Police appeal after Hemsby burglary

Norfolk Constabulary have reported that jewellery, cash and bank cards were among the items stolen from a property in Hemsby.

The burglary took place in Ormesby Road between Friday 12 October and Friday 26 October 2018, police have said.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the dates stated, or anyone with information, should contact DC Samantha Baker at Great Yarmouth Criminal Investigation Department on 101.

Alternatively the public can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Cash stolen in burglary at property in Great Yarmouth Borough

A spokesperson for the police said a property in Town Road, Fleggburgh was broken into between 10am on Saturday and 11.15am on Sunday.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between these times, or anyone with information, should contact DC Kevin Maskell at Great Yarmouth CID on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Leading landlord association threatens council with legal action over ‘unlawful’ licensing scheme

One of the UK’s leading landlord associations has threatened Great Yarmouth Borough Council with legal action over a licensing scheme which it claims is “unlawful”.

The scheme would see landlords with properties in the north of Nelson ward charged an upfront cost of £600 per property for a five-year license as is required.

Alternatively landlords can choose to pay an upfront fee of £90 and then a monthly fee thereafter of £9.50 plus VAT per month over the five years.

The scheme is being brought in to give the council additional powers to tackle poorly managed privately rented property, however, last week landlords hit back at the proposals saying the council had identified them as an “easy target” and warned those most deprived will be the ones who suffer.

The Residential Landlords Association, which represents over 30,000 landlords in the UK believes one of the conditions set to be imposed as part of the scheme is unlawful and has written to the council asking for “urgent clarification”.


Row over fate of Norfolk’s children’s centres intensifies after MP’s ‘playing politics’ tweet

The row over controversial proposals to close Norfolk’s children’s centres has intensified after Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis accused campaigners of “playing politics”.

Norfolk County Council announced in September a review of the service could see 46 of the 53 children’s centres close their doors, but, the proposals have sparked a series of demonstrations across the county,  and last week, the police were called to a meeting of Great Yarmouth Borough Council where the issue was being discussed.

Mr Lewis tweeted: “We saw the shouty reality of Corbyn’s Labour Party in Great Yarmouth this week, shipping people in from Norwich to try and boost their noise. No real regard for welfare of local vulnerable people, just playing politics.”

His tweet has sparked angry responses, including from Labour county councillor Emma Corlett, who had travelled from Norwich to attend the Yarmouth meeting.

She tweeted: “The public gallery was packed. I was there to support colleagues by live-tweeting the meeting so they could focus on debate. Neither of us uttered a single word. So get your facts straight.

Consultation over the future of the centres, at, closes on Monday, November 12th.


Norfolk school unofficially smash double high-five world record

A school in Great Yarmouth has unofficially broken the world record for the most double high-fives in three minutes.

Ormiston Venture Academy, in Gorleston attempted the record on Wednesday, October 14 in their school field.

Led by Vinny, the Ormiston Venture Academy Raptor mascot, students and staff formed a single line of those ready for the challenge.

Three minutes and 231 double high-fives later, the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), broke the world record and are just awaiting confirmation from officials at The Guinness Book of World Records.


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