- Updates on Thursday, 17 March 2016
- News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
Additional nurses and optometrists have been recruited to meet the increased demand for eye services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.Copyright: BBC
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).Copyright: BBC Weather
Tomorrow will be cold and cloudy, with light drizzle. Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).
You can find more details on BBC Weather.
A pub in West Norfolk where the landlady was murdered is being turned into a convenience store.Copyright: Google
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.
A symbolic march through Norwich city centre is set for Sunday to promote the urgency for local councils to act on their pledges to welcome 50 Syrian refugees to Norfolk.Copyright: Network Norfolk
BBC Political editor, East of England
New details of what devolution has to offer Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have been announced.Copyright: BBC
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.Copyright: Maurice Gray
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.Copyright: BBC
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.Copyright: Labour Party
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.
BBC Look East
Electricity companies serving Norfolk are launching a new system next month to crack down on electricity theft.Copyright: BBC
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.Copyright: Anglia Farmers Ltd
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.Quote Message: 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." from Mike Giffin General Manager, AF Biomass
Norwich Evening News
The back page of today's Norwich Evening News:Copyright: Archant
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.Copyright: Adam Shawyer
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 front page of today's Norwich Evening News:Copyright: Archant
The Duchess of Cambridge is to officially open a new charity shop in Holt tomorrow.Copyright: BBC
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.