A man is in a stable condition in after suffering a serious hand injury at a north Norfolk food factory.

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Alec Brackenbury was air lifted from the Heinz factory in Westwick, near North Walsham, to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he remains.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now investigating the incident, which happened at around 10.30am yesterday.

A Heinz spokesman said the Station Road factory, which produces Aunt Bessie’s frozen potato products, was not running production this week as it underwent a period of maintenance.

Mr Brackenbury lives in Bacton where he runs his microbrewery Bees Brewery, which supplies local pubs and shops, and works as a contractor at the factory.

The Heinz spokesman said the company was keeping in “close touch” with the hospital, and a senior team was working with the HSE to undertake a “full investigation”.

Paramedics were called to the scene just after 10.30am, followed by the East of England Air Ambulance, which arrived at 10.50am and flew Mr Brackenbury to Norwich.

An HSE investigator was on site today to make initial enquiries.

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