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MAN GETS NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOR STARTING MAJOR TOWN CENTRE FIRE A South Norfolk man has been jailed for nine years, after starting a major fire that caused damage estimated at nearly £2 million. The judge said that 32 year old Stephen Wilson, of Loddon, had started the blaze out of ‘sheer spite and […]

TALKS CONTINUING, BUT HOSPITAL IS NOW SET TO CLOSE The All Hallows trust has now confirmed that its hospital at Ditchingham will close shortly, after the few remaining patients there are moved elsewhere. However, talks are continuing to try to secure the future of the site in the long term, after the trust announced it […]

TRAVELLERS’ GROUP MOVE ON FROM PARK AT DISS A group of travellers has moved off Diss park, after being threatened with legal action. They’d been given notice to leave by Diss Town Council, after setting up close to a children’s play area and toilets.  The travellers had moved on to the park with several trailers and […]

TORIES HOLD ON AT SOUTH NORFOLK, BUT TAKE A HIT IN MID SUFFOLK Conservatives have managed to hold on to control of South Norfolk council, after counting which got underway this morning in the local elections. But the national trend against the two major parties has played its part in Mid Suffolk, where the Tories […]

LOCAL ELECTIONS: VOTING GETS UNDERWAY Voting is underway in the latest district and parish council elections in Norfolk and Suffolk. The polling stations will close later this evening, but counting won’t start in most places until tomorrow morning. No change in control is likely in the district elections in Norfolk. Most are Conservative-controlled, including South […]

POST-MORTEM FAILS TO FIND REASON FOR DEATH OF MAN AT DISS A post mortem has been carried out following the death of a man in Diss town centre. The body of the man was found in the grounds of St Mary’s parish church yesterday morning. Police say that the man in his 40s had suffered a […]

MAN’S BODY FOUND IN TOWN CENTRE CHURCHYARD Police are investigating after the body of a man was found in Diss town centre. The body was discovered in the grounds of St Mary’s parish church early this morning. Officers were called out after reports from the public and the area around the church was immediately closed […]

CALL FOR NEW STRATEGY TO BOOST THE RURAL ECONOMY A parliamentary report is calling for a new strategy to transform rural economies. The House of Lords select committee says the government’s rural policy needs a major re-think to realise the full potential of the countryside and ensure that isolated communities are treated fairly. The report […]

POLICE SAY NORFOLK IS STILL ONE OF THE SAFEST COUNTIES IN THE COUNTRY Latest figures show that there was no significant increase in the overall level of crime in Norfolk last year. And police say that the county remains one of the safest in the country. The number of offences involving burglary, criminal damage and […]

CO-OP GROUP SEES BOOST IN TRADING PROFIT A big increase in trading profit has been achieved by the East of England Co-op in its 150th year. Profits rose by a third to £56 million, which the company says was a “tremendous result”, as it continues to invest in new technology.  An increase in sales of over […]