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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 04/03/2019

Written by on 4 March, 2019

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 last year was over £3,000 with £700 not paid and at Harleston nearly £1,200 in fines were levied, with only £300 left unpaid.

These latest figures were about 20 per cent lower than the previous year.

TRAIN PASSENGERS FACE HEAVY FINES FOR PULLING THE CORD WITHOUT CAUSE

Rail passengers are being warned that they will be prosecuted and fined heavily for pulling an emergency cord on trains without proper reason.

The warning of fines up to £1,000 comes after the alarm was pulled maliciously more than 200 times on Greater Anglia trains, last year.  The false alarms caused delays to services adding up to about 68 hours – the equivalent of nearly three days.

This year, the emergency cord has been pulled over 20 times so far, mostly for non-emergencies or hoaxes.

BUS SHELTER IS MOVING ALONG THE ROAD – FOR £11,000

A bus shelter is being moved about half a mile down the main road in Diss, at a cost of £11,000.

The shelter is moving from near the railway bridge in Victoria Road to a new site by Whytehead Gardens, near the Tesco store.  The work, starting today, is expected to take a week to complete, with three-way traffic control in operation.

TRIBUTES TO CLERGYMAN FOUND NEAR HIS BIKE

Tributes have been paid to a clergyman from Banham, who’s died in hospital after being found lying on a road.  It’s thought that the Reverend Michael Richardson had a heart attack while riding his bicycle.  Mr Richardson, who was in his 80s, was found on the B1113 near New Buckenham.

POLICE SEEK MAN AFTER PURSE THEFT AT DISS STORE

Police are trying to trace a man following a theft in Diss.

It happened on the morning of Wednesday, February 20 at the Aldi supermarket in Mere Street. A purse was stolen from a bag belonging to a woman, aged in her 60s.  CCTV images have been released of a man they want to speak to, in connection with the incident.

CITY WIN KEEPS THEM AT THE TOP, BUT IT LOOKS BAD FOR TOWN

Norwich City are still on top of the Championship after their fifth win in six games, beating struggling Millwall 3-1 away.

They had dropped off the top spot on Friday night following Leeds’ victory against other promotion contenders, West Brom.  But the Canaries regained their two-point lead with two second-half goals that confirmed the victory. One of the goals was striker Teemu Pukki’s 24th of the season.

There was disaster for Ipswich, though. They came closer to relegation with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat by lowly Reading.  Town now face an almost impossible task of having to catch up a massive 12 points to go in front of Rotherham and Reading and get out of the danger zone.

HARLESTON LOSE AT HOME, BUT STILL LEAD THE TITLE CHASE

Harleston Town stay top of the table, despite going down to a home defeat against Fakenham Town. The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the first half to go third.  Harleston still have a three-point lead and a game in hand over second-placed Mulbarton, who were held to a goalless draw.

Diss Town failed to beat the team just above them in table, despite leading at the break. A poor second half and missed chances cost them the game, losing 3-1 away at Cornard United.

In rugby…..Diss seniors battled hard against visitors H.A.C., but despite having more possession, gave tries away at crucial times to lose at home, 14 points to 42.

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