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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 06/02/2019

Written by on 6 February, 2019

SOUTH NORFOLK & WAVENEY GET THUMBS-DOWN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

South Norfolk has been named as one of the worst places for young people to live in the country.

It’s one of several parts of rural Norfolk to get low marks in a national survey carried out for the BBC.  South Norfolk gets just three out of ten, along with Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and also Waveney in Suffolk.

Over a thousand people, aged under 26, took part in the survey, which covered issues such as social and sports facilities, employment, bus services, rent costs, and 4G availability.

ACTION TO IMPROVE LIGHTS AT BUSY ROAD CROSSING

Action’s been taken following complaints that a pedestrian crossing on the busy main road through Diss was unsafe.

The complaints followed work to improve the crossing on the A1066, near the town’s leisure centre.  New lighting has now been installed by the county council to improve visibility on the crossing in the dark.

Highways engineers visited the site after county councillor Keith Kiddie raised the problem.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER A SERIES OF DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of distraction burglaries, including an incident in Palgrave.

The two men, aged 22 and 36, were detained on suspicion of robbery and burglary…. and bailed to return to police later this month.  The incident in Goulds Close at Palgrave left an 80-year old man shaken, but unhurt.  Other incidents took place at Wickham Skeith and Lavenham in January.

DELAYS FOR DRIVERS EXPECTED AS SERVICE AREA WORK CONTINUES

Work on building a controversial service area near Scole is set to cause delays for motorists in the area shortly.

Lanes will be closed on the A140 from later this month and during March, so that slip roads can be built on to the site, next to the junction with the A143.  New street lights and a footpath are also being installed.

Local people have criticised a decision to give planning permission for the service area, which includes a BP filling station and McDonalds restaurant.

MAN CHARGED AFTER MASKED ROBBERY

Police have charged a man in connection with a robbery in Hepworth.

It follows an incident on January 15 at a property near Clay Lane, when a man in his 30s was threatened and punched by two masked men.  They stole an amount of cash and a mobile phone.

A 23 year old man from Ipswich has been remanded by magistrates until later this month.

SCHOOLS TRUST ASKED TO EXPLAIN HIGH SALARIES

An academy trust based in Eye has been asked to justify high salaries that it pays to some staff.

Academies minister Lord Agnew has written to the Hartismere Family of Schools in a crackdown on salaries being paid around £100,000.  The Eye trust is one of 28 in the country to be questioned by the minister.

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