LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 02/11/2018

Written by on 2 November, 2018

NEW LIBRARY EXPECTED TO OPEN EARLY NEXT YEAR

The new town library in Eye will be open early next year.

Builders have now completed the main work on re-developing former offices and a workshop in Cross Street.  Plans to fit out the modern interior will now go ahead in time for an opening in the new year, for library services, events, meetings and community activities.

The town’s former library in Buckshorn Lane was never designed for permanent use, but has been in operation for 40 years.

FAMILY GANG BEHIND CRIME SPREE IN THE EAST

Police say that a crime wave in the east of England last year was carried out by an extended family gang.

A dozen men were involved in the gang which carried out a spree of more than 200 burglaries. They netted cash, jewellery and guns, valued at £2 million.

One of the men, Long Stratton garage owner Simon Oakley was convicted earlier this week of conspiracy to commit burglary by providing false number plates to the gang. He’s currently awaiting sentencing.

Police say the men regarded their actions as a ‘way of life’, with
break-ins carried out around the region, including Norfolk and Suffolk.

TRAIN HITS PERSON ON LONDON RAIL LINE

Train services through Diss have been affected, after a person was hit by a train.

The incident happened this morning near Stowmarket, causing delays and cancellations for trains between Norwich and London. Services are now running normally again.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that there will be no through services on that line, between Christmas and New Year.  Work to replace overhead wires will again take place, with no trains connecting the capital and Ingatestone.

FUNERAL TAKES PLACE OF “MR DISS”

The funeral has taken place of the man known as “Mr Diss”.

A well-known character in the town, Pete Gillings died last month aged 69, after a long battle with cancer.  His funeral took place this afternoon at the church in the town he loved, St Mary’s.

Moving to the town at the age of 14, he ran Gillings of Diss junkyard for many years.  He was an honoured citizen of Diss and a freeman of London.

MP SAYS MORE WORKERS NEEDED IN MENTAL HEALTH

Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter says that more workers are urgently needed to deal with a growing crisis in mental health among young people.

Speaking in the Commons, he’s said that there are serious challenges in recruiting more staff to help children and young people with mental health issues.  He says spending extra money on the problems won’t succeed without increasing the workforce to provide care.

FIRST GAME FOR TOWN UNDER NEW BOSS

Football…and new Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert faces his first game in charge tomorrow, when Preston, managed by another former Canaries’ boss, Alex Neil, are the visitors.

Norwich travel for their game against Sheffield Wednesday, with Jamal Lewis a major injury doubt.

Diss Town go to seventh-placed March Town United, who have lost only twice this season so far, while Harleston, well positioned as league leaders, take on mid-table A.F.C. Sudbury Reserves at home.

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