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Norfolk man handed one year sentence after 'fake Sheikh' sting

Alan Smith was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Credit: PA

Norfolk man Alan Smith has been handed a 12-month sentence after he conspired with 'fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood to suppress evidence in the collapsed drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.

The pair were involved in an elaborate sting for the Sun on Sunday in May 2013. The singer had been accused of arranging for £800 worth of cocaine to be sold to Mahmood.

Smith, 67, from Dereham, agreed with Mahmood to change a statement he gave to police.

Alan Smith conspired with 'fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood (pictured above). Credit: Metropolitan Police

During the trial, Mahmood tried to conceal any contact he had with Smith. They then destroyed or deleted potentially incriminating evidence.

They were found guilty of perverting the course of justice following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey.

Smith was today sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

"This case is a reminder that perverting the course of justice is a very serious offence that goes to heart of our justice system. We will always take action where statements or other evidence have been tampered with."

– Detective Constable Jim Morrison, Metropolitan Police Special Enquiry Team

Norfolk man faces jail after "Fake Sheikh" Tulisa sting

Alan Smith arriving at court in London. Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk man Alan Smith and "Fake Sheikh" reporter Mazher Mahmood have been found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The former undercover News of the World reporter, 53, and Smith, 67, conspired to suppress evidence in the collapsed drugs trial of N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos.

The singer had been accused of arranging for Mahmood to be sold £800 of cocaine by one of her contacts following an elaborate sting for the Sun on Sunday in May 2013.

Tulisa claimed she had been the victim of "a horrific and disgusting entrapment". Credit: PA Wire

During a meeting at the Metropolitan Hotel in London, Mahmood pretended to be a film producer and plied Miss Contostavlos with alcohol as they discussed an acting role alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

As Smith, who is from Dereham, drove the former X Factor judge to her Hertfordshire home, she allegedly discussed a family member who had a drugs problem.

When he was interviewed by police about the journey over a year later, Smith recalled the conversation.

However, a day later, after speaking to Mahmood and emailing his draft statement, the singer's anti-drugs comments were removed, the court heard.

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Man charged over Dereham stabbings

A man has been charged after two people were stabbed. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 29-year-old man has been charged over two stabbings in a Norfolk town.

Ashley Lloyd is accused of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

It follows an attack on Saturday September 17th when two people were stabbed at about 6am in an alleyway near Jollyes car park in Dereham.

Both victims were released from hospital later that day after being treated.

Mr Lloyd will appear at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday October 19th.

Two women stabbed in Dereham

Police in Norfolk are hunting a man who stabbed two people in an alleyway in Dereham.

The attack happened at around 6am on Saturday 17 September close to a car park near Jolleys in Yaxham Road.

Police in Norfolk are hunting a man who stabbed two people in an alleyway in Dereham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The victims were treated by paramedics then taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for further treatment but were both released later the same day.

A woman in her 40s from the Dereham area was arrested but released on police bail.

"We are treating this as an isolated incident and it is believed that those involved are known to each other.

"I would urge anyone with information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

– Det Con Mark Barron, Norfolk Police.

Norfolk villagers try to raise enough money to buy their local pub

Villagers in Mid-Norfolk are trying to raise enough cash to buy a pub which was once a watering hole for American airmen who were based nearby during the second world war.

The Ploughshare at Beeston near Dereham is a 16th century inn which shut in January. Locals , who've already seen the closure of their post office and shop, are determind to save it

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray.

More than 50 firefighters tackle blaze in Norfolk village

Firefighters tackle fire in Shipdham near Dereham. Credit: Simon Farrow

More than 50 firefighters have spent the morning dealing with a fire in a number of outbuildings in a Norfolk village.

It started at around 04:30am in Shipdham near Dereham. Several homes had their power cut off for safety reasons and the nearby Dereham Road is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.

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Police reveal more details of A47 crash that left motorcyclist dead

Police say the motorcyclist killed in a crash on the A47 was a man in his 20s from the Swaffham area.

The crash happened at 9:30am on April 4th on the A47 Scarning Straight at Wendling, close to the Dale Road junction.

Police say the motorcyclist on a red motorbike and a grey Audi A7 were both passing a stationary maintenance vehicle when the motorcycle was in collision with a white DAF lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

The rider, from the Swaffham area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the driving manner of any of the vehicles prior to the incident.

The scene of the crash on the A47 Credit: ITV Anglia

Police confirm motorcyclist in A47 crash died

Police have confirmed the motorcyclist died at the scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Police can confirm a man has died following a serious collision on the A47 at Scarning, near Dereham this morning (4 April).

The incident happened at about 9.30am when a motorcycle and lorry were involved in a collision. The motorcyclist was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed in both directions for several hours while police carried out scene investigations and recovered the vehicles involved. It's likely to reopen in the next hour.

No further details will be released at this stage while next-of-kin continue to be informed.

Motorcyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after A47 crash

The scene of the crash on the A47 Credit: ITV Anglia

A motorcyclist has suffered life-threatening injuries following a serious crash on the A47 at Scarning, near Dereham.

Emergency services were called to the scene this morning at about 9.30am after a lorry and motorcycle were involved in a collision.

The road has been closed in both directions and will remain closed for at least 2.5 hours. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Police have been at the scene on the A47 Credit: ITV Anglia
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