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Neglected ponds in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to be restored thanks to £96,000 grant

Neglected ponds in North Norfolk and Cambridgeshire are to be restored thanks to a £96,000 grant. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Neglected ponds in North Norfolk and Cambridgeshire are to be restored thanks to a £96,000 grant.

It'll mean conservationists can clear dozens of overgrown sites in the area and restore habitats for hundreds of animals and plants.

Ponds in Northamptonshire will also benefit from the money which is from the Landfill Communities Fund.

Region's rail passengers face some of the highest season ticket fares

Peterborough station. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Rail passengers commuting into London from parts of the East of England have some of the most expensive season tickets in the country.

According to the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, the yearly fare from Great Yarmouth is the second highest anywhere in the country at £7,668.

Peterborough was third at £7,296. Only passengers in Swindon pay more.

The union also said long-distance commuters were spending more than £9,000 a year in rail fares and station car parking charges.

It has already staged a protest in Peterborough and is planning further demonstrations.

Norfolk: Inquest hears how woman died 48 hours after varicose veins operation

Nicola Tweedy.

An inquest's been hearing how a classroom assistant from Norfolk died 48 hours after undergoing an operation for varicose veins.

54-year-old Nicola Tweedy from Pulham Market near Norwich suffered a pulmonary embolism as a result of the surgery.

Her family claim medical staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital failed to recognise that because of her obesity she was at risk of her blood clotting.

Her husband Chris told the inquest he didn't think she was fit to be discharged from hospital after the operation on March 27 last year.

She was slurring her speech. He was adamant that no advice was given to them about deep vein thrombosis.

Two days later, her son Alex found her lifeless in a chair.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate her but it was too late.

Robert Brightwell, a consultant vascular surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, said that Mrs Tweedy was warned about the risks of surgery; that it can lead to deep vein thrombosis which can cause an embolism.

One in 10,000 cases are fatal. He couldn't recall whether she'd been told her obesity made her more of a risk.

Mr Brightwell admitted there had been two attempts to carry out a thrombosis risk assessment on Mrs Tweedy but it wasn't completed.

Mrs Tweedy's husband said she'd wanted Mr Brightwell to carry out the operation because she liked him and trusted him.

Instead it was carried out by his assistant, although Mr Brightwell was present for most of the surgery, which lasted more than an hour.

Nurse Susan Brown accepted it was an oversight on her part that a checklist hadn't been completed on the patient's discharge notes.

Professor Gerard Stansby from Newcastle Hospital carried out an independent report following Mrs Tweedy's death.

In a statement, he said more training was required at the Norfolk and Norwich to prevent the idea that monitoring for deep vein thrombosis is just a tick box exercise.

The inquest continues.


Norfolk: Homes evacuated and a road closed after fire at Caister pub

Several homes were evacuated and a road was closed after a pub in Norfolk caught fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Several homes were evacuated and a road was closed after a pub in Norfolk caught fire.

It broke out in the kitchen area of the Centurion Pub in Caister-on-Sea at around midday.

The fire broke out in the kitchen area of the Centurion Pub in Caister-on-Sea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ormesby Road was closed and a cordon was put in place because firefighters were concerned that gas cylinders on the site could explode.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is now underway.

Norfolk: Man who fell from Bacton Gas Terminal crane named as David Eastick

The Bacton Gas Terminal. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man who died at a gas terminal fell from a crane before it had begun operating, his employer has said.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the accident at Bacton gas plant, Norfolk, on Saturday morning (February 28).

Today Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd issued a statement naming the man as David Eastick, who was in his 60s.

It said the news had been met with "great sadness".

"The cause of the injuries are not known but the incident took place before crane lifting operations began.

A full investigation to determine what actually occurred has been launched by Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd, Perenco (UK) Bacton Gas Terminal, HSE and Norfolk police.

Our thoughts and concerns are with his family now and no further comment can be made at this time pending the outcome of the investigation."

– Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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