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King's Lynn: Runner takes on 401 marathons in as many days

Runners turned out in force near King's Lynn in West Norfolk today to show their support for a marathon man.

Ben Smith is running 401 marathons in as many days. Today was number 111.

He's doing it to raise money for anti-bullying charities.

"I went away to school when I was 10-years-old and unfortunately I was mentally and physically bullied because of my sexuality.

That affected me all the way through until I was about 30-years-old."

– Ben Smith

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson


Concerns after mental health patient's death

Christopher Higgins.

A coroner has raised concerns about procedures at a Norfolk mental health trust after an aspiring fitness instructor died while under its care.

36-year-old Christopher Higgins, from King's Lynn, jumped from a concrete ramp and later died from a severe head injury in 2013.

He'd been admitted to the town's Fermoy Unit the day before due to concerns about his mental state.

Today Mr Higgins' parents said they believed his death was entirely avoidable.


Gang jailed for cash machine ram-raid in Long Sutton

The men were caught after using a JCB teleporter to smash through the front doors of a grocery shop. Credit: ITV Anglia

A gang which used a JCB digger to steal a cash machine from a shop in Long Sutton near King's Lynn have been jailed.

The men were caught as they smashed through the front doors of a grocery shop in the early hours of 19 October.

Police arrested Dale Smith, from Worcester, at the scene. Levi Mitchell from Harlow and Leo Smith from Peterborough were caught in a stolen lorry nearby. Levi Smith, also from Peterborough, was caught while trying to escape.

All four men pleaded guilty conspiracy to burgle. They were sentenced today at Lincoln Crown Court.

Levi Smith sentenced to four years in prison, Dale Smith for three years and eight months, Levi Mitchell for three years, and Leo Smith for two years

“This was a brazen attempt to remove an ATM cash machine from a building using a JCB, and the offenders thought nothing of smashing through the front of the shop, not knowing who was inside the premises."

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ballard, Eastern Region Special Operations Unit

Click below to watch police footage of the ram raid.

Major improvements to West Norfolk rail line delayed until at least 2019

Major improvements to the junction at Ely North will be delayed. Credit: ITV Anglia

Commuters in West Norfolk may have to wait another 10 years for twice-hourly trains between London and King's Lynn, after it was announced major improvements to the junction at Ely North will be delayed.

Network Rail say the £35 million upgrade, which was set to start in 2016 and is key to the introduction of the new service, has been put back to at least 2019, when the next funding period starts.

It follows a review carried out by the company's chairman.

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Norfolk drug dealer has Mercedes seized as proceeds of crime

A King's Lynn drug dealer has had his Mercedes seized as proceeds of crime.

A drug dealer from Norfolk has had his Mercedes taken off him under a Proceeds of Crime court order.

Edgares Rozenbild, 31, from King’s Lynn, is currently serving a 42-month sentence for drug trafficking.

Norwich Crown Court ruled that cash and a Mercedes seized at the time of his arrest in August 2014 should be confiscated.

The action was brought by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit’s Regional Economic Crime Unit.

“The order once more underlines our determination to ensure those who live and cause harm within our communities and profit from crime will be targeted and stripped of the very thing that motivated them to engage in such activities in the first instance."

– Andy Gould, Regional Economic Crime Unit
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