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Longer school hours transforms results

Some of the children at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy Credit: ITV News Anglia

A primary school in Norfolk which was one of the worst performing schools in the country has transformed results after introducing a 9 hour day.

Now MP's are being told that longer school days like at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy helps youngsters, particularly those from poor communities.

The school introduced the 45 hour week to give pupils the same opportunities as those from private schools and wealthy backgrounds. It believes that giving them somewhere to do homework can boost results.

In a dramatic turnaround in less than 2 years it's earned a good rating by Ofsted.

Police warning motorists in Suffolk to expect delays due to 'wide load'

Traffic on the A14 Credit: PA Images

Drivers are being warned to expect delays as police escort three large crane bases across Suffolk.

Today, tomorrow and Thursday police will escort a crane base from Seatrax, Southtown Road, Great Yarmouth, to the Felixstowe dock.

The police escort is expected to leave Great Yarmouth at 10am on all three dates and drivers are urged to be aware of the move and to expect delays while the crane bases are transported.

The route taken on both days will include local roads - A12 - A47 - A11 - A1304 - A14 - A142 - A14 - local Roads to Site.

Each crane base weighs 67,000kg and is 5.8 metres in width and 4.95 metres in height.


Mother ensures young get heart screenings

Marilyn and her son Simon Credit: Marilyn Cullum

A mother from Norfolk is making sure young people can have free heart screenings to help diagnose any cardiac disorders.

Marilyn Cullum's son, Simon, died from sudden cardiac arrest seven years ago at the age of 29.

"It was awful. I was speaking to him in the kitchen and he went up to his room. I went to see him 45 minutes later and he was clearly not alive on his bedroom floor. Every week in the UK there are 12 young people between the ages of 14- 35 losing their lives to undiagnosed heart conditions"

Free screenings have been held at a local high school Credit: ITV News Anglia

She has raised £12,000 to provide ECG and ultrasound screenings for people under 35 in the Great Yarmouth area.

Free screenings have been taking place at Cliff Park High School in Gorleston.


Police raids over bootleg booze and cigarettes

Police raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Credit: Malcolm Robertson / ITV News Anglia

There's been a series of raids in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft looking for counterfeit alcohol and tobacco.

Three shops in Yarmouth and two houses in Lowestoft have been targeted by the police, HMRC and trading standards. Some 50 officers were involved in carrying out searches.

Stephen Maunder from Norfolk Trading Standards said: "In total we've found thousands of packets of cigarettes. No duty is being paid on this and often quite horrible chemicals and even rat droppings are found in the tobacco."

Men released on bail after man set alight

Four men arrested after a man was set alight at a nightclub in Norfolk have been released on bail.

Police were called to Long John's Bar on Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth at about 1.30am today.

A 34-year-old man, from Sheffield, suffered serious burns to his hands and torso.

He has been transferred from the James Paget University Hospital to the Broomfield specialist burns unit in Chelmsford.

Police said he was in a serious, but non life-threatening, condition.

The four men arrested, aged 24, 26, 28, 33 and also from the Sheffield area, have been released on police bail.

Man set alight at Norfolk nightclub

Four people have been arrested after a man was set alight

Four people have been arrested after a man was set alight in a Norfolk nightclub.

The 34-year-old victim suffered serious burns to his hands and torso after the attack at Long John's Bar on Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth at about 1.30am today.

He was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where he is in a stable condition.

Four men, aged 24, 26, 28, 33, who are all from the Sheffield area, remain in police custody.

Norfolk Police said all five people were known to each other and there was no threat to the wider community.

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