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Cromer Pier closed in the interest of public safety following storm damage

Storm surge hits Cromer Pier. Credit: Charlie Crafer

Cromer Pier has been closed in the interests of public safety, as a result of damaged sustained during yesterday's storm.

Elsewhere in North Norfolk, rest centres in Holt and Wells are now shut as they are no longer needed.

The Lighthouse at Walcott remains open and is busy and, as a result, people are being directed, where possible, to Stalham Sports Hall where there is more capacity.

Currently there is a total of 50-60 people based at the Stalham and Walcott centres.

There has been some damage to shops and cafes in Wells, but shop owners are aware and premises are being boarded up.

Second whale washes up on Norfolk beach

Dead whale at Sea Palling Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Dead whale at Sea Palling Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A dead whale has been discovered on Sea Palling beach, three days after a minke whale washed up at Cromer.

The mammal, thought to be another minke, was found earlier today (Monday 25 November) in a remote area of the north east Norfolk beach.

Norfolk Cetaceans said: "This 5.8m young female has probably been dead no more than three to four days.

"She looked well fed and had no obvious fatal injuries. I suspect she may have got into shallow water on the landward side of the reefs here and couldn’t get back to sea."


Norfolk: Whale washed up on Cromer beach

A dead Minke whale has washed up on the North Norfolk coast today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A dead Minke whale has washed up on the North Norfolk coast today.

The 25 foot long mammal was found on Cromer beach near the pier this morning and has probably been dead up to two weeks.

The whale was found on Cromer beach near the pier. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's the first time in more than 40 years a whale of this kind has been seen on this part of the coastline.

Town at the centre of double killing reacts to revelations about couple

A Norfolk town at the centre of a double killing has today been coming to terms with fresh revelations about the couple.

Former Cromer mayor Keith Johnson shot dead his wife Andrea before committing suicide last December.

A report released after yesterday's inquests revealed he had been abusing her for years but this only came to light from diary notes discovered after her death.

Our reporter Malcolm Robertson has been in Cromer today gauging reaction.

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Ex-Mayor abused his wife for years before killing her

They seemed the perfect couple. But behind the public facade, was a catalogue of violence and abuse.

It ended with the leader of North Norfolk Council shooting dead his wife before killing himself.

Today, inquests were held into the deaths of Keith and Andrea Johnson from Cromer, who died in December last year.

The coroner concluded that nobody - apart from Keith Johnson - could be blamed because the abuse Andrea suffered was only apparent from diary notes discovered after her death

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