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Summary

  1. Chancellor George Osborne announces devolution plans, including a directly-elected mayor, for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in today's Budget
  2. Inspectors have told the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital it needs to improve, citing too few nurses and pressure on wards
  3. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team for today.

    We'll be back from 08:00 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. Weather: Cold with clear spells

    Dry with variable cloud and some clear spells at times overnight. 

    Graph

    Brisk northeasterly winds at first tomorrow will gradually ease and feeling rather chilly later in the night with temperatures falling to 3C (37F).

    BBC Weather has your local forecast.

  3. Wanted man arrested

    Norfolk Police says a 34-year-old man who was wanted by police has been arrested.

    Jail

    John Storey was wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

    Storey was arrested yesterday in Norwich and will now be returned to jail. 

  4. Tributes paid to 'caring and skilful' cancer doctor found dead in Old Buckenham

    Diss Express

    The front page of the Diss Express: 

    Nadeera De Silva
  5. Linnets sign striker on-loan

    Phil Daley

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    King's Lynn Town have signed Boston forward John Sands on-loan until the end of the season.

    The former Leiston man has been used mainly as a substitute for the Pilgrims in National League North this season.

    Linnets manager Gary Setchell said: "John is somebody that I have I tried to sign the last three or four seasons but I’ve failed every time. I believe John can score goals for the football club and help us get back on the play-off trail."

  6. East Anglian devolution: More discussion needed, say Great Yarmouth councillors

    The main three political parties representing Great Yarmouth say they welcome the conversation on devolution for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire but that there was still much to be discussed.

    Great Yarmouth Town Hall

    In a joint statement, Tory council leader Graham Plant, Labour shadow leader Trevor Wainwright and UKIP group leader Kay Grey said: "We remain concerned about the governance and cost of a Combined Authority and the powers of a mayor, and wish to be part of actively shaping any future proposal before a decision is made."

  7. Election for Norfolk's Youth Parliament

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Twenty-six candidates are standing for election this week at Norfolk's Youth Parliament.

    Youth Parliament in session

    Thousands of school and college pupils expected to vote via their mobile phone to choose the next generation to represent them. 

    Members of Youth Parliament deal with the issues affecting younger people in their communities and nationally, working alongside local MPs and councillors. 

  8. Youngs ruled out for season

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk's Tom Youngs, who plays for Leicester Tigers, has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

    The England hooker is suffering from a back injury.

    Tom Youngs
  9. Grant for new sensory area for students with learning difficulties at City College

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties who attend City College Norwich are reaping the benefits of a new sensory area thanks to a £54,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation.

    Sensory area

    The new space opened in September following a successful joint bid between the college and Norfolk County Council to the Education Funding Agency.

    The highly interactive sensory area features colourful bubble tubes, fibre optics and other visual stimuli including mirrors, a kaleidoscope and a star gazer. 

  10. Fund raising call centre goes into liquidation shedding 150 jobs

    Nanette Aldous

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A fundraising call centre in Norwich has gone into liquidation with the loss of up to 150 jobs. 

    Accountancy firm Larking Gowen confirmed Insight CCI, which raised money for charities from its centre on St Andrews Hill, had gone into liquidation after running up debts of more than £700,000. 

    Insight's company director told the Eastern Daily Press it had suffered as a result of national adverse publicity surrounding the death of a women in Bristol who had reportedly been hounded by charity requests.

  11. Watch: Champion spaniel shows off her moves

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Teasel the cocker spaniel, owned by Claire Burrell, from Dereham, won the small singles agility category at Crufts.

    Here she shows us just how clever she is...

    Video content

    Video caption: Teasel the cocker spaniel wins agility competition
  12. Man denies stabbing another to death

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A 31-year-old man from Norwich has denied murdering a man who was stabbed to death.

    Scene where man stabbed

    Lee Tingle, 50, was found with serious injuries at a property in Suffolk Square in Norwich in December last year and declared dead at the scene.

    Kristian Tarragan, also of Suffolk Square, denied murder at Norwich Crown Court. The court set a trial date for 31 May.

  13. Headlines: East Anglian devolution deal could create a combined authority... Norwich call centre goes into liquidation with loss of 150 jobs

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    The main news headlines: 

    • East Anglian devolution details announced by Chancellor could see a mayor voted in and create a combined authority covering Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 
    • A fundraising call centre in Norwich has gone into liquidation with the loss of up to 150 jobs
    • A man from Norwich denies murdering Lee Tingle in Norwich in December  
  14. Devolution deal: Flying the flag for East Anglia

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Following George Osborne's announcement of a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, will we see more flags of East Anglia being flown around the region?

    East Anglian flag

    The flag was designed in about 1900 and incorporates the English cross of St George, with a shield bearing three crowns ascribed in medieval times to the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of East Anglia.

    It has recently been seen flying over Norfolk County Council's headquarters and, as shown above, in this garden near Cambridge.

  15. Video game festival sets sights on young designers

    Graham Barnard

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The next generation of young video game designers are to be given the chance to show off their talents at an event in Norwich later this month.

    Video games

    Norwich Gaming Festival hopes to highlight up-and-coming talent and with video game development being taught in many schools in Norfolk, the festival's organiser says game-writing can be a good career: 

    Quote Message: I think it's really important to encourage people to see it as a viable career path and that it's an achievable goal." from Dan Scales Festival organiser
    Dan ScalesFestival organiser
  16. Norfolk Specials to undergo intensive training

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Norfolk Live

    Norfolk's Specials are preparing to take part in an intensive training event this week as police figures reveal the volunteer officers clocked up 76,600 hours on duty last year.

    Police

    Norfolk currently has 250 volunteer officers who undertook 11,225 duties in 2015 including carrying out 573 stop/searches, 331 licensing checks and 184 drug seizures. 

    Domestic violence, stop and search, drink driving, robbery, public order and  traffic offences will all be under the spotlight during the event.

  17. East Anglian devolution will 'boost growth and drive economy'

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the chancellor’s announcement of a devolution agreement for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

    Mark Pendlington said: "Devolution brings a great opportunity to release even more potential from our vibrant towns and cities, giving us greater influence, control and decision making over vital areas of our economy from creating jobs, boosting skills, supporting our businesses and building the homes that we so desperately need.

    "Devolution offers us a way to achieve our ambitions and showcase our great industries."

  18. Trading Standards in Norfolk and Suffolk consider merger

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norfolk's Trading Standards department could merge with Suffolk's in an attempt to provide a better service and save money.

    Councillors will be discussing the proposal with both services agreeing it would help them to better react to issues like cross-border crime or an outbreak of an animal disease. 

    It's not clear yet if any jobs would go in the process and a decision on the matter will be made in October. 

  19. Workshop to advise charities how to crowdfund

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norfolk charities having to find new ways of raising money are being given advice on crowdfunding today. 

    Global Giving UK is hosting a workshop in Norwich and will be offering charities the knowledge and skills for setting up online public fundraising. 

    Chief executive Eleanor Harrison says it's about helping charities and community groups find new ways to raise money.