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Normal rail service resumes after storm damage

Normal service has resumed after storm damage

Normal service has resumed on the regions rail network following storm damage early on Thursday 18.

Trees fell on tracks and overhead lines during the strong winds. More damaged trees fell on overhead lines on Friday 19 adding to the disruption.

They were removed in the morning and normal service had resumed by 4pm.

UK Power Networks say the vast majority of homes and businesses have had their power restored and hope to have the last few completed today.

This weekend's football fixtures

This weekends football fixtures Credit: ITV News

SATURDAY'S GAMES - 3.00pm unless stated.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Bolton Wanderers v IPSWICH TOWN

NORWICH CITY v Sheffield United

LEAGUE ONE

NORTHAMPTON TOWN v MK DONS

PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Oldham Athletic

Rochdale v SOUTHEND UNITED

LEAGUE TWO

COLCHESTER UNITED v Grimsby Town

Forest Green Rovers v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

LUTON TOWN v Morecambe

STEVENAGE v Carlisle United

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Storm disruption to power, roads and rail continues

More trees have come down on power lines

The line between Norwich and Liverpool street is experiencing delays after yesterday's heavy winds.

This morning more trees fell onto overhead wires between Stowmarket and Norwich. Greater Anglia say they expect the disruption is expected to continue until later this afternoon.

Some areas are still experiencing power cuts Credit: ITV News

Around 1,300 homes and business in Suffolk are still experiencing power cuts with a further 700 in Norfolk affected. UK Power Networks say they are aiming to have power restored by the end of today.

In Hertfordshire the remaining trees on the roads have been made safe and will be removed today.

More people visiting the East of England

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Official tourism figures show the number of overseas visitors to the East of England grew last year.

VisitBritain says more than 1.8 million international tourists came to the region in 2017. That's a rise of about 3% compared to the previous year.

However it wasn't such good news for the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire. The number of overseas visitors there fell by 5% to under a million.

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Nationally in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2016.

Boosting inbound tourism throughout Britain is at the heart of our work, so it is very encouraging to see the growth across our nations and regions. Tourism is one of our most valuable export industries and we are forecasting that growth will continue in 2018, with 41.7 million overseas visits to the UK and visitors spending almost £27 billion.

– VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates

Children’s Services in Norfolk no longer "inadequate"

Children’s Services in Norfolk are no longer Credit: PA

Children’s Services in Norfolk will no longer need government intervention after the standards agency, Ofsted, raised the service's rating.

The same inspection found the County Council's adoption service is "outstanding".

Overall, Norfolk's Children's Services "require improvement to be good” having previously been rated "inadequate".

It comes after a two week inspection in November which found significant improvements in support to children in care and care leavers.

Sara Tough was appointed Director of Children's Services in July last year and was the sixth person to appointed to the role in four years.

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Two dead in A47 crash at King's Lynn

Two men died in a crash on the A47 Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two men have died after a van and coach collided on the A47 in west Norfolk.

Emergency services were called to King's Lynn at around 5.20pm on Wednesday, January 17.

A passenger in the transit van was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was cut free from the vehicle and taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Passengers on the coach suffered slight bruising and went to hospital for treatment, police said.

The A47 remains closed.

Police deal with hundreds of calls over travel chaos

Norfolk Police say they have dealt with 300 emergency calls following the travel chaos caused by strong winds.

They were received between 5am and 7am. That number is the usual daily total.

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