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Norfolk scientists work on new water testing kit to save thousands of fish from deadly toxin

Scientists in Norfolk are developing a new water testing kit in the hope of saving thousands of fish from a deadly toxin.

They believe it will provide early detection of a poisonous algae which has devastated fish stocks in the past.

It is estimated that angling contributes more than a £100 million to the local economy every year.

Abellio Greater Anglia disruptions likely to continue until at least 19:30

Disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia between Norwich and Ipswich due to person hit by a train between Norwich and Diss.

All lines are currently blocked between Norwich and Diss. Pasengers travelling between Norwich and London can travel via Cambridge. Abellio Greater Anglia expect disruption to continue until around 19:30.


Abellio Greater Anglia: All lines blocked between Diss and Norwich

Network Rail play down disruption fears following Norwich to London line investment announcement

Network Rail have played down fears that "essential upgrades" to the Norwich to London line next year could cause significant disruption.

The work will cost £170million and will get underway in January.

It will be carried out on Saturdays and Sunday nights, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from mid-to-late evening onwards to avoid peak times for travelling.

Improvements will be made to the tracks, overhead lines and signalling along the route.

One of Network Rail's £42million 'high output' machines will be used to carry out the work.

"We've done as much as we possibly can to reduce the risk of disruption.

The machine is a new piece of machinery that's been used on the east coast and the west coast, and we've got people that are well used to using it on very short periods of time."

– Steve Cassidy, Network Rail area director

Norwich: Experts call for lifting of GM restrictions

The organisation that funds GM research in this region says European rules are holding back progress. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The organisation that funds GM research in this region says European rules are holding back progress.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which funds work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, says the regulations need to be looked at to stop them stifling crop farming.

Experts believe the technology could be key to finding ways to meet food demands in the future. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Experts believe the technology could be key to finding ways to meet food demands in the future.

"We should be focussing on the outcome, the actual change that we make, and we should be looking at the risk and the benefit of that outcome.

We shouldn't be worrying so much about the technique that we use to get there, because there isn't risks associated with the technique - it's what we use it for that's important."

– Wendy Harwood, John Innes Centre


Detectives release CCTV footage following Norwich rape

CCTV footage of the suspect. Credit: Norfolk Police

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Norwich have released CCTV footage of the suspect.

The footage shows the suspect riding a mountain bike alongside the victim by Norwich railway station. The woman, who is in her 40s, was raped on the evening of Monday 20 October. She was hit in the face and seriously injured by her attacker.

The suspect is described as white and in his late 20s, roughly 5ft 6. He is clean shaven with short brown hair. He has olive skin and an Eastern European accent.

The victim has long dark hair and was wearing a black and white short dress, high heels and carrying a black handbag with studs.

Police have distributed leaflets to members of the public and are carrying out checks in the area. They are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Norwich and Ely Cathedrals among those to receive major cash injection

Norwich Cathedral will get £491,000. Credit: PA

Cathedrals from across the East are to get a slice of £8million in funding to pay for urgent repairs.

Norwich Cathedral is set to get the largest amount at just under £500,000 for works to the north clerestory and presbytery, while Ely will receive close to £400,000 for repairs to the south transept.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today. Credit: PA

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today, with the money coming from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

"Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.

Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago."

– Sajid Javid MP

Which Cathedrals will benefit?

  • Norwich - £491,000
  • Ely - £392,060
  • Chelmsford - £268,622
  • Peterborough - £88,433

Police renew appeal for wanted man

Police are renewing their appeal to trace a 29-year-old man who is wanted.

Kevin Okoroh Credit: Norfolk police

Kevin Okoroh, from London, is wanted in connection with offences of robbery, kidnap and false imprisonment following an incident in Norwich in early December last year.

Police describe him as black, about 6ft tall of medium build with dark brown cropped hair.

We’ve carried out continued extensive enquiries to trace Okoroh but these have proved unsuccessful.

We know he has links in the Norwich area as well as Ipswich and Tottenham in London.

I would urge anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to come forward to police or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers.

– Detective Constable Roland Philpin, from Norwich CID

Anyone who knows where he is should not approach him but contact police immediately by calling 101. Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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