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Steven Attew raised the alarm after discovering what police have described as “a small mortar”. Picture: STEVEN ATTEW

A North Norfolk News reader got a surprise when she spotted this week’s headlines.

The haul of tobacco and cigarettes seized from a shop in Thetford. Picture: @NorfolkCCTS

More than 67,000 illicit cigarettes have been seized in raids on shops in three major towns during a county-wide operation to crack-down on illegal trade.

The haul of tobacco and cigarettes seized from a shop in Thetford. Picture: @NorfolkCCTS

Thousands of illegal cigarettes and a large amount of tobacco have been seized from two shops in Thetford town centre.

The stolen painting was by Gemma Correll, a former Norwich University of the Arts student.

The search is continuing today for a 6ft tall painting which was stolen from the St Stephen’s Underpass in Norwich on Wednesday.

Suffolk police are investigating.

Investigations are under way after a man and woman were assaulted in Lowestoft.

Nearly £2000 worth of meat has been stolen from Archer's butchers, in Plumstead Road, Norwich. Picture: Archer's

A family butchers was the target of a brazen theft, where meat worth nearly £2,000 was stolen.

Drugs, money and weapons seized from Stephenson Close, Great Yarmouth, Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

A Great Yarmouth drug dealer has been jailed for more than three years for supplying heroin to the town, along with a second from London.

Lowestoft police.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Detectives are seeking witnesses after burglars raided a home in Oulton Broad.

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

An increase in access to so-called legal highs at a south Norfolk prison has led to an increase in assaults on staff and offenders, according to a report.

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference held in Norwich. Pictured: Lorin LaFave, founder of the Breck Foundation, who was a speaker at the conference. Picture: Mustard

Breck Bednar, 14, was stabbed to death by Lewis Daynes, now 20, who had been grooming him for months as they played computer games online.

Group of 28 people (made up of police, search & rescue, and RAF personnel) trying to find Corrie McKeague who has been missing since Saturday morning. Picture near Ampton village.

RAF personnel have joined the search for a missing Honington serviceman who has not been seen since the early hours of Saturday.

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference held in Norwich. Picture: Mustard TV

A major conference has been held in Norwich today to help try and prevent youngsters becoming victims of online child sexual exploitation.

Norfolk Constabulary. Picture: James Bass

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an assault in Dereham.

Cannabis growing inside greenhouse near Diss. Picture Twitter/@SouthNorfPolice

A man who admitted to growing cannabis plants inside a greenhouse in south Norfolk has been given a formal warning.

Hare coursing operation in west Norfolk: Police pictures

Police used the special horse unit in carrying out an operation against illegal hare coursers in west Norfolk last weekend.

General views of Feltwell Village which is where one the gang targeted one of the homes.

The hunt continues today for a roaming gang who targeted people in their own homes, including three elderly victims, during a spate of burglaries in five of our communities.

Trading standards officer Peter Holman with some of the illegal tobacco that was seized from a property earlier in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

People are being urged to report traders selling illicit cigarettes and tobacco, as part of a new campaign aimed at cracking down on the illegal trade.

Elsing village sign

Three homes were burgled in the Dereham area with cash and jewellery being targeted.

Fire crews were called to the scene.

Firefighters were called to tackle a motorbike which caught fire in Hemsby.

Police have arrested a man

A Harleston man has been arrested after two teenagers were verbally abused at Norwich Bus Station and on a bus journey to the market town.

Collett Moore, supervisor of the Mustard Shop, behind the till that a thief stole money from.

Norwich’s iconic Mustard shop and museum has been targeted by a thief who ran off with a handful of notes from the till.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: James Bass

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding an attempted theft of a dog in Bradwell at the weekend.

Swaffham - Picture by Matthew Usher

Police in Swaffham have seized a haul of drugs, believed to be heroin, with an estimated street value of between £18,000 and £19,000.

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Villagers have rushed to the aid of a 92-year-old woman who was woken by burglars and forced to watch them rifle through her possessions.

Ricardas Puisys.

Detectives are convinced that the answer behind the disappearance of a Lithuanian man from Wisbech lies within the local community and have appealed again for information exactly one year after he went missing.

Armed Police were called to an address in Beverley Road, Earlham this morning, to deal with a incident.

Armed police have been stood down following an incident in Norwich earlier today.

Maurice Philpot's last day at the church at Shimpling

People living in a south Norfolk village have today been urged to help find the yobs responsible for the “sustained” and “senseless” attacks on a 12th century church.

The damage to Chrissie Venables' Suzuki Vitara (right) and the Vauxhall Corsa which hit it (left). The driver of the Corsa was on her mobile phone shortly before the crash.

A mother who suffered life-changing injuries when a driver who had been on her phone smashed into her today tells for the first time of her long path to recovery.

Fire crews were called to the scene.

Firefighters were called to put out a number of deliberate fires in Thetford overnight.

Domestic abuse conference at The Space. Left, Mandy Proctor, CEO of Leeway, with domestic abuse survivor and board member of Paladin Zoe Dronfield.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“I didn’t think I was in any danger,” said Zoe Dronfield, a mother-of-two from Coventry.

Lee Ornstein, who has been jailed for 17 years for raping a child. Submitted by Norfolk Police

A 29-year-old has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, after admitting to the rape of a girl in the Great Yarmouth area.

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A woman died after becoming trapped under a large metal gate in Blofield Heath.

Picture: James Bass

A man has been found guilty of a health and safety breach after an iron gate he fitted fell on a woman leading to a fatal heart attack.

One of the containers which was recovered. Pic: Health and Safety Executive.

A Norfolk farming company allowed workers to put dangerous poison pellets in a private garden which could have led to a death, according to health and safety inspectors.

Kristof Lowery was jailed for life after pleading guilty to rape attempted rape and burglary with intent to commit a sexual offence. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

A dangerous sex offender is today starting a life jail sentence after terrorising three women in a crime rampage in rural Norfolk.

The scene of the helicopter crash at Gillingham.

Voice and data recordings from a Norfolk helicopter crash which killed four people will remain confidential, the High Court has ruled.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood, known as the

Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood has declined to give evidence in his trial for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.

Emil Gajc, from Saddlers Drive, Watton, Norfolk, outside Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court on 27/09/16. He pleaded guilty to one count of speedig at 112mph on the A11 at Icklingham and one count of using a mobile phone while driving on the A11.

Tell your friends it is unacceptable –that was the message to a speeding driver who was caught doing 112mph on the A11 – and was found to be using his mobile phone behind the wheel on the same journey.

Jai Souter. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary

A man admitted being part of a gang who carried out an attempted robbery in Beccles.

Jill Lunn.
Picture: submitted

The jury hearing the trial of a man charged with gross negligence manslaughter after an iron gate he fitted fell on a woman leading to a fatal heart attack, has been sent home for the night.

Police on the scene at Jollyes pet food superstore in Dereham.

A 59 year-old man has denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent after two people were stabbed in Dereham.

Bury Magistrates Court.

An employee who stole £3,500 worth of electronic goods from his company to finance family debts has been handed a suspended sentence.

Darren Fenn.

An inmate is back in a secure jail after leaving Hollesley Bay open prison without permission to buy alcohol before trying to smuggle it back in.

Amanda Morling was dismissed from her care home job for disclosing information about abuse to Norfolk County Council, she has now won an employment tribunal following the case.

A carer has today spoken about her “dreadful” year-long battle for justice after she was sacked for whistleblowing.

Lee Ornstein, who has been jailed for 17 years for raping a child. Submitted by Norfolk Police

A children’s party organiser, who raped a young girl in the Great Yarmouth area, has been jailed for 17 years and placed on the sex offender’s register for life.

Henry Bett, who has been freed from prison after appealing against his conviction for causing death by dangerous driving. He will now face a retrial. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A Norfolk farmer jailed for his part in a road crash in which a woman died has been freed by judges after an appeal against his conviction.

A woman died after becoming trapped under a large metal gate in Blofield Heath.

Picture: James Bass

A man who installed an iron gate that later fell on a woman, leading to a fatal heart attack, has told a court that he definitely fitted stops to prevent the gate coming off the track, and that he was “devastated” when he heard about the tragedy.

Danny Wright at Norwich Crown Court.
Picture: STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Four victims of a “boy racer” whose lives were shattered after they were seriously injured in a crash made a heartfelt plea for motorists to think more about how their driving could ruin lives.

Gipsy Lane level crossing.

Network Rail has been fined £4million for a string of safety failures after a former actress was struck and killed by a train on a railway foot crossing.

The hearing was held at Lowestoft Magistrates Court.  Picture: James Bass

The licensee of a Lowestoft nightspot has been fined more than £4,000 for breaching noise regulations.

High House Barns, Gunn Street, Foulsham

Two men have been jailed for their part in a Norfolk cannabis factory, which had a potential annual yield of £120,000 to £214,000.

Jill Lunn.
Picture: submitted

An iron gate which crushed a woman to death malfunctioned just days after it’s installation, a court heard.

Kristian Tarragan. PIC: Submitted by Norfolk police

A Norwich man, who helped a killer by washing his clothing, has been jailed for nine months.

North Norfolk District Council deputy leader Judy Oliver.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Breaches of licensing regulation will not be tolerated, council chiefs have warned.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood, known as the

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of an undercover journalist and a Norfolk man accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice in the case of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.

Norwich Crown Court
picture by Adrian Judd
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A conman who carried out a series of frauds around King’s Lynn and Scotland gaining more than £30,000 has been jailed for 18 months.

Martin Olsson. Picure: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson has been fined £80 for speeding in a 30mph zone.

Norwich Crown Court
picture by Adrian Judd
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A Great Yarmouth drug dealer fled from police after he was spotted dumping a package containing cocaine and £980 in cash in a bush, a court heard.

Norwich Crown Court
picture by Adrian Judd
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Norfolk Constabulary’s head of diversity will appear in court tomorrow after being charged with fraud offences.

Firearms on display at Suffolk Police Headquarters which were found at the house of James Arnold,

A legal challenge to prevent the UK’s biggest arms’ haul being destroyed has fizzled out at its first hearing before Ipswich magistrates.

Danny Warby has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. 
Picture: Terry Harris

A lorry driver who was looking at his mobile phone moments before a collision that killed a police officer has been jailed for six years.

Paul Stranks

A Great Yarmouth man, who sparked a police hunt when he absconded while on remand, has been warned he faces a “considerable sentence” after he admitted attempted rape.

Reuben Cherry from Deopham who was prosecuted for harassing his neighbour. The conviction was overturned at Norwich Crown Court in August. Photo: Archant

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Peter Walsh

Crime Correspondent

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Peter's job involves chasing down crime stories across Norfolk and parts of Suffolk, covering courts and preparing backgrounders for trials. Peter also monitors the performance of key organisations like police forces, police and crime commissioners, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and prisons, including HMP Norwich.

He also looks to raise awareness of issues affecting victims in the county.

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