LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 1/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 1 March, 2018
SENTENCE HANDED DOWN IN BANHAM MURDER CASE
The killer of an elderly man from Banham has been sent to prison for a minimum of 28 years.
The children of 83 year old grandfather Peter Wrighton were in Nottingham crown court this morning to see the sentence handed down on former soldier Alexander Palmer.
24 year old Palmer, from Norwich, had denied the murder, but the jury took only 45 minutes to find him guilty of viciously stabbing Mr Wrighton 45 times near woodland at East Harling last August.
The judge told Palmer that the attack had been pre-planned and pre-meditated on a particularly vulnerable person.
The judge said that Palmer had taken a knife to the scene of the crime for the sole purpose of murder and had carried out an attack of savage violence.
The court had heard from the defence that Palmer was suffering a mental disorder at the time, was probably psychotic and was now on medication.
THE BIG FREEZE CONTINUES
Another day of the big freeze which is now set to last until the weekend at least.
Freezing temperatures and more snow has meant another difficult day for Norfolk and Suffolk.
Many schools around the area have stayed closed and that looks likely to be repeated tomorrow.
The hazardous driving conditions also meant difficulties for people travelling about the two counties.
Abandoned or broken-down vehicles in the ice and snow have caused blockages on the roads.
The A140 at Long Stratton was closed for a time with severe disruption on both sides this afternoon between Swan Lane and the B1134 Station Road junction at Pulham Market.
Train services were cancelled by Greater Anglia or were disrupted by the sub-zero conditions with snow drifts causing problems on the mainline between Diss and Norwich.
Police continue to warn drivers to take extra time and care on their journeys or stay at home if possible.