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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 25 February 2016
  2. Health commissioners say £1.6m of medicine was wasted in Norfolk and Waveney over the past four months
  3. World's largest off-shore wind farm construction vessel arrives in Great Yarmouth
  4. Share of £500,000 arts funding comes to Norfolk to grow "cultural economy"
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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    That's it from the Norfolk Live team today. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday 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: Staying cold and dry

    BBC Weather

    A dry evening and night with clear spells, although areas with cloud will prevent temperatures from falling as low as last night. 

    Weather map

    Still the risk of a widespread frost with temperatures ranging between -1C (30F) and -5C (23F). 

    BBC Weather has more local details. 

  3. Breckland to increase council tax for first time in three years

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Residents living in Breckland will see a small increase in their council tax after councillors voted through the first rise in three years. 

    Breckland District council

    It means Breckland’s share of the council tax will increase by just over 9p each week for a band D property from April 2016. 

    The authority says with the majority of its homes in the A-C band, over three-quarters of Breckland’s residents will pay no more than an extra 8p each week. 

  4. Headlines: Man arrested after suspicious devices discovered in ongoing incident... Breckland council raises its share of council tax for first time in 3 years

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main news stories this evening: 

    • A man in his 40s has been arrested in the Lowestoft area after suspicious devices were discovered in an ongoing incident in Gorleston
    • Breckland District Council has raised its share of council tax for the first time in three years with residents living in Band D homes seeing a 9p weekly increase
  5. Watch: Seajacks Scylla - the world's largest off-shore wind farm installation vessel

    The world's largest off-shore wind farm vessel, the Seajacks Scylla, is being ftted out in Great Yarmouth, prior to being officially named next week.                      

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    Video caption: Seajacks Scylla: Great Yarmouth firm reveals world's largest off-shore wind farm vessel

    The vessel measures 140m (459ft) long and 50m (164ft) wide and its legs, which are jacked to turn the boat into an off-shore platform, measure 105m (344ft). 

    Her first contract will be with the Veja Mate wind farm off the coast of Germany.  

  6. Area of Gorleston closed off after suspicious devices found

    A man has been arrested and an area of Gorleston remains sealed off after reports that suspicious devices had been discovered inside a property, police say.

    Specialist firearms officers were deployed to Viking Road at 10:30 this morning as a precaution. 

    A man in his 40s was arrested in the Lowestoft area in connection with the incident and will be questioned by officers later.

  7. Catch the royal pigeon: Queen's bird returned to Norfolk

    An exhausted racing pigeon found lost in East Lothian, Scotland, has been returned to its Norfolk owner - it belongs to the Queen and is from the royal loft at Sandringham.  

    Royal pigeon

    An officer for the animal charity SPCA found the bird saying it was exhausted, but not injured. 

    Apparently it's quite common for racing pigeons to lose their way and become too tired to take off again.

    Queen's pigeon found lost and exhausted

    Royal pigeon

    Animal welfare officers who rescued a lost pigeon in East Lothian are surprised to discover it is owned by the Queen.

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  8. Health provision in Norfolk is a "postcode lottery"

    Cath Saunt

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Health provision in Norfolk is a "postcode lottery" according to councillors looking at policies and services planned by four health commissioning groups (CCG) for next year.

    Stethoscope

    The county's health scrutiny committee has been questioning CCG officers about why access to treatment and services like IVF, cataract operations and prescriptions for gluten free foods, varies from area to area. 

    People living in south Norfolk are said to be the most affected as their health commissioners are already facing a £6.6m deficit, but all CCGs are facing future budget shortfalls as their NHS budget is cut by 4% from April.

  9. Dragon's Den success story revisited

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    A Norfolk businessman who famously broke down on Dragon's Den is back in the limelight this Sunday.

    Peter Jones and Ross Mendham

    The programme Pitches to Riches is revisiting the story of Ross Mendham, from Wymondham, who managed to secure a £60,000 investment from Peter Jones and now has a thriving business making low carbohydrate foods. 

    His Bare Naked products use konjac flour from the elephant yam plant, which Ross says he discovered after researching low calorie foods while trying to lose weight.

  10. Pupils get fitness boost from paralympian skier

    Pupils in Watton have been put through their paces by paralympic skier Sean Rose who visited Wayland Junior Academy.

    Paralympic skier, Sean Ros,e with pupils from Wayland Junior Academy

    He took part in a sponsored fitness circuit challenge with the children.

    Headteacher Nicola Kay said he hoped the experience will have "inspired our pupils to recognise the many benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle". 

  11. Norwich climate change activist gets suspended sentence

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A climate change activist from Norwich has received a suspended sentence for her part in a protest at Heathrow Airport last year. 

    Ella Gilbert

    Ella Gilbert, 23, from Magdalen Street along with 12 other members of the campaign group, Plane Stupid, were given a suspended six week prison sentence for aggravated trespass by a London court yesterday.

    In July last year the group of activists chained themselves to runway fencing at Heathrow in protest against airport expansion, causing 25 flights to be cancelled. 

  12. Headlines: Great Yarmouth firm has world's biggest wind farm installation ship... More money for arts and culture economy

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main news stories this afternoon: 

    • A Great Yarmouth company, Seajacks, is now in possession of the world's biggest wind farm installation ship
    • The Arts Council awards Norfolk thousands of pounds to develop its arts and culture economy
  13. Weather: Chilly with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Plenty of sunshine for the rest of the afternoon, but still feeling chilly with temperatures reaching no more than 5C (41F).

    Sheringham

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Breezy' who capture this image in Sheringham this morning.

    For more on the forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.

  14. Speedway: Iversen to ride for King's Lynn Stars again

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Niels-Kristian Iversen will start the 2016 Elite League speedway season in the KIng's Lynn Stars line-up. 

    The Stars former number one had originally decided not to ride in British speedway this year, but the Dane will replace the injured Troy Batchelor for the start of the season next month. 

    Niels-Kristian Iversen

    Iversen has confirmed the news in an interview with the latest issue of Speedway Star

  15. Norfolk arts to share £500,000 of funding

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Norfolk is to benefit from £500,000 of funding from the Arts Council to grow its "cultural economy".

    The Wolves by Deabru Beltzak at the Norfolk and Norwich festival 2011

    The money, to be shared with Suffolk, will see both counties working in partnership alongside the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to develop the sector.

    Financial pressures saw County Hall cut £150,000 from its Norfolk arts budget last year, as well as more than £400,000 from the museums budget.

  16. Sam Kelly to play Cambridge Folk Festival

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Former Britain's Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly, from Norfolk, is to play the Cambridge Folk Festival it has been announced.

    Sam Kelly

    The festival, which takes place at Cherry Hinton between 28 and 31 July, is being headlined by iconic Irish folksinger Christy Moore.

    Kelly, a singer-songwriting originally from Spixworth, appeared in series six of BGT.

  17. World's largest off-shore wind farm construction vessel arrives in Great Yarmouth

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The world's largest off-shore wind farm installation vessel, it is believed, is being fitted out in Great Yarmouth before being deployed on a project in Germany. 

    Seajacks Scylla

    The SeaJacks Scylla measures 140m (459ft)  long and 50m (164ft) wide and its legs, which are jacked to turn the boat into an off-shore platform, measure 105m (344ft).   

    Seajacks won't reveal exactly how much she cost to build, except to say the figure stands at several hundred million pounds.

  18. Heritage project explores YMCA Norfolk history

    Network Norfolk

    YMCA Norfolk is set to launch a heritage project which will provide homeless and hard-to-reach young people with "exciting and interactive opportunities" to engage with local heritage: 

    Historic YMCA
  19. Erpingham's famous son honoured by 600 trees

    The village of Erpingham is honouring its famous son, Sir Thomas  Erpingham, with the planting of 600 oak trees.

    Oak saplings

    The oak saplings will mark 600 years since the battle of Agincourt and will commemorate Sir Thomas who helped the English win victory in the war against the French. 

    Organiser, John Sizeland, says the trees, which have been provided by the Woodland Trust, have been raised by acorns gathered from veteran oaks and will be planted by local volunteers. 

  20. Anglian Water says homes affected by burst main should be re-connected soon

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Anglian Water says some of the 500 homes which have been left without water after a mains burst have been re-connected. 

    Tap water

    The damage earlier this morning also led to the closure of Thurton Primary in south Norfolk. 

    Work is now under way to get supplies re-connected to the remaining properties affected.