Man, 44, arrested for money laundering, illegal lending and blackmail after raid in Great Yarmouth

A man has been arrested for illegal money lending, money laundering and blackmail of a vulnerable shop owner after police swooped on a residential address in Great Yarmouth.

The 44-year-old male was arrested after Norfolk Police carried out a warrant at the address on Tuesday morning.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said she hoped the arrest would deter would-be loan sharks.

“I hope the good result today will send a clear message that loan sharks will not be tolerated in our communities.

“I would urge people to avoid using an illegal money lender – it may seem at first that they are offering a service as a friend but these criminals should always be avoided at all costs.

“A safe and legal alternative to using a loan shark is to sign up with your nearest credit union, which can be found by visiting

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More than 20 jobs at risk at engineering firm just months after £8m factory move

Proserv has confirmed it has entered into a 30-day consultation period with affected staff after “challenging market conditions” hit the company.

Twenty-two redundancies are expected to be made from the 165-strong workforce at its Artemis House premises at Beacon Park in Gorleston, which it moved to earlier this year.

The new-build factory space was part-funded by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, which put in £4.5m and £1.8m respectively. Proserv put in £2m towards the fit-out requirements, which included a further £200,000 from the LEP, before starting a 20-year lease.


Prescriptions for antidepressants in Norfolk rise to nearly 1.7m in a year

New statistics show the number of prescriptions written for the tables has risen by 15pc – an extra 200,000 – in three years. The number jumped from 1,467,357 to 1,685,857 in that time.

The figures have prompted concerns that antidepressants are being prescribed too quickly by GPs because of long waiting lists for talking therapies.

But Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said the trend should not be automatically seen as a bad thing and may indicate that “more patients feel able to disclose mental health problems”.

National standards say 75pc of people referred to services for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety should start treatment within six weeks, while 95pc should be seen within four and a half months.


Driver arrested on suspicion of drug-driving in Great Yarmouth

Officers with the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing team said they had stopped a vehicle which was in poor condition and the driver then gave a positive drug-wipe.

Police can stop a driver who they think is on drugs, after which they can use a roadside drug kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine.

The police tweeted that the driver had also been charged after a previous result and was awaiting processing.


Car left totally burned out after catching fire outside village church

Firefighters from Gorleston were called to Church Road in Burgh Castle on Sunday night just after 10pm to reports of a car on fire.

On arrival, they found the car – which appears to be a Ford Mondeo estate – was ablaze.

They put out the flames in just over ten minutes.

The burnt out car is now sitting in the car park outside St Peter and St Paul Church.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said the police had not been informed, and there was no sign of deliberate ignition.


Norfolk’s first ever community owned pub honoured with Queen’s award

The White Horse pub at Upton was presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service last Wednesday to the delight of its volunteers.

Director of the White Horse Development Trust, Peter Crook, said: “We are all delighted, it is the pinnacle of five years hard work. We took over the pub as it was on the verge of bankruptcy and now we’ve turned it around and have 27 people working here.

“The pub and shop have given a whole new dimension to this rural village community and to have this recognition is a huge bonus for the large group of people who have contributed in so many ways. We are all extremely proud.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities.


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