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Norwich pub named as Norfolk 'pub of the year'

The Beehive pub, Norwich Credit: CAMRA

A Norwich pub has been named as the Norfolk 'pub of the year'.

The Beehive on Leopold Road in Norwich was voted the overall Norfolk pub of the year for 2015, by members of Norwich & Norfolk, West Norfolk and Mid Anglia branches of CAMRA - the campaign for real ale.

"Community pubs are invaluable, which is why I have worked so hard in growing The Beehive into the hub of the community, as well as offering an excellent range of local beers while supporting other micro breweries from further afield."

– Alex Kerridge, Landlady of the Beehive pub

"With a strong emphasis on the quality of the beers and the community focus of the pub, The Beehive emerged the winner after a well fought contest between the other two Norfolk pubs in the competition. A deserved winner."

– Martin Ward, Norfolk area organiser, CAMRA

A fortnight's worth of rain in less than a day in the Anglia region

Up to 30 mm of rain fell in 12 hours in the Anglia region on Friday 24 July 2015. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Up to 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain fell in the Anglia region on Friday 24 July 2015 and in some places a fortnight's worth of rain has fallen in just 12 hours.

Harpenden in Hertfordshire saw more than 30 mm of rain between 9am and midnight on Friday. That was on top of more than 50 mm (2 inches) that fell during torrential downpours and thunderstorms last Friday.

Rainfall totals between 10am and 10pm on Friday 24 July 2015

  • 28.0 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 26.8 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 24.2 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 24.2 mm in Higham, Suffolk
  • 23.2 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 22.6 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 22.6 mm in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 21.8 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 21.0 mm at Norwich airport
  • 19.2 mm in Northampton
  • 18.4 mm in Bedford
  • 17.0 mm in Cambridge

In an average July, 51 mm of rain falls in the Anglia region during the entire month.

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Norfolk couple's Tunisia ordeal: Anglia report

It was four weeks ago today that 30 Britons were killed in a terrorist attack on a Tunisian beach.

Christine and Tony Callaghan from North Walsham in Norfolk survived, although both were injured. They've been talking to ITV about their ordeal and how they've tried to cope with the mental and physical scars.

Tony still feels guilty that his wife suffered life changing injuries; she insists he's a hero for tending to the wounded and the dying.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Jail for men who sprayed Norwich jewellery store staff with pepper spray

Tomas Masnauskas and Edgaras Blazaitis Credit: Norfolk Police

Two men who robbed a Norwich jewellery store and attacked members of staff have been jailed for nine years and four months.

Tomas Masnauskas, aged 24, Edgaras Blazaitis, 23, and Alanas Andriusis, 18, all of no fixed abode, had all previously pled guilty to charges in connection with a robbery on Stuart Robinson’s Jewellers in Swan Lane last February.

Andriusis is due to be sentenced at a later date.

On Wednesday 25 February two of the men entered the store and threatened members of staff with handguns, while the third man broke into the window displays and stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

They then sprayed two members of staff in the face with pepper spray before fleeing the store with the jewellery.

The men changed their clothes after committing the robbery but officers located and arrested them later that afternoon. The whereabouts of the jewellery is still unknown.

All three men had previously pled guilty to charges of robbery; possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery and possession of a weapon designed for the discharge of incapacitate spray.

"This was a particularly nasty robbery and the lengthy jail sentences handed out today fully justify the severity of the crime, particularly as the acts of violence were so needless and unwarranted.

"Today should act as a warning that anyone committing this kind of crime can expect to spend a long time behind bars.

"I’d like to give praise to the officers that were able to locate the three men so soon after the incident, as well as all those who helped secure today’s successful conviction, and also those members of the public who swiftly came to the aid of the victims at the time.”

– DC Richard Long, Bethel Street CID

Environment Agency monitoring flood situation with continuing heavy rain

The Environment Agency is warning that the rainfall will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding Credit: PA

The Environment Agency is warning that the rainfall will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The Agency says it is monitoring the situation closely and supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding. There are teams out on the ground working to reduce the risk of flooding, but the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts and warnings for rivers if required.

"Heavy rainfall on Friday night into Saturday brings a risk of surface water flooding for parts of south and east England. If you’re driving away for the summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk."

– John Curtin, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency

Brundall shed contained 'multiple cylinders'

At the scene Credit: Joe Sayer

Norfolk fire service has confirmed they've sent fire engines from Earlham, Sprowston, Carrow and a water carrier from Hethersett to the scene of a shed on fire containing multiple cylinders on Riverdale Court.

At the scene Credit: Joe Sayer
People have been evacuated from their homes Credit: ITV Anglia

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Police evacuate six homes after shed fire in Brundall

Emergency services at the scene Credit: @ncfclee

Police are assisting Norfolk Fire and Rescue service with a shed fire in Riverdale Court, Brundall.

Officers were called to the scene at 10:55am. The fire has spread to other sheds in the immediate area which has resulted in six homes being evacuated.

It is not believed there are any injuries.

Train services are currently suspended while emergency services deal with the fire.

On-site enquiries into Norwich factory deaths complete

Police at the scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives investigating the deaths of two men at an industrial unit in Norwich have completed their on-site enquiries.

Officers have been working with colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive since the incident at Harford Attachments on Monday 13 July.

Daniel Timbers, 29, and Barry Joy, 56, both died as a result of the effects of fire and inhalation of fumes of combustion.

The men were killed while working in a confined unit and evidence gathered so far suggests a flash over explosion happened as a result of a build-up of toxic fumes with some sort of ignition causing a fire ball.

Police at the scene Credit: ITV Anglia

"Our investigation and evidence gathering at the site is now complete and this information, along with witness statements, will now be examined in detail which will be a lengthy process.

"I’m confident we know what happened in terms of the explosion and our detailed enquiries will now focus on finding the cause of this and getting answers for the families and friends of Daniel and Barry."

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Work to repair Norwich car park will cost £1 million

Work to fix the biggest council-run car park in Norwich will get underway in the next couple of weeks.

The repairs to St Andrews multi-storey will cost more than a million pounds and will include a new weatherproof layer. The original layer failed - leading to lots of damage.

The work will be funded by a compensation settlement agreement from the insurers of the company that built it originally.

The company Gunite (Eastern) Ltd has been contracted to carry out the maintenance work.

"These repairs are essential to protect the building for the future so I'm pleased that work is getting underway. Gunite has extensive experience in dealing with projects such as this and will be working to minimise disruption to the public throughout. "

– Cllr Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council

"We are delighted to be working collaboratively with Norwich City Council on St Andrews car park and ensuring its protection from the elements in the years to come."

– Matthew Otter, Director of Gunite
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