LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 07/03/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 7 March, 2019
CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN OVER SEX ASSAULT OFFENCES
A new police report shows that only just over five per cent of serious sexual offences were solved in Suffolk last year.
The number of rapes in the county last year was the highest per 1,000 people of any similar force, but there were more convictions for the offence than elsewhere in eastern England . The number of serious sexual crimes reported during the year increased by a quarter, compared to a three-year average.
A spokesman for Suffolk Rape Crisis says that there needs to be much more support for women reporting offences, with one in 3 deciding not to assist investigations.
DATE SET FOR INQUEST ON TEENAGER
A date has been set for an inquest on a teenager from Diss who died in a road crash last year.
17 year old Shannon Gittings lost her life when her car collided with a tree on the A140 near Tasburgh. Shannon, of Shelfanger Road, died at the scene of the accident in October. A full hearing has now been fixed for May 16th
SPEED WATCH DETECTION NUMBERS GO UP
More drivers have been spotted going too fast by community speed watchers in South Norfolk.
A total of 275 motorists were detected driving over the speed limit last month….that’s over 40 more than in January..
RE-USE AND RE-CYCLE EVENT COMES TO DISS
A major recycling event is to take place in Diss later this month.
South Norfolk’s Re-use and Re-cycling event is coming to the town’s community centre on March 18th. The events have been held around the area for the last eight years, allowing people to hand on unwanted electrical items, furniture, books, bikes and much more for further use.
Over a hundred tonnes of materials have been re-cycled and 60 tonnes of items found a new home since 2011. Nearly £5,000 has also been raised for charity.
TWO SOUTH NORFOLK CHURCHES SET TO CLOSE
Two South Norfolk churches are set to close this month.
The Methodist chapel at Forncett St Peter held its final service at the weekend, although the building is to stay open for use by community groups.
The future of St Mary’s church in Redenhall is also unclear. A public meeting will be held on March 20th to discuss a parish decision to stop using it, because of the cost of maintenance and repair. It’s hoped that an organisation, like the Norfolk Churches Trust, may take it over.