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Norfolk bus driver jailed for sexual activity with young female passenger 13 October 2015 A bus driver has been jailed for five years after admitting sexual activity with a young passenger. Hugh Gage, 36, worked as a bus driver during the time the offences were committed with the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but who was under 16 at the time. Norwich Crown Court heard that the victim had a crush on Gage and that between May 2009 and May 2011, he twice touched her in a sexual way while the bus was parked in a lay-by near her home.

The matter was only reported to police after the victim told others about what happened when she was on the bus. Gage, of Rougholme Close, Gressenhall, near Dereham, was arrested and computers containing 28 indecent images of children and also extreme pornographic images belonging to the defendant were found. Gage appeared in court yesterday to be sentenced having previously admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child, possession of indecent images and possession of extreme pornographic images.

Sentencing Gage to a total of five years, Judge Maureen Bacon said the defendant had taken advantage of the feelings the victim had for him to satisfy his own sexual pleasure . She said the offences involved a degree of planning and amounted to an abuse of trust . Michael Clare, mitigating, said Gage felt considerable guilt and had let himself down in a spectacular way .

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Extract September 15

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and sixteen parishioners. Planning.

Applications. No objection had been made to the addition of a first floor single storey extension, roof alterations and garage to front at Woods End 14 Elmham Road or to the single storey extension to front of the property at 9 Wood Drive. Both of these applications had been received after the July meeting and circulated to all Councillors for their comments which had been forwarded to Breckland Council.

An application had been received for the erection of seven dwellings with detached garages on land to the rear of The Paddocks and a lengthy discussion was held with the parishioners who attended because of their concerns and objections to the proposed development. The parishioners were informed at the meeting that the Parish Council is only a consultee and that the final decision rests with Breckland Council. The Parish council decided to object to the application, which is very similar to an application in 2002 which was refused by Breckland Council and the appeal by the applicant was dismissed by the Planning Inspector.

The development is outside the settlement boundary for Beetley and the Parish Council felt that the development would lead to increased traffic through The Paddocks to the detriment of the amenity of the residents. It was also felt that if any development was to occur in Beetley over the next twenty years as part of the Local Plan this should be on land with a road frontage and not to the rear of existing properties. The District Councillor had requested that if permission is likely to be granted by the officers at Breckland Council this application should be referred to the Planning Committee and this had been agreed by the Chairman of that Committee.

At this Committee meeting the Parish Council will be allowed to speak as will objectors to the application. The Parish Council will have three minutes to state their case and all the objectors have only three minutes between them. Decisions.

Permission had been granted for the extensions and alterations to convert garage into annexe to dwelling at 22A Elmham Road, the addition of a first floor single storey extension, roof alterations and garage to front at Woods End 14 Elmham Road and for the single storey extension to front of the property at 9 Wood Drive. Beetley River Meadows. A problem is still occurring with the depositing of dog waste in the standard litter bins.

Would dog owners please use the bins that are marked for dog waste. The Environment Agency had been contacted again about the weed growth in the river bordering the river meadows and it has confirmed that it will be carrying out spraying from Gressenhall Mill to the Holt Road road bridge. It is hoped that this will occur shortly.

Finance. The External Audit had been completed by Mazars LLP and no criticism had been raised over the accounts or the governance of the public funds. Request for a Post Box.

Royal Mail collections have confirmed that it will consider the request for a new post box. Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes.

The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website,, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or