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Apple thrown at van cracks windscreen on A11

Officers are appealing for information after a van windscreen was damaged on the A11 at Wymondham in Norfolk.

It happened around 5.10pm on Monday 13 April as the white VW Caddy van travelled southbound close to the Hethel and Wymondham turn off.

The police say an unknown person or persons are believed to have been seen throwing apples at the traffic from the side of the road causing the van's windscreen to crack.

Nelson or Erpingham? Which should be Norfolk's most famous?

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Horatio Nelson is Norfolk's most famous son - but what about Sir Thomas Erpingham? Some say he was just as important because he helped win the Battle of Agincourt - arguably one of the greatest English military victories over the French. It's 600 years since that great triumph and the Norfolk village named after him is making sure their hero is being remembered as Natalie Gray reports:

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Mr X jailed after admitting perjury

A man called Mr X, who tried for more than five years to deny speeding on the M11 in Essex, has been jailed after admitting perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Ashley X, aged 35, was caught on a camera driving his Honda sports car at 67mph in a 50mph section of roadworks near Saffron Walden in December 2009.

He initially ignored requests from Essex Police to confirm who was driving the car at the time then claimed that another man was at the wheel.

X, who had changed his name by deed poll in 2006, then tried to fight the case at six different courts before he changed his plea at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).

Judge Martyn Levett sentenced X to nine months imprisonment for a series of acts intending to pervert the course of justice between October 2010 and June 2013. On the charge of perjury on June 20 2013 he was sentenced to five months to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

The investigation was carried out by Pc Roy Keyes, from the Essex Police Casualty Reduction Team. During the hearing he was praised by the prosecution barrister Andrew Shaw for his perseverance in bringing X to justice.

"Ashley X was determined to avoid paying the £60 fine and having three penalty points on his licence. But for five years he tried to deny the offence and committed two serious offences which ultimately led to him being sent to prison.”

– PC Roy Keyes

Officer in court on rape and sex charges

A Hertfordshire police officer has appeared in court charged with rape and sexual offences.

PC Leigh Brightman from Tennyson Avenue, Hitchin, appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

The officer, who is in his 30's, faces 11 charges, including one count of rape of a girl aged between 13 and 15, four charges of misconduct in a public office, four charges of making indecent photographs of a child and two of possessing indecent photos of a child.

PC Brightman entered a plea of not guilty.

His trial will be at the Old Bailey later this year, and is expected to last for a few weeks.

PC Brightman is currently suspended from the Hertfordshire force pending the outcome of the trial.

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