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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 08/03/2019

Written by on 8 March, 2019

FIGURES SHOW THAT KNIFE OFFENCES ARE INCREASING AS AMNESTY STARTS
The number of knife offences increased in Norfolk last year.
A total of 643 offences, involving knives or bladed weapons, were reported to police in the county in 2018, an increase of 93 on the number for the previous year.
The number of offences where a knife was used, or threatened in violence against a person, also rose – up by 25 to 183 last year.
Norfolk and Suffolk police are taking part in a national knife amnesty from Monday, when knives can be handed in to police stations.
FORMER TRUST CHIEF CALLS ON COUNCILLORS TO QUIT

A call has been made for the immediate resignation of all members of Diss town council.

The call has come from the former chairman of the Diss Corn Hall Trust, David Case, in an email sent to all town councillors.  He’s alleging that the council acted improperly over a financial report into the Heritage Triangle project in 2017.

Mr Case says that the report was commissioned by the council to investigate grant funding received by the trust in getting the £3 million project off the ground.

He has told the Diss Express that the trust was excluded from involvement with the accountants involved and that the inquiry was solely targeted at the trust, which had been brought into disrepute.

TWO RELEASED FROM CAR AFTER ROAD CRASH

Two people have been trapped in their vehicle after a road accident near Earsham this afternoon.

The two were released by fire crews and one person was taken to hospital.  The accident happened on the A143 between Harleston and Bungay on the Old Railway Road section, when the car left the road and went into a raised earth-bank.

FUTURE STILL UNCLEAR FOR TOWN CENTRE TOILETS

The future is unclear for the Mere’s Mouth toilets in Diss, despite a petition last year calling for the facility to remain open.

There’s still no agreement between South Norfolk and Diss councils over the running of the toilet block, with just a few weeks left to a proposed hand-over date.  It seems that no firm talks have taken place yet, with the town council due to take over managing the facility from South Norfolk next month.

The town council recently called for another structural report into the building, which it fears may need underpinning.  It’s expected to discuss the situation at its next meeting on March 20th.

SKY DIVE PLANNED TO RAISE CHARITY FUNDS

A Diss woman is planning to make a parachute jump to raise £1,500 for a brain tumour charity.

61 year old Ailsa Austin, of Ensign Way, is planning to make the sky dive in May, when she’ll jump out at around 14,000 feet.  Her daughter, who lives in Harleston, has a brain tumour, which is now stable after treatment.

CITY MOVE AHEAD IN THE RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

 Norwich City say that they have already sold over 21,000 season tickets for next season and they kept their championship hopes on course with a 1-nil home win against Swansea on Friday night.
Emil Buendia scored a second-half goal in a tight match. It put the Canaries five points ahead of second-placed Leeds.

Ipswich Town are in the Midlands tomorrow to take on fourth-placed West Bromwich Albion, with the club stuck at the bottom. They’re 12 points away from safety and more or less resigned to relegation.

HARLESTON LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK

Harleston Town look to get their title bid back on the track, after last week’s home loss. They travel to eighth-placed Downham Town.  Diss Town are without a match this weekend, following the postponement of their midweek game.

In rugby, Diss seniors are away at Watford to take on Fullerians, who are two places above them in the table. Diss will be hoping to repeat last week’s improved display.

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