Parents’ shock as pupil brings knife into Norfolk primary school

St Nicholas Priory CE VA Primary School in Great Yarmouth have confirmed a pupil brought a knife onto its premises last week. Parents are angry and concerned for the safety of their children and feel that the school has not dealt with incident adequately. An Ofsted report of the school from June 2014 said the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure was good.


Armed robber scared off by dogs after demanding car keys and watch in quiet rural lane

A man armed with a knife attempted to take the watch and car from another man as he pulled up in a leafy country lane. The incident took place in Sandy Lane, Belton, on Tuesday November 27th at about 4.40pm.

The suspect was scared off by the victim’s dogs at which point a second suspect appeared and both left in a vehicle empty handed. No one was injured during this incident. Officers are keen to hear from anyone with information.

Witnesses should contact DC Ashley Parker at Great Yarmouth CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


‘Last chance’ mental health trust boss says some patients might wait longer as focus moves to those in most need

The boss of the region’s failing mental health trust has admitted the organisation is on its “last chance” to get things right. The chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), made the concession on Wednesday, after it was revealed his trust had been judged unsafe and poorly led by inspectors for a third time.

When asked how long the trust could continue to fail, Mr Lejk, who took over at NSFT in May, said: “This is the last chance. Everybody wants this to succeed and we need to demonstrate quickly that things can change, some resources will need to be moved around. We need to re-focus our capacity on helping those most at risk. My biggest concern is in the past we have kept people waiting.”


£5,000 in grant funding available to businesses in Great Yarmouth

Businesses in Great Yarmouth can apply for up to £5,000 in grant funding to encourage employees to walk or cycle to work.

The money is available to all organisations within the town and can be used to install cycle storage, showers or changing rooms.

Other improvements, such as the installation of IT equipment that can help employees work from home, will also be considered.

Organisations have until Friday, December 14 to apply for the funding.

The grant is being provided by Active Norfolk’s workplace physical activity programme and Pushing Ahead, which is a Department for Transport-funded project.

  • For more information regarding the grants, or to apply, visit:
  • Applications must be received by Friday, December 14, and successful applicants will be announced by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.


Coach operator Charles Reynolds among stalwart trio to be handed freedom of borough honour

Much-loved councillor and coach operator the late Charles Reynolds was among three town stalwarts to be granted an ancient honour in Great Yarmouth. Mr Reynolds, who died in October, was given an honorary freedom of the borough placing him among notables including Admiral Lord Nelson and William Pitt the Elder.

He is believed to be one of the only people to receive the honour posthumously.

Also being recognised for their proud civic duty were Barry Coleman and Brian Walker.

Between them the trio have given some 120 years of service.



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