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Cameron Jerome

Norwich City resist a Cardiff City comeback to win and move within a point of the Championship's automatic promotion places.

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Our live coverage across the day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, updating you on news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

These are some of the stories we have covered today:

Just scroll down to read more or catch up.

If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

School makes film about its life and community to attract new head teacher

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Norfolk primary school has made as film about itself to attract the right candidate to take over as head teacher.

Aldborough's village school, near Aylsham, has 140 pupils but like many smaller rural primaries finds recruitment of head teachers increasingly difficult.

Still from film
Aldborough Primary School

School governors created a promotional film to try to build a picture of the real school. Through YouTube and other social media sites, including Facebook, they've managed to reach thousands of people and have had considerable interest - including one potential candidate who is returning to the UK from Africa. 

Dr David Doak, chairman of governors, said: "We wanted the film to encapsulate what's great about Norfolk, as well as what makes our school so special. 

"We filmed it over a few days. It was easy to get great footage because Aldborough School is a fantastically positive and happy place - the hard part was editing it down to three minutes!" 

Norfolk's Jono Drane will fight for bronze at Paralympics

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Weather: Rain expected on Saturday

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

This evening and tonight it will be dry with clear intervals, but cloud will thicken with patchy rain spreading into western parts of the county later. Areas further east will remain largely dry. 

Light to moderate southerly winds. Lows of 15 to 17C (59 to 63F).

Weather map

Saturday will be a cloudy, wet day with outbreaks of rain expected on and off through much of the day, although the heaviest rain will be in western parts, while areas near the east coast will remain drier. 

Moderate southerly winds. Highs reaching 24C (75F).

Two men charged over attempted robberies at convenience stores

BBC Radio Norfolk

Two men have been charged in connection with attempted robberies at convenience stores near Norwich on Wednesday. The shops were raided by a man dressed in black, wearing a balaclava and wielding a gun, police said.

Norwich Crown Court

The first attempted robbery happened at the Spar Shop in Blofield shortly after 19:00 and three hours later Woodside Food and Wine store at Thorpe St Andrew was held up. Money was demanded but nothing was stolen in either incident. 

The pair, both from Norwich, have each been charged with two counts of attempted robbery and remanded in custody by magistrates. They're due to appear before Norwich Crown Court on 7 October.

Victims of Gerard Singer 'should feel very proud they have helped bring him to justice'

Police say the sentencing today of former teacher Gerard Singer has brought to a close "one of the longest child sex abuse investigations carried out by Suffolk Police".

Gerard Stringer
Suffolk Police

Det Const Karen Crowther added: "I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us.  

"Some of them were spoken to as far back as 2009 and have waited a long time for this matter to come to court.

"They should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than three decades.”

'Victim is a word I don't like' says man abused by teacher

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The man who spoke to the BBC about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Gerard Singer says he prefers to be thought of as a witness, rather than a victim.

"Victim is a word I don't like because it's a very strong word and a very negative word that you get branded with," he said.

"I was a witness to a series of events."

Man abused by teacher relieved to 'be believed'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

One of the men abused as a boy by boarding school teacher Gerard Singer said: "The important thing for me was I've been believed".

The offences were committed at St George's School, at Wicklewood, near Wymondham, between 1978 and 1981, where it was based before it moved to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

Victim of Gerard Singer in a car

The man said of the abuse: "It affects you in many, many ways - how you lead your life, how you interact with people - it's always at the back of your mind.

"Because of what happened, to be able to trust other people has been very difficult; almost impossible. 

"Because I was at a school, I had trust in a person and that trust was abused and I was abused as part of that. 

"Even all these years down the line, you think there's an ulterior motive for just about everything that happens."

Teacher is third to be convicted for offences at boys' boarding school

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Gerard Singer is the third former teacher to be convicted of sex offences against pupils at St George's School:

  • Former headmaster Derek Slade (pictured left) was found guilty in 2010 of abusing 12 boys and was jailed for 21 years. He died in March.
  • Alan Brigden (pictured right), who taught maths, was jailed for five years in 2012 after admitting 14 sex crimes against two boys.
  • In 2011 another teacher, Alan Williams, killed himself after being arrested on suspicion of sex assaults at St George's. 

Derek Slade (left) and Alan Brigden (right)
Suffolk Police

Teacher bribed boys with gifts, court heard

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The trial of Gerard Singer heard how he gave boys gifts, including a calculator and sweets, to win their favour.

He has been given a sentence totalling 29 years after being found guilty of 27 offences, including gross indecency and performing oral sex.

One witness told the trial in July that he was given wine, tied face down on a bed and, when he woke up, he had a "pain in his bottom".

Teacher given 29-year sentence for boarding school sex abuse

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Former boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been given a 29-year sentence for sexually abusing pupils.

Judge Martyn Levett said 21 years must be served in custody, and he'll be expected to serve two-thirds of that before he can be considered for parole.

He'll then face a further eight years, after the 21-year term, on licence.

Ipswich Crown Court

Singer was found guilty of 27 offences which took place at St George's School between 1978 and 1981 when it was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, before it moved to Great Finborough, Suffolk.

His trial at Ipswich Crown Court in July heard the offences included gross indecency and performing oral sex.

BreakingEx-teacher jailed for boarding school sex offences

Ex-teacher Gerard Singer, 69, has been given a 29-year sentence for sex offences carried out at a boarding school based in Norfolk and then Suffolk in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Singer was told he must serve 21 years of that time in custody.

More to follow.

Sport: 'No more money in kitty for players', Canaries boss says

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Every spare penny possible has been spent on players and there "isn't any amount left sitting in the kitty", Canaries manager Alex Neil said today.

Cameron Jerome
Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Also, reports that striker Cameron Jerome has a more serious injury are "conspiracy theories", he maintained, as he played down other rumours. 

"I've had a good chat with Timm Klose and he wants to stay at Norwich City," he said.

And he said an injury to Marouane Chamakh during his West Bromwich Albion trial had ended City's interest, he said.

Neil also said tomorrow's match against Cardiff may be too soon for a debut for new signing striker Nelson Oliveira.

"Overall, we need to make sure the squad is applying themselves to the best of their ability, and if we do that, we'll win games," he added.

Travel: Passenger trouble halts London-bound train at Diss

BBC Travel

Judge tells sex assault teacher 'victims have waited a very long time for justice'

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Gerard Singer, who's awaiting sentence at Ipswich Crown Court for 27 sexual abuse charges dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, has been told by Judge Martyn Levett: "I cannot detect that there is any repentance or atonement in the intervening 35 years.

"The victims have waited a very long time for justice and I can only hope this will give them some form of closure."

Defence disputes claim that sex assault teacher is 'high risk' in future

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

The case of private boarding school teacher Gerard Singer, 69, who's due to be sentenced for 27 sexual abuse charges, has been hearing mitigation from his defence team.

Singer, who had recently been living in France, was found guilty of abusing boys at St George's School between 1978 and 1981, when it was in Norfolk before moving to Suffolk.

Richard Keogh, Singer's barrister, disputed the prosecution claim that his client would remain a high risk to boys, saying he would be an old man on release, given that he was facing a long jail sentence. 

The judge at Ipswich Crown Court, Martyn Levett, is due to pass sentence shortly.

When is a fake speed camera not a fake speed cameras? When it's a bat box...

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

Reports that "fake speed traps" had been set up in Potter Heigham have been investigated and dismissed by Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership. 

They were put up about three weeks ago in two locations on Market Road in the village. But Trevor Chaplin, who erected one of them in his garden, claims they aren't fake cameras.

They're bat boxes with monitoring equipment. He joked that while they aren't designed to deter anyone driving "like a bat out of hell", if they help cut the speed of traffic he'll be happy!

Weather: Dry with sunny spells but odd showers possible

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells this afternoon but also few showers are possible.

It'll be rather breezy too and it'll feel less humid than recent days. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F) 

More details from BBC Weather:

Striker Jerome to feature against Cardiff, Canaries boss hopes

BBC Sport

Striker Cameron Jerome should feature in Norwich's home clash with Cardiff tomorrow, manager Alex Neil hopes. 

Alex Neil

And he will be joined by Portuguese defender Ivo Pinto, goalkeeper John Ruddy and attacking midfielders Alex Pritchard and Graham Dorrans. 

But defender Martin Olsson looks like missing the game.

Watch: Aboard new £40m wind farm supply vessel named

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A new offshore support vessel has been named in Great Yarmouth today. The Esvagt Njord cost £40m to build and will work on the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off Lincolnshire.  

The ship has a telescopic gantry so crew can get from the ship to the turbines safely. Its bow is specially designed for sailing in the North Sea's variable weather and conditions and has accommodation for 40 engineers and technicians who work on the wind farm and 18 crew. 

The vessel will be based in Great Yarmouth, docking every fortnight for contractor changeover. The crew changes over every four weeks. 

This weekend it will be docked at its shore base and visitors can tour the vessel.

Victim of teacher 'tried to bury the past'

A second victim of Gerard Singer said he had tried to bury the past after the abuse he suffered. 

He had contemplated suicide and turned to drink and drugs. Earlier this year, he had a breakdown.

Judge Martyn Levett was told of a pre-sentence report, which said Singer was still in denial about his offences. It believed his behaviour was unlikely to change and there would be a high risk of harm to potential future victims.

The judge will return to court later. 

Court hears from victims 'preyed upon' by sex abuse teacher

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

Two victims of paedophile teacher Gerard Singer have told a judge about the impact his sexual abuse has had on their lives.

Singer, 69, was convicted in July of 27 offences against boys at the former St George's School, which was based first in Norfolk, then moved to Suffolk. He is being sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today.

One of his victims told the court, through an impact statement, how he had been "preyed upon... my childhood destroyed."

He said he had become angry and wanted to apologise to family and friends for his behaviour.

"In the 1980s, chances were missed to help us. We were failed. I want the system to learn from those mistakes," he said. 

More on that 'self-releasing' squirrel...

Jodie Smith

BBC News

I've been talking to a spokeswoman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service about the attempted squirrel rescue in Wymondham yesterday (not a sentence I thought I'd ever write).

She told me the information initially released by the fire service - that the squirrel was trapped in a tree - wasn't quite correct, and that it had been stuck on a telegraph pole instead.

The spokeswoman said a member of the public had phoned in after seeing the squirrel in distress, and a nearby fire officer was called. But as we know, the squirrel had "self-released" from its predicament before the officer got there.


Sentencing of paedophile teacher due shortly

Kevin Burch

BBC Look East

I'm at Ipswich Crown Court, where ex- teacher Gerard Singer is due to be sentenced for the sexual abuse of former pupils at St George's School, which was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then Great Finborough, Suffolk, between 1978 and 1981.

He was convicted of 27 offences when he appeared here in July.

Ipswich Crown Court

IVF provider criticises plans to cut treatment

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Plans to cut fertility services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney to save £70,000 a year are being challenged by one of the leading providers of IVF treatments in the eastern counties. 

IVF procedure
Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Currently three cycles of IVF are offered to people who have been unable to conceive in east Norfolk and north Suffolk but the health authority is consulting on reducing that to two to save money. 

Dr Thomas Mathew, UK medical director for Bourn Hall Clinic, which provides IVF treatment, is challenging the decision to cut services.

"After three cycles of IVF we have seen high 80% success rates. Any cuts would lower the probability of conception, he said.

"This is not a lifestyle choice but a basic innate desire for couples to have a baby."

He said frustrating this desire could lead to psychological and mental problems.

Sport: Away form crucial to Diss' hopes of nailing promotion

Diss Express

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Diss Express back pageg
Diss Express

Do clues to future climate change lie in Diss Mere?

Diss Express

Here is the front page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express front page
Diss Express
A squirrel

A fireman was sent to a rescue a squirrel after reports it was stuck up a telegraph pole, only to find it had "self released", a fire service says.

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Murphys' law is a joint will to succeed

Norwich Evening News

Here is the back page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Evening News back page

Shop worker saw off armed raider

Norwich Evening News

Here is the front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Norwich Evening News front page

Jessica-Jane takes bronze in opener

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the back page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

EDP Back page

NDR costs could rise by £6.8m

Eastern Daily Press

Here is the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

EDP front page

Trapped squirrel 'self-releases' from tree after fire service call-out

Jodie Smith

BBC News

We've all heard about firefighters getting called out to rescue cats from trees, but yesterday a squirrel in Wymondham took things to a whole new level.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said an officer was "mobilised" to a tree in the town after reports a squirrel was trapped there.

However, when the officer got there, they found the squirrel had "self-released" (their words, not mine) and their services were not needed.

As you might imagine, there are some very tongue-in-cheek comments on Twitter about the failed rescue, including one from a user who wrote: "I'm sure the squirrel is embarrassed enough as it is".


Sexual abuse teacher due to be sentenced

A former teacher who was found guilty in July of sexually abusing pupils at a boarding school, is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Ipswich Crown Court

Gerard Singer, 69, was convicted of systematically grooming and abusing pupils at St George's School, based in Wicklewood, Norfolk, and then Great Finborough, Suffolk, between 1978 and 1981.

The judge at his trial said there was overwhelming evidence Singer had an entrenched pattern of sexual misconduct towards young boys, which had been in existence for more for 40 years.

Hewett and Drane get Paralympic bids under way

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk duo Alfie Hewett and Jono Drane are both in action on the second day of the Paralympics in Rio

Drane is due on the judo mat this afternoon for his first bout against Sharif Khalilov from Uzbekistan.

Alfie Hewett

Later Hewett, who won the Wimbledon Wheelchair Doubles title alongside Gordon Reid in July, begins his campaign in the singles in Rio against Malaysia's Abu Samah Borhan.

Driver dies in two-vehicle crash on A1122 near Downham Market

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A driver has died after two vehicles crashed at Fincham, near Downham Market, on Thursday evening.

Accident sign

The crash happened on the A1122 road at 19:30 and police, who attended wiith ambulance and fire services, said one driver died at the scene. 

The driver of the second vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries and a police investigation is under way.

Paralympic bronze for Norfolk swimmer

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Jessica-Jane Applegate won a bronze medal on the opening night of swimming at the Paralympics in Rio. 

The 20-year old from Belton, near Great Yarmouth, finished third in the final of the S14 100m backstroke behind team mate Bethany Firth who won the race in world-record time. 

Jessica Jane Applegate medal ceremony
Getty Images

Applegate revealed after the race that she had an operation just nine weeks before the Paralympics. The London 2012 gold medalist is due to race in three more events in Rio.

Plans to curb shared housing opposed by students and landlords

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Plans to restrict the number of shared houses in parts of Norwich are being opposed by university students and landlords.

Unthank Road

The city council wants to limit Houses of Multiple Occupation to 30% of properties in popular areas like the Golden Triangle around Earlham Road and Unthank Road on the west side of the city. Councillors believe shared properties drive up house prices for other potential residents. 

Students at the University of East Anglia oppose the plans and an online petition has already gained 750 signatures. Gavin Dick from the National Landlords Association said the plan could lead to licensing which could also drive up rents. 

Weather: Dry with sunny spells but odd showers possible

BBC Weather Watchers

Warm sunny spells will develop but a few showers are possible in patchy cloud, like this over Wymondham earlier this morning.

Wymondham sky
BBC Weather Watchers / Richie Rich

An increasingly fresh south-westerly breeze will make it feel less humid than recent days. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).