A11

'Operation Wyken'

Suffolk and Norfolk police forces issued 250 traffic offence reports in a week-long campaign to promote seat belt use.
Operation Wyken, completed from July 6-10, saw the constabularies carry out patrols on the A14, A11 and A47.
They were provided with …

Police report 250 Norfolk and Suffolk drivers in seat belt crackdown

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore with officers from Operation Wyken Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore with officers from Operation Wyken Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

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Officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police have reported 250 lorry drivers as part of a national crackdown on seat belt avoidance.

The two forces launched Operation Wyken once again last week, deploying an HGV tractor unit from Orwell Trucks in Martlesham, which allowed them to get a better view of offending lorry, van and car drivers.

The cab, driven by a police officer, was used during patrols on the A14, A11 and A47 and coincided with the National Police Chiefs’ Council two-week seat belt campaign from June 29 to July 12.

Between Monday, July 6 and Friday, July 10, the forces handed 250 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to drivers for 280 offences. One man was also arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Among the most common offences was those not wearing seat belts, with 168 people found flouting the law, while a further 19 were also found to be driving while using their mobile phone.

Others included dangerous driving and for exceeding maximum driving hours.

Acting chief inspector Gary Miller, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said the number of offences spotted were “staggering” and thanked Orwell Trucks for their support.

Chief Insp Miller added: “Due to the physical height of commercial vehicles, it is often difficult for patrol officers to view into the cab and thereby detect offences, such as not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone.

“The HGV cab provides officers with an ideal vantage point to spot drivers committing offences and provides us with another means to enforce the law with this specific group of road users, who due to the size of the vehicles they are in control of, pose an added risk to other motorists and also themselves if they are committing offences whilst driving.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, added: “I can’t believe that professional drivers can risk their lives, their livelihood and the lives of others, looking at their phones and not wearing seatbelts.

“I fully support the Constabulary’s campaign to crack down on irresponsible drivers who still refuse to buckle up whilst driving, but it amazes me that drivers should need to be reminded about something so obvious.

“Everyone knows you are more likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt, so I just can’t


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A11 closed for three hours after lorry crash

A lorry has crashed on the A11. Picture: Matt Lawson

A lorry has crashed on the A11. Picture: Matt Lawson

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The A11 has re-opened after a lorry crash forced it to close northbound for more than three hours.

The A11 roundabout at Barton Mills/Mildenhall. Pic: Google Maps.The A11 roundabout at Barton Mills/Mildenhall. Pic: Google Maps.

The dual carriageway closed between the A1065 and the A1101, at Five Ways Roundabout, near Mildenhall, in Suffolk.

The HGV struck the central reservation after the crossroads with the B1112. One lane was also closed southbound due to damage to the central reservation and debris.

Suffolk Police were called to the scene at about 10.15am on Thursday, May 21, with Highways England assisting with clean-up, recovery, and traffic management.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said that the road re-opened at about 1.30pm.

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A11 closed after lorry overturns

The A11 roundabout at Barton Mills/Mildenhall. Pic: Google Maps.

The A11 roundabout at Barton Mills/Mildenhall. Pic: Google Maps.

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A lorry has overturned on the A11 forcing it to close northbound.

The dual carriageway is closed between the A1065 and the A1101, at Five Ways Roundabout, near Mildenhall, in Suffolk.

The HGV struck the central reservation after the crossroads with the B1112. One lane is closed southbound due to damage to the central reservation and debris.

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Suffolk Police were called to the scene at about 10.15am on Thursday, May 21, and are on scene. Highways England is assisting with clean-up, recovery, and traffic management.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said that the northbound road will have to be closed for recovery and clean-up to be completed.

A diversion is available around the incident: From the Five Ways roundabout take the A1065 northbound to Brandon. Turn right on to the B1106 towards Elveden. Then turn left on to Green Road. Turn right on to the B1107 and continue on this road to Thetford and the roundabout with the A11.

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Criminal proceedings could be brought in crash death of ‘devoted father’

Rikki Loades, who died in a crash on the A11. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary

Rikki Loades, who died in a crash on the A11. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary

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The inquest into the death of a man who died on the A11 has been paused again until a decision is made on criminal proceedings.

Rikki Loades, 31, from Norwich, died on the A11 at Wymondham on April 29 last year after a crash between his car and a HGV.

A pre-inquest review was held at Norfolk coroners’ court in Norwich on Thursday, April 23.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake said they were still awaiting instructions whether criminal proceedings would be brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

She adjourned the case and said another pre-inquest review would be held in Norwich on June 23.

A previous inquest opening was told that Mr Loades been born in Great Yarmouth and worked as a website developer.

His wife Tosin has paid tribute to him, describing him as a “devoted father, a loving husband, a hero of a brother and a wonderful son”.


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A11 in Norfolk shut at Attleborough after lorry crash

Part of the A11 near Attleborough has been shut after a lorry crashed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Part of the A11 near Attleborough has been shut after a lorry crashed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A lorry crash completely shut the Norwich-bound A11 at Attleborough.

Emergency services were called to the crash, involving a lorry, at just before 5am today (Friday, April 10).

Firefighters from Attleborough and Wymondham went to the scene, helping treat a casualty.

They also put down granules to make the area safe, but the road has been shut in the Norwich direction.

Norfolk police said, in a tweet at just after 5.45am: “The Norwich bound carriageway at Attleborough is completely closed due to an HGV collision.

“The southbound carriageway is open. Highways Agency on scene, diversions being implemented.”

Highways England tweeted that the northbound carriageway was shut from the Stag roundabout to the B1077 because of a “serious traffic collision”.

They said an HGV which was travelling on the southbound carriageway had crossed the central reservation.

They added that the agency’s contractors were working to clear debris and spillages at the scene.

Norfolk police also tweeted that the crash had meant that a footpath had been closed.

They said: “The footpath next to the A11 Attleborough bypass (northbound) between W Carr Road – where the blue footbridge crosse the A11 near to the Stag roundabout – and Crowshall Lane, near the B1077 Queens Road, is currently closed.”

It is understood that the lorry had been towed away from the scene by 8.30am.

Highways England tweeted at just after 11am that the carriageway had reopened.

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A47 shut after lorry and van crash

Emergency services are on the scene of a crash on the A47. Photo : Steve Adams

Emergency services are on the scene of a crash on the A47. Photo : Steve Adams

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Motorists faced delays and diversions on the A47 after a crash between a lorry and a van.

The crash has happened near The Canary and Linnet pub, off the A47 in Little Fransham. Picture: ArchantThe crash has happened near The Canary and Linnet pub, off the A47 in Little Fransham. Picture: Archant

Police were called at 11.08am today to a crash near the Canary and Linnet Pub, in Little Fransham between Dereham and Swaffham.

The road was blocked in both directions from Station Road to Dunham Road and re-opened at about 2,30pm.

Emergency services attended but no-one is believed to have been trapped or suffered serious injuries.

An extensive clean-up operation was launched by the police and Highways England as diesel has spilled onto the road and damage had been caused to a lamp post.

Road users were advised to expect disruption and to allow extra journey time.

Diversion route details;

Eastbound – Exit the A47 at Swaffham Interchange.

At the A1065 junction turn right and follow the A1065 to Fakenham.

At the A148 roundabout take the second exit onto the A148.

Continue on the A148 to the next roundabout and take the third right onto the A1067.

Continue on the A1067 through Bintree, Bawdeswell, Morton, Attlebridge, Taversham and Drayton to A140 Ring Road in Norwich.

At the A140 roundabout take the third exit onto the A140.

At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the A1074 and rejoin the A47 at Longwater Interchange.

Westbound – Exit the A47 at Thickthorn Interchange and take first exit from the roundabout onto the A11.

Continue on A11 to Mundford Road roundabout at Thetford.

Take third exit from the roundabout and continue on A134 to the A1065 roundabout at Munford.

At the roundabout take the third exit and continue on the A1065 to rejoin the A47 at Swaffham Interchange.

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Celebrating 60 years of Anglia TV with old friends and colleagues

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60th anniversary reunion of previous Anglia employees, presenters etc at the Holiday Inn Norwich Airport. Photo: Brittany Woodman

60th anniversary reunion of previous Anglia employees, presenters etc at the Holiday Inn Norwich Airport. Photo: Brittany Woodman

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Paul Barnes had reason to celebrate last week as he was reunited with former Anglia TV colleagues as the station marked its 60th birthday

Helen McDermott at the 60th anniversary reunion of previous Anglia employees, presenters etc at the Holiday Inn Norwich Airport. Photo: Brittany WoodmanHelen McDermott at the 60th anniversary reunion of previous Anglia employees, presenters etc at the Holiday Inn Norwich Airport. Photo: Brittany Woodman

So many faces, so many stories, so many grins and waves from across the crowded room: over 200 of us Anglia Relics, relics of the real Anglia TV, marked the 60th anniversary of the first broadcast last Monday.

There were lots of grey hairs, or acres of pink flesh where the hair once was.

Some of the relics had worked in the early days on Anglia’s famous dramas with big names. The original board of Anglia had included Sir John Woolf of Romulus Films, and from the word go he pushed for a significant part of the company’s output to be drama.

And he had the connections to make it happen. He beckoned and the stars came out to Norfolk, stepping from the big screen to the small one. The likes of Margaret Leighton, John Gregson, Edith Evans, Susannah York, Diane Cilento, Kenneth More, Telly Savalas, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and many more took trains from Liverpool Street or trundled up the A11.

They found a definite quaintness about their destination, the one-time Agricultural Hall, dating from 1882. The Anglia studios were built inside the shell of the building with its Victorian girders visible, painted blue and gold. People tagged it “Nineteenth Century Fox”. Everybody thought David Niven coined the description but the real credit goes to Bill Brennan, the floor manager who murmured the words to Niven as he sat in make-up.

Day two saw the first edition of The Midday Show which took liberties with the clock by actually going out at two minutes past one. It was a breezy mixture of chat and light music fronted by young Susan Hampshire.

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Seventeen-year-old June Kenny had joined the company a week earlier as a junior cashier. “My job was to go and watch the Midday Show,” she says. “Musicians had to be paid every day. I handed the money out and got them to sign the paperwork. It was fantastic. I can’t believe I’m here watching shows and they’re paying me money to do it.”

Later, as June Wright, she became a production assistant, making sure the right equipment and the right people were in the right place at the right time, skills she applied to helping organise this anniversary shindig.

We worked often together on Portrait of a Village, the region’s Sunday teatime treat. That was in the seventies when a crew of twenty-two took to the road with three cameras, a truck full of cables and a recording van. The vehicles were grey and yellow, rather insipid colours; the word was that nobody would want to steal the paint.

Once, this small army and all the kit were set up for an interview beside the level crossing at Downham Market. We were just going for a take when a Land Rover slowed down and the driver leaned out. “I ‘ope this isn’t another repeat,” says he.

My first day at Anglia in 1977 brought convincing proof that I’d arrived in Norfolk. The assignment was an item for that evening’s About Anglia, coverage of the Norwich Union stagecoach’s journey between Eye and Ipswich. In the back of the Volvo estate Dave Atto, the unit’s electrician was doing the Sun crossword. All was quiet until a broad Norfolk voice wondered “Are there two oo’s in igloo?”

News and features were shot on film in those days, and cans of exposed footage were processed and edited in double quick time. Sometimes there could be a hitch, like the time we turned up at Elveden to do a piece on the latest Bond epic, including an interview with Pierce Brosnan. We opened the camera case. It was empty. Waiting for one to be sent from Norwich we had a pleasant time making the most of the catering truck. It could be a tough life.

As the Anglia Relics gathered and milled around the room was noisy with squeals of recognition, a bit of a trial for deaf-aid wearers; so many bridges, so much water gone by, so many hugs and kisses, so many memories. And afterwards many more stories will have been remembered, ones that we forgot to tell on the day. Ten years from now, perhaps? Dave, one of the organisers is already considering reserving the car park for Zimmer frame races and a mobility scooter rally.