A47 accidents have caused a month’s worth of road closures over five years

Accidents on the A47 have caused a month’s worth of road closures between 2013 and 2018, figures have revealed.

The trunk road, which stretches from Lowestoft to Peterborough, was the worst of the three main roads leaving Norwich for delays compared with the A11 and A12.

The figures sparked further support for the EDP’s Just Dual It campaign, which is calling for the whole 115-mile road to be dualled.

Police also confirmed that full dualling of the road would make it far safer for drivers and officers attending accidents.

Lifeboats join search for missing Norfolk 79-year-old

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk are concerned for the wellbeing of a missing 79-year-old.

George Vale, from Hopton, is believed to be in Lowestoft.

A Suffolk Fire Service drone was deployed at 7.45pm last night and lifeboat crews from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, and Lowestoft have been searching the coastline since 7.22pm.

Mr Vale is described as a slim white male, 5ft 8in tall, with brown greying hair which is three to four inches long.

It is unknown what he is wearing. Anyone with information should call 101 and reference CAD 96

Fishermen will ‘absolutely’ get back full control of British waters – Michael Gove

The Minister for the Environment, Michael Gove, has insisted fishermen will get full control of British waters following Brexit.

The Government has promised the UK will take charge of its waters and the ability to set its own quotas for UK-based vessels, but some fishermen are concerned concessions will be made in the Brexit negotiations.

When asked whether there would be full control, Mr Gove said: “Yes, absolutely, one of the things that taking back control of our waters will mean when we leave the European Union, is that coastal communities that have relied on fishing in the past will have the opportunity to regenerate and grow again.

Residents concerned by ongoing beach repairs in Scratby

Residents in Scratby are growing increasingly concerned with the beach repairs which are ongoing following the destruction caused by the Beast from the East.

It has been reported that at least 20 metres (in width) worth of beach has been dug up in the past two weeks.

People are particularly concerned with the loss of marram grass which acts as a natural sea defence.

The marram grass roots stabilise the sand dunes which helps to reduce the rate of coastal erosion.

The council has reassured residents that this is all part of the “repair project” from the wild storms which shattered the beach’s defences earlier this year.

180 metres of defences had to be rebuilt following the Beast from the East storm which shattered the beach earlier this year.

 Maritime Festival in Great Yarmouth

Around 30,000 people are expected to flock to the 19th annual Maritime Festival in Great Yarmouth this weekend.

The action on the South Quay will start at 10am on Saturday and will run until 5pm on Sunday.

This year there is a special focus on two centenaries – the impact on Great Yarmouth of the First World War 100 years after it ended, and the Suffragette movement.

Festival times:

Saturday 10am to 6pm Sunday 10am to 5pm


Entry is free but a donation of £2 per person is requested to help fund the event.



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