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Cold snap forces cancellation at Fakenham

Racing at Fakenham has been called off because of the cold weather Credit: ITV Anglia

The freezing weather has forced Fakenham racecourse to call off one of its most valuable meetings of the year tomorrow (January 15 2017).

Tens of thousands of pounds in prize money would have been on offer at the Norfolk track, but the forecast of another cold night tonight, and the chance of snow tomorrow morning has forced the course to cancel the meeting.

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Man charged after jumping off bridge into flooded river

Police have charged a man after he jumped into the flooded River Yare at Great Yarmouth.

Officers were called after a man was seen acting suspiciously near the Haven Bridge at approximately 9.10pm.

Stephen Wood, 43, of St George’s Road in Great Yarmouth, has been charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress and obstruction of a police constable in the execution of their duty.

He has been bailed to appear before Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25 January.

Major search launched after reports of downed aircraft

The search is going on around Barnham in Suffolk Credit: ITV Anglia

Emergency services have launched a search for a suspected missing aircraft after a trail of smoke was seen in the sky over the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Norfolk Police say the alarm was raised at 10am after the smoke was spotted over Barnham near Thetford.

Police, fire and the police helicopter are searching the area. Police say a trail of smoke was seen but no explosion was heard. They describe the operation as a speculative search.

Record year for Magpas air ambulance

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The Magpas Air Ambulance saw its busiest year to date in 2016, with almost 1,500 callouts for the charity’s advanced care, across 12 different counties. The ever increasing demand for the service led to its expert medical team being called out to emergencies on average of 4 times a day.

After becoming a 24/7 service in October 2015, the charity now sees almost 50% of callouts taking place overnight.

December was also a record month for the charity, with the medical team treating 18 patients during the four days between Christmas Eve and 27th December.

There are simply more people who need the enhanced care the Magpas Air Ambulance medical team delivers on a daily basis. The ageing population in the East of England is increasing the need for our service and our doctors and paramedics noticed a particular rise in the number of cardiac arrests they treated last year. We fully expect this demand to continue to rise in 2017 and need to raise £4.8 million as a charity to fund the service this year.

– Natalie Church, the Head of Operations

Great Yarmouth escapes any major flooding

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth has escaped from the threat of flood tonight.

Whilst water levels on the River Yare were higher, the tide has passed off peacefully.

Credit: ITV News Anglia
Credit: ITV News Anglia

Throughout the day thousands of people were told to evacuate their homes because of the flood risk.

However flood defences seem to have held firm against one the biggest tidal surge to hit the east coast since 2013.

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ITV News Anglia reporting on the East Coast storm surge

A number of severe flood warnings are in force around the Anglia coast. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As East Anglia braces itself for a storm surge to hit the coastline at high tide, the ITV News Anglia programme was presented live from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, one of the communities under threat.

There were 17 severe flood warnings in force ahead of the high tide overnight on Friday 13 January into the early hours of Saturday.

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Harbour master posts pictures ahead of high tide

The harbour master of Wells-next-the-Sea has posted images on twitter of the state of the sea an hour before high tide.

The pictures show the sea level has overtopped the harbour wall.

Residents evacuated from homes in Norfolk village

Approximately 15 properties are being evacuated in Salthouse in response to severe flood warnings issued for high waters tonight, Norfolk Police have said.

Properties affected by the warning will be visited by Community Flood Wardens, supported by officers from North Norfolk District Council.

Where possible, residents are being advised to make alternative arrangements to stay with family or friends who do not live in affected areas.

Walcott is latest village in Norfolk to be evacuated

Police will be going door to door in Walcott to urge people to leave their homes. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Dozens of people in the north Norfolk village of Walcott have become the latest to be evacuated from their homes.

A severe flood warning is in place for tonight's high tide and police are being joined by firefighters and the military to encourage people to leave their properties.

About 80 residents are behind advised to evacuate by officers who are going door to door.

A rest centre has been set up at The Lighthouse Pub for anyone unable to find alternative accommodation.

"We understand people will be anxious but this action is necessary on the back of the latest information from the Environment Agency, which suggests the threat is significant. We also have additional police resources in place to manage the response.”

– Supt Dave Buckley, Norfolk Police.
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