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Two Burmese men accused of killing UEA graduate Hannah Witheridge and a fellow British backpacker on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers have said.

Emergency services pump out flood water near the Suspension bridge pub after the storm surge at Great Yarmouth in December 2013. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Great Yarmouth is on flood alert with the combination of high tide, a sea surge and high winds putting the coastline at risk.

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

British police officers travelling to Thailand following the brutal murder of Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge will be experts in their field, said the Met.

Frances Bailey, Beryl Kerrison and the Rev Eiler Mellerup knitting for national Woolly Hat Day. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

Knitting needles have been clicking ahead of a national woolly hat day staged by a seafarers’ charity.

Carlton Court Hospital in Carlton Colville.

Mental health chiefs insist they have enough beds in Waveney and Great Yarmouth, despite figures showing two hospitals were more than 90pc full before a decision was made to close inpatient beds.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Two men accused of being involved in an attack on another man, who was slashed in the face and neck, have been cleared on the direction of the judge, of attempted murder, but both still face a wounding charge.

Dr Wendy Thomson, managing director of Norfolk County Council. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Councillors have given their strongest indication yet that they are not prepared to increase council tax in Norfolk after throwing out a suggestion that bills should rise by 1.99pc next year.

Great Yarmouth sport

Saturday, October 18, 2014

League leaders Norwich United will look to start strengthening their position at the top of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division table this afternoon.

Youth football round-up

Friday, October 17, 2014
BIG WIN: Bohemians Under-11 Galaxy won 8-1 at home to FR Bradwell Brazil in Division Two.

Bohemians U11 Galaxy welcomed Bradwell Brazil back to New Road on a perfect autumn morning. Again pre-match team talk was all about closing the opposition down from the start and using Galaxy’s pace to attack.

Gorlestons Scott Manning (left) in action against Hadleigh.   Photo: DAVID HARDY

Premier Division Gorleston will be hoping to build on last weekend’s victory over previously unbeaten leaders Hadleigh United when they visit Thetford Town.

Gorleston end leaders’ unbeaten record

Friday, October 10, 2014
Gorlestons Scott Manning (left) in action against Hadleigh.   Photo: DAVID HARDY

Gorleston 3 Hadleigh Utd 0

NEW BOY: Luke Goreham with chairman Stephen Brierley (right) and manager Ricci Butler.

Ricci Butler has added to his ranks at Great Yarmouth Town with the signing of two new players.

Norfolk Entertainment

Witches Sarah Wise, Abbie Panks and Hannah Burns from the Fairyland Trust. Picture: SUBMITTED

Mount your broomsticks, practise those cackles and head for Holt Hall this weekend where the magical Fairyland Trust will be celebrating The Real Halloween.

Norwich Cathedral Hostry. Photo : Steve Adams.

Artists are getting their paintbrushes and easels ready to take part in a special open air art competition inspired by our fine city.

The People's Tower being built which is a cardboard replica of St Peter Mancroft Church for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014. The finished tower. Picture: Denise Bradley

A director of music, a city theatre and an art fair are among the people’s choice when it comes to Norfolk’s great champions of the arts.

GoGoDragons design by Karis Youngman, age 20.

From colourful creatures inspired by the myths and legends surrounding dragons to fire-breathing beasts celebrating our fine city – our design-a-dragon competition sparked a huge array of great entries from people of all ages.

Peter Tolhurst is bringing out a new book this month called Norfolk Parish Treasures: North and West Norfolk
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Writer and publisher Peter Tolhurst has spent ten years putting togethera new series of books featuring every single Norfolk village. TREVOR HEATON talks to the creator of a work destined to become a local classic.

Norfolk sport

Ove Fundin, 79 year old former world speedway champion and Norwich Stars rider, at Horham Community centre to support the bid to relaunch the Norwich Stars team.

It was 60 years ago when a young unknown and shy Swedish speedway rider made his way to Norwich by train, pushing his bike, held together with bits of old wire and string, between stations.

Remy Gordon got a consolation for Wroxham in their defeat to Harlow Town.

Wroxham tumbled out of the FA Trophy after a comprehensive defeat against fellow Ryman League Division One North outfit, Harlow Town.

Dereham Town's Ryan Hawkins bagged a brace for the Magpies on Saturday.

A brace from in-form Ryan Hawkins ensured that Dereham progressed in the FA Trophy.

Stephen Spriggs slotted home Lynn's equaliser. Picture: Ian Burt

King’s Lynn Town overcame all the odds to record a spectacular win over Marine and propel themselves into the top five of the Northern Premier Division.

Chris Henderson grabbed the winner for the Blues against Oxford City on Saturday.

Lowestoft Town’s first-half resurgence was enough to secure all three points at home to Oxford City in the Vanarama Conference North this afternoon.

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