A man who supplied cannabis in North Walsham has been
ordered to pay back £80,000 from the proceeds of his crimes.
Aiden Hyland, of Chapel Road, Paston, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on September 25, where he was sentenced to an 18-month community order and 150 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis at an earlier hearing.
Hyland, 25, was also ordered to pay £80,000 under the
Proceeds of Crime Act.
The court heard how Hyland was arrested on February 10, 2018, after officers executed a warrant at an address on Kings Arms Street in North Walsham and seized drug paraphernalia and cash.
A number of mobile phones were also found which contained
various messages relating to the supply and sale of cannabis.
Sgt Toby Gosdon said: “I am pleased Hyland has been ordered to return the money he made through his criminality. This case demonstrates that crime does not pay, and officers will continue to ensure those engaged in illegal activity are stripped of the very thing that motivates them to commit their crimes.”
A woman involved in an illegal
gathering in Norwich on Thursday has been given a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.
It follows a gathering on the Haymarket which started just after midday and involved more than 80 people protesting against the covid-19 prevention restrictions.
The 37-year-old, from the Norwich
area, was arrested at the scene after refusing to provide her details to
police. She was taken into custody at Wymondham and following enquiries later
issued with the fixed penalty notice for contravening the ban on being involved
in holding a gathering of more than 30 people.
In addition, a 25-year-old man from the Norwich area arrested at the scene on suspicion of common assault after allegedly coughing at a woman, has since been charged with the offence. He has been released on bail to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 23.
Three other people at the gathering
were reported for the offence of organising or facilitating a gathering of more
than 30 people, in breach of the Health Protection Regulations.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Megicks, who has been leading the local police response to coronavirus, said: “As a police force, we fully appreciate how difficult the past six months have been for the county and I am pleased that the vast of majority of people have played and continue to play their part, following the guidance and legislation helping to protect Norfolk and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“However, the infection rate is now rising rapidly across the
country and while in Norfolk it
is not increasing as significantly as other areas, we must carry on working
together to keep everyone safe. Our focus will remain on our use of the 4Es –
engaging, explaining, encouraging and then enforcing when required.
“The gathering yesterday was in breach of the Health Protection
Regulations and we took action to disperse the group including making two
arrests. We will all have a role to play in keeping our county safe going
forward and we won’t hesitate to take action if needed.
“We police by consent and we need people and businesses to
work with us on this. Our approach will remain the same: engaging with people
first, explaining the guidance and law and encouraging people to do the right
thing. However, we will not sit back and allow people to deliberately break the
law. Where we are left with no choice but to enforce, we will do so to protect
“If members of the public are concerned that the law is being
broken or they are experiencing anti-social behaviour, they can report this to
us and we will consider the most appropriate response, targeting repeat and high-risk
behaviour. We all have a personal responsibility to reduce the spread of coronavirus
and ensure that police enforcement is used only as a last resort. Reports
should be made through our online reporting wherever possible.”
County councillor Ed Maxfield has resigned from the Liberal Democrat group at County Hall, saying it broke his heart to do so. He had already stood down as group leader because of disillusionment with his party’s “disastrous approach to Brexit and its 2019 General Election campaign”. In an email to his party colleagues he said: “For a number of years, though, I have felt that the party has been shifting away from my values so that now it gives the impression that it is more concerned with appealing to the fringes of Twitter than listening to people who live in Trunch, Mundesley or Overstrand.”
His area includes Trunch, Antingham, Swafield, Knapton, Paston, Bacton, Mundesley, Gimingham, Trimingham, Sidestrand, Northrepps and Overstrand, and he added: “It breaks my heart to leave a party I have belonged to, and campaigned for, since I was 18. “I know that around the country there are sensible, moderate Lib Dem councillors doing great work. The group on North Norfolk District Council, under the leadership of Sarah Butikofer, is making a real difference for the communities I represent. But when I received notification that my party membership was due for renewal, I knew I could not, in good conscience, stay as a party member.” He added that he had asked to join the independent group on the council.
Norwich Theatre has announced a special season of festive shows for 2020, a Right Royal Christmas, which will see the Theatre Royal temporarily re-open to audiences during December.
The season will include three shows, Panto in a Pickle!, A Circus Carol and She Go Does It Under the Christmas Tree…with Friends, which will alternate.
After 19 years at the centre of Theatre Royal Christmases delighting family audiences, Norwich’s favourite pantomime Dame, Richard Gauntlett, will return once more and star in a brand new show for the whole family that captures lots of the traditional panto fun in a madcap adventure through six of your favourite stories, Panto in a Pickle.
Richard said: “The postponement of ‘Dick Whittington and his
Cat’ this year was a huge disappointment for all involved and this opportunity
to fill the ‘Panto-void’ with a new twist is an exciting and unexpected
pleasure. Be prepared for pantomime but not as we know it. And it does
mean that I can do my Christmas shopping in Norwich!”
Following its sell-out success at Norwich Playhouse at Christmas 2019, Norwich Theatre’s critically acclaimed co-production with Lost in Translation Circus, A Circus Carol, will also be remounted specially for the Theatre Royal stage.
Circus director Massimiliano
Rossetti said: “The amazing opportunity to partner with Norwich Theatre to
bring Interlude to life has been a great success.
“The opportunity to perform in
front of live audiences was a dream and I’m very honoured that we will have the
opportunity to perform again – this time on the beautiful stage of the Theatre
Royal with our co-production of ‘A Circus Carol’
“I’m very excited to be
performing at Christmas, sharing smiles, amazement, joy and laughter with
audiences during the festive season.”
Completing the season will be another new show from much-loved Norfolk comedian Karl Minns, with the return of one of his favourite Nimmo Twins comedy creations, She Go, alongside some other local characters. She Go Does It Under the Christmas Tree…with Friends will be a festive look back at what a year 2020 has been here in our fair county of Norfolk.
Karl said: “Having performed at
Interlude in the summer, I’m thrilled and privileged to have the chance to play
in front of a Norfolk audience again. It’s even more exciting to be playing at
the Theatre Royal.
“We’ve all missed being inside
theatres and this is a huge honour and a big step forward in reclaiming our
beloved spaces. It’s been a tough year for everyone, so to end the year
and go into Christmas with some joy and laughter is something I’m really
looking forward to.”
Stephen Crocker, chief executive of Norwich Theatre, said:
“Christmas is such a special and important time in the life of a theatre and I
believe our audiences, for many of whom a festive trip to the theatre is a
long-standing tradition, need a Christmas treat more than ever before this year.”
Whilst the full-scale re-opening
of Theatre Royal, Playhouse and Stage Two will not be possible until
social-distancing measures are further relaxed, this short season will be
planned with current guidance in mind and both the shows and the covid-secure
modifications to the Theatre Royal building have been made possible through
grants and donations.
Tickets will go on sale from September 24.
Panto in a Pickle runs from December 16 to 24. Tickets are £10 to £13.50 or a family ticket is £50. 60 mins (no interval). Age 3+
A Circus Carol runs from December 16 to 23. Tickets are
£10 to £17.50. Family ticket is £65. 70 mins (no interval). Age 10+
She Go Does It Under the Christmas Tree…with Friends runs
from December 16 to 23 with tickets costing from £10 to £21.50. 80 minutes (no
interval). Age 16+
A famous detective duo have helped a Norfolk nature study centre as it seeks to plot a post pandemic future.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson entertained a sell-out crowd
of 200 people in the grounds of How Hill at the weekend in a fun show staged by
the Pantaloons, who put a new slant on Sherlock’s classic cases including The
Proceeds from the event, organised by its Friends group, will help the environmental study centre, which has lost its visiting schools, and its income, during lockdown – with none expected now until next year.
But the centre, at Ludham, which has been teaching
youngsters about the countryside around them for 50 years, remains positive
about its future, and is preparing to bounce back when educational work resumes
Director Simon Partridge said: “We know our regular schools are keen to return as soon as it is safe to do so, and we have been making preparations for that happy day. A stay at How Hill has been a highlight of the schooldays of thousands of pupils over the years, and aim to make that true in the future too.”
The centre hosted its last pupils on March 18. It has put
most of its previously 13-strong staff on furlough and a couple of roles have
been made redundant.
Mr Partridge added: “People visiting our gardens have been
very generous with £4000 worth of donations so far this summer, which tops last
year’s figure for the whole season.
“We are using our downtime to carry out decoration and
planned improvements in the house, and are assessing how we may need to change
bedroom, toilet and kitchen areas for a post Covid future, which are likely to
result in rising costs and therefore fees.
“But we are remaining positive – and working towards
resuming school residential and day visits next year, along with our programme
of adult events and our much-missed tea room.”
If you have enjoyed a trip to How Hill as a child or an adult and would like to donate towards its funds, please visit its JustGiving page by clicking here.
The wild weather over the last few days has meant a family
event at the Summertime Social season at the Norfolk Showground has had to be
Summertime Playdays, which includes a performance of Alice
In Wonderland, was due to happen tomorrow (Thursday, August 27).
Co-promoter Andrew Bunn said: “We are heartbroken to let you
know we have had to take the decision to cancel it due to severe weather and
the high likelihood of continued high winds in the area.
“Conditions are not suitable to get the site and production ready, and the safety of attendees, performers and crew has to come first. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will refund all tickets for it.”
The WAW Wrestling Experience, also scheduled for tomorrow,
has been postponed until Thursday, September 10. All tickets purchased for it
will be redeemable for the new date. The experience will feature a live
wrestling show featuring Britain’s first family of wrestling, the Knights, who
are based in Norwich, and will be followed by a screening of the movie Fighting
For My Family which is based on their life-story.
were there when their community needed them the most.
the country was forced into lockdown by the coronavirus pandemic, the North
Walsham Good Neighbours scheme swung into action to protect the most vulnerable
in the area.
amazing 100 new volunteers came forward to join forces with existing members of
the group to offer their services to people in need throughout the community.
front page of this month’s Just North Walsham is dedicated to those who have
volunteered for, and been helped by, Good Neighbours.
of residents have had medicines and shopping delivered, received regular
telephone calls and letters to ease loneliness, and also had a variety of jobs
carried out around their homes and gardens.
Paul Robinson, chairman of North Walsham Good Neighbour scheme, said: “Everyone has pulled the stops out for one another.
“We’ve managed it pretty well largely thanks to the volunteers. They have been phenomenal. Many had said that they would like to become established volunteers even after the crisis has eased and that’s wonderful.”
Figures collated by the group show that by the end of April they had sent more than 175 letters and cards to care homes and people in isolation, and, more than 350 calls were to neighbours in June alone.
Cassie Kealey, one of the group’s coordinators, said: “The volunteers have been amazing. We’ll send an email out and five minutes later someone will respond to it. The volunteers are quick to react and help. We get so many thank you messages from people. It’s amazing. We will throw the volunteers a party eventually.”
A party was due to be held in September to mark the fifth birthday of Good Neighbours and while this has been postponed, the special occasion will be marked by the delivery afternoon tea party boxes to those who have been supported by the group during the crisis. “We are going to take afternoon tea to the people we have helped to say have a nice afternoon tea on us,” added Cassie.
While much of the focus in recent weeks has been on helping people in their own homes, the group is also now assisting people as they get back out and about again. Paul said this could include helping people negotiate their way around the town centre and understand the changes caused by social distancing regulations. “A lot of people will be unsure and we can offer to explain how things are now working in the town,” added Paul.
Good Neighbours is also looking to help people develop their IT skills as more people turn to video calls to catch up with family and friends. “We are exploring opportunities to support some of our neighbours who are not particularly IT savvy but want to know more about connecting with family and friends,” said Paul.
event in a north Norfolk stately home, raising funds for Sheringham Little
Theatre, will be one of the first live events to return to the county.
The theatre cannot yet host full-scale events in its auditorium, but as lockdown eases it is promoting a pioneering outdoor performance mixing music, words and poetry in the walled garden at Mannington Hall on Saturday, August 22.
London Mozart Players will play classical music inspired by the experiences and
emotions of four young performers during lockdown – ranging from family and
separation to countryside and reflection – as well as positive lockdown stories
submitted by the public.
One of the young actors, Jodie Weller, from North Walsham, said: “This will be an amazing experience – particularly being one of the first live performances in north Norfolk after a period which has seen, and continues to see, artistic venues and professionals struggling.
“It is wonderful to be raising money for the Little Theatre, which has been a big part of our lives, and to be bringing a live audience some joy.”
She will be joined by Tilda Fassih, from Sheringham; Katie Thompson, from Knapton; and Charlie Randall, from Aylsham, who are all in their 20s and will be curating and compering the community focused event.
During lockdown they have also been entertaining residents of local care homes with online singalongs – and on the morning of the concert will perform live outside two of the homes, with members of the London Mozart Players.
director Debbie Thompson said the event came about through Orchestras Live
seeking a community-focused event for the London Mozart Players in north
Norfolk, and the Little Theatre’s need for an outdoor fundraiser while the
auditorium remained closed for live performances.
People buying tickets will be supporting the Little Theatre and freelance artists as they recover from the financial challenges of the covid-19 crisis. They will also get the chance to choose the event encore – after viewing two potential pieces via an online link.
Due to social distancing guidelines, there will be a limited numbers of tickets available for the 6pm-7.15pm show, which will also be recorded and available online for those who cannot attend.
be allocated for groups of up to six people. Visitors are asked to bring a
travel rug, fold-up seats, and umbrellas in case of rain. There will be no
Tickets are £12
for the live concert, and £6 for the recorded version. Afternoon tea boxes for
two, with sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes, costing £10 can also be
ordered in advance. Audience members are welcome to arrive from 4.30pm to enjoy
their food in the gardens before settling down for the performance.
If government guidelines change, preventing a live show, the concert will go ahead and be recorded. A 50pc refund would be available on tickets purchased for the live event on the basis that everyone would be able to watch the “virtual” version to support those involved.