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Sizzling start to Bank Holiday with Norfolk seaside hottest in England

Cromer and the north Norfolk coast has been the hottest place in England on Saturday. Credit: Graham Custance

It has been a sizzling start to the Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures soaring to 27°C (81°F) on the north Norfolk coast making it the hottest place in England.

Despite a brief period of thundery rain crossing the Anglia region on Saturday morning, the temperature reached 27°C at Weybourne in Norfolk at 1pm. It was 26.7°C at nearby Cromer.

It is the hottest day of the year in the Anglia region and the warmest since it reached 30°C on 15 September 2016.

An average day in late May would normally see temperatures peaking at 17-18°C.

The weather will cool off slightly over the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend and the Met Office has issued a weather warning for the risk of more thundery downpours on Sunday night.

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Norfolk's Walsh to fight Gervonta Davis for world title

Walsh (left) and Davis (right) will fight later this year. Credit: PA

Norfolk boxer Liam Walsh will fight emerging American star Gervonta Davis for the IBF super-featherweight world title later this year, promoter Frank Warren has confirmed.

Details of when and where the bout will take place will be revealed at a press conference in London tomorrow, where legendary fighter and Davis' promoter Floyd Mayweather Jnr will be present.

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22-year-old Davis has won all of his 17 professional fights so far and claimed the IBF belt in January when he stopped Puerto Rico's José Pedraza.

Walsh, who lives in Cromer, also boasts an unbeaten record and defeated Russian Andrey Klimov in his last bout.

Anglia region battered as winds top 80mph

Winds are continuing to strengthen across the Anglia region as a gust of more than 80mph was recorded on the north Norfolk coast.

Wind gusts in the Anglia region have now reached more than 80mph. Credit: Gary Mabee / ITV News Anglia

The wind speed at Weybourne near Cromer reached 81 mph at 2pm.

There have been wind gusts of 50-70 mph widely across the East of England bringing down trees and power lines.

The winds have also blown over several lorries on the region's roads including one on the A1 at Brampton Hut in Cambridgeshire.

Cromer fireworks display postponed due to strong winds

The display at Cromer has been put back a week. Credit: Paul Dunstan

A New Year's Day fireworks display on the Norfolk coast which normally attracts upwards of 10,000 people has been postponed for a week due to concerns about the weather.

The annual event in Cromer was due to take place at 5pm today, but has now been put back to next Sunday (January 8) because of expected strong northerly winds.

Organisers decided to take the action because they were worried debris could be blown into the crowds.

The event is said to be the biggest of its kind in the country.

No trains between Cromer and Sheringham

Trains are not running between Cromer and Sheringham in Norfolk. Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The rail service is suspended on Greater Anglia between Cromer and Sheringham due to a points failure.

Trains are unable to run on any of the lines.

Abellio Greater Anglia says train services running to and from this station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 mins or revised. Disruption is expected until 11am.

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Cargo ship on fire off Norfolk coast

Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels are assisting the crew of a ship which is on fire off Cromer. Credit: HM Coastguard

Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels are currently dealing with a ship fire off the coast of Cromer.

The seven crew of the ship are currently still on board and trying to keep the fire under control. An additional Coastguard rescue helicopter from Humberside is on scene along with the Cromer RNLI Lifeboat.

The UK Coastguard received a mayday message, broadcast at 5.20 this morning to report that the vessel, which is carrying wheat to Rotterdam, had a fire in its accommodation.

"The crew are still on board the vessel and keeping the fire under control. However, we have a rescue helicopter hovering above as well as a lifeboat on scene so that, should the need arise, they can evacuate the ship.

"The Humberside Fire and Rescue fire fighting crew will be on scene soon and will assess the fire at that point.”

– Ian Guy, UK Coastguard
The ship with a cargo of wheat was heading for Rotterdam. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mayday relay message was immediately broadcast and several vessels responded offering their assistance.

Two of these are now on scene with the vessel.

Four teenagers and young girl rescued from the sea off Cromer

An ambulance at the scene in Cromer yesterday. Credit: RNLI

Lifeguards have rescued four teenagers who were swept out to sea and an 11-year-old who broke her leg in Cromer.

A lifeguard found the girl, who was lying in an awkward position on the seaweed covered pathway beneath the pier.

Later in the day, four teenagers were also rescued in the same area.

RNLI lifeguards spotted the teens in difficulty as they were caught in a current drifting towards Cromer pier yesterday afternoon (August 6).

The group were paddled to safety. No one else was hurt.

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