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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 12/4/2018

Written by on 12 April, 2018

KNIFE CRIME TREBLES

Knife crime in Norfolk has gone up three-fold since 2013.

New figures show that police in the county recorded nearly 270 crimes between October 2016 and September last year; that’s a huge increase of over 180 per cent on the same period in 2012-13.

350 arrests were made in the past year with officers confiscating many weapons.

The majority of the crimes involved either assault with injury or likely to cause serious harm and also robbery.

MULTI-MILLION POUND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

A £10 million project to improve Norfolk’s roads will get underway in a week’s time.

The county council will launch a major scheme to seal many road surfaces in the county with a new bitumen dressing.

The aim is to prevent potholes opening up with the focus initially on main roads and on highways in holiday areas.

It’s part of the road improvement plan costing £21 million in Norfolk this year apart from the major trunk roads which are repaired by Highways England.

ASPIRING YOUNG MUSICIAN MAKING HIS MARK

A 17 year old from Eye is making his mark in the world of music.

Occold teenager Torrin Williams recently appeared on television playing classical guitar in the final of the string category in the BBC Young Musician competition.

Torrin’s been playing guitar since the age of seven and is hoping to become a professional concert artist.

He is leader of the National Youth Guitar ensemble and also recently performed a solo programme at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Torrin is studying both classical and jazz piano as well as working towards his A levels in 3 subjects, including music.

COUNCIL SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD

South Norfolk Council has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Council has been listed in this year’s prestigious National MJ Awards for local government in the category of Care and Health Integration.

The Council’s been recognised for helping local people through its work in the South Norfolk Help Hub.

The Help Hub offers a single point of access to 15 public and private sector agencies, all working in partnership to support vulnerable residents.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the London Hilton during June.

SUSPECTED MUNITIONS NEAR SAXMUNDHAM

A bomb disposal team has been called out to deal with a suspected piece of munitions near Saxmundham.

The alarm was raised after it was found at a house in Yoxford.

It was found to be a First World War artillery fuse, which contained no explosives.

MILDER WEATHER ON THE WAY

Warmer weather is on its way to Norfolk and Suffolk.

Temperatures are expected to reach 18 degrees by Monday and then climb up to 21 degrees by Thursday next week.

FINAL LEG OF NEW NORWICH ROAD SET TO OPEN

The final section of the Northern Distributor Road in Norwich is due to open on Monday night.

The road will then be open from Postwick by the A47 right through to the A1067 Fakenham Road.

The 20 kilometre road was due to be completed around Easter, but was held back by the recent bad weather

LOCAL SPORT

Football….and Ipswich owner Marcus Evans says he is in no hurry to appoint a new manager, following Monday night’s departure of Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor.

Evans says he’s unlikely to make an appointment by the end of the season.

Head of coaching and player development, Bryan Klug takes charge of the team from now on starting with Saturday’s game at Nottingham Forest.

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