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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.

Police raids in Norfolk aim to stop illegal tobacco trade

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A series of raids has been carried out on shops in King's Lynn in an attempt to stop the supply of illegal cigarettes and tobacco which is becoming a serious problem in our region.

Trading standards officials say they are potentially dangerous and are affecting the trade of legitimate businesses.

Police arrest jogger suspected of exposing himself

Police have arrested a man in King's Lynn on suspicion of exposure.

The man, who's 53 and from King's Lynn, was arrested at around 6.40am this morning (Thursday 5 January).

He has been arrested in connection with a number of reported incidents in recent weeks where a man has been seen exposing himself whilst jogging along the Lynnsport cycle path.

The man is currently in police custody to be questioned by officers later today.

Four arrests made at two separate Norfolk raves

Police deal with the incident at Bodney. Credit: Breckland Police/Twitter

Four people have been arrested following two separate illegal raves in Norfolk last night.

One of the events took place on Brow of the Hill, Leziate, near King’s Lynn.

48-year-old Dean Cooper from King's Lynn was arrested and subsequently charged with one count of burglary and one count of possession of a bladed article, while two others were arrested with one caution issued.

The second rave was held at a site in Bodney, near Thetford,and when police arrived they managed to disperse the crowd and seize equipment.

A woman was arrested and is still being questioned.

These types of unlicensed events are not uncommon at this time of year but they can be seriously distressing to local residents.

The events are also generally dangerous, taking place in isolated locations, often within dilapidated buildings. At one of the events this weekend there was a definite danger to those in attendance with the fumes from a generator filling the building they were in.

These illegal events also involve trespassing on others’ land and into their buildings, causing a disturbance and putting people at risk. The organisers are not licensed and do not appear to have any regard for the welfare of others or the negative impact on local people.

Our swift and robust response to these illegal events shows that we are prepared and will continue to take positive action to prevent them from occurring and we will prosecute offenders involved where necessary as well.

– Assistant Chief Constable Mike Fawcett


Queen to miss New Year's Day Sandringham service

The Queen won't attend the service at Sandringham. Credit: PA

Buckingham Palace have confirmed the Queen will not attend the New Year's Day church service at Sandringham as she continues to recover from a lingering cold.

In a statement, the Palace said Queen Elizabeth II doesn't "yet feel ready to attend church" and will instead continue to recuperate.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh were forced to delay their annual trip to Norfolk due to the illness, and she also recently missed the Christmas Day service for the first time in 28 years.

Although the Queen hasn't been seen in public for more than a week now, it's understood she's up and about.

The Duke is expected to attend the service as normal which will be led by the Bishop of Norwich.

Police appeal for help to find two wanted men

Luke Stephens (left) and Edward Cash (right) are wanted for breaching the terms of their licence. Credit: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police are appealing for help to find two wanted men.

Luke Stephens, 28, is originally from Lowestoft but is thought to be in Norwich.

Edward Cash, 44, is from Norwich, but he believed to have links with the Cromer and Kings Lynn areas.

Both men are wanted for breaching the terms of their license.

Queen arrives in Sandringham later than planned

  • Watch the Queen arrive in Sandringham by helicopter

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Norfolk for their Christmas break a day later than planned.

Instead of travelling by train the Royal couple made the journey from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham by helicopter.

The Queen and Prince Philip were forced to delay the trip because of heavy colds but were well enough to travel today.

They will spend their traditional Christmas on the estate in west Norfolk with other members of the Royal Family.

In past years the couple have joined commuters on the train from King's Cross to King's Lynn.

Queen delays trip to Sandringham because of heavy cold

The Queen was expected to travel to Sandringham today for the start of her Christmas break. Credit: PA

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have heavy colds and have decided not to travel to Sandringham today, Buckingham Palace has said.

They were expected to go by train to King's Lynn and then on to her nearby Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The royal couple instead stayed at Buckingham Palace.

There was a police presence at the station this morning, but the officers later left.

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