Fivefold rise in restraints on NHS patients with learning disabilities

Figure show the use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities rose almost fivefold in the region’s mental health hospitals in the space of a year.

Data from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) showed adults with learning disabilities under their care were restrained 172 times in 2017/18, compared to just 32 times in 2016/17. But last year’s figure is still lower than 2014/15 when restraint was used 349 times.

Director of nursing, quality and patient safety Dawn Collins said restraint was only ever used “when there is a real and identified risk of harm to the individual or to others”.


Man who set fire to his own home admits breaching terms of sex offender’s register

A man who admitted carrying out an arson attack at his seafront home in Great Yarmouth has also admitted breaching notification terms required under the sex offender’s register.

Lance Meikle, 42, has already admitted arson reckless as to whether life was endangered following a fire which he had started at his address in Apsley Road, on July 14.

He appeared at Norwich Crown Court again where he admitted a further offence of breaching the terms of his notification order between January 1 and May 15 this year.

Recorder Guy Ayers told Meikle he had the good sense to plead guilty and adjourned sentence on both matters until Friday, October 26.

He remanded Meikle in custody and said if reports were not ready in time, his sentencing would have to move to a later date.


Residents in Great Yarmouth defend rise in blue plaques

From the site of the first fatal World War One air raid in Britain to plaques commemorating various authors and artists from the area, there are now 93 blue plaques in the Great Yarmouth Borough.

However, residents in Great Yarmouth have given their overwhelming support to the growing number of plaques honouring some of the most historic sites and individuals the borough has seen.

This comes a day after the head of the British Plaque Trust, Mike Read, criticised the increasing number of historical marker’s.


Figures reveal police used stun guns on Norfolk and Suffolk mental health patients


Nationally mental health patients had a stun gun drawn, aimed or fired at them almost 100 times in just over a year.

Between April 2017 and 2018 in Norfolk it happened three times, and in Suffolk once.

In Norfolk, in one situation one patient was holding a knife and another was prevented from self harming.

In another incident threats were made to staff and in another a taser was drawn to prevent harm to the patient and others.

In Suffolk, a taser was drawn when a man was reportedly holding a sword, to prevent harm to himself and others.


Norfolk woman in Israel and Palestine serving as human rights monitor

A Norfolk woman is in Israel and Occupied Palestine to serve as a human rights monitor for three months.

Tegan Hill, 31, from Great Yarmouth arrived in the country to monitor human rights violations and provide protective presence in East Jerusalem as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme (EAPPI).

Based in East Jerusalem, Mrs Hill is currently involved in protective presence at the E1 Bedouin community at risk of demolition; Khan al Ahmar.

Tegan explained that her motivation for joining the EAPPI programme is to: “witness the conflict first-hand to gain an insight into both the Palestinian and Israeli experience of the occupation whilst providing protection underpinned by International Humanitarian Law”.


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