LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 11/O2/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 12 February, 2019
CLIMATE PROTEST HALTS COUNCIL’S BUDGET DECISION
A protest by climate-change demonstrators has halted today’s Norfolk county council budget meeting.
The meeting was delayed for nearly five hours until protestors were removed from the council chamber. It’s understood police made four arrests.
Councillors are expected to approve a 3 per cent increase in next year’s council tax allocation at the meeting.
FOOD GROUP FINED AFTER ACCIDENTS AT FLIXTON SITE
A major national food group has been fined a total of nearly £275,000, after two industrial accidents at its site in Flixton.
The 2 Sisters food company admitted liability over separate incidents in 2016. Two employees lost fingers in the accidents at its poultry plant in Grange Road.
The hearing was told that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive had found that the company had failed to ensure that proper measures were in place.
FEWER EXPENSIVE HOMES SOLD IN DISS AND HARLESTON LAST YEAR
The number of sales of expensive homes in the Diss and Harleston areas has dropped sharply.
Figures for last year show that only 10 houses in Diss and surrounding villages were sold for more than half a million pounds…compared to 27 in 2017. In Harleston, only five were sold over £500,000, that’s 22 fewer than the previou s year.
The biggest purchase prices were near Harleston. Redenhall Hall sold for £950,000 and a six-bedroom listed building at Alburgh went for £900,000.
POWER CUTS HIT SOUTH NORFOLK
Homes around parts of South Norfolk have been hit by power cuts.
The cuts have been caused by overhead cable faults with Old Buckenham and Banham among the areas affected. There’s a warning of further cuts as engineers carry out repair work. There were also power cuts in the Botesdale and Dickleburgh areas at the weekend.
POLICE LAUNCH SCHEME FOR OFFICERS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Norfolk and Suffolk police have officially launched a new service to provide officers and staff with mental health support.
The two forces are collaborating in providing round-the-clock support for staff living with post-traumatic-stress disorder and trauma. It’s thought this service is the first of its kind among police forces in the country. Over 20 people have been referred to the scheme since last June.
WEBSITE GOES BACK ON LINE
Diss town council’s website is now back on-line.
The site had been out of action for most of last week, because of computer issues.
ONLY TWO ARRESTS BY POLICE AT THE BIG LOCAL DERBY
Police have thanked Norwich City and Ipswich Town fans for showing what they call “good spirit” at yesterday’s East Anglian derby match.
More than 27,000 fans attended the game and just two people were arrested in the lead-up to the match. Police said last night that the two Ipswich fans were still in custody on public order offences.
It was a fiery match at times at Carrow Road as City completed a 3-nil victory that put them further ahead at the top of the Championship. Town were eventually well beaten after failing to take the few chances that came their way.
They also had manager Paul Lambert sent to the stands after a brawl near the dug-outs, along with one of the Canaries’ coaching staff. Town are nine points from safety, while City now have a two-point lead over second-placed Leeds.
BIG DISS WIN GIVES A BOOST TO LEADERS HARLESTON
Harleston Town bounced back after the previous week’s surprise defeat with a 5-1 away win against struggling Felixstowe & Walton reserves. The victory helped put them further ahead at the top, as title rivals Mulbarton went down in their game at Diss.
The Tangerines produced the performance of the day against the in-form visitors to do Harleston a big favour. A convincing second-half display gave Diss a 3-1 win, helping them move further clear of the relegation zone with their fourth win in five league games.
Harleston stay at the top of the table with a four-point lead now over Mulbarton, but Swaffham, with games in hand, could also catch them..
In rugby…Diss first team failed to improve their position at the bottom of the table, even though they produced a better points total than of late.
They still proved second best at home to well-placed Amersham & Chilton, losing 14-48.
It’s thought this service is the first of its kind among police forces in the country.
Over 20 people have been referred to the scheme since last June.