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A1088 reopens after marquee halts traffic

Heavy rain expected over weekend threatens flooding

Heavy rainfall expected to continue over the weekend will bring the threat of floods to parts of Norfolk where rivers are already swollen.

Welney Causeway bridge
Google

"Water will be going in to the Ouse Washes flood storage reservoir and on to the A1101 Wash Road/Welney Causeway. This could lead to the road being closed by Norfolk County Council," the Environment Agency said.

"People who may be affected are advised to check the nearby electronic signage which will update drivers of the current water levels on the road.

"Drivers are urged to stay safe and not drive through flood water. Just 30cm of flood water can move a car.

"You can keep up to date with flood alerts and warnings for your area via the website."

'Marquee' closes A1088 near Ixworth

The police are reporting that the A1088 is closed between Honington and Ixworth.

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'Overwhelming' response to lifeboat break-in

The crew of the Aldeburgh lifeboat says it has had an overwhelming response to a break-in.

Vandals caused damage when they broke into the lifeboat shed just before Christmas. They also stole the crew's tea- and coffee money.

"A builder wants to come and repair the damage for us," said Charlie Walker from the RNLI in Aldeburgh.

"[The local] Tesco gave us a hamper full of coffee. We've had people coming through the door with donations large and small. You can't believe it," he added.

Damage at the RNLI station in Aldeburgh
RNLI Aldeburgh / Facebook

Fraudster absconds from Hollesley Bay open prison

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A fraudster has absconded from Hollesley Bay open prison, near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Andrew Lyones, 52, was reported missing to police yesterday after he was absent from a roll call.

Andrew Lyones
Suffolk Police

Lyones, who is serving a 15-month sentence for fraud, is described as white, 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall, balding and clean shaven.

He has tattoos, including a sleeve on his left arm and tattoos of the sun, a girl and a spider web on his lower right arm. It is believed he may be wearing a green T-shirt.

Suffolk Police said Lyones had links to Norwich and is warning members of the public not to approach him.

Anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Ryanair apologises for cancelling flights

Ryanair has issued a statement about its flights affected by the weather today.

planes
PA

"Due to snow-related runway closures at several UK airports (including Liverpool, Luton and Stansted) we regret we've been forced to cancel a small number of flights today."

The company apologised, adding all affected customers have been contacted by email and text message and advised of their rebooking options.

Flight watch group claims delays of several hours at airports

Stansted watching the weather

Stansted Airport says 16 Ryanair flights have been cancelled today. Flights in and out of Stansted have twice been suspended, as snow was cleared from the runway.

Stansted airport
BBC

The runway was closed between 09:15-10:05 and 12:27-12:51.

The airport says it's monitoring the weather, but is hopeful the worst of the snow is over and there will be no more runway closures. Passengers can expect delays, though.

Police warn drivers of snow risk

Stansted Airport runway reopens

The runway at Stansted has reopened, after snowy conditions earlier caused it to be closed for flights.

Stansted Airport
PA

Dozens of flights have been delayed since 08:00, with some diverted to other airports.

Although the runway is now open, Stansted says passengers should expect delays to continue throughout the day.

Anyone travelling should check with their airlines for more information.

Rail services to Stansted disrupted

Hundreds take part in Christmas Day charity swim events

Hundreds of swimmers braved icy waters to take part in the annual Lowestoft Christmas Day swim on Monday.

The event, now in its 40th year, has raised £250,000 for good causes since it started, and the 2017 event saw over 300 entrants - many in fancy dress.

People dressed as turkeys run into the sea in Lowestoft
Matt Stebbings / Facebook
People in fancy dress run into the sea in Lowestoft
Emma Gallagher / Facebook
People in fancy dress run into the sea in Lowestoft
Matt Stebbings / Facebook

Meanwhile, the St Elizabeth Hospice says there was a "record breaking" turn-out at its Christmas Day Dip event in Felixstowe, with more than 400 people taking part.

"Thank you to everyone who took part," the Ipswich-based charity wrote on its Facebook page. "You are all amazing!".