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New moves to try and help struggling oil and gas industry

There's been new moves to try and help the struggling oil and gas industry on the East coast.

Great Yarmouth has been badly hit by the dramatic fall in oil prices. Workers have been laid off and one local firm went into administration last week, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Now, a working party's being set up to try and help firms who're struggling.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Man charged in connection with supermarket bomb hoax

The Tesco superstore in Great Yarmouth was evacuated in March 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged in connection with a bomb threat made towards a Tesco supermarket in Great Yarmouth in March.

Stewart Nightingale (42) of North Quay in the town has been charged with one count of blackmail and one count of making a bomb hoax by placing an article with intent following the incident on Friday 6 March.

Nightingale has been bailed to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court on 19 August 2015.

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Fitting finale for historic 85-year-old fishing boat

A campaign's been launched to repair the historic fishing vessel, Lydia Eva. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign has been launched to create a fitting finale for a wonderful lady of the sea.

The 'Lydia Eva' is the last surviving steam herring drifter in the world and is currently anchored to the quay in Great Yarmouth.

An appeal has been started to repair her so she can be back to sea next year. Among those working on her is the great great grandson of the first ever skipper.

The Lydia Eva was built in 1930 in King's Lynn but fished out of Yarmouth. At that time there were scores of boats in and out of Lowestoft and Yarmouth where the herring industry was vital to the local economy.

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Great Yarmouth church volunteer jailed for photographing young girls

Geoffrey Bensley. Credit: Norfolk Police

A 60-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been sentenced to over three years in prison after being convicted of a string of sexual offences against young girls.

Geoffrey Bensley, of St Georges Road, was sentenced for touching and photographing young girls.

The assaults are believed to have taken place a at methodist church where Bensley worked as a volunteer and at residential locations in the Norfolk area and in Eastern Europe.

"Bensley abused his position of trust by pretending to become friends with his victims when really he was trying to get them into a situation where he could be alone with them.

This result should go some way to reassure victims that we will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice."

– DC Eleanor Bull

Call for comments on Great Yarmouth plans

People in Great Yarmouth are being asked for their views on possible changes to development plans for the seaside town and surrounding area.

Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile, seen from the sky Credit: ITV News Anglia

At 9 o'clock this morning an Independent Planning Inspector will publish his report on the council's plans for local growth. The report details a number of new suggestions for the council to consider as part of its plans for more local housing and jobs.

Over the next 6 weeks members of the public can submit their comments, solely on the soundness and legal compliance of his suggestions, via the council website or using forms from Yarmouth Town Hall.

The 6 week consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday the 23rd of June.

Brandon Lewis vows to "repay faith shown in him" by the people of Great Yarmouth

Brandon Lewis shares a joke at today's count. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Conservative MP Brandon Lewis says that he can't wait to "repay the faith" shown in him after he increased his majority in the town by nearly 2,000.

Mr Lewis comfortably held off competition from Labour and UKIP to retain his seat and secure another term.

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"I am really grateful that people put their trust in in me and increased their vote.

I will now work hard for Great Yarmouth to ensure that I repay that faith and trust that they've put in me."

– Brandon Lewis

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Man arrested in connection with Great Yarmouth Tesco "bomb hoax"

The store was evacuated on March 6. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 42-year-old man from the Great Yarmouth area has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat at Tesco last month.

The store in Pasteur Road had to be closed on March 6 while police investigated the threat.

A man was arrested this morning on suspicion of blackmail. He's been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Next of kin appeal in the Great Yarmouth area

Police are appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a man who recently died in the Great Yarmouth area.

Star Taymar, aged 36 and from Dickens Court, Great Yarmouth, died at the James Paget Hospital on Tuesday 31 March. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Officers are now trying to trace the family of Star, who was previously known as Andrew Weales.

Anyone who may have known Star and has any details of his family or friends, please call DC Gavin Rivett at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101.

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