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Norfolk: Police search Costessey bungalow in connection with "sensitive investigation"

Up to 30 police officers are searching a property in the Norwich area. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Up to 30 police officers are searching a property in the Norwich area in connection with what officers are calling a "sensitive investigation."

The bungalow in Costessey has been sealed off. Two men, in their 60s and from the Norwich area, were arrested this morning.

Police have declined to reveal why they have been arrested.

The bungalow in Costessey is being searched inside and outside. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The inquiry involves allegations of an historic nature and the search is expected to last three days.

People living nearby are being reassured that there's no cause for alarm.

"This, in terms of reassurance to other members of the public around, is not a murder investigation. This is not part of a cold case inquiry for anything locally or nationally.

This is part of an on-going investigation, held by Norfolk Constabulary into a highly-sensitive matter."

– Det Ch Insp Ross McDermott, Norfolk Police


Man seriously assaulted in Norwich

Police are investigating a serious assault in Norwich over the weekend.

Location of assault in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers were called to Wensum Street at approximately 3.10pm yesterday afternoon to reports of a man with a wound to his abdomen.

The victim, in his 20s, was taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Officers are investigating the exact circumstances relating to this incident and are asking anyone with further information to contact forward.

Witnesses are asked to contact DS Tom Smith at Norwich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Accountant used stolen thousands to fund holidays and Audi car

Alexander Dickerson Credit: Norfolk Police

An accountant from Norwich has been jailed for three years after stealing £328,500 from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

Alexander Dickerson, aged 23 and from Davidson Road, pleaded guilty to the fraud offences at a hearing last month.

Norwich Crown Court heard Dickerson stole the £328,500 over a 16 month period after he started working as an assistant accountant to the Financial Director.

In March 2014, Barclays Bank told Norfolk Chamber of Commerce that payments were being returned. Following an audit of their accounts, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce found that £328,500 had fraudulently been taken by both cashed cheques and online transfers from the company account to the Dickerson's personal account.

When interviewed by the police, Dickerson admitted the offence. He claimed he began to take the money to repay an initial loan of £7,000 from a payday lending firm; however, he then took more from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and gambled it in an attempt to win back what he had stolen so far.

Dickerson admitted he continued to fraudulently take money but never once made a single payment back to the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. Instead he used the money to gamble and fund his general lifestyle, such as going on holiday, eating out and he also bought himself an Audi A3 for around £12,000.

"This case involved fraudulent behaviour over a significant period of time by a trusted employee of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

"Officers worked closely with the organisation to establish the full nature of the fraud and today’s sentencing allows the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce to move forward and should also serve as a warning as to the severity of such crimes "

– DC Guy Mansfield

"Our culture is to support our staff and to help them to develop within the organization. Alex initially showed promise but unfortunately he abused his position and went to great lengths to cover his tracks.

– Caroline Williams, CEO of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Research shows people who cycle or walk to work are happier

Researchers at the University of East Anglia studied 18,000 commuters. Credit: PA Images

How do you choose to commute to work every day? Well according to a new report, if you cycle or walk, then you are a happier person.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia studied 18,000 commuters dating back over two decades.

They found that people who swapped their cars for bikes or walking, were under less strain and able to concentrate more while in the office, while using public transport also improved their well-being.


Commuters who switch from driving to walking are happier

Data from the 2011 Census shows more than six in 10 commuters use cars or vans to get to work.

Commuters who switch from driving to walking or using public transport are happier, according to scientists.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and the University of Cambridge studied 18 years of data, on almost 18,000, 18-65 year old commuters in Britain.

They found people were less stressed and better-able to concentrate when they ditched their cars.

Data from the 2011 Census shows more than six in 10 commuters use cars or vans to get to work.

Businesses set to benefit from North Sea gas and oil exploration

Nearly 17,000 people work in the oil and gas supply chain in the East of England.

Billions of pounds is about to be spent in the next phase of gas and oil exploration in the North Sea and businesses in our region are getting the chance to bid for work.

An event is taking place outside Dunston Hall in Norwich today where businesses can find out what opportunities there are for them.

Public meetings set to discuss Northern Distributor Road concerns

The £150m route would link the A47 at Postwick with the A1067.

Public meetings will take place from today for people concerned about the impact of the proposed Northern Distributor Road north of Norwich.

The £150m route would link the A47 at Postwick with the A1067. Opponents have said the project would amount to environmental destruction.

They take place all this week from 10am at Assembly House in Norwich.

  • Tuesday 16 September 10am - 6pm - Need, traffic forecasts and value for money.
  • Wednesday 17 September 10am-6pm - Alternatives and impacts.
  • Thursday 18 September 10am-4pm - Western end and minor changes.

The agendas are available on the Planning Inspectorates website.

Child and teen hit by car

Two pedestrians over the age of 10, have suffered serious injuries, after they were involved in a road traffic accident on Monday morning.

Norfolk police were called to Dereham Road, Norwich, where the collision took place, at around 8.20am.

Both pedestrians have been taken to Norwich and Norfolk Hospital, but police at the scene said injuries do not look to be life-threatening.

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