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Police seal off Norwich street to deal with reports of an armed man

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Police units are still at the scene of an incident in Argyle Street in Norwich.

Officers were called at 8.26am to reports of a man armed and making threats in the street.

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When they arrived the man moved into a nearby property and police negotiators are currently in dialogue to resolve the situation.

No-one else is believed to be inside the property and a cordon is in place to maximise the safety of those involved and nearby.

People are asked to avoid the area while the incident remains on-going.

Norwich bus station reopened after police incident

Norwich bus station has reopened after police were forced to close it to deal with an incident this morning.

Officers were called to a 'male in crisis' near to the Travel Lodge in Queens Road. It meant the nearby Norwich Bus Station and Queens Road junction with St Stephens Street were shut for approximately 30 minutes.

The Ambulance and Fire Service also attended. The man has now been taken to hospital with no injuries.


Norwich schools evacuated after bomb threat will open tomorrow

Two schools were evacuated following a bomb threat. Credit: Norfolk Police

Two Norwich schools, that had to be evacuated today following a bomb threat, will open as normal tomorrow.

The Hewett Academy and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form - both run by the Inspiration Trust - say they evacuated pupils as a "precautionary measure" this afternoon after receiving the threat.

The schools say they notified police immediately and the safety of their pupils was their "utmost priority".

Police are treating the threat it as a hoax and are still trying to find out who was behind the threat.

"We received a suspected bomb threat affecting earlier today and immediately notified the police.

"The safety of our students is our utmost priority and we decided to evacuate the buildings at The Hewett Academy and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form as a precautionary measure.

"Pupils from the Hewett Academy were moved to City College Norwich, and we are immensely grateful for the College's help and support. Sixth form students from Sir Isaac ended the day early.

"Both [schools] will open as normal on Friday, November 27.

– Statement from the Hewett Academy and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form

'No credible information': police dismiss bomb threat

Two schools were evacuated following a bomb threat. Credit: Norfolk Police

A bomb threat that led to the evacuation of two schools in Norwich was a hoax, police have said.

The Hewett School in Cecil Road and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Bethel Street were both closed earlier this afternoon.

Police have now left the scene. They are still trying to find out who was behind the threat.

"As a precaution the school took the decision to evacuate both premises. Police have left the scene and there is no credible information at this time to say that this was anything other than a hoax."

– Norfolk Police spokesperson

UPDATE: Police investigating who made hoax bomb threat

Two schools have been evacuated. Credit: ITV Anglia.

UPDATE: 'No credible information': police dismiss bomb threat

Two schools in Norwich were evacuated earlier following a bomb threat.

Police have now left The Hewett School in Cecil Road, Norwich, and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Bethel Street but are still trying to find out who made the threat.

Both schools are run by the Inspiration Trust.

Help needed to trace family of dead 64-year-old

Mr Holmes passed away on Wednesday 25 November. Credit: Norfolk Police.

The Coroner’s Office is appealing for help to trace the family of a man who lived in the Norwich area.

Robin Holmes, 64, lived in Charles Square, Norwich,

He died on Wednesday 25 November. There were no suspicious circumstances.

It is understood he was born in India but lived in Norwich for many years.

Officers would like to trace anyone who knew Robin and may have details of his family and friends to call the Coroner’s Office in Norwich on 01603 276493.


Work on controversial Norwich road to get underway before Christmas

There have been numerous protests against the road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work on a controversial new road around Norwich will get underway before Christmas after the government approved the plans.

The Chancellor agreed to release the funding needed to go ahead with the Northern Distributor Road in his autumn statement yesterday (November 25).

There's been a series of protests against the 12 mile road which will run from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 north of Taverham.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the funding yesterday. Credit: PA

"This is a memorable day for Norfolk and Norwich. This announcement from the Government is confirmation that over £100m in national funding will be coming to Norfolk for Norwich Northern Distributor Road. The road is essential infrastructure for the future wellbeing of the city and county, supporting economic growth and new jobs, and making journeys quicker and easier for thousands of people every day.

The funding package is now firmly in place. This means that we are on course for site clearance work to start in the next few weeks, with main construction beginning around the end of March next year. This work will include environmental and wildlife protection measures that set new standards nationally – I am looking forward to planting the first of the 30,000 trees that will be going in along the route.

We know that Norfolk needs better infrastructure, and there is almost £106.5m* of national funding on the table to pay for this road. We should now be working together to make the most of the opportunities the NDR will give us, and to press for further national investment in our roads and railways - particularly the A47 and Great Yarmouth's third river crossing, and the Norwich to London main rail line."

– Cllr George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council

Norwich drugs gang jailed for string of offences in the city

The men committed a series of drugs offences. Credit: Norfolk Police

Five men and a teenager have been sentenced for a string of drugs offences in Norwich.

Among them Brandon Rodney-Lawrence, who's 20 and from Colchester.

He was jailed for four years as was Titos Cassimo, who's 19 and from Norwich.

Steven Welton, who's 40 and from Cawston, was given a three-year sentence.

They pleaded guilty at Norwich Crown Court after a Police operation which recovered £13,000 worth of Class A drugs and £1,000 in cash.

Two other men involved will be sentenced on Monday.

"Norwich is a great city with neighbourhoods where people look out for each other and where such anti-social activity is not tolerated.

I hope this result reassures our communities that we act on intelligence and information provided to us and that we continue to investigate and seek prosecution against those who break the law.

This was a lengthy investigation which led to almost £13,000 of class A drugs being recovered and over £1,000 in cash. I’m confident we have disrupted a sophisticated and extensive drug supply chain."

– Detective Constable Matt Forrester, Norfolk Police

Norfolk & Norwich Hospital to implement tighter checks after doctor jailed for sex assault

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Credit: PA

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital say that they're going to implement tighter checks after a doctor was able to sexually assault a patient.

Manav Arora assaulted a male patient while working as a locum in September last year.

Today, he was jailed for two years at King's Lynn Crown Court.

"We are deeply shocked that a health professional could behave in this manner

Dr Manav Arora was supplied to us by a government approved locum agency HCL Doctors.

As part of the NHS Locum Doctors agreement all agencies are required to carry out comprehensive Disclosure and Barring Checks and discuss any concerns that arise with the Trust. On this occasion, no concerns were raised with the trust.

Following this incident, NNUH has put in place an additional safeguard where our staff will also scrutinise the DBS report.

Dr Arora worked as locum junior doctor for seven weeks. He worked in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department for two weeks from July 18, 2014 and then for five weeks in the Trauma and Orthopaedics Department.

The allegation was made by a patient on September 9, 2014, which we reported to the police immediately. His placement was terminated immediately and we referred him to the General Medical Council and informed HCL Doctors."

– Norfolk and Norwich Hospital spokesperson
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