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Summary

  1. Top stories on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Seven members of a gang which stole artefacts from museums - and attempted to steal a rhino horn from Norwich Castle Museum - are jailed
  3. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn trials extended visiting hours
  4. Pub landlord claims wheelchair ramp decision is holding back his business
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

    We like to involve you in Norfolk Live, so if you have a story or maybe a photograph that you'd like to share, send us an email or a tweet, or get in touch on Facebook

  2. Watch: Tying the knot in a castle

    Norwich Castle is the new home for register office weddings in the city. 

    The first couple to tie the knot in there were Josie Bigwood and Steve Manson. Their wedding took place on Friday, the 15th anniversary of the day they moved in together.                       

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    Video caption: Tying the knot in a castle
  3. Weather: Showers easing

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Scattered showers easing to leave a mostly dry night.  A few mist or fog patches may form.

    Temperatures falling to 4C (39F).

    Weather chart for Tuesday at 06:00

    Much of Tuesday will be dry with sunny spells, and occasional cloud.  A small chance of isolated showers in coastal areas.

    Temperatures will reach 14C (57F). BBC Weather has more details for you.

  4. Head ranger hangs up his boots for the last time

    After 26 years looking after the National Trust's 4,500-acre Blickling estate, head ranger Dave Brady has hung up his work boots for the last time.

    Dave Brady with Ben Fogle, walking through grassland during filming for ITVs Countrywise in 2014

    During the last two-and-a-half years his work has included the River Bure restoration, reverting Tower Park from agriculture to grassland, as well as restoring the historic woodland areas of Kingshot Copse and Hyde Park.

    His achievements will be remembered as the estate's longest waymarked walk is re-named Brady's Walk in his honour.  

  5. The headlines: Crime gang sentenced for museum thefts... Inquests opens into death of man who died during 14-hour stand-off with police

    The stories in the news this afternoon:

    • Seven members of an organised crime gang who arranged for multi-million pound items to be taken from musuems and auction houses across England, including Norwich Castle Museum, have been jailed
    • An inquest has opened into the death of a man who was found dead at his home in Costessey in August 2014 following a 14-hour stand-off with police
    • A motorcylist has died in a collision with a lorry on the A47 near Scarning
  6. Watch: Fans' reaction to Norwich win

    A last-minute goal by Martin Olsson gave a boost to Norwich City's hopes of staying in the Premier League.

    The Canaries beat Newcastle 3-2, delighting City's fans.                       

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    Video caption: Canaries fans' delight at 3-2 win against Newcastle
  7. Watch: Pensioner embarks on epic bus journey around England

    Malcolm Metcalf's sense of adventure has taken him around the world. 

    But now the 82-year-old has set off on a different journey, using his bus pass to travel around England. Using 60 buses, he'll travel through 33 counties in 29 days, and raise money for the East Coast Hospice at the same time.                       

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    Video caption: Pensioner's sense of adventure sees him set off again
  8. A47 reopens following fatal collision

    The A47 has now reopened in both directions following a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a lorry earlier today. 

  9. Decision deferred on anaerobic digester

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A decision on plans for a biogas plant between Attleborough and Snetterton have been deferred.

    Breckland councillors made the decision after discussing the proposals for the anaerobic digester on land to the south of the A11 at Snetterton racetrack. 

    It's claimed the plant, on 12 acres of land, would power up to 6,000 homes by converting crops, slurry and silage into energy. 

  10. Stand-off: Police response 'proportionate', inquest told

    Norwich Coroner's Court has heard that a man found dead in his home following a 14-hour stand-off with police was "a man of principles, morals and integrity" and that a previous incident had involved "verbal" aggression only.

    Norma Nour, the mother of 40-year-old Kamal Nour, went on to tell the inquest she was concerned that the incident in Quarry Road, Costessey, in August 2014 was considered "high-risk" by police and so firearms had been deployed.

    Norfolk Police says its response was "proportionate" and that when officers attempted to contact Mr Nour's mother there was no response.

  11. Dan Holley explains Sunday night's thunderstorms

    If you were awake late last night, you may have heard thunderstorms as they passed over Norfolk.

    But just what caused them? Here's weatherman Dan Holley with an explainer.

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    Video caption: Dan Holley explains Sunday's thunderstorm
  12. Six more people being sentenced over museum raids tomorrow

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    A further six defendants will be sentenced tomorrow at Birmingham Crown Court over the museum raids.

    Detectives say the Chinese artefacts stolen were worth about £18m but could have fetched up to £57m, and the case dwarfed the more high-profile Hatton Garden heist in London. 

    You can read the full story here.

  13. Men jailed for museum raids

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    Seven members of an organised crime gang who arranged for precious artefacts to be stolen from museums and auction houses across England have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

    The plots saw multi-million-pound items including Chinese jade and rhino horn taken from sites including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and an attempted theft at Norwich Castle Museum. 

    The jailed men were:

    • Danny Flynn, 45, of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, jailed for four years
    • Paul Pammen, 49, of Alton Gardens, Southend, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
    • Donald Chi Chong Wong, 56, of Clapham Common South Side, London, jailed for five and a half years
    • Daniel "Turkey" O'Brien, 45, from Smithy Fen, Cottenham, jailed for six years and eight months
    • Richard "Kerry" O'Brien Junior, 31, of Dale Farm, Oak Lane, Billericay, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
    • Alan Clarke, 37, of Melbourne Road, Newham, London, jailed for five and a half years
    • John "Cash" O'Brien, 68, of Fifth Avenue, Wolverhampton, jailed for five years and three months
  14. BreakingMembers of museum raid gang jailed

    Seven men from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands, who were part of an organised crime gang, have been jailed for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums across England, including in Norwich and Cambridge.

  15. Man dies in A47 collision

    A man has died following a serious collision on the A47 at Scarning, near Dereham, earlier today.

    A motorcycle and a lorry were involved in a collision at about 09:30. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The road remains closed while police carry out scene investigations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area, and diversions are in place.

  16. Weather: Brighter later

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a showery morning, as this picture taken by BBC Weather Watcher "lionofnorfolk" shows. 

    Those showers will slowly die away, with brighter spells developing towards the end of the afternoon. 

    Feeling warmer in the sunshine, with temperatures reaching 12C (54F). 

    Water pools in field
  17. Stand-off man's mother: 'How ill does a person need to be before he receives help?'

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    An inquest into the death of a man of a man who died following a 14-hour stand-off with police at his home near Norwich has heard that his mother had tried to help her son access mental health services but their "voices were never heard".

    Norma Nour says she wrote to the GP of her son, Kamal Nour, in the months before his death, asking: "How ill does a person need to be before he receives help?"

    According to the inspector in control of police contact and communications on the day of the incident in August 2014, Mr Nour, 40, had refused further mental health support earlier in the year. Police had attempted to contact his mother on the morning, but without success. The inquest continues.

  18. Stand-off man's 'cries for help never answered', inquest hears

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    The mother of a man from Norfolk who took his own life after barricading himself in his flat in Norwich has told an inquest that his cries for help were never answered.

    Kamal Nour, 40, from Queen's Hills, Costessey, had a history of mental health problems and admitted having suicidal thoughts. Police were called to his flat in August 2014 where he threatened to cut his throat if officers entered.

    After negotiations broke down, police forced entry to the property and found he had hanged himself.  The inquest, at Norwich Coroner's Court, is expected to last for several days. 

  19. Inquest opens into death of man who died following police stand-off

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    An inquest has opened into the death of a man who died following a 14-hour stand off with police.

    Kamal Nour, 40, was found hanged inside his home in Costessey, after barricading himself inside the house in August 2014.

    Mr Kamal's mother Norma told the inquest, at Norwich Coroner's Court, that her son suffered from severe bouts of depression, anxiety attacks and fear. His GP had referred him to the mental health trust but it was not considered urgent. 

    The inquest is expected to last several days.