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Summary

  1. Updates Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. £124.9m cuts to Norfolk County Council services revealed
  3. Vintage coach travels from Norwich to the Shetlands
  4. Three arrested after man falls from back of truck in Bradwell
  5. Serious car crash in Great Yarmouth
  6. Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld retires
  7. Norwich City's Jacob Murphy scores for England U21's

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By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye and have a great weekend

    That's the end of our regular updates for Norfolk for another week.

    Any breaking stories will appear here.

    Otherwise we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Evening forecast: Overcast night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

    Weather forecast

    Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

    There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

  3. Chessboxing comes to Norwich

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The growing sport of Chessboxing is coming to Norfolk - it requires brains and brawn.

    Chessboxing is now a global sport played in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Russia and Japan.

    1992: Portrait of Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis of Great Britain playing chess.

    Competitors alternate between three minute rounds of chess and three minute rounds of boxing.

    For the chess bits they have to make a move within 10 seconds to prove they're not stalling, so luckily they can remove their boxing gloves.

    Matches can be won from either discipline from check mate, a knock-out or on points. Anyone who fancies a go can contact OPEN in Norwich - there's a taster session on Bank Plain later today.

  4. From the archives: The Norfolk Broads 1965

    Fifty two years ago this month, a group of young women were photographed waving from their boat on the Norfolk Broads.

    Norfolk Broads
  5. Norfolk mental health boss excited by new plans

    We earlier reported the plans for a new mental health unit in King's Lynn being put forward by the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

    Michael Scott

    NSFT's chief executive Michael Scott (pictured) said: "We are very excited about these proposals and think that together we have found the best solution for redeveloping and improving our west Norfolk adult acute services, and ensuring their sustainability into the future.

    West Norfolk CCG's chair Dr Ian Mack said: "We are delighted to be bringing forward these proposals to our Governing Body for developing our local adult acute mental health services.

    "We have been working closely with NSFT and look forward to being able to improve what can be offered within the local area."

  6. Plans for £4m mental health unit in King's Lynn

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Plans for a 16-bed mental health unit in Chatterton House in King's Lynn - which will be refurbished at the cost of £4m - have been put forward by the local mental health trust and the clinical commissioning group (CCG).

    Fermoy Unit, King's Lynn

    It will replace the Fermoy Unit (pictured) on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in King's Lynn.

    The new unit would offer en-suite single room facilities for men and women with a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

    One of the beds would be reserved for patients discharged from the general hospital who are awaiting onward referral for a mental health condition.

    The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment teams (CRHT) - also currently at Fermoy - would move onto the Chatterton House site.

    Pauline Davies, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust's West Norfolk locality manager, said: "Every patient would benefit from a modern, en-suite bedroom, and the ward will also meet single sex criteria.

    "Our new day treatment service, or an alternative to admission service, will also be hugely valuable, as it will give clinicians more choice about the best way to continue supporting service users to meet their individual needs."

  7. Norfolk Labour leader hits out at 'vicious cuts' to adult care and children's services.

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The leader of the Labour group has criticised the Conservative-run Norfolk County Council plans to cut £124.9m from its budget.

    Steve Morphew

    The plans include a £31m cut to adult social care, a £23.5m cut to children's services (non-schools) and a £31.2m cut to community and environmental services.

    Labour group leader Steve Morphew said: "We are seeing an agenda of cuts, cuts to frontline services.

    "I'm extremely worried by the cuts to adult care and children's services - these are providing services to the most vulnerable adults and children.

    "These are vicious cuts."

  8. Man seriously injured in Great Yarmouth crash

    Earlier we reported a serious car crash in Great Yarmouth when police were called to North Drive after a Peugeot collided with a central barrier near the junction of Jellicoe Road and Barnard Avenue.

    Police have now said one man was seriously injured in the crash and taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

    The crash happened at about 02:10 today.

  9. Breakdown of £124.9m cuts to Norfolk County Council services revealed

    Budget plans to cut £124.9m over four years have been announced by Norfolk County Council.

    Cliff Jordan

    A report to the council’s policy and resources committee on 3 July predicts the authority will have to save a further £100m on top of savings of £24.9m already agreed.

    It is proposed that the committee will ask services to find the following savings over four years:

    • Adult social care: £31m
    • Children’s services (non-schools): £23.5m
    • Community and environmental services: £31.2m
    • Managing director’s department: £1.3m
    • Finance and commercial services: £3.6m
    • Finance general (which includes pension and grant payments): £9.4m

    Council leader Cliff Jordan (pictured) said: “We have ambitious plans for our county – whether it’s giving families the best start in life, working with business to boost growth, or investing in our roads and infrastructure.

    “But to do this, we must care for your money. I’m determined we’ll be as efficient as possible and raise money from commercial activities, to help fund support for our families, the local economy, our roads and our health.”

  10. South Norfolk man sought over assault and theft

    Police are appealing for help to trace a 20-year-old man who is wanted in the south Norfolk area.

    Harry Goodrum

    Harry Goodrum is wanted in connection with offences including assault, theft and criminal damage following incidents between March and June this year.

    Anyone who may have seen Harry Goodrum, or knows of his whereabouts, should contact Norfolk Police.

  11. BreakingNorfolk County Council plans to cut £124.9m

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Plans to make savings of £124.9m over the next four years have been announced by Norfolk County Council.

    The plans include a £31m cut to adult social care, a £23.5m cut to children's services (non-schools) and a £31.2m cut to community and environmental services.

  12. Norfolk County Council statement on redundancy payments

    Earlier we reported that redundancy packages of £2.76m have been revealed in Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts for 2016-17.

    County Hall, Norfolk

    A county council spokesman has now issued a statement, which says: "The council has had to save £334m over the last seven years, which has led to a number of staffing reviews across all departments.

    "In the last year, following staffing reviews, 190 staff across the council at all grades left, at a cost of £2.7m.

    "This is more than outweighed by the savings made by the council."

  13. Vintage coach travels from Norwich to the Shetlands

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A vintage coach has returned home to Shetland after nearly 40 years.

    Nick Taylor in front of the coach

    It was gifted to the islands by owner Nick Taylor (pictured above with the bus) who restored her.

    The 1950s Bedford drove off the overnight ferry from Orkney just after 19:30.

    The coach

    A small crowd gathered to welcome her back. For nearly three decades she was a lifeline for Shetlanders taking them to school to the shops and on trips around the islands.

    The coach was bought by Mr Taylor in 2011, and he completed its restoration at his home at Weybread in Suffolk.

    A visit from its Shetland-based former driver in 2013 persuaded Mr Taylor the coach belonged back on the island.

    It left from outside Norwich Cathedral on Monday, after a blessing from the bishop.

  14. Three arrested after man falls from back of truck in Bradwell

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a man was injured falling out of the back of a pick-up truck in Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk.

    Police were called at 23:58 yesterday to reports that a man had fallen from the back of a Nissan Navara in Kings Drive.

    King's Drive, Bradwell

    The man sustained serious head injuries and has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

    Three other men, who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. All three, aged in their 20s and from the Great Yarmouth area, remain in police custody at this time.

    Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses, or anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to incident.

    Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk Constabulary.

  15. Redundancies packages of £2.76m at Norfolk County Council

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Redundancy packages of £2.76m, including a £252,500 payout to a resources director, have been revealed in Norfolk County Council's statement of accounts 2016-17.

    The exit payments went to 191 employees of the authority.

    Abbe Gibson

    They include the payment to former executive director of resources Anne Gibson (pictured above) as well as a payment of £70,000 to the former director of children's services Michael Rosen (pictured below).

    Michael Rosen

    The accounts show that in 2016-17 there were 43 compulsory redundancies (compared to 93 last years) and 148 agreed departures (compared to 164 last year).

    There were 191 exit packages.

  16. Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld retires

    Norfolk-born commentator Henry Blofeld has announced he's retiring from BBC Radio 4's Test Match Special after 45 years in the commentary box.

    Henry Blofeld

    The 77-year-old will broadcast on the show for the final time when England host West Indies on 7 September.

    "Although I am still rather keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did," he said.

  17. Serious car crash in Great Yarmouth

    Andrew Turner

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    A serious car crash happened in Great Yarmouth in the early hours of this morning.

    The car crash in North Drive

    Police were called to North Drive after a Peugeot collided with a central barrier near the junction of Jellicoe Road and Barnard Avenue.

    Crash investigators are at the scene.

    The car crash in North Drive
  18. Norwich City's Jacob Murphy scores for England U21's

    Jack Reeve

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy was on the scoresheet for England U21's last night as they progressed into the semi-finals of the European Championships.

    Manager Aidy Boothroyd described Murphy's performance as 'fantastic'.

    The Young Lions had to beat Poland if they wanted to progress and they did exactly that - the game finished 3-0.

    Jacob Murphy scores England's second goal of the night
    Image caption: Jacob Murphy scores England's second goal of the night

    The semi-final will take place next Monday and England will know who they face in that on Saturday.

    The Young Lions haven't won the tournament since 1984.

  19. Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

    It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

    Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

    More details from BBC Weather.