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Summary

  1. Plans to build 200 homes at the former Pontins holiday centre at Hemsby are recommended for approval by councillors tonight
  2. Engineers continue repair work to a burst water main in Great Yarmouth
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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    Thanks for joining us for Norfolk Live. We'll be back tomorrow 08:00 bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

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  2. Weather: Cloudy with light rain

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A cloudy evening, with light rain or drizzle. Becoming wet and windy.

    Temperatures falling to 4C (39F).

    Weather chart for Wednesday afternoon, showing rain across Norfolk

    A wet and windy day, with heavy rain easing later. Temperatures reaching 7C (45F).

    There's more information on BBC Weather

  3. Your pictures: Sunrise in Norfolk

    BBC Weather Watchers

    What a contrast to yesterday morning, when a carpet of snow spread itself across Norfolk.

    Weather Watcher Kim captured this photograph of the sunrise today.

    Sunrise in Norfolk

    If you have a photograph that you'd like to share with us, you can send it to us on email.

  4. New CT scanner to reduce waiting times

    A new temporary CT scanner has been installed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to help cut down patient waiting times. 

    Senior Radiographer Karen Reid with the new temporary CT scanner

    The unit, situated in front of the Urgent Care Centre, will be in place for six months and will be used by more than 30 patients a day for cancer and diagnostic scans.

    Chief operating officer Richard Parker says it will help in the short term to speed up the care and treatment of patients. The hospital has been taking steps to reduce waiting times for diagnostic procedures.  

  5. The headlines: Decision due on plans for homes at former holiday camp... Workers repairing burst water main remove section of pipe

    The stories in the news today:

    • Councillors meeting tonight are expected to give the go-ahead to plans to build 200 homes on the former Pontins holiday resort at Hemsby
    • Engineers from Essex and Suffolk Water working on a burst water main in Great Yarmouth have removed a section of pipe
    • A Norwich man is chosen to be the voice of rail announcements on East Midlands Trains
  6. Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final is on

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    King's Lynn Town Reserves take on Dereham Town for a place in the Norfolk Senior Cup final tonight. Norwich United await the winners.

    The Walks

    The Linnets' game against Hungerford on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch but The Walks surface has been deemed playable for tonight's game.

  7. Paw patrols 'invaluable' in fight against crime

    There are 47 police dogs and 25 handlers in Norfolk and Suffolk's joint dog unit, providing specialist support to colleagues to help keep both counties safe.

    Last year, the team made more than 1,170 arrests, carried out more than 1,500 drug searches and helped find 347 missing people.

    Earlier the team posted this video on Twitter:  

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  8. Watch: Starlings take flight over Norwich

    As the sun sets over the Norwich skyline, an amazing sight can be seen.

    Hundreds of starlings take flight, forming a "murmuration", wheeling in formation over the city centre. 

    Many thanks to Fabian Harrison for sending us this video.              

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    Video caption: A murmuration of starlings over Norwich
  9. Beales' Diss store safe

    Diss Express

    Landlords of loss-making shops in the Beales Department Store Group are being asked to lower rents or take back their properties.

    Exterior of Beales in Diss
  10. Councillors urge rethink on parking meters scheme for Cromer and Sheringham

    North Norfolk District Council has sent a statement from its members to officers of the Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee setting out the authority's concerns at controversial plans to introduce on-street parking meters to Cromer and Sheringham.

    Sheringham seafront

    Councillor Nigel Pearce says he feels the proposals would be "robbing the Norfolk coast... taking money out of the area and not bringing benefits to the two seaside towns."

    Councillor Judy Oliver says the council would look to challenge the proposal in court if it's pushed through.

    The partnership says the financial sustainability of civil parking enforcement in Norfolk depends on additional revenue from such schemes.

  11. Medieval monument to be restored

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A medieval stone monument in the heart of Norfolk is being reinstated after it was broken in pieces when a car crashed into it in 2013.

    The damaged Stump Cross in September 2013

    Norfolk County Council has brought in a specialist firm to undertake the work to the old Stump Cross at Haveringland, near Reepham.

    When put back together, the 500-year old monument will stand about 5ft (1.5m) tall.

  12. Updates on road closures for construction of Northern Distributor Road

    A main road to the east of Norwich, which has been closed since 22 February for preparatory work ahead of construction of a double bridge for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR), is to reopen.

    The route of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road

    Plumstead Road, which has been closed between Thorpe End and Little Plumstead, is set to reopen by the evening of Friday.

    On Monday, the nearby Middle Road will close until 25 March, followed by the closures of Smee Lane from 28 March and Low Road  from 11 April.

    The long-term closure of Drayton Lane, on the western half of the NDR, begins on Monday, with Holly Lane providing a diversion route. The lane, a popular cut-through between Reepham Road and the B1149 Holt Road, is to be realigned to provide a new route for Holt Road traffic to the NDR.  

  13. Watch: Conductor is new voice of train company

    Senior conductor Stephen Carlyle-Hearn has been chosen as the new voice of East Midlands Trains

    Mr Carlyle-Hearn, from Norwich, will be heard on pre-recorded announcements at all the rail company's stations.

    He says it's a real privilege to be chosen, and that he had great fun recording the announcements.                       

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    Video caption: Norwich winner of 'Station Voice' competition
  14. Engineers remove damaged water main

    Engineers from Essex and Suffolk Water worked throughout the night to repair a burst water main in Great Yarmouth.

    A 4.5m (14.7ft) section of the burst pipe was removed.

    Traffic is restricted to one lane on South Quay, and Gorleston-bound traffic cannot use the South Quay or Haven Bridge. Road restrictions are likely to remain in place until the weekend.                 

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    Video caption: Work to repair a burst water main continued overnight
  15. Norwich: A vibrant city

    Nanette Aldous

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norwich is among the five most vibrant smaller cities in the UK, according to a new report.

    Norwich skyline showing The Castle, St Peter Mancroft, The Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral

    The report, by the Centre for Cities think tank, says Norwich, Cambridge, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Swindon have higher productivity levels than bigger cities such as Manchester and Birmingham.

    They also have higher than average levels of employment and business start-ups, and are among the fastest growing in terms of population. However, the report warns that without government help, challenges such as housing, increasing traffic congestion and skills gaps could halt the progress in its tracks.

  16. Cannabis 'should be available in specialist shops,' says MP

    The North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb is leading calls by the Liberal Democrats to allow specialist shops to sell cannabis.

    A cannabis plant, also known as marijuana in its herbal form

    He says it could raise over £1bn a year in tax revenue for the government. The party also says over-18s should be allowed to grow cannabis at home for personal use.

    Mr Lamb, Lib Dem health spokesman, said it had to be better than the current policy where "vast amounts of police time and resources are wasted going after those using the drug".

  17. Walsh's next challenger confirmed

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Cromer's British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh will make the second defence of his title on 30 April.

    He will face Northern Irishman James Tennyson (pictured) at London's Copper Box Arena.

    James Tennyson
  18. Coast protection work begins

    Maintenance work on the shingle embankment and beach between Snettisham and Hunstanton is set to begin today.

    Coastal protection work, showing vehicles and beach

    Ryan Ely, flood and coastal risk adviser for the Environment Agency, says the moving of more than 5,000 cubic metres of sand and shingle from the Snettisham Scalp to reinforce the defences is the most sustainable way to protect the coast.

    Nearly 3,000 properties are protected from tidal flooding by the embankment. The work, costing about £150,000, will take three weeks and is being carried out before the start of the bird breeding season.

  19. Watch: Councillors to consider homes plan for former holiday camp

    Controversial plans to build 200 new homes on the site of the former Pontins holiday camp in Hemsby are likely to get the go-ahead.

    There's been strong opposition to the housing since the resort closed eight years ago.       

    A decision will be made by councillors this evening.                

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    Video caption: Development of former Pontins resort set for approval