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By Caroline Kingdon

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  1. Good morning from Norfolk Live

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to a new week on Norfolk Live. The team are here and poised to bring you the latest news, sport and travel updates for the county from now until 18:00.

    Opportunities to protect elderly victims from scammers are being missed because of staff shortages at Norfolk Trading Standards. We'll bring you more on this shortly.

    It's a cold start to the working with temperatures barely above freezing... Kate Kinsella's forecast for the rest of the day will appear here soon.

    First, we'll share this frosty photo taken over the weekend, by BBC Weather Watcher "franweatherfan".

    Frosty landscape, with low sun over the horizon
  2. Video content

    Video caption: James Paget Hospital patient evicted after two years

    A hospital patient who occupied a bed for more than years was evicted after a hospital applied for a court order.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A11 Norfolk southbound

    BBC Travel

    A11 Norfolk southbound severe disruption, at A47.

    A11 Norfolk - A11 in Cringleford closed southbound at Thickthorn Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  4. Our live coverage today:

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

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

    Our coverage today has been dominated by the story of a patient who had occupied a hospital bed "unnecessarily" for more than two years. The James Paget University Hospital had to apply for a court order to evict him.

    Here's a quick look at some of the other stories we've brought you:

    Also in Cley, Norfolk County Council were involved in a clean-up operation of debris, which had led to the closure of the A149 coast road earlier this week. As you can see from this tweet, that work is nearly over.

    View more on twitter

    Thanks for joining us today and this week - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday. 

    Have a good weekend.

  5. Overnight weather: Dry with a widespread frost

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It’ll be a dry night across the BBC East region with mainly clear skies, a widespread frost and some patchy mist and freezing fog.  

    There’ll be light winds and temperatures in some spots could fall as low as -5C (23F).

    Overnight weather map

    Some mist and fog may be slow to clear Saturday morning. 

    Overall it’ll be a dry day, but thicker cloud is likely to feed in from the North Sea, perhaps producing some patchy rain in north Norfolk. 

    The best of any sunshine and brightness will be in the south of the region with highs around 6C (43F).

    Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  6. Boy, 3, has broken leg after hit-and-run at supermarket

    There's an appeal for witnesses after a three-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle in a Tesco car park.

    The car, described as dark in colour, then failed to stop, Norfolk Police said.

    The boy was treated at hospital for a broken leg after collision with a 4x4 at the supermarket on Hardwick in King's Lynn.

  7. Video: School will have memories of Prince William's helicopter role

    As Prince William announces he's to step down as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Ambulance Service, one school with have fond memories.

    HRH touched down at on the playing field at John Henry Newman School in Stevenage earlier this year and joined children for lunch.

    Video content

    Video caption: Prince William lands for school dinner
  8. Working together to ensure drug users get the right support

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    Norfolk Police and staff from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are to work together to encourage vulnerable drug users to seek help.

    Users will be referred for treatment with Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), which helps adults with drug and alcohol problems.

    Terri Cooper-Barnes, of NSFT, leads a team of four nurses based in the police control room. 

    She says going directly into people's own homes will allow them to carry out mental health assessments as well as encourage the users to access support.

    A drugs user shooting up - posed by model

    Giving options to people caught up in drugs is important, says Ch Supt Dave Marshall, who's leading Operation Gravity. And only by taking away the drugs market, can they stop dealers from focusing on the county.  

  9. Partnership to help vulnerable drug users

    Mental health staff are to work with the police to take extra help for vulnerable drug users direct into their homes. 

    From next Monday, nurses from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and officers from Norfolk Constabulary will visit the homes of drug users where they suspect drug dealers, often from out of the county, have taken over the property.

    A heroin addict hlding a needle

    They'll encourage the users to ask for help from treatment services, to reduce the risk they'll be exploited in future. 

    At the same time, police officers will try to disrupt the activity of the dealers who are using the property as a base.

    The partnership is part of Operation Gravity, which aims to crack down on drug-related crime and violence.

  10. Prince William: 'A privilege to fly with air ambulance charity'

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Recently, there had been a number of reports that the Duke of Cambridge was to leave his role with the charity and spend more time with his family in London, away from their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate.

    It's now been confirmed the Duke of Cambridge will leave the charity in summer, and spend more time in the capital where his children will attend school.

    Prince William standing in front of an air ambulance helicopter

    In a statement released on his behalf by Kensington Palace, Prince William speaks of his time with the flying medical service:  

    "It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.

    "I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals. 

    "I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock [helicopter support company] and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. 

    "I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. 

    "My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger."    

  11. Illya Glushchenkov

    BBC Sport

    SAM's Championship table 2016-17

    Illya Glushchenkov

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle and Brighton to win promotion from the Championship? That is the prediction of a special computer programme - but how do you think it will finish?

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  12. NDR: Plumstead Road reopens

    A busy road to the east of Norwich has now reopened, following its closure for work on the Northern Distributor Road (NDR).

    Plumstead Road, between Thorpe End and Little Plumstead, closed early on Wednesday morning to allow bridge beams weighing 33 tonnes to be lifted into place.

    Road closure of Plumstead Road on Wednesday morning

    The bridge will carry the NDR over the Plumstead Road so that the new dual carriageway can go over the railway.

    Further beam lifts will take place in April for the railway bridge.

    The Anglian Water closure on Plumstead Road East, nearer to the Norwich Ring Road, is still in place.

  13. Prince William's nerves on first day with air ambulance

    The Duke of Cambridge began his job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) on 13 July 2015.

    It was an early start for the former RAF helicopter pilot - his first shift at Cambridge Airport began at 07:00. Like all of us starting a new job, Prince William admitted to feeling nervous.

    When his role with the charity was announced, Patrick Peal, chief executive of the EAAA, said it would help boost their profile and they would benefit from William's skills as a pilot.

    Prince William standing on door ledge of an EAAA helicopter

    Last July, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the charity's new base at the Egerton-Smith Centre at Cambridge Airport. 

    The royal couple were given a tour by the Duke of Cambridge, and met some of the charity's medics, support staff and pilots.

    The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William

    In September, the Duke of Cambridge spoke about his work with the flying medical service, saying that when he put his air ambulance hat on he's "one of the team".

    "At the end of the day I feel like I've made a difference and a contribution to whatever it is I've done that day.  

    "There are some very sad, dark moments. We talk about it a lot and that's the best way of dealing with some of these situations.

    "It's hard... it can be quite difficult."

  14. BreakingPrince to quit job with air ambulance

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The Duke of Cambridge is to leave his job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) in the summer and spend more time in London.

    A statement has been issued by Kensington Palace, in which William says it was a "privilege" to fly with the organisation.

    Prince William in the Airbus H145 based at Cambridge Airport

    The statement added that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want to increase their official duties on behalf of the Queen and their charity work.

    In September, three-year-old Prince George will begin school in London. His sister, Princess Charlotte, who'll be two in May, will start at nursery in the capital. 

    The EAAA flies two helicopters out of Cambridge and Norwich, and flies missions all over East Anglia - as this incident map shows:

    Mission map for the east Anglian Air Ambulance

    It has declined to issue a statement about Prince William's decision to leave.

  15. Clearing storm debris from A149

    The clear up at Cley continues following last week's tidal surge.

    While volunteers help Norfolk Wildlife Trust clean up the marshes, a team from Norfolk County Council has been removed debris from the side of the A149.

    The road between Cley and its neighbour Salthouse was closed for several days following the storms.

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  16. Clear up operation at flood-hit nature reserve

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Dozens of volunteers are helping wardens in a clear-up operation at Cley Marshes after the nature reserve was flooded in last week's storms.

    Tonnes of rubbish and vegetation were left behind by the surge, causing the closure of the A149 through the village for several days.

    Volunteers grouping at Cley, with the reedbeds and grassland beyond

    George Baldock, warden of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, says there's a lot of work to be done. 

    "There's a lot of thatch lying on the paths and car parks, the hides are full of thatch and mud and it would be good if we can get the volunteers to clean them out by next week.

    "To the visitor it looks quite normal - you can pick out the scrapes and hides, but there's a lot of saltwater on the marsh which needs to be drained out and the freshwater levels brought up and fed into the reserve."

    Flooded red beds, showing hides

    The longer the saltwater lies there, the more damage will be done to the freshwater habitat. It will kill off the invertebrates which birds and other wildlife feed on. 

    "But hopefully," Mr Baldock adds, "things will come back at the start of March to start breeding again.

    "It's been a busy week and the next few weeks will be busy too."

    Volunteers clearing thatch
  17. Lights on way for Fiveways roundabout?

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    Traffic lights could be installed on the Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall on the A11.

    A11 Fiveways roundabout plan

    The roads minister, John Hayes, has asked Highways England to assess the impact of installing the lights at the junction where the dual carriageway meets with the A1065 to Brandon and the A1101 to Bury St Edmunds. 

    The move has been welcomed by the West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock.

    He said: "The Fiveways roundabout has been beset with problems a very long time now - it is imperative that action is taken to improve the dire situation." 

    Mr Hayes has asked Highways England to report on the proposal by the end of March. 

    When the Elveden bypass was built three years ago, ducting was put in to enable lights to be installed at a later date.

    If Highways England thinks now is the time, they could be in place within the year.