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A11 closed in both directions between Attleborough and Thickthorn following four car crash

The A11 has been closed in both directions between Thickthorn and Attleborough following a crash involving five vehicles Picture: Chris Bishop

The A11 has been closed in both directions between Thickthorn and Attleborough following a crash involving five vehicles Picture: Chris Bishop

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A man has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a crash between four cars this afternoon, which has closed a stretch of the A11.

At around 3.10pm, emergency services were called to the A11, between Thickthorn and Attleborough, following a crash involving four cars – including a Jaguar and a Ford Mondeo.

The crash happened in the carriageway heading towards Norwich, however, police have closed the road in both directions to allow the East of England Air Ambulance to land at the scene.

A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said the road is likely to be closed “for the foreseeable” while emergency services treat to the people involved and the vehicles are recovered.

Traffic is being diverted away from the scene via the Old A11 and police have warned the road will remain closed for some time.

The northbound carriageway was re-opened at around 4.30pm, but the southbound carriageway remains closed while the vehicles are recovered.

The police spokesman said that “multiple” people had suffered injuries in the crash, including one man who was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital via air ambulance with “significant and life-threatening injuries”.

The cars involved were a black Jaguar, a silver Ford Mondeo, a silver Ford Focus and a fourth car, which the police did not provide details of.

Anybody who witnessed the crash or has dashcam footage of it is urged to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 quoting incident number 195 of November 22.


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Operation Galileo against hare coursing in Norfolk

A officer uses a 4x4 truck to patrol remote farm tracks as part of Operation Galileo, a police crackdown on hare coursing Picture: Chris Bishop

A officer uses a 4×4 truck to patrol remote farm tracks as part of Operation Galileo, a police crackdown on hare coursing Picture: Chris Bishop

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Special chief inspector James Spinks heads for the hills when he’s looking for hare coursers.

A police drone is launched to search for hare coursers in the Fens Picture: Chris BishopA police drone is launched to search for hare coursers in the Fens Picture: Chris Bishop

For the high ground west of RAF Marham gives a grandstand view across miles and miles of countryside.

Illegal hunters appear to have gone to ground today, as we bounce along a maze of muddy farm tracks in an all terrain vehicle.

Instead we see a red kite flap nonchalantly by, while a distant hare’s ears poke up above the grass.

SCI Spinks, a ‘special’ for 20 years, admits he loves the role. He is one of a number of farm workers who juggle working on the land with giving the full-time police a hand with protecting rural communities.

Coursing gangs who flock to the Fens from other parts of the country are not only a threat to the hare and other wildlife.

Recent weeks have seen freshly-drilled fields churned up, destroying crops and livelihoods.

Officers from across the force have been out patrolling hotspots today, in what looked to be ideal conditions for coursing.

Recent rain has left the ground soft, cushioning dogs’ feet and making it easier for them to turn as they chase their quarry.

At a briefing before the team set out in marked and unmarked vehicles, rural crime manager Jon Chandler said: “This isn’t just about people who came out for a day trip to enjoy a bit of sport, it’s highly organised.”

PC Chandler added gangs had become indiscriminate about what they were killing, with deer being targeted in other counties by so-called bull lurchers, a powerful cross-breed capable of outrunning and killing them.

As we cruised through the black fens around Southery in an unmarked 4×4, prime coursing fields remained empty. Other units reported a similar lack of criminal activity.

“I’ve yet to work out why on some days, they turn up in their droves and other days just nothing,” said PC Chandler.

Some gangs have taken to operating at night to avoid rural patrols, lighting their quarry with powerful lamps.

Others may have seen their dogs impounded, with 32 seized already during the first few weeks of the coursing season in Norfolk.

Countryside campaigners want to see the courts given powers to impose higher penalties and reclaim kennelling costs from those convicted.


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7 things to do in Norfolk this weekend: September 12 to 13

The Nearly Festival Garden Party, which has been adapted for social distancing, is one of the events taking place this weekend in Norfolk, this picture is from the 2019 event in Oulton Broad. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Nearly Festival Garden Party, which has been adapted for social distancing, is one of the events taking place this weekend in Norfolk, this picture is from the 2019 event in Oulton Broad. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

From socially-distanced music festivals to a free market, there is plenty to keep you entertained in Norfolk this weekend.

Wild Fields Festival is heading to the Norfolk Showground and is a two-day socially-distanced event Picture: Supplied by Wild FieldsWild Fields Festival is heading to the Norfolk Showground and is a two-day socially-distanced event Picture: Supplied by Wild Fields

1. What: Wild Fields Festival

Where: Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, New Costessey, NR5 0TT

When: September 12 to 13, 12pm to 11pm

Cost: Day tickets from £30, weekend tickets from £45 (both + booking fee), wildpaths.co.uk/wildfields

Wild Paths Festival launched last October with over 200 acts performing at 23 venues over four days, celebrating both local and international talent. The event was cancelled this year due to coronavirus, but organiser Ben Street is making sure music fans don’t miss out with a new socially-distanced version of the festival called Wild Fields. The biggest names on the line-up are KOKOROKO, Gengahr, Joe Armon-Jones, Another Sky and Olivia Dean and to keep audiences safe, there will be roped off zones spaced two metres apart for groups of up to six and marshalled queues for the food stalls, bars and toilets.

Dragon Hall in Norwich is one of the venues taking part in Norfolk Heritage Open Days Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDragon Hall in Norwich is one of the venues taking part in Norfolk Heritage Open Days Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

2. What: Heritage Open Days

Where: Various locations across Norfolk

When: September 11 to 20

Cost: All free, see the full programme at norfolkheritageopendays.co.uk

Explore Norfolk’s hidden gems for free as the Heritage Open Days festival, a nationwide celebration of history and culture, returns for 2020. Due to coronavirus and social distancing restrictions, the festival includes online activities to accompany traditional in-person events for the first time. Highlights include a heritage photo walk at the Former RAF Coltishall, the chance to explore Bishop’s House Garden in Norwich and botanical drawing for beginners in Thetford.

Interlude Fringe is part of Interlude, which is running for six weeks in Chapelfield Gardens and has been organised by Norwich Theatre and circus company Lost in Translation Picture: James RandleInterlude Fringe is part of Interlude, which is running for six weeks in Chapelfield Gardens and has been organised by Norwich Theatre and circus company Lost in Translation Picture: James Randle

3. What: Interlude Fringe

Where: Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR2 1RP

When: September 13, 10am to 6pm

Cost: £15 for the day, 01603 630000, norwichtheatre.org

This event is a collaboration between Norwich Theatre and Norwich Fringe and it is part of Interlude, a six-week programme of live shows in a big top tent. Local acts will come together for a day of live music, comedy and theatre and all ticket sales will go directly to the artists performing, thanks to generous donations made as part of Norwich Theatre’s Crisis Appeal. See the full line-up for the day and timings on the Norwich Theatre website.

The Nearly Festival Garden Party is one of the events you can attend this weekend, this picture is from 2018 when the event was held in Chapelfield Gardens. Picture: Nick ButcherThe Nearly Festival Garden Party is one of the events you can attend this weekend, this picture is from 2018 when the event was held in Chapelfield Gardens. Picture: Nick Butcher

4. What: Nearly Festival Garden Party

Where: Wensum Valley Hotel Golf & Country Club, Beech Avenue, Taverham, NR8 6HP

When: September 12, 12pm to 8pm, September 13, 12pm to 7pm

Cost: Day tickets, over-14s £20, children (5 to 14) £7.50, under-5s free, weekend tickets sold out, gardenparties.musthavetickets.co.uk

This popular festival, which in previous years has come to parks across East Anglia, is back for 2020 and will present some of the UK’s finest tribute acts of legendary performers and groups such as Elton John, Oasis and on Sunday there is a Queen Live Aid tribute. There will also be food vendors and a bar and to adhere to social distancing, customers will need to book a four by three metre personal space for their group for two to six people.

Jamal Sealey (left) and Rahima Brandt (right), the organisers of the Norwich Free MarketJamal Sealey (left) and Rahima Brandt (right), the organisers of the Norwich Free Market

5. What: Norwich Free Market

Where: Back car park at Norwich Theatre Royal (outside Stage Two), Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

When: September 13, 10am to 4pm

Cost: Free

A new monthly market where you’ll find live music, street food, coffee, clothes, bags, jewellery, ceramics and much more. There is no fees for stall holders or shoppers to enter and it is a thriving hub for community trade – you will be able to access it either by walking down Chantry Road or through the front entrance of the theatre.

The Summer Spectacular at Yarmouth's Hippodrome Circus, with social distancing measures in place Picture: David StreetThe Summer Spectacular at Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus, with social distancing measures in place Picture: David Street

6. What: Summer Spectacular

Where: Hippodrome Circus, St George’s Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EU

When: Until September 20, various times

Cost: Adults £20 to £25, concessions (over 60s)/carers £17 to £22, children (0-14) £12 to £16 (babies on laps don’t need tickets), bookings must be made by phone 01493 738877 (box office opens from 10am daily), find full details at hippodromecircus.co.uk/summer-spectacular

The show must go on and Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus is making sure families don’t miss out this summer with Covid-safe performances, featuring amazing acrobats, aerialists, daring stunts, dancers, swimmers and its world famous Water Spectacular. The hosts are Jack Jay and Johnny Mac and there is a reduced capacity and running time, approximately 70 to 75 minutes, with no interval to prevent crowding – masks are also mandatory in the auditorium.

An assortment of Star Wing's bottled beers Picture: Star Wing BreweryAn assortment of Star Wing’s bottled beers Picture: Star Wing Brewery

7. What: Hops ‘n’ Hogs

Where: Star Wing Brewery, Unit 6, Hall Farm, Redgrave, IP22 1RJ

When: September 12, 12pm until 11pm

Cost: Free

Just across the border and a few miles from Diss, expect a fun day out for all the family, including four-legged guests, this weekend at Star Wing Brewery. There will be community hop picking, live music, food trucks and a free hog roast for the first 50 pickers.

Make sure to check online before heading to event as they made be cancelled or postponed at short notice due to coronavirus guidelines or weather conditions.


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Cyclist dies in crash on A134 at Northwold

The junction on the A134 at Northwold, where a 17-year-old cyclist died after a collision Picture: Chris Bishop

The junction on the A134 at Northwold, where a 17-year-old cyclist died after a collision Picture: Chris Bishop

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A man living next to a junction where a 17-year-old cyclist was killed has seen almost 100 crashes outside his home.

Adrian Jenkinson outside his home in Northwold, which stands beside a junction which has seen almost 100 crashes since he moved into the property in 1984 Picture: Chris BishopAdrian Jenkinson outside his home in Northwold, which stands beside a junction which has seen almost 100 crashes since he moved into the property in 1984 Picture: Chris Bishop

The teenager died on Thursday night after he was involved in a collision with a Mitsubishi pick-up truck on the A134 at Northwold.

Police say the driver left the scene of the crash, but a man in his 30s was later arrested in Attleborough, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Adrian Jenkinson, 60, has lived next to the scene of the collision, at the crossroads where the A134 meets Northwold Road and Methwold Road, since 1984.

He said in that time 98 accidents involving the emergency services have happened outside his home.

Adrian Jenkinson has kept a list of the 98 crashes whch have happened outside his home in Northwold, since he moved into the property in 1984 Picture: Chris BishopAdrian Jenkinson has kept a list of the 98 crashes whch have happened outside his home in Northwold, since he moved into the property in 1984 Picture: Chris Bishop

Design technology technician Mr Jenkinson, who has kept a list of the collisions, was first on the scene on Thursday night.

“We always go out,” he said. “You never know what you’re going out to.

“People blame the roads, they say they’re dangerous, but they’re only as dangerous as the drivers choose to make them.

“There’s been two fatalities since we’ve lived here. That’s two too many.”

Adrian Jenkinson has barricaded his home with reinforced steel girders, concrete and metal plating to prevent it being hit by vehicles Picture: Chris BishopAdrian Jenkinson has barricaded his home with reinforced steel girders, concrete and metal plating to prevent it being hit by vehicles Picture: Chris Bishop

So far, the house where Mr Jenkinson lives with his wife Janet has not been hit by a vehicle involved in an accident. But a car has ended up in his front garden.

Mr Jenkinson has barricaded the front of his property with reinforced steel joists, concrete and metal sheeting to protect it.

Emergency services attended the crash on Thursday but the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Mitsubishi failed to stop. Police later attended an address in Attleborough where a man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident and scene investigations were carried out. It was reopened around 5am on Friday.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw the collision, or has information concerning the driving manner the Mitsubishi or riding manner of the cyclist.

Anyone with information should contact the serious collision investigation unit at Wymondham on 101 or email SCIU@norfolk.pnn.police.uk


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