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Two moved to burns unit after explosion

The scene of the explosion Credit: Tanya Mercer

Two people who were injured in a suspected gas explosion at Gorleston in Norfolk have been transferred to a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Essex.

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were initially taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, and have now been transferred, the hospital said.

The explosion happened at a house in Frederick Road at just after 11.30am on Thursday. An investigation is underway into the cause.

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Parents fight plans to close small rural schools

Mileham Primary School Credit: Mileham Primary School

There are fears that schools with just a few dozen pupils could soon be a thing of the past in rural Norfolk.

Councillors claim small schools don't perform as well as bigger ones and cost more to run.

In 2014 just under 68% of 10 and 11 year olds achieved the expected level 4 in reading, writing and maths at schools with fewer than 50 pupils.

That was more than six percentage points below the average for Norfolk schools - which was 74%.

Mileham Primary School in Mid Norfolk, which has just 28 pupils, is one that's ear-marked for closure. However parents and governors there say it would be a crime if it was shutdown.

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Two people in hospital after suspected gas explosion

The scene of the explosion Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people have been taken to hospital after what is believed to be a gas explosion in Gorleston in Norfolk.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and a Search and Rescue Team from Dereham were called to Frederick Road around 11.36am today (Thursday 5th March)

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were taken to the James Paget hospital with minor burns.

The gas board and UK Power Network are currently at the scene and have isolated the gas and electrical supply to the property.

Crews are still trying to make the building and surrounding area safe. People are being advised to avoid the area.

House prices increasing faster than wages

House prices are increasing faster than wages Credit: ITV News Anglia

First time buyers in East Anglia are struggling to get on the ladder because house prices are going up faster than wages.

According to housing charity Shelter, in real terms buyers here are paying £60,000 more now for a house.

It also shows average house prices in the East are now 11 times the average wage - compared to just six times- 15 years ago.

Three charged with slavery offences

Three people have been charged with slavery and trafficking offences linked to the food industry.

Properties in Great Yarmouth were raided by Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority on Wednesday 4th March following an investigation into people being trafficked and exploited for labour.

Suffolk Police say all those arrested were involved in vegetable and meat processing.

Konstantin Sasmurin, 32, and Linus Ratautas, 29, both from Caister-on-Sea, have been charged with acting as a gangmaster without a licence, holding a person in slavery or servitude, trafficking people for exploitation and money laundering.

Evelina Perekriostovai, 22, also from Caister-on-Sea, is charged with money laundering. They've all been released on bail.

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