John and Joyce’s midnight surprise

John Hyne outside his Thetford home after high winds brought down a tree into this roof
John Hyne outside his Thetford home after high winds brought down a tree into this roof
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A COUPLE in their 80s were left trapped in their home after high winds left a tree teetering on their roof.

John and Joyce Hyne, of Florence Barclay Close, Thetford, were awoken early last Thursday morning by a light thud from outside.

With strong winds whipping around their bungalow, John looked out of the kitchen window to see the tree resting on their guttering.

“I went out to the front door but when I opened it, branches were blocking the way out. It was a real sight,” he said.

“They’ve looked at that tree before and it was an accident waiting to happen really, but it most have come down slowly otherwise their would have been much more damage.”

Concerned about the tree, Joyce slept in the couple’s living room, and fire crews arrived in the morning to clear the branches.

Mr Hyne said he was hoping Breckland Council, which owns the tree, would be able to remove it from the house.

The Hynes’ misfortune was one incident in a busy period for Norfolk and Suffolk emergency services as winds caused havoc in the area. Power lines were affected and journeys disrupted by train delays.