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Better service promised as new rail operator takes charge

Govia Thameslink is taking over from First Capital Connect Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new rail operator is promising investment, more carriages and fewer delays as it takes control of some of our regions busiest rail routes today.

Govia Thameslink Railway has a 7-year deal to run services from stations including Bedford, Cambridge, Peterborough, Luton and King's Lynn.

They have taken over the franchise from First Capital Connect.

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Ex-teacher has sentence for sex abuse cut

Mervyn Rush Credit: Norfolk Police

An ex-teacher who abused school boys in Norfolk has had his sentence cut by a year because he spent time in a French jail while awating justice.

Mervyn Rush went on the run in France in 2000 while awaiting trial for a string of sex offences committed at a Norfolk school in the 1970s.

The ex-science teacher, formerly of Dorking, Surrey, remained at large until he was caught in Paris while collecting a passport in May 2012.

Rush was extradited to the UK in 2013 and jailed for 14 years at Norwich Crown Court after admitting 18 sex offences against boys aged between 9 and 12.

But three of the country's senior judges, sitting at London's Crown Court, ruled that the year he spent behind bars in France awaiting extradition should have been taken into account.

The offences took place between 1973 and 1977 at the school, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, and the victims were aged between nine and 12.

Rush, a father of three, admitted 11 indecent assaults and a string of other serious sexual offences.

He had a group of 'special boys' he lavished attention upon, and he would take them for drives in his car. He also invited the boys to his room and got into bed with them before sexually molesting them.

Rush was originally arrested in 1999, but disappeared ahead of a court appearance.

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Police investigate unexplained death

Police are investigating the death of an elderly woman in a village near Fakenham.

Officers were called to Oakdene in Wicken Green at around 8.30pm yesterday evening (Friday 12 September).

Inquiries are going on but the death is not thought to be suspicious.

"Officers are in the early stages of the investigation surrounding this unexplained death and are supporting family members during this difficult time.”

– Det Insp John Allison

Northern Lights glimpsed as far south as Norfolk

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights in North Norfolk in the evening on Friday 12 September 2014. Credit: Adam Payne/Norfolk Geeks

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights have been spotted as far south as North Norfolk.

The brightly-coloured patterns in the sky are caused by highly-charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and its magnetic field.

The aurora are more commonly seen in more northern latitudes.

"Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space (Coronal Mass Ejections). If these particles travel towards Earth they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and increase global geomagnetic activity. The increased activity releases energy into the atmosphere giving off light in the process, which we call the Northern Lights or the aurora borealis."

– MET OFFICE

This week has seen two Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun; the first arrived on Thursday night with the second on Friday night.

The Met Office said the combined effect increased the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Britain.

Hooiveld admits he may have to be patient at Norwich City

Norwich City's new loan signing Jos Hooiveld admits he may have to wait for his chance of a first team start after City's bright start to the Championship.

The Dutch defender moved to Carrow Road from Premier League Southampton before the summer transfer window closed on September 1.

The Canaries defend an unbeaten league run of four games when they visit Cardiff City tomorrow (Saturday September 13). Both were relegated from the Premier League last May.

But Hooiveld isn't surprised that Norwich have started to settle since their opening day defeat at Wolves, and vows to be ready if called upon.

Yes I'm going to try for that. Everybody wants to play football and it's no different from me. The only thing I'm going to do is to work hard every day in training, and see where we end up.

Its going to be tough. The boys have been doing well, the last four games they've been unbeaten. ten points out of five games is not a bad start.

Its not going to be an easy thing. It's something you've got to work hard for. But I've never been shy of a challenge

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City

Listen to Jos Hooiveld's thoughts ahead of Norwich's trip to Cardiff during his pre-match news conference.

Squad depth vital for successful season says Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams knows he has a tough task keeping everyone happy in his squad as they bid for a swift return to the Premier League.

The Canaries resume their Championship campaign at Cardiff City on Saturday (September 13) having gone four league games unbeaten.

Having added new players in ahead of the summer Transfer Window deadline, including Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on loan, Adams believes he has a squad to cope with the heavy schedule of games coming up. He also has Swedish international Martin Olsson ready to return after suspension.

Norwich have made the better start of the three sides relegated from the top flight. Cardiff start five places and two points behind in ninth, while Fulham sit in the relegation zone, still waiting for their first league win.

"You can't keep them all happy. What you try and do is involved as many as you can and we'll keep them all part of the first team group. It's an easy answer but it's an honest answer because we've got that many games - Saturday, Tuesday for the next three weeks.

You're going to need them players because you're going to pick up bumps and bruises, suspensions maybe. What we don't want to be doing is going reasonably well, which I feel we are at the minute, and find ourselves really short.

There was a risk of that certainly two to three weeks ago, certainly in the defensive department. So you do need a strong squad if you're going to have a good go at things. The pleasing thing is I think we've got that now."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Neil Adams explains the importance of squad depth at his pre-match news conference.

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