LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/10/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 16 October, 2019
WITNESSES SOUGHT AFTER TOWN CENTRE ASSAULT
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 71 year old man was the victim of an assault in Diss town centre.
The incident happened while retired lorry driver Geoff Calver was walking along Chapel Street on the morning of September 20th. He’s told the Diss Mercury that an unknown man pushed and then punched him on the side of the head. He fell to the ground and was probably knocked unconscious for a time.
The suspect is described as white, around 50 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall, stocky, with silver/grey hair, wearing a grey jumper and blue overall trousers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police in Diss.
FIRE CHECKS SHOW BUILDINGS ARE BELOW STANDARDS
Checks by the fire service in Norfolk have shown that over 10 per cent of public buildings in the county fail to meet safety standards.
Audits carried out last year found that a total of 89 public buildings in Norfolk were deemed unsatisfactory in complying with fire safety regulations. The buildings included a hospital, care homes, hotels, licensed premises, hostels and six blocks of flats.
Norfolk Fire Service says the failings were across the board and there was no really major concern.
ANOTHER THEFT FOLLOWS POLICE WARNING
Another break-in incident has been reported, following a warning from police about recent thefts in South Norfolk.
This time, a quad bike has been stolen, along with farming machinery, a chainsaw, tools and a battery. They were taken from an outbuilding, at a property in New Buckenham Road at Banham, between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning last week.
Police have been encouraging people to be vigilant, after the spate of recent vehicle break-ins locally.
VILLAGERS WANT ACTION AS FLOODING PROBLEMS CONTINUE
Villagers in Fressingfield say that it’s time that action was taken to deal with long-running flooding problems in the village.
The latest incident happened after heavy rainfall at the weekend, with sewage overflowing from manhole covers on to streets.
Anglian Water says it is working with the County Council and Environment Agency to tackle the problem, but villagers say the situation has been bad for 20 years and is caused by surface water being connected to the foul sewer in the past.