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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/04/2019

Written by on 18 April, 2019

MAN JAILED FOR MURDER OF WEYBREAD COUPLE IS DENIED AN APPEAL

A man, jailed for killing an elderly couple at their home in Weybread, has been refused an appeal against his conviction.

A judge has turned down an appeal application by 45 year old Ali Quazimaj, who claims it was a case of mistaken identity.  He was sent to prison in 2017 for a minimum of 35 years for the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.

75 year old Peter Stuart was found in woodland near his home in Mill Lane, after being stabbed nine times. His wife’s body has never been found.

A television documentary about the murders is due to be broadcast on Channel 5 tomorrow evening.

PETITION TO SAVE HOSPITAL IS CLOSING IN ON ITS TARGET NUMBER

An on-line petition to save All Hallows Hospital in Ditchingham is close to reaching its target number.

The parliamentary petition to stop the hospital from closing down is now less than 200 short of its target figure of 7,500.

Around 10 organisations have so far expressed interest in taking over part or all of the All Hallows charity trust’s services.  Councillors at Bungay have joined the campaign and say that it is essential that a community representative is included in any decision-making.

BIG LOTTERY GRANT WILL SAVE THE SAXON BELL TOWER

A grant of over £70,000 has been awarded to save the historic bell-tower at a South Norfolk church.

The money from the Lottery heritage fund will go towards restoring St. Michael’s church in Aslacton.  The main work will be repairing serious structural faults in the grade-one listed Saxon-era church and making the building waterproof.

PARENTS APPEAL FOR HELP AFTER THE DEATH OF THEIR SON

The elderly parents of a Tibenham man have made an appeal for help in finding out more about the death of their son.

53 year old builder Steven Rouse was found dead on the Turnpike playing field in Bunwell last October.  His parents are trying to find out what happened in the hours before his death.  A full inquest into the death is due to take place on Wednesday.

TRIBUTES  PAID TO THE MAN WHOSE PLAN SAVED THE CORN HALL

Tributes have been paid to a leading community figure in Diss, who died this week.  Glyn Walden died aged 76 at his home in Roydon, after a series of strokes.

He sat on both Diss town and South Norfolk district council and had two stints as Town Mayor.

Flags have been flown at half-mast as a mark of respect at South Norfolk council and also at Diss Corn Hall, where he was chairman of the trust.  The trust was his idea to raise the money needed to renovate and then run the building.

BLUES OWNER SAYS SORRY FOR CLUB TAKING THE DROP

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has apologised to supporters for the club’s relegation to League 1.  He says in a letter to season ticket holders that, as owner, he takes overall responsibility and admits mistakes were made at the start of the season.

IT’S GETTING TIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE

Harleston Town’s title bid is under threat, as it gets tighter at the top of the table.  Town’s lead is now down to just two points and second-placed Swaffham still have a game in hand on them, after closing the gap with a 6-1 away win at the weekend.

Diss Town went down 2-1 at home last night to well-placed Norwich C.B.S.  An early goal by Josh Lucroft got the Town off to a good start but the visitors proved the stronger team.

SEASON ENDS WITH HEAVY LOSS FOR DISS

Diss Rugby Club first team’s season came to an end with a heavy home defeat.  They lost 78 points to 21 against the strong visitors Colchester, who finished in the top two.

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