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Region's universities celebrate strong performances in National Student Survey

The University of East Anglia.
The University of East Anglia has come joint third in the National Student Survey. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The latest results of the annual National Student Survey are out and our region's universities have once again performed well.

The University of East Anglia in Norwich has been ranked joint third out of all mainstream English universities.

Cambridge, Essex and the Open University are also celebrating after coming joint sixth.

The survey rates student satisfaction based on factors including teaching, academic support and personal development.

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Cash and drugs worth almost £250k seized in Norwich

Cash and heroin worth almost a quarter of a million pounds has been seized by police following a series of raids in Norwich yesterday.

Huge bundle of cash seized by police
Huge bundle of cash seized by police Credit: Norfolk Police

In the first incident, officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit stopped a van in the Swansea Road area and recovered two kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of up to £200,000.

Two men who were in the van, a 28-year-old man and a 37-year-old man from the Liverpool area were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and remain in police custody.

A warrant was also issued at an address in Avenue Road where two large bundles of cash, estimated to be between £20,000 and £40,000, were seized. A third man, a 30-year-old man from the Norwich area, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and remains in custody.

In a third incident, a utility worked alerted police to a property in Calthorpe Road, Norwich. He had been responding to a call for service in the area and when he called at the address, an occupant answered the door and fled.

When officers arrived they found a sophisticated cannabis production operation and seized 275 cannabis plants, along with equipment associated with drugs cultivation.

The plants have now been seized and police are investigating.

Could skateboarding soon be banned in Norwich city centre?

There have been some complaints that skateboarders are damaging a war memorial in the city centre.
There have been some complaints that skateboarders are damaging a war memorial in the city centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich City Council is considering whether to ban skateboarding in the city centre.

There have been some complaints that skateboarders are damaging the war memorial near the market place by performing jumps and stunts on it.

If approved, the council would create a bylaw that means anyone caught boarding in certain areas would receive a police caution.

Skateboarders could receive a police caution.
Skateboarders could receive a police caution. Credit: PA

"We see skateboarders about all over the place, but do we need to ban them all over the city?

That is one of the things we are asking members of the public to decide.

So we're consulting with the public, shopkeepers, skateboarders and the church and everyone to see where we go next "

– Cllr Keith Driver, Norwich City Council

Cycling: Emma Pooley to retire after Commonwealth Games

Emma Pooley
Emma Pooley

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley, former pupil at Norwich High School for Girls and Cambridge University student, has announced she will retire from cycling after she competes for England in Sunday's road race at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old rider, who won a time-trial silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after helping Nicole Cooke to road-race gold, made the announcement on the Rouleur cycling website.

The 2010 world road time-trial champion told Rouleur: "You have to go sometime. I considered retiring after the London Olympics, but I didn't feel like I was ready.

"I've been mulling it over, and came to the conclusion that the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity - it's a big event, it's almost at home, and I want to go out properly, when I've planned it and have no regrets."

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Norwich: Police investigate "unexplained" death

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Norwich.

Officers were called to a block a flats in Chantry Road shortly before 1am this morning following reports a man had been found with serious injuries at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

The man, believed to be aged in his 40s, was already dead by the time paramedics arrived.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and the area has been sealed off while police investigate.

Norwich: Man arrested in connection with clubland assault is released on bail

A man in his 20s arrested in connection with an assault in Norwich’s clubland at the weekend has been released on bail.

It follows an incident outside All Bar One in Tombland in the early hours of Sunday morning (20 July).

Just after 4.00am, a man in his late 30s from the Norwich area received a serious head injury after falling to the pavement.

He's still in Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he's said to be in a stable condition.

Officers questioned a man in his 20s and from the Great Yarmouth area in connection with the incident.

He has been released on bail until August while enquiries continue.

Man suffered serious head injury outside Norwich city centre bar

A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a serious assault in the centre of Norwich in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim, who was in his late 30s, suffered a serious head injury after falling to the ground outside All Bar One at Tombland at about 4.15am.

He is in a critical but stable condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Officers, a police cordon and a forensic team remained at the scene on Sunday.

A man in his 20s, from the Great Yarmouth area, has been arrested in connection with the assault.

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