Record-holding angler says he was banned from Norfolk fishery because he is too good

Kevin Clarke caught 848 pounds of carp, a county record, at Bergh Apton fishery in late August and now claims that he has been told not to return.

The owner of the fishery, Derek Harvey, has denied banning Mr Clarke but was unavailable for further comment.

Since early May, Mr Clarke, from Runham, near Great Yarmouth, had been competing with four other anglers from Mulbarton Fishing Club in a team named the Coffin Dodgers. The match at Bergh Apton lake was round 13 of their summer league. Club chairman, Chris Forder under instruction by owner, Mr Harvey, told  Mr Clarke, he was now banned from fishing at the lake.

The chairman says Mr Harvey explained that he “did not understand fishing but had been receiving phone calls from other clubs telling him Mr Clarke was up to all sorts of things”.

Mr Clarke is adamant the only reason he has received the  ban was for catching too many fish and not breaking any rules.

Police probe into dispute that left wedding guests serving their own hog roast

Police are investigating a row at a Norfolk wedding reception that saw the caterer leave – and left the best man and others to serve a hog roast to 80 guests.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said it is alleged a man became abusive to members of the wedding party at a property in Hopton on Sunday, August 26th.

Bride and groom James and Erin Hacon, from Toddington, Bedfordshire, said they paid £1,200 for a hog roast, bucking bronco and popcorn and candyfloss machines from North Walsham events company L2B Catering Services.

The couple had married in Scotland on Friday, August 24th, and hosted the reception in Hopton-on-Sea two days later, on the bride’s 30th birthday, but a dispute with the caterer upon his arrival at the Hall Road venue left the bride in tears, and the groom and his friends dishing up the guests’ food themselves.

A representative for the company, based at Fairview Road, who declined to give their name, disagreed with Mr Hacon’s version of events and said the dispute arose after the caterer was asked to leave the property by the bride and groom.

In an email dated September 24, Mr Hacon informed the company he would pursue a civil claim for a “full refund and compensation for emotional distress”.

Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Joint managers of Great Yarmouth Town set their sights on incredible 50 mile charity walk

The joint managers of Great Yarmouth Town Football Club will take on the hardest challenge of their lives as they walk 50 miles for charity in under 24 hours.

Adam Mason and Martyn Sinclair will be walking from the club’s ground on Sandown Road all the way to Stowmarket Town’s ground in Suffolk to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.

They will start the walk at midday from Wellesley recreation ground on Friday November 23 and hope to arrive in Stowmarket around midday the following day.

You can find the pair’s JustGiving page at

Hospitals still too slow at taking patients from crews, ambulance trust winter plan says

Hospitals are still too slow at taking patients off the hands of ambulance crews, it has been revealed, as plans to avoid another winter healthcare crisis were revealed.

Papers released ahead of the East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) board of directors meeting today outlined how the service had prepared for winter.

Last year, the NHS saw what was described as its worst winter ever. In Norfolk ambulances were queued outside hospitals as there were no beds for patients to be transferred to.

Crews are meant to be able to hand patients over to the hospital within 15 minutes, but delays last year were described as “overwhelming”.

It means that while crews must stay with patients they cannot get back out on the road, meaning patients who have calls 999 wait longer.

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