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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 25 August 2017
  2. Commissioner 'sorry' for police response to Cromer 'disorder'
  3. 'Calculating' child rapist jailed
  4. Funding for landmark seafront building
  5. Engineering works to disrupt rail travel from Sunday

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Crackdown on drug-dealing and violent crime brings 33 arrests

A crackdown on drug-dealing and associated violent crime in Norwich called Operation Gravity has brought 33 arrests.

Raids were made during the week-long operation on 17 properties in Orchard Street, Cromer Road, Gentry Place, Penn Grove, Wellington Green, Reepham Road, Northumberland Street, Magdalen Street, Spindle Road, Seaman Tower, Woodside Road and Barnards Yard.

Police also raided properties in Poll Close in Wymondham, Fakenham Road in Great Witchingham and Atkinson Close, Costessey.

Large quantities of Class A drugs have been seized, along with cash, knives and mobile phones, police said.

A total of 31 people were arrested in Norfolk and 21 of those have since been charged with offences related to the supply of Class A drugs. In London two men were arrested and charged with similar offences.

Ministers 'want to help with Windrush financial losses'
Liz Truss says the government will "look sympathetically" at compensation for Windrush migrants.

Three charged after spate of ram-raids across the east

Two men and a teenage boy have been charged in connection with four ram-raids across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

The men and the 16-year-old boy were arrested by officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit on Tuesday, following a raid in Isleham, Cambridgeshire.

They have each been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary in relation to break-ins at the following shops:

  • Co-op in Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, on 20 March
  • Co-op in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, on 6 April
  • One Stop in Feltwell, Norfolk, on 16 April
  • Co-op in Isleham, Cambridgeshire, on 17 April

They are due to appear before magistrates at a later date.

Norwich MP takes up Labour shadow 'climate change' job

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A former shadow cabinet defence and business minister has been given a new job as part of a Labour Party team aiming to spearhead a new relationship with the financial sector.

Norwich South's Labour MP Clive Lewis will focus on "environmental economics" undertaking a countrywide policy tour on the issue.

Clive Lewis
PA

Mr Lewis quit Labour's front bench in February 2015 in a row over the Brexit vote claiming his constituents had clearly voted to remain and he had to respect their wishes.

In his new job he will have a remit to "drive the climate change issue into the heart of Treasury policy making, and therefore into the centre of government policy making", shadow chancellor John McDonnell said.

Mr McDonnell said a Labour government would "take an active lead in managing the economic risks of climate change".

Cow dies after being hit by a car in multi-vehicle accident

A cow was killed in a road accident involving several vehicles on the A47 Acle Straight in Norfolk last night.

It happened on the stretch between Acle and Halvergate when a Mercedes car collided with the animal and then a Honda Civic and Renault Captur were involved in a further collision.

A female passenger in the Mercedes had serious facial injuries and four others slight injuries. All were taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

The road was closed overnight and re-opened at about 11:00.

Norfolk Poilce officers are are keen to speak to witnesses, particularly anyone who observed the manner of driving of the vehicles before the crash.

Question Time comes to Chesterfield

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Tonight's BBC Question Time is being filmed at Chesterfield's Winding Wheel.

On the panel are chief secretary to the treasury and former justice secretary Liz Truss, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik and LBC presenter Iain Dale.

It's on BBC One at 22:45.

David Dimbleby
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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between A1064 and A47.

A47 Norfolk - A47 closed in both directions between Acle Roundabout in Acle and Runham Roundabout in West Caister, because of an accident. Diversion in operation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between A1064 and A47.

A47 Norfolk - A47 closed in both directions between Acle Roundabout in Acle and Runham Roundabout in Great Yarmouth, because of an accident and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A1075 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1075 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Dereham Road and Saham Road affecting B1077 Swaffham Road.

A1075 Norfolk - A1075 Dereham Road in Watton blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Dereham Road junction and the Saham Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion on B1108 Brandon Road to the B1077 Swaffham Road junction, on B1108 Norwich Road to the Church Road junction and to the Charles Avenue junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police discover cannabis factory in Norwich

More than 100 cannabis plants have been found at a house in Norwich.

Officers raided a property on Blue Boar Lane at approximately 06:50 BST yesterday and seized them.

A man in his 20s was arrested in connection with the incident.

He has since been released on police bail until 6 May while inquiries continue.

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Otley Campus of the Easton and Otley College

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Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, at Branch Road.

A47 Norfolk - Heavy traffic on A47 Acle Straight in both directions in Tunstall at the Branch Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Armed police deployed over firearm reports

Reports of a man with a firearm inside a building led to armed police being called to Norwich city centre yesterday evening.

Armed officers
BBC

At least six armed officers were seen at Rigby Court, off Bethel Street, with roads being closed just after 17:10.

Two men in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and have since been released under investigation.

Seven released under investigation in gas thefts probe

Allen Cook

BBC News

Seven people arrested in connection with a spate of thefts of nitrous oxide cylinders at a hospital have been released under investigation.

Cannock Hospital
Google

The arrests had followed an attempted burglary at Cannock Chase Hospital earlier this month.

A woman, 47, and six men, aged between 20 and 39, all from the Norwich area, had been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Severe accident: A1065 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A1065 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between B1146 and Lamb Lane.

A1065 Norfolk - A1065 Raynham Road in Fakenham blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the B1146 junction and the Lamb Lane junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Boys released under investigation over chicken killings

Three boys arrested by police after two chickens were killed in a Norwich park have been released under investigation.

Eaton Park, Norwich
N Chadwick/Geograph

A 12-year-old and two 15-year-olds were questioned on suspicion of animal cruelty after the bantams - believed to have been stolen - were spotted being attacked at Eaton Park on Monday.

The trio were arrested in nearby Rugge Drive about five hours after the birds' bodies were found.

Police said they were trying to trace the chickens' owner and wanted any witnesses to contact them while their inquiries continued.

Benefits for Norwich Airport passengers as Loganair signs deals with major international airlines

Eastern Daily Press

A regional airline offering flights from Norwich is boosting its international links through partnerships with major carriers.

Severe accident: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe accident, between Branch Road and A47.

A47 Norfolk - A47 Acle Straight closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Branch Road junction in Stokesby and Runham Roundabout in West Caister, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Thieves throw bricks at homes in ram-raid

Thieves threw bricks at homes after villagers intervened to try to stop a ram-raid in the early hours of Monday.

Police were called shortly after 03:00 to reports of a burglary at the One Stop store and Post Office on the High Street in Feltwell, Norfolk.

Suspects forced entry into the building and removed a cash machine from inside before loading it on to what police believe to be a small black vehicle.

Supt Dave Buckley said: "Suspects have thrown bricks at a number of houses causing damage after local residents tried to intervene.

"The offenders have then set light to a white Audi, which was being used in the incident, before fleeing the scene with the ATM."

Alpacas prove popular as auction sells 140

A family which raised 140 alpacas over the last 22 years has sold 110 of the animals at auction over the weekend.

alpaca
bbc

Among the buyers animals was former Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Barmby, who acquired five.

The animals, which can live up to 25 years, are communal creatures and were sold off as a group of a minimum of three.

The Lenk family started their alpaca wool farm near Thetford with just five animals 22 years ago but the farm is now moving into semi-retirement, hence the sale.

Apparently the pure-bred Peruvians make good pets as they are clean, preferring to go to the toilet in the same areas (making clearing up easy), are grazers and like a good walk.

Traffic lights turned off in bid to improve traffic flow

It's hoped traffic flow and air quality in King's Lynn will improve when a set of traffic lights are switched off.

The signals where Valingers Road meets London Road will be covered up from today.

It is part of a wider experiment looking at ways to deal with peak-time hold ups across Lynn.

The junction of Valingers Road and London Road
Google

Council chief apologises for 'hatred' comment

Jo Thewlis

BBC Radio Norfolk

The leader of Norfolk County Council, Conservative Cliff Jordan, has made a public apology to the leader of the Labour group, Steve Morphew.

Cliff Jordan
Norfolk County Council
Statement
BBC

In January, Mr Jordan told cabinet that Mr Morphew had "incited hate" against councillors over their decision to increase their allowances by nearly 11%.

Mr Jordan told full council this morning the comment was "inappropriate", that he retracted it and apologised.

Last month Mr Jordan launched a tirade of criticism of the county's local MPs on live BBC radio.

Mr Morphew accepted the public apology and the meeting resumed.

Smoke-free sidelines scheme launched

More football clubs in Norfolk are being encouraged to sign up for a voluntary smoking ban.

Poster
Healthy England

The Smoke Free Sidelines scheme began at the start of this season and was launched by Healthy Norwich and the Norfolk County Football Association.

Almost 30 clubs in Norfolk have signed up to the scheme to stop people smoking at children's football matches in the hope it will deter children from taking up the habit.

TV presenter Jake Humphrey, who is supporting the scheme, said: "It's kind of cool to say 'Oh, we don't like the nanny state'. Some people, though, need a bit of a nanny state because otherwise they wouldn't be standing next to pitch smoking next to an 11-year-old."

Woman sexually assaulted after getting into 'taxi'

A woman has reported being sexually assaulted after being picked up in a car she believed to be a taxi in Norwich in the early hours of Sunday.

Police say they were called at about 02:15 BST to reports that the woman, in her 20s, was attacked after getting into the car in the centre of Norwich.

She is being supported by the sexual assault referral unit.

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "I would urge members of the public, particularly those on nights out, to always check before getting into an unfamiliar vehicle, and to stay with friends wherever possible.”

Drug-drive suspect put child's seatbelt on TV set

A suspected drug-driver was stopped after police noticed children not buckled into the car safely.

The driver was pulled over on the A11 at Larling in Norfolk on Saturday afternoon.

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Officers said two children were in the car with the driver who tested positive during a roadside drugs wipe test.

Not only were neither of the children in child seats, but one did not even have a seatbelt on, as the driver explained the belt was "being used to hold the TV up in the boot, so it didn't get damaged", one of the arresting officers said.

Speeding driver clocked at 107mph on A47 at Terrington

A speeding BMW X5 was no match for the police's own X5 when the driver was clocked at 107mph (172km/h) on a dual carriageway.

The car was pulled over by officers from the road policing unit on the A47 at Terrington St John in Norfolk on Saturday.

The car was seized and the unlicensed motorist reported to court for the offences.

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