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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 09/05/2019

Written by on 10 May, 2019

MAN GETS NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOR STARTING MAJOR TOWN CENTRE FIRE

A South Norfolk man has been jailed for nine years, after starting a major fire that caused damage estimated at nearly £2 million.

The judge said that 32 year old Stephen Wilson, of Loddon, had started the blaze out of ‘sheer spite and malice’, after his pregnant girlfriend ended their ‘turbulent’ relationship.  The fire swept through a newsagent’s shop, his girlfriend’s flat above, and adjoining buildings in Halesworth town centre.

MAJOR EUROPEAN FOOD GROUP BUYS FAMILY-RUN COMPANY AT EYE

A family-owned meat producing company near Eye has been bought out by a German food group.

C and K Meats has been taken over by the major Tonnies company, after 25 years in operation.  It was founded by brothers, Kevin and Chris Burrows, whose family have been involved in the butchery trade for about 200 years.

They will still be involved in the day-to-day running of the award-winning firm, which employs about 150 people and specialises in meats from local farmers. The buy-out will provide new investment for expansion and more job security.

MUCH FEWER BUS JOURNEYS IN SUFFOLK 

The number of journeys by bus passengers in Suffolk has fallen sharply.  There were 1.6 million fewer bus journeys in 2017-18; that’s nearly 20 per cent fewer than in the previous year.

The reduction is thought to be due to an increase in on-line shopping and of working at home and follows a national trend of declining numbers.

HARLESTON SCHOOL LEADS THE WAY ON BULLYING

Harleston’s Archbishop Sancroft high school has joined a national campaign against bullying.

It’s become part of a programme launched by the Stonewall charity organisation to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.  The student-led Champions programme is aimed at establishing a more inclusive and accepting culture within society.

PRINCE EDWARD CALLS IN AT THE ZOO
A royal visitor has been taking a look at Banham Zoo.

Prince Edward has called in for a tour of the zoo to mark 50 years of wildlife conservation.  He’s seen some of the most endangered species there, heard about the zoo’s five-year conservation project now underway, and met children from the local primary school.

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