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That's it for another week of live coverage

Parting is "such sweet sorrow", as Juliet said so many years ago, but nevertheless, it's time for us to sign off from our regular updates for another week.

We've brought you a cornucopia of delights during the day, so it's hard to choose just one or two to highlight, but scroll down, and you can find out:

Have a great weekend, we'll see you on Monday morning.

Our live coverage today:

That's it from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week.

If you're just joining us, here's a quick look at some of the stories we've brought you today:

Have a good weekend - we'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

Our live coverage for the week

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

BBC Local Live for Essex has come to the end of another week.

Some of the top stories we've covered on Friday include:

And there are plenty more stories from across the week if you scroll down.

Join us again on Monday from 08:00 at the Essex section of the BBC News website.

Anglian Water apologises for problems on Newton Road

We reported earlier that Newton Road in Sudbury was closed again, after reopening briefly following repair work to a sinkhole.

A spokesman for Anglian Water has told us: "Our teams repaired a burst water main on Newton Road, in Sudbury last week. 

"After being resurfaced a slight dip reappeared in the road. 

"At present we don’t know what’s caused this, but we have closed the road today to put this right and plan to use a different material – foam concrete – to backfill the hole. 

"We’re sorry for the inconvenience to customers in this area, and are grateful for the patience they’ve shown while we’ve been working here.”

Newton Road closed barriers
BBC

Village will consider 'high barrier' set by HMS Ganges court ruling

The chairman of Woolverstone Parish Council, which has been refused permission to appeal against Babergh District Council's decision to grant planning permission for 285 homes at the former HMS Ganges site at Shotley Gate, says they will consider "very carefully" whether they will appeal against the judgement.

HMS Ganges site
BBC

Simon Pearce said: "We will have a parish council meeting, but I've read the report and the judgement as well.

"We will consider it very carefully, but we also will consider the direction that we take very carefully.

"But it looks to me like a very high barrier to get over."

Steve Stone: Keeping Norwich City in order while board considers next move

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

He's just 24 hours into the job after Jez Moxey's departure, and Norwich City's new temporary chief executive Steve Stone says it's "business as usual" while the board decides on the way forward for the club.

It's the second time Steve has done the job, standing in last summer between David McNally's resignation and Jez Moxey's appointment. The finance director told me that he believed he "did a decent job". 

"I've got the confidence of going into the role this time, I know the people better, I've been here nearly two years... I'm nine months on from when I did it first time and that can only be positives."

Does he think there will be changes to the structure of the club?

"It's got to be looked at. We've had two resignations of two chief executives within a 9-10 month period... that will make the board think whether the right structure's in place. They'll be sitting down later this month to review strategy as a whole including the structure."

Steve Stone, sitting in stands at Carrow Road
BBC

Short-term, the club is focussed on getting back to the Premier League. Steve is also looking at other financial areas. The deadline for renewals of season tickets is a week on Saturday, and he tells me it's looking very positive for the club - "north of 19,000".

"It's about doing the right thing for the club and that means doing the right things for the fans... we never take it for granted that they will renew their season tickets and come back and watch us".

Lastly, I asked him whether he'd like the job permanently.

I want to do what I can for the club. I don't know what the structure is going to be going forwards - but I'm certainly interested in doing what I can to help the club go forwards."

Steve StoneInterim chief executive Norwich City

Travel: Delays on busy city-bound road

BBC Travel

The left hand lane of a busy road leading into Norwich has been coned-off for emergency Anglian Water works.

A manhole cover has been damaged on the city-bound side of Bracondale, between the County Hall roundabout and King Street.

The repair work could take place throughout the weekend.

Pearson moving to new offices in Harlow

Education publishing firm Pearson is moving its 300 Harlow-based staff to a new building on the KAO Park in the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

Pearson's new offices in Harlow
Invest Essex

Pearson, which is at present based in Edinburgh in the town, will occupy 28,000 sq ft of the new KAO Two office building where the company has agreed a 10 year lease. 

Pearson’s move, due in the summer, is part of a £25m long term investment and will continue an association with Harlow that goes back over 40 years.

Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK, said: "KAO Park has a long history of scientific and technological breakthroughs.

"Having Pearson in the campus is befitting as this site is best suited for any business looking to place itself firmly at the forefront of research and innovation.”

Construction begins at base of flood barrier

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The latest phase in the construction of the Ipswich Flood Barrier is under way, thanks to the installation of a "cofferdam".

If like me you've never heard of one of these, it's "a retaining structure that can be pumped dry to enable construction to take place below the river bed level".

Ipswich tidal barrier
John Fairhall

Over the last few months the cofferdam has been installed and excavated, so now the construction of the base of the structure has begun.

When finished, the project will reduce the risk of flooding to 1,608 homes and 422 businesses, and support key infrastructure such as the fire station and council buildings. 

The £58m scheme is due to be completed in 2018.  

Hostel to open new rooms for homeless

Chris Bond

BBC Sunday Politics East

New facilities for homeless people are to open next week to keep pace with a rise in the number of people sleeping rough. 

St Martins Housing Trust will unveil six new rooms at Bishopbridge House in Norwich, where rough sleepers have increased from four in 2010 to 34 in 2016. 

The rise is mirrored elsewhere in the county, where the rough sleeper count went from 27 in 2010 to 90 last year. 

St Martins Housing Trust is to open new facilities for the homeless in Norwich
BBC
Maria Pratt, St Martins Housing Trust

Maria Pratt, from St Martins, told BBC Sunday Politics East that rough sleeping is up by 16% across the country. 

"The increase has been steady over the past couple of years. We put this plan together and we couldn't get to it fast enough because the numbers have gone up since we started." 

  • Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed the rise in Norwich. 
  • King's Lynn also saw a rise from eight people in 2010 to 42 last year. 
  • But in Breckland, it was a different story, with the rough sleeper count falling from eight in 2010 to three last year.  

You can see more on homelessness issues on the BBC Sunday Politics East, on BBC 1, Sunday, 5 February at 11:00. 

Essex MP welcomes £20m for innovation centre

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Artist's impression of business park
Invest Essex

James Duddridge (pictured below), MP for Rochford and Southend East, who lobbied the government for the £20m funding, said: "I am delighted that I was able to lobby the minister successfully.

"The Southend East Local Enterprise Partnership submitted a strong bid and I am delighted to have been able to support the bid.

"I am really excited about the future. I look forward to seeing the innovation centre develop and the jobs that this scheme is creating for the local area."

James Duddridge
Conservative Party

Business park wins £20m for innovation centre

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A new £150m business park next to Southend Airport has received nearly £20m of government funding for a new innovation centre.

Planned innovation centre
Invest Essex

The funding will enable an innovation centre (see artist's impression) to be built at Airport Business Park Southend.

The project is expected to attract businesses involved in the medical, aviation, advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors.

John Lamb, leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: "This is fantastic news and further proof that Southend-on-Sea continues to punch above its weight when it comes to bidding for external funding."

The artist who paints on dirty white vans

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Back to our story on the Ed Sheeran image that's appeared on the back of a dirty white van - just who is the man behind the "graffilthy art"?

Ruddy Muddy - or Ricky Minns - is a van driver for a floral wholesale in Norwich. He started off by doodling and doing scenes on his company's dirty vehicles so that his children didn't "see something rude" and it took off from there.

Each piece of work takes Ruddy - who, in his words, studied art at A level "many moons ago" - about 90 minutes. After he's done the outline, it's just a case of using tissues to clean the van, and bob's your uncle.

How long they stay on the vans is up to Ricky's colleagues and their use of the pressure washers. 

In recent months, his artwork has been used to publicise the campaign to find missing airman Corrie McKeague.

Dirty white van, with art work for Find Corrie
Ruddy Muddy

Other work includes goodwill messages for Faith Barnard - the Norwich schoolgirl who was diagnosed with cancer. Earlier we told you how she'd been given the all clear.

Art work for Faith Barnard
Ruddy Muddy

Back in the autumn, BBC Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad featured on the back of a van, raising the profile of his Coastal Challenge for BBC Children in Need.

Art work for Nick Conrad's BBC Children in Need challenge
Ruddy Muddy

Essex burglars caught on car's motion-activated camera

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Two burglars, who were caught on Dash Cam after stealing nearly £4,000-worth of jewellery, have been jailed.

Scott Osborne
Essex Police

Scott Osborne (pictured above), 24, was jailed for three and a half years and 32-year-old Ronnie Tretton (pictured below) was jailed for two years and eight months at Basildon Crown Court for burglary.

The court heard that at lunchtime on 13 December last year, the pair forced their way into a house in Harrison Close, Hutton in Brentwood.

Once inside they helped themselves to jewellery worth £3,900 before leaving.

However, unbeknownst to the pair, they were caught on film by a Dash Cam in a vehicle parked on the road.

Ronnie Tretton
Essex Police

The vehicle was fitted with a motion-activated camera which begins filming when it senses movement.

When arrested Tretton was still in possession of the distinctive hat he was pictured wearing in the footage.

Osborne of King Edward Road, Romford, and Tretton, who is from Southend, but of no fixed abode, admitted a charge of burglary.

They were jailed at Basildon Crown Court.

Det Sgt David Wilkinson said: "Tretton and Osborne had no regard for the impact their behaviour might have on their victim in this case, or indeed any of their victims, as both are prolific burglars."

Council welcomes Shotley homes decision

Babergh Council has welcomed a decision by the Court of Appeal to deny Woolverstone Parish Council the right to appeal against a development of 285 homes at the former HMS Ganges site at Shotley.

Shotley Gate
Mike Page

Derek Davis, independent councillor for the Shotley and Woolvestone at Babergh, said he doesn't necessarily see the decision as a victory, but that it's "a good step in the right direction in terms of having the development going ahead".

Mr Davis added: "It's been a really long-winded affair and while we understand Woolverstone's point of view, to an extent I think it's been dragged out long enough and something needs to be done at the Ganges site and this is an excellent development."

Babergh Council had approved the application in March 2015.

Court order closes down drug den

A flat in Norwich that has been used for illegal drug activity for several months has been shut down.

Cigarette lighters, mobile phones, and syringes on a black table
Norfolk Police

Police had sought a closure order on the Derby Street property after finding evidence (pictured) of drugs misuse at the address.

A three-month closure order was granted at Norwich Magistrates' Court today.

School in mourning for tragic Michael, 12

Norwich Evening News

The front page of the Norwich Evening News today - Tributes flow as much-loved and lively pupil loses fight for life following fall from stairwell:

Front page of the Norwich Evening News
Archant

Could this be the country's first 'selfie'?

A retired Ipswich minister is wondering whether this is the first "selfie" - a photograph taken back in August 1966, long before the advent of mobile phones with cameras:

Cliff Reed and Sue
Cliff Reed

The Reverend Cliff Reed, whose letter to the East Anglian Daily Times was published this morning, said: "I thought it would be a good idea to take a photograph of the two of us but there was no-one to take it so I took it myself... a selfie."

If you're interested in these things, Cliff says he took it holding an instamatic in his outstretched arm: "You had to go for it and hope that shot would be the one."

What do you think? Can you beat Cliff's claim? Send us an email (ideally with the photograph) or post a message on our Facebook page.

Motorcyclist clocked at more than 130mph

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A motorcyclist has pleaded guilty to speeding at more than 130mph on his Kawasaki.

Pawel Lewinski, 36, from Diss, was clocked doing nearly double the speed limit on the A140 at Scole in August last year.

Mr Lewinski also pleaded guilty to riding with the wrong kind of licence.

Pawel will be sentenced at Norwich Magistrates' Court on 6 March.

Young Canaries had to be braver - Wright

Norwich Evening News

Spurs prove too strong for under-18s as FA Youth Cup run finishes - the back page of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of the Norwich Evening News
Archant

Ipswich Town: McCarthy confirms Oxford interest

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Tipped by many as a future England international, Reece Oxford was a player Mick McCarthy considered recruiting last month, the Ipswich Town boss has admitted.

Reece Oxford
Getty Images

Instead, the 18-year-old West Ham defender - who is the second youngest player ever to start a Premier League match - joined tomorrow's visitors Reading on loan.

"We were talking about it, even at the last knockings when Forest were looking at Luke Chambers, but he'd gone up to Reading then," said McCarthy.

"So yes, we've had a look at him. I think he'll probably suit Reading, the way he plays, he's a nice footballer and will certainly fit in with them."

Read the Ipswich v Reading match preview.

Jailed Essex man cannot be 'blamed for death'

We've been covering  the case of Gary Goodwin from Laindon who has had his sentence cut by two years by the Appeal Court (pictured).

Goodwin, 37, was part of a plot to lure 32-year-old Ahmed Musse to a street in Basildon in August 2014 where he was ambushed.

Court of Appeal
Getty Images

At Chelmsford Crown Court, four men were jailed for 12-and-a-half years each for manslaughter, and Goodwin, of Princes Close, got the same for conspiracy to rob.  

Judge Paul Batty QC, Lady Justice Macur and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave cut his sentence to 10-and-a-half years at the Court of Appeal. 

Judge Batty said Goodwin had been party to the plan to rob Mr Musse, but could not be blamed for his death.

"He knew that there was a bladed article and he knew that a knife was going to be used to threaten," he told the court.

"We accept that he didn't understand that the knife would be used actually to stab, but only to threaten.

"There has to be some distinction between his sentence and that of the co-accused." 

However, they rejected a bid to appeal by Hussein Ahmed, 24, of Bacon Street, Bethnal Green, who was one of those jailed for manslaughter.

The claim that his term was too long was "hopeless", said Judge Batty, who instead extended Ahmed's jail time by 42 days as a punishment for wasting court time. 

Ipswich Town: McCarthy unsurprised by Reading's rise

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes tomorrow's visitors Reading have underachieved in recent seasons and are a force to be reckoned with.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

The Royals are currently third in the Championship table and on a run of six wins in their last eight league games. 

"They've got a good squad, I think they've probably underachieved over the last few years," said McCarthy. 

"They've brought some good ones in like Beerens, but they had Kermorgant, McCleary, Williams and Gunter. They've had good players there for a long time and I think they should've done better."

Archive pictures of 1953 floods

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

At the end of January 1953, a huge storm battered the east coast, with flood defences broken as the the sea water swept inland. 

Many people had to leave their homes, and in Hunstanton 31 people died.

These pictures were taken 64 years ago today, showing the aftermath of the floods.

Here you can see a US serviceman salvaging his car from the mud, following heavy flooding at Heacham. Caravans lie on the side, in the background.

Black and white photo of a man pulling the car on a rope, people pushing the vehicle from behind
Getty Images

And also in Heacham, a group of women search for possessions in the remains of a houseboat.

A houseboat in mud, with women looking through the wreckage
Getty Images

A busy weekend for the county's Ryman League clubs

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk sides will be clocking up the motorway miles this weekend, with four of our five Ryman League clubs away from home.

Ryman League Football
Ryman League

Lowestoft Town, who host Metropolitan Police, are the only ones who have a home match.

Title-chasing Needham Market go to Worthing, Leiston are at Merstham, AFC Sudbury head to Burgess Hill Town while in the North Division Bury Town travel to Waltham Abbey.

'All clear' for young cancer patient

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Here's a "feel good Friday" story for you....

Back in December we told you of 11-year-old Faith Barnard, who had been diagnosed with cancer and was facing an operation to remove a growth from her arm.

She was inundated with hundreds of Christmas cards from BBC Radio Norfolk listeners, wishing her well. 

Faith with hundreds of Christmas cards
BBC

Faith underwent surgery, and mum Tequila says they've had good news. Faith has been given the all-clear and no further action is required.

"It's amazing, the relief is unbelievable, it's the best possible outcome we could have had... the support we've had has been absolutely amazing, it's really got us through, and to have the positive result at the end makes a real difference", said Tequila.

Faith will return to the hospital in three months time to have her scar tissue looked at.

There's some nerve damage to her arm, which may repair itself, but as mum says "no further chemo or radio".

The final word goes to Faith.

Thank you for all the cards and gifts... the messages were really fun... they're now in my room stacked up."

Faith Barnard

Erosion battle pensioner packing up home

A grandmother is preparing for her final night in her mobile home, after losing a battle with the council.

Bryony Nierop-Reading moved into the caravan on land she owns in Happisburgh after her bungalow fell into the sea during the storm surge of December 2013. The 71-year-old has been involved in a planning battle with North Norfolk District Council as she didn't have permission to live in it.

It wasn't her choice to live in the mobile home, she says, describing herself as an "environmental evacuee".  

Bryony Nierop-Reading standing by the mobile home
BBC

Ms Nierop-Reading has now given up her fight to stay, and is in the process of packing up her belongings. On Sunday, a group of friends will help her dismantle the mobile home as she says the council want it removed from the land.

She's issued an eviction notice on her daughter who's living in a cottage that she owns in nearby Witton Heath, and that property is now up for sale.

Ms Nierop-Reading tells me she will be living in a motor caravan until she is able to buy another property in the local area. 

Local charity turns to Monty Don for help in building a terraced allotment

A Sudbury charity which created the first woodlands in the UK for people living with terminal illnesses to use as a sanctuary, is being featured on Monty Don's BBC2 Big Dreams Small Spaces programme tonight.

Monty Don with Jo and Rob Brooks
BBC

The Eden-Rose Coppice Trust, set up by Rob Brooks more than five years ago, also provides volunteering opportunities for young people living with severe learning disabilities.

The charity took on a second plot of land, Brickmakers' Wood in Ipswich, in 2015 which Rob's daughter Jo runs.

She says she was contacted by Monty's team within 10 days of tweeting that she wanted to build a "terraced allotment in an woodland with particularly bad soil".

Jo added: "They phoned and said we're coming next week."

Understandably, both Jo and Rob are sworn to secrecy about what happened, but you can find out when the programme is aired at 19:00.

Essex man involved in robbing drug dealer has sentence cut

Nic Rigby

BBC News

An Essex man who was jailed for his part in a violent robbery which left a drug dealer dead has had his prison sentence cut by the Appeal Court.

Gary Goodwin (pictured), 37, was part of a plot to lure 32-year-old Ahmed Musse to a street in Basildon in August 2014 where he could be ambushed.

Gary Godwin
Essex Police

Once there, Mr Musse was stabbed by one of a gang of other men, bundled into a car and dumped on waste ground.

He was later found by police in Sporhams, bleeding and unconscious, and died of multiple organ failure.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, four men were jailed for 12-and-a-half years each for manslaughter, and Goodwin, of Princes Close, Laindon, got the same for conspiracy to rob.

Today, three Appeal Court judges said it was wrong that Goodwin had received the same sentence, when he had not actually been involved in the killing.

The judges cut his term to 10-and-a-half years.

Sheeran emerges from the dirt

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The new Bridget Jones movie, busking at Latitude, an exclusive gig at an Ipswich pub, Wembley Stadium...

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran turns up all over the place and now his image has been created on the back of a dirty white van by Norwich artist Ruddy Muddy.

Ed Sheeran's image on the back of a dirty white van
Anoda Flowers

The van was delivering supplies from Norwich to Anoda Flowers in Brightlingsea in Essex and staff there took this picture.

"That's flipping amazing," writes auntemilyshop on Instagram, which just about sums it up.

Will the company ever wash it off?

Nelson or Cam? Go with both of them!

Eastern Daily Press

Jez Moxey's decision to quit after six months in his role as chief executive is not the only Norwich City news making the local papers today.

The back page of the  Eastern Daily Press reports on a Pink Un fans poll saying Nelson Oliveira should start alongside Cameron Jerome at Cardiff City tomorrow.

Back page of EDP
Archant

Village loses court battle over 285 homes at former naval base

A parish council has lost its appeal court battle to prevent 285 homes being built on the site of the former HMS Ganges naval training base (pictured) at Shotley Gate across the water from Felixstowe.

Woolverstone Parish Council had been seeking permission to appeal against Babergh District Council's decision to grant planing permission.

HMS Ganges site, Shotley Gate
Mike Page

People in Woolverstone, which is on the main road to Shotley Gate, had argued that Babergh had not taken into account the effects the rise in traffic would have.

Lord Justice Lindblom at the Court of Appeal in London has ruled there are no grounds to appeal in law.

BreakingGanges development clears another hurdle in court

A court appeal to prevent 285 homes being built on the former HMS Ganges naval base in Suffolk has been lost....

Rugby union: Bury hoping to stop the rot in Cornwall

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bury St Edmunds rugby players make the long trip Redruth tomorrow looking for only their second win in nine matches. 

The Haberden, Bury St Edmunds
BBC

The Wolf Pack's current run has seen them slip to 11th in National League Two South.

Ominously, the hosts are third in the table, having won eight of their 10 home games so far.

A wet and very windy day

BBC Weather Watchers

After a sunny start to the day, the cloud has thickened with outbreaks of rain expected later.

Staying windy, with a risk of gales in coastal areas. Temperatures reaching a high of 10C (50F).

Our band of BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about in Norfolk, capturing the calm before the storm.

Sun streaming through trees along Weavers Way
BBC
Early morning snowdrops
BBC
Cromer pier in the distance, with gentle waves on the coast
BBC

One from the archives: Southend radio firm employees' shelter 1939

Some 78 years ago this month, employees of Messrs EK Cole Ltd, radio manufacturers in Southend were photographed leaving underground shelters after an air-raid drill prior to the start of the World War Two.

The shelters could hold up to 3,000 people, and had radios, televisions, light and heat.  

Air-raid shelters in Southend
Getty Images

Fundraising for dead boy's mother touches £3,000

A fundraising page to support the mother of a boy who died falling down a school stairwell has raised almost £3,000.

The year seven boy, named locally as Michael Souza, died nine days after he was seriously injured at Jane Austen College in Norwich.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

Two photographs of Michael Souza
Facebook

Disability campaigner says cuts would mean financial ruin

A disabled woman from Colchester says her family would be financially ruined if her disability benefit were to be cut. 

Some weekly payments will fall by more than a quarter in April.

Campaigner Jaki Whyte says losing the money would mean she wouldn't be able to attend hospital appointments:

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Level crossing death 'not suspicious'

British Transport Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man after he was struck by a train near Diss in the early hours of this morning.

It happened shortly before 01:15 at a level crossing in Mellis, Suffolk.

The man died at the scene and his next of kin have been informed.

Ipswich Town midfielder staying at Aldershot

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport