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Man dies in Great Yarmouth caravan park fire

The incident happened at Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has died after a fire at a caravan park near Great Yarmouth.

It happened at around 3am today (Sunday 15 May) at Breydon Water Caravan Park in Burgh Castle.

A man inside the caravan was taken to the James Paget Hospital where he died.

Detective Inspector Richard Graveling said: "The investigation into the man’s death is in its early stages; however, it is currently being treated as unexplained and a post mortem examination will take place in due course.

"It is unclear at this stage as to how the fire started. A seal is in place at the scene of the fire and specialist forensic officers are due to attend tomorrow (Monday 16 May 2016) to establish the cause of the fire.

"I would be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything in the time leading up to the fire to contact police on 101”

Great Yarmouth in top ten of sellers slashing house prices, Zoopla finds

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According to a property website house sellers in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk are among the top ten in the country to start slashing bigger chunks off their original asking prices.

Zoopla said eight of the 10 areas with the highest proportion of properties with a reduced asking price are located in the North of England, with almost half of all properties listed in St Helens (43.7%), Hartlepool (42.5%) and Middlesbrough (40%) having been marked down. Also in the top 10 are Haverfordwest in Wales, and Great Yarmouth in East Anglia.

The average discount on the original asking price of a property across Britain is now more than £25,000 - an increase of nearly £4,000 compared with the typical discount in January, Zoopla found.


UKIP replace Labour as second party in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Council remains under no overall control Credit: ITV News Anglia

UKIP have made 4 gains in Great Yarmouth replacing Labour as the second-largest party.

The Conservative still have the most seats but still without an overall majority so will have to work with UKIP to remain in power in the coastal town.

Labour lost three seats leaving them will 11 councillors on a council on which they won an overall majority as recently as 2012.

Voter turnout in Great Yarmouth and Colchester

Verification of the votes cast in Great Yarmouth and Colchester have now finished.

Pensioner Malcolm's month on the buses for charity

Malcolm finishes his 'month on the buses' for charity Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been a month since pensioner Malcolm Metcalf from Norfolk set off on his epic journey across the UK using just his bus pass.

In the process he's raised over £3000 for the East Coast hospice. Staff and volunteers were among the crowd who gathered in Great Yarmouth to congratulate him.

Watch a report on Malcolm's month of travelling by ITV News Anglia's Karen Dallas.

Police stop driver with wardrobe bubble wrapped to car roof

A driver was stopped by police in Great Yarmouth after using bubble wrap to strap a wardrobe to the roof of a car.

Officers also found a passenger lying underneath wardrobe doors which were being carried inside the car.

Norfolk Police said the method was "quite clearly dangerous" and are deciding whether to take further action.


Great Yarmouth man jailed for holding woman captive

Daniel Barber Credit: Norfolk Police

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for six years after admitting the false imprisonment of a woman in Great Yarmouth.

Daniel Thomas Barber from Yarmouth also pleaded guilty to child abduction and assaulting two children under the age of 13.

Barber was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court after previously admitting two counts of false imprisonment of the victim aged in her 40's, seven counts of ABH involving two boys and one count of child abduction.

The female victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was tied to a kitchen cupboard, held in a shower, burned with cigarettes, cut with glass and punched and kicked. She was held against her will before finally being allowed to leave.

The boys, who also cannot be identified, were also subjected to abuse including being burned with cigarettes and punched and kicked.

"It is true to say this is one of the most horrendous cases I have come across in my time working within the Child Abuse Unit. The children suffered terrible physical and mental abuse at the hands of Barber and although they have recovered well from their ordeal it has undoubtedly left them emotionally scarred. All victims have been incredibly brave in speaking to the police and I hope such a sentence will help each of them in their road to recovery.”

– Detective Constable Tristan Coull, of Norfolk Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit

Tesco bomb hoaxer jailed for five years

Stewart Nightingale was jailed for five years Credit: Norfolk Police

A man who threatened to blow up a Tesco superstore in Great Yarmouth has been jailed for five years.

Stewart Nightingale from Yarmouth made the threat because he wanted the store to pay him money.

The bomb was a hoax, but staff believed it was real.

The court heard Nightingale had a 'formidable criminal record.'

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