Five men arrested after police chase burglars from Great Yarmouth to Bury St Edmunds

Norfolk Police worked with Bury St Edmunds Police to track two vehicles after a suspected burglary in Great Yarmouth.

Officers gave commentary on the location of the vehicles, which meant colleagues further ahead were able to form a plan and stop them.

Police were able to recover property believed to have been stolen, seize the two vehicles and arrest the five men on the A14 in Suffolk. South Norfolk Police said that the operation was an “excellent piece of cross border team work.”

Plans for controversial £2.7m revamp of Great Yarmouth market place revealed

The £2.7m redevelopment would see 36 new single and double stall units installed under a new “architectually-striking” market canopy.

Proposals also include a flexible market called ‘the Big Market’ which will incorporate the current two-day market pitches to allow for visiting markets, events and new stallholders.

The redevelopment, which is being led by Hudson Architects, would see the market extended towards King Street and Market Gates which Great Yarmouth Borough Council say will capture the market as an “experience” and “wider retail offer”.

Head of property and assets at the borough council, Jane Beck, said: “We have worked with traders and will continue to do so in order to find a solution that is right for Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council said the market needs to undergo a major revamp with the existing canopy outlasting its 25-year lifespan.

The proposals will be considered by the borough council’s Policy and Resources Committee next Tuesday with the aim of the new market opening in spring 2020.

During the redevelopment traders will be moved onto a temporary site on the Market Square.


Volunteer suicide response car service saves 29 lives

A ground-breaking response car service which provides support to people in the midst of a mental health crisis has saved 29 lives in just two years.

The Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing’s Community Response Team has proved a valuable tool to support suicide prevention across Norfolk and Waveney.

The project was initially launched in 2016 as the Veterans Response Partnership to provide specialist mental health support to military veterans in crisis.

Due to its success it was subsequently re-launched to help all those who use The Walnut Tree’s services.

Concerns grow over alleyway next to historic town wall which continues to attract anti-social behaviour

Drug use and urinating are just two of the number of issues raised by a report issued to the borough council’s Economic Development Committee.

The alleyway of concern links Regent Road to Market Gates, passing under the shopping centre above leading to the public toilets.

The borough council has attempted to block off the passageway by installing a gate to help prevent anti-social behaviour for almost a year, although no decision to close the Market Gates toilets will be made until the Marketplace redevelopment is confirmed, but Historic England have blocked these proposals because of the impact they believe the gating would have on the borough’s historical wall.

The report found that  people have been running along the top of the town wall,  using the steps and alleyway to misuse drugs – both smoking and injecting and  urinating in the covered part of the alleyway – both in the archways and against the wall of the public loo.

A number of short term initiatives have been undertaken to manage the issue whilst it is still being resolved. These include local homeless charity, Herring House Trust, engaging with people sleeping rough in this area to determine their housing needs. Police officers patrolling the area on a more frequent basis to monitor the area and act as a deterrent. Great Yarmouth Borough services and Market Gates also undertook more frequent cleansing of the area on an as and when needed basis rather than per schedule.

Further discussions are to be had on the issue at a council meeting next month.


Great Yarmouth GP surgery taken-over by new care provider

A GP surgery has been taken over by  new care provider East Norfolk Medical Practice (ENMP) who now run three practices in the area. ENMP will run Nelson Medical Practice, in Pasteur Road.

The practice’s 6,500 registered patients do not need to take any action, and will be able to continue accessing services and appointments as normal.

The four year and 11 month contract was awarded following an open procurement process.

ENMP currently looks after around 25,000 patients and operates from three sites – the Newtown Surgery and Lighthouse Medical Centre, both in Great Yarmouth, and the Caister Medical Centre.

It takes over the Nelson Medical Practice from current provider East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) on Thursday 1st November.

Leaflets giving further information will be available at the surgery or on East Norfolk Medical Practice’s website at

Alternatively, patients who have any questions can ask at the surgery or call the CCG’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01502 719567.


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