Man arrested over death of 25-year-old motorcyclist is bailed again

The man, in his 40s and from the Beccles area, was due to answer bail today, as investigations continue into what happened when Alec Pentelow-Bramham, 25, died following a collision in Southtown Road.

The inquest into his death which opened at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich on Friday heard that Mr Pentelow-Bramham had been riding his motorbike when a vehicle crashed into the rear of his bike, and  the medical cause of death was a severe head injury.

A police spokesman said a man in his 40s and from the Beccles area had been re-bailed until February 6 while officers continued their inquiries.

He was arrested at the scene for driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and causing death by dangerous/careless driving.


Teenage girl punched ‘a number of times’ in the face near chip shop

Witnesses are being sought after a teenage girl was punched in the face in Gorleston High Street.

The incident happened on Wednesday November 14 at around 6pm and saw the girl taken to hospital for treatment.

Police said she was approached by a group of young people in the high street near Mr Chips and was punched in the face a number of times.

Another teenage girl, from the Gorleston area, was arrested in connection with the assault and has since been released from custody with no bail conditions, however, she remains under investigation whilst the enquiry continues.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information concerning it.

They’re asked to contact PC 721 Young at Gorleston Police Station on 101 quoting reference 36/71772/18.


 Vulnerable people waiting months on end for PIP and ESA appeal hearings

The average applicant looking to over-turn decisions on personal independence payments (PIP) and employment support allowances (ESA) faces a wait of more than six months for cases to be resolved – time spent without their benefits.

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures say the average waiting time for the first quarter of 2018/19 – between April and June – was 24 weeks for ESA and PIP appellants.

An HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman said: “We understand that delays can be stressful which is why we have appointed more than 370 medical and disability panel members to speed up the appeals process.

“We continue to appoint more judges and are developing a new digital system to improve processing of benefit appeals.”


Drink-driver five times the limit is among first arrests in Christmas crackdown

A driver nearly five times the legal alcohol limit and one under the influence of cocaine were among the first arrests made in a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving in Norfolk.

The county’s police force began its winter drink-drive campaign alongside Suffolk police on Saturday, with officers in both counties set to carry out extra patrols and roadside checks until January.

On the first day of action officers in Norfolk conducted a number of drug and alcohol tests and made nine arrests after drivers were found to be under the influence. These included a man who gave a breath test reading of 169mgs (milligrams) and a pensioner who gave a reading of 96mgs – the legal limit is 35mgs – as well as a driver found to be under the influence of cocaine.


Festive beer gets blessing to spread Christmas joy across Norfolk

A festive beer which is exclusively available during the month of December has been given the seal of approval to spread Christmas joy across Norfolk by a town’s Reverend. Lacons St Nick’s Christmas beer was blessed by Revd Simon Ward from The Minster at its launch event in Great Yarmouth on Tuesday.

Developed at Lacons Falcon Brewery, the festive beer is a dark copper-coloured winter ale with a malt base, spicy undertones and hints of orange peel and plum.

It is named after St Nicholas Church which stands next to the old brewery site on Church Plain, Great Yarmouth.



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