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Lowestoft: New Environment Secretary Liz Truss to visit the scene of last winter's tidal surge

Liz Truss.
Liz Truss. Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss will make her first official visit to the region today in her new role.

She'll visit two farms in Norfolk before heading over the border to Lowestoft to see the damage caused to its beaches during last winter's tidal surge.

The Norfolk MP will hear about the efforts being made to protect the town's seafront in the future.

Read more: Flooding hits the East


Two men guilty of brutal murder of Great Yarmouth man

Kestutis Sliogeris and Mantas Staponka
Kestutis Sliogeris and Mantas Staponka Credit: Norfolk Police

Two men have today been found guilty of the murder of a 38-year-old man.

Neighbours discovered the body of Paulius Jakovlevas in the communal stairwell of a group of flats in Wellesley Road. Post mortem examinations later revealed he had died from severe head injuries.

After a five week trial at Norwich Crown Court, Kestutis Sliogeris, 40, from Peterborough and Mantas Staponka, 24, of no fixed address were found guilty.

Forensic evidence and witness testimony proved they had been involved in the attack on Paulius.

Sliogeris was charged shortly after the murder had taken place. Staponka fled to Lithuania and was extradited back to the United Kingdom to face the charges.

Two other men, Saidas Janulevicius, aged 35 and of no fixed abode and Algirdas Pocius, 47, from Wellington Road, Great Yarmouth, charged in relation to the murder, were found not guilty by the jury.

Det Ch Insp Andy Guy, from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who lead the enquiry, welcomed the convictions saying:

The convictions of the defendants are recognition of the brutal and senseless attack on Paulius which appears to be as a result of an alcohol fuelled argument over a tattoo. The fact that no effort was made by any of the defendants to give first aid or summon help as he lay dying on the floor for many hours, will be incredulous to most people.

This incident highlights the damage that the abuse of alcohol causes at the worst possible level.”

– Det Ch Insp Andy Guy

Man dies after being in collision with a coach

Norfolk Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at a coach company in Bexwell, near Downham Market.

The man, described as being in his 20s or 30s and of African/Arabic origin died at the scene.

The incident happened at around 1:20 this morning when a coach, which was reversing at the time, was in collision with him.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive, Crime Scene Investigators and collision investigators are still at the scene.

Police: Images may jog memory of witnesses

CCTV of Worzals store
CCTV of the couple shortly before their deaths Credit: Norfolk Police

Police have released images of the couple killed on the A47.

The images show the pair in the Worzals Farm Shop in Walpole Highway at around 1:20pm on Sunday.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, who is leading the enquiry, explained:

We now believe that prior to her arriving at Worzals, Nonita was wearing black trousers with a black and white patterned round-neck cardigan.

She was also wearing yellow-framed designer sunglasses and was barefoot.

It is thought that when she got to the layby on the A47, probably due to the weather, she has taken off her cardigan and rolled up her trousers, which gave them the appearance of leggings. A key focus on this enquiry is anyone who may have seen the couple as they made their way along the A47 so, with this new information in mind, I’d been keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Nonita to come forward.”

– Det Ch Insp Paul Durham

Yesterday, one lane of the eastbound carriageway was closed while officers carried out a detailed search of the grass verge, recovering items of clothing, documents and a pair of sunglasses, believed to belong to the couple.

Anyone with information should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT) on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police release images of couple killed on A47

Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas
Nonita Karajevaite and Tadas Zaleskas Credit: Norfolk Police

Police investigating the deaths of two pedestrians on the A47 in Norfolk have release images of the couple.

Nonita Karajevaite, 24, and Tadas Zaleskas, 26, died after being struck by a car Terrington St John in Norfolk on Sunday .

Worzals CCTV
CCTV from the Worzals shop Credit: Norfolk Police

Officers hope the pictures together with CCTV images captured around an hour before the incident, may help to jog the memory of potential witnesses.

Police are are treating Nonita’s death as suspicious following allegations she was forcibly pushed into on-coming traffic.

Council wants county-wide action over GP shortages

A council is calling for county-wide action over GP shortages.

Breckland Council says a 10% shortfall in the number of GPs across Norfolk together with a problem in recruiting GPs led to the Watton GP surgery de-registering 1,500 patients.

The council has just published the findings of an investigation into the issues behind the patients being removed from the surgery register.

In a statement Cllr Phil Cowen, for the council, said:

We are seriously concerned that people in rural areas are experiencing increasing difficulties accessing local GP services, with Watton just the latest and most serious example.

Cross-Norfolk action is required to address this systemic issue and we want to encourage NHS England to take the lead in this.

The shortage of GPs will nlot be resolved without clear action."

– Cllr Phil Cowen

Council calls for NHS England to review GP surgery move

Breckland District Council have called for a review over problems faced by the doctors' surgery in Watton.

Around 1,500 patients are being de-registered because the surgery says it is over subscribed and they live too far away.

Breckland District Council
Breckland District Council

Today the council called for NHS England to review rules and guidelines for becoming a dispensing practice and to consider whether they had an impact on recruiting and retaining GPs.

Councillors to discuss problems at Watton GP surgery

Councillors will today discuss problems faced by the doctors' surgery in Watton.

1,500 patients are being de-registered because the surgery says it is over subscribed and they live too far away.

The situation was highlighted by 95-year-old Lily Dove who is having to find a new surgery.

The problems will be discussed by Breckland District Council.

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