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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 3 February 2017
  2. Dirty Norwich artist takes on Ed Sheeran
  3. Norwich City part company with chief executive after just six months
  4. 'Stay away unless emergency' asks hospital
  5. Hoax calls to paramedics revealed
  6. Thieves target Broads Post Office
  7. Erosion battle pensioner packing up home

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Drone finds missing man stuck in marshes
The 75-year-old went missing after being separated from friends while walking.
James Maddison

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Leicester have a bid of about £20m for Norwich attacking midfielder James Maddison accepted.

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London man jailed for supplying drugs in Norfolk

A man has been jailed for eight years managing drug dealing networks between London and Norwich.

John Abodunrin
Norfolk Police

John Abodunrin, 22, of Barnfield Gardens in south east London, pleaded guilty before Norwich Crown Court to possession with intent to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The court heard how Abodunrin managed three mobile phone lines linked to drug dealers in the capital, and received a total of 143,075 messages or calls.

According to Norfolk Police, the phones were used to sell drugs in the Norwich and Great Yarmouth areas between July 2017 and March 2018.

Det Insp Tom Smith said: "When you look at the number of texts and calls it reflects the size and scale of some of these drug dealing networks."

Foodbank launches 'upside-down Christmas' campaign

Norwich Foodbank is asking people to donate to keep up with supplies over the summer when children are on school holidays.

Foodbank
BBC

It says people tend to think of the charity less when the weather is nice.

Hannah Worsley, from the foodbank, says it's running an "upside-down Christmas" campaign to encourage people to donate now instead of in December when the amount offered can cause storage issues for the charity.

"Sadly we are an all-year round service and while the need does increase in December when we give out close to 1,000 food parcels, donations are needed throughout the year."

The school summer holidays will see the foodbank continue its project across seven sites, offering low-income families a free hot meal and free fun activities.

Great Yarmouth airshow a success for most

The organisers of Great Yarmouth's first airshow say it's been major success for the town.

Red Arrows at Great Yarmouth
BBC

They say 150,000-200,000 people turned up over Saturday and Sunday to the Haven Great Yarmouth Airshow, which featured the Red Arrows among many other attractions.

Police have praised the public and say by using the park and ride and public transport, they kept the roads running smoothly.

But not everyone was happy - some outside caterers with pitches on the seafront told us they made losses and won't return.

Gareth Brown, chairman of the Great Yarmouth tourism and business area said he hoped most traders would have done better business than they would have done for a June weekend.

Margaret Paston

Medieval letters with recipes, love affairs and subversion show a family as "social media pioneers".

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Ben Godfrey

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales

Swansea City are interested in signing Norwich City midfielder Ben Godfrey but face competition from West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

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Marley Watkins in action for Norwich

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales

Bristol City sign Wales international Marley Watkins from Championship rivals Norwich City for £1m.

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Fan completes football ground challenge
A football supporter has completed a challenge to run around all 92 football league grounds.

Britvic staff in Norwich to strike over redundancy pay

Members of the GMB Union at Britvic in Norwich have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over redundancy packages.

The factory is due to close next year with the loss of more than 200 jobs and a GMB officer called on the company to show them "some loyalty and recognition".

Britvic factory sign.
BBC

Britvic said it had already agreed to offer an "enhanced" redundancy package and industrial action wouldn't achieve larger payments.

A spokesman said: "This enhanced package is substantially larger than the amount we are legally obliged to pay, and we made this commitment in good faith following the collective consultation process with employee representatives, including the GMB".

Drone pilots to support firefighters and police

Firefighters are to get a bird's-eye view of incidents and searches in Norfolk...

Two drones are being introduced and will be flown by trained pilots using a high-tech control vehicle able to travel across the county.

The drones will assist crews at Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service in tackling incidents, taking part in searches and enhancing crew and public safety.

Drone in flight
NFRS

As well as taking images from the air in searches of remote farmland, forests and flooded areas, the drones have thermal imaging so can safely check for fire hotspots.

Drone controls
NFRS

The drone team will be based at Wymondham and they will also be available to assist other emergency services.

Broom handle attack leaves man with suspected fractured skull

A woman, in her 40s, has been arrested after an assault, with what police believe was a broom handle, that left a man with a suspected fractured skull.

The attack, by a woman and three men, happened in Norwich at about 14:20 yesterday in the alleyway between Morrisons Supermarket and the Nike store in Albion Way.

Albion Way
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The victim, aged in his 30s, was taken to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.

Police want to hear from anyone or has information about the attack or the three men, who are still at large.

'Guard sheep' at former school site keep grounds tidy

A primary school that closed in a Norfolk village three years ago has a new security and grounds maintenance force - a flock of sheep.

The flock is owned by Sally and Andrew Medler who run a nearby care farm at Lingwood near Norwich, which supports people with learning difficulties and disabilities, and they came up with the idea when they needed extra grazing.

Guard sheep
BBC

The security firm looking after the school were also concerned that grass, shrubs and weeds were getting out of control and a deal was done.

The Wiltshire horned sheep can look menacing and be noisy. They are also voracious eaters and have brought the 2ft high grass down to manageable levels.

The children who visit the care farm also come down to the school site and have looked after some of this year's lambs by bottle feeding them, Sally said.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard's first cup game as Derby manager will be away to Oldham Athletic in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

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