Police charge pair with Sprowston burglary

A man and woman have been charged in connection with a burglary in Sprowston.  

Perry Goodall, 37, and Michelle Price, 34, both from Watling Road, were charged with a burglary on the afternoon of Wednesday  November 1 on Linacre Avenue. Goodall was also charged with a second burglary on Branksome Road which took place on October 21.

Both appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Saturday November  4. Perry Goodall was remanded in custody and Michelle Price was released with bail conditions.

Both are due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Friday December 1.

PC Andy Mason, engagement officer for Broadland, said “Entry has been forced on both occasions and an elderly female occupant was present during the burglary on Linacre Avenue where the offenders were disturbed before they made their escape. An officer has been round to conduct a reassurance visit and the lady appreciated the support of her neighbours but this was still an understandably shocking experience for her. I would encourage residents to report any suspicious activity directly to the police on 101. It is also worth considering forming a Neighbourhood Watch to share information to both your neighbours as well as other residents.”

If you were a witness to either of these crimes or can provide any further information please contact DC Steve Gladwin at Bethel Street CID on 101 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Three drugs arrests in Sprowston

Police have arrested three people in Sprowston in connection with drug offences.

Officers attended an address on Blackhorse Opening at approximately 11.15am on Thursday  October 5 and seized a quantity of Class A drugs, cash and knives.

A 17-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, all from the Norwich area, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. They have all since been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Sergeant Tony Lester from the Norwich Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “These arrests are part of our on-going commitment to disrupt drug-related crime in the city and we will continue to act upon information provided by members of the public.

“I would urge anyone with any information about drug dealing in their community to contact Norfolk Police on 101, or 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.




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.














Sprowston woodland wins biodiversity award

A popular area of woodland in Sprowston has won an award for its biodiversity.

Harrison’s Wood, which borders Blue Boar Lane and Salhouse Road, was opened to the public in May and was given the award by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership.

Accepting the award, town council chairman Ian Moncur said there were big plans in store for the plot, saying: “This is just the start.

“We intend to increase involvement of community groups so that we can manage the woodland and realise our ambitions which include the bridging over of the existing ditch, provision of a car park and maintaining and improving the habitats of the woodland as a priority for conservation.” Public access to the 27-hectares of mixed woodland was made possible through a partnership of the town council with Broadland District Council and the Norwich Fringe Project.

The wood features a network of paths through mixed evergreen and broadleaf trees including oak, rowan, silver birch and scots pine and is home to birds such as chiffchaffs, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers.

David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement, added: “This is a great project and we were pleased to work with our partners to create a community asset which we hope residents will enjoy for generations to come.”



Sprowston teen’s bold fashion vision

Metallic and iridescent fabrics, crop tops and “bralettes” – Becki Ball is beginning to make a name for herself as a fashion designer.

Sprowston teen Becki showed off her latest collection at this year’s Norwich Fashion Week and is looking forward to September when she will start a three-year fashion design course at Norwich University of The Arts.

Becki, 19, a former Sprowston High School and Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form pupil, has been spending her gap year working on her BECCI FASHION brand, selling clothes, especially special occasion wear, that she buys in from other sources.

Her dream is to find a company that will make up her own designs to sell and perhaps one day to exhibit at London Fashion Week.

This year’s Norwich Fashion Week was Becki’s second. Aged just 17 she designed a tie-dye collection for the event in 2015.

“I’ve always liked clothes and being creative,” she said. “When I was little I used to make things for my toys to wear!

“My own style is a bit over the top. When I dress I like something with a lot of embellishments, bold and a bit different – but practical at the same time.”

Becki took an A-level in textiles at school, plus a Gold Arts Award enrichment course which also included textiles and gave her the chance to organise a fashion show.

“I spend a lot of time looking at Instagram to see what’s trending and what famous people are wearing,” she said.

Inspiration for her metallic collection stemmed from a picture of a top on the social network site Pinterest.

Becki prefers to produce rough sketches, rather than detailed designs, and then work with the fabric to see how it will adapt to her ideas.

She is looking forward to learning more about design and sewing techniques at university.

Becki’s online fashion shop can be found at

A model is pictured wearing one of Becki’s designs.