Monthly Archive: February 2011

Norfolk Constabulary: Security warning following Diss burglaries 0

Norfolk Constabulary: Security warning following Diss burglaries

25 Februrary 2011 Police in Diss are reminding residents in Diss to be vigilant following a series of burglaries in the area. The warning comes after four homes were targeted in the past two weeks in the Diss/Roydon area. Inspector Gavin Money, Diss Safer Neighbourhood Team said: From our investigations it appears these crimes occurred between midday and 7pm.

I would like to remind residents that they are our eyes and ears in the neighbourhood, to remain vigilant between these times and to report anything suspicious to us. Norfolk Constabulary offers the following crime prevention for householders: Householders are reminded to keep windows and doors locked and secure at all times, whether they are inside or outside the home. Leave a light on in a room and remember to draw the curtains when you go out at night.

Or invest in a timer switch for lights Check outside security is working Attention should be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within Be a good neighbour- if anyone is spotted acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood call the police non emergency number, 0845 456 4567 .

Norfolk Constabulary offers a variety of Home Watch endorsed home and personal security products 1 to buy.

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Norfolk Constabulary: Check your shed and outbuilding security 0

Norfolk Constabulary: Check your shed and outbuilding security

Homeowners and businesses in the Holt neighbourhood are being encouraged to step up shed and outbuilding security. The advice follows recent break-ins in the area and the onset of improved weather. Since the 1 February police have received seven reports of sheds and outbuildings being targeted by thieves.

The most recent being a shed break-in along Norwich Road, Holt which happened between 2pm on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday where a number of items including eight gazebo weights, soft drinks and walkie-talkie radios were stolen from inside the securely locked shed. Other offences have been reported in Cromer Road, Kelling, Highfield, Field Dalling, Cockthorpe Road, Langham, Shirehall Plain and Lodge Close in Holt. Police Community Support Officer Guy Slade from the Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “In light of these recent incidents, householders and businesses are reminded to check the locks on their sheds and outbuildings and that valuable items are clearly security marked to deter opportunist thieves.” Police advise shed owners to take the following steps: Fit good quality mortice locks or padlocks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door to reduce the leverage available Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside.

Fit a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves Use padlocks and chains to secure high value items including power tools, lawnmowers and cycles to an anchor Overtly security mark your property with your house number and post code.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Holt SNT on 0845 456 4567 or e-mail 1 2 References ^ Holt SNT ( ^ Holt SNT (

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Henry Haylett, wife Elizabeth nee Harding and familyCuckoo Lodge, Holkham Estate The photograph of the family at Cuckoo Lodge shows Edward, Jane and Alfred, wife Elizabeth, Henry and the dog! and four girls who are likely to be Charlotte, Clara, Rachel and Maria ( in 1901 Clara and Maria were both housemaids, not at Holkham Hall, but somewhere locally) – it is very likely the photograph was taken at the turn of the century. ********************* When Henry was born, on 24 February 1850, father Robert was a Police Officer and in 1851 the family lived in Beachamwell, Norfolk, just outside Swaffham. Robert was 34, his wife Charlotte was just 27 and the Haylett girls: Charlotte 7, Jane 5, Rachel 3 and Maria 2 were the elder sisters of baby Henry.

At this time there was a serious poaching problem in rural areas. On Monday 1 December 1851, Superintendent Parker, with a dozen rural policemen left Swaffham and went to Letton Park; Robert was one of the men. The neighbourhood was “infested with gangs of poachers” and the police were hoping to help catch them.

They secreted themselves for many nights, until Saturday 6 December, a bright moonlit night, when they heard shots and moved into the woods. The poachers fired and severely injured Superintendent Parker and also injured Constable Greenacre. Robert chased two poachers and he shot at them, he thought he had at least injured them, then he turned back to help Superintendent Parker.

The police were in fact criticised for being involved in this way, but three men were later transported for ten years and another three were imprisoned for two years with hard labour. Ten years later, in 1861, the family had moved to Fincham and lived on the Main Street and by 1871 Henry had moved out of the family home, Robert was a Sergeant of Police living in Town Street, Upwell and by 1891 Robert was living in Victoria Street, Littleport on his police pension.In his early years Henry was a gamekeeper, before joining the policeforce in 1868 in the Isle of Ely, when the Chief Constable was Mr Foster, it is amazing to think Henry was just 18.On 4 July 1870 Henry moved to the Norfolk Constabulary. His examination documents show how he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a swarthy complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

His figure was described as “proportionate”!His career in the police force progressed well: He was raised to 2nd Class on 17 July 1871 To 1st Class on 13 January 1873 On 24th June 1878 his salary rose to 24 shillings On 5th July 1880 it went up to 25 shillings and then on 19th July 1880 up to 26 shillings. It was good that he had these increases in salary. He married Elizabeth (Harding) and when he joined the Norfolk Constabulary he already had a son, Henry Harding Haylett, and by 1881 he had other children: Charlotte, Robert Harding (who later became a Prison Warder at Portland, Dorset), John Macdonald, William, Clara, Rachel (my adoptive maternal Grandmother) and George.

The family were living at Back Street Cottage, Horsham St Faith.On 27th July 1885 Henry was “raised” to 1st Class Sergeant and by 1891 the family had moved to Wells next the Sea and Charles, Maria, Edward, Alfred and Jane had been born. Then in 1892, on 1st August Henry became a 2nd Class Inspector, a 1st Class Inspector on 4 December 1893 and a 3rd Class Superintendent on 3rd October 1898. It was in 1898 that he retired on a pension.

Henry had actually been known to the Holkham Estate Office at Holkham Hall since at least 1889, when he had been a police sergeant in Wells-Next-the Sea. On his retirement he had moved into Cuckoo Lodge, shortly after building work had been undertaken there – in fact the date 1898 is on the house. At this point he appeared in the accounts as an employee of the estate.

In the 1901 and 1911 censuses, Henry is reported as being a Private Inspector, working for the Earl of Leicester of Holkham Hall and was living in Cuckoo Lodge, Wells. The 1911 census states the family included 13 children, all were living. In fact he was listed in the ‘Park and Demesne’ section of the accounts until 1913 and was listed as ‘Inspector Haylett’, on an annual wage of 60.

His rent at Cuckoo Lodge was 2.

7 shillings per annum. In the mid 1890s when Henry was Sergeant Haylett, he had been asked to keep an eye on goods awaiting transport to Holkham, that were stored on Freeman Street in Wells and to arrange for police to be on duty at an unspecified event. After his appointment as an estate employee in 1898, he appears to have been responsible for such matters as closure of the park gates on special occasions; prosecuting poachers and cautioning men for shooting in the wrong area; serving notices to quit on cottage tenants and collecting minor payments due to the estate.

His police background must have been useful. On one occasion, in February 1913, when a car had run into one of the park gates at night, the agent sent a note to Henry the next morning: “Please go at once & see what evidence you can get from the ground & make enquiries as to what cars were in Wells last evening. Try the Fleece as there were several there”.

Fleece Inn, Wells Next the Sea Henry lived at Cuckoo Lodge, rent free for the last few years, until 1912, when he moved to another estate house in Wells, until June 1917. Holkham Hall found what is thought to be their last letter to him in Wells in 1924, he had continued to work for the estate until his death later that year. On 13 June, the Holkham agent, Arthur Tower, wrote to Robert Haylett (Henry’s son), in Norwich: ” I am very sorry indeed to hear that your father has passed away and you have my sincere sympathy in your bereavement.

Your father served this estate for many years in a most satisfactory manner and we shall all feel his loss in many ways.” Cuckoo Lodge was probably built in the 1860s, for its name appears in the 1871 census for Wells.

It still stands in an isolated position just outside the south-east corner of Holkham Park.

With thanks to the Holkham Hall archive – Copy out-letter books 1889 et seq – Cottage Rental books 1889 et seq – Estate Accounts A/280 1898 This photograph shows Henry’s sons: Charles, William, Robert with Henryand Robert’s wife Lily, Aunt Lil, daughter Jane and her mother ElizabethIt is most likely this was taken just after 1911 What an interesting insight into the Police and this particular family!