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'It's chaos' - Lorry stuck on narrow Norwich street

PUBLISHED: 11:02 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 07:55 17 July 2019

An eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

An eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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A lorry was stuck on a narrow street in Norwich city centre on Tuesday morning.

An eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria PertusaAn eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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.

An eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria PertusaAn eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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.

An eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria PertusaAn eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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."

An eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria PertusaAn eight wheeler lorry has got stuck between two listed buildings on the corner of St John's Maddermarket and Pottergate. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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

Jim Hannah saw the lorry an hour after it became wedged. Picture: Victoria PertusaJim Hannah saw the lorry an hour after it became wedged. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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.

Leah Hall saw the humour in the situation. Picture: Victoria PertusaLeah Hall saw the humour in the situation. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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."

Jeremy King owns The Iron House and was affected by the stuck lorry. Picture: Victoria PertusaJeremy King owns The Iron House and was affected by the stuck lorry. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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.

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