25 Jul GY Today – Wednesday July 25th 2018
Man denies conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine in Great Yarmouth
A man from London has denied conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine in Norfolk.
William Donkoh, aged 30, of Fisher Close, Hackney, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug in the Great Yarmouth area between May 2017 and June 2018 when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court.
Lindsay Cox appeared for the prosecution and Richard Keogh appeared for Donkoh, who was wearing a navy tracksuit.
Another hearing has been set for September 13 when further directions in the case will be made.
Judge Andrew Shaw remanded Donkoh into custody
Donkoh was arrested in Hackney following a joint operation involving Norfolk Constabulary’s tactical team and serious and organised crime unit. Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and the Metropolitan police.
Woman who died after falling from Great Yarmouth shopping centre named as Natalie Payton.
A woman who died after falling from a Great Yarmouth shopping centre has been named.
Natalie Emma Payton. 45, died after falling from Market Gates shopping centre on July 16.
Police confirmed at the time that she was not from the town.
An inquest into her death will open in Norwich tomorrow (July 25).
The incident saw officers called to Market Gates just after 11am to reports that a woman had fallen from the shopping centre’s car park on South Market Road.
No third party was involved in the incident, according to police.
The air ambulance was also called.
New training takes Great Yarmouth offshore worker back into engineering
The investment in coastal communities which has come with the rise of East Anglia’s offshore energy sector has provided training opportunities for local residents.
Father-of-two Michael Montgomery was offered a job as an offshore wind turbine inspection technician with 3sun Group just days after completing a course at the East of England Offshore Wind Skills Centre in Great Yarmouth.
He was one of the first cohort to complete the centre’s three-week transition course.
Mr Montgomery, 39, trained as an engineer 20 years ago and diverted to roles in technical field sales and business development before returning to engineering.
He said that in the last eight years spent in the maritime industry, he has attended vessels, checking data and systems and has technical experience offshore but the course is set up to find people to work on the future projects where it has taken him where he wants and needs to be.
Japanese inspired fashion brand concept receives business boost
A fashion brand concept has been given a boost thanks to a Great Yarmouth social enterprise competition.
The Bridge offered entrepreneurs the chance to win a range of prizes to support their business ideas.
Following a final, which merged the formats of TV programmes Dragons’ Den and The X Factor, Sandrine Troullier’s Japanese inspired fashion brand ‘Suki Collection’ was chosen as the overall victor.
Among her prizes, she has won a laptop and an advertising package with the Great Yarmouth Mercury.
The organiser of this pilot project, Trevor Saunders of Mandalay Wellbeing CIC, said that the concept of The Bridge is fairly simple – to work with established businesses who want to help people to succeed and is grateful to all the 17 businesses that supported them.
How is Gorleston’s splash park coming along and when will it open?
As temperatures soar Gorleston’s new splash park can’t open soon enough for the town’s youngsters.
For the moment all they can do is look longingly at the structure taking shape on the lower prom – and it looks exactly like the artist’s impressions.
Tantalising glimpses of tipping buckets and apparatus shaped like sails are giving them a taste of things to come.
Where for decades children enjoyed a concrete paddling pool, variously painted depending on council budgets that year, there are water jets, sprays and fountains springing up.
And the wait is nearly over.
Council officials said this week the splash pad would be opening in “early August” and that all work was on track and to schedule.
The council is expected to confirm the opening date by August 6.