'It's chaos' - Lorry stuck on narrow Norwich street
PUBLISHED: 11:02 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 07:55 17 July 2019
A lorry was stuck on a narrow street in Norwich city centre on Tuesday morning.
The eight-wheeler lorry was lodged between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate, adjacent to the Church of St John Maddermarket.
It got wedged at around 9am on Tuesday.
It is believed the lorry was making a delivery to the Theatre Royal - but was misdirected by a taxi driver.
The streets are home to businesses The Little Hair Boutique, The Wax Bar, Factotum, Ali Bongo, Saints Coffee bar and upmarket brasserie The Iron House - which had to be cordoned off while recovery work was carried out.
Jeremy King, owner of The Iron House, said at the time: "It's chaos. We had to call the police as soon as we saw it.
"We've now had to move the protective tape cordoning off the lorry so customers don't have to limbo underneath it."
Julia Holland, a photographer, said: "It looks like there has been damage to the buildings."
A Norfolk Recovery vehicle and two police officers arrived on scene at 10.50am and the lorry left safely through St Johns Maddermarket
The scene was also attended by Sophia Bix, a conservation officer at Norwich City Council, to investigate potential damage to listed buildings.
Witness at the scene later spoke of their shock on seeing the lorry wedged on a narrow street.
Helen Harlow, 20, from Unthank Road, a recent illustration graduate from Norwich University of the Arts, said:"I was quite shocked. It was just so close.
"When you come into work you don't expect that."
Other witnesses saw the funny side.
Leah Hall, 28, a receptionist at Factotum, said: "I was laughing to be honest. The driver was trying so hard to get round the corner but a guy just kept shouting at him.
"The driver was taking it all in his stride though."
Jim Hannah, from Hamilton, Scotland, a Big Issue seller, wasn't surprised by the event and said the area was a hot spot for unusual activity.
He said: "If I'd been here earlier I would have stopped it. It nearly did the area in."
Police investigations are continuing into the incident.