Policing update:

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

Weekly crime summary 9 February 2016

There have been a spate of moped, motorbike and pedal cycle thefts in the Great Yarmouth area over the last week and we would like to remind residents of a few simple security measures that can prevent you from becoming a victim of this type of crime.

· If possible park your bike off the road, in a garage, front garden or well-lit side alleyway.

· Secure your bike with a good lock to an object that cannot be moved or where possible to a good quality anchor.

· Security marking every large removable part may help recover your vehicle if stolen.

· Fit and secure a cover to your vehicle – this will often deter thieves.

· Fit an alarm or immobiliser.

· Never leave your keys with your vehicle.

Take a photograph of your bike as if it is stolen this will aid recovery
If you have any information regarding suspicious behaviour in your area you can contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Safer Internet Day

Norfolk Constabulary is supporting Safer Internet Day which takes place on Tuesday 9 February and is organised by the Safer Internet Centre.http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ ‪#‎SID2016‬ @UK_SIC

This annual event highlights the positive uses of technology and promotes the role that everybody can play in helping to create a safer, better online community.

Everybody can get involved in the ‪#‎shareaheart‬ social media campaign to help inspire kindness online and help raise awareness about the issue of online hate.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey of Norfolk Police and National Policing Lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation is pleased to once again support the work of the Safer Internet Centre in its co-ordination of Safer Internet Day stating that “the event not only provides a great opportunity to engage with industry, education and Police Partners, who are working together to help keep children safe online but provides a direct engagement with the public on key messages and support services. The reach of the event last year was testament to all the agencies working together to positively challenge and promote online safety and safe family participation.”

Children use the internet constantly in this day and age. It is a brilliant resource that enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative. They are often light years ahead of their parents in terms of online know-how but blissfully unaware of those who might seek to take advantage of them and naïve about the quantity of totally unsuitable content on the web.

It is important that your children know how to stay in control online. Sharing the following ‘SMART’ rules with your children will enable them to be safe and be smart online.

Safe – Keep safe by being careful not to give out your personal information such as your name, e-mail, home address or school name, phone number to people online.

Meeting – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. If you feel that you ‘have to’ meet, then for your own safety you must tell you parent or carer and take them with you – at least on the first visit.

Accepting – Accepting emails, messages on IM or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t really know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses which can wreck your computer, or nasty messages and images.

Reliable – Remember that people online may not be who they say they are, and so online ‘friends’ are really strangers, no matter how many times you have chatted with them, unless you know and trust them in the ‘offline world.’

Tell – Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.

Attached is further information from Childnet International with advice for supporting young people online. You can also visit the following:




Next of kin appeal – John William Wiseman

Police are appealing for help to trace the family of a man who died recently.

71-year-old John William Wiseman died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn on 1 February 2016.

John’s wife predeceased him but it is believed that she had children, his step children, including a girl called Pat whom the coroner would like to trace.

John was apparently well known in Kings Lynn and also had connections with Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

Anyone with information relating to John should contact the Coroner’s office in Norwich on 01603 276493.

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Election, May 5th 2016

Thinking of standing for election this May to become a councillor on the Parish Council?

Information can be found on the site below, along with a calendar and forms for nomination.

Nomination packs will be available from the Parish Office from the beginning of March – completed forms will need to be submitted between the date of advertisement of the election (by 30th March) and the closure of submissions (4pm on 7th April). They need to be hand delivered to Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

The Clerk will assist anyone who requires support with information, or electoral role numbers for their form.


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The annual shuffle has taken place on the allotment site and there are still some vacancies – if you would be interested in taking an allotment please contact the Parish Office on 01493 749938 or email; clerk@martham.gov.uk

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Public Right of Way Registration

The Parish Council is seeking to register onto the definitive map a public right of way along Cess Road down to the riverbank, intersecting Footpath 1 which runs along the embankment.

In order to obtain this registration the Council needs witness statements from individuals who have travelled down Cess Road, and onto the Riverbank in either direction over the last twenty years.

If you have walked, ridden or driven this route, and are prepared to fill in a short form and confirm this please can you contact the Parish Clerk who can provide the necessary paperwork.


Registration Application Form Cess Road

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Planning Decision;

Planning notification received at the Parish Office;
06/15/0767/F – 5 Rochford Road – Extensions to front and rear. GRANTED.
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Policing update;

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

Weekly crime summary 2 February 2016

Police remind residents of the importance of protecting yourself from common scams

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door to door, and telephone scams.

Police would like to remind residents that your bank and the police will NEVER contact you and ask for personal information, in particular banking details, over the phone or via email.

Depending on who you bank with the security questions asked by your bank may vary, but the bank will never ask you to authorise anything by entering your PIN into the telephone. You should also never agree to anyone coming to your home to collect your card. Should you receive this type of call put the phone down as this is a well-known scam.

We have also noticed an increase in reports of the number of letters arriving that are about a large lottery win from abroad. Again this is a common scam and you should NEVER send money in response to any of these requests.

The Metropolitan Police Service has produced the ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, which gives information on how you can protect yourself from many of the most frequent scams and can also be accessed via the Safety Advice section of our website http://www.norfolk.police.uk/…/onlinesaf…/avoidingscams.aspx

If you are not happy with the reason a person has come to your door, or are concerned about the legitimacy of a company making contact with you, please contact a neighbour, friend, family member or call the Police on 101 for advice.
Police appeal for witnesses following a dog attack in Gorleston

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an incident that took place on Thursday 14 January 2016 at 6.39am on Breydon Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth.

A man was walking his dog when a large dog, similar to a Rottweiler, grabbed his dog causing injury.

As the male picked his injured dog up the Rottweiler type dog attacked the man causing a large cut on his rear lower back.

The owner, who was unable to control his dog, is described as being white, 5ft 8, stocky build, aged in his late 50s wearing a woolly hat and carrying a shiny wooden walking stick.

Police are asking for any members of the public with knowledge of the dog or owner to contact PC Pete Richeda from Gorleston Police Station on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Police investigate burglary in Great Yarmouth

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Great Yarmouth.

A property in Jellicoe Road was entered sometime between 12.30pm and 1.50pm on Wednesday 27 January 2016. It is possible the resident was in the property during the incident.

Police are reminding members of the public to keep their premises secure even whilst inside their property. This is especially important if a significant amount of time will be sent in their gardens or upstairs.

A number of items were stolen during the burglary including a Play Station 4, controller and headset.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated or anyone with information about the PS4 should contact DS Craig Lovatt at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Appeal following Bradwell burglary

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Bradwell.

Some perfume and a Kindle were stolen from an address in Grebe Close sometime between 8.20am and 3.15pm on Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated or anyone with information should contact DC Richard Wallis at Great Yarmouth CID on 101.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Great Yarmouth Core Strategy

What are the implications of the Core Strategy for Martham? Please click on the Planning Tab above and select Core Strategy or click here.

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Parish Council Election;

Have you ever considered becoming a Parish Councillor and being more involved in the work of the Parish?
Martham Parish Council will be standing down this year, and a newly formed Council will take their seats at the Annual Meeting on the 18th May after the election on the 5th.
Broadly speaking to stand you must be over 18, and an elector of the Parish – there are other disqualifications and qualifications that the Clerk can help you with if you are interested.
The next Parish Council meeting is on the 17th February 2016 at 7.30pm at the Community Centre and this would be a good opportunity to see the Council in action.
The Council meets monthly except for August, on a Wednesday evening, and Councillors are expected to keep abreast of legislation and paperwork in order to inform their decision making, training is available.
The Clerk is there to support and inform the Council and Councillors, to carry out decisions taken at meetings and ensure that the Council paperwork and accountancy practices are in order.
If you would like to discuss membership of the Council, eligibility of standing for Office, the work of Councillor or how to stand for election please do contact the Clerk on 01493 749938 or clerk@martham.gov.uk.
More information on the election will be available as it gets nearer.
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Planning decision;

06/15/0711/F – 37 Cess Road
Retrospective application for the removal of a hedge and erection of a 1.8 metre high fence. GRANTED.
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Currently the only individual or organisation with a right of appeal over a planning decision is the applicant.
There is a petition to ask the government to debate giving that right to Parish Councils;


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