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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  2. Nearly 6,000 people in Norfolk may have undiagnosed dementia, report claims
  3. Premier League champions Leicester City send squad to Fakenham Town for friendly match tonight
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 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.

    If you've not had chance to get out into the sunshine today there's still plenty of time.

    Perhaps you might like to enjoy the balmy evening watching Fakenham Town FC play Premier League champions, Leicester City at Clipbush Park. 

    Changing rooms, Faken Town FC

    The shirts are all ready for kick-off which is at 19:00 and there are plenty of tickets still available. Have a good evening.  

  2. The big send-off for brothers heading to US for a new life

    It's the end of term and the end of their lives in the UK for now. 

    Kallum Lynch and Jack Rayner got a very special send-off courtesy of East Coast Truckers from their school Edward Worlledge Primary in Great Yarmouth. 

    School children

    Both boys are heading for California to live with their aunt following the death of their mother.

    Aunt Sam Wells with boys
    Jack Rayner and Kallum Lynch
    Kallum Lynch
    Jack Rayner

    It was her dying wish that they be adopted by her sister Sam Wells. The school raised the cash required - £35,000 - to help fund the adoption process.

  3. Weather: Hot and humid overnight

    BBC Weather

    Feeling warm and humid but with a small risk of an isolated thunderstorm during the evening and overnight with North Norfolk and the area around The Wash most at risk. Temperatures reaching 18C (64F). 

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be largely dry and still warm but with a fresher feel. 

    BBC Weather has more local details. 

  4. Homecoming for Suffolk musician

    Diss Express

    A musician who went on from playing in the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band to establish an international career is coming home for two special concerts.

    Lisa Cooper
  5. Norwich City pre-season friendly under way

    Jay Lawrence

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norwich City's first game of their pre-season tour in Austria, against Czech side Dukla Prague, is under way.

    Rudd is in goal, while Thompson, Bennett, Bassong and Toffolo make up the back four. Both Josh and Jacob Murphy begin the match in midfield alongside Tetty, Dorrans and Maddison.

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who spent the last two years away from Carrow Road on loan, has started up front for the third game in a row.

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel appearing for Norwich City
  6. Wannabe police dog recruits wanted

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Norfolk and Suffolk police are seeking new recruits to join Maggie, pictured below, for training as a specialist police dog.

    Maggie, the police dog

    They say the ideal candidate would be either a young springer or cocker spaniel, or Labrador, aged between 10-18 months old, energetic but controllable, with a high play drive.

    The selection procedure involves an assessment in their current environment, followed by an invitation to take part in a training course to assess their suitability.

    If successful they are signed up to a handler and begin their police career with the forces' 25 dog handlers. 

    A spokesman said: "Our specialist search dogs detect explosives, drugs, cash and firearms. The constabularies use a variety of breeds for this role, however, the majority are spaniels and Labradors."

  7. Council agrees to stand against hate crime

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Norwich city councillors met last night and agreed to stand up against hate crime in the community, resolving "to speak out against division and expressions of hatred". 

    The council motion also said: "Following the EU referendum result, there are members of our community in Norwich who feel fearful about what the future may hold for them in our country."

    An arson attack on a Romanian shop in Magdalen Street earlier this month is still being investigated by police, who have said their inquiries are ongoing. The force said it was "keeping an open mind" as to whether the attack was racially-motivated. 

  8. Church given permission to expand

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Approval has been given for a Wymondham church to expand by South Norfolk Council.

    Hope Community Church on Ayton Road will now be able to expand its auditorium from 350 seats to 500, despite some objections over the lack of parking and concerns over traffic. 

    Artist impression of new church

    Minister Grantley Watkins said: "With the restrictions on sound, the adequate parking and our diligence to make sure we're good neighbours, I think our neighbours have nothing to fear from us."

    The church says its community activities arm of the church has lead to the need for expansion.  

  9. Watch: Final preparations for Fakenham Town's big match tonight

    Leicester City may be sending their development squad to face Fakenham Town's first team, but they will get first-class treatment when they arrive.

    Kick off is at 19:00.

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  10. City approves extra £2m

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    An extra £2m in funding has been approved by Norwich city councillors to build 105 homes on the site of a former sheltered housing complex. 

    Sheltered housing

    The Greyhound Opening site was at the centre of a scandal in 2008 when some City Hall staff moved into accommodation on the site, which was against policy. It led to the sacking of the council's head of neighbourhood and strategic housing.

    Councillors gave their approval for the development budget to increase from £15m to £17m after final costs were confirmed. The work will be undertaken by contractors, RG Carter.

  11. Unemployment figures down year-on-year

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    New figures show unemployment across the country fell by 54,000 in the run-up to the EU referendum. 

    job centre

    Meanwhile the number of people claiming some form of out-of-work benefit in Norfolk has fallen by almost 750 in the last 12 months, from 6,830 to 6,085.

  12. Boys bound for US to leave school in trucks

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we told you about the two Great Yarmouth boys who are are moving to California to be adopted by their aunt following their mother's death and a subsequent crowdfunding campaign.

    Well,to mark the end of their old life they will be getting a special send-off from their school this afternoon. 

    Kallum Lynch and Jack Rayner

    Kallum Lynch and Jack Rayner have been attending Edward Worlledge Primary in Yarmouth and will now be going to live with their aunt Sam Wells who will be at a special school assembly in their honour. 

    Afterwards they will be driven away from school courtesy of East Coast Truckers, each in their own separate truck.

  13. Norfolk in the sunshine...

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Here are a few snaps of the county today from our BBC Weather Watchers. The first, of Rackheath, comes from Boyden Farm.


    This picture of Gorleston beach at about 07:00 was snapped by Tigger2. 

    Goreleston beach

    Neil_in_Norfolk was walking in Wood Norton when he came across this glorious view of flowers in full bloom. 

    Wood Norton
  14. Tickets available for Fakenham v Leicester match tonight

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    There are still tickets left for Fakenham Town's match against Leicester City tonight, according to club chairman Andrew Jarvis.

    "We can accommodate 2,000 people and are hoping for some good numbers. We've pre-sold a few tickets but they will still be available at the turnstiles tonight." said Mr Jarvis. 

    Football and boot

    The match was organised by the club's ambassador and ex-Norwich City manager, Nigel Worthington. The Ghosts, who are in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League, will play a development team from the Premier League club.

    None of the players that took City to the title are expected to feature.

  15. Canaries prepare for Czech test

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City play the first game of their Austrian pre-season tour at 17:00. Dukla Prague from Czech Republic are the opponents.

    City boss Alex Neil (pictured) will hope to have captain Russell Martin back in contention. He missed the 3-0 win at Peterborough on Saturday with a back spasm. Jonny Howson also missed that game as he is suffering with tonsilitis.

    Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady, Martin Olsson and Kyle Lafferty should be back after Euro 2016 duty.

    Norwich manager Alex Neil
  16. Broadland residents best at paying council tax

    Tim Addicott

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Broadland Council has topped a table for the collection of council tax payments in Norfolk with 99% of people who should be paying council tax there doing so.

    Broadland council

    That's above the national average and much higher than in Norwich, where 94.9% of people pay - that's the lowest payment rate in the county.

  17. High temperatures spark train cancellations for this evening

    It may not even be lunchtime yet, but it looks like it could be another evening of misery for commuters travelling home tonight. 

    Greater Anglia

    Cancellations have already been put in place for some London Liverpool Street services via Colchester, Southend and Ipswich between 16:00 and 20:00 due to "high temperatures" causing minor delays to services to Norwich.

    We'll hear a bit more from Abellio Greater Anglia shortly. In the meantime you can keep up-to-date with the service status here

  18. Three into one just doesn't go

    Eastern Daily Press

    Here is the EDP's back page: 

    EDP back page
  19. No croissants at bakery - it's too hot!

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) yesterday and today is set to be only marginally cooler at 29C (84F). The heat has affected some businesses, including a dessert café in Norwich which hasn't been able to make pastries.


    Jamie Garbutt, owner and baker at Figbar on St John Maddermarket, says people are having to cope without croissants because the butter is melting too quickly to bake them properly.

    "People are being very understanding and we've had to scale back our breakfast offering quite considerably as a few items with butter in this temperature just do not work," he said.

    But the bakery says it's got plenty of other items instead.