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Burst main leaves 5,000 homes in Norfolk without water

Around 5,000 homes have been without water in Norfolk today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Around 5,000 homes have been without water in Norfolk today.

Homes in several villages, including Framingham Earl and Poringland near Norwich, were affected by a burst water main in nearby Caistor St Edmund.

Anglian Water have apologised for the disruption, and say that the problem is unlikely to be fixed tonight.

“We are very sorry that customers in the Caistor St Edmund, Poringland, Framingham, Mundham, Newton Flotman, Hempnall, Hardwick, Postwick and surrounding areas are without water today. This is because of a burst to a water main in Caistor St Edmund.

This is a very complex job on the pipe near our treatment works and because of that it is taking longer than we had initially hoped.

We are doing everything we can to bring people back on water as soon as possible, but unfortunately it is now likely that this work will continue overnight.

All possible options are being explored to get things back to normal for people as soon as we can, and we would like to reiterate how sorry we are for the upset and inconvenience that this will have caused."

– Anglian Water


Newmarket: Man in critical condition in hospital after High Street incident

A man's in a critical condition in hospital after he was injured in an incident in Newmarket last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's in a critical condition in hospital after he was injured in an incident in Newmarket last night.

Police found the man on the High Street pavement with serious head injuries at around 10pm.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 33-year-old man from Newmarket's been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Suffolk: Darts star Peter Wright hails "crazy" Alexandra Palace support in second round win

Peter Wright salutes the crowd after his second round victory. Credit: PA

Suffolk's Peter Wright has taken another step towards a possible second successive final at the PDC World Darts Championships.

The colourful 44-year-old from Mendham eased through his second round match against Ronny Huybrechts yesterday, winning by 4 sets to 1.

Wright beat Ronny Huybrechts 4-1. Credit: PA

Wright admitted that he was stunned by the support he received at the Alexandra Palace.

"I found it hard work because the whole crowd started singing my name and I started to get tears in my eyes because the support I got was crazy.

I was trying to fight back the emotions to concentrate on my game and it was really hard. To have a couple of thousand people singing my name made me think “why are you doing this?"

– Peter 'Snakebite' Wright


Unions warn of jobs losses on New Years Eve

Unions say some staff could lose their jobs on Dec 31st Credit: ITV News

Union bosses claim staff working for City Links which has depots in Northampton, Peterborough, Norwich and Chelmsford could lose their jobs on New Years Eve.

The parcel delivery firm went into adminstration on Christmas Day.

Talks were held yesterday to try and salvage jobs. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union say they're no closer to a deal and that more than 2,000 workers across the country will lose their jobs.

"It is crystal clear.. that there has been a truly horrific catalogue of mismanagement at City Link and that staff and their union have been starved of basic information while a plot was hatched to publicly collapse the business on Boxing Day when in fact it was already declared insolvent.

What a despicable and callous manipulation of thousands of workers and their livelihoods over Christmas as the venture capitalists cut and run leaving a trail of chaos and misery in their wake.

Vince Cable has said he will meet us in the New Year. Clearly that is too late and the business will have been smashed to pieces by then as the asset strippers hover like vultures over the corpse.

RMT is demanding a meeting with Vince Cable right now, not when it's too late. We want to put a plan together for a Government backed rescue that protects the business and the jobs it supports. If the government can nationalise the bankers then they can nationalise City Link which is clearly in the public interest. "

– Mike Cash, General Secretary, RMT

Network Rail faces hefty fines after train disruption

A quieter scene at Peterborough station yesterday Credit: ITV News Anglia

Network Rail is facing a multi-million pound fine after overrunning engineering works caused thousands of trains to be cancelled on one of the busiest days of the year.

An investigation has been launched after the "unacceptable problems" which caused King's Cross to close. The East Coast mainline runs from King's Cross, through Stevenage and Peterborough to Scotland.

Network Rail's managing director Robin Gisby apologised for the mayhem saying he was "deeply sorry" for the disruption.

He added: "We've had an army of 11,000 engineers out over Christmas Day and Boxing Day at 2,000 locations nationwide.

"Over 90% have been completed and handed back to-time but I realise this is no consolation for the thousands affected today."

He said Network Rail would pay compensation to train operators, but would not say whether affected customers will be in line for pay-outs.

In July this year the firm was fined a record £53.1 million by the rail regulator for "shortfalls in performance".

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