Middle-aged woman throws paint at pub door in “bizarre” attack

A pub has released CCTV footage of what appears to be an older woman lobbing white paint all over its front door. The incident happened at around 10.30am on Wednesday at The Mariners Compass pub in Middleton Road, Gorleston, where  pub landlady Jo Searby described the attack as “bizarre” adding she was keen to find out who did it and why.

Ms Searby has been able to scrub the door clean but it will need repainting.  Paint had also been spilled all over the road where the woman took the lid off and one vehicle had been splattered when one motorist unwittingly drove through it.

The police have been informed.


Mental health patients still being detained illegally, MP claims

A Norfolk MP has called for urgent action after claiming people with mental health issues are still being unlawfully detained and transported in police vehicles. Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, first raised the concerns in January and was given assurances by mental health chiefs.

But today he said he has received information that “nothing has changed”.

At the start of the year a Freedom of Information request revealed people in Norfolk had been detained in police stations for more than 40 hours awaiting assessment or transfer to hospital.

It also revealed police vehicles were regularly being used to transport patients to hospital


 Anger at pet owner after dog chases deer on Broads nature reserve

An incident which saw a dog chasing a deer through a nature reserve has sparked a warning to ‘irresponsible’ pet owners. It comes after a dog was seen off its lead on Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve near Lowestoft at the weekend chasing after a deer.

Matt Gooch, Broads Sites Manager at Suffolk Wildlife Trust, said that an “irresponsible dog owner” had allowed their pet to chase Chinese Water Deer at Carlton Marshes.

Mr Gooch said: “It would have been quite disturbing for the animal involved and was quite shocking for the people who witnessed the incident. The incident has been reported to Suffolk Constabulary’s rural crime team.


Man wanted across Norfolk

A 61-year-old man who is known to visit B&Bs in north Norfolk is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence. Police are renewing appeals to trace Alexander Hewitt who is wanted in the west and north Norfolk areas.

Hewitt is described as white, of a slim build, around 5ft 7, with receding hair and he also wears glasses. A photo is available on our website

He also has links to the King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth areas.

Anyone who may have seen Hewitt, or may know of his whereabouts, should call Norfolk Constabulary immediately on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police renew appeal to trace wanted man Alexander Hewitt. Picture: Norfolk policephoto source :GY Mercury


Local photographer’s work selected for cover of Stephen King novel

A photographer who has secured the front cover of a re-release of Stephen King’s ‘Dreamcatcher’ has used art to overcome her mental health struggles. Tracy Collyer, 48, of Hopton, picked up a camera five years ago, since then her artwork has been showcased in bookstores across the globe and her mental health has improved. The Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind Volunteer has had seven photographs become a front cover for best-selling books. She found using photography as a way to express her feelings and it served as a self-help tool to take care of her own mental health.

This weekend the photography group, which is run from Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind’s Community Garden Project in Southtown will be submitting work to the charity’s upcoming art exhibition, which is also being organised by Tracy.

The artists will showcase their work at the Fisher Patterson Gallery, Great Yarmouth Library, from Thursday 13th December to Saturday 15th December.



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