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Summary

  1. Updates for Norfolk on Monday, 18 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us at BBC Local Live in Norfolk today.

    Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Number of Bewick swans on the decline

    Volunteers were out at the weekend helping to read swan rings at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust near Welney. 

    With numbers of Bewick swans declining, Louise Clewley from the trust says it uses the information to see what can be done to help save them.                       

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    Video caption: Number of Bewick swans on the decline.
  3. Weather: Very cold with frost and ice

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    A mainly dry night with clear spells.  Becoming very cold, with a widespread hard frost and the risk of ice. 

    Temperatures will fall as low as -7C (19F) in rural places. 

    A cold outlook, showing temperatures below freezing

    A cold, frosty start to Tuesday. Staying mostly dry, with a few spots of rain. Remaining cold, with temperatures struggling to reach 4C (39F).

    There's more information on BBC Weather.

  4. Festive firs planted to save coastline

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    More than 300 Christmas trees are being buried on Hemsby beach to save the coastline.

    It's hoped the festive firs will help build up the sand dunes, and stave off coastal erosion.                       

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    Video caption: Christmas trees to defend Hemsby from the sea
  5. The headlines: Secrecy over out-of-hours GP report 'outrageous' says MP... Man appears in court after police pursuit of tractor

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The stories in the news:

    • North Norfolk MP and former Health Minister Norman Lamb says it's "outrageous" that a report into a company that runs non-emergency 111 and out-of-hours GP services remains secret
    • A man has appeared in court after six police cars and a helicopter pursued a tractor across two counties
    • The latest step in the pedestrianisation of parts of Norwich city centre begins
  6. Today's Big Picture: A wintry Norfolk scene

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Tonight's expected to be the coldest night of the winter, with widespread frost forecast.

    Our "big picture" today is very appropriate.  Many thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Anap-Norwich for this.

    A wintry Norfolk scene

    We love to receive your pictures of Norwich, whether countryside, urban, seascape or maybe somewhere that's special to you. You can email us your photographs if you'd like to see them as the Norfolk Live "Big Picture".

  7. Jail term for supplying class A drugs

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been jailed after admitting his involvement in a Norwich drugs ring. 

    Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews, 56, of Geoffrey Watling Way, Norwich, pleaded guilty on 5 March 2015 to two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

    He was appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning, and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.  

    Five men and a teenager were sentenced in November after pleading guilty to a string of drug offences following a lengthy police operation in the heart of Norwich.  Andrews had failed to appear in court. 

  8. Pre-school shut after failing to meet Ofsted standards

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A west Norfolk pre-school that had been warned several times about child safety and staff training has been shut down after failing to meet Ofsted standards. 

    A sign for Clenchwarton village

    When Ofsted inspectors visited Clenchwarton pre-school in December, no youngsters were present but the inspectors noted that systems for keeping children safe were not robust.

    The pre-school has had its licence suspended.  

  9. Treasure or trash: The 'beep' moment

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Amatuer treasure hunters armed with metal detectors have unearthed 116 finds across Norfolk in the last three years, making the county the "treasure hotspot" of England.

    Metal detectorist Stuart Elton describes his hobby as "dry land fishing". While out filming with BBC Inside Out his detector emitted a "beep", suggesting something beneath the ground was worth exploring...

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    Video caption: Treasure hunt: What happens when a detectorist makes a find?
  10. Woman in hospital after Norwich burglary

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A woman is in hospital with serious injuries following a burglary in Norwich on Friday evening.

    The victim was approached by offenders, believed to be at least two males, as she got out of her car outside a residential address in Oak Lane on Friday between 20:10 and 20:45.

    The offenders made threats, and carried out a search of the property, fleeing after they were disturbed. The victim was assaulted and suffered serious injuries.

  11. Secrecy over out-of-hours GP report 'outrageous', says ex-health minister

    BBC Look East

    Former Health Minister Norman Lamb has said it is "outrageous" that a report into a company that runs non-emergency 111 and out-of-hours GP services in Norfolk and Wisbech remains secret.

    A leaked interim report into Integrated Care (IC24) found some callers were waiting more than 12 hours to be dealt with, posing a "significant risk" to patient safety, but Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (NCCG) has yet to be make public its full inspection report.

    North Norfolk MP Mr Lamb said it "smacks of a cover-up" and that IC24's "continued stewardship (of the service) is seriously in doubt". The company and NCCG said that issues had been addressed but have yet to respond to Mr Lamb's comments.

  12. Cordon set up to protect Horsey seals

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

     A cordon has been put in place to separate visitors from the seals at Horsey beach. 

    Concerns had been raised that people were trying to get too close to the animals which had come ashore to raise their young. 

    Peter Ansell, chairman of the Friends of Horsey Seals, says human contact is bad for the seals.                       

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    Video caption: Horsey seals and their young protected by cordon
  13. Welney Causeway closed due to flooding

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The Welney Causeway, on the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border, has been closed due to flooding since 10 January, splitting the village in half.

    The road is often closed for weeks a time, with drivers facing a 30-mile (48km) detour.                       

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    Video caption: Welney Causeway remains closed due to flooding
  14. Man in court after tractor chase in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man from Wisbech has appeared in court after a tractor was chased between two counties by six patrol cars and a force helicopter.

    The stolen tractor

    The vehicle was taken from a farm in Tilney St Lawrence, west Norfolk, on Saturday before being abandoned in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, during the evening.

    Nathan Lovell, 25, from Walpole Highway, near Wisbech, who faces charges of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, failure to stop, and driving without insurance, was remanded in custody for the case to be heard at Norwich Crown Court next month.

  15. Traffic improvement scheme 'will make it easier to reach car parks'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Traffic improvement schemes in Norwich will make it easier and quicker for drivers to reach city centre car parks, including the new Rose Lane multi-storey currently under construction.

    That's the message from councillor Bert Bremner, as work on the next stage of £3.05m scheme gets under way today. 

    A view of All Saints Green, with queueing traffic

    Councillor Steve Morphew, chairman of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee, says the latest work is "one of the biggest, most important phases" of the overall scheme, due for completion in late spring 2017.    

  16. Norfolk's Field misses out in Potters pairs

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Rebecca Field, from Norwich, was on the losing side in her mixed pairs semi-final at the World Indoor Bowls Championship at Potters, Hopton.

    Along with partner Paul Foster, they were beaten two sets to nil by Darren Burnett and Stowmarket's Katherine Rednall. They will play Julie Forrest and Alex Marshall in tomorrow's final.

    World Indoor Bowls

    Field continues her quest for a second Singles World title when she plays her semi-final match on Wednesday.

  17. Police appeal after car collides with school coach

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident on the A12 Lowestoft-bound at Hopton on Friday. 

    A coach full of school children had to take avoiding action when a small light coloured car stopped without warning on the inside lane about 15:30.

    A Range Rover collided with the rear of the coach and a Fiat Punto.