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Warning after spate of vehicle break-ins

Police have warned Hellesdon drivers to make sure their vehicles are kept locked, even if parked on a driveway, after a spate of thefts overnight on Thursday October 4.

Cars were targeted in Wood View Road, Gowing Road and Kinsale Avenue. Bank cards stolen from one vehicle were later used in fraudulent transactions in Norwich.

Most the vehicles targeted had been left unlocked.

It is believed two suspects were involved. They are described as white males, wearing dark clothing and they had pushbikes with them.

Police are urging anyone who believes they’ve been a victim who hasn’t yet reported it to do so, and they are asking for people to check any CCTV covering the areas mentioned.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.

1,300 Norfolk drivers caught during speeding crackdown

More than 1,000 drivers were caught speeding during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk earlier this month.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit and vans from the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership were deployed across the county to carry out checks as part of a week-long European-wide campaign co-ordinated by TISPOL between Monday and Sunday August 6-12.

During the campaign a total of 1,300 drivers were caught speeding, 1176 of whom were caught by fixed or mobile camera sites, while 124 were caught by officers on patrol.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “Speeding is recognised as one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which leads to people being killed or serious injured in a collision along with drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We target these and other types of offences all year round but these campaigns allow us to raise awareness among drivers and explain the consequences of speeding.

“Drivers should adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road and be aware of hazards. The higher your speed, the less time you have to react. Think…could you stop in time if something unexpected happened in front of you?”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, who launched the #Impact campaign in a bid to educate young people about road safety, including the dangers of speeding on Norfolk’s roads, said: “Dangerous driving kills – whether through excessive speed, being drunk or on drugs, failing to wear a seatbelt, or not giving the road your full attention. There is simply no excuse for it.

“It is incredibly disappointing that, despite the warnings, some 1300 people were caught speeding in the county in the space of just one week. Such carelessness is simply unacceptable and just not worth the risk.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

CCTV of keyless Lexus theft from Taverham

Police have released CCTV of a Taverham vehicle being stolen in a bid to warn car owners after a number of thefts of keyless entry vehicles across the county.

The incident captured on CCTV happened at approximately 12.50am on Friday February 9 when a vehicle parked at an address on Sandy Lane in Taverham was stolen.

The Lexus RX, registration number SL13 XOX, remains unaccounted for and the investigation is on-going.

Sergeant Toby Gosden said: “Norfolk is seeing a steady rise in the number of high-value vehicle thefts which use a keyless entry system. Criminals are exploiting the vulnerabilities of keyless entry system using pairs of radio transmitters by capturing the signal from the car’s fob.

“Keyless entry are those that allow drivers to open and start the vehicle without even touching the fob or even removing it from their pocket.”

Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals. Concerned drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow the police’s recommended simple security steps:

  1. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?
  2. Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
  3. Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets of keys in a faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
  4. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.
  5. Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as mechanical locks (steering / gearstick/ pedal / wheel clamp) and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.”

If you would like any advice or have any information regarding these offences please contact Sgt Toby Gosden on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you know him? Wanted after Drayton pharmacy thefts

Police are appealing for help to identify a man following a number of thefts in Drayton.

The offences happened on Saturday January 27 when a man visited Lloyds Pharmacy, in School Road, on four occasions and stole a number of boxes of medication.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone who recognises him, or anyone with information, should contact PC Pauline Gray at Aylsham Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man arrested after cyclist badly injured

A man in his 40s, from Hertfordshire, has been arrested in connection with a collision this morning (Friday February 9) which left a cyclist with serious injuries.

The arrested man is due to be questioned by officers later today.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the smash, on the A47 at Thickthorn.

Officers were called at 5.30am to reports of a male lying in the road. Further enquiries established he had been cycling along the eastbound carriageway between the Thickthorn and A140 junctions when he was in collision with a lorry.

The lorry left the scene following the incident, travelling in the direction of Great Yarmouth.

The cyclist was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with serious injuries.

The road was closed while officers dealt with the incident but has since reopened.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact PC Andrew Lincoln at Wymondham Roads Policing on 101.

Coltishall/Sheringham smashes on ungritted roads

Car smashes in Sheringham and Coltishall in icy conditions this morning (Friday January 26) were among dozens of collisions after Norfolk County Council failed to grit roads.

Two people were taken to hospital after the two crashes which were among 37 reported to Norfolk police this morning.

The council says its forecasting service did not predict there would be a freeze but says the gritters will be out tonight across Norfolk, from 7pm, with more sub-zero temperatures predicted.

This morning’s road chaos followed a light-hearted tweet yesterday from Norfolk County Council which said: “The sun has got its hat on, the weather’s mild and bright, the sun has got its hat on, there’s no gritting tonight.”

But in fact temperatures took a steep plunge overnight. Among smashes was a three-vehicle accident at 7.15am on the A149 Weybourne Road, Sheringham, involving a Ford Transit van, and Vauxhall Astra and Toyota IQ cars which blocked the road until just before 11am.

A woman was treated for back pain by an East of England Ambulance Service Trust crew and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.

Earlier, just before 7am, emergency services were called to the B1354 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, where a red Renault Megane had left the road.

A man in his 20s was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich by ambulance suffering hip and head pain. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

A county council spokesman said: “We buy a weather forecast service from a specialist provider which we use to inform our decision on whether to grit, and also where and when.

“While it’s usually very accurate, the forecast for last night suggested road temperatures would not dip below freezing, so on this occasion we unfortunately didn’t have the information needed to send the gritters out. We’re sorry if some people experienced difficult journeys this morning.”

Earlier this afternoon the council tweeted: “Freezing temperatures forecast across the board tonight so the gritters will be going out on all county gritting routes – that’s more than a third of the county’s roads – at 7pm”.


 

Cyclist sexually assaulted by man aged 70-80

A woman has been sexually assaulted in daylight by an elderly man as she cycled along Chartwell Road.

Police are appealing for information on the attack, which happened shortly after 11.45am on Wednesday January 10.

The victim, who is in her 40s, was cycling along Chartwell Road when the man approached her.

She stopped on her bike and he pushed himself up against her, touching her inappropriately.

The victim pushed him away before cycling home and reporting the incident to the police.

The man is described as being white, aged 70-80 years old, around 5ft 10, of a medium build and having white hair. He was wearing a grey/white tweed flat cap, a grey/beige big coat and had a walking stick.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information, should contact PC Ivor McNaugher at Sprowston Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Norfolk Christmas drink/drug drive results

More than 100 people were arrested during the Norfolk Christmas drink-drive campaign with almost 1,000 people breathalysed.

The month-long campaign, launched on December 1 2017, targeted drivers getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Patrols and roadside checks were carried out with Norfolk having a 8.55pc fail rate.

A total of 947 tests were carried out with 81 drivers providing positive readings. Of the 172 drug tests conducted 56 drivers failed.

This year saw specific time slots at Norwich Magistrates’ Courts being reserved to deal with those caught drink or drug driving. This effectively meant that offenders could lose their licence within 24 hours of being breathalysed whilst facing additional fines.

In Norfolk:

  • Neil Grimwood, 56, from Lone Barn Road in Norwich was stopped after driving erratically. He provided a positive breath test of more than three times the legal limit. He was arrested on Saturday December 2 and at court on Friday December 5 where he was disqualified for 26 months and ordered to pay a £3,200 fine.
  • Martin Banfield, 46, from King Street, Norwich was stopped after being seen driving in an erratic manner in Neatishead. He was stopped and provided a positive breath test of more than three times the legal limit. He was disqualified for 28 months, ordered to undertake rehabilitation activity and given an electronic tag and curfew between 6pm and 6am for one month.
  • Peter Thomas, 44, from The Archway, Lowestoft was breathalysed following an RTC involving a brick wall. He provided a positive breath test and was arrested on Wednesday  December 13. He appeared at court the next day and was disqualified for three years and ordered to pay £400.
  • Zilvians Neveckas, 34, from Havelock Road, Great Yarmouth was arrested on South Quay in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday December 27 after a member of public reported his driving. He failed a breath test and was more than three times over the legal limit. He also did not have insurance and was driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. He was seen at court on Friday 29 and disqualified for four years, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for two years.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “It’s always disappointing to see that people are still prepared to take the risk and get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, although it is a minority.

“Dozens of people caught during the campaign would have started 2018 with a minimum 12 to 18 month driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives.

“We target drink-drivers all year round and my plea to motorists considering getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is don’t – it’s simply not worth the risk.”

During the 2016 campaign 1,320 tests were carried out with 85 drivers failing.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, said: “It is clear some drivers still don’t grasp the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and unacceptable and a selfish thing to do. .

“It is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community. We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe. Do yourself a favour, do everyone else a favour and don’t drive under the influence of drink or drugs and don’t let your friends or family do so.”