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A man has been charged in connection with the murder of Gorleston woman

01/08/2021 | 13:03pm

Police have charged a man in his 40s in connection with the murder of Pat Holland from Gorleston.

Pat, 83, was last seen on the evening of last Saturday (24 July 2021) at around 9.20pm near her home in Lowestoft Road and her family reported concerns for her safety the following afternoon when she was not contactable.

Following extensive searches of Pat’s home address, partial human remains have been recovered. Whilst formal coroners proceedings will take place in due course, the family of Pat Holland have been informed and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

Alan Scott, 41, of Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has been charged on suspicion of murder today (Sunday 1 August 2021) and is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday 2 August).

Pat’s family have released the following statement: "Our beloved Mum, nan and great grandmother has been taken from us in a way which simply cannot be comprehended. This past week has been the worst imaginable for us. Mum spent her days trying to help others, she reached out to local people and wanted to make a difference in any way she could. We respectfully ask to be left in peace at this incredibly difficult time.”

Note to editors: Pat’s family have been kept updated regarding developments in the case and have stated that they do not wish to be approached by any reporters and ask that their privacy is respected. As such, we would politely remind all media outlets of their obligations around privacy and harassment under their relevant regulatory code.

 

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Man re-arrested in connection with murder of Gorleston woman

31/07/2021 | 9.15am

A man has been re-arrested in connection with the murder of an 83-year-old woman in Gorleston.


Police have launched a murder enquiry into the death of Pat Holland from Gorleston. 


A man, in his 40s, who was originally arrested after concerns were raised for Pat’s welfare last Sunday (25 July 2021) has been re-arrested this morning (Saturday 31 July 2021) in connection with her murder. He has been taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre where he remains for questioning.


Detectives and uniformed officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries, examination of the scene, forensic enquiries and viewing CCTV footage to establish the circumstances surrounding Pat’s disappearance. 


Any witnesses or anyone with information, dash cam or ring doorbell footage from the areas of Lowestoft Road/Poplar Ave/Elmgrove Road/Middleton Road/Victoria Road/A47 Roundabout with Victoria Road that may be relevant to this incident is asked to use our online portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719P01-PO1


You can also contact Detective Inspector Chris Burgess in the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Op Aeroplane and a member of the enquiry team will get back to you. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

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Family of Pat Holland spoken of the ‘much-loved great-grandmother’ and appeal for help to find her 

29/07/2021 | 14:53pm

The family of Pat Holland who is still missing have spoken of their ‘much-loved’ mother, grandmother and great grandmother and are appealing directly to the local community in Gorleston for any information which could help locate her.

Pat, 83, was last seen near her home in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston at around 9.20pm on Saturday (24 July 2021). Her family reported concerns for her safety to police when they could not contact her the following day (Sunday 25 July 2021).

Pat’s family have asked us to issue the following: "Patricia (Pat) Holland is our much-loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mum has more recently used the name "Winnie” or "Winifred” locally.

"She is 83, walks with a walking frame and is vulnerable. We are desperately worried for her safety and want more than anything for her make contact or come home.  Mum is someone who is out and about daily around Gorleston town socialising and trying to help the people she meets and make their lives better.

"If anyone has any information, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, then please, please come forward and help us to find our mum and Nanny.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information, dash cam or ring doorbell footage from the areas of Lowestoft Road/Poplar Ave/Elmgrove Road/Middleton Road/Victoria Road/A47 Roundabout with Victoria Road that may be relevant to this incident is asked to use our online portal

https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719P01-PO1

You can also contact Detective Inspector Chris Burgess in the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Op Aeroplane and a member of the enquiry team will get back to you.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Pat's family have outlined the following locations she would often frequent:

  • The Well food bank, Baptist church, Lowestoft Road

  • St Andrews church drop in centre

  • The benches outside The Feathers

  • The Bridge drop in, St Mary Magdalene

  • Gorleston Café

  • Deja Vu Café

Police extend search as they appeal for information to find Pat Holland

28/07/2021 | 17:21pm

Police are appealing directly to the local community in Gorleston and wider Great Yarmouth area for information that could lead to locating Pat Holland as there are increasing concerns for her welfare.

Pat, 83, was last seen at around 9.20pm near her home address at 164 Lowestoft Road, in Gorleston on Saturday (24 July 2021) after concerns were raised for her safety. When relatives could not contact her the following afternoon (Sunday 25 July 2021) they alerted police and she has not been seen since this time.

A substantial team of detectives and uniformed officers are carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and are recovering and reviewing CCTV as well as speaking to members of the public in an attempt to help locate Pat.

Extensive searches are taking place with specialist search officers, including Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue. The search area will be extended to around 1.5km around the address and to open spaces, woodland areas and allotments.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Chris Burgess, said: "If you live in the area of Lowestoft Rd and the surrounding area please be vigilant in your gardens and outbuildings, has anything been left in your garden that is unusual and may assist police?

"We are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances that led to Pat’s disappearance and are considering all options, however we are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. We appeal to the public to come forward if they saw Pat on the day she went missing or have any information or footage they may have help us to find her.

"We are still investigating the circumstances around her disappearance but believe this to be an isolated incident.”

A police seal remains at the address while forensic examinations are carried out.

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released on police bail (Tuesday 27 July 2021) while enquiries continue.

Any witnesses or anyone with information, dash cam or ring doorbell footage from the areas of Lowestoft Road/Poplar Ave/Elmgrove Road/Middleton Road/Victoria Road/A47 Roundabout with Victoria Road that may be relevant to this incident is asked to use our online portal:https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719P01-PO1

You can also contact Detective Inspector Chris Burgess in the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Op Aeroplane and a member of the enquiry team will get back to you.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Man arrested in connection with murder released on bail

27/07/2021 | 9:29pm

A man aged in his 40s arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman in Gorleston has been released on bail this evening (Tuesday 27 July 2021).

Police were called to reports of a concern for the safety of Patricia Holland, aged 83, known as Pat to her friends and family, of Lowestoft Road, who was last seen near her home on Saturday evening (24 July 2021) at around 9.20pm. She was reported missing the following afternoon (Sunday 25 July 2021) when her relatives could not contact her and is still missing. 

Enquiries led to the arrest of a man aged in his 40s who has been questioned by detectives. He has been released on police bail this evening (Tuesday 27 July) pending further enquiries. 

A seal remains in place at the property while forensic examinations are carried out. Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team continue the investigation as they try to establish the circumstances around Pat’s disappearance. 

Any witnesses or anyone with information, dash cam or ring doorbell footage in relation to this incident is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Op Aeroplane and crime reference number: 36/53382/21 and a member of the enquiry team will get back to you. 

You can also provide information via our online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719P01-PO1 

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder - Gorleston

26/07/2021 | 10:52pm

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident in Gorleston over the weekend.

Police were called to reports of a concern for the safety of Patricia Holland, 83, known as Pat to her friends and family, from Lowestoft Road, who was last seen near her home on Saturday evening (24 July 2021) around 9.20pm.

Pat was reported missing at 12.15pm the following day (Sunday 25 July 2021) when she could not be contacted and relatives became concerned about her whereabouts.

A seal remains in place at the property and a man in his 40s from the Gorleston area has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned at Gorleston Police Investigation Centre.

Emergency services, including the coastguard and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, have been involved in searching the areas near to Pat’s home.

Police are still appealing to the public to trace Patricia, described as being of a slight build, around 5ft 7 but walks slightly bent over so may appear shorter, with a pale complexion and grey/brown shoulder length hair. She has mobility problems and usually walks with a walking frame.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, dash cam or ring doorbell footage in relation to this incident, is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Op Aeroplane and crime reference number: 36/53382/21.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Man helping police with enquiries - Gorleston

26/07/2021 | 18:03pm

A man is helping police with enquiries following an incident in Gorleston over the weekend.

Police were called to reports of a concern for the safety of a woman in her 80s from Lowestoft Road, who was last seen near her home on Saturday evening (24 July 2021) around 9.20pm. Subsequently, a man in his 40s is helping police with their enquiries.

A seal remains in place at the property. Early enquiries lead detectives to believe that this was an isolated incident and as such, there is not any wider threat to the local community. 

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, are asked to email Norfolk Police at [email protected] or call 101, quoting crime reference number: 36/53382/21.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Appeal to find Gorleston woman

26/07/2021 | 2:44pm

Police are appealing for help to trace an elderly woman from Gorleston who is vulnerable.

Patricia Holland, 83, has not been seen since around 9.20pm on Saturday (24 July 2021) near her home address in Lowestoft Road and concerns for her safety were reported to police at around 12pm yesterday (Sunday 25 July 2021).

She is described as being of a slight build, around 5ft 7 but walks slightly bent over so may appear shorter, with a pale complexion and grey shoulder length hair. She has mobility problems and usually walks with a walking frame.

There is a police seal in place at the property while enquiries continue.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Patricia or has any information is asked to contact the duty sergeant in Great Yarmouth at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 174 of  Sunday 25 July 2021.