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  1. Updates for Norfolk Live on Wednesday, 27 July 2016
  2. Norwich City announce Jex Moxey as new chief executive
  3. Police release e-fit pictures of RAF Marham attempted abduction suspects
  4. Inquest told how Polish man drowned at Sea Palling
  5. Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall to attend Sandringham Flower Show today
  6. Norwich City beat Coventry City 3-0 in pre-season friendly
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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That's it for our regular updates from the Norfolk Live team today. Our main stories:

  • Police issue an e-fit image of two men who tried to abduct an RAF Marham serviceman last week
  • An inquest hears how a man who drowned at Sea Palling last weekend was over from Poland visiting his son who lives in Norfolk
  • And on a happier note, a Filby postmaster is recognised for 50 years service running the village post-office with his wife

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.  Have a good evening.

Charlie Chaplin act in peril after theft of jacket

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norwich street performer is appealing for help after the theft of part of his costume.

Living statue Anthony Arnold often performs as Charlie Chaplin in the city centre, as seen below.

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He says his whole act could be affected after the theft of his jacket, which he took off after he had been performing on Sunday as it was very hot. 

He packed the rest of his outfit up but left the jacket behind, only realising it was missing when he went to perform in Great Yarmouth yesterday. 

Mr Arnold says it was specially created, based on photos of Chaplin. The shirt and the jacket were as one, and designed to have normal clothes worn underneath for when it's cold.

Weather: Dry with clear spells overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a largely fine evening with any residual showers soon fading away. A dry night will then follow with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells. Lows of 14C (57F).

Weather map
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will start bright but outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west during the afternoon. Some of this rain may well be heavy at times. Top temperature 21C (70F). 

BBC Weather has more details.

Free car seat safety checks

Norfolk's parents are being urged to make sure their children's car seats are properly fitted and the right size.

Car seat

The county's road safety team is out and about this summer doing free checks and advising people on keeping their children safe in the car.

Ed Balls: Canaries job attracted top applicants

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has been talking about the appointment of Jez Moxey as new chief executive at Carrow Road.

“Lots of people wanted to come to work at Norwich," he told me.

"We had chief executives from the Championship and the Premier League applying. Of all the applicants, the first choice for all Norwich's directors was Jez Moxey."

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Norwich City's new chief executive Jez Moxey is currently in the same position at Wolves.

The 53-year-old will replace David McNally who resigned in May, when the Canaries were on the verge of relegation to the Championship.

Moxey will formally take up the position when he has helped oversee the transition of new ownership at Wolves.

Jez Moxey

Norwich City appoint Jez Moxey as new chief executive

Norwich City has announced the appointment of Wolves' Jex Moxey as new chief executive. We'll have more for you shortly.

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Post office couple honoured for half-century of duty

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A long-serving postmaster has been presented with an award today, for clocking up 50 years of service. 


David Thompson (pictured above right) with his wife, Doreen, became sub-postmaster of Filby, near Great Yarmouth, in 1966 selling stamps, cashing giros and sending parcels. 

She was already working at the post office before she and her husband took it over. 

Their efforts were recognised today with a community award from the Post Office. 

Their son Adrian (pictured above left) has now taken over from his parents. 

Prince and duchess tour Sandringham Flower Show

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

"It wouldn't be a show without them," said the chairman of Sandringham Flower Show after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited today. 

Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

The royal couple spent several hours touring the gardens, stalls and marquees as well as talking to visitors along the way. 

David Reeve said the show demonstrated how popular they were.    

Weather: Brighter skies on their way

The weather this afternoon is expected to brighten, with just some isolated showers. Cloud and patchy rain will clear to the south-east to reveal sunnier skies from the north-west.

This evening, any showers should ease up, leaving a largely dry night with variable cloud, clear spells and light winds.

Maximum temperatures could reach 22C (72F) this afternoon, while lows may dip to 11C (52F) tonight.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher JenHoops for this picture of North Walsham.

Barley field
BBC Weather Watchers / JenHoops

You can get a more detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Pictures: Sandringham Flower Show ablaze with colour

It might be overcast but there's plenty of colour to lift the spirits at Sandringham Flower Show being held on the royal estate.

Display of flowers, Sandringham
Crowds at the Sandringham flower show
Display of flowers, Sandringham
Display of flowers, Sandringham
Display of flowers, Sandringham

Watch: Dad 'wasn't worried at all' as son took part in sea rescue

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

John Castleman says he didn't realise the enormity of his son David's bravery as the 14-year-old rushed into the sea to try and help four men in difficulty in the water at Sea Palling at the weekend.

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Ambulance meeting open to public

Patient care improvements will be the focus of the annual general meeting of the East of England Ambulance Service, taking place this afternoon at Great Notley, near Braintree, Essex.

Ambulances parked in a row

The trust's board members have already met this morning to discuss its performance and working with other agencies - and the service has been live tweeting from the meeting.

The latest annual accounts, clinical priorities and future plans are due to be unveiled during the public meeting.

'No credible evidence' of terrorist motive in RAF Marham abduction attempt

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

I asked Det Supt Paul Durham, who is heading the hunt for the men who attempted to abduct a serviceman outside RAF Marham, whether terrorism was seen as any more likely a motive, seven days on.

"There's been no change on that... there's still no credible evidence that supports that but equally I can't discount it," he told me.

Liam Walsh one step from world title shot

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Cromer boxer Liam Walsh will fight in a world title final eliminator in October.

British champion Walsh will face Russian Andrey Klimov with a shot at the IBF Super Featherweight World Championship on the line.

The fight will take place at Harrow Leisure Centre on 8 October.

Liam Walsh
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Police to carry out 'concerted witness appeals' over RAF Marham attack

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Police officers will be carrying out "concerted witness appeals" in connection with the attempted abduction of a serviceman from RAF Marham a week ago. 

Service personnel from RAF Marham

They are seeking information from people who were in the area last Wednesday and may have seen anything unusual, or the suspects and their vehicle.

Det Supt Paul Durham said: "We’ve carried out extensive inquiries in the area but the purpose of these anniversary checks is to speak with people who regularly use roads in the area as part of a route to work or in their social life who we haven’t necessarily captured as part of our house-to-house inquiries."

Third person may have been involved in RAF Marham abduction attempt

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Police hunting two men suspected of attempting to kidnap a serviceman from RAF Marham last week say while the victim only witnessed two people during the incident, it is possible there was at least one other person in their vehicle.

Police officers outside RAF Marham

The car, a people-carrier, has not yet been located.

Det Supt Paul Durham of Norfolk Police, who is leading the inquiry with support from officers at the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: "We know that our victim is a member of RAF personnel and we are still investigating how much relevance this has to his attempted abduction.

"It is probable that there would have been a degree of planning involved and in order to achieve this, it is quite possible that there was at least one other person involved."

E-fits of the suspects have been released by police.

E-fit images released of men involved in attempted abduction at RAF Marham

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Detectives investigating the attempted abduction of an RAF serviceman at Marham a week ago have released these e-fit images of the suspects.

E-fit of suspects in RAF Marham attempted abduction
Norfolk Police

Both are described as Middle Eastern in appearance. 

Police say the first suspect is aged between 20-30, about 6ft (1.83m) tall, of athletic but stocky build, with dark hair which was long on top, and had a well-groomed beard. He had a dark skin tone and wore causal clothing.

The second is also aged between 20-30, but younger than the first suspect and of a slimmer build. He was about 5ft 10in (1.78m, clean-shaven with short dark hair and wore a white T-shirt and dark shorts.

Police ask anyone who recognises either of the suspects or has information regarding their whereabouts to contact them via 101 or the hotlines on 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011. 

The men should not be approached directly.

Teacher to return home to Germany because of Brexit vote

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A teacher who has lived in the UK for the past 13 years says she is leaving her Norfolk home and returning to Germany as a consequence of the EU referendum result.

Union flags by exit
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Dr Meike Reintjes, a language teacher, is moving back in a month's time after noticing a shift in the mood towards foreigners both during and after the vote. 

She says she doesn't want to "wait to see what will happen to her status". and is troubled that many rights afforded to her as an EU national are also in the balance. 

"Being part of the local community, voting for my local councillors and also being part of a bigger family of 27 nations are important to me," says Dr Reintjes.

Watch: Teenage beach hero 'in the right place at the right time'

Mike Liggins

BBC Look East

Fourteen-year-old David Castleman, from Epping, and his father John were involved in the rescue of three of four people who got into difficulty while swimming at Sea Palling, Norfolk, at the weekend. 

David says he was "in the right place at the right time".

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Sadly one man, Leszek Puchala, 52, died, despite attempts at the beach to resuscitate him.

More on BBC Look East tonight.

Man dies after tractor rolls on him, inquest told

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

An English man was killed when a tractor rolled on to him at his property in Italy, an inquest in Norwich has heard.

Richard Von Roretz, 67, died of multiple injuries after the incident in Localita Lo Spicchio, Celle Di Puccini, on July 6.

Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake said: "Mr Von Roretz was at his property tending to some overgrowth when the tractor he was driving overturned.

She said that emergency services were called and Mr Von Roretz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary medical cause of death was given as "poly trauma due to tractor rollover" and the hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court was adjourned for a full inquest next month. 

Inquest hears how man who drowned was pulled unconscious from waves

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A post-mortem examination of a man who died at Sea Palling at the weekend has given the preliminary cause of death as drowning.

Lifeguard at Sea Palling. Norfolk

The inquest in Norwich was told Leszek Puchala, 52 drowned despite attempts to save him.

Mr Puchala was pulled unconscious from the waves and could not be revived. The hearing was adjourned for a full inquest at the Norfolk Coroner's Court on October 28. 

A second man in his 20s was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and was understood to be in a stable condition.

The coastguard said the incident unfolded after a group of swimmers got into difficulty in a rip tide.

BreakingMan who drowned at Sea Palling was visiting his son, inquest hears

A swimmer who drowned off a Norfolk beach was on holiday visiting his son, an inquest heard.

Bathers at Sea Palling, Norfolk

Leszek Puchala, 52, was at Sea Palling beach, 15 miles (24km) north-west of Great Yarmouth, when the tragedy unfolded. He lived in Malyszyn Gorny, Poland, 75 miles(123km) south of Warsaw.

"At the time of his death he was on holiday in England staying with his son," said Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk, at Norfolk Coroner's Court.

Mr Puchala was swimming off the beach on Sunday with his son when he got into difficulty, the inquest in Norwich heard.

EFL Trophy draw made

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's under-21s will be in this season's EFL Trophy. 

The draw for the group stages has been made. The Canaries will play League Two Barnet and League One's MK Dons and Peterborough.

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Royal couple to attend Sandringham Flower Show

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in Norfolk today for the Sandringham Flower Show on the Royal Sandringham Estate. 


The show brings about 20,000 people to see the gardens, stalls and competitions as well as ring events and other attractions.   

This year marks the 135th anniversary of the show. The profits from each year’s show are donated to local charities and since 1977 the organising committee says it has donated in excess of £500,000 to local charities.

Norwich City twins 'not for sale'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Murphy twins Jacob and Josh are not for sale, according to Canaries boss Alex Neil. 

After coming on as second-half substitutes in the friendly with Coventry last night, both the 21-year-olds scored in a 3-0 win. 

Earlier in the day there were reports that Reading had failed in a bid to sign Jacob.

Jacob and Josh Murphy

'Still some stigma' about food banks

Norwich Foodbank says its summer clubs fill a gap during the holidays. They're called FFISH - Food and Fun in School Holidays.

Food box

During term-time, school children from low-income families are entitled to free school dinners - but during the summer break there is no provision. 

Norwich Foodbank says "it's aware there is still some stigma" around food banks which is why it's set up FFISH to support families who are doing their best to feed their children. 

Food bank offering free meals to children during school holidays

Some parents are missing meals over the summer holidays to make sure there's enough food for their children to eat, according to Norwich Foodbank.

Food bank

The service is running eight holiday clubs over the summer to stop children going hungry. Hannah Worsley from the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks, says it is filling a much-needed gap. 

Local schools recommended families who needed the help. 

Watch: Norwich City put three past Coventry

Norwich City beat Coventry 3-0 in a pre-season friendly at Carrow Road last night, with goals from Wes Hoolahan and twins Jacob and Josh Murphy. Here they are:

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Weather: Cloudy with drizzle but warm

BBC Weather

A cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. 

Weather chart

Rain will clear south-eastwards leaving brighter spells and light winds in the afternoon but the chance of isolated heavy showers remains. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

More details on BBC Weather:

Hello and welcome to Norfolk Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Good morning. It's set to turn a bit cooler today with showers in parts. We'll have more weather details shortly.

Our main news story so far: the Norwich food bank is running holiday clubs over the summer so children who normally get free school meals get enough to eat.