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Police investigating attack on Puppet Man's stereo in Great Yarmouth

An image of Puppet Man's stereo having water thrown over it has been circulated on social media. Credit: Twitter / @kettleteasdel

Police in Norfolk are investigating an incident where water was poured over a stereo being used by the street entertainer known as "Puppet Man".

He was performing in Great Yarmouth when the incident was captured on camera and circulated via social media sparking outrage.

The "Puppet Man", whose real name is David Perry, has been entertaining shoppers in Norwich and Great Yarmouth for many years.

Police are appealing for witness to contact them.

Horse racing at Great Yarmouth delayed until 30 August

Great Yarmouth racecourse. Credit: PA Images

Racing at Great Yarmouth has been delayed until 30 August following the work to the course's surface.

The developers for the course, which has been closed since September 2014, released a statement in June that they were hopeful of reopening on 23 July.

But in conjunction with parties including the British Horseracing Authority, they have decided to leave the renovated track for another month.

That means there will be six 2015 fixtures at Great Yarmouth.


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.

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.

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

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
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