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Two Latvian gangmasters jailed for exploiting migrant workers

Ivars Mezals Credit: Cambridgeshire police
Juris Valujevs Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Two Latvian gangmasters from Wisbech and King's Lynn have been jailed for a total of nearly three years for intimidating migrants into working for as little as £1 a week.

28-year old Ivars Mezals from Wisbech and 36-year old Juris Valujevs from King's Lynn used fear and debt to exploit migrant workers picking vegetables in Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday a jury found the pair guilty of acting as a gangmaster without a licence between 2009 and 2013.

Today Mezals was sentenced to 18 months and Valujevs to 16 months.


Road safety campaign 'David's story' gets award

David Holmes Credit: Brenda Holmes, David's mother

A hard-hitting road safety video showing footage of a fatal motorbike collision in Norfolk has received a top motor industry award.

The family of David Holmes gave police permission to upload the footage to the internet to make people think about road safety.

It shows a car crossing into his path as he travelled at high speed from King's Lynn on the A47.

'David's story' attracted worldwide attention, receiving more than one million views within 24 hours of its release.

"The courage of Brenda Holmes, supported by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, in releasing a harrowing video that included the shocking moment when her son, David, was killed on his beloved motorcycle, has undoubtedly saved lives, and seen some good come from this terrible accident."

– Mike Orford, Motor Industry Public Affairs Association

The award was presented to David's mother Brenda and Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk.

"Although we know the video been widely viewed we cannot measure how successful it has been in terms of casualty reduction and for me this award shows that it has been of some value. I would also like to thank Chris and the team who produced the video for their efforts in this campaign.”

– Brenda, David's mother

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Pictures: Queen joins commuters on train to Norfolk

The Queen arrives on the 12.21 train into King's Lynn, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia / Seb White

The Queen has arrived for her annual Christmas holiday at Sandringham in Norfolk by joining rail commuters on the 12.21 train into King's Lynn.

The Great Northern train left King's Cross in London at 10.44am.

It's a regular annual journey for the Queen as the Royal family gather for the festivities on their Norfolk estate.

The Queen and the rest of the Royal family traditionally spend every Christmas on their Sandringham estate. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Destiny's story: facing exclusion as a teenager

Life as a teenager can be difficult and confusing - even more so when you are excluded from school.

In the second of our series of reports on education after exclusion, we meet 15 year old Destiny. She tells us what life is like when you go to a school where all your classmates have been excluded too.

And her head teacher tells ITV News that increasing numbers of children are being kicked out, as schools struggle to improve their results.

Click below to watch Elodie Harper's report:


Man survives after falling 40ft off a cliff in Hunstanton

A man has survived after falling 40ft off a cliff on the north Norfolk Coast.

Location of fall in Old Hunstanton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 49-year-old from King's Lynn managed to call 999 after slipping from a footpath off Golf Course Road in Old Hunstanton at about midnight last night.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn where he was treated for a suspected broken arm, cut and bruises.

Residents return home after King's Lynn industrial unit fire

Residents evacuated close to an industrial unit in King's Lynn after a fire broke out are returning to their homes.

Officers were called to a property in Hamburg Way at 3pm to reports of a fire.

Following concerns over gas canisters in the property 16 homes in Nuthall Crescent were evacuated as a safety precaution and people living in the Somersby Close and Whisson Close were advised to stay indoors.

Officers have confirmed the fire has now been put out.

Hospital workers in King's Lynn to strike

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn are to go on strike in a row over pay.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: PA Images

Unison members, including nurses, porters and admin workers, will walk out for four hours on Monday.

The action will be followed by four days of 'working to rule' where employees stick to their contracted hours and take their breaks.

Robbery, assaults and muggings linked by police


Two assaults, a robbery and two attempted muggings which happened in King's Lynn on Saturday night are being linked by police. Detectives believe the same group are responsible for the attacks in around The Walks area of the town - which saw victims punched and kicked before being mugged. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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