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Teenager charged in connection with murder in Great Yarmouth

Andrew McGowan was stabbed in Great Yamouth

A teenager has been charged in connection with a murder in Great Yarmouth.

Andrew McGowan, 33, died after being stabbed at a property in Dickens Court, Great Yarmouth, on Saturday 14 November.

18-year-old Warren Ricardo Blake, from Thorncliffe Road in South London has been remanded in custody and will appear before Norwich Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Saturday 28 November).

A 21-year-old man also arrested in connection with the incident has been bailed.

A further man and woman from Great Yarmouth arrested in connection with the incident remain on police bail.

Parents of Paris attack victim attend memorial service

The parents also released a tribute to their son

The parents of Nick Alexander - the only British victim of the Paris terror attacks - attended a moving memorial service in the French capital today.

The 35-year-old's name was among 130 read out during the service to remember those killed on November 13th.

The poignant event was attended by French president Francois Hollande, friends and family of the victims, and some of the many people seriously injured in the co-ordinated shootings and bombings.

It comes on the day the inquest into the death of Nick was opened and adjourned in Chelmsford.

Click below to watch a report by Liz Summers..

Has Black Friday had its day?

Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of shoppers have been taking advantage of pre-Christmas sales today on so-called Black Friday.

Last year, retailers across the country made £2 billion pounds in just 24 hours - but is this American import as popular as in recent years or has the novelty value already worn off?

Internet sales have already topped the one billion pound mark so it seems shoppers could be moving away from instore to online.

Click below to watch a report by Kate Prout...


Gang jailed for cash machine ram-raid in Long Sutton

The men were caught after using a JCB teleporter to smash through the front doors of a grocery shop. Credit: ITV Anglia

A gang which used a JCB digger to steal a cash machine from a shop in Long Sutton near King's Lynn have been jailed.

The men were caught as they smashed through the front doors of a grocery shop in the early hours of 19 October.

Police arrested Dale Smith, from Worcester, at the scene. Levi Mitchell from Harlow and Leo Smith from Peterborough were caught in a stolen lorry nearby. Levi Smith, also from Peterborough, was caught while trying to escape.

All four men pleaded guilty conspiracy to burgle. They were sentenced today at Lincoln Crown Court.

Levi Smith sentenced to four years in prison, Dale Smith for three years and eight months, Levi Mitchell for three years, and Leo Smith for two years

“This was a brazen attempt to remove an ATM cash machine from a building using a JCB, and the offenders thought nothing of smashing through the front of the shop, not knowing who was inside the premises."

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ballard, Eastern Region Special Operations Unit

Click below to watch police footage of the ram raid.

Dutchman guilty of smuggling £1.6 billion drugs into UK

One of the fake ambulances that was used in the plot. Credit: National Crime Agency

A Dutchman has been found guilty of conspiring to smuggle drugs into the UK using a fake ambulance.

The £1.6 billion plot saw huge amounts of contraband brought across the Channel. The gang sometimes used the Port of Harwich in Essex to get the drugs into the country.

Leonardus Bijlsma Credit: National Crime Agency

Leonardus Bijlsma was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court. Prosecutors said he was part of a "lucrative criminal conspiracy" concealed from border officials with the aid of bogus paramedic uniforms and fake patients on crutches.

A haul of drugs seized from the fleet of ambulances. Credit: National Crime Agency

Two other men from Holland; Olof Schoon and Richard Engelsbel had already admitted the conspiracy charge and will be sentenced alongside Bijlsma next week.

A fourth man, 28-year-old Dennis Vogelaar, of Vijfhuizen, Amsterdam, was acquitted by the jury.

Schoolgirl hurt in religiously aggravated attack in Kettering

Police believe the attack on a 13-year-old girl was racially aggravated. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following what they believe to be a religiously aggravated attack on a 13-year-old girl in Kettering.

The girl, who was wearing a hijab, was pushed over by a stranger while she was walking down Whiteford Drive. She was left shaken and suffered minor injuries.

It happened just before 5pm on 11 November.

The man who assaulted her was white, fat, about 5ft 6in and aged between 40 and 48.

He had white hair with a bald patch on the top of his head and was wearing dark clothes.

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