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Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day - and for the week. We're now taking a break, and will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Before we go, we'll remind you of some of the stories we've brought you today:

  • Car crash teens died of multiple injuries
  • Man jailed for child sex offences
  • Premature twins leave hospital after 113 days of specialist care
  • Canaries confirm back room departures

Have a good weekend.

The true source of hope at Easter

Network Norfolk

Rev Suzanne Cooke explains that the eternal love of God is what gives her hope during the Good Friday moments of life.

Sun shining through trees onto a cross
Network Norfolk

Repair work to seaside town's yacht pond

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Cromer's yacht pond has been refurbished and refilled, as part of North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) improvement plans for North Lodge park.

The work, which cost £8,500, saw the leaking pond drained and lined with glass-reinforced plastic, and the outside given a coating of non-toxic mineral paint.

The yacht pond at Cromer's North Lodge Park

Cllr Nigel Pearce describes the pond as "an iconic part of the town", adding its refurbishment will "bring fun and happiness to the next generation of children and their parents".

Other plans for the park include internal improvements to the cafe (pictured below), repairs to the timber footbridge and refurbishments to the bowling green and sunken garden shelters.  

Cafe and yacht pond in Cromer's North Lodge Park

Families pay tribute to car crash trio

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The families of three teenagers who died following a fatal collision at Pulham Market last week have released tributes to the young men.

Davina O'Neill, the mother of 18-year-old Dominic O'Neill, who lived in Pulham Market, describes her son as a beautiful, much loved person who will be greatly missed by many. She adds that she's been "overwhelmed by the support and love from his friends."

Dominic O'Neill
Family photo

The family of Kyle Warren, 17, remember him as a "very cheeky chappie, who always had a wonderful smile on his face no matter what... he was an extremely loving person, especially to all his family and friends. He was very outgoing and loved in return by all.... Kyle will be sadly missed and never forgotten."

Kyle, who lived in Harleston, had a passion for banger racing and had won several trophies. 

Kyle Warren
Family photo

Billy Hines' family say the 16-year-old from Wortham made everyone smile from the day he was born.

"He was a funny, loving, caring, hard working boy and always had a cheeky smile on his face. He brought so much joy to everyone he met and touched so many hearts. He was as someone said 'one in a million'".

Black and white photo of Billy Hines
Family photo

The trio had been travelling in a black Ford Ka when the collision took place on the Tivetshall Road, towards Pulham Market, shortly before midnight on Wednesday, 5 April.

Watch: Mick McCarthy lays his cards on the table

The Ipswich Town manager says he's "not walking away" from Portman Road and that it's "disappointing" that fans have turned their backs on him:

Mick McCarthy says he's 'not walking away' from Portman Road.

Vigilance urged over possible raves

Police are asking the public, and landowners in particular, to be vigilant over the next few days, and to report any activity which may lead them to suspect a rave is being organised.

Suffolk Police HQ

Supt Tonya Antonis said: "It is much easier to stop a rave before it starts, so early notification of one taking place is critical in helping us police these events."

The public is being asked to notify police of:

  • Any information that an illegal rave is taking place
  • Any sightings of vans or large numbers of vehicles gathering in isolated areas
  • Sightings of flyers advertising raves
  • Broken padlocks on access on gates, to areas where a rave may take place

Britain's first female firefighter writes book about her experiences

It wasn't until 1982 that the fire service employed a woman.

The first female fighter was Jo Reynolds. She started training when she was just 17-years-old, and Thetford was her first base.

"I was absolutely terrified... I thought they would think 'who is this woman'... it was terrifying, like a first day at a new school".

Jo Reynolds, with cropped red hair and black jacket

Jo explains she had a good training course, and wouldn't have got through unless she was good enough.

"If I wasn't up to standard, I would've been out... I'd have left of my own accord or they'd have kicked me out."

Jo Reynolds in the cab of fire engine

Five years later, Jo passed her HGV test to become the country's first female driver of a fire engine (pictured above).

Now, 35 years later and urged on by friends, she's written a book about her experiences.

Illegal rave warning

Norfolk police are asking people to report any suspicious activity around open land or disused buildings during the Easter bank holiday weekend.

It's in a bid to prevent any illegal raves or unlicensed music events (UME).

Ch Supt Nick Davison says early intervention in preventing and disrupting such events is key, and in the past the response from the public has been extremely useful. The police will also be monitoring social networking sites.

Members of the public are asked to inform the police if they see any of the following:

  • Vans, lorries or a large number of vehicles near woods, rural car parks or near to disused property
  • Flyers advertising raves
  • Broken padlocks on access gates to areas where a rave may be taking place

Anyone organising an illegal rave or UME faces prosecution, as well as having their sound equipment seized. Vehicles trying to enter or leave sites will be dealt with for any offences they might be committing.

Watch: A chicken who's not too sure about being outside again

Our reporter Stuart Howells has been out to Chelmondiston, where he met the aptly named Sally Chicken, just one of the poultry keepers in the county who've been enjoying the chance to let their free-range chickens explore their environment again:

Man jailed for child sex offences

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man has been given a jail term after admitting child sex offences.

Andrew Blyth, of North Walsham Road, Bacton was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

The 56-year-old was jailed after admitting three counts of sexual activity with a female child under the age of 16, which occurred between 1 January and 10 February this year.

Blyth was also placed on the Sex Offenders register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

Police custody photo of Andrew Blyth
Norfolk police

Det Con Andy Vinsen, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, praised the victim for the courage she showed throughout their investigation.   

We will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice.”

Det Con Andy VinsenNorfolk police

Ryman League: Lowestoft out for revenge

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Lowestoft Town play their game in hand in the Ryman Premier Division tonight.

Lowestoft Town flag

The Trawler Boys are at home to Merstham who recently ended their eight-match unbeaten run.

Lowestoft's faint play-off hopes are almost certainly over despite winning six of their last nine matches.

Norfolk tourist economy 'better than Cornwall'

Did you know 40 million day trippers head to Norfolk each year? Well, we're just hours away from the bank holiday weekend and thousands of tourists will be heading here to to enjoy our coast, countryside and the fine city of Norwich.

Pete Waters is the executive director of Visit East Anglia, and he says our tourism economy is stronger than that in Cornwall.

"Everybody talks about Cornwall and how tourism is doing there... the Cornwall visitor economy is worth £2.4bn a year - ours is worth £3bn a year."

Sea Palling beach, with beach visitors, sun umbrellas and wind shades
Nicola Green

But Pete says there's scope for more:  

It we can convert a small percentage of those day trippers to stay visitors... that would really develop the visitor economy even more."

Pete WatersVisit East Anglia

Watch: Care worker jailed for stealing from her clients

We brought you the news earlier that a Lowestoft care worker has been jailed for 20 months for stealing from her clients.

Sonia Maisonave committed the crimes over a five-year period.

Suffolk Police have released this video of her:

Injury doubts for The Shrimpers

There are injury doubts for Southend United ahead of their Good Friday clash with Chesterfield.

The Shrimpers could be without Anton Ferdinand, Adam Thompson, John White and Nile Ranger for the League One match.

Thompson has not trained this week due to tonsillitis, the club said.

Southend United
Southend United

Fancy B&B at a stately home?

A stately home dating back to the Tudor period is offering the public the chance to stay on a B&B basis, costing £2,600 a night.

Somerleyton Hall

Lord Somerleyton said when they first came up with the idea, it was "curiosity to see who might look us up and how it might work".

Lady Somerleyton described welcoming their first guests, who've already sampled the delights of the property, as "really fantastic".

If you're interested in the history of the Hall, there's been a residence on the site since the beginning of the Norman conquest of Britain, with a manor house there as early as 1240 AD. 

Bedroom at Somerleyton Hall
Somerleyton Hall

Young archer's win a first for Britain

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norwich teenager who's representing Great Britain at Archery is hoping to win more medals and titles in the future.

Layla Annison, 14, recently won a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships in France in the Under-21 category. It was Britain's first ever individual medal at an indoor international event.

This summer Layla, who's studying for her GCSE's, will be competing in Cambridge, Croatia and then the World Championships in Argentina.

Layla Annison, with bow and arrow

It was really exciting wearing the GB shirt and shooting for your country, when I got on the podium and got my medal I was so happy, really really over the moon."

Layla AnnisonArcher

Speedway: Witches target their first double of the season

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches kick off a busy Bank Holiday weekend at Sheffield Tigers in the Championship tonight.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

It's the first of three meetings in five days for the Foxhall outfit, who beat tonight's hosts 52-41 at home on the opening night of the season.

"They'll definitely be good around their home track. It's always a tough place to go but we've had good results in the past," said Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins.

"With our top three the way they are at the moment we're always going to get a certain number of points there. We just need to back them up and to be fair if we come away with a point it's not a bad result."

Concerns for missing father-of-one

Motorists are being asked to help police find a missing man.

Nigel Kedar has been missing from his Clacton home for more than a week. The 52-year-old visited Norwich on 2 April and was last seen two days later, walking along the A140 at Pulham Market in the direction of the A14.

Nigel Kedar
Norfolk police

Det Ch Insp Marie James says it's likely that Mr Kedar was walking home, as the route - the A12, A14, A140 into Norwich - is one he's familiar with.

Police are asking for any drivers with dash cams, who may have travelled on the road on that day, to come forward with their footage.

Our concerns are increasing every day... it's very much out-of-character for Nigel not to be in contact with family and friends, he has a young son who he'd regularly be in contact with."

Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk police

'Despicable' actions of care worker

The employers of Sonia Maisonave from Lowestoft, who has been jailed for stealing from people in her care, have described her actions as "despicable".

Sonia Maisonave
Suffolk Police

A spokesman for Manorcourt Homecare said: "Our priority is to provide vital care and support to people in their own homes.

"Any breach of trust goes completely against what we stand for as an organisation, and will not be tolerated.

"We therefore co-operated fully with all police investigations and dismissed the carer in question from our organisation.

"We are saddened by the despicable actions of this one individual who grossly betrayed everyone's trust."

Sonia Maisonave
Suffolk Police

International horse trials under way

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

If you want to see some of the stars of the horse world close up, then the Burnham Market Horse Trials is the place to be.

World class riders and 700 horses will be competing over the next three days.

Rider and horse clear a jump at the Burnham Horse Trials

Among those taking part will be the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, and Olympians Sir Mark Todd and Oliver Townend.  

Event organiser Alec Lochore says the riders will find it quite a testing course.

It's a difficult course, I think it's very fair... the riders will be the judge of that, they'll tell us in the next 24 hours what they think... there's some properly difficult combinations out there."

Alec LochoreEvent organiser

A cloudy but dry afternoon

It will turn cloudier through the afternoon but it should stay mainly dry. 

The best of any brightness will be across southern areas with light winds throughout. 

Maximum temperature 12C (54F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.


Tommy the tortoise is found in woods

A tortoise which police believed had been stolen has been found.

Tommy the tortoise
Essex Police

Salvation Army's Rare Breeds Centre in Hadleigh told BBC Essex a member of the public discovered Tommy in Hockley Woods.

The creature had gone missing on Monday.

The centre said he was "feeling fine despite being a little cold and hungry".  

Town's poor form has hindered Dozzell's development - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy's been explaining why Andre Dozzell's played so little first team football this season.

Andre Dozzell
Ipswich Town FC

On Sunday it'll be a year since the then 16-year-old burst onto the scene with a debut goal at Sheffield Wednesday.

That sparked a wave of excitement among fans, eager to see more of the England youth international, but this time around he's made just five Championship appearances to date.

"If the team had been better it might've been better for him," said McCarthy. "I don't think we were doing him any favours. It would've been great if the team had been playing really well and he could've fitted in.

"But we weren't playing that well and Dozza's going to struggle in a team like that, as would any youngster coming in."

Canaries confirm back room departures

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City have announced the departures of technical director Ricky Martin and scouts Lee Darnborough and Tony Spearing.

Martin had been at the club since 2001, when he joined as an associate schoolboy. Spearing, a former City player, had been in the role of head of football recruitment for the last year, while Darnborough joined as head of scouting two years ago.

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Remaining mainly dry through the afternoon

It will turn cloudier through the afternoon but it should stay mainly dry throughout. 

The best of any brightness will be across southern areas with light winds throughout. 

Maximum temperature 12C (54F).

Get a full forecast  where you live from BBC Weather.

Trees and sky in Ipswich

New tunnel will 'disrupt and destroy' villages

The new Lower Thames Crossing will "destroy" villages, according to those who live close to the preferred route.

John and Jackie Thacker

As we reported, the government announced there will be a tunnel linking Gravesend and Tilbury.

The planned route will cut through the Essex countryside from North Ockendon to Orsett and around Chadwell St Mary to Tilbury. 

Jackie Thacker, who lives with her husband John in Orsett, said their Grade II-listed barn could be demolished to make way for this road.

She said: "They're disrupting and destroying the last of the few beautiful villages around Thurrock and the North Ockendon area, the peace and quiet people enjoy at the moment, away from the London encroachment.

"We understand progress has got to happen but not to disrupt and destroy people's lives. Once that road goes through, there's no going back."

The Department of Transport said most of the 47,000 people who responded to a consultation chose the new tunnel as the preferred river crossing option.

The planned tunnel route
Highways England

A cloudy but dry afternoon

Despite the cloudy skies, this afternoon will remain dry, with the best of any brightness in the south of the county.

We can expect a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

Despite the light winds, it was breezy enough for this glider in west Norfolk.

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Glider over beach front

Wes in front as race for award begins

Norwich Evening News

Fans of Irish playmaker hope to recognise his Canaries achievements - the story on the back page of the Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News

Fan broke ankle in City pitch invasion

Norwich Evening News

Ipswich supporters barred from games after stunt on derby day - the story on the front page of the Norwich Evening News:

Front page of Norwich Evening News

More people risk their lives on rail tracks

More people than ever are risking their lives by trespassing on rail tracks in Norfolk, according to figures released by Network Rail and British Transport Police.

There were around 93 incidents in Norfolk last year, a 50% rise on the previous year.

The data shows that, nationally, one person trespasses every hour. It also shows young people are more likely to take a risk on the tracks, with peaks coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.

Rail tracks near Norwich

Richard Tew is Network Rail's head of safety for Anglia. He warns that taking a shortcut, or playing on the tracks, is not only illegal but also very dangerous.  

The dangers may not always be obvious but the electricity on the railway is always on and trains can travel up to 100mph, so even if they see you they can't stop in time... taking a shortcut or messing around can result in serious life-changing injuries or death."

Richard TewNetwork Rail

Webber's revolution begins for Canaries

Eastern Daily Press

Three senior figures to leave Carrow Road as chief gets to work - the back page of the Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of EDP

Callous carer who stole from elderly is jailed

Eastern Daily Press

Woman took war medals from vulnerable patients - the story on the front page of the Eastern Daily Press today:

Front page of EDP

Care worker jailed for stealing from elderly people

Steve Martin

BBC Radio Suffolk

A care worker from Lowestoft has been jailed for stealing from the homes of elderly people. 

Sonia Maisonave
Suffolk Police

Sonia Maisonave, who was employed by a care company to visit elderly people in their homes, took cash, jewellery and medals from them, as the Eastern Daily Press has reported.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that over a five-year period between 2011 and 2016, she helped herself to items including money, medals and even a wedding ring. 

Maisonave, who's from Essex Road in Lowestoft, and who admitted the charges last month, was jailed at the court for a total of 20 months. 

Crash teens died of multiple injuries

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Three teenagers who were killed after their vehicle left the road and crashed into trees all died of multiple injuries, an inquest opening has heard.

The three males died at the scene, after their black Ford KA crashed off the Tivetshall Road, near Pulham Market, shortly before midnight on 5 April.

An inquest into the deaths of Dominic O'Neill, 18, 17-year-old Kyle Warren and 16-year-old Billy Hines was opened and adjourned at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich.

Police officers and vehicle, with "Police Accident" sign

Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded the medical cause of death as multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision in respect of all three.

No details were given as to who was driving the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Dominic, who was unemployed, lived in Pulham Market. Farmhand Kyle lived in Harleston, and Billy, a student, lived in Wortham, Suffolk. 

Darts: Two tough tests for Wright

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright will have his work cut out in the Premier League in Liverpool tonight.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old from Mendham, who's currently second in the table, faces leader and world number one Michael van Gerwen in his opening match.

Later in the evening he'll return to the oche to play two times world champion Gary Anderson.

VIDEO: Adapted car 'is my lifeline'

Changes to the benefits system mean some people are having their adapted cars, scooters or powered wheelchairs taken away from them. 

According to figures, more than 50,000 vehicles have already been reclaimed. 

The charity Motability, which provides the vehicles, has said it is a government decision to determine who is eligible for the scheme. 

The Department for Work and Pensions said it is constantly reviewing its processes and most people leaving the scheme are eligible for a one-off payment of up to £2,000 to meet their needs.

Jade Hamnett, a member of a group called Fair Access to Colchester, is one of those affected:

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Tiny twins 'faced huge challenges'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Esme and Iris Wilson, born more than 16 weeks early, are some of the shortest gestation twins to have been successfully treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Consultant Neonatologist Dr Priya Muthukumar, part of the team who looked after the girls, says babies born that early can face huge challenges in terms of their health development.

"We are very humbled by the strength and determination Josie has shown throughout these 113 days and are grateful to her for consenting to participate in research studies that are currently happening in the unit".

The twin girls wearing pink outfits, lie in a cot with their toy rabbits

Toy rabbits given to the tiny sisters when they were born on 16 December were considerably larger than the twins.

Now, the girls have outgrown their cuddly companions - with Esme weighing in at 2.4kg (5lb 7oz) and Iris at 2.3kg (5lb 4oz).

Premature twins head home

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A set of twins born more than 16 weeks early have gone home from hospital, just one day after their original due date.

Esme and Iris Wilson were born on 16 December at 23 weeks and 6 days, and have spent 113 days being cared for at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The new born twins, in an incubator, with pink hats and two toy rabbits

Iris, who arrived first, weighed in at just 660g (1lb 7oz) and her sister Esme was born 15 minutes later, at 630g (1lb 6oz). There was just time for a quick cuddle with mum Josie Wilson, before they were taken for specialist care.

Josie says the sisters were so tiny that she knew there'd be a tough journey ahead, and it would be down to the girls to fight through.

We've overcome some big hurdles... Iris was transferred to another hospital for laser eye surgery, and the twins were both born with heart murmurs which are continuing to improve."

Josie Wilson

Big rise in people trespassing on railway tracks

There's been an increase of 22% in the number of people trespassing on railway tracks around Ipswich, compared to a national increase of 11%, according to figures from Network Rail and British Transport police.

Trespassers on railway line
British Transport Police

There were about 130 incidents in 2016, with the number of young people being caught causing particular concern.

Boys aged 14 to 16 were stopped the most.

Investigation into tank fire under way

An investigation has been launched into a fire which saw five tankers destroyed at a Purfleet industrial estate.

As we've been reporting, firefighters were called to Botany Way, just before 22:00 on Wednesday, where they found the tankers were already "well alight". 

No-one was injured and Essex Fire and Rescue Service has started its investigation this morning.

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