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'Misadventure' verdict at inquest into boxer's death

The mother of a novice boxer who died after being knocked out in his first public fight in Great Yarmouth said she believed he could have been saved if the unlicensed event had been better organised.

A four-day inquest concluded that the death of 22-year-old Jakub Moczyk, known as Kuba, was misadventure.

He was rendered unconscious by a punch to the head during the third round of his match at the Atlantis Tower Arena in Great Yarmouth, and died two days later in hospital on November 21 2016.

Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake voiced concerns about unlicensed boxing, which is legal, and ordered a report against the company that provided ringside medics for the event.

Mr Moczyk's mother Jolanta Smigaj was asked if she believed her son could have been saved if the event had been better organised. Speaking after the hearing, she said: "Probably yes."

They never was prepared for the big injury, for that serious injury, they wasn't prepared for that, maybe for cut on the eyebrow, that's all.

– Jolanta Smigaj, Kuba's mother
The fight underway. Credit: Amatuer video

The inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Great Yarmouth heard Mr Moczyk took a heavy blow in the third round, but he raised his arms to the referee to indicate he could continue.

Seconds later he took a blow to the head and was knocked out.<

Unlicensed boxing events are legal but there are no minimum standards. Mr Moczyk's opponent Irvidas Juskys was 17 years old at the time.

Ms Lake said: "A number of issues have been raised by the evidence heard at this inquest, not least that such a high risk event can be held where there's no set regulation and no set governing body.

"And the fact that youngsters under 18 can take part is even more incredible and concerning."

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Herd of cows saved from slaughter by sanctuary

A herd of 70 cows has been saved from the slaughter house by an animal sanctuary in Norfolk.

The cows belonged to a farmer in Ireland who was retiring. They were due to be sent to the abattoir.

But the Hillside Animal Sanctuary raised money to have the herd moved to Great Yarmouth.

Click below to hear from Steph Leary from the Hillside Animal Sanctuary about how the herd is getting on.

'Little battler' born 3 months early weighing just 1lb now starts school

Ethan Bird from Norfolk was born weighing just 1lb 1 ounce. Credit: Family photo

When he was born at 26 weeks weighing just over a pound the outlook for Ethan Bird didn't look good.

In his hospital cot he was dwarfed by his cuddly toy rabbit.

But Ethan, from Filby near Great Yarmouth, has proved everyone wrong overcoming plenty of problems and setbacks.

He was born in December 2012 when he was delivered 14 weeks early after his mother developed pre-eclampsia.

Ethan spent just about all of his first 18 months in various hospitals around the region, the Norfolk and Norfolk, the James Paget at Gorleston and Addenbrooke's in Cambridge.

Now to the delight of his mum and dad their 'little' battler has started school.

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Missing scuba diver named by police

Terry went missing after diving from Raider V. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A scuba diver who went missing off the Norfolk, Suffolk coast has been named by police.

67-year-old Terry Tonkin from Brighton was wreck diving around 15 miles from Great Yarmouth on Monday when he failed to return to the boat.

A major search involving three lifeboats and two helicopters was launched but called off yesterday (29 August).

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Norfolk skater heading for World Roller Games in China

Emily Woods, 18, from Norfolk is competing at the World Roller Games in China.

A figure skater from Norfolk is among the competitors at the first World Roller Games which have just begun in China.

Emily Woods, 18, from Bradwell near Great Yarmouth is among competitors from over a hundred nations.

Emily is a seven times British champion and has competed in World and European championships. She says she's thrilled and proud to be taking part as she jets off to the Far East on Thursday.

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Hopes fade for missing scuba diver

The scuba diver failed to return to the Raider V after exploring an underwater wreck.

The search for a scuba diver reported missing 15 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth has been suspended.

A 67-year-old man from the Brighton area was part of group diving at a wreck site on Bank Holiday Monday when he failed to return to the boat.

Three lifeboats and two helicopters were involved in the search along with local shipping but there was no sign of him and any hopes of finding him alive have faded.

The investigation will focus on what went so tragically wrong in perfect diving conditions. It was a calm clear sea, visibility was really good, so if he had made it to the surface it is thought he would have been spotted.

It suggests that the diver may well have become snagged underwater on the wreck.

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67-year-old diver missing while exploring undersea wreck

The Lowestoft lifeboat was among three lifeboats search for the missing diver off Great Yarmouth. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fears are growing for a diver who went missing while exploring a wreck off the coast of Great Yarmouth on Bank Holiday Monday.

UK Coastguard was contacted at 6pm on Monday by the dive boat Raider V which reported a missing 67-year-old man 12 miles east of of the Norfolk resort.

A search was launched involving Coastguard rescue helicopters from Lydd and Humberside and RNLI lifeboats from Gorleston and Lowestoft along with the Caister independent lifeboat.

The diver has not been found and the search is continuing. The missing man is from the Brighton area.

Huge search for missing diver off Norfolk coast

Caister Lifeboat has joined the search for the missing diver. Credit: Caister Lifeboat

A huge search is on for a diver who's gone missing off the Norfolk

Two coastguard helicopters and three lifeboats are currently trying to find the man, who was last seen 10 miles off Great Yarmouth at 6.30pm yesterday.

Lifeboat crews from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Caister and Lowestoft have joined the search.

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