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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/08/2019

Written by on 16 August, 2019

SHOP OWNER INVESTIGATED OVER  TOBACCO CLAIMS

The owner of two stores in Diss is being investigated by Norfolk trading standards.

The investigation concerns the alleged storage of smuggled tobacco and its sale to children at the Victoria Store in Diss.  The owner, Andrei Vivelivici has voluntarily surrendered his premises licence, following a request by Trading Standards to South Norfolk Council to review the permit.

He recently opened a second shop in the town, Victoria Market, but says he has now stopped selling tobacco and alcohol.

CALL FOR APARTMENTS NEAR THE MERE TO BE SCALED DOWN

Opponents of plans to build a block of apartments, overlooking the Mere in Diss, have called for the project to be scaled down.

There’s concern about the effect of the proposed development on the area, including the adjoining wildlife garden, as well as the narrow access to the site from St Nicholas Street.  Both the town’s council and Heritage Triangle Trust say they would favour building being reduced to just two homes.

South Norfolk planning councillors are due to make a final decision on the scheme later this month.

RE-FURB COMPLETED FOR CHURCH BELLS

A major refurbishment of 200-year-old church bells at Redgrave has been completed.

The six bells at St Mary’s church in the village will be re-dedicated on September 1st, after repair work, including re-tuning, at a specialist firm.  About a third of the bell-frame has also been replaced with some of the timbers being dated back to 1782.

A CUT ABOVE THE REST……

Two hairdressers from Diss have been nominated in a prestigious national competition.

Lauren Harvey and Francesca Woodruff from VAE Hair have been named as finalists in the British Hairdressing Awards.  They’ve been short-listed in the competition’s Eastern category, after being selected by industry experts for their cutting, styling and skill in colouring.

The awards ceremony takes place in London in November.

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