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One of Europe's rarest butterflies spotted in Norfolk

One of Europe's rarest butterflies has been spotted in Norfolk Credit: Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell

One of Europe's most rare butterflies has been spotted in Norfolk.

The scarce tortoiseshell also known as the Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, is so uncommon it hasn't managed to survive hibernation here for more than 60 years.

But it was spotted in Holt country park this month. Conservationists say this new sighting is a truly historic event as it marks the first time this stunning butterfly has ever overwintered successfully in Britain.


Attempted bank robbery: 48-year-old man arrested

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery at a bank in Holt, Norfolk.

The man was arrested by officers at shortly after 5pm today after handing himself in at a Norwich police station.

The man, who comes from the North Norfolk area, remains in custody awaiting police interview.

The arrest follows an incident which took place at the TSB bank in High Street, Holt shortly after 3pm yesterday.

An unknown man entered the bank, with what appeared to be a firearm, threatened a member of staff and demanded cash. The cashier refused and the man left the store empty handed.

Norfolk Police wish to thank members of the public for their response to their appeal for information.

School holds centenary cricket match

The cricket team from 1914 Credit: Gresham's School
Gresham's current first XI cricket team Credit: Gresham's school

A North Norfolk school is holding a centenary cricket match as part of its First World War commemorations.

The match is taking place exactly 100 years to the day of a match between Gresham's school in Holt and a team of "Old Boys".

The idea of the match on the exact anniversary of the 1914 game is to reconnect the current school community with 1914.

The match is due to start at Gresham's Senior School at 13.30pm and is free for people to go and watch.

Gresham's First XI will take on a North Norfolk XI team. It's hoped to raise some money for "Walking With the Wounded" and "North Norfolk Young Carers".

Of the 24 players who took part in the match on the 18th July 1914, 11 lost their lives in the First World war.

In total Gresham's lost 107 students and 3 members of staff by the end of the conflict.

The mystery of Norfolk town's poison pen letters

The picturesque north Norfolk town of Holt has been shocked by a series of anonymous poison pen letters delivered to residents.

At least 15 of the letters containing threats and abuse have been sent and police have released an image of one of them in the hope more victims will come forward.

All of the people who received a letter live in Holt, each one has been hand written and directly targets the person receiving it.

Click below to see a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.


Holt: Picturesque Norfolk town rocked by poison pen letters

People living in a picturesque north Norfolk town are being targeted by anonymous poison pen letters. Credit: Norfolk Police

People living in a picturesque north Norfolk town are being targeted by anonymous poison pen letters.

Police have decided to release an image of one of 15 malicious letters delivered in Holt in the hope of encouraging more victims to come forward.

The hand-written messages, which include threats and abuse, have been sent over the past 12 months.

The example above reads:

"The longer you leave it, the sooner you will have to vacate the property."

Officers say they have no idea who's writing them.

Poison pen letter investigation launched

Norfolk Police are investigating a spate of poison pen letters sent to residents in Holt.

Around 15 letters have been sent to people in the town and nearby villages over the last 12 months.

These letters have been sent to a range of different addresses over the past year. We have slowly continued to receive reports of them arriving either by people bringing them into the station or via our community police surgeries in the area. We are asking anyone who may have received something like this in Holt or the surrounding villages to come forward.

– PC Anna Rooke

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Police.

Coach examined after boy's fall

A nine-year-old boy in critical condition in hospital after falling from a moving coach in Norfolk may have been injured after a door opened suddenly, police have said.

The boy, who was returning to his home in Lincolnshire after playing in a tournament in Norfolk for Stamford Rugby Club, was hurt after the incident on the A47 near King's Lynn.

Norfolk Police confirmed the boy's father was travelling on board the 71-seater double-decker coach while his mother travelled in a car as part of the convoy.

The youngsters were travelling home after playing in a tournament at Holt Rugby Club in North Norfolk.

The coach is being held in a secure compound where it is being examined by police and officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

Inspector Chris Brooks said: "This is a very difficult time for the boy's family and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

"As a result of initial inquiries we know just prior to the incident that people were queuing for the toilet.

"Somehow, the door has opened and the boy has fallen from the moving coach.

"We will also be speaking to other people who were on board at the time of the incident and it would be inappropriate to speculate on possible causes at this stage."

The boy has been transferred from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the serious collision investigation team at Norfolk Police on 101.

Holt sings The Beatles

Hundreds of people packed into the north Norfolk town of Holt this weekend to celebrate fifty years of Beatles music.

Organiser Tom Appleton talking about the 'Holt Howl' where 600 people came together in song

They formed a giant choir - so big the town centre had to be closed for the performance. It was the culmination of months of planning and rehearsals.

Local people, schools and businesses were all invited to come along and sing some of the best known Beatles songs.

All the money raised will go to the Holt Youth Project which helps children in the town.

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