Special Report William Donkoh was jailed for 12 years. Picture: Norfolk Police Archant Every couple of days a drugs consignment arrived by taxi at a Great Yarmouth council flat to supply the town with crack and heroin. Sebastian Arenas-Valencia was jailed for 10 years. Picture: Norfolk PoliceIt had come up the A11 from Hackney in East London, and the drugs soon passed through a network of ‘enforcers’ and ‘minions’ into the hands of local addicts.Great Yarmouth was “flooded” with crack and heroin by the summer of 2017 by the Deano line - one of many county lines seeking to exploit vulnerable drug users in the seaside town.On Friday at Norwich Crown Court, members of the gang were sentenced to a total of 57-and-a-half-years in prison after police snared them in an undercover operation called Kimble.Police believe the gang had been active in the town since 2013, and had channelled more than a kilo of heroin and crack into Yarmouth in a … [Read more...] about How crack and heroin flooded the streets of Great Yarmouth
Excessive use of mobile phones
Video Dr Romanov tests the particles. Picture: Archant Archant Breakthrough research taking place in Norwich has found the cure to short mobile battery life, over-heating handsets and expensive contracts. Dr Alexander S Romanov (Royal Society University Research Fellow). Picture: ArchantThe University of East Anglia’s Dr Alexander Romanov and Professor Manfred Bochmann have discovered a method of using molecules found in gold to increase efficiency in mobile phone screens. The properties found in gold means that – instead of the traditionally-used iridium – energy used to light up the screens is spent only for that purpose, instead of also producing heat. This could see a phone’s battery lasting up to four days without being charged, as well as bringing down the cost of screen-tech due to the greater availability of materials. Prof Bochmann’s discovery began the research: “I had a grant from the European Research Council to look into … [Read more...] about Norfolk discovery will see your mobile battery last longer, cost less, and can create electric skin
Kyal Balfour was jailed for 2 years 6 months. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary Norfolk Constabulary A woman pretended to be dead to escape after a violent assault by her boyfriend, who bit off a chunk of her nose and left her for dead in a pool of her own blood, a court heard. Kyal Balfour, described as an “extremely troubling, controlling and coercive young man,” has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for the attack at his partner’s home in November last year.He was also handed a restraining order banning all contact with her, despite his partner being willing to rekindle the relationship.“Sometimes the courts have to protect people, even if they don’t want protecting,” said Judge Andrew Shaw as he sentenced Balfour at Norwich Crown Court.Balfour, 29, admitted one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.Balfour and his partner of a year had been having a party at their home at Friends Road in Norwich on November 23.The … [Read more...] about Woman played dead after violent boyfriend bit off chunk of her nose
Poll Minister for Schools Nick Gibb who has said that mobile phones should be banned from classrooms, with pupils to be lectured about the dangers of device dependency. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire Mobile phones should be banned from classrooms, with pupils to be lectured about the dangers of device dependency, the schools minister has said. Schools already have the power to decide whether they want to ban phones from classrooms, with two Norfolk examples including Reepham High School and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy .But schools minister Nick Gibb said he had concerns about the impact that excessive phone use was having on children, and said the government would introduce lessons for pupils on how to limit their screen time.Great Yarmouth Charter Academy hit headlines in 2017 when new rules said mobile phones would be confiscated if they are seen or heard until the end of the next half term - or, if they are taken in the last two weeks of any term, until the following … [Read more...] about Should mobile phones be banned in Norfolk schools?
Suffolk police will be holding a crackdown on speeding. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2010 Police will be checking drivers’ speed in a bid to clamp down on the number of motorists breaking the limit. Suffolk Constabulary began its three-week speeding crackdown on Monday, January 7 in a bid to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement. It will see a focus on education and awareness in week one, while weeks two and three will centre on enforcement. Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness court. Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Keeping Suffolk’s road network safe and the traffic moving is crucial for all of us who live and work in the county.“Excess speed is often a major … [Read more...] about Speed checks to be carried out on Suffolk roads in police crackdown