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  1. Updates on Friday, 10 February 2017
  2. £50m of cocaine found on Norfolk beaches
  3. Under-pressure hospital cancels 300 ops in last three months of 2016
  4. Axe hangs over more than 150 jobs in poultry firm restructure
  5. Farmer heads to Brussels to challenge plan to keep free range poultry enclosed
  6. Liberal Democrat Marion Millership tops by-election poll at Waterside

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By Patrick Byrne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Welcome to a new week on Norfolk Live

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and a warm welcome from Norfolk Live.

    We're here throughout the day, with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

    Investigations continue into that discovery of a haul of cocaine washed up on Norfolk's beaches last week - and Norwich City are back to within two points of The Championship play-off places.

    More on those stories shortly.

    Many of you saw snow flurries over the weekend, but what can we expect today? Kate Kinsella's forecast will have the answer. 

    Sledging in the snow

    Many thanks to Fabian Harrison for this photo of "fun in the snow", taken in Norwich yesterday. If you've a photo, or a story, that you'd like to share - drop us an email, a tweet or get in touch on Facebook.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A11 Norfolk southbound

    BBC Travel

    A11 Norfolk southbound severe disruption, at A47.

    A11 Norfolk - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A11 southbound in Cringleford at Thickthorn Roundabout.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1075 Norfolk both ways

    BBC Travel

    A1075 Norfolk both ways severe accident, at Stow Bedon.

    A1075 Norfolk - A1075 Watton Road blocked in both directions at the Stow Bedon junction, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  4. Our live coverage across the day

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    That's it for another week - we'll be back on Monday with regular updates from 08:00.

    Today, the highlights have been:

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Former Isle of Wight penguin has new best friend

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC South

    An arthritic penguin called Dippy has forged a bromance with his 57-year-old keeper. 

    The Humboldt penguin moved to Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre a year ago when his long-term home at the Isle of Wight's Seaview Wildlife Encounter was forced to close. 

    At 21 years old he is the senior bird in the flock, and most of his feathered friends have already paired up. But Dippy has grown particularly fond of aquarist Dave Warriner.

    While Dippy seems happy when any of his human guardians enter his enclosure, it is only Dave who gets an enthusiastic braying call and then a swift waddle approach to receive a friendly tickle.

    Quote Message: I must confess I've developed a bit of a soft spot for him. It's the way he lifts his little wings so I can tickle him underneath." from Dave Warriner
    Dave Warriner
  6. Weather: Rain, sleet or snow expected in places

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Further outbreaks of rain, sleet or snow and this could lead to a covering of snow in places across the BBC East region tonight.

    It's also likely to turn quite murky at times with the risk of frost and ice, as temperatures fall. 

    Minimum Temperature: -1C (30F).

    Weather chart

    Saturday will be cold and cloudy with further wintry showers feeding in on a light-to-moderate north to north-easterly wind. 

    These showers are likely to turn mainly to rain by the afternoon. 

    Maximum Temperature 4C (39F).

    More details from BBC Weather:

  7. A47 re-numbered south of Great Yarmouth

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The A12 south of Great Yarmouth has been re-numbered and now becomes an extra section of the A47 creating a continuous trunk road from Peterborough to Lowestoft. 

    Highways England said the change is part of the government's road investment strategy up to 2020.

    Road sign

    Aran Nugent, from Highways England, said: "The A12 is also now a continuous trunk road from Ipswich into London, with the A47 a continuous trunk road from Peterborough to Lowestoft. 

    "We do not anticipate this will create any additional traffic or direct any extra drivers onto this road. 

    "The costs of the work have been minimised as most signs will have patches stuck on. 

    "Those signs being replaced were at their end of their lifespan and would have had to be replaced soon anyway."

  8. Drug dealers 'sent 6,000 texts to clients over 28 days'

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Two men from London have been jailed after admitting dealing drugs in Norwich. 

    Joshua Igbokei, 24, and and Shirajul Islam, 27, both from Stamford Road in London, were arrested in Barrack Street in March 2015 by police who found cannabis and cash in their vehicle. 

    Joshua Igbokei

    Later their seized mobile phones were examined and one contained evidence of class A drug supply. 

    It had been used to send over 6,000 text messages in a 28-day period, many to known users of class A drugs in and around Norwich, Norwich Crown Court was told. 

    Sharjul Islam

    Igbokei was sentenced to five years in prison for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cannabis. 

    Islam received a six-year sentence for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

    Ch Supt Dave Marshall said: "Although no drugs were found on Igbokei and Islam, investigations found they had significant involvement in the supply of Class A drugs."

  9. How the national media is reporting the £50m cocaine find:

    Hopton-on-Sea usually only makes the national papers once a year, and that's hidden away in the sports section when the World Indoor Bowls championship hits Potters Resort.

    (It might sneak on to the front pages if there's a streaker at said event.)

    But there is national interest in the discovery of the holdalls full of cocaine.

    • £50 million worth of cocaine washes up on Norfolk beach - Daily Telegraph
    • The UK's biggest haul came off the coast of Scotland in April 2015 when £512m of cocaine was discovered in a boat - Daily Record
    • The incredible discovery was made this morning after a number of bags washed up on Hopton Beach near Great Yarmouth - The Mirror
    • A member of the public contacted Norfolk Police after finding holdalls - Belfast Telegraph
  10. Football: Canaries players told 'keep up intensity and aggression'

    BBC Sport

    Norwich City's players are showing distinct improvement but need to maintain intensity and aggression, manager Alex Neil says. 

    Key midfield players are missing for the home game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow

    Attacking midfielder Steven Naismith has a slight set-back with hamstring injury.

    Alex Neil

    "It's nothing major but Steven is not going to be ready for this weekend. That's frustrating for us," the Norwich boss said.

    "Louis Thompson's surgery was a success but he's damaged his Achilles badly. It's a long road for him.

    "My impressions of Tuesday's game are exactly the same now I've watched it back. The boys are in a good place at the moment. 

    "Performances have been better. The Wigan game we should have won. We've got to maintain the levels of intensity and aggression that we've had at home in recent games." 

    But he did warn of dangers ahead after the Forest manager's job was secured until the end of the season. 

    "Gary Brazil's done well at Forest since he's taken over. He's in a no-lose position and they're enjoying their football."

  11. McKinna desperate to prove doubters wrong

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Great Yarmouth shot putter Sophie McKinna wants to use her Olympic heartbreak to inspire better things this year. 

    The 22-year-old competes in Sheffield this weekend at the British trials for next month's European Indoor Championships. 

    Sophie McKinna

    McKinna has admitted that she couldn't bring herself to watch any of last year's Olympic Games after missing out on selection. 

    "I've got a lot of people who doubted me last year and thought I wouldn't come back to the sport, so I want to throw a long way and prove a point."

  12. Beach drugs find could be largest ever washed up

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The discovery of 360 kilos of drugs worth £50m on two beaches in Norfolk is one of the largest hauls ever washed up on the British coast. 

    It could also mean a switch away from the Channel crossing where there are extra patrols because of the refugee crisis, but the National Crime Agency said the investigation was at an early stage and they could not comment.

    "It's fair to say you don’t get that sort of quantity of drugs wash up very often. The investigation is ongoing so we can’t draw conclusions at this stage," a spokesman said.

    Caister beacj drugs

    In 2005, a sack containing drugs was found washed up on the beach at Burgh Island near Kingsbridge - a popular south Devon family holiday destination. 

    At the time it seemed a large number of packages, but compared to the Norfolk find it now seems miniscule. 

    Amounts of illegal drugs being smuggled seems to have mushroomed.

    In 2009, cocaine with sale value of £2.5m was in a number of packages found washed up on two Cornish beaches - 52kg at Bude and on the Lizard peninsula. 

    Then in 2009, a 20kg haul of cocaine, worth £6m at the time, was found washed ashore at Frenchman's Bay, Rye on the Sussex coast.

  13. Axe hangs over more than 150 jobs in poultry firm restructure

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A plan to axe more than 150 jobs at poultry firm Bernard Matthews' Norfolk base has been revealed to the Unite union. 

    Representatives of the workforce met management on Thursday afternoon where a review of the business was discussed.

    Bernard Matthews

    The company, which operates in Norfolk and Suffolk, wants to cut more than 90 shop floor jobs by ceasing chicken production at the Great Witchingham plant with the rest coming from head office on the same site. 

    "If these changes proceed, they will create a business which is fit for future growth," said a spokesperson for Bernard Matthews.  

    "Our focus now is to support colleagues affected and ensure we explore all options available to us to mitigate potential job losses."

    Unite called the threat to up to 155 jobs "deeply disappointing".

  14. Have you lost £50m-worth of cocaine? The police would like to help you...

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The National Crime Agency is carrying out an investigation to trace the owners of holdall bags washed up on two Norfolk beaches containing £50m-worth of cocaine.

    The drugs, weighing about 360 kilos (800lb) were found by a member of the public on Thursday at Hopton and earlier today by searchers at Caister.


    Supt Dave Buckley said: "We are assisting the National Crime Agency with further searches.

    "We believe we have recovered all the packages but should any member of the public find one they are urged to contact Norfolk Police immediately. 

    "We will have extra officers in the area to monitor the situation."