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Your Town | Lowestoft

Population: 58,560

Nearby Towns: Beccles, Bungay, Great Yarmouth

A new defibrillator has been installed in a rural village, thanks to help from a Lowestoft-based social enterprise.

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A repeat sexual offender who discussed fantasies involving five-year-olds with his former cellmate has been spared jail.

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A Norfolk railway station car park is to close for three weeks while signalling work is carried out.

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Commuters travelling to and from Lowestoft this afternoon have been hit by disruption after a signal failure.

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A popular photography studio which has been based in Lowestoft for more than a decade is set to open a Norwich branch.

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If Greater Anglia’s promises come true, 2019 should be a very good year for the region’s rail passengers – the first new trains will start to be introduced and Network Rail should finish its long-term upgrade work between Shenfield and London.

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Police continue to hunt the masked men who held two women at knife point during an attempted jewellery store robbery.

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Children from a Cromer school celebrated the festive season at a Christmas service featuring pupils from academies across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Rail passengers are being warned to check before they travel today due to series of engineering works on mainline and rural services to and from Norwich.

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The community have been asked to come together to help feed abandoned pets spending Christmas in rescue centres.

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Greater Anglia’s first new “bimode” diesel and electric train for rural routes has ventured out on to the region’s rail network for the first time.

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Famous faces from the University of East Anglia in Norwich are set to appear on a festive edition of University Challenge on Christmas Day.

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Sky-high fares, an unreliable service, and cheaper alternative transport options are all being blamed for a significant drop in rail passengers in Great Yarmouth over the last five years.

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More trains than ever are being delayed or cancelled on East Anglia’s rail network as repeated pledges to improve services fall flat.

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As Greater Anglia takes delivery of its third new Stadler “bi-mode” train for the region’s rural lines this week, the company has been showing off some of the technology the company is using to ensure the new trains stop accurately in stations.

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Buses will replace trains on transport routes across Norfolk today (Sunday).

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The head of an academy trust has announced his departure at the end of his first term in the job.

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Rail travellers in Norfolk and Suffolk are facing disruption, with train faults causing cancellations and delays.

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The Lowestoft Summer Festival of 2019 has been cancelled after this year’s entertainment was too loud.

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Lowestoft-based James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has won three major contracts on one of Europe’s biggest wind farms.

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Planned engineering work is continuing as part of a major signalling upgrade on the Wherry Lines from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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More than 2,000 people have participated in a conversation about adult mental health services in Norfolk and Waveney

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Rail passengers are facing more disruption, with delays and cancellations.

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The first new Swiss-built train for Greater Anglia has arrived in the region – but it won’t be travelling under its own steam just yet.

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Residents in Great Yarmouth will be able to enjoy having their favourite fast food orders delivered right to their doorstep thanks to a new delivery service.

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Intrepid staff from a Lowestoft-based social enterprise have scaled new heights to raise money for charity.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has praised the work that the church is doing in Norwich but raised concerns about isolated areas in Norfolk.

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The family of a hit-and-run victim have slammed his ‘diabolical’ treatment at the hands of investigating police officers.

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Two towns which have been stripped of a police presence in the latest restructuring of the force are calling for more to be done in rural communities.

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It has been a busy time for fundraisers from the Lowestoft-based Lauren Lou appeal.

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Families enjoyed a variety of entertainment as a free Halloween themed event took centre stage at a care home.

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Two new partners have been appointed at regional accountants Lovewell Blake.

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Rail users will be faced with nine days of disruption from this weekend as signalling system upgrades are carried out.

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Keen gardeners, stunning school displays and colourful businesses were just some of those praised for being the blooming best at a presentation evening.

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Councillors unanimously rejected plans for an open gypsy and traveller site in Mutford and said they were being treated like ‘frogs in slowly boiling water’.

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Graduates from the Kingsley Care Academy were presented with £250 cheques to mark the successful completion of their one year course.

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Lowestoft-based magician Joshua Pickering will be performing during a free Halloween themed event at a care home later this month.

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A trailblazing Norfolk firm is set to build a new state-of-the-art pilot boat for ABP Lowestoft.

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Firefighters had to rescue a casualty from a vehicle after a crash on the A146.

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The coastguard helicopter had been scrambled after a crew member of a boat off the coast at Lowestoft was struck down with appendicitis.

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More than five acres of railway sidings are up for grabs with Network Rail looking for new leaseholders for a site in Lowestoft.

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The former mayor of Lowestoft has apologised after accidentally sharing an abusive far-right post from the pro-Tommy Robinson Facebook page ‘SAVE Our Country’.

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Another Norwich open audition date for ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent has been announced.

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A new support group for families of premature babies has been successfully launched in Lowestoft.

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A Norwich comedian has succeeded in improving conditions for disabled rail passengers after footage of her being forced to move her mobility scooter from a disabled space went viral.

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A woman who promised her father that she would try and influence change in cancer testing after he lost his battle with the disease has started a petition.

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The family of a man who reportedly froze to death outside the home he had been evicted from may finally get some answers nine months on.

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Investment and improved accommodation quality has helped a self-catering holiday specialist bump up summer revenue from its East Anglian sites by almost a fifth.

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All lines between Norwich and Lowestoft are blocked following a swing bridge failure.

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Train services in Norfolk are getting back to normal after being at a standstill for about an hour because of a fire alert.

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A catering giant has left his thriving London life to invest in the future of his hometown.

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A man accused of murder ended up with his “foot on fire” as he tried to burn a bit of blood-soaked carpet in his friend’s garden, a court heard.

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A targeted project designed to encourage more men to ask for help with mental health issues has been hailed a success after playing a key role in raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding emotional wellbeing.

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Popular Norfolk Broads figure dies aged 79

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The well known Norfolk Broads boating pioneer and business owner Langford Jillings Snr has died at the age of 79.

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A teacher and support staff member from Cromer have received awards from an Olympic gold medallist at a special event to mark the new school year.

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A £68m signalling upgrade will see no trains run between Great Yarmouth and Reedham for at least six months.

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Trains to and from coastal towns will be disrupted over the coming months as engineering work take place.

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A community hub which offers a wide variety of services is celebrating being awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

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The trial of a former chief executive of a Suffolk-based addiction treatment provider accused of committing fraud by paying for car insurance and gym memberships from company funds will take place in March next year.

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Senior lifeboatmen have spoken of their sadness after the bodies of two fishermen were found in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth.
The men’s bodies were discovered and recovered by a Coastguard helicopter close to where their fishing boat had sunk on Saturday afternoon.

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A Suffolk holiday group is on the verge of another record summer, buoyed by the recent heatwave.

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Fears over road safety close to a Gorleston school were enough for councillors to refuse plans for more than 70 new homes - at a third time of asking.

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A museum showcasing Lowestoft’s fishing glory years is inviting members past and present to celebrate a symbolic milestone.

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A Suffolk brewery has been pipped to the post for a major beer accolade.

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Young parents and their children had fun in the sun as a special beach party was hailed a success.

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A man whose whole family have suffered from cancer took a razor to his hair to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Developers hoping to build more than 70 homes behind a school in Gorleston should finally discover the project’s fate next week.

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Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing delays and cancellations this afternoon due to a train fault.

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A new community initiative is set to launch next month, with the aim of bringing people together to have a chat over a free cuppa.

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Members of community groups from across Lowestoft joined together for a special performance.

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A government initiative to attract more investment in offshore energy has been welcomed by industry leaders in East Anglia.

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All trains out of Lowestoft are being cancelled, delayed or revised due to a signalling fault at Oulton Broad North.

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A diversity advocate and leading figure on East Anglia’s tourism scene is encouraging more businesses to engage with Norwich Pride.

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Two cancer research charities have shared a £2,500 funding boost thanks to a variety show in Great Yarmouth.

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A number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft this morning.

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Fundraisers from the Lowestoft-based Lauren Lou appeal, which continues to raise money and awareness in aid of cancer charities and local causes, have been boosted by two recent collections.

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Another large fire has been tackled by firefighters in Norfolk as the heat wave continues,

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A popular beer festival has been boosted by extra train services enabling more people to visit this weekend’s event by rail.

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It is described as an epic challenge featuring a four-day road trip around Europe.

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Rail lines are blocked around Somerleyton after a boat struck a railway bridge this evening.

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A cleaning company and a distribution centre are among the employers in the East of England who have failed to pay the national minimum wage.

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Howards’ managing director for 24 years, Chris Mitchell, is retiring following the acquisition of the local estate agency by the Spicerhaart organisation. Property editor Caroline Culot spoke to him about his career.

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Lifeboat crews rescued a stricken yacht off the Suffolk coast after its engine failed.

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There was a bustle of interest on the coast as major components for an offshore gas rig were shipped out to sea.

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Great Yarmouth Minster will be opening its doors to Futures Fest, a careers event with a difference.

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Movie moguls asked for a cast of thousands, and Gorleston more than answered the call.

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Despite soaring temperatures and sunny summer days, Norwich Theatre Royal is already turning its attention to pantomime season...oh yes it is!

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This was stunning sight which greeted people in the region last night.

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A shop owner has slammed telecoms companies after being left without broadband and a working phone line for almost a month despite promises the problem would be fixed within a couple of days.

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A Lowestoft high school is raising money to fund an amazing voyage for a group of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Trains between Lowestoft and Norwich were cancelled yesterday afternoon due to a swing bridge failure.

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As part of the celebration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, one group of dedicated volunteers are aiming to make 3,000 knitted poppies to commemorate the anniversary.

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It’s a challenge that wouldn’t look out of place on Top Gear, but for four accountants it is all for a good cause.

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Greater Anglia has reported an “excellent performance” in the last month with punctuality on many routes more than 90pc during May.

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Rail passengers are today facing disruption after a number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and London, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

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A wartime evacuee has been reliving wonderful memories of his time at a Norfolk farm where three spinster sisters used to bathe him and his two brothers.

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The new roundabout which is replacing the most dangerous junction in Norfolk is nearing completion.

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Trains between Norwich and London Liverpool Street have been delayed or cancelled this morning as a result of a major track fault in the capital.

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A special event was held in Lowestoft to mark more than 130 years of a popular service.

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Not normally one to make a fuss about anything Nellie Vallance made an exception for her 105th birthday celebrations.

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