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Man 'superglues' hand to desk

Firefighters were called to the Civic Offices in Grays, where a 60 year old man had stuck his hand to a desk.

Essex Fire Service said the man was believed to have been a disgruntled customer. The crew used nail varnish remover to loosen the glue.

Police watchdog to investigate delay over sex crime doctor

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will investigate the delay in information about Dr Myles Bradbury being passed on to police.

The National Crime Agency says the decision follows a review into procedures.

It emerged yesterday that information about Dr Bradbury from Toronto Police was sent to the child sex investigation agency CEOPS but not passed on to police here for another 16 months.


Accountant used stolen thousands to fund holidays and Audi car

Alexander Dickerson Credit: Norfolk Police

An accountant from Norwich has been jailed for three years after stealing £328,500 from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

Alexander Dickerson, aged 23 and from Davidson Road, pleaded guilty to the fraud offences at a hearing last month.

Norwich Crown Court heard Dickerson stole the £328,500 over a 16 month period after he started working as an assistant accountant to the Financial Director.

In March 2014, Barclays Bank told Norfolk Chamber of Commerce that payments were being returned. Following an audit of their accounts, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce found that £328,500 had fraudulently been taken by both cashed cheques and online transfers from the company account to the Dickerson's personal account.

When interviewed by the police, Dickerson admitted the offence. He claimed he began to take the money to repay an initial loan of £7,000 from a payday lending firm; however, he then took more from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and gambled it in an attempt to win back what he had stolen so far.

Dickerson admitted he continued to fraudulently take money but never once made a single payment back to the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. Instead he used the money to gamble and fund his general lifestyle, such as going on holiday, eating out and he also bought himself an Audi A3 for around £12,000.

"This case involved fraudulent behaviour over a significant period of time by a trusted employee of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

"Officers worked closely with the organisation to establish the full nature of the fraud and today’s sentencing allows the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce to move forward and should also serve as a warning as to the severity of such crimes "

– DC Guy Mansfield

"Our culture is to support our staff and to help them to develop within the organization. Alex initially showed promise but unfortunately he abused his position and went to great lengths to cover his tracks.

– Caroline Williams, CEO of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Thai Prime Minster apologises for bikini comment

Thailand's Prime Minster has apologised for suggesting that foreign visitors to its world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis as the family of a tourist from Great Yarmouth who was brutally murdered at a Thai resort arrived in the country.

Relatives of Hannah Witheridge, whose body was found on a beach alongside fellow British victim David Miller, hugged each other as they prepared to meet Royal Thai Police at their headquarters in Bangkok.

Miss Witheridge, 23, and 24-year-old Mr Miller were found with severe head wounds on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

In the face of mounting criticism, military ruler Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said: "I apologise that I have spoken too harshly ... I didn't mean to criticise or look down on anyone. I can guarantee that Thailand is still safe ... I wanted to warn (the tourists) to be careful."

Earlier this week he had claimed that foreigners visiting the Southeast Asian country think "they can do whatever they want, wear bikinis wherever they like ... (but) will they be safe?"

His comments came as the investigation into the murders appears to have stalled with police having no suspects.

DNA discovered on the body of Miss Witheridge has been found not to match British brothers Christopher and James Ware, who had been speaking with officers.

And migrants, who had been questioned after bloodstains were found on some of their clothes, are no longer suspects after detectives revealed no matches were found between them and two sets of DNA found on Miss Witheridge's body and on a cigarette butt discovered near the scene of the murders.

Royal Thai Police had insisted they had found "strong evidence" in connection with the deaths.

A bloodstained garden hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby.

More than 70 Thai police have been questioning migrant workers and tourists on the island, visiting hotels, bars, homes and businesses as they search for the killer.


Police condemn 'cruel' scooter thieves

Bedfordshire Police are seeking thieves who stole an 84-year-old man’s red mobility scooter while he was at a day centre.

The scooter was taken from outside Guild House, 56-58 Harpur Street, Bedford between 10am and 11.45am on Tuesday 16 September.

The scooter is the victim’s only mode of transport and he used it daily to get him to and from the day centre. It is made by a company call Pride, is red in colour and valued at between £3500 to £4000.

– Nadine Edwards

Police continue inquiry after body is found in woodland

Police tape where body was found in King's Lynn Credit: ITV Anglia

Police have taped off woodland where the body of a young man was found in King's Lynn. The body of a man believed to be in his 20s was found near Woodside Road. Police say they're currently treating the death as unexplained. A man in his late 20s and a teenage woman have been arrested in the connection with the incident.

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