Planning Application:

06/16/0545/F – 1 Kirby Close, Martham – Erect a dark woodgrain conservatory to the side of the property.

The application is available at the Parish Office for inspection.

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Police Update:

The following is a local policing update for the Rural Flegg Villages neighbourhood

Weekly crime summary 20 September 2016  

This weekend the Out There International Festival of Street Arts & Circus took place in Great Yarmouth.  Despite the cooler weather the event was really well attended with over 50,000 people visiting the town.

We undertook visible foot beat patrols with officers and cadets working with partner agencies to manage the event, which was fantastic and passed with very few issues.

It was great to see the town can host such a big event with no increase in crime and a family friendly atmosphere throughout.

We would like to thank the people of Great Yarmouth and beyond for your participation and attendance. Without you the event would not have been such a great success.


Appeal following robbery in Great Yarmouth

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Great Yarmouth which happened last Thursday.

At approximately 5.25pm on 15 September 2016 the victim, a man in his 40s, was walking through Row 55, an alleyway between Hall Quay and Howard Street South.

He was then approached by two men, one of whom produced what is currently believed to be a knife. After a short altercation the suspects made off with a silver case containing cash.

The victim sustained minor injuries to his arms and head which did not require hospital treatment.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has knowledge about the silver case, to contact them.

Anyone with information should contact DC Beth Woollsey at Great Yarmouth CID on 101 or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Further news, appeals and information can also be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at


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Dog Control Order Consultation:

It is proposed that there is a complete dog ban on the Playingfield Area in Martham, and on the Oak Tree Close Recreation Ground. These should be in place by the end of April.

If you want to make your feelings known, this is the link:

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Safer Neighbourhood Meeting:

P C Cook will be holding the next SNAP meeting on Monday 19th September at 7pm at the Community Centre.  Open to all.

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Police Update:

The following is a local policing update for the Rural Flegg Villages neighbourhood

Weekly crime summary 13 September 2016  

Police in Great Yarmouth are urging cyclists to be vigilant and ‘proper lock’ bikes to prevent bike thefts.

Officers are urging cyclists to use good quality locks and report any incidents of suspicious activity to police.

It can take just a few seconds for a thief to steal a bike, demonstrated in a crime prevention video by Norfolk Constabulary called #ProperLockIt.

The YouTube video aims to encourage cyclists to think more about security by showing the speed and ease at which cycles can be stolen.

Other top tips for cycle security include:

  • Use a heavy-duty bike lock, similar to a D-lock and certified by Sold Secure.
  • Avoid isolated or dimly lit places – leave your bike where a potential thief will be clearly visible.
  • If yours is a very expensive bike, don’t lock it in the same place on a regular basis – so it won’t be noticed and stolen to order.
  • Lock your bike through an immovable object – use a proper bike rack, ground anchor or robust street furniture.
  • Make the lock or chain hard to manoeuvre when parked.
  • Keep the gap between the bike and lock small.

To see #ProperLockIt visit


47,000 safety booklets issued to school children across Norfolk

47,000 safety booklets have been issued to high school children across the county giving vital information about exploitation, sexting and internet safety.

Members of the Safer Schools Partnership (SSP) worked to collate information relevant to children of a school age.

Inspector Bex Brown from the SSP said: “We have produced this booklet as another way to get the message to children about personal safety. Danger and the potential for harm is no longer just a physical threat. Online, children face an increasing risk of being a victim of crime, bullying or exploitation. This booklet aims to educate children, and their parents, about the hazards of entering an online environment and will give them the tools they need to stay safe.

If you would like to see the booklet entitled “Exploit this” so that you can have further discussions with your children about this topic please visit our website at

If you are concerned that someone may be being sexually exploited you can also contact the Rose Project on 0808 8001037 or visit the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre’s website at

Yarmouth man given Criminal Behaviour Order for five years

Following his conviction for committing offences under the Communications Act 2003 a man has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order which will last for five years.

Richard Bean-Woods, 44, from Southtown Road, Great Yarmouth pleaded guilty on Wednesday 27 July 2016 to, “persistently making use of a public electronic, communications network for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”. He was sentenced on Monday 5 September and given a suspended sentence and the Criminal Behaviour Order.

The order comes after Bean-Woods called the police more than 60 times during an 18 month period. A large amount of these calls were found to be false allegations or where fictional situations had been created. The provisions set out in the CBO stated Bean-Woods must not:

  1. Act in a way that causes or is likely to cause nuisance, annoyance, alarm or distress to anyone not of the same household; including the use of foul, offensive, abusive or threatening language or behaviours against anyone, anywhere in a public place or to incite any other person to do this on your behalf.
  2. Contact the emergency services via 999, 101 or 111 telephone numbers, or ask or expect anyone else to do so on your behalf, unless in a genuine emergency.
  3. Make allegations or accusations to emergency services or other agencies against anyone that are false or exaggerated, or ask anyone else to do so on your behalf.

Sergeant Caroline Adams, from Great Yarmouth OPT, said: “When someone contacts the police with false claims it can cause an extensive drain on resources. Whilst answering these calls officers cannot be deployed to real emergencies. The use of CBOs will reduce unwanted calls and allow us to respond more effectively to genuine incidents. This particular CBO will last 5 years and if breached will mean a criminal offence is committed and Bean-Woods will be liable to further action.”

If you would like to raise concerns of anti-social behaviour the Great Yarmouth Operational Partnership Team can be contacted by calling Norfolk Police on 101.

Further news, appeals and information can also be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at

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Martham Local History Group


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Tribunal decision

The Parish Council has been approached with concerns that it did not win the recent Land Registry Tribunal Case.

This is the adjudication dismissing the application:

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Free Classes at the Community Centre, Playingfield Lane:

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Policing update:

The following is a local policing update for the Rural Flegg Villages neighbourhood

Weekly crime summary 6 September 2016

‘Make the Right Call’

Around 25% of calls Norfolk Police receive each year are inappropriate, either because they simply are not emergencies requiring immediate police assistance or they’re non-police matters.

Now, a campaign called ‘Make the Right Call’ is being launched to remind people to think carefully before dialling 999 and 101 and to consider alternatives for non-police matters.

Norfolk Constabulary’s Contact and Control Room (CCR) deal with an average of approximately 983 calls per day.  Common unnecessary 999 calls include noise nuisance, animal/wildlife call outs, utility call outs and highway matters, all of which could have been better dealt with by partner agencies.

The Contact and Control Room’s Superintendent Malcolm Cooke said: “Non-emergency or inappropriate calls tie up our phone lines and can prevent callers with genuine emergencies from getting through – at worst they can put other people’s lives at risk.

“People should only call 999 if there is a direct and immediate threat to life or property or if a crime is in progress. Our staff prioritises people who are in immediate need and if you ring 999 in error you will be directed to call the 101 police non-emergency number or sign-posted to the most appropriate agency.”

People who have questions around policing or non-policing matters can access a range of information on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Norfolk Police website or via ‘Ask the Police’ which can be found on any search engine.

You can access information and advice using the “FAQ” link on our website at

You can also access useful information via the internet using “ask the police”


Appeal following serious collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Cobholm on Thursday 1 September 2016.

A bicycle was travelling from Tyrells Road into Mill Road at approximately 6.50pm when it was involved in a collision with a white Mercedes Vito van.

The male cyclist sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision should please contact PC Christopher Alexander at Acle Roads Policing on 101.


Wanted Blackpool man has links to Norfolk

We are appealing for help to find a wanted man from Blackpool.

John Hewitt, 46, formerly of Dickson Road, is wanted in connection with a number of offences including rape, false imprisonment, wounding, possession of a firearm, threats to kill and theft. These incidents are reported to have taken place between June 2015 to July this year.

T/DS Ellie Gomerson from Blackpool’s Public Protection Unit said: “We are actively trying to locate Hewitt and so I urge who may have seen him or knows where he is to get in touch with us.

“I would advise anyone who sees him not to approach him but to contact the police immediately.”

He has links to Essex, Portsmouth, Wales, Norfolk in particular Great Yarmouth, Thames Valley, Greater Manchester and London. Other names he uses are John Wilson, Dean McKenzie, John Burton and John Davies.

If you have any information that could help us locate Hewitt, please call us on 101.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111

Further news, appeals and information can also be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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Planning Application;

Planning application received at the Parish Council Office for comment, plans available to view:

06/16/0415/CU – 9 The Green, Martham.

Change of use from B1 (Business) to A1 (Shops), A2 (financial and professional), A3 (Food and Drink) and A5 (Hot food takeaway).

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