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Blaze destroys West Norfolk fire station

The fire station at Downham Market has been destroyed. Credit: Picture: Kathy Mellish.

A retained fire station at Downham Market in Norfolk has been destroyed in a blaze overnight.

Eight crews from the surrounding area tackled the fire on London Road which began just after midnight.

The fire engine stationed there has been destroyed.

The fire engine based at the station has also been destroyed. Credit: Picture: Kathy Mellish.
The fire station at Downham Market has been destroyed. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
The fire station at Downham Market the morning after the blaze. Credit: Picture: Kathy Mellish.

Norfolk: First signs of spring as lambing begins

A Rare Breeds Centre near Downham Market in Norfolk has begun its lambing season, but has spring come early because of our mild winter?

Statistics say we've had one of the mildest and sunniest winters in East Anglia for years, with higher than average amounts of sunshine.

In Cambridgeshire, the popular snow drop festival at Anglesey Abbey has come two weeks early and blossom is already starting to appear on many trees across the region.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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Pictures: Lambing gets underway at Norfolk farm

A 2 week old lamb at Church Farm. Credit: ITV News Anglia

At Church Farm rare breed centre near Downham Market in Norfolk, the lambing season is in full swing.

The lamb pictured above is around 2 weeks old, and the farm park will carry on lambing up until April.

Lambing often begins in February. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's not unusual in East Anglia for lambing to be early in February, because the climate here is generally kinder.

Farmers will lamb all at once, while places like Church Farm stagger their lambing, because rare breeds come into season at different times.

Body found in river

Police in Norfolk are investigating after a man's body was found in the river at Downham Market this morning. The body was discovered close to the A1122 in the Hythe Bridge area, following a call from a member of the public.

The area has been cordoned off while enquiries continue, but police don't believe the death is suspicious.

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Woman and baby die in crash

A woman and a baby have died after a car crashed into a tree near Downham Market.

A boy, thought to 15 months old, died at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in King's Lynn following the crash yesterday on the A134 at Crimplesham.

A female passenger died at the scene. The male driver is being treated at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge.

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