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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 13 January 2017
  2. Severe flood warnings in place around coast
  3. About 4,500 people thought to have evacuated their homes in Great Yarmouth - but many others refused to leave
  4. About 200 troops sent to Great Yarmouth to help with evacuation plans
  5. High water has now peaked in the town with 'no significant issues'
  6. Environment Agency says a change in wind direction averted possible flooding
  7. Great Yarmouth Borough Council Leader: "I don't believe we over-reacted"
  8. Walcott, near North Walsham, has been left without power after a cable came down

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Household Cavalry: Behind-the-scenes at Bodney camp
Join the mounted regiment at their annual summer camp as they swap London life for rural Norfolk.
Banham Zoo keepers train their Californian sea lions
The sea lions at Banham Zoo are encouraged to mimic the behaviour of their wild counterparts.

'He Can, We Can' hopes to raise boys' aspirations

  • "Some would rather have a job and get money quicker"
  • "People don't take you seriously and start taking the mick".
  • "Fees, money, costs - it's nine grand a year".

Just three reasons Norfolk teenagers gave to BBC Look East when asked why so few of their peers go to university.

According to government figures, only 14% of white, working class boys (the worst performing social group in British schools at the age of 16) choose further education.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) hopes to change that with a new outreach scheme called He Can, We Can, aimed at ensuring pupils are aware of their options, both in further education and the world of work.

"We want students to see all the opportunities available to them. If we can give them all the information they need, they can make the right decision," said Charlotte Wheatland of the UEA.

Boys at UEA
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School pupils visited the UEA to get a taste of university life
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Hamilton Academical sign "ball-playing" Norwich City midfielder Adam Phillips on a season-long loan.

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk eastbound

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A47 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, before New Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Constitution Hill in North Runcton blocked and queuing traffic eastbound before the New Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Hardwick Roundabout.

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Catherine Friend and Valerie Bisbal are the first people to circumnavigate Mallorca on paddleboards.
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The driver of "the most un-roadworthy car" was also steering with a pair of pliers, police say.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at Thetford Forest

More than 50 firefighters are on the scene of a forest fire on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

Crews from across the two counties were called to Thetford Forest, close to the A1065 south of Brandon and to the north west of Center Parcs at Elveden, just before 06:00.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue's station commander Trevor Hill said it was "very difficult access" for the crews.

"We've got it under control now, we've stopped any further fire spread, and at the moment we're trying to damp it all down because it's very deep-seated," he said.

Inflatable hire firms urged to meet safety standards

Two Suffolk councils are urging companies who operate or hire inflatable play equipment to make sure they meet British safety standards.

It follows the death of three-year-old Ava-May Littleboy from Somersham near Ipswich, who was thrown from an inflatable trampoline after it burst on Gorleston beach on 1 July.

Gorleston beach
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Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils say operators should have wind speed monitors and check anchor points on their equipment.

Councilor Steve Gallant, who is responsible for community health at Suffolk Coastal, said: "Anchor points are crucial but we know what the ground's like at the moment - if you can't do it, don't use it.

"It's better to have disappointed children than injured children."

Norwich Britvic workers take fight to Wimbledon

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Britvic workers from Norwich have headed to Wimbledon to call on the company to listen to them.

Robinsons bottles
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Members of the GMB union are on strike pressing for improved redundancy packages after the soft drinks company, which produces Robinsons which traditionally sponsors the tennis championship, announced it would be closing its factory next year.

Ivan Mercer, regional organiser for the GMB, said: "Wimbledon is synonymous with Robinsons and other than the Robinsons factory in Norwich this is the home of Robinsons.

"They [Britvic] are completely ignoring our requests to talk or improve their redundancy package."

Britvic said it had already offered enhanced redundancy terms.

Severe accident: A146 Norfolk both ways

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A146 Norfolk both ways severe accident, from Slade Lane to Hall Road.

A146 Norfolk - A146 Norwich Road blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from the Slade Lane junction in Thurton to the Hall Road junction in Yelverton, because of an accident.

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Bedford's Tom Grennan breaks world record

After travelling 200 miles Bedford musician Tom Grennan now has a new album and a Guinness World Record to his name.

Yesterday, he performed tracks from his debut album Lighting Matches in 10 different towns across the country, breaking the world record for the most gigs performed in 12 hours.

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So after starting the feat at 06:45 on Wednesday, we can confirm that football is not coming home, but hopefully Tom is.

He's playing in the region later this summer - at Chelmsford's Rize Festival on 17 August and he's supporting The Libertines at Ipswich's Mansion on the Moon festival on 8 September... and his autumn UK tour takes in Norwich's UEA on 21 October.

Rallying cry from the Household Cavalry

World Cup: Household Cavalry message to England team
The troopers and officers of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, currently at their rural training camp near Watton in Norfolk, have added their voice to the cries of support for England in the World Cup.

Woman sexually assaulted in Caister-on-Sea

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted on a bus in Caister-on-Sea on Saturday.

It happened at around 19:50 when the victim, a woman in her late teens, was on a bus travelling between Caister and Great Yarmouth.

The suspect, who was among a group of men that boarded the bus in Caister-on-Sea, touched the woman inappropriately and also made sexual comments and gestures.

He is described as white, aged in his mid-20s with ginger hair and beard.

He was wearing a blue shirt and brown/khaki shorts.

‘No easy solutions’ for Hemsby

There are “no easy solutions" when it comes to managing coastal defences at Hemsby, where 13 homes have been undermined by erosion, a report says.

Hemsby
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The study looked at how best to manage the coastline between Winterton and Great Yarmouth.

Carl Smith, deputy council leader, says it highlights that "Hemsby is complex".

"There is no easy solution and all options entail pros and cons which must be considered carefully,” he said.

"For example, some potential interventions for Hemsby cliffs would threaten the future of Hemsby beach.”

The findings of the report will be presented to the public by coastal engineers at a meeting on 19 July.

Solar panel plan for council homes

Some council houses in Norwich could get solar panels installed for free.

Solar panel installation
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Up to 5,000 homes in the city could be in line for lower electric bills if they're chosen.

City councillors will discuss tonight how plans could work.

Contractors are proposing to install panels for free in return for any money raised by leftover energy being sold to the national grid.

Hospice ‘must pay thousands to evict travellers’

A Norfolk hospice charity says it has been left with a £5,000 legal bill after a group of travellers moved onto its site.

Illegally parked caravans
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About eight caravans pitched up at the East Coast Hospice near Gorleston last week.

Jennifer Beasley, the charity's chairwoman, had to serve the eviction order in person, with police on hand.

"As a hospice site for people at the end of their life, I felt betrayed,” she said. “It was as though the people on there were so rude at the beginning and couldn't care less.”

A spokesman for the travellers told the BBC they had not intended to upset anyone and are going to move.

Pensthorpe reserve celebrates 30th birthday

One of Norfolk's largest visitor attractions is celebrating three decades of nature conservation today.

bird hide
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Pensthorpe Natural Park in Fakenham was opened in 1988 as a waterfowl and wetland park, by one of Europe's leading waterfowl breeders, Bill Makins.

It came under new ownership in 2002, when Bill and Deb Jordan took over, and the 700 acre( 0.40 hectares) estate has welcomed more than 3m visitors through its doors.

BBC TV's Springwatch was based at Pensthorpe from 2008 until 2010.

'Man armed with crossbow' in Attleborough

Police were called to a Norfolk market town after a man was seen armed with a crossbow.

Officers were called to Hargham Road, Attleborough, at about 11:30.

The man was said to be refusing to leave a property.

Armed police in Attleborough
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Specialist units, including armed officers, attended the scene and the man, aged in his 20s, has been arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

The road was closed at the junction with the High Street and Thorpe Drive but it has been reopened.

Watermelons and pineapples grown in south Norfolk

A TV and radio gardener said he has grown tropical fruit in his back garden due to the hot and dry weather.

Pineapple grown in Norfolk
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Bob Flowerdew, BBC Gardener’s Question Time pundit, said his potato patch was suffering from a lack of water so he decided to just "let them go as the ground has turned virtually to concrete".

Instead, he has used any water for his squashes and sweetcorn, which like the heat, and has managed to cultivate watermelons and pineapples in his garden in Dickleburgh in south Norfolk.

The major watermelon producer is China while millions of pineapples are grown in countries including Costa Rica and Brazil.

Lucky waistcoat? Or lucky shirt?

BBC employee and football fan Tony Campbell is hoping his football shirt, worn by former England centre-half Terry Butcher, will be luckier than most.

Tony Campbell wearing his football shirt
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The former Ipswich Town captain was once his neighbour and Mr Campbell was given the shirt as a present for his 20th birthday in August 1985.

"I will always treasure my shirt. When Terry gave it to me, my dad said 'you'd better frame it' but Terry said 'no way, I gave you that to wear it'.

"Which I do for special occasions, and today is one," said Mr Campbell, who works for the BBC in the Forum in Norwich.

Tony Campbell wearing his football shirt
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Angus Gunn

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Southampton complete the signing of England Under-21 keeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City in a permanent deal worth £13.5m.

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Great Yarmouth circus cancels opening night for World Cup

The grand opening night of Great Yarmouth Hippodrome's Summer Circus and Water Spectacular show has been cancelled - because it clashes with the England v Croatia World Cup match.

The show was expected to start its summer run tomorrow, but when organisers realised people might want to be elsewhere they cancelled the show.

Circus Act
Hippodrome

"All the pre-booked customers were contacted and moved to other shows," Hippodrome producer Jack Jay said.

"We had a fantastic reception from these people who all appreciated that we had moved them to free up their England night - we had many people contacting us to say they wanted to move days."

The new opening night will now be this Thursday, and the show runs until 16 September.

Jordan Rhodes

Norwich City sign Sheffield Wednesday's Scotland international striker Jordan Rhodes on a season-long loan.

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Chris Packham to 'bioblitz' nature reserves

Chris Packham
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BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham is to bring his UK Bioblitz team to reserves in the East of England later this month.

The aim is to record wildlife numbers to gauge the extent to which species are under threat at 50 UK sites over 14-22 July.

On Sunday, 22 July, the National Trust's Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Weeting Heath and RSPB Lakenheath Fen in Suffolk (pictured) will be hosting events.

Packham said: "I need to meet the people with their fingers on the pulse of our wildlife.

"I love learning and seeing new places and species but I fear that I will also bear witness to a landscape in huge trouble."

Lakenheath Fen
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The man and woman threatened to pour boiling water over two men imprisoned over an alleged £15 debt.

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Sheringham SUP duo cross English Channel for RNLI
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Teenager mugged by three people on moped in Caister

A man in his late teens was robbed by three people riding on one moped at Caister-on-Sea.

Norfolk Police said the victim was walking on West Road, near Martin De Rye Way, at 02:30 on Saturday when the moped approached, ridden by "three male youths".

One assaulted the man and stole his bag before riding off towards the town centre. All three riders were wearing dark tracksuits and face coverings.

Police said the victim suffered minor injuries to his face.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and for anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage to come forward.

West Road, Caister
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Little tern-agers prepare to leave Norfolk nests

Little terns on nest
Kevin Simmonds

Growing up is exciting and tough - more so when leaving home for the first time means a 5,000km (3,106 miles) flight on your own.

So spare a thought for the little tern fledglings leaving the beaches around Great Yarmouth for their West Africa wintering grounds.

The RSPB said about 20% of the UK's population of little terns nest and feed on the Norfolk coast in the summer, with chicks taking their first flight at between 18 and 21 days old.

Lyn Ibbitson-Elks, an RSPB volunteer, said "These precious little seabirds honour us in Norfolk with their presence for only a few months every year.

"It is wonderful to hear their haunting calls, see their aerial displays and, if you are lucky, see them plunge into the sea for sand eel."

Little tern chick
Lyn Ibbitson-Elks

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Neglected dog

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk westbound

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A47 Norfolk westbound severe accident, between A1064 and A1042 Yarmouth Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 blocked westbound between Acle Roundabout in Blofield and Thorpe St Andrew, because of an accident.

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