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Summary

  1. Norwich actor Sam Clemmett to star in Harry Potter stage production
  2. Heavy rain has led to flooding and is causing problems on the roads and trains
  3. Norfolk's Minor Counties Championship match with Cambridgeshire ends in a draw, due to the rain
  4. Updates for Norfolk on Tuesday, 31 May 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Philippa Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for Tuesday's Norfolk Live

    Thank you for your company, as well as your photographs of flooding and storm damage, today.

    The weather has been our main story, but we mustn't forget the exciting news that Norwich actor Sam Clemmett is playing Harry Potter's son in the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at London's Palace Theatre.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Overnight weather: Becoming drier but still the chance of some patchy rain

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It's gradually becoming drier across the region, but there's still the chance of some patchy rain and a few heavy downpours. Turning misty and murky with some fog patches around, and lows of 11C (52F).

    Wednesday's weather map

    It'll be rather cloudy on Wednesday with some outbreaks of patchy rain during the morning, some heavy bursts possible around the Wash. Becoming drier and a little brighter later, but many areas will stay dull and cloudy. Top temperature: 16C (61F).

    Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Taser 'drawn but not used'

    Police in Great Yarmouth say they drew a Taser during an incident yesterday but it was not used. 

    Armed officers were called to High Street in Caister at around 18:30 after getting reports of a man with a knife. 

    A 35-year-old man was arrested and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

  4. Hat gate debate rescheduled

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    We understand that the debate by Thetford Town Council on the subject of whether women at official functions should be required to seek the mayor's permission to take their hats off has been rescheduled.

    It was due to be heard tonight, but will now take place when the full council meets on 28 June.

  5. Thieves steal almost 5,000 litres of fuel

    Almost 5,000 litres of fuel were stolen last week in Woodrising, in Breckland, police have revealed.

    Nine tractors and one fuel bowser were targeted between 18:30 on Wednesday and 07:30 on Thursday, resulting in thieves escaping with a total of 4,650 litres of fuel.

    Operation Randall sticker
  6. Norfolk disappointed with draw

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk cricket captain Chris Brown says he will take the positives from a disappointing draw in the first Minor Counties Championship match of the season.

    The county were well on top going into the final day against Cambridgeshire at Wisbech, but persistent rain put pay to any play today.

    Quote Message: In the second innings with the ball we were outstanding. There's some good signs for things to come, I'm really pleased with the performance." from Chris Brown Norfolk captain
    Chris BrownNorfolk captain
  7. Odd laws you may unknowingly break

    As an 800-year-old dress code deemed "sexist and discriminatory" is debated in Norfolk, what other rules and regulations are surprisingly old-fashioned - or just plain strange?

    For centuries, women at official Thetford Town Council functions have been required to seek the mayor's permission to take their hats off. However, men are trusted to use their own judgement and may discard their headwear all on their own.

    The historic maxim will be mulled over at a meeting later, after the newly-elected councillor Francesca Robinson said it was "demeaning".

    Take a look at some of the other rules which may need revising.

  8. Travel: Fallen tree blocks B1108 in Barford

    BBC Travel

    The B1108 Watton Road in Barford is blocked in both directions around Burdock Lane, because of a fallen tree.

  9. Supermarket evacuated in North Walsham

    A supermarket in North Walsham was evacuated this morning because of a fire.

    North Walsham fire

    Four fire engines were called to Sainsbury's on Bacton Road. Our reporter in the area said no smoke or flames were visible.

  10. Norwich actor picked to play Harry Potter's son

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the series and the first official part of the franchise to be presented on stage.

    The plot sees Harry Potter as a husband and father of three school-age children, with a job working for the Ministry of Magic.

    Composite of HP and the Cursed Child cast

    The production's website states: "While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus, played by Norwich actor Sam Clemmett, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted."

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts will run in the theatre simultaneously, split between matinee and evening performances.

  11. Norwich actor to star in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    The first set of photographs featuring some cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in costume have been released, with Norwich actor Sam Clemmett (centre) revealed as the character Albus Severus Potter - the cursed child referred to in the title.

    Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter

    Clemmett has previously appeared in productions of Lord of the Flies, and Wendy and Peter Pan for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as in TV dramas such as The Musketeers and Foyle's War.

    JK Rowling said: "There's much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we'd be into spoiler territory so quickly I'll just say we couldn't have cast better."

  12. Afternoon forecast: The worst is over

    It will be rather cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of drizzle, feeling cool in the northerly breeze. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

    Overnight, further outbreaks of light rain are all we've got in store.

    Sheringham

    Weather Watcher Jezfrombez has come up trumps again with this photo of a tree blown down at Sheringham.

    If you'd like to know more about being a weather watcher, take a look at the website.

  13. Funding gap of £400,000 identified to take in refugees

    District councils are being called upon to help plug a funding gap of about £400,000 to resettle refugees in Norfolk, as county councillors today reconfirmed their commitment to helping 50 Syrian refugees. 

    Norfolk county hall

    When they agreed to the idea last year, they thought the government would cover all the costs, but that hasn't happened.

    Julie Bremner, from Stand Up to Racism, Refugees Welcome Here, said: "We are talking about one bus-load of people, 50 people.

    "I wanted Norfolk, as many people did, to be at the forefront of welcoming people and we seem to be the last people actually doing something about this to help."

  14. BreakingNorfolk denied by the weather

    Norfolk's cricket team have drawn their match against Cambridgeshire.  

    No play has been possible on the final day because of rain at Wisbech. 

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  15. Role of Hunstanton hut in Battle of Jutland revealed

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    As Britain marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, it's emerged that a hut in Hunstanton played a pivotal role. It was built by the post office to make the most of the newly emerging radio technology.

    But by 1916 it was occupied by technicians gathering radio communications from the Germans.

    Battle of Jutland

    The battle became the biggest naval conflict of World War One.

    Gary Rossin, a local archaeologist who studies modern conflicts, said: "This was a wireless station that was involved in capturing German wireless communications. Once captured this information was sent down to the admiralty which was involved in decoding the transmissions."

  16. Battle of Jutland deaths were 'very shocking' for the navy, says historian

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The role of spies in Hunstanton has come to light today as Britain marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland. More than 8,000 British and German sailors died in the biggest sea conflict of World War One.

    It was guided in part by radio technicians in Hunstanton gathering coded communications from German ships.

    Battle of Jutland

    Glyn Prysor, the chief historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, said: "These were huge ships, more than a thousand officers and men on board - they went down in mere moments.

    "It was incredibly dramatic, incredibly brutal and very shocking for the navy and all those involved."

  17. King’s Lynn pedestrian ferry halted for safety reasons

    Lynn News

    Lynn’s pedestrian ferry is not running today, because of safety concerns caused by a rare weather and tidal pattern.

    Lynn Ferry
  18. Weather threatens Norfolk run chase

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    The wet weather could prevent Norfolk from starting their Minor Counties Championship campaign with a win. 

    They are 68 for 2, chasing 169 to beat Cambridgeshire going into the final day of the match. 

    View more on twitter

    It doesn't look like there will be any play before lunch at least, with puddles on the outfield of the ground at Wisbech.