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Cyclist dies following collision with van in Norfolk

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: ITV Anglia

A cyclist has died after being involved in a collision with a van in Bawsey, near King’s Lynn, this morning.

Officers were called to Gayton Road at 6.31am. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

The road was closed until 11.40am while emergency services attended.

Norfolk Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.

One person taken to hospital after fire breaks out at Norfolk paper factory

Over 50 firefighters have been tackling the fire Credit: Paul TIbbs

A major fire has broken out at a paper factory in Norfolk.

Fire crews were called to the Palm paper factory in King's Lynn at 2.15 this afternoon.

12 appliances and more than 50 firefighters are currently on the scene.

One person's was to the Queen Elizabeth hospital after breathing in smoke.

Fire crews on the scene Credit: Paul Tibbs

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Warning to drivers after object thrown from bridge smashes windscreen

Drivers on the A47 in Norfolk are being warned to be on the lookout after a series of incidents where objects were thrown from bridges on vehicles below.

In the latest, a Ford Transit van had its windscreen shattered between the Pullover and Hardwick roundabouts on Monday morning. An unknown object hit the window causing extensive damage.

A Ford Transit had it windscreen shattered on Monday morning. Credit: Norfolk Police

"It is currently unknown what has caused this damage. However, at this time, it is believed that an object may have been thrown from a flyover.

"The victim was travelling at approximately 60-70mph and if he had not acted so swiftly, or the roads were busier, the outcome could have been a lot worse."

– PC Amy Laws, Norfolk Police

On three other occasions a golf ball sized rock has been thrown into the carriageway smashing the windscreens of passing HGVs on the nearby A17.

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"We treat reports of this nature very seriously because of the potential repercussions.

"I would like to warn motorists about this worrying trend and ask them to contact us immediately on 999 if they see someone acting suspiciously near to a flyover or the side of the road. ”

– PC Amy Laws, Norfolk Police

Police investigate after woman gets chilli sauce thrown in face

Officers investigating an incident after a woman had chilli sauce thrown in her face Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers are currently investigating an assault in King's Lynn, which saw a woman in her 20s have chilli sauce thrown in her face.

It happened around 2pm on Wednesday (September 7) on Goodwins Road in the town.

No medical treatment was required, however the victim was shaken by the incident.

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Man jailed for rape and sexual assault of girl in Norfolk

Karl Raine from Kings Lynn Credit: Norfolk police

A 43-year-old man from Norfolk has been jailed following the rape and sexual assault of a young girl.

Karl Raine, formerly of Culley Close, Kings Lynn was found guilty of one count of rape, two sexual assaults and three counts of making and taking indecent images following a two and half week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Mr Raine was sentenced to 18 years in prison following a two and half week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

This is another case which highlights that the internet is not a safe anonymous space for accessing indecent images or grooming and abusing children. If you do, you will leave a digital footprint and we will find it.

– Detective Sergeant Ngaire Alexander, Norfolk police

Man found guilty of causing crash that killed police officer

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Sharon Garrett. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A lorry driver from King's Lynn who caused a crash that killed a police officer has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

28-year-old Darren Warby was responding to a text message on his phone when the collision happened on the A141 at Wyton near Huntingdon in June 2014.

His lorry crashed into police officer Sharon Garret's Renault Clio as well as another car and lorry.

He was also breaking the speed limit at the time of the incident.

Warby was convicted at Peterborough Crown Court today and will be sentenced next month.

This was a tragic incident which claimed the life of a police officer.

But the evidence heard in court showed it could have been avoided and it really drives home the message that using a mobile phone at the wheel can have fatal consequences.

Use of a mobile phone will be picked up by officers investigating the causes behind any collision and it’s an offence taken very seriously by police and the courts.

– PC Pete Bimson
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