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An 82-year-old is appealing for information after her brand new mobility scooter was stolen in a targeted theft.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of seven different offences after being caught by police while behind the wheel of a stolen car and under the influence of drugs.

A woman who claimed she had coronavirus has been jailed after she coughed forcefully into the face of a police officer.

A warning has been issued that con artists are pretending to be police officers in an attempt to trick vulnerable people in Norfolk.

A helpless business owner watched live on CCTV as thieves raided his business after making “man-sized” holes in his roof during a crime spree.

Armed police officers in Norfolk and Suffolk have shot their guns nearly 200 times in the last five years, but have not injured or killed anyone, figures reveal.

A man whose puppy was attacked by a bull mastiff has warned other owners to be wary when out walking, regardless of “how placid other dogs may seem”.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a canvas bag was stolen from a garage in Norfolk.

Police across Norfolk now have powers to enforce staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

A man who went missing from his home in Beccles has been found, after his family members said they were very concerned for his safety.

Two lawnmowers, worth £500 each, have been stolen from a business in Dereham.

A chainsaw was among items stolen after a garage was burgled.

The sentencing of a Norwich pub owner who set up a fundraiser in aid of a cancer charity but then kept the £1,000 worth of proceeds for himself has been adjourned.

Police bosses in Norfolk have told how they are “here for the public” in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Police have released a picture of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the theft of groceries from an Asda supermarket.

Witnesses are being sought after thieves broke into a business yard and stole gas cylinders.

Norfolk Police has received 11 reports of domestic abuse-related incidents alleged to have been committed by its own staff, it has emerged.

People across Norfolk are being urged to watch out for criminals who are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speed awareness courses have been suspended after it was deemed “no longer appropriate” to bring drivers together in classrooms.

Police have revealed they are working through information received following a fresh appeal made half a century after the murder of a girl in Norfolk.

A father whose son was murdered by a stranger who had just weeks earlier been spared jail for possessing knives said he had had “words and no action” from court bosses.

A luxury sports car has been stolen from the driveway of a home just outside of Norwich, along with keys and designer handbag.

Jewellery and “a large quantity of cash” were stolen from a home just outside of Norwich in daylight hours over the weekend.

Up to 9,000 prisoners could be released from the country’s prisons to help limited staff deal with the coronavirus.

A mum who works as a nurse in the NHS has said she is overwhelmed with support after her son’s Nintendo Switch and birthday money was stolen in a burglary.

Anyone who ignores the lockdown imposed by the government in the wake of coronavirus will be fined £30 and could end up in court if they refuse to pay, it has emerged.

All police public enquiry offices have closed to the general public in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Norfolk Constabulary has announced.

Norfolk’s chief constable has urged the public to abide by the government’s lockdown to help stop the NHS getting overwhelmed and prevent people from dying.

Fraudsters are targeting families following reports of scam emails being sent that claim to help with funding towards free meals while the school is closed.

Police have issued a warning as “heartless criminals” look to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Courts

A retired engineer from Suffolk who died following a collision with a tractor suffered multiple injuries and had to have his leg amputated, an inquest heard.

A Norwich man has been jailed after breaking into a shop and stealing bottles of perfume, as police vow that coronavirus won’t stop them pursuing criminals.

A drug-dealer caught by police hiding more than £1,700 of cocaine in his car has been ordered to pay back £2,340, which was cash seized at his arrest.

A woman facing charges of assaulting two police officers had her trial at Norwich Crown Court put on hold as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.

A fraudster who took £12,500 from a friend will now only have to pay a small fraction of that back.

A man who sprayed his ex-girlfriend from head to toe with a garden hose has been jailed for four months.

A teenage US serviceman almost lost his eyesight when he was glassed in a Norwich bar by a man with a string of convictions for violence.

A man who tried to get a 13-year-old to meet him for sex was snared by a group of online paedophile hunters.

Two men who made a couple fear for their lives by firing a shotgun through the doorway of their Stoke Holy Cross home have been given sentences totalling 27 years.

A man charged with assaulting a female police officer, who suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket, appeared in court.

A former finance officer, who stole £1m from his employer to fund his gambling addiction, has had the amount he has to pay back cut by £7,000 but he still has to hand over nearly £187,00.

A man dubbed “Brain of Britain” by his defence brief has been jailed after a plan to trick a jury into thinking he was not conspiring to supply cocaine fell flat.

A self-employed waste collector who paid two strangers to finish his job has been fined after piles of rubble were found dumped at the side of a Suffolk road.

A lorry driver ploughed into a broken down van on the A47 killing the driver, who was sitting inside the vehicle, a court heard.

A man who stole more than £20,000 from his partner’s elderly mother is having to sell his Land Rover to pay some of the cash back.

A suburban bungalow had its windows blacked out to hide a gang of criminals who were using it to grow and produce cannabis, a court heard.

Four people have denied the murder of a man in Thetford, who died following a roadside stabbing.

A “Jekyll and Hyde” character who threatened to stab himself in front of his father has been told it would be suicide if he continued to drink a bottle of vodka a day, a court has heard.

A teenager had to be restrained with the use of a Pava spray when he struggled with police officers trying to arrest him, a court heard.

A Norfolk garage owner who supplied false number plates for a prolific regional gang who burgled more than 200 homes had his hearing to claw back thousands of pounds in cash delayed.

Take a look at what has been happening at Norwich Crown Court this week.

A 57-year-old man raped a vulnerable drunken girl after she fell asleep when they returned from the pub.

A Greek ship management company has been prosecuted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency over the death of one of its crew members at a Norfolk port.

A man accused of killing a King’s Lynn teenager with a single punch after an argument over a broken wing mirror said he felt “dreadful” about what happened.

A woman died from an industrial disease she contracted by washing her husband’s overalls, a court was told.

A student who was found dead in his room at the University of East Anglia had been given an NHS mental health risk assessment prior to his death, an inquest heard.

A man kept £22,000 worth of cocaine in a McDonald’s happy meal bag in his white transit van, a court heard.

A man has been banned from driving after he was caught riding his moped while over the drink-drive limit.

A burglary victim told a court of her anguish after her home was broken into.

An inquest has opened into the death of a man who was discovered at a property in Norwich.

A married woman fraudulently claimed more than £3,000 in housing benefits after claiming she lived alone.

Peter Walsh

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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