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- Updates on Monday, 29 February 2016
- Norwich Generation Park scheme under threat as firm folds with debts of £3m
- Norfolk's biggest hospital needed 50 more doctors and 170 nurses last December, BBC research reveals
- Two local charities hope to get their hands on a share of £3m lottery money
- More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday
Dry and cold this evening with a few clear intervals, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain from the west overnight.Copyright: BBC
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).
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.
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
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.Copyright: BBC
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.
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.Copyright: PA
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."
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.Copyright: Google
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.
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.
BBC Look East weather
A dry and bright afternoon with some decent spells of sunshine for many.Copyright: BBC
Winds will be lighter than recent days so it should feel more pleasant out and about.
Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).
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.Copyright: BBC
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.
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.Copyright: Norwich Generation Park
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.
Two Norfolk-based charities are among five in the East of England in line for a slice of £3m of Big Lottery funding.Copyright: Big Lottery Fund
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.
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.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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
A west Norfolk village has found itself without a shop after its last convenience store closed at the weekend.Copyright: Google
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.
Norwich Evening News
Today's Norwich Evening News back page:Copyright: Archant
Eastern Daily Press
Here is the back page of the Eastern Daily Press:Copyright: Archant
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.Copyright: PA
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.
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.Copyright: BBC
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.