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Emergency services braced for busiest weekend of the year

Emergency services are braced for what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year as thousands of office parties take place.

Police and paramedics are putting on extra patrols in case things get out of hand.

A & E units are also drafting in more staff as already busy hospitals come under more pressure.

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Norwich flat fire death not suspicious

A man died after a flat fire in West Pottergate in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police investigating the death of a man following a flat fire in Norwich say it is not suspicious.

Officers were called to the fire in West Pottergate at around 12pm yesterday lunchtime, where they found a man inside.

A file will now be passed to the Coroner.


Road safety campaign 'David's story' gets award

David Holmes Credit: Brenda Holmes, David's mother

A hard-hitting road safety video showing footage of a fatal motorbike collision in Norfolk has received a top motor industry award.

The family of David Holmes gave police permission to upload the footage to the internet to make people think about road safety.

It shows a car crossing into his path as he travelled at high speed from King's Lynn on the A47.

'David's story' attracted worldwide attention, receiving more than one million views within 24 hours of its release.

"The courage of Brenda Holmes, supported by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, in releasing a harrowing video that included the shocking moment when her son, David, was killed on his beloved motorcycle, has undoubtedly saved lives, and seen some good come from this terrible accident."

– Mike Orford, Motor Industry Public Affairs Association

The award was presented to David's mother Brenda and Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk.

"Although we know the video been widely viewed we cannot measure how successful it has been in terms of casualty reduction and for me this award shows that it has been of some value. I would also like to thank Chris and the team who produced the video for their efforts in this campaign.”

– Brenda, David's mother

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Ambulance crews prepare for 'Black Friday'

Ambulance crews gear up for 'Black Friday' Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of calls to the East of England Ambulance service are up 11% compared to 2013 and that is before 'Black Friday' gets underway tonight.

Crews call the last Friday before Christmas 'Black Friday' as people make the most of what is for some, their last working day before Christmas.

There were 700 more callouts than average last Saturday and it's expected that figure will be exceeded tonight.

For special safety guidelines issued by the ambulance service. Click here.

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