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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 May 2017
  2. Murderer given 28-year jail term
  3. Hospital 'up and running' after cyber attack
  4. More than 1,600 drivers caught speeding
  5. Labour critical of Greens for not fielding candidate in Norfolk seat
  6. Skating rink to reopen
  7. Canaries captain in talks with news sporting director

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage today

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Our live coverage has now come to an end for the day - and for the week.

Here's a quick recap of some of the stories we've brought you today which you can scroll down for:

  • Murderer given 28-year jail term
  • Norfolk hospital hit by cyber attack
  • More than 1,600 drivers caught speeding

Have a good weekend, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

Plea for foodbank donations

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

A foodbank says it's in need of more supplies and is too dependent on the same people making donations.

Demand for parcels from the Great Yarmouth Foodbank has soared - in April it gave out more than 1,700 packs, compared to 800 in January.

The Salvation Army Citadel is one of the groups involved in the town's foodbank, and its community manager Alan Smith tells me they've had so many people coming in for parcels, that supplies have run very low.

"There's a whole range of stuff we're after - anything in tins - meat and vegetables, packets of food, baked beans... stuff that can be stored for a long time."

Alan Smith, standing at the open boot of a car, with boxes of milk cartons and a shopping bag

They get some of their supplies from local supermarkets, and Alan says they also rely on the generosity of the community.  

People think about giving food at harvest festival time and Christmas time, but there's a long time between Christmas and summer time... we're always grateful for food to come in."

Alan SmithSalvation Army

Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map

It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

Murder victim's family 'forever... broken'

The brother of Brian Heed, found murdered at his Dereham home earlier this year, says the family's life has been "sadly changed forever".

In a personal victim statement, Leslie Heed said: "The day will never leave me and will haunt me always. 

"This barbaric act is indescribable and inexcusable. To die for so little gain just doesn't make sense to any of us. Our family is now forever... broken."

Mr Heed was found in the hallway of his Boyd Avenue home on Sunday, 5 February. A post mortem examination showed that the 69-year-old had been subjected to a significant sustained knife attack.

At Norwich Crown Court today, Richard Alan Beane (pictured), 49, of Brunswick Close in Dereham, was jailed for 28 years.

Police custody image of Richard Beane
Norfolk Police

Some of the dead man's personal belongings were found dumped in the countryside.

Cyber attack hits Norfolk hospital

The James Paget University Hospital is among those affected by a major cyber attack, which is affecting IT systems at hospitals across the UK.

The Gorleston hospital has confirmed it has implemented a paper system instead of computers, and is following a well-trodden emergency plan.

Sign for james Paget University Hospital

Both the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have reported that they are so far unaffected.

Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the link between GPs and other healthcare providers - says while it's not been affected, it has followed national NHS advice to turn off its computers and use paper instead, as have other CCG's in north and south Norfolk.

'A cold and callous' murder

Brian Heed, who'd just turned 69, had been the victim of a sustained, brutal attack at the hands of Richard Beane.

Det Ch Insp Marie James, who led the investigation into the murder, says the crime was "cold and callous" and officers who went to his Boyd Avenue home were met by a "horrific scene".

Police vehicle at Mr Boyd's home

Mr Heed was well-known and well-liked, an active member of his community in Dereham.

At Norwich Crown Court, Judge Stephen Holt handed down a 28-year jail term to 49-year-old Beane, a sentence which Ms James says is "pleasing", but will not make things better for Mr Heed's family.

It will take some time for them to come to terms with what has happened, but 28 years is a significant time and I hope that that will provide them with some form of closure, that justice will be served... Mr Beane is going to be an incredibly older man before he's entitled to be given any sort of parole."

Det Ch Insp Marie JamesNorfolk Police

Darts: Wright looking forward rather than back

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has put last night's disappointment in Aberdeen immediately behind him.

Peter Wright
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The 47-year-old from Mendham was pipped to the Premier League Winner's Bonus as Michael van Gerwen finished top of the table at the end of the regular season.

Wright is now focusing on next Thursday's Finals Night at London's O2 Arena, where he'll come up against Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen.

"I've qualified for the top four for the first time and I'm happy with that.

"I'm pinching myself thinking that I'm in that top four - it's crazy. My form's coming and I've got another week to get it right for the O2."

Lifeguards return to beaches

RNLI lifeguards will be returning to beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk to keep visitors safe.

Following intensive training, they'll return to duty this weekend at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Gorleston and Sea Palling. 

A fortnight later, on 27 May, they'll be on patrol at Lowestoft South and Southwold North.

By 8 July, the charity will have lifeguards - in their distintive red and yellow uniforms - at 17 beaches across the two counties, from 10:00-18:00, seven days a week. 

Lifeguards lined up with their surf boards on a beach

Murderer given minimum 28-year jail term for stabbing man, 69

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 years for the murder of a pensioner in Dereham.

Brian Heed, 69, was found dead at his home on Boyd Avenue in February, Norwich Crown Court heard.

He'd been the victim of a sustained violent attack, with more than 100 separate injuries from a kitchen knife.

He was known to his attacker - Richard Beane - through Toftwood Social Club, the court heard. Days before the murder, Beane had gone to Mr Heed's home and attempted to steal money.

Police vehicle outside bungalows

Beane, 49, of Brunswick Close, was captured on CCTV on Friday, 3 February walking on foot with a plastic bag towards Mr Heed's home.

The bag was believed to have contained a kitchen knife taken from his home.

On Sunday, 5 February, discarded clothes along with personal belongings of Mr Heed were found dumped in the countryside.

Police officers went to Mr Heed's home where they discovered his body in the hallway. Later that evening, Beane was arrested at the social club.

Police tape at scene of crime

Skating rink to reopen after sudden closure

The roller skating rink at Great Yarmouth's Marina Centre is to re-open to the public tomorrow.

Retroskate closed suddenly last month, with landlords Sentinel Leisure Trust citing legal issues as a reason to terminate the tenancy.

Gaynor Read, a director of the skate club, says they've now entered a new lease with the landlords, and it's business as usual.

The Retroskate site at Marine Centre

Both sides say they're pleased at how well negotiations have been conducted, and at the outcome achieved.

Stuart Everett, of Sentinel Leisure Trust, says they're pleased they were able to support the club in training at the venue in preparation for the British Championships during the period of talks, and wish them every success.

The moon's a balloon

You can expect a full moon in Norwich tonight.

Two days ago there was a real one in the sky... but now there's another giant inflatable version hovering at The Forum.

Inflatable moon

It's there for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

A line-up of lunar-inspired music, dance and performance will take place beneath the moon from 18:00, ending with a mixed choir marking the ending of the day as night falls.

Inflatable moon

If you can't get there tonight, there's more tomorrow... including moon-themed workshops at 13:30, and performing arts students presenting a theatre piece on the history of the moon.

Inflatable moon

The arts festival begins today and continues until 28 May. Events are taking place at locations across the city.

Fastest inshore lifeboat joins Norfolk RNLI

Happisburgh RNLI has taken delivery of the fastest inshore lifeboat in the search and rescue charity's fleet - the Atlantic 85.

  • It can reach a top speed of 35 knots (about 40mph)
  • Is powered by two 115hp 4-stroke engines
  • Can handle challenging open sea conditions - force 7 winds in daylight, force 6 at night
  • Ideal for rescues close to shore, near cliffs and rocks... and even inside caves
  • Can be beached in an emergency, without sustaining damage to engines

The Atlantic B was introduced into the fleet in 2005, and is gradually replacing the Atlantic 75.  

The Atlantic 85 at sea

The Atlantic 85 has room for more kit and for four crew members, compared to three on the Atlantic 75. 

But both have space for a high number of survivors.

Should the boat capsize, her engines are inversion-proofed and can be restarted once she's been righted.

The Happisburgh boat will be named Howard Bell, who was part of the RNLI in Harwich and is the main benefactor of the boat. 

Joan Mary, an Atlantic 75, is the current boat at Happisburgh - once she leaves, she will join the RNLI's relief fleet.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Cloud will clear this afternoon, to allow bright or sunny spells, followed by scattered showers.

These could turn heavy and thundery in places.

Feeling warm, with temperatures peaking at 19C (66F).

Storm clouds

Midwife shaves head to support terminally ill youngster

A midwife is shaving her head to help raise money for a terminally-ill boy.

It will be the second time that Shona Simpson, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, will lose her hair to help four-year-old Jac Coffey.

Shona Simpson in a maternity ward

In 2015, the little boy was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour, which was removed in a 17-hour operation at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Last month, his parents Kayleigh and Jay were told their son's cancer had returned. 

Jury out in Norwich murder trial

The jury has gone out in the case of a man accused of murder.

Steve Stannard, 37, died after being stabbed at his flat in Bowers Avenue, Norwich, on 5 November last year.

Hassiem Baqir, 19, of Howberry Road, Thornton Heath in south London, denies murder.

The trial is being held at Norwich Crown Court.

The court has previously heard the defendant admit he carries a knife, was involved in drug-dealing, but that he was "not violent".

Emergency services on scene in Bowers Avenue

Despite overnight rain, the dry spell continues

After one of the driest Aprils - just 41% of the monthly average rainfall - it was refreshing to see that rain has fallen overnight.

But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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New lifeboat for Happisburgh

Volunteers at Happisburgh RNLI have been working hard to get up to speed with the arrival of their new lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 arrived at the station on Monday, travelling from Cowes where it was built. 

The boat has larger engines, and is longer and wider than previous boats at Happisburgh, and can also carry a fourth crew member. 

The Howard Bell lifeboat on training exercise

The crew have been familiarising themselves with the boat's layout and equipment, and taking part in training exercises.

It's now been placed on service.

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Churches across Norfolk feed 7000 people every month

Network Norfolk

New research has revealed that Christian groups and churches across Norfolk feed an incredible 7,000 people every month of the year, following the example and command of Jesus Christ to "feed the hungry".

The Norwich Soup Run
Network Norfolk

General election 2017: Greens should 'reconsider decision to back Lib Dems'

With UKIP and the Greens deciding not to field candidates in the race for North Norfolk, the Labour candidate Stephen Burke says he's surprised at the Greens' decision to help the Lib Dems' Norman Lamb hold his seat.

Mr Burke said: "Particularly because of Norman Lamb's record - he's voted for fracking, for the sell-off of forests, the culling of badgers and for fox hunting - and none of these are Green agendas - they ought to be reconsidering."

Stepehn Burke
Labour party

Mr Burke (pictured) says Labour was the only party in North Norfolk to be out on the streets, which campaigned for the Remain vote, and is the only party fighting for a better deal when Britain leaves the EU.

"Norman Lamb, judging by the action of his words, actually abstained on the Brexit vote on Article 50, so he's in no position to tell us which way to go at all."

What we seem to have now, in North Norfolk, is a blue Tory candidate and a yellow Tory candidate and we have the Labour party - and it's a very clear choice for people living in North Norfolk when they come to the ballot box on 8 June."

Stephen BurkeLabour

Lib Dem candidate: Nothing will stop landslide Conservative victory

North Norfolk's general election is down to three parties.

Earlier this week, UKIP said they won't stand, to boost the chances of the Conservative candidate James Wild. 

Yesterday, the Green Party decided not to put up a candidate, saying it wanted to help Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb hold his seat.

Mike Bossingham, from the Greens, said they had been impressed by Mr Lamb as a constituency MP.

In response, Norman Lamb said he believed it was very clear that we're heading towards a landslide Conservative victory, and nothing will stop that.

Norman Lamb

He says he's spoken to many Conservatives who have anxieties about absolute power.

"It was a Conservative cabinet minister under the Thatcher government that talked about the dangers of an elective dictatorship... you need another voice in Parliament, a check on the use and abuse of power."

Because the election nationally is a "foregone conclusion", he adds, people in North Norfolk are saying "let's just focus on electing the MP that we want".

The choice is between someone that's committed their life, their body and soul to this constituency for the last 16 years as an MP, or someone who was selected 10 days ago [James Wild] and is an adviser to a Conservative cabinet minister... people want that local connection... that counts as something."

Norman LambLiberal Democrat

More than 1,600 drivers caught speeding

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A week-long enforcement campaign saw more than 1,600 drivers caught speeding in Norfolk.

During 17-23 April, a total of 1,628 drivers were caught, and of these 1,375 were caught by fixed or mobile camera sites. Another 253 were caught by officers on patrol.

Police officer crouched down by open car door

Motorists caught speeding face a fine, points on their licence or even court action, and are issued with a Traffic Offence Report. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

Ch Insp Kris Barnard says motorists should adjust their speed to suit the conditions and be aware of hazards. 

Speeding is one of the 'fatal four' offences, which lead to people being killed or seriously injured... along with drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seat belt."

Ch Insp Kris BarnardNorfolk Police

Canaries captain holds talks with new sporting director

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City captain Russell Martin has been telling me that the club's sporting director Stuart Webber has been taking advice from some of the club's longest-serving players. 

Webber arrived from Huddersfield last month and is working to recruit a new head coach after promising a summer of change at Carrow Road following the stalled 2016/17 promotion campaign.

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Martin says he's excited by the plans Webber has been outlining. 

"I've got his opinion on things and he's got mine," he said.

"It's part of my role as club captain to bring people together. Wes [Hoolahan] is the same, Stuart wants our influence in there and for us to help him out." 

Video: Forecast of sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp and grey start to the day, with some showers still to clear across the BBC East region.

We can expect sunny spells later, with showers - these could be heavy in places, with the chance of thunder.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

As for the weekend - tomorrow's looking mostly dry and warm. After a wet start to Sunday, there'll be sunny spells and showers through the afternoon.

BBC Weather has a local forecast for where you live.

Relegated football club chairman steps down

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The chairman of Wroxham Football Club , Kevin Attree, is stepping down from the role following the club's relegation from the Ryman League. 

Mr Attree, who had been in the job for two years, says he wants to concentrate on his other business interests. 

Wroxham have also appointed Kevin Lawn as director of football. One of his tasks is to look into relocating the club. 

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The FA is expected to announce a re-structure of the non-league pyramid in the next few days with the club hoping for a reprieve from having to drop down a division. 

Good morning Norfolk

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Friday's Norfolk Live - we're here from now until 18:00, bringing you the latest bite-sized chunks of news from across the county.

You can get in touch with us by clicking on the "Get involved" button at the top of the page - we'd love to hear what's happening where you live.

It's a grey and murky start to the day... will it brighten up? Elizabeth Rizzini has the answer shortly.

Our live coverage today:

We're now heading off home to enjoy the last of the day's sunshine.

Scroll down to see the stories we've brought you today... but here's a quick look at some of our main ones:

  • Report into deaths of couple on Wroxham Broad
  • Lorry fire brings A47 to a standstill
  • Days old foal dumped in forest

Our live coverage resumes at 08:00 tomorrow - have a good evening.

Overnight weather: Turning cloudy with the risk of some heavy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day and a clear start to the night across the BBC East region.

Gradually turning cloudy from the south with the risk of some heavy and possibly thundery downpours.  Muggy, humid conditions will make it feel much milder than last night, with lows of 8C (46F).

Friday's weather map

Friday morning will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, possibly thundery.

Becoming brighter but turning showery later in the day, with the odd heavy downpour.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Bassong's thank you to Norwich City fans

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Outgoing Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong has written a letter to say thank you to the club's supporters. 

The former Tottenham and Newcastle United centre back was one of seven players released by City last week. In almost five years with Norwich he won the Player of the Year award once and had a spell as first team captain. 

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In the letter Bassong jokes that he knew supporters regularly had 'palpitations' because of his habit of dribbling the ball out of defence. 

He finished by saying "I thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God be with you. ON THE BALL CITY."

Greens not to contest North Norfolk in bid to help Lib Dems

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Green Party has decided not to field a candidate in North Norfolk in order to help the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb retain his seat.

In a statement, the Greens, who polled 1400 votes in 2015, said they would "rather see Norman Lamb win than a pro-Brexit anti-PR Conservative".

Mr Lamb is facing a challenge in North Norfolk after UKIP said it wouldn't stand in the seat, and appealed to its supporters to vote Conservative in order to unseat Mr Lamb. 

At the last election, Mr Lamb had a majority of 4,043. UKIP polled 8,300 votes.

It means the battle for North Norfolk will be between Mr Lamb, James Wild of the Conservatives and Labour's Stephen Burke.

Ruffled feathers at wildlife centre

Feathers are flying at an animal centre in west Norfolk, with 173 ducklings admitted into their care so far this year.

Alison Charles, manager of the RSPCA East Winch centre, says most have been orphaned, but others have fallen down drains or been injured in some way.

Two ducklings on a white blanket

When the ducklings are brought in, many are dehydrated or hypothermic. After being checked by a vet, they are moved in to a warm cosy box in the orphan's room.

As they have no mum to keep them warm, there's a heat lamp above and a heat mat below... and if they arrive on their own, the centre tries to provide company with another similar sized youngster.

A duckling in a pool of water

Once they're well enough, the ducklings will live in groups in a special room, before being moved outside to a shallow pool with a grass area. 

The larger pool and paddock awaits for when their feathers are almost developed. When the birds have their flight feathers they can be released in family size groups on nearby waterways.

Adult duck being released into wild

In the past 10 years, the East Winch site has looked after 5,390 mallard ducklings - 3,345 of these were orphaned, 332 entangled in line or netting or stuck down a drain - and 130 had been attacked by another animal.

One from the past:

Looking back through the archives we came across this photo of Richard Lane from Norwich in May 1954.

The six-year-old was wearing an interplanetary cosmic space helmet, for his ride in a "Dan Dare" spaceship at the British Industries Fair at London's Earls Court.

We'd love to hear from you Richard... did you end up working in the space industry, or in something much more down to earth?

Balck and white photo of young boy in spaceship
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Event to launch Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Commuters in Norwich were in for a bit of a treat this morning.

The station was used to launch this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Norwich rail station, with playground swing

The event involved a playground swing, a virtual reality headset - demonstrated here by the festival's artistic director, William Galinsky - a giant mechanical jellyfish and a robot.

Festival director wearing virtual reality headset

The installation will be in place at a number of locations around Norwich, including the Castle Mall shopping centre, Chapelfield Gardens, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Forum.

Festival director on playground swing

The occasion marks the partnership between Greater Anglia and the festival, which began in 1990. An intercity train, named Norfolk and Norwich Festival, travels on the line between the city and London, helping to promote the event.

Close up of hands holding a Norfolk and Norwich Festival brochure

The arts festival begins tomorrow, with events at locations across the city, and comes to a close on 28 May.

UKIP launches fisheries policy

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The UK Independence Party has launched its fisheries policy, promising fishermen along the east coast that they will "always have a friend in UKIP".

The party wants the UK to have full control of fishing within its territorial waters once we've left the EU. 

Its fisheries spokesman Mike Hookem MEP said he was worried that the Conservatives would sacrifice fishing rights as part of the wider Brexit negotiations. 

"Despite some Conservatives talking tough, no action has been taken to convince me that they have any intention of supporting the industry or reclaiming our waters," he said.

Baby foal dumped in forest

A baby foal is being cared for by an animal welfare charity after it was found dumped and left to die in Thetford Forest.

The young colt - which is only a few days old - was incredibly weak and struggling to survive alone with no signs of his mother or an owner when it was spotted by a local farmer on Sunday.

The young foal, wrapped in a jacket, lying on a bed of straw
World Horse Welfare

The young foal, who's not yet been named, is being cared for and bottle-fed at the World Horse Welfare's Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton.

The brown and white foal being bottled fed
World Horse Welfare

Jacko Jackson, the charity's welfare field officer who helped co-ordinate the rescue, said it's vital for a young foal to receive colostrum over their first 24 hours as it contains antibodies that help protect them from illness and disease.

As they have no idea where the young horse did receive any colostrum, his prognosis is quite guarded and they'll be watching his progress over the next few days.

The young foal standing in a pen
World Horse Welfare

Anyone with information, or who may have seen anything suspicious, is asked to call the World Horse Welfare on 08000 480 180 of the RSPCA Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999.

Pregnant mums to retake blood test

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

Some pregnant mums in Norfolk are having to retake a two-hour blood test, because of a mix up over a soft drinks recipe.

Lucozade recently reduced the amount of sugar in its drinks, which are used as part of a blood test to check for gestational diabetes.

But both the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the James Paget Hospital carried on using the drink in the same amounts. The hospitals explain they were aware the recipe would be changing, but it happened sooner than they thought - which means the results of the tests can't be deemed accurate.

Around 200 expectant women in the county will now have to retake the test. 

A pregnant woman