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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/3/2018

Written by on 16 March, 2018

WINTRY WEATHER SET TO RETURN

There’s a warning that another cold snap is on its way over the weekend with strong winds, ice and possibly heavy snow showers expected in Norfolk and Suffolk over the next two days.

The Met Office expects sleet and then light snow to start this evening with some prolonged and heavy snow showers during Saturday.

There’s a strong risk of ice with the temperature going below zero tonight and barely rising above freezing
tomorrow and the wind chill will make it feel like minus 10 degrees on Saturday night.

It’ll be much drier with some sun on Sunday but staying very cold before Monday sees milder weather coming back.

Weathermen are also warning of possible disruption to road, rail and air travel.

MP WELCOMES INCLUSION OF PARISHES IN NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says he welcomes a move to include seven nearby parishes in the neighbourhood plan for Diss and district.

He’s told Park Radio that it’s exciting to see the parishes’ involvement as so many people living there
use the town’s facilities.

He’s hoping that a well-thought-out and integrated plan will bring good developments in the town and is confident that responses to the public consultation, which ends today, will produce some very good ideas.

APOLOGY FOR LENGTHY AMBULANCE WAIT

East Anglian Ambulance Trust has apologised after an elderly Long Stratton woman waited for seven hours for medical help after falling at home.

97 year old Evon Howlett had fallen on the floor after tripping while getting out of bed and was unable to get up on her feet again.

She was found by her carer yesterday morning but the emergency call was downgraded by the ambulance service due to more urgent cases during a busy period with her condition worsening during the long wait.

The ambulance trust has apologised for the long delay and has offered to talk to the family directly about the incident.

A call to a local surgery also failed to produce a response, as it no longer deals with emergency call-outs.

MISSING MAN HAD DISS CONNECTIONS

Suffolk police have confirmed that a body found near the River Orwell earlier this month was that of a man with Diss connections.

44 year old Paul Moore was found near Chelmondiston on March 9th after being missing for more than a month.

Police say the death of Mr Moore, who lived in Kesgrave, was unexplained but is not regarded as suspicious.

LOCAL PERSONALITY TALKS OF BATTLE WITH CANCER

Local personality Pete Gillings has been talking about his three-year battle with cancer.

Pete, who cut the ribbon at the official launch of Park Radio last November, has been speaking to the Diss Express about the failure of his first two programmes of chemotherapy and of starting on a third which he has been told by doctors will be his last chance to beat the disease.

Pete, who was made an Honoured Citizen of Diss in 201withas diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 which has since spread to other organs.

LOCAL POLICE BACK CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTING CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Local police are supporting a national campaign day to draw attention to child sexual exploitation.

The campaign on Sunday is aimed at highlighting issues surrounding sexual exploitation of youngsters
and urging people to speak out about it….and adopt an attitude of zero tolerance.

In Suffolk, an initiative will take place involving hotel staff in the county urging them to look out for possible signs of abuse or criminal activity.

LOCAL SPORT

Football…..and Norwich City are at home to struggling Reading tomorrow….and will be without Alex Tettey, who was injured in midweek. The visitors have won just once in their last 17 league games.

A new injury problem for Ipswich Town as well. Striker Joe Garner is out for the rest of the season with a minor skull fracture caused by a clash of heads in the game last weekend. He will also have a shoulder operation next week.

Town are at playoff contenders Bristol City tomorrow.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he intends to be at the club until the end of the season at least.

He says he realises his fractured relationship with some fans is affecting the team but he plans to see his contract out and will consider any offer of an extension by club chairman Marcus Evans.

He’s described the atmosphere at the last home game on Tuesday as a disgrace.

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