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MOVE BY DISS COUNCIL TO BOOST TOWN CENTRE Diss councillors are looking at ways to re-invigorate the town centre. Town council leader, Simon Olander says that they are working with the Diss Town team on an initiative to tackle the problem of a loss of shops and footfall.  Writing in the Diss Express, he says they […]

POLICE CHIEF CRITICISES LOW RATE OF PROSECUTIONS Norfolk’s police chief has hit out at the low number of prosecutions for rape in the county. Chief Constable Simon Bailey says it’s a ‘disgrace’ that only three percent of reports of rape received were taken to court last year.  He says that this is despite the number […]

BY-PASS PLAN TO EASE MAIN ROAD CONGESTION GETS A BOOST A major step forward has been made to secure funds to reduce traffic congestion on the busy A140. Norfolk county council has won support for a proposed bypass around Long Stratton, as a major priority for investment in roads.  The £29 million project is one of […]

DOG KENNELS OWNER FACES HUGE LEGAL BILL AFTER COURT CASE A South Norfolk woman is considering an appeal after being told to pay a huge legal bill of nearly £100,000, after a court case over noise from the dog kennels she runs. 62 year old Sharon Tidnam has been given three months to pay the […]

INQUEST OPENS ON RICKINGHALL WOMAN WHO DIED IN A ROAD COLLISION An inquest has heard that an elderly woman suffered multiple injuries, when she was hit by a mail van in Diss town centre. The inquest on 75 year old Maureen Self, of Water Lane in Rickinghall, has been adjourned for a month, while investigations […]

POPULATION EXPECTED TO TOP A MILLION  New figures suggest that the population of the Norfolk and Waveney area will increase by around ten per cent over the next 20 years. It’s expected that the number of people living in the area will reach 1.1 million.  The biggest increase in the area will be in South Norfolk […]

MORE HEAT BUT TEMPERATURES WILL DIP SOON The mini-heatwave is set to continue in the Waveney Valley until tomorrow, but with temperatures only reaching the high 20s today. Forecasters say there’s a very good chance of more thunderstorms locally, especially tomorrow morning, with rain or showers expected overnight.  They’ve issued a yellow warning for heavy rain […]

CHURCHYARD DEATH REMAINS A MYSTERY The death of a man in a Diss churchyard is still a mystery, nearly three months after his body was found. The man, said to be in his 40s, was found by workers in the graveyard at St Mary’s Church in Diss Town centre at the end of April.  A police […]

WORK UNDERWAY AS STORMS CAUSE LOSS OF POWER Power engineers have been busy working to restore electricity supplies, following overnight thunderstorms. Homes and businesses on the Norfolk-Suffolk border were affected in various parts, with reports of cuts in the Dickleburgh, Wortwell, Starston, South Lopham and Botesdale areas. The problems have been caused largely by faults on […]

BOTH FIRE ENGINES LOOK SET TO STAY IN DISS Diss looks set to keep hold of both of its traditional fire engines – for the time being. A change of mind by Norfolk fire service means that the fire tender, due to be replaced shortly by a smaller 4 by 4 vehicle, will be kept […]