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Free School opens in old Fire Station

The sixth form is in a converted fire station Credit: ITV

A Norwich Free School, the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, has moved into the city's Old Fire Station.

The sixth form, which specialises in maths and science, has been running in temporary classrooms for two terms while the listed building was converted into a school.

The station yard has become a canteen Credit: ITV News Anglia

The architects have retained many of the features of the old fire station, creating open spaces for students to gather.

The tender hall where the fire engines were kept is now a lecture theatre.

Dr Mark Evans, in the tender hall/lecture theatre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Principal, Dr Mark Evans, says the building will add to the students' learning experience.

"It speaks of 70 years of fire engines parked in this very spot, of course the poles in the corner of the room are listed and the doors themselves have been kept, though we've put in a little extra glass."

"The whole space will always say fire station, important norwich heritage, as well as cutting edge science school."

The old doors with extra glass Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tomorrow evening at 7pm, the school will hold an open day, both for prospective parents and for visitors interested in the building's story.

'Supermum' squirrel produces 48th Kitten

A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk has stunned wardens by producing her 48th kitten.

Affectionately named Tortoiseshell, the seven-year-old squirrel has proved to be one of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust's greatest success stories, producing her littlers since 2008.

Tortoiseshell with one of her babies Credit: Pensthorpe Conservation Trust

Tortoiseshell and her former partner Tweedledum were considered one of the most successful breeding pairs in the Trust’s history, but when Tweedledum died in 2012 there was concern she might never breed again.

But Tortoiseshell’s latest match with new partner Bryn has produced three new kittens - two male and one female.

Wardens predict that the kittens were born between late February and early March They venture from the drey after 6 to 7 weeks and are fully weaned by 10 weeks old.

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Two of Tortoiseshell's latest litter Credit: Pensthorpe Conservation Trust

Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management for the Trust and Coordinator for the East Anglian Red Squirrel group said “Red squirrels only survive in a handful of locations in the UK, which is why we’re so fortunate to have successful breeding pairs here at Pensthorpe.

"By having her here we can highlight the beauty and character of this enigmatic species by capturing the imagination of our visitors and educating them on their plight.”


'2 minute' pothole repair machine arrives

The machine can repair potholes in just two minutes Credit: ITV

A new machine that can repair potholes in just two minutes is set to be rolled out across our region.

The robotoic device can fill a hole in the road with tar and gravel around 30 times faster than the standard method. It's already been trialled in Bedfordshire and will soon be seen in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes.

Girls approached in Milton Keynes

Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for information after two teenage girls were approached by a man asking them to get in to his car.

One girl was approached on Pencarrow Place in Fishermead yesterday afternoon. Shortly afterwards a man stopped another girl on Ardwell Lane in Greenleys. In both instances, the man's described as black, and between 20 and 30 years old.

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The incidents took pace on Pencarrow Place and Ardwell Lane Credit: ITV

Two jailed for burglary spree

Two men from Northampton have been jailed for a string of burglaries across five counties.

Clint Walters Credit: Northamptonshire Police

28 year old Clint Walters has been given a sentence of four years and eight months. Otis Barrett who's 19 was jailed for three years and four months. Officers say they were responsible for 32 separate offences. A third man, who's 21 and from Northampton, will appear in court later today (Weds).

Otis Barrett Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Brother of helicopter crash victim calls for prosecution

Nolan Goble, who died in the crash in 2009 Credit: PA

The brother of a man from Norwich who died in a North Sea helicopter crash has renewed calls for the operator to be prosecuted.

Nolan Goble, 34, from Norwich, was among 16 men who died when a Super Puma, operated by Bond Offshore, crashed into the North sea in April 2009. Today the Norfolk coroner, Jacqueline Lake, recorded a narrative verdict, saying Mr Goble died of multiple injuries.

A helicopter similar to to the one that crashed over the North Sea in 2009 Credit: ITV

Outside the inquest, Bob Goble described his younger brother, who was employed by KCA Deutag Drilling Ltd, as an "amazing, fit, young man".

"Nothing has changed and there is nothing to stop this happening again. The families are talking to solicitors, but it feels like no might mean no.

"We have had five years of heartache and to get to this stage and still have nobody accepting responsibility is just postponing the agony."

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Police guard gates to Aberdeen Harbour after the crash in 2009 Credit: ITV

A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the tragedy which also killed thirteen other oilmen and two crew, found the accident might have been avoided if several failures by Bond Offshore had not occurred.

The inquiry found that Bond had failed to perform a task from the aircraft maintenance manual a week before, after a metal particle was discovered on the helicopter's epicyclic chip detector.

A statement from Bond Offshore said "We have always accepted that we made mistakes over telephone calls and emails. Lessons needed to be learned, lessons have been learned and lessons continue to be learned. We would like to express our deep sorrow at the sixteen lives lost in 2009."


Motor industry to get £1bn innovation fund

Vince Cable at Ford's research centre at Basildon this morning Credit: ITV

£1 billion is to be spent on developing a new generation of car engines aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Business Secretary Vince Cable is at Ford's research centre at Basildon in Essex today to announce joint government and industry funding for the work. It's expected the project could secure 30,000 UK jobs linked to producing engines.

Tinie Tempah to play V Fesitval

British artist Tinie Tempah is amoung the latest acts to be confirmed to perform at this year’s V Festival.

Tinie Tempah will perform in Chelmsford this summer Credit: PA

British hip hop star Tinie Tempah returns to V Festival where he last performed in 2012, riding high from the release of his second album Demonstration at the end of last year, which reached No. 3 in the UK and was certified Gold in February.

Childish Gambino, CeeLo Green, John Martin, Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Vance Joy, Chloe Howl, Josh Record, Jess Glynne, Icona Pop, Howling Bells and Becky Hill will also play at the 2 day festival, which takes place over 16-17 August in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

American artist CeeLo Green will also be at Hylands Park Credit: PA

The newly announced acts join headliners Justin Timberlake and The Killers, plus Lily Allen, Rudimental, Chase & Status, Kaiser Chiefs, Elbow and Suffolk artist Ed Sheeran at this year's festival.

Magna Carta due to arrive in Suffolk

The Magna Carta is due to arrive in Bury St Edmunds this afternoon.

The Magna Carta Credit: ITV Anglia

The original 1215 copy of the document is being loaned by Lincoln Cathedral.

In 1214 a group of Barons met in Bury St Edmunds to swear an oath to force King John to put his seal on the Magna Carta.

It will be going on display in the town's Cathedral

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