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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 28 April 2016
  2. Care firm Better Healthcare Services (Norwich) has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it must improve
  3. A fire that broke out in a thatched cottage in Belton last night has reignited this morning
  4. Cromer Town may have been thrown a lifeline for its future
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

That's it from the Norfolk Live team.

We'll be back from 08:00 to do it all again.

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A teenager when first child was stillborn, Dickleburgh mum launches fundraiser

Diss Express

As a teenager expecting her first child, Hannah Day spent the last month of her pregnancy planning her unborn baby’s funeral.

Hannah Day with son Joshua, aged 3
Diss Express

Overnight weather: A little rain this evening, then mostly dry

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at first with outbreaks of rain, locally heavy at times. It will then become dry later in the night with clear spells, and a moderate breeze picking up, particularly around the coast. Lows of 1C (34F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

Friday will be dry at first, but cloud will increase during the morning with the odd shower possible in the afternoon. Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Cathedral peregrine chick hatches

The first of this year's peregrine falcon chicks at Norwich Cathedral has hatched.

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Headlines: 'Improvements have been made' at care firm... Fire crews still at scene of cottage fire

Here are this evening's news headlines:

- Staff who work for a Norfolk care company say there have been improvements since a damning report by the Care Quality Commission

- Fire engines are expected to stay into the evening at the scene of a fire that destroyed a thatched cottage at Belton

- The first of this year's peregrine falcon eggs at Norwich Cathedral has hatched

Worldwide experts to attend reconstructive surgery conference

A leading consultant surgeon from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is hosting the UK's second international conference in reconstructive surgery next month.

Andrea Figus says a panel of experts from the USA, Japan and Europe will attend the conference at De Vere Dunston Hall, near Norwich, enabling them to "share experience of current research and technology... and encourage collaboration to establish a strong network."

Dr Andrea Figus, Consultative Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
NNUH

The NNUH treats patients from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Its plastic surgery department carries out around 200 microsurgery procedures every year, in operations ranging from four to eight hours.

Sam Kelly wins at Folk Awards

BBC Radio 2

Congratulations to singer-songwriter Sam Kelly, who won the Horizon Award for "pushing new boundaries" at last night's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Sam, from Spixworth, near Norwich, lives in Cornwall now.

The Unthanks won album of the year for Mount The Air.

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Teens arrested over Watton arson attacks

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of arson attacks in Watton, including a fire that destroyed a dugout at a sports centre.

The boys, aged 15 and 16, from the Thetford area, were arrested yesterday and questioned at Wymondham in connection with fires at Watton Sports Centre, an industrial unit at Griston Road, and a straw bale fire at the airfield, along with an incident of shoplifting in Carbrooke.

The teenagers have been released on conditional bail while inquiries continue.

Picture: Work on solar farm is complete

The final section of one of the UK's largest solar farms has been completed, with the installation of four separate solar generating units to aircraft hangars at Scottow Enterprise Park. 

Aerial view of the solar farm at the former RAF Coltishall airbase
Scottow Moor Solar Ltd

The 50MW Scottow Moor Solar Ltd (SMSL) farm , located on the former RAF Coltishall air base, is generating enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 12-15,000 homes, with a CO2 saving of nearly 20,000 tonnes per annum.

The solar farm will bring landowner Norfolk County Council  in excess of £10m in rental income from SMSL over the next 25 years.

Weather: Wet and windy later

BBC Weather Watchers

There were sunny skies across parts of Norfolk earlier, but it will become cloudy and breezy, with frequent outbreaks of rain - even hail at times. Feeling cold for April, with a maximum temperature of 10C (50F).  

Many thanks for BBC Weather Watcher "joineryman" for this photograph of Mundesley a short while ago. 

Mundesley beach, with cloudy blue sky and gentle sea wash
BBC Weather Watchers / joineryman

Picture: A vision of Westlegate

If you're wondering how Westlegate will look once the city centre's pedestrianisation scheme is finished, Norfolk County Council is tweeting the answer:

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Hooper is striving to prove his point

Norwich Evening News

The back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Back page of Norwich Evening News
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Bitter Battle: Norwich prides itself as the city of ale

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Front page of Norwich Evening News
Archant

Presenter Kate unwraps new cafe

Just Regional

Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped presenter Kate Quilton will officially open the Garden Kitchen Cafe in the picturesque grounds of Hoveton Hall this Sunday, 1 May.

Kate Quilton holding a fruit and a can of juice
Just Regional

Watch: Firefighters return to thatched cottage blaze

A fire investigator officer is at the scene of a thatched cottage fire in Belton, near Great Yarmouth.

The blaze broke out shortly before 19:30 yesterday, and eight pumps attended, leaving the scene about seven hours later. The occupants got out of the property safely. 

Earlier today firefighters were called back to the cottage, where they continue to turn and damp down the fire. They are expected to remain there for the rest of the day.  

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed: 'Wondermum' squirrel's legacy lives on

A red squirrel "wondermum" has died, but her maternal spirit lives on at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham.

Two photos of an adult red squirrel, one with two kittens and one with one kitten
Pensthorpe Natural Park

"Tortoiseshell", who was nine years old, produced 50 kittens in her lifetime, and the latest of her bright-eyed and bushy-tailed great-grand kittens have just taken their first footsteps in the spring sunshine.  

Red squirrels survive in only a handful of locations in the UK, and Pensthorpe is one of them. It's hoped the kittens will eventually become part of the East Anglian Red Squirrel Group breeding programme.  

Will cathedral peregrine chicks hatch today?

The Hawk and Owl Trust is tweeting about the imminent arrival of the peregrine falcon chicks at Norwich Cathedral.

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Running scared is not on the agenda

Eastern Daily Press

The back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of today's EDP
Archant

Sports car company 'owes its success to engineering hub'

A car production company says it owes its success to a south Norfolk innovation hub launched a decade ago today.

Production of the Zenos sports car, with engineers working on a vehicle
BBC

Zenos Cars started with just three people when it began production at the Hethel Engineering Centre four years ago. Now more than 20 people are employed at its new and larger premises in Wymondham, where it produces 100 vehicles a year.

The E-10, which comes in three variants, was launched last year with a selling price starting just below £27,000. Managing director Mark Edwards describes their sports cars, half of which are sold overseas, as  "pure, thrilling fun... at an affordable price".

Innovation hub celebrates 10 years

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

Hethel Engineering Centre, near Wymondham, is celebrating its 10th anniversary today.

Exterior of the Hethel Engineering Centre premises
BBC

The £4.5m venture was created by the county council in partnership with the East of England Development Agency and other partners as a base for engineering and business in the region.

Over the past decade it has created 700 jobs, as well as providing space to get new firms off the ground. It has also developed a national reputation for high-performance engineering.

Healthcare firm 'working to improve'

The boss of a home care provider in Norfolk says it is working to improve, following a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Elderly woman's hands, with gold ring, stroking a ginger cat
Getty Images

Better Healthcare Norwich was found to be inadequate in the way it handled complaints, and didn't have enough staff to meet people's demands.

The company has recruited 21 new carers since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 50. Managing director Marc Diamond said: "We're not completely out of the woods as it takes a while for the new carers to get the experience necessary... but we've come a long way since the beginning of the year." 

Swaffham, Thetford and Fakenham fight relegation

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Three Norfolk sides will go into the final weekend of the football season fighting over one place outside the relegation zone.

Swaffham lost their game in hand 3-1 against Saffron Walden last night to remain in trouble.

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With Whitton United already relegated, the other two relegation positions will be filled by Norfolk teams. 

Although there are three relegation places, there could be a reprieve for the team finishing third- bottom.

MPs debate plans for East Anglian devolution

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

There were impassioned speeches in Parliament yesterday as MPs got their first chance to debate plans for East Anglian devolution.

Under the scheme, which could be introduced next year, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire would get a directly-elected mayor, who would have new powers over matters such as transport and strategic planning.   

The Conservative MP for South Norfolk, Richard Bacon, pointed out that there were already 1,200 councillors across the three counties, asking whether the public really wanted any more. 

Richard Bacon MP for South Norfolk, in the debate
BBC

Sir Henry Bellingham, North West Norfolk Conservative MP, said there was a "passion for Norfolk... we have no affinity to a concept such as East Anglia".

Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk in the debate
BBC

The MPs present at the debate said they all supported the idea of devolution, but were not happy with the present plans.

Lifeline offered to football club

Cromer Town FC, which is facing the prospect of having to leave its Cabbell Park home, may have been thrown a lifeline.

Cromer Town football club site
Google

Plans for a £3.5m medical centre for the site had left the club facing the loss of its community clubhouse, which brings in vital funds for them. North Norfolk District Council and MedCentres, which are behind the development, have now struck a deal offering the club a three-year lease period to remain at the clubhouse until it finds a suitable home.

District council leader Tom Fitzpatrick described the deal as a "win-win situation".

Firefighters in frantic battle to save thatched cottage

Eastern Daily Press

The front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Front page of EDP
Archant

Iversen: Speedway postponement 'correct decision'

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Grand Prix speedway star Niels-Kristian Iversen says it was the correct decision to postpone the meeting between King's Lynn Stars and Poole Pirates last night.

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Rain and hail in west Norfolk had left the surface very slippery and potentially dangerous.

Due to the meeting being televised there was no option to delay the start in order to continue to improve the track.

Firefighters return to thatched cottage fire

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A fire that broke out in a thatched cottage in Belton last night has re-ignited this morning.

Firefighters tackling fire at cottage in Belton
BBC

About 70 firefighters fought the blaze, which started shortly before 19:30. Crews left the scene seven hours later.

Three fire engines have been called back to the scene this morning, as the fire has started again.

Damning report on care provider

A company that provides carers to help people in their own home has been told it has to improve.

Leaflets showing Better Healthcare services for Norwich
BBC

report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says Better Healthcare Services (Norwich) was not "consistently safe or caring." The company admits there was a problem after 12 carers quit in the space of a fortnight.

The remaining carers were praised in the CQC report. The firm says it has been recruiting more staff and improving services.

Weather: Sunny spells, with rain later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a frosty and chilly start, it will be a mainly dry day with sunny spells. Scattered showers developing later, becoming heavy.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

BBC Weather has more details for you.

Travel: A143 closed at Fritton

BBC Travel

The A143 Beccles Road in Fritton is closed, because of a fire at a thatched cottage in Belton.

Heavy traffic is building in both directions between Belton and St Olaves.

The headlines: Care firm 'must improve'... Firefighters at scene of thatched cottage fire

The stories making the news this morning:

  • Care firm Better Healthcare Services (Norwich) has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it must improve
  • A fire that broke out in a thatched cottage in Belton last night has reignited this morning
  • Cromer Town FC may have been thrown a lifeline for its future 

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

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