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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 2 December 2016
  2. A school near Cromer is closed today because of a high level of staff illness
  3. Norfolk mouse stars in BBC Planet Earth II
  4. Author recalls moment of inspiration for prize-winning novel

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  1. Lola Mosanya

    Newsbeat reporter

    An Anglo-Saxon hanging bowl mount from AD 600-725, found in West Sussex, seen during a photocall at the British museum in London

    Lola Mosanya

    Newsbeat reporter

    After treasure found in Norfolk is confirmed as Anglo-Saxon jewellery of "national significance", the finder gives us his top tips for finding your own.

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  2. Norfolk Live signing off

    It's 18:00 on a Friday, so if you're one of our regular followers, you'll know this is where we sign off until Monday morning.

    If you're just joining us, these are some of the stories we've been looking at during the day:

    This year we've created our very own Norfolk Live advent calendar, so here's our offering for Day 2:

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    Video caption: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Old Buckenham
  3. How a banned gig led to a student sit-in

    Jon Welch

    BBC News

    After the Sex Pistols' gig was banned (see below), 50 students occupied the UEA's administration block in protest.

    Vice-chancellor Dr Frank Thistlethwaite agreed to pay the students' union £750 to reimburse it for the money it lost through the cancellation.

    Documents in the UEA archives from the time make fascinating reading.

    Sex Pistols contract and letter

    You can read more about the cancelled gig, and how the Pistols faced bans up and down the country, on the BBC Norfolk page tomorrow. 

  4. Weather: Risk of frost tonight, staying dry tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening will be rather cloudy with some showers clearing eastwards. 

    Clear spells will develop and bring the risk of a frost in places and the odd fog patch. Lows of -1 to 4C (30 - 39F).

    East of England weather

    Saturday will be a little cloudy at times, but staying dry with some bright or sunny spells. 

    Chance of an isolated shower in eastern counties, with highs of 7C (45F).

    There's more at BBC Weather.

  5. The Sex Pistols and the gig that never was

    Jon Welch

    BBC News

    Tomorrow marks a notable anniversary in Norwich - of something that didn't happen, rather than did.

    On 3 December 1976, the Sex Pistols were due to play the first date of their Anarchy in the UK tour at the University of East Anglia.

    But the gig never took place. University vice-chancellor Dr Frank Thistlethwaite banned them from playing "on the grounds of protecting the safety and security of persons and property" following their controversial TV appearance with Bill Grundy, two days earlier.

    UEA gig ticket and poster
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A47 Norfolk eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A47 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, between A11 and A140 Ipswich Road affecting B1108.

    A47 Norfolk - One lane closed and long delays on A47 Norwich Southern Bypass eastbound in Norwich between Thickthorn Roundabout and the A140 Ipswich Road junction, because of an accident involving a car. Congestion to Watton.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  7. Appeal for witnesses to Snettisham collision

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the A149 Dersingham by-pass at Snettisham yesterday afternoon.

    Three vehicles, a green Suzuki Alto, a black Jaguar, and a Toyota GT86 were involved in the crash, which took place just after 17:00.

    The drivers of the Suzuki and the Jaguar were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they remain in a critical but stable condition.

    The third driver was treated at the scene and discharged.

  8. Norfolk harvest mouse 'very gentle and easy to work with'

    We've been covering the story of a Norfolk harvest mouse which has a star role in Sunday's BBC1's Planet Earth II programme. 

    Producer and director Chadden Hunter told us they're "very gentle and easy-to-work-with animals" that weigh the same as a two pence piece.

    He said: "What we wanted to do was capture this amazing acrobatic display that they do, as they climb from one grass blade to another - they really do climb between the grass stems like a monkey through trees."

    Here's some of the footage:

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    Video caption: Food is plentiful amongst the flower heads but this mouse must be vigilant for predators.
  9. Shrimp restrictions "will not affect catches in the Wash"

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The body which overseas fishing along the Norfolk coast says a proposal to restrict the catching of shrimp in The Wash will protect the environment and keep the area sustainable. 

    The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) was criticised in Parliament yesterday by West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham who described the proposal as a "potential crisis" for the industry and claimed it was being forced through by the European Union. 

    But the local boss of IFCA, Julian Gregory, said the British government has made a commitment to protect the waters around the coast and limiting the places where shrimp can be caught will help.

    "We absolutely must meet the conservation objectives for a marine protected area," he said.

    "We believe our proposals will enable us to do that in a way that still enables fishing activity to continue." 

    Under the proposals, 14% of The Wash will be closed to shrimp fishing, but Mr Gregory said there would still be enough space for fishermen to catch elsewhere. 

  10. Protest over lack of disabled access to Norwich assessment office

    Clare Worden

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A group of disabled people have protested outside a disability assessment centre in Norwich, which they say isn't fit for purpose.

    Protest near St Francis House

    Offices in St Francis House, in Queens Road, are used by the company Atos - which assesses disabled people for the government to see if they're entitled to financial support under the Personal Independence Payments scheme.

    There's no on-site parking and the ramp at the back leads to a door which hasn't been widened to accommodate wheelchairs (see below).

    The back door to the Atos offices

    Mark Harrison from the campaign group Equal Lives said he thought it was a disgrace.

    "We have been on at Atos and the Department for Work and Pensions for the last 18 months, but they have refused to budge," he said.

    "They even sent somebody done here to assess it. They accepted it is not accessable, but they are not going to do anything about it."

    Atos said it recognises the parking at the centre could be improved and said an intercom is going to be installed to make it easier for people to use the back door.

  11. Speedway: Stars re-sign Huckenbeck for 2017

    King's Lynn Stars have confirmed that Kai Huckenbeck will ride for the team next season. 

    The 23-year-old German was with the club in the Elite League in 2016 and is the second member of the next year's team to be confirmed, after Denmark's Nicklas Porsing. 

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    Lynn team manager Dale Allitt said: "I think Kai would be the first to admit he found things difficult from time to time in 2016.

    "However, it's never easy in your first year in a new league, yet he still showed us glimpses of what he is capable of."

  12. Remember this: Anti-nuclear protests at Swaffham 1958

    Fifty eight years ago this month, police were photographed carrying off two demonstrators during a protest outside the Thor Missile Site at Swaffham, Norfolk. 

    The site was for Thor intermediate range nuclear ballistic missiles.

    Policemen carry off two demonstrators during a protest outside the Thor Missile Site at Swaffham

    The protestors were members of the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War.  

    The missiles would have been used by No 220 Squadron RAF. 

    The squadron was deactivated in 1963 and the missiles removed.

  13. Walsham attempt to cement top four place

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    North Walsham head to Thurrock this weekend in rugby union's London League One North

    The Vikings returned to form last weekend, beating Letchworth Garden City 54-12, having lost their previous two league matches.  

    They remain fourth in London One North. 

    North Walsham Rugby Club flag

    Tomorrow's opponents are two places and three points behind Walsham. Thurrock have only lost once at home so far this season. 

  14. Did Norfolk writer's Essex Serpent escape from the Tower of London?

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We're been talking to Norwich writer Sarah Perry about her novel The Essex Serpent, which has just won the Waterstones Book of the Year Award.

    Book cover of The Essex Serpent

    The story first surfaced in written form in a pamphlet produced in 1669 which says the account of the giant serpent appearing near Henham in Essex was "attested by many credible persons".

    "It's a great unsolved mystery. Some say it was all a hoax, a monster that was hand-built by a man and his son," said Perry.

    Pamphlet from 1669

    "Others say it was a crocodile and some such creature escaped from the Tower of London (which contained a royal menagerie from the time of King John to 1832) and made its way to the Essex marshes."

    She said she was always interested in myths and the "dark places that inhabit the corner of your eyes".

  15. From the Archives: Geese plucking in Norfolk 1911

    This month 105 years ago, two women and a young boy were caught on camera plucking geese for market on a Norfolk poultry farm.

    Goose pluckers in 1905
  16. Support for pregnant women with mental health problems

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Support for women who suffer mental health problems while pregnant or just after giving birth has been boosted by a £2.5m grant in Norfolk and Waveney.

    Pregnant woman

    The money will fund care for pregnant women and new mothers with serious mental health difficulties, as well as providing support for the rest of the family and training for other healthcare professionals.

    Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Norfolk’s clinical commissioning groups were awarded the grant by NHS England to work with partners to develop the specialist community service.

    Work has now started to recruit consultant psychiatrists to lead the service, as well as mental health nurses, a psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, nursery nurses and administrators, who will complete the 14-strong team. It is hoped all posts will be filled by March.Andy Goff, development manager with NSFT, said: “It's great news that there will now be a specific service caring for women and their babies, as it is such a specialist area of work."

  17. Work starts on £3.8m to transform primary school

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Work has started on a £3.8m project to transform Ashleigh Primary School in Wymondham by building nine new classrooms, extending the hall, creating a new kitchen, and remodelling other parts of the school.

    Ashleigh Primary School

    It's part of a £5m reorganisation by Norfolk County Council to increase the number of primary age places in the town from 1,050 and 1,260 and enable Robert Kett, Browick Road and Ashleigh schools to educate children right through from age 4-11.

    Sam Nixon, head teacher at Ashleigh said: "The whole school community has been involved in planning our development to primary and are delighted that Wymondham will benefit from having such an exceptional school site and facilities."

    The work at Ashleigh School is expected to be completed for the new 2017-18 school year. 

     All of the Wymondham school projects are designed and built by NPS Property Consultants Ltd.