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Save the Tesco One: Campaign successful as bird freed

A supermarket's long-running attempt to get rid of a bird which had taken up residence in one of its stores is over.

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham today tweeted pictures to show that the Wagtail which had made the Tesco store in Great Yarmouth its home had been captured.

The store made national headlines when it confirmed reports it would have to shoot the bird after repeated attempts to trap the bird failed.

But the news sparked a social media campaign led by Mr Packham which led to Tesco working with the British Trust for Ornithology to catch the bird.


Fire crews deal with flooding in Essex

Pictures of flooding on the A12 Credit: Mikey Faulkner

Fire crews in Essex dealt with more than 30 flooding incidents in Southend on Friday night after the county was hit by heavy rain.

The Service received more than 100 calls to flooding incidents between 9.30pm and 11.30pm.

Crews were called to flooding in homes and businesses and on the roads.

Three people had to be rescued from the basement of The Cornucopia pub on Marine Parade. A woman and two men were trapped in the cellar of the pub. An ambulance was called for the woman who had suffered a suspected fractured shoulder after falling.

Meanwhile six people were rescued from their cars which were trapped in flood water at the junction of Woodgrange Drive and Thorpe Hall Road.

The Sealife Centre on the Marine Parade was also hit by flooding and the roof of the Pearl Dragon Restaurant collapsed under rain water. No-one was injured.

The Environment Agency is warning of more rain on Saturday.

Solar farm plans go on show

Plans have gone on show for a solar energy farm on the former RAF base at Coltishall in Norfolk which closed in 2006.

The site of the proposed solar farm at Scottow Credit: Mike Page

The solar panels would be built on 250 acres of land between the former runways and provide renewable energy for up to 15,000 homes. After 25 years the solar farm would be removed. The plans are being submitted to the local council for approval.


'AshTag' App nominated for Higher Education award

Ash dieback is caused by a fungus called Chalara Fraxinea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A smartphone App by The University of East Anglia in Norfolk, has been nominated for a 2014 Higher Education award.

The 'AshTag' app allows users to collect photographs and send images of trees infected with Ash Dieback to experts, to monitor the spread of the disease.

Winners of the award will be announced later this year.

Tesco wagtail gets stay of execution

Tesco is to work with the British Trust for Ornithology to catch the bird trapped in its Great Yarmouth store rather than shoot it. The decision emerged on Twitter after the intervention of wildlife campaigner Chris Packham.

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