Police seize vile Norfolk Valentine’s Day cards
By Hugh Dunnett, Crime Correspondent
Police have seized a huge consignment of vile Valentine’s Day cards designed specifically for the Norfolk market.
The look and feel of the cards caused no offence, but the wording clearly supported illegal family member relationships in the county.
While it is widely known that such behaviour is rife in Norfolk, authorities there prefer to sweep it under the carpet.
But when Suffolk Police got wind that the cards were being made in Lowestoft, they decided to take action and carried out a dawn raid.
Sexual crimes officers were horrified when they burst in to Norfolk Bumpkin Greetings Ltd, where the wording on 4,000 recently printed Norfolk Valentine’s Day cards clearly broke the law.
A Suffolk Police spokesman told the Suffolk Gazette: “This sort of relationship with your uncle may be acceptable behaviour in Norfolk, but here in Suffolk it is clearly a crime, and therefore unheard of.
“As the cards were being made in Suffolk – albeit close to the Norfolk border – we had no option but to act fast.”
It transpires Norfolk Bumpkin Greetings Ltd is run by a couple originally from Norfolk. Edna Spratt and her brother Bubba moved to Lowestoft with their nine children in 2009 when their turnip crop failed.
Police say a 39-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man from Lowestoft will appear before the town’s magistrates on Monday, charged with outraging public decency.