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  1. Sperm whale stranded at Old Hunstanton dies
  2. Post-mortem tests being carried out
  3. Investigation into whale strandings 'could take months'
  4. Updates on Friday, 5 February 2016

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for this week's Norfolk Live.

    We'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00, and hope you'll join us then.

  2. Watch: Norfolk and Suffolk devolution hangs in balance

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Norfolk and Suffolk insist they're still committed to devolution for East Anglia, despite being rebuffed by Cambridgeshire.

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    Video caption: Norfolk and Suffolk devolution bid rebuffed by Cambridgeshire

    I've learned MPs have been trying to persuade the three counties to form a combined authority. 

    There's more on BBC1 at 11:00 on Sunday on Sunday Politics East.

  3. Overnight weather: Mostly cloudy and mild

    Tonight will be mostly cloudy and mild with a chance of some patchy light rain at times. Minimum temperature 8C (46F).  

    Weather map

    Saturday will be mostly cloudy and windy, with a band of more persistent rain edging in from the west at times. Top temperature: 12C (54F).  

  4. Dumper truck rampage in numbers

    Nicholas Churchill, 40, from Brandon, left a trail of destruction when he took a 20-tonne dumper truck from his employer, while working at a quarry near Spixworth, Norwich, on 20 July last year.

    Data pic on truck rampage
  5. Ambulance service sees a spike in 999 calls over January

    The county's ambulance service says it has had its busiest January on record with a 12% increase in calls across the region.


    In Norfolk and Cambridgeshire the figures were even higher with a 16% increase in calls.

    The East of England Ambulance Service says despite the increase in demand, it reached more patients with potentially life-threatening conditions in eight minutes, but is urging the public to think carefully before dialling 999 as it's for emergency situations only. 

  6. Owner ordered to destroy four dogs which killed chihuahuas

    Kate Scotter

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A dog owner from King's Lynn has been ordered to have her four dogs destroyed after they killed two Chihuahuas. 


    Jean Tuck was with her Chihuahuas in The Walks in King's Lynn when they were attacked and killed in December by four Staffordshire bull terrier-type dogs belonging to Dawn Jackson. 

    Jackson admitted to King's Lynn Magistrates that her Staffordshire bull terriers had carried out the attack and was given a suspended six-week prison sentence and banned from keeping dogs for two years.  

  7. Dumper truck rampage: Catalogue of destruction

    Nicholas Churchill went on a two-hour rampage in the stolen dumper truck on July 20 last year.

    During the ensuing police chase he:

    • Rammed a police car on a roundabout near Snetterton
    • Shunted two more cars on a forest track towards Santon Downham
    • Drove down Brandon High Street, smashing bollards and crossing the market square
    • Was eventually stopped on Thetford Road, close to his home
    Dumper truck crushing police car
  8. Dumper truck rampage: Police officer was 'petrified'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Police who tried to stop 40-year-old Nicholas Churchill as he left a trail of destruction in a stolen dumper truck said they were "petrified" by his actions. 

    Aerial shot of dumper truck about to hit police car

    Churchill, who admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle-taking and driving while unfit through drugs, was jailed for 14 months at Norwich Crown Court, and banned from driving for two years. 

    An officer who was inside one of the police cars rammed by the truck, said in a statement read to the court: "I thought I was going to die, I was petrified and never felt anything like this before in my career... I believe the vehicle was so large and heavy it could have driven over our police car."

  9. Dumper truck driver tailed by six police cars and helicopter

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Nicholas Churchill, who has today been jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for two years, was followed by six police cars and a helicopter for two hours over more 37 miles (60km) across Norfolk and Suffolk in the stolen dumper truck.

    The route taken by Nicholas Churchill

    The prosecution said after driving around the Norwich ring road, forcing cars to swerve out of his way, Churchill headed to the A11 dual carriageway.

    Shoppers scattered as his truck careered down a high street and over a pedestrianised square before coming to a halt near his home in Brandon.

  10. Boss told dumper truck driver 'Go home if you don't like it' - so he did

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Nicholas Churchill, jailed for 14 months for going on a 37-mile (60km) rampage in a stolen dumper truck and leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, had a "red mist" descend on him, his barrister told Norwich Crown Court.

    Dumper truck and police car

    Lindsay Cox said, in mitigation: "It may not have been hot that day but it had been a period of very hot weather and the defendant, for what's it worth, had repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction at doing hot work in the hot cab of this vehicle.

    "He was effectively told 'like it or lump it; carry on working or go home' and the red mist descended." Churchill's journey was finally halted near his home in Brandon, Suffolk.

  11. Dumper truck rampage 'a shocking piece of sustained dangerous driving'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The judge sentencing 40-year-old Nicholas Churchill, who admitted stealing a dumper truck and going on a 37-mile rampage while high on amphetamines, described the incident as a "trail of destruction."

    Dumper Truck

    At Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate sentenced Churchill, who had already admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle-taking and driving while unfit through drugs, to 14 months in prison and banned him from driving for two years. 

    He said: "You left a trail of destruction and damaged police vehicles in your wake. It was a shocking piece of sustained dangerous driving." 

  12. Dumper truck driver 'put lives of public and police at risk', says prosecutor

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    The prosecutor in the case of Nicholas Churchill, 40, from Brandon, who stole a dumper truck and left a 37-mile (60km) trail of destruction during a police chase across two counties, described the truck as "a dangerous vehicle to be driven on public roads."

    Nicholas Churchill

    During sentencing at Norwich Crown Court, Andrew Oliver added: "It caused massive disruption and a massive involvement by Norfolk and Suffolk police. He put the lives of members of the public and police officers at risk."

    Churchill was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for two years.

  13. Watch: Post-mortem samples taken from dead sperm whale

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Experts have been carrying out post-mortem tests on a sperm whale which died last night after becoming beached at Old Hunstanton. 

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    Video caption: Second sperm whale dies on Hunstanton beach

    It's the sixth sperm whale to be found along the North Sea coast in the last two weeks and is thought to be the 29th to die after becoming stranded across beaches in Northern Europe over the same period.

  14. Weather: Mild and windy with odd patches of rain

    BBC Weather

    Wind will strengthen throughout the afternoon with patches of drizzle.

    Weather map

    Temperatures around 11C (52F). BBC Weather has more details.

  15. Le Strange family responsible for removing whale off Old Hunstaton beach

    The responsibility for removing a dead beached whale from the Old Hunstanton shoreline has fallen to one of Norfolk's oldest families.

    Beached whale

    King's Lynn & West Norfolk borough council says it's offered advice and support to landowner the Le Strange family.

    History dictates the head of the Le Strange family may claim possession of anything on the beach or in the sea for ‘as far as a man riding a horse can throw a spear’.

  16. Headlines: Driver jailed after dumper truck rampage... Post-mortem samples taken from dead whale at Old Hunstanton

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main news stories this afternoon: 

    • The driver of a stolen dumper truck has been jailed after a 30-mile-chase by police through Norfolk and Suffolk
    • Post-mortem samples have been taken from a dead whale at Old Hunstanton 
    • A dog owner from King's Lynn has been ordered to have her pets destroyed after they killed two chihuahuas
  17. Watch: Dumper truck driver rams police cars on 30-mile rampage

    Police have released footage of Nicholas Churchill's 30-mile-plus dumper truck rampage, during which he rammed three police cars on a journey from Spixworth, near Norwich, to Brandon in Suffolk.

    Churchill, 40, has just been jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for two years.

    He admitted aggravated vehicle-taking and dangerous driving, and driving while unfit through drugs.  

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    Video caption: Driver goes on 30-mile dumper truck rampage
  18. Dumper truck rampage: 'Red mist' descended on driver

    The latest from Norwich Crown Court, where Nicholas Churchill has just been jailed for 14 months over his dumper truck rampage:

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