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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


Police seek man in connection with Stowmarket robbery

Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are releasing an Efit of a man they want to trace in connection with a robbery incident in Cormorant Drive in Stowmarket in June.

Around 11.30pm on Monday 1 June the man approached a car parked in the road and spoke to a group of five teenage boys, who were sitting in the vehicle, for several minutes before demanding they empty their pockets. He then stole a quantity of cash before walking off.

The man police want to speak to is described as white, in his late teens to mid 20s, between 5ft 7ins tall and 5ft 11ins tall, with short light brown hair and a short beard. At the time he was wearing a dark purple short-sleeved T-shirt and blue denim jeans.

40 vehicles checked in road-side stops in Bury St Edmunds

More than 40 vehicles were stopped close to Bury St Edmunds as part of a multi-agency operation targeting criminals using Suffolk's road network.

The Rougham Lorry Park was used as a base as police patrolled the main road networks and surrounding villages in the area.

Trucks and light goods vehicles were stopped and escorted to the site where partner agencies like he DVSA and HM Revenue & Customs did additional checks and examinations.

44 vehicles were stopped in total, with just seven leaving clear of an offences.

Nine vehicles were given immediate prohibitions by the DVSA, while eight were given delayed prohibitions – meaning defects needed to be fixed as quickly as possible and more than 50 advisory notices were given.

Police gave 27 traffic offence reports for offences including driving with no seatbelt, driving with an insecure load, driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, driving whilst using a mobile phone and driving with defective brakes or tyres.

"We carry out these regular checks to make our roads safer and, as demonstrated by the number of offences found, there is a need to continue them to deal with drivers and vehicles that are potentially dangerous to other road users. Working with partner agencies means we can tackle a range of issues and there will be more days in future in different locations around the county.”

– Sgt Julian Ditcham, Suffolk Police

"It is a clear message to criminals that the Constabulary is on the case and makes it clear to drivers that unroadworthy vehicles will be removed from our roads. Vehicles travelling on our roads in a dangerous condition clearly pose a threat to those behind the wheel and other road users. Some people consider defects such as low tyre tread as minor, but the consequences of using a vehicle in that condition could be fatal.”

– Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore

Full report: The Suffolk beach hut that costs £120,000

If you've been to Southwold you'll know the beach huts are a colourful feature of the seafront. But they also come with a colourful price tag.

One has just come onto the market for £120,000 - and it's not even on the most expensive stretch of the seafront. Some think it's far too much, others say it's a British seaside experience worth the money.

Click below to watch the full report with ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Weather Warning: Washout Friday brings risk of disruption

Despite this heavy shower captured in Rushden on Wednesday, it's been a relatively dry summer so far. Credit: Mervyn Wood.

Following a dry summer so far, the gardens are in need of a decent spell of rain. But that may be little consolation to anyone with outdoor plans this Friday, which could end up as the wettest day of the summer (and the year) so far in the Anglia region.

Weather prediction models are now in agreement that most places will suffer from a prolonged spell of wet and cold weather to end the first week of the school holidays.

There is currently a yellow weather warning in place which the Met Office was considering upgrading to amber.

Satellite and radar image taken at 2pm on Friday 24 July. Credit: Met Office

There remains some uncertainty over the extent and the scale of the heaviest rainfall.

It is expected than many places in East Anglia will see 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain but there is a risk that some places will see more than 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain during Friday. That amounts to more than a month's worth of rain.

If this happens, it would be the wettest day so far this year in the Anglia region.

The Met Office says there is a small risk that one or two spots could see rainfall totals as high as 90 mm (3.5 inches) in 12 hours. That would be nearly two months of average rain.

A Met Office warning has been issued because that amount of rain could cause localised flooding and affect outdoor events and busy roads.

Winds will increase overnight, especially near the coast and could gust to 60 mph which is very strong for the time of year

Low pressure, running east along the English Channel, will bring a wet and windy day on Friday into Saturday. Credit: Met Office

Met Office Yellow Weather Warning

Valid from 1200hrs on Friday 24 July until 1100hrs on Saturday 25 July

The Met Offices says areas of rain, often heavy, and strengthening winds will cross much of southern England on Friday, persisting overnight in the east, before clearing on Saturday morning.

This is an update of Thursday's warning, advising of an increased likelihood of localised flooding, especially across southeast England and East Anglia, where the warning may yet be escalated to Amber. These areas are also most likely to be affected by northerly gales, with winds gusting to 45 mph inland and around 55 mph along coasts.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, particularly affecting those travelling or engaged in outdoor holiday activities.

A yellow warning has been issued for rain and wind across East Anglia and South East England. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office Chief Meteorologist says: "An area of low pressure will run northeastwards close to southern England on Friday, deepening into quite an intense feature for the time of year, before clearing to the east early on Saturday."

"While there remain some uncertainties in the track and intensity of this low pressure system, there is now an increased probability of a developed feature bringing disruptive rain and wind, particularly across the east of the area.

"More than 30 mm is expected quite widely but with the likelihood now that some areas could well see more than 70 mm of rain. The combination of factors brings the risk of disruption to outdoor activities and heavy holiday traffic.

"This warning may still be updated later on Friday, as further information becomes available.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist


The Southwold beach hut that costs more than a house

The beach hut Credit: Durrants

A beach hut in the Suffolk resort of Southwold is up for sale for £120,000 - more than some houses in the area.

A beach hut with a view Credit: Durrants

It's described as a "jaunty" blue and white painted beach hut. It's just below South Green on the upper part of the promenade and has direct sea views across a the beach.

Included in the price are most of the hut's contents - a fold-away table and a curtained changing area.

Former soldier aims for paralympics

A former soldier from Suffolk who lost a leg in Afghanistan's now aiming to take part in the next winter paralympics.

23 year old Owen Pick from Bury St Edmunds has turned his hand to Wakeboarding and Snowboarding with the help of a prosthetic limb.

He will be showing off his skills this weekend in a special competition in Liverpool's Albert Dock.

Help reduce 999 calls

Hundreds of 999 calls over the summer could be avoided if people took time to plan ahead and took better care of themselves according to the East of England Ambulance Service.

Last August they had to respond to more than 100 calls about people getting heatstroke or sunburn, seven involving barbecues and 95 about people in water.

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