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Special Constabulary speeding team launched in Yarmouth

Members of the Special Constabulary will be teaming up with volunteers to tackle speeding drivers in and around Great Yarmouth.

Launched yesterday, Sunday 15 January, the Special Constabulary Speeding Team will see officers carry out roadside checks, complementing those carried out by Community Speed Watch (CSW) teams.

The team will focus their efforts on areas where speeding is raised as a concern and those not covered by CSW.

PC Hannah Gardiner, Great Yarmouth Engagement Officer, said: “Speeding is an issue often raised as a concern by local residents and this team will be able to complement checks already carried out by police and members of CSW.

“The team will carry out a leaflet drop in the immediate vicinity of where speed checks take place, updating local residents on the results and action we have taken.”

The Special Constabulary Speeding Team is one of a number of community policing projects being supported through Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green’s Early Intervention Fund.  The fund is open to policing teams across the county to help them work with communities to tackle local crime, disorder and community safety issues.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, who attended the launch of a similar scheme by Specials in Poringland last month, added: “I am delighted to continue to support such a project and to see it embraced by police, volunteers and the wider community. It was fantastic to witness first-hand the work of the team in Poringland and is great to see such an initiative being extended across the Great Yarmouth area.

“Speeding is one of the fatal four, as well as drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone and this is a prime example of how, together, we are advancing the fight for improved road safety in Norfolk.

“The purpose of Speed Watch and the Special Constabulary Speeding Team is not to spoil our pleasure in responsible driving, but to protect us from unsafe driving. This is community spirit at its best – cooperation between Speed Watch volunteers and our police to keep our roads safe.”


Specials Manager Sue Goode said: “This is a great example of how our committed volunteers get to experience the world of policing while helping to support local communities and organisations such as Community Speed Watch. It’s pleasing to see the specials getting involved with local communities and help to address issues of concern.”


If you are interested in setting up or joining an existing Community Speed Watch group, please contact Great Yarmouth Engagement Officer PC Hannah Gardiner on 101.


Appeal after burglary in Southtown, Great Yarmouth

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

The incident happened on Southtown Road yesterday (Sunday 15 January) between 1pm and 11.30pm when suspect(s) broke into a flat by forcing a door before stealing a Playstation 4 along with accessories.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information concerning it.

Witnesses should contact Detective Constable Gavin Rivett at Great Yarmouth CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Man sentenced after car stereos stolen in Great Yarmouth


A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 weeks behind bars after pleading guilty to committing a string of thefts from motor vehicles.

Edgaris Draugelis, of no fixed abode, was handed the sentence following an investigation by the Great Yarmouth District Crime Unit.

The most recent incident happened on Friday 6 January 2016 where a white Transit van had its quarter light window smashed and the car stereo stolen from within.

Following a Crime Scene Investigation Draugelis was identified as a potential suspect and arrested on Thursday 12 January 2016. He was charged later the same day and put in front of Magistrates in Norwich on Friday 13 January 2016.

For his crimes, Draguelis was sentenced to 12 weeks behind bars and ordered to pay £335 in compensation.