LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/8/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 14 August, 2018
FOODBANK RUNNING SHORT OF SUPPLIES
Waveney Foodbank has made an urgent appeal for help.
The foodbank, based at the Brome industrial estate near Eye, is anxious to boost its supply of foodstuffs.
It’s been struggling to cope with recent demand at its local centres, including Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton, with its supplies of food currently running short every month.
Operations manager Matthew Scade says that rural poverty is a very real problem. He says the number of referrals from organisations, like councils and Citizens Advice Bureau, are showing a big increase and many involve families, especially with children of primary school age.
The foodbank can be reached at www.waveneyfoodbank.org.uk
POLICE FOLLOW LEADS IN HUNT FOR BOY ATTACKER
A police hunt is continuing for an attacker, who sexually asssaulted a teenage boy in Bungay last week.
Police say they’re following up several lines of enquiry to identify the person responsible for the attack.
They’ve recently carried out checks in the area near the attack in Castle Lane, speaking to over 60 people. Specialist officers are continuing to help and support the boy involved.
They say that anyone with any information should contact them urgently.
HUGE INCREASE IN FIRE CALL-OUTS IN THE TWO COUNTIES
The recent long dry spell of weather resulted in both Norfolk and Suffolk fire services having to deal with a huge increase in emergency calls.
Norfolk fire service says it received an unprecedented number of around 450 call-outs to fires, many in the open countryside, during June and July.
Nearly 300 involved farmland, woodland and crops, compared to just 366 incidents during the whole of 2017.
Suffolk fire crews have also faced longer working hours and more call-outs, with retained firefighters being called on more than normal.
Suffolk have attended over 950 fires in the first seven months of this year, over a third more than for all of last year.
NO WIN YET IN NEW SEASON
Football…both Ipswich and Norwich still looking for their first win of the season.
City lost by the odd goal to newly-relegated West Brom in a seven-goal thriller at Carrow Road and had enough chances to at least get a point, including a missed penalty.
Town tasted defeat at Rotherham with the home team scoring the only goal of the game in the 90th minute, despite Ipswich looking the better side.