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WITNESSES SOUGHT AFTER TOWN CENTRE ASSAULT Police are appealing for witnesses after a 71 year old man was the victim of an assault in Diss town centre. The incident happened while retired lorry driver Geoff Calver was walking along Chapel Street on the morning of September 20th.   He’s told the Diss Mercury that an unknown […]

POLICE WARNING AS THEFTS CONTINUE Another break-in incident has been reported, following a warning from police about recent thefts in South Norfolk. This time, a quad bike has been stolen, along with farming machinery, a chainsaw, tools and a battery.  They were taken from an outbuilding, at a property in New Buckenham Road at Banham, between […]

WARNING AFTER VAN THEFTS IN SOUTH NORFOLK South Norfolk police have issued a warning, after a series of thefts from vans and cars. A total of ten incidents have been reported in the area, including at Diss, Roydon, Bressingham, Dickleburgh and Kenninghall.  The incidents took place between last Saturday and Wednesday, with tools and equipment being […]

SORTING OFFICE WALK-OUT HITS POSTAL SERVICES Postal workers have come out on strike at the Sorting Office in Diss. The workers started unofficial industrial action early this morning at the office in Chapel Street.  Talks have started between Royal Mail management and union officials over the action, caused by a health and safety issue. The […]

TOWN’S LAST BANK IS TO STAY OPEN The last bank in Harleston has been saved from closure. Barclays has decided to keep its branch in Market Place open, after originally earmarking it to close.  It’s one of a number of branches in the region, which Barclays has decided will remain open for the next two years, […]

DISS MAN ARRESTED AFTER SERIES OF FARMLAND FIRES A man has been arrested, after a series of fires on farmland in South Norfolk recently. The man, who’s said to come from the Diss area, was detained on suspicion of criminal damage, causing arson without endangering life. Police say that he’s been released, pending further enquiries into […]

HEAVY RAIN STRETCHES EMERGENCY SERVICES Norfolk fire service say they were inundated with emergency calls yesterday, following heavy rain throughout the day. Around two inches of rain fell during the morning and then later in the afternoon, causing widespread flooding around the county.  At one time, the fire service said it was dealing with over 100 […]

SECOND BARN FIRE BREAKS OUT IN VILLAGE An investigation is underway after a second major barn fire at Bressingham in under a week. Fire crews spent battled a large blaze that broke out in a farm building on Common Road yesterday afternoon.  A total of eight appliances were called out from around South Norfolk and from […]

FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE BIG BARN FIRE Fire crews have been battling a large barn fire near Bressingham. The blaze broke out in the building on Common Road earlier this afternoon.  A total of eight appliances have been called out, from around South Norfolk and from Thetford, along with a water carrier. The building is on a long […]

CHANGE IN HEALTH STRATEGY WITH THOUSANDS OVERWEIGHT New figures show that around 400,000 people in Norfolk are overweight or obese. It’s also been revealed that one in six adults in the county are still smokers.  The figures come as the county council looks to bring in a new health strategy locally, despite having to cut spending […]