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Summary

  1. Closing headlines for Tuesday, 19 January 2016
  2. Delia Smith's nephew to replace Stephen Fry on Norwich City board
  3. Norwich Aviation Academy to 'address nationwide skills shortage'

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Minister says more than £140m is needed to sort sink estates

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The Housing Minister, and Great Yarmouth MP has said more than £140m will be needed to sort out problem housing estates.

An aerial view of a housing estate, in mid-England
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Brandon Lewis said this initial funding will be used across the county to help councils, community groups and housing associations work out future plans for their housing. 

More money will then be needed to make the changes.

Norwich City sign Naismith

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have signed Everton midfielder Steven Naismith for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Scottish international becomes the fifth player to sign for the Canaries on a permanent basis so far this month,

Steven Naismith
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Norwich City chief executive David McNally told BBC Radio Norfolk: "We were in pole position for his services, so were thrilled to have won the race."

Weather: Feeling much colder than of late

BBC Weather

It will be mainly dry overnight, with a few isolated wintry showers possible.

BBC Weather has your local forecast. 

Weather temperatures
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New face on the Norwich board of directors

Tom Williams

BBC Look East sport

Tom Smith has joined the board of Norwich City Football Club, in the seat vacated by Stephen Fry.

He's the nephew of Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones, the joint majority shareholders. 

School to meet to decide how to improve standards

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Staff at a school that's been put into special measures are meeting tonight to work out how to improve standards.

The executive headteacher of Acle Academy, Gerard Batty, says the latest Ofsted report "doesn't make good reading". The school was criticised for teaching standards and management. 

The governors should put their hands up. Anyone who knew what was happening should have whistleblown."

Gerard BattyExecutive head teacher, Acle Academy

Ed Balls sets out Norwich vision

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

It's a busy time at Norwich City Football Club, with Stephen Fry stepping down from the board.

Today, chairman Ed Balls has been speaking about what he wants to achieve in his new role.

Ed Balls sets out vision for Norwich

Headlines: "Inadequate" Norfolk high school put into special measures...Woman is sexually assaulted in the north of Norwich

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Norfolk Live

The main news stories this evening: 

  • A Norfolk high school has been put into special measures after an "inadequate" Ofsted report
  • A woman in her 20s has been sexually assaulted in the north of Norwich, police say
  • Chairman Ed Balls has set out his vision for the future of Norwich City Football Club

Academy 'has a lot of work to do'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The executive head teacher of a school that's been put into special measures says he's confident improvements are being made.

Gerard Batty
Executive headteacher, Acle Academy

Acle Academy had previously been rated as good, but a recent inspection by Ofsted highlighted a number of failings.

There are green shoots of recovery in the report. The school has hit its low, it's beginning to move out and there's a lot of work to do."

Gerard BattyExecutive head teacher, Acle Academy

Acting headteacher 'understands strengths and weaknesses' of academy

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An Ofsted inspection of Acle Academy in December reported that leaders, including governors, hadn't done enough about the decline in the quality of teaching and they didn't have the capacity to bring about necessary changes.

A view of Acle Academy across fields
Geograph/Evelyn Simak

The inspectors also found achievement in key subjects to be low and not improving quickly enough.

But the report says there are "pockets of effective teaching" and a "highly determined" acting headteacher, who understands the strengths and weaknesses of the academy. The school has been placed in special measures.

Norwich woman dials 999 after taking energy drinks

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance Service is asking people to treat the 999 service with respect, following a number of abusive and inappropriate calls.

East of England ambulance
BBC

In the past month, it's received a number of inappropriate calls, including one from a woman in Norwich who panicked after drinking two energy drinks. 

One call handler was sworn at 15 times in four minutes by a man who'd called about a genuine medical emergency. Elsewhere, a man in north Cambridgeshire needed assistance with his passport, while a woman from Essex asked for help cleaning her toilet.

Marham jets 'destroy IS targets'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

RAF Marham's fighter jets have carried out a further strike in Syria, using the hi-tech Brimstone missiles to attack so-called Islamic State targets.

Close-ups of weapons on Tornado jets
MOD

Tornado GR4s used the missiles to destroy a vehicle in Tabbaqah in Syria, and a terrorist supply truck in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said.

Last week an IS barracks near Raqqa, the extremists' stronghold in Syria, was struck by Tornado jets.

New home for stranded octopus

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An octopus found stranded on Heacham beach has been given a luxurious new home at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

The lesser octopus found stranded on Heacham beach
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

If human scrutiny becomes too much, the eight-legged cephalopod will be able to disappear into the hidey-holes and nooks and crannies of its display tank.

More commonly found around Scotland and the west coast of the UK, the lesser octopus was one of two left high and dry on neighbouring beaches in mid-December.

Weather: Staying cold and dry

BBC Weather

 It will be staying cold and dry today, with light winds.

The weather map for tonight
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A cloudy night will follow, with a risk of freezing fog patches early tomorrow. 

BBC Weather has more details for you.

Taking selfies with seals spells danger, expert warns

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

People going right up to seal pups and mothers on a Norfolk beach to take selfies are putting themselves and the animals at risk, an expert has told me.

Horsey beach seals
Mike Harmer

Peter Ansell, chairman of the Friends of Horsey Seals group, said it is dangerous as the mothers can bite and become very aggressive if they believe the pups are threatened. 

He added that the mothers will also abandon their young pups if they feel threatened themselves, meaning the young animals will die of starvation because they need their mother's milk for nearly a month after birth.

Headlines: High school placed in 'special measures'... Stephen Fry steps down from Norwich City board

The stories in the news this lunchtime:

  • Acle Academy has been placed in "special measures" following a recent Ofsted inspection
  • Stephen Fry has stepped down from the board of Norwich City

Travel: Three-vehicle accident on A47

BBC Travel

The A1042 Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew is blocked, with traffic queuing in both directions between the A47 and A1242 junctions.

It follows an accident between three vehicles.

How cold was it yesterday where you live?

BBC Radio Norfolk

As Dan Holley shows, for many yesterday it was the coldest it had been since last January.

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Travel: A1101 reopens

BBC Travel

The A1101 Welney Causeway has reopened in both directions.

As this picture shows, the road had been closed for more than a week because of flooding.

The flooded road at Welney last week
BBC