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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 25 November 2016
  2. Rapist gets 12-year jail term
  3. Voyeur who filmed women is spared jail
  4. White-collar boxing 'needs reform'
  5. Appeal for restoration of historic windpump

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Bradley Johnson condemns his former club Norwich to a fifth successive loss as Derby seal a fourth straight win.

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Our live coverage today:

Time to go home and put our feet up - another week on Norfolk Live has come to an end.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've brought you today:

We'll leave you this photo of the sun going down in west Norfolk, taken by BBC Weather Watcher Santa Cruz Slacker.

Sunset over Hunstanton
BBC

Thanks for joining us - we hope you have a great weekend - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Ed Balls has found his 'Inner Beyonce'

Norwich City chairman and BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls says he's found his "Inner Beyonce" after 10 weeks in the BBC contest.

The former shadow chancellor hopes to get far enough into the competition to perform a "steamy rumba" which he believes would be "something special".

Ed Balls with Strictly dancers
BBC/Guy Levy

If you said to me three months ago I had an inner Beyonce I wouldn't have believed you, but clearly I did. I've been singing Halo in the shower ever since."

Ed BallsNorwich City chairman/Strictly star

Alex Neil comes out fighting

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The Norwich City boss was in confident mood at his Friday press conference ahead of Saturday's match at Derby.

The Canaries have had a run of four league defeats and they've slipped from the top of the Championship to sixth place.

Norwich City boss says he can get promotion campaign back on track

Reindeers - are they festive?

The animal rights group PETA has voiced concerns at plans to have two live reindeer at the Swaffham Christmas lights switch-on today.

Kirsty Henderson, from the charity, says there's "nothing festive about taking reindeer out of their natural habitat and parading them in front of noisy crowds of people". 

But town clerk Richard Bishop says the campaigners have missed the point. "This is about the spirit of Christmas and reindeers and Christmas go together".

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We've had assurances from the owners... they transport them safely to all parts of the country and there's a limited amount of time in which they can be here and we work within their guidelines."

Richard BishopSwaffham Town Clerk

Weather: Becoming cloudy with mist and fog

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

A dry evening and night, with long clear spells across the BBC East region.

Becoming increasingly cloudy, with mist and fog patches forming, becoming quite thick in places.

Temperatures falling to 0-2C (32F-35F).

Weather graphic for Saturday 14:00
BBC

After a chilly and foggy start, Saturday will be dry with sunny spells, but becoming cloudy later.

Temperatures will reach 10C (50F).

You can find more details on BBC Weather.

Children in Need kids are excluded

Lynn News

The front page of the Lynn News has the story of a mother of a 15-year-old Heacham student who was excluded while completing a charity challenge, describing the action as "unnecessary". 

Front page of the Lynn News
Lynn News

Listen: Chat with Alex Neil

Unlike you, Norwich City manager Alex Neil says he "doesn't have the privilege of listening to Canary Call".

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Justice Minister visits Norwich jail

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Justice Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has been at Norwich prison this afternoon.

She's meeting students from City College, Norwich who have been doing work experience at the jail.

Justice Minister Liz Truss meeting staff at Norwich Prison
BBC

The visit comes just weeks after the justice secretary announced plans to recruit 2,500 extra prison officers across the country following an increase in violence and complaints from staff.

The Ministry of Justice hopes that schemes like the one being run by City College will encourage more young people to consider the prison service as a career

Bus subsidies down by £1.3m over six years

Chris Bond

BBC Sunday Politics East

Bus subsidies in Norfolk have been slashed by a third since 2010 and campaigners warn of further cuts to come.

Norfolk County Council has reduced its financial support by £1.33m over the last six years and the Campaign for Better Transport says tight budgets mean more cuts are in the pipeline.

Research by BBC Sunday Politics East shows £13m has been cut from bus services across the BBC East region, where spending has dropped by 10% to £3.64 per passenger.

Financial support for bus services in Norfolk has been cut by one third since 2010.
BBC

The Bus Bill, currently going through Parliament, will give local councils more of a say in bus services – allowing collaboration with private companies and franchising opportunities.

But some of the new powers would only be granted to councils with elected mayors.

Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, was against that proviso.

“We think that whether or not you have an elected mayor, you should be able to depend on a regular, frequent and affordable bus service,” she said.

You can see more on this story on the BBC Sunday Politics East on Sunday, 27 November at 11:00 on BBC1.

Fatal collision: Police appeal to help trace driver

Police investigating a fatal crash which happened at Horsham St Faith last weekend are appealing for help to trace the driver of a 4x4.

Brothers Sam and Shane Nobbs were killed in the collision, which happened on the A140 to the north of Norwich at about 08:00 on Saturday. 

Their black Honda Civic, travelling towards Norwich, and a red LDV Maxus travelling in the opposite direction, were involved in crash.

Brothers Shane and Sam Nobbs
Family photo

The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, suffered serious life-changing injuries.

Officers are keen to trace the driver of a silver or grey 4x4 which was travelling on the A140 between the Northern Distributor Road and Waterloo Road, towards Aylsham.

Dogs can run free on seaside town's beaches

Plans to force dog owners to put their pets on a lead on a stretch of Great Yarmouth beach have been dropped.

The borough council had looked at imposing an order between North Denes and Caister. 

But after a public petition, many locals unhappy at the proposals turned out in force at a meeting of the environment committee.

A golden and a black labrador in the shoreline of North Beach at Great Yarmouth, looking towards Caister Point
Maigheach-gheal/Geograph

Committee chair Councillor Carl Smith says they were glad for the public's participation.   

The council chamber was full. They'd come to see democracy at work and they saw democracy at work. We listened to their views and took them into account when making our decision."

Cllr Carl SmithGreat Yarmouth Borough Council

Counting down for Ed Sheeran's live performance

Not long to go before East Anglia's Children's Hospices ambassador Ed Sheeran performs live at the Natural History Musuem, in a fundraising event for The Nook appeal, which takes place on Wednesday.

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'Lovely jubbly' auction of memorabilia

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Del Boy fans have a pukka opportunity to acquire some Trotter memorabilia when a private collection of Only Fools & Horses merchandise goes under the hammer next Friday.

"No Money Back" sign, depicting the Trotter's yellow three wheeler van
TW Gaze

It's been amassed over the last 20 years by Robert Birch, who works in Ipswich. Known as the "Suffolk super fan", his collection has out-grown his house.

Two yellow three-wheeled vehicles
TW Gaze

The sale includes "Bank of Peckham" bank notes, boxed sets of the TV series, and clothing.  

Three tee-shirts with images from Only Fools and Horses
TW Gaze

There are autobiographies with signatures of the cast... and even a female blow up doll. Could you ever forget that episode?

Autobiographies bearing signatures
TW Gaze

The auction, at TW Gaze in Diss, is next Friday. As Del would say, "Cushti!"

A stand-up poster of Del Boy Trotter
TW Gaze

Police praise rape victim's courage

A 32-year-old man has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and given a 12-year jail term for raping a woman in south Norfolk.

Norfolk Constabulary launched an investigation after being contacted by the victim in April 2015.

Det Con Sally Barker praised the bravery of the victim in coming forward, saying the case had had "a considerable impact on the victim and her family".

Don Gallier, of Crane Close, Dereham, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today.

We hope the result will help to reassure victims that we take all allegations of rape seriously and will carry out full and thorough investigations to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."

Det Con Sally BarkerNorfolk Police

Man jailed for rape

A man has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of raping a woman in south Norfolk.

Don Gallier, of Crane Close, Dereham, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today. He'd previously been found guilty of three counts of rape and one of actual bodily harm following a six-day trial in October.

Don Gallier
Norfolk police

The offences took place in south Norfolk between July 2011 and April 2015, on a woman over the age of 16.

Gallier, 32, was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Norwich City pre-match press conference

Norwich City head to Derby County this weekend as they attempt to stop their Championship slide.

They've lost their last four league matches and are currently sixth in the table.

At the pre-match press conference a short while ago, winger Jacob Murphy spoke about his delight in getting a new long-term contract at his boyhood club.

He told our sports reporter, Rob Butler, that his twin brother Josh hopefully won't be far behind in signing a new deal. Murphy added he's "not here about the money... I'm 21, and I'm here to play football".

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Manager Alex Neil, who's been given the backing of the Norwich City board, told the media there were "no issues between him and Bradley Johnson - he was the model pro when he was here".  

Johnson joined tomorrow's opponents Derby from Norwich last year.

Asked about recent media criticism, Neil gave this response: "A lot of the media write what they think the fans want to hear for likes and re-tweets".

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Your photos: Early morning sunrise

Let's take a look at some of our BBC Weather Watchers' photographs of the early morning sunrise... and the latest weather forecast says it's expected to remain dry, with sunny spells, clouding over later.

Temperatures reaching a high of 10C (50F).

Sunrise over rural landscape
BBC
Sunrise over sea, with seagulls
BBC
Sunrise over Cromer beach with the pier in the distance
BBC

Golden Bolt ceremony at RAF Marham

It's a milestone day at RAF Marham, with the completion of the steel structure for one of the new buildings needed for the F-35B Lightning aircraft.

To mark the occasion, the last steel bolt was sprayed gold. 

The fast jets are coming to the base from 2018.

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Punched... Spat at... Sexually assaulted...

Eastern Daily Press

A paramedic who was sexually assaulted while doing her job has waived her right to anonymity, telling her story to the Eastern Daily Press:

Front page of the EDP
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Allitt confirmed as King's Lynn speedway manager

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars have revealed that Dale Allit will take over as team manager next season. 

He replaces Rob Lyon who has moved to a new role at the club, looking after the day-to-day running of the business. 

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The move was expected. Allit had been working alongside Lyon at the end of the 2016 speedway season and also runs the club's Young Stars team in the National League. 

Appeal for restoration of historic windmill

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A historic windpump on the Norfolk Broads is in need of a facelift.

The white tower of the 200-year-old Thurne Dyke Mill, near Great Yarmouth, is turning pink after being attacked by red algae. The mill belongs to the nearby Wind Energy Museum, which is starting a £10,000 appeal to help restore it.

Debra Nicholson, standing in the foreground of Thurne Dyke Mill
TMS Media

Owner Debra Nicholson inherited the mill and museum from the late Bob Morse, who'd bought and restored it in 1949.

It used to be maintained by the Norfolk Windmills Trust, but was handed back when the lease ran out in 2014.

Debra says the Thurne Dyke mill is "special... one of just a handful of working windpumps left in Norfolk".

Neil still has the last word on transfers

Eastern Daily Press

Martin's new role will be to help manager thrive - today's back page of the Eastern Daily Press:

Back page of the EDP
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Ruddy is ready for the challenge

Norwich Evening News

After being recalled to starting line-up keeper is determined to stay there - the back page of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of the Norwich Evening News
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Concern over woodland homes bid

Norwich Evening News

Developers defend plan for 300 homes at Racecourse Plantations - the front page of today's Norwich Evening News:

Front page of the Norwich Evening News
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Big night for Norwich boxer Nathan Dale

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Nathan Dale says he wants to bring back the big Norwich fight nights.

The man nicknamed the Slickster has the most important fight his career at St Andrew's Hall tonight

He takes on Londoner Philip Bowes in a eliminator for the English Super Lightweight title.

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You will be able to watch the fight live on the BBC Radio Norfolk Facebook page this evening. It's expected to start at around 22:00.

Canaries duo suspended for Derby trip

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The problems are mounting for Norwich City manager Alex Neil ahead of their match at Derby County in The Championship on Saturday.

The Canaries have lost their last four league games and they'll be without left-back Martin Olsson and midfielder Graham Dorrans who are both suspended.  

Olsson was sent off in last weekend's defeat at QPR while Dorrans collected his fifth booking of the season. Both will serve one-match bans. 

Martin Olsson
Getty Images

The Canaries have also been without injury victims Jonny Howson, Ivo Pinto and Matt Jarvis in recent weeks.  

We will get an update on City's squad when Alex Neil talks to the media at lunchtime.

What does a poppy colour mean?

The red poppy, adopted by the Royal British Legion, is a symbol to remember those who've fallen in conflict.

Its first Poppy Appeal was in 1921. The red silk poppies sold out instantly, raising more than £106,000, helping veterans of World War One find employment and housing.

Thousands of people choose to wear white poppies in the run up to Remembrance Day. Distributed by the Peace Pledge Union, they represent all those killed in conflict and are a commitment to peace.

Other poppies are also worn as an act of remembrance, and this short film explains the reason behind the choice of colours.

Poppy decision 'rushed through'

Following a debate by the students union at the University of East Anglia (UEA) which described the red poppy as a "political symbol", the student council voted in favour of white poppies also being available on campus next November.

But Megan Baynes, editor of the UEA's student newspaper Concrete feels the debate wasn't properly thought through. 

"It was rushed through in the last minutes of union council and the whole policy wasn't properly researched and I don't think the consequences were considered," she said.

Red poppies, as sold by the Royal British Legion
BBC

The UEA Students' Union say it doesn't view red poppies in a negative light, but offering white ones gives people more choice.

White poppies 'reflect peace'

The UEA students' council has voted in favour of white poppies being available alongside red poppies next November, in the run-up to Remembrance Day,

The white poppies are from the Peace Pledge Union (PPU), and represent all victims of war and are "a commitment to peace".

White poppy wreth, at Tavistock Square
Peace Pledge Union

Albert Beale is a spokesman for the PPU, and he believes the believes the red poppy, from the Royal British Legion, is political.   

The official way it's used promotes a very pro-military mentality and those of us who want to look back on war from an anti-militarist perspective need another way of doing it and white poppies have for a long time been an important way of doing that."

Albert BealePeace Pledge Union

Red poppies are not 'a celebration of war'

Students at the University of East Anglia (UEA), who were unhappy at only red poppies being available on campus in the run-up to Remembrance Day, put forward a motion to the student council that white poppies should also be available in future.

The student council voted in favour of the motion.

Brig Max Marriner, who commanded British forces in Iraq, says the students had missed the point of the poppy as it "is not about masking military atrocities or celebrating war".

A carpet of red poppies
PA

The poppy is to remember those who fall in war, whose lives are lost in war, starting with the Great War, the Second World War and then the conflicts that continued throughout the 60s and 70s and until today in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Brig Max Marriner

Red poppies 'distressing' says students union

Poppies are worn by millions of people in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday - they're sold by the Royal British Legion to raise money for ex-service personnel and their families. 

But the students' union council at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich says it believes many people think the red poppy is a celebration of "atrocities" by the British Army, and can be "distressing".

Red poppies, sold by the Royal British Legino
BBC

This year only red poppies were available at the UEA Students' Union, but now the student council has voted in favour of making sure white poppies will be available on campus from next November.

The white poppies were introduced in 1933 by the Women's Co-operative Guild and is now produced by the Peace Pledge Union, a pacifist group.

The union says it "does not view red poppies, or people who wear them, in a negative light... it's about giving people a personal choice in how they show respect".

Darts: Plenty of Norfolk interest at Players Championship

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Three players from the county start their campaigns on the opening day of PDC Players Championship in Minehead today. 

Norwich's Darren Webster (pictured) takes on Johnny Clayton this afternoon. 

Then this evening Bradwell's Mervyn King is up against James Wade while Steve Beaton, who lives in North Walsham, plays Jeffrey de Graaf.

Darren Webster
Getty Images

Sixty four players will compete for £400,000 of prize money over the weekend with the final taking place on Sunday evening.

White-collar boxing 'needs reform'

Professional boxing is regulated by the British Board of Control and amateur boxing is also closely controlled.

The event at the Tower Complex on Saturday in which amateur boxer Kuba Moczyk suffered a fatal blow was unlicensed, it's known as "white collar boxing". 

It's not illegal, but many people believe it does need reform.

Spencer Brown is an unlicensed boxing promoter. 

He says you can "box in your back garden, you can box in your street... you don't have to have any licenses which in this day and age is quite hard to believe".

Spencer Brown, in brown jacket and shirt,
BBC

The British Board of Boxing Control have it 100% right - we really need to follow their lead."

Spencer BrownUnlicensed boxing promoter

Minute's silence in tribute to boxer

A minute's silence was held last night for Kuba Moczyk, a boxer who died after his first bout at the weekend.

The 22-year-old Polish factory worker was knocked out in the third round of his amateur fight at the Tower Complex in Great Yarmouth at the weekend, and never regained consciousness. His family say he died on Wednesday night.

His former trainer, Leon Docwra, who was running an event in the nearby Ocean Rooms in Gorleston attended by former world champion Tyson Fury last night, paid tribute to Mr Moczyk. 

Leona Docwra, in the Ocean Rooms
BBC

He was a very gentle guy, a lovely chap and a pleasure to train... he loved boxing, it was a sport he loved very much."

Leon Docwra

Loo voyeur spared jail

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man who secretly filmed women undressing, showering and going to the toilet has been spared jail.

Luke Mallaband placed recording equipment at locations around the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, including at student accommodation and in the library loos.

Norwich Magistrates' Court heard he was caught when a woman discovered she was being filmed and reported it to police.

Luke Mallaband, wearing dark rimmed glasses, in a dark overcoat with bright blue tie, holding his right hand up to shield his face
PA

Mallaband had admitted six voyeurism offences at an earlier hearing. They took place between 2013 and February 2016.

The 23-year-old, formerly of Norwich but now living in Yew Tree Road, Walsall, has been banned from all female and gender-neutral public tiolets for three years, given a curfew and a community order.

Black Friday weather: Dry and sunny with a brisk wind

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a cooler start to what's going to be a bright and breezy day today. 

There'll be a lot more in the way of sunshine, but we've still got that chilly and quite blustery north-easterly wind.

You'll feel that particularly towards coastal areas, where you'll have to factor in quite a bit of wind chill into today's temperatures, despite the sunshine.

Highs of 9C (48F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Welcome back to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live. 

Have these birds got that "Friday Feeling", or are they hiding their heads from the chilly winds?

Seabirds, ducking their heads, with incoming waves
BBC

We'll have the weather forecast for you shortly, plus our regular news, sport and travel updates throughout the day.

Black Friday sales

Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

The run-up to Christmas is the most lucrative time of the year for retailers. What can we expect from Black Friday?

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University of East Anglia roundabout

A former student who secretly filmed women using showers and toilets is banned from entering female and gender-neutral loos.

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