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  1. Updates on Friday, 14 July 2017
  2. Town celebrates lifeboats in Sheringham
  3. Project to inspire young people about Norfolk's heritage

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By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Norfolk Live team

Our regular news updates have now come to an end for the week - we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Any breaking stories will be updated on the site.

Have a great weekend.

Heart surgery causes Carrott to cancel concert

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A re-arranged heart bypass operation has caused comedian Jasper Carott to cancel the final concert at the Holt Festival in North Norfolk.

The gig was planned for 30 July.

He said: "Whilst it's not desperate it is obviously something I need to get done as soon as possible. I sincerely hope I can rearrange the date in the future to make up for it."

His manager Steve Hutt confirmed that it "wasn't a decision we took lightly, previously he has only ever cancelled one gig in his entire career."

Full ticket refunds will be avaliable.

Jasper Carrott
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Fancy getting into motorsport?


Here's Red Bull team principal Christian Horner giving you five reasons why motorsport could suit you....

Red Bull Formula 1 Team's Christian Horner: five reasons to take part in motorsport

And if you want to look into it further, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Defender Marcel Franke joins Norwich City Football Club

BBC Sport

Defender Marcel Franke has been signed by Norwich City Football Club on a three-year-deal from Bundesliga II side Greuther Fürth for an undisclosed fee.

Daniel Farke
Norwich City Football Club

The 24-year-old centre-back said: "It was an easy step for me. I had good conversations with the coach and he convinced me Norwich was the right club.

"I want to play football with the team so I’m looking forward to this."Head Coach Daniel Farke added: "We were searching for some improvements in defence so I’m happy.

"He’s a really solid defender but also solid at building up our game. Marcel is a young guy at just 24 so has lots of potential but is also pretty experienced.

Cantley's Hewett playing in wheelchair doubles after losing singles semi-final

BBC Sport

We've reported that Britain's Alfie Hewett, from Cantley in Norfolk, went out of the Wimbledon men's wheelchair singles at the semi-final stage after losing against Gustavo Fernandez.

Alfie Hewett

The Argentinean second seed, 23, avenged his French Open final defeat by 19-year-old Hewett last month, coming through 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

The pair face each other again today in the doubles semi-final. Hewett and his British partner Gordon Reid are defending the title they won at the All England Club last year.

Compatriots Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker are also in doubles action.

Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji are the defending champions, and face Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffieon and Aniek Van Koot. Shuker takes to the court alongside Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany. They will play second seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot - also from the Netherlands.

Cantley's Alfie Hewett knocked out of Wimbledon

BBC Sport

Cantley's Alfie Hewett has been knocked out of Wimbledon after losing his match in the wheelchair tennis semi-final at Wimbledon against Argentine Gustavo Fernandez.

Alfie Hewett
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Hewett, 19, beat world number five Nicolas Peifer in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to get into the semi final.

Severe disruption: A147 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A147 Norfolk both ways severe disruption, between A1067 Pitt Street and A1151 Charlton Road.

A147 Norfolk - A147 St Crispins Road in Norwich closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A1067 Pitt Street junction and the A1151 Charlton Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Marcel Franke

Norwich City sign centre-back Marcel Franke for an undisclosed fee from Bundesliga II club Greuther Furth.

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Knife-crime crackdown in Norfolk

Norfolk Police is taking part in a national week-long operation to tackle the issue of knife crime.


Between 17 July and and 22 July 2017, Operation Sceptre will be targeting offenders who use and carry knives as well as highlighting the risks of carrying a bladed weapon.

Officers across the county will be carrying out high-visibility patrols to disrupt crime gangs and associated gang activity who carry and use knives.

From the archives: Bomber at RAF Watton in 1940

Seventy seven years ago this month, a photographer took this picture of a Bristol Blenheim Mk IV, YH-B light bomber aircraft of No 21 squadron in the RAF warms up its engines before take-off in 1940.

Based at RAF Watton in Norfolk, the aircraft was shot down in July the following year during a raid on Rotterdam.

A Bristol Blenheim Mk IV, YH-B, (V6240) light bomber aircraft of No 21 squadron, RAF, warms up its engines before take-off, 1940. Based at RAF Watton in Norfolk, the aircraft was shot down in July the following year during a raid on Rotterdam.
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From the archives: Holidaymakers on Norfolk Broads 1926

Ninety one years ago this month, holidaymakers playing music with homemade instruments on board a narrow boat on the Norfolk Broads were caught on camera.

July 1926: Holidaymakers playing music with home-made instruments on board a narrow boat on the Norfolk Broads.
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Chaos at King's Lynn Stars

Phil Daley

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Chris Holder
King's Lynn Stars

King's Lynn Stars' rider Chris Holder will face punishment from the club after he refused to ride during the 52-40 defeat against Poole Pirates last night.

Several riders were not happy with the state of the track, claiming it was rutted and too grippy for racing.

Holder, the 2012 World Champion, refused to race later in the meeting and was fined by the referee.

Stars boss Buster Chapman told BBC Radio Norfolk after the meeting he would face furthur punishment.

It's not good for the public, it's not good for the sport.. We are absolutely killing ourselves in this sport."

Buster ChapmanKing's Lynn Stars boss

The meeting had further drama when team manager Dale Allitt was taken to hospital mid-meeting with chest pains.

Girls photographed in the 1940s

The photo album dating from 1937 fell out of the back of a chest of drawers bought from a charity shop.

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King's Lynn missing man inquiry: Body found

Police looking for a King's Lynn man say a man's body has been found in Humberside.

It was found last Sunday in woodland in Sutton on Hull and is thought to be that of Chris Nicholls, although formal identification hasn't yet taken place. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Sheringham lifeboats through the years

We reported earlier that there are big celebrations this weekend as the RNLI marks 150 years in Sheringham.

We thought we'd look at some of its lifeboats over the years.

Foresters' Centenary
Sandringham Museum

The lifeboat Foresters' Centenary (pictured above) entered service in 1936 and continued until 1961.

She was launched 129 times and saved 82 lives.

JC Madge
Sheringham Museum

The JC Madge (pictured above) was launched in 1904 and continued in service until 1936.

Rowed by 16 oars, she helped save 58 lives.

Lifeboat William Bennett
Sheringham Museum

The William Bennett (pictured above) arrived in Sheringham in July 1886. She was a difficult boat to launch and so only made four successful service launches in its 18 year career, saving 11 lives.

Town celebrates lifeboats in Sheringham

Nic Rigby

BBC News

There are big celebrations this weekend as the RNLI marks 150 years in Sheringham.

The Duncan
Sheringham Museum

The first RNLI lifeboat at Sheringham was the Duncan (pictured above), built at a cost of £345 donated by Mrs. Agnes Fraser (nee Duncan) in memory of her father and uncle.

The Duncan remained in service for 19 years, saving 18 lives

The Oddfellows Hall
Sheringham Museum

It was placed in a purpose built Lifeboat House in July 1867 which has now been refurbished and renamed The Oddfellows Hall (pictured above).

This Sunday there's a grand parade in the North Norfolk fishing town and seaside resort.

Off-duty policemen were 'argumentative and belligerent' during hotel party row

Essex Police have said the dismissal of one officer and a severe warning for another followed an hour of rowdy behaviour when they were off-duty at a hotel in Norwich.

PC Jason Munns was sacked, while PC Luke Salmon was given a final written warning by a police conduct panel yesterday.

Norwich Travelodge

The Colchester-based officers had been at a Travelodge for a colleague's hen party in June last year, when they got into a row about their behaviour with hotel staff and Norfolk Police were called.

After yesterday's hearing, Essex's Ch Supt Rachel Nolan said their behaviour fell "well below" the standards expected of serving officers.

She said: "The officers did not comply with warnings from hotel staff, then on police attendance, were argumentative and belligerent, disputing points of law.

"Both identified themselves as Essex Police officers during the incident, which lasted for more than an hour on a Friday night.

"Whilst both officers have apologised, the public rightly expect police officers to display high standards of behaviour whether on or off duty."

Project to inspire young people about Norfolk's heritage

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A project which aims to inspire young people about the history of Norfolk has been awarded a £776,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

The Kick the Dust programme, run by Norfolk Museums Service, will use the money to help involve about 8,000 people aged between 11 and 25 in heritage schemes.

Young people involved in the Kick Start programme
Norfolk County Council

The museum is working in partnership with YMCA Norfolk and Creative Collisions - Great Yarmouth.

Taking place at heritage sites across the county, including Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and Norwich Castle, the young people will have the chance to play a role in shaping their heritage.

Joining the scheme at a level that suits them, young people can:

  • Take part in events, volunteering opportunities and work experience.
  • Create new social media content, such as by taking photos (pictured), and exhibitions;
  • Take on a work placement, becoming the youth voice on committees and leading new projects.

Tim Sweeting, CEO of YMCA Norfolk said: "It is wonderful that HLF is funding partnerships including youth organisations like YMCA in order to engage non-traditional groups, because we believe all young people deserve the opportunity to be inspired by heritage."

Video: Weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Early showers will give way to a dry day with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F) across the BBC East region.

The weekend will also be mostly dry, but cloudy.

Here's my full forecast:

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning Norfolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Welcome back to BBC local live for Norfolk.

The team will be bringing you up to date news, sport and weather from now until 18:00.

Among other stories today we'll be previewing big celebrations this weekend as the RNLI marks 150 years in Sheringham.

If you've got a story you want to tell us about, don't hesitate to get in touch by clicking "Get involved" above.

Tracey and Andrew Buckett sitting on a bench

A couple are told to pay £450 in fines and charges for taking their children on holiday in term time.

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That's all from the Norfolk Live team today

Our regular news updates have now come to an end for today - we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Here's a quick look at what's been happening across the county today:

  • Dad hails fines for school-term holidays 'a victory'
  • Alfie Hewett is through to Wimbledon semi-finals
  • Infrastructure for Marham fast jets passes halfway milestone

Scroll down for more on these, and other stories. We'll leave you with this fab photo taken mid-afternoon by Weather Watcher Jo.

Cloudy sky over farmland

Overnight weather: Milder with some showers later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening cloud will continue to develop from the north bringing the small chance of an isolated shower.

Overnight another band of showers will cross the BBC East region during the early hours.

It'll be milder than last night, with lows of 12C (54F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will be mainly dry but rather cloudy, with the chance of a further isolated shower.

Feeling cooler with highs of 19C (66F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Armed officers deployed to Latitude

Norfolk police are sending armed officers to the Latitude Festival from today and over the weekend... don't forget to say hello.

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NDR: The latest travel updates

Here's the latest travel information we have for motorists, with regards to construction of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR):

  • Week-long overnight closures on the B1150 North Walsham Road, from 20:00 until 06:00 from Monday, 17 July for the final surfacing and tie-in of the NDR roundabout
  • Two-way traffic lights will be installed on Buxton Road, Spixworth after the morning rush hour on Monday 17 July and will remain in place for two weeks for the diversion of a gas main

The two-week closure of Buxton Road which had been planned for next week has been postponed, so as not to clash with the overnight closures on North Walsham Road.

Holly Lane, which had been scheduled to close for good tomorrow will now remain open until Friday, 12 July.

The permanent closure of Holt Road and rerouting of the B1149 traffic on to New Drayton Lane won't take place until the end of August - this is because the diversion of BT cables cannot begin until after the World Athletics Championships.

Go on... I dare you

Are you brave enough to give this a go?

Slingshot on the seafront
Great Yarmouth Borough Council

It's a 45m (148ft) tall Slingshot, which will fling you 60m (197ft) skyhigh - don't worry, you'll be safely secured in a capsule.

The temporary tourist attraction in Great Yarmouth has come a long way- it was previously based in Dubai.

Slingshot on seafront
Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Fearless adrenaline seekers should make their way to the town's seafront - the Slingshot opens tomorrow, and will remain open at peak times and weekends during the summer holiday season.

Photos: Behind-the-scenes at RAF Marham

Work is well under way at RAF Marham as the west Norfolk airbase prepares to welcome the next generation of fast jets.

Next summer, the air base will become home to the F-35 Lightning II. Construction of the new facilities is a massive undertaking - it's taking place at the same time as Marham's Tornadoes continue combat operations in the Middle East.

BBC Look East's cameras were today given access behind-the-scenes:

Construction work of new hangar
Media crew in fluorescent jackets on construction site at Marham base
Wide view of new hangar under construction
Construction site at Marham
Construction of building
Wide view of construction site
Construction work inside building with equipment
JCB digger inside building under construction

Milestone reached at Marham airbase

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The infrastructure project to accommodate new fighter jets at RAF Marham has passed a milestone.

A £250m project is half way through transforming the base to meet the needs of the F-35 Lightning jets when they arrive in summer next year.

Construction of new premises at Marham

Work includes resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways. A new purpose built hangar is also being constructed to house the jets.

Construction of new buildings at Marham

Air Commodore David Bradshaw told me the old hangars were built back in the 1930s as the Royal Air Force and the nation prepared for World War Two, and weren't designed for modern aircraft.

They've given us extraordinary service but it's time to move to the next generation that suits a fifth generation aircraft like the F-35... shoe-horning it in to an old hangar is feasible but you get a sub-optimal output as a result."

Air Commodore David Bradshaw

Fines for school-term holiday 'a victory' says dad

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

A couple from Norfolk have been told to pay £450 in fines and charges for taking their children out of school in term time.

Tracey and Andrew Bucket, who live in Drayton, took their three children on holiday to The Algarve in October last year.

Tracey and Andrew Buckett sitting on a bench

Although one school approved the absence, the other two did not and the pair were prosecuted by Norfolk County Council at Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning.

Mr Buckett says despite the fines the trip was still cheaper than paying for a holiday during the school holidays.

I think it's a victory today, it could have gone bad for us but we stood to our guns... we think the whole system is unfair, to be dictated to by the schools when, and when we cannot, take our kids out of school - I think those legislations need to be changed."

Andrew Buckett

Hewett through to Wimbledon semi-final

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Cantley's Alfie Hewett is through to the semi-finals of the wheelchair singles at Wimbledon.

Hewett beat world number five Nicolas Peifer in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The 19-year-old now faces Stephane Houdet or Gustavo Fernandez in the last four.

Alfie Hewett
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Murphy speculation intensifies

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Speculation surrounding the future of Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy is intensifying. Newcastle United are said to be interested in signing the England U21 international.

Some reports are suggesting that he wants to leave Carrow Road and that his representatives are meeting with Norwich City today.

The club has declined to make an official comment on the speculation.

Jacob Murphy
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Travelodge Norwich.

He and another officer were so "noisy and rowdy" at a Travelodge the manager called the police.

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Fast jets training under way

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

The £250m project to transform RAF Marham into the headquarters of the new generation of warplanes has passed the halfway mark.

The Lightning II's of No 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, arrive next summer. They will operate out of one of the most advanced facilities in the RAF.

Lightning IIs in flight

Air Commodore David Bradshaw is the commander of the Lightning Force, and he tells me training is under way.

We've placed our Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots and support personnel within a US Marine Corps squadron and they're learning how the aircraft operates, how it's sustained and everything we need to understand about the aircraft before we bring it back to the UK at some point next year."

Air Commodore David Bradshaw

Police officers' hen party behaviour was a 'disgrace'

Jodie Halford

BBC News

As we reported yesterday, two Essex PCs were found guilty of gross misconduct for their behaviour at a hotel during a hen party in June 2016.

A police conduct panel heard that Jason Munns and Luke Salmon - both Colchester-based constables - were asked to leave the Norwich Travelodge before police were called.

Today, PC Munns was dismissed without notice and PC Salmon was given a final written warning.

Norwich Travelodge.

The panel chair said PC Salmon's conduct on the night in question was "just as much of a disgrace" as that of PC Munns, and could undermine public confidence in the police force.

But he added that Salmon "recognised the seriousness of his conduct" and had "insight into the impact of his behaviour" while Munns had failed to take on board a "dressing down" he had in 2010 while on probation.

Both men were "dedicated officers who performed to a high standard", the hearing was told.

BreakingHen party officer sacked for misconduct

Jodie Halford

BBC News

A police officer has been sacked after he and a colleague became so "noisy and rowdy" at a hotel that police had to be called.

Essex PCs Jason Munns and Luke Salmon had been out on fellow officer Esther Butcher's hen party in June 2016.

A police conduct panel found them guilty of gross misconduct after hearing they were asked to leave Norwich Travelodge because of their behaviour.

PC Munns was dismissed without notice while PC Salmon was given a final written warning.

Fair weather over Norfolk

Temperatures this afternoon are expected to peak at 21C (70F), and we can expect sunny spells with a few isolated showers.

There's no sign of any raindrops on roses in this latest selection of photos from our Weather Watchers:

A white-petalled flower against a blue sky
Pink flowers in bloom in a garden
Orange flowers on beans

Job centres to move into council offices

Clare Worden

BBC Radio Norfolk

Details have been released of the plans to move two of the county's job centres.

The sites in Thetford (pictured) and King's Lynn are going to move into the local council offices.

Thetford job centre

Stephen Lankaster, who runs Norfolk's network of job centres, says no staff will lose their jobs in the change planned for March next year.

We're looking at recruiting more staff at the moment... because we're running Universal Credit full service in all 24 extra sites other than Yarmouth and Lowestoft that are already there over the next 12-14 months... we've got a really busy period."

Stephen LankasterSpokesman

Could you help save a life?

The RNLI is looking for waterside volunteers to help save lives on the Broads waterways.

Free training and equipment is being offered to staff at pubs, restaurants and shops to help prevent drowning.

The pilot scheme will see potentially lifesaving "throw bags" at key inns, and staff will be trained to use them (pictured).

Demonstration of throw bag in use

Ben Mitchell, along with fellow members of the Happisburgh RNLI, will help deliver the training. He says the idea behind training restaurant and bar staff is that they are the ones who'll be there at times when risk is most prevalent.

Research shows that a significant proportion of drownings involve people visiting pubs and bars near water and then getting into distress... it could be someone taking a seemingly innocent swim and suffering cold water shock, or it could be through an accident where someone never intended to be in the water."

Ben MitchellHappisburgh RNLI

Landmark diner to close its doors

Wally Webb

BBC Radio Norfolk

You can't fail to miss the striking figure of Uncle Sam by the roadside when driving down the A11 Attleborough bypass.

Uncle Sam figure outside diner

The 8ft character stands by Mr D's - a 1950's-style American-style diner. Inside it's typical of the era, with pink and turquoise padded seating, a jukebox... and there's even a Harley Davidson in the entrance.

Interior of diner, showing pink and turquoise decor
Harley Davison motorbike in entrance to diner

But the south Norfolk landmark is soon to be no more. After years of trading, owner Phil Dingle has decided to put his feet up and retire.

Next Thursday, the diners' doors will close for the final time... in it's place will be a coffee shop.

Phil Dingle outside Mr D's

All the contents will be sold off... even Uncle Sam.

Phi Dingle pointing to Uncle Sam figure

I keep telling my wife I'm going to put Uncle Sam at the bottom of my drive, but she's not too keen, so I think I'll have to sell him as well."

Phil DingleMr D's Diner

BreakingCanaries confirm departure of goalkeeping coach

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Dean Kiely has left his role as Norwich City's goalkeeping coach.

In a short statement, released this morning, the Canaries have now confirmed his departure after just over two years at Carrow Road.

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Kiely wasn't with the team when they played at Stevenage in a pre-season friendly earlier this week.