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1,300 Norfolk drivers caught during speeding crackdown

More than 1,000 drivers were caught speeding during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk earlier this month.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit and vans from the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership were deployed across the county to carry out checks as part of a week-long European-wide campaign co-ordinated by TISPOL between Monday and Sunday August 6-12.

During the campaign a total of 1,300 drivers were caught speeding, 1176 of whom were caught by fixed or mobile camera sites, while 124 were caught by officers on patrol.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “Speeding is recognised as one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which leads to people being killed or serious injured in a collision along with drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We target these and other types of offences all year round but these campaigns allow us to raise awareness among drivers and explain the consequences of speeding.

“Drivers should adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road and be aware of hazards. The higher your speed, the less time you have to react. Think…could you stop in time if something unexpected happened in front of you?”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, who launched the #Impact campaign in a bid to educate young people about road safety, including the dangers of speeding on Norfolk’s roads, said: “Dangerous driving kills – whether through excessive speed, being drunk or on drugs, failing to wear a seatbelt, or not giving the road your full attention. There is simply no excuse for it.

“It is incredibly disappointing that, despite the warnings, some 1300 people were caught speeding in the county in the space of just one week. Such carelessness is simply unacceptable and just not worth the risk.”

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 course.

Free event to keep older people safe

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the community to its free event aimed at keeping older people safe – particularly those who live alone.

On Wednesday September 12, from 1.30pm-4pm, the Care UK team at Cavell Court (pictured) on Dragonfly Lane will welcome visitors to the home’s first Safety in Older Age event.

Norfolk police and trading standards will be on hand to share information and helpful tips on scam awareness, cold calling, and protection against fraud. There will also be advice on offer about a range of alarms and equipment to help older people to maintain their independence in their own homes.

The care team is also welcoming representatives from Age UK Norwich and South Norfolk Council’s Help Hub to the home. They will provide expert advice and guidance on staying safe at home, as well as sharing information on support available in the community.

There will be information to take home, and the opportunity to meet the team at Cavell Court, as well as take a closer look at the care home.

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Cavell Court, said: “Here at Cavell Court we strongly believe professional knowledge, insight and shared experiences can make a real difference to the everyday lives of older people and the loved ones who may be caring for them.

“Our free advice events always prove to be popular occasions for the local community, and while this is the first time we’ve held an event on this subject, we feel that  it is very topical and relevant in today’s society.

“We are looking forward to welcoming local people to Cavell Court for what promises to be an interesting and inspiring afternoon of information and guidance.”

 

Bank Holiday fun on Eaton Park Railway

Eaton Park Miniature Railway will be holding its second fund-raising day for the Norwich Lord Mayor’s charity.

Miniature trains will run during the afternoon of Monday August 27, with all fare revenue being donated to the Lord Mayor councillor Martin Schmierer’s chosen charity, The Feed Foundation.

Local steam, electric and internal combustion locos will be present and it is hoped that visiting locos will attend.

The railway already holds a popular Children in Need Day at the end of the season and the Lord Mayor’s Fund Day has now also become a regular fixture.

Trains will be running from 1pm until 5pm and will operate every few minutes, weather permitting.

The Lord Mayor will open the proceedings at 1pm at Parkside Station on the mainline track.  Park visitors are invited to bring a picnic and watch the trains go by.

The Lord Mayor’s charity will also have a publicity stall outside the miniature railway station.

In the event of foul weather, alternative arrangements will be made.

Below: a scene from last year’s event.

Eaton slip-way closure under way

Eaton slip road, leading from Newmarket Road into the village, closed on July 25 as the next phase of Transport for Norwich’s (TfN) work in the village got under way.

A TfN spokesman said transport improvements and essential maintenance started at the beginning of the month, with the latest phase seeing the widening of the cycle path from the Cellar House pub to Newmarket Road, allowing for two-way cycling.

Other changes taking place included simplified crossings for pedestrians as well as work to the crossroads at the centre of the village to upgrade the traffic signals, improve the junction’s efficiency and carry out resurfacing.

Councillor John Fisher, Norfolk County Council’s chair of Norwich highways agency committee, said: “This project is designed to improve traffic flow for all road users, marking a positive and lasting change for transport facilities in the area.

“Construction has been planned to minimise disruption as much as possible, with the slip road closure taking place in the school holidays and manually controlled traffic signals used at the busiest times of day. We would like to thank everyone affected for their patience while we carry out this work.”

The closure is due to be in place until the end of August but TfN said every effort would be made to open the road as soon as possible.

First and Konectbus services are affected and details of the temporary changes and relocated bus stops are available on notices in the area and at www.norfolk.gov.uk/eatoncringleford, where you can also find general traffic management and project information.

Phase one of the project in Cringleford, which was built last summer, saw traffic signals installed either side of Cringleford Road bridge to help manage queuing and improve traffic flow.


 

FREE child safety seat checks – list of dates/places

Families are invited to attend FREE child safety car seat checks across the county.

Teams from Norfolk County Council Road Safety and Norfolk Fire and Rescue will be kicking off their child safety seat roadshow on Monday  July 30 in Norwich and invite parents, grandparents and carers to come along for advice and fitting guidance.  The team will be running 19 events in total across Norfolk.

Every year the team carries out safety checks on around 1600 child seats in Norfolk.

Last year it was revealed that 40pc of these are incorrectly fitted, either in the way they were fitted to the vehicle or adjusted to the child using them. Fortunately, the team were able to fix virtually all of them on the spot.

The team will also be promoting the benefits of keeping children rear facing for longer, a practice which is common in Scandinavian countries. This alone will keep a child five times safer than the forward facing equivalent

In addition if you have any questions about driving and using car seats abroad the team will be on hand offering useful holiday information and advice.

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong.

Child safety seat tour dates – 10am-2pm

Monday  July 30 – Norwich, Sprowston Tesco,

Tuesday July 31 – Sheringham, Tesco

Wednesday  August 1 – Cromer,  Morrisons

Thursday August 2 – Stalham, Tesco

Friday August 3 –  North Walsham, Sainsburys

Monday  August 6 – Dereham, Tesco

Tuesday  August 7 – Swaffham, Tesco

Wednesday August 8 – Downham Market, Tesco, (note change of time 2pm-6pm)

Thursday August 9 –  Kings Lynn,  Sainsburys

Friday August 10 – Hunstanton, Tesco

Monday August 13 – Thetford, Tesco

Tuesday August 14 – Harleston, Co-op

Wednesday August 15 – Wymondham, Waitrose

Thursday August 16 – Great Yarmouth, Asda

Friday August 17 – Diss,  Morrisons,

Monday August 20 –  Norwich Harford Bridge, Tesco,

Tuesday August 21 – Holt, Budgens

Wednesday August 22 – Norwich Longwater,  Sainsburys

Thursday August 23 – Aylsham, Tesco


Cringleford care home celebrates Hawaiian style

A Hawaiian-themed party, with luau decorations, local singer Ben Lake, and a barbecue will help Cavell Court care home, on Dragonfly Lane, Cringleford, celebrate its third birthday on Friday July 13, from 12.30pm-4pm.

The local community is invited to join the fun. Jennie Rodger (pictured), home manager, said she hoped the day would be an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the “warm, friendly home-from-home we have created here.” 

 

 

Norfolk library events help loneliness misery

Research has shown that loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is associated with depression, high blood pressure and dementia, according to Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee.

Since Norfolk County Council launched its In Good Company campaign to tackle loneliness in the county, the library service has more than doubled the number of events it runs which are suitable for people who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation.

And from June 21-23 more than 20 council libraries will be hosting In Good Company events and activities as part of the national Great Get Together project.

It’s an approach which earlier this year drew the praise of Arts Council England which highlighted the way it was helping to build community cohesion and promote positive ways that people can connect with their neighbours – recognised nationally as the most important way of tackling loneliness and social isolation.

Jan Holden, head of libraries and information, said: “From afternoon teas, knit and natter and board games to colour me calm sessions and book groups, our regular programme of events encourages people to enjoy the company of others whilst taking part in a fun activity or simply chatting over a cuppa.

“For the Great Get Together weekend, we’ve incorporated some extra events into our programme, including Open Gardens at Blofield, Making Music Day at Aylsham, and a sing along and invitation to write a letter to an isolated person at Hunstanton.  We hope lots of people will come along and join – it’s a great way to connect with people and make new friends.”

The first Great Get Together took place last year.  It was the idea of the friends and family of murdered MP, Jo Cox, to mark the first anniversary of her death.  The event aims to bring friends, neighbours and communities together to celebrate everything they have in common.

Councillor Dewsbury added: “Loneliness is a major national issue and we know that it affects people of all ages.

“We are leading the way with our In Good Company campaign and recently announced £2.4m funding to tackle loneliness in the county.  Over the next three years we’ll be working with partner organisations to develop new and innovative ways of improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by loneliness and social isolation in our communities.

“It’s great to see our libraries taking part in the Great Get Together again this year and offering such a varied range of events and activities to help to ensure that no one needs to spend a lonely day in Norfolk if they don’t want to.”

For more information about how you can get involved with In Good Company, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/ingoodcompany

For events and activities in Norfolk County Council’s libraries visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries

For more information about the Great Get Together visit www.greatgettogether.org