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Way back for Bassong?

Bassong has yet to make an appearance for the Canaries this season. Credit: PA

Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong will get his first outing under new manager Alex Neil tonight (Tuesday).

The former Cameroon international recently returned to Carrow Road after a spell on loan. He's one of four senior players who will play in City's International Under 21s Cup tie with German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bassong has yet to make an appearance for the Canaries this season.

Council promises foster care investigation

There are calls for an investigation into claims Social Services in Norfolk wrongly removed vulnerable children from foster carers.

The calls come after the County Council branded inadequate in an Oftsed inspection two years ago - suspended a member of staff over allegations he removed a child from care without evidence of deliberate harm. The Norfolk Foster Carers' Association Carers claim there have been dozens of similar cases in the last four years. The council has promised a thorough investigation.


Former Ukip candidate cleared on first four counts of electoral fraud

Former Ukip candidate Matthew Smith Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Ukip candidate has been cleared of four counts of electoral fraud in Norfolk, while two other party members have also been cleared over any involvement relating to council elections in 2013.

Matthew Smith was suspended from Ukip after allegations of forged signatures on nomination forms. Yesterday 60 year old Michael Monk from Hopton and Daniel Thistletwaithe who's 19 and from Belton were found not guilty at Norwich Crown Court. The jury is still considering a total of five charges against Mr Smith. He pleads not guilty.

A Marmite Easter Egg: You'll either love it or hate it!

Norfolk chocolate maker is helping to launch the product Credit: Unilever

Marmite-flavoured Easter eggs are to go on sale for the first time next month, in a move set to divide even the biggest fans of the love-it-or-loathe it spread.

Manufacturer Unilever has teamed up with Norfolk chocolate maker Kinnerton to launch the product, which blends Marmite with chocolate.

The firms have also collaborated on a Pot Noodle egg - which won't taste of the snack.

“We anticipate the new additions will drive sales for retailers offering an exciting new product from brands that consumers know and love.”

– Unilever's Julie McCleave

Ukip members cleared over electorial fraud

Two Ukip members have been cleared over any involvement in an alleged electoral fraud relating to council elections in Norfolk.

The men had been standing trial alongside Matthew Smith, the Norfolk County Council member for Gorleston St Andrews who had been selected to stand for parliament in the target seat of Great Yarmouth at the next general election.

The charges relate to county council elections in the Yarmouth area in May 2013, when Smith stood for election and acted as Ukip's electoral agent.

Fellow Ukip members Michael Monk from Hopton, and 19 year old Daniel Thistlethwaite from Belton, had both denied one charge of making a false statement in nomination papers. They were found not guilty by a jury at Norwich Crown Court.

Smith from Gorleston, has denied six counts of making a false statement in nomination papers knowing that they contained false signatures and three of making false nomination papers.

The jury is still considering its verdicts on those charges.


Signalling system fixed at Liverpool Street Station

Commuters squeezed onto trains this morning Credit: Chris M

A fault with the signalling system at London Liverpool Street which led to long delays for commuters this morning has been fixed.

There were delays and cancellations on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Norwich and London -especially through Essex.

All lines have now reopened after Network Rail engineers fixed the problem.

Former rugby star opens new centre for autistic children

Phil Vickery opening the new centre for children with autism Credit: ITV News Anglia

Former England rugby star Phil Vickery has been in Norfolk to open a new building at a centre which helps children with autism.

The ex-British Lion player was at Clement Lodge in Sidestrand top open their new conservatory, which will provide extra space for staff and children at the centre.

The work was funded by the Wooden Spoon charity, the children's charity of UK rugby.

Doing a few exercises with some of the children at the opening! Credit: ITV News Anglia
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Coastal communities scoop Govt cash to the tune of almost £2 million

The pontoon for the Burnham Ferry in Essex will benefit from the money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Government has announced almost £2 million of funding for the region's coastal communities which it says will create jobs and help develop tourism.

Suffolk Coastal District Council will get £490,000 to implement a series of projects including improve parts of the coastal path and developing food tourism. This will create more than 6 jobs and 140 indirect jobs.

The announcement was made in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

In Norfolk £497,000 goes to the North Norfolk Railway which it’s hoped will benefit 90 local businesses and create 34 jobs. Great Yarmouth Borough Council will receive £650,000 to provide business advice and training where it’s thought up to 260 jobs will be created.

Meanwhile Maldon District Council in Essex gets £292,000 to develop a coastal trail around the Dengie Peninsula as well as improving links to the RSPB’s Wallasey Island by improving the pontoon for the Burnham Ferry, creating 38 jobs.

Chaos in rush hour rail commute

Commuters struggling to squeeze onto trains Credit: Chris M

Commuters on the Norwich-London line faced disruption this morning.

A fault with the signalling system at London Liverpool Street led to long delays and cancellations on Abellio Greater Anglia trains- especially through Essex.

Passengers packed into Shenfield Railway station Credit: Tim Harvey

Services are still not back to normal. There is no estimate as to when normal services are being resumed.

A viewer photo of packed Greater Anglia trains Credit: Paul Goldsmith
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