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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 18 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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Our live coverage for today

Time to sign off from Norfolk Live. We're back at the usual time tomorrow, 08:00. 

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Have a good evening. 

Weather: Heavy showers at times overnight

BBC Weather

Becoming brighter for a time this evening, but showers, some heavy and thundery, will follow. 

Weather map

These will eventually fade to leave clear intervals later in the night. Lows of 9C (48F). 

A warmer day is forecast for tomorrow with bright sunny spells. BBC Weather has more details. 

Peregrine mum 'chased away' from Norwich Cathedral nest

Martin Barber

BBC News

News just in - there's been soap-opera like drama high above the rooftops of Norwich as a new "feisty" female has interrupted life in the peregrine falcons' nest on Norwich Cathedral.

Intruding female at Norwich Cathedral nest
Hawk and Owl Trust

It could mean that the Norwich female has been chased away from platform nest by the intruder as it appears the male is now the sole provider of food for his young family, the Hawk and Owl Trust says.

However, as the chicks continue to grow and develop over the next 10 days and need more food - it could be that sibling rivalry may occur and the strongest and fittest of the chicks will pick on the smallest and weakest if food is in short supply.

New dementia cafe opening

Just Regional

The Sprowston Community Dementia Café opens tomorrow (May 19) to mark the town’s contribution to Dementia Awareness Week.

Watch: Ambulance service joins 'running man' challenge

The East of England Ambulance Service has taken up a challenge to perform an online dance known as the "running man challenge".

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Emergency services personnel around the world have danced in uniform with many of the videos going viral after the craze was started by basketball players in the United States. 

The region's ambulance service has now thrown down the the gauntlet to colleagues at Norfolk police and the county's fire service.

Pair deny Great Yarmouth murder

Two men have appeared in court accused of murdering a man stabbed to death in a flat in Great Yarmouth last year. 

Warren Blake, 18, of Thorcliffe Road, London, and Tevin Birmingham, 21, of Spring Road, Ipswich, appeared at Norwich Crown Court and denied the murder of Andrew McGowan.

Mr McGowan was found "bleeding profusely" in a flat in Dickens Court on 14 November, the court was told. Despite the efforts of police and paramedics he died at the scene.

The two also each face two charges of supplying cocaine. 

Dereham street pastors take to the street

Network Norfolk

Following years of preparation and prayer, a commissioning service has been held for the Dereham Town Pastors who are now out and about patrolling the streets.

Street pastors
Network Norfolk

Search of Brundall bungalow to continue tomorrow

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Police will resume searching a house in Brundall tomorrow where a "sizeable" number of guns were found.


Officers have been conducting searches at the house in Holmesdale Road since yesterday.

Norfolk police say a cordon will remain in place around the address but the road will be re-opened overnight.

It will close again tomorrow morning in order for officers to conduct their inquiries safely.

We would like to thank local residents for their patience whilst these searches are taking place and I would like to reassure the public that they are not at any risk.”

Det Ch Insp Andy CollerNorfolk Police

A man in his 60s was arrested in connection with firearms offences and has now been released on bail until July. 

Courier company apologises over exam paper error

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

A courier company has apologised after it tried to pick up exam papers early, sparking fears over fraud and prompting a headteacher to issue a warning to other schools.

Adrian Ball, executive principal of Thetford Academy, sent a warning to other principals in the area on Friday after a man tried to collect the papers last Thursday.

Thetford Academy

Citysprint said one of its couriers attempted to collect papers set by exam board AQA ahead of the scheduled pick-up date, adding: "This was down to a booking error and we have made a full apology."  

East Anglian devolution: Potential breakthrough in talks

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

East Anglian devolution appears to be a step closer after the government told councils in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk that it's prepared to accept a revision to the original plans, proposed by Cambridgeshire councillors.

East Anglian Flag

Under the so-called "brother and sister" deal there would be two devolved authorities and two directly-elected mayors: one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and one for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Both authorities would agree to work closely together on strategic matters.

I understand the Local Government Secretary Greg Clark met Chancellor George Osborne last night and persuaded him to accept the new proposal.

Watch: Search continues of house where gun cache found

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A man has been released on bail after a large quantity of firearms was found yesterday at a bungalow in Brundall, near Norwich.

At the scene: The Brundall street where a guns cache was found

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

House where guns found
Forensic officer
Back garden where excavations being carried out
Road cordon

Search continues after arms cache found

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Residents say they were asked to keep doors and windows shut while officers carried out searches of a property where guns were discovered on Monday. 

Holmsdale Road, Brundall

One person, who did not wish to be named, said the bungalow where a large number of firearms have been recovered is occupied by an "ordinary couple" who've lived in the house for many years. 

One neighbour, Sharon Gibbons, told me the discovery of weapons was "disturbing". 

Neighbours surprised at police activity

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Neighbours living near a house where police discovered a large cache of guns have been telling me that forensic teams have been digging up the back garden.

The house in Holmesdale Road is in the quiet village of Brundall where residents told me they were very surprised by the police activity. 

Eleven police vehicles, including five forensic vans, have been there today. 

Scene of police search

Police continue search at Brundall house

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

I've been to Holmesdale Road in Brundall where police are continuing to search a house in which a large quantity of firearms was found yesterday.

Forensics teams are searching a bungalow. White tents have been erected in the front and back gardens and neighbours have told me officers have been digging.

Police at scene of Brundall search

The searches follow the arrest of a man in his 60s from the Brundall area on suspicion of firearms offences. He has been bailed until July pending further inquiries.

Three arrested after Norwich stabbing

Three people have been arrested following a stabbing in Magdalen Street, Norwich, this morning.

Officers were called at 10:49 to reports of an altercation in which a man had been injured. On arrival, they found a man with a small puncture wound to his body.

Magdalen Street

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and the injury is not believed to be serious.

Officers arrested three men a short time later. All were taken to the Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where they will be questioned by police later.

Police said a knife had been recovered.

Recovered Nissan Qashqai was involved in fatal crash, police confirm

Police say they are satisfied a Nissan Qashqai car recovered on Monday is the one that was involved in a fatal collision in Bungay in the early hours of Friday, and are not seeking any other vehicles in relation to the incident.

Pedestrian Shane Lay, 42, of Broome, died on Saturday at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, following the crash in Bridge Street.

Two men were arrested on Monday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. One has been released without charge and the other, a 48-year-old man from Suffolk, has been bailed to return to police on 10 August, pending further inquiries.

Castle Mall traders concerned by proposed Post Office move

Nanette Aldous

BBC Radio Norfolk

Traders at a shopping centre in Norwich say they could be forced to move out if the Post Office there closes. 

Castle Mall, Norwich
Geograph/Steve Daniels

The Post Office is consulting on moving from Castle Mall into WHSmith on St Stephen's Street.

Shops in Castle Mall say as much as a quarter of their custom comes from people going to use the Post Office.

Police continue to search house where arms found

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Police are continuing to search a property in Brundall today where guns were found yesterday.

Holmesdale Road, Brundall

Searches of the house in Holmesdale Road uncovered a large quantity of firearms. A cordon has been placed around the property and the road is expected to remain closed.

Norfolk police said in a statement: "We would like to thank local residents for their patience whilst these searches continue and we would like to reassure the public that they are not at any risk.”

A man in his 60s and from the Brundall area has been arrested in connection with firearms offences and bailed pending further inquiries until July. 

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Man arrested over Norwich park sex assaults is bailed

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A man in his 40s arrested in connection with a two alleged sex assaults on a woman in Eaton Park, Norwich, has been released on bail.

Eaton Park, Norwich
Georgraph/Kevin Tweedy

The victim, in her 20s, was running in the park on Monday and Wednesday last week and on both days the same man approached her and touched her inappropriately. He stopped when she told him to and ran off.

Officers interviewed a man yesterday about the alleged incidents after he voluntarily turned up at Earlham Police Station.

University bans mortarboard throwing to 'avoid risk' of injury

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The University of East Anglia says its decision to ban the "hat-throwing" photo opportunity for graduating students follows a number of injuries over recent years caused by falling mortarboards. 


In a statement the university said the tradition was now "an unacceptable risk and we want to ensure no student's graduation day is ruined by the potential for avoidable injury"

The move would also prevent damaged mortarboards being returned to academic dress suppliers. 

Last year one student ended up in A&E with a "nasty cut". Anglia Ruskin University stopped the tradition in 2008.

Two men questioned over fatal crash are released

Two men being questioned over a fatal crash in Bungay have been released by police.

Shane Lay

Shane Lay, 42, (pictured), of Broome, died after being struck by a car in Bridge Street in the early hours of Friday morning after a night out with friends.

 A 48-year-old-man has been released on bail while the other was released without charge. 

UEA ban tradition of throwing mortarboards at graduation ceremony

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The tradition of students throwing their mortarboards in the air after graduation is to be banned by the University of East Anglia because a number of celebrating graduates have been hurt by falling hats. 


The Norwich Tab - a UEA student newspaper - reports the university has banned the practice after claiming it has given rise to "avoidable injury" and posed an "unacceptable risk". 

Instead, students could mime the throwing action and have their photographs electronically altered to have mortarboards added afterwards. 

Man arrested over Eaton Park sexual assaults released on bail

Norfolk Police says further inquires into sexual assaults in Eaton Park will take place after a man was released on bail.

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Weather: A cloudy start with rain

BBC Weather

Change is a coming... grey skies and cooler today, with rain later.

Top temperature of 12C (54F). BBC Weather has more details.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning from the team here in Norwich.

The main stories this morning are: 

  • Police investigating two sexual assaults in Eaton Park say a man has been released on bail pending further inquiries
  • Castle Mall traders in Norwich say they could lose a quarter of their business if the Post Office moves out
  • Two men being being questioned over an alleged hit-and-run incident in Bungay have been released by police; one has been bailed and the other released without charge
  • And finally... the tradition of throwing mortarboards at the University of East Anglia will be banned to avoid the "unacceptable risk"  of injury