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Nine-year-old girl grabbed by man in Norwich park

The girl was grabbed in Pointers Field. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A nine-year-old girl has been grabbed by a man as she played in a park on the outskirts of Norwich.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon at around 4.30pm in Pointers Field, off George Pope Road in Hellesdon.

The man dragged her into a wood, but the girl managed to break free and wasn't hurt.

The suspect, who is thought to be white and aged between 25 and 35, walked away from the scene on foot.

What did the man look like?

  • White
  • Aged between 25 and 35
  • Between 5ft 10 and 6ft tall
  • Medium build
  • Had a beard/facial hair
  • Unkempt and scruffy in appearance

Police are looking to hear from anyone who was in the park at the time or may have noticed something unusual in the hours before the incident.

We are in the early stages of our investigation and while I understand the details of the incident will cause concern among the community, I would like to stress the motive of this attack remains unclear and incidents of this nature are rare in Norfolk.

– Inspector Nik Hewitt, Norfolk Police

Austin driver killed in crash on the A47

A man in his 50s has died in a crash on the A47. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man in his 50s has died after a crash on the A47 in Norfolk on Wednesday night.

It happened at Witton, just after the Postwick junction to the east of Norwich, around 11pm.

A green Austin was driving westbound and turned through a gap in the central barrier. It crashed with a black Honda Civic travelling on the eastbound carriageway.

The driver of the Austin, a man in his 50s, died at the scene. The driver of the Honda and his passenger suffered minor injuries.

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Police confirm 11-year-old girl injured in Norwich lorry collision

Salhouse Road is currently closed. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Police have confirmed it was an 11-year-old girl who was taken to hospital following a serious collision with a lorry in the Norwich

Emergency services were called to Salhouse Road at the junction with Heartsease Lane at 8.45am this morning. The road is currently still closed.

The girl was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Drivers could save on insurance if whiplash compensation laws are reformed

Aviva says drivers could save £43 on insurance if whiplash compensation laws are reformed Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 80% of people living in the UK want the government to push through reforms to whiplash compensation laws, according to Aviva.

The Norwich based insurance company claims the reforms, announced in last November's Autumn Statement, could save drivers £43 on motor premiums.

"What people can expect to see when these changes come in is cheaper car insurance, but also a change to things like, you know, the text messages and the calls you get to say look have you have had an accident? Do you want to make some money? We'd expect that to start to reduce and go away - and the incentive for fraud and scam motor accidents."

– Andrew Morrish, Operations Director, Aviva

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Second man arrested following attempted robberies in Norwich

The Spar store in Blofield Credit: ITV News Anglia

A second man, a 20-year-old from the Norwich area, has been arrested in connection with two attempted robberies in Norwich last night.

The first incident happened at the Spar in The Street, Blofield, shortly after 7pm when a man wearing black clothing and a balaclava attempted to rob the store at gunpoint. The suspect demanded money from the till and the female staff member went into a back room to raise the alarm. At this point the offender ran out of the store empty-handed.

About three hours later, shortly after 10pm, a man wearing similar clothing and a balaclava went into the Woodside Food and Wine store on Salhouse Road, Thorpe St Andrew, and demanded money from the till while armed with a gun.The male staff member attempted to throw the till towards the offender, at which point he ran from the store, again empty-handed.

No one was injured in either incident.

A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from Norwich have been arrested in connection with both incidents.

Museum staff crack hidden art secret

Video report by ITV Anglia'a Natalie Gray.

A Norfolk museum is at the centre of an international art mystery.

X-rays have revealed that a missing piece of a Magritte painting of two nudes is underneath one in a collection at the Norwich Castle Museum.

It's thought the artist cut up the larger work into quarters and painted over each piece.

Two of the quarters have been found in New York and Stockholm, the other has turned up in Norwich underneath The Human Condition which was painted in 1935.

The fourth missing piece is yet to be found.

A section of a giant canvas of two nudes by the Belgian artist Rene Magritte has been discovered under this painting at the Castle Museum in Norwich Credit: Norwich Castle Museum
A third section of this giant canvas of two nudes by the Belgian artist Rene Magritte has been discovered under a painting at the Castle Museum in Norwich Credit: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Man arrested following two attempted robberies in Norwich

The Spar store in Blofield Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 22-year-old man from Norwich has been arrested following two attempted robberies in the city last night.

The first incident happened at the Spar in The Street, Blofield, shortly after 7pm when a man wearing black clothing and a balaclava attempted to rob the store at gunpoint.

The suspect demanded money from the till and the female staff member went into a back room to raise the alarm. At this point the offender ran out of the store empty-handed.

About three hours later, shortly after 10pm, a man wearing similar clothing and a balaclava went into the Woodside Food and Wine store on Salhouse Road, Thorpe St Andrew, and demanded money from the till while armed with a gun.

The male staff member attempted to throw the till towards the offender, at which point he ran from the store, again empty-handed.

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