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Norfolk schoolboy wins place on England chess squad

Jaden Jermy was recently placed fourth in countrywide competition. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 12-year-old schoolboy from Norfolk has won a place on the England chess squad

Jaden Jermy, from Thetford, was placed fourth in a countywide competition.

Jaden took up the game just five years ago - but he had recently focused on making the national team.

He earned his spot during a three-day tournament held in Liverpool over Christmas.


Four arrests made at two separate Norfolk raves

Police deal with the incident at Bodney. Credit: Breckland Police/Twitter

Four people have been arrested following two separate illegal raves in Norfolk last night.

One of the events took place on Brow of the Hill, Leziate, near King’s Lynn.

48-year-old Dean Cooper from King's Lynn was arrested and subsequently charged with one count of burglary and one count of possession of a bladed article, while two others were arrested with one caution issued.

The second rave was held at a site in Bodney, near Thetford,and when police arrived they managed to disperse the crowd and seize equipment.

A woman was arrested and is still being questioned.

These types of unlicensed events are not uncommon at this time of year but they can be seriously distressing to local residents.

The events are also generally dangerous, taking place in isolated locations, often within dilapidated buildings. At one of the events this weekend there was a definite danger to those in attendance with the fumes from a generator filling the building they were in.

These illegal events also involve trespassing on others’ land and into their buildings, causing a disturbance and putting people at risk. The organisers are not licensed and do not appear to have any regard for the welfare of others or the negative impact on local people.

Our swift and robust response to these illegal events shows that we are prepared and will continue to take positive action to prevent them from occurring and we will prosecute offenders involved where necessary as well.

– Assistant Chief Constable Mike Fawcett

Driver killed as car crashes into tree

A driver has been killed after their car crashed into a tree at Weeting near Thetford in Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A driver has been killed after their car crashed into a tree at Weeting near Thetford in Norfolk.

Emergency services were called to the B1112 Lynn Road at about 6.40am on Thursday 29 December after a car had left the road and hit a tree.

The driver, who was the only occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident and it was re-opened shortly after 12.40pm.

Arrest after shots fired from air gun for a second time in Norfolk

Shots have been fired from an air gun for a second time in Thetford. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager has been arrested after shots were fired from an air gun in Norfolk for the second time in two days.

Police were called to Cage Lane in Thetford at 2.15pm on Saturday. It was reported shots had been fired although no one had been injured.

Officers are linking it to an incident in the town on Friday night when a boy was injured by an air weapon on Guildhall Street.

A man in his late teens has been arrested and remains in custody.


Norfolk boy taken to hospital after being injured by an air weapon

The incident happened on Guildhall street in Thetford shortly before 7 this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk police are investigating after a child was injured with what is believed to be an air weapon.

It happened on Guildhall street in Thetford shortly before 7 this evening.

The boy was taken to hospital after suffering minor injuries to his body. Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Jimmy Perry remembered at Dad's Army Museum

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Among those paying tribute to comedy writer Jimmy Perry - who died yesterday at the age of 93 - are volunteers at the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford.

Jimmy Perry co-created the sitcom - which first aired in 1968 - not realising it would still keep the nation laughing nearly 50 years later.

Dad's Army was filmed in Thetford, where a statue of lead character Captain Mainwaring serves as a permanent reminder of the part the town played in the making of the show.

"We are a tight community at the Dad's Army here. We've got good volunteers.

"Jimmy Perry was the one who started it all, along with David Croft, who unfortunately is no longer with us either. So I would imagine we're all feeling a bit sad."

– Mick Whitman, Dad's Army Museum Thetford

Former Hi-de-Hi actor pays tribute to Jimmy Perry

A former Hi-de-Hi actor has paid tribute to the show's creator Jimmy Perry, who died yesterday at the age of 93.

He co-created several classic sitcoms, including Dad's Army, filmed in Thetford.

David Webb, from Manningtree, worked with him on Hi-de-Hi, which was as filmed in the seaside town Dovercourt in Essex.

"He loved watching his repeats on the television - Dad's Army is forever on the television and Hi-de-Hi is running also at the moment.

"He loved all that and he was very proud of his programmes, rightly so."

– David Webb, Former Hi-De-Hi actor

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry dies

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry Credit: PA

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry has died at the age of 93.

He co-wrote a host of classic sitcoms including Dad's Army which was filmed in Thetford and Hi De Hi which was filmed in the seaside town Dovercourt in Essex.

Dad's Army ran from 1968 for 80 episodes over nine years while Hi-de-Hi ran for eight years.

Mr Perry's experiences as a Home Guard during World War Two and as a Butlin's holiday camp Redcoat influenced his writing.

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