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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/12/2018

Written by on 21 December, 2018

STABBING ATTACK VICTIM LIVED IN DISS

The victim of a stabbing incident in Ipswich at the weekend is believed to have been living in Diss.

32-year-old Daniel Saunders was stabbed to death in broad daylight on Sunday, in what police say was a targeted attack.

A total of seven people are now in custody, following the arrest of four teenagers yesterday afternoon in Clacton.  Mr Saunders is said to have originally come from Surrey.

LANDLADY ‘DEVASTATED’ AFTER VAN CRASHES INTO PUB
The landlady of a pub in Finningham says she is “devastated” after a van badly damaged part of the historic building.

Police are asking for witnesses of the accident yesterday morning, when a transit van went into the side of the White Horse, in Station Road.  No-one was hurt, but part of the 500-year-old listed building was left in pieces, with a large hole.

Landlady Lorna Doyle says the accident was a blow near to Christmas, especially as the building is also her home.

MAYOR TO STEP DOWN FROM ROLE

Diss Mayor Trevor Wenman has confirmed on Park Radio that he’ll be standing down from the post.

He’ll end his second year as Mayor in May, when an election will be held to choose his successor.

DEBENHAM HOMES PLAN IS REJECTED

A plan to build 300 new homes in Debenham has been turned down by Mid Suffolk planners.

Local people in the village had opposed the proposal by a major building company and some attended the planning meeting.

FOOD-BANK PLEA FOR MORE SUPPLIES

The Waveney Foodbank has put out an urgent plea for help, with Christmas fast approaching.

The foodbank, based in Eye, says that it’s running short of certain supplies, especially coffee, long-grain rice, sugar and fruit juice.  The group is thanking local people for their generosity in helping to provide Christmas food hampers for people in need.

NUMBER-PLATE SYSTEM TO START AT RAILWAY STATION

New parking measures are to be brought in for travellers at Diss railway station.

Cameras are to be installed for automatic number-plate recognition, by the end of next week.  It’s part of a scheme by Greater Anglia and NCP to make parking simpler at train stations.

Current payment methods will still remain in place.

SILENT NIGHT…AND DAY!

It’ll be a case of Silent Day – rather than Silent Night – for shoppers at the Morrisons store in Diss tomorrow.

The store is to turn off its in-store music and check-out beeps for the one day to provide customers with a calmer atmosphere.  All of the firm’s stores in Norfolk are to go quiet tomorrow, which is likely to be the busiest shopping day of the year.

CHRISTMAS FOOTBALL KICKS OFF TOMORROW

The Christmas football programme kicks off tomorrow.

Norwich will be hoping to regain top spot with a win at mid-table Blackburn Rovers.Ipswich are at home again after last weekend’s first win of the season at Portman Road, but they face a tougher prospect this weekend in fifth-placed, Sheffield United.

Locally, Diss Town are away at Kings Lynn Reserves, who are just two points above them in the table. The club is still to appoint a new manager.

Harleston have the weekend off, with their top-of-the-table game against second-placed Mulbarton set for Wilderness Lane on Boxing Day.

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