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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 12/12/2018

Written by on 16 December, 2018

POLICE CALLED TO INCIDENT INVOLVING ‘DISTRESSED’ MAN IN VILLAGE 

A man in his 30s has been detained, after an incident near the primary school at Tivetshall St Margaret.

Specialist police officers were called to School Road in the village last night, due to concern for a man in a distressed state, who had locked himself in a property.  A cordon was put around the area by police, as trained negotiators remained overnight and most of the day.

The man was eventually detained safely and is now in custody for assessment.  The school remained closed throughout the day.

END OF THE ROAD FOR DISSFEST 

It looks like the end for Dissfest, the community arts festival in the town, following the closure of organisers, Unit 23 shortly.

The group says it’s been forced to close, after being unable to find enough grant funding for their operation. Unit 23 has run Dissfest four times, as well as the Freefall touring theatre and a wide range of other small projects.

The group was set up over five years ago to support and develop creative enterprises for young people and families locally.

GIG IN THE PARK REMAINS IN DOUBT

Another major event in Diss is now in serious doubt.

Organisers of Gig In The Park say the event next year may not take place, following Diss Town Council’s decision to charge a fee for use of the town’s park.  They say the fee of £2,500 will add to overall costs and so increase ticket prices. This has delayed a decision on whether to go ahead next July.

The event made a loss in its first year this summer, after bad weather reduced the expected crowds.

CHARITY SHOP HITS DOUBLE MILLION FIGURE
More than £2 million has now been raised by a charity shop in Harleston.

Bullock Fair charity shop is celebrating the achievement, 19 years after being set up in the town.  It provides funds for a wide range of local charities and not-for-profit organisations, which serve the community.

COUNCIL LEADER POST TO BE DISCUSSED

The appointment of a new council leader will be discussed at tonight’s full meeting of Diss town council.

Former Mayor Julian Mason stepped down from the post with immediate effect last week, saying it was in his and the council’s best interests.

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