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Police raids over bootleg booze and cigarettes

Police raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Credit: Malcolm Robertson / ITV News Anglia

There's been a series of raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft looking for counterfeit alcohol and tobacco.

Three shops in Yarmouth and two houses in Lowestoft have been targeted by the police, HMRC and trading standards. Some 50 officers were involved in carrying out searches.

Stephen Maunder from Norfolk Trading Standards said: "In total we've found thousands of packets of cigarettes. No duty is being paid on this and often quite horrible chemicals and even rat droppings are found in the tobacco."


More than £2 billion to be spent on rail improvements in the Anglia region

Billions to be spent improving rail services in the East. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than £2 billion pounds is to be spent on improving our rail network in the Anglia region over the next five years.

Network Rail is planning to spend up to £200 million pounds on improvements between Felixstowe and Ipswich to ease congestion.

There will also be major re-modelling work at Ely to increase capacity there, while £50 million pounds will be spent on a signalling upgrade between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

And a new operations centre will open at Romford in Essex next year to take control of the regions signalling.

£247 million pounds of that will go towards increasing capacity on the East coast Main line which runs through Peterborough.

The Bedford to Sheffield line will be electrified for the first time and work will start on the east west rail scheme which is a new line linking Milton Keynes and Bedford to Oxford.

The money comes from a national pot of £38 billion pounds.

Police trace relatives of man who died in boating tragedy

Police have traced the relatives of a man who died after his boat capsized off the Suffolk coast.

The body of a man - named locally as Peter Chambers - was pulled from the water near Lowestoft on Monday (March 10).

Officers have now said his birth name was Peter Sims who had family in the Driffield area of east Yorkshire.

A post mortem has given his cause of death as drowning. An inquest into his death will be held in due course.

Two other men who were on the boat are still missing.

Search for family of man who died in Lowestoft boating accident

Peter Chambers was pulled from the sea near Ness Point.

Police are trying to find the family of a man who died in a boating accident.

Peter Chambers, of Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was pulled from the sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk, on March 10 by a lifeboat team after the boat he was in capsized.

Despite attempts to resuscitate him, the 43-year-old died.

Two other men who were thought to be on the boat are still missing.

Today Suffolk Police said they believe Mr Chambers has links to Yorkshire.

A spokesman said: "Officers have received information that Mr Chambers may have connections to Driffield.

"Now they are asking people in the area if they can help trace Mr Chambers' relatives."

Anyone with information about any family members is asked to contact Steve Bignell, coroner's officer, on 01986 835167.

Police appeal to find next-of-kin of two men who died in Lowestoft

Police are appealing for help to trace the next of kin of two men who died in Lowestoft recently.

Despite initial enquiries no next-of-kin have been found for John Lachlan Wood who was found deceased at his home in Spashett Road in the town on Tuesday 11 March or, in a separate case, for Trevor Hughes, also known as Terry Hughes, who died at his home in Crown Street West on Friday 14 March.

If you have any information about the next of kin of either man you are asked to call coroners officer Steve Bignell by dialling 01986 835167.

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