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£5,000 reward offered for Sophie's safe return

A five thousand pound reward has been offered for help in tracing missing Norfolk student Sophie Smith.

21-year-old Sophie disappeared from her home on Avondale Road in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth on Boxing Day.

Sophie Smith

Today friends organised two searches - one around Britannia Pier - the second at Hopton.

Tonight the five thousand pound reward has been offered by a local businessman for information which will lead to Sophie's safe return.

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Searches continue for missing Sophie

Further searches have been taking place on the Norfolk coastline today for missing student Sophie Smith.

Sophie Smith

21-year-old Sophie went missing from her home on Avondate Road in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth on Boxing Day.

Thousands of people have offered their help and support to her family.

Today friends organised two searches - one around Britannia Pier - the second at Hopton.

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Reward offered to catch Gorleston mystery tree poisoner

  • Video report by ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray

People living in an apartment block in Gorleston in Norfolk are offering a £700 reward to try to catch whoever is poisoning their trees.

Seven trees with preservation orders have been drilled and a mystery chemical injected.

It is a criminal offence to damage, top or lop a protected tree and if you are caught you could be fined up to £6,000 pounds per tree - but if the police get involved and it's criminal damage then you could be fined up to £20,000 per tree.

The council says it hopes to prosecute the culprit.

Morph suit mayhem- someone jumping in front of cars

Man in black suit witnessed jumping in front of cars Credit: PA images

Police were called to Gorleston after reports of someone dressed in an all-black bodysuit jumping out in front of cars.

It happened on Pier Road at about 11.45pm on Tuesday 4th July.

It is believed the person was wearing a “Morph Suit” – a fancy dress outfit made from Lycra that covers the whole body and face.

Members of the public alerted the police when they saw the shadow-like figure walking out in front of traffic.

Police urge people to call the non-emergency line 101 if they witness any suspicious behaviour.

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