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Police raids over bootleg booze and cigarettes

Police raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Credit: Malcolm Robertson / ITV News Anglia

There's been a series of raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft looking for counterfeit alcohol and tobacco.

Three shops in Yarmouth and two houses in Lowestoft have been targeted by the police, HMRC and trading standards. Some 50 officers were involved in carrying out searches.

Stephen Maunder from Norfolk Trading Standards said: "In total we've found thousands of packets of cigarettes. No duty is being paid on this and often quite horrible chemicals and even rat droppings are found in the tobacco."

Men released on bail after man set alight

Four men arrested after a man was set alight at a nightclub in Norfolk have been released on bail.

Police were called to Long John's Bar on Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth at about 1.30am today.

A 34-year-old man, from Sheffield, suffered serious burns to his hands and torso.

He has been transferred from the James Paget University Hospital to the Broomfield specialist burns unit in Chelmsford.

Police said he was in a serious, but non life-threatening, condition.

The four men arrested, aged 24, 26, 28, 33 and also from the Sheffield area, have been released on police bail.

Man set alight at Norfolk nightclub

Four people have been arrested after a man was set alight

Four people have been arrested after a man was set alight in a Norfolk nightclub.

The 34-year-old victim suffered serious burns to his hands and torso after the attack at Long John's Bar on Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth at about 1.30am today.

He was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where he is in a stable condition.

Four men, aged 24, 26, 28, 33, who are all from the Sheffield area, remain in police custody.

Norfolk Police said all five people were known to each other and there was no threat to the wider community.

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Large barn fire near Great Yarmouth

More than 40 firefighters have spent the evening at a fire near Great Yarmouth.

Crews were called to a former mushroom farm at Martham at around 4.30pm. At the time Norfolk Police told people living nearby to keep their windows and doors shut as a precaution.

The fire involved at least three buildings as well as ten propane gas cylinders. No one has been hurt.

Man in court after teenage girl injured in Great Yarmouth

A man will appear in court this morning charged with robbery and assault, after a teenage girl was injured in Great Yarmouth.

Nathan Arnold, 21, of Howard Street North, is accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

The alleged incident happened in Beatty Close in the early hours of Sunday.

He is remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning.

Search for family of man who died in Lowestoft boating accident

Peter Chambers was pulled from the sea near Ness Point.

Police are trying to find the family of a man who died in a boating accident.

Peter Chambers, of Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was pulled from the sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk, on March 10 by a lifeboat team after the boat he was in capsized.

Despite attempts to resuscitate him, the 43-year-old died.

Two other men who were thought to be on the boat are still missing.

Today Suffolk Police said they believe Mr Chambers has links to Yorkshire.

A spokesman said: "Officers have received information that Mr Chambers may have connections to Driffield.

"Now they are asking people in the area if they can help trace Mr Chambers' relatives."

Anyone with information about any family members is asked to contact Steve Bignell, coroner's officer, on 01986 835167.

Girl assaulted in Great Yarmouth

Detectives are investigating an assault on a teenage girl which took place in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 16 March) in Great Yarmouth.

At approximately 2:50am, a 15 year old girl was walking along Beatty Close when she was approached by a man who hit her with a metal pole before stealing her mobile phone.

The victim sustained suspected fractures to her arm/hand as a result of the incident.

DC Riki Chase, Great Yarmouth CID said: “The level of violence used in this assault is unusual, considering the age of the victim and I would like to hear from anyone who could help us identify the offender quickly.”

DC Chase can be contacted on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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