Month: November 2017

Nearly 300 firearms handed in during surrender

A sample of the surrendered weapons – photo from Norfolk Constabulary –<<oo0oo>>–     A firearms and ammunition surrender in Norfolk and Suffolk has been heralded a great success with nearly 500 firearms handed in. The surrender, which ran from Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November, encouraged people to hand over their unlicensed and unwanted guns without fear of prosecution. In total, 280 firearms were surrendered in Norfolk and 208 in Suffolk as well as a large quantity of ammunition. Richard Kennett, Firearms Manager for both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, said: “The surrender was a real success and we’re...

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Norwich Eye reviews How The Other Half Loves

The enclosed world of the middle class sitting room is a popular yet sometimes stultifying theme in stage drama. While they can give illuminating insights into the social mores and fashions of the time of writing (and staging) they need exceptional writing to lift them into the category of memorable dramas. “Abigail’s Party” is perhaps one of the better known on this list, but for consistent quality of dialogue an Alan Ayckbourn play is hard to beat. The famed Scarborough playwright has set himself, and us, an extra challenge with this clever play which depicts not one but two...

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Police investigate ram-raids in Norwich

Police are investigating a series of ram-raids which happened at business premises in Norwich on Thursday night  (23 November). The incidents, which involved a stolen plain white Ford Transit van belonging to police, took place in the Europa Way and Hall Road areas of the city, with the first happening shortly after 8.30pm. The unmarked van, stolen from Europa Way earlier in the evening, was used to force shutter doors at three premises – two on Europa Way and another on Hall Road. Offender(s) gained access to one premises on Hall Road in which animal feed was stolen however...

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Natural England must champion public paths, says Open Spaces Society

    The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has called for the government’s adviser, Natural England, to do more to champion public paths.   In her ‘Opinion’ in the autumn issue of the society’s magazine, Open Space (pdf attached, page 1), general secretary Kate Ashbrook recalls that Natural England’s predecessor body, the Countryside Commission, recognised that ‘the national system of 120,000 miles of rights of way [in England] is the single most important means of access to and enjoyment of the countryside’.   Writes Kate: ‘The Countryside Commission and its successor the Countryside Agency put money and resources into local authorities and voluntary organisations to work on paths.  The condition of the paths improved.  The rights-of-way network is as important now as ever before, yet Natural England appears to have fewer than two full-time staff working on local paths.   ‘Natural England is doing an excellent job in creating the coastal route and adjoining access land around England, but in our experience its statutory purpose to promote access and open-air recreation is being sidelined in favour of its regulatory conservation and biodiversity functions.   ‘Natural England is being subsumed into the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  The arm’s-length adviser is becoming a government mouthpiece.   ‘We need Natural England to lead the charge for post-Brexit funding for public recreation as well as wildlife...

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Norfolk county councillors show their support for National HIV Testing Week

Norwich Councillors Jess Barnard and Emma Corlett National HIV Testing Week (NHTW), coordinated by HIV Prevention England, runs this year from 18-24 November. The purpose of the week is to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the number of people who are undiagnosed or diagnosed late. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the necessity, simplicity and ease of HIV testing, and provides increased opportunities to test – be it in clinical settings, in primary care, through community-based rapid testing or via postal testing. This year’s theme is ‘Give HIV The Finger’, which aims...

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