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Appeal after straw bale set alight in Gorleston

Straw bale set alight in Gorleston. Credit: PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after a straw bale was set alight in a field in Gorleston.

The fire to the one tonne straw bale and a 100 metre strip of stubble in a field off Excalibur Road was started sometime between 6pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 9 August.

Officers are keen to speak to two groups of young people who were seen in the area at the time. The first group is believed to have been made up of four males described as white and aged around 18 and 19-years-old. The second group, of up to six males, have been described as white, aged around 15 and 16-years-old and in hooded tops and jeans.

Anyone with information should contact PC Pete Richeda at Gorleston Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Ukip councillor to face electoral malpractice charges

UKIP councillor Matthew Smith.

A Ukip councillor and would-be MP who is set to be charged over electoral malpractice allegations involving forged nomination papers says he will deny all wrongdoing.

Matthew Smith, who was due to contest the Great Yarmouth seat in next year's general election, will appear in court next month.

The county councillor, who is 26 and from High Street, Gorleston, is set to face seven counts of supplying a nomination paper to a returning officer knowing it to contain a forged signature and three counts of producing forged nomination papers.

The allegations relate to nomination papers for Norfolk County Council elections held in the Great Yarmouth district between March and April last year.

Today Ukip said Mr Smith had been suspended from both the Ukip group on Norfolk County Council and as a prospective parliamentary candidate.

But the councillor said he would deny all the charges and criticised the way news of the allegations had been made public.

He said: "If I am charged - and I haven't been charged yet - I will be denying all charges. I'll be pleading not guilty to everything.

"I want to issue a real cause for concern that the press was made aware of these charges before I was."

In a statement Norfolk Constabulary today said three men in total had been reported for summons. The charges were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Teenager charged over Norfolk stabbing

A teenager from Norfolk has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a man suffered stab wounds to his groin and head.

It happened on Thursday evening.

18-year-old Alexander Thorpe, of Warren Road in Gorleston, was charged on Friday.

He will appear before Norwich Magistrates Court on Saturday December 28.

The victim is receiving treatment at the James Paget Hospital and is described as in a stable condition.

Two additional men arrested in connection with this incident have been released with no further action.

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Kate Prout reporting live from Gorleston earlier this evening

There's been widespread disruption with the east coast hit by, what's thought to be, the worst storm surge since 1953.

Thousands have evacuated their homes and businesses; power is down in many parts of the region and transport networks have also suffered.

Click below to see Correspondent Kate Prout reporting earlier this evening in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth:

Residents take shelter at Gorleston rest centre

Residents takes shelter at Cliff Park High School in Gorleston.

Several residents from Great Yarmouth have taken shelter at Cliff Park High School in Gorleston. Rob Shelton, who is the Headteacher at the school, started welcoming people to the centre at around 4:30pm.

He said: “We had a group of 35 people from a care home in Great Yarmouth and since then a slow trickle of people that have been coming in and there is very much a community feeling...it's going well at the moment."

Norfolk sandbag locations (Great Yarmouth)

Norfolk Police have opened up the following sandbag locations:

  • Beach Coach Station
  • Pasteur Road car park (opposite Topps Tiles)
  • Southgates Road
  • Quay Road
  • Gorleston by the toiletsand the Runham Road junction

An additional site will open from approximately 1pm at the bottom of Beaconsfield Road (Northgate end). Police are asking people to bring their own shovels.

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