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Four jailed for exploiting migrant workers in The Fens

The four have been jailed for 23 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Four people, including three from King's Lynn, have been jailed for a total of 23 years for offences related to the exploitation of migrant workers in The Fens.

Latvians Juris Valujevs and his wife Oksana Vlujeva were sentenced alongside Lauma Vankova and Ivars Mezals.

The gang used vulnerable fellow migrants in Wisbech to launder stolen money and in some cases forced women to take part in sham marriages.

The operation run by the defendants left many people in abject poverty and debt and all four defendants ruthlessly took advantage of the victims for their own gain.

We know the exploitation of vulnerable people, many of whom simply want to make a better life for themselves in the United Kingdom, is still happening.

However, we are committed to working with colleagues in partner agencies to protect vulnerable people and bring those who commit criminal offences against them to justice.

– Detective Inspector Jenny Bristow

Police appeal after women injured after row outside takeaway

The women were injured in Broad Street Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after two women were injured following a row outside a takeaway in King’s Lynn

Two women were near the Chopstix Noodle Bar in Broad Street between 11.15pm and 11.40pm on Saturday when they became involved in an argument with a man and a woman.

The man and woman then attacked the two women leaving them with injuries which required hospital treatment.

The male suspect is described as being white in his 20s, with blonde hair, being approximately 5ft 10in tall of a slim build wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans.

The female suspect is described as being white in her 20s, with blonde hair, of a medium build, approximately 5ft 4in tall wearing a dark jacket and dark leggings.

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Downton Abbey star Coyle banned for drink-driving

Brendan Coyle. Credit: PA

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has been banned from driving after he admitted drink driving.

Coyle, who's 53 and from Heacham in Norfolk, played Valet John Bates in the hit ITV show.

He pleaded guilty to being nearly three times the legal limit at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court.

He was caught driving his BMW on New Year's Day after reportedly returning from a clinic in Thailand where he'd been seeking help for alcohol addiction.

He's been banned for 50 months and ordered to do 100 hours community work.

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One person dead and another taken to hospital after King's Lynn fire

The fire happened in Alice Fisher Crescent. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A person has died and another has been taken to hospital after a house fire in King's Lynn.

Emergency services were called to an address in Alice Fisher Crescent in the early hours of this morning (January 14).

Police have now sealed off the property. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have now sealed off the property and will work with fire investigators to find out what caused the blaze.

Driver tells inquest woman was pushed in front of his car but evidence inconclusive

Eighteen months after their deaths, mystery still surrounds what happened to a young couple in the moments before being struck by a car as they walked along the A47 in Norfolk.

Nonita Karajevaite (24) and Tadas Zaleskas (26) died on the A47 in Norfolk.

The driver told an inquest the man pushed his fiance into the path of his car.

Witnesses have said the couple were arguing between Wisbech and King's Lynn in July 2014.

Superintendent Paul Durham said the police looked at several scenarios but there was no evidence of any of those:

  • homicide
  • they were fleeing a third party
  • a suicide pact
  • horseplay

The inquest concluded both died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Click below to watch a report on the inquest by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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