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Bird flu: farmers told to keep poultry indoors

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The Government has ordered that all poultry farmers across the region keep their birds inside to protect against a dangerous strain of bird flu that's sweeping across Europe.

As yet the strain of the avian flu hasn't been found in the UK, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the steps should be followed until the New Year as a precaution.

It's a type of highly pathogenic avian flu, H5N8, that has been found in dead wild birds.

Many of the turkeys, ducks and chickens have already been processed for Christmas so it shouldn't affected the supply of birds for Yuletide meals.

Public Health England said the threat to humans from the bird flu strain remains very low.

Here's a report from Kate Prout:

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Fourth man arrested after Norwich murder

Bowers Avenue, Norwich

A fourth man has been arrested as part of the enquiry into the murder of Steve Stannard in Norwich last month.

The man, aged in his 30s, was arrested in the Croydon area yesterday (Tuesday 6 November 2016) on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and fraud.

The arrest comes after Steve received fatal stab wounds in Bowers Avenue Norwich shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday 5 November 2016.

The man has been released on bail to return to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday 21st December 2016.

More than £100,000 donated to buy Hickling Broad in Norfolk

655 acres of the Hickling Broad Estate were put on the open market in September. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than £100,000 has been donated to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to help them buy Hickling Broad in Norfolk.

The charity has been offered the nature reserve by the private owner for £2.5m.

The appeal was launched in November, and donations have been coming in from far and wide, with people expressing their wishes that Hickling Broad will be protected long into the future.

It's needs to raise a further one million pounds by March to secure the deal.

The response in the first week has been incredible and we are moved by how many of our members and the public have been in touch so quickly to help us secure this exceptional nature reserve. However, we know it is very early days and that we have almost 90% of the £1 million still to raise.

– Nik Khandpur, Head of Development

Paralympic judo star Drane announces retirement

Jono Drane has announced his retirement. Credit: PA

Norfolk Paralympian Jono Drane has announced his retirement from judo.

The 29-year-old finished 5th in the visually impaired category in Rio.

He's since taken some time away from the sport and has made the decision to call time on his career because he doesn't want to go through another four-year cycle.

I had a bit of time off after the Games and looked at the fact that, with the injuries and the brief stint in the Wellness clinic, everything I put into the last year and a half, I can’t ever match that.

The main thing is if I was to do another cycle I’d be chasing social recognition. I’ve done everything I possibly can in the last cycle to get to where I was and regardless of results, everything went into it and we sometimes lose sight of the fact that things are relative.

Everything is focused on the medals but the essential thing is that if you feel you put everything into it, that’s all that matters.

For one day in my small world that I live in with my family and friends, I was a superstar, and there’s very few people who get to do that. It’s a very rich existence on my behalf and I wouldn’t be doing that if I stayed on. I’d be chasing other people’s external validation and I don’t think anybody should do that.

– Jono Drane

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Former Norfolk copper found guilty of one million pound fraud

Ben Staff

A former Norfolk police officer has been found guilty of fraud after conning his victims out more than a million pounds.

Ben Staff, 35, used his reputation as a police constable to gain the trust of victims and then used money to fund his own lifestyle.

Payments relating to his building and development companies went into his own personal accounts, and Staff bought an Audi A6 and a BMW, paid for holidays and renovations to his home and funded his wedding.

He was convicted of six charges including two of fraud at an earlier trial and was found guilty of a further two charges at Norwich Crown Court on Monday. He will be sentenced in January.

His wife, Catriona Staff, 33, who is a serving Norfolk Police officer, was charged in both trials but cleared on all counts. She was suspended from duty in 2014 pending the outcome of legal proceedings and now faces internal disciplinary procedures.

These are very serious offences that Ben Staff has been convicted of. The fact that, as a former officer, he traded on the reputation of the police is absolutely unforgivable. I want to take this opportunity to underline to the public that the constabulary will pursue criminality wherever it exists and will robustly investigate allegations of criminal conduct against an individual whatever their background.

– Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean

Fog warning to drivers in the East

Drivers urged to take extra care in fog Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning with areas of fog expected across the region.

Highways England is advising drivers to check their headlights and fog lights before setting out on journeys to make sure they are working properly, and adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog until 9am, meaning drivers should plan ahead and think about possible travel delays.

Drivers should switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced – generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres – and use fog lights if you’re struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can reflect the light back and reduce visibility.

We’d also encourage drivers to check their lights before setting out and make sure they know how to operate their front and rear fog lights.

– Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s Head of Road User Safety

Drivers are also being advised to:

  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see.
  • Use your windscreen wipers and demisters, including air conditioning.
  • Be able to stop well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down.

Bull terrier seized after attacking and killing another dog

The dog remains under the care of Norfolk Police. Credit: Norfolk Police.

Police have charged a woman after a Staffordshire bull terrier attacked and killed another dog in Great Yarmouth.

It happened yesterday afternoon (Sunday 4) on Marine Parade. Janette Wise, 52 from Victoria Road in the town was arrested at the scene and the dog was seized. She is due to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court later this month.

The dog remains under the care of Norfolk Police until the court date where a decision will be made about its future.

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