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By Patrick Byrne

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Groomer helps homeless by washing dogs

    A dog groomer from Norfolk has been helping homeless people by washing their pets for free.

    Kerry Davis organised the event in Norwich city centre on Thursday night. 

    The dogs were washed, groomed and checked over by vets, while the owners were given food and a hot drink.  

  3. Weather: Clear intervals give way to cloud and mist

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Clear intervals give way to overnight cloud with mist developing later and patchy light rain or drizzle possible in places.

    Weather

    Breezy with a moderate southwesterly, but becoming warmer through the night as temperatures climb towards dawn. 

    Maximum temperature 14C (57F).

  4. SOS Bus expecting busy night from club binge drinkers

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Emergency responders are on standby for one of the busiest nights of the year for partygoers in Norwich's nightclub district.

    SOS bus Volunteers

    Alcohol sales have peaked in recent years on the Friday before Christmas and the SOS Bus in Norwich regards it as a key date for their help. 

    Hayley Gerrard from the SOS Bus, which supports people in distress on a night out, said people got carried away and had the one drink that tipped them over the edge.

  5. Plan to put two trainees in emergency ambulances criticised

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Former health minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has written to the East of England Ambulance Service criticising plans to staff ambulances with two student paramedics. 

    Ambulance

    At present trainees are paired-up individually with a qualified paramedic but the MP said the change to put two on emergency calls could put crews in an impossible situation.

    The proposal is part of a review but no decision had been made, the ambulance service said.

  6. Prince's nursery aims to release 'untapped potential'

    Amy Barratt

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Prince George is to attend a local west Norfolk nursery that uses an informal method of learning through children taking part in activities.

    Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge

    From January he will attend one of 600 nursery schools in the UK that use a teaching method developed by Italian Maria Montessori.

    The method is based on the belief that within each person is untapped potential and the whole child should develop naturally up to the age of six - a period when children have the greatest capacity to learn.

  7. The headlines: Prince George to start at Norfolk nursery... Illegal arms dealer and fraudster faces long sentence

    Here are the tea-time headlines:

    • Prince George will attend a local West Norfolk nursery for a few days a week from January
    • Norfolk arms dealer faces long jail term for selling prohibited weapons and fraud
    • SOS bus volunteers get ready for busy night as Norwich clubbers go out to celebrate
  8. Norwich darts player progresses in World Championships

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich's Darren "Demolition Man" Webster is through to the second round of the Darts World Championships.

    Webster beat Scotland's John Henderson by three sets to one at London's Alexandra Palace. He could now face World Number One Michael Van Gerwen in round two.

    Darren Webster
  9. Prince George to learn through nursery 'informal' activity

    The west Norfolk nursery that Prince George will attend from next month uses an Italian teaching method.

    Prince George

    The two-year-old is due to start in January at the West Acre Montessori School small nursery based in East Walton, about 10 miles from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home on the Sandringham Estate. 

    The Montessori method of teaching, created in Italy, includes activities designed to lead children to learning, without formal lessons.

  10. Police Federation chief calls for national purchasing unit

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The Norfolk Police Federation chairman has called for a national approach to controlling expenditure by forces and wants a nationally-based procurement organisation.

    Paul Ridgway

    Paul Ridgway said he was grateful that government cuts were less harsh but said a national organisation to buy uniforms, cars and equipment that was fit for purpose and best value was needed.

    "National savings could be made as these were necessary to build resources for fighting new types of crime now emerging," he said.

  11. Illegal arms dealer also guilty of nine counts of fraud

    Arms dealer Anthony Buckland, 65, from Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk, unanimously found guilty earlier of 11 counts of selling a prohibited weapon, has also been convicted of nine counts of fraud by a majority verdict of 10 to two.

    Arms search

    Police found more than 400 firearms at the home of James Arnold, 49, in Wyverstone, Suffolk, as part of checks on his firearms licence in April last year. 

    He died of cancer in the following July but Buckland was prosecuted as the supplier and told at Norwich Crown Court he faced a long jail term.

  12. BreakingArms dealer told he faces long jail term over 'huge hoard'

    A firearms dealer found guilty of helping a parish council chairman amass the biggest hoard of illegal weapons ever uncovered in the UK has been warned he faces a lengthy jail term.

  13. Travel: Congestion on A148 at High Kelling... Disruption on A140

    Congestion is affecting both directions of the A148 at Bridge Road, High Kelling, near Holt.

    Traffic is being disrupted on the northbound A140 by an incident on the B1145 at Aylsham.

    More travel available:

  14. Armed stand-off man dies before Crown Court appearance

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A 42-year-old man due in court over an armed stand-off in Norwich has been found dead.

    Argyle Street siege

    David Hunt had been on police bail charged with possession of a bladed weapon in a public place and affray over the stand-off in Argyle Street on 29 November. 

    He failed to appear at Norwich Crown Court earlier today. Police said his death was believed to have been "non-suspicious" but was the subject of an inquiry by the Norfolk Coroner's Office.

  15. Store Wars: Aldi gets green light for new shop 400m from ASDA

    Norwich Evening News

    Here is the front page of today's Evening News:

    Evening News front page
  16. Norwich man behind Star Wars stormtrooper mask

    Video content

    Video caption: Star Wars The Force Awakens: Norwich man is stormtrooper

    Tom Elgie landed his dream role when he was chosen as an extra for StarWars: The Force Awakens

    The 21 year old from Norwich attended a casting call and was selected to play a stormtrooper in the hotly-anticipated new film. 

    A lifelong fan of the series, Tom said: "It felt like you had gone into the Star Wars universe... since I was nine years old, that's where I wanted to be."

  17. Weather: Staying mild but cloudy

    Remaining cloudy through the afternoon but it should stay dry. Feeling mild again with highs of 13C, that's 55F.

    Lunchtime weather

    Check the forecast for your part of Norfolk on the BBC Weather site.

  18. New birthing unit officially opened

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A new birthing unit costing £500,000 at the James Paget University Hospital has been officially opened to bring facilities for mothers in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston up to national quality levels.

    Baroness Cumberlege

    The delivery suite was praised by Baroness Cumberlege, the government adviser leading a national review of maternity services. 

    Senior midwife Val Everett said the new suite contained facilities to take mothers' minds off their labour, which could often be protracted.

  19. Arms dealer found guilty over gun stash

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A Norfolk arms dealer who supplied a Suffolk parish council chairman, who hid hundreds of illegal guns in a secret room at his house, has been found guilty of supplying prohibited weapons.  

    Part of arms stash in Wyverstone

    A jury at Norwich Crown Court found Anthony Buckland, 65, of Stoke Holy Cross, near Norwich, guilty of 11 counts of selling a prohibited weapon and will continue its deliberations on the remaining counts.

    Police last year spent four weeks searching James Arnold's property at Wyverstone, near Stowmarket, where the guns were found.

  20. Norwich online reviews war: 'Businesses happy to help out'

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    When Norwich menswear store Dogfish suffered an onslaught of negative online reviews initiated by vlogger Levi Jed Murphy, fellow independent traders in the city fought back, posting their own positive reviews of the shop.

    Among them was Kieran Harper, owner of Artel cafe in Wensum Street, who said: "Although there is inevitable competition in certain areas, Norwich doesn't really seem to have too much of any one thing, which means most businesses are happy to help each other out.

    "All it needed was a little prompt and every person who has shopped there over the years was more than happy to share their happy retail experiences."

    Artel