Live updates

Regeneration work begins in King's Lynn

Workmen break ground for the first time Credit: ITV News Anglia

Construction work has begun this week on a £650,000 regeneration project on King's Lynn's Saturday Market Place.

The work which should take 3 months to complete will see the area changed into a more social space, so people can enjoy the historic buildings that surround the market place.

Artist's impression of the new look Saturday Market Place Credit: King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

We are making the footways much wider, slightly reducing the size of the car park, trying to produce an area which is more pedestrian friendly, an area that can perhaps have small events in the future.

– Quentin Brogdale, Resident engineer, Norfolk County Council
King's Lynn Minster overlooking the Saturday Market Place Credit: ITV News Anglia

We've got the Minster, we've got our beautiful town hall, it's just a car park and what we want is for people to enjoy the restaurants, the pub and make it a place worth visiting and staying for.

– Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

The work is being funded jointly by King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council and Norfolk County Council, with some money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Saturday Market Place is closed to traffic while the work is carried out, while pedestrian access is the same as normal.

There are road diversion signs in place.

It's hoped the project will be finished ready for the Christmas Lights switch on in November.

Mother's emotional plea after the deaths of her two young daughters in A47 car crash

An emotional plea from a mother after the deaths of her two young daughters in a car crash.

10-year-old Tamzin Portor and her seven-year-old sister Jessica were killed when the Ford Focus their stepmother was driving overturned as it left the A47 near Walsoken near Wisbech.

Today the inquests revealed the tyres were defective and Jessica was not wearing a seat belt. Their mother said it was a driver's responsibility to check these things.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

Advertisement

Inquest: Defective tyres on step-mothers' car could have caused crash

An inquest into the deaths of two young sisters killed in a road crash has heard that it could have been caused by defective tyres on their step-mothers' car.

Ten year old Tamzin Portor and Jessica, who was seven, were killed in the crash on the A47 at Walsoken in Norfolk two days after Christmas in 2012.

Their father's partner Marie Easter was driving when she swerved off the A47 at Walsoken in Norfolk. She admitted two charges of causing death by careless driving at Norwich Crown Court and was given a 15-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Sgt Andy Hood told the inquest the rear tyres on the car were defective. With uneven pressure on all four tyres and a damp road surface, that would have been a contributory factor in the crash.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake gave a narrative verdict, saying both girls had died from multiple injuries after their car overturned. Jessica had not been wearing a seatbelt.

Inquest hears girls killed in A47 crash were on their way to cinema in Peterborough for Christmas treat

Tamzin and Jessica Portor. Credit: ITV Anglia

The inquest is taking place into the deaths of two sisters killed in a road accident on the A47 near Wisbech in December 2012.

Ten-year-old Tamzin Portor and seven-year-old Jessica were on their way to watch a film in Peterborough as a Christmas treat.

They were back seat passengers in a Ford Focus driven by their step mother Marie Easter. Their father Alan was a front seat passenger.

Marie Easter told the Coroner she had to swerve to avoid a car coming in the opposite direction. She said she lost control and knocked herself out. She could not remember anything else.

The car overturned and the girls were killed.

Earlier this year she was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting causing the deaths of the girls by careless driving.

The girls' father Alan Portor said he was on the phone and did not see the car that Marie said she was forced to avoid, but believed her - even though others had claimed it was not true.

He said he had checked with the children that they were wearing seat belts, and they said 'yes'.

The inquest continues.

Inquest into death of sisters killed in A47 crash

Tamzin and Jessica Portor. Credit: ITV Anglia

An inquest into the deaths of two young sisters killed in a car crash will be held today.

Tamzin Portor, 10, and Jessica, seven, were killed in the crash on December 27, 2012.

Their father's partner Marie Easter, 44, was driving the family for a post-Christmas cinema trip when she swerved off the A47 at Walsoken, Norfolk.

She admitted two charges of causing death by careless driving at Norwich Crown Court and was given a 15-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Norfolk Police found that Jessica may not have been wearing a seatbelt and the rear tyres of the Ford Focus had dangerously low treads and uneven pressure, which would have made it hard to control.

The girls' father, Allan Portor, suffered broken ribs in the crash. His son, Liam, 12, suffered cuts and bruises.

Easter was also injured in the crash.

The inquest is due to take place in King's Lynn.

Advertisement

Serious collision closes A47 at Walpole Highway

Police are currently dealing with a serious road traffic collision near King’s Lynn which has closed the A47 in both directions at Walpole Highway.

Officers were called at 5.53pm this evening to reports of a single vehicle collision on the A47 westbound carriageway.

Emergency services, including fire and ambulance, are at the scene. The vehicle has collided with the central reservation.

The air ambulance has taken the male driver and only occupant of the vehicle to Addenbrookes hospital for treatment.

The road is not likely to reopen until later this evening, current estimates put the time of reopening at 11pm. Road users are advised to avoid the area for the next few hours.

Any witnesses to the collision should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

Michael Portillo officially opens King's Lynn station refurbishment

King's Lynn station is known as the Royal Station because it's used by the Queen on her way to Sandringham, but platform 1 has welcomed another famous face this week.

Cabinet Minister turned train enthusiast and TV presenter Michael Portillo was the guest of honour as a £1million refurbishment was officially opened.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Rob Halden-Pratt

Portillo to open King's Lynn station following revamp

Michael Portillo will officially open the refurbished train station in King's Lynn today.

The 168-year-old, grade 2 listed building, often hosts royal passengers including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Michael Portillo Credit: PA Images

The station has been taken back in time with a 1950's design, featuring vintage-style lanterns, signs and benches inspired by nearby Wolferton station.

Load more updates