Outrage after Fritton Lake fort torched

Dramatic photographs of a popular adventure fort being burned down have sparked outrage on social media.

Social media users have been quick to condemn the destruction, tagging it “a disgrace.”

Fritton Lake, part of the Somerleyton Estate owned by Lord and Lady Somerleyton, has been a popular outdoor destination for families for decades, with the fun fort and its snake-head slides forming the backdrop to hundreds of happy family snaps.

A spokesman for the estate said the apparatus was beyond repair.

One Facebook user said the way the fort was being disposed of was an insult to the thousands of people who had paid to visit over the years, and it should have been offered to another organisation to rebuild and refurbish or at least donated as firewood to the needy.


Organised crime gang carried out 200 burglaries

An organised crime gang carried out more than 200 burglaries costing victims more than £2m in an 11-month crime spree.

The gang raided homes and businesses across East Anglia between February and December last year.

Ninety-six burglaries were carried out in Norfolk, across 33 towns and villages.

Often in broad daylight, three or four members would mask their faces and force open doors or windows with tools found at the scene.

They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts.

Most raids were on homes, although commercial premises, post offices and ATMs were also targeted.


Pay tribute to war heroes in our Fields of Remembrance in Great Yarmouth

People in Great Yarmouth will have the opportunity to honour British soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War in our Fields of Remembrance.

Our Fields of Remembrance campaign has seen us join forces with Norwich Cathedral, King’s Lynn Minster, Great Yarmouth Minster and the Royal British Legion to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

We are encouraging people to buy and place a wooden-backed poppy at the Minster to pay a personal tribute to our war heroes.

The crosses will be available from the Minster coffee shop next week between 10am to 3pm and from the Great Yarmouth Mercury office in King Street.


Schoolgirl, 13, banned from wearing ‘large’ knitted poppy at strict Norfolk academy

A frustrated father has hit out at a controversial academy after his daughter was banned from wearing a knitted poppy in honour of Britain’s war dead.

Raymond Dougal said he was “absolutely disgusted” by Great Yarmouth Charter Academy’s ruling that the symbol was “too large” and could not be worn by 13-year-old Courtney in the classroom.

The Year 9 pupil had worn the poppy with pride on Tuesday only to be told by principal Barry Smith to remove it because of its size.

The knitted poppy flower is 1cm larger than the paper version.


Vandalised war silhouettes to be replaced

Great Yarmouth based manufacturers Display Products Limited have vowed to reinstall the Tommy silhouette statues which were vandalised in the Great Yarmouth Market Place today.

The ten statues were revealed as part of the “There But Not There” campaign but were damaged just 48 hours later.

The damage left people outraged with one person calling the attacks a “disgrace”.

Simon Clarke, 46, of Display Products Limited, said the company has spoke to the borough council and will replace the perspex Tommies using stronger material.


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