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£50m worth of cocaine washes up on Norfolk beach

Around 360kg of cocaine with potential street value of around £50 million has washed up on two Norfolk beaches.

A member of the public contacted Norfolk Police after finding holdalls on Hopton Beach near Great Yarmouth.

Police and Border Force officers initially attended the scene and secured the holdalls, which investigators suspect to contain cocaine. The seizure was referred to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

On Friday morning a small number of packages were discovered separately at a location near Caister. These also form part of the NCA investigation.

Matthew Rivers, from the NCA’s border investigation team, said: "We are now working with Border Force, the Coastguard Agency and Norfolk Police to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did, however it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination.

"This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs, and its loss will represent a major blow to the organised criminals involved."

Superintendent Dave Buckley, from Norfolk Constabulary, said: "We are assisting the National Crime Agency with their searches and whilst we believe we have recovered all the packages, should any member of the public find one they are urged to contact Norfolk Constabulary immediately on 101. We will have extra officers in the area to monitor the situation."

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