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Norfolk's crime rate soars

Crime figures are going up, but the number of criminals caught is hardly increasing. Photo: Getty Images

Criminals are becoming “more confident” they will not be caught, Norfolk’s police union has warned.

Break-in reports have soa…

Hundreds of Norfolk's smokers sign up to quit during Stoptober

Over 500 smokers across Norfolk pledged to benefit their health and wallets by signing up to quit the fags during the recent Stoptober campaign. A total of 508 people contacted Smoke Free Norfolk, provided by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), during the October event, which encourages smokers to quit for 28 consecutive days. Jake Nichols from Norwich One of those is 19-year-old Jake Nichols from Norwich, who began smoking after trying a friend s cigarette aged 15 a habit which developed into 20 a day over the next four years.

Jake also suffers from depression and had believed that cigarettes helped with his stress levels. After finishing college, and being on a limited budget, he decided to sign up for Stoptober and booked an appointment to see a Smoke Free advisor at Lakenham Surgery in Norwich. Jake said: Initially I wanted to quit for financial reasons, and also because my mum quit with Smoke Free Norfolk, so I thought if she could do it, then I could too.

I went to the first few appointments on my own, then joined mum with some. I was anxious as I thought I would have to stand up in front of everyone and say Hi, I m Jake and I m a smoker or something, but Caroline, my advisor, was lovely. I didn t get any lectures, just great support and advice, and medication to help control the cravings.

I like science so Caroline explaining about the nicotine receptors and nerve endings helped me understand why I was addicted to smoking. Jake s main motivation for quitting had been financial, but he since he stubbed out the fags once and for all he has noticed an improvement to his health, is able to breathe more easily, and has even taken up running. With my depression I thought quitting was going to be really tough, he said.

I especially thought the low moods would be hard to deal with, but after the first week things actually got much better. James Wade, Lead Advisor with Smoke Free Norfolk, said: Jake s story is a great example of how Stoptober encourages people, of all ages, to take the plunge and kick the habit once and for all. He has done really well and should be proud of himself.

If you quit for 28 days your chances of having a heart attack drop, your sense of taste and smell improves and you have better circulation not to mention a healthier bank balance! For advice on giving up smoking, contact the Smoke Free Norfolk team on 0800 0854 113, text bfree and your name to 65000 or log on to 1 . There is more information about the service on 2 or @SmokeFreeNrflk 3 on Twitter.

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Community project reveals history of Colman's during First World War

A new book and exhibition, researched by volunteers and students, unearths the impact of the First World War on one of Norwich s biggest industries at the time, thanks to National Lottery players. Colman s Connections: The War Years 1914-1918 has been curated by the Colman s Detectives, a community research group, along with the Heritage Heroes from Lakenham School, and uncovers stories and real-life experiences of how the Colman s Carrow Works factory and its worker s lives were affected by the First World War. The intergenerational community research project has been supported by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) and received funding of 37,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The research undertaken by the Colman s Detectives has led to the creation of a pop-up exhibition, interactive digital timeline and book about the stories they have discovered. The book and exhibition look at the mustard workers roles on the front line, the impact of the war on women, families and workers on the home front, and the part Colman s played in the war effort. During the exhibition, visitors will be able to see authentic medals and original items owned by soldiers and families on display, view a Roll of Honour commemorating mustard workers lost during the conflict, and discover Household Hints collated from wartime copies of Carrow Works Magazine , as well as follow the history of the firm during the conflict on a digital interactive timeline.

Colman s has an extraordinary story, and has played a significant role in the history of Norwich and its citizens. The company still employs many people and holds a special place in the culture and identity of the city. During the First World War, many soldiers wrote home describing their experiences.

One such correspondent was Harold Ernest Philpott, who was a clerk at Carrow Works, before serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the war. His letters, published in the Carrow Works Magazine , describe his journey to Gallipoli, where during a stopover at Alexandria, he saw a Colman s advert on a tram. The project also researched the from cradle to grave philanthropic attitudes of Colman s during the war, from its schools and medical care, through to societies, housing, pensions and even coffins for their workers the latter recorded in the exceptional Coffin Book which detailed the date, name, address and department of the deceased, as well as the type of wood used and fixtures and fittings, which all depended on the worker s rank within the company.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: The impact of the First World War was far reaching, and touched every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than 70 million in projects large and small that are marking this global centenary; with our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the Colman s Connections project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world . Sarah Power, Colman s Connections Education Project Manager, said: This has been an exciting and really engaging project to work on, and we are hugely impressed with the amount and quality of research that the Colman s Detectives have uncovered they have done an amazing job of pulling together archive sources to produce a fascinating book and exhibition.

She continued: The Heritage Heroes at Lakenham Primary school explored the overarching history of the Colman s factory, and worked towards Arts Award Explore their work will be showcased during the exhibition. Hellesdon High School also worked with artist Matt Reeve to populate the digital timeline. Patricia Brocklebank, Colman s Detective, said: It has been great to work with others who share a passion for local history and research and at the same time learn new skills.

I have been amazed at the huge volume of information and material in local archives that is available to the public, and very appreciative of the help that staff at the Millennium Library and the Norfolk Record Office have given us. The exhibition takes place at The Forum, Norwich, from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th November. The Colman s Connections book will be on sale at Colman s Mustard Shop & Museum from 2nd November, and in all good retailers from 5th November.

There will be a series of talks, workshops and family activities about the First World War to accompany the exhibition. The community project was run by Norwich HEART with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and was also supported by Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Library and Information Service, The Forum and Unilever Archives. For more information about the book, exhibition and accompanying events, visit 1 , or pick up the Colman s Connections leaflet from Norwich TIC, The Forum or Colman s Mustard Shop & Museum.

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Local News – Body found at Sheringham beauty spot … – Vibe FM UK

A body believed to be that of a popular and trusted doctor has been discovered at a north Norfolk beauty spot Police were called at around 9.45am yesterday morning after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man in a vehicle parked in a car park at Pretty Corner near Sheringham. Emergency services went to the scene but the man was pronounced deceased. Formal identification is yet to take place, however a spokesman for Norfolk police said the body is believed to be that of missing Mutford man Dr Barry Robinson, 58, who was last seen at his work place in Norwich around 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 22.

Police have said there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and Her Majesty s Coroner will now be informed.

Tim Dennis, practice manager at Lakenham Surgery where Dr Richardson worked, said: We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Dr Robinson, a close friend, colleague and a popular and trusted doctor to our patients.

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