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Man still held over murder of Norwich woman

Kerri McAuley who was found dead in Norwich at the weekend

A man is still being held on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Norwich.

Kerri McAuley, who was in her 20's, was discovered last night in a block of flats in Southalls Way.

Forensic officers have spent the day at the scene and a police cordon is still in place.

Heavy traffic expected in Norwich after roads closed

Many roads have been closed to traffic. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Heavy traffic is expected on the roads in Norwich this morning.

Schools are back from the Christmas break today, and motorists will be trying to find new routes in and out of the city because of some roads being permanently closed to traffic.

Many areas of the city are now only open to pedestrians, including the road outside John Lewis.

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Murder investigation after woman found dead in Norwich

Southalls Way in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman in her 20s was found dead in Norwich.

Police were called to Southalls Way near Mousehold Heath just after 10.30pm last night.

The man, also aged in his 20s, is being held in police custody.

A cordon is still in place outside the house.

We are in the early stages of our investigation and working to establish the sequence of events which led to this woman's death.

I would be very keen to hear from anyone who may have any further information that could assist with these enquiries, whether it concerns events leading up to the woman’s death or the incident itself.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Pete Hornby

Man who snatched girl from park is jailed for three years

Paul Barton has been jailed for three years Credit: Norfolk Police

A man has been jailed for three years after a nine-year-old girl was grabbed in a Norwich park last year.

Paul Barton, aged 32, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to kidnap at Norwich Crown Court.

Barton grabbed the girl in Pointers Field, off George Pope Road, on Friday 30 September and pulled her into a wooded area. The girl managed to break free and was unharmed.

Barton was sentenced to three years in prison and given a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Ramraid damages Norwich restaurant

Police are investigating a ram raid at a Norwich restaurant.

A red Tata flatbed van was driven into the Clocktower in Bowthorpe at around 3am on Tuesday 3 January causing thousands of pounds of damage to the wall and internal fittings; however, nothing was stolen.

It’s believed the van used in the incident was stolen from Lavengro Road between 12.30am and 3am.

Man dies after house fire in Norwich

Police at the scene of Norwich house fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched an investigation following a fatal house fire in Norwich in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 5 January).

Emergency services were called to Penn Grove at about 2am and a casualty was found inside. Paramedics treated the man who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

A person has died after a house fire in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire investigators are expected to attend the scene this morning and carry out inquiries to establish the cause.

Norfolk Fire says appliances from Sprowston, Carrow and Earlham attended the fire.

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Former Norfolk police officer jailed for £1 million fraud

Ben Staff.

A former Norfolk police officer has been jailed for four and a half years after he conned business associates and the tax man out of more than £1 million.

Ben Staff, who's 35 and from Norwich, was found guilty of fraud and false accounting after funnelling payments meant for his building and development companies into his personal account.

The court heard he used the money to buy cars, holidays and fund a wedding.

This was thoroughly dishonest conduct over a prolonged period.

You slipped into a selfish habit of dishonesty which became your default position when running your building business.

You seem prepared to blame anyone but yourself for what happened.

– Judge Mark Dennis QC
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