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Norwich: Excitement building on eve of Big Weekend

The stage is set at Earlham Park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The final sound checks will take place today for Europe's biggest free music festival being held in Norwich on Saturday and Sunday.

50,000 people are going to Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Taylor Swift will perform on Sunday. Credit: PA

Taylor Swift, Olly Murs, The Foo Fighters and Muse are among the acts performing at Earlham Park.

"It's brilliant to finally be in the East of England.

The sun will hopefully be shining and I know there's a lot of excitement in the city."

– Neil Wyatt, Head of Live Events for BBC Radio

Tinnitus charity awarded £134k lottery grant

Hundreds of people with tinnitus, including those in Norwich, will soon be able to access more information on the condition thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant.

British Tinnitus Association Credit: BTA

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) has received £134,039 from the fund's Reaching Communities programme to hold one-day information events which will help sufferers cope better with the condition.

Tinnitus is a noise such as a ringing or buzzing that an individual experiences without an external source and can often lead to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.

The events, which will take place in nine cities including Norwich, aim to reduce stress, confusion, isolation and improve well-being.

"We're delighted to have received this superb award from the Big Lottery Fund.

"Through our regional Tinnitus Information Days, over a thousand people will benefit from increased knowledge of tinnitus and how to manage the condition as well as from improved local support.

"Isolation, depression and anxiety often affect people with tinnitus; these events will help equip people to cope with their tinnitus better and have an improved quality of life thanks to this Big Lottery Fund award and the work of the British Tinnitus Association."

– David Stockdale, chief executive of the BTA


Norfolk County Council Leader re-elected

Cllr George Nobbs has been re-elected as Leader of Norfolk County Council following a meeting of full council today.

Cllr Nobbs who represents the Crome division in Norwich for Labour, was elected by 42 votes to 39, with Liberal Democrat Cllr Dan Roper of Hevingham and Spixworth elected as Deputy Leader without opposition.

Cllr Nobbs became Leader of the Council for the first time in May 2013.

Norwich: Catfish and the Bottlemen to replace Sam Smith at Big Weekend

Catfish and the Bottlemen will now play on the main stage. Credit: PA

Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen will replace Sam Smith on the main stage at Radio One's Big Weekend in Norwich.

The indie rockers were already scheduled to play at the festival on the 'In New Music We Trust stage', but will now perform on the higher-profile stage.

Sam Smith has been ruled out of the event because of an operation on his vocal chords.

Lethal Bizzle has been added to the bill. Credit: PA

Catfish and the Bottlemen's place on the 'In New Music We Trust stage' will be taken by rapper Lethal Bizzle.


Cannabis factory uncovered in Norwich

Police have seized more than 200 cannabis plants after a factory was uncovered in Norwich following a tip-off.

Cannabis plant Credit: PA Images

Officers searched a five-bedroom house in Cambridge Street after a local resident called police about suspicious activity at the property. A total of 232 plants were seized along with drug paraphernalia.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and remains in custody at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned.

"These types of calls are taken seriously and as this case demonstrates we will take action where necessary.

"This was a fairly sophisticated set-up and the electricity supply had also been tampered with.

"Anyone with similar concerns about drug use in their neighbourhood should contact police using the 101 number.”

– Sgt Stu Daniels

Political expert: "Even the Conservatives will be surprised to have secured a majority"

David Cameron poses outside number 10 Downing Street earlier today. Credit: PA

A Political theorist from the University of East Anglia says that even the Conservatives will be surprised after the party secured a shock majority.

Many polls has predicted that it would be a tight run thing between Labour and the Tories, but it didn't turn out that way as David Cameron returned to number 10.

Professor Alan Finlayson says that Mr Cameron will be pleased to now be in charge of a majority government, but added that he could still face difficulty passing through bills in parliament.

Click below to hear from Professor Alan Finlayson

"It's going to be a surprise, even for the Conservatives.

They were hoping to hold steady and they've actually increased their seats.

That said, it's going to be a very small majority and there's still going to be quite a lot of tension and difficulty in parliament."

– Professor Alan Finlayson
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