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Police appeal to A47 fatal in Dereham

Police are re-appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A47 yesterday. The collision took place at Dereham at around 2.50pm and involved a car and a lorry.

The driver of the car, a 69 year old male from Norwich, who was driving a silver Ford Focus, died at the scene.

The Ford Focus was travelling toward King's Lynn from the Dereham direction when it was in collision with the lorry coming from the other direction.

The road was closed in both directions between Scarning and Dereham to allow emergency services to carry out their investigations.

The driver of the 7.5 tonne lorry, a Norwich man, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment to a broken left hand


Woman dies in A47 crash

A woman has died following a crash on the A47 at Dereham, Norfolk this morning.

Emergency services were called to the two vehicle collision on the eastbound carriageway at 10.30am.

The passenger in one of the cars died at the scene, whilst the driver was seriously hurt although her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The male driver of the second car has been taken to hospital and is critically injured.

The road is currently closed in both directions with diversions in place.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the crash and are keen to trace the occupants of a small black car which was seen driving erratically on the Norwich-bound carriageway at the time and failed to stop at the scene.


Hotel staff provide emergency service

Staff at a hotel beside the A47 in Norfolk have revealed they keep an emergency kit at the ready, because of the number of accidents on the road.

The county council says its hoping for improvements to the stretch of the road near Dereham. In the meantime it's bringing in more volunteers to teach road safety

Eleven crews tackle Dereham fire

Eleven fire crews from across Norfolk have spent the night tackling a fire in Dereham. The blaze at the Pact animal sanctury shop on Norwich Road started at about 10.00pm. The road was closed for several hours whilst fire fighters fought to control the blaze and protect adjoining premises.

Bomb experts called after museum find

Bomb disposal experts turned up at a museum volunteer's Norfolk house after he took home some grenades found in the museum's archive.

Volunteers at Bishop Bonner's cottage in Dereham found a box labelled "bomb" while sorting through items held in storage.

They opened the box and found three clay balls packed with gun powder with wicks sticking out of them.

Bob Davies, Vice-Chairman of the Dereham Antiquarian Society, decided to take them home.

"We think somebody made the grenades during the First World War in a Dad's Army-style attempt to defend the country.

"I thought they had sat on a shelf safely for 90 years so it should be ok to take them home for safekeeping.

"I called the police and they told me not to touch them. The next thing I knew, bomb disposal experts arrived.

"I think my neighbours were quite surprised."

– Bob Davies, Dereham Antiquarian Society

He added that experts were so impressed by the find that they will find a new home for the grenades in the bomb disposal unit's museum in Colchester.

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