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Police chief warns of more Rotherham-style abuse cases

There will be "many more" Rotherham-style child sex abuse cases uncovered in the coming months, a leading police officer has said.

Sex crimes involving children have for “too long been a hidden crime,” Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey told the Guardian, as he suggested the Rotherham abuse scandal was the tip of the iceberg.

Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey warned the scale of the problem was far larger than previously thought. Credit: Norfolk Police/PA Wire

Mr Bailey, the national lead officer for the child protection and abuse investigation, warned that the scale of the problem was far larger than previously thought.

“We don’t know for sure. But I think it’s tens of thousands of victims [a year] of an appalling crime,” he added.

'Pensioner' tries to hold-up bank in Norfolk

Police are looking for a man who tried to hold up a bank in an affluent area of Norfolk yesterday afternoon, in what was described as an "unusual incident".

The suspect, who was wearing a distinctive white, cream, blue and black stripy jumper and dark trousers, tried to rob the bank at 3pm yesterday. Credit: Norfolk Police

The suspect, who Norfolk Police believes could be in his 60s or 70s, threatened staff at a branch of TSB in Holt with what appeared to be a firearm.

The cashier refused to give the man any money and he left empty-handed.

Detective Inspector Graeme Talbot said: "No staff member was hurt but they were obviously surprised and upset by what happened.

"This was an unusual and isolated incident which was over very quickly but it is important we identify this individual at the earliest opportunity."

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Gault misses out on 19th Commonwealth medal

Shooter Michael Gault's bid to become the outright most successful Commonwealth athlete of all time is over after he missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol.

Competing at his sixth Games, the 60-year-old Norfolk grandfather drew level with fellow shooter Phillip Adams on Saturday when he won his 18th medal, taking bronze in the 10m discipline.

Michael Gault from Norfolk missed out on a place in the final of the 50m air pistol at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Afterwards Gault said he had achieved what he came out of retirement for, and that he would be "chillaxing" when he stepped back on to the range for today's event.

But despite shooting a competitive total of 529 from his six rounds, Gault bowed out of the competition in 13th place.

Man dies after falling into a grain silo

Norfolk Police said a man was pronounced dead at the scene after falling into a grain silo.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to business premises in Fincham, Norfolk, at around 11.05am.

An investigation has been launched and a spokesman said a cordon is currently in place while inquiries continue.

Sick tortoise on mend thanks to human cancer drugs

Humphrey the tortoise is recovering from a serious case of gout. Credit: SWNS

Sick tortoise Humphrey is slowly recovering from a serious case of gout after being being treated with human cancer drugs.

The 80-year-old was left with painful swelling joints after years of eating vegetables.

The Norfolk Tortoise Club feared they would have to put him down but he became well again within a week after vet Sarah Pellet came up with the idea of administering medication used to treat leukemia.

Four arrested over Norfolk death

Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk Police said the arrests were made after the man was found with serious injuries at a property on The Glebe last night. He later died in hospital.

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