Inquest opens into death of man, 37, who died at Bradwell care home

The inquest into the death of James Delaney opened at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich this morning.

It heard that Mr Delaney, who lived at Sapphire House on Long Lane in Bradwell, was found unresponsive on July 28 this year.

Sapphire House cares for adults with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

A post-mortem report gave the medical cause of death as diabetic ketoacidosis.

A full inquest will be held in April next year, with a pre-inquest review scheduled for February.


Teen cleared of slashing man across neck, but jailed for carrying knife

A teenager who was found with a flick knife shortly after a man was slashed across the neck in Great Yarmouth has been jailed.

Donatas Jasmontas was initially accused of wounding Martyn Greenwood, who was attacked on Nelson Road North on August 9 this year, but Norwich Crown Court heard today that subsequent forensic analysis had failed to associate the 19-year-old with the attack.

As a result, prosecutor Martin Ivory told the court that a charge of wounding with intent, which Jasmontas had pleaded not guilty to, would be dropped and instead, he was sentenced for being in possession of a knife in a public place, which he admitted to at a previous hearing.

Mr Ivory said police conducting a search of the town following the attack found the defendant in possession of a “three to four-inch” flick knife and with blood on his hands and clothes, the court heard, but the complainant had failed to pick the defendant out in an identity parade, and there was no DNA evidence on the knife.

Judge Holt sentenced Jasmontas to 44 weeks at a young offenders’ institution.


Cars scratched and wing mirror knocked off in spate of vandalism in Gorleston

Norfolk Police said they received reports of criminal damage to six cars on Newnham Green and Bunnewell Avenue in Gorleston on Saturday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incidents which are believed to have taken place around 9.40pm on Saturday.

If you have any information call 101 and quote NC-13102018-449.




Two men charged following police crackdown on drug crimes in Great Yarmouth

Nathan Hamilton, 28, of Princess Crescent, London and Blare Carpenter-Angol, 26, of Moreton Road, London, have been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Great Yarmouth between July and October 2018.

Norfolk Police said they stopped a vehicle in which the pair were travelling on Fullers Hill at 3pm last Thursday during a week-long campaign in which police targeted criminals dealing drugs, and carried out warrants at addresses in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.

The campaign was part of a wider initiative called Operation Gravity which launched in December 2016 in response to an increase in violent crime associated with class A drug dealing and use.

Since its launch Norfolk police have arrested 765 people in connection with class A drug offences.


Teen charged following assault on Great Yarmouth market place

Reece Finch, 18, of North Quay in Great Yarmouth, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after assaulting a woman in her 60’s, he has been remanded in custody and appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday.

Norfolk Police said the incident happened at 1am on Friday, October 12th near to Argos.

A spokesperson for the police said the woman remains in hospital after receiving serious facial injuries.


Man taken to hospital following gas leak in Bradwell

Norfolk Police said they were called to a house on Curlew Way at 11.16am yesterday after a suspected carbon monoxide leak from a boiler.

Fire and rescue services from Gorleston and Great Yarmouth attended the incident and shut off gas and electricity supplies to make the scene safe.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police said the man was taken to James Paget University Hospital as a precaution.


Deadline extended to enter Great Yarmouth business awards

Businesses now have until noon on Monday, October 22 to enter the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2018.

Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing companies.

The awards have nine categories, with the winners of each considered for the title of 2018 Business of the Year by overall award sponsor Noritake Itron.

The awards are free to enter online and finalists will be profiled in a supplement in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, with winners appearing in a further supplement.

For more information go to or call Michaela Smith-Moore on 01493 846380.

The media partners are the Great Yarmouth Mercury and The Beach radio station.


New state-of-the-art pilot boat ‘will improve the efficiency of port operations’

A trailblazing Norfolk firm is set to build a new state-of-the-art pilot boat for ABP Lowestoft.

Goodchild Marine Services Limited, a family-run business in Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth, has been awarded a contract to build an ORC pilot boat for the Port of Lowestoft, which will be faster and more fuel efficient than previous models.

The deal will see the boat builder construct a 12 metre (ORC 121) vessel – the first ORC of this size in the UK. The new vessel will benefit from all the features of the company’s ORC range, and has been designed by French company Pantocarene.

It will be faster and more fuel efficient than any previous Lowestoft-based pilot boat, and the ORC 121 is scheduled for delivery in May 2019.

This latest high profile contract follows news that Goodchild Marine Services Limited will build the UK’s first ORC 136HY hybrid pilot boat for the Port of London Authority, as well as the first export of an ORC 171 to the Dublin Port Company.


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