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Life sentence for 18-year-old guilty of murdering Yarmouth man

Warren Ricardo Blake. Credit: Norfolk police

A man's been jailed for life for the murder of Great Yarmouth father-of-two Andrew McGowan.

18-year-old Warren Ricardo Blake was found guilty following a four week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

His co-defendant 22-year-old Tevin Birmingham was found guilty of manslaughter and will be sentenced in September.

The court heard how Blake and Birmingham were involved in a heated confrontation with Mr McGowan over drugs, which ended with the 33-year-old being stabbed five times at a flat in Dickens Court in Nov 2015.

"This case exemplifies drug-related violence at its most serious: a man has lost his life as a result of a situation which needn’t have escalated to this level. I accept that Mr McGowan had his own criminal motives when he attended the flat that night. However, this does not justify the outcome in any way”.

– Det Chief Insp Tracey Little, Norfolk & Suffolk MIT


Derelict church in Great Yarmouth may be reopened

St John's church in Great Yarmouth could be reopened Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of Great Yarmouth's derelict historic buildings could be brought back into public use.

The Grade II-listed St John's church hasn't been used for worship for about a decade and is on Great Yarmouth Borough Council's buildings at risk register.

It has now been given to the local preservation Trust, who are going to repair it and convert it into a cultural hub

Police in Norfolk 'increasingly concerned' for welfare of 93-year-old man

Neville Howell. Credit: Norfolk Police

Police in Norfolk say they're becoming 'increasingly concerned' for the welfare of a 93-year-old man from Gorleston who went missing earlier this evening.

Neville Howell was last seen in the Sussex Road area of the town shortly after 6pm.

Officers believe he's vulnerable and are carrying out a number of searches in the area.

Neville was last seen wearing a grey/green mac coat and was carrying a blue rucksack.

People warned to lock doors after spate of walk-in burglaries in Great Yarmouth

Norfolk Police are warning people to lock their doors after spate of walk-in burglaries. Credit: PA Images

There's been a spate of walk-in burglaries in Great Yarmouth over the past three months.

Norfolk Police are warning people to lock their doors after more than half recorded involved insecure properties.

Superintendent Roger Wiltshire said, "The chance of becoming a victim of a burglary remains low, however, you can reduce this risk dramatically by taking some simple steps.

"I would advise for people to get into the habit of locking their doors. Especially when you go to bed or if you are going to spend some time in your back garden.”


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.

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