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RAF Marham awarded £135m contract for revamp

The F-35B

A £135m contract to improve facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk has been awarded by the Ministry of Defence.

The work will deliver a new aircraft hangar capable of housing 12 of the new F-35 jet aircraft and will improve existing facilities, including resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways.

Vertical Landing Pads will also be added to RAF Marham, accommodating the F-35B’s ability to land vertically, a capability previously covered by the Harrier jets.

The major investment in RAF Marham is the last of seven projects worth £250m undertaken to ready the Station for the arrival of the aircraft in 2018.

The contract has been awarded to a joint venture of Galliford Try and Lagan Construction Ltd, creating local jobs at RAF Marham and across East Anglia.

Throughout the F-35 programme, British firms have won major contracts creating thousands of jobs.

The contract to improve the runways and taxiways as well as installing new landing pads will bring local jobs to Marham.

– Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon

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Missing woman thought to be one of two bodies found in house

Kanwal Bernice Williams has been missing for a fortnight. Credit: Lincolnshire Police.

The body of a woman missing for more than a fortnight is believed to have been found alongside that of a man near Wisbech.

Kanwal Bernice Williams, 50, from Lutton, in Lincolnshire, had not been seen since March 25.

Two bodies were found at a house in the Lutton area, which is between Spalding, King's Lynn and Wisbech.

Police, who are treating the deaths as "unexplained", have confirmed they are linking the discovery with the missing person inquiry.

The force added: "Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with this inquiry."

Investigations into the deaths are ongoing and formal identifications are not expected to take place until later this week.

Culverhouse named as new King's Lynn boss

Culverhouse was Norwich City Assistant Manager alongside Paul Lambert Credit: PA Images

Former Norwich City full back Ian Culverhouse has joined King's Lynn Town as the club's first full-time manager.

The EvoStick Premier League side made the announcement on its website earlier today.

Culverhouse, 53, joined Norwich from Spurs in 1985 and went on to make 296 appearances for the team.

He'll be unveiled at the Walks tomorrow.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital names new Chief Executive

Jon Green will start in May. Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Jon Green will officially join the Trust in May, where he'll take over from Dorothy Hosein who resigned last October.

Mr Green currently works at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

I am excited by the opportunity to help QEH at such an important stage in its recovery and to lead the organisation as it strives to deliver high quality healthcare.

I am really looking forward to bringing some of my experiences from elsewhere and working with all staff to develop an organisation that we and our community can be proud of.

– Jon Green

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Major timber fire in Norfolk could take days to put out

Firefighters are tackling a timber fire in West Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Dozens of firefighters tackling a major timber fire in West Norfolk could take days to put out the blaze.

Up to 50 crew members at a time have been at the site at Common Lane in North Runcton, near King's Lynn, since just before midday on Saturday, January 21.

Around 75 firefighters have been involved in total, with crews rotating to ensure constant cover.

A Red Watch control spokesman said they were still actively fighting the fire on Sunday morning - with the high-volume pumps from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire both involved - but the size of the blaze meant crews would remain on the scene at least throughout the day and overnight.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and it could be a couple of days before it is safe enough for investigators to access the site.

The Queen visits Sandringham WI

The Queen has spent the afternoon with members of Sandringham Women's Institute for tea and a talk by television presenter and historian Lucy Worsley.

After convalescing over the Christmas period with a heavy cold the Queen's third public appearance of the year was eagerly anticipated by the press.

The Queen arrives for the WI meeting

Each year the Queen visits WI members at West Newton village hall as part of her winter stay on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The monarch looked well as she stepped from the chauffeur-driven car and was greeted by Yvonne Browne, vice-president of the Sandringham branch.

Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and a TV presenter, had arrived earlier to give a talk to the members.

Woman seriously injured after crash on A148 in Norfolk

Two cars collided on the A148 in Harpley, Norfolk. Credit: PA

A woman is seriously injured in hospital after a road crash in Harpley, Norfolk.

An Audi Q7 and a Nissan Micra collided on the A148 at about 8am on 15 January.

The female driver of the Nissan was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Her injuries include a fractured sternum and a broken foot.

The driver of the Audi was not injured.

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.

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