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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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."

  5. 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.

    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.

  6. 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
  7. 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

    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.”

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    Video content

    Video caption: Corringham motorbike crash shows 'van escape'

    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.

  10. 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."

  11. 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
  12. 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."

  13. 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

    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."

  14. 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
  15. 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.

  16. 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

    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.”

  17. 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."

  18. 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
  19. 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

    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.

  20. 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.