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  1. Updates for Norfolk on Thursday, 14 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team today, we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00.

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  2. Lord Ballyedmond crash inquest: Pilot 'not happy'

    Alex Dunlop

    BBC Look East

    An inquest jury has heard that the pilots of a helicopter that crashed shortly after taking off, killing all four people on board, may have been because the pilots were disorientated while flying in thick fog.

    Wreckage of helicopter and emergency services

    Just minutes before take-off, the cockpit voice recorder recorded one pilot saying "I'm not very happy about lifting out of here". The second pilot says: "It should be OK... you can still see the moon."

    The private helicopter had taken off from Gillingham Hall near Beccles, in March 2014.  The multimillionaire businessman Lord Ballyedmond was killed in the crash, along with his foreman and the two pilots.

  3. The big picture today: Holkham Beach

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Our big picture today is of Holkham Beach, by landscape artist Michael Sanders - a lovely reminder of long summer days.

    Holkham Beach

    We are always looking for pictures to use at the top of our page, photos or artwork both very welcome, so please send them to us on email if you'd like us to share them with the rest of Norfolk.

  4. Plans announced for Sport Relief

    Plans for this year's Sport Relief have been announced, with fundraisers being encouraged to swim, bike, walk or run at events across the county.

    More than £1.8m was raised in the East of England at the last event, enabling 200 projects to be helped.

    One of those was the Matthew Project, based in Norwich, which helps young people with drug and alcohol problems.             

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    Video caption: Sport Relief: Fundraisers encouraged to take part
  5. Clear information: Screen upgrade complete on stations

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The train operator Abellio Greater Anglia has completed a project to upgrade customer information screens on a number of rail platforms in the county.

    A Greater Anglia train on the tracks

    Older-style screens have been replaced with new ones featuring the latest LED technology to display train running information in a clear easy-to-read format and to reduce energy consumption.

    Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Hoveton, Wroxham, Sheringham and Thetford  are among those stations to have received the upgrade.

  6. The headlines: Helicopter crash inquest told pilots may have been disorientated... Flood alert for Norfolk coast

    The headlines this evening:

    • An air accident investigator has told a jury inquest that a helicopter crash which killed four people may have been the result of the pilots becoming disorientated while flying in thick fog
    • One flood warning and five flood alerts have been issued for parts of the Norfolk coast
    • A man has died in a house fire in King's Lynn 
  7. Lord Ballyedmond crash inquest: Pilots may have been disorientated

    Alex Dunlop

    BBC Look East

    An air accident investigator has told an inquest that a helicopter crash may have been the result of the pilots becoming disorientated while flying in thick fog.

    Wreckage of helicopter and emergency crews

    Four people, including the multimillionaire businessman Lord Ballyedmond, were killed after the aircraft crashed into a field shortly after taking off from Gillingham Hall, near Beccles, in March 2014.

  8. Godfrey 'to sign for Norwich City,' says York City boss McNamara

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    York City's manager Jackie McNamara has confirmed the League Two club has agreed a deal to sell 17-year old midfielder Ben Godfrey to Norwich City.

    The teenager has played 14 times for York, scoring once.

    Jackie McNamara

    McNamara said: "The club's tried everything to keep him, but once Norwich came in it was difficult for us."

  9. 'Virtual ward' helps patients in their own homes

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A pioneering scheme in west Norfolk is offering support from health and social care professionals to patients in their homes. The system removes the need for people to go into hospital for additional treatment and is easing the pressure on the adult social care system.

    Exterior of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn

    The 'virtual ward' can help around 20 patients. One of those who's benefited from it is retired nurse, Frances Williamson. She recently had a hip replacement at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

    Quote Message: It's very daunting when you come out of hospital on your own... it's comforting to know that the carers are coming." from Frances Williamson
    Frances Williamson
  10. Roads to be gritted twice as temperatures drop

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Norfolk's fleet of gritters will be gritting the roads twice today as temperatures plummet.

    Gritting lorry at depot

    They've been out at 15:00 on gritting routes in the county, but Norwich is scheduled for 18:30. 

    Another run on the gritting routes is planned for 02:30.

  11. Festive drink-drive figures: 90 fail tests

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    More than 1,400 drivers were breath-tested in Norfolk during the Christmas drink-drive campaign, police say.

    A policeman

    Police officers stopped motorcycles, cars, vans and lorries where concerns were raised over the manner of driving or the condition of the vehicle. Anyone involved in a collision was tested.

    Of the 1,429 tests carried out in the county, 90 drivers failed.

  12. A47 reopens following 'fatal collision'

    BBC Travel

    The A47 has now reopened after the body of a man was found near the B1108 junction earlier.

    It's believed he had been hit by a car, which failed to stop. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Lord Ballyedmond crash inquest: Jury show footage of moments before take-ff

    Kim Riley

    BBC Look East

    The inquest into the death of four people, including Tory peer Lord Ballyedmond, has been shown footage of the helicopter moments before take-off in thick fog.   

    The pictures were filmed on a mobile phone. The man who filmed it is heard expressing his concern about the foggy conditions. 

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    Video caption: Lord Ballyedmond helicopter crash: Pilots 'impatient to take off'
  14. Lord Ballyedmond crash inquest: Helicopter had 'no defects'

    Alex Dunlop

    BBC Look East

    More details have emerged of how and why a helicopter carrying four people crashed into a field, killing all those on board.

    The crashed helicopter, with emergency services

    A senior air accident investigator has told the jury at Norwich Coroners' Court the Agusta Westland was "behaving normally" and had no "identifiable defects" prior to its final flight.

    The private helicopter took off in thick fog from Lord Ballyedmond's home Gillingham Hall, near Beccles in March 2014, crashing shortly afterwards. The peer, his foreman and the two pilots died in the crash.

  15. The headlines this lunchtime: Fatal collision on A47... Social care 'in crisis'

    The lunchtime headlines:

    • The A47 remains closed eastbound near the B1108 junction following the discovery of a man by the side of the carriageway earlier
    • The body representing care professionals in Norfolk warns the county's social care system is "in crisis"
    • Air accident investigator tell inquest the helicopter carrying Lord Ballyedmond had "no defects before impact" 
  16. Jail term for woman who filmed sexual assault

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A woman has been jailed for 32 months after admitting her role in the sexual assault of another woman in Norwich.

    Alyshia Newton, 26, of Friends Road, Norwich, was charged after police officers found video footage on her mobile phone of the incident.

    Alyshia Newton and Viktor Chokor

    The assault took place at the Balfour Street home of Victor Chokor, 36, while the victim, who cannot be named, was unconscious. Chokor was jailed for 27 months.