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  1. Updates for Friday, 9 December 2016
  2. More than 500 people sign up to be domestic abuse champions
  3. New gas power station for King's Lynn
  4. A Green councillor on the county council defects to Conservatives
  5. Schoolchildren take part in space race challenge
  6. Hundreds of Santas to race for charity
  7. A potentially pivotal week for Norwich City starts tomorrow

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  1. Second man charged in murder investigation

    A second man has been charged in connection with a murder in Norwich last month.

    Steve Stannard was found fatally wounded at a property in Bowers Avenue on Saturday, 5 November. 

    Veron Antonio, 24, from Surrey, has been charged with assisting an offender. He's been bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on 20 January 2017.

    Police officer in Bowers Avenue
  2. Weather: Early mist and fog, then outbreaks of rain

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Look East weather

    Quite foggy to start in some places, but this soon clearing as cloud and patchy rain and drizzle begin to break out during the morning with a high of 8C (46F).

    Here is my full forecast...

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Hello from Norfolk Live

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and thanks for joining us at the start of a new week on Norfolk Live.

    We're here throughout the day, bringing you the latest news, sport and travel updates from across the county.  

    Take care on the roads this morning... the Met Office has a yellow fog warning, with visibility down to 100m in some areas. Kate Kinsella will have the weather details shortly.

    Let's start with a look at our advent calender... and find out what was hidden behind the door of number 10 this weekend:

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    Video caption: The weekend;s advent calender
  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B198 Cromwell Road and A1101 Elm High Road affecting Church Road.

    A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 in Wisbech closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B198 Cromwell Road junction and the A1101 Elm High Road junction, because of an accident involving a cement mixer and two or three cars. Congestion on A1101 to the Church Road junction and on B198 Cromwell Road to the New Bridge Lane junction.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  5. Our live coverage today:

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Our regular live updates have come to an end for the week, so thanks for joining us.

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

    Before you go, why not take a look and see what's behind door number 9, in the Norfolk Live advent calendar?

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    Video caption: What's behind the door today
  6. Serious collision closes B1106 at Elveden

    BBC Travel

    Emergency services, including the air ambulance, are at the scene of a serious collision on the B1106 at Elveden.

    Police say the road is currently blocked, and is being closed from the Elveden crossroads at the A11, while an investigation gets under way at the scene.

    Two people are thought to have been injured in the collision, which was reported to police at 15:35.

  7. South Norfolk MP says Marston's Diss appeal rejection an 'early Christmas present' to independent traders

    Diss Express

    South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says Marston’s non-food retail unit appeal being dismissed is an “early Christmas present” for Diss’s independent traders.

    South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon
  8. Local voices on Radio 4's topical debate show

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The country's longest running political debate programme Any Questions? is coming live from Norfolk tonight. 

    Presenter Jonathan Dimbleby will take questions from an invited audience in Reepham.

    Among those on the panel tonight will be the Labour MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, and South Norfolk businesswoman Rachael Waring. 

    The programme is live on BBC Radio Four at 20:00

  9. Community church is cooking with gas

    Do you remember our story earlier this week, about the Christmas dinner cooker crisis facing a community church?

    It had a happy ending, following an appeal on BBC Radio Norfolk, when retailer John Lewis stepped in with the offer of two new cookers.

    They've now been installed, and are up and running, at the Alive House church on Nelson Street in Norwich.

    Their community cafe serves 2,000 hot breakfasts a year, and will be providing meals over Christmas.

    Jo Thorne, from Alive House church, cooking beans and bacon on the new cooker
  10. Lifeboat launched after dog went into the sea 'chasing seals'

    Happisburgh lifeboat crew sprang into action when their pagers went off yesterday afternoon. 

    Shortly before 14:00, the Coastguard told them of a dog and its owner in the sea at Sea Palling.

    The Spirit of Berkhamsted was launched, with a crew of two, arriving at the scene within 15 minutes, and the search began. 

    The rescued dog, a small brown terrier, with towels and blanket in the open boot of a car, with lifeboat and coastguard crews

    A large number of seals have been seen in the area, and it's believed the dog had gone into the sea after them. 

    Luckily the owner and dog had both made it out of the sea, wet and cold. They were checked over by the crew, and Coastguard Rescue team, and given advice.

    Happisburgh lifeboat then returned to station, in readiness for the next call.

  11. Weather: Drizzle tonight and rain tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry start to the night but it will turn cloudier with some patchy rain and drizzle spreading eastwards later. It’ll be mild and frost free with lows of 8C (46F).


    Saturday will get off to a cloudy, misty and damp start with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. During the afternoon some more persistent rain will move in from the west, turning heavy at times with highs of 14C (57F).

    You can find further details on the forecast where you live on BBC Weather.  

  12. New power station for King's Lynn

    Richard Bond

    BBC Look East business correspondent

    The energy giant Centrica is to build a new gas power station in King's Lynn on the site of the former one.

    That was 20 years old (pictured), and closed four years ago because it was no longer efficient, with the loss of 28 jobs.

    The company says the new power station will be flexible... in other words it will either be kept on all the time, or switched on and off, to fit in with peaks and troughs in production of power from renewable sources, such as wind and solar.

    The old gas power station in King's Lynn

    The plant will be capable of generating enough power for 370,000 homes. 

    Building will start in the spring, with completion in 2019. Once operational, it's expected to create more than 30 jobs. 

    Centrica has had planning permission to build a new power station in Lynn ever since the old one closed, but said it had delayed investment because of high gas prices and uncertainty in the energy market.

  13. Balls' Gangnam dance a challenge for Strictly singers

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    This year's Strictly Come Dancing on BBC TV is the best ever, say the stage singers.

    But it's not been without its challenges for the four band members, who perform live versions of the songs the contestants dance to on every show.

    Tommy Blaize says the music and dancing have made it the best Strictly so far, "so it's not really a chore".

    But speaking of having to learn how to sing "Gangnam Style" for Norwich boy Ed Balls and Katya Jones Salsa, he said he "had to turn the page around on stage to work out the lyrics".

    Any excuse to show the dance again!

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    Video caption: Ed Balls & Katya Jones Salsa to Gangnam Style.

    It's semi-final night this Saturday on BBC One at 18:50.

  14. Green councillor joins Tories citing 'increasingly left-wing ideology'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    A Green councillor on Norfolk County Council has defected to the Conservatives - strengthening their control of the authority.

    Councillor Adrian Dearnley, who represents Thorpe Hamlet in Norwich, has been known to be unhappy with the Greens for a while and was a supporter of the Leave campaign in the EU referendum. 

    In a statement he said: "I have for some time struggled with the direction [the Greens] have taken, seemingly unable to separate environmental issues from an increasingly left-wing political ideology."

    Councillor Adrian Dearnley

    The Green Party says it is "appalled" by Mr Dearnley's decision and it's accused him of betraying his colleagues. 

    In a statement the party said: "We are shocked that Councillor Dearnley would choose to throw in his lot with the Conservative Party, which over the last six years has overseen the systematic destruction of local government and the welfare system and left British people poorer and more divided." 

    Councillor Dearnley will sit with the Conservatives for the first time at Monday's meeting of the full council. 

    He is not planning to stand for re-election in next May's elections.    

    The political make-up of the council is now:

    • Conservatives - 42 members
    • Labour - 14
    • UKIP and independents - 13
    • Liberal Democrats - 10
    • Green - 3
    • Non-aligned - 2
  15. Rugby: Norfolk derby as Diss take on Norwich

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Two of the county's top rugby teams clash in London League 2 North East this weekend. 

    Diss are currently top of the table and haven't lost a home league game for almost three years. Visitors Norwich are eighth, but won their last match against Rochford Hundred. 

    Rugby balls

    Diss head coach Dave Smith said: "I've been in Norfolk for 25 years and derby matches here are really big.  

    "They're always tight, we drew with Norwich 3-3 last year." 

  16. Have you seen this bike?

    This bike was one of three stolen from a garage in Burgh Castle.

    The break-in, at premises in Lords Lane, happened between 17:00 on Friday, 2 December and 07:00 on Monday.

    A blue Yamaha motorbike

    Two of the bikes have been recovered but this one (pictured) is still missing.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101, or Crimestoppers.

  17. Thanks for helping the BBC Children in Need appeal

    Wally Webb

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Over the years they've raised thousands of pounds for charity, including £60,000 for the BBC Children in Need appeal.

    But 30 years of fund-raising is coming to an end, because Harleston Lions can't find any new members.

    The Children in Need appeal was their very first project... and it was their last, and today I popped down to present Lions Les Bicker and Val Tolhurst with a certificate to commemorate the effort they've put in over the years. 

    Les Bicker and val Tolhurst, with their BBC Children in Need certificates