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  1. Updates for Friday, 17 February 2017
  2. Tributes paid to man who died after Pontins incident
  3. Man arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill
  4. Peter Wright causes a shock in Leeds
  5. Coastguard finds 25 WW2 bombs on a beach
  6. Important historical records to go on display

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Kate Scotter

BBC News

That's the last of our updates for the rest of today - and indeed the week.

We'll be back again with all your news, sport, weather and more from 08:00 on Monday.

Before we go, here's a look at some of the stories we've covered on this fine and sunny Friday:

We'll leave you this view from Gorleston-on-Sea, taken by one of our BBC Weather Watchers.

Have a fabulous weekend.


Overnight weather: Generally dry and cloudy

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A few spots of drizzle around this evening and overnight but generally it will be dry and cloudy across the BBC East region.

Where we get any breaks in the cloud we could see some mist and fog developing. 

Light south to south-westerly winds and temperatures down to about 5C (41F).

Overnight weather map

A mild and cloudy start to Saturday and it could take a little while for any mist and fog to clear, although we're likely to see some sunny intervals developing eventually.

Highs of 12C (54F) and a light southerly breeze.

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

Search team finds body in woods

Police say members of the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue Team have found the body of a man in woodland about 1.5 miles (2km) from Little Plumstead, near Norwich.

He is believed to be David Howell, 43, of Norwich, who was reported missing on Wednesday, although he hasn't been formally identified.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Teenagers help the older generation stay connected

Young people have been teaching the older generation new tricks as they help keep them up to speed in a digital age.

Diss Digital Buddies
Norfolk County Council

The Diss Digital Buddies project, led by Saffron Housing Trust, encourages teenagers to help older people use the internet and gain confidence with technology. 

Volunteers, aged between 13 and 19, have taught pensioners how to use laptops, tablets and smart phones.

They have shown them how to create an email account, shop online, join Facebook and make a video call.

One of the participants, aged 97, who did not want to be named, said: "I’ve loved it.

"It's great as it’s a two-way thing and they can learn from us too."

Diss Digital Buddies
Norfolk County Council

Rescued cats and kittens neglected out of 'unintentional cruelty'

A rescue centre which has taken in 27 cats and 12 kittens has said the animals were neglected out of "unintentional cruelty".

Feline Care Cat Rescue

As we've been reporting, Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling, near Attleborough, took in the cats from one home.

They said they were initially called to collect 14 cats but after they got there, they discovered there were upwards of 40 cats.

Molly Farrar, from the centre, said the owner had got themselves "in a pickle".

"I don't think it's intentional cruelty whatsoever," she said. 

Rescued cats and kittens were 'terrified'

Cats and kittens which were rescued were "terrified", according to the volunteers who collected them.

Rescued cats
Felince Care Cat Rescue

More than 40 animals were found when Feline Care Cat Rescue responded to a call to pick up 14 cats.

The centre, based at East Harling near Attleborough, said it has taken in 27 cats and 12 kittens so far and will collect the others as soon as possible.

It said the cats were in "poor condition" and will need flea treating, worming and vaccinations.

Centre manager Molly Farrar said: "The cats are terrified. 

"Seeing cats in distress like that isn't very nice."

Arrest after armed man 'made threats to kill'

A man has been arrested after a man was seen with a firearm and "made threats to kill" in a village earlier today.

Norfolk Police, including armed units, were called to Watton Road in Shipdham, near Dereham, just after 09:40.

Police arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of threats to kill.

He remains in custody.

Don't let Gary down!


Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the People's Cup

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Town bids last farewell to Jim

Lynn News

Here's the front page of the Lynn News today:

Lynn News on 17 February
Lynn News

Video: Rescue centre takes in 27 cats and 12 kittens from one home

Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling, near Attleborough, has taken in these cats and kittens from one home.

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Smith putting no pressure on top-of-the-table clash

Diss Express

Here's the back page of today's Diss Express:

Diss Express on 17 February
Diss Express

Don't let Gary down!


Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the People's Cup

Here's one from our friends at BBC Get Inspired. I dedicate it to someone very close to me who, it is fair to say, is something of a fan of Mr Lineker - and has a life-size cardboard cut-out of him that I carried across the piazza at Media City.

Anyway, Gary would endorse the sentiment that it’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup - as long as you do it by the deadline anyway - and that is at midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Historical records bought through a public appeal to go on show

Records of historical Norfolk are going on show after a public appeal raised £30,000 to buy them.

Drawing and account of a Broads boat trip, dated 1861
Norfolk Record Office

Norfolk Record Office (NRO) raised the funds to bid at the Morningthorpe Manor House sale last year. 

Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH) bought 91 lots, including the diaries of politician Horatio William Walpole, 19th Century Conservative peer. 

Other items on display include Stratton Strawless title deeds from 1431, photos of North Norfolk coastal scenes and the first account of a pleasure trip on the Norfolk Broads in 1861.

They will be part of a free exhibition at the Norfolk Record Office, next to County Hall in Norwich, from 20 February to 19 May. 

County archivist Gary Tuson said: "This display is a great chance for people to come in and view a piece of history."

Why not match these mums?


Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Golf draws Farage to Norfolk coast for his one-man show

The former leader of UKIP has announced he's to host a one-man show at a seaside theatre.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage's stage performance at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton will be a behind-the-scenes look at what global politics is like.

He said it will be a "lighthearted" message about how he went from leading a "little" party to one which forced the European Union referendum and won the vote for Britain to leave the EU.  

"It will be an entertaining story about political leaders plus stories of my own life, including plane crashes and more," said Mr Farage.

Mr Farage, the first UK politician to meet Donald Trump since his election victory, said he chose Hunstanton as he "likes" the town and used to play golf there.

It is one of two venues chosen. The other is in Hampshire. 

Loan spells benefited Murphy

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City striker Jacob Murphy has been talking to the media at the club's Friday conference ahead of Saturday's game at Burton Albion.

Since signing in 2013, he's had loan spells at Swindon, Southend, Blackpool, Scunthorpe, Colchester and Coventry.

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Watch: Latest from Pontins in Pakefield after death of arrested man

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

I've been to Pontins near Lowestoft, where Paul Gladwell, 38, of Colchester had been on holiday.

He was arrested after police were called to reports of an altercation and was being taken to Great Yamouth.

Officers abandoned that plan and took him to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston-on-Sea, where he died yesterday morning.

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Rugby: Diss ready for top of the table clash

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

It's a big weekend for Diss Rugby Club. 

They are top of London League 2 North East, but only a point clear of South Woodham Ferrers who they play away from home on Saturday afternoon. 

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Diss have lost only one of their 16 league matches so far this season. The winners of this fixture will be firm favourites for promotion with just five further games to play before the end of the season. 

Bird man helps control pigeons

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Meet Mark and his hawk, Faith.

He's part of a pest control firm that uses the birds of prey to disperse other birds.

The pair are often hired by councils and other organisations, such as Cambridge University, to control pigeons and gulls.  

What is it like to work as a falconer?

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed the amount spent by councils on pest control across the country rose from £452,000 in 2013-2014 to £830,000 in 2015-2016, with some interesting figures across the East of England.

Falconer Mark White, of Suffolk-based Step Pest Control, said councils were increasingly using non-lethal methods of bird control.

He uses a combination of methods ranging from netting and spikes, special gels which look like fire, hawks and even a high-powered laser beam.

Mr White, who's lives in Norfolk but grew up in Essex, said a lot of people think pest controllers "use hawks for killing".

"It is in fact the complete opposite.

"We use the birds for disruption and discourage killing as much as possible."

The British Pest Control Association said the increase in spending might reflect a growing awareness of public health risks posed by some birds.

Clean Bandit tickets on sale for Thetford Forest gig

Tickets for the Clean Bandit gig at Thetford Forest this summer have gone on sale.

Clean Bandit
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The Cambridge band, who appear on 2 July,  join Elbow, Olly Murs and Rick Astley in the line-up for the Forestry Commission's "Forest Live" concert series, which has been running for 16 years.

Video: Controlled explosion of World War Two bombs

Hunstanton Coastguard Rescue Team was called after World War Two bombs were found at Holme-next-the-Sea beach.

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Coastguard finds 25 WW2 bombs on a beach

Twenty five World War Two shells were found on a Norfolk beach, the coastguard said.

The coastguard on Holme beach
Gary Pearson

They were discovered by Hunstanton Coastguard Rescue Team on Holme beach.

The coastguard said they had initially been called to reports of two bombs, but on arrival, they found another 23 in the same area.

They alerted bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy and a controlled explosion took place in the sea on Thursday. 

The coastguard at Holme beach
Gary Pearson
The coastguard at Holme beach
Gary Pearson
The explosion of the bombs at Holme beach
Gary Pearson

Foodbanks help people pay for heating in their homes

Two of the county's foodbanks are helping people pay for heating in their homes.

The King's Lynn and the North Norfolk schemes are running fuel banks so people don't have to choose between being warm or having a meal.

Eleanor Carter, from Norwich City Council, says there are other sources for help as well: "There is a great charity, the Surviving Winter appeal, that does help elderly people in fuel debt, but there also younger people in fuel debt."

Darts: Wright causes a shock in Leeds

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's Peter Wright pulled off one of his best ever Premier League victories last night.

Peter Wright
Getty Images

The 46-year-old from Mendham beat twice world champion, and current world number two, Gary Anderson 7-5. 

It means Wright's won two and lost one of his three matches so far. 

There were also wins for Phil Taylor, James Wade, Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall.

Racing returns to Fakenham

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The weather is set fair for Fakenham races to return this afternoon for the first time since New Year's Day. 

The last two meetings at the Norfolk track have been abandoned because of cold weather 

Fakenham Racecourse
Getty Images

A seven race card starts at 13.30 with the feature Tim Barclay Memorial Chase at 15:00.

Family of Paul Gladwell say he had Asperger Syndrome

The family of Paul Gladwell, the Colchester man who died after being arrested at the Pontins resort near Lowestoft, say he had Asperger Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the case. Mr Gladwell was being taken to the Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, when officers realised he needed medical treatment.

He died at James Paget Hospital yesterday.

Police were called to the holiday park by security to investigate reports of a fight between holiday-makers.

Andrea Water, from SAFE - a support group for people and families affected by Asperger Syndrome, says people with the condition "typically do suffer with anxiety".

"If they were really agitated, they could lash out and become aggressive or they could run," she added. 

"It would be very hard for them to communicate how they are feeling."

Listen: Neighbour pays tribute to Paul Gladwell

Pontins holiday camp death: Paul Gladwell had 'heart of gold'

A man arrested at a holiday park who later died in hospital had a "heart of gold", one of his friends has said.

Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester, was detained by staff at Pontins in Pakefield near Lowestoft on Tuesday and was later arrested on suspicion of assault by Suffolk Police.

He was taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston when officers became concerned for his wellbeing while on the way to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

Pontins at Pakefield

His friend Jane Harvey said she had not been able to take in the news of his death.

"It's come as a terrible shock," she said. "As soon as I was told about his death I completely lost it, I got hysterical - I couldn't help it."

Norwich City fans' trip into the unknown

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's push for The Championship play-off places continues at Burton Albion this weekend. 

It's the first time the Canaries have ever visited Burton for a competitive fixture.  The only other meeting between the sides was earlier this season when City won 3-1 at Carrow Road. 

Pirelli Stadium
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Norwich have a host of injury problems with Graham Dorrans, Nelson Oliveira, Louis Thompson and Steven Naismith all sidelined. 

Manager Alex Neil is also sweating on the fitness of right back Ivo Pinto with the club four points off the play-off places.

£176k boost as Norwich church tackles poverty

Network Norfolk

A Norwich church has received a £176,000 Big Lottery Fund grant for a project to combat the effects of poverty on the city’s Mile Cross estate.

King’s Community Church received the funding for The King’s Venue project which is designed to tackle the estate’s high levels of deprivation and poor education as well as employment, parenting and long-term health problems.

Promotional piture for the King's Venue showing hands holding mugs
Network Norfolk

Friday's weather: Mild start with sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There's a spring-like feel in the air today with a dry start and brighter spells developing, perhaps with some sunshine in places.

There will also be light winds everywhere and it'll feel very mild with highs today of 11C, 52F.

Check the latest forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Good morning from Norfolk Live

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A warm welcome from the team to Friday's live updates.

We'll be finding out more about the extra help that some of the county's foodbanks are giving their clients, and discovering why it's third time lucky for Fakenham races.

But we'll begin with a look at the all-important weather prospects, which Elizabeth Rizzini will bring us next.

Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Our news updates have now ended for the day, but if there's a major breaking story you'll find the details here.

Here's a quick recap of some of our stories on Thursday:

  • The IPCC is investigating following the death of a man at the James Paget Hospital after an incident at a Pontins holiday camp
  • Justice secretary visits Norfolk children's charity to learn about its work
  • Junior doctor speaks of pressures facing the NHS

With the mild weather looking likely to continue over the weekend, I'm looking forward to getting out in the garden.

Has this BBC Weather Watchers photo inspired you to do the same?

A wicker gardener on display
Scroby Sands sandbank provide safe seal haven
A lifeboat crew member shoots footage of a huge colony of seals resting on a sandbank out to sea.

Volunteers needed to assess in-patient units at community hospitals

The trust that runs nine community hospitals across Norfolk is looking for volunteers to assess its inpatient units.

The Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) has around 220 beds at the sites, and also runs stroke units and palliative care centres. 

Entrance to Norwich Community Hospital

The volunteers lead annual assessments of the NCH&C's non-clinical services and conditions of buildings, seeing the environment through a fresh pair of eyes. 

They look at cleanliness, privacy and dignity, dementia-friendliness, food and disability access - and chat to patients.

Their feedback on how improvements can be made for patients is then passed on to the NHC&C. 

In the last 12 months this has led to refurbishment of Swaffham Community Hospital, and to the day therapy areas at Kelling Hospital, Holt. Improvements to privacy and dignity have been carried out at Ogden Court in Wymondham.

Man who died at holiday camp was father-of-three

The BBC has been speaking to relatives of Paul Gladwell, who died after an incident and his subsequent arrest at Pontins holiday camp near Lowestoft.

The 38-year-old from Colchester was a father-of-three.

His family have made complaints on social media about how an alleged confrontation and its aftermath was handled by Pontins and Suffolk Police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating, but Suffolk Police and Pontins have not issued any comment or statements themselves.

Video: Hundreds of seals inhabit sand banks

Scroby Sands, a sandbank out to sea off the Norfolk coast, is relatively undisturbed and provides a safe haven for hundreds of grey seals.

Last week the Caister lifeboat was on a sea trial in the area. BBC reporter Andrew Turner, who is also a crew member, joined them on board. 

While the engineer was at work, Andrew took the opportunity to get "up close" with some of the seals - which he describes as "very fragrant".  

Scroby Sands sandbanks provide safe seal haven

Charity helps bereaved youngsters to a positive future

Debbie Tubby

BBC Look East

The justice secretary and South West Norfolk MP, Liz Truss, has been meeting young people at the Nelson's Journey charity.

Last year, the charity provided support to nearly 800 children who'd suffered a bereavement. Without support, the charity says youngsters are at risk of developing behaviours which could lead to criminal offending.

Liz Truss seated at a table with youngsters at the Nelson's Journey charity

Ms Truss said she'd seen first-hand a number of people in young offenders institutions who've suffered bereavement.

"We are seeing fewer young offenders coming in to our system which is good, but the more we can do to help people deal with those problems, deal with those mental health problems that might emerge, the better."

A closer image of Liz Truss seated, with youngsters

As well as one-to-one help, the youngsters can attend residential weekends and activity days. 

Keelan (standing behind the pool table) lost his dad to cancer five years ago. He told me he can understand the anger turning to crime.

"Not everyone, but a lot of people, could go down that sort of path... they feel it could be a way to let out that anger."

Keelan and Aaron in purple Nelson's Journey clothes, playing pool

Aaron (pictured playing pool) said he didn't like to speak about the bereavement he'd gone through, and it all "built up inside". His older sister did of cystic fibrosis three years ago.

"When I came here it was like a safe space to speak about what's going on at home and everything."