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Two released on bail following discovery of man's body

Two people have been released on bail pending further enquiries as detectives continue to investigate the death of a man in King's Lynn.

At around 6.15pm on Wednesday 17 September, officers sealed off an area in the woods off Woodside in the Gaywood area of the town, following reports the body of a man had been found.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The death is still being treated as unexplained however a Home Office post mortem is due to take place tomorrow.

A man in his late 20s and a woman in her late teens, who were arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail until mid-November.

Hospital must stay in special measures

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has been told it needs to improve the quality of care provided and it must stay in special measures for another six months.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: PA Wire

The trust was put in special measures by the Care Quality Commission last year because of concerns over the standard of care.

Staffing levels and staff training are among the areas which still need urgent attention accoring to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.


MP pledges help for Lotus workforce

Richard Bacon Credit: ITV Anglia

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has described the proposed job losses at Group Lotus as bitter news for workers at Hethel.

I understand that the company is going through a major reshaping process in order to become more sustainable for the future. The harsh truth is that if Lotus is to prosper in the long term it must do even better, at lower cost.

“I have spoken to the Business Secretary Vince Cable and also to the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to ask for every possible help from government at this difficult time.

– Richard Bacon MP

Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

Click here for the latest forecast.

Family arrive in Thailand as police face growing criticism over murder inquiry

The family of a woman from Norfolk killed in Thailand at the weekend have arrived in the country.

Hannah Witheridge who was 23 and from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth was murdered along with another British tourist.

The Thai police force is facing growing criticism for the way it's handling the double murder.

Watch Kate Prout's report here.

Hannah Witheridge Credit: ITV Anglia


Accountant used stolen thousands to fund holidays and Audi car

Alexander Dickerson Credit: Norfolk Police

An accountant from Norwich has been jailed for three years after stealing £328,500 from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

Alexander Dickerson, aged 23 and from Davidson Road, pleaded guilty to the fraud offences at a hearing last month.

Norwich Crown Court heard Dickerson stole the £328,500 over a 16 month period after he started working as an assistant accountant to the Financial Director.

In March 2014, Barclays Bank told Norfolk Chamber of Commerce that payments were being returned. Following an audit of their accounts, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce found that £328,500 had fraudulently been taken by both cashed cheques and online transfers from the company account to the Dickerson's personal account.

When interviewed by the police, Dickerson admitted the offence. He claimed he began to take the money to repay an initial loan of £7,000 from a payday lending firm; however, he then took more from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and gambled it in an attempt to win back what he had stolen so far.

Dickerson admitted he continued to fraudulently take money but never once made a single payment back to the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. Instead he used the money to gamble and fund his general lifestyle, such as going on holiday, eating out and he also bought himself an Audi A3 for around £12,000.

"This case involved fraudulent behaviour over a significant period of time by a trusted employee of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

"Officers worked closely with the organisation to establish the full nature of the fraud and today’s sentencing allows the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce to move forward and should also serve as a warning as to the severity of such crimes "

– DC Guy Mansfield

"Our culture is to support our staff and to help them to develop within the organization. Alex initially showed promise but unfortunately he abused his position and went to great lengths to cover his tracks.

– Caroline Williams, CEO of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Thai Prime Minster apologises for bikini comment

Thailand's Prime Minster has apologised for suggesting that foreign visitors to its world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis as the family of a tourist from Great Yarmouth who was brutally murdered at a Thai resort arrived in the country.

Relatives of Hannah Witheridge, whose body was found on a beach alongside fellow British victim David Miller, hugged each other as they prepared to meet Royal Thai Police at their headquarters in Bangkok.

Miss Witheridge, 23, and 24-year-old Mr Miller were found with severe head wounds on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

In the face of mounting criticism, military ruler Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said: "I apologise that I have spoken too harshly ... I didn't mean to criticise or look down on anyone. I can guarantee that Thailand is still safe ... I wanted to warn (the tourists) to be careful."

Earlier this week he had claimed that foreigners visiting the Southeast Asian country think "they can do whatever they want, wear bikinis wherever they like ... (but) will they be safe?"

His comments came as the investigation into the murders appears to have stalled with police having no suspects.

DNA discovered on the body of Miss Witheridge has been found not to match British brothers Christopher and James Ware, who had been speaking with officers.

And migrants, who had been questioned after bloodstains were found on some of their clothes, are no longer suspects after detectives revealed no matches were found between them and two sets of DNA found on Miss Witheridge's body and on a cigarette butt discovered near the scene of the murders.

Royal Thai Police had insisted they had found "strong evidence" in connection with the deaths.

A bloodstained garden hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby.

More than 70 Thai police have been questioning migrant workers and tourists on the island, visiting hotels, bars, homes and businesses as they search for the killer.

Police continue inquiry after body is found in woodland

Police tape where body was found in King's Lynn Credit: ITV Anglia

Police have taped off woodland where the body of a young man was found in King's Lynn. The body of a man believed to be in his 20s was found near Woodside Road. Police say they're currently treating the death as unexplained. A man in his late 20s and a teenage woman have been arrested in the connection with the incident.

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