Man fined for swallowing goldfish

A man who downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them has been fined by magistrates.

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Suffolk: Man fined for swallowing live goldfish

Jack Blowers downed two goldfish.
Jack Blowers downed two goldfish. Credit: PA

A man who downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them has been fined by magistrates.

Jack Blowers was sober when he went to a local shop to buy the fish, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court in Suffolk heard.

The 20-year-old was filmed setting up a pint-sized aquarium, complete with gravel and fish food, in a glass before drinking it in one go.

The clip, which was uploaded to Facebook, goes on to show him vomiting up the contents of the glass into a toilet. He then rescued the fish and took them to his grandmother's house, where he put them in her fish bowl.

They survived and are still alive today, prosecutor Kevin Batch said.

However, Mr Batch said the RSPCA prosecution was in the public interest because of the level of "pre-meditation" involved.

Blowers' lawyer said he did not realise what he did was illegal.

Blowers, of Cranfield Close, Lowestoft, pleaded guilty to failing to protect the fish from suffering and failing to meeting their needs on February 8 this year.

A vet's report presented to the magistrates confirmed that the fish would have suffered.

Blowers' friend, Joseph Meikle, 20, also from Lowestoft, filmed the stunt and has since accepted a caution.

Chair of the bench Philip Key fined Blowers £200 and ordered him to pay legal costs of £600. He also disqualified him from keeping animals for 12 months.


'Lovin' it': Lowestoft McDonald's workers crowned as World Champions

Now as you may or may not know we're down to the last four in football's World Cup.

Tonight, the hosts Brazil take on Germany. Tomorrow, the Netherlands play Argentina - a match you can see live on ITV.

Sadly, England were knocked out more than a fortnight ago -but ecliped by a team from our region which has done rather well.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Read more: Fast food footy team compete in Brazil

Ladies fast food footy team compete in Brazil

Fast food footy champions Credit: McDonald's

Now if you thought England had come away from the World Cup with nothing then think again.

A team of ladies who work at fast food restaurants around Lowestoft in Suffolk and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, won the chance to go to Brazil.

They won the McDonald's European football challenge. They topped that by beating a team from Brazil in Rio to return home as World Champions.

The team in action Credit: McDonald's
World Champions Credit: McDonald's


BAFTA thank you to Lowestoft teacher.

A retired teacher from Suffolk was shocked by an extra special thank you from a former pupil.

Sean Harris, who grew up in Lowestoft, won the leading actor award at Sunday's BAFTA ceremony. In his acceptance speech he credited Lesley Halley with inspiring him to pursue his dream.

Click below to watch our report from Laura Jones

Businesses in the East to benefit from extra funding after clinching Assisted Area status

Lowestoft beach in Suffolk.
Lowestoft beach in Suffolk. Credit: Graham Cannell

Local businesses in Lowestoft are to benefit from extra government help, after the town was awarded Assisted Area status.

It means companies can now apply for additional funding and tax breaks to create jobs and expand their business.

Great Yarmouth, Harwich and Clacton are among other places in the East which will also benefit from the scheme.

See if your area has been awarded Assisted Area status by clicking here

Council agrees to spend £1.5 million on repairing Lowestoft sea defences

Lowestoft seafront.

Waveney District Council has agreed to spend £1.5 million pounds repairing sea defences in Lowestoft.

The south beach has been closed since last year after severe storms and the tidal surge weakened the sea wall and lowered the sand levels.

Work will start in the Autumn but engineers warn that another five million will need to be spent creating more permanent defences.

Decision time on coastal repairs

The thousands of people who visited Lowestoft in Suffolk this weekend would have struggled to get to the beach, even if the weather had been perfect.

Since late last year the section of beach between the harbour south pier and Parade Road South has been closed because of coastal erosion. The council now has to decide if it will pay millions to have it made safe.

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