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Terrorism expert: 'British soldiers are natural targets'

A security expert says that British soldiers are 'natural targets' for terrorists after an attempted abduction at RAF Marham earlier this week.

The victim, who's in his 20s, was approached by two men "of middle Eastern appearance" on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have been quick to point out that they don't yet know the motive for the attack and there is no evidence yet that it was terrorism-related.

However, Chris Phillips admits security needs to be tight at bases up and down the country.

Soldiers are naturally a target for ISIS, simply because they see them as the natural enemy - albeit they want to see mass casualty attacks as well.

This is one option for terrorists and one option that we have to face.

– Chris Phillips, security expert

Chubby toad stuck in Norwich garden

A chubby toad had to be rescued from a garden decking in Norwich as it was stuck face down. Credit: RSPCA

A chubby toad had to be rescued from garden decking in Norwich as it was stuck face down.

Inspector Jason Finch from the RSPCA attempted to carefully try and release the toad with his hands, but he was concerned about hurting the toad’s delicate and soft body, so the homeowner kindly agreed to let him saw the wooden board to release the toad.

But then the toad had managed to wriggle and squeeze himself through the gap, and was completely trapped underneath the decking.

Inspector Fitch from the RSPCA managed to lift the toad to safety Credit: RSPCA

Luckily, after continuing to saw the wood, the inspector managed to lift the toad to safety.

There was no way he would have been able to get out from under the decking, so I carried on with my plan to saw the plank of wood and lever it up, where I was then able to lift the toad out to safety.

He was the biggest, fattest toad I have ever seen! I can only think he was after a nice fly or a juicy bug when he decided to stick his head down the gap. I released him near the garden pond and watched him hop off to where he belongs - all in a very successful rescue.

– RSPCA Inspector, Jason Finch

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Police set up hotline following Marham abduction attempt

Police have set up a dedicated hotline. Credit: PA

Police in Norfolk have set up a dedicated hotline for anyone who might have any information about an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday.

A serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men of "Middle Eastern appearance" while he was out jogging.

Officers say that a 'military-type knife' was used in the attack.

The men got away in a dark coloured people carrier and police are keen to find it as soon as possible.

Tracing the vehicle is a priority for the investigation and I would urge anyone who may have seen a dark coloured people carrier in the King’s Lynn area, in particular around Marham, yesterday afternoon to contact police on the dedicated hotlines.

While the victim was unhurt he is naturally shaken by yesterday’s incident and continues to receive support from his family, the police and personnel at RAF Marham.

There is no evidence at this stage to suggest terrorism as a motive; we cannot discount it but equally there are other plausible lines of enquiry to follow.

CCTV is an area of investigation and we are also following up several sightings of the vehicle described in the West Norfolk area.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police are urging anyone with information to call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

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Weapon used in RAF Marham incident was a 'military-type knife'

At a press conference this afternoon, police have confirmed the weapon used in what they believe to be an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday was a 'military-type knife.'

It had a 3in handle and a blade that was between 2.5 and 3inches long.

The Norfolk and Suffolk major crime unit are dealing with the incident, which they say has left the serving RAF personnel "shaken up."

The victim, who's in his 20s and is married, was out jogging on one of his regular running routes, when he was approached by two men who threatened him with a knife.

Police confirmed that one of the suspects shouted at the serviceman, before placing a hand on the victim's shoulder and forcefully pulling him with a degree of force down to the vehicle.

The victim managed to break free and run off.

He didn't hear what was shouted at him because he had headphones on during the attack.

The victim managed to break free, he fought free from the attacker, and left him on the floor. There was physical contact.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police say they have no reason to think the attackers wouldn't still be in the area.

They are currently looking for the car driven by one of the attackers.

It's difficult to envisage a situation where there wasn't an element of pre- planning. That that is speculation.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Norfolk MP Liz Truss gives response to Marham incident

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says she is concerned about the incident at Marham and is trying to get an update on what has taken place. Credit: PA

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says she is concerned about the incident at Marham, when a serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men while he was out jogging near the base.

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice says she's trying to get an update on what has taken place.

Police have refused to rule out terrorism as the motive.

I know the investigation is ongoing and I am concerned when any member of the public or our service personnel are threatened in this manner.

I am in contact with both the Station Commander at Marham and Norfolk Constabulary to get an update on what has taken place.

– Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk

Norfolk MP: 'Marham abduction attempt shouldn't scare us'

Henry Bellingham is glad today's family event at RAF Marham is still going ahead. Credit: PA

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham says he's glad people are getting on with their everyday lives following an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday.

A serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men while he was out jogging near the base.

Police have refused to rule out terrorism as the motive.

A family day at the base is still going ahead as planned despite yesterday's events.

Whilst it is still too early to draw any specific conclusions, our local Police are very well equipped to work alongside the RAF Police to fully investigate this deeply unpleasant and cowardly incident.

At a time of ever increasing threats from Islamic terrorists around the world we all need to be on sensible alert, but on no account should we allow incidents like this to detract from our normal way of life - that is why I am delighted that the RAF Marham Family Day will go ahead.

– Henry Bellingham MP

NNUH says they're determined to improve finances

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital says they are determined to improve after being put into financial special measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk and Norwich University hospital say they're determined to improve after being put into financial special measures.

The NNUH Trust board is determined to improve the financial position while ensuring the best possible quality of care for patients is maintained.

The demand we are faced with is rising relentlessly and we are treating more patients who require more complex care from a large geographical area.

Our staff are doing an amazing job but they are under significant daily pressure which is not sustainable.

This is why our plan to expand our services is crucial in both providing the best possible care to patients and bringing our finances back into balance.

– Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive
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