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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 10 March, 2017
  2. Alex Neil sacked as Norwich City manager
  3. Artistic director of festival to step down
  4. Traffic lights for Barton Mills roundbaout
  5. Hospital appeal after A&E spike in demand
  6. Defective train track causes disruption

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Cameron Jerome (centre)

Cameron Jerome's equaliser rescues a point for managerless Norwich as they are held by struggling Blackburn.

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Ed Balls

Norwich chairman Ed Balls says Alex Neil's exit is the start of a clearout in readiness for a promotion push next season.

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk eastbound severe accident, at A140 Ipswich Road.

A47 Norfolk - A47 in Harford, Norwich closed and slow traffic eastbound at the A140 Ipswich Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A1078 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1078 Norfolk both ways severe accident, at Norfolk Street.

A1078 Norfolk - A1078 Railway Road in King's Lynn closed in both directions at the Norfolk Street junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Alex Neil

Championship side Norwich City sack manager Alex Neil after just over two years in charge at Carrow Road.

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Our live coverage across the day

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Well, it's goodnight from the team at BBC Norfolk Local Live for this week. We hope you'll join us again on Monday at 08:00, for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Before we go, here's a recap of some of the stories making the news in Norfolk today:

  • A family farm business was fined £50,000 after a 21-year-old died in a grain silo
  • The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is to step down
  • And a firm was ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned

Scroll down for more... and have a great weekend.

Ladies take on league leaders

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Harleston Magpies put their unbeaten home record on the line in hockey's Conference East this weekend. 

The south Norfolk women play league leaders Wimbledon at Weybread. They're fourth in the table with three matches left to play. 

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"You always want to play the best teams and at home we are undefeated. They've shown they're not unbeatable." said Magpies coach Rob Sorrell.

Sea defence work starts between Snettisham and Hunstanton

Work begins today on sea defences between Snettisham and Hunstanton.

It's annual work, but this year they're also dealing with the fall-out of Storm Doris which caused about £8,000 worth of damage.

This is the first year the work is being funded locally instead of being paid for by the Environment Agency.

Hall Farm, Fincham

"No sentence could add to the punishment" of a father whose firm was prosecuted for his son's death.

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Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

Helpers sought to protect terns nesting on Norfolk beaches

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The RSPB is looking for people to help protect rare birds nesting on the coast. Little terns have for years colonised the beaches of Great Yarmouth, Winterton and Sea Palling.

Norfolk beach
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But in recent years their numbers have declined even further, and the bird protection charity says, even though it's spent 30 years working on little tern habitats, it needs more help from the public.

Daniel Hercock, from the RSPB, said: "We have a pretty good blueprint on how to protect them, but we need people on the ground to help protect them as the project goes forward.

"The terns do nest on open beaches, and beaches are popular with people, so they are susceptible to disturbance.

"They are also susceptible to predation from, for example, foxes."

Mother pays tribute to son who died in Fincham grain silo accident

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

The mother of a 21-year-old student who died after sinking into a grain silo on his father's farm and suffocating has paid paid tribute to a song who was "larger than life, fun loving".

Arthur Mason was working for his father Hugh Mason, at the family firm Maurice Mason in Fincham, near Downham Market, in July 2014  

Hall Farm, Fincham Norfolk
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The firm was fined £50,000 today after admitting breaches of health and safety law.

Arthur Mason's mother Kay Mason Billig said his son's "death has affected so many people, his family, his friends and his colleagues".

"Farming accidents and accidents of this type involving enclosed spaces are alarmingly common," she said.

"I urge farmers to take note of this verdict today and look hard at their safety procedures.

"No one should have to lose their life in such a preventable accident."

One from the archives: Church trial of Stiffkey rector Harold Davidson

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Some 85 years ago this month "prostitutes' padre" Harold Davidson (1875-1937), Rector of Stiffkey in Norfolk, with his daughter Patricia, were photographed after a church disciplinary trial at Church House, Westminster, London.


          Harold Davidson (1875-1937), Rector of Stiffkey in Norfolk, with his daughter Patricia
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Davidson was charged with immoral conduct in connection with his work with prostitutes and the case resulted in Davidson being defrocked later that year.   

But in  2004 BBC Inside Out  presented evidence that cast doubt on his conviction, including letters between Davidson and the star prosecution witness Gwendoline Harris (known as Barbara Harris), pictured arriving at Church House, which suggest the relationship was not improper.

Gwendoline Harris (known as Barbara Harris
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Grain silo death farm fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A firm has been fined £50,000 after admitting breaches of health and safety law when a man died by sinking into a grain silo at his father's farm and suffocating.

Scales of justice
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Arthur Mason, 21, was working for his father Hugh Mason, at the family firm Maurice Mason in Fincham, near Downham Market, in July 2014.

He was cleaning the silo when he fell in.

Hugh Mason's lawyer Mark Ballysz, told Norwich Crown Court no level of sentence could add to the punishment he has already suffered. 

The Health and Safety Executive told the court how silo cleaning had been behind schedule at Hall Farm.

Arthur Mason was wearing a safety lanyard designed to break a fall from height as he worked inside the grain-filled drum.

But as he stood on the grain, a valve was released and he sank into the grain, with the lanyard extended to twice its original length, failing to stop his descent. 

Norwich Crown Court heard how grain acts like quicksand when a silo is emptied from below and once trapped it's impossible to self-rescue.

Another worker climbed in to try and rescue him, but was unsuccessful and a hammer was used to break an access panel in the silo in an attempt to help the 21-year-old.

But when emergency services, who were on the scene within 10 minutes, freed him, attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead. 

The firm Maurice Mason was also ordered to pay costs of £22,000.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital appeal after A&E spike in demand

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has called for people to first contact a health advice line after a spike in the numbers attending its accident and emergency department.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The hospital's chief operating officer Karen Croker said: "In recent days, the hospital has seen a significant number of very frail and seriously ill patients requiring acute medical treatment.

"We are working closely with our partners in the health and social care system to ensure we proactively manage this spike in demand.

"While we would never deter anyone from seeking medical treatment, we would ask the public to help our staff during this busy period by first contacting NHS 111 for advice before setting out for A&E."

Advice can also be found on the internet by visiting  www.nhs.uk/staywell  or the Choose Me, Not A&E website .

Ms Croker added: “We also ask that people who have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours refrain from visiting the hospital unless it is a medical emergency to help prevent norovirus."

Canaries press call: 'Crazy' position ahead of Rovers' visit

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City are holding their regular Friday press conference ahead of tomorrow's visit of Blackburn Rovers .

The visitors are two points above the relegation zone, while the Canaries are nine points outside the Championship's play-off places.

Ivo Pinto said: "If you said we would be in this position before the season started, I would say you were crazy."

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Canaries duo in Northern Ireland squad

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City's Michael McGovern and Kyle Lafferty have both been selected by Northern Ireland for their next World Cup qualifier. 

Goalkeeper McGovern returned to the Canaries first team for the 1-1 draw at Bristol City on Tuesday ,while striker Lafferty hasn't started a league game all season. 

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Phil Daley will be tweeting  from the Canaries' regular Friday lunchtime press conference.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival artistic director's 'brilliant adventure'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival , who has announced he is to step down, has spoken of how running the event has been a "brilliant adventure".

William Galinsky
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The board of Norfolk and Norwich Festival has thanked William Galinsky (pictured) for helping "to establish the festival as a world class event". 

Mr Galinsky said: "After seven festivals, 60 world premieres, 124 new commissions, 40 festival co-productions and 2,143 individual performances I have decided it's time to catch my breath and 2017 will be my Norfolk and Norwich Festival swan song.

"Being artistic director has been the most brilliant adventure - at times, it has made me feel like Willy Wonka.

"From Wildwork's Wolf's Child in the forests of Felbrigg Hall, to a cardboard St Peter Mancroft built by thousands of volunteers, the festival has given me the opportunity to bring the audiences experiences beyond an artistic director's wildest dreams.

"Seven festivals have gone in a flash and none of it would have been possible without the amazing festival team, our army of wonderful volunteers, the wisdom and support of the NNF board, the faith of Arts Council England and Norwich City Council, and all of our friends, supporters and sponsors and, perhaps most importantly of all, the enthusiasm of our audiences."

Artistic director of Norfolk and Norwich Festival to step down

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival has announced he is to step down at the end of this year's festival in May.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

William Galinsky has been in charge of the event for seven years.

The chairwoman of the festival, Brenda Arthur, said: "As a result of William’s work Norfolk and Norwich Festival is now regarded as one of the top four arts festivals in the country.

"The board looks forward to building on the success of the festival, increasing inclusivity and accessibility, working with local communities and encouraging more young local talent.

"William has grown the festival so that we now have a solid base from which to look to the future.

"As such we have to thank him for all he has achieved and wish him every success in his next venture."