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Councillors approve plans for Norfolk holiday resort to finance coastal defences

The money will help to protect the coastline at Hopton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors have approved plans for a holiday resort to finance a multi-million coastal defence scheme in Norfolk.

Potters Leisure Resort will pay the £3 million needed to build new rock groynes and add to the sea wall at Hopton near Great Yarmouth to protect the beach from further erosion.

A similar project has been built near the Bourne Leisure Resort north of Potters.

"It's a very unusual move.

For a private company to put £3 million into the local area and help to secure the coastline has got to be fantastic news for all."

– Cllr George Jermany, Great Yarmouth Borough Council

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Norfolk man had thousands of indecent images of children on laptops

A 34-year-old man from Norfolk has been placed on the sex offenders' register after admitting possessing thousands of indecent images of children.

Gavin Hamilton, of Sea View Rise, Hopton, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday.

He was given a three-year community order, with a three-year supervision order, and will also have to follow an internet sex offender programme.

Hamilton had pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of children at a previous hearing.

Police raided his home in April 2014 and seized items including laptops and memory sticks which were found to hold thousands of images and videos of children.

Great Yarmouth’s most historic buildings transformed

St George’s Theatre is now a jewel in Great Yarmouth’s cultural crown

A four million pound project to restore some of Great Yarmouth's most historic buildings is complete.

The work started in 2012 and included the repair of five listed buildings.

The centrepiece of the project was the renovation of St George's Theatre, a Grade I listed former chapel dating from 1714.

The initiative has significantly regenerated the King Street area

“The initiative has significantly regenerated the King Street area, saving several historic, formerly empty buildings for new viable uses, including Skippings Gallery, a neighbourhood centre and new homes.

It is also a fantastic showcase of Great Yarmouth’s ability to deliver on conservation and sends a very positive message to potential funders and investors.”

– Cllr Bernard Williamson

Criminal charges laid after four men killed in industrial accident

Four men were killed in Great Yarmouth when a steel cage collapse on them in 2011. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three companies and one company director have been charged with safety offences after four men were killed when a steel cage collapsed on them in Great Yarmouth.

The four men from Suffolk died in January 2011 when the structure collapsed at Claxton Engineering. Daniel Hazleton and his brother Thomas, were killed, along with Peter Johnson and Adam Taylor.

The four men killed were Daniel Hazleton and his brother Thomas, Peter Johnson and Adam Taylor. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Health and Safety Executive has charged Claxton Engineering, Encompass Project Management and Hazegood Construction, together with David Groucott, the director of one of the companies.

They will appear before Great Yarmouth Magistrates on Tuesday 2 February.

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Teenage girl assaulted in Yarmouth

The girl was attacked on the evening of December 19. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Norfolk Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was assaulted in Great Yarmouth a week-and-a-half ago.

The 14-year-old was walking alone along Blackfriars Road, by the Time and Tide Museum just before 7pm when she was assaulted by a group of teenagers.

They left when she fell to the ground.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or who may have any information regarding the incident.

Anyone with any information should contact Great Yarmouth Police on 101.

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