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East Anglian derby switched for live TV coverage

Lewis Grabban celebrates Norwich City's winner at Portman Road. Credit: PA

The East Anglian derby between Norwich City and Ipswich Town has been moved to Sunday March 1 2015 for live TV coverage.

The match at Carrow Road was originally pencilled in for Saturday 28 February, but will now take place a day later with a 14.05pm kick-off.

The game is likely to have a lot riding on it, with both sides currently competing at the top of The Championship.

Norwich won the reverse fixture at Portman Road, with a header from Lewis Grabban ensuring that all three points returned to Norfolk.

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Former Norwich City loan player Gutiérrez to make comeback after beating cancer

Jonas had a spell on loan at Norwich last season Credit: PA

Former Norwich City loan player Jonás Gutiérrez will make his return to football this afternoon, after overcoming testicular cancer.

The Argentine spent the second half of last season on loan at Carrow Road, and last played a game back in April.

Jonas will play for Newcastle United under-21s. Credit: PA

The 31-year-old had an operation to remove his left testicle in September, and his since undergone chemotherapy treatment.

He has now been discharged from hospital and will feature for Newcastle United under-21s as an over-age player in their game with West Ham United later.

Armed robber holds up Norwich shop with kitchen knife

A knifepoint robber held up a Norwich shop last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Norwich at a shop where a member of staff was grabbed by the neck and held at knifepoint.

A man entered Silver Stores in Silver Street just before 10pm on Sunday and threatened two members of staff.

Armed with a kitchen knife, he got away with several hundreds of pounds in cash and scratch cards, before running away. No one was hurt.

"Fortunately no one was injured during the incident, however both women were understandably left very distressed by what happened.

The suspect was wearing dark clothing, a dark coloured jacket with the hood, a woollen hat and had his mouth covered. He had beige cargo trousers and wore trainers."

– Sgt Andy Duddle, Norwich CID

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Northampton Saints pair Manoa and Ma’afu to join Toulon

Samu Manoa is heading to Toulon. Credit: PA

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Northampton Saints forwards Samu Manoa and Salesi Ma’afu will sign for his club at the end of the season.

The news will come as a blow to Northampton who had managed to tie down their other prized assets in Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes last week.

American star Manoa has been handed a four-year contract by the European Champions, and Boudjellal has backed him to impress in France.

“Samu Manoa is the first four-year contract that I have signed.

For me, he will become the star of the Top 14. He is a rugby phenomenon, made for Mayol."

– Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon owner
Salesi Ma’afu is also heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Toulon have also agreed a deal to sign Saints prop Ma’afu, while New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu and Clermont winger Napolioni Nalaga have also joined.

Much-needed makeover of train carriages to begin

An Abellio Greater Anglia train. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia will today begin a much-needed refurbishment of carriages used on the Norwich to London rail line.

The improvements will include new tables and seat covers, power points and better lighting.

The first of the refurbished carriages will return to use early next year with the entire fleet finished by October 2016.

"We are delighted to begin this major refresh for our MkIII carriages, which will deliver a significant improvement in the travelling environment for passengers on our key intercity services between Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and London."

– James Burles, Abellio Greater Anglia's managing director.

Health minister says ambulance response times should stay as they are

Health minister and Suffolk MP Daniel Poulter says he does not agree ambulance response time targets should be lengthened.

It follows claims in a national newspaper at the weekend that proposals had been agreed by NHS England bosses "in principle" to double the target from eight to 19 minutes for some patients.

A leaked NHS document suggested the change would affect people in the "Red2" category, meaning their condition was considered "serious but not the most life-threatening".

Yesterday health secretary Jeremy Hunt said there were "no plans to double ambulance waiting times, and there never have been".

Daniel Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said he believed the current targets were appropriate.

"At the moment, I think we have response times that work for the ambulance service and they are there to make sure people who are the most sick are prioritised when a 999 call somes in.

"That's what good care is about. So I think the response times as they are at the moment are helping us to make sure, over those busy periods at Christmas, people are being seen in the right way."

– Daniel Poulter, Health Minister.
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