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Christmas trees used to protect Norfolk coastline

Terry Barnes with the donated Christmas trees. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hundreds of Christmas tress have been given to a community group in Norfolk to help protect their coastline.

Around 300 trees will be buried in the dunes at Hemsby. It iis hoped they will gather sand and slow down the gradual erosion of the dune base.

Organisers from Save Hemsby Coastline say they have had little public funding to build proper sea defences. The Christmas trees will only offer limited protection.

Terry Barnes, from Save Hemsby Coastline, said: "We're responsible for about a mile of beach.

"These trees in groups of 10 or 12, at the most at-risk areas, we can dot all the way along, but it won't be anything truly significant, it's something that's better than nothing really."

The trees will be buried in the sand dunes. Credit: ITV News Anglia


Norfolk: Teenagers who stabbed young father to death at party sentenced to 15 years in youth custody

Connor Barrett. Credit: Norfolk Police

Two teenagers who killed a young father at a party in Norfolk last year have today been given a minimum 15 years in youth custody.

18-year-old Jesse Quaye and 15-year-old Ayo Bile stabbed Connor Barrett, who was the unofficial DJ at a 21st birthday party in the village of Hemsby near Great Yarmouth.

The scene of the stabbing in Hemsby, Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

At Norwich Crown Court, Judge Stephen Holt lifted an order, allowing the media to name Bile.

Ayo Bile. Credit: Norfolk Police

He went to the party equipped with a knife, and it's emerged he was on bail at the time after being arrested for being in possession of a kitchen knife in the street a month earlier.

A jury convicted the teenagers of murder in November.

Jesse Quaye. Credit: Norfolk Police

Also in the dock was 41-year-old Anthony McLean from Great Yarmouth.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years after being convicted of assisting an offender.

"The evidence suggests both of you were heavily into knife-carrying culture.

The fact this took place in front of the victim's brother who watched his life slipping away is an aggravating feature."

– Judge Stephen Holt


Parents pay tribute to murdered son

Connor Barrett

The mother of Connor Barrett has paid tribute to her son. Connor, 20, from Great Yarmouth was stabbed at party in Hembsy at the weekend.

His mother Niomi O'Donovan said:

Connor was a loving son, brother, grandson and great grandson. He was also a devoted father to his own son.

"He was loved and liked by many people and will be greatly missed by all. His death will leave a tragic emptiness in so many people’s lives.

"I would like to thank all the people who have offered their support and condolences, which show Connor was a very much liked person by those who knew him.”

Connor's father Lee Barrett said:

“The tragic loss of my son Connor has left myself and the whole family utterly devastated and also a beautiful child fatherless.

"We have been comforted by the amount of wonderful tributes made by family members and friends of Connor.

"Connor was a loving, caring young man and a wonderful father who doted on his son.

"Knowing Connor was loved by so many and touched so many lives has made me extremely proud and grateful to have been a part of my son’s short but full life."

Teenager appears in court over Connor Barrett murder

A 17 year old boy charged with a murder in Hemsby has appeared at court.

The youth, from Great Yarmouth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Norwich Youth Court this morning charged with the murder of Connor Barrett, 20, also from Gt Yarmouth, at a party at the weekend.

He was remanded into youth detention to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Monday 19 May.

The police investigation into Connor’s murder, led by the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, continues and seven people arrested in connection with the inquiry remain on police bail.

17 year old charged with murder

A 17 year old male has been charged with the murder of 20 year old Connor Barrett.

Connor, from Abyssinia Close, Great Yarmouth, died as a result of stab wounds at Hemsby, near Yarmouth, on Saturday.

The youth, also from Great Yarmouth and who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court.

Seven other people arrested in connection with enquiry remain on police bail pending further enquiries.

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