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Drink-drive campaign nets 200 drunk and drugged drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk

Nearly 200 motorists were caught drink driving in Norfolk and Suffolk in June 2015 while 26 drivers failed roadside drug tests. Credit: John Giles / PA

A summer crackdown on driving under the influence of drink and drugs in Norfolk and Suffolk has caught more than 200 illegal drivers.

Nearly 200 motorists were caught drink driving during June 2015 while 26 drivers failed roadside drug tests. In total, more than 2,000 drivers were stopped during the campaign.

During the month-long campaign 116 motorists provided positive breath tests for alcohol in Suffolk and 78 in Norfolk, with three people in Norfolk and 23 in Suffolk failing roadside drug tests.

"This summer was the first campaign where we have used the new-drug testing kits to detect cocaine and cannabis.

"Twenty-six motorists tested positive for either cannabis or cocaine during the campaign and I want to get the message out there, especially to younger drivers, that if you are driving under the influence of drugs there’s a good chance you will be caught."

– Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, Head of Roads Policing in Norfolk and Suffolk

In last year’s summer campaign 143 people provided positive tests in Norfolk while 145 failed in Suffolk.

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CCTV released following shoplifting at Norwich store

Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with a theft at a shop in Norwich.

CCTV image released by detectives. Credit: Norfolk Police

It happened at the Berrys & Grey store in the Royal Arcade at around 3pm on Wednesday 21 January. A woman entered the store and selected a number of items worth around £100 before leaving without making any attempt to pay.

Officers are keen to trace the woman pictured in the CCTV images who may be able to assist with enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact PC Paul Collins at Bethel Street Police Station on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

24-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth wanted by police

Leoni Robson is wanted on recall to prison. Credit: Norfolk Police

Norfolk police are trying to trace a 24-year-old woman wanted for breaching the terms of her licence.

Detectives are appealing for help from members of the public to find Leoni Robson, who is from the Great Yarmouth area. She is wanted on recall to prison.

Robson is described as white, 5ft 1in tall, with long blonde hair, which is shaven on one side. She has blue eyes and tattoos on her left arm and right hand.

She has links to the Yarmouth, Norwich and Durham areas and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information concerning her whereabouts.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 immediately.

Child's grave attacked by vandals

The remains of the smashed memorial Credit: Norfolk Police

Police are appealing for information after a child’s grave was damaged in Norwich Cemetery.

The child’s mother was visiting the grave when she found that the memorial stone had been smashed and flowers and turf had been strewn around.

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Valuable ring stolen as spate of burglaries continue

A £3,000 diamond ring has been in stolen in one of a number of burglaries in the Norwich area.

Norfolk Police are urging homeowners to be vigilant following the latest spate of break-ins which took place over the weekend.

Between 5pm and 6pm on Sunday, burglars targeted a home at Soleme Road.

They took a large amount of jewellery including a ring worth £3,000 and featuring 19 diamonds.

Alcohol was also taken and the gas fire was removed and left next to the fireplace.

Earlier in the day, between 2am and 7.15am, burglars broke into a mid-terraced house at Romany Road and stole a laptop.

Norfolk Police said these latest thefts came as police were already investigating a large number of burglaries across the city.

Police car involved in crash

Officers are at the scene of a crash that took place earlier this evening in Norwich involving a police car and a taxi.

It happened at about 6.50pm on the A140 Boundary Road at the junction with Aylsham Road.

The police vehicle, a Ford Transit Connect, was responding to an emergency call at the time.

Norfolk Police said the male driver of the taxi complained of neck pain but was otherwise unhurt and did not need treatment.

The male driver of the police car sustained a minor injury to his arm. No one else was involved.

Boundary Road remains closed while the vehicles are recovered and drivers have been warned to expect lengthy delays into the evening as enquiries continue.

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