LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 04/12/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 5 December, 2019
POLICE MAKE LARGE CANNABIS PLANTS FIND IN VILLAGE
More than 700 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of over half a million pounds, have been seized by police at Ditchingham.
Police raided an industrial unit in the village yesterday afternoon and discovered the plants and growing equipment, after being let into the building.
41 year-old Tuan Nguyen, of Ditchingham, is due to appear in court tomorrow, charged with production of cannabis.
DATE SET FOR HOMES INQUIRY
A date has been set for a public inquiry into plans to build over 100 new homes at Eye.
The appeal hearing into the refusal of the development, near Tuffs Road and Maple Way, is set to start on January 21st, at Eye Town Hall. The proposal for 126 homes has faced strong opposition locally, with Mid Suffolk planners eventually refusing permission, mainly over road access concerns.
Eye town council and the town’s residents’ group have also opposed the scheme, which is outside the town’s neighbourhood plan for development.
MPS RATED NEAR THE BOTTOM OF NEW RANKING
Local MPs have come out well down the list in a new ranking by independent website, Change.dot.org
The People Power Index, set up by the website, rates MPs on their availability, responsiveness and engagement with constituents over the last two years. South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and Central Suffolk’s Dan Poulter have both been judged close to the bottom of the table.
Out of the total of 650 MPs, Dr Poulter rates as number 627, while Mr Bacon finishes in 634th. Mid Norfolk’s George Freeman was given a much higher placing…at 78
Meanwhile, parliamentary candidates, standing in the general election in South Norfolk, have been answering questions posed by students in Diss.
The youngsters at the town’s high school put questions to them on a range of subjects, including austerity, school cuts, Brexit, the recent terrorist attack in London, and racial tension.
THEFT OF RUBBISH BINS ON THE INCREASE
Thousands of wheelie bins have been stolen in Norfolk over the last three years.
New figures show that just over 3,500 were removed across the county, with 827 of them being taken in South Norfolk over the same time period.
It’s thought that the thefts are part of a national trend, with bins being stolen and then sold on-line at a cheaper price.
DISS LOSE OUT IN CUP FINALS BID
Diss Town have failed to reach the quarterfinals of the Norfolk Senior Cup. They were beaten at home by lower league Mundford 2-1, despite being on top for most of the game, hitting the woodwork three times, and having a goal controversially ruled out.
Harleston Town have been given a home tie in the last eight of the competition, against Dereham Town, on Saturday, January 25th.
CITY IN BOTTOM-THREE BATTLE
Norwich City face an important away game this evening. They travel to meet Southampton, another side in the bottom three of the Premiership. Ipswich Town are also away for a second-round E.F.L.Cup tie at Peterborough.