Schoolgirl’s sponsored walk does just ‘grand’ for animal charity

An 11-year-old school girl has done just “grand” for an animal charity, smashing her £1,000 target.

Eleanor Smail planned to walk 11-miles from Winterton to Faith Animal Rescue’s base in Hickling, but ended up doing 12.

Her mother Cheryl Smail said she was “proud beyond words” of her animal-mad daughter – who arrived at the finish line and asked if she could walk one of the dogs.

Mrs Smail said: “We are still collecting donations but currently she is at £450 so she completed her challenge of getting over £410 and has now all together raised over £1000 for Faith.

“After her epic walk she arrived running to the finish line and asked can I walk a dog.”

Eleanor who lives with her family in Bernard Road, Gorleston, is already working on her next project to provide a goodie bag for each animal at Christmas.

Eleanor volunteers at Faith most Sundays helping out with the animals and providing comfort for dogs who may never have known any.


Four Norfolk police officers sit on man during dramatic arrest

Four police officers were forced to sit on a man to get him under control during a dramatic arrest yesterday in Great Yarmouth.

The officers wrestled with the man outside Poundstretcher in Regent Road at around 5.30pm.

The officers resorted to sitting on the man to keep him under control, as he struggled and screamed out to be freed.

The man’s head was covered in blood. Great Yarmouth Police said the man had attempted to head butt officers, but instead head butted the floor.

The incident drew a large crowd of onlookers before the man was finally taken away in a riot van at around 5.40pm

Superintendent Roger Wiltshire, of Great Yarmouth Police, said officers were notified after the man had been caught shoplifting and security officers were dealing with a violent man at Poundstretcher.

When officers arrived, the man attempted to assault an officer and was restrained, he has now been arrested and taken into custody.


 Norfolk trust hunts for headteacher for two academies

A Norfolk-based academy trust is on the hunt for an executive headteacher to lead two of its coastal schools. The new head will be in charge of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Lowestoft and St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School in Gorleston.

It has been prompted by the impending departure of both schools’ current headteachers at the end of the autumn term, with the new executive headteacher required to start as close to January 2019 as possible.

Both schools are founding members of the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi Academy Trust, which runs other schools including Notre Dame High in Norwich.

Applications close this week.


Bomb squad called after ‘hand grenade’ found in shed

Norfolk police said they were alerted yesterday at around 10am by the householder who was doing some clearing at home in Burgh Castle, and came across some possible ordnance.

Having forwarded a photograph which was then sent on to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team a crew from Colchester was despatched arriving on scene in Butt Lane at around 2.10pm.

A police spokesman said: “They reported they had found some items that they believed might be ordnance similar to hand grenades.


Petrol station wants to permanently extend its opening hours

The White Horse Service Station in Beccles Road, Gorleston, wants to open an additional three hours a day from 5am to midnight seven days a week.

Under the changes all fuel and shop purchases will take place through the night hatch in the early morning and late at night.

More than 30 homes in the Church Road, Beccles Road, and Stone Cross Court areas are being asked what they think.

Initially the applicant Motor Fuel Group asked for 24 hour opening citing busier lifestyles that start earlier than they did in 1993 when the petrol station was built.

The bid, which was later withdrawn, drew opposition from neighbours who said there were enough 24-hour service stations in the area.

The proposal was withdrawn and a new one submitted with temporary approval given last November for the new hours.

In the early morning and late at night shop and fuel purchases will be made through a hatch and

use of the car wash will also be restricted to certain hours as will deliveries.

Supporting documents state: “It is fair and reasonable, relevant for the sustainability of the station and controllable by the local planning authority to allow permanent 5am to midnight opening.”


Crane incident sees man suffer foot injuries

A man is believed to have suffered minor injuries after a crane fell on him.

Emergency services were called to Ludham Bridge to reports that a man had been crushed by a HIAB crane at around 12.15pm on Tuesday.

Firefighters from Martham and Carrow were on scene for an hour, and called police amid fears of an industrial accident, however, officers found there was nothing to investigate.

An ambulance crew was also called to the scene shortly after midday, with the man believed to have suffered injuries to his feet.

He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for treatment.


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