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Reports of gunman in Beccles for the second time in two days

Police are currently responding to reports of a man seen with a gun in Beccles this morning.

It's the second time in two days that there have been reports of a gunman in the town. Police aren't sure whether the two incidents are connected.

Police were called at around 10.10am after members of the public reported seeing the man near The Common. When seen by the members of the public, the man tucked the pistol into his coat and walked away towards Boney’s Island.

Armed response officers, assisted by the police dog and the police helicopter units are searching the area.

He's described as white, aged around 25-years-old, approximately 5ft 9in tall, of average build, wearing a black jacket.

Police hunt man brandishing a gun in Beccles

Police are hunting man seen brandishing a gun in Beccles, Suffolk.

Police are hunting man seen brandishing a gun in a quiet market town in Suffolk.

Police say the offender was standing in an alleyway in Beccles when he pointed the gun at another man and told him to get into the alley. The man refused and the gunman ran away.

The incident took place shortly after 8am on Monday 8 June in a car park behind a bank in Smallgate in Beccles.

Armed police officers and dog units were called to search for the offender but he wasn't found.

The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, and of slim build. He was wearing a black beany hat, dark clothes and dark glasses.

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'Rare and ancient' tree damages three homes in Suffolk

An ancient elm tree has fallen on to three homes in Suffolk. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A "rare and ancient" elm tree has smashed on to three homes in Suffolk.

No one was injured by the falling tree but one family has had to be re-housed because of the damage to their property.

The other two homes - which are all bungalows on Park Drive in Worlingham, near Beccles - suffered "relatively minor" damage.

Waveney District Council said the Caucasian Elm, which was owned by the local authority, was of "national significance" because of its size and species.

It is thought to have been planted in 1760 and was 30m tall.

Two vehicles were also damaged when the tree fell at about 3am on Monday.

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Suffolk: Pylons brought down in bid to restore natural views across the Waveney valley

A popular riverside beauty spot in the Broads has been transformed by work to dismantle electricity pylons and bury power cables underground.

The project around the River Waveney near Beccles is part of a national scheme to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty. It's cost £1.7 million.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

10km of overhead cables removed from Suffolk beauty spot

10km of overhead cables and more than 100 timber posts were removed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A stretch of the River Waveney valley has been transformed by a £1.7million project near Beccles to dismantle electricity pylons, and bury power cables underground.

10km of overhead cables and more than 100 timber posts were removed.

It's part of a national scheme to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and national parks.

"The Broads is one of our finest landscapes and these have been a rather notable feature on the Waveney valley, but a bit of a blot on the landscape, so to see them fall down like that was really a great moment."

– John Packman, Chief Executive, The Broads Authority

School Report: 'The Thankful Villages'

Here's our next look back at a local story from the First World War selected and told by schoolchildren from across the region.

We all know about the huge losses incurred in the First World War. But what you might not have heard about are those rare places in the country that did not lose a single life during the conflict.

They are known as the Thankful Villages and the Anglia region has six of them:

  • Culpho and South Elmham St Michael in Suffolk.
  • Strethall in Essex.
  • Puttenham in Hertfordshire.
  • East Carlton and Woodend in Northamptonshire.

This School Report was sent to us by Year 8 at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles in Suffolk and it tells the story of the Thankful Villages.

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