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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 6 January 2017
  2. Jail term for man who kidnapped nine-year-old girl
  3. Health centre evacuated after being hit by car
  4. Restaurant targetted in ram raid
  5. Unprecedented pressure on our hospitals
  6. Exhibition of coastal management proposals
  7. Norwich City hoping for FA Cup double

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage today

That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today - and for the week.  

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

After a cold and cloudy day, we'll leave you with this bright and cheery picture of a robin, snapped by Weather Watcher Alistair, with not a cloud in the sky.

Join us again on Monday, at 08:00 - have a good weekend.  

robin
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Court appearance for man charged with firearms offences

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A man has appeared before Norwich Magistrates' Court on firearms charges.

Michael Cook, of Holmesdale Road, Brundall, was charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, two counts relating to firearms and shotgun certificate offences, and two counts of possessing ammunition.

Green-painted bungalow with police tent in front garden
BBC

The weapons were found during a search of the property by police in May 2016. 

Mr Cook, 62, didn't enter a plea.

He's due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on 3 February.

New wildlife charity for north Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A new wildlife conservation charity is being launched in north Norfolk to help protect species under threat on the coast and heathlands.

Bee on a thistle
BBC

The Felbeck Trust will be managing sites around the villages of Aylmerton, Sustead and Felbrigg, restoring and managing wildlife habitats. The trust, which promotes the use of traditional skills and materials, will work in partnership with other Norfolk voluntary groups.

Trevor Williams, chairman of the charity, said it would complement the work of the big conservation organisations, not be in competition.

"Birds, mammals and insects have pockets of protected land that they can find and use which will connect to the bigger reserves," he said.

Trevor Williams, in frosty grassland, wearing waterproof jacket and checked shirt
BBC

If successful, the trust would be keen to expand locations, initially in north Norfolk.

"The key is to engage in the communities where the small pockets of land lie and get their interest," Mr Williams said.

Some illuminating facts about Cromer's fireworks

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Cromer's annual fireworks display, which will go ahead on Sunday after being cancelled on New Year's Eve, was set up in 2000 as a way of marking the new millennium.

After outgrowing its display in a local park, the event moved to the town's iconic pier and thousands are expected this Sunday for the rescheduled show.

Close up of a sparkler
BBC

Here are some sparkling facts about this year's dazzling 13-minute display: 

  • Twenty-seven sequences, with 33 synchronised cues, will fire 2,464 fireworks
  • There are nine positions, and 2,023 yds of cables 
  • It takes one and a half days to choreograph, six days to prepare offsite and requires six personnel on the day
  • The team expect to consume 25 cups of coffee, five herbal teas and a bucket of doughnuts

Overnight weather: Feeling a tad warmer, with outbreaks of mainly patchy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cloudy, misty evening and night with outbreaks of generally light, patchy rain.

Less cold air moving in behind the rain, so temperatures not dropping as low overnight.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Saturday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow rain will clear eastwards, but it'll remain rather cloudy and rather gloomy.

Top temperature: 8C (46F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Alex Neil to change team for the cup

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City will make changes to their starting line-up for the FA Cup tie against Premier League club Southampton tomorrow.

Alex Neil
BBC

Alex Neil admitted that his focus was fully on the Championship and changes would have to be made to protect important players.

The Canaries will be without Robbie Brady (suspended) and Graham Dorrans (knee injury).

Norwich return to league action the following week when they travel to Rotherham.  

'Pillar of the Diss community' Reverend Ben Sasada dies

Diss Express

Well-known Diss community stalwart, Reverend Ben Sasada, has died. He was 83.  

Ben Sasada and his wife Rene
Diss Express

'Business as usual' at car-damaged health centre

Staff at a health centre near King's Lynn had a lucky escape earlier this afternoon, after a vehicle went into the side of the building.

Ana Weston, practice manager at the Gayton Road Health Centre, said: "Suddenly there was a huge bang, a lot of dust and debris flying about. Fortunately it was in an area of the office where there are cupboards.

"The team were shocked and frozen in place. Then they realised a car had gone into the side of the building.

"It's about halfway in, the rear of the car is parked in our office. There were some staff in the vicinity but they weren't directly working against the wall. Although they were in a state of shock they carried on and kept the service going.

"I can't comment on the driver, but everybody involved has been uninjured by the incident. There were no physical injuries, we've been very fortunate indeed."

Ms Weston said surveyors were "confident" the building would be OK, and the car would be removed shortly.

She said it was business as usual for patients with appointments.

Photos: Car embedded in health centre

Thanks to Maria Symonds for sending us these photographs showing the car embedded in the wall of Gayton Road Health Centre, in Gaywood near King's Lynn.

Silver car embedded in the wall, showing damage to building
Maria Symonds
Damaged building, with vehicle embedded in the wall
Maria Symonds

Railway station evacuated

Norwich railway station was evacuated after the fire alarm sounded a short while ago.

Greater Anglia spokeswoman Lucy Wright told me that passengers waited outside the building for 10 minutes, but were allowed back in after there was found to be no sign of any fire.

There will be some delays to train services. 

Assault victim in hospital

A man is in hospital after being assaulted in Great Yarmouth last night.

The victim, in his 20s and from the local area, received a puncture wound to his chest and is in a serious, but stable condition, in Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire.

The incident is believed to have taken place in the Havelock Road area, near to the red Herring pub, at around 20:30 to 20:45.

Police are carrying out inquiries to establish the circumstances behind the assault, and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Surgery evacuated after being hit by car

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

A doctors' surgery in west Norfolk has been evacuated after being hit by a car.

The vehicle hit the Gayton Road Health Centre, in Gaywood near King's Lynn, at around 13:20. It's understood the car is completely inside the building, which had to be evacuated by emergency services.

It's thought that no-one was hurt.

Eight fire crews have been at the scene, and a specialist fire and rescue team is on its way to secure the building.

Nelson is a top class operator

Norwich Evening News

In-form striker looks the real deal for City - the back page of the Norwich Evening News today:

Back page of the Norwich Evening News
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Mental health issues 'not funded'

The former care minister, Norman Lamb, says people with mental health problems are being discriminated against.

The North Norfolk MP says there's a shortage of community psychiatric nurses, detox facilities and a shortage in social care which has hit people with mental health issues.

"People with mental ill health don't have the same right to get treatment on a timely basis as others enjoy," he said. "When I was minister I introduced the first ever maximum waiting time standards but the government isn't funding it... it's always mental health that loses out more than other parts of the system."

Norman Lamb sitting at table, writing
BBC

NHS England data has shown a 56% rise in the number of bed days lost to delayed discharge in psychiatric trusts in October 2016, compared to November 2015. 

The problem is being blamed on a shortage of social care packages, but the government says it has a five year, £400m plan to transform mental health services. 

School remains closed until Monday

It's a long weekend for pupils of Methwold Primary. The school closed yesterday because of a broken boiler, and remains closed today. 

The school is expected to reopen on Monday.

And in north Norfolk, Sidestrand Hall School also has no heating. The school will be closing while they wait for a part to be delivered.

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Photo: Man jailed for kidnap

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Norfolk Police has released a photo of Paul Barton, who's been jailed for the kidnap of a young girl in a Norwich park last year.

Paul Barton, in bright blue sweattop, with close crop fair hair, beard and moustache
Norfolk police

At Norwich Crown Court this morning, Barton, 33, was sentenced to three years in prison and given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

He admitted grabbing the nine-year-old girl at a park in Norwich and dragging her into woodland in September.

Cloud increasing, with outbreaks of rain

After a cold and frosty morning, it'll become cloudy with outbreaks of rain later this afternoon.

Temperatures reaching a high of 5C (41F).

Frosty fields and sunrise
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Sunrise over farmland
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Sunrise at the coast
BBC

New Year's Day fireworks display planned for Sunday

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Here's a chance to get back to the future with a New Year's Day fireworks display in Cromer.

Adverse weather meant last weekend's event had to be cancelled, with fears that winds could blow debris into crowds along the promenade and beach front. But it's now been given the go-ahead for Sunday. 

Crowds on Cromer beach, watching fireworks over the pier
Paul Dunstan

Organisers will be setting up the fireworks along the pier and promenade from 10:00, for a "firing" time of 17:00. 

The free show, which has taken place every year since 2000, regularly attracts more than 10,000 people.

Man who kidnapped girl, 9, given prison sentence

Tom Baker

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man has been sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to the kidnap of a nine-year-old girl at a park in Norwich.

Paul Barton, of no fixed abode, admitted grabbing the girl in Pointers Field, off George Pope Road, on 30 September. He dragged her into a wooded area before she managed to escape unharmed.

Barton, 33, has been sentenced to three years in prison, and must serve at least half before release.

Pointers Field play area
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Action needed 'to secure future of NHS', says MP

The Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb says hospitals are facing unprecedented pressure this winter, with cancelled operations, bed shortages and patients being turned away from A&E.

The North Norfolk MP says the situation will get worse in years to come, as services struggle to keep up with rising demand.

East of England ambulance with open door
BBC

Mr Lamb says the government has a responsibility to act when pressure on hospitals begin to affect patient safety.

"Health and social care services urgently need a cash injection to help free up beds and prevent this crisis from worsening," he said.

"There's no time to waste in setting aside party differences and working together to secure the long-term future of the NHS and social care."

Restaurant targetted in ram raid

Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to a restaurant near Norwich following a ram raid.

Police said a red TATA flatbed van was driven into the Clocktower in Bowthorpe at around 03:00 on Tuesday, damaging the wall and internal fittings. Nothing was stolen.

Norfolk Police believes the van was stolen from Lavengro Road between 00:30 and 03:00. Anyone who witnessed the incident, or may have information, is asked to contact either the police or Crimestoppers.

The Clocktower restaurant
Google

Advice for community following fatal fire

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Fire and police teams will this weekend be offering advice to residents in an area of Norwich where a man died in a house fire yesterday morning.

The property in Penn Grove
BBC

Emergency services were called to Penn Grove, near Aylsham Road, shortly before 02:00. The building was well alight, and a man was trapped inside.

Despite treatment by paramedics, he died at the scene. 

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Surge in crashes prompts warning

Eastern Daily Press

Drivers urged to take extra care in icy conditions - the front page of today's Eastern Daily Press:

Front page of the EDP
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Magical Hoolahan is back to his best

Eastern Daily Press

Mini break has the desired effect for City midfielder - the back page of the Eastern Daily Press today:

Back page of the EDP
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Gorleston hoping for bumper FA Vase crowd

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk's last remaining club in the FA Vase will target a place in the last 16 of the competition this weekend.

Gorleston, who are unbeaten in the Thurlow Nunn League this season, host Coleshill Town from the Midlands in the fourth round tomorrow afternoon. 

FA Vase
BBC Sport

Gorleston chairman Alan Gordon told me: "Everyone at the club is right up for it. We've got a team that we've never played before and hope we have a big crowd to support us on Saturday."

Canaries chase two FA Cup wins

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City will attempt to complete an FA Cup double this weekend.

Premier League Southampton come to Carrow Road tomorrow on third-round day. Before that, the Canaries' under-18s go to Burnley this evening in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

FA Youth Cup 2013
Getty Images

Norwich won the competition in 2013 and have already beaten Watford 5-1 this season. 

Coastal management 'an ongoing process'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The Mundesley Coast Management Scheme is in the outline stage, and a public event later this month will give local residents an opportunity to find out more about what it means for the community.

Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett, of North Norfolk District Council, says coastal management is an "ongoing process and the Mundesley scheme has been included in the Environment Agency's six-year programme, and this is the next step in the process".

Mundesley beach viewed from the cliff top, on a sunny day
Colin Park/Geograph

The council spends around £310,000 each year to maintain 21 miles of coastline - that's £14,700 a mile.  

"On top of this, our defences do require more substantial investment and in order to do this we have to put an additional £300,000 of district council funding towards this scheme to help secure further government funds," Ms Fitch-Tillett said.

Plans to protect coastal community from the sea

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Plans to protect a north Norfolk village from the sea are to be go on public display.

The Mundesley Coast Management Scheme could cost up to £1.5m, and an outline business case is being developed to attract funding and gain approval for the work.

A public drop-in session is being held in the village's Coronation Hall on Tuesday, 17 January.

The event, between 14:00 and 19:30, will provide information on how coastal management schemes are funded, and what the next steps will be.

Mundesley beach and groyne
JThomas/Geograph

It's icy out there... allow extra time for your journey

Motorists are warned to be careful on the roads, following a heavy frost overnight.

Temperatures dropped below freezing in many parts of the county, and the gritters were out twice.

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Yesterday, Norfolk Police dealt with more than 70 collisions within a few hours, many of them due to the icy conditions.

It's not just the roads... the pavements are slippery too.

A frosty start to Friday

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cold and frosty start to the day, with early fog patches lifting through the morning.

It'll become cloudy, with outbreaks of rain later.

Temperatures reaching 5C (41F).

Welcome back to Norfolk Live

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Hello and thanks for joining us for Friday's Norfolk Live. 

We're here throughout the day, keeping you up to date with what's happening across the county. 

It's frosty and chilly start to the day, with patches of freezing fog... police are advising motorists to drive with care.

Elizabeth Rizzini's forecast follows shortly. 

Frosty windscreen
BBC

Our live coverage today

It's goodbye from the Norfolk Live team for the day. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye on the page, because if a major story breaks you'll find the details here.

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

If there's anything happening in your part of the county that you think we should know about, you can get in touch with us on email, Facebook or send a tweet.

Weather: Cold and foggy overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

There's a chance of an isolated shower near the coast, but otherwise it'll stay dry but damp in places across the BBC East region.

There will be a widespread frost with mist and freezing fog patches overnight as the temperature dips to a minimum of -2C (28F), but it will be warmer towards the coast.

Weather map for BBC East
BBC

Friday will see freezing fog gradually lifting, although it may linger throughout the morning.  

Some bright spells developing, but turning cloudier through the day with the chance of patchy rain later and high of 4-6C (39-43F).

There are more details for where you are on the BBC Weather website.

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk eastbound

BBC Travel

A47 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, between Dunham Road and Moor Lane.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Necton closed and stationary traffic eastbound between the Dunham Road junction and the Moor Lane junction, because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Norwich City sign Icelandic youngster

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have made their first signing of the January transfer window.

Sixteen-year-old midfielder Agust Hlynsson joins for an undisclosed fee from Breidablik.

City's under-18s manager David Wright has told BBC Radio Norfolk that Hlynsson will go straight into the squad to face Burnley in the FA Youth Cup tomorrow night.

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Icy conditions make for a 'challenging day' on the roads

Norfolk's police were kept busy this morning as the first real cold snap of the winter led to dozens of collisions on the county's roads.

Insp Jonathan Chapman said weather conditions made it a "challenging day", as officers dealt with more than 70 incidents within a few hours - including several on the A140 Scole bypass, which led to the road being closed southbound for some hours.

A motorist scrapes ice off his windscreen
Getty Images

He advises motorists to allow more time for journeys, and to "expect the unexpected" as driving conditions can change at this time of the year.

With temperatures expected to drop below freezing tonight, Norfolk's gritters will be out and about on the main roads this evening and again early tomorrow morning.

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Worker taken to hospital after industrial incident

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man has been taken to hospital after an industrial incident at a printing works in Great Yarmouth.

Emergency services were called to Downey and Co on The Conge shortly after 15:30, and the man was taken to the James Paget University Hospital with hand injuries.

Ambulance police vehicles outside Downey and Company
BBC

Police tell me his condition is not life-threatening.

 A representative of Downey's told me he couldn't comment or confirm any details, but a mechanic at a nearby business told me he was asked for a crowbar, having been told a worker had suffered a crush injury on a printing press.

Fire engine and police vehicles outside the premises
BBC

Norfolk Police said the Health and Safety Executive had been informed.

Entrance to Downey and Company, with blue sign to the left of a blue door
BBC