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  1. Updates on Friday, 8 July 2016
  2. Romanian shop in Norwich damaged in overnight arson attack
  3. More than 1,000 people take part in anti-Brexit protest outside Norwich City Hall
  4. Mars opens new £6m offices at King's Lynn factory
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our main story today has been the arson attack on a Romanian shop in Magdalen Street in Norwich.

    Fire crews were called to The Village Shop at about 02:45 after glass was broken and an incendiary device thrown in.

    A crowdfunding page set up just over eight hours later, with the aim of raising £500, has already reached £16,536.

    Scroll down to read more on this, and the other stories making the news across Norfolk today. 

  2. Weather: Dry tonight and but rain tomorrow

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying mainly dry through this evening and tonight lows of 12-14C (mid-50s F).  


    Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain through the morning, clearing around midday leaving most places dry and a little brighter into the afternoon with highs of 23-25C (mid-70s F).

    The chance of some heavy showery rain spreading during the evening and overnight.

    More details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Bishop of Norwich urges people to 'unite and condemn' arson attack

    The Bishop of Norwich has issued a statement following this morning's arson attack on a Romanian shop in the city's Magdalen Street.

    The Right Reverend Graham James said: "While we do not yet know what motivated this arson attack, it is part of a disturbing pattern of similar events across the country where various ethnic minorities seem to have been targeted. 

    Bishop of Norwich

    "It is shocking and deeply depressing that such violent and hostile attitudes are being given such expression in the wake of the EU referendum.

    "The reputation of Norwich as a place where 'strangers' have been welcomed over centuries is one to be treasured. I hope everyone in this fine city will unite both in condemning this attack and also building bridges with their neighbours wherever they come from."

  4. Six charged over brawl involving 30 people

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Six people have been charged in connection with a brawl involving 30 people in Norwich. 

    The police were called to the disturbance on Motum Road in June. 

    The charges include affray, criminal damage and possessing offensive weapons and the six are due to appeari in court in September.

  5. Devolution leaflet to be sent to hundreds of thousands of Norfolk homes

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    A consultation is being launched today into plans for regional devolution.

    Under the proposals, Norfolk and Suffolk would share a directly-elected mayor who would have new powers over spending and planning in the two counties. 

    Copy of leaflet

    There would also be more money from the government for tranport and economic development. This leaflet explaining the plans is being sent to homes in the county.

    There's also a website which explains how it could work.

  6. New Norwich deal for Dorrans

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans has signed a new three-year deal at the club.

    The Scottish international has made 44 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.

    The Norwich squad are currently training at the St George's Park complex in Burton. They play their first pre-season match of the season tomorrow against Walsall behind closed doors

    Graham Dorrans
  7. British Superbikes arrive in Norfolk

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Snetterton hosts round five of the British Superbike Championship this weekend. 

    It will be one of the biggest meetings of the year at the south Norfolk track with tens of thousands of fans expected for the races on Sunday as well as qualifying on Saturday.

    British Superbikes at Marham

    In the build-up to Snetterton some of the bikes have been at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The base is the home of the RAF Regular and Reserve team which competes in the series.

  8. Arson attack: Well-wishers offer messages of love, support and free labour

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Message of support have been posted on the Just Giving page set up to help the owners of Romanian store The Village Shop in Magdalen Street, Norwich, after it was targeted by arsonists.

    Poppy Collison wrote: "I am so angry about this attack. I hope that you can re-open soon and that you know it is a few mindless fools that feel this way not the majority. 

    Village shop banner above door and window

    Glyn Thomas wrote: "The people that run this shop are friendly and hard-working. My wife, who is originally from Bucharest, and I love the authentic Romanian food from there. Please contact us and we will donate our time, to help put the shop back in order by way of free labour."

    And Sooty Smith wrote: "We are not all opposed to people from other nations making their home here; please never, ever think that. This is a horrible thing to happen to you but hopefully a rare event."

  9. Teenage girl dies in collision on A1065

    One of the two pedestrians hit by a white lorry on the A1065 at West Lexham this morning has died, say police.

    The teenage girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The other pedestrian, a woman in her 50s, was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

    The road has now reopened.

  10. Hewett into semi-finals at Wimbledon

    Cantley's wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett is through to the semi-finals of the doubles at Wimbledon.

    He and his partner Gordon Reid beat Gustavo Fernandez and Joachim Gerard 6-3 6-2.

  11. Fundraising target Norwich Romanian shop hit by arson smashed in hours

    A crowdfunding page set up for the people whose shop was subjected to the arson attack in Norwich has smashed its target in a few hours.

    The Just Giving page was set up at 11:30 this morning, with the aim of raising £500. A short time ago, the total had reached £12,817.

    Gv from scene this morning

    A neighbour who set up the page, but preferred not to be named, said she had been over to speak to the owner of the shop and learned she had no insurance to repair the damage. 

    She said: "Whether it was a hate crime or not, this person is in a country that she wasn't born in; she didn't grow up here, she needs a friendly hand, she needs to know that her neighbours are thinking of her."

    Of the response, she said: "It's been quite astonishing."

  12. Hewett and Reid take first set

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norfolk's Alfie Hewett and his partner Gordon Reid have taken the first set 6-3 in their wheelchair tennis doubles quarter-final match at Wimbledon.

    Gustavo Fernandez and Joachim Gerard are the opponents. 

    Alfie Hewett
  13. Police keeping 'open mind' over Magdalen Street arson

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Police say they are keeping an "open mind" about the arson attack which took place in the early hours of this morning in Magdalen Street.

    Police outside the Village Shop this morning

    Police say an unknown person or people threw a brick through the front door window before starting a small fire.

    Two people were in the flat attached to the premises but got out unharmed. 

    Scene outside the Village Shop this morning

    Det Ins Chris Burgess of Norwich CID said: "We are aware of suggestions this may have been a racially-motivated incident and whilst there is currently no information to suggest this to be the case, we will of course keep an open mind.

    "We are treating this as a deliberate ignition, an arson, at this stage and the investigation is ongoing.” 

  14. Clive Lewis on arson attack: 'We mustn't rush to judgement'

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Norwich South MP Clive Lewis says although the arson attack on a Romanian shop in Magdalen Street  is very concerning, there should be no rush to judge what happened before investigations are concluded. 

    Writing on his Facebook page, he said: "After I heard of this, my first concern was for the well-being of the people living on the premises and those running the shop. So my staff and I have focused on getting reassurances that everything that can be done to help is being done.

    Clive Lewis

    "Local police have told me that they are taking this incident and its potential implications very seriously. 

    "Today they will visit Magdalen Street to offer reassurance to owners of other business and local residents - a process which will involve a local officer of Eastern European origin using their language skills to connect with as many local people as they can."

  15. Great Yarmouth athlete organises event for one last Olympic chance

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Shot putter Sophie McKinna is so keen to qualify for the Olympics that she is staging her own event this weekend in a bid to make it to Rio. 

    The 21-year old from Great Yarmouth needs to throw 17.75m to achieve the qualifying standard. 

    Sophie McKinna

    With time running out before the Great Britain team is selected, McKinna has decided to organise a one-off event at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich on Saturday morning at 09:30 and wants a crowd to turn up to cheer her on. 

  16. Mars' new state-of-the-art office facilities to be opened later

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Mars Food UK's new state-of-the-art office facilities, built last year, are being opened by the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss this afternoon.

    The building features a "living green roof", gymnasium and canteen, as well as meeting rooms aimed at helping boost employees' well-being and engagement at work.

    Ms Truss, the MP for South-West Norfolk, said: "Around the world, Britain is rightly seen as a great place to invest with our £100bn food and drink industry renowned for high quality produce and forward looking innovation.

    "This significant investment by Mars is a real vote of confidence in Britain as a place to do business, creating jobs locally and helping drive economic growth for the nation."   

  17. Mars to 'upgrade infrastructure' at King's Lynn plant

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Mars Food UK has said it will also upgrade the infrastructure at its King's Lynn plant as part of its £23m investment at the site.

    Michael Ryan, regional president of Mars Food for Western Europe and Russia, said: "We have been manufacturing from this site for over 50 years and continue our commitment to investing and growing the site." 

    Mars factory
  18. Mars 'to invest £23m at factory site'

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Mars Food UK says it is investing £23m in its King's Lynn factory, creating 28 new jobs at the plant, which already employs about 300 people.

    Mars food factory

    The investment is part of the company's plans to produce its Uncle Ben's Ready to Heat rice line at the factory.

    The announcement comes as the company officially opens its new £6m offices at the factory on the Hardwick Industrial Estate.   

    Mars, which has been based in the west Norfolk town for 53 years, says its new production line will be completed early next year.

  19. Pro-EU protesters 'touched' by support

    Felicity Simper

    BBC Look East

    Just over 56% of people in Norwich voted to remain in the European Union.

    A huge crowd gathered last night to show how they felt about the national decision to leave.

    One of the rally's organisers, Emily Cutler, told the assembled crowd: "It really has touched me how many of you have come out today to support our futures." 

  20. More than 1,000 turn out for Brexit protest

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    More than 1,000 people gathered outside Norwich City Hall last night to protest about the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

    It was organised by students who want to make sure young people's opinions are heard as the country negotiates its way out of the EU.

    Norwich was the district in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex where a majority voted Remain.

    Brexit protest, Norwich