LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/09/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 25 September, 2019
DISS TRAVEL SHOP TO STAY CLOSED
The Thomas Cook shop in Diss has closed for business, after the parent travel group ceased trading.
Staff at the Thomas Cook branch in Market Place are among 9,000 people in the country set to lose their jobs with the company. Local holidaymakers, who’ve booked with the firm, have been anxiously trying to find out where they stand with their trips.
There are now no Thomas Cook flights out of the UK to destinations, but return flights are being provided by the Civil Aviation Authority. The CAA says work on refunds is expected to start in two weeks.
ATTACKS ON POLICE IN NORFOLK GO UP AGAIN
The number of assaults on police officers continues to go up in Norfolk.
There were 143 attacks on officers causing injury in 2018-19….up from 136 the previous year. The number of assaults without injury also increased….to 439.
The county’s Police Federation is now calling for a wider roll-out of tasers and Norfolk’s Chief Constable has promised to provide the equipment to all front-line officers by 2021.
WORST OF THE WET WEATHER TO MISS US
It looks like the Waveney Valley will miss the worst of the really wet weather expected for most of tomorrow.
A yellow warning has gone out for the west part of Norfolk with very heavy rain expected to cause flooding. More locally, some heavy rain is expected with 15 to 30 millimetres forecasted.
FUNDS POUR IN FOR MOTHER WITH TERMINAL CANCER
More than £20,000 has been donated for a Diss woman, who’s been told that she has terminal brain cancer.
49 year-old Samantha Last broke the news of her illness recently on a beauty-tips vlogging channel she’s run on You Tube for years. The money has come from a crowd-funding campaign, which has allowed the couple to take a short break in Devon.
It’s understood that Samantha has been offered an operation on the tumour later this week, which could help to prolong her life.
NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPICE OPENS IN NORFOLK
A new children’s hospice in Norfolk has finally been opened at a cost of £10 million.
The project by EACH has taken six years to complete, including over four years to raise the funds. The official opening at the weekend sees the new building, called the Nook, at Framingham Earl, replace the charity’s original hospice at Quidenham.
CITY DROP DOWN AFTER DEFEAT, BUT TOWN GO ON TOP
Norwich City have dropped to 16th in the Premiership, after failing to follow up their superb home win over Manchester City. They lost 2-nil at Burnley, conceding two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Ipswich Town have climbed into the top spot in League One. Their 1-nil away win at Gillingham means that they’re still unbeaten after nine games.
DISS STAY SECOND AS LEADERS FALTER
Diss Town remain in second place in the Thurlow Nunn first division north, despite not playing at the weekend. The Tangerines are now just two points behind leaders Downham Town with two games in hand.
Harleston Town have dropped to third in the Anglian Combination Premier, after losing 3-1 at home to U.E.A. Scole United moved further away from the bottom two, with a 3-0 away win at strugglers, Blofield.
In rugby, Diss first team made it two wins out of two this season with a convincing 50 points to 19 victory at Epping Upper Clapton.