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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.

Anglia Weather: Warning of wind this weekend

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for wind this weekend. The warning, which advises the public to 'be aware' of strong winds, will be valid between 9am on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

According to the Chief Meteorologist:

A blustery weekend is expected across England and Wales with winds strengthening from the west on Saturday morning. Gusts around coastlines exposed to the westerly or southwesterly winds could reach 60 mph at times. Inland gusts will be less frequent but could still reach 50 to 55 mph.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist
Yellow warning for wind, valid 9am on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

There is the potential for disruption locally due to the strong winds. After a sunny start to the weekend, it will turn increasingly unsettled with cloud and blustery rain or showers at times.

Met Office mean sea level pressure chart for midday Saturday. Credit: Met Office

Are drink driving penalties tough enough?

From the beginning of December, police forces across England and Wales are launching their annual Christmas Drink and Drug campaign - targeting anyone over the limit.

As police forces in our region join the nation-wide crackdown, road safety charity Brake is calling for tougher punishments for those who break the law.

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A quiet start to Black Friday Frenzy

A slow start at the Intu:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Shops across the East have experienced a quieter start than predicted as today's Black Friday event began in a more sedate way than last year's pre-Christmas shopping event.

Retailers are still hoping that customers could spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion in online shopping by the end of the day but so far instore shopping has not seen the buying rush expected.

Counter-terror operation sees man arrested in Luton

Metropolitan Police officers handled the arrested Credit: Metropolitan Police

Counter-terrorism officers arrested a man this morning after searching a property in Luton.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested the 30-year-old on suspicion of being a member of a banned organisation under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He was taken to a police station in London.

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