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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 02/08/2019

Written by on 3 August, 2019

POLICE CHIEF CRITICISES LOW RATE OF PROSECUTIONS

Norfolk’s police chief has hit out at the low number of prosecutions for rape in the county.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey says it’s a ‘disgrace’ that only three percent of reports of rape received were taken to court last year.  He says that this is despite the number of reports made to police going up sharply.

Mr Bailey says that there are often delays over prosecution and a difficulty in gaining the confidence of victims.

BUSY MAIN ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKENDS

Drivers are being warned that the A140 will be closed to traffic between Diss and Norwich later this month…..for two weekends.

The busy main road will be closed at the Hempnall crossroads, while work continues on the new roundabout there.  The closure will last from Friday evening until 6 o’clock the following Monday morning on the final weekend in August and again the following weekend. Diversions will use the A143 and A146.

COUNCIL CLOSES TOWN SKATEPARK AFTER BAD BEHAVIOUR

The skatepark in Eye has been closed after a spate of anti-social behaviour.

Town councillors have decided to shut the skatepark at the Community Centre in Magdalen Street on a temporary basis. It follows ‘prolonged misuse’ of the facility, including cars and motorbikes being used on the park, and also the use of illegal substances.

MOVE TO STRENGTHEN AMBULANCE SERVICE MANAGEMENT

A move is underway to boost leadership of the regional ambulance service.

It’s planned to strengthen the senior management team of the East Anglian service during the coming year, after the loss of several managers.  It follows a strongly critical inspection report of the service’s management, whilst praising the work of ambulance staff as outstanding.

LOCAL TALENT ON SHOW AT ED’S SUFFOLK CONCERTS

An unknown group of teenagers from Framlingham have been chosen as a support act for superstar Ed Sheeran.

The group of four from the pop star’s hometown will join singer-songwriter Bessie Turner, from Eye, on the bill for his concerts in Ipswich later this month.  Both Bessie and indie-rock band, Salvador are currently unsigned to any major record label, but both acts have released tracks on the internet.

THE BLUES START THEIR SEASON IN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Ipswich Town kick off their new season in League Division One on Saturday afternoon.  They travel to the Midlands to take on Burton Albion for their opening game, as they bid to return to the Championship.

Meanwhile, the Blues have signed former Lincoln City defender James Wilson on a short-term contract until the New Year, while striker Freddie Sears has signed a new two-year contract.

Diss Town also start the new season in the Thurlow Nunn first division north tomorrow with an away game at Wisbech St Mary. Their first home match is on Tuesday evening.

 

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