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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/02/2019

Written by on 15 February, 2019

FARMER DIES AFTER FALL INTO SILO NEAR EYE

An inquiry is underway after an elderly man died in a farm accident at Thorndon.

The 79 year old man fell into a grain silo on the farm at Rishangles Lodge in Hestley Green yesterday evening.  Police, fire and ambulance services, including specialist teams, were called out to the incident, but the man, named locally as farmer John Edwards, died at the scene.

Police and the Health and Safety executive are now investigating.

FOUR PER CENT RISE GOES THROUGH ON COUNCIL TAX 

An expected big increase in council tax has been given the go-ahead by Suffolk county council.

The council has approved a three per cent rise, plus an additional one per cent for social care.  It’ll mean an extra £65 on average total bills in the county, with district council increases and a higher policing precept added in.

The budget shows an increase in overall spending of about £15 million, mainly for adult social care and children’s services.

ALCOHOL PROBLEMS CAUSING CONCERN IN NORFOLK

There’s concern at the increasing problems caused by alcohol in Norfolk.

Nearly 60 people a day are being admitted to hospitals in the county for conditions at least partly related to alcohol.  17 a day were admitted in 2017-18 with ailments mainly due to drink problems……an increase of about 30 per cent in ten years.

Latest figures show 434 people suffered alcohol-related deaths last year.

FUNDING CUTS FOR BUS SERVICES AND CITIZEN’S ADVICE 

Subsidies for bus services in Suffolk are to be cut from April.  The county council has agreed to savings on sponsored bus services, despite fears that the move will badly affect elderly and disabled people living in rural areas.

Overall, there have been cuts to services amounting to nearly £3 million, including less spending on street lighting, winter gritting, street signs and road marking.

The council has also reduced its grant to the Citizens Advice service in Suffolk by 50 per cent for next year, although local N.H.S. funding has already been found to make up the amount for offices, including Eye.

POLICE APPEAL AFTER BURGLARIES

Police are appealing for information, following two burglaries in South Norfolk. It’s thought that the two incidents on late Tuesday afternoon are linked.

A car was stolen at Swardeston after a break-in at a property in Wood Lane and jewellery taken in a burglary at Stevens Lane in Wreningham.

CITY COULD GO BACK ON TOP AS TOWN TRY FOR A WIN

Norwich City will look to bounce back tomorrow, after their midweek loss at Preston.  The Canaries travel again, this time to struggling Bolton, who are second from bottom. A win would take them back to the top of the table as leaders Leeds United have no match this weekend.

Ipswich will hope to build on their good performance in the midweek home draw against Derby. They’re at Portman Road again, with mid-table Stoke City as visitors.

HARLESTON CONTINUE TITLE HUNT AS DISS LOOK TO CLIMB TABLE

Harleston, with a four-point lead at the top of the table, travel to Haverhill Borough. The home side are currently just above the bottom three.

Second-placed Mulbarton are away again, following last weekend’s defeat at Diss.  And the Tangerines could move further up the table if they continue their improved form with a win at Downham Town, currently lying in eighth place.

In rugby….Diss seniors are away at Southend Saxons, who are comfortably placed in the middle of the table.

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