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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 12 August
  2. Trial date set for man accused of killing baby
  3. Air Cadets carrying torch across Norfolk
  4. Calls for compromise in row over Wymondham play area
  5. Weather: Sunny and dry, peaking at 26C (79F)

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

Jonny Howson

Jonny Howson's strike gives Norwich City victory over Bristol City, ending the Robins' 100% start to the season.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for the day, unless a major story breaks.

Here's a quick look at some of the stories we've covered today:

  • Two people have died after their car left the road and crashed into a tree in Methwold Hythe
  • Police are investigating a suspected arson attack that destroyed the Little Plumstead Hospital
  • A former school mate of Usain Bolt is "not surprised" the sprinter has won his third 100m gold.

And in sport:

  • Alex Neil has confirmed John Ruddy will miss at least the next two games with a groin injury - the Canaries face Bristol City at Carrow Road tomorrow night
  • A paralysed biking champion of the 1980s has returned and ridden the circuit where he broke his back

We'll see you again at 08:00 tomorrow for live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Norfolk.

'Firm, friendly and fair' policing operation for Ipswich-Norwich derby

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Football fans heading to the Ipswich-Norwich derby this Sunday are being warned of road closures and traffic congestion around Portman Road.

Suffolk police is asking fans to allow extra time for journeys to and from the stadium, and to follow the directions of stewards and police officers at the ground. Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10:00-10:30, ahead of the midday kick-off.

We want both sets of supporters to enjoy the game in a responsible and respectful way... we hope that people enjoy the match sensibly and in the right spirit."

Ch Supt Louisa PepperSuffolk Police

Usain Bolt was always going to beat me, says former school mate

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

As Usain Bolt sets his sights on breaking his 200m world record at the Rio Olympics after winning the 100m, a former school mate tells me he's not surprised the sprint legend won a third gold.

Herdlyn Evans, who's appearing as part of the Flying Aces act at Great Yarmouth's Hippodrome, says Bolt was one of the fastest kids in school in his age group.

But did he compete against him? "No, I chose not to... he was always going to beat me."

Herdlyn Evans outside the Hippodrome
BBC

Herdlyn says he remembers Usain Bolt's first Olympics... "He came fifth or fourth in his first event, which I doubt most people remember."

He's a phenomenal athlete... an excellent role model for a lot of people... a lot of people look up to him in Jamaica and throughout the world... everywhere you go and mention Usain Bolt, someone can relate to that."

Herdlyn EvansFormer school mate
Usain Bolt crossing the line first in the men's 100m final at Rio ahead of seven other sprinters
AFP

Weather: A sunny end to the day - much of the same tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There'll be plenty of sunshine to end the day and then a dry night with some isolated mist and fog patches. 

Light winds and temperatures down to about 10C (50F).

Map of the East of England
BBC

Tomorrow will be another fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures are expected to climb to about 23C (73F). It will be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore easterly wind, light to moderate in strength.

You'll find your local forecast at BBC Weather.

Cheers! Corks pop for sparkling wine sales

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Britain's thirst for prosecco and cava has seen a rise in sparkling wine sales over the last few years, with more than 31.6m gallons sold in 2015/16 compared to 17.6m four years earlier.

Jeremy Dunn, from the Norfolk Wine School, is not surprised, as "prosecco is a very accessible way of drinking fizz, bringing in a whole new wave of customers into sparkling wine sales... in pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs prosecco sales are really booming."

A social scene, with a tray holding five flutes of sparkling wine
Getty Images

The majority of sparkling wine is imported from France, Spain and Italy, but more is now being made at home. Last year, 37 new wine producers and vineyards opened in England.

We're blessed in the UK... the south east of England shares the same geological features as the champagne region of France so we're actually able to grow the same grape and produce really world class sparkling wine right here in the UK."

Jeremy DunnNorfolk Wine School
Two female hands holding flutes of sparkling wine
Getty Images

Norwich City press conference: Boss 'in jovial mood'

Death crash victims believed to live locally

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Two people have died after a car crash in south west Norfolk.

A man and a woman, believed to live locally, were in a green Mini Cooper when they crashed into a tree at Methwold Hythe, near Downham Market.

Scene of crash, showing emergency vehicles
BBC

The crash happened sometime between 19:00 yesterday and 07:00 this morning. Severalls Road remained closed while police investigators were at the scene. It has now reopened.

Police vehicle and officer, and 'Police accident' sign on road
BBC

Witness appeal following fail-to-stop collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a car and two pedestrians.

The incident happened shortly after midnight on Saturday, when a Mercedes Benz and two people were involved in a collision on Aylsham Road near to Blickling Hall. The vehicle failed to stop and drove off in the direction of Buxton.

Both pedestrians were knocked to the ground, and one received minor injuries.

Norwich City press conference: 'Onguene was at Carrow Road'

Earlier we reported that City looked set to sign the French striker Jerome Onguene - Rob Butler's just tweeted this from the Canaries press conference...

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Norwich City press conference: Pritchard 'should be training next week'

We've got some news on new signing midfielder Alex Pritchard.

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Norwich City's press conference has started

Our reporter Rob Butler is keeping us up to date with what's happened at the Norwich City press conference.

Tomorrow the Canaries are at home to Bristol City.

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Paralysed motorbike champ rides again

A former Norwich biking champion of the 1980s who was paralysed when he crashed at 120mph (193 km/h) has returned and ridden the circuit where he broke his back.

Phil Armes, who won races in the Isle of Man and even China, crashed at the Ulster Grand Prix in 1995. He returned to the circuit last year for the first time, but heavy rain meant he couldn't ride.

Phil Armes on his bike, in dark visor, red helmet and black leathers
Submitted

This weekend, he successfully complete a lap (seen above) in front of more than 60,000 fans lining the 7.6 mile (10.7 km) road circuit.

He described it as "very emotional", and was glad to have a dark visor on as it gave him "a few moments to compose himself before talking to the commentator at the end of the lap."

Well done, Phil, from all of us at the Norfolk Live team.  

Canaries caught shooting blanks

The pink'un

The pink'un

City are brought down to earth with a bump as Owls nullify the threat - the front page of the Pink Un.

Front page of the Pink Un
Archant

Weather: Fine and clear, but cloudy overnight

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

This evening will be fine and clear. Overnight, although cool, it will stay dry as cloud fills in from the east. 

Maximum Temperature: 22C (75F).

Your photos: Sea Palling

Many thanks to Karl Hammett for this beautiful photo of Sea Palling beach - it looks so peaceful, doesn't it? Not a soul to be seen.

A deserted Sea Palling beach
Karl Hammett

We always love to see your photos if you've any you'd like to share.

Pinto ready to turn to Robins for tonic

Norwich Evening News

City aim to brush off their Owls frustration in double-quick time - the back page of today's Norwich Evening News.

Back page of the Norwich Evening News
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City shop reopens after arson attack

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

An Eastern European shop damaged in an arson attack in Norwich last month has reopened.

A brick was reportedly thrown through the window of the Village Shop in Magdalen Street, and a small fire started in the early hours of 8 July.

The smashed front window of the Village Shop on Magdalen Street
BBC

Two people inside a flat attached to the shop managed to escape unharmed. 

People in Norwich showed their support for the Romanian shop, writing messages of support on love hearts, while a crowdfunding appeal on the JustGiving website raised more than £30,000 to repair the store.

A man in black jacket and a hat writing a message on a love heart, outside the store
BBC

Five drummers drumming to set new world record

It took 72 hours, one minute and 54 seconds for a group of Dereham drummers to smash the Guinness World Record for the " Longest Drumming Marathon by a Team."

But sadly it was all in vain. A technical hitch with their camera meant JDT Music Academy didn't make it into the 2016 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. About four hours of footage was lost, leading to their claim being rejected.

Two drummers, sitting at their drums
BBC

Undaunted, they're now prepared to tackle the three day feat all over again. Over the August bank holiday, five drummers drumming will attempt to beat the current world record of 66 hours, with a whopping 80 hours of continuous drumming.

Teenage girl given go-ahead for brain tumour treatment

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A teenage girl from Great Yarmouth has been told she can go to America to receive treatment for her brain tumour.

Abbie Boast was diagnosed in May after suffering from seizures. Doctors said the 14-year-old would need proton beam therapy, a form of radio therapy, which isn't yet available in the UK.

Abbie Boast, with her mother Ali, brother Ashton and father Dean
Family photo

Her mother, Ali, says they've been told the NHS has now approved the treatment abroad.

There's a long way to go, it's been a roller coaster ride so far and it'll continue in that way but we feel we're moving forward a bit."

Ali BoastAbbie's mother

Tough calls come with the territory

Eastern Daily Press

City boss Neil can handle the boos after a frustrating Owls' stalemate - so says the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press.

Back page of the EDP
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Police investigate suspected arson at former asylum

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at the former Little Plumstead Hospital.

Firefighters were called to the derelict building on Hospital Road shortly after 02:00 on Sunday after a member of the public reported seeing flames.

Emergency services at Little Plumstead Hospital
BBC

Investigators haven't been able to confirm the cause of the blaze at the former mental asylum, but it's believed to have been started deliberately.

Road closed following double deaths

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man and a woman have died following a road traffic collision in Methwold Hythe.

A green Mini Cooper left Severalls Road and collided with a tree between 19:00 on Sunday and 07:00 today.

The road remains closed between Thornham Road and the Broad Drove junctions while officers assess the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary.

BreakingDouble death in road collision

A man and a woman have died in a road traffic collision in west Norfolk.

We'll bring you more shortly.

A12 partially blocked

BBC Travel

Emergency services are at the scene of an incident on the A12 in Great Yarmouth.

The road is partially blocked, resulting in slow traffic, at the A1243 Pasteur Road junction because of an overturned car on the roundabout.

A12 Harfreys Roundabout passable with care. No access to Industrial Est. access only from the south due to RTC #1169

A12 Harfreys Roundabout passable with care. No access to Industrial Est. access only from the south due to RTC #1169

Housing strategy is 'flawed'

A population explosion is expected in parts of the county by 2024, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

South Norfolk will see the greatest rise - 12.5 - with Norwich and Breckland expecting just over 7%. It is anticipated all areas of Norfolk will see at least 4% more people living here over the next eight years.

Building site, with house building
PA

An updated plan - the Joint Core Strategy - published two years ago to deal with the main pressure areas of growth outlined that a minimum of 21,000 homes are needing in Broadland, south Norfolk and Norwich alone.  

Stephen Heard, who heads up Snub - Stop Norwich Urbanisation, said the strategy for housing in and around the city is flawed.

The whole concept of building an eco settlement is to make themselves sufficient in terms of public transport and job opportunities... we don't see any of that coming, all we see now with the Northern Distributor Road is a leage dual carriageway road with no development to support it."

Stephen HeardStop Norwich Urbanisation

Norfolk Christian project to reduce re-offending

Network Norfolk

Community Chaplaincy Norfolk is a Christian service supporting ex-offenders to successfully rebuild their lives after prison.

The project’s new co-ordinator, Susan Carne, spoke about her work recruiting volunteer mentors and sympathetic landlords.

Susan Carne in dark blue cardigan and blue striped blouse
Network Norfolk

Increasing population 'a threat' to rural Norfolk

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norfolk's rural landscape is under threat by mass strategic development.

That's the concern being raised by the county's branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). It comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest all areas will see population rise within 10 years by up to 12.5%.

House builder working on a roof
PA

CPRE Norfolk's senior planning trustee, David Hook, says massive parts of countryside in Broadland, Norwich and south Norfolk will be lost.

There are 72,000 houses going to be built to 2036 if strategic housing market assessments are followed - that will increase the population of the Norwich area to 516,400... we will kill the golden goose that is rural Norfolk if this happens."

David HookCPRE, Norfolk

Photo: Shooting stars over Norfolk

Many thanks to Ben Gadsby-Williams for this stunning photograph of meteors over Norfolk on Friday night.

The dazzling display of Perseid meteors peaked on Friday night, as the Earth ploughed through a dense cloud of comet debris - with dozens of meteors streaking across the sky every hour.

Meteors streaking across the night sky, with a derelict windmill and waterway
Ben Gadsby-Williams

If you have any photos or maybe a video that you'd like to share, you can send them to us on email.

South Norfolk population set to increase

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

The population of south Norfolk is set to rise by more than 12% over the next decade, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It's predicted all parts of the county will see an increase but the biggest impact is likely to be in Norwich, Breckland and the south of the county, meaning more pressure on housing and services.

New homes under construction
PA

South Norfolk District Council is already meeting those demands, says leader John Fuller, adding that it's important for councils to match population growth and housing formation with quality of life.   

You have to have a long-term plan... once you've got an idea of how many houses, you can communicate that to the water companies, the electricity companies - it takes 10 to 20 years to sort bits of infrastructure out - we're planning and have delivered between 1,000 and 1,500 homes for each of the last 10 years or so and that was from a plan starting in 2006."

John FullerLeader, South Norfolk District Council

Hospital fire believed to be suspicious

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Arson is believed to be the cause of a fire at a former mental asylum on the outskirts of Norwich.

The derelict Old Plumstead Hall was gutted in the blaze, which broke out early on Sunday morning. More than 50 firefighters attended the scene, and a controlled demolition was carried out for safety reasons in the afternoon.

A view of the gutted building, with smoke coming from within, and fencing to barrier it off
BBC

Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Ashworth says the building had stood empty for a number of years, with all windows and doors boarded up, and there was "no obvious source of ignition".  

A busy few days for Norfolk's fire crews

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Fire investigators are looking into the circumstances around three big blazes in Norfolk in recent days.

On Friday afternoon a coach caught fire on the A11 between Wymondham and Attleborough. All of the 71 passengers, who were returning to Luton after a day trip to Great Yarmouth, got off safely.

Fire engulfing the rear of a blue coach
Steve Smith

More than 50 firefighters spent Saturday tackling a that broke out in 700 tonnes of waste at a scrapyard in West Dereham. 

Scrapyard fire, showing piles of waste, flames and smoke
BBC

And yesterday, a former mental asylum that's been derelict for many years was destroyed in a fire. Little now remains of the Old Plumstead Hall near Norwich. 

The Old Plumstead Hall on fire, silhouetted against night sky
Peter Hanlon

Former hospital is destroyed by blaze

Norwich Evening News

The front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Front page of the Norwich Evening News
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'We've had enough' - EDP front page

Eastern Daily Press

More than half of Royal British Legion women's section branches closing in row with national charity chiefs - the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press.

Front page of the EDP
Archant

Weather: Warm with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and fine day, with some sunny spells. Cloudy at times, and feeling cooler on the coast.

Maximum temperature: 21(C) (70F).

BBC Weather has more details.

Weather graphic for Monday through to Thursday
BBC Weather

Vote of confidence for Linnets manager

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The new owner of King's Lynn Town Football Club is standing by manager Gary Setchell despite the club's awful start to the season. 

The Linnets lost 4-0 at Banbury in the Southern Premier on Saturday with all the goals coming in the first half. They lost 5-2 at St Neots in their previous game. 

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Stephen Cleeve bought the club in the summer.  

Setchell told us: "The mistake I made was sticking with players who let me down on Tuesday night. I feel sorry for the new chairman, he must think 'what's going on here?'" 

Canaries closing in on French defender

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City look set to sign French defender Jerome Onguene.  

The 18-year old who currently plays for French second division side Sochaux was spotted in the stands at Carrow Road on Saturday. He's a highly-rated France under 19 international. 

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Pictures of Onguene at the ground were shared by fans on social media after the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. 

'You'll know when it happens' - Alex Neil on Canaries striker search

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's need for more striking options became even more apparent at the weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sheffield Wednesday

Cameron Jerome was the only senior striker in the squad with Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty left out and youngster Carlton Morris on the bench instead. 

Carlton Morris
Getty Images

Manager Alex Neil has made no secret of his desire to bring in a new front man all summer. He told me: "We all know we need a new striker, it just so happens that we're short in one position but that's not news to anybody we just need to try and get that work done as quickly as we can." 

Norfolk need wickets on second day at Cumberland

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk were bowled all out for 234 on the opening day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Cumberland. 

Ashley Watson top scored with 46 for Norfolk in their final Championship match of the summer. A wicket from Ben Coote and a run out by Jordan Taylor had Cumberland in trouble at 7 for 2 in reply. 

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But the hosts steadied the ship after that and will resume this morning on 61 for 2. 

Welcome to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us at the start of a new week on Norfolk Live. We'll bring you news, sport, and travel updates from across the county. 

We'll have the weather forecast shortly, but first we'd like to share this beautiful picture taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Hopping Frog" at Sheringham early this morning.

Sheringham sunrise, with a few fishing boats
Weather Watcher/Hopping Frog