Troublesome trees belonging to a former Norwich City goalkeeper are to be cut back as they overhang a busy city road.

The low-hanging branches emanating from his garden in Newmarket Road have been known to strike tall vehicles as they pass underneath, leading their owner, former Canaries stopper Scott Howie to ask for permission to chop them down.

Now Mr Howie, who also played for King's Lynn, has been given permission to remove the trees by Norwich City Council after a county council official had previously advised him to trim them back after a similar tree at another home had fallen in heavy rain.

Norwich Evening News: Scott Howie, the owner of the trees, in his playing daysScott Howie, the owner of the trees, in his playing days (Image: Newsquest)

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There were fears the branches could hit vehicles and pedestrians if they fall in the street as a result of being struck by a lorry or adverse weather.

Norwich Evening News: Newmarket Road, where the trees are overhangingNewmarket Road, where the trees are overhanging (Image: Google Maps)

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The city council decided work was "reasonable arboricultural management" but told Mr Howie that he must complete the works within two years and must not work on trees that do not emanate from his land.

It comes after the four-bedroom home was listed for sale at about £1.5m.