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Woman jailed for trying to smuggle heroin into Norwich Prison

Norwich Prison. Credit: PA

A 26-year-old woman has been jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into Norwich Prison.

Dominique Luxford from Lowestoft tried to take heroin into the prison in November 2015 and was later charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

She has now been jailed for six months.

"We take a zero tolerance approach to drugs in prison and the sentencing of Luxford reflects that.

We use a comprehensive range of robust security measures to detect and seize contraband, with intelligence-led searching, x-ray machines, body orifice scanners, metal detectors, body searches and CCTV surveillance cameras.

Offenders inside and outside of the prison need to be absolutely clear - those caught attempting to smuggle drugs, mobile phones or other prohibited items into prisons will face very serious consequences.”

– Will Styles, Norwich Prison Governor

Appeal for information after dog poisoned in Norfolk

The dog was poisoned in Nelson Close. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a dog was poisoned in Norfolk.

The alarm was raised when the dog's owner found a chocolate in the animal's mouth while it was in the garden at the house in in Nelson Close, Hethersett.

The chocolate had been tampered with and filled with an unknown substance which a vet eventually confirmed to be rat poison.

The dog has since made a full recovery.

"The dog owner is very upset by this incident and has been left with a costly vet bill.

It is unclear how the chocolate came to be in the garden. However, I would be very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area or around a public footpath close to the property.”

– PC Andrew Barkway


Norwich Judoka Drane named in Team GB's Paralympic squad

Jonathan Drane. Credit: PA

A Judoka from Norwich has been selected for Team GB's Paralympic squad.

Jonathan Drane is part of a four-man team that will travel to Rio for the games in September.

Drane previously fought for the GB sighted squad before he was diagnosed with a visual impairment.

“It’s a real honour to represent your country at the Paralympics and it’s pretty special to be celebrating my selection alongside some of the guys that I train alongside every day.

Injury has been a challenge but I’m back in training and am really focussed on making sure my rivals know they’re up against a truly formidable opponent in Rio.”

– Jonathan Drane

Public asked for views on plans for the future of Norwich Market

Norwich Market. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A formal consultation has begun on plans to rejuvenate Norwich Market.

It's part of the City Council's ten-year strategy to keep the market a vibrant place to shop.

The plans were put together after two months of discussions with stall holders and businesses last summer.

The idea is create more jobs and boost the city's economy.

"At each stage in this process we have really wanted the traders and the wider public to be involved and to give us their views.

Nearly 1,000 people responded to last year's survey, which was fantastic, and we separately consulted businesses, traders and other groups to make sure that as far as possible we reflected everyone's voice in the shaping of our strategy.

Now this formal consultation seeks to make sure that our strategy is right before it is formally adopted."

– Cllr Paul Kendrick

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson


Raising a glass to Norfolk landlord's one millionth pint

Phillip Cutter pulls his one millionth pint at The Murderers pub in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A Norwich landlord has pulled his one millionth pint.

Phillip Cutter, who runs the Murderers, has spent 28 years behind the bar on Timber Hill.

"When I left school, I didn't know that, 30 years on, I would still be working in the same pub I was in as a young glass collector but every day is different, every day is a laugh.

"It's all about enjoying what you do."

– Phillip Cutter, landlord.

The landlord says he still enjoys his job and hopes to be raising a glass to his two millionth pint in another 30 years' time.

Norfolk brewer Woodforde's has created a special, limited-edition beer to mark Mr Cutter's milestone - called One in a Phillion. It is described as a "light and zesty golden ale".

Phillip Cutter behind the bar at The Murderers in Norwich, where he has worked for 28 years. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Another sinkhole emerges in Norwich

Investigations are continuing after a sinkhole was discovered in Norwich.

The six-metre deep cavern was found underneath Plumstead Road near Kett's Hill by telecoms engineers on Tuesday.

The sinkhole which has opened on Plumstead Road Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is the latest in a series of sinkholes around the city over the past few decades. The most famous sinkhole "swallowed a bus" in Earlham Road in 1988.

The MP for Norwich North, Chloe Smith has asked constituents to contact her if they are affected by the sink hole.

Engineers examining the hole this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Problems like this can cause real trouble for residents, drivers and local businesses. I'm thankful no one has been hurt. A big hole suddenly opening up may sound amusing or like a blast from Norwich's past but it will need to be properly looked at and fixed. I would like to hear from any constituent who's been affected by it and I will take it up with the relevant authorities to get it sorted out as soon as possible"

– Chloe Smith MP
Credit: ITV News Anglia

“The hole has since got larger so we are in touch with local utilities providers to check gas and water supplies. Norfolk County Council’s laboratory is helping us decide the best course of action to stabilise the ground, which will be established following results from soil testing. The county council’s highways team is on standby to implement any agreed solution. We would like to reassure those in the area that we are doing everything we can to make sure the situation is resolved as quickly and safely as possible.”

– Norwich City Council spokesperson

Norwich researchers say eating fruit could prevent weight gain

Eating fruit could help prevent people putting on weight, UEA research has found. Credit: PA

New research carried out by the University of East Anglia in Norwich has found that eating a small serving of certain fruits each day can stop people putting on weight as they get older.

The UEA has been working with the American University Harvard on the study.

It found that fruits such as apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries which are high in something called flavonoids help people keep a healthy weight.

The plant compounds can also be found in vegetables, tea, chocolate and wine.

The study looked at 124,000 people as they entered middle age into old age over a period of 24 years.

"We found that an increased consumption of most flavonoids was associated with weight maintenance, and even a modest weight loss.

The results were found to be consistent across men and women, and different ages.

However losing even small amounts of weight, or preventing weight gain, can improve health and these modest effects were seen with a small, readily achievable increase in intake of many of these fruits.

Just a single portion of some of these fruits per day would have an important impact on health at a population level."

– Professor Aedin Cassidy, UEA
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