LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 12/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 12 February, 2018
NORFOLK COUNCIL TAX TO RISE BY SIX PERCENT
Norfolk county council has agreed to go ahead with an increase in council tax of nearly six per cent.
The council took the decision this morning…..after hearing the rise is needed to maintain a decent level of services.
It will mean an average increase of an extra £75 a year from April.
Councillors heard that some savings still have to be found…..although plans to cut bus subsidies and road gritting have now been dropped.
HUNDREDS ARRESTED ACROSS SUFFOLK FOR SUPPLYING DRUGS
Police in Suffolk arrested over 350 people across the county during last year for supplying drugs.
A total of £70,000….and nearly seven thousand wraps of class A drugs….were seized, while 162 search warrants were carried out.
About 200 of the arrests were in the Ipswich area….with police also working as part of their brief to identify vulnerable people being exploited over the supply of drugs.
SUFFOLK POLICE TARGET KNIFE CRIME
Suffolk Police is joining in a national week of action against knife crime.
The campaign, called Operation Sceptre, begins today with the police targeting offenders connected with knife crime.
Weapon sweeps and high visibility patrols are among the measures planned to tackle gang crime in the county.
Officers will also be working closely with schools and colleges to raise awareness and advise young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.
FIRE AT A SUFFOLK RAILWAY STATION
A fire has broken out in a building at the railway station in Saxmundham.
The line between Ipswich and Lowestoft has been blocked…and buses have been brought in to take passengers between Beccles and Ipswich.
EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS SOAR AT NORFOLK AND NORWICH HOSPITAL
Emergency admissions at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital were 50 per cent above the expected level on Sunday.
The hospital reported that normal service had been disrupted yesterday by a ‘challenging’ situation, which has now eased.
INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF A BROCKDISH WOMAN
An inquest has been opened on an elderly woman from Brockdish who died after a road accident.
The inquest heard that 80 year old Joan Cawcutt died from multiple injuries following a two-car collision on the A143 at Wattisfield in December. She was a passenger in one of the vehicles.
The inquest’s been adjourned for reports.
SATURDAY BUS SERVICE MAY CONTINUE
Plans to scrap a weekend bus service between Diss and Attleborough may not go ahead.
The county council has stepped in to look at further support for the Saturday return service, which calls at several villages on its route.
Norfolk Coachways had warned that it would stop the weekly bus from February 24th……because it was costing too much to run.
BID TO SAVE LOCAL PUB
Villagers in Mendham are launching a bid to save their local pub.
They’ve organised a public meeting tonight in the village hall to share ideas on raising the cash needed.
The Sir Alfred Munnings hotel and pub is up for sale at £400,000 ….and the villagers want to take it on as a community-based concern.
They’ve told the Diss Express that an action plan is being put together with the current landlord.
SONIC BOOM COMPENSATION CLAIM
A claim for compensation has been made..after a sonic boom caused by military planes over Suffolk and South Norfolk last year.
The Ministry of Defence says that a claim is being considered from someone in an isolated part of the area.
The loud bang in early October was caused by Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby responding to what turned out to be a hoax security call.
No value has been disclosed for the claimed damage said to have been caused to a roof and window.
Supersonic flying is not permitted over land normally.
DISS MERE STREET TRADERS BAND TOGETHER
A second group of town centre traders have come together in Diss.
The traders in Mere Street are looking to improve the experience for shoppers there and attract more footfall.
There is concern that the town centre may become disjointed, following the considerable recent investment in the Heritage Triangle.
It’s hoped to get interest from other businesses in Mere Street at a meeting planned for later this month…..and the group is also hoping to liaise with the Heritage Triangle businesses.
Football….Norwich City put in a good performance at top-two club Derby at the weekend…
It was a game City could easily have won…but they had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw.
A point too for Ipswich who were held to a goalless draw by bottom club Burton at Portman Road.
Goalkeeper Dean Gerken is now out for the season after an operation on his hip.
Diss had their away game at Holland F.C. called off on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.