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Police: 'Drugs won't be tolerated at Sundown Festival'

Revellers arrived at the festival yesterday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are warning underage drinking or drug use won't be tolerated at this weekend's Sundown Festival in Norwich.

Up to 40,000 people are expected at the Norfolk Showground to enjoy the line-up.

Chase and Status headline today with Jason Derulo closing the event on Sunday.

My main advice for festivalgoers this weekend is to look after yourselves, know your limits and look after each other.

Please don't leave expensive items in your tent. Secure your mobile phone, we have a lot of those go missing and don't give thieves a chance to operate.

– Chief Inspector Nathan Clark, Norfolk Police

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BREAKING NEWS: Man arrested for carrying a weapon after large police search in Norwich

A 25-year-old man has been arrested for carrying an offensive weapon following a large police operation in Norwich.

Officers, including armed units and the dog section, carried out a search with help from the police helicopter following reports a man had been seen walking in the area of Lushington Close in Bowthorpe with a knife.

Police searched areas in Bowthorpe, Costessey and Larkman. The man was found in a property in Mayes Close.

He has been arrested on suspicion of public order offences and possession of an offensive weapon and will be taken into custody for questioning.

Armed police units search for man reportedly walking the streets armed with a knife

Armed police units are currently involved in a search on the outskirts of Norwich, following reports a man was seen walking in the street armed with a knife.

Officers were called to the Lushington Close area in Bowthorpe at about 8.30am this morning (Sunday 28 August) after a member of the public reported seeing a man walking in the street holding a knife heading towards Clover Hill Road.

Police were deployed to the scene and searches are ongoing, involving armed units and police dogs with the assistance of the NPAS police helicopter.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his mid 20s, 6ft tall, of slim build, with blond/ginger hair. He is wearing a light burgundy t-shirt and jeans.

There is currently a large police presence in the Bowthorpe, Larkman and Costessey areas while searches continue.

Under no circumstances should members of public approach the man– if they see him please call police on 999 immediately.

Cash stolen in armed robbery at convenience store

Police are hunting for an armed robber who held up a convenience store on the outskirts of Norwich last night.

Detectives say a man brandishing a firearm entered PJ’s Convenience Stores, in Linacre Avenue in Sprowston around 9pm on Saturday 27th August and threatened female members of staff.

The suspect then demanded money and got away with a large amount of cash before fleeing the scene.

The offender is described as 5ft 4 tall, of stocky build, wearing dark clothing and a balaclava.

No one was injured during the incident but the staff member was left shaken.

Man who attempted to rape a woman in Norwich is jailed

Fuad Ramadan Mahmoud from Sleaford Green, Norwich Credit: Norfolk Police

A man has been jailed for three and a half years after admitting the attempted rape of a woman in Norwich.

Fuad Ramadan Mahmoud from Sleaford Green, was jailed after pleading guilty to attacking a woman near Rose Lane car park in the city centre in January this year.

The woman had been for a night out with a friend when they became separated as she made her way home.

She was approached by Mahmoud who dragged her into a garden, pushed her onto a chair and assaulted her. She fought back, scratching his face and punching his chest, he then left the scene.

"It was a nasty attack which has had a profound impact on the victim who had been enjoying a night out with a friend. Such a stranger attack is extremely rare in Norfolk and we would like to commend the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this investigation. We hope such a conviction will give her sense of closure, and that she can now move on more positively with her life.”

– Det Con Nicky Greenacre, Rape Investigation Unit

Mahmoud, an Eritrean national was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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VIDEO: Butcher's shop destroyed after car crashes though front window

Video courtesy of Ben Gadsby-Williams.

A Butcher's shop in Norwich has been destroyed after a car smashed thought the front window this afternoon.

Police and emergency services were called to Magdalen Street at 1.20pm.

The driver and the shopkeeper were injured in the incident and have been taken to hospital.

The road was closed during the recovery operation, but has since been re-opened.

Car crashes into butcher's shop in Norwich

A car has crashed into a Butcher’s shop in Norwich.

Police and emergency services were called to Magdalen Street at 1.20pm after the car crashed through the front window of the Norwich Halal Butcher.

No one was injured apart from the driver, who was treated at the scene.

The road was closed during the recovery operation, but has since been re-opened.

More to follow.

Long delays on the A11 after crash between van and tractor

The crash happened near Wymondham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on the A11 in Norfolk.

A van and a tractor collided on the Norwich-bound carriageway near Wymondham just before 4pm.

One person has been injured and both the ambulance and fire service have been called.

The road towards Norwich is currently closed and motorists are being urged to find alternative routes.

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