Storm Callum to bring gusts of 50mph to Norfolk

Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said the coast will bear the brunt of the bad weather, but warned the rest of Norfolk could see winds reach more than 40mph.

Gusts are expected to peak between 2pm and 4pm but temperatures will be around 20C during the day,  and will only fall to around 17C during the night.

Temperatures could rise to 23C on Saturday for parts of the county, and will be “fairly dry, however, there is a risk of showers in West Norfolk in the afternoon.

Rain is forecast for Sunday and temperatures could drop to around 15C to 17C.

Police ‘pounce’ on drug driver caught without licence on way to hospital

A man was “pounced” on by police after attempting to take a friend to hospital having smoked cannabis and not having a driving licence.

Richie David Pugh, of Southtown Road, Great Yarmouth, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Mokka while over the legal drug drive limit, as well as driving without insurance or a licence, on June 16.

A member of the public reported Pugh to police, who stopped him on Boundary Road in the town.

James Hartley, defending, said: “He is dyslexic and he does not believe he can pass a theory test, but he knows how to drive.

“He took the keys to the car to take a friend to hospital but unfortunately someone was aware of it and police were there waiting to pounce.”

Pugh, who previously had a provisional licence which has now expired, was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £207 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and court costs of £85.


Drunk woman found by police rolling around in the road

A woman was found drunkenly rolling on the road outside a Great Yarmouth holiday camp last month.

Samantha Alderson, of Mickleton Close, Darlington, was arrested by police and charged with being drunk and disorderly in public.

The 22-year-old had been staying at the Vauxhall Holiday Park, on Acle New Road, when the incident occured last month on September 18.

She was seen by police throwing herself on the floor and rolling on the road at the Vauxhall roundabout.

Appearing at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Alderson represented herself and  pleaded guilty to the offence. She does not remember what happened other than being on holiday and had consumed about 5 drinks, she cannot recall how she got herself in that condition.

Magistrates’ fined Alderson £50 and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and court costs of £40.


Children get chance to star in Ghostbusters mini-movie at shopping centre event

Market Gates Shopping Centre is asking youngsters to take part in a new version of the iconic movie complete with costumes, props and a special script.

The event, on Thursday, October 24, will allow children to take part in three sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with the final mini movies being screened on the centre’s Facebook page.

Photos of the pint-sized cast will also be posted, giving visitors to chance to like their favourite Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Janine.

“Children love Halloween and we are confident they will enjoy dressing up and role playing a scene from the Ghostbusters movie,” said Dee Greenwood, Deputy Manager of the Market Gates Shopping Centre.

Parents will need to stay with their children during the sessions.


 MDMA drug driver apologises to court after ban

A driver has apologised after getting behind the wheel after taking illegal drugs.

Luke Scott George, of Coronation Road, Great Yarmouth, was stopped by police on June 24 after concerns about the manner of his driving when a roadside test found benzoylecgonine and MDMA in his system.

The incident occurred at 7.30pm on Church Lane, Gorleston, with George pleading guilty to two counts of driving over the legal drug limit in his Vauxhall Astra.

Appearing at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, George apologised and said he just wants to say sorry and that he tried sorting himself out since this.

The 23-year-old was banned from driving for 12 months, with magistrates fining him £80 and ordering him to pay a victim surcharge of £30. No order was made for court costs.


Vast improvements needed in Norfolk’s autism service, watchdog finds

A health watchdog is calling for vast improvement to Norfolk’s autism services following extensive research with the families of children affected by the condition.

It was reported last year that families in Norfolk were waiting up to two years to be fully assessed and investigation by Healthwatch Norfolk has highlighted further frustration at the poor level of service many families feel they have received.

The report identifies the need for better communication with families, particularly in helping them to understand the assessment process as well as highlighting the need for greater autism awareness across all health and care services.

Further suggestions include improvements to current patient waiting areas, greater family involvement in the redesign of future facilities and better wrap around support for the whole family, as there is currently no dedicated ASD service for affected children following diagnosis.


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