09:21 05 March 2016
A large piece of industrial machinery which has fallen from the lorry transporting it on to the roadside on South Quay in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass
(C) Archant Norfolk 2016
An investigation is under way after a piece of heavy machinery fell off the back of a lorry on a busy road.
A gearbox weighing several tonnes came off a vehicle near a set of traffic lights on South Quay, Great Yarmouth.
No one was hurt in the incident but the pavement was badly damaged by the falling machine component and a tree planter was also crushed.
The trailer which was carrying the machinery was also damaged.
A spokesman for the haulage company carrying the gearbox, Lincolnshire-based John Somerscales, said an investigation was now taking place into what happened.
He added that there should be more information about the incident on Monday.
An engineer from Norfolk County Council s highways department visited the scene to assess the damage.
A spokesman for the county council said that any repairs would be undertaken in due course.
The spokesman added: We would always look to recover any costs where we possibly can.
Police officers were called at 10am to reports that a large object had fallen from the back of a lorry in South Quay.
A number of roads were closed in the area while a crane was brought in to recover the object and move the trailer carrying the machinery off the road.
Road closures were in place throughout the day on the Hall Quay/South Quay junction, the Nottingham Way/South Quay junction and the Yarmouth Way junction.
Drivers were faced with severe delays into the busy evening rush hour as police were forced to close the major route in the town yesterday for over eight hours.
Many motorists had to navigate all the way around Yarmouth s one-way system in order to avoid the closed roads.
Crowds gathered by the roadside during the day to watch the large piece of machinery being lifted off the carriageway by a tall crane and some spectators took photographs.
It is not clear yet what caused the object to fall from the lorry.
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Police catch 37 drug drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk
11:09 02 March 2016
Police Officers. Picture: James Bass.
Archant Norfolk Photographic 2011
A new roadside drugs test kit has helped police in Norfolk and Suffolk catch 37 drug drivers in just two months.
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In Norfolk and Suffolk during December 91 drug tests were conducted with 28 positive tests, and in January 2016 – 67 drug tests were conducted with nine positive tests.
It comes after new legislation introduced this time last year made it illegal to drive with certain drugs above a certain level in the blood, even if you re not unfit to drive. The law allows officers to carry out roadside tests on drivers suspected of being under the influence of cannabis or cocaine by testing a saliva swab. Chief Inspector Kristin Barnard, the new head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: Although we are only seeing a minority of drivers in the counties driving under the influence of drugs, it is still putting other road users at risk of a serious collision or even fatality.
Any amount of drug, whether it is prescribed or illegal can impair your ability to drive and decrease your reaction times. The new laws have made it easier for officers to tackle drug drivers, because there is a prescribed legal limit for substances. Along with the roadside drug tests, it allows both Suffolk and Norfolk Police to deal with offenders more effectively.
It is therefore essential that drivers read the instructions of any prescription medication before getting behind the wheel. Some prescribed drugs are also included in the legislation as certain medicines affect your ability to drive. Eight medicines which are sometimes abused are also included in the new law with limits set high to reflect their use as medicines.
The medicines are Morphine, Diazepam, Clonazepam, Flunitrazepam, Lorazepam, Oxazepam, Tempazepam and Methadone.
Krakow Local News: Friday, 26 February 2016
Pope to receive key to city
New information reveals that the Pope will receive the key to the city, but breaking tradition he won t have his ceremony in front of the St. Mary s Basilica. The pope will accept the key in the curia near Franciszkanska 3.
Pope Francis will most likely visit the Main Square church for the ending ceremony for World Youth Day. Wyborcza
New CCTV cameras before WYD
Two years ago a Krakow referendum decided to expand the area s surveillance, which also started a special Security Centre.
Part of the referendum will be installing 20 CCTV cameras around the city before World Youth Day.
Municipal police and public transport operatives will control the cameras and have access to them. [Love Krakow