GY TODAY – THURSDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2018

GY TODAY – THURSDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2018

Man charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon

Cameron Brookshawe, 19, of St Anne’s Crescent in Gorleston, was charged with the offences on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody and appeared before Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday.

It comes after an 18-year-old man was allegedly stabbed in the left arm with a small knife on St Peter’s Street, Lowestoft on Saturday, September 29.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident on Monday, before being taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

He was later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

 

Mum’s bus pass victory after son’s managed move to new school

A frustrated mother-of-five is celebrating an 11th hour victory after a six month stand off with her son’s school over his bus pass.

Amanda Gilgil, 52, has been fighting for a re-think after 13-year-old Haydar-Ali’s managed move from Cliff Park Academy in Gorleston to the Denes in Lowestoft, both part of the Ormiston chain, in April

It came after the student-leader pupil with 100pc attendance was involved in a one-off incident that was not behaviour related.

The low-income family from Cobholm faced paying £48 a month for transport to his new school.

Mrs Gilgil, herself a school taxi driver, tagged as “scandalous” a system where those who could not pay faced exclusion and a period on a waiting list for suitable – and more costly – provision

She said Cliff Park had agreed to pay for the bus pass until September 21 and that she had kept her son at home this week while she decided what to do.

However,  the school has relented, and agreed it would pay for the rest of the academic year because it didn’t want to see her bright, academic son off school.

It means victory after months of letter-writing, supported by Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis.

 

RSPB ‘exceedingly worried’ by 2019 air show plans

The prospect of next year’s Great Yarmouth Air show being a series of one-off events could be disastrous for little terns.

The RSPB says the worst offenders are the Red Arrows which cause the greatest disturbance to nesting birds.

The two day air show held this year on June 16 and 17 was organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, (GYTABIA) reportedly made a loss of £582,000 prompting a re-think over what form it could take in 2019.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said June should be avoided.

In a statement the RSPB’s regional director for Eastern England, Jeff Knott, said it was “exceedingly worrying” that the event’s organisers were now reportedly considering a series of ‘one-off’ air show events ‘over the course of the summer’.

He said: “Little terns are one of the area’s most iconic birds and a source of local pride.

“East Norfolk is a stronghold for the species, supporting 20pc of the entire UK little tern population.

“Any future air show events during the summer will put these colonies of nesting little terns at further risk – particularly if they include displays by the Red Arrows”

“It is impossible to predict how little terns would respond to future air show events, but if these were to coincide with other disturbances such as high tides, prey shortages, or bad weather, the effect could be disastrous.

“The RSPB fully appreciates the importance of one-off tourism events in attracting visitors to the town and we are not against air show events – if they take place outside the little terns’ breeding season.

“If the air show events were held in September after the birds have migrated to Africa for the winter, then the matter would be resolved.”

 

Agency paramedics offered up to £51 an hour to help plug ambulance service gaps

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) has suffered with a lack of staff and vehicles for a number of years, and it was hoped a multi-million pound boost for the under-pressure service, which was announced in May, would see an extra 330 staff recruited, but it has been emphasised this would take time, and in the meantime job adverts through recruitment agency Hays have angered permanent staff who feel they were not being looked after.

The adverts, which appear both online and in emails sent to those with CVs listed on recruitment sites, are seeking paramedics across all six EEAST counties.

EEAST could not say how many roles they were looking to fill using agency staff, what the budget was for these staff, or how much had already been spent this financial year, but a trust spokesman did say it was typical of agency staff to attract a higher hourly rate than regular employees, and permanent staff benefitted from unsocial hours pay, paid annual leave, and pensions which agency staff did not.

While the public advert offers up to £38.55 per hour the targeted email offers up to £51 per hour plus a £250 referral reward for each paramedic sent to the agency.

 

 

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