December 4: Today’s top stories on the EDP

Norfolk police launch a series of morning drugs raids on properties in the Great Yarmouth area. A pe

Norfolk police launch a series of morning drugs raids on properties in the Great Yarmouth area. A person is arrested and taken away by police. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Haven't had time to check out the news today? Here's a round up of our top stories on Friday December 4.

Norfolk police campaign against rape is criticised by UEA student unionA police campaign against rape has been launched, but a UEA student union officer has questioned its approach.

The Norfolk police 'Time To Stop' rape campaign was unveiled at a Norwich nightclub yesterday at the start of the festive party season.

It focuses on the night time economy, with posters encouraging people to plan a route home, stay with friends and know their limits.

Stars of Norfolk & Waveney: Top award goes to man who put out fire with his bare handsWhen Michael Bowley saw flames licking the inside of a care home in Thetford, he did not spare a thought for himself.

Instead, the 70-year-old rushed straight inside and started to put out the flames, using what he had – his hands.

Suffering blisters that took months to heal, Mr Bowley put out flames on a window ledge, while his daughter-in-law ushered residents of the care home outside.

Drugs gang members sentenced to more than 30 years after undercover operation in Great Yarmouth and LowestoftFifteen members of drugs gangs who supplied class A drugs on the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk have been sentenced to a total of more than 30 years in custody.

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As a result of local intelligence police launched an undercover operation, code named Nuffield, targeting groups of drug dealers operating in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas.

Norwich Crown Court heard that as part of the operation two test purchasing officers were deployed to Yarmouth and Lowestoft and 'achieved a considerable degree of success' in late 2014 and early 2015.

Jobs to go and stations affected in big Suffolk police shake-upSuffolk police today defended a major restructuring which will leave 262 civilian posts at risk, Safer Neighbourhood Teams cut and 15 police stations closed to the public – including those at Beccles, Halesworth and Eye.

The Police Federation fears the changes – including the loss of 68 police community support officers – are another step towards the force becoming an emergency-response only service.

Norwich theatre launches major funding appeal for arts education centreA five-year public appeal to raise money for a flagship new building to teach, coach and inspire future generations of schoolchildren has been launched today by Norwich Theatre Royal today.

Stage Two, a purpose-built education centre that is to be run by theatre, is currently taking shape next to the venue and is scheduled to open next autumn.