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- Updates on Thursday, 17 March 2016
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Additional nurses and optometrists have been recruited to meet the increased demand for eye services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The hospital's eye service is one of the busiest in the country, seeing over 100,000 patients each year.
An ageing population has led to an increased demand for eye services, with clinics running during the evenings and weekends.
The headlines this afternoon:
- The Duchess of Cambridge is to open a charity shop in Holt tomorrow
- Devolution details have been announced
- Tributes have been paid to the entertainer Paul Daniels
BBC Look East weather
A cloudy evening, with patchy light rain. Temperatures falling to 2C (36F).
Tomorrow will be cold and cloudy, with light drizzle. Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).
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A pub in West Norfolk where the landlady was murdered is being turned into a convenience store.
In 2010 Rebecca Thorpe, who ran the Compasses Inn in Snettisham, was shot dead by her partner Michael Tucker, who hid her body in a freezer. He was jailed for life in May 2011, with a minimum tariff of 26 years.
The Co-op is investing more than £500,000 to turn the Lynn Road pub into a supermarket, creating 20 jobs. It's due to open in late summer.
BBC Political editor, East of England
New details of what devolution has to offer Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have been announced.
The devolution agreement, published by the treasury and signed by 22 of the 23 council leaders in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, outlines how the new combined authority will work and the powers of the new directly elected mayor.
The agreement stresses that there is no intention for the new authority to take existing powers from local authorities.
County, district and borough councils will continue to exist. The combined authority and its mayor will be responsible for the powers which are being devolved from Whitehall.
Tributes have been pouring in for the entertainer Paul Daniels, who's died after losing his fight with cancer.
He was a familiar face to audiences in Norfolk, with appearances at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton and in Great Yarmouth.
These photographs of the magician, with his wife Debbie McGee, were taken by Maurice Gray in Great Yarmouth in March 2012. Mr Gray said the couple told him they were "very much in love with each other".
The government has officially announced that the former Archdeacon of Norwich is to be the new Bishop of Repton in Derbyshire.
The Venerable Jan McFarlane will be the ninth female Bishop in the Church of England when she takes up her new post in the summer.
The Conservative MP Caroline Spelman, who speaks for the Church of England in the Commons, confirmed the news to MPs this morning, adding that Bishop McFarlane will be the first female Bishop in the East Midlands.
The shadow cabinet minister for mental health has expressed concern about budget cuts at the first mental trust to be put in special measures - the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.
Luciana Berger met with members of the Campaign to Save Mental Health in Norfolk and Suffolk at a meeting in Norwich, arranged by Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis.
Ms Berger said savings of more than £40m were having "devastating consequences" on the care of patients. The Department of Health said it had invested £11.7bn in mental health in 2014-15.
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Electricity companies serving Norfolk are launching a new system next month to crack down on electricity theft.
They'll use a computer system that will analyse electricity usage, and if an unusual pattern is detected, it will be investigated.
It comes as the BBC found 33 people in the county had been prosecuted for the crime since 2012. The energy industry estimates theft costs them £200m a year, adding £30 to customers' annual bills.
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Twenty two tonnes of barley straw has been donated by a Norfolk business to farmers in Cumbria who were affected by last year's flooding.
Mike Giffin, of AF Biomass which donated the straw, says the delivery demonstrates the solidarity of farmers across the UK and their commitment to supporting others in the industry.
My first farm management position was on a beef and sheep farm near Cockermouth in Cumbria. I understand how difficult it must be to be worrying about feed supplies as we head in to the spring with suckler cows calving and sheep lambing."
Norwich Evening News
The entertainer Paul Daniels was one of Britain's top entertainers, with millions of viewers watching him on his television shows.
He had played at venues across the world, and ten years ago he came to a village just outside Norwich.
Light projections in King's Lynn will be switched off for an hour this weekend.
The Borough Council is joining Earth Hour, an annual event organised by the Worldwide Fund for Nature, which asks people to switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of the planet.
The lights will be switched off at 20:30 on Saturday for the Lynn Lumiere light shows, and at council offices.
Great Yarmouth's SeaChange Arts has been awarded nearly £1m to help transform arts experiences for audiences living in and visiting the coastal town.
The funding, from the Arts Council, is for Coasters, a three-year project which will take indoor and outdoor circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.
Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of SeaChange Arts, said: "The English coast and seaside is a place of fun and frivolity... where society's rules are a little relaxed."
Norwich Evening News
The Duchess of Cambridge is to officially open a new charity shop in Holt tomorrow.
She will cut the ribbon at the East Anglia's Children's Hospices shop in Station Road, helped by two families who receive care and support from EACH.
The shop is the 21st for EACH, which provides support and care for children with life-threatening conditions.
BBC Radio Norfolk
A mother and son from north Norfolk been banned from running a riding stable for five years.
Rosemary and Ben Fabb were prosecuted for not having a licence to run the Fernbank Riding School at Roughton, near Cromer.
Magistrates in Norwich fined them both £500, ordered them to pay a victim surcharge of £50 each, and costs of £2,600 to North Norfolk District Council.
Paul Daniels, the television magician who entertained audiences for decades, has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The performer was married to his long-term stage assistant, Debbie McGee.
The couple had first worked together during a 1979 summer season in Great Yarmouth. They married in 1988.
Eastern Daily Press
BBC Radio Norfolk
A big wheel is under construction on Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach.
Measuring 33.1m (108ft) in height, it has 24 pods, and is expected to open in time for Easter. The wheel will remain at the attraction until the end of September.
The UK Meteor Observation Network says it will now analyse its footage of the "biggest meteor sighting" its recorded.
The stellar object was seen at about 03:15, covering hundreds of miles including the east of England, and caught on film in Surrey.
Richard Kacerek, from the Network, said: "It's still very early to say where it came from but later we will be looking at footage from our other camera in the north of the country and analysing the data to determine more about its origins and intensity."
The chairwoman of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group says she doesn't recognise any suggestion that some doctors are out of touch when it comes to stopping smoking.
Smoke Free Norfolk said it had heard cases of pregnant women being told by professionals that they shouldn't stop smoking, because of the stress it would cause
Tracy Williams, chairwoman of the clinical commissioning group, said GP practices in Norwich were "working hard to pass on the stop smoking message and signpost patients for support whenever appropriate".
Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash in Costessey last night.
Officers were called to reports of a three-vehicle collision on Longwater Lane, near to the junction with Hall Drive, shortly before 21:30.
The vehicles involved were a white Ford Fiesta, a white Audio A3 and a black Skoda Octavia. The male driver of the Ford Fiesta was taken to the Norwich and Norwich University Hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Sightings of a large, particularly bright meteor have been made across the UK this morning.
The meteor, described as green and leaving a magnesium-white trail, has been spotted by people in Stafford, the east coast, London and Surrey.
Richard Kacerek, from the UK Meteor Observation Network, said: "This is the biggest meteor sighting we have recorded."
The East of England Ambulance Service is warning people to drive carefully, as paramedics have attended several accidents in the foggy weather.
Eastern Daily Press
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An NHS service which aims to help people quit smoking says some people in the county are being given bad advice from medical professionals.
Ben Jest, from Smoke Free Norfolk, says he's heard cases of pregnant women being told they shouldn't stop smoking because of the stress it would cause, or GPs telling patients they shouldn't stop if a patient is on certain medication.
"There's no bad time to stop," he said. "Giving up smoking isn't easy, taking time and effort."
The head teacher of Thorpe St Andrew High School has backed plans for all schools to become academies by 2022, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in yesterday's Budget.
The school is one of the last state-funded high schools in Norwich.
Ian Clayton has previously resisted the move for the school to become an academy, but said: "We believe this is the right road for us in order to make sure we have good provision of education in the way we want it for our youngsters."
The stories in the news this morning:
- The head teacher of Thorpe St Andrew High, one of the last state-funded high schools in Norwich, has backed plans for all schools to become academies by 2022
- There are claims that some people are getting poor advice when it comes to quitting smoking
The A47 in King's Lynn is blocked, with queuing traffic eastbound after Pullover Roundabout, because of an accident involving a car and a tractor.
The A47 at North Tuddenham is blocked eastbound, because of a crash involving a lorry and a car.
The A1101 Welney Causeway remains closed in both directions between Welney village and the New Bedford River junction, because of flooding.
The A1065 in Hempton is partially blocked in both directions, near the Lamb Lane junction, because of a crash involving three vehicles.
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