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More than 2,000 people back campaign against academy plans for Norwich school

The Hewett School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against a Norwich school being taken over by an academy trust.

The Department for Education wants to hand over The Hewett School to the Norfolk-based Inspiration Trust following a critical Ofsted report.

The move is being opposed by parents, teachers and Norfolk County Council.

The "We're Backing Hewett" campaign group has so far collected more than 2,000 signatures in just nine days.

The petition says the school should remain "owned by the people of Norwich; not given away against the wishes of parents, pupils and the local community".


Cathedral's resident peregrine falcons lay first egg

The first egg has been laid by Norwich's peregrine falcons. Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust.

Norwich Cathedral's resident peregrine falcons have laid their first egg of the year.

The Hawk and Owl Trust made the announcement on its Twitter feed this morning.

The trust installed a platform for the birds at the cathedral in 2011.

In 2014, four chicks hatched but two later died.

The eggs have an average incubation period of about 35 days.

To watch the Hawl and Owl Trust's live webcam feed from the cathedral, click here.

Norwich: Community who clubbed together to pay for funeral of pensioner to pay last respects

The flat fire which led to the death of David Daniels. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Friends and strangers who clubbed together to pay for a funeral of a pensioner in Norfolk will pay their last respects today.

72-year-old David Daniels died after a fire at his flat in Norwich in January, but when there were no relatives to arrange anything, locals set up an appeal.

More than £1,200 was raised and the funeral will be held today.

Uncertain future for Norwich's last Council run school

There's uncertainty over the future of one of the last council-run secondary schools in Norwich after councillors pulled back from taking the Government to court over plans to turn it into an academy.

The Government wants to force the change after the Hewett School was put into special measures in November. But there's been a furious reaction to taking the school out of council control.

Protestors say it would become "an exam factory" and goes against the wishes of parents, pupils and the local community.

County councillors were expected to launch a judicial review but this afternoon postponed the decision.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Petition calling for Norwich's Alan Partridge to be new Top Gear presenter

Alan Partridge during a visit to Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

An online petition has emerged backing Norwich's most famous son - Alan Partridge as the next presenter of Top Gear.

More than 14,000 people have joined the call to install Alan as the show's host after Jeremy Clarkson was suspended earlier this month.

No decision has been made though as to whether Clarkson will return to his job and there is plenty of speculation as to who might replace him.


Norfolk: A47 to be partly shut at Postwick as new bridge is built

The A47 will be shut at Postwick. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Part of the A47 in Norfolk will be closed for four weekends over the next two months.

It will shut at Postwick, at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass, while a new bridge is built.

The work is part of the £19million improvement scheme to the Postwick Hub junction.

Work will continue until mid May.

Meat Loaf tribute show cancelled

A show celebrating rock legend Meat Loaf has been cancelled in Norwich this evening because one of the musicians has been injured in a car crash.

Still from 'The Meatloaf Story' Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal

One of the keyboard players on 'The Meat Loaf Story' is suffering from a broken leg and wrist.

“There is not the time to arrange another player for Norwich. I have been ill and two other key members of the cast have also suffered injuries so it has been a tough time.

"It is the first time in 30 years of touring that I have had to cancel shows. I am very sorry if you have made plans to come and see us.”

– Steve Steinman, actor from the show.

The box office team at Norwich Theatre Royal are in the process of contacting everyone who has booked a ticket to tell them the show will not go ahead.

In the next few days they will also all receive a letter with details of a full refund for their tickets.

“Our message is don’t call us. We will call you. Staff here will telephone everyone as quickly as possible to let them know the show is off.”

– John Bultitude, Norwich Theatre Royal.

Woman dies after bus crash

A woman has died following a bus crash in Norwich.

It happened on the A140 Cromer Road at about 9.25am on Friday 20th February. A bus travelling out of Norwich was involved in a collision with a pedestrian near to the junction with Heather Avenue.

The pedestrian, a 66-year-old woman from the Norwich area, was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where she sadly died this morning. (Friday 13th March)

An investigation into the collision is still ongoing.

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