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Coastal flood alert for East Anglia downgraded

There were high seas and waves crashing over the sea wall at Bacton and Walcott over the weekend. Credit: Eric Smith

The risk of coastal flooding in East Anglia on Wednesday and Thursday has been downgraded to 'very low'.

It was feared high tides could coincide with strong northerly winds to created a tidal surge with the risk of some flooding at the coast.

The Environment Agency now says: "The forecast risk of flooding across England and Wales for today and the next two days is very low."

Wintry showers and winds gusting at more than 50 mph

The Anglia region has been hit by strong winds and blustery wintry showers as a brief Arctic blast affects the UK.

Winds gusted to 56 mph at 10am on Saturday at Weybourne in Norfolk.

A dusting of wet snow was reported at Hitchin in Hertfordshire along with 4 mm of rain.

A tree blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout. Credit: Steve Ramsay

A tree was blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout.

Steve Ramsay stopped to clear debris with the help of another passer-by and they placed a high-vis jacket on the stump to warn other road users.

In Norfolk, the A1076 Gayton Road in King's Lynn is closed both ways due to fallen tree between Winston Churchill Drive East and Winston Churchill Drive West.

The road is closed after the tree came down just after 10am on Saturday near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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A tree blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout. Credit: Steve Ramsay

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region at 9am on Saturday 21 November 2015

  • 54 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 48 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 44 mph at Bedford
  • 36 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 32 mph at Shoeburyness, Essex


Police search Stevenage station after reports of weapon - which turns out to be sandwich in carrier bag

The suspicious item was found to be a sandwich inside a carrier bag. Credit: PA

Police were called to Stevenage station yesterday afternoon to reports of a man with a concealed weapon - which turned out to be a sandwich in a carrier bag.

Officers received a call that man was seen acting suspiciously near the station, and that he may have had weapon concealed in a plastic bag.

They arrived at the scene, along with officers from the British Transport Police, and quickly found the man.

Following a search they discovered the suspicious item was a sandwich inside a carrier bag.

"Whilst this may sound light-hearted our thanks go to the vigilant member of the public who, concerned by what they saw, had the sense to ring the police who could take swift action.

We would urge anyone else who is suspicious or concerned about anything they see or hear todo the same thing and contact us.

At a time of heightened security the public has a crucial role to play in supporting the police in helping to keep our communities safe."

– Hertfordshire Police spokesman
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