UPDATE: Swaffham school closes early due to flooding in area

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A Swaffham secondary school has been forced to close early this afternoon because of flooding.

The move by officials from the Nicholas Hamond Academy was announced in a post on its Twitter feed a short time ago.

The post said: “Due to localised flooding the Academy will close early today. Buses will leave the site at 2:30pm instead of 3:10pm.”

Officials say the school itself has not been affected and the decision had been taken because of the difficulties of travelling in some surrounding areas.

Earlier, Konectbus said their services were not calling at nearby Sporle because of the weather.

And, this morning, fire crews were called to assess flooding in the Longfields area of Swaffham and on the A1065 in Castle Acre.

Elsewhere, Lynn fire crews were called to Purfleet Street at 9am to pump away a large pool of water which covered the pavement and was lapping at nearby buildings.

A fire officer was also called to Church Walk, in Burnham Market, at 10.20am. The services of a crew were not needed at this incident.

Flooding was reported within a home in Stow Corner, Stow Bardolph, at 11am.

Weather forecasters said almost an inch of rain had fallen across the area by noon today.