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Summary

  1. Updates for Norfolk on Wednesday, 24 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Mariam Issimdar

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. We'll be back from 08:00 bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter

  2. Weather: Dry overnight with frost

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will see a small chance of a wintry shower, but otherwise dry with a widespread hard frost and some icy patches.

    Weather map

    Temperatures dropping down to as much as -6 (21F) in some areas. 

    BBC Weather has more details but tomorrow will be cold and dry with sunny spells.

  3. Pub honours Norwich photographer

    Rob Sykes

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A Norwich photographer has been honoured by a Norwich pub.

    A room devoted to the work of George Plunkett has opened at The Sir Garnet by Norwich Market.

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    Video caption: Norwich photographer George Plunkett honoured by pub.
  4. Watch: Lifeboat winched into Sheringham Museum

    A retired lifeboat is winched into its new home at Sheringham Museum.

    A new platform was built at the museum for the lifeboat using Lottery funding. The lifeboat will be on display to the public from July.  

    Video content

    Video caption: A retired lifeboat is winched into its new home at Sheringham Museum.
  5. Headline: Disposal of whale carcass costs council almost £13,000... Closure of Norfolk police helicopter base postponed

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Tonight's main news stories: 

    • Disposing of a dead whale which stranded on Hunstanton beach last month has cost King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough council £12,795 
    • The closure of the Norfolk police helicopter base at Wattisham Airfield is postponed after delays to the delivery of a replacement fixed-wing aircraft
  6. Former photo-journalist is new Norwich minister

    Network Norfolk

    Former news photographer John Potter is set to become the next minister within the Norwich Area group of United Reformed churches.

    John Potter
  7. Police trace man after cheese theft

    A man has been "spoken to" by police after the theft of 16 blocks of cheese from a Co-op store in Plumstead Road, Norwich.

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  8. Police arrest two over shed thefts

    Police investigating a recent spate of shed burglaries in King's Lynn have arrested two men.

    A 19-year-old and a 30-year-old man, both from the King's Lynn area, were arrested by officers last night. 

    Shed
    Quote Message: There have been a number of reports of shed break-ins across King's Lynn in recent weeks therefore it is important local residents continue to remain vigilant and take appropriate security measures. from Ch Insp Terry Lordan Norfolk Police
    Ch Insp Terry LordanNorfolk Police
  9. Whale disposal costs council almost £13,000

    Disposing of a whale carcass after it stranded on Hunstanton Beach last month has cost the local council £12,795.

    Stranded whale at Hunstanton

    King's Lynn and West Norfolk council said the sum covered the costs of removing and incinerating the body of the sperm whale.

    It's not known how much it cost the Le Strange Estate to dispose of a second whale that died on the beach at Old Hunstanton a few weeks after the first stranding.

  10. Sheringham lifeboat lifted into museum

    A lifeboat has been lifted into its new home at Sheringham Museum, which has been extended at a cost of £1.4m via Lottery funding. 

    Lifeboat being lifted

    The B702 Atlantic 75 Lifeboat, which served the town from 1994 until 2012, was lifted nearly 50ft (15m) into the air by a large crane and lowered into the new rooftop facility that has been constructed over the winter to house it.

    The boat will go on display from July. 

  11. Councillors to get 23% increase to allowances

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Councillors in North Norfolk will be able to claim nearly £1,000 more a year in allowances. 

    The 23% rise was agreed last night alongside the authority's budget which would also see car parking charges for coastal towns increase.

    Leader of North Norfolk District Council, Tom Fitzpatrick, said the increase in allowances - the first since 2003 - was recommended by an independent remuneration panel and would set the basic allowance at £5,000. 

  12. Headlines: Plans to close police helicopter base postponed... 'Poor management, cuts and more demand' to blame for low morale among mental health staff

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Lunchtime headlines:

    • Plans to close the Norfolk police helicopter base at Wattisham, Suffolk, have been postponed until next year
    • "Intolerable pressure due to poor management, cuts and more demand" are to blame for low morale among Norfolk's mental health staff, according to campaign group
    • Traders in Norwich may be asked to take down advertising A-boards because they pose an obstruction
  13. Weather: Staying sunny but feeling cold

    BBC Weather

    A dry afternoon with lots of sunshine but feeling chilly.

    Weather map

    BBC Weather has more details. 

  14. 'Intolerable pressure' to blame for low NHS staff morale at mental health trust

    The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk says low morale of staff is "due to poor management placed under intolerable pressure by a toxic combination of funding cuts and rising demand".

    Mental health ward, Hellesdon Hospital

    The head of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust - which was put into special measures this year - says it's put measures in place to tackle low staff morale identified in a newly-published NHS staff survey

    The survey wasn't all bad: 52% of staff who responded in 2015 said patient care remained the trust's top priority, compared to 43% in 2014.

  15. City Hall to increase its share of council tax

    Norwich City Council has agreed a 1.95% increase on its portion of council tax. 

    Norwich City Hall

    City Hall says this will help avoid cuts to key services.

    It means a Band D household in the city will pay an extra £4.67 a year on its bill. 

  16. Advertising A-boards 'a hazard for blind people'

    There are calls for limits on the number of advertising A-boards outside shops and stalls in Norwich.

    A-boards in Norwich

    Green politicians in the city say they're causing problems for blind people and are a general nuisance. 

    The city council is discussing plans to introduce better regulations.

  17. Paralympic star launches Holt car dealership’s fundraiser

    Just Regional

    A London 2012 paralympic Gold medallist has helped a North Norfolk Nissan dealer kick off a major fundraiser for the British Paralympic Association.

    Paralympic fundraiser
  18. School reopens after fire

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A school in west Norfolk has reopened this morning after a fire in one of its classrooms.

    Emneth Primary School

    Fire crews were called to Emneth Primary School in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

    An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire.

  19. Man dies after Tivetshall St Margaret crash

    Diss Express

    A man involved in a collision in Tivetshall St Margaret at the weekend has died.

    Police sign
  20. Closure of police helicopter base delayed

    Plans to close the Norfolk police helicopter base at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk have been postponed after delays to the delivery of a replacement fixed-wing aircraft.

    Police helicopter

    The service was expected to end some time this year as National Police Air Service, the national organisation which runs air services for police, looked to cut the number of bases operating.

    Minutes from a meeting published this week says it will be April 2017 before the helicopter base is closed.