Local support 'a great consolation'

Families left homeless in Norfolk after last week's tidal surge have described how community support has helped them through the ordeal.

Cameron views tidal surge damage

David Cameron surveyed the extent of the flood damage as he visited a town hit by last week's tidal surge.

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Four arrested after death in Hemsby

Four people have been arrested by police investigating a man's death following a disturbance at Hemsby in Norfolk.

Officers were called at around 11.25pm last night after reports of trouble at a house.

"On arrival at the scene a 20-year-old male was found with serious injuries. He was taken to the James Paget hospital for treatment, but sadly died a short while later. As a result of initial police inquiries, four males have been arrested in connection with the incident."

– Norfolk Police spokesman

The victim was found in a property on The Glebe on the North Sea coast.

Forensic examinations are taking place at the scene and officers are speaking to witnesses and carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

'Unexploded mortar' found on Norfolk beach

An area of beach at Hemsby in Norfolk has been cordoned off this morning following the discovery of what is believed to be an unexploded mortar.

Officers were contacted at around 8:15am after the item was found about 500 yards away from the lifeboat station.

Personnel from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team have been contacted.

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Hemsby tidal surge homes to be demolished

Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves Credit: Mike Page

Homes left hanging on the edge of a Norfolk coastline following this month's tidal surge will be demolished by Christmas. Great Yarmouth Borough Council say four homes will be knocked down. The council say one of the homes was also found to contain asbestos.

The council say they hope to recover the costs of the work through Government schemes.

Items saved from the tidal surge stolen

Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves. Credit: Mike Page

Thieves have stolen belongings salvaged from a home which fell into the sea after a tidal surge hit the east coast.

Three homes were destroyed and four others "seriously undermined" as waves ravaged the village of Hemsby in Norfolk on Thursday night.

But while residents formed human chains and battled to save whatever possessions they could as the homes slipped over the cliff edge, suspects made off with valuables which had been rescued.

Norfolk Police said the offenders struck at some point between 10pm on Thursday and 11.30am on Sunday.

A police spokesman said: "They entered the shed on The Marrams and removed a carrier bag of items that had been saved from a bungalow falling into the sea.

"Items taken include a gold necklace, three watches, a digital camera and a camcorder.

"There were many members of the public in the area offering assistance over the course of the weekend and officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the bungalow or adjacent sheds at the time of the incident."

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David Cameron says more could be done to prevent floods

"I think you can always do more, so here we are with a flood that was bigger than 1953, but with many fewer homes flooded - even though of course we built lots of homes in flood plains since then.

"So, I think the figure is had there been no flood defences you could have seen 800,000 homes flooded. So there's always more that can be done.

"There's always more flood defences that can be put in place, the funding is there but you can't always protect everything."

– David Cameron

David Cameron visits North Norfolk following tidal surge

David Cameron this morning in North Norfolk.

The Prime Minister has been paying a visit to North Norfolk this morning to see for himself the extent of last week's flood damage.

David Cameron visited Wells-next-the-Sea and spoke to residents whose properties were damaged in the tidal surge. He also thanked the emergency services for their work.

Sea defences managed to prevent the devastation seen further down the coast at Hemsby and Walcott but he insisted that more needed to be done and lessons had to be learnt

David Cameron speaks to residents.
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Cameron views tidal surge damage in Norfolk

David Cameron surveyed the extent of the flood damage in north Norfolk today as he visited a town hit by last week's tidal surge.

The Prime Minister met residents of Wells-next-the-Sea whose properties were damaged as the tide reached the highest level on record.

David Cameron met Norfolk rescue services involved in the flood response.

Mr Cameron paid tribute to the emergency services and flood wardens for their response, but said more could be done.

He said: "These were terrible floods and it was a very difficult event but the resilience of people here in Norfolk must be praised."

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