Appeal after shop worker racially abused in Great Yarmouth

The male member of staff was verbally attacked at a shop in St Peter’s Road on Friday November 16.

Police have now released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. The image can be seen on the news section of our website

Anyone with information should contact PC Dale Dobson at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Police are hoping the public will recognise this man Picture:  Norfolk Policephoto source: GY Mercury

Norfolk’s NHS reveals plan to avoid winter crisis of last year

More private ambulances on the road, nearly 2,000 extra doctors’ appointments, and measures to get patients out of hospital quicker. Those are just three of the initiatives launched in Norfolk and Waveney’s NHS winter plan, in a bid to avoid – as much as possible – the crisis seen in the health service last winter. A new discharge suite at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is under construction, where patients ready to leave could be moved to, to free up beds earlier in the day and the discharge lounge at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), in King’s Lynn, has been expanded and enhanced. At the NNUH there are also 57 additional beds, and eight new rapid assessments spaces in A&E – plus a new home ward service to care for up to 30 people at home who do not need to be in hospital.


More than one in ten in Great Yarmouth and Waveney rely on Universal Credit

More than one in ten people of working age in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are now on Universal Credit amid fears the wider roll out will have severe consequences. Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveal a 21pc rise in claimants in Great Yarmouth and 33pc rise in Waveney since January of this year.

As of yesterday the benefit is available in every Job Centre in the country for existing claimants.

The government scheme sees a bundle of income-based benefits, including Jobseekers’ Allowance, tax credits and housing benefit – merged into one payment, but the attempt to reform the benefits system has proved controversial. Great Yarmouth was picked as a pilot area by the DWP, but there were problems with claimants going without income for weeks and landlords not receiving rent.

Latest figures show more than 8,000 people claimed Universal Credit in Great Yarmouth last month, and more than 7,000 in Waveney.


Letter found in Norfolk hotel reveals RAF war hero’s desperate plea to save his business

A Second World War hero’s desperation to return to his ailing hotel business has been revealed after a letter was found in an attic, more than 73 years later. Joe Delf typed the letter at his barracks in India on September 17, 1945 – just two weeks after the end of World War two.

He made a desperate plea to be released from the Royal Air Force as the Imperial Hotel in Great Yarmouth had finally been returned to him by the military, exposing him to significant debts.

Appealing to his commanding officer for his immediate demobilisation, he said he needed to return home immediately to save the business he ran with his sister Louisa Lindsay and her husband Campbell. Mr Delf’s letter was found in the attic of the Imperial Hotel and passed on to his grandson Jason.

He now runs the Palm Court Hotel and Marine Lodge Hotel, with his brother Nick.





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