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Calls for manned crossing

Two MPs have called on Network Rail to re-introduce a manned crossing at Brandon Station near Thetford.

It follows complaints from motorists about lengthy delays.

Drivers say the barriers at the crossing are down for too long after new equipment was installed a year ago.

Local MPs Elizabeth Truss and Matthew Hancock say putting a man back on the crossing will save huge amounts of time and money.

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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.

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
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