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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 14 April 2016
  2. Two people have been taken to hospital after a lightning strike in Gorleston yesterday
  3. Norfolk's Health Scrutiny Committee meets managers from out-of-hours GP services
  4. 'Normal for Norfolk' farmer hailed as star
  5. Funding is running out to make more communities "dementia-friendly"
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the Norfolk Live team today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

    We love to involve you in our coverage, so if you have a story or a photograph that you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Showers easing, with rain overnight

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms will become more isolated during the evening, but overnight there will be further spells of rain.

    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather chart for Friday 15:00 showing rain over Norfolk

    Friday will be cloudy, with heavy showers. Temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

  3. England's Big Picture: Knots at Sharrington

    Take a look at this stunning photograph of knots flying up from mud flats at Sharrington, near Holt, captured by Angela Richardson in the early evening. 

    It's the "Big Picture" today on the BBC News England page, which each day features a photograph sent in from across England. Congratulations to Angela. 

    Knots flying up from mudflats

    If you have a photograph that you'd like to see on the Norfolk Live page - landscape, industrial, urban or rural - you can send it to us on email

  4. Could Norfolk cuckoo take lead in race back to UK?

    A cuckoo tagged in Norfolk remains in second place in the race to get back to the UK after wintering in Africa.

    Satellite map showing locations of Stanley and Vigilamus

    Stanley (seen in red), who's currently over Spain, is lagging behind Vigilamus (green).  But the lead bird, who'd been near Bordeaux, has now backtracked. 

    Seven cuckoos have been tagged by scientists, to help the British Trust for Ornithology find out why the birds are disappearing from UK breeding grounds. 

  5. Photo: Flooding in Shotesham

    This is the scene in Shotesham, just south of Norwich, this afternoon.

    Many thanks to Henry Walker, for this photograph showing the collapsed bank in Market Lane.

    FLooding on Market Lane, Shotesham
  6. The first known Norfolk Sweaty Church in King's Lynn

    Network Norfolk

    King's Lynn Baptist Church runs Norfolk’s only known "Sweaty Church", a nationally growing form of church for families with children who learn and engage through active games and play.

    Logo for Sweaty Church
  7. The headlines: Heavy rain causes travel disruption... Supporters of the EU launch their campaign in Norwich

    The stories in the news today:

    • Train passengers face disruption after heavy rain caused flooding on the main line between Norwich and London
    • The A1066 in Diss is closed due to flooding
    • Supporters of the EU have launched their campaign in the region
  8. William II charter is oldest document in Norfolk

    Norfolk Record Office has shared this photograph, showing its earliest document.

    A charter from King William Rugus to Herbert de Losinga

    It's an undated charter from King William Rufus (William II, the third son of William the Conqueror).

    The King ruled from 1087-1100, and was - according to the Anglo Saxon Chronicle - "generally hated by almost all his people" because he was cruel, godless, dissolute and scornful of the English and their customs. 

  9. Network Rail engineers on scene of flooding between Stowmarket and Diss

    Steve Martin

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    More now on the problems that flooding is causing to rail services into and out of Suffolk this afternoon.

    Network Rail says water from a drainage pipe is gushing onto the track between Stowmarket and Diss. Engineers are on scene.

    Check the Greater Anglia website for the latest travel information.

  10. Flooding affects rail and road travellers

    BBC Travel

    Abellio Greater Anglia is warning rail passengers of disruption, with some services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street being cancelled due to heavy rain flooding the line between Stowmarket and Diss.  

    For motorists in the south of the county, the A1066 in Diss is closed in both directions because of flooding.

  11. Normal for Norfolk: Desmond and his 'very special eyebrows'

    A new BBC docusoap following eccentric Norfolk farmer Desmond MacCarthy has caught the attention of TV reviewers.

    Desmond MacCarthy and chef

    Writing in The Guardian, Sam Wollaston likens Wiveton Hall to an eerie manor house on the edge of the marshes that he stayed in as a child... and wonders whether he'll subject his own children to "the horrors" of his own childhood. He remarks on Desmond's "very special eyebrows".

    Matt Baylis, of the Daily Express, describes Desmond as "not so much normal for Norfolk as normal in terms of 10,000 years of global human economic activity".

  12. Watch: Regional EU 'Stay' campaign launched

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Environment Secretary and Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says young people would be hardest hit if Britain leaves the EU.

    Speaking at the launch of the "Stay" campaign at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, she claimed that leaving the EU would mean fewer jobs and opportunities. She travelled on the campaign's new battle bus. 

    Supporters of the "Leave" launch their campaign tomorrow.  

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    Video caption: Supporters of the staying in the EU launch their regional campaign in Norwich
  13. Watch: Size-14 model hits back at 'fat' jibes

    A size-14 model from Norwich subjected to online abuse about her appearance has hit back at trolls who have called her fat. 

    Iskra Lawrence, 25, who models all over the world, is now heading up awareness campaigns for eating disorders.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Size 14 model from Norwich heads up awareness campaigns for eating disorders
  14. Theft from disabled man a 'sickening crime'

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Police say the theft of money from a disabled man in Norwich was a "sickening crime".

    It happened just before 21:00 on Monday when the victim, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was waiting for a bus on Castle Meadow. 

    He was approached by a man described as white and tall with brown hair and a grey hat who asked him for money and then stole his wallet when he refused. Police are appealing for help to catch the thief.

  15. Watch: Renovating a cottage the Normal for Norfolk way

    Last night's BBC2 docusoap Normal for Norfolk, featuring aristrocratic farmer Desmond MacCarthy, looks set to become the talking point of the county.

    In last night's episode, he was seen renovating a dilapidated cottage - but appeared to be in danger of hampering progress.

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    Video caption: Desmond is renovating a dilapidated cottage, but is in danger of hampering its progress.
  16. Out-of-hours allocation 'less than price of a pizza per patient'

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    The medical director of IC24, Norfolk's out-of-hours and 111 service provider, says the amount of money allocated for each patient for care is "less than the price of a pizza".

    Dr Mark Reynolds, IC24

    Dr Mark Reynolds told the county council health scrutiny meeting looking into criticisms of the company's provision that it received about £7.50 per person per year to provide care. Asked if the service was "safe and sustainable", Dr Reynolds said it was, but added that "the pendulum had swung too far" in cost-cutting in the NHS nationally. He said eight years ago, the allocation for out-of-hours funding was nearer £12 to £14 per person.