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  1. Updates on Friday, 17 March 2017
  2. Council suspends teenager placements after concerns about 'squalid living conditions'
  3. Pledge to finish 'missing link' of NDR
  4. Two schools close due to sickness bugs
  5. City: Irvine confirms he won't apply for manager's job

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage today:

    Our scheduled live coverage has now ended for the day - and for the week - but if there's a breaking story you'll still find the details here.

    Before we go, here's a quick recap of some of our stories today:

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher caravanjo for this snap of Brancaster beach - it looks so peaceful, doesn't it, the perfect place for a weekend walk?

    Have a great weekend, we'll be back on Monday.

    Dog on deserted sandy beach at low tide
  2. A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

    Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday morning

    It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

    Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

    Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

  3. Shedding light on the darkness

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

    But today's the Spring Equilux.

    Confused? This tweet explains:

    View more on twitter
  4. Three weeks of weekday closures of A149

    The A149 at Holme-next-the-Sea will be closed during weekdays for the next three weeks to allow a new drainage system to be installed.

    The work, which begins on Monday and will cost Norfolk County Council £30,000, is being carried out because of surface water flooding in the area. 

    It means the A149 Thornham Road will be shut to through traffic from 08:30 on Mondays to 15:00 on Fridays, but will be fully open at the weekends.

    The A149 through Holme, showing bus stops, and speed sign

    During the work, the Coast Hopper bus service won't serve Titchwell and Thornham. 

    In Holme, it'll serve the junction of the A149 and Peddars Way.

    The Lynx 36 service will make a short diversion and operate as normal.

    Details of a shuttle bus service operated by Norfolk County Council on weekdays for the duration of the work are below: 

    Shuttle bus timetable
  5. NDR promise 'not a surprise' says Green councillor

    The Conservatives' pledge to complete the missing link of the NDR if they win this year's county council elections is a "cynical move".

    That's according to Green Party councillor Andrew Boswell, who says he's not surprised at the news.

    Quote Message: This is what the Conservatives have always wanted since the year 2000 when they broke the thing of having a northern ring road around Norwich... they built the NDR always hoping to go across the Wensum Valley." from Andrew Boswell Green Party
    Andrew BoswellGreen Party
  6. Helping elderly patients regain their independence

    You might not have heard of " Deconditioning Syndrome " but it's an important issue facing older patients, who can lose the ability to do everyday tasks after prolonged periods of inactivity.

    It can result in falls, incontinence and psychological dependence. Regaining these lost abilities can take twice as long as it took to lose them.

    Now nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn are helping patients to take their first steps on the road to recovery.

          Chief executive Doroth Hosein, in black patterned jumper, with patient Beryl Newton - she has grey hair and a pale mauve jumper

    Where appropriate, they're being asked to take their meals in a chair rather than sitting in bed, are being encouraged to wash and dress independently, and to start moving.

    Chief executive Dorothy Hosein says it's unacceptable for any older person to lose the ability to do a simple everyday task, and their nursing teams are doing their utmost to ensure this doesn't happen.

    Quote Message: But we can’t win this fight alone... we need the support of families and carers to ensure that our patients have a supply of clean clothes while they are in hospital. A simple thing such as getting dressed and sitting in a chair can make a big difference to a patient’s physical and mental well-being.” from Dorothy Hosein Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Dorothy HoseinQueen Elizabeth Hospital
  7. Highland Fling takes the Fakenham Silver Cup

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    The feature race at Fakenham Racecourse today was the Silver Cup at 16:00.

    Nine runners went to post and it was won by 7-2 shot Highland Fling with Robert Dunne (pictured) on board.

    Pre-race favourite Whispering Storm was unplaced.

    Robert Dunne
  8. Top young running talents head for Norfolk

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    The country's top young long-distance runners will be competing at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey on Saturday. 

    It's been chosen as the venue for the English Schools Cross Country Championship, an event that Olympians like Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe competed in during their development. 

    View more on twitter

    Paul Allison from the English Schools Athletics Association says some fast times could be set. 

    "The organisers have made the course as difficult as possible so there are going to be ploughed fields, but most of it is flat because that is Norfolk." 

  9. Two elderly patients taken to hospital after A1151 collision

    Two people were taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision to the north of Norwich just before midday.

    Road and air ambulance crews treated three people on the A1151 Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

    One elderly patient was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and another elderly person, who had a rib and arm injury, was flown there.

    The third person was discharged at the scene uninjured.

  10. A47 'crucial to Norfolk' says Transport Secretary

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The launch of the Conservatives manifesto for the forthcoming county council elections at County Hall earlier was attended by the transport secretary Chris Grayling.

    He heard how the party is promising the complete the NDR, to join up with the A47 to the west of Norwich.

    Mr Grayling described the A47 as "a crucial link for Norfolk" and hinted at further improvements on top of those which have already been announced. 

          Chris Grayling standing in front of a map of Norfolk, inside County Hall

    "This is a project that will have to happen in stages, but as that programme rolls forward it will build into a modern road which Norfolk needs.

    "The A47 is crucial to the county... it's the link from Great Yarmouth and Norwich to the rest of the country, that's why it needs to be improved."

    The other main parties in Norfolk support upgrading the A47 and other road improvements, but the Conservatives are the first to promise to complete the NDR.   

  11. Pledge to complete missing link of NDR

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The Conservatives have launched their manifesto for this year's county council elections in Norfolk with a promise that they'll complete the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) around Norwich if they retain power.

    Council leader Cliff Jordan said: "We must complete the western link to ensure that traffic is taken off the busy roads in Norwich and is able to run more smoothly and quickly".

    The new road, which is due to open later this year will run from the A47 at Postwick to the east of Norwich, round to the A1067 north of Taverham. The final link, through the Wensum Valley, to join the A47 at Easton was scrapped following concerns from environmental groups and local residents.

    Route of NDR from Postwick to Taverham

    In their manifesto, the Conservatives are also promising to protect front line services, keep down costs and invest in repairing and upgrading the county's roads.  

  12. Update on A1151 closure

    Earlier we told you of the two-vehicle collision which led to the closure of the Wroxham Road at Rackheath.

    A short while ago, Norfolk Police tweeted that traffic will soon be allowed through.

    View more on twitter
  13. 'Fabulous' to be Canaries boss, but 'I won't apply'

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Alan Irvine has been answering questions about his future at Norwich City at the regular Friday press conference.

    He's been caretaker manager since Alex Neil's sacking last Friday .

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
  14. Silver Cup day at Fakenham races

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Fakenham Racecourse hosts its annual Silver Cup this afternoon. 

    The Neil Mulholland-trained Whispering Storm is the favourite to win the race which is due off at 16:00. 

    Fakenham racecourse

    The first race is at 14:00 - part of a six race card which traditionally takes place on the same day as the Cheltenham Gold Cup

    All the action from Cheltenham will be shown on big screen at Fakenham. 

  15. How much?

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Earlier this week, you may remember we mentioned that you, humble taxpayers, are still paying for the regional fire control centre that never was .

    The Waterbeach headquarters would have answered all emergency fire calls from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and north Essex.

    However, the project was  abandoned in 2010  after the coalition government determined the "requirements of the project cannot be delivered to an acceptable timeframe".

    Mothballed fire control centre in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) initially refused to comment on why it had failed to let the building.

    However, we've now finally got a breakdown of exactly how our money is being used to support this ongoing venture.

    The total costs in 2015-16 were:

    • Rent (net): £1,384,903.36
    • Rates: £49,296.33
    • Service charge: £17,268.76
    • Water: £246.78
    • Electricity: £25,605.73
    • Fixed Maintenance: £200,227.33
    • Reactive Maintenance: £1,166.57

    Total: £1,678,714.86 = £4,599 a day

    Yep, going on for £2m a year.

    Man snapping pencil

    We asked the DCLG to comment on the figures. We especially wanted to know why £26,000 of electricity was being used each year when no-one was there, but they wouldn't. 

    With another 14 years left on the lease, the final spend will dwarf the millions spent so far on a service which has never been used. 

    White elephant? You decide...