Two bricks are thrown at car window

The rear window of a car has been smashed after two bricks were thrown at it in Exmouth Road Great Yarmouth around 1am on Saturday.

Samantha Smith, a friend of the car owner, has posted an appeal on facebook to try and find the culprit responsible.

She said in her appeal: “She is a hard working person who has no issues with anyone and totally did not deserve this awful crime against her.”

The suspect was seen in a nearby alley and his description has been given as him being white, 6ft and of a medium build.

He was wearing a black hoodie with white logo, jeans and white Nike trainers with a blue tick.

One of the bricks thrown was a red house brick and other was a grey granite square box brick.

Anyone with information should call Norfolk police on 101.

 The smashed car window in Exmouth Road
Picture: Michael Baulk

Photo of smashed window – Source GY Mercury

Cruise ship passengers given a warm Great Yarmouth welcome

The red carpet has been rolled out in Great Yarmouth again to welcome the arrival of a second giant cruise ship and its hundreds of American passengers.

On Sunday morning the Seabourn Ovation docked at the Outer Harbour at 8.30am with its passengers being given a warm welcome before they set off on tours of the town and parts of the county on coach trips.

A welcoming committee, led by borough mayor Mary Coleman, greeted each passenger with warm handshakes before they enjoyed performances by Great Yarmouth Brass and were welcomed by local Marine Cadets.

Passengers, who also came from Mexico and Brazil, were delighted with their warm welcome and many posed for selfies and photos with the welcoming committee.

Ann Segal, from Washington DC, said she was amazed by the reception and said it was the biggest welcome she had been given on the cruise ship tour.

Further cruise ship arrivals are planned for 2019 and 2020

 Mayor Mary Coleman and Barry Coleman with the Seabourn Ovation in the Outer Harbour
Picture: Anthony Carroll

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Thousands of extra parking tickets were given out in Norfolk in the past year

Latest figures reveal a 10pc rise in tickets dished out by district councils, with the overall number passing 40,000 for the first time.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, more than 3,700 extra penalty charge notices (PCNs) were given out to motorists across the county than in the previous year.

There was a total of 41,444 windscreens ticketed in Norwich and Norfolk’s six districts.

However, not all resulted in fines being paid, with figures showing around one in six of these notices were either overturned or written off.

Most of the figures were revealed in a report going to Norfolk County Council’s joint parking committee next week. The Norwich City Council figures were published separately.

Council reports published this week revealed 22,059 notices were issued in Norwich – more than half of the county total combined (19,385).

The figures also revealed which authorities – besides Norwich City Council – issued the greatest number of fines, with Great Yarmouth Borough Council responsible for close to 20pc of all notices.

In the borough, 8,698 notices were handed out, an increase of 170pc on the previous year.


Fill a Christmas stocking and help people in need

A Christmas stocking appeal has been launched to help bring festive cheer to people in need in the Great Yarmouth area.

Following a donation of more than 150 Christmas stockings by Towergate Insurance, Trevor Saunders, of Mandalay Wellbeing CIC, is asking people and businesses if they would consider filling one with essential items for people in need in the borough.

Mr Saunders said: “We have organised several projects for people around Great Yarmouth with the help of East Norfolk Medical Practice, Age Connected and many other groups. When we received the donation it just seemed like a good idea.

“The practice and in particular Dr Ailsa Sheldon have always tried to help with projects like this and we are delighted that they are again involved.”

Stockings can be collected or donations can be made at the Acorn Centre in Regent Street or Lighthouse Medical Centre, Howard Street South.

If any group would like to receive stockings to pass on to people they support, email

Dr Ailsa Sheldon and Trevor Saunders launch the stocking appeal
Picture: Trevor Saunders

Photo source – GY Mercury

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