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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/11/2019

Written by on 21 November, 2019

SURVEY SHOWS LOW MORALE IN COUNTY’S POLICE FORCE

A new survey shows that half of the police officers serving in Norfolk say that they suffer from low morale.

Around 75 per cent also complain that they are unhappy with their current pay, with many saying they are worse off than they were five years ago.  Some also say that they struggle to find enough money to cope with daily essentials, with about half worrying on a day-to-day basis about finances.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey says that the Police Federation survey had highlighted concerns, but he noted that it also suggested that morale in the force had actually improved, compared to the previous year.

POLICE CHIEF COMPLAINT OVER USE OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

The Labour Party has apologised to Mr Bailey about using a photograph of him on some of its election material in Norfolk without his permission.

The photograph and quotes by Mr Bailey from a report in a local newspaper in 2015 were included in pamphlets for at least three Norfolk candidates.  Mr Bailey says he is “disappointed ” by the use of the material. The Electoral Commission say they won’t be taking any action over the matter

WAR MEMORIAL INSTALLED AT BURSTON

A war memorial has finally been put up at Burston, 100 years after the end of the First World War.

The polished black granite slab has been set up on a plinth in the village.  It commemorates eight local men who lost their lives in the conflict and also mentions thirty others who fought and returned after the war.

A villager, Peter Rees has researched the lives of the eight men who died and has produced a book with the details. It’s being stored in a cupboard under the memorial.

ECO-HOME PLAN NEAR MOOR IS REJECTED

Plans for a self-built eco-house near Dickleburgh Moor have finally been turned down.

A planning inspector has rejected an appeal against refusal to allow the house to be built on land on Norwich Road, near Moorlands.  It was decided the development would harm the character of the area and was contrary to the local development plan.

Dickleburgh Village Society was among the local groups to object to the plans near the wildlife wetland.

TOWN GO OUT OF CUP COMPETITION IN NIGHT OF DRAMA

Diss Town failed to reach the quarter finals of the Thurlow Nunn first division cup, after narrowly losing a home tie against division top team Mulbarton.  The game went to penalties which ended with the visitors winning 6-5,  after the teams had ended the game level at 2 goals each.

It was a night of drama with both managers asking to speak to the referee about a series of controversial decisions and Town ending the match with nine players on the pitch, following two sendings-off. Diss also upset that the away goalkeeper had moved forward for the final spot-kick.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town are at Lincoln City tonight for their F.A. Cup first round replay.

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