LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 03/01/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 4 January, 2019
POLICE RECOVER HUNDREDS OF ITEMS STOLEN BY CRIMINAL GANG
Police say they’ve recovered valuable property stolen by a major criminal gang that carried out hundreds of burglaries around East Anglia.
Almost 100 robberies, half of the total crimes, were carried out in Norfolk during 2017. They included raids at Fritton, Hempnall, Harleston, East Harling and Diss.
Hundreds of watches, items of jewellery including rings, personal lockets and other suspected stolen goods have been listed in the hope of owners receiving them back. Property worth around £2 million was stolen by gang members, who were jailed last month for the conspiracy.
WORK ON ROUNDABOUT AT BLACK-SPOT TO START SOON
Work on improving safety at an accident black-spot on the A140 is now set to begin shortly.
It’s hoped workmen will start building a roundabout at the dangerous Hempnall staggered crossroads, on the outskirts of Long Stratton, in about two months.
The move comes after another fatal crash at the junction where the busy main road crosses the B1135 to Tasburgh and the B1527 to Hempnall. A Norwich man died in the accident on New Year’s Eve, about three months after the death of a 17 year old driver from Diss at the same area.
MID SUFFOLK IS LOOKING AT A COUNCIL TAX INCREASE
A two per cent increase in council tax is being considered by Mid Suffolk council for the coming year.
The council’s cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss its draft budget….which will require savings or extra income of around £5 million.
….AND MORE MAY GO ON COUNCIL TAX TO PAY FOR POLICE IN NORFOLK
And a major increase in council tax is being considered to help pay for more police officers in Norfolk.
The county’s police commissioner, Lorne Green is looking at an average rise of up to £24 in the council tax precept next May to boost the number of officers.
Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey is pushing for more funds to bring in up to 40 more recruits. He says a freeze in the police precept would almost certainly mean a cut in the number of officer.
EYE ROAD CLOSED AFTER SEWER COLLAPSES
A town centre street in Eye has been closed, after the collapse of a sewer pipe.
It’s expected that the repair work in Castle Street will take several days to complete and it’s hoped to re-open the road on Monday. A diversion is in place and local people are being told by Anglian Water that they can use facilities as normal.
MAN CHARGED AFTER WINDOW IS SMASHED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
A man has been charged with causing criminal damage to a building in Diss.
The 27 year old man from Palgrave was arrested on New Year’s Eve, after a window was smashed. He’s due to appear in court at the end of the month.
TOWN FINALLY SIGN DEFENDER ON PERMANENT DEAL
Ipswich Town have completed the signing of defender Janoi Donacian on a permanent basis. He joined the club on loan, after the £750,000 move from Accrington was held up by work-permit problems.