Fifteen Fire Fighting Crews  at Former Pontins Derelict site in Hemsby

Supported by police, Suffolk Fire Service and ambulance crews, the fire was fought on the old Pontins site in Hemsby.

At its height, 95 fire fighters were on the scene.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service area manager Tim Edwards said: “Three pumps with a high reach vehicle and water bowser will be remaining on scene for most of today.”

The former holiday  camp in Hemsby has been closed since 2008 “following a period of sustained operating losses”.

There have been a number of similar incident at this site.

Plans were entered for its re-development in June of this year.

Northern Trust Company Ltd entered plans for 190 homes, retail development and holiday accommodation on the 22-acre site in Beach Road.

A decision on the plans is due by September 7.

A councillor and business owner has described the a large fire in Hemsby as “outrageous and scary”.

James Bensly,  a cafe owner at Beach Road, Hemsby, whose borough council ward includes Hemsby and Winterton  has commented on the  incident. He said: “I got a text from a neighbour saying there’s been a fire at the Pontins site, and because I’m heavily involved in the industry at the bottom of that road I went out there.

“It was quite a shock to see the scale of it thankfully the local police were very good and got the roads sorted in conjunction with the fire service.

“The scale of the fire was ginormous. We have had numerous fires there but not one this scale.

“It’s becoming ridiculous now. How much is this costing to send the emergency services out? It’s annoying for the tax payer to say the least.

“It was outrageous and scary. Thankfully no one was hurt, that’s the main thing.

“I remember when it was open and I am a strong believer that it could open still.”

Councillor Bensly said: “If the road was still shut in the day it would have a massively detrimental effect on us all, but thanks to the emergency services we are all open and ready to go.”



Police Chase Leads to Seizure of Air Rifle and Knife

A knife and an air rifle were seized by police after a driver fled their vehicle following a police chase in Great Yarmouth.

A tweet by Great Yarmouth police on Friday night reported  they had been involved in a chase with a silver Audi at about 6pm that evening.

They said “a knife, quantity of cash and an air rifle” were discovered in the vehicle after the driver ran away.

They are appealing for information relating to this incident and ask  if any drivers have dash-cam footage.

If so, contact 101, quoting CAD 396 of the 17th.


Redwings Mourn Loss of Beloved Pony

Staff at a horse rescue charity are mourning the loss of a beloved pony that was the face of the charity for more than 20 years.

Icky has lived at the charity’s Caldecott Visitor Centre near Great Yarmouth since 1999, but has been with the Norfolk based Redwings Horse Sanctuary since 1991.

He has died at the age of 30 after helping to promote the sanctuary’s adoption scheme for more than 20 years and was loved by staff and visitors like for his friendly and loving nature and strawberry blond beard and tail.

Registered as a spotty pony, Icky was rescued from a horse sale, extremely thin,  having a severe worm problem, terrified of people and  destined for slaughter.

Because of the  specialist and sympathetic behaviour training from the sanctuary, Icky soon overcame his fears and became a Redwing’s adoption star.

Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ chief executive, said: “We’re terribly sad to lose Icky who has been such a wonderful ambassador for Redwings.

“He was adored by his carers and supporters – some of whom had been sponsoring and visiting him year in, year out for over 20 years.

“In fact, when Icky had to spend his 30th birthday in our horse hospital earlier this year, he received so many get well cards we almost ran out of space to put them up in his stable.

“Despite being a registered spotty pony, this wasn’t enough to stop Icky from being neglected when he was young, which shows that cruelty can happen to any horse or donkey in spite of their desirability.“As one of our longest-serving adoption stars, Icky helped to raise thousands of pounds in sponsorship for himself and his companions at the sanctuary, giving even more neglected ponies, like he was once, the chance to start a new and happy life. What a fantastic legacy to leave.”

A memorial fund has been set-up in Icky’s name to help raise money towards the 1,500 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules being cared for by Redwings nationwide every day.

To make a donation in Icky’s name, call 01508 481000 or visit

Norfolk Sports Awards 2018 Need Your Nominations

It is the time to recognise the efforts of the most exceptional sportsmen and women in Norfolk.

Once again it has been an incredible year for the county sports.

Great Yarmouth Mercury are urging the public to make their nominations for the prestigious title of Sports Personality of the Year, which will be presented to the individual that the  judging panel consider has made truly exceptional achievements in sport in the past year.

The award categories include Coach of the Year, Young Sports Personality, The Power of Physical Activity, and, of course, the Norfolk Sports Personality of the Year Award. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 14 at The Open venue in the Norwich city centre.

The judges will be looking for a male or female performer who has made great progress over the last year, has achieved a great deal, or has made a big difference to a team over the last year

Nominees must be aged 19 or over on September 30th 2018

If someone you would like to nominate does not meet the criteria, you can nominate for another category, including Young Sports Personality of the Year, open on Monday, September 3.

Nominations for the Norfolk Sports Personality Award will be open to the public until midnight on Monday August 20th.  Any nominations received after that date will not be considered.

The judging panel will then review all the nominations and select a long list of six finalists based on their level of sporting achievement. These athletes will be profiled and put forward for a public vote.

The public vote will be open from Monday September 3 through to Sunday October 7, in line with the other category nominations.

The three athletes who have received the highest number of public votes by the nominations deadline will be put forward for the judging panel, who will decide on the winner based on their sporting achievements and impact on the county.

The three shortlisted finalists will be notified, along with the other award category shortlisted finalists, after the judging date. They will receive two tickets to the awards night, where the winner will be announced!

The nominations for the other categories in the Norfolk sports awards will open on Monday September 3.

The other awards to be presented on the night are:

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Sports Team of the Year

Community Club of the Year

Coach of the Year

BBC Unsung Hero

Services to Disability Sport

Active Futures Award

Active School of the Year

Active Workplace of the Year

The Power of Physical Activity

Activity in the Community

Active Norfolk Winner of Winners

Further details and  how to nominate can be found at The Great Yarmouth Mercury Website.

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