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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 25 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 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

    BBC Radio Norfolk

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

    Is there anything happening in your part of the county that you'd like to share with us? You can get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter

  2. Weather: Mostly dry this evening

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloud and rain clearing to leave a mainly dry night. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather map for early Tuesday morning, showing temperatures of 5(C) for Norfolk

    After a dry and bright start; it'll turn cloudy with outbreaks of rain. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

    You can find more information on BBC Weather

  3. The headlines: Council advises sightseers to stay away from whale carcass... Registration opens for Right to Buy tenants

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The stories in the news today:

  4. Work begins on second phase of solar farm

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Construction of the second and final phase of a solar farm on the Scottow Enterprise Park has started. 

    Aerial view of the solar farm

    The work will involve the installation of more than 70,000 solar panels on land adjacent to the runways and aprons of the former RAF Coltishall airbase, with new underground connections to the local UPKN electricity network.

    The solar farm is one of the largest in the UK, and on completion will generate income in excess of £10m over 25 years for Norfolk County Council.

  5. Refloating whale a hopeless prospect, says would-be rescuer

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Dan Kirk, of British Marine Life Rescue, responded to an emergency call on Friday night, asking for help with a whale that washed ashore at Hunstanton.

    It was already stranded when he arrived, and he knew there was not much hope of refloating it.                       

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    Video caption: Rescuer recalls doomed fight to save beached Hunstanton whale
  6. Travel: A134 closed

    BBC Travel

    The A134 Thetford Road in Northwold is closed in both directions because of a serious accident, involving a car and a telegraph pole,.

    Emergency services are on the scene. 

  7. Jail for drug dealers

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A gang of ten drug dealers who supplied class A drugs to Norwich have been jailed for up to seven-and-a-half years.

    A quantity of seized drugs

    The men, who were mainly of Somali background, supplied crack cocaine and heroin to Norwich, Suffolk and Bedfordshire for seven months, between November 2014 and May last year.

    Passing sentence at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright QC said it was a "sophisticated and well-organised operation.... the total quantity of drugs involved were far greater than the 4.58kg seized by the police".

  8. Whale beaching: Creatures 'unlikely to have been following food'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Post-mortem examinations are to begin today on three dead whales which washed up on a Lincolnshire beach, and are believed to be from the same pod as the whale that died at Hunstanton on Friday.

    A close-up image of the whale on Hunstanton beach

    Rob Deaville from the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme which is carrying out the examination, and he says he doesn't believe the whales were following food.  

    Quote Message: They're specialised deep sea feeders... once they're in the shallow North Sea they can't feed... if they can't feed they become dehydrated and confused." from Rob Deaville Cetacean Strandings Investigations Programme
    Rob DeavilleCetacean Strandings Investigations Programme
  9. Whale: Advice to sightseers

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    West Norfolk Borough Council is advising visitors to Hunstanton beach not to touch the body of a sperm whale which was washed ashore on Friday night, or to allow their dogs to come into contact with it.

    Sightseers to Hunstanton beach and the dead whale

    Water sports enthusiasts, including bathers, are warned that the water quality could be affected. Anyone who becomes unwell after using the water is advised to seek medical advice.

    The council also advises that shellfish in the area must not be collected for personal consumption.

  10. Police investigations continue to identify headless body

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Each year, scores of unidentified body cases are reported by UK police forces to the National Crime Agency.   

    Half will be identified and handed over to their loved ones. The longest unsolved case in Norfolk is that of a headless woman, whose body was found at Cockley Cley in August 1974.

    Graphic showing the number of unidentified people in Norfolk and the longest unsolved case

    Det Insp Andy Guy took on the case in 2007, and says police inquiries are continuing to identify the woman and find her killer. There's more on this on Inside Out, on BBC One in the East of England at 19:30.

  11. Ambulance involved in collision with sports car

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Police are appealing for witnesses a collision involving an ambulance and a sports car, which happened just before midday on Saturday.

    Ambulance with blue light

    The ambulance was responding to an emergency call and travelling on the Boundary Road towards Catton when it was involved in a collision with a red MGF sports car travelling towards Cromer.

    The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital for observation.

  12. Man jailed after attemped rape

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A 25-year-old man who admitted attacking a woman before attempting to rape her has been jailed for a total of 14 years by Norwich Crown Court. 

    Kieran Hawkshaw, custodial photograph

    Kieran Hawkshaw attacked his victim by Drayton Road, Norwich, in September 2015, punching her in the head and face and knocking her unconscious. He then attempted to rape her but was disturbed by a passer-by.

    Hawkshaw, of Murrells Court, Norwich, has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

  13. Registration open for Right to Buy

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    When Chancellor George Osborne extended Right to Buy, Saffron Housing Trust was one of five housing associations around the country chosen to take part in the pilot.

    Graphic showing housing stock for Saffron Housing in December 2015

    The Long Stratton-based company has written to tenants of 1,600 eligible homes. So far about 50 tenants have registered interest in purchasing their own home.

  14. A149 resurfacing work postponed

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Carriageway resurfacing work scheduled to start today along the A149 Norwich Road to Cromer has been postponed for one week, due to an emergency road closure in Overstrand.

    During the resurfacing work, the A149 Norwich Road will close to traffic between 09:30 and 16:00 each day, with diversions in place.

  15. Tenants can apply to buy own homes

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Some south Norfolk tenants of Saffron Housing will be among the first in the country to get the chance to buy their own homes, as part of a Voluntary Right to Buy pilot.

    Exterior of Saffron Housing site in Long Stratton

    Tenants will be able to apply for a place on the pilot from this week. Depending on the length of their tenancy, a discount of up to £77,900 could help them buy their own homes.

    The extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Spending Review in November. 

  16. Everything £1 at new Thetford charity shop

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A town crier has announced the opening of a charity shop in Thetford.

    The Sue Ryder charity's previous shop closed a year ago.

    The new one is a store with a difference... everything is priced at £1.                       

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    Video caption: A £1 charity shop opens in Thetford