Heat warning issued after woman taken to King’s Lynn hospital

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A woman was taken to hospital after collapsing in Lynn’s newly revamped bus station this week as a heatwave gripped the area.

Paramedics were called to treat the woman, who is in her 20s, at around 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoon. She was later taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Temperatures peaked at around 34 degrees Celsius at Marham yesterday, which weather experts said was the hottest July day on record.

And, with the warm weather set to continue into the weekend, emergency service chiefs have pleaded with residents to keep cool and stay safe.

West Norfolk police commander, Supt Dennis Lacey, urged the public to stay out of open rivers and lakes, even if they may appear a tempting place to cool off.

He said: “It is difficult to judge how deep the water is and there can also be obstructions underneath the surface where people could become trapped.

“We urge people not to go into rivers, lakes and open water and ask parents to make sure their youngsters know about the dangers and go to the local swimming pool, where they can have fun and be safe.”

The plea, which comes almost exactly two years since a man and a teenager drowned in a lake at the Bawsey Pits beauty spot near Lynn, was echoed by Richard Herrell, head of community protection for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue service.

He said: “I would urge people to only swim in safe areas of water such as lifeguarded beaches and pools. It’s not a case of we don’t want people to enjoy themselves – we do, but please do it safely.”

Meanwhile, crews remain at the scene of a fire in Thetford Forest, more than 24 hours after it began.

At its height, 10 appliances were tackling the flames and Mr Herrell said incidents of that type were becoming more common.

He has urged people to be careful with matches, cigarettes and bonfires in rural areas.