Drink driver followed satnav into oncoming traffic on A47

A drink driver suffering short-term memory loss drove his Jaguar the wrong way down the A47 after following a satnav, a court has heard.

Duane Norman, of Forknell Avenue in Coventry, had visited Great Yarmouth for the first time to see his partner, but ended up sleeping in his car after an argument during a night out, Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday.

When the 43-year-old woke up at 9.50pm, he began a panicked search for his dog, which he left with his parents, and ended up following his satnav onto the wrong side of the carriageway.

Norman appeared at court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without due care and attention.

The court heard how the road had recently been tarmacked and had no markings when the incident occurred on September 22 at Hopton.

Norman had 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, above the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Norman was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £240 for the drink driving offence and £100 for careless driving.

Magistrates’ also ordered him to pay court costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.


Buyers queue from 6.30am to snap up £20,000 beach huts

Early birds queued from 6.30am yesterday to be among the first to snap up one of Gorleston’s new £20,000 beach huts.

Hours before they went on sale staff at Aldreds in Gorleston saw buyers lining up outside its high street shop, many with their own chairs, for their chance to secure one of the 3m by 2m wooden cabins.

Aldreds director Dan Crawley said some ten huts had been sold by 9.05am with more deals being sealed all the time.

Twenty huts are being sold in the first release with more becoming available as contracts are exchanged.

While most people have broadly welcomed Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s bid for beach huts on Gorleston’s lower prom, some on social media have complained about the £20,000 price tag saying it’s beyond the pocket of most locals.


Man charged with assaulting three police officers after Great Yarmouth incident

Samuel Wells, 36 and from Kent, has been charged with assaulting three police officers and charged with three public order offences,  one being racially aggravated and theft from shops.

It comes after an incident outside a shop on Regent Road at about 5.30pm on Tuesday which saw four police officers called, who wrestled a man to the ground and eventually sat on him while he was arrested.

The man was taken away in a riot van to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

Police said Wells had been remanded in custody to attend court.


Family’s appeal for help after baby son falls ill on Cyprus holiday

A sunshine holiday has turned into a nightmare for a Caister family after their baby son fell ill in Cyprus and their insurers refused to pay for his treatment. Lucy Williams’ son Carter developed a rash and was projectile vomiting when she rushed him to a clinic on the island where he is still being treated. The family have since discovered their medical insurance does not cover private treatment and that any fees have to be paid on departure before they return home.

A Go Fund Me page set up to pay for the emergency medical treatment has seen more than 60 people raise over £1,000 in its first few hours with more donations coming in all the time.

Carter has been diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease and the rash has covered 50pc of his body, he is on an IV drip, a nebuliser and antibiotics for acute bronchitis. He’s had chest X-rays, blood tests and an overnight stay.


In just six hours more than 80 people have donated sums from £5 to £500, totalling close to £2,000.

Writing on Facebook Lucy said: “Thanks to all that have donated and shared concern. It is so humbling and overwhelming the amount of love and support shown.”


Struggling theatre cafe looks to new role as community hub

A lack of footfall at the wrong end of town is being blamed for the demise of a theatre cafe in Great Yarmouth.

The cafe Pavilion at St George’s has stopped serving lunches and made one employee redundant, but bosses say volunteers will still serve tea and coffee as it looks to reinvent itself as a community hub.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson has said the cafe will stop commercial trading of food and lunches, and build it up as a community cafe run by volunteers.

It just wasn’t making money as a commercial venture and she was shocked at how few people come to that end of the town, therefore a tough decision had to be made.

Volunteer staff in the box office have indicated they are willing to serve tea and coffee.

St George’s Theatre re-opened in 2012 after a major transformation, part of a £9m project to regenerate King Street.

The separate Pavilion was conceived as the theatre bar and ticket sales office, but was beset with problems which delayed its opening at the heart of an outdoor performance area.

The cafe will open from 10.30 to 3pm from Monday to Saturday.


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