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Radio One DJ finishes five triathlons in five days

Greg James at the finish

Radio One DJ Greg James has been in Norfolk today where he finished a series of five triathalons in five days.

His Sport Relief challenge ended in Norwich this afternoon just minutes before he took to the air for his afternoon show.

Hundreds of people gathered at The Forum to cheer him over the line.

He bgan with a 600-metre swim in Whitlingham Broad before a 46-mile bike ride around Norfolk.

He was joined by cricketer Jimmy Anderson and Norwich vlogger Jim Chapman for his final run.

Here's a video of Greg finishing...


The rise of home education as some parents shun schools


There is a rising number of parents choosing to shun schools and teach their children at home.

The popularity of home education has tripled in Cambridgeshire in just five years.

In 2010 there were 200 children known to be educated outside of a traditional classroom. That had risen to 605 by 2015.

In Hertfordshire there are currently 650 children registered as home-educated. In Northamptonshire it's 509.

And in the Central Bedfordshire area, 235 are known to be home educated at the moment.

So why are parents choosing to take their children's learning into their own hands? And what does home education really involve? Claire McGlasson met a family to find out.

Rugby: Lawes and Youngs in starting line-up

Ben Youngs

Rugby... Norfolk's Ben Youngs and Northampton's Courtney Lawes have been recalled to England's starting fifteen for their latest game in the Six Nations Championship.

Courtney Lawes

Lawes started on the bench against Scotland last week. He'd recovered from a slight hamstring injury in the build up. Head Coach Eddie Jones has kept Saints forward Paul Hill as one of his replacements.

Youngs, the Leicester scrum half, will start Sunday's game against Italy, which you can see live on ITV. Coverage from Rome starts at one o'clock.

High Court challenge to naming 'The Broads National Park'

The Norfolk Broads

The Broads Authority is being taken to the High Court over it's decision to brand Norfolk and Suffolk's wetlands as 'The Broads National Park'.

Those behind the challenge say the name is misleading because the area isn't a National Park - which is an area that has conservation rights written into law.

The authority say they're using the term as a branding exercise and it's not linked to a legal definition.

Tony Martin will not face fresh firearms charges

Tony Martin

Norfolk Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar, will not face any charges after a fresh firearms investigation.

Mr. Martin, now 71, served three years in prison for shooting dead Fred Barras, 16, at his home in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, in 1999. He was initially found guilty of murder but this was reduced to manslaughter on appeal.

Police at Tony Martin's farmhouse at Emneth Hungate

He was arrested last month on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm following a police search of his home.

It is understood this inquiry followed comments he made to a newspaper reporter about the prevalence of unlicensed firearms in the UK.

Norfolk Police confirmed that Mr Martin would face no further action.<

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Coller said:

Public safety is paramount and Norfolk Constabulary takes all reports of firearms seriously.

Following the arrest a thorough search, under Section 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), was conducted and officers seized a firearm, which was believed to be an air weapon.<

However following further enquiries, it was deemed not to be a viable weapon, due to its condition.

– Det Chief Insp Andy Coller

Mr Martin was living alone at his farmhouse in Emneth Hungate, nicknamed Bleak House, when he caught Brendon Fearon, then 29, and Mr Barras, 16, inside. He fired his shotgun three times towards the intruders, killing Barras.

The case provoked a national debate about the measures homeowners can take to defend their property.

Police at Emneth Hungate

Since being released from prison, Mr Martin is understood to have spent some of his time living on the grounds of the property.

In 2013 he told the Press Association he had once again confronted a burglar at the property.

He said he caught the would-be burglar while checking on an outbuilding. He drove off when confronted and Mr Martin decided not to attempt to stop him.

Tony Martin

I couldn't face going through all that again. I wished I had but, after everything I've been through in the past, I just couldn't face all that hassle again.

It isn't the first time it's happened since I've been out of prison - it's happened two or three times.

I haven't changed my views about what happened in 1999 but the whole experience has made me lose faith in the system and I didn't want to be made out as the criminal again.

– Tony Martin


Downton Abbey star Coyle banned for drink-driving

Brendan Coyle. Credit: PA

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has been banned from driving after he admitted drink driving.

Coyle, who's 53 and from Heacham in Norfolk, played Valet John Bates in the hit ITV show.

He pleaded guilty to being nearly three times the legal limit at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court.

He was caught driving his BMW on New Year's Day after reportedly returning from a clinic in Thailand where he'd been seeking help for alcohol addiction.

He's been banned for 50 months and ordered to do 100 hours community work.

Woman jailed for trying to smuggle heroin into Norwich Prison

Norwich Prison. Credit: PA

A 26-year-old woman has been jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into Norwich Prison.

Dominique Luxford from Lowestoft tried to take heroin into the prison in November 2015 and was later charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

She has now been jailed for six months.

"We take a zero tolerance approach to drugs in prison and the sentencing of Luxford reflects that.

We use a comprehensive range of robust security measures to detect and seize contraband, with intelligence-led searching, x-ray machines, body orifice scanners, metal detectors, body searches and CCTV surveillance cameras.

Offenders inside and outside of the prison need to be absolutely clear - those caught attempting to smuggle drugs, mobile phones or other prohibited items into prisons will face very serious consequences.”

– Will Styles, Norwich Prison Governor

Appeal for information after dog poisoned in Norfolk

The dog was poisoned in Nelson Close. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a dog was poisoned in Norfolk.

The alarm was raised when the dog's owner found a chocolate in the animal's mouth while it was in the garden at the house in in Nelson Close, Hethersett.

The chocolate had been tampered with and filled with an unknown substance which a vet eventually confirmed to be rat poison.

The dog has since made a full recovery.

"The dog owner is very upset by this incident and has been left with a costly vet bill.

It is unclear how the chocolate came to be in the garden. However, I would be very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area or around a public footpath close to the property.”

– PC Andrew Barkway
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