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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 22 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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, and for the week. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday, with your news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

    Have you got a story or a photograph that you'd like to share with us? Get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Dry and breezy

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry and breezy evening with long clear spells. Becoming chilly, with a touch of ground frost. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

    Weather chart for midday Saturday, showing clear skies

    Tomorrow: a chilly start to the day, but staying dry with sunny spells. Becoming cloudy later.

    Temperatures reaching 8C (46F). There's more information on BBC Weather.

  3. Diss Mere: Our 'big picture' today

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Did you recognise the location of our 'big picture' at the top of the page today? Nicola Green sent us this lovely photo of Diss Mere.

    I think it was taken a while ago, judging by the leaves on the trees. Thanks Nicola!

    Diss Mere

    We are always looking for photos to use for our 'big picture' and we'd love to see yours.  You can send them to us on email.  

  4. A149 closed for resurfacing

    Resurfacing work begins on Monday on the A149 Norwich Road, Cromer.

    The road will be closed to traffic for two weeks, between 09:30 and 16:30.

    Diversions will be in place.

    View more on twitter
  5. Minister praises jobs initiative

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The employment minister has praised the Norwich For Jobs initiative which helps young people into work, during a visit earlier today.

    Priti Patel, who met apprentices at Norse, said other places should follow Norwich's example, adding: "It's an amazing initiative that has really helped transform the lives of young people."

    Priti Patel, Chloe Smith and an apprentice in the workshops

    The campaign, set up three years ago by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, says it has helped cut youth unemployment in the city.

  6. Hospital 'coped well with demand for services'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Healthcare professionals have met to discuss how Gorleston's James Paget Hospital responded to pressures in the first week of the New Year, when unprecedented demand for services led to it issuing a "black alert".

    Ambulances outside the James Paget Hospital

      The meeting concluded the hospital and staff coped well with the challenges.  

    Quote Message: Everyone worked really well together and, as a result. the crisis recovered within a day or two." from Cath Gorman NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group
    Cath GormanNHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group
  7. The headlines: BT apologises for poor service... Rick Wakeman releases new recordings as tribute to Bowie

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The stories in the news this afternoon:

    • BT Openreach apologises to customers in Norfolk who have been waiting for phone lines to be repaired or installed
    • Norfolk-based rock musician Rick Wakeman has recorded new piano versions of David Bowie songs as a tribute to his close friend
    • Norwich City show off their new signings
  8. Safety scans to spot breech babies

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Norfolk mothers about to give birth will be the first in the country to be offered an ultrasound scan to help spot breech babies before they're born.

    A mum-to-be undergoing a scan

    The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been given funding under an NHS safety campaign to provide 25 hand-held scanners that will mean safer births for mothers whose babies are in the head-down position.

    One scanner will be in every delivery room, and two on the ante-natal ward and midwife-led birthing unit. The hospital, which currently delivers 6,000 babies a year. including 150 breech babies, is training 190 midwives to use the scanners and interpret their findings. 

  9. Have you seen any whales off the Norfolk coast?

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    We're hearing reports that several whales, possibly humpbacks, have been spotted off the coast near Hunstanton.

    Have you seen them? Do you have any photos? You can contact us on email, or Facebook.

  10. BT apologises for poor service

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    BT Openreach has apologised to customers in Norfolk who have been waiting for their phone lines to be repaired or installed.

    Johnny McQuoid from the firm admitted it sometimes made mistakes, saying "...sometimes we are not good at communicating the problems we have back up the chain to the service provider and out to the customer".

    Nigel Sayer in his car

    Nigel Sayer (above) has been waiting three months to have a phone line connected to his home. In the meantime, he works from his car in a lay-by on the A140, where he can get a mobile signal.

  11. New Canaries centre-back says move to Carrow Road was 'a dream'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Centre-back Timm Klose has said his move to Norwich City was "a dream". 

    Tomorrow the Canaries face Liverpool, and at today's pre-match press conference Klose explained why he joined the club.                       

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    Video caption: Norwich move 'a dream' for Timm Klose
  12. Rick Wakeman releases new recordings as tribute to Bowie

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Keyboard player Rick Wakeman has recorded new piano versions of David Bowie songs Life on Mars and Space Oddity, with royalties going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Wakeman, who lives near Diss, Norfolk, was a close friend of the late musician and played piano on the original 1971 release of Life on Mars.

    Rick Wakeman in the BBC Radio 2 studio, Simon Mayo programme

    An emotional performance on Radio 2 last week, in which he paid tribute to the star, has been viewed more than two million times. Wakeman says he hopes the songs "will be a fitting tribute to David". 

  13. Students with English as a second language 'do better'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A conference is being held in Sprowston today to help the teaching of subjects including maths and sciences to pupils who don't have English as their first language.

    Pupil writing in exercise book

    Tom Pritchard, who teaches at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, and is in charge of students who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL), says "data suggests EAL students are doing better than non EAL students....if you know two or three languages the synapses in the brain are really working well together."

    It's thought that nearly 10% of pupils in Norfolk have English as their second language.

  14. House fire treated as arson

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Norfolk police say they have to treat a fire at a terraced house in Gorleston on Wednesday evening as arson.

    Exterior of house in Daphne Way, Gorleston

    Investigators have been unable to establish the cause of the blaze in Daphne Way, and unless new information emerges, police say it has to be classified as arson.

    Firefighters called to the incident had to tackle a 3m-long (8.4ft) jet of flame after the gas main inside the property fractured.

  15. Teachers decide to ballot for strike action after knife pupil U-turn

    Felicity Simper

    BBC Look East

    Teachers at Long Stratton High School have decided to ballot for strike action, after governors overturned the decision to exclude a pupil who had taken a knife into a classroom.

    Long Stratton High School

    Norfolk County Council has issued a statement from the school, saying: "The whole school community is working hard to resolve this issue and avoid the need for industrial action to be taken."

    It goes on to say that the "safety and wellbeing of pupils, staff and parents is their top priority". It's not known if the pupil is back at the school.

  16. Norwich City's new signing 'keen to repay faith shown in him'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier this week, Steven Naismith signed for Norwich City in an £8.5m move.

    He's declared himself fit to make his debut against Liverpool tomorrow, and is keen to repay the faith shown in him by City manager Alex Neil.          

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    Video caption: Canaries signing Steven Naismith hopes to boost goal tally
  17. A11 roundabout improvements delayed

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Improvement works to the A11 Barton Mills roundabout have been postponed.

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    Video caption: Improvement works to A11 Barton Mills roundabout postponed

    The work, to improve safety and traffic flow by changing the road markings and signage, will now take place by spring.

    Highways England says a combination of factors, including the safety of contractors, has led to the delay.

  18. Liz Truss on 'fascinating' job

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The South West Norfolk MP has had a busy few weeks.  

    As environment secretary, it was her job to co-ordinate the response to the Christmas floods in the north of England, and now she's trying to make sure that the country has the right defences and systems in place should further flooding occur.

    Sunday Politics East has been given behind-the-scenes access to see how she tackles her role as a minister and an MP.

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    Video caption: Liz Truss talks about a typical week as environment secretary

    You can see more on Sunday Politics East - at 11:00 on BBC1 this Sunday.