LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/5/2018

Written by on 15 May, 2018

NUMBERS OF RENTERS SKYROCKET

New figures show that the number of people renting homes in Norfolk and Waveney has more than doubled in the last ten years.

The official figures show that houses are now much less affordable throughout the two areas, with prices increasing by up to 130 percent in the last 15 years.

It says that some buyers are struggling to buy their first home, or move to a bigger property with salaries rising at a much slower rate.

DISS CLERK STEPPING DOWN

The person at the centre of local affairs in Diss for more than ten years is stepping down.

Park Radio understands that town clerk Deborah Sarson is leaving the town council; She plans to return to New Zealand where she was born and brought up.

She’s been with the council since 2006 and was chosen as Norfolk’s town clerk of the year in 2015.

Her deputy, Sarah Richards will be acting town clerk.

VANDALS HIT CHURCH RUINS

Police are investigating an incident of vandalism to the ruins of an historic church in south Norfolk.

The damage was done to the remains of St Mary’s church in Tivetshall St Mary, sometime between Friday April 27th and Thursday May 10th.

Police say the vandals damaged the walls by scratching and spraying graffiti on to them.

The church dates back mainly to the 14th century and has been Grade 2 listed for over 50 years, after being declared a ruin in the 1940s.

Anyone with information should contact Harleston Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

BUNGAY MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING WEEKEND INCIDENT

A Bungay man has been charged following an incident in the town at the weekend.

25 year old Luthfur Ahmed, of Garden Close, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and using threatening behaviour towards two police officers.

He’s been bailed to appear before magistrates on June 13th.

A 17-year-old boy from Bungay arrested on suspicion of obstructing police has been released under investigation.

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