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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 5 July 2016
  2. Chilcot report finds UK went to war in Iraq "before peaceful options for disarmament exhausted"
  3. Invasion in 2003 was based on "flawed intelligence and assessments" that went unchallenged, Lord Chilcot finds
  4. Shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis says report "goes beyond personalities"
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our local coverage for today

    That's it for today.

    The Chilcot report has finally been published after several years of waiting. 

    Shadow defence secretary and Norwich South MP Clive Lewis says the report "went beyond personalities" and that now "was not the time to pass judgement" on the many MPs who voted to go to war "in good faith".

    Earlier a former Army commander living in Norfolk said he feared many families may not get the answers they were looking for from Chilcot. 

    You can scroll down to read more on these stories and others. 

    Have a good evening.

  2. Great Yarmouth port boss given job permanently

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    The interim director for Great Yarmouth Port has been given the job as a permanent position by owners, Peel Ports.

    It's been just over six months since Great Yarmouth's port was sold and the new management says they've been getting busier. 

    Yarmouth port gates

    Richard Goffin says he's been working on measures to bring in more customers and cargo through the port. 

    Mr Gofffin  adds that being part of a bigger group means the port now "has access to markets that we never played and access to a lot more customers than we had before. So in the past we were isolated from other ports within the UK,  now we're in a group of many ports."

  3. Weather: A dry, mild night

    After a dry and fine evening with hazy sunshine, it'll be a mild night. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).  

    weather map

    Thursday will be a cloudier day, but with some bright or sunny spells. A few showers are possible. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). For the the latest weather where you live, go to BBC Weather.   

  4. Owners of King's Lynn ferry service to sell up

    Tom Baker

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The owners of the King's Lynn ferry are putting the business up for sale. 

    King's Lynn ferry

    Kingston Ferries has been running the service for the past 16 years and says the time is right to move on to other things.

    Gail Kingston says the company has invested since taking over the service, replacing old boats. She says it believed it had ferried "well over a million passengers, a lot of whom have been very loyal and with us the whole 16 years." 

    The district council's website says a regular ferry passenger service has been operating between the historic centre of King’s Lynn and West Lynn since 1285.

  5. Clive Lewis: 'We shouldn't judge colleagues for decisions taken in good faith'

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis said all MPs who took the decision to go to war did so "against the backdrop of great pressure".

    Clive Lewis MP

    "I don't think it's for me or anyone else to make judgements of colleagues back then, some of whom are still in the House, about decisions that many of them made in good faith," he said.

    "Many of them made their decisions without access to the information that people like Tony Blair and some others in the shadow cabinet had access to."

    Mr Lewis, MP for Norwich South, said future governments needed to strengthen the public's trust in politics "which has been severely eroded by what's come out in this report".

  6. Chilcot report 'goes beyond personalities', says shadow defence secretary

    Clive Lewis, the shadow defence secretary and MP for Norwich South, says the Chilcot report "goes beyond personalities".

    He said: "We need to keep in our thoughts the 179 UK services personnel who lost their lives; the thousands of others injured, as well as the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who were killed in the conflict and its aftermath, which is still taking part today in terms of sectarian violence."

    Clive Lewis MP

    Mr Lewis said he had only had the chance to quickly read the executive summary of the report.

  7. Heartsease Primary gets 'outstanding' Ofsted report

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Heartsease Primary Academy in Norwich has been graded as outstanding by the education regulator, Ofsted.

    Heartsease Primary Academy, Norwich

    The school was inspected for the first time since it became an academy in May. A previous inspection in 2010 had rated the school as good. 

    The report found "the leadership to be exceptional". and that consequently, pupils, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, make good and rapidly-accelerating progress.

  8. Many laws governing Wash shellfish made in UK

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Earlier we told you about a King's Lynn shellfish producer who said he didn't think leaving the European Union would have any adverse affects on the industry.

    The seafood industry in Norfolk is worth millions of pounds in exports, nearly all of it to EU countries, and regulation is carried out by the EU and the UK. 


    Julian Gregory, chief officer at the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, based in King's Lynn, said much of the law governing the area has been endorsed by the UK government.

    "There are some technical conservation measures relating to mesh sizes which are from Europe although they're probably enshrined in UK legislation," he said,

    He also said that because the waters around Lynn were heavily protected, the UK was planning to introduce more measures to protect the environment.

    "We're trying to do it in a way that minimises the impact on the industry," he said.

  9. Norfolk's shellfish industry 'will cope outside the EU'

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A fisherman from King's Lynn says there will always be a place in Europe for Norfolk's seafood exports, despite Britain's vote to leave the European Union. 

    Shell fish boat, King's Lynn

    There are questions over what the UK's fisheries policy will look like when we leave, and whether there will be tariffs on British exports to the continent. 

    But John Lake, who runs John Lake Shellfish, was delighted the Leave campaign won the referendum because he believes regulation and restrictions have harmed the local fishing industry.

    He said that whatever happened now, as long as the UK offered a good product, Europe would want to buy it. 

    He said: "Ninety-eight per cent of what we catch is exported to Europe. I was exporting to Europe before we joined the Common Market so I will survive after we come out."

  10. Farewell service for archdeacon

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A special service is being held at Norwich Cathedral this evening to say farewell to the Archdeacon of Norwich, the Rt Rev Jan McFarlane.

    Norwich Cathedral

    She is leaving to take up her role as Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby.

    Bishop McFarlane has been with the diocese for 16 years. 

  11. More travellers arrive at school playing field

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    More travellers have moved on to a school sports field in Great Yarmouth.

    Travellers make illegal pitch in Great Yarmouth

    Thirteen caravans turned up on Sunday on Great Yarmouth High School's Barnard Bridge playing field. The school's headteacher told me an angle grinder had been used to cut the padlocks off the gates.

    Now another six caravans have arrived, and five horses are grazing the grass. The pitch is used by students and Great Yarmouth Town FC. 

    A spokesman for the county council, which own the site, said a legal process for unauthorised encampments was being followed and that eviction notices had been served. 

  12. Campaign launched to buy Berney Arms pub

    A campaign has been launched to re-open a much-loved remote pub in the Broads that is only accessible by foot, train or boat.

    Berney Arms pub

    The hamlet of Berney Arms, near Acle, is a popular destination for ramblers and birdwatchers but its pub of the same name closed last autumn.

    Now a group organised by Jess Shanahan is in the process of setting up as a cooperative so it can offer community shares to buy the pub.

    "As a real ale lover - someone who loves bird watching, walking, that sort of thing - we want the pub to thrive," she said. 

    Similar schemes has proved successful elsewhere in Norfolk. The White Horse at Upton was "rescued" by locals and now operates as a community pub.

  13. Showtime: Can the Welsh keep the dream alive in France?

    Eastern Daily Press

    And here's the back page of the EDP:

    Paper back page
  14. Help us honour Arnhem hero Denis

    Eastern Daily Press

    The front page of the EDP:

    Paper front page
  15. Figures reveal number of dog attacks on posties

    Tim Sparrow

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Postmen and women delivering mail to homes in Norfolk have been attacked by dogs on 180 separate occasions since 2012, according to the Royal Mail.


    The majority of attacks over the past four years have occurred in Wymondham, Dereham, Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn. About 31 people were attacked in Norwich in the last year, up 7% on the previous year. 

     A Dog Awareness Week targeting owners has been launched in an attempt to reduce attack numbers.

    The Royal Mail says on average about around nine postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK; an 8% increase on the previous year.

  16. Tymal Mills makes England debut

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City fan Tymal Mills made his England cricket debut as their dominance over Sri Lanka continued. 

    They won the T20 International in Southampton by eight wickets. Mills, from Brandon, ended on figures of 0-22 from four overs. 

    Chasing just 141 to win, Joss Buttler top-scored with 73, while Eoin Morgan made 47. England secured the win with 15 balls remaining.

    Tymal Mills
  17. How your MP voted on Iraq war

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    We've trawled our archives to find BBC Radio Norfolk's bulletins the morning after MPs were asked to vote on the government motion authorising "all means necessary" for disarming Saddam Hussein.

    Houses of Parliament

    Here's what was being broadcast on the radio back then, on 19 March 2003.

    "Three Norfolk MPs ended up opposing the government over Iraq last night: Richard Bacon, (Con, South Norfolk) Dr Ian Gibson (Lab, Norwich North) and Norman Lamb (Lib Dem, North Norfolk).

    "Four Norfolk MPs supported the concept for war with Iraq. Henry Bellingham (Con, North West Norfolk) Gillian Shephard (Con, South West Norfolk), Charles Clarke (Lab, Norwich South) and Keith Simpson (Con, Mid Norfolk).

    "Tony Wright, the (Labour) MP for Great Yarmouth who threatened to resign his ministerial aide post over the government's stance on Iraq, didn't vote."

  18. Chilcot report: Potential information 'may have been neutered'

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Staying with the impending publication of the Chilcot report, a former Army commander in Iraq, Brig Max Mariner, who lives in north Norfolk, says he fears a lot of potential information that could have been included in the Chilcot report may be "neutered". 

    George Bush Jr and Tony Blair

    Brig Mariner says he fears for families of dead servicemen and women who will not get the answers they are looking for. But he hopes Chilcot will press the need for Parliament in the future to have "greater rigour before deciding to go to war."

    He added: "At the end of the day we need to learn lessons, not repeat them."