LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 06/03/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 6 March, 2019
AVERAGE WAIT OF OVER 17 MINUTES FOR AN AMBULANCE IN HARLESTON
Figures just released show that Harleston has one of the longest waiting times for an ambulance in the country.
The figures give an average wait of 17 minutes and 41 seconds for an ambulance to arrive at a 999 call in the IP 20 postcode area. Halesworth is not far behind at 17 minutes 8 seconds, while Bungay and the Banham area have a waiting time of just under 17 minutes.
The national average for a response to serious conditions, such as a heart attack or breathing problems, is much lower – at 11 minutes. Six of the 10 longest waiting-times nationally are in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM, SAY POLICE
Police in Diss say they don’t want to cause alarm with a recent higher presence of officers in the town.
Extra patrols have been carried out to prevent a repeat of an outbreak of fighting between youths in the town centre last week.
Police say the move followed information to them that an attempt was being made by teenage boys to form a gang.
MEETING TO DECIDE THE FUTURE OF CLOSING CHURCH
A public meeting will be held later this month to decide the future of an historic church near Harleston.
The meeting on March 20th will give local people a chance to discuss what happens next to St Mary’s church in Redenhall. It follows a parish decision to stop using the church because of the cost of maintenance and repair.It’s hoped that an organisation can be found to take over what’s described as a local landmark to ensure its future.
Another local church, Long Stratton Methodist chapel in Forncett St Peter held its final service at the weekend. The building is to stay open for use by community groups.
MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING A MILK VAN
A man has been arrested for stealing a milk van in Diss town centre.
The van was taken from the Shell garage on Victoria Road early yesterday morning, while making deliveries. It was later found abandoned in a field on the B1111 at Barningham.
A 27 year old man has been charged with stealing the vehicle, driving without insurance, and failing to provide a breath test.
WARNING TO SHOPPERS AFTER PURSE THEFTS
Shoppers are being warned by police to be vigilant after a number of purse thefts recently.
The warning comes after shoppers had purses stolen while at supermarkets in several towns in Norfolk, including Diss.
GAME IS CALLED OFF…..AGAIN!
Diss Town’s game away against Kings Lynn reserves has been called off, because of a water-logged pitch. It’s the second time the match has been postponed and no new date has been decided yet to try for a third time.