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Man dies after getting into difficulty swimming in Norfolk

Sea Palling in Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 54-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty in the water at Sea Palling beach in Norfolk.

The Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public after a group of four males were seen in distress around 800 metres from the main beach which has a lifeguard.

The group were rescued from the water at 11.47am this morning.

A 26-year-old man, who was pulled unconscious from the water, has been airlifted to hospital.

A 16-year-old and a man in his 20s were also helped by emergency crews.

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Two men pulled unconscious from the water at Norfolk beach

Lifeguards are believed to have pulled the pair out of Sea Palling in Norfolk.

Two people have been rescued from the water at Sea Palling beach after getting into difficulty.

Officers were alerted by HM Coastguard at 11.47am this morning (Saturday 23 July 2016).

The Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public after after a group of people were caught in a rip tide.

A number of emergency crews are currently on the beach, including a coastguard helicopter, three coastguard rescue teams and a rescue lifeboat.

All the swimmers were recovered from the water and two people have been taken to hospital.

'Multiple casualties' after incident in water at Norfolk beach

Emergency services have been called to Sea Palling in Norfolk after reports of people in distress in the sea.

The Coastguards received a number of medical calls to four people in the water. They have since been recovered and are being treated as 'fairly serious'.

A number of emergency crews are currently on the beach, including a coastguard helicopter, three coastguard rescue teams and a rescue lifeboat.

A spokesman for Humber Coastguard said a search and rescue operation is currently ongoing.

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Police make appeal to hear from Marham witnesses

Police want to hear from anyone who was near Squires Hill on Wednesday. Credit: Norfolk Police

Police investigating the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham have appealed for anyone who was in the area on the day of the incident to come forward.

The victim, who's in his 20s, was approached by two men "of middle Eastern appearance" while he was out jogging on Wednesday afternoon.

He was then threatened with a knife before the men got away in a car.

A number of pedestrians were seen walking on Squires Hill, near to Costcutters, at the time of the attack and officers are particularly keen to hear from them because they may have vital information.

They also want to talk to any motorists who travelled through the village on Wednesday.

Early CCTV enquiries suggest the road (Squires Hill) was fairly busy throughout the afternoon with pedestrians and cars. It is these people we are very keen to speak with; they may regularly use the shop and may have seen something out of the ordinary.

The vehicle used by the suspects, a dark coloured people carrier, remains a key line of enquiry and clearly anyone who saw a vehicle similar to this in that area during the time frame should contact us.

I would stress to people that no matter how insignificant the information may seem to them, it is crucial we have this to piece together a full picture of the circumstances leading up to the incident.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police are urging anyone with information to call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

Terrorism expert: 'British soldiers are natural targets'

A security expert says that British soldiers are 'natural targets' for terrorists after an attempted abduction at RAF Marham earlier this week.

The victim, who's in his 20s, was approached by two men "of middle Eastern appearance" on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have been quick to point out that they don't yet know the motive for the attack and there is no evidence yet that it was terrorism-related.

However, Chris Phillips admits security needs to be tight at bases up and down the country.

Soldiers are naturally a target for ISIS, simply because they see them as the natural enemy - albeit they want to see mass casualty attacks as well.

This is one option for terrorists and one option that we have to face.

– Chris Phillips, security expert

Chubby toad stuck in Norwich garden

A chubby toad had to be rescued from a garden decking in Norwich as it was stuck face down. Credit: RSPCA

A chubby toad had to be rescued from garden decking in Norwich as it was stuck face down.

Inspector Jason Finch from the RSPCA attempted to carefully try and release the toad with his hands, but he was concerned about hurting the toad’s delicate and soft body, so the homeowner kindly agreed to let him saw the wooden board to release the toad.

But then the toad had managed to wriggle and squeeze himself through the gap, and was completely trapped underneath the decking.

Inspector Fitch from the RSPCA managed to lift the toad to safety Credit: RSPCA

Luckily, after continuing to saw the wood, the inspector managed to lift the toad to safety.

There was no way he would have been able to get out from under the decking, so I carried on with my plan to saw the plank of wood and lever it up, where I was then able to lift the toad out to safety.

He was the biggest, fattest toad I have ever seen! I can only think he was after a nice fly or a juicy bug when he decided to stick his head down the gap. I released him near the garden pond and watched him hop off to where he belongs - all in a very successful rescue.

– RSPCA Inspector, Jason Finch
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