What a North Norfolk night! Brexit victory - and the heavens opened

Jack Smith, co-ordinator of the Vote Leave campaign in North Norfolk, at the EU Referendum count in

Jack Smith, co-ordinator of the Vote Leave campaign in North Norfolk, at the EU Referendum count in North Walsham. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

Leading North Norfolk Leave campaigner Jack Smith believes Prime Minister David Cameron should stay on following the UK vote to leave the European Union.

North Norfolk returning officer Sheila Oxtoby announces the result at the EU Referendum count in Nor

North Norfolk returning officer Sheila Oxtoby announces the result at the EU Referendum count in North Walsham. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

Mr Smith, co-ordinator of the Vote Leave campaign in North Norfolk, said he was 'ecstatic' at the North Norfolk result which saw 58.9pc of voters choose 'Leave', compared to 41.1pc in favour of remaining in the EU.

The results, declared at the count in North Walsham Sports Centre shortly before 4am, saw 37,576 voters opt for Leave and 26,214 choose Remain.

There were 63,829 counted ballot papers, of which 39 were rejected.

'I think we should congratulate people like Nigel Farage and UKIP because, if it wasn't for them putting pressure on the government, we wouldn't have had this Euro referendum,' said Mr Smith, 24, from Fakenham, who is also chairman of UKIP in north Norfolk.


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'The people of north Norfolk are fed up with the EU and its undemocratic way of operating and the lack of sovereignty that entails.'

He believes Mr Cameron should stay on as PM for at least three months while stability is restored.

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Yesterday evening North Norfolk District Council officers had to deliver sandbags to a polling station in Ingworth which, together with another in Knapton, was affected by flooding.

But a spokesman said the stations had remained open throughout the voting period.

Torrential rain affected large parts of North Norfolk yesterday evening.

There was floodwater under both the Norwich Road and Cromer Road railway bridges in North Walsham after a downpour there which started at about 7.15pm.

According to North Walsham town councillor Richard Sims, two cars were caught in the floods on Norwich Road. One by the traffic lights and the other at the bridge.

A mudslide at Mundesley sparked concern for 20 people in the clifftop Manor Hotel.

Police, fire and coastguard attended and Steve Hems, head of environmental health with North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), went to assess the damage.

He reported that there was no evidence of movement in the ground beyond the hotel's fence line or structural damage to the building, which did not need to be evacuated.

There were 18 guests and two members of staff in the hotel at the time.

NNDC officials are due to visit the site in daylight today and assess the damage. It is believed two or three beach huts may have been affected.

Tom FitzPatrick, leader of NNDC, said: 'Safety of people was our first consideration. We will go back again tomorrow (Friday) and see what needs to be done.'

Firefighters also answered flooding calls last night from addresses in Rye Close and Osborne Close, North Walsham, as well as The Street, Swanton Abbott, Peabody Close, Aylsham, Knapton and Southrepps.

Were you affected by last night's storm? Do you have any photographs showing its impact? Contact: alex.hurrell@archant.co.uk

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