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FIGURES SHOW THAT KNIFE OFFENCES ARE INCREASING AS AMNESTY STARTS The number of knife offences increased in Norfolk last year. A total of 643 offences, involving knives or bladed weapons, were reported to police in the county in 2018, an increase of 93 on the number for the previous year. The number of offences where […]

CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN OVER SEX ASSAULT OFFENCES A new police report shows that only just over five per cent of serious sexual offences were solved in Suffolk last year. The number of rapes in the county last year was the highest per 1,000 people of any similar force, but there were more […]

AVERAGE WAIT OF OVER 17 MINUTES FOR AN AMBULANCE IN HARLESTON Figures just released show that Harleston has one of the longest waiting times for an ambulance in the country. The figures give an average wait of 17 minutes and 41 seconds for an ambulance to arrive at a 999 call in the IP 20 […]

POLICE SEND OUT LETTER TO LOCAL PEOPLE AFTER FRACAS Homes and businesses in Diss have been sent a letter by police, following recent anti-social behaviour in the town centre. The move follows the town’s Safer Neighbourhood team’s public event at the weekend to discuss any concerns of local people about the fighting between youths in […]

FINES MOUNT UP IN NORFOLK’S LIBRARIES  New figures have shown that well over half a million pounds have been paid in library fines over the last four years in Norfolk. Another £175,000 in fines remained unpaid, while just under 50,000 books, cds and dvds have never been taken back.The sum of fines owed at Diss […]

MOVE TO RE-OPEN DAY CENTRE IN DISS  A popular day-care centre for the elderly in Diss may be re-opened, more than a year after it closed down. The Denny Centre, previously run by Age UK, may now be taken on by a regional not-for-profit company.  The company, Empanda Care & Support is talking to Norfolk county […]

COUNTIES MISS OUT ON INTERNET PILOT, BUT SOUTH NORFOLK IS ALREADY UP TO SPEED! There’s disappointment that organisers of a pilot scheme to bring faster broadband to rural schools have ignored Norfolk and Suffolk. Over 100 primary schools around England have been selected for the trial, but there’s no involvement in the two counties.  Educate Norfolk […]

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HIGHLIGHT DOMESTIC ABUSE A campaign has been launched in Norfolk to draw attention to the problem of domestic abuse. It’s aimed at highlighting how anyone can be affected by domestic abuse…with the call that “things need to change”.  The campaign is organised by the Norfolk Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence board, which has […]

SUFFOLK MP SAYS HE STRUGGLED DURING DEFAMATION BATTLE Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has said that he ‘struggled to keep going’ during his legal battle of over a year in a defamation case against a newspaper. Dr Poulter has received a full apology and a six-figure sum in damages and costs, after winning the High […]

MP WINS HIGH COURT DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST SUNDAY TIMES Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has won a defamation case against a Sunday newspaper. The Sunday Times has apologised in court for claims, published in two articles in 2017, that Dr Poulter had sexually assaulted three women MPs nine years ago.  The paper admitted that the claims, […]