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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 05/03/2019

Written by on 5 March, 2019

POLICE SEND OUT LETTER TO LOCAL PEOPLE AFTER FRACAS

Homes and businesses in Diss have been sent a letter by police, following recent anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

The move follows the town’s Safer Neighbourhood team’s public event at the weekend to discuss any concerns of local people about the fighting between youths in Mere Street last week.

The letter outlines the reasons for an increased police presence in the centre of Diss for the last week or so but says there is no need for alarm.  It says that the extra patrols followed information to them that a gang was being formed by youths in the town.

Police have interviewed parents and children suspected of being involved in the recent fracas…… and presentations have also been carried out at high schools across South Norfolk about gang and knife crime.

DEVELOPERS PLAN FEWER HOMES ON FORMER NURSERY SITE

A plan to build 20 homes on the site of a former plant nursery at Hoxne has been withdrawn.

Developers have decided to revise the plans, after objections from the parish council and local people.  They now intend to build just five houses and will also demolish derelict buildings on the former site of Goldbrook Plants on Abbey Hill.

MOTORIST KEEPS HIS LICENCE AFTER WEDDING-DAY CRASH WITH POLICE CAR

A motorist has been fined £750 after he drove into a police car in Garboldisham late at night on his wedding day.

The court heard that the police car was stationary on Harling Road at the time, and had its blue flashing lights on.  36 year old Robert Sims of East Harling admitted careless driving.

He told the court that he lost control of his vehicle while rushing to the scene of a car accident that involved his mother and brothers.  Sims was also told to pay costs and a victim surcharge of £175, but he kept his licence.

THORNDON BREWERY GETS THE OVERALL BEER AWARD FOR EAST ANGLIA

A small brewery on a farm near Eye has won a top prize in this year’s beer awards for East Anglia, run by CAMRA.

Shortts brewery, at Thorndon, took the overall winner’s title for 2019 with a draught mild ale called ‘Two Tone’.  Meanwhile, the Grain brewery at Alburgh has taken the silver award in the category for a Porter beer, with its entry, Slate.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR NEW TOWN COUNCILLORS

New councillors are being sought to join the town council in Diss.

It’s hoped to have a total of 14 members on the council from May…two more than the current dozen.

Closing date for applications is April 3rd…and voting takes place a month later on Thursday May 2nd.

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