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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

'Unsafe levels' of snow close Norwich Airport

A passenger's view of Norwich Airport this morning. Credit: @LeeSutton97

Norwich Airport has been closed because snow has reached an "unsafe levels".

The decision was made at 10.45am and staff will assess the situation again in the next couple of hours.

It is not known when the airport will reopen and passengers are being urged to check the latest information before heading there.

@LeeSutton97 posted this picture on Twitter this morning.

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Man charged over murder of Norwich woman Kerri McAuley

28-year-old Kerri McAuley was found dead in Norwich on 8th January Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norwich man has been charged in connection with the murder of Kerri McAuley.

The 28-year-old was found dead at a property in Southalls Way on Sunday 8th January 2017.

A Home Office post mortem examination has been inconclusive, but police say there is evidence that Kerri was subjected to a severe blunt force assault.

Southalls Way, Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Joe Storey, aged 26 and of Murrells Court, St John Street, has been charged with murder.

He has been remanded into custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court on Wednesday 11th January.

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