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  1. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you next week

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    If you are travelling to London over the weekend, remember buses will be in operation between train stations because a new bridge is being installed on the Norwich-Ipswich railway line, which will close at 02:00 tomorrow.

    Scroll back through the feed below to see what we've covered today...

  2. Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

    A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

    Weather map for the East of England

    There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

    Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

    Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

  3. Travel: Three vehicle crash on A146

    BBC Travel

    Three vehicles have crashed on the A146 in Chedgrave, partly blocking the road in both directions and causing queuing traffic at the Norwich Road junction. Tailbacks are to Slade Lane. 

    Also traffic is moving very slowly in both directions on the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way in King's Lynn between Knights Hill and Hardwick Roundabout.

    More details from BBC Travel.

  4. Our top stories from Norfolk Live today

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

  5. Canaries close to 'signing Benfica striker', Alex Neil says

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Benfica striker, Nelson Oliveira, who spent last season on loan to Nottingham Forest, where he scored nine goals in 29 appearances for the Championship side, may be on his way to Norwich.

    Nelson Oliveira

    Canaries manager Alex Neil said he hoped to complete the permanent signing of the striker "in next day or so". 

    Norwich travel to Birmingham tomorrow with the Canaries unbeaten in the Championship this season.

  6. Machine will 'wheel new bridge into place'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Building a new railway bridge alongside an existing one is an unusual approach but that was one of the only solutions to replacing a crumbling structure on the London line in Norwich. 

    Engineers will close the line between Norwich and Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday until Tuesday at about 04:00 while they dismantle the old bridge, and literally wheel the next one in place using the machine shown below. 

    Our pictures also show the bridge construction in the week leading up to the replacement operation.

    New bridge
    New bridge
    New Bridge
  7. New rail bridge will 'slide' into place over the weekend

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The main railway line to London will be shut for three days from 02:00 on Saturday for a new bridge to be moved into place on the outskirts of Norwich city centre.

    New bridge

    The new bridge has been built alongside the crumbling old one at the bottom of Long John Hill. This is to be demolished over the weekend and the replacement "will slide" into place on wheels, engineers said. 

    The road has been closed to cars since May last year and a diversion has been in place for 15 months. 

    Trains have had to run slower during that time over the bridge which had to be shored up because it was crumbling. Buses will replace the train service over the three-day shut down.

  8. Red Arrows grace the skies of Norwich

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The Red Arrows gave an impromptu display over Norwich on their return from entertaining crowds on the beaches at Clacton in Essex.

    Red Arrows over Norwich

    The aircraft were on their way back to Norwich Airport at about 13:40 today for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event over the weekend.

  9. Weather: Fine and dry with wispy cloud

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A fine and sunny afternoon with just a scattering of fair weather cloud. 

    Roydon view

    Our Weather Watcher picture was taken by Monty's Turf showing the skies over Roydon, near Diss, just after 13:30 today.

    For most people it will feel less humid than recently in the warm sunshine but clear skies could bring a chilly night. 

    Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F)  

    More details from BBC Weather:

  10. Scientist awarded £200,000 for bowel cancer research project

    A Norwich scientist has won an award to investigate the role of bacteria in bowel cancer.

    Bowel cancer tumour

    Prof Alastair Watson, from the University of East Anglia, will receive £200,000 from Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering research looking at whether microbes play a role in advanced forms of bowel cancer. 

    It's hoped a therapy for the condition can be developed as a result of the research.

  11. Man jailed after admitting city centre attempted rape of woman

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A 23-year-old man from Norwich who admitted attempting to rape a woman near the city centre has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. 

    Fuad Ramadan Mahmoud

    Fuad Ramadan Mahmoud, of Sleaford Green, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attacking the victim beside Rose Lane car park on 3 January this year. 

    Norwich Crown Court, where he was sentenced by Judge Stephen Holt, heard he was arrested on 7 January after being identified on CCTV footage.  

  12. A11 traffic running freely after crash earlier this morning

    Traffic is running freely on the northbound A11 in Norfolk after being closed for more than five hours because of a crash between a car and a lorry near Attleborough.

    A11 in Norfolk

    A woman was injured in the crash and taken to hospital with injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.

    More details on BBC Travel:

  13. Red Arrows cross three counties on way to Clacton show

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The Red Arrows are now due to take off from Norwich Airport after an overnight stay and are on their way to the skies over Clacton in Essex where they will give a display for about 200,000 people crowded on the beach.

    Red Arrows

    After several days in East Anglia they are due to return to the airport later this afternoon for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event tomorrow.

    On the way to Essex and back to Norwich their course will take them over Suffolk twice in the next hour so look out for them now.

  14. Man falls down concrete shaft in north Norfolk village

    Emergency services took an hour to release a man who had fallen down a concrete shaft in a north Norfolk village this morning. 

    Gong Lane

    The fire service was called to Gong Lane in Burnham Overy just after 07:30 and the man, in his 30s, was later taken to hospital after falling 10 feet (3m) down the hole. 

    He had suffered injuries to his head and side and is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the fire service said. 

  15. Reavell departs Debenham over lack of commitment

    Diss Express

    Here is the back sports page of today's Diss Express:

    Back page
  16. RNLI say 'treat water like a fire' at beaches in bad weather

    Even though the weather doesn't look the best for the Bank Holiday weekend, unless you are off out today, Norfolk's beaches are expected to be busy and the RNLI say the bad weather can cause it's own problems.


    RNLI lifeguard manager Kester Sheppard said many people who go near the sea in rough weather - for example, to take pictures - get caught out by an unexpectedly large wave.

    There is guide here on how to stay safe at the beach and in the sea.

  17. Ahead of Bank Holiday beach goers urged to 'respect the water'

    Beach goers in Norfolk are being warned only to swim on lifeguarded beaches and be aware of the tides. Five men died in the sea at Camber Sands in East Sussex after getting into trouble.

    Earlier this week, the Hunstanton lifeboat had to rescue 12 people in danger of being cut off by the water.


    The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has urged people to "respect the water and visit a lifeguarded beach".