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Otter's lunch

An otter with a pike in tow Credit: www.BirdMad.com

An otter displays its formidable hunting ability as it swims with a huge pike in its mouth.

The dramatic picture was taken near Thetford in Norfolk by Dean Eades.

For more examples of Dean's photography click here.

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Police praise bravery of sex offender's victims

Police have praised victims who came forward to give evidence against Gary Steed, who committed a series of sex offences in Thetford.

Steed's offending took place in Thetford over a period of 23 years, beginning in the 1980s.

In 2006, he began to offend again, entering into an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young adult; more recently he sent text messages to a female child, grooming her. Steed was yesterday sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 13 before being considered for release.

This has been a long and complex case which has involved extensive enquiries. Steed is a dangerous individual who preyed on young girls in the Thetford area for many years. I would like to commend the victims for their bravery in coming forward and reporting the abuse they have suffered, and I hope that yesterday’s sentence gives them some comfort that he will be locked up for many years to come and closure to be able to move forward with their lives.

– Detective Constable Tina King, Norfolk Police

Body found in river in Thetford

Police have today recovered the body of a man from the river in Thetford. The body was discovered in the river where it crosses the A11 earlier this morning.

The death is being treated as unexplained. A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

No formal identification has yet been made.

Police carry out search by A11 in hunt for missing man

Missing: Tomasz Czech Credit: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police are carrying out searches close to the A11 in Thetford in the hunt for a missing man.

Tomasz Czech, 54, went missing from his home in Chester Way on Friday night. He left his home at around 6pm to take his dog for a walk and has not been seen since.

Mr Czech is described as approximately 5ft 8 in height and of average build. He was wearing a black jacket with green markings on it, blue jeans and black trainers when last seen.

He would normally walk his dog for in the wooded area and pathways next to the Little River Ouse towards Brandon.

The dog's collar was found at the side of the A11 near the Brandon Road roundabout. Police are now searching the nearby area for Tomasz and his dog.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tomasz or a loose brown boxer dog in the Thetford and Brandon areas.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should contact Norfolk Police on 101.

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Police search for missing man

Police in Thetford are searching for a 54-year-old man who's gone missing.

Tomasz Czech went missing from his Chester Way home on Friday night leaving at about 6pm to take his dog for a walk. He has not been seen or heard from since.

He's described as white, approximately 5ft 8 in height and of average build. He has black hair and was wearing a black jacket with green markings on it, blue jeans and black trainers when last seen.

Tomasz would normally walk his dog in the wooded area and pathways near the Little River Ouse.

Police seize alcohol from street drinkers

Alcohol seized in Thetford Credit: Norfolk Police

Police officers in Thetford have seized a large quantity of alcohol as part of an operation to target street drinking in the town.

Over the past eight weeks 120 items cans and bottles alcohol have been seized from people caught drinking in No Alcohol Zones. The majority of this was beer and cider, but some spirits and wine were also confiscated. All of the alcohol has now been disposed of.

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