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Fire service in tumble dryer safety warning

A number of brands are affected. Credit: Flickr: Gnarls Monkey

Essex Fire Service have issued a safety warning after a number of tumble dryer brands announced they are reviewing the safety of their products.

Fire staff are warning people not to leave running tumble dryers unattended after checks by manufacturers found that excess fluff was coming into contact with heating elements and causing potential fire risks.

The brands affected are Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda.

They have issued this advice.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended.
  • Clean the filters regularly to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff.
  • Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling.
  • Don't overload plug sockets.
  • Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.

For more information about which appliances are affected, visit:

Why you may not be able to call for help if you break down on the A149 in Norfolk

RAC warning to motorists of no phone signal on major Norfolk road Credit: ITV ANGLIA

A motoring charity is warning that drivers who break down on the A149 coast road in Norfolk may not be able to call for help because there's little or no mobile phone coverage.

It's among 4,500 miles of Britain's roads named by the RAC as having no 2G - the minimum required to make a call or send a text.

"There are thousands of miles of roads along which you would not want to break down or have an accident because calling the RAC, the emergency services or even home wouldn't be an option."

– Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation Director


Weather warning of further strong winds in parts of the Anglia region

There's a warning of further strong winds affecting parts of the Anglia region during Monday. It follows a weekend of blustery weather with winds in East Anglia gusting in excess of 60 mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning with the risk of disruption to travel.

Area covered by yellow weather warning on Monday 30 November 2015. Credit: Met Office

This weather warning is in force from 9am until 6pm on Monday 30 November. It covers parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

The Met Office says: "Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales along with much of southern and central England, and severe gales likely on exposed western and southern coasts.

"Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south. Winds will will gradually ease from the west on Monday afternoon."

"A further depression will move quickly east across the UK on Monday, crossing northern England in the afternoon. A swathe of gales is expected to the south of the depression's track.

"Although wind strengths will probably be slightly less than Sunday's system there is still the possibility of some localised low level impacts."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Man arrested by police after 8 hour stand off

A man has been detained after an eight hour stand-off Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man in his 40s has been arrested by police following an eight hour stand off in Norwich.

Officers were called to Argyle Street in the city at 8.26am to reports of a man armed and making threats in the street

When they arrived he went inside a neighbouring property and police cordoned off the road while negotiators tried to resolve the situation.

He voluntarily left the building at around 4.30pm and was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. He is currently receiving medical attention and remains in police custody.

A knife and other bladed weapons were recovered by the police.

The area around the property was cordoned off for the safety of all involved, including local residents. Specialist police resources worked throughout the day to bring this matter to a safe conclusion and I would like to thank people nearby... for their patience and understanding while we carried out this important work.”

– Chief Superintendent Nick Davison

Police seal off Norwich street to deal with reports of an armed man

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police units are still at the scene of an incident in Argyle Street in Norwich.

Officers were called at 8.26am to reports of a man armed and making threats in the street.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

When they arrived the man moved into a nearby property and police negotiators are currently in dialogue to resolve the situation.

No-one else is believed to be inside the property and a cordon is in place to maximise the safety of those involved and nearby.

People are asked to avoid the area while the incident remains on-going.

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