LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/02/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 27 February, 2019
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 Court case against the Sunday Times. The MP had sued the newspaper over claims that he’d sexually assaulted three women MPs nine years ago.
Dr Poulter says that he ‘could not believe what was happening’ when the claims were published in 2017 and was also concerned for his medical career. The newspaper admitted that the allegations, made by another Conservative MP, were untrue and should never have been published.
EXPANSION PLANS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
A primary school at Eye is to be expanded as part of plans to increase places for pupils in Suffolk.
St Peter and St Paul primary will add another 105 places, taking its capacity to 315. Five other primaries and two high schools will be expanded, with ten new schools being built in the county in the next 10 years, depending on population growth. A new school is planned for Bacton.
YET ANOTHER SURVEY WANTED ON MERE’S MOUTH TOILETS
Another full structural survey looks set to be carried out on the Mere’s Mouth toilets in Diss town centre.
The town council wants another building report to check on the condition of the block before it agrees to take the toilets over in April. South Norfolk council has agreed to fund the survey, provided the town agrees to be fully responsible for the building.
This will be the fourth structural survey carried out in recent years on the toilet block, which was saved from closure by a petition in the town last year.
POLICE ASK FOR HELP OVER COINS ROBBERY
Police are asking for help after a burglary at a house in Eye when valuable coins were stolen.
Thieves broke into the property in Victoria Hill sometime on January 23rd. They took a number of collectable replicas of rare and iconic coins made in silver, after carrying out an untidy search and damaging furniture. They damaged furniture and carried out an untidy search.
TRAIN TIMES IMPROVE IN ANGLIA REGION
Latest figures show that more trains are running to time in the Greater Anglia area.
The rail operator says that just under 90 per cent of inter-city trains on the Norwich to London main line arrived on time during January, the best rate since May last year. Services on branch lines and on other parts of the local network were above 90 per cent.