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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Essex Live team on Friday, so goodbye and have a good weekend hopefully in the sunshine.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Today we covered the Prince of Wales' 40th anniversary of his appointment as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment.

Also we brought you news of the jailing of Flash Day, who hired a hitman who failed to kill his stepfather over the inheritance of a family home.

And the end of an era for Ravens, the Southend independent department store which announced it was closing after 120 years in business.

Please scroll down for more details and further stories.

If there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via the "Getting involved" button at the top of the page.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates this week, thank you for joining us.

We'll be back again from 08:00 on Monday.

Until then, here's a quick look at the stories we've covered today:

  • A family-run business is destroyed by fire
  • Ram-raiders target a high street cash machine with a JCB
  • A man being chased by police is knocked over by a response car.

Have a great weekend.


Goodbye and have a great weekend

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

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.

Grenfell Tower: Celotex announces decision on cladding

Hadleigh-based Celotex has announced it is to stop the supply of a cladding system in buildings over 18m tall, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The company had previously revealed it supplied insulation boards in the refurbishment of the west London tower block.

In a statement, Celotex said: "Celotex is shocked by the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this devastating human tragedy.

"We have been supplying building products for over 40 years and as a business our focus has always been to supply safe insulation products to make better buildings.

"We want to do everything that we can to support the government's ongoing response to the tragedy.

"We continue to offer our full cooperation with the investigations. Celotex notes the comments made by Scotland Yard at this morning's briefing in respect of the insulation used in Grenfell Tower. In view of the focus on rainscreen cladding systems and the insulation forming part of them, Celotex believes that the right thing to do is to stop the supply of Celotex RS5000 for rainscreen cladding systems in buildings over 18m tall with immediate effect (including in respect of ongoing projects), pending further clarity."

Chessboxing comes to Norwich

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The growing sport of Chessboxing is coming to Norfolk - it requires brains and brawn.

Chessboxing is now a global sport played in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Russia and Japan.

1992: Portrait of Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis of Great Britain playing chess.
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Competitors alternate between three minute rounds of chess and three minute rounds of boxing.

For the chess bits they have to make a move within 10 seconds to prove they're not stalling, so luckily they can remove their boxing gloves.

Matches can be won from either discipline from check mate, a knock-out or on points. Anyone who fancies a go can contact OPEN in Norwich - there's a taster session on Bank Plain later today.

From the archives: The Norfolk Broads 1965

Fifty two years ago this month, a group of young women were photographed waving from their boat on the Norfolk Broads.

Norfolk Broads
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Cricket: Three changes for Suffolk ahead of T20 challenge

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

All-rounders Jack Beaumont (pictured) and Kyran Young have been drafted into the Suffolk squad for Sunday's Unicorns East T20 in Bury St Edmunds.

Jack Beaumont
Suffolk County Cricket Board

Batsman Darren Batch is also included, with Jaik Mickleburgh, Martyn Cull and Michael Comber all unavailable.

Suffolk face Cambridgeshire in the first match at 1000 before Bedfordshire meet Hertfordshire at 1330.

The two winners will then face-off in the final at 1700.

"By its very nature, T20 cricket is unpredictable, but we know we will have to perform well if we are to progress," said coach Andy Northcote.

“We believe we have a team capable of being a match for anyone and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Council gets tough on environment in new four-year contract

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Discounts for early payment of fines are to be abolished by Thurrock Council as part of a new tougher environmental policy.

The council is planning a cleaner, greener and safer environment within the borough and is increasing the value of fine tickets and reducing the minimum age at which offenders can be issued with them.

Thurrock Council

The new contract lasting four years was unanimously agreed by the borough's cabinet on Wednesday.

Bike crash footage shows 'van escape'

A motorbike was loaded into a van after a crash that caused a woman to have part of her leg amputated, police said.

Officers are appealing for information and have released footage of the aftermath of the crash between two motorbikes in The Manorway, Corringham, at about 21:15 BST on 14 June.

The motorbike and the van were both using false number plates and the company the van belonged to no longer exists, officers said.

Three people – a 17-year-old boy and two men aged 28 and 29 – have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Norfolk mental health boss excited by new plans

We earlier reported the plans for a new mental health unit in King's Lynn being put forward by the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

Michael Scott

NSFT's chief executive Michael Scott (pictured) said: "We are very excited about these proposals and think that together we have found the best solution for redeveloping and improving our west Norfolk adult acute services, and ensuring their sustainability into the future.

West Norfolk CCG's chair Dr Ian Mack said: "We are delighted to be bringing forward these proposals to our Governing Body for developing our local adult acute mental health services.

"We have been working closely with NSFT and look forward to being able to improve what can be offered within the local area."

Para's Red Devils put on spectacular display for Prince

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Parachute Regiment's freefall display team, the Red Devils, put on a spectacular performance to mark the visit of Prince Charles to the Merville Barracks in Colchester today.

The Prince of Wales was celebrating the 40th anniversary of his appointment as Colonel-in-Chief to the regiment.

He spoke of his "immense pride" to be "part of the military family".

Parachute landing

Plans for £4m mental health unit in King's Lynn

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans for a 16-bed mental health unit in Chatterton House in King's Lynn - which will be refurbished at the cost of £4m - have been put forward by the local mental health trust and the clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Fermoy Unit, King's Lynn

It will replace the Fermoy Unit (pictured) on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in King's Lynn.

The new unit would offer en-suite single room facilities for men and women with a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

One of the beds would be reserved for patients discharged from the general hospital who are awaiting onward referral for a mental health condition.

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment teams (CRHT) - also currently at Fermoy - would move onto the Chatterton House site.

Pauline Davies, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust's West Norfolk locality manager, said: "Every patient would benefit from a modern, en-suite bedroom, and the ward will also meet single sex criteria.

"Our new day treatment service, or an alternative to admission service, will also be hugely valuable, as it will give clinicians more choice about the best way to continue supporting service users to meet their individual needs."

Norfolk Labour leader hits out at 'vicious cuts' to adult care and children's services.

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The leader of the Labour group has criticised the Conservative-run Norfolk County Council plans to cut £124.9m from its budget.

Steve Morphew
Steve Morphew

The plans include a £31m cut to adult social care, a £23.5m cut to children's services (non-schools) and a £31.2m cut to community and environmental services.

Labour group leader Steve Morphew said: "We are seeing an agenda of cuts, cuts to frontline services.

"I'm extremely worried by the cuts to adult care and children's services - these are providing services to the most vulnerable adults and children.

"These are vicious cuts."

Gaffa Tape Sandy at Glastonbury

Richard Haugh

BBC Introducing in Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds band Gaffa Tape Sandy are due to play the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury shortly.

You can watch their set live, from 15:55, via the BBC website.

It's live, so be warned there may be swearing or flashing lights.

Gaffa Tape Sandy
Gaffa Tape Sandy

Man seriously injured in Great Yarmouth crash

Earlier we reported a serious car crash in Great Yarmouth when police were called to North Drive after a Peugeot collided with a central barrier near the junction of Jellicoe Road and Barnard Avenue.

Police have now said one man was seriously injured in the crash and taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

The crash happened at about 02:10 today.

Breakdown of £124.9m cuts to Norfolk County Council services revealed

Budget plans to cut £124.9m over four years have been announced by Norfolk County Council.

Cliff Jordan
Norfolk County Council

A report to the council’s policy and resources committee on 3 July predicts the authority will have to save a further £100m on top of savings of £24.9m already agreed.

It is proposed that the committee will ask services to find the following savings over four years:

  • Adult social care: £31m
  • Children’s services (non-schools): £23.5m
  • Community and environmental services: £31.2m
  • Managing director’s department: £1.3m
  • Finance and commercial services: £3.6m
  • Finance general (which includes pension and grant payments): £9.4m

Council leader Cliff Jordan (pictured) said: “We have ambitious plans for our county – whether it’s giving families the best start in life, working with business to boost growth, or investing in our roads and infrastructure.

“But to do this, we must care for your money. I’m determined we’ll be as efficient as possible and raise money from commercial activities, to help fund support for our families, the local economy, our roads and our health.”

Independent department store to close after 120 years in town

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

One of the oldest department stores in Southend is to close at the end of October after 120 years in the town.

Ravens, in Clifftown Road, has seen four generations of the same family at the helm.

Current managing director Neil Raven said he reached the age of 60 and decided to retire.


Explaining the closure of the shop to the 16 staff who would lose their jobs was one of the "hardest decisions he had ever had to make".

He has sold the premises to an undisclosed buyer who declined to continue the business. He said: "My family and I are proud to have been a part of Southend's history.

"It is a sad occasion but everyone has shown great support for our decision."

Man hit by police car 'has suspected broken leg'

Here's more on that story about the police chase in Ipswich....

A man who was being pursued by police ran across the road when he was knocked down by an unmarked response car, police said.

Suffolk Police said the man was on foot in the St Helen's Street area of Ipswich when the incident happened at about 13:40.

A police spokeswoman said the man has a suspected broken leg and has been taken to hospital.

St Helen's Street is closed while investigations take place.

The police scene at St Helen's Street

South Norfolk man sought over assault and theft

Police are appealing for help to trace a 20-year-old man who is wanted in the south Norfolk area.

Harry Goodrum
Norfolk Police

Harry Goodrum is wanted in connection with offences including assault, theft and criminal damage following incidents between March and June this year.

Anyone who may have seen Harry Goodrum, or knows of his whereabouts, should contact Norfolk Police.

Breaking'Suspect' knocked over in police chase

A man is being treated for a suspected broken leg after he was struck by an unmarked response car during a police chase.

Officers from Suffolk Police were chasing the man through the streets of Ipswich at the time.

St Helen's Street is closed while an investigation takes place.

More on this to story to follow.

BreakingNorfolk County Council plans to cut £124.9m

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans to make savings of £124.9m over the next four years have been announced by Norfolk County Council.

The plans include a £31m cut to adult social care, a £23.5m cut to children's services (non-schools) and a £31.2m cut to community and environmental services.

'World's biggest ship' leaves Felixstowe Port

A container ship claimed to be the biggest in the world has sailed away from the Port of Felixstowe.

The OOCL Hong Kong had on board more than 21,000 containers, filled with a variety of imported goods, including clothes, electronics and shoes.

A reception was held between the company and the port owner yesterday lunchtime.

The £125m vessel, which is almost 400m long and stands at 59m tall, left the port at about 13:45 today.

OOCL Hong Kong: Felixstowe Port welcomes 'world's biggest ship'

Norfolk County Council statement on redundancy payments

Earlier we reported that redundancy packages of £2.76m have been revealed in Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts for 2016-17.

County Hall, Norfolk

A county council spokesman has now issued a statement, which says: "The council has had to save £334m over the last seven years, which has led to a number of staffing reviews across all departments.

"In the last year, following staffing reviews, 190 staff across the council at all grades left, at a cost of £2.7m.

"This is more than outweighed by the savings made by the council."

Owners of fire-hit business 'will rebuild and start again'

A family which has run a fire-hit business for more than 50 years has spoken of their shock and devastation.

Finbows Furnishers

Flames took hold at Finbows Furnishers at Finbows Yard, Bacton, just before midnight.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire is not yet known but it is not being treated as suspicious.

It has destoyed the furniture shop.

Owner Brian Finbow said: "I've been here since I left school, as has my sister and dad before us, and the next generation are coming along. I guess we'll just have to clear up and start again.

"It's pretty sad to see it in the state it's now in. I never thought I was going to see it like this. It was quite a shock when I turned up to see it ablaze."

Company director Jason Scruby, Mr Finbow's nephew, said the building was "ram-packed" with stock.

He said: "The business was expanding, going from strength to strength. I'm not sure what we're going to but we'll rebuild and start again."

Vintage coach travels from Norwich to the Shetlands

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A vintage coach has returned home to Shetland after nearly 40 years.

Nick Taylor in front of the coach
Nick Taylor

It was gifted to the islands by owner Nick Taylor (pictured above with the bus) who restored her.

The 1950s Bedford drove off the overnight ferry from Orkney just after 19:30.

The coach

A small crowd gathered to welcome her back. For nearly three decades she was a lifeline for Shetlanders taking them to school to the shops and on trips around the islands.

The coach was bought by Mr Taylor in 2011, and he completed its restoration at his home at Weybread in Suffolk.

A visit from its Shetland-based former driver in 2013 persuaded Mr Taylor the coach belonged back on the island.

It left from outside Norwich Cathedral on Monday, after a blessing from the bishop.

'Angry and greedy' stepson planned 'horrific murder'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A man who hired a hitman to kill his 70-year-old stepfather has been jailed for life.

Flash Day, 46, of Rose Allen Avenue, Colchester, planned the murder in an "horrific act born out of sheer greed," Det Insp Al Pitcher, of Essex Police, said.

Murder scene

Day was angry about not being the sole inheritor of John Sales's home, Chelmsford Crown Court heard at his trial last month.

He hired hitman Ryan Hynes, 22, who stabbed Mr Sales 11 times in the face, head, neck, chest, shoulder and back. Hynes was jailed for 17 years and three months.

The pensioner managed to dial 999 and officers arrived to find him critically injured on his doorstep.

He was taken to hospital and placed in an induced coma. He needed five operations and requires continuing medical treatment.

Day had denied conspiracy to murder but, having been found guilty, must serve 25 years before being considered for parole.

A 17-year-old girl found guilty of perverting the course of justice was given a 12 month rehabilitation order.

Tribute to teenager who loved 'loud music, cool cars and selfies'

A 17-year-old girl who died in a car crash has been described as a "phenomenal, beautiful, strong-willed person" who was "loving life".

Izzy Cottrell
Suffolk Constabulary

Isabelle Cottrell – known as Izzy - from Boxford was the passenger of a Vauxhall Corsa which collided with fencing on the A1071 at Hadleigh on Saturday just before 22:00.

The car was being driven by another young woman, who sustained minor injuries.

Izzy, who was studying bricklaying at Colchester Institute, was treated by ambulance staff but died at the scene.

In a statement, her family said: "Izzy was a wonderful typical teenager, who will leave a hole in everyone's lives that will never be filled.

"She loved her bed, loud music, cool cars, selfies, social media and always had good banter with anybody she came into contact with.

"She was beautiful inside and out and never realised what a wonderful person she was.

"We are devastated as a family as are so many friends. We will miss her so much that no words can ever express it.”

BreakingMan who hired hitman to kill 70-year-old stepfather jailed for life

Flash Day, 46, of Colchester, who hired a hitman to kill his 70-year-old stepfather has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years before being considered for parole.

Tributes paid to Tunstall motorcyclist

The family of a motorcyclist who died after a three-vehicle crash on the A12 have said he will "never be forgotten".

Gavin Chandler
Suffolk Constabulary

Gavin Chandler, 24, from Tunstall, was on the northbound carriageway at Foxhall, Ipswich, when his blue Yamaha motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Ford KA and a grey Volvo.

The incident happened at about 20:00 on Wednesday.

Mr Chandler, an "avid" mechanic who worked at Jaguar and Land Rover in Ipswich, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

In a statement, his family said: "Gavin came from a close and loving family and had a wide variety of friends.

"He was loving, caring and kind. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten as he was loved by many."

Driver in fatal crash at Thorrington named by police

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A driver killed in a crash with another car at Tenpenny Hill in Thorrington, shortly before 14:15 on Tuesday has been named by police as Shane Scott, 21, of Colchester.

Three men being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge include an 18-year-old with a life-threatening condition, a 21-year-old and 20-year-old both seriously injured, police said.

A 15-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and remains in Colchester hospital and a 35-year-old man was discharged from the hospital after treatment for minor injuries.

Three arrested after man falls from back of truck in Bradwell

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a man was injured falling out of the back of a pick-up truck in Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk.

Police were called at 23:58 yesterday to reports that a man had fallen from the back of a Nissan Navara in Kings Drive.

King's Drive, Bradwell

The man sustained serious head injuries and has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Three other men, who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. All three, aged in their 20s and from the Great Yarmouth area, remain in police custody at this time.

Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses, or anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to incident.

Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk Constabulary.

Redundancies packages of £2.76m at Norfolk County Council

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Redundancy packages of £2.76m, including a £252,500 payout to a resources director, have been revealed in Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts 2016-17.

The exit payments went to 191 employees of the authority.

Abbe Gibson

They include the payment to former executive director of resources Anne Gibson (pictured above) as well as a payment of £70,000 to the former director of children's services Michael Rosen (pictured below).

Michael Rosen

The accounts show that in 2016-17 there were 43 compulsory redundancies (compared to 93 last years) and 148 agreed departures (compared to 164 last year).

There were 191 exit packages.

Uniform rules need 'common sense' in hot weather

The mother of a teenager who was given detention for taking her blazer off in the hot weather has said "common sense" should prevail.

Molly Bailey
Family photo

Molly Bailey and her friends were held back after class for four days this week at Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich for "breaching uniform rules".

She had opted to not wear her blazer in the 30C (86F) temperatures.

The school's policy however is for pupils to wear them in the corridors when moving from lesson to lesson.

Molly's mother Jo said: "All children should follow rules, I get that, but for four days they can relax them just for a little bit and let them take their blazers off and feel more comfortable."

The school said pupils can take their blazers off while in the classrooms, at break and lunchtime, and while going to and from school.

It said in this instance, the pupils refused to put them on while in the corridors and then refused to go into their lessons.

Parachute regiment stands in line to welcome Prince of Wales

Representatives of the four battalions that make up the Parachute Regiment lined up to welcome Prince Charles, their Colonel-in-Chief, at Merville Barracks in Colchester to begin celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Prince's appointment.

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Hockey: Suffolk star reacts to World Cup qualification

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

England will play at the 2018 Hockey World Cup after beating Canada 4-2 to reach the last-four of the World League Semi-Final in London.

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Prince Charles marks 40th anniversary of appointment as Colonel-in-Chief

All four battalions of the Parachute Regiment will be represented at a parade to mark the Prince of Wales's forty years as Colonel-in-Chief.

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Furniture shop fire 'not suspicious'

The cause of a fire which destroyed a furniture shop has been described as "undetermined but not suspicious".

Finbows Furnishers

Flames broke out at Finbows Furnishers at Finbows Yard, Bacton, near Stowmarket, just before midnight.

Firefighters were unable to save the furniture shop but managed to contain the fire to protect surrounding properties.

At the height of the fire, six fire engines were sent to the site plus a water bowser from Newmarket. One crew remains at the scene.

Station commander Mark Walker said they will remain there until they are sure the fire has been extinguished.

He said: "We're not treating it as suspicious but it's undetermined."

Brexit Britain: Download our special podcast

Louise Birt

BBC Essex

Ken the fish merchant had spotted someone he knew. Shouting and waving, he raced off down the seafront in Brightlingsea after him at a speed which belied his 83 years, with our sound engineer Kasel and producer Clare in hot pursuit. They were recording the first in our series of Brexit Britain and wanted to catch every conversation and thought Ken had for a whole day.

ken 2

Brexit Britain was born on June 24th 2016, after the EU referendum. I was driving home listening to Dave Monk presenting our drive time show. I was a bit light-headed because we'd all worked all night as the results came in.

It turned out 62% of Essex had voted for Brexit and on air, emotions were running high. Dave took two calls in quick succession. One of them was a woman from Grays who was delighted. "Today is one of the happiest days of my life," she said. "It's not quite my wedding day levels of happiness, but it's up there." The second caller was from a man in Chelmsford who broke down in tears. "I can't believe this has happened. It's a huge mistake for this country," he told Dave.

The polarised views of our audience on Brexit had long been clear and the desire to talk about the process has continued for the 12 months since the vote. It struck me that most of the debate in the media is focused around politicians and experts. With months of negotiations and complex detail to be worked through, they were the people in the know. But what of those people in Essex who'd helped make it happen? And those who were distraught at the result and worried for the future? The idea for a series of mini documentaries was born. Instead of using a professional broadcaster to narrate, we wanted to use our listeners.


We researched hard to find the right contributors. We wanted a spread of leavers and remainers right across Essex, all different ages, backgrounds and occupations. The final list included a shed builder, a teaching assistant, a barmaid and many more. None of them had ever done anything like it before. We spent a day living their lives with them and recording their thoughts and conversations. Syed, the taxi driver was picking up fares as well as talking to us. They were all brilliant and the sounds of their lives are so evocative. Someone remarked on listening to the first podcast with Ken remarked to me that he could "almost smell the fish." That was exactly what we wanted to achieve.

BREXIT BRITAIN is available to download and will be updated weekly. There's no charge - it's part of your licence fee. The first one is Ken, the fish merchant.

Speedway: Louis surprised by margin of victory

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It's now 10 home wins in a row for Ipswich Witches after last night's 59-33 success against Workington Comets at Foxhall.

Chris Louis

Kyle Newman was the Suffolk side's rider-of-the-meeting after scoring a 15-point paid maximum.

"The fight was there (from Workington) and the racing was great, I just thought they would present a fair challenge to us which didn't turn out to be," Witches director of speedway Chris Louis told BBC Suffolk.

"I won't take anything from our lads though, they were right on top of their game, making very good starts, riding very determinedly. It was fantastic."

Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld retires

Norfolk-born commentator Henry Blofeld has announced he's retiring from BBC Radio 4's Test Match Special after 45 years in the commentary box.

Henry Blofeld
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The 77-year-old will broadcast on the show for the final time when England host West Indies on 7 September.

"Although I am still rather keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did," he said.