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Summary

  1. Former teacher at Norfolk boarding school convicted of 27 sex assaults against eight boys
  2. Norfolk's Alfie Hewett and partner Gordon Reid win men's wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon
  3. Teenager motorcyclist 'making good progress' after Snetterton crash
  4. Updates on Monday, 11 July 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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  1. That's a wrap from Norfolk Live

    That's all for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the county.

    Today we've brought you the news that a former boarding school teacher has been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils, concerns over the delay in announcing the winner of the new rail franchise for East Anglia and more on Alfie Hewett's Wimbledon win.

    Have a good evening. 

  2. School abuse victim: 'It's important people do come forward'

    Gary, one of the victims of Gerard Singer, said since he was sexually abused he had found it hard to trust people.

    "We can only learn from this. It's important people do come forward," he said. 

  3. School abuse victim on convictions: 'I feel believed'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    One of the victims of sex abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk has been speaking after his ex-teacher Gerard Singer was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

    Gary, now 48, was a pupil at St George's School and said he was abused when he was 11 years old.

    "The main thing is that I feel believed," he said.

    "I can still picture the room and the smells in incredible detail."

  4. City's pitch and putt course closes

    The pitch and putt course at Mousehold Heath in Norwich has been closed until further notice. 

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    A council spokeswoman says there's been a "spillover of rubbish and waste" from a travellers' encampment on land near the Open Academy, leaving the course completely unusable.

    Players have also reported disturbance to their games. 

  5. Money pours in for arson attack shop

    Nearly £30,000 has been raised for an eastern European shop in Norwich that was damaged in an arson attack on Friday.

    There were big queues outside The Village Shop, in Magdalen Street, at the weekend, and messages of support written on love hearts were left outside.

    A crowdfunding page was set up with the aim of raising £500 for the owners. A moment ago, it had reached £29,574. 

    Crowds outside the Village Shop in Magdalen Street
  6. Revolutionary bladder treatment wins award

    A revolutionary bladder treatment that helps to change patients' lives has led to an award for staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

    Nursing staff with their award

    Men and women, ranging from teenagers to pensioners, undergo an initial course of 12 half-hour treatments, where a pin is inserted just above the ankle sending an electrical stimulus to the bladder via the tibial nerve.

    The treatment acts as a "reset" button for patients who are suffering from a range of issues, such as overactive bladder. 

    The Brancaster Outpatients Unit has now been awarded a Centre of Excellence title for the high standard of care provided to patients undergoing the treatment. Specialist nurse Jane Wolfe says the hospital is now hoping to offer the treatment to people suffering from bowel problems.

  7. Conference discusses church thefts

    Theft of lead and other items from churches in Norfolk costs the Diocese of Norwich thousands of pounds, with specialist insurers Ecclesiastical  saying the county is particularly vulnerable because many of its churches are isolated.

    Roof of Hevingham church, showing where the lead has been stolen

    The diocese is hosting a conference in Norwich today to discuss the issues, and spokeswoman Caroline Rawlings says it is looking at ways of tackling the problem, including using terne-coated steel and zinc to replace lead products.   

    Quote Message: We want our buildings to be open and welcoming so that we can do our core-function work... we want to be able to put alarms on buildings so that we're protected and can concentrate on what we need to do." from Caroline Rawlings Diocese of Norwich
    Caroline RawlingsDiocese of Norwich
  8. Watch: Memories of Norwich's Aquapark

    Mark Bulstrode

    BBC News

    We mentioned that hundreds of you have been sharing your memories of a water attraction that opened 25 years ago this month.

    Aquapark, which has since closed, opened in Norwich in June 1991.

    Video posted on the BBC Look East Facebook page has been shared hundreds of times, with nearly 500 people recalling their memories of the facility.

    Jenny Johnson wrote: "Used to love going there... it looked great back then, shame it's gone," and Karen Robinson commented: "It was wonderful, had many a happy time there, bring it back."  

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    Video caption: Norwich Aquapark: Hundreds share memories 25 years since opening
  9. Weather: A mostly dry night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Sunny spells and scattered showers to end the day, with some of the showers heavy in places and possibly thundery.

    Tonight will be mostly dry, with temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

    Weather chart for 0500 Tuesday, showing temperatures of 15(C) across Norfolk

    There will be some sunshine tomorrow, with also more showers - with the light winds there could be slow-moving, torrential and thundery downpours.

    Temperatures reaching a maximum of 20C (68F).

    You can find more details on BBC Weather

  10. Your memories of Norwich Aquapark

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Your memories of the Norwich Aquapark have been flooding in after the BBC Look East Facebook page looked back at its opening 25 years ago.

    Water slide at the Aquapark
    • Jo Hall: This is where my son became a water babe when he was little, we loved going round the whirlpool ... wish it was still there. 
    • Lianne Croxford: I went there around 1991 time when i was at high school. I can remember my bum and legs being left sore when going down the slides as could feel the joins in the slide. Didnt stop me from keep going on them though!
    • Emma Simmons: I was part of the opening ceremony ... the Hellesdon Synchronised swimming team!
    The pool at the Aquapark

    And we couldn't resist this one from former BBC Radio Norfolk reporter Olly Day: 

    • Olly Day: I was there reporting for Radio Norfolk that day too. I got thrown out for weeping in the water ... it was from the top diving board!
  11. Train company still awaiting decision on new rail franchise

    Mike Liggins

    BBC Look East

    Train company Abellio Greater Anglia, which runs services from London Liverpool Street across East Anglia, is one of three bidders for the new regional rail franchise.

    The winner was due to be announced last month, but rail pressure group Railfuture says it believes the Brexit vote has caused a delay as the Department of Transport and all three bidders are looking again at the numbers. 

    Train leaving Norwich station

    In response, Abellio has issued a statement saying: "We find ourselves in exactly the same place as the other bidders and that is awaiting the decision of the Department of Transport. We have no reason to believe that it is nothing other than business as usual at the DfT."

    The Department for Transport says an announcement will be made in due course.

  12. Rail franchise delay 'could make service worse'

    Mike Liggins

    BBC Look East

    Rail campaigners say a delay over awarding a new rail franchise for East Anglia could be bad news for passengers.

    The new franchise should have been awarded last month but it's thought an announcement was delayed by the vote to leave the European Union.

    Train leaving station

    Peter Wakefield, of transport pressure group, Railfuture, says a delay could make the service less reliable, with potentially more overcrowding and greater unreliability.   

    Quote Message: It could mean the loss of some of our better trains as they go off-lease because already other train companies are looking at the best of our trains, wanting to hire them." from Peter Wakefield Railfuture
    Peter WakefieldRailfuture
  13. Watch: Alfie Hewett's delight at winning Wimbledon title

    Norfolk tennis player Alfie Hewett says it was "unbelievable" that so many family members and friends were at Wimbledon at Saturday, when he won the wheelchair men's doubles title with partner Gordon Reid.

    The pair, who were seeded second, beat their French opponents in a match lasting more than two-and-a-half hours.  

  14. Weather: Heavy showers at times

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It was a fairly cloudy morning, but it has been brighter already this afternoon. 

    The sun has made an appearance, as captured by BBC Weather Watcher Lisa with this photograph of the sunrise near North Creake.

    Sunrise at North Creake

    Heavy showers are expected this afternoon, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 21C (70F).

    BBC Weather has more details.

  15. Victims of Gerard Singer should feel 'proud' they have helped bring him to justice, say police

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Police say the trial of Gerard Singer brings to a close one of the longest child sex abuse investigations ever carried out by the Suffolk force.

    Det Con Karen Crowther said: "I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us."

    Suffolk Police HQ

    She added: "Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

    "I hope that now these matters have been dealt with it will help them to deal with the awful events that took place at St George’s School.  

    "They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than three decades.”

  16. How the Gerard Singer investigation began

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Back now to our main story, the ex-teacher Gerard Singer who's been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils at the former St George's boarding school in Great Finborough.

    In 1982 concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff at the school by reporter Roger Cook in a BBC Radio 4 programme. 

    Suffolk Police began an investigation in 2009 when a number of ex-pupils of the school came forward and made allegations about abuse that had taken place during their time at the school.

    Slade was arrested in 2010 and subsequently convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of a number of a sexual and physical assault offences relating to 12 boys. He was sentenced to 21 years' imprisonment, but died earlier this year.

  17. Judge describes 'overwhelming' evidence against Gerard Singer

    Debbie Tubby

    BBC Look East

    After the guilty verdicts were delivered by the jury at Ipswich Crown Court, the judge said: "This is overwhelming evidence.

    "The defendant here had an entrenched pattern of sexual misconduct towards young boys between the ages of nine to 13 years-old. It had been in existence for 40 years."

    Gerard Singer, who had been extradited from France to face trial, will be sentenced at a later date.

  18. Gerard Singer left UK after he had been confronted about abuse

    Gerard Singer, who's been found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of 27 of the 28 offences he'd been charged with, left the UK in 1981 after he had been confronted about the abuse.

    Singer, who had been employed as a language teacher at St George's School, was convicted in 1998 of offences of sexual aggression on children under the age of 15 in France, relating to offences committed between 1994 and 1997.

    Sentencing has been adjourned to a later date.