid for with the help of a crowdfunding appeal.

Forbes McKenzie said: "Our mission is to create clarity within the huge depths of data that has accrued since September.

"There's an awful lot on social media, on the Find Corrie Facebook page. 

"There's also his own social media feeds which his mother Nicola has the passwords for, so in the first instance, that's what we're going to be looking at."

Overnight weather: Feeling a tad warmer, with outbreaks of mainly patchy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cloudy, misty evening and night with outbreaks of generally light, patchy rain.

Less cold air moving in behind the rain, so temperatures not dropping as low overnight.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Saturday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow rain will clear eastwards, but it'll remain rather cloudy and rather gloomy.

Top temperature: 8C (46F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Alex Neil to change team for the cup

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City will make changes to their starting line-up for the FA Cup tie against Premier League club Southampton tomorrow.

Alex Neil
BBC

Alex Neil admitted that his focus was fully on the Championship and changes would have to be made to protect important players.

The Canaries will be without Robbie Brady (suspended) and Graham Dorrans (knee injury).

Norwich return to league action the following week when they travel to Rotherham.  

'Pillar of the Diss community' Reverend Ben Sasada dies

Diss Express

Well-known Diss community stalwart, Reverend Ben Sasada, has died. He was 83.  

Ben Sasada and his wife Rene
Diss Express

'Business as usual' at car-damaged health centre

Staff at a health centre near King's Lynn had a lucky escape earlier this afternoon, after a vehicle went into the side of the building.

Ana Weston, practice manager at the Gayton Road Health Centre, said: "Suddenly there was a huge bang, a lot of dust and debris flying about. Fortunately it was in an area of the office where there are cupboards.

"The team were shocked and frozen in place. Then they realised a car had gone into the side of the building.

"It's about halfway in, the rear of the car is parked in our office. There were some staff in the vicinity but they weren't directly working against the wall. Although they were in a state of shock they carried on and kept the service going.

"I can't comment on the driver, but everybody involved has been uninjured by the incident. There were no physical injuries, we've been very fortunate indeed."

Ms Weston said surveyors were "confident" the building would be OK, and the car would be removed shortly.

She said it was business as usual for patients with appointments.

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He's just brought out two new singles, now a statue to Ed Sheeran is being mooted - what do you think?

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Ipswich's metal Christmas tree: Your thoughts

We've been asking for your thoughts on where the metal Christmas tree that's been on display in Ipswich over the past few years should go, now that agreement has been reached for the town to have a real one.

There have been a lot of suggestions on our Facebook page - here are some of the positive ones:

  • James Dean writes: "The waterfront, outside the uni building. Would look fantastic! It's a shame it's going, a massive fuss over nothing. It looks impressive on the cornhill"
  • Jackie Walker says: "What a shame, I love that tree. Something a bit different. Really hope it's put somewhere so that I can continue to admire it!"
  • Maggie Fitton posts: "I would like it to go into the Heath Road hospital, and for what it is worth, I think it is of our time, beautiful..."

Christmas lights in Ipswich
Stuart Atkinson

But not everyone thinks it's worth keeping, with the below just some of the suggestions for where the tree should go:

Eyewitness describes fire at Tilbury library

Chris Flynn

BBC Essex

Eyewitnesses have been speaking of their shock after a major fire at East Tilbury Library, which houses the Bata Heritage Centre.

East Tilbury Library
BBC

The blaze happened in the early hours of this morning after a Ford car was seen hitting the site's front door.

The building was badly damaged. Essex firefighters say the blaze was started deliberately. 

East Tilbury Library
BBC

Bianca Watts saw what happened and reported the fire to the emergency services.

"I went out at about 04:20 and called the police and fire service," she said. "At first the fire was small, but after I made the call the whole of the car was on fire."

East Tilbury Library
BBC

Photos: Car embedded in health centre

Thanks to Maria Symonds for sending us these photographs showing the car embedded in the wall of Gayton Road Health Centre, in Gaywood near King's Lynn.

Silver car embedded in the wall, showing damage to building
Maria Symonds
Damaged building, with vehicle embedded in the wall
Maria Symonds

Railway station evacuated

Norwich railway station was evacuated after the fire alarm sounded a short while ago.

Greater Anglia spokeswoman Lucy Wright told me that passengers waited outside the building for 10 minutes, but were allowed back in after there was found to be no sign of any fire.

There will be some delays to train services. 

New home needed for Christmas tree

The metal Christmas tree that's graced Ipswich town centre in recent years is in need of a new home, now that it's been agreed that a "real" tree will be used on the Cornhill this year.

Christmas tree
Ipswich Borough Council

Borough council spokesman Max Stocker says Sailmakers has been suggested as a new home.

"There is certainly merit in that, it could be seen by many thousands of people coming round on the bus and coming through from Crown Pools," he said.

"But again the Waterfront, or elsewhere, so we definitely haven't made our minds up."

Where would you like to see the tree in future? Drop us an email, or join in the conversation on our Facebook page.

Assault victim in hospital

A man is in hospital after being assaulted in Great Yarmouth last night.

The victim, in his 20s and from the local area, received a puncture wound to his chest and is in a serious, but stable condition, in Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire.

The incident is believed to have taken place in the Havelock Road area, near to the red Herring pub, at around 20:30 to 20:45.

Police are carrying out inquiries to establish the circumstances behind the assault, and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Surgery evacuated after being hit by car

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

A doctors' surgery in west Norfolk has been evacuated after being hit by a car.

The vehicle hit the Gayton Road Health Centre, in Gaywood near King's Lynn, at around 13:20. It's understood the car is completely inside the building, which had to be evacuated by emergency services.

It's thought that no-one was hurt.

Eight fire crews have been at the scene, and a specialist fire and rescue team is on its way to secure the building.

Ryman League: Needham keen to get back on track

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Needham Market will be looking to bounce back from Monday's 5-1 loss at Leiston when they host Folkestone Invicta in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow.

The Marketmen remain second in the table, a point off the top.

Leiston head to Burgess Hill Town, AFC Sudbury are at Enfield Town, while Lowestoft Town can do Needham a favour when they entertain third-placed Havant & Waterlooville.

In the North Division Bury Town will be looking for their fourth straight win at Cheshunt.

Nelson is a top class operator

Norwich Evening News

In-form striker looks the real deal for City - the back page of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of the Norwich Evening News
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One from the archives: Jewish refugee children at Dovercourt Bay

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Seventy eight years ago this month, a photographer captured on camera three young Jewish refugee girls playing with dolls at their camp at Dovercourt Bay, near Harwich, Essex.  

Three young Jewish refugee girls playing with dolls at their camp at Dovercourt Bay, near Harwich, Essex in 1939
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Thousands of Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany as part of the Kindertransport movement were first housed at the Dovercourt Bay Holiday camp before foster parents were found for them.

Mental health issues 'not funded'

The former care minister, Norman Lamb, says people with mental health problems are being discriminated against.

The North Norfolk MP says there's a shortage of community psychiatric nurses, detox facilities and a shortage in social care which has hit people with mental health issues.

"People with mental ill health don't have the same right to get treatment on a timely basis as others enjoy," he said. "When I was minister I introduced the first ever maximum waiting time standards but the government isn't funding it... it's always mental health that loses out more than other parts of the system."

Norman Lamb sitting at table, writing
BBC

NHS England data has shown a 56% rise in the number of bed days lost to delayed discharge in psychiatric trusts in October 2016, compared to November 2015. 

The problem is being blamed on a shortage of social care packages, but the government says it has a five year, £400m plan to transform mental health services. 

Rugby union: Bury kick-off 2017 on the south coast

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds rugby players will be hoping a new year means a change in fortune when they return to action after the Christmas break tomorrow.

The Haberden
BBC

The Wolf Pack will be trying to end a run of four successive defeats when they head to Worthing.

Bury are currently 10th in National League Two South.

School remains closed until Monday

It's a long weekend for pupils of Methwold Primary. The school closed yesterday because of a broken boiler, and remains closed today. 

The school is expected to reopen on Monday.

And in north Norfolk, Sidestrand Hall School also has no heating. The school will be closing while they wait for a part to be delivered.

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One from the archives: Children's hunt meet at Brentwood in 1930

Eighty six years ago this month, two-and-a-half-year-old Deidre Blundell Brown was photographed sitting in a basket chair on a Shetland pony.

She was being served a cup of milk at the children's meet of the Essex hounds at South Weald, Brentwood.   

Two and a half- year-old Deidre Blundell Brown on Shetland Pony
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Photo: Man jailed for kidnap

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Norfolk Police has released a photo of Paul Barton, who's been jailed for the kidnap of a young girl in a Norwich park last year.

Paul Barton, in bright blue sweattop, with close crop fair hair, beard and moustache
Norfolk police

At Norwich Crown Court this morning, Barton, 33, was sentenced to three years in prison and given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

He admitted grabbing the nine-year-old girl at a park in Norwich and dragging her into woodland in September.

Petition launched to fight hike in business rates

More than 700 people have signed a petition which has been launched in Southwold against business rate increases which could see costs treble for some retailers.

Southwold High Street
Google

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey says she's written to all the local businesses and is trying to get a meeting with the treasury minister responsible for the valuation office agency.

She said she's also given businesses details of how they can appeal.

"It seems that the valuations officers made various assumptions about rent which isn't exactly the case on what people actually pay, so I think there are good reasons for people to be able to appeal."

Business rates set to treble for Southwold retailers

Independent retailers in Southwold are facing a doubling, or even trebling of their business rates, putting them in line with Bond Street in London, the most expensive street in the country.

Rebecca Bishop
BBC

Rebecca Bishop, owner of the Two Magpies bakery and cafe, said: "I've done quite a bit of research around the country and I can't find anywhere else outside of Bond Street that's facing the increases that we in Suffolk are."

At the moment she's paying about £4,500 a year, but her business rates are set to rise to about £15,500 over five years.

"This is going to hit me really really hard. It's going to put £10,000 on my bottom line... it's just crazy," she said.

The rises are a result of new rateable values for businesses flagged up by the government back in September.  

Cloud increasing, with outbreaks of rain

After a cold and frosty morning, it'll become cloudy with outbreaks of rain later this afternoon.

Temperatures reaching a high of 5C (41F).

Frosty fields and sunrise
BBC
Sunrise over farmland
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Sunrise at the coast
BBC

Heritage centre boss 'devastated' after Tilbury library crash

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The chairman of a heritage centre based in East Tilbury Library, which was damaged after a car was driven into the building and set alight, has spoken of his "devastation" at the loss of parts of the collection.

Fire investigators examine the car
BBC

Mike Tarbard is in charge of the Bata Heritage Centre, which remembers the role the British Bata Shoe Company played in the development of East Tilbury.

The firm opened its factory in the 1930s and at its height in the 1960s employed more than 3,000 people in the town.

Mr Tarbard told BBC Essex that items connected to the history of the firm and the community that grew up around it were in display cases near the entrance to the library.

He said the items may be of little monetary value but were "priceless" to the community.

"It is devastating," he said. "We have lost everything in display cabinets. The bigger problem is the loss to the community of a meeting place and library and the use of computers."

Mr Tarbard said the group was still assessing what may have been lost, but it was vital that this resource for local history continued to exist.

"If it was not for the factory, this community would not have existed," he said. "It closed in the 2000s but a library manager thought there was story to tell and started the centre."

Couple convert kitchen into American diner

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

An Ipswich couple won't have to travel far this weekend to mark the 82nd anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley in authentic surroundings.

Howard and Shirley Brown have this wallpaper up in their kitchen, which they've converted into an American diner.

Elvis Presley wallpaper
BBC
Howard and Shirley Brown
BBC

Mr Brown said: "We used to go to the States quite a bit and I always went into the diners. Shirley bought the jukebox, and one thing led to another."

Mrs Brown says she loves it now, but admits she found it a bit daunting at first.

"I got onto the websites and saw all the equipment that was for sale and it just inspired me, it's just great, it's turned out lovely," she said.

New Year's Day fireworks display planned for Sunday

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Here's a chance to get back to the future with a New Year's Day fireworks display in Cromer.

Adverse weather meant last weekend's event had to be cancelled, with fears that winds could blow debris into crowds along the promenade and beach front. But it's now been given the go-ahead for Sunday. 

Crowds on Cromer beach, watching fireworks over the pier
Paul Dunstan

Organisers will be setting up the fireworks along the pier and promenade from 10:00, for a "firing" time of 17:00. 

The free show, which has taken place every year since 2000, regularly attracts more than 10,000 people.

Mother 'so proud' of donor son

The mother of an Essex hockey player, who died while playing a match in 2015 and has saved up to 50 lives after donating his organs for medical emergencies, has spoken of her pride towards her son.

Tommy Wilson and his family
Wilson Family

Tom Wilson, 22, died just over a year ago after he was hit on the head while training at the Old Loughtonians Hockey Club in Chigwell.    

He had registered as a donor several years before.

His mother Lisa, who's encouraging others to sign up, told BBC Essex: "When I found out Tom had registered at university, I was so, so proud of Tom at that moment." 

Man who kidnapped girl, 9, given prison sentence

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man has been sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to the kidnap of a nine-year-old girl at a park in Norwich.

Paul Barton, of no fixed abode, admitted grabbing the girl in Pointers Field, off George Pope Road, on 30 September. He dragged her into a wooded area before she managed to escape unharmed.

Barton, 33, has been sentenced to three years in prison, and must serve at least half before release.

Pointers Field play area
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Ed Sheeran not planning another year off

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

Ed Sheeran says taking a year off is something he's not going to do again in a hurry.

While he was co-presenting the BBC 1 Radio Breakfast Show this morning, he admitted that he'd been listening to the radio when his song Don't came on "and not knowing the words to it".

"I've relearnt everything now, I've spent like a day relearning everything," he said.

Ed Sheeran
BBC

I think the next time I take a break it'll be two weeks, not a year."

Ed Sheeran