Care home provided inadequate care and safety

An inspection report published about a former care home in Gorleston has rated it as inadequate.

Seahorses Nursing Home in Park Road had been inspected by the Care Quality Commission in July and was then subsequently put up for sale.

When it closed eight residents had to be found accommodation by Norfolk County Council.

The inspection gave the home an overall rating of inadequate after looking at the key areas of safety, effectiveness and is the service caring and responsive and well-led.

It said residents were at extreme risk of harm due to low staffing levels.

July’s visit followed an inspection in April 2017, where the commission found four breaches of regulations relating to recruitment, care, staffing, and governance – leading to it asking for an action plan to be drawn up.

It said the July inspection found the action plan had not been implemented and added the provider did not have the financial resources needed to provide and sustain the service to the required standards.

Two arrested after ram-raid at co-op

Two men have been arrested following a ram-raid on a branch of the Co-op in Kessingland.

Police said a Land Rover and cash machine were left at the scene of the raid.

Officers were called to the branch in Field Lane, Kessingland, at about 2.40 this morning.

Two men were arrested and taken to Great Yarmouth police investigation centre for questioning.

Man falls from multi-storey car park

At around 4.30pm yesterday police received reports that a man had fallen from Britten Centre car park in Lowestoft.

Police closed Surrey Street while a crew from the East Anglian Air Ambulance treated the man.

Police reported that a person had fallen from the car park on Surrey Street and suffered injuries not thought to be life threatening and that they will be investigating the circumstances around the fall.”

Teenager skydives for charity that saved her from self harm and suicide

An 18-year-old mental health blogger is jumping out of a plane to raise money for the charity that helped her overcome self harm.

Leanne Gibbs, from Lowestoft, is doing the sky dive with her sister Lorna, with all proceeds raised by the jump going to mental health charity, Mind.

The Lowestoft teenager has been battling with severe depression and psychotic episodes since high school and has made several suicide attempts.

She said she wants to raise money for Mind because the charity has supported through her “toughest days”.

Moving forward the teenager hopes to qualify as a mental health nurse so she can use her difficult experiences to make a positive difference in the community.

The charity sky dive is due to take place on October 1 at Ellough airfield near Beccles.

Consultation on new stretch of dualled A47 starts today

A consultation on a proposed new dual carriageway section of the A47 begins today.

Highways England announced hopes to upgrade the road between Blofield and North Burlingham from single to dual carriageway last August, as part of a £300m upgrade up of the route.

After a previous consultation, the option will see a new stretch of dual carriageway built around 70 metres to the south of the existing A47.

People are being asked to share their views on the specifics of the route, with a consultation beginning today.

There are a number of ways in which people can take part, with l events taking place for the public to attend and share their thoughts, concerns and feedback until the  consultation closes on Friday, October  19th.

The public events are to be held at;

  • Castle Mall, 100 Castle Meadow, Norwich, NR1 3DD, on Saturday, September 5, from 11am to 5pm
  • Acle Recreation Centre, Acle, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3RA on Saturday, September 22, from 11am to 5pm;
  • Blofield Courthouse, Yarmouth Road, Blofield, Norwich, NR13 4JU, on Monday, September 24, from 1pm to 8pm, and;
  • Lingwood Village Hall, Station Road, Lingwood, Norwich, NR13 4AZ, on Tuesday, September 25, from 1pm to 8pm.

Further information can be found at

or by emailing

Bar promises comeback after zero food hygiene rating

A bar has promised to make a quick comeback after being hit with zero food hygiene rating.

Number 1 Bar and Kitchen, in Pier Walk, Gorleston, was handed the rating by Great Yarmouth Borough Council following an inspection in May.

A food safety officer informed the bar that major improvement was necessary in its management of food safety, condition of facilities and hygienic food handling.

Since the rating the business has decided to close its restaurant  to concentrate on simpler bar food, with the area now turned into a lounge and pool room. Since addressing everything on the report the bar reports everything is now up to A1 standards and they are awaiting a further inspection in hope of regaining their five stars rating.



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