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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Wednesday, 6 January 2016
  2. British Museum expert says cuts to Norfolk's archaeology service would be a "tragedy"
  3. Prince George starts at Norfolk nursery
  4. Ninety new houses could get the go-ahead for the outskirts of Wymondham
  5. Happisburgh Lighthouse is marking its 225th year this week
  6. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Thanks for joining us today and hope you've enjoyed our coverage.

    Norfolk Live will be back with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather fro 08:00 tomorrow morning. 

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  2. Weather: Cooler with cloud and rain overnight

    BBC Weather

    Clear spells at first but rain, heavy at times, will arrive from the west later, with temperatures falling to 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    BBC Weather has more local forecasts.  

  3. Happisburgh Lighthouse in pictures

    We've been looking at the history of Happisburgh Lighthouse throughout the day as it marks 225 years of watching over the southern North Sea.

    It's something of a mecca for photographers, so here's a selection of some of the stunning images you've been sending us, which includes a number of contributions from the Norfolk Countryside Photos group on Facebook. Many thanks.

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    Video caption: Happisburgh Lighthouse in pictures
  4. Norfolk tops country's list of historical buried artifacts

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Norfolk is the top place in the country when it comes to archaeological finds and any cuts to the county's archaeological unit, which helps identify treasure, would be a "disaster" according to a former British Musem professor. 

    Quote Message: People will go on searching for objects and finding them, but they won't have anyone to report them to or anyone who can record that information which tells us so much about the past." from Prof Roger Bland Formerly of the British Museum
    Prof Roger BlandFormerly of the British Museum
    Sword belt mount bought by Vikings to Norfolk

    The county council is having to find budget savings and is currently consulting on whether to cut £170,000 from its archaeology service, including the Portable Antiquities unit which identifies treasure items.

  5. Kensington Palace pictures of Prince George's first day at nursery

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released two pictures of Prince George's first day attending Westacre Montessori Nursery in Norfolk.

    Prince George on first day of nursery

    The pictures show the toddler standing in front of a mural outside the nursery, which is close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home, Anmer Hall.  

  6. Your pictures: Happisburgh Lighthouse

    The red and white stripes of Happisburgh Lighthouse on the north Norfolk coast has been popular with photographers for many years. It was built in 1791 to a design by William Wilkins.

    Happisburgh Lighthouse

    Thanks to Mark Spurgeon for this image, as we say "Happis-burgh-day" to the lighthouse.

  7. Headlines: Norfolk MP calling for NHS review... Prince George's first day at Westacre nursery

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main stories this evening: 

    • Norman Lamb MP is calling for a cross party commission to review the future of the NHS in England
    • Images of Prince George's first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery have been released by Kensington Palace
    • Increased workloads are putting doctors off general practice, resulting in surgeries across the country closing their books to new patients, it is claimed
  8. 'Live' World War Two ammunition found at building site

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    RAF bomb disposal experts say the bombs and mortars unearthed at King's Lynn town hall earlier today were practise ordnance from World War Two.

    Building site where historic ammunition found

    The site was cleared this morning when the bombs, mortars and some ammunition were uncovered by workmen carrying out a town hall renovation project. 

    Building work resumed after disposal experts removed the items.

  9. Prince George's first day at nursery

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Two pictures of Prince George have been released, showing him on his first day at the Westacre Montessori Nursery in Norfolk.

    Prince George
  10. It's a TV flashback: Happisburgh Lighthouse 1998

    The red and white Happisburgh Lighthouse has towered over the Norfolk coast for 225 years.

    But as Shaun Peel reports, the red and white paint job has proved problematic.

    In the early '90s a television "makeover" didn't quite last the course, and decorators had to return some years later.

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    Video caption: Happisburgh Lighthouse: The day of the decorators in 1998
  11. 'Scorcher' winter weather explained

    We've just had the warmest December on record, but what caused it to happen?

    BBC Look East weather forecaster Dan Holley explains.

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    Video caption: Weather explainer: Dan Holley on the warm winter weather
  12. Big bird 'on the loose' in Terrington St Clement

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A large bird that is native to South America has been on the loose in Terrington St Clement, police say.

    Rhea bird

    Officers received calls at around 11:00 to reports of a rhea, described as being similar in size to an ostrich, emerging from a children's playing field on the Station Road junction.

    Drivers later reported it being on the A17. Police say despite their investigations, they've not found the bird and can't be sure if it has returned to its home or been recaptured by its owner.

  13. Parliamentary review of NHS called by former health minister

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb is calling for a Parliamentary review into what a future NHS will look like. 

    The announcement comes as a BBC investigation reveals a large number of GP practices in England are closing their doors to new patients because of staff shortages, and as junior doctors prepare to go on strike next week.

    Quote Message: "This dispute must be settled without delay. It would be disastrous if we drift into a strike which could have a significant impact on patients." from Norman Lamb Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk
    Norman LambLib Dem MP for North Norfolk
    Norman Lamb MP
  14. Weather: Mostly cloudy with showers moving inland

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will see a shower or two possible in coastal towns, and staying gloomy but dry elsewhere. 

    Weather map

    Top temperature 9C (48F).

    BBC Weather has more local details.

  15. Flood alerts for River Waveney and Deben no longer in force

    Diss Express

    Diss Express reports the flood alert issued on the River Waveney is no longer in force, the Environment Agency has confirmed.

    River Waveney
  16. Watch: Happisburgh lighthouse celebrates 225 years

    Mike Liggins

    BBC Look East

    Happisburgh Lighthouse, in north Norfolk, built after a huge loss of life during a storm in 1789, is 225 years old this week.

    It's now the only independently operated lighthouse in the country.

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    Video caption: Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk marks 225th anniversary
  17. Police search addresses following arrests on suspicion of firearms offences

    Nicky Price

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Police have searched properties on Unthank Road in Norwich and in Dickleburgh this morning after two people were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. 

    A man in his 60s and a teenage boy were arrested yesterday, questioned, and then released on bail until March. 

    An army bomb disposal unit was involved in the search yesterday. Three suspicious packages were found to be harmless.

  18. Happisburgh Lighthouse celebrates 225 years of saving souls at sea

    Martin Barber

    BBC News

    The north Norfolk landmark was built in response to huge losses of life and ships during a storm in October 1789 and remains the country's only independently run lighthouse.

    Happisburgh lighthouse

    It's been the subject of many photographs over the years and we would love to see your images of the lighthouse which is celebrating its 225th anniversary. 

    You can get in touch via emailTwitter or Facebook

  19. Local health provider reveals more than £1m of medicines wasted

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning group is urging people to only take the prescriptions they need after figures show more than £1m of unused medicines are wasted by the east of the county each year. 

    Pills

    Of the £1.06m worth of unused medicines the group estimates: 

    • £384k is being returned to pharmacies because it's not needed 
    • £320k is kept in the home and is out of date 
    • £170k is disposed of in care homes