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Former head guilty of sex offences has died

Norfolk Police have confirmed that a former headmaster who had been found guilty of a string of sexual offences has died.

83 year-old David Tuohy, who lived in Oxford, was found guilty at Norwich Crown Court of 15 counts of indecent assault.

The offences related to five male victims under the age of 13 and took place in the mid-1970s at Eccles Hall School, now known as the New Eccles Hall School, Quidenham near Attleborough.

The body of a man was recovered from the River Thames in Oxford three days ago. The coroner has been informed.

Former Norfolk Catholic Priest jailed for three years for sexually abusing teenage boy at care home

Father Anthony McSweeney arrives at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: PA

A former Norfolk Roman Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a care home.

Father Anthony McSweeney has also been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention order which means he has no access to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 without supervision.

He will also only have controlled use of the internet and computers.

Father Anthony McSweeney went on to become a governor of Notre Dame High School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Father Anthony McSweeney was found guilty of abuse at a children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

In 1998 he was moved from St Peter's Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to St George's in Norwich, and his cleaner discovered pornographic videos at his home.

He went on to become a governor at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.

Norfolk: Man taken to hospital after being kicked by a cow

A man has been taken to hospital after he was kicked by a cow in Norfolk. Credit: PA

A man has been taken to hospital after he was kicked by a cow in Norfolk.

It happened in Green Lane, Potter Heigham, earlier this afternoon.

The man, who was in his 60s, suffered a hip injury.

The man was then taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

His injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.


Beard BAFTA for furry fisherman !

What a booty of a beard ! Credit: Joe Booty

A fishing fan from Holt in Norfolk has won a beard BAFTA for his flamboyant facial hair.

And what a belter Joe Booty's beard is! He's a self-employed carpenter.

Norwich hairdressers Swagger and Jacks made him the winner of the whiskers because of "the sheer volume and manly epicness of his beard."

Can't argue with that!

Norwich MP vents anger at the government's plan to turn Hewett School into an academy

Hewett School. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norwich MP has spoken out against the government's plans to turn one the city's biggest schools into an academy.

The Education Secretary has signed an order which will turn the Hewett School into an academy.

Simon Wright, who's the MP for Norwich South, has said he thinks the government isn't taking the needs of the local community into account.

But the council said this isn't a final decision and has urged parents to have their say.

Simon Wright (far right) is angry about the plans. Credit: PA

“The strength of commitment to the Hewett School from parents and the wider community is immense. Hundreds of people have signed petitions, written letters and gathered at meetings to voice their support for the school.

I am angry that the future of the school is being driven by a Whitehall agenda, and specifically by an unelected former venture capitalist from the House of Lords who knows little about Norwich.

These decisions should be driven by our democratically accountable Local Education Authority. However, I would urge all parents to continue to make their concerns known.

There will inevitably be opportunities for parents to take part in meetings with the Interim Executive Board to ask questions and to put forward concerns about the proposal. I strongly encourage parents to take part in this process.

Until a funding agreement has been signed, the future of the school is not final.”

– Simon Wright MP
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