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Man dies after fight between driver and pedestrian

PUBLISHED: 15:40 22 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 April 2020

The East Anglian Air Ambulance attending an incident outside Iceland in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brittany Woodman

The East Anglian Air Ambulance attending an incident outside Iceland in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brittany Woodman

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A man has died following a “serious altercation” between a driver and a pedestrian in Great Yarmouth.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance attending an incident outside Iceland in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brittany WoodmanThe East Anglian Air Ambulance attending an incident outside Iceland in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brittany Woodman

Police were called to Middle Market Road at 12.34pm today to reports of a fight breaking out between two men.

Though the air ambulance, fire crews and police were called to the scene, one man was pronounced dead.

Norfolk Police said: “Another man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with the incident, and is being taken into police custody for questioning.

“It is not believed any weapons were used in the assault.”

The East Anglian Air Ambulance attending an incident outside Iceland in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brittany WoodmanThe East Anglian Air Ambulance attending an incident outside Iceland in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brittany Woodman

They added: “Detectives are investigating, and the area has been cordoned off while enquiries take place, to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.”

According to an eyewitness at the scene, there was a “huge commotion” of emergency services with “at least 15 police vehicles” gathered on Middle Market Road earlier this afternoon.

A man who lives on the road explained that he “saw police arrive in numbers” after the fight, before witnessing one officer give CPR to a man for up to 30 minutes.

He said: “After about 40-45 minutes, it became quite obvious what had happened.

The scene at Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Chris FloydThe scene at Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Chris Floyd

“The other guy was arrested right outside my window - he was in police cuffs and they had his phone in an evidence bag.”

The eyewitness added that “lots of people had gathered” at the scene in response to the chaos.

“With the lockdown, it’s the first thing that people have seen in weeks - they stood about for around an hour before everybody started to disappear.

“There are currently officers standing out guarding the street,” he said.

The scene at Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Chris FloydThe scene at Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Chris Floyd

“It was crazy before, but now it’s totally quiet.”

Another man, who lives on North Market Road, said: “In the last few years incidents are occuring more in the town than ever before and it’s not going to get better any time soon, which isn’t good for the town.

“It was a lovely town when I moved here in 1989 and I have seen it decline steadily.”

A further eyewitness said that “it started as a minor fight on the road” but “escalated so quick”.

The scene at Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Chris FloydThe scene at Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth earlier this afternoon. Photo: Chris Floyd


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