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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 rest.

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

These are some of the stories we've covered today:

  • A former firefighter with motor-neurone disease is looking forward to getting out and about in his Tollesbury garden after villagers rally round to make it wheelchair friendly.
  • Harlow MP Robert Halfon suggests using the international aid budget to bolster wages for public sector workers and earns a rebuke from Oxfam.
  • Essex county cricketers are celebrating after going to the top of Division One with a crushing win over Middlesex.

For more on these and other stories just scroll down the page.

See you again next week.

That's it for our live coverage

That's all from Norfolk's Local Live team for today.

If you're heading to any of the gigs taking place across the patch this weekend then have fun - and don't forget to send us a pic by clicking on the 'Get Involved' button at the top of this page.

Here's a quick recap of the stories hitting the headlines today:

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday... but for now we'll leave you with a photo of the swoonsome Olly Murs - appearing at Thetford Forest tonight with Louisa Johnson.

Louisa Johnson and Olly Murs

Our live coverage across the day

It's time for us to fly, like the owl captured in the photograph below.

Thank you for joining us, we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

Here is a look at some of the stories we've been covering today:

  • A former police officer is jailed for intending to pervert the course of justice
  • Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru is banned from driving for a second time
  • A man is arrested after a lorry crashes into a barrier on the A14

Scroll down for more on these stories and other Suffolk news.

Have a splendid weekend.

Carlton Colville

Bike crash couple 'always smiling', says procession organiser

The funeral has been held this afternoon for a Gorleston couple killed on their way back from a Harley Davidson rally in Scotland.

Piers Hall

John and Sharon Cooper, who were 58 and 56, died in the crash last month.

A procession of hundreds of the motorbikes and mourners set out from Gorleston clifftop and through the town to its crematorium.

Piers Hall, from the East Coast Harley Club, organised the tribute and said the couple were people who "always had a smile on their face".

He said they were on their first trip to Scotland and the organisation was there to "provide support to the family because we are a family club".

Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

Weather chart

Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

More details from BBC Weather.

Photos of Breydon Water rescue before man's arrest

Photos have emerged of the rescue operation to pull a man out of Breydon Water this morning after he tried to escape from police officers.

The man was said to have been "very cold and tired" after giving himself up to a Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service boat.

The HM Coastguard said the man went into the water before walking across the mudflats which then started to flood.

Norfolk Police said he was checked over by paramedics and then arrested on suspicion of assault and theft following an incident at the nearby Vauxhall Holiday Park earlier.

Emergency services' vehicles parked near Breydon Water
HM Coastguard Gorleston
Emergency services' vehicles parked near Breydon Water
HM Coastguard Gorleston

Nurse struck off over abuse to dementia patient

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A nurse who dragged a heavy dementia patient out of her bed at an Essex nursing home has been struck off after a review of allegations of abuse.

Alagie Badjie worked at the Admiral's Reach Residential and Nursing Home, in Ridgewell Avenue, Chelmsford.

The patient was too heavy for him to lift alone and his hands ended up slipping so they were under her armpits, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Admirals Reach

She suffered other incidents of abuse and two other patients reported having rough treatment while being fed. Mr Badjie was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after four charges of abuse against him were proved in 2015.

A disciplinary panel reviewing his case has now decided he should be struck off altogether. The panel concluded he had made no attempt to engage with the nursing watchdog, or to address his misconduct.

He didn't attend the hearing and panel chair Timothy Cole said: "We considered that Mr Badjie's persistent lack of engagement with his regulator, lack of insight and failure to provide any evidence of remediation of his failings is now fundamentally incompatible with him remaining on the register.

"We concluded that a striking-off order is the only appropriate and proportionate order in these particular circumstances."

Jailed detective 'not corrupt', says judge

A judge who has jailed a former detective for 28 days told him he was not corrupt.

David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft was found guilty earlier this month of intending to pervert the course of justice following a drugs arrest.

Phelps was sacked from his job at Suffolk Police following his conviction.

Passing sentence at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said there was "no suggestion of a corrupt motive".

"You were just trying to save time," he said.

Judge Bate noted that Phelps had been dismissed and reminded by the chief constable that the core values of the police were honesty and integrity.

Teenager jailed for double killings

A teenager who was found guilty of killing two men at a travellers' site has been jailed for life.

The Old Bailey jury convicted Nelson Smith, 18, of murdering Barry Street, 32, at West Meadows, Ipswich.

He was found guilty of the manslaughter of Nathan Oakley, 18. He had been charged with murder but the jury returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter due to a lack of intent.

The sentencing judge told Smith he will have to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Smith denied the crimes and claimed he acted in self defence.

Nelson Smith
Suffolk Constabulary

BreakingTeenager jailed for life over traveller site killings

A teenager has been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years after he was found guilty of killing two men at an Ipswich travellers' site.

More on this story shortly.

Grey clouds create dramatic skies above

BBC Weather Watchers

It may be bit of a dull day out there today but that's not stopped our BBC Weather Watchers getting out and about.

It's due to continue to be cloudy with rain overnight.

Tomorrow is set to be fine, dry and sunny with highs of 22C (72F).


Fraudster who preyed on older people jailed for 20 months

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A fraudster who targeted elderly, vulnerable people in Southend, Westcliff and Leigh-on-Sea has been jailed for 20 months.

Hamit Hamit, 34, formerly of Croydon, stole thousands of pounds from eight people in April and May last year.

Hamit Hamit
Essex Police

Unknown accomplices of Hamit posed as bank workers who told victims they needed to return their bank cards so they could be re-issued, and that a courier would come and collect them.

The victims were also asked for personal details and PINs.

Hamit was the courier who collected the cards and later withdrew thousands of pounds from accounts. His victims were aged between 77 and 95.

He was arrested on 4 May 2016 and later charged with 14 counts of fraud by false representation.

Hamit pleaded guilty to all the charges at Basildon Magistrates' Court and was was sentenced today at crown court to a total of 20 months for each of the 14 charges, to run concurrently.

Sacked detective jailed for intending to pervert course of justice

A former police officer has been jailed for 28 days for intending to pervert the course of justice.

Norwich Crown Court

David Phelps, 42, of Lowestoft, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court this afternoon after he was convicted earlier this month of trying to tell a man what to say when he was arrested in connection with a drugs offence.

Phelps was a detective with Suffolk Police but was sacked for gross misconduct.

Kevin Baumber, mitigating for Phelps, told Judge Anthony Bate that the offence was “not malicious or sinister” and “there is nothing he more regrets in his life”.

The court heard he had been looking after his poorly mother and had gone through a separation.

Northgate High to have two headteachers

Ipswich Star

A top secondary school in Ipswich is set to be run by two headteachers, after the existing head has expressed a desire for a better work/life balance.

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Trans-continental journey by girl raised £2,500 for cancer aid

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 10-year-old girl travelling by road with her grandparents from Mumbai to London across 18 countries, visiting more than 100 cities and going through eight time zones, taking 72 days, has raised more than £2,500 in sponsorship for the head and neck cancer service at Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust.

Nishi Randive
Nishi Randive

Nishi Randive, the daughter of two consultant anaesthetists at Broomfield Hospital, embarked on the 13,000-mile adventure to help raise money for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from cancer.

Parents Seema and Nilesh Randive said she was inspired by hearing about the cancer work from her father and raised the money through sponsorship.

"My most exciting day was the day when I got stuck on a zip-wire with a 3,000 foot drop in India, and my most monotonous day was sitting in the car with nothing to see but the numerous sandy plains in Kazakhstan," Nishi, pictured on the Great Wall of China, said.

"I have managed to raise £2,863.07 and I am really pleased with this amount."

Hundreds of bikers gather for Gorleston couple's funeral

Hundreds of motorbikes have been parked on Gorleston's clifftop as bikers prepared to pay their respects to a couple who died in Scotland.

Bikes on Marine Parade, Gorleston

Sharon and John Cooper, from the town, had been taking part in a motorbike rally in Scotland when they were killed in a crash on the way home in May.

Piers Hall and Simone Gallant

The procession, involving hundreds of motorbikes and mourners Piers Hall and Simone Gallant (pictured above), was expected to ride from the cliffs past the James Paget Hospital, where Sharon worked, and on to the crematorium for the funeral service.

Row of motorbikes

Fall in pupils in over crowded classes

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

There's been a marked fall in the number of four to seven year olds being taught in overcrowded classrooms in Norfolk.

New figures from the Department for Education show that 685 key stage one pupils are in classes which breach the limit of 30. Last year the figure was 1,187.

Norfolk county council says it's worked hard to provide an extra 4600 primary school places in the county over the last six years.

Although education experts believe that chlldren of all ages benefit from being taught in small classes, the law only requires four to seven year olds to be in classrooms with fewer than 30 pupils.

Plans for waste incinerator discussed at 'drop-in' meeting

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Environment Agency is hosting a special meeting in Coggeshall this afternoon to discuss plans for an energy from waste incinerator near Witham.

A specialist company, Gent Fairhead, is hoping to operate the facility at Rivenhall.

No formal deal has yet been agreed and the "drop-in" session for people to talk about proposals is taking place at Christ Church between now and 20:00.

Suffolk athlete pinching himself over England call-up

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Bentley javelin thrower Don Baker has told BBC Suffolk Sport it's "unbelievable" that he'll soon be competing for his country in the Bahamas.

Don Baker

Just three years after taking up the sport, the 17-year-old's been named in the England squad for next month's Commonwealth Youth Games.

"I've been training for it for a year," Don said. "I've been focussing on it over the winter with my winter training, and had three or four opportunities to qualify and in the first throw of my last competition I hit the qualifier.

"I reckon as soon as I step off the plane I'll be hit by the warm air and it'll suddenly hit me that I'm halfway across the world throwing a javelin - unbelievable."

'See you there' tweets Olly Murs

Pop pin-up Olly Murs has been tweeting about his show tonight at Thetford Forest.

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will be warming up the crowd, ahead of Olly's appearance on stage at 20:40.

Elbow put on a thrilling show last night, according to our man Andrew Woodger, with Rick Astley and Clean Bandit set to entertain woodland-bound gig-goers on Saturday and Sunday.

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Arcade leading to Roman temple open to public at coffee shop

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The remnants of a Roman arcade discovered while excavating foundations for a coffee shop in Colchester have been officially opened to the public.

The shop is called Claudius Gateway by owners the Flying Trade Group and it is built around the archaeological ruins of an an arcade which led to the Temple of Claudius built in 58AD.

Cladius Gateway
Flying Trade Group

The ruins are lit up and visible behind a suspended glass floor.

The arcade was a series of 28 arches with a giant gateway in the middle and it was used as a meeting place.

Visitors can now enjoy a coffee and transport themselves back to Roman times via the archaeology and displays.

Suki Dulai, Flying Trade Group CEO, said: "When we discovered the historic importance of the Temple of Claudius and its impressive Arcade the decision was made to immortalise the ruins and preserve an important part of UK history.

"We are incredibly proud of the finished result which has been greatly supported by Colchester Archaeological Trust, who have helped us fully extract and share the fascinating history of this unique site, as well as Colchester Borough Council."

Man rescued from Breydon Water

A man has been pulled to safety after entering Breydon Water at Great Yarmouth this morning.

Police, fire and coastguards were called to Acle New Road at 09:30 this morning following concerns for the man's safety.

He is said to be unharmed.

Theme park mascots are returned

Two mascots which had been stolen from a display at a family theme park have been returned.

The toys on display at Pleasurewood Hills
Pleasurewood Hills

Soft toys of Woody Bear and Ronnie the Raccoon had gone missing from the gift shop at Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft, at about 14:35 on Wednesday.

Staff said the characters were created specially for the park's opening in 1983 and carry "sentimental value".

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Weather: Sunny spells with odd showers

BBC Weather Watchers

This afternoon will be bright and dry for most people but showers are possible in places.

It will be warm in the sunshine and this is attracting pollinators and other insects to plants in the countryside as our BBC Weather Watchers' pictures show.

Angela G
Joan's view

It will be warm in the sunshine.

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Villagers to turn limbo garden in to place for MND sufferer to enjoy

Plans are under way to transform a garden for a former firefighter diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Darren Black, who has run 11 marathons, was diagnosed with the condition in January and feels he has been left in limbo.

He cannot even get around his garden in Tollesbury near Maldon to enjoy it in the sunshine although he has a very robust wheelchair.

A group of villagers motivated by Sara Carter will remedy that this weekend and this is what they are going to do.

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Man arrested after lorry crashes into A14 barrier

A man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a lorry crashed into a central reservation on the A14.

Lorry on the A14
Highways England

Officers were called to the westbound carriageway at Haughley, between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, at about 05:20 this morning.

The lorry had collided with the central reservation and crossed onto the opposite carriageway.

Suffolk Police said one lane remains closed in both directions as repairs are carried out.

Lorry crash
Highways England

Did you know about boats' red bottoms?

Here's one we didn't know, courtesy of Great Yarmouth's Time and Tide Museum:

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Celebrations as county goes 29 points clear in Championship

Celebrations are continuing for the Essex County cricket squad who are topping the table after a huge win.

Ravi Bopara
Getty Images

All-rounder and former England player Ravi Bopara said the County Championship defeat of Middlesex at Chelmsford was the club's best ever.

The team took four wickets in the final four overs to beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs.

Essex are now 29 points clear at the top of Division One.

Ipswich Town closing in on ex-Norwich man

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

BBC Suffolk Sport understands that Ipswich Town are close to making midfielder Tom Adeyemi their fourth summer signing.

Tom Adeyemi
Getty Images

The 25-year-old, who scored against the Blues while on loan at Rotherham last season, is a free agent after leaving Cardiff City recently.

Adeyemi started his career at Norwich City, making 11 appearances for the Canaries before leaving Carrow Road for Birmingham City in 2013.

Ipswich have already signed Joe Garner, Jordan Spence and Emyr Huws this summer, with winger Bersant Celina's loan move from Manchester City imminent.

Mental heath trust makes changes after student death

A mental health trust has said changes have been made to services after an inquest into a law student's death heard how urgent referrals had not been properly acted upon.

Norfolk Coroner's Court

The body of Katrina Rolph, 20, of Cawston, was discovered in woodland near Holt last year after she gave up her studies due to physical ill health, anxiety and depression.

The Norwich inquest heard how her father couldn't access help on her behalf and information from a psychiatrist's visit was not passed on due to "human error".

Following the inquest, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said its referrals process had been reviewed and access to out-of-hours crisis care for young people had been increased.

In a statement, the trust's director of operations, Debbie White, said: "We deeply regret we did not see Katrina following referrals made to our services and our attempts to see her were not robust enough."

After the inquest, her mother Louise Hutchinson-Rolph said: "Katrina knew what she was capable of but it became harder each day to feel able to achieve it due to her failing health.

"Katrina went to her death not knowing why she felt like she did."

Rebuke for MP over using aid budget to bolster public sector pay

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A suggestion by Harlow MP Robert Halfon to use the British overseas aid budget to boost the wages of lower-income public sector workers has brought a sharp rebuke from a large fundraising organisation dealing with disasters throughout the world.

"Britain can afford to give our teachers and nurses a decent pay rise without taking money from the poorest people on the planet," Oxfam's head of UK policy, Richard Pyle, said.

"Too many people in the poorest countries still die for the lack of basic healthcare and British aid provides a vital lifeline of which we can all be proud."

Use overseas aid budget to boost public sector wages, MP says

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The overseas aid budget should be diverted to give a pay rise for public sector workers, a former Conservative minister has suggested.

MP for Harlow Robert Halfon, who was sacked from his frontbench role by Theresa May after the General Election, said the 1% cap should be scrapped for lower-paid public sector workers.

Robert Halfon

"People recognise that many public sector workers have had to struggle over the past few years," Mr Halfon told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"I think we have to look, potentially, at sacred cows. What I'm suggesting is that we look at some of the overseas aid budget, which is going to be over £13 billion in the coming year."

The UK has a commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas development but the target is controversial in the Tory ranks.

Home owner turns to social media to get a good selling price

Shanty Helim from Rayleigh, who is selling her house, has produced a film about its features and has posted it on social media in a bid to get a good price.

She aims to be the first person in Britain to sell their home on Facebook Live.

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Norwich City reveal new home kit

Norwich City have unveiled their new home kit today ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Norwich City's 2017-18 kit modelled by Jacob Murphy, Nelson Oliveira and Ivo Pinto
Norwich City

The club has said the new attire was inspired by its well-loved Admiral kit from the late 1970s, but features a modern twist.

Canary fans will be able to buy it from 08:00 tomorrow, before players wear the kit for the first time when they face Brighton in their last pre-season friendly at Carrow Road on 29 July.

Ipswich Town's Kevin Bru banned from driving for second time

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has been disqualified from driving for a year after his car was spotted speeding while already banned from the roads.

The 28-year-old told police he was not driving when his car was filmed speeding between Stratford St Mary and East Bergholt last August.

But he failed to identify who was behind the wheel.

He admitted three offences of failing to give officers information identifying the driver of his vehicle, at Ipswich Magistrates' Court.

Kevin Bru

The Paris-born Mauritian international was handed a six-month ban in April, which was replaced with a year-long ban at the Suffolk court.

The court heard he was playing football at the time of the offences.

Neil Saunders, representing him, said he had "put his head in the sand".

"All he can do is apologise. It was not malicious. It was naivety," he said.

Bru was also fined £1,000 and told to pay £300 in court costs.

Mother goes missing with two children

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A woman has gone missing with her two children after taking them from their legal guardian without permission.

Cheryl Wilkins, 31, is with Dylan Wilkins-Barnes, four, and Leo Wilkins, two, probably travelling on public transport, police said.

Cheryl Wilkins
Essex Police

Cheryl is white, 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and is believed to be wearing a long brown coat, light-coloured jeans and white trainers.

Dylan is white, 2ft 6ins tall, of slim build with brown collar-length hair. It is believed he may be wearing a grey coat and dark-coloured jogging bottoms.

Leo is white, 2ft 3ins tall, of slim build with brown shoulder length hair and is believed to be wearing a blue coat and dark-coloured jogging bottoms.

Dylan Wilkins-Barnes and Leo Wilkins
Essex Police

They were last seen on Canvey Island but Cheryl has links to St Albans, Hertfordshire, and South Ockendon.

"I need the public's help to find Cheryl, Dylan and Leo as soon as possible," Chief Insp Scott Cannon said.

"There is no indication that any harm has come to them but I am concerned for their welfare and I want to help them."

BreakingIpswich Town footballer admits motoring offence

Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Bru has admitted three offences of failing to give police information relating to the identification of the driver of his vehicle.

His car was filmed by cameras on the Orwell Bridge and the A12 between Stratford St Mary and East Bergholt over two days last August.

The Paris-born, Mauritian international was disqualified from driving in April.

Student's death 'tragedy that never should have happened'

The mother of a student found dead last year has said it was a "true tragedy that should never have happened".

Katrina Rolph's father with her mother Louise Hutchinson-Rolph

The inquest into the death of Katrina Rolph, 20, of Cawston, heard she had been suffering from serious physical conditions, anxiety and depression which forced her to quit her law studies.

She was found dead in October in woods near Holt after disappearing from her parents' rented holiday cottage at Hempstead three days earlier.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake heard her father called a Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust crisis team about his daughter's suicidal thoughts in March, but was told they needed to speak to the patient instead.

Two urgent referrals were later made by Katrina's GP. The first was referred to a well-being team, but the second - after she was examined at home by a psychiatrist - was not acted upon due to "human error", the inquest heard.

Ms Blake gave a narrative verdict and said: "Katrina had taken her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed and therefore her intent was unclear."

Fatal crash driver pushed car in to back of another lorry

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Car driver Fodo Koroma, 23, from Basildon, died when a lorry ploughed into the back of his car on the A13 and pushed it into another lorry in front of him.

The lorry driver who caused the crash was jailed at Basildon Combined Court for four years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

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Royal Norfolk Show visitor figures top 80,000

More than 80,000 people turned out for Royal Norfolk Show, the organisers have said.


The UK's largest two-day county show ran on Wednesday and Thursday at the sprawling Costessey showground on the outskirts of Norwich.

There was a deluge of rain on the first day, but provisional figures have shown that visitor numbers do not appear to have been affected.