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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/01/2019

Written by on 16 January, 2019

HOPES THAT DISS CHILDREN’S CENTRE WILL BE KEPT OPEN 

Diss county councillor Keith Kiddie says he’s hopeful that the town’s children’s centre will stay open.

He says he’s delighted that the Diss centre is now included on a new council list of 15 centres to be retained, as it is both relatively new and well-used.  The list is yet to be confirmed, but another South Norfolk centre at Harleston still faces closure.  Long Stratton is the other children’s centre in the area included on the retained list.

INQUIRY AFTER FOUR-VEHICLE CRASH AT BLACK-SPOT

An inquiry is underway after another serious road accident on a recognised accident blackspot near Diss.

Four cars and a bus were involved in a collision near roadworks on a winding section of the B1077, near the town’s golf club earlier this week.  One man in his 50s was hurt and had to be taken to hospital.

MAN REMANDED ON CAR-JACKING CHARGE

A man has been in court, following a car-jacking in Bressingham more than a year ago.

The man was detained by police earlier this week and charged with several offences, relating to the incident in December 2017 on the A1066 near School Road.  55 year old Edward Wilkinson-Allcock, of no fixed address, has been remanded on bail to appear in court on January 22.

He’s charged with attempted robbery, driving a car while disqualified, and driving without insurance. He also faces a charge of possessing cannabis when arrested on Monday.

COLD SNAP WILL LAST FOR TWO WEEKS
Weather forecasters are warning that a long cold spell is on the way, but there’s no sign of a ‘beast from the east’ at this time.

Temperatures will drop to around freezing from tonight and it’ll stay cold in daytime and just below zero at night.  A few wintry showers are likely on occasions and there could be icy patches on roads and pavements. The cold snap is expected to continue for the next two weeks.

BACON IS ONE OF THE ‘REBELS’

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon was one of the Tory rebels who voted against the government’s Brexit deal last night.  However, he’s said that he’ll support the government in this evening’s no-confidence vote.

Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter and Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman voted for Mrs May’s deal last night, and both will again support the government in the vote later today.

WOMAN MADE NUISANCE CALLS TO EMERGENCY SERVICES

A South Norfolk woman has appeared in court, after making over a thousand nuisance calls to the county’s ambulance service in a year.

Linda Perren, a 72 year-old retired NHS worker, is facing a criminal behaviour order when she returns to court in Norwich at the end of March.  Perren, from Hempnall, had been given a criminal protection order to forbid her contacting her surgery or other services, except in a real emergency.

The court heard that she admitted breaching that order on ten occasions last month with multiple calls.

FIRE FIGHTERS TACKLE BLAZE AT EYE

Fire crews have been called out to deal with a blaze in a pressure washer and boiler at Eye this morning.

There was concern that the flames could spread to nearby diesel supplies at the property in Potash Lane.  Electricity supplies also had to be isolated for safety reasons.

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