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  2. Johnson in Norfolk on EU campaign trail
  3. Updates on Thursday, 16 June 2016

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By Mariam Issimdar

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Clive Lewis pays tribute to MP shot dead

The MP for Norwich South has paid tribute to his colleague and fellow MP, Jo Cox, who has died after being shot earlier today.

The MP for Batley and Spen was shot in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire police said.

Jo Cox MP

Clive Lewis worked closely with Jo Cox on several matters including Syria and also knew her socially.  

This is utterly gut wrenching. She was just a genuinely thoroughly decent person. She came into politics to make the world a better, safer place and for this to happen is terrible."

Clive LewisLabour MP, Norwich South

Wartime pilot's resting place identified

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The final resting place of a RAF Wellington bomber has been identified more than 75 years after his aircraft was shot down over the North Sea.

Five weeks after wireless operator James Bent was posted to 115 Squadron at RAF Marham in May 1941, he was detailed to be part of the raid by Wellington bombers on Munster in Germany.  His aircraft was shot down by a German fighter plane.

Sgt James Bent RAF

Althought Sgt Bent was able to send an SOS, an air and sea search failed to locate the crew.  In August, 1941, the remains of three crew members washed ashore on the Netherlands Frisian Islands.

Today, a service was held in Schiermonnikoog Cemetery in the Netherlands, and his grave was rededicated in his name during a service attended by members of his family.

Members of Sgt Bent's family at his grave

Peggy Spencer's 'last curtsey'

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

There were many memories of Peggy Spencer, the ballroom dancing legend, when friends and family gathered for her funeral in King's Lynn today. 


Her favourite flowers adorned her coffin and it brought back fond memories for Richard Marcelle, who was in her famous formation dance team. 

We grew up dancing at her school, some of us taught with her as well. We're here really to represent that part of her legacy. It was a huge life, epic experience to be in it."

Richard MarcellMember of Peggy Spencer formation dance team

Peggy died at the age of 95 last month, and had lived in King's Lynn with her daughter Helena Anderson.   

Norfolk judo star gets second Olympic call

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Colin Oates has been confirmed in the Great Britain judo team for The Olympic Games. 

The North Lopham man competed at London in 2012. 

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Oates is one of seven Judokas to make up the GB squad for Rio. 

British Judo performance director Nigel Donohue said: "The team have earned their place at the Rio 2016 Olympics over a tough and intensive two-year qualification period and have produced some fantastic results. 

Watch: Want to see a shear-funnel cloud?

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

What is a shear-funnel cloud? Hoping this video may help from BBC Weatherman...

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Weather: Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms

BBC Weather

The rains will clear overnight with temperatures falling to between 7C and 10C (45F and 50F). 

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Funding concerns over Brexit

Earlier we told you how a team of scientists working at the Norwich Research park has raised concerns about the impact on their work if Britain leaves the EU.

Dr Peer van Esse, of the Sainsbury Laboratory, says they're currently working on a big project in collobaration with Brazil and the United States, looking at how a fungus affects soya beans, with money coming from the European Union.

Soya beans in germination

The EU plans to spend 80 billion euros on research between 2014 and 2020,  but it's unclear if the UK would be able to bid for the money if there was a Brexit.

The "Vote Leave" camp says we could still bid for much of the investment we currently get from the EU even if we left the union. 

Brexit 'would damage scientific research'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Fears have been raised that the scientific work carried out at the Norwich Research Park would suffer if Britain leaves the European Union.

The centre works on plant disease and disease-resistance, and Debbie Feather, from the Sainsbury Research laboratory, says a "Vote Leave" result would involve recruits from outside the UK going through the process of visa applications - "a long and expensive process." 

We're trying to solve difficult scientific questions, and the more quickly we can recruit people onto projects, the better it is for us."

Debbie FeatherHead of Administration, Sainsbury Research Laboratory

The "Vote Leave" camp has suggested a points-based immigration system which would allow skilled and sought-after workers to come to this country.

The John Innes Centre at Norwich Research Park
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Your pictures: Storms over Norfolk

Crash, bang, wallop..... what a lot of pictures!

As the heavy, and thundery rain, swept over Norfolk yesterday, many of you were out there with your cameras to capture the storm... and a funnel cloud was spotted near King's Lynn.

Here's a selection of your pictures:  

Rail: Signalling problems at Reedham

BBC Travel

There's delays of up to 30 minutes on rail journeys between Norwich and Lowestoft, due to signalling problems at Reedham.

Services will stop at Cantley until further notice.

Watch: Johnson on EU campaign trail in Norfolk

With just a week to go before the referendum, Boris Johnson has been campaigning in Suffolk and Norfolk.

The former mayor of London began his day with visit to a fish merchant in Lowestoft after he was refused entry to the fish market.  Next stop was Cromer where he was met by a mixed response, before arriving in Norwich in the early afternoon.

Vote Leave has now suspended its battle bus campaigning, following an attack on the Labour MP Jo Cox, in her constituency in West Yorkshire. 

The referendum is being held next Thursday, to decide where Britain should leave or remain in the European Union.

Vote Leave suspend campaigning today in East Anglia after attack on Jo Cox MP


The Vote Leave battle bus has suspended its campaigning today after an incident involving Jo Cox MP. 

Vote leave bus

The Labour MP is in a critical condition after unconfirmed reports say she was shot and stabbed during a surgery in West Yorkshire. 

Boris Johnson, who was out campaigning on the bus in Norfolk and Suffolk said: "Just heard the absolutely horrific news about the attack on Jo Cox MP. My thoughts are with Jo and her family." 

Sport: Great Yarmouth Town key players to remain at club

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Great Yarmouth Town has announced its captain, Robin Andersen, and top goalscorer, Mitch Forbes, are staying with the club.

Great Yarmouth Town FC

Both players made over 30 appearances in last season's promotion season.

The Bloaters will play in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division for the first time since 2010. 

Diss residents’ bid to shape Frenze Hall Lane housing development

Diss Express

There were at least 100 people at a meeting with a major developer over its proposals for a new housing estate in Diss.

Image of planned housing development
Diss Express

Leicester business group says removal of its flyover a success

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Staying with the report by the Norwich Society.. getting rid of the flyover may not be the pie in the sky scheme you think - it was done in Leicester two years ago.

Its flyover which had been there for 25 years was demolished, re-connecting the Belgrave area with the rest of the city and increasing the area's shopping potential. 

There was a lot of apprehension and people thought there would be huge traffic jams if we took away the flyover but it's done nothing of the sort."

Kishor ChauhanBelgrave Business Association in Leicester

'Promiscuous' bird takes second 'wife'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Here's one to make you smile...

A usually monogamous bird has surprised experts by taking a second "wife". 

WWT/Bob Ellis

Black-tailed godwits typically take just one mate, but a 12-year-old male at Welney Wetland Centre on the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border decided one was simply not enough. 

An RSPB spokesman said the godwit's infidelity was "unique in our experience and fascinating behaviour".

The threesome, one of only 60 breeding "pairs", has hatched several chicks but it is not known which is the mother.

Norfolk 90-year-olds help celebrate Queen's birthday

Network Norfolk

Sixty 90-year-olds celebrated the Queen’s birthday all together at an event at Norwich Anglican Cathedral on Sunday June 12.

The 90-year-olds outside Norwich Cathedral
Network Norfolk

Watch: Funeral of TV dance legend

The funeral has taken place of TV ballroom dancing star Peggy Spencer MBE, who died last month aged 95.

She was known to millions of fans for her appearances on the BBC's Come Dancing.

Mourners from around the world joined family and friend, as pall bearers carried her coffin - bearing her favourite flowers of red carnations -  into St Faith's Church in Gaywood, Norfolk.  

Cost benefits of demolishing flyover may be too prohibitive

We've been discussing some ideas being put forward by the Norwich Society on how to improve how we get around Norwich, especially traffic flow. 

Elm Hill Norwich
Geograph/Barbara Carr

The society is suggesting knocking down the Magdalen Street flyover, a congestion charge and driverless pods, among other measures.

To remove the flyover is going to be a significant amount of investment and what we have to do is look at the road network and ask if that investment would be better spent on other areas of the (inner and outer ring-road) network."

Jon BarnardOfficer, Norwich City Council

Johnson heckled in Cromer by young woman over leave EU stance

Boris Johnson was confronted during a visit to Cromer by a young woman who accused him of ignoring the next generation. 

Boris Johnson with heckler

She told him: "You need to think about the younger generation - the people who are going to bring this country forward in the future - but you're not. You're not at all." 

The Tory MP and Vote Leave campaigner said the UK could "flourish as never before outside the EU".

Visibly angry and unimpressed, the woman walked away and said "No thanks" when Mr Johnson offered her a leaflet. 

Peggy Spencer's daughter leads mourners

Peggy Spencer's daughter led mourners at her mother's funeral.

Helena Anderson

Dancers trained by her in the 1950s and 60s were among those attending at St Faith's Church, Gaywood near King's Lynn.

Her family was joined by mourners from all over the world of dance, with a special tribute from the German dancing association as well as her grandsons.  

There were many tears as "Save the last waltz for me" rang across the church as her coffin was led out to her final resting place.


Peggy Spencer was known to millions though her appearances on the BBC's Come Dancing series. 

She died last month at the age of 95.

Johnson arrives in Norwich

The heavens have opened .......... and Boris has arrived in Norwich

Boris Johnson battle bus in Norwich

Aviva name to remain on Norwich City shirts

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City Football Club's shirts will carry the Aviva Community Fund logo on the front from next season. 

It's the ninth straight season that the insurance giant has sponsored the club although no details have been released about how much the deal is worth following The Canaries' relegation from The Premier League.

Jonny Howson
Getty Images

Earlier this week, the club announced that coffee company The Galway Roast was replacing Jarrolds as the sponsor of the South Stand at Carrow Road. 

Doyenne of ballroom dancing laid to rest in King's Lynn

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The funeral of ballroom dancing, Peggy Spencer is taking place this morning. 

Peggy was born and educated in Bromley and began to teach dancing formally after World War Two, setting up the Royston Ballroom in Penge with her second husband, Frank (pictured). 

Peggy and Frank Spencer

She moved to Norfolk in her latter years, but started teaching dancing in air raid shelters during the war and continued to teach until just two years ago.

She appeared with her teams in the BBC's Come Dancing for over 40 years, as both a judge and a choreographer and travelled the world teaching, adjudicating, and promoting British Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Despite working with the likes of Rudolf Nureyev and The Beatles, Peggy didn't intend to be a choreographer.

In 2009 she told the BBC: "I didn't set out to be a dance teacher at all; I wanted to be a politician. Then the war came and it put an end to my learning."  

Peggy Spencer

Mourners gather for funeral of Peggy Spencer

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

I'm at the funeral of Peggy Spencer MBE, which is taking place at St Faith's Church in Gaywood, King's Lynn. 

The funeral cortege and pall bearers arrived a short while ago. 

Peggy Spencer

Peggy died three weeks ago at the age of 95.

Her family and friends from across the world are paying their last respects to the queen of ballroom dancing, who was also the voice of BBC's Come Dancing for 50 years.

Breaking'The biggest game I've ever witnessed' - Iwan Roberts

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts is already in his seat for the crunch Euro 2016 game between England and Wales. 

Roberts is working at the tournament as part of the commentary team for BBC Radio Wales and will be covering the match in Lens this afternoon. 

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Roberts won 15 caps for Wales between 1989 and 2001. 

Ipswich docks waterfront

Andrew Sinclair

BBC East political correspondent

Plans for two elected mayors - one for Cambridgeshire and one for Norfolk and Suffolk - are backed by council leaders.

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Fifty days until the Rio Games

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Incredible to think with all the football fever going on we're now just 50 days away from the start of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A year ago we announced our Five to Follow, and since we've been following the highs and lows of five hopefuls from the east of England as they sought qualification and prepared for the challenges of Brazil.

Phoenix at London 2012
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In Norfolk we've been following the progress of North Lopham judo player Colin Oates, who's hoping to make amends after missing out on a medal at London 2012. In fact, we'll hear if he's got in the Rio squad later on this morning.

Today we'll bring you updates on how Colin's got on over the past year and tell you what other names from Norfolk you should keep an eye on this summer, with the Games starting soon on 5 August.  

Johnson arrives in Cromer

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Conservative MP Boris Johnson is continuing his visit to Norfolk as part of the EU Leave campaign and has arrived in Cromer,where he is carrying out an impromptu meet and greet with people there.

Find out more about the European Union debate here.

Boris Johnson

Stricter searches of visitors at Wayland to stop 'illegal highs' getting in

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Police teams at Wayland Prison in Thetford are now carrying out more extensive searches of visitors to stop so-called illegal high drugs from getting to prisoners. 

Wayland jail

Latest figures show that more than half the prisoners in East Anglia are using these substances which until recently could be bought legally. 

The law surrounding them was changed last month, making it illegal to supply them. 

Funeral of ballroom dance doyenne takes place today in King's Lynn

The funeral of ballroom dancing legend Peggy Spencer, who died last month aged 95, will take place in King's Lynn today. 

Peggy Spencer

She was the voice of the BBC's Come Dancing for 50 years, and was still teaching dance into her 90s when she was living in King's Lynn. 

Her daughter, Helena Anderson, says the service will bring together people from all over the world, as well as the family. 

Boris Johnson heading for Norfolk

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The view inside the Boris Leave campaign battle bus. He's somewhere in the back!


Boris Johnson tests out his filleting skills

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

I've been on the Leave the EU campaign battle bus with Boris Johnson. Here he is showing his filleting skills earlier at a fish merchant's in Lowestoft.

Mr Johnson has told me that "leaving the EU would be a boost and a blessing for the fishing industry".

Boris Johnson

The Leave campaign disputes his claims, arguing that Britain makes more money than any other country in Europe from fishing and has the second largest quota for fish in Europe after Denmark. 

Boris Johnson 'refused entry to fish market in Lowestoft'

Conservative Boris Johnson, who is campaigning to leave the European Union, has been in Lowestoft this morning and is due to visit Norwich later on his campaign trail.

He wanted to visit a fish market in Lowestoft but was denied access by the owner, says Look East politicial correspondent Andrew Sinclair.

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Weather: Dry at the moment but heavy rain on its way

The sunshine will soon disappear as heavy bursts of rain hit the county from about mid-morning onwards so take that brolly out with you! Some brightness in between those showers. 

Staying humid with temperatures reaching 18C (64F). 

BBC Weather has more details. 

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