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Teenager released on bail over suspected church arson

Remnants of the fire at St Mary's in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenage boy arrested in connected with a suspected arson attack at a church in Norfolk has been released on bail.

A picture depicting the devil was left on the altar and two small fires were lit inside St Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 27.

A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. He has been released on bail until April 18.

Police hunt knifeman after seafront stabbing

The attack happened on the town's Britannia Pier Credit: ITV Anglia

A man's been stabbed in the stomach during an attack on Great Yarmouth's seafront.

Police were called to the Britannia Pier shortly before 1.30am today (Sunday 4 February 2018) following reports two men were involved in a fight.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was taken to the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston for treatment for a non-life threatening knife wound to the stomach. He remains in a stable condition.

The suspect, believed to be in his 20s, fled the scene. He is described as a white, approximately 5ft 11in, of a slim build with dark hair and a beard.

Police have sealed off the area while inquiries continue.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information about what happened.

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Sniffer dogs find secret stash of illegal cigarettes

More than 27,000 illegal cigarettes and nearly 6kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco was seized from the two stores. Credit: Norfolk County Council.

Sniffer dogs have helped to uncover thousands of illegal cigarettes in Great Yarmouth.

More than 27,000 illegal cigarettes and nearly 6kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco were seized from the two stores.

Thursday's raids were carried out by Norfolk County Council Trading Standards together with Norfolk Police and Environmental Health.

During one, a sniffer dog uncovered a secret door which led to a concealed stash behind a water heater.

One stash was concealed behind a water heater. Credit: Norfolk County Council.

This is the first time we’ve found illegal tobacco behind a water heater.

It must have taken some time and effort to construct this secret compartment but it was all in a day’s work for the sniffer dogs who made quick work of revealing the hidden stash.

– Brian Chatten, Trading Standards

All the businesses were visited as a result of intelligence received from members of the public and police.

The secret compartment of illegal tobacco was kept behind the water heater. Credit: Norfolk County Council.

We have been involved in the seizure of nearly 160,000 illegal cigarettes and 65kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco so far this service year, helped for by the financial support of Public Health.

– Sophie Leney, Head of Norfolk Trading Standards

Norfolk man jailed for dealing drugs

35-year old Anthony Whitsey has been jailed Credit: Norfolk police

A Norfolk man has been jailed for three years for dealing Class A drugs in Great Yarmouth.

35-year old Anthony Whitsey from Aspley Road was found in possession of up to 30 wraps of crack cocaine and diamorphone in June 2017.

"This case demonstrates how Norfolk Police will not tolerate drug dealing in the county. Under Operation Gravity, officers have continued to target those who are intent on committing drug related crime and we will seek to prosecute those found breaking the law.”

– Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Government reshuffle: Yarmouth MP promoted to Conservative Party Chairman

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has been promoted as part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle.

Brandon Lewis arriving at 10, Downing Street earlier. Credit: ITV Anglia.

He has been named Minister without Portfolio and also becomes the Conservative Party Chair following three-and-a-half years in lower-ranking ministerial jobs, most recently as an immigration minister.

Braintree MP James Cleverly has also been appointed as Deputy Chair and Saffron Walden MP Kemi Baddoch given Conservative Party Vice Chair, with responsibility for candidates.

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