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Family escape house fire in Norwich

A young family have escaped from a house fire in Sprowston near Norwich.

Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to the blaze on Clarke Road just after 4 o'clock this morning (Tuesday 31st March).

A couple in their 30s, and their baby were taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after breathing in smoke.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Concern grow for missing teenager

Connor Mather Credit: Norfolk Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a 16-year-old boy reported missing in the Norwich area.

Connor Mather was last seen at his home address in George Pope Road at around 10.30am yesterday morning (Sunday 29 March).

He is described as white, 5ft 5, of a slim build, with short blonde hair and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a red zip up hoody and blue and yellow trainers.

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Two men charged with drug dealing in Norwich park

Two men have been charged with drug dealing in a Norwich park.

The men were arrested in Sloughbottom Park on Friday 27th March.

Warren Dow, aged 19 and of Church Road in Waltham Forest, London and Olufemi Akinboboye, aged 21 and from the London area have been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

"Officers have increased patrols in the Sloughbottom Park area in recent weeks following concerns from members of the public about possible drug dealing. Illegal drug activity can have a detrimental effect on communities. I would like to reassure residents that we will continue with these patrols and any information passed to police will be acted on.”

– Inspector Nick Hewitt

Former Norfolk Catholic Priest jailed for three years for sexually abusing teenage boy at care home

Father Anthony McSweeney arrives at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: PA

A former Norfolk Roman Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a care home.

Father Anthony McSweeney has also been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention order which means he has no access to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 without supervision.

He will also only have controlled use of the internet and computers.

Father Anthony McSweeney went on to become a governor of Notre Dame High School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Father Anthony McSweeney was found guilty of abuse at a children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

In 1998 he was moved from St Peter's Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to St George's in Norwich, and his cleaner discovered pornographic videos at his home.

He went on to become a governor at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.

Norwich MP vents anger at the government's plan to turn Hewett School into an academy

Hewett School. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norwich MP has spoken out against the government's plans to turn one the city's biggest schools into an academy.

The Education Secretary has signed an order which will turn the Hewett School into an academy.

Simon Wright, who's the MP for Norwich South, has said he thinks the government isn't taking the needs of the local community into account.

But the council said this isn't a final decision and has urged parents to have their say.

Simon Wright (far right) is angry about the plans. Credit: PA

“The strength of commitment to the Hewett School from parents and the wider community is immense. Hundreds of people have signed petitions, written letters and gathered at meetings to voice their support for the school.

I am angry that the future of the school is being driven by a Whitehall agenda, and specifically by an unelected former venture capitalist from the House of Lords who knows little about Norwich.

These decisions should be driven by our democratically accountable Local Education Authority. However, I would urge all parents to continue to make their concerns known.

There will inevitably be opportunities for parents to take part in meetings with the Interim Executive Board to ask questions and to put forward concerns about the proposal. I strongly encourage parents to take part in this process.

Until a funding agreement has been signed, the future of the school is not final.”

– Simon Wright MP

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Injured kitten had been 'squeezed and swung by his tail'

Buster, an 8 month old ginger and white tom cat was found in Earlham Road Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses after an 8 month old ginger and white tom cat called Buster was found badly injured in Norwich.

Buster's owner found him in Earlham Road, slumped on the floor and unable to move.

At first it was thought he'd been hit by a car.

But while Buster was being treated, his Vet said a hand print was found on his skin, like he had been 'squeezed with a lot of pressure and swung around by his tail."

The injuries were so severe that Buster would not have been able to move from where he was left.

"Buster has the sweetest nature. He is the kindest, warmest, soppiest cat I’ve ever met. It’s incomprehensible that someone has done this to him. He purrs like a motorbike and is lovely to be around.”

– Professor Amanda Hopkinson, Buster's owner

Buster was operated on and his tail had to be removed because it was dislocated.

“This was a despicable attack on a little kitten and would have caused great suffering. We would like to hear from anybody who has any information about this incident. Whatever happened it must have been extremely frightening for the kitten and upsetting for the owners - Buster is lucky to be alive.”

– Inspector Ben Kirby, RSPCA

Man jailed for robbing newsagents with toy gun

A man has been jailed for more than three years after admitting robbing a newsagents in Norwich with a toy gun.

Samuel Muroni Credit: Norfolk Police

Samuel Muroni, 31, from Beeching Road, Norwich, was sentenced to 40 months in prison at Norwich Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Muroni entered the One Stop shop in Quebec Road during the afternoon of Sunday 1 February 2015 and bought a packet of cigarette papers. He threatened a member of staff with what was believed to be a silver handgun and demanded cash.

Muroni was given £150 and ran off. Armed response units were called to the area and Muroni was arrested at an address in Newbegin Road later the same day. Following a search a plastic silver and black handgun was discovered in the back garden of the property.

"Fortunately no one was hurt during the incident however it was extremely distressing for the staff member involved.

"The gun used in this offence was a toy, however it was silver and black in colour and would have seemed very real to the victim.”

– Detective Constable Andy Tomlinson of Norfolk Constabulary
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