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More cocaine washes up on region's beaches

The drugs washed up on Friday are thought to have a street value of £50 million Credit: National Crime Agency

Another parcel of cocaine's been found after 50 million pounds worth of the A class drug washed up on beaches in Norfolk last week.

You can watch Natalie Gray's report here.

Holdalls of the drug were first discovered by a woman walking her dog on Hopton beach just south of Great Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon. Parcels were also found at Caister and Suffolk Police's confirmed more's been found at Kessingland in Suffolk.

The National Crime Agency say the amount so far seized is around 360 kilograms.

The Home Office says its intelligence-led approach against drug smugglers is working. Last year two men were found guilty after Border Force acted on intelligence and seized more than half a billion pounds worth of cocaine.

“We not only work extremely closely with domestic partners, like the NCA, but also international counterparts to share intelligence and target our operations accordingly. “While Border Force use a combination of cutters, patrol vessels and cutting-edge technology to secure our coastline, we also encourage members of the public to report suspicious activity.”

– Home Office spokesperson

It says new coastal patrol vessels have been launched to support cutters in UK waters and more are due to enter service this year.

Members of the public can report suspicious activity around the coast to the local police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Project KRAKEN.

Flood awareness event held in Great Yarmouth

An exhibition reminding people of the importance of evacuation during flooding has got underway in Great Yarmouth.

In last month's storm surge, 60% of people chose not to leave their homes, despite being advised to do so.

Across Suffolk and Essex, more than 5,000 properties were also in danger.


Norfolk cocaine discovery: The latest from the scene

  • Report form the scene by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

ITV News Anglia reporter Kate Prout has the latest from the scene after £50 million worth of cocaine washed up on two Norfolk beaches.

Bags were found on Hopton beach near Great Yarmouth and at a beach near Caister.

The discovery at Hopton on Thursday 9 February was alerted to police by a member of the public.

Architect admits jumping into river during storm surge was "stupid"

A navy architect who jumped into the river at Great Yarmouth during the storm surge admits he was "stupid"

A naval architect who jumped into a river at Great Yarmouth at the height of a storm surge tide earlier this month has admitted being "stupid".

Stephen Wood, ignored police warnings to leave and leapt into the water, telling an officer "I might as well jump in".

The PC told magistrates how she watched in "utter shock and disbelief" as he travelled "several metres in a split second".

Wood admitted obstructing a police officer in their duty on January 13 when parts of Great Yarmouth, had been evacuated over flooding worries.

In mitigation, Wood's defence said he admitted his actions had been "stupid", but added he was a naval architect and experienced in the seas and rivers.

Handing down an order to pay a £150 fine, with another £115 in court costs and fees, magistrate Darren Gilkes said it was a night the officers would not forget.


Coasts and rivers on flood alert as a storm surge arrives

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

Much of the East Anglian coast has been on flood alert today with a storm surge raising high tides.

Rivers on the Broads have also burst their banks and the rail line between Norwich and Lowestoft has been closed by flooding.

Trains disrupted after floodwater gets on tracks at Brundall

The scene in Brundall near Norwich currently. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Trains are being disrupted between Norwich and Lowestoft tonight due to floodwater getting onto the tracks.

Several flood alerts are in place across the Anglia region due to a storm surge raising high tides.

A flood warning has been issued for parts of the River Yare, including Brundall, and part of the line is now flooded.

Greater Anglia say that trains between Norwich and Lowestoft are being delayed and cancelled, and the problems are expected to last until 8pm.

A limited Rail Replacement Bus service is currently in operation.

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