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What the papers are saying in Norfolk...

  • The Eastern Daily Press reports that owners of a popular family-run pub in Cromer are calling for more support to help them survive the winter.
  • Circus hails "heartwarming" support on what would have been first show of summer season, the Great Yarmouth Mercury reports.
  • Lynn News reports that emergency crews working along West Norfolk's coastline have spoken out following a suspected hoax call.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by five

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of five deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,025.

·Bedford Hospital: 2

·Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

·Northampton General: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 44,517.

Welcome to Thursday's live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live updates page here.

What the papers say in Norfolk

  • The Eastern Daily Press reports that an application to build 33 new homes on a former timber merchants site has been met with mixed reactions
  • North Norfolk News writes that picnic benches and plant pots have been put in the middle of a town centre’s roads just days after traders and shoppers protested against road closures and pedestrianisation

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

What the papers are saying in Norfolk...

  • The Eastern Daily Press is reporting six people were arrested in the Great Yarmouth area over the weekend for drunk and disorderly behaviour as pubs pulled pints for the first time since March
  • The Lynn News is reporting that cancer patient Graham Gardner, 60, is fundraising for a new outdoor area at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • The Diss Express is reporting that Banham Zoo held a special reopening to thank fundraising fans who were its special guests

Busier night for ambulance service as pubs reopen

The first weekend of pub reopenings after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased was busy for the East of England Ambulance Service with its crews dealing with an increase in calls.

Demand doubled at times between 21:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday compared with the previous four weeks.

East of England Ambulance
East of England Ambulance Service

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer, said: "Thankfully the alcohol-related calls that we could have expected weren't as high as the small increase in calls for assaults but it was still a very busy night."

Train company gets ready for 'increase' in travellers

A train company is getting ready to "welcome back commuters" as it is increasing its timetable from Monday.

Greater Anglia said it has taken additional steps to keep everyone safe including handing out facemasks and installing hand sanitiser dispensers at 20 stations.

Jamie Burles, managing director, said: "We have measures in place to protect staff and passengers such as enhanced cleaning, social distancing markings at stations and free hand sanitiser available at major stations.

"However, at this stage, we are still asking customers only to travel by train where necessary."

Social distancing measures at railway station
Greater Anglia

It is now mandatory for customers to wear a face covering when using public transport.

Hand sanitiser dispensers are available at Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Colchester North, Ely, Harlow Town, Ipswich, Manningtree, Norwich, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Stansted Airport, Tottenham Hale, Ware, Wickford and Witham.

Welcome to Friday's live updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

We'll have build up to Wycombe Wanderers play-off semi-final, as they bid to emulate Northampton Town and gain promotion via Wembley.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Thursday's live page here.

Firefighters build memorial garden to lost ambulance workers

A "lasting memory" had been left by firefighters who have been working as ambulance drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bedford firefighters enlisted to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have designed and built a memorial garden at Luton ambulance station to show their appreciation to their new workmates and in memory of those who have died of cancer and suicide.

They received help from Bruce Liddle of Newbury Farm Plant in Silsoe, who offered advice and supplied the plants for free.

Mike King, a firefighter, said: “They have made us feel so welcome and we thought the best way to say thank you was to leave a lasting memory by building the memorial garden – something they have been trying to get enough funds together to build for some time."

Simon King, head of operations at EEAST for Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, said it was a "phenomenal gift" and "the garden itself is magnificent and is a fitting tribute to our much-missed colleagues".

Fire and ambulance crews
EEAST

Level crossing cameras to be installed across East

Cameras are being installed at 13 level crossings in the East to catch motorists who do not stop when barriers are coming down.

It is to help Network Rail prosecute drivers who jump the lights across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Offenders are automatically notified of their offence, and could be sent on an awareness course, fined £100 and given three points on their licence, or prosecuted, it said.

The RLSE cameras are being paid for by Greater Anglia.

Daniel Fisk, from Network Rail, said: "They are clearly visible for people to see as a deterrent."

Cameras at Baylham level crossing
Network Rail

Welcome to Thursday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live page here.

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, from A149 Acle New Road to Halvergate turning.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Acle Straight closed and queues in both directions from Runham Roundabout in Great Yarmouth to the Halvergate turning junction in Tunstall, because of an accident.

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

Coronavirus: What did 100 days of lockdown teach us?

BBC Look East

Tuesday marked 100 days since the United Kingdom began life under coronavirus restrictions.

Last night, BBC Look East hosted a Facebook Live discussion on what we have learned, where we are now and what happens next for the region as lockdown eases.

You can watch it back here, with BBC East science correspondent Richard Westcott joined by virologist Rebecca Kinsley, Patricia Yates from Visit Britain and finance and business advisor Hazel Bowen.

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Figures show five new Covid-19 deaths in east of England

Five more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the east of England according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Coclhester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 2
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of deaths for the eastern region is 3,975.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 155 and stands at 43,730.

What the papers are saying....

  • The Northants Telegraph reports on a village pub where diners can eat in their own igloo to allow social distancing
  • The beach clear-up continues in Gorleston following the easing of lockdown rules and the rush to the coast and is reported in the Great Yarmouth Mercury
  • Norwich Theatre Royal is cancelling its Christmas panto reports the EDP

Your stories of 100 days of lockdown

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

We've been asking for your stories of the lockdown to date via BBC News: East of England's Facebook page and many responses have been positive.

But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.

Elizabeth Jerome-Smith
Elizabeth Jerome-Smith/Facebook

"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.

"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.

"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."

100 days of lockdown...discuss?

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

It’s 100 days since lockdown started.

What have we learned (eg BBC Newsbeat has been to Telford in Shropshire)? Where are we now? What next for the East of England as lockdown eases?

BBC East will be asking these question on its Facebook Live discussion and answering your questions tonight at 18:45.

In the meantime here's what lockdown has meant to some of the team at BBC East, such as learning the art of making the perfect banana cake:

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Greater Anglia to increase services next week

Greater Anglia says it will be reintroducing most of its timetable from Monday, as more people return to work after the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.

train carrriage
PA Media

Some 46,000 more seats are going to be available as of next week during peak times - fulfulling 93% of normal services.

But trains between Norwich, Diss and London will remain scaled back, although they will be monitored on a daily basis to see whether more trains need to be put on, the operator said.

Tickets offices will all reopen and on the London services catering will return.

Jonathan Denby, from Greater Anglia, said the number of inter city trains will increase but "we still expect there to be an awful lot of people who won't be travelling normally yet".

He added the government advice was still to only travel where necessary.

Coronavirus: One new death in hospitals

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by one, according to the latest daily government statistics issued on Sunday.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

The number of new deaths in listed by NHS trust were:

  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,967, while across the UK it's 43,550.

Train company's sunflower scheme to help those with hidden disability

A new train travel scheme is aiming to support people with "hidden" disabilities.

Passengers with learning disabilities will be given sunflower lanyards and ID cards by Greater Anglia staff.

The sunflower initiative is a way of signalling someone may need additional help or more time when travelling.

Sunflower lanyard
Greater Anglia Trains

Paul White, from Hidden Disabilities, said living with a hidden disability "can make daily life more demanding" and the new scheme "helps by discreetly indicating to people that those who choose to wear it, have a hidden disability and may need additional support, help or a little more time".

Greater Anglia’s accessibility manager, Rebecca Richardson, added that the company was committed to "making rail travel accessible for everyone".

Coronavirus: Eight new deaths in the region

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by eight, according to the latest daily government statistics.

The previous day's figures showed 11 new deaths.

Southend University Hospital
BBC

The number of new deaths in Thursday's stats, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Southend University Hospital: 4
  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,957, while across the UK it's 43,230.

Theatrical venues question 'no staged performance' rule

The arts community is questioning why theatres will not be able to stage live performances - but can open on 4 July.

Kevin Roach, runs The Deco in Northampton, said being allowed to open but not to stage anything was like "opening a pub without beer".

The Deco theatre, Northampton
The Deco

Peter Jay, owner of Great Yarmouth's Hippodrome Circus, said not being able to open on 4 July had "thrown a spanner in the works".

"The artists are not singing towards the audience which I think they were afraid of, and they are family groups doing all the acts, so it works well for us," he said.

A spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it was "doing all we can to support the sector through government grants, loans, the furlough scheme and the Arts Council's £160m emergency response package".

The spokesperson added: "We are working with the sector to get it fully back up and running as soon as possible and considering ways in which we may be able to support it further in addition to this unprecedented financial assistance."

Tweet us your temperatures

BBC Look East

With the mercury rising, we want to know just how hot it is in the Look East region - so we'd like you to let us know the temperatures from your cars or gardens.

All you need do is tweet your photos to BBC Look East, telling us where you are and using the hashtag #BBCEastTempcheck....

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'Take care at the beach' warns coastguard

As the hot weather is set to continue for the rest of the week, a warning has been given to people who want to visit the beach.

HM Coastguard Bacton, in Norfolk, said it wanted everyone to "enjoy the sunshine" but for people to take "extra care".

Bacton beach
Hugh Venables/Geograph

It suggests taking a fully-charged mobile phone, drinking plenty of water, applying suncream and to remember to socially distance "as it's easy to forget when you're having fun".

"Stay in touch with friends and family while you’re there. Tell each other where you’re going," it said.

"It’s really important that everyone looks after each other as well as themselves when at the beach.

"Please don't swim alone, don’t take inflatables into the sea and keep a close eye on friends and family.

"Not every beach is lifeguarded at the moment."

Welcome to Thursday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live page here.

Coronavirus: Eleven new deaths in the region

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by 11, according to the latest daily government statistics.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

Northampton General Hospital
Google

The number of new deaths, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Northampton General: 7
  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
  • Southend University Hospital: 2

Northampton General was the hospital with the highest increase in the whole of England.

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,949, while across the UK it's 42,927.