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Theatre forced to cancel performances

The Theatre Royal in Norwich has had to cancel both today's performances of political drama The Absence of War after the lead actor fell ill.

The shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm have been called off due to the illness of actor Reece Dinsdale. The theatre is trying to contact all ticket holders who'll get a refund.

Reece Dinsdale and the cast Credit: Theatre Royal Norwich
Reece Dinsdale Credit: The Absence of War

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A birthday present for Ed Balls - from David Cameron

Ed Balls in the Commons today

Five days to go now until Norwich play Ipswich in the East Anglian derby, and among the celebrity fans bound to be at Carrow Road on Sunday is Shadow Chancellor and Norwich supporter, Ed Balls.

It's Mr Balls' birthday today, and he was given a football related gift from David Cameron at Prime Ministers' Question Time - albeit one he can't unwrap for a little while yet...

Listen to their exchange in the Commons:

Man charged with murdering elderly woman

The Avenues in Norwich

A 23 year old man has been charged with murder after the death of an elderly woman in Norwich.

Alexander Kerry of Kinghorn Road in Norwich has been remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow.

He was charged this afternoon (Wednesday) with one count of murder and one count of assault by penetration under section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

A Home Office post mortem examination revealed that the woman, who was aged in her 80s, died of injuries as a result of a sustained assault. It also revealed that she had been sexually assaulted.

The woman, named locally as Pauline King, lived alone in a house in The Avenues. She was found dead by police at about 5.30pm on Sunday.

Kerry was remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

New youth club for Norwich

A new youth club is due to open in North Norwich and is appealing for volunteers and fundraisers to come forward and help children & young people in the area.

Based at the Silver Road Community Centre on Monday evenings from March 9th onwards the club will provide games, arts & crafts, cooking and sport activities for 8 to 13 year olds with a hope to expand to provide activities for older teenagers later in the year.

Second house sealed off in suspicious death inquiry

Police investigate the death of an elderly woman in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have sealed off a second house in Norwich as they continue to investigate the death of an elderly woman.

Officers were called to an address in the Avenues early yesterday evening. Forensic teams remain there and at the second property in Kinghorn Avenue.

A man in his 20s has been arrested and remains in police custody.

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Community rally to bring David's body 'home'

The fire that claimed the life of David Daniels Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fundraising drive is underway in a bid to prevent a Norwich man from having a pauper's funeral - 100 miles away from his home.

David Daniels, who was 72, suffered severe burns after a fire in his Norwich flat.

He was treated at the specialist unit at Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital, but sadly died there.

His body will have to stay in Essex unless friends and neighbours can raise enough cash to pay for a funeral in his home county.

Man arrested over woman's death

The Avenues in Norwich scene of a suspicious death Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives are investigating after the body of a woman was found at a house in Norwich.

Officers were called to a house in The Avenues off Colman Road at about 5.30pm last night and discovered the body of an elderly woman inside.

The death is being treated as suspicious and the property has been sealed off while officers carry out forensic enquiries.

A local man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been taken into police custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, who is overseeing the enquiry, said:

"The investigation remains in the early stages and we are working to establish the sequence of events which led to this woman's death."

– DCI Paul Durham, Norfolk Police

Local motorsport photographer dies

Mark Callf was diagnosed with cancer in December Credit: ITV Anglia

A motorsport photographer from Norfolk has lost his battle with cancer two months after being diagnosed with the disease.

Mark Callf was told he had terminal lung cancer just before Christmas.

Last month hundreds of the drivers he had photographed over the years held a rally in his name. It raised thousands of pounds for Norfolk cancer charity Big C.

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