Category: Attleborough

Air show crash pilot had undiagnosed heart problem « Shropshire Star 0

Air show crash pilot had undiagnosed heart problem « Shropshire Star

One of Britain’s top aerobatics pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during a display was suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition, accident investigators have said. David Jenkins, 61, was flying his Edge 360 plane during a media event to launch the Old Buckenham air show in Norfolk on April 22 last year when he experienced problems. A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found that he crashed after losing control during an “advanced aerobatic tumbling manoeuvre”.

The aircraft entered a spin “at relatively low height” and hit the ground “without any apparent attempt at recovery”, the investigators stated. The AAIB said Mr Jenkins was found to have a “serious and previously undiagnosed heart condition” which “may have affected his judgment”. It is possible he became “incapacitated at a critical stage of the flight”, the report added.

The moment the aircraft began to lose control was caught on camera by a local television crew. Witnesses first thought the manoeuvre was part of the daredevil display until smoke began billowing from the ground. Mr Jenkins was a two-time British advanced aerobatics champion.

He was a member of the Wildcat Aerobatic Team based at Old Buckenham Airfield, near Attleborough, where the event was taking place.

At the time of the crash he was described by friends as “one of the best” and “highly skilled”.

Teenagers travel hundreds of miles for mental health treatment (From ) 0

Teenagers travel hundreds of miles for mental health treatment (From )

TWO teenagers with serious mental health problems had to travel more than 270 miles because there were no hospital beds available for them. They were among 16 young patients forced to go out of the county for treatment between September 2015 and February this year. A Freedom of Information request gas revealed the longest distance travelled was a trip of 277 miles to Bury, Greater Manchester.

Other locations included Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire, Attleborough in East Anglia, Colchester in Essex, Roehampton, Godden Green in Kent, Roehampton and Enfield in London and Woking in Surrey. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 1 said most of the teenagers had to be moved further afield because they needed particular mental health treatment the trust was not commissioned to provide. The trust also sent 13 adults outside the county over the same period with patients sent to locations in London, Kent, Southampton, and Woking.

The revelation has sparked calls from the mental health charity YoungMinds for better Government investment in beds and services. The charity said more must be done to ensure specialist mental health services are more widely available for children and teenagers closer to home. Director of campaigns Lucie Russell said: When a child reaches crisis point and their suffering is so acute they need inpatient care, they should not have to wait for a bed, nor travel hundreds of miles to get one.

Children in crisis and their families need comprehensive and immediate support during this extremely traumatic time. The charity said inpatient care should be a last resort but the lack of early intervention services that focus on prevention is causing a surge in demand for inpatient beds. Ms Russell said: This is both expensive and increases the suffering of children and their families.

Sussex Partnership service director for children and young people, Ruth Hillman, said: Sometimes the children and young people referred to our services for care need specialist inpatient treatment that we are not commissioned to provide so they have to receive this out of the area. Examples of this include psychiatric intensive care, severe learning disability conditions and those young people who require placements in forensic adolescent units. This is what happened in all but three of these 16 cases.

These 13 children and young people needed care outside of our area because all their conditions required specialist care. Our priority and focus is always on providing the right care in the right place for the children and young people we treat. Most of the time that is at home but sometimes a period in hospital is needed.

In the rare cases where we do not have bed space in any of our hospitals and have to look out of the area we always work very closely with the young person and their family and would look to move them back to the local area as soon as capacity is available and their condition allows.

References ^ Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (

Have your say on policing issues in Aylsham 0

Have your say on policing issues in Aylsham

Police commissioner candidate Lorne Green will be joining a team of local Conservative Party activists in Aylsham Market Place on Saturday (March 12) to find out residents concerns and views on policing in the area. Lorne has compiled a 60-second survey which he is taking around the county, the answers to which will help form his campaign and future work as the Police and Crime Commissioner should he be successful in May. He will be joined by Keith Simpson MP and hopefully Chloe Smith and Brandon Lewis.

Lorne is the Conservative candidate for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner. His aim is to improve efficiency and bring the force s technology into the 21 st century. I am going to work very hard to fight crime and stop young people from entering a life of crime, he said.

Mr Green was Canadian diplomat for 30 years, and served in embassies around the world, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania. Lorne s roots in Norfolk go back at least 240 years when the first of his ancestors to leave these shores for the new world set out from Attleborough as part of the British Army sent to quell the American Revolution. Although he served in the Canadian diplomatic service for 30 years, Lorne and his wife Valerie were married in Snettisham more than 40 years ago, have owned a home there for 33 years, two of their three children were born in Norfolk and educated in Norfolk schools.

Lorne was in charge of the Canadian Embassy in Yugoslavia during its period of bloody conflict. He has served on delegations to the United Nations in New York, four years at NATO headquarters in Brussels as part of the Nuclear Planning Group, and for three years was assigned to the Canadian Defence Ministry, with a staff of military and civilian officers, as Director of Nuclear and Arms Control Policy. Subsequently, for 11 years he was Secretary General of the World Nuclear Transport Institute in London.

Over a long career Lorne has dealt with some of the gravest safety and security issues. He has worked shoulder to shoulder with uniformed services and has enormous respect for them. Importantly, throughout his career Lorne had to work hard, and patiently, through listening, and negotiating, to find compromise and consensus among often very opposed interests.

This experience and these attributes equip him to be an effective Police and Crime Commissioner. .