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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 29 February 2016
  2. Norwich Generation Park scheme under threat as firm folds with debts of £3m
  3. Norfolk's biggest hospital needed 50 more doctors and 170 nurses last December, BBC research reveals
  4. Two local charities hope to get their hands on a share of £3m lottery money
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Monday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, 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. Your pictures: Sunset at Sheringham

    This "gorgeous sunset" was captured by Karen Spence from her "balcony in Sheringham", she writes. It was taken on Friday night. 

    Thanks very much, Karen.

    Sunset at Sheringham, Norfolk

    Your pictures of Norfolk are always welcome by email or our Facebook page.

  3. Weather: Dry and cold with clear intervals

    Dry and cold this evening with a few clear intervals, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain from the west overnight. 

    Weather chart

    Temperatures may briefly dip in strengthening winds. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

    Tuesday outlook: Cloudy, wet and windy through the morning but drier into the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. Norwich Generation Park project still seeking investors

    The insolvent company set up to find investors in a straw-pellet electricity generation plant in the centre of Norwich is still searching for backers. 

    Ian Woodward, speaking on behalf of Norwich Powerhouse, said that despite debts of £3m, Generation Park Norwich was still a viable project and the company was in "sensitive commercial discussions" with potential investors to take the project forward. 

    "We cannot make known any further information at this stage as this could put at risk the further investment," Mr Woodward said.

  5. Headlines: Four men convicted of museum rhino head raid... Generation Park company still looking for investors to keep project viable

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Here are the top stories this evening:

    • Four men are convicted of the bungled theft of a rhino head from Norwich Castle Museum
    • The insolvent company behind the Norwich Generation Park plan is still looking for investors to keep the project viable
    • Under-fire Norwich City 'have players capable of making difference', says manager Alex Neil
  6. Four convicted of bungled Norwich Castle rhino head theft

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Four men who tried and failed to steal a rhino head from Norwich Castle Museum are among 14 linked to an organised crime gang who have been convicted at Birmingham Crown Court.

    Rhino head

    The men were carrying the heavy head from a display but were tackled by members of the public and forced to dump the trophy. As they fled the men abandoned a car number plate bearing an incriminating fingerprint which led to their arrest and conviction. 

    The four were hired by organised crime mastermind, London-based Donald Chi Chong Wong, to carry out the theft on 20 February 2012, the court heard.

    The other 10 were convicted of other thefts of Chinese artefacts worth millions of pounds targeted by Wong.

  7. Canaries have players 'capable of making a difference': Neil

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City have the numbers to match Chelsea in the next fixture on Tuesday, according to manager Alex Neil, but he would not comment in detail on injuries to Wes Hoolahan and Sebastien Bassong.

    Alex Neil

    He said they had suffered "wee niggles" and missed Saturday's match against Leicester which was lost in the last minute after a strike by the Foxes' Leonardo Ulloa. 

    Neil said: "We've got a host of players who are capable of making a difference. I don't care if it's [goalkeeper] John Ruddy who scores."

  8. Dereham Sixth Form College under threat after partner school bids to break away

    Dereham Sixth Form College, staffed by teachers from two high schools in the town, could be split in two after one of the partners made a bid to break away.

    Dereham Sixth Form College

    The college was established by the town's Neatherd and Northgate high schools in 1977 but Neatherd believes the college has been underperforming and wants to set up its own sixth form.

    Glyn Hambling, head teacher at Northgate, said governors, staff and students were disappointed with Neatherd's view of a college that had proved successful over many years.

    A campaign opposing the split has been signed by 1,000 people, including former pupil Chris Rankin, the Harry Potter actor.

  9. Generation Park scheme failed to find investors, insolvency experts say

    The Norwich Generation Park project folded with debts of £3m after developers Norwich Powerhouse (NPH) failed to secure investment, insolvency experts said. 

    "There have been discussions with potential investors over some months but unfortunately at this stage there is no funding to move the proposal forward," said insolvency supervisor Chris McKay, of McTear Williams & Wood.

    "It is against this background that we have entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with creditors and NPH apologises to all involved and affected by the financial status," he added.

  10. Weather: Dry with outbreaks of rain overnight

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry and bright afternoon with some decent spells of sunshine for many.   

    Weather

    Winds will be lighter than recent days so it should feel more pleasant out and about. 

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

  11. 'Generation Park' scheme proposal was opposed by campaigners

    After plans were announced in January last year for a straw-pellet burning power station on a derelict site near Norwich city centre, there were protests from residents and local food companies

    Generation Park Norwich

    The plan was for the plant, on the former Norwich power station site, to burn 200,000 tonnes of straw annually, brought by rail, to provide power for 88,000 homes. 

    The so-called "Generation Park" project in the city's Thorpe Hamlet area would also include new homes and an education centre. Now the consortium backing the scheme has filed for insolvency with debts of £3m and the project is in danger of folding completely.

  12. Norwich 'world-leading' green power scheme folds with £3m debt

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Plans for a green-energy power station in the heart of Norwich have been shelved after the consortium behind the project filed for insolvency.

    Norwich Generation Park

    I've been told under a Company Voluntary Arrangement agreed last week, Norwich Powerhouse, the consortium behind Generation Park Norwich, has folded with debts of £3m. 

    The scheme for an electricity-generating incinerator, housing, student research units and leisure facilities was put together by the University of East Anglia and the energy firm E.ON.

    It was hailed as a world-leading project in which straw pellets would have been brought by rail to the derelict Norwich power station site next to the River Yare, but its future now looks to be in doubt.

  13. Charities hope to receive lottery funding

    Two Norfolk-based charities are among five in the East of England in line for a slice of £3m of Big Lottery funding.

    Big Lottery loogo

    ASD Helping Hands hope to receive £49,430 to fund more activity sessions such as art and crafts, cooking, wall-climbing, paintballing, bowling, fishing and team games. 

    The Better Together in Gorleston project needs £17,525 to expand a companionship club, work club, health support, crafting, archiving, and training and skills to help people get into employment.  

  14. Sir John Hurt to return to London theatre after cancer fight

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Actor Sir John Hurt, who lives in north Norfolk, is returning to the West End stage this summer after treatment for cancer of the pancreas.

    Sir John Hurt

    He is set to star opposite Kenneth Branagh in John Osborne's The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre in London from August. 

    His return to the London stage, for the first time in a decade, follows a report in October last year he had been had been given very good news by his oncologist but it had fell short of an all-clear.

  15. Lunchtime headlines: Sixth form college threat as partners break up... Last shop in holiday home village shuts

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    These are the stories we will be looking at this afternoon: 

    • Future of Dereham Sixth Form College under threat as partner bids to break away 
    • Last convenience store in Brancaster shuts as holiday home village empties in winter 
    • Actor John Hurt fights cancer to take on new role at the Garrick Theatre in London
  16. Second homes help seal fate of village shop

    A west Norfolk village has found itself without a shop after its last convenience store closed at the weekend.

    Brancaster shop

    Local residents in Brancaster, where 65% of properties are second homes or holiday properties, now face a two-mile journey to get a pint of milk, the shop's owner Jenny Burbidge said.

    "There just aren't enough people about during the winter. The local trade does not get us through these months," she added.

  17. School pupils take 'save the hedgehog' campaign to Downing Street

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A group of young pupils from a Norfolk school feel so strongly about the plight of hedgehogs they have appealed to Prime Minister David Cameron to take action.

    Hedgehog

    The children, aged five and six, from Old Buckenham Primary School are campaigning to save hedgehogs because their numbers are declining in the countryside. 

    They have written to Mr Cameron to ask him to note the fall in numbers of the spiny animals and take action to save them. 

  18. Hospitals fighting back after recruitment crises last December

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Hospitals at King's Lynn and Gorleston suffered staff recruitment crises in December last year with dozens of unfilled vacancies, a BBC survey has revealed, but managers and unions say they are now fighting back.

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King's Lynn (pictured) needed 71 nurses and 46 doctors but Darren Barber from the Unison branch said recruitment levels were much better than when the hospital went into special measures in 2013. 

    The James Paget Hospital at Gorleston, where 50 nurses and 20 doctors were needed, said recruitment drives in India and the Philippines had helped boost numbers and new nursing staff were in training.