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Memorial unveiled to 13 men who died in helicopter crash 33 years ago

A memorial has been unveiled in Great Yarmouth to remember the 13 men who died when a helicopter carrying off shore gas rig workers crashed off the North Norfolk coast 33 years ago.

Relatives of one of the men who died have been campaigning for years for a lasting tribute to the lives lost in the 1981 tragedy.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

Norfolk man who gave false evidence in sex abuse case is jailed for 16 months

Christopher Andrews.
Christopher Andrews. Credit: Norfolk Police.

A man who gave false evidence in the trial of a now-convicted sex offender has today started an 16-month jail sentence.

Christopher Andrews, who is 57 and from Haven Bridge in Great Yarmouth, pleaded guilty to one count of perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing and was today sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

He had provided false evidence in court to try to weaken the prosecution case against his friend and boss Martin Thomas.

Thomas was jailed for 12 years in January 2014 after being found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and perverting the course of justice.

While giving evidence during the 14-day trial at Norwich Crown Court, Andrews claimed one of the victims had contacted him, suggesting that her evidence was fabricated.

Police investigations revealed the only person who could have contacted Andrews was Thomas himself and arrested Andrews as he left the witness box.

He was subsequently charged with perjury.

Sentencing Andrews to 16 months in prison, Norwich Crown Court recorder Mr Peter Wallis said the offence struck "at the very heart of justice" and might have led to an incorrect verdict being given by the jury.

"This investigation related to a serious case, involving an extremely dangerous individual, who was found guilty of multiple offences of sexual assault against two children.

"Christopher Andrews essentially attempted to provide the offender with a false alibi and further attempted to discredit one of the victims which was also proven to be false.”

– Det Con Tristan Coull, Norfolk Police.

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Body found in St George’s Park, Great Yarmouth not suspicious

Norfolk Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Great Yarmouth.

Officers were called to St Georges Park, on Trafalgar Road at 6.15am this morning to reports that the body of a man had been found on a park bench.

The death's currently being treated as unexplained but police can confirm there are no suspicious circumstances.

A seal remains in place in the area whilst officers remain on the scene.

Norfolk: Tidal surge victims asked to share experiences

Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves.
Several homes by the sea in Hemsby were destroyed by large waves. Credit: Mike Page

People affected by December's tidal surge across parts of Norfolk are being asked to share their experiences to help update a community emergency plan.

Anyone affected in the areas around Great Yarmouth are being asked to take part in an online public survey called "Make it Happen".

The results will help the Borough Council improve its flooding responses.

Read more: Flooding hits the East of England

Extremely rare piglets born at Norfolk wildlife park

Four rare and unusual looking piglets have been born at Thrigby Hall.
Four rare and unusual looking piglets have been born at Thrigby Hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Four rare and unusual looking piglets have been born at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

The Visayan Warty Pig is an endangered species and can only be found on two islands in the Philippines.

The births here are part of an international conservation programme which Thrigby Hall joined earlier this year.

"They are particularly rare.

They only come from two very small islands right in the heart of the Philippines in the area of the Sulu sea where pirates are bound.

So, tremendous human pressures and these are very rare pigs."

– Ken Sims, Director, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Serious assault in Great Yarmouth

Police are investigating a serious assault in Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth. Officers were called at around 10.30pm last night (Saturday 12th July) to reports of a disturbance in El Alamein Way.

A man in his 40s with head injuries was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where his condition is described as critical.

A woman in her 30s is believed to have received a knife wound to her arm. She was taken to the James Paget Hospital for treatment.

The woman and a man, also in his 30s have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody. They are both from the Bradwell area.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

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Longer school hours transforms results

Some of the children at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy Credit: ITV News Anglia

A primary school in Norfolk which was one of the worst performing schools in the country has transformed results after introducing a 9 hour day.

Now MP's are being told that longer school days like at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy helps youngsters, particularly those from poor communities.

The school introduced the 45 hour week to give pupils the same opportunities as those from private schools and wealthy backgrounds. It believes that giving them somewhere to do homework can boost results.

In a dramatic turnaround in less than 2 years it's earned a good rating by Ofsted.

Police warning motorists in Suffolk to expect delays due to 'wide load'

Traffic on the A14 Credit: PA Images

Drivers are being warned to expect delays as police escort three large crane bases across Suffolk.

Today, tomorrow and Thursday police will escort a crane base from Seatrax, Southtown Road, Great Yarmouth, to the Felixstowe dock.

The police escort is expected to leave Great Yarmouth at 10am on all three dates and drivers are urged to be aware of the move and to expect delays while the crane bases are transported.

The route taken on both days will include local roads - A12 - A47 - A11 - A1304 - A14 - A142 - A14 - local Roads to Site.

Each crane base weighs 67,000kg and is 5.8 metres in width and 4.95 metres in height.

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