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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 25 July 2016
  2. Abduction suspect 'was head-butted' by RAF serviceman
  3. Special church service near RAF Marham was called off due to security concerns
  4. 'Sinkhole' reported in Great Yarmouth
  5. Council votes to accept 50 refugees at cost of £400,000
  6. Beach visitors urged to take care following death of man in sea

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By Caroline Kingdon

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That's all from Monday's Norfolk Live until 08:00 tomorrow.

A quick recap of the stories we've brought you today:

  • One of the suspects in the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham may have received a "visible facial injury" when the victim head-butted him
  • Councillors vote to accept 50 Syrian refugees
  • Firefighters deal with blaze at recycling centre
  • Rail passengers face disruption as emergency services deal with an incident in Suffolk

Weather: A dry night with clear skies

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells and a few isolated showers this evening followed by a dry night with clear skies.

Temperatures falling to 13(C) (55F).

Weather chart for Tuesdasy 05:00 showing temperatures of 16(C) over Norfolk
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be similar to today, with sunny spells and a few light showers.

Temperatures reaching a maximum of 23(C) (73F).

BBC Weather has more details for you.

Kompany's plane skidded off runway after lights mix-up

A charter plane, reportedly carrying Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, skidded off the runway at Norwich Airport after the pilot lined up with the wrong set of lights.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) states the crew believed the lights they could see were the runway's centre lights, but they were actually highlighting its left edge.

Vincent Kompany in Manchester City strip
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Soon after the plane began accelerating, it "veered rapidly to the left" and went on to grass next to the runway, causing the pilot to abort the take-off.  

Three passengers and two crew were on board the Citation CJ2 light jet when the accident happened on 9 January.  Kompany was said to be among the passengers.  

Manchester City had earlier played Norwich City at Carrow Road, beating the Canaries 3-0. 

Pictures: Great Yarmouth 'sinkhole'

Andrew Turner

BBC Radio Norfolk

I've been to Crown Road in Great Yarmouth following reports the road was closed after a sinkhole opened up - I thought you might like to see these pictures: 

The hole in the road, to the right of white lines
BBC

Matthew Goodswen, who'd turned up to fit a window when the hole opened up, told me it looked like a pothole at first, but gradually got bigger and bigger. 

The police turned up, he said, and one of the policemen "grabbed a bit of tarmac and pulled it out the hole... they looked worried and another police car turned up... and they're sitting there waiting for Highways to turn up." 

The hole in the road, by the central white lines, with a police car blocking the road
BBC

Mr Goodswen said it was "a big drama for a little hole."

Devolution consultation condemned

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Labour, UKIP and Green members of Norfolk County Council have condemned the consultation currently under way into East Anglian devolution claiming that it isn't even-handed.

Pamphlet for the East Anglian devolution agreement showing councils logos
BBC

Labour councillor Steve Morphew said the information contained in the document was "pretty inadequate" while another, Andrew Boswell for the Greens complained that the document looked "more like an advert than a consultation".

Independent councillor Richard Bird said: "I think we are hoodwinking the public".

But Conservative council leader Cliff Jordan insisted that the material in the leaflet was not biased.

Archive video of Norfolk's lavender harvest

The team at Norfolk Live love this old film showing how Norfolk's iconic lavender was harvested more than 60 years ago: 

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Disruption to mainline rail services

Rail services on the line between Norwich and Liverpool Street face disruption due to emergency services dealing with an incident between Ipswich and Stowmarket.

All lines are blocked and disruption is expected until 21:00.

Anorexic student says he's now 'well and happy'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Michael Maitland says he's now well and happy, but admits that it's taken years: "It takes a long time to overcome something as bad as that and I obviously still have to keep fighting it and working on it every day.

"It's definitely not quick fix if you're that deep in it".

His father Iain added that he's very proud of how Michael has turned his life around, saying: "Only this week he was saying he's started an apprenticeship - onwards and upwards."

We were a 'happy, normal, jolly' family says anorexic student's father

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Iain Maitland, who lives in Felixstowe, says for a long time they ignored the changes when their son Michael, who had developed anorexia, came back from university.

Iain Maitland
BBC

He said: "Michael did get thinner and for a long time we ignored it.

"We just thought it was him growing up and changing the colour of his hair and I think Michael didn't want us to know he was depressed and becoming anorexic.

"We were always a very happy, normal, jolly family and then suddenly to find this terrible thing, anorexia, to the point where he was ending up in hospital and rehab, was so far beyond the realms of what we'd ever known or could have expected that we just didn't believe it was happening to us."

Anorexic man says: 'There was no set reason for why it happened'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A Felixstowe man who developed depression and almost died of anorexia while he was at the University of East Anglia in Norwich says there was no "set reason" why it happened. 

Michael Maitland
BBC

Michael Maitland (pictured) said: "There was just a gradual process and I wasn't even aware of it at first. I never had a problem with how I looked or anything like that. I think it was more a mood thing."

Correspondence between Michael and his father Iain Maitland is now being published in a book called Dear Michael, Love Dad.

Speaking about the letters, Michael added: "I'd read them at first in the beginning stages, but towards the end I was getting really depressed ... I just ignored my dad."

Video: Fire at recycling centre

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Fire crews have been damping down after a blaze at a recycling centre in Thurlton near Loddon.

It started at about 20:00 yesterday, and had 50 firefighters dealing with it at its peak.

Officers were expecting to remain there for the rest of today:

Thurlton recycling centre fire being damped down

Father's letters to anorexic son are turned into a book

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The correspondence between a Felixstowe man and his son, who was at university in Norfolk and suffering from severe depression and anorexia, has formed the basis of a book which is being published later this week.

Book cover
Hodder and Stoughton

Iain Maitland says: "When Michael went to university I started writing letters and later emails, just full of stuff and nonsense about things that were happening at home, making jokes and of course whilst that was all happening Michael was falling into depression and anorexia.

"There was lots of me shouting at him and 'when are you going to get a job' and 'you know how much all this is costing us' and things like that, and whilst that was happening, Michael was sinking lower and lower."

Dear Michael, Love Dad is published by Hodder & Stoughton on Thursday.

Empty canoe sparks sea search

Bob Carter

BBC Radio Norfolk

An empty canoe has prompted a sea search off the north Norfolk coast today. 

The two-man craft, which is mustard-coloured on top and white underneath, was found on Holkham Beach. 

Coastguards say they don't know if anyone is missing or whether they have simply left their boat on the beach.

The canoe on the beach
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Coastguards say they don't know if someone's missing... or simply left their boat on the beach.  

Sinkhole leads to road closure

Crown Road in Great Yarmouth is closed after a sinkhole opens up.

We'll bring you more information and pictures as soon as we get them.

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Councillors vote in favour of accepting refugees

Members of Norfolk County Council have voted overwhelmingly to accept 50 Syrian refugees into the county.

A full meeting of the council voted 64 votes to six, with one absentention, to take part in the government's Syrian Vulnerable Person's Resettlement Scheme which will see refugees settled in the Norwich area.

A Syrian refugee child walking at a refugee camp
AFP

The scheme gives priority to survivors of torture and violence, women and children and risk, and those in medical need.

It's part of the government's initiative to accept up to 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps around Syria over the next five years. 

Weather: Becoming cloudy

BBC Weather Watchers

Staying mostly dry, but not as much sunshine this afternoon - this was the scene near Harleston at midday by BBC Weather Watcher Flamingo.

Temperatures reaching: 22(C) (70F).

Harvesting in south Norfolk
Weather Watcher/Flamingo

RAF Marham attack footage under review

Norfolk Police have said more CCTV footage has been gathered following Wednesday's attack and suspected attempted abduction of a serviceman outside RAF Marham.

Officers are seeking a dark-coloured people carrier which the two attackers were using.

Det Supt Paul Durham renewed an appeal for any dashcam footage recorded by motorists who were in the Swaffham area.

"CCTV footage continues to be gathered and reviewed, while follow-up enquiries are being made after calls put in to the hotlines," he said.

RAF Marham
BBC

"Tracing the vehicle remains a priority and I would like to re-emphasise that we do believe it may have contained more than the two suspects seen by the victim. 

"This is important because I do not want to deter any potential witnesses from coming forward - it is the vehicle we are interested in, regardless of the number of people seen inside.”

RAF Marham suspect's injuries 'unknown'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Norfolk Police admit the suspect who grabbed the British serviceman while he was out jogging near RAF Marham may not have visible injuries.

The victim has told police he managed to head-butt and punch his attacker last Wednesday, with the attacker then making off with at least one accomplice in a van.

Det Supt Paul Durham said: "Clearly the extent of his injuries is unknown however we do not believe either attack caused the suspect to bleed, contrary to reports circulating in the media."

RAF Marham
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RAF serviceman 'head-butted and punched attacker'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Norfolk Police have released more details about the suspects who attacked a serviceman at RAF Marham in what is believed to have been an attempted abduction on Wednesday.

Two men, described as being of middle eastern appearance, were seen by the victim, who fought off one of them before escaping.

RAF Marham
PA

Det Supt Paul Durham said: "The victim managed to fight off his attacker and head-butted him, we believe around the eye-socket, so it is possible he suffered swelling and bruising in this area.

"He was then punched which caused him to fall to the ground.

"If you know someone who matches the description of our suspect, who has a similar injury, then I would urge you to contact my officers.”  

BreakingRAF attack suspect has 'facial injury'

Police have said one of the suspects in the attack on a serviceman outside RAF Marham in west Norfolk may have received a "visible facial injury" during the incident.

More to follow...

Travel: A11 partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A11 is partially blocked eastbound between the B1135 junction and the Thickthorn Roundabout because of an accident involving three vehicles.

Police appeal after man hurt by hit and run car

Paul Moseley

BBC Radio Norfolk

A man has been seriously hurt after being hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning in North Walsham.

View of the car park
Google

It happened in the Vicarage Street Car Park.  The driver didn't stop and police want to trace anyone who saw what happened.

The victim, in his 30s, was taken to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital for more treatment. 

Refugees 'welcome in Norfolk'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Ahead of the meeting, demonstrators gathered outside County Hall as the county council debated the proposal to offer homes to 50 Syrian refugees.

A lot of the cost of looking after them - £1,427,659 over seven years - will be met by the government, but a shortfall of about £400,000 will be met by the council. 

Demonstrators outside County Hall with banners supporting taking in refugees
BBC

Refugees support groups and the Bishop of Norwich had written to the council appealing to it to take the refugees.  

BreakingHomes for 50 Syrians approved

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Norfolk County Council has agreed to offer homes to 50 Syrian refugees.

The council has agreed to commit £400,000 towards the cost of resettlement. Most of the bill will be met by the government.

The motion to take the Syrians was backed by every party of the council except UKIP.

Pictures: Compost fire

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

I've been in Thurlton where firefighters are dealing with a blaze at a waste and recycling centre. 

Fire crews and fire engine at the scene of the fire
BBC

Crews were called to the site at 20:00 yesterday and they're now "damping down".

Water and fire hoses
BBC

Norwich target new striker

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says the club is working hard to secure the signing of a new striker as the start of the season looms.

The big kick-off is on Saturday, 6 August when City travel to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

The Canaries have put pen to paper on two players this summer - goalkeeper Michael McGovern signed after being released by Scottish side Hamilton and winger Sergi Canos joined from Liverpool.

Alex Neil
Getty Images

If I could drive and pick up a new striker right now, I'd do it. We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and hopefully we will have something to show for it soon.

Alex NeilNorwich City manager

Rail lines reopen

Abellio Greater Anglia says train services between Norwich and Cambridge, via Thetford and Ely, are returning to normal, but with some delays or possible cancellations.

Disruption is expected until 13:00.

The line was closed earlier because of a signalling system fault at Spooner Row.

What is a riptide?

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

RNLI Lifeguards say that rip currents - also known as riptides - are responsible for two-thirds of all water-based incidents they respond to.

Here are some facts about them:

  • A riptide occurs in an area of sea where two different currents meet
  • They typically develop on beaches where there's a variation in the amount of wave breaking along the length of the beach
  • Most commonly found on beaches that have sandbars with deeper channels between them
  • The average current speed is between 1 and 2 mph, but they can exceed 4mph

Tractor towing lifeguard dinghy on Sea Palling beach, with beach visitors
BBC

If you're caught in a riptide, the advice is to try and swim parallel to the coast until you feel the sea not pulling at you - and then try to swim ashore. 

'Swim where the lifeguards are patrolling'

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Sea Palling beach is "no more dangerous than any other beach in the country",  but riptides and undercurrents are very, very dangerous.

That's the message from Liz Hustler, spokeswoman for Norfolk's coastguards.

We're always trying to get the safety message out: scan the beach, look carefully at the area you're picking to go to swim and, if possible, please swim where the lifeguards are patrolling."

Liz HustlerCoastguard spokeswoman
Coastguard patrolling Sea Palling beach
BBC

Coasgtuard teams from Happisburgh, Mundesley and Winterton - along with the Hemsby inshore rescue boat and the Happisburgh RNLI lifeboat - responded to the incident at Sea Palling on Saturday which saw four people rescued from the sea. 

Two air ambulances and the coastguard rescue helicopter also attended. 

Riptides: How the 'break the grip of the rip'

Advice from Norfolk Police: 

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Teenager 'got casualties ashore'

A 14-year-old boy is believed to have been responsible for getting both of the Sea Palling casualities to shore.

Phillip Smith of Happisburgh Lifeboat, says the teenager had seen the men get into trouble, swum out to them and got them to the beach.

Hats off to him... if it wasn't for him the whole situation could have been worse."

Phillip SmithHappisburgh Lifeboat
Three ambulances and rescue teams on Sea Palling beach
Happisburgh RNLI

Riptide danger warning from lifeguard

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Swimmers off the Norfolk coast are being warned of the dangers of tides, following the death of a man in his 50s at Sea Palling at the weekend.

Another man, in his 20s, was airlifted to hospital, and two others taken by ambulance to hospital. The four were swimming between the beach and the reef when it's believed they were caught in a riptide.

Sam Kendrick at the Lifeguards station, Sea Palling
BBC

You might think that a current which runs parallel to the shore wouldn't be dangerous but it's the uneven depth of the seabed and things like sandbanks, man-made structures, sea defences... and when this parallel current hits one of these objects is when we see the danger."

Sam Kendrick, lifeguard supervisor for the RNLI in NorfolkRNLI

Pictures: Compost fire

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here are some pictures from the scene of the blaze near Loddon:

Fire engines including aerial ladder at the agricultural building
BBC

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for the rest of the day.

Thurlton fire
BBC

At the height of the blaze, 50 firefighters were on the scene. There are now about 20.

Fire neighbours advised to shut windows

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Firefighters, who remain at the scene of a blaze in an agricultural building in south Norfolk, are advising people living nearby to keep their doors and windows shut. 

The fire, in a shed containing compost and other waste, broke out at 20:00 yesterday at Thurlton near Loddon. 

The building is approximately 80m by 50m, with a deep-seated fire in about 1,000 tons of compost material... there's a lot of structural damage to the roof."

Richard HerrellNorfolk Fire and Rescue

Eight appliances, a high-volume water pump and an aerial ladder platform tackled the fire overnight, but the number of resources has now been scaled back, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service said.

Travel: Disruption to rail services

BBC Travel

Due to a fault with the signalling system at Spooner Row all rail lines are blocked.

Services between Norwich and Cambridge via Thetford will be suspended between Ely and Norwich.

Disruption is expected until 11:00.

Compost fire continues to blaze

BBC Radio Norfolk

Dozens of fire fighters remain at the scene of a large blaze with broke out in a farm building near Loddon last night.

It's estimated that the shed, at Thurlton, contained 1,000 tons of compost and waste material.. 

Joe Warnes, of Norfolk Fire and Rescue, says the roof of the building collapsed, making it more difficult for them to get in and put the fire out.

The fire was quite intense... we've secured a water supply from a neighbouring lake using our high volume pump and with that in place we've been able to extinguish most of the fire."

Joe WarnesNorfolk Fire and Rescue
Fire hoses
BBC

Church service cancelled for 'security' reasons

A special service at a church near RAF Marham was called off yesterday due to security concerns.

Holy Trinity Church at RAF Marham
Google

Personnel from 31 Squadron were due to present their official flag to the Holy Trinity Church.

Following the attempted abduction of a serviceman on Wednesday, the service was cancelled.

Fatality leads to fresh safety message for swimmers

Beach visitors are being urged to take extra care when swimming following the death of a man at the weekend.

Air Ambulances on Sea Palling beach, with rescue workers
Happisburgh RNLI

Four people got into trouble at Sea Palling - two of them were pulled unconscious from the sea. 

One of them, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The other - a man in his 20s - was airlifted to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. 

The other two casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance.

It's thought the swimmers were carried away by a riptide between the beach and the man-made reefs.

Weather: Feeler fresher, but still sunny

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Sunny intervals, with cloud increasing later.

It will feel fresher than recent days, with temperatures reaching 22(C) (70F).

Georgina Burnett has the outlook for the East of England on Monday, 25 July 2016.

For more detail where you are. visit BBC Weather.

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BBC Local Live

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