GY TODAY – THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2018

GY TODAY – THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2018

Nearly 600 more people died in Norfolk during winter as number of excess winter deaths soars

The number of additional deaths during winter almost doubled last year compared to the previous year across the UK, as the colder months took their toll on the elderly and infirm. Every year, more people die in winter than in summer, due to colder temperatures, respiratory diseases and outbreaks of flu – but a charity says older people in East Anglia are suffering in the cold as they worry about putting their heating on. Every year, more people die in winter than in summer, due to colder temperatures, respiratory diseases and outbreaks of flu – but a charity says older people in East Anglia are suffering in the cold as they worry about putting their heating on.

 

Big rise in number of Norfolk schools reporting racism, homophobia and disability prejudice – is Brexit to blame?

The number of Norfolk schools reporting prejudice including racism and homophobia has increased, it can today be revealed – and Brexit is thought to be among the reasons. Data obtained under the freedom of information act have revealed 149 of the county’s schools, academies and education settings reported incidents of prejudice in the 2017-18 school year.

This figure is almost a 50pc increase on the previous year and the highest since County Hall started recording these figures by academic year, in 2015-16.

 

Major police operation cracks down on illegal drivers and vehicles

A major operation involving six government agencies and four police forces cracking down on illegal and unsafe activity on Norfolk’s roads has taken place. Operation Alliance, based in an industrial estate in Thetford, was lead by Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing with support from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire Police and Essex Police.

Nearly 20 police officers on motorbikes were stationed around the town and the nearby area throughout Wednesday, stopping potentially dangerous or illegal vehicles and taking them to the main operation centre to be checked by each agency. Midway through the operation, three arrests had already been made for drug driving, fraudulent use of documents, and stolen plant and agricultural equipment.

 

Emergency services rescue man from river

Emergency services were called to rescue and man who got into difficulty in a river in Great Yarmouth yesterday afternoon. A spokesperson for Norfolk Police said officers attended the incident alongside crew from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and HM Coastguard near to the Bure Bridge at 12.20.

It said there was concern for a man who had got into difficulty in the river.

The man was recovered from the River Bure and has been taken to James Paget University Hospital.

 

Water flumes, splash zone, climbing wall, and spa – council sets out its vision for new £26m complex

Norfolk’s biggest resort is poised for a new £26m water and leisure complex tipped as a “once in a generation” investment. The “anchor attraction” for Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile will replace the 1980’s built Marina Centre and feature a climbing wall, gym, 25m pool and giant slides that will announce the attraction and be seen from the outside.

If all goes to plan the centre could open in little more than two years.

The announcement comes after years of hand-wringing over the future of the outdated complex, initially hailed as a model for leisure centres but soon derided as a costly white elephant.

The new “game-changer” vision will see a smaller centre take shape on the same spot with some 200 parking spaces, opening up the seafront and views of the beach.

 

 

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