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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 14/02/2019

Written by on 15 February, 2019

ONE IN TEN HOMES IN NORFOLK IN FUEL POVERTY

More than one in ten households in Norfolk are estimated to be living in fuel poverty.

The situation is due to a combination of low income, poor insulation and rising fuel costs making heating expensive.   Fuel Poverty Awareness Day takes place tomorrow to highlight the health issues involved and encourage people to ask for help.

South Norfolk council has joined with other local authorities in a county-wide project to tackle cold homes, using £3 million in grant funding.  Over 50 new heating systems have already been installed in homes without central heating and 225 local people supported by the Norfolk warm homes team.

POLICE STEP UP PATROLS AFTER BURGLARIES

Police patrols have been increased in South Norfolk, after recent burglaries in two villages.

Two homes at Bressingham and Needham were burgled at the weekend and police have responded by patrolling the area to reassure people.  They’re also warning householders to be vigilant, to check their home security and to report any suspicious activity.  Burglaries were also carried out in the same two villages last November.

BAPTIST CHAPEL SELLS WELL ABOVE GUIDE PRICE

A South Norfolk Baptist chapel, built nearly 190 years ago, has sold for well over its guide price at auction.

The chapel at High Green in Brooke went under the hammer for £189,000,
that’s £39,000 above its highest expected value.  It’s not known whether the building will be used for homes or a business development.

CANARIES SLIP UP BUT BLUES BATTLE FOR A POINT

Norwich City slipped up in the title race last night, as they went down 3-1 at Preston.  The defeat ended a run of 13 unbeaten away games and saw them drop off the top of the Championship. Leeds are now back as leaders by a point after a 2-1 home win.

Ipswich Town picked up a valuable point in their battle against relegation at home to Derby.  Town conceded an early goal but fought their way back into the match with a spirited performance, equalising in the second half and holding on for the draw.  But with Reading winning last night, the Blues are now ten points away from safety.

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