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Two men arrested over spate of church lead thefts

A church roof stripped of lead. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police investigating a spate of burglaries in churches across Norfolk have arrested two men.

A 34-year-old man from the Great Yarmouth area and a 36-year-old man from the Gorleston area have been arrested in connection with 11 burglaries at churches in Caister, Martham, Burgh Castle, Winterton, South Walsham, Hemsby, Ingham and Norwich, between Wednesday 30 March and Tuesday 24 May 2016.

Both men have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until next month.

Officers are reminding residents living near churches to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police. They are particularly interested in the details of any cars or vans seen acting suspiciously, including make, colour and the registration number.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk police.

Man suffers serious facial injuries after fight outside pub

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Two men have been arrested after a man was seriously injured during a fight outside a pub in Bury St Edmunds.

It broke out on Fordham Road at around 6 o'clock on Saturday 6 May.

A 23 and 24 year-old have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm - and been bailed.

Police want to speak to a woman who was riding a bike near a garage on Tollgate Lane.


Man jailed for life after shooting woman in face with sawn-off shotgun

Billy Johnson was found guilty of murdering Kerry Reeve Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man from Corby who shot a woman in the face at point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for life.

Billy Johnson with his accomplice Charles Noble were found guilty of murder on Friday Credit: Thames Valley Police

20-year-old Billy Johnson killed Kerry Reeves in Oxfordshire last November.

She died two days later in hospital.

Both Johnson and his accomplice Charles Noble were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison each on Friday.

The jury found Johnson unanimously guilty of one count of murder and Noble unanimously guilty of one count of murder.

It is with regret that neither man showed any remorse for taking the life of an innocent woman by shooting her at point blank range.

Kerry’s murder has had a huge impact on her family and the community of Abingdon.

Although there can be no sense of happiness with the conviction of Charles Noble and Billy Johnson, I hope there is a sense of justice for Kerry’s mother, Nicky and her family.

– Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch, Thames Valley Police


Shoppers evacuated after fire breaks out at supermarket

Sainsbury's on Bacton Road in North Walsham. Credit: Google street view

Shoppers have been evacuated from a Sainsbury's in North Walsham in Norfolk following a fire inside the building.

Fire crews from North Walsham, Mundesley, Aylsham and Sheringham are currently trying to extinguish the fire on Bacton Road.

Crews have been on the scene for the last hour, and are also trying to tackle a refrigeration leak.

Police investigating body found in Norwich

Deceased body discovered inside property in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are continue to investigate the death of a man in Norwich.

Officers were called to a property in Southwell Road on Sunday 29 May shortly after 10am.

The body of a man in his 30s was discovered inside the property. The death is currently being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and a next-of-kin have been informed.

Woman arrested in connection with murder of Luton mother

Mother-of-four Saima Khan Credit: Family picture

A 26-year-old woman from Luton has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Saima Khan.

The 34-year-old mother-of-four was stabbed to death during a burglary at her home in Overstone Road last Monday night.

Officers arrested a woman shortly before 9am this morning. She is currently in police custody.

A team of specialist officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are continue to investigate the murder and have pleaded for anyone who may know something to get in touch.

Man caught indecently exposing himself for third time

Man exposed himself three times in Houghton Regis Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself in Bedfordshire.

On three occasions in recent weeks, a man matching the same description has been reported to expose himself to residents in Houghton Regis.

At around 11.30pm on Saturday (28 May) the man approached a house in Bloomsbury Gardens and indecently exposed himself to the occupant through the window.

A similar incident happened on Thursday (26 May) in Westminster Gardens and on Monday 16 May in Trident Drive.

The man is described as white, in his 30s and of average build. He was last seen wearing a khaki coloured jacket and a black hat. He is also been known to wear a dark baseball hat and a navy tracksuit.

The behaviour of this man is unacceptable and we are urging anyone with information that could help us find him to come forward.

Nobody should be subjected to such behaviour and we are committed to putting a stop to it. Anyone that has witnessed suspicious activity or has seen a man in the area matching this description is asked to get in touch immediately.

– PC Daniel O’Mahoney, Bedfordshire Police
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