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Lucky escape in north Norfolk as Storm Doris brings down trees

PUBLISHED: 16:46 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 24 February 2017

A tree narrowly escaped hitting a house after falling on some power lines in Gresham. Photo: Marc Betts

A tree narrowly escaped hitting a house after falling on some power lines in Gresham. Photo: Marc Betts

Marc Betts

Residents had a lucky escape after a tree was blown over next to a house in north Norfolk as Storm Doris struck.

A tree crashed onto the shed in the garden of Terry Gleadell's Holkham House. Picture: TERRY GLEADELL A tree crashed onto the shed in the garden of Terry Gleadell's Holkham House. Picture: TERRY GLEADELL

Firefighters raced to the scene in Sustead Road, Gresham, after the alarm was raised on Thursday around 3.30pm.

However, the tree was held up by power lines saving neighbouring property from any damage.

Firefighters from Sheringham used saws to remove the tree.

And later that evening, around 8pm. a crew from Aylsham was called to reports of electricity cables on fire in the town’s Woodgate, which was made safe.

There were also dramatic scenes at Dereham Sixth Form College where a tree was uprooted by the windy weather.

Dereham mayor Phillip Duigan said: “It has been the worst wind we’ve had all winter. I’ve seen wheelie bins knocked over and we can never be surprised that a tree has been knocked over. You can never been a 100 per cent if the tree has been rotted or it has been damaged.”

Elsewhere, local attractions - including Amazona Zoo in Cromer and nearby Felbrigg Hall - were forced to close as winds picked up.

Traffic was disrupted after a tree blocked the road on The Green in Felbrigg. A fire crew from Cromer cleared the scene around 5.20pm.

In Cromer, former safety officer John Graham said gusts had been measured at 95mph and tables had been strewn across the East End. He added: “I decided to close my shop because the wind is driving detritus along the road.”

Fakenham church appears to have suffered damage in the storm, with the tip of one of its spires seen to have broken off in the strong winds.

A shocked Terry Gleadell saw a tree smash into the summer house at his Holkham home.

Mr Gleadell’s good work was undone after fixing a leak in the roof just a couple of hours before the storm struck.

He said: “I looked out of the window and saw the tree waving around, went into the garden with my camera and then it came crashing down. The shed is going to have to be replaced - I hope to have a new one in time for a big garden party we are planning for my 75th birthday.”

A number of schools have been forced to close following power cuts caused by Storm Doris.

St Michael’s CE VC Nursery and Infant School, Aylsham and Antingham and Southrepps Primary are among eight schools shut across the county.

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