Man jailed for stabbing incident at lap dancing club

In February this year Reece Ellis, 25, became involved in an argument with the victim in Bare Lapdancing Club, on Marine Parade, and stabbed him in the abdomen leaving him with a lacerated liver, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Ellis was seen to reach inside his trousers and he then took out a knife and stabbed the victim twice in the lower abdomen.

The victim, who is also in his 20s, later discharged himself from the James Paget hospital against medical advice, after undergoing an operation for the wounds

Ellis of no fixed address, appeared via video link from Norwich Prison for sentence, after he admitted unlawful wounding and possession of a knife

He also admitted affray in Southend and possession of cannabis with intent to supply in Essex, which were offences dating back to 2013.

Jailing him for 40 months, Judge Andrew Shaw said the offences were so serious only custody could be justified however he accepted Ellis had shown genuine remorse.


Traders oppose ‘heartbreaking’ proposal to move town market

A petition from frustrated traders has been handed to Great Yarmouth Borough Council voicing their anger and disbelief at the  proposal to move the town’s historic market.

Great Yarmouth’s market place has been one of the town’s major attractions for hundreds of years but the council has announced plans to re-locate it closer to the Minster.

It says the redevelopment will improve the local area, attracting more people to Yarmouth,but these proposals have been greeted with strong opposition from traders.

Robin Platten, owner of Brewer’s Chip Saloon which has been trading on the site for 116 years said: “The proposals have broke my heart as I’ve fought hard through some tough times to keep my business running.

“If the plans go ahead it will destroy the history of the markets, the heritage of the town and our pensions. I’ll have no choice but to walk away.”

Jimmy Wilson, owner of Barrie’s Tea Stall which has been in his wife’s family for 70 years, said: “People visit our tea stall because of the memories and if we have to move it just won’t be the same. The regeneration will close my business.

“The council are risking 32 businesses on the off chance the regeneration attracts more investment.”

A petition which has 3,024 signatures opposing the plans was submitted to the Borough Council by Chris Walch, council member for Cental and Northgate ward.

Children to be banned from buying energy drinks under government plans

Children in England are to be banned from buying energy drinks under government plans.

Youngsters in the UK reportedly consume more high-caffeine, sugar-loaded drinks than the rest of Europe and ministers fear the habit is harming their health and education.

The restrictions will apply to drinks with more than 150mg of caffeine per litre, like popular brands Red Bull, Monster and Relentless.

Excessive consumption has been linked to a host of health and behaviour problems in children, from headaches to hyperactivity.

Many major retailers already refuse to sell to under-16s but the Government intends to introduce a blanket ban under plans put out for consultation, with restrictions on either under-18s or under-16s being considered.

A government source was adamant the ban would come into force, saying: “It’s a question of how, not whether, we do it.”

Have your say on Middlegate Regeneration

Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas on how the Middlegate estate can be improved on Friday, 7th September.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is inviting people to a design workshop which will take place at Yarmouth library.

It is hoped people can explore the ideas for potential improvements to the estate with residents getting a better understanding of what developments are possible.

The areas people are invited to discuss include possible housing improvements, community facilities and youth provision, as well as improving connectivity to the town centre and making the most of the area’s cultural heritage.

People are welcome to drop into the workshop any time between noon and 8pm. However, if those attending are wanting to see a presentation of the current ideas and take part in group discussions, people are asked to arrive at either at 12.30pm, 3.30pm or 6.30pm with the same presentation taking place at each slot.



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