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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016
  2. Ambulance service holds a 'Twitterthon' into its workings on 'Black Friday'
  3. Baby deer taken in by animal sanctuary in Frettenham
  4. Johnston Press sells local newspapers in £17m deal

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Norwich car fire causes traffic problems on Cromer Road

    Firefighters were called to deal with a car fire in Norwich, which caused traffic problems.

  2. That's it for today

    That's the end of our regular updates for Norfolk for another week.

    Here are some of the stories we've covered today:

    Any breaking stories will appear here. Otherwise we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county from 08:00 on Monday. 

    Before we go, don’t forget to see what’s hidden behind the door of our advent calendar today:

    Video content

    Video caption: Counting down to Christmas
  3. Ambulance Twitterthon: Community-based medics praised

    You can follow the work of the East of England Ambulance Service into "Black Friday" evening - which is expected to be their busiest night of the year.

    The NHS service's social media team is praising the work of community first responders (CFRs):

    View more on twitter
  4. 'Abuse of the most horrendous kind'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A man has been found guilty of sex offences against children dating back four decades - with some of the victims aged between four and five years old. 

    Colin Waterfield, 70, of Stonehouse Road in Norwich, has been convicted of 24 offences at the city's crown court, including serious sexual abuse and possession of extreme pornographic images. 

    The five-week trial heard the offences took place in the Norwich area between 1973 and 1995 and victims included eight boys and girls. 

    Det Insp Paul Brown said: "Waterfield preyed on vulnerable children... purely for his own sexual gratification. 

    "It was abuse of the most horrendous kind. 

    "The children involved not only suffered physical harm, but many have been left psychologically scarred and as adults are struggling to come to terms with what happened." 

    He is due to be sentenced on 17 January.

  5. Weather: Fog forming overnight and lingering tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a dry night with some clear spells across the eastern region with mist and fog forming quite extensively, there's an expected minimum temperature of 5C (41F).

    weather

    The mist and fog will gradually clear tomorrow morning, although it may linger in some parts into the afternoon, with temperatures likely to reach 9C (48F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  6. Video: Traffic 'getting back to normal' after city centre crash

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Traffic in the centre of Norwich is getting back to normal after a two-car crash outside the Chapelfield Shopping Centre earlier.

    Video content

    Video caption: Norwich crash causes traffic chaos for Christmas shoppers

    One man had to be taken to hospital after the collision which happened at about 10:00.

  7. New-look trains unveiled by Greater Anglia

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Greater Anglia Trains have been showing off their newly-refurbished carriages in Chelmsford.

    View more on twitter
  8. Disruption on A140 after car fire in Norwich

    Rob Sykes

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    The A140 was closed after a car fire in Cromer Road in Norwich disrupted traffic.

    Video content

    Video caption: Norwich car fire causes traffic problems on Cromer Road

    Fire crews were called out at about 11:30 today and the blaze was brought under control by about 12:30.

    Police said the fire was thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

  9. Striker set for Canary return

    Jay Lawrence

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Norwich City forward Cameron Jerome could return tonight in the home clash against Huddersfield Town.

    The Canaries could go fourth in The Championship if they're able to gain three points. 

    However, Portuguese front man Nelson Oliveira has scored three goals in as many games, so Jerome could find it difficult to get back into the Norwich XI.

    City have won their last two home games without conceding a goal and will hope to continue that trend later.

    Norwich City's Cameron Jerome
  10. One from the Archives: German POWs in Upwell 1944

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Seventy two years ago this month, German prisoners of war were photographed harvesting sugar beet at Low Cottage Farm, Upwell near Downham Market.

    POWs in Norfolk
  11. Newspaper chief backs future of local press

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The head of a media firm which has bought a clutch of East Anglian and East Midlands newspapers in a £17m deal says he believes in the future of the local press.

    Lynn News and Diss Express

    Cambridge company Iliffe Media has taken on 13 titles from Johnston Press.

    They are: the Lynn News, Fenland Citizen, Diss Express, Bury Free Press, Haverhill Echo, Newmarket Journal, Suffolk Free Press, Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times, Bourne Local, Grantham Journal, Spalding Guardian and Lincs Free Press.

    Edward Iliffe, chief executive of Iliffe Media, said: "We are delighted to have acquired these well-respected local newspapers.

    "Iliffe Media, with its long heritage as an independent family run media business, firmly believes in the future of local newspaper publishing across all platforms. We’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues." 

  12. Ex-EastEnders actor facing sex charges

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Former EastEnders actor Joseph Shade has appeared in court charged with sex offences against four teenage girls.

    Joseph Shade and unknown woman, Norwich Crown Court

    The youth worker, from Cliff Road, Sheringham, played Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 until 2004.

    Mr Shade, 23, was accused of eight counts of inciting a person under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, and one count of sexual activity with a child. 

    He denied the charges at Norwich Crown Court.

    His trial is set for 31 July.

    The alleged offences are said to have occurred between 2012 and 2015 and to have involved girls aged between 13 and 16.

    Mr Shade is one of a number of actors who have appeared in the BBC soap playing Ian and Cindy Beale's son.

    The character was named after his grandfather, market stallholder Pete Beale. 

  13. Norfolk fawn brought to vet in mouth of Labrador

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We earlier told you about a baby deer that had been taken in by Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham, near Norwich.

    Fawn

    We have now discovered that the fawn, now named Tinsel, was rescued by a black Labrador.

    The dog surprised his owners by carrying the fawn into their home. 

    Hillside founder Wendy Valentine said: "Our vet was at a call out and his client's Labrador turned up with a deer in its mouth.

    "Labradors are very soft mouthed so the deer was not harmed at all." 

  14. Oates bounces back from funds cut in winning style

    Diss Express

    And here is today's back page of the Diss Express:

    Diss Express on 16 December 2016
  15. Marston's Diss appeal turned down

    Diss Express

    Here is today's front page of the Diss Express

    Diss Express on 16 December 2016
  16. Hospital ward to open after £1.65m revamp

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A ward at a hospital used by patients from Suffolk and Norfolk, refurbished as part of a £1.65m revamp, is due to open in April.

    Beccles Hospital

    NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) governing body approved plans to reopen the newly refurbished Minsmere Ward at Beccles Hospital as an intermediate care unit.

    It comes following a major refurbishment of the 20-bed facility, carried out in partnership with NHS Property Services

    Once the hospital reopens, eight single en-suite rooms will be available, along with three four-bed bays with separate toilet and washing facilities, all of which will meet "dementia-friendly" standards.

    Cath Byford, director of commissioning and quality with the CCG, said: "This major transformation will significantly improve the experience our patients have when receiving care at Beccles while also helping the James Paget [in Gorleston, Norfolk] to discharge patients who no longer need acute care, in turn making best use of its beds."