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Norfolk woman says she is a different person after brain injury

Fiona Linge suffered a brain aneurysm two years ago Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Thetford in Norfolk who suffered a brain aneurysm two years ago is speaking out in support of a new study that's looked at how people feel after suffering a brain injury.

Fiona Linge collapsed a coupe of weeks after her 50th Birthday. She spent six months in hospital.

The charity Headway has found that 74% of survivors felt like a new person, often experiencing personality changes.

"I don't think I'm a different person, but things are different. It's like I have to forget the old me before this happened."

– Fiona Linge

Fiona told ITV News Anglia that her favourite colour is no longer green, she doesn't like chocolate anymore, but has developed a new taste for organes.

Say felt their self-esteem was worse
Fiona at home in Thetford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Volunteers join search for antibiotics in Thetford soil

Volunteers and scientists will collect samples from Thetford Forest. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists are collecting soil samples in Thetford Forest today to try to find new antibiotics.

The University of East Anglia team want volunteers to help them take samples.

They'll then analyse the colour, shape and size of the bacteria in the soil to see if antibiotics are being produced.

Antibiotics are vital medicines used to treat bacterial infections. Most are made by soil bacteria, so people taking part in 'Antibiotics Unearthed' can make a real contribution in our search for new ones.

Many of our most effective antibiotics have been found by scientists screening soil samples.

It makes sense to keep looking there and getting samples from members of the public will help us on our way.

– Prof Laura Bowater, UEA Medical School


Two vehicle crash closes A11 on Suffolk-Norfolk border

A crash has closed the A11 northbound between Elveden and Thetford.

The A11 is closed northbound on the Suffolk-Norfolk border near Thetford because of a serious crash involving 2 vehicles.

The road is closed between the B1106 at Elveden and the B1107 at Thetford.

Highways England have put in a diversion turning off the A11 at Elvedon onto the B1106. Then it's a right turn onto Green Road before joining the B1107 and heading towards Thetford to re-join the A11 northbound.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and consider an alternative route.


Norfolk schoolboy wins place on England chess squad

Jaden Jermy was recently placed fourth in countrywide competition. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 12-year-old schoolboy from Norfolk has won a place on the England chess squad

Jaden Jermy, from Thetford, was placed fourth in a countywide competition.

Jaden took up the game just five years ago - but he had recently focused on making the national team.

He earned his spot during a three-day tournament held in Liverpool over Christmas.

Four arrests made at two separate Norfolk raves

Police deal with the incident at Bodney. Credit: Breckland Police/Twitter

Four people have been arrested following two separate illegal raves in Norfolk last night.

One of the events took place on Brow of the Hill, Leziate, near King’s Lynn.

48-year-old Dean Cooper from King's Lynn was arrested and subsequently charged with one count of burglary and one count of possession of a bladed article, while two others were arrested with one caution issued.

The second rave was held at a site in Bodney, near Thetford,and when police arrived they managed to disperse the crowd and seize equipment.

A woman was arrested and is still being questioned.

These types of unlicensed events are not uncommon at this time of year but they can be seriously distressing to local residents.

The events are also generally dangerous, taking place in isolated locations, often within dilapidated buildings. At one of the events this weekend there was a definite danger to those in attendance with the fumes from a generator filling the building they were in.

These illegal events also involve trespassing on others’ land and into their buildings, causing a disturbance and putting people at risk. The organisers are not licensed and do not appear to have any regard for the welfare of others or the negative impact on local people.

Our swift and robust response to these illegal events shows that we are prepared and will continue to take positive action to prevent them from occurring and we will prosecute offenders involved where necessary as well.

– Assistant Chief Constable Mike Fawcett
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