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Help needed to trace family of dead 64-year-old

Mr Holmes passed away on Wednesday 25 November. Credit: Norfolk Police.

The Coroner’s Office is appealing for help to trace the family of a man who lived in the Norwich area.

Robin Holmes, 64, lived in Charles Square, Norwich,

He died on Wednesday 25 November. There were no suspicious circumstances.

It is understood he was born in India but lived in Norwich for many years.

Officers would like to trace anyone who knew Robin and may have details of his family and friends to call the Coroner’s Office in Norwich on 01603 276493.


Work on controversial Norwich road to get underway before Christmas

There have been numerous protests against the road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work on a controversial new road around Norwich will get underway before Christmas after the government approved the plans.

The Chancellor agreed to release the funding needed to go ahead with the Northern Distributor Road in his autumn statement yesterday (November 25).

There's been a series of protests against the 12 mile road which will run from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 north of Taverham.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the funding yesterday. Credit: PA

"This is a memorable day for Norfolk and Norwich. This announcement from the Government is confirmation that over £100m in national funding will be coming to Norfolk for Norwich Northern Distributor Road. The road is essential infrastructure for the future wellbeing of the city and county, supporting economic growth and new jobs, and making journeys quicker and easier for thousands of people every day.

The funding package is now firmly in place. This means that we are on course for site clearance work to start in the next few weeks, with main construction beginning around the end of March next year. This work will include environmental and wildlife protection measures that set new standards nationally – I am looking forward to planting the first of the 30,000 trees that will be going in along the route.

We know that Norfolk needs better infrastructure, and there is almost £106.5m* of national funding on the table to pay for this road. We should now be working together to make the most of the opportunities the NDR will give us, and to press for further national investment in our roads and railways - particularly the A47 and Great Yarmouth's third river crossing, and the Norwich to London main rail line."

– Cllr George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council


Norfolk firefighters to lobby MPs about potential cuts to their service

Heacham Fire Station, which has been open for 50 years. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from Norfolk will be in London today lobbying the county's MPs about likely cuts to their fire service.

It's proposed that two retained stations will be closed - Heacham and either West Walton or Outwell.

The Fire Brigades Union is also worried about the potential loss of second crews from retained stations and the withdrawal of 24 hour cover from some full-time ones.

"Fire calls have gone down, but deaths have gone up.

It's ironic because if fire calls have gone down and fire deaths have gone up that means more people are actually dying in the fires that occur because we're not getting there quick enough."

– Pete Greeves, Fire Brigades Union

Rail line re-opened but delays and buses continue

The main rail between London and Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk has re-opened after signalling problems near Witham but there will still be delays for commuters well into the evening.

Buses replacing trains outside Witham station in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Serena Sandhu

Buses have been replacing trains between Chelmsford and Witham affecting passengers heading to and from Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich as well as stations between.

Rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia is warning that delays and disruption could continue until 9pm.

In the past fortnight, Abellio Greater Anglia has been forced to cancel 900 train services. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Serena Sandhu
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