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Tougher legislation needed to punish those who target birds of prey

Hundreds of birds of prey were either shot or poisoned last year - many of them here in our region.

The figures are revealed in a report by the RSPB which says that buzzards and red kites were among those illegally killed.

It says tougher legislation is needed to punish those who deliberately target birds of prey.

Click below to watch Claire McGlasson's report:

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Norfolk: Appeal after child's gravestone vandalised twice in five months

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident of criminal damage which took place over the last few days at St Faith’s Crematorium in Horsham St Faith.

Between 9am on Saturday 25 October and 3:15pm on Tuesday 28 October, a child’s gravestone had an obscene remark written on it and flowers damaged around it. This is the second time the gravestone has been damaged in the last five months.

PC Steve Coe, Sprowston Police Station, would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has information concerning it. PC Coe can be contacted on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Network Rail play down disruption fears following Norwich to London line investment announcement

Network Rail have played down fears that "essential upgrades" to the Norwich to London line next year could cause significant disruption.

The work will cost £170million and will get underway in January.

It will be carried out on Saturdays and Sunday nights, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from mid-to-late evening onwards to avoid peak times for travelling.

Improvements will be made to the tracks, overhead lines and signalling along the route.

One of Network Rail's £42million 'high output' machines will be used to carry out the work.

"We've done as much as we possibly can to reduce the risk of disruption.

The machine is a new piece of machinery that's been used on the east coast and the west coast, and we've got people that are well used to using it on very short periods of time."

– Steve Cassidy, Network Rail area director

Norwich City dealt Odjidja-Ofoe injury blow

Odjidja-Ofoe has been ruled out for several weeks. Credit: PA

Norwich City have been dealt a blow with the news that summer signing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe has been ruled out for several weeks with medial ligament damage.

The Belgian injured his knee in Saturday's draw with Sheffield Wednesday and was forced to come off at half time.

The Canaries will now have to decide whether the 25-year-old will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

"He picked the injury up after five minutes of the game, and I think it says volumes for the lad himself that he carried on with an injury like that.

We’re hoping it’s not going to require an operation, but he certainly won’t be with us for the next few weeks.”

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Norwich: Experts call for lifting of GM restrictions

The organisation that funds GM research in this region says European rules are holding back progress. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The organisation that funds GM research in this region says European rules are holding back progress.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which funds work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, says the regulations need to be looked at to stop them stifling crop farming.

Experts believe the technology could be key to finding ways to meet food demands in the future. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Experts believe the technology could be key to finding ways to meet food demands in the future.

"We should be focussing on the outcome, the actual change that we make, and we should be looking at the risk and the benefit of that outcome.

We shouldn't be worrying so much about the technique that we use to get there, because there isn't risks associated with the technique - it's what we use it for that's important."

– Wendy Harwood, John Innes Centre
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