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  1. Updates for Norfolk on Wednesday, 27 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye from Norfolk Live

    We hope you've enjoyed our coverage which resumes tomorrow at 08:00.

    Keep us posted with your stories and pictures via email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Have a good evening. 

  2. Weather: Cold with a ground frost overnight

    BBC Weather

    The weather overnight will be rather cloudy at first with the chance of some showers but they will clear away to the east, leaving a dry night with long clear spells.

    Weather map

    The winds will ease overnight and temperatures are expected to drop to between 1C-3C, (34F-37F) with a widespread ground frost and temperatures rising to 8C (46F) later in the day.

    BBC Weather has more local details. 

  3. Thousands of construction jobs forecast for region over next five years

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    A report by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) says construction employment in the East of England is set to rise by 14,000 jobs in the next five years.

    Builders on roof

    The CITB predicts trades likely to fuel this rise are construction trade supervisors, rising by 3.3%, construction project managers (2.9%) and logistics workers (2.8%).

    It says infrastructure projects on the A14, new retail and office developments such as the new tech park in Downham Market, and a £500m Cambridge University expansion will help fuel the growth.   

  4. Financial penalties possible for out-of-hours service provider

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Out-of-ours healthcare provider IC24 could be fined if it fails to make improvements to services in Norfolk and Wisbech by June.

    Speaking for Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (NCCG), Nikki Cocks said it could impose fines or recall the contract if performance issues were not remedied, but that it was working with IC24 and was confident this could be avoided.

    Quote Message: Contractually we could take the contract away from them... but given there's no one waiting in the wings to take it on, I'm not sure that would help the public." from Nikki Cocks Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
    Nikki CocksNorfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
  5. Headlines: Thousands of construction jobs could be created in the region... Hunstanton sperm whale could be incinerated before end of week

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main news stories this tea-time:

    • Fourteen thousand new construction jobs could be created in the region, with Norfolk's National Construction College helping to train recruits
    • The carcass of a sperm whale on Hunstanton beach could be incinerated before the end of the week
    • Figures from the RNLI show Norfolk crews rescued almost 200 people last year
  6. RNLI attends 145 callouts off Norfolk coast during 2015

    Figures from the RNLI show Norfolk crews rescued 189 people last year, saving 14 lives. 

    Life boat

    Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI says with more and more activity offshore, it's inevitable it will be called into action more often.

    Quote Message: If you've got personnel going offshore, whether it be to a gas rig platform or a windfarm, the weather can do some funny things... and you can get caught out." from Neal Duffield Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat
    Neal DuffieldGreat Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat
  7. Rugby: Youngs given one-week ban

    Phil Daley

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk's Tom Youngs has been given a one-week ban after being found guilty of striking.

    Tom Youngs

    Youngs was shown a yellow card for punching Stade Francais prop Rabah Slimani during Leicester Tigers' 36-21 defeat by Stade Francais in Sunday's European Champions Cup match. 

    He was subsequently cited by commissioner Peter Ferguson and had his case heard by an independent disciplinary hearing today.

  8. Whale may be cut up before disposal

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    A dead whale on Hunstanton beach may be cut into pieces before being transported to an animal incineration facility, according to the local council.

    Sperm whale on Hunstanton beech

    The sperm whale, which is in an "advanced stage of decomposition", was discovered on Friday. Four others have since washed up in Lincolnshire. 

    King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council says its removal is likely to take place before the end of the week and it is reminding the public that any attempt to remove parts of the whale may be a criminal offence. 

  9. Defence remains concern for fans

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    This is the back page of the Norwich Evening News:

    Norwich Evening News back page
  10. Swardeston star helps England make winning start

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk's Callum Taylor played his part as England eased to a win over Fiji in their opening match of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

    Taylor struck 21 not-out off seven balls at the end of England's innings. They posted a massive 371 for 3 from 50 overs. Batting at number four, he had to wait with his pads on while Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham amassed a 303-run partnership for the second wicket. 

    Callum Taylor

    Fiji were bowled all out for 72 in reply as England wrapped up a 299-run win. Taylor bowled four overs, ending with figures of 0-17. 

  11. Watch: East Anglian rowing team win Atlantic race

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    A rower from Diss and his three school friends have made history after tackling what's been called the world's toughest rowing race in record time. 

    Video content

    Video caption: A team of rowers from East Anglia win 3,000-mile race across the Atlantic Ocean

    Gus Barton, 25 and his Ocean Reunion team members had a heroes' welcome as they docked their boat in Antigua, having won the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

    Mr Barton, Angus Collins, Joe Barnett and Jack Mayhew defied tropical storms, hallucinations and agonising pressure sores during the 3,000-mile (4,828km) journey.

  12. IC24 to face weekly monitorings to improve service

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group says it will be monitoring IC24, its out-of-hours and 111 service provider, to ensure the firm is on track to improve, after key aspects of the service were deemed "clinically unsafe" in a leaked report.

    Norwich CCG meeting

    The CCG says it has agreed a plan with IC24 around a number of issues including call-handling and a lack of clinical staff, plus its failure to hit two key performance targets. 

    Quote Message: "These will take time, particularly when GP recruitment is such a difficulty. The CCG is meeting weekly with IC24 to monitor the level of improvement." from Sheila Glenn Chief nurse and director of quality, Norwich CCG
    Sheila GlennChief nurse and director of quality, Norwich CCG
  13. Canaries youngster recovering from head injury

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City defender Harry Toffolo has been treated in hospital for a head injury. 

    The left-back was stretchered off in his second game on loan at Peterborough United as they lost 1-0 to Burton Albion in League One. 

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    The 20-year old made his debut for Norwich City in a 2-1 win at Rotherham in the League Cup in August. 

  14. Weather: Wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    It will continue wet and very windy this afternoon with outbreaks of rain.

    Weather map

    Temperatures staying mild at 13C (55F). 

    BBC Weather has more local details. 

  15. Headlines: Home care company admits current levels of service are unacceptable... Out-of-hours health firm has until June to improve

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main news stories this lunchtime:

    • A new home care company in Norfolk admits its current levels of service are not acceptable
    • Out-of-hours health firm IC24  has until June to improve
    • Dead whale on Hunstanton beach likely to be incinerated
  16. Home care company meeting council over staff shortages

    Nicky Price

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The boss of Better Healthcare is meeting Norfolk County Council today after problems with its service were revealed by the BBC.

    The company has admitted care provision for older people in North Norfolk has not been acceptable and is blaming problems on staff shortages.

    Quote Message: We'll be wanting to understand why there is still a problem with getting the right visits covered. We want to hear an update about the recruitment that they're undertaking." from Catherine Underwood Norfolk County Council
    Catherine UnderwoodNorfolk County Council
  17. Beached whale may be incinerated

    Janet Harnden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A dead sperm whale beached at Hunstanton may have to be incinerated after the local council said it had failed to find a landfill site to take the huge carcass. 

    Beached sperm whale

    Two dead whales washed up on the Lincolnshire coast are expected to be removed tonight but King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council says it's still in the process of seeking an incineration plant that could deal with the tonnes of blubber involved. 

    A spokeswoman for the authority said it was likely to be at a site "some way away" but arrangements had not been finalised.