New Sport England Funding Open:

Follow the link for an explanation of when funding will be available, and a guide on how to apply:

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/new-funding-when-to-apply/

 

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Weekly Crime Summary

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

Weekly crime summary 17 January 2017

Operation Gravity update – further arrests and partnership working

Operation Gravity enquiries remain a top priority for Norfolk Police with two more men arrested on Sunday afternoon as part of our campaign against drug dealing in the county.

At around 4pm, intelligence gathered as part of Operation Gravity led officers to a suspicious vehicle in the Brazengate area of Norwich.  However, when approached by a marked police car it failed to stop at the scene.

A short while later two men were arrested in connection with the incident. The first man, in his early 30s from the London area, was arrested on suspicion of offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of Class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of bladed article.  The second, a Norwich man in his late 30s, was arrested on suspicion of offences including driving under the influence of drugs, failing to stop driving when directed, dangerous driving, possession of Class A drugs (cocaine) and burglary.

T/Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall, Norfolk’s County Policing Commander, welcomed the arrest, saying: “We will take any opportunity we have to target people who we believe are involved in drug dealing in our county.  Intelligence forms a significant part of our operation and this type of action is only possible if we are made aware of any suspicious behaviour. These arrests show how much local communities working with us is key to successfully tackling this type of criminality.”

As Operation Gravity gains momentum across the county, Norfolk Constabulary is continuing to pull forces with partner agencies to target drug dealing.

Housing providers, including Flagship Group, have been working jointly with Norfolk Constabulary to identify households which are at risk of exploitation by criminals involved in the use of and distribution of illegal drugs.

Flagship’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Officers have been undertaking door to door visits to speak with witnesses who have come forward with information. The work has been a combination of ASB officers speaking with tenants, as well as joint visits with the police.  The ASB officers have provided support and reassurance to potentially vulnerable victims. This early intervention can prevent people from becoming victims of crime.

Any information obtained has then been shared with Norfolk Constabulary and as a result officers have started to take action against people identified as potential criminals.

Ritch Bartlett, ASB Officer for Flagship said: “The multi-agency approach has been very successful so far. We have been working closely with the police as well as a number of other local agencies to gather and share intelligence. We find that sometimes people feel more comfortable speaking with us rather than other organisations, as there is the familiarity. We support the police during their investigations and have an important role to play.”

Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall said: “Our work with partner agencies is essential in making Operation Gravity a success. This is not just a police matter and we cannot go in with enforcement alone.

“This multi-agency working, including our work with housing, will enable us to identify individuals at risk, as well as those involved in drug related criminal activity and will be key in breaking the cycle from drug use, to drug dealing and other crimes.”

We want to reassure communities that any information they submit will be treated in confidence and that you are keeping your community safer by telling us what you know about drug activity.

If you suspect drug dealing in your neighbourhood it may look like:

  • Groups of people coming and going from an address at all times of the day and night
  • The discarding of Class A paraphernalia such as syringes and cellophane
  • General anti-social behaviour without any other explanation

If you want to remain completely anonymous you can report any information to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They will not take any personal details and your phone number cannot be traced.

 Further news, appeals and information can also be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk

 

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Policing update:

NS; Christmas drink drive campaign results

More than 2,600 people were breathalysed in Norfolk and Suffolk during the Christmas drink drive campaign with 224 drivers failing.

The month-long campaign, launched on 1 December 2016, targeted drivers getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Additional patrols and roadside checks were carried out with Norfolk have a 6.2% fail rate while Suffolk’s was 10.7%.

In Norfolk 1,320 tests were carried out (424 following collisions) with 82 drivers providing positive readings (61 male and 21 female). Thirty-five drivers failed drug tests (32 male and 3 female).

In Suffolk 1,329 tests were carried out (450 following collisions) with 142 drivers providing positive readings (122 male and 20 female). Forty-three drivers failed drug tests (37 male and 6 female).

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “It’s always disappointing to see that people are still prepared to take the risk and get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, although it is a minority.

“Dozens of people caught during the campaign would have started 2017 with a minimum 12 to 18 month driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives.

“We target drink drivers all-year round and my plea to motorists considering getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is don’t – it’s simply not worth the risk.”

During the 2015 campaign 3,349 drivers were tested with 262 drivers providing positive readings in total for both counties. In Norfolk 1,429 tests were carried out with 90 drivers failing while in Suffolk 1,920 tests were carried out with 172 drivers failing the test.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, said: “It is clear some drivers still don’t grasp the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and unacceptable and a selfish thing to do. I attach great importance as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk Police and partner agencies.

“It is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community. We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe. Do yourself a favour, do everyone else a favour and don’t drive under the influence of drink or drugs and don’t let your friends or family do so.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Every Christmas our message is the same and every year sadly there are still drivers that do not take heed, I find this extremely disappointing.  It beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“All drivers need to understand that drink driving risks lives and the lives of others, it is grossly irresponsible and selfish.

“Too many people lose their lives on our roads and that’s why we have invested in extra roads policing – we’re doing all we can to keep our roads safe, we need everyone out on our county’s road to do the same.”

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Police Connect Message:

Special Constabulary speeding team launched in Yarmouth

Members of the Special Constabulary will be teaming up with volunteers to tackle speeding drivers in and around Great Yarmouth.

Launched yesterday, Sunday 15 January, the Special Constabulary Speeding Team will see officers carry out roadside checks, complementing those carried out by Community Speed Watch (CSW) teams.

The team will focus their efforts on areas where speeding is raised as a concern and those not covered by CSW.

PC Hannah Gardiner, Great Yarmouth Engagement Officer, said: “Speeding is an issue often raised as a concern by local residents and this team will be able to complement checks already carried out by police and members of CSW.

“The team will carry out a leaflet drop in the immediate vicinity of where speed checks take place, updating local residents on the results and action we have taken.”

The Special Constabulary Speeding Team is one of a number of community policing projects being supported through Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green’s Early Intervention Fund.  The fund is open to policing teams across the county to help them work with communities to tackle local crime, disorder and community safety issues.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, who attended the launch of a similar scheme by Specials in Poringland last month, added: “I am delighted to continue to support such a project and to see it embraced by police, volunteers and the wider community. It was fantastic to witness first-hand the work of the team in Poringland and is great to see such an initiative being extended across the Great Yarmouth area.

“Speeding is one of the fatal four, as well as drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone and this is a prime example of how, together, we are advancing the fight for improved road safety in Norfolk.

“The purpose of Speed Watch and the Special Constabulary Speeding Team is not to spoil our pleasure in responsible driving, but to protect us from unsafe driving. This is community spirit at its best – cooperation between Speed Watch volunteers and our police to keep our roads safe.”

 

Specials Manager Sue Goode said: “This is a great example of how our committed volunteers get to experience the world of policing while helping to support local communities and organisations such as Community Speed Watch. It’s pleasing to see the specials getting involved with local communities and help to address issues of concern.”

 

If you are interested in setting up or joining an existing Community Speed Watch group, please contact Great Yarmouth Engagement Officer PC Hannah Gardiner on 101.

 

Appeal after burglary in Southtown, Great Yarmouth

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

The incident happened on Southtown Road yesterday (Sunday 15 January) between 1pm and 11.30pm when suspect(s) broke into a flat by forcing a door before stealing a Playstation 4 along with accessories.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information concerning it.

Witnesses should contact Detective Constable Gavin Rivett at Great Yarmouth CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Man sentenced after car stereos stolen in Great Yarmouth

 

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 weeks behind bars after pleading guilty to committing a string of thefts from motor vehicles.

Edgaris Draugelis, of no fixed abode, was handed the sentence following an investigation by the Great Yarmouth District Crime Unit.

The most recent incident happened on Friday 6 January 2016 where a white Transit van had its quarter light window smashed and the car stereo stolen from within.

Following a Crime Scene Investigation Draugelis was identified as a potential suspect and arrested on Thursday 12 January 2016. He was charged later the same day and put in front of Magistrates in Norwich on Friday 13 January 2016.

For his crimes, Draguelis was sentenced to 12 weeks behind bars and ordered to pay £335 in compensation.

 

 

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Latest Flooding Information:

Great Yarmouth

Properties in South Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Caister, Southtown and Cobholm areas are being evacuated from 10am this morning with additional police resources drafted in alongside military personnel to visit those homes directly affected – this is about 5,000 properties.

 

Rest centres have been set up in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston – Cliff Park Academy, Kennedy Avenue, Gorleston, NR31 6TA, will be open from 10am and dedicated to vulnerable members of the community. Ormiston Venture Academy, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, NR31 7JJ, and Christ Church, King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2HL, will both open from 12pm (midday) today.

 

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is making available a limited supply of sand and empty bags at the below locations. People who want sandbags will be required to fill the bags themselves with the sand provided. Please bring a spade. The pick-up points will be operational from 10am this morning.

  • Brush Quay, Gorleston
  • Beach Coach Station car park, Great Yarmouth
  • The car park at Cobholm, off Pasteur Road, close to Topps Tiles
  • South Quay, opposite Friars Lane, Great Yarmouth
  • Runham, on the corner of Runham Road and North River Road
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Police Connect Message;

 

Norfolk prepares for possible floods Emergency Planners from the police, district councils and the county council, the Environment Agency and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are currently meeting to discuss the possibility of floods and the effect it may have on the county. The region is currently on a “Flood Alert” with floods a strong possibility. Residents and business owners are urged to be prepared and are asked to monitor the threat level by visiting the Environment Agency website, calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or by following #NorfolkFloods on Twitter and Facebook. There are two times on Friday 13 January when specific locations are at greatest risk of flooding. These are between 7am and 10am tomorrow morning and 8pm to 10pm tomorrow evening (approximate timings). The Environment Agency is anticipating flooding in the following areas: • Yarmouth • Walcott • King’s Lynn • Salthouse • Wells If the threat level changes and evacuation is needed any household affected will be contacted in person, according to the local flood management plan. Police have also warned drivers to take extra care and allow extra time for journeys due to winter conditions tomorrow with snow, ice and high winds expected tomorrow. Drivers are advised to avoid travel unless necessary. The following advice is offered for those preparing for evacuation: · Stay calm and do not panic. · Police officers and / or other officials will try to visit all properties at risk to advise on the requirement to evacuate. · If road conditions permit, move vehicles to unaffected areas for example higher ground and ask friends / family if you can share their parking facilities. · You will hear about your evacuation point for transport and the location of the reception centre either verbally or by a leaflet. · Try to check that any elderly / vulnerable family members or neighbours know about the evacuation. · Try to inform family members / friends as to where you are evacuating. · Listen to the advice of the authorities and follow any instructions to leave the property. · Take special foods and medicines. · Switch off gas and electricity. · If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs. · Any furniture that you cannot move upstairs, try to raise well off the floor. · Do not forget to lock all doors and windows. · Block doorways and air bricks – sandbags are not available via local authorities · Avoid walking and driving through floodwater, there could be hidden hazards.

 

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Road Closure

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Local History Group

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Planning notification received from Great Yarmouth Borough Council;

06/16/0737/F – 33 Thurne Rise, Martham.

Renewal of PP 06/10/0745/F – to allow part of the domestic garage to be used to store garden bird seed in connection with a small home delivery business on a permanent basis.

GRANTED.

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Planning Application received from Great Yarmouth Borough Council;

The following plans are available at the Parish Office to view;

06/16/0811/F – Roundabout and new access Road.  Repps Road (Land South of).

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