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TWO MEN NAMED AFTER POULTRY FIRM DEATHS Two men who died in an incident near the Banham Poultry site at Attleborough have now been identified. The men were both working for a pest control company alongside the plant last week, when they were found dead.  They’ve been named as Jon Collins from Watton and Neil […]

CALL FOR COUNTY’S AUTISM SERVICE TO BE IMPROVED A health watchdog is calling for a major improvement in Norfolk’s autism service. Healthwatch Norfolk says that families are continuing to receive a poor level of service.  The new call follows a report last year that patients were having to wait up to two years to be fully […]

POWER PROBLEM CLOSES TOWN CENTRE ROAD Emergency road works have closed a busy road in the Heritage Triangle area of Diss. UK Power engineers are working to find faults in an underground cable in St Nicholas Street. The faults caused power cuts in the area last night….but power was restored to 25 customers affected by this […]

COMMUNITY GROUPS SPOT 300 SPEEDING DRIVERS More than 300 drivers have been caught speeding in South Norfolk last month. The 324 offences were detected by Community Speed Watch volunteer groups on roads with 30 and 40 mile-an-hour limits.  Drivers will be sent a letter by police with speed awareness advice. There are 17 Speed Watch groups […]

INQUEST OPENS ON TEENAGER WHO DIED IN ROAD CRASH An inquest has opened on a teenager from Diss, who was killed in a road accident last week. 17 year old Shannon Ann Gittings, of Shelfanger Road, died when her car left the road and collided with a tree. It happened while she was driving on […]

DEAL SECURES HUNDREDS OF JOBS AT BANHAM POULTRY About a thousand jobs at one of Norfolk’s biggest employers look to have been saved. Banham Poultry has been bought by the Derbyshire-based chicken firm, Chesterfield Poultry.  The new owners have agreed to keep the company’s sites in Banham and Attleborough and to  invest in the business. […]

JOBS AT RISK AS BANHAM POULTRY LOOKS FOR A BUYER A buyer is being urgently sought for a long-established Norfolk family business that faces going into administration. Around 1,000 jobs are directly at risk at Banham Poultry…with another 2,000 affected in the supply chain.  Moves are underway to save the jobs at sites in Banham […]

WAR MEMORIAL IN LINE FOR TIMELY FACE-LIFT Harleston’s war memorial is to be renovated in time for next month’s centenary celebrations. The facelift is being funded by community groups in the town and the town council.  The area around the memorial and also its Celtic Cross, which commemorates the dead and missing in the two […]

END IN SIGHT FOR STRADBROKE MUSIC FESTIVAL It looks like the end of the road for one of the summer’s major outdoor music events in this area. The organisers of Stradisphere have finally decided to call it a day, after making losses on the event. Crowds of around 15 hundred attended this year’s event in Stradbroke, […]

INVESTIGATION OPENS INTO LEVEL CROSSING DEATH An investigation is underway after a man died when a train crashed into a car on the level crossing at Palgrave. The car driver died in the incident at the weekend.  Debris is said to have been pushed down the track for nearly a mile, where the train came […]