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  1. Updates for Friday, 23 December 2016
  2. Prisoner sentenced for attack on HMP Wayland governor
  3. Norwich writers' centre awarded £789,435 grant
  4. Armed robbery at Norwich newsagents
  5. Venue where boxer died not licensed for fighting

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  1. Goodbye and have a great Christmas

    Martin Barber

    BBC News

    Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back on Wednesday, 28 December.

    Just before we drive home for Christmas, here's a little festive offering featuring Clementine, the sparkly Living Fashion Doll, and her version of Santa Baby.

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    Video caption: Clementine The Living Fashion Doll: Christmas Santa Baby

    The creation of Norfolk puppeteer Mark Mander, Clementine is alleged to have been discovered in the surf off Sheringham Beach looking for mermen! 

    Her new award-winning show will feature as part of the Manipulate Festival, a celebration of visual theatre and animated film, at the Norwich Puppet Theatre in January.

  2. The Local Live: Norfolk advent calendar comes to an end

    Take a look at Day 23 on our advent calendar by clicking play for a BBC Weather Watchers scene:

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    Video caption: Day 23 of Norfolk's Advent calendar

    And, as we're not returning tomorrow, here is the all-important Christmas Even window number 24. Can you resist saving it until tomorrow?

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    Video caption: Day 24 of Norfolk's Advent calendar
  3. Overnight weather: A dry night after heavy rain clears

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    A brief period of heavy rain and gusty wind are possible at first, but clearing to the east by about 20:00, leaving a dry night with clear skies across the BBC East region.

    Overnight weather map

    Strong southwesterly winds at first with some gusts over 50mph (80 km/h)possible, but winds easing to moderate after the rain clears as the temperature dips to 2-4C (upper 30sF).

    Christmas Eve will be dry and long spells of sunshine, but turning cloudier later from the west, with the temperature peaking at 9-10C (upper 40sF).

    Visit BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast where you are.

  4. Prison Service comments on man jailed for attack on Norfolk governor

    Earlier we reported that a 34-year-old man has been given a three-year sentence for an attack on a prison governor at HMP Wayland, near Watton, which left him needing to have a metal plate put in his face.  

    Now the Prison Service has issued a statement which says: "We do not tolerate any violence against the hard-working and dedicated prison staff who work with our offenders."  

  5. One from the archives: New boathouse for lifeboat in Cromer 1928

    Some 88 years ago this month, the lifeboat HF Bailey II entered the new boathouse at Cromer beach. 

    December 1928: The lifeboat HF Bailey II enters the new boathouse at Cromer beach.
  6. Girl thanks BBC Radio Norfolk listeners for appeal response

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    An 11-year-old girl from Norwich, who is to be treated for cancer, has thanked all the listeners of BBC Radio Norfolk who have sent her cards and presents.

    Faith Barnard

    Faith Barnard (pictured above) will start treatment in the New Year after a lump was found in her arm.  

    Her mother Tequila appealed for people to send her Christmas cards.

    BBC Radio Norfolk has collected thousands of items and presenter Wally Webb handed them to Faith this morning.

    Faith and her parents Ady and Tequila

    Faith told the BBC: "Thank you so much. I wish I could give all of them hugs."

    Her parents Ady and Tequila (pictured) said they were amazed by the number of cards and presents.

    Tequila said: "The response has been overwhelming. Just to see her face. It means everything to us."

  7. Remember this: Egg check at Bernard Matthews farm in Norfolk 1960

    Some 56 years ago this month a worker at a Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Norfolk was photographed checking the temperature of turkey eggs.

    December 1960: Turkey eggs are checked for temperature on Bernard Mathews turkey farm in Norfolk.
  8. Greater Anglia warns of disruption to rail services over Christmas

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Train company Greater Anglia is reminding customers about planned disruption to rail services due to engineering work over the Christmas period.

    Engineering work is due to take place from 24 December to 2 January.

    Great Anglia train

    There will be no Greater Anglia services between Ingatestone/Billericay and London Liverpool Street during this time.

    There are no services at all on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, apart from a special Stansted Express service from 06:30 on Boxing Day.

    At weekends and bank holidays (24, 27, 31 December, 1 and 2 January) there will be rail replacement bus services between Witham/Ingatestone and Billericay to Newbury Park for Central Line services.

    From 28 December to 30 December, passengers from Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Braintree, Clacton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Harwich should change at Witham for rail replacement bus services to Stansted where they can catch the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street.

    Passengers from Hatfield Peverel, Chelmsford and Ingatestone should use a rail replacement service from Ingatestone to Newbury Park for Central Line services.

    On 1 January, London Liverpool Street services will be replaced by buses between Cheshunt and Bishop’s Stortford. Stansted Express services will be replaced by direct buses between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.

  9. Council proud of Norwich writing centre plans for Dragon Hall

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been covering the news that Writers' Centre Norwich has been awarded £789,435 by Arts Council England to help it develop the city's medieval Dragon Hall.  

    Dragon Hall

    We've had some more reaction on the plans. 

    Alan Waters, Labour leader of Norwich City Council, said: "It is only fitting that England's first UNESCO City of Literature should be home to the new National Centre for Writing.

    "Norwich City Council is very proud to have worked with Writers' Centre Norwich on this ambitious project and delighted that the new centre will be housed in one of our most iconic buildings."

    Dragon carving in Dragon Hall, Norwich

    Margaret Dewsbury, chairwoman of the communities committee at Norfolk County Council, said: "The centre will provide flagship new cultural facilities and a wealth of opportunities for Norfolk as well as further strengthening its reputation as a vibrant and rich cultural destination."  

  10. Christmas services will go on at church despite 'sick' theft

    Jo Thewlis

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Earlier we reported the theft of lead from the roof of St Margaret Church in Toft Monks.

    BBC Radio Norfolk has now talked to the rector of the church Reverand Nick Will.

    St Margaret Church, Monks Toft in Norfolk

    He said: "I have seen it before but it is sick. The thieves have obviously got no scruples and morals.

    "It is going to be quite a big job to repair the roof and considerably expensive."

    The rector said they are holding a service tomorrow aimed at the children of the parish and tarpaulin is being put over the roof as a temporary measure to protect the church from the weather.

    "We are absolutely determined for the service to happen," he said.

    "We don't want to be beaten and so many people are coming."

  11. Lead stolen from church

    Police are investigating the theft of lead from the roof of St Margaret Church in Toft Monks, near Beccles.

    It has happened sometime overnight on Wednesday to Thursday.

    St Margaret Church, Monks Toft
  12. Prisoner sentenced for attack on HMP Wayland governor

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A 34-year-old man has been given a three year sentence for an attack on a prison governor at HMP Wayland, near Watton which left him needing to have a metal plate put in his face.

    HMP Wayland

    Thomas Howard pleaded guilty at Norwich Crown Court to two counts of assault on governor Paul Cawkwell and prison staff member Stephen Hyde occasioning grievous bodily harm.

    The separate incidents took place on Saturday, 23 July and Wednesday, 27 July.

    Howard, who was a serving prisoner at the time of the incidents, was sentenced to three years in prison.  

    The court was told that Mr Cawkwell was hit in the face - causing multiple fractures. 

    He now has a metal plate in his head - and no sensation on one side of his face.

    HMP Wayland
  13. Armed robbery at newsagents

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

     A newsagents in Norwich has been robbed this morning.

    Just before 07:30 a man entered the newsagents on Woodgrove Parade (pictured below) and threatened the shopkeeper with what is believed to be a knife.

    Woodgrove Parade, Norwich

    The suspect then stole cash from the till and fled.

    He is described as a white male wearing a black hoodie, balaclava, gloves and dark trousers. It is believed he turned left when leaving the store heading towards Woodcock Road.

    Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Norfolk Police.

  14. Arts Council award to Writers' Centre Norwich

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been getting reaction to the news that Writers' Centre Norwich has been awarded £789,435 by Arts Council England to help it develop the city's medieval Dragon Hall.  

    Writers' Centre Norwich

    Chris Gribble, chief executive of the centre, said they wanted to create "something quite unique".

    "We are delighted to have received this news. It is a ringing endorsement of our vision to create a centre of national and international literary exchange in this city with its unparalleled literary heritage," he said.

    "In 2017, we will reveal ways in which individuals and companies can get involved in supporting the project, and receive lasting recognition for that support within the very fabric of the new building."

  15. Norwich writers' centre awarded £789,435 grant

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A writers' organisation has been awarded £789,435 by Arts Council England to help it develop the medieval Dragon Hall in Norwich.

    Dragon Hall

    Writers’ Centre Norwich is to turn the historic building (pictured), which dates from 1430, into the National Centre for Writing.

    If everthing goes to plan, the national centre will open in April 2018 and will incude educational and community spaces, office space and technical facilities and a refurbished public performance arena seating up to 120 people.

    It will also include residential space for visiting writers to Norwich, which was England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

  16. Venue where boxer died not licensed for fighting

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    We've learned that the Tower Complex in Great Yarmouth, where boxer Kuba Moczyk died last month, was not licensed for fighting.

    Tower Complex

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Environmental Services department is carrying out a safety investigation, and a separate investigation is being carried out on the licensing of the venue.

    A spokesman for the council told me the premises licence for the Tower lapsed in August last year, as the owner filed for insolvency, and while temporary events notice licences can be granted, no licence was valid for the boxing match in which Kuba Moczyk was fatally wounded.

  17. Weather: Wet and very windy this evening

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    It will be breezy but dry this morning with sunny spells. However, the wind will increase during the afternoon and heavy rain and strong gusty winds will sweep in later, bringing difficult driving conditions during rush hour with a high of 10C (50F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  18. Good morning from Norfolk Live

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us.

    We've got a stack of mince pies to keep us going through the day, while we check out what's happening across the county.

    If you're planning to be out and about, you'll probably want to know what the weather's going to be like, so Georgina Burnett will be along shortly with the day's forecast.

    Enjoy your day, whatever your plans are.

  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A143 Norfolk both ways

    BBC Travel

    A143 Norfolk both ways severe disruption, at B1370 Church Road.

    A143 Norfolk - A143 Beccles Road in Great Yarmouth blocked at the B1370 Church Road junction, because of a police incident. On the roundabout.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for: