04 Jul GY Today – Wednesday July 04th 2018
Grandmother of girl who died in Gorleston beach tragedy says family are ‘so very numb’ – as fundraising page nears £10,000
The grandmother of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an inflatable in Gorleston has said the family are “so very numb” – as a fundraising page set up in her memory nears £10,000.
Ava-May Littleboy, from Somersham in Suffolk, died at the James Paget University Hospital on Sunday after the tragic incident on Gorleston beach that morning.
A crowdfunding page set up by her family to fund a special bench in her memory has now raised £9,730, well over its original target of £1,500.
Angela Littleboy who is Ava’s grandmother told the public that the family had been touched by the kindness of strangers.
If anyone would like to donate, they can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/abbie-littleboy
Ambulance trust rated ‘requires improvements’ by CQC
The region’s ambulance service has been told it must improve after inspectors found high demand had left staff burnt out and performance targets missed.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been rated ‘require improvements’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a visit in March this year.
This means the trust’s rating is unchanged from its previous inspection in April 2017, but the watchdog recognised that some progress had been made in areas such as safeguarding.
Inspectors praised staff and their willingness to go the “extra mile” for their patients, but found there were not enough of them to meet the increasing demands for services.
Norfolk’s favourite policing team have had another successful day
Police Dog Harry chased down a pair of criminals on the Acle straight. The chase began on the Acle Straight, when officers attempted to flag down a vehicle which refused to stop.
The car then took off towards Halvergate, where the car’s driver and passenger then tried to flee on foot.
German Shepherd dog Harry chased down the pair, finding one in a ditch after attempting to flee the scene.
The men, both in their thirties, remain in custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.
The chase happened on the afternoon of July 3 at 5.20pm, with one officer falling into a “smelly stream”.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested for theft of money, stealing a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, failing to stop, being disqualified from driving with no insurance, and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
The passenger was arrested for aggravated vehicle theft.
Antique found in Charity Shop items
An antique photo album containing images dating back to the Victorian age from across East Anglia has been discovered in a pile of items due to be thrown out of a charity shop.
Sarah Woolley discovered the photo album in the Benjamin Foundation charity shop in Ipswich a few months ago, and decided to save it from being thrown out.
However, upon scanning through it this week, Miss Woolley decided she should return the “treasure” to its rightful owner, a man whose name is written in the back of the album.
There’s photos from all over East Anglia dating from the Victorian times, through to more recently
Miss Woolley is searching for a Christopher James Cole, or any relatives of his, who is believed to have been born in Great Yarmouth.
If you know Mr Cole, or are a relative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
cheers and chants of “football’s coming home” echoed throughout the county and beyond as England celebrated its latest victory in the World Cup.
Pubs were packed with people watching the England vs Colombia match which saw England win on penalties, and football fans had a great time cheering the Three Lions onto the next stage in the World Cup.
The next match for England will be against Sweden at 3oclock on Saturday.