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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 28 June 2016
  2. Breckland councillors oppose East Anglia devolution plans
  3. Coach Gary Holt leaves Norwich City in search of top job
  4. Wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett selected for Rio Paralympics
  5. Emergency services warn of the dangers of swimming in open water
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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Our Norfolk Live coverage across the day

That's it folks for today.

What we've learnt today is that Norwich Prison is an "exemplar" of how a jail should be run, while Breckland council has rejected the latest plans for East Anglia devolution with Norwich City and Broadland expected to vote this evening.

The county's rescue services have issued warnings about the dangers of swimming in rivers and lakes after it emerged 18 teenagers drowned last year. 

On a happier note, the team are looking forward to the Royal Norfolk Show which gets under way tomorrow.

Royal Norfolk Show: Farmers and exhibitors prepare for 2016 event

The weather forecast overnight will see the rain clearing, but tomorrow will start off dry with rain later so it might be best to take some wellies if you're heading to the showground. 

We'll have updates throughout the day, we'd love to see your photos too, tweet us using #nfklive.

Pupils get visit from the Children's Laureate

Youngsters in south Norfolk have been inspired to write and draw following a visit this afternoon from the children's laureate, Chris Riddell.

Pupils with Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell
Rocklands Primary School

Breckland councillors says no to devolution deal

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

In the last hour Breckland Council has voted against supporting plans for the latest Norfolk/Suffolk devolution deal.

Breckland Council
Geograph/David P Howard

Yesterday Norfolk County Council approved the latest terms, which would see the two counties working together with an elected mayor. 

It's claimed the areas would also receive more funding and more independence from national government.  

But this afternoon 25 Breckland councillors voted against the devolution settlement, only eight were in favour and there were four abstentions. 

Broadland and Norwich City councils will make their decisions later this evening and we'll have more on this tomorrow.

The latest deal says one or two councils could opt-out of the proposal, but at the government's discretion. 

Royal Norfolk Show: Piggy racing

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The Royal Norfolk Show is the largest two-day county show in England and attracts tens of thousands of visitors across the two days.

Piglet racing at Royal Norfolk Show
Royal Norfolk Show

This year’s programme promises to be action packed with something for everyone... but perhaps one of the cutest events is the Piglet Races. 

Click here to watch last year's race. 

Royal Norfolk Show: Two days of family fun

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

If you're heading to the Royal Norfolk Show tomorrow or Thursday here's a few pictures from previous shows to get you in the mood.

Parachutists landing in Grand Ring at Royal Norfolk Show
Royal Norfolk Show

The Queen's Colour Squadron, which is normally seen at London's Royal Albert Hall, will feature at the show this year... and Prince Charles and Camilla will be making a visit tomorrow along with 650 stands and more than 3,000 animals.

Real Horse Power - the largest gathering of heavy horses and vintage horse-drawn machinery in Norfolk for generations - will be one of the main attractions in the Grand Ring.

Horse jumping at Royal Norfolk Show
Royal Norfolk Show

Visit the show's website for full details of travel arrangements, tickets and what's on. We'll have full coverage from the 61st show from the Norfolk Showground in Wednesday's Norfolk Live.

Aerial view of Norfolk Show
Mike Page

Tweet us your pictures throughout the day using #nfklive.

Watch: Royal Norfolk Show weather forecast

It's nearly time for the annual Royal Norfolk Show at the Norfolk Showground... but will you need your sun cream or your wellies?

BBC Weather's Kate Kinsella looks ahead to the weather for the next couple of days.

We'll have more details on some of the highlights expected at this year's show before the end of the afternoon... we're quite excited about the piglet racing!

Church renovation project will help to skill trainee conservation builders

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A church in Great Yarmouth - which sold for £1 - is to be restored and help train conservation builders.

St John's Church, Great Yarmouth

St John's Church on George Street was abandoned five years ago because of dwindling congregations. 

But now the building has been bought by the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust (GYPT) - which will use the building to teach people renovation skills as they restore it.

Inside St John's Church, Great Yarmouth

The GYPT says £500,000 is required to get the church into a good state of repair and once completed it will be used as an art space and for business start-ups. 

The building was sold by the Church Commissioners. 

Roundabout for north Norfolk traffic black-spot

A roundabout is to be installed at an accident black-spot in north Norfolk.

Junction of A148/B1436

It follows a long campaign for improvement at the junction of the A148 and B1436 at Felbrigg, near Cromer. Work is due to start early next year.

Watch: Safety warnings issued ahead of 'cooling' summer swims

Ian Barmer

BBC Look East

Rescue services in Norfolk have come together to try to prevent young people from drowning this summer.

It follows the death of two cousins at Thorpe Marshes near Whitlingham, Norwich, last year. 

Eighteen people drowned last year and the county's chief fire officer, Roy Harold says it's "a grim inevitability that a teenager in Norfolk will drown in the next couple of months." 

Norwich prison an 'examplar' of a local prison

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Inspectors have praised a turnaround at Norwich Prison saying it is "now regarded as an exemplar nationally of a local prison."

Norwich Prison

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) says there are now good mental health services, improved dental and medical provision and better resettlement schemes on release. 

The report however does say violence had risen in the jail  - but not as much as in other prisons.

A spokeswoman for the IMB said: "low staffing levels and the prevalence of 'legal high' drugs have contributed to this, and we are not confident that recent changes in the law on the latter will lead to improvement."

The IMB is asking the Minister for Prisons to address their concerns. 

Weather: A wet end to the day, but becoming drier overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to build through the afternoon as you can see from this picture of Harleston by BBC Weather Watcher Flamingo. 

Picture of clouds in Harleston
BBC Weather Watchers/Flamingo

Rain will arrive into western parts such as Downham Market by the early evening, turning heavy at times as it continues to spread eastwards. 

Feeling warm though with temperatures of 19C (66F). 

We'll have a special Royal Norfolk Show forecast, which starts tomorrow, for you later in the day.

Lorry driver charged over steam engine bus crash

A 52-year-old man has been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a bus crashed with a lorry carrying a steam engine, police say.

bus crash
Essex Fire and Rescue

Thirty-five people, including the driver, were on the number 67 bus when the accident happened on East Mersea Road in West Mersea, Essex, last September. 

Phillip Last, of Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on 28 July.

Gary Holt

Norwich City first-team coach Gary Holt leaves the club by mutual consent to find a head coach or managerial job.

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Next Tory leader needs to be a 'Brexiteer', says MEP

The next leader of the Conservatives needs to be a "Brexiteer", says Leave-supporting eastern region MEP David Campbell Bannerman.

It comes after chancellor George Osborne confirmed he will not be standing as a candidate in the Tory leadership race.

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Meanwhile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested Britain could hold another vote on the EU.

He said a deal should be made allowing UK access to the single market and a compromise on free movement of workers.

For the latest developments, head to the Politics Live page.

A10 closed after cyclist injured

Lynn News

The A10 has been closed at Setchey after an incident in which a cyclist was seriously injured:

Polcie accident sign
Lynn News

Warning issued urging people not to swim in lakes and rivers

Rescue services in Norfolk have joined forces to try to prevent young people from drowning this summer.

rescue service on river

It follows the deaths of two cousins at a lake in Thorpe St Andrew last year.

There are concerns that when the hot weather arrives many will still be tempted to swim in county's lakes and rivers... which can prove deadly.

We know on average 18 people a year drown in Norfolk. By comparison only four or five die in fires. We know, going on the grim inevitability of the figures, that a teenager will drown in Norfolk in the next couple of months."

Roy HaroldNorfolk Fire and Rescue

Alfie Hewett selected for Rio Paralympics

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Cantley wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett has been confirmed as part of the ParalympicsGB squad for Rio 2016

Alfie Hewett
Getty Images

Hewett is former world junior number one who has won the Junior Masters singles and doubles titles every year from 2012-2014. 

He is a regular in the World Team Cup squad for Great Britain.

McCarthy hopes to 'upset' the odds in promotion battle

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has spoken about the prospect of facing Norwich City as the East Anglian derby returns.

Ipswich Town press conference

"That's going to be interesting. We play them early again," he said.

He said he hoped to "upset the apple cart" and launch a promotion challenge.

The newly-relegated Canaries will be seeking an immediate return to the Premier League. 

Diss Museum needs you - fresh call to support 'little gem'

Diss Express

The Diss Express is reporting that the town's museum has issued a fresh call for volunteers.

Paper front page with Rick Wakeman outside Diss museum
Diss Express

On the back page: Humiliation is too much for Hodgson

Norwich Evening News

England's defeat in Euro 2016 takes the headlines this morning on the back page of the Norwich Evening News

Paper back page
Norwich Evening News

On the front page: Brave barman's river rescue

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News highlights the teenager who rescued a man who fell into the River Wensum:

Paper front page
Norwich Evening News

City Green party says devolution deal does not have public support

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The Green Party on Norwich City Council says it's unlikely to vote for the devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk as "there is no will from the people for this deal."

City Hall. Norwich

Party leader Martin Schmierer says the party has a fundamental problem with the idea of a democratically elected mayor proposal which "gives an awful lot of power to one person" who then selects his or her own team to make decisions for the region. 

Mr Schmierer adds that "realistically in Norfolk and Suffolk, that person is going to be a Conservative". 

The Greens could be joined by Labour councillors to block the plans.

East Anglia devolution: What happens next

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

This is a crucial week in the devolution process, which started in April when the chancellor's budget included proposals for a three-county deal involving Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and an elected mayor for the entire region.


The idea has now changed. A split deal for Norfolk and Suffolk together is on the cards with Cambridgeshire on its own, but with both areas having an elected mayor each. 

The rewards include control of spending of hundreds of millions of pounds in the region for transport, economic growth and housing.  

Earlier, we told you that Norfolk county councillors had backed the idea. 

But for the proposal to go ahead, all councils must agree to the plans - that includes city, borough and district councils.

At the moment, it looks like the Greens and members of Labour on Norwich City Council are likely to vote against the plans in a vote tonight.

Even if all Norfolk and Suffolk councils were to agree in principle to the idea, the plans would still have to go before the public for consultation before a final vote.

Councils could oppose plans for devolution

City councillors in Norwich could oppose plans for Norfolk and Suffolk's joint devolution today.

House building
Getty Images

Yesterday the county council backed the government instigated proposals to give the two counties more independence and spending power as well as an elected mayor. 

But it's expected that Norwich City Labour and Green councillors will oppose the proposals. Breckland and Broadland councils are also discussing it today. 

If supported by all the other councils in Norfolk and Suffolk, the government has pledged £30m over five years to help with housing need in Norwich and Ipswich.  

Weather: Dry and bright this morning

BBC Weather

Starting dry and bright but the clouds will move in by mid-morning with rain this afternoon. 

Top temperature of 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has more details.

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning. The team are here again to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel affecting the county.

The main story so far this Tuesday morning...Norwich city councillors could oppose devolution plans backed by the county council yesterday.