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No trains from Norwich to Ipswich after lightning strike causes signal failure

No trains are currently running from Norwich to Ipswich. Credit: PA

No trains are currently running from Norwich to Ipswich after a lightning strike caused signalling problems at a "number of locations" between Ipswich and Diss.

National Rail say that trains aren't expected to be running again until at least 12.30 - although it could take even longer.

Customers are being encouraged to travel from Norwich to Cambridge, where they will then be able to go on to London.

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Teaching assistant who sent bomb threat from pupil's email account jailed for 15 months

Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Teaching assistant who made a bomb threat from a pupil's email account has been jailed for 15 months.

Zoe Gregory, 26, worked at Ormiston Victory academy in Costessey.

Two pupils suspected of sending the "there will be a bomb in the school Monday" email were arrested on the school premises and detained for over ten hours in police cells on February 9.

The case against them wasn't dropped for a week.

They were terrified and suffered "terrorist taunts" from other pupils.

Gregory had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Soldier jailed for killing hitchhiker as she surfed the internet on her phone

Ashley Taylor. Credit: Slater and Gordon

A hero female soldier who defused 60 Taliban bombs during a tour of Afghanistan killed a hitch-hiker from Norfolk after surfing the internet on her mobile phone while driving.

Captain Alison Dray, 31, from Rochester, Kent, is the only female British bomb disposal expert to complete a full tour of Afghanistan and received a Queen's commendation for her work.

But she sobbed in the dock at Norwich Crown Court as prosecutors outlined how she killed unemployed Ashley Taylor, 32, on January 8 last year.

She was jailed for nine months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving and her Army career now hangs in the balance.

The court heard she had been "extensively" using her iPhone in the moments leading up to the crash and mounted the kerb, killing Mr Taylor instantly.

Judge Anthony Bate said he had no option but to jail her - but said the Army should consider allowing her to continue in her role when released.

In a statement, Ashley's parents, Jane and John Taylor, from Dereham, said:

"We are absolutely disgusted and appalled at the leniency of the sentence.

Our son's life was worth more than nine months.

She will be free in a matter of months to get on with the rest of her life but we'll be visiting our boy's grave for the rest of our days.

No sentence will ever be enough because it won't bring Ashley home but we never expected it to be so short.

We wanted justice for our boy and we haven't got that but it's something we've got to live with."

– Ashley's parents, Jane and John Taylor

Matthew Claxson, from law firm Slater and Gordon, who is representing the family in a civil claim against the Ministry of Defence, said: "It's understandable that the family feel bitterly disappointed.

"This case again illustrates just how easily dangerous driving can wreck lives."

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Armed officers surround flat near Norwich station

Seige situation close to Norwich station. Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Update: Armed police stood down after Norwich siege arrest.

Armed officers are currently staking out a flat near Norwich Station. The road has been closed to traffic. Neighbours report hearing a woman screaming around 9.30 this morning and then seeing a man with a knife. Fire and ambulance crews are also at the scene.

Police stake out flat by Norwich station. Credit: ITV ANGLIA
Road closed to traffic as seige continues Credit: ITV ANGLIA
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