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Witness appeal after £20,000 worth of damage caused by fire in Watton

Officers from Dereham Police Station are looking for witnesses to the deliberate ignition of a straw bale stack in Watton.

The incident happened at approximately 7.55pm on Sunday 24 April 2016 at Watton Airfield in  Watton where a stack of hay bales, weighing approximately 450 tonnes, has been set alight causing considerable damage.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service attended from Watton and Hingham to extinguish the fire and determined that it was ignited deliberately.  Subsequent crews from East Harling, Attleborough and Dereham maintained a watching brief throughout the night.

Station Manager Richard Smith said, "Fire can be extremely destructive, not only to people’s property, but also to their lives. I would ask that members of the public remain vigilant in reporting fires if they see them and to remember your own personal safety.”

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated or anyone with information should contact PC Ella Fuller at Dereham Police Station on 101.

Alternatively, you cancall the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.   

Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary and is related to an ongoing criminal investigation involving arson.

Arson - Spate of arsons prompts Police warning - Norwich

Police are warning residents of Old Catton following a spate of arsons in the area.

Over the last four months six crimes have been recorded in which skips and rubbish bins have been targeted.

Police are encouraging residents to keep wheelie bins out of sight and a suitable distance from their home or potential fire hazards.

PCSO Kane Casburn, the local officer for Old Catton, said, "We take any deliberate acts of setting fire very seriously. Not only can this cause damage to property but can lead to putting lives at risk. We encourage any person who has knowledge of these incidents to come forward to prevent further risk of harm.”

"We also encourage any persons requiring further advice around fire safety to contact Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.”

Anyone who has seen a fire being started deliberately in suspicious circumstances should contact PCSO Kane Casburn at Sprowston Police Station on 101.   Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary and is related to an ongoing criminal investigation involving arson.

Bravery, excellence and dedication honoured at our annual fire and rescue awards

Norwich Castle

Last night at Norwich Castle bravery, excellence and dedication was honoured at our annual fire and rescue awards

Below is a full run down of everyone that collected an award.  

We would like to congratulate all recipients and thank those that took the time to present an award.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medals
Presented by the Lord Lieutenant
Richard Jewson

Melvin Aldous, Les Britzman Nathan Calvert, Steven Collins, Paul Cosgrove, Stephen Dawson, Chris Harding-Hook, Andrew Scarlett, Robert Skinner, Jason Spalding,  William Spratt, Ivor Tomalin, Mark Trudgill, Michael Woolston

 

20 YEAR CERTIFICATES
Presented by the Lord Lieutenant
Richard Jewson

 

Jacqueline O’Donnell, Mary Harpley,

 

30 year Outstanding Service Certificate
Presented by Chief Fire Officer, Roy Harold.

Andrew Dungar, Douglas Kelly,  Paula Smithers, John Baker, Jonathan Wilby, Gary Thorpe, Nigel Williams, Peter Holliday

 

Norfolk Fire Service Medal
Presented by Chief Fire Officer, Roy Harold.

This medal is specific to Norfolk and the recipients have all demonstrated a commitment to excellence over 35 years of Service with Norfolk Fire and Rescue service

Carolyn Stevens, John Cooper, Jimmy Groom, David Abbs

 

40 Year Outstanding Service Certificate
Presented by Chief Fire Officer, Roy Harold.

 

Cyril Barber, Geoffrey Lowe, David Shepperson, Michael Neeve

 

Making a Difference Award
Presented by Chief Fire Officer, Roy Harold.

This award is to recognise a member of staff who has made a contribution or a difference above and beyond the reasonable expectation/requirement of their job description or role map.

 This award goes to Andrew Potts

 

Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented by the High Sheriff Nicholas Pratt


This award goes to John Chenery

 

Certificate of Commendation
Presented by the High Sheriff Nicholas Pratt

Watlington House Fire

Presented to

Station Manager Bob Ayers

Kings Lynn North - Green Watch

Kings Lynn South - Green Watch

Control - Green Watch

 

 

Certificate of Commendation
Presented by a casualty from the Incident

Cobblers Cottage Fire

Presented to Wells Retained Station

 

 

Certificate of Commendation
Presented by the casualty from the incident

Assisting at RTC whilst off Duty

Presented to

Alan Churchman – Great Yarmouth – Red Watch

Phillip Soanes – Great Yarmouth – Green Watch

 

 

Certificate of Commendation
Presented by CFO Roy Harold

Assisting with a bike accident whilst off duty

Presented to

Patrick O’Neil – Retained Firefighter Loddon

 

Certificate of Commendation
Presented by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur

Ladder Rescue from a House Fire

Presented to

Great Yarmouth – White Watch

Great Yarmouth Retained

Control – White Watch

 

 

Greatest Contribution to the Firefighter Charity Award

Presented by CFO Roy Harold

Receiving the award – Adrian Vertigan – The Mayor of Fakenham

Ross Burroughs from The Original Factory Shop

Mark Edge and Darren Leach from Fakenham Retained.                                     

This year’s award goes to Fakenham and the Community of Fakenham for raising £11000.00

 

 

 

Long Stratton arsons appeal


Officers are appealing for information following two arsons in the Long Stratton area.

The first took place at the junction of Manor Road and Flowerpot Lane in Long Stratton sometime between 8.30pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday 30 March 2016 when officers received reports a bin had been deliberately set on fire at a bus stop.

The next incident took place sometime between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 31 March 2016 when unknown person/s set fire to a stack of straw bales located at a farm off Church Lane in Stratton St Michael. The fire spread to a large chicken shed (containing no livestock) which was completed destroyed.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Grahame Bartlett at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary and is related to an ongoing criminal investigation involving arson.

Police and fire services begin new era as they share Wymondham HQ

Norfolk’s police and fire services are now working closer together than ever before as the two services have joined together to share a headquarters.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service’s (NFRS) Senior Management Team, including Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold, moved into Norfolk Constabulary’s Operations and Communications Centre (OCC) in Wymondham earlier this week. The move means that the highest ranking officers in Norfolk Constabulary and NFRS will now be working in adjacent offices.

The chief aims of the move are to establish a more joined up approach between the two blue light services, deliver an improved service to Norfolk’s communities and simultaneously provide savings for taxpayers.

The latest collaborative move follows on from the successful relocation of NFRS’ data analysts moving alongside their police counterparts in OCC over a year ago.

Signage at OCC

Stephen Bett, PCC for Norfolk, said: “On behalf of the Norfolk policing family, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the senior officer team from the fire and rescue service. This move will allow more efficient and effective working between our emergency services which is excellent news for Norfolk people.”

Cllr Paul Smyth, Chairman of the Communities Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “Establishing a joint headquarters for Norfolk’s Police and Fire and Rescue Services is a key step in improving the effectiveness of the emergency services across the county. Collaboration has been developing for some time and this move will allow that partnership to progress to a new level.”

ACC Sarah Hamlin said: “This is a key step in emergency services working closer together to improve the service we provide to the communities of Norfolk. As a result of this collaboration, both Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will be able to look at new ways of working together and improve efficiencies for both services in the future.”

Roy Harold, Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk, said: “When the public dial 999, they expect and deserve that the emergency services work together seamlessly to give them the best help and support we can. Blue light services already operate as a team, and basing our senior officers alongside each other will help make that teamwork even more effective.”

A new joint sign has also been put up outside OCC, as the constabulary welcomes in their colleagues from the fire service. NFRS’ current HQ in Hethersett will still remain in use as a logistics hub and fire station.

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