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Cyclist sought after woman verbally abused in Lowestoft

11:30 10 March 2016 Kathryn Bradley 1 Police are trying to trace a cyclist after a woman was verbally abused on path near Normanston Drive in Lowestoft. The incident happened on Sunday (March 6) at about 10am as the woman in her 40s walked along the Great Eastern Linear path under the bridge close to the cemetery. A police spokesman said the cyclist became verbally abusive towards the woman for walking on the cycle path, despite there being plenty of room to get around.

The spokesman said the man had persisted in being aggressive and abusive towards her before leaving. Officers now need to trace the cyclist, who is described as white, in his 30s to early 40s, of medium build and wearing a dark baseball cap with LED lights on the peak. Police are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened, particularly a man who was seen in the area pushing a pushchair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Mark Brown at Lowestoft by dialling Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number 21755/16.

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Attacker is jailed for 10 years for 'frenzied' stabbing in Great Yarmouth

14:26 10 March 2016 Peter Walsh 1 Carl Atkins, of Maureen Close in Coventry, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. Picture: Norfolk Police Archant A man who stabbed another man at least eight times in a frenzied knife attack in his own home has been jailed. Carl Atkins, 27, knocked at the door of the victim s Great Yarmouth home armed with a knife and demanded, give me your weed .

With the knife held at chest height he entered the property and stabbed the victim at least eight times, in the chest and back, as he grappled with the complainant. The attack stopped after the victim choked and Atkins, who appeared worried about him, left the property. Atkins appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after having previously been found guilty of wounding with intent following a trial in October last year.

Following the frenzied attack in August 2014 the victim was taken to hospital so his injuries, which included four stab wounds to his stomach, as well as stab wounds to his back and a cut to his mouth where the blade was held at one point during the incident. The court heard the attack has had a profound affect on the victim who has had to have his medication altered to sort out his anxiety and to help him sleep. Sentencing Atkins to 10 years in prison Judge Katharine Moore described it as an extremely serious offence and said it was only by good fortune there was no really serious injury .

William Beardmore, for Atkins, of Coventry, West Midlands, said the attack was frenzied but not repeated and lasted only for less than a minute. He said it was far from the worst example of a wounding case and insisted it was not a serious injury in the context of the offence. He said Atkins had suffered from the effects of a hammer attack on him in 2012 after which he spent a number of days in an induced coma.

Mr Beardmore said he has suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression following the attack. He said he had shunned medical intervention but was now undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy for the affects of the incident on him. Have you got a crime story?

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Appeal to help find missing 13-year-old Norwich boy

Missing 13-year-old Norwich boy is found 19:47 06 March 2016 Lauren Cope 1 Missing boy Bradley Bywater Archant A missing 13-year-old boy from Norwich has been found following a police appeal. Share link shares Bradley Bywater, of Waterworks Road, was reported missing last night after he was last seen in the city centre on Friday afternoon. Insp Nick Hewitt had said: Bradley has been known to go missing on regular occasions; however, it is unusual for him to be missing for this length of time.

We are becoming concerned for his welfare and would urge Bradley, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to get in touch.

On Sunday evening, a Norfolk police spokesman confirmed Mr Bywater had been found safe and well, and thanked the public for their help.

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Man's skydive to raise money for mental health charity and …

15:00 05 March 2016 George Ryan 1 Peter Dewar took part in a skydive to raise money for the mental health charity Mind. Picture: Supplied Supplied After tackling his mental health problems, a Yarmouth man has overcome his fear of heights by taking part in a sponsored sky dive. Peter Dewar, 36, jumped from a plane at 17,000ft over an airfield near Beccles to raise money for a mental health charity.

A couple of years ago he suffered from a breakdown. Mr Dewar said he suffers from severe depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and he has tried to commit suicide two times. He went to the Northgate Hospital for recovery and he said he was able to come through it.

Mr Dewar said that he wanted to raise money for a local charity and chose Mind Great Yarmouth because he wanted to help people locally who were in a similar situation to his. I am not good with heights so I thought if I can deal with everything I have been through, I can do this. Strangely enough I wasn t scared, just cold.

The small plane was jammed full of people where I was squashed in so I was actually looking forward to get out of the plane to stretch my legs. The instructor and I wiggled to the edge of the plane and my bum was left hanging over out of the plane. The next thing I knew, I was free-falling and spinning.

It was such a strange feeling. After about 30 seconds our parachute opened, and that s when I began to soak it all up. I loved the scenery and I told the instructor how quiet it is up there and how I would like to live up there as there s no traffic or anything like that.

Mr Dewar, who lives in North Market Road, Yarmouth is now training to be a hypnotherapist so that he can help other people. He said he had to make sure he was right in himself before starting his course as there is no over night cure for depression. The former care home worker has received donations from staff and residents of his old work place, as well as family members.

Mr Dewar thanked everyone who has so far donated to his fund-raising effort.

To support Mr Dewar you can go to www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com/peter References ^ George Ryan (www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk)

Objections to new homes scheme on former Pontins site

14:17 05 March 2016 By Kieran Lynch 1 The Former Hemsby Pontins Holiday camp. Archant A parish council plans to re-iterate its objections for a 200-home estate on a former holiday centre site. On Tuesday, planners will be recommended to approve the housing plans for the former Pontin s site in Hemsby – at the fourth time of asking.

Previous applications, the most recent from Persimmon, were rejected. Hemsby Parish Council is continuing to object though citing concern the new homes are to be built in a prime holiday area at a time when the village s holiday trade has been described to be struggling . The plans put forward by landowners Northern Trust, would see 200 homes being built on the 21-acre site, with two acres allocated for commercial use.

The site is currently derelict with wildlife running freely. Parish council chairman Keith Kyriacou said: The parish council has launched its objections to the plans and I know many villagers feel very strongly about it as well. At the moment the holiday trade is struggling and what they are building on is prime holiday land.

Currently we do not have the infrastructure in place. Just last week, I received a call from several parishioners who had gone to the only doctors in the village and they had to queue outside. When you have to queue outside the doctors surgery you know there is something wrong.

If this does go through we will fight for what we in Hemsby want, whether that is street lighting, burial grounds or anything else. My Kyriacou expressed concerns that should the homes get borough council approval, it could lead to a further large influx of new homes in the village. Hemsby parish clerk, Shirley Weymouth, said that the parish council s objections included; The site being a prime holiday area which would require a change of use.

The council was concerned if this was approved it would set a precedent for other prime holiday areas in Hemsby or across the borough having this protection removed Infrastructure which was not adequate to cope with the increase of population or traffic A lack of educational facilities to cope with extra places for children fact that there was only one medical centre in the village which Cllr Weymouth said was already struggling with a high number of patients Where new residents will find work in an area which is mainly in the tourism sector Northern Trust stepped in towards the end of 2014 after proposals by developers Persimmon to build 250 homes were pulled by the firm. The Pontins site has been derelict since its closure in 2009, which caused the loss of 55 jobs in the village. The 200 homes proposed in the plans would include a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes, along with commercial units.

References ^ By Kieran Lynch (www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk)

Elderly man hurt as car and bicycle crash in Norwich

Elderly man hurt as car and bicycle crash in Norwich 11:37 05 March 2016 Sam Russell 1 Archant A car and a bicycle crashed in Norwich today, with an elderly man sustaining injuries. Share link shares It happened at the junction of Magdalen Road with Waterloo Road at around 11am. An ambulance attended and it is understood that an elderly man sustained a hip injury.

Police advised people to avoid the area and the junction was closed while the incident was dealt with, but it has since reopened.

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A47 reopens near Easton after vehicle spins out of control and crashes

A47 reopens near Easton after vehicle spins out of control and crashes 11:09 05 March 2016 Sam Russell 1 ‘ Archant Photographic 2010 The A47 has reopened east-bound near Easton after a vehicle span out of control in lane one and crashed. Share link shares It happened at around 10.50am today, and police said nobody was reported to be injured. However, the road was closed while the crashed vehicle is moved.

It has now reopened. A Norfolk police spokesman said: The A47 is closed at Easton near Norwich due to a vehicle being recovered by police. Please take care on approaching, there will be delays.

Konectbus has warned of delays on the service eight, Norwich-bound.

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George Osborne drops pension plan after tax raid warning for savers

George Osborne drops pension plan after tax raid warning for savers 10:30 05 March 2016 Press Association What will George have in store on Wednesday and how will it affect you? George Osborne has dropped a plan which could have seen savers hit by a tax raid on pensions contributions following stark warnings from experts. Share link shares The Chancellor had been reportedly considering unveiling plans to make pensions more like Isas in the Budget on March 16.

But experts had warned it would hit savers and could trigger a crisis with savers rushing to withdraw their retirement funds. The idea was mooted in 2015 and a consultation into pensions tax relief was launched last summer – but experts warned that if such a move happened it could lead to a Northern Rock-style run on the system. An Isa-style system would have removed the up-front tax relief on contributions, but allowed withdrawals to be made tax-free instead.

But doing so could mean people feel less inclined to keep their money in their pot, experts warned. A Treasury source confirmed Mr Osborne had ditched the proposal because he had always been clear he would not do anything to damage saving . The proposals had also faced resistance from Tory MPs and It is understood that there will not now be changes to pension tax relief in the Budget.

The pension system has already undergone a huge series of shake-ups in recent years, with the introduction of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions in 2012 and the pension freedoms launched in 2015 which allow people aged 55 and over to take their savings pots how they wish, rather than being required to buy an annuity retirement income. Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann told the Financial Times: The freedom and choice reforms have put us in a place where people s pensions can work well for them. In comments seen as a warning to Mr Osborne not to change the current regime Baroness Altmann, a former consumer campaigner, continued: However, tax (applied to pension income under the current system) is a natural brake on them spending their pension fund too soon.

Yvonne Braun, director of long term savings at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said: The pension Isa would hit today s savers and could create a fiscal time bomb for future generations. Many savers would be worse off and it would also damage the economy more widely because of its impact on saving and investment. Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: An Isa-style reform with tax relief being scrapped in favour of tax-free withdrawals would create the risk of a future Northern Rock-style run on the pension system and the UK stock market.

Any hint of political interference in the future could result in billions of pounds being withdrawn overnight; it would be hugely unstable.

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