Confused’ man in his 70s with links to Great Yarmouth missing

Terrence Pharoah was last seen leaving his home in the East Beach area of Shoeburyness, Essex around 8am yesterday, Monday 8th October.The 73-year-old’s family and Essex police are concerned for his safety.  Mr Pharoah is described as vulnerable and may be very confused, Essex police are asking anyone with information about where he may be to contact police straight away.He also does not have his prescribed medication with him.Officers believe it is possible that he has left Essex, as he may have some money on him and he also has links to Barking, East London and Great Yarmouth.He may also still be in Essex, where he has links to Clacton.Mr Pharoah is 5ft 10ins and of medium build.Anyone with information is asked to call 101.Terrence Pharoah may be in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Essex Police

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Mesh implant became broken, twisted, and embedded in woman’s muscle

A Norfolk woman whose vaginal mesh had broken, twisted, and become embedded deep into a muscle said she wished she never had the procedure.

It comes as health officials said vaginal mesh should only be offered to women who have explored all other possible options.

A new draft guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) states that those who suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse should be offered a full range of non-surgical options before an operation is considered.

But for Lorraine Lodge, from Great Yarmouth, the guidance comes too late as her mesh – known as a TVTO – was fitted at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston in 2015.

The mesh scandal has seen thousands of women complain of being left in constant pain after having the implants, which have been offered to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth.


 Great Yarmouth Woman died of “severe emaciation”, inquest hears

Norfolk Coroner’s Court was told on Monday 8th October that Skye Hodges, 42, was last seen on May 16 at home on Elderbush Lane in the town by a friend who had delivered shopping to her.

The statement from her friend, read to the court by assistant coroner for Norfolk Johanna Thompson, also noted that Ms Hodges, who was born in London, had been complaining of stomach pain but refused to seek medical help.

Ms Thompson said that Ms Hodges was found “unresponsive” at her home on June 3 and that her medical cause of death was later given as “severe emaciation” and “schizophrenia”.

The full inquest will be held on November 16 at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich.


Youngsters shortlisted for national award after learning new skills across the globe

Since 2014 the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has been offering an international training programme for young people in which they travel to Bulgaria, Estonia and Taiwan to help repair buildings and monuments while learning a new craft.

The trust also takes youngsters in from across the globe to work on historic buildings in the UK. So far the project has helped 128 young people receive 8,745 hours of training. The young people involved in the project come from a range of backgrounds, nationalities and cultures but they all share a passion for heritage and preservation.

The trust has been nominated for Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People category at the annual Historic England Angel Awards.

The awards look to celebrate the volunteers who often go unrecognised. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, London on November 27.

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Burnt toast sparks fire drama in Great Yarmouth

Two fire crews from Great Yarmouth rushed to Yarmouth Way to reports of a flat fire at around 8am this morning.

An officer at the scene said the safety alert was caused by burnt toast creating a large amount of smoke.

Although they were prepared to go in wearing breathing apparatus fire fighters were stood down after a single officer was able to enter the property and make it safe.

A police car was also at the scene.



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