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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.


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


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.

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