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New F-35 fighter jets make their first flight over RAF Marham

The F-35s fly over RAF Marham today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Britain's new state-of-the-art fighter jets have made their first flight over their future home in West Norfolk.

The F-35 Lightnings will be based at RAF Marham from 2018 as part of the newly formed 617 squadron, formerly known as the Dambusters.

The planes are equipped with laser-guided missiles and bombs and have a range of 1,300 miles.

The beauty of the F-35 is that it can do many, many, many missions.

Unlike our legacy platforms that may have been fought to be a fighter or a bomber, this airplane can pretty much do any everything, including intelligence gathering.

So it's a jack-of-all trades, but it's exceptionally good at them all.

– Air Comdr Harv Smyth, Lightning Force Commander

Thieves target sheds in King's Lynn

Warning to lock sheds. Credit: PA Images

Officers in the King's Lynn area are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.

The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the area where items such as lawn mowers and tools have been stolen.

Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves.

  • Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
  • Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
  • Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
  • If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.
  • Store high value items in the home
  • Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
  • Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents
  • Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.

Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.

– Inspector Nathan Franklin


Over £10,000 raised for paralysed Norfolk firefighter

Norfolk firefighter James Thorpe has been left paralysed after an accident Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than £10,000 has now been raised to help a King's Lynn firefighter who has been left paralysed after an accident on a stag do.

28 year old James Thorpe was in Magaluf when he fell and broke his neck. His family are now raising money to get James home for further treatment.

CCTV issued after boys assaulted in park

The pair police want to trace. Credit: King's Lynn CID.

Police have released CCTV of a couple they want to speak to after two boys were assaulted in a King’s Lynn park.

It happened on the evening of Thursday, April 23 at The Walk in the town.

Police say a group of 'young boys and girls' were playing when they were approached by a man and a woman. There was a short conversation, two of the group were assaulted and the pair fled the scene.

RAF Marham personnel to parade through King's Lynn

RAF Marham near King's Lynn. Credit: PA

Personnel from RAF Marham will be parading through King's Lynn this morning.

It's part of the celebrations of the base's centenary.

As well as the Freedom Parade through the market place, there will be a Tornado flypast at noon.

We have a long and strong association with Royal Air Force Marham.

The Freedom Parade is the perfect way to celebrate those connections and to thank the men and women from RAF Marham for their service to our community.

I hope lots of people join us on the Tuesday Market Place and wave flags to show their support.

– Cllr David Whitby


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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