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Man charged after being pursued by police in Norwich

Scott Surridge has been charged with road related offences, including dangerous driving. Credit: PA

A man who was pursued by police in Norwich has been changed with dangerous driving.

Officers were called to reports of a car being without insurance in the Knowland Grove area on Sunday morning (15 January).

They arrested 45-year-old Scott Surridge after what they describe as a "short pursuit".

Surridge also been charged with driving without insurance, driving without a licence, failing to stop and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

He was taken into in custody and appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday via a virtual court link.

He is due to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

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Man who raped drunk woman is sentenced to eight years

Sean Chikanda Credit: Norfolk Police

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for eight years after he was found guilty of raping a woman in Norwich.

Sean Chikanda, of Cromer Road, Norwich, denied the offence but was found guilty at Norwich Crown Court on 9 December 2016.

The court heard the victim had been on a night out with friends when she became separated from them in the early hours of 5 October 2014.

She was heavily intoxicated, and when approached by Chikanda on Prince of Wales Road she got a taxi with him back to his home address where she was raped.

Subsequent examination of CCTV footage showed the victim staggering and barely able to walk.

Chikanda was today (Monday 16 January) sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

During sentencing, the victim impact statement was read out in court, detailing how the woman was still struggling to come to terms with what happened to her.

In the statement, the victim describes feeling "panicked” in social environments and still suffers from flashbacks and nightmares.

She added: "I feel I cannot put into words the impact that this has had on me...I’ve changed the way I go about things. I no longer drink…run in the dark…or dress up.”

In this case Chikanda took advantage of the woman’s vulnerability and her inability to consent. If someone is too drunk to consent then the answer is no. "I hope this case demonstrates that situations which are alcohol-fuelled should not be taken advantage of as the consequences can be very serious for all involved.”

– Acting Inspector Richard Dickinson

Public consultation to begin on A47 upgrade

Consultation will start on A47 upgrade Credit: ITV Anglia

A public consultation on the upgrade of the A47 will begin in March.

Money has been earmarked to improve six areas of the road - including three stretches of dual carriageway.

Drivers, residents and businesses will all have their chance to give their opinions on the plans aimed at relieving congestion.

Areas marked for improvement include:

  • A47 Wansford to Sutton; dualling
  • A47/A141 Guyhirn Junction; junction improvement
  • A47 North Tuddenham to Easton; dualling
  • A47 Blofield to North Burlingham; dualling
  • A47/A11 junction'Thickthorn junction improvement
  • A47/A12 junction enhancements to the following junctions and roundabouts: Vauxhall, Gapton, Harfreys, Bridge Road and James Paget Hospital.

The A47 which has a number of congestion hotspots around Norwich, Peterborough an Great Yarmouth is also facing significant growth.

The work which is scheduled to start in 2020 should help to relieve congestion says Highways England.

Police say road may be closed for some time after serious crash

The road has been closed at Griston after a serious crash Credit: ITV Anglia

Police say the A1075 at Griston may be closed for some time following a serious crash.

Officers were called shortly after 10.15am this morning, Sunday 15 January 2017, to reports of a collision involving two cars at the A1075 crossroads.

There are reports of several casualties.

The road has been closed whilst emergency services are in attendance and is likely to be for some time.

Diversions are in place at Thompson Road and the Attleborough Road junction, however motorists are being urged to find alternative routes where possible.

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Police warning to drivers as road is closed because of crash

Police in Norfolk say the A1075 at Griston near Attleborough is closed because of a crash.

There are diversions in place at the Thompson Road crossroads and Attleborough Road junction. They're urging people to avoid the area.

Cold snap forces cancellation at Fakenham

Racing at Fakenham has been called off because of the cold weather Credit: ITV Anglia

The freezing weather has forced Fakenham racecourse to call off one of its most valuable meetings of the year tomorrow (January 15 2017).

Tens of thousands of pounds in prize money would have been on offer at the Norfolk track, but the forecast of another cold night tonight, and the chance of snow tomorrow morning has forced the course to cancel the meeting.

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