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Items saved from the tidal surge stolen

Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves. Credit: Mike Page

Thieves have stolen belongings salvaged from a home which fell into the sea after a tidal surge hit the east coast.

Three homes were destroyed and four others "seriously undermined" as waves ravaged the village of Hemsby in Norfolk on Thursday night.

But while residents formed human chains and battled to save whatever possessions they could as the homes slipped over the cliff edge, suspects made off with valuables which had been rescued.

Norfolk Police said the offenders struck at some point between 10pm on Thursday and 11.30am on Sunday.

A police spokesman said: "They entered the shed on The Marrams and removed a carrier bag of items that had been saved from a bungalow falling into the sea.

"Items taken include a gold necklace, three watches, a digital camera and a camcorder.

"There were many members of the public in the area offering assistance over the course of the weekend and officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the bungalow or adjacent sheds at the time of the incident."

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