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BUNGALOW PLAN ON GREEN FIELD LAND TO BE DISCUSSED A controversial plan to build up to 24 retirement bungalows on designated green-field land at Diss will be discussed by town councillors next week. The plan from an Essex property developer is proposed for 3.5 acres of land near the town centre. It’s on the so-called […]

POLICE RECOVER HUNDREDS OF ITEMS STOLEN BY CRIMINAL GANG Police say they’ve recovered valuable property stolen by a major criminal gang that carried out hundreds of burglaries around East Anglia. Almost 100 robberies, half of the total crimes, were carried out in Norfolk during 2017. They included raids at Fritton, Hempnall, Harleston, East Harling and […]

OVER 100 ARRESTED IN CHRISTMAS DRINK AND DRUG CAMPAIGN More than 100 motorists have been arrested in Norfolk so far during the county’s latest drink and drug drive campaign. Norfolk police launched the campaign at the start of the month with extra patrols and roadside checks, until the New Year.  At the halfway point, 103 arrests had […]

STABBING ATTACK VICTIM LIVED IN DISS The victim of a stabbing incident in Ipswich at the weekend is believed to have been living in Diss. 32-year-old Daniel Saunders was stabbed to death in broad daylight on Sunday, in what police say was a targeted attack. A total of seven people are now in custody, following […]

VAN CRASHES INTO HISTORIC VILLAGE PUB An historic pub in Finningham has been badly damaged, after a van crashed into the listed building. The accident happened this morning when a transit van went into a side of the White Horse, in Station Road.  Police had been called to the area, after reports of a collision between […]

EXTRA OFFICERS TO IMPROVE POLICING BUT IT WILL MEAN COUNCIL TAX RISE Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey says he’s now able to put extra officers into communities to improve policing around the county. It’s the result of his decision to scrap community support officers and re-invest in more warranted officers.  He says the force is now […]

COUNCIL STAY OPPOSED TO PLANS FOR NEW HOTEL AND SHOPS Town councillors in Diss have re-affirmed their concern about a proposal for a new hotel and shopping area in the town centre. The Marstons brewery chain wants to build the 27-bedroom hotel, with retail units, near the Thatchers Needle pub in Park Road,  but the […]

MODERN APARTMENT BLOCK TO OVERLOOK THE MERE Plans have been put forward for a modern apartment block to overlook the Mere in Diss. The plans have been submitted to South Norfolk Council for two four-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment. They would be built in a tier on a hillside, near St Nicholas Street. The […]

WORK TO FINALLY START ON NEW TOWN CENTRE PUB PROJECT It looks likely that work on a planned new Wetherspoons pub and restaurant in Diss will finally begin in the spring. The company is now looking at starting work on the two-storey building in Kings Head Yard, near the Mere, in March.  The project, costing £2.7m, […]

TWO ARRESTS ON SAME NIGHT FOR SERIOUS DRIVING OFFENCES Two men have been charged with serious motoring offences, after incidents at Palgrave on the same night. A 25 year old man, from Willbye Avenue in Diss, has been charged with dangerous driving, drink driving and driving without a licence and insurance.  He was taken in for […]