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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 19 July 2016
  2. Military charity sees increase in veterans needing help
  3. Norwich City complete the signing of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern
  4. Cricket: Norfolk beat Buckinghamshire by 239 runs
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

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That's all from us today. It's been a bit of scorcher, with Norfolk basking in temperatures reaching the 30s... but these students from Sheringham High School made the most of it with a surf activity day in Cromer.

We'll be back with regular updates tomorrow morning from 08:00. 

Have a good (if perhaps a bit warm and sticky) evening.

Phew what a scorcher!

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

I couldn't end my tour of Norfolk without using that saying, could I?

Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile has been busy today - but the town's shops were still popular with shoppers, this was the scene on Regent Street a short while ago. 

People in Regent Street

As temperatures in the town cool down, people are heading to Britannia Pier for the evening's entertainment. 

Britannia Pier entrance

And it's time for these horses to put their feet up - I think I'll join them.

That's all from me and my whirlwind tour of Norfolk's hot-spots - hope you've enjoyed it.

Horses, with carriages, have a rest

Weather: Warm and humid overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine evening with some late sunshine... but prepare for an uncomfortable night as it's going to be warm and humid with temperatures only falling to 20C (68F).

Weather chart for Wednesday 15:00
BBC Weather

Another hot and humid day tomorrow, but some isolated showers could develop, with a chance of turning thundery. Maximum temperature: 30C (86F).

BBC Weather has more details of the forecast where you live.

Feed the birds... tuppence a bag

Cats and birds... it's like Summerwatch. Josie Tompkins, visiting from Essex, with her daughter Denise Burkey and her son Max, having been making the most of the sunshine in Wroxham with some feathered friends.

Josie, Denise and Max at the waterside, feeding the birds

Denise, who lives a few miles away in Buxton, said they were out to enjoy the sunshine and get ice-creams. 

Feeling hot under the collar

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

"Doggy friendly Cromer" says Daniel and Joanne Dean, from Sheffield.

They're brought five of their seven dogs out for a seaside ice-cream join-up with fellow Yorkshire visitors Kirsty and Dave Wetherall. 

The two couples and their dogs sitting in the shade

It's cool for cats

Not everyone's a fan of the heat!

Tabby cat in a barrel

Lorry containing dead turkeys overturns

BBC Radio Norfolk

A lorry carrying dead turkeys has overturned, spilling them onto the road in Reepham.

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It happened earlier this afternoon, but there are still delays on Cawston Road while police deal with the situation.

The lorry driver wasn't injured and no other vehicles were involved.

Ahoy there me hearties!

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

My mini-tour of Norfolk's hotspots has brought me to Great Yarmouth, where these visitors are looking longingly at the Golden Mile's pirate ship.

It's not quite "Pirates of the Caribbean" - but we're not far behind in the temperature stakes, according to the BBC website "How hot is it where you are?"

Sightseers on the Golden Mile with the pirate ship near them

Not everyone was feeling energetic - preferring horse power to manpower!

Horse and carriage on the Golden Mile

£400,000 raised for Wymondham church building

Network Norfolk

Hope Community Church in Wymondham has announced that, having raised £400k, it will be embarking on the next step of its visionary building project to create a church and building that can accommodate 500 people. 

Architects impression of interior of the auditorium of the new building
Network Norfolk

City boss aims to come out fighting

Norwich Evening News

Relegation pain will drive on Neil and his players to greater heights - the back page of today's Norwich Evening News.

Back page of the Norwich Evening News

'More awareness of PTSD' says veteran

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A former soldier who runs a support group for former members of the armed forces says he's not surprised that more people are looking for help.

A report by the military charity, SSAFA, has shown a 25% rise in the number of veterans in Norfolk seeking help. 

Former Coldstream Guard Luke Woodley, who served in Bosnia, says there's more awareness of issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Woodley, who runs his own support service -  the Walnut Tree Project in Norwich, says Norfolk has a good level of support available, with SSAFA, Walking With The Wounded, Project Nova and Outside the Wire, plus the new Britannia Veterans Centre at HMP Norwich.

The military gave me a diagnosis but no treatment... life became a real struggle and everywhere I reached out to focused on physical injuries in my medical record and seemed to be blind to the fact that there was a mental health diagnosis in those notes..."

Luke WoodleyFormer Coldstream Guard

Military charity sees increase in veterans needing help

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An armed forces charity is warning there's been a big increase in the number of veterans in Norfolk needing help.

SSAFA says it helped more than 500 people in the county in 2015, a 25% rise on the previous year. 

Close-up image of soldiers in uniform standing upright, hands holding guns
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The charity's chief executive, Air-Vice Marshall David Murray, says people think of veterans as old men marching with berets and medals, but they've found the number of younger veterans coming to them has increased.

More and more people are needing help... at SSAFA we're finding that these people are falling off the cliff and our concern is what's happening to hand the more vulnerable people over from the armed forces back into society and health provision seamlessly."

AVM David MurrayChief executive, SSAFA

Development on scandal-hit site could get the green light

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An extra £2m could be approved by Norwich City councillors to develop a site that was embroiled in a scandal eight years ago.

In 2008, elderly residents were moved out of Greyhound Opening, near the city's Dereham Road, when the city council bought it for development.  For a time, they allowed City Hall staff to live there which was against policy. 

A bungalow on the Greyhound Opening site, before it was demolished

Last year 105 homes were approved to be built on the Goldsmith Street site and tonight councilors are recommended to give their approval for development budget to increase from £15m to £17m after final costs were confirmed.

Unique fighter pen opens after restoration

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A war-time bomb proof pen at the former RAF Coltishall airbase has been officially opened today after restoration.

Built from cement-impregnated sandbags, the open-topped construction hid two fighter planes - either Spitfires or Hurricanes - protecting them from possible bomb blasts.

A wide shot showing the open-sided fighter pen

The airbase - to the north of Norwich - is now the Scottow Enterprise Park. David Gurney, historic environment manager for Norfolk County Council says the pen is a "unique survival".

Cement-impregnated sandbags in the fighter pen

I don't think there's one as a building like this left anywhere else... originally there were 12 of these fighter pens and sheds at Coltishall and this is the only one that's survived, right through demolitions and Cold War."

David GurneyNorfolk County Council

Market's roofs open for 'maintenance purpose' only

A spokeswoman for Norwich City council has responded to anger from the city's market traders that the council has been refusing to open up the Perspex panels which cover the walk ways between the stalls. 

In a statement, the council says they understand that two or three days of hot weather this week will be causing "very warm working conditions for some traders on the market."

Perspex roof of Norwich market

There are gaps between each of the Perspex roofs along the aisles of Norwich Market to allow air to circulate through, but the roofs themselves can currently only be opened for maintenance purposes."

Amy PlattenNorwich City Council

BreakingCricket: Norfolk beat Buckinghamshire by 239 runs

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

A superb bowling performance from captain Chris Brown has helped Norfolk to a comfortable win over Buckinghamshire in the Minor Counties Championship. 

They bowled the visitors all out for 101 at Manor Park to wrap up victory by 239 runs. Brown took seven for 47.

It's Norfolk's first championship win of the season. They take on Lincolnshire in a thee-day game that starts on Sunday as the Manor Park festival continues. 

Market traders getting steaming hot

Traders on Norwich market are steaming at the city council's refusal to open up perspex roofs which cover the aisles between the stalls.

Richard Lovett, who runs Reggie's Tea Stall, says he's had only a few customers coming to his stall today as people have been complaining that it's too hot to walk into the market and they feel they might pass out. 

Norwich market stalls

Mr Lovett says controls for the canvas awnings on the sides of stalls haven't worked in years, and the council has ignored the traders' repeated requests for the roofs to be operated by remote.  

We keep asking for the awnings to be replaced or repaired as a lot of them have got rips in and are no good in winter either because the rain comes through, soaking customers."

Richard LovettMarket trader

I'll have a 99 please: Chilling in Chapelfield

From west Norfolk to Norwich City centre and people have been making the most of Norwich's Chapelfield Park to enjoy an ice cream in the shade of the trees.

queueing for refreshments in Chapelfield Park

The mercury is rising...

BBC Weather Watchers

It's nudging 33C (91F) in west Norfolk - thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Mnorgaileta for this snapshot of the thermometer at the front of her house.

Temperature on thermometer showing mercury at 33(C)
BBC Weather Watcher/Mnorgaileta

Taking a splash to cool off? Take care in the water

Advice from the RNLI on the hottest day of the year:

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Heat affecting Broads bridge

BreakingCricket: Norfolk closing in on victory

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk are three wickets away from beating Buckinghamshire in the Minor Counties Championship. 

The visitors are struggling on 54 for 7 at Manor Park having been set 341 to win. 

Norfolk captain Chris Brown has taken six for 28 so far. It means he has now taken more than 500 wickets for the county in all competitions. 

Bridges may be a problem for Broads boaters this afternoon

Canaries confirm McGovern signing

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have completed the signing of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern. 

The 32-year old played under City manager Alex Neil at his previous club Hamilton and has signed a three-year contract at Carrow Road. 

Michael McGovern
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McGovern starred for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 and will compete with John Ruddy and Declan Rudd for the number one shirt at City next season. 

Cricket: Norfolk well on top against Buckinghamshire

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

We'll have more sunshine news later, but first a look at the other news and sport today.

Norfolk need to take seven more wickets in the final two sessions of their Minor Counties Championship match against Buckinghamshire to wrap up their first win of the season. 

Bucks are 35 for three shortly after lunch. They have been set 341 to win. 

Chris Brown has taken two of the wickets for Norfolk so far. 

In search of a breeze - it's cooler on Cromer's cliffs

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Stephanie, Harry and Jason Smith from Chelmsford have been holidaying in Cromer for the last nine days. Today, they've been enjoying the cooling breeze on the cliff as they play pitch and putt.

Stephanie, Harry and Jason Smith playing pitch and putt in Cromer

They'll be returning home to Essex tonight and want to take the weather with them.  

Jason - an industrial worker - is heading to Scotland tomorrow... where the weather forecast isn't so good. I'm sorry we can't bottle the Norfolk sunshine for you.

Costa del Cromer at lunchtime

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

From the Broads to the coast and if you want a bit of peace and quiet on the beach then Cromer is the place to be. This was the scene about an hour ago.

A high shot looking down on Cromer beach, with low tide and several sunbathers

It seems people were resisting a paddle... maybe they're enjoying the helter-skelter instead...

A view of the helter-skelter, amusement park and pier at Cromer

Or promenading on the pier!

Cromer pier

Taking a lunchtime stroll?

The sun's shining in Wroxham

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

We've been catching up with people making the most of the sunshine in Norfolk today. 

Here's Victor and Margaret Russell enjoying a day trip on the Norfolk Broads. The couple, from Liverpool, are holidaying in Great Yarmouth and decided to pop over to Wroxham.

There, they asked Christine and Paul Davis about boating. Mr and Mrs Davis, from Preston, said they were enjoying their first ever Broads holiday - and all four are delighted with the hot weather promised for the week ahead. 

Victor and Margaret Russell and Christine and Paul Davis with a Broads boat

I know, I know... I got my finger in the frame. I promise not to do it again.

Protect yourself in the heatwave

A heatwave might have been good news for Martha & The Vandellas... but heatstroke can be pretty horrible. 

We're all being encouraged to protect ourselves. Here's some tips from Public Health England (PHE):

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11:00 and 15:00
  • Wear UV sunglassses, preferable wraparound, to avoid UV exposure to the eyes
  • Walk in the shade, and apply sunscreen with at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • Wear a hat and loose-fitting clothing to minimise the risk of sunburn
  • Avoid physical exertion
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, the elderly, young children or animals
  • When indoors also getting uncomfortably hot, PHE reminds people to keep cool by closing curtains on windows which face the sun

An ice cream cone with pale green and blackcurrant coloured ice creams
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Ice cream weather in Great Yarmouth

At 10:00 the temperature in Great Yarmouth had already reached 29(C)

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Your pictures of dashboard temperatures

It's heating up in south Norfolk: 

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But cooler elsewhere!

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Your pictures: Harvest in full swing

It's that time of year when the combines are out and farmers are bringing in their harvest... the weather is also perfect for flying.

Aerial view of combine harvester in field
Mike Page

Many thanks to Mike Page for these photographs taken at North Burlingham, near Acle, last night in some rather beautiful light.

Aerial view of combine harvester in field
Mike Page

Your Norfolk summer photos are always welcome by email.

Loving couple's crash tragedy

Norwich Evening News

Driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, inquest is told - the front page of today's Norwich Evening News

Front page of Norwich Evening News

Traffic: Latest updates for the county

BBC Travel

The A140 Ipswich Road in Keswick is blocked, with queueing traffic northbound at the B1113 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. 

The A47 in Wisbech is partially blocked eastbound between the B198 Cromwell Road and the A1101 Elm Road junctions because of a two-vehicle accident. 

BreakingNorfolk set Buckinghamshire 341 to win at Manor Park

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk have declared on the final day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Buckinghamshire at Manor Park. 

They reached 225 for 9 in their second innings with Brett Stolworthy's 37 not out helping Norfolk to a lead of 340. 

It means Buckinghamshire have just over two sessions to reach their victory target of 341. Norfolk need to bowl them all out to win. 

'Bronzed Adonis' Beaton into last 16 at darts championship

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

North Walsham's Steve Beaton (pictured) says he's "in it to win it" after pulling off a shock at the World Matchplay Darts.

"The Bronzed Adonis" beat 10th seed Jelle Klassen 10-6 at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

He now faces Michael Smith in Round 2 tonight.

Steve Beaton
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Bradwell's Mervyn King is also in the last 16 where he faces Brendan Dolan.  

Neil dismisses any player power fears

Eastern Daily Press

Norwich boss confident he will call the shots during contract talks - the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press.

back page of the EDP

Arsonists must be caught

Eastern Daily Press

Appeal after latest in spate of vehicle fires - the front page on today's Eastern Daily Press.

front page of EDP

Perfect weather for cricket

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk cricket fans have been blessed by the weather for this year's Manor Park Festival. 

Several hundred spectators are expected to be at the ground near Horsford today for the final day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Buckinghamshire. 

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