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Suffolk: County firefighters join rescue effort in Somerset Levels

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:16 31 January 2014

One of Suffolk Fire and Rescue's Unimogs has been sent to help out in Somerset.

One of Suffolk Fire and Rescue's Unimogs has been sent to help out in Somerset.

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A team of firefighters from Suffolk is spending the weekend helping the emergency effort in Somerset.

The four-person team from Bury St Edmunds has taken one of Suffolk’s two “Unimog” specialist rescue to the county to help the battle against flooding.

The move is part of a mutual assistance agreement that exists among fire and rescue services across the country.

Suffolk’s chief fire officer, Mark Hardingham, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer our support, particularly when last December our fire service called upon fire engines from other services across the country to help us in our response to the tidal surge.”

The team is expected to stay in Somerset until Monday, although the situation will be kept under review and there is more heavy rain forecast.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A hugely popular Suffolk band competition which champions new musical talent will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

Firefighters tackled a two-car blaze in Haverhill after a suspect was seen setting one alight by a member of the public.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

A celebrity hairdresser visited West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds to give a masterclass to students and answer questions on the industry.

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