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Police nab four men for suspected hare coursing and …

21:12 31 January 2015 John Elworthy 1 Vehicle confiscated after hare coursing in March Archant Four men thought to be hare coursing illegally were caught by police today in March. A police spokesman said: Officers this afternoon received a report of males on an open field near to Grandford Drove, March. These males were seen on the field with dogs hare coursing.

Officers were dispatched to the area and quickly arrived to find four males and five dogs. The spokesman said all four men were reported for summons and will attend court at a later date. As well as this their vehicle has been seized by police.

He added: If you see any persons on land and you believe they are hare coursing please report this via 999. It follows an earlier report on January 7 when police were alerted by members of the public to a suspicious vehicle in the Thorney area. Three men were seen with dogs on land hare coursing.

Officers from Peterborough and Fenland made their way to the area. The police spokesman said the vehicle was seen to leave the area of Thorney and head towards Wisbech where local officers worked well together and managed to stop the vehicle in Pickards Way. The offenders were interviewed in relation to the incident and have all been reported for the offence of hare coursing and will be summoned to attend court at a later date.

Their vehicle was also seized by officers. Over the border, a 49 year-old man has been arrested in connection with hare coursing following an incident in Hilgay. Police were called shortly after 3.30pm on Friday January 23 to reports of people believed to be carrying out the illegal activity on Ely Road.

The area was sealed off and police carried out a search with assistance from the NPAS (National Police Air Service) helicopter. A Norfolk police spokesman said: A man was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned at Bury Police Investigation Centre. He has been released on bail until February 16.

PC Richard Allan said: We would like to remind people that hare coursing is an offence that will not be tolerated by police and I can assure the public that we will act promptly and robustly to pursue offenders committing this type of crime. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Richard Allan at Downham Market Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Three weeks ago Cambridgeshire police released a video of the crushing of two vehicles which were seized in connection with an investigation by police into hare coursing.

A pig that was destined for the slaughter house is enjoying a new lease of life after being saved by a couple from Soham. There were 384 complaints made against Cambs Police in 2013/4. Young singers from Wisbech Grammar School s preparatory school were part of a mammoth choir at London s O2 Arena.

A proposal to build nine wind turbines near Terrington St Clement has been rejected.

References ^ John Elworthy (www.wisbechstandard.co.uk)

King's Lynn club supports Red Wellies – Fenland Citizen

Lynnsport Ladybirds running group held their new year meal at the Riverside Restaurant in Lynn and used the occasion to present cheques to local charities Red Wellies and Reach for a Star. Mr Wiles reports that other recent donations to Red Wellies include 50 from Bob Booth, 300 from the Hunt Family of Terrington St Clement, 3,000 from the George Mason Charitable Trust at Sedgeford and 399.42 from Slimming World, Lynn. A further 267 was raised at a quiz night held in North Wootton.

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Disgraced Norfolk doctor and police surgeon to face further sex …

Disgraced Norfolk doctor and police surgeon to face further sex charges Hugh O’Neill. PIC: Submitted by Norfolk police. Ben Kendall 1 Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:21 AM A GP and former police surgeon jailed for 12 years for terrifying sexual abuse against two teenage girls is set to face further allegations, a court has heard.

Dr Hugh Blaise O Neill, 61, of Saxlingham Lane, Tasburgh, had earlier admitted raping one of the girls and sexually assaulting both and appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing yesterday. The court heard his crimes represented a fall from grace for a respected member of the community who worked as a Norfolk Police surgeon and as a GP for 37 years. Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said O Neill will face a further 15 allegations relating to separate adult victims.

The indictment has not yet been put formally to him but the charges are likely to include indecent assault and he is understood to deny the claims. Mr Jackson said the new counts relate to sexual conduct while in a position of trust . Referring to the counts he has admitted, Mr Jackson said the girls were aged under 14 at the time and do not relate to his role as a doctor.

O Neill s offending came to light after one of the now adult victims was prompted to contact police as a result of media coverage of high- profile sexual abuse cases, Mr Jackson added. One of the victims said in a statement that she could no longer trust others and she regarded the abuse as her terrible secret . She added: It was the most terrifying experience of my life.

There is not one evening that goes by when I don t relive what he did to me. The other said she felt like she had been terrorised. When I think about my childhood, I feel as though it was taken away from me, she added.

O Neill pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of gross indecency against one victim, and two counts of gross indecency against a second victim. Sentencing him to 12 years in prison, Judge Anthony Bate said: These offences reflect sustained sexual abuse. The enduring impact of that violation is movingly and poignantly described in the victim s statement.

It was a breach of trust of the utmost gravity. You are now a broken man your disgrace is complete. Michael Clare, mitigating, said in every other aspect of his life, O Neill was a law-abiding, caring and outstanding man.

The higher you have risen in life, the harder the fall from grace, he said.

O Neill has been suspended from his duties by local NHS managers.

References ^ Ben Kendall (www.edp24.co.uk)

Councils can help Norfolk firms overcome barriers to growth …

Dan Archer of Dacs Design and Dave Richardson of AshtonKCJ Solicitors at Broadland business breakfast Jessica Staufenberg, Business writer 1 Friday, January 30, 2015 8:46 PM Norfolk firms need to overcome red tape and step forward to claim the vital funds they need to grow, a business forum has heard. To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. Hamish Melville, head of economic development at Broadland District Council, encouraged companies to use the local authority s support services to help them beat the bureaucratic barriers blocking their potential.

It came as some business leaders expressed their frustration at the amount of paperwork involved when trying to access grants. But the concerns were tempered by an overriding feeling of optimism at the meeting that the county was on the cusp of further economic success thanks to improved transport links, including the recent dualling of the A11. The Broadland Business Breakfast Forum, which was held at The Oaklands Hotel, Norwich, saw the companies quiz Mr Melville and Chloe Smith, the MP for Norwich North.

Mr Melville said it was important businesses in the Broadland area were supported by an efficient council service able to work flexibly to meet their need, rather than expect businesses to fit in with the council. He said: In the old days a business would phone us and say, look, we re looking for a grant, and it would take a few days just to chase it up. Now we aim to be more business-facing, seeing to the issue much faster and outside traditional council working hours.

We are there to help small- to medium- businesses with the paperwork if they need it. Dan Archer, managing director at DACS Design Solutions, which is based at the Broadland Business Park, said there was a tendency in Norfolk for people to work separately, and funding needed to be channelled towards supporting local businesses rather than at bigger infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Ms Smith said: One of the drives of this government has been to take away red tape and allow projects to grow.

The government s Red Tape Challenge has been scrapping or improving everything from audit requirements, health and safety regulations and micro management to make savings to businesses in the UK to the tune of 10bn. The event was organised by the BOLD Group and supported by Broadland District Council, What do you think about access to funding in Norfolk? Contact Jess Staufenberg on [email protected] or call on 01603772531.

4 comments The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site References ^ Jessica Staufenberg, Business writer (www.eveningnews24.co.uk)

Qatar royal family buy Cluny Estate

In 2001,the 10,000 acre Cluny Estate 1 , near Laggan in Inverness-shire was bought by Mr Alain Angelil for 3.6 million. He put it on the market on 12 August 2013 ( media release 2 & sales brochure 3 10.4Mb pdf). Earlier this month, the estate was sold for 7.3 million to a company called Cluny Estates Ltd., PO Box 83, Ordnance House, 31 Pier Road, St.

Helier, Jersey (memorandum of association here 4 ). This company is owned by two shareholders, OH Securities Ltd. and R&H Investments Ltd., both at the same address.

As illustrated by a previous blog about Kildrummy Estate 5 , these two companies are in turn both owned by R&H Trust Co. (Jersey) Ltd. which in turn is owned by the two companies that it owns (OH Securities Ltd. and R&H Investments Ltd.) and a third, Woodbourne Nominees Ltd.

Who owns Woodbourne Nominees Ltd.? R&H Trust Co. (Jersey) Ltd. See below.

So, who is really behind Cluny Estates Ltd.? Last week, land agents were on site at Cluny Estate. Asked who had bought it, they said they did not know and did not want to know.

They are instructed by an agent in London who, in turn, is instructed by another agent. I understand, however that the real owner is a member (or members) of the Qatar royal family perhaps Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned (pictured above). She and other family members own significant properties in London including Harrods, 95% of the Shard, the Olympic village, half of the world s most expensive apartment block, One Hyde Park, Canary Wharf and the US Embassy building.

See recent reports here 6 and here 7 . Yesterday the family was denied planning consent 8 to create a 17 bedroom palace in Cornwall Terrace, London. If anyone has any further information, please feel free to share it in comments or directly to me via email [email protected]

Meanwhile, I have sent an email to the estate office to ask for confirmation.

References ^ Cluny Estate (clunyestate.com) ^ media release (www.andywightman.com) ^ sales brochure (www.andywightman.com) ^ here (www.andywightman.com) ^ previous blog about Kildrummy Estate (www.andywightman.com) ^ here (www.theguardian.com) ^ here (www.theguardian.com) ^ denied planning consent (www.theguardian.com)

Norwich police make arrest in 2009 sexual assault

Norwich police make arrest in 2009 sexual assault NORWICH DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a man in a sexual assault case from 2009. Alexander Perry, 24, was arrested Thursday in connection to the sexual assault of a woman who also sustained broken bones in her face. Police said the assault happened April 29, 2009.

A woman was walking in the area of Central Avenue when an unknown male called over to her. She said she walked toward the man who then physically assaulted her and sexually assaulted her. The suspect also told her that he had a gun, however one was not displayed, according to police.

The victim could only provide a vague description of the suspect and said after the assault he ran away. She suffered moderate injuries which included broken bones in her face, according to police. Police investigated but did not have any leads.

Physical evidence collected at the scene was turned over to the State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory. On January 12, the lab informed Norwich police that the sample matched profile in their database and provided the suspects name to police. Perry was located and arrested Perry on Central Avenue Thursday.

He was charged with sexual assault, assault, threatening and unlawful restraint.

Perry was held on $500,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned in Norwich Superior Court.