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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?


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:


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.

Two Essex Police officers dismissed from the force


Two Essex police officers have been dismissed from the force today following fast track hearings after they had been convicted of criminal offences.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh ordered that both men were sacked with immediate effect after presiding over back to back disciplinary meetings.

PC Stephen Tilley, aged 36, from Rayleigh, had been convicted at Ipswich Crown Court after admitting misconduct in a public office.

He was given a 22 month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and also ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid community work.

Chief Inspector Ben Hodder, aged 34, from Thurrock, was sentenced to a six month jail term, suspended for two years, after admitting one count of making indecent images of children.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

"Every day I hear of Essex Police officers placing their lives on the line to save others, stop crime and bring offenders to justice. This force has a huge amount to be proud of which is why I find it hugely disappointing when rogue officers like these two let down their colleagues and the people of Essex so badly. There is no place in my Force for people who commit offences like these and any officer of staff member convicted of similar crimes can expect to be dismissed."

– Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

Anglia Weather: What a difference a day (and the wind direction) makes

At first glance, the weather yesterday at Cromer seemed to be identical to the weather today. The same dry and bright conditions, the same strong sunshine and the same gentle breeze.

Visible satellite and temperatures at 1pm Friday afternoon. Credit: Met Office.

But, for anyone heading to the beach armed with their sunlounger and bathing suit, there's been one important difference.

Yesterday, Cromer was the coldest spot in England with a maximum temperature of just under 11ºC. Today it's one of the warmest with a temperature at 1pm of 18ºC and the potential to reach 20ºC in the next few hours.

The reason for the difference? Yesterday's breeze came off the North Sea - still only 9ºC following the winter. Today's breeze rolls off the warm land to the southwest.

The fine weather won't last - rain arrives later this weekend.

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