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  1. That's it for the day - and the week

    The team here is about to shut up shop and head home, but before we go, we'd like to thank you for your company during the week.

    It's been a great day for the Conservatives, who've increased the number of county councillors at Endeavour House, but disappointing for UKIP, who will no longer be represented there.

    Scroll down to get more details on the elections, and other stories that have been making the news during the day.

    Have a great weekend, and we'll see you from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Our live coverage for today

    That's it for our live updates for the day, and the week.

    What a day it's been. We started early, bringing you all the news on the Essex County Council elections.

    Scroll down to find out how the Tories strengthened their control of the county.

    Meanwhile, we also brought you news of how one of the two boys rescued from a fire on Monday has died.

    There is more on that story below.

    Whatever you're up to this weekend, have a great one.

  3. Our live coverage for today

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    That's it for the Local Live coverage from the BBC Norfolk team.

    Today we saw the Conservative Party take control of Norfolk County Council and UKIP lose all its seats.

    The election also saw Blur's drummer Dave Rowntree become a councillor.

    We also reported on hit-and-run driver Darren Blackmore being jailed for 10 years after leaving a man with life-changing injuries after mowing him down in a car park last summer. 

    Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

  4. Tories' vote share in East trumps national average

    Deborah McGurran

    BBC East political editor

    These elections have seen UKIP wiped off the county council political map. Most surprisingly, they lost every single seat in Essex, an area that fostered their growth and of course, until recently boasted their only MP. In all they lost 48 seats across the east and now have no representation across its six counties.

    The Conservatives appear to be the beneficiary. They have regained control of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and strengthened their grip on Essex, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

    Labour held on in some of its heartland seats but suffered elsewhere, particularly in Stevenage and Harlow, where the Conservatives made gains.

    Conservative candidate Dick Madden celebrates

    It was a mixed picture for the Liberal Democrats who lost seats on Essex, Suffolk and Northamptonshire but they made some gains from the Conservatives in Norfolk.

    The Green Party lost their stronghold in Norwich but made a gain in Suffolk where they now hold three county council  seats.

    The vote share from yesterday's local elections confirms that across the east the Conservatives are once again the dominant party.

    With all the votes counted, the Tories share of the vote ranged from 43% in Suffolk and Essex to a staggering 51% in Northamptonshire. The national average appears to be about 38%.

    Labour saw a small surge in support in its traditional heartlands and its average share across the region was 13.7%. But that's way below the national average of 27% and shows how little support the party has in our region.

  5. Possible leadership challenge at Norfolk County Council

    Look East Political Correspondent Andrew Sinclair is hearing rumours of a possible leadership challenge to Norfolk County Council Conservative group leader Cliff Jordan - following the Tory victory:

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  6. Suffolk's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Suffolk, the Conservative party gained 112,778 votes in yesterday's local elections - 45.65% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

  7. Essex's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Essex, the Conservative party gained 184,901 votes in yesterday's local elections - 49.51% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

  8. Norfolk's share of Conservative vote higher than national average

    In Norfolk, the Conservative party gained 114,038 votes in yesterday's local elections - 48.74% of the vote.

    It's higher than the national projected vote share for the Tories, which stands at 38%.

    The projected national share figures are what the share of the vote would be if all parts of Britain had local elections and had voted in the same way as Thursday's English County Council elections.  

  9. Mick McCarthy speaks out ahead of final game of the season

    The Ipswich Town manager talks about Luke Chambers signing a new deal, and says he's confident he'll still be at Portman Road at the start of next season:

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    Video caption: Final press conference of season for Ipswich Town manager
  10. Norwich band Sink Ya Teeth releasing single

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A Norwich band Sink Ya Teeth supported by BBC Norfolk Introducing has secured a record contract and is releasing a single.

    Sink Ya Teeth

    The single If You See Me, which has already been played on BBC Radio 6 Music and championed by DJ Steve Lamacq, is being released by 1965 Records -  a label that discovered The View.

    The record is being launched at a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre on 31 May.

    Gary Standley, producer of BBC Norfolk Introducing, said: "Sink Ya Teeth have produced an amazing electro beat track that shows this band is really going places and getting noticed."

    The band is made up of Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford (pictured) who have both been long-time members of Norwich’s vibrant music scene, partnering up 18 months ago to form Sink Ya Teeth.

    Their influences range from Grace Jones to Nina Simone and Howlin’ Wolf.

    “I’m interested in the human experience,” Maria, Sink Ya Teeth’s lead vocalist, explains.“Particularly through a lens of desire and regret.”

  11. Road crash on A47 at Scarning

    Police have been called to a serious road traffic accident the A47 in Scarning.

    Officers were called shortly before 15:00 today to reports of a collision involving a car and lorry on Grange Road at the junction of Manor Road.

    The road has been closed while emergency services are in attendance and is likely to be for some time. 

    Diversions have been put in place and motorists are being urged to find alternative routes where possible. 

  12. VIDEO: County council election results explained

    Simon Dedman

    BBC Essex political reporter

    A UKIP wipeout, losses for Labour and the Lib Dems, and an increased Tory majority - BBC Essex political editor Simon Dedman explains how Essex County Council looks after last night's election results.

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    Video caption: UKIP fails to win Essex seat as Tories strengthen hold
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    Then you'll love Around the Wicket on BBC Essex.

    It's the biggest dedicated county cricket radio programme on the BBC.

    Paul Hawkins will be joined by a host of special guests, talking about all the news from Essex County Cricket Club and grassroots cricket.

    Join him every Saturday on BBC Essex at 14:00.

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  14. North Walsham hit and run: 'Shocking' crash could have been deadly, say police

    Police have echoed a judge's comments following the sentencing of a driver to 10 years in jail after a man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.

    Victim struck by car

    Judge Mark Dennis said people could easily have been killed in the incident, as he passed sentence on Darren Blackmore.

    Det Insp Matt Dyson, of Norfolk police, agreed the "shocking crime" could have had "fatal consequences".

    "The very serious deliberate act was most likely due to a relatively minor matter earlier the evening before, a matter that the victim and his friends had no part in. 

    "We hope the sentencing provides some comfort for the victim,” he said.

    Archive: Police release CCTV footage in appeal

  15. Beccles has the highest turnout in county council election

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Figures from Suffolk County Council show there was a turnout of 44.19% (247,073) for this year's elections.

    Beccles achieved the highest figures, with a massive 80.63% (9,455) turn-out, followed by St Margaret's & Westgate at 77.85% (11,852), and Felixstowe Coastal at 74.18% (11,432).

    Residents of Newmarket and Red Lodge were the most reluctant to get involved, with 25.65% of eligible voters (2,384) marking a cross in the box.

  16. Football: Colchester to play Yeovil in crunch match

    Colchester United are gearing up for a crunch match as they cling onto hopes of making into the play-offs. 

    John McGreal

    The U's must beat Yeovil at home tomorrow to stand any chance of reaching the top seven in League Two. 

    McGreal's side will then need results of other games to go their way.

    The head coach said his players will be made aware of how the scores are going in the other matches.

    He said: "Everyone is kicking off at 1730, everyone will know the results. 

    "Hopefully there's going to be a hefty crowd coming as well. I'm sure there'll be relaying it back around the stadium. 

    "I think that's exciting talking about what's going on. 

    "A couple of years ago we were at the wrong end of the table against Preston and you knew what was going on, you could feel the tension in the air, you could cut it with a knife, and we got a win. Hopefully we can do that again this coming Saturday."

  17. High demand for county council website causes sporadic problems

    Suffolk County Council has apologised after its local elections website crashed, due to unprecedented demand.

    Notice about high demand affecting access to website

    It may be due to the turnout, which was higher than expected at just over 44%. 

    We'll bring you more details on that shortly.

  18. North Walsham hit-and-run: 'Never able to explain its impact', says victim

    Zoe Applegate

    BBC News

    The victim of the North Walsham hit-and-run crash suffered "extensive" injuries and now has a permanent limp, Norwich Crown Court heard earlier today.

    Darren Blackmore

    Matthew Knowles, 30, was left with a fractured pelvis, leg and shattered kneecap after being thrown high into the air when he was driven at by Darren Blackmore last summer.

    In a victim impact statement, the father-of-one said it was initially thought he might not walk for a year although he can now get around with the help of splints.

    Before the crash Mr Knowles said his life was "simple and happy"... and he would "never be able to explain the impact".

    Despite living in the town, he has been unable to return to the scene of the crash, prosecutor Stephen Mather told the court.

  19. Corrie Mckeague: Waste may have shifted from original search area

    The areas being searched at the landfill site for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague are to be expanded, it has been announced.

    Officers say they've found material that indicates they are searching in the right area. 

    But towards the edges of the area they noticed the waste may have shifted.

    Search for Corrie Mckeague

    When work gets under way again next week at the site at Milton in Cambridgeshire, the area being searched will take into account the possibility of the waste having moved.

    Police say the work has been reviewed while the search has been taking place.

    Inquiries have also continued away from the site, gathering further information about Corrie's lifestyle and background.

  20. BreakingCorrie Mckeague: Search being expanded

    Police say they have completed work on searching the area at the landfill site at Milton for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague and are now expanding the search parameters.

    We'll bring you more details shortly.