A 26-year-old police officer from Stalham has pleaded guilty
to seven offences relating to indecent images of children.
George Ince appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on
Tuesday, August 3, where he admitted three counts of making an indecent
photograph of a child, three counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a
child and possession of an extreme pornographic image relating to incidents in
May 2019, April 2020 and July 2020.
He pleaded not guilty to a further count of attempting to
cause/incite the sexual exploitation of a child.
Ince was bailed to appear before Norwich Crown Court on
Tuesday, August 31.
Ince is a police constable based in Great Yarmouth and has
been suspended since July 2020. Misconduct proceedings will now begin following
Oh, Cromer Pier show – it’s good to have you back, writes Richard Batson
After a lost summer laid waste by
lockdowns, this cocktail of seaside stage tradition has returned in all its
glory – with a few new twists to add to the flavour.
Animated backdrop projections add
another dimension to an already multi-faceted masterpiece. And instead of two
alternating shows, this year there are different guest performers every week to
keep the show fresh through the whole season, which finishes on October 2.
Opening night kicked off with Tucker –
a firm favourite of show fans returning with his brand of warm cheeky humour.
He is a perfect foil for headliner host Phil Butler, another returnee whose
talents as a comedian, magician, singer and dancer make him the perfect man to
lead this traditional but modern variety show.
Vocalists Rob McVeigh and Marina
Lawrence-Mahrra take the lead on pop and show songs including rousing numbers
from the Greatest Showman and a pulsing Cuban sequence.
But the cast is most powerful when the
team comes together during the big musical numbers such as Mary Poppins,
Masquerade, and Les Miserables, which fill the stage with song, a talented team
of dancers, stunning sets and colourful costumes adorned with feathers and
Special mention must go to this year’s
specialist act Duo Fusion UK – Connor Byrne and Tiffany Gaine – whose circus
style aerial and acrobatic routines are mesmerising. The pair flew in unison
over the front rows of the audience, and some of their contortions on stage
drew audible gasps from the crowd.
There are no local children joining the
cast this year, to lessen the covid-19 risk, and the “bubbled” stars are not
doing their usual after-show mingling for the same reason, which is a shame
because many feel like family friends we have known for years and enjoy
catching up with. But they hope that will change as things progress.
Make sure you don’t arrive late –
because the opening sequence on the projection screen taking us from a closed
theatre to the current show’s revival is poignant and powerful – and a reminder
of how glad we should be to have live variety back at the end of the pier.
For tickets and show details, including the line-up of guests, visit www.cromerpier.co.uk
Three people have been arrested and sound equipment seized after police shut down an unlicensed music event in the early hours of Sunday.
Police were called
shortly after 1am by a member of the public reporting a suspected rave at
Woodbastwick. Officers found approximately 100 people in a wooded area in the
early stages of an unlicensed music event.
Police vehicles were
used to block the entrances to the site to prevent further vehicles from
entering, before officers went in to monitor the event, seizing generators and
sound equipment were seized. The site was cleared by 5am.
launched an investigation in order to identify the organiser(s) of the event
and enquiries are ongoing.
Three people were
arrested in connection with the event:
– One man
aged in his 20s on suspicion of drug and driving offences. He has since been
released on police bail.
– One man
aged in his 20s on suspicion of drug offences. He has since been released with
no further action being taken against him.
woman aged in her 30s on suspicion of drug and driving offences. She has since
been released on police bail.
Chief Insp Kris Barnard said: “These events are not
only illegal and unsafe, they also cause unnecessary damage and
disruption. Enquiries are ongoing to
establish the circumstances leading up to the event and where we can prevent,
disrupt or stop a rave taking place, we will do everything within our power to
do this in order to minimise the impact on local communities. We hope this
robust action acts as a deterrent to anyone who may wish to organise events
like these in the future.
“I want to thank
members of the public for their patience and support as we worked to bring this
event to a safe closure.”
Vandals have caused hundreds of pounds of damage to two dugouts at Youngs Park in Aylsham.
The wrecking spree is believed to have happened at the home of Aylsham Football Club between 2pm and 9pm on Wednesday (June 2).
Steve French, a director at Youngs Park, said fascia boards and stickers were torn off, and matting was ripped up. The home dugout was the worst affected and attempts had also be made to break the windows.
Two empty alcohol bottles – one Bacardi and the other Jagermeister – were left behind at the scene.
It is the second bout of vandalism at Youngs Park in the space of a few weeks. Bricks in the dugout area were previously kicked down.
The latest incident has been reported to police and a local officer visited the ground on Thursday morning (June 3) to investigate further.
Steve said: “We work had to raise money to invest in the club and give something back to the community, and something like this doesn’t help.”
Steve estimated the cost of the damage at between £500 and £700.
Anyone with information about the vandalism can call Norfolk police on 101.
A 42-year-old who killed a man in North Walsham over a £10
drug debt dispute has been jailed for nine years.
Matthew Constantinou was convicted of manslaughter on May
11, following an 11-day trial. He had originally been charged with murder,
which he denied.
Thomas Moore, also 42, was stabbed once in the neck during
an argument with Constantinou over the cannabis debt in October last year.
Constantinou, of Antingham Drive, North Walsham, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today where he was sentenced.
The court heard how the incident unfolded on the evening of October
2, 2020, after Mr Moore visited Constantinou’s home with his friend, who was owed the money. Both
men spoke to Constantinou’s mother, who answered door and handed over £10 before asking them to
During this time, Constantinou (pictured left) appeared, armed with a baseball bat and chased both men from the house. Constantinou chased Mr Moore on to Bacton Road where the argument happened and where the victim suffered a single stab wound to the neck.
police to the disturbance and officers arrived on scene to find Mr Moore with a
serious injury to his neck. He was given CPR by members of the public and later
by officers and paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.
incident, Constantinou returned home where he dialled 999 said he believed he’d
seriously injured someone. Officers went to his home and arrested him on
suspicion of GBH, later changing it to murder.
Det Insp Lewis Craske, from Norfolk and Suffolk’s Major
Investigation Team, welcomed the sentence. He said: “This incident quickly
escalated into a violent attack in which a man has needlessly lost his life.
These moments of violence are often short-lived but have serious long-term
consequences for those involved and their families. The end result is there are
no winners with the lives of people changed forever.”
A 42-year-old who killed a man in North Walsham following a
dispute over a £10 drug debt has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Thomas Moore, also 42, was stabbed once in the neck during
an argument with Matthew Constantinou over the cannabis debt in October last
Constantinou, of Antingham Drive, North Walsham, had denied
murdering Moore, claiming self-defence and was today convicted by a jury at
Norwich Crown Court of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
During the two-week trial, the court heard how the incident unfolded on the evening of October 2, 2020. Prior to the argument, Moore had visited Constantinou’s address with his friend who was owed the money. Both men spoke to Constantinou’s mother, who answered door and handed over £10 before asking them to leave.
During this time, Constantinou appeared armed with a baseball bat and chased both men from the house. Constantinou chased Moore to Bacton Road where the argument happened, and Moore suffered a single stab wound to the neck.
Moore was given CPR by members of the public and later by police
officers and paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after
midnight on October 3.
Following the incident, Constantinou returned home where he
dialled 999, saying he believed he’d seriously injured someone. Officers went
to his home address and arrested him on suspicion of GBH and later charged him
Det Insp Lewis Craske, from Norfolk and Suffolk’s Major
Investigation Team, said: “This was a violent attack in which a man has
needlessly lost his life over a £10 cannabis debt. Regardless of the catalyst
for the argument, this case demonstrates that violence is not the answer. There
are no winners in this case with lives on both sides affected forever.”
Constantinou was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on
A rash of posts on social
media provoking concerns about dog thieves has led to police issuing a
statement to put minds at rest.
Community pages on sites such
as Facebook have had lots of posts from dog walkers concerned about being targeted
by thieves and apocryphal reports of attempts to take dogs by force, but police
have quashed these, saying there have been no such crimes reported to them.
“We are aware of concerns and
rumours circulating on social media about dogs being stolen or men in a van,
including a van allegedly marked with the RSPCA logo, acting suspiciously around
people out walking with their dogs.
“Please know there haven’t
been any crimes recorded this week that relate to dog thefts nor have we
received any reports of dogs being stolen from a property or while out walking
with their owners over the last week.”
It went on to say that one
person in North Walsham had reported a man in a Transit van asking questions
about their dog, but no further reports had been received.
The RSPCA also moved to quash
rumours that dog thieves were posing as RSPCA inspectors, and the police
statement added: “The RSPCA has told us that a number
of incidents circulating on social media claiming people are impersonating
their inspectors do not appear to have been actual cases of people trying to
pass as bogus officials.
“It’s important to know there
are very few incidents whereby an RSPCA officer will approach someone in public
unless they witness animal cruelty or see an animal in immediate danger.
Officers will also wear RSPCA brand clothing and always carry RSPCA
identification. RSPCA officers do not have power of entry or seizure unless
accompanied by a police officer.”
But while they said there was
no increase in threats to pets in the area, police stressed that any incident or
concern – especially anyone claiming to be from the RSPCA – should be reported
to them by calling 101.
“Try to give us as much
detail about the person or the vehicle they were in as you can. And do not
hesitate to call us on 999 if a crime is happening and you need our help.”
Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey has today announced
he will retire in June after completing 35 years’ service with the police.
Mr Bailey, who has led the force for the last eight years, said: “I have been extremely proud to lead Norfolk Constabulary as chief constable for the last eight years. However, after 35 years in policing, the time has now come to look to pastures new. So, following careful consideration, I have made the decision to retire.
“During my tenure as chief constable, the force has faced many challenges, including the last year policing in a pandemic and I am indebted to the support given to me from a dedicated and talented team of chief officers, alongside that of our Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green.
“I also want to
take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my officers and staff for
their hard work, commitment and dedication in policing our county and making
Norfolk Constabulary a force to be truly proud of.”
Since 2014 he has held the National Police Chief’s Council
portfolio for Child Protection and Abuse Investigations and has been the NPCC
lead for Violence and Public Protection since 2016.
“As the NPCC
lead for child protection, violence and public protection, I’ve had the
opportunity to work with a dedicated and passionate group of people, leading
our service’s response to some of the biggest challenges within law enforcement
today. Together, I believe we have made a real difference and immensely proud
of the work we have achieved,” he said.