Spate of thefts in Sprowston

Police are appealing for information after a recent spate of thefts at Sprowston Retail Park.

  • A diesel generator was stolen between 5pm on Tuesday  September 12 and 7.30am on Wednesday September 13.
  • A large quantity of brown plastic piping was taken from the site between 5pm on Wednesday  September 13 and 6.30am on Thursday September 14.
  • Forklift forks and 1,000 litres of diesel were stolen between 1.30am and 4am on Saturday September 16.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the dates and times stated, or anyone with information, should contact PC Nick Roberts at Sprowston Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Woman attacked at Sprowston petrol station

A woman in her 60s suffered bruising to her arm after a man assaulted her at a petrol station in Sprowston.

Police have just issued a plea for witnesses to the assault, which happened on Tuesday August 29 at approximately 11.45am.

The victim was waiting for an available pump at a petrol station on North Walsham Road.

A man in the vehicle in front became abusive to her and then approached her window and assaulted her, bruising  her right upper arm.

The suspect is described as being white, approximately 6ft tall, of an athletic build with dark hair and a light beard.

He was wearing a dark jumper and a red baseball hat. It is also believed he had a female passenger and a child.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the assault.

Anyone with information should contact PC Darryl Robinson at Sprowston Police Station on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police plea after Sprowston burglary

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Blenheim Crescent, Sprowston.

The incident happened on Friday September 8 between 5.20am and 5.50am when a suspect or suspects got into an address and stole a rucksack and an unknown sum of money.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or noticed anything suspicious in the area between the times stated.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Hayley Jennings at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




See in the autumn with colour and inspiration

This autumn sees women from all over the area coming together for two “inspiring” events.

First on the agenda is the Inspired Women BIG Conversation on September 26.

Inspired Youth has been running various Inspired Women projects in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, involving hundreds of young women and local businesswomen.

This will be the second Inspired Women BIG Conversation and the chance to hear from some of those who have been involved with Inspired Women in schools and in the world of work.

The events is free and gives women the chance to share their thoughts on subjects including what makes a person inspiring and how they can help young women, how self-esteem and self-confidence impacts on life choices and the next step for the organisation.

The events will run from 8.30am to noon at The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich. For more information see

On October 12, the venue switches to Sprowston Manor Hotel and the emphasis is on colours for the Inspired Women charity event Girls Night Out 2017.

The theme is I’m Every Colour to celebrate all the different colours that represent women. Marketing manager Jenna Rich said: “We’d love everyone who comes along to dress in your favourite colour to help us make the event as colourful as each of you.”

It’s the third year for Girls Night Out, which aims to give local young women the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an audience, to be pampered and entertained.

The funds raised on the night will be used to support the Inspired Women mentoring programme for young women across Norfolk, as well as raising money for partner charity BREAK.

The evening will include a fashion show, pampering stands, shopping stands, goody bags for the first 50 through the door, a raffle plus more.

Earlybird tickets are available for £8until September 27, after which the full ticket price will apply of £9. Group discount bookings are also available.

See more and book at

Jenna Rich is ready with a smile

Support for women through that ‘tricky period’

Homeless women and females on low incomes will benefit from a new service set up to provide free sanitary products at Norwich’s main libraries.

The Tricky Period project involves the libraries taking donations of products and handing them out to people who cannot afford them, with no questions asked about proof of eligibility.

Staff at Tuckswood, Earlham, West Earlham, Mile Cross, Plumstead Road, St Williams Way and The Millennium libraries have been taking in donations of tampons, sanitary towels and carrier bags for the last few weeks ready to start the scheme on Thursday, September 28.

Community librarian Caroline Varney-Bowers is behind the project. She said: “I became aware of a project called The Homeless Period where homeless women struggle to afford these items and did some further research about period poverty. I found this is also an issue for young women from low income families and sometimes leads to girls missing school during their period.

“Library staff have been hugely supportive of starting up this service and we have already had some donations.”

Order forms will be available in Norwich Libraries at the staff desk (at The Millennium Library this will be the ground floor joining desk). Customers can tick the products they require and hand in their form at the desk and receive the items they need.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said: “It’s fantastic that our library staff have set up this service which will help vulnerable women and girls in Norwich. As well as the problem of affordability, this could potentially improve women’s health, as there are risks associated with not changing sanitary products regularly. The Tricky Period may also help to reduce period related truancy from school or time off work. I would encourage library users to support the project by making donations of supplies.”

Norwich foodbank is supporting the project as they are acutely aware that many who access their services find it very difficult to ask for these items.

Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service works closely with the council’s Public Health team on the Healthy Libraries project to improve awareness, information and support around health and wellbeing to people living in Norfolk.

This also includes supporting and promoting public health campaigns around issues including dementia awareness and reducing childhood obesity. Libraries work with local and national organisations to host events which encourage people to improve their health and wellbeing.
The service is available during library opening hours.

Just Regional is keen to support this initiative and we have offered to our offices as a point for anyone who would like to donate sanitary products. Just drop your donations off to our HQ in Penfold Street, Aylsham, NR11 6ET and we will make sure they get to the libraries in Norwich.

Editor Gay Webster said: “This is something which most women take for granted, that they have access to sanitary pads and tampons. It’s only right that all women have that choice and we are happy to be part of this worthwhile scheme.”

Police appeal on man in Norwich CCTV photo

Police are appealing for help to identify this man (see photo below) who was pictured on a CCTV camera following the theft of a bike in Norwich.

The theft happened near a property in Bates Green between 7pm and 9pm on Friday July 28.

The stolen bike is described as  a green Carrera with white stickers and white wheel rims.

Anyone who may recognise the man, whom police would like to speak to in connection with the theft, or anyone with information, should contact PC Chris Paton at Earlham Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.





Norwich firm among top tech companies in UK

A Norwich firm, launched with a £5,000 loan, has gained a prestigious national ranking.

Notice Media, which makes free financial comparisons easy for users, features on the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, published on September 10. The list recognises fast-growing tech companies in the UK.

The company, which started over 10 years ago, operates financial comparison site which now attracts more than 450,000 users each month.

The site was launched by three entrepreneurs who built up their digital media expertise while working for online agencies, Google and insurance company Aviva.

The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 listing is open to private companies with yearly revenue sales between £5m and £50m. The programme is designed to recognise the top 100 UK tech companies, and ranks them according to average sales increase over a three-year period.

The firm’s success has been attributed to the team’s desire to develop technology that helps users make quick, simple and clear financial comparisons through a variety of tables, tools and filters. Knowyourmoney users can compare the details of current accounts, business banking, loans, mortgages and breakdown cover.

The site aims to simplify financial product information allowing users to make informed financial decisions.

Breaking into the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 caps a series of recent accolades for the Norwich company. Having been voted Website of the Year in 2016, the site recently scooped the title of Best Comparison Site for Mortgages at the 2017 What Mortgage awards.

Operations director John Ellmore believes the website’s competitive edge comes from the ability to react quickly to market conditions.

He said: “Knowyourmoney’s strength is in our ability to quickly apply latest technology developments to the comparison service. We are certain that our team’s continuous desire to be the best-in-field, will ensure we continue to offer users a great comparison service”. Commercial director Jason Tassie attributes the recent success to the fantastic team ethic of the company.

“Over the last three years the team has grown knowyourmoney into a site capable of competing with the big household financial comparison brands. We are so proud of the team for this achievement, and breaking into the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 is great recognition for the fantastic effort we put in”.

Pictured: The Notice Media team in Norwich

Military send-off for Sprowston’s Steven, 38

Generous and popular Royal Navy man Steven Taylor, who has left £10,000 to charities supported by his local pub, the Brickmakers, was honoured with a full military send-off at his parish church in Sprowston. Some 180 people packed St Mary’s and St Margaret’s Church for 38-year-old Steven’s funeral which included a military guard of honour, a six-gun salute, a coffin draped in the Union Flag and a bugler playing the Last Post. Steven’s navy commander attended the service, along with a number of his service comrades. Other mourners included Norwich City FC managing director Steve Stone. A lifelong Canaries’ fan, Steven was also given a moving minute’s applause by home and away fans during the 38th minute of Norwich’s clash with Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR) at Carrow Road after the suggestion, made by his good friend Mark Boast, went viral on social media. Among those who re-tweeted it was TV and radio broadcaster Jake Humphrey and Norwich City goalkeeper Angus Gunn. Steven would drive for nine hours from his base in Culdrose, Cornwall, to Norwich on a Friday night to attend home games, meeting up with Mark and other members of the Forces 2 Canaries supporters’ group before and after matches. He would then drive back on Sunday, ready for work on Monday morning. And he would often attend away games with another Norfolk member of Forces 2 Canaries, Scott Woodhouse. Steven’s sister Sharon Taylor said he had been a doting uncle who would bet on football matches and put aside any winnings for his niece and two nephews, the children of his twin, Clare. A wake for Steven, who died just nine weeks after being diagnosed with bowel cancer, was held at the Brickmakers. Steven had been a stalwart supporter of the pub’s many charity fund-raisers, often buying £200 worth of raffle tickets and giving back prizes if he won, according to his sister Sharon.  And even if he wasn’t able to attend an event, he would make a generous donation.  Landlady Pam South said they were absolutely overwhelmed and touched by Steven’s £10,000 legacy which would be shared among their good causes. Raised and educated in Sprowston, Stephen left Sprowston High School and straight away followed in the footsteps of his parents, Eileen and Graham, who had also been in the Royal Navy. He had loved his career, according to Sharon, a police officer. A leading air engineering technician, Steven had served on two tours in Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick and had been training to become a petty officer when he received his cancer diagnosis. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity had paid for carers so that Steven could spend his final days at home with his parents, according to Sharon. “He was the most generous person – quite quiet, but he would be there at the drop of a hat if you needed help,” she said. Mark added that Steven, a friend for about 10 years, had been a “true gent in the old-fashioned sense.” He added: “To see all those people, including QPR fans, applauding my mate was amazing and heart-warming. It showed football supporters standing as one.”

Steven is also pictured in his Canaries gear with friend Mark Boast, and in his early Royal Navy days, with his twin Clare (left), and his sister Sharon.