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Man dies in Norwich flat fire

An investigation has started after a man died in a flat fire in Norwich.

Crews from Earlham, Carrow and Sprowston were called to the flats in Hotblack Road just after 5am this morning.

A Norfolk police spokesman said:

Fire service investigators, assisted by police, will this morning examine the property and carry out a full investigation to establish how the fire started. A cordon remains in place on the scene. No-one else was hurt and the block of flats did not need to be evacuated.

Bats stops church restoration

A churchwarden in Norfolk claims his medieval building has been ruined because of a bat. Work on the roof of Litcham church near King's Lynn had to be put on hold after bat droppings were found. But conservationists say there are plenty of solutions. As Kate Prout reports


Police concerned about missing girl

Sharna Barnes Credit: Norfolk Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a teenager who is missing from Great Moulton in Norfolk. Sharna Barnes, who is 13 years-old was last seen around 5.10pm yesterday evening, Saturday 5 July. It’s thought she may be in the Norwich area.

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare and would like to hear from anyone who may know of her whereabouts.

Trauma teddies donated to police


Police at Watton in Norfolk have been given 100 teddy bears which can be given to children involved in road traffic collisions. The cuddly toys, known as ‘trauma teddies’, have been donated by customers of the local branch of Norwich and Peterborough Building Society

PCSO Tonya Winsley, said: "Regardless of age, being involved in a collision or any incident which requires police attendance can be a traumatic experience but it can be particularly upsetting and frightening for young children who will not necessarily understand of what’s happening around them.

"A simple thing such as a teddy can help comfort and reassure little ones in times of distress and I would like to thank all those who have knitted toys and donated them.”


Armed police arrest two men at camp site

Armed police have arrested two men following an incident at a camp site in Norfolk.

Police were called to Yarmouth Road in Ormesby this morning after reports of a man making threats. There were no reported injuries and no threat to the wider public.

The men, aged 33 and 39, were arrested after negotiations lasting two and a half hours

A police spokesperson said: "Public safety is paramount and our specially trained officers led this operation. Throughout the incident there were no indications of a wider risk to the community.”

Overturned kayak spotted off Norfolk coast

The inshore lifeboat crew with the deflated kayak Credit: RNLI

Two people were feared to be in the water off the North Norfolk coast after a kayak was found overturned in the water.

The sighting of the kayak sparked a rescue operation when the alarm was raised a mile north of Burnham Overy Staithe.

It was thought two people had been inside the boat and so the Wells inshore lifeboat team were sent to investigate.

The all-weather lifefboat was then launched to help in the search for the missing crew, but was stood down after the missing persons were found safe on the shore.

Operations Manager Chris Hardy said. "From the land it looked as if there were two people on board and you can't take chances with situations like this. I am pleased that it all ended well in this case."

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