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Michael Portillo officially opens King's Lynn station refurbishment

King's Lynn station is known as the Royal Station because it's used by the Queen on her way to Sandringham, but platform 1 has welcomed another famous face this week.

Cabinet Minister turned train enthusiast and TV presenter Michael Portillo was the guest of honour as a £1million refurbishment was officially opened.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Rob Halden-Pratt

Suffolk: Man fined for swallowing live goldfish

Jack Blowers downed two goldfish.
Jack Blowers downed two goldfish. Credit: PA

A man who downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them has been fined by magistrates.

Jack Blowers was sober when he went to a local shop to buy the fish, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court in Suffolk heard.

The 20-year-old was filmed setting up a pint-sized aquarium, complete with gravel and fish food, in a glass before drinking it in one go.

The clip, which was uploaded to Facebook, goes on to show him vomiting up the contents of the glass into a toilet. He then rescued the fish and took them to his grandmother's house, where he put them in her fish bowl.

They survived and are still alive today, prosecutor Kevin Batch said.

However, Mr Batch said the RSPCA prosecution was in the public interest because of the level of "pre-meditation" involved.

Blowers' lawyer said he did not realise what he did was illegal.

Blowers, of Cranfield Close, Lowestoft, pleaded guilty to failing to protect the fish from suffering and failing to meeting their needs on February 8 this year.

A vet's report presented to the magistrates confirmed that the fish would have suffered.

Blowers' friend, Joseph Meikle, 20, also from Lowestoft, filmed the stunt and has since accepted a caution.

Chair of the bench Philip Key fined Blowers £200 and ordered him to pay legal costs of £600. He also disqualified him from keeping animals for 12 months.

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Suffolk: Police search for "distressed" woman

Police are appealing for help to trace a woman who was seen walking partially-dressed alongside the A12 at Blythburgh in Suffolk.

Officers say the woman was in a "distressed" state.

She was spotted in a field off the southbound carriageway shortly before 2am on Wednesday 23 July.

"There is a possibility that this woman was in distress which is why we are keen to find her and establish the circumstances surrounding this morning’s sightings.

We want people to contact us with any further sightings of her, but also appeal for the woman herself to contact us.”

– Operational co-ordinator Insp Ant Bridgland, Suffolk Police

Bumper summer expected for the region's tourism industry as getaway begins

Around 140,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Stansted Airport.
Around 140,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

The traditional summer getaway begins in earnest this week as the schools break up for the summer holidays.

Around 140,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Stansted Airport and almost 80,000 from Luton.

It looks set to be a bumper summer for our region's tourism, with some destinations reporting a surge in bookings.

Richardson's Boating Holidays in Norfolk are among the companies who have already noticed a difference compared to 2013.

"At this present time we're 20% up on last year.

Last year was a difficult year, but this year's shaping up to be the best year on record."

– Greg Munford CEO, Richardson's Boating Holidays

Stop driving on the hard shoulder, Highways Agency warns

The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder.
The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder of motorways unless its an emergency.

Between July and September last year over 300 people were stopped in our region on the hard shoulder.

Anyone caught could face a fine and points on their licence.

Click below to hear from the Highways Agency's Tony Barrow

"You get people stop to check e-mails, to make phone calls, to sort the kids out - a number of issues really.

90-95% of what comes off the carriageway swerves left.

So, realistically all I can say is the only way you want to be in that hard shoulder is if you've broken down and you've got no other option."

– Tony Barrow, Highways Agency
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