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  1. Norwich MP pays tribute to killed colleague Jo Cox
  2. Fresh devolution plans announced
  3. Updates on Friday, 17 June 2016

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By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday, so goodbye. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Chloe Smith: Jo Cox death 'deeply upsetting'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has paid tribute to her parliamentary colleague Jo Cox, who was fatally shot after a constituency surgery in Yorkshire yesterday.

    Chloe Smith

    "Jo's murder is shocking and saddening," she said. "To learn of a fellow MP being attacked so brutally whilst serving her local community is deeply upsetting.

    "I hold lots of surgeries, often in libraries and other public places so that it's convenient for constituents. I'm personally well aware of the balance between safety and accessibility.

    "Sadly, I have experienced instances of unacceptable aggression, like when I received a 'white powder' threat envelope which then closed off a whole office building in Norwich."

  3. Weather: Clear periods but rain expected

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be mainly dry with clear intervals, but cloud thickening from the north and periods of rain spreading in during the night.

    Weather chart

    Cloudy with patchy rain during tomorrow morning, and then drier into the afternoon but with a few light showers. 

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  4. Luxembourg arrest in double murder case after police tip off

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A man suspected of being involved in a double murder of a couple in Suffolk has been arrested in Luxembourg.

    Sylvia and Peter Stuart

    Ali Qazimaj, 42, was detained at a hostel in Luxembourg by police alerted by a worker who had seen his picture on the internet. He is wanted in connection with the deaths of Sylvia and Peter Stuart, who were reported missing on 3 June.  

    The couple were last seen together at a Norfolk farm shop on 29 May, days before Mr Stuart's body was found near his home in Weybread. Mrs Stuart has yet to be found.

    Police are now seeking Mr Qasimaj's deportation under a European Arrest Warrant.

  5. Devolution: Infrastructure upgrades proposed

    As part of the deal the government re-affirms its commitment to improving rail services in the region, with a promise that the Ely North junction will be improved by 2024. 


    It also talks about fulfilling its promise to dual the A47 and provide a new crossing in Great Yarmouth. 

    The devolution deal will have to be approved by the relevant county councils and all or most of the district councils. 

    If it is approved, the government will launch a consultation with a final go-ahead given in October. 

    If one area decides not to go for devolution, it will still go ahead in the area which says yes.

  6. Devolution: How much money will each county get?

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Norfolk and Suffolk deal is worth £880m over 30 years. The authority will get £25m every year for economic growth and £130m over five years to support the building of new homes. 

    The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough deal is worth £770m and includes £25m a year for the next 30 years to support economic growth, plus £170m over the next five years for new homes. 

  7. East Anglia devolution deal published

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    A revised devolution deal for East Anglia worth £1.6bn over 30 years has been published. 

    It would see two separate authorities and two directly elected mayors - for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk and Suffolk.

    East Anglia flag

    They would get control over house building and road maintenance in the region, plus get a major say over new roads, flood defences, bus services, the roll-out of broadband, the provision of training and health services. 

    The deal will be put to every council in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next fortnight. 

    The two authorities will not replace existing councils but will take on new powers from the government.

  8. Violent and abusive phone call from man left MP's assistant terrorised

    Tom Bateman

    Political Correspondent, Millbank

    A former assistant to Norwich North MP Chloe Smith described how a frightening phone call left her terrorised.

    Abuse image

    "I picked up the phone and it was a man who was from a guess I would say probably quite disturbed, screaming, screaming down the phone that he was coming for me and that he was going to eat me like a wolf," Katie Pruszyski said. 

    CCTV and panic buttons were also installed in the constituency office after an "extremely frightening" incident in which a colleague opened a package containing white powder which spilled over her. 

    The incidents were dealt with by the police.

  9. Constituency offices can attract violence and abuse, MP's former assistant

    Tom Bateman

    Political Correspondent, Millbank

    A former assistant to Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has described to the BBC how constituency offices can attract violent characters and other abuse leaving staff at risk.

    A warning to improve MP's security has been made by police after the fatal shooting of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

    Corbyn tribute

    Katie Pruszyski said: "I think quite reasonably and understandably they (MPs) are a lightning rod for people's frustration, their anger and sometimes quite substantial feelings of despair about their own personal situation. 

    "Quite often the MP is that public face of somebody that's quite easy to access but quite easy to blame. Almost every office of an MP could give you a story about abusive emails or phone calls coming into the office."

  10. MP's assistant describes threats made while at work

    Tom Bateman

    Political Correspondent, Millbank

    In the wake of a call by police for MPs and their staff to be more aware of their security, a former constituency worker in Norwich has described two incidents which frightened her.

    Chloe Smith

    The security alert has been the result of the death of MP Jo Cox, who was shot and killed after holding a constituency surgery. 

    Katie Pruszynski, a former assistant to Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, has told the BBC about an incident when she was threatened in a phone call from an abusive man and also when a suspicious package with white powder inside was sent to her.

  11. Oates has unfinished Olympic business

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk judoka Colin Oates says he won't be satisfied unless he wins a medal at the Olympics. 

    The North Lopham man finished seventh at London 2012 and has now been confirmed as part of the Great Britain team for Rio.

    Colin Oates

    Oates told the BBC: "I wouldn't be happy with top eight, I wouldn't be happy with fifth. The only target for me is to be on that rostrum."

  12. Weather: Heavy showers dying away

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Heavy showers will soon die away.

    Weather chart

    Overnight there will be some outbreaks of light rain

    Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

  13. Paperless tickets: Watch how it works

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Passengers using Abellio Greater Anglia trains can now travel without a paper ticket on a number of routes. The company has installed barcode readers. It means e-tickets can be scanned direct from mobile devices.

    Video content

    Video caption: Greater Anglia introduces paperless tickets
  14. Paperless train tickets en route after £3m investment

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Abellio Greater Anglia has launched paperless train tickets.  

    Passengers can already buy tickets via their smart phones, but now the train operator has installed barcode readers at gates so they can scan them as they pass through.

    Greater Anglia train

    The company says the investment will help reduce queues at ticket machines and gates, although the technology is not yet in place at London Liverpool Street.

    A spokesperson said the new technology would enhance the system but would not replace traditional ticketing. For those without smart phones, tickets can still be purchased at stations in the usual way.

  15. Rare swallowtail butterflies set up new home at RSPB fen centre

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Swallowtail butterflies, rare but regular summertime visitors to Norfolk, have been seen in larger than expected numbers at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen.

    Swallowtail butterfly

    They are feeding along the riverbank, Lackford Run and the fen boardwalk and should continue to show as long as there is warm sun and little wind. 

    Manager Tim Strudwick said they were celebrities attracting people from as far away as Plymouth and Edinburgh, who wanted to see the "largest, rarest and most beautiful butterfly".

  16. In sports news: Snell backs Debenham LC's new chairman to succeed

    Diss Express

    And here is the back page of today's Diss Express:

    Dis Express back page
  17. In the news: What a welcome!

    Diss Express

    The front page of today's Diss Express focuses on the Women's Tour:

    Diss Express front page
  18. 'Less and less likely' missing woman will be found alive, say police

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Suffolk Police says it is "less and less likely" that 69-year-old Sylvia Stuart is still alive, and the force is treating the case as a double murder inquiry.

    Couple on CCTV

    She was last seen with her husband at a farm shop in Pulham Market at the end of May. The body of her husband, Peter, was found with stab wounds in woodland near their home in Weybread.

    Police "strongly believe" Kosovan national Ali Qazimaj, 42, who lived in Tilbury and uses an alias of Marco Costa, holds the key to finding Mrs Stuart. 

    His car was found at Dover and police believe he boarded a ferry unaccompanied to Calais.

    A press conference at 15:00 is expected to provide an update either on the location of Mrs Stuart, or news on Mr Qazimaj.

  19. Breaking'Significant' update expected on Weybread investigation

    A "significant update" on the investigation into the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia is to be given at a Suffolk Police press conference at 15:00 this afternoon, police say.

  20. Relatives attend WW2 airman's grave re-dedication in Netherlands

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The final resting place of an RAF Wellington Bomber wireless operator has been rededicated nearly 75 years after his aircraft was shot down.

    Sgt James Bent

    Sgt James Bent, 23, was in the bomber when it took off from RAF Marham in Norfolk in July 1941. It crashed into the North Sea after being shot down by a German fighter. 

    Three crew members washed up in the Netherlands and were buried, but Sgt Bent's body was not identified until last year. 

    His relatives attended a rededication of his grave at Schiermonnikoog Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the Netherlands, which is where the other crew members were buried.