08 Aug GY Today 8th August 2018
An Indian sailor who has been stranded aboard a ship moored at Great Yarmouth for 18 months is preparing to return home after a legal stalemate was broken.
Captain Nikesh Rastogi, 43, and his crew are preparing to return home after 18 months stranded aboard the Indian supply vessel Malaviya Twenty in port at Great Yarmouth. The ship owners fell into liquidation, leading to a complex series of legal disputes around unpaid crew wages and port dues.
He has said him and his crew members had received no wages since last year and had feared they would not get paid if they left the ship as it would be “considered a derelict which means anybody can take it over”.
Lawyers acting for the crew made representations to the Admiralty Marshal at the High Court in July and the ship has now been arrested, meaning the court can arrange its sale and use the money raised to pay those owed.
Capt Rastogi, from Mumbai, said he hopes to take a flight home with his crew within weeks.
Train Services had been cancelled this morning but are now returned to normal services
Return services – the 7.30am and 8.46am from Great Yarmouth to Norwich – had also been cancelled.
A Norfolk County Council social worker who was cautioned by police for stealing from a supermarket has been struck off.
Joanne Leach did not attend the hearing held in London yesterday by the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS).
But the hearing heard how Ms Leach accepted a police caution on August 11, 2017, for theft in relation to an incident regarding items taken from Sainsbury’s supermarket totalling £491.
Norfolk County Council referred Ms Leach to the Health and Care Professions Council she was then suspended in August last year. They decided the “only appropriate and proportionate response” was to strike Ms Leach off.
Now, Ms Leach has been struck off completely on the grounds of conviction whilst registered as a social worker and employed by Norfolk County Council.
Ms Leach was neither present nor represented at the hearing.
Invasion of wasps
The record-breaking heatwave is being blamed for ushering in an invasion of wasps.
Norfolk is abuzz with the yellow-and-black insects invading houses, pub gardens, schools and tourist attraction.
Richard Pummell of Norwich and Norfolk Pest Control has said “Its the worst in my 26-year history of doing the job”.
Andrew Dellbridge of Ace Pest Control has also said the amount of wasps this year had been “unseasonal”, adding that the number of nests he had cleared had increased from “four or five every one or two months” to “dozens upon dozens a week”.
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Police have stood down the search for a cyclist.
The cyclist, a man thought to be aged 60, went missing in the South Walsham area.
Police to stated on Twitter: “We are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a cyclist who was last seen by a member of the public on Mill Road, South Walsham.”
The cyclist is described as being a man, who is aged about 60 years old, was wearing a white top and red shorts with a blue-coloured rucksack.
But police have now said they were standing down the search for the cyclist, but encouraged people who had anymore information to call on 101, quoting incident number 270.
Spokesperson Inspector Lou Provart, confirmed that the police drone had joined the search for the man who is thought to have had “some form of medical episode”.
Insp Provart said they were doing “all we can” to locate the missing cyclist.
Norfolk and North Suffolk escaped the rain and thunder storms which broke the long-running heatwave last night.
Adam Dury, forecaster from Norwich-based Weatherquest, has said the showers and storms took place off the east coast over the North Sea.
Inland they only reached south Suffolk up to Ipswich.
It is also expected to be cloudy first thing today but will become sunny this afternoon, with temperatures hitting 25C.
Between 5-10mm of rain could also fall in eastern areas of Norfolk, beyond Norwich, tomorrow morning.
Mr Dury said predicted temperatures for tomorrow and Friday are 20C and 21C, respectively, which is the average temperature for this time of year.
Temperatures are expected to reach 24C on Saturday and possibly 27C on Sundy and next week is predicted to be cooler than in previous weeks with temperatures hitting around 21C.