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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 5 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage today

    Thanks for joining us for Norfolk Live today.  We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, travel and weather updates for you.

    We always love to hear what's happening in your part of the county, or see any photos you may have taken.  You can get in touch in the usual way, on Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email.

  2. Weather: Showers dying out

    BBC Weather

    Showers dying out as we head into tonight, with mist and fog patches forming.

    Temperatures falling to 6C (43F).

    Weather chart for Wednesday afternoon, showing scattered showers across Norfolk

    Tomorrow, mist and fog patches clearing slowly, to give a bright or sunny intervals. Rain spreading east during the day with emperatures reaching a maximum of 9C (48F).

    BBC Weather  has more information for you.

  3. Tour stage hosting boosts county economies by £4.5m

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Suffolk and Norfolk received a £4.5m economic boost from hosting stage 7 of the Tour of Britain in September, it has emerged.

    Tour in Wymondham

    About 220,000 spectators lined the route from the start at Fakenham in Norfolk through to the stage finish in Ipswich, where another 25,000 spectators had gathered to watch Andre Greipel cross the line to win by the smallest of margins. 

  4. Norfolk man denies child sex abuse charges

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two men have denied abusing 26 children at St Francis Boys' Home in Bedfordshire more between 1963 and 1974.

    • James McCann, 79, of Suffield Court, Swaffham, Norfolk charged with 18 sexual assaults and 48 assaults, relating to 25 alleged victims
    • John Cahill, 73, of Chandos Court, Bedford has been charged with six sexual offences against four boys

    Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges at the Old Bailey. A trial date has yet to be fixed, but a court spokesman said the men would be tried separately.

  5. Headlines: Councillor found dead after questioning over shoplifting... Community hospitals beds offered over A&E crisis

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The stories in the news this afternoon:

    • A county councillor had been questioned on suspicion of shoplifting just days before he was found dead, an inquest has heard
    • Community hospital beds have been made available to meet the high demand for A&E services at the James Paget Hospital
    • Plans to transform Cromer's battered promenade get the go-ahead
  6. Community hospital beds offered to help in A&E crisis

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Beds have been made available at community hospitals to meet the high demand for A&E services across Norfolk.

    Beccles Memorial Hospital

    Beccles Memorial Hospital made 10 of its 21 inpatient beds available to the James Paget University Hospital, and two have been freed up at All Hallows Hospital at Ditchingham.

    The James Paget at Gorleston had no spare capacity on Monday night because of the large number of people attending its A&E department.

  7. Councillor found dead after questioning over shoplifting

    Phil Daley

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norfolk county councillor had been questioned on suspicion of shoplifting just days before he was found dead, an inquest has heard.

    Derek Blake, 76, from Bergh Apton near Loddon, was found at his home in June 2015. Assistant coroner Nicholas Holroyd recorded an open verdict.  

    The inquest heard Mr Blake was questioned about leaving a department store in Norwich with six small-value items, but his son Allyn said his father had made specific plans and had no reason to take his own life.

  8. Cromer masterplan to go ahead

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A masterplan for transforming Cromer's battered promenade has been approved by councillors.

    Ruined beach huts at Cromer following the storm in 2013

    Two years ago, a storm surge damaged an art deco block, beach huts and many other key structures.

    Phase one of the work has been given the go-ahead, and councillors have also recommended that a further £650,000 is approved to support phase two. 

  9. Travel: A140 closed at Aylsham

    BBC Travel

    The A140 Norwich Road in Aylsham is closed, with queueing traffic in both directions between the B1145 junction and the Banningham Road junction because of an accident. 

  10. Breckland broadband gets £900,000 boost

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Broadband access in Breckland is to be boosted with a £900,000 investment towards superfast download speeds.

    Superfast broadband box

    Currently, 30% of people in the district have access to superfast broadband and with this funding the numbers can increase to up to 94% for those who want it.

    The money will be spent over the next two or three years. Michael Wassell, leader of Breckland Council, said it would be a boost to businesses as well as residents. 

  11. Today's big picture of a Wymondham sunrise

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A thank you to Elisabeth Louis, for sending us this photograph of a sunrise at Wymondham, which we've used for our big picture today. 

    Wymondham Sunrise

    We are always looking for photographs to use on our Norfolk Live page, so don't be can forward them to us on email!

  12. National honour for north Norfolk woman

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A dedicated Norfolk woman who has devoted more than 40 years to her local community is to receive a British Citizen Award for her services.

    Elizabeth Jackson

    Since Elizabeth Jackson, 68, moved to Stalham in 1978, she's set up a mother and toddler group, organised a summer play scheme, and been a founding member of the Stalham in Bloom group as well as being on the town hall improvement committee.

    Mrs Jackson, who was nominated for the award by her husband Reverend Richard Jackson, is to receive her medal at a ceremony on 28 January, at the Palace of Westminster. 

  13. Oil residue surfaces at more places on holiday beach

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Oil residue is appearing in more places on a large and popular holiday beach at Gorleston where a a tanker capsized in 1978.

    Video content

    Video caption: Oil residue mixed with sand and shingle

    Much of the oil was buried close to where the Eleni V turned onto its side nearly 40 years ago, but recent coastal erosion and North Sea storms have brought it to the surface.

    Residue has surfaced on the main beach but more is being exposed further south towards Hopton.

  14. The annual animal count at Banham Zoo

    They've been counting the animals two by two at Banham Zoo in south Norfolk.

    Animal records keeper Jade Ralph says the annual audit is useful for confirming how many animals they have, as they get quite a few arrivals and departures from other zoos during the year.

    Video content

    Video caption: Counting the animals two by two at Banham Zoo
  15. Weather: Bright spells and showers

    This afternoon will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some of which will be heavy.

    Kate Kinsella weather

    With fairly light winds, the showers will also be fairly slow moving. 

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

  16. Travel: Broken-down car causing delays on southbound A11

    BBC Travel

    Traffic is disrupted on southbound lanes of the A11 outside Norwich between Station Lane in Ketteringham and B1135 High Green junction because of a broken-down car.

  17. Woman sexually assaulted in community gardens

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A woman was seriously sexually assaulted in community gardens in Norwich at the weekend, police have said.

    Exterior of Norfolk Constabulary HQ in Wymondham

    The victim, in her 30s, was attacked by a man in the gardens beside Rose Lane car park, behind Tudor Hall, between 03:00 and 04:00 on Sunday.

    She was taken to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre and is being supported by specialist officers.

  18. Headlines: Pressure on 'red alert' hospital eases... Cromer could get approval for a new look later

    Nicky Price

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    • Pressure on "red alert" James Paget Hospital eases as clinics return to normal
    • Work bringing a new look to Cromer's promenade could get the go ahead later
    • Nearly £1m will be spent to improve broadband coverage in Breckland
  19. Pressure eases at James Paget Hospital

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Pressure has eased at the James Paget Hospital following a period of "unprecedented demand".

    Ambulance approaching the James Paget Hospital

    The hospital has now reduced its alert status to "red", but chief executive Christine Allen says it's inevitable they'll face similar spikes in demand during the course of the winter.

    Outpatient clinics and surgery at the hospital are returning to normal.  Patients are advised to attend appointments as scheduled unless they are contacted by the hospital.