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Norwich South MP 'angered' by decision to turn Hewett School into an academy

Clive Lewis. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norwich South MP Clive Lewis says that he is "angry and disappointed" for local families after one of the city's biggest schools was turned into an academy.

The Department of Education confirmed the proposal today, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

Mr Lewis has been invited by the trust to join the school's new governing body.

"I’m both angry and disappointed for local families whose views have simply been ignored by this process. It’s unfortunate that yet again the community, and most importantly the children of Hewett, have been let down.

What was the point of holding a consultation and ignoring the result simply because it wasn’t the answer the Government and the Inspiration Trust wanted?

I intend to obtain responses shortly from both the Secretary of State on a number of outstanding issues. Clearly there are still serious concerns over the land and I’ll be spending the coming days and weeks speaking to local parents and the community, to get the best outcome for the families and City I represent.

This has always been and always will remain their campaign but it is one I and many others in Norwich have been moved by."

– Clive Lewis MP

One of Norwich's biggest schools to be turned into an academy, Government confirms

Hewett School, which will now be known at 'The Hewett Academy'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been announced that one of Norwich's biggest schools will become an academy.

The Department of Education has confirmed the proposal, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The school will be known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The academy's new logo. Credit: Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

They argued that the school should remain "owned by the people of Norwich; not given away against the wishes of parents, pupils and the local community".

"We are thrilled by the opportunity to make the Hewett great again for the people of Norwich.

There is only a short time before the academy opens in September, and we are already busy working with the principal, Tom Leverage, to support his priorities for the Hewett.

On his advice we will be refurbishing key areas of the academy this summer, using Inspiration Trust funds, and looking longer term at how we can make the more fundamental improvements the Hewett so desperately needs.

We are delighted to be keeping the Hewett name, with the new academy known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich, with a new badge inspired by the city's history.

We know there is great love for the Hewett locally and some nervousness about its future. With his community role and existing experience as a school governor, I have today written to Norwich North MP Clive Lewis inviting him to join the new governing body.

We are proud to be stepping up to the challenge of reinvigorating the Hewett, and we hope Mr Lewis will too."

– Inspiration Trust chief executive Rachel de Souza

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Norwich jewellery robbery: Six men arrested after A11 police chase

The attempted raid happened at the Winsor Bishop store on London Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six men have been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery at a jewellery shop in Norwich.

It happened at the Winsor Bishop store on London Street just before 11am this morning (August 5).

The men fled on mopeds and were eventually arrested on suspicion of armed robbery just off the A11 near Thetford.

They have been taken to the Police Investigation Centre at Wymondham to be questioned.

Cafe customers 'hid in basement' during attempted Norwich jewellery raid

The gang attacked the Winsor Bishop store on London Street at around 11am this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Customers who were sitting outside a cafe opposite where an attempted raid on a jewellery shop in Norwich happened this morning, have told ITV News Anglia that they rushed into a basement for their own safety.

The gang attacked the Winsor Bishop store on London Street at around 11am this morning.

They rode up on mopeds attempting the smash and grab.

It's not clear whether they escaped with any goods.

Shoppers forced to flee for safety after gang target Norwich jewellers

The scene outside the Winsor Bishop jewellers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Norwich are at the scene of an attempted robbery at a jewellers in the city.

Initial reports suggest that several men on mopeds tried to steal goods from the Winsor Bishop store on London Street.

Shoppers had to flee for safety as the gang used hammers to break into the building.

The alarm system was triggered and smoke canisters were set off.

Our reporter Wesley Smith is there and is sending updates.

Around 100 mothers gather for Norwich breastfeeding event

The mums gather for the event in Norwich today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

About 100 mothers have been taking part in a breastfeeding event in Norwich today.

The 'Big Latch On' took place in Chapelfield Gardens this morning. Breastfeeding Awareness Week is a world wide event .

The Norwich gathering is thought to be the biggest in Britain of mums all feeding at the same time.

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Man arrested after stabbing in Norwich

Riverside Road in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man is his 40s has been arrested after a stabbing in Norwich city centre last night.

It happened on Riverside Road, near the junction with Prince of Wales Road, at about 5am this morning (August 1).

A man in his 40s suffered knife wounds to his lower back and was taken to hospital.

He's since been discharged. A man's being questioned at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.

Norwich tourist who escaped Tunisian massacre launches appeal for holiday industry

A Norwich man who was on holiday in Tunisia when a gunman ran amok killing 38 people has launched an appeal to help the tourist industry there.

Nathan Priestley has started an appeal to help the Tunisian tourism industry. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Among those who died was Philip Heathcote from Felixstowe in Suffolk and Stuart Cullen, who lived in Lowestoft. With tour operators taking holidaymakers there from all over the region, hundreds from the east flew back in the days that followed.

Nathan Priestley was one of those but he initially gave up his flight to allow others to come home first. The extra time he spent there gave him an insight into just how tough it was going to be for the Tunisian Hotel workers who rely on the tourism trade.

Click below to watch an interview with Nathan Priestley in the ITV News Anglia studio

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