Family describe anguish as Hannah Witheridge troll jailed

The sister of murder victim Hannah Witheridge has described as an “absolute atrocity” the actions of a tormenter troll who set up a “dark and unusual” fake profile in her name.

Laura Witheridge’s comments came as Paul Hind was handed 14 months in prison for targeting four families, including Hannah’s, with “indecent or grossly offensive” material.

Paul Hind, 38, from Hexham, Northumberland appeared at Newcastle Magistrates Court on Thursday August 30 and pleaded guilty to four separate offences of conveying false and indecent information which was indecent or grossly offensive.


Man in his 70s punched in the face several times during road rage incident

The incident took place at about 7.10pm on Saturday November 3.

The man was reversing from a driveway on Perebrown Avenue when he got involved in a verbal argument with the male driver of a passing car.

During the argument the victim was punched several times in the face causing a cut lip, the passenger in the victim’s vehicle intervened and was struck in the face.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning it.

Witnesses should contact PC Gaby Mayston at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Norfolk hospital to pay £600,000 to girl left disabled by mistakes at birth

A young girl left severely disabled after mistakes were made during her birth at a Norfolk hospital will receive an extra £600,000 in damages. Now nine, she was born at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston in 2009, but due to the ‘admitted negligent management of her mother’s labour’, her brain was starved of oxygen.

She suffered severe cerebral palsy and has sight, communication problems and learning difficulties.

Her life expectancy has been ‘severely reduced’, and she will require ‘care and support round-the-clock’ for the rest of her life.

James Paget University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, admitted liability for what happened to the girl.


Town centre hotel put up for sale to ‘test its valuation’

The Star Hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from the town centre on Hall Quay and is valued at £925,000 on property specialists, Fleurets website.

Owner Paul Bossick bought the grade II listed building in October 2016 and said a “substantial amount of refurbishment” has been done to it.

He now wants to see what its value would be on the market. The six-figure refurbishment has seen 19 of the 41 bedrooms stripped back and redecorated, new kitchens installed and the front section of the hotel completely revamped.

Mr Bossick said he is about half-way through his project to refurbish the hotel with the lift and another 11 bedrooms set to undergo a thorough makeover.




Party calls for parking in town centre to be free for the first hour

A political party in Great Yarmouth believes residents and businesses could reap the rewards if the first hour of parking in the town centre is made free of charge

The Tribune Party have called on Great Yarmouth Borough Council to ‘actively consider all options’ when it comes to lowering the cost of parking in the town.

Figures revealed last year show that Great Yarmouth Borough Council made £935,000 in 2016/17 from parking charges.
The party has launched its campaign ‘First Hour Free’ and has encouraged people to sign the online petition it has set up.



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