GY TODAY – THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2O18

GY TODAY – THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2O18

Norfolk warned to brace itself for gusts of up to 60mph as weather warnings issued

Norfolk is being warned to brace itself for strong winds, as a band of wet weather could bring gusts of up to 60mph to the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds across the East of England.

The warnings are in place from 6pm today through to 9am on Friday and again between 9am on Sunday to 9am on Monday, September 25th.

The warnings state that there is ‘potential for very strong winds’ and: “A slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or through falling trees and branches. This could also bring the chance of injuries and danger to life.”

 

Great Yarmouth man and woman appear in court over £19,000 benefit fraud

A Great Yarmouth couple were involved in making fraudulent benefit claims amounting to £19,000 using a false tenancy agreement to pretend they were not in a relationship.

Shannon Trett, 22, and Charles Dersley, 31, were at the time living together in Great Yarmouth and had a child together, but Mr Dersley drew up a false tenancy agreement pretending to be her landlord, so that Ms Trett could falsely claim thousands of pounds in housing benefit, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Ms Trett, of Kent Square, Great Yarmouth, admitted falsely claiming almost £12,000 in housing benefit and falsely claiming more than £7,000 in income support, by not revealing she was living with Mr Dersley between January 2014 and February 2016.

Mr Dersley, 31, of Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth, admitted making a tenancy agreement to assist or commit fraud in January 2014 and July 2013.

Judge Moore imposed a five month jail sentence, suspended for 21 months, for Ms Trett, with 21 months supervision.

She jailed Mr Dersley for 12 months, suspended for 21 months, with 21 months supervision.

She also ordered him to do 180 hours unpaid work.

She said she hoped he would not behave in this way again.

Police appeal for witnesses after early morning car fire

Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses after a car fire in Lowestoft earlier this month.

Officers were called by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at 1.50am on Saturday, September 8th to a report that a car was in flames on a driveway in Durban Road.

The car on fire was a silver Vauxhall Corsa and the cause of the incident has not been determined.

It is possible that the blaze was started deliberately, as a witness reported seeing someone running away from the scene at the time the fire service were called.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lowestoft Neighbourhood Response Team on 101 quoting reference 51502/18, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Warning to pet owners after return of lethal dog disease

Two cases of a mystery illness that can kill dogs that have been walked in woodlands have been reported to a Norfolk vets after a break of several years.

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) can strike between August and November, and without prompt veterinary treatment can prove fatal.

Haven Vets in Great Yarmouth say they have seen two cases so far, prompting it to post a warning on its Facebook page and circulate posters after the alarm was raised by Leanne DeJean, of Drifter’s Way, Great Yarmouth, who had walked her toy poodle Bella in Fritton Woods on Sunday.

By the early hours of Tuesday morning the animal was shaking and suffering with vomiting and diarrhoea, classic signs of SCI.

The surgery has confirmed it has also seen another dog affected by the disease which has not been seen for several years.

Symptoms usually appear within 24 to 72 hours of dogs walking in woodland in autumn, and can come on very quickly, they include vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. Animal Health Trust recommend dog owners be as vigilant as possible, if in any doubt just go to the vets without delay, with treatment a lot of dogs pull through.

Tributes to woman described as ‘the heart of Gorleston library’

A book of remembrance has been opened for a woman described as “the heart of Gorleston Library.”

Christine Blowers, the former library manager who gave more than 40 years to the service, has died suddenly at home at the age of 60.

Jean Morris, head of the book and poetry group will be making a short tribute to her today at 2pm at the library.

People will be invited to sign a book of remembrance, which is already filled with many memories of how Mrs Blowers helped her clients, many of whom became friends.

James Paget Hospital’s refurbished restaurant reopened by top chef

A Norfolk hospital which recognises that good food is essential as part of the treatment it offers has revamped its restaurant. The James Paget’s Aubergine Restaurant has been officially opened by Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston, who gave the canteen his seal of approval.

The official opening of the restaurant comes just a week after a new M&S Food to Go outlet opened in the foyer, which will provide the hospital with an income stream which will go towards patient care. Together, the new facilities provide patients, visitors and staff greater choice when they want to eat or drink while in the hospital.

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