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Community crusader Fred Learmonth dies

PUBLISHED: 17:49 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 30 June 2010

GORLESTON community stalwart Fred Learmonth died in the early hours of this morning after a long illness.

Fred, who was in his mid-60s has received numerous awards over the years for his crusades against anti social behaviour and dedicated efforts to improve the environment.

GORLESTON community stalwart Fred Learmonth died in the early hours of this morning after a long illness.

Fred, who was in his mid-60s has received numerous awards over the years for his crusades against anti social behaviour and dedicated efforts to improve the environment.

In July last year, Fred was presented with a special award for his work in the community by Superintendent Jim Smerdon who described Mr Learmonth as a “legend."

Since 2003 he had worked tirelessly to rid the Magdalen Estate of anti social behaviour, encouraging neighbours to give evidence against unruly teenagers and offering youngsters the chance to turn their lives around by taking part in community projects.

A reformed alcoholic, he admitted he had been in trouble with the police when he was younger and said it was those experiences which inspired him to help others in the community.

In recent years Mr Learmonth suffered ill health but continued with his work in the community setting up a garden project and youth club as well as organising a charity mobility scooter ride.

Mr Learmonth has also received awards from the Norfolk Waste Management Partnership and the Taking A Stand Award from the Home Office.

Commenting on his death, police Superintendent Smerdon, commander of the Great Yarmouth district, said: “This is tragic news and our thoughts are with Fred's family and friends at this difficult time. Fred was a much-loved character and worked tirelessly to improve the community in which he lived.

“There is no doubt that his dedicated efforts have made his community in Gorleston and others in the borough a better place to live and I hope his actions will act as a legacy to others.”


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