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Did you see bald man rob victim in Norwich clubland?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Norwich that happened between 2am and 2.30am on Friday 26 September near the public toilets on Prince of Wales Road.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was holding his wallet when an unknown man grabbed it before punching the victim several times and running off towards Mountergate. The victim suffered minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a white, aged in his 30s, of average height, with a bald head and wearing a black jacket.

Police concluding 'sensitive' search of bungalow

Officers are expected to leave the address in Costessey where they have been carrying out searches within the next hour.

The bungalow, in Olive Road, Costessey, has been sealed since Tuesday (23 September) to allow specialist teams to carry out searches both inside and outside the address including the garden areas.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their assistance and co-operation throughout this week. "We appreciate the police activity may have created concern locally and we would encourage anyone with any worries or who wish to speak to the police about this matter to contact us directly by calling the 101 non-emergency number."

– Det Chief Inspector Ross McDermott


Second home being searched by police

Police in Norwich are searching a second home as part of their investigation into what they have described as a sensitive and historical case.

Around thirty police officers searched a bungalow in Costessey earlier this week and two men in their sixties were arrested and later bailed. Now police have confirmed they are also searching an address in nearby Sprowston as part of the inquiry.

Costessey investigation: Two men released on bail

Two men arrested in connection with an investigation which has seen them search a bungalow in the Norwich area have been released on police bail.

Both the men are in their 60's and from the Norwich area.

Police searching the bungalow Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are continuing to search the property in Costessey in connection with what they are describing as an on-going investigation.

Officers say because of the complexity of the enquiry the searches, both inside and outside the address including the garden areas, are expected to last for a couple more days.

"We appreciate the police activity may have created concern locally and we would encourage anyone with any worries or who wish to speak to the police about this matter to contact us."

– Det Chief Inspector Ross McDermott

Both men have been released on bail until mid-December.


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.

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