LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 01/11/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 2 November, 2018
GARAGE OWNER CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BURGLARY
A jury has found a South Norfolk garage owner guilty of conspiring to commit burglary.
The judge at Norwich crown court has told 45 year old Simon Oakley that he now faces going to prison. Oakley, who owns Stratton Quickfit at Long Stratton, has been granted bail to await sentence.
He was convicted of providing false number-plates for a criminal gang that stole property, worth over £2 million. Two other men were also convicted of involvement in the gang that carried out over 200 break-ins last year around the region, including Norfolk and Suffolk.
The court heard how police raided both Oakley’s business on the Tharston Industrial Estate and his home in Hempnall. They found a stolen car with false plates, along with other number-plates used in burglaries.
RE-CYCLING VISITS DROP SINCE CHARGES INTRODUCED
The number of visits to recycling centres in Norfolk has fallen sharply since new charges were introduced.
Visits in the five months from May went down by nearly 63,000, compared to the same period last year. The amount of waste being dropped off has also fallen by around 10,000 tonnes. The county council says it will continue to monitor the situation,
Since April, people have had to pay a fee to leave D-I-Y waste at the centres…. a move which district councils fear will result in more fly-tipping.
DATE SET FOR WORK ON THE MERE’S TOILETS
Work on refurbishing the public toilets near the Mere in Diss will take place next year.
The work will start in April, after a public outcry resulted in a decision not to close the Mere’s Mouth block.
South Norfolk council, which currently owns the building, will pay for the improvements, with Diss town council then expected to take over day-to-day running.
A surveyor’s report has suggested that necessary repairs to the building’s footings may be too costly, but a petition was then organised to save the toilets.
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